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The 5-Way Win of Strong Nonprofit Branding

first_imgIf you think brands are just for big-ticket organizations like the Red Cross, United Way and The Humane Society of the United States; or you’re open to the idea, but don’t really get what branding might do for your nonprofit and haven’t pushed to learn more; or you simply don’t want to fight City Hall, then think again. You may very well be undermining your organization’s well being.Every single organization – including yours – has its own personality, its own identity, and its own set of characteristics; a.k.a. its brand. But if you stand back, refusing to define and express your brand (and I mean really staking your claim to it), the way others perceive and talk about your organization will become your brand. An accidental brand.I caution you – don’t be left out of the conversation about your own organization.Here’s the thing: As the nonprofit landscape gets increasingly complex and competitive, it’s more important than ever to clearly convey your characteristics – mission, credibility, and unique methods and impact – in a way that links strongly and clearly to the wants and needs of your primary audiences (e.g. the people whose help you need to (or who are mostly likely to) move your mission forward – program registrants, donors, volunteers and more).The marketplace has changed. Your organization will be talked about whether we like it or not. And it’s time that you join the conversation with a clear, recognized and memorable unified voice for your organization, that speaks to the unique value you deliver (that’s valued by your supporters and prospects). That’s powerful branding.Here are the five wins of great nonprofit branding:1. Clarifies understanding of your org’s value and relevance, in a flashYour brand serves as a simple and effective vehicle to convey the benefits and ultimate value provided by the programs, goods, and services your organization offers.When everything and everyone shares the same overall positioning, your organization is more likely to be perceived accurately.2. Provides an assurance (or reinforcement) of quality and consistencyIf your organization lives your brand, your brand must be built on a far stronger foundation than a recognizable name, logo or tagline. A real brand is about your organizational commitment to deliver products (goods, services, or programs) that are consistent with the brand’s positioning.Fail to deliver appropriate products in an appropriate way (matching your brand) and you’ll lose trust in a second. Make good on your brand promise, and it’s a whole other story. Actions trump words yet again!3. Differentiates your org in a memorable wayDone-right branding makes it possible for you to differentiate your organization in the minds of your audiences, making it stick. Stickiness leads to the enduring relationships that are every nonprofit’s dream.4. Serves as a springboard for customizing messages AND launching new programs, services and productsBranding enables you to convey a consistent overall positioning while tailoring offerings for donors, volunteers, funders and other audiences.In addition, you can build on the foundation of your strong, recognized base brand to more easily and effectively market and fundraise around new programs and services.5. Provides a proactive crisis communications shieldA well-established brand helps your organization carve out a unique position for itself in the public mindset, preventing negative images of other organizations from spilling over to your nonprofit if there’s a scandal in the field.It happens. Be brand prepared.In-depth branding case study: Part One and Part TwoLearn about how branding done right works for Red Rover.org, and how they got there!last_img read more

Report: Mark May Booted From ESPN’s ‘College Football Final’

first_imgMark May talks before being laid off by ESPN.First, Rece Davis was named as Chris Fowler’s replacement for ESPN’s College GameDay. Next, Lou Holtz and the network reached a “mutual agreement” to part ways. Now, via Sports Business Journal, we’re learning that Mark May, the only on-air talent left from last year’s College Football Final roster, will be moving on as well. May will no longer be part of the show – instead, it’ll be hosted by Adnan Virk, with Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell in the analyst chairs. Yes, for those keeping score at home, an Ohio State alum has replaced possibly the biggest Buckeye-hater on the planet.Can confirm Joey Galloway is replacing Mark May on ESPN’s college football coverage. Big move for Galloway.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) June 1, 2015According to Awful Announcing, May isn’t being booted entirely from the network. He’ll reportedly be part of a different show that also features John Saunders and Mack Brown. May is one of the most criticized college football analysts in the sport. You can bet that this move will be met with applause from fans.last_img read more

Paving Project Scheduled for Lighthouse Route

first_imgDrivers heading to Peggys Cove will find rugged scenery but smooth pavement once a road-paving project is completed in that area this summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has announced a tender for repaving on Route 333 from the intersection of Paddys Head Road for 8.2 kilometres to the community of West Dover. The closing date for the tender is Tuesday, May 30. “Making our tourism routes safer and stronger is a priority for our department and, of course, it’s good for area residents, too,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Last year we paved nine kilometres on Route 333 between Redmonds Road and Paddys Head Road. This project picks up where that left off.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Province funds Community Groups Municipalities to Support Cape Breton Seniors

first_imgBoularderie seniors will soon be enjoying dancing and rug-hooking as parts of a socialization and fitness project. The Friends of the Big Bras d’or Fire hall Association of Victoria County project, is one of 59 across the province — and 12 in Cape Breton — to receive a portion of nearly $440,000 in funding to support seniors’ participation in their communities. The grants were announced today, Feb. 2, by Len Goucher, Minister of Seniors. “These grants represent more than just funding for community-minded organizations,” said Mr. Goucher. “These initiatives have been selected because they’ll offer new opportunities for seniors, often by seniors, that are sustainable and which bring together different generations.” Forty-two non-profit organization projects will be supported through the Positive Aging Fund and 17 projects will be co-funded by municipalities through the Age-Friendly Communities Program. The Positive Aging Fund helps non-profit community organizations create projects that advance Nova Scotia’s Strategy for Positive Aging. The strategy is a long-term guide for planning for the province’s aging population, with a focus on the health, well-being and community participation of seniors. Successful applicants can receive up to $10,000 for projects through the fund. The Age-Friendly Communities Program helps municipalities create or adapt structures or services to be accessible, and inclusive of seniors, so they are able to lead healthy, active lives. Participating municipalities jointly fund the grants, which can also be up to $10,000 per project. “At a time when there are more seniors than ever before, these municipalities are recognizing the value of making sure seniors have full enjoyment of all the community has to offer,” said Mr. Goucher. “It’s equally important that communities have the benefit of all that seniors have to offer them.” The Department of Seniors received more than 120 applications for funding under the grant programs. Applicants will have another opportunity to apply in the fall. More information on the program and full lists of grant recipients are available at: www.gov.ns.ca/scs/agefriendlyComm.asp and www.gov.ns.ca/scs/positiveagingfund.asp .last_img read more

