Government Employees Affected by the Fire in HRM

first_imgProvincial government employees affected by the fire evacuation in the Halifax area today, April 30, are not required to be at their workplace until the evacuation has ended. They should contact their manager as soon as it is convenient to do so. “This is a very difficult time for all citizens in the area of the fire,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Human Resources. “We are hopeful that there will soon be relief for residents, firefighters and volunteers.” -30-last_img

TSX down as Wall St turns to record high amid progress on

first_imgTORONTO – Wall Street hit a record high after U.S. Congress moved closer to ending a government shutdown, as Canada’s main stock index slipped into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index edged back 5.48 points to 16,347.98, with materials and industrials leading decliners.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 142.88 points to 26,214.60. The S&P 500 index added 22.67 points to 2,832.97 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 71.65 points to 7,408.03.U.S. stocks got off to a weak start in morning trading on Monday, but turned higher at noon after U.S. Congress moved closer to ending a government shutdown after Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill. The truce came after Republican leaders said they will soon address immigration and other contentious political issues.While the market has seemed to shrug off the bitter divide between Republicans and Democrats that led to last Friday’s U.S. government shutdown, “it’s becoming old news for investors,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“We’re all kind of waiting for some deal to work its way through — it’s just a matter of when, and hopefully the sooner the better. They got a deal this afternoon … and they succeeded in kicking the can down the road for a little bit.”On the Canadian corporate front, shares of medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc. rose $1.02, or 7.57 per cent, to $14.50, as rival CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. gained $3.02, or 8.69 per cent, to $37.79. A truce between the two companies will continue past the original Monday deadline — CanniMed has been fending off a hostile takeover by Aurora, which wants the company to abandon its friendly takeover of Newstrike Resources Ltd.Meanwhile, Empire Company Ltd.’s stock was up 28 cents, or 1.10 per cent, to $25.78 after subsidiary Sobeys Inc. became the latest Canadian grocer to wade into e-commerce. Sobeys signed a partnership deal with Ocado Group for the British company to help build the grocer’s online shopping business.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.27 cents US, up 0.01 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the March crude contract added 26 cents to US$63.57 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.22 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gained US$1.20 to US$1,331.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent at US$3.20 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.(Companies in this story: TSX:ACB, TSX:CMED, TSX:EMP.A)last_img read more

Fields have good soil moisture despite lack of precipitation in March

first_imgAccording to Kassian, the remainder of the snow is expected to melt and dry up off the fields within the next week.Kassian expects the planting season to start in one month’s time, with hopes that farmers receive the rain needed once the crops are planted.Environment Canada is forecasting warm and dry conditions for the rest of April. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of March, Fort St. John and area received a very low amount of precipitation of 0.2 mm.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says despite the lack of precipitation, there is quite a bit of soil moisture in the fields thanks to the slow melting of snow.“We have soil moisture right now. Definitely, the slow snow melt we had this year helps a lot. We didn’t have a lot of runoff, the moisture went down, the frost is going down into the ground, and of course, with today, the little bit of snow, everything helps.”last_img read more

Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred is Out of Jail Again

Rabat – The French judiciary has reportedly released Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred, who is charged with two counts of rape, on parole Wednesday afternoon.Although the French court has yet to officially announce the news of Lamjarred’s release, several Moroccan celebrities congratulated the singer and his family.Singer Hasna Zalagh posted a photo of Lamjarred on her Instagram, congratulating all his fans and parents, actress Nezha Regragui and singer Bachir Abdou. She wrote: “Finally…Thank God. Congratulations to the renowned actress Lalla Nezha and singer Bachir Abdou, and all of Lamjarred’s fans…”Moroccan singer Miryam Labiad also posted an Instagram story about Lamjarred, saying: “Thank goodness, Welcome back.”French authorities arrested the 33-year-old pop singer for the second time on August 26 in Saint-Tropez in southeastern France, after a new rape complaint was filed against him by a young French seasonal worker.Following the Saint-Tropez incident, Lamjarred paid €150,000 bail and was let out on probation.On September 18, Lamjarred went back to jail following the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal’s decision after the prosecutor’s office in Draguignan appealed his release.The singer is already on trial for the sexual assault of French national Laura Prioul in 2016.Read Also: La Casa de Papel’s Enrique Arce Congratulates Raja Casablanca on VictoryLamjarred has faced other rape accusations previously. The first rape accusation came in 2010 in New York. US prosecutors later dropped the case when the plaintiff withdrew.Saad Lamjarred is one of the most popular artists in Morocco and the Arab world. His hit song “Lmaallem” (the boss), as of February 2018, was the most-viewed song by an Arab artist on YouTube. The music video has been seen more than 691 million times.Read Also: To Boycott or Not to Boycott: How Saad Lamjarred Is Dividing Moroccans read more

Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

MOSCOW — A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station.A statement from the Russian space agency Roscosmos said the failure to dock on Saturday was because of problems in the docking system, but didn’t give details. It said the space station itself and the six-person crew are safe.Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said that another docking attempt will be made on Sunday, according to state news agency Tass.The capsule was launched Thursday as part of tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the Soyuz-FG next year.It is carrying a robot called Fedor, which will perform two weeks of tests aboard the space station.The Associated Press

Consensus forming on golden thread of development says cochair of UN panel

Addressing journalists at the UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Cameron said that members of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which includes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, “nailed our colours to the mast with one clear overarching aim – end extreme poverty in our world.”Building a framework to succeed the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the panel, appointed last year by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, aims to create a development agenda that will also focus on protection of the rule of law, good governance and holding Governments to account, which comprise what Mr. Cameron called “the golden thread of development.”“It is a real breakthrough that agreement is emerging to include goals that go to the heart of this golden thread that links open economies and open societies, fair and accountable institutions, equal economic and political opportunities for women, open and fair rules to boost enterprises and growth,” Mr. Cameron told reporters. A statement released after the conclusion of the three-day meeting, said the panel reiterated “the imperative need for a renewed global partnership that enables a transformative, people-centred and planet-sensitive development agenda, realized through the equal partnership of all stakeholders.” The panel is due to present its report on 30 May to the Secretary-General, who participated in today’s discussions.Also today, Mr. Ban and Mr. Cameron met privately to discuss a host of issues, including the best means of getting the warring parties in Syria to come to the proposed international conference to be held in Geneva next month “with serious delegations and a real willingness to make compromises,” especially on the issue of a transition. The two leaders also underlined the importance of UN investigations on allegations of the use of chemical weapons, according to a readout from the office of Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson. Also during the meeting, Mr. Ban thanked Mr. Cameron for his leadership and his support to the United Nations on several issues, including Somalia, Mali, Syrian refugees, the impressive level of UK development assistance, and the UN-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The importance of using the coming period as an opportunity to make progress on the Cyprus issue was also discussed. read more

Grant receives countrys top academic nod

Barry Grant says he feels “honoured and flattered” to be elected to the Royal Society of Canada.A Brock professor has received Canada’s highest academic honour by being elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).Barry Grant, a Film Studies professor, has been named a Fellow to the country’s oldest society of scientists and scholars. With his election into the society, Grant has received the highest honour a scholar can achieve and earns the right to use the postnomial FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada).The RSC was founded in 1882 by the Marquesse of Lorne, then Canada’s Governor-General. Since then, about 2,000 Fellows have been named. The society serves three purposes: to recognize outstanding contributions to Canada’s  intellectual culture; to promote Canadian culture abroad; and to advise  governments and organizations.Elections of new Fellows must be supported by three existing members of the society. Grant said he was “honoured and flattered” to hear of his inclusion, particularly for his involvement in the fields of film studies and popular culture. He welcomes the chance to represent his field.“It’s good for the discipline of film studies,” he said. “It gives it more visibility. What I would hope is, because there is as of yet no other Fellows from my fields in the Royal Society, that I’ll be able to give informed input into the development of relevant official policy, such as copyright and censorship.”Brock is proud of Grant’s many accomplishments, said Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic.“The national and international recognition that accompanies membership in the Royal Society speaks to the quality and stature of the faculty at Brock,” he said. “Barry is one of many distinguished teachers and researchers who have made their careers in Niagara and who contribute to our community in a variety of ways.”“Barry Grant is a world renowned expert in the history of film and an all round stellar academic,” said Thomas Dunk, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. “He is a great teacher, as well as a fantastic researcher and prolific writer.”It’s been an accomplished year for Grant, who has taught at Brock since 1975. He recently received the Canadian Association of University Teachers Distinguished Academic Award, the national association’s highest academic award, as well as the Pedagogy Award for outstanding contributions to the teaching of film studies from the international Society for Cinema and Media Studies.With adjunct professor Joan Nicks, he recently edited the book Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture, which was launched in June. This Halloween, the British Film Institute will publish his monograph on the horror film classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.Grant is the fourth Brock academic to be named to the RSC. The others are Sandra Beckett (French, 2004), Kenneth Kernaghan (Political Science, 1998) and Richard Rand (Biological Sciences, 1993).Grant will attend the Annual General Meeting of the RSC from Nov. 26 to 28 in Ottawa.Related links:• Grant receiving national award for teaching, overall service | The Brock News• Niagara culture celebrated at book launch | The Brock News read more

