The Magnetic Sky Is Falling

first_imgSpace.Com reports that the strength of Earth’s magnetic field has dropped 10% over the last 150 years.  At that rate of decline, it could vanish in 1500 to 2000 years.  Scientists gathered recently at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union pondered whether a reversal is occurring, but a Harvard scientist claimed that would be a rare event.     If the magnetic field continues to decline, life on Earth is in grave danger in the far future.  Atmospheric ozone would diminish, exposing life to deadly ultraviolet radiation, and high-energy cosmic rays and solar storms would put life at risk of ionizing radiation, leading to cancer, blindness and neurological diseases.The strength of the earth’s magnetic field is one of the longest-measured physical properties of our planet.  It shows a steady decline over the past 150 years.  There is much we still do not understand about planetary magnetic fields.  What causes it?  (The leading dynamo theories are beset with complexities that perplex the experts.)  How big did it get in the past?  (Earth still has the strongest field of any rocky planet, by a large factor.)  Will it reverse and go back up to its former strength?  If it did so in the past, how did life survive the periods when it was weakest?  How long does a reversal take?  There is much we do not know, but one thing is clear from the empirical data: in the present epoch, it is dropping at “an alarming rate” (see Nov 6, March 4, and 11/25/2002 headlines).  Those who believe such a dynamic property can be sustained for 4.6 billion years must add secondary assumptions and subplots to their stories.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

HIGH PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR POSITION NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) invites applicants to fill the new position of High Performance Coordinator in the TFA Brisbane Office.  This is an ideal ‘entry’ level position for persons interested in pursuing a career in high performance or general sport management and would suit a recent graduate with a few years experience in the field.The position will coordinate and drive the delivery of the TFA high performance program.  Key functions include the organisation of camps and tours and working with the national coaches and other personnel on the construct and delivery of a comprehensive high performance program for the sport.Applicants should email a brief overview of their qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to TFA Game Development Manager, Colm Maguire, at colm@austouch.com.au  by COB Friday 20 October 2006. Employment will be subject to conditions as outlined in the TFA Certified Agreement.For further information please contact Colm Maguire 0402 893 104High Performance Coordinator Descriptionlast_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Drops Surprise Visit On Michigan State During Film Room

first_imgDraymond Green visits Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.drayond green visits michigan stateThursday, Michigan State basketball opens up The Wooden Legacy tournament, played in Anaheim, with a contest against Boston College. Wednesday night, the team had a surprise visit from a former player who now plays for the best team in the state of California. Draymond Green, who stars for the Golden State Warriors but played his college ball at MSU, stopped by during film session to see his former teammates – and, of course, head coach Tom Izzo. Check it out:Green has the Warriors off to a 16-0 start. Perhaps his influence will help the Spartans do the same.last_img read more

