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Province Appoints Associate Deputy Minister

first_imgDeputy Premier Frank Corbett, on behalf of Premier Dexter, today, Aug. 8, announced Dan McDougall will be the new associate deputy minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Mr. McDougall has significant experience in municipal administration. He was chief administrative officer for the County of Colchester, a position he previously held with the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. McDougall worked for the province as a municipal advisor and director for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Dan brings work experience in both municipal and provincial government and has earned a strong reputation among municipal leaders and councils across the province,” said Mr. Corbett. “The province is committed to building stronger and more sustainable communities in Nova Scotia and Dan’s leadership will help us do that.” Mr. McDougall is board member with the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, a current executive member of the Nova Scotia Association of Municipal Administrators and has a masters of public administration from Dalhousie University. Mr. McDougall’s appointment is effective Oct. 15.last_img read more

Arjuna says Hambantota port workers must not be sacked

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) informed employees of the Magampura Port Management Company (Pvt.) Ltd. that an Enjoining Order has been issued by the District Court of Hambantota on disrupting port operations. Obstructing vehicular traffic entering or exiting from the Hambantota Port or obstructing the access or exit roads of Hambantota Port in any manner;Entering or remaining in the Hambantota Port without written permission of Sri Lanka Ports Authority; andInterrupting the usual operations of Hambantota Port and port services in any manner.“I had discussed with a private Chinese company to secure the employment of workers during my ministerial period. Although the subject ministry is not under me, I said not to deprive them of their employment. I’m still in the same stance. Although I’m with the Government, I stand against the Government if some influence is made to deprive them of their employment,” Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said.Minister Ranatunga visited the Dalada Maligawa to obtain blessings for his 54th birthday and called on the Mahanayaka Thero of the Malwatta Chapter, the Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala and the Mahanayaka Thero of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero. Responding to journalists, the Minister said that if someone attempts to separate the unity Government, it will amount to going against the people. Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga says securing the employment of the workers in the Hambantota Port is a responsibility of the Government.He made this statement when he called on the Mahanayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya temples and visited the Dalada Maligawa today. “My vision is that very leader can take any decisions which do not destroy the people’s mandate. People gave power to these two parties to govern the country together. Any alteration to it will be bad for the people. I can’t teach politics to the President and the Prime minister. People expected to establish the new government by allowing both to govern the country without giving solo power to either the UNP or the SLFP. Even the Most Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero approved this system before he passed away. We could sort out issues by this system,” Minister Ranatunga added. The Enjoining Order has been issued on 30.11.2017 in District Court of Hambantota Case No. 8698/SPL against the employees and/or all persons involved in: read more

Donors should consider poorcentric approach to development work UN envoy says

Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, said those involved in development efforts should “think about demand-driven development where poor people are asked what they really want, rather than continuing with the traditional style of supply-driven development programmes.”Mr. Doss made the comments while opening a two-day workshop in Monrovia aimed at developing strategic priorities for the UN’s development assistance for Liberia, which he said should be measured for the real change made improving poor people’s lives.Pointing to the remarkably quick and wide diffusion of mobile phone technology in Africa, Mr. Doss challenged participants to consider the concept of “scratch-card development” in which the poor are provided purchasing power so they can buy basic services as they see fit.Another challenge for UN and development partners is how to reduce the burden on governments that results from too many ill-coordinated projects that use up rather than build up national capacity, he added.Liberia’s Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, Dr Toga McIntosh, reiterated the need to break with the past, improve donor assistance and effectiveness and urgently rebuild the country’s infrastructure to speed up the development process.Mr. Doss has had a long UN career, much of it with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and has formerly served as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire and prior to that as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone. read more

SMMT Update – 18 December 2015

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Bucks tip off season near full strength

Coming off last week’s exhibition victory over Walsh, the Ohio State men’s basketball team opens its regular season today against Alcorn State. The game is the first of two in the preliminary round of the 2K Sports Classic, a tournament that will culminate with two games in New York City’s Madison Square Garden next week.Perhaps the biggest question for the Buckeyes coming into the game is the person in the center position. Coach Thad Matta expects to again be without Dallas Lauderdale as he recovers from a broken hand.But it seems that he will return in the near future. Matta said Wednesday that the trainers are working to provide him with a brace that would allow him to participate in the team’s full practices. Though he won’t play Monday, he should be able to make his return Thursday against James Madison.In Lauderdale’s absence, senior Kyle Madsen got the start, but both he and sophomore Zisis Sarikopoulos played significant time. Matta was pleased with their performances. “I thought they did a very good job, I really did,” Matta said. “With those two guys, you’ve got good size.”On a similar note, the rest of the rotation will be something to watch as the Buckeyes begin regular season play. As expected, Evan Turner, David Lighty, Jon Diebler and William Buford were in the starting lineup against Walsh. Jeremie Simmons, P.J. Hill, Walter Offutt and Nikola Kecman all played at least 12 minutes off the bench.  “We had the luxury of getting guys more minutes and more opportunities to play, giving Evan or John … just more of a two-minute blow here or there,” Matta said. “I hope we can continue that.”Monday’s game will mark junior David Lighty’s first regular season appearance since last year’s season-ending foot injury. Lighty showed no lingering effects against Walsh, and his return is a welcome sight for his teammates. “He’s a big part of our team and a big part of what this program stands for,” Turner said. “It was tough to see him go out for a year, but he came back. It looks like he’s playing well. I think we are going to win a lot of games with him on the floor, and I’m just so happy he’s back.”The Buckeyes take on the Alcorn State Braves at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

