Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from the Kentville Town Line to the Wolfville Town Line will be reduced to one lane at night for paving. Work will take place between the hours of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. from Monday, May 28 until Friday, July 20. Residents in the area are advised that there may be an increased level of noise at night, during the construction hours. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103, Camperdown Highway 103, from Camperdown School Road to Camperdown Road, Camperdown, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound from about one kilometre east of Exit 24, Stellarton to Exit 21, Westville, about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Brookside Farnham Mill Road, Brookside, from Route 311 to Brookside Road, is reduced to one lane for more than one kilometre for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Aug. 31. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, Pictou Landing Route 348, in Pictou Landing, is reduced to one lane from 500 metres east of Well Hill Road to Lewis Road for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Traffic control personnel are on site. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 will be closed for bridge replacement from Monday, May 28 until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible Hill Vimy Road, Bible Hill, from College Road to Brookside Road, for about two kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug.31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, East River Road Route 348, East River Road, will be reduced to one lane in various sections from the Stellarton town line to the New Glasgow town line for repairs and repaving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 near Liverpool between Exit 18 and Exit 19 will have alternating lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY; North River Route 311 from Stewart’s Bridge, in North River, for six kilometres north to Upper North River is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax Stanfield International Airport Until the end of June, road work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will result in detours for traffic leaving the airport to Highway 102 Halifax bound. Expect delays. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Princeport Riverside Road, Princeport, from Trunk 2 westerly, for about five kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form daylight to dusk.last_img read more

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Kiara to play lead in Indoo Ki Jawani

first_imgMumbai: Actor Kiara Advani has landed her first “in and as” film – Indoo Ki Jawani. “Indoo Ki Jawani. My first ‘In and As’. So excited to collaborate with Emmay Entertainment, Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Niranjan Iyengar, Ryan Stephen and Abir Sengupta for the first time and it had to be as special as Indoo. We need all your love and support for this one,” Kiara tweeted on May 27. She can’t wait to get started on the project. Nikkhil Advani says it is a “cracker script” by writer-director Abir Sengupta. “We had to swipe right (hope I got that right!). Kiara you’re just going to make Indoo come alive,” he tweeted. Kiara has been on a career roll. Her slate of upcoming films also include Good News, Kabir Singh, Shershaah and the Kanchana remake.last_img read more

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Clinton to be urged to bring Sri Lankan war criminals to ICC

A Tamils for Clinton spokesman said that at the 34th session of the UNHRC in March 2017 they will ask the new US administration to pass a resolution to ask the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the ICC, to ensure accountability for the serious abuses committed by Sri Lanka in the 2009 conflict. A US based Tamil diaspora group says it will urge US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to bring alleged Sri Lankan war criminals to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Tamils for Clinton, which is supporting Clinton at the Presidential elections next month, noted that so far Tamils have not seen substantial results in Sri Lanka after the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution. Tamils for Clinton is a political activist group comprised of Americans with the majority being Tamil Americans. They believe that over 145,000 Tamil civilians living in Sri Lanka were massacred during the last weeks of the Sri Lankan ethnic war. (Colombo Gazette) “Currently, about half a million displaced Tamil people live in Northeast of Sri Lanka. There are fifty thousand orphans and ninety thousand war widows who are still waiting for accountability and justice seven years after the end of conflict. Transitional justice processes and mechanisms are a critical component of the United Nations framework for strengthening the rule of law; Tamils should not accept anything less than that,” Tamils for Clinton said. read more

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PM says development of the country will come at a cost

The Prime Minister said the current Government, since taking office in 2015, has achieved a lot. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the development of the country will come at a cost.Speaking at an event at the UNP headquarters today, the Prime Minister said that he was held up in traffic today as a result of the construction of the Rajagiriya overhead bridge. He said the public will face similar issues when the country moves forward. He says the Government has provided over 400,000 jobs, given houses, reduced the price of fuel and increased the monthly wage of Government employees. (Colombo Gazette)

