first_imgSan Francisco: Adding to the plethora of outages that apps from major tech giants have been suffering lately, Google’s Calendar refused to work for over nearly three hours for users around the world. Google Calendar users trying to access the service were met with a 404 error message through a browser from around 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., The Verge reported on Tuesday. Accepting the outage the G Suite team took to Twitter and posted: “Google Calendar is currently experiencing a service disruption.” Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Replying to a user on its thread the G Suite team informed that the Calendar app on the mobile phones we operational amid the chaos. “Hi Rick, thanks. Indeed the Google Calendar app on the mobile is still operational an can be used. The support team will be posting updates about the Calendar issue on the Status Dashboard,” the team informed. The Calendar did start working later. While Google Calendar suffered the outage, other Google services such as Gmail and Google Maps appeared to be unaffected except for Hangouts Meet that has been experiencing some difficulties, the report said. The outage also came just over an hour after Google’s G Suite Twitter account sent out a tweet promoting Google Calendar’s ability to making scheduling simpler. Google Calendar broke down on Tuesday just days after a massive Google outage took YouTube, Gmail and Snapchat offline because of problems with the company’s overall Cloud service.last_img read more

11 March 2008More than 700 peacekeepers have been temporarily relocated to their home countries from Eritrea, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported. More than 700 peacekeepers have been temporarily relocated to their home countries from Eritrea, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reported. A total of 397 Jordanian blue helmets and 305 Indian troops have returned to their respective countries, and the Mission notes that more flights out of Asmara are scheduled for next week to fly remaining UN personnel in Eritrea home. The decision to temporarily move UN personnel and equipment out of Eritrea was made last month after the country cut off fuel supplies to UNMEE, paralyzing the operation on that side of the disputed border with Ethiopia. In a report to the Security Council made public last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Eritrea’s restrictions on the mission’s activities breach the fundamental principles of peacekeeping and raise serious implications for the safety and security of blue helmets deployed around the world. Calling the country’s hindrance of the temporary relocation of peacekeepers “unacceptable,” Mr. Ban wrote that Eritrea has an obligation under an agreement signed in 2000 to treat the peacekeepers with respect and dignity, guarantee their safety and security, and ensure their right to move freely and perform their mandated tasks. But instead Eritrea had placed the mission in an “untenable situation” by repeatedly obstructing the blue helmets’ relocation efforts, the Secretary-General said. read more

26 April 2011The residents of eight villages in Darfur will be among the first in the arid Sudanese region to have easier access to water under an initiative backed by the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID). The mission will distribute several thousand high-capacity water containers – each shaped like a barrel, and capable of carrying 75 litres or four standard jerry cans of water – to the villagers over the next two weeks.In Kuma Garadayat in North Darfur state, Ibrahim Gambari, the Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID, helped hand out the containers to women who have returned to the village. Women and children are usually responsible for collecting water for their families in Darfur, a vast and remote region where rainfall is relatively low and droughts common.“The project is to make life easier and safer for women, and also to underscore the fact that water hasn’t only been a source of conflict; it is also the solution,” Mr. Gambari said. “It is our hope that their use will not only support former displaced persons but also help protect civilians as they return to resume their lives.”The containers are designed to relieve most of the physical burden of carrying water and to reduce the number of trips a resident will have to make to a water source.“One of the major sources of conflict in Darfur is water,” Mr. Gambari stressed to the residents of Kuma Garadayat, which lies about 60 kilometres from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and the site of the headquarters of UNAMID.“Among our main priorities is to assist communities who want to return to their homes [to] continue with their lives. And so I want to show you our commitment to seeking durable peace and access to water.”Aside from residents of the eight villages, the water containers have also been provided to members of a women’s cooperative in West Darfur state. Eventually the containers will be distributed to villagers across the region.Darfur is home to large numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) since conflict erupted between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen in 2003. read more

