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‘We are hiring big time’: Calgary tech companies join forces to attract job seekers – Calgary


A Calgary-based group of tech companies held a hiring fair downtown on Saturday to help get the word out that the technology sector needs skilled workers.

Jason Moore was working as a geologist in Calgary for the past eight years until September when he was laid off.

“I left on good terms. They treated me very fairly but it was more just a side effect of what all of Alberta is going through at this time,” Moore said.


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Moore is one of the hundreds of people who attended the first Tech West Collective hiring expo on Saturday. He now considers himself lucky. Moore is learning the world of coding and discovering a passion he never knew he had.

“I think one of the great things about coding is you get to build stuff, and you get to see if it works right away. It’s like the mouse pushing the button and you get the pellet,” Moore said with a laugh.

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The Tech West Collective is a group of Calgary tech companies that have teamed up to help fill vacant positions.

“We are feeling a talent gap. Now we want to build up the talent pool,” said Tech West Collective organizer Kat Lesperance.

Lesperance works at Showpass, a Calgary-based tech company that provides ticketing solutions for event organizers. Showpass and Avanti Software are two of the seven members of the collective.

“We are hiring big time,” said David Owen Cord, Avanti Software co-CEO.

He said the company is looking for people of all backgrounds — not just tech-related positions.

“It’s been interesting because of the negative headlines here in Calgary and the layoffs that are going on but we are having a very different reality in the business we live in every day. One of our biggest challenges is actually filling the open spots that we are trying to hire for,” Owen Cord said.

Part of the problem is a lack of people with tech skills.

EvolveU is a non-profit educational institution that is helping job hunters transform their careers to adapt to the rapidly changing digital economy.

“There’s so much opportunity right now that people don’t even know about. That’s exciting for me and it’s exciting to watch the students go through the transformation,” said Jen Morrison, program manager with EvolveU, at the job fair on Saturday.

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Members of the Tech West Collective said it’s time for tech companies to stop poaching talent from each other and get the word out that Calgary’s economy goes beyond oil and gas. Those transitioning from the energy industry said the job hunt in the tech world is more encouraging.

“There [are] more jobs than would be for my old profession. It’s not that they’re handing them out, but there definitely does seem to be more excitement and more opportunity and a desire for more people to enter this industry,” Moore said, adding that he’s taking courses at EvolveU.

According to Calgary Economic Development, the city has over 2,000 open tech jobs.




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Terrelle Pryor, former NFL wide receiver, recovering after being stabbed in Pittsburgh


Free agent NFL wide receiver Terrelle Pryor has been arrested and is in stable condition after being stabbed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, overnight, CBS Sports reports. Pryor was stabbed in the shoulder and chest, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“Former NFL WR Terrelle Pryor underwent surgery this morning and is in critical condition after being stabbed last night at his Pittsburgh apartment in the shoulder and chest, per source,” Schefter wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning. Pryor’s agent says he was told the former Rose Bowl MVP is expected to make a full recovery, according to The Associated Press. 

The stabbing occurred early Saturday morning at the Heinz Lofts apartment complex in the Troy Hill neighborhood, CBS Pittsburgh reports. Police arrested both Pryor and Shalaya Briston. Pryor is being charged with simple assault while Briston has been charged with criminal attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Briston “also received injuries” in the altercation, according to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Pryor is a native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania. After playing quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008, he was by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft. He played five seasons with the Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals. 

As a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns in 2016, Pryor recorded 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. He also holds the NFL record for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback (93 yards). 

Pryor joined the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason, but was released in September following a hamstring injury. He has not played in a regular season game since November 2018.





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Dutch police arrest 35-year-old suspect in Hague stabbings



Dutch police on Saturday said they had arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of stabbing three youths on a street in the center of The Hague late on Friday, Trend reports citing Reuters.

Police said the suspect, described as having no fixed address, had been brought to a police station for questioning.

The three people injured, two 15-year-old girls and a 13-year-old boy were all discharged from hospital late on Friday.

National broadcaster NOS quoted two eyewitnesses as saying the girls had run screaming from the street into a nearby store. One said an “athletic” man fled the scene, jumping easily over obstacles.

The area was cordoned off for hours as first aid workers helped victims and police combed the area for clues.