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NDP names candidate in HaldimandNorfolk

The New Democratic Party has named its candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk for the Oct. 21 federal election.She’s Adrienne Roberts, a high school teacher who has been active over the years on the executive of District 23 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.“We are extremely excited to have an exceptional candidate with roots in the community and whose work in improving the way our schools educate our children and her executive experience in local teachers’ organizations has prepared her to be an effective and resourceful advocate for the citizens of Haldimand-Norfolk,” Jordan Louis, president of the Haldimand-Norfolk NDP Riding Association, said Thursday.“As our NDP candidate, we can all count on Adrienne to push for the interests of the workers, the pensioners, the students and all who are struggling in our counties instead of the interests of the largest corporations and wealthiest individuals.”During her career, Roberts has taught for the Grand Erie District School Board at high schools in Haldimand and Norfolk. She has also served as an “experiential learning teacher” helping students apply their skills and knowledge in local workplaces.Roberts has held executive positions with District 23 of OSSTF and served on several committees with two bargaining units. In the past, Roberts has been an active member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“A champion for change, Adrienne is standing with the NDP to do what she can to better meet the needs of our community,” Louis said.“She is invested in working to ensure that Canadians are able to equitably access programs like universal pharmacare and in protecting pensions for everyone.“Adrienne will be a committed advocate in Parliament for investing in rural communities, tackling poverty and developing good jobs.”The NDP had candidate vacancies to fill in dozens of ridings when the writ dropped earlier this month. This week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that the party has named candidates in all ridings across Canada.Candidates have until Sept. 30 to register.According to Elections Canada, registered candidates so far in Haldimand-Norfolk are: Lily Eggink of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, incumbent Diane Finley of the Conservative Party of Canada, Bob Forbes of the People’s Party of Canada, Brooke Martin of the Green Party, and Harold Stewart of the Veterans’ Coalition Party of Canada.Also running are Kim Huffman for the Liberal Party of Canada and Ross Mogridge for the Libertarian Party of Canada.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Ukraines refugee asylum system needs further improvement says UN report

“It needs to offer better protection against refoulement [the forced return of a person to a country where his or her life or freedom would be threatened] and to improve the fairness and efficiency of the hearings process,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.“As a result of these concerns, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees is advising other States not to return asylum-seekers to Ukraine at this time.”The report covers access to the country’s asylum system, refugee status determination and the treatment of unaccompanied minors, and how people of concern are received, housed or detained in Ukraine.“UNHCR believes Ukraine has made progress in several areas, including access to asylum procedures and the reception of unaccompanied and separated children,” said Ms. Fleming. “Basic improvements are still needed, though, in guaranteeing effective protection against asylum-seekers being sent back to the countries from which they fled.” There is also a need to create conditions for the transparent and fair review of asylum applications, Ms. Fleming noted. “Adequate reception capacity and resources for asylum-seekers are still lacking, and access to, and conditions in, the country’s two temporary accommodation centres remain below established standards.”The report makes specific recommendations on how to strengthen Ukraine’s relatively new asylum system, and UNHCR said it remains ready to work with the Government to implement them. The agency has already prepared draft amendments on documentation, medical care and employment for asylum-seekers. Draft amendments on detention – designed to bring Ukraine’s laws in line with European standards – are already before parliament.The country has declared its intention to synchronize its asylum policy and laws with international practices as well as in the context of its negotiations with the European Union on visa liberalization.The UNHCR review of Ukraine’s asylum system is a part of a series of studies of asylum systems in Europe, including those in Hungary and Serbia. read more

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Commentary Like old times The Masters is Tiger Woods v the field

