Messages from Mercury

first_img(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With MESSENGER in its final days before impact, the innermost planet has become a familiar place.NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has already made history before its scheduled crash into the planet Mercury on April 30.  After 10 years in space, 4,000 orbits (PhysOrg) and 10 terabytes of science data (see infographic), it will take years to digest the many discoveries made. After a near 40-year hiatus, MESSENGER, managed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), has provided a giant leap in Mercury science since the brief flybys of a far-less-capable spacecraft, Mariner 10, in 1974. MESSENGER’s swan song, a low-altitude campaign, has brought more discoveries to waiting planetary scientists and the public.A pre-crash news conference will be held on April 16. Results of a previous science conference (March 16) have been posted on PhysOrg.  Among the many surprises were thousands of  “hollows” (ranging in size from tens of meters to several kilometers across and tens of meters deep) that show Mercury is not a dead planet.  Because the “hollows appear to be younger than the planet’s freshest impact craters,” the finding “suggests that Mercury is a planet whose surface is still evolving.” Also, some scarps are thought to be less than 50 million years old, just a 1% fraction of the planet’s assumed 4.5 billion year history.  One more “geologically young” trait was found—young volatiles at the poles:MESSENGER’s low-altitude campaign has enabled imaging of the polar deposits in the permanently shadowed floors of Mercury’s near-polar craters at higher resolutions than ever previously obtained, says Nancy Chabot, the Instrument Scientist for MESSENGER’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and a planetary scientist with APL.“Acquired with the broadband filter of MDIS, low-altitude images show that the deposits have sharp, well-defined boundaries and are not disrupted by small, young impact craters,” says Chabot. “These characteristics indicate that the deposits are geologically young. This inference points either to delivery of volatiles to Mercury in the geologically recent past or to an ongoing process that restores the deposits and maintains the sharp boundaries.”Another mystery was solved, that of Mercury’s dark color. The BBC News and Science Magazine relay the answer: the planet has been spray-painted with comet dust and with carbon from certain carbon-rich meteorites. Because it is so close to the sun, Mercury gets pummeled often by comets and wandering bodies pulled in by the sun’s gravity. The high-speed impacts create amorphous carbon with the darkness of pencil lead (graphite) and soot. The BBC article claims it has been going on for billions of years, but does not explain.  A press release from Brown University says that after billions of years, “Mercury’s surface should be anywhere from 3 to 6 percent carbon.”As with almost every object in the solar system, actual data provided by visiting spacecraft have been surprising, revolutionary, and contrary to expectations. Usually the data do not fit the A.S.S. assumption. Three evidences of youth are provided above; there are more, such as the magnetic field that should be long gone. Creation scientists freed from the bad A.S.S. of the moyboys may wish to look at the spray-painting by comets and make some projections about how much soot should be there after 4.5 billion years. Perhaps young craters can tell something about the depth of the material.Two other missions are worth watching for evidence of youth: the Rosetta Mission (ongoing) at a comet, and the July arrival of New Horizons at Pluto. Already, some are expecting it to be “gusty and gassy” according to Space.com.  For something out in the cold reaches of the solar system, that will be difficult for the moyboys to explain (but they will make up a story, as they always do).last_img read more

Rallying behind Bafana on Football Tuesday

first_img(Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483-0122 [email protected] Africans are rallying behind their national football squad with an enthusiastic show of support for “Football Tuesday”, the day Bafana Bafana take on France in their final match of the opening round of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The initiative is modeled on Football Fridays, a long-running campaign in which South Africans have been wearing yellow Bafana shirts to work, school and college every Friday to show their support for the team.Football Tuesday was declared by Brand South Africa, in partnership with Primedia and the Southern Sun hotel group.South Africa and France are at the bottom of Group A, with one point each. Mexico and Uruguay share the top spot with thee points apiece.“Bafana Bafana may be down, but they are certainly not out,” Brand South Africa said in a statement.“A convincing win against France this Tuesday is all the team needs to progress in this first World Cup on African soil.”France drew 0-0 with Uruguay and then lost 2-0 to Mexico in their first two World Cup matches. South Africa drew 1-1 to Mexico and lost 3-0 to Uruguay.To give them a chance to go through to the second round, South Africa now need either Uruguay or Mexico – who play at the same time on the 22nd – to win. And, of course, Bafana need to beat France.“For this reason, now more than ever, we need to paint Tuesday yellow and green from all the four corners of our country in support of our national team,” said Sophie Masipa, Brand South Africa marketing manager.“The vuvuzela clarion call must bring us together as we spur our boys on their most important assignment yet.”On Tuesday, the best result for South Africa – out of many possible permutations that will allow them to go through – is for Uruguay to beat Mexico 5-0 and Bafana to take a 1-0 lead over France.last_img read more