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jiving Karim Zeroual scores first perfect 40 of the series while Anton du Beke notches his personal best 



Emma loves musicals and has played the West End in Chicago, so this should be right up her rue. Can she do Julie Andrews justice? It’s Anton’s first Charleston since 2016 with Lesley Joseph. An era-appropriate 1920s song, typing pool theme, red fringed flapper dress and bags of character. Full of bounce and plenty of that all-important swivel. She looks a little shaky in the lifts and understandably flags a tad towards the end, but big finish to a brilliant routine. 

Music: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” from, obviously, Thoroughly Modern Millie

Judges’ verdict: Shirley says “you just fast-tracked your way to the final, it was on-point and full of personality.” Bruno says “delicious, pitched perfectly, a high-class flapper.” Craig says “I do love a bit of swivel, darling, it can’t be denied, classic, classy, fab-ew-lous.” Motsi concludes “female-powered, hello Miss, well done”. 

Judges’ scores: 9, 10, 10, 10 for a total of 39 points. Her highest score and Anton’s too. He’s given himself a hernia on the balcony. Joint second with Kelvin.





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Bluff collapses within steps of passenger train tracks in Del Mar after heavy rains



Passenger rail service on the main line between Los Angeles and San Diego faced interruptions Saturday after a section of the Del Mar bluffs collapsed within a few feet of tracks following heavy rains this week.

The cliff failure occurred Friday south of Seagrove Park in front of a condominium complex, according to witnesses.

“The first time we saw it was this morning when we woke up,” said Ken Knight, a Washington resident who was vacationing in the area. “It’s probably a foot or two from the ties on the track. It’s close.”

On Saturday, the North County Transit District, which runs the Coaster passenger line, said it would close portions of the tracks south of the Solana Beach station to make repairs. Bus service will be provided to assist travelers.

Coaster trains will run on their regular Saturday schedule from Oceanside Transit Center to Solana Beach Coaster station and passengers will be taken by bus to Santa Fe Depot, according to the NCTD. Travelers who are headed north will be bused to Oceanside Transit Center.

Service for the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will also be affected. For more information go online at PacificSurfliner.com or call (800) 872-7245.

Regularly scheduled train service for both Amtrak and the Coaster is expected to resume on Sunday, according to a news release.

Del Mar has seen a significant increase in bluff collapses in recent years, largely attributed to the destabilizing effects of urban runoff and erosion from ocean waves. Sea-level rise driven by climate change is expected to exacerbate failures in coming decades.

This week’s incident comes after a Thanksgiving storm soaked the San Diego region.

Regional transportation officials have planned a number of drainage upgrades and other improvements aimed at stabilizing the bluffs. Long-range plans are also being developed to relocate or stabilize the train tracks that service Amtrak, Coaster and freight operations.

Beachgoers in Del Mar and other areas are encouraged to keep a safe distance from steep cliff sides, roughly 25 to 40 feet.

While parts of the bluffs are made of sturdy mudstone, other sections are very precarious, specifically stretches that were filled with loose materials when the railroad was constructed.

Smith and Robbins write for the San Diego Union-Tribune. U-T reporter Charles T. Clark contributed to this report.





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Canadiens Game Day: Keith Kinkaid will start in goal vs. Flyers


Keith Kinkaid will start in goal Saturday afternoon when the Canadiens take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre (3 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) looking to end a six-game winless streak (0-4-2).

When Canadiens coach Claude Julien met the media at 12:45 p.m. at the Bell Centre he said that Carey Price will start Sunday when they Canadiens play the Bruins in Boston (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens have allowed 20 goals in their last three games — all losses on home ice — and are coming off a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils Thursday night.

“It’s pretty simple … we got three games in four nights,” Julien said when asked to explain his goaltending decision. “Boston tomorrow gives an opportunity for Carey to get a little bit of rest. He’s played quite a bit. Again, those back-to-back games Carey, to me, has always played well in Boston. So there’s no reason why we don’t give him that rest and we don’t give Kinkaid an opportunity here tonight. So to me it’s a calculated decision on our part and we’re going forward with that.”

The Canadiens have an 11-9-5 record and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (14-7-5) are coming off a 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Friday afternoon in Philadelphia and are in third place in the Metropolitan Division.

When asked what his message is to his players as they try to end their six-game winless streak, Julien said: “Same thing as what most coaches would normally say: less is more. Don’t try and do somebody else’s job. Trust the people you’re out there with to do their jobs and once that comes back everything kind of falls into place. Right now everybody wants to win so badly, they see a little mistake they want to cover up right away and sometimes they don’t give that guy a chance to cover his mistake. We just need a little bit of patience and trust and I think if those two things happen I think it’s going to change the outcome of our defensive game a lot.”

