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One of most polluted sites in US to become UNbacked green complex

Since the early 1990s, the Hunters Point Shipyard on San Francisco Bay, once the US military’s largest facility for applied nuclear research, has been given a $500-million clean-up in a projected headed by the UN Global Compact group and the US Environmental Protection Agency. “California, in general, and San Francisco, in particular, have been at the forefront of environmental sustainability for many years and all the right ingredients are here,” said Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact, which seeks to encourage businesses to be better stewards of the environment. “This would also have poignant significance given that San Francisco is the birthplace of the United Nations (in 1946).” When it is completed in 2012, the complex will house a climate change think tank called the UN Global Compact Sustainability Center, which will work to find green solutions to the environmental challenges facing the world, a conference centre and UN offices, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a news release today. The Global Compact, launched in 2000, is supported by six UN agencies, including the UNEP. “We are excited to partner with the City of San Francisco to work towards securing a sustainability centre for the UN Global Compact,” Gavin Power, Deputy Director of the UN Global Compact, said. Established as a commercial shipyard in 1870, Hunters Point was appropriated by the US Navy at the beginning of World War II and became one of the Navy’s major shipyards. After the war, it was home to the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory. UNEP noted that in addition to doing major clean-ups and cracking down on its own greenhouse gas emissions, California has just announced the country’s first nationwide plan to adapt to climate change and its impact. Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has also announced a second global conference for local government leaders to discuss climate change and local solutions from 30 September to 2 October. 10 August 2009A 140-year-old shipyard that became one of the United States’ most polluted sites, a wasteland contaminated by heavy metals and radiation, is to be reborn as a green technology complex housing a climate change think tank, under a United Nations-backed project scheduled for completion in 2012. read more

UN atomic watchdog warns anew on nuclear weapons falling into terrorist hands

If terrorists are to be prevented from getting their hands on weapons of mass destruction, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) must be strengthened, the head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency has told world leaders, politicians and economists attending this year’s World Economic Forum.The NPT regime “clearly needs reinforcement,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the annual gathering in the Swiss Alpine ski resort of Davos in the latest of several warnings he has given in the past two years on the dangers of the combination of terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear materials.“In recent years, three phenomena – the emergence of a nuclear black market, the determined efforts by additional countries to acquire the technology to produce the fissile material useable in nuclear weapons, and the clearly expressed desire of terrorists to acquire weapons of mass destruction – have radically altered the security landscape,” he said.He emphasized that steps can be taken to reinforce the regime, citing proposals he has made toward building a stronger “collective security framework.” He urged States to act on the steps at the upcoming NPT Review Conference, which convenes in May at UN Headquarters in New York.In a speech last November at Stanford University, California, Mr. ElBaradei called for agreement on benchmarks for non-proliferation and disarmament including adoption by all States of additional safeguards; tightening controls over the export of nuclear materials and technology; and multilateral control over the sensitive parts of the nuclear fuel cycle such as enrichment, reprocessing and disposal of spent fuel.He also urged that States not be allowed to withdraw from the NPT – as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has done – without clear consequences, including prompt review and appropriate action by the Security Council. The international community should also work rapidly to reduce the stockpiles of high enriched uranium and plutonium around the globe, and to strengthen the protection of existing nuclear material and facilities, he said.An essential benchmark would be that a concrete roadmap for verified, irreversible nuclear disarmament, complete with a timetable, and involving not only the NPT nuclear weapon States but also India, Pakistan and Israel, is at last put in place. read more

IOC to open European TV rights bidding on May 11 for 2018

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, right, and Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda chat during a press conference in Tokyo Friday, March 13, 2015. Japanese auto giant Toyota signed on as a worldwide Olympic sponsor Friday in a long-term deal reportedly worth nearly $1 billion. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The IOC is preparing to open the tender process for the sale of broadcast rights across Europe for the 2018 and 2020 Olympics.The International Olympic Committee says Monday it has hired IMG as a consultant for the bidding for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Bidding will open on May 11 and close on June 15.The IOC says it will consider bids on a multi-territory or country-by-country basis.The process does not include Britain and France, where the BBC and France Televisions already hold the rights through 2020.Among the nearly 50 countries where the rights have yet to be awarded, the biggest remaining markets include Germany, Italy and Spain. IOC to open European TV rights bidding on May 11 for 2018 and 2020 Olympics by The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2015 5:22 am MDT read more

