FARC statement on the peace talks

first_imgMarco León Calarcá, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).The following is a statement by Marco León Calarcá, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), made on April 3 and translated from the Spanish by the Mundo Obrero staff.Feelings and political positions aside, it is time to build peace. That is in essence, the responsibility of the Conversation Table and therefore merits full solidarity.To recognize this reality, 51 years of armed confrontation, in this latest stage, the guerrilla’s belief is that war cannot be Colombia’s destiny, as the unforgettable commander Jacobo Arenas proclaimed and as it is written in the pronouncement embodied in the first official document of the FARC-EP, the Agrarian Program of the Guerrillas, which clearly shows the revolutionary goal taking the road available, be it the armed conflict imposed by the attack at Marquetalia or through the peaceful one if the conditions exist. [Editor’s note: Marquetalia was a rural autonomous area attacked in May 1964 by the Colombian military. The defenders of Marquetalia later formed the FARC.]The establishment and especially the imperialist transnationals need peace, not towards noble ends or thinking about people’s social well-being, but they require peace for the exploitation of mining and energy resources located in areas where there is a strong guerrilla presence, and to take the land they need for the development of agro-industrial mega-projects intended to produce agro-fuels.The General Agreement ending the conflict and building a stable and lasting peace, signed on Aug. 26, 2012, allowed the public start of peace talks in Havana and is based on bilateral agreements, obligations and duties of the signatories: the national government and the FARC-EP.In the absence of winners or losers, we are in a dialogue between equal partners, marked by the pursuit of agreements in different points and aspects. Therefore, every attempt of unilateral imposition should be considered an attack on the Conversation Table. That is, no more or no less, among others, the Legal Framework for Peace, the reference point to which the leadership of transition and the promoted transitional justice do not find space.From sectors of the right and the extreme right, vociferous attacks are made on the Conversation Table and the Santos government is accused of handing the country over to the guerrillas, to terrorism; they only see a process of subjugation.At the same time, self-declared leftist groups accuse the insurgency of giving up its principles and betraying the people by engaging in this dialogue. In the middle exists the majority that works for peace.The discussion is not about legality or legitimacy, since in this area there will never be an agreement because of the political ideology that separates us.We hear, read and see the ranting of the surveys that reject any agreement that would be on an equal footing because “the Colombian people do not accept that the guerrillas developed a political struggle, they are bandits.” What is never said outright and is known by the poor of the earth, that immense national majority, is that these statements come from the desire of the minority enriched at the expense of the people.And they never mention or reflect on the reality of millions and millions of inhabitants of Colombia, men and women dissatisfied with the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental development of the country, people who valiantly resist and struggle for their ideals and diverse demands that bring change in order to enjoy a worthy life of work, education and health, decent housing and national pride in sovereignty and independence, without giving up or forgetting the revolutionary objectives.It is imperative to channel the social forces and unite them into a single stream towards the necessary structural changes that will make peace and social justice possible, weaving them, linking them, connecting them with all the popular efforts that lead us to democratic, peaceful and sovereign objectives. The various modes of expression, creativity and transformative power make it possible. The efforts to make them invisible will continue, but that is part of the struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Equinor picks DNV GL for Bay du Nord certification

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has selected oil and gas advisory and classification society DNV GL as the certifying authority for the Bay du Nord project off Canada.The Bay du Nord FPSO illustration. Credit: EquinorDNV GL said on Monday that it would ensure that new infrastructure that would be built for Equinor’s Bay du Nord oil field project was compliant to local and global safety requirements.The classification society will oversee design review activities and site surveillance during construction, commissioning, and installation, after being awarded the certifying authority and classification contract.The Bay du Nord field is located around 480 kilometers northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Flemish Pass Basin.The field will be the first one developed in this basin. No existing infrastructure is in the immediate area, which is known for its harsh environmental conditions, including large sea states, high winds, sea ice, and icebergs.Bay du Nord was discovered in 2013, aiming to produce its first oil in 2025. The project is currently in the pre-FEED phase, and the final investment decision is planned in the second quarter of 2021.The field development comprises an FPSO, a disconnectable turret and moorings system, steel lazy wave risers, and a subsea development with four subsea templates.Halfdan Knudsen, Equinor’s project director, said: “Safety, environmental protection, and regulatory compliance are fundamental requirements for the Bay du Nord Project.“DNV GL has been selected as the certifying authority and classification society for the project, supported by our development partner Husky Energy.”Liv A. Hovem, CEO of DNV GL – Oil & Gas, added: “I am delighted Equinor has recognized that we possess the technical expertise and global footprint to assure safety on the ambitious Bay du Nord project. We have worked closely with Equinor on many projects over the years, including challenging sites in the North Sea, and this contract win is a sign of the strength of our relationship.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Moore the Master in sprint