Mountain biking in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is a treasure trove of exciting routes, discovered and waiting to be uncovered, with weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year.The sport is growing so fast that there are now a number of mountain biking schools to teach you the skills to get the best out of your equipment – and the terrain you move through. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa ReporterMTB heaven! South Africa is a treasure trove of exciting routes, discovered and waiting to be uncovered, with weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year, all day and just about every day.Around Cape Town there are some great single-track routes on the mountain and in the pine plantations. There are escorted trips on the mountain, around the winelands and in the Cape Point section of the Cape Peninsula National Park.The scenic De Hoop National Park near Swellendam, up the east coast from Cape Town, has dedicated, easy trails. There are a few hardcore trails near Swellendam, and then onto the Garden Route, which is just fantastic.There are four superb, laid-out circular tracks in the Harkerville Forest, ranging from mellow to a hectic red route. And nearby are two long, quite strenuous linear trails, Homtini and Petrus se Brand. Locals and international visitors alike agree that the last 6km of Petrus se Brand is the most fun single track ever.Port Elizabeth also has dedicated trails, including one traversing a green belt which cuts right through the middle of the city. An annual MTB race on the Wild Coast set a precedent for pedaling this fantastic area.KwaZulu-Natal has its share of routes, with many great ones in the Drakensberg and the Midlands.Pietermaritzburg, especially, is blessed with superb options. It hosted the opening round of the UCI Nissan Mountain Bike World Cup in April 2009 and will host an MTB World Cup event for another three years after the success of 2009.The Free State is home to some seriously strenuous trails, and often has competitions. There’s one called the Two Mountains Race, which should give you an idea of what you’d be in for.And Johannesburg has a huge active MTB population, so there are a lot of trails nearby. Many of these urbanites head out to the wonderful trails in Mpumalanga, where you’ll find lots of opportunity to get down and dirty.MOUNTAIN BIKING OPERATORS Active Escapes specialise in providing personalised mountain bike and cycling holidays, to accommodate all level of riders. The offerings range from fully- supported and professionally guided tours to tours in which cyclists are left to themselves, but provided with detailed route information, while logistics, such as accommodation bookings, airport and end-point vehicle transfers are taken care of. Active Escapes offers cycling holidays in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on the Wild Coast, and in the Drakensberg. Beach and Bush presents short trails at Oribi Gorge on the KwaZulu- Natal south coast, as well as a tour of Durban, which takes participants to the city’s most happening venues.Bendito Ranch is a game farm with self-catering accommodation, situated in Mkopane (Potgietersrus), a malaria free part of Limpopo, with four scenic mountain bike trails and hiking trails totalling a distance of 60km. Fishing, photography safaris, game drives, birdwatching, hunting (in season) and barbeques and breakfast in the bush are also available.Bicycling Magazine has sections on mountain biking and, very usefully, on rides. Explore the rides’ archive for a nice list of possibilities from around South Africa.Cape Mountain Biking Tours features a strong team that provides tours in the Eastern and Western Cape, varying in length from one day to the 11 day tour from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Places of interest and interesting experiences are included along the way. A two-day self-ride tour of the Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope is also available.Clearwater Trails, located near Port Edward in Kwazulu-Natal, offer a marvellous mix of terrain and memorable sightseeing with four custom-built and carefully marked MTB trails which have something to suit all levels and tastes with riding on single and double tracks. All the trail options are set against the alluring backdrop of the Indian Ocean with the longer trails passing through Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Crags View Wild Care Centre before ending at Clearwater Trail Centre.Cycle Lab is one of South Africa’s leading bicycle shops, with in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo. The Cycle Lab website offers plenty of information on events. The newsletters’archive is a very useful and wide-ranging source of information.Day Trippers is based in Cape Town. They offer a nice variety of escorted, vehicle-supported rides, including day tours, which take in the Cape Peninsula, the Winelands, Table Mountain, whale watching at Hermanus, and township tours; extended tours, ranging from five to 150 people, and from five days to 28 days; Epic trippers allows cyclists access to parts of the Cape Epic route, while training rides for the epic itself are on offer. Other destinations avalable include the Cedarberg, the Garden Route and the Karoo.The Dirtopia website includes a section on the Dirtopia Trail Centre, which is based on