Fiber optics in Antarctica will monitor ice sheet melting

first_imgEarth is rapidly being wired with fiber-optic cables—inexpensive, flexible strands of silicon dioxide that have revolutionized telecommunications. They’ve already crisscrossed the planet’s oceans, linking every continent but one: Antarctica. Now, fiber optics has arrived at the continent, but to measure ice sheet temperatures rather than carry telecommunication signals. A team of scientists using an innovative fiber-optic cable–based technology has measured temperature changes within and below the ice over 14 months. This technology, they say, offers a powerful new tool to observe and quantify melting at the base of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the collapse of which may help drive a worldwide increase in sea levels of more than 3 meters.  The oil and gas industry has been using fiber-optic cables to measure temperatures in boreholes for decades, says Scott Tyler, a hydrologist at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Tyler has been adapting this technology for his own environmental monitoring in places ranging from Chile’s Atacama Desert to Switzerland, ramping up the sampling speed and resolution in order to measure small temperature changes in lakes, streams, and the atmosphere.Recently, he began hearing from scientists working in Antarctica who were interested in deploying the technology there. The hope is that the cables could reveal secrets about what’s happening underneath the ice sheets, especially about melting at the so-called grounding line, the place where the bottom of an ice sheet meets the slightly warmer ocean. This junction is where much of the melting is taking place. Driven by stronger winds resulting from climate change, ocean waters in the Southern Ocean are mixing more powerfully, so that relatively warm deep water rises to the surface and eats away at the underside of the ice.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Tyler and his colleagues, including David Holland, an oceanographer at New York University, and Victor Zagorodnov, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, Columbus, installed the technology from November to December 2011. They drilled through about 200 meters of ice, unspooled a length of optical fiber into the borehole, and then extended the cable through the hole and down about a kilometer into the ocean beneath. To measure temperatures along the cable’s length, the team sends pulses of light down the fiber and observes how the fiber backscatters the light, returning it in the direction from which it came. “It’s like shining a flashlight into a dusty room and you can see specks of dust,” Tyler says. As the temperature changes down the length of the borehole, the light travels at slightly different speeds, and the color of the backscattered light changes slightly as well. The frequencies of the backscattered light are measured by an optical receiver and those signals are processed to determine temperatures. “It’s a really subtle change in color that your eyes can’t see but our instruments can,” Tyler says. “The color of that light tells me the temperature of that place along the fiber.”The power of this “distributed temperature sensing” is that it provides more than just a snapshot of a temperature at a particular depth—instead, the technique allowed the researchers to measure temperatures all along the length of the fiber. What they observed, they reported online this month in Geophysical Research Letters, was a rich time series showing the interplay of ice and ocean water. “We can actually see the bottom of the shelf moving up over time” as the ice melts, Tyler says. “Instead of an average annual melt rate, we can get the melt rate almost on a daily basis, which is pretty hard to do,” Tyler says. “We were pretty sure we’d see temperature changes—and we did, we saw a beautiful influx of warm water,” a pulse that was about –1.3°C, just slightly above freezing for sea water, which is about –1.9°C, he says.Recording these temperatures continuously can help scientists develop a detailed picture of the physics by which the ocean melts the ice shelves from below, says oceanographer Laurence Padman of Earth & Space Research in Corvallis, Oregon. Researchers can measure annual changes in how the melt rate occurs, for example, or the effects of a single pulse of warm deep-ocean water. “It allows us to know what the ocean is doing at the same time the ice is responding to it,” says Padman, who was not connected with the study. “It’s a neat extra tool to have in our toolbox for looking at how ocean and ice shelves interact.”One disadvantage to using fiber-optic temperature sensors to study ice shelves, Padman notes, is that they aren’t particularly easy to deploy, requiring drilling through ice that can be as much as 2 kilometers thick. So although it offers the opportunity to collect a continuous time series, it’s unlikely to offer broad spatial coverage. But “we’re used to that in the Antarctic, not being able to get everything we want,” he says.Although Tyler’s team pulled its instruments out of the borehole in January 2013, the mooring that held the cable in place remains frozen into the ice shelf, he says—and the team hopes they can get back to it for a longer term monitoring project. Tyler’s lab has also been working with a U.S. team that drilled into Antarctica’s subglacial Lake Whillans in 2013, installing a fiber-optic cable to measure heat flux in the lake.Meanwhile, he says, other researchers are becoming interested in how they might be able to use fiber optics. The National Science Foundation supports a joint center at UNR and Oregon State University that makes fiber-optic equipment available to the research community. “Our goal is to keep these instruments in the field,” Tyler says.last_img read more

