Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsAn Ojibway teen is sleeping in the stairwell of the Rideau Centre parking garage in downtown Ottawa after aging out of his group home.It’s better than the shelters says the 18-year-old.He was dropped off at the Ottawa Mission shelter a few weeks after he turned 18 on March 1 by staff of the Ottawa group home he was living in operated by Mary Homes.The teen said he didn’t stay at the Mission long before finding a little nook on the top floor of the Rideau Centre’s parking garage.“Ever since then I have been coming here to sleep,” said the young man, who APTN National News can’t identify because he is on extended care with his child welfare agency. For this story APTN is calling him Jason.When it gets too cold at night Jason might go to the Salvation Army shelter a few blocks away but prefers his perch in the stairwell that overlooks Nicholas Street.“It’s a nice spot, overall,” he said.During the day he hangs out in the Rideau Centre using the mall’s free WiFi to stay connected with friends as APTN learned the mall is a popular spot for kids living in group homes in Ottawa.He knows them and they know him – not just because he was once one of them but because a couple months ago he saved the life of a 13-year-old girl who ran away from her group home.That girl was Amy Owen who has been in the news recently for being one of three First Nations girls to die Ontario group homes in the last six months.Amy Owen, 13, is suspected of dying from suicide at an Ottawa group home on April 17.Owen was living in Mary Homes group home when she died in the east end of Ottawa.It’s also the same home where a 16-year-old Ojibway girl had been living at when APTN spoke to her at Rideau Centre on Thurday.“Amy and I were really close. We were like sisters,” said the girl who APTN can’t identify as she is ward of the state.Owen’s room was right above hers.Each morning she would knock on the ceiling and Owen would knock back to let her know she was awake. They’d come out of their rooms and meet at the stairs and hug.The day after Owen is suspected of dying by suicide in the home the 16-year-old knocked on the ceiling like she always had.She had forgotten Owen had died.“I burst into tears,” she said, adding she ran away shortly after that.This is the 16-year-old girl who says she ran away from the group home after Amy Owen is believed to have died by suicide.APTN confirmed with Ottawa police a missing person’s report was filed in her name but she was located a day later.She said she talked to her social worker and told her she is staying with a friend until they find a new group home.She remembers when Jason saved Owen’s life.Owen had ran away and Jason tracked her down on Montreal Road near St. Laurent Blvd. where she was running into traffic trying to commit suicide.“It is true. He found her and took good care of her,” said the 16-year-old.“I stopped her from jumping in front of a car,” said Jason. “I told her if she killed herself she would be hurting people around her rather than just herself.”He said he saw Owen a couple weeks later and she thanked him for saving her.It was the last time he saw her. She died April 17.Owen, Jason and the 16-year-old are all from the Kenora area, near the Ontario/Manitoba border. Each were placed in Ottawa group homes by Indigenous child service agencies that operate under the Ontario government.APTN spoke to Jason’s former child worker with the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services in the Kenora area.Andrew Letander said he traveled to Ottawa about a month ago to see if Jason would return back to Kenora but he refused.“I did go there and he did not want to go back with me,” he said. “He said he had it all planned out.”Letander said he is aware that Mary Homes dropped Jason off at the Mission.Letander said it was explained to Jason that the group home needed his bed for other children, as most kids in the home were much younger than Jason.Letander said Jason is on what’s called “extended care maintenance,” which he will be on until he’s 21 unless he decides he doesn’t want to be, which he’d then need to follow steps to do.Jason up on his perch in the Rideau Centre parking lot stairwell.When he turned 18 he got a new worker that specializes in youth transitioning out of group homes but that worker has been on sick leave for a month said Letander.“I gave him a heads up about what was going to be happening when he turned 18 and Mary Homes gave him a heads up on that, (too),” he said.Letander said Jason is supposed to receive food assistance funding every month but they don’t have an address to send the cheques.Jason has no parents to go home to. Both his parents died when he was a young child – his mom from suicide and his dad from cancer.“He’s been bounced around from group home to group home all his life,” said Letander. “I am worried about him.”As for Jason he said he’d like to finish school, as he only has his Grade 9, and go to college.But that seems like a million miles away from his perch in the Rideau Centre mall.He went to go get a Social Insurance Number Friday so he could at least get a job but was told he needed his birth certificate.Service Canada wouldn’t accept only his status card.He’d also like to do something else.“I’d like to shut group homes down,” he said.Mary Homes didn’t respond to questions by the time this story was published.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2132 1.2148 1.3503 1.2928 British Pound 1.6014 1.5899 1.7463 1.7192 Japanese Yen 0.0113 0.0112 0.0123 0.0126 Euro in U.S. 1.2035 1.2006 1.1216 1.1258 Euro in Cdn 1.4601 1.4585 1.5145 1.4554Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

