OTTAWA – “The Liberals are failing Canadians by destroying investment confidence in the energy sector in Canada… The reality is this: that under the Liberals more energy investment has been lost than any other time frame in 70 years, $100 billion of energy projects cancelled.”— MP Shannon Stubbs, Conservative natural resources critic, Sept. 4.Shannon Stubbs, the official Opposition’s natural resources critic, appeared before a Commons committee this week to demand a probe into the Trudeau government’s handling of the Trans Mountain project in the wake of a federal court decision quashing the pipeline’s approval.During the meeting, she said that under the Trudeau government’s watch, “$100 billion of energy projects (were) cancelled,” because of the Liberals’ restrictive red tape and tax regimes.But is it true that $100 billion worth of energy projects have indeed been cancelled, and is it government’s fault?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a little baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSThe Conservatives provided this breakdown of major energy projects that have been cancelled since the Liberals took office in 2015:– Energy East: $15.1 billion– Pacific Northwest LNG: $35 billion– Northern Gateway: $7.9 billion– Aurora LNG: $28 billion– Grassy Point LNG: $15 billionThe projects total $101 billion, and the end dates of these projects did occur within the last three years.The Trudeau government has introduced changes to its regulatory review process in Bill C-69, which is still under consideration in the Senate.The bill would create a new Impact Assessment Agency and replace the National Energy Board with the Canadian Energy Regulator. The government says it will provide greater certainty and predictability for companies. It introduces new timelines and specific steps that companies and government will have to take in order for new energy projects to go forward.The Liberals also brought in an interim assessment process for the Trans Mountain project that expanded the Indigenous consultation process and included upstream emissions as part of the environmental impact review.Meanwhile, Canada’s energy industry has raised concerns about Canada falling behind in the global competition for oil and natural gas investment.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) released figures earlier this year showing total capital spending on Canadian oil and natural gas was $45 billion in 2017, down 19 per cent from 2016 and 46 per cent from 2014.THE EXPERTSGermain Belzile, a senior researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute, says he believes government regulations are “more of a barrier than any help” in getting Canadian oil and gas to market. He said industry representatives are not sure that the Trudeau government’s Bill C-69 will end this problem.“All the comments I’ve had are that things will be more difficult, will be longer and that uncertainty will be increased with the new law,” he said.Grant Bishop, an associate director of research at C.D. Howe Institute, said a key barrier to pipeline development is that an approval doesn’t actually mean an approval. He pointed to projects like Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway that initially passed lengthy project reviews — with numerous conditions attached — but were later further delayed by legal challenges.“The go-forward on this is that anyone looking to do a project is going to discount the prospect of getting some ways down the road and having a setback, not because of something they did, but because of uncertainties in the regulatory process.”Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, says economic conditions, not just regulations, have played a major role in many of these projects being cancelled.He said TransCanada abandoned Energy East because a change in market conditions made keeping it a natural gas pipeline more lucrative.He said Pacific Northwest, Grassy Point and Aurora were among several LNG projects that were shelved in Canada due to a global supply glut of liquefied natural gas.“While certainly the approval process for pipelines and the legal obstacles around that have been obviously a factor… not all of that can be laid at the feet of the Liberal government,” Rubin said.THE VERDICTThere indeed have been several proposed energy projects that have been cancelled since the Trudeau government took office and many industry experts do believe Canada’s complicated and lengthy regulatory process is a barrier to energy investment. However, economic conditions have played a factor in the cancellation of some of these projects. Therefore, blaming the Trudeau government for the death of $100 billion in energy activity contains “a little baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians.Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccurateFollow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter
A new charity single is available now to download on iTunes to raise funds for Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.‘Look into Your Heart’ features soul singer Beverley Knight as lead vocalist and Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood on backing vocals and guitar respectively.The single, which was produced by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, written by songwriter Matt Clifford and recorded at Abbey Road studios, also features a 100 person choir made up of Save the Children supporters who all bid for this once in a lifetime chance to sing alongside rock and soul legends at a Save the Children charity auction. All artists and music partners including Horus Music and Specific Music donated their time for free.Mick’s fellow Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood says: “I am delighted that this recording made by us for Save the Children will help with the Nepal Appeal.”Lead vocalist on the single, Beverley Knight says: “The terrible events in Nepal show just how vulnerable our fellow man can be in the face of nature. My hope is that the proceeds of this song will go some way to help raise urgently needed funds to repair homes and restore lives.”‘Look into Your Heart’ is available for download now at www.apple.co.uk/itunes at a cost of £0.99, with all profits going to Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.Save the Children is scaling up its response to meet the urgent needs of children in Nepal, many of whom are injured, without shelter and basic items. A UK government-funded emergency medical team, managed Save the Children, is assessing needs and supporting local medical staff by providing surgery to those who need it most and our teams are delivering immediate life-saving help such as shelter kits and clean water.To make a donation to Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal please visit www.savethechildren.org.uk, call 44 (0)800 8148 148 or text DONATE5 to 70008 to give £5.Cost examples£1 could purchase soap to help children keep clean and healthy£3 could pay for a blanket to keep a child warm and protected against harsh weather conditions£5 could purchase a jerry can which can both transport and store water£10 could pay for a hygiene kit which includes vital items such as soap, shampoo, bucket, toothpaste, toothbrush, towel, and a basin£20 could pay for a shelter kit which provides families which emergency shelter and contains rope and tarpaulin£50 could purchase kitchen sets which would help two families to prepare, cook and eat hygienically, containing essential items such as pots, cutlery, mugs and platesSave the Children is a member of the DEC (Disasters and Emergency Committee) and its Nepal Earthquake Appeal.Stay up to date with developments in Nepal, the emergency response and the DEC’s fundraising efforts on Twitter or on Facebook
