Beep Beep Toronto Blind Jays hit the road for Beep Baseball World

first_imgTORONTO – With the crack of the bat, an umpire’s call and the hustle and bustle on the basepaths, baseball boasts a soundtrack all its own.At a Toronto Blind Jays practice, the collection of sounds also includes a beeping ball and buzzing bases.In preparation to represent Canada at the upcoming NBBA Beep Baseball World Series in Florida, the Jays went to work at Maryvale Park in Toronto’s east end earlier this week. Most of the squad is made up of players who are completely blind or have less than 10 per cent vision.“We’re all just passionate about the sport,” said Canadian general manager Arthur Pressick. “A lot of these people never even tried baseball until beep baseball and they just love it.“To be able to hit a ball and crank it out into the field, it’s a fantastic thing.”Beep baseball is similar to the traditional pastime in some ways. The goal is to hit the ball and score runs but the general setup is quite different.Eye shades are worn to negate any potential vision advantage. Players use their hearing to track the ball, which starts beeping once its pin is pulled as play begins.Players also rely on audio to determine the location of the bases, represented by two padded four-foot cylinders on opposite sides of the field that start to buzz when a ball is in play.The pitcher, catcher and spotters are sighted and work with batters — they’re all on the same team — to co-ordinate pitch timing and help guide players in the outfield.If a ball is hit into fair territory, the race is on as the batter tries to reach base before the fielder locates and picks up the ball. A spotter calls out a number — for example, a two for a shallow ball or a three if it’s deep — to give the fielder an idea of where the beeping ball might be.“Sometimes it’s really scary because the ball is not always on the ground,” said Cassie Orgeles of Fort Erie, Ont. “It could be going over your shoulder.”If the batter reaches base before the ball is secured, a run is scored. If the fielder gets to the ball first, it’s an out.Pressick, a videographer from Meaford, Ont., became interested in the sport after shooting documentaries on beep baseball. He helped put a Canadian squad together for the 2015 tournament in Rochester, N.Y., and while that team later dissolved, a core group of players got together last fall and the 2017 Blind Jays’ roster, which is co-ed, was filled out in the spring.Most of the players have other athletic pursuits. Orgeles, 27, who competed at the Paralympics in goalball, found the transition to beep baseball was a smooth one.“We’re all a very active group and we decided we really want to try this,” she said.Beep baseball bases are in foul territory to avoid player collisions and the ball must clear a line behind the pitcher to be deemed in play. In addition, there are four strikes instead of three, a game lasts six innings, and fielders use their hands instead of baseball gloves.Even though the Canadian team is in its infancy, camaraderie and team spirit were evident on a sunny afternoon in the city’s east end. A 90-minute practice was the second session for the full squad and the first with new blue and white Toronto uniforms and red Canada hats — a welcome donation from Baseball Canada.The players already have their celebratory handshake routines down pat. There was even some good-natured chirping among the teammates.“Keep your eye on the ball, Wayner!” one outfielder shouted in the direction of home plate to chuckles all around.A sponsor is on board to help with costs and the team has received some donations on its GoFundMe page. To keep accommodation costs down, the 12-player team plans to drive 24 hours straight to Florida with Pressick at the wheel.“I’m a GM, coach, pitcher, driver, chef, masseuse and waterboy,” he said with a smile. “All in one.”Orgeles said it can take a little while to get the hang of things on the beep baseball field. Finding a rhythm at the plate is one of the biggest challenges.Standing about 20 feet away, the pitcher uses a four-beat sequence with a ‘Set, ready, pitch,’ declaration before the batter swings.“When you click with your pitcher, it’s the greatest feeling to hit (the) ball,” Orgeles said.Effective communication is critical. And when the team has great spirit and energy, it’s a nice bonus.“It’s a stronger bond I think with this group than traditional baseball,” Pressick said. “They’ve all gone through stuff in life that have brought them together to this point so right there, they have a lot of things in common just off the beginning.”Canada finished 18th at the 2015 tournament. Pressick is hoping for bigger things this time around at West Palm Beach’s Village Park.“I can’t wait to get this team down there and win a World Series,” he said.The tournament starts Sunday and runs for a week.The Jays roster also includes Joey Cabral of Toronto, James Kwinecki of St. Catharines, Ont., Wane St. Denis of Toronto, Ben Ho Lung of Aurora, Ont., Meghan Mahon of Timmins, Ont., Aaron Prevost of Cornwall, Ont., Mark DeMontis of Toronto, Paul Kerins of Toronto (coach), Mike Tweddle of Toronto (coach) and John Harding of Toronto (coach).—Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitterlast_img read more

