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Only five US states spared from mass shootings this year: monitor

Posted December 13, 2015 13:41:12

Only five US states were not impacted by the bloody, perpetual series of mass shootings in the nation this year, according to a site that tracks gun violence.

Important points

  • Only 5 states in the US did not record a mass shooting this year, according to tracking internet site
  • States had been Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming
  • All events that killed or wounded at least 4 people had been counted
  • Specialists say the 5 states were “lucky” and had accomplished nothing revolutionary to stop shootings

As of December two, 353 mass shootings have killed 462 individuals in 220 cities, according to the Shooting Tracker web site, which counts all events that have killed or wounded at least four individuals.

A total of 1,317 men and women were wounded following adjusting for the newest toll from the last mass shooting, which saw a husband and wife couple kill 14 and wound 22 in San Bernardino, California, the deadliest such tragedy in 3 years.

If there is no slowdown to this frenetic pace, there will be as a lot of such traumatic deadly events as there are days in the year. Or more.

Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming alone have been spared such macabre fate.

Experts debate whether the states had been spared thanks to coincidence or if circumstances there make them a haven of peace.

All of them except West Virginia have not noticed a single mass shooting considering that 2013, when the internet site initial started its count primarily based not on official figures but on reports obtained from media reports and other sources.

The outcome owes in portion to the relatively low population density in these states, professionals say.

Wyoming, house to 584,000 people, is the least populous state, according to 2014 estimates from the US Census.

None of them have accomplished anything innovative or successful to avoid mass shootings, it just takes place to be … [a] coincidence.

Professor Adam Winkler, UCLA College of Law

North Dakota, with 739,500 folks, is the fourth least populated state, ranking 47th out of 50 general by population.

“Naturally, we would count on that states with smaller populations would have fewer mass shootings, on average,” University of Alabama criminologist Adam Lankford said.

The most populous state, California with 38.8 million folks, had 25 shootings, the second largest number this year.

Florida, which counted 27 shootings, the most of any state, has a population of 19.9 million, producing it the third most populated state.

Lack of shootings in five states a ‘coincidence’

The 5 states are also amongst the most rural. Most lack significant cities, except for Hawaii, with Honolulu obtaining a population of about 375,000.

Professor Lankford said men and women in the four states have been significantly less most likely to reside in cities than these in most other US states.

“This affects their threat and probability of experiencing a mass shooting,” he said.

“Even though college and workplace shootings do happen in towns and other rural locations, there are several types of mass shootings that largely happen in cities, such as mass shootings that arise from gang violence, organised crime, and other criminal activity.”

None of these five states, except for Hawaii, has adopted strict gun handle legislation, and it is usually simpler to personal 1 there than elsewhere in the United States.

Wyoming namely does not regulate the transfer or possession of machine guns and no state permit is necessary to purchase a rifle, shotgun or handgun.

That earns it an “F” from the San Francisco-based Law Centre to Avert Gun Violence, an advocacy group. North Dakota and West Virginia also get that lowest attainable grade.

New Hampshire fared just a hair better, with a D-.

Hawaii, in contrast, got a B+, due to the fact of its license and registration needs, ban on assault weapons and massive capacity ammunition magazines, youngster access prevention specifications and restriction on openly carrying of handguns and lengthy guns.

There have been quite a few shootings in those 5 states, but always fewer than four victims.

“None of them have carried out anything innovative or successful to avoid mass shootings, it just happens to be … [a] coincidence,” mentioned Adam Winkler of the UCLA College of Law.


Subjects: murder-and-manslaughter, law-crime-and-justice, crime, government-and-politics, united-states

Agen Sabung Ayam

Melbourne’s 2015 rainfall well under average for the second year running

Posted December 12, 2015 13:38:19

Melbourne man Simon relaxes by the Fitzroy Swimming Pool. Photo: Blue skies in Melbourne, as the city records beneath average rainfall in 2015. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

It has been one more dry year in Melbourne, with a “relatively robust” El Nino effect causing the city to record properly under average rainfall for the second year in a row, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.