24 October 2011International efforts to mitigate climate change are insufficient to meet the goal of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a United Nations report warned today, just a month before a major conference on the issue is held in Durban, South Africa. The report laid out a list of options to achieve the target, including more cuts in greenhouse gases from additional sectors, stronger accounting rules both within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and through other multilateral and domestic strategies, sharing mitigation efforts based on countries’ capacities or contributions to the problem, and legally binding commitments.The report, Building the Climate Change Regime: Survey and Analysis of Approaches, was published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental think tank with the support of the Irish Government. It reviewed more than 130 proposals put forward by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academics to design a climate regime capable of delivering adequate mitigation.It is the latest in a long series of UN warnings that world is falling behind in the battle against global warming. Just last month, at a Leaders’ Dialogue on Climate Change on the eve of the high-level session of the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments to show greater commitment. Scientists say that keeping to the 2-degrees Celsius limit over the course of the 21st century is crucial to avert widespread disasters, from the disappearances of low-lying island nations under rising seas and searing droughts, famines, extreme storms and flooding, to the extinction of species. “The analysis provided in this new report offers many options that can happen either in the formal negotiations or as complementary measures elsewhere, options that can assist the more than 190 United Nations Member States move quickly to harvest the opportunities of a transition to a climate resilient, low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said. The report highlights the need to mobilize a range of public and private sector groups at the international, national and sub-national levels, who can contribute to climate governance, emission reductions and adaptation investment.“At the upcoming climate meeting in Durban, countries have the opportunity to turn these ideas into action and start to bridge the ambition gap needed to truly have an impact,” WRI Interim President Manish Bapna said, while Irish Environment Minister Phil Hogan called the report very timely.The report stressed that the issue of legally binding commitments is central to debates ahead of Durban and noted that it is possible to build upon existing UNFCCC processes to strengthen the climate regime and raise the overall level of ambition to reach the target.“Whilst a number of studies have demonstrated that the level of climate mitigation pledged to date is insufficient to limit temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius, this paper clearly demonstrates that there are a range of good ideas and options available that could help correct the course and move toward a safer and more stable climate,” UNEP said in a news release.
President Maithripala met with the families of the disappeared in June and November last year and promised to release a list of surrendees who surrendered to the Army at the end of the war in 2009. The families handed over a letter stating five key demands to the President, requesting the release of lists of all who surrendered to the armed forces, during and after the war, particularly during the last phase, a list of all secret detention centers, their status and list of detainees, and a list of all political prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). To date, none of their demands have been met with. About seven elderly parents of the disappeared have passed away over the course of this protest. (Colombo Gazette) The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) which was supposed to have been operational by now, has seen delay after delay, it’s setting up has been shrouded in secrecy with no consultation with victim families, and decisions relating to some appointments being heavily politicised and influenced by the President.Almost a decade since the end of the war, pleas by these families have fallen on deaf ears and they are now fed up and desperate for answers. The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi will make their one year of continuous protest tomorrow (Tuesday), from 9am to 3pm, in the Kilinochchi town.The protest is being staged to find out the truth about their loved ones and hold accountable those responsible for their disappearances.
callcenter_774.png CCPA regulations overlap – though not entirely – with GDPR compliance. As such, many of the requirements will be addressed directly by our customers when the January 2020 compliance deadline arrives. What about GDPR in the EU and CCPA in California?Solutions should be built with data security and encryption to ensure personal customer data stays private. For GDPR specifically, organizations that leverage technology manage their customers’ data and lists, so handling is subject to their internal standards and processes. In fact, we only need an individual’s phone number; our customers can store sensitive information locally and access as needed. The database should be tailored to include fields that store communications preferences, such as opt-in/opt-out, which can be filtered when building lists. Hodges_Chris_headshot_250.png What is gamification and how does it help the agents?Gamification is a unified employee engagement platform designed to increase agent productivity and reduce attrition in call centers. The call center platform should offer integrated gamification for learning and coaching, and leverage machine learning to predict score card success. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI What is the value and benefit of outbound dialing?Outbound dialers improve business outcomes by empowering agents with the tools to be more efficient and productive. Sales, debt collection, telemarketing, cross-selling, and market research are a few everyday examples of the numerous use cases for which these solutions apply. Gamification clarifies for agents what is expected of them, rewards them for achieving targets, and ensures employee activity is positioned to realize company objectives. Gamification creates engagement for personnel — from the CEO and executive leadership to agents, supervisors, and line-of-business managers. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Chris Hodges Outbound TechnologyTo learn more about outbound calling products, especially given the introduction of GDPR in the EU and CCPA in California, I contacted Chris Hodges, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Noble Systems. Hodges has 35 years of experience in this field, and his company Noble Systems has received the 2018 Market Leadership Award for Outbound Dialing Systems from Frost & Sullivan, making him an excellent resource on the topic. I asked Hodges several questions about outbound technology’s value and his responses follow. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. As an example, three months after going live, Sekure Merchant Solutions achieved greater revenue and profitability than ever before through gamification. Efficiency skyrocketed. Sekure calculated it saved 1,500 management hours. Supervisors hit their team goals 40-60% more often, reduced deployment costs by $35,000, and first-day, on-the-job exit interviews asking new hires if they understood their goals, shot up from a before-rate of 45% to 90% after implementing gamification. Sekure’s gamification campaign also affected operational metrics, including a sharp decline in agent turnover.Tags:Q and Acall centersoutbound dialinggamificationGDPRCCPAContact Center & Customer ExperienceRegulationUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like How do you measure gamification success?Every enterprise has specific needs that are unique to its contact center, and as such, each business measures performance differently. Common success indicators include increased productivity, decline in employee turnover, higher profits, reduced training costs, improved employee morale, and accelerated learning. