Rabat – Moroccans are expected to celebrate Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) on August 22, astronomer and researcher Abdelaziz Khabrouch Al Ifrani told Morocco World News on Tuesday.Al Ifrani, whose previous predictions for Ramadan and other religious celebrations based on the lunar calendar were all correct, said that based on astronomical calculations, Morocco will be able to see the crescent of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah on August 12. The following day would be the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah which will impact when Eid Al Adha will be celebrated.Dhu al-Hijjah is the sacred month in the Islamic calendar in which the Hajj (pilgrimage) takes place. The month also marks Eid Al Adha, which is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The expert added that “it will be impossible in any way” for specialists to sight the crescent of the 10th Islamic month on Saturday, August 11, even with advanced equipment.Al Ifrani said that all these predictions are according to astronomical calculations. The astronomer also called on Islamic countries to fully disclose the standards they use to make their calculations.Preparations for Eid Al AdhaIn June, Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch announced the ministry’s plans to prepare for Eid Al Adha in a meeting attended by representatives of the National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA) and the National Agricultural Advisory Board (ONCA).The objective of the meeting was to ensure better animal traceability and transparency in commercial transactions, since most Muslim families will purchase and slaughter a sheep or goat for the holiday.For Muslims, Eid Al Adha is the second holiest celebration in Islam after Ramadan. The day honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ishmael in an act of obedience to God’s command. Before Ibrahim sacrificed his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead to honor him for obeying his command. Muslims across the world celebrate the day, sacrificing a sheep or a goat to honor Ibraham.How Muslims celebrate the feastIn the morning of the feast, thousands of Muslim men across the globe dress up in white traditional clothes, especially djellabas. Men then head to mosques to perform salat El Eid (Eid prayers).After the prayers, the family gathers to experience the joy of Eid as the father or the oldest brother slaughters the sheep or the goat. Part of the meat is donated to needy and poor people.Families also greet and invite each other over for dinner. Most regions in Morocco serve couscous with meat and vegetables for dinner.
Mens Lacrosse Tre Leclaire leads No 6 Ohio State to thrilling 1211Mens Lacrosse Tre Leclaire leads No 6 Ohio State to thrilling 1211
Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team remained undefeated after an electrifying performance from sophomore attack Tre Leclaire led the Buckeyes (4-0) to a 12-11 victory against unranked Jacksonville (2-3) Sunday.Ohio State trailed 11-9 as the clock ran dangerously low in the fourth quarter, but rallied behind Leclaire, who scored three straight goals to tie and eventually win the game in overtime.Leclaire’s game-tying goal was scored with just 1.8 seconds left on the clock and came off a long-distance feed from junior midfielder Logan Maccani.Leclaire, who had previously been held scoreless by a solid Dolphins defense headed by freshman Dixon Smith, exploded again in overtime, quickly getting a close-range shot off against junior Jacksonville goalie Hunter Sells, who managed to shut down the attempt.Sells’ incredible save kept the hope of an upset alive for the Dolphins, but Leclaire came back for more and scored the game-winning goal after another feed from Maccani.The rally closed out a tight, four-plus-quarter battle that kept the Buckeyes’ win streak alive. Ohio State came out of the gate with two first-quarter goals, but was beaten offensively in the second and third quarters by the Dolphins, who scored eight goals to Ohio State’s four.Six Buckeyes, including sophomore midfielder Ryan Terefenko and senior attack Colin Chell, scored. They helped the team put up 27 shots on goal, while Jacksonville had a combined 36 shots on the Ohio State defense. Both teams finished with 13 wins in the faceoff circle.Ohio State takes on No. 19 Marquette in Wisner Stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, kicking off the Midwest Lacrosse Classic Friday.
