October 18, 2019

Ottawa commits 30 million for new tidal power project in Bay of

first_imgHALIFAX – Ottawa has announced a $29.8 million grant for a new project that aims to harness the immense power of the Bay of Fundy’s tides.Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced the grant in support of a $117-million project operated by Halagonia Tidal Energy Ltd. on Thursday, amidst a meeting of G7 ministers that has emphasized the importance of renewable energies.Simon De Pietro, director of Irish-based DP Energy, said its Halagonia subsidiary would produce enough energy to power 2,500 homes using a tidal power generation unit tested in the bay.He said the nine megawatt system could combine both floating and submerged turbines to work together, improving efficiency.The project comes amid the uncertain future of the marquee Cape Sharp Tidal venture. De Pietro said in an interview that his firm is aware of the challenges of operating in a bay with the world’s highest tides.“Indeed the Bay of Fundy has already demonstrated its ability to challenge. We do not take that challenge lightly,” he said during the announcement.“We don’t want to rush in, drop it in the water, and for it to break.”A news release from the federal government said Halagonia’s project “will also demonstrate the potential for further tidal energy projects and provide valuable experience managing electricity generation from tidal resources.”The funding is drawn from a larger pool of funds Natural Resources Canada has set aside for its emerging renewable power program.An Irish technical team has been working to determine why the rotor on the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy is not turning.Halifax-based Emera Inc., which was involved in the troubled project, said this week that experts believe a component failure in the generator “caused sufficient damage to prevent the rotor from turning.”It says the turbine worked after it was after deployed in July and that it’s not yet clear when the malfunction happened.Emera remains a shareholder in Cape Sharp Tidal, but recently announced it was pulling out of the project after co-owner OpenHydro filed for bankruptcy protection.The turbine will remain stationary while the OpenHydro team analyzes information gathered from sensors to determine whether it is functional.De Pietro said Thursday the goal is to have the Halagonia project in the water by 2020.The engineer and businessman said his privately owned company is attempting to help launch a new industry, and this is why his project needed government aid.De Pietro said the company is testing two technologies for the turbines and will judge which works best for delivering reasonably priced green energy.Sohi also said it’s important to remember that in the early days of solar and wind power, public money was needed.Meanwhile, the provincial Department of Energy and Mines has issued a marine renewable energy permit to Black Rock Tidal Power, allowing it to test a 280-kilowatt floating platform for up to six months.The floating platform was installed Tuesday in Grand Passage, between Long Island and Brier Island in Digby County, Black Rock said Thursday.The permit will allow the Halifax-based company to learn how its device operates in a marine environment and “take a staged approach to deployment.”Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette said in a news release Wednesday that supporting a marine renewable energy project like Black Rock Tidal Power’s is a key pillar of the government’s energy plan.“Projects like this that test technology in the Bay of Fundy’s unique marine environment will help spur innovation and competition and help solidify Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the development of tidal technology,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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At disarmament forum Turkey and Greece announce plans to join landmine ban

Murat Sungar of Turkey, speaking also on behalf of Greece, said that both countries would concurrently start the process of becoming parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, also known as the Ottawa treaty. He added that a total ban on landmines was an important confidence-building measure that would contribute to security and stability in the region.The decision was welcomed by the representative of Belgium, Jean Lint, who hailed its importance in the context of good relations between Turkey and Greece. He also encouraged all States that have not yet ratified the treaty to do so without delay.Also addressing the meeting, the current President of the Conference, Hu Xiaodi of China, said that he had recently held consultations with 30 delegations to break the deadlock which had prevented the body from adopting its work programme for several years in succession. He said there was widespread dissatisfaction with the present state of affairs, with many delegates expressing hope that substantive work could begin soon.In order to surmount the stalemate, some States had advocated intensive consultations on the main contentious issues, while others had suggested that more attention should be devoted to other courses of action, the President said.Established in 1979, the Conference on Disarmament is the single multilateral negotiating forum for disarmament agreements. The body, which works strictly on the basis of consensus on matters that touch the national security interests of States, has a limited membership of 66 and a unique relationship with the United Nations General Assembly, whose recommendations its takes into account. The Conference, however, defines its own rules and develops its own agenda. read more

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Annan speaks to Sharon Arafat urging leaders to stay the course for