One of the most exciting tournaments in golf is finally here. The top players in the world will stroll down Magnolia Lane to tee it up at the legendary Augusta National Golf Course for The Masters, the first of four annual major championships on the Professional Golfers Association Tour. The 93-player field will feature top players, past champions and even the youngest competitor in Masters’ history: 14-year-old Tianlang Guan from China, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November to punch his ticket to Augusta, Ga. (I couldn’t imagine doing anything of this magnitude at age 14). This year’s edition features a common theme from past Masters tournaments: Tiger Woods versus the rest of the field. With three wins in five starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, and regaining the No. 1 ranking in the world after a whirlwind three years, I think Woods is a shoe-in to win for the fifth time at Augusta National. Woods is definitely my favorite to win the Masters, but here are my top-10 players who can also win the green jacket: 1. Brandt Snedeker: If there is anyone in the world who is as hot as Woods, it’s the 32-year-old from Nashville. The winner of the season-long race for last year’s FedEx Cup, Snedeker carried that momentum into 2013, posting a win and four top-three finishes in just seven starts so far on the PGA Tour. 2. Matt Kuchar: After finishing T-3 in last year’s Masters, and picking up a win earlier this year at the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championship, Kuchar’s consistency over the last three years with 21 top-10 finishes makes him a key player to look for this year. 3. Justin Rose: The Englishman hasn’t finished worse than T-17 in eight events on the PGA and European tours this season. Expect him to be in the mix late afternoon on Sunday. 4. Rory McIlroy: The 23-year-old Northern Irishman has had an eventful year so far, highlighted by the switch to Nike golf clubs and inconsistent play so far. But last week’s second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open gave him the confidence he needed to try to win his third major championship. 5. Dustin Johnson: The big-hitting American’s power of the tee will be crucial to his success this week. Look for him to score some low numbers on the par-5s, and this could be the year for him to break through for his first major championship. 6. Phil Mickelson: A three-time Masters champion playing in his favorite event? You know Lefty is going to bring his A-game to Augusta this week. 7. Lee Westwood: His success in majors in astonishing, except for one stat: wins. Westwood has yet to win that first major, despite having eight top-10 finishes in the last 16 majors. 8. Bubba Watson: The emotional roller-coaster, and last year’s Masters’ champion, Watson knows what it takes to win at Augusta, especially with his incredible shot-shaping abilities. 9. Ian Poulter: The 37-year-old Englishman knows how to thrive on golf’s biggest stages. A Ryder Cup hero for the Europeans, Poulter will look to improve from his seventh place finish last year. 10. Keegan Bradley: Another big-hitting American, poised to add a second major championship to his impressive resume. When he won the 2011 PGA Championship as a rookie, everyone knew he could handle the pressure of a big-time tournament. read more

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MCA calls for infrastructure investment and ongoing sustainable development

