Legislature Rises After Fall Session

first_img implement key elements of the province’s new electricity plan to create a future with predictable and stable rates for Nova Scotians extend the moratorium on oil and gas exploration and drilling on Georges Bank to Dec. 31, 2022, which will protect the area of important fishing grounds put children’s interests first when families break up and implement guidelines that families must follow when a parent or guardian wishes to move away with their children reduce regulation, cut red tape and position the province to be more competitive through the joint office of the Maritime provinces, Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness make it easier to vote in municipal and school board elections enhance protections for employees who make inquiries or provide information to Labour Standards officials increase public safety by making paramedics a self-regulating profession allow the use of Segways and other personal transporters on sidewalks Government continued with its commitment to make tough choices to protect the services and programs that are important to Nova Scotians, during the second session of the 62nd general assembly, which wrapped up today, Dec. 18. “Change is not without challenges and making tough decisions,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Government is committed to a fiscal plan which will lead Nova Scotia into a strong and prosperous future.” Legislation was introduced to provide public sector employers with a wage framework that respects collective bargaining rights, is affordable to taxpayers and consistent with government’s fiscal plan. It also ensures newer, lower-paid public sector employees receive larger pay increases, protects pensions, benefits and vacation time. Government also introduced legislation to: “I look forward to building on what we have accomplished this session,” said Premier McNeil. “We have to continue to make the tough decisions to achieve long-term benefits for our province.” For a complete list of bills passed this session, visit http://nslegislature.ca .last_img read more

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Its looking tough Holder glum after WI World Cup loss

first_imgTaunton: Jason Holder says the West Indies face a tough task to reach the World Cup semi-finals after their dismal seven-wicket defeat against Bangladesh on Monday. Holder’s side fell victim to the second highest run chase in World Cup history as Bangladesh reached 322-3 with 8.3 overs to spare at Taunton. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Holder after they had posted a solid 321-8, only to implode with a combination of woeful fielding and sloppy bowling. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevThe West Indies have lost three of their five matches and, with four games left, captain Holder conceded there is only a slim chance they can make the semi-finals in the 10-team tournament. “It’s looking tough at this present moment, but it’s not impossible. We have to play every game here now as a final,” Holder said. “We’ve got to win every game left to give ourselves a really good chance.” New Zealand and India, both in fine form, are the West Indies’ next two opponents and they must beat both to remain in contention. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships”If we want to go through into the semi-finals we’ve got to beat the best teams,” Holder said. “We’ve got to back ourselves and be more clinical with the ball. “A few top edges didn’t go our way, but we didn’t help ourselves as well. “We’ve also got to score more runs because we haven’t got a batsman with a hundred yet. “I thought with the pitch dimensions we could have got 365-375 but we were well short, 40 or 50 runs.” Meanwhile, West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick urged his side to stick together and come back stronger after suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the World Cup here. “Stop looking for excuses and start finding solutions,” he said. “If you look at it, I thought we were 60 runs short on that pitch and on that size field. We then didn’t take the opportunities that came our way. We were always behind Bangladesh once they got through to 70/1,” said Estwick after WI lost its third match on the trot in five games. “The big players didn’t kick on but saying that we made 321 runs and should have been able to defend that. But we can stand here, saying ‘if this’ and ‘if that’ — we didn’t play well, we’ve lost the cricket game and that’s that.”last_img read more

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UK minister discusses regional tensions nuclear deal in Iran

first_imgTehran: A minister from Britain’s Foreign Office arrived in Tehran on Sunday and met with a top diplomat from Iran’s foreign ministry amid escalating regional tensions, state-run IRIB news agency reported. Minister of State for the Middle East Andrew Murrison spoke with Kamal Kharazi, head of the Strategic Council of Foreign Relations at Iran’s foreign ministry, on “bilateral ties, regional issues” and the 2015 nuclear deal, the agency said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Murrison is expected to meet deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi later on Sunday. Murrison was to call for an “urgent de-escalation” and raise British concerns “about Iran’s regional conduct and its threat to cease complying with the nuclear deal to which the UK remains fully committed,” according to a statement by Britain’s Foreign Office. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared after Iran on Thursday shot down a US drone. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Iran said the drone violated its airspace — a claim the US denies — near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. In response, the US was ready to carry out a military strike against Iran but US President Donald Trump said he called it off at the last minute. The downing of the drone came after tensions spiked between the two countries following a series of attacks on commercial vessels that the US has blamed on Iran — accusations vehemently denied by the Islamic Republic. Britain is a signatory to the 2015 nuclear deal which saw Iran scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, but the US unilaterally withdrew from the accord last year and reimposed sanctions. On May 8, Iran said it would reduce some of its nuclear commitments to the deal unless the remaining partners — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – helped it circumvent US sanctions and sell its oil.last_img read more

