14 Oct

Alberta First Nations react to refinery rejection

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver 47 First Nations in Alberta would have been part of the Alberta First Nations Energy Center, and would have stood to gain a significant amount of income from the $6.6-billion dollar, First Nations-owned bitumen refinery project that was rejected by the Alberta government this week.Many are not happy with the government’s decision, and they share their reactions with APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto.last_img

31 Aug

Believe it We are wired to be lazy

first_imgWhile you burn calories at the gym or while running in the neighbourhood park, our brain constantly works the opposite, looking for shortest route or choose to sit rather than stand, researchers report.A team from Simon Fraser University in Canada found that our nervous systems are remarkably adept in changing the way we move so as to expend the least amount of energy possible. In other words, humans are wired for laziness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We found that people readily change the way they walk — including characteristics of their gait that have been established with millions of steps over the course of their lifetime — to save quite small amounts of energy,” explained lead researcher Max Donelan. This is completely consistent with the sense that most of us have that we prefer to do things in the least effortful way, like when we choose the shortest walking path or choose to sit rather than stand. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Even within a well-rehearsed movement like walking, the nervous system subconsciously monitors energy use and continuously re-optimises movement patterns in a constant quest to move as cheaply as possible,” Bonelan informed.To reach this conclusion, the researchers asked people to walk while they wore a robotic exoskeleton. This contraption allowed the researchers to discourage people from walking in their usual way by making it more costly to walk normally than to walk some other way. More specifically, the researchers made it more difficult for participants to swing their legs by putting resistance on the knee during normal walking, whereas the researchers eased this resistance for other ways of walking. This allowed the researchers to test whether people can sense and optimise the cost associated with their movements in real time.The experiment revealed that people adapt their step frequency to converge on a new energetic optimum very quickly — within minutes.What’s more, people do this even when the energy savings is quite small: less than 5 per cent. There is a bright side to this.“Sensing and optimising energy use that quickly and accurately is an impressive feat on the part of the nervous system. You have to be smart to be that lazy!” noted lead author Jessica Selinger.The findings, which were made by studying the energetic costs of walking, apply to most of our movements.The paper appeared in the Cell Press journal Current Biology.last_img read more

19 Aug

Volcano eruption forces 1500 to evacuate in Hawaii

first_img By: The Associated Press Volcano eruption forces 1,500 to evacuate in Hawaii << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii, Volcano HONOLULU — Nearly 1,500 residents were ordered to evacuate from their volcano-side homes after Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano erupted, sending molten lava to chew its way through forest land and bubble up on paved streets.Volcano officials couldn’t predict how long Thursday’s eruption may last, prompting Hawaii’s governor to activate the National Guard to help with evacuations and provide security to about 770 structures left empty when residents sought shelter.There were no immediate reports of injuries.Hawaii County officials said steam and lava poured out of a crack in Leilani Estates, which is near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island.Footage shown on local television showed lava spurting into the sky from a crack in a road. Aerial drone footage showed a line of lava snaking through a forest.The footage of the #Kilauea volcano in Hawaii is extraordinary. It could erupt at any moment now https://t.co/FYahtE2e7S pic.twitter.com/8WBCsw51Zn— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) May 3, 2018Asta Miklius, a geophysicist with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that there is no way to know exactly how long the eruption will continue.“One of the parameters is going to be whether the summit magma reservoir starts to drain in response to this event, and that has not happened yet,” Miklius said. “There is quite a bit of magma in the system. It won’t be just an hours-long eruption probably, but how long it will last will depend on whether the summit magma reservoir gets involved. And so we are watching that very, very closely.”More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsCounty, state and federal officials had been warning residents all week that they should be prepared to evacuate, as an eruption would give little warning. Officials at the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday raised the volcano’s alert level to warning status, the highest possible, meaning a hazardous eruption is imminent, underway or suspected.Nearby community centres have opened for shelter.The U.S. Geological Survey said new ground cracks were reported Thursday afternoon. Hot vapour emerged from a crack and spattering lava began to erupt.Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, releasing lava into residential neighborhood on the Big Island, prompting evacuation orders. https://t.co/8iUCQK0yCd pic.twitter.com/fce4E74wIV— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Scientists said areas downslope of the erupting vent were at risk of being covered by lava. Leilani Estates appeared to be at greatest risk, but scientists said new vents and outbreaks could occur and it’s not possible to say where.The eruption comes after days of earthquakes rattled the area’s Puna district. A nearby school was closed due to the ongoing seismic activity and several roadways cracked under the strain of the constant temblors. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was recorded hours before the eruption began Thursday.The Puu Oo crater floor began to collapse Monday, triggering a series of earthquakes and pushing the lava into new underground chambers.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe collapse caused magma to push more than 10 miles (16 kilometres) downslope toward the populated southeast coastline of the island.USGS geologist Janet Babb said the magma crossed under Highway 130, which leads to a popular volcano access point, on Tuesday night.Lava can be seen spewing from a vent in Hawaii’s Leilani Estates community on the Big Island after eruption of Kilauea volcano. https://t.co/DdDqlKmyV2The county has ordered evacuations for all of Leilani Estates, which according to the last Census has a population of 1,500. pic.twitter.com/v8O2poQGPe— ABC News (@ABC) May 4, 2018Hawaii County Civil Defence Agency closed the area to visitors on Tuesday and ordered private tour companies to stop taking people into the region.Most of Kilauea’s activity has been non-explosive, but a 1924 eruption spewed ash and 10-ton (9-metric ton) rocks into the sky, leaving one man dead.Puu Oo’s 1983 eruption resulted in lava fountains soaring over 1,500 feet (457 metres) high. In the decades since, the lava flow has buried dozens of square miles of land and destroyed many homes.Absolutely stunning drone video of the eruption of Hawaii’s #kilauea volcano. Mandatory evacuations for the Leilani Estates subdivision have been ordered. (: Jeremiah Osuna) pic.twitter.com/Vqxq14ojgX— Nick Dobis (@NickKPIX) May 4, 2018 Share Friday, May 4, 2018 last_img read more

