Brent oil hits 6month high above 75 barrel

first_imgLondon: Brent North Sea crude hit a six-month high above $75 per barrel Thursday on supply concerns that have been worsened by the United States tightening the screw on sanctions-hit Iran. Brent for delivery in June jumped to $75.42 per barrel, the highest level since late October. Oil’s other main contract, WTI, reached a six-month peak at $66.16 per barrel. The US removal this week of waivers that allowed countries to buy from sanctions-hit Iran is expected to hit oil supplies, though analysts are keeping watch on the region and whether OPEC responds by opening up the taps. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOil prices had already enjoyed a strong recovery this year, with output capped by Russia and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Crude futures have won support additionally on unrest in OPEC members Venezuela and Libya. “The US government’s decision not to extend the exemptions from the Iranian sanctions… is still having after-effects,” analysts at Commerzbank said in a note to clients after Brent surpassed $75 per barrel. Oil kingpin Saudi Arabia meanwhile on Wednesday said it had no immediate plans to raise oil output to offset the move by Washington. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSaudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih insisted that global oil inventories continued to rise despite unrest in Venezuela and the tougher US action. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a “hostile measure” that “won’t be left without a response”. “US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran’s oil won’t get them anywhere. We will export our oil as much as we need and we intend,” his official English-language Twitter account said, quoting from a speech he delivered to workers in Tehran. The United States on Monday said it would halt the practice of exempting countries including India, China and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil. In May last year, US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers, which had given the Islamic republic sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme. Around 0900 GMT, Brent North Sea crude traded at 75.23 per barrel, up 66 cents from Wednesday’s close. WTI gained 21 cents at 66.10 per barrel.last_img read more

UN Foundation takes centre stage on special American Idol episode

21 April 2010Millions of viewers of the top-rating televised singing competition American Idol will have the opportunity tonight to contribute to United Nations Foundation (UNF) programmes worldwide, ranging from helping Haiti rebuild in the wake of the devastating earthquake to empowering Ethiopian women and girls. Millions of viewers of the top-rating televised singing competition American Idol will have the opportunity tonight to contribute to United Nations Foundation (UNF) programmes worldwide, ranging from helping Haiti rebuild in the wake of the devastating earthquake to empowering Ethiopian women and girls.Tonight’s two-hour Idol Gives Back episode will showcase performances by some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, as well as an appearance by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.In past years, the special episode has featured United States President Barack Obama, United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown, actor Brad Pitt, singer Mariah Carey, and a host of other prominent figures.“We hope that the show will raise awareness of the good work of the UN around the world,” Robert Skinner, Associate Director of UNF’s New York office, told the UN News Centre.Season 7 Idol winner David Cook has recently returned from a trip to Ethiopia with UNF to visit its Biruh Tesfa (“bright futures”) project, which provides literacy training for young women.For his part, Kris Allen, last season’s winner, visited Haiti in February to meet with locals and UN staff on the ground to find out the needs for the coming months after the massive 7.0-magnitude quake which struck the country in January.Along with UNF, four other charities – the Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More and Save the Children’s United States Programmes – have been selected as beneficiaries for this year’s special event.Past Idol Gives Back episodes have generated $140 million for different causes across the US and around the world, and viewers are being encouraged this year to organize their friends and utilize social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to raise more money. read more

TSX Wall Street loonie rally on oil prices encouraging economic signs

TORONTO — A spike in oil prices helped push the Toronto stock market sharply higher, while the loonie got a solid boost from some encouraging economic data from Ottawa.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 121.75 points to 12,982.10, capping a fourth-straight day of gains.Much of the strength was linked to another rise in oil prices after Russia hinted that a deal to cap oil production could be reached by OPEC countries later this month.Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Qatar have supported the idea of a cap, with the aim of boosting oil prices, but have said it is conditional on other producers participating.Canada’s economy grows more than expected, but that’s still not very muchValeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc downgraded: RBC analysts slash price target on the company by more than $100The April contract for benchmark North American crude added 65 cents to US$34.40 a barrel.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar gained 0.65 of a U.S. cent to 74.55 cents U.S. Statistics Canada reported that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 0.8 per cent in the final three months of 2015. Economists had expected real GDP would be flat in the fourth quarter.In New York, indexes soared in the wake of a U.S. government report that construction spending reached its highest level in eight years in January, which traders saw as a strong vote in the strength of the economy.The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 348.58 points or nearly three per cent to 16,865.08, the Nasdaq composite index jumped 131.65 points to 4,689.60, while the broader S&P 500 gained 46.12 points to 1,978.35.In other commodities, April natural gas gained three cents to US$1.74 per mmBtu. May copper was also positive, rising a penny to US$2.14 a pound, while April gold gave back $3.60 to US$1,230.80 a troy ounce. read more

