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  • Death of missing boy in Rankin Inlet now considered a homicide RCMP

    first_imgRANKIN INLET, Nunavut – Nunavut RCMP say the death of a missing boy has been ruled a homicide.The 11-year-old boy, who police initially said was 12, had been missing for five days.Searchers located his remains July 8 in an industrial area in Rankin Inlet.RCMP say the autopsy is complete and his death is now considered a homicide.Investigators are still waiting to positively identify the victim so his name is not being released.They’re asking anyone who may have information to call the Rankin Inlet RCMP or Crime Stoppers.last_img

  • NWT Metis man continues 10 year battle for rights

    first_imgAPTN National NewsA Northwest Territories Metis man is taking both the federal and territorial governments to court over what he calls a violation of his Aboriginal and treaty rights.As APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier finds out, what started out as a fight over land has now become a battle over recognition.last_img

  • Shaunie ONeal Finally Gives Fans Update About Sons Health

    Shaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, after tons of questions from followers, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.The star and executive producer of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” proudly shared the news on her Instagram page Tuesday, March 26, saying that Shareef O’Neal is back to being able to play “with no limitations.”“CLEARED with NO LIMITATIONS!” O’Neal wrote in a caption. “We are so thankful and appreciative for all of your support, prayers and love through this long process. There has been a tremendous weight lifted off of me today, and I can’t stop Thanking God! I will never stop paying attention to my children’s health and will always advocate for student athletes to get The Best screenings! I know @shareefoneal ‘s Come Back will Be one to remember!!! Love & Light ❤️”She accompanied the memo with a slow-motion video of the UCLA freshman running on a treadmill with a breathing tube and various monitors attached to track his progress in a stress test. It was soundtracked to Kanye West’s “Say You Will.”“I always get back up,” read a quote at the end of the 36-second video.Much like before, fans left their prayers and well-wishes in the comments section.“@shaunieoneal5 glory yes I pray GOD continue to cover, protect, and Bless our babies from all evil diseases, things, and people! Glory to GOD the most high! Hallelujah.”“Well done Shareef. Get back at it & terrorize the college & NBA circuit like your father did.❤️”“Good luck looking good keep up the good work.”“Oh myyyyy, yes won’t he do it!!!! So happy for you guys!!”In one of several posts announcing his return to form, Shareef said on Instagram of basketball Wednesday “I know she missed me … I won’t leave you like that again🏀❤️.”The 18-year-old son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal had surgery on Dec. 13, 2018 to repair an electrical issue in his heart. The four-star recruit in UCLA’s 2018 signing class was forced to miss an entire season after his condition was discovered. The 6-foot-10 forward is expected to play for the school next season.Shaunie O’Neal Shares Major Update on Son Months After His Heart SurgeryShaunie O’Neal has been relatively quiet when it comes to updating fans on her son after he had surgery on his heart back in December. But now, she’s revealed he’s been given the all-clear.Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-90.5x1x1.25×1.5x2x facebook twitter Email linkedin pinterest reddit Linkhttps://atlantablackstar.com/2019/03/28/shaunie-oneal-finally-gives-fans-update-about-sons-health-after-heart-issue-forced-him-to-sit-out-freshman-season-at-ucla/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 800p (740 kbps)800p (730 kbps)400p (440 kbps)Live00:0000:3500:35 read more

