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US envoy spews vitriol as 6 more EU nations defy sanctions bypass device INSTEX & urge saving Iran nuclear deal

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Preview Six European countries, among them US NATO allies, have joined an EU scheme to bypass Donald Trump’s sweeping sanctions, which ban all trade activities with Iran, raising the ire of a notorious American ambassador in Berlin.
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NEW! Check Out the Latest Frozen Merchandise in Epcot

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The Frozen 2 merchandise keeps coming! Check out the new items we spotted at Disney World.
          

General Harrigian Visits Aviano

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander,
U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, shakes hands with an Italian Air Force member at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 15, 2019. Gen. Harrigian has served in a variety of flying and staff assignments, including Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Assessments, U.S. Forces-Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and as Chief of the Joint Exercise Division at NATO's Joint Warfare Center, Stavanger, Norway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Thomas S. Keisler IV)

          

Bomber Task Force Europe

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Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 331st Squadron, Bodø Air Force Base,
Royal Norwegian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 331st Squadron, Bodø Air Force Base, Norway,  fly next to a U.S. Air Force 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H Stratofortress during training and integration with the Norwegian Air Force in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1, Nov. 6, 2019, in Norwegian airspace. This deployment allows aircrews and support personnel to conduct theater integration and to improve bomber interoperability with joint partners and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

          

Sugar consumption on the decline: US and Norway see significant shift toward less sugar intake

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21 Nov 2019 --- The share of children and adolescents consuming sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and the calories they consume from them has declined dramatically between 2003 and 2014. This is according to a new study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier. The study coincides with the Oslo’s health directorate, announcing that sugar consumption in Norway has fallen by more than 1 kg a year since 2000. The report notes that Norwegians are consuming less sugar than at any time in the last 44 years.


          

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Hilarious Narration of the 2019 Women’s Death Diving World Championship at Frognerbadet in Oslo, Norway

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In Norway there exists a unique water sport entitled DØD Diving or Death Diving. With this sport daring divers leap from rather intimidating heights in the most freestyle manner possible, so long as an X is formed with the diver’s body along the way. The sport is both clumsy and fascinating at the same time....

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Garthus-Niegel S., Ayers S., Martini J., von Soest T., Eberhard-Gran M. Institute and Policlinic of Occupational and Social Medicine,TU Dresden,Faculty of Medicine,Fetscherstr. Centre for Maternal and Child Health,School of Health Sciences,City University London,London,UK. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,TU Dresden,Faculty of Medicine,Schubertstr. Dresden,Germany. Department of Psychology,University of Oslo,Oslo,Norway. Department of Child Health,Norwegian Institute of Public Healt

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Nossos resultados sugerem que meninos e crianças com um temperamento difícil precoce podem ser particularmente suscetíveis ao impacto adverso dos sintomas de estresse pós-traumático no pós-parto. Estudos adicionais são necessários para investigar melhor os mecanismos no trabalho.
          

Unusual Viking Burial Site in Norway Contains Two Stacked Boats, Each with a Body

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Archaeologists found not one, but two Vikings buried in boats — right on top of each other.
          

EOTT #23 Kilindi Iyi – Explorations with high dose psilocybin mushrooms

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An absolute pleasure to share another conversation with the one and only Kilindi Iyi. Kilindi Iyi is the head instructor and technical adviser of Tamerrian Martial Art Institute. A world traveller and mycologist, Kilindi has presented on the subject of psilocybin as far north as Norway and as far south as Australia. His exploration and [More]
          

Scotland Now Know Who Will Be In Their Euro 2020 Group if They Qualify

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Scotland now know who will be in their Euro 2020 group if they manage to qualify for the tournament next summer. Steve Clarke’s men have an opportunity to make the competition proper if they can overcome a playoff semi-final against Israel and a final against either Norway or Serbia. It’s a tough ask for Scotland […]

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Tesla Model 3 Battery Drain After 22 Days Is Lower Than Your Smartphone

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The Tesla Model 3 ‘Vampire’ battery drain is no longer a problem because after a span of 22 days the car’s battery drained only around 10% in the latest testing.

The ‘Vampire’ battery drain testing was done by Bjorn Nyland, a Tesla Model 3 owner who also runs an EV-centric YouTube channel by the same name. He owns a Dual Motor Model 3 (white-colored) and has successfully clocked around 42,000 km (26,000 miles) on it.

Bjorn left his Tesla electric car at an airport in his home country of Norway on 4th November 2019 and went on a 3 weeks trip to Thailand. After 22 days, he came back to find his car still sitting at a mere 10% decrease in battery drain.

Over the course of 22 days, the car faced several intense snowfalls while being parked at the airport. Here’s what happened.

Tesla Model 3 ‘Vampire’ Battery Drain After 22 Days No Longer A Threat

On 4th November 2019, when Bjorn was about to leave his car at the airport in Norway, his car was at 82.6% charge and had a range of about 400 km (248 miles). He mentioned that he left his home with a higher charge and arrived at the airport by losing a mere 15% of the total charge.

At this point, the battery cell temperature was 29.3-degrees Celsius, which is quite normal. Bjorn, then, went ahead and disabled the sentry mode to save some more energy. He mentions in the video that the Model 3 has no energy-saving mode, so the car will most likely slip into an eco mode when inactive for a long period of time.

When he returned after a span of 22 days from his Thailand trip, he found his Tesla Model 3 at 72% charge along with some interesting revelations. His Model 3 was around 331 km and the car’s battery temperature was 1.25 degrees Celsius.

Also, before leaving, Bjorn predicted that some of the battery range will become unavailable as the cells cool down. The same happened when he checked the battery stats after coming back.

The car’s battery was showing a range of 331 km (green color) but some of the battery range was also locked away due to a very cold battery cell temperature (white color).

Tesla Model 3 Battery Drain

Another revelation was that the battery loss was only around 7 kWh over a span of 22 days, which is equal to 337 Wh/day. However, this result is based on an available range of 331 km. If the outside temperature was around 25-degree Celsius, the range available would be around 350 km, thus indicating a charge-drop of approximately 6 kWh.

As soon as Bjorn turned on the car, the battery inlet temperature started rising immediately and began to heat up the cold battery. This is being done to unlock the remnant battery range as fast as possible.

Bjorn then went ahead to a Tesla charging station and found out that due to low battery cell temperature the charging rate of his Model 3 was limited to 40 kW only. The overall charging rate was above 50 degrees Celcius but around 7 kW was being consumed by the electric motor to heat up the battery.

This is a trick that only Tesla does, which is to run the front and the rear motors at a very inefficient mode to generate heat without creating movement. This is brilliant because it (Model 3) doesn’t need a dedicated battery heater.”

Reason For Improvement

The Tesla Model 3 uses newer 2170 battery cells made up of nickel-manganese-cobalt. They have 50% more internal volume and therefore can store more energy per battery pack.

This new upgrade combined with regular firmware updates has optimized the Tesla Model 3 to be the most efficient fuel-efficient electric car. In the latest firmware update, the Model 3 received a 5% power boost along with higher regen braking at low speed.

Meaning the Model 3 will run and stop faster while saving energy and your brake pads. Do you own a Tesl Model 3? Let us know in the comments about your experience with the car.


          

Join the last day of Ajyal Film Festival celebrations this Saturday

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Experience magical performances and compelling feature films on the last day (23 November) of Ajyal Film Festival 2019, the annual cinema event hosted by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) at Katara Cultural Village.

As the festival curtains draws to a close, Ajyal’s Wonder & Under the Moonlight Cine-Concert will offer a unique musical show, presented by the Forum des Images, to delight young and old. A feast for all the senses, a thrilling selection of shorts about tales of the stars, sun and moon will be held at 11.30 AM at Katara Building 16 and is free to the public. Live musicians will accompany: Get the Moon by Jutta Schünemann, Sooner or Later by Jadwiga Kowalska, Lunette by Phoebe Warries, A Little Star by Svetlana Andrianova, and Little Wolf by An Vrombaut.

Ajyal Tunes got off to a rocking start yesterday with electrifying performances from Doha’s underground music scene, featuring talented youth artists Sana Zharandi, Amjad Essam, Savanna Rose, Varun, Omar Abdulaziz, Ayman Shukur, Jerin Jose, Jueun, Mothanna, and Omar Alyafai among others, curated by Qatari artist Dana Almeer. Qatar-based singer/songwriter and rapper Mvrs rounded off the show with a stirring rap performance. An exciting celebration of musical talents from every discipline, Ajyal Tunes is part of the festival’s growing artistic scope – showcasing and celebrating arts and culture from every discipline.

Don’t miss out on the last day of the Ajyal Creativity Hub and its bustling activities at Geekdom, Qatar’s largest pop-culture event presented in partnership with Qatar National Tourism Council, and ARC, Ajyal’s interactive multimedia exhibition featuring artworks by 19 of Qatar’s most promising artists and creative talents. Located in Katara Buildings 18 and 19, all performances and exhibits will remain open to the public until 10 PM.

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The Feel short film programme will explore the power of intuition in shaping our sense of the world with a curated selection of ten short films screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, at 12.30 PM, including Belles étoiles (France/2017) by Naïma Di Piero and Elhadj Sidib; Like an Elephant in a China Shop (France/2017) by Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard, Lisa Rasasombat; Hedgehog (France/2018) by Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, and Jong-ha Yoon; Maha’mel (Ships) (Qatar/2018) by Dhabya AlMuhannadi; The Stained Club (France/2018) by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier; Beit Byoot (Jordan, Qatar/2019) by Mayar Hamdan; The Unlucky Hamster (Qatar, Indonesia/2019) by Abdulaziz Mohammed Khashabi; Child of the Earth (Switzerland, USA/2018) by Claudio Fäh; The Kite (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland/2019) by Martin Smatana; and Nada Bedair’s Paper Kite (Qatar/2019).

The Overcome short film selection, screening at 3 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City, is a testament to the ability of people to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams. The programme includes: Layla (UK/2019) by Celine Cotran; Jolanta Bańkowska’s Story (Poland/2019); Youth (Egypt, USA/2019) by Farida Zahran; Thermostat 6 (France/2018) by Maya Av-ron, Mylène Cominotti, Marion Coudert,  Sixtine Dano; Maradona’s Legs (Germany, Palestine/2019) by Firas Khoury; Esperança (France/2019) by Cécile Rousset, Jeanne Paturle, Benjamin Serero; Fault Line (Iran/2018) by Soheil Amirsharifi; Baptiste Drapeau’s Half and Half (France/2018); The Helmet (Yemen/2019) by Osama Khaled; Memo (France/2017) by Julien Becquer, Éléna Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimarães, Ines Scheiber; Refuge (Qatar/2019) by Maha Essid; and Fragile (Qatar/2019) by Kholood Al-Ali.

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Today is your last opportunity to watch an exciting selection of feature films:

  • For Sama (Syria, UK/2019) by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts screening at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 5.30 PM. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • Ailo’s Journey (France, Finland/2018) by Guillaume Maidatchevsky will screen at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl, at 5.30 PM.
  • DFI-supported feature Bombay Rose (India, France, UK, Qatar/2019) by Gitanjali Rao screeening at 8.30 PM at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. Please note that the screening is rated PG-18.
  • DFI-supported film You Will Die at Twenty (Sudan, France, Egypt, Germany, Norway, Qatar/2019) by Amjad Abu Alala will screen at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City at 8.30 PM and is rated PG-15.
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia/2019) by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska will screen at 6 PM at VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City.

Tickets for the 7th Ajyal Film Festival are available for purchase at the Ajyal Main Box Office located in Katara Building 10; at the Ajyal Box Office at VOX Cinemas Doha Festival City for screenings taking place at VOX Cinemas; and from the Novo Cinemas Box Office for screenings at Novo Cinemas, the Pearl. For ticket purchase and up-to-date information on the Ajyal Film Festival, please visit: https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/ticketinformation https://www.dohafilminstitute.com/filmfestival/films

2019 Ajyal Film Festival’s Official Partners include: Katara Cultural Village – Cultural Partner; Qatar National Tourism Council – Principal Partner; Novo Cinemas, Ooredoo – Strategic Partner, St. Regis Doha - Signature Partner.

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Trouble at the Top Joint Statement by the Nordic chapters of Transparency International at the 26th Annual Membership Meeting of the TI movement Berlin, 17 November 2019   The Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden—have traditionally enjoyed a low corruption perception. All but Greenland, which is not yet ranked, have consistently scored high […]
          

#SETTdagene – Delivering on the Promise the Education Revolution – Where is education headed in the future?

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Keynote speaker – Richard DeLorenzo This year’s SETT conference was the 4th one in Norway. SETT is Scandinavian Educational Technology Transformation Exhibition and Conference originally
          

Instagrammers love this iconic spot, but there's something they don't want you to see

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The beauty and remoteness of Norway's Trolltunga made it a social media sensation. But few travelers share what's happening behind the scenes.
          

NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY -NTNU: Researcher in NTNU Energy Transition Initiative

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NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY -NTNU: A newly established position as Professor/Associate Professor within the area of Cyber and Information Security in Power Systems. Trondheim, Norway
          

Norwegian Books in English

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Crime Fiction is the most popular genre in Norway, and Jo Nesbo is the most successful serial author of Thrillers to date. He also writes Children’s Fiction. The Doctor Proctor children’s book series is written by Jo Nesbø who is also a Thriller novelist. This title is the second book...

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Alta Canyon

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This canyon just so happens to b the biggest in Europe! Related posts: Empty Fjord Midnight Reflection Halfway To Nowhere Winter Alta Fjord

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Farmor’s Pepperkaker

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Farmor doesn’t use recipes so it is mighty hard to get any kind of standard from her. For her pepperkaker recipe, she gave me a little sheet of paper with primitive-Norwegian writing (Farmor is actually from the Swedish part of Finland) with a simple method: It reads: syrup, butter, sugar and...

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Advent Song

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Advent Season is the Christian “countdown” in celebration of Christmas day. Starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, a candle is lit and a hymn or poem is cited. On the following Sunday two candles are lit and so on, until the Sunday before Christmas. There are a few different...

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Why Oil Demand Won’t Follow Coal’s Death Spiral

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Norway and China reached record sales of electric vehicles last year. They both also hit all-time high consumption levels for crude oil.
          

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General documents - 38th EU-Switzerland IPM, 27-28 November 2019, Strasbourg - Delegation for Northern cooperation and for relations with Switzerland and Norway and to the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee

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The 38th EU-Switzerland Interparliamentary meeting took place on 27-28 November 2019 in Strasbourg.

Talks focused mainly on the EU-Switzerland relations and the institutional framework agreement; the consequences of Brexit; trade; cooperation on migration, focused on the current situation in the Mediterranean/Southern Europe, the EU's measures in this context and Switzerland's involvement and the reform of the Dublin system; and foreign policies, notably in relation to Turkey and the West Balkans.

Both sides underlined their wish to break the current stalemate surrounding the Institutional Framework Agreement. The Chairs of the two delegations issued a joint declaration calling on the Swiss Federal Council and the European Commission to swiftly clarify any pending issues with the aim of adopting the Agreement as soon as possible. The declaration was co-signed by several other members of these delegations.


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38th EU-Switzerland IPM; 27-28 November 2019; Strasbourg

The 38th EU-Switzerland Interparliamentary meeting is taking place on 27-28 November 2019 in Strasbourg.

Today talks focused mainly on the EU-Switzerland relations and the institutional framework agreement; the consequences of Brexit and trade.

Tomorrow discussions will continue on cooperation on migration, focused on the current situation in the Mediterranean/Southern Europe, the EU's measures in this context and Switzerland's involvement, and the reform of the Dublin system; and foreign policies, mainly in relation to Turkey and the West Balkans.

Both sides underlined their wish to break the current stalemate surrounding the Institutional Framework Agreement. The Chairs of the two delegations issued a joint declaration calling on the Swiss Federal Council and the European Commission to swiftly clarify any pending issues with the aim of adopting the Agreement as soon as possible. The declaration is co-signed by several other members of these delegations;

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European Parliament initiated the Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum as the parliamentary component of the Northern Dimension policy shared by the EU, Russia, Iceland and Norway. The creation of the Forum was based on a European Parliament resolution on the Future of the Northern Dimension, which underlined the Parliament's support for the establishment of the Northern Dimension Forum and its readiness to play a full part in it and to host its first meeting.

An initial conference took place in 2007, followed in 2009 by the first full Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum. Both events were hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels, as well as the Fifth Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum on 22 November 2017.

The Sixth Forum took place on 18-20 November 2020 in Bodø, Norway.


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Photo Credit: Nick Anderson NEWS [4:02] Nosegear of Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 Collapsed on Landing at Odessa Airport [7:52] Philippine 113 Engine Surges LAX 21 Nov 2019 [19:59] Watch 2 grown men continuously open and close a window shade in the most ridiculous airplane fight [23:25] Fly by Wire? [28:09] Crash: Busy Bee D228 at Goma on Nov 24th 2019, Impacted Populated Area Past Departure Runway [32:47] Airlines and Veterans Riled by Conduct Unbecoming a Support Dog [40:23] Fuel truck hits two parked Bombardier CRJ900 Jets at Dallas Fort Worth Airport FEEDBACK [1:10:14] Tom Harris - Ice Balls [1:11:17] Jordan Baus - Aircraft Longevity [1:19:07] Kyle - Working at ACME HQ [1:20:28] Grant - The Long-Awaited Response - Flying vs. Floating [1:36:41] Frank - A330 Soap Spill Diversion [1:43:39] Travis - HARS museum and IPAs [1:51:11] Plane Tale - Landshut [2:16:24] Pip - Window Shades [2:18:33] Steven - Gliding or Microlighting [2:21:19] Andy - Swiss Cheese [2:30:13] Gabriel - Feedback and a Story [2:31:43] Texas Anla'Shok - The New MSY [2:36:33] Mike - RCAF Snowbirds Returning to Moose Jaw [2:40:48] Jonathan - Ab Initio Stage 3 Interview Advice ABOUT RADIO ROGER “Radio Roger” Stern has been a TV and Radio reporter since he was a teenager. He’s won an Emmy award for his coverage in the New York City Market. Currently you can hear his reporting in New York on radio station 1010 WINS, the number one all-news station in the nation. Nationally you can hear him anchor newscasts on the Fox News Radio Network and on Fox’s Headlines 24-7 service on Sirius XM Radio. In addition Roger is a proud member of and contributor to the APG community. VIDEO Audible.com Trial Membership Offer - Get your free audio book today! Give us your review in iTunes! I'm "airlinepilotguy" on Facebook, and "airlinepilotguy" on Twitter. feedback@airlinepilotguy.com airlinepilotguy.com "Appify" the Airline Pilot Guy website (http://airlinepilotguy.com) on your phone or tablet! ATC audio from http://LiveATC.net Intro/outro Music, Coffee Fund theme music by Geoff Smith thegeoffsmith.com Dr. Steph's intro music by Nevil Bounds Capt Nick's intro music by Kevin from Norway (aka Kevski) Doh De Oh by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100255 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Copyright © AirlinePilotGuy 2019, All Rights Reserved Airline Pilot Guy Show by Jeff Nielsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
          

APG 401 – Catch Me if You Can

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Photo Credit: Nick Anderson NEWS [4:30] UK Bans Emirates’ A380 Shower Attendants [14:08] Qantas A380 Grounded After Door Almost Ripped Off at Sydney Airport [17:36] Airbus exec: Boeing's 737 Max Grounding Benefits No One [23:04] UPDATE: Did a 'soap spill' really divert a flight? [28:13] Delhi Man Impersonates Lufthansa Pilot To Skip Queue, Security Check At Delhi Airport, Arrested FEEDBACK [56:17] JD - Funny Radio Call [58:52] Texas Anla'Shok - New Orleans Airport [1:05:21] Thomas - Microlights or Gliders? [1:14:09] Nir - When the Swiss Cheese Holes Line Up Correctly and Positively [1:16:24] Dispatch Gregg - Extended Tarmac Delays AND Window Shades [1:31:56] Alex - Emergency Hours [1:36:46] James - Thanks for APG [1:38:13] Robert - New Used DC-7 [1:41:17] Soufiyan - Feedback From France [1:50:32] Jeff - Negative Ghostrider! [1:52:20] Plane Tale - If it ain’t Boeing… [2:16:56] Ray from Down Under - Congrats on 400! [2:18:47] John - CRJ200 VFR Confusion [2:28:08] Two Air Force pilots killed in jet crash in Oklahoma [2:32:54] Aeroplanes cause twice as much damage to air quality as they do to the climate, study claims   APG CREW EVENTS ABOUT RADIO ROGER “Radio Roger” Stern has been a TV and Radio reporter since he was a teenager. He’s won an Emmy award for his coverage in the New York City Market. Currently you can hear his reporting in New York on radio station 1010 WINS, the number one all-news station in the nation. Nationally you can hear him anchor newscasts on the Fox News Radio Network and on Fox’s Headlines 24-7 service on Sirius XM Radio. In addition Roger is a proud member of and contributor to the APG community. VIDEO Audible.com Trial Membership Offer - Get your free audio book today! Give us your review in iTunes! I'm "airlinepilotguy" on Facebook, and "airlinepilotguy" on Twitter. feedback@airlinepilotguy.com airlinepilotguy.com "Appify" the Airline Pilot Guy website (http://airlinepilotguy.com) on your phone or tablet! ATC audio from http://LiveATC.net Intro/outro Music, Coffee Fund theme music by Geoff Smith thegeoffsmith.com Dr. Steph's intro music by Nevil Bounds Capt Nick's intro music by Kevin from Norway (aka Kevski) Doh De Oh by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100255 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Copyright © AirlinePilotGuy 2019, All Rights Reserved Airline Pilot Guy Show by Jeff Nielsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
          

Wrong French address to public opinion

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The French Foreign Minister has called the accession of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium to the European Special Financial Mechanism(INSTEX) an indication of "Europe's commitment to a nuclear deal with Iran"! These ridiculous statements indicate that the French still intend to continue their joint game with the United States of America against the Islamic Republic of Iran. This dangerous, albeit unpredictable, game was started and continued by U.S. and French Presidents (Trump and Emmanuel Macron) in year 2017.
          