This is the second of three games between these teams this season after the Flyers beat the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 7 in Philadelphia. They will wrap up the season series on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.

Olofsson will make Canadiens debut

Defenceman Gustav Olofsson, called up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Friday, will make his Canadiens debut against the Flyers on the third pairing with Cale Fleury.

That means Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak will be the healthy scratches.

In 20 games with the Rocket this season, Olofsson had 0-7-7 totals and was plus-1.

“From what I’ve seen and what I’ve been told, overall he’s been playing well,” Julien said about Olofsson. “He skates the puck, moves the puck well. He’s a guy that has a little bit of experience in this league.”

The Canadiens acquired the 24-year-old Olofsson from the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 3, 2018 in exchange for forward William Bitten. Olofsson played only two games for the Rocket last season before having season-ending shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder played 56 games with the Wild over three seasons, posting 0-11-11 totals. The Wild selected the Swedish defenceman in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

“The injury last year really set him back,” Julien said. “So now he’s got about 20 games under his belt (in Laval) and seems to be coming around. In the circumstance that we’re in right now, I think it’s a great opportunity to see if he can help us out and bring a dimension to our back end that we can certainly use right now. So we’re going to have a look at him this afternoon and hopefully be able to come out of this with a real good evaluation of him.

Longest slump in two seasons

The Canadiens’ six-game winless streak is their longest season and is one game longer than their longest slump last season, when they went 0-3-2 from Nov. 19-27.

The last time the Canadiens had a six-game winless streak was two seasons ago when they went 0-4-2 from Feb. 8-20. They also had a seven-game winless streak that season, going 0-6-1 from Oct. 7-20. The Canadiens finished 28th in the overall NHL standings that season.

“It’s a long season,” the Canadiens’ Max Domi said Friday morning at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. “It’s how it goes, right? You’re going to go through, obviously, ups and downs throughout a year. We know that there’s no one who wants to win more than the guys in this locker room. So we’re doing everything we possibly can and it’s something we’re going to have to stick together. We’re a real close group and we believe in one another and we believe in each other. Keep doing that, keep working hard and just trust the process here. We just got to get one win and then go from there.”

Sense of urgency

There’s a sense of urgency surrounding the Canadiens heading into the back-to-back games this weekend.

“We have the same urgency for every game,” Domi said Friday. “We want to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s October or hopefully in June. That’s our goal. So every game’s the same and you got to elevate your performance and your compete level and all that on a daily basis. All we’re focused on is tomorrow against Philly. We haven’t won a game in a while and we got to win the next game against Philly. That’s all we’re focused on right now.

“We’re a team here,” Domi added. “We’re going to stick together and every guy’s got to pull their weight. Obviously, we can be a lot better for Carey. We know that and he knows that, too. So we got to be better for each other and as a team, I think as a whole, when we’re all going we’re a tough team to play against. That’s all we can control so we got to find ways to get back to that.”

Supporting Price

Kinkaid has been doing his best to support Price during this tough stretch for the No. 1 goalie.

“I think just motivate him,” Kinkaid said Friday morning when asked what he can do to help Price as his backup. “Give friendly competition. Give stick taps on big saves in practice and whatnot. He does that constantly to me. So he’s been great with that … even saves that I think are relatively routine,  you hear him at the other end tapping his stick

“I think it’s just being encouraging,” Kinkaid added. “He knows what to do. He’s a top-notch professional. He’s the best in the game. Everyone goes through this, so it’s nothing we’re going to stress about. We just got to get out of it and sometimes it’s ugly when you get out of it, but you need that ugly game to get over the hump I think.”

Kinkaid was also asked about Price breaking his stick in frustration after giving up the fifth goal in Thursday night’s loss to the Devils.

“That was just maybe a shot he knows he can save,” Kinkaid said. “Right now, like I said, people go through this. Even I know there’s a few shots I should have saved during the season, like the one (game) in Vegas. I let in two shots I knew I should have and we still got the win (5-4 in overtime). It’s just getting back to the basics, focusing on keeping your body in front of the puck and tracking everything. I know (goalie coach Stéphane Waite) worked great with him. He’s been working great with me to help my game, too. So I’m not worried for us at all. We’ve been resilient to start the season and we’ll come out of this.”

