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Pace of housing slows up in July but still beats economists expectations

OTTAWA — The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of construction of new homes slowed in July, although the six-month trend continued to be positive.CMHC’s seasonally adjusted annualized rate fell by 9.6 per cent in July to 222,013, compared with 245,455 in June.However, the decline was smaller than expected and CMHC’s six-month trend rose to 208,970 units from 205,765 units in June. Economists had estimated a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 203,500, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.CMHC says housing starts in urban areas fell by 10.4 per cent in July to 209,122 — led by a 12 per cent decline in multiple-unit dwellings to 162,722 units. Single detached urban starts fell 4.6 per cent to 46,400 units..Housing starts in rural areas were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 12,891 units.The Canadian Press read more

As carbon dioxide levels hit 15 million year high UN urges action

“It is deeply disturbing to learn that global levels of 400 parts per million have now been reached in September for the first time,” said Robert Glasser, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, in a press release yesterday. “The last time CO2 levels were this high was 15 to 20 million years ago,” he added.According to Mr. Glasser, the lowest levels are traditionally recorded September, which translates to the unlikelihood of seeing levels below 400 parts per million for the foreseeable future. “We know that the safe level is well below this,” he continued. “It also means that we are systematically raising levels of disaster risk for future generations and we can expect more severe weather events in the years ahead. Climate disasters already account for 90 per cent of all devastations caused by natural hazards – potentially catastrophic, especially for low and middle-income countries that contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions but have huge populations exposed to drought, floods and storms. “Much more vigorous action is necessary for a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C while the Paris Agreement recognizes that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C rather than 2 degrees C would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change,” the Special Representative concluded.UNISDR serves as the focal point for disaster reduction coordination between the UN and regional organizations. Its work is applied to climate change adaptation; building disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals; and strengthening the international system for DRR. read more

Can An NHL Player Finally Score 50 Goals In 50 Games Again

Scoring 50 goals in 50 games is the crowning achievement of an NHL goal scorer. Players who do so join a club of legends including Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Maurice Richard. The club is exclusive — it has only five members, and it hasn’t accepted a new application in 25 years. There are dozens and dozens of active NHL players who weren’t alive yet the last time someone scored 50 goals in 50 games, when Brett Hull did it during the 1991-92 season.As with throwing dead octopuses onto the ice and shaking hands with the opponent after a playoff series, the 50 in 50 club is like many things unique to the NHL: steeped in history and perhaps devoid of logic. The attention bestowed on the exploit dates back to the days when there were only 50 games on the schedule. So when Richard became to first to do it in 1945, it meant he averaged a goal a game for a whole season. When the schedule expanded to 60 games — and then to 70 games, and then 74, 76, 78, 80 and 84 games, finally settling at 82 games — 50 in 50 remained a thing. Because, you know, why not?Like with many exclusive clubs, there are also a lot of rules. To gain access, you must score 50 goals in your team’s first 50 games, not your own. Alexander Mogilny scored 50 goals in his first 46 games in 1992-93, but an injury forced him to miss three weeks at the beginning of the season. Mogilny’s 50th tally came in his team’s 53rd game, so he’s not allowed in. No exceptions!It’s not easy to sustain a goal-per-game pace for 50 consecutive games, but so far this season, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov is doing almost exactly that. With 14 goals in 15 games, the young Russian with a hellacious shot has set himself up to make a legitimate run at hockey’s goal-scoring holy grail.Of course, many others have started the season on a similar tear in recent years — and all of them ended up way short of the benchmark. Here’s how every player who notched at least 14 goals in his team’s first 15 games post-lockout stacked up against the last three 50/50 players. Amazingly, only one of these players (Jaromir Jagr in 2006) exceeded 50 goals on the season, let alone in 50 games. In the 2005-06 season, winger Simon Gagne scored 17 in the Flyers’ first 15 games, but he ultimately scored only 17 more in the next 35. In that same season, both Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson had 15 goals through the first 15 games. They both cooled, too — like Gagne, they each netted 17 goals in the following 35 games.But there’s reason to believe this year might be different: The league itself seems different.So far this season, goalies are stopping pucks with less success than they have since 2008-09. But not all of the blame can be placed on lackluster goaltending — a number of rule changes have led to an increase in power play opportunities per game. More power play opportunities equal more high-quality scoring opportunities, which means more goalies left hung out to dry.It’s not shocking to see an analog in the 2005-06 season, when Jagr, Gagne, Heatley and Alfredsson each flirted with a goal-a-game pace: The league instituted rule changes in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout with the express purpose of increasing the number of goals per game, which had tanked in the NHL of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Chief among those rule changes was the elimination of the two-line offside pass. Defenses were slow to adjust to the rule change, which led to a preponderance of breakaways and two-on-one situations.In the 1980s and early 1990s, the NHL was a wide open league, and goaltending often seemed like an afterthought. From 1980-81 to 1993-94, the goals against average for the league never dipped below 3.0 — and the 50 in 50 was accomplished seven times.1Mike Bossy, Gretzky (three times), Lemieux, Hull (twice). From 1994-95 to the present, the goals against average has risen higher than 3.0 in only one season. It hasn’t climbed quite that high this season, but it’s close.2It currently sits at 2.89.Kucherov isn’t the only one taking advantage of the increase in scoring. Like during the 2005-06 season, this year’s NHL has a handful of players vying for NHL legend status. Alex Ovechkin has also started the year on fire (13 goals in 16 games), while Islanders’ captain John Tavares has 12 goals in 15.Of course, a goal scorer is nothing without dime-dishing linemates, and Kucherov has benefited from playing with the league’s leading point getter in Steven Stamkos (who missed 65 games last season, and the Bolts missed the playoffs). Stamkos is known best for his goal scoring prowess — he’s a two-time recipient of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, awarded to the league’s top goal scorer — but this year it’s his passing that has him at the top of the NHL’s scoring list. He’s still scoring goals, but his 18 assists pace the league. And 10 of those helpers have come on goals scored by Kucherov.Every player to hit the 50-goals-in-50-games milestone played on a line with one (or two) very good passers. Lemieux — who also unofficially scored 50 in 50 in two other seasons3Super Mario scored 50 goals in his first 50 games in both the 1992-93 and 1995-96 seasons, but neither exploit came on or before his team’s first 50 games. Sorry, Mario: Hockey conservatives say this doesn’t count. — played the bulk of his career on lines with some combination of Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Ron Francis. Hull played on a line in St. Louis with Adam Oates. Gretzky had Jari Kurri, Mike Bossy had Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies, and Richard had Elmer Lach and Toe Blake. And it’s not a stretch to place Kucherov and Stamkos among these all-time great duos and trios.Kucherov’s gaudy numbers aren’t surprising — he’s scored no fewer than 29 goals in each of his three full NHL seasons and has an astounding career shooting percentage of 15.1. But that historically good shooting percentage is up dramatically this season: At the moment, Kucherov is scoring on 24 percent of the shots he’s taking. That’s destined to regress to the mean, but for now, Kucherov’s shot looks damn near unsavable.Who knows if Kucherov — or Ovechkin or Tavares — can sustain a goal-per-game pace for all 50 games. Even if they don’t, they’ve already made the NHL feel a little bit like the wild old days of the ’80s and early ’90s. And they’ve given every hockey nerd something to pull for. read more

