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Site C Construction Schedule for July 22nd – August 4th 2019

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgOld Fort Road  Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic.  Gravel sections have developed near 85th Avenue.  Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.  Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B.  Excavation of a short section of Old Fort Road will result in small detours, increased noise, dust and vibration. Highway 29: Construction-related traffic and investigation equipment will travel along Highway 29. Visit drivebc.ca to get the latest traffic advisories. Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Equipment  Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.  Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. Noise and vibration  Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Pile driving may take place near the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.  During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.  Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings. Transmission work may occur on the 138 kV right-of-way within the dam site.  Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River.  Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. We will use the tower and mobile cranes. 85th Avenue Conveyor  Construction and assembly continue on the conveyor between the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands and the dam site.  Paving will occur on Old Fort Road.  Work will use heavy machinery, resulting in noise, dust and vibration. Typical work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Periodic sweeping or dust suppression will occur. Highway 29 Noxious weed inventory and treatment may occur along Highway 29 and in Wuthrich, Portage Mountain, and West Pine Quarries. Construction will continue at Cache Creek West. This will include grading, road construction, and drainage work. Portage Mountain Quarry haul road construction will continue. Archaeological data recovery will occur at Cache Creek East and Halfway River. Reservoir area  Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations will continue along the reservoir area.  Road construction activities will occur in the preparation of clearing on the south bank, eastern reservoir, and north bank near Halfway River.  Archaeological investigations may occur in support of reservoir access road design. Transmission works  Transmission line construction will continue. This includes helical pile foundation installation, testing and welding, and tower assembly.  Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.  Clearing activities may occur. This includes selective hand-falling and hauling logs to local mills. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or hauled off-site.  Road construction will occur in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas, as well as on the south slope of the dam site.  Upgrades will continue at the Peace Canyon Generating Station. Other areas  Geotechnical investigations will occur on the south bank of the Peace River, across from Lynx Creek. Helicopters will move equipment and workers from a staging area on the north side of the river.  Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements.  Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for July 22nd – August, 4th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank  Noxious weed inventory and treatment will occur in the main civil works area, on the banks of the Peace River.  Large sections of penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.  Construction of a wash station to limit the migration of invasive species continues.  Contractors will continue to move equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road. Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas. This includes the main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. last_img read more

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Blackbuck case Fresh notices to Tabu Sonali Saif Neelam

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgJaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Monday served fresh notices to Bollywood stars Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Dushyant Kumar, a local resident, in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case following the state government’s appeal against their acquittal. On the state government’s plea, the High Court earlier issued notices to the five respondents on March 11. On Monday, Justice Manoj Garg issued them fresh notices after prosecution counsel Mahipal Singh told the court that none, except Neelam Kothari, received its earlier notices. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The court asked all the five respondents to reply to the notices within eight weeks. In its plea filed on April 5 last year, the Rajasthan government questioned the acquittal of the five persons for lack of evidence, when actor Salman Khan, who was accompanying them, was proven guilty. Khan was awarded a five-year imprisonment, along with a penalty of Rs 10,000, after being held guilty under Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act for killing two blackbucks in 1998 during the shooting of Hum Saath Saath Hai. His appeal is pending in the High Court.last_img read more

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African Union and UN agree to try to strengthen cooperation to promote

By on October 11, 2019

23 September 2011The leaders of the United Nations and the African Union today agreed to step up the joint peace efforts of the two organizations on some of the major conflicts and security issues across the continent. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and AU Commission Chairperson Jean Ping, in a meeting on the margins of the current 66th session of the General Assembly, focused their discussions on existing UN-AU cooperation and on recent developments in Africa, especially in Libya, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, according to information released by his spokesperson.Since 2008 the two organizations have operated a joint peacekeeping force in the western Sudanese region of Darfur (UNAMID), while in Somalia, the UN backs an AU-force known as AMISOM. read more

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Canadas digital strategy aims to get 98 of Canadians on highspeed Internet