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Annie Lennox Responds To Gaza Blog Comments

first_imgAnnie Lennox has addressed the many comments that her blogs about the violence in Gaza have garnered over the last few weeks.The singer and activist has been blogging about the situation in Gaza over the last few weeks, but her thoughts have caused a stir among those who read them, with many choosing sides.“Over the last few weeks my blogs have been mainly focused on the plight of thousands of innocent civilians trapped in Gaza (many of whom are young children) who have been the victims of bombing raids,” she wrote. “Whichever way you look at the arguments for and against on either side, it is abominable that any human being should have to suffer on such a scale.“I have read most of the comments posted on my blogs. The entire spectrum of viewpoints has been well represented… from hate filled bigotry to more rational viewpoints, all passionately expressed. Somewhat predictably it is so often “There is only one side… and if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”“For me, this kind of perspective only ever leads to destruction as the inevitable end game. The possibility for long term sustainable peace should be the only goal. But it seems that after decades of abuse, the situation is further away from a positive solution than it ever was. How many more innocent people must be slaughtered? How many lives shattered?“Latest developments across the entire Middle East seem to be rapidly turning the region into an even bigger tinder keg of madness and extremism. What’s the end game? I personally don’t see how this can turn out well. I don’t know how other people are feeling, but I find this all deeply disquieting.”last_img read more

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Where is Denny Poole the three year anniversary to his missing date

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – News first broke about the disappearance of Denny Poole on March 15th, 2016 saying the RCMP were seeking help in locating the 15-year-old First Nations youth.It is the three year anniversary marking the disappearance of Poole and during this time there have been no updates as to his where abouts.When Poole went missing he was described as about 5’7 tall and weighing between 120 to 130 lbs. He had short black hair, and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a grey DGK sweater with a red logo. Poole was carrying a black backpack, Osirus shoes, black jeans and a flat-brimmed ball cap. ‘RCMP have said that Denny, along with a friend, were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12. But the teenager never got to his intended destination, nor was he seen getting home.“The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for some 20 hours taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads but appeared they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway,” a press release from RCMP stated.Around 7:30 p.m. that night, Denny and the other teenager split up to head their own ways. At 7:52 p.m., the RCMP’s dispatch received a phone call from the other youth. He reported, what police have called, a ‘suspicious occurrence’ that could have been a hypothermic delusion.During this phone call, an unknown man travelling between the two cities stopped to check on Denny’s friend and spoke with an RCMP dispatcher on the phone. “The individual spoke with what sounded like a heavy South Asian accent,” the press release from March 22 read. “Police have not been able to identify this individual.”Staff Sgt. Marcel Guilbault with the Dawson Creek RCMP said, since Denny was on foot and appeared to have been wandering in the area for some time, they are asking everyone in the area where he was last seen to check their property and outbuildings in case Denny took refuge in one of these structures.Police have since attempted to establish a timeline about 24 hours prior to his disappearance and appealed to the public for help. They have asked anyone who was driving along the Alaska Highway, or the side roads, near the Kiskatinaw Bridge and saw someone fitting Denny’s description to contact them.’center_img March 15th, 2016 the RCMP reach out to media for key witnesses such as drivers who were travelling between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John who may have seen two youths on the highway or side roads and fit Poole’s description.According to RCMP, Poole was last seen on March 12 around the south side of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge, between Taylor and Dawson Creek. Since he was last seen, he had made no contact with his family, which was considered out of character for him.April 1st, 2016 it had been three weeks since Poole had been last seen on highway 97.The RCMP says the 15-year-old and a friend were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12, but Denny never arrived at his intended destination, nor did he return home. He was last seen at 7:30 that night.The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for about 20 hours, taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads, but the police say it appears they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway.April 12th, 2016 it had been one month since Poole had been seen last.last_img read more