The incompetence of this Govt is phenomenal – Jagdeo says as

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has kicked off the debates today in the no-confidence motion brought by the Opposition against the APNU/AFC Coalition Government saying that if there was ever a time for a no-confidence motion, “this is the time”.During his presentation, Jagdeo lashed out at the government for several failures since it took office in May 2015. He laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Coalition Governmennt for the present state of the economy reinforcing his claim that the administration is harming the future of the country by its ‘failed’ economic and social policies.He pointed to the over 200 tax measures being implemented by the Government which he said is stifling growth in the private sector and putting additional pressures on ordinary Guyanese citizens. He also cited VAT on water and electricity, among other issues.Jagdeo said that the government was not able to bring in any new investor since it took the reigns of power. “The incompetence of this Govt is phenomenal”, he said.The Opposition Leader also pointed to the host of scandals which the Coalition Governnment has found itself in; those he cited include; the drugs bond, the feasibility study for the new Demerara River Bridge, the D’urban Park project; among many others.He also lashed out at the Government for being divisive, pointing to Minister Volda Lawrence’s controversial statements she made recently in relation to giving jobs to friends and PNC supporters.Other speakers from the Opposition side still to make their presentations include: Gail Teixeira, Anil Nandlall, Irfaan Ali and Juan Edghill.Meanwhile, Governemnt MP Joseph Harmon has started his presentation. Other speakers on the government’s side include: Basil Williams, Khemraj Ramjattan, Moses Nagamootoo and Simona Broomes.(More details to be provided later)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo wants no-confidence debated before Budget presentationNovember 21, 2018In “latest news”Govt hijacks PPP/C business in ParliamentNovember 5, 2016In “latest news”34 as majority over 65 Parliamentarians is “utter stupidity” –JagdeoDecember 31, 2018In “latest news” read more