OLKO gets contract for two winders at Sirius Minerals Woodsmith polyhalite mine

first_imgOLKO-Maschinentechnik GmbH has been awarded a contract by Sirius Minerals for the supply and commissioning of two winders for its North Yorkshire Woodsmith polyhalite mine. The project area contains the largest, highest grade resource of polyhalite to be found anywhere in the world. The polyhalite resource of 2.66 billion tonnes, as defined according to the internationally recognised JORC code, represents 7% of the project’s area of interest. Polyhalite will be extracted via two mine shafts and transported outside of the National Park to Teesside on a conveyor belt system in an underground tunnel of approximately 37 km of length. It will then be granulated at a materials handling facility, with the majority being exported to overseas markets. Sirius Minerals is aiming to achieve first product from the mine by the end of 2021, ramping up to an initial production capacity of 10 Mt/y and then full production of 20 Mt/y.In the first stage of the project, OLKO is to supply two winders of double-drum Blair type, one for the service shaft and one for the production shaft at Woodsmith mine. Shaft depths are approximately 1,594 m (production shaft) and 1,565 m (service shaft). As OLKO was involved relatively early in the project phase, the winders have been designed that they will be used for shaft sinking purposes as well as for permanent hoisting after the shafts have been built. The winders are amongst the largest in the world: the diameter of the drum including disc brake is 6.8 m, while the motor power of the production shaft winder amounts to 9.3 MW. Hoisting speed during permanent hoisting of the production shaft winder is 18 m/s. The 35 t capacity skips will be loaded at the 1,520 m level, while the unloading facility is installed at the 360 level, where polyhalite will be transferred to the mineral transport system’s tunnel conveyor. The winder is equipped with slide bearings and the most modern mutli-channel braking system, type COBRA01, a joint development of OLKO and Siemens.Most of the components are presently manufactured and being packed for transportation to site. The design, manufacturing and handling of logistics issues of such large winders are not without challenges, for the mechanical components as well for the electrical portion, which will be supplied by Siemens. However, with completion of design and manufacturing, which has been performed in close co-operation with the project team of Sirius Minerals, huge progress has been achieved so far. Workshop tests of several components have also been completed successfully under the supervision of external experts. The next phase is the logistics part, including the transportation of all components to site, some of which weigh more than 70 t. OLKO says it considers the execution of such a flagship project as one of the biggest in the history of the company and is delighted that their hoists are part of one of the world’s largest mining projects.last_img read more

EHF F4 Miracle in Berlin – THW Kiel and Fuchse in Cologne

EHF CL F4Fuchse BerlinTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Katarina Krpez in Krim Mercator Next Story → Ljubo Vukic goes to Brest Meshkov! After AG Copenhagen and BM Atletico Madrid, German teams, Fuchse Berlin and THW Kiel qualified for EHF F4 in Cologne. Fuchse Berlin made tremendeous result with +11 win over Ademar Leon 29:18 (first match 24:35), enough to achieve the biggest success in club’s history – TOP 4 in Europe.Fuchse: Heinevetter(Stochl); Sellin (2), Christophersen (5), Jazska (-), Petterson (9), Laen (5), Nincevic (1), Bult (-), Pevnov (1), Romero (6, 4 p).Ademar: Álamo (Losert); Stranovsky (2, 1 ), Antonio García (4), Andreu (4), Ferrer (2), Carou (-), Krivoschlykov (1); Baena (3), Ruesga (-), Goñi (-), Cutura (1), Di Panda (-), Borges (1).THW Kiel broke resistance of C.O Zagreb in second half in “Sparkasse Arena” 33:27 (16:16).  Henrik Lundstrom and Filip Jicha (7 goals) were “key players” in THW’s win over fighters from Croatia. In the first match was tie – 31:31.EHF CL F4 will be played in Cologne’s “Lanxsess Arena” (26 and 27 May) read more