2007 bus and coach totals stable but sector fortunes variable

* Big bus registrations down 17.5% to 2,397 for the year, but now stable. * Big coaches up 12.7% to 1,041 – an eight year high. * Buses 3.5 to 5t gvw up 73% and 5.0 to 8.5 gvw up 21% on last year. “The lighter end of the bus sector saw the most vigorous growth as the heaviest mini and midi buses continued a four year growth trend,” said Paul Everitt, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders new chief executive. “Big bus numbers stabilised after a dip while big coach figures hit an eight year high of 1,041. Overall we expect stability in 2008.”For more see attachedDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Indie Crossword Puzzlers Are Shaking Up A Very Square World

The New York Times3.5 The Washington Post3.9 BuzzFeed3.7 Wall Street Journal3.4 Newsday3.9 CrosSynergy3.3 The Times’ puzzle, though, isn’t the most highly rated on the Web. Indies may be ragtag, but their quality can be remarkably high. The popular blog Diary of a Crossword Fiend lets readers rate a selection of puzzles each day, from one to five stars. Indies do well, with indie icon Matt Gaffney’s topping the list and American Values Club and Quigley’s puzzles averaging above the Times so far this year. (Note, of course, that these ratings are subjective, and come from a highly selected sample of the universe of crossword solvers, namely those who rate crosswords on a crossword blog.)But that the indies are well-received doesn’t make them well-compensated. They’re wrestling with the same confusion about sustainable business models as all the other media upstarts.The New York Times has it relatively easy, with nearly 200,000 digital crossword subscribers, good for over $2 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2016, according to a company press release. When you figure in the hardcopy subscriptions and newsstand purchases due to the puzzle, plus the countless book collections, the Times crossword puzzle is almost certainly worth well north of $10 million a year. (The Times wouldn’t comment beyond what was disclosed in the press release.) Little of that money goes to the constructors: At its rate of $300 for a daily puzzle and $1,000 for a Sunday, I estimate that a little less than $150,000 a year is paid to the crossword constructors themselves.Outside the Times, though, monetization approaches vary wildly. The American Values Club crossword, the indie edited by Tausig, is subscription based. A year’s worth of puzzles is $20, or you can get a single puzzle for a buck, and proceeds are divvied up among constructors quarterly. Depending on the quarter, this model can yield more than the Times’ $300-per-puzzle rate, according to Tausig. “I’ve been a constructor for a long time, and also because I’m a hardcore Marxist, I want to put my money where my mouth is,” he said. Constructors there also retain some future rights to their puzzles. Tausig didn’t give me a precise count of his subscribers, but said there were no fewer than 3,000.Quigley, who runs an eponymous site, was inspired by Radiohead’s 2007 release of “In Rainbows” when he created his pay-what-you-want model. He publishes free puzzles on Mondays and Thursdays, and provides a “tip your constructor” PayPal link on his homepage. Between direct payments and the advertisement it provides for other paying puzzle gigs, Quigley estimated that his site is responsible for two-thirds of his income. He claimed an average of 12,000 people solve a typical puzzle on his site.And Matt Gaffney — whom other indie constructors described to me as the “juggernaut” and the “silverback gorilla” of the field and who tops the ratings list — oversees a mini-factory that publishes eight puzzles a week. About a year ago, Gaffney switched to a subscription-only model for his daily puzzle ($24 a year) which, he told me, has 500 to 600 subscribers. “It seems to be kind of the wave of the future,” he said. “But I think big media, regular media and indie puzzles will always coexist and coevolve for the foreseeable future. I don’t see one putting the other out of business.” Despite that, indies “are where all the crazy, new, fun stuff is happening.”In many ways, the crossword tumult mirrors that of the broader media world, pockmarked with hirings, firings, launches, closings and scandal. BuzzFeed hit the brakes, and USA Today ousted its crossword editor in May. But others hit the gas. The Wall Street Journal added a daily puzzle last September, and The Washington Post tapped a new crossword constructor in November. And Slate, stalwart of internet media, will feature the American Values Club crossword in its paid section, Slate Plus, starting in September.Madison, the former BuzzFeed editor, who has interned for both Shortz and Tausig, is heading back to the indie world himself. According to Madison, the BuzzFeed puzzle’s average 40,000 to 50,000 views didn’t justify its cost at the virally oriented site. (I emailed BuzzFeed for comment but have not yet received one.) He recently announced a new crossword project called Solve the Internet. Details were sketchy, but the description he gave me was heavy on “internet” and “social.” Madison wouldn’t offer a specific launch date but said to expect it soon.