American oil and gas corporation Black Rock Petroleum Company has signed a binding agreement with Optimum Mining Host Limited Liability Co. on the placement and operation of up to one million miners for bitcoin mining.
The equipment moved from China is being imported to Canada for deployment at three sites in the natural gas production area of Alberta, according to the press release.
The first batch of 200,000 miners will be placed by Black Rock at the newly acquired Quirk Creek gas processing plant, which is operated by the Caledonian Midstream Corporation.
The contract was signed for 24 months with the possibility of extension for 12 months with prior notice. Black Rock has pledged to provide hosting, maintenance, repair, equipment protection and electricity supply at a price of $ 0.02 per kWh for the agreed fee.
The initial contractual obligation is for the deployment of 200,000 pieces of equipment plus 300,000 devices in the near term. For this Black Rock will use a second site in Alberta. The company will determine the location for another 500,000 miners later.
Black Rock CEO Zoltan Nagy noted that gas demand is growing throughout North America, and Quirk Creek is well positioned to serve the Alberta market.
The company estimates the gas reserves of the field where the plant is located at 1.4 billion cubic meters.
“Current production levels are good and our engineers have studied production records and analyzed recent reserve estimates, and we are confident that we have the experience, technology and resources to significantly increase production and, in turn, the cash flow of the plant and the placement and operation of bitcoin. miners at an energy price of about three Canadian cents per kWh, ”Nagy said.
According to him, with the conclusion of an agreement with Optimum Mining, the corporation enters the Bitcoin mining and hosting market in Canada and joins such publicly traded industry companies as Riot Blockchain, Marathon Digita, Argo Blockchain and Genesis Digital Assets as a competitor.
We will remind, the head of the Dubai investment firm IBC Group Khurram Shroff previously called the transfer of mining capacity from China due to government repression “a huge opportunity for Canada.”
MicroStrategy CEO Michael Sailor also expressed the opinion that as a result of the outflow of bitcoin mining capacity from the Celestial Empire, industry representatives in North America will receive additional profits.
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From 1831 to 1969, 150,000 children were forcibly removed from their indigenous families in Canada and placed in Catholic Church boarding schools. Most never saw their parents again, thousands died of abuse. The abuses they suffered are unspeakable.
A child’s rib bones, a loose tooth and the testimony of survivors reveal that dozens of indigenous children were dragged from their beds in the middle of the night to dig graves in an apple orchard. These graves, which are relatively shallow – are between 70 and 80 centimeters deep – were intended for themselves and other children like them.
It’s a story of absolute horror and is only now beginning to be uncovered: the number of children who may be buried in anonymous and undocumented graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indigenous Residential School in British Columbia, Canada, could be much greater than the shock of horror caused by the 215 tombs discovered in May of this year.
A first report was released this Thursday and now Canada openly admits: many more graves of indigenous children will be found as the searches continue. And the country is preparing for the worst.
A “cultural genocide”
Beginning in 1831, still under the administrative management of Great Britain (Canada only became independent in 1867) and continuing until 1969 in the 20th century, Canada’s boarding school system, mostly managed by the Catholic Church and always with state funding , forcibly separated about 150,000 indigenous children from their native families, imposing on them a violent paramilitary lifestyle aimed at purifying them and integrating them into Canadian society.
Until 1951, all indigenous children aged between 7 and 15 were required by law to attend a residential school, denounced the Indigenous Foundations. Thousands of them were never returned to their parents and it is estimated that more than six thousand may have been killed.
The abuses are countless. Indigenous children were forced to convert to Christianity and were prohibited from using their native languages or practicing their traditions and customs – if they did, they were beaten. As soon as they entered the new Catholic schools, they shaved their hair, which they wore long, depriving them of their natural indigenous identity.
Children separated from their parents were subject to various types of fear and mistreatment, from programmed malnutrition to perpetual hunger, through isolation as behavioral punishment, frequent resort to threats and physical abuse, all of which was crowned with various types of sexual abuse. . The children suffered what Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission once called, to put it simply, a “cultural genocide.”
