SP leader murdered

first_imgTwo persons were arrested after a district-level leader of the Samajwadi Party and his Home Guard associate were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Dinpur village here, police said on Thursday. The incident took place on Tuesday night when assailants stopped the car in which Samajwadi Party leader Parvat Singh Yadav and Home Guard Umrav Singh were travelling and opened indiscriminate fire, police said. Singh was killed on the spot while the assailants dragged Yadav to a nearby forest area before murdering him, they said. The arrested were identified as Suresh Singh and Surendra Singh, and two firearms were recovered from their possession, officials said.last_img

Donald Trump Jr.’s India visit raised ethical questions

first_imgDharmendra Rao, owner of a successful business that manufactures oil pumps, lives with his family in a 6,000-square-foot apartment in one of the many monolithic towers that have sprung up on pastureland in this booming satellite city south of New Delhi.Thinking that his address lacked a certain panache, Rao came to a luxury hotel this week to hear a half-hour sales pitch for luxury condos bearing a far more recognizable brand: the Trump Towers.“The Trump name means exclusivity,” Rao said after leaving the sales office in Gurgaon, clutching a black tote bag filled with floor plans for apartments that cost up to $1.5 million.Read it at LA Times Related Itemslast_img

Police in M.P. district on toes after bomb threat to BJP MLA

first_imgThe Vidisha district police have stepped up security at the railway station, government hospital and bus stand in Ganj Basoda, whose MLA Leena Jain received an anonymous letter on Monday threatening to blow up her and the Union Home Minister. “As a preventive measure, a bomb disposal squad reached Vidisha from Bhopal on Monday. Four to six officials with hand-held metal detectors are randomly screening people entering the public facilities. We have also deployed a tracker dog,” said Vinayak Verma, Vidisha Superintendent of Police.The hand-written letter was received by the BJP MLA at her office at 2.30 p.m. on Monday, she confirmed. Besides the leaders, it threatened to blow up public places. “I had filed a complaint with the police after receiving the letter. I don’t suspect anyone for the threat as I don’t have any adversaries,” Ms. Jain told The Hindu. ‘Writer clueless’ “Prima facie, the letter appears to have been written from within Ganj Basoda. Its ostensibly non-serious language indicates the writer is clueless about what he wrote. For instance, it has been undersigned by ‘Bomb bananey wala’, which doesn’t indicate anything. Yet, it could be a threat to public security,” added Mr. Verma. The police were coordinating with the State ATS , the GRP and the RPF to track down the accused. An FIR has been registered against unknown persons.last_img read more

Back From London, Nets Rout Knicks

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK  –  Deron Williams and the Nets’ reserves were toying with the Knicks when their fans joined in the fun, belting out a “Brook-lyn!” chant that seemed as loud as when they’re home.“That was nice,” center Andray Blatche said with a grin.For the Nets, the game at Madison Square Garden looked good and sounded even better.Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Nets sent the Knicks to a fourth straight loss with a 103-80 victory, evening this season’s New York rivalry at a game apiece.“Obviously when we first played them, they embarrassed us,” center Kevin Garnett said. “So obviously we needed to come back and get a payback, and kind of redeem ourselves because lately we’ve been playing better basketball and today was a great job of what we’ve been doing lately.”Making a triumphant return from London and completing a three-game, three-country road trip, the Nets improved to 7-1 in 2014 and avenged last month’s blowout loss with a romp of their own.Blatche had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Alan Anderson scored 15 points for the Nets.Williams finished with 13 points in his return from a five-game absence, coach Jason Kidd bringing him off the bench rather than break up a starting lineup of Johnson, Paul Pierce, Garnett, Shaun Livingston and Anderson that is 5-0.Williams said the reserve role was his idea. “Just because we’ve been playing so well with that lineup. Why shake things up?” Williams said. “It doesn’t matter if I come off or start.”The starters weren’t needed for the fourth quarter after the Nets built a 16-point lead through three, then blew it open behind Williams, Blatche and Mirza Teletovic early in the fourth.Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who beat the Nets 113-83 in Brooklyn but were hardly ever in this one. They lost on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the fourth straight time, the last two both at home to the Nets.“It’s tough. It’s a tough situation,” Anthony said. “Like I’ve said, I never dealt with something like this before.”The Nets had the look of a flop in the Dec. 5 game, but they have been a different team since the new year. Johnson has been the biggest reason for their turnaround, averaging 24.5 points in the last six games.Back in New York but not quite home, Brooklyn completed their recent journey with a 2-1 record. It started with a loss in Toronto, their only one of 2014, before a rout of Atlanta on Jan. 16 in London.“It’s been fun. We want it to keep going, so we’re going to keep working hard,” Johnson said. “We know why we’ve won seven of the last eight, so we’re just going to keep working hard, keep playing together.”The Knicks also appeared to be turning it around earlier this month, winning five in a row before their current skid. But they simply lack the talent to overcome the injuries they are facing now to Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, both out with sprained left ankles.“It’s multiple things that have gone wrong,” center Tyson Chandler said. “We’ve got to find better continuity on both ends of the floor, offensive and defensively.”They did get back guard Pablo Prigioni after he missed 16 straight games with a broken big toe on his right foot. He started with Raymond Felton in a two point guard lineup that was successful last season, but Felton shot 2 for 11 for nine points in his second straight dreadful performance.Prigioni missed all three shots and finished with two points and five assists.Williams was sharper after his latest absence for ankle problems, scoring just seconds after checking into the game in the first quarter on a drive into the lane. Williams, who has missed 16 games this season, played 27 minutes.Johnson scored 12 points in the first quarter, five during a quick 7-0 spurt that gave the Nets an 11-point lead. Another run of seven in a row extended Brooklyn’s lead to 37-21 early in the second, and it reached 18 later in the period before the Nets settled for a 52-38 halftime advantage.(Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Vijay Mallya ‘devastated’ to lose control of Force India Formula One team