Time will tell if peace prevails in JK Nath

first_imgMumbai: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said only time will tell whether the Modi government’s move of scrapping of Article 370 will establish peace and bring down terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir.He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Madhya Pradesh government’s guest house named ‘Madhyalok’ at Vashi in neighboring Navi Mumbai. “Only time will tell how many employment opportunities are generated and whether acts of terrorism come down in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370…that is the biggest question before us,” he said. “Talking about what will happen in a day or two after the removal of Article 370 is actually meaningless, Nath said, adding, “It remains to be seen whether peace prevails in Jammu and Kashmir and terror activities come down.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’When asked about party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia coming out in support of the Modi government’s move on Article 370, Nath said, “He (Scindia) is with the Congress Working Committee’s proposal on the issue and will finally support the party’s resolution on it.” Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two union territories. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Congress strongly opposed the move and the bill. However, a number of Congress leaders across the country went against the party’s stand in Parliament on the issue. Apart from Scindia, senior Congress leaders Janardan Dwivedi and Deepender Hooda voiced their support to the move. Coming out in support of the Modi government on the issue, Scindia had tweeted on Wednesday, “I support the move on #JammuAndKashmir & #Ladakh and its full integration into union of India. Would have been better if constitutional process had been followed. No questions could have been raised then. Nevertheless, this is in our country’s interest and I support this.”last_img read more

Toronto library board revising roombooking policy after controversial memorial

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Public Library board voted Monday evening in favour of changing its rental policy following a controversial memorial at a west-end branch this summer.The memorial was held in July for Barbara Kulaszka, a lawyer whose clients included Marc Lemire, the leader of the now-disbanded white supremacy group Heritage Front.An announcement for the July event also said Paul Fromm, a former teacher whose ties to racist groups cost him his licence, were among those expected to speak at the event, which cost $10 to attend.Members of city council and such advocacy groups as the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, expressed outrage that organizers were allowed to book a space “despite their long record of promoting bigotry and their disturbing ties to the Neo-Nazi movement.”Under the changes approved by board members, library staff will be able to deny or cancel bookings “when the library reasonably believes the purpose of the booking is likely to promote, or would have the effect of promoting, discrimination, contempt or hatred of any group.”The report said key goals of the new booking policy, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, include maintaining a “welcoming and supportive environment free from discrimination and harassment.”The board added that while the public library supports freedom of speech, that support “does not translate into tolerance for hate speech.”The board said it had consulted with lawyers and was initially told it could not refuse the booking based on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and other policies. Staff subsequently consulted external lawyers as it reviewed the community and event space rental policy.last_img read more

CoucheTard excited but being careful around controversial Juul pods

TORONTO — Alimentation Couche-Tard is keeping an eye on its policies around “lower risk” smoking products after controversial flavoured e-cigarette maker Juul Labs yanked mango, fruit and cucumber flavoured pods from U.S. shelves in a bid to reduce their appeal to minors.Brian Hannasch, the convenience store chain’s chief executive, said Couche-Tard is “excited” by the growth of the market for such tobacco alternatives, but is also watching them closely because products like Juul are “probably too successful” because too many minors have been able to obtain them.“Couche-Tard is focused on making sure we’re not part of the problem, so we’ve gone back and revisited our processes and practices around making sure that we don’t sell to underaged consumers, whether that be alcohol, tobacco or anything else,” Hannasch told a conference call Wednesday to discuss the company’s latest financial results.“Our next step is collaborating with our partners to understand how we can bring reduced (risk) products into the stores, continuing to offer innovation but make sure those devices only end up in the hands of of-age consumers.”In making its decision earlier this month, Juul said the Canadian and U.S. markets are different.Hannasch said he applauds the decision to remove the flavours from the U.S., though they are still available in Canada. He added that he’s feeling “optimistic” about the future of alternative tobacco products because they have triggered a “short-term bump” for the market.Tobacco and related products have steadily been helping to lift Couche-Tard earnings in recent years.After the close of markets Tuesday, the retailer, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, reported its net earnings attributable to shareholders were US$473.1 or 84 cents per diluted share, up from $432.5 million or 76 cents per share from the same period the previous year.Its revenues also saw a spike, rising 21 per cent to $14.7 billion, up from $12.1 billion. Same-store merchandise revenues — a key retail metric — rose by 5.1 per cent in Canada, 4.4 per cent in the U.S. and 4.6 per cent in Europe.The strength Hannasch said Couche-Tard saw in Canada was partially driven by higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, but he also noted that fuel was a bright spot for the company this quarter.Couche-Tard’s fuel volumes grew overall by 12.6 per cent, though its fuel gross margins decreased by 2.82 US cents per gallon in the U.S. to 21.88 US cents per gallon and by 22 cents Canadian per litre in Canada to 8.42 cents Canadian per litre.Moving forward, Hannasch said the company would be focused on being more local, building more locations and focusing on food that can be scaled across a wide variety of geographies and store types.It will also put more effort into store experiences, he said.“The experience of buying fuel and buying items in our stores has largely been unchanged since card readers were introduced 25 years ago,” he said.“We think we are one of the companies that can and should play a role in disrupting what that journey looks like, so we have a variety of projects underway to significantly change how we interface with customers in the coming years.”Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD) read more