  • Theres Still Hope For The Soccer Team That Cant Score

    TEAMLEAGUEAFTER 6 GAMESFULL SEASONRELEGATED ’14-15HamburgBund-4.37-9.62 ’14-14BurnleyEPL-2.55-11.36✓ ’12-13NorwichEPL-2.52+0.03 ’12-13AugsburgBund-2.08+1.37 Among teams in the top four European leagues. Expected goals does not count penalty shots.Source: Opta Sports ’16-17HamburgBund-2.32+2.36 ACTUAL GOALS MINUS EXPECTED GOALS ’15-16MalagaLiga-4.23-3.86 ’13-14SunderlandEPL-2.18-5.41 ’16-17IngolstadtBund-4.21-6.83✓ ’11-12Sporting GijonLiga-2.88+2.89✓ ’14-15SassuoloSerie-2.58+3.13 ’10-11EvertonEPL-3.93-1.57 The best of soccer’s worstTeams that scored less than four points in their first six games but had at least two more expected goals than goals scored, since 2010-11 ’12-13ChievoSerie-2.44+0.94 Crystal Palace is making history in the English Premier League. In six games, the Eagles have conceded 13 goals and scored zero. No other team in the 129-year history of the English top flight has ever lost its first six matches without scoring a single goal.It’s not even October, but Palace is already on its second coach of the season, having fired Frank de Boer and brought in former English national team manager Roy Hodgson after the fourth loss. It hasn’t helped. Palace suffered its worst loss last weekend in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City. To make matters worse, the team’s seventh game will be Saturday at Manchester United, which has only given up two goals this season.But perhaps the most curious thing about Crystal Palace is that many of the EPL’s most embarrassing campaigns belong to teams that had been recently promoted and were woefully underprepared for the top level. In 2007-08, for example, Derby won one game and finished with 11 points after making the jump (though even they scored 20 goals). By contrast, Palace has been up for four years and has high-caliber scoring talent like striker Christian Benteke (66 career goals in the EPL) and winger Wilfried Zaha (signed to a $38 million contract over the next five years). Even more unusual is this: The team’s underlying numbers this season are not really bad — despite the awful results.With 80 shot attempts in six matches, the Eagles rank ninth in the Premier League. And Crystal Palace hasn’t just failed to score because all of its attempts were taken from long distance or hampered by heavy defensive pressure. Eight attempts were marked as “big chances,” which the shooter should be expected to convert about 42 percent of the time. And according to expected goals (xG), a stat that measures the quality of scoring chances, one would expect Crystal Palace have scored about six goals, not zero. Benteke — who is now out six weeks with a knee injury — has the most xG (1.9) of anyone in the Premier League who has not yet scored a goal, and he has failed to convert three clear chances. In his five years in the Premier League before this season, Benteke had scored on 30 of 72 non-penalty clear chances.So if you want to project the rest of Crystal Palace’s season, you should not simply compare the Eagles to the worst teams in history, but rather to those teams that struggled early while putting up underlying numbers that are less dismal than their overall results. By applying this method to the top four European leagues,1EPL, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. we get a list of 14 teams that, since 2010-11, took no more than three points from their first six games and created at least two more expected goals than goals scored. Here’s the good news for Crystal Palace: These teams mostly managed to right the ship. On average, the finishing problems they displayed in their first six matches eventually dissipated — eight of the 14 teams outperformed their expected goals over the rest of the season. Only Burnley scored less than a point per match over the rest of its season.2There are only 34 matches in a Bundesliga season, so even though Augsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart all took similar total points to Burnley over the rest of their seasons, they did so over four fewer matches.But for several teams on this list, their recovery was not dramatic enough — five of the 14 were relegated despite improvements. Likewise, FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index projections think Palace has a 48 percent chance of relegation, which is the highest in the Premier League, even though the Eagles’ rating is better than those of Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield.The problem Crystal Palace faces, then, may not be its squad but its record. In the last seven seasons, teams with Palace’s profile tended to improve a lot, but more than a third of the time, they were relegated anyway. The team cannot count on simply improving to the level that its underlying stats suggest it ought to achieve. The Eagles will require real improvements — perhaps buying new players in January or developing new tactics now — if they hope to escape the drop after this unfortunate start. ’17-18Crystal PalaceEPL-6.18?? ’10-11DeportivoLiga-5.07-6.41✓ ’15-16StuttgartBund-5.29-9.37✓ read more

