Climate change not settled or predictable

first_imgOn Sept. 15, David Gillikin, Ph.D., suggested that we keep politics out of climate science, since the science is clear and effectively all scientists agree and that the science is settled.Really? Anyone with any common sense knows that science is never settled. Einstein proved that in 1905 with his Theory of Relativity, which upended a 200-year-old Theory of Mechanics created by Isaac Newton. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m not a global warming believer or a global warming denier. However, I do believe that those scientists who pretend to know what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. Scientists have a very difficult time predicting weather, let alone climate. Witness the recent computer model predictions of the paths of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. These computer models could not predict a week in advance, let alone decades.There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static and impervious to challenge.If climate science is settled, why do its predictions keep changing? Why does a great physicist like Freeman Dyson say: “The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world we live in …” and, “What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger. It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago.”Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of faith. For a geologist who supposedly is the brave carrier of the scientific ethic, there’s more than a tinge of religion in his tirade.Bob LindingerGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Spain lockdown leaves 1mn jobless but not ‘unemployed’

first_imgBut those figures significantly underestimate the impact of the virus on the Spanish job market which registered a 1.07 million drop in the number of people employed during the second quarter, the INE said.The unemployment data is based on surveys, not claims for benefits, and the survey counts only people actively seeking a job as unemployed. As the lockdowns imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus kept people from hunting for jobs, they were not considered as unemployed by the survey.The unemployment data also does not take into account the millions of workers on the government furlough scheme that was put in place to avoid massive layoffs at firms hit by the lockdown. In the second quarter, the number of hours worked experienced “an unprecedented fall” of nearly 23 percent, the INE said.  The coronavirus epidemic has destroyed the jobs of over a million Spaniards, but with lockdowns preventing them from looking for work, they were excluded from the unemployment count, data showed Tuesday.Figures published by the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed the number of unemployed rose by only 55,000 between April and June to 3.4 million. That pushed the unemployment rate to 15.3 percent from 14.4 percent in the first quarter. Although all sectors of the economy have been hit, the damage has been particularly acute in the services sector where nearly 817,000 jobs were lost. This includes the shops and restaurants that were closed for most of the lockdown as well as the tourism sector, a pillar of the Spanish economy which accounts for 12 percent of GDP.Construction and industry lost more than 100,000 jobs, while the impact on the agricultural sector was less, with 21,400 jobs lost. Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, with the virus claiming more than 28,400 lives and infecting more than 272,000 people. The crisis has damaged the fragile recovery of Spain’s labor market which in 2013 registered an unemployment rate of 27 percent. Since then, the situation has improved, with the rate dropping to 13.8 percent at the end of 2019, its best figure in years — although it remains the second-highest figure in the eurozone after Greece. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates unemployment in Spain could soar to 20.8 percent in 2020, while the government expects a figure of 19 percent. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pentagon not too positive on opening eastern GOM to oil & gas