Toyota Innova Crysta launched in Mumbai; prices start at Rs 13.84 lakh

first_imgToyota has finally updated the Innova after a decade-long run. The new generation model of the MPV is called Innova Crysta and has been launched at a base price of Rs 13.84 lakh, ex-showroom Mumbai  with the top of tine variant costing Rs 20.78 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Also Read: First Drive Report: We drive the new Innova before its launch The Innova Crysta was first launched in Indonesia last year and has taken its time to before appearing on Indian shores. Earlier, the competition for the Innova was represented by the Renault Lodgy and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. With the new prices, the Innova Crysta has pushed itself above the rest with a difference of Rs 4.2 lakh in its prices, when compared to the outgoing model of the MPV. Gallery: Toyota updates the Innova, calls it the Innova Crysta The Innova will also get an automatic transmission for the first time, coupled with the new 2.8-litre diesel mill that Toyota is offering on the Innova Crysta. It is capable of producing 172 bhp and 373 Nm of torque. A smaller 2.4-litre diesel mill is also available, and it will be offered with a five-speed manual transmission. The smaller engine is capable of churning out 150 bhp and 340 Nm of torque. The engines also get three different modes – Eco, Normal and Sport. Currently, the new Toyota Innova will be in a segment of its own in the Indian car market due to its pricing. The only direct competition for the new Innova in the near future can be the Tata Hexa.advertisementlast_img read more

Gujarat Lions pacer Basil Thampi will soon represent India, says Dwayne Bravo

first_imgWest Indies’ World T20-winning all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is mighty impressed with uncapped Kerala speedster Basil Thampi, saying he could soon represent India.Both Bravo and Thampi are turning out for Gujarat Lions in the ongoing Indian Premier League.”Basil Thampi is a very, very talented youngster. I would say he will get the opportunity to play for Team India in a year or so. He has the talent, obviously, but he also has a lot of heart, pace and the skill. He’s always willing to learn,” Bravo told PTI on Wednesday.During Gujarat Lions’ match against Mumbai Indians, the tall pacer impressed everyone by consistently bowling yorkers.On Tuesday, when Royal Challengers Bangalore took the Gujarat Lions attack to the cleaners, Thampi returned with economical figures of 1/31 and bowled the maximum (11) dot balls.Thampi’s maiden IPL wicket came in the form of Chris Gayle, after the opener had smashed a 38-ball 77. The bowler set it up with a yorker and trapped him next ball with another full-length delivery.An excited Bravo, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, went straight to the Kerala pacer and said he would like to take him under his wings.”He’s willing to learn. He asks the right questions. I think India cricket is in right direction when you have someone like him.”Bowling 140-plus, like Indian speedsters Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Thampi has the skill and is really good. I really wish him all the best from the bottom of my heart.”Bravo is ever ready to offer tips to the 23-year-old.advertisement”I follow him very closely, I try to give him a lot of confidence and experience, explain to him, break down the game to him. He’s still in a learning phase.”He has the raw natural talent and ability. It’s a matter of playing more games, give him more experience and exposure.”Talking about himself, Bravo has said he’s “a game or two away” from returning to action.Bravo had taken 17 wickets from 15 matches last season and his absence is hurting the team, which is struggling at the bottom of the table with just a win from five matches.”It does not matter to me who’s ahead of me (in representing India). I think no one can compete with me. I consider myself as a special talent”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup Probe in Turmoil

