The Worst Case: What If the Water Ran Dry in the Japanese Reactors?

first_img What if cooling in one or more of the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant were lost? Richard Lester, chair of the department of nuclear science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, emphasizes the “very, very” unlikely possibility of that scenario. But if it were to occur, the inherent heat of the radionuclides would cause the fuel in the reactors to melt. Here’s what would happen next. In the event of a meltdown, the fuel could melt through and flow out of the primary pressure vessel, falling into the so-called core capture chamber which sits below the reactor for this very purpose. 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If this didn’t happen, however, a steam explosion could blow out the primary containment vessel, spewing massive quantities of radioactive aerosols as well as particulates. With towns evacuated at a perimeter of 30 kilometers, the lethality of that release “would depend on the winds,” says Lester. How would this compare to the disaster at Chernobyl? As noted in the New Scientist: At Chernobyl the pressure vessel was breached and the reactor had no containment. There, the core itself burned fiercely, largely because it was made of graphite – which was used as the moderator… once the reactor exploded the graphite made the situation worse, because it burned so readily. The fires carried radioactive material from the reactor core high into the atmosphere, where it spread far and wide. This could not happen at Fukushima Daiichi, as it does not use graphite as the moderator. Chernobyl fires, fed by the graphite, burned for 2 weeks, driving radioactive material into the stratosphere. By contrast, the worst-case example at Fukushima, a one-time steam explosion, would drive some material into the atmosphere. But it would not have the power or duration of graphite fires. “This is not a Chernobyl-like situation,” says Lester, both in terms of the graphite difference and the fact that in Chernobyl the reactor went supercritical. Still, the situation could be dire if the storage pools that contain spent fuel rods run dry, which may have happened yesterday and could presumably occur if the plant was abandoned. (Experts say that because the plant’s storage pools are not surrounded by containment vessels, they could spread radiation far more easily.) Once the storage pool has run dry, then refilling it could cause additional short-term problems. (That’s assuming workers can reach the pool.) Dumping water on the hot fuel rods would create a burst of steam that could take radioactive material with it into the atmosphere. “You might even have a steam explosion,” Lester says. “That would be very bad.” Just how much radiation went up would depend on what had ruptured or melted. The rods’ zirconium-alloy cladding would melt at roughly 2000°C, whereas the uranium oxide pelts inside the cladding would melt at about 2800°C. Adding water could also cause the fuel rods to rupture. The zirconium alloy interacts with steam at roughly 1200°C, as water molecules split and the liberated oxygen atoms bind with the zirconium. Such oxidation, which gives off its own heat, would likely cause the cladding to crumble and could even set the fuel aflame. That would drive exposed radioactive materials into the atmosphere. If the fuel has melted, then adding water could even cause a brief nuclear chain reaction, says Charles Ferguson, a nuclear engineer and president of the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C. That’s because the melted fuel could gather in the bottom of the pool. The water, if it remained, could then act as a “moderator” to slow down the neutrons the fuel was emitting to the point where they could drive a brief chain reaction. That would create an intense pulse of gamma rays and neutrons that could be lethal to workers applying the water who were not sufficiently shielded. However, not everyone believes that adding water back into the pool will lead to such dire short-term consequences. Mujid Kazimi, a nuclear engineer at MIT, points out that many of the radioactive compounds in the fuel rods would have already escaped once the rods ruptured. Kazimi says that the collapse of the fuel into a more compact mass will make a chain reaction less, not more, likely, as it means more neutrons will just fly out of the fuel. “I think there is a chance [of chain reaction], but I don’t think that the chance is great.” All agree that the goal should be refilling the pool, as the long-term benefit of cooling the fuel will outweigh the short-term consequences of pouring in water. The engine that ultimately drives the release of radioactivity is the heat generated by nuclear decay in the fuel, Lester says, so as long as that heat is there, the radiation will eventually come out. So cooling the fuel is the only way to reduce the total radiation release, even if it means throwing up more radiation in the short run. The situation is fiendishly complex, since a radioactivity release from either the reactor or the pools that was too high would mean that crews could not operate on site. Their absence makes further meltdowns possible, increasing the chance of yet more radioactivity. But Lester is cautiously optimistic about the situation stabilizing, as is nuclear energy expert Tom Cochran of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. “For a while I feared total abandonment—but the risk of that seems to have dissipated,” says Cochran. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods, says Lester: “One can’t at this point rule out any possibilities except that things can never be like they were before” at Fukushima. JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom last_img read more

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Lazaro: ‘I had to adapt’

first_imgValentino Lazaro admits “it wasn’t easy in the beginning, there were a lot of new things and I worked hard to adapt” to his new life at Inter. The game with Verona kicks off at 17.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “We want the three points and to get back on track after Dortmund,” Lazaro told Inter TV and Sky Sport Italia. “We know that Verona have the best defensive record in Serie A, playing with three at the back. I am happy to have made my first start with Bologna and hope to continue like this. “This is a strong team, we want to win and to prove ourselves on the pitch.” The Austria international was one of the most expensive summer signings, but struggled to get any playing time in his first few months. “I feel good in Italy, I am very happy to be here. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, there were a lot of new things and I worked hard to adapt, but I’m happy with this club.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Watch: How ‘saaxy’ is Kangana Ranaut’s swagger in this Tanu Weds Manu Returns video?

