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Police seek to question third man about Cree womans mysterious Toronto condo

first_imgToronto police investigators are looking to interview Sergio Abreu about the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Bell Laboucan-McLean. Photo:clubcatcher.comBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsToronto police investigators are now seeking to question a third man in relation to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Cree woman who fell 31 storeys from the balcony of a Toronto condo this past July, APTN National News has learned.Police are still trying to determine what led to Bella Laboucan-McLean’s death in the early morning hours of July 20, 2013.Investigators have already questioned two men and two women who were at a party in condo unit 3109 at the time when Laboucan-McLean, 25, fell to her death.Nobody in the condo called police at the time of the incident. A man from the condo called in a missing persons report on Laboucan-McLean 12 hours after she fell from the a balcony on the 31st floor of 21 Iceboat Terr.Investigators are still trying to determine whether the death was suicide, accidental or murder. The case has not been transferred to homicide detectives and is in the hands of Toronto police’s 14 Division’s criminal investigation bureau.The division’s investigators have obtained a production order from an Ontario judge to access the cell phone records of at least four of the individuals in the condo at the time of Laboucan-McLean’s death.They hope to discover whether there were any spikes in data transfers or phone calls to and from cells at the time of the fateful fall.It could take up to three months for police to obtain the records from cell phone service providers, according to a police source close to the investigation.Investigators, however, have managed to confirm the identity of a third man who was also in the condo at the time of the incident, according to the police source.Investigators knew early on that a man named “Sergio” was also at the party, but failed to glean any information beyond his first name from their interviews.He has since been identified as Sergio Abreu who appears to be friends with Andrew James, aka Ox, the man who was renting unit 3109.The two were pictured together at the Tryst nightclub in December 2012, according to Facebook photos.Andrew James (left) and Sergio Abreu (right) in a photo posted in December 2012 on Abreu’s Facebook page.The two men were also photographed together at Tryst on July 19, 2013, the same night Laboucan-McLean went to the club with friend Antony Rankine. The four later went to James’ condo with two women from Montreal.Andrew James (foreground) and Sergio Abreu (background) at club Tryst on July 19, 2013. Photo: clubcatcher.comAbreu is currently unemployed and no longer has an active cell phone number, according to a relative contacted by APTN National News.Abreu did not respond to requests for comment from APTN National News.Investigators made contact with Abreu last week.Police were alerted to Laboucan-McLean’s death at about 5 a.m. when a neighbour called police after hearing a strange sound and seeing a body on the ground.Investigators went into the condo building and began knocking on doors from the section of the building from where they believed she fell.They came up empty. Investigators believe the party was still going at the time of Laboucan-McLean’s death.“They were partying when the police was called at 5 a.m.,” said the police source.Rankine, who is also a hip hop artist named Scandalis, told APTN National News that no one knew Laboucan-McLean had disappeared until they woke later in the day.“The truth has been told already,” said Rankine. “None of us knew she fell until we woke up next day. The police have all this information.”Police are still investigation mysterious circumstances around the death of Bella Laboucan-McLean, 25. Photo courtesy of LeeLee PhotographyLaboucan-McLean grew up in her mother’s community of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Alberta. Her father Billy Joe Laboucan is the Chief of the Lubicon Lake Band.She had recently graduated from Humber College’s Fashion Arts program and was planning to launch a career in the industry. She also attended the University of Alberta.Her death stunned her friends and family who believe there is no way she would have taken her own life.A vigil held near the spot where she died was attended by actor Tantoo Cardinal and author Naomi Klein.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Conservatives say Trump caved but confident hell get wall

WASHINGTON — No retreat, no surrender is how President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal.Some of his conservative backers have a different take, using words like “pathetic” and “wimp.”Other Trump supporters seem willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, while insisting that any ultimate government funding deal the president signs must include money for a wall.Trump defended himself Saturday from the conservative backlash to his decision to end the 35-day partial government shutdown without money for his promised border wall.He says if he doesn’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will shut down again on Feb. 15 or he will use his executive authority to address problems on the southern U.S. border.Deb Riechmann And Steve Peoples, The Associated Press read more

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US says no change to visa policy for Sri Lankans

Some social media websites published stories stating that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order to allow all Sri Lanka nationals travel to the United States without visas. The United States says there is no change to the visa policy for Sri Lankans.The US Embassy in Colombo said that rumors of a change in policy with regards to visitors from Sri Lanka are not true. The fake news stories stated that the new order, serving as a change in visa policy for Sri Lankans traveling to the United States, would permit them stay in the U.S for a maximum period of 180 days for Tourism or Business purposes only. (Colombo Gazette)

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Toronto New York markets close on better note after big drop amid

