Family baker Braces is offering charities, schools and community groups across the south and south-west of England donations to mark its 106th birthday. The Bread for the Community Birthday Fund is offering local organisations, who are unable to benefit from large national funding sources, the chance to apply for a “dough-nation” of £106. Requests for sponsorship must meet a specific need or be used to complete a particular project and not simply go into general funds.Michelle Hughes, head of communications at the bakery based in Newport, Gwent, said: “As a family business, we are dedicated to supporting the community in any way we can. Our birthday community fund has been a successful initiative so far but we would like to see more applications from the south and south-west of England, as we want to spread the funds across our whole distribution area.”To apply for the Bread for the Community Birthday Fund visit www.bracesbakery.co.uk
Second-year USC graduate swimming coach Ous Mellouli, in only his second open-water race, won the men’s 10K at the FINA Olympic marathon swimming qualifier in Setubal, Portugal, last week.Mellouli won the race in 1:45:18.5, more than 11 seconds ahead of Canada’s Richard Weinberger, who took second in 1:45:30.2.Mellouli, who swam for the Trojans from 2003 to 2006, was already competing in the 200-meter, 400-meter and 1500-meter freestyle. He was a 2005 NCAA champion in the 400-yard individual medley, a seven-time Pac-10 title winner and a 16-time All-American during his four years.Mellouli won a gold medal in the 1,500-meter in the 2008 Olympics for his native Tunisia — the country’s first ever swimming Olympic title. He graduated with a degree in computer engineering and computer science.
WASHINGTON – Senate negotiators from both parties announced Thursday they had reached agreement on a comprehensive immigration bill that would offer legal status to most of the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants while also toughening border security. If the bill becomes law, it would result in the biggest changes in immigration law and policy in more than 20 years. That would provide President Bush with a political lift and a tangible accomplishment for his second term. It would also be a solid achievement for the new Democratic leaders in Congress, though they said they would seek changes in the measure. At the heart of the bill is a significant political tradeoff. Democrats got a legalization program, which they have sought for many years. Republicans got a new “merit-based system of immigration,” intended to make the United States more competitive in a global economy. But the politics of the deal are precarious. Democrats already are trying to tamp down concerns of Latino groups, who fear that the bill would make it more difficult for immigrants to bring in relatives from abroad. At the same time, Republican negotiators face blistering criticism from some conservatives, who say the bill would grant a virtual amnesty to people who had broken the law. Bush praised the Senate measure, which incorporates many of his ideas, saying “I really am anxious to sign a comprehensive immigration bill as soon as I possibly can.” The bill goes to the Senate floor next week, where negotiators predicted that it would receive overwhelming support. One reason for that optimism was the symbolic partnership in evidence at the news conference where the package was announced by 10 senators, including Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., one of the Senate’s most liberal members, and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., a staunch conservative who is chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., came off the presidential campaign trail to embrace the compromise, a potentially risky step because the proposal is unpopular with many conservatives, who are expected to play a large role in choosing the party’s presidential candidate. The measure’s prospects are less clear in the House, which plans to take up immigration in July. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said, “Unless the White House produces 60 or 70 Republican votes in the House, it will be difficult to pass an immigration bill similar to the Senate proposal.” Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., a former chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said he had grave concerns about the Senate bill. “It’s a pretty radical shift to go to an employment-based visa system as opposed to a family system,” Becerra said in an interview. “You will continue to have close family members separated from their loved ones because of this policy.” The bill includes a temporary worker program, under which 400,000 to 600,000 foreign workers could be admitted to the country each year. Becerra said the proposal would create “a permanent underclass of imported workers to fill American jobs.” The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev., offered cautionary words as well, saying: “I have serious concerns about some aspects of this proposal, including the structure of its temporary worker program and undue limitations on family immigration. We need to improve the bill as it moves through the legislative process.” Kennedy has acknowledged that the agreement is not the ideal immigration bill that he would have written in another political environment. But on Thursday he said, “The agreement is the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders, bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College students’ access to online registration will be interrupted this week by work on the college’s phone system and computer network. Most of the work is expected to take place between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Thursday while campus offices are closed for winter break through Jan. 2. However, online services such as registration for classes – which would normally be operational during that period – are expected to be unavailable during those two days. Other interruptions could occur intermittently this week, officials said. The phone and computer networks should be fully operational before employees return to the campus Jan. 3, officials said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Our network is 8 years old and in technology (terms) that is old,” said college network manager Woody Burns. The new equipment is considered fourth-generation and will replace first-generation infrastructure. At the same time as the computer upgrades are being put in place, other workers will be upgrading the college’s phone system to accommodate more phone users. As more staff have been added this year to serve a growing student population, there is not enough system capacity to provide phone service to new employees. The work will also create improved phone service to off-campus sites in Palmdale and Fox Field in Lancaster. Voice-mail messages left prior to the work could be lost, though efforts will be made to preserve voice-mail messages.