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BCCOS charges individual for feeding bears along Alaska Highway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The person who posted a photo on social media of themselves feeding bears along the Alaska Highway, on August 22, has been charged.The B.C. Conservation Officer Service charged the individual for unlawfully feeding bears.The individual pled guilty in Provincial Court and was fined $2,000. On top of the fine, the Court ordered that they stay away from bears at a distance of 50 metres for a period of six months.Earlier this summer, a bear had to be euthanized at the Liard Hot Springs after making contact with humans.Conservation Officers are reminding the public not to encourage interactions with bears as this can be dangerous for both parties.More bear safety tips can be found at bearsmart.com.last_img read more

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11 dead as SUV falls into gorge in J-K’s Ramban

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Eleven people, including four women and five children, were killed and four others injured when an SUV skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. The SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am, an official said. He said the locals along with the police immediately launched a rescue operation and pulled out bodies and injured from the scene. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day While six persons were found dead on-the-spot, five others succumbed on way to hospital, the official said, adding that three more critically injured persons, including driver of the vehicle, are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. Rajgarh is a far flung tehsil in Ramban district and is connected with the Jammu-Srinagar national highway through a link road which is reportedly damaged at various places. The allowed capacity for SUV operating in the hilly roads is only seven passengers and the driver of the vehicle has violated the directive, the official said. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat He identified some of the deceased as Romal Din (61), Mohammad Mubeen (23), Rubeena Begum (30), Urmilla Devi (32), Babli Devi (37), 13-year-old Imano Bano, nine-year-old Arjun, two-year-old Pari, and a three-month-old baby. Another child who was being airlifted to Government Medical College hospital Jammu succumbed at the helipad, the official said, adding the identity of the child and a woman is being ascertained. In separate cases, a cyclist was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle in Poonch district, while nine passengers were injured in a collision between two buses along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district on Saturday. The cyclist, Prakash (48), a daily wager in Municipal Committee Poonch, was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Jhalas when he was on way to work Saturday morning, resulting in his on-the-spot death, officials said. They said a bus and a mini-bus collided near Thandi Khui in Vijaypur along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district around 9.30 am, resulting in injuries to nine passengers. Three of the critically injured were rushed to Government Medical College hospital Jammu for specialised treatment, the officials said.last_img read more

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In five years, PM Modi and his ministers spent Rs 393 cr on foreign & domestic tours

first_imgMumbai: A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers incurred an expenditure of Rs 393 crore on foreign and domestic travel in the last five fiscal years. City-based RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed an RTI query with the PMO seeking the total Foreign Travel Expenses (FTE) and Domestic Travel Expenses (DTE) incurred by the prime minister and his council since May 2014.In December 2018, the Modi government, replying to queries on foreign travel expenses in the Rajya Sabha, had said that an expenditure of over Rs 2,021 crore was incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Modi’s visits to foreign countries since June 2014. The RTI filed by Galgali finds that Rs 263 crore was spent by the PM and his cabinet colleagues on their foreign visits, while Rs 48 crore were spent in their domestic visits. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkAs far as ministers of state are concerned, the RTI reply states that they incurred expenses of Rs 29 crore on foreign visits and Rs 53 crore on domestic visits. Replying to his query, Satish Goyal, the senior accounts officer of Pay and Account Office of the Cabinet Affairs, has stated that cumulative expenditure incurred on FTE and DTE by the PM and the ministers from financial year 2014-15 to 2018-19 was Rs 393.58 crore. According to the PMO website, Modi has made 49 foreign trips from May 2014 to February 22, 2019. It also lists the expenses incurred on chartered flights on these 49 foreign trips. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenCiting e-lekha reports, Goyal gave separate expenditures of Cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister and ministers of state. According the RTI reply, Cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister spent Rs 311 crore while ministers of state spent Rs 82 crores on their foreign and domestic visits. A major chunk of expenses was incurred in the year 2014-15, when Rs 88 crore was spent on foreign travels by the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues. Galgali asked why all details were not kept separately and termed it a “lack of transparency”. “This information on travel expenditure does not give the full picture and therefore, it is a lack of transparency. The government should keep all records of each minister and their numbers of trips and their expenses and all these information should be available in public domain.” Replying to Galgali’s previous RTI query, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said that it does not keep records of the expenses incurred on the domestic visits of the prime minister exclusively. Praveen Kumar, Under Secretary and the Central Public Information Officer of the PMO, had replied that the MPs’ domestic visits are organised by the different public authorities and documentation of the expenses incurred on the PM’s domestic visits is not part of the records and information maintained. Kumar also said that the prime minister’s tours related to poll campaigns are not official ones and the PMO does not have to incur any expenditure on them, therefore, the details cannot be provided. As per PMO website, the expenses on domestic visits of the prime minister are met out of the budget of the Ministry of Defence, while the expenses of his foreign tours are met out of the budget head “Cabinet Ministers Maintenance of PM’s aircraft Other charges”.last_img read more