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

Q: What led you to visit Si Lanka when some others in the Tamil diaspora still feel it’s not safe?A: My long self-exile was caused by the then-media misunderstanding my role as a Catholic priest giving voice on behalf of my victimized people. When churches and schools were bombed and innocent people were dying in large numbers, as a Christian priest and vicar general, I spoke out against the bombings. This was seen as supportive of the LTTE which was fighting a war against the state forces. But the South and all media saw it as supporting terrorism, and abused me with all lies.Now there is a change of government for the better. The former government had even a web page in which I was falsely portrayed as a terrorist and an enemy of Sri Lanka. But the new government, supported to power by us too, invited me to come back and help Sri Lanka towards recovery and reconciliation. It has delisted some in the diaspora but not all. I wish soon others too be delisted to enable the diaspora in rebuilding Sri Lanka as an island of peaceful coexistence. Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years?A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to all coastal areas from Point Pedro to Kalmunai. Since I scan all newspapers of Colombo daily, I was not surprised to see some good changes, such as freedom of movement and of views. After the long conflict and war, a lot needs to be done. I think the present government has a unique chance to build up all that was lost. Q: Do you see and feel real change on the ground?A: I have not visited the South, but the North devastated by war has some form of peace mixed with fears, frustrations and uncertainty. Fears, because of the large military still withholding people’s lands and limiting livelihoods of people; frustrations are seen through prolonged protests against promises unfulfilled with respect to missing persons and incarcerations of innocents without trial. Q: There is a concern among some groups in the North that the process to draft a new Constitution has ignored the aspirations of the Tamils. What is your understanding of the situation? A: The drafting of a new Constitution undertaken by the present unity-government is not an easy one-party majority achievement, as happened earlier drafting of constitutions. Here the new government is trying to get the consensus of all the parties in parliament as well as all sections of the people.The interim draft is the first step towards achieving the goals of a peaceful coexistence of all peoples reconciled with one another and progressing in all aspects of life. It has some good points and does not contain all aspirations of the Tamil people as well as of the Sinhala people. Hence open discussion to move forward towards a win-win solution must be aimed. Those who view it selfishly only on one side are disappointed, but we have to understand the difficulties on both sides, without losing hope make the best out of these proposals. Q: Could you tell us who you met while in Sri Lanka and what key message you conveyed to them?A: I met government leaders, some High Commissioners, Church leaders and some civil society leaders who I thought will help towards reconciliation and peace. In all meetings I asked their help not to lose this unique chance towards a solution of the national conflict and pave the way for a peaceful coexistence of all people. Q: Following your visit what role do you see for the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka?A: The Tamil diaspora must not only visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country, especially the marginalized victims of the North and East. Instead of building only their old schools or temples/churches, they should help the marginalized poor and invest in projects to offer jobs for our youth. by  Easwaran Rutnam He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted.The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done. Q: This government is still protecting former military officers who were involved in the war and have been accused of committing war crimes. Should there be pressure to investigate those officers as well or should the past be in the past?A: Although the President as head of the state forces promises protecting them as past heroes, but such blanket cover of impunity for all, including the alleged criminals, will not do good for the county. The new Army commander seems to have a different and better idea of justice for the alleged criminals Q: Can this government be trusted to deliver justice for alleged war crimes?A: Justice for alleged war crimes! Yes we too have worked hard to get the whole past examined on the basis of truth, justice, accountability, transitional justice towards reconciliation. Although the SLG has finally cosponsored and agreed to the UNHRC resolution, it is weak in explaining to the people and making it acceptable to them. Internationally the SLG is able to hold a good face, but on the ground progress is very slow and minimal. More has to be done to enlighten and win over the extremist forces in the south read more

STF seize container with foreign liquor and illegal drugs

The Police said that a suspect was also arrested following the raid. (Colombo Gazette) The Police Special Task Force seized a container with foreign liquor and illegal drugs in Maharagama.The Police said that the container had over 1,000 bottles of foreign liquor and illegal drugs inside.