first_imgVijay Mallya is ‘devastated’ to have lost control of the Force India Formula One team but the embattled tycoon should still have a say in what happens next, according to his right-hand man Bob Fernley.Fernley, who was deputy team principal until a court-appointed administrator took charge last Friday, told Reuters that Mallya would act in the best interests of a team he acquired in 2007.”I don’t know. I think there’s more to come yet,” he said in an interview at Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix when asked whether Mallya’s Formula One adventure had reached the end of the road.”He will also be able to discuss directly with the administrator the future of the team and Vijay is certainly not going to get in the way of making sure the team is fully supported. That’s not his way of doing things.”The team means a huge amount to him and he’s devastated with the situation as it is at the moment. But as the major creditor he hopefully can make sure it is in the right hands going forward to go on to better things.”Also read – Debt-ridden Sahara Force India F1 team put into administrationMallya has a 42.5 percent stake in the Silverstone-based team, with a similar shareholding in the hands of the Indian Sahara Group and the remainder owned by Dutch businessman Michiel Mol.The administration was triggered by Force India’s Mexican driver Sergio Perez, supported by engine provider Mercedes and team sponsor BWT who were also owed money by a team struggling financially.advertisementPerez told reporters at the weekend that he had acted to save the team, and 400 jobs, from the threat of being closed down in the face of a winding-up order scheduled for the London High Court last Wednesday.Fernley suggested that was not an entirely accurate representation of what had happened.”I know absolutely categorically that Vijay had some very sensible solutions to everything to be able to maintain the team going forward. This process obviously affected those,” he said.”I don’t have enough information to tell you,” he added when asked whether he felt there had been an orchestrated coup to remove Mallya.Also read – Force India not realising potential because of financial issues: Sergio Perez”All I know is that from our point of view it was an unexpected move. And Vijay certainly wasn’t expecting it,” said Fernley.INTERESTED SPECTATORSFernley said the winding-up order had been brought by the British tax authorities but was not as critical as had been made out.”The winding-up order that was due to be heard, HMRC were dismissing that because all the money had been paid,” he said, while acknowledging that it would only have been a deferral with another creditor ready to step in.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said there were five interested parties who could now take over the team but it would be for the administrators to decide which was the best long-term prospect.”We as Mercedes are interested spectators of the process,” he told reporters.”We would like to understand what the funding strategy going forward from a potential new buyer is, how it could affect the collaboration between the two teams. We aren’t there yet.”As well as providing the engines to the team, Perez’s French team mate Esteban Ocon is also backed by the German manufacturer.He is tipped for a move to Renault while Perez’s future remains uncertain.Force India’s problems are well-documented, with Mallya having assets frozen in India and fighting an attempt to extradite him from Britain to face charges of fraud, which he denies.A group of Indian banks are seeking to recover more than $1 billion of loans granted to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.Mallya has decried a “political witchhunt” and has said he is seeking to sell assets worth about 139 billion Indian rupees to repay creditors.last_img read more

Japans Trio Sets Up Container Shipping JV

first_imgzoom Japan’s three major container shipping companies established a holding and operating company on July 7 as they move toward the integration of their container shipping businesses.Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) was planning to set up the joint venture company at the strt of July, however, they pushed the establishment date despite claiming to have received all necessary approvals for compliance with local competition laws.The JV company, which includes worldwide terminal operation businesses outside Japan, received the approvals in regions and countries where compliance is required for the establishment of Ocean Network Express (ONE).In late June, the Republic of South Africa’s competition commission decided to block the trio’s proposed merger saying that the structure of the container liner shipping market “is conducive to coordination based on previous collusive conduct in the container liner market in other parts of the world.”The companies earlier said they expect to complete the approval process for compliance with competition law before the service commencement date of April 1, 2018.“Overall, there is no impact on the three companies’ integration plans for the new container shipping business, and the service commencement date for the new company is likewise unchanged from April 1, 2018,” MOL informed.last_img read more