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? For contact center agents, call management, list control, and workflow management reduce idle time by increasing right-party contacts and first-call resolutions. For contact center managers, real-time monitoring capabilities provide supervisory control and the visibility to observe agents, ensuring quality and accuracy. Customers value gamification’s ability to prevent attrition in contact centers with employee engagement strategies that incentivize and motivate agents, as well as increase loyalty. This is especially important as retaining talent is a top priority for organizations of all sizes and in all markets. A significant business benefit of outbound solutions is compliance; tier-1 offerings are compliance-ready for “Do-Not-Contact” laws and legislative regulations like TCPA and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). Violating these regulations can result in heavy fines. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. When discussing outbound call centers, many people think of robocalls, the frustrating outbound calls you likely don’t want to receive from companies with which you likely don’t have any relationship. But putting robocalls aside, there are plenty of valid reasons for outbound call centers. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. An outbound call center is one where agents make outbound calls (manually or automated) to former or present customers on behalf of a business, government, political or charitable organization, or client. Calls made from the center may involve telemarketing, sales, or fund-raising. Other calls may include contact list updating, surveys, or verification services. Log in or register to post comments
Some people think, ‘If I don’t have to pay, I won’t bother’ – it’s just human natureAndrew Watson, head of recreation, access and estates at Dartmoor National Park Dartmoor National Park Authority plans to scrap parking honesty boxes in favour of ticket machines in a bid to get drivers to pay up. Visitors to Dartmoor have been asked to make the £1 voluntary contribution for the past six years with the money going towards the upkeep of the countryside.But the average donation per vehicle has been just 15p – creating a huge shortfall in funds. In a bid to combat motorists who avoid paying, the Authority introduced a trial pay and display scheme in Princetown in the heart of Dartmoor – and seen revenue soar four-fold. But despite that some locals are furious at the plan – and say a lot of the money will go back to the machine operators and not into the local area.Jan Jackson, 57, said: “At least with an honesty box all monies go to the people who put them there. I daresay that these machines will be leased from operators, and only a cut will go back to the organisation.”The potential income to Dartmoor from these machines might well go down, especially if people don’t want to pay.”They will just look for a handy roadside pull in, instead – which will then impact other vehicles using the roads.” Joy Easterbrook, 55, added: “It might put people off stopping to see Dartmoor.” Under the previous scheme and annual income in the village for parking was just £6,000 but it has now increased to £24,000.The park authority now wants to bring in parking meters at car parks in Meldon, Newbridge, Postbridge and popular tourist spot Haytor.They would charge visitors an hourly rate instead of the optional one-off donation and say money raised would go towards maintaining the car parks.Head ranger and emergency officer Robert Steemson said: “An honesty box is an honesty box – people can choose to put money in if they want. But with compulsory machines, people will turn up and pay or move somewhere else.”Andrew Watson, head of recreation, access and estates at Dartmoor National Park, added: “Some people think, ‘If I don’t have to pay, I won’t bother’ – it’s just human nature. A Dartmoor Hill pony foal runs on the moor in PrincetownCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “We thought the new pay and display might deter people at Princetown but that has not been happening. Most people expect to pay and we will charge £2 for a full day’s parking.”
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Show more Senior author Sir Nilesh Samani, Professor of Cardiology at the University of Leicester and medical director of the British Heart Foundation charity, said: “At the moment we assess people for their risk of coronary heart disease in their 40s through NHS health checks.But we know this is imprecise and also that coronary heart disease starts much earlier, several decades before symptoms develop.”Therefore, if we are going to do true prevention, we need to identify those at increased risk much earlier.”He said he hoped to see routine use of the tests by the NHS recommended within a decade, with screening carried out on children and statins offered to teenagers and those in their 20s, if lifestyle improvements were not enough to cut their risk.“If you wait until people are in their 40s or 50s you are wasting an opportunity; it is much better to be able to take action in your teens or early 20s.”Prof Samani cautioned against sharing such information with young children.“I’m not sure I would want to see a five year old being told they were at greater risk,” he said.Currently, heart health is normally assessed during a midlife MOT check by GPs, which usually tests cholesterol levels and blood pressure.But this method is imprecise, age-dependent, and misses a large proportion of individuals who appear “healthy” but still develop the disease, the researchers claim.Because DNA sequences are generally fixed from birth, the test could be used at any age.The findings, reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, showed that men who were healthy by NHS standards but had a high test score were just as likely to develop heart disease as those with a low score and two conventional risk factors.Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and claims 66,000 lives each year in the UK.Overall, around one in five people will develop it by the age of 75.Lead researcher Dr Michael Inouye, from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Cambridge University, said: “The completion of the first human genome was only 15 years ago. Today, the combination of data science and massive-scale genomic cohorts has now greatly expanded the potential of healthcare.”While genetics is not destiny for coronary heart disease, advances in genomic prediction have brought the long history of heart disease risk screening to a critical juncture, where we may now be able to predict, plan for, and possibly avoid a disease with substantial morbidity and mortality.”The study was part-funded by the British Heart Foundation. A simple £40 test could tell from birth who is most likely to develop heart disease – and see statins offered at an ever younger age.Research found the one-off gene test was able to identify those at greatest risk of going on to suffer the condition which leads to heart attacks and strokes.Experts said the tests were cheap enough to allow population-wide screening of children.Those who scored worst could be monitored, and offered statins as a teenager, if lifestyle improvements were not enough to cut their risk, they said.The study involving Cambridge University tested a scoring system called the Genomic Risk Score (GRS) on the DNA from nearly half a million people aged 40 to 69 years, including more than 22,000 with heart disease.The study found those with scores in the top 20 per cent were four times as likely to develop the disease as those with scores in the bottom 20 per cent.The test was better at predicting a person’s risk of developing heart disease than any single classic indicator – such as high cholesterol or blood pressure.