In another hit to economy Canadian firms cool plans for investment in

OTTAWA – Canada’s corporations appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach to capital investments this year, a position that could dampen already modest expectations for economic growth in 2013.The annual survey of private and public investment intentions by Statistics Canada indicates such spending will rise a mere 1.7 per cent to $398.2 billion this year — the slowest non-recession pace since 1995 and well down from 7.2 per cent last year.Private sector spending intentions was even softer at 0.8 per cent, while government investment is expected to rise by five per cent, about the average over the last two decades.With consumers tapped out, governments restraining overall spending and the housing market cooling, the Bank of Canada has pinned its projection for two per cent growth this year on both a rebound in exports and on business investment.But the turnaround for exporters has yet to materialize and the Statistics Canada survey suggests that business is generally unwilling to bet on expansion in the current global economic climate.“Canadian businesses have taken a cautious turn amid an uncertain outlook and weaker commodity prices,” said Benjamin Reitzes, an economist with BMO Capital Markets.“The softness in private sector capital spending intentions doesn’t bode well for 2013 growth, especially given hopes the sector would be a key contributor. Surprisingly firm government (capital) spending plans will provide some cushion, but growth drivers are in conspicuously short supply for 2013.”Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets says one encouraging signal in the report was that intended purchases of machinery and equipment remain positive, with manufacturers planning to hike spending by 10.4 per cent. This should help boost productivity, a perennial weak spot in Canada’s economic performance.But overall, Jean agreed the report does little to instill confidence that Canada’s economy will come roaring back in 2013 after likely recording the first sub two per cent growth rate since the recession last year.The economic consensus currently projects growth in Canada to average 1.8 per cent in 2013 — most of that coming in the second half — but some, such as Capital Economics, believe the number will be as low as one per cent.In an analysis, David Madani of Capital Economics said the near-term economic outlook is so weak the Bank of Canada will need to consider interest rate cuts.“Given the tepid global backdrop for exports and the potentially severe housing market correction, we think that financial markets are still underpricing the real possibility that interest rates could fall later this year or early next year,” he wrote.Overall, the agency survey found a broad-based hesitancy to invest this year, with nine of 21 sectors saying they would likely spend less than in 2012.Education is expecting the biggest decline at 7.7 per cent, but in terms of impact on the economy, the most negative finding was the 2.7 per cent drop in intentions in the mining and oil and gas industries.On the positive side of the ledger, transportation and warehousing, retail and the finance and insurance sectors all said they expected to hike spending.Housing, another key sector in terms of its contribution to growth, came in just above zero at 0.2 per cent. by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 9:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In another hit to economy, Canadian firms cool plans for investment in 2013 read more

Tahltan First Nation BC sign runofriver power agreements

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tahltan First Nation, B.C., sign run-of-river power agreements VICTORIA – A British Columbia First Nation whose territory includes some of the province’s most majestic and resource rich lands signed revenue-sharing agreements Tuesday with the provincial government while declaring its fierce determination to oppose developments considered threats to their homelands.Tahltan Central Council president Annita McPhee called signing two clean energy hydro-electric projects in northwest B.C. historic, and said it signals that the Tahltan people are willing to embrace development — but only on their terms.“In our territory, we support sustainable development, and these run-of-river projects will provide benefits to the Tahltan people and the province of B.C. for over 60 years or more,” said McPhee during a ceremony at the B.C. legislature. “There’s a lot of development we support in our territory, but there are some places we want to protect for ourselves.”Tahltan territory includes the remote alpine birthplace of three iconic, salmon-rich rivers, the Stikine, Nass and Skeena. The 4,000 square kilometre area, located about 400 kilometres north of Smithers, is known to the Tahltan as the Klappan. Conservation groups refer to the area as the Sacred Headwaters.“We love that place so much,” McPhee said. “We want to continue to protect that for us, our grandchildren and the generations to come.”The deals signed by the Tahltan will bring the First Nation almost $300,000 annually in revenues from the province once the two run-of-river projects using water from the Iskut River enter full production, estimated at November 2015.The revenue is a portion of land and water rentals to be paid to the provincial government by AltaGas (TSX:ALA) of Calgary for its 66 megawatt McLymont Creek project and its 16 megawatt Volcano Creek project. The projects will provide renewable energy that will be sold to BC Hydro for distribution to the provincial power grid.Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad said the government will also invest $555,000 to support the operation and activities of the Tahltan Socio-Cultural Working Group, a government-to-government body that aims to address social and cultural challenges involved with economic development in remote communities.McPhee said the run-of-river initiatives are examples of economic and cultural progress for First Nations outside of treaty making.“It is not always going to be smooth, but I know that with days like this we can really feel the momentum building and I can stand here and be proud as a leader,” she said.Tahltan Band Council Chief Rick McLean said the projects have been in the development stages for more than a decade.“We have had a vision and vision entailed prosperity and self-sustainability and self-sufficiency,” he said. “This is a step to that.”McPhee said in an interview following the ceremony at the legislature that the Tahltan are still locked in a struggle with Fortune Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FT) over the company’s proposed coal mine exploration in the Klappan.“We have concerns about the coal mine project … or any other development proposed in the Sacred Head waters,” she said. “We’re going to fight until it’s protected. We want to protect the Klappan and we are going to do that until it’s fully protected.”Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said as long as Fortune complies with the permits they were granted to explore in the area, the company has the right to do so.“It’s a agree to disagree thing with the Tahltan,” he said.In December 2012, the government reached a deal with Shell Canada Ltd., that resulted in Shell withdrawing its plans to explore and drill for coalbed methane gas in the Klappan.In 2005, some members of the Tahltan were arrested during protests in the area. by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2014 5:40 pm MDT read more