first_imgRyan Moore landed the second leg of a treble at the Curragh when the Martin Hassett-trained Master Speaker took the K Club Hotel, Spa & Ryder Cup Venue Handicap. Press Association The former Ballydoyle inmate had managed just one previous victory from 19 starts, but had been placed on nine occasions, filling the runner-up spot three times this season already. Sent off at 11-2, the five-year-old kept out of trouble on the outside of the field and picked up well to get the better of In Salutem by half a length, giving Moore a brace following the success of Air Force Blue. He later won on Bantry Bay, too. center_img “It’s the Moore factor! Sean Corby has been riding him all along and it’s nothing against him, but we said we’d try something different,” said Hassett. “His first few runs this year were phenomenal, but we were disappointed with him the last day. In fairness, the handicapper has given us a chance, and hopefully he won’t be too hard after that. We are thinking of the Rockingham, although that’s over five. We’ll see.” Kevin Prendergast and Chris Hayes combined to take the N Conlan & Sons BMW Handicap with 14-1 shot Majenta, who led home a bunch of late chargers and beat Golden Spear by a length. The Tony Martin-trained Pyromaniac (13-2) edged out Awesome Star by a head in the Irish Tatler Celebrating 125 Years Handicap under Fran Berry. Martin said: “He’s a dual-purpose horse and he’ll tip away. He got two miles well, and hopefully he’ll step up in trip over hurdles. I thought that was a good performance.” last_img read more

Secrets of Photosynthesis Coming to Light

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 “It’s perhaps the most important biochemical process on Earth and scientists don’t yet fully understand how it works.”It’s in the vibes:  Scientists at University of Michigan have used extremely brief pulses of light to study molecular vibrations that enhance the light-gathering ability in the chloroplasts of plants—specifically, in the antenna complex called Photosystem II that does the “heavy lifting” of photosynthesis.  Enzymes in this complex kick electrons out of molecules as the first step in energy transfer.  Science Daily says that irradiating spinach leaves in a blender with ultrashort pulses revealed these vibrations that take place faster than one hundredth of a billionth of the blink of an eye.Through photosynthesis, plants and some bacteria turn sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into food for themselves and oxygen for animals to breathe. It’s perhaps the most important biochemical process on Earth and scientists don’t yet fully understand how it works.The researchers likened the vibrations to the activity of a bucket brigade.  When all the workers are in sync, the maximum amount of water can be transferred.  With this knowledge, researchers hope to reverse engineer photosynthesis, “to design materials that have appropriate vibrational and electronic structure to mimic this highly efficient charge separation process.”It’s in the traps:  Researchers at Arizona State also irradiated Photosystem II with light pulses and found that the enzymes open up and grab water molecules during the energy transfer, according to Science Daily.  To see this in action, they had to use light pulses lasting only one quadrillionth of a second (a femtosecond, 10-15 second).  Watching the response, they saw the enzyme elongate allowing water to enter.  “This is a major step toward the goal of making a movie of the molecular machine responsible for photosynthesis, the process by which plants make the oxygen we breathe, from sunlight and water,” one researcher said.  Like the team in Michigan, the Arizonans are looking to apply what they learn to improve photocells.It’s in the maintenance:  Another article about Photosystem II on PhysOrg tells about the quality control system in the machinery.  Deep in the thylakoid membranes that make up the grana of chloroplasts, there are specialized enzymes that can remove receptors that have become damaged by strong light, and replace them by newly-synthesized parts.  Researchers at Okoyama University in Japan found that the grana become “unstacked” in order for the FtsH proteases to enter the damage site and make repairs.  “This maintenance system keeps photosynthetic activity under light stress.”When the older among us were going to school, photosynthesis was a “black box” that was only crudely understood.  Light photons entered the black box, and sugar came out.  In the last few decades of research, just the barest outlines of the process have been coming to light.  Who would have known that there is quality control, synchronized vibration, and moving parts?  This is intelligent design on a quantum scale.  Yet the second article makes this stupid statement: “The early Earth contained no oxygen and was converted to the oxygen-rich atmosphere we have today 2.5 billion years ago by the ‘invention’ of the water splitting process in Photosystem II (PSII).”  No scientist ever experienced a thousand years, let alone 2.5 billion years.  And who, pray tell, “invented” this elegant molecular machine?  Natural selection?  Fat chance.  Chance is too fat to do such things.  It’s so fat it can’t budge.  Slim down into the sleek, functional intelligent design athletic wear so that you can think rationally.last_img read more