Church leaders trying to attract new followers from racial ethnic minorities

first_imgWhen they moved to Owen Sound 10 years ago, John Johnson and his family were the only non-white people in his church.Over the years, a few other non-white members joined Rockcliffe Pentecostal Church, which Johnson describes as “one big family.”The father of two finds the church so welcoming that he’s introduced many reluctant Indian friends to Rockcliffe.“I tell them my story,” he says. “They all come to this church and they have positive experiences.”Many church leaders want to give minorities a similar welcome. The immigrant and minority population is expanding beyond big cities, and leaders believe their churches must do a better job of serving an increasingly diverse population, especially as attendance plummets.According to a 2017 Ipsos survey, only 40 per cent of Canadians attend church compared to 63 per cent in 2006.Meanwhile the nation’s immigrant population is growing. Foreign born individuals will make up 30 per cent of Canada’s population by 2036, according to Statistics Canada, and the bulk of them will be in Ontario.“Cultural diversity is definitely growing year on year,” said Cid Latty, a congregational development associate of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. “Some of the churches have 20, 30, 40 different nations worshipping in the same context.”Last year, 25 of the association’s churches sponsored 119 refugees, Latty said.Diversity is integral to the Christian community, church leaders say.“From a theological perspective, we’d say that reflects heaven. Heaven’s a place where every people is present — every tribe, every tongue, every nation,” said Merv Budd, senior minister at North Burlington Baptist Church in Burlington, Ont.The 170-member congregation is predominantly white, but there is a growing population of Indian, South Asian, Caribbean and African members.It’s the same story in Kitchener, Ont., at Highland Baptist Church. Pastor Das Sydney says that 10 years ago, the church was 95 per cent white, and now roughly 80 of the 200 attendees are non-white. They include people from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Sudan, Romania and Burma.“The diversity that we have is a microcosm of the kingdom of God,” said Sydney.Sydney says his church also seeks unity with the First Nations community and hosted a Baptist conference aimed at reconciliation two years ago.In Thunder Bay, Ont., Italian, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese, Syrian and First Nations parishioners worship at St. Anthony’s Parish, said Rev. Luigi Filippini.“The church is like a mama in welcoming all the children. We serve the community as much as we can.”Faith unites the different cultures, Filippini says.“There’s also a strong flavour of identity because they are all Roman Catholics.”The church has masses in Italian, Portuguese and English to better serve its members.Churches that don’t have comparable diversity are striving to meet the needs of their cities’ various ethnicities. In Cambridge, Ont., for example, pastor Dan Fietje said the church should represent the larger community’s diversity.After noticing that the ethnic makeup of the 150-member Cambridge Community Church did not reflect the city’s ethnic makeup, Fietje raised the issue with the church board and the church is now re-evaluating aspects of its culture.“Every church has a culture, whether they know it or not. Is that culture welcoming?” Fietje said, “I’m sure we think we are, but maybe we do things that aren’t welcoming at all.”“I try to think about this when I do slide shows. Is every single person that I have in my photos white? Are they mostly male?” he said.Other church leaders have sought out formal training. Last fall, 35 students enrolled in an inaugural class for the Certificate in Ministry and Organizational Leadership, offered by the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre in Toronto. The certificate trains Christian leaders to better serve multi-ethnic churches and improve the interactions between different cultures, said Tim Tang, the centre’s associate director.“Traditions are hard to change; a lot of church practices are built around norms and cultural biases that we are not aware of,” Tang said.For example, Tang said, many sacred hymns were written to drinking melodies.“If they were based on European drinking games from centuries of old, how relevant really are they today for us?”Involving other races in church leadership is critical to a truly integrated church body and a culture that represents all members of the church, said David Seljak, professor of religious studies at University of Waterloo.“When ethnic minorities are not involved in decision making, they risk not being represented,” he said, “You are relying on the good will of the dominant community. This model still creates inequality.”Budd said he’s seen this model silence minorities.“The problem with white people when they are a majority is because they are comfortable they assume everyone else must be comfortable, so they don’t go out of their way to make sure that’s the case.”He’s recruited qualified minorities for leadership and volunteer positions.“Often what I have found is that people of a different ethnicity who have those gifts and talents are sometimes overlooked because of that ethnicity.Churches should also make sure that songs and prayers don’t represent just one race, said Latty.“You can now download a song from Ethiopia,” he said, “There’s absolutely no reason that a monoculture culture cannot learn from and glean from another culture.”There are other challenges as churches embrace new cultures. Socioeconomic differences between new immigrants and established Canadians continue to divide and prevent full integration, said Sydney.“So even though there are good efforts to bridge the gap, it’s not happening that easily.”Tackling this and other obstacles to welcoming other ethnicities is critical to the survival of the church.As Budd puts it: “The western church is dying, but around the world it’s growing and expanding, so we are wise to listen. We are wise to make room and be putting ourselves in a position to learn and humble ourselves.”— Dr. Tola Afolabi is a plastic surgeon and reconstructive surgeon praticising in southwestern Ontario who is also a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.last_img read more

