Footballs Premier League has been branded dishone

first_imgFootball’s Premier League has been branded dishonest by the equality watchdog’s disability commissioner, over its attitude to access and inclusion.Lord [Chris] Holmes told MPs that there had not been “anything like an inclusive culture” in the Premier League and in Premier League clubs, which was “a great shame when it is our only national game”.He said the Premier League “needed a completely different mind-set” and pointed to the “pages and pages” devoted to broadcast arrangements in the Premier League rule book, compared with “just one line” on access.He said that changes required for television broadcasters, when new technology was introduced, were carried out “within weeks” rather than the “decades” it has taken to make access improvements.Lord Holmes, disability commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and himself a retired Paralympian, was giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee as part of its inquiry into access to sports stadiums for disabled people.He contrasted the Premier League’s attitude to that of Premiership rugby union and county cricket, which had both worked closely with the watchdog to improve access and inclusion.Asked by Tory MP Nigel Huddleston what he saw in those sports that was different to football’s Premier League, he said they were “collaborative, open, honest, prepared to share”.He then added, in response to a follow-up question from Huddleston, that it would be “delightful” in the future to be able to use the same words to describe the Premier League.Lord Holmes said that some clubs had done “as good as nothing” for more than 20 years to improve access.And he warned that the commission could take legal action under the Equality Act against individual clubs, and even against the Premier League itself, depending on the progress demonstrated in the next few months.He said: “I don’t think we have an inclusive culture. We don’t even have a culture of compliance from Premier League clubs and the Premier League.”The Premier League’s executive director, Bill Bush, had earlier told the committee that he could not yet name the clubs that were set to break their promise that they would meet guidelines on access laid down 13 years ago in the Accessible Stadia Guide.The Premier League said last year that all of its clubs had promised to meet the guidelines by August 2017, but Lord Holmes told the committee that probably more than a third of the clubs would fail to meet that pledge.Bush said he was not “hiding” the names of the clubs, but that it would not have been fair to name them at this stage because the Premier League had so far only carried out a “dipstick test” of their accessibility, which was not “definitive”.He said the Premier League would publish a club-by-club account of progress in January.Lord Holmes said that this refusal to release the names of individual clubs until January was “not entirely helpful”.He also pointed to a new mobile phone app that has been launched for football fans by the Premier League, even though it was not accessible.He said: “It clearly demonstrates that if that thinking is going on, there is no sense of an inclusive culture and there’s no sense of embracing the positive opportunity that exists here.”Lord Holmes praised smaller clubs like Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers, both in the fifth tier of English and Welsh football, and both of which have improved access despite their grounds being more than 100 years old.Bush claimed that Premier League clubs took the issue of access “very, very seriously” and none of them had ever said they could not afford to carry out access improvements.He claimed that any delays were due to other factors, such as the “disruption” caused by the major building work necessary to put in lifts and viewing platforms.last_img read more

WOODEN Spoon the childrens charity of rugby in i

first_imgWOODEN Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby in its 30th year of operation, has been announced as the Official Charity Partner for Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) in England and Wales.The charity will return funds raised during RLWC2013 – which starts at the Millennium Stadium with its Opening Ceremony on October 26th – to develop a long-term legacy within the Rugby Football League (RFL) community which will benefit disadvantaged young people throughout Britain.Sally Bolton, RLWC2013 General Manager said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Wooden Spoon. RLWC2013 is building to be fantastic for both England and Wales and it’s great to have a community-focussed charity on board to ensure all the local people involved feel the benefit of hosting such an event.”RLWC2013 ambassador Gareth Thomas joined Wooden Spoon ambassador Shaun Edwards to announce the partnership at Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in South Wales, a beneficiary of Wooden Spoon.Thomas said: “When world cups come about, everyone across the globe takes notice. It’s the chance to create a legacy for the sport in Wales, particularly with the opening ceremony in the Millennium Stadium which may be the greatest show rugby league has seen with.”Edwards added: “Wooden Spoon transforms young peoples’ lives through the power of rugby. This partnership is a great opportunity to really cement Wooden Spoon as the charity of rugby.”As part of the partnership, Wooden Spoon have provided a grant of £80,000 to the £1million RLWC2013 Dance Programme which will involve hundreds of disadvantaged and disabled young people who will perform at the opening and closing ceremonies as well as throughout the tournament.Steve Holt, CEO of Wooden Spoon, said: “It is a great honour for Wooden Spoon during our 30thanniversary year to be recognised as the Official Charity for RLWC2013 which promises to be a fantastic sporting event as part of a spectacular decade for British Sport.”Wooden Spoon was founded in 1983 and inspired by its rugby heritage, its core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun, have so far benefited over one million young people.Wooden Spoon’s over 40 regional committees and 10,000 members undertake local fundraising activities and only spend the money raised on projects in their local community which has so far amounted to around £20million.In 2009 the RFL became a patron and have worked alongside Wooden Spoon on community programmes aimed at significantly improving the lives of 16-19 year olds who are currently not in education, employment or training.In 2011, Wooden Spoon received the International Rugby Board’s Spirit of Rugby Award for its services in the charity sector. Wooden Spoon is the only charity to have received this prestigious award.last_img read more