first_imgGENEVA — Hours after a FIFA judge cleared Russia and Qatar of corruption in their winning World Cup bids, the American who led the investigation said he would appeal the decision to close the case because it was based on “materially incomplete and erroneous” information.In what appears to be an open act of conflict within FIFA, prosecutor Michael Garcia criticized ethics judge Joachim Eckert’s 42-page report clearing the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts.Eckert’s findings, which were released Nov. 12, were based on Garcia’s investigation. Despite finding wrongdoing among the 11 bidding nations, Eckert said the integrity of the December 2010 votes was not affected.The dispute between Garcia and Eckert further fueled the turmoil surrounding FIFA’s decision to give the next two World Cups to Russia and Qatar.Questions about the integrity and validity of the hosting decision have been raised ever since the vote by FIFA’s executive committee.“Today’s decision by (Eckert) contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions detailed in the Investigatory Chamber’s report,” Garcia said in a statement released by his law firm. “I intend to appeal this decision to the FIFA Appeal Committee.”Garcia had called for key details of his 430 pages of investigation to be published, provoking clashes with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.Eckert’s report seemed to confirm that the 2022 World Cup would definitely be played in Qatar — though exactly when is still unclear as FIFA seeks an alternative to the desert heat in June and July. Qatar has also come under scrutiny for its treatment of foreign laborers.“FIFA welcomes the fact that a degree of closure has been reached,” the governing body said Thursday in a statement before Garcia announced his objections. “As such, FIFA looks forward to continuing the preparations for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022, which are already well underway.”Eckert formally ended the probe almost four years after the vote by the governing body’s scandal-tainted executive committee. No proof was found of bribes or voting pacts in a probe hampered by a lack of access to evidence and uncooperative witnesses.“The evaluation of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process is closed for the FIFA Ethics Committee,” the German judge wrote in a statement released by FIFA.Both winners, however, had issues highlighted by Eckert.Qatar’s bid had “potentially problematic facts and circumstances,” plus a “significant lack of transparency” in its use of advisers. Computers leased for use by Russia staffers were later destroyed.Eckert’s report reserved his harshest condemnation for England’s failed bid for the 2018 tournament. It criticized England for wooing disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and “damaging the image of FIFA and the bidding process.”The corruption case is still open for past and current members of FIFA’s ruling board, but it is unclear who might be targeted.Critics of FIFA have long relied on Eckert and Garcia to build a case to remove the wealthy desert emirate as host in 2022 by proving suspicions that votes and influence were bought. Qatar beat the United States 14-8 in the final round of a five-nation contest.The Qatari organizing committee said it would study the report before commenting.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ICC committee unlikely to discuss Pakistan boycott during Dubai meet

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) will clear India’s “doubts” about security at the upcoming World Cup but the world body is unlikely to even discuss a possible boycott of Pakistan when its Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meets here on Wednesday.More than 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the Pulwama terror attack which led to demands that India should boycott the Pakistan game in the World Cup in Manchester on June 16.Responding to the outrage, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket wrote a letter to the ICC urging it boycott countries from where “terrorism emanates” but did not specifically name Pakistan.The quarterly meeting of the ICC will start in Dubai on Wednesday with the Chief Executives (CEC) meeting where BCCI CEO Rahul Johri’s letter will be tabled and the matter will be discussed.The BCCI had expressed its concern about the safety of the players and officials during the World Cup which starts May 30 in England.”The ICC will provide all the details of the security arrangements made for the World Cup. It will be same for all the participating nations and England and Wales Cricket Board have always provided top-notch arrangements,” a senior BCCI official privy to the ICC’s functioning told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”But since there has been an apprehension, the doubts will be cleared,” the official added.’ICC in no position to ask for boycott of member nation’However, it is learnt that ICC is unlikely to even discuss the possibility of boycotting Pakistan as it is not a “feasible option”.advertisement”The ICC is in no position to ask any cricket board to sever ties with another member nation. It doesn’t have right to do so. This is a diplomatic issue which is dealt with at the government level.”A member board can always discuss the issue if they want but one can be rest assured that nothing will happen,” said the official, who has been a part of many ICC meetings.Opinion has been divided on the calls for boycott with former India captain Sourav Ganguly and senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh wanting the June 16 match to be called off.However, they haven’t clarified what happens if Pakistan make it to the semifinals or the final.On the other hand, two of the biggest names in Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, want India to beat Pakistan as a walkover would mean giving two points on a platter to the arch-rivals.Skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have maintained that they will “abide by whatever decision the government takes.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Ganguly’s clarification on India vs Pakistan World Cup matchAlso Read | During 2-minute silence in honour of Pulwama martyrs, Virat Kohli gestures crowd to actually stay silentAlso See:last_img read more

TFA Director of Selectors Applications

first_imgRecently applications were opened for TFA Director Positions. Due to receipt of late expressions of interest, TFA is reopening the process and is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable individuals to fill the following national level volunteers: ·          Director of Selectors EOI is due by COB Wednesday 16th June 2010 and should be forwarded to Tara Steel at Filesdirector_of_selectors_may_2010-pdflast_img