Inquiry closed for doctor who resigned amid Nassar probe

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State University doctor who resigned last year after learning the school was considering firing her because she didn’t disclose that USA Gymnastics was investigating disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been cleared in a state licensing inquiry.The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Tuesday it couldn’t substantiate a violation by Brooke Lemmen and closed its investigation into her.Aaron Kemp, Lemmen’s attorney, told the Lansing State Journal his client is happy to be cleared in the investigation. He says it’s “very good news.”Lemmen was among several current or former Michigan State doctors or trainers who had been under licensing investigation by LARA.Nassar worked for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He is imprisoned for molesting athletes and possessing child pornography.___Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.comThe Associated Press read more

Valero Rivera about Qatar challenge Amazing Federation wonderful president

The Qatar NT head-coach Valero Rivera has got the big reinforcements with Danijel Šarić (goalkeeper) and Žarko Marković (right back), who will be addition to his squad for the upcoming World Championship 2015 in Doha. He stated for the Spanish media that decision to turndown Qatari offer last year ” would have been one of the biggest mistakes” of his life.Like no other team, Rivera began final preparation in Spain, two months before TOP European teams, which have to wait the end of the first half of the season in European leagues. Rivera, who had fantastic achievements with FC Barcelona in the past, but also with the Spanish NT (current World title holder – 2013), praised all what he has experienced in Doha since April 2013, when he took the challenge of ambitious handball country:– Qatar has an amazing Federation, which allows you to work and makes players available for NT. Moreover, the president is wonderful – said Rivera, writes Spanish Marca. qatar 201Qatar 2015Qatar handballvalero rivera qatar  Loading …The first signs of Rivera’s work have been seen in the Asian Championship in Bahrein and Asian Games in Korea, where Qatari team beat two host nations in the final. That was the first home defeat for Koreans (24:21), who didn’t lose since the Olympic tournament 1988 in Seoul:– We are starting like another preseason and we will work with a group of between twenty and twenty-four players. I’m obviously very happy with how it has worked and has played in Korea, but is a long way ahead and you have to knock on wood to avoid  injuries,” stated legendary Valero. How far Rivera can go with Qatar at WCh 2015? Preliminary Group TOP 16 TOP 8 Semi-final FinalView Results ← Previous Story EHF TV: Top 5 goals of Women’s EHF CL Round 3 Next Story → Qatar 2015 venues are ready – Lusail and Al Sadd hall host Asian Champions League! read more

Medics can calculate the likelihood of your death based on new research

first_imgMedics ‘can calculate the likelihood of your death’ based on new research Researchers said they can predict mortality by measuring heart rates of those over 50 performing a simple task. Image: TILDA The faster it returns to normal, the better.Senior research fellow with TILDA, Dr Cathal McCrory, said: “Our study shows that the speed of heart rate recovery in response to standing is an important marker of health and vitality that could be assessed quite readily in a clinical setting such as a hospital. AN IN-DEPTH study has found how doctors can predict  how likely your death is when they check your heart rate following a simple task.Research conducted by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) showed doctors were able to predict mortality rates in older people four years later based solely on their heart rates.Thousands of people over the age of 50 were hooked up to monitors and were told to lie down for 10 minutes. They were then asked to stand up and the change in their beats per minute was noted.The team at Trinity College with researchers from Harvard University’s Centre for Population and Development Studies found the speed of heart rate recovery in the first 20 seconds after a person stands up predicts the likelihood of them dying over four years.The research team then divided the near 5,000 participants into groups depending on their speed of heart rate recovery.DangersThose who took the longest to get back to their resting heartbeat were seven times more likely to die over a four year period compared with those in the fastest heart rate group.The slowest to recover remained 2.3 times more likely to die even when the researchers took account of other known risk factors for mortality and for heart rate such as age, diabetes, lung disease, smoking, dietary factors, and body mass index.Participants in the study rested in a lying position for 10 minutes during which time their heart rate and blood pressure were monitored. Participants were then asked to rise from the lying position to a standing position. Heart research Source: TILDAThis manoeuvre, according to researchers, represents “a major cardiovascular challenge causing the heart to beat faster as it tries to compensate for the drop in blood pressure that occurs when a person stands up after lying down”.The heart beat then returns towards its baseline or normal rate and it is the speed of this recovery to baseline that is the key factor.According to the report: 15,517 Views Share113 Tweet Email3 10 Comments Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:20 AM By Garreth MacNamee Image: TILDA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dec 7th 2016, 6:20 AM It represents a new and potentially important biomarker of cardiovascular ageing that is useful for screening purposes.Read: Eir only became aware of potential security breach after reading about it online >Read: Shortlist for Time’s Person of the Year: Trump, Farage, Erdogan… Beyoncé > Short URL last_img read more