By on October 8, 2019

WATERLOO, Ont. — Ottawa has unveiled a digital strategy it says will keep pace with Canadians’ use of technology, but some critics say it comes up short and late for the fast-moving digital world.Industry Minister James Moore said Friday he will table the Digital Privacy Act next week with updated measures to improve protection for Canadians’ online privacy and security.“We have to make sure that Canadians have confidence that their online presence and their online transactions are secure and that their privacy is protected and that their families are safe from online threats and cyberbullying,” Moore said via webcast from Waterloo, Ont.His announcement included new and ongoing initiatives by the Conservative government.But while critics had some praise for Moore moving ahead with a strategy, others described it as  “warmed up leftovers” and the the equivalent of slow tech in a high-speed world.Associate prof. John-Kurt Pliniussen of Queen’s University said it’s a step in the right direction, but noted that Canada lags behind other G7 industrialized countries when it comes to a digital strategy.“We’re at first base and they’re at third base on all measures,” said Pliniussen, who teaches Internet marketing and innovation at Queen’s in Kingston, Ont.“No one has said, ‘We want to be the best in the world,”’ he said.Liberal Industry critic Judy Sgro called it a “rehash.”“I was expecting they were going to layout a digital railway for the 21st century, so it was a disappointment,” Sgro said. Moore made several references to the Internet being the modern equivalent of Canada’s railways in bringing the country together.“The railway is going nowhere,” Sgro said.Law professor Michael Geist said it’s positive the government is moving forward on digital issues, but the strategy has its shortcomings.“In some ways, this feels more like a report card on what the government has accomplished in the past as opposed to a document talking about where it wants to take us in the future,” said Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa.Ottawa said it’s aiming to have more than 98% of Canadians with Internet service fast enough for high-resolution video. To achieve that, Moore said the government will provide about $305 million to extend and enhance high-speed Internet services for about 280,000 households in rural and remote areas of the country by 2017, recently announced in the federal budget.Ottawa will also table legislation to ensure that networks are protected from terrorist or domestic threats, Moore said, adding that Canada has been “lagging behind” on that front. He didn’t provide further details.A report last month found that Canada’s Internet service providers have been less than forthcoming about how they handle customer information — including whether they routinely give personal data to spy agencies. Internet software companies have also warned that corporate data and intellectual property are facing an increase in hacking threats.NDP MP Charmaine Borg, the party’s digital issues critic, said the changes won’t be fully in place until 2017.“Pretty much what we’re seeing here is a dial-up strategy for a broadband world,” Borg said.Advocacy group OpenMedia.ca called Moore’s announcement “warmed up leftovers” and said a number of the measures announced aren’t new, such as giving rural Canadians high-speed Internet and more wireless competition.“This reads like the digital strategy for the last five years, not for the five years ahead,” OpenMedia executive director Steve Anderson said in a statement.The government will provide $36 million in new money to repair, refurbish or donate computers to libraries, not-for-profit organizations and in small and aboriginal communities, Moore said.In addition, the digital strategy calls for the Business Development Bank of Canada to invest an additional $500 million on behalf of the government, with $300 million going to digital tech companies and $200 million for businesses adopting new technology.Moore added the government will invest $40 million in new money to support 3,000 internships for young people to get experience and skills in high-demand jobs.Moore repeated his pledge to have more competition in Canada’s wireless industry, which is dominated by Rogers, Bell and Telus. read more

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Broadbased rally boosts SPTSX composite US stock markets also gain

By on October 7, 2019

TORONTO — A broad-based rally helped lift Canada’s main stock index into record territory in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also surged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 96.86 points at 16,897.00, after going as high as 16,901.76 earlier in the morning.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 67.77 points at 27,214.85. The S&P 500 index was up 10.96 points at 3,017.69, while the Nasdaq composite was up 50.19 points at 8,227.58.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.38 cents US compared with an average of 75.35 cents US on Wednesday.The November crude contract was up 53 cents at US$58.57 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 7.9 cents at US$2.56 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.70 at US$1,508.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.25 of a cent at US$2.61 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

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Applications for US jobless aid drop back below 300000 evidence of continued

