Where is the body of John Franklin Inuit historian thinks he knows

first_imgGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – The man who guided searchers to the wreck of John Franklin’s flagship may have one more surprise left up his parka sleeve.“I believe that Franklin is in a vault on King William Island,” says Louie Kamookak, an Inuit historian who has spent 30 years correlating stories collected from elders with European logbooks and journals.The mystery that surrounds the Franklin Expedition is one of the great legends of Arctic exploration. The ships Erebus and Terror set out from England in 1845 with 129 men to search for the Northwest Passage, but they never returned.Little by little, the Franklin story is coming together.Artifacts and graves found throughout the 19th and 20th centuries were joined by several more bodies discovered in the 1980s. The ships were found in 2014 and 2016.But where is the grave of John Franklin?Kamookak relates two stories passed down through generations that may offer tantalizing clues.“One group of Inuit said they saw a burial of a great chief under the ground, under stone.”This was remarkable for the hunters, as Inuit traditionally buried their dead on the surface, wrapped in caribou skins and under a cairn. They investigated the site, expecting to find something similar. All they found was a flat stone.“They said he was a great shaman who turned to stone,” says Kamookak.In another account, a group of travelling Inuit came across a large wooden structure.“They managed to get a cross piece they took for a sled. The man who was telling the story said there was a flat stone and he could tell the stone was hollow.”Given that other expedition graves have been found on land, Kamookak believes Franklin’s is there too.“I don’t think they would have an ocean burial for him.”If he’s right, Franklin is probably still lying beneath the tundra on King William Island’s rocky and windswept northeast coast.If he’s wrong, chalk up one more mystery in a tale that’s been generating questions for 170 years.last_img read more

Trump budget will seek funds for border wall Space Force

first_imgWashington DC: President Donald Trump will be making a significant request for border wall funds and seeking money to stand up Space Force as a new branch of the military in the White House budget being released next week, an administration official said Friday. For the first time, Trump plans to stick with the strict spending caps imposed years ago, even though lawmakers have largely avoided them with new budget deals. That will likely trigger a showdown with Congress. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe official said the president’s plan promises to balance the budget in 15 years. Trump will seek USD 750 billion for defense, a boost for the military, while cutting non-defense discretionary spending by 5 per cent, said the official, who was unauthorized to discuss the document ahead of its release and spoke on condition of anonymity. Budgets are mainly seen as blueprints for White House priorities. But they are often panned on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers craft the appropriation bills that eventually fund the government, if the president signs them into law. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangTrump’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year will increase requests for some agencies while reducing others to reflect those priorities. Reductions are proposed, for example, for the Environmental Protection Agency. The official said Congress has ignored the president’s spending cuts for too long. The federal budget is bloated with wasteful spending, the official said, and the administration remains committed to balancing the budget. The cuts being requested by the White House would hit discretionary spending as well as some mandatory safety net programs, which Trump has proposed in the past. Many Republicans are often eager to reduce government spending, but Congress has had trouble passing bills that seriously slash the safety net programs used by many Americans. Budgets often rely on various accounting measures to achieve desired results. This one, for example, counts USD 546 billion in defense money as a base, but another USD 174 billion in another account to keep within caps. And while the budget will suggest it balances in future years, it is also expected to rely on projections for continued economic growth from the tax cuts Trump signed into law in 2017. But there’s no guarantee that would cover the lost tax revenues. By proposing spending levels that don’t raise the budget caps, the president is courting a debate with Congress. Lawmakers from both parties have routinely agreed to raise spending caps established by a previous deal years ago to fund the government. Trump, though, has tried to resist those deals. He threatened to veto the last one reached in 2017 to prevent a shutdown. Late last year, a fight over border wall funds sparked the 35-day shutdown that spilled into this year and became the longest in history.last_img read more