Gale : 19 cas déclarés dans l’Est de la FranceUne vingtaine de personnes âgées ont été infectées par la gale dans l’Est de la France. Les 12 premières l’ont été dans un service de gériatrie de l’hôpital de Montbéliard, les sept autres dans une maison de retraite de Belfort.La gale est une infection extrêmement contagieuse qui touche la peau. Dans cette maladie, un acarien, le Sarcoptes scabiei, creuse la peau et y dépose ses œufs ce qui entraîne d’importantes démangeaisons. À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Aussi, la découverte de 12 cas de gale au service de gériatrie de l’hôpital de Montbéliard et de sept autres à la maison de retraite Claude Pompidou de Belfort n’est-elle pas une bonne nouvelle. Les risques de contamination étant très élevés, des mesures d’isolement ont été instaurées et les admissions en gériatrie ont été suspendues.Les malades doivent maintenant être traités en procédant à l’application locale de crème et de spray et en prenant un médicament, le Stoméctol. Par ailleurs une enquête a été menée pour déterminer si l’épidémie pouvait s’expliquer par le déplacement d’un patient infecté depuis l’hôpital jusqu’à la maison de retraite. Ce n’est pas le cas mais il est possible qu’un visiteur soit passé d’un établissement à l’autre, indique le responsable de la communication, Damien Oudot.Le 16 août 2013 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambert
Le tombeau d’Alexandre le Grand pourrait avoir été découvert en GrèceUne tombe retrouvée récemment sous un monticule en Grèce pourrait abriter les restes du célèbre Alexandre le Grand, selon les archéologues qui l’ont découverte. Voici un nouveau rebondissement dans la quête du tombeau d’Alexandre le Grand. L’endroit où repose la dépouille du célèbre empereur guerrier reste aujourd’hui inconnu et c’est bien sûr le rêve de tout archéologue de retrouver un jour cette mystérieuse sépulture. Récemment, une équipe de chercheurs a décelé ce qui pourrait être la tombe du défunt. Le vestige est situé sous un immense monticule près de l’ancienne Amphipolis à environ 600 kilomètres au nord d’Athènes en Grèce.C’est le mur construit en marbre datant du 4ème siècle avant JC qui a mis la puce à l’oreille aux chercheurs, quand bien même le roi est supposé avoir été enterré en Egypte. Le rempart, de 500 mètres de long et 3 mètres de haut, a été mis en évidence grâce à des fouilles destinées à excaver une partie de la butte. Selon les experts qui ont minutieusement observé le site, ce monticule pourrait abriter la dépouille d’Alexandre le Grand ou celle d’un roi de macédoine.Dans un communiqué, le ministère de la culture grecque a fait part de son enthousiasme quant à la nouvelle découverte. Il met toutefois en garde ceux qui seraient tentés de tirer des conclusions trop hâtives quant à ce qui se cache derrière ce mur de marbre. Pour le moment, les restes du roi ne sont que de l’ordre de l’hypothèse et davantage de fouilles seront nécessaires pour confirmer ou non cette supposition.L’un des plus grands conquérants de l’Histoire À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alexandre le Grand, ou plus exactement Alexandre III de Macédoine, est né en 356 avant JC. Il a été instruit par Aristote jusqu’à ce qu’il atteigne ses 16 ans. A 30 ans, ce roi réputé pour ses prouesses militaires était à la tête d’un des plus grands empires du monde antique, qui s’étendait de la mer Ionienne à l’Himalaya. Une réussite qui lui a valu d’être considéré encore aujourd’hui comme l’un des plus grands conquérants de l’Histoire.Selon les archéologues, Alexandre le Grand est mort d’une forte fièvre ou empoisonné à ses 32 ans alors qu’il envisageait d’envahir l’Arabie. D’après la légende, son corps a été embaumé dans un sarcophage en or.Le 28 août 2013 à 16:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
Arsenal youngster Stephen Mavididi is closing in on a move to Juventus, according to Mirror Football.The young striker is understood to be edging closer to a move to Italy to sign for Juventus. The 20-year-old is set to signing for the Italian club after two loan spells away from Arsenal at Preston and Charlton.Mavididi is yet to make his competitive debut for the Arsenal first team but reports in Italy suggests the player would have a medical with the Turin-based outfit this week. Mavididi is expected to continue his development with the Juventus B team after his move to the club is complete.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Joel Campbell could also be heading to Italy to sign for newly promoted Serie A side Frosinone.The Costa Rican winger joined Arsenal five years ago but struggled to break into the club’s first team instead being farmed out on loan. The player would be hoping the move to Frosinone would provide the platform to show how good he can be as a footballer.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri reckons Barcelona are favourites to claim the Champions League title this seasonFollowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s blockbuster summer arrival at Turin, hopes are high that Juventus will end their 22-year wait for European glory.But Allegri feels that, at best, Juventus are currently amongst the top four candidates at the moment.“This year the favourite for the Champions League is Barcelona, but we are amongst the top four,” Allegri, according to FourFourTwo.However, the Italian’s main focus lies with this Saturday’s game against Cagliari, where Juventus are hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the Serie A campaign.“Tomorrow, we have to win and winning is never an easy thing as we saw against Empoli,” added Allegri.“Our opponents have their objectives and they will give their all against us. We can’t afford to drop any points.“You have to focus more on Serie A, because in the Champions League focusing happens automatically as there are not as many matches and they are all tough.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Therefore we must always show respect and concentration.“Cagliari are a difficult opponent. They are the team that has covered the most ground in the league and are dangerous in the box.“We have to win and prepare ourselves for Wednesday’s game.Allegri will be able to count on the services of Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira for this weekend.Although the Italian confirmed both captain Giorgio Chiellini and winger Federico Bernardeschi are out.Ronaldo along with midfield duo Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi will play, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set to start in goal.The match between Juventus and Cagliari will begin at 20:30 (CEST) on Saturday at Turin.