first_imgThere’s a cute little treat for all Kangana Ranaut fans. The makers of Tanu Weds Manu Returns have released the video of the new song ‘Banno Tera Swagger’, and how we’re tripping on it!Kangana Ranaut in her two avatars, and Madhavan in the Tanu Weds Manu Returns posterKangana’s sportswoman avatar is the pivot of the video. Kusum ‘Datto’ Sangwan, as is evident from the trailer, is a new entrant in the sequel. Datto is a Delhi University student, and as reports have recently pointed out, is quite a hit with the DU sports quota women.In ‘Banno Tera Swagger’, as the song goes on to prove, it’s Kusum’s swagger that is on everyone’s mind. This Banno is a ‘topper’ in whatever ‘subject’ she puts her hands on, and isn’t the one to be relegated to the back seat. She is stubborn, and does exactly what she feels like…and this is why, ‘Banno tera swagger laage saaxy (yes, sexy)…’, says the song.Watch the newest gift from the Tanu Weds Manu Returns guys and decide for yourself whether or not you like it. The film, meanwhile, is scheduled to hit the theatres on May 22, and sees Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill and Kangana reprising their roles from the 2011 Tanu Weds Manu. And the Kangana doppelganger is where all eyes are set, for now.last_img read more

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College Football Is Reportedly “Quietly” Preparing For A Major Change

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The college football world is reportedly “quietly” preparing for a major change in the way players are compensated.CBS Sports is reporting that the major college football conferences are getting ready to potentially have to start paying their student athletes.The conferences could be forced to go above and beyond their current scholarship models.From CBS Sports:Conferences are quietly preparing for the sea-changing possibility they can compensate players above current NCAA limits, significantly altering the longstanding NCAA amateurism model, according to interviews and documents obtained by CBS Sports.A judge in the ongoing Alston vs. NCAA trial will conduct a final hearing on Dec. 18 pertaining to closing arguments. She will then decide — likely early in 2019 — whether scholarship limits imposed by the association violate anti-trust laws.If the plaintiffs win, there is concern among the Power Five that a Wild West culture could take hold. The last time conferences oversaw athlete compensation was 1956 before the advent of TV, rights fees, agents and riches from the NFL and NBA.This would be a long time coming for the college football world.It’s unclear how likely this outcome is, but it’s certainly one that plenty of people will be rooting for.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Archives Museums Take Part in Nocturne Art at Night

first_imgNova Scotians can experience Halifax’s visual arts scene in a whole new light during Nocturne: Art at Night on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Museum of Natural History, the Nova Scotia Archives and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will offer special programs and exhibits as part of the fifth annual visual arts festival, taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight throughout Halifax. Admission is free at all sites. “Nocturne: Art at Night is an tremendous opportunity for artists of many different genres to showcase their talents and contribute to Nova Scotia’s thriving arts and culture sector,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “In its fifth year, the popular nighttime festival will be an exciting experience for Nova Scotians of all ages.” Dozens of galleries, institutions and businesses throughout Halifax will host events during Nocturne. “For the past five years, Nocturne: Art at Night has been pleased to offer increased access to arts and culture through the support of the province,” said Rose Zack, Nocturne: Art at Night chair. “Nova Scotia’s museums and archives have embraced the spirit of Art at Night and worked with artists to help create opportunities for both Nova Scotians and visitors to see our city and province in a whole new light.” The Museum of Natural History will host artist D’Arcy Wilson as she sings lullabies to the wildlife specimens in the museum’s collection during a performance called Tuck. Ms. Wilson will perform at the top of every hour between 6 p.m. and midnight. The Nova Scotia Archives will feature the exhibit Wanted! Thieves, Forgers and Murderers of the Victorian Age. Criminal wanted posters received by Halifax’s chief of police during the 1860s to 1890s show the criminal underworld and their activities in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Europe and closer to home in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. The posters have also been digitized and made available at www.flickr.com/nsarchives . The archives will also have a behind-the-scenes tour starting at 7 p.m. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, in collaboration with the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, will re-launch the Helen Creighton Sea Songs collection. Events will feature music, storytelling and a special presentation of artwork by internationally renowned artist Tom Forrestall. The main floor of the museum will remain open, featuring Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World. For more information about Nocturne, go to http://nocturnehalifax.ca.last_img read more

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NGT directs DDA to rejuvenate Neela Hauz lake without delay

