EPA aids Big Coal, imperils human health and planet

first_imgMountaintop removal mining in AppalachiaThe Trump administration handed Big Coal a bonanza when the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rolling back pollution controls on coal-burning electrical power plants on Aug. 20. Andrew Wheeler, former coal industry lobbyist and acting EPA administrator, signed the plan to the cheers of Big Coal and boos from environmentalists and public health advocates. Wheeler has been dubbed “a member of the coal industry’s Hall of Fame.”The current U.S. president pledged to rejuvenate the coal industry throughout his election campaign. He promised mine owners that he would help them increase profits and get rid of pesky pollution controls. In his first day in office, he showed his allegiance to these corporate polluters by terminating a ban on coal companies dumping waste into bodies of water.Now, with Trump’s blessing, comes the EPA’s new policy, misnamed the Affordable Clean Energy plan. This so-called “environmental” policy is a sham that will actually increase coal-plant emissions of carbon dioxide, a major cause of global warming. Coal-fired power plants use coal combustion to generate electricity. This process is dangerous; it produces pollutants which poison the air, harm human health and contribute to climate change. Coal produces the most carbon emissions of any fossil fuel used to generate electricity.The EPA is also proposing to weaken controls on mercury emissions. Mercury, another coal-fired power plant pollutant, damages the brain and nervous system and harms fetal development.The new EPA measures will overturn “pollution controls on planet-warming carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants [put in place] in an effort to move to cleaner energy sources like wind and solar power,” explains the Aug. 20 New York Times. The ACE plan also gives states the power to decide how much to cut emissions while limiting what they can do to upgrade coal plants. That could help the dirtiest, greenhouse-gas-spewing old power plants keep operating, without installing pollution controls.Coal is still used for 30 percent of U.S. consumers’ electrical needs. Natural gas, a fossil fuel mostly obtained by dangerous “fracking,” fills 32 percent of needs. Nuclear energy makes up 20 percent of usage.However, cheaper renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power that are healthier for human life and the planet, are increasingly being used in the U.S. and around the world, with China in the lead.Demand for coal has lessened while it has increased for renewable energy. U.S. solar and wind industries employ three times as many workers as does the coal industry. Coal exports have decreased, as more countries have switched to safer, cheaper solar, wind and other energy sources because of the environmental health dangers of coal and other fossil fuels.Coal is no longer a necessity, as there is no energy shortage because of other alternatives. Yet the Trump administration is trying to sabotage moves to renewable energy. The White House is fiercely challenging California’s mandate that all electricity should come from carbon-free sources by 2045. Hawaii plans to do the same, while other states are moving in that direction.Human health sacrificed for profitsBy the EPA’s own admissions about its plan, the release of more carbon pollution could cause an additional 1,400 premature deaths and 15,000 more cases of bronchial disease a year. The agency’s figures show that by 2030 there could be 96,000 more severe cases of asthma, said CBS News on Aug. 21. The same day Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, stated, “The Trump plan means millions of tons more air pollution endangering our children’s health, lives and future.”Smoke from coal plants endangers human health. Burning coal also causes other chemical reactions which release toxic airborne pollutants and heavy metals into the atmosphere. The Union of Concerned Scientists lists these pollutants, which cause