LAMA Tasi is already making his presence felt at S

first_imgLAMA Tasi is already making his presence felt at Saints.The 25-year-old prop signed from Salford Red Devils on a two-year contract and is ripping into pre-season.Standing at 6ft 3 and weighing in at 16-and-a-half stone he’ll certainly add go forward to Saints’ pack this season.“It’s been good so far,” he said. “I’m looking forward to taking to the field. Pre-season has been really tough but it’s what you would expect. I’ve settled in with my teammates too.”Lama is originally from Auckland but moved to Queensland when he was three-years-old.He played his ‘youth’ rugby league with Manly in 2009 and 2010, represented the Junior Kiwis and then signed with Sydney Roosters.Lama stayed there for two seasons, making 30 appearances and earned a call-up to the Samoa team for their International with Tonga.He would later join Brisbane in 2013 where his fearsome runs and hits would see him given the ‘Bondi Bruiser’ nickname.Saints pre-season campaign will see them host Dewsbury (Jan 17) and Widnes (Jan 24) before they open Super League XXI at home to Huddersfield on February 5.Tickets for the pre-season clashes are now on sale as well as Memberships for the 2016 season.last_img read more

911 call from Supply shooting I know CPR Hes beyond that… Its

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) —  A neighbor witnessed a man driving off from the scene of a deadly shooting in Supply, according to the 911 call.Jeffrey Len Carlyle, 56, is charged with murder in the death of Carl Edward Robinson.- Advertisement – It happened Friday around 8 p.m. on Paddlewheel Trail.One neighbor called 911 and told dispatchers several people heard the shooting. He then describes going over and finding the victim.“My neighbor saw someone down in this area. We have walked back over to the house where he saw the gentleman run from and someone has been shot at this house right here,” the caller said. “We see the gentleman laying here, he’s outside his, he’s laying between his door and his porch.”Related Article: Inmate charged with sexually assaulting 13-year-old girlHe tells 911 his neighbor saw someone running from the scene, so he says he is handing the phone over to that neighbor.A new man gets on the phone and begins to describe what he saw before and after the shooting.“I saw a vehicle come down the road, and they turned their lights off, and they pulled up at the end of this road and I saw them walk down the road and I heard a gunshot and they ran back to their vehicle, put a gun in their vehicle and took off,” the man said.He then tells 911 that the victim appears to be shot in the abdomen.“Is he breathing? Can you just check?” the dispatcher asked.“He’s, he’s gone,” the caller replied.A little while later the dispatcher once again asked about the victim.“Do you want to try CPR? I can give you instructions or do you think he’s beyond that?” the operator asked“I know CPR,” the caller said. “He’s beyond that. He’s… it’s too late.”Carlyle was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Center and charged with murder a few hours later.He is currently being held without bond.last_img read more