Ralph Hasenhuettl’s maiden voyage in English soccer begins in the city where the Titanic set out on its doomed journey to New York more than a century ago.“I hope,” the Austrian coach said with a smile, “that I don’t hit the first iceberg that is waiting for me.”These are certainly rocky times for Southampton, which has just dropped into the relegation zone in the Premier League. In Hasenhuettl, the south-coast club might just have found the manager to lead it to calmer waters.He’ll likely provide some laughs along the way, too.Nicknamed “The Klopp of the Alps” because of his similarities to Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, the 51-year-old Hasenhuettl was hired by Southampton on Wednesday as the replacement for the fired Mark Hughes. He comes to England with a strong reputation after success in German soccer with Ingolstadt and then Leipzig, which he led to second place in the Bundesliga.Like Klopp, Hasenhuettl wants his teams to have a high-energy, all-action approach. Like Klopp, there’s also a quirky side to him — as shown when he was presented as Southampton manager on Thursday.He said his first thought when Southampton made contact with him was that it was the place where the Titanic departed on its fateful voyage in 1912. The ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 after hitting an iceberg, and more than 1,500 passengers and crew died.He said he was thrilled to be offered a job — his first since quitting Leipzig at the end of last season — because he had “had enough” of going on walks in the mountains in his native Austria for the past six months.“It doesn’t matter that I won’t see the mountains for another 2 1/2 years,” he said. “That’s OK.”Hasenhuettl also didn’t want to make any promises to Southampton fans.“If you want guarantees, you have to buy a washing machine,” he said. “Not in football.”What he did say, though, was that he was ready to shake up the Southampton squad and get them working much harder than they have been.“I want to bring them to their limits. I don’t know where their limits are,” Hasenhuttl said. “When everyone is pushing limits to a higher level, we can see how far it gets. And when someone says it’s too much running or too much work for me, he will fall very quick beside us.“My kind of football fits very good to this league. It’s a long way, an intensive way, a tough way, but let’s start from today.”The first Austrian to coach an English top-flight team also said he would bring some order to a team that is third to last in the league and has only won one game. That victory came more than three months ago.“The character and the mentality of the team is OK,” Hasenhuettl said. “What they need now is a match plan that fits to them. To find the perfect formation and tactical summary, then we can be less easily played.”___More AP English soccer: and Douglas is at Douglas, The Associated Press read more

After playing its last three games on the road, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team got off to a rough start back home as it fell, 9-4, to the No. 5 Loyola Greyhounds. The No. 12 Buckeyes failed to gain ground on the Eastern College Athletic Conference leaders, despite a strong start to the game. Senior attacker Logan Schuss scored 55 seconds in, bringing his consecutive point streak to 54 games and tying his career goals for second on the OSU all-time scoring list with 123. But after OSU sophomore midfielder David Planning tied the game, 3-3, with 3:03 left in the first half, the Greyhounds took over. They took a 6-3 lead into halftime and never looking back. After Loyola went on a 6-0 run, senior attacker Nick Liddil scored one final OSU goal with nine seconds left, but it wasn’t enough as the game ended, 9-4. Despite giving up nine goals, OSU’s junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made a career-high 14 saves as the Greyhounds outshot the Buckeyes on the day, 41-23. Dutton said the Buckeyes struggled to follow through with their game plan. “I thought we had a good game plan. We just didn’t execute it as we wanted to. Sometimes it’s just not your day,” Dutton said. “Hopefully we’ll see these guys again and play better.” Senior midfielder Dominique Alexander attributed the loss to OSU’s 16 turnovers. “We know coming in we couldn’t turn the ball over,” Alexander said. “We also know coming in they were the defending national champions so they didn’t get that title for no reason. We knew we had to play better, and obviously we didn’t, so it’s kind of disappointing.” Coach Nick Myers said he thought OSU’s defense performed well on the day, but the offense still has room to grow. “Defensively, we played our scheme, and Greg did a great job for us in goal. Offensively, we have to (find) our identity,” Myers said. “We have to find the balance between generating quality shots and not being so reckless with the ball.” OSU (6-3, 1-2) sits at fifth place in the ECAC with four conference games remaining in the season. The Buckeyes sit one game behind fourth place. Only the top four teams earn conference championship berths. OSU is set to play Hobart Saturday at noon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Minnesota Vikings