cancer, heart and lung disease and neurological disorders, at tinyurl.com/ydckummk. U.S. coal power plants emitted more than 197,000 tons of soot and other airborne particulates in 2014; these impair children’s lung development and cause lung disease in adults.Since many coal-fired plants are located near low-income African-American, Latinx and Indigenous communities, their residents will be more severely affected by these illnesses, something that is not a concern to administration racists.The methods involved in mining coal are also dangerous and deadly to workers and nearby communities. With mountaintop mining, a common form of surface mining, explosives open the mines and automated machinery mines the coal. The mining and processing spews dust made of ultra-fine particles composed of carcinogenic metals. This dust covers the landscape and houses, and clogs waterways. This coal extraction method has been used on more than 500 Appalachian mountains.Michael Hendryx of Indiana University says air pollution from this type of mining leads to 1,200 additional deaths a year from heart and lung disease in neighboring low-income Appalachian communities. Birth defects also increase. (Yale Environment 360, Nov. 21)A year ago, Trump’s appointees to the Interior Department halted a National Academies of Sciences engineering study of mountaintop mining’s public health risks. It appears this was a deliberate action to keep nearby communities uninformed about the real, local dangers of this type of mining. (NY Times, Aug. 21, 2017)Miners: more lung disease, fewer jobsToday’s coal companies are using faster-moving machines that emit more dust from silica-laced rock surrounding the coal. Airborne silica dust causes lung disease, particularly among miners. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has weakened mining safety regulations, resulting in worsening health for miners and many more serious, even fatal, workplace injuries.Every day miners inhale this intensified coal dust, and many will ultimately suffer from respiratory illnesses, especially Black Lung disease. More than 76,000 miners have died from this illness since 1968. (Newsweek, Jan. 27) The worst form of the incurable disease now affects more Appalachian coal miners than ever, including newer, younger miners.David Blakley, epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, has said, “As a percent of all miners, we’re seeing more of it than we’ve ever seen before.” It could affect one in five miners. (npr.org, May 22)Meanwhile, the number of coal jobs has been drastically reduced because of acceleration in mechanization and technology. Although the current president promised more jobs to desperate miners to get their votes, his words were empty promises. While there were 250,000 such jobs 40 years ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 51,800 coal mining jobs as of Dec. 31.Only 1,100 coal jobs were added nationally in 2017, while several coal-producing states have lost mining jobs. Coal companies have shuttered. The huge, mechanized mining sites are increasing production and profits — but with fewer workers. Miners are desperate to obtain these jobs to feed their families.The current mining methods used by coal companies have impoverished formerly coal-dependent communities in Appalachia and elsewhere. Former miners and their relatives are left with only low-wage jobs, if any, and damaged health.The United Mine Workers website emphasizes, “If miners want to reduce their exposure to respirable coal mine dust, they need to join the union. No one else will provide them the protections they need on the job.”Unions are crucial in the fight for workers’ protections, especially now as the corporations, with their ally in the White House, wage war on workers’ rights and lives. What is needed is worker solidarity and militant action to protect health and safety, demand jobs and pensions and guarantee the survival and flourishing of communities and the planet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Thailand