Mens EHF CL Round 5 Veszprem and Madrid too strong in Berlin

BM Atletico MadridEHF Champions LeagueMKB Veszprem Three games of the Men’s EHF Champions League Round 5 showed the strenght of the visitors. MKB Veszprem made the biggest (if we can call that “surprise” job with an win in Berlin against Fuchse 29:24. Even TOP teams have a lot of problems in Berlin against Dagur Sigurdsson‘s team, but Hungarian champion continue with good performances in the European elite, leaded by fantastic Mirko Alilovic (16 saves).Atletico Madrid had an easy job in full crowded Vive Targi Kielce’s hall – 37:29.29 – Vive Targi Kielce: Szmal; Kuchczynski (1), Buntic (5), Grabarczyk (-), Michal Jurecki (11), Rosinski (1) y Zorman (1) -equipo inicial- Cleverly (ps), Olafsson (2p), Mariusz Jurasik (-), Zaremba (-), Tkaczyk (1), Przybylski (-), Jachlewski (-), Tomczak (3) y Stojkovic (4)37 – Atlético de Madrid: Sterbik; Roberto García (2), Lazarov (8, 2p), Cañellas (5), Markussen (8), Davis (-) y Aginagalde (2) -equipo inicial- Hombrados (ps), Abalo (1), Guardiola (2), Alberto Entrerríos (-), Jurkiewicz (-), Kallman (5), Edu Fernández (4) y Dinart (-)Cimos Koper almost secure TOP 16 place with an away win over Sankt Petersburg – 35:26. Russian winter isn’t so cold yet… ← Previous Story Serbian “Eagles” made an Official Song Video for the EHF EURO 2012 Next Story → Momir Ilic is the “Player of October” in Bundesliga” read more

Reilly knew about Taoiseachs tobacco meeting but would not go

first_imgHEALTH MINISTER DR James Reilly has responded to questions about a meeting in government buildings between the Taoiseach, two senior ministers and representatives from the tobacco industry.When questioned by Senator Professor John Crown at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children meeting today, Minister Reilly said that previously he had “declared war in the Seanad on the tobacco industry”.He said:Was I aware of this meeting? I was. Would I go to it? No, I would not.Reilly said that he knows of no other industry “that is legal that if you use their product one out of two of you will die and that’s the reality”, and that thousands of Irish people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses.The Minister was questioned on the issue after it emerged that the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ministers Alan Shatter and Michael Noonan met with representatives from three tobacco companies a fortnight ago.Reilly said that he recalled a World Health Organisation directive not recommending that people meet with the tobacco industry except in the area of smuggling, and that the purpose of the recent meeting was to discuss smuggling.The Minister also spoke of the duty of care that the State has to minors regarding smoking, and said he takes the whole area of tobacco control really seriously.He said that he hopes to introduce plain packaging for cigarette packages and to progress the banning of smoking in cars where children are present.Nessa Childers MEP and the Irish Cancer Society and Irish Health Foundation had all expressed their shock at the news of the meeting, with the latter charities saying they had written to the Taoiseach to express their concern.Read: Taoiseach, ministers criticised for “inappropriate” tobacco industry meeting>last_img read more

Zephyr jailbreak tweak adds multitasking gestures to iPhone

first_imgIf you’re an iOS user, you probably give your home button (and your thumb) a grueling workout on a daily basis. Every time you want to use multitasking to switch apps, you have to double-tap the lone physical button on the device’s front face. Apple has implemented multitasking gestures for the iPad, but has done no such thing for the iPhone or iPod touch. You can rack another one up for the jailbreak community, as it has released a new app that allows you to multitask on the iPhone with single-finger gestures.Zephyr is the creation of Cydia developer chpwn, and the premise is simple: swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the app-switcher (normally activated with a double tap of the home button), and swipe left to right to switch back and forth between recent apps.Apple has likely opted out of iPhone and iPod touch multitasking gestures due to the small size of the screen. How many gestures can you implement on a 3.5-inch display? Zephyr, however, makes a strong case against that argument. The left to right swipe lets you start the gesture from the bezel, which frees up a bit extra room. As you can see in the video below, both gestures are simple, intuitive, and exactly the kind of function that Apple will wish it released first:In fact the tweak fits so naturally into iOS that this could be another jailbreak feature that Apple steals and uses for itself. We’ve seen this previously with iOS functions like multitasking (it closely resembles an old Cydia app called Circuitious), notification banners (a spitting image for Peter Hajas’s MobileNotifier), and Wi-Fi Sync (Apple didn’t even bother changing the name of that one). Of course, as the Zephyr gesture tweak borrows heavily from the iPad’s multitasking gestures, it wouldn’t be as blatant a move for Apple to “borrow” it.Zephyr is a free tweak, and can be found by searching for it in Cydia on a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch. You can refer to our guide to jailbreak your device on iOS 5.0.1.via Chpwnlast_img read more