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Development Authority to rejuvenate the Neela Hauz lake in South Delhi without any delay. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has written to the Public Works Department to arrange fixing of iron meshes and create vertical gardens or to issue a NOC to it to undertake the work. “In view of the damage being caused to the environment by illegal dumping of waste, we direct DDA to undertake the requisite remedial measures without waiting for further response from PWD. If PWD has any objection, it may move this tribunal,” the bench said in a recent order. The tribunal had earlier directed the DDA to furnish action taken report on rejuvenation of the Neela Hauz lake. According to the report, commuters passing through Aruna Asif Ali Marg Road Bridge over the lake are dumping plastic bags, bottles, glass framed photographs, polythene bags and other waste including bio-medical waste which is removed by the staff of Neela Hauz Bio-diversity park managed by DDA.last_img read more

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Goethe Institute Suspends Scholarships for Moroccans Due to Runaways

Rabat – The German international cultural center, known as the Goethe Institute, suspended all scholarships for Moroccan students due to security concerns on Monday, September 30.The Goethe Institute told Morocco World News that the decision came after three out of 14 Moroccan students from this year abandoned their studies and refused to return home, wanting to settle in Germany illegally instead.The suspension of scholarships will continue until the situation is “further clarified.” “We have to check how to avoid illegal stays,” the director of the Goethe Institute in Morocco, Susanna Baumgart, told Morocco World News. “For the 2020/2021 school year, we are considering a new start.”The Goethe Institute also ended its scholarships for Afghani students in 2010 for similar reasons.Students from all over the world can apply for scholarships to attend language courses in Germany through the institute. Fourteen Moroccan students were going to Germany every year via the scholarships since 2008.  The students were high school age.The scholarships covered accommodation as well as a stipend for other expenses. Education itself is free in Germany.In recent years, Germany has had a surge of migrants from the region either overstaying or coming illegally. In 2018, Germany deported 826 Moroccans illegally staying in the country, up from 634 in 2017.According to the German Interior Ministry, the number of immigrants Germany has deported to the Maghreb region grew nearly 14 times from 2015. read more

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Cocoa farmers to benefit from new UN partnership with chocolate giant

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is setting up a partnership with the confectionery conglomerate Cadbury to support cocoa-farming communities in Ghana, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean by helping them to boost their crop yields, find new sources of income and improve local infrastructure.Under the public-private initiative, announced this week in Accra, Ghana, Cadbury is to invest seed funding of $2 million in the project this year, with annual funding to rise to $10 million by 2010.About 70 per cent of the money will be invested in Ghana, which provides the cocoa beans for Cadbury’s chocolate products in the United Kingdom and where current cocoa yields reach only 40 per cent of their potential.UN agencies in Ghana and elsewhere will work with local farmers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government officials to determine how best to spend the funds.The Cadbury Cocoa Partnership is expected to focus on increasing the yields of farmers so that they produce top-quality beans. It will also introduce new sources of income, through microfinance and other forms of business support, while some funds will be spent on building or improving infrastructure, including schools, libraries, water wells and biodiversity protection projects.Daouda Touré, UNDP’s Resident Representative in Ghana, said the agency was striving to promote a more inclusive model of sustainable development.“We hope to show just how effectively sustainable cocoa production can be in generating improved opportunities for local farmers, conserving the environment and building a brighter future for younger generations,” Mr. Touré said. 30 January 2008The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is setting up a partnership with the confectionery conglomerate Cadbury to support cocoa-farming communities in Ghana, India, Indonesia and the Caribbean by helping them to boost their crop yields, find new sources of income and improve local infrastructure. read more

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Closing Bell TSX closes higher data shows China US manufacturing sectors advancing