first_img Organisation News ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar As the end of King Bumibol Adulyadej’s reignapproaches, the monarchy has become an evermore sensitive issue. At the start of January2009, the information and communications ministerannounced that the government was goingto invest 500 million baht (1.1 million euros) toput in place a national filtering systemto block websites hostedabroad that could damage themonarchy. Since December 2008,the ministry has decided to stepup the fight against the crime oflese majeste online. More than4,000 websites have beenblocked since the start of 2009.However, official sources say that only 4,800pages have been blocked for this reason sinceMarch 2008.Under the Cyber Crime Act, adopted in 2007,police can seize computer equipment of peoplesuspected of sending message containing insultingor pornographic content. The crime oflese-majeste did not appear in this law. But atthe start of 2009, an amendment was addedproviding for prison sentences for anyone suspectedof the crime of lese-majeste so as to increasesentences in cases of “defamation”,“insult” or “threat to the monarchy”.Almost a score of people are currently facingcharges of this crime because of their articlesposted online. Internet user Suwicha Thakorwas arrested on 14 January 2009 by the Departmentof Special Investigation (DSI), while he wasvisiting friends in the country. The IP address ofhis computer indicated that his home correspondedto the place from which commentsabout the king and his entourage had beenposted. He is being held at the KlongPrem prison, even though he deniescharges of the “crime of lese-majeste”against him. Two bail applicationshave been denied.Blogger Praya Pichai spent twoweeks in custody, facing proceedingsunder Article 14 for “defamation” and“damaging national security” at the end of August2007 for making comments considered“critical of the monarchy” in an article posted onhis blog (http://www.propaganda.forumotion.com/). The Thaiauthorities dropped charges against him for lackof proof. However, Praya Pichai has been putunder surveillance for ten years and faces prisonif he publishes any further comments about themonarchy.The crime of lese-majese is punishable by 3 to15 years in prison and any Thai citizen can askfor the opening of an investigation if he suspectsone of his fellow citizens to be guilty of it. center_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thailand June 12, 2020 Find out more News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand Newslast_img read more