Faster than sound – a reality again?

first_imgFollowing Concorde’s entry into service in 1976, the supersonic jet’s top speed of Mach 2.04  (1,354 mph), enabled passengers to cross the Atlantic Ocean in half the time it had once taken.This was until 2003, however, when economic and safety pressures forced the supersonic jet into retirement.A true beauty of the skies, Concorde’s retirement not only signalled the end of commercial supersonic flight but also the first time in aviation history that the progress towards ever faster speeds had gone into reverse.Concorde’s historyAfter over a decade of subsonic commercial flight, there is hope once again for jetsetters across the globe as NASA, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and General Electric, is in the process of developing quiet supersonic technology.Known as QueSST, the technology is designed to reduce the deafening impact of a sonic boom to a muted thump, clearing the way for environmentally acceptable supersonic transport aircraft and, potentially, the birth of a new golden age of high speed travel.The ProcessTo realize this goal, NASA has contracted Lockheed Martin and General Electric to develop a preliminary design of a supersonic aircraft capable of proving to regulatory agencies that low level sonic booms are acceptable to people on the ground.The shaping of the 94 foot long, delta-winged aircraft is designed to create a sonic boom which would be audible as a soft rumble as opposed to a sharp crack. As Peter Iosifidis, Lockheed Martin Program Manager, explains, the QueSST demonstrator design (pictured at top right) attempts to “separate the shocks so that they don’t ever coalesce”.By distributing these waves across the length of the aircraft, the shock waves cannot become focused and instead, hit the ground intermittently, creating the soft rumble NASA is aiming for.Powered by a single General Electric F404 fighter engine, the specially designed demonstrator is expected to fly in late 2019 and will begin sonic boom experiments in 2020.The plan is for the aircraft to participate in a series of over-flight trials around 2022-2023 over four to six communities around the US. The results of these trails will be used to determine once and for all if the 1973 ban on supersonic overland travel can be overturned, potentially opening the door to follow-on commercial developments both domestically and internationally.Sonic Booms generally hit a decibel level of 106 PLdB. NASA’s demonstration began with an F/A-18’s level flight over the NASA Armstrong parking lot. The sonic boom created was 104 PLdB.Listen hereThen the NASA demonstrated the “thump” using an F/A-18 which only reached a level of 77 decibels, just 2 above their target of 75 at which they hope the International Civil Aviation Organisation will confirm to be acceptable to the public.The simulated low boom was achieved through a dive manoeuvre in which the F/A-18 accelerates to Mach 1.1 at an arranged altitude and distance from the targeted epicenter of the sound shockwave.Listen to the much quieter thump (sonic boom) here:The LynchpinThis monumental effort originates from a 1973 FAA and ICAO regulation prohibiting any flight that creates a sonic boom over land.  As overland flight is imperative to the economic feasibility of supersonic operations, the entire market hinges on ICAO mandating a sonic boom decibel level that they deem acceptable to the public. This, in turn, is contingent on the success of NASA’s QueSST effort and its attempt to prove the technical viability of a low boom design based on principles that can be applied to aircraft ranging in size from a Mach 1.4 business jet to a 120-seat supersonic airliner.The ImplicationsShould commercial supersonic flight overland become acceptable, NASA forecasts a demand for over 500 civil supersonic airliners in addition to between 350 and 500 business jets. The advent of long awaited high speed transport will almost certainly revolutionize international passenger travel as well as the flying experience. With airlines desperate to gain a competitive edge on their rivals, the availability of a supersonic commercial aircraft would set a new standard for the premium commercial flight experience.Cavair at Mach 2A Team EffortWhile much of NASA’s effort stems from a desire to maintain American leadership in global civil aviation, NASA’s Dave Richwire, Commercial Supersonic Technologies Sub-Project Manager, admits, “We have got to engage the international community because if this aircraft is going to be successful it has to operate around the world.”Amongst the international research community the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) continues to pursue ambitious plans for a high speed trans-Pacific airliner while in Europe the nearer term focus remains on development of a new generation of supersonic business jets.It is also clear that supersonic transport will have to travel at high altitude for both operational and air traffic reasons. These aircraft will be travelling almost twice as fast as subsonic airliners and to avoid congestion in the lower levels of controlled airspace will be allocated to virtually traffic free zones at 50,000 feet or higher.  As Ed Haering, NASA’s Aerospace Engineer and Sonic Boom specialist said, “It’s the fast lane!”.last_img read more

