Afternoon Update May 7th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | Tsunami Harley to be repaired, returned

VANCOUVER — A man who lost his family and nearly all his worldly possessions in the deadly Japanese tsunami last year will soon be reunited with his prized Harley-Davidson as a Victoria, B.C.-based motorcycle shop prepped it Sunday for its journey home.

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#2 — Globe | Charest rules out spring election after reaching a deal with striking students

Quebec Premier Jean Charest is ruling out a spring election after striking a tentative deal with students over tuition fee hikes, potentially ending one of the province’s most disruptive protest movements in years.

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#3 — LFP | Send profs back to school, experts say

Ontario’s post-secondary system could improve the quality of students’ education and save money by sending more professors back to class, some experts say.

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#4 — NP | Michael Rafferty’s defence team to make closing arguments in Tori Stafford trial

LONDON, Ont. — Jurors in the trial of the man charged with killing eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford will hear closing arguments from the defence Monday.

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#5 — OC | RCMP reputation could be on line after Ottawa man awarded new trial for 2000 contract killing

OTTAWA — The 2000 contract killing of a Halifax man with ties to the Hells Angels could have been avoided if the RCMP had acted on a tip from a reliable informant, according to documents uncovered by the Citizen.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Israeli PM Netanyahu calls for early general election

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he wants the country’s general election to be held on 4 September, more than a year early.

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#7 — CNN | Senior al Qaeda operative killed by airstrike in Yemen

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) – A senior operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombing was killed by an airstrike in Yemen on Sunday, Yemeni officials said.

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#8 — Fox | US secretly releasing Taliban fighters, report says

KABUL –  The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday.

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#9 — DM | Boris calls for ‘honest and unflinching’ investigation into why so many British jobs are being given to foreign workers

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced an ‘honest and unflinching’ inquiry into why young British jobseekers are ‘losing out’ to foreign workers.

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Telegraph | Johnson: What football teaches us about creating a thriving jobs market

#10 — Telegraph | Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change

Huge plant-eating dinosaurs may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth’s climate, research suggests.

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4 Responses to Afternoon Update May 7th, 2012 (10)

  1. mike says:

    #10. Now the politicians are the guilty parties. Shut them up and global warming would end.

    mid island mike

    • Jack says:

      I could not believe this story when I read it. Therefore the entry.

      “Scientific lunacy” is beyond all reason.

      What next?

      Kill everything that “farts”?

      • WCT says:

        Only “red necks” from Alberta can drill, recover, refine and ship quality “gas” … it’s all in the beef!! :)

  2. stageleft says:

    The amount of spin in these things is always of interest, if anyone had bothered actually looking to the original source as opposed to simply taking the word of their biased media of choice they would have read

    Take together, our calculations suggest that sauropod dinosaurs could potentially have played a significant role in influencing climate through their methane emissions. Even if our 520 Tg estimate is overstated by a factor of 2, it suggests that global methane emission from Mesozoic sauropods alone was capable of sustaining an atmospheric methane mixing ratio of 1 to 2 ppm. Equally, our estimate may be understated by a similar factor, (i.e. possibly supporting 4 ppm methane). In the warm wet Mesozoic world, wetlands, forest fires, and leaking gasfields may have added around another 4 ppm methane to the air. Thus, a Mesozoic methane mixing ratio of 6–8 ppm seems very plausible.

    The Mesozoic trend to sauropod gigantism led to the evolution of immense microbial vats unequalled in modern land animals. Methane was probably important in Mesozoic greenhouse warming. Our simple proof-of-concept model suggests greenhouse warming by sauropod megaherbivores could have been significant in sustaining warm climates. Although dinosaurs are unique in the large body sizes they achieved, there may have been other occasions in the past where animal-produced methane contributed substantially to global environmental gas composition: for example, it has been speculated that the extinction of megafauna coincident with human colonisation of the Americas may be related to a reduction of atmospheric methane levels.

    I know it bears little relation to the article linked, and even less relation to Fox News “Dinosaurs may have farted themselves to extinction” – but that is what the report said.

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