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Man-made climate change? Do the math

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe debate over climate change as the result of man-caused carbon dioxide levels continues to grow. Most individuals on both sides of the argument haven’t realistically done the calculations based on three measured facts. These are the weight of the atmosphere, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the calculated surface area of the Earth. This calculation should be within the capability of a six-grade student and her teacher. This is not rocket science.  An October 2007 National Geographic magazine has the carbon dioxide level increasing by two parts per million annually (ppm). This calculates at over 400 billion metric tons/year.  However, National Geographic can only account for 8 billion tons/year added to the atmosphere by humans. That is only 2 percent of the measured annual rise. So, human activity must not be the cause for the rise in this greenhouse gas.  Rather, it’s most likely coming from hydro thermal vents at the ocean floor or other sources which we can do nothing about except add stilts to our building foundations and move inland as the ocean levels rise. Rodger AndersonGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

London police reassure elderly amid pandemic

first_imgIn the suburbs of south London, police are paying special visits to vulnerable elderly and isolated people in the community at risk from scams and loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic.This morning, uniformed and gloved officers Simon Hardwick and Liam Hack spend ten minutes talking to Gwendalyn Iles on the doorstep of her red brick house, being mindful to stay three meters away.The 94-year-old stoic resident of Croydon, south London, says the outbreak “doesn’t really bother me”. She still goes out occasionally to do her shopping.   “So I think it’s incredibly important that now, more than ever, we’re getting out and meeting these people.” Topics : “Other than that, I talk to the cat and that’s it,” she tells AFP, appearing appreciative of the opportunity to have a chat with the two officers.The cop duo have spent the past few weeks roaming the area’s streets in a vehicle specially chartered for the scheme, called Operation Nogi, talking to vulnerable people like Iles. “It [has] served a purpose to prevent them from becoming victims or further victims of crime, to provide them with some reassurance,” said Hack.He added their interactions with some people were the first that the residents had had since a nationwide coronavirus lockdown was introduced in late March. Scammer ‘samaritan’ Later in the same morning, the duo get further evidence of the operation’s necessity. They meet Sidney Alder, 91, tending to his flower garden, and hear he has recently been robbed of £260 ($325, 300 euros) by a scammer posing as a good Samaritan.The fraudster had offered to buy Alder his medicine so he did not have to go out, but never returned once he had the elderly man’s credit card.The idea for “Operation Nogi” actually predated the outbreak, thought up by an eager inspector who wanted to do more to help the elderly in the community.So in August last year, London’s Metropolitan Police launched the operation locally, deploying two uniformed officers and a welfare car to carry out reassurance visits to the elderly and isolated.It also began working with other agencies and bodies, such as trading standards officials and adult social carers, to ensure a joined-up approach. But since the arrival of COVID-19 the operation has morphed to include officers delivering food and household essentials donated by local supermarkets, which joined the scheme.But the virus has also meant visits have had to change, with officers now staying a maximum of 15 minutes due to increased demand, keeping their distance and wearing personal protective equipment like gloves and masks.”I’m really proud of the positive impact this initiative is having on helping the most vulnerable, elderly and isolated people in our communities during such a challenging time,” Chief Inspector Luke Mooney, a local commander, said last month.last_img read more

Schroders stresses Dobson’s experience as CEO promoted to chairman

first_imgSchroders has promoted Peter Harrison, its current head of equities, to chief executive after incumbent Michael Dobson decided to step down after 15 years in the role.Harrison first worked for Schroders in 1988 when he was a graduate and re-joined in 2013.A year later, he was promoted to the board and named head of investment.He has also worked at Newton Asset Management, JP Morgan and Deutsche Asset Management. Dobson is instead set to succeed Andrew Beeson as Schroders’s non-executive chairman following Beeson’s decision to retire.Philip Howard, senior independent director at Schroders, said he was “delighted” with Harrison’s succeeding Dobson as chief executive. “Peter has great experience of the investment industry and a deep knowledge of the firm, its culture and values,” he said.Howard added that Dobson was an “outstanding” candidate for chairman and the board’s unanimous choice.Dobson’s appointment as chairman will raise some eyebrows, however, as naming a current chief executive to the role is against the UK Corporate Governance Code.Schroders sought to address the concerns in a letter by Howard to shareholders.In it, Howard acknowledges that the appointment goes against best practice laid out in the code but notes that the company consulted major shareholders ahead of today’s announcement.“Michael has enjoyed the strong support of the shareholders as chief executive, and we believe that he will, as chairman, continue to serve their interests as effectively as he has in the past,” Howard said.“The board does not regard this appointment as setting a precedent at Schroders, and the separation of the roles of chairman and chief executive remains in place.”Both Harrison and Dobson will assume their new positions in early April.last_img read more