Conflict threatens decades of progress for children in Middle East North Africa

“Looking back on 70 years of UNICEF’s work for children is a source of great pride. Every country in the region has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less children die before the age of five, and school enrolment rates have improved,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a news release issued today.“But conflict risks reversing these gains for 157 million children across the region, making our mandate to protect them more crucial than ever,” he added.According to UNICEF, nearly one in five children across the Middle East and North Africa is in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, with violent conflict, poverty and displacement creating dire conditions that push almost 29 million boys and girls to the brink. After years of conflict across the Middle East and North Africa, children have increasingly come under attack and suffer the brunt of war in half of the countries in the region. These grim figures on our 70th anniversary should be an urgent wake up call to the world to work harderAn estimated 8.4 million Syrian children are in need of immediate assistance for shelter, food and water, compared to 500,000 in 2012. Nearly half a million children are living in besieged areas in Syria and have received little to no aid in almost two years. Almost 10 million children in Yemen are affected by conflict and living in critical conditions, with nearly 400,000 at risk of severe acute malnutrition.Extreme brutality against children is rife in Iraq. According to reports, nearly 400 child rights violations were recorded since January 2016. The ongoing military operation in Mosul has displaced nearly 74,000 people, almost half of them children.In Sudan, Libya and the State of Palestine, conflict has pushed millions of children out of their homes and schools and denied them access to basic services.“These grim figures on our 70th anniversary should be an urgent wake up call to the world to work harder so that each and every child across the Middle East and North Africa can survive, thrive and be reach their full potential,” said Mr. Cappelaere. “This is not a lost generation. History will judge us: we must invest more in the region’s children today.”Through the No Lost Generation, UNICEF has helped provide formal and informal learning opportunities for Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.In Syria and neighbouring refugee-host countries, UNICEF has helped vaccinate over 21 million children against polio in 2016, and in Sudan, over 82,000 children have received psycho-social support this year. Since January, four million children in Yemen have received nutritional services with support from UNICEF. read more

Global economy to see steady growth of three per cent in 2019

Slow, steady growth in EU, but ‘Brexit’ loomsOn the European Union’s prospects, the WESP report estimates growth of two per cent for the next two years, with much stronger performances, potentially, from States who became members since 2004.The pack is led by Poland, which saw its economy grow by five per cent in 2018.The bloc’s biggest economy, Germany, is set to see more moderate growth however, at 1.8 per cent, amid potential disruption to the domestic car industry from “new technologies, new competitors and significant legal and financial consequences from past sales practices related to the diesel technology”.France is also set to see lower-than-average growth (1.8 per cent), linked to its weaker export outlook, while the UK (1.4 per cent) is projected to pay for trade uncertainty linked to its plans to exit the EU, or Brexit, with “companies moving assets or diverting investment from the UK to the EU”, WESP 2019 notes.The ‘Brexit’ fallout may also be felt outside the EU, the UN report warns, with a possible “10-15 per cent decline in funding available to EU accession countries”.Commonwealth States, Central Europe slso see ‘modest growth’In most Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which includes Russia, most saw accelerating growth and slowing inflation last year, amid “supportive” commodity prices.Despite this, overall growth is forecast to slow “modestly” this year to two per cent, and 2.5 per cent in 2020, WESP 2019 suggests, amid concerns that strong expansion in smaller economies may be unsustainable, while lower public spending is expected in others.Focusing on Russia, the UN report notes that lifting the value-added tax (VAT) rate may encourage inflation and curb household spending, while ongoing sanctions could deter investment from abroad.Other large commodity-exporting countries, such as Brazil and Nigeria, should see a “moderate pickup “in growth in 2019-2020, “albeit from a low base”.Noting robust growth in Central Asia’s Tajikistan, thanks to increased aluminium and gold exports, WESP 2019 also suggests a much more positive future for the whole region, once China’s Belt and Road initiative becomes operational.Frequently hailed as a 21st century version of the ancient Silk Road trade route, the region “should benefit from … upgrades to countries’ railway, road and energy infrastructure, improved connections with China and Europe, and better market access,” the report explains.Elsewhere, South-Eastern Europe saw faster growth in 2018 and its overall gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand by 3.7 per cent in 2019 and 2020.Serbia, the region’s largest economy, benefited from double-digit growth in investment amid strong performances in farming and construction, while Albania also saw “solid” economic performance, WESP 2019 noted, before cautioning that longer-term improvements risk being “constrained”, unless there are improvements in industrial infrastructure and dependence on foreign financing. “We still have relatively strong growth, but we do see rising risks on the horizon and an increasing likelihood that some of these risks might actually materialize,” said Elliott Harris, United Nations Chief Economist, in comments coinciding with the launch of the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019 (WESP) report.Among these looming dangers, accelerating trade tensions are already “having an impact” on global trade and employment, Mr. Harris told UN News.In addition, rising national debt is also crippling many countries’ ability to provide basic services, but this and other risks – such as those from climate change and waning support for international cooperation – could be avoided or minimized if countries worked together to do so, the UN’s top economist insisted.With mounting pressures in the areas of international trade, international development finance and tackling climate change, the report underscores that strengthening global cooperation is central to advancing sustainable development.Yet, these threats come at a time when international cooperation and governance are more important than ever – many of the challenges laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are global by nature and require collective and cooperative action. Waning support for multilateralism also raises questions around the capacity for collaborative policy action in the event of a widespread global shock. UN report spotlights ‘uneven progress’According to the WESP report, published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, more than half the world’s economies saw growth accelerate in 2017 and 2018.Developed economies grew at 2.2 per cent in both years, while unemployment rates dropped.Among developing economies, East Asia and South Asia saw the strongest gains in 2018, at 5.8 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, while commodity-exporting countries continued their “gradual recovery”.This improvement was particularly true for fuel-rich emerging nations, despite high debt levels caused by a fall in commodity prices, in 2014-15.Although the overall picture among developing economies is largely positive, many are nonetheless experiencing “uneven progress”, the UN report cautioned, amid falling individual (per capita) wealth in several nations.“Further declines or weak per capita growth are anticipated in 2019 in Central, Southern and West Africa, Western Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean – homes to nearly a quarter of the global population living in extreme poverty,” it noted.And even where growth is strong, it is “often driven by core industrial and urban regions”, the WESP 2019 report continued, such that rural areas are being left behind.To overcome this, and for poverty to be eradicated by 2030, the UN report suggests that there will need to be “both double-digit growth in Africa” along with “steep reductions” in unequal pay levels.US-China trade tensionsOn the issue of trade tensions, it noted that these had led to a fall in global trade levels in 2018, from 5.3 per cent in 2017, to 3.8 per cent.And as a result of the United States-China uncertainty, the expectation is that trade volumes in 2019 “will be lower” still, Mr. Harris suggested.Government subsidies have to some extent softened the impact of the tariff hikes in the US and China – whose growth is expected to decrease from 6.6 per cent in 2018 to 6.3 per cent this year – but the risk is that developing economies may suffer the fallout too, unless the dispute is settled.“If the trade dispute becomes more widespread, we will likely to see disruptions of global value change,” Mr. Harris explained. “Bear in mind that the participation of global trade has been one of the ways that developing countries have participated in the rising global prosperity and have accelerated their own developments. So, anything that disrupts that, of course, (will) have a negative impact on their abilities to increase their levels of prosperity and to develop sustainably.”This cautionary assessment is telling because the US in 2018 contributed more to global trade than Japan or the European Union, according to UN economists at UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, which contributed to the WESP 2019 report.Rising interest rates in the US – or a strengthening of the dollar – could also make matters worse for fragile emerging economies, the WESP report noted, adding that many low-income countries have already seen a “substantial rise” in interest repayments on their debt.These include Lebanon and Sri Lanka, where over 40 per cent of Government revenue is spent servicing its debt, as well as Pakistan and Jamaica, where around a quarter of their budget is used to pay interest on national debt, representing a major constraint on public services. read more