Where the Canadiens rank

The Canadiens rank ninth in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game, and 29th in defence, allowing an average of 3.52. They rank 17th on the power play (18. 4 per cent), 30th in penalty-killing (72.7 per cent) and 15th in faceoffs (50.1 per cent).

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-15-22 totals, followed by Shea Weber (8-12-20), Brendan Gallagher (10-9-29), Phillip Danault (6-12-18) and Domi (6-11-17).

Where the Flyers rank

The Flyers rank 14th in the NHL in offence, scoring an average of 3.00 goals per game, and rank sixth in defence, allowing an average of 2.69. They rank 11th on the power play (20.2 per cent), third in penalty-killing (86.5 per cent) and first in faceoffs (53.9 per cent).

Travis Konecny leads the Flyers in scoring with 8-16-24 totals, followed by Sean Couturier (8-12-20), Jakub Voracek (6-13-19), Claude Giroux (8-10-18) and Oskar Lindblom (10-7-17).

What’s next?

The Canadiens will fly to Boston after Saturday’s game and play the Bruins Sunday night (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Next week, the New York Islanders will be at the Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio), followed by the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) before the Canadiens travel to New York to face the Rangers next Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

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How terror unfolded on the streets of London


A knifeman was shot dead by armed police just five minutes after he launched a horrific attack near London Bridge which killed two and left up to 12 injured.

Police were called to the north side of London Bridge at 1.58pm on Friday, after reports of a stabbing near Bank station and Fishmongers’ Hall. The Grade II-listed building had been hosting a prisoner rehabilitation conference, ‘Learning Together’, at the time.

The attack is thought to have begun inside the venue, police said, before the suspect – later identified as Usman Khan, 28 – left the building and headed towards London Bridge.

Minutes later, witnesses saw the knifeman being wrestled to the ground by members of the public, before armed-response officers confronted him at 2.03pm and shot him dead.  

Guy Lawrence, 48, a London air ambulance volunteer, said the attacker ran out of Fishmongers’ Hall wielding two eight-inch kitchen knives, the Sun reported. 

Police were called to the north side of London Bridge at 1.58pm this afternoon, to reports of a stabbing outside Bank station and Fishmongers' Hall

Police were called to the north side of London Bridge at 1.58pm this afternoon, to reports of a stabbing outside Bank station and Fishmongers’ Hall

He added that two brave members of the public had chased after the knifeman – one with a narwhal tusk found inside the venue and the other with a fire extinguisher.

Moments later, the attacker ran onto London Bridge where dramatic video showed he was tackled to the ground by at least six heroic members of the public. 

One of these men, later identified as a plain-clothed British Transport Police officer, had been walking on the other side of the bridge, and risked his own safety to run across traffic and confront Mr Khan. He was later seen holding one of two kitchen knives the assailant had brandished.

Two colleagues, Thomas Gray, 24, and Stevie Hurst, had jumped out of their cars on the bridge and joined in the scuffle, with Mr Gray describing stamping on the assailant’s hand until he released a knife.

After bystanders disarmed Mr Khan, armed police took control of the situation. Officers told people on top of the suspect to move away, before dragging the last member of the public to safety and opening fire. 

Armed police, who confronted the suspect at 2.03pm, were heard shouting ‘stop moving’ twice before shooting the man at close range.

Police also evacuated the south side of London Bridge near Borough Market, as hundreds of frightened bystanders began screaming and running for their lives when shots were fired. 

A man can be seen holding a knife on London Bridge during the incident today

A man lies on London Bridge following the incident that saw a huge police response today

One of the bystanders who intervened on London Bridge was seen holding a knife (left) which appeared to have been taken from the suspect. Another man – believed to be the shot knifeman – could be seen lying on the ground, close to a knife (circled, right)

Armed police on London Bridge told the brave bystanders to move away from the attacker, before shooting the knifeman at close range at 2.03pm

Armed police on London Bridge told the brave bystanders to move away from the attacker, before shooting the knifeman at close range at 2.03pm

The London Ambulance Service was called to the incident at 2.02pm on Friday afternoon, with the first medic arriving on scene within seven minutes of the call. The service later confirmed it had taken three people to two hospitals.

The London Fire Brigade also received its first call at 2.15pm. 

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the incident was being responded to ‘as though it is terror-related’ as a ‘precaution’ at 3.22pm this afternoon.

