Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 NEW WORK KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Full road closure of Highway 101 between Exit 8A Ben Jackson Road and Exit 9 Avonport for erection of bridge girders over Highway 101 at the West Brooklyn Underpass on Sunday, Jan. 14 Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, barricades and detour signage. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is opened to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31. to remove and replace the overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190center_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-755-7147 Fax: 902-755-7149 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31. A one lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass The Thorburn Road overpass at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit because of shoulder work until Sunday, Jan. 21. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. Thorburn Bridge has a maximum posted weight of 25 tonnes. A detour around the bridge is available either along the paved section of Hollow Road, from Thorburn Road southerly to Route 347 (Sherbrooke Highway) or via a short gravel section of Hollow Road that runs parallel to the bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 PICTOU COUNTY: St. Paul’s Road St. Paul’s Road, from Route 348 to East River West Road, will be closed to traffic for repairs to the St. Paul’s Bridge until Friday, Jan. 26. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Jan. 31, for repairs. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342last_img read more

Supreme Court says Harpers tough on crime laws unconstitutional

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down two federal laws from the previous Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda, ruling both to be unconstitutional.The decisions mean an end to rules for minimum sentences for specific drug crime convictions and limits on credit for pre-trial detention in certain conditions where bail is denied, giving trial judges more leeway in how they deal with offenders.In both decisions, the top court said Parliament has the right to set laws to maintain public safety, but the rules should not be so overly broad that they capture offenders whose incarceration would benefit neither themselves nor the public.Speaking in Waterloo, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is reviewing the laws around mandatory minimum sentences.“There are situations where mandatory minimums are relevant,” Trudeau said.“The Liberal party of the past in government brought in mandatory minimums around serious crimes like murder, but at the same time there is a general sense, reinforced by the Supreme Court decision today, that mandatory minimums brought in by the previous government in a number of cases went too far. This is what we are reflecting on.”In a 6-3 ruling, the high court said a mandatory, one-year minimum sentence for a drug crime when the offender has a similar charge on their record constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Only twice before has the court found mandatory minimums to violate that particular section of the Charter.The majority ruled that mandatory minimums in this instance cast too wide a net and catch conduct that can range from a “cold-blooded trafficker of hard drugs for profit” to someone who shares a small amount of marijuana with friends. Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, writing for the majority, said that in the latter instance “most Canadians would be shocked to find that such a person could be sent to prison for one year.”The case came about after Joseph Ryan Lloyd was convicted in September 2014 of three counts of possessing crack, methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of trafficking in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.An addict, Lloyd also had a 2012 trafficking charge.The provincial court ruled that while the appropriate sentence for Lloyd was one year, the mandatory minimum sentence constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the charter.Raji Mangat, director of litigation for the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, which intervened in the case, said the Supreme Court’s decision righted a wrong by giving judges more leeway in sentencing.“Those sentencing judges, this is what they do day in and day out,” Mangat said. “They have the expertise to be able to decide what is going to be a fit and appropriate sentence and we think that that discretion should stay with the judges.”The Supreme Court also unanimously agreed to strike down provisions passed in 2009 that prohibited a trial judge from giving more than one-for-one credit for pre-trial detention if a justice of the peace denied bail to the person because of a previous conviction.That’s what happened in the case of HamidrezaSafarzadeh-Markhali, of Pickering, who was arrested in November 2010on drug and weapons charges.He was awarded extra pretrial credit by his trial judge and the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed, noting that three offenders with the same criminal records and given the same sentence could effectively end up serving substantially different amounts of time depending on whether they received bail.Safarzadeh-Markhali has since been deported to Iran.The Supreme Court found the law was overly broad and would capture offenders who, for instance, might have been convicted for failing to appear in court.Safarzadeh-Markhali’s lawyer, Jill Presser, said the decision means thousands of people will serve less time in jail “by a factor of days to even years,” many of whom couldn’t get bail because of their circumstances or a lack of support.Combined, she said, the decisions continue to dismantle the Harper-era, tough-on-crime agenda.“The question for Parliament now is do they want to rebuild the structure on solid constitutional grounds, or simply let it come down?”last_img read more

Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train sue say they were

Black women booted from Napa Valley wine train sue, say they were singled out because of race SAN FRANCISCO – A group of mostly black women filed a racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday after they were removed from a train that tours Napa Valley wineries, saying it was humiliating to be thrown off a rail car when loud and inebriated white passengers were allowed to stay.The 11 women sued Napa Valley Wine Train Inc., saying they were singled out because of race and seeking $11 million in damages. The company said in a statement that it takes allegations of discrimination very seriously and has hired a former FBI agent to investigate.The women said many of them were part of a book club that meets regularly and had gathered on the train to discuss a romance novel. Before the train left the station in Napa, a train employee asked them to quiet down because they were offending other passengers, they said.The same employee admonished them a second time before telling them that police officers would be waiting for them when the train reached St. Helena, the suit says. They were escorted through several other cars as other passengers stared and then off the train and into a dirt lot where police were waiting, according to the suit.“That was the most humiliating experience that I have ever had in my entire life,” Lisa Johnson, 47, said with tears in her eyes, appearing with some of the other women at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. “This is 2015, and this just cannot happen again.”The wine train issued an apology after the women were ejected, promising additional training for employees on cultural diversity and sensitivity and free passes for a future trip.The lawsuit also claims the women were defamed by a company statement saying they had been verbally and physically abusive.“I took this case because it’s an egregious case,” the women’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, said. “This lawsuit highlights that blacks are still being treated differently in America.”McCoy said he engaged in settlement talks with the company, but it did not make a settlement offer.The Napa Valley Wine Train offers food and wine to passengers as they visit Napa County wineries in updated Pullman cars.A spokesman for the company, Sam Singer, has said individuals or groups are asked to get off the wine train once a month on average for various reasons. by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lisa Johnson, left, one of the plaintiffs filing a lawsuit over their ejection from a Napa Valley Wine Train, wipes her eyes during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in San Francisco. The group of mostly black women who were ejected from a Northern California wine country train this summer say they felt humiliated and can’t believe they were treated that way in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) read more

Despite slight drop number of children missing out on school remains high

Fifty-seven million children were out of school in 2011, according to the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics, down just two million from the previous year.The agency also points out that the challenge of getting more children into school is being compounded by the fact that aid to basic education decreased for the first time in more than a decade.“We are at a critical juncture,” said the Director-General of the UN Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “Now is not the time for aid donors to back out.”She stressed that the world must move beyond simply helping children enter school to ensuring that they actually learn the basics literacy and numeracy skills when they are there. UNESCO notes that at least one out of every four children that do enrol stay in school – a figure that has not changed since 2000. About 137 million children began primary school in 2011 but at least 34 million are likely to drop out before reaching the last grade.The figure drops to one out of three students in Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and West Asia, which have the highest rate of early school dropout. “Our twin challenge is to get every child in school by understanding and acting on the multiple causes of exclusion, and to ensure they learn with qualified teachers in healthy and safe environments,” Ms. Bokova said. Aid to basic education declined by six per cent between 2010 and 2011, according to new analysis from the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Six of the top education donors that year cut funding, among them Canada, the Netherlands and the World Bank (IDA), leaving the United Kingdom as the largest bilateral donor to basic education. In addition, the report calls for donors to prioritize countries and regions most in need. Only $1.9 billion was allocated to low income countries in 2011, according to UNESCO, a reduction of nine per cent and significantly short of the $26 billion needed to fill the finance gap for basic education.Countries in sub-Saharan Africa account for more than half of all out-of-school children and have the highest out-of-school rate, the Institute for Statistics reported. Aid to Nigeria, for example, the country that is home to the largest number of out of school children in the world, dropped by more than a quarter from 2010 to 2011. More than 20 per cent of African children have never attended primary school or have left school without completing primary education. By contrast, countries in South and West Asia, which also have high drop-out rates, have made considerable gains over the past two decades, reducing the number of out-of-school children by two-thirds from 38 million in 1999 to 12 million in 2011. “Children in poor, remote areas, those affected by conflict, or those belonging to ethnic, racial and linguistic minorities are denied an opportunity for schooling,” UNESCO said in a news release.In addition, children from poor households are three times as likely to be out of school as children from rich households. Access to education is particularly difficult for girls from poor households in rural areas.The release of the figures comes ahead of tomorrow’s high-level discussions in New York in support of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First Initiative and Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown, to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship by the end of 2015. In 2000, Governments meeting in Dakar set six education goals to be met by 2015. One of these, Universal Primary Education, was also set as one of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are to be achieved by the same date.To accelerate progress towards universal education, Mr. Ban launched last September his Global Education First Initiative. UNESCO hosts its Secretariat. read more