70 years later, Minnetonka Moccasins are still superb slip-ons

first_img Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom Turns Algae Into Sustainable, Stylish Footwear 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Offering product that is “Well Made to Be Well Worn,” iconic footwear brand Minnetonka, which is best known for its classic Minnetonka moccasins, is currently marking its 70th anniversary. Jori Miller, VP of Product Development and the daughter of CEO David Miller, recently caught up with The Manual about this beloved brand’s past, present and future and discussed it current styles, all of which blend timeless style with extreme comfort.What is the history and background of Minnetonka?Minnetonka is a fourth-generation, family-owned business headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Established in 1946, we are excited to be celebrating our 70th anniversary this year. As a company we’ve evolved over those 70 years from our early days as a purveyor of souvenirs to the gift market to a global brand best know for a full range of moccasins, boots, slippers and sandals for the whole family.Related: Hit the Road with Ventoso’s Classic Driving MocsWhat are your bestselling men’s styles at the moment and why are they popular?Our current bestsellers stand out due to their luxe materials, like deerskin and moosehide, hand craftsmanship and above all else extreme comfort combined with the classic Minnetonka look. Some of the current bestselling styles are the P.W. Driving Moc, Double Deerskin Softsole and Moosehide Classic.Please talk about the craftsmanship and materials that Minnetonka uses.We describe our products as “well made to be well worn.” All our of our products are expertly handcrafted using only the finest leathers such as premium deerskin and moosehide.Our newest style, the P.W. Driving Moc, is a great testament to the detail and craftsmanship we put into each pair. A single pair of P.W. Driving moccasins takes three days to construct and are custom-made to order. We partnered with Horween Leather Company to create a special natural shrunken leather using a proprietary blend of waxes, oils and tanning agents, that resulted in a rich feeling, beautifully textured leather that combines superior durability and feel.You recently launched the Custom Made collection. How has that been received and what makes those shoes special?Our custom P.W. Driving Moc has been very well received. It was originally designed as a tribute to Minnetonka’s founder, Phillip W Miller, and the craftsmanship of times past. We challenged ourselves to go back in time and craft a moccasin like it was done before modern equipment, using no electricity or machinery. We currently offer 14 different style variations and 51 different size options and each pair takes three days to construct and is custom-made to order.Who is the “typical” guy who wears Minnetonkas?The typical Minnetonka guy appreciates classic style, comfort and high quality hand-craftsmanship above all else.Tell me about the slipper collaboration you did with Opening Ceremony.We jumped at the chance to collaborate with Opening Ceremony on a six-piece capsule collection for Holiday 2015. For men, we were able to bring together the comfort and hand-craftsmanship of our Sheepskin Line Moose Slipper while adding a playful Opening Ceremony twist with checkered laces and silver chrome tips inspired by the look of classic aviator jackets.What sets Minnetonka apart from other footwear brands?Our 70-year history, attention to hand craftsmanship and quality details and overall commitment to our customer to create a product they will enjoy wearing for years to come.What can we expect from Minnetonka in the future?We are excited as we look ahead at possible new opportunities and collaborations to expand our men’s collection of moccasins, boots and slippers. With everything we do it’s important to continue to find new ways to evolve the product through design and assortments while keeping our customer top of mind and staying true to our Minnetonka DNA. If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? last_img read more

US Blacklists Venezuelas PDVSA

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The United States has imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-run oil firm PDVSA as part of further pressure on the government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro. Venezuela, the world’s fifth largest oil exporter and OPEC member, depends largely on its oil export revenue.As a result of the decision, all property and interests in property of PDVSA subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. According to a statement the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the designation is aimed at preventing further diverting of Venezuela’s assets by Maduro and curbing the use of the oil firm in corruption practices.The U.S. sanctions need not be permanent, OFAC said, and the U.S. will consider lifting sanctions for those who take concrete, meaningful, and verifiable actions to combat corruption in Venezuela, including PDVSA. “The United States is holding accountable those responsible for Venezuela’s tragic decline, and will continue to use the full suite of its diplomatic and economic tools to support Interim President Juan Guaidó, the National Assembly, and the Venezuelan people’s efforts to restore their democracy,” said Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin.“The path to sanctions relief for PDVSA is through the expeditious transfer of control to the Interim President or a subsequent, democratically elected government.”According to Bloomberg, even though the sanctions relate to dealings with U.S. persons, the move is likely to have a much wider impact on global scale as many banks will cease dealing with the company. The impact of the sanctions on the tanker market is yet to be seen. However, the measure comes at a time when tankers are finally seeing a recovery of freight rates as demand-supply balance continued to be tight.last_img read more