Delvera farm (R44 between Stellenbosch & the N1). It was created to provide active travellers with hiking and mountain bike trail information as well as serve as a base for permit sales for a range of trails in the Klapmutskop Conservancy. There is also a section for the Dirtopia MTB Festival, as well as other events.Downhill Adventures offer sandboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, and mountain biking. The MTB rides include in and around Cape Town, the Winelands, the Tokai Forest, the Table Mountain, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. There are over 100 bikes for rent, including hi-spec 27-gear Giants.Drifters offers overland tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Zanzibar, Kenya, and Uganda. They also offer a six-day, five-night hiking and cycling holiday on the Wild Coast, which starts from Port St Johns.Eastern Cape Mountain Biking is a website that covers the Eastern Cape’s mountain bike options impeccably. It features nicely-detailed accounts of many routes, training rides, and many other articles of interest that ensure comprehensive coverage of the region and the sport. Encounter South Africa offers some suggestions on MTB routes to try around South Africa.Escape Cycle Tours offers tours throughout South Africa, including in the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, a six-day pre-Argus Tour, cycling in the Magaliesberg, Lesotho MTB rides, the KZN Midlands Meander route, the Cape Winelands, the Kruger National Park, the Mashatu Cycle Tour, a 12-day tour from Stellenbosch to Port Elizabeth, a tour from Knysna to Gordon’s Bay, a three-day Johannesburg to Durban trip, the Lindani tour, the Namaqualand Daisy tour, and Maluti Spring tour, as well as cycling in Soweto, and a combo cycling and surfing tour.EveryTrail in South Africa includes a nice list of races and routes, which take place throughout South Africa. The website includes a little info on every suggested route and race.Giba Gorge, near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, offers a number of superb trails for mountain bikers of various skills levels – from easy to expert. There is also a BMX track, free style dirt jumps, a Cyclelab bike shop, a coffee shop, conference centre, bar, and camping facilities.iRideAfrica offers both mountain bike holidays and road cycling tours. Their “Ride Shuttle” is also available for lifts to top jumps, downhill tracks or bike parks around Cape Town. There are a number of tour options and a Blog to keep up with the latest iRideAfrica happenings.The Johannesburg Mountain Biking Club does not have a home base, but through contact between its members, rides are undertaken on most Sundays at various locations around the city, with different lengths, difficulty and technical challenges offered. Visitors are welcome to join in JMBC rides at a cost of R20.Lebanon MTB Trails is located in the heart of the Elgin Valley in the Western Cape, an hour’s drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus. There are four well marked trails that meander through some stunning terrain and everyone from beginners to experienced riders is catered for, with the trails ranging from 5.8km to 25km in distance. Accommodation is available at Oak Lane Cottages, where the trails start and end.Linx Africa: Mountain Bike Trails in South Africa features a list of towns that have MTB trails. Click on a town and you’re taken to a description of trails in the area, with telephone, fax, and e-mail info for enquiries and bookings.Live2Ride offers rentals, trails, and guided tours. They operate in the Western Cape and visit among others, Langebaan, Fossil Park, Saldanha, Koringsberg, and Aurora. Tours include the West Coast Tour, the Garden Route Tour, and the Odyssey Tour, which takes place in Botswana.Makadas Adventures is a mountain bike event company based in the Western Cape. It offers challenging mountain bike events, mostly in the Klein Karoo area. The company’s stated goal is to bring back the fun and adventure to mountain biking, which it does by featuring a wide variety of events – from extreme to simple fun events. Their trails vary from year to year to keep things interesting and new routes are added as farmers open up their trails.Mankele Mountain Biking is located right in the heart of Mpumalanga and features tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breathtaking views. It’s a superb venue for riders of all abilities, with numerous trails of varying lengths and technical tests. It also offers accommodation as well as other exciting activities.Mountain Biking Africa operates on the beautiful Garden Route. They offer from half- to 13-day tours. These include three different Outeniqua Mountain tours; the Ostrich Tour; the Knysna Experience; Steady Eddie’s Mountain Madness, which was originally designed as a Cape Epic training camp; Steady Eddie’s Buffalo Hills, a slightly easier version of Mountain Madness; and a 13-day tour of Botswana. Bikes are available for hire.Mountain Biking South Africa offer tailor-made mountain trips – with budgetary options of basic, medium, or exclusive – in the Eastern and Western Cape where there are countless breaktaking (literally and figuratively) routes to be explored. They operate out of the beautiful Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.MTBiker is loaded with a wide variety of information, including