“I don’t understand what he’s talking about, but that’s a fantastic thing,” Quigley, 42, said of Madison’s puzzle ideas. “If we don’t go out and try to bring in that younger generation, we’ve got the buggy whip, and we’re gonna get blown out by something else.” Fireball3.9 Jonesin’ Crosswords3.3 Crossword Nation3.9 Brendan Emmett Quigley3.7 Los Angeles Times3.6 Matt Gaffney4.0 American Values Club3.6 Most highly rated crosswords Gawker wasn’t the only irreverent, iconoclastic internet media property to say farewell recently. To a much quieter dirge, the BuzzFeed crossword puzzle published its final edition this month. Its editor, 23-year-old puzzle wunderkind Caleb Madison, for whom this was his first job, left the company to strike out on his own.The BuzzFeed crossword, which launched in October, promised a millennial upheaval to the musty crossword genre: an internet-native, slang-fluent, pop-culture-obsessed puzzle aimed at young solvers. There was hope, given BuzzFeed’s large amounts of traffic, that it would serve as a meaningful competitor to the starchy, hegemonic New York Times crossword. “BuzzFeed Is Revolutionizing the Crossword Puzzle,” an Observer headline declared last year.It didn’t. Yet while BuzzFeed’s puzzle revolution fizzled, a devoted band of ragtag agitators remains devoted to the cause. A vibrant ecosystem of independent crosswords — “indies” — exists on the internet, its component puzzles multiplying and evolving, finding their niche and trying to find ways to survive. And some of them can outrate the gold standard over at the Times.“I think of the indie world like we’re all craft beer brewers,” Brendan Emmett Quigley, a professional puzzle constructor, told me. The Times is a Budweiser lager; the indies are small-batch saisons and IPAs.“My favorite thing about indie puzzles is the timeliness,” Neville Fogarty, an avid indie solver who helped found the Indie 500 crossword tournament, told me. Indie puzzles don’t have to wait months in a publication queue, as they would at the Times. They also aren’t subject to the stylistic constraints of a large media institution. Topics and themes, however recent, modern, niche or profane, are fair game. Nor are they subject to the physical constraints of a major newspaper. With few exceptions, all daily Times puzzles use 15-by-15 grids with rotational symmetry, a convention indies can and do break.Over (craft) beers recently, Ben Tausig,1It was Tausig whose tweet, about a suspiciously duplicated puzzle, eventually led to the FiveThirtyEight investigation into accusations of plagiarism against the crossword editor Timothy Parker. the editor of the acclaimed indie American Values Club crossword, reflected on the early days of indies, over a decade ago. “We were all out in the woods,” he said. “Papers were dying, papers were dropping their crosswords.” And so some crossword designers decided to go it alone. A risky proposition, but one that came with aesthetic upside. These sylvan constructors could rewrite the stylebook. “Crosswords were staid, you know? As much as I enjoyed them, there was always this feeling that the voice of the Times was not my generational voice. It was like, what if you made a crossword about rap, or something? That felt really radical at the time.”Criticism of the Times puzzle seems to have expanded of late, beyond the stylistic and into the political. It’s not just that the Times puzzle is staid, or geared toward olds. It’s been accused of tone deafness on issues of race and gender. A recent clue for the answer HAREM was “Decidedly nonfeminist women’s group,” and the clue “Exasperated comment from a feminist” led to the answer MEN. “Gangsta rap characters” were THUGS.But Will Shortz, the Times puzzle editor since 1993, is an icon for a reason. All the constructors I spoke to praised him for elevating the Times puzzle to its current station. “The Times’ job is arguably much harder, because they have to walk that thin line of making sure everyone is included,” Quigley said. It’s come a long way, too. The Times published its first crossword in 1942. If you scrape off a thick layer of dust, you’ll find a puzzle riddled with obscurities (the poets CRABBE and TASSO, the seaport HAGI, the Dutch town EDE) and ditchwater-dull clues (both IAN and YVON are clued as “Man’s name”). And even if some indie puzzlers would like to foment a revolution, it already took one to get the Times to the solid position it’s in today. Shortz oversaw a transition away from the dryest trivia to a puzzle that does include some popular culture. He has said that anything the paper covers should be fair game for the crossword.“The Times’ crossword audience is broad, from teens up to as old as people get,” Shortz told me in an email. “But the average [age] is higher than that for the indies. So in terms of overall tone and cultural references, the Times puzzle will skew a little older than the indies.” Shortz also mentioned the need for the Times puzzle to have a longer shelf life than the indies, which means it eschews some timelier subjects. The puzzle appears in syndication six weeks after its original publication, and sometimes in books years later. Boston Globe3.1 Chronicle of Higher Education3.3 Includes puzzles appearing at least ten times. Ratings are out of 5.Source: Diary of a Crossword Fiend PUZZLEAVG. USER RATING read more

