Greenland Is Getting Darker

first_imgGreenland’s white snow is getting darker. Scientists have generally attributed that darkening to larger, slightly less white snow grains caused by warmer temperatures. But researchers have found a new source of darkening taking hold: impurities in the snow.“It can increase the speed of melting,” says Marie Dumont, a remote sensing scientist at Météo France in Grenoble, who publishes today with her colleagues in Nature Geoscience.Scientists have known for years that Greenland’s snow is getting darker, based on satellite observations that have revealed lower albedos, or reflectivity. That’s a problem because the darker the snow is, the more sunlight it absorbs, and the faster it melts. 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Using satellite observations, they found lower albedos at elevations and at times of the year that are too cold for larger snow grains to form.The researchers instead propose that impurities in the snow—dust, soot, and microorganisms—are responsible. Using satellite observations, they found higher levels of impurities in the snow and atmosphere between 2009 and 2013—a time in which impurity levels over Antarctica stayed constant. They suggest that dust could be arriving from snow-free land areas in Greenland and nearby in the Arctic that are experiencing earlier melting of seasonal snow cover due to climate change. Volcanic eruptions in Iceland in 2010 and 2011 are also important sources of material, they say.Using a model, the researchers found that impurities could be responsible for melting 27 billion tonnes of ice a year—roughly 10% of the average annual mass loss over the last decade.The new model is the first to document and quantify this new feedback—one that is not accounted for in climate models, says Jason Box, an ice scientist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in Copenhagen, who has documented rising impurities at a local scale during field campaigns. Dumont says the new darkening effect could easily add 2 centimeters to the projections of sea level rise by 2100—and perhaps more if impurity levels grow with time.last_img read more

Simona Halep reaches round three of French Open

first_imgFormer finalist Simona Halep survived a first-set wobble to reach the third round of the French Open for only the second time in her career with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas on Wednesday.The Romanian sixth seed surrendered her serve twice in the opening four games to trail 4-1 but delved into her wealth of experience to finally subdue her 90th-ranked opponent 7-5 in the tiebreak.More exchanges of breaks followed in the second set before Halep finally found her groove to take a 5-2 lead and set up three match points on Diyas’ serve. The first one went begging but Halep’s gritty baseline play paid off in the next point as Diyas bowed out after flicking a forehand long to end a 10-shot rally.”The first set was very tough and I was very nervous as I seemed to be fighting for every point,” Halep said in a courtside interview.The good news for Halep is that the only previous time she reached the last 32, she made it all the way to the 2014 Roland Garros final. Halep and her bizarre black and white zebra print dress will be back on court on Friday when she takes on Japan’s Naomi Osaka for a place in the fourth round.last_img read more