on tracks all around the country, which are submitted by mountain bikers themselves. There is also a forum, a blog, events calendar, classifieds, general news and news on equipment.MTB Online features information on trails, races, clubs, shops, products, and holidays. There are reviews and information about maintenance, riding skills, and news. Trails may also be searched by province and links to cycling-related blogs are provided.MTBSA.CO.ZA features a race calendar; a list of MTB clubs; info on trails, which is available by clicking on towns, and other fun stuff. MTBROUTES.CO.ZA lists routes in the different provinces, with an overview, fast facts about each route, and the level of difficulty. It also lists events and has articles on other adventure sports too. The Oak Valley Mountain Biking Experience, located on the Oak Valley Wine Estate, offers three mountain bike routes, including the 14-kilometre Green Route for the family, a 21-kilometre Red Route for stronger riders, and the 25- kilometre Black Route for more advanced riders. The scenery is outstanding and the routes include a lot of singletrack.Olifants Camp – Kruger National Park trails are offered in the north of the world famous game reserve. Up to six people at a time can be accommodated , with two qualified and armed field guides leading the way. The Olifants Camp supplies mountain bikes, backpacks, water bottles, helmets and snacks. Three trail options are available. Outeniqua Biking Trails offer tailor-made tours and trails, ranging from half-a-day to multi-day tours on the picturesque Garden Route. Bikes are also available for hire. Groups of from four to six people, aged 18 to 55 years, are the norm. All guides are SATOUR registered and experienced cyclists.Paarl MTB presents rides in Franschoek and its surrounds. There are 24 choices of routes, ranging from 19 kilometres in length to 134 kilometres. Extensive information on each route is available, including maps and gradients.The Pedal Power Association is the largest cycling association in South Africa and includes over 16 000 paid members. Its website offers a section on mountain biking that includes news, a calendar, and a number of routes in the Western Cape, which is where the Pedal Power Association has its offices.The thehubsa.co.za is South Africa’s leading cycling forum. It is always busy with many visitors and it’s a place where social cyclists are able to interact with the country’s top pros. It’s also the place to go for breaking news in South African cycling.The Cycle Travel Company is located in Johannesburg and is proudly affiliated with South African Tour de France cyclist Robbir Hunter. They offer tours not only throughout South Africa, but throughout the world. Both mountain bikers and road cyclists are catered for. In addition, multi sport tour options, including horse riding and golf, are offered.Treadmag is a magazine that focuses exclusively on mountain biking, delivering content that is relevant to South Africa, as well as being entertaining and informative. Find out where to get it under the list of stockists on the website.Xcape Biking Tours provides guided one-day or multi-day cycle trips for MTB, downhill and road cyclists of reasonable fitness. They arrange travel, accomodation, meals and onwards journeys. They also host training camps.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Facebook Now Recognizes Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit In some ways, it’s actually extremely surprising that it took Facebook this long. After all, civil unions and domestic partnerships have both been around for many years now and have even achieved legal status in a number of states and countries. Of course, whenever something new is added, it immediately calls into question why other options aren’t available. Facebook-alternative Diaspora alluded to this when it made gender an open-ended text field rather than a multiple-choice question. Now that Facebook has gone a step further with its relationship options, how will it handle gender definitions? Will it remain binary or will it open up to more possibilities, as Diaspora did?Facebook had this to say on the topic: “This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook.” Related Posts center_img mike melanson Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Sometimes, websites like Facebook or Google make the tiniest change and it makes headlines. This is one of those times. Today, 600 million member strong Facebook added two new options to its list of relationship status possibilities: “In a civil union” and “In a domestic partnership.”It’s not that this change has wide-reaching effects in terms of usability or functionality, but rather that it is an acknowledgement and acceptance of newly adopted societal norms. It is a validation, by the site many people use to define themselves online, that same-sex marriages, civil unions and other non-traditional relationships have reached a level that deserve recognition.The Huffington Post’s Bianca Bosker first noticed the change, writing that the new fields are being rolled out in the U.S. and several other countries, including Canada, France, the U.K., and Australia and were introduced “in consultation with Facebook’s Network of Support.”We confirmed the new relationship statuses on our own accounts and took a screenshot of our own.last_img read more