first_imgWhile one might say the report and the DOD’s stance towards the potential oil and gas activity in the area is not overly positive, industry groups American Petroleum Institute (API), and National Offshore Industries Association (NOIA) have taken another angle of looking at the DoD report.In a statement on Thursday API’s Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito said the report “confirms that continued collaboration between the Department of Defense and Interior will enable the successful coexistence of continued military training and expanded American oil production.”“The continued coordination between the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense is an important aspect of Secretary Zinke’s National Offshore Leasing Plan and helps ensure that oil and natural gas offshore activities are done safely and responsibly in a manner that doesn’t interfere with U.S. military operations.”“Allowing for expanded access of oil and natural gas operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) will benefit the U.S. economy, advance our long-term energy future, and bolster our national security as our reliance on foreign nations lessens,” Milito said.NOIA issued a statement titled “welcoming the DOD” report.NOIA President Randall Luthi said the report “not only provides a template for future coordination and consultation between the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), but also is a starting point for a productive and cooperative relationship between the offshore energy industry and DOD.”“The report shows there is a lot of ocean out there and while there will be devils in the details, the overall message from the Pentagon should be interpreted as cooperation and coordination. In addition, as companies are allowed to explore and evaluate oil and natural gas plays, it is likely that areas of high potential will be more clearly defined and thus allow for additional military operations,” Luthi said.“Military operations and energy development have co-existed and thrived in many areas in the Gulf of Mexico for decades under a 1983 Memorandum of Agreement between DOD and DOI, as evidenced by the roughly one-third of current Gulf leases including military training stipulations and restrictions,” he said. Oil industry groups stay positive Offshore Energy Today Staff Lifting the existing moratorium on oil and gas operations in the eastern Gulf of Mexico might have a negative effect on military drills and testing conducted in the area, unless mutual restrictions are agreed by the DoD and Department of Interior (DoI).This is the main message of the report by Department of Defense’s Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Michael Griffin sent to the Committee of Natural Resources, and Committee on Armed Services.In his report, he said that the eastern Gulf of Mexico, – the EGOMEX, as he puts it – is an irreplaceable national asset.“No other area offers the DoD a comparable combination of airspace, water space, and existing infrastructure to support military activities…No other area in the world provides the U.S. military with ready access to a highly instrumented, network-connected, surrogate environment for military operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf and Indo-Pacific Theater.“If oil and gas development were to extend east over the Military Mission Line (MML), without sufficient surface limiting stipulations and/or oil and gas activity restrictions mutually agreed by the DoD and Department of Interior (DoI), military flexibility in the region would be lost and test activities severely affected.”According to the report, an increase in vessel traffic that would ensue should the oil development proceed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, would significantly impact range clearance procedures needed for military operations. When it comes to the long-range weapons testing the report says it requires relatively unfettered access to sparsely populated areas, large expanses of airspace, well instrumented ranges, logistics support, and uninterrupted electromagnetic spectrum in order to ensure public safety and support efficient data collection, performance evaluations, and operational concept maturation.“Without sufficient surface limiting stipulations and/or oil and gas activity restrictions mutually agreed by the DoD and Dol, oil and gas activity east of the MML is incompatible with the weapon safety footprints required for these operations.”The report said that safety footprints are currently achieved through scheduling to ensure that any known transient shipping has exited the safety zone. While this can cause inefficiencies in the timing of test events, it allows public use of the Gulf while sufficiently maintaining the required test capability, the report say.“The presence of a platform; however, could negate our ability to effectively establish a weapon safety footprint in this manner. While some surface oil platforms can and sometimes do move, they move much more slowly than transient shipping, making this an unacceptable alternative. In addition, “hold harmless” agreements do not sufficiently mitigate for the presence of platforms in a weapons safety footprint, and the threat to platform personnel and the risk of an environmental catastrophe remain.” You can download the full DoD report here:PDFlast_img read more

Illegal fishing puts vendor behind bars

first_imgRecovered from his possession weredifferent kinds of fish amounting and a multicab, it added. Police identified him as 48-year-oldAlex Brillantes. He was arrested around 3 p.m. on April 18, a police report showed. BACOLOD City– For allegedly selling fishcaught through dynamite fishing, a vendor was nabbed in Barangay RafaelaBarrera, Sagay City, Negros Occidental.center_img Brillantes was brought to the Sagay Citypolice station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 8550, or the PhilippineFisheries Code of 1998 as amended by Republic Act 10654./PNlast_img read more

Ouseph out of World Championships

first_imgHounslow’s Rajiv Ouseph crashed out of badminton’s World Championships, losing 21-8. 21-18 against Danish veteran Peter Hoeg Gade in the first round.The number three seed took 40 minutes to see off Ouseph at Wembley Arena and book his place in the next stage.It means the Londoner is still yet to beat Gade, who has won all seven of their encounters.AdChoices广告Ouseph was ranked 11th in the world last year and has since slipped to 27th, although he remains the British number one.last_img