3 Friends Dog Park OneYear Anniversary Celebration Tomorrow

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 3 Friends Dog Park will be celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday, October 20, with a Halloween themed party and costume contest. The one-year anniversary will take place at the park from 1 to 3 p.m. The celebration on Saturday will feature the release of three balloons into the air commemorating the three friends of the dog park- Dean Birmley, Martha Brewer and Alice Puster. 3 Friends Dog Park opened in September 2017, and sits on about two acres of land behind Jo-Ann Fabric, off Aspen Drive.center_img Dale Bagley, one of the volunteers who helped build the gazebo where the new benches are located: “We did this multi-tier gazebo here, and this thing is huge with multi-levels. Now we are working on the seating in there so people have a good place to sit and watch their dogs play.”  The park also celebrated the one-year milestone with new benches. The funding for the benches was donated by Kelly Griebel of Century 21 as well as Alaska 1st Real Estate, each donated $750.last_img read more

Pass the wine metal mouth The whole tooth about wearing adult braces

first_img3:03 I’m 51 years old, and I wear braces. Some days, I almost forget I have them on. Other times, when I’m doing something outwardly grown-up, like buying wine or meeting with my daughter’s fifth-grade teacher, I’m achingly aware that my teeth are sporting accessories usually seen on kids who don’t remember a time before YouTube.But I’m not alone. The American Association of Orthodontists reports that as of 2016, 28 percent of the patients being treated by its members are over 18. That’s more than 1.6 million people. And I can tell you from experience that many of them have probably wondered at least once if they’re too old for this.I’ve been down this metal-mouthed road before. The first time I had braces, I was 13 years old, it was the 1980s and, unlike today, braces didn’t even attempt to disguise what they were.Back then, braces were silver, they couldn’t be hidden, and it seemed like orthodontists weren’t even trying. There were none of these clear brackets, or see-through, removable aligners, or rainbow-colored elastic bands to match your school colors. No one thought to put braces on the back of your teeth. Get real, kid.I didn’t even go to an orthodontist for my first set of braces. My regular dentist told my mother he could handle it himself. I’m not sure that’s a choice an informed patient would make today. But again, 1980s.With my 9-year-old daughter, Kelly, on a bullet train in Japan just weeks after I got braces. Of the two of us, Kelly would seem the more appropriate age for orthodontics, but I’ve since learned that “appropriate” is relative. Gael Fashingbauer Cooper My teenage braces did their job. My teeth look fairly straight in my college photos and my wedding album. But I never had a retainer or any follow-up treatment. I mentally put braces in the past, with acne and algebra, and moved on.But as the years went by, I noticed what I called an “overbite” and what I later learned was really an “overjet.” In an overbite, the upper teeth overlap the lower. In an overjet, the teeth kind of lean forward. No one ever called it out to me — thank you friends for not being jerks — but in this age of social media, I began to hate selfies, to wonder why smiling didn’t come naturally to me, and to stare at my friends’ dazzling Facebook grins with envy.It’s embarrassing to write this, but I saw my overjet as a personal failure, on par with getting a cavity for not brushing. Somehow in my head, admitting that I needed orthodontic treatment was like admitting I messed up. It sounds stupid when I write it down — it’s not like I caused it by yanking my teeth apart with a crowbar — but there it is. I still remember how tears caught in my throat over a decade ago, the first time I asked a dentist for an orthodontist referral. Comments And as promised, the braces are working. With 20 months down and about four to go, I can see that the overjet has shrunk to nearly nothing. The gaps where the extracted teeth once were have filled in. And I notice surprising changes every day. My lips now make more of a model-esque Cupid’s bow, something I used to envy in Facebook photos of others. Both edges of my smile rise up evenly now. I’m slowly acquiring the look I envied in those photogenic friends, even if only I notice it.Dr. Brent Larson, the president of the American Association of Orthodontists, and Dr. Lee Graber, secretary-general of the World Federation of Orthodontics, patiently took me through the changes in braces technology over the years, and answered all my questions about adult orthodontics.”As long as you’re alive, teeth can move,” Dr. Larson said.Dr. Graber told me his oldest orthodontics patient was 88, was delighted with his braces, and is now “still going strong into his 90s.”But it wasn’t the technology changes that finally made me decide to get braces at 50. I had to cross a mental line that I honestly didn’t think I could ever get myself over. And maybe you have your own mental line. It might not be braces, but it’s some kind of risk that for whatever reason, is important to you. Maybe it doesn’t matter to anyone else, but you think about it all the time, and wonder if you can ever force yourself to make it happen.bracesoldnewThe braces on the left date to 1929, and feature actual gold bands on the top teeth. They’re a heck of a lot less subtle than the modern braces on the right, which like mine, feature translucent brackets. Even the wires are impressive: They’re heat-activated nickel-titanium wires developed