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first_img Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive, from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Dec. 14. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Friday, Dec. 14. Traffic control consists of control persons and traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at Walter Havill Drive and the Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORKcenter_img Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Bishopville Road overpass will be rerouted onto the new Bishopville overpass for bridge construction until Monday, Dec. 31. The speed limit will be reduced to 80 kilometres per hour. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Saturday, Dec. 15. A temporary detour is available parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice.last_img read more


first_imgMelbourne: Bollywood star Aamir Khan is set to work with South superstar Vijay Sethupathi. Sethupathi confirmed the news to PTI on the sidelines of the 10th edition of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). “We are in talks and details will be announced soon,” Vijay told PTI. Reports of the duo collaborating started doing the rounds last month after the “Dangal” star paid a visit to the sets of Sethupathi’s Tamil film “Sanga Thamizhan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 41-year-old actor also revealed he is a huge fan of superstar Shah Rukh Khan and megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “Amitabh Bachchan is my favourite actor and I have seen his several films, including ‘Pink’,” adding that meeting Shah Rukh, who is the chief guest at IFFM, was a pleasure. Sethupathi also won the best actor award at IFFM for Tamil-language film “Super Deluxe”. The movie, which won an honorary award ‘Equality in Cinema’ at the festival, is directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. “Super Deluxe” was also nominated in the best director and best film categories. The IFFM, which kicked off on August 9, will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages. The festival runs through August 17.last_img read more


“Achieving democratic governance is not possible without equal participation of men and women in decision-making processes,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) gender expert Marie Bapu told the first national conference of Congolese women which concluded in Kinshasa, the capital, yesterday.This implies “a good definition of public policies and the establishment of laws and programmes for the encouragement and achievement of equality,” she said.The conference was organized by the Congolese Women’s League for Elections in collaboration with the UN, the Government, and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.The senior gender adviser for the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC), Elsie Effange-Mbella, noted that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, which emphasized gender equality at all levels, including in decision-making processes and national policies through democratic elections.She stressed that MONUC had striven to ensure that the conference achieve nationwide participation by arranging for delegates from 11 provinces to use MONUC flights and covering their accommodation and living expenses.“This investment has been worthwhile considering the seminar’s objectives and the fruitful exchange of experiences and ideas,” she said. UNDP, together with other partners, including the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), has been supporting the Government in formulating a national gender policy to promote gender mainstreaming in all government actions at the national and provincial level.The goal is to support Congolese women in their quest for leadership and make them aware that they have “a key role in rebuilding their country,” Ms. Bapu said. 1 April 2010The United Nations is boosting the efforts of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to overcome decades of low female participation in politics and achieve their rightful role in governing the vast African country and rebuilding it after years of civil war. read more


