SANTA CLARA — It’s far too early to predict a 49ers record — OK, 9-7 — just as it is far too fetched to read into Wednesday’s release of their schedule. Let’s do it anyway and jump to these 10 conclusions:1. First-half flip. Five road trips in their first eight games should not seem inviting. Must we remind you the 49ers’ record at the halfway point of Kyle Shanahan’s previous two seasons as coach: 0-8 and 1-7. We’ll see if the 49ers have the road chops to get it done right away with …
Last March, scientists publishing in Geology falsified the so-called “Permian Extinction,” calling it a “non-event.” (see 03/09/2009). Not only was there no smoking gun of a catastrophe in the rocks, the scientists said that the “claims of rapid vertebrate recovery… also must be called into question.” Our commentary at the time wondered how long it would take for other scientists to recognize the falsification. Well, now it’s almost a year later, and some are still speaking of the Permian Extinction as if they didn’t hear the news. A report in Science Daily today compares alligator breathing systems to those of birds, but the scientist involved said that “The real importance of this air-flow discovery in gators is it may explain the turnover in fauna between the Permian and the Triassic,” speaking of “The Great Dying” or “the Permian-Triassic extinction” as undisputed fact. From this we can deduce the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories: a notion in motion tends to stay in motion. C. G. Farmer at the University of Utah made a big point about her gators. She has apparently shown that air moves through an alligator’s lungs in one direction, as it does in birds. What the lungs of living alligators implies about the state of world ecology 251 million years ago seems moot. But Farmer reinforced the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories with another gaffe: she said, “It was not until the die-off of the large dinosaurs 65 million years ago that mammals made a comeback and started occupying body sizes larger than an opossum.” That notion was also falsified by the discovery of The Mammal that Ate Dinosaurs for Breakfast (01/12/2005), about which Nature commented, “Discoveries of large, carnivorous mammals from the Cretaceous challenge the long-held view that primitive mammals were small and uninteresting.” From these two data points, we can begin to quantify the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories. The deceleration of a notion in motion under the opposing force of falsification is undetectable in at least two notions per press release per five years.Scientists are only human. They can’t know everything and keep up with everything. Like most of us, they appeal to commonly-held notions that may be false. That’s why you shouldn’t trust them, but examine the evidence.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa has come out of its first recession in 17 years. The economy registered 0.9% growth for the third quarter of 2009, Statistics SA reports, warning however that long-term indicators remain negative and that the country faces a slow recovery. “You should however keep in mind that the unadjusted number for the same quarter came in at -2.1%,” said Stats SA executive manager Joe De Beer. “So the short-term indicators seem to tell us that the economy is picking up, but the long-term indicators still remain negative.” ‘Initial signs are good’ The revised gross domestic product (GDP) figure for the second quarter came in at -2.8% from an earlier -3%. Overall, the unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the first nine months of 2009 decreased by -1.8 percent compared with the first nine months of 2008. Negative contributions by other industries included finance, real estate and business services, and mining and quarrying (each contributing -0.3 of a percentage point), agriculture, forestry and fishing (-0.2 of a percentage point), and wholesale and retail trade, hotels and restaurants (-0.1 of a percentage point). The South African economy contracted for the previous three quarters in a row, but the latest positive growth figure means the country is no longer technically in a recession. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the third quarter of 2009 increased by an annualized 0.9% compared with the second quarter of 2009,” Stats SA said on Tuesday. “Initial signs are good but the outlook is not as rosy; it’s going to take some time,” Matshego said. The main contributors to the low growth in economic activity for the third quarter of 2009 were the manufacturing industry (contributing 1.1 percentage points), general government services (0.7 of a percentage point), construction and personal services (0.2 of a percentage point each). Commenting on the results, Nedbank economist Isaac Matshego said: “We expected it. This means that the man on the street can start thinking of things getting better. Growth contributors 25 November 2009