Reiterating his strong condemnation of the deadly suicide bombing in Netanya, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement today in Beirut saying he had just spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat and urged the two leaders to “stay the course” and continue the quest for peace.The Secretary-General, who was in Lebanon for the Arab League Summit, said he believed “profoundly” in the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. “The essential first step is an immediate ceasefire,” he stressed. The Secretary-General recalled that at the Summit on Wednesday, he had condemned suicide bombings against Israeli civilians as “morally repugnant.” “Last night’s heartless and indiscriminate attack in Netanya was an especially appalling example of this phenomenon,” Mr. Annan said. “This is terrorism, and it greatly damages the Palestinian cause.”Before leaving Beirut for New York, the Secretary-General this morning visited UN House, which he had inaugurated four years ago, to meet with UN staff.In a meeting with the heads of UN agencies working in Lebanon, Mr. Annan urged them to realign their priorities to serve the goals set by the Millennium Summit and to press ahead with reform efforts, according to a UN spokesman.Speaking to UN staff afterwards in a town hall meeting, the Secretary-General stressed, in reply to a question on the Middle East conflict, that in “the desperate search for peace we should never lose hope.”“Don’t get discouraged,” he said. read more

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Brock IASC doing big things

First year Psychology student Sean BeaucockThe Interactive Arts and Science program at Brock University continues to showcase its diverse curriculum and futuristic approach to learning.Look no further than the James A. Gibson Library this week and next.IASC students and staff have worked very closely with library staff to showcase what their program is all about.The two main cases in the library now feature relevant books and artifacts from Interactive Arts and Science students.“We have four areas of study that we’re focusing on,” said Jason Hawreliak, Assistant Professor of Game Studies.Digital Humanities, Game Studies, Game Production and Digital Making and Production.”Hawreliak was also quick to praise Mark Weiler for his contribution to the display.“A big goal is to create a home feel for the Interactive Science program in the Library,” Weiler, Liaison Librarian said. “The library is really the centre of academic inquiry in the University, and we’re happy to be involved with a project like this.”“This truly is a shared project between students, faculty and librarians,” added Andrew Roth,” Technical Associate Research and Learning Support at the Centre for Digital Humanities.“I think a lot of people think about the IASC program as being one thing or another, whether it’s game or web-based media. But it’s really so much more than that. We do so much in the interactive digital realm – everything from games to virtual reality, augmented reality, to locative media.The point of this program is really looking towards the future, and future technologies.”One of the special features part of Monday’s launch was an Oculus Rift virtual reality set. Essentially letting people view the display case virtually while displaying information about some of the artifacts inside of it.“IASC goes above and beyond just what it does in the classroom, explained first year student and Beamsville, Ontario native Paul Drotos.“This shows what we can do in the real world with IASC skills, even in first year. I was kind of hesitant about university to start because I didn’t just want to do theory and essays for four years straight. IASC is something that takes it in a completely different direction. It showed me they’re more (hands on) and this is just another example of what IASC is all about. I mean we made an Oculus Rift (experience), how many people can say that about their program?”The display runs until Friday, March 6.“The game industry out earns Hollywood by a pretty significant amount, and here in the Niagara Region there are quite a few game companies,” Hawreliak said.“We’re really focused on what does the future look like for employment opportunities for our students.” read more

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Researchers tackling allergies and climate change receive CFI funding

