Trudeau Liberals pledge 150M toward bigdata cancer research initiative

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government is moving forward with funding for a new cancer research network that aims to advance the science of individually customized cancer treatment.Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was in Moncton today to highlight a five-year, $150-million investment — first announced in this year’s federal budget.The money will be used by the Terry Fox Research Institute to launch a new national Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network.This network is to unite top-tier cancer research institutes and clinics across the country to develop what is known as precision cancer medicine.This emerging treatment uses big data, new technologies like genomics and artificial intelligence to design treatment for individual patients based on the biological and genetic makeup of their individual cancers.The federal funding will be matched by the network’s partners to develop this new cancer research initiative.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

first_imgMILAN – Italian law enforcement has broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force its way into European trucking companies and control the movement of Chinese-made goods in much of Europe, anti-Mafia prosecutors said Thursday.Top anti-Mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho told reporters in Florence that the organization used mafia methods, including intimidation, extortion and violence.He said the ring earned cash from drug trafficking, gambling and prostitution in locations throughout Italy, which they used to take over transportation companies in Italy, France, Spain and Germany.More than 50 people were under investigation, most in the Tuscan city of Prato, a key centre of Chinese business in Italy. Arrest warrants were issued for 33 people, including several already jailed on other charges, two in France and two in China.The criminal components hail mostly from the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian, police said in a statement.The prosecutor said that the Chinese-run transport companies laundered money from the criminal businesses, and that they were also a form of illicit competition with legitimate companies operating under the law.last_img read more

Italys Fallout with EU on Migration Continues

Rabat – The standoff between Rome and Brussels continues as Italy’s government keeps warning it will boycott the EU if it does not share Italy’s migration burden.Rome’s latest spiral of swipes at the European Union started earlier this month over Italy’s refusal to disembark the Diciotti, an Italian patrol vessel carrying 170 migrants who were rescued in Italian waters on August 15. The migrants are currently stalled at a port in Catania, eastern Sicily, while Italy demands commitment from the EU. Cutting off the Italian contribution to the EURome, insisting that it cannot provide a safe haven for all rescued migrants, has asked the EU to step in and agree to “burden sharing” that will see migrants split among EU countries.Of the migrants stuck aboard the Diciotti, Italian authorities have only conceded to take in 27 unaccompanied minors, arguing that Italy “has had enough” of EU’s “hypocrisy” and inaction on the migration crisis in entry countries.Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio warned that Italy would cut off its financial contribution to the EU should the organization fail to shoulder substantial responsibility in the disembarkation and redistribution of the migrants onboard the Diciotti.“If they decide nothing regarding the Diciotti and the redistribution of migrants, I and the whole Five Star Movement will no longer be prepared to give 20 billion euros to the European Union every year.”Di Maio, who issued his warnings prior to a high-level EU meeting in Brussels on Friday, August 24, doubled down on his threats after the meeting failed to comply with Rome’s demands. Di Maio argued that Italy needs to take bold and “retaliatory” measures, because the EU is allegedly turning its back on Rome.“The European Union has decided to turn its back on Italy once again,” Di Maio wrote on his Facebook page. He added that Italy’s only choice was to “take a compensatory measure in a unilateral way … we are ready to reduce the funds that we give to the European Union.”He explained: “They want the 20 billion euros paid by Italian citizens? Then let them demonstrate that they deserve it and that they are taking charge of a problem that we can no longer face alone. The borders of Italy are the borders of Europe.”‘Unconstructive’ threatsMeanwhile, some in the European Union have tempered Rome’s threats. “There are forces in Italy that are looking to co-operate, we want to believe Italy wishes to play the game,” France’s Elysee palace said in a statement.Brussels swiftly hit back at Italy’s threats, however. The continental organization has shrugged off Rome’s comments as temporary mood swings and described its threats as “unconstructive comments.”European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein said at a briefing after the Friday meeting: “Unconstructive comments, let alone threats, are not helpful and they will not get us any closer to a solution.”“The EU,” the commission spokesman added, “is a community of rules and it operates on the basis of rules, not threats.”Another EU source was quoted by Reuters as saying that no deal was reached regarding the Diciotti because the Friday meeting “was not a meeting where decisions were taken.” EU sources suggested that Rome should understand that the migration crisis is a general one and that the organization is dealing with similar issues in other countries in addition to other major hot-button topics and serious concerns.Rome, however, remains adamant on its funding and redistribution demands. The country’s new strong man, the controversial interior minister Matteo Salvini, hit back at Brussels’ comments after the Friday meeting. Salvini, who has remained relatively silent at the start of the standoff on the Diciotti, picked up Di Maio’s threats in an interview on Friday.“If in Europe they pretend not to understand, given that we pay a lot, we will do what it takes to pay a little less,” Salvini said. read more

Welcoming progress UN official urges more support for Sri Lankas displaced

John Holmes noted in particular that the Menik Farm camp contains only half the number of displaced now than it did at the end of May, when the Government declared an end to its military operations against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). During a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in the capital, Colombo, Mr. Holmes said he hoped to see continued progress in allowing people to leave the camps and restore their lives. Mr. Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, also noted that the returnees he met during the course of his three-day visit were pleased that they could return home. At the same time, he added that the returns process could be improved, particularly through better consultation with IDPs and more timely information sharing with humanitarian partners on return plans.Mr. Holmes reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to working with the Government to improve the returns process, and to ensure satisfactory conditions in areas of return, especially in the fields of shelter, basic services and livelihoods. Demining and mine-risk education were also important to ensuring the safety of returnees, he added.“Both UN organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] are ready to continue to help support IDPs in camps and assist returnees with their humanitarian needs, especially in terms of food, shelter, basic services, and livelihoods. The UN is also keen to support longer-term recovery and reconstruction,” Mr. Holmes said.In addition to visiting the camps and meeting with IDPs and returnees, the UN humanitarian chief also met with Government officials, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as well as with members of parliament of the Tamil National Alliance during his mission – his fourth to the country this year. 19 November 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official has welcomed the recent releases of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from camps in northern Sri Lanka, and underscored the need to ensure full freedom of movement for those remaining. read more