By on October 4, 2019

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2014 6:43 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.Weekly applications fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 4,750 to 299,000.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. As fewer people seek unemployment benefits, it suggests that employers are holding onto more workers and potentially looking to bolster their hiring.Applications have been under 300,000 for 11 of the past 12 weeks, an unusually low level that suggests employers are anticipating stronger economic growth. The four week average for jobless claims has plummeted 9 per cent over the past 12 months.Such sharp declines in applications are unlikely to continue, analysts said. But at sub-300,000 levels, they point to better job gains in the Labor Department’s employment report, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.“The trend probably has now flattened off, but at an extraordinarily low level, consistent with very strong payroll numbers,” Shepherdson said.The decline in application for unemployment benefits has been matched by a surge in hiring.Employers have added an average of 228,500 jobs a month this year, putting 2014 on pace to be strongest year for hiring since 1999. That’s up from an average of 194,000 last year. The unemployment rate has fallen to a six-year low of 5.8 per cent, down from 7.2 per cent just a year ago.The November jobs report being released Friday is expected to show gains of 225,000 last month, according to the data firm FactSet.The payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private companies added 208,000 jobs in November.Even with gains this year and five years removed from the end of the recession, nearly 9 million people are out of work. Before the recession began in 2007, there were 7.6 million unemployed Americans. Less than a quarter of the people counted as jobless by the Labor Department are collecting unemployment benefits.The recent job gains have not lifted wages by much, stifling the potential for the economy to grow more quickly. Average hourly pay rose 3 cents in October to $24.57. That’s just 2 per cent above the average wage 12 months earlier and barely ahead of a 1.7 per cent inflation rate. Applications for US jobless aid drop back below 300,000; evidence of continued hiring gains FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2014 file photo, automotive service technology students work on a car at the Community College of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) read more

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Repaying debt a priority of Canadians with extra money report says

By on October 3, 2019

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 9:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Repaying debt a priority of Canadians with extra money, report says OTTAWA – Low oil prices may be putting a few extra dollars in the pockets of Canadians, but record debt levels have us taking a conservative approach to spending, a new report says.The review by market intelligence agency Mintel, released Wednesday, found Canadians are focused on paying off debts and making cutbacks when it comes to their finances.“There is a glimmer of hope, however, with consumers still looking to treat themselves to long- and short-term rewards, creating a mood of sensible spending for 2015,” said Carol Wong-Li, senior lifestyle analyst at Mintel.“We’re predicting food-related categories like dining out and groceries will experience reasonable growth this year.”Nonetheless, paying down debt was the top response when those surveyed were asked where their extra money was being spent. Thirty-four per cent listing it as an option.Other popular answers included long vacations, dining out and “small extras” for family members.The report also found nearly a third of Canadians expected to spend more on food at home.Mintel noted that Canadian consumer spending rose to $1.084 trillion in 2014, up 4.7 per cent from 2013.The report said housing was the biggest category at about 25 per cent of all Canadian consumer spending, followed by transportation and personal finance expenditures including savings, investments and insurance.Total Canadian consumer spending is forecasted to grow by 4.7 per cent over the next five years and top $1.2 trillion in 2019. read more

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Global stocks extend European stimulusinspired rally

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FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people walk to work on Wall Street beneath a statue of George Washington, in New York. Global shares rose on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, following upbeat trade data from China. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Global stocks continued to rise Friday as investors remained buoyed by the European Central Bank’s decision to extend its bond-buying economic stimulus program. South Korea’s benchmark slipped as lawmakers voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,944 and France’s CAC 40 was up 0.6 per cent at 4,762. Germany’s DAX rose 0.3 per cent to 11,209. U.S. shares looked set for more gains, with Dow futures up 0.2 per cent and S&P futures almost 0.1 per cent higher.EURO WATCH: The European Central on Thursday extended its bond-buying economic stimulus program, known as “quantitative easing,” as investors expected. It pushed out the earliest end date for its bond-buying program to the end of next year, from March previous. However, starting in March it will begin spending less on bonds per month. The extension adds $579 billion, seen as a hedge against political uncertainties such as Italy’s recent referendum and elections next year in France, Germany and the Netherlands. China’s slowdown, U.S. rate hikes and the impact of President-elect Donald Trump on growth and global trade also loom large.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The ECB’s policy change looks like a typical compromise” between those in favour of extending the stimulus and those who wanted to start phasing it out, said CMC’s chief market strategist, Ric Spooner. “The bottom line for markets is that (the stimulus) will continue at a substantial rate for another 12 months with the possibility of being increased if conditions deteriorate.”U.S. RATE HIKES: The Fed is expected to raise its key interest rate by 0.25 per cent at its policy-setting meeting next week, a year after its last rate hike. Investors are watching for clues about whether the Fed will stick to “gradual rate hikes” and how significant fiscal stimulus will be under Donald Trump. U.S. data remains solid, with non-manufacturing business conditions index rising, job openings and hiring remaining strong and jobless claims low.SOUTH KOREAN IMPEACHMENT: South Korean lawmakers voted to impeach Park over a corruption scandal that drew millions of demonstrators into the streets demanding she step down. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will assume leadership until the country’s constitutional Court rules on whether Park must go for good. Park has denied allegations she colluded with a confidante who extorted companies and manipulated state affairs. South Korea’s KOSPI fell 0.3 per cent to 2,024.69, closing as the vote was underway.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 1.2 per cent to 18,996.37 as the yen weakened against the dollar. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.5 per cent to 3,232.88. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 advanced 0.3 per cent to 5,560.60. Indexes in most Southeast Asian countries also rose but Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.4 per cent to 22,760.98 and India’s Sensex was up 0.3 per cent at 26,778.58.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 40 cents to $51.24 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained $1.07 in the previous session. Brent crude, the international standard, added 22 cents to $54.11 a barrel in London. It rose 89 cents on Thursday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 115.09 yen from 114.20 yen. The euro fell to $1.0561 from $1.0603. by Eileen Ng, The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2016 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global stocks extend European stimulus-inspired rally read more