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List of 59 Sears store closures throughout the country

TORONTO — Sears Canada is shuttering 59 locations as part of a court-supervised restructuring. Here’s a list of where the closures are taking place:Sears Full-Line Department Stores:Medicine Hat, Alta.Grande Prairie, Alta.Lloydminster, Alta.Red Deer, Alta.Kamloops Aberdeen Mall, B.C.Bathurst, N.B.Saint John, N.B.Corner Brook, N.L.Truro, N.S.Dartmouth, N.S.Brockville, Ont.Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.Hull, Que.Chicoutimi, Que.Saint-Georges, Que.Alma, Que.Drummondville, Que.ReginaMoose Jaw, Sask.Prince Albert, Sask.——Sears Hometown Stores:Cold Lake, Alta.St. Albert, Alta.Okotoks, Alta.Spruce Grove, Alta.Fort McMurray, Alta.Leduc, Alta.Sherwood Park, Alta.Creston, B.C.Sechelt, B.C.Grand Forks, B.C.Orangeville, Ont.Rimouski, Que.Rouyn-Noranda, Que.Melville, Sask.——Sears Outlet Stores:Abbotsford Retail, B.C.Winnipeg Garden CityHalifaxCornwall, Ont.Chatham, Ont.Cambridge, Ont.Timmins, Ont.Saint-Eustache, Que.Montreal Place Vertu, Que.Sorel, Que.——Sears Home Stores:CalgaryEdmonton SkyviewAncaster, Ont.Woodbridge, Ont.London, Ont.Scarborough, Ont.Kingston, Ont.Ottawa EastSudbury, Ont.Windsor, Ont.Orillia, Ont.Saint-Bruno, Que.Laval, Que.Quebec CitySainte-Foy, Que. read more

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In salute to older persons Annan says policies attitudes on ageing must

“Humankind is ageing,” Mr. Annan said, noting that since 1950 the average life expectancy at birth has increased to 66 from 46 and that by mid-century, the ratio of older people in society will double from 1 in 10 persons to 1 in 5. “Demographic ageing, long evident in developed countries, is now occurring at a swift pace in developing countries as well.” Such a global transformation affects individuals, households, communities, and virtually all areas of government and society, the Secretary-General said. He added that policy measures, and general attitudes on ageing, must evolve, too, as ageing issues needed to be better integrated into the larger context of development.”Older people must be able to participate fully in the decisions affecting their lives,” Mr. Annan said. “And all of us must recognize how trends such as globalization, urbanization and migration, as well as health crises such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic, affect the place of older persons in society.” The Second World Assembly on Ageing, slated for April 2002 in Madrid, offered an opportunity to raise international awareness of these goals, to promote greater intergenerational solidarity, and to build on the first World Assembly in Vienna 20 years ago, the Secretary-General said.He urged all partners to support this process, and more broadly “to do everything in their power so that all men and women can age with security and dignity. The seeds of healthy ageing are planted early in life; that is a challenge we must take up without delay.” read more

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Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