Troop deployment in JK based on internal security situation MHA

first_imgNew Delhi: The Home Ministry on Friday said the deployment of paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir was based on the security situation there and requirements of rotation, and that such things are not discussed in the public domain. Sources in the ministry said 100 companies (10,000 personnel) of central forces were ordered for deployment in the state about a week ago and they are in the process of reaching their destinations. This has apparently led to speculation of induction of additional forces, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Based on the assessment of the internal security situation, training requirements, the need for paramilitary troops to be rotated for rest and recuperation, induction and de-induction of central forces is a continuous and dynamic process,” a source said. It has never been the practice to discuss in the public domain the details of deployment and movement of paramilitary forces deployed in a particular theatre, they said. The home ministry’s response came after reports on Thursday suggested that 28,000 additional troops are in the process of deployment in Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under President’s Rule. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speculation is also rife that the Centre may have plans to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. These speculation have dominated the discourse in Kashmir over the past few days. Mainstream political parties such as the National Conference and the PDP, have, however, vowed to resist any such move to tinker with the special status to the state. On Thursday, a delegation comprising National Conference President Farooq Abdullah, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and a party MP met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to take any step which may lead to deterioration in the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They also urged Modi to facilitate holding of assembly election in the state by year-end.last_img read more

Were not there yet Freeland pushes for NAFTA deal that is good

first_imgWASHINGTON (NEWS 1130) – NAFTA negotiations have concluded for the long weekend without a deal, but Canada’s minister of foreign affairs believes a good one is still possible.Chrystia Freeland sidestepped most questions about the talks between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, and would only reveal the parties were inching closer towards reaching some kind of deal.“But, as certainly the Canadians here have heard me say before, I’m paid in Canadian dollars,” Freeland told reporters. “My job is to ensure that this agreement works for Canadian workers, Canadian families, and Canadian business. The government of Canada will not sign an agreement unless it’s good for Canada and good for Canadians.”.@cafreeland says the Government of Canada will not sign an agreement if it’s not good for Canada and good for Canadians. “We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach,” Freeland says. #NAFTA #trade— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) August 31, 2018While she said progress is being made, Freeland admits “we’re not there yet.”“Our objective in these talks is to update and modernize NAFTA in a way that is good for Canadians, good for Americans, and good for Mexicans. We know that a win-win-win agreement is within reach.”She says with good will and flexibility, that goal can be reached.Freeland would not offer any details on talks regarding Chapter 19 or dairy — after U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands to give American dairy producers more access to Canada — only saying that both she and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer would not negotiate in public, “given the absolute intensity of the negotiations” at this time.When asked how she could negotiate with “a guy like Donald Trump,” Freeland said “My negotiating counter party is Ambassador Lighthizer, and as I said he’s brought good faith and good will to the table.”When asked how she can ‘possibly’ negotiate with a bully like @realDonaldTrump, Foreign Affairs Minister @cafreeland says he’s not at the table with her and she maintains a deal is still possible, but they are not going to talk specifics in public. #NAFTAwatch #cdnpoli— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 31, 2018Negotiations on Friday were coloured by Trump’s statements to Bloomberg News that any deal would only be on his terms. However, Freeland stood by the claim that the U.S. has been flexible, and has negotiated in good faith.Trump’s remarks were leaked to the Toronto Star. He confirmed them on Twitter and again at a rally in North Carolina.Wow, I made OFF THE RECORD COMMENTS to Bloomberg concerning Canada, and this powerful understanding was BLATANTLY VIOLATED. Oh well, just more dishonest reporting. I am used to it. At least Canada knows where I stand!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2018According to U.S. officials, Trump has notified Congress that his administration intends to sign a trade agreement in 90 days with Mexico and Canada — if Ottawa decides to join in.The message was sent after NAFTA talks failed to produce a deal before Trump’s Friday deadline.Throughout the day, it became increasingly clear that Canada and the U.S. would be unable to reach an agreement. Dispute settlement, Canada’s cultural exemption and access to Canada’s dairy market remain obstacles to a deal.Lighthizer’s office accused Canada of making no compromises on dairy-market access.Similarly, Canadian officials told The Canadian Press early on Friday, before Freeland addressed the press, that expectations a NAFTA deal is imminent were exaggerated and premature.Negotiators are set to return to the bargaining table next Wednesday.last_img read more