The horror is still beginning
Sarah Beaulieu of the University of the Fraser Valley, who specializes in ground-penetrating radar searches, led British Columbia’s celebrated May investigations that uncovered the more than 200 suspicious graves containing the remains of children as tiny as children. three years old. Amidst great public uproar, Beaulieu stressed that his ground inquiries only covered one hectare of land in a site that has more than 65 hectares.
“This investigation has barely scratched the surface,” said the Canadian expert at the first technical briefing on the spring’s findings. The months that have followed so far prove him right: the count of unmarked graves across the country has now risen to over 1100, raising the darkest prospects.
Major horror sites, in addition to the Kamloops Indian School, include: unidentified graves of 751 people near the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School Catholic School in Saskatchewan; remains of 182 people, including an unspecified number of children, near the site of St. Eugene’s Mission Catholic School in Cranbrook, British Columbia; and 104 people whose remains are buried without identification at the former Brandon Indigenous Residential School in Manitoba, which was run by the Methodist Church.
“This is a very heavy truth,” declared Rosanne Casimir, an indigenous chief from Secwépemc. “We’ll follow the evidence as it comes out and we’ll follow the science while we pay attention to the oral narratives survivors share with us.”
At the end of classes, the room was full of blood.
More and more ex-students are now coming out to the public to tell their dark experiences. They describe “horrible abuses at the hands of boarding school staff: physical, sexual, emotional and psychological,” says the Indigenous Foundations.
George Guerin, a former Musqueam Nation chief who attended the Kuper Island Residential School in British Columbia, recalled that one of the instructors, Sister Marie Baptiste, “used a stick that was as long and thick as a pool cue. he listened to me speaking in my native language, he hit me with his stick as hard as he could, on my head, hands, arms, back, head, hit me where I fell,” he says. “Many times, at the end of classes, the room was covered with blood. And it was us, the children, who had to clean this blood, from the floor, desks, walls, or else we would still be beaten up more”.
Between 2007 and 2015, the indigenous people who attended these Catholic residential schools filed in court about 38,000 lawsuits for injuries caused by physical and sexual abuse, according to data from the CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
For thousands of children, the abuse and rampant neglect of schools has been deadly. The 2015 Canada Truth and Reconciliation Commission report documented 3,200 children who died in residential schools, but the death toll could be 10 times that, says the CBC.
Four years later, the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of 2800 children who could be identified. Many of these children’s families were never notified of their deaths, reported BBC News in 2019.
Catholic Church has to take responsibility
In 2008, the Canadian government formally apologized for the terrible practices that had been in place for a century and a half. In early June 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that “the Catholic Church must formally assume responsibility for its role in the administration of many of the schools” and that it “should provide all possible records to help identify the remains of others indigenous children” who were never returned to their families.
On the first Sunday in June, at his weekly blessing in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis admitted that he was “saddened” and “hurt” at the discovery of children’s remains, but he did not publicly ask for forgiveness.
The Pope’s attitude was met with disappointment and bitterness by the head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Saskatchewan. “We’re all hurt and sad. Who isn’t?” Bobby Cameron told Reuters. And he underlined: “This is a worldwide hoax”. And then he said what was expected of the head of the Catholic Church: “How difficult it is for the Pope to say: I am sorry for the way our organization treated the First Nations people, the First Nations students during those times, we are very sorry, we pray for them”.
Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, in whose historic archdiocese the Kamloops residential school was located, went further than the Pope. Through Twitter, the prelate said that the Church “unquestionably erred” in implementing a savage education policy that resulted in “absolute devastation for children, families and entire communities”.
The Canadian Catholic Bishops’ Conference did not comment on the matter.
IIn Canada, dozens of anonymous graves have again been found on the site of a former boarding school for Aboriginal children. More than 160 graves were discovered on the former school grounds on Kuper Island, said the chief of the Penelakut tribe, Joan Brown. At the boarding school on the island west of Vancouver, Aboriginal children were educated from the late 19th century to 1975.
“It breaks my heart,” said Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the discovery became known on Tuesday. “We cannot bring back those who have perished, but we can and will bring the truth to light and continue to work with indigenous communities to fight discrimination and structural racism.”
In the past few weeks, more than 1,000 anonymous graves of indigenous children near four different former boarding schools had been discovered in Canada. The finds caused horror across the country.