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to visit Sri Lanka in December

It also tasked with seeking and receiving information from Governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and to receive information from the individuals concerned, their families or their representatives, to act on information submitted to its attention regarding alleged cases of arbitrary detention by sending urgent appeals and communications to concerned Governments to clarify and to bring to their attention these cases, to conduct field missions upon the invitation of Government, in order to understand better the situations prevailing in countries, as well as the underlying reasons for instances of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, to formulate deliberations on issues of a general nature in order to assist States to prevent and guard against the practice of arbitrary deprivation of liberty and to facilitate consideration of future cases and to present an annual report to the Human Rights Council presenting its activities, findings, conclusions and recommendations. Furthermore, the Human Rights Council encourages the Working Group in fulfilling its mandate to work in cooperation and dialogue with all those concerned by the cases submitted to it, and in particular with States that provide information which should be given due consideration and to work in coordination with other mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, with other competent United Nations bodies and with treaty bodies, bearing in mind the role of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in such coordination, and to take all necessary measures to avoid duplication with those mechanisms, in particular regarding the treatment of the communications it receives and field missions. (Colombo Gazette) The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is to visit Sri Lanka from 4 December 2017 to 15 December 2017.The Working Group said that the dates had been agreed upon with Sri Lanka. The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is tasked with investigating cases of deprivation of liberty imposed arbitrarily or otherwise inconsistently with the relevant international standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or in the relevant international legal instruments accepted by the States concerned. read more

Iraq UN human rights body calls on US UK to grant detainees

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the UN Commission on Human Rights urged both bodies to allow the clarification of the legal status of each detainee and apply the rules and norms enshrined in Articles 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 9 and 14 of the civil and political rights Covenant.”The Working Group’s Chairperson-Rapporteur is seriously disturbed by the fact that these persons have not been granted access to a court to be able to challenge the lawfulness of their detention, as required by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 9),” Rapporteur Leïla Zerrougui, said in a statement.The other articles outlaw arbitrary arrest and detention, guarantee a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal and enshrine, among other principles, the rights to be presumed innocent until proved guilty and to be tried without undue delay.According to information received by the Working Group, the majority of detainees have been arrested during public demonstrations, at check points and in house raids, and are considered “security detainees” or “suspected of anti-Coalition activities.”Ms. Zerrougui’s statement was the latest in a chorus of concern voiced by UN officials after the United States media aired reports last week about alleged atrocities occurring at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.On Sunday Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the United States and the United Kingdom must “take a strong and firm stand to ensure that those kinds of activities are not repeated, because it does do damage, as you can see from reactions in the region.” read more