France investigates child abuse allegations by its troops in C.A.R.

first_img‘No mercy’ if French troops guilty of child sex abuse: Hollande (Reuters) – France is investigating allegations of child abuse in Central African Republic by soldiers that it sent there to stem an outbreak of sectarian killing, officials said on Wednesday.The alleged abuse took place between December 2013 and June 2014 at a center for displaced people at M’Poko airport in the capital Bangui, and concerned about 10 children, France’s Defence Ministry said.“A preliminary investigation by the Paris prosecutor has been open since July 31, 2014,” a Justice Ministry spokesman said. “The investigation is ongoing.” A Defence Ministry source said no suspects had yet been identified.France intervened in Central Africa, a former French colony, some 18 months ago to stem violence between Christian militias and largely Muslim Seleka rebels who had seized power. It started withdrawing some of its 2,000 troops this year, handing over to U.N. peacekeepers.The allegations are acutely embarrassing for a country that prides itself on its ability to dispatch rapid intervention forces, notably as a way of maintaining stability and French influence in its former African colonies.Britain’s Guardian newspaper said it had acquired a U.N. report that first raised allegations of the rape of young boys by French troops.A French judicial source said the prosecutor’s office had received that report in July 2014, and had asked for assistance from Central African authorities in investigating whether there had been abuse of minors.A spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirmed that the U.N. Office of Human Rights in Bangui had conducted a human rights investigation in the late spring of 2014.It said the probe followed serious allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children by French military personnel, before the establishment of a U.N. peacekeeping mission.It said the unedited version of the internal report had been leaked to French authorities in late July, even before it had been passed to senior U.N. officials, and that a Geneva-based U.N. official had been suspended for a “serious breach of protocol”.France’s defence and foreign ministries issued a joint statement saying that “all necessary measures” would be take to establish the truth, and that “the toughest sanctions” would be applied to anyone proven to be guilty of abuse.Related France disciplines 5 troops over C. Africa abusecenter_img Central African Republic Child Abuse Claimslast_img read more

Franklin County Sheriff releases October activity report

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released the monthly activity report for October.The agency received a total of 575 calls for service last month. The data shows 56 calls for vehicle accidents, 22 burglary reports and 22 calls for alleged battery.A total of 20 arrests were made last month including four alcohol-related offenses, three thefts and two drug-related violations.An average of 43 prisoners were housed in the jail throughout the month of October and there were 66 civil process papers served.last_img

Martinez: Traore deal agreed

first_img “Lacina is a player who I really like and is someone who would fit in really well in the role we want the player to come in,” said Martinez. “There are a couple of hurdles that we need to get over; the work permit is something we need to look into. “If we can get through that he will be a player we will be very keen to add to the squad. “He had a recent soft tissue problem but it is not too bad. He is a few days away from being fully fit and we were quite happy with the medical. “Every work permit is difficult. We have a very strong case of showing why we need Lacina with us. “He is a very talented footballer. He is only 23 and has already had a couple of moves (totalling) nearly £30million but every work permit is a difficult one and we will try our best.” The Ivory Coast international joined the French side earlier this month but they are willing to allow him to gain experience somewhere else for the next few months. West Ham were in the running for the 6ft 8in forward but Everton have stepped in, and after a medical allayed any concerns over a hamstring injury the Toffees boss said they now just had to secure the necessary paperwork to allow him to sign. Press Associationcenter_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed a deal has been agreed to sign Monaco striker Lacina Traore on loan subject to a work permit being granted.last_img read more