first_imgA new wave of economic reform, social and physical infrastructure capacity building and renewed commitment to sustainable development is essential if Australians are to benefit from the best opportunities in the minerals industry in a generation, according to the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). In his opening address to the 2007 Sustainable Development Conference in Cairns, MCA Chief Executive, Mitchell H Hooke, warned of the dangers of becoming complacent, in the current climate of unprecedented industry expansion, about the industry’s commitment to sustainable development, the continued imperative for economic reform and the critical need for human, institutional and infrastructure capacity building.Painting a hypothetical horror scenario, using the “wisdom of hindsight, about what might happen in the year 2025 if socioeconomic reform and global sustainable development is not pursued,” Hooke described a world wracked by division, poverty, protectionism and hyper-nationalism, and a guarded country-by-country piecemeal approach to managing climate change. In this bleak world, Australia would be left with an ageing, relatively unskilled population, a narrow tax base, low economic growth, high unemployment, social disharmony and a growing burden of welfare payment, and an ailing climate.Hooke outlined the risks inherent in the industry’s present success and what industry, government and community, in partnership, needed to do lest the industry “veer into the path that leads to the 2025 horror scenario”.Internationally, Australia must continue to press for “a competitive, open global trading system based on an agreed set of rules and a global approach to reconciling climate change with energy security.“Domestically, we must get the public policy settings right”, he said, calling for policies to address the capacity constraints restricting increased production in the minerals sector such as export infrastructure bottlenecks, shortages of skilled trades people and professionals, inconsistent and complex regulation, land access, reform of industrial relations, a simple and equitable emissions trading scheme, a more efficient Federal-State system and a new focus on improving markets for water and electricity.He cautioned that in the rush to protect the bottom line, the minerals industry could not afford to fall into the trap of taking short cuts, of compromising its commitment to sustainable development. He emphasised the need for continued commitment in facing new challenges – which he identified as including efficient use and access to water, reconciling climate change management with energy security, ensuring the social and economic health and wellbeing of communities in which we operate and addressing the considerable capacity constraints to growth.Hooke foreshadowed a greater focus within the MCA on the health and welfare of the industry’s workforce and the communities in which the minerals industry operates. And he called for greater commitment by governments to resourcing Indigenous representative organisations to achieve the minerals industry’s goal of sustained economic and social development in Indigenous communities.The theme of the MCA’s 2007 conference is A Climate for Change. The event is internationally recognised as a pre-eminent sustainable development gathering and brings together over 450 heads of industry, Indigenous leaders, key decision makers, and environmental specialists at a time when the industry is experiencing unprecedented boom conditions.Over the past five years in particular, the industry has shifted its focus in defining performance beyond the narrower consideration of financial performance to include responsible social development and effective environmental management. The success of a modern minerals operation in contributing to Australia’s wealth and prosperity, is today measured in terms of the triple bottom line – social and environmental dividends, as well as financial returns. Further, the industry considers the intergenerational benefits of natural resource development should extend beyond the life of our mining operations. That is, that the wealth generated from the conversion of natural capital into societal capital should be enduring within and between generations.last_img read more

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Snow costs local school districts a pretty penny

first_imgThis winter’s snowstorms cost area students days in the classroom, and local school districts tens of thousands of dollars.With December’s inclement weather and January’s foot of snowfall that brought the city to a halt, local schools bore the brunt of the storm’s impact. Students were out of school for eight days between the two weather incidents, with north Battle Ground Public Schools students out for 10 days due to higher elevation snow.And the cost of clearing snow and keeping heat on 24 hours a day to prevent further damage from bursting or frozen pipes meant costs racked up.Evergreen Public Schools, the county’s largest district, saw its Clark Public Utilities bill jump about $95,000 between December and February. That includes a 30 percent increase from Jan. 2016 to Jan. 2017, the coldest and snowiest month of that spell.The district also paid contractor Tapani Inc. $10,395 to remove snow from district campuses.District spokeswoman Gail Spolar notes the district may recoup some of that money with the cancellation of three days at the end of the year, which were waived by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in light of the winter’s extreme conditions. Gov. Jay Inslee issued a state of emergency for the snowstorm.Vancouver Public Schools, meanwhile, estimates the district spent $177,281 on weather-related expenses. That breaks down to $65,317 on contracted snow removal services and tree cleanup, $3,334 to rent a wood chipper, $1,500 on ice melting chemicals and $49,392 for weather-related labor and overtime.last_img read more

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WHS Class Of 2003 Announce 15Year Reunion

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School Class of 2003 is celebrating its 15-Year Reunion on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 7pm to 11pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (downstairs).Tickets cost $5 at the door. Email any questions to KristieC@chchne.com.(Do you know of any other Wilmington High or Shawsheen Tech reunions coming up? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Class Of 1969 Announces 50th Reunion On September 14In “Education”WHS Class Of 1979 Announces 40th Reunion On September 21In “Education”Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association Announces 3 Class ReunionsIn “Education”last_img read more

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Giant prehistoric lion fossil discovered hiding in museum drawer