Man poses as WBSEDCL employee to extort money from customers in cop

first_imgKolkata: Officials of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has lodged a complaint with the West Midnapore police claiming that a person identified as Santanu Roy is collecting money from the customers in the district posing himself as a staff member of the WBSEDCL.A villager, who was duped by the accused, also registered a complaint at the local police station in this regard. On the basis of the complaint, the district police have arrested Roy who is a resident of Tatarpur village of West Midnapore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome of the villagers from the district alleged that the accused introduced himself as a WBSEDCL employee and has been collecting money from them. The matter came to light after Biswanath Soren a customer from Tatarpur village registered a complaint with the station manager of Ramjibanpur mentioning how he was duped by the accused. In his complaint, Soren said that Roy went to his house and collected Rs 7,100 claiming himself as an employee of the Customer Care Centre of the WBSEDCL. Initially, the Soren family mistook Roy as the WBSEDCL staffer but later they found that the accused had duped them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter going through the complaint from the customer, the senior officials of the WBSEDCL in the district found that the accused was neither a staffer nor he had any connection with the customer care centre of Ramjibanpur. The WBSEDCL had also suffered a huge revenue loss due to the extortion of money from the customers in the district. A senior official of the WBSEDCL in the district registered the complaint with the CK Town police station narrating the incident. . The investigating officers are interrogating the accused to ascertain the modus operandi. They are also trying to know if some other persons in involved in the incident.last_img read more

Taapsee combats mysterious identity in Game Over

first_imgChennai: In the teaser of the upcoming multilingual thriller Game Over, which was released recently, Taapsee Pannu plays a wheelchair-bound gamer combating a mysterious identity. The minute-long teaser, which mostly unfolds inside a house, looks chilling and intriguing. The teaser features the text “We all have two lives; the second one starts when we realise we only have one”. It indicates that the film is shrouded in mystery and a lot of questions will be answered when the film releases on June 14 in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, Game Over has been produced by Y Not Studios in association with Reliance Entertainment. Last week, Anurag Kashyap revealed that he will present the Hindi version of Game Over, which has music by Ron Yohann. Having already seen the film, he said he is kicked about presenting the film in Hindi. “I am very kicked about presenting this game-changing film in Hindi. This film proves yet again that the quality of filmmaking from the South is just outstanding and it’s great to see how Ashwin Saravanan has pushed the boundaries and has made a genre-bending film, something that we all have never seen before,” Anurag said in a statement. Earlier, Ashwin described the film as a “quirky thriller” that mostly unfolds inside a house. “It will feature very few characters. Ever since I saw Pink, I’ve wanted to work with Taapsee. I’m glad everything fell in place for this project,” he saidlast_img read more

