Tuesday, June 29, 2010
in Jermuk,Armenia (the player on the left had the white pieces in the game): all the games
had decisive results:
Mkrtchian-Chiburdanidze result: 1-0
Dzagnidze-T. Kosintseva: result: 1-0
Shen Yang-Fierro Baquero result: 1-0
Xu Yuhua-Kovanova result: 1-0
Hou Yifan-Cramling result 1-0
These results mean the following standings exist in the tournament after 6 rounds of play:
1st: Dzagnidze: 5 1/2 points
2nd Mkrtchian 5 points
3rd T. Kosintseva 4 points
4th-5th: Shen Yang, Hou Yifan 3 1/2 points
6th-8th Stefanova, Danielian 3 points
9th Chiburdanidze 2 1/2 points
10th Cramling 2 points
11th Kovanova 1 1//2 points
12th Fierro Baquero 0 points
Here are the pairings for round 7 (the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):
Danielian Elina -- Mkrtchian Lilit
Kovanova --Hou Yifan
Fierro Baquero --Xu Yuhua
T. Kosintseva --Shen Yang
Chiburdanidze -- Dzagnidze
Best wishes to all the players for round 7!
last Saturday (June 26th) NASA says that the eclipse occurred in the pre-dawn hours on the West Coast.
It began at 3:17 a.m. PDT and ended about three hours later.
Here is a video of the eclipse which I found on Youtube, created by user Nicole
:Thank you to user Nicole for allowing me to
use this video of hers:
(the player on the left has the white pieces in the game):Best wishes to all the players!
Shen Yang-Fierro Baquero
Monday, June 28, 2010
the results from these rounds please click on the following link:
GM Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia leads after 5 rounds with a score of 4.5 points. In second and
third are GM Tatiana Kostintseva of Russia and IM Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia with 3.5 points.
Tied for 4th through 7th places are IM Elina Danielian of Armenia, WGM Shen Yang of China,
GM Hou Yifan of China and GM Maia Chiburdanidze of Georgia with 2.5 points. Tied for
8th-10th places are GM Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria, GM Pia Cramling of Sweden and
GM Xu Yuhua of Chian, all with 2 points. WGM Baira Kovana of Russia is in 11th place
with 1.5 points and in 12th place is IM Martha Fierro Baquero of Ecuador with 0 points.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Researchers at the University of Alberta have found plants have the ability
to integrate different types of information, an accomplishment previously seen only in the brains of animals.
traced the growth of roots in a pot and demonstrated how the plant was balancing risk and
reward from two different environmental clues -- making a choice, after a fashion.
"We need thought to do this. Plants don't need thoughts," Cahill said.
Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/technology/environment/Plants+able+make+decisions
Syncrude could have acted lawfully by using due diligence to deter birds from the basin ... and it did not do so."
Friday, June 25, 2010
Source of image:http://www.orcahome.de/mont2006/images/mont200605_100.jpg
To read an article related to this blog post please click on the following link:
CBC News - Technology & Science - Toxic metals in whales threat to humans: study
According to a new document entitled: "Sustainable water exports possible with reformed Canadian water policies", which was released on June 16,2010 by the Fraser Institute,
"Canada should look closely at the benefits and opportunities presented by bulk water exports and move beyond the fear mongering and protectionism that has long tainted the issue, concludes a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank.
“Canada is blessed with abundant supplies of unspoiled surface water and groundwater, and bulk exports can be undertaken in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Diane Katz, Fraser Institute director of risk, environment, and energy policy and author of Making Waves: Examining the Case for Sustainable Water Exports from Canada.a document you can read by clicking on the following link: (you need a program
which reads PDF files on your computer in order to read the document):
Diane Katz believes Canada officials can "act responsibly" in order to ensure that the United States
does not "suck Canada dry" of our water.
Katz develops what I consider to be these key points in her document:
A."The profit potential from bulk water sales is slim, at present, given the high
costs of transport." (I see this point as an item of contention for Canada to begin exporting its excess
water to countries in need. Why should Canada allow its excess water to be transported to
other countries if we cannot make a decent profit from the export? Other countries export
goods, services and even raw materials to Canada, and expect to make a decent profit from
doing so).In addition, how can Canada be expected to export any surplus water we
have if other countries cannot afford to transport it back to their country?)
B.Katz provides 5 recommendations to the Canadian Governments regarding the export of our water:
1.Improve public under standing of water issues. 2.Conduct groundwater mapping and freshwater inventories. 3.Determine sustainable water levels. 4.Reform public subsidies of water use.