  • PSG And Real Madrid Werent Supposed To Have This Many Problems

    This analysis might suggest that Paris Saint-Germain should abandon hope — the attack has been totally dependent on Neymar, and now he’s out. However, PSG may be the only club in the world that is rich enough to have a reasonable Neymar replacement sitting on the bench. Angel Di Maria, who played in Neymar’s wide forward position this weekend against Troyes, put up similarly huge numbers for PSG in 2015-16 (before Neymar’s arrival). While that season was a career-best for Di Maria, he has consistently put up more than 0.5 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes (averaging over 0.7) and 4 to 6 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Most clubs would have to reshuffle their tactics upon losing Neymar, transferring some of his scoring load to one player and some of his ball progression work to others. But PSG can plug in Di Maria and keep everything else roughly the same. If PSG is to get the big win it needs on Tuesday, the man in the center of it is likely to be Di Maria.Scratching back from a two-goal aggregate Real Madrid lead might normally seem like an insurmountable task, but Real hasn’t been the same team this season. Los Blancos have already fallen 15 points off Barcelona’s pace at the top of the La Liga table, effectively conceding the league title with months to go in the season. Real’s defense has been unusually permeable this season, conceding 29 league goals. That’s the club’s worst defensive record through 27 matches since 2010-11. Real has conceded 43 clear scoring chances — defined as a situation like a one-on-one in which a player is expected to score — also its highest number since 2010-11.On the attacking side, the team appears to be reeling as well — but these numbers are a little misleading. Typically, the very best teams in the world outperform expected goals. After all, these teams have the best strikers, and the best strikers convert the easy chances and also score more often in situations when goals are not expected. Real Madrid is getting their normal amount of chances this season: The team has 63 expected goals and has averaged 61 through 27 matches over the past seven seasons. What has changed then is that the finishing has gotten worse. This year, Real has converted only 58 nonpenalty goals from those chances. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been uncharacteristically unproductive with his chances, accounts for most of the gap, with 13 nonpenalty goals and 17 expected goals.These statistics provide the context for Real Madrid’s disappointing position in La Liga. The weakened defense is enough to make Real fall short of first-place Barcelona, but it is uncharacteristically poor shooting from superstars like Ronaldo that has dropped Los Blancos out of title competition entirely.The stakes could not be higher for this match. PSG is desperate and missing its star. Real Madrid appears more vulnerable than usual — even if the attack is most likely better than its relatively disappointing top-line numbers show.Neither team has much to play for this season other than Champions League glory, and both clubs were constructed precisely for this task. The stage is set for a great European clash between two of the richest and most successful clubs — even if it’s not what these two heavyweights envisioned when this all started.Check out our latest soccer predictions. Few clubs came into this season with grander ambitions than Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Both clubs were among the top contenders to win the Champions League when the competition began. Now, one will be eliminated from competition after the two face off Tuesday in the second leg of their round of 16 matchup. And the problems run deeper than just elimination — PSG is looking to survive an injury to its superstar Neymar, and Real Madrid has already fallen out of title contention in La Liga. Whichever team fails to advance from the match will have questions to answer about what went wrong.So how did we get here? Let’s start with the summer transfer window after the 2016-17 season. Real quite reasonably avoided making major changes to its roster after winning three of the last four Champions League trophies. PSG, having once again been eliminated from the Champions League before the semifinals, embarked on an unprecedented spending spree — laying out hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire Neymar from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.Despite these purchases, PSG is once again struggling in the Champions League. A 3-1 first-leg defeat in Madrid has left the French with a roughly 25 percent chance of advancing to the quarterfinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions. To reach the quarterfinals, PSG must win by three or win by two while holding Real scoreless. If PSG wins 3-1, the teams will be tied in both aggregate and away goals over the two legs, and the match will go to extra time and possibly penalty kicks to decide who will advance. For PSG, the Champions League appears to be slipping away. And worse, Neymar recently broke a bone in his foot, which will sideline him for at least six weeks.For both ball progression through midfield and shot creation around the penalty area, PSG runs through Neymar. He has scored 19 goals and assisted 13 in Ligue 1, with a non-penalty scoring and assist rate of 1.34 per 90 minutes played. These numbers are no fluke: Neymar hasn’t benefited particularly from good fortune in either his own or his teammates’ finishing. Neymar has taken shots valued at around 13 expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, and created chances worth about 11.5 expected goals. His expected goals and assists rate of 1.18 per 90 minutes is the highest of any player in the top five European leagues1The English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1. (that means he’s doing better than Lionel Messi).Neymar also moves the attack forward through midfield or into the penalty area before the shot more effectively than anyone else in the top leagues. He has provided about 7.7 progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes, just edging out Messi, who has provided 7.2. (Progressive passes and runs occur when a player either moves the attack forward by 10 or more yards beyond its furthest point of progression or moves the ball into the penalty area for the first time in a possession. A progressive run must also include a successful take-on of an opponent.)These comparisons to Messi are not superfluous — Neymar’s production at PSG has reached such a high level that Messi is his only peer. This chart shows the company that Neymar is keeping this season. It displays all 9,000-plus player-seasons in the top five leagues in which a player had at least 1,500 minutes. There are 10 seasons in the top right corner, where players have more than 0.9 expected goals plus expected assists per 90 minutes and more than five progressive passes and runs per 90 minutes. Eight of them are Messi, starting with his 2010-11 season and running through the current one. And nestled among them is Neymar’s current season. read more

