Uganda Cranes is scheduled to play friendly matches against Tunisia on January 4, followed by games against Slovakia and Ivory Coast before flying to Gabon for the Total AFCON Finals 2017.Uganda is in group D with Ghana, Egypt and Mali.****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Ramada Hotel where Uganda Cranes is accommodated in Tunisia.What was supposed to be a trip lasting a few hours to Tunisia from Entebbe, turned into a two day trip that had Cranes start the new year at Dubai Airport.Cranes finally arrived their destination, Tunis Sunday afternoon and so eager were they to get back to football that they could even afford some light training at Menza Stadium. The team flew out of Entebbe on Friday.According to www.fufa.co.ug, during the training session, the team players focused mostly on muscle fixation, ball work and creating scoring opportunities. “Positively, the players response was a top notch as all of them enjoyed the session which they completed with success,” www.fufa.co.ug reported.“I want to thank you all for the commitment and dedication you have exhibited in training for the last two weeks at home but remember that is work half done. Today our journey to Africa Cup of Nations final has started,” coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovich said.“Training hard and being fit are some of those aspects we need if we are to perform well in AFCON but mental strength as well as team work will be paramount in our cause and approach,” Micho said. Uganda Cranes started the new year in Dubai, where they were stuck after a delay caused by bad weather in the Middle East.They were supposed to have flown out to Tunisia on Saturday December 31, 2016, but delayed arrival in Dubai from Uganda on Friday December 30, 2016 meant they could only connect to their destinaiton on Sunday January 1, 2017. The Cranes contingent left on Friday night aboard Ethiopian Airlines with the initial flight schedule that would take them via Dubai before connecting to Tunisia. Bad weather in Dubai saw the flight crew fly to Doha as a safety measure where the team spent the night.
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This week, the Rossland Skate Park Association presented its proposed locations to council. This follows a year and a half of organizing, fundraising, and numerous community consultation. The ball now sits squarely in council’s hands as to where they go next. The discussion and potential decision–once just a dream–now sits two weeks away as the issue comes back before council on June 6th. 65 people attended the most recent planning meeting–a broad cross section of the community, including skaters, non-skaters and folks of all ages. The attendees “participated like little beavers,” according to facilitator Les Carter and “a good number of young folk and some even older than me. I was amazed at how well everyone participated. It was fun and I believe we achieved what we set out to achieve.” Building on the information requested by the public at the January 25th initial meeting, Carter returned with data and information from 40 other communities that have built skateparks. Collating that information along with accompanying narratives resulted in a compelling story: if certain criteria (such as situating the park in a central, visible location) were used, then skate parks bring with them few to none of the undesirable behaviors occasionally used as evidence against them. On top of that data, a rudimentary technical assessment of the potential sites further eliminated some suggested locations, narrowing the focus down to three: Ross-Glen Park (in and around the current bike-skills park), The Emcon lot, and the area below the Centennial Park ball fields. Utilizing various mediation techniques, the overall goal was to not vote on a specific site but rather to incorporate everyone into the process to gain a full understanding of the issues, come up with pros, cons, and potential designs for each park location, and flesh out all the potential issues so that an informed decision could be made. “We deliberately stayed away from the rule of majority and focused on finding collective wisdom,” explained Carter. “One of the great outcomes was that everyone who took part really got an understanding of how a skate park would sit on each site. It wasn’t just a battle of opinions; it was actually studying sites and realizing none of the issues are black and white and everything is on a balance. It was a good way for people to get an understanding that it’s all about trade-offs and that no one site is perfect for everyone. The result wasn’t unanimous, but I can’t