with help from NASA. American Association of Orthodontists I read recently that Warren Buffett, the Nebraska billionaire, reportedly has three boxes on his desk — IN, OUT and TOO HARD. Who can’t relate to that? I mentally put “braces” in my TOO HARD box for years and years.Not all life improvements are doable. Money prevents us from some. Family or job responsibilities eliminate others. But somewhere in your mental TOO HARD box, there might be a big dream you can actually accomplish.When people would write in to Dear Abby and say they dreamed of going back to college, but worried that they’d be however-many years old when they graduated, they’d get the blunt response: “How old would you be by then if you didn’t get your degree?”The point was clear: You can keep growing and changing and improving yourself as you age, or you can get older and always regret never taking the plunge.If you need to point to someone who discovered that it wasn’t too late to make a major change in her life, you can point to me.I’m 51 years old, and I wear braces. Share your voice Tags Top 5 foods I’ll devour after braces 2 Culture Wellness Now playing: Watch this: I still remember how tears caught in my throat over a decade ago, the first time I asked a dentist for an orthodontist referral. I kept that little green card for probably a year — the hygienist had casually scribbled on it, “severe overbite.” My teeth weren’t causing me any physical issues, but that one word, “severe,” made me think I was a lost cause. It didn’t help that she also cheerily remarked that an orthodontist would probably have to break my jaw to treat my teeth. What? Am I torture-victim Theon in Game of Thrones? Eventually, I threw the card away and tried not to think about it.You know how you can set email reminders to pop up regularly, daily or weekly or whatever? For about three years, I had a reminder that popped up every Wednesday that just said “call about ortho.” And like a tired kid punching the snooze alarm, I slammed it shut and did nothing. I slept on it for literally years. Zzzzz…soph-1I can’t believe my boss made me share this photo, but here I am in 1982, the first time I had braces. The brackets were not see-through and subtle like brackets are today.  Gael Fashingbauer Cooper It was my husband, who also had braces in the 1980s, who actually woke me up. His top teeth are an orthodontist’s dream, but a few bottom teeth are now crooked. They bothered him, but rather than ignore the issue for a decade like I did, he decided to take action immediately, simply walking into an orthodontist’s office and signing up for a consultation.He convinced me to make an appointment, and I was blown away by how different the experience was from what I had dreaded. The staff was exceptionally friendly, the office was clean, crisp and high-tech, the treatment methods today were as different from those of the 1980s as dial-up internet is from broadband. Brackets are now clear, X-rays are digital, appliances are smaller and more comfortable.But at nearly 50, was I just too old for braces?My treatment wasn’t going to be easy. I couldn’t get away with clear aligners such as Invisalign, my teeth needed more. But that early hygienist had been wrong: No one would need to break my jaw.I did need two teeth extracted to make room for the teeth to move, and believe me, that was the worst part of this experience that’s now going on two years. The teeth were healthy, solid adult teeth that did not want to be evicted, and having them pulled was one of the most unnatural and disturbing experiences I can remember.”That was among the top 10 toughest extractions of my career,” my dentist later told me. You and me both, sister.After the extractions healed, on went the braces. My new orthodontist installed clear brackets, a huge improvement on the silver ones I had as a kid. The clunky silver wire that helped give old-school braces their train-tracks nickname is still there, yes. But in some photos, it’s not clear on first glance I have anything on my teeth at all.iyaz-jpgEnlarge ImageI’m not the only one at CNET who’s worn braces as an adult. Here’s Iyaz Akhtar showing off his shiny smile at Google headquarters in 2018. He’s since had his braces removed. Iyaz Akhtar This path to a better smile ain’t cheap. A spokesperson for the American Association of Orthodontists said that while her group doesn’t collect information on average costs, the American Dental Association does. In a 2016 survey, that group reported that fees for comprehensive treatment of adolescents ranged from $4,978 to $6,900, and that the range for adults was slightly higher, ranging from $5,100 to $7,045.I had to squeeze my savings to come up with a decent down payment, and there’s a monthly bill similar to a car payment. My dental insurance doesn’t cover any of it, and sometimes, it’s a scramble to pay.Plus, braces require more constant upkeep than I’d have given them as a teen.I can’t eat certain things, from the obvious (caramels or corn on the cob) to the surprising (certain cereals and even rice are a horror to floss out). Cleaning my teeth requires special disposable flossers that I buy online. Brackets pop loose. Wires poke me. Monthly appointments to tighten the braces leave me popping Advil and eating soup. As a teen, I probably would’ve dramatically thrown myself on the bed and demanded to know why my parents were putting me through this.But I’m 51 now, and my sense of what’s painful in life has been tempered by real experiences. I’ve lost loved ones. I’ve worried over biopsies. Two years of dental inconvenience doesn’t make my own top 10 list of life hardships, or maybe even my top 100.last_img read more