Wilmington building evacuated closed due to structural concerns

first_imgCrews work to stabilize a building at 201 Princess St on June 7, 2018 (Photo: Hunter Ingram/StarNews) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One block of Princess Street in downtown Wilmington is closed so crews can perform emergency structural repairs to a building.Princess between Second and Third streets has been shut down so a private contractor can repair 201 Princess Street.- Advertisement – The building contains apartments on upper floors and a business, Memory Lane Comics, on the first floor.The closure is expected to last two weeks.Occupants of the building have been temporarily evacuated.Related Article: Small business denied help from SBA after Hurricane FlorenceThe City of Wilmington says after the building is stabilized, the contractor will perform additional repairs and install scaffolding around the building.The scaffolding will allow for pedestrian’s to walk underneath.During this phase, intermittent lane closures and road closures can be expected on Princess Street as well as Second street.The owner expects the work to be complete by the end of this summer.last_img read more

Sheriffs Office investigating after one man killed in Chadbourn

first_imgChadbourn, NC (WWAY) – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a shooting death in Chadbourn overnight.Shortly after 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Williams Road area in Chadbourn in reference to shots fired. – Advertisement – Deputies located Dennis Jerome Smith Jr., 29, of Chadbourn, outside of his residence. Mr. Smith was the victim of an apparent fatal gunshot wound. The Sheriff’s Office is considering this incident as a homicide. If you have information concerning the events surrounding Mr. Smith’s homicide, please contact Lt. Barber or Sgt. Parker with Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 642-6551.An autopsy will be completed this week by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh.last_img

Road closures for Reprisal filming

first_img Crews will be filming scenes including work with simulated burning cars and prop guns with simulated gunfire noise.The work is expected to last until 7 a.m. Saturday.You can see a full list of closures below.Related Article: Businesses, residents brace for impending bridge closureAfter 4:00 p.m. 7th St. between Kidder and Greenfield (for equipment parking)After 6:00 p.m.Martin St. between 4th and 8thGreenfield St. between 4th and 8th5th between Willard St. and Kidder St.6th between Greenfield St. and Kidder St.7th between Greenfield St. and Kidder St.Pinecrest Parkway at Greenfield St. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– We have a traffic warning to tell you about in Wilmington. The television show “Reprisal” will be filming near Greenfield street on Friday July 12.The map above shows multiple streets that will be closed to traffic, some after 4 p.m. and others after 6 p.m.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hearing set for New Hanover Co operating room applications

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State regulators want your feedback on a trio of applications to build more operating rooms in New Hanover County.Three applicants have filed certificate of need applications with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to develop operating rooms in response to a need determination in the 2019 State Medical Facilities Plan for six operating rooms in New Hanover County.- Advertisement – New Hanover Regional Medical Center proposes to develop four additional operating rooms at the existing hospital in Wilmington. The project is expected to cost $8.4 million and would be completed in October 2021.New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Atlantic SurgiCenter LLC propose to develop two additional operating rooms at Atlantic SurgiCenter in Wilmington and separately license the center as an ambulatory surgical facility. The project is expected to cost $7.6 million and would be completed in October 2021.Wilmington Eye Surgery Center LLC and WESCP LLC propose to develop two operating rooms at a new ambulatory surgical facility — Wilmington Eye Surgery Center. The project is expected to cost $9.8 million and would be completed in July 2021.Related Article: Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remainsA public hearing for these projects will be held Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. in the New Hanover Room of New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St., Wilmington.Anyone may file written comments concerning these proposals. Comments must be received by the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section no later than 5:30 p.m. on July 31.Comments may be submitted as an attachment to an email if they are sent to Comments may also be mailed to the following address:Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need SectionDivision of Health Service Regulation2704 Mail Service CenterRaleigh, NC 27699-2704last_img read more