Samsung Heavy Clinches Order for SpecialPurpose Ships

first_imgSouth Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for a European company.According to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million).The special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the unnamed owner by the end of January 2021.Samsung Heavy did not unveil any further details related to the units on order.In a separate statement, the shipbuilder said it agreed with Ocean Rig to delay the delivery of a drill ship from January 2019 to September 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-424-4545 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Beaver Meadow Road To allow for repaving, Beaver Meadow Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Trunk 4 at James River for 3.2 kilometres to the intersection of Mill Road. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Road West Bay Road from about 6.4 kilometres east of the Black River Road, easterly to Pringle Brook Bridge will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Motorists on Highway 103 between Exit 4 and Exit 5 should drive with extra caution as traffic will be diverted between old and new highway sections while this section is being twinned. Motorists are advised to follow traffic control measures in place and obey the 80 km/h speed limit. Two-way traffic is still in place on most sections. The work is expected to be completed by early October. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 255 Route 255, from Glace Bay town line to Durns Corner, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road and Cenotaph Road River Inhabitants Road, from Highway 105 at Exit 2 southerly for 8.4 kilometres to the intersection at Cenotaph Road, and Cenotaph Road, from River Inhabitants Road about 2.5 kilometres east through the Village of West Bay Road, will have a one-lane closure until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Brooks Subdivision Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court in Three Brooks subdivision will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from Louisbourg town limits northerly for about 4.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Port Hastings rotary northerly for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for re-paving from Monday, Oct. 9 to Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane from the intersection of Fraser Mountain Road, to the intersection of Highway 104 at Exit 27A until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Bridge Street Bridge on Bridge Street will be reduced to one lane for bridge and sidewalk repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. There is a heavy truck traffic detour at Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Kings County and Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Annapolis County. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester The intersection of Trunk 3 and Duke Street in Chester will periodically be reduced to one lane for installation of new sidewalks and curbs until Wednesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Georgefield Road Georgefield Road, from Shubenacadie Road northerly to the landfill site, a total of 5.5 kilometres, will have occasional one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from 1.1 kilometres east of Old Queensport Loop easterly towards Canso, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Centerville Street Centerville Street, from Gardiner Road to Atlantic Drive, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, from Exit 9 to Exit 10 near Shubenacadie, will have one-lane closures for paving. The work will take place from sunrise to sunset until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of traffic barrels and signs. Speed reductions in the work zone will be enforced. Drivers should expect slower travel through the work zone. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from Exit 11 (St. Ann’s), to Exit 12 (Englishtown), will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 ANTIGONISH/GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 The intersection with Route 316 southerly for 3.75 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31 Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 at Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. A reduced speed limit of 80 km/h is posted for the duration of the project. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 inbound at Exit 5A and 6 will be reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 16, for paving. Traffic control consists of cones and barrels. Work takes place from 9 a.m. to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-421-0224 Fax: 902-543-5593 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will be reduced to one lane, from the intersection of Browns Mill Road, northeasterly for 5.8 kilometres until Tuesday, Oct. 31, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via detour bridge until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road Closure The Gaspereau Road will be closed until Friday, Oct. 13, to allow for the replacement of the Minor Bridge over Curry Brook. Detour routes are marked on Gaspereau River Road, Grand Pré Road, Ridge Road, and Highway 101. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 302 Route 302, from Athol Road to Trider Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 10, to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from Humes River easterly to West Side Middle River Road, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 between Hillside and Pictou Landing, is closed due to fire damage. Alternate routes are available on Change Harbour Road or Egypt Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Lane closures will be required on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow for repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 31. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, between Paddy’s Head and West Dover, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-424-0849 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Monday, Oct. 30. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until Tuesday, Oct. 31., while a new bridge is built. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209 will be reduced to one lane, from 2.1 kilometres east of Fox Point Road for three kilometres to the east, for repaving until Friday, Oct. 13. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by a traffic control person. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Black Rock Road Black Rock Road from Trunk 1 to Route 221 will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to a half hour after sunset. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Middleton’s eastern town line, easterly 8.25 kilometres to the Kings County line will be reduced to one lane from Monday, Oct. 9, to Tuesday, Oct. 31 for paving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, 2007. This is to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Morgan Falls Bridge Morgan Falls Bridge on Lower Branch Road in New Germany, located between the intersection of School Street and Trunk 10, will be closed for the replacement of deck and concrete abutments until Friday, Oct. 20. Detour route on School Road, Route 208 and Trunk 10. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: St. Margaret’s Bay Village Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Ridge Court and Magnolia Court in St. Margaret’s Bay Village will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. PICTOU COUNTY: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289 Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for patching and repaving. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Between the intersection at Highway 111 and the airport, Highway 118 will have intermittent lane closures in both directions for interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the 102 overpass structure at Robie Street to Old Mill Road, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Oct. 31, so workers can install culverts and pave. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Railway Overpass, Falmouth Avon River, No. 2 railway overpass structure, west of Exit 7 at Falmouth on Highway 101, will be reduced to one lane for deck repairs until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of barricades and traffic lights. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail The Cabot Trail from Highway 105 to Yankee Line Road will have a one-lane closure for patching and repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Portapique River to Little Bass River will have intermittent one-lane closures until Tuesday, Oct. 31, for paving. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass Structure The Thorburn Road overpass structure at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit due to shoulder work until Friday, Dec. 15. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting that motorists using Route 347 use an alternate route. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 KINGS COUNTY: Victoria Road, Secondary Road 221 Road improvement work will be taking place on Victoria Road north of Aylesford, from the Highway 101 overpass north for two kilometres to the intersection of Secondary Road 221, and then east on Secondary Road 221 for one kilometre, until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in sections where work is taking place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curb and sidewalk until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Route 320 from Arichat about five kilometres towards d’Escousse will be to reduced to one lane from Monday, Oct. 9, to Wednesday, Nov. 15, for repaving. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from the intersection with Route 276 at Goshen southerly towards Goldboro, will have intermittent one lane closures for gravelling and paving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 will be reduced to one lane, from the church in East Bay for 3.5 kilometres west, to allow for repaving until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be directed by traffic control persons and signs.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Invited to Discuss Workplace Violence

first_imgThe Department of Environment and Labour is seeking feedback on a discussion paper published today, Dec. 14, about violence in the workplace. The department hopes to gather knowledge from the public and people in high-risk industries. “This public consultation is a component of our 2006-07 business plan and clearly demonstrates our commitment to take action on the serious issue of workplace violence,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Workers are afforded protection from workplace violence hazards by the Occupational Health and Safety Act. But it’s time to look at providing a more comprehensive strategy to address risks in particular workplaces.” The discussion paper outlines the need for a strategy to address the issue, and offers an overview of regulatory and non-regulatory measures. It also discusses the need for a definition of workplace violence that adds clarity for employers and employees. The department wants comment on the best use of resources to promote learning and accountability and reduce risks for workers. Mr. Parent thanked other department ministers dealing with workplace violence for their support, including Community Services, Justice, Health, Education, and Health Promotion and Protection, as well as the Public Service Commission. “We recognize that violence towards workers in the health professions is a serious issue and I am pleased to see my colleague is seeking important input so that this issue can be addressed,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Violent activity in schools cannot be addressed by schools alone,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “It must be addressed by students, teachers, parents, and the community. That is why the work my colleague is doing is so important — we need input from all Nova Scotians to address the issue of workplace violence.” Comments on the paper are invited until Thursday, Feb. 15. The discussion paper may be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/enla . Printed copies are available by calling 1-800-952-2687.last_img read more