Delta slaps life ban on noisy Trump supporter.

first_imgUS giant Delta Air Lines has warned of “heightened tensions” in US society as it banned a passenger who launched a pro-Donald Trump rant  on one of its domestic flightsThe airline has banned the passenger for life after he shouted pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton comments on a flight to Allentown, in Pennsylvania.The video showed other travellers looking uncomfortable as the man clapped his hands and shouted “Donald Trump, baby! That’s right, this man knows what’s up. We got some Hillary bitches on here?”He added: “Donald Trump! It’s your president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad.”Watch the video.Staff questioned the passenger but allowed him to remain on the flight, a move that has since embarrassed the airline after a video of the incident went viral.Delta chief executive Ed Bastian said in a message to staff the passenger displayed behaviour that was “loud, rude and disrespectful to his fellow customers’’.Bastian said the plane’s crew made best decision they could given the information they had on hand but there was no question the man would have been kicked off the plane had staff witnessed first-hand what was shown in the video.“Delta has apologized to the customers onboard that flight,’’ he said “We are also refunding those customers the cost of their tickets.“I also want to make sure all of you know we have your backs.“The heightened tension in our society means that now more than ever we must require civility on our planes and in our facilities. We must stay true to Delta’s core values and treat one another with dignity and respect.“We also must remain committed more than ever to the safety of our customers and our crew members. We will not tolerate anything less.”last_img read more

Most Canadian firms not tracking gender pay gap advancement rates report

first_imgThe majority of Canadian companies are not closely watching differences in pay or advancement between men and women and other key measures of progress, according to a report on gender equality in corporate Canada and the U.S.The Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders’ commissioned a survey of human resources professionals in Canada and the U.S. and found that just 39 per cent of Canadian companies had accurate data on gender pay differences.The survey of 150 human resources executives in Canada and 250 in the U.S. also found that 48 per cent of Canadian companies said they do not have accurate data on the percentage of women at the management level.While corporate commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high, these survey results point to a “critical gap” between intention and action, the cross-border council said.“Many companies want to see women advance, but do not approach the goal with rigour and discipline as they would any other business priority,” it wrote in its report released last week.Pressure to improve gender equality in Canadian workplaces has long been mounting but women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and are vastly underrepresented in companies top ranks.Canadian women make on average 74 cents for every dollar of annual salary made by men among the entire working population, according to the most recent Statistics Canada data. Among the companies on the TSX 60 index, none listed a woman as its chief executive officer in their compensation disclosures for the most recent financial year, according to a Canadian Press analysis of management information circulars. There were only 25 women out of the more than 300 named executive officers — defined by regulators as a company’s most highly compensated roles, which companies must disclose — of TSX 60 companies, and they were paid on average 64 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.It is against this backdrop that the cross-border council was created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump last year. The council has 10 female executives — half from Canadian companies and the other half from American companies — and its aim is to help women-owned businesses contribute to economic growth, competitiveness, and the integration of the two economies.The council’s fifth and final report released on Oct. 31 outlined survey findings that showed that many Canadian and American companies have “a lack of essential data that could measure progress and identify potential obstacles to the advancement of women.”The survey found that just 36 per cent of Canadian companies have a plan to advance women to senior leadership roles, compared to 40 per cent south of the border.“Equal pay for all is within reach, as it does not require an overhaul of the organization’s goals or a cultural change,” the council said in its report. “The solution is to put in place a thoughtful process that reviews pay and fixes any inequalities identified.”Meanwhile, it has been just over one year since the emergence of the Me Too movement, which began as a reaction to allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, that has also put additional pressure on companies to ensure fair treatment of women in the workplace.The Me Too movement has led to a surge of harassment and discrimination complaints to the Law Society of Ontario, according to a recent report.Between January 1 and June 30 of this year, the law society’s Discrimination and Harassment Counsel — a service which confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced this from a lawyer or paralegal — saw 125 complaints, up 58 per cent increase from 79 during the same six-month period in 2017.“The number of contacts to the DHC office increased noticeably beginning in the fall of 2017 as the #MeToo movement emerged,” the counsel wrote in its latest report. “That higher level of contact has been sustained, with a number of callers citing the #MeToo movement as giving them confidence to come forward to report.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that less than half of Canadian companies had data on women in management.last_img read more