Football: Injury-plagued Badgers have tough challenge awaiting them in East Lansing

first_imgIf facing No. 8 Michigan State University on the road wasn’t hard enough for the Badgers, Thursday’s injury report just made it harder.No. 11 Wisconsin (3-0) will head to East Lansing to take on No. 8 Michigan State (2-0) for the teams’ Big Ten opener with Alex Hornibrook primed to make his first career college start with minimal running back depth.Football: Switch at quarterback causes spark, switch for blockbuster gameThree quarters of brutal play left the University of Wisconsin football team in perilous territory against Georgia State University Saturday. Read…Tailbacks Corey Clement (left ankle) and redshirt sophomore Taiwan Deal (right leg) are both listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest. UW head coach Paul Chryst appeared cautiously optimistic while speaking to reporters Thursday.“He was able to do a little bit more so I feel better,” Chryst said. “He’s done more this week than last week so I think there’s a chance.”If Clement and Deal are unable to play, that leaves Wisconsin with just one true running back on the roster. Fifth-year senior Dare Ogunbowale. Redshirt freshman Bradrick Shaw, who flashed his potential in spurts against Akron and Georgia State, is also out with a right shoulder injury.Bumbaca: Time to rise to challenge for Badgers, or elseThe television in the Camp Randall Stadium press box flashed a bottom-line flicker that read: “No. 9 Wisconsin avoids upset Read…That doesn’t bode well for Wisconsin, given that Michigan State is ranked first in run defense in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation (72 yards per game). The University of Notre Dame exposed some weaknesses in Michigan State’s passing game last week, however, which could be a good sign for Hornibrook and the Wisconsin offense.Freshman left guard Jon Dietzen (right leg) and kicker Rafael Gaglianone (back) are also out for Saturday. Chryst said he was unsure of the severity of Gaglianone’s injury and whether he’d miss extended time. Andrew Endicott is expected to take over place-kicking duties for the Badgers.After a week of speculation, UW officially announced Wednesday night that Hornibrook would replace fifth-year senior Bart Houston under center. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported the news Sunday night and Hornibrook hinted at the switch during his media availability with reporters on Tuesday.While UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox includes stops in the SEC and PAC-12, Saturday’s battle with the Spartans will be the first time Wilcox will coach a defense in a Big Ten conference game. He said the preparation was no different, even for the hard-nosed style the Big Ten is known for and embodied in the Wisconsin and Michigan State programs.“It’s football,” Wilcox said. “The other team gives you the information, you need to get ready … but preparation should never change, doesn’t matter if you’re getting ready for the first game of the season, third game, fifth game, fifth game. It’s all about how you approach your work and your preparation.”Wilcox’s defense will have to contain MSU quarterback Tyler O’Connor, who won his position during a training camp battle. Through his first two games, the fifth-year senior has completed 72.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions and possesses mobile qualities as well.Among his favorite targets is senior wide receiver R.J. Shelton of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Shelton leads the Spartans in receptions (eight) and has one touchdown. UW fifth-year outside linebacker Vince Biegel remembers Shelton from their high school playing days. Biegel said taking on MSU is an opportunity he and the rest of the team won’t take for granted.“As a competitor, that’s what you want,” Biegel said. “You want to go out there and play some of the top teams, some of these top players at these programs.”Short-handed or not, the Badgers will do just that on Saturday.Bumbaca’s Prediction: Michigan State 20, Wisconsin 17Let me preface this by saying I think Corey Clement will play. If he doesn’t, the Badgers are in much deeper trouble than the score I’ve offered above. Moreover, I don’t believe Clement will be 100 percent healthy. If he is healthy, I think Wisconsin will win.That being said, there are problems in the secondary right now for the UW defense and I’m not sure one week of practice will be enough to eradicate those miscues. Combine that with a limited running game, a young quarterback, a potential hole at left guard, a placekicker who has never attempted a field goal in his college career and being on the road, and I don’t see UW pulling it off.It will be close, but I think they will come up just short.TV, Radio, Game InformationWhere: East Lansing, Michigan. Spartan Stadium.When: 11 a.m.TV: Big Ten Network (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)Radio: (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb)Head-to-head: MSU leads, 30-22Mark Dantonio’s record vs. UW: 7-4last_img read more