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Michael Card at O.C. Tabernacle on Sunday

first_imgOcean City Tabernacle Singer, songwriter, author and Bible teacher Michael Card will speak at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services and perform in concert at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle this Sunday, Aug. 11.In a career that took off with his debut album, First Light (1981), Card has recorded more 37 albums, authored over 27 books, hosted a radio program, and written for a wide range of magazines.  While he has penned such musical favorites as “El Shaddai,” “Love Crucified Arose,” and “Immanuel,” Card said he never imagined selling more than 4 million albums and writing over 19 No.1 hits. The popularity of his work seemed a stark contrast to his goal in life, to simply and quietly teach the Bible.  And even as music provided him the opportunity to share insight gained through extensive research, writing songs alone limited what he felt called to share.  So, Card entered into book writing where he has garnered numerous awards as well as teaching, preaching, and conference speaking. Michael Card will perform some of his hit songs. (Courtesy Ocean City Tabernacle)Card is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned his bachelors and master degrees in biblical studies.  He has also received honorary PhD’s in music and Christian education from Whitfield Seminary and Philadelphia Biblical University. Ocean City Tabernacle features distinguished speakers every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 8.  For a complete list of events and speakers, visit www.OCTabernacle.org.last_img read more

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Science and Engineering Complex gets final beam

first_imgRising from behind a partition along Western Avenue in Allston, Harvard’s future Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) is taking shape. On Wednesday, the Harvard community, the Turner Construction team, Allston residents, and local representatives gathered for a “topping-off” ceremony to mark the occasion of the last steel beam going into place. When it’s completed in 2020, the 500,000-square-foot flagship of the University’s expanded campus in Allston will be home to more than 1,800 students, researchers, and faculty — roughly two-thirds of Harvard’s fastest-growing School, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Harvard Provost Alan Garber ’77, Ph.D. ’82 (from left), Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and President Drew Faust prepare to give the signal to raise the final beam of the Science and Engineering Complex in Allston.A soft exosuit is demonstrated by doctoral candidate and research assistant Jaehyun Bae, a member of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which is developing the technology at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science.Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and President Drew Faust greet and thank members of the Turner Construction team before the final beam is raised.Shaun Donovan ’87, M.P.A. ’95, M.Arch. ’95, Harvard’s senior strategist for Allston (from left), Dean Frank Doyle of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and SEC architect Stefan Behnisch discuss with Tracy Palandjian ’93, M.B.A. ’97, what this moment represents for the for the University, the region, and interdisciplinary research more broadly.Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Harvard President Drew Faust arrive on Western Avenue for the topping-off celebration.Michael Behrisch (left) and Johanna Beyer, researchers at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, demonstrate their data visualization technology in the i-lab lobby, across the street from the Science and Engineering Complex in Allston.As the air horns blare, members of the construction crew reveal a banner facing Western Avenue.Adorned with the traditional tree and flag, the ceremonial final beam is hoisted in the air to cap the morning’s festivities at the Science and Engineering Complex.last_img read more

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Armed Forces Unite to Find Missing Argentine Submarine