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher as widely-watched manufacturing indexes for China and the U.S. hit their highest levels so far this year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,680.72+76.56 0.52%S&P 500 —  1,924.97+1.40 0.07%Dow — 16,743.63+26.46 0.16%Nasdaq — 4,237.20 -5.42 0.13%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 76.56 points to 14,680.72.The Canadian dollar was lower, down 0.47 of a cent to 91.76 cents US.U.S. markets also were generally higher after the Institute for Supply Management twice corrected its May manufacturing index to show that factories grew at a strong pace last month. Markets had reacted negatively earlier in the morning after the original report said that manufacturers had expanded at a weaker pace.The Dow Jones industrials gained 26.46 points to 16,743.63, Nasdaq declined 5.42 points to 4,237.2 and the S&P 500 index added 1.4 points to 1,924.97.The ISM’s manufacturing index for May now reads 55.4, up from 53.2 in the initial report and April’s reading of 50.4. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.“At the revised level, the factory ISM now adds to signs of a pick-up in growth during the second quarter,” said economist Andrew Grantham at CIBC World Markets.Hopes for a second quarter rebound have been high, particularly after data released last week showed that the U.S. economy contracted by a larger than expected 1% in the January-March quarter, due in large part to severe winter weather.The world’s second-biggest economy also had positive manufacturing data on Monday. The China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said its monthly manufacturing index rose to 50.8 points in May.There is a heavy slate of economic data this week, capped on Friday by Canadian and U.S. jobs reports.Economists forecast another month of strong job gains. They expect the U.S. economy cranked out about 219,000 jobs in May following a 288,000 gain in April. In Canada, economists estimate about 21,000 jobs were added in May.On the TSX, the base metals sector led advancers, up 1.47% as the Chinese data pushed the July copper contract up five cents to US$3.17 a pound.The energy sector rose 0.77% as July crude in New York declined 24 cents to US$102.47 a barrel.The gold sector fell 0.64%, with July bullion $2 lower to US$1,244. Bullion prices fell 3.5% last week with markets feeling more comfortable about the Ukraine crisis and more concerned about deflation rather than inflation, particularly in Europe.On the corporate front, trucking and delivery company TransForce Inc. says it has a US$310-million deal to buyMinnesota-based Transport America, Inc., which offers transportation services across the United States. TransForce (TSX:TFI) says the acquisition is expected to generate annual revenues of about US$350 million for the Quebec company. Its shares were 36 cents lower at $23.34.Pershing Square Capital Management LP is seeking to replace a majority of directors at Allergan Inc. at a special meeting of shareholders. The move is part of a plan to back a proposed takeover of the Botox maker by Quebec-based Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). The investment firm headed by Bill Ackman is the largest shareholder at Allergan with a 9.7% stake. On Friday, Valeant raised its stock-and-cash offer to about US$180 per share, valuing Allergan at more than US$54 billion. Valeant shares closed up $3.83 to $146.17.TOP STORIESPower plants told to cut emissions by 30% within 16 years in biggest-ever action against climate change in U.S.Sentry launches proxy fight against Timmins Gold, naming 6 nominees for the boardReverse mortgages rising fast to deal with Canadians’ retirement shortfallsWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYUNITED STATES10 a.m.Factory orders (April): Economists expect 0.5% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAHudsons Bay Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 0 cents a share UNITED STATESDollar General Corp. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 73¢ a share read more

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Mahinda to look at options to contest for a third term

Rajapaksa, 72, said his party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), will be inquiring with the Supreme Court whether under the 19th Constitutional Amendment, a person who had previously held the post of President twice, could contest the presidential election for a third term. The Rajapaksa camp in the recent times has been promoting Rajapaksa’s younger brother Gotabhaya to be the candidate in the next election which must be called by the end of next year and must be held before January 8, 2020.Last week, Rajapaksa was questioned by Sri Lankan police in connection with a 2008 abduction and assault case of a journalist. His return to politics could pose a new threat to Sirisena, whose Freedom Party has split.Rajapaksa has emerged as the de facto leader of a rival political faction and is expected to name his choice of candidate to contest presidential elections slated for 2019. Sri Lanka’s two-time former President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to return as the head of the state despite a constitutional provision that bars a person from contesting the Presidential Election for a third term, the Press Trust of India reported.“There is an opinion that I could contest again,” the former president told reporters yesterday at Piliyandala, a Colombo suburb. The former Sri Lankan strongman’s nearly a decade-long rule was ended by Maithripala Sirisena in 2015. Rajapaksa lost his re-election bid in January 2015 and also failed to secure the prime minister post after parliamentary elections later that year. The former leader and members of his family are under investigation for murder and large-scale financial fraud during his decade as president. All deny any wrongdoing. (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa in 2010 had amended the constitution lifting the bar for a third term. The 2015 amendment annulled it. His camp is of the opinion that the amendment was only adopted after Rajapaksa lost the presidency to incumbent Mathripala Sirisena so that there cannot be a retrospective effect.The article 31 of the constitution was amended in 2015 to read (2) No person who has been twice elected to the office of President by the people, shall be qualified thereafter to be elected to such office by the people. “We will explore that,” said Rajapaksa. The 19th Amendment adopted in 2015 bars those who had held the post of President twice from running to be President a third time. read more

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NewLeaf president says flights cancelled after competitor copied

Discount air carrier NewLeaf Travel says it is cancelling plans to offer flights between Alberta and thePhoenix-Mesa airport in Arizona this year because another airline copied the idea.Jim Young, president and CEO of the Winnipeg-based company, made the announcement Tuesday on the company’s Facebook page.He said within hours of NewLeaf announcing the Arizona route, another airline “lowered its fares and offered service to anairport it had previously ignored for over a decade.”He called it “a classic case of the big guy squishing the little guy so that the big guy can profit more.”He said NewLeaf will also be postponing its service to Florida from Hamilton, Ont.WestJet announced back in November that it would begin flights between Calgary and Edmonton and the Phoenix-Mesa airport on Jan.19. by crystalladeras Posted Jan 3, 2017 8:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Tom Ross – 660 NEWS) NewLeaf president says flights cancelled after competitor copied read more

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Clippers win rainy home opener against rival Toledo