think of another argument anyone could possibly raise about anything that wasn’t addressed.” Although no consensus was reached, the potential locations were narrowed down further to just two: the Emcon lot and the Ross-Glen park site. “From our perspective, the Emcon site is a clear winner in terms of location,” commented Aaron Cosbey. “It’s central, visible and part of the community. Skaters feel like they get a real jewel of a site there. However, it also has major disadvantages. Proximity to neighbours and cost factors to building on a site where drainage might be more expensive to manage make it less desirable.” The Ross Glen site, on the other hand, is slightly more removed and less visible. The same natural bowl-shaped landscape, potentially ideal for skate-park construction also somewhat hides the site and certainly doesn’t have the same type of visibility as the Emcon lot would. “The people at the meeting spent a lot of time and concern weighing exactly that issue,” added Carter.“It’s the reason there isn’t consensus on that site.” It was also noted by Carter and Cosbey that parking issues at Ross-Glen could potentially be alleviated with a parking pad created near the entrance to the existing bike skills park, although this would not be the easiest or cheapest of endeavors. The issue of neighbour acceptance as mentioned by the duo also appeared to be less of an issue at Ross-Glen than at the Emcon site. Although formal polls were purposefully avoided, the general feeling was that less opposition would be encountered at that site than at the Emcon lands. “In general, the neighbours around Ross-Glen were much more evenly divided, and we had some strongly enthusiastic people come out to the meeting and those opposed weren’t strongly opposed,” explained Cosbey. “There’s not perfect consensus among Ross Glen neighbours, but certainly not the opposition we saw at the Emcon lot.” Closing their presentation to council by reiterating why Rossland needs a skate park and requesting a decision of council on a site, Cosbey reminded councillors that “we see a skate park as an essential part of Rossland’s community, an essential part of the overall strategy to become a four season resort, an essential piece for families who are considering moving here and those who visit here and stay for the day, essential for kids not involved in organized sports for which we now have facilities and for those kids that skateboard. For those reasons and those kids is why we request you move forward with this process.” Before dismissing the delegation, Mayor Greg Granstrom reminisced fondly of his days as a youth and his involvement with what at that time appeared to be a fad but has since lived on and remains popular among today’s youth. In doing so, he also managed to get in a small jab in at the City of Trail: “As someone who thought it would be [a fad] and as someone who took apart roller skates and banged them onto a piece of plywood as a kid, I can tell you this is not a fad–no doubt about it. There will never be a perfect spot for [a skate park]. There will always be individuals who oppose it; I do concur with council. Thanks very much for your effort. I don’t want to be the city of Trail saying 25 years later, ‘maybe we’ll put it where we could have put it 25 years ago’.”
“In fact we have only had four goals against us and scored 42,” Spendlove adds.Second ranked Prince Charles Comets of Creston meet the winner of Golden and Trail’s J. Lloyd Crowe.”They are a real treat to watch . . .with a good solid defence, skillfull midfield and quick offence,” said Spendlove, who assists son Jamie on the coaching staff.”We only have four Grade 12’s in a squad of 24 players so the next few years look promising.”The two semi final winners advance to the Kootenay AA Final at 4:30 p.m.The Kootenay champ represents the region at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Championships November 19-21 in Burnaby. The L.V. Rogers Bombers are the early favourite to capture the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s title when the zone tournament opens Saturday in Creston.The Bombers enter the six-team tourney as the top ranked team and get a bye into the semi final round Saturday, playing the winner of the Invermere’s David Thompson/Stanley Humphries of Castlegar contest at 1:30 p.m. at the Rec Centre Field in Creston.”The boys have done great this year and are looking and playing with lots of class and style (come Saturday),” said coach Dave Spendlove.”We lost only one game out of nine this season and that was due to injuries mounting up over the course of the tournament in Summerland.”