In Canada, since 1874, around 150,000 native and mixed couple children had been separated from their families and cultures and placed in church homes in order to force them to conform to the white majority society. Many of them were ill-treated or sexually abused in the homes. According to previous information, at least 4,000 of these children died, many of them from tuberculosis. The last of these schools did not close until the 1990s.
Alphonso Davies will not be available to FC Bayern for the time being – the record champions announced. “While preparing for the Gold Cup with the Canadian national team, the 20-year-old suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle,” says the Munich club’s website.
It is the next major injury to incapacitate the world’s most valuable left-back, following a torn ligament in his right foot in October 2020. At that time, the Canadian paused for six weeks. “Davies is already back in Munich for rehab. The injury is treated conservatively, ”writes FC Bayern.
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Davies had prepared with the Canadian team for participation in the Gold Cup, the continental championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament started on Saturday in the USA and Canada started without his star with a 4-1 win against Martinique.
Davies played his first full international match in 2017 at the age of 16 and has since played 23 times for his country. With a current market value of 70 million euros, he is also by far the most valuable Canadian footballer.
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The record heat of these days literally cooked marine animals on the beaches of the United States and Canada, while many young falcons jump out of their nests to try to escape the high temperatures.
The record heat, combined with one of the lowest tides of the year, is literally cooking alive the small animals that populate the beach of Puget Sound (Washington): This mix has proved lethal to millions of shellfish, oysters, starfish, clams and other sea creatures.
On the one hand, three days (26-28 June) that recorded record temperatures on the beaches (up to 57 ° C), on the other one of the lowest tides of all time that did not offer refreshment to animals weakened by the scorching heat . Biologists realized that something was wrong when they spotted vultures wandering along the coast, attracted by dead animals, and a smell similar to that of barbecued fish: shellfish and other sea creatures had been literally cooked by the heat.
Unfortunately, mollusks are extremely heat-sensitive animals, which open their shells on the beach, revealing the bare, defenseless flesh within them: most of these were found just like that, opened, by volunteers – all dead.
It seems to be in a post-apocalyptic movie – he tells the NYT Christopher Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia who is working on the effects of climate change on marine life and who has estimated a loss of hundreds of millions of molluscs due to this heat wave. – The more I went on, the more I saw dead animals, and the more distressing the situation was. However, we need to find optimism and positivity to better face this situation which, at the moment, appears rather dramatic: if we get depressed and allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by despair, we will not continue in the effort to find a solution to this problem.
(Read also: Record heat: the worst predictions made by scientists are coming true)
In fact, these extreme weather phenomena become more and more frequent and intense as the climate crisis – caused by the excessive use of fossil fuels – mercilessly falls on the animal world, but also on ours: hundreds of people have in fact died in the Northeast Pacific (United States and Canada) due to the incredible heat cap which recorded temperatures of 50 ° C. the hood also undermined the health of the young falcons, who were seen throwing themselves by the dozen from their nests in a desperate attempt to counter the heat.
Blue Mountain Wildlife Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has treated more than 50 too-young-to-fly small hawks who have leapt down from their nests to escape the heat. 13 of these, unfortunately, were killed because the injuries they had sustained were too serious to be treated, while they resumed a normal life thanks to the care of the volunteers.
We just have to share these adorable fluffy legs on this merlin (falcon) chick. The pink wrap is our velcro weigh belt so we can get an intake weight and make sure he is gaining appropriately during care. He is growing up with foster siblings and will be released to the wild pic.twitter.com/5Y7hqPIsqG
— OWL Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (@OWLRehab) July 10, 2021
Still, the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks of side effects.
The journal Nature published an article by scientists from McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada), describing the formation of blood clots after vaccination against coronavirus. The researchers concluded that antibodies generated after vaccines are given attach to certain proteins on platelets and cause them to form clots. Russian experts have confirmed that there is a certain percentage of people who have such consequences of vaccination.
Researchers have known before that the COVID-19 vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca can sometimes cause the body to produce antibodies that attach to a protein (called platelet factor 4, or PF4). As a result, it causes blood clots to form. The same clots are sometimes formed as a result of the administration of heparin (the so-called paradoxical thrombosis, which, it seems, should not form from a drug that is prescribed against thrombus formation).