Windpowered car goes down wind faster than the wind

first_img More information: Thin Air Designs blog: Autopia 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. Citation: Wind-powered car goes down wind faster than the wind (2010, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — A wind-powered car has been clocked in the US traveling down wind faster than the wind. In a recent run at New Jerusalem in Tracy, California, the car reached a top speed of more than 2.85 times faster than the wind blowing at the time (13.5 mph) powered by the wind itself. The run should now settle the DWFTTW (down wind faster than the wind) debate that has been raging for some time on the Internet about whether or not such a feat was possible. Explore further Smart wind turbines can predict the windcenter_img Cavallaro explained the car is able to move faster than the wind because the propeller is not turned by the wind. The wind pushes the vehicle forward, and once moving the wheels turn the propeller. The propeller spins in the opposite direction to that expected, pushing the wind backwards, which in turn pushes the car forwards, turning the wheels, and thus turning the propeller faster still.The vehicle was built after over a year of trials. Building a transmission able to transfer power from the wheels to the propeller was the most difficult part of the design. The next stage in development will be to have trials confirmed by NALSA. The Thin Air Designs car, called the Blackbird, was built by Rick Cavallaro, an aerodynamicist, paraglider and kitesurfer, who was alerted to the DWFTTW debate by his employer at Sportvision Inc., Stan Honey, a world-class sailing navigator. Cavallaro is chief scientist with the company. He made some calculations that convinced him the feat was possible and then built a model to prove it. When skeptics remained unconvinced, Cavallaro and a friend decided to build a full-size version.The “Faster than the Wind” team was able to attract sponsorship from wind turbine company Joby Energy and Google, and worked in collaboration with the aero department of the San Jose State University to build their ultra-light vehicle, which is made largely of foam. The car has a passing resemblance to a Formula 1 racing car, except for the five meter high propeller mounted on the back, and it is this propeller that holds the key to how it is possible for the car to travel down wind faster than the wind. An earlier version known as the BUFC for Big Ugly Cart (fill in the blank), also achieved speeds greater than the down wind speed at the North American Land Sailing Association (NALSA) meeting on a dry lakebed in Nevada in March. Image credit: Thin Air Designs © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Mani Square celebrates its eleventh anniversary

first_imgMani Square, one of Kolkata’s most popular retail destinations, celebrated their eleventh anniversary recently. Renowned singer Rupankar Bagchi joined Sanjay Jhunjhunwala, CEO, Mani Group to cut a giant 160 lbs cake in the ground floor atrium of the mall at the largest birthday party in town.The eleventh anniversary celebrations – a three day even – started on June 14, with the entire mall decorated for the party in a colourful combination of crafty frames. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFrom Friday onwards, every evening witnessed fun MC-driven activities and game shows with attractive prizes for the visitors. The action-packed range of performances included: June 14 – MC-driven activities, game shows and instrumental music performances. June 15 – Grand cake cutting by group CEO Sanjay Jhunjhunwala in the presence of renowned playback singer Rupankar Bagchi, followed by a performance by the artiste. June 16 – MC-driven activities, game shows and band performance by ‘Kabyakatha’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the occasion, Prithwiraj Ganguly, Asst. General Manager – Mall Operations, Mani Group, said: “Mani Square has come a long way from June 15, 2008, when it opened its doors for the people of Kolkata. We have always promoted the mall as a complete family destination with a wide range of shopping, eating and entertainment options, and a visit to Mani Square is today a regular habit for most mall visitors that has been internalized over the last few years. We really enjoy the special relationship we share with all of them.” Speaking on the new brands that have set up shop in Mani Square, Ganguly added: “Stores that have opened shutters in the last 12 months since the mall celebrated its 10th Anniversary include popular fashion brands like W, Fabindia, Arrow, Allen Solly, Van Heusen, U.S. Polo Assn., Biba, 109F, Manyavar, Inc.5, Jockey, FCUK, Shopper’s Stop, Lavie, Health & Glow, PC Chandra and Jhalak.” “After Wow Momo, the latest entrants in the ever-popular food court was Moti Mahal with its wide variety of north Indian delicacies; the famous ice-cream brand Baskin Robbins, which began serving its unique cones to soothe the inner soul from the scorching heat; and the world famous coffeehouse chain Starbucks.”last_img read more

Person taken to hospital after twovehicle collision in Staffordshire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA main road between two Staffordshire villages has been blocked after collision involving at least two vehicles. The A531 between Madeley Heath and Betley is blocked due to a the accident which happened shortly after 8am today (March 12). One person has been taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We responded to a collision on the A531 in Madeley at around 8am this morning. Two vehicles were involved in the collision and one person has been taken to hospital, but purely as a precaution. “Highways are now dealing with a flood on the road and are advising drivers to go carefully in the area.” Read MoreSnoop the abandoned Staffie has found a loving new home   A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called by Staffordshire Police at 8.09am to reports of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. “It is on the A531 beneath the motorway bridge. One ambulance is in attendance.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing womancenter_img A spokesman said: “A531 Keele Road Eastbound partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident from Heighley Lane (Bowsey Wood) to A525 Newcastle Road (Madeley Heath).” StokeonTrentLive has approached Staffordshire Police for a comment. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