The Latest Buffett doesnt buy in initial stock offerings

OMAHA, Neb. — The Latest on investor Warren Buffett’s comments on a variety of topics (all times local):6:25 a.m.Billionaire Warren Buffett isn’t a fan of initial stock offerings.Buffett said on CNBC Monday that he hasn’t ever bought shares in an IPO for Berkshire Hathaway over the past 54 years.Buffett says that in an IPO, like Uber’s expected offering this week, everyone involved has an incentive to sell the stock. Buffett says he prefers to buy when no one is getting a special commission.___5:15 a.m.Warren Buffett says it’s hard to know how a trade war between China and the United States would affect the economy if President Donald Trump follows through on his latest tariff threat because so many other countries are affected.Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after holding his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting over the weekend.Trump said over the weekend that he may impose 25 per cent tariffs on more Chinese imports, and financial markets began to plunge. The Dow is down 500 points.Buffett says Trump is making a “nuclear threat” that may bring the Chinese to the table. But it’s impossible to predict the outcome because both countries’ leaders are used to getting their way.The Associated Press read more

Humanitarian perfect storm brewing in southern Sudan warns UN official

A “humanitarian perfect storm” is how Lise Grande, the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the region, described it during a news conference in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. “Southern Sudan is facing an almost unmanageable set of problems,” she said. “A lot of good work is being done… despite this, we just can’t keep up.” Southern Sudan was the scene of one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars, in which at least 2 million people were killed, until the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that the recent flare-up of inter-tribal fighting is jeopardizing the stability of the entire country and putting at risk key milestones of the CPA. According to Ms. Grande, inter-tribal conflicts are increasing in number and intensity. Since January, over 2,000 people have died in inter-tribal violence and more than 250,000 people have been displaced across southern Sudan, she noted. The region also faces an acute food shortage brought about by a combination of delayed seasonal rains, widespread insecurity and high food prices. In addition, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) is tackling a “massive” budget gap owing to the global financial crisis and the drop in oil prices. “Probably no other Government in the region has suffered as much from the global meltdown as southern Sudan, which has lost a staggering 40 per cent of the revenues it expected,” said Ms. Grande. “As a result many of the plans that the GoSS had made with the international partners, the UN agencies and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] have had to be shelved.” The situation has left 1.2 million people dependent on food assistance from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and is made worse by a lack of funding for humanitarian work, she added. Ms. Grande stated that $85 million is the bare minimum needed just to keep people alive in southern Sudan, where more than 90 per cent of the population lives on less than $1 per day, 97 per cent has no access to sanitation, and one out of seven women who become pregnant will probably die of pregnancy-related complications. While there are many constraints in southern Sudan, she said two of the most difficult are access and capacity. Presently, there is less than 200 kilometres of paved road in the whole region. “At the best of times, we have access to only 40 per cent of the areas we need to get to. During the rainy season, we lose even this,” she stated. “In terms of capacity, the point is that there isn’t enough,” she said, whether it is on the part of the Government, UN agencies or NGOs. “The GoSS is making Herculean efforts, the NGOs are doing fantastic work, the UN agencies are operating around the clock, but all of us are stretched to the limit – we don’t have enough money, we don’t have enough staff and because of these constraints we are not moving out of the emergency fast enough.” 12 August 2009Spiralling inter-tribal conflict, a massive food shortage and a budget crisis have converged to create a humanitarian emergency in southern Sudan, putting at least 40 per cent of the local population at risk, a senior United Nations official warned today. read more

CPPIB enters US industrial real estate sector with US890million joint venture

TORONTO — The CPP Investment Board is taking part in a US$890-million partnership to develop industrial real estate in the United States.It’s the fund’s first direct investment in the sector, that it expects to benefit from a recent lack of new supply and growth in global trade.Global property developer and manager Goodman Group will invest US$490-million a 55% stake in the joint venture, called the Goodman North America Partnership.CPPIB is investing US$400-million for a 45% interest.CPPIB and Goodman have already invested together in Australia, Hong Kong and China.CPPIB managed about $161.6-billion in funds at the end of March.

Rugged multiaxis joystick controller

first_imgPenny + Giles has launched its new robust, hand operated JC8000 joystick for multi-axis operator control of off-highway vehicles that require a high strength controller able to operate in the most arduous, physically demanding working conditions. The compact joystick – with an under panel depth of just 70 mm – has a smaller footprint than equivalent heavy duty joysticks and uses Hall-effect sensing technology to provide analogue voltage or digital (PWM and CAN bus J1939) outputs, with a range of handles and grips. Key features:Rugged design with superior lever strengthSingle or Dual axis controlRange of ergonomic handle designsHall Effect sensingAnalog or Digital (PWM or CAN bus J1939) outputsSealed above panel to IP66 (depending on handle selection)Superb proportional controlEasily installed and interchangeable with models JC600 & JC6000.last_img read more