Falcon Heavy liftingSpaceX grabbed heaps of attention in February of 2018 when it launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket launched from the US since the Saturn V that sent astronauts to the moon. Basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together, the huge launch system sent a test payload consisting of Musk’s personal red Tesla Roadster in the direction of Mars. Two of the three Falcon 9s that made up Falcon Heavy also landed nearly simultaneously at Cape Canaveral. More than 15 years after his initial trip to Moscow, Musk finally pulled off the international spectacle he had conceived in 2001, and he’s also built a viable business in the process.The second launch of Falcon Heavy came April 11, 2019 and was followed by the first successful landing of all three first-stage rocket cores. A third Falcon Heavy launch was conducted June 25, 2019 and SpaceX took reusability one step further by catching the payload fairing (the nose cone that shields the payload during launch) using a ship equipped with a gigantic net. Every Elon Musk project right now 16 Photos 5 Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket make its first test… Now playing: Watch this: 6:19 Elon Musk Space SpaceX Tesla Sci-Tech 13:31 Share your voice Humans on Mars: An atlas of plans to land on the Red Planet Originally published June 2, 2018 and updated as new SpaceX developments come in. How to follow Falcon flightsYou can watch every Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch via the company’s website and YouTube channel. Each broadcast typically goes live about 15 minutes before the scheduled launch time.To keep up with the constantly changing schedule of launches, the best source is the SpaceX Twitter feed. It’s also a good idea to follow Elon Musk’s account if you don’t already. Starship to the moon and MarsSpaceX plans to use Falcon Heavy to launch some large payloads in the coming months, but it’s already at work on an even bigger rocket called Starship (previously referred to BFR, Big Falcon Rocket or Big F***ing Rocket). Musk hopes this even more massive rocket will be able to transport cargo and eventually human passengers around the world and the solar system. He envisions using Starship to ferry people on superfast international flights via space and eventually to bases yet to be built on the moon, Mars and beyond.A single-engine Starship prototype called Starhopper left the ground for the first time on July 25, 2019, hovering about 20 meters (66 feet) off the ground before landing a short distance away at SpaceX’s test facility in south Texas. In 2018, Musk revealed that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the company’s first paying customer for a Starship mission, which will send the entrepreneur and six to eight of his favorite artists on a week-long flight past the moon and back to Earth in 2023. SpaceX launches Bangladesh’s first communications satellite Sights on ‘Starlink’SpaceX isn’t just working on getting things into space, it also hopes to use space to bring the universe to us. In May 2019, the company launched dozens of small satellites designed to be the first batch in a massive constellation of broadband satellites. The plan, dubbed Starlink, is to use nearly 12,000 satellites in low-Earth orbit to blanket the globe with high-speed internet access. The company says the service could create a new stream of revenue to help fund its pricey Mars ambitions. What’s next? Since its inception, SpaceX has aimed to get to Mars, but the company is involved in non-space-related projects on Earth like the high-speed Hyperloop transit concept. Musk’s Boring Company tunnel-digging and traffic-mitigating ventures are also largely operating out of SpaceX headquarters in Southern California. Unlike the other big Musk company, Tesla Motors, SpaceX is not publicly traded. Musk has said he doesn’t plan to take SpaceX public until the company realizes its Mars ambitions. That means SpaceX might make sense as the home of any other future Muskian side projects like Hyperloop and the Boring Company in the meantime. Falcon 9 is a two-stage orbital rocket that’s been used to launch satellites for companies and governments, resupply the International Space Station and even send the US Air Force’s super-secret space plane on its mysterious long missions. Over the past nine years the company has flown more than 70 Falcon 9 missions. What really sets Falcon 9 apart from the competition is its unprecedented ability to send a payload into orbit and then have its first stage return to Earth, landing either on solid ground or on a floating droneship landing pad at sea, another SpaceX innovation. After a few explosive failed attempts, a Falcon 9 finally landed safely on Dec. 22, 2015, and a few months later another touched down on a droneship for the first time. Several recovered Falcon 9 rockets have since flown and landed again. On May 11, 2018 SpaceX launched its first Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, the “final version” designed to be reused up to 100 times with periodic refurbishments. A Dragon that fliesSpaceX’s Dragon craft has been used to carry cargo to the International Space Station. Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to be recovered after a trip from orbit. SpaceX is working on a second version called Crew Dragon that it intends to use to send humans to space and the ISS.NASA has selected Crew Dragon, along with Boeing’s Starliner, to be the first spacecraft to carry astronauts to the ISS since the end of the shuttle program. The initiative suffered a setback in April 2019 when an unoccupied Crew Dragon exploded during a ground test because of a leak in the pressurization system. The first flight of Crew Dragon with humans aboard is now unlikely to happen before 2020. 32 Photos Maezawa plans to invite artists from media like literature, film, visual arts, architecture and fashion to join him on the journey. The famed art collector is footing the bill for the whole trip with the expectation that the artists will create new works inspired by the experience. The project has been dubbed #dearMoon, and Musk has since announced plans to livestream the entire mission in VR for fans at home to follow along.Musk offered his plans for a large city on Mars at two International Aeronautical Congress meetings, but he has yet to give many details on what life on the Red Planet would be like. He’s said SpaceX is primarily interested in providing the transportation, while allowing others to worry about the infrastructure. However, company President Gwynne Shotwell said it might make sense for SpaceX sister venture, the Boring Company, to bore tunnels on Mars that could be used for human habitation. Paul Wooster, the company’s lead engineer for its Mars plan, said at the 2018 Mars Society conference that the first people sent to the Red Planet would live on the landed Starship spacecraft indefinitely while building habitation, landing pads and other initial infrastructure. 23 Photos Now playing: Watch this: SpaceX, the rocket company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, was created with the mission of taking humans to Mars. Nearly two decades on, it’s getting ever closer to achieving that goal while accomplishing plenty of other milestones along the way.Elon Musk caught on film by National Geographic during the Falcon Heavy launch. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET If you’re having a hard time keeping up with SpaceX’s plans to replace international airline flights with orbital rocket trips, send a Japanese billionaire and his favorite artists around the moon, create a global broadband network and develop a Mars rocket, don’t worry. We created this SpaceX primer so you can get up to speed fast.How SpaceX startedIn 2002, Musk and friends traveled to Russia to buy a refurbished intercontinental ballistic missile. The Silicon Valley prodigy who made millions off internet startups wasn’t looking to start a business at the time. He wanted to spend a big chunk, or maybe all of his fortune, on a stunt he hoped would reinvigorate interest in funding NASA and space exploration. The idea was to buy a Russian rocket on the cheap and use it to send plants or mice to Mars — and hopefully bring them back, too. Ideally, the spectacle would get the world excited about space again. But Musk’s Moscow meeting didn’t go well and he decided he could build rockets himself, calculating that he could undercut existing launch contractors in the process. SpaceX was founded just a few months later.What’s a Falcon 9 rocket?Musk initially hoped to make it to Mars by 2010, but just getting one of its rockets into orbit took six years. A SpaceX Falcon 1 orbited Earth for the first time on Sept. 28, 2008. This paved the way for a nine-engine version of the rocket, the Falcon 9, the company’s workhorse since its first launch in 2010. Tags SpaceX Dragon V2 spacecraft unveiled by Elon Musk (pictures) Comments
Map of NaogaonTwo workers were killed as an old wall collapsed on them during renovation work at Sagorpur Goalpara village in Badalgachhi upazila in Naogaon on Wednesday, says UNB.When Nazmul Haque, 35 and Liton Hossain, 22, were repairing an old wall of Zillur Rahman’s house the wall collapsed on them, leaving the two dead on the spot, said Md Shahinur Rahman, inspector of Badalgachhi police station.The bodies were sent to Naogaon Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
The draw toward their creation is in its ability to not only scurry forth but to leap, do backflips, ascend surfaces, climbing up onto a 73cm high, and cross 60 cm gaps, jumping from one plank to another. More information: kodlab.seas.upenn.edu/uploads/ … n/JohnsonLeaping.pdfkodlab.seas.upenn.edu/XRHex/XRLvia IEEE Spectrum © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —University of Pennsylvania robotics teams are at it again, this time coming up with a robot that aggressively expands the range of how many moves can be made to successfully cross rough terrain full of climbing and leaping challenges. Aaron M. Jonson, and D. E. Koditschek from the University of Pennsylvania’s Kod *lab (a subsidiary of the school’s GRASP Lab) presented their research, “Toward a Vocabulary of Legged Leaping,” at ICRA 2013 in Germany. The video of their device in motion, showing gymnastic-style feats, recently made the rounds of tech sites. The authors also won attention in being one of five finalists for Best Student Paper Award. ICRA stands for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. IEEE Spectrum notes that the researchers have progressed toward an X-RHex Light, or XRL, which weighs 6.7 kilograms (14.8 pounds) and has a body length of 51 centimeters (20 inches). The robot has six C-shaped legs, actuated by motors. X-RHex can cross a variety of terrains, including asphalt, grass, sand, mud, and rocks.) RHex began as part of a large DARPA funded consortium. A variety of RHex platforms have been developed ever since.Their “legged-leaping” paper, details their work. “We exhibit on a RHex robot some of the most interesting ‘words’ formed by these achievable path sequences, documenting unprecedented levels of performance and new application possibilities that illustrate the value of understanding and expressing this vocabulary systematically.”Complex hurdles, they wrote, may require special leap capabilities, and that is their focus. They explain further:: “We have presented the space of legged transitions from complete rest to full ﬂight as generated by combinatorial mixtures of various hybrid dynamical systems indexed by the cells of a “ground reaction complex.” They see the value of this exploration as affording new behaviors that “extend the range of terrains that the RHex robot can negotiate.” Explore further Citation: The RHex takes a leap at robotics conference (w/ Video) (2013, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-rhex-robotics-conference-video.html XRL robot uses tail for easy landing on springy feet (w/ Video)
Study redefines ecological model: Competition among species can cause geographical isolation Opossums are omnivore marsupials that include 103 known species, sometimes referred to as New World opossums to separate them from cousins living in and around Australia where they are known as possums (they are known by that name in most parts of the southern U.S. as well). Generally a docile animal (known for playing dead when threatened), and sometimes mistaken for really big rats, they have a reputation as a loners, keeping to themselves as they forage. But now, it appears that at least one species engages in gregarious denning, the researchers with this new effort report.Anecdotal evidence of opossums suggests they typically avoid others of their kind (and others of other kinds as well) preferring to keep to themselves. They have been known to hiss when encountering other opossums or other animals.To learn more about the animals, the researchers went out into the field and set up 312 artificial nests in an Atlantic Forest site in Rio de Janeiro, making for rather easy observation of the animals throughout all stages of their lives. They study, conducted over an eight year span included 17,127 observations of opossums in their nests. The team reports that they found ten instances where there were multiple opossums using the same den without being hostile to one another and where there was no sexual activity going on either. They also found one instance where thirteen opossums were living in one nest with members from three different age groups.The team also found that because of the gregarious denning, it appears likely that opossums might engage in social nest building and even pair bonding before mating. They do acknowledge that their results might have been impacted by the nests being artificial in nature—some of the nests were much bigger than those found in nature, and might have contributed to the social behavior of the opossums. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Brazil has found that opossums are more social in their dens than thought. In their paper published in The Royal Society Biology Letters, the team describes field studies they conducted in Brazil and the instances of social behavior they encountered. © 2015 Phys.org Gracilinanus microtarsus. Stuffed specimen. Credit: Wikipedia Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further More information: First evidence of gregarious denning in opossums (Didelphimorphia, Didelphidae), with notes on their social behaviour, Biology Letters, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0307AbstractThe Didelphidae are considered solitary opossums with few social interactions, usually limited to mating-related or mother–pouch young interactions. Anecdotal reports suggest that additional interactions occur, including den sharing by a few individuals, usually siblings. Here, we report novel observations that indicate opossums are more social than previously thought. These include nest sharing by males and females of Marmosa paraguayana, Gracilinanus microtarsus and Marmosops incanus prior to the onset of the breeding season and without signs of sexual activity; this is taken to indicate early pair-bonding matching and cooperative nest building. We also recorded den sharing among recently weaned siblings of Didelphis aurita and Caluromys philander. In addition, we observed 13 individuals of Didelphis albiventris representing three age classes resting without agonistic interactions in a communal den. These are the first reports of gregarious behaviour involving so many individuals, which are either unrelated or represent siblings from at least two litters, already weaned, sharing the same den with three adults. Sociality in opossums is probably more complex than previously established, and field experimental designs combining the use of artificial nests with camera traps or telemetry may help to gauge the frequency and extent of these phenomena. Citation: Opossums found to be more social than thought (2015, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-opossums-social-thought.html