  • Shakespeare poisoned by actors going over the top director says

    first_imgShakespearean theatre has been “poisoned” by the “bizarre” over-acting of an older generation of thespians, the director Robert Icke has said.Icke, who is currently working with actor Andrew Scott on an Almeida theatre production of Hamlet, said the public had been put off going to see Shakespeare by the “operative modes of delivery” once preferred by actors like Sir John Gielgud.Saying British theatre had “shot itself in both feet” thanks to an obsession with “verse speaking”, he warned the taste for pausing at the end of every Shakespeare line is “nonsense” and ruins lines that are actually “completely…normal”. Stephen Dillane's Hamlet performed at the Gielgud Theatre 1994 Scott performing at the Almeida Theatre Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet Scott performing at the Almeida Theatre “All this nonsense about ‘Pause at the end of every line’ that Peter Hall perpetuated in the 1960s…”When asked whether he would have liked to work with Sir John Gielgud, Icke added: “Oh, kill me! I just don’t think it’s acting, in any modern sense.” In an interview about his modern Hamlet, awarded three stars by the Telegraph, Icke said he “never needed to see” a production in Elizabethan costume, opening with dry ice and actors pacing back and forth again.“It’s dead,” he said. “It’s completely boring.”On the topic of language, he told the Sunday Times Culture magazine: “The water is completely poisoned by reverence and bizarre, operatic modes of delivery. The director is one of a new generation who regularly seek to emphasise the accessibility of Shakespeare, convincing a new generation to give productions a try.Sir Nicholas Hytner, former director of the National Theatre, has previously urged actors to use “spontaneous, comprehensible, simple, natural” speech patterns to help audiences understand, delivering lines “as if it’s how they think”.Greg Doran, director of the RSC, warned last year: “Actors sometimes become addicted to over-stressing.“They get so interested in how many nuances the line can bear that they stress every single word and you get battered by nuance and don’t get the simple strength of the line.” “Actors do really weird things. They’ll take lines that are completely colloquial and naturalistic and normal, and they will say it like it’s the Bible.”The trait, he added, left audience believing there is “a high-culture party going on, which, if you’re honest, you don’t know how to behave at”.”Verse is one of the things British theatre has totally shot itself in both feet about,” Icke added. David Tennant in the role at the RSCCredit:Alastair Muir David Tennant in the role at the RSCcenter_img “Because we pretend there’s such a thing as ‘verse-speaking’, and people say things like ‘I didn’t think the verse-speaking was very good’, and nobody knows what that means. Andrew Scott as Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre Andrew Scott's 2017 Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet Scott, who plays Hamlet in the new production, said he hoped to convince new fans to love Shakespeare – but only if they want to.”I really don’t believe in forcing people to see Shakespeare if they don’t want to,” he said. “You have to have confidence in the product.”Icke added: “I don’t know why we, in theatre, think we have the right to expect a sort of reverence from an audience, whereas on TV, if it’s boring or bad or overacted or just not interesting, you switch it off.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Andrew Scott’s 2017 Hamlet “I also think it’s our job to be captivating for as long as we’ve asked for your attention. “It’s about offering a door into the maze and saying, ‘Come into this maze, it’s gonna be exciting.’ “And if they get lost and find that scary or frustrating, that’s fine.“My feeling is more that we don’t open the door, we just go, ‘You’d be lucky to get into this room — doing Shakespeare!'” Stephen Dillane’s Hamlet performed at the Gielgud Theatre 1994last_img read more

  • Teen fined and jailed for theft escaping Police custody

    A teenager, who escaped Police custody after he was arrested by the Police for snatching a woman’s purse, was on Friday jailed and fined when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly.Clifton Boyce, 19, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded guilty to the charges read to him.The first charge against him stated that on November 16, 2017, at Ruimveldt Police Station while being in lawful custody on a larceny charge he escaped.In that larceny charge, it is alleged that he on November 15, 2017, at Meadow Bank Wharf, stole from the person of Nafeeza Patterson, one Samsung phone valued $45,000 and $9,440 in cash.Police Prosecutor, Sanj Singh told the Court that the Virtual Complainant (VC) was at the market in Meadow Bank shopping when the accused approached her, grabbed her purse containing the items and attempted to escape.However, public spirited persons managed to catch up with the accused and he was subdued.The Police were called and he was arrested and taken to the Ruimveldt Police Station. However, while there, the accused was placed on a bench but requested a few minutes to go to the washroom.His handcuff was removed and the accused immediately ran out of the station and boarded a bus. The bus was followed and stopped by ranks on Lombard Street where the accused was rearrested.Boyce told Magistrate Daly when questioned over the theft that “I stole it but she get it back”.As such the Magistrate handed down a one year sentence for the escaping custody charge and he was fined $40,000 and jailed for another 6 months for the larceny charge. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFather of 8 remanded for escaping Police custodyApril 9, 2018In “Court”Teen sentenced to 2 years in jail for theft, promises to change when freeAugust 2, 2017In “Court”21-yr-old accused of smoking ‘ganja’ released on bailJanuary 19, 2016In “Crime” read more

  • Lionel Messis prison sentence swapped for fine

    first_img Short URL Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,551 Views Jun 23rd 2017, 9:35 PM 37 Comments Friday 23 Jun 2017, 9:35 PM Share8 Tweet Email1 Lionel Messi’s prison sentence swapped for fine The Argentina international’s has been hit with a reported €255,000 loss. Celtic will not take ticket allocation for potential Linfield fixture>Monaco midfielder ‘tempted’ by move to Man United> Lionel Messi (file pic). By The42 Team Lionel Messi (file pic). http://the42.ie/3461318 Updated at 21.35SPAIN’S PUBLIC PROSECUTOR has agreed to substitute Lionel Messi’s suspended 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud with a fine.The Barcelona superstar was given the jail term last July after being found guilty – alongside his father Jorge – of three counts of tax fraud.It was ruled that Messi, between 2007 and 2009, defrauded Spain of €4.1million relating to earnings from image rights.An appeal against the sentence was rejected by the Spanish Supreme Court in May.However, Spanish news agency EFE reports that the public prosecutor has agreed to substitute the sentence for a fine of €255,000.During the initial trial in 2016, Messi consistently denied any involvement, insisting his focus was only ever on playing football.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