The Columbus Clippers’ bats were hot Saturday evening despite the chilly, wet conditions for the home opener at Huntington Park. The Clippers amassed 15 hits and celebrated their 2010 Triple-A National Championship in style by defeating rival Toledo Mud Hens, 10-4. Columbus center fielder Ezequiel Carrera and first baseman Jordan Brown led the way for the Clippers with three RBIs each. Second baseman Jason Kipnis and left fielder Jerad Head each added three hits and scored two runs. After a pregame ceremony that included unveiling the 2010 championship trophy and raising a championship banner in center field, Toledo stole the show early, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Clippers starting pitcher Zach McAllister began the game erratically, walking the first two batters. Toledo designated hitter Timo Perez advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Left fielder Scott Thorman followed with a sacrifice fly and first baseman Ryan Strieby added an RBI single to give the Mud Hens an early 2-0 lead. “(McAllister) came out a little amped up,” pitching coach Ruben Niebla said. “He was trying to overthrow.” Toldeo starting pitcher Duane Below held Columbus scoreless for the first three innings, but the Clippers finally broke through for three runs in the fourth. Kipnis and Head each singled with one out. After Brown flied out to the warning track in center, catcher Paul Phillips hit a double, sending Kipnis in to score, and Carrera hit a two-run single to left field to tie the game, 3-3. Columbus took the lead in the sixth inning when it plated two runs with two outs off Toledo reliever Ramon Garcia. Phillips singled to right and scored after Carrera drove a double into the gap in left center. Third baseman Luis Valbuena, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning, singled up the middle to score Carrera and cap off the rally. Toledo responded in the top of the seventh with a run off of Columbus reliever Frank Herrmann to cut the deficit to 5-4. But the Clippers would pull away in the seventh with their second three-run inning of the game. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall led off with a walk and scored on a Head double three batters later. Brown delivered a single up the middle that brought home Kipnis and Head to stretch the Clipper lead to 8-4. The Clippers added two insurance runs in the eighth, taking advantage of two Toledo errors and a misjudged fly ball to extend the lead to 10-4. McAllister rebounded from his shaky beginning and earned the win, logging six innings pitched while giving up three runs on four hits. He had three strikeouts with four walks. Garcia was charged with the loss for Toledo. “(McAllister) really made some good adjustments,” manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He got stronger as the game went on.” Sarbaugh said the cold, rainy conditions usually work to the advantage of the pitcher, but he was impressed with how the offense performed. “I thought we put up some good at-bats today,” he said. “Anytime you can score 10 runs like we did, you have to feel good about it.” Kipnis said the team is starting to get into a rhythm at the plate and that they are becoming acclimated to the weather. “Everybody is starting to settle into their swings,” he said. “We are all hitting a stride here at the same time as the season starts to get under way.” The win improves the Clippers’ record to 7-3, while the Mud Hens fell to 3-7. Sarbaugh, however, was very cautious when discussing the team’s record to start the year. “It’s good to get off to the fast start like we have,” he said, “but we still have a long season ahead of us.” read more

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Nicole Kidman Its sexist to call my daughters bossy

first_imgKidman with her daughters Faith Urban and Sunday Rose Urban Her daughters Sunday and Faith live with her and her husband, the country singer Keith Urban, in Nashville, US.The term bossy has become something of a controversial description for women in recent years .In 2014, celebrities including Beyonce, Victoria Beckham, actress Jennifer Garner, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and politician Condoleeza Rice appeared in a video campaign against it, proclaiming it is a negative word used to label ambitious young women.”Words like ‘bossy’ send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up,” the campaign argued. “By [the age of 12], girls are less interested in leading than boys – a trend that continues into adulthood.””I’m not bossy,” Beyonce stated in the video. “I’m the boss.” Nicole Kidman being shot for the Pirelli calendar Clare Balding, the broadcaster, has protested the use of the word bossy to describe women Kidman starring as an adoptive mother in Lion Kidman starring as an adoptive mother in Lion Clare Balding, the broadcaster, has also spoken out about it, saying it is among the list of words she classed under “everyday sexism”.“You come across words all the time that are everyday sexism,” she said in 2012.“I was described as competently bossy and bossily competent by a male journalist and I thought, ‘Gosh, bossy is never used of a man’.“A man would be called assertive or confident or quick or bright.”Bossy is not the only word to incur the wrath of high-profile women.   “That’s the important message.“The judgment, particularly from other women as well, needs to go away. Because that’s the thing that kills us. Let people be who they are without the harsh judgment.”Kidman’s new film, about the journal of a Indian child adopted in Australia, is out now. 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. Nicole Kidman, the Hollywood actress, has revealed she refuses to call her daughters “bossy” in the name of equal opportunities.Kidman, who has two young daughters as well as two grown-up adopted children, said she preferred to refer to them as “showing leadership skills” in line with the language used to describe boys.”Because there’s a negative connotation to bossy,” she said. “You don’t really call boys bossy, so why should we call a girl bossy just because she’s showing leadership skills?”She joked: “I have two little Alphas, put it that way. Great leaders.” Kidman said parenting each child was “all the same, adding: “Once the bond is formed, the bond is formed.”Nashville, she said, allowed her to live a “very very normal life”, with her two younger daughters in a local school.She has recently been involved with the new-look “untouched” Pirelli calendar, which she said fitted in with her views on empowering women.“I love that the Pirelli calendar is becoming so much broader in how they perceive women.”And that they put Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling and myself, and then Alicia Vikander. You know, many different women of different ages in all different forms.center_img Nicole Kidman being shot for the Pirelli calendar "I'm not bossy. I'm the boss," Beyonce has said Clare Balding, the broadcaster, has protested the use of the word bossy to describe women Kidman with her daughters Faith Urban and Sunday Rose Urban Daisy Lewis, the Downton Abbey actress, has previously said: “Feisty? My least favourite word. Have you ever heard a man described as feisty.“Have you heard a male character described as feisty? I think not.”Speaking on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour about her new film Lion, Kidman spoke of parenting her four children: two of whom were adopted during her marriage to Tom Cruise, one a biological child she carried and the fourth a biological child carried by surrogate.She told the programme: “The one thing I don’t have is a child from a donor egg. I like talking about it because I’m probably one of the few women in the world who has experienced so many different forms of it [motherhood].” “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss,” Beyonce has said With her adopted children Connor and Isabella, photographed in 1996 With her adopted children Connor and Isabella, photographed in 1996 “That’s something I’m all about. I was really open to it and really happy with the photos.“Something that I like to emphasise as a women is that we all just want to be who we are.“And sometimes we want to put on all that stuff: we want to put on eye make-up and high heels and jewellery. And then we want to slump around and be completely au naturel.“But we want to have the choice and the ability to choose without judgment.last_img read more