Softball Sixrun third propels Ohio State to 62 victory against Michigan StateSoftball Sixrun third propels Ohio State to 62 victory against Michigan State
Bri Betschel holds her bat out, prior to pulling back for a swing in a game against WrightState on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team failed to get a single hit in the first two innings.But that was about it for the lull in the offense for the Buckeyes, with the team scoring six runs in the bottom of the third inning. The flurry of runs would be all Ohio State needed to beat Michigan State in a 6-2 win Saturday afternoon, clinching the series win. Freshman Kallie Boren pinch hit for catcher Becca Gavin in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded and came through for her team, hitting a three-run double in the third inning to extend Ohio State’s lead to 6-0.“Sometimes it’s just about timely hitting and Kallie stepped in when it was a really big moment and she took advantage of it,” hitting coach Jenna Hall said.“I think I saw all of my teammates getting on base and I knew that I wanted to do something for the team,” Boren said. “I saw them pitching me inside, so I thought they were going to come in again and they did, and it was just there.”Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McCombs kicked off the scoring in the third inning, knocking in freshman third baseman Niki Carver with an RBI double.White drew a bases-loaded walk that brought McCombs home. It was the second bases-loaded walk of the inning and seventh total walk issued in the game by Michigan State starting pitcher Bridgette Rainey.“As the game evolves, you pay attention to what’s going on and you try to make adjustments and I think that our girls did a really good job of being patient for what they were looking for,” Hall said.Michigan State freshman first baseman Riley Paxson responded to Ohio State’s scoring by hitting the first home run of her career in the top of the fourth inning.With the win, Ohio State has taken the first two games of the series against Michigan State. But the Buckeyes had to snap a three-game losing skid that included a two-game sweep against Northwestern and a 7-0 blowout against Ohio University Wednesday.“The season’s long and there’s adversity and there’s struggle and there’s positives and I think sometimes you just have to flow with it and learn and I think after this week and Wednesday taking a tough loss, they knew that they couldn’t sit on it,” Hall said. “They had to bounce back.”The Buckeyes have outscored the Spartans 16-4 this weekend and will face Michigan State at noon Sunday eyeing a potential sweep in their final game of the weekend.“I think we’re feeling really good. We feel on track and we’re working together,” Boren said. “Everything is clicking so I think tomorrow we’re going to come out fighting and hopefully get that win.”
Skeptical Football A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks Struggling Against The Buffalo BillsSkeptical Football A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks Struggling Against The Buffalo Bills
There’s a bit of a schism in sports fandom. On one side there are those who want more and more statistical analysis (Hi, everybody!); on the other there are those who think stats are overused and blanch at how sabermetrics and analytics have changed what it means to be a good fan.But I have a theory about this latter group: In general, they’re not really anti-stats. Virtually every argument about sports on TV or online is made using stats of one sort or another.1My wife, who is not a sports fan herself, describes “Pardon The Interruption” as “a bunch of guys shouting numbers at each other until a bell rings.” A typical exchange between talking heads includes one guy emphasizing one set of stats (“He throws a lot of touchdowns!”), which is then countered by another (“But he throws too many interceptions!”). Almost no sports fans are truly anti-stats, they’re just anti-complicated, hard-to-understand stats.And to some extent, they’re right. Over-reliance on advanced metrics can lose the forest for the trees, and vice versa. But, ideally, good stats aren’t meant to eradicate classic storylines or debates, but to lend context to them (and hopefully to shed new light on difficult questions along the way). As usual, let me illustrate with an example using Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.The Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers each played the Buffalo Bills in Weeks 14 and 15 of this season, respectively. In both games, the MVP-candidate QBs “struggled” statistically. This shouldn’t be a total surprise: Despite having games against Manning, Rodgers and Tom Brady, Buffalo has had arguably the best defense in the NFL this year (judging by expected points denied per play).But Rodgers’s and Manning’s stats seemed particularly bad. Each threw two interceptions, no TDs and fewer than 200 yards. Manning’s 51-game TD streak ended, and Rodgers threw just his fourth and fifth INTs of the season.The media wasn’t kind to either quarterback, but much of it was particularly brutal to Manning. Here’s the Colorado NBC affiliate: “Denver wins despite Manning’s worst game as a Bronco.” Meanwhile, a number of stories about Green Bay’s loss emphasized Rodgers’s lack of interceptions this year or the fact that his receivers dropped or tipped some key passes.But not all no-TD, two-INT, 180-yard games are created equal. For example, Manning’s two interceptions were pretty “good” as far as interceptions go: the first was 42 yards downfield (which is practically a punt), and the other was 18 yards downfield on a third-and-12 — with the Broncos up 21-3. In general, it’s a bad idea to judge a QB who throws a small number of passes in a game his team led wire to wire.Besides, touchdowns and interceptions can be fickle: For example, sometimes a significant part of QB efficiency can be accounted for by whether his team likes to run or pass on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. But a QB often has just as much of an effect on his team’s ability to run the ball as he does on its ability to throw it. (If all teams played optimally, game theory suggests he should affect them about equally, because opposing defenses should adapt to a stronger passing game by devoting more resources to it.)With some exceptions, it generally makes more sense to judge a QB by the outcomes of his team’s offensive drives. From this perspective, the difference between Manning vs. Buffalo and Rodgers vs. Buffalo was pretty stark. Here are the outcomes of each player’s drives by situation:Denver started out its game against Buffalo with a punt, then scored TDs on three of its next five drives (also, one of those drives ended in field goal range after Jacob Tamme fumbled a completed catch). Up 18 points in the second half, its offense stalled, particularly as it attempted to run more. But even counting those possessions, 10 (non-end-of-game) drives were turned into three TDs and one field goal. This may have been a bit of an off day for Peyton Manning, but that’s a good day for most QBs. Denver’s 2.18 points per drive was only slightly below its season average of 2.33, and was better than 24 teams have averaged in 2014. Green Bay’s offense, on the other hand, started out cold (punting on three of its first four drives), and basically stayed that way — ultimately scoring only 13 points on 13 drives.The point here isn’t to knock Rodgers or Green Bay. The Rodgers-led offense still leads the league with 2.7 points per drive this year, and with his TD/INT ratio (so beloved by media everywhere) still a league-best 7/1, Rodgers is still probably the MVP frontrunner. But we should understand the limitations of first-order stats that people are shouting about, and how they can be deceptive. What context do they include, and what do they ignore?Chart of the weekThe Seattle Seahawks’ defense has its own deceptive stats. The defending champions are in an odd spot. If the playoffs started today, the 10-4 Seahawks would play a wildcard game on the road against the 6-8 New Orleans Saints. And depending how the next two weeks go, they could easily end up as the top seed in the NFC, or out of the playoffs entirely.Two weeks ago, I introduced some “scoring curves,” and showed how Seattle’s defense (with the team 8-4 at the time) flirted with league average in many situations (such as when its opponent has a long way to go for a touchdown). Many readers expressed skepticism, particularly because Seattle has the best defense in the NFL by the old “yards allowed” metric, and is among the league leaders in points allowed per game (as well as yards per play against).I partially agree: I find it very unlikely that Seattle’s defense is average or below average. And I’m tempted to go further and say that it’s unlikely this defense is much worse than last year’s squad. But the stats show the defense has had a pretty huge regression to the mean in measurable defensive outcomes.To show just how much these kinds of things vary from season to season, I’ve plotted each team’s expected points allowed per play on offense vs. expected points allowed per play on defense, and then shown how this year’s iterations compare with last year’s:Seattle has had a pretty big decline on the defensive side, but this is to be expected: Last year’s results were a big outlier, and outliers are more likely to regress toward the mean. For example, Denver’s incredible 2013 offense declined similarly. Both remain among the top tier of teams for each respective side, but are much closer to the pack than they were last year.Once again, the context here is important, and this time for either side of the advanced-stats debate: Simply looking at basic defensive stats and saying that everything is fine with the Seahawks’ D misses a dramatic decline. But simply looking at the magnitude of the decline without considering the context would overvalue its importance.Twitter question of the week Like many counterfactuals, this is not an easy question to answer definitively, since having a kicker who is automatic from long range might have all kinds of ripple effects on the game that we can’t really foresee.(Although unlike many counterfactuals, it’s not a completely crazy idea: Thinking about a kicker who can usually nail it from 70 yards seems ridiculous to us now, but NFL kickers have steadily gotten better for at least 80 years, and they haven’t slowed down yet. In the 1960s, kickers made 13 of 129 kicks — 10.1 percent — from 50+ yards. In the past five years alone, NFL kickers have made 422 of 675 such attempts — for 62.5 percent. Since 2010, kickers have even made seven of 31 tries from 60+ yards — 22.5 percent.)If we simply replaced all a kicker’s misses with makes, an “automatic” kicker wouldn’t be worth much more than the worst kicker in the league. There’d be a few salvaged points here and there, but nothing major (kickers these days just don’t miss that often).But the real fun starts when we think about how a team would use a truly “automatic” kicker differently.To simplify the question, let’s assume the kicker makes 100 percent of his kicks instead of 95 percent — he’s “RoboKicker.” Using ESPN’s expected points model, we can identify all situations where a team would definitely want to make a FG attempt on fourth down if it knew it could automatically earn three points. A made kick is actually worth slightly less than that because the kicking team has to give up possession whether it makes the kick or not, but we’ll charitably give it full credit.2The actual value is probably somewhere around 2.6 points, but I think the charitable number is appropriate since the kicker is likely to be at least moderately more valuable strategically. So if a team is in RoboKicker’s range, it should want to attempt a field goal any time it’s fourth down and the expected value of its possession is less than three points. The value it gains from having that option is the difference between the two, and the kicker’s total value added is the sum of all those differences.This plot shows how much RoboKicker would be worth for an average team (since 2006) in expected points added per game, based on his range:This assumes the kicker would be just a normal kicker from longer distances than the one he’s automatic from, though if he was automatic from 50 yards he would probably be pretty good from 60,3Though if he were actually a robot, this may not be the case, as he would probably make about the same kick every time. which would carry additional value. But this is a fair first-order guess.The second wrinkle to @MattGlassman312’s question is its bit about RoboKicker being a No. 1 pick or an MVP. To answer that, we have to start to answer how valuable a No. 1 pick or an MVP is.Let’s use Peyton Manning as our stand-in for “best player in the league,” which helps us to answer at least the spirit of the question. When Manning was injured, the Indianapolis Colts’ average margin of victory dropped by 14.6 points per game (though this may have been in part because they were tanking so that they could draft Andrew Luck). And when Manning joined Denver, the Broncos’ average MOV rose by 17.1 points per game. But let’s assume that those years were outliers and assume that a typical MVP is worth about 10 points per game. To surpass that, RoboKicker would need to be able to hit from around 80 yards. (I confess, this is further out than I would have guessed.) Then, considering that even No. 1 picks have only about a 50 percent to 60 percent shot of ever making a Pro Bowl — much less of being MVP — I’d say being automatic from 50 to 60 yards would probably be sufficient to be worth the top pick in the draft most years.The Hacker Gods read FiveThirtyEight (or just love Andrew Luck)Last week’s games had a few outcomes consistent with this column’s most frequently asserted stereotypes. Most intriguingly, we saw win curve standout and two-time Gunslinger of the Week winner Andrew Luck4He won in Week 1 and again in Week 14 — you don’t remember? digging his own hole by throwing an early pick-6 that put the Colts down 7-0, and then climbing out of it to come back and win against the Houston Texans. This follows a similar Week 14 victory against the Cleveland Browns, when Luck was down 14 points in the second half after an early pick-6 (and a third-quarter fumble-6).If you’ve been reading Skeptical Football, you’ll know I’m generally pro-interception (at least certain kinds) — but as an indirect indicator of taking good risks. Normally, a quarterback will lose the games in which he throws interceptions. But so far in his young career, it seems like Luck has an uncanny talent for winning and throwing INTs in the same game. So, naturally, that got me wondering how these results compare to Peyton Manning’s and those of all other quarterbacks (since 2006):Luck shows a similar propensity for winning as his predecessor in Indianapolis, regardless of scenario. But the big caveat is that interceptions are often a function of losing as well as a cause of it. Generally this is because QBs make rational risk adjustments that lead to more interceptions when they’re behind.5There is also a smaller opposite effect, which is that QBs sometimes throw slightly more interceptions than expected in games they’re winning by wide margins, presumably because teams start playing a basic offensive set in blowouts rather than taking the extraordinary risk-avoidance measures they do to protect smaller leads. (Weird things happen in the NFL.) So to isolate the situations we’re most interested in, I limited the comparison to the number of interceptions thrown while the QB’s team was trailing (including only games in which the QB’s team trailed at some point):This is, of course, a small sample for Luck: He has two wins in the six games in which he threw two trailing INTs, and two wins in the five games he threw three. But those four wins in 11 games (36.4 percent success rate) are already more than Manning. Since 2006, Manning has just three wins in 24 games (12.5 percent) in which he threw two or more trailing interceptions, and all QBs since 2006 have only 56 wins in 1,025 such games (5.5 percent).Naturally, this relates back to my gunslinger hypothesis (that a quarterback can throw too few interceptions as well as too many). Andrew Luck is an example of someone who throws more interceptions than usual when his team is down, but wins more often. Overall, Luck has thrown one or more INT in 55.9 percent of games (19 of 34) in which he trailed and has won 52.9 percent of them (18 