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Six arrested over Pepiliyana attack Updated

Six suspects have been arrested over the attack on the Fashion Bug warehouse at Pepiliyana, the government information department said today quoting the police.Well over 500 people were involved in the attack, initially on a car sales center and then on the Fashion Bug warehouse next door at Pepiliyana, on Thursday night. The Bodu Bala Sena has denied responsibility over the attack on Fashion Bug. Addressing the media yesterday the monks said that they condemn the incident and want the police to arrest those responsible. (Colombo Gazette) The government had yesterday warned of attempts to create instability in Sri Lanka by stirring religious hatred among communities. Army, police Special Task Force members and riot police were deployed to the area to bring the situation under control. A statement by the government information department urged the public to exercise caution and avoid falling prey to rumors. The statement also said that both local and foreign elements were attempting to disturb the peace in Sri Lanka.The government said attempts are also being made to harm Sri Lanka’s good image overseas. The statement was made in light of the attack on the ‘Fashion Bug’ warehouse at Pepiliyana. read more

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Careless disposal of smoking material causes fire at residential home

Careless disposal of smoking material is to blame for a fire in the Hamilton’s east end on July 21st.Emergency crews were called to a two and a half story home on Gage Avenue South just before 4:30 in the morning.Police placed tape marks in the area where the fire started on the upper level back deck. Broken windows and charred fencing show the damage.Hamilton Fire says the bulk of the blaze was contained to the deck. All residents were outside when crews arrived.There were no injuries reported and damage is estimated at $50,000.

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Lululemon thirdquarter profit shrinks 12 fullyear estimates revised lower

VANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. says its third quarter net income fell by 12 per cent to US$53.2 million and the clothing retailer has lowered its revenue and profit expectations for its current financial year.The Vancouver-based company, which reports its results in U.S. currency, says overhead expenses and the cost of goods sold rose faster than revenue, which was up 14.4 per cent to US$479.7 million from $419.4 million last year.Lululemon’s cost of goods rose 22.4 per cent compared with last year’s third quarter to $254.9 million while selling, general and administration expenses rose 20.5 per cent to $156.6 million.Its profit for the quarter ended Nov. 1 amounted to 38 cents per share, down from 42 cents per share a year earlier. Excluding favourable tax-related items, Lululemon’s proft would have been 35 cents per share.The company say its full-year revenue estimate has been lowered to between $2.025 billion and $2.040 billion, which reduced the top end of the range by $15 million.Lululemon is also lowering its full-year earnings estimate to between $1.81 and $1.84 per share, including the favourble tax items, compared with the previous estimate of between $1.87 and $1.92 per share. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 5:20 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lululemon third-quarter profit shrinks 12%, full-year estimates revised lower read more

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Ohio State mens basketball comes up short against No 10 Virginia falls