Norway sponsors a “mine free” world by 2025 with support from the Mine Ban Treaty signatories

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A team of very efficient Zimbabwean experts working in mine clearance in the Falkland Islands The 164 signatory countries to the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) agreed on Friday to accelerate the work to achieve the goal of a “mine-free” world in 2025, Norway's foreign ministry said.


          

100 States Support Norway’s Initiative to Protect Schools | Dagsavisen - Human Rights Watch

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The news this week that Ukraine has become the 100th country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration—a Norwegian initiative to make schools safer even during war—has me thinking about two schools at almost opposite ends of Europe by Bede Sheppard, deputy director in the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch

Damaged school in Nikishine. Rebel fighters deployed inside the school between September 2014 and February 2015 and exchanged intense fire with Ukrainian forces. © 2015
Photo: Yulia Gorbunova/Human Rights Watch
They are united by a common fate, yet separated by more than 70 years: Oslo’s Sagene Primary School and “School Number 4” in Krasnohorivka, Ukraine.

School Number 4 sits in eastern Ukraine, in a town close to the front line dividing government-controlled territory and the parts of the country controlled by Russia-backed armed groups. I was shown around the school in November 2015 by a group of teachers who recounted how during the summer holidays of the previous year, anti-government fighters broke down the school’s front gate and camped inside for a week. After they left, Ukrainian army soldiers entered the school, and again used it as a base, this time for more than a year.

Students were barred from the school during its occupation, and most shifted to a distance learning program. The teachers showed me the staff room with the word “Crow” painted in red on the door, presumably some soldier’s nom de guerre. The teachers listed all the property that had been looted, but most striking was that the only school desks I could see were in the two classrooms where they were bolted to the floor...

I first learned about the occupation of Sagene school from a student’s drawing from 1944. It depicts a soldier with a swastika on his helmet, standing straight, rifle slung over his shoulder, in front of a barrier of barbed wire at the school gate. I found the picture in the Oslo city archives. If the governments that have joined the Safe Schools Declaration have their way, that’s exactly how the practice of using schools for military purposes should be treated: as a piece of history, ready to be buried in the archives.
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Source: Human Rights Watch

          

StarQuest Headlines for the week ending November 22, 2019

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Headlines for the week ending November 22, 2019:

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Why Fumigation Is Right For Your Lexington Business

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The Smart Choice for Rodent Control

When we're called in to take care of complicated rodent problems in Lexington, sometimes fumigation is the only tool for the job. One example is how fumigation services keep crops rodent free. When Norway rats invade a farm by the hundreds, it can be devastating for a farm owner. And it can feel like an insurmountable pest problem. But this pest control issue can be addressed at the source by fumigating the ground burrows created by Norway rats. After a day of treatment, the rats are eliminated, the fumigants dissipate, and the problem is corrected. No other pest control solution could accomplish this so efficiently.

The Smart Choice for Stored-Product Insects

When it comes to protecting Lexington businesses from stored-product pests, fumigation is often the best option. Whether your business if farming, transportation, storage, sales or the preparation of food, you can benefit from a fumigation when stored product insects such as Indian meal moths, beetles or weevils invade. This is because the gases eliminate the insects without harming the stored-food product.

The Smart Choice for Bed Bugs

When bed bugs invade a Lexington business, they can be a nightmare to eliminate. This is because bed bugs don't just live in beds. They can be under carpets, inside walls, and in other places that are difficult to treat, even with a heat treatment. The gas used in fumigation works its way into cracks and pores to find bed bugs and takes them down.

The Next Step

Are you curious whether or not fumigation is the right choice for your business? Take action and call Action. At Action Pest Control, we provide businesses every option needed to control pest threats. Fumigation is just one tool in our toolbox. Let one of our licensed and knowledgeable pest professionals help you find a solution that will work for you. We service Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and portions of the surrounding states. Find out if you're in our extensive service area. We're here to help.


          

Six European countries join INSTEX

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BRUSSELS. KAZINFORM Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Sweden announced their accession to the INSTEX mechanism created to dodge the U.S. sanctions against Iran, Kazinform reports referring to the joint statement of these countries.
          

Comment on Is US Oil Production Growth Slowing??? by Ovi

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Just watched the video. Clearly those of us on this site are well plugged in and well (Pun intended) informed. I found it interesting that he was comparing production from Dec to August as an indicator of slowing US production. Similar to what was done above, instead to September. I agree with him that the next six months will give a clearer view of the potential for shale production to provide increasing US production over the next two years. I am surprised that he did not mention Guyana. While Brazil and Norway are starting to ramp now, Guyana starts up early in 2020 with the potential of reaching 120 kb/d. Other sites could add 440 kb/d by 2023. Keep in mind that decline never sleeps. Brazil added 225 kb/d in August. Norway will not show up adding an increase until October. Also interesting comments on Canadian Oil Sands
          

Finding Queen Maud in Oslo

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This year, it is 150 years since Norway’s Queen Maud was born. This is marked by Royal Central with several articles where we look at the life of the British princess who married a Danish...
          

Psychoactive substances in natural and unnatural deaths in Norway and Sweden - a study on victims of suicide and accidents compared with natural deaths in psychiatric patients

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Psychoactive substances in natural and unnatural deaths in Norway and Sweden - a study on victims of suicide and accidents compared with natural deaths in psychiatric patients

Gravensteen, I. K., Ekeberg, O., Thiblin, I., Helweg-Larsen, K., Hem, E., Rogde, S. & Tollefsen, I. M., 2019, In : BMC Psychiatry. 19, 9 p., 33.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Original languageEnglish
Article number33
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Volume19
Number of pages9
ISSN1471-244X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

          

Varying but reduced use of postoperative mobilization restrictions after primary total hip arthroplasty in Nordic countries: a questionnaire-based study

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Varying but reduced use of postoperative mobilization restrictions after primary total hip arthroplasty in Nordic countries: a questionnaire-based study

Gromov, K., Troelsen, A., Modaddes, M., Rolfson, O., Furnes, O., Hallan, G., Eskelinen, A., Neuvonen, P. & Husted, H., 2019, In : Acta Orthopaedica. 90, 2, p. 143-147 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Background and purpose - Mobilization has traditionally been restricted following total hip arthroplasty (THA) in an attempt to reduce the risk of dislocation and muscle detachment. However, recent studies have questioned the effect and rationale underlying such restrictions. We investigated the use of postoperative restrictions and possible differences in mobilization protocols following primary THA in Denmark (DK), Finland (FIN), Norway (NO), and Sweden (SWE). Patients and methods - All hospitals performing primary THA in the participating countries were identified from the latest national THA registry report. A questionnaire containing questions regarding standard surgical procedure, use of restrictions, and postoperative mobilization protocol was distributed to all hospitals through national representatives for each arthroplasty registry. Results - 83% to 94% (n = 167) of the 199 hospitals performing THA in DK, FIN, NO, and SWE returned correctly filled out questionnaires. A posterolateral approach was used by 77% of the hospitals. 92% of the hospitals had a standardized mobilization protocol. 50%, 41%, 19%, and 38% of the hospitals in DK, FIN, NO, and SWE, respectively, did not have any postoperative restrictions. If utilized, restrictions were applied for a median of 6 weeks. Two-thirds of all hospitals have changed their mobilization protocol within the last 5 years-all but 2 to a less restrictive protocol. Interpretation - Use of postoperative restrictions following primary THA differs between the Nordic countries, with 19% to 50% allowing mobilization without any restrictions. There has been a strong tendency towards less restrictive mobilization over the last 5 years.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Orthopaedica
Volume90
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)143-147
Number of pages5
ISSN1745-3674
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

          

Deportation of Nigerian Nationals and Interesting Judicial Decisions

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In the news

With an election on the horizon, a coalition of 29 women and human rights organisation has published a manifesto for women and girls. Their stated goals are to “end violence against women and girls”; “secure women’s equal representation in politics”; “promote equality in the workplace and in the home”; “invest in public services”; and “lift women and children out of poverty”. To achieve these goals, they propose measures including a new ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ bill to lay before Parliament; funding for high-quality sex and relationships education; improvements to the criminal justice system regarding allegations of rape and sexual assault; equal pay; increased maternity pay and maternity allowances; an end to pregnancy discrimination; and a strengthening of the law on sexual harassment at work, creating a duty on employers to prevent harassment from occurring. The manifesto is available here.

The backlash against internet intermediaries and ‘surveillance capitalism’ continues this week. Amnesty International have released a report entitled ‘Surveillance Giants’, which analyses in detail the human rights threats posed by Facebook, Google, and other technology corporations. The report is available here. Meanwhile, in the courts, Singh LJ granted Ed Bridges permission to appeal the facial recognition judicial review which he lost in September, noting that Mr Bridges’ appeal had a reasonable prospect of success.

Parents in Oxford have won the right for a secular alternative to traditional religious worship in schools, in a legal battle funded by Humanists UK against the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, the Guardian reports. The parents say that other schools will follow suit, while the Oxford trust insists this was a pragmatic decision to avoid excessive costs. The Department of Education has emphasised that this was only a settlement between the parents and the school, and has no implications for the law more widely.

Finally, in the midst of the various parties’ passionate electoral pledges about the NHS, a report was leaked this week detailing catastrophic failings at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. The findings have been described as ‘the largest known maternity scandal in the UK, by far’, stretching over 40 years. It appears that the trust was guilty of countless avoidable deaths, as well as long-term failures in respect of informed consent for mothers, a lack of transparency and communication with bereaved families, and a lack of kindness and respect to parents and families. The report was obtained by the Independent, and is discussed in detail here.

In the courts

This week saw two important human rights decisions. These concerned assisted suicide and the life sentence regime for foreign prisoners:
Newby, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: Philippe Newby, a longtime sufferer from motor neurone disease, wants to end his life. He applied for a declaration of incompatibility under s.4 HRA 1998 in respect of the law on assisted suicide in s.2(1) Suicide Act 1961. He argued that it was incompatible with Articles 2 and 8 ECHR; a blanket ban was disproportionate. In rejecting the application, the court reiterated the position reached in Nicklinson, Conway, and T that it is ‘institutionally inappropriate’ for the court to rule on a matter such this. In light of the ECtHR’s approval of UK law in Pretty v UK (2002) and Nicklinson v UK (2015), it is for Parliament to change the law on assisted suicide. As Irwin LJ and May J explained, “there is no consensus to be gleaned from evidence…the private views of judges on such moral and political questions are irrelevant, and spring from no identifiable legal principle.” Considering Parliament’s rejection of any change to the law, in the form of the Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill 2015, the court was bound to refuse Mr Newby’s application.
Akbar, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: this case related to the sentencing and parole regime for life sentence prisoners subject to deportation orders in respect of which they are ‘appeal rights exhausted’ (ARE). For ordinary life sentence prisoners, the SSJ has the power to move them from higher to lower security condition prisons, until they eventually reach ‘open conditions’. However, this power was abolished by the SSJ in respect of ARE prisoners in 2014, in the form of the new rule 7(1A) of the Prison Rules 1999. The claimant, an ARE prisoner, challenged this change to the law on the grounds that (i) it violated Article 14 ECHR, being discriminatory in respect of Articles 5 and 8, and (ii) it was irrational. The court rejected his claim on both grounds. Rule 7(1A) had a legitimate aim, was rationally connected to that aim, and could not be achieved by a less intrusive measure. A different rule would deprioritise domestic prisoners, and lead to an increased risk of ARE prisoners absconding. As such, the rule was rational, and did not violate Article 14.

There were also appeals relating to deportation of foreign criminals and deprivation of citizenship:
Secretary of State for the Home Department v KF (Nigeria): a deportation order in respect of KF, a Nigerian citizen convicted of burglary and robbery, had been overturned by the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal on the basis of s.117C(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act and Rule 399 of the Immigration Rules. KF had children based in the UK, and the lower courts considered this amounted to a ‘genuine and subsisting relationship’ in respect of which it would be unduly harsh to deport KF to Nigeria. The High Court overruled the lower courts. In so doing, the court echoed the very recent case of SSHD v PG (Jamaica), stressing that the harshness required under s.117C(5) must be beyond what would necessarily be involved for the children of a foreign criminal – i.e. mere deprivation of shared parental support would not be enough. However strict it might seem, the will of Parliament must be respected, per Hickinbottom LJ in PG.
CI (Nigeria) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: CI is a Nigerian national, who was seriously abused by his mother, and taken into care at 15. He had committed a series of thefts and robberies, and was diagnosed with a serious ‘depressive disorder’ with ‘some post-traumatic traits’. The Upper Tribunal had upheld the Secretary of State’s deportation order. The High Court overruled this decision. In so doing, the court considered the criteria for ‘Exception 1’ under s.117C(4) of the NIAA 2002. Although CI probably had not on balance been lawfully resident for ‘most of his life’, the court noted that he had been ‘socially and culturally integrated’, on the basis that his social and cultural identity was formed almost entirely in the UK, and he had maintained some academic success and romantic and family relationships; and that there were ‘very significant obstacles to reintegration’ in Nigeria, as he would be too psychiatrically unwell to access mental health care in Nigeria. Accordingly, the UT could reasonably have decided that there were very compelling circumstances such as to outweigh the public interest in deporting CI, under s.117C(6). The case was therefore remitted to the UT for a re-hearing.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department v E3 & Anor: The Secretary of State (SS) appealed a decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) to overrule her orders depriving two individuals of citizenship under s.40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Both individuals were Bangladeshi citizens who had turned to Islamic extremism. The court was asked to consider whether the SS had been precluded from making the orders, on the basis that she was making the two stateless (under s.40(4)). The crucial piece of evidence for the SS was a ‘note verbale’ received from the Bangladeshi Ministry of Defence regarding the practice of Bangladeshi law, which appeared to indicate the two might not become stateless. In overruling SIAC’s decision, the court noted that SIAC had had a confused and inconsistent approach to the burden of proof, confusing the legal and evidential burdens. It was for the Secretary of State to prove that she was ‘satisfied’ that the individuals would not become stateless, and the burden then shifted to those individuals to prove otherwise. Further, SIAC had ‘mischaracterised’ the note verbale as ‘extra-official’, and it should have been given greater weight. The case was remitted to a differently constituted SIAC to be re-decided.

In the ECtHR
Razvozzhayev v Russia and Ukraine and Ukraine and Udaltsov v Russia : this case related to protests in Moscow in 2012, led by the supporters of opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Alexei Navalny, and actions taken against the applicants in the aftermath, including house arrest, abduction from asylum in Ukraine, and transfer to a penal colony in Krasnoyarsk. The court found an array of violations of Articles 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, and Article 1 Protocol 1 in respect of these actions by Russia and Ukraine.
Nejdet Atalay v Turkey: a Turkish citizen was involved in a demonstration at a funeral for four members of the PKK (Workers’ Party of Kurdistan), a terrorist organisation. As a result, he was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment under the Turkish criminal code. The court held that this was a violation of his rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, and was neither proportionate nor necessary in a democratic society.
Yurtdas and Soylemez v Turkey: two Turkish citizens were given a suspended sentence of two years imprisonment for chanting pro-Kurdish slogans. The court held that this was a violation of their rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, and was neither proportionate nor necessary in a democratic society.
Obote v Russia: a small group of people held a flash mob in front of a government office in Moscow, sticking blank sheets of paper to their mouth with sticky tape. When asked to disperse, the applicant asked the police why; he was then escorted to the police station, and subsequently convicted of an administrative offence under the Russian Public Events Act. The court held that this was disproportionate, given the quasi-criminal nature of the sanction, when the group had done nothing capable of causing disorder or disruption to ordinary life. There had therefore been a violation of the right to peaceful assembly under Article 11.
TK and SR v Russia: this case considered in detail the human rights implications of extraditing ethnic Uzbeks to Kyrgyzstan for violent crimes. After a review of the reports and research available on the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan, the court concluded that Uzbeks no longer constitute a vulnerable group such as to face risks of persecution solely based on ethnic origin in Kyrgyzstan. There was therefore no violation of the right against inhumane or degrading treatment under Article 3 in extraditing the applicants.
Znakovas v Lithuania: a police officer used an electroshock weapon against a domestic violence suspect who was unarmed and handcuffed; there was no subsequent investigation into his conduct. The court held that this constituted a violation of the right against inhumane or degrading treatment under Article 3 in both its substantive and procedural limbs.
KO and VM v Norway: the applicants were parents with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder and psychiatric ill-health and drug abuse respectively. A number of anonymous notifications of concern were sent to child welfare services, resulting in an intervention which led to restrictions on contact between parents and daughter to a maximum of four visits a year. The court found that this was a violation of the right to family life under Article 8, because such infrequent contact amounted to child welfare services implicitly giving up the aim of reunification at a very early stage, without full justification of why this was considered appropriate.

On the UKHRB


Daniel McKaveney reviews an important case which has overturned the Lord Advocate’s absolute immunity from suit for malicious prosecution
Rosalind English discusses the legal problems created by emerging artificial intelligence technologies.
In the latest episode of Law Pod UKRosalind English takes a tour of the Middle Temple exhibition of 100 years of women in the law with the exhibition’s curator Rosalind Wright

          

Comment on Lower drug prices needed by TQ

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Capitalism is the unequal sharing of success, socialism is the equal sharing of misery...Winston Churchill. Oh, and don't use Norway as a shining example of socialism...they have 5 million people and a 1trillion dollar sovereign fund accumulated entirely on the extraction fossil fuels....the shining examples of socialism are Venezuela, Cuba, DRNK, Russia, etc.
          

It’s Bricks Time Again, Folks!

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For the eighth year in a row I created a Christmas Lego exhibition for the mall Moldetorget, in downtown Molde. Lego building on commission? How do you like them apples, mom? This is the first time the exhibition is set up in the women’s clothing store, Claire. The reason is that Norway’s oldest photo store, …
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Antara Khazanah dan Norway

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DALAM tempoh sebulan, Reuters telah melaporkan berita mengenai dua dana kekayaan negara yang berbeza. Pada 25 Oktober lalu, Reuters menerbitkan laporan khas bertajuk ‘Norway wealth fund grows to record
          

Drilling Activity Buoyant in Norway

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The number of wells drilled could challenge all-time high levels by the end of the year in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), while global offshore exploration activity has been flat year-to-date…
          

Call for Papers - 'Globalization in the Modern Era'

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<p class="MsoTitle" style="text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> <img alt="IT&amp;FA logo 1" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="eaf56795-b8f0-4bb4-953e-42597eb9f5d9" src="https://d35w6hwqhdq0in.cloudfront.net/e284c32df74fddf284639cc3956bdbd1.png" /> <p class="MsoTitle" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:36pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Palatino Linotype&quot;,serif"><span style="color:red"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:22.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">Call for Papers</span></span></b></span></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">30<sup>th</sup> International Conference</span></span></b></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:16.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif">The International Trade and Finance Association</span></span></b></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:red">Abstract Submission Deadline January 31, 2020</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Courier 10cpi&quot;"><b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">Theme:&nbsp; Globalization in the Modern Era<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May 27 – 30, 2020</span></span></span></b><br /> <b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:14.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="color:black">University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA</span></span></span></b></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><b>Graduate Student Mentoring Event Included!</b> There will be a <b>special mentoring event this year for graduate students</b> on <b>Wednesday, May 27</b>. Members of ITFA will hold a day-long mentoring session to help students understand what is required of them as they progress through their academic or other professional careers. Please indicate your intention to attend this important, helpful event. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><strong style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black">BACKGROUND</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:black"><span style="letter-spacing:-.25pt">IT&amp;FA was founded in 1990 by a prestigious group of academics and professionals who believed that the study of "international" issues had not received the emphasis and attention that it should. The Association has professional members in over 30 countries. These include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thirty years later, there are still some of the original founding members and many others who attend year after year. 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Midnight Sun rifle Challenge pt6

 Cache   

Most stages begin with the instruction 
“Shooter will start with magazine in, bolt back and all gear on person” 

‘All gear’ relates to the rule, you can bring as much as you’re prepared to carry, everyone other than us has a bag rider and at least a butt bag, one of the Viking’s has a massive pillow rest which means he always has somewhere comfortable to sit when waiting to shoot. Some of the guys on on other  squads have shooting slings of various designs. The Polska Drużyna have their own tripod.

There’s a Milling Stage where you use your True Miller to calculate your known target size and distance into Milliradians. To Your Limit, where you shoot at targets of ever decreasing sizes, where a miss wipes your score. We shoot across steep sided valleys with varying degrees of success myself and OMR settle into the steady rhythm of bewilderment and frustration. Go Team GB.
During one of the hikes we’re surprised to see we’re not bringing up the rear. Once we’re stopped at the next shooting position the lad who wore wellies draws alongside his first question is 
Why are you watching us? 
I’m wondering why you choose wellies?  
These are very good wellies. 
How’s your foot? 
Fucking hurts. 
Your lucky day, I’ve got some Compeed, learned my lesson in the Highlands I’ll never travel without it again.

i manage to rustle up a lift back to the base and gift him a packet. I’ll freely admit I did consider sending the driver back with the Compeed and going back to bed. Go Team GB.