Turkish PM says suspect identified in deadly suicide bombing

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Neither the IS group nor any other group has claimed responsibility for the attack in Suruc, near Turkey’s border with Syria. Turkish officials have said that they believe the attack was retaliation for Turkey’s recent steps against IS militants.The midday bombing Monday targeted a leftist group that was holding a news conference about efforts to rebuild the city of Kobani across the border.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister says authorities have identified a suspect in an apparent suicide bombing that killed 32 people and wounded nearly 100 in southeastern Turkey.Ahmet Davutoglu says that authorities are probing the international and domestic connections of a specific person they believe was a suicide bomber tied to the Islamic State group. He did not elaborate on the identity of the suspect. Top Stories Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

45 percent growth in expenditure caps off record year

first_img45 percent growth in expenditure caps off record year45 percent growth in expenditure caps off record yearThe Sunshine Coast attracted a 45% increase in expenditure (to $266.5 million) by international tourists in the year to September 2016, an all time record for the region.The sharp rise in spending was revealed in the International Visitor Survey (IVS) released today by Tourism Research Australia.The record expenditure figures were built on a 6.4% growth in international visitors (to 272,000), with holiday visitors up 9%. Holiday visitors also stayed considerably longer – up 27.9% – to an average 7.8 nights per stay and expenditure grew 19.5% to $89.3 per night.Star inbound performer for the Sunshine Coast was once again the United States of America (up 40% for the year), with the rise of the US dollar and the ‘Bindi factor’ (Bindi Irwin’s high profile in the 2015 US version of Dancing with the Stars) having time to significantly influence 2016 travel decisions.Extension of direct flights from New Zealand saw 21.3% growth in holiday visitors from New Zealand, and overall NZ visitor growth of 11.6% (to a total of 66,000 annually).The uncertainty caused by Brexit and the mooted backpacker tax, along with a sharp decline in the pound may have influenced a 7.1% fall in UK holiday visitors, but German holiday makers continued their strong growth, with an increase of 12.2% for the year.The Sunshine Coast has begun to resonate in a number of Asian destinations, with 24% growth in Asian visitors.Commenting on the international visitor results, Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) CEO, Simon Latchford, said that the emphasis on the region’s ‘diversity’ of attractions, major events hosted over the past year and its pro-active marketing campaigns had not only grown visitor numbers in a sustainable manner, but importantly attracted high yielding visitors to increase their length of stay and spend more contributing greater economic returns for the region.“The strength of the Sunshine Coast is that we are far more than just another ‘beach destination’,” said Mr Latchford.“The fact that we can offer some of Australia’s most attractive beaches, along with our spectacular Hinterland scenery, adventure options and trekking, complemented by high-quality food and events, have really hit a chord with international travellers.“Our partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) has been very effective as has been our partnership with Fraser Coast Tourism and Events in marketing ‘Australia’s Nature Coast’, an initiative that has been very successful in countries like Germany. In addition and on the back of a highly successful campaign in the UK last year, the group in partnership with Tour Operators; Freedom Australia, Dial-A-Flight and Austravel UK have rolled out phase two of a digital campaign to jointly promote the combined regions as a world class eco-tourism destination. This campaign commenced in mid-October and will run through until early 2017, and we look forward to seeing positive results reflected in future statistics.“We anticipate continued strong growth from America, with GOWAY North America’s ’Go Beyond The Ordinary’ campaign perfectly suited to our product. It is part of a fully integrated marketing campaign, which will target the USA and Canadian markets over the next three months.“Extensive sales, marketing and media activities in the New Zealand market combined with direct services from Auckland produced a bumper year for the Kiwi market, and that is likely to continue.”New Asia FocusMr Latchford said that the growth figures out of Asia were particularly encouraging and it had prompted VSC to add simplified Chinese to its 2017 International Travel Planner for the first time, and also hold a dedicated Singapore Sales Mission in early January, in conjunction with TEQ, and Australia’s Nature Coast marketing partners Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, Destination Gympie Region and Tourism Noosa.“The timing is perfect, given recent confirmation of the expansion and international status of Sunshine Coast Airport and this week’s announcement of an ‘open sky’ agreement between Australia and China,” said Mr Latchford.“Our proximity to Brisbane, the international air linkages provided by Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin, Air New Zealand and our reputation as a ‘green and natural’ destination provides outstanding potential to establish the region as a premium destination for discerning international travellers.“It is now important for the Sunshine Coast to match the upgrading of Sunshine Coast Airport with new high-quality accommodation and attractions and we are already seeing that take shape, with recent announcements of a 5-star Westin and the $400 million water park. The signs are very encouraging.”View or download the 2017 International Travel Planner:  Click HERE Source = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