With just under 30 seconds to go, Ohio State sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop hit a corner 3-pointer to cut 10th-ranked Virginia’s lead to just three points, 61-58. But after not being able to steal the ensuing inbounds pass, the Buckeyes were forced to foul, sending the Cavaliers to the free-throw line. Virginia cashed in on a pair, eventually dodging the upset bid from OSU to win 64-58. The loss drops OSU to 2-4 on the season, while also giving the Buckeyes just their fourth four-game losing streak since the turn of the century. Virginia moves to 6-1 after the victory.OSU had three players in double-figures, highlighted by forward Marc Loving’s 19 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, including netting three of his six 3-point tries. The junior forward also chipped in five rebounds. Joining Loving in double figures was Bates-Diop, with 15 points, powered by him shooting 3-of-6 from deep, and sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate with a dozen. Tate added eight rebounds, five of which came in the second half. Although they might have picked up the loss, the Buckeyes churned in, arguably, their best performance of the season.“I definitely think we’ve gotten better,” Tate said. “It just seems like all our games come down to the wire. We just have to figure out a way to bring it home. We’re so close.”One of the main reasons why the Buckeyes could not bring it home was the performance of Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. The redshirt senior guard led the way for his team, scoring 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including six 3-pointers. It seemed that as soon as OSU would close the gap, Brogdon would be there to hit a big shot to swing momentum back toward the Cavaliers. “That kid is one of the best players, honestly, I’ve seen,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s so patient, he’s so smooth, he’s so efficient when he plays … when he made his first couple shots, I was so like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’” As Matta mentioned, Brogdon got out to a hot start, scoring nine of Virginia’s first 13 points. But after being down 13-6, the Buckeyes climbed back into with an 8-2 run to make it a one-point game. The Cavaliers seized momentum back from the Scarlet and Gray from there to go up 26-17 with 2:39 left in the first half. The nine-point advantage was the game’s largest by either team, but instead of rolling over, the Buckeyes fought back to behind a personal five-point run from redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson. A key to the Buckeyes entering the locker room trailing by just two was their defense. OSU held Virginia to just 26 first-half points, a season-low, on 37 percent shooting. Freshman center Daniel Giddens was instrumental in the strong defensive showing, as any time a Cavalier player got into the paint, he was there to alter their shot. In the first half alone, he had three blocks. Because of his presence, Virginia often was passive, settling for jump shots. But for the Buckeyes, it turned out to be a double-edged sword, as the Cavaliers shot an efficient 4-of-9 from deep.“We haven’t gone against a team that is able to block shots like that yet,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, adding, “When we’d try to go to the lane, they’d just block it.” In every one of OSU’s four losses, the game has been very close at halftime. In fact, it even led in two of the three prior to Tuesday’s matchup. However, the problem for the Buckeyes had been less-than-stellar second halves. Against Virginia, the opposite happened. Bates-Diop and Loving hit early 3-pointers to grab OSU its first lead since five minutes into the game. The cliché about basketball being a “game of runs” was definitely true in the second half, as the team’s traded runs for much of the final 20 minutes. “I just think that we were hungry for a win — everybody, coaching staff, teammates,” Tate said about finally having a strong second half. “I feel like that was the key. Everybody was locked in.” OSU’s final lead came with 13:20 left in the game, but it had multiple trips to the offensive end where it could’ve taken the lead or tied the contest. Loving hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut Virginia’s lead to just one point with just over eight minutes left to play. The Buckeyes forced a missed shot by the Cavaliers on the ensuing possession, give them a chance to grab the lead. Instead, freshman guard JaQuan Lyle kept up with what has been plaguing OSU all season long: turning the ball over after dribbling into traffic. In those critical moments, the young Buckeyes just continued to come up short. As for why, Matta said he was clueless. “I don’t know,” the coach said, chuckling. “That one I don’t know the answer to. You look at this team and just how few a plays away we are from turning the corner.” And against the Cavaliers, it was certainly just a few plays here and there that, had they gone the other way, perhaps OSU would be celebrating its upset. Because of just how close it was, Loving said the loss leaves him with mixed emotions. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “It’s bitter because we lost but it feels good to know that we’re getting better each and every game to the point where we’re able to compete with top-10 teams. “We’re just taking each day in practice to get better and prepare for our next opponent.”That next opponent is a team from the same commonwealth as the Cavaliers, in the Virginia Military Institute. The Buckeyes and the Keydets are scheduled to be in action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the Schottenstein Center. OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) dribbles around Virginia’s Malcom Brogdon during a game on Dec. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 58-64. Credit: Bree Williams | Lantern Photographer read more