Federer seeded second at Wimbledon, Nadal drops to third

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Eight-time champion Roger Federer was confirmed as the second seed for Wimbledon yesterday, bumping Rafael Nadal down to third despite being ranked below the Spaniard.Defending champion Novak Djokovic tops the draw while new world number one Ash Barty is top seed in the women’s singles.South African Kevin Anderson, runner-up to Djokovic last season, is fourth seed despite falling to eighth in the ATP rankings as Wimbledon used its special formula once again.Twice Wimbledon champion Nadal will be seeded three, meaning he is likely to have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to claim his first title at the All England Club since 2010. The Spaniard was critical of the Wimbledon’s seedings formula this week, saying “it’s not a good thing” that the grasscourt event is the only one out of the four Grand Slams that does not stick rigidly to ATP rankings for seedings.Wimbledon uses form over the past 24 months on grass to tweak the positions of the top 32 players in the men’s draw.While the women’s seedings are in line with the WTA rankings, Wimbledon reserves the right to change the order to create “a balanced draw”. Anderson’s promotion is bad news for French Open runner-up and world number four Dominic Thiem, who drops to fifth seed and could play Djokovic, Federer or Nadal in the last eight.Former runner-up Marin Cilic moved up from a world ranking of 18 to the 13th seeded spot.Seven-time champion Serena Williams is seeded 11th as per her WTA ranking. Last year the American was bumped up to 25th seed, despite being ranked 183rd after returning to the Tour following the birth of her daughter.last_img read more

Badgers begin postseason play at Big Tens

first_imgEntering the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin is healthy and on top of its game after nearly upsetting No. 4 Ohio State last weekend.[/media-credit]Following an emotional loss to No. 4 Ohio State to close out the regular season, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team will now begin its postseason march this Friday against neighboring rival Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.Wisconsin finished the year with a conference record of 7-3 and an overall record of 17-8, earning the No. 4 seed while Minnesota takes the No. 5 spot. Both teams have been awarded a bye from first round competition.By the time the Badgers and Gophers meet in the tournament, not even two weeks will have passed since their last encounter in Minneapolis. There, Wisconsin issued payback from a loss last year, winning the match 5-2.Badgers at the top of their gameThough Wisconsin came within one match of snapping a multitude of various winning streaks for Ohio State — including 18 consecutive wins against the Badgers themselves — head coach Greg Van Emburgh is pleased to see that his players are entering the Big Ten Tournament just after playing some of their best tennis all season.“The guys played their hearts out. Our seniors did a great job for us [on Sunday]. I was really proud of them,” Van Emburgh said. “It’s a little unfortunate because it’s the one team that we’ve been unable to conquer so far but moving forward, for us, I think the guys are just really united and I say to them every day, ‘We’re still improving; we’re still getting better.’”The match against Ohio State proved to be a true testament to how far the doubles game has improved for Wisconsin. Once considered to be weighing the team down, Wisconsin’s doubles unit claimed its fourth consecutive point against an Ohio State squad that did not lose the doubles point to any other Big Ten team this season.Though Van Emburgh insisted the team is not looking past Minnesota, he noted if Wisconsin moves on to the semi-finals, a rematch with Ohio State would be likely.“Minnesota’s a great team. We want to make sure we’re ready for them,” he said. “We’re definitely not looking past them, and I believe we’ll have another shot at Ohio State if we get through into the semis there. You just got to keep going after it and swing from the hips. One day, it’s going to fall on our side.”Baumann expected to be 100 percentAccording to Van Emburgh, senior Moritz Baumann — ranked No. 19 in the nation — will be expected to return to full health in time for the Big Ten Tournament after an illness forced him to miss the majority of practice leading up to matches against Penn State and Ohio State.“Last time, when we played Minnesota that Sunday, we had the following day off, and he didn’t hit a ball again until that Thursday before the Penn State match,” Van Emburgh said of Baumann. “It was kind of tough on him — he was really weak and he ran a little bit of a fever. I don’t know what type of virus it was, but he definitely wasn’t 100 percent, and I think we saw that [against Ohio State] at the end of the third set.”Baumann, a native of Inzlingen, Germany, will be entering his last postseason wearing a Badger uniform after totaling a 91-35 record in singles over his career.Though his collegiate career is about to enter its final stretch, Van Emburgh reminded everyone Baumann’s list of goals has not come close to running dry.“I know there’s a bunch of things he still wants to accomplish in this next month,” Van Emburgh said. “I’m not going to go over that because I don’t want to jinx him, but there’s a lot left out there for him.”last_img read more