Will the Nexus 4 drive users to prepaid carriers

first_imgGoogle’s new line of Android devices, the Nexus line, have brought a whole new wave of technology to the mobile ecosystem. The screen on the Nexus 10 offers the same resolution as the new Retina MacBook Pro, complimented by the impressive Nexus 7 and Nexus 4. The only thing that seems to be missing from the entire Nexus line is support from LTE networks.The Nexus fans, consumers who must have the latest and greatest from Google, are going to buy the phone regardless. While the users in markets that have had LTE for some time now are quite unhappy, the $299 price tag for the Nexus 4 seems to be encouraging users to consider looking at contract free or pre-paid solutions.The original purpose behind the Nexus program was to create a device that was carrier agnostic. If you wanted to move from one carrier to another, you wouldn’t have to worry about buying a new device. With the Nexus One, there wasn’t much of a threat. HTC still had to make multiple versions to support multiple carriers. The same happened for the Nexus S, especially when it came to Sprint. Finally, the pentaband Galaxy Nexus arrived with aspirations of reaching this goal. The only problem was the price, as carriers were still offering subsidized phones for half the cost of buying the GSM Galaxy Nexus outright.With the $299 Nexus 4, Google has released a high end device for the same price that the carriers are offering subsidized phones.The tag line for the Nexus 4, “totally wireless”, is fairly telling. It’s not quite as direct as “no strings attached” but still drives the message home. In fact, the Nexus 4 comes in $50 cheaper than pre-paid carrier Straight Talk sells the Samsung Galaxy S2, a phone that is one full generation behind in every way. Google has made it cost effective to purchase a phone outright, which means all a user needs to do is plug in a SIM card from a pre-paid vendor and in seconds have a modern phone on a contract free network. These pre-paid plans start at around $45 per month and several of them offer unlimited HSPA+ data.The Nexus consumer is a fairly atypical customer. These are connected consumers who are in tune with the tech industry. The outrage at a lack of LTE on this device is matched only by the speed in which they can post the sale of their Galaxy Nexus on Swappa, eBay, and Craigslist. These are consumers who need the latest and greatest from Google, and aren’t willing to compromise with the carriers already when it comes to things like wireless tether or what ROM is run on their phone. These are pro-sumers, and the idea of leaving a carrier for a phone is not a strange concept to many of them.If you take a look at the Play Store, Google has left plenty of room on their website to include more items. They could fill those spots with LTE variants of the Nexus 4, should the carriers come to an agreement, or maybe as the rumors have suggested open the Play Store to manufacturers who are more willing to play ball with the carriers.Google seems to have pretty clearly announced with the Nexus launch that they are done trying to make things work out to everyone’s advantage. Their attempt at compromise with Verizon and Sprint didn’t work out, so Google has opened the door for pre-paid solutions to come in and take these customers off the hands of carriers that refuse to get onboard.last_img read more

La rencontre GoodPlanet Douglas Tompkins philanthrope de lécologie

first_imgLa rencontre GoodPlanet : Douglas Tompkins, philanthrope de l’écologie Le site fondé par Yann-Arthus Bertrand part à la rencontre de ceux qui se bougent pour l’écologie. Comme chaque semaine, retrouvez les meilleurs extraits sur Maxisciences. A son retour de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur la biodiversité qui se tenait à Nagoya, Douglas Tompkins a fait une escale à Paris pour assister aux championnats du monde d’escrime au Grand Palais. Ce milliardaire, écologiste et philanthrope vit aujourd’hui au Chili et a profité de cet arrêt pour rendre visite à Yann Arthus-Bertrand et à sa fondation GoodPlanet. L’occasion, au cours d’un dîner, de faire un peu plus connaissance avec cet “éco-baron”, un homme qui consacre sa fortune à la préservation de l’environnement.”Il ne peut pas y avoir de justice sociale sur une planète morte” ! Pour Douglas Tompkins, 67 ans, la protection de l’environnement et la sauvegarde de la biodiversité sont des priorités qui passent avant la résolution des problèmes économiques et sociaux du monde actuel. C’est donc pour permettre à la nature de reprendre ses droits que ce milliardaire, ancien skieur olympique et créateur des marques Esprit et The North Face, rachète des milliers d’hectares au Chili et en Argentine pour en faire des réserves naturelles et des parcs nationaux. Il possède aujourd’hui plus de 8.000 km2 de terres, l’équivalent d’un territoire comme la Corse.Tout a commencé en 1989, lorsqu’avec sa femme Kristine, elle-même alors à la tête de Patagonia, ils décident de tout quitter et de vendre les parts qu’ils détiennent dans leurs sociétés. “Je vendais des articles de mode dont personne n’avait en réalité besoin, explique-t-il. La société actuelle est enfermée dans un modèle de consommation de masse. C’est un véritable problème et j’ai réalisé que j’étais moi-même une partie du problème”.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauTrois ans plus tard, ils achètent un ranch à l’abandon dans la province chilienne de Palena, au sud du pays. A partir de ces quelques hectares, ils feront l’acquisition d’autres terres et créeront le Parc Pumalin, une réserve naturelle privée de 3.250 km2 (plus que le parc national de Yosemite aux Etats-Unis), classée “sanctuaire pour la nature” en janvier 2005 par le gouvernement chilien et que le milliardaire s’est engagé à la léguer au Chili après sa mort. Car Douglas Tompkins ne veut rien garder pour lui, “ni pour ses enfants”, précise-t-il. C’est ainsi qu’en 2002, il a offert à l’Etat chilien, via son organisation The Conservation Land Trust, 85.000 hectares pour la création du Parc national du Corcovado, qui s’étend aujourd’hui sur 2.940 km2. “C’était un cadeau que le président ne pouvait pas refuser”, glisse-t-il avec un sourire et le regard pétillant.Tout n’est cependant pas simple pour les Tompkins. Au Chili comme en Argentine, nombreux sont ceux qui souhaitent les voir quitter les lieux car les habitants voient d’un mauvais œil cet Américain qui rachète leurs terres. Il est vrai qu’en Amérique latine, les sentiments anti-états-uniens sont tenaces… Lire la suite sur GoodPlanetTout savoir sur les principaux enjeux environnementaux liés aux zones protégéesEn savoir plus sur les éco-barons en vidé est un projet de la fondation GoodPlanet, présidée par Yann Arthus-Bertrand, reporter, photographe, documentariste et écologiste français. Le site présente de manière pédagogique les enjeux écologiques et humains majeurs de notre époque.Le 4 février 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Some Bottlenose Dolphins Have Cliquey Social Circles Study Says