Feature | September 30, 2013 | Dave Fornell Senate Approves Helium Bill to Maintain Federal Reserve of the MRI Cryogenic Gas Bill now being considered by the House News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content September 30, 2013 — The U.S. Senate passed legislation Sept. 26 to reauthorize, extend and improve operations of the Federal Helium Reserve in Texas, which will guarantee a stable supply of the gas used for cooling magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.The Senate’s approval of HR 527, the High Tech Jobs Preservation Act, by a vote of 97-2 is a big step toward providing greater assurance of access to domestic supplies of refined helium, and was applauded by both the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) and the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA). Both groups called for the House of Representatives to vote as soon as possible for final passage of the bill.Helium is a critical component used in the operation MRI machines. The systems must be regularly replenished with helium in order to maintain normal operating temperatures.The Federal Helium Reserve is a federal facility that provides about 42 percent of U.S. crude helium and about 35 percent of the world’s demand. The bill authorizes the reserve to sell helium to private entities. If Congress fails to act on any helium legislation before Oct. 7, the Federal Helium Reserve will cease operations. U.S. users of helium acquire much of their supply via industrial gas refining companies associated with the reserve.In a statement from the White House, the impending abrupt shutdown of this program would cause a spike in helium prices that would harm many U.S. industries and disrupt national security programs. Instead, the substitute amendment would provide for an orderly transition of the federal government out of the helium market. The government originally created the reserve in the 1920s because of the limited supply of helium and its use at the time for military dirigibles and blimps. Today, helium is an essential for the aerospace industry, computer chip and optical fiber manufacturing, for medical uses including MRI magnet cooling, lung tissue visualization, heart catheterization methods and medical lasers, and aluminum helium arc welding. Helium is also used in national defense applications such as rocket engine testing and purging, surveillance devices, air-to-air missiles and scientific balloons.“The passage of this legislation will safeguard patient access to critical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans that are used to detect, diagnose and treat disease, facilitate medical research at academic institutions around the country that are spearheading life-saving innovations and prevent a needless disruption to the U.S. economy that would have put millions of jobs at risk,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA, in a statement.”I commend Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for their leadership in reaching a compromise proposal that addresses the priorities of industrial end users of helium, including manufacturers of magnetic resonance imaging equipment and solid-state lighting,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. 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He said he discussed the possibility of moving forward on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with key leaders during a recent Mideast visit including Arab League envoys, Egypt’s president, Jordan’s king, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Fabius suggested that a new international body including Arab nations be formed to help spur a peace deal, saying “it could be sort of a Quartet plus.”The Quartet — which includes the U.S., the European Union, the United Nations and Russia — was formed in 2002 to try to mediate an end to the decades-old conflict and encourage the formation of a Palestinian state. But peace efforts have been stalled for years and show no signs of resuming following the formation of Netanyahu’s new government.Fabius said there’s never been a conclusion to negotiations “because it’s very difficult for each party to make the last concession.”Adding the Arabs, who are not part of the Quartet, into an international body could help facilitate a conclusion because they are key players in the region, he said.Fabius said he discussed this idea and France’s proposal for a possible U.N. Security Council resolution to set a framework for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations during his trip and “there was a very positive welcome on the Arab side and particularly on the Palestinian side.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s foreign minister warned Monday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can explode “at any moment” and the Islamic State extremist group can interfere at any time.Laurent Fabius told a group of reporters that “if and when it explodes, it’s very, very, very problematic for the whole region and for the world.”Fabius said that “every radical group,” especially in Gaza, can take advantage of the deadlocked peace process, and it would be lamentable if the Islamic State group — “the most radical of the radicals” — used this as a pretext for violence. Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home But he said Netanyahu was “more difficult,” saying Israel didn’t want “any international diktat.”Fabius stressed that the resolution “is a tool, it’s not an end by itself.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2018 2:33 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Trump, others give thumbs-down to dinner’s roast WASHINGTON – The Latest on the controversy over the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (all times local):4:20 p.m.The reviews are in: President Donald Trump is giving a thumbs-down to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.Present and past members of his administration say they were offended. The head of the association says she regrets that the routine may end up defining an evening designed to rally around journalism.Comedian Michelle Wolf is known as a contributor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.” But some of her jokes drew gasps and groans. A series of barbs about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as Sanders sat just feet away, seemed to spark the most outrage.Trump regularly lobs sharp attacks at the news media. He declined to attend the dinner for the second consecutive year.___1:30 a.m.If President Donald Trump isn’t comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf gave him and others plenty of reasons to squirm.“It’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up,” Wolf cracked Saturday night, “unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.”No, Trump’s personal attorney wasn’t there. And, for the second year, Trump himself skipped the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, preferring to criticize journalists and others during a campaign-style rally near Detroit.Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN.