The Latest EU says its assessment of the latest Greek offer is

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2015 6:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: EU says its assessment of the latest Greek offer is going to all 19 euro nations ATHENS, Greece – The latest news on Greece’s financial woes (all times local):___3 p.m.The European Commission will submit its assessment of Greece’s demand for a new two-year loan program to the finance ministers of the 19 nations using the euro.All the finance ministers, including Greece, are holding a teleconference meeting later Wednesday.Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis says it’s up to the member countries to decide what action to take, but warns that the Greek request is being considered in “a different economic situation” than offers last week. That suggests any decision could take time.The Commission is also urging the European Financial Stability Facility — Greece’s biggest creditor — not to call in its loans to Greece until decisions on a possible new bailout have been made.___2.36 p.m.Cyprus’ finance minister is calling Greece’s latest bid to thrash out a new bailout program with its creditors to be “very significant” and a “step in the right direction.”Harris Georgiades said he’s cautiously optimistic that Greece’s latest move would help the country “avoid dangers and move forward.”He said Cyprus wants Greece to stay in the eurozone so that “serious risks and painful consequences” for the Greek people are avoided.Georgiades said a well-structured bailout program that’s reform-driven and doesn’t rely on taxation can bring the country back to growth.___2.32 p.m.Greece’s biggest creditor says the country is likely to be in default for not paying its roughly 1.6 billion-euro ($1.8 billion) debt installment to the International Monetary on Tuesday.The European Financial Stability Facility says that once the non-payment is officially confirmed by the IMF board “this would constitute an event of default for certain EFSF loans.”In a statement, the EFSF said its chief Klaus Regling would then have to propose one of three actions to the 19 nations using the euro.He could suggest that the loan contract be cancelled and demand immediate payment of Greece’s debt and interest, waive the EFSF’s rights for this loan payment, or reserve the right to act at a later stage.The government in Athens owes the EFSF 130.9 billion euros ($145.9 billion) in loan money.___2.30 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear that she wants the International Monetary Fund involved in any new aid program for Greece.Merkel said making Europe strong in the world and defending its values is a key consideration in deciding whether to launch negotiations on a new bailout “on the basis of solidarity and responsibility, and involving the three institutions — the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”Merkel also said Europe has become stronger over the past five years and that “we can wait calmly” for the Greek referendum result.“Today the other 18 member states no longer have to fear an economic catastrophe because Greece has gotten into turbulence,” she added.___2.23 p.m.No votes in Sunday’s Greek referendum have been cast yet, but bookmakers are already expressing confidence that voters will back creditor demands for more austerity in return for bailout cash.Many online bookmakers already have stopped taking wagers on the outcome as money has flowed in heavily in favour of Greeks voting “yes.”The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said it will press for a “no” outcome.The major Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power, closed betting Wednesday and paid out winning outcomes to those who risked money on a “yes” verdict.The Dublin-based company said more than 85 per cent of its customers’ money placed on the Greek referendum outcome backed approval.___2.15 p.m.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is insisting that there can be no negotiations on any new aid package for Greece before its referendum on Sunday.Merkel told the German Parliament Wednesday that “the door to talks with the Greek government was always open and will always stay open.” But she said that Greece unilaterally ended talks by calling Sunday’s referendum on previous creditor proposals.She said that was Greece’s legitimate right but that other eurozone countries had their rights, too.“We will wait for the referendum,” she said. “There can be no negotiations on a new aid program before the referendum.”Merkel also insisted that Europe needs to stick to rules and principles in negotiations and that a compromise at any price would only be “a result for the sake of a result.”____1.35 p.m.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has rejected suggestions that a new bailout agreement with Greece was possible before Sunday’s referendum.Schaeuble said Greece’s creditors in the eurozone agreed there was “no sense” in trying to reach one in a situation where there are constantly conflicting reports on what Greece wants.“Before a referendum, there is indeed no basis (for an agreement),” said Schaeuble.He added that with Greece’s bailout having expired Tuesday, “we cannot simply act as though” the program was still in place.Eurozone finance ministers are set to discuss Greece’s latest proposals in a teleconference later.___1.20 p.m.A Greek official has sought to douse suggestions that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has caved in to creditor demands.In a letter sent to creditors Tuesday proposing a new deal for Greece, Tsipras appeared to make significant concessions in a request for a new bailout deal.The Greek official insisted that press reports he had “fully accepted the creditor proposal are not true.”In the letter, Tsipras said Greece is “prepared to accept” the creditor proposal as it was presented last Sunday by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who published it on the Commission website, subject to certain amendments.Those include maintaining the discounted value added tax on Greek islands which creditors had demanded to be abolished, and delay some labour reforms until the fall, compared to creditor demands they be enacted immediately.___1.00 p.m.Germany’s finance minister has urged Greece to make it clear what it wants from creditors before serious talks on a new bailout can take place.Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble complained of confusing reports coming from Greece and noted that any discussions to take place will be under “much more difficult conditions” than previously.Greece, he said “must first create clarity as to what it wants, and then we have to talk about it under much more difficult conditions.”He noted that Greece’s bailout program has expired so the possible deal being presented in Sunday’s referendum no longer exists.___12.24 p.m.Stock markets across Europe surged higher on a report on the Financial Times website that Greece will accept all the bailout demands of creditors bar a few changes such as maintaining a discount on sales taxes on the Greek islands.In the two-page letter sent to Greece’s creditors on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appears to be making big concessions in a request for a new bailout deal.Traders responded positively, thinking that it could form the basis of a new deal between Greece and its creditors that would prevent a messy Greek exit from the euro.The Stoxx 50 index of leading European shares was up 1.6 per cent, while Germany’s DAX jumped 2.2 per cent.___11.43 a.m.French Finance Minister Michel Sapin is hoping for an agreement with Greece before Sunday’s referendum but called the situation “terrifyingly complicated.”Sapin said on French radio RTL that “the aim is to find an agreement, before the referendum if possible.” Eurozone finance ministers are set to discuss Greece’s latest two-year bailout request later in a teleconference.“If Greece votes yes, negotiations will continue in difficult conditions, but we’d be able to quickly find an agreement,” he said. “If Greece votes no, there is a risk of sliding towards a Greek exit from the euro.”Sapin also said the “little countries,” many of which have taken made big economic changes over the past few years, have taken a tougher stance on Greece than Germany.___11.34 a.m.Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s reckons a Greek exit from the euro could “easily weaken the upturn” currently taking place in the eurozone.Though, the agency says the risks of contagion to other eurozone countries are less elevated that in 2010-11, it does warn that a so-called Grexit could “lead to increased risk aversion among investors, lenders and consumers.”S&P has upgraded its projections for the eurozone to 1.6 per cent growth this year and 1.9 per cent next, from the previous 1.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent.___10.45 a.m.U.K. Treasury chief George Osborne says the failure of the Greek government to make its scheduled payments to the IMF has only served to add to a sense of crisis in the country.Greece failed to repay a debt of roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the IMF, becoming the first developed country to fall into arrears since Zimbabwe in 2001.Osborne said it is vital to resolve uncertainty to ensure economic and financial stability across Europe.“We hope for the best; but we prepare for the worst, and we stand ready to do whatever is necessary to protect our economic security at this uncertain time,” he said.___10.40 a.m.Thousands of elderly Greeks thronged banks that were opened especially for pensioners who don’t have bank cards, to allow them some access to their money.Withdrawals are limited to 120 euros ($133) per person for the week.However, a seeming last minute decision to serve customers on an alphabetical basis, announced by some banks overnight and others in the morning, led to confusion and frustration.Many pensioners waited in line from before dawn but were eventually told they would have to return Thursday or Friday.Greek banks have been closed since Monday as the government imposed strict capital controls to prevent a bank run in the wake of its decision to call a referendum on creditor demands.___10.30 a.m.Markets took in stride Greece’s failure to pay the roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) it owed the IMF with stock indexes across Europe posting solid gains. The Stoxx 50 index of leading European shares was up 0.7 per cent while Germany’s DAX rose 0.9 per cent.There appear to be some hopes that Greece’s new proposals to the eurozone may meet with some support. Eurozone finance ministers are set to weigh Greece’s latest proposal for aid later, in a teleconference that’s been put off until 5.30 p.m. Brussels time, according to Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone’s top official. read more