Striking doctors ready to meet Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The striking doctors of West Bengal on Sunday decided to hold talks with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to immediately end the impasse but said there should be media coverage of the deliberations to avoid discrepancies. “The last press interview by our honourable Chief Minister was full of discrepancies which had led to false propagation of the motive behind our protests and the response of the government to it. Hence it needs clarification,” a representative of the protesting doctors of the NRS Medical College and Hospital told media after a General Body meeting on day six of the strike that has majorly hit state-run health services. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The meeting was attended by representatives of other hospitals participating in the strike. “We want immediate end to this impasse through discussions with the CM which, to maintain transparency, shouldn’t be behind closed doors. The venue can be chosen by the CM, but that should be able to accommodate representatives of all medical colleges and the national media,” he said. Doctors “want to join duty as early as possible in the best interest of health care delivery to the common people once all our demands are met adequately and logically”, the representative said. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “We are hopeful that our honourable Chief Minister will be considerate enough to solve the problems that our entire state is facing currently,” he added. Senior doctors expected a solution after the meeting to end the stalemate. “We are hoping to end the impasse as early as possible and resume normalcy in the state health care services,” West Bengal Doctors Forum President Arjun Sengupta told IANS. Earlier, the agitating doctors had insisted that Banerjee visit the NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epicentre of the protests. On Friday night, the striking doctors rejected a proposal from the Chief Minister for talks at the state secretariat Nabanna, and stuck to their demand that she would have to come down to the NRS Medical College and Hospital to listen to their grievances and apologise for having cast aspersions on them. Health services in the state-run hospitals remained partially disrupted due to the “cease work” by junior doctors. There was mass resignations of doctors at various hospitals and the patients suffered without treatment as the protests reached its sixth day. Protesting against the brutal attack on two junior doctors by the family members of a dead patient in the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday night, doctors across the state have stopped work at the outpatient departments (OPDs) in most government hospitals in the state since Tuesday.last_img read more