A Heat-Recovery Ventilation System for the Potwine Passivhaus

first_imgWhere should the ventilation vents go?At left is an image of the exhaust vent in the kitchen. The architect and Zehnder seemed to have two different philosophies about where each vent should go. The architect intended to place exhaust vents in the kitchen and the two bathrooms, and to place supply vents in the bedrooms and the main living area. Zehnder seemed to think that supply vents weren’t needed in the main living area because the supply air from the upstairs bedrooms would filter downstairs.On one hand, the architect’s configuration seems like a better idea because the living area is a large space and it would be nice to have fresh air piped there directly. On the other hand, the bedrooms are the locations where CO2 buildup will be the greatest — small spaces, closed off all night, with people breathing inside — and therefore would benefit from as much fresh air as possible.Three weeks later, we still appear to be at an impasse. Tightly sealed homes are more comfortableWhen you seal up the exterior shell of the building, it makes for a more comfortable home in addition to saving energy. When you open the front door, cold air can’t rush in — it has nowhere to go. There are no cold drafts throughout the house because cold air isn’t leaking in anywhere.If you build your house according to the Passivhaus standard, it should take 1 hour 40 minutes for all of the air in the building to leak out and be replaced by new air when the house is depressurized to 50 Pascals with respect to the outdoors. (This is equivalent to 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals. It’s not exactly clear to me why this particular number is the target.) A typical home will leak out all of its air in 30 minutes, equivalent to leaving the front door wide open! As they set out to build a single-family Passivhaus on Potwine Lane in Amherst, Massachusetts, Alexi Arango and LeeAnn Kim asked themselves, “Is it possible to live without burning fossil fuels?” One measure of success would be meeting their goal of net-zero energy performance. This is the ninth blog in a series. Alexi Arango is an assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he and his students conduct research on next-generation photovoltaic cells. Arango teaches a joint physics/environmental studies course on renewable energy. Arango’s blog is called Potwine Passive House. The amazing ventilator brings in fresh air without wasting energyA ventilation system is designed to address this problem, bringing in fresh air to every room while miraculously not wasting much energy. It’s ingenious and surprisingly simple — probably one of the coolest energy-saving ideas ever!The heart of the system is a type of heat exchanger (shown in the image above) which takes cold air from outside and pulls it through tiny pores. Each pore is surrounded by another set of pores flowing warm air from inside in the opposite direction. As the cold air passes by the warm air, almost all of the heat energy (up to 95%) transfers from the warm air to the cold air. It’s easy to think that the temperature of the two air flows might equilibrate to some intermediate temperature, but that’s not what happens. The real life Zehnder ComfoAir 200 HRVThe actual ventilator, called a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV), looks like a big rectangular box with squid-like flexible ducts going everywhere. It’s installed in the attic space and the ducts are routed down to each room. The installation seemed to be pretty quick and easy — it took two guys about two days, although we ran into an issue.center_img The secret behind how it worksImagine two tubes, side by side, shown at left. One has cold air entering from outside, one has warm air entering from inside. Since the two tubes are in contact, they will have pretty much the same temperature at each cross section along the tubes, warmer near the inside and cooler near the outside. As air passes through the tubes, heat is transferred between the tubes in order to maintain the temperature profile along the length of both tubes. Notice how incoming cold air is heated up to room temperature and outgoing warm air is cooled down to the outside temperature. The efficiency of this process can be very high as long as the temperature difference between the two tubes is small and the thermal conductivity of the tubes is high. The same process runs in reverse in the summer. You are getting sleepy and sicklyPeople need fresh air, otherwise they’ll start to feel a little dizzy and tired due to the build up of CO2 and lack of oxygen. At 600 ppm of CO2, air starts to feel stuffy. At 1000 ppm, you’ll start to feel drowsy. Even measurements of typically constructed homes find that CO2 concentrations in the bedrooms at night with the windows closed will often reach over 2000 ppm!The more tightly sealed the house, the worse the situation gets. Furthermore, toxic gases offgasing from glues, coatings, paints, and plastics will cause long-term health problems if they are allowed to build up in the home. June 5, 2014: The amazing ventilation systemBack from my trip to Korea and Japan, I have three weeks of exciting work on the house to catch you up on. The ventilation system went in, although we ran into some issues about where to put some of the vents. RELATED ARTICLES The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstCold Weather Slows Progress at the Potwine PassivhausPlacing Concrete for a Passivhaus FoundationFraming Begins at the Potwine PassivhausAttaching SIPs to Structural 2×6 StudsSetting Roof Trusses at the Potwine Passivhaus Roof Sheathing and Window Bucks for the Potwine PassivhausConnecting to the Grid Can Be Expensivelast_img read more