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University looking for honorary degree nominations

By on October 2, 2019

Brock University is again ready to honour those in the community or within a particular discipline who deserves to be recognized for their exceptional work.The Office of the University Secretariat is looking for worthy recipients to be considered for honorary degrees.“In awarding honorary doctorates, Brock University has the opportunity to recognize those whose significant achievements and contributions to society have made a difference, whether here in Niagara, nationally or globally,” said Senate Chair Scott Henderson. “The award is a means of honouring leaders in their fields, while reinforcing for our graduates and alumni the University’s own values and ideals, evident in the achievements of each recipient.”Honorary degrees are conferred at Spring and Fall Convocations, with the recipients delivering the Convocation address.There’s no deadline for nominations, but they’re reviewed by the Governance Committee of Senate in early spring. The committee then makes recommendations on which nominees should be placed on a list of proposed honorary degree recipients to be selected by the President.Nominations may be submitted using the form on the honorary degree section of the University Secretariat website. The site also contains the procedures and guidelines for submitting a name to be considered, including the requirement of having at least two statements of support. read more

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Bet Their Mammies Are Proud Pic of the Day

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgCHECK OUT THE look of concentration on the faces of these rather adorable tiny Irish dancers.The photo was taken at the launch of the Carlow Pan Celtic International Festival where the dancers showed off their skills. We bet their mammies are proud.(Image: Carlow Pan Celtic International Festival) Read: Inventions wanted: Digital Irish dancing shoes, ‘keepy uppy’ counter >last_img

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Got 15 Seconds and a Microwave Asics Can Customize Your Kicks

By on September 20, 2019

first_img Move over, Adidas and Nike: Asics is joining the bespoke shoe revolution.The Japanese footwear maker recently introduced a new technique for creating colorful, custom midsoles.In partnership with Tayin Research & Development Co., Ltd., Asics uses microwave technology—”both speedy and sustainable,” according to the company—to produce instant soles.The in-factory process takes as few as 15 seconds, and boasts “huge potential to pave the way for decreasing environmental impact,” Asics’ blog announcement said.Choose from a “spectrum of colors” (via Asics)Currently in testing, the microwave technology could reduce energy consumption by some 90 percent, compared to the firm’s current techniques.It also has “huge potential to revolutionize” the in-store experience—i.e. You may one day be able to walk into a local sneaker store, and walk out a few minutes later with a personalized pair of kicks.Customers simply pick from a “spectrum of colors” to create their ideal palette, which gets microwaved to fuse the shades together. Then, select an upper (the entire part of the shoe that covers the foot) and watch as the two are fused together.From blue and speckled green to pink and orange to maroon and navy, the choice is yours. Watch the teaser video above for style inspiration.“The evolution of this technology could eventually give trainer enthusiasts and fashion-forward shoppers the option to customize the color of the midsole and upper on the spot,” the blog said.Asics plans to introduce the newfangled system via a handful of its footwear ranges in the future.Microwave on high for 15 seconds (via Asics)Rivals Nike and Adidas, meanwhile, have been on the cutting-edge of shoe technology for years: In 2016, they introduced actual self-lacing high-tops and biodegradable sneakers, respectively.And, this fall, Adidas is expected to launch its first mass-produced 3D-printed shoe, the premium Futurecraft 4D, which uses a digital light projection technique to shape the sole.It can’t be completed in 15 seconds, but the method promises results just as good as those made in an injection mold, with similar costs and production times.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Customize Shoes, Phone CasesFacebook Introduces Customizable Avatar Stickers Stay on targetlast_img read more