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Damning report finds inconsistent and widespread breaches of penalty points policy

first_imgUpdated 22.44pmA REPORT FROM the Garda Síochána Inspectorate into the penalty points system has found “inconsistent and widespread” breaches of policy.The inspection was requested by Minister Alan Shatter following allegations of corruption and favouritism in administering the Garda Siochána fixed charge processing system.The report, The Fixed Charge Processing System, A 21st Century Strategy, was published today by Minister Shatter. Read the full report here The inspectorate made 37 recommendations for changes and improvements to the system.It also detailed issues with cancellation of fixed penalty notices, records, taking notes, resources, the use of robotic vans and training.The Chief Inspector said that the accumulation of successive incremental “fixes” to problems in the system “has resulted in a technically deficient, managerially uncoordinated, inefficient and excessively resourced support system”.‘Wasteful’The Inspectorate found that the FCPS (penalty points system) was “fraught with wasteful use of garda and other stakeholder resources in administering the system”.It found a lack of management oversight “in not implementing required monitoring mechanisms at the operational level, providing training for cancelling authorities and clear policy guidelines for its use”.Several senior garda officers told the Inspectorate that “if everyone had just followed the manual …we wouldn’t be dealing with this”.The Inspectorate was told by senior garda staff, that but for the public scrutiny, the extent of the deficiencies within the fixed charge processing system would not have been detected.It found “inconsistent and widespread breaches of the FCPS policy by those charged with administering it”, as well as “no meaningful evidence of consistent quality management supervision, no training and no clear policy guidelines on its implementation”.Robot vansOn the use of robot vans in speed detection, the report said it was unclear “what if any significant additional role or function” the vans provide that could not be provided by the Garda Síochána safety camera private contractor.In essence, the garda robot vans provide no more than a costly supplementary service.In addition, the speed threshold assignment is at the discretion of the traffic member operating the robot van.This leads to inconsistent speed thresholds applied by the eight robot vans against the agreed speed thresholds applied by safety cameras nationally.The Inspectorate recommends that robot vans be re-deployed.PULSE systemIssues were also flagged around people attending different garda stations with documents after getting a fixed charge notice.When a person produces the documents at a different station to the nominated garda station, PULSE does not recognise the production of documents.This means that a summons is incorrectly issued for non-production, requiring the motorist to attend court.This system failure results in needless administration for both the Garda Síochána and the Courts Service and significant inconvenience for the compliant motorist. Production of documents at any garda station should be recognised by the systemBreach of policyThe report also looked at policy, and said in one case a serious breach of policy was noted in the Assistant Commissioner’s report.A notice was cancelled using the registered number of a superintendent – two weeks after his/her retirement.The Inspectorate found no auditing of the cancellation process of fixed charge notices at any level that would have identified these problems.CancellationThe Chief Inspector said he was concerned at the “inconsistent application, interpretation and subjectivity of the cancellation of fixed charge notices”.He looked at the cancellation rates across 110 districts, and said a significant proportion of cases were cancelled in circumstances that do not satisfy system policy.Discretion The Attorney General had already advised that it would be of benefit to have best practice policy guidelines and examples in the exercise of discretion in deciding on cancelling fixed charge notices.But this advice was not acted upon.The Inspectorate believes that had the Garda Síochána taken account of the Attorney General’s legal advice in 2006, it is reasonable to assume that the policy may have been implemented as intended.There was an inconsistent approach from 113 cancelling authorities, making subjective decisions, without training or clear policy guidelines.In reviewing most of the districts, the Inspectorate found poorly-maintained cancellation files, with no audit process present.IncidentsThe report also outlines some examples of incidents involving gardaí receiving fixed penalty notices.In one incident, while driving their own private car, the member placed themselves on duty, outside of rostered hours without prior sanction to attend the station where an offender was being questioned. No documentation sanctioning the use of the member’s private car for official purposes was made available or prior sanction that the member was rostered on duty.In another incident one notice was cancelled by a superintendent outside of the district in which the offence occurred – which was a breach of policy.Repeat offendersThe report looked at the level of repeat offenders submitting requests to different district officers for the cancellation of fixed penalty notices, which meant they avoided their multiple offences being detected.In reviewing a sample of cancellation files, the Inspectorate observed no evidence where the district officer reviewed the FCPS for previous FCNs cancelled.RecommendationsThe report recommends overhauling the entire penalty points system.Other recommendations include:The cancellation authority for fixed charge notices to be centralised in the Fixed Charge Processing Office, ThurlesA single Garda Síochána Unit to undertake regular audits of the full operation of the FCPS A review of the summons service process be undertaken to ascertain the reasons for the significant level of unserved summonses Cancellation of a fixed charge notice only to be considered where the petition is accompanied by factual third party evidence supporting the reason for cancellation. Where a petition is not accompanied by factual third party evidence the petition is to be deniedThe Inspectorate proposes the introduction of a modern multi-functional, user-friendly hand-held device capable of capturing all required data.The report also said a “rigorous audit process is required to restore public confidence in the processes and systems of managing” the penalty points system.First published 18.44pmRead: ‘Do the honourable thing’: Shatter told to apologise to Maurice McCabe>Read the Garda Inspectorate’s damning penalty points report, in full>last_img read more