How Derrick Rose Drills His Ugly Midrange Jumpers

For everything Derrick Rose has accomplished in his decorated NBA career — No. 1 overall draft pick, three-time All-Star, youngest player to ever win league MVP — no one would ever accuse him of being a good 3-point shooter. After shooting 28 percent from deep two years ago and 29 percent last year, Rose is hitting just 22 percent1The league-average mark this season is 36 percent. of his shots from 3-point range this season, the third-worst mark in the league among the 267 players who’ve attempted at least 50 3-pointers so far.But for all his struggles from three, something extraordinary happens when Rose steps just inside the arc: The New York Knicks guard somehow manages to hit midrange jumpers at an above-average clip despite shooting line-drive bullets that barely make it over the rim. Sometimes the ends excuse the means.When an average NBA player shoots from 15 feet or more, his shot arc peaks at 15.1 feet. Rose is not average. His shots from that distance peak at just 14 feet, the lowest average shot arc of any NBA guard or small forward, according to a query run by SportVU data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request.This shouldn’t work out for him. Research shows that loftier arcs improve a shot’s chances of finding the bottom of the net. “I’ve always felt you had to be even more accurate than normal to be able to make a shot when you’re using a low arc like that,” says Jeff Hornacek, Rose’s coach with the Knicks, and one of the league’s best shooters during his playing days.Yet Rose, with almost no arc whatsoever, hits better than 45 percent of his 2-pointers from outside 15 feet, according to NBA.com. For context, the rest of the NBA has shot 40.5 percent from that range this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/rosemake.mp4https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roseagain.mp4“I’ve tried practicing [my shot] with more arc. But this is just more comfortable. I really can’t describe [why],” Rose told me after shooting 6-for-6 on long 2-pointers in a loss to Milwaukee Wednesday night. “I’ve been a midrange player my entire life. [I] have never really been a 3-point shooter.” The emergence of a solid midrange jumper, combined with his lengthy injury history, will make the 28-year-old an intriguing free agent this coming summer.Still, none of this is meant to suggest that Rose — who, for a long time, was talented and athletic enough to get by without being able to shoot jumpers — is on the cusp of morphing into Steph Curry.2Rose himself seems to accept this fact. Threes have accounted for just 7 percent of his shots this season, down from 14 percent last season and almost 33 percent in 2014-15. His shooting form can occasionally go awry as he lunges with his upper half instead of connecting his entire body through one fluid motion. And Rose sometimes doesn’t let go of the ball until he’s on the way back down,3NBA 2K players likely know this problem all too well thanks to the game’s shot meter. limiting the arc he can get on a given shot. “With Derrick, I always emphasize finishing at 11 o’clock instead of 9 o’clock, which means releasing at the peak of his jump instead of doing it on the way down,” says trainer Rob McClanaghan, who has worked with Rose since he was 18.https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselaterelease1.mp4To compensate for his lower delivery, Rose goes for bank shots more often than his peers do. Rose began using bank shots far more often last season, saying they helped him deal with the blurred vision and lack of depth perception he experienced after breaking his orbital bone during training camp. He ranked second in in the league in bank-shot frequency last season,4Among players with at least 30 such attempts. when he took 76 shots off the glass. And while that number is down this season (24 attempts), banked shots still account for almost 6 percent of his jumpers.https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselinedriveshot3.mp4https://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/roselinedrive1.mp4Using the glass allows players to aim a bit lower than they otherwise would for a jumper. And it’s likely not a coincidence that Rose’s shot-arc numbers (14 feet this season and 14.2 last season) are nearly identical to those of ex-Spurs great Tim Duncan (13.9 feet in 2015-16 and 14.2 in 2014-15, per SportVU), who perennially took a greater share of bank shots than any other player during his time in the league, according to NBA Savant, a site tracks and compiles the specific types of shots each player takes.So while Rose may not be a good perimeter shooter in a traditional sense, he’s actually become pretty solid in another regard. We simply don’t notice because his technique doesn’t look like it should work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Meyer vs Harbaugh Playoff hopes pinned on coaches second showdown