5.Repeal prohibitions against water exports.
These recommendations suggest that Canada Governments, Canadian Companies and Canadian
citizens have alot of work to do within our country before any exporting of water can occur.
I find these aspects of this paper very interesting and informative concerning my fellow Canadians
and our water supply:
(a)Canadians regard water as the natural resource of great est importance to the coun try’s
fu ture (Nanos, 2009).2009). In a poll 4 conducted for Policy Options journal, nearly 62%
of respondents cited water as the country’s most im portant re source compared to 22% for
oil and gas, 11% for forestry and 4% for fisheries. Treasured as water is, however, mis -
conceptions about its supply, quality, and governance abound. To a large extent, the
public generally regards Canada’s water resources as despoiled and diminished
(b)"Water export can be environmentally sustainable".
(c)"Opponents of water export contend that Canada is not actually a water-rich country
despite ranking third world wide in the most “renewable” fresh water, behind Brazil
and Russia (source: Environment Canada, 2009, Nov. 19). The problem, they claim,
is that 60% of Canada’s fresh water drains to the north, but three-quarters
of the population is concentrated within 160 km of Canada’s southern border
with the United States (Source: Environment Canada, 2009, Nov. 19).
There fore, water shortages loom in Canadian population centers."
To me this obviously indicates that if water shortages loom in country
we can hardly be in a position to export any of our water elsewhere!
(d)"Bulk export of water would only be problematic if there was insufficient water in
total to meet domestic needs" . Again as Diane Katz, stated in "(c)" above, water shortages
loom in Canada so we certainly cannot be expected to ship bulk export our water in the near
(e)"Many of the temporary short ages that do occur in Can ada are largely a result of
water system mismanagement (Ander son and Hill, 1997)." To me this suggests
we cannot be expected to export our water until this mismanagement of our water is corrected.
(f) "If ex ports were initiated, Canada supposedly would be powerless to restrict water sales
to the US under existing trade agreements. But that is largely a misrepresentation of
the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA does not prohibit signatories
from regulat ing resource use as long as the restrictions are applied equally to
domestic and foreign firms. The treaty also permits trade limitations for environmental
Why should firms in Canada have to experience restrictions on the use of water
found within Canada? It is Canada's water? Why should we allow a country like the
United States to access Canada's water, when the people of United States and its government
has done things such as slapping tariffs on Canadian lumber and food, despite the existence of
a free-trade agreement between the two countries? Look at the final agreement which
was arrived at regarding the softwood lumber dispute between the U.S. and Canada:
I hope if you are a Canadian you take the time to inform yourself about the key issues relating to
Canada's water supply by reading Diane Katz's paper and by reading other documents as well!
Source of image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashfay/2236863753/
Monday, June 21, 2010
the viewers of this blog. This game comes from the 4th round of the King's Chess Tournament
currently being played in Medias, Romania. The game I have analyzed is between
Grandmaster Teimor Radjabov (elo 2740,) of Azerbaijan, who is the thirteenth highest-rated
chess player in the world, and and Grandmaster Boris Gelfand of Israel who has an elo of
2741 and is the eleventh highest chess player in the world. The opening played in this game
is the Petroff's Defense.I hope you enjoy playing through this analysis. This is game number
15 in the Chessviewer Deluxe game index.
What I find most interesting about this article is the following statement:
"Hudema said in a news release. "The government of Alberta seems more concerned about the reputation of the tarsands industry than it is about learning about the destructive and dangerous impacts this industry has."
Please read the article at the following link which was written by
Jeff Gailus (an Alberta writer and communications professional
from Calgary, Alberta):
Only laws with teeth can save our grizzlies
Source of image:
You can read about Jeff by clicking on the following link:
If you want to save the Alberta Grizzly Bear from extinction and you oppose
what the Energy Resources Conservation Board just did, by allowing
Petro Canada to build 11 gas wells, two pipelines and one gas battery
in important habitat in the Livingstone Grizzly Bear Management Area west
of Longview.and if you also want to voice your disapproval of the
Spray Lakes Sawmills' desire to clear cut trees in the Castle Special
Management Area, then please email Mel Knight at
Minister.Energy@gov.ab.ca and also please
phone or email the Energy Resources Board of Alberta at (403) 297-8311
from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or by e-mail at Inquiries@ercb.ca
Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Only+laws+with+teeth+s
Gulf Oil leak:
CBC News - Technology & Science - Oil leak could fill 9,200 living rooms
Source of image: http://theworldtopics.com/gulf-oil-spill/
Friday, June 18, 2010
and which may cause us to have more pain and problems, please click on the following link:
Mistakes Fibromyalgia Patients Make - fibromyalgia - Health.com
Image: A computer model image showing the formation of the first stars.