Actress Connie Britton to help fight poverty as UN agency Goodwill Ambassador

“We are thrilled to have Connie Britton join UNDP’s efforts to fight poverty worldwide,” said UNDP Director for External Relations Michael O’Neill. “Connie is passionately committed to humanitarian causes and she will be a great partner for UNDP, helping us raise awareness of development issues amongst the American and global public.”Ms. Britton, who is joining a roster of nine other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, has been a supporter of poverty alleviation efforts and women’s rights for years, through various charitable causes. In her new role as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, she will use her fame to raise awareness about UNDP’s global efforts to empower people and fight exclusion.“In my own travels, I’ve seen many places where people are living in extreme poverty. It’s unacceptable that, in 2014, one billion people live in such conditions, and a full sixty per cent of the chronically hungry in the world are women,” said Ms. Britton. “I look forward to working with UNDP to help change this and improve the lives of vulnerable people worldwide.”The Emmy- and Golden Globe- nominated actress is currently starring in the ABC series “Nashville,” after incarnating Tami Taylor in the show “Friday Night Lights” and Vivien Harmon in “American Horror Story.” She will appear later this year in the comedy feature “This Is Where I Leave You.”The other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors are: five footballers, Ronaldo de Lima, Zinédine Zidane, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and the world’s number one female football player, Marta Vieira da Silva; tennis player Maria Sharapova; Spanish performer Antonio Banderas; Japanese actress Misako Konno; and HRH Haakon Crown Prince of Norway. read more

Despite recent struggles mens hockey team improving coach says

With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has little time to make a push for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. OSU is currently the ninth seed with the top five seeds receiving a first round bye. “It’s crunch time,” senior forward C.J. Severyn said. “These last four games could mean life or death for us.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he likes the way his team is playing, though it lost six of its last seven games. He said he thinks the team hasn’t gotten the puck to slide its way. “That’s the hard thing,” he said. “We don’t have that puck luck.” Osiecki said it has been the same for his team all year. The pucks don’t seem to go its way, but he said that’s something the team has to overcome. “You’ve got to have great will,” he said. “You’ve got to have a relentless part of your game.” Though Osiecki said he thinks his team has been playing well, he said it’s not where the players expected to be at the beginning of the season. “I’m not sure if it’s where we want to be,” he said, “but we’re certainly better.” Four of the six losses — all of which were conference games — have been by two goals or fewer, so the team is usually within a couple of plays of winning. “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes of Buckeye hockey,” Severyn said. “That’s where we’re going to get our wins.” The Buckeyes have two home series, of two games apiece, to round out the regular season: one against Lake Superior State and one against Ferris State. This weekend’s series against Lake Superior State is senior weekend, a time when the senior players reflect on their four years — especially this one — at OSU. One of the things the seniors have had to adjust to is a coaching change. Osiecki is in his first year as the men’s hockey coach, and it has been a transition for the seniors who had a different coach the previous three seasons. “It’s a hard thing to go through as a senior,” forward Kyle Reed said, “but I’m happy with it.” The Buckeyes (14-15-2, 9-13-2) have played well at home this season, going 7-5-1, and will look to continue to do that this weekend against Lake Superior State (10-12-8, 8-9-7). The games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