Frey Tomkins to battle for OSU mens hockey goalie spot once again

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoImagine, as a student, that you have to take a test every Friday.You begin preparation each Monday, getting yourself as ready as you can be for the challenge soon to come — but there’s a catch.Your professor tells you that your Friday tests will only be given if he says so. He might give you the test, he might not.You just have to be ready.This has been the case for Ohio State junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins for the better part of the past two seasons.Frey’s journey at OSU began midway through the 2013-14 season after Collin Olson left the program and Tomkins was injured.The emergency call-up proved successful, as Frey would end up backstopping the Buckeyes to the championship of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament.OSU then-sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins (31) during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoHeading into the 2015-16 campaign, Frey carries a record of 18-16-5 accompanied with a 2.72 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.Tomkins has had his own shining moments throughout the course of his OSU career.Through 31 games played, the 2012 Chicago Blackhawks draftee has a record of 11-14-3 complemented by a 3.01 goals against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts.Since Frey’s arrival on campus, the man between the pipes in Game 1 of the typical Friday-Saturday matchups for the Scarlet and Gray is decided on Thursday after a full week of practice is completed.It’s not an uncommon situation for a collegiate team to utilize two goalies throughout the season.Fortunately for Frey and Tomkins, they’re in a comfortable routine, as this has been the status quo for a while now.“It’s the way things are,” Tomkins said. “It kind of gives you an opportunity when you don’t know throughout the week to prove yourself. It feels like you have an opportunity to maybe change the coaches’ minds a little bit.”OSU assistant coach Joe Exter is entering his fifth season with the Buckeyes. He coached former OSU goaltender Brady Hjelle to first-team All-American accolades in 2012-13, the first Buckeye to be named to the first team since 1998.A former netminder for Merrimack College and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, Exter knows the mindsets of his goalies better than anyone. He said he expects them to be ready to go, playing or not, and he understands their situation from a mental aspect.“We anticipate having a good goaltender once we step on the ice each game,” Exter said. “They’re human. They know that there’s one net. We’re not writers, we’re goaltenders. If you want the script to play out the way you feel or the way you hope, you better focus and take care of your job.”So what’s the secret to being on top of your game when you’re unaware if you have the starting job?“Acting every day as if you’re going to be the starter is key to consistency, and even if you’re not in, you still have to be ready,” Frey said. “When the other guy’s in, we’re right there cheering for him, hoping he does well, and when I’m in, he’s cheering for me and hoping I do well.”That relationship and the camaraderie between Frey and Tomkins allows the system to flow as smoothly as a one-on-one battle can.Whoever gets the nod for that first game of the weekend welcomes the challenge, but he also knows how quickly things can change.“Obviously you’re hoping to hear that you’re playing every Thursday, so when you do hear that, that you’re going to be the guy going on Friday night, it’s exciting, but at the same time you have to keep an even keel,” Tomkins said. “You can’t get too high when you’re playing and too low when you’re not.”Once again, it all comes back to just being ready.“If Thursday comes and you’re not the guy going on Friday, you still have to prepare on Friday and on Saturday as if you were going,” Tomkins said. “You never know.”   Either Tomkins or Frey is set to make the first start of the year when OSU opens the regular season at home against Bowling Green on Oct. 9. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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OSU junior forward Alexa Hart (22) and redshirt junior guard Kianna Holland (right) cheer a teammates’ basket on March 3 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports Director

New Ohio State pistol coach Emil Milev shoots for the next level

Emil Meliv, now Ohio State’s pistol coach, takes aim at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup at Fort Benning in Georgia on March 28, 2014. Credit: Courtesy of USA ShootingAfter competing in six Olympic games, Emil Milev has a new challenge ahead of him: being head coach of the Ohio State pistol team as it prepares for another triumphant season.The pistol team won last year’s women’s aggregate national championships and the open team intercollegiate championship for the third season in a row. Milev said he is looking forward to building on the success of an already highly decorated program and “taking it to the next level.”“The name is what led me here — it’s the best in the country,” Milev said. “I think the team and I can work together, and this collaboration can be beneficial to the program. I want to give them a lot of opportunities in the sport and in life.” The Bulgarian-born Milev competed for his home country in four Olympic games between 1992 and 2004 and earned the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta games, before moving to the U.S. in 2004 and becoming a U.S. citizen in 2009. He competed for the U.S. in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio games. Milev also is a six-time World Championship competitor, earning the silver medal in 1994. Milev began the sport of pistol as a hobby, going with friends to the shooting range. He began intercollegiate competition, eventually working toward qualifying for the World Championship and Olympics.“I felt hungry for the competitiveness, and started practicing harder, reading books and learning more about the sport,” Milev said. “Never in high school did I think I would be at six Olympic games and even receiving a medal. I just love it so much. I never dreamed it would be my life, but it slowly turned out to be that way. It’s very rewarding.”A main goal of Milev’s is to have the program focus more to the Olympic-styled events he knows best.“The [National Rifle Association] is making a few changes in their competitive events, but right now only three collegiate events pistol shooters participate in are Olympic,” Milev said. “I would like to see the program go in this direction, and eventually see athletes coming here to contribute to our team along with our athletes competing and winning in international matches in the years to come.”Pistol has multiple events in the men’s and women’s divisions, depending on the size of the gun used and the distance from the target. The type of competitions also vary in how fast the shooter must get the shots off. Most of the sport, as described by Milev, is a balance between controlling the fine-tuned machine to work with the shooter and the mental focus needed to be successful.“To truly appreciate pistol, you have to try it,” Milev said. “Even just learning more about it, asking our athletes about what they do and how they must train, people will understand this is truly a sport.”Sophomore Anthony McCollum, who earned the silver medal in last year’s national open-air competition, said Milev has already made an impact on the Buckeyes, though he was hired less than three weeks ago. The team competes on October 27-28 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where it will face Army, Coast Guard, North Dakota State and Utah to begin the season. “We ask for the Ohio State community to celebrate with us, there’s a lot of talent on this team and you can expect lots of wins this year,” Milev said. read more