Man suffers burns as blaze destroys southern Manitoba grain elevator

first_imgA fire has destroyed a grain elevator in southern Manitoba and left a man in a Winnipeg hospital for treatment of burns.The blaze in the Paterson Grain-owned building happened Monday evening in the small community of Crystal City, about 190 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.The man, who is in his 30s, was airlifted to hospital and is listed in stable condition.People who live near the elevator say they initially heard what sounded like an explosion before the structure was engulfed in flame.Colleen Henderson, who is part of an emergency response team in the area, says a nearby business was also lost.Henderson says the fire could have been worse because the elevator is in the middle of the community and more buildings may have been lost if there had been any wind. (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

Haiti 17 more suspected gang leaders arrested in new sweep by UN

21 February 2007Seventeen more presumed gang members have been arrested in one of Haiti’s most dangerous areas, the Cité Soleil quarter of Port-au-Prince, the capital, in the latest sweep by hundreds of United Nations peacekeepers to rid the city of violent crime. The operation yesterday by some 700 UN blue helmets, which also led to the seizure of a number of illegal weapons, was planned and executed in collaboration with the Haitian National Police, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in a statement.“It marks an intensification of recent efforts to stabilize and secure the crime-ridden parts of the Haitian capital,” the mission added.Over the weekend, UN peacekeepers picked up gang leader named Johnny Pierre Louis, also known as Ti Bazil, the presumed perpetrator of numerous murders and other bloody crimes, during a sweep through the Key Boyle residential section of Cité Soleil. He often acted under the orders of an ex-gang chief named Evens, whom MINUSTAH recently ousted from the Boston area of Cité Soleil.MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has launched several anti-gang operations in recent weeks. The mission recently has transformed Evens’ former headquarters into a free medical clinic. read more

Migiro stresses need to end impunity for war crimes and human rights

10 August 2008Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has called on lawyers to play a greater role in guaranteeing countries live up to their commitments to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. In an address yesterday to the American Bar Association in New York, Ms. Migiro said the fight to bring an end to impunity for such crimes is one of the most important ways of ensuring that the rule of law is put into practice worldwide.She cited the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a permanent institution aimed at trying those responsible for the worst crimes, and the 2005 pledge by world leaders at the UN on the “responsibility to protect” populations from such crimes as important milestones.“Now, the need to make this responsibility to protect fully operational represents a major priority and challenge for the United Nations and for our Member States,” Ms. Migiro said.The Deputy Secretary-General said the emergence of international criminal law and such institutions as the ICC raised the question of how to reconcile the need for peace in a country emerging from conflict with the duty of justice for the victims of that war.“For the United Nations, justice and peace are complementary requirements. We strongly believe that there can be no lasting peace without justice. The question therefore is not whether justice should be pursued, but rather how best to interlink the two in the light of the specific circumstances, without sacrificing one for another.“The United Nations has a clear position that it cannot support any amnesty for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and gross human rights abuses. I hope that you, as legal professionals, will work wherever possible to ensure that justice is not sidelined in the short-term interests of an unsustainable peace.” read more

DR of Congo concerned over tension in Kisangani UN urges restraint by

Voicing concern over recent clashes in Kisangani, a statement released in Kinshasa called on the parties to exercise restraint and halt their confrontations. The statement also called on all sides to ensure respect for human rights.“We exhort the parties not to undertake any action that could aggravate an already complicated situation,” the statement said, expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the recent violence and pledging that the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) would do all possible to ensure stability in the area.Meanwhile, UN officials on the ground, led by MONUC Deputy Force Commander General Martinelli, and including political and human rights officers, met last night with the Governor of Kisangani to stress the need for the situation to be resolved peacefully without the use of force. read more