A statement read: ‘At this stage, the circumstances relating to the incident at London Bridge remain unclear. However, as a precaution, we are currently responding to this incident as though it is terror-related.’

The suspect is seen on the floor above as armed office point their guns towards him. Members of the public can be seen stood around

The suspect is seen on the floor above as armed office point their guns towards him. Members of the public can be seen stood around

A woman is carried away from the scene by police officers at London Bridge this afternoon. Four officer took her to safety

A woman is carried away from the scene by police officers at London Bridge this afternoon. Four officer took her to safety 

People are evacuated from London Bridge in the capital this afternoon after a police incident

People are evacuated from London Bridge in the capital this afternoon after a police incident

At 3.55pm, almost two hours after the attack began, the force added that a ‘number of people’ had been stabbed in the incident. 

‘A number of people have been stabbed. We will provide further information when possible’, a further statement from the force read. 

At around 4.20pm, it was confirmed by police that the attacker had been killed at the scene. The force also revealed the incident was being treated as a terror attack.

On Twitter, at 4.34pm, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: ‘I want to thank the emergency services and members of the public for their immense bravery in responding to this suspected terrorist attack at London Bridge.

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge today as they respond to the incident. Other members of the public seem to be walking past obliviously

Police apprehend a man in an street on the south side of London Bridge today as they respond to the incident. Other members of the public seem to be walking past obliviously 

Police at Borough Market after a knifeman was shot by officers at 2.03pm on London Bridge this afternoon. Emergency response units flooded the streets

Police at Borough Market after a knifeman was shot by officers at 2.03pm on London Bridge this afternoon. Emergency response units flooded the streets 

Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick (pictured) later confirmed that two stabbing victims had died in a statement given this evening

Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick (pictured) later confirmed that two stabbing victims had died in a statement given this evening

‘This is an appalling incident and all my thoughts are with the victims and their families.’ 

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu released an official statement around 15 minutes later. He confirmed a device ‘strapped to the body of the suspect’ was a hoax explosive device.

What happened in 2017’s London Bridge attack?

Eight people were killed and 48 seriously injured when terrorists struck on London Bridge two years ago.

Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, mowed down pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing random members of the public around Borough Market.

Police with riot shields on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

Police with riot shields on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

The trio were armed with ceramic knives and had fake suicide belts strapped around their waists during the marauding attack on the evening of June 3 2017.

Unarmed police officers, medics and members of the public rushed to help save lives during the attackers’ rampage around Borough Market.

In less than 10 minutes, Butt, Redouane and Zaghba were shot dead after confronting armed officers in Stoney Street.

Emergency personnel on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

Emergency personnel on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

At an inquest at the Old Bailey earlier this year, a jury found that the three terrorists were lawfully killed.

A separate inquest concluded victims Xavier Thomas, 45, Chrissy Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, were unlawfully killed.

He said: ‘I can confirm that at approximately 2pm today, Friday, 29 November, police were called to a stabbing at a premises near to London Bridge.

‘Emergency services attended, including officers from the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police. A male suspect was shot by specialist armed officers from City of London Police and I can confirm that this suspect died at the scene.

‘A number of other people received injuries during the incident and as soon as we can provide further updates on their condition, we will. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to those anxiously awaiting news from loved ones.

‘Due to reports the suspect may have had an explosive device, specialist officers attended the scene and wide cordons are in place to ensure there remains no further danger to the public We believe a device that was strapped to the body of the suspect is a hoax explosive device’.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said police are not looking for anyone else in the stabbing, as he commended the ‘breathtaking heroism’ of the members of public who intervened. 

At around 6.30pm, it was reported that at least one member of the public had died in the attack.  

Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick confirmed that two stabbing victims, a man and a woman, had died in a statement given this evening. 

She said: ‘I am deeply saddened and angered that our city has again been targeted by terrorism.

‘It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must now inform you that, as well as the suspect who was shot dead by police, two of those injured in this attack in the London Bridge area have tragically lost their lives.’

Early on Saturday morning, the suspect was identified by police as Usman Khan, 28.

It was also confirmed that three people –  a man and two women – were injured in the attack and remain in hospital.

Mr Basu said: ‘We are now in a position to confirm the identity of the suspect as 28-year-old Usman Khan, who had been residing in the Staffordshire area. As a result, officers are, tonight, carrying out searches at an address in Staffordshire.

‘This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack.

‘Tragically, two people – a man and a woman – were killed during the attack. Three others – a man and two women – were also injured and remain in hospital.’