by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 6:02 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto, New York markets close on better note after big drop amid Greek woes TORONTO – Buyers returned to North American stock markets Tuesday after frantic selling the previous session sparked by the Greek debt crisis drove most major indexes into the red for the year to date.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up a solid 63.18 points at 14,553.33, but still finished the first six months of the year with a slight loss courtesy of an almost 318-point plunge on Monday.The loonie was down sharply, off 0.64 of a U.S. cent at 80.06 cents amid speculation of a possible rate cut by the Bank of Canada after Statistics Canada reported gross domestic product contracted for a fourth consecutive month in April.Gareth Watson, director, investment management and research, Richardson GMP, described the GDP numbers as “disappointing,” noting economists had been expecting a 0.1 per cent gain versus the 0.1 per cent loss the economy actually delivered.“It will get some people talking about potentially a technical recession if Q2 ends up being in negative territory,” Watson said.“But, more broadly speaking, the concern here is that the Bank of Canada might look at the data and feel that perhaps another interest rate cut is necessary … and, of course, the Canadian dollar will always fall on those expectations that rates are going to go lower.”In New York, indexes were also higher after big drops Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average advancing 23.16 points to 17,619.51 following a 350-point drop Monday, its biggest of the year.The Nasdaq bounced back 28.40 points to 4,986.87 and the S&P 500 added 5.47 points to 2,063.11 and was marginally in positive territory for the year to date.In commodities, the August oil contract rose $1.14 to US$59.47 a barrel, while the August gold fell $7.20 to US$1,171.80 an ounce.Canadian markets will be closed Wednesday for the Canada Day holiday. New York markets will remain open but close Friday in advance of the July 4th Independence Day holiday on Saturday.Despite the recovery on markets Tuesday, Greece’s debt woes appear likely to drive volatility for some time to come.Currently, talks are at a standstill and the Greek people face a referendum on Sunday called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to accept or reject austerity terms demanded by creditors. As a result, Athens seemed certain to miss a midnight deadline Tuesday to make a 1.6-billion-euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund.“It’s been said that the IMF will give them a month’s grace period before taking any type of action,” Watson said, adding that the next big date is July 20 “when it owes, I believe, the (European Central Bank) some money.”So expect ongoing volatility between now and July 20 “no matter what the outcome (of the referendum) and definitely if the answer is ‘No,’” he added.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version gave an incorrect number for the S&P 500 close read more

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Dragons return to judge Monster Pitch

Jim Treliving and Bruce Croxon, both well-known personalities from CBC’s popular show Dragons’ Den, are slated to spend some quality time with Brock University students in March.Treliving, one of five Dragons’ Den judges, and Croxon, a former Dragon and co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors, will judge the sixth annual Monster Pitch competition hosted by the Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and sponsored by Spara Capital Partners.Joining Treliving and Croxon are Goodman alumni Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board, and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. Spara Capital Partners is one of Canada’s leading independent mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance firms working on behalf of private business owners. Spark Power Corp., is a leader and innovator, providing reliable energy services nationally, to a diverse, blue chip customer base in the power and utility sector.Monster Pitch puts entrepreneurial students in the hot seat where they will pitch their ideas to a panel of business experts for a chance to win cash and startup services.No one knows the value of this event better than BBA student Johnathan Holland. Two years ago at Monster Pitch, Holland pitched his idea to build an online marketplace for non-traditional methods of currency exchange.After claiming the grand prize, Holland went on to further develop his venture during two co-op work terms thanks to the Deborah E. Rosati Co-op Entrepreneurship Scholarship. The prize package and networking opportunity that Monster Pitch afforded him were instrumental in getting his company, Curexe, off the ground.“Our team is thrilled to welcome all four judges back,” says BBA student Karlo Visaticki, President of Goodman’s Brock Innovation Group. “They have all been involved with Monster Pitch before and their continued support of entrepreneurship at Brock is extremely valuable to students.”The Brock Innovation Group has now opened applications for Monster Pitch hopefuls on its website. Students who are successful in this round of applications will participate in Monster Pitch on March 22, 2016. read more

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Students explore career opportunities in wine and cider industry

It looked a lot like speed dating: strangers exchanging introductions and asking questions before a buzzer sounds to mark a switch in conversation partners.But instead of looking for their perfect match, Brock Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) students were using the 15-minute windows to meet and impress potential employers.Hosted at Pond Inlet by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, the Jan. 15 event brought students together with a dozen industry professionals to explore careers in the wine industry, including the booming field of cider production.The evening’s setup offered the chance to ask questions about employment opportunities without the pressure and nerves that sometimes come with a job interview. The list of prospective employers included a research development specialist, a vineyard manager, an oenologist and several winemakers, as well as three representatives from the craft cider sector.A little more than five years ago, there were only a handful of cider producers in Ontario, but today, that number sits at more than 60. “The industry is definitely exploding,” said Antonella Presta, a winemaker and cider maker at Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery and Ironwood Hard Cider, who came out to meet CCOVI’s latest cohort of talented students. “There are so many different styles and opportunities to make great unique products, not only apple cider but also perry (pear cider) and other fruit ciders. They can be hopped or oaked — the possibilities really are endless.”That innovation has cider makers creating a range of products that appeal to a large and growing consumer base, which  has led to a booming industry. With growing demand for cider comes the need for more qualified workers, making the CCOVI career event a solid recruitment opportunity for producers.Colio Estates Wines, in Harrow, Ont., has “changed greatly” since the purchase of Thornbury Cider three years ago and the introduction of Colio’s Cider House, said Chief Financial Officer Derek Cartlidge.The business is currently undergoing a 6,000-square-foot addition and operations have doubled in size over the last several years and continue to grow. That sizeable growth was a big factor in bringing Cartlidge and Colio Estate winemaker Alison Christ to the Brock career night.“It is a great opportunity to get face-to-face with some of these students who may not necessarily think of coming to Lake Erie North Shore, where we are located,” Cartlidge said. “We need help during harvest and we have co-op placements to fill. We are looking for people who are interested in learning and getting a hands-on approach.”Colio and Sunnybrook Farm are just two of the many Ontario wineries now also producing cider.CCOVI is helping apple growers and hard cider producers meet the demands of this rapidly growing market.The Brock institute is the only program provider in Canada to offer a certification in cider production through the Cider Institute of North America (CINA), and also provides analytical testing services to help cider makers deliver the best product possible.“With the strength of the OEVI program and CCOVI’s central role in professional development, our students and alumni are in a great position to be leaders in the growing Canadian cider industry,” said Steven Trussler, the CINA-certified instructor in CCOVI’s cider program. “Seeing these cider-based employers coming to campus to meet our students is great proof of that.”CCOVI is in a position to further drive the industry forward with more advanced courses, including a new professional development program for cider makers that will be unveiled next month at CiderCon — an annual opportunity for the cider community to share ideas, collaborate and learn.“Any time you can get a group of people with experience and knowledge to educate more people about cider, it improves the quality of the entire industry and is great for Ontario,” Christ said. read more