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 59 Photos An artist’s rendering of Simbakubwa kutoaafrika, which lived 22 million years ago and had a huge skull, as large as a rhinoceros. Mauricio Anton Matthew Borths discovered a giant prehistoric lion on his lunch break.While examining drawers at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya, Borths, a carnivore paleontologist, opened a drawer of Ice Age specimens and noticed a row of huge teeth staring back at him. He immediately realized the gigantic jaw was not an Ice Age specimen at all. A few years earlier, Nancy Stevens, a paleontologist at Ohio University, had opened the same drawer and noticed the same set of teeth.The fossils, which date back 22 million years, were originally unearthed when Kenyan researchers were scouring the African plains looking for ancient ape bones decades ago. They’d been hidden away in the wrong museum drawer for years. When Borth and Stevens came along, the duo quickly realized they had found a new species of prehistoric lion. The team were able to examine portions of the creature’s skull, its jaw and parts of its skeleton and discovered it is the oldest specimen of a group of mammals known as hyaenodonts.The new carnivore has been dubbed Simbakubwa kutoaafrika, which is Swahili for “big lion from Africa”. It is described in a study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on April 18, which suggests the beast was bigger than a polar bear and had canine teeth as big as an adult foot.borths-vs-simbakubwaDr. Matthew Borths shows off the giant jaw of Simbakubwa kutoaafrika. Matthew Borths The researchers believe that Simbakubwa was one of the apex predators of its era and although it is part of the hyaenodont group, it is unrelated to modern-day hyenas. “From its teeth, we can tell Simbakubwa was a hypercarnivore, which means its diet was over 70% meat,” says Borths. “Simbakubwa barely has any grinding surfaces on its teeth, so it wouldn’t have processed food that wasn’t meat very efficiently.”Their analysis suggests that these giant carnivores originated in Africa around 30 million years ago, moving further north over time, as the continents of Africa and Eurasia collided. At the same time, the ancient relatives of modern day cats, hyenas and dogs began to filter south.”It’s a fascinating time in biological history,” Borths says. “Lineages that had never encountered each other begin to appear together in the fossil record.”But Simbakubwa ultimately went extinct around 10 million years ago as global ecosystems shifted thanks to tectonic movement and changing climates. Borths and Stevens have been investigating why that might be, hoping to better inform present-day studies of how ecosystems respond to these sweeping changes.”Understanding large-scale patterns of how organisms respond to environmental change through time can offer insights into ecosystem fragility and resilience in the modern world,” explains Stevens.And to think, it would have remained off the fossil record entirely, if not for a Kenyan museum storing away the sample and some inquisitive paleontologists checking a few extra drawers.”Discoveries like this one underscore the importance of museums as troves of information about our planet’s past,” says Stevens. Tagscenter_img Take a bite out of ‘Jurassic World’ Lego (pictures) 1 Commentlast_img read more

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Anchorage Mayoral Candidate Dan Coffey

first_imgWith Anchorage’s local election just around the corner, KSKA and Alaska Public media are bringing you a look at those running for mayor. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, Dan Coffey brings years of experience in local government and business to his campaign, which is both an asset and a liability.Coffey has lived in Anchorage for almost his entire life. He’s a lawyer by trade, and has represented clients as diverse as the taxi cab industry to commercial developers.  He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and was hired by the Sullivan administration to consult on a re-write of the city’s land use code.Coffey says his familiarity with the laws on the books informs his plans for new development in Anchorage.Dan Coffey. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“First thing, we have a lot of city land and we need to bring that into the private sector–with restrictions and zoning requirements so that they build housing. And mainly high density housing, we need to do that,” he said. “Secondly, we’ve got to fix the regulatory scheme.”“And then the third thing: the processes of getting permits and development need to be addressed.”Coffey believes Anchorage’s large tax-base is a buffer against the revenue declines hitting the state, but says he has no intention of changing the existing tax code. As for reducing existing costs, he sees a need, but says two terms on the Assembly, including as chairman, taught him there’s little use speculating on future spending.“The problem is, until you actually get there you don’t have the depth of knowledge and understanding about all of the ins and outs of what you might actually cut,” Coffey said.“So the way I look at is as a set of guidelines, and when we get to transition period that’s the time to really dig in and find out those answers with real budgets in front of you and real information from real city employees.”In addition to his civic and business careers, Coffey served on the board of the United Way until January of this year. He thinks the city needs to better leverage resources in the non-profit sector to deliver services.“Breaking down the silos, collaborative efforts, so that we don’t have four entities doing something when, if you worked together, you could certainly be more efficient in the use of your resources,” Coffey said. “The second thing is you gotta have standards and metrics to determine if you’re actually accomplishing something.”Coffey has raised more money than every other candidate in the race – in part, because he filed to run for mayor in 2013, and has been able to appeal to donors multiple times. He addressed criticisms of his past business and political dealings by trying to run an open campaign, putting recent tax returns and other documents online for the public to see.When it comes to public safety, Coffey has been clear he wants to see the police force grow to 400 officers. At that staffing level he says the city can focus on preventative community policing.last_img read more