Birungi (Left) is one of four players that have been dropped. (PHOTOS/FILE)KAMPALA – Express FC forward Michael Birungi has been dropped from the team that will take part in the 2019 COSAFA Cup.Birungi who has been training with the team since last week, has been axed along with 3 others on Tuesday, 21st May.The others who will not be part of the team anymore are SC Villa’s David Owori, Mbarara City’s Ivan Eyam and U17 custodian Jack Komakech.The team’s stand-in head coach Abdallah Mubiru has now decided to stay with only 20 players.Among those who made the cut include Big League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Bright Anukani.Anukani was integral as Proline made an instant return to the top flight.The youthful Proline playmaker has had a breakthrough season, leading his side back to the top tier at the first time of asking.Mubiru and his support staff led by Mbarara City’s tactician Livingstone Mbabazi, have also retained the six players who were dropped from the AFCON squad on Sunday.Those six that were dropped by Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre include Charles Lukwago, Allan Okello, Dan Sserunkuma, Juma Balinya, James Alitho and Mustapha Mujjuzi.Uganda was invited to take part in this year’s COSAFA competition that runs from May 20th to June 6th, as the guest Nation.However, they will not feature in the Group stages but will rather start at the quarter final stage.In the Last 8, the Cranes will take on Lesotho, one of the other five nations that will also not be part of the Groups.The team will depart for Durban, South Africa on Thursday ahead of the tournament which kicks off on May 25.The Final COSAFA SquadGoalkeepersCharles Lukwago (KCCA FC) and James Alitho (URA FC).DefendersPaul Willa (Police), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), John Revita (Express), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS), Mustafa Mujjuzi (Proline), Paul Mbowa (URA) and Hassan Musana (KCCA).MidfieldersNicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Shafik Kagimu (URA), Muzamir Mutyaba (KCCA), Allan Okello (KCCA), Allan Kayiwa (Tooro United), Juma Balinya (Police) and Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City).StrikersNelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars), Daniel Sserunkuma (Vipers), Bright Anukani (Proline FC) and Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa).Comments Tags: abdallah mubiruCOSAFA Cup 2019Express FCIvan EyamLivingstone MbabaziMichael BirungitopUganda Cranes
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy has said Irish vessels could be boarded if they do not stop fishing in the waters around Rockall.The Scottish government last week threatened to take action against Irish vessels that it says are fishing illegally around Rockall.A number of Donegal-based vessels and their crews fish in the area. The uninhabited rocky outcrop lies around 230 nautical miles northwest of Donegal and 240 miles west of Scotland in the North Atlantic.Fergus Ewing, who serves as the country’s Fisheries Minister, said it was disappointing that Irish fishing activity in the area was continuing.Speaking on RTÉ’s This week programme, he said the Scottish government’s threat of action was entirely routine and part of ongoing enforcement of fisheries legislation.Mr Ewing said Irish vessels had never been allowed to fish in this way in the UK’s territorial sea around Rockall. He said that there was a set prescribed process that involves taking appropriate action.Mr Ewing said: “The normal approach is to invite the captain to cease and desist. If that instruction is obeyed, then there’s no need for further action.“If it’s necessary to do more, then the vessel would be boarded and action would be taken in accordance with the law.”However, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has said he would not be asking Irish fishermen to leave waters around Rockall, despite the threat of enforcement action by the Scottish authorities.Speaking on the same programme, Michael Creed said Ireland had never recognised UK jurisdiction over Rockall and that since Scotland passed the Island of Rockall Act in 1972, it had never sought to enforce a 12-mile exclusion zone. He said that Ireland had a right to fish there under EU common fisheries law and that it had a quota known as Rockall Haddock Quota.He said: “Our fishermen that are there now, and those that are planning to go there, are doing so under EU law.