Longford community devastated by theft of tabernacle from church

first_img Monday 17 Apr 2017, 11:44 AM GARDAÍ IN LONGFORD are investigating a break-in and theft of a tabernacle from a church outside the town.The discovery was made yesterday morning by one of the local priests when he arrived at St Michael’s Church in Shroid to prepare for mass.A back stain-glass window was broken by the thieves to gain entry to the church and the marble around the tabernacle was smashed.“We’re all a little bit devastated that such a thing should happen to our lovely church,” Father Tony Gilhooly told RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey this morning. The damage following a break in at St Michael’s Church in Shroid, outside Longford Town. pic.twitter.com/l1bdRK7HTA— Sinéad Hussey (@SineadHus) April 16, 2017 Apr 17th 2017, 11:44 AM Image: Google Street View Short URL Gilhooly said the small church is one of the oldest in the diocese and is “something of a relic” locally.It’s very intimate, it’s a beautiful church.“It could be purely an act of vandalism, they might have thought the tabernacle was worth money for whatever metal is in it,” he said.Read: Former bridal store owner convicted after stealing dress payments from brides-to-be> Image: Google Street View 49 Comments center_img Source: Sinéad Hussey/Twitter 20,225 Views http://jrnl.ie/3344019 By Michelle Hennessy Longford community ‘devastated’ by theft of tabernacle from church The discovery was made yesterday morning by a local priest when he arrived to prepare for Easter mass. Share Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les stations de métro parisiennes bientôt éclairées par des LED

first_imgLes stations de métro parisiennes bientôt éclairées par des LEDEn 2017, toutes les stations de métro parisiennes auront abandonné leurs éclairages actuels pour n’être illuminées que par des LED. Telle est la promesse de la RATP, qui vient de lancer un appel d’offres pour concrétiser ce projet à la fois écologique et économique.Afin de réduire sensiblement sa consommation énergétique, la RATP entend remplacer tous les éclairages de ses stations de métro et de RER par des diodes électroluminescentes. Un projet qu’elle souhaite réaliser d’ici à 2017, annonce-t-elle dans un communiqué publié ce mardi 26 juin.Pour le mener à bien, la société qui exploite l’intégralité des lignes du métro parisien et une partie des lignes A et B du RER vient de lancer un appel d’offres au niveau européen, en vue d’un lancement des travaux dès le mois de janvier prochain. “Avec ce déploiement, l’entreprise sera, en 2017, le premier réseau de transport en commun souterrain de cette envergure entièrement équipé de la technologie LED” se félicite déjà la RATP.Au total, ce sont quelque 250.000 points lumineux, répartis dans les 301 stations de métro et 66 gares de RER que gère la société, qui seront ainsi remplacés en quatre ans. L’établissement public indique avoir élaboré ce projet dans le cadre de sa politique énergie-climat, “qui vise à réduire sa consommation énergétique et ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre à périmètre constant de 15% à l’horizon 2020”, et ce par rapport à leurs niveaux enregistrés en 2004.Un nouvel éclairage qui n’a pas perturbé les voyageursÀ lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauAvant de lancer son appel d’offres, la RATP a mené en 2010 une expérimentation en remplaçant par des LED tous les éclairages de la station Censier Daubenton, située sur la ligne 7 du métro, mais aussi au siège du Groupe RATP. Puis au cours des derniers mois, des tests ont été réalisés dans plusieurs autres stations et gares de RER, ainsi que sur des sites industriels, explique-t-elle. “A ce jour, les retours d’expériences sur l’ensemble de ces lieux sont très positifs” affirme la société. Ainsi à la station Censier Daubenton, la consommation énergétique du poste éclairage aurait chuté de 65%. Ce sont alors 15 tonnes d’équivalent CO2 qui ont été économisées par an. Et le remplacement des éclairages n’a visiblement aucunement perturbé les utilisateurs du réseau. Une enquête indépendante indique en effet que la grande majorité des voyageurs (92%), n’a “pas constaté d’impact ou de modification de la qualité de l’éclairage de cette station”. Outre l’aspect écologique de ce projet, la RATP met en avant son intérêt économique. Les éclairages par LED se démarquent en effet par leur “exceptionnelle longévité”. Un atout qui se répercute sur les frais de maintenance et de remplacement. “Actuellement, le “pas de maintenance” du remplacement des tubes fluorescents est de deux ans, celui des LED sera de 5 à 15 ans” souligne la société.Le 27 juin 2012 à 11:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Sweden captain hints at retirement

first_imgSweden captain Andreas Granqvist has hinted that he will be retiring from international football at the end of the World Cup after suggesting that their game against Mexico today may be his “last”Janne Andersson’s side were denied a draw against Germany last weekend after Toni Kroos’ injury-time winner secured the defending champions all three points and demoted Sweden to third place in Group F.Heading into today’s game against group leaders Mexico, the Blue-Yellow need a victory to retain any hope of securing a spot in the knockout stages with Germany currently ahead on a head-to-head basis in the remaining qualification spot.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…Granqvist, who will earn his 74th cap for Sweden today, has now hinted that the encounter at the Central Stadium may be the final time he dons the blue and yellow shirt.“This could be my last match for the national team, but right now we only think about the upcoming game and we’ll discuss everything else later,” said the 33-year-old, according to the New Indian Express.Granqvist is currently playing in his first ever World Cup tournament for Sweden and has already announced his return to Swedish club Helsingborgs from Russian side Krasnodar as he enters the twilight phase of his playing career.last_img read more