first_img Just like humans, ocean animals can be picky about who they’re friends with: Researchers have discovered that some bottlenose dolphins have cliquey social circles and avoid rival squads.On Tuesday, the University of St Andrews shared their dolphin findings in a press release. The study, which was published in the Marine Biology journal on Dec. 18, showed that even though some dolphins can exhibit cliquey behavior, the groups still managed to cooperate and take turns inhabiting seas.Photo Credit: Ana HaceResearchers from the Morigenos Slovenian Marine Mammals Society and the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews, analyzed the social network of dolphins in the northern Adriatic Sea. While studying the area for more than 16 years, researchers found that dolphins located in the Gulf of Trieste created different social circles and some didn’t like to hangout together.The Gulf of Trieste’s dolphin society had three different groups: two large social groups with long-lasting friendships and stable membership, and a smaller third group dubbed “freelancers” that had weaker bonds between members.Infographic of the bottlenose dolphin social groups (Photo Credit: Ana Hace/Genov et al 2018)Even though the two large social groups mostly avoided each other, they cooperated in certain areas of the sea, with each group visiting these locations at different times. University of St Andrews said this temporal partitioning hasn’t been previously documented with other mammals, including whales.“We were quite surprised by this. It’s not uncommon for dolphins to segregate into different parts of the sea, but to have certain times of the day in which they gather is unusual,” Tilen Genov of St Andrews University said. “We would sometimes see one social group in the morning and then the group in the same area in the late afternoon.”Dolphins are known to live in groups, and these social circles could change frequently with members joining or leaving, according to the researchers. Dolphins in these groups prefer spending time with “best friends,” or other buddies they like to live with.Researchers might not have a solid answer for different dolphin behaviors, however, dolphins might respond differently to various human activities, such as fishing.“Human activities can likely alter behavior and social structure of mammals. However, causal links are unclear and it’s difficult to ascertain what came first,” the study said. “The inherent social structure itself, and social learning, may lead to differential behavior and interactions with anthropogenic activities, without these activities changing the social system in the first place.”More on the Sea Turtles in This Study Had Microplastics in Their GutsOcean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark Nursery Off Irish Coast‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern Ocean Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

Soy Growers Welcome Perdue to USDA

first_imgASA on Tuesday congratulated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Trump Administration by the U.S. Senate.ASA President and Illinois soybean farmer Ron Moore said, “The USDA plays the most crucial of government functions for farmers across the country, and we are glad that Secretary Perdue is finally on board. We look forward to seeing the remaining political positions filled at the Department as well, and to working with Secretary Perdue and his team in the months and years ahead.”last_img read more

Best AV receivers under 500

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET The field is exceptionally close in terms of both sound quality and features for the money, but the Onkyo TX-NR585 pulls ahead as a total package. It offers an exhaustive list of streaming extras, bomb-proof sound and excellent ease of use. It was CNET’s 2018 Editor’s Choice and at $350, it’s an amazing value in mid-2019 as well. Mentioned Above Sony STR-DN1080 reading • Best AV receivers under $500 Tags Preview • At last, Sony’s newest STR-DN1080 receiver fixes its Atmos problem Read CNET’s review Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2:33 Best for ease of use Read CNET’s review Apple Yamaha RX-V485 $349 Share your voice See It Now playing: Watch this: AV Receivers How to buy an affordable AV receiver Dell Best for AirPlay 2 compatibility Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Yamaha Amazon HDMI Google Sony Apple Sarah Tew/CNET $448 Sarah Tew/CNET See It See it See at Amazon The Sony STR-DN1080 was our 2017 Editor’s Choice, and it’s still an excellent package. Sound quality is not quite as strong as those of the Denon and Onkyo, but they’re all very close. If you want a receiver that offers ease of use and integrates both AirPlay (but not AirPlay 2, so no multi-room) and Chromecast streaming, this is a great option. $448 $449 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Read the CNET reviewcenter_img Which receiver comes out on top? Of the receivers I’ve reviewed recently, the Onkyo TX-NR585 is my favorite. It sounds great, looks great and offers plenty of up-to-date features.  It’s a 2018 model but still perfectly modern, and now that 2019 receivers are starting to appear, the Onkyo has come down to an affordable $349. At that price it’s an absolute steal.  Runners up include the Sony STR-DN1080 and Denon AVR-S740H, from 2017 and 2018, respectively. I rated all of three “excellent,” with just a little daylight (two-tenths of a point) separating their overall CNET ratings. Prices fluctuate regularly, so if one of the three costs significantly less than the others at the time you read this, go for it. The most recent receiver I’ve reviewed is the Denon AVR-S750H from 2019. It has a few extra features compared to the 740H, but it didn’t sound quite as good to my ear, and more importantly it’s about $70 more expensive right now. I’ll be reviewing more 2019 models soon, and their prices will fall later in the year. Until then, the 2018 models are the ones to get. The Yamaha RX-V485 offers high-quality sound at an affordable price, but for most people it’s worth paying more for extra inputs and Dolby Atmos capability, available in all of the models above. See at Amazon • Denon AVR-S740H $349 Walmart Read CNET’s review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Amazon Review • Sony’s superb STR-DN1080 receiver is an all-dancing entertainment machine Read CNET’s review $598 See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The 2019 AVR-S750H replaces the excellent S740H, and while it’s been tweaked a little it appears to be essentially the same receiver. It has everything you need, including voice control compatibility via both Alexa and Google speakers, Atmos and AirPlay 2. The 2018 model is a better value, however. Crutchfield What to look for in sub-$500 receiver AV receivers are notoriously complex, with reams of features and confusing technical specifications. I’m going to sum up the most important ones right here.  4K HDR compatibility You want to make sure your new receiver can keep up with the latest TVs and video gear. Standards do change all the time, but the bare minimum right now is support for HDR and Dolby Vision (at least HDMI version 2.0 or better). All of these models support 4K and HDR video. 11-onkyo-tx-nr585-addThe rear panel of the Onkyo TX-NR585 offers six HDMI inputs Sarah Tew/CNET At least four HDMI inputs With most televisions and set-top boxes supporting HDMI, you should buy a receiver which has as many of these as possible. Front-mounted HDMI ports are kind of like appendixes — unneeded, because most users don’t do hot-plugging of HDMI devices — making the number rear ports what’s most important. The Yamaha has the least at four while the Sony and Onkyo have the most, at six. The Sony also offers a second HDMI out for Zone 2.  You don’t really need Dolby Atmos “height” speakers The Yamaha is the only model here that doesn’t support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X but the effects they have on your movie watching can be subtle, or in most movies: non-existent. In other words, don’t worry about missing out on these new formats if you don’t install the extra speakers. Mounting rear surrounds high on the wall instead will get you half of the way in terms of immersion.  Wi-Fi music streamingMost midrange receivers have onboard Wi-Fi music streaming. There are plenty of standards, but the most universal are Apple AirPlay and Chromecast built in. If you’re looking to build a multiroom system with a variety of AV systems and speakers wirelessly, these are the two flavors to aim for. The Onkyo and Sony are the only two that support both. The Denon models lack Chromecast but up the ante to AirPlay 2. For more on what you should be looking for, check out my full AV receiver buying guide. See at Amazon Sony STR-DN1080 See at Amazon See All Onkyo TX-NR585 $349 Best receiver for the money Sony STR-DN1080 $449 Denon AVR-S750H $499 Also consider Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 9 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? The 2018 Denon AVR-S740H has been replaced by the 750H (see below) but it’s still available for sale, and it actually sounded a little better than the new model in my tests. Unlike the Onkyo it offers Apple AirPlay 2 and lacks Chromecast built-in streaming, and its sound is on par with the Onkyo. Sarah Tew/CNET Want to find the best AV receiver under $500? I’ve tested some of the most popular big black boxes from the major brands recently, and in this middling price range the performance levels and feature sets are impeccably high. From Dolby Atmos to voice control to Wi-Fi music streaming these models have everything a home theater enthusiast needs. Thanks to recent price cuts, one offers better bang for buck than any I’ve reviewed so far. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.   Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more