GMX901plus – upgradable GNSS SmartAntenna for cost effective monitoring of structural movements

first_imgLeica says its GMX901plus “is an affordable and rugged GNSS receiver that delivers precise and reliable data about movements of sensitive structures” such as pit walls. “For time-critical applications that require high rate data and a higher accuracy the GMX901plus can be smoothly upgraded to a powerful L1/L2 GPS/GLONASS receiver with an update rate of 5 Hz. Designed with a focus on the essential with low power consumption, high quality measurement, simplicity, and durability, the Leica GMX901plus is an ideal sensor for monitoring structural movements. It has a robust housing that is water, heat, cold and vibration resistant that can be easily mounted on the infrastructure for long term monitoring.”The basic GMX901plus is a L1 GPS receiver for cost sensitive projects. For monitoring projects that require a higher accuracy and high-rate data, the GMX901plus can be smoothly upgraded to a powerful L1/L2 GPS/GLONASS receiver with an update rate of 5 Hz. With this upgrade users take advantage of high accurate data and positions for a detailed deformation analysis to take the right decision when movements become critical.The GMX901plus connects seamlessly to the Leica GNSS Spider advanced GNSS processing software for coordinate calculation and raw data storage. The Leica GeoMoS monitoring software can be used to provide integration with other sensors, analysis of movements and calculation of limit checks. Third party analysis software can also be easily integrated via the standard NMEA interface of Leica GNSS Spider (RINEX).last_img read more

iChair Gives your iPad or iPhone a Boost

first_imgLooking for a case for your Apple portable? Consider the iChair, a slim case with a built in kickstand. iChairs have a rubber-coated matte finish. Because the kickstands are flush with the case when not in use, they don’t add any extra bulk. The iPad version is lined with microfiber and has two kickstands: one that holds it up high at three different angles, and one that holds it lower, just right for typing. The case is available in black with your choice of an extra top slider case in either blue or white. All models come with a screen protector, cleaning cloth, and squeegee board for pushing out any bubbles when you apply the screen protector. In fact, the iPhone 4 case comes with front and back screen protectors. The iPad version lists for $49, while the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS, and iPod Touch versions list for $34. Not convinced? You’ll also get free shipping in the continental U.S. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Forest Service seeking new recreation ideas