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BoM duty forecaster Richard Russell stated with 397 millimetres of rain recorded so far this year, Melbourne was on track to record even less than last year.

“The quantity of rain we’ve recorded so far this year is properly beneath average and also under the amount that we’ve recorded in 2014,” he said.

“We require at least 35mm to catch what we recorded by the end of 2014, which was 432mm.”

He said the city was unlikely to acquire considerable rainfall before the finish of the year.

“In an El Nino year [it’s] quite challenging to get,” he stated.

“We had a couple of decent showers yesterday and it only measured 2mm, so we’d need very a couple of of those sort of setups to come by means of, or maybe one or two heavy downpours.

“But it doesn’t look as well most likely and the time is operating out.”

In 2013, 641mm of rain fell on the city.

Water storage levels ‘relatively comfortable’

Melbourne Water’s most current report, published earlier this month, showed 121.6mm of rain had fallen more than the city’s significant catchments this spring – 62.four per cent below extended-term typical.

The company’s water supply manager Michelle Riley mentioned at 71.five per cent on November 30, storages were slightly down on last year.

“El Nino climate patterns normally consist of warmer and drier circumstances in this component of Australia,” Ms Riley stated in a statement.

Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as rain falls in Melbourne. Photo: The BoM said 397mm of rainfall was recorded in Melbourne in 2015. (ABC News: Margaret Burin )

“In total our storages are nevertheless at a relatively comfy level, but with warmer months coming we require to continue to be intelligent about our water use to support balance out the modest filling season we’ve had this year.”

Mr Russell stated the El Nino impact, caused by warmed than usual water temperatures over the eastern Pacific, was likely to continue well into subsequent year.

“They usually last until at least into the Autumn period, which is hopefully looking at it breaking down by then, but obviously there’s disagreements between international models in terms of how that is behaved,” he stated.

“Hopefully it breaks down and we return to closer to typical, but it’s too early to inform.”

Water restrictions are no longer in location in Melbourne with regards to hand watering gardens and lawns, nevertheless permanent water use guidelines need watering systems to be employed between six:00pm and ten:00am.

Topics: climate, rainfall, water, water-management, water-supply, melbourne-3000

Agen Sabung Ayam

A scientist’s 13 year crusade to save Tasmania’s shy albatross

Posted December 12, 2015 08:56:29

Dr Rachael Alderman Photo: Medical professional Rachael Alderman weighs a shy albatross fledgeling on Albatross Island. The scientists are bitten repeatedly performing this perform (Supplied: Matthew Newton)
Associated Story: Art meets science on a remote Bass Strait island

Spreading awareness of Tasmania’s vulnerable species of sea bird, the shy albatross, is the important to keeping the species alive, a prominent scientist says.

From climate modify, plastic ingestion, habitat loss or feral animals it is not tough to recognize why the shy albatross is somewhat withdrawn.

The native Tasmanian sea bird is currently listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Protection Act which why a prominent Tasmanian scientist desires Tasmanians to get to know the shy albatross greater.

Species need to have to have their champions.

DPIPWE wildlife officer Dr Rachael Alderman

Wildlife officer with the Tasmanian parks division, Rachel Alderman, has been studying the giant birds since 2003 and said the data she had collected was not encouraging.

“There is been a general decline in breeding good results, for each pair that lay an egg it is acquiring increasingly less probably that they will have a surviving chick at the finish of the year,” she siad.

“We’re also obtaining that if they are productive… fewer and fewer chicks are surviving that very first period at sea and producing it back.”

scientists, Albatross Island Photo: Project head Dr Rachael Alderman (left) with fellow researchers Kris Caylon and Julie McInnes (right), at perform in a single of the rookeries on Albatross Island (Supplied: Matthew Newton)

The shy albatross breads only on 3 tiny islands off the coast of Tasmania the appropriately named Albatross Island in the north and Pedra Branca and Mewstone in the south.