“We believe they are legally entitled to be there and we won’t be asking our fishermen to leave the region around Rockall.”Minister Creed said the Government would exhaust all legal options in the context of defending the interests of the State and Ireland’s fishing industry. He said he believed a sensible solution could be found and that Scotland’s threat of enforcement could be withdrawn.Mr Ewing also said it has always been Scotland’s preference that the Irish Government intervened and advised Irish fishermen to cease and desist.He said it was the expectation of fishermen in Scotland that their government would take steps to enforce the law.When asked about Ireland’s activity in the area over the last number of years, he said that it had never been authorised and that persistence did not make it legal.Mr Ewing said the matter had been repeatedly raised at an official ministerial and diplomatic level, and that it had nothing to do with Brexit.Irish fishing boats could be boarded in Rockall row, warns Scottish Minister was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFishingrockallrow
“Everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong,” say two astronomers who discovered something “very bizarre.”You’re not supposed to be able to find a brown dwarf (too small to ignite fusion) and a hot Jupiter close in to a young star. There’s not supposed to be enough material for such things to form around a stellar dust disk. But that’s just what an astronomy professor and his postdoc at the University of Florida found: a “binary-binary” that “calls solar system formation into question.”Everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong, says University of Florida astronomy professor Jian Ge and his postdoc, Bo Ma. They’ve discovered the first “binary-binary” — two massive companions around one star in a close binary system, one so-called giant planet and one brown dwarf, or “failed star” The first, called MARVELS-7a, is 12 times the mass of Jupiter, while the second, MARVELS-7b, has 57 times the mass of Jupiter.Astronomers believe that planets in our solar system formed from a collapsed disk-like gaseous cloud, with our largest planet, Jupiter, buffered from smaller planets by the asteroid belt. In the new binary system, HD 87646, the two giant companions are close to the minimum mass for burning deuterium and hydrogen, meaning that they have accumulated far more dust and gas than what a typical collapsed disk-like gaseous cloud can provide. They were likely formed through another mechanism. The stability of the system despite such massive bodies in close proximity raises new questions about how protoplanetary disks form. The findings, which are now online, will be published in the November issue of the Astronomical Journal.The two stars are only as far apart as Uranus is from the sun. The giant planets are 0.1 and 1.5 AU from the larger star. “For such large companion objects to be stable so close together defies our current popular theories on how solar systems form,” the press release says. It took eight years and multiple methods of observation to confirm this “very bizarre” system.The astronomers are apparently aware that discoveries at Pluto are also challenging theories of solar system formation. The headline begins, “First Pluto, now this.” See our coverage of Pluto news to see why that is the case.If this stellar system is unstable, it probably did not form eons ago. One anomaly this bad can falsify a theory.We usually hear “everything you know is wrong” from the paleoanthropologists. This time it comes from the astronomers. What do they both have in common? Here’s what— a secular materialist worldview.(Visited 242 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Reduce oil production for other reasonsWhat all this means, I believe, is that we should shift away from the motivation of peak oil as our reason for promoting alternatives. A peak in world oil production — due to supply limits — just isn’t going to happen anytime soon, perhaps not even in our lifetimes. We need to use other arguments for curtailing our consumption of oil and other fossil fuels, including coal and natural gas.Fossil fuels are highly polluting in their extraction, combustion, and (especially with coal) waste disposal. More importantly, these energy sources release into the atmosphere vast quantities of carbon dioxide, the most significant of the greenhouse gasses that are contributing to global climate change.While the political world has shifted