Jermain Defoe disappointed to miss out on England’s Euro squad

first_imgSunderland striker Jermain Defoe has expressed disappointment at being overlooked for England’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 , despite ending the domestic season as the third-highest English goalscorer in the Premier League.Defoe, who finished 10 goals behind Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and nine behind Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot, enjoyed a productive season, scoring 15 league goals and helping to steer Sunderland to safety.England manager Roy Hodgson, however, chose youth over experience in his 26-man squad for the European Championship on Monday, including 18-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford at the expense of the 33-year-old Defoe. (England capable of matching anyone at Euro: Rooney )”Obviously I’ve not been involved with England for quite a while and I’ve always thought that getting into an England squad before a tournament is based on merit,” Defoe told British media. “I just feel like I’ve done everything that I could do.”As a forward if you score goals then you’ve got a chance of going. So obviously, when you’re not in the squad, it’s a disappointment.”England face Russia, Slovakia and Wales in Group B of the 24-team tournament in France, which starts on June 10.last_img read more

BC man charged after truck commandeered and driver held for several hours

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – A British Columbia man is facing several charges including kidnapping and use of a firearm after a semi-tractor trailer and its driver were allegedly commandeered by an armed assailant earlier this week.RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the incident began late Monday afternoon when a Mountie found a man slumped over in his running van near Avola, B.C. As the officer was putting the suspect into a police car he overpowered him and drove off in his original vehicle.In what Moskaluk described as a “very dynamic situation” the driver allegedly forced a pick-up truck to pull over but was unsuccessful in taking the vehicle, then took off again when police arrived.Moskaluk said the man ended up stopping at a roadside turnout north of Kamloops where semi-tractor trailers were parked.He approached one of the vehicles, smashed out a window and attempted unsuccessfully to convince the trucker to drive him away, Moskaluk said.The man then jumped into a second truck loaded with wood and is alleged by police to have threatened the driver and brandished a gun.“Now the truck driver proceeded with the suspect southbound with police officers responding in the vicinity with several unmarked vehicles,” said Moskaluk.“Essentially they joined into a convoy, unbeknownst to the suspect and were following the truck at a safe distance.”The driver of the truck was able to receive instructions from police by phone and convinced the suspect he was speaking to his dispatcher in order avoid suspicion.The driver was able to jump out of the semi when he pulled into a weigh scale station west of Kamloops and sought shelter with officers on scene.Moskaluk says the emergency response team disabled the truck and attempted to force the suspect out of the vehicle using gas canisters.“He did not exit the vehicle and attempted to drive it further. He only succeeded in driving it a few hundred metres before it slid off the roadway and overturned,” said Moskaluk.“The suspect exited the vehicle only to be met by the awaiting police service dog team, who effected the arrest without further incident.”The suspect suffered minor dog bite injuries and was arrested.David Lee Chappell, 33, of the Lower Mainland faces a number of charges including kidnapping and use of a firearm in the commission of an offence.Moskaluk said the case could have ended up far worse.“No individuals were injured throughout the course of the incident and no shots were fired by the suspect,” he said.“Considering that this started off with an officer being overpowered by an individual we’re thankful.”Moskaluk said the investigation is continuing and further charges could still be laid.— By Bill Graveland in Calgary, follow @BillGraveland on Twitter.last_img read more