It really is locating techniques to permit individuals to connect and find out about them that is the challenge.

DPIPWE wildlife officer Dr Rachael Alderman

It is an exclusively Tasmanian species and Dr Alderman stated she was typically shocked by how small the state’s population knew about them.

“Most individuals do not know that we even have Albatross here in our personal backyard let alone our very personal species,” he mentioned.

“One particular of the challenges for receiving neighborhood awareness and assistance is that they breed on tiny, inaccessible islands in the middle of the ocean, they’re not on your front doorstep, they are not in your backyard.

“It really is locating approaches to let individuals to connect and understand about them that is the challenge.”

shy albatross late Photo: Matthew Newton captured the last rays of light on these Shy Albatross at a single of 3 rookeries on Albatross Island (Supplied: Matthew Newton)

This weekend Dr Alerman has teamed up with Hobart primarily based boat tour operator, Pennicott Cruises for a fundraiser for the Tasmanian Albatross Fund.

“All of the ticket sales go towards the Tasmanian Albartoss Fund which has been set up to raise funds to support assistance the monitoring and conservation function, that is getting accomplished and also to help fund ongoing education and outreach activities,” she mentioned.

Dr Alderman invited a photographer and an artist on to the Island recently so they could aid reach a boarder audience.

Artists Matthew Newton and Richard Wastell have been granted uncommon access to the island to compile the exhibition On Albatross Island which is on show at the Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston.

It is accompanied by a equivalent exhibition aimed as youngsters named Albatrossity at the same venue.

Matthew Newton Photo: Photographic artist Matthew Newton setting up his Albatross Island images at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (ABC Northern Tasmania: Rick Eaves)

The Dr Alderman mentioned it was difficult work but it was much more than a job.

“Species need to have to have their champions,” she said.

“I actually sat down and worked it out one day, I’ve spent much more than six months on one specific island more than all these years,” she said.

“It is one thing that I am certainly passionate about and it’s effortless for me to be passionate about it.

“I perform with them, I recognize them intimately I get actually special access to them simply because of the nature of my job and my position within the government.

“Most individuals aren’t going to get that so how do I get them to be even a fraction as interested and concerned about them as I am is the challenge.”

late landing Photo: Matt Newton’s favourite image from the exhibition On Albatross Island (Supplied: Matthew Newton)

Topics: endangered-and-protected-species, atmosphere, tas

Agen Sabung Ayam

SA council commemorates one particular year given that mass whale beaching

By Isabella Pittaway

Posted December ten, 2015 ten:28:01

Yorke Peninsula Council Mayor Ray Agnew unveiling a plaque set on a rock near the beach where seven sperm whales died Photo: Yorke Peninsula Council Mayor Ray Agnew unveils a plaque for the seven sperm whales that beached themselves near Ardrossan. (Supplied: Yorke Peninsula Council)

Plaques have been set into rocks and trees planted for every single of the seven sperm whales that died after beaching themselves at Ardrossan in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula in December last year.

A regional loved ones recommended the tribute to the Yorke Peninsula Council to commemorate the occasion.

The council’s Mayor Ray Agnew mentioned the seven rocks have been placed close to the beach in the pattern the whales were found stranded.

A plaque describing the specifics of the beaching has also been placed nearby.

Mr Agnew said school students chose a name for every whale to be engraved on the plaques.

“The Ardrossan school students had been provided the chance to individually name the whales and they came up with the names Ardy, I assume from Ardrossan, Pasadena which is like seaweed, then they’ve got Splash, Fin, Smoothie and Diver,” he mentioned.

Mr Agnew said the memorial also highlighted the community’s efforts in handling the largest recorded beaching of sperm whales in South Australia.

“It’s anything none of us had come across ahead of and the State Government departments didn’t have any way of handling it as nicely,” he said.