As Ban Ki-moon today became the first-ever UN Secretary-General to attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan, officials with the world body voiced hope that the recent incremental progress on disarmament will continue.At the NPT review conference, nations were able to reach a consensus on a final document for the first time in a decade, while in April, the United States and Russia reached the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), under which they pledged to cut back on their stockpiles by a third.Randy Rydell, Senior Political Affairs Officer in the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) cautioned that “we should not regard any of these events as single solutions to the problem.”Rather, he told the UN News Centre, the impacts of such encouraging developments, which he likened to bricks, are cumulative. “Fortunately, we’ve been seeing a lot of very solid bricks that have been laid in this structure.”Mr. Rydell pointed to three positive trends on the disarmament scene which are providing “very solid grounds for hope that there will be real progress in the years ahead.”First, he said that States possessing nuclear weapons have shown “enlightened leadership,” with the second trend being energetic efforts by other countries. Lastly, he cited the tremendous efforts of civil society, encompassing such groups as doctors, lawyers, parliamentarians and environmentalists.Mr. Rydell pointed to the massive shift in what he calls the “climate of expectations,” with the international community being highly dissatisfied with the limited advances made in the field of nuclear disarmament.At present, the US and Russia hold more than 95 per cent of the world’s 23,000 nuclear weapons between them.“There is still, unfortunately, great prestige and status that is given to States with nuclear weapons,” he said, but these countries are under pressure to “show some results.”Nuclear weapons States, Mr. Rydell noted, are looking for stronger non-proliferation controls, “and the world community is saying, ‘we’re willing to cooperate, but you need to do your part as well.’”The long-standing aim of the UN has been to eliminate nuclear weapons, and not simply to limit the number of States with weapons or to curb the risk that terrorists will make them, he said.Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told UN Radio earlier this week that nuclear disarmament “is a moral imperative and a practical necessity. It is something that simply must be done.”Mr. Rydell emphasized that the UN’s disarmament proposals are remarkable in how realistic they are. “They’re not idealistic dreams calling for simple snap-your-fingers-and-all-these-weapons-vanish.”Instead, he said, they are linked with many specialized controls stressing the importance of transparency, irreversibility, verification and other facets.In Hiroshima today, the Secretary-General labelled “an endless reliance on nuclear deterrence, a constant arms race, unbridled military spending and a waste of taxpayer dollars” as “illusions” and “delusions of security.”“Our moment has come,” he said, underscoring that the elimination of the scourge of nuclear weapons is the “only sane path to a safer world.”For his part, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressed on the anniversaries of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that he has made a personal four-part commitment “to redouble efforts towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”His agency, he said in a message, will work to implement disarmament through independent verification to ensure that nuclear materials from dismantled weapons are never used for military purposes; support the creation of Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones in regions such as the Middle East; dispatch its safeguards inspectors to check that nuclear material is not diverted to weapons from civilian programmes; and strengthen efforts to help countries prevent nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists.“The names Hiroshima and Nagasaki have gone down in history as shorthand for nuclear devastation,” Mr. Amano said. “We owe their victims this commitment: that we will do everything in our power to make sure we never see another Hiroshima, another Nagasaki.” Mr. Rydell said that he is unsure of whether the world will rid itself of nuclear weapons in his lifetime, but “I do think that I will live to see the conclusion of a treaty abolishing nuclear weapons.” 6 August 2010Positive developments on the global disarmament agenda, including May’s successful review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), are cause for optimism that the goal of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons will be achieved, United Nations officials say. read more


Earlier today, Supreme Court Judge Buwanaka Aluvihare withdrew from the bench hearing the fundamental rights petition filed by the former Defence Secretary.As a result the three member bench set to hear the case will now be two members, namely Justice Eva Wannasundara and Justice Sarath de Abrew. (Colombo Gazette) The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an order against arresting former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa until a petition filed by him is heard.Rajapaksa had filed a fundamental rights petition against the special police unit investigating allegations of serious financial crimes.


Malaysia and Sri Lanka have agreed to strengthen collaboration in monitoring the waters between the two countries, the New Straits Times reported.Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said this was among the topics discussed when she received a courtesy call from the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana on Monday in Parliament. The Sri Lankan minister also took the opportunity to congratulate Dr Wan Azizah on Pakatan Harapan’s win in the recent general elections and on her appointment as the first female Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.“It is rare for a Malay woman to come out and battle so strongly against many odds and then to rise up so swiftly and so high,” Tilak commented. “The government is concerned about the security of our water ways. We are striving for pirate-free waters for the safety of our traders. Our focus is in keeping peace and in keeping our traders safe,” said Dr Wan Azizah. Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, attributed this to the people of Malaysia and praised the people for the smooth and peaceful transition of power, emphasising the importance of unity among the people of the country.The Deputy Prime Minister also added that the future and development of the region very much depended on relationships between countries, such as Malaysia and Sri Lanka.Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Sri Lanka increased by 24.7 per cent to USD415.5 million (RM1.7 billion) from January to June 2018 compared to USD333.1 million (RM1,370 billion) in the corresponding period of 2017. Tilak said Sri Lanka is particularly interested in the Indian Ocean, especially on issues of security and movements of ships. Malaysia’s exports to Sri Lanka include palm oil and palm-based products, chemicals and chemical products, petroleum products, electrical and electronic products, machinery, appliance and parts. Imports include textiles, clothing and footwear, processed food, natural rubber, rubber products, and chemical products.There are 47 Malaysian companies currently operating in Sri Lanka mainly in telecommunications, energy, hydro-power, construction, lubricant blending, resort development, and education. (Colombo Gazette) read more