Talking Trash Follow the garbage Southeast ships south

first_imgHousehold garbage from Sitka, Ketchikan and three other Southeast Alaska cities ends up in the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Klickitat County, Washington. (Photo by Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)When you toss a candy wrapper in the trash, you’re sending it on a thousand-mile journey to a Lower 48 landfill. That’s the case if you live in one of five Southeast Alaska communities that send their garbage south via barge, truck and train.We’ll take you on that trip, beginning in Sitka, as part of the CoastAlaska News series, Talking Trash.Listen nowSitkan Megan Pasternak stands in her kitchen, holding a bag of garbage. So, what’s inside?“Not much. There’s a couple used paper towels, I hate to admit,” Pasternak said. “And some stuff that could be composted because it’s vegetable stuff, but we don’t do that anymore because of the bears around here. And some plastics that I couldn’t recycle and a few odds and ends.”And does Pasternak ever wonder what happens to it after it gets picked up by the trash truck?“Not really, but I always like garbage day because it goes away from my house and just disappears,” Pasternak said, laughing.Of course, it doesn’t. A garbage truck picks up her trash can, dumps the contents inside and hauls it to a solid-waste transfer station across town.There, it and most other Sitka trash is unloaded, shoved into shipping containers and trucked back across town to a barge dock. There, it joins more containers from Sitka and other Southeast towns.Jim Walters with Waste Connections operates a front-end loader to push trash aboard a container van, staged on the lower level of the Sitka Waste Transfer Station. The containers are barged to Seattle. (Photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)Sitka’s trash has taken that trip since the year 2000, when officials realized they were running out of space.“The landfill was reaching a level to where it needed a new location. It was becoming a mountain,” former Sitka City Administrator Hugh Bevan said.Bevan said officials considered building a new dump. But more stringent environmental regulations would have made it extremely expensive.New landfills have to virtually eliminate polluted runoff. And that’s hard to do in Southeast, where it rains up to 12 feet a year.“And the idea of shipping waste to an off-island landfill rose to the top as being the most cost-effective over the long term,” Bevan said.Sitka now barges approximately 8,000 tons of garbage a year south. When added to trash from four other Southeast cities, it totals about 22,000 tons. Another 1,300 tons of regional recycling is shipped the same way.The approximately 800-mile Alaska Marine Lines barge trip covers long stretches of open water and sometimes rough seas. It takes about 10 days.After arriving at the barge dock, the containers are loaded onto trucks for a short ride to the Republic Services rail yard, just south of downtown Seattle. Once loaded onto rail cars, they head about 300 miles east to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in southcentral Washington.The final destinationThat’s where the long journey of southeast Alaska’s trash comes to an end.The landfill is in a wide bowl a few miles above the Columbia River. It’s bone dry and there’s not a neighbor in sight, which are two key reasons why it’s been so successful in getting contracts with cities near and far.“It’s under the radar and that’s really the way we like it,” Don Tibbetts said.Republic Services’ Don Tibbets looks over piles of garbage at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill, where he served as general manager. The landfill takes in about 22,000 tons of Southeast Alaska garbage each year. (Photo by Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)Tibbetts is a Washington state-based manager for Republic Services, which owns the landfill.“People like the garbage ferries to just take care of the garbage,” Tibetts said. “They don’t want to know where it goes. They just want to make sure it is being handled responsibly.”Tibbets said the regional landfill business took off when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cracked down on polluted runoff from garbage dumps. He said this landfill is “highly engineered” with liners and collection systems to capture and treat whatever harmful liquid does percolate through.Southeast Alaska’s garbage is not alone. Much of Western Washington’s trash also heads here on trains often stretching more than a mile long.“More than likely, about 10 percent of the containers you see on the train in front of you has Alaska waste on it,” Tibbets said.One last truck ride shuttles the garbage containers a short distance uphill to the landfill, where the trash is finally tipped out, compacted and buried.The decomposing garbage generates landfill gas, or methane. A network of pipes and wells collects that gas and sends it next door to a small power plant to be burned to make electricity. So in a small way, the banana peels and hamburger wrappers Alaskans throw away indirectly light homes in the small towns of southcentral Washington state.Three other regional landfills are also located along the Columbia River.Other optionsBefore Southeast communities started shipping garbage to the Lower 48, they considered a similar option — not so far away.A group of cities called the Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority looked at a chunk of land in Thorne Bay, a former logging camp on Prince of Wales Island’s eastern shore.City Administrator Wayne Benner heads up the authority’s board.Trash from Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest travel by train from Seattle to the Roosevelt Regional Landfill near the Columbia River. (Photo by Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)“That actually was a serious prospect,” Benner said. “When they first started out they were looking at a regional landfill facility. But when the study was done to look at it, it did not pencil out.”So Petersburg, Wrangell and Klawock joined Sitka and Ketchikan by hiring Republic Services to haul its garbage south. Benner said Thorne Bay will be next.It’s always possible that new technology and attitudes will change how the region’s garbage is handled. But ‘til then, Sitka’s Hugh Bevan thinks barging it south is the best solution.“The thing to keep in mind with solid waste is that you’re responsible for it forever,” Bevan said. “So if you build a landfill in your town, the responsibility for it flows to the next generation, along with all the capital costs associated with it.”Not every Southeast community ships out its trash. Juneau, with about half of the region’s population, still uses a local landfill. So does Haines.In both cases, garbage collection and disposal is done by a private company.last_img read more