OSU coach Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field before their game against Michigan State on Nov. 19. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorTen years ago, Ohio State and Michigan met in Ohio Stadium in a showdown of No. 1 and No. 2. The capacity crowd inside the walls of the ‘Shoe witnessed the nail-biting conclusion to a season-long buildup, and helped propel the Buckeyes into the national championship.In those days, Lloyd Carr was the man directing the Wolverines’ attack, while Jim Tressel picked the plays for the Buckeyes. Now, a decade later, OSU has Urban Meyer, the only other Buckeyes coach since The Game of the Century. Michigan, on the other hand, is on Carr’s third replacement with Jim Harbaugh.Meyer and Harbaugh are two names with a history of winning behind them. While both men went through different paths to coaching stardom, each has the ability to push their respective teams to a potential playoff spot. While both Michigan and OSU are ranked in playoff spots with just one week left this season, each team’s lone loss for the year has come in varied fashions. The Buckeyes dropped a tough one on a cold, blustery night in State College, Pennsylvania, to Penn State. Meyer was scrutinized for not getting the ball to junior H-back Curtis Samuel, and blamed for conservative play-calling.For Michigan, the Wolverines’ offense sputtered against Iowa on a cold, windy night in Iowa City. Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight struggled to produce anything through the air while senior running back De’Veon Smith was a non-factor.“Every little thing doesn’t always go our way, and to win, you’ve got to make it that way,” Harbaugh said following the loss.Meyer and Harbaugh met for the first time in 2015, when the Buckeyes embarrassed Michigan at home, 42-13. The dominant performance against the Wolverines gave the Buckeyes momentum for a playoff run, but OSU’s season was ruined by a loss to Michigan State.This time, the implications rival that of the 2006 edition of The Game, which saw both the Buckeyes and the Wolverines as the top spots in the nation. Even though many of the players on the team might remember this game as their first OSU football experience versus Michigan, Meyer has a different time in mind.“In the ’70s, Bo, Woody,” he said, referencing past OSU eras. “My mother, for some reason, I still to this day don’t know why, grabbed me and said we have to go run an errand. What the hell you talking about? You don’t leave that game. In Ashtabula, Ohio, outdoor mall walking down, and over the loud speakers, I just kept stopping and listening to the game. In the ’70s, the Ten-Year War. I remember that.”Harbaugh’s experience comes from playing in the biggest rivalry game in the nation back in 1986. At the time, Meyer was a graduate assistant with OSU, while his counterpart on Saturday was slingin passes downfield. Most Buckeyes fans from the 1980s might remember Harbaugh for a different reason.Famously, Harbaugh guaranteed a victory in the 1986 edition of The Game. It was a bold statement from a quarterback then-Michigan coach Bo Schembechler called one of the cockiest quarterbacks he had ever met. The statement still strikes a nerve with many OSU faithful.For Meyer, he still remembers the promise by Harbaugh that he kept. More surprisingly, he remembers something that came after the 26-24 loss that most fans forget today.“Vince Workman had a touchdown, and we missed a field goal right at the end and went to the Cotton Bowl and won that,” he said. “So I remember it very well.”Now, the matchup between the two college football icons has come full circle. With so much riding on this game, it would be easy to buy into the hype of the dynamic ability of Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers or the cool poise of OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. But it’s Meyer vs. Harbaugh round two, with playoff implications in the minds of both teams. With such an important game coming Saturday, players could resort to bashing their opponents and downplay the accomplishments of the coaches.Instead, players like redshirt junior guard Billy Price has nothing but respect for the opposition’s leader. He had one word to describe Harbaugh.“Iconic,” Price said. The entire premise of The Game is a bitter rivalry, filled with hatred for a team from a state that shares a border. The tradition of the game — from OSU players tearing down the “M” banner in 1973 at Michigan Stadium to Wolverines’ safety Charles Woodson fighting OSU wide receiver David Boston on the field — is drenched in bad attitudes and feelings of disdain for the other side.However, from the coaching side, Meyer has different feelings about the man he is facing off against on Saturday, and it comes from two coaching icons.“I didn’t say like, but there’s a mutual respect,” Meyer said. “And I learned it from (Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler), two of the greatest coaches of all time.”While it’s No. 2 OSU vs No. 3 Michigan in the final week of the regular season, the chess match between coaches is the more compelling matchup. read more

Hunter Stieber Nick Tavanello aim to boost Ohio State wrestling with healed

Redshirt-junior Hunter Stieber (left) is set to make his return from injury for the Buckeyes at the Big Ten Championships, beginning March 7 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsSince Hunter Stieber and Nick Tavanello went down with injuries on Jan. 11, the Ohio State wrestling team hasn’t had its full starting lineup. But that trend is set to change.Both wrestlers are set to be back at 100 percent for the Big Ten Championships on March 7-8.Stieber (1-2) has wrestled just three matches this season, missing time with an elbow injury. His first attempt to come back was against Penn State and although he hung on to win the match, he reinjured himself and missed the next nine dual meets.Since then, Stieber has been working his way back to full strength and said he simply wants to get back doing what he loves.“The thing I’m looking forward to the most is competing again and doing the best that I can to help us win a team title,” the redshirt-junior said. “Practices have been a lot of cardio and strength exercises for me so now I’m excited to actually wrestle.”The  No. 5 Buckeyes recently lost in the quarterfinals of the National Duals by three points. But that was with Stieber still out of the lineup, and Tavanello back at less than 100 percent.With a full lineup, Stieber said he believes the team has what it takes to win the Big Ten and national titles, but everyone must do their part.“To have a full lineup is very important and we are going to need all 10 guys doing their part,” the 149-pounder said. “It’s exciting that we are all back and even more so that it’s the most fun part of the season.”Stieber is a two-time All-American and has finished sixth and third in his first two seasons for the Buckeyes. He was a Big Ten Champion his sophomore year and entered the NCAA tournament as the top seed.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, a three-time national champion and Hunter’s older brother, said he and the team are looking forward to getting him back.“I’m excited for my brother’s return,” the older Stieber said. “We’ve all missed him and for him to return and for us to field a full lineup at Big Ten’s is encouraging.”In order for Hunter Stieber to qualify for nationals this year, he said he will have to earn it in the Big Ten Championships.“It looks like I will have to place in the top six at Big Tens to qualify for nationals, but I’m just glad to be able to get on the mat and wrestle again,” Stieber said.Even with being out for such a long period of time, coach Tom Ryan said he believes if anyone can make a run at a title after being injured, it’s Hunter Stieber.“Being out all year makes this extremely challenging for him,” Ryan said. “The good news is he is not your average competitor.”Redshirt-sophomore Nick Tavanello (left) made his return from injury in the National Duals for OSU and is expected to be 100 percent for the Big Ten Championships.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsTavanello (13-8), a redshirt-sophomore, is also looking to be back to full health by the time the Big Ten Championships roll around. The heavyweight made his return last weekend in Iowa after missing more than a month of action with a knee injury — because the team needed a win to advance at the National Duals — but lost in sudden victory overtime.Tavanello, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the country, said he is happy to be back helping his teammates.“It wasn’t fun sitting out and missing all of the trips this season, but it’s good to be back and I’m hoping to contribute as much as I can for the team and to finish this season strong,” Tavanello said.As to how he has worked his way back, he said he followed a strict diet so he could come back the same as he left, despite not being able to move as well physically.“I’ve been working out, lifting and doing what I needed to do to get back and my recovery went pretty fast,” Tavanello said. “I also didn’t put on any extra weight as you see with a lot of guys going through injuries.”Before last weekend’s 21-18 loss to Lehigh, the Buckeyes won nine straight dual meets. Tavanello said the team’s success has motivated him to get better.“Everything this team has done has influenced me to work harder to get back so I can contribute to the season they’ve had,” he said. “We’re a close group of guys and we have each other’s backs and we’re going to keep pushing forward.”Ryan said having Tavanello back could be crucial to the team getting the necessary points to win the upcoming tournaments.“Nick played a critical role last season in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournament,” Ryan said. “Every point is going to matter. Nick’s points are capable of being the difference for the team.”The wrestling Bucks are set to host the Big Ten Championships from March 7-8 at St. John Arena. read more