In the news today Dec 10

first_imgFour stories in the news for Monday, Dec. 10———TRADE TRIP TO CHINA CANCELLED OVER MENG DETENTIONThe detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada has impacted British Columbia’s forestry trade mission to Asia. The delegation has cancelled a stop in China, and will instead end its trip in Japan. It follows the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer. The U.S. is seeking Meng’s extradition, alleging she tried to evade American trade sanctions on Iran. A bail hearing will resume today, and Beijing has warned that Canada will face “grave consequences” if Meng isn’t released.———ONTARIO JOINS CALLS FOR EQUALIZATION OVERHAULFor the first time in a decade Ontario will not receive an equalization transfer from Ottawa, prompting the province’s finance minister to join calls for a program overhaul. Canada’s finance ministers are in Ottawa for the second of their two annual meetings. And just before they met at a working dinner last night, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed that only five provinces — Manitoba, Quebec, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — will qualify for a share of nearly $20 billion in equalization payments in 2019-20.———CANADA POST DELAYS MEAN HOLIDAY HEADACHESCanada Post says it’s dealing with two to three times more parcels than usual this holiday season. It says there’s a six-million-package backlog after five weeks of rotating strikes that ended last month. Spokesman Jon Hamilton says the Crown corporation has rented almost two-thousand additional vehicles and hired four-thousand seasonal staff. But he says delivery windows still can’t be guaranteed in the lead-up to Christmas. The Canadian Union of Postal Employees disputes that the rotating strikes caused any backlog.———BREAST CANCER SCREENING GUIDELINES UPDATEDNew guidelines for breast-cancer screening are intended to give women a bigger say in their health-care decisions, considering personal values and preferences over age and risk factors alone. The guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care encourage women aged 40 to 74 to discuss breast cancer screening with their doctors and make a shared decision about whether to get a mammogram based in part on a woman’s preferences. The previous guidelines recommended against women aged 40 to 49 having routine mammograms, while those aged 50 to 74 were advised to get the test every two to three years.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The 2018 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards will be presented in Halifax.— Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will be available to speak to media for the first time after spending his first week in orbit.— Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson will make announcement to ensure Canada’s aquaculture industry is a global leader.— Business leaders, decision makers, government reps and heads of state in Toronto for International Economic Forum of the Americas’— Calgary Trial for Nelson Tony Lugela, charged in the shooting death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks.— Former B.C. Lions player Joshua Boden makes court appearance in Vancouver on charge of second-degree murder.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement TORONTO — A documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio about electric car racing, a look at a controversial yoga teacher dogged by sexual misconduct claims, and a Drake-backed feature about immigrants who served in the U.S. military only to be deported, are headed to the Toronto International Film Festival.Festival organizers said Thursday that the 25 films chosen for this year’s non-fiction slate include “And We Go Green,” produced by DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville; and “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator,” directed by Eva Orner.Drake (Credit: Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10225918w)Drake accepts the top billboard 200 album award for “Scorpion” at the Billboard Music Awards, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas2019 Billboard Music Awards – Show, Las Vegas, USA – 01 May 2019Drake’s project, “Ready for War,” is executive-produced by the Toronto rapper along with Future and David Ayer, and directed by Andrew Renzi. A TIFF publicist says the production is bound for the U.S. broadcaster Showtime but there’s no word yet on a Canadian outlet. FILE – This June 5, 2019 file photo shows Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere of “Ice on Fire” in Los Angeles. DiCaprio is joining with billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create Earth Alliance, a new nonprofit charged with tackling climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Earth Alliance said Tuesday July 2, it will provide grants, educational opportunities and fund campaigns and films, as well as work with grassroots organizations and individuals in places most affected by biodiversity loss and climate change. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)center_img Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Documentary programmer Thom Powers said this year’s collection tackles themes including artistic achievement, immigration, environmentalism, and resistance against corrupt leaders. It also touches on several high-profile figures including Truman Capote, Merce Cunningham, and Imelda Marcos.“This year’s program captures characters you’ll never forget: lovers, fighters, dancers, athletes, despots, rebels, hustlers, and heroes,” Powers said in a release.The section will open with “The Cave” from Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad, about an underground hospital in war-torn Syria.Lighter fare includes Bryce Dallas Howard’s documentary debut, “Dads,” about fatherhood — featuring her own famous dad, Ron Howard — and Gabe Polsky’s “Red Penguins,” billed as a comic tale about U.S. hustlers bringing NHL-style hockey to Moscow.Programmers also announced the 10-film lineup in the Midnight Madness section, typically dedicated to horror, off-beat comedy and quirky genre fare.They include an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “Color Out of Space,” directed by Richard Stanley and starring Nicolas Cage; and Joko Anwar’s “Gundala,” based on Indonesian superhero comic books.A scene from the film “And We Go Green,” about electric car racing, produced by DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens and Malcolm Venville is seen in this undated photo provided August 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, TIFFThe late-night slot will open with Jeff Barnaby’s previously-announced Indigenous zombie film “Blood Quantum” and closes with Isaac Nabwana’s “Crazy World,” billed as “gonzo action flick” and a celebration of the Ugandan film movement Wakaliwood.“This year’s selections challenge the traditional parameters of genre and shock cinema, but — most excitingly — half of the lineup’s wicked provocations are courtesy of filmmakers making their feature-film debut,” lead programmer Peter Kuplowsky said Thursday in a release.First-timers include Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s dystopian sci-fi film “The Platform,” Rose Glass’s psychological thriller “Saint Maud,” and Andrew Patterson’s paranormal period piece “The Vast of Night,” which won the audience award for best narrative feature at Slamdance.Other documentary picks include: Alan Berliner’s “Letter to the Editor,” about photojournalism; Barbara Kopple’s “Desert One,” chronicling a mission to rescue hostages in Iran; Thomas Balmes’ “Sing Me A Song,” about a monk in Bhutan who forms a long-distance relationship via his smart phone and Alex Gibney’s “Citizen K,” which profiles Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who turned against Russian president Vladimir Putin.Meanwhile, the revamped Discovery program will open with Chiara Malta’s “Simple Women,” in which a director meets Elina Lowensohn, an actor she idolized in her youth.Described as “a place to find work that could be poetic, bold, or challenging,” TIFF says its Discovery section has helped launch the international careers of acclaimed directors including Yorgos Lanthimos, Maren Ade, Alfonso Cuaron, Barry Jenkins and Jean-Marc Vallee.The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15.last_img read more

Morocco Made Considerable Progress in Understanding Critical Risks OECD

Rabat – Morocco has, over the past 20 years, made considerable progress in understanding critical risks, mainly via a legislative and regulatory body, and the implementation of specific financial mechanisms.This came in a review of risk management policies in Morocco, by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), whose main findings and recommendations were presented in Rabat on Wednesday. The review has five main outlines related to the amelioration of resilience to natural disasters, namely governance, assessment and risk prevention, emergency management, recovery and reconstruction. Regarding governance of critical risks, the review wrote that Morocco made considerable progress in understanding critical risks, but these efforts have not yet led to the adoption of an integrated response.It said that “deficiencies in governance still remain, such as policies that are too sector-based, or focused on a single risk, or not sufficiently inclusive, or using a top-down method.” OECD gave a series of recommendations, as building a long-term vision at the service of an integrated critical risk management strategy, implementing an institutional framework adapted to national governance with clear lines of responsibility, and modernizing the regulatory framework in order to adapt it to current and future challenges.With MAP read more

Environmental disaster looms in Ukraine unless urgent steps are taken – UN

30 April 2010Immediate action is needed to avert an environmental disaster in western Ukraine where toxic materials from former mines could spread into the area and threaten the health of local communities, according to the report of a joint United Nations-European Union mission of experts. The final report of the UN-EU mission to the Kalush area of Ukraine describes the situation there as “critical,” according to a press release issued this week by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which manages a joint environment unit with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“A window of opportunity exists to prevent the existing situation from deteriorating into a disaster,” the press release notes, citing the mission’s report. “Immediate action should be taken to address and remedy the identified problems.”The mission, conducted last month at the request of Ukrainian authorities, found there was a high probability that an open-cast mine could break through into the Sivka River and thus spread the dangerous organic pollutant hexachlorobenzene (HBC) into the local environment.Mining in the Kalush area has left the ground unstable and prone to subsidence, with mine tailings dams at risk of bursting as a result of snowmelt and spring floods. Ground and surface water has become highly salinized and contaminated.The mission members, accompanied by national experts, assessed the stability of the dams and the risks posed by subsidence, and it also conducted sampling at a nearby hazardous waste site to screen for threats to potential local communities.In addition they assisted emergency management organizations in the region to identify risk reduction measures and other steps to minimize the impact of any environmental disaster on the local population.The nine-member mission team included experts in emergency management, environmental issues, risk reduction, hydrogeology and tailings dams, and was conducted through the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system and the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre. read more