of 34). Other QBs have thrown one or more INT in 49.3 percent of games where they trailed, winning only 42.3 percent.You can continue like this for more drastic circumstances (more likely to require heavy risk-taking): Of the 19 games where Luck threw 1+ trailing INT, he threw 2+ in 57.9 percent (11 of 19) and won 36.8 percent (7 of 19). Other QBs have thrown an additional INT in 38.0 percent of such games and won only 16.3 percent (439 of 2,697).6And, if you need more: Of the 11 games in which Luck threw 2+ trailing INTs, he threw 3+ in 45.5 percent (5 of 11) and won 36.4 percent (4 of 11). Other QBs threw an additional INT in 30.3 percent of such games, and won only 5.5 percent.In other words, Andrew Luck is to gunslinging what Aaron Rodgers is to gunholstering.7However, for all that sound and fury about Luck, the actual Week 15 gunslinger winner was Mark Sanchez, who had two trailing interceptions for Philadelphia (in the third and fourth quarters), yet managed to take the lead (albeit briefly) in a game where the Eagles once trailed 21-0.Bonus chart of the weekAfter making the “team movement between 2013 and 2014” chart earlier, I thought it would be interesting to see how each team’s offensive and defensive performance has varied over the past five years. For this chart, I plotted expected points added per drive on offense and expected points denied per drive on defense for each of the last five years, and then connected them so you can see how each team has changed. Some teams have much tighter “shot groups” (Cleveland, New England) than others (Chicago, New York Giants), but I’ll leave you to look for yourself:Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum.
Border controversy case Venezuela discloses intention to join proceedingsBorder controversy case Venezuela discloses intention to join proceedings
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBorder Controversy: CARICOM Heads reiterate unswerving support for Guyana’s sovereignty, territorial integrityJuly 7, 2018In “Court”Guyana moving full steam ahead in solidifying its case in border controversyNovember 19, 2018In “latest news”Over $780M expended in 2018 for legal fees on border controversy case – GreenidgeDecember 20, 2018In “latest news” Almost three months after Guyana submitted its application to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) requesting that the Court confirm the legal validity and effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award regarding the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela, the latter has disclosed its intention to join the proceedings.File: Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge gesturing to Guyana’s mapThis is according to a press statement issued by Venezuela’s Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, where it was indicated that their decision to partake in the court proceedings came on the heels of a letter by the ICJ on June 4, 2018, announcing that the President of the Court will meet with both country’s representatives on June 18, 2018 regarding the “procedural issues” of the case.According to Venezuela, their “Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, faithful to its historical position and in accordance with Bolivarian Peace Diplomacy, reiterates its firm willingness to defend the territorial integrity of our country based on the 1966 Geneva Agreement, the legal framework that governs the territorial dispute of Essequibo.”However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on the Wednesday morning said that the “President of the International Court of Justice has invited the representatives of Guyana and Venezuela to attend a meeting with him on June 18, 2018 in The Hague for the purpose of fixing the schedule for the filing of the written pleadings in the case. This is part of the Court’s normal procedure following the filing of a case.”Moreover, the Ministry outlined that the “meeting with the President of the Court will be limited to the matter of the schedule” and that Guyana will be represented by its Legal Counsel.On March 29 2018, Guyana submitted its application to the ICJ, following a decision made by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in choosing the Court as the next means of resolving the controversy that arose as a result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was null and void.According to Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Statement, in its Application to the Court, “Guyana highlighted that Venezuela had, for more than 60 years, consistently recognized and respected the validity and binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 Map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the Award.”Venezuela’s map covering Guyana’s territory.Moreover, it was outlined that Venezuela had only changed its position formally in 1962 as the United Kingdom was making final preparations for the independence of British Guiana and had threatened not to recognize the new State, or its boundaries, unless the United Kingdom agreed to set aside the 1899 Award and cede to Venezuela all of the territory west of the Essequibo River, amounting to some two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.Guyana’s Application, notes that while Venezuela has never produced any evidence to justify “its belated repudiation of the 1899 Award, it has used it as an excuse to occupy territory awarded to Guyana in 1899, to inhibit Guyana’s economic development and to violate Guyana’s sovereignty and sovereign rights.”