  • Oldest Intact Shipwreck Discovered in Black Sea

    first_img Somewhere in The British Museum’s vault is the Siren Vase—an ancient Greek stamnos depicting the ship of Odysseus passing the Sirens.Somewhere in the Black Sea is a real barge, just like the one depicted on that urn. And its recent discovery is remarkable.An international team of scientists this week confirmed the Greek trading vessel is, in fact, the world’s “oldest intact shipwreck.”The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (Black Sea MAP) spent three years surveying some 770 square miles of Atlantic Ocean seabed, between Eastern Europe and Western Asia.Led by experts from the University of Southampton, the group uncovered 60-plus shipwrecks—from a 17th century Cossack raiding fleet to Roman trading vessels to a complete ship from the Classical period.Their most noteworthy find, however, came in late 2017: More than a mile under the Black Sea, where the water is anoxic (oxygen free), lies the oldest known intact shipwreck, preserved for 2,000 years.“A ship, surviving intact, from the Classical world, lying in [more than 1 mile] of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” Black Sea MAP principal investigator and University of Southampton professor Jon Adams said in a statement. “This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”In 2015, the team set out to investigate changes in the ancient environment off the coast of Bulgaria—including the impact of sea-level change following the last glacial cycle.The project concluded in September 2017 with world-renowned maritime scientists returning with some astonishing finds and fascinating artifacts.In additional to shipwrecks, Adams & Co. excavated the remains of an early Bronze Age settlement at Ropotamo in Bulgaria. Built when the sea level was much lower than today, the settlement was abandoned as waters rose; residential remains now lie nearly three yards below the seabed.More archaeology coverage on Geek.com:Ancient Mayan Altar Reveals ‘Games of Thrones’-Esque EmpireEarliest Surviving Tattoos Discovered on Male, Female MummiesStanford Students Took a Crack at Brewing That 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe Stay on target Amazing Hoard of 1,000-Year-Old Coins Discovered by Metal Detectorists7th-Century Skeleton From Merovingian Era Unearthed in France last_img read more

  • How the Princess Sophia grounded and sank with all aboard 100 years

    first_imgThis archival photograph from 1918 shows the Princess Sophia ten hours after striking the Vanderbilt Reef. (Photo ASL-P87-1702 by Winter and Pond, courtesy of Alaska State Library)The wreck and sinking of the steamship Princess Sophia exactly a century ago has been called Alaska’s worst maritime tragedy.As many as 353 passengers and crew died after the ship grounded on Vanderbilt Reef north of Juneau on Oct. 23, 1918, and then sank 40 hours later in stormy weather.Only an oil-soaked dog survived and managed to swim to shore.Although the sinking happened near Juneau, it was not a uniquely Alaskan tragedy.Listen to part one of a two-part series from 2002:Listen nowlast_img