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Modular Mining Systems announces new CEO

first_imgLuiz Steinberg is Modular Mining Systems’ new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the position, currently held by Peter Carter, effective on September 16. Steinberg joined Modular in 1993, and he hassince held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. In 2000, Steinberg opened the Modular subsidiary in Brazil and served as regional General Manager until 2005. Most recently, as Vice President of Product Development, Steinberg guided hardware and software development and strategic R&D to meet the needs of Modular customers.  “Luiz brings a rich background in high technology, as well as a strong understanding of mining customers,” states Kazunori Kuromoto – President, ICT Business, Construction & Mining Equipment Marketing Division, Komatsu Ltd. Kuromoto continues, “His leadership will enable Modular to continue providing unique and innovative value to the mining industry and to Komatsu mining products and services.”Steinberg holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Manufacturing from the University of Florida.Departing President and CEO, Peter Carter, plans to return to his home country of Australia to be closer to his family. Serving as CEO since 2005, Carter has led Modular through unprecedented growth. Regarding his successor, Carter states, “Luiz is well-qualified to lead the company through the next growth stage. He will provide a unique combination of technology and general management knowledge, acquired through his varied assignments at Modular.”Modular provides powerful information management solutions to meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide.last_img read more

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Petar Nenadic before EHF CL comeback Ready for any role which Ljubo

The highest-paid transfer during the winter break in Men’s handball, Petar Nenadic move from Fuchse Berlin to Telekom Veszprem, caused a lot of attention in the last few months. The 32-years old Serbian playmaker netted the first goal in win over Gyongyos 31:18 in domestic league, but the real come-back will be seen tonight in Kiel, when Veszprem face one of the biggest rivals (19.30) in the first EHF Champions League match of the year.I am more than satisfied, the first impression is fantastic. Seven days past quickly in moving, first training sessions, finding connections. I had 5-6 sessions with the team, not too much, but I am trying to adapt as quickly as I can. I expect to play against Kiel, but without pressure. I will try to help my team-mates to win two points on tough away match. I will play on playmaker position, but also left back, everything, where I can help. Everything that Ljubo demands, I will try to fulfill – said Nenadic for Balkan-Handball.com. PHOTO: Telekom Veszprem ← Previous Story “GOLDEN IS BACK”: Gudmundur Gudmundsson overtakes Iceland Next Story → Sporting beat Porto in Portuguese derby Petar NenadicTelekom VeszpremTHW Kiel read more

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Greeks in Perth bracing up for Glendi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Organizers of the ‘Glendi’ Festival in Perth have a very specific goal in mind: to break the record of the ‘World’s Largest LiveLighter Zorba Dance’, set at the 2016 edition, when 2,000 people engaged in joyous sirtaki. “We are hoping to break that record, on Sunday 22 April at Elizabeth Quay and maybe set a world record,” they say.Perth’s ‘Glendi’ Greek Festival returns to Elizabeth Quay on the weekend of 21 and 22 April, with a promise to offer unforgettable moments of energy and vitality to people of all ages. During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to taste signature Greek dishes, like souvlaki, gyros, calamari and octopus, while famous pastry chef George Diakomichalis, will create some gastronomic surprises.Pastry chef George Diakomichalis (left), has gastronomic surprises up his sleeve.At the same time, festival goers will enjoy greek folk music and traditional dances from various parts of Greece, as well as oriental dancers and a demonstration of plate-smashing.The festival also includes fun and leisure activities for children, stalls showcasing Greek produce and a bar offering a vast variety of drinks and coffee.Perth’s Glendi Greek Festival, taking place under the auspices of LiveLighter, a Western Australia program to Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles, is a cultural platform welcoming and uniting Greeks in Perth.“The popularity of the two previous editions of the festival reflects Western Australia’s interest in Greek cultur and I’m certain that the upcoming Glendi will surprise and, once again, unite and delight the broader community that wants to celebrate Greek lifestyle,” says Festival organizer Despene Kalaf. Brought up with the ideals of Greek culture instilled in her by her parents and grandmother, Despene Kalaf developed a strong sense of appreciation from very early age. “I believe that it is very important for my generation to embrace the Greek traditions that our forebearers  taught us and ensure that these customs will continue in the future”, she says.The Glendi Festival will take place on Saturday 21 April (3-10pm) and on Sunday 22 April (11am-8pm).Entry fee is $2 per person – free for children under 12 years old.Perth Glendi Association is a not-for-profit organisation.last_img read more