TomTom a rendu service à la police néerlandaiseLe constructeur de GPS a reconnu avoir vendu des données de trafic à des gouvernements… qui les ont transmises aux forces de l’ordre.La société TomTom doit s’excuser auprès de ses clients après avoir commis une bourde. Le constructeur de GPS a en effet vendu à des gouvernements des données de trafic issues de ses utilisateurs. Ces données contiennent notamment l’historique des vitesses atteintes par les conducteurs, explique Zdnet. Jusque-là, rien d’anormal… Sauf que les gouvernements en question, notamment aux Pays-Bas, ont par la suite transmis ces données à leurs services de police. Ce qui a permis aux policiers néerlandais de trouver les meilleurs emplacements pour leurs radars…TomTom a beau avoir expliqué qu’il n’avait “jamais prévu ce genre d’utilisation”, le mal est fait. La société avait décidé de commercer ces données de trafic pour compenser la diminution de ses revenus sur le marché des GPS, soumis à la féroce concurrence des smartphones et des tablettes tactiles.Le 28 avril 2011 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrin
This afternoon, Tuesday June 14, 2011, at approximately 2:43 p.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of a head-on collision in the 7800 block of Northeast Marine Drive.Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that one driver was deceased. Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded to begin an investigation into the crash.Investigators have learned that a 23-year-old male was driving a Toyota coupe eastbound on Northeast Marine Drive when he crossed over the center-line and crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer driven by a 56-year-old male.The impact of the crash killed the driver of the Toyota instantly and drove the Toyota backwards into a Honda sedan driven by an adult female. The drivers of the tractor-trailer and the Honda were not injured. Both other drivers remained at the scene and have cooperated with investigators. Impairment does not appear to be a factor with the tractor-trailer driver. No other occupants were in any of the involved vehicles.Northeast Marine Drive, from 33rd to 122nd, will be closed as investigators and clean-up crews finish up at the scene. Traffic should be reopened by 7:00 p.m.
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Landslide suit raises questions about Benchlands liabilityLandslide suit raises questions about Benchlands liability
The August 18th landslide in Sitka was unprecedented, claiming the lives of three men and raising safety concerns about the Benchlands, a strip of land nestled between the mountains and the ocean. The city sold four parcels, totaling 20 acres, to Sound Development LLC in 2013 and construction was in progress when the landslide hit, damaging one home and completely destroying another.Download AudioThe August 18, 2015 landslide damaged properties being built by Sound Development LLC, on land they purchased from the city in 2013. (Photo by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka)Now, a lawsuit by one of those homeowners is raising legal questions about who is responsible: the city or the developer?On the morning of Aug. 18, 2015 heavy rains generated a thousand-foot landslide through Sitka’s Kramer Avenue neighborhood, sweeping away the home of Christine McGraw.On Dec. 4, 2015, McGraw filed a complaint against Sound Development, LLC, from whom she had purchased the lot. The Sitka-based developer is now demanding the City of Sitka come to its defense, compensate Sound for its losses, and ultimately, hold the business harmless for what happened.None of the attorneys involved in this case would comment or return KCAW’s calls by press time, but we do have a paper trail of their letters.Letter from Sound Development attorneys to Sitka attorney, dated 03.22.16Letter from Sitka attorney to Sound Development attorneys, dated 03.29.16In a letter dated March 22, 2016, the lawyers representing Sound Development, Kim Stephens and Michael Lessmeier, wrote to David Bruce, hired to represent Sitka in the wake of the landslide.The letter reads, “Neither the city to our knowledge nor Sound anticipated the landslide, but if Sound has any liability for the landslide, the City is the genesis of that liability.”The letter also quotes the 2012 Request for Proposals, or RFP, put out by the city, which described the South Benchlands as “prime development land” for residential housing.Attorneys Stephens and Lessmeier go on to say that, “In order to induce Sound to purchase the RFP land, the City led Sound to believe that the RFP land was suitable for development” and that “the City has an ethical and moral responsibility to protect its residents when calamity strikes.”In his response letter, Bruce refused to commit the City of Sitka to the defense of Sound Development and challenged their characterization of events. Dated March 29, 2016, Bruce wrote, “The City and Borough of Sitka rejects as baseless your implication that CBS ‘induced’ your client to purchase property under some false pretense, or that the CBS is the ‘genesis’ of any liability your client may have.”Prior to the landslide, the city had not performed a geotechnical survey on Sitka lands. In response, the city hired Shannon & Wilson in November to perform a survey on the mountainside between Jacobs Circle and Emmons Street. Their subsequent report revealed that all zones were at risk for landslides to varying degrees.