A selection of British national newspapers on sale at newsagents in London, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter to the Donald Tusk President of the European Council, which launched Article 50, which started Britain’s withdrawal from the EU has handed to Tusk in Brussels Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool) Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security by Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2017 4:01 am MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Britain’s chief negotiator in the country’s divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions that the U.K. has threatened to end security co-operation unless it gets a good trade deal with the bloc’s remaining member countries.The British government, meanwhile, announced plans for the huge task of converting thousands of EU laws and regulations — covering everything from the safety of airplanes to the curve of bananas — into domestic statutes.Brexit Secretary David Davis said Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter Wednesday triggering talks on Britain’s departure made clear Britain wants to continue to work with the EU on a range of issues, including security.“We want a deal, and she was making the point that it’s bad for both of us if we don’t have a deal,” Davis told the BBC. “Now that, I think, is a perfectly reasonable point to make and not in any sense a threat.”May’s six-page letter launching two years of divorce negotiations made 11 references to security, and said that without a good deal, “our co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened.”The Sun tabloid was in no doubt about what May meant: “Your money or your lives,” was its front-page headline Thursday, along with the words “PM’s Brexit threat to EU.”Britain is a European security powerhouse. It’s one of only two nuclear powers in the bloc and boasts some of the world’s most capable intelligence services.May said Wednesday that Britain probably would have to withdraw from EU police agency Europol after Brexit, but wants to “maintain the degree of co-operation on these matters that we have currently.”Home Secretary Amber Rudd, whose responsibilities include intelligence and security, also denied that May’s letter carried a threat, but told Sky News: “If we left Europol, then we would take our information … with us. The fact is, the European partners want to keep our information.”Senior European leaders responded positively to the warm overall tone of May’s letter — but they could not miss the steely undertone.“I find the letter of Mrs. May very constructive generally, but there is also one threat in it,” European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhoftstadt said, adding that May seemed to be demanding a good trade deal in exchange for continued security co-operation.“It doesn’t work like that,” he told Sky News. “You cannot abuse the security of citizens to have then a good deal on something else.”A day after triggering the EU exit process, the British government began outlining Thursday how it intends to convert thousands of EU rules into British laws when it finally leaves the bloc.The government published plans for a Great Repeal Bill that would transform more than 12,000 EU laws in force in Britain into U.K. statute so that “the same rules will apply after exit day” as before. The bill is designed to prevent Britain plunging into a legislative black hole once it extricates itself from the EU.“Our laws will then be made in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast – and interpreted not by judges in Luxembourg, but by judges across the United Kingdom,” Brexit Secretary Davis told lawmakers in the House of Commons.To accomplish the transition, lawmakers are being asked to delegate authority to the government to change some laws without a vote in Parliament, using so-called Henry VIII powers.While the government says it would only use such powers to clean up technical issues, opposition lawmakers fear the Conservative government could bypass Parliament to water down worker rights and environmental protections introduced in Britain during four decades of EU membership.Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna said some Conservatives wanted to “to cut the rights of British working people.”From anti-discrimination laws to sick-pay rules, “too many Conservatives see Brexit as a chance for a damaging bonfire of regulations,” Umunna said.The government insists the executive powers would be time-limited and only used to make “mechanical changes” so laws can be applied smoothly. It says it is trying to balance “the need for scrutiny and the need for speed.”Simon James, a partner at international law firm Clifford Chance, said Parliament doesn’t have the capacity to review all EU law and make necessary changes over the next two years, and any attempt to do so “would be doomed to failure.”He said “the task involves more than the application of a blue pencil to minor elements of EU legislation.”“It will entail immediate policy choices as to what EU law should continue to apply in post-Brexit Britain and, if it should, how it needs to be changed in order to work effectively,” James wrote in a briefing paper.The House of Lords said in a report published earlier this month that the job of adapting the EU regulations into British law is complicated by the “scale and complexity of the task,” as well the fact that some decisions will be dependent on the result of Britain’s negotiations with the EU. read more

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Spartans Compete in Region Cheer Photo Gallery

Photos by Dusty Butler Emery High’s cheer team traveled to a regional cheer competition over the weekend. The Lady Spartans took first in the all-girl non-tumbling event and third in the pom competition.Lady Spartan Tiana Jensen was named the top jumper in the region.The state cheer competition will take place on Jan. 26 at Salt Lake Community College.

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Beside The Points For Monday March 12 2018