first_imgVancouver – The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is interested in expanding opportunities for organized recreation events on the forest and seeks proposals from the public.Anyone thinking of hosting a group run, an endurance race, charity bike rides or other events is encouraged to apply.From Sept. 1 until Nov. 1, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will accept proposals for new organized recreation events for 2018 and to add existing events already occurring throughout the year.New proposals will be evaluated under criteria to reduce event overlap, increase youth-focused events, and diversify recreation opportunities.A total of 25 permits will be distributed. If there are more than 25 applications, the Forest Service will use a lottery system to identify proposals for further consideration.More information is available at read more

Spirited outcry over mans hopedfor hobby

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — James Schefers wants to distill hard liquor made from grain and fruit at his rural home near the East Fork of the Lewis River.In his quiet neighborhood of Daybreak Demesne, people’s worries about the prospective distillery are working their way through the grapevine. Schefers’ application to operate a craft distillery on his 33-acre parcel elicited a spirited response among longtime residents.“We just don’t want this to end up being a destination,” said neighbor Bruce Barnes.Daybreak Demesne is a neighborhood of more than 40 homes in a rural cluster development. Schefers’ property is zoned agricultural, as is a 13-acre property across the street, while the rest of Daybreak Demesne is zoned rural, said county planner Terry Brooks.Schefers points out that there are other permitted uses on his land that don’t require licenses and can be disruptive; having cattle, for instance, requires trucking in feed.Schefers explains that he’s applying for the permit to distill alcohol as a hobby and doesn’t plan to launch a large-scale business or open up a tasting room. He’s retired, has 10 grandchildren and wants to work at his leisure. If the craft distillery, which he named Battle Crest, is successful, he would move it into town, he said. After neighbor complaints were forwarded to him from the Washington State Liquor Control Board, he distributed a letter throughout the neighborhood that outlined his intentions.last_img read more

Girdwood Hand Tram Reopened Following Fatal Accident

first_imgThe hand tram has remained closed to the public for inspection following the accident. According to Girdwood Parks and Rec. the inspection of the hand tram is now complete. Instructions for safe tram operation are posted at kiosks on both sides of the tram. Anyone intending to use the hand tram should review and follow the posted safety information. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Hand Tram at Four Corners reopened on Wednesday for public use following a tragic accident on June 8.  Jeffrey Hummel, 57, of Anchorage was killed in an accident at a hand tram in Girdwood on June 8. The Girdwood Fire Department and Whittier Police Department responded to the Winner Creek Trail at 3:40 p.m.center_img Hummel missed the safety netting and fell 50 feet (15 meters) after apparently losing his footing on the platform, authorities said. “Due to the severity of the fall, Jeffery Hummel was pronounced dead at the scene,” police said in a report. Hummel was assisting hikers crossing in the hand tram, a basket cage enabling people to cross a deep gorge in the town 39 miles (63 kilometers) southeast of Anchorage, Whittier police said.last_img read more

Microsofts popular Halo Xbox games are coming to the PC

first_imgAfter years of lobbying from fans, Microsoft is bringing its popular Halo video game series to the PC.The software giant and creator of the Xbox video game console said Tuesday that the popular sci-fi shooting game will come via Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which rereleased many of the original games from the series on the Xbox in 2014. Microsoft declined to say when the games will launch on PCs, but the company did say it’s planning to make the collection available on its Microsoft Store and Valve’s popular Steam games store.”The most important and critical element of this project is ensuring that Halo: The Master Chief Collection delivers a true ‘first class’ experience on PC,” Microsoft said in a statement. The company plans to release each of the games in a sequence, starting with Halo: Reach, a prequel to the series that originally appeared in 2010. The company made the announcements during its Inside Xbox video stream.Each of the titles in the series will then follow in chronological order, from 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved to 2012’s Halo 4. Microsoft said it also plans to sell each game individually, as well as in the Master Chief Collection bundle. “The team is passionately committed to ensuring that all of the features, bells, and whistles expected in a modern PC title are included,” Microsoft added. The move marks Microsoft’s latest efforts to jumpstart interest in the franchise ahead of its newest entry, Halo: Infinite, which was teased last June but so far doesn’t have a release date. The Halo series is one of the most popular in the gaming industry, having sold more than 65 million units and grossed more than $3 billion in sales.Microsoft said it’ll announce release dates for each of its Halo games on PC at its official Halo website, Halo Waypoint. 2 2:14 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice E3 2018: Halo Infinite announced Culture Tech Industry Gaming Comments Tags Microsoftlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Feb 17 2017