announced that they will start Matt Cassel over Josh Freeman as quarterback against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.Josh Freeman, who was recently waived by Tampa, signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Vikings last week.Coach Leslie Frazier said Friday that it was expected that Cassel would remain in the lineup after he helped the Vikings win their first game of the season in London against Pittsburgh.The Vikings signed ex-Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman to possibly compete for the starting job if needed. The former first round draft pick, Freeman struggled with Tampa before being released. He completed a league-worst, 45.3 percent of his passes, and threw only two touchdowns and two interceptions while with the Buccaneers earlier in the season. read more

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern file photoA third-set Buckeye effort wasn’t enough to stop the Indiana Hoosiers from swiping a win from the Ohio State women’s volleyball team on Saturday. Indiana took home the 3-1 victory on their home court, while No. 22 OSU fell to 15-11 overall on the season and 5-9 in the Big Ten. The loss tallies two in a row for the Buckeyes, dropping a match to Wisconsin prior to their faceoff with the Hoosiers. OSU has just six remaining matches in the regular season. The Buckeyes will see three of those teams for the first time this season. A week ago, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said that allowing teams to go on three or four-point runs is ruinous for the Buckeyes. In the first set alone, the Hoosiers went on three three-point runs and created a hole for OSU. Near the conclusion of the first set, the Buckeyes pulled within two points but it was the deadly three-point deficit that came back to haunt them. The Hoosiers took the first set, 25-22. The second set was anchored offensively by sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold, who swung for 10 kills. Even with impressive statistics, the Buckeyes were doomed to play catch-up nearly the entire set. However, OSU rallied and tied the score at 23-23. Then, Indiana’s Deyshia Lofton secured a kill and an assisted block for the second Indiana set win. By the third set, the Buckeyes had had enough, and jumped out to an 8-0 lead, assisted by multiple attacking errors from the Hoosiers. It wasn’t long before sophomore setter Taylor Hughes set foot on the service line and led the team on another three-point run to make the score 14-4. The OSU kills kept rolling, as senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe racked up three in a row, and junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz led the set-winning attack. The Buckeyes headed into the fourth set trailing 2-1. Down for nearly the entire set, OSU gained its first lead at 14-13. The advantage changed hands briefly before the score was mirrored at 22 each. It was the Hoosiers’ Allison Hammond who slammed down two attacks in the final minutes to take the match, 25-23. Appold and Sandbothe combined for 37 kills during the match, while freshman Madison Smeathers assisted with five blocks. OSU will have a chance to redeem its loss to the Hoosiers at the final match of the regular season in front of a home crowd. Before then, the team will first face Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. John Arena. read more

first_img 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. Maths Key Stage 2 Primary school children are sitting their SATs this week. Many teachers and parents have complained last year and this year that the system is archaic and difficult.One headteacher this year drew praise because he asked children to eat haribo and play outside instead of preparing for the exams.While some think constant testing of children is pointless, others think they are a good way for children to learn important information and to assess the teaching of schools across the country.But can you pass the test?Take our SATs quizzes below.English  Key Stage 2last_img read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEU parliament approves ban on single-use plasticsOctober 24, 2018In “World”Gov’t to ban more plastics by 2020- Jordan says at Green Expo launchOctober 18, 2018In “Business”Cabinet to examine proposal to ban single-use plastics- HarmonApril 23, 2018In “Business” Only 10% of the 3.4 million bags Chileans use per year are recycledBBC– Chile has become the first South American country to legally ban the widespread commercial use of plastic bags.The new legislation, approved by Congress and enacted by President Sebastián Piñera, gives small shops two years to adapt to a total ban.Larger business will have six months to stop using plastic bags.In the meantime they will only be allowed to hand out two carrier bags per customer.Businesses that break the rules will face a fine of $370 (£280).Scientists say plastic pollution has a devastating impact on marine wildlife and affects the health of humans.‘Throwaway culture’Mr Piñera said the new rules were a great step for a cleaner Chile.“We want to go from a throwaway culture, where everything is used and chucked away, to the healthy culture of recycling,” he said.“There are 7.6 billion inhabitants in the world. We can’t continue polluting as if each one of us owned the Earth.”He handed out reusable cloth bags at a ceremony marking the ban on Friday.The legislation was proposed by his predecessor, Michelle Bachelet, who banned the use of plastic bags in Chile’s Patagonia region.Several other countries have also been taking steps to combat plastic pollution.In January, Panama approved legislation curbing the commercial use of plastic bags.Businesses there were given up to 24 months to phase out the use of plastic carrier bags.In England, a 5p compulsory charge per bag was introduced in 2015. read more