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PTV celebrates 5 years

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPeople’s Television celebrated five years in operation yesterday; the company, which is located in the Bight was started by Peter Stubbs and his family in November 2008 hosted a customer appreciation day with drinks, goodies, t shirts, caps, other giveaways and the launch of its Christmas pay early and win campaign. During On Your Mind TV talk show, host reverend Rev Dr Conrad Howard presented plaques and mugs of appreciation on behalf of the television station to individuals like Bishop Bryant Cox… Pastor Courtney Misick host of Talk Dat… Paula Arthur, host of the Average Joe Show and Sam Nagar of Rock of Jesus Ministry. I was also honoured to have been remembered; Magnetic Media TV morning show Turquoise Morning airs on PTV8 weekdays at 7am.last_img read more

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Washington State falls to Stanford in yearly Seattle game

By on September 16, 2019

first_imgSEATTLE — The gap between Washington State and the reigning Pac-12 champion was on full display Saturday.After two lopsided wins over Southern Utah and Idaho, Washington State entered its annual “home” game in Seattle riding high. But WSU faced a whole different animal in No. 5 Stanford (4-0, 2-0). The Cardinal showed why they are among the nation’s elite in dominating all facets Saturday in a 55-17 win at CenturyLink Field.The Cougars (2-2, 1-1) are left wondering about the health of quarterback Connor Halliday, who left the game after being driven into the turf early in the third quarter.On that play, Jordan Richards put Stanford ahead 24-3 when he returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown with 10:42 left in the third.WSU Coach Mike Leach did not elaborate on Halliday’s status, but said he could have gone back in the game had Apodaca gotten injured.Halliday attempted one pass on the next drive before giving way to Austin Apodaca.Apodaca also had a pass returned 30 yards for an interception about four minutes later, when linebacker Trent Murphy snared a pass near the line of scrimmage and took it to the end zone.“It was a closer game than the score,” Leach said. “What killed us were explosive plays on defense and us not finishing drives.”Touchdown passes of 57 and 33 yards to Devon Cajuste put Stanford ahead 17-3 in the second quarter. Stanford gained 311 yards in the first half and held WSU to 165.The Cardinal finished with 562 yards of total offense to Washington State’s 373.last_img read more

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Nobel laureates global citizens demand UN intervention to end Roginhya persecution

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgNobel laureates, global citizens demand UN intervention to resolve Roginhya crisisTwelve Nobel laureates, including Muhammad Yunus, and 17 other globally renowned citizens, have demanded immediate intervention of the UN Security Council to end the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.In an open letter addressed to the council president and members, they called for taking “decisive actions” to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine.”The human tragedy and crimes against humanity unfolding in the Arakan region of Myanmar need your immediate intervention. This is one of the decisive moments when bold and decisive actions are needed promptly when it is still possible to get it resolved,” they observed.They called for taking immediate steps to stop the outflow of refugees. They also demanded building camps within Myanmar for the returning refugees to facilitate their rehabilitation with the UN financing and supervision.Around 370,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh during the past two weeks, according to UN estimate.The Nobel laureates and eminent citizens wrote: “We call on UNSC to intervene immediately by using all available means. We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people.”The signatories insisted on immediate implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan commission.They recalled that some of them denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to the UN to intervene.However, they regretted, the situation has not improved.”We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people,” they said.The Annan Commission, mostly comprised of Myanmar citizens, recommended providing citizenship to the Rohingyas, allowing them freedom of movement, rights and equality before the law, ensuring communal representation, facilitating UN assistance in ensuring safety and security of returning people.The Nobel laureates and reported citizens also insisted that a bold change in approach is needed by the United Nations and the international community if there is to be an end to the cycle of violence against the Rohingyas.The signatories include Nobel laureaytes Máiread Maguire, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams, Oscar Arias, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard J Roberts and Elizabeth Blackburn, former Malaysian foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar, former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino, former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Thai foreign minister Kasit Piromya, and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.last_img read more