DOT Plans Fixes For Fallen Rock Areas On The Seward Highway

first_imgMcCarthy: “We have been monitoring the Seward Highway MP 104-114 area for rock fall hazards. Central Region DOT&PF now has approval to address seven sites throughout the area that we can increase safety to the highway through lower cost improvements—draping of mesh, scaling and/or rock bolts. We also have approval to make more significant safety improvements at two additional sites (MP 113.2 and MP 109). These projects will take some time to develop, but we anticipate the improvements to be complete in 2020.” McCarthy says the design phase of the fixes has been approved, but until the work beings DOT doesn’t want people to stop along this area as it still continues to shed rocks. DOT still asking drivers to use caution in the MP 109 and 114 area especially with the loose rocks under the fresh snowfall. Shannon McCarthy with DOT says there are several areas between mileposts 104 and 114 that will either have rock bolts, or mesh installed to try to stop falling rock before it reaches the road.center_img Facebook46TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After the Seward Highway saw significant rock fall after the 7.0 earthquake on November 30 officials with the Department of Transportation are now tasked with finding a way to prevent this from occurring again in the future. The popular Seward Highway MP 109 water spout has been removed and is currently barricaded off. McCarthy: “We are cautioning people not to stop in that area, don’t collect water.”last_img read more

10 youths rescued while being trafficked to India

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 10 young men from Gatipara border in Benapole Port police station while they were being trafficked to India on Friday night.They rescued are from different areas of Pirojpur and Bagerhat districts.Daulatpur camp of BGB-21 battalion company commander Subeder Manzur Rahman said on secret information a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area at night and held the 10 youths who were heading to India in search of job.Sensing the presence of BGB men, the human traffickers managed to flee the scene.Later, BGB handed over the rescued to Benapole Port police station.A case was filed in this connection.last_img

Putin accuses BBC of supporting Navalny

first_imgVladimir PutinRussian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday responded to a question from a BBC reporter on opposition leader Alexei Navalny by accusing the British broadcaster of supporting the Kremlin critic.“When I heard you were from the BBC, I didn’t doubt for a moment you would ask precisely that question because it’s in a certain sense propaganda of the people whom you support,” Putin said answering a question about whether he sees Navalny as a political competitor following nationwide protests organised by the opposition leader.Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars after being detained Monday on his way to a protest in Moscow against government corruption, where hundreds were arrested in the city centre.“Any form of protest, including demonstrations, should remain in the framework of the law,” Putin said. “Those who violate the law must answer for these violations.”“It’s one thing to organise protests, and another to use these protests as an instrument for provocations and exacerbating the situation for self-promotion,” Putin said, without mentioning Navalny by name in his customary manner.“This is done not to improve the situation in the country, not to solve people’s problems, but to solve one’s own problems that have to do with self-publicity.”Navalny has organised protests on March 26 and June 12 after airing a film alleging that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev commands vast personal wealth through a network of foundations, which was viewed over 23 million times and re-ignited the opposition’s anti-corruption message.The 41-year-old lawyer has announced his intention to stand for president against Putin in 2018, though Putin himself has dodged questions whether he will run for what would be his fourth historic term.Putin was speaking to journalists after his annual marathon phone-in with Russian citizens, during which he said that judging by the public’s questions sent to the studio, government corruption is “not a priority.”last_img read more

Indias top court bans triple talaq

first_imgIndia’s top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, saying it was unconstitutional.A panel of Supreme Court judges said that the practice, known as “triple talaq”, “is not integral to religious practice and violates constitutional morality”.last_img