It’s the peanut that has Adam MacNeil so concerned.Thinking back to his schoolyard days, the assistant professor in Brock’s Department of Health Sciences says children with peanut allergies were a rarity — a far cry from today’s youth. “Allergies are absolutely an epidemic,” he explains, adding that up to 50 per cent of school-aged Canadian children suffer from allergic diseases. “It’s very much a combination of our environment, our immune system and how they interact with one another.”MacNeil is one of two Brock professors who will be able to take their research further thanks to $311,821 in federal funding announced Tuesday, Aug. 15 by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. The research dollars, received through the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), will also benefit Kevin Turner.The assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies spends his time examining temperature and landscape data gathered on his many research trips to a lake-rich area of the Yukon called Old Crow Flats, the traditional territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.Kevin Turner will use funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to further his work on the impacts of climate change in the lake-rich area of the Yukon called Old Crow Flats.“The North is a very important place to understand how climate is affecting the land, wildlife and natural resources because it is undergoing greater amounts of change than anywhere else,” Turner says.JELF funding is used by the CFI to help Canadian institutions attract and retain top researchers, by providing the infrastructure they need to remain or become leaders in their field.MacNeil’s research focuses on mast cells — specialized cells of the immune system that arise from stem cells. They normally play important roles in fighting infection and maintaining healthy tissues where they are found.But mast cells can also act out and react to substances in the environment that pose no real threat. Known as allergens, contact with the likes of pollen, mould and certain foods, can cause mast cells to release various biologically potent substances leading to tissue damage.The release of these biological substances causes inflammation, mucus production and other allergy symptoms.“We’re looking at the molecular and genetic changes that happen to bone marrow-derived stem cells that allow them to ultimately become the mast cells found in other tissues,” MacNeil says. “We’re interested in how those mast cells then function and whether we can find innovative strategies to target mast cells and block their ability to create allergic inflammation.”  To find those strategies is no easy task. Samples that researchers pull from bone marrow contain a huge number and variety of cells that regulate all aspects of immunity. MacNeil says there’s a lot of “background noise” that interferes with examining the development of mast cells closely.With his JELF funding, MacNeil will purchase a cell sorting and analysis suite — a group of instruments that will allow him to suck out and isolate stem cells developing into mast cells for intense examination.Turner’s research, on the other hand, documents how the impacts of climate change are transforming the landscape of Old Crow Flats by eroding river shorelines, increasing shrub vegetation and destabilizing lake water levels.Also of huge concern are the presence and movement of carbon in the area’s water system.Rising temperatures are causing permafrost to thaw which, in turn, triggers ‘thaw slumps’ (landslides) in many areas, especially along river banks.Carbon is a chemical element that is an important component of greenhouse gases.Permafrost locks in large amounts of carbon, which can be released to lakes, rivers or the atmosphere, potentially perpetuating changing climate, Turner says.With his JELF funding, Turner will obtain drones and GPS systems that he will use to create three-dimensional maps twice each season over several years. These maps will be used with sampled sediment, vegetation and water to document rates of landscape changes and associated influences on the carbon balance and river and lake environments.“It is important for us to continue development of innovative and integrated approaches to monitor landscape changes and impacts across vast northern regions,” he says. “Findings will improve predictions of how these important landscapes will respond to future climate change.”Brock’s Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier said it is gratifying for the University to receive funding that is earmarked for the country’s most significant research projects.“This will enable two of our researchers to make significant contributions to Canada’s health care and environmental conservation efforts,” he said. “We’re all very proud of the exceptional research performed at Brock, and I look forward to seeing the results.” read more

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Failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set child back a year

first_imgMultivitamins seem to improve brain development leading to some children being a year ahead Credit:Alamy  Dr Anuraj Shankar, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, added: “With the new emphasis in public health going beyond saving lives toward fostering thriving children, these findings indicate the need to restructure front line health and development work to focus on family welfare and support for nurturing and stimulation, and helping future parents stay in school.”Last year the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, said there was “good evidence” for the use of folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida, and some evidence, although less certain, for the use of vitamin D, which is important for bone and tooth formation and the ability to absorb calcium. But it said other supplements were not necessary.The research was published in the journal The Lancet Global Health. This work has global implications as countries are currently planning how to achieve targets for improved childhood developmentDr Husni Muadz Many experts argue about whether multivitamins are necessary during pregnancy Credit:Getty  Multivitamins seem to improve brain development leading to some children being a year ahead  “Previous studies had hinted at the importance of social determinants, but it was the extent of our detailed cognitive assessments and the number of children tested, together with data from the pregnancy onward, that enabled us to clearly quantify the effects, and the results were surprising,” said lead author Dr. Elizabeth Prado, University of California, Davis. Women can also achieve many of the necessary vitamins and minerals through a healthy diet  Procedural memory is important for a child’s academic performance and daily life, and is tied to activities such as driving, typing, reading, arithmetic, reading, speaking and understanding language, and learning sequences, rules, and categories.   Many experts argue about whether multivitamins are necessary during pregnancy  The study was carried out on almost 3,000 children in Indonesia aged between nine and 12, whose mothers had participated in an earlier study into the effects of supplements in pregnancy.The multivitamins used contained iron, folic acid, retinol, vitamin d, vitamin e, ascorbic acid, vitamin b, niacin, zinc, copper selenium and iodine.The children of mothers who took the supplements had better procedural memory equivalent to an additional half year of schooling. For mothers who had been anemic, a common problem in pregnancy, the effect was equivalent to one extra year of schooling. The results were surprisingDr. Elizabeth Prado Failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school, a new study suggests.The issue of taking supplements is controversial for pregnant women, with research last year suggesting that it was a waste of money to take anything except folic acid and vitamin d.But a new study by an international team including Harvard University, the University of California and the University of Lancaster, found that multivitamins can add the equivalent of up to a full year of schooling to a child’s cognitive abilities between the ages of nine and 12.The finding, which was carried out in women in Indonesia, is likely to be most relevant for women who do not get sufficient vitamins and minerals from their diets.  “This work has global implications as countries are currently planning how to achieve targets for improved childhood development.” Biological factors such as low infant birth weight, premature birth, poor infant physical growth, poor nutrition, were found to have less of an impact on mental ability compared to home environment, maternal depression, parental education and socio-economic status.”No one on the team had anticipated the extent to which social and environmental factors would exceed biological factors as the determinants of cognitive function, two to three-fold, by some measurements,” said Dr Husni Muadz, University of Mataram, Indonesia. Women can also achieve many of the necessary vitamins and minerals through a healthy diet  The study also found that early life nurturing, happier mothers and educated parents all led to cleverer children. A nurturing environment was found to be more even more important than biological factors, such as good nutrition, for general intellectual ability, academic achievement and fine motor dexterity. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Dublin Bus and Irish Rail workers consider strike action