Ohio State fall sports wrap

It was a down year for the Buckeye fall sports teams, with no Big Ten championships won by any squad. However, the teams secured five NCAA tournament bids this season with women’s volleyball still in contention. Women’s field hockey and men’s soccer ended the regular season with the best conference success, narrowly missing out on first place and securing second in the Big Ten. Despite the overall lack of championship success, the Buckeyes earned several high individual honors and each team had its own season highlights. Men’s soccer For the first time since 2006, the Ohio State men’s soccer team was not a part of the NCAA tournament. Junior midfielder Chris Hegngi and senior defender David Tiemstra headlined a list of eight OSU players who received Big Ten awards; Hegngi and Tiemstra were named the conference’s best offensive and defensive player, respectively. Tiemstra and Hegngi were named First-Team All-Big Ten while senior forward Parnell Hegngi, junior midfielder Austin McAnena and junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson earned second-team honors. The Buckeyes finished with an overall 10-7-2 record, 4-2 in the Big Ten, placing second behind Northwestern. After losing to Northwestern on Oct. 9, a regular season conference championship seemed unlikely as the team sat at 7-5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Coach John Bluem said the game was “one of the worst performances by an OSU team in (his) 15 years here.” The team responded, going 3-0-1 in its next four contests to put itself in a position to win the title in its final regular season game. OSU was not up to the task as they fell to Indiana on the road, 1-0. “It was certainly a disappointment to come away without a win and not win the championship outright,” Bluem said in a press release. “But it was definitely a difficult task at hand.” OSU had won the Big Ten tournament the last four years, but the team was defeated by Penn State in the first round of the tournament, ending its season. Women’s soccer At first glance the OSU women’s soccer team’s final regular season record of 10-8-1 and subsequent first-round loss in the Big Ten tournament doesn’t seem like anything too special. However, it was a couple of program milestones and an unlikely run in the NCAA tournament that made the 2011 season memorable. The Buckeyes received a bid to the national tournament, albeit one the team and coach Lori Walker did not expect to receive, and collected upset victories against Tennessee and Milwaukee to advance to the Sweet Sixteen to play Duke, the top-seeded team in the region. OSU led the Blue Devils, 1-0, at halftime, but two second-half goals by Duke ended the Buckeyes’ tournament run. “This team found a second life and made something of it,” Walker said following the loss. “We always said we wanted to advance until we met a team that is playing better than us … I give credit to our seniors for leading us to be here and we’ve got nothing to be disappointed about.” The 2011 senior class tied last year’s class as the winningest four-year group in program history with 51 victories. The Buckeyes also recorded program win No. 200 on Sept. 23 at home against Illinois. Field Hockey The field hockey team ended its 2011 campaign with a 12-9 overall record and 4-2 mark in conference play. By losing to Old Dominion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the team overcame its semifinal loss in the conference tournament to make the big dance in three consecutive seasons. This was the Buckeyes’ seventh appearance in the tournament, while six of them have been under 16-year head coach Anne Wilkinson. The team was led by captain and First-Team All-Big Ten honoree Jenn Sciulli while forwards Berta Queralt, Danica Deckard and midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque were named Second-Team All-Big Ten selections. The team strongly depended on its defense in many of its games. Goaltender and captain Ally Tunitis notched four shutouts on the season and now holds the single-season wins record for OSU goalkeepers. The season was far from a failure due to the girls’ most notable win against No. 11 Michigan when they won, 2-1, in a thriller to kick off conference play. Tunitis described the win as the “most meaningful moment of the season.” Women’s volleyball The women’s volleyball team has yet to finish its season, as it will be making its way to Florida, Saturday and Sunday, for the Gainesville Regional to face the winner of Illinois and Marquette in the Sweet 16. The team finished its regular season with an overall record of 21-14 and a conference record of 9-11. The Buckeyes’ rollercoaster ride of a season sparked surprise at their tournament run, but a win over No. 14 Tennessee on Friday kept the girls’ season hopes alive. Junior Mari Hole was the only Buckeye named a First-Team All-Big Ten honoree while Kelli Barhorst was named a Sportsmanship Award honoree. Men’s cross-country The OSU men’s cross-country team was without its No. 1 runner for most of the 2011 season. For most teams, losing a top runner would spell doom, but for the Buckeyes this season, it did not. OSU qualified for the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., and finished 23rd out of 31 teams on Nov. 21 to conclude its season. The National Championship appearance was the third in five years for head coach Robert Gary and the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Jake Edwards, OSU’s top runner coming at the beginning of the year, suffered a hamstring injury at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30 and missed the rest of the season. Led by junior Donny Roys and redshirt senior Taylor Williams, the Buckeyes were resilient. Two weeks after losing Edwards, OSU ran at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14. Among a field featuring 20 of the top 30 programs in the nation, the Buckeyes finished 17th. The men went on to finish fifth at both the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30 and NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12, and received an at-large berth to the NCAA National Championships. Roys and Williams paced the way for the Buckeyes at the National Championship meet, placing 95th and 100th, respectively. Gary said the 2011 season was one of his all-time favorites. “I would have to say … (the 2011 team) was my third favorite team ever to have,” he said. Women’s cross-country The 2011 OSU women’s cross-country season has assistant coach Chris Neal optimistic for 2012. The Buckeyes sent two runners to the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., on Nov. 21 as individual qualifiers, and finished sixth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals on Nov. 12. Four of OSU’s top-five runners will return in 2012. “(This season) is definitely a building block going forward,” Neal said. Jordan Jennewine, the team’s lone senior, along with junior Tori Brink and freshman Nicole Hilton, led the Buckeyes this season. A first-place finish at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., on Sept. 16 by both Jennewine and OSU as a team, started off the season on a high point. Following a disappointing 38th-place finish at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Oct. 14, the Buckeyes failed to impress at the Big Ten Championships on Oct. 30, placing ninth as a team. OSU sixth-place finish at the regional meet didn’t earn the team a bid to the NCAA National Championships, but Brink and Hilton were individual selections. Brink and Hilton ran well again at the National Championship, finishing near the top half of the field in 120th and 142nd place. Golf The OSU men’s golf team’s opened its autumn slate on a high note with its second consecutive and 19th team title overall in the 15-team Marshall Invitational, with senior Alex Redfield claiming the individual title. The Buckeyes hit a bit of a rough patch after that, finishing in a tie for 10th out of 15 teams in the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational from Sept. 16-18 and earning a last-place 11th in a rain-shortened Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational on Sept. 27. As the host team of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational from Oct. 10-11, OSU finished second out a field of 12 teams, placing higher than four Top 25 ranked teams. The Buckeyes concluded the season with a last-place performance in the 15-team Isleworth Collegiate Invitational from Oct. 23-25. The OSU women’s golf team finished in third-place or better in all four autumn tournaments in which it played. The Buckeyes opened the season with a runner-up performance in the 12-team Mary Fossum Invitational from Sept. 16-17 and recorded a third-place finish out of 15 teams in the Windy City Invitational from Oct. 3-4. In the Lady Northern Invitational from Oct. 10-11, on the same course that the 2012 Big Ten championship will be played this spring, OSU finished second out of 12 teams. The Buckeyes concluded their fall slate by finishing third out of 18 teams in the Landfall Tradition from Oct. 28-30. Both OSU golf teams will resume play in February. read more

Ohio State mens volleyball takes 2 in first home matches of the

Junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) prepares to spike the ball during a match against Lees-McRae Jan. 17 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorA return to the Eastern time zone was all the Ohio State men’s volleyball team needed to get its first two wins of the season.After dropping three matches last weekend in Hawaii as part of the Outrigger Hotels Volleyball Invitational, the No. 15 Buckeyes (2-3, 0-0) returned home to sweep Lees-McRae and George Mason on back-to-back nights at St. John Arena.In Saturday’s match against the Patriots, the Buckeyes took the three games by a combined 11 points (25-23, 25-22, 25-19) behind a match-high 16 kills from redshirt-junior opposite Andrew Lutz.After the three losses to start the season, the team had been working on certain things all week leading up to its first home weekend of the season.“I think being in Hawaii really exposed what we needed to work on, and in practice the whole week we just worked on those things, and during the game this weekend it definitely showed,” junior middle blocker Dustan Neary said.Friday against Lees-McCrae, OSU was in control from the outset and dominated, winning the three games by scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-14. Lutz led the way against the Bobcats, tallying 11 kills.The Buckeyes held Lees-McCrae to a -.133 hitting percentage.OSU has some new faces this season, two of them being redshirt-freshman middle blocker Driss Guessous and Neary, who transferred from Moorpark Community College this year. Neary said getting a chance to play the first home matches of his OSU career was special.“You work really hard in practice to be able to play during the games, and to have that experience on your own court was really cool,” Neary said.Friday, Guessous totaled five kills and five blocks.Guessous said it is “awesome” to be considered a substantial player in the game, and he hopes to be a part of future victories this season.Neary contributed three kills and three blocks Friday night and chipped in eight kills Saturday, which helped the Buckeyes get their second win of the season.“It is cool to know the rest of your team trusts you enough,” Neary said.Up next, OSU is scheduled to travel to Quincy, Ill., to take on the Quincy Hawks (2-1, 0-0) Friday. The match is set to begin at 8 p.m. read more