Things That Caught My EyeVirginia with the best shotThe bracket for the 2018 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament is out, and your top seeds are Virginia (which FiveThirtyEight gives a 18 percent chance of winning), Villanova (17 percent), Kansas (7 percent), and Xavier (er, 3 percent chance). Duke, which many basketball fans will recall as that school that lost to UNC this past weekend, has a 10 percent chance of winning to North Carolina’s 5 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Mark it down: Florida State upsetAccording to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis of the bracket, the likeliest upset of the first round of the men’s tournament is 9-seed Florida State over 8-seed Missouri, where the lower ranked school has a 61 percent chance of winning. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Philly rebuilt using the Chicago blueprintIn three of the past five years the Phillies got younger, in four of the five past years they improved their farm roster, and in four of the past five years they cut pay roll. If you look at the five year run from 2010 to 2014 when the Chicago Cubs rebuilt their roster, that’s the same thing that happened. Only five teams since 1988 have done that style of rebuild. [FiveThirtyEight]15 games too muchThe last team out of the March Madness tournament was Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish had to deal with star Bonzie Colson’s 15-game absence that contributed to a few close losses. [ESPN]Losing 14 games used to mean something in this townIn the past 60 years, only 15 teams with 14 losses or more made their way into the tournament. Now nine of those teams have broken into the dance since 2011, and this year there are two, Alabama and Texas. It’s the second year in a row where there were multiple 14-loss teams, after Vanderbilt and Michigan State got their tickets punched last time around. [ESPN]Half the timeThe overall No. 1 seed in the tournament has a dicey record in March; in the 14 years since the NCAA spilled the beans on the overall No. 1, half of them have made it to the final four. Of those, only three won the title, which is exactly as often as the team was eliminated in the round of 32. [ESPN]Big Number26.8 percentThe Legion of Boom is over in Seattle, and what comes next is unclear. In 2012, 43.8 percent of Seattle offensive snaps came from players on rookie contracts, and five years later that figure was essentially unchanged at 42.5 percent. On the defensive side, though, the seasoned vets took over: 54.9 percent of snaps were from rookie deal players in 2012, but in 2017 that was down to 26.8 percent. With the legion dispersing, that leaves a gaping hole on defense. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack: neil:The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani’s bat and it’s not goodrob:based on spring training?Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Oh, and don’t forgetMy puny ape brain cannot comprehend perfection read more

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Army veteran snowboarder hopes worlds first 3D printed bindings will lead to

Although becoming the first double above knee amputee in the world to compete in International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events, Swifty risked permanent injury due to the limited movement and lack of suspension in the bindings.“They gave me permanent back pain and meant I was too slow to qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. I wanted to create something that could open doors for me and other DAK competitors,” he said. Swifty tested the new bindings at the Hemel Hempstead snow centre.Credit:Adam Hollier An Army veteran hopes to achieve his Paralympic dream with the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings.Darren Swift aims to revolutionise para-snowboarding by enabling other double above the knee (DAK) amputees to compete against each other, rather than be be classed in the same category as more able-bodied para-athletes.The 53-year-old former soldier in the Royal Green Jackets has been helped by a British firm that has spent more than 500 digital engineering hours developing new prototype bindings. Swifty, as he is known to friends, lost both his legs above the knee and two fingers in a bomb explosion during his third tour of duty in Northern Ireland in 1991.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––After his recovery he took up sit-skiing and eventually moved into snowboarding, using a set of rudimentary bindings he and a friend built in his kitchen. “All the best ideas come from the pub,” he told the Telegraph.  Swifty realised that “the knees are everything” in the sport of snowboarding and turned to the Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) a specialist digital engineering company. The firm produced a set of 3D-printed bindings using a super-strong material made from nylon and fibreglass to absorb shock and adjust to different positions on the slope. “They will revolutionise snowboarding for double above knee amputees…which mostly come from the veteran community,” he saidThe “game changing” bindings, will enable him to compete for the British Olympic squad, bolstered by his lower centre of gravity, which he says is “massively advantageous” in snowboarding. “Walking around the slopes in the SNAPS (Short Non-Articulated Pylon Prosthetic devices) that fit straight into the bindings that are fixed to the board is a pain in the butt,” he says. “But when you are on the board I don’t really have far to fall, I just grab the ice.  “If you’re six foot two, you have a long way to fall and two legs to look after”.   A member of the Armed Forces Paralympic Snowsport Team, a group of ex-serving disabled winter sports competitors, his aim is to compete in the 2022 Paralympic Games in China. In January 2020 he will be at the Royal Navy championships in Tignes, France, and the inter-services championships a few valleys south in Meribel at the end of the same month. Davide Bianchi, Head of Advanced Simulation at CFMS, said: “When Darren first approached us with the idea for the bindings, we jumped at the chance to get involved. “As experienced aerospace engineers, we knew we had the skills to design exactly what he needed. “We’ve really pushed the limits of engineering to create the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings so we’re really proud to see Darren on the slopes using this revolutionary new technology.”Swifty is optimistic for his chances to compete in the 2022 Paralympic Games.“The journey has been long with lots of ups and downs – pardon the pun – but life is fantastic. “I feel ecstatic to be able to ride a set of bindings that have revolutionised life for me on the slopes and will do the same for amputees the world over. “I already feel a freedom on the mountain that I don’t get in normal life, but now I have even more freedom to do some of the things I’ve been physically restricted from doing before.” Swifty says it is crucial for more double above knee amputees to take up the sport in order to get the IPC to establish a new category in para-snowboarding. Swifty tested the new bindings at the Hemel Hempstead snow centre. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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New rice variety still being pursued – GRDB Head

The Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is still in pursuit of a new rice variety which is expected to bring better yields to rice farmers across the country. Although tightlipped on the entire developmental process, GRDB General Manager, Allison Peters said that the new variety is under close watch by scientists at the research station.“There is a variety that the plant breeder is working on, we don’t want to show our hand before it is ready because, you know, seed paddy and developing a new variety takes several seasons. It’s at a stage where we are cultivating it in farmers’ fields and we are looking at how its behaving in those fields but we can’t tell you next season, we can’t tell you the season after but its soon.” Peters said.Most recently, a GRDB team held an outreach in Region Six where they discovered that farmers were using a Brazilian variety commonly known as ‘100 day’ to produce paddy. The farmers praised the Brazilian Variety highlighting that it requires less field maintenance, attention and has a shorter yielding period.The farmers also pointed out that the overall results are usually better when compared with local varieties. However, the General Manager (GRDB) told the farmers that the Brazilian rice variety is an illegally imported brand with serious implications to the local rice crop.The new variety is likely to eliminate the use of smuggled brands of rice paddy from other countries, as it promises greater yields, less risk of the paddy bug and other crop diseases.Earlier in the year the GRDB projected that this new variety could be expected by 2018. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice farmers predict major losses again from paddy bug infestationAugust 8, 2019In “Business”More woes for Region 2 rice farmers as acres planted with GRDB seedlings not germinatingDecember 6, 2018In “Business”687,784 tonnes of rice produced in 2015January 7, 2016In “latest news” read more

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CanmetMINNG and COREM sign mining innovation cooperation agreement

first_imgDr Magdi Habib, Director General of CanmetMINING and Francis Fournier, President and CEO of COREM have announced the signing of a cooperation agreement. “Innovation is a must to solve the mining sector’s challenges. By working together with innovators across Canada, we can reduce the risk of adoption for new innovations to support the sustainability and competitiveness of Canada’s mining sector. CanmetMINING looks forward to collaborating closely with COREM to leverage expertise and capabilities on so many projects of importance to the sector,” said Dr Habib.“We are very pleased to join our effort with the expertise of CanmetMINING for the benefits of COREM’s members and the Canadian mining industry. This partnership will definitely be of great value for our research and innovation programs in mineral processing. It will accelerate the development and deployment of technological innovations, thereby contributing to the increased competitiveness of the mining industry”, said Fournier.CanmetMINING is a S&T branch of the Lands and Minerals Sector of Natural Resources Canada that works in partnership with stakeholders to develop and deploy green mining technologies. CanmetMINING conducts research and development across the mine lifecycle from extraction to closure and rehabilitation and is building its capacity to support the digital transformation of the industry. CanmetMINING has unique multidisciplinary expertise and facilities with research laboratories in Ottawa, Sudbury, and Val-d’Or, and a satellite office in Smithers (BC).COREM is a center of expertise and innovation specialising in ore processing with the largest concentration of resources devoted to research and development in this field in Canada. Located in the St-Malo industrial park in Québec, it has extensive equipment and infrastructure including a pilot plant of 5,300 m2 and mineralogy laboratories.last_img read more

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Golden Era of Claude onesta – 15 years 13 medals