2 killed in city gunfight with RAB

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo people were killed in what Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called gunfights with them in Badda and Mirpur of Dhaka early Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Senior ASP Kamruzzaman of RAB-1 said Maharaz Khalifa, 40, a drug trader from Banani area, was killed in a gunfight with the force in Satarkul area of Badda around 1:15am.A RAB-1 team raided the area after being tipped off that Khalifa and his associates were there for drug dealings. The criminals opened fire as soon as the RAB team reached the spot, triggering a gunfight, Kamruzzaman said.Khalifa, wounded in the gunfight, was arrested and taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead around 3:15am.Two firearms and 300 yaba pills were recovered from the spot. A member of RAB was injured during the gunfight, the ASP claimed.The other deceased was identified as Byanga Babu, 38, second-in-command of the notorious ‘Shahadat Bahini’, said major Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, second-in-command of RAB-4.Babu was killed in an alleged gunfight with the law enforcement in Beribadh area of Mirpur.Babu, who had fled to India few years ago, recently returned to Dhaka to take part in a killing mission, said Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed.Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team went to the spot. Babu was killed in an ensuing gunfight between RAB and the criminals around 3:15am, he said.The deceased was wanted in 20 cases, including at least seven for murder, said RAB.A pistol, a magazine and one round of bullet were recovered from the spot.According to a human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Las Vegas Gunmans Girlfriend Returns To US For Questioning

first_imgTwitter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department This photo provided by the Twitter of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Marilou Danley.The Las Vegas gunman’s girlfriend returned to the U.S. overnight after a weekslong trip abroad and was met by investigators seeking to question her for clues to what drove Stephen Paddock to slaughter 59 people from his high-rise hotel suite.More than two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the question of why someone with no known record of violence or crime would open fire on a country music festival was unanswered.Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, 62, who was in the Philippines at the time of the Sunday night bloodbath, was met by FBI agents at the Los Angeles airport late Tuesday, according to a law enforcement official who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who has called Danley a “person of interest” in the attack, said on Tuesday that “we anticipate some information from her shortly” and that he is “absolutely” confident authorities will find out what set off Paddock.The 64-year-old high-stakes gambler and retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, killed himself as police closed in on his 32nd-floor room at the Mandalay Bay hotel casino.Danley’s sisters in Australia said in a TV interview there that they believe she couldn’t have known about Paddock’s murderous plans, and that he must have sent her away so she wouldn’t interfere.The sisters — whose faces were obscured and their names withheld — said Danley is “a good person” who would’ve stopped Paddock had she been there.“She probably was even (more) shocked than us because she is more closer to him than us,” said one of the sisters, who live near Brisbane.Whatever Paddock’s motive, authorities said he planned the attack methodically, not only stockpiling nearly two dozen guns in his hotel room but setting up cameras in the peephole and on a service cart outside his door, apparently to watch for police coming for him.During the rampage, a hotel security guard who approached the room was shot through the door and wounded in the leg.“The fact that he had the type of weaponry and amount of weaponry in that room, it was preplanned extensively,” the sheriff said, “and I’m pretty sure he evaluated everything that he did and his actions, which is troublesome.”FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, speaking at a cybersecurity forum Wednesday in Boston, said investigators are busy “reconstructing the life, the behavior, the pattern of activity of this individual and anyone and everyone who may have crossed his path in the days and the weeks leading up to this horrific event.”Asked if investigators had determined why Paddock carried out the attack, he said, “We are not there yet.” He suggested that was a surprise and unusual.“This individual and this attack didn’t leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks,” McCabe said.Also Wednesday, President Donald Trump was set to arrive in Las Vegas to meet with public officials, first responders and some of the 527 people injured in the attack. At least 45 patients at two hospitals remained in critical condition.Paddock had been stockpiling guns since 1982 and bought 33 of them, mostly rifles, over the past year alone, right up until three days before the attack, Jill Snyder, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told CBS on Wednesday.He had rigged 12 semi-automatic rifles with devices that allowed the guns to fire like an automatic weapon, she said. Authorities previously disclosed that he had such “bump stock” devices with him at the hotel.Snyder said authorities would not have been notified of the rifle purchases but would have been informed if two or more guns were bought at one time.Paddock transferred $100,000 to the Philippines in the days before the shooting, a U.S. official briefed by law enforcement but not authorized to speak publicly because of the continuing investigation told the AP on condition of anonymity.Investigators are still trying to trace that money and are also looking into a least a dozen financial reports over the past several weeks that said Paddock gambled more than $10,000 per day, the official said.___Associated Press writers Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Philippines; Brian Skoloff, Regina Garcia Cano and Sally Ho in Las Vegas; Brian Melley and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles; and Eric Tucker, Sadie Gurman and Tami Abdollah in Washington contributed to this report.___ Sharelast_img read more