Peace Gallery Norths opening night of Harvest Moon Exhibition

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Gallery North has its opening night of their Harvest Moon Exhibition, tonight, Friday, September 6th, 2019 from 7 pm – 9 pm.The exhibition is a preview of original art to be auctioned at the 36th Annual Art Auction held October 5th, 2019.This evening will include entertainment by Intermezzo, as well as refreshments and appetizers by the Cultured Cafe. The Peace Gallery North is located at the North Peace Cultural CentreTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Oppn leaders set to meet today also to move EC over VVPATs

first_imgNew Delhi: Two days ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results, top opposition leaders will meet in the national capital on Tuesday to discuss the political situation and possibilities of a non-NDA alliance to stake claim for government formation.As part of his efforts to unite the opposition, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with his West Bengal counterpart, Mamata Banerjee, at her Kolkata residence on forming a non-BJP government at the Centre in case of a hung verdict. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadNaidu had a 45-minute meeting with Banerjee on the future strategies of the “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance), during which he also discussed the possibilities of forming a non-BJP government, including regional parties, with the support of the Congress. “It was decided at the meeting that a detailed discussion will be held with other players of the Mahagathbandhan in the event of a hung verdict after the poll results are declared on May 23,” a source said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe decision on Banerjee going to New Delhi would also be taken after May 23, the source added. Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav also telephoned Banerjee during the day and discussed the strategy of the “Mahagathbandhan”, sources said. Naidu has been moving around across the country and has held several rounds of discussions with top opposition leaders in a bid to unite them and form an alliance to stake claim to form the next government in case the NDA falls short of the majority mark. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief met Banerjee again on Monday evening to discuss the political scenario in the wake of the exit poll predictions. On Sunday, Naidu met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi separately in New Delhi, besides NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. The TDP leader has already met other top opposition leaders such as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal, Left leaders and Sharad Yadav in Delhi. Meanwhile, Akhilesh and Mayawati also held a meeting and discussed their strategy going forward. However, in view of the exit polls, most of which have predicted a majority for the BJP-led NDA, the opposition has turned a bit cautious and decided not to hold any formal meetings. Top Congress leaders also held a meeting under the guidance of Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, where the current political situation was discussed. Sources said the opposition strategy was to procure letters of support from various parties and in case of a hung verdict, to present the same before the president to stake claim to form the government. They added that the opposition did not want to leave anything to chance and did not wish to waste any time in staking claim for government formation and thus, was putting its house in order. Notwithstanding the exit poll predictions, the opposition is going ahead with its strategy as most parties have trashed the forecast and claimed that the NDA would not get a majority in the Lok Sabha. Opposition leaders are citing previous examples when exit polls were proved wrong, as also elsewhere in the world like the surprise result in Australia. Opposition leaders will also meet the Election Commission (EC) and raise the issue of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures as directed by the Supreme Court. The opposition parties are demanding tallying of VVPAT slips with EVM figures in an entire Assembly constituency in case a discrepancy is found in any polling booth.last_img read more