Ban urges support as UN agency aiding Palestinians faces unprecedented demands

“Let me be clear: the demands placed on UNRWA today are unprecedented,” Mr. Ban said at a meeting of supporters of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).“At a time of great turbulence in the Middle East, we need your commitment to intensify support for UNRWA and its crucial work on behalf of vulnerable Palestine refugee communities in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.”Mr. Ban emphasized that due to the current situation in the region, UNRWA is not just providing assistance to refugees but managing crises affecting all of its areas of operation. It is helping more than half a million Palestine refugees registered in Syria. However, because of the Syrian conflict, over half of them are internally displaced, while 60,000 others have fled to Lebanon and Jordan.UNRWA is also alleviating poverty and distress in Gaza, where more than half the population of 1.7 million people depends on food assistance from the Agency to survive.Mr. Ban thanked international donors, who provide 97 per cent of UNRWA’s funding, while adding that much more is needed to keep the Agency afloat.“UNRWA faces a funding deficit on its basic programmes of $50 million. This deficit will double next year, calling into question UNRWA’s future ability to provide basic services to refugees,” Mr. Ban said, noting that some of the Agency’s services have already been cut. ‹ › Participants at the Special Meeting of a Group of Supporters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “For example, the Agency can no longer make small support payments that helped the poorest refugees in Gaza and the West Bank. This is contributing to a heightened sense among Palestine refugees that the international community is abandoning them,” Mr. Ban said.He called on donors to sustain their efforts and, whenever possible, enhance their support for UNRWA. In particular, he urged members of the League of Arab States to fulfil their commitment to fund 7.8 per cent of the costs of UNRWA’s basic programmes. “If this were realized on a sustained basis, UNRWA would be in a much more stable financial position. I urge you to back UNRWA with concrete pledges today or very soon after this meeting,” Mr. Ban said. Filippo Grandi, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, stated prior to the meeting that the Agency cannot sustain its services to refugees unless all donors step up. “We are $54 million short this year and next year will be worse. We are, in particular, looking to Arab donors to reaffirm and move forward on their engagement to achieve the 7.8 per cent target for Arab Government contributions to UNRWA’s core budget previously set in Arab League resolutions,” he said.“In these present volatile conditions in the region, it seems highly desirable to reinforce UNRWA as an important contributor to stability.” read more