Oilforfood allegations will not derail UN reform initiative Annan says

“[Reform] is a long-term proposal, and it’s a proposal which is going to have a longer term impact on the Organization,” Mr. Annan said as he entered UN Headquarters in New York in response to a question on the Oil-for-Food issue.”I do not expect it to derail the reform process,” he replied. “We are determined to go ahead and I urge all the Member States to go” forward as well.The Secretary-General’s initiatives for the most sweeping overhaul of the UN in its 60-year history are contained in his report “In Larger Freedom.” Among other proposals, he urges an expansion of the Security Council from the current 15, a replacement of the UN Commission on Human Rights with a Human Rights Council made up of members elected by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly, the establishment of a new Peacebuilding Commission, the adoption of a comprehensive treaty against terrorism, and full adherence to targets for providing development aid to poor countries.In his comments, Mr. Annan acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations about Oil-for-Food as well as the mistakes made in connection with the programme. He added that the UN had worked to rectify those errors.”We are taking measures to strengthen our own administration and transparency,” he said, adding, “The Member States, who themselves are very much aware of how the Oil-for-Food [programme] was set up, how it was managed, how it was organized, I think are much more sanguine about the facts than most other people, and I hope they will focus on the work ahead and strengthen this institution.”Reflecting on the broader context, he said: “For some, the oil-for-food crisis will never die down.”The Secretary-General last year named a high-level panel headed by former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to investigate the allegations of corruption surrounding the $64 billion programme. All relevant documents and files have been turned over to Mr. Volcker’s Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) and all staff members have been ordered to cooperation with its investigation on pain of dismissal.The IIC has so far issued two interim reports. Its final report is expected this summer. read more

Crime boss Terry Adams says he cannot afford to pay £750k after

first_img“The matter came before the learned judge, and she found he did so. It is my position she was wrong. “The Crown Prosecution said, in all their evidence, they have never sought to distinguish the position between Mr Adams from his wife. “There was no evidence whatsoever of expenditure by Mr Adams. He added: “There is no suggestion that Mr Adams has continued in any form a criminal career. “Since leaving prison in July of 2012, Mr Adams has been, to some extent, dependent upon his wife.” Adams had since carried out some casual work, including designing jewellery and men’s clothing, the court heard. But Adams had complained that he was unable to work for long – because every time the police found out, they “went to interview the people who tried to employ him”, the court heard. Turning to any allegations of luxury lifestyles, the lawyer said: “Every transaction relied upon by the Crown Prosecution Service was carried out by Mrs Adams “There is no allegation, no evidence or allegation of any transaction by Mr Adams, which could be considered to be an excessive lifestyle indeed, or any kind of expenditure.” The hearing continues.   Crime boss Terry Adams leaves the High Court at lunchtime today with his wife Ruth  “If it was luxurious, it was by Mrs Adams with her own money.” The family home had been bugged by prosecutors to make secret recordings over a number of years to use as evidence during the money laundering trial, the court heard. The recordings, which cost £2.7million to transcribe, meant Mr Adams’s financial position was well known, his lawyer argued. Mr Krolick said: “It does seem clear, and it appears to be accepted by the prosecution, that the £750,000 comprised first of all Mr Adams’s interest in his family home, which he owned jointly with his wife in equal shares. “But in addition there was a quantity of items of jewellery and some antiques and items of some value. “It’s not as if Mr Adams’s financial position was unknown to the prosecution. “We submit that by the time the agreement was made as to the £750,000, the prosecution were in no doubt that was then the value of his assets.” After Adams was jailed, he was required to submit monthly financial reports, which his solicitors completed, the court was told. Meanwhile, the value of the house fell due to the financial situation in the UK, Mr Krolick said. He also argued prosecutors failed to distinguish between Terry Adams and his wife Ruth, when it came to their finances. Referring to the first refusal for permission to reduce the confiscation sum in 2014, Mr Krolick said: “The application was resisted by the Crown. And on the grounds, Mr Adams had a hidden source or reserve of money. And he denied that.  Crime boss Terry Adams has said he cannot afford to pay £750,000 his wife squandered thousands on jewels and flights, a court was told.Adams was ordered to hand over the money made from ill-gotten gains in 2007 along with interest on the sum.Since being released, Adams has paid just £360,000, the Court of Appeal heard on Thursday.He is now seeking permission to apply to a crown court for a reduction in the confiscation order made against him, claiming he cannot afford it. Crime boss Terry Adams with his wife Ruth  Adams’ lawyers claim the gangster can never work for long because police then interview his employers.An earlier application was rejected in August 2014, when more than £650,000 was still outstanding. At the time, prosecutors successfully argued he could not show he had less than £650,000, and claimed he had hidden assets. The judge, Mrs Justice Davies, had noted Adams and his wife Ruth still led an “expensive” lifestyle, which was inconsistent with a claim of having no assets. Kennedy Talbot QC, prosecuting, said that the couple spent nearly £15,000 on hotels, flights, restaurants and entertainment from August 2009 to September 2013. But in court today Adams’s defence team argued this was spent by Mrs Adams, and her husband was in jail for most of that period. Ivan Krolick, representing Adams, said: “Those were expenditures by Mrs Adams on herself. “I am not suggesting in any such way he did not benefit from the expenditure. What I am putting forward, is it is not right to say this was luxurious living by Mr Adams.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Improved iron ore workflow solution for characterisation and reliable measurement

