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White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar improving

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDavid Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar is improving after undergoing surgery on Saturday following a brain aneurysm.Farquhar sustained the aneurysm during the team’s game against the Houston Astros on Friday. He collapsed in the dugout after pitching the sixth inning of the game.In a statement released by the team, Farquhar is “responding appropriately to questions and commands” and that he remains in critical, but neurologically stable condition.”The pitcher in the ICU at the Rush University Medical Center. His wife and family are with him at the center, where he is expected to stay for several weeks.The White Sox moved him to the 60-day disabled list before their game Monday night against Seattle, a team Farquhar used to play for.The Mariners honored their former teammate by hanging his former jersey in the bullpen.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img April 24, 2018 /Sports News – National White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar improvinglast_img read more

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Chelsea ‘ready to make £35m swoop for Real Madrid star’

first_imgChelsea are ready to make a £35m summer swoop for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, according to The Sun.The Blues are said to be lining up the Argentina striker to replace Didier Drogba, who is tipped to quit Stamford Bridge.It is claimed Madrid could be willing to do business so that they can finance the signing of Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.The Daily Mirror suggest Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will invite Pep Guardiola to name his price to take over as Blues boss if, as expected, he quits Barcelona.Guardiola is believed to be planning to take a year out of the game but Abramovich is keen to make him an offer.The Daily Mail say Manchester City as well as Chelsea are interested to discover whether Guardiola is leaving the Nou Camp as the multi-billionaire owners of both clubs would be interested in hiring him.Meanwhile, QPR’s former Chelsea wide-man Shaun Wright-Phillips has told The Sun he thinks Fernando Torres has been held back by the pressure of his £50m pricetag.Wright-Phillips, who cost Chelsea £21m when they signed him from Manchester City, recalled: “If it wasn’t for the players around me and Jose Mourinho, it would have been much harder.”Click here for Friday’s Chelsea quizFollow West London Sport on Twitter  Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Broadband Business Blues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Katie DehlingerDTN Farm Business EditorMOUNT JULIET, Tenn. (DTN) — Sixty percent of farmers say they don’t have enough internet connectivity to run their businesses, and that has influenced critical business decisions and overall profitability, according to a recent study funding by the United Soybean Board.Whether it’s a reliable enough signal in the office to file tax paperwork, the ability to upload yield maps from the tractor to the cloud or turn off the irrigation pivot when it starts to rain, 59% of farmers that participated in the study said they want to incorporate more data into their operations, but many lack the connectivity to do it.One Illinois farmer quoted in the study said his broadband signal is more reliable than dial-up internet, while cellphone service is touch-and-go. “We’re quite a distance from any major metropolitan area, so we don’t have strong signals. That means I’m reluctant to buy technology that requires good service or connectivity everywhere. If I can’t be guaranteed internet access, then it’s not of value to have the new piece of equipment, either.”Of the 2,000 row-crop, livestock and specialty-crop farmers that participated in the survey, 37% wanted to increase their use of data to make better decisions, while 19% want to use it to improve their efficiency and 10% cited cost savings.“When farmers can’t maximize the functionality of their equipment, particularly in the middle of the field, it has repercussions beyond the farm,” said USB vice president of sustainable strategy Tim Venverloh in a press release. “More and more of the future is about data and data transfer. The timely dissemination and use of data is becoming more important in a precision ag and decision ag world.”Among the study’s other major findings:— 78% of farmers don’t have a choice in internet service providers.— 40% of farmers have a fixed internet connection, while others rely on satellite connections.— More than 90% access the internet on their smartphones, which they say is the most reliable.As many farmers know firsthand, cellphone signal can be sketchy. One North Dakota grower that participated in a qualitative phone interview said he had to get 5 or 6 miles from home before his cellphone signal became reliable. Even then, the call dropped three times during his conversation with the interviewer.While many farmers would use better connectivity to monitor their bottom lines and improve their quality of life, the study also found internet connectivity can play a role in helping farmers achieve their sustainability goals.One Arkansas farmer said she would like to have more moisture sensors to help make irrigation decisions, which would help conserve water and fuel. She’d also like to be able to have more access to edge-of-field nutrient monitoring data from a local university to help reduce fertilizer runoff.Farmers contribute $133 billion to the U.S. GDP, and “with almost 60% not having adequate internet, that means farms that contribute nearly $80 billion to GDP run on limited internet connections,” the report states. USB plans to share the survey results service providers, as well as influencer organizations working to tackle policy and technical challenges involved in delivering high-speed broadband access to rural communities.“Farmers continually look for ways to improve efficiencies while protecting natural resources,” Venverloh said. “Upwards of 50% of the farmers we surveyed want to incorporate more technology into their operations, but they are held back by limited connectivity. Improving their access to broadband needs to be a priority.”Katie Dehlinger can be reached at [email protected] you can follow her on Twitter @KatieD_DTN(SK/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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10 months agoMarcos Llorente: My future at Real Madrid…?

