Capping a rare bi-partisan effort in Congress, President Trump on Tuesday signed into law the largest wilderness preservation bill in a decade, a measure that includes new protections for California’s Mojave desert.The new law, which passed the U.S. Senate last month by a vote of 92-8, designates 1.3 million acres of federal land in California, Oregon, Utah and New Mexico as wilderness, the highest level of protection, in which logging, oil drilling, mining and road-building are banned.Among …
The DC3, designed before the Second World War, is still in service in many parts of the world, including the cold white continent. While recording patient details into his laptop, paramedic Richard Mulder enjoys the sunshine despite the -24º temperature. (Images courtesy Richard Mulder) Queen Maud Land, Antarctic territory claimed by Norway, is the region of Antarctica closest to South Africa.Jennifer SternAntarctica is the end of the world. It’s so far south that, in winter, the sun never rises above the horizon. It’s separated from the nearest permanently inhabited land by thousands of kilometres of wild and stormy ocean.Nothing grows there. There are no insects, and even bacteria can’t survive outdoors. It’s cold, white and unutterably beautiful. And the scientists who spend a few weeks or a few months or even a year there are – in the truest sense of the word – isolated.It’s not as bad now as it was in the days of Scott and Shackleton, when the families of intrepid explorers would not hear from their loved ones for a good couple of years, not knowing whether they were alive or dead, and simply living in hope that they’d turn up on the doorstep one day.We’ve come a long way since then. With email, satellite phone, radio, GPS and a host of electronic wizardry, communication with the rest of the world is relatively easy. So now, if someone gets sick, or is injured in the cold white wilderness of Antarctica, it’s not the death sentence it would have been 100 years ago.About 30 countries are signatory to the Antarctic Treaty, most of which have permanent or summer stations on and around the frozen continent.People who spend a year, or even just the summer, in this isolated part of the world have to be pretty special – and healthy. While every station has a doctor, or at least a paramedic, there is only so much that can be done out there on the ice.That’s why, in November 2008, the 11 countries with stations on Queen Maud Land – the part of Antarctica closest to South Africa – arranged with South Africa’s Netcare 911 and the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town to provide emergency medical care when needed. It seemed a sensible precaution, but no-one expected this understanding to be acted upon a mere six weeks after its signing. But that’s exactly what happened when Walter Seeberg suffered a heart attack on 17 December at the German Neumayer 2 Base on the Antarctic ice shelf in the northeast Weddell Sea.Seeberg had only been in Antarctica eight weeks, working as a technician on the base’s ventilation system, when he collapsed with chest pains. It was clear to the resident doctor that he had had a heart attack, and would need more sophisticated treatment than was available at the base.“They realised that he was in dire need of surgery, and then immediately called the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital,” says hospital manager Chris Tilney.As Dr Stephanie Fischer, a cardiac anaesthetist, was preparing to go to Seeberg’s aid, the hospital got news that Nikolay Rassalov, a crew member on a Russian ice breaker, had fallen and broken his ankle. It was decided to send Richard Mulder, a Netcare 911 paramedic, along as well.Mercy flightBy the evening of the 18th of December, only a day after receiving the first call, Fischer and Mulder were strapped in to their seats in an Ilyushin 76 cargo plane en route to Antarctica.“We landed at Russia’s Novolazarevskaya base in the Antarctic about six hours later,” says Mulder.“From there we were transferred to a smaller DC3 plane that is used to fly between the bases run by various countries on Antarctica. After a two-and-a-half-hour flight, we finally arrived at the German Neumayer 2 base.”Seeberg had been treated by the resident doctor and was in a stable condition when Fischer and Mulder arrived.“All the people at the German base were delighted to see us and they were most helpful. They helped us to keep him comfortable in order to attend to him,” says Fischer.It was fortunate that both Fischer and Mulder are fluent in German, which made communication at this critical time so much easier.“It was really just lucky that we were picked to go on the rescue mission, but it certainly made a difference,” says Mulder.Mulder and Fischer spent two days at the German base waiting for Rassolov to be moved from the Russian icebreaker to the nearby Norwegian base at Troll, about an hour from the German base.“We finally loaded Seeberg in the DC3 plane and flew to pick up Rassolov, who was suffering a great deal of discomfort. There, we had to communicate with hand signals because of the language barrier,” says Mulder.“It was really quite unusual, but we gave him pain medication, and made him as comfortable as possible. From there we headed back to Novolazarevskaya where we boarded the cargo plane once again for the return journey.”It was only after they had taken off that they realised how difficult it was to monitor Seeberg in the noisy cargo plane, which is not soundproofed like passenger planes.