Vatican to open tombs after tip in 36yearold case of missing girl

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Vatican said on Tuesday it will open two tombs in a tiny cemetery on its grounds and test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old disappearance of a teenage daughter of a clerk in the Holy See.A statement said the graves in the centuries old Teutonic Cemetery would be opened on July 11 in the presence of representatives of the family of Emanuela Orlandi, after the family received an anonymous tip that she might be buried there.The disappearance in 1983 of Orlandi, then 15, is one of the most enduring modern mysteries of the headquarters of the Catholic Church and has been the subject of wild speculation by Italian media.Unproven theories over the decades have run the gamut from an attempt to secure the freedom of a gunman jailed for trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II, to a connection to the grave of Enrico De Pedis, a mobster buried in a Rome basilica. His tomb was opened in 2012 but nothing was revealed.Last year, bones found during ground work at the Vatican embassy in Rome sparked an Italian media frenzy suggesting they might belong to Orlandi or to Mirella Gregori, another teenager who disappeared the same year. DNA tests turned out negative.The Orlandi family later received an anonymous letter saying Emanuela could be buried in the Teutonic Cemetery, a small burial ground in the Vatican used over the centuries mainly for Church figures of German or Austrian origin.Police at the time of the disappearance did not exclude that she simply may have been abducted and killed for reasons with no connection to the Vatican or may have been a victim of human trafficking for sexual reasons. She would now be 51.Laura Sgro, an Orlandi family lawyer, said the family was grateful for the Vatican’s decision to open the graves.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S 4 announced will be available in April

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung has officially announced the much-teased Galaxy S 4, featuring 4G LTE support, a 5″ 441ppi screen, a 7.9mm-thick body, a 13mp camera and dual-camera recording. The device weighs in at 130 grams and also packs new sensors, including infrared gesture, temperature and humidity. No price was shared.The device will feature the rumored Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Knox, and a translation feature dubbed the “S Translator.” Samsung is boldly calling the device a “life companion.” A dual-camera mode for photo and video allows both the front and rear cameras to be used at the same time. A “sound in shot” mode allows you to record an audio clip which will be “attached” to a photo. Additional features include an eraser and touchless “air view” where you point to preview photos.Shin says:With the GALAXY S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live. All the innovative features of GALAXY S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful GALAXY S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return. – Advertisement – More specs:Cat 3 100/50Mbps (downloads at 100 Mbps, uploads at 50Mbps)Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/a/c (HT80)Bluteooth 4.0, IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.013mp camera, 2mp front2gb of LP DDR3 RAM16GB HD with 32, 64 and microSDBattery: removable 2,600 mAhTwo models: black mist and white frostCorning’s Gorilla Glass 3The company also highlighted a new S Translator function that allows live text-to-speech and speech-to-text translation of 9 languages. The feature comes with 3,000 embedded “useful sentences” for offline use and is integrated with Chaton, the S4′s email and messaging app.Samsung went on to tout a number of other features, including Group Play, which lets users play music through up to 8 galaxy s4 devices — without an Internet connection.This news comes less than a month after the South Korean manufacturer debuted its Galaxy Note 8 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Back in January, the company announced that Galaxy S shipments had topped 100 million, with the Galaxy S3 alone contributing 41 million units. Credit: The Next Weblast_img read more

Uber to ask appeals court for stay in driver classaction lawsuit

first_imgUber Technologies Inc to ask the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold all proceedings, including a trial, in a class-action lawsuit filed by its drivers over their employment status. Image Credit: Mises Advertisement Uber Technologies Inc said on Wednesday that it would ask the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to put on hold all proceedings, including a trial, in a class-action lawsuit filed by its drivers over their employment status.The announcement came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen denied the ride service’s request for a complete stay in the closely watched case.Uber’s push for a stay from the appeals court came after Chen earlier this month issued an order expanding the number of drivers who could join the class-action lawsuit. – Advertisement – Uber said in court papers that Chen’s order could add more than 100,000 drivers to the class despite their agreements to arbitrate claims individually.Drivers who sued Uber contend they are employees and should be reimbursed for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The drivers currently pay those costs themselves.The results of Uber’s legal battle could reshape the on-demand economy, which is built around Internet companies serving as marketplaces matching people who provide a service with others looking to pay for it.Chen said on Tuesday that he would put off entering a final judgment on his Dec. 9 decision expanding the class until Uber’s appeal of that decision was resolved, but he said he was determined to keep the trial on track. It is now scheduled to start on June 20, 2016.[related-posts]The case is Douglas O’Connor et al v. Uber Technologies Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 13-3826.[Reuters]last_img read more

