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first_imgHow is a dinosaur like a vacuum cleaner? Did prehistoric garbage heaps improve Florida’s ecology? And is it possible to develop a battery that charges in a matter of seconds? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science Podcast host Robert Frederick. (Listen to the full Science podcast and more podcasts.)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan TimesAdvertisementAfter being set a mammoth target of 359 to scale down in the fourth innings, Joe Denly and Joe Root have set the platform to do the unthinkable. At stumps, the hosts now need 203 runs with 7 wickets in hand. The World Champions made quick work of the rest of the batting line-up which included Marnus Labuschagne who scored his second fifty of the match. The southpaw was struck on the helmet yet again by Jofra Archer but thankfully not much damage was caused.Image Courtesy: Hindustan TimesDismissing the Aussies for 246, England had a target of 359 to chase. The hosts were reeling at 15-2 with both the openers back in the dugout. Jason Roy’s horror start to his Test career continued with yet another failure.Skipper Joe Root, coming off not the best of runs, was joined by Joe Denly, who also has looked out of sorts in this series so far. The duo struck an unlikely 126-run to thwart the Aussie assault.Joe Denly was dismissed soon after reaching his fifty while the skipper still stands guard unbeaten on 75 with Ben Stokes at the other end.Read Also:WI vs Ind 1st Test Day 3 Review: India pile up the lead to mount pressure on the hostsIndia vs West Indies: Jadeja delighted after repaying Kohli’s trust Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Jan 29, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withNew Delhi: Jan 29, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATIONAL Ahmadabad: 2nd season of Cyclothon in Ahmadabad (A+B) Guwahati: Nitin Gadkari in Assam (B) Mumbai : Bigg Boss grand finale (B) Agartala/ Shimla:: Polio vaccination (A+B) Panchkula: Haryana CM at workshop on Budget (B) Jammu: Omar Abdullah addresses a party worker meeting (A+B) New Delhi: Tribute to avalanche victim Major Amit Sagar (B+A) Patna: Bhojpuri mvoie promotion (A) Kolkata: Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (A) Gaya/Bodhgaya: Nitish Kumar during Nishchaya Yatra (B+A) Bengaluru: S M Krishna addresses a press conference (A) Burdwan : Mob attacks police station (A) Bhopal: Lokrang festival 2017 (A) Gurugram: Jat agitation in Gurgaon (A) Lucknow: Cong-SP joint press conference (B) Agartala : CPI(M) workers protest (A) Jammu: protest in Jammu (A) Kolkata: Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally-2017(A) Hyderabad: Raly to promote Islamic education (A) Hyderabad: Telangana Congress Committee meeting (A) Kolkata: Eve of Gandhiji death anniversary (B)INTERNATIONAL Ankara : British Prime Minister Theresa May visit (A+B) San Francisco : Protest against President Donald Trumps executive order (B) Cuidad Juarez : Hundreds of people from Ciudad Juarez gathered (B) New York : Protest against President Donald Trumps order (B) Seattle : Protest President Donald Trumps order (A) Atlanta : U.S. Rep. John Lewis speaks with activists and attorneys (A) Munster: Nour Ulayyet comforts her mother at Munster Community Hospital (B) Los Angeles : People opposed to President Donald Trumps executive order (A)advertisementSPORTS London : Pakistani Cricket Board top officials meeting(A) Leipzig : German first division Bundesliga soccer match(A) London : English FA Cup fourth round match (A) Phoenix : NBA basketball game (B) Paris : 25th mens Handball World Championship (A) Melbourne : Australian Open tennis championships (B+A) Las Vegas : Lightweight title boxing match (B+A) Kolkata: Kolkata Marathon (B+A) Pune: Pune Marathon (A+B) Mumbai: England Under 19 coach addresses press (A+B) Mumbai: India Under 19 team in Mumbai (B) PTI PHOTO HS RSM RSMlast_img read more

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first_imgLeague Cup Wenger trolled by Wembley official in Man City humbling Matthew Scott 06:38 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wenger - cropped Getty Images League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger Premier League Manchester City Arsenal City ruthlessly dominated Arsenal in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, prompting Graham Scott to offer a cheeky response to the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has revealed how Carabao Cup final fourth official Graham Scott cheekily offered to put Arsenal out of their misery as the Gunners were smashed 3-0 by Manchester City at Wembley.Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva had a first trophy under Pep Guardiola wrapped up for City by the 65th minute.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had wasted an early chance for Arsenal, but they were thoroughly outplayed as Wenger lost in the final of the competition for the third time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A disconsolate Wenger recounted how Scott had questioned why the Frenchman wanted to prolong the pain as he made a complaint about the award of three minutes stoppage time.”It’s difficult to come back,” he told a news conference. “The referee doesn’t give the injury time.”When I said, ‘Why don’t you give more time?’ he asked me, ‘Why do you want more time?'”I told him, ‘It’s not down to you to judge, how long is the time, if you want or not. Give the normal added time.'”last_img read more