  • Igiugigs hydropower launch a major step toward independence from diesel

    first_imgThe Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Company designed the generator, partnering with the village to apply for funding and tailor it to the location. Prototypes were tested in 2014 and 2015, and studies during those trials didn’t show any impact to fish. This final version was modified so it is easier to install and maintain.  The red buoys mark where the RivGen hydroelectric generator will sit under the surface of the Kvichak River. (Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham) Chris Sauer, the CEO of ORPC, spoke as well. The community is hoping to install a second generator if this trial is successful, and Sauer says the price for doing so would drop significantly – ORPC projections estimate the generator would produce energy that costs between 65 and 70 cents/kwH. Right now, that cost is around 90 cents kwH, before PCE. Since both the generator’s electricity and diesel are subject to PCE, the generator would still be more economical after the subsidy. According to AlexAnna Salmon, the project sat in limbo once it had been developed as there was no funding for a project that did not qualify as established renewable energy but was no longer emerging technology. “It is harnessing the energy in that moving water without making any dam or impoundment or structure that what we would call traditional hydro uses,” Worthington said.  “Like my family of six, we’re looking at $350 a month. I’m expecting that to double with PCE going away, so I have to make some huge cuts,” Salmon said later that day.  “I think when we can prove it out in these small grids, it allows us to leverage that information and even apply it to larger grids and increase our ability to provide more renewable energy,” he said. “So it’s a real novel project in that way, and it will have applications throughout Alaska.” The road to the generator’s deployment last week was long and winding. When the village first started to consider a hydroelectric project, they decided to apply for an emerging technology grant with the state. That meant that they worked with ORPC to develop a project from the ground up, instead of using an existing system.  Anything that drives up energy costs will have a big impact for the 70 residents of Igiugig. The RivGen Power System was deployed for preliminary testing a couple days after the ceremony. The twin-turbine generator sits under the surface of the Kvichak River. As the current moves through the turbines, they turn, producing energy.  “We really believe that well-sited RivGen projects like this in other communities in Alaska will bring their cost down dramatically,” Sauer said. “And at some point, I think the costs will be low enough that they will no longer require subsidies.” Over at the village’s housing unit for work crews and other visitors, Monty Worthington was getting ready to head out on the water. He is ORPC’s director of project development in Alaska, and he says that installing a long-term river turbine in a remote community is unique.  “I have three freezers,” Salmon said. “We put up so much subsistence food that requires modern preservation. So I would have to change my lifestyle.” The RivGen is designed for shallow rivers. The Kvichak’s current runs between four and five nautical miles – an optimal speed for the RivGen system. The launch marked the beginning of a trial year that will determine whether the generator will impact the young salmon migrating to the ocean, and whether it will be affected by icy conditions in the winter. After a gap in funding, in June of 2018 they received a federal grant of $2.3 million. This June, Igiugig became the first tribal entity to receive a Federal Regulatory Energy Commission permit for a water-powered project not connected to a dam.   The RivGen is one in a long list of renewable energy endeavors in Igiugig that include solar and wind power. There are three driving forces that led to its launch. Sustainability, energy independence and cost – especially considering the recent uncertainty surrounding state subsidies to rural energy costs through the Power Cost Equalization program. center_img AlexAnna Salmon, Igiugig’s village council president, is speaking on the beach in front of the device. It is the hydrokinetic generator’s launch ceremony, the culmination of years of work.  Diesel currently powers most of Igiugig. They fly in the fuel for the generators, driving the cost up to about $7 per gallon. Now, the RivGen is expected to provide enough power to the village to cut that diesel consumption in half. Installing a second device would offset almost all of it.  As utilities work to incorporate more renewable energy, restructuring the grid is one of the biggest challenges. Worthington said if they are able to incorporate existing technology to do so, it will have huge implications for renewable energy in communities small and large.  That trajectory was considerably lengthier than installing something that already existed. It was also less expensive – the $4.4 million project was eligible for several state and federal funds that were matched by the village and ORPC.  “Thank you for coming to the place where Lake Iliamna is swallowed by the Kvichak River,” Salmon began. “The Igyararmiut – the residents of Igiugig – are known for their cultural, environmental, and value-centered way of life. Since time immemorial, our people survived in this merciless homeland by inventing or adapting to new technologies, then refining them to the highest efficiency. We perpetuate this way of life.” At the ceremony, guests milled around the beach, mingling with speakers who included Governor Mike Dunleavy and Steve DeWitt, an engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy. “To be able to power your own community and have the local expertise to keep that power running and on – it only makes for a more sustainable community, rather than relying on an outside entity that you have no control over to bring your power,” Salmon said. The RivGen commercial generator sitting on the beach of the Kvichak River is massive: Twin turbines connected to two giant pontoons, painted bright blue and yellow and shining in the midday sun. But to do so, they have to transition the community’s power grid from one powered mainly by diesel to a grid that can integrate more renewable energy. That will allow them to turn the diesels off when the RivGen, for example, is producing enough energy to meet the village’s needs, but will kick the diesel generators on when that power is necessary.  Salmon says they are committed to making Igiugig an affordable place to live. And the turbines spinning in the Kvichak are a big step toward that goal. AlexAnna Salmon speaks at the launch ceremony of the RivGen commercial generator on July 16, 2019. (Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – DIllingham) The Kvichak’s pristine waters serve as a highway for millions of salmon. In the spring, young salmon migrate to the ocean, and a few months later, older salmon swim back to where they were hatched in Lake Iliamna to spawn. Exactly how much the RivGen will save is yet to be determined. But taking such a big step toward sustainable energy, AlexAnna Salmon said, falls in line with their cultural values. Their goal to have an independent energy source for the community is part of their village strategy: Igyararmiuni Ciunerkaput – our sustainable future.  ORPC workers set the RivGen’s turbines. (Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham) Residents of Igiugig pose in front of the RivGen system at the launch ceremony, July 16, 2019. (Photo by Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham)last_img read more