“They had some employees there function for a couple of days but most of the perform was carried out by council and [mining business] Arrium officers and also Ardrossan Earth Moving, they worked incredibly well so we had been in a position to get it completed.”

A group from the South Australian Museum is still determining what brought on the seven whales to come ashore.

A plaque explaining the deaths of seven sperm whales that beached themselves near Ardrossan Photo: The Yorke Peninsula Council has placed a sign close to a beach in Ardrossan exactly where seven sperm whales have been found beached a year ago.

Subjects: animals, human-interest, environmental-management, environment, ardrossan-5571, sa, australia

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Angela Merkel beats out IS leader, Trump to be named Time ‘Person of the Year’

Updated December ten, 2015 07:06:22

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time “Person of the Year 2015”, hailing her leadership for navigating debt and asylum seeker crises that threatened to tear the European Union apart.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State extremist group, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, America’s Black Lives Matter activists campaigning against inequality and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had been named by Time as runners up.

“For asking a lot more of her nation than most politicians would dare, for standing firm against tyranny as effectively as expedience and for providing steadfast moral leadership in a world exactly where it is in quick supply, Angela Merkel is Time’s Individual of the Year,” wrote editor Nancy Gibbs.

Time described her as de facto leader of the European Union who this year steered the union by way of two existential crises — Greek bankruptcy and the asylum seeker crisis.

Throughout the eurozone crisis, when a battered continent looked to Berlin, Ms Merkel preached fiscal discipline and kept a tight grip on the nation’s purse strings, soothing the angst of a thrifty populace.

However, it was this summer time that the usually cautious leader took the biggest gamble in her decade in energy by throwing open Germany’s doors to asylum seekers — owning an concern set to define her legacy.

One particular million asylum seekers are anticipated in the nation by the finish of December as conflicts rage in Syria, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, Ms Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert, warmly welcomed the accolade, announced by Time on American breakfast tv.

“I am certain that the chancellor will see it as an encouragement to press on with her political function for the very good of Germany as nicely as Europe,” he mentioned.

She is only the fourth woman to be named Time individual of the year, following Wallis Simpson, the American divorcee for whom Britain’s King Edward VIII abdicated, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Corazon Aquino, the very first lady president of the Philippines.

‘Mama Merkel’, ‘Austerity Priestess’

A girl holds up a poster of Angela Merkel. Photo: Ms Merkel’s decision to welcome Syrian refugees won her praise but also sparked a backlash. (Reuters: Bernadett Szabo)

Ms Merkel, 61, is today’s most effective lady and leader of Europe’s largest economy.

The Lutheran pastor’s daughter, who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, was 1st elected chancellor in 2005.

She was praised by asylum seekers as “Mama Merkel” and derided by other folks as the eurozone’s “austerity priestess”. But her spectacular ascent from communist East Germany defies political convention.

“The prospect of Greek bankruptcy threatened the really existence of the euro zone. The migrant and refugee crisis challenged the principle of open borders. And ultimately, the carnage in Paris revived the reflex to slam doors, develop walls and trust no a single,” Ms Gibbs wrote on Wednesday.

“Every single time Merkel stepped in. Germany would bail Greece out, on her strict terms. It would welcome refugees as casualties of radical Islamist savagery, not carriers of it.

“And it would deploy troops abroad in the fight against ISIS … You can agree with her or not, but she is not taking the effortless road. Leaders are tested only when folks never want to stick to.”

Air of ordinariness tends to make Merkel well-liked in Germany

Seemingly indifferent to the trappings of energy and lacking vanity, Ms Merkel lives in a Berlin flat with her seldom seen, scientist husband Joachim Sauer.

She shops in a neighbourhood supermarket and spends holidays hiking in the Alps.

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Her oratory is typically monotonous and she is awkward in front of the cameras, but it is this air of ordinariness that has made Ms Merkel a hit with German voters, who worth no-nonsense pragmatism and competence.