NASA is developing a nuclearpowered Stirling engine for planetary outposts

first_imgLast week we reported on how NASA is testing a new lasercom system that could eventually see a HD video feed beamed back from Mars with just a 5 minute delay. It sounds great, but there’s just one problem: even if it turns out to work and they land an optical communications system on the surface of Mars, how do they power it?Well, it turns out NASA is working on a system to solve that problem, and it involves fitting a nuclear power generator into a space the size of a suitcase. NASA is calling it a fission surface power system.This lightweight, tiny nuclear reactor is seen as one way of solving the long-term power demands for unmanned devices and outposts positioned where solar power is not a viable option. Instead a nuclear reactor that could provide large amounts of power for many years sounds like the best option.This fission system functions by using the small nuclear reactor to power a Stirling engine which works through the heating and cooling of a gas. The expansion and contraction of the gas works a piston and in turn generates power. The Stirling engine is suitable because it is highly efficient, a closed system meaning the gas is reused for the life of the engine, and it can work with just about any heat source.A Stirling engine in operationThe final unit is expected to be the same size as a typical suitcase measuring 1.5 x 2.5 feet with an overall weight light enough to be carried by a satellite. In terms of power and longevity, a reactor of that size would be capable of providing 40 kilowatts of electrical energy (around the same as is required by 8 typical homes) for 8 years. When in use it can be buried on the surface of a planet to act as a shielding against radiation from the reactor.Such power would not only make it possible to position electronics equipment in dark locations on other planets or aboard satellites, it also means powering a colony or outpost on another planet is feasible for many years. The size of the nuclear reactor also means replacing a spent unit should be a relatively simple task.This isn’t a new project and was first announced in 2008. But with the recent events surrounding a new optical communication system the power system behind it also needs to fall into place and this seems to be it. NASA plans to show off a first version of the power system capable of generating 12 kilowatts of electrical energy at some point next year. The lasercom system will be tested in space come 2015 giving NASA plenty of time to bump the power output up to the desired 40 kilowatts.Read more at TPMlast_img read more

Five from TCI to represent at regional Music Model Talent Showcase set

first_img Another Murder in Nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions Related Items:Angel Taylor, BBC Casting, BET, Caitlin Lewis, Destini Taylor, Elite Models, Epic Records, Ford Models, Kim Williams Entertainment, melia resort, Motown Premier Models London, MTV, MTV Style, nassau, Netflix, Olivia Graveley, Rock City, Sheldon Wilson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – When the Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands unravels in the Bahamas a week from now, the Turks and Caicos will be represented in five delegates. Destini Taylor, Caitlin Lewis, Angel Taylor, Olivia Graveley and Sheldon Robinson have been accepted for the showcase which exposes them all to regional talent scouts. Romaine Missick is the TCI Regional Director and said to Magnetic Media: “This event has already confirmed world famous international fashion and talent scouts, personal managers, casting directors, booking agencies, record labels, modeling and talent agencies and Grammy award winning producers and songwriters, who will be the judges and recruiting talent during Island MMTS.” With just about every Caribbean country represented on the board of MMTS, this is seemingly a breakthrough opportunity for our five selected talents who are going after pop careers in TV commercial and print, monologues, runway, singing, rapping and song writing. Other big names to be at the week long event at the Melia Resort in Nassau are MTV, MTV Style, BET, Epic Records, Motown Premier Models London, Ford Models, Elite Models, Kim Williams Entertainment, Rock City, Netflix and BBC Casting. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Seahawks cant hold off Lions rally