  • Ajinkya Rahane sacked Steve Smith takes over as Rajasthan Royals captain

    first_imgSteve Smith has been appointed captain of the Rajasthan RoyalsHotstar ScreengrabAfter enduring a disappointing season so far, Rajasthan Royals have made a major decision. Former Australia captain Steve Smith has been handed over the captaincy of the team in place of Ajinkya Rahane.The Jaipur-based side is lying second-last on the points table, above only Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have managed only two victories in their eight matches and have suffered six losses. On top of that, the team is on the verge of being knocked out and have the near-impossible task of winning almost all their remaining six matches in order to give themselves a chance of going into the playoffs.Challenges for SmithThings are only going to get tougher for the side as two of their most important players – Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – will leave the team and return to their national side. Smith himself will leave the team on May 1, though, by that time, the Royals would have just one game remaining – provided they don’t reach the playoffs. In this scenario, the team management has decided to hand over the captaincy to a man who has had success in the leadership role. Ajinkya Rahane has suffered a setback because of his team’s decisionSteve Smith was the captain of Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 season and took his team to the brink of winning the trophy. They lost a thrilling final by just one run but enjoyed considerable success that year. Smith’s leadership came under a huge cloud when he was found engaged in the dubious tactic of ball-tampering during the third Test in South Africa last year. The prolific right-hander was stripped of his captaincy and handed a one-year ban.However, the Rajasthan side feels that his leadership qualities are just what their fledgeling side needs as they struggle to find their footing in the current season of IPL. In a statement that sought to soften the blow for Rahane, the team management said, “Ajinkya Rahane did a fantastic job in leading the team to the playoffs last year. However, the franchisee now thinks a fresh approach is needed to bring their 2019 campaign back on track. Steve has always been part of the leadership team within RR and Rahane will continue to be a key voice in the side.”Opportunity for SmithThis return to leadership comes at a key moment for Smith. Tainted by the ball-tampering scandal, he now has an opportunity to re-establish his leadership credentials. In the long run, this gives the former Aussie captain a chance to regain his position. At the moment though, he has a mountain to climb and would need the support of every player – Rahane included. But he has nothing to lose and everything to gain from this promotion.last_img read more

  • IndiGo shares soar with Q3 revenue report despite profit plunge

    first_imgIndia’s largest airline IndiGo’s revenue rose by 28.1 per cent in Q3 year on year while its profit after tax for the period plunged 75 per cent on high fuel prices and currency depreciation, media reports say.InterGlobe Aviation (IndiGo), which owns the budget carrier, rose to Rs 7,916.20 crore from Rs 6,177.90 year on year, according to media reports.The profit after tax (PAT) in the December quarter is Rs 190.90 crore. The company had Rs 762-crore profit in the same period a year ago.The company’s shares were trading at Rs 1,154.35 early on Thursday, rising Rs 45.05 or 4.06 per cent over the previous day’s close. The share is still far from the 52-week high of Rs 1,520 that it hit on April 20 last year. The 52- week low was at Rs 691 on October 9 last year.Other incomes of the carrier rose 35.5 per cent year on year to Rs 313.10 crore, the company has said in a filing to the stock exchanges.The profit before tax has also fallen to 2.4 per cent from 17.3 per cent in the same quarter last year.The company’s EBITDAR margin is 21.2 per cent for the December quarter, down from 32.4 per cent in the same quarter in the previous year, according to a report on the Economic Times website.The company’s debt rose 1.8 per cent to Rs 14,136.10 crore as of December 31, compared with Rs 13,887.40 crore at the end of the same quarter in the previous year. Its free cash fell 43 per cent to Rs 4,618.30 crore against Rs 8,097.80 crore in the year-ago quarter.For the quarter, on-time performance was at 79.1 per cent, and technical dispatch reliability at 99.87 per cent while the flight cancellation rate was reported to be 0.45 per cent, the company statement said.Meanwhile, the carrier has announced new flights to Istanbul from March. The airline is pursuing a plan for rapid international expansion this year, according to co-founder and interim CEO Rahul Bhatia.”We have received our first A321 Neo, which has a higher seating capacity and lower unit costs compared to the A320 Neos and also has longer range. We plan to start direct flights to Istanbul from March and open other international destinations as the year progresses,” Bhatia has been quoted as telling the MoneyControl website.The A321 Neo has a flying time of six hours and will help the airline expand its international network, according to Bhatia. IndiGo currently flies to 15 overseas destinations apart from 49 domestic destinations.last_img read more

  • Trump moves to oust Bannon

    first_imgThis file photo taken on 13 May, 2017 shows strategist Steve Bannon waiting while US president Donald Trump arrives at Lynchburg Regional Airport 13 May, 2017 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump has moved to dismiss his far-right chief strategist Steve Bannon, as the White House reels from the fallout over Trump’s response to a violent white supremacist rally, The New York Times reported Friday.According to the Times, the US leader has informed top aides of his decision to part ways with his embattled strategist, but was still debating with top White House officials when and how to dismiss him.Trump has come under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike for insisting anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for violence at a weekend rally staged by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.Bannon, the former head of ultra conservative outlet Breitbart News, is described as being the nucleus of one of several competing power centers in what has been a chaotic White House.Bannon’s critics label him a white supremacist.last_img read more