As the first ten hour session reaches its longed for end. We’re too far up the valley to walk back, too far down to seek shelter at other firing points. Some barbecue chairs have been abandoned  by the marshals who have long since vamoosed. The cloud level drops to encompass the taller members of the squad, for me it’s just above head height. A life-affirming drizzle starts to fall, the Viking’s take their Jerven bags out and we sit and wait. 
Every moment is being subtracted from the four hour sleep we could have had between valley stages.  The Vikings are able to switch seamlessly between stoicism and good cheer, they seem completely unaffected. They all speak almost perfect english, often that’s a lot better than the mud people of the Spoons,  and many of them have an english expression they favour over its direct translation. The cloud is now so low that people sitting 30 feet away have disappeared,  little snatches of english appear from the mist. Norwegen Norwegen Norwegen Learning By Doing, Norwegen Norwegen Norwegen, ha ha ha Learning By Doing!

The Vikings all have the Extreme edition, my Jerven is the Hunter, but I was really glad of it. The Jerven is a poncho liner, designed like your life depends on it. Camo that perfectly matches the lichen covered rocks on the outside, with layers of insulation, and aluminium coated cloth, Its got arm holes, sturdy zips and reinforced eyelets. Its at once a blanket; a pop up hunting blind, a tent and a coat. From the Arctic to the Sahara they’ve kept adventures alive for xx years.   


Wrapped in my Jerven, slumped in the barbecue chair,  I’m too deep into my happy place to do more than mutter ‘you’re representing your country’ as my eyes start to involuntarily close. Overcome by impatience OMR makes a run for it, more of a waddle actually. I’m just too battered to follow him or talk him out of it. An age later a minibus appears to take us back to the camp. 


During the sunlit night I dream of the walking in the highlands around Badenoch where Kompani Linge trained with Special Operations Executive for their guerrilla warfare against nazi Germany and their monument stands. There are loads of amazing tales of their daring and indefatigability  

During WW2 there were more decorated members of SOE drawn from the Norwegen resistance unit named after actor and hero Martin Linge than any other unit. If anyone has a claim to “if it wasn’t for us you’d all be speaking german’ its Einar Skinnarland and his compatriots. 

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"Dere åpnet deres hjem og deres hjerter for oss og gav oss håp." "You opened your homes and your hearts to us and gave us hope." This stone was erected by the people of Badenoch in honour of the gallant company of Norwegian patriots who lived among them and trained in these mountains 1941-1945 to prepare for operations in occupied Norway. By skilful and daring raids on military and industrial targets they harassed the enemy and denied him vital supplies. These dangerous missions were not carried out without losses; 57 brave men of Kompani Linge gave their lives in our common cause.

I’d like to tell you that i channelled their skill, endurance and spirit, but sadly it was still the divorced walrus. 

Eventually we are picked up and dropped off at the base camp. After the all too brief sleep there’s a gathering of people making coffee and heating dehydrated meals. Most people look haggard. a few jolts of espresso and fried pork and I’m not exactly ready to do it all again but certainly fortified for what the day may bring, It all ends up being a pleasant surprise. 

These are the green and pleasant stages. Not quite Bisley no cucumber sandwiches or pints of old gobshite, or heaving plates of Mum-food, but at least this is where we shoot from barricades instead of lying on needle sharp rocks. 

Thomas turns up, talkative as ever. 
He conducts an interview with OMR who is huddled around  a camping stove shivering with tiredness, and cooking another dehydrated meal. Sadly Thomas later loses the data on his SD card so you’ll just have to imagine the sight of ‘Disgruntled - the grumpiest gnome’ wrapped in my Jerven bag, cooking his dinner with only his balaclava’d head poking out.  Of all the loses and indignities suffered the loss of that picture is the one that hurts me the most.   

At day two’s shorter ranges the big chunk data table is less noticeable, but my woes weren’t over yet . Considering the exorbitant price they ask for them Tika really could have done a bit better with shipping magazines worthy of the name. First the magazine doesn’t seat properly into the mag well, then the plate that the rounds sit on binds rather than sliding up and down smoothly and sometimes the spring doesn’t seem strong enough to push rounds nine to one up to the lips. Failing to chamber a round. So working the bolt produces click and not bang. For £120 each I think Tika could have made more of an effort. At Bisley if you get click when you were expecting bang, you leave the bolt closed for 30 seconds + and signal to the range officer, at Midnight Sun if Vikings get click they work the bolt at a speed to have your next bullet on target before the ejected round hits the ground. Several times I’m habitually hand-in-the-air awaiting instruction when BEEP  I time out.

After the fact. 
There are plenty of Youtube videos dedicated to getting them to work, the simplest tweak with a pair of needle-nosed pilers means that now, after the event obviously, the magazine sits squarely in its well and doesn’t rattle about, my rifle can almost be guaranteed to scoop a round off the stack every time you work the bolt. I’m now getting bang more than click. Bah!

My favourite stage was one overlooking what looks like a quarry surrounded by reactive targets at all kinds of ranges, and the BlinkTroll target.

BlinkTroll is a completely awesome system where you hook a little motor onto a pice of 550 paracord, it will tow a target back and forth.  At MSRC back and forth is across the quarry, the motor is controlled from your smartphone, and its powerful enough to tow a delta archery target. Even the base model can run for about 1000m. If you could afford the ammo, and had the space, a BlinkTroll would be a great time sink. And cash. Last time I enquired it was about four grand. Ouch.   

Without changes in day light the session trundles on and on. Its actually more disorientating than I expected. After a while we’re beyond caring and each new disaster becomes just another painful lesson to mull over with the squad.

“When a Norwegian hears, ‘stop’ to him that’s a signal to take a last shot, you two actually stop shooting. you are very safe, and thats to your credit but its acted against you on nearly every stage.”

The shooting positions for day two are used much more often, its an army range, and there’s mountains of brass on the ground, Norwegians all seem to live with walking distance of a range where they can collect as much once fired Norma 6.5 as they could ever need, so half the squad don't even bother picking it up.  Welly boot man and I are both using Lapua cases that cost north of a pound [or ten krona] each, so us and the .260 boys search the firing points like Gollum looking for a ring after each session. 

With the second 10 hours completed and my eyelids drooping we go to the dinner, or what was billed as the dinner, its turns out to be two trays of lasagne of the kind you’d get in an english motorway service station. The aperitif is a stern lecture about not serving yourself too much, so there’s some for the next person. As last year there wasn’t enough to go around. Its a bit of a low point in the much heralded renaissance in Baltic cuisine.   OMR announces he’s allergic to all forms of cheese. Garlic bread is the only garnish, and OMR’s dinner. 

A jovial Swedish chap gives us a ride back to the camp and tells us of the 18 hour drive his crew endured as the airline wouldn’t confirm wether they could fly with hand loaded ammunition. 

A bit of a sleep later and the Tall Fella reappears to take us back to the site of the first stage
The drive up though the mountains is stunning, the cloud has lifted and in bright sunshine the cliff faces and scree runs are straight out of the observer book of Northern wilderness’.

At the prize giving, after the top three get their plaques, the table of things donated by various makers with varying degrees of generosity from Wow! right down to Really? is raffled off and the people standing on either side of me both win prizes.  Clearly all I’m getting here is practice.


We buy our commemorative T Shirts and hang out with some of the the other competitors, and we run into the chap who marshalled the first stage 24 hours before.

“The Plumber! So you survived? When you arrived at my stage I thought you were having a heart attack and we’d be getting the helicopter out, but you ate that sandwich and came back to life. Don't be too hard on yourself everyone has a terrible first year. Your rig is fine, you just need to develop your load and data.  We all noticed you and your mate are really safe shooters, we hope we’ll see you again next year”
“Thanks man that’s actually quite encouraging, I never asked you what do you do for a job ? 
“I’m a paramedic”


We slouch back in to the hotel and find they’re not serving food, the only option is a kebab shop opposite which must survive by being the only place you can go to eat for miles in any direction, its staggeringly bad. Even though its broad day light its defiantly feels like time for beddybyes, we stop off to chat with he kids on night porter duty at the front desk and get them to book us a cab for the morning’s first flight. I give my used cases a cursory rinse in the hand basin, mainly to check for unaccounted for strays and fade into a deep sleep. I’m a bit regretful that we leave too early to re visit the breakfast buffet, and even more regretful the we have to give norway’s surest cab driver a couple of hundred krona to run us ten minutes down the road, he passes the time berating us for not being outside waiting for him before his expected time of arrival and the fat fuck has the temerity to sulk when its pointed out to him that if he’s busy the common courtesy of announcing his arrival by telephone, instead of hiding out of sight, would have speeded up proceedings for both of us. Its clear that the cafe in the airport also holds its customers in contempt, I don't know if they call the young soldiers the mud people, but mud was defiantly the main ingredient in what they were selling as coffee. We check our toy boxes and packs, no mention is made of any further payment so it seems rude to ask. The dude even says ‘you collect these again at Gatwick’. Bardufoss to Oslo, Oslo to Gatwick, you don't need an EU firearms permit to return, just your regular firearms certificate. We shamble up to the the Border Farce desk to collect our guns, the woman in charge checks our papers and serial numbers match. Do you get much of this? Oh yes guns pass though the airport every day, you guys are always flying with them.  

Next the autopsy 

your pal 
SBW

          

Midnight Sun rifle Challenge pt5

 Cache   

We gather for the briefing, theres about 60 of us. My waist comes up to somewhere just above their knees. They are clearly the descendants of war parties that crossed oceans in river boats, and more recently conducted guerrilla warfare against the nazis. The Norwegians are also clearly a nation who like their Gucci gear, none of the budget crap kit you see at Bisley, nary ‘a Hawke scope in sight, Delta is the entry level scope, the excellent 525i Kahles are very popular, so are Nightforce, the Hungarian IOR are growing in reputation, and as you’d expect Schmidt & Bender are on top of the posher rifles. Most people wear MSA Sordin ear defenders. Ulfhednar are capturing the market for bags. As I don't generally move in circles where the government is picking up the wardrobe tab, I’d never seen so many people wearing Crye Precision combat clothes in one place. Look it up. Its called Crye because you will when you see the prices. Double bastard nice kit though. 


On the rifle front: Tikas and SAKOs from next-door Finland, a couple of Accuracy Internationals, some rifles built on Remington actions, and lots of STR’s. Sauer sell two target variants of the 200, the Scandinavian Target Rifle in 6.5x55 and as Sig Sauer the Sharp Shooter Gun 3000 mostly seen in .308. Over half the competitors are carrying STR’s. Due in part to a genius barrel system, where with two gauges and a spanner you can rebarrel it at home, they sell shit loads of them up in Scandiwegia. Several company’s sell aftermarket 6.5x55 barrels for them including: Shultz and Larson, Heym, Blaser and now in the US Benchmark offer a 6.5CM . For the true nerd there’s a rare, and spendy, 22LR kit for indoor practice when the mercury solidifies and even Vikings are calling it a little chilly. The fashion these days is to ditch the laminate stock they come with and put them in a chassis. Just another grand. For added kudos amongst aficionados you can re-chamber to 6.5mm AI aka SwedeMoor.

The competition takes place in two valleys, one wooded with birch, aspen and rowen, the other windswept and incredibly long. We get the long valley for  the first 10 hours. It’s quite a schlep. The stages involve walking up and down the valley, shots are 100 to 1200 meters at hubcap sized targets. Snow lines every hollow, its windy and overcast, but not cold, there’s tarmac road.
The shooting positions are nearly all prone, and involve lying on the thumb-tip sized gravel left from construction the road. Those knee and elbow pads just keep looking better and better. 

The views go on for ever. once we’ve been walking for a hour It dawns on me that my kit strategy is way off the mark. I’ve dressed for Highland Stalking where you’re walking over rougher terrain at slower speeds, carrying a much much lighter rifle, negligible amounts of ammunition,  and no pack. Without fail the people who had been before or just knew what to expect, didn’t dress for the cold, [once you’re bobbing along you don't need to], just for the wind. When we stopped for any length of time they wrapped themselves in Jerven blankets issued during their military service. Lots of competitors and the marshals also wore the Jerven parka. An excellent piece of kit totally un-marketed outside Norway.  Some people wore those money-no-object hiking trousers that seem to have a magnetic attraction to barbed wire. The smart money wore Snickers work pants with their legendary knee pads. Most people reduced unsprung weight by wearing the lightest hiking boots possible. Apart from a lunatic fringe in wellies, but more of him later. In the last ten years Ultralight Hiking has totally changed walking boots, removing all that weight from each step certainly looks like a great idea. 


Vorn rifle-scabbard packs that carry butt-down had a lead over Eberlestock ’s barrel-down design. But a good third of the field didn’t bother, just a well padded sling and a little daypack for the windproof jacket, Jerven bag, 125 rounds, and mini stove. There’s water at every stage so that’s a kilo saved off your pack. 

Puffing along my rifle seems unbelievably heavy, as do my boots. I’m probably as unfit as my kids tell me, and worse still I’m battered from the last few days. The thin dry air is dehydrating me like a Serrano ham. 


The chaps we were squadded with seem a bit bemused by our presence, and in retrospect I can’t say I blame them. I’m dressed as though I intend to take a nap under a tree in the falling snow while waiting for the deer to turn up. OMR is rocking a mix of beach fishing gear and work boots, with a balaclava that’s a vigorous defence of function over style. Our level of preparedness is apparent at the first stage. 
Where when we eventually catch them up, they look to be gathered for a hillside picnic, I park my pack just before it parks me, and have a little lie down, reprising my pilates-class impression of a divorced walrus after the tide has gone out.

The first stage is the farthest flung, and covers ranges from about 500 and something to 1100 and something, shooting off a tripod. 

The Marshal issues instruction and shows us a print out of the targets locations, we take it in turns looking for them though a spotting scope while a French elf not much older than my daughter looks on with a bemused expression that says ‘Old blokes what part of this can possibly be fun for you guys?”

The fats and salt of a sandwich reanimate me and once the targets are announced the squad take out neatly laminated sheets carefully recording every click the scope would need down to 5m increments.  OMR and I have hastily knocked up data hand written of scraps of paper now stained with sandwich grease. Ours is in 50m increments. 
The top boys all have custom turrets or at least turret tape. You know your range, you turn the scope’s turrets to that marking and you’re, if not bang on the money, not far off it. With hindsight set to 20/20 I’d also shoot the data table to verify every single range increment. 

And take wind reading lessons. Lots of them.

I put a strike on the score sheet. Go Team GB. Probably the high point looking back. 
All stages are against the clock, the targets are usually hard to find through the scope, often I’m not the only one to time-out without completing the course of fire. A pair of 10 power binos or a draw scope would really help. 

For the next ten hours we walk back down the valley, then back up the valley, then back down, then….you get the idea. 

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Midnight Sun Rifle Challenge Pt3

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Kit lists. I’ve made a few. Mistakes I’ve made, a few more. Days when the sun never sets, I’ve only seen one. 

In the shambling spirt of Newby and Carless’ English amateur adventurism on their Short walk in the Hindu Kush, having watched a few videos by Thomas Haugland, I send a text to One Man Rifle-Maker. 

‘Midnight Sun Rifle Challenge 2019… fancy it?’ and receive the reply “ texted Thomas to say we’re entering”

Of all the events in the Viking Rifle Series calendar the MSRC is quite possibly the least appropriate entry point. It’s billed as ’24 hours of misery and fun’. Which in legal terms means they did give us fair warning. 

This is my second whistle-stop holiday with OMR. 
The last one was a pistol shooting trip of less than 24 hours, he’s not a fan of; travel, Europe, or anything other than the plainest food. He does like Norway though and despite his obvious discomfort he was a font of good cheer, I’d defiantly have cracked without him. Never did get to see him eat pickled Herring, which was something of a disappointment.

I spend a while talking up the plan, clearly no one believes i’m actually going. I make a few half hearted attempts to start a fitness plan, I will admit they look deeply unconvincing. I get sciatica, I enrol in a pilates class, the pilates class finishes and somehow i leave the yoga milfs to their fate and don't re enrol.  

The moment where you get to represent your country on the world stage is an honour few of you will ever be afforded, but just occasionally its possible to promote yourself to those dizzy heights without a man in a blazer, with a clipboard, telling you legal action will ensue should you continue. 
Still flying high on a moment of optimism, bravado and irony we become The Precision Wombles aka Team GB [self appointed]. Secretly hopeful that no more deserving competitor will make themselves known.

All of a sudden we’ve committed to flying to the top bit of Europe to compete against real Vikings in a sport where, at best we’re the founder members of the veteran-novice division, just two ill-prepared chubsters who should be old enough to know better. 

It’s not like we’ve entered the Marathon des Sables. How bad can it be?


It turns out Vikings learned to shoot across valleys at concealed targets with their first plate of fermented herring. We’re squadded with lads two thirds of my age. One of ‘em  takes second overall. Most of them are probably only two thirds of my weight too.

As members of separate gun clubs we both tried to inveigle others into joining us. We set up a facebook group which we join a few friends to, responses are for the most part muted. The clubs both have a lot of 308 and 223 shooters who work it all out in Minutes Of Angle, so perhaps ‘Build a 6mm/6.5mm rig with a scope that reads in Milliradians ’ as a minimum bid was a big ask. 

All I got was flat out refusal(s) to even contemplate entering: 

The Tall Geek: No. I’d have no chance of winning. 
Club matriarch-in-waiting: That sounds like its an long way from the hotel. No.
South Side D: No. Walking! No. Are you mad? Did I say No?

OMR at least mustered a few broken promises. But in the end it was just two tubby Precision Wombles who make up Team GB [self appointed]

There is a saying [often attributed to the British Army] : Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. 
I wouldn’t know, but I can attest to the opposite being completely true.



On one of my sporadic trips to practice I’d suffered catastrophic scope failure, On the whole I’d still recommend a Delta Stryker for the money [and the new model looks even better] but my first one died losing its lateral tracking after just over 200 rounds. Delta are making some serious inroads into the VRS so later  I took the opportunity to canvas every other user I met, and it seems I was in the unlucky 1%. The vendor had arranged for me to be sent a replacement. It arrived with about ten days to spare, time and tide being what they are that equated to one and a bit  panicked visits to the range. 

I say ‘one and a bit’ as on the first outing the staff found the perimeter fence had been cut, which necessitated a cease fire order while the whole facility was searched, needless to say this took up most of our booking. Our non-refundable booking.

When I got my rig it came with a couple of cases of home loads which proved to be accurate at 100 and 200 yards, so pressed for time, I duplicated them. 140 SST’s sitting long in the case and right at the bottom of the charge table, hindsight is a wonderful thing, a hotter load with a flatter trajectory may also prove to be a wonderful thing out at 1210m.   

Amateurish I know, ‘schoolboy error’ I hear you say, but OMR was not to be out done. On our return from Norway within a couple of weeks he’s sold most of his battery and bought himself a very handy Ruger Precision in 6.5CM which, being a fair bit lighter than the Tiktac, looks just the ticket for these competitions. I only mention this as it’s the dawn come to cast out the mordor-ish  shadow of the strategy he employed during the actual competition. Although he owned some highly accurate stalking rifles, just like the rest of us there are slots in the battery that are filled by rifles bought on a whim. In his case it was a Steyr Pro in .260 that would more honestly be marketed as the Steyr Flex-O-matic. Its nasty plastic stock distorts if you tighten the action screws, it wobbles if you don’t, several people claimed to be able to see the barrel whipping from side to side like a tuning fork. Perhaps remembering Thomas’ video where Thomas felt that a ten round magazine would give the shooter an advantage on several of the stages, OMR brought the Flex-O. A decision he was to regret. Frequently. 



I’ve never traveled internationally with a firearm before so its with some trepidation that i rock up at Gatwick Airport, at OMR’s instance, four hours early, I’ve got my pack and a Peli 1750 with my rifle in it. Which probably weighs as much as my ex wife. 
That morning in Gatwick airport it dawns on me that I’d not prepared an opening gambit, walking up to a woman you’ve never met before, in an airport, and saying “I have a gun” is frowned upon pretty much everywhere. I decide to go with the euphemism ‘sporting goods’ 
I’ve now got the massive rifle case and fairly substantial pack balanced on an airport trolly, buffeting other passengers aside, I make it over to the woman organising the queue, and enquire where I should be.
“Gun?”
‘Yes it is’
“Have you got a licence for it?” 
‘Yes and I brought it with me otherwise I’m in a fair amount of trouble’, 
“Just go and stand over there babe’ 

OMR arrives before the armed response team and we wait together. The next woman gesticulates calling us to her desk, “Sporting goods to Oslo? “ She seems genuinely delighted to have something out of the ordinary to do and having drawn a blank over the phone leaves us at the desk to make procedural enquires in person. She in turn hands us to a fella who also seems nonplussed by this freak event, he goes off, he comes back and he goes off.

You need a European Firearms Pass to travel in Europe with your guns, but not to return [we’ll come to that later], Of course Norway was in the EU, but left. Being the pragmatic sorts that they are, and having long, permeable land borders with both Sweden and Finland [both still in the EU] they kept the simplified traveling-with-guns process. If you have an EU firearms pass you just walk through Nothing To Declare channel. If you don’t you need to be issued a temporary pass at the airport. 