There have been no reported injuries associated with the product in Canada or the United States. The company says they have received one report from a consumer who identified the yellow cap before installing the alarm.Anyone who has the affected product can contact Kidde to request a free replacement smoke alarm. Kidde is recalling nearly 500,000 smoke detectors that were sold in Canada and the Unites States over concerns they might not be able to detect smoke.The North Carolina-based company says 40,000 of the affected products were sold in Canada between November 1, 2016 and January 25, 2018.The recall includes two versions of Kidde dual-sensor smoke alarms with model codes PI2010CA and PI9010CA.Health Canada says the product has a yellow cap that can cover one of the two smoke sensors, which compromises the smoke alarms’ ability to detect smoke.The agency has provided the following instructions to identify the presence of the yellow sensor cap:Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect.Consumers should check the brand name and look for the unique design of the PI2010CA and PI9010CA smoke alarm.Consumers should then locate the locking tab on the back of the alarm, turn the alarm on its side and look at the opening closest to the locking tab.If a yellow cap can be seen in the opening the unit is affected and must be replaced. Consumers should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves.If no yellow cap is present, consumers should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed. read more


In a news release, WHO stated it had deployed epidemiologists and logisticians to support the DRC’s Ministry of Health, and is working closely with partners such as Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to coordinate response efforts, monitor the situation, and provide information of the disease to the population. The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days. Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal bleeding. As of Monday, a total of 28 cases, including 14 deaths, had been reported from the Haut-Uélé district, in the country’s north-east. Three of the dead had been health care workers in the district’s capital, Isiro, according to the health agency. Control activities that are being carried out by WHO and partners include enhanced surveillance and social mobilization to reinforce practices that would control infection. WHO said there is currently no indication that this outbreak is related to the Ebola outbreak in the Kibaale district of Uganda in July, which killed 17 people, adding that it does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to the DRC. read more


first_imgOnly two of the three Greek Independent day schools have managed to secure funding from the Federal Government’s National School Pride (NSP) first round $828.16 million handout. Whilst both Alphington Grammar and Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College were granted the maximum funding amount of $200,000 for school infrastructure projects, St Johns College principal, Helen Symeonakis said the funding process was “too rushed”, and as a result, she did not apply.“It would have been fairer if it was not rolled out so quickly. We had to work out what to spend on and this took time,” she said. St Johns College will not miss out on the grant as the school has applied for second round funding to improve building infrastructure, which is likely to be approved within months. “Never in my teaching career have we had such an opportunity so I am in many ways thankful and we are looking forward to improving our buildings and facilities for the benefits of the students.”According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, all schools deserved funding from the $1.3 billion program, which aims to deliver support for minor infrastructure, school refurbishment projects and stimulate local jobs.Yet Australian Education Union president Angelo Gavrielatos, told ABC radio that needy state schools had missed out in the first round of funding, and that he was, “surprised and disappointed” to learn elite private schools were included in the first funding round.“The first round exposes that it hasn’t been well-targeted, and with respect to this first program, it beggars belief that schools with lavish buildings, lavish facilities, would be on the top of the list when other schools with greater need aren’t on the list,” he argued.Deputy Education Union President, Mary Bluett further defended the union’s stance when NKEE posed to her that more than 60% of state schools were in actual fact recipients of the funding by saying that, “The money that schools will receive depends on the number of students are enrolled. Even within the public system. a school that was built last year will attract the same amount of money as a school down the road with a real need for additional funding, therefore it would be much better to target those schools who need it the most.”Steve Charisis, principal of Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College, believes that state schools are not the only ones in need of funding.“Just because you are an independent school, it does not mean that you are a wealthy school. As a low-fee paying independent school, we are competing with state schools that have received massive funding from the State Government that we have not. We can espouse great teaching and learning programs but one of the most important things that people look at are a schools’ facilities and classrooms. Now thanks to Mr Rudd, we are able to upgrade our facilities in the next three to six months instead of in five years time”.Alphington Grammar’s school business manager, Manuel Pappos, who plans to use the funds to upgrade the primary school playground, supports the government’s rational behind the NSP, by saying that, “The purpose of the funding is to stimulate the economy. We will be spending on constructing new areas which will not only benefit our students but create jobs for contractors which otherwise would not have been created”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington drivers will soon be prohibited from holding cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.The Olympian newspaper reports that Washington’s new tougher, distracted driving law goes into effect July 23. It prohibits motorists from holding an electronic device — including phones, tablets and other devices — while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change.Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure into law in May but vetoed a section that had the measure taking effect in 2019. The law will now go into effect July 23.Under the measure, “the minimal use of a finger” to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of a personal electronic device while driving will still be allowed.Current state law only prohibits texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving.Oregon lawmakers approved a similar bill last month.last_img read more