first_img“Global corporate, political and macro-economic thought-leaders from Australia and Africa, North America and the UK will headline the 20th annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba™, February 3 to 6 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre,” says Managing Director Jonathan Moore. International Mining will be attending. “This reflects accelerated mining interest around the African continent and underlines the essence of the Mining Indaba – this is where the world really connects with African mining.” They will focus attention on critical mining issues, offering macro-economic and policy insights. Launching the series of keynotes strategically positioned throughout the conference is Phil Newman, CEO of CRU Strategies. With a background in mining engineering, he will discuss the changing face of world mineral supply on the preliminary day of Mining Indaba 2014.Setting the scene with her official welcome address is SA Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu, a member of the African National Congress National Working Committee since December 2007.Following her is Eleni Gabre-Madhin, recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans. As founder of the acclaimed Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, she successfully managed to achieve trading of $1.2 billion in three years. Gabre-Madhin’s eleni LLC now delivers turnkey commodity exchanges in frontier markets, already attracting equity investments from Morgan Stanley and the International Finance Corp.Focusing on win-win mining scenarios for investors, mining companies and governments and bringing a wealth of practical parliamentary experience to the podium is the Hon Colin Barnett. He served as Western Australia’s Premier, Minister for State Development and Minister of Science.Mining and sustainable development will be discussed by Professor Paul Collier, director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University and adviser to the International Monetary Fund’s Strategy and Policy Department.Makhtar Diop’s keynote address will be informed by World Bank experience, currently as Vice-President for the Africa Region and previously in Brazil in particular and South America and the Caribbean in general.Keynote panels will allow stimulating discussion on themes such as the current status and future outlook for African mining and the impact of Asian growth on African mining. Participating in both topics will be Frank Holmes, advisor on sustainable development to the William J. Clinton Foundation and to the International Crisis Group. CEO and Chief Investment Officer of US Global Investors, he manages award winning mutual funds and hedge funds in natural resources, emerging markets and infrastructure sectors.Engaging with him is David Hale of David Hale Associates, the Chicago-based economist renowned for his global market research and insights. As well as writing for many publications, he is also currently co-authoring a book on the Chinese economy.Mining Indaba’s robust discussions and access to key industry game-changers are expected to attract some 8,000 delegates. About half are likely to be from Africa, joined by counterparts from Europe, Australia, the Americas and Asia.For more program details: www.miningindaba.comlast_img read more

first_imgThis concept sub doesn’t actually dive beneath the water’s surface, but if you’re going snorkeling in relatively shallow and clear water, the EGO Compact Submarine could make it easy for you to explore corals, fish, and other wonders beneath the waves without forcing you to squeeze into a wet suit. The EGO has an above-surface standing area for boarding and standing if you want to get up and out of the submerged cockpit, but the real action is under the water where the acrylic-lined cockpit allows you to see out of three of the four sides of the cabin and take in the underwater views. The EGO seats two and runs entirely on electric power, reaching a top speed of 4 knots, which it can keep for 4 hours before the battery needs to be recharged.  