first_imgWORKERS AT DUBLIN Bus and Irish Rail may decide to join the Bus Éireann employees’ strike in an act of solidarity.Siptu members at the transport companies will be balloted for industrial action on Thursday.Shop stewards from the CIE Group of companies met in Liberty Hall this morning to discuss developments at Bus Éireann.“Workers across the three companies that make up the CIE Group share a concern about management attempts to cut staff pay and conditions of employment,” said sector organiser Willie Noone.“Our members are adamant that it is made clear to management that any attempt to enforce cuts on workers in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail will be resisted.”Regardless of the outcome of 48 hours of talks at the Labour Relations Commission between management and unions, a ballot for strike action by members in Bus Éireann will also be counted on Thursday.According to Noone, it looks likely that the workers will vote “overwhelmingly” in favour of joining their colleagues from the National Bus and Rail Union in industrial action. They had already decided not to cross the picket-line when the NBRU members walked out on Sunday.Siptu says its members are concerned about the viability of the companies but will not accept a focus on reducing workers’ pay “while seeking no similar contributions from highly-paid management grades”.The strike at Bus Éireann, which has been temporarily suspended for talks at the LRC, has cost the State-owned firm €500,000 so far.Suspended Bus Éireann strike has already cost company €500,00013 ways to get through the Bus Eireann strikelast_img read more

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Sphinxes at Ancient Amphipolis revealed

first_imgState archaeologists continued their painstaking work at the site of Ancient Amphipolis, in central Macedonia, removing large stones from the entrance to a huge tomb there and revealing two headless sphinxes believed to have been placed there to guard the massive burial site.The two sphinxes, which apart from being headless also have broken wings, are believed to have been crafted “by the same hands” as those which made a 16-foot-tall marble lion which is thought to have sat atop the burial site, archaeologists working on the dig told Kathimerini.The sphinxes, each weighing around 1.5 tons and with traces of red colouring on their feet, will not be removed from the entrance to the tomb as archaeologists clear away stones and earth to gain access.The sphinxes are 1.45 meters high and would have been 2 meters high with their heads, the Culture Ministry said in a statement.Pieces of the sphinxes’ wings were found on the site, as was a large section of the back of the lion sculpture, archaeologists said.Experts working on the excavation were also examining a section of the tomb wall which bears traces of red and blue colouring, in two shades. A mosaic displaying black and white rhombus shapes has also been discovered on the site.A mosaic displaying black and white rhombus shapes has also been discovered on the site.Technical work began at the tomb to avert any structural damage as archaeologists attempt to enter the tomb and discover what lies inside.Some experts believe the site has been raided in the past but archaeologists cannot yet confirm this.The tomb dates to between 325 and 300 BC, which coincides with the time when ancient warrior Alexander the Great died. He lost his life in 323 BC in Babylon, modern-day Iraq, but was later buried in Egypt. His final resting place is not known.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Des cheveux pour lutter contre la marée noire

first_imgDes cheveux pour lutter contre la marée noireÉtats-Unis – 800.000 litres de pétrole s’échappent toujours quotidiennement du puits de BP, après l’échec de la pose d’un couvercle géant samedi dernier. L’association Matter of trust a pour sa part lancé une campagne de récupération de cheveux, ces derniers pouvant selon elle être utilisés afin d’aider à absorber le pétrole qui pollue actuellement le golfe du Mexique. Les salons de coiffure et de toilettage, les écoles, les fermes et les divers élevages des alentours de San Francisco, New York et Chicago sont invités à donner leurs cheveux, poils d’animaux et autres fourrures à l’association Matter of trust. Ces matériaux sont en effet capables d’absorber le gras, et donc le pétrole, et ce en quantité non négligeable : 500 grammes de cheveux pourraient retenir jusqu’à quatre litres de pétrole.Les cheveux, poils d’animaux, laines de moutons… seront placés dans des bas en nylon et mis à la mer, une cinquantaine de centimètres sous le niveau de l’eau. Plus de 200 tonnes de cheveux ont déjà été collectés, et un rapide calcul montre qu’environ 1.600.000 litres de pétrole pourraient être récoltés grâce à eux. C’est certes peu par rapport aux 800.000 litres expulsés tous les jours dans la mer, mais tous les moyens sont bons pour endiguer la menace d’une catastrophe écologique majeure.L’association avait déjà usé de cette technique lorsque près de 220.000 litres de pétrole s’étaient échappés d’un porte-conteneurs dans la baie de San Francisco en 2007. Le 11 mai 2010 à 13:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Batman Return of the Caped Crusaders reunites 1960s show cast