first_imgJurgen Klopp admitted that he thought it was a “joke” when he was told of Barcelona’s shock elimination at the hands of AS Roma on TuesdayThe runaway La Liga leaders were shockingly defeated 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico by a Roma side benefiting from Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactical masterstroke in using a 3-4-1-2 formation to leave Barcelona exposed.Klopp, speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ensured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory, admitted that he initially did not believe it when he was told he could be next facing the Giallorossi.“I walked up the stairs and somebody told me [Roma had gone through] — I really thought it was a joke,” said the Liverpool coach, according to ESPN.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Not that I don’t respect Roma, the absolute opposite. They have a fantastic team — Edin Dzeko, wow. They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semis, that’s quite a big thing.“I cannot say anything about the game, I didn’t expect it before the game but I knew it was possible.“This competition is quite fair and I really think a normal final would have been Manchester City against Barcelona, and now they are both out.“But there will still be two other really strong teams in there plus Roma and us. We will see what happens but that’s not the thing I have to think about tonight.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales -FortisTCI (the Company) announced today that there are no additional major damages to the electricity infrastructure across the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as a result of Hurricane Maria.   Additionally, only minor outages occurred during the passing of the storm, impacting very few of the nearly 4,000 customers whose electricity was restored following Hurricane Irma.On Saturday, September 23, after the ‘all clear’ was issued by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), FortisTCI local crews resumed restoration of services, which had been temporarily suspended to prepare for Hurricane Maria.   On the same day, 60 members of the Fortis team visiting from Canada and Grand Cayman returned to Providenciales and joined the local crews across the islands on Sunday, September 24.FortisTCI, supported by its parent Company Fortis Inc., is keen on restoring electricity to the TCI as quickly as possible and has recently signed an agreement to deploy an additional 60 utility workers across the TCI.   These additional crews will assist with repairing and rebuilding the transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in areas severely damaged or destroyed.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “Our T&D systems across the islands suffered considerable damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, and unlike some of our Caribbean neighbors, the TCI was fortunate to have experienced minimal impact from Hurricane Maria, which has allowed the Company to resume restoration very quickly.   While full recovery will take some time due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the additional utility workers expected to arrive this week will provide significant added resources.   It is important that we build and repair the system fast, and it is equally important that we build and repair the system to be strong and resilient.Press Release: FortisTCI Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_img See it See It Tablets Gadgets Mobile Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Walmart-brand Android tablets launch for just $64 0 Apple iPad Tags See It • Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Share your voice Apple See All Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyonecenter_img Walmart’s ONN 10-inch tablet costs $79. Walmart Walmart has launched its range of home-made tablets running Android Pie. They come in 8-inch and 10-inch varieties costing $64 and $79. Both run on the Android 9 operating system, have a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM storage. walmart-onn-tablet-8-inch-backBoth sizes come in navy blue. Walmart They both also have a 2MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, a 2.5D touchscreen, and a resolution of 800×1280. The battery life is 5.5 hours for continuous use and 600 hours in standby, and they come in navy blue. Walmart is also selling a 10.1-inch tablet with detachable keyboard for $99. Walmart called its tablets “a great value, low-cost alternative to other tablets on the market” in a statement emailed to CNET. First spotted by 9to5Google, they are being sold under Walmarts ONN store brand, which focuses on more affordable electronic products. It was first reported in March that Walmart would be bringing out its own tablet to rival Apple’s iPad. XDA-Developers editor-in-chief Mishaal Rahman at the time also tweeted specs of the tablet that have stood up to the information now on Walmart’s site. First published at 11:48 a.m. PT on May 23.   Updated at 2:24 p.m. PT: Adds comments from Walmart, detail on tablet with detachable keyboard. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Walmart Android Pie Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon $249 $329 $249 Post a comment See It $249 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019last_img read more