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Commentary student athletes should have choice of when to go pro

Since the beginning of collegiate athletics and the birth of the NCAA, a war has been waging.Should student athletes be paid?These players, particularly in football and basketball, help bring in potentially millions of dollars at major universities, but because of NCAA restrictions, they are unable to profit from this themselves.But if they want to make money, and have the talents to do so, why can’t they just skip a level and head straight to the professional ranks? Nothing is making these student athletes attend college, right?Again the NCAA rears its ugly head.Although certain sports like baseball and soccer currently have no restrictions on when an athlete can start making money in their given field, basketball players have the option to be “one-and-done” and head to the NBA after their freshman year, and football players can leave campus after three years.ESPN reported that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Wednesday that the idea of forcing athletes to attend a university before they go into the field is ludicrous.“Maybe in football and basketball, it would work better if more kids had a chance to go directly into the professional ranks. If they’re not comfortable and want to monetize, let the minor leagues flourish,” Delany said.These years spent in college are often for the protection of the players, and it would be incredibly difficult for a player to make the jump directly from high school to the NFL due to the change in speed. I tend to agree with Delany.Before the NCAA and NBA implemented the rules in basketball that forced a player to wait at least a year before joining the league in 2005, there were numerous athletes who made the jump and succeeded. Players like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in 1996, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard in 2004 and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett in 1995 have all been perennial All-Stars since joining the league. Not to mention the fact that Miami Heat forward Lebron James in 2003 will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of the game without ever playing a minute of college basketball.Sure for every Lebron there is a Kwame Brown, center for the Philadelphia 76ers, that cannot cope with the speed and physicality, but they should be allowed to take that risk themselves.If a player judges they are capable of holding their own in the league, that should be their choice and theirs alone, not one of a larger governing body.In most other fields, this sort of thing would come off as utterly ludicrous. Imagine if Michael J. Fox or Justin Timberlake were forced to postpone their careers in entertainment for a couple of years because a group decided they needed the experience college could grant them.Even if a player does have that extra experience, there is no guarantee they will become a star. Former Ohio State center Greg Oden is considered one of the NBA’s biggest busts because of suffering through a multitude of knee injuries. Oden even spent his required year in college instead of just jumping straight from high school.While the discussion continues about whether or not players should be paid. it is time for a change in the NCAA rulebook.The removal of a player’s requirement to attend college will slow, at least partially, the number of scandals involving student athletes being compensated that have surfaced in recent years.Overall, a rule change would be beneficial to all parties involved, so it would only make sense if such a rule change were to be implemented.Delany said it best.“Why is it our job to be minor leagues for professional sports?” read more

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Portable fuel cell charger just add water

first_imgRead more at PowerTrekk The PowerTrekk is a different type of portable charger. Developed by myFC, a fuel cell company based in Stockholm, the portable fuel cell charger can provide instant power to any mobile device from any location. It’s driven by fuel cell technology that converts hydrogen into electricity.The PowerTrekk is a 2-in-1 solution that offers both a portable battery pack and fuel cell. The battery pack on its own will provide an instant source of power to any mobile device or act as a storage buffer for the fuel cell.The fuel cell can also provide a charge from a depleted battery state without having to be plugged into the mains socket. All you need to do is insert a fuel pack and just add water! Devices can then be charged via a USB lead.Unlike solar power or rechargeable batteries the PowerTrekk seems to offer a better alternative as the fuel packs do not deplete as batteries do. Plus the process to convert the fuel cell into electricity is safe and eco-friendly, and the only bi-product is water vapor.Its light weight and waterproof casing also makes it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. No price details as of yet but we will aim to update this post as soon as we get more info.Tech SpecsRated output: 5V, 1000 mA Rated input: 5V, 500 mA Internal buffer: Li-ion, 1600 mAh Fuel cell: PEM 4 cell unit 1000 mAh Charging input port: Micro USB Charging output port: USB-Alast_img read more