Barnes Noble Says Goodbye to the District

first_imgThe Barnes & Noble store on 12th Street shuttered Jan. 2, which closes the last store of the book chain inside the city. (Courtesy photos)The hustle and bustle of the Barnes & Noble downtown D.C. location seemed as if it was unending. From avid readers who used its store shelves as a marketplace for finding new books, to college students who made its café the perfect study hub, many took advantage of its location, hours, and accessibility.However, the store closed the doors of its 2-story location on Jan. 2, forcing D.C. residents to not only lose the city’s only national book chain, but also a much-needed retail-community space.While some reports suggest plans to close the store came on the heels of an economic downturn which projected the closure of 10 stores throughout 2016, Barnes & Noble Vice President of Development David Deason told the Washington Business Journal that the location simply lost its lease. “Despite our best efforts to come to an agreement with the property owner to extend the lease, they have decided to move forward with another tenant and the store will close at the end of December,” Deason said. “The Washington, D.C. community is extremely important to us.”“The quality of life of District residents is being dictated by developers, who could care less about the literacy of our kids,” Carlos Solinas, a Ward 1 resident and literacy campaign organizer, told the AFRO. “What does it say about a major metropolitan city and the seat of the U.S. government that there is not a single major book retailer inside the city?”Solinas points to the closure of independent bookstores like Sisterspace and Books and Karibu, which lost leases through redevelopment and eventually went out of business, as an early sign of things to come. Few people, he said, believed that same type of closure could take place with a book chain. However, 2011 brought the closure of Barnes & Noble stores in Georgetown and the Borders stores; and in 2013 the closure of the Union Station location – replaced with an H&M clothing store. The Booksa-Million store in DuPont Circle also closed in 2015.“Lots of people are moving to digital books, but that is what makes stores like Barnes & Noble that much more functional,” Howard University student Amanda Tyson, who uses the university-operated B&N location connected to the campus, told the AFRO. “I’m sorry to see the closure of the store just because it maintained hours as late as 11 p.m. and was convenient to everything downtown.”With the closure of the store, the building’s 32,000-square-foot off space, owned by MetLife and Norges Bank Investment Management, has become vacant.Community activist Royce Neville, said the absence of a book chain in the city speaks volumes to residents about the priorities of developers who take possession of property. “The fact that a major retailer was placed on a month-tomonth lease that jeopardized the access residents had to a retail space where learning took place, demonstrates the value these outsiders place on our activities,” Neville said. “We don’t need another luxury apartment building, restaurant, or clothing store. At some point there has to be an investment in something more than turning a profit.” ssherman@afro.comlast_img read more