first_imgYou no longer have to worry about the quality of future Batman films, because the best crew is coming back. Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders may be an animated feature film but it features the voices of the original 1960s show cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar.As you can see in the fourth-wall breaking trailer below, Batman and Robin will be facing all the usual enemies. Of course Newmar will play Catwoman, and the dynamic duo will also fight the Joker, Riddler, and Penguin both “on Earth, and in space.” The fact that they do so after escaping from a massive TV dinner that’s on its way to a giant oven with a helpful sign reading “GIANT OVEN” above it only seals the deal.Has there been a Batman actor who has enjoyed his Bat-tirement as much as West? It doesn’t seem so. The man just revels in the campiness of his most famous role, and even at 87 years old he’s still hamming it up.Remarkably, the movie will celebrate West and Ward’s 50th anniversary with the series. They have voiced the characters before on animated shows such as on The New Adventures of Batman, but it’s great to have Newmar back as Catwoman. Rumors are that this might be one of two feature-length films in the works with the trio. Some days you just can’t get rid of a good cast.Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders hits Digital HD on October 11 and Blu-ray on November 1. If this film is a success, can they team up with Scooby-Doo again?last_img read more

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Tuchel explains Neymars best position

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel will continue to use Neymar as a number 10 and explained why ahead of tonight’s Ligue 1 clash with Stade ReimsThe 26-year-old was moved from the wing to the middle in last Sunday’s 3-1 win at Rennes.It marked a big change for Neymar, who has primarily operated on the left wing since arriving from Barcelona last year.But Tuchel has done this a few times now and explained he intends to continue doing so as it allows Neymar to be more involved in attacking plays.“Of course he likes to be there and we like to have him in the number 10 position because he is involved in every attack, not only from the left,” said Tuchel in a press conference.“He has the chance to be a bit more free and be in the centre of the game and we have the chance to involve him in every attack we make.“If you involve Neymar in your attacks, there’s a high possibility that you create chances.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“This is how I think about players, so what can we get from them and what do we want from them and this is why it’s a good option to play with Ney in the centre.”Neymar has managed four goals and two assists in five Ligue 1 games this season.PSG currently lead the league standings by five points from Lille after winning all six of their opening games.Total focus from @neymarjr 👊🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/bfSCkMWpgA— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 25, 2018last_img read more

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93 Million allocated for Street Signs and Fire Stations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 28, 2017 – Mandeville – Some $93 million has been earmarked for retrofitting and putting up street signs across the island as well as renovating and repairing fire stations.    The amount to be spent on street signs is $35 million and the allocation for fire stations is $58 million.This was announced by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, at a town hall meeting on property tax held at Holmwood Technical High School in Christiana, Manchester, on August 23.   The Minister said he is not pleased with the payment of property taxes in Manchester, as the parish was ranked amongst the lowest in compliance across the country over the last three financial years.Mr. McKenzie also noted that Christiana, one of the most important communities in the parish, has also done poorly in property tax collection.    The Minister noted that in 2016/17, only $483 million was collected in property taxes for Manchester, and that of the $1-billion target set for this year, to date there has been a collection of $42 million.Mr. McKenzie explained that Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has worked out a payment plan to make it easier for people to pay their taxes, including a more comfortable office space that is up and running in Mandeville.   He also noted that the two tax mobiles that have been going around the island to make collections more convenient were in Manchester since August 22.“We are now at the stage where persons who want to make cash payments will be able to do so at the tax mobiles,” Mr. McKenzie said.He reminded the gathering that their taxes cover the provision of street lights and garbage collection, and, come September, Manchester will receive one of the additional garbage trucks that are due to arrive in Jamaica.“By the end of next year, we intend to improve garbage collection by introducing 100 new garbage trucks into the system across the country,” the Minister said.He pointed out that in the last 12 months, the Government spent $500 million from property tax to provide new garbage trucks.  The Minister said that street lights had also been put up in the town of Christiana along the new bypass, and that a programme to install directional signs in communities across Jamaica would begin in the coming months.He noted that some 2,500 young people are currently collecting data in a street light audit, and that information will be used to ensure all communities have street lights, adding that Manchester will get 400 more lights.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Two suspects sought in theft at Hazel Dell Kohls