Feds Sue Allied Home Mortgage Alleging 834M Fraud

first_imgFeds Sue Allied Home Mortgage, Alleging $834M Fraud November 1, 2011 460 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Prosecutors slapped “”Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp.””: with a lawsuit Tuesday, seeking to recoup $834 million in bad claims from two executives for their alleged roles in bilking the government over the course of a decade.[IMAGE]The “”complaint””: accused president and CEO Jim Hodge and EVP Jeanne Stell of violating federal law by knowingly misrepresenting mortgages to authorities, failing to keep up with quality control guidelines, and originating federally insured loans at unapproved branch offices across the country.In a statement, “”U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara””: called the Houston-based company’s alleged conduct “”egregious”” and pledged to continue an ongoing investigation against the company.””Allied and its CEO exploited a government insurance program to engage in a wholesale shifting of risk away from itself ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô playing a lending industry equivalent of heads-I-win and tails-you-lose,”” he said. “”The losers here were American taxpayers and the thousands of families who faced foreclosure because they could not ultimately fulfill their obligations on mortgages that were doomed to fail.””Added “”HUD””: “”General Counsel Helen Kanovsky””: “”We will not tolerate mortgage lenders who play fast and loose with [COLUMN_BREAK]FHA’s standards. These defendants demonstrated a pattern of recklessness and utter disregard for how we do business. They’ve harmed FHA, hurt homeowners, and now they’ll be held to account for their actions.””Spokespeople for neither Allied Home Mortgage nor HUD could be immediately reached for comment.According to the complaint, the company originated more than 110,000 loans insured by the “”Federal Housing Administration””: (FHA) for nearly 10 years.Of the borrowers with those mortgages, it said, more than 30 percent have defaulted on their loans, with the rate for defaults hitting 55 percent between 2006 and 2007. The office said that loans fraudulently certified by Allied Home Mortgage have resulted in $834 million in payout claims from the FHA, with potentially $363 million more on the way.Bharara and his office lodged accusations that the company deployed 600 “”shadow”” branches to originate loans with false identifiers that it presented to HUD.Hodge allegedly directed senior staff to sign off on false statements to federal authorities despite their concerns. The complaint cites one instance in which Stell ordered a senior manager to execute a report on her behalf, saying in an e-mail that it “”serves [Hodge] right… thinking he doesn’t have to play by the rules.””The complaint said that Allied Home Mortgage also fraudulently obtained tax credits by standing up quality control centers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, staffed by employees that one visiting manager said “”did not know what HUD was or even what a mortgage was.””The company also allegedly misrepresented their staff names and criminal records to federal authorities by knowingly employing felons with convictions in numerous states.HUD and “”Ginnie Mae””: suspended the lender earlier Tuesday.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News FHA Ginnie Mae HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Mortgage Insurance Processing Service Providers Top Stories of 2011 2011-11-01 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

Edinburgh UK from £24 return Come and visit the

first_imgEdinburgh, UK (from £24 return)Come and visit the home of Skyscanner and the world’s biggest arts festival in the world, with theatre, comedy, music, dance and exhibitions. It’s the busiest time of the year for the Scottish capital but there are still cheap flights available, so come and visit.Find cheap flights to Edinburgh from 24 UK airports including London, Southampton, Belfast, Cardiff, Norwich and Jersey.Dalaman, Turkey (from £53)Good deals on flights to Dalaman for September and October when you can enjoy the warm temperatures without the crowds. The town is located between the sea and the mountains, so as well as some great beaches, there are also the lesser known lakes and rivers of the region, which make Dalaman a good place for those seeking adventure and activity as well sun and sand.Find cheap flights to Dalaman from 18 UK airports including Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and all London airports.Thessaloniki, Greece (from £65)As with Dalaman, there are some cheap flights around for travel in September and October to the place known as Greece’s hippest city. Thessaloniki has some beautiful beaches, fine hotels and what have been deemed the best restaurants in northern Greece. The weather’s not bad either.Find cheap flights to Thessaloniki from 8 UK airports including London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Looking for bargains? Skyscanner travel editor, Sam Baldwin, uses Skyscanner’s popular “cheap flights from the UK to Everywhere” search feature to handpick three cheap destinations. RelatedBargains of the week: Thessaloniki | Alicante | PulaBargains of the week: Thessaloniki | Alicante | PulaBargains of the week: Alicante | Dalaman | PulaBargains of the week: Alicante | Dalaman | PulaHow to see Turkey on a budgetMelding together the sun-bleached beaches of the Mediterranean with the mystery and allure of the Middle East, Turkey is a fascinating destination to visit at any time of year. As an added bonus, the current pound to lira exchange rate also makes it a particularly inexpensive travel choice. Whether you’re…last_img read more

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