Did Alan Shatter really cheat death at Dublin Airport yesterday

first_imgIT’S BEEN AN eventful few weeks for former justice minister Alan Shatter and according to today’s Irish Sun he had a “lucky escape” when his flight came “within seconds of disaster” at Dublin Airport.The front page story – headlined ‘I Nearly Shatter Myself’ – says that Shatter was on board the Aer Lingus flight EI152 to Heathrow yesterday that had “to slam on the brakes as it hurtled down” the runway at Dublin Airport.This was because of a delayed aircraft which was coming into land and forced the Aer Lingus flight to abort its take off just before 7am.The flight returned to stand before subsequently taking off just before 8am when the runway had been cleared.The story by Eavan Murray includes a picture of what Shatter might look like on an airplane and quotes an “informed source” who said it was “the stuff of nightmares” with Shatter and passengers on board said to have “cheated death”. Source: Irish Sun/Twitter Today’s Irish Sun…— Irish Sun (@IrishSunOnline) August 6, 2014center_img However, two sources in the aviation industry played down the incident when contacted by today.One said the story in The Irish Sun is “exaggerated” and described the incident as “a normal navigational issue”. Another insisted “there is no story in this”.We also contacted the Irish Aviation Authority and Aer Lingus to see what they had to say.Here’s what the IAA said in a statement:Yesterday, Dublin Air Traffic Control instructed an Aer Lingus aircraft to abort its take off, when an incoming aircraft advised that it would perform a go around for technical reasons. This was done to ensure that the departing aircraft would not conflict with the flight path of the aircraft going around. The risk of a possible near miss was therefore eliminated.Meanwhile, Aer Lingus said:Aer Lingus flight EI 152, Dublin to London Heathrow, pushed-back for departure at 6:38 yesterday morning. Shortly thereafter Air Traffic Control instructed the crew to abort take-off. This was due to the delayed landing of another aircraft. EI 152 returned safely to stand and subsequently took off at 7:56. The length of the delay was exacerbated by the fact that the incident occurred during the peak morning period.Neither were able to confirm if Shatter was in fact on the flight, but we have contacted the Fine Gael backbencher this morning and judging by the dial tone he appears to be out of the country.He hasn’t responded to our request to talk about how he “cheated death” at the time of publication.Read: How has Alan Shatter gone from Department of Justice to High Court?Alan Shatter: “I’m going nowhere”last_img read more

Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom’ Movie

first_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 After establishing himself as a big time prestige TV player with his acclaimed adaptation of Fargo, Noah Hawley first dabbled in the Marvel universe with Legion. Based on the psychedelic X-Men character, Hawley turned the tale of Professor Xavier’s estranged son into a real head trip through the mutant’s powerful but unstable mind. The show’s third and final season just wrapped up.Given Legion’s success, it’s no wonder Fox had plans to unleash Hawley on the movie side of their Marvel universe. The creator has apparently already finished a script for a film based on Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four nemesis and one of the greatest Marvel villains period. However, now that the Disney/Fox merger has gone through, don’t hold your breath for Hawley’s Doctor Doom movie.“Where it stands is now that the movie is done,” Hawley said in an interview with Deadline. “I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible. Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them.”Given that Disney seemed open to continuing some of Fox’s Marvel projects, like the super successful Deadpool series, we thought Hawley’s Doctor Doom might have stood a chance. It’s just such an exciting idea. However, after Kevin Feige specifically mentioned the Fantastic Four joining the MCU at SDCC a few weeks ago, we’re guessing they have their own plans for the Latverian dictator.Doctor Doom is an incredible character, so whenever he does show up again on movie screens we just hope it’s from creative talent that can really do him justice. Please let him team up with Doctor Strange to free his mom from Hell. For more on Marvel here’s a rumor that suggests The Rock might be joining the MCU and learn more about Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man TV shows. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Will state’s minimum wage hike have major impact on Clark County employers?

first_imgWashington’s minimum wage is scheduled to jump to $12 per hour in January, the third in series of four annual wage hikes prescribed by Initiative 1433.The increase is certain to have an impact on the businesses that employ an estimated 6,800 minimum wage workers in Clark County, but a local economist expects the impact of the latest wage hike to be relatively minimal compared to the larger increase scheduled for 2020. Still, the pay bump will be a welcome New Year’s gift for the people receiving the increase.In 2016, state voters approved I-1433, which increased the minimum wage to $11 at the start of 2017 and $11.50 in 2018. It will rise to $13.50 in 2020, and starting in 2021 the state’s Department of Labor and Industries will be required to make annual minimum wage adjustments based on the consumer price index. In 2016, the state-mandated minimum wage was $9.47.January also marks the start of implementation for Washington’s Family Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave per year for qualifying employees. The program is funded by an insurance program under the state’s Employment Security Department.Employees will not be able to claim the paid-leave benefits until 2020, but employers and employees are required to begin paying insurance premiums in January.last_img read more