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 27, 2017 An unprecedented international mega-operation searches for the Argentine Navy’s ARA San Juan submarine, which lost contact with base November 15th, with 44 people on board. Eleven countries joined the Argentine patrol in the area of operations: Germany, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the United States, France, Italy, Norway, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. “With international support, we have the best technologies available for vessels and aircraft that participate in the search,” Captain Enrique Balbí, Argentine Navy spokesperson, told Diálogo on November 21st. “The effort is ongoing 24 hours a day, and there are more than one aircraft assigned to a search area at the same time,” he said. The ARA San Juan, a 66-meter long German-made TR-1700 submarine with diesel-electric propulsion, left Ushuaia Naval Base on November 13th for Mar del Plata Naval Base. According to Capt. Balbí, the vessel navigated in an open stretch and “at some point, communication stopped.” Its final radio transmission was November 15th, near San Jorge Gulf, 240 nautical miles (432 kilometers) off the Argentine coast. The Argentine Navy activated a protocol to force the link of all the submarine’s communications systems and delimited a 482,000 square-kilometer search area—nearly equivalent to the size of Spain. During the first few days in the heart of the South Atlantic, Argentine and international rescue workers faced strong winds and waves over six meters high. The improvement of weather conditions on November 21st—after six days of combing the waters—restored hope to the international force and the crew’s relatives. Brazil joins the efforts “We currently have two vessels working in the search area: the [Admiral] Maximiano Icebreaker and the Rademaker Frigate,” Brazilian Navy Commander Christian Hingst, commander of the Tapajó submarine, told Diálogo on November 22nd. “Along with vessels from the other countries, these ships rotate in the search procedures at the request of the Argentine Navy, trying to establish contact with the submarine,” said Cmdr. Hingst. “As a military vessel, the submarine is designed to hide, which complicates its search.” The Brazilian Navy also sent the NSS Felinto Perry, a vessel specialized in rescue of submersibles. “We hope to use it in the next stage of the operation, after contact is made with the submarine,” explained Cmdr. Hingst. “The Felinto will be essential because it has the necessary equipment for the rescue, such as a hyperbaric chamber [which supplies pure oxygen] for the victims.” Cutting-edge technology from the United States More than 50 foreign and domestic vehicles, ships, and aircraft participate in the operation. These include a NASA P-3 Orion airplane and a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon—both equipped with submarine-detection systems. A sound the Argentine Navy captured was analyzed with the help of the P-8. It was eventually concluded that it was not from the submarine. “It may have been a biological noise,” Capt. Balbí told the press. “U.S. Southern Command directed the deployment of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft, underwater rescue equipment and associated personnel to Argentina to support international efforts to locate the missing Argentine Navy submarine ARA San Juan in Southern Atlantic waters,” U.S. Southern Command said in a press release. In addition, the U.S. Navy sent unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to support the international effort. The Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Keyport, Washington, operates the Bluefin 12D UUV and three Iver 580 UUV. “During the P-8’s return flight, white flares were spotted. An investigation concluded they did not come from the ARA San Juan Submarine either,” the Argentine Navy reported in a press release. Meanwhile, members of the U.S. Navy Undersea Rescue Command (URC) set off from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia aboard the support vessel Skandi Patagonia, a Norwegian flag ship. Chartered by the oil company Total, the vessel was converted into a “mothership” for the U.S. sailors’ rescue capsule. The United States also sent a Lockheed C-5—its Air Force’s largest military plane used for logistics transport—and two independent rescue assets of the Navy URC, the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and underwater intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Also joining the effort: the British C-130 Hercules transport plane, a Uruguayan Navy Beechcraft B-200 patrol aircraft, and a Chilean Navy C-295 turboprop equipped with an information processing system, among other resources. Probable explosion On November 22nd, Capt. Balbí informed the press that a “hydroacoustic anomaly” had been detected on the morning of November 15th consistent with the submarine’s last known position—some 30 miles to the north, on the way to Mar del Plata. Argentine vessels were immediately sent to the area with sensors to evaluate the nature of the sound, along with the U.S. P-8 Poseidon and a Brazilian Air Force P-3AM airplane. “This way, with three different means, we are going to see about this sign,” Capt. Balbí told reporters. On the morning of November 23rd, the Argentine Navy confirmed for the first time that there was a “violent event consistent with an explosion.” A report from the Argentine ambassador to Austria, Rafael Grossi, and a detailed analysis from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization supported the information. The organization, headquartered in Vienna, has a network of seismic and hydroacoustic stations to monitor nuclear tests. According to the report, “an abnormal, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event, consistent with an explosion,” took place on November 15th. The document confirmed the “hydroacoustic anomaly” the U.S. Navy detected the previous day. Despite the explosion hypothesis, the international search continued against the clock. “As sailors, we have a sense of solidarity and concern for our Argentine sister navy, with whom we have close ties and participate in various joint exercises,” said Cmdr. Hingst. “We do not lose hope. We envision at all times that the submarine will be found, that the crew will be in good health, and that the rescue will happen.” “We’re working hand-in-hand with the international community to support Argentina’s search for the ARA San Juan,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Lyndsi Gutierrez, of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/4th Fleet Public Affairs Augment team, told Diálogo. “We’re committed to helping our Argentine partners in any way we can and to assist the country in its ongoing search for the missing Argentine submarine. The role of U.S. military forces during this mission is to rapidly respond with critically-needed capabilities to deliver assistance and aid to areas the government of Argentina deems most necessary.”last_img read more