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Google fête lanniversaire de Thomas Edison

first_imgGoogle fête l’anniversaire de Thomas EdisonLe moteur de recherche a mis à l’honneur le célèbre inventeur américain à l’occasion de son 164eanniversaire.Ce vendredi, Thomas Edison aurait eu 164 ans. Pour célébrer son anniversaire et honorer sa mémoire, Google a modifié son logo sur sa page d’accueil pour le remplacer par un Doodle. Rendant hommage à l’inventeur américain, il renvoie en un clic à une page de résultats sur ce dernier, et donne l’occasion de découvrir sa vie.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Né en 1847, Thomas Edison est le fondateur de General Electric, et est principalement connu pour avoir déposé 1093 brevets dont certains ont changé les modes de vie. Pionnier de l’électricité, il s’est notamment autoproclamé inventeur du téléphone, de l’enregistrement du son, et du cinéma. Passionné par la chimie depuis le plus jeune âge, il a pourtant eu des débuts difficiles, vendant des cigares, des journaux, et des bonbons dans le train de la “Grand Trunk Railway”, qui reliait Port Huron à Détroit. Plus tard, il est devenu télégraphiste à Memphis, puis assistant-télégraphiste à la Western Union Company de Toronto, au Canada. Parfois surnommé le magicien de Menlo Park, ville rebaptisée en son honneur en 1954, Thomas Edison est décédé le 18 octobre 1931, à l’âge de 83 ans.Le 11 février 2011 à 18:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Moo place vos profils sur cartes de visite

first_imgMoo place vos profils sur cartes de visiteDes cartes de visite façon Facebook? C’est désormais possible. Moo, un service d’impression de cartes d’affaires en ligne, s’est associé au réseau social pour proposer des cartes inspirées des profils. Ce service, accessible depuis Facebook et sur Moo, n’est cependant disponible que pour les utilisateurs qui sont passé sur Facebook Timeline. Le recto de la carte présentera la page de couverture d’un album, la photo de profil et les informations et coordonnées affichées. Sur le verso, la carte affichera une citation ainsi que l’URL du compte Facebook, le numéro de téléphone et l’adresse mail. Chacun peut éditer ses carte, cela devrait donc permettre aux quelques 800 millions d’utilisateurs de créer leurs cartes de visite personnalisées. Et pour les plus chanceux, les 200.000 premiers clients recevront gratuitement 50 cartes d’affaires, gracieusement offertes par Moo. Ensuite, pour une cinquantaine de cartes, l’usager devra débourser 15$ (12€). Mais grâce à l’option “Printfinity”, le prix restera identique, même si l’utilisateur souhaite utiliser une photo différente de l’album pour chaque photo. Pour pouvoir bénéficier de ce service via Facebook, rien de plus simple. L’usager n’a qu’à cliquer sur la carte placée à droite de ses coordonnées sur sa page d’informations personnelles. Le 9 janvier 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Firefighters reach 100 containment on 265acre Recycle Fire in Campo

first_img Posted: June 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom June 8, 2018 Updated: 9:05 PM Firefighters reach 100% containment on 265-acre ‘Recycle Fire’ in Campo KUSI Newsroom, #RecycleFire [final] IC reports the fire to be 100% contained. Crews will continue with suppression repair efforts through the weekend. For tips on how to prepare for wildfire please visit https://t.co/RtiMTEMqOK and https://t.co/qfAfagcmLE pic.twitter.com/Pp56bwsNNm— CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) June 9, 2018One firefighter sustained a minor injury Wednesday in the first few hours of the battle to corral the blaze, which had grown to 265 acres as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said. The so-called “Recycle Fire” was still holding at that size Friday morning.About 90 minutes after it was first reported, the flames had blackened roughly 25 acres as crews worked to stop them from the ground and aboard air tankers and water-dropping helicopters, Sanchez said. As the blaze grew to over 250 acres, authorities issued evacuation warnings to residents along North Campo Truck Trail, and later, to people who living on La Posta Road. But thosewarnings were lifted just a few hours later.As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, crews had the spread of the fire halted and its perimeter about 5 percent contained. It was at 15 percent containment Wednesday night, 30 percent Thursday morning and 65 percent Thursday evening.Crews will continue with suppression repair efforts through the weekend.The cause of the blaze — dubbed the Recycle Fire due to its proximity to a rural byway known to locals as “Recycle Road” — was not immediately clear, Sanchez said. CAMPO (KUSI) — A wildfire that blackened hundreds of open acres in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County was 100 percent contained Friday afternoon, fire officials said.The back-country blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday off the 31000 block of state Route 94 in the Cameron Corners area of Campo, according to Cal Fire San Diego officials. It sent a thick column of brown-and-white smoke into the air near the U.S.-Mexico border and prompted two evacuation warnings that were later rescinded. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2A boys basketball Hockinson boys come up short vs Lynden

first_imgYAKIMA — Lynden’s tall firs left Hockinson stumped.One of the tallest teams in the Class 2A state tournament showed why it’s a favorite to win it all. Lynden’s height overshadowed Hockinson’s shooters in a 50-43 win Thursday in the quarterfinals at the Sundome.Hockinson (19-6) will play a consolation-round game at 2 p.m. Friday against top-ranked Clarkston (21-4), which was upset in its quarterfinal game by unranked Lake Washington.With four starters 6-foot-3 or taller, Lynden sought to exploit its height advantage over a Hockinson lineup that had four players 6-foot-1 or shorter.That height discrepancy showed itself mostly in Lynden’s defense. Every Hockinson drive to the rim was aggressively contested. Lynden’s perimeter defenders stayed in the face of Hockinson’s outside shooters, preventing any open looks.Hockinson finished the game 15-for-54 from the field (27.8 percent).“Their half-court defense was phenomenal,” Hockinson coach Trevor Person said. “We had to scrap for everything we got. We didn’t finish well around the rim, but give them credit. They were big, physical and challenged our shots.”last_img read more