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first_imgzoom A fire broke out on Saturday on board an Indonesia-flagged general cargo ship while docked in Surabaya, Indonesia injuring three people.The fire on board the 2005-built MV Mentari Pratama, operated by liner company Mentari Sejata Perkasa, is believed to had been caused by a gas cylinder explosion during welding works in a repair yard.According to local media reports, the three workers sustained burns while trying to put out the fire.  As informed, the three of them have been transferred to a hospital in Tanjung Perak.The fire was extinguished by four firefighting teams within an hour.The ship was carrying a cargo of 28 containers that were not damaged in the fire, the media reported.Investigation into the incident is underway.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

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first_imgzoomImage by WMN Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Yangzijiang Shipbuilding and Mitsui & Co. have entered into a shareholders’ agreement to establish a joint venture to operate a shipbuilding business.“The new company will aim to build a globally competitive shipbuilding business by combining YZJ’s high production capacity, Mitsui’s extensive sales capabilities and MES-SC’s advanced technology,” a joint press statement reads.As disclosed, the joint venture would be located in Taicang, Jiangsu, China, its primary scope of business being construction and sale of merchant vessels. The business is scheduled to start operation in April 2019.The move is being announced on the back of a gradual recovery in the shipbuilding industry from the 2016 doldrums. Asian shipbuilders continue to be top builders of the world’s fleet. In particular, Korean, Chinese and Japanese yards accounted for 90.5 percent of deliveries in 2017, an UNCTAD report shows.Japanese shipbuilders have been actively pursuing cooperation initiatives over the recent period as a way of increasing their competitiveness when compared to Chinese and Korean rivals.In May this year, Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding and Tsuneishi Shipbuilding inked a business cooperation agreement  aimed at securing more orders.The bolstering of ranks also saw Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) team up with Oshima Shipbuilding continue, Imabari Shipbuilding and Namura Shipbuilding during the same year with the aim of attracting more orders through collaborative approach to ship designs, innovative technology and workforce training.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_imgSnoop Dogg to speak at C2 Montréal 2018 (CNW Group/C2 Montréal) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement With the impending legalization of marijuana in Canada, and the opening of the cannabis market in several jurisdictions across the U.S., Snoop Dogg has positioned himself as a leading voice on matters related to the business of cannabis.About C2 MontréalEach year, in a collaborative environment specifically designed to provoke collisions and spark new ideas, the C2 Montréal inspires 5,000 decision makers across continents and industries to challenge their biases, shift their perspective and explore completely new ways of doing business. Imagined by Sid Lee in collaboration with founding partner Cirque du Soleil, these three days of talks, workshops, extreme brainstorming sessions, meet ups, performances and festivities have been described as “challenging conventions” by The Economist, and “a business conference unlike any other” by Harvard Business Review.C2 Montréal will be presenting its 7th edition on May 23, 24 and 25, 2018, at Arsenal art gallery in Montréal, Canada. www.c2montreal.com2018 Speakers  MONTREAL, Feb. 21, 2018 – C2 Montréal is proud to announce that Snoop Dogg will be a speaker at the 7th edition of its flagship event, which will be held from May 23 to 25, 2018 in Montreal, Canada at the Arsenal. The artist turned entrepreneur will take centre stage in the Big Top to discuss his entrepreneurial vision for the cannabis industry. Joining Snoop Dogg for the talk is Ted Chung, a media entrepreneur and Snoop’s business partner at Casa Verde Capital and co-founder of Merry Jane.Snoop creates opportunities in a new industrySnoop is the founder of the venture capital firm Casa Verde Capital, which makes early-stage investments in startups in the ancillary cannabis industry. Casa Verde has funded several major marijuana ventures in the agtech, financial services, health, technology, media sectors, among others. One of Snoop’s recent high-profile investments includes $2 million in funding for Canadian cannabis inventory management company Trellis.Building a cannabis content empireSnoop’s sizeable entrepreneurial footprint, however, extends well beyond the venture capitalist aspect. He is also the co-founder of Merry Jane alongside business partner Ted Chung. Offering editorial content focused on marijuana news, politics, business and culture, Merry Jane speaks for and to the global mainstream cannabis community. Strategic brand partnerships (with the likes of VICE, MTV, Reddit, Complex and more) are key to the creation and sharing of original news and video content, such as VH1’s popular Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party TV series, featuring C2 Montréal 2016 alumni Martha Stewart.center_img Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of Manitoba chiefs is calling attention to the health of Indigenous mothers and children in Canada.This after the Harper government pledged more than 3 billion dollars towards improving the health of mothers and children in some of the poorest countries in the world.The AMC says many of their own programs aren’t receiving the money they need to operate.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot reports.last_img