ICC introduces stricter sanctions for ball-tampering

first_imgDubai, Jul 3 (PTI) Tampering with the ball could now lead to a ban of up to six Tests or 12 ODIs after the International Cricket Council (ICC) made it a level 3 transgression besides adding obscenity and personal abuse to the list of offences in a bid to ensure better behaviour on the field. At the end of its annual conference in Dublin, the world body came up with its plan to curb unruly behaviour on the field that has been under the scanner for a while now in the ‘gentlemen’s game’. Upgrading ball-tampering from a level 2 to a level 3 offence has come in the wake of the row earlier this year when Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were found guilty of changing the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. “I and my fellow Board directors were unanimous in supporting the recommendations of the Cricket Committee and Chief Executives Committee to drive improved behaviour across our sport,” ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said. “It is vital that there is a strong deterrent to both players and administrators to ensure we have high standards of conduct in our game,” he added. Under the existing Code of Conduct back in March, the ICC had fined Smith for one Test and that had led to calls for a tougher punishment.”I’d like to thank the Cricket Committee and the Chief Executives for their commitment to improving player behaviour in the game and supporting the introduction of new offences and greater sanctions,” said ICC chief executive Dave Richardson after the five-day meet.advertisement”There is a clear desire here to reclaim cricket’s unique proposition as a game that people can trust in and for us all to live the spirit of cricket in a way that is relevant in the 21st century,” said the South African. Even last month, Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal copped a one-Test suspension for ball-tampering during the second Test against the West Indies in St. Lucia.The Australian cricketers including captain Smith did not receive severe punishments form the ICC but Cricket Australia stepped in to slap a one-year ban on Smith and Warner following the incident that rocked the entire country. Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension. The ICC Board also recommended the introduction of offences covering personal abuse (Level 2, 3), audible obscenity (Level 1) and disobeying umpire’s instructions (Level 1). “Attempting to gain and unfair advantage (cheating, other than ball-tampering) will now be considered a Level 2 or 3 offence,” said the ICC in a statement. “Players or support staff wanting to appeal a decision will now be required to lodge an appeal fee in advance which will be fully refundable if the appeal is successful. Stump microphone guidelines will also be changed to allow the stump microphone audio to be broadcast at any time, including when the ball is dead,” it added. Now, even the concerned member board could be held liable for its players’ behaviour. “The Board also agreed to consider how Member Boards can be held liable for its players behaviour with appropriate sanctions to be imposed on boards when the accumulated number of offences by its players exceed certain thresholds.” The ICC Board also agreed on measures to enable Zimbabwe Cricket to stabilise its business and allow cricket to flourish in the country. The ICC management will work with Zimbabwe Cricket to develop a plan for managing its cricketing, management and financial structures which will be reviewed regularly. Besides, the ICC agreed to allow a representative of the Sri Lankan Sports Minister to sit as an observer to its Board and Full Council. The ICC requested that elections for Sri Lanka Cricket are held within six months, failing which SLCs Membership status would be considered. PTI PM PM PMlast_img read more

A massive loss: Ricky Ponting on Kagiso Rabada injury blow for Delhi Capitals

first_imgDelhi Capitals will definitely miss the services of Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada going into the business end of the tournament, but head coach Ricky Ponting made it clear that it was a decision that wasnt in the hands of the franchise and one that Cricket South Africa (CSA) took.”It was a decision that CSA made. KG had complained of a sore lower back. After our last game in Delhi he felt it went a little worse. A massive loss, but one we think we can cover. We have Trent Bolt, who did well last season so he can do the job. Rabada has held the ship up when it came to the death bowling. To have very good death bowlers is important,” he said.Ponting though believes that Boult has the ability to take over from Rabada. “He hasn’t played for a little while and he is bound to be a bit rusty. His first two overs were good, it is just that his death overs didn’t go well against Chennai,” he pointed.Commenting on the loss against Chennai Super Kings, Ponting said: “It should not be difficult as we played some excellent cricket in the first four or five weeks. Just a bit of a wake-up call. As far as the timing was concerned it was right and you will see the boys bouncing back in the last game.”Delhi might have qualified for the playoffs, but Ponting said finishing in the top two will be on the agenda for DC. “We still have a lot to play for. We need to win this game to qualify in the first or second spot. It will be a relaxed session today, but it will be a good contest and I want to see how the boys bounce back. The boys have done really well,” he said.advertisementPonting also praised skipper Shreyas Iyer who took over mid-season in 2018. “To be honest there has been a lot of changes around DC, but all our job is to make the job of the players easy. It is because of the players that we have won the games that we have. Shreyas has done a terrific job and he is growing as a person. He is much happier talking in front of the boys and he is a happier leader now. He is a more experienced person and that is why he is leading the team as he has,” the coach said.Ponting also said that he had no grievances at the way in which Rishabh Pant has thrown his wicket away at times. “I think if you look closely, a lot of batsmen play shots and you think why he played it. I won’t stop him, I will only try to ensure he executes it better. Sometimes they will make mistakes, but I am sure Rishabh will finish well,” he said.Also Read | Kagiso Rabada ruled out for rest of IPL 2019 with back injury, called back by CSAAlso Read | Delhi Capitals and South Africa sweating over Kagiso Rabada’s injury scareAlso Read | IPL 2019: From name to fortune, Delhi Capitals script stunning turnaroundlast_img read more