Peoples unity must to restore functional democracy Kamal

first_imgKamal Hossain. File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain on Monday said people’s unity is a must for ensuring a functional democracy and removing all irregularities from the country, reports UNB.”There’re representatives of some political parties here, and all are talking about consolidating the unity further. We can fulfill the desires of the country’s 160 million people and establish a functional democracy only with the strength of unity,” he said.Talking to reporters after a meeting of Oikya Front’s steering committee at his Motijheel chamber, Kamal further said, “Various evil attempts are being made while people are worried as opposition leaders and activists are being arrested, repressed and attacked. People’s unity is imperative to get rid of such acts and protect people’s rights.”He said their alliance has continued its efforts to forge a unity of the country’s people.Kamal said he sees a light of hope about ensuring the rule of law and constitutional rule in the country as people are coming up with a positive response in this regard. “I can say without any confusion that most people, except a few ones, have taken a positive stance in favour of the rule of law and restoring people’s rights.”About oath taking by Oikya Front MP Sultan Mohammad Mansur, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said their meeting strongly denounced his move.He said Mansur joined a parliament which does not represent people. “He (Mansur) took oath going against the decision of Oikya Front and Gono Forum. We don’t recognise it as a parliament where he joined.”Fakhrul said their alliance thinks Mansur betrayed the nation by taking oath as an MP of a ‘so-called’ parliament. “We also think he was sworn in illegally against his party’s will. He was not eligible to take oath against his party’s stance.”He said their alliance will take legal action against Mansur.On 7 March, Sultan Mansur, who was elected MP from Moulvibaza-2 seat with Gono Forum’s ticket in the 30 December election using BNP’s election symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, took oath as an MP.Hours after he was sworn in, Gono Forum expelled him from the party while Oikya Front relieved him of its steering committee.BNP along with Gono Forum and some other parties joined the 30 December election in alliance under the banner of Jatiya Oikya Front. BNP bagged six seats while Gono Forum two in the election.The alliance turned down the election results bringing the allegation of ‘massive vote robbery’ and decided not to join parliament.last_img read more