19 Aug

Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska will return next spring

first_img Share Posted by Tags: Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line Wednesday, September 26, 2018 MIAMI — Norwegian Bliss is set to wrap up its inaugural season to Alaska on Sept. 29 when it returns to the Port of Seattle, Washington.From there, the ship will head to Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Oct. 5-27, before repositioning to Port Miami for the fall/winter season in the Caribbean.Following the most successful ship launch in the company’s history, Norwegian Bliss was christened in Seattle on May 30. On June 2, it commenced its first summer season of seven-day Alaska cruises, welcoming nearly 77,000 guests over 17 voyages calling to Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau in Alaska, as well as to Victoria, B.C.The ship will return to Seattle on May 5, 2019 for a second Alaska season. At that time, it will be joined by Norwegian Joy sailing from Seattle, and Norwegian Jewel cruising from Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.“Norwegian Bliss was one of the most highly anticipated ships in the company’s history and was well received by our loyal guests and travel partners,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “Her success surpassed anything we could have imagined, and as a result we are very enthusiastic about our decision to introduce her sister ship, Norwegian Joy, to the U.S. market in April 2019, when she joins Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Jewel in Alaska.”center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Norwegian Bliss completes first season to Alaska, will return next spring Travelweek Group last_img read more

19 Aug

Fun Fast Facts about The Beaches of Fort Myers Sanibel

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 4, 2019 Tags: Fort Myers, Fort Myers Spotlight 2019, Spotlight Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Consumers often ask “What sets The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel apart from the rest of Florida?” Well, there is a lot actually and here are just some of the fun facts about the area that you can share:Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is an award-winning facility with Air Canada and WestJet providing year-round nonstop service from Toronto (and seasonal service from Ottawa and Montreal).Lee County, Florida, has more than 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore.Edison and Ford Winter Estates is a must-see attraction. Thomas Edison, who spent many winters in Fort Myers, is considered the most inventive man who ever lived, holding 1,093 patents for everything from light bulbs, cement and phonographs to the natural rubber he made from goldenrod.The banyan tree at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, a gift from industrialist Harvey Firestone, is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. The tree’s aerial roots now have a circumference of more than 400 feet.Gifts from the sea – The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is ranked to have some of the best shelling in the world with over 400 species of shells including the rarest of them all, the brown speckled junonia.You will find shell seekers on Sanibel Island in the famous “Sanibel Stoop” position all day looking for treasures.Cape Coral has more canals than Venice, Italy.The area is home to a very high concentration of bottlenose dolphins.Known as the Tarpon Capital of the World, thanks to the best tarpon migration. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel area is truly a fisherman’s paradise.Over 190-miles of canoe and kayaking trails, The Great Calusa Blueway is named after the Calusa Native Americans, the first residents of the area.Seafood – Fort Myers has a shrimp fleet on San Carlos Island which offloads more Florida pink shrimp than anywhere else in Florida.Fort Myers is the spring training home of Major League Baseball teams the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.Sanibel Island is known for having no buildings taller than the tallest palm tree (three stories), 26 miles of off-road bike paths and restaurants/stores that are all locally owned.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge – This wildlife refuge, containing more than 6,400-acres, and nearly half of Sanibel Island, was established in 1945 and is one of the top birding hotspots in the nation.Offshore Sailing School, operating out of South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island and Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina on Fort Myers Beach, is America’s #1 Sailing School.Cabbage Key, one of the many offshore islands, features a historic inn and restaurant where the walls, beams and ceiling are papered in more than $70,000 autographed dollar bills. About $10,000 a year falls off, which goes to charity.For those seeking a secluded spot for a wedding in paradise, who can resist a wedding under a gazebo at Lovers Key, Florida’s most romantic state park.Key West Express – Enjoy the tropical island paradise of Key West in just 3 ½ hours when you travel from Fort Myers Beach to America’s southernmost city with the Key West Express. Modern and spacious jet-powered vessels offer year-round, high-speed service to the vacation spot of pirates, poets, presidents and partygoersFor more information on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel visit www.fortmyers-sanibel.com Fun Fast Facts about The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibellast_img read more