Alyssa Healy enters ‘Club 100’ in T20 Internationals

first_imgAlyssa Healy enters ‘Club 100’ in T20 InternationalsAlyssa Healy has been one of Australia’s top players in recent times and was also named the ICC T20I Player of the Year last December.advertisement Press Trust of India SydneySeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 18:34 IST Alyssa Healy was named the ICC T20I Player of the Year last December. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlyssa Healy became the ninth woman to appear in 100 Twenty20 InternationalsHealy got there during the second T20 International against Sri Lanka at North Sydney OvalHealy was also named the ICC T20I Player of the Year last DecemberOne of the Australian team’s key players in recent years, wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy on Monday became the ninth woman to appear in 100 Twenty20 Internationals.The 29-year-old is only the second Australian to achieve the feat after Ellyse Perry, an ICC statement said.Healy got there during the second T20 International against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval.Australia’s season got underway on Sunday with the first of three T20Is against Sri Lanka in Sydney, which will be followed by a three-match ODI series in Brisbane.Healy has been one of Australia’s top players in recent times and was also named the ICC T20I Player of the Year last December.Since the 2017 50-over World Cup, she has scored more runs in limited-overs cricket than any of her Australian teammates.She was the Player of the Series in the previous edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.Healy made her T20I debut as a 19-year-old in February 2010. Australia is also scheduled to host India and England in a tri-series before the T20 World Cup.Also Read | Harbhajan Singh wonders why this batsman is being overlooked. Yuvraj Singh nails it with his witAlso Read | S Sreesanth discloses why he hates Chennai Super KingsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Alyssa Healy Nextlast_img read more

Measures to Reduce Case Backlog

first_img“This initiative was meant to highlight a legal provision in the Justice Reform Administration Act, which was amended to accommodate it. The legal provision is in force in all parishes in courts at all levels; the provision is on the books… and so what we are seeking to do is to make persons aware of them and be encouraged to utilise these measures,” Mrs. McCalla said.She hailed members of the public and private bar for embracing the measures to make the justice system more efficient.The Chief Justice further urged the media to seek to promote the positive initiatives being carried out by the sector.“We recognise the need to have changes in order to address the growing demands on our justice system, and we believe that it is important for the public not only to be informed about the areas of challenge but also to be informed about the successful implementation of various programmes and legislative amendments to address the situation,” she said.The Public Education Day in Mandeville featured exhibitions by a number of agencies that work closely with the justice sector, and sought to create greater awareness and access to justice services. The Criminal Case Management Steering Committee has brought together stakeholders from across the judiciary who are committed to the implementation of measures to reduce case backlog. She noted that the recent staging of the second instalment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative was one of the measures out of the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which was successfully carried out. The initiative was rolled out on October 19 and 20 in the Home Circuit and Gun Courts in Kingston and St. Catherine. “We recognise the need to have changes in order to address the growing demands on our justice system, and we believe that it is important for the public not only to be informed about the areas of challenge but also to be informed about the successful implementation of various programmes and legislative amendments to address the situation,” she said.center_img The Criminal Case Management Steering Committee has brought together stakeholders from across the judiciary who are committed to the implementation of measures to reduce case backlog.Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, said the Committee, made up of representatives from a cross section of civil society agencies, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Defence Bar, is working to craft solutions.“[We are trying] to do what we can, within the limited resources that we have, to address the situation,” she said.Mrs. McCalla was addressing a Public Education Day event at the Manchester Parish Court on October 25.The Chief Justice said a series of sensitisation sessions is being hosted with specific stakeholders for engagement on the efficiency of the court system and the proposed measures to enhance this.She noted that the recent staging of the second instalment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative was one of the measures out of the Criminal Case Management Steering Committee, which was successfully carried out. The initiative was rolled out on October 19 and 20 in the Home Circuit and Gun Courts in Kingston and St. Catherine.The initiative provided an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence. A total of 57 cases were disposed of over the two days. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Egypt moves to take control of independent mosques