Firefighters Union Responds To Mayor Turner On Prop B Texas House Committee

first_img Share Thursday, March 28, 2019Top afternoon stories:Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHPFFA president Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton (center).Firefighters Union Responds To Mayor TurnerThe Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association is questioning the efficiency of a proposal by Mayor Sylvester Turner to phase in the implementation of pay parity between the local police and fire departments.Voters approved the proposition last November. It establishes pay parity between the local police and fire departments on a rank-by-rank basis.On Wednesday, Turner sent a letter to HPFFA President Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton proposing to phase in the voter-mandated raises over a period of five years. The mayor argues the phase-in plan would allow the city to implement the raises without having to lay off firefighters.“The proposal seems to only offer a portion of the pay and benefits over a five-year period,” Lancton said in a letter to Turner and Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña on Thursday.Lancton asked the mayor whether his plan would implement pay parity “fully” and asks him to clarify how base pay and incentives would be applied.Wikimedia CommonsThe Texas Capitol.Texas House Committee Passes Property Tax Reform BillTexas homeowners are a step closer to getting relief on their property taxes. The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a property tax reform measure, which Governor Greg Abbott considers an emergency item.The House bill would limit the amount property taxes could rise each year to a rate of 2.5 percent. Anything above that would have to be approved by the voters. That’s a big worry for local governments, for which property taxes are the main source of revenue.“A 2.5 percent cap, I believe, has been demonstrated to put a severe restraint on a local government’s ability to provide for some of the most basic services that the state doesn’t provide when it comes to boots on the ground for public safety, emergency response and in some instances disaster preparedness,” said State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio, who voted against the bill.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo have both issued similar statements opposing the measure.Houston Senator Paul Bettencourt authored a similar bill, which was voted out of committee in the upper chamber last month. Both are now awaiting a floor vote in their respective chambers.Texas Secretary of State David Whitley.U.S. House Committee Investigating Texas Voter Roll ReviewThe U.S. House’s main investigative committee has opened an inquiry into the Texas secretary of state’s review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens.In letters sent to top Texas officials on Thursday, U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, requested documents and communications from the secretary of state and the state’s attorney general related to the review through which state officials tagged almost 100,000 registered voters as suspect voters.Texas officials rolled out the review effort in late January, shipping off lists of flagged voters to county voter registrars in what they described as routine maintenance of the state’s massive voter registration database. But state officials’ efforts have been dogged by errors in the data and litigation in federal court, which ground the entire review to a halt over concerns by a federal judge that it targeted naturalized citizens.“We are disturbed by reports that your office has taken steps to remove thousands of eligible American voters from the rolls in Texas and that you have referred many of these Americans for possible criminal prosecution for exercising their right to vote,” the congressmen wrote to Secretary of State David Whitley.last_img read more

BJP has launched personal attack against me due to lack of political

first_imgKolkata: In an exclusive interview to a vernacular channel, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said on Wednesday that BJP has launched a personal attack against him as the party does not have any political agenda.Banerjee alleged that BJP and CPI(M) are working hand-in-hand against Trinamool Congress, as the two parties are two sides of the same coin. “They know that under Mamata Banerjee’s rule BJP will become a signboard party,” he added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”On January 19, when Mamata Banerjee called the United India meeting at the Brigade Parade grounds, CPI(M) did not join. They are helping BJP by supplying workers. They have also not lodged any complaint against BJP and vice-versa,” he said. Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said he had called Mamata Banerjee a “speed breaker” because she has come in the way of fulfilling his dreams. “Mamata Banerjee has highlighted the faults of Modi and she is the only person to raise voice against him. Modi has tried to control everyone but has failed to control her,” Trinamool Youth Congress president retorted. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said it is unfortunate that the Election Commission of India is also working at the behest of the saffron party. “When a BJP candidate said that 1,000 people will be brought from Uttar Pradesh to teach Trinamool supporters a lesson and that they would be beaten up as dogs, no action was taken against the person. We have lodged several complaints but they have failed to yield any result,” said Banerjee. Denying the allegation that Trinamool is not allowing other parties to campaign in Diamond Harbour, Banerjee said: “It is a false allegation. If other parties do not have supporters then that is not our fault.” Stating that people know Trinamool Congress “will always be there beside them,” Banerjee said he informs people every year about the projects taken up by him in the past five years. He said Trinamool Congress will do well both in North Bengal and Jangalmahal, adding: “I stayed in Jangalmahal. People’s response was huge and I hope they will bless us.”last_img read more

Cooler temperatures forecast for Cancun Riviera Maya while snow likely in north

first_img Adrián Martínez Ortega, general director of the State Coordination of Civil Protection for Quintana Roo says that Cold Front No. 21 will gradually advance toward the Yucatan Peninsula, affecting Cancun and Riviera Maya temperatures on Friday. The National Meteorological Service says that Cold Front No. 22 on the other hand, is making its way across the peninsula of Baja California and Sonora where it will land in the states of Chihuahua and Durango where the sixth winter storm of the year will produce snow in much of the north. Over the next several days, showers are expected in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Quintana Roo, while temperatures of -5 degrees Celsius are forecast for the mountain areas of Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango with -5 C also forecast in the sierras of Baja California, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Zacatecas and the State of Mexico.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)center_img While Cold Front No. 21 remains stationary over the northwest of the Gulf of Mexico, Cold Front No. 22 is on its way over areas of Baja California and Sonora, both systems arriving with cold temperatures, clouds and gusty winds. They forecast snow and sleet for Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango in addition to strong wind gusts in excess of 80 km/hour with gusts in excess of 50 km/h in Baja California, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon. He says the region will experience a decrease in temperatures along with an increase in crisp winds, cloudiness and interment rains over the region during the next several days, adding that the cold front is expected to arrive by Sunday.last_img read more