13 August 2013 President Jacob Zuma has signed into law the Superior Courts Bill, which aims to restructure South Africa’s judiciary and integrate its court system while enhancing access to justice in country. The Superior Courts Bill, which was approved by the Cabinet in December 2010, will consolidate all the laws relating to the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the High Court into a single piece of legislation. It will also establish a single High Court of South Africa. Until now, the country’s Superior Courts have been structured largely in accordance with the Supreme Court Act of 1959 passed early on during apartheid rule. Through the new law, the current 13 High Courts, which include High Courts inherited from the former “self-governing” apartheid homelands of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Ciskei and Venda, will be rationalised into a single High Court with a fully functional Division of the Court established in each province. Larger divisions will in turn have one or more local seats as may be necessary to bring justice closer to where people live. “The communities who live in the now Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces have endured the hardship of accessing the High Court in North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria since the formation of the Union of South Africa for a period of more than a century,” Zuma said after signing the Bill into law on Tuesday. “Legally, they can now have the benefit of having their own division of the High Court right at their doorstep.” This will happen as soon as construction of the two High Court Divisions in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces has been completed. “The construction of the Limpopo seat of the High Court is under way and will be completed by June 2014, while the construction of the Mpumalanga seat is expected to commence before the end of this year,” Zuma said. He said it was vital to ensure that justice “does not remain the privilege of the rich but is a fundamental human right enjoyed by all our people. The Superior Courts Act is a step in this direction”. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Poland v Senegal Poland vs Senegal: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Shaun Botterill Poland v Senegal World Cup Poland Senegal Powerade Group H is arguably the most competitive at the World Cup and both teams will be looking for a positive start to the tournament in Russia FULL TIME: Senegal win 2-1 and this group has been blown wide open with the two favourites to progress both losing 2-1. Senegal and Japan are in the driving seat but it’s a tough one to call.90+1: Poland win themselves a corner now, and swing it in quickly; Khadim N’Diaye makes a great diving take to pick it out though. Senegal hold on for now. Four added minutes88 Mins: Senegal Sub: Senegal try to sure things up as Kouyate comes on for N’diaye. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 86 Mins: GOAL! We are in for a nailbiting final couple of minutes. A good free kick from deep is put into the area where Krychowiak rises above everyone and finds the back of the net. Great header. 2-183 Mins: Poland Sub: Poland make their final change with Piszczek replaced by Bartosz Bereszynski82 Mins: Lewandowski and Rybus combine in the box as the former bursts into life for a moment with a little bit of magic to get around three Senegal defenders, yet the pass from the former to the latter is flagged as offside.80 Mins: Kownacki rises up to meet a Rybus square cross bulleted in from the left, but can only plant his header straight to the keeper.79 Mins: Poland’s midfield has, for most of this game, looked to be out of ideas, sluggish and stocky in the middle. Shy of something special, they’ve taken a big knock to their hopes of topping Group H today.75 Mins: Senegal Sub: That knock is proving too painful for Niang; Moussa Konate duly replaces him as the goalscorer leaves to applause from the Senegal fans.73 Mins: Poland Sub: Arkadiusz Milik is replaced by Dawid Kownacki.72 Mins: Yellow card for Idrissa Gana Gueye.70 Mins: Milik! The Poland man just clips a flat pass at the near-right post wide from Piszczek after slipping in around the back. The time to pull a result out of the hat is running out.65 Mins: Cionek and Mane tangle as the Senegal man seeks a third goal; the free-kick goes the way of the former just on the edge of the Poland box.64 Mins: That has got to be one of the biggest mistakes of the World Cup so far. Poland have a mountain to climb now; will they introduce their last two changes sooner rather than later as they look to claw themselves back into competition?63 Mins: Senegal Sub: Poland appear to be absolutely furious about something, loudly remonstrating with referee Nawaf Shukralla, as Senegal make their first change ahead of the restart. Diouf is off and it is Cheikh N’Doye of Birmingham City who takes his place.59 Mins: NIANG SCORES! 2-0 TO SENEGAL! It’s an absolutely awful error from Poland to gift their opponents a second goal. Just inside the centre circle, under little pressure, Krychowiak clips a high back-pass to Bednarek that the substitute is completely unprepared for. Niang races in unmarked off the right wing and beats both the defender and Szczesny, who tears out of his box to try and stop it. A neat chip over the keeper leaves an open net and the Torino man taps home for his first international goal. 2-0 to Senegal after an hour!56 Mins: Piszczek! The Poland man has a great chance to level the scores as Rybus tips a lovely flat cross wide to the right of the box from the left flank, but the defender fails to catch it on the volley and smothers it wide instead.54 Mins: Diouf should have made it two for Senegal! The striker is met by a lovely cut-back 10 yards out, and stumbles over the ball, allowing