  • DC Residents Disportionately Impacted by Kidney Failure

    first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterMarch marks National Kidney Month, and D.C. still has the highest number of people with kidney failure, officials said. And African-Americans remained disproportionately impacted from the kidney disease.“The District of Columbia has the highest percentage of residents with kidney failure in the country, creating an enormous public health challenge and placing a very serious physical and financial burden on those living with the disease,” said LaVarne A. Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund in a statement to the AFRO. “The nation’s capital is a perfect storm of risk factors for kidney disease. Neighborhoods with soaring rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, the leading causes of kidney failure, are predominantly minority. Minorities, in turn, are at higher risk for kidney disease and kidney failure.”District residents and African Americans in particular, have the highest percentage of residents with kidney failure. (Courtesy Photo)The kidneys are the bean shaped fist sized organs in your body that filter waste and water out of your blood, and help control blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep bones strong. They come in pairs and help the body produce urine. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) happened when the kidneys are damaged or stop working. If CKD gets bad it can lead to stroke, heart failure and death. Not only can people experience kidney failure but other issues can arise like kidney cysts, stones, and infections.It’s referred to as a “silent killer affecting African Americans,” according to the American Kidne Fund. About 30 million Americans have kidney disease, and 20 million are at risk for developing the disease. It’s the 9th leading cause of death. And African Americans are three times as likely to develop kidney failure than Caucasians, the data showed.African Americans represent about 13 percent of the population, but are 35 percent of the kidney failure cases. Other health factors that impact African Americans put them at risk for kidney failure. Diabetes if the number one cause of kidney failure among Black people. High blood pressure is the number two cause of kidney failure among African Americans. This is why awareness is key to stopping the disease.“Kidney Month gives us an opportunity to shine a spotlight on kidney disease and to make people aware that it is often silent until the late stages, when kidney damage is so severe that patients must go on dialysis to stay alive,” Burton said. “But we work year-round to increase awareness of kidney disease and help people understand their risk and the need for prevention and early detection. In the past two years, we provided free kidney health screenings to more than 3,000 District residents at risk for kidney disease, and we are continuing our intensive education and intervention efforts in D.C. this year.”Even though the numbers are grim there is hope because many cases of kidney disease are preventable by doing the following:-Getting tested for kidney disease– Maintaining a health lifestyle and managing the condition and– Sharing information about the disease throughout the community so residents are prepared.The American Kidney Fund is offering free screening throughout the U.S. For more information about screening in your area call 1-800-638-8299 or go to KidneyFund.orglast_img read more

  • Raiders fans should be excited for the move to Vegas

    first_imgRaiders fans should be excited about the move to VegasOakland Raiders fans are mourning the loss of their team this morning, but Colin says not to worry. First, the Raiders have already moved from Oakland to L.A. and back, so it’s not like they haven’t moved before.Fans of the Raiders are fans of the Silver and Black, not Oakland, and they should be excited to finally have a city that will be an equal partner and offer a variety of benefits that Oakland never provided.  The Raiders history is in Oakland, their future is in Vegas.“This team’s gonna make a lot more money and be able to over-spend. I know there’s a salary cap, but you can still guarantee a lot of money that doesn’t count toward your salary cap. That’s all you should care about.”Even given their struggles, no on eis stopping the Cavs in the EastThe Cavs and LeBron James are struggling down the stretch, and just dropped to second place in the East after an ugly 29-point loss to the Spurs last night. The headlines this morning are proclaiming that the Cavs are in trouble, but Colin disagrees.Today, he said that regardless of Cleveland’s struggles, they’ll still breeze through the Eastern Conference playoffs into the Finals, even if they end up as the two seed. LeBron already won a title as a two-seed with the Heat in 2012 with the Heat.“He’s won a championship as a two-seed. It doesn’t matter.”If Tom Brady is playing for 7 more years, it’s time for Jimmy Garoppolo to get outPatriots owner Robert Kraft recently said that Tom Brady told him he wants to play for 6 or 7 more years. If this is the case, Colin thinks it’s time for Jimmy Garoppolo to get out of New England.Colin thinks that sometimes it makes sense to wait in the wings as the heir apparent, but sometimes if you wait to long, you never get the shot. If Brady is going to be around for the next half decade, it’s time for Jimmy G to figure out a way to get out out of town.“Jimmy Garoppolo has become the New England Patriots’ 2-iron. He’s in the bag, but they never use it.”Guests:Cris Carter – FS1 NFL Analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss what the Patriots will do with Garoppolo; why Vegas could be an attractive free agent destination; and if Tony Romo can damage his brand with a bad season.Bill Romanowski – 16-year NFL veteran and former Raider, discusses the Raiders move to Vegas; why he thinks Mark Davis did all he could to keep the team in Oakland; and if he thinks Tom Brady can play until he’s 45 or older.Lionel Hollins – Former Grizzlies head coach is in-studio to discuss how much playoff seeding matters; what life was like in the NBA when he was a player compared to now; his thoughts on players taking healthy scratches; why management is to blame, as well as the players; andlast_img read more

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