The blue shading in this image reflects differences in warm dark-matter density. Credit: Science
To read an interesting article about how the first stars in our universe came into existence,
please click on the following link:
How The First Stars In The Universe Came Into Existence
Here are some links to other articles which discuss the origin of stars in our Universe:
Please note that some of these links require you have a program which reads
PDF files installed on
Source of image: http://www.scifair.org/project-desperationproj.html
To read an interesting article concerning the capability of the brains of insects please click on the
Tiny insect brains capable of huge feats
The view from Bodega Head, Sonoma County State Beach.
Photo used with permission © Copyright 2010 [Roy Tennant], FreeLargePhotos.com.
To read an article dealing with the impact of humans on the chemistry of the ocean, please click on the
Comprehensive look at human impacts on ocean chemistry
combined with the diagnostic criteria of the American College of Reumathology --
helps to diagnose fibromyalgia on the basis of patients' walk parameters, i.e. their gait."
To read about this method please visit the following website:
set of diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia that replaces the tender point test with a rating
system that includes common symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, and
cognitive problems, as well as pain."
This is great news for those of us with fibromyalgia!
According to Adrienne Dellwo at the website:
"A new study out of Germany could provide support for U.S. research linking XMRVto
chronic fatigue syndrome and casts doubt on European studies failing to find it."
To read Adrienne's article
please click on the link above.
You can read the study if you have a program which reads PDF Files (Adobe Acrobat for example,
or Nitro PDF Reader) by clicking on the following link:
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Experts concerned with the future of the Grizzly bear species in Alberta have created a very
informative document entitled, "A Grizzly Challenge:Ensuring A Future for Alberta's Endangered
Grizzles." Please visit the following link and download this report, and read it. Only by doing this will
the citizens of Alberta be informed and be able to contact the Alberta Provincial Government with facts
to ensure the Government does recommended actions to maintain the Grizzly Bear population in
our Province. You can download the document (which requires the use of a program which reads
PDF files) by going to the following link:http://www.davidsuzuki.org/publications/downloads/2010/Grizzly_challenge-web.pdf
I suggest you download the new Nitro Reader to read any PDF file you encounter online.
You can download it for free at the following website: http://www.nitroreader.com/download/
You can also use Adobe Acrobat, however I have stopped using the program because of security
concerns with it.
Thank you to the following website and also thank you to David Chudnov who photographed
the grizzly bears in the image above, for allowing me to use the photo in this blog entry.
Source of image: http://freelargephotos.com/?fetch=300077_l.jpg&subject=Grizzly%20Bears copyright
a year in oil royalties and is paid travel expenses to industry conferences,) to be appointed
to hear the lawsuits (over 200) which have been filed against the company!! The nerve of company
executives!! Who do they think they are dealing with?
To read the article I took this information from click on the following link:
Monday, June 14, 2010
According to the website: http://canadianbiodiversity.mcgill.ca/english/theory/threelevels.htm
three levels of biodiversity exist: genetic diversity.species
diversity and ecosystem diversity. You can read about these at the just-provided website.
I just learned that Canada has fifteen terrestrial and five aquatic ecozones, which you
can read about by going to the following website:
media in our world??
(source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGxJArebKoc ) This video was created by
the organizationhttp://www.untamedscience.com/ Below this video is the "Official"
Video of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
(source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1VYmpTikgw )
I hope you find these videos informative and that you take up the challenge to engage in
behaviors which will preserve the biodiversity on our planet!
Geologists now believe that at one time the planet Mars possessed a large ocean. To read about this
scientific hypothesis please visit the following website:
Source of image: http://www.pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=7964
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Oil floats on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana.
(Source of image: May 26, 2010 - AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
According to the article:
"Admiral Allen; Dr. McNutt Provide Updates on Progress of Scientific
Teams Analyzing Flow Rates from BP’s Well" which you can read at:
Source of image:
An article entitled, "What the Gulf Disaster Could tell us about Sudden Global Warming,
written by Lauren Schenkman has been posted to the following website:
"Scientists think sudden, violent outflows of the gas from the sea floor might have
spiked the planet's temperature about 55 million years ago, and they think the gulf
spill affords them the unique opportunity to study an analog in real time."