iPhone apps look a lot better on the new iPad

first_imgThrough some close inspection it’s been observed that the new iPad is able to use Retina display assets when playing an (non-iPad compatible) iPhone app. Sounds confusing? Basically what this means is that the new iPad runs iPhone apps better then the previous two iPads were able to.The new iPad introduced a fourth resolution to the iOS family. With the introduction of the iPad Retina display there is now: 320×480, 480×960, 768×1024, and 1536×2048. Apple’s plan all along was for these resolutions to play nicely together — the aspect ratio was maintained from one generation to the next and by using pixel doubling an iPhone app worked on the iPad (although it didn’t look great). Where this broke down was when the iPhone 4 came out with its Retina display. These apps couldn’t be doubled to work on the iPad… not that pixel doubling was ever a great solution.If you look at the pixel count you’ll notice that you don’t need the Retina display to do this: the iPhone 4/4S’ 480×960 will fit perfectly fine into the iPad/iPad 2’s 768×1024. The problem is that Apple didn’t allow it — users had to get a jailbreak only app called Retina Pad to get it to work. That’s right, Apple was still using the 320×480 even if the Retina assets were available. While the new iPad will display the better version, the first two tablets will not. It’s not clear if this was by design or if the new iPad’s GPU is what makes this all work.With the release of the third generation iPad Apple opened the iPhone Retina-compatible app floodgates. This means that iPhone apps (that is to say, non-universal apps) will look at lot better on the iPad 3 than they do on the iPad 2. Interestingly this makes for a number of different possible quality levels (so long as there are a corresponding number of app versions available). Some of these include iPhone Retina on iPad, a standard iPad app, and then iPad Retina apps.Unless you are a major app geek you probably won’t stress out about these too much, but it’s worth noting that non-universal iPhone apps just became a much more viable option for iPad 3 owners. They won’t get the full-on visual appeal of an app in 1536×2048, but things will be noticeably better than before.TouchArcade noted that the quality level of an iPhone Retina app and a native iPad app are close to equal on the new iPad. Once more iPad apps have been updated to Retina display compatibility it will give buyers a reason to pay more for the HD version.More at TouchArcadelast_img read more

UK goes Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece appears to be one of the top destinations to visit this year for families from the UK, as bookings continue to rise. Bookings to Greece have increased a huge 71.7% since 2013, research from Holiday Hypermarket UK has shown.Year on year bookings to Zante have increased by 39%, while bookings to Lesbos (Lesvos) have risen 42.9% since 2013. It seems that more and more UK holidaymakers are choosing Greece for their summer holiday, which can only be a good thing for the tourism trade. ABTA’s Travel Trends recently revealed Greece’s Peloponnese as one of their twelve ‘Destinations to Watch’ in 2015. The list contains destinations that are predicted to most capture the public’s imagination this year. Holiday Hypermarket’s research seems to back this up as a growing amount flock to see what Greece has to offer.While Zante and Rhodes are still the top Greek destinations for families, the destinations of Kos, up 15% from 2014, and Corfu, also up by 6%, are starting to attract more families. Greece’s family friendly attractions, including water parks, fabulous beaches and fascinating history, are all factors which indicate as to why families in particular are enjoying a Greek holiday.Holiday Hypermarket representative, Ian Crawford, commented on the upturn in visitor numbers, remarking on the large number of repeat visits. “Despite the economic unrest in Greece, the islands are still extremely popular with UK holidaymakers, especially with families. We can see that Greece generates a high number of repeat bookings, suggesting that it ticks a lot of boxes as far as families are concerned. There is a lot on offer to suit all ages which is a big factor in deciding on where ot go on holiday.”last_img read more

YouTube bientôt des films disponibles à la location

first_imgYouTube : bientôt des films disponibles à la location ?États-Unis – Pourra-t-on bientôt louer des films sur le Net et les visionner sur YouTube ? Les négociations que mène Google avec des studios de cinéma vont en ce sens.Le marché de la location de films sur internet connaît une brusque accélération. L’arrivée prochaine d’Apple TV et de ses options pousse la concurrence à s’armer aussi tôt que possible. Pour cela, Google est en négociations avec plusieurs grands studios de cinéma afin de pouvoir proposer la location de films sur YouTube. Ce service de VoD serait disponible avant les fêtes de fin d’année. Chaque film serait disponible sur la plate-forme Youtube dès sa sortie en DVD au prix de 5 dollars. Depuis la semaine dernière, Google propose déjà le visionnage gratuit de 400 films.Le 31 août 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

EA et Facebook une association très juteuse

first_imgEA et Facebook : une association très juteuseÉtats-Unis – Electronic Arts, le très populaire éditeur de jeu vidéo, annonce la mise en place d’un  partenariat de cinq ans avec le réseau social Facebook. L’accord d’association entre l’éditeur et le réseau communautaire Facebook a été officialisé. Selon la société de jeux, “l’accord va déboucher sur une expérience plus simple et accessible pour les gens qui jouent et achètent des biens virtuels sur Facebook. Aux termes de l’accord, les “crédits Facebook” seront la méthode exclusive de paiement pour les jeux d’EA sur Facebook”.À lire aussiFacebook “manipule” les émotions de milliers d’utilisateurs pour une expérience psychologiqueIl y a un an, Electronic Arts avait déjà racheté l’éditeur Playfish. Celui-ci produisait des jeux parmi les plus populaires sur Facebook : Pet Society et Restaurant City, qui se classent parmi les dix jeux les plus répandus du réseau. Et EA ne compte pas en rester là, se préparant à lancer une version du Monopoly ainsi que sa gamme de jeux occasionnels Pogo. On retrouvera notamment Poppit!, Word Whomp, Scrabble et Boggle.Electronic Arts bénéficiera des conditions financières habituelles de  Facebook, à savoir récolter 70% des recettes tirées de l’achat de crédits Facebook.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE Studios acquires rights to thriller movie Sleight