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Watch a Remote Segway Hack Eject A Rider

first_img How to Stay Cybersecure for the HolidaysYou Know Your Smartphone is Spying on You, But It’s Worse Than You Think Quick, someone call G.O.B! Hackers might be able to remotely hijack his Segway if he doesn’t apply the latest security update.That’s assuming he upgraded from the older model he’d been riding on Arrested Development to the slick Segway MiniPro. See, a security researcher discovered some serious flaws in the scooter’s firmware. Thomas Killbride is an embedded device security consultant with IOActive. He’s also a fan (and owner) of the two-wheeled people mover.As soon as he got his hands on it, Killbride did what any security pro would. He started probing the Segway and its companion mobile app for vulnerabilities. The connected scooter’s companion app already allowed owners to drive them around like an RC car. That got Killbride’s wheels turning.Shortcomings in the Bluetooth implementation granted Killbride the elevated access he needed. Since the MiniPro didn’t verify the authenticity of firmware uploads, he was able to inject modified firmware and remotely mess with a MiniPro. Killbride learned he could remotely hack into anyone’s MiniPro and take over the controls.It’s definitely fun to watch it happen in IOActive’s demo video. Out on the streets, however, a hacker who wanted to could cause an unsuspecting rider to swerve into traffic or throw on the breaks and send him or her flying face-first into the pavement.The good news here is that IOActive informed Ninebot, the Chinese company that now owns Segway, and they’ve released updated firmware that tightens up the MiniPro’s security. Among the changes: it actually verifies that firmware updates come from Ninebot now (and not just whoever figured out how to upload one to the scooter). It also killed a potentially very creepy social location sharing feature.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgBy Mustapha Jallow“I want to know whether my daughter is dead or alive as we have not seen her since that Thursday when she left home and was reported to be arrested at Westfield,” said the sobbing mother of Nogoi Njie, who could not control herself.When this reporter visited the family home of Nogoi Njie in Mandinari yesterday, he found the disabled mother and other relatives who are in a complete state of confusion as regards the whereabouts of their daughter, sister and mother who is said to be among those people that were arrested by the security forces at Westfield on Thursday, 14 April, while protesting for electoral reforms. The family said they have not seen or heard from her since then and have been searching for her to no avail.“I have been going to Banjul to the high court to attend the cases of the Westfield protesters and the UDP executive and members but have not seen her appear in any of the three occasions they were brought there,” said one of the relatives.Asked whether they have gone to search for her in any of the police stations or places of detention, the relative responded in the negative.He, however, added that the family is very much worried about her situation as she is hypertensive.last_img read more

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When Will Land Disputes Be Addressed

first_imgThis column is devoted to monitor and report on issues that relate to production, processing, preservation and marketing of agricultural produce, aimed at ensuring food security in the Gambia as well as the interventions of Government and Non-governmental Organizations in this regard.Agriculture remains both a new and old source of national revenue and (youth) employment.Improved public awareness and discussions of the issues involved, will significantly maximize agricultural outcomes and the contribution of the sector to economic growth and job creation.This is precisely the reason why Farmers’ Eye is critically looking at every Agricultural programme or policy, to gauge whether our Agriculture and Natural resources are properly harnessed, to ensure food self-sufficiency.Section 192 of the Constitution states: “There shall be established a Lands Commission whose composition, functions and powers, shall be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly”.This Act has already been passed and assented to and the Commission established, but yet to be functional.Farmers’ Eye column call on the Executive to make the Commission functional, in order to address the series of land disputes in the country, as land is key to Agricultural production.In the last edition, we highlighted the issues on indigenous peoples and other communities with customary land tenure systems. In this edition, we shall continue from where we stopped.INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND OTHER COMMUNITIES WITH CUSTOMARY TENURE SYSTEMSStates should consider adapting their policy, legal and organizational frameworks to recognize tenure systems of indigenous peoples and other communities with customary tenure systems.Where constitutional or legal reforms strengthen the rights of women and place them in conflict with custom, all parties should cooperate to accommodate such changes in the customary tenure systems.States should, in drafting tenure policies and laws, take into account the social, cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental values of land, fisheries and forests held under tenure systems of indigenous peoples and other communities with customary tenure systems.There should be full and effective participation of all members or representatives of affected communities, including vulnerable and marginalized members, when developing policies and laws related to tenure systems of indigenous peoples and other communities with customary tenure systems.States should protect indigenous peoples and other communities with customary tenure systems against the unauthorized use of their land, fisheries and forests by others.Where a community does not object, States should assist to formally document and publicize information on the nature and location of land, fisheries and forests used and controlled by the community.Where tenure rights of indigenous peoples and other communities with customary tenure systems are formally documented, they should be recorded with other public, private and communal tenure rights to prevent competing claims.States and other parties should hold good faith consultation with indigenous peoples before initiating any project or before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures affecting the resources for which the communities hold rights.Such projects should be based on an effective and meaningful consultation with indigenous peoples, through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent under the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples and with due regard for particular positions and understandings of individual States.Consultation and decision-making processes should be organized without intimidation and be conducted in a climate of trust. The principles of consultation and participation, should be applied in the case of other communities described.Source: Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure.Courtesy of FAO and CFS.last_img read more