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A rare look at the meltdown inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

first_img Sci-Tech 2 James Martin/CNET The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011 was the worst nuclear disaster in history. It’s also a place where technology plays a unique — and critical — role in the cleanup efforts. Fixing FukushimaFixing Fukushima is a multipart series that explores the role technology plays in cleaning up the worst nuclear disaster in history.This problem is so massive that it will likely take several decades and tens of billions of dollars to fix. Next Monday marks the eighth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster. Ahead of that milestone, CNET paid a visit to Fukushima to look at the different kinds of technology being employed at the facility, whether it’s robots going into the reactors themselves, or drones and virtual reality offering views of the facility. The following is a collection of key moments from our journey. As we pass through what remains of an abandoned village, my Geiger counter begins to register the remnants of the nuclear disaster. We’re approaching Fukushima Daiichi, where a guard stands near the entrance.Inside Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant James Martin/CNET The facility is surprisingly colorful and busy. Thousands of workers are here as part of a cleanup that will likely take the rest of their lives, if not longer. Fukushima Daiichi, the decommissioned power plant, is like no place I’ve ever been.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant clean-up James Martin/CNET Each day, thousands of workers struggle to clean up the disabled 860-acre site. Shutting it down completely is expected to take decades. It will require the development of new processes and specialized technologies. The effort will take so long that Tepco, Fukushima’s owner, and the government are now grooming a next generation of robotics experts to finish the job. “It’s of the magnitude of putting a man on the moon,” says Lake Barrett, a senior advisor to Tepco, who previously served as acting director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the US Department of Energy. “Unless there’s an acceleration, I would not be surprised if it takes 60 years or so.”Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant clean-up James Martin/CNET Following the initial quake, two 50-foot-high waves barreled straight at Fukushima Daiichi, washing over coastal seawalls and disabling the diesel generators that powered the plant’s seawater cooling systems. Temperatures inside the reactors skyrocketed to 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit (2,760 Celsius). Fuel rods became molten puddles of uranium that chewed through the floors below. They left a radioactive heap of concrete, steel and melted debris. Molten fuel ultimately sank into the three reactors’ primary containment vessels, which are designed to catch and secure contaminated material.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant clean-up James Martin/CNET Using remote cameras and robotics, technicians are able to explore the interior of Unit 2 from a central control room 350 meters away. Much of the work being done is exploratory, giving technicians a sense of the conditions inside.The nearly two dozen men in the room work with quiet intensity. All wear jumpsuits color-coded to their company affiliations.Two special chairs have been outfitted with joysticks at the end of each armrest. From one of the chairs, a Tepco operator controls a specially built Brokk 400D, a big blue bot that looks like a miniature excavator on two large treads. The operator stares intently at four monitors, which give him a real-time feed of what’s happening inside the Unit 2 reactor.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant clean-up James Martin/CNET Outdoors on the ground between Units 2 and 3, the environment is radioactive, with readings as high as 332 microSieverts per hour of exposure. A dose of 1 Sievert is enough to cause radiation sickness, with effects such as nausea, vomiting and hemorrhaging. One dose of 5 Sieverts an hour would kill about half of those exposed to it within a month, while exposure to 10 Sieverts in an hour would be fatal within weeks.Inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant James Martin/CNET Tepco workers crouch inside the claustrophobic control rod array of Unit 5 reactor’s primary containment vessel, the cylindrical structure that contains the reactor. The Unit 5 reactor wasn’t operating when the tsunami hit in 2011, sparing it from the catastrophic meltdowns in other units. That’s why we were able to visit and see its architecture and systems. It’s identical to other reactors on site.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant clean-up James Martin/CNET The 860-acre seaside site of the Fukushima Daiichi facility was once rolling green hills, but following the disaster in 2011, almost every surface was paved over in concrete to prevent the spread of contaminated soil. In what looks like the landscape of a barren industrial apocalypse, signs of the natural world do still exist, as weeds grown up through the concrete, through cracks and along the roads.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET Slowly, engineers are figuring out how to develop new robotics specially designed to venture inside the reactors where humans can’t go because of radiation levels that deliver a lethal dose within minutes. The extreme environment even crippled most of the early robots used in operations at Fukushima Daiichi. High gamma radiation levels scrambled the electrons within the semiconductors of the robots’ brains, interfering with and destroying electronics and damaging circuits. That meant the cleanup can’t use machines that are too sophisticated.  Overly complex autonomous robots would either shut down under the extreme conditions or get snared in the wreckage of the damaged systems.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET This is CNET News Executive Editor Roger Cheng inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station during our November 2018 visit to the facility.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET A bus moved us through the maze-like industrial landscape of Fukushima Daiichi. Dismal, complex and grey, the facility felt like another world, the kind that you’d think exists only in video games.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET The view from the top of Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi is unexpectedly picturesque, with the Pacific Ocean on the horizon.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET Radiation in Unit 1 has been measured at 4.1 to 9.7 Sieverts per hour. And two years ago, a reading taken at the deepest level of Unit 2 was an “unimaginable” 530 Sieverts, according to The Guardian. Readings elsewhere in Unit 2 are typically closer to 70 Sieverts an hour, still making it the hottest of Daiichi’s hotspots.  Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET Thin steel cables suspend a chrome robot in the center of the frame. The robot, largely obscured by a pink plastic wrapper, is equipped with so-called manipulators that can cut rubble and grab fuel rods. Once cleanup begins, this robot will eventually pull the radioactive wreckage out of a 39-foot-deep pool in the center of the room.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET Here, we see the spent-fuel pool on top of Unit 3. Beneath it lie remnants of fuel rods and the melted remains of the functional reactor. The radiation level in the Unit 3 Primary Containment Vessel below is estimated at 1 Sievert per hour, or 2,000 times the level at the railing overlooking the pool, which is already so high we are only allowed to stand there for just a few minutes. Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET Tepco workers lead us up a freight elevator about five stories to the top of Unit 3 reactor. Our dosimeters make a high-pitched screech as we stand at the railing overlooking the spent-fuel pool, warning us of the extreme exposure and to back away. Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station clean-up James Martin/CNET In order to cool the reactors, water is constantly added. But it quickly leaks from the damaged infrastructure. The contaminated water must then be handled here in the water treatment facility, where technology has enabled Tepco to remove 62 of the 63 radioactive elements from the water. One element, tritium, can’t be removed.Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station James Martin/CNET A worker walks by a large-tracked heavy equipment mover at the port at the Fukushima Daiichi. Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant James Martin/CNET Fukushima Daiichi, though a decommissioned nuclear facility, is bustling with activity as masked workers wearing respirators, jumpsuits and yellow boots hurry back and forth. Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station James Martin/CNET Researchers test an underwater robots at the nearby Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology, a facility set up by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency for companies, students and other researchers to try out machines designed for work at the nuclear facility. Inside the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant James Martin/CNET Other testing facilities include stairs that can be moved and adjusted to re-create a range of challenges that robots, which tend to struggle with basic tasks, will likely encounter as the cleanup process moves forward.Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station James Martin/CNET As we pass through the first of what remains of the abandoned villages, a guard stands near the entrance to the decommissioned Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. My Geiger counter registers the invisible remnants of the nuclear accident. Abandoned clothing store in Fukushima prefecture, Japan James Martin/CNET Eight years following the evacuation, purses and shoes sit on the racks in an abandoned clothing store in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Though this area — officially designated “difficult-to-return” — in the village of Futaba has been reopened, it’s primarily used for transit. In the eight years since the accident here, families have relocated and re-established their lives elsewhere.fukushima-daiichi-final-8810 James Martin/CNET Restaurants, grocery stores and a uniquely Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog video game hall sit crumbling, abandoned. Radiation monitoring stations line the streets, and though cars are permitted on the main road here, side roads are often blocked with “No Entry!” gates and signs and politely urging motorists to “Please pass through as quickly as possible.” Massive sea walls are being built along the coast in Fukushima Prefecture in Japan James Martin/CNET Massive 41-foot-tall concrete seawalls have been built along many parts of the coast in Fukushima Prefecture to protect against future tsunamis. The recovery will take time, patience and a lot of ingenuity. Tags Share your voice Comments Robotslast_img read more