MBB : UNC Asheville offense hopes to play with fast tempo; Boeheim impressed by Bulldogs

first_imgPITTSBURGH – UNC Asheville’s game plan is apparently to beat Syracuse at its own game.The Bulldogs rank fifth in the nation with 81.2 points per game, and they score in bunches via the fast break. The Orange also thrives in transition, and with its size and athleticism, most teams have tried to slow things down against SU.But UNC Asheville won’t be one of them.‘Any team that gets easy buckets in transition will be pretty good,’ senior J.P. Primm said. ‘That’s what Syracuse thrives on, on transition points. But we do the same thing. That’s not going to stop us from doing that.’The 16th-seeded Bulldogs (24-9) won’t change their game plan despite matching up with the No. 1 seed Syracuse (31-2) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Their offense has been their biggest strength throughout the year, and they rank in the top 20 in the nation in scoring, field goal percentage, assists per game and free throw percentage.The transition attack has been a key for UNC Asheville all year, and they don’t plan on adjusting despite the Orange’s size and athleticism advantages.‘That’s not going to change,’ Primm said. ‘That’s been our game plan all year. Push the ball in transition, get easy buckets.’In both of SU’s losses this year, its opponents managed to slow the game down and stop Syracuse from scoring in transition. Notre Dame blanked the Orange in fast-break points while Cincinnati held it to just one bucket on the break.If UNC Asheville wants to get out and run, SU likely won’t have any objections. But assistant coach Gerry McNamara understands why the Bulldogs won’t hesitate to push the ball upcourt.‘I think it plays into both of our strengths,’ he said. ‘At the end of the day, you don’t want to change who you are. … When you get to this time of year, there’s a reason you’re at this point. It’s because you’re playing your game, and you’re doing it effectively.’The transition game may also help UNC Asheville overcome a major size advantage against the Orange. The tallest starter on the Bulldogs is 6-foot-5 forward Quinard Jackson, while SU boasts five key players at 6-foot-7 or taller.By getting out on the break, UNC Asheville could prevent Syracuse’s lanky athletes from getting set in its 2-3 zone defense.‘That’s against any team that plays zone,’ Primm said. ‘Or playing man. You always want to beat them down the court by pushing the ball or with a pass.’Added Bulldogs head coach Eddie Biedenbach: ‘We’re not changing anything.’Upset brewing?Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim doesn’t understand how UNC Asheville is a No. 16 seed. He saw them play earlier in the year and was impressed with the Big South champion Bulldogs.‘This year’s team is a really good basketball team,’ he said. ‘They can shoot the ball. They get it up and down. They’re shocking to me to be a 16 seed.’A No. 1 seed has never lost to the No. 16 seed since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, but the Orange head coach believes UNC Asheville is one of the best No. 16 seeds in NCAA history. And after falling to top-seeded Pittsburgh as the No. 16 seed last year in the tournament, the Bulldogs have their sights set on bigger goals than simply qualifying for the field.‘We’re not satisfied just being here this year,’ said leading scorer Matt Dickey. ‘We talked about that. We want a win. We want to make our team and city known. This is a chance to do that.’To pull off the upset, UNC Asheville will have to overcome a distinct size advantage and figure out a way to beat SU’s dominant 2-3 zone. Scoring has been the Bulldogs’ biggest strength, but they struggled to hang with other major conference foes early this year.But simply having that experience playing against top teams adds to UNC Asheville’s confidence. The Bulldogs played five teams in this year’s field this season – North Carolina State, North Carolina, Connecticut, Tennessee and Ohio.‘We’ve played against teams like Syracuse in the past,’ head coach Eddie Biedenbach said. ‘… We’re not afraid to play anybody.’Possible lineup changes without MeloFor the final five minutes against Cincinnati, Brandon Triche found himself in a peculiar spot.Instead of manning one of the top positions in SU’s 2-3 zone, the junior guard was playing the left wing spot along the back line of the defense. It was a desperate attempt to climb back into the game against the Bearcats, a game the Orange ultimately lost, and it was perhaps a hint at what the Syracuse lineup could be like in the NCAA Tournament.With the news Tuesday that starting center Fab Melo is ineligible for the entire tournament, it’s possible Syracuse could play around with a three-guard lineup to offset the loss of its big man. Triche took the court with Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph and C.J. Fair against Cincinnati, and several of the SU players and coaches hinted that a similar lineup could be used going forward.‘I think we can go with a three-guard lineup,’ Jardine said.On Wednesday, Triche told reporters he had been spending a lot of time practicing on the back line of the zone defense. If he were he to take that spot on the floor with Waiters, Fair, Jardine and Joseph, Syracuse would have its five highest scoring players on the floor at one time.Head coach Jim Boeheim wouldn’t specifically address whether Triche could play in the back line Thursday, but he did say that anything is possible come game time.‘I mean, during the course of the game, I wouldn’t rule anything out,’ Boeheim said. ‘I wouldn’t rule anything out. That’s not a primary thought, but I wouldn’t rule it out, that happening.’ Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Super Eagles Earn N720 Million AFCON Prize Money