We want to do better than last season Southampton boss

first_imgThe team aims for the first win of their season after tying 0-0 against Burnley last Sunday, but their rival is powerful EvertonLast season Southampton Football Club finished eight in the Premier League table.That’s not so bad, but the team missed the opportunity to qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round, by at least 15 points.Now after starting the 2018-2019 season with a 0-0 tie against Burnley FC, the club is aiming for a better objective.“We want to do much better than last year. That was a setback, but more like a lump in the road on the path the club is on,” coach Mark Hughes said on Thursday on the team’s official website.“We want to be back in the top half competing for European places.”But Southampton will have a very difficult rival on Saturday when they visit Everton.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“They’ve made a big investment in the team and in the manager. It could be that now is the best time to play them,” he commented.“I’m pleased to say I’ve had some input into every player brought into this club. Players moving between different clubs, leagues, and countries can react in different ways to the same thing – there’s a period of transition.”“We played well last year under really difficult circumstances. We were unfortunate to concede so late – it could’ve been a fatal blow, but we proved our character,” he explained.“We’ve discussed that, and informed everybody that unless we feel we want to do business, the door is closed. We could potentially explore loan opportunities for people to get game time.”Watch LIVE as #SaintsFC boss Mark Hughes addresses the media ahead of the #PL trip to #EFC: https://t.co/uXMIvFn4OJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 16, 2018last_img read more

Cape Coral Police rescue goat wandering street

first_imgCAPE CORAL (WSVN) — Cape Coral Police came to the rescue of a goat that was wandering the streets.Body camera footage shows the officers putting the goat into the backseat of their cruiser.The goat was wandering on a street and officers became concerned the animal could be struck by a passing car.An agricultural deputy eventually caged the animal and took it away.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Ikeas connected smart blinds come to the US on April 1

first_img See It Comments Share your voice Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it See it 4 Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Crutchfield Tags See It Mentioned Above Google Home You can control the blinds with the remote (shown above) or with your phone. Ikea Ikea is expanding its repertoire of connected devices with its new Fyrtur smart roller blinds.The blinds were first listed by Ikea Germany, where they are currently available. The listings say that they’re an in-store exclusive, with wider online availability coming Feb. 2. But they’re coming to the US on April 1, according to Fast Company, which cites an Ikea spokesperson. Ikea later confirmed the Fast Company report to CNET.CNET previously reported that the blinds would launch globally in 2019.The blinds include a battery-powered device and can be raised or lowered through the included remote. However, the blinds can also be controlled through Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit or your phone — like Ikea’s line of connected lightbulbs. Walmart $69 Smart Home $99 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET may get a commission from retail offers. They come in five sizes, ranging from 60 by 195cm to 140 by 195cm. Ikea Germany has another set of smart blinds, a more transparent set called Kadrilj, that won’t be available in the US, Ikea told CNET. Prices start at 119 euros (about $135, £110 or AU$190) for the Fyrtur.An Ikea representative in the UK said the blinds would be available there in February.Originally published Jan. 7.Update Jan. 10: Added Ikea confirmation, following the Fast Company report. $79 Google Assistant Alexa Apple HomeKitlast_img read more

Small Fuel Barge Adrift In Beaufort Sea

first_imgA small, unmanned fuel barge is adrift in the Beaufort Sea and may be heading toward Prudhoe Bay after its tow line snapped in a storm on Monday.Download AudioThe 134-foot barge has 950 gallons of diesel fuel on board. It’s owned by a Canadian company, and was in Canadian waters when it broke loose from its tugboat.Now, Coast Guard response commander Shawn Decker estimates the barge is drifting west in ice-free water at a speed of three to four miles per hour. At that rate, he says it could reach Prudhoe Bay sometime late Friday – and there aren’t any vessels nearby that could try to stop it.Decker says it’s not guaranteed the barge will run aground in Prudhoe Bay. It’s drifting between the Arctic coastline, and winter sea ice advancing from the north.The Coast Guard wasn’t able to visually locate the barge today, so they don’t know for sure where it’s drifting, or how fast. Decker says a Coast Guard aircraft will find the vessel again Friday and drop a tracking device onto its deck.last_img read more