Tipp hurlers still in learning mode

first_imgMichael says that while progressing to the knock-out stages is important it’s vital that the players learn from experiences like the one last out in Nowlan Park. That’s the view of manager Michael Ryan as his side prepare to take on Waterford in Semple Stadium on Sunday.So far the Premier County have comprehensively beaten Dublin and suffered a last-gasp loss to Kilkenny in Division 1A.Tipp will be without the injured James Barry and Jason Forde for the clash with the Deise but welcome Séamus Callanan and Kieran Bergin back to the fold for the first time in the current campaign.last_img

Real Estate One of Alpena hosts murder mystery dinner to raise funds for Special Olympics

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Michigan Law Enforcement Polar Plunge is right around the corner, and one local business is contributing in a very creative way.Real Estate One is hosting a unique event to raise funds for their polar plungers this year.Broker Lori Stephan explains the details of the the event.“This year’s theme is ‘Murder on Maui,’ so that’s going to be real fun. We encourage everyone to dress in tropical attire [and] kind of get into the game. All of our agents are going to be the actual actors and a few extra friends. They don’t even know who the murder victim is yet, and they don’t know who the murderer is yet, so make sure you get a ticket early. It’s going to be a great fundraiser.”Krista Hempel and Amy Wilson will be taking the plunge this year, and they’re both excited about jumping in for the first time.Realtor Krista Hempel says, “I am terribly nervous to do it, but it’s exciting.”Realtor and plunger Amy Wilson says, “I just think it’s important to give back to folks in our community. I’ve been fortunate to have three kids of my own that are very active in the community and in sports throughout their life and what have you, and if I can give back to the Special Olympics in a way in order to let those folks to participate, I think that’s awesome.”Tickets for the murder mystery dinner can be purchased at Real Estate One on Chisholm Street. The dinner will be held February 9th at the Sandbar in Alpena.For more details, visit Real Estate One of Alpena’s Facebook page.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: murder mystery, Real Estate One, Sandbar, Special OlympicsContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay International Film Fest has strong turnout despite multiple obstaclesNext Alpena Senior Center adding new program: ‘Hopeful Journey’last_img read more

Brazil beat Venezuela, Uruguay cruise past Colombia, Argentina draw

first_imgWillian scored twice and Ricardo Oliveira added a third as Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1 to earn their first win in 2018 World Cup qualifying.Brazil lost their opener to Chile 2-0, but Dunga’s side bounced back in their second CONMEBOL qualifier.Goals in the first and 42nd minutes from the Chelsea midfielder gave Brazil a 2-0 advantage that they wouldn’t let slip away. Christian Santos got the visitors on the scoreboard in the 62nd minute, but it was too little too late against a superior Brazil.Oliviera’s 74th-minute header put things to bed for good, as Brazil prepare for their next qualifier, a Nov. 13 match in which the Selecao will visit Argentina.Argentina remain without a win in their qualifying campaign after drawing a blank in Paraguay. Gerardo Martino’s men followed up their 2-0 home defeat to Ecuador last week with a 0-0 draw in Asuncion on their travels.A performance that would have left Martino’s players frustrated was almost salvaged by a late winner but substitute Paulo Dybala, on his debut, skied a late chance.Argentina were without injured star forwards Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, and it showed.Ecuador ran their qualifying record to two wins in two tries, following up a Thursday win against Argentina with a win over Bolivia by the same 2-0 scoreline.  The Ecuadorians left it late as Miller Bolanos didn’t get them on the scoresheet until the 81st minute. Felipe Caicedo added a second goal deep into stoppage time to give his team a little cushion as the clock ran down.The match was played in a torrential downpour and the pitch was covered in water for most of the match. In another matchup of regional powers, Uruguay got the better of Colombia with a 3-0 win in Centenario Stadium.Diego Godin opened the scoring for the home team in the 34th, heading home a cross in from Carlos Sanchez following a corner kick. Diego Rolan and Abel Hernandez added second half goals, as Uruguay eased to the victory.Injured James Rodriguez did not play for Colombia, while Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 93rd minute, but by then the match was in hand for Uruguay.Hosts Peru will likely feel hard done after suffering a 4-3 defeat at the hands of defending Copa America champions Chile.A Jefferson Farfan double was cancelled out by a pair of braces from Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas. Sanchez got Chile on the board first in the seventh, minute only for Peru to score twice and then Chile to do the same to make it 3-2 at halftime.Chile went up 4-2 with a second from Vargas, making the injury time goal from Paolo Guerrero meaningless.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. These games were live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more