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Mayonnaise effect explains breakdown of 1929 viscosity equation

By on August 31, 2019

first_img Journal information: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Mayonnaise is a staple of almost every household, yet the reason why it’s so thick and viscous is a long-standing unsolved problem in physical chemistry: why does adding egg yolk to a runny mixture of oil and water increase the viscosity a thousand-fold? And, more generally, why does the viscosity of all solutions exhibit an unpredictably large increase in viscosity when a large amount of solute or surfactant (such as egg yolk) is added? © 2018 Phys.org More information: Klaas Wynne. “The Mayonnaise Effect.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03207 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. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: ‘Mayonnaise effect’ explains breakdown of 1929 viscosity equation (2018, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-mayonnaise-effect-breakdown-viscosity-equation.html The 1929 Jones-Dole equation, which accurately predicts viscosity changes in solutions at lower concentrations, breaks down at higher concentrations (above 1 Molar) like those present in syrup and mayonnaise. So far, the rapid increase in viscosity at high concentrations has not been explained by either a mathematical expression or a microscopic physical theory.Now in a new study, Klaas Wynne, a professor of chemical physics at the University of Glasgow, has proposed what he calls the “mayonnaise effect” to explain the dramatic increase in viscosity that occurs not just in mayonnaise, but in all highly concentrated solutions. His results are published in a recent issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.”The ‘mayonnaise effect’ is a lovely simple little idea that has much wider applicability: in any case in which a liquid is structured in some way, the viscosity will increase nonlinearly due to the presence of a virtual jamming transition at a very high concentration,” Wynne told Phys.org. “Therefore, the mayonnaise effect also applies to the intrinsic structuring in room-temperature ionic liquids, in deep eutectic solvents, concentration fluctuations near critical points, and of course liquid mixtures including mayonnaise. The mayonnaise effect applies to all solutions and liquid mixtures, and is therefore very widely applicable.” In his paper, Wynne explains how the jamming transition occurs. When a solute containing ions is added to a solution, the liquid molecules (for example, water) form clusters around the ions. At a critical concentration, the motion of the ion/liquid clusters freezes or jams. As Wynne explains, the approach of this jamming transition marks the changeover from the regime described by the Jones-Dole equation to a regime in which viscosity increases much more rapidly. The mayonnaise effect, then, is an example of a colligative property, meaning it depends primarily on the concentration of the solute rather than on the solute’s chemical or physical properties.To mathematically describe the dependence of viscosity on concentration, Wynne has proposed modifications to the Jones-Dole equation, motivated by the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann equation that describes the viscosity of supercooled liquids and glasses as they approach the critical glass transition temperature. Wynne showed that the new modified equation provides a good fit for much of the previously published viscosity data, other than a few expected outliers. The results reveal a connection between glass formation and mayonnaise formation, as in both cases viscosity depends on concentration in a similar fashion.In the future, Wynne plans to further investigate the implications of the mayonnaise effect.”I’m currently hugely interested in the physical manipulation of phase transitions such as demixing of liquids and nucleation of crystals in which the mayonnaise effect plays an important role,” Wynne said. In the mayonnaise effect, a jamming transition occurs when a large amount of solute is added to a solution. At a critical solute concentration, the motion of the ion/liquid clusters freezes or jams, which causes the viscosity to dramatically increase. Credit: Wynne. ©2017 American Chemical Society Unusual thermal convection in a well-mixed fluidlast_img read more

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Bisexuality is no crime but it might affect your sex life in