Its fashionable to moan about our firearms licensing system but credit where credit’s due the Metropolitan Police turned around my request for a EU pass in less than a week. 
OMR’s force seemed to mistake ‘issue’ with ‘grant’ and had to be reminded of their service obligation by the NRA’s legal team. Whatever Brexit ends up meaning, if you have even the vaguest intention of traveling in Europe you’d be wise to get one issued, they’re free, and existing passes will probably be grandfathered in. People without EU passes will need a day off at each end of the trip to complete all the forms. 

Flying with firearms is notoriously a hassle, Ryan Air, my carrier of last resort, won’t even let you take a bow and arrows. Perhaps because Norway is a long country and the roads are clogged with Moose the national carrier almost expects you to have your rife with you. To fly with your firearm on Norwegen Air its £30 each way in advance or £60 on the day. OMR had spent much of the previous day on the phone forlornly trying to pay. Norwegen Air’s london office wouldn’t accept payment as the tickets had been sold by a third party, the seller wouldn’t accept payment as the request had Guns in the the title. 

The morning is ticking by. I’m putting a brave face on the growing sense of urgency. OMR isn’t keen on travel at the best of times. We’ve been passed from pillar to post. Eventually we meet with a nice man from Border Farce in a side office who makes a cursory inspection of our toys. We’ve handed over our rifles and ammo and he’s recorded us, and our rifle’s serial numbers in a ledger the trip is firmly in the lap of the old norse gods. We could arrive as competitors, or as observers awaiting compensation with a lot of explaining to do. The UK licensing authority takes an extremely dim view of allowing others to lose your rifle and ammo. 
In the excitement no one has extended their enquires as to how to charge us. So far so cheap. 

There are two sorts of english people at airports. Glam people and bus people. The glam people who seem to imagine there’s still something glamorous about air travel; they have their hair done, they dress up in their designer duds, and many of them spend time in an orangeification booth, all in a futile attempt to pass themselves off as classy international travellers. Like a horrible parody of what a poor person imagines a rich person looks like. Europe’s low cost airlines are often somewhere between the bus and the train in price, once out of earshot the staff will refer you and your loved ones as ‘the mud people’. Its all about as glamorous as a picnic in a supermarket carpark.  On Team Bus we bring our own grub and only travel with hand luggage. 

Gatwick is a horrible place and the airport its low point. The GBP [great british public] has little great about them. As usual its full of wildly over dressed women accompanied by their moody aggressive spouses, teenage girls with those handbags that cost as much as a pelican rifle case, dribbling children being towed along on garish suitcases by overwrought parents. Probably a hub for air rage. Defiantly a hub for bad skin. 
My usually solution would be to put a few away, but its still a bit early for more than a cursory Gin & Tonic, so we have breakfast instead. There’s a ‘spoons’. We have burgers. I have vague memories of OMR only eating plain food. He has his burger with nothing, just a patty and a bun, so plain that the barman says ‘mine are the same, kids can be so fussy, I bet next week they’ll want it with chilli sauce’.
Feeling a rush of bonhomie I ask the barman ‘Can i  have his pickles on mine? “This is the spoons mate, it’s not like we have real chefs”.

A couple of three hours later Oslo airport is everything you might expect it to be; spotless, made of laminated birch, and populated mainly by calm attractive tall people. The food stands look to be about he same standard as the hipster bars of hackney, the seating looks like it won a design award, the litter bins look like they came second. Here, to our consternation, the system breaks down momentarily. Our rifles need to be checked out of customs, then in again and the stop over will be conducted against the clock. 
Some speedy wombling later.  At the far end of the concourse we find a baggage guy who restores order, and we head upstairs to the check in for the next leg of the journey. 
Pillar-to-post begins again.  At the second counter we’re sent to the woman in charge gives us the cold one and asks why we haven’t paid, resisting the urge to haggle I offer to pay and we’re indignantly told she won’t be accepting payment, in retrospect this may have been some kind of super-dry Norwegian joke, we’re sent back the way we’ve come to see yet another chica check in, where we re-tell the story of our needs, convey our growing sense of urgency, and general mystification. An unexpected, yet welcome, “But why should you pay?” later our bags are checked and once again we really do seem to be £120 up on the morning. 

Leaving the unexpected delights of Oslo Airport behind we’re off the ground and on route.
From the air Norway looks like a archipelago of little blue-grey islands set in a narrow green sea,
We touch down on a small airport surrounded by snow covered peaks. Being Norwegians there’s none of the tedious pushing and grumbling you get when a plane full of English people arrives in Spain. So disembarking takes half the time. 
We wait by a luggage carousel so small you’d wonder why they bothered. Bardufoss airport serves some far flung military outpost where very young soldiers are sent to feel home-sick, and there are soldiers of both sexes, still in uniform, leaving for their holidays. One of them, as evidenced by his name tags, is literally called THOR. 
How Viking is that?

To say the Viking Rifle Series appeared bemused by our entry would be an understatement. But as competitors from Poland and Belgium all seemed to manage it, perhaps it was just us? 
We  registered in plenty of time, we’re offered places a while later, tried to pay but the transfer service didn’t like paying to accounts held in two names. Thomas kindly made a call on our behalf and the match director helped us with registration and promised to send someone to pick us up.


A Tall fella in outdoor dungarees and a thousand yard stare meets us at the airport, outdoor dungarees are more a sign of the outdoorsman than camo ever is, and when they’re patched with different ages and colours of patches you know he’s spent a few days afield. I mention this as you’ll meet him again later. He’s our driver, and a bit of a wag. He has that great northern thing where its still played for laughs, but delivered totally deadpan. For example this was his opening gambit. Delivered from behind a thousand yard stare

So what are your first impressions?
SBW: Its very beautiful, you’re all very tall, and the wit is very served dry
So I’m a cliche? 

He drops us off in town and we spend a sunlit expensive night in a very tolerable hotel. Overcome with excitement I buy a beer, just a can of beer. 100 NK or a tenner! Its not even a nice beer. One of the kids working the hotel’s night shift has lived in london, he rubs it in by reminding me a tenner is dinner two in The ‘Spoons.

For readers overseas: ‘The Spoons’ is a pub chain called JD Wetherspoons, where large commercial spaces like car showrooms, are repurposed into giant soulless pubs selling very cheap food and drink. Open from 8am they are both a cheap place to have breakfast, and perform the role that drop-in centres used to, for care-in-the-community types before austerity cut the funding. You’re very likely to be accosted by half hearted beggars on the doorstep, bags of shop-lifted steaks may be offered for sale, and its not unknown to find the staff crying in the toilets. I despise the owner, his childish politics and the way he treats his staff. But principles are for rich people, its a fine breakfast that comes with endless refills of Lavazza. For a fiver. I cant stay out of the place. 

Next time I’m in Bardufoss I’ll probably have transport and get an Air BnB as there are some really nice looking places on offer just outside town, but the hotel was fine, spectacular water pressure and flow rate in the shower, a firm supportive bed, and blackout curtains worthy of the name. I slept like a log. OMR tells me his nights sleep was stolen from him by horrendous snoring like a banjo duel played on chainsaws, cant say I heard it, must have slept though it. 

At Hotel Bardufoss they lay on a truly spectacular breakfast buffet, determined to claw back the tenner for that beer I shovel down breakfast in every European tradition: fruit course, cold cuts, muesli, yogurts [plural], fried things, and eggs a plenty. 

OMR has toast. Just plain toast. I knock up a few rounds of sandwiches for later.  

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Featured catchment series: The Rio Vauz catchment – long-term hydrologic observations in the Dolomites

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Dolomitic landscapes are characterized by vertical rock cliffs and soil-mantled hillslopes originated from glacial or colluvial deposits, which hide a complex subsurface aquifer due to the permeability of the dolomitic rocks. To improve the understanding of the hydrological functioning of such complex hydrogeological systems, the hydrology group of the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Padua (Italy) equipped in 2005 an experimental high-elevation catchment, the Rio Vauz Catchment (RVC, 1.9 km2), in the Dolomites, eastern Italian Alps. The location was chosen at a site considered representative of the geology, topography, and soil characteristics of the Dolomitic area. Since then, research conducted in the RVC helped to shed new light on runoff generation processes in snow-dominated headwater catchments. What are the main characteristics of the Rio Vauz Catchment? The RVC has elevations ranging between 1847 m and 3152 m a.s.l.. Mean annual precipitation is 1220 mm/yr (49% falls as snow), and average monthly temperatures have a minimum of -5.7 °C in January and a maximum of 14.1 °C in July. The high elevation and the location in the central Alps determine that streamflow is mainly sustained by snowmelt and summer storm events. Land cover consists of subvertical Dolomitic rock cliffs in the upper part of the catchment, while grassland, sparse Norway spruces and European larches are typical of elevations lower than 2200 m a.s.l.. Lithology mainly consists of Triassic calcareous rocks, with stratified and deformed dolomite rocks. The complex geomorphology of the area determines the presence of two main superposed carbonate aquifers, and minor aquifers formed by scree slopes, alluvial and colluvial deposits. Within RVC, four subcatchments were instrumented for hydrometeorological monitoring: two rocky subcatchments representative of the upper part, Channel A (ChA) and Channel B (ChB), and two subcathments in the mid-lower part covered by grassland and sparse trees, Bridge Creek Catchment (BCC) and Larch Creek Catchment (LCC). ChA, ChB and BCC have similar catchment areas (about 0.1 km2), while LCC is much smaller (0.03 km2). ChA and ChB are very steep and have <1% soil cover, while BCC and LCC are soil-mantled catchments with steep hillslopes, a distinct riparian zone and saturated areas. In the lower part of RVC, cambisols with mull are the prevailing soil types, while soil texture is dominated by clay (up to 73% in the soil profile) and has a small fraction of silt (16-28%) and sand (3-25%). Hydrometeorological monitoring Precipitation is measured by non-heated tipping buckets mainly from May to October at different locations with approximately one rain gauge installed per subcatchment in BCC, ChB and RVC. In addition, rainfall data are integrated with year round measurements of precipitation (by heated rain gauges) and air temperature taking place at two weather stations operated by the Agency for Environmental Protection of the Veneto Region. Water stage level is monitored by pressure transducers at BCC and ChA, while pressure transducers at the outlets of LCC, ChB and RVC were active until autumn 2013, 2016 and 2018, respectively. V-notch weirs are installed at the outlet of BCC and LCC, where water level is converted to streamflow. To understand the role of topography on the spatial and temporal variability of soil moisture, measurements of soil moisture integrated over different depths were carried out daily for one month during summers 2005, 2006 and 2007 at several locations on two hillslopes at BCC and one hillslope downstream the BCC outlet. Continuous soil moisture measurements were also carried out at different locations at LCC in years 2007-2009 and at BCC in years 2005-2006 and 2010-2013 to analyze the role of soil moisture on runoff generation. Shallow groundwater was monitored at both LCC and BCC by several piezometers installed to a depth-to-refusal. At BCC, piezometers were installed on two hillslopes in years 2008-2010 and along three transversal transects (hillslope-riparian-hillslope) in the lower part of the catchment in years 2011-2013. Data from piezometers located in the two hillslopes were used to determine the role of topography, soil depth and shape of the hillslopes in the spatio-temporal variability of shallow subsurface flow generation. Depths to water table data from LCC and the hillslope-riparian-hillslope transects in BCC were also used to quantify subsurface connectivity by a graph-theory approach and to study the effects of rainfall-runoff events and topographic characteristics on connectivity. Starting from 2010, the hydrometric measurements were integrated with the tracer monitoring (by stable isotopes of water, 2H and 18O, electrical conductivity, and major ions) with the aim of identifying and quantifying streamflow components and inferring runoff flow paths. Samples were collected from different water sources at BCC and lower RVC (2010-ongoing), ChA, ChB and upper RVC (2011-2013). Water samples were collected from rainfall, fresh snow, snowpack, snowmelt, soil water, shallow groundwater, spring water, stream water during baseflow, and selected rainfall-runoff and snowmelt-runoff events. Current understanding of hydrological processes The experimental research activities carried out in RVC and its subcatchments have provided new insights into the hydrological functioning of Dolomitic headwater catchments. Our findings can be summarized as: Soil water and shallow groundwater are the dominant end members in the soil-mantled subcatchments, whereas rainfall and snowmelt play a more direct role on stream runoff and spring water in the upper rocky areas of RVC. There is a likely presence of a smaller and faster aquifer in the upper part of the catchment, and a deep and slow subsurface flow component in the lower part, responsible for stronger hydrochemical interactions between shallow subsurface water and soil. The main processes generating streamflow in the soil-mantled subcatchments of RVC, as BCC, where topography is characterized by steep slopes and a narrow riparian zone, include direct channel precipitation, saturation overland flow from the riparian zone, and shallow subsurface flow from the riparian zone and the hillslopes. In the lower RVC, during dry antecedent moisture conditions, shallow subsurface flow develops mainly in the riparian zone, with no or negligible response of hillslope groundwater. This results in low stormflow volumes, and small fractions of event water in the stream. During large rainfall events or snowmelt events at the peak melting season, overland flow develops on the entire riparian zone, resulting in higher contributions of event water to the stream compared to dry conditions. Shallow subsurface flow develops in an increasing number of riparian and hillslope locations, as shown by the activation of piezometers, and above a certain threshold a larger area of the catchment contributes to streamflow, leading to a greater runoff production. Open research questions and future research Despite the long-term observations, there are still many aspects that need to be investigated in RVC. For instance, future research should aim to comprehend: the controls on the high spatial variability of the tracer signature of shallow groundwater and, the role of spatially-variable shallow subsurface flow in different areas of the catchment at different temporal scales; the role of rain-on-snow events on the hydrological response of the catchment; the role of snowmelt on groundwater recharge and storage at annual time scales; the interplay of hydrogeological controls that determine the connectivity network, regulate water flows and link different aquifers; the spatial distribution of transit times and their role in governing subsurface water movements. All these issues can be more effectively addressed by coupling experimental (e.g., by multi-tracer tests at high temporal resolution) and modelling approaches that can offer a better overview on the observed processes. This can help to unravel the intrinsic heterogeneity of Dolomitic areas, and to provide a more detailed overall perspective on the hydrological functioning of mountain headwater catchments. Furthermore, deepening our knowledge of hydrological processes in a snowmelt-dominated catchment, such as RVC, represents an important challenge in the effort of counteracting possible consequences of climate change (e.g., more frequent winter droughts) on water resources in Alpine areas. If you got interested, do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a field visit and/or start a collaboration in a high-elevation Dolomitic catchment!  
          

Full: Strange Connections, Dec 11

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Three duets span global performance practices. Movement artist and storyteller Leonard Pitt and composer, performer, and instrument inventor Paul Dresher perform together for the first time since 1983, creating a new work. Sarod player Manik Khan, son of Ali Akbar Khan, is joined by tabla player Sudhakar Vaidyanathan to perform Indian classical music. And dancer Tandy Beal performs two new works accompanied by her husband, composer Jon Scoville.

In 1981, Paul Dresher and Leonard Pitt were founding members of George Coates Performance Works, with whom they toured internationally and collaborated on The Way of How (1981) and are are (1983). Pitt and Dresher share a deep involvement with the performing arts of Indonesia, having met in 1974 while studying at the Center for World Music.

Manik Khan, the youngest son of Ali Akbar Khan, started his training on the sarod at the age of thirteen. With his brother Alam, he teaches at the Ali Akbar College of Music to preserve the family’s legacy, which dates back to the court of Emperor Akbar in the sixteenth century. Sudhakar Vaidyanathan began his training in tabla under Shri Satish Tare at the age of eight, and continues to study tabla under the guidance of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He has played at Davies Symphony Hall and across the Bay Area.

Tandy Beal, “a choreographer of taste and intelligence . . . with a sure sense of theater” (New York Times), began her career touring worldwide with Alwin Nikolais Dance Theatre, performing off Broadway, and appearing as a guest with Bobby McFerrin, with whom she has worked for over thirty years. In addition, Beal served as artistic director for the Moscow Circus in Japan for two years and for the Pickle Family Circus for ten years. Jon Scoville’s scores have been commissioned by Oakland Ballet, Høvik Ballet (Norway), Compagnie Hors Taxes (Paris), Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Armazém Companha de Teatro in Rio de Janeiro, and others. Scoville is a recipient of a California Arts Council Composer’s Fellowship and grants from the Salt Lake Arts Commission and Santa Cruz Arts Council.
          

Tinder may not actually be very good for finding a partner

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A survey of Tinder users in Norway suggests that half don’t connect with their matches in the real world. Even fewer meet someone keen on a long-term relationship
          

Randomised controlled trial showed that neonates received better pain relief from a higher dose of sucrose during venepuncture.

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Randomised controlled trial showed that neonates received better pain relief from a higher dose of sucrose during venepuncture.

Acta Paediatr. 2018 12;107(12):2071-2078

Authors: Kristoffersen L, Malahleha M, Duze Z, Tegnander E, Kapongo N, Støen R, Follestad T, Eik-Nes SH, Bergseng H

Abstract
AIM: We compared the effect of two different doses of sucrose on neonatal pain scores during venepuncture.
METHODS: This randomised crossover study focused on neonates born weighing more than 1000 g from December 2014 to June 2016, who received neonatal intensive care at two hospitals: one in Empangeni, South Africa, and one in Trondheim, Norway. During two consecutive venepuncture procedures, 27 neonates from South Africa and 26 neonates from Norway were randomised to receive 0.2 mL or 0.5 mL sucrose. Half was administered two minutes before venepuncture and the rest immediately before the procedure. South Africa used 25% sucrose and Norway 24%. Pain scores were measured twice using the Premature Infant Pain Profile-Revised: during skin puncture and after the needle was removed.
RESULTS: The mean pain scores during skin puncture were significantly lower with 0.5 mL sucrose than with 0.2 mL (5.3 versus 6.8, p=0.008), but the mean pain scores after the needle was removed were similar with both doses (4.7 versus 5.4, p=0.29). We found no significant association between weight and pain scores.
CONCLUSION: We showed that neonates received better pain relief from 0.5 mL than 0.2 mL sucrose during venepuncture but not after the needle was removed.

PMID: 30188590 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


          

Instagrammers love this iconic spot, but there’s something they don’t want you to see

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The beauty and remoteness of Norway’s Trolltunga made it a social media sensation. But few travelers share what’s happening behind the scenes. Join The Online Wealth University Large, Active, Exciting Community. Like Minded Wealth Creators
          

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival unveils programming for 2020 event

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Lineup includes major premieres by local companies like Electric Theatre Company, Wen Wei Dance, and Savage Society, and work from as far away as South Korea, Norway, and Australia
          

Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders at Scandinavia House

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On Thursday, December 5, starting at 7 PM, director Hans Petter Moland and actor Liam Neeson will present a screening of Out Stealing Horses, this year’s contender from Norway for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. Liam Neeson, […]

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OMV Sustainability Newsletter Out Now

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Sustainable development in and around our operations is a key focus to OMV. In addition to our efforts in improving our sustainability performance and people’s wellbeing in our operations, we also invest in sustainable development solutions for society and neighboring communities. This newsletter summarizes our recent sustainability progress.

OMV strengthened cooperation with VERBUND for renewable energy options in Austria

OMV and VERBUND first joint project will be to build Austria's largest photovoltaic plant.

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OMV with Snam and TAG started exploring potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria

Gas is the most immediate solution for reducing pollution from fine dust and CO2 emissions from light and heavy transportation. The MoU with with Snam and TAG lays out the intention to jointly explore potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria.

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OMV remained the only Austrian company listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

For the second year in a row, OMV has entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and is still the sole Austrian company included.

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Did you know?
All greenhouse gas reduction projects implemented in OMV's operations since 2009 have delivered a total reduction of 1.7 mn t CO2 equivalent. This equals removing 850,000 cars from Austrian streets. 

OMV's recent achievements in social and community investments:

EUR 4 mn committed to more energy efficient public buildings in Romania

More energy efficient buildings can lower Europe’s CO2 emissions. In Romania, OMV Petrom endorsed “Romania Eficienta”, a national four year programme for raising awareness and financing deep renovation for efficiency of public buildings.

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Raised public awareness on circular waste management in Romania and Norway

In Romania, our community investments raised awareness among over 4200 people about recycling and valorization of domestic waste. In Norway, we collected ocean waste for local recycling together with the organization “Clean Shores”.

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Funded 11 innovations for sustainable development in Romania

OMV Petrom funded 11 innovations with EUR 0.5 mn in seed funding contributing to e.g. increasing access to education in remote communities and improving the recovery and integration of children with autism through virtual reality.

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Raised capacity of local suppliers in Yemen

In Yemen, we organized a supplier workshop to enhance our local content outreach. 27 local companies were introduced to OMV's tendering procedures, the importance of HSSE & CSR, current local contractors’ performance, and ways to improve. 

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Launched an entrepreneurship challenge in Tunisia

As part of Nawara Project community investments we launched a Program of Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training – the “TAHADDI” Program. TAHADDI is Arabic for “challenge”. This programme aims to offer subcontractors’ demobilized workers’, as well as the unemployed community members of Tataouine, a path to alternative employment or self-employment. 100 beneficiaries will benefit from entrepreneurship training, seed money, and post-business creation coaching. Another 60 will be able to participate in certified trainings in domestic gas installation, or scaffolding (pictured).

