The bison bull was a long way from where he should have been — on provincial grazing lands in west-central Alberta instead of the rugged backcountry of Banff National Park.“We are considering destruction versus capture of this animal,” Parks Canada wildlife ecologist Jesse Whittington wrote 11 days after the bull, dubbed M05, crossed the park’s eastern boundary.Emails obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act detail how Parks Canada staff strived to bring MO5’s summer excursion to a happy conclusion, and how they carefully crafted their message when it did not turn out the way they’d hoped.A Parks Canada program to reintroduce bison to Banff reached a major milestone July 29 when more than 30 animals were released from a paddock into 1,200 square kilometres of Rocky Mountain wilderness. It was the first time in 140 years that bison roamed wild there.About a week later, two bulls — M05 and M19 — ventured out of the park independently.The agency committed to the Alberta government that it would take action if bison wandered too far. Public safety was a factor and there were also concerns about the animals coming into contact with cattle or damaging property.For days, staff were able to track the bulls’ movements using satellite data and signals from their collars.By Aug. 16, M05 was covering an average of 15 kilometres daily and could have reached private ranchland within a day.They tried coaxing it back into the park, but it didn’t work. Moving him was not an option because of a wildfire nearby. Fire crews were using all available large helicopters.Parks staff found M05 in a swamp and shot him. “That was a thankless and difficult job. I appreciate your willingness to do it,” Whittington wrote the two workers who killed the bull.M19 was still outside the park, but his location was not a concern at the time.Karsten Heuer, manager for the Banff Reintroduction Project, told colleagues it was important to get the tone right in a media release.“Minimize repetition and avoid use of government terms like ‘management action’ that make us sound a little cold-hearted.”Once the bull’s death did hit the news, the agency noted “overwhelmingly negative” reaction.“The CBC and CTV Calgary Facebook posts both garnered over 100 comments, over 100 ‘angry’ reactions and over or nearly 100 ‘sad’ reactions,” said a report that included a sampling of comments.“Parks Canada you screwed up royally. You don’t deserve bison roaming free in the park,” one said.Staff at the agency’s national office sent supportive messages to their Banff colleagues.“We just want to sympathize with you on the occasion of what must have been an agonizing decision,” said one note to Heuer.Parks officials were able to capture M19 three days after M05 was killed.He was tranquilized, hoisted away by helicopter and then trucked to Waterton Lakes National Park. He couldn’t return to the Banff herd, lest he wander off again and encourage others to follow.National office was not keen on publicizing a photo of M19 bundled up and suspended under the helicopter. It said it would “prefer having a picture of the bison (happy and healthy) in his new paddock.”“The picture below might be misinterpreted by the public, be shared out of context on social media etc.” In an interview, Bill Hunt, Banff’s resource conservation manager, recalled it being a tough time. That was especially true for those who killed M05 as they had spent 18 months caring for the animals before they were released.“Whether it’s dealing with bears or elk or cougars or wolves or bison, sometimes we have to make these difficult decisions,” Hunt said.The remaining herd — now numbering 34 — has mostly gathered around the spot where it was initially released. One bull seems to like being on his own the next valley over, but he’s still well within the reintroduction zone. A cow and two of her young dipped briefly across the boundary in October, but turned back.“Although it had some very serious challenges, overall we’re having a fantastic outcome here,” Hunt said. “Thirty-four healthy bison maintaining themselves over winter, which was our key concern, right in the heart of Banff.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
Lebron James declared his support for the re-election of President Barack Obama Monday night, despite being advised beforehand making his vow publicly could be “bad for the brand.”James makes millions of dollars each year off his endorsements, Nike being his biggest endorser. Nike, along with other endorsers, felt that announcing his backing of the President would be a negative reflection to the deals that he has in place.“I’ve been second guessed,” James said after Monday’s 124-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on the eve of election. “They’re saying it’s bad for the brand. If I feel like I want to support someone, then go for it.”James signed a seven-year, $93 million contract with Nike in May 2003. In March 2010 the brand signed him to an extension for an undisclosed amount.James has made it known that he is not afraid to take a stand as an athlete.“I just think it’s about knowledge if you know what’s going on,” James said. “I’ve always said I feel like it’s important for me to do it because that’s just who I am. I got out there and I learned a lot about it in ’08 and I learned a lot about it now.”In 2008, the three-time NBA MVP said he researched Obama before voting for him, but adds he has done the same this time around.Heat president Pat Riley and James are on two different sides of the aisle when dealing with politics. Riley has donated $2,500 to Republican challenger Mitt Romney.James was asked if he thought about throwing an event such as Bruce Springsteen did to rally support for Obama. The NBA champion said that his busy schedule during the summer, preseason and now regular season have prohibited him from being able to organize an event.“It’s kind of late now, but I’ve been able to send out a few tweets and support (Obama),” he said. “But I’m supporting him and I think his camp knows that and everybody that knows me knows that.”James is glad that he did not let endorsers influence his decision to speak out, but issued a challenge to everyone who can vote and hasn’t voted.“I think it’s a very important election for everyone,” James said. “Everyone, they talk about having a right to vote. Just don’t talk about it, actually go out and do it. And let your voice be heard, and I’m happy to be in the position I am.”