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Treat Yourself With 21 of the Best Deals at Express

first_imgThe timing is perfect, because Express’ Veterans Day Sale just kicked off, and that means it’s a markdown-palooza. We’re talking 40 to 50% off practically the entire site, and even an extra 10% off for active military and veterans! There are hundreds of new styles available to shop too, so let’s get to it, starting with our most beloved pick!Our Absolute Favorite: This refined sweater is a slice of pure elegance. The pearl trim that dots the neckline is unbelievably beautiful, and the sweater itself is plush and cozy. This piece even has subtle puff shoulders to really solidify it as a must-have for this fall and winter. The best part? It was $98, but now it’s just $49! 20 Fastest-Selling Sale Categories at Express1. Women’s Tops Starting at $20Our Absolute Favorite: This silky cowl neck top is as easy as wearing a tee but with a much fancier look. Originally $48, it’s now $29!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Shop all women’s tops here!2. Women’s Dress Pants Starting at $29Our Absolute Favorite: This year has brought leather pants back in a big way, and these vegan leather culottes prove exactly why and how. They were $80, and now they’re just $40!Shop all women’s dress pants here!3. Women’s Cozy Sherpa Starting at $35Our Absolute Favorite: This Cloud Cream jacket has that mega-cozy sherpa shell, but its collarless design and faux-suede trim keep it looking sharp and sophisticated. Originally $98, it’s now just $35!Shop all women’s cozy sherpa here!4. Women’s Sweaters Starting at $25Our Absolute Favorite: The shimmery rhinestone details on this fuzzy, faux-fur sweater almost look like magical little snowflakes. This piece was $98, but now it’s just $49!Shop all women’s sweaters here!5. Women’s Outerwear Starting at $49Our Absolute Favorite: This reversible puffer coat has vegan leather on one side and a soft faux fur on the other. Reviewers say the quality is “superb”! It was $198 before, but now it’s down in the double digits at $99!Shop all women’s outerwear here!6. Women’s Dresses Starting at $34Our Absolute Favorite: This mock neck dress has such flattering ruching, plus a comfy, stretchy waistband. It was originally $70, but now it’s $35!Shop all women’s dresses here!7. Women’s Leggings Starting at $15Our Absolute Favorite: These Herringbone Ankle Leggings are the ultimate in all things comfort. We’re obsessed. They were $50, but now you can grab them for $30!Shop all women’s leggings here!8. Face Masks Starting at $3Our Absolute Favorite: This blue tie-dye face mask will be a perfect pop of color whether you’re surrounded by snow or orange and yellow leaves. It was $13, but now it’s $7!Shop all face masks here!9. Women’s Pajamas Starting at $20Our Absolute Favorite: This satin pajama cami will feel like a dream come bedtime, though it would be totally cute for going out too. Originally $34, it’s now $20!Shop all women’s pajamas here!10. Women’s Jeans Starting at $40Our Absolute Favorite: We were taught to run from white pants when we were younger, but these raw hem jeans are actually just the thing to immediately elevate your wardrobe. They were $80, but now they’re down to $48!Shop all women’s jeans here!11. Women’s Boots Starting at $47Our Absolute Favorite: These sock booties are a modern fashionista’s dream. They have a thick block heel and an extra-comfy stretch design, and while they used to be $78, they’re now only $47!Shop all women’s boots here!12. Women’s Jumpsuits and Rompers Starting at $39Our Absolute Favorite: This soft wrap jumpsuit is a lounge essential, but one you can totally wear with heels for a night out. Originally $88, it’s now $44!Shop all women’s jumpsuits and rompers here!13. Women’s Handbags Starting at $29Our Absolute Favorite: Who doesn’t love some snake print? This fold-over clutch has plenty of it, and that metallic ring at the magnetic closure is everything. It was $48, but now it’s just $29!Shop all women’s handbags here!14. Women’s Skirts Starting at $30!Our Absolute Favorite: It’s definitely a must for New Year’s Eve, but you can totally work this sequin mini skirt into your everyday life too if you let it shine among more subdued tops and sweaters. It was $68, but now it’s just $41!Shop all women’s skirts here!15. Women’s Scarves Starting at $23Our Absolute Favorite: This brushed fringe scarf has both plaid and ombré elements going on, and that’s exactly what we like to see. Originally $38, you can now grab it for just $23!Shop all women’s scarves here!16. Women’s Hair Accessories Starting at $8Our Absolute Favorite: Scrunchies are back and they’re not going anywhere. We love the silk and lace ones, but this oversized faux-fur one is absolutely perfect for cold weather. It used to be $14, but now it’s just $8!Shop all women’s hair accessories here!17. Women’s Jewelry Starting at $5Our Absolute Favorite: These crawler earrings get you double the sparkle with just one piercing. They’re lovely for the holidays, but they really work for any time of year. Originally $17, they’re now $10!Shop all women’s jewelry here!18. Women’s Slippers Starting at $23Our Absolute Favorite: These cloud-like slippers have a puffy double-band design and an open toe to let your feet breathe — plus a padded footbed! Their price was $38, but you can now grab them for $23!Shop all women’s slippers here!19. Women’s Blazers Starting at $48Our Absolute Favorite: Plaid boyfriend blazers are a necessity for any style icon right now, and shoppers “absolutely love” this one. It was $128, but now it’s $77!Shop all women’s blazers here!20. Women’s Belts Starting at $15Our Absolute Favorite: This belt puts a twist on the typical buckle, giving it a geometric, modern, triangular shape instead. Now this is how you do an accessory. It was $58, but you can get it on sale for only $35!Shop all women’s belts here!Looking for more? Shop the rest of the Express Veterans Day Sale here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! Sponsored content. Us Weekly receives compensation for this article as well as for purchases made when you click on a link and buy something below.Happy Singles Day! This self-loving holiday has seriously caught on, and it’s the ultimate day to treat yourself. And who doesn’t love treating themselves — especially to some new clothes and accessories? Even better? When those clothes and accessories are on sale!- Advertisement –last_img read more