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    Seventh round draft choice signed back

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    If you’re on the west coast in Norway, you scar your ‘R’s in the back of your throat.I’m a positive person by nature and I […]
              

    Horten Upper Secondary School / LINK arkitektur

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    The Archive Exhibition / GK1 Architecture - Oslo School of Architecture and Design

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    Secondary School Sauland / PPAG architects + Helen & Hard

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    Re: Bond 25 SPOILER news

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    Bond_James_Bond wrote:

    Here it is it.
    Confirmation of the trailer dropping on Wednesday 4th December.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMrGxC60vzk

    Wow.

    I agree with Shatterfang, the final shot is likely from the Norway winter villa scene.

    It looks like I got a couple of things right about my trailer speculation, Paloma in Cuba, Russia car chase and Matera all make appearances. My guess about the opening shot of Bond with injuries to his face looking down, as maybe a garage door is opening, is that is when he gets the Vantage in the third act.

    And Nomi isn't in the Valhalla, the shape of the car isn't right. A right hand drive DBS Superleggera is my guess.


              

    Re: Bond 25 SPOILER news

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    Teaser has dropped.

    Distorted mask man at the end of the teaser bares resemblance to the mask guy that attacks young Madeleine in Norway. I think the jacket is the same.


              

    One 'seriously injured' as probe opens into Heimdal blast

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    Other of two injured in gas container explosion on board Equinor-operated facility off Norway also receiving treatment
              

    Archaeologists host public working day

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    Poverty Point World Heritage Site invites visitors to see some exciting archaeological work on Saturday, Nov. 30. 

    Archaeologists from Norway, Minnesota, and Poverty Point are collaborating on cutting-edge research at Poverty Point World Heritage Site during the last week of November. This research will use high-resolution 3-D ground penetrating radar technology to explore the plaza area of the site without disturbing the ground. The public is invited to see the 3-D GPR in action, to talk with archaeologists about this and other research at the park, and perhaps to learn some of the preliminary results.

    The central plaza was an important part of the Poverty Point earthworks, featuring numerous post circles and an elevated area called the West Plaza Rise. Not much is known about the creation and significance of the West Plaza Rise and that is why it is the focus of this investigation. The 3-D GPR study was made possible with support from the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the Advocates for Poverty Point, and the Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations Program. The SPARC Program is based at Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas and is funded by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (Award #1822110 and #1822107).

    Poverty Point World Heritage Site offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience and learn about the earthworks and those individuals who raised them from the ground between the years of 1700 and 1100 BCE. 

    The $4 admission fee provides access to the museum, film theatre, hiking trail, driving tour, seasonal tram tour, and interpretive events. Children (3 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free of charge.

    Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on LA 577. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 888.926.5292 toll free or 926.5492 locally or follow Poverty Point World Heritage Site on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/Poverty-Point-World-Heritage-Site-149848475075853>.

     


              

    No thoroughfare to specific road

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    How can I specify that a certain road is not to be used as a thoroughfare to reach another specific road? In Norway there are signs prohibiting cars from using a road as a short-cut to another road(usually a small road through a residential area leading to a major road). I cannot use "access=designated" since the road can be used for all other destinations except that specific road. I have tried to illustrate this with a drawingalt text. A car from the bottom passes a sign indicating that it cannot not continue to the major road(in red) but is allowed to take any of the blue roads. People living in that area(past the sign) are allowed to drive onto the red road.


              

    Portugal, France and Germany in Euro 2020 super group

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    Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group E.
    Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group E.

    BUCHAREST, Saturday - Defending champions Portugal and the last two world champions, France and Germany, were thrown together in what German coach Joachim Loew described as the group of death following a lop-sided and complicated Euro 2020 draw on Saturday.

    England were drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final while other favourites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament which will be played in 12 different countries across the region.

    The clear pick of the six first round pools was Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, which pitted France, Portugal and Germany, plus the winners of either playoff A or D. However, the sting was slightly taken away by the format which allows four of the six third-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds while France were one of the second seeds.

    “This is a group of death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be huge challenge but also a big motivation.”

    England and Croatia, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 win in Moscow last year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the winners of playoff C - either Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Israel.

    The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16 while the second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runners-up - potentially an easier match.

    The Group will be played in London - host for the semi-finals and final - and Glasgow.

    Other favourites were given a much easier-looking ride.

    Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku.

    “We have a slight advantage by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favourites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.

    Euro 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, who will jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B - either Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland or Northern Ireland.

    Belgium’s opponents in Group B will be Denmark and Russia -who are both host nations - and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup. The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, were pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest.

    Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw

    “The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. “Portugal are in pot three because they didn’t win their group, and the winner of their group was Ukraine. And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.” – Agencies 

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    Dec 26, Norway: Second Day of Christmas

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    Several countries and regions around the world extend their public holidays for Christmas beyond 25th December. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.
              

    Jan 01, Norway: New Year's Day

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    New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel. For more information on this holiday, visit the link.
              

    Cadeau danniversaire Noir Geographical Norway - Blouson - Uni - Manches Longues - Femme UY386

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    The Rule of Law in a European Economic Area with National “Room for Manoeuvre”

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    The former president of the EFTA Court, Carl Baudenbacher, lashes out at more or less the entire Norwegian legal community in his attempt to explain how Norway’s social security authorities (‘NAV’) have come to misinterpret Regulation 883/2004 on the coordination of social security systems for years, and how public prosecutors, defence lawyers, judges, academics and the EFTA Surveillance Authority all failed to reveal this. This reply challenges his narrative and attempts to explain how use of the “room for manoeuvre” that EU/EEA law leaves to the national legislator can very well be combined with loyal fulfilment of EEA law obligations in an EEA based on the rule of law.
              

    Emerging science gives Norcod a path to further expansion

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    New science bolster's industrial-scale cod farming in Norway.
              

    Paper 1st anniversary gift or stocking filler for women: daisy flower with personalised message. by artangel

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    10.00 GBP

    A perfect 1st (paper) anniversary gift or stocking filler, this little acrylic bottle has a tiny paper daisy inside. Your personalised message can also be added to the tag tied around the bottle neck.

    The bottle has a tiny cork topper. Your message will be hand-written in black ink on a white tag, and tied around the bottle neck with white thread.

    The bottle measures approx. 4.5 cm x 1.7 cm and will arrive in a white organza bag, ready for gifting.

    Your message can be up to 25 characters.

    As this item is made to order, please allow 3 business days for your bottle to be made, in addition to postage time. Thank you!

    You can find more of my work here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/artangel***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

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    If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
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    Mistletoe Christmas ornament. Hand-painted decoration / wood bauble in green & white. by artangel

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    6.00 GBP

    A hand painted wooden Christmas bauble with an unusual mistletoe design. In classic white and soft green, with a white satin ribbon hanger.

    The back of the bauble is plain white (shown in picture 4) and it measures approx. 4" (10 cm).

    You can see more of my work here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

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    Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

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    Saturday December 14th: UK

    PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
    If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
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    ***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

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    Christmas dinosaur ornament in gold, modern alternative party decoration or quirky home gift by artangel

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    10.00 GBP

    This gold dinosaur would be a great talking point in your Christmas decor, or makes the perfect gift for a dinosaur lover who wants to add a modern, alternative touch to their home!

    Free-standing, the dinosaur measures approx. 5 inches (12.5 cm) wide, and 4 inches (10 cm) tall.

    He is made of plastic and been hand-painted in metallic gold.

    You can browse the rest of my shop (including other dinosaurs!) here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel


    ***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

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    Monday, December 9th: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain

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    Dark teal blue and gold Christmas tree decorations. Stag's head ornaments / modern wood baubles. by artangel

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    9.00 GBP

    A set of 3 Christmas ornaments in deep teal blue and gold.

    Each ornament consists of a teal blue wooden bauble, topped with a gold wooden bauble with a laser cut stag's head.

    Hand-painted and perfect for a modern country, woodland or rustic scheme.

    Ornaments come with gold satin ribbon for hanging.

    Backs are plain teal blue (shown in picture 4).

    Size: Approx. 8 x 8 cm.

    You can see more of my work here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

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    ***LAST RECOMMENDED ORDER DATES CHRISTMAS 2019***

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    Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

    Sunday December 15th: UK

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    Fun Christmas decor, gold dinosaur ornament, dino lover gift by artangel

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    10.00 GBP

    A fun dinosaur Christmas ornament, made from plastic and painted in metallic gold.

    He measures approx. 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) wide, and 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall.

    Free standing and can be displayed on a table, shelf, bookcase etc.

    You can see more of my shop (including other dinosaur options!) here - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artangel


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    Monday, December 2nd: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East

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    Wednesday, December 11th: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg

    Saturday December 14th: UK

    PLEASE NOTE: the above dates apply to non-personalised items. If your item requires personalisation please allow additional time (as detailed in the listing) for it to be made for you.
    If you need you item quickly, please contact me to discuss options for priority shipping.
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    OMV Sustainability Newsletter Out Now

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    Sustainable development in and around our operations is a key focus to OMV. In addition to our efforts in improving our sustainability performance and people’s wellbeing in our operations, we also invest in sustainable development solutions for society and neighboring communities. This newsletter summarizes our recent sustainability progress.

    OMV strengthened cooperation with VERBUND for renewable energy options in Austria

    OMV and VERBUND first joint project will be to build Austria's largest photovoltaic plant.

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    OMV with Snam and TAG started exploring potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria

    Gas is the most immediate solution for reducing pollution from fine dust and CO2 emissions from light and heavy transportation. The MoU with with Snam and TAG lays out the intention to jointly explore potential opportunities in the field of sustainable LNG mobility in Austria.

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    OMV remained the only Austrian company listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

    For the second year in a row, OMV has entered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and is still the sole Austrian company included.

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    Did you know?
    All greenhouse gas reduction projects implemented in OMV's operations since 2009 have delivered a total reduction of 1.7 mn t CO2 equivalent. This equals removing 850,000 cars from Austrian streets. 

    OMV's recent achievements in social and community investments:

    EUR 4 mn committed to more energy efficient public buildings in Romania

    More energy efficient buildings can lower Europe’s CO2 emissions. In Romania, OMV Petrom endorsed “Romania Eficienta”, a national four year programme for raising awareness and financing deep renovation for efficiency of public buildings.

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    Raised public awareness on circular waste management in Romania and Norway

    In Romania, our community investments raised awareness among over 4200 people about recycling and valorization of domestic waste. In Norway, we collected ocean waste for local recycling together with the organization “Clean Shores”.

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    Funded 11 innovations for sustainable development in Romania

    OMV Petrom funded 11 innovations with EUR 0.5 mn in seed funding contributing to e.g. increasing access to education in remote communities and improving the recovery and integration of children with autism through virtual reality.

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    Raised capacity of local suppliers in Yemen

    In Yemen, we organized a supplier workshop to enhance our local content outreach. 27 local companies were introduced to OMV's tendering procedures, the importance of HSSE & CSR, current local contractors’ performance, and ways to improve. 

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    Launched an entrepreneurship challenge in Tunisia

    As part of Nawara Project community investments we launched a Program of Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training – the “TAHADDI” Program. TAHADDI is Arabic for “challenge”. This programme aims to offer subcontractors’ demobilized workers’, as well as the unemployed community members of Tataouine, a path to alternative employment or self-employment. 100 beneficiaries will benefit from entrepreneurship training, seed money, and post-business creation coaching. Another 60 will be able to participate in certified trainings in domestic gas installation, or scaffolding (pictured).

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    Besputin vs. Butaev and Cecilia Braekhus Fight Previews

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    By Rich Lopez

    Boxing action will pick up right after Thanksgiving and DAZN will have a live card in store on Saturday. Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing will host a card at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, in Monaco, Monte Carlo. The fight card will feature a pair of undefeated welterweights fighting for a vacant title. In addition, the world’s best female fighter Cecilia Braekhus is back, Hughie Fury returns, and other undefeated prospects will be featured.


    Photo Credit: WBA Boxing Twitter Account

    The main event will be for the vacant WBA Welterweight title and it will be a battle of the undefeated Russians. Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KO’s) will face off with Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KO’s). Radzhab “The Python” Butaev, who now fights out of Brooklyn, New York was an outstanding amateur with a reported record of 453-9. He started as a professional in 2016 and the 25 year old has climbed up the rankings rapidly. Within the last year, he has beaten fighters such as: Ramses Agaton, Lanardo Tyner, and Silverio Ortiz. Butaev has punching power and always looks for the knockout. His opponent, Alexander Besputin was an outstanding amateur as well with a reported record of 300-15. He started professional in 2015 and has been fighting out of Oxnard, California.

    Besputin has climbed the rankings quick and has beaten fighters such as: Juan Carlos Abreu, Saul Corral, and Breidis Prescott. The 28 year old southpaw also has power and looks for the knockout. As you can see both fighters are nearly identical which makes for a good pick’em fight. Manny Pacquiao is the “Super” WBA World Welterweight Champion and the two Russians are fighting for the regular WBA Welterweight title. Yes the belt situation does not make any sense. However, we should look at the Butaev vs Besputin fight as an exciting fight between two upcoming stars in the welterweight division.

    The co-feature will showcase the return of Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, who is considered the world’s best female fighter today. Why is she the best female fighter? Braekhus (35-0, 9 KO’s) of Norway, has been boxing professionally for twelve years and has been a world champion for ten of those years. She won the vacant WBC and WBA World Female Welterweight titles in 2009 by defeating Vinni Skovgaard. Then she won the WBO title in 2010 by defeating Victoria Cisneros. Later on she became the undisputed champion when she added the IBF title in 2014 by defeating Ivana Habazin. To sum it up, she has made 22 defenses of the WBA title, 23 defenses of the WBC title, 20 defenses of the WBO title, and 8 defenses of the IBF title. More than half of her pro fights were championship fights and she is not stopping yet. Braekhus is also considered one of the best technical fighters in women’s boxing. Braekhus has been off almost for a whole year since her last fight on HBO’s final telecast. The 38 year old will be taking on Victoria Noelia Bustos (19-5) of Argentina. Bustos will try to pull the upset but will be at a disadvantage as she is moving up from the super lightweight to the welterweight division. Bustos most recently lost to Katie Taylor last year but bounced back with a win back in December of 2018.
    Also on the undercard will be undefeated Chinese heavyweight Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (20-0, 16 KO’s). Zhang has a good amateur background and was a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the super heavyweight division. He also competed in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Zhang has been inactive and his last fight was in September of last year. He will be stepping up in competition as he faces late replacement Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KO’s) of Ukraine. Zhang will need to be impressive if he wants to remain a force in the heavyweight division.

    Also in the heavyweight division, Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KO’s) of United Kingdom is back in action less than three months from his last fight. Like his cousin Tyson Fury, Hughie would like to make a name for himself in the heavyweight division. He has been a solid pro for six years but has come up short when stepping up in competition. In his last fight, he lost a unanimous decision against Alexander Povetkin. Fury will take on Pavel Sour (11-2, 6 KO’s) of the Czech Republic to stay busy and try to set himself up for another big fight.
    Also on the card will be 2016 Olympian super featherweight Joe Cordina (10-0, 7 KO’s) of Wales. Since turning pro in 2017, Cordina has kept a busy schedule and will look to continue his winning ways. Cordina will face his biggest test up to date as he will face off with Mario Enrique Tinoco (18-5-4, 13 KO’s) of Mexico. Most notably, Tinoco stopped the British prospect Jordan Gill last year in an upset. They will battle for the vacant WBA Continental Super Featherweight title.

    Also Olympian Thulasi “Tiger” Tharumalingam (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Germany, will be featured on the card. Thulasi was the first Qatari boxer to compete in the Olympic Games. The super welterweight fighter will look to shine and stay undefeated.

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    Norwegian S20 Norway short-haul frequency expansion

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    Norwegian in November 2019 announced planned frequency increase on a number of short-haul routes from Norway, including Bergen (Routes Europe 2020 Host City), Oslo and Stavanger.

    Norwegian Air International (D8) and Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY) operating:
    Bergen – Alicante eff 29MAR20 Increase from 4 to 7 weekly (1 of 7 weekly operated by DY)
    Stavanger...


              

    Red Cross Takes to Blockchain to Boost Economy in Third World Countries

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    Red Cross Takes to Blockchain to Boost Economy in Third World Countries

    Red Cross societies of Norway, Denmark and Kenya launched blockchain-backed “local currencies” as a two-year scheme to mitigate the problems related to hard cash. Testing has already begun in Kenya and Ethiopia. The projects aim to reach 320,000 users in two years. In the rural areas of Kenya, the citizens face a very common problem …

    The post Red Cross Takes to Blockchain to Boost Economy in Third World Countries appeared first on BitcoinNews.com.


              

    December 2019

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    Showtimes 8 pm PST (11 pm EST) Tuesday and Friday Nights Wednesdays and Saturdays @ 1 PM (Tokyo and Seoul) https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ JOIN OUR LIVE STREAMS via (mostly) https://dlive.tv/WPRPN RECENT “RAW FEED” ARCHIVES – https://www.bitchute.com/channel/pirateradiopodcasts/     Friday, December 6th, 2019 (Episode #168) Norway’s Al B (3.0) Returning for his THIRD visit in as many years, […]
              

    Hamlet Matters

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    The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 30.521  Friday, 29 November 2019

     

    [1] From:        Aaron Azlant <aaron@azlant.net>

         Date:         November 27, 2019 at 3:25:09 PM EST

         Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Q1 Hamlet 

     

    [2] From:        Larry Weiss <larry@lweiss.net>

         Date:         November 27, 2019 at 3:36:35 PM EST

         Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Q1 Hamlet 

     

    [3] From:        John Briggs <john.briggs4@ntlworld.com>

         Date:         November 28, 2019 at 9:31:56 AM EST

         Subj:         Re: SHAKSPER: Q1 Hamlet 

     

    [4] From:        Brian Vickers <vickersbw@gmail.com>

         Date:         November 28, 2019 at 2:01:20 PM EST

         Subj:        “Polacks” or “Pole-axe”? 

     

     

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    From:        Aaron Azlant <aaron@azlant.net>

    Date:         November 27, 2019 at 3:25:09 PM EST

    Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Q1 Hamlet

     

    I, too, have appreciated and am thankful for the Q1 debate that has taken part on this list lo these many months.

     

    There are a few thematic through lines in Hamlet that might serve to help anchor the text, as it were. I’m indebted to three works here: On the Value of Hamlet by my former advisor, Stephen Booth, Up-dating Revenge Tragedy by Empson, and Shakespeare’s Language by Frank Kermode. 

     

    Empson begins with Shakespeare’s problem, which is one of genre. How do you take a boring old revenge tale full of clichés and make it interesting to a paying audience? Empson’s answer is that Shakespeare constantly breaks or inverts the genre clichés, which is correct, but perhaps not the full picture. 

     

    One thing that I’d wondered for a while is why Hamlet has so many doubles in it, even for a Shakespeare play. From “too, too solid flesh” to the repeated jokes about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, there are a lot of twos in the play, and these operate across all dimensions of the play in addition to the linguistic elements that Kermode identifies. Scenes rhyme with each other, characters double, actors may recur in parts that are related to one another, and so on. 

     

    My best guess for why this is is historic: Hamlet himself is a kind of historical double of Essex (dressed in black, staging a play as a political statement) and James (mother remarries fratricidal, usurping brother), both integral to the royal family and also the primary threat to their order. That tension, Shakespeare saw, could power a new kind of revenge tragedy. 

     

    The key to Hamlet is that it’s audience never gets to be wholly comfortable with where it stands; if there is a skeleton key to the play it’s that the moment by moment experience of the play is to the mind of an audience member as Hamlet is to the mind of Polonius. 

     

    The opening and closing moments of the play illustrate this point. Before Horatio has the opportunity to note that, like the audience, he has no frame of reference for what he is observing with the return of the ghost (like him, we expect a different threat, from Norway and not from the supernatural), we have watched two interchangeable figures confuse themselves to the point that it is the wrong sentry that challenges. When Fortinbras actually appears at the end of the play, it is to observe a violation of context (‘murder is acceptable on the battlefield, but not in the throne room’), and then to demonstrate the malleability of this exact context by having his soldiers use their guns to salute the royal family rather than execute them. 

     

    Also, don’t get me started about what’s going on in The Mousetrap. 

     

    My unprovable guess is that Shakespeare had thought long and hard about both his immediate and the general national political circumstance, and that his genius was to see how the various doublings and inversions, contextual breaking and other logical contortions inherent to it could be used in his art to reconfigure the experience of an audience sitting down to watch a revenge tragedy. 

     

    I’m happy to expand on this, though Booth does an excellent job, for instance, walking through how the ghost commands Hamlet both to revenge his murder and also to leave Gertrude to a Christian heaven; similarly, Horatio offers, generously, to commit suicide in the Roman style before sending Hamlet off to be escorted to heaven by flights of angels (in language that mimics the “to be or not to be” speech, which hinges partly on sleep being analogous both to life and to death). See also: Empson, who has a great observation of how every major speech in the play occurs wildly out of plot context (and, if I could add: these also exemplify the doubling theme: nether a borrower nor a lender, to be or not to be, my crown or my soul, this picture and on this, etc.)

     

    This, I think, is the general framework that Hamlet might be considered in, and if I can be bold enough, may be reasonably close to the authorial intention of the play. I have no idea whatsoever whether this model helps to illuminate any of the local debates about Q1. I hope that everybody on this list has a great holiday week. 