first_imgCAIRO- Egyptian authorities decided Tuesday to take control of independent mosques, state news agency MENA reported, in a move aimed at curbing Islamist dissent.The measure aims to further tighten the state’s grip on all mosques in the country, deeply polarised since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Morsi’s supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood have been targets of a brutal government crackdown since the army ousted him last July. The military-installed government accuses Islamist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, of using mosques to spread their ideology and enroll new recruits.Religious Endowments Minister Mohamed Mokhtar tasked his office with bringing all independent mosques under the ministry’s control within a month, MENA said.Egypt has around 130,000 mosques, of which 10,000 are not under the government supervision, ministry official Sabry Ebada told AFP last month.Morsi’s supporters often stage protests after the weekly Friday prayers.In January, the ministry decided to set a theme topic sent to preachers around the country for the Friday sermon.Scuffles have often erupted between Morsi’s supporters and opponents during the Friday prayers, particularly when the sermon appears to favors one side over the other.In late 2013, the ministry dismissed 55,000 imams (prayer leaders) who didnot graduate from Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution in Sunni Islam.The ministry requires imams to receive permission to lead prayers at mosques.last_img read more

Attempt to spread racial hatred using Jaffna clash condemned

The TNA appealed to all students not to permit any recurrence of such incidents or anything that will hinder genuine reconciliation amongst communities in our country. The clash occurred when a welcome ceremony was held for new entrants to the Jaffna university yesterday. The IUSF urged university students to join hands against racial disharmony and prevent politicians from gaining the upper hand from such incidents.Meanwhile, the Tamil National Alliance expressed it’s deep shock over Saturday’s clashes that took place at the University of Jaffna.“We regret that several students have sustained injuries and that the Sinhala students had to be evacuated from the University and Jaffna as a precautionary measure,” the TNA said in a statement. Some Tamil students had opposed the Kandyan dance being staged to welcome the students and this led to the clash.IUSF said that if clashes take place based on a race or religion it will prevent more important social issues from being addressed. An attempt being made to spread racial hatred using the clash at the Jaffna university yesterday has been condemned.The Inter University Student’s Federation (IUSF), while condemning the incident, raised concerns over attempts by some groups to make use of the incident to incite racial hatred. The clash involved a group of Sinhalese and Tamil students of the Science Faculty of the Jaffna University. “Whilst inviting the students who have been evacuated to return to Jaffna, we urge the other students who remain to welcome them and assure them of their safety as they resume their studies We call upon the students and the authorities to work together in creating the right conditions for students from different backgrounds to live and study together in the University of Jaffna in the future,” the TNA said in a statement. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Stocks tumble but TSX gets some strength from bump in gold price

Stocks tumble, but TSX gets some strength from bump in gold price Stock markets tumbled Thursday, but the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index fared better than its U.S. counterparts due to the strength of gold and other commodities.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 48.57 points to 15,033.64.South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 274.14 points to 21,750.73, while the S&P 500 shed 38.10 points to 2,430.01. The Nasdaq composite slipped 123.20 points to 6,221.91.“I think on a relative basis, Canada’s having, you know, actually quite a good day,” said Tim Morton, senior vice-president at TD Wealth.The Toronto index saw some of its losses offset by gains in gold stocks — with the global gold sector leading the day’s performance.The December gold contract climbed US$9.50 to US$1,292.40 an ounce.Gold is seen as a safe haven for investors and they turned to the commodity as American indices dipped and reports came in of a terrorist attack in Spain. A van killed a dozen people and injured others when it drove into pedestrians at the Las Ramblas promenade frequented by tourists.American markets took a bigger hit than in Canada partly because political noise out of the country continued to unnerve people slightly, said Morton.He added the U.S. markets have had a strong year and sometimes need a rest or sell-off to remain grounded.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.07 cents US, up 0.32 of a U.S. cent.The September crude contract advanced 31 cents to US$47.09 per barrel. The September natural gas contract was up 3.9 cents to about US$2.93 per mmBTU and the September copper contract fell 1.6 cents to US$2.94 a pound.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock Senate looking for next chancellor

The term of Chancellor Goodman is due to end the day after fall Convocation 2014. The governance committee of Senate is seeking nominations for members of an advisory committee for the appointment of the next chancellor. The advisory committee is to comprise:• 3 members of faculty, including the chair of Senate, who will serve as chair of the subcommittee• 3 external members of the board of trustees• the president and vice-chancellor• 2 students, one undergraduate and one graduate• 1 staff member• 1 alumnus/a• 1 dean• 1 senior administrative officerThe deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, and all nominations should be emailed to Chabriol Colebatch, interim secretary to the University.