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marcos Llorente: My future at Real Madrid…?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcos Llorente insists he’s not thinking about his options at Real Madrid.The midfielder was all set to leave next month, only to force his way into coach Santiago Solari’s plans in recent games.Asked about his situation in Abu Dhabi, Llorente replied: “I do not have that in mind. “Now we have the Club World Club – which is very important for us. “We want to win it anyway, that’s what I think about and nothing else.” last_img read more

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Metallica Joins Im Listening Campaign For Mental Health And Suicide Prevention

first_imgEntercom has announced the launch of the “I’m Listening” campaign for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.The campaign includes a two-hour on-air special that will be broadcast live from Seattle on World Suicide Prevention Day, Sunday, September 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. CT / 8:00 a.m. MT / 7:00 a.m. PT across all Entercom platforms, a first in the company’s history. Additionally, the campaign includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and live conversation airing on Entercom stations beginning today.The two-hour live special will focus on personal stories from artists and celebrities while offering help and resources to listeners via a live call-in option. The conversation will be led by BJ Shea, Entercom Seattle KISW-FM on-air personality, and will feature guests such as Christine Moutier, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause are coming together to help end the stigma connected to talking about mental health. The personalities scheduled to appear during the special program include Metallica; Sarah Barthel, PHANTOGRAM; Krist Novoselic, NIRVANA; Logic; William DuVall, ALICE IN CHAINS; Halsey; Michael Angelakos, PASSION PIT; David Draiman, DISTURBED; LeRoy Butler, former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers; Kristen Carney, “Mentally Ch(ill)” podcast; James Arthur; Gary Allan; Khalid; Jack Antonoff, BLEACHERS; Justin Furstenfeld, BLUE OCTOBER; and legendary music producer Bob Ezrin; among others.The topics to be discussed during the special include what all of us can do to prevent suicide, how to talk to friends and family about mental health and suicide, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with depression, how to get involved in suicide prevention in your local community and where to go to learn more about the cause.“Through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we know that everyone has a role to play,” said Logic. “I am so proud to partner with Entercom on a national scale, and I hope that among other things, my song ‘1.800.273-8255’ will help end the stigma of talking about mental health. Radio, quite literally, can save lives.”“Since the loss of my oldest son to suicide, mental health and mental illness issues have been very close to my heart,” said Bob Ezrin. “We need to speak openly and honestly about these issues so that it becomes natural for people who are suffering to reach out for help.”For more information about the campaign, visit www.ImListening.org.last_img read more