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How come pilots can turn off a planes communication systems

first_img Saudi Arabia says the oil facility hit by drones and missiles will be fully functional again in 12 days ONE OF THE more mysterious elements of the missing Malaysia plane story is the fact that someone on board shut down the 777′s Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS).If the motive behind the plane’s disappearance is indeed criminal, it begs the question: Why can these systems be turned off at all?The answer is simple — for safety reasons.ACARS allows pilots and those on the ground to swap messages about things like air traffic and weather reports.A pilot can shut the whole thing down by disconnecting a circuit breaker, and the plane’s manual would tell him how to do it. That’s for good reason, Patrick Smith, an airline pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential, wrote on his blog:“In the interest of safety — namely, fire and electrical system protection — it’s important to have the ability to isolate a piece of equipment, either by a standard switch or, if need be, through a circuit breaker,” Smith explained.Without going that far, he could disable the plane’s ability to send messages, Michael G Fortune, a retired pilot who now works as an aviation consultant and expert witness, said in an interview. “The average guy would have to look around” to know how to do it, but it would take only a few minutes to figure it out. The plane could still receive messages, though.The second communication system on the missing Boeing 777 is the transponder, used mostly to talk with air traffic control when the plane is near or at the airport.When the Malaysia plane disappeared, it was over the ocean, so the transponder wasn’t useful anyway — it was well out of range of the ground radar systems it uses to communicate. But if someone brought the plane back to land and wanted to keep it hidden, he would have to disable the transponder.Easy.“Generally, you do always want it on,” Doug Moss, a former test pilot and aircraft accident investigator, told Business Insider. But that’s not the case at airports with surface radar movement equipment, which gives air traffic controllers the precise location of aircraft on the ground. At those airports, data from the plane’s transponder is unnecessary and can make things confusing. It “clutters up the radar screen for the ground controllers,” Moss said.So there’s an off switch, kind of. On the 777-200ER planes Fortune flew for Continental, he said the transponder could be switched to “standby,” which for the most part disabled it.Plus, the transponder is usually switched “off” once the plane is parked, since there’s no more need for it. “You don’t want to interfere with airborne aircraft,” Fortune said.So making Flight 370 “disappear” would have been relatively straightforward for a trained pilot with his manual handy.Read: 25 countries now involved in hunt for missing plane as pilots’ homes searchedRead: Disappearance of missing Malaysian jet appears ‘deliberate’ Trump might lose a crucial ally in the Middle East if Netanyahu is unseated as Israel’s prime minister for the first time in a decade A Pittsburgh doctor says Antonio Brown once repeatedly farted in his face during a consultation, and that he owes him $11,500 in unpaid bills Australians could be given free movement to the UK after Brexit last_img read more