first_imgDETROIT — The Detroit Lions drafted Titus Young last year out of Boise State, envisioning him as the receiver to eventually replace veteran Nate Burleson.It has happened sooner than planned, and Young is making the most of his opportunity.Young caught his second touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford on a 1-yard slant with 20 seconds left, lifting Detroit to a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.“Matthew trusted me all day, and he gave me a perfect opportunity to make a play at the end,” Young said. “I wanted do that for everyone on the team, but I especially wanted to do it for Nate.”Burleson broke his right leg in Monday night’s loss at Chicago, pushing Young up the depth chart. Burleson sent a motivational message to his teammates on offense that was shown on video Saturday night.Young caught a go-ahead TD midway through the second quarter and finished with nine receptions and 100 yards receiving — both career highs — in a breakout performance that didn’t surprise Detroit coach Jim Schwartz.last_img read more

28th person killed in Oso mudslide identified

first_imgEVERETT — The death toll from the Oso mudslide remains at 30, but the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office says it has positively identified one more of the victims — the 28th.The office said Friday it’s withholding the name until the family is notified. Two other victims remain unidentified.The number of missing has varied, but the Snohomish County sheriff’s office said Friday it is trying to locate 15 people.Meanwhile, the recovery effort continues at Oso, where a steep hillside gave way March 22 and roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River burying the community.last_img read more

Kim Jongun to ask Trump for USfunded integrated resort in North Korea

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to ask the United States to invest in a new casino resort in the Wonsan Special Tourist Zone when he meets US President Donald Trump next week, according to local media reports in North Korea.Kim is said to be eyeing the possibility of building the casino, described as an “international tourism complex” in order to boost tourism to the country, with the government anticipating it could raise revenue of up to US$50 million annually. RelatedPosts Load More Hong Kong airport blockade didn’t hurt Macau GGR, say analysts Korea’s Paradise City to turn profitable in third quarter: JP Morgan South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August An integrated resort is also seen as one possible solution to North Korea’s economic woes, with the export of coal and sending of workers overseas both currently blocked by international sanctions on the nation.Should Trump and the US respond positively to the casino talk, it has been suggested that some South Korean operators could be invited to invest as well – the news sparking an uplift in Korea’s casino stocks on Tuesday with both Paradise Group and Grand Korea Leisure up by around 8%.However, such speculation has been met with caution by analysts, who point to the two small casinos currently operating in North Korea – one in the capital city of Pyongyang and the other in Rason near the border with China and Russia – as unlikely to be highly profitable.“We’re not even sure if a large-scale casino makes any economic sense in North Korea,” said JP Morgan’s DS Kim in a research note seen by Inside Asian Gaming.last_img read more

Thursday Afternoon Update Rain Expected This Weekend On Swan Lake Fire

first_imgOriginal Post: Noon: The Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 161,921 acres and remains at 20% containment. A low pressure weather pattern is setting up towards the weekend, which will likely bring cooler temperatures and precipitation as early as Friday night.High pressure will provide overall dry conditions and above average temperatures starting Thursday through Friday. Light and terrain driven flows will prevail across the Swan Lake Fire with light and variable smoke transport. Afternoon cumulus development is possible Friday afternoon with a slight chance for an isolated shower. The Sterling neighborhoods east of Feuding Lane and east of Adkins Road remain in a READY status. A READY notification means residents should be preparing for a potential evacuation should the threat level increase. The southwestern corner of the fire experienced some increased activity near, but inside, containment lines.  Work will continue to cool this area as well as securing the perimeter northward to the Sterling Highway by extinguishing any remaining burning or smoldering fuels adjacent to the containment lines. Structure protection on the western flank is effectively in place. Gilbert: “We were able to get enough air to at least look at the stuff up Resurrection, but other than that not a good day for air support. It was a good day for our folks on the ground, on the west side of the fire protecting Sterling we still have over 100 firefighters. We are seeing some containment on that side and crews are feeling really good about it.”  As of Thursday, the community of Cooper Landing does remain in a ‘Set’ status. Dan Nelson with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “We are always going to do the most conservative action to keep the people safe, and that is why we remain at ‘Set’. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for Friday at 6pm, at the Sterling Community Center.center_img Expect dense smoke through Thursday on the western side of the Peninsula impacting Homer north to Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski and Sterling. Cooper Landing will continue to be impacted due to the proximity to the fire.Due to the extensive smoke on Wednesday no aviation support was able to be utilized throughout the day. According to Fire Manager with the Incident Command Team, Rocky Gilbert, the crews on the ground worked hard to pick up the slack. Jeff Tonkin Incident Meteorologist on the Swan Lake Fire: “Rain is great, right? It won’t put the fire out, but it will really give us a nice week of moist weather, cooler typers, and reduce the fuel dryness and hopefully dampen some fire activity.”  Wednesday night’s public meeting in Cooper Landing attracted about 200 people to the school and another estimated 360 on Facebook Live. Fire managers and local officials shared information about suppression progress and plans as well as Sterling Highway travel restrictions and contingency plans should evacuations be needed. The Sterling Highway remains open and will alternate between two lanes and one-lane pilot car operations. Thick smoke and fog are reported in lowland areas near the Kenai River and in Cooper Landing. Reduced visibility along the flats around Watson Lake area (MP 71-68). Drive with headlights on. Travel is not advised.last_img read more