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first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is promising to attract more investment to the province as part of a revitalized economic development strategy.Pallister has named Dave Angus, former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and business owner Barb Gamey to lead the government’s efforts.The premier says the two have their work cut out for them because of what he calls an “unfocused and antiquated system.”A new economic growth strategy was recommended in a government-commissioned report by the accounting and consulting firm Deloitte.It said it found a lack of clearly defined goals in how the province funds outside investment, significant overlap and limited co-ordination between economic programs.The report calls for an entirely new agency dedicated to economic development with all programs available under one roof.Angus and Gamey are to come forward with a strategy within six months.“We got hired to fix the finances of this province. We got hired to repair the services. We got hired to rebuild the economy, too, and we’re going to do those things — with laser-like focus, we will do those things,” Pallister said in a state-of-the-province address Thursday at a chamber luncheon.He pointed out Manitoba is paying $1 billion this year in debt servicing costs and called that figure unacceptable.Pallister also spoke about improvements needed in health care, to marijuana legislation and in relationships with Indigenous communities across the province.(CTV Winnipeg, CJOB)last_img read more

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18 April 2007An international conference in Geneva organized by the United Nations refugee agency to focus on the plight of the nearly 4 million Iraqis who have fled their homes ended today with agreement on the urgent need to stem the outflow of people while assisting those in need, including by providing support to neighbouring countries which are sheltering refugees. “There was truly a humanitarian spirit that allowed us to work together, to work together in a committed way for the same purpose – the people we care for, the Iraqis displaced inside and outside Iraq,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres told a concluding news conference after the two-day gathering that drew representatives of 60 nations.There are some 1.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) inside Iraq and 2 million refugees abroad.The conference, which attracted the participation of some 450 delegates, opened with an appeal from UNHCR for a sustained, comprehensive and coordinated international response to the humanitarian crisis – the largest displacement of population since the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.Many Iraqis were displaced before the fall of the previous regime in 2003. Between 2003 and 2005, more than 300,000 Iraqis had returned home to begin rebuilding their lives but the trend has dramatically reversed. About 750,000 people are estimated to have fled their homes since February 2006, with up to 50,000 more displaced each month.“There has been broad recognition of the fact that local integration of such large numbers of Iraqis in countries of asylum is not an option, and that resettlement will give priority to the most vulnerable,” Mr. Guterres said. “Everyone emphasized that the preferred solution for the overwhelming majority of Iraqi refugees will be their voluntary return.”Mr. Guterres voiced hope that international gratitude for the burden assumed by receiving countries – with Syria hosting 1.2 million Iraqis and Jordan another 750,000 – would soon translate into financial support. He also sought an increased amount of resettlement to third countries, considered necessary for the most vulnerable refugees.On the broader need for a political solution, he said participants called for urgent action “in order to find a durable solution based on national reconciliation.” read more