Brock researchers receive SSHRC grants

For children with dyslexia, learning to read can be a struggle. It’s hard not to let discouragement and frustration win out as vulnerable readers strive to unlock the mystery of letters and words.Yet research shows that these children are highly creative. The focus of John McNamara’s upcoming work is to tap into this creativity to motivate vulnerable readers to continue learning.The Department of Child and Youth Studies professor will build upon a literacy program he devised earlier for vulnerable readers called “Reading Rocks,” which teaches core literacy skills and requires children to graph and monitor their reading goals and results as a way of “showing them their own success,” says McNamara.With his new Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), McNamara and his graduate student Hilary Scruton will be researching ways to tap into what studies show is a tendency for children with reading disabilities to over compensate with the right side of their brain – the “creativity” centre – instead of the “analytical” left side when they read.“If our kids are thinking creatively or outside the box, we want to get them focused on that really early,” says McNamara.McNamara is one of four Brock University researchers awarded Insight Grants under the latest round of SSHRC finding. The Insight Grants program provides funding for three to five years for research that accomplishes a number of goals, including: building knowledge and understanding; supporting new approaches to research; and providing training experiences for students. (http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/insight_grants-subventions_savoir-eng.aspx)Five additional researchers received Insight Development Grants, which support small-scale initiatives such as case studies, pilot projects and critical analysis of existing research. (http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/insight_development_grants-subventions_de_developpement_savoir-eng.aspx)Brock University received a total of $949,633 in this latest round of SSHRC grants.In her research program, Labour Studies associate professor Kendra Coulter is exploring the concept of “humane jobs,” employment that benefits both people and animals.“Currently, too many jobs mean lousy conditions for people, and even worse realities for animals,” she says. “This project will develop a new way to approach work, one underscored by respect for animals, people, and the environment.”Coulter plans to interview people working with and/or caring for animals, as well as to analyze policies and programs in other countries to develop a theory of humane jobs, and to identify opportunities to create new areas of work.“There are opportunities across sectors, including in health care, education, animal protection, social services, and agriculture, for rural and urban communities, and for women and men of different classes, skills, and educational levels,” says Coulter.“Dr. Coulter’s exploration of how human and animal wellbeing can come together in the workplace and Dr. McNamara’s study of what motivates children with learning challenges to read are two of many examples of the innovative work our researchers are pursuing,” says Gary Libben, Brock’s Vice-President Research.“Our researchers continue to expand the boundaries of society’s knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of issues, which leads to the improvement of the lives of many,” he says. “Our funding successes for SSHRC’s Insight Grant and Insight Development Grant programs further fuel our research intensiveness.”This round’s Insight Grants, which cover three to five years, are:* Theory of Mind Development in Emerging Adolescence, Sandra Bosacki* Promoting Literacy, Self-regulation and Motivation in Vulnerable Readers, John McNamara* Resisting Recognition: Transnational Oppositions to LGBT Inclusions in Canada and Great Britain, Catherine Nash* The Effect of Synchronized Behaviour in Small Groups, Philip Sullivan.This round’s Insight Development Grants, which cover two years, are:* Fostering Humane Jobs: Conceptual and Policy Insights, Kendra Coulter* Learning to Teach and Coach for Meaning, Tim Fletcher* How do Social Enterprises Respond to Competitive Pressures While Maintaining the Integrity of their Social Purpose?, Wesley Helms* Building Bayesian Updating Models and Testing for Biases: The Case of Sports Betting Markets, Kevin Mongeon* Understanding the Contested Field of Sex Work, Trish Ruebottom. read more

Ichiro Suzuki Will Not Play For Japan In WBC

Ichiro Suzki of the New York Yankees, the best player to play in the Major Leagues, told Japanese baseball officials on Monday he has decided not to take part in next year’s World Baseball Classic.“I appreciate being asked to play for Japan again at the WBC,” Suzuki said. “But after the second tournament in 2009 I never considered playing in the third event. My feelings have not changed to this day, and it’s where things stand.”The 39-year-old Suzuki, who was instrumental in helping Japan win the WBC in 2006 and 2009, joins fellow Japanese major leaguers Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Norchika Aoki of he Milwaukee Brewers in opting out of the March 2-19 tournament.Suzuki, a free agent, was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Yankees in July. Yankees’ pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, another free agent, also said Monday he would not play in the 2013 WBC.Suzuki hit .322 in 67 games for the Yankees and was one of the team’s most consistent hitters.In the final of the 2009 WBC, Suzuki drove in the winning run with a line drive to center in the 10th inning as Japan beat South Korea 5-3 to claim its second straight title.With many major league players opting out, Japan will likely field a team made up entirely of players from the domestic professional league.Japan beat first-round WBC opponent Cuba in two exhibition games on the weekend by scores of 2-0 and 3-1 with players from the Central and Pacific leagues.Japan opens defense of its WBC title on March 2 in Pool A in Fukuoka, Japan, where it will face Cuba, China and a yet-to-be-determined qualifier. read more