2 MTN Uganda Senior Staffs Arrested and Deported For Compromising Countrys National

first_imgMTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer; Olivier Prentout speaking during the launch of Kwese Iflix Platform in Uganda on Tuesday 12th, June 2018 at The Square Palace in Kampala, Uganda. Advertisement Two MTN Uganda senior staff who happen to be foreign nationals, Olivier Prentout, and Annie Bilenge Tabura have been accessed for their alleged involvement in acts of comprising Uganda’s national security, according to a Police statement released Monday morning.In an official statement from police—signed by ACP Polly Namaye, Deputy PRO Uganda, said, “security agencies in close coordination with immigration officials have been investigating two Foreign Nationals working with a leading Mobile Telecom Company over their engagements in acts which compromise national security.”Stating that they were working with a leading ‘Mobile Telecom Company’ but didn’t disclose which one—but clearly the two listed names were MTN Uganda’s staff. – Advertisement – “We strongly believe that the deportation of the two Foreign Nationals, who were using their employment as tools to achieve their ill motives, has enabled us to disrupt their intended plans of compromising our National Security,” reads the statement.Olivier Prentout, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer and Annie Bilenge Tabura, MTN Uganda’s Head of Sales and Distribution—have been deported to their home countries, France and Rwanda respectively.MTN Uganda released a statement on Tuesday morning, stating that Olivier was arrested on 19th Jan. 2019 by police at Entebbe International Airport upon arrival from a business trip abroad—while Tabura, was arrested by unidentified security personnel upon arrival at the MTN headquarter offices, in Kololo, Kampala—on Monday morning.MTN Uganda has stated, quote—”together with all our employees, we remain fully committed to operating within and respecting the laws of Uganda.”However, it remains unclear on how the two staff members intended to compromise the country’s national security.Notably, if we recall—security official at the Internal Security Organization (ISO), raided MTN Uganda’s data centre claiming that the telco had breached the country’s national security. However, the telco dismissed the claims as untrue.last_img read more


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£50 FREE BET Cardiff City v Burnley

first_img£50 FREE BET IFCARDIFF WIN AND BOTH TEAMS SCORETo celebrate the launch of our brand new betting site we are giving all NEW CUSTOMERS a £50 FREE BET if CARDIFF WIN AND BOTH TEAMS SCORE.You simply need to open an account and place a bet at evens or above, of at least £10, on any market at between 9am on Sunday 30 September and 4pm on Sunday 30 September. TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new account holders only. To qualify, you must open a new account at anytime from 9am on Sunday 30 September to 4pm (GMT) on Sunday 30 September.(2) In addition you must place at least one bet online with before 4pm (GMT) on Sunday 30 September. The bet must be for a stake of £10 (or more), on a selection at evens or above, on any market as displayed on the web site.(3) The bonus promotional offer of £50 will be paid as a Free Bet if CARDIFF WIN AND BOTH TEAMS SCORE (Cardiff v Burnley 4pm). The Free Bet will be valid for a period of 7 days from the point of issue and must be used within this period otherwise will expire.(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(6) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(7) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(8) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(9) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(10) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(11) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(12) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(13) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

THE OPEN Miss The Cut Dont Miss Out

first_imgMISS THE CUT – DON’T MISS OUTAll eyes on the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim this week for The Open.At Star we have come up with a fantastic promotion – If your player misses the cut – we’ll give you a FREE BET for the same stake (max £25 see below) to be used later in the week. Bets must be placed before the close of play after the first round.TERMS AND CONDITIONS(1) This promotion is for new and existing account holders. It applies to THE OPEN – tournament winner market only.(2) Applies to pre-tournament singles (tournament winner market only) placed between midnight on Sunday 14 July until close of play on first round on Thursday 18th July.(3) The offer will be activated if your player misses the cut. We will give you a FREE BET to the same stake (up to maximum £25 for win bets. For each-way bets only the win part applies, again to maximum £25). Please note only one bet per customer qualifies for this offer. The Free Bet is valid until the conclusion of The Open (scheduled for Sunday).(4) If, for any reason, the event(s) do not take place or are declared void for betting purposes this offer will also be voided.(5) Offer does not apply where any stake has been cashed out.(6) Usual Star Sports Betting Rules and Terms and Conditions apply, these can be viewed at The bonus Free Bet, if successful, will be credited within 48 hours, direct to your online account.(8) Free Bets may not be used in conjunction with any other current promotion.(9) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse any Free Bet promotion at any point.(10) Free Bet stakes are not returned with winnings.(11) Free Bet awards cannot be exchanged for cash.(12) Free Bet awards can be used online, tablet or mobile only.(13) The Free Bet must be used within the timeframe specified on the promotion details and may not be either part used or carried forward.(14) This promotion can only be used once per person and per account. Only one bonus can be awarded per person, household, shared computer or shared IP address. In the event of a customer opening more that one account to claim multiple offers we reserve the right to suspend/close duplicate accounts and void any bets placed.(15) Star Sports reserve the right to withdraw or refuse this promotion at any point.(16) If you have any further questions about this promotion you can contact our customer service team read more