Study suggests midmantle holds as much water as Earths oceans

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan and Germany has found evidence that suggests the middle of Earth’s mantle holds as much water as the planet’s oceans. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their theory and their experiments to try to prove them correct. © 2017 Phys.org Scientists discover why rocks flow slowly in Earth’s middle mantle Explore further 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. Scientists are convinced that the uppermost part of the mantle and lower part closest to the core are relatively water free. This is because the materials they are made of can’t to store water very well. The layer in between (at 410 to 660 kilometers below the surface), however, has been a topic of debate, with some believing it is also nearly water free and others suggesting it could harbor massive amounts of water. This is because the mid-mantle is dominated by the minerals wadsleyite and ringwoodite, which are known to be able to hold a lot of water. In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle the debate by using logic and lab experiments.The team notes that prior research has shown that the viscosity of the middle zone of the mantle is lower than that of both the upper mantle and lower mantle. To figure out if the middle zone is holding water, the researchers used this information and conducted lab experiments meant to replicate such conditions. They created synthetic ringwoodite to represent the middle mantle and bridgmanite to represent material from the lower mantle. They then used a technique that involved measuring dislocation mobility to infer viscosity and then added water to the ringwoodite. They report that doing so reduced its viscosity and matched measurements taken of the real mantle—this suggests that the real-world middle mantle does, indeed, hold water. By adjusting the amount of water added to their synthetic mantle and calculating changes in viscosity, they were able to estimate how waterlogged the real-world minerals are. They then used that information to calculate how much water is in the entire mid-mantle. They report that it is very nearly equal to the amount of water in all of the world’s oceans.More testing will have to be done, of course, but if scientists can prove without doubt that the middle mantle is filled with water, it calls into question theories that suggest water arrived on Earth from comets.center_img Citation: Study suggests mid-mantle holds as much water as Earth’s oceans (2017, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-mid-mantle-earth-oceans.html Journal information: Science Advances TEM images of ringwoodite and bridgmanite before and after annealing. (A) Inverted bright-field image of ringwoodite before annealing (ρi = 11.0/μm2). (B) Inverted bright-field image of ringwoodite after annealing for 12 hours at 2000 K (ρf = 0.87/μm2). (C) Dark-field image of bridgmanite before annealing (ρi = 8.43/μm2). (D) Dark-field image of bridgmanite after annealing for 24 hours at 1600 K (ρf = 4.32/μm2). Rw., ringwoodite; Brg., bridgmanite. Credit: Science Advances  07 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1603024, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603024 More information: A nearly water-saturated mantle transition zone inferred from mineral viscosity, Science Advances  07 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1603024, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603024 , http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/6/e1603024.fullAbstractAn open question for solid-earth scientists is the amount of water in Earth’s interior. The uppermost mantle and lower mantle contain little water because their dominant minerals, olivine and bridgmanite, have limited water storage capacity. In contrast, the mantle transition zone (MTZ) at a depth of 410 to 660 km is considered to be a potential water reservoir because its dominant minerals, wadsleyite and ringwoodite, can contain large amounts of water [up to 3 weight % (wt %)]. However, the actual amount of water in the MTZ is unknown. Given that water incorporated into mantle minerals can lower their viscosity, we evaluate the water content of the MTZ by measuring dislocation mobility, a property that is inversely proportional to viscosity, as a function of temperature and water content in ringwoodite and bridgmanite. We find that dislocation mobility in bridgmanite is faster by two orders of magnitude than in anhydrous ringwoodite but 1.5 orders of magnitude slower than in water-saturated ringwoodite. To fit the observed mantle viscosity profiles, ringwoodite in the MTZ should contain 1 to 2 wt % water. The MTZ should thus be nearly water-saturated globally.last_img read more

If consumer wants luxury condoms whats the issue HC to Centre

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday questioned the Centre on its decision to put a ceiling on the prices of condoms saying what was the issue if consumers are willing to pay for premium or luxury male contraceptives.A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw posed the query to the government while hearing a plea by pharma firms Reckitt Benckiser and JK Ansell Ltd (JKAL) who have challenged the government’s decision to put a ceiling on the prices of condoms. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAdditional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, responded that condoms are currently in the national list of essential medicines and there can be no gradation, of luxury and ordinary, where drugs are concerned. The pharma firms have in their pleas contended that their products are ‘devices’ not ‘medicines’ and thus would not fall under the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO). Therefore, no cap can be put on the prices, they said.last_img read more