Angela Hune, a platelet immunologist, and her colleagues analyzed antibodies that bind to the PF4 protein in 10 patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and five patients with clots caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
The antibodies of vaccinated patients adhered to the same site on PF4 as heparin, causing similar blood clotting.
The researchers hope that knowing how clots form can help treat them. Health officials, Sciencenews writes, continue to argue that the benefits of vaccines against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks of a rare blood clotting condition.
Comment public health expert, immunologist, candidate of medical sciences Nikolay Kryuchkov: “There is a small percentage of patients who, on the contrary, develop thrombosis after the administration of heparin against thrombosis. This is due to the peculiarities of their immune system, which first leads to pathology associated with a decrease in platelets (thrombocytopenia).
When heparin binds to the PF4 protein on the platelet surface, antibodies to this complex begin to be produced. As a result, a cascade of immunological reactions is triggered, platelets begin to stick together (due to this, their concentration decreases). But these adhesions can lead, in turn, to the very same paradoxical thrombosis.
Vaccination has been found to have a similar effect in some people. Scientists even saw a more pronounced clotting process after vaccination compared with heparin therapy.
After vaccination, it is necessary to monitor whether patients have thrombocytopenia and, as a result, thrombosis. In this case, heparin therapy must be replaced with therapy with other drugs, otherwise it can only add fuel to the fire and lead to death.
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Bill Cosby is planning on returning to the stage in London following his release from prison, his publicist has said.
The entertainer, 83, also intends to tour the US and Canada as part of a comeback tour after his sexual assault conviction was overturned on a technicality.
His publicist Andrew Wyatt told the Los Angeles Times the star wants to return to work and perform shows featuring his ‘vintage storytelling’.
Bill Cosby is planning on returning to the stage in London following his release from prison, his publicist Andrew Wyatt (right) has said
Cosby, once known as ‘America’s Dad’, arrived home last month after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled he had been denied a fair trial in 2018.
Wyatt said: ‘In his physical appearance, he’s exuberant. In his mental state, he’s exuberant. In his feelings and humour, he’s exuberant.’
Cosby’s shows will feature observations from his life and will be ‘inclusive of human rights and civil rights’ as part of his work on criminal justice and prison reform, he added.
Wyatt added the comedian is ‘colourful and powerful — more powerful than we’ve ever seen’.
Cosby’s team including his legal staff is still working out audiences, promoters and ‘media insurrections… who fuel the hate’ will be screened for the lives shows, according to Wyatt.
But he said he is not concerned about hecklers, adding: ‘It’s not happening tomorrow.’
A book written by Frederick Williams is also in the works and will feature Cosby and Wyatt discussing the entertainer’s trial and prison experiences.
Cosby, with Wyatt last Thursday, vowed to fight a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who says he assaulted her in 2015 at the Playboy Mansion
Additionally, a five-part documentary series is nearly complete from Michelle Major, the director of Venus and Serena.
The TV series will include interviews with the comic, which he has not yet sat for, and will focus on his legal issues.
The release of Cosby, once one of America’s most beloved figures but who faced dozens of assault accusations, provoked a strong reaction.
The comedian had his conviction for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 overturned because a prosecutor promised him that he wouldn’t be charged in 2005, which the court said led him to incriminate himself.
Cosby with Hugh Hefner in L.A. in the 1970s, when he was becoming a household name. Most of the allegations against him begin in the 1980s but Judi Huth says he attacked her in 1974
Dozens more women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment but their claims were not criminally prosecuted because they fell outside of the statutes of limitations in the states where the offenses allegedly took place.
After he was freed last week, women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference with some of Cosby’s accusers (she represents 33 of them) and said she would fight to hold him accountable by suing him in civil court.
Judi Huth maintains that Cosby assaulted her in 1974 and she is seeking a settlement. Her claims fall outside a statute of limitations so can’t be criminally prosecuted
Among the people she is representing is Judi Huth. Huth, in 2015, sued Cosby, alleging he attacked her at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in California.
Cosby has always insisted he is innocent on all counts of sexual misconduct.