first_imgThe recent demand on global steel production has prompted the development of new techniques for the reliable measurement and characterisation of iron ore minerals such as hematite (Fe2O3), magnetite (Fe3O4), goethite (FeO(OH)), and limonite (FeO(OH).n(H2O)). While magnetite and hematite can be distinguished qualitatively using optical microscopy, quantitative characterisation using SEM-based Automated Mineralogy solutions, is challenging due to the similar BSE and EDS response of these two minerals. A new MLA measurement workflow has been developed by FEI to discriminate iron oxides by taking full advantage of the subtle difference in backscatter intensities between hematite and magnetite.The workflow involves three steps:1.Stretching BSE brightness and contrast to effectively double the grey level contrast for iron oxides. As a result two separate peaks emerge, representing hematite (~200) and magnetite (~210). This allows for reliable phase separation at the image segmentation stage2.Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra acquisition combining two measurement settings. Single EDX spectra are collected from centre points of unsaturated segmented phases (including hematite and magnetite). Saturated segments, comprising multiple bright mineral phases, are mapped using a regular grid with further phase discrimination based on EDX spectra3.Mineral identification is performed by a classification algorithm combining BSE thresholds and EDX spectra.This advanced approach to magnetite and hematite as been applied to several iron ore samples from different locations worldwide. The results show successful discrimination of iron oxides into hematite and magnetite, with identification based on a combination of modified backscatter intensities and EDX spectral matching, FEI reports.last_img read more

Réchauffement climatique lInde et la Chine sassocient à laccord de Copenhague

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : l’Inde et la Chine s’associent à l’accord de Copenhague L’Inde et la Chine, premier émetteur de gaz à effet de serre de la planète, se sont officiellement associés à l’accord conclu lors de la conférence internationale sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique qui s’est tenue à Copenhague en décembre dernier.Dans une lettre officielle datée du 9 mars et signée par le négociateur chinois chargé de la question du climat, Su Wei, la Chine a confirmé au secrétariat de l’Onu chargé du changement climatique qu’il pouvait inscrire le pays dans la liste des États qui se sont associés à l’accord de Copenhague.L’Inde a elle aussi indiqué, par le truchement de son ministre de l’Environnement Jairam Ramesh qu’après “un examen attentif”, elle a décidé à son tour de rejoindre cette liste. L’accord de Copenhague, conclu de justesse après des mois de négociations peu fructueuses,  fixe comme seul et unique objectif de limiter à deux degrés la hausse de la température moyenne de la planète. Reste à définir les moyens d’y parvenir. Déjà accepté par une centaine de pays dont les vingt-sept membres de l’UE et les États-Unis, l’accord propose également un fonds annuel de 100 milliards de dollars pour aider les pays en développement à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique et à s’y adapter, à partir de 2020.Le 10 mars 2010 à 17:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des produits chimiques se cachent dans les jouets des enfants alertent des