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Alaska trail advocates warn Governor Walker of transportation funding lapses

first_imgLogo for Alaska Department of TransportationAdvocacy group Alaska Trails sent a letter to let Governor Bill Walker know that transportation funds are at risk. Last September, Alaska returned $2.6 million to the US Department of Transportation.Listen nowThe Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP, provides federal funding for smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities.Each year the federal government authorizes TAP funds for every state that must be obligated to local projects within four years. Projects funded through TAP require a 20 percent state or local match.The Alaska Department of Transportation had to return the remainder of its 2013 TAP fund after failing to obligate all of the money before it expired in 2016.The Safe Routes to School National Partnership releases a quarterly report on states’ progress in obligating TAP funds. Deputy director, Margo Pedroso said that Alaska’s lapsed TAP funding is a missed opportunity.“These dollars that are allocated to Alaska Department of Transportation are, in essence, Alaska’s fair share of the gas tax that every resident pays as they get around,” Pedroso said. “And by letting those funds lapse and be returned to the federal government, Alaska dollars are now going and being distributed to other states.”Alaska DOT spokesperson Jill Reese said that the 2013 TAP money was not obligated in time because there were not enough projects submitted from local stakeholders that were eligible for funding.Alaska Trails Executive director Steve Cleary thinks the DOT could have done better outreach to find projects for TAP funding.“The fact is, there was four years for this program to be implemented and run,” Cleary said. “And the DOT in my estimation waited too long to start it. So of course there are going to be hiccups and stumbling, but if they had taken advantage of more time, then they would have been able to solicit and recruit qualified applicants rather than just having to take the applications that came in.”According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, nearly $4 million of Alaska’s TAP funding from 2014 could be returned to the federal government if it is not obligated by September 2017.last_img read more

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Shifting Amaravati capital is not easy says BJP MP Sujana

first_imgAmaravati: The shifting of AP capital city has become a hot topic in state politics for the past few days. Over Amaravati issue, the state ministers and BJP leaders are making sensational comments, where some say that the capital will be shifted and others say that AP will have four capital cities. In this context, BJP MP Sujana Chowdary has made interesting comments over the capital city. He said shifting of Amaravati capital is not easy. Along with BJP state president Kanna Laxminarayana, MP Sujana Chowdary has visited Thullur village in Amaravati capital region on Tuesday, Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Speaking to media, Sujana Chowdary said changing AP capital is not that easy as anyone says. He criticized that few Ministers are speaking in ignorance over Amaravati capital issue. MP noted that already many development works had been done by constructing the government offices in Amaravati. He said that the YCP leaders should remember the fact that construction of Amaravati was done with the permission of the National Green Tribunal. On the occasion, Sujana Chowdary demanded that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy should respond and clear the misconception on the capital issue. At the same time, he expressed anger on Minister Botsa Satyanarayana and throws an open challenge to the Minister to prove whether MP has cent land in the capital region.last_img read more