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies have identified two suspects who allegedly stole cologne and perfume from Kohl’s in Hazel Dell before taking off in a vehicle.Deputies responded to the reported shoplifting just after 7 p.m. Monday at the store, 9312 N.E. Fifth Ave. They were not able to immediately find the suspects, a male and a female, but deputies were able to identify the two after reviewing surveillance footage, Sgt. Fred Neiman said.Neiman did not release the names of the suspects nor the surveillance photo, but said deputies were continuing their search for the suspects.last_img read more

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Are Installations Prepared to Support Disaster Response Lawmakers Ask

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Lawmakers have directed the Defense Department to identify installations that would be available to support “fast response” to disasters, according to language in the conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill. For each installation listed, the report will include a description of the infrastructure, equipment and personnel available for disaster response. Section 1072 also requires DOD to list installations that have been made available to the Department of Homeland Security for disaster response over the past 10 years.A separate provision in the joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report directs DOD to brief the Armed Services committees on its readiness to support natural disaster response and relief efforts. “The briefing should address the personnel, equipment, supplies, training, and command and control that have been identified as necessary to support a response to a natural disaster,” along with any gaps in those requirements, according to the conferees. The briefing also should describe the capability of military installations to stage disaster relief operations and provide temporary housing for survivors of natural disasters. “Despite supporting these relief efforts, the conferees note that disaster response is not identified as a priority when allocating resources in support of a military unit’s readiness,” the conferees noted. Conferees, however, opted not to include language — originally in the House version of the authorization bill — in the conference report requiring the department to submit a report assessing its capacity to provide short-term housing to survivors of natural disasters. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivarlast_img read more

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The best Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II wireless headphone deal just got

first_img Tags Originally published on Dec. 18, 2018. Update, June 12, 2019: Republished with new availability and pricing. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See it Mentioned Above Bose QuietComfort 35 (Silver) Bose Now playing: Watch this: 23 Photos Bose QuietComfort 35 $299 2:20 Bose QuietComfort 35 II adds Google Assistant Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice News • Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are still $52 off at Amazon Comments Bose’s QuietComfort 35 II is a touch better with Google… The Cheapskate Preview • Bose QuietComfort 35 (hands-on): Finally, an active noise-canceling wireless headphone from Bose Why is this man smiling? Because he saved $100 off the list price of the Bose QuietComfort 35. Sarah Tew/CNET The Bose are back. Wait… the Bose is back? Oh, grammar, you big troublemaker. Let’s just go with this: The Bose deal is back, and it’s better than ever.Read more: Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are still $52 off at AmazonFor a limited time, and while supplies last, MassGenie has the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II wireless headphones for $249.99, shipped. To get the deal, you’ll need a MassGenie account. Then just click the orange Power Deal button (this should automatically apply the coupon code, which is BOSEQCNCH2). See it at MassGenieThat’s for the silver model — the black one is available for the same price with the same code. I’m not sure how much inventory is available for either color or how long MassGenie will run the offer this time.What’s the big deal about these Boses? For that I’ll turn you over to David Carnoy’s QuietComfort 35 II review. Spoiler alert: He loved them. (Er… he loved it? Dangit.) Great sound, great comfort, great features and superb active noise-canceling.  Of course, don’t forget the all-new Bose 700, which Carnoy found to sound a touch better than the QC35. That model ships at the end of June, but will run you a hefty $400. My take: You’ll be just as happy with the QC35 — and definitely happier with the price. Review • Bose’s QuietComfort 35 review: The best overall active noise-canceling wireless headphone to date 15 Headphones CNET may get a commission from retail offers.last_img read more

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UltraTech Cement reports higher capacity utilisation net profit for March quarter

first_imgUltraTech Cement, India’s biggest cement company, reported higher capacity utilisation of 84 percent for the fourth quarter ended March 2016, despite India’s factory output contracting in January and recovering modestly in February. The Aditya Birla Group company filed its results for the quarter and financial year 2015-16 with the BSE on Monday.However, shares of the company were trading 0.31 percent lower at Rs. 3,267.55 on Tuesday on the BSE at around 12.05 p.m.Quarterly resultsUltraTech Cement reported a 10 percent increase in consolidated net profit at Rs. 722.56 crore for the quarter as against Rs. 657.20 crore during the corresponding period last year on the back of 8 percent fall in total costs. Net sales rose 5 percent to Rs. 6,850.45 crore during the quarter as compared with Rs. 6,516.52 crore, year-on-year (YoY). However, despite a 15 percent rise in volume sales to 13.20 million tonnes during the quarter, average realisation per tonne fell 9 percent to Rs. 4,609 per tonne, the company said in its regulatory filing.Brokerage Angel Broking said the gains to the company from the uptick in cement prices should reflect from this year. “Though cement prices started picking up from March 2016, the real impact of the same will be visible in the coming quarters and we believe earnings could improve further in financial year 2017,” Siddharth Purohit, senior equity analyst with the brokerage, said in a note.FY2016 performanceFor financial year 2015-16, UltraTech Cement’s net sales increased 5 percent to Rs. 25,281 crore and net profit rose 9 percent to Rs. 2,287 crore.The earning per share (EPS) was Rs. 83.33, up 5 percent from the previous financial year. The company proposed a dividend of Rs.9.5 per share.AcquisitionThe company announced acquisition of Jaiprakash Associates Limited’s 21.2 million tonnes per annum capacity cement plants for Rs. 15,900 crore. The process would be completed in about 12 months, it had said in a regulatory filing on March 31, 2016. The acquisition, when completed, will take UltraTech Cement’s total capacity to 89.6 million tonnes per annum.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