Air Canada adds more flights to Delhi Melbourne Zurich and Osaka out

first_img“We are pleased to increase our capacity to these important markets as we continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub,” says Mark Galardo, Air Canada’s Vice President, Network Planning. “Customers have responded positively to our increasing service to Delhi and this flight will now operate daily on a year-round basis to meet demand.”He adds: “The addition of a fourth weekly flight to Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, year-round will provide further convenience to business and leisure travellers between North America and Australia, offering seamless connections thanks to the in-transit preclearance facilities at YVR. With Dreamliner service to Osaka and increased frequencies to Zurich, we are further strengthening our convenient network to European and Asian markets from YVR, reflecting demand between Canada and these destinations in the busy summer travel season.”All routes are timed for the best connectivity at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from the airline’s network across North America.All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia.Air Canada’s Vancouver-Zurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe and Africa.Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner features three cabins of service with high-definition individual on-demand entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.All flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, access to Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounges, priority boarding and other benefits.So far this year Air Canada has launched new services from its Vancouver hub to: Melbourne (extended to year-round), Paris (summer seasonal), Zurich (summer seasonal), Sacramento (year-round) and will launch new services to Lihue, Hawaii (seasonal) beginning Dec. 15, 2018.In summer 2018 Air Canada operated an average of 185 daily flights representing up to 23,500 available seats departing YVR every day. Thursday, October 11, 2018 Share Travelweek Group Air Canada adds more flights to Delhi, Melbourne, Zurich and Osaka out of YVR Tags: Air Canada, New Routes, Vancouver Route Frequency  Operating Depart YVRArrive   Destination  Depart Destination  Arrive   YVR YVR-Zurich (ZRH)5 times weeklyJun. 6 – Oct. 13 2019AC802 @ 13:00 Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat/SunZRH @ 07:55(+1 day)AC803 @ 10:05 Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun11:25center_img YVR-Melbourne (MEL)4 times weeklyYear-round as of June 3, 2019AC037 @ 22:50 Mon/Wed/Fri/SunMEL @ 08:05(+2 days)AC038 @ 09:40 Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun07:35 VANCOUVER — Air Canada is expanding its international network out of its Vancouver hub, bumping up its Delhi service to daily year-round and adding more flights to Melbourne, Osaka and Zurich.Air Canada’s daily frequencies to Delhi, offered on a year-round basis, will begin June 2, 2019.Meanwhile Air Canada is increasing its nonstop Melbourne service to four times weekly year-round. Summer seasonal service to Zurich will increase to five flights a week. And Osaka (Kansai) flights ex YVR will be five times weekly from June to October 2019.All flights will be operated with Air Canada’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. YVR-Delhi (DEL)DailyYear-round as of June 2, 2019AC044 01:25DEL @ 04:00(+1 day)AC045 @ 06:0007:30 Posted by YVR-Osaka (KIX)Up to5 times weeklyJun. 1 – Oct. 25 2019AC039 @ 13:30 Mon/Tues/Wed/Thu/SatKIX @ 15:45 (+1 day)AC040 @17:15 Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sun10:10 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Departing June 23 2018 the allinclusive 2000km

first_imgDeparting June 23, 2018, the all-inclusive, 2000km motorcycle expedition across Madagascar – the world’s fourth largest island – will be Extreme Bike Tours’ first-ever foray on the tropical island to cater for growing numbers of two-wheeled travellers keen to explore new horizons. Riders will be taken across a landscape of lush valleys, rice paddies, coffee and vanilla plantations, sleepy, seaside hamlets and traditional, hill-top villages where hand-pulled rickshaws are still used. Guests will also enjoy the warm hospitality of the local Malagasy people. Other trips Extreme Bike Tours will offer in 2018 include rides in Cuba, Bhutan, Mongolia, Rajasthan in India, the Indian Himalayas and two adventures in Sri Lanka.Any of Extreme Bike Tours’ 2018 tours booked by August 15, 2017, will attract a 10 per cent discount. If booked by this date, the fully supported Madagascar tour on June 23, 2018, costs US$4725 for riders and US$3915 for pillion passengers, including hotel and cabin accommodation along the route, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire, an internal flight in Madagascar and local transfers. Flights to Madagascar are extra. After August 15, 2017, the tour is priced from US$5250 for riders and US$4350 for pillion passengers. earlybirdsExtreme Bike ToursMadagascar One of the world’s most exotic and mysterious islands, Madagascar, will play host to a new, guided motorbike tour in 2018, with Extreme Bike Tours unveiling the 15-day adventure as one of eight tours the company will offer around the world next year.To mark the release of its 2018 range of rides, the company is offering a 10 per cent earlybird discount on all eight tours next year, when booked by 15 August, 2017. The 14-night tour begins and ends in the capital, Antananarivo, with guests spending between six and eight hours a day riding either Africa Twin Motorbikes or Honda Transalp bikes across the island. The itinerary includes a canoe ride on the Pangalanes River, a night at the Lemur Forest Camp with a nocturnal tour of the park, the island’s stunning beaches, a ride amongst Madagascar’s famous, prehistoric baobab trees with their massive, cylindrical trunks, and a chance to enjoy delicious, local cuisine.last_img read more

Hawaii Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines have

first_imgHawai’i Tourism Oceania and Hawaiian Airlines have joined forces to offer travel agents the chance to win a place on the “ultimate famil”, running from 27-31 October 2018.Forty frontline travel sellers will have the opportunity to earn a place on one of four itineraries to explore O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i or the Island of Hawai’i, including airfares with Hawaiian Airlines and four nights accommodation, along with a final night in Waikiki.To enter, agents need to do the following:Register at agents.gohawaii.comSell at least four Hawaiian Airlines International return tickets to Hawai’i ex Australia between now and 30 September 2018Complete on destination training moduleFill in the form to log your Hawaiian Airlines’ ticket sales via agents.gohawaii.comlast_img read more

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