New road and landowner collaboration key to harvesting young growth Tongass timberNew road and landowner collaboration key to harvesting young growth Tongass timber
The U.S. Forest Service is also looking at harvesting young growth on Kosciusko Island in the Southeast region. (Photo by Henry Hartley/Wikimedia Commons)After new federal plans were set in motion last year, old growth logging in Alaska’s national forests is on its way out. Still, the feds have to make some timber sales available in the Tongass. And so, the U.S. Forest Service is in the early stages of planning one of its first young growth sales since the switch, just outside of Ketchikan.Listen nowMike Sallee is a small mill operator in Ketchikan, who deals mostly in dead and down trees, and he owns a homestead on nearby Gravina Island. His neighbors on Gravina are big landowners, like the state, the feds, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, and the university and mental health trusts — all of which can sell trees on their land for profit.In the past, Sallee said some of the landowners haven’t left Gravina in good shape. He’s noticed a tangle of trees still on the ground after they’re done logging.“Places that I had been hiking through and hunting for decades [were] basically turned into like a blowdown,” Sallee said.Which is why Sallee said he’s not enthusiastic about a road being built by the state on the island, slated to be completed this year.The road could make it easier for more timber sales to pencil out, including one being planned by the U.S. Forest Service. The agency has a new obligation: bringing more young growth trees from the Tongass to market.Between the many landowners and the new road, there’s a kind of menu: an a la carte of trees.“Access, access, access. Everybody wants to have access to their lands,” Buck Lindekugel said. He’s a grassroots attorney for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC).Lindekugel’s organization petitioned the feds to transition away from old growth logging in the Tongass, so you’d think he’d consider harvesting the young trees to be a victory. But it’s not that simple.“There’s some steep slopes in there so there’s real concern,” Lindekugel said. “It might not be the best thing to go back onto this land.”Lindekugel said at the bottom of the slopes are salmon streams, and he worries the proposed logging could damage the area. He thinks the federal agency should learn from its past mistakes and stop clear cutting.“We think the forest service needs to have a lighter touch on these areas,” Lindekugel said. “Pull out some marketable products but at the same time don’t unravel the habitat.”Eric Nichols, a partner at Alcan Forest Products, said these trees have all been clear cut before.“It needs to be clear cut again,” Nichols said. “And start it all over.”Nichols is eyeing the young growth sale for his company, which specializes in buying timber. He admits times have been tough for the industry — a death spiral, as he puts it. It’s estimated there are only a few hundred timber jobs left in the region.Part of the problem Nichols says is there hasn’t been a steady supply of trees. So while this young growth sale is relatively small, at least it’s something. And if the forest service wants a buyer, Nichols thinks there shouldn’t be any more limitations.“So its either get it now with these other landowners or they’re not going to be able to get it in the future,” Nichols said.Nichols said the road being built and collaboration is key. Once harvested, a company like Nichols’ would likely send the young growth to be milled in Asia.Buck Lindekugel from SEACC said he doesn’t see the timber industry or the argument over the national forest going away — even with the transition.“But it’s not going to be like it is was in the past where timber was first in the Tongass,” Lindekugel said. “Those days are over.”Instead, Lindekugel imagines small mill operators like Mike Sallee selling specialty products from salvaged logs and more trees left in the ground on places like Gravina Island.The forest service is taking public comment on its young growth plans on Gravina Island. The agency is trying to figure out how to harvest the trees and if the sale is viable. The comment period ends June 9.