In mixed use mode, you can squeeze 6 to 10 hours out of the EGO before you need to dock and charge back up. The EGO is a concept vehicle right now, so there’s no way to know whether it’ll actually make it to mass production, how much one would cost, or even if there are any potential buyers. Still, it’s not hard to see tourist destinations known for their diving, clear blue water, and colorful marine life buying some of these to rent out to consumers for a morning or afternoon trip away from port. Check out the video behind the jump. [via Geekologie]AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File Photo Source: Defence ForcesAN ARMY BOMB Disposal unit has made a ‘suspect device’ safe in north Co Dublin.The Defence Forces were tasked with the problem on referral from local gardaí after a suspect device was found this morning.The unit was called to the scene in Rush in the north of the county at about 9.40am.A number of houses in the areawere evacuated and a protective cordon was established around the device.The device itself was made safe at about 11.30am and the area was given the all clear.The suspect object has since been removed to a “secure military location” for “further examination according to a spokesperson for the Defence Forces.Evidence from the find is due to be handed over to gardaí to aid their investigation once military analysis is completed.Read: Body found during Welsh-Irish search for woman who went missing from ferryRead: ‘I didn’t want to be any bother’: Older people urged to ask for help this Christmas Friday 2 Dec 2016, 3:12 PM Short URL 13,844 Views Share52 Tweet Email1 By Cianan Brennan Dec 2nd 2016, 3:12 PM 2 Comments Homes evacuated as Army disposal team makes ‘suspect device’ safe in north Dublin The army’s Bomb Disposal Unit was called to the scene in Rush, Co Dublin, at 9.40am this morning.last_img read more

first_imgUne espèce rarissime de chouette : coup de chance pour des ornithologues Un groupe de naturalistes a pu observer au Pérou une chouette minuscule, d’une espèce qui n’avait quasiment plus été signalée depuis 26 ans. Des oiseaux insolites et menacés.Minuscule, de longues soies autour du bec et des plumes délicates qui s’étendent en favoris : Xenoglaux loweryi, la chevêchette nimbée, découverte en 1976, n’avait pratiquement plus été observée depuis 26 ans. La petite chouette a été repérée dans la réserve Abra Patricia, dans le nord du Pérou, une aire protégée par l’ONG American Bird Conservancy (ABC).À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasieConfiné dans un habitat de forêts pluviales nuageuses d’environ 118 kilomètres carrés, menacé par la déforestation, cet oiseau est considéré comme une espèce en danger par l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN).”La chevêchette nimbée est nocturne, ne vit que dans cette région, et n’existe qu’en très petit nombre : les visiteurs ont vécu une expérience ornithologique unique”, commente Sara Lara, de l'”American Bird Conservancy”.Le 5 décembre 2010 à 18:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgDécouverte d’un fossile de reptile marin avec son embryonLe fossile d’un reptile marin vieux de 78 millions d’années ainsi que son embryon bien formé a été découvert par des paléontologues. Le spécimen unique, révèle que ce plésiosaure ne pondait pas d’œufs et donnait naissance à ses petits, selon l’étude parue jeudi dans la revue Science.Cela fait près de 200 ans que l’on découvre des fossiles de plésiosaures et pourtant, il semblerait bien qu’on soit loin de tout savoir sur cette espèce de grand reptile. En effet, un fossile d’une femelle en pleine gestation a récemment été découvert et suggère que les femelles donnaient naissance à leurs petits au lieu de pondre et d’attendre l’éclosion des œufs. Selon les caractéristiques du squelette mis au jour, ce plésiosaure adulte carnassier, un Polycotylus latippinus, mesurait près de 4,7 mètres de long et était muni de quatre nageoires. Vieux de 72 à 78 millions d’années, il portait un embryon au corps bien développé et déjà doté de côtes, de vingt vertèbres, de hanches et d’os des nageoires, décrit LeMonde. En vérité, le fait que les plésiosaures mettaient bas, n’avait jusqu’ici pas été avéré. En effet, des indications font état de plusieurs groupes de reptiles aquatiques du Mésozoïque qui donnaient naissance de cette manière. Mais, les interrogations concernant la “viviparité” des plésiosaures restaient un mystère , note Sciences et avenir.La viviparité confirméeÀ lire aussiPourquoi les dragons de Komodo n’ont jamais conquis le mondePour Robin O’Keefe, un biologiste de l’université Marshall en Virginie et Luis Chiappe, directeur du Musée du dinosaure au Musée d’histoire naturelle de Los Angeles, où ce “double fossile” est actuellement exposé, il s’agit ainsi de la première preuve que les plésiosaures mettaient bas plutôt que de pondre et faire éclore des œufs, rapporte LeMonde.Plus surprenant encore, la grande taille du fœtus suggère qu’au lieu de donner naissance à de nombreux petits comme d’autres reptiles vivipares du Mésozoïque, les plésiosaures n’avaient qu’un seul petit de grande taille.Cette espèce de grand reptile, dont on ne connaît pas de descendants vivants, étaient des espèces marines très courantes dans les océans de la Planète durant l’ère du Mésozoïque. Par analogie avec le comportement d’autres espèces marines actuelles, telles que les baleines qui procèdent ainsi et qui s’occupent beaucoup plus de leur progéniture, il est possible que les plésiosaures aient pu aussi prendre soin de leur petit après sa naissance. Toutefois, d’autres indices sont nécessaires pour valider cette hypothèse.Le 13 août 2011 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model Is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks’The Lego Movie 