Risky railway bridges in Kulaura

first_imgThe girders and sleepers of the railway track on the Fanai Bridge are loose, with many of the nuts and bolts missing. Photo: Prothom AloTwo railway bridges, over the river Fanai and the canal Rautgaon between Kulaura and Longla in Maulvibazar, are in a dangerous state of disrepair. The girders and sleepers of the railway track are loose, with many of the nuts and bolts missing. Despite this risky condition of the tracks, every day 22 trains travel this route between Sylhet, Dhaka, Chittagong and Akhaura.The Rautgaon bridge is 15 ft long with only nine wooden sleepers, of which 5 are damaged. Each sleeper is supposed to be attached to the railway track with 8 clips, but some have only four clips and some have none at all. The sleepers are shaky and some have been attached in a makeshift manner with nails. An on-the-spot visit on Wednesday saw the entire bridge shaking when the intercity Parabat Express train crossed it en route Sylhet.A resident of the village Rautgaon, Mashud Alam, said that the bridge is small but risky. A sleeper or track can be displaced at any time leading to a serious accident.The Fanai Bridge is about 200 metres away from the Rautgaon Bridge. It is 45 ft long and 28 of its 58 sleepers are damaged. There are no nuts or bolts to join most of the girders and sleepers. In some places there were lengths of bamboo in place of the sleepers and many clips were missing too.Alim Miah and Khandakar Lutfur Rahman of local villages said that the bridge has long been in such a dilapidated state but no repairs were carried out. They feel the bridge is risky and the sleepers needed to be replaced and secured.The civil engineering department of Bangladesh Railways is responsible for the maintenance of the bridges. When a visit was made to the office of senior deputy assistant engineer, Mohammed Julhas, near the Kulaura railway station at three in the afternoon, he was absent and could not be contacted over mobile phone either.Shebul Alim, leader of the civil engineering department’s key-men in charge of looking after the railway lines, said that some of the sleepers on the bridges were damaged. The sleepers were changed every few years and a note had been submitted for new sleepers. The nuts and bolts were checked every day and they would look into the matter if there was any problem.Divisional engineer-2 of the railway’s Dhaka head office, Ahsan Jabir, told Prothom Alo that 1,000 wooden sleepers had been procured and would be placed along the railways lines at Sylhet where the sleepers were damaged. He said there were also plans to construct 180 railway bridges, big and small, in Sylhet division. He said that they would look into the matter of the two bridges in Kulaura and take immediate measures.last_img read more

National Leaders NonProfit Organizations Meet in DC to Discuss Ebola Response

first_imgWest African leaders, international humanitarian aid organizations, and Washington, D.C. leaders convened at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest D.C. to discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak plaguing countries in West Africa.The Washington Ebola Summit was organized by the Diaspora Ebola Network, in a joint effort with organizations including West African diaspora organizations; the D.C. Office on African Affairs; the D.C. Department of Health; Samaritan’s Purse; the Centers for Disease Control and prevention; and USAID.The organizations used the summit to discuss ways to increase fundraising initiatives for humanitarian aides and increase efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, and Guinea.The summit was also attended by a number of national and local dignitaries including the ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, Mamady Conde; ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Bockari Kortu Stevens;  the ambassador of the Republic of Liberia, Jeremiah Sulunteh; a representative from the Embassy of Mali, Moustapha Cissé; and Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander (D).According to Conde, the West African countries are facing one of the worst Ebola outbreaks in history.“The Ebola virus has caused so much death and desolation, that it is essential today that the international community is more mobilized to eradicate this scourge,” Conde emphasized during his speech on how the virus has affected his country thus far.Conde, along with other African ambassadors who attended the summit, called for a national mobilization between African countries and international organizations to work together in fighting to completely eradicate the disease.Stevens said the Ebola outbreak was an international emergency that shouldn’t be deemed an African problem. He explained that the disease isn’t just rampant in Africa, but could spread through several channels to other countries.“There are many ways Ebola can come into the United States,” Stevens said, arguing that local leaders and organizations need to press top officials to stop the disease.According to Save the Children, an estimated 10.3 million children and adolescents under 18 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been indirectly or directly affected by the disease. Sadly, Conde said the disease has increasingly turned children into orphans, and some schools have been shut down for months due to fear of the disease.Even with the international call to fight this deadly disease, Stevens said Africans, especially doctors and nurses, need to be at the forefront of the issue.“We ourselves as Africans have to step up,” he told the hundreds of people who attended the summit.last_img read more

ASTROs 59th Annual Meeting Will Explore Art and Science of Radiation Oncology

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | May 19, 2017 ASTRO’s 59th Annual Meeting Will Explore Art and Science of Radiation Oncology San Diego meeting will highlight more than 2,800 abstracts featuring advances in cancer research and clinical care Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more May 19, 2017 — Registration has opened for the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), which will highlight advances in cancer research and clinical care involving radiation therapy. The meeting, which will be held Sept. 24–27 at the San Diego Convention Center, is expected to attract more than 11,000 attendees from across the globe, including oncologists from all disciplines and members of the entire radiation oncology team.More than 2,800 abstracts sharing results from clinical trials and other research studies will be presented in conjunction with educational sessions and keynote addresses that underscore the meeting’s theme, “The Healing Art and Science of Radiation Oncology.” Keynote speakers include:Richard D. Zane, M.D., FAAEM, chief innovation officer for the University of Colorado Health System (Monday, Sept. 25);Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., FACP, widow of Paul Kalanithi, M.D., the best-selling author of “When Breath Becomes Air,” with Heather Wakelee, M.D., her late husband’s oncologist (Tuesday, Sept. 26); andVinay K. Prasad, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of medicine, Oregon Health & Science University (Wednesday, September 27).At the same time as the scientific and educational program, more than 200 exhibitors will demonstrate cutting-edge technology and medical device innovations for radiation oncology. New this year, daily science highlight sessions will spotlight the highest-rated studies grouped by cancer type (e.g., breast cancer, lung cancer).For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. last_img read more