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Loneliness of the elderly Padmaavat among Durga Puja themesLoneliness of the elderly Padmaavat among Durga Puja themes
Kolkata: Among the myriad Durga Pujas of the city, two prominent puja committees have planned loneliness of the elderly and setting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film Padmaavat as the theme of their films.In another puja, the deity would be kept on a chariot made of 20 tonnes of silver.Shikorer Tane (The Call of the Roots) is the theme of Shibmandiar Puja Committee that would focus on the plight of the elderly people whose children have left them for greener pasture, said Partha Ghosh, one of the organisers of the South Kolkata Puja.”We have seen how the elderly lead a lonely life after their children leave them behind and settle outside the city or the country. These people don’t have anyone to look after them,” Ghosh said.Sree Bhumi Sporting Club authorities have selected the the period film Padmaavat as their theme. “We will recreate the Chittorgarh Fort, the setting of the film, and the ambience,” Sujit Bose said on behalf of the Puja committee.He said the models inside the pandal will don the costumes worn by the characters of the film.Bose said illumination from Chandernagore, famous for its unique lighting designs, will help in creating the ambience.In the Puja of Santosh Mitra Square in the central part of the city, a chariot made of 20 tonnes of silver will draw the crowd, the organisers hope.The chariot will be 60 feet high and 40 feet wide, puja committee president Pradip Ghosh said. “The chariot, equal to a middle-sized apartment building, will have intricate silver artwork on its inside and outside walls,” Ghosh said.The silver work was being done by a reputed city-based jewellery brand.This year the four-day Durga Puja, the biggest festival of Bengal, will start on October 16.
UNWTO partners with Niantic to combine tourism and AR technologyUNWTO partners with Niantic to combine tourism and AR technology
To boost the global tourism through the use of mobile augmented reality game experiences, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with one of its newest Affiliate Members, real-world games developer Niantic. UNWTO will collaborate with Niantic, creators of Pokémon GO and Ingress Prime, to curate unique campaigns around the world that will build awareness for the organization’s ‘Travel. Enjoy. Respect’ campaign, designed to enhance tourism’s contribution to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each activity will also be designed to inspire and support exploration, and promote safe and responsible gaming practices for players of all ages.Niantic and UNWTO will work together to combine tourism and Augmented Reality (AR) technology for players to engage with real-world locations using Niantic’s mobile games in a variety of ways. Niantic’s games and global initiatives have brought millions of players from around the world together at real-world events that promote civic engagement and cultural diversity while highlighting local heritage.“With our ongoing commitment to promote sustainable and responsible tourism, and Niantic having recently become a UNWTO Affiliate Member, this partnership is a natural fit,” said Ion Vilcu, Director of UNWTO’s Affiliate Members Department. “Niantic is pioneers in creating real-world mobile game experiences that not only motivate their players to discover new places, but also to appreciate the culture and beauty of the world around them,” he added.“Our goal at Niantic is to create interactive games that encourage exercise, social interaction and exploration, giving players the opportunity to play together in the real world and discover the incredible history hidden in their own neighbourhoods,” said Anne Beuttenmüller, Head of Marketing EMEA at Niantic. “We’re looking forward to creating brand new adventures in collaboration with UNWTO to increase awareness around their mission of responsible tourism,” she added.Niantic was accepted as an Affiliate Member recently at the 109th session of UNWTO’s Executive Council, held in Manama, Bahrain. This new partnership helps to bolster UNWTO’s ongoing efforts to bring together the actors of the ‘ecosystem’ of tourism technology under its priority of innovation and the digital transformation in tourism.
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