Cigarettes tobacco and counterfeit vodka seized in €15 million sting operation

first_imgCIGARETTES, TOBACCO AND counterfeit vodka worth more than €1.5 million have been seized by officials in two separate sting operations.In the first instance, two million Benson and Hedges cigarettes were seized by Revenue officials and Gardaí at a commercial premises in Athenry in Galway on Wednesday.The cigarettes had originally come from Belgium and had entered Ireland through Dublin Port. Revenue said that the cigarettes had a retail value of almost €1 million.In a separate operation, officials seized 1.2 million cigarettes, 400 kgs of tobacco and a small quantity of counterfeit vodka from a private premises in Faughart in Dundalk on Saturday.  The seized goods had a total retail value of €730,000, with the cigarettes accounting for €550,000 of that.No-one has been arrested in connection with the seizures and investigations are continuing.last_img read more

GoPro creator sells stake to Foxconn

first_imgThere’s no shortage of videos out there of people doing amazing things with cameras strapped to their bodies. In recent years, many of those have been recorded on GoPro cameras. Recently, the creator of GoPro has decided to sell his stake in the company to Foxconn, who will likely start manufacturing most of the pieces for GoPro cameras.Nicholas Woodman built the GoPro name up from scratch. When the company first started making their durable body-mounted cameras, the goal was to get local sports shops to carry them. Watching as a surfer or snowboarder does their thing is a lot of fun from the sidelines, but it is way more fun from the viewpoint of the wearer. Because of this, GoPro quickly became successful, and videos of crazy people doing crazy things with cameras strapped to their bodies became its own YouTube sensation.On top of being quite durable, the GoPro cameras are WiFi capable, typically come with remotes for control without having to touch the camera, and can record 1080p at 30fps. The cameras are light and rely on MicroSD for storage, giving them a somewhat limited capacity of 64GB currently. There are pages of accessories for these cameras, including extra batteries and LCD screens that can be added on, making the cameras incredibly versatile. Considering that one of the more expensive GoPro models is only $400, it’s not hard to see why they are so popular.The explosive growth, reaching $600 million in sales in less than ten years, drew the attention of investors like Foxconn. Now, the Chinese manufacturer owns 11.7 million shares of GoPro. The expectation now is that Foxconn will be able to manufacture the GoPro cameras now, and Nicholas Woodman gets to walk away from the deal a very wealthy man after selling 8.9% stake in the company (at $17.08 a share). Foxconn will likely only be considered for parts moving forward if they have the best prices for materials.It’s unlikely that this purchase will affect the GoPro line in any way, except to maybe allow for less expensive models in the future and show a continued positive sign of growth for the company.last_img read more

Grand Lucayan Should be Ready for 2017 Winter Season

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Renovations at the Grand Lucayan in Grand Bahama are expected to begin within the next month with the facility expected to be ready in time for the 2017 Winter Season.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said, in his national address, July 26, that the Government of The Bahamas is intent on resuscitating the Grand Lucayan “as rapidly and as sustainably as possible” and thereafter sell its equity to one of the existing partners or other investors in a bid to turn the Grand Bahama economy around.Dr. Minnis said the Government has also identified a number of integrated travel and hospitality companies that can bring not only quality brands to Grand Bahama, “but also much-needed air transportation.”Prime Minister Minnis said his Administration will focus on a number of tourism initiatives “to get our economy going again” while not excluding the urgent need for diversification within tourism and other sectors and other potential areas of growth.Prime Minister Minnis said this will not happen without a successfully operating Grand Lucayan, a successfully operating Atlantis and a successfully operating Baha Mar Resort.“I recently toured Baha Mar where I received assurances from the managers of the hotel of a timeline for the mega-resort coming fully on stream. This will help to improve the fiscal condition of the country inclusive of public revenue,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I have also visited Atlantis on Paradise Island. It is most important to our economy that both of these mega-resorts succeed. My Administration will do all that we can to ensure this outcome.“We need to get our people back to work and to get our economy on the path to making it again the envy of our region. This will not happen without a successful Baha Mar. Their success is The Bahamas’ success. We will do all we can to aid them in attaining this success,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Dr. Minnis said statistics show that while at least 65 per cent of the economic activity and more than 50 per cent of the jobs of The Bahamas are delivered from the tourism sector, just 60 per cent of the country’s hotel and resort rooms are occupied annually.“If we manage to achieve near 80 per cent occupancy in our hotels on a year-round basis, we will increase our economic activity and jobs from tourism by one-third,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“This will cause a considerable dent in the unemployment problem facing our country. Even as I have spoken at some length on Grand Lucayan, Atlantis and Baha Mar, my Government will also address the needs of the more than 250 smaller and licensed properties in Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and throughout our Family Islands.“We will introduce further incentives to small hotels where local produce is on the menu,” Prime Minister Minnis added. Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Vancouvers average gas price continues to fall