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Advocate calls on Canada to remove sexism from Indian Act before MMIW

first_img(Sharon McIvor, left, outlined her concerns at a press conference in Vancouver on Thursday. Photo: UBCIC)Cara McKenna APTN National NewsA prominent Indigenous feminist says Canada’s upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women can’t be taken seriously until the federal government addresses sexism within its own legislation that’s existed since 1876.Sharon McIvor said she was dismayed to find out recently that the federal government asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to suspend consideration of a petition she launched aiming to stop gender inequality in Indian status designations.McIvor has been fighting for several decades against provisions in the Indian Act that stop Indigenous women from gaining Indian status and passing it along to their descendants on the same basis as men.“Because of this, Aboriginal women and their descendants have been separated from their families and communities, treated as less worthy, less human, less Indian, and not full members of their cultures and communities,” McIvor said in a statement.The federal government’s reason for blocking her petition to the UN is that it will be embarking on its own wider consultations in an effort to fix the problem.It said in a written statement to the UN that it will no longer be appealing a 2015 Superior Court of Quebec ruling that concluded parts of the Indian Act are discriminatory on the basis of sex.“The Government of Canada is now exploring various opportunities and approaches for engagement with First Nations and other Indigenous groups on necessary legislative changes,” the statement said.“The exact nature of the engagement, including how information will be shared and received from First Nations and Indigenous organizations, will be determined in the coming months.”But McIvor said Canada has not committed to actually removing discriminatory rules from the Indian Act – something she said is a proven root cause of violence against Indigenous women.She is now calling on Canada to drop its request to suspend her petition and remove sex discrimination from the Indian Act as soon as possible.“The national inquiry and any consultations on a new nation-to-nation relationship can only start on a credible footing if the Government of Canada begins by publicly undertaking to eliminate the sex discrimination in the Indian Act immediately,” McIvor said.“Without this, Indigenous women do not begin these processes as equals.”Her call has been met with support from various groups including the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action.“There is no need for further study,” said NWAC president Dawn Lavell-Harvard.“In 2016, it is time for Canada’s new government to end this discrimination, once and for all. This is the necessary beginning for a national inquiry.”The federal government is expected to launch its inquiry into the country’s disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women any day now.last_img read more

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Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

first_imgIn the south, crews are building a guard west of the Tommy Lakes Road, and employing direct attack on the southeast flank. On the southwest flank, they are also installing sprinklers on the South Nig Road guard in preparation for possible controlled ignitions. MacAuley said that while the fire did cross the CN Rail tracks along its southeast edge, crews have found that the rail line itself was undamaged in the fire. She said that firefighters are also working to protect any backup rail ties that may be sitting along the tracks.The weather forecast is currently calling for cooler temperatures for the rest of the week, with a chance of showers and a risk of thunderstorms on Wednesday. MacAuley explained that crews are welcoming the cooler temperatures and precipitation, but that thunderstorms could cause increased fire activity due to the presence of strong wind gusts near convective clouds. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have both resulted in a drop in fire activity. She said that the fire now sits at 22,659 hectares, and is 10 percent contained. According to MacAuley, there are now 190 firefighters, 9 helicopters, and 18 pieces of heavy equipment working to battle the flames, and crews are currently working to protect oil and gas infrastructure, as well as a small farming community near the fire’s eastern flank. On the fires northern flank, crews are continuing to build fireline east of Tommy Lakes road and along North Nig road. Other crews are continuing to build a fireline working southwest and northeast of Beatton Road. last_img read more

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Looking to the sky BC company says it is sucking carbon from