Piszczek to take it away. Niang looks to claim it back quickly but instead fouls the Poland man and concedes a free-kick.52 Mins: Down the other end, Mane arrives into the Poland box to blast a Diouf cut-back into the legs of Pazdan as Senegal create a swift counter-attack, with the deflection spilling to Cionek who clears deep.50 Mins: CLOSE! Lewandowski’s free kick is on target but it lacks the power to beat Khadim N’Diaye whp parries it away acrobatically.48 Mins: Lewandowski starting to come alive? He bursts through the Poland back line before Salif Sane comes across and fouls him. Yellow card for the defender and a free kick in a dangerous position.46 Mins: With barely a minute on the pitch, Bednarek goes down under a high challenge in his own box after Niang lofts a cross in. He gets back to his feet after a few moments following treatment by the medical staff and is good to continue.46 Mins: Poland get the second half started.Poland Sub: Jakub Błaszczykowski comes off for Jan BednarekExpect Poland to potentially make some changes to their rather central bearing midfield at the break as the look to cover the gaps out on the wings exploited by Senegal. As for Ailou Cisse’s team? They may introduce an additional defensive player at around the hour mark if their lead remains, in order to sit back and defend their advantage.An Idrissa Guye strike that took a big deflection for a Thiago Cionek own-goal is the difference at Spartak Stadium between Poland and Senegal at the break, but it has been an uninspired showing from Robert Lewandowski and his side in Moscow. Unable to get good service from his midfield, the Bayern Munich forward has been mostly an isolated figure as Sadio Mane’s team have outmuscled them in the centre of the pitch – and now they must overcome a one-goal deficit in order to get their World Cup campaign back on track. At half-time, it’s Poland 0-1 Senegal.HALF TIME: Senegal go in 1-0 up at halftime, can they hold on and start their second World Cup campaign with a win? Poland have been nullified in attack with Robert Lewandowski barely getting a kick in the first half. Improvement needed for both sides. 42 Mins: It’s nearly two goals in five minutes for Senegal; on the back of a corner conceded by Pazdan, Sane heads Niang’s set-piece play wide at the near-right post after being left unmarked. Poland look all at sea around the back after that opener.38 Mins: GOOOOOAL! It took a stroke of luck for their to be the breakthreough, Idrissa Gueye strikes it from 25 yards, the striker looks like no danger to the goalkeeper but a massive deflection from Thiago Cionek has seen the ball go past Szczesny. 1-0 Senegal through an own goal.36 Mins: There has yet to be a shot on target in this game; the only other match in this World Cup that failed to register such an effort in the first half was Croatia against Nigeria.34 Mins: Or will they? Diouf spurns a golden chance to head home an opening goal for Senegal as his just leaps under a cross squared in from Sabaly out on the right wing, though a belated flag from the linesman would have nixed any potential score regardless.32 Mins: It’s been an even-keeled affair for the most part – but both sides are missing a killer instinct right now. There’s no real sense of danger that either will find a breakthrough before half-time.30 Mins: Lewandowski nips into the Senegal box seeking a long ball put in from the left wing; it bounces kindly for keeper Khadim N’Diaye however and he has no trouble snaffling it from under the Bayern Munich man’s nose.29 Mins: Poland’s more direct approach of the last ten minutes has seen them gain an upswing in time on the ball; they currenly have a shade over 60 percent possession.26 Mins: Wague clips Grosicki with a short challenge as the pair tussle for possession inside the Poland half; the latter comes up with a free-kick as a result24 Mins: N’Diaye is the latest Senegal man to trouble the Polish defence and another communication error opens up a gap for him. His effort comes to nothing though, spilling wide under belated pressure; Szczesny gets the goal-kick.22 Mins: That’s more like it fom Poland; Zielinski tips a ball into the Senegal box on the right that sweeps over the defence and finds Grosicki who just heads it over the crossbar.20 Mins: Poland are looking prone to switching off in both attack and defence so far; they haven’t been able to supply Lewandowski with the deliveries he needs, and now Pazdan clears a Senegal cross into the box by almost kicking his own goalkeeper in the face. They need to sort out their communication, and fast.18 Mins: What a chance for Senegal! Sabaly picks out a loose pass from Zielinski inside his own half and breaks into a run down the left flank, stepping in off the wing to clip a fabulous ball through for Niang. Level with two defenders and with only the keeper to beat, he skews it somewhere between a shot and a square pass, and the ball flies out wide by the far-right post. A frustrating finish to a fantastic piece of play.16 Mins: Senegal think they have a shout for a penalty after Rybus clips Diouf inside the Poland box with both in pursuit of a Niang through-ball; the referee waves it away and VAR does not subsequently intervene either.14 Mins: Down the other end, Koulibaly concedes a corner under pressure from Lewandowski, who has been kept rather quiet so far by Senegal. Poland swing it in flat and