Gallery MLS Cup final Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers

The MLS Cup trophy on display during the MLS Cup Final on Dec. 6 at Mapfre Stadium. Crew lost 2-1. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor

Open thread how do you think tonights game between Leinster and Munster

first_imgENCOUNTERS BETWEEN LEINSTER and Munster are rarely easy to predict, and tonight’s RaboDirect PRO12 match at the Aviva Stadium is no exception.Both sides have shown inconsistent form of late, with Leinster comprehensively beaten by Connacht last week and Munster also losing against Ospreys.Leinster, who triumphed the last time the two sides met, also have numerous injury problems to cope with, as Leo Cullen, Gordon D’Arcy, Cian Healy and Rob Kearney are among those absent.Similarly, Munster’s selection is not exactly consistent, with the side showing six changes to the one that lost last week.So how do you think it’ll go?Let us know in the comments section below.Read: As it happened: Ulster v Connacht, RaboDirect PRO12>Read: Have you been paying attention? Here’s TheScore.ie’s quiz of the week>last_img read more

Après un séisme la Terre se guérit comme le corps humain répare

first_imgAprès un séisme, la Terre se guérit… comme le corps humain répare une plaieComment la Terre se remet-elle après un traumatisme comme les séismes ? C’est ce qu’ont cherché à savoir des scientifiques chinois et américains qui ont observé l’activité réparatrice de notre planète au niveau de diverses failles sismiques. Notre planète serait capable, à l’instar du corps humain, de se réparer en cas de traumatismes. En particulier, après des tremblements de terre, lorsque des failles se créent. Le processus serait alors identique à celui de la peau lors d’une coupure, quand le sang sort de la plaie avant que divers éléments ne se chargent de guérir les tissus. C’est du moins ce qu’affirment dans une nouvelle étude tour juste parue dans la revue Science des chercheurs chinois et américains.  Durant un séisme, des blocs se détachent, se déchirent et créent des failles. Des trous béants qui présentent des mesures très variables. Or, d’après les chercheurs, la Terre serait capable de refermer ces blessures en y faisant circuler des fluides. C’est l’observation d’une faille créée lors du séisme de Wenchuan en 2008 (7,9 sur l’échelle de Richter) qui a permis d’aboutir à une telle conclusion. En moins de deux ans (soit un battement de cil en temps géologique), la faille se serait “recousue”, le trou refermé à l’aide d’une combinaison de processus que les scientifiques cherchent désormais à percer.De l’eau comme fluide vitalAu cours de l’étude, l’équipe de chercheurs a réalisé une surveillance à l’aide de sondes (au nombre de cinq) dans les failles du séisme de Wenchuan. Les analyses ont commencé 178 jours après le 12 mai 2008 et le tremblement de terre massif qui a tué 80.000 personnes. La faille étudiée mesurait moins d’un centimètre et se trouvait “fraîchement pulvérisée”. Durant 18 mois, les chercheurs ont étudié les parois abîmées et la perméabilité de la roche. Il est ainsi apparu que l’eau qui circulait à travers celle-ci lui apportait de nouveaux minéraux nécessaires à sa reconstitution. Les scientifiques ont traqué les flux continus et mis à jour un mouvement digne d’un raz-de-marée en adéquation avec l’activité du soleil, de la lune et des mers. Un processus qui s’est traduit notamment par une baisse de la perméabilité de la roche. “On sait déjà qu’il y a de nombreuses raisons pour que les failles ne se comportent pas comme nous l’attendons” avoue Emily Brodsky de l’université de Santa Cruz et co-auteur de l’étude. Mais les observations faites sont allées au-delà des estimations faites en laboratoire. La perméabilité de la roche notamment a chuté bien plus rapidement que ce que les scientifiques avaient estimé.Des failles qui peuvent se rouvrirMais les observations ne se sont pas arrêtées là. Au cours de l’étude, les chercheurs ont constaté que la perméabilité connaissait par la suite de petites hausses rapides. Des signes que la faille n’était pas complètement guérie. “Nous nous attendions à voir des processus de géurison, mais nous ne nous attendions pas à voir de nouvel effet négatif” explique Emily Brodsky citée par LiveScience. Quand bien même la faille se réparerait de manière rapide et efficace, elle ne serait donc pas à l’abri de se rouvrir. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Cette interaction est un processus bien plus compliqué que ce que nous nous attendions à voir”. Quant à la raison de ces nouveaux dommages, l’équipe soupçonne d’autres séismes d’en être responsables : le tremblement de 2010 à Sumatra (d’une magnitude de 7,8) et celui du Japon en 2011. L’impact de séismes sur des failles déjà existante a déjà été évoqué par le passé mais c’est la première fois qu’il est observé à un tel niveau.  Selon Chris Marone, géophysicien à la Penn State University non-impliqué dans le projet, l’ensemble de ces observations pourrait considérablement améliorer la compréhension des cycles terrestres et de la mécanique des séismes. Le 28 juin 2013 à 18:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Wanna Fight Climate Change Heres What to Do According to Science