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Jet Airways rights issue will target raising Rs 2500 crore

first_imgCash-strapped private airline Jet Airways will raise about Rs 2,500 crore through a rights issue, media reports say. Lenders to the company that has defaulted on debt repayment will also look at a debt-to-equity conversion. While the Naresh Goyal-founded company’s creditors may convert Rs 1,000 crore of debt into equity, they will also bring in more equity through a rights issue as part of a deal the airline had with the lenders. Goyal and foreign partner Etihad Airways, which has a 24 per cent stake in the airline, will infuse approximately Rs 2,000 crore into the airline, a report quoting an unidentified source said.The government-owned National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is likely to buy up to 20 per cent stake amounting to Rs 1,500 crore, a report on the Business Standard website said. NIIF and banks will together come to own a 51 per cent stake in the company.The lenders approached NIIF after Etihad Airways refused to increase its stake beyond 25 per cent in the absence of an exemption from the open offer requirement. Etihad failed to secure such an exemption from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).Etihad Airways plans to infuse Rs 1,450 crore more to maintain its stake at 24 per cent while Goyal would bring in Rs 550 crore to keep his stake at around 21 per cent, according to the report. Goyal has already infused Rs 250 crore into the airline.”At the first stage of the resolution plan, lenders have agreed to convert around Rs 1,000 crore of debt into equity. In the second stage, there will be a rights issue of around Rs 2,500 crore in which banks will participate. This process is subject to approval from the promoter, lenders and Etihad Airways. It may take around two months to close,” the report said quoting an official with a lender. There are also reports that the SBI-led consortium of banks would release around Rs 550 crore in 15 days to bridge the immediate funding gap.While the draft resolution plan has got the Jet board’s nod, it is awaiting approval from the banks and Abu Dhabi-based UAE national carrier Etihad Airways. The deal will also require the approval of various regulatory authorities, according to sources.The draft resolution plan proposes to bridge the airline’s immediate funding gap of Rs 8,500 crore. “There will be equity infusion, sale or sale and leaseback, debt-to-equity conversion, and refinancing of aircraft. A combination of all these will help to reduce the debt of the company. But, I will be unable to give you the numbers right now,” Amit Agarwal, the chief financial officer at Jet Airways, told reporters.Jet had a total debt of Rs 7,654 crore as of December-end, including aircraft loans worth Rs 1,700 crore. About 60 per cent of the loans are dollar-denominated and the foreign exchange fluctuations badly affect it. Jet has called an extraordinary general meeting next week to secure shareholders’ nod for the issue of 110.4 million shares to lenders. Jet’s travails are symptomatic of the Indian aviation industry, which has been hit by intensive domestic competition, fuel costs linked to international crude prices, rupee’s depreciation against the dollar, and a shortage of skilled staff.last_img read more