“We couldn’t hear the heart monitors, so we had to look at the movement of Seeberg’s chest and the colour of his face. But, fortunately, we were able to keep him stable until we arrived at the hospital,” says Fischer.They landed on Sunday 21 December 2008, and both patients were immediately admitted to the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. Rassolov was operated on for his fractured ankle the next day, and Seeberg underwent a five-hour heart bypass operation two days later, on Christmas Eve.While Seeberg was obviously not at his best, he was well enough to express his appreciation of the view of Table Mountain from his hospital bed.A wonderful experience“We were exhausted, but it was a most fulfilling and enriching experience,” says Mulder of the trip.“It was really a wonderful experience,” agrees Fischer. “The lowest temperature we experienced was -38º. And it was unbelievable to see that the sun never sets there in summer. We called it ‘no-man’s-land’ because it is so extremely quiet – in fact there are no animals that make any sounds.”Both patients have been discharged and repatriated to their respective home countries.Related articlesHealthcare in South AfricaScience and technology in South Africa Saving albatross, on sea and land South Pole adventurers return Useful linksChristiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital Antarctic Treaty Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research South Africa’s Antarctic Programme Jobs in Antarctica (in case you’re inspired)
The Philippines’ sports facilities pale in contrast and that has been the biggest source of frustration for Diaz.“Those are just some of the things I want to change, I think these problems will be addressed slowly but surely.”Diaz catapulted weightlifting into the public consciousness when she ended the Philippines’ 20-year medal drought in the Summer Games when she won the silver in the women’s -53 kilogram category.The Zamboanga City native also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Games.“Right now us weightlifters are still doing our best and I hope the sports officials heed our call.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss MOST READ Diaz is set to compete in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September in Turkmenistan, her first major competition since the Rio Olympics.Though Diaz didn’t participate in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games last month, she flew to Kuala Lumpur to support fellow weightlifter Nestor Colonia and other Filipino athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile there, she able to train in Malaysia’s national weightlifting gym and she marveled at the modernity of the country’s facilities.“Good to see how beautiful the sports training center of Malaysia Team is,” Diaz posted on her Instagram on August 29. “How I wish we have the same sports center, support, care, and attention Malaysian athletes receive from their country.” Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaHidilyn Diaz couldn’t hide her frustration over the sorry state of weightlifting in the Philippines, especially when it comes to the facilities.“One of my frustrations is nothing’s improved,” said Diaz in Filipino during a small media luncheon at College of St. Benilde Thursday. “These are the same barbells from before, the training venue hasn’t changed.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Perpetual snaps skid with gutsy OT win over Letran RELATED VIDEO’Nothing has improved’: Hidilyn frustrated with the state of PH weightlifting508 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad View comments
OSU senior second baseman L Grant Davis (50) hits the ball during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 13. OSU won 7-3. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorDown 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning to Morehead State, OSU co-captain Nick Sergakis stepped into the batter’s box, knowing he had to make up for mistake he committed in the top of the fifth inning.With two outs and a man on third, the normally sturdy third baseman tracked a hard-hit ground ball down the third base line, pushing him to the beginning of left-field grass. His arm failed him, one-hopping the throw to first baseman Troy Kuhn. The senior couldn’t handle it, which scored Eagles junior right fielder Will Schneider from third. Focused and dialed in, the senior from Columbus planted his feet in the box, pointed his bat to the outfield and connected on the very first pitch he saw in his next at-bat, sending his sixth home run of the season over the trees in deep left field, pushing the Buckeyes ahead 4-3 on the two-run blast.“To be honest with you, I didn’t know what I was going to see,” Sergakis said. “They haven’t really pitched to me at all lately. I was looking for a fastball up, and that’s what I got. I just put a swing on it, and once I hit it, I knew it and it put us ahead by one.” OSU senior third baseman Nick Sergakis (21) steps in the box before hitting a go-ahead home run during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 13. OSU won 7-3.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe momentum provided by Sergakis in the seventh charged the Buckeyes into the eight, where they tacked on three more runs on three doubles, sealing the 7-3 win for the Scarlet and Gray.“That’s just how quickly the game of baseball can change,” Sergakis said. “You could put your team down by one, then the next inning put them up by one. That’s how it is, and that’s why you can never hang your head over an error or a strikeout or anything like that.” Earlier in the game, the Buckeyes overcame a slow start and a 2-0 hole thanks to junior center fielder Troy Montgomery. The Fortville, Indiana, native clubbed his sixth home run of the season off the scoreboard in right-center field, scoring sophomore outfielder Tre’ Gantt.OSU coach Greg Beals said Montgomery’s home run really calmed his team’s nerves and allowed it to get settled in.