low, only for Milik to lose it to Sabaly on the edge of the box, who clears deep and away from danger.13 Mins: Sane steps up to take and duly curls it over the wall and well wide of the goal to the left. It’s a maddening effort from the defender, and Poland have a goal-kick.12 Mins: Having been dispossessed by Mane, Krychowiak lunges after Niang and gets the ball back; yet the referee deems the latter tackle to be a foul and duly books the Poland man to his anger. Free-kick 30 or so yards out slightly to the left for Senegal…10 Mins: Despite looking a little loose around the back in the opening minutes, Senegal have settled the better of the pair in Moscow. Mane looks to slip a pass through into the left of the Poland box, around Cionek for Diouf; he doesn’t get the weight behind it though and the striker oversteps the ball, allowing Szczesny to claim.8 Mins: Blaszczykowski is flagged for offside as Poland look to alleviate the pressure on their defence with a long ball down the right; Sabaly traps him smartly and wins his side the free-kick.7 Mins: Senegal’s corner only finds the first man and Poland look to have survived the attack, only for Niang to dart back in with a loose pass on the left. He tries to curl it back towards the centre of the box, seeking Mane; Szczesny dives low off his line to claim before it can reach the striker.6 Mins: Cionek gives a needless corner away for Poland now after Diouf ran him close into the box; the Senegal forward slipped, yet the defender still opted to head out rather than to his keeper.4 Mins: It’s a cagey opening from Poland, who probe down the middle before going left instead from halfway. A nice cut-back cross is tipped in for Blaszczykowski; Sane gets in under his feet to sweep the ball away from danger3 Mins: Some loose passing around the back of their defence causes a momentary worry for Senegal, but Sane and Wague manage to create a fluid move down the right channel to lift the pressure off their back third of the field.1 Min: KICK OFF! Senegal get the game underway The teams have emerged at Spartak Stadium for the national anthems. The heavy rain that drenched Moscow in the build-up to the game appears to have abated for now, though conditions may be a little slippery underfoot.Senegal meanwhile are also unbeaten in their previous group stage appearance in 2002; aside from that famous victory against France, they also drew against Denmark and Uruguay to claim second place and progress to the round of 16, where they also defeated Sweden.Poland have met – and are undefeated against – African opposition on three previous occasions at the World Cup; Tunisia in 1978, Cameroon in 1982 and Morocco in 1986. Combined, the trio of encounters have produced only a single goal; a winning strike from Grzegorz Lato against Tunisia.Whilst Mane may have only picked up a single goal in qualification, in a 2-2 draw against Burkina Faso, the Liverpool forward helped his country arrive in Russia with an unbeaten record; they won four and drew two in a group including former hosts South Africa as they progressed to their sophomore tournament. The effect of captain Lewandowski on Poland cannot be downplayed; the Bayern Munich star was the top scorer in the UEFA World Cup qualifiers with 16 goals, netting 56% of his side’s total haul on the road to Russia. Only one other player scored more than once; Kamil Grosicki mustered three.Senegal’s return has taken even longer; it’s been 16 years since their only previous appearance, at South Korea and Japan 2002. On that occasion, they shocked the world, defeating reigning champions France in the group stage and making it to the quarter-finals where they fell to Turkey. Aliou Cisse was captain of the national side that day; now, he takes charge of his second major tournament as manager, having guided his team to the quarter-finals of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.It’s taken over a decade for Poland to get back to the World Cup, having last competed in Germany 2006, but the wait very well may be worth it; since taking charge in 2013, manager Adam Nawałka has led taken them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 and a top-ten place in the FIFA World Rankings that sees them as the top seed in Group H. They haven’t been out of the group stages for 32 years though, since Mexico 1986; can they bag three points against their opponents today to set them on the path to breaking their streak?As for the rest of the lineups, both teams have named strong starting XIs for their first game of the tournament; defender Kamil Glik is the only major absentee for Poland, named on the bench as he continues to recover from a shoulder knock, whilst Senegal name two further English-based players alongside Liverpool’s Mane in the shape of Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye and Stoke striker Mame Biram Diouf.30 Mins to KO: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Poland and Senegal wrap up the first round of fixtures in the group stages with a clash at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. The pair face off the for this time in their history in the second match of Group H today – and with Japan springing an upset victory over 2014 quarter-finalists Colombia in Saransk, will either of them snare a win in the capital to join them in the race for the round of 16? Game Poland vs Senegal Date Tuesday, June 19 Time 