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowVeteran of Alaska campaigns said to be in line for White House jobLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Multiple news outlets report Mike Dubke is about to be named as President Trump’s new communications director. The Washington-based political strategist has worked on several Alaska campaigns, including those of Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan.New York hedge fund slams Northern Dynasty, Pebble Mine in investor reportDave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham“Worthless” is how a New York hedge fund labeled the value of Northern Dynasty stock in a report issued Tuesday. Northern Dynasty is the Vancouver-based company behind the proposed Pebble Mine, which Kerrisdale said is a project that will never be commercially or politically viable.Legislators hear public testimony on income tax billAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauPublic testimony was split today on a bill that would introduce an income tax and use money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government.Alaska’s gender wage gap among largest in U.S.Shahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerAlaska has one of the largest wage gaps between men and women in the country, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday.Denali wolf protection back before Game BoardDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksProposals to reinstate a no wolf kill area on state land along Denali National Park’s northeast edge, will be considered by the Alaska Board of Game.Waiting for winter: ice roads mean the North Slope can get to workElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageEvery winter, a massive infrastructure project takes place on the North Slope — one that’s designed to disappear. Ice roads are built to minimize the oil industry’s footprint on the sensitive tundra, and melt away in spring. Many of the oil industry’s multi-million dollar projects on the North Slope can’t be built until the ice roads are finished each year.AK: Fleeing violence and feeling fearful in a new homeAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAfter three years of waiting for special immigrant visas, a family from Iraq finally arrived in Anchorage last fall. They were seeking safety. Then, on January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, and everything seemed to change.49 Voices: Zion Phillips of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Zion Phillips in Anchorage. Phillips is a UAA freshmen and president of UAA’s Black Student Union. read more

Something is definitely not well with Mamata Banerjee says Babul Supriyo

first_imgWest Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made headlines a few days back when she got angry at a BJP protester for calling ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at her car while she was travelling to Naihati in the North 24 Parganas district.After this, the Bharatiya Janata Party promised to send 10 lakh ‘Jai Shri Ram’ cards to her. In addition to this, BJP’s Babul Supriyo stated that he will personally send ‘Get Well Soon’ cards to her.The singer-turned-politician told ANI that something was definitely wrong with the TMC chief. “She is the cause of so many memes on social media. It is not good for anyone. From my constituency Asansol, we will send ‘Get Well Soon’ cards to Mamata Banerjee. Something is definitely not well with Didi and she needs to answer that,” he said.He added, “She is an experienced politician but her behavior is abnormal and bizarre. She should keep in mind the dignity of the post she holds. She should take a break for a few days. She is rattled by BJP’s presence in Bengal.”The incident when Banerjee criticised the BJP protester took place on May 30, just one week after BJP made an entrance into West Bengal. BJP had won 18 out of the 42 seats in the state while Banerjee’s TMC won 22 seats.Mamata, hearing Jai Shri Ram being chanted, had immediately gotten out of her car and said, “Come here you BJP criminals. If you have guts come in front of me.” She added, “There is a limit of indecent behaviour. I was travelling in a vehicle. These people wearing BJP’s headband started abusing me and tried to attack my vehicle.”last_img read more