Learning to live with mental illness

Nothing bad could happen once the birds started singing.Alone in the middle of the night, 13-year-old Arlene Arch clung to this thought, desperately hoping for morning. Darkness made her mind race with irrational fears that something terrible would happen once she fell asleep.“I’d stay up until I heard the birds,” recalled Arch, who is now an administrative assistant for Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre.As Brock marks Mental Health Week with a series of activities May 7 to 13, Arch is speaking out about what it’s like achieving success and happiness while living with a mental illness.  “I spent my childhood pretty much not sleeping — ever,” she said. She never wanted to sleep alone, often sneaking into her older sister’s bed. On nights when her sister refused a bunkmate, Arch would pace back and forth, alternating between barricading her bedroom door and checking her parent’s breathing to see if they were still alive.“When I was really young I would fall asleep on my bedroom floor next to the closed door so that I could see the crack of light. As long as I could see my parents’ feet or feel their presence, I was fine,” she said.Arch’s anxieties were not limited to night. The sound of police sirens any time of day sent her into hiding and negative news reports instilled deep fear. “In the late ’70s there was a story about killer bees coming. That immobilized me,” she said.Her family wasn’t worried about her; they considered it normal for a child to be apprehensive and afraid of the dark.“My parents just thought I was a nervous child,” she said. “They didn’t recognize my behaviour as a sign of mental illness. It wasn’t something that was talked about.”Circumstances in her late 20s led to one of the deepest ruts Arch has ever experienced.“A lot of bad things happened,” she said. “I had to stop taking additional qualification courses, my employment contract ended and I struggled to pay rent. It was enough to start an onset of panic and anxiety.”She developed a fear of vomiting (emetophobia) and became agoraphobic because she was afraid to have a panic attack in a public place.“I walked around with a bag in my purse for at least three years,” she said. “I couldn’t go out. I couldn’t grocery shop. I couldn’t eat.”Standing 5-foot-5, Arch deteriorated to 92 pounds.  In her early 30s, she was diagnosed with four illnesses. In addition to agoraphobia and emetophobia, she has general anxiety disorder and a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) called Pure O. She doesn’t experience the compulsions commonly associated with OCD, but her mind never stops.“I worry from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep,” she said. “At my darkest moments, there are absolutely terrifying images that come at me every second — so quick that I can’t catch up with the first one before the second one comes.”After her diagnosis, professionals told Arch that she wouldn’t lead a normal life, stressing an inability to work. She refused to accept this and strived for better, devoting hours researching her illnesses and spending hundreds of dollars on psychologists, cognitive therapy and talk therapy.“There was no way I was going to sit at home and wither away if there was something I could do about it,” she said.For more than two decades, Arch led a successful career in journalism and publishing. She is also an active member of the Niagara community and served as a Thorold city councillor from 2010-14.Arch has been working at Brock since May 2015, achieving full-time permanent status nine months ago in the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre.“It’s both ironic and wonderful that I ended up in this department because it’s helped me deal with my own well-being,” she said. “Work is a wonderful distraction. It’s also a necessity. Coming in is something I have to do to survive.”A regular workday, and mornings in particular, can be exhausting for Arch. She spends most of her time doing intake for students in need of accommodation or counselling, all while her mind continues to race. If she experiences difficult symptoms, she practises coping exercises, like deep breathing and refocuses her attention using her five senses.“I focus on five things I can see, four things I can touch, three things I can hear, two things I can smell and one thing I can taste. It takes my mind off of the thoughts that are terrifying me in that moment,” she said.There are days when she wishes she would call in sick or come in late, but she pushes through, often practising meditation and exercise to get herself moving.“There’s a moment when I first wake up and I think, ‘is this going to be the day that I don’t make it through?’ At the end of the day, I pray — I thank God — that I did,” she said.Arch has shared her experience with co-workers and self-identified her mental illnesses with Brock’s Health Management office. She encourages fellow Brock University employees who are struggling with a mental illness to talk with their supervisors and Health Management, and seek accommodation should they require it.She stresses that Brock is a safe environment for people to disclose their disability and illnesses.“I’ve had nothing but positive support from HR, the departments I’ve worked with, my co-workers and especially my union,” she said. “I’m not embarrassed or scared that I will lose my job because of my mental illnesses.”  Employees can self-identify to Trevor Hall, Acting Health Management Consultant, or Kathryn Walker, Manager of Health Management and Wellness.“All medical information is kept confidential within Health Management,” said Walker. “If accommodation is required, an individual plan based on medical limitations and capabilities will be created in collaboration with the individual, their supervisor, the health management consultant and, if applicable, the union.”More information about Brock’s accommodation process can be found on the Human Resources SharePoint site. Employees can also access services offered by Brock’s Employee and Family Assistance Provider, Morneau Shepell and consult their Green Shield benefits booklet.Health Management has planned several workshops this week in recognition of Mental Health Week, including a fundraiser and barbecue for the Canadian Mental Health Association, and workshops on mindfulness, yoga, smoothies and essential oils.“It’s wonderful to see that Brock is doing something for Mental Health Week,” said Arch. “I’m proud to be part of an organization that recognizes the week and plans events that bring attention to mental health.” read more