first_img Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Twitter Videos Articles Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Becky Lynchcenter_img Now Playing Up Next John Cena Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions acquire worldwide rights to Sundance thriller ‘Sleight’WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced today that they have acquired all worldwide rights to the Sundance film “Sleight.” BH Tilt, a division of Blumhouse run by John Hegeman, will oversee the release and marketing of the film. WWE Studios will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film.“Sleight”, which premiered as part of the festival’s NEXT section, is a dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and street magic in a tale set in Los Angeles. The film is JD Dillard’s directorial debut, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer, and co-starring Jacob Latimore (Maze Runner), Dulé Hill (Ballers), and Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies). The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment’s Eric B. Fleischman, formerly of Blumhouse, Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer.“‘Sleight’ is a smart, fresh and ambitious movie that was different from anything else we saw at the festival,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President. “We are thrilled to be working again with Jason and the team at Blumhouse, and now John and BH Tilt, to bring JD Dillard’s compelling first feature to audiences worldwide.”“We love low-budget filmmaking because it allows directors to take creative risks and that is exactly what JD Dillard did with ‘Sleight,’ a truly original and unique movie,” said Blumhouse Founder and CEO Jason Blum. “We are excited to once again collaborate with Michael and WWE Studios, and to have BH Tilt continue to take advantage of the evolution in digital marketing.”Bradley Buchanan handled negotiations on behalf of WWE Studios, and CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Diablo and newly signed clients Dillard and Theurer.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBecky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date AnnouncedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook WhatsApp Sinclair Broadcasting Group, parent company of Ring of Honor, acquires networks from Disney Roman Reigns featured in The Rock’s latest movie trailer Hobbs & Shaw Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in Januarylast_img

Allegations of inappropriate behavior prompted resignation of Vancouver legislator

first_imgOLYMPIA — Leaders at the Washington state House have acknowledged that a state representative from Vancouver who resigned in the middle of the 2011 legislative session was forced out because of allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a female staffer at an off campus St. Patrick’s Day celebration.Democratic House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, in a statement sent to The Associated Press late Wednesday, said leadership determined former Democratic Rep. Jim Jacks’ conduct was “serious enough to warrant his resignation.” Leadership at the Capitol hadn’t divulged specifics about Jacks’ resignation until asked again by AP for the information amid the growing national conversation around sexual harassment and assault.Jacks, who had first won his seat in the 49th legislative district in 2008 and was re-elected in 2010, is currently a project manager and facilitator at Oregon Solutions at Portland State University. He did not immediately respond to email or phone requests seeking comment.His departure in March 2011 only came to light as a leadership statement accepting his resignation. There was no official announcement of his quitting, and he faxed his resignation letter from a hotel in Oregon. At the time Sullivan refused to provide more details, just saying Jacks “needed to take care of some things at home.” A month later, Jacks told The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington, that he had a drinking problem and resigned because he was an alcoholic but denied allegations of inappropriate behavior.Sullivan said the decision to not release the details at the time was to protect the staffer involved. He says the information is being released now so “everyone in the legislative arena – members, staff, and lobbyists – know that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.”last_img read more

Showtime

first_imgIt’s gonna be tough to topple “Doctor Strange” from the top of the box office, but four movies are gonna try. Here’s a look at ’em in this week’s “Showtime.”Omar Epps (as Malachi): “Rachel, Rachel, Rachel, so where’s your husband at?”Gabrielle Union (as Rachel): “Ex-husband.”Gabrielle Union is back in “Almost Christmas.”A dysfunctional family comes home for the holidays… but surviving the holidays is another matter!And insiders say, you may want to bring a change of clothes with you to the movie.Director and writer David E. Talbert: “Everyone is peeing on themselves while Mo’Nique was delivering those lines and that’s what you have to do sometimes. You don’t have time to run to the bathroom.” Amy Adams (as Dr. Louise Banks): “Now that’s a proper introduction.”First contact is made in “Arrival.”The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as Amy Adams is charged with talking to aliens — but first she has to learn the language.Good luck with that. I barely passed French 101!Oliver Platt (as Dr. Wilson): “Hi Mary, how is Stephen doing?”Naomi Watts (as Mary Portman): “Same as yesterday and day before. I lost him the day I lost Richard in the car.”In “Shut In,” Naomi Watts plays Mary — a widow, mother, and psychologist, who is left to take care of her step-son after he was injured in a car accident. The family dynamic changes when she takes her work home, and a young patient comes into the mix.Naomi Watts: “She’s guilt ridden and feeling upset with herself that maybe she made bad choices. So now she has to prove herself that she is a good caretaker and she is going to do the best she can to take care of her son and also the other young boy.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Cop: “Whatcha doing in bed with that woman?”Ruth Negga (as Mildred): “I’m his wife.Cop: “That’s no good here.”“Loving” is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were thrown in jail in 1958 for getting married — because he’s white and she’s black. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court and ended up changing the constitution! It’s a moving story with touching performances by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.Joel Edgerton: “I cared so much about it. I was like this movie has to happen, and I was scared that someone would tell me that I wasn’t allowed to play Richard.”Amy Adams (as Dr. Louise Banks): “They need to see me.”Jeremy Renner (as Ian Donnelly): “Doctor Banks, are you insane?” last_img read more