first_imgDes produits chimiques se cachent dans les jouets des enfants, alertent des ONGLes tests réalisés par des ONG et des scientifiques sont sans appel : phtalates, bisphénol A, formaldéhyde et xylène sont des produits chimiques loin d’être inoffensifs et sont présents dans de très nombreux jouets, futurs cadeaux de Noël.C’est à proximité du centre Pompidou à Paris qu’un réseau d’une centaine d’organisations de 40 pays, WECF (Women in Europe for a common future, Femmes d’Europe pour un avenir commun), a réalisé une opération de tests de jouets pour enfant.Premier essai : Julie Langlet, de Quad-Lab, un laboratoire spécialisé dans l’étude de l’air intérieur, teste un puzzle pour enfants, en bois lamellé et collé. Celui dégage du formaldéhyde, un produit classé CMR (cancérogène, mutagène, reprotoxique) et volatile à 20°C. L’origine de ce produit chimique : la colle utilisée. Deuxième test, une poupée qui sent la vanille. Celle-ci dégage, outre son parfum, du xylène, un hydrocarbure aromatique dérivé du benzène, qui provoque des allergies. “Elle va finir à la poubelle”, indique la maman qui vient de rapporter le jouet de sa fille.Des consoles de jeux qui dépasse la norme maximale d’émission de rayonnementsQuant aux produits plastiques telles qu’une assiette colorée, bien qu’elle ne puisse être testée, il y a fort à parier qu’elle contienne du bisphénol A. Donc pas question de la chauffer au micro-ondes, ni même de mettre des aliments chauds dedans : “On peut s’en servir pour jouer à la dînette”, explique Julie Langlet. Si la plupart des jouets français sont contrôlés et respectent les normes européennes, ce n’est pas le cas de jouets importés. Les consoles de jeux, par exemple, star des ventes à Noël font partie de ces jouets construits en Asie notamment. À lire aussiAttention aux jouets trop bruyants pour les enfantsTestées par Catherine Gouhier, co-fondatrice du Centre de recherche indépendant sur les rayonnements électromagnétiques non ionisants (Criirem), certaines consoles atteignent près de 4 volts par mètre (v/m) quand “pour l’exposition faible mais de longue durée, un rapport parlementaire avait fixé une norme maximale à 0,6v/m”. Valérie, une mère, estime qu'”il ne faut pas céder à la panique, mais appliquer le principe de précaution”, indiquant avoir “proscrit les consoles de jeux”. Un conseil : privilégier les jouets européens Au vu des résultats obtenus, WECF s’insurge donc contre le faible niveau des contrôles sur les jeux et jouets, et les réglementations insuffisantes. “Le logo CE, c’est une imposture, puisqu’il est apposé par le fabricant lui-même et non par un organisme de certification indépendant”, dit Anne Barre, présidente de WECF France.Or, si une directive européenne a été adoptée en 2008 sur la sécurité des jouets, les dispositions sur les substances chimiques ne seront obligatoires qu’à partir de 2013.Certains conseillent ainsi de choisir des jouets en coton bio ou en bois brut, mais l’idéal reste sans doute d’acheter européen : “il y a plus de sécurité”, note Michèle Rivasi, députée européenne. Néanmoins, “il faudrait un étiquetage”, souligne sa consoeur Corinne Lepage. “On ne sait pas ce qu’il y a dans les jouets, donc on ne peut pas faire de prévention”.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New DCP joins the ranks by May 2017 beat five others for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – He is leaving St Helena to take up the post of Deputy Chief of Police of the Turks and Caicos islands and he brings with him 34 years of experience.  Today the TCI Police Force announced our new DCP and his name is Trevor Botting.   From a short list of six and after interviews, Botting was found most fitting likely due to his strong background in strategic and tactical policing. Botting also has experience in Airport policing, Disaster Management and Search and Rescue.  Add to the list of accomplishments, management of 500 officers, neighborhood policing, firearms operations and the Dog unit.  #MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