Ohio State softball loses weekend series against Purdue despite seasonhigh attendance

Ohio State shortstop Caitlin Conrad (11) slides into 3rd base as Purdue’s Tori Chiodo (22) covers the bag during the seventh inning of an April 13 game at Buckeye Field. Purdue defeated OSU, 5-4. Credit: Jason Morrow / Lantern photographerA season-high 1,598 fans packed themselves inside Buckeye Field to watch the Ohio State softball team try and win its third Big Ten series of the season.After splitting game one and two of its weekend series against Purdue on Friday and Saturday, the crowd was roaring and the bleachers were shaking throughout all of Sunday’s exciting rubber match.But despite a late rally by OSU (20-20, 6-6) against the Boilermakers (21-21-1, 9-3), the Buckeyes came up just short, losing the game, 5-4. OSU lost both games to Purdue by one-run margins.With junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly in the circle for the Buckeyes in the rubber match, Purdue stormed ahead to a 5-0 lead through four and a half innings.In the bottom of the fifth, OSU redshirt-sophomore pinch-hitter Erika Leonard got the Buckeyes on the scoreboard with an RBI double. The Buckeyes continued their comeback in the next inning, as a groundout by senior second baseman Melaina Saafeld scored a run for OSU. With one runner left on base, senior pinch-hitter Leesa Gresham hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to one heading into the final inning.“I was just thinking it was my time to come through, I’ve had chances the last few games I haven’t come through for the team when there was runners in scoring position so I knew it was my time,” Gresham said after the loss.With one out in the seventh, junior outfielder Caitlin Conrad raced around the bases for a triple after her hit smacked off the top of the wall, nearly clearing the fence. However, the Buckeyes’ next two hitters were unable to send Conrad home and OSU’s rally would come up short.It was a busy week for O’Reilly, pitching in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday against Ohio and starting all three games against the Boilermakers. In that span O’Reilly pitched 25.2 innings with three complete games, two shutouts and just six earned runs.Despite the recent heavy workload, OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said O’Reilly’s 103.1 innings pitched so far this season is on the low side for a number one pitcher at this point in the season.“I think Olivia is just putting her heart out on the field for us and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Schoenly said. “She just wants to help anyway she can, she knows she’s not going to strike people out every time but she gives us a chance by just not letting them hit it that hard.”Saturday was a different story, as 11 hits for OSU coupled with four errors by the Boilermakers set the tone. The Buckeyes went on to win, 8-0, in five innings.Junior outfielder Taylor Watkins and sophomore outfielder Cammi Prantl led the team at the plate, going a combined 6-for-7 with three RBI and four runs scored in the win.“We attacked their pitchers early and often to keep that a short game, so I was definitely proud of that,” Schoenly said on the win after Sunday’s game.Dominant pitching from both teams was on display in game one of the series Friday. O’Reilly threw a complete game, giving up one run, four hits and four strikeouts. However, that one run would prove to be too much for OSU’s offense to overcome, as Purdue went on to win the game 1-0.OSU threatened early in the first inning with bases loaded and only one out, but a pair of swinging strikeouts sent the Buckeyes back into its dugout with nothing to show for it. Boilermaker starting pitcher Lilly Fecho had nine strikeouts and no walks in her complete-game shutout. Fecho was also the winning pitcher on Sunday, however, OSU was able to adjust and produce four runs in the loss.“I was disappointed with Friday because we didn’t make our adjustments to hit (Fecho) better,” Schoenly said after Sunday’s game. “But to show that they could come back and do what they did today against that pitcher, I thought they did a nice job of letting Friday go and coming back and attacking her again.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road Tuesday for a game against Wright State in Dayton. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. read more

Out of cancer into the light

first_img• What: Light the Night Walk.• When: 5 p.m. Saturday.• Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland.• Cost: Free, but participants are encouraged to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.• Registration: www.lightthenight.org/oswimLast fall was an exciting time for Kendall Jones.She had just begun her new job as a teacher at Hockinson Middle School. She got engaged to her now-husband, Richard Jones.But just five days after the proposal, Kendall Jones was dealt a devastating blow. The 31-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.“I was looking at being out the rest of the school year,” she said. “It was really devastating on multiple levels. I had no idea how I was going to financially deal with the cancer treatment.”With help from her family, new colleagues and the young adult cancer support group offered by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Jones made it through her diagnosis and treatment. Now, she’s ready to help others.This weekend, Jones will walk in the annual Light the Night Walk sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event raises money for the organization and shines a light on blood cancers. Jones has raised more than $1,000 for the event.Hodgkin’s diagnosisThe Leukemia & Lymphoma Society estimates more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. An estimated 156,420 people are expected to be diagnosed with blood cancer this year.Jones’ diagnosis came after the Vancouver woman felt a lump above her collarbone.Jones visited her doctor and then, after her new health insurance kicked in on Oct. 1, 2013, she underwent testing. The tests revealed Hodgkin’s lymphoma.last_img read more