Drag Queen Story Hour at Washington state libraries attracts protesters

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,SPOKANE, Wash. — As children and their parents lined up to get inside the South Hill Library here, hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters faced off in front of the building waving signs at one another and trying to drown out each other’s chants and jeers.June 15 marked the city’s first Drag Queen Story Hour, a national program that brings drag queens into local libraries to read to children as a way to expose kids to queer role models and get them thinking about gender fluidity, according to the DQSH website. The program is especially popular during LGBT Pride month.Andrea Tate, a drag king who goes by Tirrany, initiated the Drag Queen Story Hour in Spokane, where the books read included “The Princess and the Pony,” “Not all Princesses Wear Pink” and “Love Is Love Is Love.”“I’m done with letting drag be confined to adult-only spaces,” said Tate. “Obviously we’re not teaching kids what it means to be gay. That’s not our goal here. Our goal with this story hour is to teach kids that regardless of what someone else looks like, or who they love, we have no place telling them they’re not allowed to do that.”The first Drag Queen Story Hour at South Hill Library in Spokane, Wash., on June 15, 2019. Video screenshotDespite the popularity of the story hours — dozens of kids were turned away in Spokane — where singing and laughing seemed to dominate the proceedings, it’s not uncommon for the events to be met with opposition.This week at a Seattle story hour, an anti-LGBTQ rights organization called MassResistance mobilized a protest, claiming the events are inappropriate and hypersexualized. Earlier this month, two Drag Queen Story Hours in central Ohio were canceled due to hostile threats, and a Texas public library north of Austin was partially shut down due to demonstrations.Tom Turner, a conservative Christian, joined the crowd of about 200 who protested the Spokane program on Saturday. The Spokane protest, like many across the country, was organized by a group of local parents.“I’m on this side of the street because God isn’t over there,” he said, pointing across the street to the counter protest — about double the size — that was supporting the drag queens. “Ultimately, they’re being deceived.”Turner cited the New Testament’s First Letter to the Romans, in which the Apostle Paul said that God’s wrath will be revealed, and he will turn people over to their sinful desires.“The fact that this is happening all over the U.S. reflects where our society and culture is headed,” Turner said. “Sin is never satisfied.”Others opposing the story hour held signs that read, “Gender fluidity is a lie,” “Drag is Black Face,” and “You can be free from the bondage of sin.”Supporters of Drag Queen Story Hour celebrate its first installment near South Hill Library in Spokane, Wash., on June 15, 2019. RNS photo by Tracy SimmonsAt a forum, attended by about 100 people, held at the Downtown Spokane Library three days before the story hour, panelists shared a different view.The Rev. Andrea CastroLang, pastor of Westminster United Congregational Church of Christ, applauded the event, saying she was glad it was something her granddaughter would be able to attend.“I’m guess I’m here tonight,” she said, “to let you know that even though there’s only one of me up here, there are other Christian churches that are friends and allies, and it really sucks to have to represent Christianity sometimes because we’ve done a lot of disservice. So I’m here to try and be a friendly face.”She added that Christians are known by their love and not by the threatening messages that have been sent to Spokane libraries and other libraries throughout the U.S.“If you can’t be loving, if you can’t build up this city, if you can’t open up your heart and mind, then I don’t know what language you’re speaking, but it’s not the language of love,” she said.Lisa Logan, Women’s and Gender Education Center manager at Eastern Washington University, said there’s something about Drag Queen Story Hour, and about gender, that triggers people.It’s a line in the sand, she said.“A lot of us like to think gender is immutable, unchangeable, solid, and it’s just not,” Logan said. News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Tracy Simmons Tagschildren’s books drag queen homepage featured homosexuality library protesters reading,You may also like Share This! Catholicism News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Tracy Simmons Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 These women power through high-intensity workouts. Then they finish with prayer. As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Tracy Simmons Tracy Simmons,Load Comments,History of slaves sold for Georgetown detailed in new genealogical website Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Tracy Simmonslast_img read more