4pm BST / 11am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) Confirmed Line-upsPoland will be relying upon their all-time leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski to fire his team through the group stages and further into the tournament. Much of the Poland team has remained the same in recent years, with the trio of Blaszczykowski, Zielinski and Grosicki to offer the support behind the Bayern Munich frontman. Confirmed Poland XI: Wojciech Szczesny; Lukasz Piszczek, Maciej Rybus, Thiago Cionek, Michal Pazdan; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski; Robert LewandowskiPoland Subs: Dawid Kownacki, Bartosz Bialkowski, Rafal Kurzawa, Jan Bednarek, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Bartosz Bereszynski, Jacek Goralski, Karol Linetty, Kamil Glik, Slawomir Peszko, Lukasz FabianskiThe spearhead of this promising Senegal side is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane , who has scored 20 from his 44 appearances in all competitions at club level this season. With Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly the defensive lynchpin.Confirmed Senegal XI: Khadim N’Diaye; Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly, Moussa Wague; Alfred N’Diaye, M’Baye Niang, Ismaila Sarr, Idrissa Gueye; Mame Biram Diouf, Sadio ManeSenegal Subs: Cheikh N’Doye, Moussa Sow, Alfred Gomis, Adama Mbengue, Abdoulaye Diallo, Diafra Sakho, Keita, Lamine Gassama, Cheikhou Kouyate, Badou Ndiaye, Kara, Moussa KonateTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Hub. 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NEW YORK — Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company’s new chairwoman can exert control over his behaviour.Robyn Denholm, an Australian telecommunications executive, was appointed chairwoman of Tesla’s board last month, replacing Musk as part of as part of a securities fraud settlement with U.S. government regulators.But Musk said “it’s not realistic” to expect Denholm to watch over his actions because he remains the electric car company’s largest shareholder.“It’s not realistic in the sense that I am the largest shareholder in the company,” Musk said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” broadcast Sunday evening. “I can just call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want.”Musk, who owns about 20 per cent of Tesla, gave up the chairman role under a settlement with the Securities Exchange Commission, which had charged the CEO with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private.The SEC settlement also required the company to vet Musk’s tweets and other comments about the company before they are released to the public. Musk also shrugged off that provision, saying none of his tweets have been censored so far and the company does not review his posts to determine beforehand whether they could potentially affect the company’s stock price.“I guess we might make some mistakes. Who knows?” Musk said.Denholm’s appointment in November drew a mixed response from corporate governance experts, who praised her financial expertise but questioned her ability to carve out an independent path for a board that has been dominated by Musk.Denholm has been on Tesla’s board for five years. She is the chief financial officer and strategy head at Telstra Corp. Ltd., Australia’s largest telecommunications company, but will step down from that company after a six-month notice period and work at Tesla full-time.Musk told “60 Minutes” interviewer Lesley Stahl that he had hand-picked Denholm.The SEC settlement would allow Musk to return as chairman after three years, subject to shareholder approval. Musk said he would not be interested.“I actually prefer to have no titles at all,” Musk said.The Associated Press
Another day of big losses knocked U.S. stocks to their lowest levels in more than a year Monday. Investors dumped high-growth technology and retail companies as well as steadier, high-dividend companies. Oil fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since October 2017.On Monday:The S&P 500 index sank 54.01 points, or 2.1 per cent, at 2,545.94.The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 507.53 points, or 2.1 per cent, to 23,592.98.The Nasdaq composite tumbled 156.93 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 6,753.73.The Russell 2000 index shed 32.67 points, or 2.3 per cent, to 1,378.14.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 127.67 points, or 4.8 per cent.The Dow is down 1,126.24 points, or 4.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 149.66 points, or 2.2 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 157.37 points, or 10.2 per cent.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Rising interest rates appear to be taking a toll on Canadians’ finances as the total number of insolvencies filed under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act increased by 5.2 per cent in November from the prior year.The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcies says the number of consumer insolvencies rose by 5.1 per cent, while business insolvencies increased by 8.9 per cent.The Bank of Canada raised its key lending rate five times since the middle of 2017.The number of insolvencies decreased by 2.5 per cent in November from October with bankruptcies falling by 8.2 per cent and proposals increasing by 2.1 per cent.For the 12-month period ending Nov. 30, the number of bankruptcies and proposals grew by two per cent with consumer bankruptcies falling by five per cent and proposals increasing by 8.4 per cent. Consumer insolvency filings accounted for 97.2 per cent of total insolvency filings.Business insolvencies decreased by 0.6 per cent, with the mining, oil and gas extraction and manufacturing sectors falling the most while construction and retail insolvencies sustained the greatest increases.The number of insolvencies rose in all provinces except Nova Scotia in November compared with the same period a year earlier. Newfoundland and Labrador’s filings rose 11 per cent, followed by Alberta at 8.3 per cent. Quebec and Ontario grew by less than one per cent.The Canadian Press