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CID to take charge of Burdwan serial killer case soon

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to take charge of the Burdwan serial killer case soon. Since the arrest of the accused Kamruzzaman Sarkar, CID sleuths have been keeping track of the case.During 2013, after several women were murdered, CID took charge of the investigation. A few persons were arrested on suspicion but were later found to have no connection with the case. As the case took a new turn after Kamruzzaman’s arrest, CID sleuths are following the developments. Sources informed that a team of CID may visit Kalna to interrogate Kamruzzaman in connection with previous cases. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, Kamruzzaman’s wife Jahanara Bibi demanded capital punishment for her husband after she came to know about his crimes. Bibi informed that she did not doubt him as he used to behave normally at home. “If he has done even one murder, Kamruzzaman should be given capital punishment as it will be a lesson for other criminals. My request to the government is to help me as I have three children to raise,” said Bibi. According to sources, Kamruzzaman had been arrested earlier on two occasions for having connection with two theft cases a few years ago. Following interrogation on Tuesday, sleuths came to know about two jewellery shops where Kamruzzaman had sold the looted ornaments. On Wednesday, the shop owners were interrogated regarding the cases. Sources informed that they admitted that Kamruzzaman had sold some gold ornaments to them.last_img read more

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Colin LeBron sounds relieved heading into Game 4 and he should be

first_imgDuring a press conference between games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, LeBron was in a particularly relaxed, joking mood, despite the Cavs finding themselves on the verge of a Finals sweep and another loss to Golden State. Colin thinks he knows why.He believes James has accepted his fate that beating the loaded Warriors isn’t in the cards this year, and he’s already mentally moved on to leaving the Cavs and starting the next chapter of his career. He also knows he fulfilled his primary promise to bring a title to Cleveland and has done everything he can with subpar support.LeBron sounds like he’s in a good place, and he should be. He has more options than most people dream of and knows there are better days ahead. There’s no reason to be losing sleep.last_img read more

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Why Bitcoin Is the MySpace of Cryptocurrencies But the Blockchain Is Here