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4 children of a family among 5 killed in Coxs Bazar landslides

first_img4 children of a family among 5 killed in Cox’s Bazar landslides. Photo : Prothom AloAt least four children of a family among five were killed in separate landslides in Cox’s Bazar district early Wednesday.Witnesses said three daughters and a son of a Saudi expatriate, Md Jamal Hossain, were killed in a landslide in Bancha Mia Ghona area of Cox’s Bazar municipality.The deceased are Marzia Akter, 14, Kafia Aktar, 10, Khairunnesa, 6, and Abdul Hai, 10.Local people said Jamal Hossain’s wife Chinuara was injured in the incident.Abdullah Mamun and Gias Uddin, residents of the municipality, told Prothom Alo that a 70-80 feet hill collapsed on the house of Jamal Hossain around 6:00am.All of the family members were asleep then, the locals added. Locals, according to the witnesses, rescued the injured and sent them to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital where doctors declared the children dead.In Ramu upazila’s Mithaichhari area, a landslide killed another child.The deceased is Morshed Alam, 6, son of a certain Zafar Alam.Cox’s Bazar Sadar Model police station officer-in-charge Farid Uddin Khandakar has confirmed the casualties in the incidents this morning.The bodies of the deceased are kept in the hospital morgue, the OC added.last_img read more

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40 killed in Mali suicide attack

first_imgSoldiers attend to wounded and casualties in the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack who ripped through a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead. Photo: AFPA suicide bombing Wednesday on a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead, UN and local sources told AFP.The president’s office ordered three days of national mourning following the attack, the worst in the country in recent years.A member of the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA, who asked not to be identified, initially put the death toll at 37 but hospital sources later said 40 people had been killed and 60 hurt.The camp is located in Gao, a former bastion for Malian rebels and Islamist fighters who together seized control of much of the country’s vast arid north in early 2012.It was set up under a 2015 peace deal signed between the government and various militia and rebel groups following a French-led international military intervention that was launched in 2013 but which is still in place.The attack occurred as former rebels in the Tuareg-led CMA movement and ex members of a pro-government militia prepared to go on a joint patrol, under the terms of the peace accord.Implementation of the peace accord has been piecemeal with insurgents still active across large parts of the region.“The suicide bomber came in a vehicle and blew himself up,” the MINUSMA source said.The attack took place at 8:40 am (local and GMT) as the former rival groups “were due to soon leave on a joint patrol,” the source added.The camp is close to Gao airport, a key transport hub, which was closed briefly in early December following a suicide attack blamed on jihadists.Fighting broke out following the attack between armed groups, leaving at least one person dead and a dozen injured.A car bomb destroyed prefabricated hangars used by the mission’s aircraft, MINUSMA said at the time, and damage to the installations and debris on the runway made the airport temporarily unusable.last_img read more

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Amphibious fish found to use evaporative cooling to overcome hot water