Hudson issues rallying call ahead of City clash

first_imgHuddersfield Town Caretaker Head Coach Mark Hudson has urged his side rise to the challenge when Manchester City visit the Amex Stadium on Sunday.Hudson was appointed caretaker coach after David Wagner left the club on Monday by mutual consent.He faces a tough task of preparing the Terriers for a Premier League game against a Manchester City side that is currently seven points behind league leaders Liverpool.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Man City is a world-class team with a world-class manager, Happy Birthday by the way Pep, but we’ve just got to look forward to it,” he told the club’s website.“We have to show intent, it’s all about us, what we can do this week on the training field and go into the game with real intent to try and pose them as many problems as we can.“That’s not to underestimate them in any means, but we have to focus on us; that’s what we’ve been good on over the past three years.”last_img read more

Newsletter Sales Strategies

first_imgThe biggest problem in selling newsletter ads is the low open rate, which is on average, about 25 percent. For first-time newsletter media buyers, the open rate often comes as a shock. I have seen new customers balk at open rates when they first hear them, saying, “How can I buy advertising in a media where 3/4ths of the audience don’t even open it?” A fair question and one we need to be prepared to respond to.I have seen some media salespeople plead ignorance on open rates, saying their publisher just doesn’t know what the numbers are. This is ridiculous, and every experienced media buyer knows it. E-mail newsletter service companies always tell their clients what their open rates are. A media buyer who hears “no one knows what our open rate is” will and should assume the worst and act accordingly.It is much better to deal with the open rate head on. First consider that because of the CAN-SPAM laws all newsletters must contain an easy “opt out” function. Knowing this, you need to shift the question from “How come only 25 percent of our newsletter readers opened the last newsletter” to “Why don’t the 75 percent who did not open the newsletter simply opt out?”Think about it. These readers did originally opt in, did not open the newsletter’s last issue, but did not opt out either. Why?People stay subscribed, but do not open newsletters, when other things are more important to them at the time the newsletter arrives. There may also be some undercounting because subscribers who read newsletters in the reader pane of Outlook or other newsletter readers but do not overtly open the newsletter, will not be counted as readers.From Unopened to Latent ReadersBut these are smaller arguments. Here is the big one: The “unopen” subscribers may not be engaged in the subject area of your newsletter but will return again. In essence, sell the “unopened newsletter circulation” as being “latent readers” and “latent buyers.” Here is how: First, ask your client about the buying cycle of their products. B-to-b products may be on annual fiscal cycles. Consumer products go through cycles as well. Right after a product is bought the customer who purchased might be out of the market for a period of time. Any advertiser who expects all of their potential buyers to make purchases every week a newsletter goes out is unrealistic.Now ask your client if they would be interested in buying exposure to a mailing list of people who have a proven interest in their product category, are not actively buying at this moment, but could return to buying mode at any moment. This describes the latent readers and buyers who did not open the last issue.To get full credit for the media buy you need to sell the importance of your newsletter including the value of the 75 percent or so of readers who did not open the last issue. Newsletters provide an ongoing way for advertisers to stay in touch, inexpensively, with targeted groups of readers/customers. If you can encourage a long term view of the media buy it can be a tremendously beneficial purchase for your client. Josh Gordon is president of, a training and consulting company that helps publishers grow their online business. Gordon also publishes a blog at One of the great services traditional print ad salespeople did for the marketing world was to encourage year-long media buys that fostered ongoing communication. There were legendary moments when the best of us refused “one shot” ads while advocating comprehensive ad schedules.Sadly, a lot of the online media we now sell takes more of a “direct response” mentality. Campaigns are created to generate an immediate response, not long-term dialogue. The core benefit of a newsletter ad campaign is to create ongoing communication with a targeted audience.Supporting this, many publishers price newsletter ads more like “annuities” than ad space by charging premium pricing for advertisers who sign up for three months or less while granting big discounts for advertisers who commit to six months or a full year. Like life insurance annuities, an annual newsletter media buy doesn’t have to cost a lot every month, but with a long term commitment, a publisher or insurance company can run a profitable business over time.Overcoming Low Open Rateslast_img read more