first_imgClark CountyLocal gas prices continued their slide last week, with AAA Oregon/Idaho reporting an average for regular unleaded of $3.88 in Vancouver, down 22 cents from last week’s $4.10 per gallon and 36 cents less than one month ago.The Vancouver price was even lower than Portland’s $3.92 and Oregon’s $3.93 per gallon. The Oregon average marked the fist time since March 19 that the statewide average was below $4 per gallon. Washington and California average gasoline prices also dropped below the $4-per-gallon mark, AAA reported.The national average also is falling, and now stands at $3.50 per gallon. AAA predicts continued declines in West Coast gas prices as they move closer to the national average.last_img

Delta Junction state parks user fees to stay the same this year

first_imgQuartz Lake State Recreation Area, along with the Clearwater facility, generate the most revenue of all Delta-area parks. (Karla Brown/Flickr)User fees at Delta Junction area state parks will stay the same this summer as the facilities transition to private management.Listen nowThe state announced the award of permits this week to K&K Operations to run the Big Delta State Historical Park, and to Big Dipper Adventures to operate campgrounds, boat launches and other facilities at Quartz Lake, Clearwater, Delta, and Donnelly Creek.Northern Region State Parks superintendent Brooks Ludwig said the contractors do not plan to change user fees, but notes that the legislature allows leeway to do so in the future.”For daily parking right now, the charge is $5 per day per vehicle and the maximum they could charge would be $10 per day per vehicle,” Ludwig said. “Boat launching right now is $15 per launch and retrieve. That could go up to $20. Firewood bundles are $8, and it can go up to $15 per bundle. Overnight camping is $15 a night. That can go as high as $30 a night.”Delta-area parks generate an average of $80,000 a year, most of which comes from the larger Clearwater and Quartz Lake facilities. Ludwig said the contractors, are required to share revenues with the state.”For operating the parks in the Delta area — Quartz Lake, Clearwater, Delta and Donnelly — the contractor will pay to the state a flat $2,000 permit fee,” Ludwig said. “In addition to that, they have negotiated a three percent of their gross camping revenues and three percent of their gross revenues for canoe/kayak rentals at Clearwater State recreation site will be earmarked to the state.”Ludwig adds that 3 percent of profits from Big Delta State Historical Park Delta will go into a maintenance fund. The Delta area parks closed a month ago due to state budget cuts. State Parks says agency staff helped the contractors re-open the sites Tuesday.last_img read more