Party Politics Texas Edition Ep 12 Republican Rift Revue

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img 00:00 /15:10 YouTubeBobby and J.R. Ewing (still from Dallas)On this episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus break down the divisions in the Texas Republican party:Texas Republican divisions: Not just a little like the Ewing family #BobbyVsJrModerate versus fiscal conservatives versus social conservativesThe electoral and legislative consequences of these riftsHow the Dems could benefit from all of thisBy the way, don’t forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

Universes First Ever Molecule Observed in Space for the First Time

first_imgEven before the incredible modern achievements of space travel and exploration, mankind has always looked up to the stars and pondered the history of the world and universe all around us. From the early astronomical observations of Galileo right up to the modern day, we’ve made all kinds of fascinating discoveries by looking at the stars. And the latest discovery is a truly incredible one, as the first ever molecule to be formed in the universe has been observed in space for the first time.“Timeline of the metric expansion of space, where space (including hypothetical non-observable portions of the universe) is represented at each time by the circular sections. On the left, the dramatic expansion occurs in the inflationary epoch; and at the center, the expansion accelerates (artist’s concept; not to scale)”This molecule is known as helium hydride (HeH+) and was located in the planetary nebula designated as NGC 7027 by a high-powered telescope mounted on board a Boeing 747.Billions of years ago, at the dawn of the universe, it is believed that this molecule was formed by the union of positively charged hydrogen and neutral helium atoms as the universe, still in its infancy, began to cool down in the wake of the Big Bang. This molecule would have started to form once the overall temperature of the universe dropped under 4,000 °K (6740 °F/3,727 °C).Ball-and-stick model of the helium hydride cation, HeH+. Structural data from Journal of Molecular Modeling, 2009, 15, 35-40. Photo by CCoil CC BY-SA 3.0It’s an extraordinary discovery from a scientific and historical perspective, with experts believing that HeH+ really was the very first molecule to be formed. Scientists have been able to create this molecule for nearly a century already, but they hadn’t been able to identify it out in the universe until now.It was in the 1970s that the search really started. Scientific studies and estimates seemed to suggest that traceable quantities of HeH+ could be found in certain interstellar nebulae. The initial searches proved fruitless, however, and many researchers and physicists actually started to wonder if they hadn’t been wrong about HeH+ all along.Space-filling model of the helium hydride cation, HeH+. Structural data from Journal of Molecular Modeling, 2009, 15, 35-40. Photo by CCoil CC BY-SA 3.0If HeH+ couldn’t be found out in the universe, it could be a big sign that their calculations had been wrong, which could affect entire branches of science and our understanding of the Big Bang and the universe as we know it. Fortunately, this recent discovery has now put an end to any doubts or worries.It turned out that researchers had been unable to identify any HeH+ in the past as their equipment simply wasn’t powerful enough. A common problem in scientific fields over the years, and one that requires a lot of patience to overcome, this lack of effective technology meant that the wait for detectable traces of HeH+ dragged on for several decades, but is now finally over.Related Video:Astrophysicist Rolf Güsten, led the successful hunt for HeH+ alongside fellow researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. Scientists from other institutions from all over the world also participated, including the Institute of Millimetre Radioastronomy in France and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.The team made use of a special spectrometer known under the codename ‘GREAT’ and also by its full name of the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies. This device was placed on SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), which is essentially a Boeing 747 jet plane that has been changed and enhanced with various scientific features and tools.SOFIA makes various flights and data is collected via a high-powered telescope and then interpreted and analyzed by the GREAT device and other scientific equipment. When looking through data from some of SOFIA’s journeys, the research team discovered clear proof of HeH+ in nebula NGC 7027, which is approximately, 3,000 light years away.Read another story from us: NASA’s Biggest Mars MistakeThe team members weren’t too surprised to find traces of HeH+ at NGC 7027. This planetary nebula is still quite young, so it has similar characteristics to the early universe, meaning that the conditions were just right for the formation of the molecule. Now, with the team having obtained faultless proof of the existence of HeH+, decades of doubts and questions have finally been put to rest.last_img read more