A star student at school, she excelled in Russian, which she has put to use in defusing the Ukraine conflict with president Vladimir Putin, who was a KGB officer in East Germany when the Wall fell in 1989.

Mr Trump was unimpressed about getting passed more than for the German chancellor.

“I told you @TIME Magazine would in no way choose me as individual of the year regardless of becoming the big favorite They picked individual who is ruining Germany,” he wrote on Twitter.


Subjects: government-and-politics, community-and-society, germany

1st posted December 10, 2015 07:02:07

Agen Sabung Ayam

Essential bills pass in rowdy end to parliamentary year

Posted December 04, 2015 01:46:19

Essential pieces of legislation have been approved throughout the final evening of Federal Parliament for 2015, which was characterised by bitter and occasionally raucous debate.

Labor accused the Greens of getting “sell-out rats” for undertaking a deal with the Government on its bill to double existing penalties for multinational tax avoidance.

The Greens secured amendments which will force private Australian companies with revenue of $ 200 million or more to also publicly disclose their tax details, and multinationals with international income of $ 1 billion or more will have to prepare far more detailed monetary statements.

“What you can do in this place, is you can grandstand from the sidelines or you can roll your sleeves up and really get action on multinational tax avoidance,” Greens leader Richard Di Natale told the Senate.

The Federal Opposition was outraged because it desires the disclosure rules to apply to organizations with a income of $ one hundred million, and the Greens supported such an amendment just last month.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari stated Senator Di Natale had been “weak” and “desperate” to do the deal.

There’s a large distinction among truly receiving a bill passed into legislation, versus obtaining a political outcome that you can go and do a press conference on.

Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson

“He begins with the numbers on the position that he advocates for, he keeps the numbers, then he folds,” Senator Dastyari said.

“I want far more transparency, I want much more disclosure, I want far more openness.”

But the Greens mentioned without having their deal with the Government there would be no transparency of key companies’ tax affairs.

“We had the numbers for a political outcome, not a policy outcome,” Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson mentioned.

“There’s a large difference in between in fact acquiring a bill passed into legislation, versus receiving a political outcome that you can go and do a press conference on.”

There was also some disquiet on the Government benches.

South Australian Liberal senator Cory Bernardi signalled his intention to cross the floor, due to the fact the Greens agreement overturned a earlier decision by the Coalition party space.

“I regret very much that it’s come to this,” Senator Bernardi stated.

“It is really about, simply, the principles and processes that want to be endorsed.”

But after formal votes on the amendments the Senate’s final decision on the bill was waived by means of, and it was then authorized by the House of Representatives.

Citizenship changes pass regardless of crossbench concern

The Federal Government relied on support from the Opposition to pass two other essential bills prior to Parliament’s summer season break.

The Government’s changes to strip citizenship from dual nationals involved in terrorism was the subject of further scrutiny from the crossbench before becoming passed.

“When you cancel their citizenship and you deport them back to wherever they come from, have you carried out any modelling on the likelihood of them choosing up a weapon and putting a bullet by means of one of our soldiers?” independent senator Jacqui Lambie asked.

Attorney-General George Brandis stated anybody deported below the new law would be “placed into the hands of the other nation of which they are dual citizens”.

“You say that these people might put a bullet into one particular of our soldiers, these are folks that may possibly place a bullet into 1 of our soldiers or one particular of our civilians, we do not want them on our streets, that’s the goal of this bill,” Senator Brandis mentioned.

The Government also had Labor’s help to pass just more than $ 1 billion worth of savings from the larger education price range.

The legislation will convert start-up scholarships for students into loans from January subsequent year, and take away the ten per cent discount accessible for paying course costs upfront from 2017.

Both houses of parliament have now adjourned till February subsequent year.