away from climate change as an issue, I believe that is a very short-lived phenomena that will evaporate as quickly as those rare showers on Nebraska corn fields this summer. It wouldn’t surprise me if climate change returns as an issue of debate as soon as the November elections this year.Temperature records are being broken by the thousands this year, with July the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S. — going back to 1895, when widespread recordkeeping began. Drought covers 63% of the nation, and is driving up the cost of food worldwide (see the Drought Monitor, which is updated weekly). Dry conditions are fueling record fires in Colorado and elsewhere. Scientists are almost universally accepting of the role humans have played in creating this climate change; as more of the public feels the effects I believe they will force politicians to finally stand up and do something about it.Forget about peak oil. Let’s get on with dealing with climate change. So where are we today, relative to peak oil?Statistics on world oil production, consumption, and reserves are tracked by various entities; one widely quoted source is the BP Statistical Review of World Energy; I am pulling numbers from the 2012 edition, which includes data through 2011. Unlike The Campbell and Laherrère statistics quoted above, the BP statistics include unconventional oil, such as tar sands and very deep deposits.Proven reserves of oil, according to the BP report, totaled 1,653 BBO at the end of 2011. This compares with proven reserves in 2001 (ten years earlier) of 1,267 BBO and proven reserves in 1991 (twenty years earlier) of 1,033 BBO. In other words, since 1991, the proven reserves have increased 60%. (Some challenge the BP statistics; you can read a contrasting view in this post on The Oil Drum.)Global annual consumption of oil in 2011 totaled 32.1 BBO, up from 26.1 BBO in 1996 (according to the BP statistics). As a point of reference, 32.1 billions of barrel per year converts to about 1,000 barrels per second. (One barrel is defined as 42 gallons, so that’s about 42,000 gallons per second.) Big numbers.Since the end of 2011, as more deep-sea Brazilian oil and oil recovered through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) comes online, I’m guessing that the rate of increase in proven reserves could actually increase over the next few decades.Furthermore, I predict that the once all-important distinction between “conventional” and “unconventional” oil will break down over time. As technologies improve for very deep drilling (measured in miles rather than feet), such wells will become more common. Fracking will become more common as a strategy for rejuvenating oil fields that had been considered depleted. I don’t like this, particularly given the huge risks and environmental impacts of such extraction methods, but I fear that it’s the reality. I first wrote about “peak oil” in 1998, reporting on an in-depth article in Scientific American by petroleum geologists Colin Campbell, PhD, and Jean Laherrère. Campbell and Laherrère believed that up to that time the world had consumed about 800 billion barrels of oil (BBO), and the known reserves of conventional crude oil totaled about 850 bbl in 1996 and another 200 BBO of conventional oil was yet to be discovered.The result, they argued, was that the world would reach the halfway point — or the peak — in (conventional) world oil production within the first decade of the 21st century. That peak would occur, they argued, when cumulative world oil consumption reached about 925 BBO. (At that time the world was consuming 23.6 BBO per year.)The significance of peak oil is that once that point is reached, so the proponents argue, annual oil production will begin an inexorable decline with a concomitant rise in cost. It would become too expensive to use oil for many uses, and the “end of the oil age” would be in sight.This was a resonant chord for a lot of people — myself included. The end of cheap oil would mean the shift to cleaner fuels and a slowing of the release of greenhouse gasses. It would result in improvements in fuel economy of vehicles; it would encourage homeowners to shift to cleaner heating fuels; and it would spur the development of plug-in hybrid vehicles that could be powered by solar electricity. “Peak oil” became a rallying cry and the subject of dozens of books. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.
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