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first_imgI’m living in a hostel. I have got physically involved with my room mate. I’m not gay but I find him attractive. What should I do!Name withheld, New DelhiYou could be bisexual. And if you feel uneasy about that, you really have to sit back and understand your sexual preference. Nobody can do that for you! In the long run, you need clarity about your own self! Bisexuality is no crime but this might affect your sex life in the future. Please take all necessary precautions and don’t have unprotected sex with anyone. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m 40 years old and the only daughter of my parents. My father expired 5 yeas back and my mom is too dependent on me. I want to get married but nobody seems interested in that! What do I do?Rekha, Madhya PradeshWell, this is sad but the reality is you, yourself need to initiate the process of marriage. If there’s no prospective groom, you surely can register on online matrimonial sites or resort to newspaper ads. Keep in mind that the man you choose is someone who will understand your situation and help you take care of your mother. I understand, this situation is definitely a bit depressing and demanding, but you have to help yourself and look out for your ideal partner. All the best Rekha! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI have developed this habit of visiting red-light areas and having sex with prostitutes. I’m a student and feel addicted towards this. How can I come out of it?Name and location withheldYou have to come out of this for your own good! Life is no film and this has to get over NOW! We all fantasise about various things and I’m sure you’ve lived your quota of sexual fantasy. It’s time to end this and look for a perfect girl for you who will help cool your mind, soul and body. Hope that you have been sexually safe. Sincerely request you to go through the required tests for STD (Sexually transmitted disease) checks. Play safe boy.  My daughter has developed the ugly habit of smoking. I’m very upset. What can I do to help her come out of it?Ragini Sharma, New DelhiYou can directly tell her how you feel towards her habit. Make her conscious about your feelings. We all know the dark truth about smoking but quitting it is one’s own decision. This could be just a phase but you as a parent should insist so that she quits soon. Be firm, don’t nag. Leave reading materials on quitting techniques on her desk/room. Emotional blackmail work wonders on kids and I’m sure she will soon realise and make you a happy parent!I stammer. I feel conscious. What should I do to overcome this?Dilip, HaryanaJust start by not getting conscious. Forget that you have a difficulty in speech. Initially try to participate in conversations with small sentences or just words. Develop this gradually and every morning look into the mirror and say – I’m GOOD…I try to be perfect!!! Trust me, you’ll soon overcome. You can and you will!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Hindu Jagaran Manch to hold rally to demand construction of Ram Mandir

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first_imgKolkata: The Hindu Jagaran Manch, a Hindu right wing group, will organise a rally here on Saturday to press for the demand of construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, a leader of the manch said Friday. Apart from the demand of construction of the Ram Mandir, the ‘Virat Hindu Sammelan’ rally at Shahid Minar Grounds here will also demand National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal to weed out illegal immigrants from the state, he said. “We have four specific demands. One is construction of Ram Temple at Ayodha and all the political parties should come forward to make that happen,” Vivek Singha, assistant media in charge, of Hindu Jagaran Manch told PTI. The second demand is NRC for Bengal in order to identify and send back the illegal immigrants. Third is passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in order to enable Hindu refugees get citizenship and the fourth is construction of a Gangasagar house, for Gangasagar pilgrims by the state government, on the lines of Haj House, he said.last_img read more

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Firefox 57 delays tracking domains

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first_imgFirefox 57 delays tracking domains by Martin Brinkmann on December 21, 2017 in Firefox – 19 commentsMozilla implemented a new feature in Firefox 57 that its lead developer calls tailing. Tailing delays the loading of scripts from a list of known tracking domains to improve the page load performance.The core concept works similarly to lazy load. Instead of loading all scripts and elements of a web page directly, some content is paused to give more important content more resources to work with.The theory is that pages load faster because of this. Mozilla noticed that tailing has a positive effect on page load performance because Firefox may use (more) “network bandwidth, I/O and CPU for loading and processing of images and scripts running on the site” so that the web page is loaded faster.Firefox delays tracking scripts for six seconds by default. Scripts that Firefox identifies as coming from tracking domains are paused for the time and moved to the end of the queue. This happens only for scripts that are asynchronous or loaded dynamically.Mozilla uses the same list that it uses for the browser’s tracking protection feature. There is no way currently to add or remove domains from that list.Tracking images, XHRs (XMLHttpRequests), and requests made by tracking scripts are automatically and always delayed.The scripts, which are not necessary for the display of the site usually, are moved to the end of the loading queue so that pages render faster.Mozilla notes that the method has its problems. Issues happen for the most part on sites that load resources from known tracking domains that are required for the rendering of a page, and for sites that are not “well built”.It can happen that a blank page is displayed on sites if a resource from a tracking domain is required. Mozilla found that to be the case on Google’s Page Hiding Snippet for instance.Configure tailing in FirefoxTailing can only be configured using advanced configuration options. You can load about:config?filter=network.http.tailing to display them all in the Firefox web browser for instance, or assign different values to them using a user.js file.network.http.tailing.enabled — Set this to false to disable tailing in Firefoxnetwork.http.tailing.delay-quantum — This defines the minimum time in seconds that resources from identified tracking domains get delayed (0.6 seconds)network.http.tailing.delay-quantum-after-domcontentloaded — Defines the delay after dom content has loaded (0.1 seconds)network.http.tailing.delay-max — This defines the maximum time in seconds that resources from identified tracking domains get delayed (6 seconds)Closing WordsFirefox will display most web pages faster with tailing. That’s a good thing, and while some users may say that this is not going far enough, others may be very happy with it. Users can enable tracking protection in Firefox to block these tracking domains outright and speed up browsing even further, or use a content blocker for the same effect.The benefit of a content blocker is that it gives users more control, and protects them better for malicious advertising campaigns. (via Bleeping Computer)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 57 delays tracking domainsDescriptionMozilla implemented a new feature in Firefox 57 that its lead developer calls tailing that delays the loading of resources from known tracking domains to speed up the page loading time.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canadas first LGBTQ museum