first_imgHere are the words of General Simon Buckner, commander of the Army in Alaska upon being informed that Engineers 97th Regiment assigned to build the Alaska section of the Alcan Highway would be composed of African American soldiers.  He objected, concerned that the high wages being paid for labor meant they would likely “settle after the war with the natural result that they would interbreed with the Indians and Eskimos and produce an astonishingly objectionable race of mongrels, which would be a problem from now on.”  Until recently you could read the Alcan Highway story in a history book without ever finding out those soldiers were not White.  Talk of Alaska has gone into Alaska’s hidden military history a number of times, discussing the secret fire balloons launched by Japan, for instance, and the Aleutian battlefield debris, Cold War spying, and other things.  Both of our panelists have researched these issues and written on themCaterpillar tractor with grader widening the roadway of the Alcan Highway in 1942 (File photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)Download AudioHOST: Steve HeimelGUESTS:Lael Morgan, longtime Alaska journalistPeter Porco, Alaska journalist and playwrightStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.Talk of Alaska guest Lael Morgan, longtime Alaska journalist on June 14, 2016. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)last_img read more


first_imgMike Litzow and Alisa Abookire clearing kelp out of their seine. (Photo by Mitch Borden/KMXT)On an island about four miles off of Kodiak, marine scientists working with the University of Alaska are trying to figure out why Pacific cod stocks are crashing in the Gulf of Alaska. And, how climate change may be affecting the fish when they’re young.Listen nowMike Litzow and, his wife, Alisa Abookire are stuck.“We have to get some kelp out Liz,” Litzow said.They’re trying to pull in a beach seine on a soggy gray day on Long Island. But, they’re catching more seaweed than fish as they slowly sink deeper into the shore’s mud.“Oh no, it’s the freaking mother load,” Litzow said. “This will be our day right here if we aren’t careful.”This isn’t a normal fishing trip. Litzow and Abookire are both marine scientists and they’re collaborating on a study for the University of Alaska Fairbanks to figure out why Pacific Cod stocks are declining in the Gulf of Alaska and how warming waters may be affecting the species when they’re young.But to do that, they need cod to study, which is why they’re currently struggling to pull in a net. When the seine’s finally on shore, Litzow begins counting up the catch. There aren’t any cod among the small flopping fish, but every specimen is still inspected and recorded before they’re tossed back into the water. Litzow says he isn’t surprised they’re not catching any cod today because it’s probably too early for them to come into shore. As it becomes warmer though, more and more fish will begin to appear, including the small cod they’re looking for.“So, over the winter and we’d set five sets and get like at the low point, 15 fish,” Litzow said. “And then in the summer, if you hit a big school fish you can get like 15,000 in one set.”Once juvenile cod begin to show up in their net, Litzow says he and Abookire will measure them. Examine the fish to figure out what they’re eating. And, he says, collect the small ear bones, or the otoliths, of the cod, which will be used to determine the temperature of the water the fish grew up in.“There’s all kinds of information you can get over time once you catch the fish,” Litzow said.The reason it’s important to collect this data is the Gulf of Alaska has been unusually warm for the past few years. In that time, cod populations have crashed. Cod is an important commercial fishery in the gulf and the quota was recently cut by about 80 percent for 2018.Litzow says the unusually warm water in the gulf is connected to climate change. And, he believes, the reason the cod population declined so quickly is that juvenile cod couldn’t find enough food to sustain themselves in these warmer temperatures.But, that’s only a hypothesis right now, which is why Litzow and Abookire are trying to collect as much information that will help explain the collapse.“As you get a number of years together you can start to understand something about how environmental changes are affecting the population,” Litzow said. “That’s the ultimate goal, but it does take a few years to get enough data to be able to answer questions like that.”Which means Litzow and Abookire will hopefully be taking a lot more trips to cast their net to see what more they can learn about how cod are being affected by the changing climate in the Gulf of Alaska.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi/Jaipur : Thar Express from Pakistan reached India on Saturday afternoon, while the Karachi-bound train is on its way to the neighbouring country, officials said. The Thar Express from Pakistan started from the station zero point at 17.20 hours and reached Indian station Munabao at 17.40 hours with 165 passengers — 62 Indians and 103 Pakistanis — on board, railways said. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us The Thar link Express from India is on its way to Karachi. Pakistan had on Friday announced suspension of all train services to India after the Centre scrapped provisions of Article 370 and divided Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories. Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had said in Islamabad that this would be the last Jodhpur-Karachi train. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The passenger from both the countries reached zero point on the international border and changed trains to go to their respective destinations in India and Pakistan. The Indian train reached Munabao, the last station on the Indian side of the border, at 6.55 am after departing from Bhagat Ki Kothi station in Jodhpur at 1 am and was awaiting clearance from Pakistan, they said. The clearance was received at 3.05 pm, a North Western Railway spokesperson said, adding that the train departed soon after.last_img read more