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Cryptocurrencies came onto the scene about a decade ago and have continued to redefine the way we perceive and handle financial transactions.However, the real hero of this heralding was not the cryptocurrency but the underlying technology that makes cryptocurrency transactions as feasible and efficient as they are — the blockchain.The real potential of the blockchain came when innovators and visionaries across industries began to realize that it could be separated from the digital currency and used to revolutionize every other industry. As evidence of its effectiveness, businesses across thousands of industries have experienced mind-blowing innovations thanks to the integration of blockchain technology as developers have seized the opportunity to become creative with the versatility it offers.As more people embraced the blockchain technology, some industries began to feel threatened by its presence and its disruptive nature.While there is an understandable fear that Bitcoin may turn out to be just another financial bubble; the MySpace of cryptocurrency if you will, the real loss would be if the blockchain doesn’t live up to its promise.The million dollar question then becomes, is the blockchain here to stay? To be able to answer this, we have to first understand the psychology of blockchain:Related: 5 Essential Podcasts for Entrepreneurs Serious About Cryptocurrency1. The benefits of full disclosureThis was and is still one of the biggest selling points of this technology — full disclosure. Blockchain is a massive public ledger of every user activity across an extensive network.The fact that every user activity on the blockchain (for cryptocurrencies, it’s validated financial transactions) can be monitored and traced back to its origin has made it so adaptable for so many other uses such as in the case of the supply chain.Transparency breeds authenticity. When every blockchain user can see exactly what is happening, it helps to keep everyone honest. This feature is probably the biggest reason initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been all the rage. Successful since they started out in 2013, ICOs have had some headline-worthy wins to encourage the every intending investor, regardless of budget to jump in and earn a part of the crypto pie.Related: Why You Can’t Afford to Ignore Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Anymore2. Control of finances without compromising securityWe can’t keep all our money at home; financial institutions exist to help us facilitate our personal and business financial management and control.But, how much control is too much? In a rapidly growing, technologically innovative and flexible world, people are growing increasingly dissatisfied with the traditional services of these well-established institutions with their stringent policies.They decide everything: minimum account balance, maximum and minimum transaction value, transaction fees, credit advance, collateral value, allowed payment methods and a plethora of other conditions.Plus these institutions can make a bad investment and lose money — customers’ money. Blockchain decentralized structure advocates returning control to the customers, letting them preside over their own financial decisions.While banks do work to keep their customers’ money safe, it often means that the customer has to seed a great deal of financial control to the banks. Blockchain’s full disclosure and authenticity feature gives its users confidence in the safety of their money and financial transactions.The ledger itself may be public but the data on the blockchain is verified and encrypted by advanced cryptography which makes it far more difficult to hack and the absence of third parties minimize interference and ultimately the risk of a hack.And then there’s the offline crypto wallets, just in case you feel safer storing your digital money offline. Banks have recorded a relatively scary amount of data security breaches this year alone, with the finance industry accounting for 14 percent of the total breached records in the first half of 2017. The blockchain is still in its infancy and does have its flaws, but it’s proving to be a much safer technology for securing our money. Little wonder many banks and major financial institutions — about 15 percent of them expected this year alone — have begun to integrate this technology to better serve their customers.Related: 6 Cryptocurrencies You Should Know About (and None of Them Are Bitcoin)3. Cost of spendingFinancial bodies act as intermediaries for our monetary transactions; they help us send and receive money and rightly collect a fee for their services. This is one of the highest revenue-generating methods for financial institutions. While most of these institutions in their different forms have in recent years tried to implement a more flexible method of charging for their services, many argue that the cost of these services is still too high.Card processors like MasterCard, Visa and Discove collect anywhere from 1.44 percent to 2.6 percent for every transaction (plus a fixed amount usually no less than $0.25 . . . If you were sending $100, this would amount to around $2.60 plus $0.25, or $2.85.This may not seem like much, but for millions of merchants who use these processors, receiving thousands of dollars in payment quickly begins to add up. PayPal transaction fees stand at 2.9 percent plus $0.35 per transaction for personal accounts and 4.4 percent plus $0.30 for business accounts.Blockchain transaction fees have historically been much lower — less than a penny as recently as 2015 — than these other established payment mediums. As the demand for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has increased, so have the service charges.While the day traders are shielding themselves from trading losses by using order types, major blockchain wallet companies have adopted flexible and dynamic payment structure in that they let wallet users choose their own fees to reduce irrelevant losses.This also comes with a dynamic fee estimation that aids them in selecting the fee that will guarantee fastest transaction speed. This level of user control is definitely a very endearing quality that will likely grow in acceptance in the coming years.And then there’s the added advantage that customers no longer have to bear the financial brunt of clashes between these traditional financial heavy weights. Plus, merchants can deal directly with their customers on the blockchain, effectively getting rid of any intermediary and getting the full value for their sales.Related: How Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments Are Evolving and What It Means for You4. Blockchain tech is permeating other industries.This technology was originally intended to be a baseline protocol for the future of financial transactions and nothing more. However, as industries began to realize the potential of this innovation to do much more than move money, extensive research to better understand and integrate it began extensively across industries.Today, you will find signs of blockchain infrastructure in every major industry as developers feverishly seek to make it better, faster, more secure, more user-friendly and more adaptable.And it doesn’t stop there; startups are rapidly springing up everywhere, focused on the use of blockchain to run their businesses. For example, Game Protocol is a blockchain-focused development platform for the gaming industry. IMMLA is a freight-forwarding company centralized around the blockchain technology. There are a plethora of blockchain focused companies I’ve come across, and all of them are literally pulling out the middleman in their industries.This wave of industry disruption is expected to continue, as any technology this flexible is likely to achieve longevity. We can only wait to see how it is going to be used to amplify the effectiveness of other already promising tech innovations such as the internet of things.So, is the blockchain just another tech fad?That’s really tough to say. In addition to all the benefits outlined above, blockchain is slowly changing the way we do business, the way we earn a living and the way data is made available. Blockchain has had its fair share of problems, and despite its immense success, the blockchain has its limitations that we might need to worry about.However, currently, blockchain is making steady progress. With all the benefits the blockchain has to offer, it certainly has a lot to raise the confidence of potential users. The world is changing daily, and the blockchain is put to the test in every situation to determine its ability to withstand future challenges. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 22, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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