first_imgThat footprint would shrink further if the plant were all-electric. And if it ran on wind- or solar-generated electricity, the fuel would be almost carbon neutral.Long-distance transportation would welcome such fuel, suggested Keith.“Solar and wind power have got amazingly cheap, but only in really great sites and only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. That cheap power doesn’t magically make an airplane go from Winnipeg to Halifax.“What you need is a way to make a fuel in a place where you’ve got really cheap low-carbon power, and that will power the airplane. That’s the core idea here.”Putting a price on carbon has been crucial to Carbon Engineering’s development, said Oldham.“We would not be in business if carbon pricing did not exist.”Carbon Engineering’s next step is to build a full-scale plant. That’ll take about 2 1/2 years, said Oldham.One of the great benefits of making fuel from air is energy independence, said Oldham.“Any country, any region, can have its own fuel. They’d be no longer dependent on the geopolitical situation if Country X has oil and Country Y does not.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Carbon Engineering’s plant in Squamish, B.C., currently pulls about one tonne of carbon a day from the air and produces about two barrels of fuel. Since its components are off the rack, it should be easy to scale up, Oldham said.“We’ve bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have.”Carbon Engineering’s fuel costs about 25 per cent more than gasoline made from oil. Oldham said work is being done to reduce that.Because the plant currently uses some natural gas, by the time the fuel it produces has been burned it has released a half-tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne removed from the air. That gives it a carbon footprint 70 per cent lower than a fossil fuel, he said. As policy-makers work on ways to try to keep global warming within the two-degree limit of the Paris agreement, fears have been raised that carbon dioxide emissions won’t be cut fast enough. Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.In an article published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Joule, Carbon Engineering outlines what it calls direct air capture in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through a chemical process, then combined with hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel.“If these aren’t renewable fuels, what are?” said David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, lead author of the paper and principal in Carbon Engineering.At least seven companies worldwide are working on the idea. Swiss-based Climeworks has already built a commercial-scale plant.It costs Climeworks about US$600 a tonne to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering says it can do the job for between US$94 and US$232 a tonne because it uses technology and components that are well understood and commercially available.“We’re tapping into existing industrial equipment and then defining a new process and applying some unique chemistry to it,” said Oldham.center_img VANCOUVER, B.C. – It sounds like spinning straw into gold: suck carbon dioxide from the air where it’s contributing to climate change and turn it into fuel for cars, trucks and jets.A British Columbia company says in newly published research that it’s doing just that _ and for less than one-third the cost of other companies working on the same technology.“This isn’t a PowerPoint presentation,” said Steve Oldham of Carbon Engineering. “It’s real.”last_img read more

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Wetsuweten members say pipeline company removed cultural property

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. – Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation are alleging the company trying to build a natural gas pipeline through its territory “wilfully, illegally, and violently destroyed” cultural and private property this weekend.In a statement issued Monday, members of the nation say the area in question is not included in Coastal GasLink’s plans and the company has not provided copies of any work permits for the area.It is the same area along a logging road leading to the company’s planned work site where RCMP enforced an injunction on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people and removing a barrier on the road. Coastal GasLink says in a statement that all work it’s doing is “approved and permitted and in full compliance” with its environmental assessment certificate and the company has met all required pre-construction conditions.It says the property in question was a tent structure on the road, plus two other tents in a pullout area that were deemed unsafe or unstable by crews.It says the areas are active work zones and any obstructions impeding crews from safely accessing them is in contravention to the court order.last_img read more

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Regulation amendment clarifies new ICBC benefits and timelines

first_imgpeople who are injured in motor vehicle accidents on or after April 1, 2019, are eligible for increased limits in disability benefits, funeral expenses and death benefits;people can also receive increased medical and rehabilitation benefits starting April 1, 2019, even if their injuries were sustained before that date, and they can recover costs for necessary medication.The amendments establish a 60-day time limit for people to submit receipts for medical care or rehabilitation expenses to ICBC.Previously, people had up to two years to submit their expenses to ICBC.The auto insurer says the long limitation period made it difficult for them to determine if expenses were reasonable and necessary when they were incurred. This left people at risk of spending significant amounts of money on expenses that could be ineligible for reimbursement.According to ICBC, the new limit gives people a reasonable amount of time to submit their receipts while ensuring ICBC receives the information it needs to accurately assess the severity of claims, provide additional supports to injured people as needed and better forecast future costs.Exceptions may be allowed in cases where people cannot meet the deadline due to the nature of their injuries or other factors. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Attorney General is making amendments to the Insurance Vehicle Regulation to clarify changes to ICBC benefits and processes that come into effect on April 1, 2019.According to ICBC, these changes will better protect those who are injured in motor vehicle collisions.The amended regulation states:last_img read more

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