first_img Climate change is one of the biggest existential threats facing humanity. The science is in and unambiguous. Virtually every scientist (particularly climate scientist) agrees that not only is humanity hurtling towards a disaster, but that it is of its own making. That problem, though, can often seem astonishingly big. The planet is thousands of miles across… so what can a person do? Actually quite a lot.A new analysis of loads of data sought to narrow down what the average person could do to affect their carbon footprint. They rated each effect averaging out over a person’s lifetime and considered national and regional standards to highlight how different problems affect individuals in different parts of the world. Published this week in Environmental Research Letters, the paper suggests a few changes that people make to put a massive ding in their carbon impact: eating a plant-based diet (as few animals and animal products as possible), going car-free, avoid travel. And — above all else by order of magnitude — have fewer children. Each child, a family, can offset every other life choice combined. And if you live in the US, it’s every other life choice combined and multiplied by almost three (nearly 120 metric tons of CO2/year vs. .8-to-3.0 tons for other high-impact factors).That’s for a lot of reasons — including where people with kids tend to live, what they feed them, etc. It also makes sense: when you’re adding another human to that equation, everything that goes towards their care comes from your carbon budget. And that’s a big deal. The science, again, is overwhelmingly and abundantly clear — we have to cut carbon emissions DRASTICALLY to have any hope of mitigating the damage. Some suggest by as much as 90% by 2050. The only way we can get there is with huge life shifts and broad policy. But, on an individual level, we can’t shift policy by much, except by voting — something Bill Nye points out in his recent Netflix series.Source: PizabayUnfortunately, almost all education surrounding climate change centers on low or moderate-impact activities, like composting and recycling. These help, of course, but they aren’t even in the same realm as these other lifestyle changes. Buying green energy, having fewer kids (specifically ONE fewer, not talking about not having kids at all) and eating a plant-based diet got zero mentions in educational literature for high school students. And many of these, especially having fewer children) would, again, offset all the other lifestyle changes (like taking showers instead of baths) by a huge margin.And the research methodology here is pretty solid. The team pulled together dozens of different resources to collate information based on its impact over the whole life cycle. The reason, then, that children have such a huge impact is that the team shifted a child’s carbon footprint to their parents — half for each. That makes sense, especially given that, for many in the developed world, having children is commonly a choice. And people can very simply and easily elect (thanks to contraception and access to healthcare) to have fewer kids.If we’re going to beat climate change, or even keep it from getting much worse, we’ll need to get emissions to average right around 2.1 tons per year. That’s what the earth can realistically sustain for a while. Right now, even with technological advancements and everything else, the average American is kicking out more than 17 tons of carbon per year. Saudi Arabia’s even worse (per capita, of course) at almost 20 tons. Unfortunately, of the top 20 contributors to CO2 emissions, only India and Indonesia are below the 2050 target, with Brazil sitting at 2.41 — just above.Obviously going vegan and selling the car isn’t possible for everyone — for lots of reasons. But there are a lot of misconceptions. Veganism is, for example, a lot cheaper than Gwyneth Paltrow and pals might suggest (beans and rice are about the cheapest food you can get, and it’s a complete protein, for example), but governments have done little to educate their people about what they can do to actually make a difference. The concern, then, is that people may just opt for the easier option of upgrading light bulbs and thinking the two choices are equivalent. The latter is so low, in fact, that the paper doesn’t give an exact value — but it’s many times less than ditching a car or that fully-loaded Chipotle burrito. And again, the research suggests that these efforts will work.Credit: (Graphic) J. You/Science; (Data) Seth Wynes and Kimberly A Nicholas, Environmental Research Letters (2017)“For instance, the United States has seen a measurable decrease… in car usage and ownership for the millennial generations,” the paper reads. “In terms of plant-based diets, the willingness of individuals to eat less meat increases with the perceived effectiveness of the action, which suggests the need for increased awareness of the most effective options.”In a move that shouldn’t be terribly surprising, the article’s also a little bit terse with those that may not want to make some life changes.“Some high-impact actions may be politically unpopular, but this does not justify a focus on moderate or low-impact actions at the expense of high-impact actions. As a specific example, one textbook says ‘making a difference doesn’t have to be difficult’ and provides the example of switching from plastic bags to reusable shopping bags to save 5kg of CO2 per year. This is less than 1% as effective as a year without eating meat. Examples like this create the impression that the issue of climate change itself is trivial in nature, and represent missed opportunities to encourage serious engagement on high-impact actions.”Moving forward, the paper assumed that many, particularly those past adolescence may be far less likely to shift lifestyles, so, the paper suggests, that education should focus on providing up-to-date and accurate information, especially to younger folks as they are likely willing to help shift things from the bottom up.There’s a lot more to dig into here, like how the mere existence of cars as a transportation option promotes types of infrastructure that are critically damaging to the environment (like suburbanization). It’s not very pleasant to pack everyone into a city, no, but with appropriate planning and support, it’s more than possible to start making these changes now and nudge the future towards something a bit less apocalyptic.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Stay on targetlast_img read more

Soy Food Aid Initiative Could Boost Prices to Farmers and Save Taxpayers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) have jointly presented to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman a comprehensive soy food aid program that could boost soybean prices by 47 cents per bushel and therefore reduce U.S. farm program outlays. The net result would be a $427 million savings for U.S. taxpayers. The food aid initiative could be implemented immediately by the Administration and requires no new authorization or funding from Congress.“We believe the opportunity exists to significantly increase the amount of soy programmed under various food aid programs,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mount Sterling, Ohio. “A record amount of food aid was programmed by USDA last year, and USDA is to be commended for providing this aid.“However, a lot more soy could be included in future shipments. Governments around the world and U.S. Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) are asking for more soy. This food aid will help feed millions of hungry people abroad and help improve farm prices by removing surplus soybeans.”The loan rate for soybeans grown this year is $5.26 per bushel with a projected crop size of 2.90 billion bushels. USDA currently estimates that it will disburse approximately $2.4 billion in soybean loan deficiency payments and soybean marketing loan gain payments since prices are well below the loan rate.The total cost for utilizing the recommended 3.1 million metric tons (170 million bushels equivalent) of surplus soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil for food aid is slightly more than $873 million including freight. (See the food aid summary tables available at www.amsoy.org/foodaid/ for more information.) At this level of utilization, USDA would support an increased market price for soybeans that would lower soybean loan program payments by $1.3 billion.Subtracting the cost of the soy products and freight from the soybean loan program savings, ASA estimates that its soy food aid program would result in a net benefit not only for farmers and hungry families around the world, but also would result in a net savings of $427 million for U.S. taxpayers.ASA’s estimates are based on elasticity models developed by the Food and Agricultural Research Institute (FAPRI) that is operated by Iowa State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, and USDA’s own estimates of projected LDP and marketing loan gain payments to producers.“In addition to supporting soybean prices and helping feed hungry and malnourished people, donating soybeans and soybean products will strengthen political and economic stability in recipient countries,” Anderson said. “This initiative can also help develop new long-term markets for soybeans and soy products, including high-value soy protein products.”ASA developed the comprehensive soy food aid list in cooperation with NOPA to ensure that the food aid assistance will not negatively impact U.S. commercial exports or agricultural industries in countries that receive assistance.“We are urging USDA to announce a major soy food aid initiative under which soybeans and soybean products will be purchased and donated under various concessional sale and donation programs including Section 416 (b), Food for Progress, P.L. 480, the International School Lunch Initiative, and HIV/AIDS programs,” Anderson said. “Food aid is the most significant market available for moving surplus soybeans and soy products.”last_img read more