first_imgSir Richard Branson, the British billionaire entrepreneur, is best known as the founder of Virgin Group ― a corporate conglomerate which owns more than 400 different business ventures including an airline, a cable TV and internet operator, and a large entertainment retail chain. Branson is also well-known for the way he amassed his fortune by starting a record label ― Virgin Records ― in the 1970s and attracting crowds of customers by selling discounted and import records. His Virgin stores became a favorite hangout for the alternative and hippie crowd, who embraced the opportunity to explore new music that wasn’t available in other high-street outlets.Branson at Chatham House in March 2015. Photo by Chatham House CC BY 2.0Besides being affordable, he offered music by new and exciting artists like Mike Oldfield, obscure foreign bands like krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk and Faust, and a variety of music acts belonging to an emerging genre which had by the mid-1970s polarized the audience – punk.While Branson himself wasn’t really keen on the punk music style, he recognized that this fresh and provocative subculture offered a certain appeal to young people, who were all eager to spend money at his record store ― the iconic Virgin Records on Oxford Street, London.Virgin Megastore. Photo by M.Minderhoud CC BY-SA 3.0Back then, however, Richard Branson was neither a Sir nor a billionaire.In the late 1960s, he was an editor of Student Magazine ― a publication which early on became popular among the youth for its uncompromising attitude towards the prude mainstream culture, dictated by a conservative Britain.The magazine included interviews with some high-profile celebrities, the most notable of them being Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.Mick Jagger – The Rolling Stones live at San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy – June 10, 2003. Photo by Kronos CC BY-SA 3.0His transition to the record business couldn’t have come in a better time ― people yearned for cheap, mail-ordered records and even bootlegs, all of which Branson and his partner, Nick Powell, were happy to provide.By the time Virgin Records started signing artists, they were already a well-established name among the hippie counterculture in Britain. Their record label was independent, and thus less reluctant to sign acts that might be considered commercially risky. They thrived on discovering the unknown.The Sex Pistols perform in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Photo by Koen Suyk CC BY-SA 3.0 nlSo when a certain act called the Sex Pistols lost their contract with A&M Records, partly due to their controversial single “God Save the Queen,” Branson stepped in and signed what was very soon to become one of the most popular British bands in history.But first the controversy had to be exploited. After failing to reach the No. 1 position on the official charts, despite the single being hugely popular, in 1977, Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren organized a boat trip on the River Thames as a parody of the river procession for Queen Elizabeth’s II silver jubilee, marking the 25th year of her reign.Punk icon and agent provocateur Malcolm McLaren goes off on his own learning journey. Photo by Steve Wheeler CC BY-SA 2.0The riverboat named Queen Elizabeth was a deliberately provocative promotion for the Sex Pistols upcoming album, Never Mind the Bollocks. Aboard the boat on the evening of June 7, 1977, was a selection of artists, writers, and a film crew. Also along for the ride was the band’s new publisher, Richard Branson.It set out from Charing Cross pier and the passengers danced and partied as the boat rocked towards the Houses of Parliament to make its statement. As they approached their target, the boat attracted a river police escort.Branson with Alberto Hazan in June 2007 helping launch Virgin Radio Italia. Photo by Daniela Zoppi CC BY-SA 3.0Accompanied by the shrieks of feedback from a poor sound set-up, the band took the stage as they passed the Houses of Parliament, belting out “Anarchy in the UK.” The police boats closed in as the Sex Pistols continued their rowdy concert with “God Save the Queen.”When the boat reached the dock, they found a welcoming committee of police waiting there. The power was off, and the owner wanted them to leave. Branson stubbornly waved a piece of paper which confirmed that the boat was rented until midnight that night and that he had no plans of leaving before his contract expired. Fired up by the thrill of their actions, the revelers attempted to stand their ground and carry on partying.However, the police were here to shut them down. Scuffles broke out and the situation turned