Police and emergency services at the scene of the incident on London Bridge this afternoon. Police officers were seen co-coordinating members of the public

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Russian Su-30 fighter jets criticized by Belarus, they want F-16 – Defence Blog


Russia has started implementing a contract on the delivery of a batch of its newest Su-30SM multirole fighter jets to Belarus, but some analysts raised concerns about costs over the entire life cycle of the aircraft, from fabrication to maintenance.

The publication Lenta.ru reported Friday that a wide range of renowned experts has expressed their concerns regarding Belarus selected Russian-made combat aircraft to replace ageing Soviet-era MiG-29 fleet.

Andrey Porotnikov, BelarusSecurityBlog’s project leader, said that operating and support costs of Russian aircraft are more expensive than U.S.-made F-16 fighter aircraft.

Usually, the combat aircraft life-cycle cost for an estimated life of 35 years is 2-2.5 times its purchase price, as a result of which the total cost of maintenance of each Belarus’s Su-30SM will cost $100-125 million.

“And now, to sum up, the price of aircraft [about $ 50 million], the maintain of airworthiness and modernization. We get the amount from 185 to 210 million dollars for each (!) aircraft in the next 35 years. And the squadron [12 aircraft], respectively, from 2.22 billion to 2.52 billion dollars. The amount is not small, ”- Andrey Porotnikov stated.

Another disadvantage of the fighter manufactured in Russia is its AL-31FP engines, which six units “eat” during the Su-30SM life cycle (two of them are already installed and paid for at the time of purchase). This circumstance in the publication is explained by the fact that “Soviet (Russian) aircraft engines are traditionally inferior to Western ones not only in fuel efficiency but also in between-repairs and operating life cycles.”

“The Polish Air Force simultaneously operates the Soviet twin-engine fighter MiG-29 and the American single-engine F-16. It is assumed that the American fighter will fly off all 35 years with the same engine that was originally installed on it. Unfortunately, this does not work out with the MiG-29: eight engines will have to be replaced in the same period, ” explained analyst.

Photo by Airman 1st Class Duncan Bevan

According to TASS, the Su-30SM is a generation 4++ serial-produced and upgraded two-seat super-maneuverable fighter jet. The Su-30SM is furnished with two AL-31FP thrust-vectoring reheated double-flow turbofan engines. The fighter has an operating range of 1,500 km and flight endurance of 3.5 hours without refueling.

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Farmers Are Using Food Waste To Make Electricity : The Salt : NPR


Peter Melnik, a fourth-generation dairy farmer, owns Bar-Way Farm, Inc. in Deerfield, Mass. He has an anaerobic digester on his farm that converts food waste into renewable energy.

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Peter Melnik, a fourth-generation dairy farmer, owns Bar-Way Farm, Inc. in Deerfield, Mass. He has an anaerobic digester on his farm that converts food waste into renewable energy.

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This story was produced as part of a collaboration with the PBS NewsHour

As the season of big holiday meals kicks off, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on just how much food goes to waste.

If you piled up all the food that’s not eaten over the course of a year in the U.S., it would be enough to fill a skyscraper in Chicago about 44 times, according to an estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

And, when all this food rots in a landfill, it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In fact, a recent report from the United Nations from a panel of climate experts estimates that up to 10 percent of all human-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food waste.

So, here’s one solution to the problem: Dairy farmers in Massachusetts are using food waste to create electricity. They feed waste into anaerobic digesters, built and operated by Vanguard Renewables, which capture the methane emissions and make renewable energy.

The process begins by gathering wasted food from around the state, including from many Whole Foods locations. We visited the chain’s store in Shrewsbury, Mass., which has installed a Grind2Energy system. It’s an industrial-strength grinder that gobbles up all the scraps of food the store can’t sell, explains Karen Franczyk, who is the sustainability program manager for Whole Foods’ North Atlantic region.

The machine will grind up all kinds of food waste — “everything from bones, we put whole fish in here, to vegetables to dry items like rice or grains,” Franczyk says as the grinder is loaded. It also takes frying fats and greases.

Watch a video on farms turning food waste into renewable energy, in collaboration with PBS NewsHour.

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While Whole Foods donates a lot of surplus food to food banks, there’s a lot waste left over. Much of it is generated from prepping prepared foods. Just as when you cook in your own kitchen, there are lots of bits that remain, such as onion or carrot peel, rinds, stalks or meat scraps. The grinder turns all these bits into a slurry. “It really becomes kind of a liquefied food waste,” Franczyk says.