Another six A320neo coming to Lufthansa Group fleet

first_img TOULOUSE – Lufthansa Group has finalized a previous order for six further Airbus A320neo, which will bring its total order for the A320neo to 122.In total, the Group has ordered 77 A320neo and 45 A321neo. In addition, it signed an order for three more A320ceo, bringing the Group’s A320ceo orders to 273.With a total of 395 A320 Family aircraft on order, the Lufthansa Group is also Airbus’ biggest A320 operator with nearly 400 A320 Family aircraft in service. Lufthansa was the launch operator of the A320neo.“We are delighted to see this additional order from our biggest A320 operator Lufthansa Group”, says Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “Benefitting from the Airbus commonality and the A320 Family’s efficiency and environmental credentials such as reduced noise, lower fuel-burn and emissions, we are pleased the airline has decided to come back for more.”The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies, delivering at least 15% fuel savings at delivery and 20% by 2020. With more than 6,000 orders received from 100 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60% share of the market. Thursday, May 31, 2018 Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Airbus, Lufthansa Group Another six A320neo coming to Lufthansa Group fleet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

10 Bath Christmas Market When November 26 to Dec

first_img10. Bath Christmas MarketWhen: November 26 to December 13Best for: Children, who’ll love the huge selection of handmade toysThis is surely one of Britain’s most beautiful Christmas markets. Huddled in the shadow of Bath Abbey and lining the streets of this ancient city you’ll find more than 170 wooden chalets, each one chock-a-block with gorgeous gifts. More than 80 per cent of stallholders are local and you’ll find everything from handmade wooden toys and crafted candles to tasty cheeses and quirky jewellery. Bath is regarded as one of England’s most beautiful towns. Find out more about the UK’s top cities and places to visit with this useful guide**. 11. Castle Howard Christmas Market, LeedsWhen: 19 November to 23 DecemberBest for: Wow factorPersonally, we think all Christmas markets should be held in the shadow of a medieval castle. The one at Castle Howard is actually held inside an enormous marquee, so you’ll be able to browse the stalls without risking a case of pneumonia. Expect a huge selection of crafts, Christmas cards and festive food, and plenty of mulled wine to enjoy while you shop.After you’ve had your fill of retail therapy, head to the castle to admire the breathtaking Christmas decorations which light up its cavernous halls and banquet rooms. Families should head to the Grecian Hall, which is where Father Christmas will be taking up residence. There’ll also be storytelling sessions by the roaring log fire. 6. Dickensian Christmas market, RochesterWhen: 3 and 4 DecemberBest for: FamiliesAs Christmassy as a Charles Dickens novel (minus Scrooge, Fagan or pick pocketing teenagers), this market is short but sweet, lasting just two days. But it’s also one of our favourites. Cande-lit parades weave between the treasure-laden stalls, and local choirs provide the music. And when you’ve had your thrill of retail therapy, an army of roving street performers are on hand to provide the entertainment. It’s also worth stopping by Rochester Community Hub, which will be hosting an exhibition looking at how Queen Victoria and her family celebrated Christmas. 7. Nottingham Winter Wonderland, NottinghamshireWhen: 19 November to 8 JanuaryBest for: Presents for hard-to-please relativesJump into a winter wonderland in central Nottingham, where dozens of Christmas trees tower over the ice rink, mulled-wine bars and fairground rides. There are 50 Victorian-style stalls (all connected by a timber-decked walkway), selling everything from artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates to handmade jewelry, winter woollies, and Fairtrade items. The event has an “Olde England” theme so it’s a great place to pick up some traditional gifts, but it’s also famous for its food. On offer? Delicious hog roasts, warming stews and sweet treats for that all-important sugar fix.8. Frankfurt Christmas Market, BirminghamWhen: 12 November to 29 DecemberBest for: Fans of traditional German Christmas markets Birmingham’s enormous market takes place in Victoria Square, and claims to be the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the UK. Foodies will love the endless supply of pretzels, schnitzel and knoblauchbrot (garlic bread), and there’s a huge selection of locally produced gifts, including handbags, soap and musical instruments. This year’s event will be extra special, because it marks the fiftieth anniversary of ties between Frankfurt and Birmingham.It’s also worth saving some time to check out the nearby Birmingham Christmas Craft Market in Centenary Square, which is the perfect place to pick up some handmade treats. 5. St Nicholas Fair, YorkWhen: 17 November to 23 DecemberBest for: Limitless supplies of mulled wineThis market can be found on Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, and in addition to the handcrafted goods on offer, there’ll be plenty of food and drink. One of our favourite spots is Thor’s Tipi, which has become one of this market’s most popular attractions. Head here to warm your cockles around the roaring log fire, while sipping a delicious cup of hot chocolate. There’s also a fully-licensed bar for those in need of something stronger. Our advice? Book a hotel and stay for the weekend – York’s a beautiful town which is also the perfect place for a romantic city break. 