Subjects: federal-government, government-and-politics, australia

Agen Sabung Ayam

The lady who celebrates Christmas 365 days a year

Posted December 01, 2015 13:15:59

Jane (Janeo) Dawes enjoys being surrounded by Christmas all year round as a prop house director. Photo: Jane Dawes enjoys being surrounded by Christmas all year round as a prop residence director. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

Meet Mrs Christmas: a Brisbane decorator who has been organizing, celebrating and organising festive cheer each day of the year for a lot more than two decades.

For 25 years Jane Dawes has decorated some of the River City’s biggest shopping centres, corporate buildings and public spaces.

We’re the magical people that set up the decorations even though everybody is sleeping in their beds.

Decorator Jane Dawes

While Christmas comes and goes each year, Ms Dawes looks at reindeers and sleighs all year round.

Her perform spot, The Prop House in the inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba, features five-metre-tall Christmas trees, life-sized gingerbread males and thousands of baubles.

The born and bred Brisbane businesswoman began in the market following generating visual merchandise displays in shopping centres.

“By means of the year we do themeing and prop employ for domestic parties and big events but it really is usually about Christmas,” she mentioned.

“We’re the magical men and women that set up the decorations while every person is sleeping in their beds.

“Christmas for us is daily, all year.”

Boxes arrive all year filled with Christmas trees, wreaths, toys and reindeers to be used in displays. Photo: Boxes arrive all year filled with Christmas trees, wreaths, toys and reindeers to be employed in displays. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

It is 12 months a year and it gets frantic around September when men and women panic and realise Christmas is coming.

Jane Dawes

Ms Dawes now lives and breathes the festive season as she plans, designs and builds displays with her little group of 12.

“Decorating buying centres and corporate buildings occur from September and then in January it has to be packed away once again,” she stated.

“It is 12 months a year and it gets frantic about September when men and women panic and realise Christmas is coming.

“We pretty significantly begin talking to our customers in January and February about the following Christmas.”

One of the many Christmas Trees Jane Dawes and her team will place throughout Brisbane. Photo: One of the numerous Christmas trees Jane Dawes and her group have placed all through Brisbane. (Supplied: The Prop House)

Fluffing Christmas trees

Ms Dawes mentioned one particular of the hardest components of her job was overnight purchasing centre installations.

“Clients stroll in a single day and there’s no decorations and then the next day they walk in and ‘hey presto’, there are decorations everywhere,” she stated.

“We deal with a very huge Nutcracker in the city and there is a toy solider at Springfield that stands at 4-and-a-half metres high … he’s quite impressive.”

Decorations are themed and placed in groups ready to go out to be installed. Photo: Decorations are themed and placed in groups ready to go out to be installed. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

The main task requires a crew of 50 working non-cease from 6:00pm via to 7:00am the subsequent day.

“We have to choose our crew as we need general luggers, EWP [elevated operate platform] drivers who drive the large scissor lifts and they all have to find out how varied the workload is,” she stated.

“We make it all seem in a extremely short time.

“You can be fluffing a Christmas tree one particular minute and then testing lights the next minute or on a lift hanging garlands.”

Individual Christmas tree branches are stacked in size and length in the prop showroom. Photo: Individual Christmas tree branches are stacked in size and length in the prop showroom. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

With extended shifts and overnight work, Ms Dawes said treats helped her team get by way of the night.

“We attempt to maintain it exciting and I go by means of lots of snake lollies at about two:00am every single shift to preserve everybody going with sugar,” she mentioned.

Buckets of baubles the size of basketballs are sorted in colour to make it easy for hanging. Photo: Buckets of baubles the size of basketballs are sorted in colour to make it straightforward for hanging. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

Checking thousands of Christmas lights

Hundreds of thousands of fairy lights are utilised in many of Ms Dawes’ displays and the stress of hoping they all function is an occupational hazard.

“There’s nonetheless that moment when you believe, ‘I hope all the lights are going to work’,” she said.

“It constantly happens and we typically hope we have not plugged in a plug or there is a loose bulb that is stopped the connection.