Parts of the A50 are to to be closed for five nights

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned a section of the A50 is to be closed next week as part of essential roadworks. The dual carriageway is to be closed in both directions for five nights between the Blythe Bridge roundabout and the McDonald’s roundabout in Uttoxeter to allow works to continue on the A522 near to the JCB World Parts Centre. The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and will apply on the following dates: closed overnight eastbound only on Wednesday, January 16; closed overnight westbound only on Thursday, January 17; closed overnight in both directions Friday, January 18; Saturday, January 19; Sunday, December 20. The A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter (Image: Google Maps) Diversions will be in place through Tean, Lower Tean and Checkley. Read MoreFOUR speed bumps are set to be installed on this Stoke-on-Trent ‘rat-run’ road (and residents think they’re a great idea)   Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “I am delighted that this major piece of engineering is such a success and will deliver so many benefits, supporting the creation of new jobs and more homes locally, while cutting congestion and improving road safety. “As always, I’m grateful for people’s patience while the work is carried out.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

– When it comes to the return game the Cardinals

first_img– When it comes to the return game, the Cardinals have a ridiculous amount of options and weapons.Stat of the DayThe Cardinals have converted on the fewest number of 3rd downs in the NFL this season and their percentage of 31.5 percent is the second-worst mark in the league. The only team that trails them is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are making good on just 29 percent of their attempts.Quote of the Day“I expect to play the whole time,” receiver Michael Floyd said. “Not holding anything back. If I was going to hold anything back I probably wouldn’t play, so, you know, yeah I’m going to play.”This Day in Arizona Cardinals HistoryOn November 15, 1998, the upstart Cardinals hosted the rival Dallas Cowboys in front of a sold out crowd at Sun Devil Stadium. The Cards were 5-4 and the Cowboys 6-3, so needless to say this game was kind of big. Hell, even the end zones were painted to look like the Arizona flag. Anyway, things didn’t look good early for the Cardinals, as they fell behind 28-0 in the second quarter due to some turnovers and simply bad play.However, the Cardinals got on the board with a two-yard Frank Sanders touchdown catch late in the half, and from there everyone was treated to a hell of a football game. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Touchdowns from Mario Bates and Rob Moore sandwiched Emmitt Smith’s third TD run of the day, and a seven-yard TD pass from Jake Plummer to Adrian Murrell with just more than four minutes remaining brought Arizona to within seven. The Cards got the ball back and Plummer drove them down the field, but his pass to Moore in the corner of the end zone fell incomplete, allowing the Cowboys to escape with a 35-28 win. For the record, there may have been pass interference on Dallas’ Kevin Smith on the play (cough…there was…cough…), but the Cardinals ended up getting their revenge a month and a half later in the playoffs.At any rate, Plummer finished the day completing 31-of-36 passes for 465 yards with three TDs and one INT, with Sanders being responsible for 190 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions.Smith led the way for the Cowboys, gaining 118 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Quarterback Troy Aikman completed 14-of-18 passes for 208 yards and a score. – / 9 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals had their last practice in the Valley before heading east for a matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Of Note:– Both John Abraham and Michael Floyd were out on the field during the portion of practice that was open to the media. Neither participated in the special teams drills, but the guess here is they’ll be good to go Sunday.– Jay Feely does what he can to be involved during practice. Whether it’s acting as a punt returner, a gunner or whatever, he does not just stand around when not called upon to kick.last_img read more

Rep Iden supports bill to remove excessive licensure fees on tradesmen

first_img Categories: Featured news,Iden News,News Tags: #SB, HB 5714, Regulatory Reform, remove licensure fees, State Plumbing Act, tradesmen 14Sep Rep. Iden supports bill to remove excessive licensure fees on tradesmencenter_img State Representative Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, received unanimous approval today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his amendment to House Bill 5714 sponsored by Majority Floor Leader Rep. Aric Nesbitt, removing excessive licensure fees currently imposed on plumbers.This legislation amends the State Plumbing Act to clarify that people who have both a master plumber license and plumbing contractor license should pay only one license fee upon their initial application for and renewal of the license.“The role of state government should not discourage folks from further expanding upon their professional careers by avoiding excessive fees and fines imposed by a state department,” Rep. Iden said.“HB 5714 prevents the doubling of fees for people who have both a master plumber and plumbing contractor license. Eliminating this burdensome fee on tradesmen, such as plumbers will help boost economic growth and help to save small business owners an additional expense.”#####last_img read more