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Worth another look

first_imgYou can order prints of photographs from The Columbian at gallery.pictopia.com/columbian.Timing, creativity and anticipation are some of the hallmarks of a good photojournalist. All the photographs presented in our annual 2010 year in review exhibit some, if not all, of these qualities.Photojournalists do have a unique opportunity to present pictures that help us better understand our community and offer distinctive and unusual subtleties. The goal is always to inform in a fair way, but the hope is to capture something different that extends our understanding beyond what words can.Photography is one of the greatest forms of communication.last_img

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UPDATE Suspicious device found at Portland airport

first_imgA suspicious bag was found about 2 p.m. Sunday at baggage carousel 4 at Portland International Airport, prompting authorities to block some traffic flows through the facility. Steve Johnson, spokesman for the Port of Portland, said that the lower roadway, past the baggage collection area, was closed for two hours. The airport was fully reopened at 4 p.m.Johnson said an arriving traveler had several bags and noticed a timer device that she did not own in one of the bags.The Metro Explosive Disposal Unit was called to investigate.“It turned out to be non-harmful, non-threatening,” Johnson said. “We erred on the side of caution, and we take anything suspicious very seriously.”He said he could not provide additional information about the timer or the investigation.last_img

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US science group says its time to start burying plutonium

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.Org By most estimates there is currently about 500 metric tons of plutonium in the world today that needs to be disposed of in some sort of reasonable way. By reasonable, most mean in a way that doesn’t harm anyone or the environment and that can’t be accessed by those wishing to use it to make nuclear weapons. Those writing in the new commentary piece suggest that the only good option is sealing it in ceramic pucks and burying it.Others aren’t so sure, and that’s why plutonium is currently being used to create something called Mixed Oxide nuclear fuel (MOX), an alternative fuel source that by all accounts is more costly to use than is simply using fresh alternatives, such as uranium. Still others are using plutonium as fuel for so-called fast reactors; but that doesn’t get rid of the plutonium problem, it just delays having to deal with it.This is why the commentary group says the best solution is to simply bury the waste and be rid of it. Unfortunately, saying it needs to be done, isn’t all that new. Leaders of countries such as the US, France, Japan and others have been trying to do that for decades. The problem isn’t that people don’t understand that it needs to be done, it’s finding a place to dump the waste that people can agree on. As just one example, in the United States, a site was chosen in the Yucca Mountains; its physical characteristics and remoteness suggested it would be an ideal site. The site was approved by Congress in 2002, but opponents of the idea stalled the process and eventually persuaded President Obama to cancel the project in 2009, with the end result being, nuclear waste still temporarily stored in “secure” locations around the country. Thus, the problem isn’t that people don’t understand what needs to be done, it’s that no one wants a nuclear waste dump site anywhere near them, or even in or near areas that are considered special for one reason or another.By publishing their opinions regarding what needs to be done, this group is hoping that sound minds will eventually prevail, and that reasonable sites will be chosen by responsible people resulting in nuclear waste being buried sooner, rather than later. U.S. says it will discard some plutonium Journal information: Naturecenter_img (Phys.org) — As researchers the world over continue to try to find a way to meet the energy needs of an over populated planet, negative consequences for choices already made continue to pile up. Global warming that appears likely caused by the burning of fossil fuels is one, dealing with radioactive waste from nuclear power plants (and the decommissioning of atomic weapons) is another, perhaps more solvable problem. Because of that, a team of scientists from the United States has published a commentary piece in the science journal Nature, declaring that the time has come for ceasing discussions about what to do with plutonium waste and to simply find suitable places for it and bury it. More information: Nuclear proliferation: Time to bury plutonium, Nature 485, 167–168 (10 May 2012) doi:10.1038/485167a Citation: US science group says it’s time to start burying plutonium (2012, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-science-group-plutonium.html Plutonium,. Pictured against an inch and centimeter rule. Image: Wikipedia.last_img read more