“Just imagine what absolutely everyone goes via setting up their Christmas tree but it is like on steroids as we’re dealing with far more lights and bigger trees.”

One of the life-sized Nutcracker soldiers used in shopping centres decorations. Photo: 1 of the life-sized Nutcracker soldiers employed in purchasing centres. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

Right after Christmas dinner has been eaten, Ms Dawes stated the preparing for next year began.

“Dismantles are tough as generally the satisfaction is a storage room full of boxes but they finish about January 15,” she stated.

“We hang as significantly as we can in our warehouse as that offers us floor space and I was always the person that packed to go camping so I can pack our retailer space extremely efficiently.

“Soon after that, we then do stocktake and redo the showroom and off we go again. We just keep functioning.”

All going well, Ms Dawes tries to take time off around February every single year ahead of Christmas begins all more than again.

She mentioned the adore of her job came from the satisfaction of seeing displays up and completed.

“Realizing that we have developed a concept or custom constructed one thing and to see how it appears at the end is an amazing feeling,” she mentioned.

“I do not think I could still be carrying out it if I didn’t get that buzz.”

Decorations hang from the ceiling as they wait to be installed in shopping centres and locations throughout Queensland. Photo: Decorations hang from the ceiling as they wait to be installed in shopping centres and areas throughout Queensland. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe )

Topics: human-interest, way of life-and-leisure, brisbane-4000

Agen Sabung Ayam

2015 shaping up as hottest year on record

Updated November 25, 2015 22:50:04

This year is set to be the hottest on record, due to a robust El Nino season and global warming, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says.

The WMO said temperatures had now risen 1 degree Celsius since the industrial revolution, with 2C regarded the limit to steer clear of harmful climate alter.

“The state of the global climate in 2015 will make history as for a quantity of factors,” WMO secretary-general Michel Jarraud said.

“Greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing climate change, can be controlled. We have the understanding and the tools to act.”

The UN agency’s provisional statement on the status of the climate also declared the 5-year period among 2011 and 2015 the hottest on record.

“Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached new highs and in the Northern hemisphere spring 2015 the three-month international typical concentration of CO2 crossed the 400 components per million barrier for the first time,” Mr Jarraud said.

“We have a selection — future generations do not.”

Australia has had its fair share of climate records broken this year too — not too long ago the Bureau of Meteorology declared October to be the hottest ever recorded.

A chart showing the year 2015's temperature changes in Celsius compared to 1961 to 1990 Photo: 2015’s temperature changes in Celsius compared to 1961 to 1990. (WMO/Met Office Hadley Centre)

A robust El Nino occasion is also pushing up temperatures.

“The all round warming effect of this El Nino is expected to continue into 2016,” Mr Jarraud said.

The WMO’s statement is designed to give negotiators the most up to date info prior to discussions begin at the UN’s Paris Climate Summit subsequent week.

The worldwide typical surface temperature from January to October shows the temperature for 2015 was about .73C above the 1961 to 1990 typical of 14C, and approximately 1 degree above the pre-industrial 1880 to 1899 period.

The WMO mentioned the international average sea-surface temperature, which set a record final year, is also probably to be met or beaten this year — despite the fact that there have been some notable cold spots, like around the Antarctic.

“A sturdy anomaly in atmospheric patterns known as the Southern Annular Mode lasted for many months,” the statement said.

“Eastern locations of north America were colder than average during the year, but none have been record cold.

“Following a warm January to September, Argentina skilled its coldest October on record.”

Professor Matthew England from UNSW’s Climate Adjust Investigation Centre stated the worldwide air typical temperature record had been “completely smashed in 2015”.

“This warming blows away the record-breaking 1997-1998 El Nino by a massive .two degrees Celsius,” he mentioned.

“The lead to of this distinction among two equivalent El Nino years is record levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“This ought to be a large wake-up get in touch with in the lead up to Paris for urgent and binding deep cuts in fossil fuel emissions.”