Toy Story 4 review Hilarious jokes barely save a story lacking in

first_img Share your voice 1:49 Originally published June 13.  Now playing: Watch this: Pretty quickly, Bonnie decides to invent her own toy, bringing to life Forky (Tony Hale) as a craft project while at her kindergarten orientation, and Woody decides to make it his mission to ensure the flimsy toy can survive being a toy. Forky’s existence raises lots of questions about what it takes to make an object sentient in the Toy Story universe, and the movie makes it clear it has no intention of answering them.Instead, the gang heads on a road trip that reunites Woody and Forky with a long-lost but fully independent Bo Peep and meets new toys like tiny police officer toy Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki), the crazy Duke Kaboom (Keanu Reeves) and antique doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks).Gabby Gabby is the clear villain for most of the film, but similarly to Pixar’s Incredibles 2, gives Hendricks a nuanced role that weighs slightly more toward being misunderstood than outright destructive.New duo Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) provide the film with the most comedy and gags, including several sequences that are outrageous even though they have little relation to the plot. 21 Photos Toy Story 4 trades in the stakes of previous films for laughs. So many laughs. Pixar Toy Story 3 left you, me and anyone in any movie theater in tears the moment it seemed Woody, Buzz and all the other toys were about to die in a junkyard. Toy Story 4 only left me in tears during a Family Guy-style non-sequitur that was so funny I couldn’t help but cry. Different kind of tears. That’s not to say Toy Story 4 is bad. It’s a fun time and it’s great to see Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) back on the big screen. However Toy Story 4 was always going to be in a tough spot plot wise, having to pick up from the emotionally satisfying yet bittersweet departure the toys had when a grown-up Andy passes nearly all of his childhood playthings to Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw).The film, in theaters now, picks up roughly a year after the previous movie, with Bonnie about to start kindergarten and cherishing nearly all of Andy’s toys except for Woody. She’s 5 and has her own thoughts about who she wants to play with, which is nearly everyone else but the cowboy Andy loved. 39 Photos Movie reviews Hidden details of Toy Story Land Pixar’s Toy Story 4 brings new characters, cutting-edge… TV and Movies 1 Tags Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more And the plot is, unfortunately, Toy Story 4’s roughest point. The story simply doesn’t stand up to Toy Story 3, or any of the previous Toy Story movies, in which both the toys and the humans who play with them each have some semblance of an arc. In Toy Story 4, the humans — especially Bonnie — are barely involved in most of the goings-on.Instead, the movie chooses to tell a story that’s tightly focused on the toys, but even with the love fans have for Woody and Buzz after all these years, the stakes they face just don’t hit high enough. It feels like plenty of jokes were added instead in order to flesh the movie out. All of these jokes hit, and range from quick quips to extended gags that get bigger payoffs later in the plot. However, none of the jokes are central to the story, leaving me to feel like the story isn’t really all that necessary. In terms of quality, this puts Toy Story 4’s story somewhere in between the previous films and the Toy Story Toons shorts Disney has released over the past few years. It’s not a bad story, and it shoots to be better than something made for TV, but no one will be weeping when they watch this film’s climax.TOY STORY 4Forky brings with his creation all kinds of existential questions regarding the world of Toy Story. Pixar Pixar did fire off all of the animation touches as it always does: human hair looks different than plastic-toy hair, dust bunnies look dusty, and the antique shop setting in particular gives the studio plenty of opportunity to boast its prowess with lighting, shadow and color effects.Still, Toy Story 4 is a fun watch for anyone curious what adventures the toys could possibly have after Toy Story 3. It won’t be the emotional journey of that 2010 film, but you’ll at least be laughing the whole time. Commentlast_img read more

BSNL in Talks With MTS to Roll Out 4G Services Report

first_imgState-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is reportedly in talks with Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) to provide fourth generation, or 4G, telecom services jointly across the nation.”We are in the final stages of discussions with MTS and are awaiting the government’s policy on spectrum sharing and trading, expected to be announced soon,” a senior BSNL official told Business Standard.MTS, the Indian arm of Russian conglomerate Sistema, currently has a subscriber base of nearly 10 million spread across nine telecom circles. BSNL offers services in all circles except Delhi and Mumbai.The two telecom operators are looking to combine their spectrum across circles and provide ‘co-branded’ services after the government announces its policy on spectrum sharing, the official said.A spokesperson for MTS it is too early to say anything on the development.”All telecom players talk to others. But in the absence of a regulatory framework, it would be premature to comment on this,” said the spokesperson.BSNL, which has limited spectrum, would require at least five MHz to rollout full-fledged 4G services, said a company official. The rollout of 4G services jointly by BSNL and MTS will need the consent of the Department of Telecommunications and will be introduced only in select circles, the official added.The government is expected to announce guidelines pertaining to spectrum sharing and trading shortly. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had made a recommendation on permitting the sharing and trading of spectrum among telecom operators.BSNL plans to offer 4G services by next year through two channels. The first channel will through Wi-Fi and the second by partnering with other telecom operators, said the official.Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom operator, has already introduced 4G services in 23 cities. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio is likely to rollout 4G services by next month.”BSNL will invest Rs 39,000 crore in the next five years, a major chunk of it on data. The focus is on improving core network capabilities, as we intend to exploit data,” said Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava in a recent interview.last_img read more