     

    -Aaron

     

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    From:        Larry Weiss <larry@lweiss.net>

    Date:         November 27, 2019 at 3:36:35 PM EST

    Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Q1 Hamlet

     

    I join Ron Rosenbaum in thanking Hardy and Stephanie for their heroic efforts in editing and bringing us this forum. The invitation which appears at the foot of every issue to support SHAKSPER with a donation seems pertinent.

     

    I also concur with Ron in his encouragement of debating Shakespeare’s meaning(s) in Hamlet and in Hamlet. There’s more to know in “your philosophy” or in “our philosophy”.
    For all who are interested in the interplay of Hamlet (and Hamlet) with actual philosophy (and law, psychiatry, neurology, etc.), I commend my article The Branches of an Act: Shakespeare’s Hamlet Explains His Inaction in the current (2019) issue of the Taylor & Francis (Routledge) journal Shakespeare.  I expect the print edition to be available early in 2020; in the meantime, you can access it here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17450918.2019.1581836?scroll=top&needAccess=true  

     

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    From:        John Briggs <john.briggs4@ntlworld.com>

    Date:         November 28, 2019 at 9:31:56 AM EST

    Subject:    Re: SHAKSPER: Q1 Hamlet

     

    I also have doubts about the early date of Othello, although not for the same reasons as Robert Shaughnessy (whatever they are), still less those of the Egregious Egan. Rather, my concern is that Shakespeare's canon is getting rather compressed, with 'early' plays being given later dates, so that the late 1590s are becoming crowded. So too are the early years at The Globe. Let me try to explain:

     

    It is generally accepted that Henry V was the last play that Shakespeare wrote (probably in late 1598) for performance at The Curtain in 1599.

     

    1599 Julius Caesar, Hamlet

     

    Shakespeare would have written Julius Caesar in 1599 for performance at the opening of The Globe. He would have followed it up by writing Hamlet probably for performance in 1600. As pointed out before, there is no clown in Hamlet, Will Kemp having left the company. 

     

    1600 As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor

     

    As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor were probably written in 1600. Either is a candidate for the court performance on Twelfth Night 1601, but I think Merry Wives better matches the description given by Duke Orsini in his letter to his wife. Robert Armin has joined the company, playing Touchstone in As You Like It, and possibly Sir Hugh Evans in Merry Wives. (Merry Wives is a ‘reunion’ piece for Falstaff and his crew: even Poins gets a namecheck. Corporal Nym is an addition from Henry V. It was patently written after Henry V.)

     

    1601 Twelfth Night, Othello

     

    Twelfth Night would have been written in 1601 (inspired by the events of Twelfth Night 1601, particularly if Merry Wives was well received by the Queen.) It may or may not have been performed at Court before its first known performance at Gray’s Inn on Candlemas 1602, but it is likely to have premiered at The Globe. If Othello was indeed performed in 1602, then it is likely to have also been written in 1601.

     

    So what is the problem? The problem is what does (or rather doesn’t) come next: there is Troilus and Cressida in 1602, All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure in 1603/4, and then nothing until Macbeth and King Lear in 1606.

     

    It is perhaps worth pointing out that the tradition of Othello being performed in 1602 seems to derive from a forgery by John Payne Collier in the Egerton papers.

     

    John Briggs

     

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    From:        Brian Vickers <vickersbw@gmail.com>

    Date:         November 28, 2019 at 2:01:20 PM EST

    Subject:   “Polacks” or “Pole-axe”?

     

    Letter to SHAKSPER 28.11.19

     

    “Polacks” or “Pole-axe”?

     

    Gentle SHAKSPERians,

     

    At various points in our discussion of Hamlet   the famous textual crux in the opening scene has been mentioned, describing Hamlet Senior’s military prowess. Q1 reads “He smot the sleaded pollax on the yce”. Q2 agreed, as did F; F4 emended to “Poleaxe”, which Rowe adopted in 1709. Pope preferred “Polack”, which Malone corrected to “Polacks.” As Thompson and Taylor observed in their Arden 3 edition, the reading “pole-axe” leaves the word “sleaded” unaccounted for, meaning “perhaps ‘leaded’ or ‘studded’(as in modern ‘sledgehammer’).”

     

    I have been remiss in drawing attention to a brilliant essay by Julie Maxwell, “Counter-Reformation Versions of Saxo: A New Source for Hamlet”, Renaissance Quarterly 57 (2004): 518-60. Maxwell has identified an unknown intermediary between the two acknowledged sources of Hamlet, Saxo Grammaticus, Historiae Danicae (1514), and Belleforest, Histoires tragiques (1570). This is the composite volume Historia Olai Magni (Basel, 1567), uniting historical and ethnographical works by the Swedish brothers Johannes and Olaus Magnus. The book is referred to by Belleforest and cited by Edmund Spenser and Robert Burton. It contains Olaus Magnus’s Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (“Description of the Northern peoples”), which describes a battle on the ice involving Danes and Poles, fought in 1520. Several woodcuts reproduced by Maxwell show horse-drawn sledges on the ice, together with cavalrymen and infantry in armour (“exactly cap-à-pie”), the latter with drawn swords. 

     

    So now we can be sure that what Hamlet Senior smote on the ice was Polish soldiers in their sledges, not his own axe. 

     

    Cordial greetings,

    Brian Vickers

     

     

     


              

    Sunsets (12) : Thanks Dena Here&#039;s a sunset...

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    Posted: 28 November 2019 at 20:11

    Thanks Dena


    Here's a sunset in the Lofoten (Norway) while waiting for the Northernlight (which came in abundance about an hour later)


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    KLP shows the active side of passive

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    Norway’s fund for local government employees and healthcare workers, KLP, abides by strict internal ESG principles. Sarah Rundell looks at how this translates to investments in emerging markets, its view of indexes and a concentration of manager relationships.

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    Uganda and Rwanda lead East Africa in switch to electric cars

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    Uganda and Rwanda are racing ahead of their East African neighbours in the global switch to electric motoring, even as infrastructure shortcomings limit investments in the emerging sector. Both Kampala and Kigali have unveiled electric vehicle assembly plants in the past two months, blazing the regional trail with Kenya and Tanzania only making baby steps toward embracing the new technology. Uganda’s state-owned Kiira Motors Corporation has so far shown the biggest ambition in the region by building two battery-powered cars and a solar electric bus. The electric bus, called the Kayoola Electric Vehicle Series (EVS), has been built using Kiira Motors home-grown green mobility technologies while partnering with Chinese Equipment Manufacturer, Motor Co. Ltd. The buses can cover a distance of 300km under a single charge and have a capacity of 90 passengers (49 sitting and 41 standing), compared with the diesel engine ones which have a capacity of 65 passengers. Last year Uganda committed nearly Ush24 billion ($6.4 million) to put the first fully home-made car on the road. The amount is part of a planned Ush145 billion ($39 million) spending over four years, 2018 to 2022. In Rwanda, German automaker Volkswagen started assembling electric vehicles in Kigali in October this year, with the German power equipment firm Siemens planning to set up 15 charging stations in the Rwandan capital. This comes after a local Rwandan firm, Ampersand, started selling electric bikes powered by batteries that can last for about 75km of riding. East Africa’s uptake of electrical vehicles however remains extremely low compared to global leaders, according to Global EV Outlook report 2019. Lack of investment in charging infrastructure and absence of fiscal incentives such as subsidies and rebates on vehicle acquisition taxes, and lower toll or parking fees are to blame, the report launched by the International Energy Agency states. Measure It notes that scaling up of EV adoption in the region requires measures that provide incentives to increase the availability of vehicles with zero and low tailpipe emissions including massive investments in charging infrastructure installations on highways and in buildings. “We must address the issues of infrastructure and energy because these vehicles need energy and space for charging. The government should also consider tax incentives to attract investors and even buyers of electric vehicles,” said the Group chief executive of Nairobi-based motor dealer Simba Colt, Dinesh Kotecha, in an interview. In Kenya, Finnish firm EkoRent introduced a fully electric taxi dubbed Nopia Ride last year. The firm has installed five charging stations in three locations, including the Two Rivers Mall, the Hub Karen and Thika Road Mall. The Tanzanian government last year approved an initial roll-out of electric Safari vehicle at its flagship national park of Serengeti in an effort to reduce gas emissions. The Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club became the first tour company in Tanzania to release a 100 per cent electric Safari cars in the region. Tanzania is reportedly seeking to power its electric cell driven vehicles through mass production of graphite minerals, with plans to build four of such factories in the country. In Ethiopia plans are underway for a local electric vehicle assembler—Tom Renewable Electric Bike Assembly & Sales—to start production in the country. The electric vehicles can go up to 40Km/h and are charged using standard 220v electric outlets. The vehicles take between four and six hours to get fully charged and can travel up to 60km on one charge. It is estimated that Ethiopia spends $3 billion annually to import fuel, pushing its annual spending up by 10 per cent. Japanese Firm Mitsui and Co. The company in April made a successful trial for a three-wheels electric car in Addis Ababa. The electric car called ‘E-trike ‘has five dedicated batteries, each with a capacity to go 80 kms with a single charge. The company has plans to establish an assembly plant in Ethiopia. Two decades ago, the world decided it was going electric and in 2009 a multi-governmental policy forum was established under the Clean Energy Ministerial to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles worldwide. The CEM consists of 24 nations and the EU, who together account for 90 per cent of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. So far 13 countries are participating in the EVI including Canada, Chile, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and UK. Electric mobility is expanding at a rapid pace globally, with the total electric car fleet exceeding 5.1 million last year, compared with 3.1 million in 2017. China remains the world’s largest electric car market, followed by Europe and the US, while Norway is the global leader in terms of electric car market share. By  The Eastafrica 

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    These Are The Safest Countries in The World for…

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    Corbion: Algaprime Business Development Manager Norway

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    Corbion is the global market leader in sustainable ingredient solutions. Within Corbion, Algae Ingredients is developing new applications and markets for algae-based food and feed ingredients. We have a range of products that deliver breakthrough innovations for human and animal nutrition by offering sustainable, cost-efficient, safe and clean algae oils, fats and proteins. We have an opportunity available for a creative and energetic Business Development Manager , whose primary focus will be to further strengthen Corbion’s leading position in the Aquaculture industry in Norway, both from a commercial as well as a technical perspective. The incumbent will report to the Global Aquaculture Lead and will work together with an international commercial and research team to expand the use of algae products, known under the Algaprime brand in the aquaculture market in Norway. The role includes managing and developing existing relationships with customers and the wider industry, developing new business opportunities, customer support and further development of the Corbion Algae Ingredients presence in Norway. Responsibilities Supporting the introduction and sales of AlgaPrime DHA as an alternative, clean and sustainable source of Omega 3 fatty acids for the Norwegian Aquaculture Industry. Building and managing relationships with all relevant Norwegian Salmon & trout producers to promote the benefits and use of AlgaPrime DHA in their production. Representing Corbion at regional farmer meetings and other relevant industry events. Positioning Corbion Algae Ingredients as an active member of the Norwegian aquaculture market and community, including developing relationships with relevant trade publications, research institutes and relevant governmental bodies. Representing the Corbion Algae Ingredients team, picking up trends and developments within the salmon and trout industry. Identifying and developing new opportunities/applications for AlgaPrime DHA in Aquaculture feeds in Norway. Screening, identifying and sharing relevant information from Norwegian press, multi-media and websites regarding salmon production, competition, regulations and general trends in the Norwegian market with the broader algae ingredients team. Development of Norwegian language industry focused marketing materials and positioning in the local media in cooperation with the Communications and Marketing departments. Working actively with the Corbion Algae Ingredient business development team to support growth targets. Collaborating with the Corbion Algae Ingredients team providing input as required to strategy, marketing plans and product development Requirements We are looking for a proactive Business Development Manager with an entrepreneurial mindset and approach. Someone with local market knowledge and the ability to build and nurture relationships. In addition, a successful candidate will have: A degree in Aquaculture, Animal Nutrition or equivalent experience. At least 5 years of experience in a technical-commercial position in the salmon and/or trout feed industry in (e.g. sales, technical support, product management, technical marketing) Strong industry network within Norway, including feed producers, and salmon & trout farmers. Experience in launching and selling specialty or functional ingredients in the aquaculture space is considered an advantage Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels both externally and internally, both in English and Norwegian Collaborative team player attitude, comfortable operating independently and remotely whilst being part of a virtual team, capable of working with multiple disciplines and departments within Corbion Current residence in Norway Ability and willingness to travel. At times, over 50% of travel may be required, both domestically and internationally. Our offer We offer the opportunity to be part of a world class global team and work with a revolutionary product portfolio. A chance to take ownership and connect your personal success to one of the most important growth markets for Algaprime DHA, a feed ingredient with unsurpassed performance and sustainability benefits for salmon and trout farmers. 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    Peter Grimes review - electrifying performance of visceral power

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    Ed Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic’s semi-staging of Britten’s opera combined rich, precise playing and superb singing

    Conducted by Edward Gardner and directed by Vera Rostin Wexelsen, the Bergen Philharmonic’s semi-staging of Britten’s Peter Grimes was first seen in Norway in the spring of 2017, followed, a few months later, by a performance at the Edinburgh international festival. Revived earlier this year, with some cast changes, it has now reached London, and can only be described as a formidable achievement, at once fiercely intelligent and visceral in its power.

    Gardner’s interpretation, already familiar from performances at ENO and the Proms, places the emphasis on the metaphysical links between the arbitrary violence of nature and the abyss of the human soul. The Bergen orchestra’s playing combines richness with precision, and Britten’s seascapes glittered balefully even in moments of uneasy calm. The storm of act one, meanwhile, found its hideous human counterpart in the lynch mob that later bays for Grimes’s blood.

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    New Brunswick man receives knighthood

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    Swords. Armor. Codes of chivalry. Being knighted is a pretty big deal. Sir Robert Jette received that honour this week, from the nation of Norway. 
              

    Study: 50% of Tinder Users Have Only Been on ONE Face-to-face Date

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    DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Nov 28 - Trond Viggo Grøntvedt at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and his colleagues surveyed 269 students in Norway who were all members of Tinder – 60% of participants were women. Men, on average, reported having matched with 111 Tinder users and women with 124, however only half of the participants reported having meet ups with matches, and on average, men met with 1.9 partners, women with 2.2 partners. Only ~25% of study participants said they had used the app to meet someone interested in a long-term relationship. by Stacy Liberatore See full article at DailyMail.co.uk See all posts on Tinder
              

    : Heavy rain south - Dry & bright for many Tuesday, 02 Dez - 04:43

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    Heavy rain and snow affects southern parts of Europe through the next two days Monday Heavy outbreaks of rain affecting southeastern Spain on Monday. Drier and brighter to the northwest and for Portugal. Heavy rain continues too for northern Italy and spreads into the northern Balkan states turning to snow over the Dinaric Alps. Increasing cloud over Greece with isolated showers to the west. Dry and sunny for much of Turkey. A mostly dry and bright day for France, the Low Countries and Germany. Feeling cold with isolated showers for northern coasts. Some snow showers over Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia while it stays mostly dry but cloudy for the Czech Republic. A cloudy day for Poland too with scattered snow showers. A dry day for Denmark with varying amounts of cloud. Snow clears east from the Baltic States to leave a bright but cold end to the day here. Continuing windy for much of Norway, Sweden and Finland with snow becoming confined to northern areas and to the western coast of Norway. Plenty of good spells of sunshine here.

    Tuesday Heavy outbreaks of rain continue for southeast Spain, spreading to the Balearic Islands later. Dry and bright for the rest of Spain and Portugal. Showery rain and cloud clear to the south from Italy with dry and sunny conditions following from the north. A band of rain affects northern portions of Greece and Turkey but it stays dry and bright to the south. High pressure brings dry and settled conditions to a large part of Europe on Tuesday. A chilly but sunny day for much of France, the Low Countries, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. Any early snow showers over eastern areas quickly clear away. A band of showery rain spread across Norway, Denmark and Sweden. This turns to snow over higher ground and to the north. Rain reaches Finland later but ahead of this it's a dry and bright day. Dry and sunny too for the Baltic States though cloud builds form the west later.


              

    Township weighs Sons of Norway donation

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    By Katie CollinsTCI CorrespondentLACKAWAXEN TWP. - There were no questions regarding the 2020 Lackawaxen Township preliminary $3,406,952 budget at the November workshop. Instead, discussion was created after township resident Marge Wassmer expressed her concern about the choice of organizations the board plans to give donations.On the agenda for the regular meeting, the Sons of Norway were slated to receive a $1,000 donation along with: the Pike County Humane [...]
              

    8,700+ new hydropower plants threatening Europe's freshwater biodiversity

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    Hydropower pressure on European rivers: The story in numbers © WWF, RiverWatch, EuroNatur, GEOTA
    28% of all planned hydropower plants are in protected areas, the vast majority in national parks and Natura 2000 sites. The study also evidences an alarming rise in small hydropower, which wreaks environmental havoc whilst producing very little energy. With more than a third of European freshwater fish species currently threatened with extinction [1] -  of which hydropower dams are a key driver -  European rivers and their biodiversity cannot cope with the pressure of more hydropower. 
     
    Commissioned by WWF, RiverWatch, GEOTA and EuroNatur [2], the study provides damning evidence of governments' failure to protect rivers and biodiversity, demonstrating a blatant disregard for EU water and nature protection laws.
     
    Key findings: 
    • Europe is already saturated with 21,387 hydropower plants
    • Despite this, 8,785 additional plants which are planned or under construction [3]
    • 28% of all planned hydropower is in protected areas (33% in the EU)
    • 91% of the plants recorded by the study are small plants, which produce negligible amounts of energy (less than 10MW)
     
    The study is released as the EU prepares its Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, and is preparing to take a leading role at the 2020 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity [4]. 
     
    Hydropower ≠ Green 
    Hydropower dams destroy rivers and their surrounding environment, seriously contributing to the loss in freshwater biodiversity. They change a river's natural flow, block fish migration routes - affecting fish stocks and the survival of vulnerable species - and trap sediments that protect riverbanks and deltas against floods and sea level rises. 
     
    Strong law, weak enforcement 
    Under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Member States must ensure all rivers are healthy by 2027. Hydropower dams are a major obstacle to reaching this target. Seven years to go, and 60% of rivers are still not healthy. 
     
    The impact of the WFD has been gutted by shoddy implementation, lacklustre enforcement, and the abuse of exemptions, often for the benefit of unsustainable farming and industry [5].  New hydropower plants are often built regardless of the non-deterioration principle of the law, without even asking for an exemption - even when there is evidence that the plant would further degrade river health. In Austria - one of the countries with the highest existing hydropower intensity - an additional 123 plants are planned. But a recent study [6] found that less than a third of the permits delivered for hydropower plants were in line with the WFD.
     
    Andreas Baumüller, Head of Natural Resources at WWF's European Policy Office, said:
    "Freshwater species populations are declining at twice the rate of terrestrial or marine species - and hydropower dams are a major pressure. Europe has a strong legal tool in the EU Water Framework Directive, but enforcement by the European Commission is weak, implementation by Member States even weaker. The EU cannot claim to be a champion for biodiversity without putting this key environmental tool at the heart of its European Green Deal. It must invest in enforcement, eradicate the abuse of exemptions, and say no to more hydropower in Europe."   
     
    Gabriel Schwaderer, CEO of EuroNatur, said: 
    "Most of the planned hydropower projects - almost 3.000 - are on the Balkans. The rivers there are still mostly intact, some even in an untouched state. They are a European treasure we cannot afford to lose. We count on the European Union to monitor closely the developments in the Balkan States, where a lot of investment goes to hydropower, but the potential for solar energy – a truly renewable energy source - is not being used." 
     
    Ulrich Eichelmann, CEO of RiverWatch, said:
    "This assessment is alarming. We are facing nothing less than the end of free flowing rivers in Europe, if we don't stop this dam craze. Under the label of "green energy", the hydro lobby and political decision-makers are about to destroy Europe's last remaining rivers and streams, and with it an enormous amount of plant and animal species. We don't need any additional new hydro dams in Europe. Subsidies on hydro has to stop and nature protection must be improved." 
     
    Steven Weiss, Associate Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, said
    "Based on extrapolations from my more detailed study on the Balkans, as well as the IUCN red list, we can predict that at least 20 and perhaps up to 30 freshwater fish species would go extinct if all of these plans would be carried out. Furthermore, a large percentage (> 95%) of the southern European fish fauna would be placed in an IUCN threat category. We must understand that the already high demand for water resources, especially in southern Europe will be exacerbated by such large-scale hydropower exploitation, resulting in a deadly combination for freshwater biodiversity."
     
    Contact:
    Sophie Bauer
    Communications Officer (Freshwater)
    WWF European Policy Office
    +32 471 05 25 11
     
    Notes to the editors: 
     
    Key recommendations
    For a full, detailed list of recommendations, please refer to p.37 in the study. 
    • New hydropower projects in the last remaining free-flowing or intact rivers in Europe have to be prevented, and the planning of additional hydropower plants should be reconsidered. 
    • Within protected areas, hydropower development cannot be an option. 
    • In countries with the highest density such as Austria, Norway or Switzerland, the focus should solely be on the refurbishment and, where possible, on renovation. 
    • Old hydropower licenses which need to be prolonged must require strong criteria on how to mitigate the environmental impacts and the public must be included in this evaluation.
     