first_imgCAF had confirmed earlier in April this year that a total of $14.2 million would be shared between the best eight teams of AFCON 2019.Algeria who emerged as champions earned $4.5 million while hosts Egypt – who were knocked out in the second round – get $670.000.Algeria lifted their second ever trophy after narrowly beating Senegal 1-0 in the final on Friday night. The beaten finalists who are yet to taste continental glory, get $2.5 million to help ease the pain of defeat.Tunisia also get $2milion as semi-finalists, while each of the beaten quarter-finalists (Madagascar, Ivory Coast, South Africa and Benin) get $800,000 each.Apart from Egypt, seven other teams who crashed out in the Round of 16 get $670,000. They are Morocco, Uganda, Mali, Guinea, DR Congo, Cameroon and Ghana.Angola and Kenya, the two third placed teams in the group stage that didn’t make the second round, earned $620.000.Meanwhile, Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, believes John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo will be greatly missed following their retirement from the national team.Mikel, who made 88 appearances for the three-time African champions, announced his retirement from the national team on Thursday.The 32-year-old Trabzonspor midfielder featured twice in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winning a bronze medal to add to other medals including an AFCON gold in 2013, an U-21 World Championship in 2005 and an Olympic bronze in 2016 among others.Ighalo, who won the Golden Boot with five goals, also announced his decision to retire from the Super Eagles.Despite making his senior debut relatively late as a 25-year-old in an international friendly against Uganda in March 2015, Ighalo has left his mark, with 16 goals in 35 matches.The healthy ratio of one goal in two games ensures he is ranked as the seventh highest scorer in the national team’s history.According to Musa, “As hard as it is to accept that you guys have retired from the National Team, it’s been nothing but a privilege and a great honour to play with you guys.“Here’s wishing you nothing but the absolute best in your future pursuits. You will be greatly missed in the team John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Musa: Mikel, Ighalo will be missedDemola Ojo in CairoNigeria’s Super Eagles’ third place finish at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt comes with a cash prize of at least $2 million (about N720 million) from the Confederation of African Football.last_img read more

FIFA writes to GFA

first_imgGhana may be in danger of attracting the wrath of world football body, FIFA, following Government’s establishment of a Commission to inquire into events leading to the country’s shambolic performance at the 2014 World Cup.The New Crusading Gide has in its possession a three-paragraph letter from FIFA, questioning the Ghana Football Association on the composition and competences of the Commission set up by Government.The letter signed by Deputy General Secretary of FIFA, Markus Kattner read:“We have learnt from media reports that the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana has appointed a Committee of Enquiry and Investigation into the Black Stars’ participation to the 2014 FIFA World cup in Brazil. The composition and the competences of the said Commission are unclear. Provided the reports are true we deem it important to clarify from the beginning the procedures and to ensure that the GFA can operate without interference as required by FIFA statutes. Under this circumstance we kindly ask you to provide us with a report at your earliest convenience”.Recently, President John Dramani Mahama named a three-member Committee which included Appeal Court Judge, Justice Senyo Dzamefe, Sports Administrator, Moses Foh Amoaning and Kofi Anokye Darko to present a report on the Black Stars unexpected exit from the Mundial.But days after the President’s announcement, newly appointed Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga also announced government’s decision to upgrade the Committee into a Commission, thus giving it powers to summon people to appear before it. He said: “I have monitored social media and media discussions since the Committee was set up. I had a meeting with the President and he has agreed that we should turn it into a Presidential Commission of Enquiry.”last_img read more