Why are you so afraid

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a press conference at her official Ganabhaban residence on Monday to give the details about the outcome of her just-concluded visit to Italy and the Vatican City. Photo: Focus BanglaBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said newsmen don’t need to worry about the proposed digital security act if they don’t commit any crime.“You had wanted Section 57 [of ICT act] to be repealed. Dropping the Section 57, only those [provisions] which are enshrined in the CrPC [Code of Criminal Procedure] against various crimes have been included in the digital security act. Nothing else has been included,” Hasina told a press conference when a journalist drew her attention to the newsmen’s concern over the proposed law.The press conference was organised at her official Ganabhaban residence, originally to give the details about the outcome of her just-concluded visit to Italy and the Vatican City.Hasina went on to say, “Now the question is: Why are you so afraid [of the act]. If you don’t commit any crime, then the law will not be applied against you.”Read more: Editors’ Council calls section 32 an attack on democracy“The confusion is whether the law will be misused. There was a provision in the CrPC of arresting the accused journalist immediately after filing a defamation suit, but we’ve amended that provision and included the provision of issuing summons first.“As we’ve amended that law, there is nothing for you to worry. And if none of you [newsmen] commit a crime, why will the law be misused? The law must be enforced if anyone commits a crime,” added the prime minister.Mentioning that a long process is left before the passage of the proposed law, the prime minister said, “As you raised the issue, we will look into the matter.”The cabinet on 29 January approved in principle the draft of the Digital Security Bill, 2018.Shortly afterwards, rights activists, political analysts and newsmen, including the Editors’ Council, voiced concerns over the proposed law, fearing that the law, if enacted, would create an atmosphere not congenial to independent journalism.last_img read more

Dorian Will Hit Florida As A Major Hurricane

first_img by NPR News Bill Chappell 8.28.19 12:06pm Updated at 11:30 a.m. ETTropical Storm Dorian is poised to become a hurricane as it bears down on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, bringing heavy rain and sustained winds up to 70 mph. Forecasters are now warning the storm will strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it nears the U.S. mainland.Puerto Rico, Vieques and the U.S. Virgin Islands are now under alert, with hurricane conditions expected as the storm passes through that area later Wednesday. Dorian is currently some 25 miles southeast of St. Croix, the National Hurricane Center says in its 11 a.m. ET update on the storm.Dorian will likely strengthen somewhat as it approaches Puerto Rico. And while it could lose some intensity by passing over that land mass, the storm is then expected to gain power. Within four days, its winds could top 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.”All indications are that by this Labor Day weekend, a powerful hurricane will be near the Florida or southeastern coast of the United States,” the NHC says.The center’s current predictions show Dorian hitting Florida’s coast late Sunday or early Monday. It’s expected to become a major hurricane (Category 3 and above) as it moves north of the Bahamas.While the center initially predicted the storm would weaken somewhat into a Category 2 — with winds of 100 mph — as it drew close to Florida’s coast, it quickly issued a correction to its 11 a.m. update, clarifying that the storm will likely arrive as a major hurricane.As meteorologist Philip Klotzbach notes, “The average date for the 1st Atlantic major hurricane is September 3.”The center’s forecasts currently predict the storm will make landfall near an area that’s level with Orlando. But that potential location is subject to change drastically, as the storm develops.Forecasters are warning of the potential for life-threatening flash floods in the storm’s path. Southern and eastern portions of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands could see 4-6 inches of rainfall, with 10 inches possible in isolated areas. When the storm reaches Florida, it’s expected to drop 4-8 inches of rain, with 10 inches in some spots.Noting the potential landfall estimate of 8 a.m. ET Monday, Graham NHC Director Ken Graham cautioned, “the impacts could come a lot earlier than that,” saying intense rain, tropical-storm winds and a storm surge could begin to affect the coast far ahead of the storm’s center.Acknowledging that considerable uncertainty remains over the path Dorian will take as it nears the southeastern U.S., Graham also said anyone on the coast from Florida up through Georgia and South Carolina should watch for potential hazards.Citing data collected from Air Force Hurricane Hunters and other sources, the NHC says, “Dorian remains a compact and asymmetric tropical storm.” But that could change; the center says some projection models show Dorian “increasing in size by the time it nears the southeast U.S.”While Dorian’s wind speeds have only grown by 10 mph since Monday, it’s now projecting tropical storm-force winds outward up to 80 miles from the center — up from 45 miles on Monday and Tuesday.By 9:30 a.m. ET, Dorian’s outer bands were beginning to move over eastern Puerto Rico, according to the National Weather Service office in San Juan. To prepare for rough conditions at sea, the Coast Guard captain in San Juan set “Port Condition ZULU” Wednesday for all ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, shutting down all commercial traffic until the storm has passed and the facilities have been assessed.Late Tuesday, President Trump declared an emergency in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, ordering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide “equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.”Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced thanked Trump for approving the declaration, saying it would “allow federal aid to arrive more quickly” after the tropical storm passes.As it announced an increased threat of hurricane conditions on Florida’s east coast, the hurricane center noted early Wednesday that its forecasts are “on the lower end of the guidance envelope” — meaning it could raise more dire warnings as the storm continues to develop.The fifth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic season formed late Tuesday, as Tropical Storm Erin’s winds reached 40 mph. The storm is out in the Atlantic, several hundred miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday. Erin is expected to remain on a north-northeastern track, likely arriving at Canada’s coast late this week.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Dorian Will Hit Florida As A Major Hurricane, New Forecast… last_img read more