Labour survey shows Make in India still remains a distant dream

first_img‘Make in India’ initiative has given a large push to foreign direct investment in India.ReutersIndia’s manufacturing sector lost 87,000 jobs during the April-June quarter of the current fiscal, Labour Ministry survey showed on Tuesday, signaling that ‘Make in India’ remains a distant dream.”In manufacturing sector, the composition of total estimated change in employment of (-) 87,000 by gender shows a (-) 65,000 change in male workers and (-) 22,000 change in female workers,” according to the sixth round of quarterly employment survey.The overall employment in the eight selected sectors – manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, accommodation and restaurant, IT/BPO, education and health – increased by 64,000 during the quarter.Except the education and health sectors, which added 1.3 lakh jobs in April-June 2017, the other six sectors saw a net loss of 66,000 jobs, the survey showed.The data offers a somber picture of the Indian manufacturing sector at a time when the government is trying hard to push for better productivity and quality infrastructure at home.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme launched in September 2014 aims to make India a global hub for manufacturing, research and innovation and integral part of the global supply chain.The primary goal of the programme is encouraging multinational and domestic companies to make their products in India.But unless there’s a revival in the capital expenditure cycle, manufacturing sector growth seems unlikely, according to Manishi Raychaudhuri, BNP Paribas’s Asia-Pacific head of equity research.Currently the capex cycle in India is being supported only by government-sponsored infrastructure projects, while private capex continues to be tepid, owing largely to low capacity utilization prevailing across most industries, reckons Raychaudhuri.Raychaudhuri expects private capex to decline over 2018 and 2019.”We are operating in an environment of 72 to 73 percent capacity utilization. Unless this rises to 80 to 85 percent, corporates will not be keen to bring in new capacity, Raychaudhuri told Forbes India in an interview on Monday.Apart from the manufacturing sector, the transport sector also recorded a decline in employment with loss of 3,000 jobs during April-June period.Construction sector recorded an increase in employment of 10,000 workers during April-June over the previous quarter, while the trade and restaurant sectors showed an increase in employment of 7,000 and 5,000 workers, respectively.last_img read more

Prosecutors Seek Life Sentence For Intellectually Disabled Man On Texas Death Row

first_imgTexas Department of Criminal JusticeBobby James Moore has been on death row for 37 years, after being convicted of capital murder.Harris County prosecutors have filed a motion to re-sentence an intellectually disabled man on death row.They are seeking for Bobby James Moore to, instead, have life in prison.Moore, 58, was sentenced the death penalty after being convicted of capital murder in 1980. Moore shot 72-year-old James McCarble to death, during a robbery at the Birdsall Market in Houston’s Rice Military neighborhood.He’s now been on death row for 37 years, but Harris County prosecutors want to change that, because of the 2002 Supreme Court ruling: Atkins v. Virginia. It says intellectually disabled people can’t be executed; it’s a violation of the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel unusual punishment.The Harris County District Attorney’s Office sent a press release, outlining their position on the motion:“I am doing what I believe the law requires,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said of the brief filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals, Texas’s highest court for criminal cases. “The nation’s highest court has ruled that intellectually disabled persons can’t be subject to the death penalty.”Ogg said her position regarding Moore was in line with the findings of State District Judge Susan Brown, who presided over a 2014 hearing; in which she ruled that he should not be executed, due to his intellectual disability.Back in March, the Supreme Court also ruled Texas did not properly sentence Moore. That sent his case back to Texas courts. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:32 Listen Sharelast_img read more