Observers generally say that eventually all cars will use some form of electric engine and that means recharging. The more charging opportunity, the more confident customers will be about EV adoptions. While Qualcomm is throwing its competitive hat into the ring with its new charging system, the company does not deny that this is no magic bullet if there is no adequate transport system to accommodate wide deployment. Wireless recharging points embedded in roads to give electric vehicles complete autonomy would be the next phase, allowing drivers to drive and charge at the same time. Qualcomm says pads buried in the motorway can allow EVs to travel longer distances, have smaller batteries, and weigh less. According to Tech-On, the frequency range used for power transmission is 20k-140kHz. The power to be transmitted is 3kW for single phase, 7kW for three phases and 18kW or higher in the case of rapid charging. A home could be set up with the single phase 3kW IPT for charging a car overnight.Many product debuts at CES are regularly criticized by viewers as disappearing into vapor once the show draws to a close, but Qualcomm’s system is scheduled for a more aggressive debut, in the form of a field test in 50 EVs over a two-year trial period.Wireless recharging points will be rolled out across London this year to put the charging system to the test. The testing is supported by Transport for London and Mayor Boris Johnson. The Mayor has showed strong support in promoting EVs. In 2009 he pledged that every Londoner will be no more than one mile from an electric car charge point by 2015. Electric cars get charged wirelessly in London (w/ Video) Explore further The “Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC)” technology demonstrated at CES works with a transmitter pad placed near the car’s vehicle pad, which is connected to the car’s battery. Once the car is parked over that pad, the car starts charging. A controller turns alternating current into direct current. An in-car display tells when the car is lined up and when charging has started.The system uses magnetic resonance to couple power from the Base Charging Unit (BCU) to the Vehicle Charging Unit (VCU). “The system works on the principle of a magnetic resistance similar to charging an electric toothbrush,” said Qualcomm’s Joe Barret, a Qualcomm executive. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Qualcomm has demonstrated its new wireless power transmission system for electric vehicles (EVs) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The system, including one pad for power transmitting, another for power-receiving, and control unit, uses the inductive transfer method to charge an EV. The chip-maker’s technology, Inductive Power Transfer (IPT), has a technology history that rests with the company that it acquired in November, HaloIPT. The latter, which made a name for itself in developing wireless charging technology for EVs, was a spinoff from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Qualcomm’s HaloIPT tech brings wireless charging for EVs (2012, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-qualcomm-haloipt-tech-wireless-evs.html More information: All images courtesy TechOn.
The 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway continued to remain closed for traffic for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday due to landslides triggered by heavy rain, leaving over 700 Kashmir-bound trucks and light passenger vehicles stranded.Authorities have not allowed any fresh movement of traffic from Jammu to Srinagar or from the other side, a senior traffic police officer said.”Road has been washed away at several places due to massive landslides triggered by continuous rainfall in the state. A large stretch of road has been washed away at several places,” the officer said. There have been fresh landslides at three different places in Ramban district, he said. The highway was closed on April 1 due to landslides triggered by heavy rains at different places, he said.The men and machines of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) are working to clear the highway of landslides and make it motorable, he said.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate two-day-long Mati Utsav from Tarakeswar in Hooghly on February 22.Banerjee is also expected to felicitate farmers with Mati Samman award for their extraordinary achievements in the agriculture sector. Banerjee will be giving the award after inaugurating the Mati Utsav at Baliguri area of Tarakeswar on Friday. Following the inauguration, the festival will be celebrated in all the districts. Hundreds of farmers from the districts will join the festival in their Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Boserespective districts. Banerjee had initiated this programme marking the growth of the agriculture sector in the state. Initially, it used to take place on Lalbaba Ashram Ground in Pangarh. She has been organising the programme for the past several years. The preparation of the Utsav has already started in all the districts and steps have been taken to make necessary arrangements as thousands of people will be visiting Mati Utsav not only in Hooghly but also in other districts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the state Agriculture department, there will be stalls in the festival so that the farmers would get to know about different modern techniques of farming from the outlets. There will be a separate platform where they can discuss about the problems they usually face during farming. There will be experts and officials of the state Agriculture department who could provide guidelines to the farmers. The knowledge-sharing programme with the experts will help to develop new ideas for farming. There will be further discussions on different aspects of Mati Utsav in the districts. It may be mentioned here that after coming to power the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several initiatives for the benefit of farmers to ensure that they incur profit. Prodded by the Chief Minister, state Agriculture department has started a host of new schemes and the annual income of the farmers in the state has gone up three times than what had been in the past. All the district administrations have been working on a war footing to put in place necessary arrangements ahead of official inauguration by Banerjee. State Agriculture Minister Asish Banerjee who is an MLA from Rampurhat in Birbhum said that the Mati Utsav will be celebrated across the state after the Chief Minister inaugurates the festival in Hooghly. The programme is extremely beneficial for the farmers as they get a platform to interact with the department officials. It will be celebrated in Suri, the district headquarter of Birbhum.