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Shane Ross says John Delaney €100k loan raises serious questions about FAI

first_imgIn the interests of due process and natural justice, it is important that Sport Ireland’s engagement with the FAI would be given the necessary time to ensure that all matters are considered thoroughly.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 21,010 Views “Therefore, I do not wish to make any comment on any possible outcome from this ongoing process,” he said.Ross added in his statement to the Dáil that it would be “utterly wrong” for him to answer questions put to him before “everybody [has been] properly heard” and that when the report is complete, it will “be published by me without fear or favour to anybody”.An Oireachtas Committee is due to question Delaney and FAI officials on 10 April. The recent media reports to which the Deputy referred, regarding a loan provided to the FAI by its CEO, have raised serious questions about governance and financial controls in the FAI. Delaney has been in headlines recently after the Sunday Times reported that he had given the FAI a payment of €100,000.Delaney subsequently released a statement explaining that it was a “once-off bridging loan to the Association to aid a very short-term cash flow issue”, and that this was “the only occasion on which I provided the Association with a short-term loan”.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has described the loan as a “bit unusual”.On Saturday, after Ireland’s 1-0 win against Gibraltar, it was announced that Delaney was stepping aside from his role as CEO, and taking up a new role as Executive Vice-President.Speaking to the Dáil this evening, Ross said that as Sport Ireland is currently engaged with the FAI “to clarify these matters”, and are due to submit a report to the Minister, he would refrain from making further comment. Share18 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Niall Carson/PA Imagescenter_img Mar 28th 2019, 10:38 PM TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE Ross has commented for the first time on the €100,000 bridging loan provided by former CEO of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney to the organisation.The minister, responding to questions posed by Dublin TD Noel Rock in the Dáil this evening, said that this was a “very important matter”: Image: Niall Carson/PA Images Shane Ross says John Delaney €100k loan ‘raises serious questions’ about FAI Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has previously described the loan as a “bit unusual”. Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 10:38 PM https://jrnl.ie/4566113 No Comments last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/GoncharukMaks EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BREXIT: Fresh attempts to secure support from parliament continue as British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to meet opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn  to discuss a way out of the current Brexit deadlock. 2. #APOLOGETIC: The HSE has apologised to women for delays in returning their smear test results. HSE representatives are due before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health this morning with an update on the number of women affected. 3. #DENTAL: The Government is set to expand dental care for Irish children under the age of six in a new scheme due to be launched today. 4. #TICK TOCK: A new poll has revealed the majority of Irish people would prefer to remain in summer time if the clocks stopped changing twice a year. It comes after the European Parliament voted in favour of scrapping seasonal time changes last week. 5. #BRUNEI: The small South-East Asian country of Brunei on the island of Borneo is to introduce strict new penal laws today which will see measures including death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality. 6. #PASCHAL: Homeowners won’t see any increase to the Local Property Tax for at least another year after Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe put a freeze on the planned changes. 7.  #ATM: Gardaí in Monaghan have begun an investigation after the theft of an ATM machine overnight in Castleblayney.  8. #AIR POLLUTION: The lifespan of children around the world will be reduced by up to 20 months as a result of global air pollution, a new study has claimed.9. #WEATHER: Another cold day is in store for much of the country, with showers gradually moving in from the north, and highest temperatures of 6C and 9C. On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,540 Views The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Get the 9 at 9 News audio Share1 Tweet Email center_img Image: Shutterstock/GoncharukMaks By Conor McCrave Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 7:58 AM 1 Comment https://jrnl.ie/4574151 Apr 3rd 2019, 7:58 AM last_img read more

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Drug court receives 400000 federal grant

first_imgThe Department of Justice awarded Clark County’s Felony Drug Court a $400,000 federal grant to enhance the therapeutic program.The grant is part of a $58.8 million nationwide initiative to strengthen drug court programs and address the country’s opioid epidemic, according to a DOJ news release.“We are very thrilled about this opportunity that can bring additional help and resources to our community in need,” Shauna McCloskey, Clark County’s Therapy Specialty Courts coordinator, said in a phone interview.McCloskey said she partnered with DeDe Sieler, program manager for the Clark County Alcohol & Drug Program, to apply for the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Court Enhancement Grant in February.Now that the county has been awarded the grant, it must go through the acceptance process, which includes reviewing several pages of conditions, she said.The county will make an official announcement of what it intends to do with the funds after that internal process is complete, McCloskey said, which will take about two weeks.last_img read more

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Protest filed with judge over reporter testimony

first_imgSHELTON — The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association filed a letter of protest Thursday after a Shelton-Mason County Journal reporter was called to testify during pretrial hearing in a murder case.The complaint was filed by association director Bill Will with Mason County Superior Court Judge Amber Finlay hours after reporter Natalie Johnson was brought to the witness stand with no prior notice. Johnson was not named on witness lists or served with a formal subpoena before being called to testify by Tacoma defense attorney Brett Purtzer.Johnson was questioned about her journalism and newsgathering background during the hearing on a change-of-venue motion in the case of Charles Longshore, who is charged in the murder of two people in Shelton last year.Will said the incident “was a clear violation of Washington’s reporter shield law, which gives journalists broad immunity from being compelled to testify in court proceedings.”In the letter sent to Finlay, Will said it was “troubling” that Johnson was brought to the stand without any objection from the judge or Mason County Prosecutor Michael Dorcy, and that he hoped that in the future, journalists’ constitutional rights are respected by the court.last_img read more

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