In a statement on Wednesday morning, Wyatt said: ‘With the reversal of Mr. Cosby’s conviction, his legal team, led by Jennifer Bonjean of the Bonjean Law Group, now turns its attention to the civil lawsuit brought by Gloria Allred on behalf of her client Judy Huth.
‘Since Mr. Cosby’s release from prison and the dismissal of all charges against him, Ms. Allred has been hard at work giving press statements about the alleged merits of her client’s 45-year-old allegations.
‘Ms. Bonjean looks forward to fighting the case in the courthouse where it matters – rather than at press conferences on the courthouse stairs where it doesn’t.’
Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred is representing 33 women who say Cosby accused them. She has vowed to pursue civil action against him after his prison release. His team say they’ll take her on
The next court date is August 13, when Cosby’s team says they’ll ‘get to the business of vindicating Mr. Cosby once and for all.’
Cosby’s team say he will go on the road to ‘tell his story’ after being freed from prison and that he is already in partnership with ‘documentary makers’.
None of the major streaming services have put their names to any project with him yet publicly.
He was on the road with his stand-up show in 2015, the year he was arrested for assaulting Constand.
AFP, published on Thursday 08 July 2021 at 10:59 am
The heat wave that hit the western United States and Canada at the end of June would have been “almost impossible” without the global warming caused by humans, a group of researchers concluded on Wednesday.
Scientists at the World Weather Attribution, an initiative of experts from various research institutes around the world, estimated that climate change has made this event at least 150 times more likely to occur.
“There is no doubt that climate change has played a major role,” Friederike Otto of Oxford University, one of the authors of the study, told a press briefing.
The temperatures experienced were so abnormal compared to the usual averages in this region that it was difficult for the researchers to calculate how quickly such an event could recur. But according to them, with the current climate, such a heat wave could statistically occur once every 1,000 years.
They also determined that the recorded temperatures were about 2 ° C higher than they would have been if this episode of extreme heat had taken place at the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Last month, Canada broke its all-time high record several times, which finally stood at 49.6 ° C in the village of Lytton on June 30.
The US states of Washington and Oregon also found themselves under this “heat dome”, caused by high pressures trapping hot air. This climatic phenomenon was not unprecedented in itself, but much more powerful than observed so far.
The exact human toll is not yet known but amounts to at least several hundred deaths.
The World Weather Attribution has made a specialty of analyzing the possible link between a specific extreme weather event and global warming, by calculating in a very short time the probability that it has occurred even without the climate change linked to emissions. greenhouse gases.
Here, 27 researchers from seven different countries participated in the analysis.
– Drought –
June 2021 was the hottest month for North America since measurements began, the European Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) announced earlier on Wednesday.
It was 1.2 ° C above the average for the period 1991-2020, i.e. 0.15 ° C above the previous hottest month of June for this region, in 2012.
For their work, World Weather Attribution researchers studied decades of temperature readings in the most densely populated affected area, around the US cities of Seattle and Portland, and Canadian Vancouver.
They then used modeling to compare the current climate with that of the past, using peer-validated methods.
A series of factors made this event possible, but scientists particularly emphasize the role of the drought that hit this region in the spring. Dry soils lead to less evaporation, which would have made it possible to limit the heat.
For the future, two scenarios are possible, according to the researchers. The first is that even if the climate crisis has amplified and made such an event much more likely, it is still very rare.
The second hypothesis is more worrying: the general rise in temperatures could have crossed a threshold, leading to an exponential warming more important than what was predicted until now, and which current climate models fail to predict.
This heat dome “is something that no one saw coming, or thought possible. We feel like we don’t understand heat waves as well as we thought,” explained Geert Jan van Oldenborgh of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
– Call to action –
While the world has already gained at least + 1.1 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era, the Paris Agreement aims to contain this warming below + 2 ° C, if possible 1.5 ° vs.
With a warming of 2 ° C, the World Weather Attribution calculated that temperatures in late June in the American West would have been even higher, by 1 ° C.
Above all, such an event would then have a probability of recurring every 5 to 10 years.
Scientists are calling for action: measures must be taken to adapt to these new conditions, in particular high heat alert systems for populations and the construction of suitable buildings.
But above all, in the long term, reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all costs, they hammer home.