The Elders Condemn Terror Attack In Manchester

first_imgThe Elders condemned the terror attack in Manchester and expressed their deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured, and to all the people of the United Kingdom.The Elders were dismayed to learn at their biannual board meeting in Helsinki of the suicide bombing at a music concert that left so many young people dead and injured.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:“This is a sickening attack. The murder of young people at a concert is an assault on humanity itself. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all the people of Manchester and the UK. The Elders stand in solidarity with you, and salute your determination to fight terror, assert the values of love and decency, and defend an open and free way of life.”last_img read more

Attawapiskat Chief takes to social media to warn of 5 more suicide

first_imgWe are grateful for the well wishes for Attawapiskat from around the world as the numbers keep climbing. 5 more children yesterday evening— Bruce Shisheesh (@BruceShisheesh) April 16, 2016It has been a week since the community 700 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay declared due to a rash of suicide attempts by children, youth and elders in the community.In an interview Friday night at a social which was planned by Shisheesh himself, the chief told APTN the community has been overwhelmed with everything.“We’re trying to stay focused and we’re trying to stay positive,” said Shisheesh.The weekend began with a candle light vigil, where about 200 community members gathered at the church and walked around the community, singing and praying along the way.Two years ago Georgina Wesley’s 14-year old son attempted suicide. Her family joined the vigil to support the community.  Wesley said she feels for the families and knows what they’re going through. Wesley wants the children and youth to know people care.“There’s always somebody there to listen, they will be there and hopefully that help comes soon” she said.On Saturday, approximately 40 youth gathered at the community centre, tasked with setting up a youth committee.Sky Koostachin, 21, said the crisis affects everyone in the community and that is why she’s stepping in to offer her help.“I know the responsibilities of the youth committee and I am willing to help drive it to success,” said Koostachin. She said a youth drop-in centre will be a top priority for the committee.Members of the Attawapiskat First Nation march through the community. Photo: Jason Leroux/APTNCommunity member Robert Sutherland is also taking a lead in the creation of the committee.  Sutherland was called to help with security last weekend, when children were brought to the hospital due to suicide attempts. He said the crisis has been a wake-up call.“Some of these kids are close to the age of my kids,” said Sutherland. “I have two boys, five and six, and I started thinking is this how my boys are going to be when they reach their age.”The community is now waiting for a visit from the riding’s member of Parliament Charlie Angus and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Carolyn Bennett.Shisheesh would also like the see Minister of Health Jane Philpott.https://twitter.com/BruceShisheesh/status/721351791489781764“We’re looking for commitment because Attawapiskat is lacking resources to help our young people and that’s why we need the federal government to get on board, the provincial government did their part,” said [email protected] (The community of Attawapiskat is still dealing with young people threatening to take their own lives. Photo: Jason Leroux/APTN)Annette Francis APTN National NewsATTAWAPISKAT — The Chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation on the shores of James Bay has taken to twitter to announce more suicide attempts by young people in the community.Bruce Shisheesh took to twitter Friday to thank people from around the world for supporting Attawapiskat and then stating “5 more children yesterday evening.”Shisheesh could not be immediately reached for comment.last_img read more

Liquor store robbed in Nassau three suspects for construction site shooting

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nassauconstructionsiteshooting, #Nassauliquorstorerobbed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Nassau – A Friday armed robbery of a wholesale liquor store and two customers has police on the hunt for the suspects in that case.   It happened around 8pm at a store on Blue Hill Road in Nssau.  Both men were armed.Three men are being questioned in connection to the Shirley Street murder at the construction site say Police.   The men were taken into custody since Wednesday for the shooting on December 10, where one man was killed, two others hospitalized in a reportedly botched armed robbery.#MagneticMediaNews#Nassauliquorstorerobbed#Nassauconstructionsiteshootinglast_img read more