    In particular, we call on the European Commission to:
    • Better enforce existing EU legislation to protect rivers and their biodiversity from hydropower, particularly the EU Water Framework Directive and EU Birds and Habitats Directives. 
    • To this end, the European Commission should review the existing guidance documents that apply to hydropower development under the Common Implementation Strategy of the Water Framework Directive.  
    • End subsidies and public finance for new hydropower development in Europe
    • Develop tighter criteria for hydropower under the EU taxonomy for pollution and ecosystems impacts, to make sure no greenfield hydropower plants are developed in the EU anymore and retrofits are given priority, but only if they are more beneficial to society and environment than decommissioning and they don't further deteriorate rivers.
    References: 
     
    [1] European Commission, 2011. European Red List of Freshwater Fishes, https://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/conservation/species/redlist/downloads/European_freshwater_fishes.pdf
    [2] WWF, RiverWatch, GEOTA, EuroNatur, 2019. Hydropower pressure on European rivers: The story in numbers 
    [3] These figures are a conservative estimate, as they only include plants whose precise location could be validated - for instance by high resolution satellite data - plants above 0.1 MW and officially planned plants.
    [4] The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has existed since 1992 and meets every two years. In 2020, the CBD COP will be a pivotal meeting for biodiversity conservation, as a post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy will be agreed upon for the following decade. As a party to the CBD, the EU operates as one single bloc at the table, and so it is crucial that it shows strong leadership, commitments and tangible targets to protect biodiversity. Find out more here
    [5] 53% of surface water bodies in the EU are covered by at least on exemption (EEA WISE)
    [6] WWF Austria, ÖKOBÜRO, March 2018. Umsetzung des Verschlechterungsverbots gemäß EU-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Österreich im Bereich Wasserkraf. The study analyses 200 documents related to hydropower plants authorisations, including 61 permits.

              

    KCC Names MV Barracuda

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    Norway's sugar tax flop

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    Norwegian sugar tax sends sweet-lovers over border to Sweden

    It seems unfair to call it a sweet shop. In the shopping centre north of Charlottenberg in south-western Sweden, barely four miles from Norway and less than 90 minutes’ drive from Oslo, is a candy superstore.

    Arrayed across 3,500 sq metres of floor space – half a football pitch – are aisle upon aisle of sugary treats, more than 4,000 products in all, from sour strawberries, liquorice laces and fruity gumballs to red rockets, Lion bars, M&Ms, Milky Ways and Oreos.

    One of maybe 30 similar confectionery and soft drink stores lining the Swedish side of the border from south to far north, it is, said Matts Idbratt, operations manager for Gottebiten – which runs half of them – “the biggest sweet shop in the world. We think”.

    Between them, those stores turn over about SEK2bn (£160m) a year – and they exist solely because the price tags on the pick’n’mix bags, snack bars, chocolate boxes and soft drinks they sell are, on average, less than half those in neighbouring Norway.

    “It’s crazy,” said Eirik Bergland, a 39-year-old laboratory technician from the Oslo suburb of Bjerke. With three children under 12, he has made three cross-border shopping trips this year – although not just for sweets, he stressed.

    “A lot of products are cheaper in Sweden than in Norway,” Bergland said. “Alcohol, tobacco, plenty of stuff. Cross-border shopping has happened for decades. But candy and soft drinks are a lot cheaper. A whole, whole lot cheaper.”

    Norway has had a tax on sugary products since 1922. The Guardian says it was introduced 'to raise revenue for the state, rather than improve the health of the nation' as if this makes it any different from modern sugar taxes.

    In January last year, the tax on chocolate and confectionery went up by 83% to the equivalent of £3.12 per kilo. The tax on fizzy drinks - including zero-sugar drinks - works out at about 43p a litre.

    The result was predictable...

    The tax increase had “quite an impact on our sales”, said Idbratt, whose giant sweet emporium is part of a booming cross-border trade that earned Swedish businesses – some owned by Norwegian investors – SEK16.6bn (£1.3bn) last year, 10% more than in 2017.

    Idbratt said Gottebiten, founded by three entrepreneurial brothers in 1997, had “seen more customers, and existing customers are buying more”. Norwegian shoppers made 9.2m trips across the border last year, according to Statistics Norway.

    It's all very reminiscent of Denmark's fat tax fiasco.

    Still, there is no doubt that Norwegians have cut down on sugar, as another Guardian article reported last week:

    Norwegians are eating less sugar than at any time in the last 44 years, the health directorate in Oslo has said, announcing that annual consumption per person had fallen by more than 1kg a year since 2000.

    .. The directorate’s annual report on the Norwegian diet said that average annual consumption of sugar had plummeted from 43kg to 24kg per person between 2000 and 2018 – including a 27% reduction in the past decade – to a level lower than that recorded in 1975.

    It's not clear if these figures take account of cross-border shopping, but it is a remarkable drop either way. And so, naturally, rates of obesity have fallen commensurately, right?

    Wrong. According to the WHO, Norway has an obesity rate of 23.1 per cent, higher than Sweden's 20.6 per cent and - for that matter - higher than Finland's 22.2 per cent and Denmark's 19.7 per cent.

    Moreover, the record shows that Norway's obesity rate has increased at a remarkably steady rate for many years, unaffected by changes in taxes or sugar consumption.



    The picture is similar in Britain where sugar consumption has fallen by around a fifth since the 1960s - although campaigners are reluctant to admit this - while obesity has risen.

    Maybe - just maybe - sugar isn't the culprit and crude 'public health' policies based on dogma rather than facts don't work?

    Still, good news for Sweden's border town confectionery industry.

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    Can the use of road safety measures on national roads in Norway be interpreted as an informal application of the ALARP principle? - Selvik JT, Elvik R, Abrahamsen EB.

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    Public acceptance of driverless shuttles in Norway - Roche-Cerasi I.

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    Sudan is still waiting for justice. The world can’t look away

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    Sudanese protesters gather outside the house of a man killed by security forces on June 3, during a demonstration against the ruling military council, in Khartoum, Sudan, June 30, 2019.

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    On a hot May afternoon in Khartoum, less than a month after the ouster of former Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, I met a 29-year-old college graduate at a tent that served as a base for Darfuri protesters near the army headquarters. The protesters had vowed to stay until the military leaders who took over when Bashir stepped down transferred power to civilian rulers.

    “I am worried that political compromises [by the military] would lead to a situation of, ‘Let’s move on,’” he told me. “Every single one of us here at the sit-in has a story with [the Bashir regime], and their stories must be heard. They have to see justice served.”

    Months later, the question of justice in Sudan remains.

    Tensions were already rising fast in May, with military leaders trying to break up the sit-in and deploying the feared Rapid Support Forces, who shot live ammunition at protesters. On June 3, they attacked the sit-in and dispersed all the protesters. On that bloody day and the ones that followed, more than 120 people were killedhundreds injured and many raped.

    The protesters continued to demonstrate for civilian rule, despite another violent crackdown on June 30. Finally, on Aug. 17, military and civilian leaders agreed on a transitional power-sharing government for three years, followed by elections. Though far from perfect, the agreement made it seem that the protesters’ demands had been heard.

    As one of his first acts as prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok met with families of the protesters who were killed. A month later, he established an investigation committee into the violence on June 3, which the power-sharing agreement mandated. He has since named the members, and in October the new attorney general said the committee would have prosecutorial powers.

    But the families of victims and rights groups have rightly raised concerns about the long delays in setting up the committee, its limited mandate, its independence and the members’ lack of expertise, especially regarding sexual violence cases. It remains to be seen whether this committee will get the expertise, legal powers and independence it needs to function in line with basic international standards.

    Sudan’s transitional government faces many challenges. The power-sharing agreement does not dismantle the power structures inherited from the old regime. The same military and national security institutions that were once Bashir’s tools of oppression still exist. And the agreement puts the military members in control for the first 21 months, including Rapid Support Forces leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, or “Hemedti.”

    These days, many refer to Hemedti as Sudan’s de facto ruler. He stands implicated in a long list of abuses. The forces under his command committed grave crimes in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, including burning and pillaging civilian property and raping women and girls in brutal counter-insurgency operations.

    He has successfully evaded accountability by putting himself and his troops at the center of complex local, regional and global dynamics. His forces fought in Yemen alongside Saudis and Emiratis, and Hemedti has curried favor among the gulf states. He also claims that his forces combat illegal migration, as part of the European Union’s migration management program. If that is true, E.U. funding is going to abusive forces.

    Hemedti denied authorizing the June 3 attack, blaming infiltrators. The military leaders at the time admitted “mistakes.” An investigation by the former attorney general, widely rejected by protesters, blamed a handful of “rogue” officers.

    But video evidence overwhelming shows forces in Rapid Support Forces uniforms attacking and abusing protesters, physically and verbally. The forces took their time killing, burning and beating protesters in front of the army headquarters, with no protection for the fleeing panicked protesters. Scores of protesters remain missing.

    The Troika countries — the United States, Britain and Norway, which helped with the power-sharing deal — along with the European Union and the African Union, all sent strong messages condemning the June 3 attack and stressed the importance of holding those responsible to account.

    Yet, almost five months on, the transitional government has made little concrete progress and the international community — especially donor governments — has gone quiet. They should urgently throw support behind justice and accountability, the cornerstone for the envisioned transition. To this end, they should adopt human rights benchmarks in their dealings with Sudan’s new rulers and find every opportunity to remind the government, especially its military component, of what is at stake.

    Meanwhile, victims’ families continue to demand justice. If the transitional government wants to keep its promises, it should revise the investigation committee’s mandate, ensure its independence, listen to the families’ concerns and seek international and regional expertise. To do otherwise will just confirm my young friend’s worst fears: that the country’s leaders will say “let’s move on” and leave old wounds to fester. That’s not an outcome Sudan and its international partners should allow.


              

    Alexander Besputin Defeats Radzhab Butaev, Braekhus Dominates Victoria Noelia Bustos

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    By Rich Lopez

    Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing hosted a card at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, in Monaco, Monte Carlo. The card was streamed on DAZN and it featured a pair of undefeated Russian welterweights fighting for a vacant world title. In addition, the world’s best female fighter Cecilia Braekhus was in action and other undefeated fighters were featured.


    Photo Credit: Matchroom Boxing Twitter Account

    The main event was for the vacant WBA Welterweight title in a battle of undefeated Russians. Alexander Besputin (13-0, 9 KO’s) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Radzhab Butaev (12-0, 9 KO’s) to win the WBA title. The shorter fighter Besputin used his quickness and his movement to have success against the taller Butaev. From rounds 1-2, Besputin displayed his speed and movement, using different angles to confuse the aggressive Butaev. The southpaw, Besputin, was also landing straight left hands to the head of Butaev and was also effective going to the body. In round three, there was good action from both fighters. Overall Besputin was making Butaev miss punches. Both fighters had good exchanges in round four, with Butaev getting the better of them. In round five, Besputin started the round good but then Butaev landed a right hook that staggered Besputin. Butaev landed a few more shots but Besputin survived the round. Besputin got back into his groove and started to show his effective footwork and speed to confuse Butaev in rounds six, seven, and eight. Butaev kept making the mistake of following Besputin around but not cutting off the ring or letting his hands go. In round nine, Butaev did have a good comeback round and finally got busy. Butaev trapped Besputin on the ropes and both guys traded punches with Butaev getting the better of exchanges. Once again Besputin regrouped and went back to work. He out boxed the taller Butaev in rounds ten and eleven. Butaev was getting tagged a lot but showed a good chin. In the final round, Butaev came out hard and went for the knockout but could not do it. All three judges scored 116-112 for Besputin.

    Alexander Besputin is now the WBA world champion in the super talented welterweight division. Besputin looked good and showcased great boxing ability. Let’s see how his career progresses going forward in the welterweight division.

    The co-feature was in the women’s welterweight division. Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus (35-0, 9 KO’s) of Norway, made her return to the ring. Braekhus scored a ten round unanimous decision over Victoria Noelia Bustos (19-5) of Argentina. In typical Braekhus fashion, she starting boxing well and utilizing her jab in the first round. Then she started to nail Bustos with right hands. Braekhus continued to outbox Bustos in round two. In round three, Bustos made a good attempt to get in the inside of Braekhus but Braekhus used her reach and speed to offset Bustos. In rounds four and five, Braekhus continued to clearly outbox and outwork the shorter Bustos. In round six, Braekhus landed a left hook that dropped Bustos and was clearly a knockdown. However, the ref ruled it a slip. Braekhus went back to work in the seventh round. She kept popping Bustos with left jabs and right hands. Bustos increased the pressure in round eight and even managed to land a good right hook on Braekhus. In round nine, Bustos had a little better success with her nonstop pressure but Braekhus kept her distance well. In the final round, Braekhus closed the show with good body movements and landing good counter shots. It was a good effort by Bustos but she was outclassed by the superior Braekhus. The judges scores were 98-92 (twice) and 99-91 all for Braekhus.

    The long reigning champion Braekhus can simply hang up the gloves with an undefeated record. However the best female fighter in the world wants to keep fighting on. Who can beat her? I think the next challenge for her would be a fight against WBO Super Lightweight champion Katie Taylor. That’s if Taylor decides to move up in weight.

    In a competitive super featherweight fight, undefeated Welshman Joe Cordina (10-0, 7 KO’s) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Mario Tinoco (18-5-4, 13 KO’s). From the opening round, Cordina showed his speed and boxed well. Every time Tinoco got close, Cordina would clinch in the inside. Round two was a good round for Tinoco as he was able to get inside and land body punches. In rounds three and four, Tinoco had some moments landing effective body punches but was being outworked by Cordina. In round five, Cordina had a dominating round by connecting hard right hands on Tinoco. Tinoco came back in round six as he got close landing hook shots to the body and head of Cordina. Round seven was a good round for Cordina as he went back to moving and boxing. Tinoco could not be counted out and had a good eighth round. Tinoco now started throwing jabs that were jolting the head of Cordina. Both men had good exchanges in the round. Round nine was another good round with punches exchanged from both fighters. Both fighters battled to the end in round ten to close the show. At the end, Cordina won by scores of 98-92, and 96-94 (twice). The 96-94 scorecards were right but the 98-92 scorecard was a little too wide. It was a good battle, with Cordina winning the fight by being more effective with cleaner punching.

    By winning, Cordina won the vacant WBA Continental Super Featherweight Title and he looks to be a top contender to look out for.

    In heavyweight action, undefeated Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang (20-0, 16 KO’s) of China, scored a ten round unanimous decision over Andriy Rudenko (32-4, 20 KO’s) of Ukraine. In rounds one and two, the taller Zhang used his distance well. Zhang was landing straight left hands on the head of Rudenko. In round three, Rudenko finally landed some good counter shots while he was against the ropes. Zhang turned this around and landed a right hand on the temple of Rudenko that stunned him. Zhang landed a few more punches that backed up Rudenko against the ropes. However, Rudenko managed to survive the round. From rounds 4-6, Zhang was slowing down but did enough to win the rounds and Rudenko could not close the gap. In round seven, Rudenko landed hard right hands that backed up a very fatigued Zhang. From rounds 8-10, both men were tired and slow, which did not generate any action. Zhang landed some left hands to the body and head of Rudenko in the closing rounds. Zhang won by scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 97-93.

    This was the first time that Zhang went past six rounds in a fight and it showed as he was completely tired in the late rounds. Also the year layoff did not help Zhang either. This was a step up in competition for Zhang and he passed it but not too impressive. Hopefully Zhang stays more active if he wants to be considered the Big Bang in the heavyweight division.

    In the opening bout of the DAZN card, undefeated Thulasi Tharumalingham (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Germany, won an unpopular six round unanimous decision over Alexander Benidze (13-27-3, 6 KO’s) of Georgia. The opening round started well for Thulasi. He moved around and boxed well while Benidze came forward but could not land any punches. This all changed in the second round. Benidze caught Thulasi with a right hand that dropped him. Thulasi was caught with his hands down and he paid the price. Thulasi got up and finished the round. Benidze continued his assault in round three. He landed more right hands that dazed Thulasi. In round four, Benidze continued to outwork Thulasi and was mixing his attack to the body as well. In round five, some tape got loose on the gloves of Thulasi. Thulasi immediately took a knee to signal to the ref that his tape was loose. Benidze still had a great round and Thulasi’s defense was poor as he always kept his hands down. Thulasi tried to finish the round strong letting his hands go but it seemed a little too late. However, Thulasi got lucky and won a unanimous decision by scores of 58-55, 57-56 (twice). It was a terrible decision and Benidze was robbed of victory.

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    The staggering amount of wealth held by the Forbes 400 more than doubled over the last decade. But their tax rates actually dropped.

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    • The share of wealth held by the Forbes 400 more than doubled from $1.27 trillion in 2009 to nearly $3 trillion this year.
    • That marks a significant increase encouraged by a combination of sliding tax rates, stock market growth, and the economic recovery, according to Gabriel Zucman, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley.
    • Zucman, an economist who has consulted with the Warren and Sanders campaigns, noted the staggering amount of wealth that the richest 400 US citizens — or roughly 0.00025% of the American population — built up over the last decade.
    • The amount of taxable income for the wealthiest group of US citizens dropped from 27% in 2009 to around 23% this year, the first time they were effectively taxed lower than the nation's working class, Business Insider reported last month.
    • Some economists have argued that the relatively small tax burdens of the wealthy are the product of decisions made by American lawmakers, whether directly or through congressional gridlock. 
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    The share of wealth held by the Forbes 400 more than doubled from $1.27 trillion in 2009 to nearly $3 trillion this year. That marks a significant increase encouraged by a combination of sliding tax rates, stock market growth, and the economic recovery, according to Gabriel Zucman, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Zucman, an economist who has consulted with the Warren and Sanders campaigns, noted the staggering amount of wealth that the richest 400 US citizens — or roughly 0.00025% of the American population — has built up over the last decade in a Sunday tweet.

    The amount of taxable income for the wealthiest group of US citizens dropped from 27% in 2009 to around 23% this year, the first time they were effectively taxed lower than the nation's working class, Business Insider reported last month.

    The drop reflected changes in federal income tax as well as state and local levies, but particularly corporate taxes, Zucman said in an email to Business Insider.

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    A blend of factors which included the rapid growth of the stock market, the nation's economic recovery after the Great Recession, the unfettered growth of large corporations, and declining tax rates fostered a favorable environment for a surge in the wealth held by the Forbes 400, Zucman said.

    Meanwhile, the tax rate that the bottom 50% of American taxpayers pay hasn't budged much over time.

    Zucman and Emmanuel Saez — another economist at the University of California he's partnered with — have argued that the relatively small tax burdens of the wealthy are the product of decisions made by American lawmakers, whether directly or through congressional gridlock. Tax avoidance has also become more common.

    Congress has cut taxes on capital gains and estates over the years. And the top income tax rates were slashed six times since 1980, some with the support of Democrats, The Washington Post reported. In 2010, President Obama delayed ending the George W. Bush tax cuts by two years, and Congress allowed it to expire in 2013.

    President Trump's 2017 Republican tax cuts largely benefited wealthy citizens and corporations, experts say. They axed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, while also reducing the top rates for individuals.

    Many economists say that decades of income tax cuts in particular have led to the increasing concentration of wealth atop the economic pyramid and contributed to the accelerating inequality within US society, now at a record high according to the Census Bureau.

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    How Does The Changing Weather Impact Pest Populations In Maine?

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    Mosquito season is behind us, but that doesn't mean we don't have to deal with pests until spring. While mosquitoes and other warm-weather pests have gone into hiding, there are other pests that are ready to take their place. And, some of those pests that went into hiding can make an appearance in our common areas during the winter months. Here are a few things you should know about winter pests in Maine.

    Warm Weather Friends

    You're probably not going to see most ants inside your Maine home this winter. Ants are definitely warm-weather pests. But there is one ant that can get into your home and stay inside all year long. It is the infamous carpenter ant. These ants create galleries inside wood. If they have tunnels in a wall that is warmed by your fireplace or boiler, those ants can be active all winter long. But they'll need energy to do it. This will have them raiding your pantry and kitchen for food. You'll have to look for them at night though because carpenter ants are mostly nocturnal. While you don't have to worry about carpenter ants infesting your home during the winter, they could already be inside.

    Winter Companions

    Most pests aren't going to try to get into your home in the winter. They're hiding deep in the ground or in caves, crevices, logs, trees and other places in nature. Many of them will go into a low energy state that is a lot like hibernation. But several pest animals are still active in the winter. They don't hibernate. Two of the most common animal pests during the winter months are Norway rats and house mice. If one of these rodents is exploring your exterior on a cold winter day, it could sense heat coming out and chew its way inside. If so, you're likely to start finding signs of rodents in your home, such as:

    • Droppings in the cabinet under your sink, in the backs of your drawers and in attic spaces.
    • Noises inside your walls. If rodents have made a nest in your attic, they'll have to climb down through your wall voids to get to your pantry. Usually, they create a nest close to their food source and you won't hear them.
    • Holes in baseboards. If you find holes in your walls that are near the floor and in recessed areas, they could be rodent holes. Rodents have strong teeth and they are able to chew through many building materials.
    • Holes in food packages. If your Captain Crunch is all over the shelf, you might have rodents getting in. If the dog food bag in your pantry has a hole in the bottom corner and dog food is all over the floor, don't be too quick to blame your best friend.
    • It is more likely that rats go into it.
    • The smell of urine in your attic space. Rodent urine can be quite noticeable over time.