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Democrat Conor Lamb Appears To Have Won Pa Special Election Heres What

first_imgDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesDemocrat Conor Lamb appears to have won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, based on a review of the vote by public radio station WESA.Updated at 3:50 p.m. ETDemocrat Conor Lamb appears to have won the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rick Saccone in an upset for President Trump and congressional Republicans, based on a review of the vote by member station WESA and barring a recount.That a Democrat is even close in this Western Pennsylvania congressional district can mean only one thing — bad news for Republicans in this midterm year.“We should be able to elect a box of hammers in this district,” veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy told the Washington Post’s Robert Costa. “If we’re losing here, you can bet there is a Democratic wave coming.”Why the alarm bells?Consider: Not only is this a district President Trump won by about 20 points in November 2016, as plenty have pointed out, but there are 118 Republicans sitting in seats Trump won by less than the 18th Congressional District in Pennsylvania. Democrats need to flip a net of 24 seats to take back control of the House.It’s important to not overread the results of any special election, but the result — no matter which way it goes in the end — raises questions about the Trump coalition and how much it transfers to the Republican Party broadly; the GOP’s messaging on everything from continuing to use House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a cudgel to the tax bill; and whether Republicans can hold off a Democratic wave given that this result was yet another example of Democrats’ holding on to the enthusiasm advantage.Where the race goes from hereMember station WESA has reviewed current vote counts from all of the individual counties in the district. That count shows Lamb with a lead of 627 votes. Between provisional ballots, absentee ballots and military/residents overseas ballots still outstanding, there are only 618 votes left to count based on the latest numbers. That gives Lamb an insurmountable lead.This is barring the potential for a protest recount, which would be based on evidence of voter fraud or errors in counting. Pennsylvania law does not provide for an automatic recount in congressional races.There is no timeline for certification of the race at this point, according to the Pennsylvania secretary of state’s office.A recount is an outside possibility at this point. One would be triggered if three people in each precinct come forward with evidence of voter fraud or counting errors. Loosely, they have until the middle of next week to do that.Warning signs for GOP that the Trump coalition may not be transferableWhite, working-class voters were key to Trump’s presidential victory — and there are plenty of them in this district.Trump won whites with some or no college education by 39 points, a wider margin than any candidate since at least 1980.There are no exit polls to know for sure how this group voted Tuesday, but Lamb made clear appeals to them — and it would be impossible to make up a 20-point gap without at least some crossover. In fact, dozens of precincts went more Democratic than in the 2016 election.Lamb also benefited from Saccone’s history of supporting “right to work” legislation in the state Legislature. The district has a sizable number of union households that might have been willing to support a different Republican candidate, but unions and the Lamb campaign were able to define Saccone as anti-union.Also, turnout was pretty high, especially for a special election in March. It was so high, in fact, more people voted than in the gubernatorial general election during the last midterm in 2014.What’s more, the approximately 228,000 people who went to the polls were 78 percent of the approximately 294,000 cast for Republican Rep. Tim Murphy. Murphy ran unopposed in 2016 but resigned last October amid a sex scandal, which set this special election in motion.Republicans spent some $10 million to try to hold this district (that won’t even exist in nine months because of the maps’ being redrawn by the state Supreme Court) and turn out their voters. But despite the relatively high turnout, Saccone got only about 113,000 votes (the same as Lamb) — less than 40 percent of Murphy’s total in 2016.Trump made an eleventh-hour visit this past weekend to try to help Saccone over the line.“I think the president helped close this race,” House Speaker Paul Ryan contended Wednesday, per NPR’s Susan Davis.But that does not appear to have been enough.The Pelosi factor and the tax bill messagingDoes this win for Democrats mean they will start to abandon Pelosi? It very well might, but it depends on the district. A couple of things to look at:Republicans seemed to abandon talk of the tax bill, something Democrats point to as the weakness of its message. (One moderate Democratic member of Congress, though, told NPR last week he thinks it’s been Democrats who have struggled with how to speak out against the tax bill, as some people see higher paychecks.)Republicans also hit Lamb hard, trying to tie him to Pelosi. But it didn’t work this time. Lamb cut a conservative Democratic figure and distanced himself from the minority leader.To which Ryan had this to say: “This is something that you’re not going to see repeated, because they [Democrats] didn’t have a primary. They were able to pick a candidate who could run as a conservative, who ran against the minority leader, who ran on a conservative agenda. You will have primaries in all these other races, and the primaries bring them to the left. So I just don’t think this is something they’re going to be able to see a repeat of.”But it provides a road map for Democrats in these very kinds of districts if they want to win. That has to be worrying for Republicans.It also does raise the question of what Democrats do about Pelosi. If they win the House back in large measure by running against Pelosi, can they really then turn around and re-elect her speaker this fall? And there’s the question of whether enough Democratic candidates will vow not to support her for speaker that she can’t get elected.The suburbs and making inroads in rural areasFifty-two percent of Lamb’s vote came from the suburban precincts in Allegheny County outside Pittsburgh.If Democrats are going to win back the House, their road goes through the suburbs. Nationally, in 2016, Trump won the suburbs with 49 percent. In 2012, Mitt Romney got 50 percent in them. So that’s key.Lamb won only a handful of precincts in the other three more rural counties in this district, but dozens of precincts went more Democratic than in the 2016 presidential election for Trump.In other words, Lamb was able to cut into Republican margins — and when every vote counts, as in a race like this, it can make all the difference.NPR’s Arnie Seipel contributed to this report.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Sonys NextGen AIBO RoboDog Entertains CES Crowds