Vancouver Coastal Health denies allegations made after toddlers death at daycare

first_imgVancouver Coastal Health says it did nothing to contribute to the death of a 16-month-old boy at an unlicensed daycare, calling what happened a “tragic incident” in its response to a civil lawsuit launched by the boy’s parents.The health authority filed its response to the statement of claim in B.C. Supreme Court in early December.Macallan (Mac) Saini, was found dead in the Olive Branch Daycare in east Vancouver on Jan. 18, 2017.The lawsuit filed by the toddler’s mother, Shelley Sheppard, alleges he choked on an electrical cord and died because he was left alone. Documents filed with the court also allege the daycare was “overcrowded” and that the health authority and Ministry of Children and Family Development did not warn parents or close the facility, despite “multiple complaints” of overcrowding or operating without a licence.None of the allegations has been proven in court.The ministry, daycare operator Yasmine Saad and the landlords of the home where the daycare operated are also named as defendants in the lawsuit, but none has submitted a response with the court to the statement of claim.In its response, Vancouver Coastal Health says it had no knowledge that Saad was running an unlicensed daycare and no complaint had been received about it from any parents.The health authority’s response “denies that it owed any … duty of care to the plaintiff and her deceased son, Mac Saini,” and it also seeks dismissal of the claims against it, with costs.Sheppard’s suit says complaints against Saad were investigated in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and in 2016, and the lawsuit asserts the health authority identified her as a “moderate risk to health and safety.” It says Saad was never fined and no steps were taken to prevent the daycare from continuing operations.But the health authority says four complaints of too many children in care, all involving different addresses, were investigated against Saad over seven years and each was “dealt with by the licensing officers in exercise of their discretionary powers.”The response makes no mention of the original lawsuit’s claim that Vancouver Coastal Health allegedly identified Saad as a “moderate” health and safety risk.It also disputes Sheppard’s allegation that the health authority violated baby Mac’s charter right to life and security of the person, saying there is no legal standing for a charter argument.When the lawsuit was filed, the Ministry of Children and Family Development said it could not comment because the matter was before the courts but added that its legal counsel would review the lawsuit and “respond accordingly to the court.”“The death of a child is a tragedy no parent should ever face, and our heartfelt condolences go out to the parents,” the ministry said in an emailed statement.The statement of claim accuses the landlords of allowing Saad to operate a daycare without a licence, failing to supervise operations and failing to ensure the premises were safe and suitable for an infant.One of the property owners said at the time she was unaware her tenant was operating a daycare on the premises when she rented it to her and declined further comment. A second landlord and Saad could not be reached for comment.As a result of the death, Sheppard claims she has experienced ongoing trauma and health problems, suffering permanent disability, loss of earnings and loss of enjoyment of life.The health authority asks for proof of Sheppard’s claims in its response to the court, saying it “denies the plaintiff suffered or will suffer in the future, the injuries, loss, damage, or expense as alleged, or at all.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Conservation Center In India

first_imgEarlier this week, the International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), where they witnessed first-hand orphaned Asian elephants and rhinos and other injured wildlife and met the dedicated staff that rescue and care for these animals.Prince William and Princess Kate bottle fed orphaned elephant calves and baby rhinos at IFAW/WTI’s animal rescue center in Kaziranga, India“We are delighted that their Royal Highnesses made time in their busy tour schedule to visit the IFAW- WTI center and meet staff and the animals under care,” said Azzedine Downes, IFAW President and CEO. “With elephants and rhinos in particular facing an uncertain future due to habitat loss, human conflict and poaching, IFAW is pleased that the Duke and Duchess are able to raise public awareness of these threats to an international audience.”The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) is the leading wildlife rehabilitation facility in India and is a joint effort of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam Forest Department (AFD).At the center, the Royal couple were escorted by Vivek Menon, Senior Advisor at IFAW and Executive Director of WTI, Mr. Downes, the Center Manager, Rathin Burman, and veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumatary. The Duke and Duchess fed and walked with elephant calves, met their keepers, and viewed a wide range of rescued wildlife including baby rhinos.CWRC has pioneered wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in India. Since opening in 2002, the CWRC has saved more than 1,600 animals and achieved a number of notable firsts, including the first documented release of hand-reared clouded leopards, first documented reintegration of orphaned Asian elephant calves into a wild herd, and in 2013, three hand-reared, endangered female rhinos gave birth to calves after release into Manas National Park.“India’s biodiversity is a global treasure, and every rescued animal that we successfully rehabilitate and release helps rebuild endangered wild populations,” said Mr. Menon. “We are proud to share all that the center staff have accomplished with the Duke and Duchess, and grateful that the Royal couple is using their influence to share it with the world.”last_img read more

Smurfs Team Up With United Nations For A Happier More Peaceful And

first_imgThe popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.“The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.“We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.“The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.”“All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.last_img read more