that such planets can form in just a few million years, which is a surprisingly short span of time
n cosmic terms. The findings, published online today by the journal Science mark another
advance for the booming field of exoplanetary science"
Source of text: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/06/09/4488680-
source of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J4O8Rsrxd4&feature=digest
June 10th.This video was posted by the user Reed:
source of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xG6Y-POpH8
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Source of image:
An interesting article which discusses how sharks are able to smell their prey
can be read at the following website:
How sharks sniff out their prey - latimes.com
Source of image: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=77427
To read an article which discusses the fact that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig,
(which was involved in the Gulf oil spill) please visit the following website):
Deepwater Horizon oil rig missed inspections, records show - latimes.com
Source of image: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bayou.jpg
Oil spill: Threatened Barataria Bay is key to life in the gulf - latimes.com
click on the following link:
Chemical signals from a the Gusev crater on Mars suggest that at one time the planet
may have had an envbironment which could have sustained life!.
Source of image:http://www.stsci.edu/~inr/thisweek1/thisweek295.html
This artist's conception shows a lump of material in a swirling, planet-forming disk. Astronomers
using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope found evidence that a companion to a star --
either another star or a planet -- could be pushing planetary material together,
as illustrated here:
Friday, June 4, 2010
Source of image: NPS Photo
After waiting and waiting for the Government of the Province of Alberta to act in regards to the
alarming reduction in the Grizzly Bear province, I learned today by reading the Edmonton Journal,
that Sustainable Resource Minister Mel Knight has designated grizzly bears in the province as now
being "threatened". What does the designation "threatened" mean for the Grizzlies in our province?
According to the Provincial Government's own website at:
"Grizzly bears were recognized in Alberta as a species that may be at risk as early
I ask, Why then did it take 10 years for the Government of this province
to finally designate the
grizzly bears in this province as being "threatened?"
According to the Edmonton Journal article, "there are 700 grizzly bears in Alberta, in contrast, their
are 17,000 Grizzly bears populating the province of British Columbia? How could their be such a
discrepancy? According to Robert Barclay, a biologist with the University of Calgary, "the
threatened designation doesn't do anything for grizzly bears."
So once again we have the Government of Alberta failing in its behavior towards the people
or animals of this province!!! Why Mr. Mel Knight did you not go further and show some genuine
concern for a living creature in this province by setting aside areas of this province for
"Grizzly Bear habitat"? Mr. Knight, What are you going to say to the people of this province,
(in particular the children) when the last grizzly bear in Alberta is killed on a railroad line or on
a highway? Mr. Knight, you had a chance to show the people of this province and the people of
this World that you cared about a species of animal which is as Albertan as the humans in this
province, all you have shown is you are only interested in half-hearted measures, and all
you have shown is you have no long-range plan to ensure that these wonderful
animals will be found in Alberta in the future!
According to the website: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/36654/
"The primary way to recover Alberta’s declining grizzly bear populations is to minimize
contact between people and bears by limiting the number of roads in grizzly-bear habitat
, says a new report."
"Released last Friday by a coalition of conservation groups, the report said the
"Titled A Grizzly Challenge, the report was released the same week a grizzly sow
"Sarah Elmeligi, senior conservation planner with the Canadian Parks and
According to scientist Jeff Galius, (MSc.) who authored a report entitled
A Grizzly Challenge: Ensuring a Future for Alberta’s Threatened Grizzlies,
which you can read at:
"a four-step recovery plan should be implemented for the Grizzly bear population in
Alberta.. The steps include:
"1. Limiting annual human-caused mortality to a rate that will allow grizzly bear populations to grow to a size and density that enables long-term persistence...The remedial action is needed, writes the report author, Jeff Gailus, because
2. Providing grizzly bear habitat security of between 55 to 68 per cent over an area large enough to maintain a grizzly bear population big enough for long-term persistence.
3. Limiting the density of roads and other routes across the recovery area to avoid unsustainable levels of motorized and non-motorized access.
4. Maintaining demographic connectivity between small population units by preventing the construction of, or
mitigating the effects of, roads, highways, railroads and other sources of fragmentation in grizzly bear habitat.
Although it is not discussed in this report, successful grizzly bear recovery will require an effective and well-funded public education program."
"Industrial activity and the road networks required to harvest timber and extract oil and gas are expected to increase dramatically in grizzly bear habitat, as are motorized recreation, and urban and agriculture development."And if these steps are not implemented to protect the species, what is the possible outcome? The coalition warns
"The outlook for Alberta’s bears under current conditions is a 98.6 per cent risk of population decline by 30 per cent or more over the next 36 years."
Help Find Canada's missing children. Please visit: these websites:
Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.