Ponder this under tonight’s full moon. Scientists now say the moon once had a magnetic field stronger than Earth’s is now.It’s a big surprise. How could the moon, much smaller than the Earth, have a strong magnetic field? Yet it did, a new analysis of Apollo moon rocks reveals, according to Benjamin Weiss, a professor of physics at MIT. In Science Magazine and other news outlets, he expressed his surprise that a body so small could generate this much power:Measurements of the intensity of the ancient lunar dynamo have shown that it was surprisingly intense and long-lived. (Science Magazine)It remains uncertain what might have powered this surprisingly intense lunar magnetic field. “It’s hard to understand how the moon’s magnetic field could be as strong as it seemed given how the moon has a very small core,” Weiss said. “The moon’s core is maybe one-fifth to one-seventh the radius of the moon, while Earth’s core is maybe one-half the planetary radius. This means the surface of the moon is much farther away from its core than you see with Earth. Since magnetic fields fall rapidly in strength with distance, it’s hard to understand how the moon could have had a magnetic field that was that strong all the way to its surface.” (Space.com)Q. Why is it so surprising that a lunar dynamo may have been so intense and long-lived? A. Both the strong intensity and long duration of lunar fields are surprising because of the moon’s small size. Convection, which is thought to power all known dynamos in the solar system today, is predicted to produce surface magnetic fields on the moon at least 10 times weaker than what we observe recorded in ancient lunar rocks. (PhysOrg)This unexpectedly strong field, now detectable only in remnant magnetism in lunar rocks, is challenging current theories of how magnetic fields are created by convection-driven dynamos in liquid cores. Weiss said they are trying to think up “exotic” theories:There are other more exotic mechanisms that scientists have suggested could have powered the lunar dynamo.“One involves smacking the moon obliquely with large impacts from asteroids maybe a bunch of times,” Weiss said. “You could also use the fact that the moon’s spin wobbles over time, which is called precession, and it wobbled a lot more intensely in the past when it was closer to Earth, and that could also instill motion to power a dynamo. Both these mechanisms are not known in any planetary body today, and would represent new ways of generating magnetic fields.”In science, it’s not good to dream up special cases to save a theory. Yet Weiss goes on: “Maybe there were multiple dynamo mechanisms operating at different times in lunar history,” he says, compounding the special pleading. It seems that the dynamo theory has some serious reckoning to do to fit the observations:Much remains unknown about the moon’s magnetic field. “We still don’t know when the lunar dynamo turned off,” Weiss said. “There’s evidence it lasted until at least 3.3 billion years ago, and perhaps as long as 1.3 billion years ago, really pushing the limits of what we know can power the lunar dynamo.“Those dates don’t come from the magnetic field signatures in the rocks, but rather from consensus ideas about the age of the moon. It would seem appropriate with this much surprise to consider alternative views. At CMI, for instance, Dr. D. Russell Humphreys analyzed lunar magnetization, and found that no dynamo is necessary to explain the field. The stronger-than-expected field is a problem for belief the moon is billions of years old, he showed. This is also true for Mercury, he wrote at CMI in 2012 based on results from the MESSENGER orbiter.Other lunar mysteriesLava-filled craters: Like Mercury, the moon has some craters with flat floors that appear to have been filled in with lava. Scientists publishing a paper in Icarus studied 170 craters with “anomalously shallow fractured floors” and concluded that they formed via magmatic intrusions followed by sills, indicating volcanic activity from deep inside near the surface in the past. This is not the same as volcanic activity caused by large impacts as hypothesized for the maria.Dikes at depth: Geology published a paper about deep volcanic dikes, from 20 km down, evident in grabens on the lunar surface. “Such dike geometric properties are only plausible if a mechanically weak lunar lithosphere was under extension at the time of dike emplacement.”Debris breakdown: Ejecta debris, including large rocks, breaks down faster than expected, according to another paper in Geology. “This result implies shorter rock survival times than predicted based on downward extrapolation of 100 m crater size-frequency distributions,” the scientists say, some from NASA and JPL.Add this observational fact to the list of evidences for a young solar system. These observations are only a problem for the moyboys. One would expect an original magnetic field to decay rapidly, as it continues to do so for the Earth. Notice how the secular planetary scientists always reach for the favorite ad-hoc rescue device? (Impacts.) Not only are impacts unreproducible, they would have had to be finely tuned to achieve whatever effect is required to keep the moyboys from getting expelled from the science lab. (Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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MONTREAL – The timeline of the commercial dispute between Boeing and Bombardier:– April 27: The Chicago giant asks the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against Bombardier’s business practices.