Ouya quickly pulls violent Sixty bucks vomiting video ad

first_imgOne of the main selling points of the Ouya is its price compared to other gaming platforms. The Ouya itself is pretty cheap at $100, but the games are priced on a par with mobile platforms rather than other TV-bound games consoles.Ouya is using this fact to help market the machine, but their latest video advertisement entitled “Sixty bucks for a game?” looks to have gone a bit too far, and apparently Ouya’s official YouTube channel Ouyas pulled it soon after making it live. Of course, a few people grabbed the advert before it disappeared and posted it back up on YouTube.This is cartoon violence, but depending on where you are it may still class as NSFW material. If you’re not sure before watching, read below the video before hitting the play button for a brief description of what happens.As you can see, it isn’t subtle. The guy complains about being ripped off by a game called Medal of Duty that costs $60, then proceeds to vomit a lot. But that’s not enough to ease his pain, so he pulls out his own spinal cord and hits himself over the head until his brain is exposed and he’s just a pile of skin and guts on the floor floating in a pool of vomit. His final word? “Ouya.”The advert was meant to get across how many crappy games cost $60 and the fact Ouya lets you try all games for free before you decide to buy. It’s a nice way of offering games for a console, but I think the ad leaves viewers more focused on what the guy has done to himself rather than the console it is trying to get you to buy. Even so, it is memorable.last_img read more

Employment Trend for 2014 Miserable Millennials

first_img Work ForceThey’re young, hip, smart … and crying in their parents’ basements. Thirty-six percent of Millennials–otherwise known as Generation Y, which includes those born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s–were living with mom and dad last year, according to a report by Pew Research Center. Those 21.6 million people represent the highest share of young adults living at home in at least 40 years.”[From] a long-run perspective, this is a relatively new phenomenon. If you look from the early 1980s to 2007, the share of young adults living with their parents wasn’t up that much; it was fairly stable up to 2007,” says Richard Fry, author of the study. “There’s a basic association between employment and whether you live with mom and/or dad. … Having a job is a springboard to being able to have independent living arrangements.”Illustration © David SchwenIn 2012 only 63 percent of young adults had jobs, down from 70 percent in 2007. A June Generation Opportunity jobs report measured the effective unemployment rate for 18- to 29-year-olds at 16.1 percent. While Pew reports that one-third of 25- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. had completed at least a bachelor’s degree in 2012 (a record number), a survey by Braun Research for staffing firm Adecco found that 66 percent of hiring managers do not believe college grads are ready for the work force. Rather than hiring new graduates for entry-level positions, recruiters are looking to take on people with experience.”I think at the most fundamental level, we have a jobless recovery,” says David Grusky, professor of sociology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. “We have fewer jobs in terms of the proportion of the potentially working population. We’re having good stock market performance, money is being made, but workers are not bearing the fruits of that recovery the way all of us would like.”If being unemployed and stuck in their childhood homes isn’t dispiriting enough, Millennials also seem plagued by a worldly dissatisfaction that is new to this generation. Raised by doting Baby Boomers with the notion that they could be anything they dreamed of, Millennials made “follow your passion” a catchphrase for career inspiration, expecting to bask in the economic prosperity of their forefathers and find not only a job, but a fulfilling one at that. Instead, they graduated into one of the worst economic downturns in history.So what does the future hold for Millennials? Will the murkiness of a career path have them reconsidering job-hunting and turning instead to job-creating?”Evidence shows that the proportion of income that goes to capital as opposed to workers is increasing,” Grusky says. “The implication is that this is a good time to be a capitalist, bad time for workers.” Ominous, perhaps, but this could spur fresh ideas, a more innovative economy and a generation of entrepreneurs. And who’s better at navel-gazing than a Millennial?More from Trends 2014Inside Breuckelen Distilling’s Labor of LoveMoss of the Month Club? 15 Unique Subscription ServicesPublishing Trend for 2014: A New Demand for Eye-Catching CookbooksInvesting Trend for 2014: Equity CrowdfundingEmployment Trend for 2014: Miserable MillennialsGlobal Startup Trend for 2014: Consider BrazilFashion Trend for 2014: Country Couture on the RiseEcommerce Trend for 2014: Buying Into the Subscription Service ModelEntertainment Trend for 2014: Low-Budget Movies=Big BusinessFood and Beverage Trend for 2014: The Rise of Craft DistilleriesTech Trend for 2014: The Risk in BYOD Offices This story appears in the December 2013 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read November 19, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Machu Picchu aims to attract more tourists with a master plan

first_imgAn extravagant master plan for Machu Picchu was approved recently that calls for a dramatic ‘reconceptualisation’ of the Inca Citadel, backed by a proposed USD 43.7 million makeover of its tourist infrastructure.A striking feature of the 2015-2019 plan is how it frames and deals with the problem of the increasing waves of visitors who have flocked to the iconic ruins since the 2007 designation of Machu Picchu as a ‘New Wonder of the World’.According to figures released by the Ministry of Culture, last year Machu Picchu received 1,079,426 visitors, not including the 200-plus trekkers who entered the sanctuary each day from the Inca Trail.The reconceptualisation plan wants to change the experience for visitors to a more holistic view of the citadel. Machu Picchu will become more than the peak, the mountains, the clouds, and the structure of the temple in the clouds. The site is a “patrimonial network that unfolds across the mountain and is symbiotically integrated with it.” Therefore, the plan is to experience a larger picture, the entire mountain.last_img read more