“Montgomery’s home run allowed everybody to be like, ‘OK we’re back into a tie ballgame, we’re not in the hole,’” Beals said. “And then Sergakis’s one was kind of the back-breaker for them, I believe, for him to get that big home run there. Both of them, really big time at-bats.”OSU senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger was effective in his first start of his career. In the no-decision, the Bellefontaine, Ohio, product lasted 4.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, two walks and one strikeout.Redshirt sophomore pitcher Kyle Michalik (1-0) picked up his first career victory for his 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits. The Brunswick, Ohio, native said it was great to pick up his first career win because his mother was in attendance to see it unfold.“It’s a really good feeling, to finally get your first career win here,” Michalik said. “I’ve just been working real hard at everything, and I’m kind of at a loss of words to be honest with you. First win just feels really good.”OSU is scheduled to return to action with a three-game Big Ten series against Rutgers. Junior lefty Tanner Tully is slated to take the mound in Game 1 for OSU, which is set to start at 6:35 p.m. on Friday.
SDSU hosts ‘Bike to Campus Day’ Posted: April 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA colorful celebration took place Tuesday at San Diego State.SDSU hosted its first “Bike to Campus Day” to celebrate the launch of a partnership with Dockless Bike Rental provider OFO.More than 100 bikes were distributed around campus, where students can ride to wherever they need, including outside the university. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has issued an advisory that Skilak Lake Road has been considered ‘impassible’ due to icy conditions. According to a Facebook post from the Refuge, if you have cabin reservations at Upper Ohmer or Engineer Lake Cabins, you will be contacted by the Cabin Manager or can call 907-262-7021. The Department of Transportation will continue to update road conditions through 511.alaska.gov. Clifton Peterson, Facility Manager: “In our opinion due to ice- people need to be cautious of their travel.” The advisory was issued late Tuesday, and continues through today, December 6, Drivers are asked to avoid using Skilak Lake Road until conditions improve.
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Share your voice Instagram Comments Enlarge ImageBeto O’Rourke is talking to residents of the border on Instagram. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET If you’ve ventured anywhere near Twitter this morning, you may have encountered a strange image of former US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke getting his teeth cleaned. O’Rourke did indeed share video of his hygiene appointment in Texas as part of an Instagram story on Thursday. Twitter was quick to recoil from the image, with people asking their fellow Twitter users to stop retweeting the view. “OK… jumping off twitter for a bit in the hopes ‘Beto-Went-To-The-Dentist-mania’ will simmer down,” wrote political reporter Jason Hancock. Beto is talking to people about their experiences living at the border. I myself took trips to the dentist from Texas to Juárez without incident growing up. Most everyone I knew went back and forth across the border as well. https://t.co/6a6VdnkURe— marshy (@sirmarshy) January 10, 2019 2 O’Rourke’s Instagram story comes during a time of political tension surrounding the government shutdown and President Donald Trump’s insistence on building a border wall between the US and Mexico. It’s just that O’Rourke’s pearly whites may be blinding some people to his message.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. OK… jumping off twitter for a bit in the hopes “Beto-Went-To-The-Dentist-mania” will simmer down.— Jason Hancock (@J_Hancock) January 10, 2019 Not everyone was grossed out. Some shared their thoughts on both dental hygiene and living along the border. “Beto is talking to people about their experiences living at the border. I myself took trips to the dentist from Texas to Juarez without incident growing up. Most everyone I knew went back and forth across the border as well,” wrote Twitter user marshy. I have such a dentist phobia that I’m going to have to get off Twitter until this ridiculous Beto thing is finished. Seriously, shuddering over here. 😖 #juststop— Suz (@suzspetals) January 10, 2019 Tags Politics Online O’Rourke unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate in 2018, but emerged as a charismatic star for the Democratic party.The out-of-context image traveling around Twitter fails to tell the whole Instagram story. O’Rourke, 46, is talking to a series of people who live along the US-Mexico border about their experiences. His dental hygienist, Diana, is from El Paso. O’Rourke asked Diana what she wants people to know about life along the border. “It’s a beautiful community. We all support each other. We love each other,” she told him, saying it’s a wonderful place to grow up.The image seems to be triggering dentist fears. “I have such a dentist phobia that I’m going to have to get off Twitter until this ridiculous Beto thing is finished. Seriously, shuddering over here,” wrote Twitter user Suz.