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FIFA Appoints Bondo to Take Charge of Nigeria, Zambia Showdown

first_imgNigeria will seal a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance with the minimum win in Uyo, in a clash that will see the winners of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and the champions of the 2013 edition come face-to-face in a match of huge significance. Kick –off is 5pm at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Joshua Bondo, a 39-year old referee from Botswana who has been an international arbiter for the past 10 years, will take charge of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying cracker between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo next week Saturday.World football-ruling body FIFA has appointed Bondo alongside his countrymen Oamogetse Godisamang (40, an international assistant referee since year 2010), who will serve as Assistant Referee 1, and Tirelo Mositwane (30, an international referee since 2013), who will serve as Fourth Official. Souru Phatsoane from Lesotho will be the Assistant Referee 2.Mr. Carlos Manuel Neves Henriques from South Africa will be the Referee Assessor while Sudanese Osama Hassan Ataaelmanan, who was Match Commissioner for the Match-day 4 clash between the Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Yaounde on September 4, will repeat the same role in Uyo on October 7.last_img read more

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SLIVER.tv aims to take over the esports video industry

first_imgSLIVER.tv, an esports entertainment platform, has announced a $20 million (£14,293,200) deal has been reached for Theta tokens in a private presale. The aim of this is to improve the available bandwidth for esports streams, leading to better video quality.The presale sold out in less than 48 hours, and included the following companies: DHVC, I Blockchain Capital, Nirvana Capital, aelf, Synapse Capital, Sierra Ventures, and the Venture Reality Fund. It was led by Danhua Capital and overseen by Steve Chen, Co-founder of YouTube, and Justin Kan, Co-founder of Twitch. Dovey Wan, Managing Director of Danhua Capital, spoke on the sale: “We’ve been impressed working with Mitch and the entire SLIVER.tv team since we led the company’s Series A round of financing. It’s clear they’re on an exponential growth trajectory and getting huge traction in the esports streaming community, their underlying video delivery technology under development makes all this possible.”“We’ve been in the crypto space since 2013 and are among the earliest supporters of DFINITY, Brave and Orchid Labs. Content delivery networks by nature can leverage decentralization and blockchain technology very well,” Wan continued. “Today’s blockchain technology is like the internet in 1996, I think Theta has the opportunity to become the dominant decentralized network that powers all video streaming for the next 20 years.”Mitch Liu, Co-Founder and CEO of SLIVER.tv and Theta Labs also had his say. “Our vision is to create the next generation esports and video streaming ecosystem by democratizing today’s centralized content delivery networks. We’re thrilled to have the support of so many blockchain and esports experts, we truly believe blockchain technology will disrupt esports and the broader video and media industries.“Video content accounts for nearly 80% of all internet data, it’s a huge problem and a multi-billion dollar opportunity that Theta is looking to democratize,” Liu concluded. Theta tokens are earned by those who login to the platform every single day, they can then be used as gifts for users’ favourite entertainers. In the near future, they’ll offer the ability for users to buy in-game goods.Over one million Theta tokens have been earned and distributed so far, and SLIVER.tv has explained that they will, one day, be suitable for advertisers and brand sponsors to fund ad campaigns and creators.Esports Insider says: What SLIVER.tv believes Theta tokens can offer is an exciting prospect, it’s just now a matter of time before we can see if they’ll really be welcomed into esports and video streaming.last_img read more

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Kootenay Ice gets snowed under by Cariboo Cougars

first_imgCariboo, first place in BCMMHL standings with a 7-2-1 mark, completed the sweep Sunday, pounding Kootenay 9-2 Sunday.It took the Cougars just over a period to get rid of their bus legs.The slow start allowed Kootenay to take a 3-2 lead into the first period intermission thanks to goals by Quinn Klimchuk of Castlegar, Trail’s Jake Lucchini and Mitch Foyle of Fruitvale.But Cariboo erased the one-goal deficit by outscoring the Ice 3-1 in the second.The Cougars added a four-spot in the third, including three goals on the power play, to complete the rout.John Skeet of Christina Lake completed the scoring for Kootenay.Ryan Forbes, who finished the game with five points including two goals, led Cariboo. Logan Styler also scored twice for the Cougars.Sunday, Cariboo held leads of 2-0 and 6-1. Eli Jarvis paced the Cougar attack with five points — a goal and four helpers.Nathan Craft scored three times for Cariboo. Grayson Reitmeier of Nakusp and Lucchini replied for KootenayFemale goalie Kimberley Newell and Brett Soles split the netminder duties for Kootenay.The Ice, falling to 1-6-1 on the season, travel to Victoria Saturday to meet the South Island Thunderbirds in the first of two meetings.The T-Birds, 1-6-3, are two points ahead of the Ice in BCMMHL [email protected] The B.C. Major Midget Hockey League leaders put some serious hurt on the basement dwellers from Kootenay this weekend in the Sunflower City.The Cariboo Cougars out scored the Ice 18-6 in two games to sweep the BCMMHL series this weekend at the Community Complex.The Cougars opened the series scoring four power play goals en route to a 9-4 victory over the Ice Saturday.last_img read more

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Mt Sentinel off to provincials despite dropping final to Falcons

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats ran out of gas in the quest to capture the Kootenay High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday in Nakusp.The Cats lost 68-62 to the Fernie Falcons in the tournament final.Mount Sentinel trailed for much of the contest, cutting the Falcons lead to two points in the final 30 seconds of the game.However, the Cats were unable to overcome the Fernie lead falling to the East Kootenay squad by six points. The Wildcats were led offensively in the tournament by Oliver Cougar and Johnny Johnson. Despite losing in the final the Wildcats still advance to the B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships as the second seed from the Kootenays.The Falcons enter the 16-team tournament as the top Kootenay seed.The Wildcats open against two-ranked BC Christian Academy Panthers of Port Coquitlam while Fernie meets Unity Christian of Chilliwack in round one games at the BC Championships.Sparwood Spartans defeated Grand Forks Wolves in the Kootenay tounament bronze medal game.Host Nakusp Cougars got past Salmo Falcons and Elkford Celtics in consolation action to finish in fifth spot in the seven-team tournament.The B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball tournament is scheduled for March 6-8 at the Events Centre in Langley.last_img read more

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