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An influx to the fishing sector – with funding being covered by scaling down or phasing out the nearly $30 billion worth of subsidies in place currently – is needed to curb the excess capacity of the world’s fishing fleets while supporting workers in alternative livelihoods.Funding is also vital to reform the management of fisheries through such policies as setting up marine protected areas to allow depleted stocks to recover and to grow, says the Green Economy report, whose preview version was released today.“Fisheries around the world are being plundered or exploited at unsustainable rates,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “It is a failure of management of what will prove to be monumental proportions unless addressed.”The choices governments make now and in the coming years regarding the fishing industry will impact more than half a billion people, he pointed out.The final version of the report – covering 11 sectors, including agriculture, waste and tourism – will be issued later this year.In a related development, a new UN-backed project will help strengthen Sierra Leone’s fishing sector, which was destroyed by the decade-long, brutal civil war in the West African nation.Currently, small-scale and subsistence fishing account for 85 per cent of the fish landed in Sierra Leone, and the industry has great potential to generate jobs and enhance food security, according to the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).“At present, there are two main constraints that are preventing the growth of the industrial fishing sector,” said the agency’s Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella.Firstly, he said, institutions supporting the industry have limited human resource capacity, especially at the middle and junior levels of management, and the second challenge is the lack of local skilled labour, resulting in the reliance on foreign workers.Under a new scheme financed by Russia, UNIDO will set up a Fishery Training Institute, which seeks to help make the sector more commercial in Sierra Leone.The agreement to set up the project was signed today in Moscow, with Russia also committing $1.5 million to improve water quality and reduce the negative impacts of industrial activities in the Volga River basin, as part of another UNIDO initiative. 17 May 2010An $8 billion investment annually in rebuilding and ‘greening’ the world’s fisheries could both increase fish catches and generate $1.7 trillion in long-term economic returns over the next four decades, according to a new United Nations report. read more

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first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Some 3,000 Americans die each year of foodborne maladies—many of which could be prevented with soap, water, and a good scrub.Just 30 seconds of handwashing—what the Center for Disease Control called the “do-it-yourself vaccine”—could save time, money, and, more importantly, lives.“We thought, that’s crazy, there should be something that scans people’s hands to see if there’s any foodborne illness,” Christine Schindler told Smithsonian magazine.AdChoices广告Something like PathSpot—a wall-mounted device that screens for disease-causing germs in just two seconds.Co-founders Schindler and Dutch Waanders, former biomedical engineering students at Duke University, began testing PathSpot in restaurants early this year.As described to Smithsonian, the technology relies on spectroscopy: Wavelengths beamed from a tablet bounce off the microbes on a person’s hand, reflecting back into the built-in camera. Light reflects differently based on the shape of whatever it bounces off of—including bacteria.Within seconds, the PathSpot algorithm compares those echoed wavelengths with common disease signatures (E. coli, salmonella, norovirus, hepatitis A, listeria) and indicates the presence of contaminants.“We were just asking restaurants what they thought, and when people were saying that they’ve been waiting ten years for a product like this, that’s when we left our jobs,” CEO Schindler said in a statement to the magazine.As a society, we’re pretty crap at washing our hands.Admit it: You don’t always clean up after using the toilet or before food prep. And when you do, how often do you count to 20 while lathering, scrubbing, and rinsing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails?You either pass or fail (via PathSpot)“Maybe you were rushing to a meeting and just couldn’t scrub for the full 20 seconds,” PathSpot wrote in a blog post. “Or maybe the commercial break in the big game wasn’t long enough and you had to rush back from the bathroom without washing your hands.”It happens—at home and in professional kitchens. According to the CDC, 70 percent of all foodborne illness breakouts originate in foodservice.But Schindler and Waanders don’t think we should settle for vomiting, fever, aches, and diarrhea just because someone forgot to rinse between handling raw and ready-to-eat food.“PathSpot can fill the gap, offering a technology to ensure only clean hands are touching food, doors, tables, and utensils,” the project website said. “If handwashing is the DIY vaccine, PathSpot is the tool to administer it—protecting restaurants, employees, and customers.”Scientists recently developed the ultimate “smell test” for rotten food, which could come in handy while making these 11 real sci-fi recipes. Find more food news here. Japan Beefs Up Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Tokyo OlympicsStudy: College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_img Google+ Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE on ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’Every Tuesday, ESPNews’ “SportsCenter” features a weekly segment with Superstars devoted to the best, most entertaining moments from WWE. One night after announcing his retirement, Daniel Bryan will join Jonathan Coachman at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNews for his first interview after the announcement.Coachman has interviewed the likes of Roman Reigns, Charlotte, Seth Rollins and John Cena during the weekly “SportsCenter” segment.In addition to top moments from Raw, the weekly segment will feature former WWE Superstar and announcer and current ESPN personality Coachman.For more on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” visit espn.go.com.  