2′ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream Lego tape could be something you use to repair broken Lego bricks and plates. It could be, but it’s not. It’s actually a whole lot more fun than that.Nimuno Loops toy block tape is all about letting you stick Lego creations anywhere you want. It looks a lot like a long, rubberized, two-by plate. The adhesive on the back is reusable, too, so you can stick and unstick a section over and over again.The tape itself can handle curves with no problem, but keep in mind that Lego bricks won’t necessarily be as forgiving. To get a nice, firm hold, you’ll need Nimuno Loops fairly flat in the spots where you plan to stick bricks. Other than that, the sky’s the limit.Slap some up on the fridge and leave your roommates and loved ones brick-built messages. Lego up a boring old picture frame or decorate your keyboard or monitor. Stick it to the bottom of another Lego piece and pull off some sneaky illegal builds! Booby trap your room by rolling out bricky spike strips to assail the feet of unwanted visitors!Each roll measures 6.5 feet. Pledge your support for the Indiegogo project, and you can pick one up for $5.50 or less. A two-pack goes for $11, and you can buy in bulk, too. Starting at the 10-roll level, the price drops to $5 a roll.Rustle up $500 bucks with your co-workers, and you can turn the whole office into a Lego wonderland! Build on the water coolers, whiteboards, copier, or right on top of your cubicle partitions!last_img read more

first_imgIn response to significant feedback from the agriculture industry, the U.S. Department of Labor announced late Thursday that it would withdraw its proposed rule that would have tightened restrictions on children under the age of 16 working on farms. The American Soybean Association (ASA) repeatedly voiced its opposition to the proposed regulations, and ASA First Vice President Danny Murphy, soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., releases the following statement in support of Thursday’s announcement:”Thursday’s reversal by the Department of Labor of its onerous proposed child labor regulations is a victory for soybean farmers and farm families across the country. These rules would have significantly hindered the ability of youth to work on family farms and gain agricultural experience, and we are happy to see the administration make a practical and much needed course correction on this issue.”I learned how to farm from my father, who learned from his father, and with that knowledge, we’ve kept our farm in the family since 1944. The strength of our industry is built on that understanding of the land, passed down from grandparents to parents to children. The families that comprise the soybean industry know that on-farm experience is the best teacher and part of the rural tradition and work ethic that has made our country’s farm economy strong.”Nobody values on-farm safety more than farmers, and each of us strives daily to ensure that safety remains our top priority. ASA supports efforts to ensure that children are kept out of potentially hazardous situations on the farm, so we are pleased to hear of the administration’s pledge to work with our farm leadership organizations to develop farm safety programs, and we look forward to working with our public and private partners to ensure that these programs are practical and effective.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA First Vice President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of an ailing passenger off the Florida Keys.According to officials, the 81-year-old man had to be medically evacuated from the Norwegian Getaway after he began “suffering from heart attack-like symptoms,” Sunday night.Rescuers sailed toward the cruise ship, which was located about 44 miles southeast of Marathon.They brought the patient back to shore, where we was taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR It’s looking more and more that any negotiations between GOP congressional leaders and the White House over lifting the Budget Control Act spending caps will not start until the new fiscal year approaches.On Wednesday, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said the White House has no plans to reach out to Republican leaders as its opening offer was its fiscal 2016 budget request delivered in February.“We’ve actually put our cards on the table, if you will, to say ‘Here’s what we want. Here’s how we would pay for it,’ and the next step really needs to be Republicans coming to the table to say, ‘Here’s our proposal on that,’” Donovan said in an interview with CQ Roll Call.Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, have bristled at President Obama’s criticism of this year’s spending bills, noting the president’s veto threat against all measures that stick to the statutory caps essentially blocks Congress from following existing law. The GOP, similarly, believes the president should make an overture regarding any new agreement to provide defense and non-defense agencies limited relief from the caps.