4. Swansea Christmas Market, WalesWhen: 24 November to 21 DecemberBest for: Food – both to take home and to eat while you shopGreen and red wooden chalets will fill Swansea’s Oxford Street in Swansea once more this Christmas. On offer? Everything from Christmas baubles to camel burgers (yes, really). You’ll also be able to pick up locally-made Christmas cards, chow down on delicious fudge and artisan cheese, and knock back more mulled wine than you can shake a stick at. It’s another great market for those searching for more unusual presents, because many of the retailers will be selling local specialities, one of which is seaweed-infused gin. It’s also a great event for kids, who can visit Santa in his grotto. 3. Norwich Christmas Markets, NorfolkWhen: dates varyBest for: Variety – there are numerous markets throughout November and DecemberNorwich has an amazing number of Christmas markets. Our favourite is the Victorian-themed Christmas market, which takes place in the city centre on 17 and 18 December, but this year also sees the launch of the brand new Norwegian Handcrafters Christmas Market, which will take place between 19 and 24 November. The stalls will be piled high with traditional Nordic trinkets, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up something unusual for that special someone in your life. Another new addition to Norwich’s Christmas calendar is the Christmas Enterprise Market, which runs from the 26 to 29 November. The event acts as a showcase for some of East Anglia’s most talented designers and artists, with many of the goods being made by students at Norwich University of the Arts.center_img 9. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, HampshireWhen: November 19 to December 22Best for: The location, just metres from Winchester CathedralThis picture-postcard market transforms Winchester Cathedral Close into a festival paradise, filled with its fairy lights and inviting wooden cabins. It’s been taking place for over ten years and locals still flock here for the unique Christmas shopping, delicious food and the chance to get their skates on beneath the cathedral’s Gothic towers. Over 350,000 people visit this market every year, and anyone wishing to set up shop at the market has to go through a rigorous selection process, so you can rest assured that the goods on sale will be of the finest quality. 1. European Christmas Market, ScotlandWhen: 19 November to 7 JanuaryBest for: The spectacular settingThis Christmas, Edinburgh’s biggest shopping event will be the European Christmas Market, held in East Princes Street Gardens. It’s been running for over 20 years and the stalls, which will open until 10pm, specialise in traditional fare, including wooden Christmas decorations and hand-blown ornaments for the tree. For something truly Scottish, head to the Scottish Christmas Market on the designer boutique-lined George Street, which will run from 26 November to 24 December. Both are ideally located if you’re spending the weekend in Scotland’s capital, because some of Edinburgh’s cheapest hotels are just a short walk away. We recommend the Novetel Edinburgh Centre, where rooms start from just £60 per night. Why not make the most of this northern gem by checking out the city’s most beautiful sights? Find out which ones should be at the top of your list with our list of the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Edinburgh. Feeling festive? Here’s how to get in the mood for a cool Yule:How to get festive in LondonWhether you’re heading to London with the kids to show them the Christmas lights, hitting the shops to tick off Santa’s list or you’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, find out where you can get festive in the UK capital this year.Best Christmas markets in EuropeRather head to Europe to do your Christmas shopping? Indulge in some festive fun at one of Europe’s best Christmas markets, from Bremen to Bruges.11 top travel gifts for 2015The best gifts for the frequent flyer in your life, from up to the minute tech to the perfect carry-on bag. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Blenheim Palace Christmas Market, OxfordshireWhen: 17 to 19 NovemberBest for: Unusual presentsThere’ll be over 160 stalls at this Christmas Market, which will take place in the Churchill & Marlborough Pavilions in the Great Court, directly in front of the palace. A brass band will provide the soundtrack, and when hunger strikes, head to the Orangery, where you’ll be able to enjoy some delicious festive treats. This year’s market will have a contemporary theme, so it’s the ideal place to shop for those hard-to-please teenage relatives. And when you’re all shopped out, take a moment to explore the spectacular Capability Brown-designed parkland. For the first time, visitors will be able to explore the estate via a Christmas-themed illuminated trail. Blenheim Palace is one of Europe’s most important stately homes. And if you’re a wannabe history buff, you’ll love our guide to the 10 best castles to visit in the UK. Related11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under…Market leaders: 10 of the best Christmas markets in EuropeMarket leaders: 10 of the best Christmas markets in EuropeThings to do in London at Christmas that will make you feel festiveTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. Whether you’re heading down to London with the kids this festive season or yo’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, here’s our guide on where and how…last_img read more

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