– May 18: The Department of Commerce confirms the beginning of an investigation. Ottawa replies by questioning a military order from Boeing for new Super Hornet jet fighters.– June 9: ITC gives the go-ahead for Washington to continue its investigation into CSeries sales south of the border.– 28 June: At the request of Boeing, the Department of Commerce agrees to delay the disclosure of its preliminary decision on possible punitive duties by two months, until Sept. 25.– Sept. 4: Boeing International Division President Marc Allen says the U.S. giant has no intention to back down and withdraw its complaint against Bombardier.– Sept. 5: British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, pleads in favour of the Quebec manufacturer, which has more than 4,000 employees in Belfast, Northern Ireland.– Sept. 13: Demonstration in downtown Montreal of hundreds of union members in the aeronautics sector to denounce the Boeing approach.– Sept. 20: Bombardier workers in Toronto walk off the job to support company’s battle against Boeing.– Sept. 24: JetBlue becomes latest U.S. airline to write to the ITC urging it to deny Boeing’s petition, saying tariffs on the aircraft would harm competition and result in higher airfares.– Sept. 26: Department of Commerce announces a hefty 219 per cent preliminary countervailing duty on CSeries exports to the U.S., pending a final determination in February.– Oct. 4: Department of Commerce is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping duties, but that could be extended.– December: Department of Commerce will release its final determinations.– February: ITC will make its final ruling, imposes any final duties.
Boeing didn’t tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system in its 737 MAX that reportedly is a focus of the investigation into last month’s deadly crash in Indonesia, according to pilots who fly the jet in the U.S.Pilots say they were not trained in new features of an anti-stall system in the aircraft that differ from previous models of the popular 737.The automated system is designed to help pilots avoid raising the plane’s nose too high, which can cause the plane to stall. It automatically pushes the nose of the plane down.But if that nose-down command is triggered by faulty sensor readings — as suspected in the Lion Air crash — pilots can struggle to control the plane, which can go into a dive and perhaps crash, according to a Boeing safety bulletin and safety regulators.The bulletin included new details on how to stop a runaway series of events from leading to a crash, pilots say.“It is something we did not have before in any of our training. It wasn’t in our books. American didn’t have it,” said Dennis Tajer, a 737 pilot and spokesman for the pilots union at American Airlines. “Now I have to wonder what else is there?”The president of the pilots union at Southwest Airlines, Jon Weaks, told The Wall Street Journal, “We’re pissed that Boeing didn’t tell the companies, and the pilots didn’t get notice.”The MAX is the newest version of the twin-engine Boeing 737. More than 200 have been delivered to airlines worldwide, including American, Southwest and United.Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said the new automated manoeuvring system was not included in the operations manual for MAX models. American and United did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said Tuesday that the Chicago-based company remains confident the MAX is a safe airplane. He said Boeing did not withhold operating details from airlines and flight crews.“We ensure that we provide all of the information that is needed to safely fly our airplanes,” Muilenburg told Fox Business News. He said Boeing bulletins to airlines and pilots “point them back to existing flight procedures” to handle the kind of sensor problem suspected in last month’s crash.The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency directive last week to airlines, telling them to update cockpit manuals to include instructions for how pilots can adjust flight controls under certain conditions.“The FAA will take further action if findings from the accident investigation warrant,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday.On Oct. 29, Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. All 189 people on board were killed.John Cox, a former 737 pilot and now a safety consultant to airlines, said Boeing’s steps since the crash “have been exactly correct. They have increased pilot awareness, they have reminded them of the proper procedure to disable (the automatic nose-down action), which stops the problem.”Indonesian investigators say that the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 experienced malfunctions with sensors that indicate the angle of the nose on four recent flights, including the fatal one.The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. and Indonesian investigators are increasingly focusing on the way that the plane’s automated control systems interact. They are also questioning whether the FAA and Boeing adequately analyzed potential hazards if the systems malfunction and send faulty data to the plane’s computers, according to the newspaper.Shares of Boeing Co. ended Tuesday down $7.52, or 2.1 per cent, at $349.51 after falling to $342.04 earlier in the day.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterDavid Koenig, The Associated Press