Roma wins Netflix top Oscars but falls short of best picture

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Netflix may have finally broken into the last area of Hollywood it has yet to conquer: the Oscars. On Sunday, Netflix won multiple Oscars as the awards ceremony stretched on, with Alfonso Cuarón winning for Roma’s directing and its cinematography, and Roma itself winning for foreign language film. Netflix’s Period. End of Sentence also won in the documentary short category. But Roma fell short of the ultimate prize, a best picture Oscar. Of Netflix’s 15 nominations, other contenders bested the streaming giant in different categories, including Roma’s nominations for leading actress, supporting actress, production design, sound editing, sound mixing and original screenplay, as well as The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ nominations for costume design, original song and adapted screenplay. Netflix had a second nominee, End Game, in the documentary short category that lost out to its Period. End of Sentence.  Comments Tags Last year, Amazon beat Netflix to become the first streaming service to be nominated for a best picture Oscar, for Manchester by the Sea. Though the bleak film won statues for best actor and best original screenplay, it didn’t cinch the best picture title — leaving that milestone untouched for another streamer. The Oscars haven’t totally overlooked Netflix. Its documentaries have been perennial nominees. The company also won an Oscar for documentary short film in 2017 for The White Helmets, about volunteer rescue workers in bomb-ravaged Syria, and it took home a feature-film documentary Oscar last year for Icarus, about doping among competitive cyclists. And Mudbound, a period drama, racked up four nominations last year. (It won none.)But that pales in comparison to Netflix’s Emmys track record for TV programming. Netflix tied juggernaut HBO for the most Emmy wins last year, and it beat HBO in the number of nominations for the first time. First published on Feb. 24 at 5:47 p.m. PT. Updates on Feb. 24 at 6:58 p.m. PT; 7:30 p.m. PT; 8:09 p.m. PT; and 8:18 p.m. PT; and Feb. 25 at 9:18 a.m. PT: Adds results and statement from Netflix executive.   42 Photos Netflix hauled in Oscars but couldn’t quite land best…center_img 4 Oscars 2019 Netflix 2:06 “Against all the odds, a black-and-white Spanish-language film with previously little-known talent has been embraced by the Academy across three categories including Best Foreign Film and Best Director — as it was by audiences the world over,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s head of content, said in a statement. He also congratulated the creators of Period for bringing attention to the “important but underreported issue” of how taboos about menstruation limit opportunities for women and girls. Even without a best picture Oscar, the victories marked a big night for Netflix. Roma, the black-and-white period piece hailed as Cuarón’s masterpiece, was nominated in 10 categories, tying with The Favourite for the most nominations this year, and it won three in high-profile categories. Netflix was relying on Roma, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign language motion picture and a Bafta for best film, to finally earn it Oscar prestige. The wins burnish Netflix’s credibility as a go-to place for top-tier original films. While Netflix is known for television-award darlings like The Crown or Master of None, the streaming service’s films have gotten the cold shoulder from the Oscars in the past. As Netflix hikes prices higher this year to offset its eye-popping spending on content, its rep as a home for prestigious films is key to keeping membership growing and drawing in top talent.  TV and Movies Digital Media 40 films (and a tech company) you didn’t know won Oscarslast_img read more

Environmental group to sue Hilcorp over Cook Inlet gas leak

first_imgFootage taken from a helicopter provides a look at a gas leak first reported last week in Cook Inlet. The video, emailed to reporters by environmental group Cook Inletkeeper, shows gas steadily burbling to the water’s surface as chunks of ice float nearby.Listen nowHilcorp, the biggest oil and gas producer in the Inlet, owns the pipeline. It carries natural gas from shore to fuel two platforms built in 1964 and 1967.The leaking gas pipeline in Cook Inlet is drawing concern from environmental groups and state and federal agencies.Along with the footage, Cook Inletkeeper provided reporters with a letter it sent to Hilcorp CEO Jeffery Hildebrand telling him their intent to sue the company in 60 days. They’re claiming Hilcorp is violating of the federal Clean Water Act.“We just feel there’s an obligation on Hilcorp to do the right thing, shut down this pipeline, deal with this antiquated infrastructure they have in Cook Inlet, and operate responsibly,” said Bob Shavelson, director of advocacy for Cook Inletkeeper.Last week, Cook Inletkeeper asked state and federal agencies to force Hilcorp to shut down the pipeline.According to information Hilcorp provided to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the company has reduced the flow of gas through the pipeline since the leak started. Hilcorp estimates the leak to be between 210,000 and 310,000 cubic feet of gas per day.“It’s enough to heat probably around 700 households in Southcentral Alaska every day,” Shavelson said.In a statement, Hilcorp said the safety of its people and the environment are its top priorities, but the company argues it would be unsafe to shut down the pipeline.“If a minimum pressure is not maintained in the pipeline it could fill with water which would allow for the escape of residual crude oil, as this line was previously used as a crude oil pipeline,” Hilcorp said in a statement Wednesday night.But fixing the leak is proving a challenge. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is investigating the leak, said ice in the inlet is impeding access to the leak.Hilcorp spokesperson Lori Nelson said is monitoring ice conditions around the leak but can’t dispatch divers until the company decides it is safe.DEC reports it “may be some time until the leak is fixed,” but Nelson could not provide a more specific timeline. DEC agrees with Hilcorp that it would be unsafe to shut down the pipeline. The state agency is characterizing the leak’s risk to public health and safety as “small.”But DEC also reports it’s hard to quantify the leak’s environmental impact. It has asked Hilcorp to provide an environmental monitoring plan.Federal agencies also are worried about the leak’s environmental consequences.“We are definitely concerned that this incident could have adverse impacts to marine life, particularly marine mammals. And our greatest concern is for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales and possible impacts to their critical habitat,” Julie Speegle, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Alaska Region Fisheries, said in a statement.NOAA estimates there are about 340 beluga whales in Cook Inlet, compared to more than a thousand in the 1980s.Hilcorp has until Feb. 20 to respond to the state’s request for more information about the leak.This story has been updated to reflect new information from Hilcorp and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.last_img read more