Panda Bear Announces Tour In Support of Upcoming Album Buoys

first_img Email Facebook Panda Bear Announces Tour In Support of Upcoming Album ‘Buoys’ It’s been four years since the musician’s last solo release, and while fans will have to wait a little longer to hear the whole album, they can purchase tickets for the tour on FridayJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 12, 2018 – 2:34 pm Last week, GRAMMY-winner Panda Bear announced his return with the release of a new album, Buoys, due out in 2019.  Now, much to his fan’s delight, he’s revealed plans for supporting tour. Panda Bear has announced his “BUOYS” tour.Tickets on sale Friday at 10:00am local.Video directed and edited by Danny Perez  @Dipuss https://t.co/40kE6tgPEO pic.twitter.com/f3BJeRAqE2— Panda Bear (@pandabear) November 12, 2018Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, will tour Australia in December and return to the States in February. The tour is in support of his sixth studio album, which he teased last week by dropping a single, “Dolphin.” His latest single is a chill song featuring guitars and dripping sounds. According to Paste, Lennox sought to create a sound that would “feel familiar to a young person’s ears.”Regarding the feel of his next album Lennox said in a statement: “The last three records felt like a chapter to me, and this feels like the beginning of something new.”The singer/songwriter is also a member of Animal Collective and won a GRAMMY at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their fourth studio album Random Access Memories. The band toured earlier this year, with Lennox and Avey Tare performing their 2004 album, Sung Tongs, from start to finish.Starting this Friday, you can purchase Panda Bear tour tickets here.How Rosalía Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global PopstarRead morecenter_img Twitter Panda Bear Announces Tour, New Album panda-bear-announces-tour-support-upcoming-album-buoys News last_img read more

Migrant Caravan Prompts Trump Administration To Send More Attorneys Judges To Border

first_img Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneA Border Patrol agent closes a gate at the Eagle Point development in Eagle Pass.The Trump administration on Monday announced it was sending more federal immigration attorneys, judges, prosecutors and asylum officers to the border to prepare for a possible influx of Central Americans arriving as part of an annual caravan – with the aim of swiftly prosecuting the migrants and, in many cases, returning them to their home countries.Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that members of the caravan who enter the country illegally will be referred for prosecution and others seeking asylum will be adjudicated quickly and deported if their claims are without merit.“If you enter the United States illegally, let me be clear: you have broken the law. And we will enforce the law through prosecution of illegal border crossers,” Nielsen said in a statement. “DHS encourages persons with asylum or other similar claims to seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico.”The caravan of Central Americans is an annual event but this year’s, which began late last month, drew the attention of President Donald Trump and resulted in his call to send the National Guard to the border. He later said the decision was also spurred by last month’s spike in apprehensions on the southern border.The caravan grew at times to more than 1,500 people but largely disbanded in Mexico. A few dozen, however, carried on until they reached the United States, including about 50 who crossed into the country from Tijuana late last week, Reuters reported.It’s unclear how many migrants from the caravan remain and whether they are still on their way to the U.S., but Nielsen said the government was deploying more resources to deal with a possible influx.“DHS, in partnership with [the Department of Justice], is taking a number of steps to ensure that all cases and claims are adjudicated promptly,” she said. Those steps, she said, include sending additional attorneys from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, additional asylum officers from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and additional immigration judges and prosecutors from the Department of Justice to the border.Benjamin Johnson, the executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said that the extra resources “might be good optics” but that whether good policy would result from it would be determined by what the extra staff is expected to do.“If their mandate is to move quickly, then you have undermined the commitment to ensuring somebody is looking at the facts of the case and deciding whether in fact those people are entitled to protections under our law,” he said, referring to Central Americans who are seeking asylum due to violence in their home countries.On Monday morning, the president reiterated his call for his promised border wall and said ongoing negotiations over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement could be affected by how Mexico enforces its own immigration laws.“Mexico, whose laws on immigration are very tough, must stop people from going through Mexico and into the U.S.,” he tweeted. “We may make this a condition of the new NAFTA Agreement. Our Country cannot accept what is happening! Also, we must get Wall funding fast.”last_img read more