ASA Welcomes News of Pending RFS Volume Numbers from EPA

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed news last week that the Environmental Protection Agency will propose the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by June 1, 2015 and finalize them by November 30, 2015. In addition to the 2014 and 2015 volume requirements, EPA announced the same timeline for establishing the biomass-based diesel volumes for 2016 and 2017. ASA President Wade Cowan, a farmer from Brownfield, Texas, noted the association’s cautious optimism in a statement Friday afternoon:“This announcement provides encouragement that EPA will get the RFS implementation back on track and provide greater certainty and stability to the U.S. biodiesel industry. ASA has been urging EPA and the White House to address the overdue RFS volume requirements and move forward immediately on finalizing increased volumes for biomass-based diesel, and we met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in late March and pressed this issue.“As good as this news is, however, there are still questions that remain regarding the volume levels that EPA will propose for 2014-2017. We will continue to work closely with the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) to advocate the appropriate volumes for the program. EPA has indicated that it will propose volume requirements for 2014 that ‘reflect the volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014.’ The total amount of biomass based diesel utilized in 2014 was approximately 1.75 billion gallons. From there, ASA will continue making a case to EPA and the Administration to provide modest and achievable annual increases in the biomass-based diesel volumes.”last_img read more

Using Superheroes to Teach Physics College Courses in SciFi

first_img Citation: Using Superheroes to Teach Physics: College Courses in Sci-Fi (2009, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Perhaps the most scientific of these classes is The Science of Superheroes, a course taught at the University of California at Irvine. Superman becomes the poster-boy for fluid dynamics as he soars through the air. I’d imagine that students could learn about the drag produced by Superman’s cape. Oh, and calculate how fast Lois Lane is plummeting toward the earth. How fast will Superman need to fly in order to catch her before she splatters on the pavement? Also addressed in the class: The strength of spider silk. You know that Peter Parker wants in on this one. WonderWoman and other superheroes are also used to illustrate basic physics concepts. If elementary and secondary school teachers used Superman and Batman to teach science, I wonder if there would be more early interest in science.At Frostburg State University there is a class offered on The Science of Harry Potter. I guess it’s more fantasy than science fiction, but deep scientific questions are probed in this course. Remember the three-headed dog? Perhaps genetic engineering can explain it. And flying broomsticks (and falling off of them) offer yet another opportunity to talk about the physics of flight and gravity.Science fiction offers more opportunities than just studying science. Just as science has long provided a basis for some philosophical and ethical discussions, science fiction provides those opportunities. Philosophy and Star Trek, taught at Georgetown University, explores the deep issues presented in Star Trek, such as whether or not an android like Data constitutes a person. Race and metaphysics are also tackled. And topics encompassing the nature of reality and time travel are also discussed.Sure, science majors aren’t going to take these classes. But they could go some distance in helping everyone else learn a little more about science — and even persuade a few more to become interested in following a scientific path.© 2009 Explore further Astrophysicist also science fiction writer ( — One of the more perplexing questions facing science these days is this one: How do we get more young people interested in science? Leading the way are a number of college courses — that can be taken for credit — that focus on the science in science fiction. After all, why can’t superheroes, Star Trek and Harry Potter teach us about the answer to life, the universe and everything? (Or, at least debate the merits of the answer “42”.) Can Superman teach college students about fluid dynamics? 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.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Turrialba Volcano: Weather has helped prevent spread of ash VIDEO: Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vapor MACHACHI, Ecuador — Ash from Ecuador’s Cotopaxi Volcano rained down on a dozen villages in the country’s central Andean region Saturday, where agricultural output has been marred by a blanket of soot from explosions that began a week ago.The volcanic activity, which began August 14 after 138 years of silence, continued into Saturday with “steam emissions and a moderate load of ash” the country’s Security Ministry said.From the nearby capital of Quito, home to some 2.3 million Ecuadoreans, a gray column two kilometers (1.2 miles) high could be seen billowing above the crater.The volcano, which towers to 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) high, is considered one of the most threatening in the region — both because of its size and because it is so close to well-populated towns.In the village of Machachi, one of the towns hardest-hit by the volcano, farmers are struggling against the eruptions’ aftereffects.“The cows have nothing left to eat because all the ash is on the grass, which is bad for them because it gives them fever, diarrhea and it stops their milk production,” villager Nelson Pila told AFP.At least a dozen villages and part of southern Quito, which is located just 45 kilometers from Cotopaxi, have been affected by ashfall, the ministry said.The ash “burns crops, dries them, and they are lost,” María de los Ángeles Gualotuna, a 36-year-old farmer and livestock breeder, told AFP.The government, which declared a 60-day state of emergency, has sent livestock feed to the area and is preparing an evacuation plan in case the situation worsens.Around 500 people were evacuated from the volcano’s surroundings last weekend.“There is a lot of dust, all day the steam comes out of the mountain and burns the throat and eyes,” Oswaldo Díaz, a 60-year-old Machachi resident told AFP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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