FiveThirtyEights College Football Playoff Forecast

Which teams are most likely to make college football’s first-ever four-team playoff? And which have the best chance of coming away with the national title?The quick answer is the obvious one: The Alabama Crimson Tide lead the way on both counts. They’re No. 1 in the playoff selection committee’s current rankings and No. 1 according to most computer systems, including ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). Alabama is no stranger to postseason success, having won the national title in 2009, 2011 and 2012.But it won’t be easy for Alabama, or anyone else. To win the national title, the Crimson Tide may need to prevail in four very challenging football games — against arch-rival Auburn on Nov. 29, in the SEC Championship on Dec. 6, and then in the national semifinal and championship games. Alabama is more likely than any other team to win the title, but its chances are still only about 28 percent.That number comes from a new model we’ve developed that simulates the rest of the college football season and considers how subsequent games might affect the playoff committee’s rankings. The model is speculative: Statistical models are grounded in history and there’s zero history to go by when it comes to the college football playoff. But we hope to have some fun with it over the next few weeks and use this season as a guide for how to improve it in future years.The key characteristics of the model are that it’s iterative and probabilistic.1In contrast to our usual 10,000-word manifesto when launching a new forecasting model, I’m only going to provide a brief description of it for now. We’ll circle back later on with more detail. By iterative, I mean that it simulates the rest of the college season one game and one week at a time instead of jumping directly from the current playoff committee standings to national championship chances. By probabilistic, I mean that it hopes to account for the considerable uncertainty in the playoff picture, both in terms of how the games will turn out and in how the humans on the selection committee might react to them.Games are simulated using ESPN’s Football Power Index. To take one example, FPI has USC with about a 40 percent chance of upsetting UCLA in the game they’ll play Saturday in Pasadena, California.The next question is how the teams’ standings in the playoff rankings might change given the possible outcomes on the field. We’ve principally used the historic record of the Coaches Poll for guidance. The simulations account for the fact that some wins and losses matter more than others.Let’s say that USC wins. It’s currently ranked No. 19 in the playoff committee’s rankings. On average in the Coaches Poll, teams ranked in that position have moved up to only No. 17 or No. 16 after a win.Our model sees more upside potential for USC, however. A victory for the Trojans would come in what is technically a road game for them (a few freeways away from their campus in Los Angeles). More importantly, it would come against a higher-ranked opponent in UCLA. Historically — and quite reasonably — human raters have given more credit to wins like those, so our simulation would have USC moving up to No. 15 or No. 14 on average if it wins instead. But there’s considerable uncertainty in the outcome. We have USC moving as high as No. 10, or even into the high single digits, in some simulations; in other cases, a number of other teams ranked near it in the standings might have impressive wins also, and USC would barely move up at all.The simulations also account for the potential margin of victory in each game. Voters in the coaches and media polls have mostly looked at wins and losses, but our research suggests they give a little bit more credit to especially lopsided victories or especially close ones.USC, although an interesting case for the model, is almost no threat to win the national championship no matter the scoreline in Pasadena. Even if it beats UCLA this week and Notre Dame next week — and wins the tiebreaker for the Pac-12 title and then wins that game against Oregon as well, it will be coming from too far behind. Our simulation gives the Trojans only a 0.2 percent chance of making the playoff.Other teams have a more credible chance of contending. Take Mississippi State. On the positive side for the Bulldogs, four teams will get into the playoff and they’re currently ranked No. 4. But Mississippi State has more downside than upside scenarios. It will almost certainly be out if it loses against No. 8 Mississippi — a game in which FPI has the Rebels favored. And even if Mississippi State wins that game, it won’t advance to the SEC Championship unless Alabama loses to Auburn. If Alabama wins, the Bulldogs would be denied another chance to impress the committee. Thus, our simulation has Mississippi State with just a 27 percent chance of making the playoff.These permutations can get complicated, which is why it helps to take things one week at a time. What might the playoff committee standings look like after this Saturday’s games, for instance? The heat map you see below reflects our model’s effort to account for all the possibilities:The top four probably won’t look much different when the playoff committee releases its new standings on Tuesday. They all have fairly easy marks: Alabama will play a Division I-AA opponent, Western Carolina. No. 2 Oregon is at home against 2-8 Colorado. No. 3 Florida State is heavily favored at home against Boston College. And Mississippi State is also at home, playing Vanderbilt, the worst team in the SEC.There’s more action outside the top four. I already mentioned the high-leverage game in Pasadena. If you look carefully at the chart, you’ll see that USC’s probability distribution is bimodal. In other words, it probably won’t stay at No. 19, where it is now. If it beats UCLA, it could gain several positions in the rankings; if it loses, it will have taken its fourth loss and might be knocked out of the top 25 entirely.USC’s opponent, UCLA, also has a lot on the line. UCLA would need a lot of help, but it still has an outside chance — our model puts it at 8 percent — of making the playoff. Beating both USC and Stanford would give UCLA an entry into the Pac-12 championship game. If it beat Oregon then, and a team or two ahead of it endures a loss, it could get in.We might compare the Trojans against their Hellenic-themed rivals, the Michigan State Spartans. Not that MSU, already having lost twice, had much chance to begin with (it pains me to say that as an East Lansing High School alum). But the Spartans are a good example of a team that just doesn’t have enough opportunities to impress committee voters even under its best-case outcomes. MSU’s only remaining scheduled games are against unranked Rutgers and Penn State — and it will only make the Big Ten Championship game if it wins twice and Ohio State loses twice.The Georgia Bulldogs, by comparison, despite being just one position ahead of Michigan State in the rankings, have a better hand to play. They’ll make the SEC Championship if Missouri loses either of its remaining games. If Georgia makes the conference title game and beats Alabama, it would give committee members a lot to think about.Here’s how our model sees the potential lay of the land on Dec. 7, when the selection committee will release its final rankings:As you can see, playing out three weeks’ worth of games increases the uncertainty a great deal as compared to just this coming weekend’s outcomes. No team is more than 75 percent certain to make the playoff.Florida State, despite being undefeated and No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, is not all that well positioned. The selection committee has it at No. 3, which implies that a loss would probably knock it out of contention. FPI, along with other computer systems, is not high on the Seminoles, who have won by middling margins against a so-so schedule.Oregon’s position is better. The Ducks will probably have to win out also, but they’ve already survived the tougher parts of their schedule. Oregon has been good enough, in fact, to make duck-hunting an appealing proposition; UCLA’s outside shot of making the playoff relies upon the possibility of beating it in the Pac-12 Championship.Our simulation also accounts for what might happen beyond Dec. 7. Here are the teams most likely to win the national championship, according to our model:A few teams might be overlooked in the title hunt. Although none of its teams ranks in the top four now, the Big 12 is more likely than not to advance one team (TCU or Baylor) into the playoff. Ohio State’s position as a potential one-loss winner of a major conference will start to look better if any teams ahead of it slip. Ole Miss is a longshot to make the playoff — it will have to beat Mississippi State and perhaps hope that Alabama loses also so that it can get into the SEC Championship — but it’s at the top of the pecking order as far as two-loss teams go.There’s still a lot that these simulations aren’t accounting for. There’s no mechanism in the model to account for head-to-head results even though the committee has said it will consider them if the standings are otherwise close. That potentially works to the benefit of Alabama, which might finish close to Mississippi State in the standings if it loses to Auburn or in the SEC Championship, but which beat the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa last week.The selection committee may also place more emphasis on conference championships than the simulations do. But we have no evidence yet for how that might play out — nor for how resistant the committee might be to choosing two or more teams from the same conference. We hope you’ll join us as we sort through the scenarios.CORRECTION (Nov. 22, 3:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the division in which Western Carolina plays. It is not Division II, but the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. read more