Biological Clock Discoveries By 3 Americans Earn Nobel Prize

first_imgTwitter user @LisaMcGonagleBiological clock discoveries by 3 Americans earn Nobel prize.Three Americans won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for their discoveries about the body’s biological clock, opening up whole new fields of research and raising awareness about the importance of getting enough sleep. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the 9-million-kronor ($1.1 million) prize for their work on finding genetic mechanisms behind circadian rhythms, which adapt the workings of the body to different phases of the day, influencing sleep, behavior, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism. They “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings,” the Nobel citation said. “Circadian dysfunction has been linked to sleep disorders, as well as depression, bipolar disorder, cognitive function, memory formation and some neurological diseases,” according to a Nobel background report. The awardees’ work stems back to 1984, when Rosbash and Hall, both at Brandeis, along with Young isolated the “period gene” in fruit flies. Hall and Rosbash found that a protein encoded by the gene accumulated during the night and degraded during daytime. A decade later, Young discovered another “clock gene.” The work was done using fruit flies. “I am very pleased for the fruit fly,” Rosbash, a 73-year-old professor at Brandeis University, told The Associated Press. He said he got the call about the award just after 5 a.m. “When the landline rings at that hour, normally it is because someone died,” he said. “I’m still a little overwhelmed.” But he added “I stand on the shoulders of giants. This is a very humbling award.” Young is at Rockefeller University; Hall formerly was a visiting professor at the University of Maine but said his prize work was done at Brandeis. Hall, 72, wryly noted that he was already awake when the call about the prize came around 5 a.m. because of age-related changes in his own circadian rhythms. “I said ‘Is this a prank’?” he told the AP by telephone from Cambridge, Maine. The winners have raised “awareness of the importance of a proper sleep hygiene” said Juleen Zierath of the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute, which chooses the laureates. Carlos Ibanez, another assembly member, said the research was important in understanding how humans adapt to shiftwork. Michael Hastings, a scientist at the U.K. Medical Research Council, said the discoveries had opened up a whole new field of study for biology and medicine. “Until then, the body clock was viewed as a sort of black box,” Hastings told the AP. “We knew nothing about its operation. But what they did was get the genes that made the body clock, and once you’ve got the genes, you can take the field wherever you want to.” “It’s a field that has exploded massively, propelled by the discoveries by these guys,” he told the AP. Hall said scientists have known about circadian rhythms since the 1700s but his research team looked at the mechanics and underpinnings of how it works. He said understanding that can give researchers a chance to address the circadian rhythm disorders that contribute to sleep problems. “Our wellbeing is affected when there is a temporary mismatch between our external environment and this internal biological clock, for example when we travel across several time zones and experience ‘jet lag,’” the Nobel statement said, explaining the research. “There are also indications that chronic misalignment between our lifestyle and the rhythm dictated by our inner time keeper is associated with increased risk for various diseases.” That misalignment may be associated with diseases including cancer and degenerative neurological conditions. “If you understand how the normal process works, that gives you a chance, not an inevitability, but a chance to influence the internal workings of the clock and possibly to improve a patient’s wellbeing,” Hall said. “I think most of its practical applications lie ahead,” said Rosbash. Sharelast_img read more

Facebook Admits to Collecting Call and Text Message History From Some Users

first_imgFacebook admitted Sunday that it has in fact been collecting this type of data, but painted it as a way for the company to improve its service. “This helps you find and stay connected with the people you care about, and provides you with a better experience across Facebook,” the company said in a blog post. ” This feature does not collect the content of your calls or text messages. Your information is securely stored and we do not sell this information to third parties.”It also clarified that this type of data has only been collected from some users, specifically those who have used Facebook Messenger or Facebook Lite on Android, and also opted into the continuous upload of phone contact, text and call information. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Facebook has been collecting and storing detailed calling and text messaging records from some of its users for years, the company admitted over the weekend. The data was collected on an opt-in basis, but the breath of information retained further adds to the privacy backlash the company is currently facing.First reports about Facebook collecting this data surfaced last week, when some users made use of a Facebook feature that allows them to download all of their data from the company’s servers. Some users found that these records included detailed records about phone calls they made in the past, including numbers called, as well as date, time and duration of each and every call. Facebook first added this option to the Android Messenger app in 2015, and subsequently also to the Facebook Lite app. On Monday, Facebook also detailed how users can opt out of sharing this type of information if they previously allowed the company to access it.The disclosure comes as Facebook is already under scrutiny for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Trump-linked data company was able to access the personal data from as many as 50 million Facebook users in 2014, and subsequently may have used that data to target users with political messaging. On Monday, news broke that the FTC has opened up an investigation into Facebook’s handling of its users data.last_img read more

Men are too busy to see doctors

first_imgAccording to the results of a new survey, the top excuse men make is that they are too busy.The survey was conducted online within the US by Harris Poll on behalf of Orlando Health -a healthcare services in Central Florida, this year among 2,042 adults aged 18 and older. “Men can spend 34 hours golfing or watching a ball game every week, or find the time to take a trip to Vegas with their buddies, but they can’t spare 90 minutes a year to get a check up? That’s inexcusable,” said Jamin Brahmbhatt, men’s health activist and co-director of the PUR (Personalized Urology & Robotics) Clinic in Clermont, Florida.last_img