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first_imgThe Canadian capital Ottawa is home to some of the world’s best exhibitions, galleries and other cultural attractions.The latest planned addition will be the country’s first LGBTQ+ museum. Scheduled to open in 2021 at LeBreton Flats just west of the city’s downtown, it will tell the stories of Canadians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and more. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestWhatsAppLinkedinPrintTumblrViber Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… First “hetero-friendly” hotel opens in ItalyRecord numbers of international LGBT+ travel industry exhibitors at ITB Berlin2016 IGLTA Honors announced annual awardsMore articles on eTurboNews click here Next articlePassenger and Airport Experience: Global Airport and Passenger Symposium Previous articlePakistan and India celebrate Independence Days together in AUH Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie. In May The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity launched a $10-million fundraising campaign and a year-long consultation “on how folks would like to use the space”.The 15,000-square-foot facility is planned as part of an impressive mixed-use development near Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum.last_img read more

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first_img 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more July 15, 2011 — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected GE Healthcare’s Vivid q cardiovascular ultrasound system for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) on its final space shuttle flight. The Vivid q launched on the space shuttle Atlantis July 8.NASA selected the Vivid q following a rigorous regimen of spaceflight hardware qualification and acceptance testing. The system will be used onboard ISS as part of NASA’s human research program, specifically to help assess the impact of long duration microgravity space flight on astronauts. The compact, lightweight diagnostic ultrasound system is about the size of a laptop, enabling portability and ease of use.The Vivid q is designed for cardiovascular imaging and enables assessment of left ventricular function and cardiac performance. The panoramic scan feature is a capability NASA has not had available in space before. NASA plans to use the equipment to replace and upgrade a 10-year-old ultrasound unit that stopped operating earlier this year in its Human Research Facility. The new device will be used for general crew health assessment, and in space research investigations such as integrated cardiovascular, which looks at the weakening of heart muscles associated with long-duration spaceflight, and the Integrated Resistance and Aerobic training Study (Sprint) evaluation of the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in astronauts.A European Space Agency experiment called vascular echography (vessel imaging) will use the device to help evaluate changes in central and peripheral blood vessel wall properties (thickness and compliance) and cross-sectional areas of station astronauts during and after long-term exposure to microgravity. Vivid q may also be used in NASA’s New Millennium Observatory Network (NeMO Net) extreme mission operation, providing underwater space simulation. NeMO Net is a near-real-time data communications system that links instruments located in a submarine volcano, one mile underwater and 300 miles offshore of Oregon, to the Internet.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 20, 2019 Bay Labs Announces New Echocardiography Guidance Software Data at ASE 2019 Scientific Sessions Bay Labs announced that new data on the company’s first-of-its-kind deep learning investigational guidance software… read more Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more center_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 27, 2019 FDA Issues Final Guidance on Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound Systems and Transducers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the final guidance: Marketing Clearance of Diagnostic Ultrasound… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | July 15, 2011 GE Healthcare’s Vivid q Cardiovascular Ultrasound Selected by NASA News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | April 30, 2019 New Guideline Published for Evaluation of Valvular Regurgitation After Catheter-based Valve Interventions A new document compiled by four cardiac imaging professional societies provides a resource to guide clinicians in best… read morelast_img read more

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