GNIC to charge 20000 for any container scanned at Lombard St

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGNIC wharf gets new container scanner facilityJuly 17, 2018In “Business”Container scanning site being prepared at GNIC says GRADecember 22, 2017In “Business”Cabinet green lights new container scanner for GRAJanuary 7, 2017In “Business” The scanner at the new GNIC facilityA fee of GYD $20,000 will be charged by the Guyana National Industrial Company (GNIC) for any container scanned at the Lombard Street facility.The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) outlined in a statement that the fee is in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Authority and GNIC.“The administration of this fee takes effect on August 27, 2018 and is necessary to recoup the GNIC’s administration costs and allow for a return on its capital investment. Importers and Exporters are also advised that the GRA will waive the fees associated with manual inspections for containers scanned” said the GRA.Moreover, the Revenue Authority posited that Guyana is now in a position to adequately scan containers on a continual basis thereby facilitating reduced trade transaction costs and time of both imports and exports while simultaneously improving revenue collection.Universal scanning of outbound containers is mandatory in keeping with international maritime conventions on trade facilitation.The GRA also noted that in partnership with its sister agencies, relief measures will be implemented to ease traffic congestion and facilitate faster scanning of containers.Completed via a Public Private Partnership between the GRA and the GNIC, and with a scanner being presented by the People’s Republic of China, the facility was commissioned in July of this year. read more

2021 set for systematic ban of singleuse plastics

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident calls on Guyanese to curtail use of single-use plastics on World Environment DayJune 5, 2018In “Environment”Cabinet to examine proposal to ban single-use plastics- HarmonApril 23, 2018In “Business”Ansa McAl launches over 50 new productsApril 9, 2019In “Business” State Minister, Joseph HarmonThe year 2021 has been designated for the systematic ban of single-use plastics. This was announced by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, under whose purview the Department of Environment falls, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.Addressing the World Wildlife Day Youth Forum hosted at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, the minister said: “The work has already begun on sensitising our population to the fact that 2021 is the date we have identified for a ban on single-use plastic.”As much as 40 per cent of the oceans is tremendously affected by pollution with an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste entering the world’s ocean annually.Minister Harmon noted that this “provides a good opportunity to raise awareness about the vast diversity of marine life globally, its crucial importance to human development and the importance of prudent management of marine resources for future generations.”This year’s World Wildlife Day theme ‘Life below Water: for People and Planet’ aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 which speaks to the conservation of the oceans. This includes the expansion of protected areas for marine biodiversity, intensification of research capacity and increases in ocean science funding which remain critically important to preserve marine resources.Minister Harmon highlighted that in addition to aligning with SDG 14, the theme also aligns with Objective 3 of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), DPI reported. read more