Volcano location could be greenhouseicehouse key

first_imgShareMEDIA CONTACTS:David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduVolcano location could be greenhouse-icehouse keyStudy: Episodic purging of ‘carbonate capacitor’ drives long-term climate cycleHOUSTON — (Feb. 6, 2013) — A new Rice University-led study finds the real estate mantra “location, location, location” may also explain one of Earth’s enduring climate mysteries. The study suggests that Earth’s repeated flip-flopping between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years may have been driven by the episodic flare-up of volcanoes at key locations where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are poised for release into the atmosphere.Cin-Ty Lee“We found that Earth’s continents serve as enormous ‘carbonate capacitors,’” said Rice’s Cin-Ty Lee, the lead author of the study in this month’s GeoSphere. “Continents store massive amounts of carbon dioxide in sedimentary carbonates like limestone and marble, and it appears that these reservoirs are tapped from time to time by volcanoes, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”Lee said as much as 44 percent of carbonates by weight is carbon dioxide. Under most circumstances that carbon stays locked inside Earth’s rigid continental crust.“One process that can release carbon dioxide from these carbonates is interaction with magma,” he said. “But that rarely happens on Earth today because most volcanoes are located on island arcs, tectonic plate boundaries that don’t contain continental crust.”Earth’s climate continually cycles between greenhouse and icehouse states, which each last on timescales of 10 million to 100 million years. Icehouse states — like the one Earth has been in for the past 50 million years — are marked by ice at the poles and periods of glacial activity. By contrast, the warmer greenhouse states are marked by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and by an ice-free surface, even at the poles. The last greenhouse period lasted about 50 million to 70 million years and spanned the late Cretaceous, when dinosaurs roamed, and the early Paleogene, when mammals began to diversify.This diagram illustrates how fluctuations between continental-arc states and island-arc states could lead to episodic deposition and purging of carbon dioxide in Earth’s continental crust. CREDIT: C. Lee/Rice UniversityLee and colleagues found that the planet’s greenhouse-icehouse oscillations are a natural consequence of plate tectonics. The research showed that tectonic activity drives an episodic flare-up of volcanoes along continental arcs, particularly during periods when oceans are forming and continents are breaking apart. The continental arc volcanoes that arise during these periods are located on the edges of continents, and the magma that rises through the volcanoes releases enormous quantities of carbon dioxide as it passes through layers of carbonates in the continental crust.Lee, professor of Earth science at Rice, led the four-year study, which was co-authored by three Rice faculty members and additional colleagues at the University of Tokyo, the University of British Columbia, the California Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and Pomona College.Lee said the study breaks with conventional theories about greenhouse and icehouse periods.“The standard view of the greenhouse state is that you draw carbon dioxide from the deep Earth interior by a combination of more activity along the mid-ocean ridges — where tectonic plates spread — and massive breakouts of lava called ‘large igneous provinces,’” Lee said. “Though both of these would produce more carbon dioxide, it is not clear if these processes alone could sustain the atmospheric carbon dioxide that we find in the fossil record during past greenhouses.”Lee is a petrologist and geochemist whose research interests include the formation and evolution of continents as well as the connections between deep Earth and its oceans and atmosphere..Lee said the conclusions in the study developed over several years, but the initial idea of the research dates to an informal chalkboard-only seminar at Rice in 2008. The talk was given by Rice oceanographer and study co-author Jerry Dickens, a paleoclimate expert; Lee and Rice geodynamicist Adrian Lenardic, another co-author, were in the audience.A new Rice University-led study examines whether continental-arc volcanoes like Mount Etna in Sicily may have produced high levels of carbon dioxide during long greenhouse periods in Earth’s ancient past.