first_img Turns out you can teach an old robotic dog new tricks.Sony’s iconic cyborg pup AIBO entertained audiences at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.On display outside of Japan for the first time, the next-generation companion drew crowds at CES 2018, “with fans and media eager to see” the dancing, fetching, observant canine, according to CNN.Sony in November unveiled the latest version of AIBO, more than a decade after we last saw the domesticated bot. Introduced as a prototype in 1998, the first consumer model launched in 1999; new configurations were released every year until 2005.Marketed as “entertainment robots,” AIBOs (which means “pal” or “partner” in Japanese) were popular with educators and researchers, and have featured as futuristic pets in movies, music videos, and advertising campaigns.In early 2006, Sony announced plans to discontinue to the product line, gradually withdrawing customer support through 2013.But even the multinational conglomerate couldn’t resist those digitally enhanced puppy-dog eyes and that mechanical tail wag.Fun for the whole family (via Sony)Built with a “natural curiosity,” the brown-and-white pup can form an emotional bond with people, “providing them with love, affection, and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion,” according to Sony.Plus, you don’t have to clean up its poop, or worry about allergies.Despite its cold, polished body and rigid extremities, AIBO is undeniably cute; the way it moves along 22 axes to shake its head or scratch its ear is oddly compelling.The robo-dog can also detect words of praise, smiles, petting, and other human interactions, and will become aware of its environment to the point where it can walk around with confidence and respond to situations.Online pre-orders of the ¥198,000 ($1,778) machine sold out in a day; early-bird buyers can expect their new pet to arrive as of next week—in Japan. There is no word on when (or if) Sony will begin shipping to other countries.“The latest generation of the beloved robotic companion … features an adorable new appearance, vibrant movements, and a responsiveness that is sure to delight,” the Sony website said. “AIBO develops its own unique personality through everyday interactions with its owners.”Plus, it comes with two fish-eye cameras (one in its nose), mapping technology, and a slew of sensors, all powered by a 64-bit quad-core CPU processor.Oh, and an exclusive “aibone” toy to “spice up your life with AIBO.”For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Stay on targetlast_img read more

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If Team USA Basketball players pulled a Ryan Lochte the world would

first_imgNick Wright in for ColinNick Says:Ryan Lochte made an international incident out of a mole hill.The NFL players should stand up to Roger Goodell, but Nick can’t blame them if they don’t.Nick Wright PSA: Kids, don’t get tattoos on your neck unless you’re independently wealthy.Guests:Conor McGregor – UFC Featherweight champ joins the show to talk about his upcoming mega fight with Nate Diaz, his predictions for the rematch, and whether he thinks he was a factor in the UFC’s $4 billion sale.Dan Wetzel – Yahoo! Sports Senior writer is live on site at the Olympic swimmers perp walk in Rio, how the whole thing unraveled, why Brazil is ticked at him, what happens from here, and who he’s got in McGregor/Diaz.last_img

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Gay men significantly less likely to reach top manager positions

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Gay men are ‘significantly’ less likely to reach high-level managerial positions, according to a new study.The study is a landmark one, analyzing data from almost 650,000 working-age adults in the UK. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Three-quarters of gay and bisexual women don’t come out at work Photo: Tjook / FlickrSo how can we combat this glaring disparity?The study said: ‘Bringing more sexual minorities, women and non-whites into managerial posts potentially increases the access for those further down the managerial and supervisory ladder – with similar characteristics – to be promoted.‘As with representation of women and minority groups on corporate boards, there is the potential to shift to a more representative outcome more broadly within the organization,’ it stated.It concluded: ‘We find evidence that women and non-white men are disadvantaged in attaining high-level managerial posts.‘They too face glass ceilings.’See also:Female bosses judge LGBTI applicants as ‘more hireable’, study finds It’s the first piece of large-scale evidence on the understudied sexual orientation gap in the workplace.It found ‘clear evidence that gay men face glass ceilings’ when it comes to reaching top positions.Photo: Amtec Staffing / FlickrWhile the study found gay men outperform in lower level managerial roles, this trend drops completely the higher they try to climb the career ladder.The study said: ‘Gay men are significantly less likely than comparable heterosexual men to be in the highest-level managerial positions that come with higher status and pay.’The reason?The study states it’s ‘due to discrimination’, as opposed to different skills and characteristics.It also states this ‘gay glass ceiling’ even further impacts racial minorities.So how do women fare?According to the study, the same effect exists for lesbians, but is ‘notably weaker’.Lesbians also benefit from a ‘significantly higher’ skew towards lower level management positions.The study states: ‘The results for lesbians are less clear-cut.’It continued: ‘Bisexual men and women are both significantly less likely than otherwise similar heterosexual adults to have any of the types of workplace authority.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-men-high-level-managers/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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Rajesh Magow

first_imgThe Finance Minister announced that 160 non-functional airports will be developed at a cost of Rs 50-100 crore each. This is a welcome move as it will improve connectivity within the country especially in tier two and beyond towns and cities and thereby help boost the travel and tourism industry. The Budget also proposed to increase the excise duty on Aviation Turbine Fuel from 8% to 14%. The financial health of the aviation industry of the country was just beginning to stabilise but this move will have some adverse impact on the demand side for the industry. Lastly, service tax has now been increased to 15% from 14.5%. Krishi Kalyan Cess at 0.5% will be levied on all taxable services. While it is understandable that this move is aimed towards financing initiatives for improvement of agriculture and welfare of farmers, this will lead to paid services becoming dearer. Worth mentioning that service tax has been consistently increasing over the past few years, it stood at 12.36% in 2013-14. Not only service based companies but also the end consumer of the services will bear the brunt of this move.last_img read more