Explore Our Changing Planet On the Go With Google Earth Timelapse

first_img The planet’s surface is changing right before our eyes, and there’s no better way to watch its progress (or regression) than via Google Earth Timelapse.Last updated three years ago, the global-zoomable time-lapse video now features two additional years of imagery (spanning from 1984 to 2018), as well as mobile support and visual upgrades.Through a partnership with NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Google initially released its interactive experience in 2013—enabling armchair explorers to watch the sprouting of Dubai’s artificial Palm Islands, the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, and the urban expansion of Las Vegas.After sifting through roughly 10 quadrillion pixels from more than 15 million satellite photos, the team built 35 global cloud-free images of the entire planet—one for each year.Those images were then encoded into more than 25 million overlapping multi-resolution video titles, creating zoomable and pannable timelapses.“Scientists, documentarians, and journalists have used this dataset to help us better understand the complex dynamics at work on our planet,” Google Earth Outreach geo data engineer Chris Herwig wrote in a blog post.From coverage of the floods in Houston, Texas, to population monitoring, news outlets have brought their reporting to life with Timelapse imagery. Researchers at the University of Ottawa even published a journal article based on the Timelapse dataset.UK residents, meanwhile, can see Timelapse content features in the new BBC series Earth From Space, “about the incredible discoveries and perspectives captured from above,” Herwig said.This week’s update also adds mobile and tablet support, making it easy to explore, research, or just get lost in the beauty from wherever you are—the dentist’s waiting room, the daily commute, or the comfort of your sofa.“Up until recently, mobile browsers disabled the ability to autoplay videos, which is crucial for Timelapse (since it’s made up of tens of millions of multi-resolution, overlapping videos),” according to Herwig.But since Chrome and Firefox reinstated support for the feature (with sound muted), Google Earth could finally expand its service to on-the-go adventurers.Using Material Design, the team also introduced cleaner lines and clearer focal areas for navigating the immense dataset.“We’re committed to creating products like Timelapse with the planet in mind, and hope that making this data easily accessible will ground debates, encourage discovery, and inform the global community’s thinking about how we live on our planet,” Herwig wrote.To view the new Timelapse, visit the Earth Engine website or take a tour through YouTube.More on Geek.com:Google Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’Watch: This is the Longest Continuous Time-Lapse Shot From SpaceGoogle Earth Brings Beatlemania To a Computer Near YouWeird Sh*t Discovered With Google Maps Stay on target Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego?Google Earth Takes You On ‘Voyage Through Black History’ last_img read more

Clark County school districts not amused by reports of clowns

first_imgWhen asked about the unsubstantiated rumors of clown sightings, Battle Ground Public Schools spokeswoman Rita Sanders sighs.She isn’t alone in her exasperation.The nationwide reports of creepy clown sightings have reached Clark County, and local school districts are trying to quell social media-fueled anxiety among parents and students. So far, no local school districts have received any credible threats of skulking clowns on their campuses.“We have not received any confirmed reports of clowns on any of our campuses,” Sanders said. “It’s just rumors.”Even so, districts are responding to the claims, reminding parents that they have security on campus and school resource officers helping keep students safe.Evergreen Public Schools posted on Facebook, saying the district has not had any confirmed clown sightings or legitimate threats to schools. Much of the chatter has come from the sharing and reposting of social media posts, or fake posts intended to spook people.“If you come across posts such as these, or hear people saying the threats are meant for one or more of our schools in Evergreen, please do not be alarmed as they are most likely not truthful,” the district said.Vancouver Public Schools sent a letter and issued an emergency phone call to parents, urging them that local reports of clowns are likely not credible.last_img read more

Port of Vancouver holds steady on tax levy for sixth year

first_imgTaxpayers won’t see a hike in their tax bills from the Port of Vancouver this year.The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the port’s 2018 tax levy and budget Tuesday.For the sixth consecutive year, the commission voted not to change the port levy.Assessed property values in the port’s district went up about 10 percent from 2016 to 2017.The port’s 2018 certified levy is expected to remain the same, and thus the millage rate will drop next year.Yearly taxes on a home valued at $324,000 will be roughly $98 next year, according to a news release from the port.In the budget’s introductory brief, port officials struck a cautiously optimistic tone.“While the port’s current financial outlook remains positive,” the statement reads, “the potential financial impacts of economic uncertainty and volatility in national and global economics, growth and shifts in markets and trade patterns, considerable capital requirements for rail infrastructure, terminal developments and continued regulatory requirements and environmental risks remain challenging.”Next year’s $68.5 million budget is $16.7 million less than the 2017 budget.Port officials attribute the decrease to the upcoming completion of the port’s West Vancouver Freight Access project, a multiyear rail project that should be finished in the second quarter of next year, and the Centennial Industrial Building, which should be nearly complete around the end of this year.The 2018 final budget includes operating revenues of $38.22 million, a 3 percent increase from the 2017 estimate.Property taxes make up about $10 million of nonoperating revenues.The 2018 budget anticipates $30.32 million in operating expenses, which is a 10 percent increase over the 2017 estimate.Marine, terminal and rail operations make up 70 percent of 2018 operating revenue. The remaining 30 percent is from industrial property leases, rail and facilities.In order to complete the West Vancouver Freight Access project, the port is allocating 22 percent of its capital budget. Another 36 percent will pay for maintenance to the port’s infrastructure and information technology system.The remaining capital budget will fund several waterfront, facility and terminal improvement projects.The final budget forecasts the port will handle 8.4 million tons of goods next year.Wind commodities are expected to increase over 2017’s volumes.The port also expects an increase of grain and auto volumes beyond 2017 expectations.The budget also anticipates bulk mineral exports to grow based on its customers’ expectations and renewed export volumes.The port’s debt service on limited tax general obligation bonds will be $5.7 million. Revenue bond debt service is $3.9 million.Next year, the port expects to issue long-term financing of roughly $20 million in revenue bonds, which will support some 2018 capital projects. That money will go to projects related to the West Vancouver Freight Access project, industrial development and facilities maintenance, and perhaps some components related to the waterfront, among other projects, said Scott Goodrich, who is the port’s director of finance and accounting as well as its treasurer and auditor.“The story for next year is that we’re still seeing steady growth for operational performance of our port,” Goodrich said.last_img read more