first_img Citation: Amphibious fish found to use evaporative cooling to overcome hot water (2015, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-amphibious-fish-evaporative-cooling-hot.html Mangrove rivulus. Credit: Wikipedia There are many varieties of amphibious fish—those fish that jump or crawl out of the water to hang out on land for awhile, but until now, no one has seen an example of one that jumps out of the water to use evaporative cooling to chill its body after swimming in water that was too hot. Prior research had shown that mangrove rivulus jump (or more accurately flip themselves out of the water by bending then releasing quickly) but it was not clear why they did so—other amphibious fish have been known to get out of the water if CO2 build up, or if there were pollutants, or even to snag a meal, but that did not seem to apply to the mangrove rivulus.To find out more about the fish (which look sort of like tadpoles) the researchers raised some specimens for a year in tanks in their lab, at a temperature of 25 or 30°C and also collected wild adults and put them in tanks in their lab too, and acclimated them for a time at the same temperature as those they had raised. Then, they watched and filmed (with a thermal imaging camera) what happened as the temperature of the water was raised. The fish, as expected hurled themselves out of the tank onto “shore”—when the temperature reached approximately 36°C. The researchers also enclosed the fish tanks so that they could create different levels of humidity and found that the fish cooled better in lower humidity environments. They also found that despite high humidity, the fish could all cool themselves down to ambient temperature within minutes. In studying the fish, the researchers found that not only was it able to use evaporative cooling, but its behavior also demonstrated plasticity, because it was dependent on recent acclimation history rather than conditioning when they were young. This suggests the fish is remarkably well suited to handling warmer waters as the planet heats up. More information: Out of the frying pan into the air—emersion behaviour and evaporative heat loss in an amphibious mangrove fish (Kryptolebias marmoratus), Biology Letters, Published 21 October 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0689 AbstractAmphibious fishes often emerse (leave water) when faced with unfavourable water conditions. How amphibious fishes cope with the risks of rising water temperatures may depend, in part, on the plasticity of behavioural mechanisms such as emersion thresholds. We hypothesized that the emersion threshold is reversibly plastic and thus dependent on recent acclimation history rather than on conditions during early development. Kryptolebias marmoratus were reared for 1 year at 25 or 30°C and acclimated as adults (one week) to either 25 or 30°C before exposure to an acute increase in water temperature. The emersion threshold temperature and acute thermal tolerance were significantly increased in adult fish acclimated to 30°C, but rearing temperature had no significant effect. Using a thermal imaging camera, we also showed that emersed fish in a low humidity aerial environment (30°C) lost significantly more heat (3.3°C min−1) than those in a high humidity environment (1.6°C min−1). In the field, mean relative humidity was 84%. These results provide evidence of behavioural avoidance of high temperatures and the first quantification of evaporative cooling in an amphibious fish. Furthermore, the avoidance response was reversibly plastic, flexibility that may be important for tropical amphibious fishes under increasing pressures from climatic change.Press release This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Biology Letterscenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Guelph and Brock University, both in Canada, has found the first example of an amphibious fish using evaporative cooling to chill its overheated body. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers describe their study that included raising Kryptolebias marmoratus, aka mangrove rivulus, to adulthood and then testing them by heating the water in which they lived. © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Flipping fish adapt to land living (w/ Video)last_img read more

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Tom Hanks Irrfan Khan shooting Ron Howards Inferno in Budapest

first_imgBudapest is bustling with the shooting of Hollywood movie Inferno, the fourth in the The Da Vinci Code series. Two-times Oscar winner Tom Hanks, the lead actor in the film, is sharing screen space with India’s latest international superstar Irrfan Khan. The movie is expected to be as action-packed and exciting as its prequels, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. The filming location includes exotic attractions of Budapest and is going to put the city in the international film tourism map.The film adaptation of Dan Brown’s eponymous novel is being directed by Ron Howard, in which Hanks plays the lead character Robert Langdon and Irrfan Khan plays Harry ‘The Provost’ Sims. The tourism industry is expected to experience a boost with the movie being shot in Budapest which has a lot to offer. Museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and historic buildings, baths and pools will be captured through the lens of this film.Of late, not only in Budapest, Hungary is seeing an overall surge in visitor arrivals. According to the Central Statistical Office (KSH), Hungary, the number of nights guests spent in Hungarian hotels and guest houses went up by an annual 4.8% to 1,813,000 in April. The number of guest nights spent by foreign visitors rose by 2.5% to 1,019,000 while the number spent by Hungarian guests increased by 7.9% to 793,000. Changes in foreign arrivals and revenues were also influenced by the foreign currency exchange rates. Hungary’s tourism sector also benefits from the money foreigners spend in Hungary. Altogether spending by foreign guests amounted to 288 billion Forints, up 11% in the first three months compared with the same period a year earlier. The KSH also noted that in the first quarter foreigners paid 9.4 million visits, 7.4% more than in the same period of 2014.last_img read more

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