A man walks past a Tata sign outside their offices in London, Britain March 30, 2016.Reuters fileThe Tata Group has once again secured the top rank in a list of most valued brands in India. Brand Finance, a UK-based brand valuation consultancy, released the list of the top 100 Indian companies on Tuesday.Tata tops the chart with a staggering 37 percent rise in its valuation from $14.23 billion in 2018 to $19.55 billion in 2019. As per the Brand Finance report, Tata Group was consistently keeping its valuation within the $13-$14 billion range since 2013 and has crossed the $18 billion mark for the first time in seven years.Second in the list after the Tata Group is the Life Insurance Corporation with its valuation at about $7.2 billion. The insurance company jumped two places from the former list to bag the second rank this year.Information technology major Infosys is valued at $6.5 billion after it showed a registered yearly growth of 7.7 percent. The IT giant has retained its third rank from last year.The other companies that made to the top 10 list are State Bank of India, Mahindra Group, HDFC Bank, Airtel, HCL, Reliance and Wipro.The top 10 companies saw a brand value change ranging from 1.7 percent to 37.4 percent except for two companies that saw a dip of more than 28 percent in their brand value.Airtel and HCL made it to the top 10 rankings in the Brand Finance chart but witnessed a significant fall in their rankings. Airtel had a fall from the second position to the seventh, showing negative growth. HCL, on the other hand, fell from its fifth rank in 2018 to the eighth rank this year showcasing the least growth among the top 10 companies in the chart.TheThe Mahindra Group has shown enormous growth during the financial year of 2018-19. The company rose from a valuation of $3,869 million to $5241 million, making a growth of 35.5 percent. The company’s rank rose from 11th in 2018 to the fifth in the 2019 Brand Finance list.The list showed new entrants like Reliance Jio and Dmart, both of which made it to the top 50. The chart also shows the slow growth of Indian banks. The finance consultancy says only three banks — State Bank of India, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank — made improvment, while all the other banks saw a downgrade in their rankings. ICICI Bank saw a massive growth of about 41 percent followed by State Bank of India achieving a 34 percent increase while HDFC Bank made a 19 percent increase in the financial year of 2018-19.The companies that made it to the top 50 list: Indian top 50 companies list by Brand Finance
KOLKATA: In a bid to ensure sufficient supply of non-conventional form of energy, the state government has taken steps to set up a 10MW solar power generation plant.The solar power plant will come up at Salboni in West Midnapore. On Monday, the state Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee decided to give the necessary land to set up the plant. The state government will be giving a vested land of 41.11-acre of to West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company for the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Health, said after the cabinet meeting at Nabanna on Monday: “It has been decided to give around 41.11-acre of vested land to WBSEDCL at Salboni to set up a 10-MW solar power plant.” This comes at a time when the state government has set a target of developing infrastructure for generating 300MW solar power by the end of 2019. It is learnt that the work to set up the solar power generation plant will begin as early as possible and steps will also be taken to complete the same within a particular time period. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe setting up of the plant is another step ahead of the state government to ensure more use of non-conventional form of energy. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to promote the use of solar power in the past seven years. The state Power department has also planned to create infrastructure for floating solar power project. The initiative has been taken up to set up the same at different power plants. The idea has been mooted as there are large water reservoirs in most of the power plants and it include Bakreswar thermal power plant. There are many government offices including districts where solar power generating panels were installed on the terraces of buildings. There are many school buildings as well where solar power generation plants have been installed. Solar trees have also been installed to ensure more generation by creating infrastructure even in a small area. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has named the project of setting up of solar trees as Sourashree. Interestingly, the solar trees need minimum maintenance and it is not that expensive to set up the same. With the state government creating awareness about the use of solar power, many Durga Puja committees have opted for the same this year.