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Astronomer ponders the idea of looking for long extinct intelligent alien life

first_img To be clear, Wright is not suggesting that he believes such forms of life once existed or that there is any evidence of them, as some in the media have suggested. Instead, he is merely suggesting that as part of a thorough search for alien life forms, we ought to include those that might once have been nearby, but who, for whatever reason, either left or went extinct. He notes that most current research involved in looking for life beyond Earth is focused on finding biosignatures—evidence of extraterrestrial life that is still alive today, including simple microbes.Evidence of extinct aliens would likely be difficult if not impossible to find on Earth, he notes, due to plate tectonics, weather etc., if timelines of millions of years are considered. But other bodies in the solar system are capable of holding onto material for very long time periods due to subsurface features that offer protection from meteor strikes and solar radiation—examples might include asteroids or moons, which, if aliens did ever visit our solar system, would have provided both shelter and privacy. He notes that technosignatures could come in a variety of forms—from evidence of mining to materials that could not have formed naturally.Wright suggests that some effort ought to be made seeking technosignatures, both here on our home planet (in rock that is millions or even billions of years old, perhaps) and as we study planets, their moons and other objects in the solar system capable of harboring evidence. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Astronomer ponders the idea of looking for long extinct intelligent alien life (2017, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-astronomer-ponders-idea-extinct-intelligent.html Explore further More information: Prior Indigenous Technological Species, arXiv:1704.07263 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1704.07263AbstractOne of the primary open questions of astrobiology is whether there is extant or extinct life elsewhere the Solar System. Implicit in much of this work is that we are looking for microbial or, at best, unintelligent life, even though technological artifacts might be much easier to find. SETI work on searches for alien artifacts in the Solar System typically presumes that such artifacts would be of extrasolar origin, even though life is known to have existed in the Solar System, on Earth, for eons. But if a prior technological, perhaps spacefaring, species ever arose in the Solar System, it might have produced artifacts or other technosignatures that have survived to present day, meaning Solar System artifact SETI provides a potential path to resolving astrobiology’s question. Here, I discuss the origins and possible locations for technosignatures of such a prior indigenous technological species, which might have arisen on ancient Earth or another body, such as a pre-greenhouse Venus or a wet Mars. In the case of Venus, the arrival of its global greenhouse and potential resurfacing might have erased all evidence of its existence on the Venusian surface. In the case of Earth, erosion and, ultimately, plate tectonics may have erased most such evidence if the species lived Gyr ago. Remaining indigenous technosignatures might be expected to be extremely old, limiting the places they might still be found to beneath the surfaces of Mars and the Moon, or in the outer Solar System. Recently discovered solar system could seed life between adjacent exoplanetscenter_img Journal information: arXiv This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain (Phys.org)—Jason Wright, an astronomy professor at Penn State, has uploaded a paper to the arXiv preprint sever that addresses the issue of whether we have looked hard enough for extinct alien life—particularly intelligent forms of extraterrestrial life. In his paper, he questions whether enough effort is being put into looking for evidence of space-faring alien life forms (technosignatures) that are now extinct but who might have left behind evidence of their existence here in our own solar system—everything here is much closer, he notes, than the next-nearest star system.last_img read more