Dr Karl Braganza, the head of climate monitoring at the Bureau of Meteorology, worked on the report and mentioned the heat would probably continue subsequent year.

“Australia saw record spring temperatures in 2013, again in 2014, and this may possibly effectively continue for a third consecutive year,” he said.

“These are substantial changes for the climate method, with a likelihood that these are the warmest temperatures considering that just before the last ice age, and the highest levels of carbon dioxide in a lot more than two-and-a-half million years.”

External Link: Interactive animation shows temperatures about Australia more than the past week

Subjects: climate, climate-change, australia

Very first posted November 25, 2015 21:53:36

Agen Sabung Ayam

A Year After Democracy Protests, Hong Kong Voters Flock to Polls


Banners for candidates running for district council elections in Hong Kong this weekend. Credit Bobby Yip/Reuters

HONG KONG — Voters right here went to the polls on Sunday, choosing hundreds of neighborhood representatives in the very first election because concern about China’s influence over the electoral process set off immense sit-in protests last year.

Turnout for the election of 363 district councilors, who serve 4-year terms, was larger than in prior contests in 2011 and 2007, with about 47 percent of eligible voters casting ballots, the government reported. An added 68 seats had been uncontested.

The benefits have been mixed, as many participants in last year’s pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” won seats in some regions, and supporters of closer ties with the central government in Beijing gained ground in other individuals.

District-level lawmakers, who on typical serve constituencies of fewer than 20,000 folks, are a lot more focused on day-to-day livelihood concerns, like pushing for far better bus service and securing funds for improvements and repairs to public facilities such as roads, parks and street indicators.

But the tension over final year’s protests, identified as Occupy Central, which shut down some key thoroughfares in Hong Kong for far more than two months, was evident in the election on Sunday as effectively. In 1 densely populated region in Hong Kong’s New Territories characterized by towering apartment blocks, pro-Beijing and pro-democracy, or pan-democratic, constituencies have been divided by one particular street.

On one particular side, dominated by private apartment blocks constructed over the Po Lam subway station, 1 voter, who would give only his final name, Law, said he had cast his ballot for a pan-democratic candidate because he “hates the Communist Celebration.” Across the street, the leading two vote-getters in a district centered on a publicly funded housing project represented pro-Beijing parties. There, the incumbent, Alfred Au Ning-fat, was re-elected.

Next year, voters will elect people to Hong Kong’s 70-member Legislative Council, the city’s best lawmaking body. In June, the legislature rejected a voting strategy backed by the Beijing government that would have allowed the city’s a lot more than three million eligible voters to directly elect Hong Kong’s best official, the chief executive. That strategy, which permitted only candidates screened by a committee dominated by pro-Beijing loyalists to seem on the ballot, set off the Occupy Central movement final year.

In 2017, Hong Kong will hold elections for the chief executive. That contest will be decided by a 1,200-member unelected committee dominated by pro-Beijing groups like tycoons, farmers and fishermen, pro-Communist labor organizations and industry groups.


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Jawbone cuts 15 percent of staff in second round of layoffs this year

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It looks like the vacation season is not starting off so brightly for Jawbone. According to TechCrunch, the wearable devices company will lay off about 60 employees, representing 15 percent of its worldwide workforce. Jawbone will also shut down its New York City office and downsize its Sunnyvale, California and Pittsburgh locations as component of a firm-wide “streamlining” of its business.

A company spokesperson told TechCrunch, “Jawbone’s success more than the previous 15 years has been rooted in its capacity to evolve and develop dynamically in a rapidly scaling marketplace. As component of our strategy to develop a a lot more streamlined and successful company, we have made the difficult decision to reorganize the firm which has had an influence on our worldwide workforce.”

The layoffs will have an effect on every portion of Jawbone’s business. No product regions will be closed down as part of the restructuring, even though, meaning that the company will still sell Up fitness trackers, Jambox speakers, and Era headsets.

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