Nelvana Names Discovery Kids as Broadcast Partner for The ZhuZhus in Latin

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Under the new agreement, The ZhuZhus will soon be entertaining young viewers in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.The ZhuZhus will also begin airing in the following Caribbean nations this spring: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherland Antilles, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands..About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.com.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com..About Discovery KidsDiscovery Kids is a leading network of children’s programming in Latin America and airs 24 hours of programming dedicated to children in the home.  Through characters and captivating stories, the channel allows children to identify with real life experiences offering them an environment that nourishes their own curiosity.  Discovery Kids celebrates the joy of being a kid, welcoming all kids and celebrating their differences and uniqueness, while encouraging them to have fun exploring their world – from the smallest discoveries to those as big as their own imagination… because it is great to be a kid! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content, has partnered with Discovery Kids to bring 26 hilarious episodes of its hit animated series, The ZhuZhus, to kids and families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean beginning this May. In addition, Nelvana has completed a broadcast extension deal with Discovery Kids for Backyardigans, ensuring that the CGI-animated series’ 80 episodes remain on-air in Latin America and the Caribbean.“We are thrilled to work with a dynamic and world-class broadcast partner like Discovery Kids,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “We are certain that viewers across Latin America and the Caribbean will be delighted by the uproarious adventures of The ZhuZhus, and the high-spirited adventures of the Backyardigans.”The ZhuZhus is based on the hugely-popular ZhuZhu Pets toy line from St. Louis, Mo-based Cepia, LLC, the mastermind behind the irresistible and always-entertaining lifelike robotic hamsters that became a phenomenon when they were first introduced. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,317.13, down 200.27points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 51 cents, or 3.88 per cent, to $12.62 on 25.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 36 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $19.70 on 18.1 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 13 cents, or 3.29 per cent, to $3.82 on 17 million shares.iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF. (TSX:XIU). Financials. Down 34 cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $22.84 on 11.3 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down three cents, or 4.05 per cent, to 71 cents on 10.7 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Gold. Up $1.43, or 9.53 per cent, to $16.44 on 9.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Discount Car & Truck Rentals Ltd. The car rental company is paying a $700,000 penalty after reaching an agreement with the Competition Bureau over misleading advertising about its prices. Following an investigation, the federal agency found that Discount advertised rental prices that were unattainable due to mandatory fees that were added during the purchasing process. Discount is the fourth vehicle rental company to conclude agreements to address so-call drip pricing, which has resulted in a total of almost $6 million in penalties.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $3.27 or 1.9 per cent to $166.72. The company opened its first brick-and-mortar space for the public Thursday. The Los Angeles location will showcase a small selection of merchandise that will only be available for purchase online. The Ottawa-based firm will use the spot to focus on building a community and helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.Foodora and 7-Eleven have partnered to offer delivery of the convenience store chain’s products in four major Canadian cities. Berlin-based Foodora says starting today customers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton can order everything from Slurpees to condoms to medicine through its app and have them delivered. Milk, bread, fresh fruit and orange juice will also be on offer alongside treats like pizza, taquitos, chips, chocolate and ice cream.last_img read more

UPDATE Hold and Secures lifted at both Dawson Creek Secondary School campuses

first_imgUPDATE: School District 59’s Director of Instruction Mike Readman said that the Hold and Secure at the South Peace campus was lifted at 10:25 a.m.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A Hold and Secure that was put into effect at one of Dawson Creek Secondary School’s campuses earlier this morning has been lifted, though another is still in effect.According to the School District 59 website, the Hold and Secure was put into effect at the DCSS South Peace campus at 9:00 a.m. after the school received a perceived threat earlier in the day. Officials locked the school’s outside entrances with limited entry, while students were kept in their classrooms with restricted hallway traffic. Secure and Hold at DCSS-SP Campus – https://t.co/50skAcTd6h— School District 59 (@SD59PRS) April 18, 2018At 9:25, officials at the Central Campus also initiated a Hold and Secure situation at their school, though in an update the School District said that was lifted at 10:15. The District added that the RCMP are currently on site at South Peace, and do not feel there is a direct risk to students. They are said to be investigating the threat and will advise the school of next steps.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

Canfor announces another week of curtailments in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canfor has announced another week of curtailments at it’s facility in Fort St. John.The operating curtailments will reduce production capacity by 75 million board feet between September 3 and the end of the year. Its Houston, Polar, Prince George and Fort St. John sawmills will be curtailed the week of September 3.In addition, Canfor’s Plateau and Houston mills will transition to a four-day work week in September, which will remain in effect until market and economic conditions support a return to the full operating schedule of five days per week.  The curtailments are due to the ongoing low price of lumber and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic. These curtailments are in addition to all previously announced capacity reductions.last_img read more