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An orange a day may prevent agerelated vision loss

first_imgIf you want to prevent losing your vision as you age and keep your eyes healthy, eat oranges daily, says a study led by an Indian origin researcher.Macular degeneration is a condition associated with old age that causes vision loss at the centre of the fieldf vision. The results showed that people who ate at least one serving of oranges every day had more than 60 per cent reduced risk of developing late macular degeneration 15 years later.The effect may be due to flavonoids present in oranges that help prevent vision loss. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFlavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system.”Essentially we found that people who eat at least one serve of orange every day have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration compared with people who never eat oranges,” said lead researcher Bamini Gopinath from the University of Sydney.”Even eating an orange once a week seems to offer significant benefits,” she added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the team interviewed more than 2,000 people aged over 50 and followed them over a period of 15 years.Gopinath explained that previously most of the researches had focused on the effects of common nutrients such as Vitamins C, E and A on the eyes.The team also looked at other flavonoid containing foods like tea, apple, red wine. However they did not find any relation between other sources and protection of eyes against the disease.Age is the strongest known risk factor and the disease is more likely to occur after the age of 50. There is currently no cure for the disease.last_img read more

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Skené Foundation hosts alternative gift fair

first_imgMarilyn Montero Zeledón is a multifaceted seamstress, but she also designs outfits specifically for Barbie dolls. Sound eccentric? Her mother did the same for 30 years. Silvia Monge Fioravanti makes her own paper, then binds the leaves into diaries. Like many bookworms, Fioravanti shied away from the camera. Robert Isenberg Under her pseudonym “Ishtar,” Hellen Guillén Valverde makes every kind of jewelry imaginable. Robert Isenberg They look like metal or wood, but Luis Huayamave’s sculptures are made from shaped paper. Robert Isenberg Facebook Comments Robert Isenberg It was a great idea: Invite artists from across San José to show off their handmade works. Dub it the “alternative gift fair,” to attract Christmas shoppers. Host the event in the Antigua Aduana (old customs house), a colossal brick warehouse in Barrio Carmen that is often used for big events. Raise awareness of the Skené Foundation, a nonprofit organization that produces and promotes a variety of arts and events, most recently its own theatrical rendition of “The Kama Sutra,” performed in San Pedro.Although organizers hoped the event would draw art lovers from all over the city, foot-traffic was a little slow last Wednesday, and participants looked a little disappointed. “There wasn’t a lot of advertising,” admitted one artist. “Just on Facebook. People typically come on the weekend, not during the week.” She had already booked a spot at a street fair next week, and added she looked forward to it.There were other deterrents as well: the four-day fair was scheduled from Tuesday to Friday, starting at 11 a.m. and going until 11 p.m., when most people are working or commuting. Skené booked a band for each evening, but the customs house is more like an airplane hangar than a music venue.Still, artists seemed eager to unveil their works, and the room was lined with about 50 foldout tables. For patrons who were lucky enough to visit, artists showcased an impressive range of products and materials, from baked goods to clothing.“It’s either this or a call center,” said Juan C. Flores Hine, a multimedia artist. Hine wore a patch over his eye, owing to debris in his studio. When asked whether the patch bothered him, he said, “It’s worth it.”The fair continues through Friday, Dec. 6. Sculptor Gabriela Rojas uses the most unique material of all: bovine horns. From the bony material she creates all kinds of Costa Rican animals. Robert Isenberg A microphone awaits use on a temporary stage at the Alternative Gift Fair. Robert Isenberg No related posts.last_img read more

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also later joined the two leaders to sign a trilateral transit agreement that will significantly ease the passage of goods between the three countries and boost trade. and in a prepared speech made available to ScienceInsider, Willis ran from the house with his head surrounded by a large fireball. read more

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