“Jerry was talking about seawater in the Cretaceous, and he mentioned that 93.5 million years ago there was a mass extinction of deepwater organisms that coincided with a global marine anoxic event — that is, the deep oceans became starved of oxygen,” Lee said. “Jerry was talking about the impact of anoxic conditions on the biogeochemical cycles of trace metals in the ocean, but I don’t remember much else that he said that day because it had dawned on me that 93 million years ago was a very interesting time for North America. There was a huge flare-up of volcanism along the western margin of North America, and the peak of all this activity was 93 million years ago.“I thought, ‘Wow!’” Lee recalled. “I know coincidence doesn’t mean causality, but it certainly got me thinking. I decided to look at whether the flare-up in volcanic activity that helped create the Sierra Nevada Mountains may also have affected Earth’s climate.”Over the next two years, Lee developed the idea that continental-arc volcanoes could pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. One indicator was evidence from Mount Etna in Sicily, one of the few active continental-arc volcanoes in the world today. Etna produces large amounts of carbon dioxide, Lee said, so much that it is often considered an outlier in global averages of modern volcanic carbon dioxide production.Tectonic and petrological evidence indicated that many Etna-like volcanoes existed during the Cretaceous greenhouse, Lee said. He and colleagues traced the likely areas of occurrence by looking for tungsten-rich minerals like scheelite, which are formed on the margins of volcanic magma chambers when magma reacts with carbonates. It wasn’t easy; Lee spent an entire year pouring through World War II mining surveys from the western U.S. and Canada, for example.“There is evidence to support our idea, both in the geological record and in geophysical models, the latter of which show plausibility,” he said.  For example, in a companion paper published last year in G-Cubed, Lenardic used numerical models that showed the opening and breakup of continents could change the nature of subduction zones, generating oscillations between continental- and island-arc dominated states.Though the idea in the GeoSpheres study is still a theory, Lee said, it has some advantages over more established theories because it can explain how the same basic set of geophysical conditions could produce and sustain a greenhouse or an icehouse for many millions of years.“The length of subduction zones and the number of arc volcanoes globally don’t have to change,” Lee said. “But the nature of the arcs themselves, whether they are continental or oceanic, does change. It is in the continental-arc stage that CO2 is released from an ever-growing reservoir of carbonates within the continents.”Rice co-authors include Dickens and Lenardic, both professors of Earth science; Rajdeep Dasgupta, assistant professor of Earth science; Bing Shen, postdoctoral research associate; Benjamin Slotnick, graduate student; and Kelley Liao, a graduate student who began work on the project as undergraduate. Additional co-authors include Yusuke Yokoyama of the University of Tokyo, Mark Jellinek of the University of British Columbia, Jade Star Lackey of Pomona College, Tapio Schneider of Caltech and Michael Tice of Texas A&M. The research was supported by the Packard Foundation, the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, the National Science Foundation and the Miller Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. ###High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: A new Rice University-led study examines whether continental-arc volcanoes like Mount Etna in Sicily may have produced high levels of carbon dioxide during long greenhouse periods in Earth’s ancient past.CREDIT: NASAHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: This diagram illustrates how fluctuations between continental-arc states and island-arc states could lead to episodic deposition and purging of carbon dioxide in Earth’s continental crust.CREDIT: C. Lee/Rice UniversityHigh-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: Cin-Ty LeeCREDIT: Tommy LaVergne/Rice UniversityA copy of the GeoSpheres paper is available at: AddThislast_img read more