The Era of Claude Onesta in French handball coming to an end! After 15 years and many, many fantastic results, one of the all-time most succesful handball coaches will give a baton to his “student” Didier Dinart.Onesta, who succeed Daniel Constantini after WCh 2001, won 12 medals at major handball events (WCh, EURO events and Olympic Games) with silver at Mediteranean Games – 13 in total. Truly amazing!Here is the list… Olympic Games5e place in Athens, 2004 Gold medal in Beijing, 2008 Gold medal in London, 2012 Silver medal in Rio, 2016 World Championships Bronze medal in Portugal, 2003 Bronze medal in Tunisia, 20054e place in Germany, 2007 Gold medal in Croatia, 2009 Gold medal in Sweden, 20116e place in Spain, 2013 Gold medal in Qatar, 2015 Mediteranean Games Silver medal in Pescara, 2009 Claude Onesta European Championships6e place at EHF EURO 2002 in Sweden6e place at EHF EURO 2002 in Slovenia Gold medal at EHF EURO 2016 in Switzerland Bronze medal at EHF EURO 2008 in Denmark Gold medal at EHF EURO 2010 in Austria11e place at EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia Gold medal at EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark5e place at EHF EURO 2016 in France ← Previous Story Something is rotten in Montenegrian handball Next Story → SEHA: Away wins for Zagreb and Meshkov – Tie in Skopje read more

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Two men injured in a shooting in Ballyfermot

first_imgTWO MEN RECEIVED gun shot wounds this evening in a shooting in Ballyfermot.The shooting incident occurred at approximately 10.20pm this evening at Clifden Drive, Ballyfermot.Two males, one aged 53 and the other in his early 20s were shot and the two men were taken to St. James hospital.Their injuries not believed to be life threatening.The area has been sealed off for a technical examination.Gardai in Ballyfermot are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have seen suspicious or unusual behaviour in the vicinity of Cliften Drive, Ballyfermot between 10pm and 10.30pm to contact them on 01 6667200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.last_img read more

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Only 12 million noniPad tablets sold in last ten months

first_imgIf your knowledge of the tablet market came solely from retailer advertising, you might think that there’s been a competitive tablet market during the last year. With all of the “iPad killers” that have launched, you may walk away with the impression that it’s a cutthroat battle with Galaxy Tabs and Xooms going toe-to-toe with the iPad 2. Well, here’s one more reason to take marketing with many grains of salt. As it turns out, non-Apple tablets have only been carried out of stores 1.2 million times over the last ten months.The data comes from market analysts at the NPD Group. The company’s research puts the tally at 1.2 million sales from January through October of 2011. According to NPD, the non-iPad tablet makers have raked in nearly $700 million on their slates during that period.The study also took a look at the top-selling manufacturers. Here’s some perspective on how miserably non-Apple tablets have sold: HP sold more tablets than every manufacturer other than Apple during the time. That means that the $99 Touchpad fire sale led to more sales than all Galaxy Tabs, Xooms, G-Slates, and Playbooks did for most of the year:This is one of the few tablet market analyses that takes actual sales into account. Manufacturers like Samsung generally provide their numbers in devices shipped, not devices sold. So all of those Galaxy Tabs that are collecting dust in the backroom at Best Buy are being included in other figures that have been thrown around. Fortunately, NPD is listing these specifically as sales, so we probably have a more realistic picture of the present landscape here.It’s worth noting that the tablet market is far from a winner-take-all race. While the iPad still dominates, if its rivals have managed to bring in $700 million on those 1.2 million sales, it’s hard to say that they’re “losing.” They aren’t profiting nearly as much as Apple, but this isn’t March Madness or the NFL Playoffs — it’s a series of businesses trying to create profitable products. It looks like they’re largely succeeding.But with that said, no tablet in these first ten months has been able to come remotely close to the iPad’s appeal. Despite the iPad 2 not having a Retina Display, 4G, or any exciting extras like Siri, the slate has followed its predecessor’s footsteps as the definitive consumer tech product of the year.Of course the 2,000 pound gorilla that hadn’t yet entered the room during these ten months is the Kindle Fire. If we look at these same numbers for the next ten months — starting in November of 2011 — the numbers will look radically different. The iPad will probably remain in the driver’s seat, but it may not be by a large margin.via NPD Grouplast_img read more

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NXT star added to Andre Battle Royal postNXT TakeOver videos

first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Facebook Videos Articles WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next NXT star added to Andre Battle RoyalOn Saturday night, WWE announced that NXT star Killian Dain of the SAnitY faction will be a part of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal during the WrestleMania Kickoff Show.What world am I living in?!?!?What an opportunity. #wrestlemania I am coming. https://t.co/KZXHN8SBeX— Killian Dain (@KillianDain) April 2, 2017Post-NXT TakeOver videosWWE posted the following videos after last night’s NXT TakeOver: Orlando live special. Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Cesaro Seth Rollins 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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