    House Guests of Your House Guests

    If you have rodent house guests this winter, they could bring some house guests of their own. When mice and rats get into your home, you could have an infestation of ticks, flea, lice or mites break out. Those warm-blooded animals can bring ectoparasites in with them and they can do a pretty good job of spreading them around your home. This can expose your pets to harm. It can also expose your family to harm. Many ectoparasites can bite humans directly, and they are capable of spreading some pretty scary diseases.


              

    1,000-Year-Old Ship Burial Found in Norway

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    OSLO, NORWAY—The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) announced that a ship burial and a settlement have been spotted with high-resolution georadar in northwestern Norway by a team of researchers led by Knut Paasche of NIKU’s Department of Digital Archaeology. Paasche said the surviving section of the ship measures about 40 feet long, lies close to the surface, and was once covered with a burial mound measuring some 60 feet in diameter. The ends of the ship are thought to have been destroyed by plowing. The researchers estimate the vessel is more than 1,000 years old, but they have not yet been able to date the nearby settlement. To read about another ship burial, go to "The Vikings' Wide Reach."
              

    Shepherds Crook - Dauseiler 2019

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    Альбом: Dauseiler
    Страна: Norway
    Жанр: Psych Stoner Doom/Sludge
    Год: 2019
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    Shepherds Crook - Carved In Smoke (EP) 2019

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    Страна: Norway
    Жанр: Psych Stoner Doom/Sludge
    Год: 2019
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    Point of View: ‘Being Community’ means being like Lizzy

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    Lizzy was a common prairie woman, daughter of Norwegian parents who immigrated with little to their name except knowledge of a small farm where they had lived in the fjords of Norway.

    Point of View: ‘Being Community’ means being like Lizzy
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    Hilarious Narration of the 2019 Women’s Death Diving World Championship at Frognerbadet in Oslo, Norway

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    In Norway there exists a unique water sport entitled DØD Diving or Death Diving. With this sport daring divers leap from rather intimidating heights in the most freestyle manner possible, so long as an X is formed with the diver’s body along the way. The sport is both clumsy and fascinating at the same time....

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    Maternity acupuncture in the UK, what do you know about it?

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    Women are seeking acupuncture treatments for a variety of women's health–related conditions. A European Union (EU)/China survey from acupuncturists indicated that 41% of EU respondents commonly treated obstetric/gynecologic issues, of which half of them from the UK. Another U.K. survey of acupuncturists reported that fertility acupuncture is 15% of their treatments. Maternity acupuncture is also popular. In pregnancy, the most-common conditions were nausea and vomiting, lower-back or pelvic-girdle pain (LBPGP), and labor preparation and induction. Acupuncture during pregnancy and labor has been evaluated as safe when used by a suitably qualified practitioner, and a growing willingness to refer for pregnancy-related acupuncture has been reported from Western health practitioners.

    The majority of acupuncturists in countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, offer maternity treatment through private clinics. In contrast, the majority of maternity acupuncture care in European countries—such as Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland—is administered by hospital midwives who take short training courses.

    A recent survey from the UK shows that the most-common maternity situations encountered were: birth preparation [96.5%]; nausea & vomiting [94.2%]; and inducing labor [90.8%]. More than 50% of the practitioners were also treating lower-back and pelvic pain [88.5%], breech presentations [85.0%], threatened miscarriages [63.2%], and headaches/migraines [52.8%]. Only a minority (8 [9.1%]) attended births. A greater number of referrals were received from medical health professionals for pregnancy [65.8%] than for fertility [19.5%] or menstrual conditions [9.7%].

    References
    Debra Betts, Med Acupunct. 2019 Oct 1; 31(5): 274–280.
              

    Depleted fish stocks can’t wait. The EU and Norway need to commit to ending overfishing now ǀ View

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    Frozen Ever After Playlist Available on Apple Music and Play Disney Parks App

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    Fans of Frozen Ever After in Epcot's Norway pavilion now have a new playlist to check out on Apple Music and in the Play Disney Parks app.
              

    NOVEMBER 21, 2019

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    Hazen Audel abseils down an ice cliff in Norway. This image is from Ultimate Survival WWII.
              

    Depleted fish stocks can’t wait. The EU and Norway need to commit to ending overfishing now ǀ View

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    David Knight - 2019-Nov-25, Monday

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    Harvard & Yale football game shows they’re seminaries for a new world religion Hong Kong votes —Hated politician says “the world is turned upside down”. Where have we heard THAT before? A revolution? A Declaration of Independence? The censorship being sold by Sasha Baron Cohen & ADL in the name of Voltaire, who helped popularize the virtue of free speech Pakistan recalls its ambassador to Norway over protest of one man burning a Koran (protestor was violently attacked); British cop attacked by thought police exposes the hatred behind “hate crimes” Zach Vorhies, Google Whistleblower (Twitter @PerpetualManiac), joins to talk about what he saw, how SmartCities, AI & UBI affect our liberties, what happened to him as whistleblower
              

    The the source ofthe video new as yet unconfirmed many

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    Hvaldimir was first spotted by Norwegian fishermen around Hammerfest, the world’s northernmost town, in Norway.Wind gusts are expected to peak between 35 to 55 mph in the northeast- to southwest-oriented mountain passes and canyons before gradually tapering off into Monday.We believe in fully disclosing the methods to which we collect and use your personal information.Compiled...

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    Christmas Season in Norway

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    De 10 mest populära platserna i Norge

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    Från storstaden Oslo till Svalbardöarna långt norrut och många platser däremellan. De tio mest populära destinationerna på visitnorway.com visar vad besökare vill uppleva i Norge såväl som landets mycket varierade kultur- och naturupplevelser.
              

    Kommentar til Irakiske myndigheter truer svenske medier av Nils Rømcke

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    Getting out there

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    This is the first film I did. A weekend trip to Norway off the grid and into nature..
    Shown for the first time at Poonfecta 2015.

    Cast: Water's Edge Media

    Tags: Flyfishing, Scandinavia, Roadtrip, Grayling, Trout, Nature and Water's Edge Media


              

    Posten: In Those Days

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    Advertising Agency:POL, Norway
    Copywriters:Rikke Sofie Jacobsen, Petter Bryde
    Art Directors:Sara Marie Hoedneboe, Anette Bellika Finnanger
    Account Director:Marius Eriksen
    Account Manager:Kristin E.B. Scheele
    Designer:Thomas Eklo Skaara

              

    Rema 1000: Crazy Santa

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    Advertising Agency:TRY, Oslo, Norway
    Creative Director:Oystein Halvorsen
    Art Director:Karin Lund
    Copywriter:Oystein Halvorsen
    Production Company:Bacon Osl, Norway
    Director:Andreas Riiser
    Producer:Ola Narum Berg

              

    Does one should risk his life saving Quran, when Quran is burned by some miscreants.

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    Question: Does one should risk his life saving Quran, when Quran is burned by some miscreants. ? Seeing example of norway, will he be rewarded for...
              

    Miriam Hamberg wins Norway's 2019 Death Diving Championship, a breakdown

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    Kagurazaka sketch meet- up result

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    [by Kumi Matsukawa in Tokyo]

    Olve from Norway, a frequent visitor to Japan, called for a sketch gathering in Tokyo, so we USK Japan members and some more visitors/ residents from overseas met and had great fun time in Kagurazaka, Tokyo.


    We actually had sketch session in the same place early in this year, but that's OK! I love this place. There are many unique slopes ( which are so challenging and fascinating to tackle with), many good restaurants ( wish I could try multiple lunch menu a day.)




    Since the area is consisted of such narrow alleys, instead of staying all together in one place, as is always the case, we scatter around and each individuals found their own best location to sketch, then after going back to the meeting location, we lined up our resulting sketches on the ground and found variety of unique point of views as well as new techniques. That's WOW time.




    We had special impact especially by Vincent from France, who has just traveled in other parts of Japan and made many sketches, showed us his drawings. Wish I had chance to see his process capturing Japanese scenery using his trademark watercolor crayon! ( well, actually I once have observed his demo in Manchester as a Symposium correspondent to report the scene with my sketch at that time..) But still seeing his Cretacolor Lead use drawing is also awesome experience.


    This time I myself made it rule to stick to use Faber-Castell Watercolor Markers, Pitt pens, and watercolor pencils ( that I got from the Jens Hübner's workshop )the other day.
    I sat very corner of narrow alley and I felt bad to be an obstacle to those drivers and I was nerves, and miss calculated the ratio of perspective... but as to how to apply color and lines, I kind of felt getting the hang of it.




    Second one, I ambitiously held landscape format Moleskin sketchbook vertically, drew the looking up and looking down view in a vertical panorama. It was so tiring to draw even a single straight line in such position! I gave up capturing local colors, instead, I stick to depicting landscape using faint shadings ( I used spattering technic a lot.) and Pitt pen use line drawings.



              

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    Norway Sells Oil...Stocks That Is.

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    EL AUDUN ALVESTAD DE CADA DÍA

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    Las pinturas de Audun Alvestad están pobladas por hombres normales. Por hombres que te cruzas cada día de tu vida. Por hombres normales que proponen una nueva masculinidad que nada tiene que ver con las rudezas machitas del siglo pasado, pero tampoco con su contrario.

    Cinco hombres inmóviles en una piscina mientras un DJ pincha a escasos metros y cerca se acumulan botellas de vino. Un camarero sirviendo a un hombre una copa en la barra de un bar, ambos vistiendo camiseta imperio blanca. Un hombre leyendo desnudo en su cama con los calcetines puestos. Dos chicos llevando bolsas blancas de la compra. Perros siendo paseados por sus dueños alienados. Hombres tomando vino en grupo, todos en calzoncillos blancos. Un barbudo regando las plantas de su jardín con sandalias y calcetines… Estos son algunos de los habitantes del fascinante mundo estético de Audun Alvestad.

    Y todos tienen una cosa en común: retratan al hombre normal y corriente de cada día. Porque parece que vivimos un momento en el que es necesario romper con la visión de la masculinidad del siglo XX, y que la única forma de hacerlo pasa por el giro copernicano hacia el terreno de lo queer. Contra el eterno vaquero con un cigarro en la boca, el youtuber que hace tutoriales de maquillaje. Contra el héroe rudo y silencioso, el antihéroe sensible hasta la lágrima fácil. ¿No está dejando esto de lado la posibilidad de la normalidad y la cotidianidad?

    Ahí es precisamente donde nacen los personajes de las pinturas de Audun Alvestad, artista nacido en 1980 en Aalesund (Noruega) y que ya ha realizado exposiciones que han recibido amplio interés público en su país natal (en el Arts Council Norway), en Dinamarca (Gallery Kant) e incluso en Londres (Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery). Es imposible no percibir esto como un mero inicio tentativo de lo que puede llegar a conquistar este hombre que parte de la paleta cromática y el hieratismo emocional de Russeau, y lo lleva hacia el estatismo y la soledad inherente a Edward Hopper.

    Consiguiendo, eso sí, delimitar un territorio totalmente único, original y, por encima de todo, altamente necesario. Porque la masculinidad del siglo XXI se definirá desde el margen contrario a la del siglo XX, obviamente… Pero también desde la disidencia de lo cotidiano. De lo normal.


              

    What You Need To Know From The Recent Findings Of 7 Big Climate Reports

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    The world is rapidly accelerating toward climate catastrophe, our financial institutions have their foot on the gas and pinning our hopes on Chinese leadership to desperately wrench the steering wheel away from the guardrail looks increasingly foolish.

    But, hey! At least a growing percentage of Americans recognize that the federal government should do more about climate change. 

    Those are just a few findings contained in seven reports published in the past week examining the climate emergency ahead of next week’s United Nations summit in Madrid. 

    For the latest news and more, follow HuffPost India on TwitterFacebook, and subscribe to our newsletter.

     The 25th Conference of the Parties was intended to be a forum for countries to up the ante from the 2015 Paris Agreement. They were supposed to come with new, more ambitious pledges to meet the targets and build on the momentum of the four years since the agreement was reached. Instead, the reports out since Nov. 20 illustrate the extent to which the world’s most powerful institutions are still engaged in a game of lethal procrastination that threatens to speed up global ecological collapse and sow chaos throughout human civilization in the decades to come. 

    Here’s a quick breakdown of what the reports found: 

    1. Global temperatures are on pace to rise as much as 3.2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century ― more than double what scientists project to be a safe range that remotely resembles our world today. 

    That came from the United Nations’ latest grim assessment of the so-called emissions gap between the amount of planet-heating gases countries agreed to cut and where the current projections are headed. The Paris Agreement aimed to cap average temperatures at 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels; a U.N. report last year determined that the pact’s more ambitious goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming would likely cost hundreds of millions of lives and about $54 trillion in today’s dollars. Global temperatures are already a little over 1 degree Celsius compared with the period before the advent of industrial fossil-fuel use. 

    Top greenhouse gas emitters by country.

    To keep warming within 1.5 degrees (about 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the world will need to cut emission 7.6% every year from 2020 to 2030, the report published Monday found. 

    “The summary findings are bleak,” the assessment stated. 

    2. The top 10 fossil-fuel-producing countries are on track to extract 120% more oil, gas and coal than would be consistent with 1.5 degrees of warming. 

    A chart from the report shows the so-called production gap between the emissions cuts needed to keep global warming in a safe range and the amount of fossil fuel projected to be drilled.

    There isn’t just an emissions gap. There’s a production gap, too. That’s what this first-of-its-kind analysis by scientists at six organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme, found last week. Projections to extract new fossil fuel reserves in China, the United States, Russia, India, Australia, Indonesia, Canada, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom exceed the limits to keep warming within 2 degrees Celsius by 50%. That figure surges to 120% when modeled for 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

    3. The world’s biggest asset managers remain heavily invested in climate-polluting industries ― and do little if anything to convince those companies to change. 

    That’s the finding of a sweeping survey by the British think tank InfluenceMap of the 15 largest asset managers that control a combined $37 trillion. Only three big firms ― UBS Asset Management, Allianz and Legal & General ― “strongly and consistently engage with the companies they invest in to align their business models with Paris targets.” The report found $8.2 trillion invested in four top-polluting industries: oil and gas, coal mining, automobiles and electric power. 

    A chart from InfluenceMap shows which of 15 biggest asset managers control investments aligned with the Paris Agreement's less ambitious 2-degrees Celsius goal.

    “Forceful engagement with the companies in these sectors to hasten their transition to low carbon technologies must occur if the finance sector wishes to align its portfolios with climate goals,” the report stated. “The majority of companies in these sectors are very far from aligning their business models to meet the goals of Paris.”

    4. The insurance industry looks stunningly unprepared for the “extremely high” risks of climate change. 

    A third of the regulators surveyed did not know how prepared insurers were to respond to potential effects of climate change on their financial stability.

    So say insurance regulators in a survey released Monday by the professional services giant Deloitte. As the costs of extreme weather have soared over the past decade, with the number of disasters causing $1 billion or more spiking dramatically since 2010, the 27 regulators surveyed from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners painted a picture of an industry stumbling largely in the dark. One-third of regulators said they did not know how well insurers are prepared to deal with the effects of climate-linked financial instability. Among those who said they were prepared, no more than four respondents in the weighted survey said insurers were “largely or fully prepared.” 

    Similarly, one-third of regulators said they did not know whether current insurer risk models were up to the task of capturing and testing climate-related risks. Among those who knew, only two said the models were “very good” and none rated them as excellent.

    5. New investments in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects dropped sharply in the developing world last year. Coal, meanwhile, hit a record high. 

    A Bloomberg New Energy Finance chart shows investments in new solar, wind and other non-hydroelectric power projects dropping from 2017 to 2018.

    From 2017 to 2018, investments in new clean-energy infrastructure in 104 emerging markets fell from $169 billion to $133 billion, according to a report published Monday by the research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China ― the world’s No. 1 emitter of greenhouse gases ― led the decline, investing $86 billion in renewable energy projects in 2018 compared with $122 billion in 2017. 

    Coal surged. The volume of coal-fired power generated and consumed in developing countries climbed to 6,900 terawatt-hours in 2018, up from 6,400 in 2017. 

    6. China is building more new coal plants than exist in all of the European Union. 

    From January 2018 to June 2019, countries outside of China decreased their total coal power capacity by 8.1 gigawatts, while China increased its coal capacity by 42.9 gigawatts.

    In 2017, China earned worldwide acclaim for canceling plans to build 103 new coal plants. It was a convenient political narrative that drew a stark contrast with the United States, where newly inaugurated President Donald Trump was preparing to withdraw the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter from the Paris climate pact. 

    But a Global Energy Monitor report published Nov. 20 found that China has close to 147.7 gigawatts of coal power capacity under construction or likely to be resumed after being suspended. That nearly amounts to the European Union’s entire 150 gigawatts of coal capacity.

    7. The vast majority of Americans want the federal government to do more to curb climate change and protect the environment. 

    New polling from Pew Research Center found majorities of U.S. adults think the federal government is doing too little to curb climate change.

    The numbers released Monday by the Pew Research Center illustrate why the issues are taking on such a big role in this election cycle. At 67%, the vast majority of American adults said “the federal government is doing too little to reduce the effects of global climate change.” Another 67% said the same of protecting air quality, and 68% said officials in Washington should do more to “protect water quality of lakes, rivers, and streams.” 

    Yet the climate question broke down along partisan lines. Among Democrats and voters who lean Democratic, 90% said the federal government needed to do more to curb the climate crisis. Among Republicans and those who lean Republican, that figure fell to 39%.

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    Development of a qPCR assay to detect and quantify ichthyotoxic flagellates along the Norwegian coast, and the first Norwegian record of Fibrocapsa japonica (Raphidophyceae)

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    Development of a qPCR assay to detect and quantify ichthyotoxic flagellates along the Norwegian coast, and the first Norwegian record of Fibrocapsa japonica (Raphidophyceae) Engesmo, Anette; Strand, David; Gran-Stadniczeñko, Sandra; Edvardsen, Bente; Medlin, Linda K.; Eikrem, Wenche Blooms of ichthyotoxic microalgae pose a great challenge to the aquaculture industry world-wide, and there is a need for fast and specific methods for their detection and quantification in monitoring programs. In this study, quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assays for the detection and enumeration of three ichthyotoxic flagellates: the dinoflagellate Karenia mikimotoi (Miyake & Kominami ex Oda) Hansen & Moestrup and the two raphidophytes Heterosigma akashiwo (Hada) Hada ex Hara & Chihara and Fibrocapsa japonica Toriumi & Takano were developed. Further, a previously published qPCR assay for the dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum (Ballantine) Larsen was used. Monthly samples collected for three years (Aug 2009–Jun 2012) in outer Oslofjorden, Norway were analysed, and the results compared with light microscopy cell counts. The results indicate a higher sensitivity and a lower detection limit (down to 1 cell L−1) for both qPCR assays. Qualitative and semi-quantitative results were further compared with those obtained by environmental 454 high throughput sequencing (HTS, metabarcoding) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examination from the same samplings. All four species were detected by qPCR and HTS and/or SEM in outer Oslofjorden (Aug 2009–Jun 2012); Karlodinium veneficum was present year-round, whereas Karenia mikimotoi, Heterosigma akashiwo and Fibrocapsa japonica appeared mainly during the autumn in all three years. This is the first observation of Fibrocapsa japonica in Norwegian coastal waters. This species has previously been recorded off the Swedish west coast and German Bight, which may suggest a northward dispersal.
              

    Netflix comes with bizarre Norwegian series Ragnarok

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    After a host of German, Swedish, Dutch and Finnish series, it is now the turn of Norway. Netflix comes with Ragnarok, an original show from the streaming service that comes from the Scandinavian country. And the first trailer is already promising. Netflix has a good taste for the foreign shows. After Undercover and Rain, it …

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    Use of traditional and complementary medicine among Norwegian cancer patients in the seventh survey of the Tromsø study

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    Traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM) is commonly used by cancer patients in Northern Norway, in particular spiritual forms like traditional healing. T&CM is mainly used complementary to conventional c...
              

    Six more countries join Trump-busting Iran barter group

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    Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden sign up to Instex mechanism that sidesteps US sanctions Paris, London and Berlin on Saturday welcomed six new European countries to the Instex barter mechanism, which is designed to circumvent US sanctions against trade with Iran by avoiding use of the dollar. “As founding shareholders of the Instrument … Continue reading Six more countries join Trump-busting Iran barter group
              

    The Great White Silence, 1924 - ★★★½

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    British, partially staged (at least the parts in which Scott and his 3-8 companions are on their way to the pole. They surely didn´t have a camera man with them) documentary from 1924 about Scotts expedition to the South-Pole. In these days it still was the self-conception of the Britains that they were the world´s greatest conquerors. The lead text expresses this saying that Scotts expedition was the greatest scientific enterprise that ever has been sent from any country. What a huge mortification it must have been when the public found out that Amundsen from minor Norway beat them in this race. The documentary is a very aesthetic composition of pictures and music. If you want to watch a movie to calm down and relax – this is it! If you manage to let yourself sink into it, it´s almost like a meditation.

    What surprises me again and again in older nature documentaries is the attitude towards animals. Here for example the hunt of Orcas on seals is being shown. That Scott and his party hunted seals too has been shown 10,15 minutes before. The hunting scenes are being accompanied by a text saying that the poor seal mother desperately tries to save her baby. Then the liberating message: Somebody shot one of the mean “Monsters” with his harpoon from the ship – the mother seal can relax! Her baby is saved. I have trouble following double standards like that. That doesn´t make the movie poor, it´s just a thought that came up in my mind.




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