Florida Mom Arrested for Leaving Baby in Car While Shoplifting

first_img Show Discussion A Florida woman was arrested after leaving her baby son in a cold car while she allegedly stole from her local supermarket on Saturday, Jan. 13.Sarah Jean Wilmoth, 30, was arrested after a couple noticed a baby boy alone in a car at a Publix parking lot. When the couple returned 45 minutes later, they noticed the infant was still in the car and crying hysterically. They quickly notified police who rescued the child from Wilmoth’s 2001 Chevrolet Blazer, reported the Miami Herald, citing an arrest report.Authorities tracked down Wilmoth in the supermarket and she was subsequently placed under arrest for leaving a child unattended in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes.According to the arrest report, Wilmoth was surprised to see paramedics tending to her son and reportedly screamed, “Oh, my God! That’s my son!”She claimed that her cousin who was in the car with the child had disappeared from the car and left her son unattended. But after further police questioning, Wilmoth admitted that it was a lie, reported the newspaper. Wilmoth said she left her son in the car because he was sleeping.During a search, police found a “small clear, plastic baggy containing a clear rocky substance and a crack pipe with residual material within …”The 30-year-old admitted that it was methamphetamine laced with cocaine, reported the Miami Herald. Publix supermarket at Vero Beach. (Screenshot via Google Maps)Police also found facial cream, clear nail polish, OPI Pinking of You pink nail polish; and Poo Pourri Before-You-Go spray, sort of a Chanel No. 5 for waste disposal No. 2. in Wilmoth’s bra.Wilmoth was charged with child endangerment, shoplifting, and meth possession. She posted $6,500 bond two days after she was arrested and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14.From NTD.tvRecommended Video: Neighbors React to Parents Arrest After Their 13 Children Found Shackled, Malnourished in Home Sarah Wilmoth. (Indian River County Sheriff’s Office) Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Share this article  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Florida Mom Arrested for Leaving Baby in Car While Shoplifting By Janita Kan January 22, 2018 Updated: January 22, 2018 US News Sharelast_img read more

Senate Easily Confirms Mike Pompeo as Trumps Secretary of State

first_img  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Recommended Video: President Donald Trump’s Weekly Address, April 13, 2018 Trump Presidency Senate Easily Confirms Mike Pompeo as Trump’s Secretary of State By Ivan Pentchoukov April 26, 2018 Updated: April 26, 2018 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Mike Pompeo at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington on June 16, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Show Discussion Share this article The Senate voted to confirm CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the Secretary of State on Thursday with a comfortable vote of 54-41.The swearing-in ceremony was expected right after the vote, according to the New York Times. Pompeo would then race to a plane waiting to take him to Belgium for a NATO meeting.Pompeo managed to score one of the most significant achievements for an American diplomat in the North Korean crisis before he was confirmed. According to President Donald Trump, Pompeo secretly met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un earlier this month.“Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country at this critical time in history,” Trump said in a statement. “He will always put the interests of America first. He has my trust. He has my support.”Trump nominated Pompeo for the job upon firing Rex Tillerson, who served as secretary of state since Trump’s nomination. Pompeo’s replacement at the CIA, Gina Haspel, became the first woman nominated to head the agency after Trump announced her selection.Several Democrats running for re-election in states won by Trump voted for Pompeo. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat representing North Dakota, was the first to announce she intended to confirm Pompeo. Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana also promised their votes. Pompeo enters his role as the top American diplomat amid a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape, with major political shifts in North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela, and China.The deadline for Trump to renew the Iran deal is approaching and the president is expected to meet with Kim in May or June.Meanwhile, the relationship with Moscow, in Trump’s own words, is at worse-than-Cold War levels. The United States issued several rounds of sanctions against Russia. The latest sanctions targeted Russian billionaires and their companies and caused the Russian stock market to collapse and the ruble to plummet.In Saudi Arabia, Trump has forged a surprise alliance which has led to a battery of historic changes. The oil-rich nation became a key military ally in the Middle East alongside Israel.“From North Korea’s nuclear threats to Iran’s aggression, Mike’s confirmation as Secretary of State comes at a critical time for U.S. foreign policy,” said Ed Royce (R-CA), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “In times such as these, it’s clear that we need a stronger, more vibrant State Department to work with and lead our other national security agencies.”last_img read more