“Sequestration was the White House’s idea in the first place, and if they want this committee to have more ability to fund the programs they desire, I would think they’d want to come to the Hill and meet with House and Senate leaders,” House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) said earlier this month.Clearly, neither side is listening to the other.“The idea that they would say even though they’ve laid out a budget that doesn’t end sequester that it’s up to us to take the next step, it doesn’t make sense,” Donovan said. “What we need is a plan for the other side that we could then actually negotiate around.”For his part, the OMB director predicted the GOP would be forced to the negotiating table when they run into trouble passing spending bills for domestic agencies as a result of their austere funding levels.“The process will break down. I can’t tell you exactly what week or month it breaks down but it will,” Donovan told CQ.last_img read more

first_imgLocal officials are waiting to consider a series of recommendations to preserve training activities at Fort Bragg, N.C., as the post’s latest joint land use study nears completion. On Thursday the study’s sponsor, the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission, heard draft recommendations, including disclosing military impacts to property during real estate transactions, supporting regional efforts to ensure the adequate supply and quality of drinking water sources, and discouraging incompatible growth in critical areas. The recommendations fall into four categories — regional coordination, compatible growth, environmental and actions Fort Bragg can pursue on its own, reported the Fayetteville Observer. A final version of the study and its recommendations are expected to be available later this year.Photo by John Snyder Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgNorthern fur seals gather at a resting area in the Pribilof Islands, where non-breeding seals congregate while they’re not out at sea feeding. (Dave Withrow/NOAA)Dwindling supplies of groceries on a remote Bering Sea island prompted the federal government last month to approve an unusual, early opening of an annual subsistence seal harvest.Listen nowFederal managers in June agreed to the early harvest on St. George, which is more than 200 miles from the mainland.The decision came after a request by the tribal government, which said members needed the meat because the island’s store was running out of food, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Flights to the island are often canceled amid bad weather and because of what airlines say is a poorly-positioned runway.“I don’t know how many times I’ve called ACE to say, ‘Hey, where are our groceries? Why can’t we get them?’” Mayor Pat Pletnikoff said, referring to the cargo airline that serves the island. “It happens on a regular basis.”About 60 people live on St. George, Pletnikoff said. Passenger planes only come twice a week, and frequent flight cancellations can make it hard for residents to keep fresh food around.One thing that’s not in short supply on the island? Meat.St. George and nearby St. Paul both host massive populations of northern fur seals in summer and fall — about 500,000 between the two. It’s about half the world’s population, said Mike Williams, who works with the fisheries service.But the seals’ harvest is strictly regulated by the federal Fur Seal Act.While the St. George store was starting to run short on food last month, the harvest season wasn’t scheduled to open until June 23. So the tribal government asked the fisheries service to allow it to start earlier. (Tribal leaders did not respond to requests for comment.)The fisheries service, which co-manages the harvest with the tribe, responded by issuing a special, temporary rule allowing the harvest to start three days early.“The community needed food. And this was the way that the government could help with that,” Williams said in a phone interview from a federal bunkhouse on St. George.Typically no more than 150 seals are taken in a year, and each one has about 30 pounds of edible meat, Williams said.Those harvest numbers are down substantially from when the seals were hunted commercially for their fur. That’s how St. George and St. Paul were originally settled two centuries ago, when Russians forcibly moved Alaska Natives from the Aleutian Islands to help with the harvest.Even after the U.S. bought Alaska from Russia, the government continued relying on the Pribilofs’ residents to hunt and process fur seals. But since the hunt ended in the 1980s, Pletnikoff, St. George’s mayor, said his island hasn’t received enough government support to transition to a more diverse economy.St. George faces continuing uncertainty about its flight schedule amid the bankruptcy of PenAir, the passenger airline that serves the island. And without better, federally subsidized air service, Pletnikoff said St. George will continue to face problems like the food shortage that led to the early seal harvest.Residents are also pushing Congress and federal agencies for improvements to their boat harbor to allow better access for barges.“This early start on fur sealing — while a good gesture on the part of the United States government and the tribe — doesn’t begin to address the serious issues that we need to deal with and we need to get a handle on,” Pletnikoff said.last_img read more