The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinalslast_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County has partnered with the Waze traffic app to help provide drivers with real time traffic updates.The app’s updates will include road closures, down traffic lights and provide alternate routes for drivers.“This is part of the solutions that we have to alleviate our traffic congestion in Miami-Dade County,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “The great thing about it too is that we’re gonna get this data so that we can make smarter decisions in the future about where we’re gonna put traffic lights, how long they’re gonna be, and also where we need to make improvements on our roadways.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgThe spillway in Larsen Bay. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT)Larsen Bay, a community of fewer than 100 people on southwest Kodiak Island, is dealing with ongoing water issues.Listen nowKodiak representative Louise Stutes visited the village recently with the director of the Alaska Office of Management & Budget, Pat Pitney, to take a look.The spillway of Larsen Bay’s reservoir, which supplies its hydroelectric plant with water, is aging. But during the visit, it became apparent that that’s only one point of weakness in the community’s water system.The acting mayor of Larsen Bay, Bill Nelson, stands on a wooden structure extended over the community’s reservoir like a dock.“Yesterday our village consumed 92,000 gallons of water in 24 hours, and our well only produces 36 gallons per minute, so without this reservoir, we would be in big trouble right now,” Nelson said.“Well, you’d have no water,” Stutes said.Louise Stutes (left) and Pat Pitney look at map of Kodiak Island while in Larsen Bay city building. (Photo by Kayla Dersoches / KMXT)Nelson is leading a tour of the water facilities for Stutes along with state budget director Pat Pitney.Nelson points to what looks like a waterfall on one side of the reservoir.“As you can see, I take the excavator, and I pile all rocks, and I had sandbags all the way down here, but of course in the spring with the water runoff, they’ve all washed out,” Nelson said.The sandbags Nelson is talking about are lined up at the mouth of the waterfall, but the water has pulled some of them close to the edge. He says they add them to raise the water level during dry spells in the summer to maintain water flow over the spillway and feed the hydroelectric plant.The concrete spillway was built along with the reservoir system in the 1980s. The aging spillway is a major point of weakness, Nelson explains because it’s eroding.Over the past 10 years, Nelson has reached out for help from state agencies, but so far hasn’t had much success finding a permanent fix. Now, he says, the situation is more urgent than ever. He’s afraid the spillway will collapse.“Our power would go away, drinking water, and the canneries.”Nelson says 75 percent of the community’s water comes from the reservoir and the other 25 percent comes from the well.Part of Nelson’s tour includes a stop at the water treatment plant.Hugh Kennan, who runs the plant, says there’s another infrastructure problem.“I’m making 93,000 gallons a day and estimating that 40,000 of it never gets into a home,” Kennan said.Larsen Bay, like many of the island communities, deals with hard-to-find leaks.“Again, the infrastructure here is dated, and it’s not gonna get better and, in fact, we’ve watched it go from a loss of 10,000 gallons a day to a loss of 40,000 gallons in probably five years,” Kennan said.And that’s on top of yet another issue.Nelson says there are five connected beaver dams along the water system which help control the water flow. A section of the dams washed out in 2011 and filled the reservoir with dirt and mud, which they had to clean up. Nelson says the beavers have since rebuilt the dams.Nelson is afraid it could happen again. But for now, his focus is on repairing or replacing the spillway.Stutes says a visit like this one is essential to understanding the situation here.“I can tell them anything, but if you see it, you can relate it to something. You can relate it to people,” Stutes said. “You can relate it to an actual spot and say I saw that.”Stutes says she hopes she can help connect Larsen Bay with the right people to find a solution.Pitney says it’s not likely her visit will result in direct state funds.“We’re still running a deficit, and so the communities are gonna have to handle themselves to a great degree, but there’s many programs that are out there,” Pitney said.Nelson says he’ll continue applying for funds to fix the problem and keep on reaching out to legislators.“Hopefully, the more I talk and the more I bark, people will listen because this would be a disaster if this spillway ever let loose,” Nelson said.Nelson says fixing the problems now would cost less than cleaning up the mess later if the infrastructure collapsed.last_img read more

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