violent. Several of the boats passengers were arrested, including McLaren, shouting obscenities at the police.The Sex Pistols (Sid Vicious left, Steve Jones centre, and Johnny Rotten right) performing in Trondheim, Norway, July 1977.According to Tony Parsons, a British journalist and author present at the scene:“There was a lot of violence that evening. It was our Altamont. Something beautiful that turned into something incredibly ugly.”Others, including Branson and the band, quietly retreated into the night.The Manor Studio, Richard Branson’s recording studio in a manor house at the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell in Oxfordshire. Photo by JacoTen CC BY-SA 3.0This event marked the start of an era which extended throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with Virgin Records becoming a powerhouse behind some of the most popular bands of the New Wave movement — such as Magazine, XTC, The Human League, Public Image Limited — directly influencing the development of pop music in the U.K. and abroad.Later on, in 1992, Richard Branson sold Virgin Records to EMI, but it wasn’t without regret. He agreed to sell the company to keep his airline, Virgin Atlantic, in business, in face of fierce competition from British Airways.Read another story from us: Alternative Ink: What did Kurt Cobain’s Single Tattoo Mean?The Virgin EMI Records label lives to this day, as part of Universal Music Group, making it still one of the largest labels in the industry.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. 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first_imgMarch 7, 2016 A Yelp for people — a review site for your neighbors, coaches, co-workers, even dates — sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?That’s exactly the reaction folks first had when news of Peeple, a people-rating mobile app, came out in October. But starting today, following a number of tweaks, the app is available for free on Apple devices, according to CBS News.Related: ‘Yelp For People’ Co-Founder: Your Hate Only Fuels My Resolve to Launch PeepleWhile initially, Peeple sounded like a free for all, the app won’t let users rate or review others without their permission and reviews can only be published only after their approval. Users also have the ability to hide any negative posts — which can be personal, professional or romantic. For accountability reasons, Peeple also requires all users operate under their real names.Still, an update scheduled for April will allow users to buy a “Truth License,” which unlocks all reviews, positive or negative.”If a mom wants to look up a coach for her kids, she can see all the amazing things on that person’s profile, but maybe there’s some areas of improvement for that person,” co-creator Julia Cordray told CBS. “So, when the mom upgrades to the truth license, she’ll be able to see all the recommendations on the back-end that the coach never published in their profile.”The update will most likely generate just as much backlash as the app’s initial announcement.In an age where both truth and gossip on the Internet can literally ruin lives, this #peeple app is horrible AND scary #yelpforhumans???— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2015Still, Peeple makes it clear on its website that bullying and harassment is not the goal.Related: Following Death Threats, Peeple Founder Says She Was Wrong to Position App as ‘Yelp for People'”We do not tolerate profanity, bullying … name calling, degrading comments, abuse, derogatory comments, sexual references, racism, legal references, hateful content, sexism, and other parameters,” the website says. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


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first_imgRelated posts:Regulatory authority approves drop in fuel prices National Oil Refinery seeks a decrease in fuel prices, likely for September Costa Rica (still) has the most expensive gas prices in Central America Gas prices to drop again this week in Costa Rica Facebook Comments Motorists will save some money at the pump this month. Fuel prices are set to decrease again in October. The new prices will go into effect by the end of this week.The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Tuesday approved a decrease in per-liter prices for gasoline. “Plus” gasoline will fall ₡13, diesel will drop ₡11 and “Super” gasoline will ₡2. That means “Plus” will cost ₡744 per liter ($1.39), “Super” will cost ₡777 per liter ($1.45) and diesel will cost ₡658 per liter ($1.23).Changes in international oil prices and to the U.S. dollar exchange rate resulted in a fuel price decrease, ARESEP said. This is the third consecutive month that fuel prices have dropped.last_img read more