Goodbye Dead Puck Era

It could be that the ongoing analytics boom in hockey has affected a change in the old “get the puck to the net however possible” evangelism that once was pre-eminent. It’s true that the puck won’t go into the net unless it’s guided toward the net, but not all shots are created equal: An unimpeded shot from between the dots has a much better chance of hitting the twine than a shot taken from the blue line and directed toward a bunch of traffic in front of the net, for example. If expected goals are any indication, players are taking smarter shots — not more shots — than they did in the past, and that’s leading to more goals.We might expect that slumping goaltending could also provide part of the answer. The average save percentage (.908) across the NHL is the lowest it’s been in a decade. But if we isolate goaltenders who were roughly in their prime (between the ages 25 and 31) in both 2015-16 and 2018-19 — presumably a group whose inherent skills haven’t changed very much even as the NHL’s goals-per-game average has — their average save percentage has dipped by an astounding 12 points over that span.By comparison, the overall league average in save percentage is down by only 7 points, which indicates that goaltenders who were not in the goalie population in 2015-16 are having a better time adjusting to the league than goalies who were already around — even ones still in their primes. It’s fair to conclude, then, that goaltending has gotten demonstrably more difficult in a short period of time, and veteran goalies appear to have had a hard time adapting to shooters who have figured out how to take smarter and more dangerous shots.This is all in sharp contrast to the amount of scoring that occurred in the past decade-plus. In the past, changes to the NHL rulebook have had a bubble effect: Scoring increases immediately but regresses within a season or two. That was certainly the case in 2005-06, which was defined by a spate of rule changes and a cadre of whistle-happy referees. That season, the size of goaltender equipment was reduced; the two-line offsides rule was abolished; the neutral zone was reduced by 4 feet, expanding the space each team had to mount an offensive zone attack; and goaltenders were no longer allowed to play the puck anywhere they wanted behind the goal line, instead restricted to a trapezoid behind their own net. Power-play opportunities skyrocketed to 5.85 per team per game, up by 1.61 from 2003-04.This all meant that scoring jumped from 5.14 goals per game in 2003-04 to 6.16 goals per game in 2005-06. The boost was short-lived, however. Scoring dipped beneath 6 goals per game the following season, and as the decade post-lockout progressed, scoring continued to suffer. Power-play opportunities declined drastically, goaltenders got better, and the average goals scored per game stayed below 6 for a dozen seasons. Until this season.Whether the scoring uptick can be attributed to a culmination of rule changes, smarter shot selection, worse goaltending or evolved tactics — or some combination of all of that — one thing is certain: The NHL is a scorer’s league again, and the 2018-19 iteration is the most entertaining in nearly three decades. Players in the NHL are scoring at a prodigious pace. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov is on pace to score 125 points, which would be tied for the highest point tally of the new millennium. If they keep up their current clip, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid would score 122 points, Chicago’s Patrick Kane 119 points and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen 117 points. All of these point totals would smash each player’s previous career high. This makes sense given the climate of the NHL this season — it’s the highest-scoring season since the one that took place immediately after the lockout of 2004-05. There are currently 40 players scoring at least a point per game.1Among players who have played in at least half of their team’s games. If the season ended today, it would be the highest number since 1995-96, when 42 finished the season with a point per game or better. This is excellent news for a league that’s constantly tinkering with its rulebook to increase scoring.For the first time in more than a decade, the average goals scored per NHL game has surpassed 6. But unlike previous spikes in scoring, there weren’t any sweeping changes made to the rulebook before the season,2The league did reduce the size of goaltending equipment again, but whether that meaningfully affects scoring numbers is up for debate. so what exactly is going on?An obvious stat to look at is the average number of power-play opportunities teams are getting each game. More man advantages, it would seem, might lead to more quality scoring opportunities. But power-play opportunities per game have actually decreased steadily since 2005-06, the season after the lockout, and are static when compared with last season, when the average goals scored per game was below 6.Shooters do appear to be taking better shots in five-on-five scenarios. The average for the league in expected goals per 60 minutes per team3Expected goals functions as a proxy for shot quality. is 2.38, according to data from Corsica Hockey — up from 2.19 in 2015-16. And shooters are actually performing better than the expected goals model suggests they should be: The league average goals per 60 minutes per team is 2.49. A 10th of a goal may not seem like a lot, but it translates to about 254 more goals scored per season. Shots against per game have remained fairly stable since the lockout of 2004-05, which makes it somewhat difficult to explain the sudden glut. read more