From here, the waste is loaded into a truck and sent to an anaerobic digester. “There’s no question it’s better than putting it in the trash,” Franczyk says. She says the chain is committed to diverting as much waste as possible and aims for zero waste. In addition to food donations, Whole Foods composts; this waste-to-energy system is yet another way to meet its goal. “We really do like the system,” she says.

We visited Bar-Way Farm, Inc. in Deerfield, Mass. Owner Peter Melnik, a fourth-generation dairy farmer, showed us how his anaerobic digester, which is installed next to his dairy barn, works.

“We presently take in about a 100 tons [of waste], which is about three tractor-trailer loads, every day,” Melnik says.

In addition to all the food waste from Whole Foods, he gets whey from a Cabot Creamery in the area, as well as waste from a local brewery and a juice plant.

In the digester on his farm, Melnik combines food waste from Whole Foods and other local sources with manure from his cows. The mixture cooks at about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. As the methane is released, it rises to the top of a large red tank with a black bubble-shaped dome.

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In the digester on his farm, Melnik combines food waste from Whole Foods and other local sources with manure from his cows. The mixture cooks at about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. As the methane is released, it rises to the top of a large red tank with a black bubble-shaped dome.

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In the digester, he combines all of this waste with manure from his cows. The mixture cooks at about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. As the methane is released, it rises to the top of a large red tank with a black bubble-shaped dome.

“We capture the gas in that bubble. Then we suck it into a big motor,” Melnik explains. Unlike other engines that run on diesel or gasoline, this engine runs on methane.

“This turns a big generator, which is creating one megawatt of electricity” continuously, Melnik says — enough to power more than just his farm. “We only use about 10 percent of what we make, and the rest is fed onto the [electricity] grid,” Melnik explains. It’s enough to power about 1,500 homes.

He says times are tough for dairy farmers, so this gives him a new stream of revenue. Vanguard pays him rental fees for having the anaerobic digester on his farm. In addition, he’s able to use the liquids left over from the process as fertilizer on his fields.

A large motor (housed inside here) runs on the methane gas captured in the digester. This motor powers a generator, which creates electricity — enough to power about 1,500 homes.

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A large motor (housed inside here) runs on the methane gas captured in the digester. This motor powers a generator, which creates electricity — enough to power about 1,500 homes.

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“The digester has been a home run for us,” Melnik says. “It’s made us more sustainable — environmentally [and] also economically.”

Vanguard Renewables hopes to expand its operations in the state and elsewhere. “There’s more than enough food waste in Massachusetts to feed all of our five digesters, plus many more,” says CEO John Hanselman.

Massachusetts has a state law that prohibits the disposal of commercial organic waste — including food — by businesses and institutions that generate at least one ton of this waste per week. This has created an incentive for food businesses to participate in the waste-to-energy initiative.

Hanselman points to Europe, where there are thousands of digesters in operation. His hope is that the concept will spread here. “The food waste recycling through anaerobic digestion could be done in every part of the country,” Hanselman says.

The company is currently building an anaerobic digester on a farm in Vermont. The gas produced there will be piped to Middlebury College, which will help the college reduce its carbon footprint.



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Shmoo Cake, Persians and Spudnuts: Touring Canada’s Regional Cuisine


Dan Bilefsky, my colleague who is based in his hometown, Montreal, looked into a existential threat that has united, sort of, two of the city’s greatest rivals: Fairmount Bagel and St-Viateur Bagel.

The threat is the prospect that the city might ban the wood-burning ovens that are a key component of what makes Montreal bagels, at least to their proponents, the world champions of bagels. Those of you who are unfamiliar with Montreal bagels can learn about what distinguishes them from other bagels, the St-Viateur-Fairmount rivalry and the debate over which shop’s doughy circles are the finest by reading Dan’s entertaining story.

[Read: A Montreal Bagel War Unites Rival Kings]

But I have to share one quotation from the article to give you a sense of the limits of the current collaboration between the shops:

“His bagels went to the moon, yeah, sure,” the owner of St-Viateur said of his competitor’s shop. “But the oldest? Give me one iota of proof!”

Montreal bagels are just one of many foods associated with a city, province or region. Of course, Montreal and Quebec can also add smoked meat, steamies, sugar pie and poutine to their lists.



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