“If there is no active injection operation nearby then certainly we will consider this to be a natural tectonic earthquake,” Kao said. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – A second earthquake in less than a week shook central Alberta on Sunday, although a seismologist notes it occurred in a different geologic region than a quake last week that’s been linked to fracking.Honn Kao with the Geological Survey of Canada says the 4.4 magnitude quake was detected at around 4 a.m., with an epicentre about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House.Kao says no damage has been reported, although he says many people who live in the area have reported feeling it, one as far away as Edmonton. A 4.6 magnitude earthquake last Monday that was felt in the communities of Red Deer and Sylvan Lake has prompted the Alberta Energy Regulator to order a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site.Kao notes that while the two quakes were geographically close, Sunday’s quake happened in the Rocky Mountains geological system, whereas last week’s event occurred in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.Cara Tobin, a spokeswoman for the AER, says there doesn’t appear to have been any industrial activity in the area of the most recent earthquake, but staff will be checking the data to make sure.“As inactive as Alberta is tectonically, this area is comparatively active, and so we do see more seismic activity in that area than we do in other areas,” Tobin said of the region where Sunday’s earthquake occurred.In August 2014, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same region. It didn’t do any damage but power was disrupted to about 500 customers, including a gas plant near Rocky Mountain House.Following last week’s quake, the AER said Vesta Energy Ltd. must suspend hydraulic fracturing operations at its well site, and must submit a report of all seismic activity in the area since April, as well as specific fracturing data for the well site from Jan. 29 to March 4. The regulator has also ordered Vesta to file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracturing.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals and sand underground to break up rocks to help get oil and natural gas flowing.Kao said some of the people who felt Sunday’s quake reported they were woken up by the shaking.He said more analysis will be needed to say definitively that the two quakes weren’t linked, but at the moment there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of it.
Amaravati (AP): The Andhra Pradesh government Friday transferred the Director General of Intelligence A B Venkateswara Rao shortly after the High Court rejected its plea challenging the Election Commission’s order.Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha issued a G.O transferring Rao and directing him to report to the police headquarters. The high court rejected the state government’s contentions, particularly that the DG had nothing to do with the conduct of elections and that the EC had no jurisdiction over him and ruled there was “no case for interim relief.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The high court refused to stall EC’s order, transferring two IPS officers, including the Director General of Intelligence and a non-cadre officer in the state government, and keeping them away from election duties. The Chief Secretary directed the Director General of Police (Head of Police Force) to not assign any election-related work to Rao till the completion of current elections. The Election Commission on Tuesday night directed the AP Chief Secretary to shift the Intelligence DG and not assign him any poll duties. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Chief Secretary immediately issued an order transferring the 1989 batch IPS officer. However, Punetha issued another order on Wednesday afternoon, after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu raised an objection to Rao’s transfer, and cancelled Tuesday night’s G.O. Neither the ruling Telugu Desam Party nor the state government were not so particular about the EC’s same directive in respect of the district SPs of Kadapa and Srikakulam. The Chief Minister was adamant the Intelligence chief be continued in the same post and the state officials apparently toed his line. The state government also filed a writ petition in the High Court challenging the EC directive. A division bench of the High Court, comprising acting Chief Justice Praveen Kumar and Justice Satyanarayana Murthy, ruled that there was “no case for interim relief” in the matter and said the state government should comply with the EC order.