Canadian ice core samples show Holocene temperatures were higher than today

first_imgThe Antarctic ice sheet. Credit: Stephen Hudson / Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Prior evidence has shown that global warming is happening in different degrees in different parts of the world, and that the biggest changes are occurring in the Arctic. As the planet warms, scientists look for examples from the past to predict what might happen in the future. In this new effort, the researchers report that temperatures at the end of the last ice age (8,000 to 11,000 years ago) were slightly warmer than they are today, which suggests that other studies might show the impact that such high temperatures had on the rest of the planet.The ice cores were taken from the Agassiz ice cap on Ellesmere Island several decades ago, but were not thoroughly examined due to budget constraints. They now reside at a site on the University of Alberta campus, which allowed the team access for study. The cores came from depths as much as a kilometer, offering a look into the distant past. The researchers measured ice that had melted and subsequently refroze and oxygen isotopes to learn more about air conditions during the time of their formation. The team reports that they found matching results from the two measuring methods, which strengthens their findings. They also report that overall, their findings offer more evidence of global warming which, they suggest, is most certainly due to human factors—natural factors, such as those that led to a warmer world during the Holocene (variations in the Earth’s orbit and tilt) occur at a much slower rate.The researchers suggest more research be done to look for changes wrought by the warmer conditions during the Holocene, both in the Arctic and other parts of the world, to predict what changes might be ahead. Explore further More information: Benoit S. Lecavalier et al. High Arctic Holocene temperature record from the Agassiz ice cap and Greenland ice sheet evolution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1616287114AbstractWe present a revised and extended high Arctic air temperature reconstruction from a single proxy that spans the past ∼12,000 y (up to 2009 CE). Our reconstruction from the Agassiz ice cap (Ellesmere Island, Canada) indicates an earlier and warmer Holocene thermal maximum with early Holocene temperatures that are 4–5 °C warmer compared with a previous reconstruction, and regularly exceed contemporary values for a period of ∼3,000 y. Our results show that air temperatures in this region are now at their warmest in the past 6,800–7,800 y, and that the recent rate of temperature change is unprecedented over the entire Holocene. The warmer early Holocene inferred from the Agassiz ice core leads to an estimated ∼1 km of ice thinning in northwest Greenland during the early Holocene using the Camp Century ice core. Ice modeling results show that this large thinning is consistent with our air temperature reconstruction. The modeling results also demonstrate the broader significance of the enhanced warming, with a retreat of the northern ice margin behind its present position in the mid Holocene and a ∼25% increase in total Greenland ice sheet mass loss (∼1.4 m sea-level equivalent) during the last deglaciation, both of which have implications for interpreting geodetic measurements of land uplift and gravity changes in northern Greenland. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has examined ice cores taken from an island in northern Canada in the 1980s and found that air temperatures during the Holocene were higher than today. Further, there have been unprecedented air temperature changes in the area over the past half-century. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of the cores and why they believe it may help better understand what might happen to our planet due to global warming.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Reconciling differences in interpretations of global warming hiatus Citation: Canadian ice core samples show Holocene temperatures were higher than today (2017, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-canadian-ice-core-samples-holocene.html © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

60000 panchayat members pay hiked in West Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government Monday increased the remuneration of about 60,000 members of three-tier panchayat system in West Bengal to recognise their “tireless work”. The hike will cost the state government exchequer Rs 220-225 crore. Banerjee Monday chaired a meeting with the members of zilla parishads of different districts at Nabanna Sabhaghar. The state has 825 zilla parishad members, 9,217 panchayat samiti members and 48,649 gram panchayat members. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the chief minister said, “The panchayat members work tirelessly for the people but are paid little. To change this situation, we have decided to increase their remuneration. This will increase the expense of the government by around Rs 220-225 crore.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata At the meeting, Banerjee asked them to improve public relations and meet people to address their problems. “They have to take steps to improve public relations. We have instructed the members to keep in touch with the local people and fix two hours every week to meet them,” she added. Sources said she had asked the members not to take any favour from people in exchange of government schemes. The government has been battling allegations that its leaders had taken money from people who wanted to avail welfare schemes. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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