He threw back his head and laughed.“Pipeline politics are not straight,” Carr said as he regained his composure. “So what you may think on Monday can be completely different by Friday. And then you may get the weekend to think about it and reflect and then the following Monday is completely different.”The Trans Mountain expansion will build a new pipeline roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-km line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C. It will nearly triple the capacity to 890,000 barrels a day. It is the only pipeline carrying Alberta crude to the West Coast and the hope is that most of the oil will end up in tankers bound for Asia.Ottawa approved it in November 2016 and the B.C. Liberal government followed suit two months later. But four months later, the provincial Liberals were replaced by NDP Premier John Horgan, who has a coalition of sorts with the Greens, with an agreement to oppose the expansion in every way possible. OTTAWA, O.N. – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says he knew almost the moment he heard Kinder Morgan was pressing the pause button on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on April 8 that the federal government was likely going to have to buy the whole thing.Although the final decision to purchase took more than seven weeks of secret negotiations with the company _ many of which even Carr was not in on as they were handled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and a very small team of finance officials _ Carr says when he got a phone call in his hotel room during a business trip to New York City he knew what the final outcome was likely to be.“When that phone call came, I knew that there was a reasonable chance that they would pull out and at the same time there was a possibility Canada would step in,” Carr said. Carr says he wasn’t really expecting the April announcement that Kinder Morgan was halting all non-essential spending on the project pending proof from the federal government the political risks to the project had been erased. However, he was well aware Kinder Morgan was getting “skittish” because of the B.C. government’s threats to stop the pipeline.Carr met Kinder Morgan president Ian Anderson a month earlier. Lobbying reports say Carr or his chief of staff met Anderson nine times in the previous year. In the 12 months leading up to the decision to hit pause, Anderson had 23 meetings with members of cabinet, deputy ministers, policy directors, chiefs of staff in finance, environment and natural resources, and the prime minister’s office.“We were following it very carefully and we were in continuous conversation with senior executives at Kinder Morgan, but it was not clear until that Saturday that their board had actually made a decision to establish the deadline,” said Carr.Carr, 66, is normally very measured and careful in interviews. He has been in and around politics almost all of his adult life and is skilled at delivering guarded messages.But he can occasionally be caught off guard.It happened last week when during an interview with The Canadian Press, he was asked if when he became the minister of natural resources on Nov. 4, 2015, he had any inkling that he’d eventually become the de facto owner of a pipeline. Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer believes Horgan’s election in May 2017 should have sent the Liberals into overdrive on the expansion. He says legislation to confirm federal jurisdiction should have come last summer.But Carr says federal jurisdiction was never in doubt and Horgan was never really clear what he was going to do, which meant Ottawa was at a loss about how to soothe Kinder Morgan’s nerves.“It was elusive because (B.C.) hadn’t done anything concrete,” said Carr. “They had talked about their opposition and then they began to talk about framing questions to courts, but we didn’t know which courts.”It wasn’t actually until the end of April that Horgan filed his court challenge over jurisdiction, several weeks after his threats caused Kinder Morgan to hit the brakes. By then, Carr acknowledges, the reality that Canada was going to have to buy it to build it, was already sinking in.At a parliamentary committee last week, Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs tried to get Carr to explain how buying the pipeline had changed anything and she remains unconvinced it has accomplished much.The actual sale won’t happen until later this summer after Kinder Morgan shareholders vote on the deal. For now, Kinder Morgan is still in charge. In the month since the purchase announcement, B.C. government records show the company hasn’t applied for a single new permit. It needs more than 1,100 construction permits and has applied for 756. B.C. has only approved 221, one more than was approved as of May 29.Still, Carr says he is not lying awake at night worrying about when the digging is going to start.“We expect before too long, within weeks rather than months, that there will be much more construction than there has been,” he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)