Seven fires broke out on Sunday in the Paphos region and most of them have been brought under control.According to the police, a fire broke out in the agricultural region of Nata at 1pm.The fire was put out by 4pm after fire engines from Paphos went to the scene. It destroyed four hectares of wild scrub. It was in danger of reaching the residential area of Nata but fire fighters were able to stop its path. Five fire engines and one helicopter were used to bring it under control.Fire also broke out in the village if Inia between 2 and 3pm, also burning wild plants.In a third incident fire broke out in the forest area of Pano Yialyia after it was hit by lightening at about 4.15pm. Because of the difficulty in reaching the area the fire was fought by two helicopters and a plane.Smaller fires were put under control in Kathikas, Kritou Terra and Stroumbi.You May LikeHealthZapHe Donated His 80-Year-Old Monkey Toy To A Museum And Met His Long-Lost CousinHealthZapUndoStairlifts | Search AdsStair Lifts Could Be a Cheaper Luxury Than You Might ThinkStairlifts | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Beautiful Places to Visit Before You Dieezzin.comUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020UndoUrgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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" said Ed Oerichbauer executive director of the Koochiching County Historical SocietyIn its potential reopening of Grand Mound the historical society wants to ensure the site is safe and preserved and is culturally appropriate Leonard saidGrand Mound’s location at the confluence of the Big Fork and Rainy rivers was a meeting place for centuries Grand Mound and Manitou Mounds — across the Rainy River in Ontario — both were created by a group now called the Laurel Indians when an international border didn’t cut in between"Indigenous peoples from the region converged on this spot where the great sturgeon spawned Here they set up camps to trade socialize feast and conduct ceremonies And here they buried their dead" stated a 2007 Minnesota Historical Society report to the state LegislatureThe Laurel Indians’ use of the location dates back to about 200 BC Following the Laurel Indians — of which much remains unknown — the site was used by the Blackduck people It’s estimated Grand Mound was created and used from about 200 BC to 1400 ADA man named Fred Smith purchased the Grand Mound property in 1930 to protect it from looting The land was sold to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1971 and the historical society built an interpretive center at the site in 1975 but mothballed the building in the fall of 2002 amid budget cuts The trails around the mound then were permanently closed in 2007 amid concerns about visitors at the sacred site"Our consultations with American Indian elders have convinced us of the appropriateness of that action We believe that the site’s designation as a burial ground supersedes all other uses" the 2007 report statedIn 2011 Grand Mound was named a National Historic LandmarkThere were valid reasons to close the site in the previous decade Leonard said but the situation has now changed"We haven’t forgotten about Grand Mound" Leonard saidLeonard said he hasn’t heard the concerns cited in 2007 raised in the current discussions about reopening Grand Mound The concerns now are how Grand Mound’s history will be told he saidCross-border cooperationAcross the Rainy River in Ontario the Rainy River First Nations operate the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre at Manitou Mounds The center includes an aquarium conservation lab interpretive center and restaurant Leonard visited that site last year and said he’s looking forward to working more with Rainy River First Nations as the process to reopen Grand Mound unfoldsLocal officials would like to tie in with Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung to create a cultural tourism center on both sides of the international border that will remind visitors of the people who lived there thousands years ago Oerichbauer saidThe Minnesota Historical Society’s Indian Advisory Committee is planning a meeting in May with Rainy River First Nations leaders to take part in the annual fish fry at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung and discuss plans for and possible cooperation between the two sites Jones saidA reopened Grand Mound site needs to tell the story of the place combining the spiritual significance with the archeology and have a Native American component to it Jones said"What does Grand Mound represent And there’s a cultural significance to it" he saidIt should offer educational opportunities Jones said adding "people are screaming for it" It could provide a place for students to learn he said — not just history but also math and science using nature and the riversCity county and First Nations officials met with Minnesota Historical Society staff in October to discuss the potential of reopening the site and now those officials are waiting to hear a plan from the historical society"I hope they don’t shortchange us" Pavleck said "My fear is that they’ve left it for so long they’ll just open the gates to people That’s not a solution"Pavleck said the group would like to see the shuttered Grand Mound building reopened with guides for the site Oerichbauer said reopening Grand Mound would be good for the preservation of the site because someone would be actively watching over itSeveral options for reopening Grand Mound have been discussed internally Leonard said They range from reopening the entire site including the building to a more basic plan of reopening only the trails with interpretive panels along the way No date has been set but it’s the historical society’s intention to have it reopened within the next few years Leonard saidOnce open Leonard said the site needs to be sustainable Grand Mound’s closure was partly due to operational costs and low usage Annual visitor numbers decreased by 77 percent in the decade before the state closed the site with 1688 people visiting in 2002 according to the 2007 reportThe historical society doesn’t want to reopen Grand Mound just to close it in a few years because of the decisions that are made today Leonard saidIt’s going to take promotion of Grand Mound to make people aware that they can visit the site once it’s open Oerichbauer said He pointed out that Split Rock Lighthouse probably would have the same number of visitors as Grand Mound if it was located in as remote a location"If you do historical interpretation where it happens you will have to pay the price" he saidDaugaard If the problem is clear. 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