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Port Infrastructure Attractive Price to Drive LNG Demand

first_imgzoom Supply infrastructure at major ports and attractive pricing are at the top of a list of factors that will drive demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.Up to 41 percent of the delegates at International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) Annual Convention in Singapore in November believe that infrastructure readiness is key for rising the demand for LNG as marine fuel.Attractive pricing was at the second place with 29.5 percent of votes, followed by green advocacy for cleaner marine fuels with 13 percent, clear emission regulations and enforcement regimes with 11 percent and ready and abundant supply of LNG with 5.5 percent.The delegates heard from Goh Tiak Boon,  Head LNG New Business, Pavilion Gas, who, outlining the current market, noted that LNG supply infrastructure is concentrated in North West Europe, and so far almost entirely dominated by truck to ship supply.Price-wise, Boon claimed that the price of LNG versus marine gas oil when supplied ship-to-ship (STS), even taking delivery cost into account, makes LNG a viable alternative.The Convention also heard from Alan Lim, Deputy Director (Port Services) at Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, about how Singapore is part of a global network LNG bunker-ready ports across East-West and Transpacific trade. Several ports in Asia and North West Europe are already part of this network, along with two ports in North America. Lim said Singapore intends to have STS LNG bunkering capacity in place as early as 2020.“It seems, then, that two of the most important factors for driving the use of LNG as a marine fuel could be in place by 2020,” IBIA concluded.last_img read more

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Clean Closure of Island Vacuum Crowdis Mountain Facility

first_imgThe Department of Environment and Labour is wrapping up its work toward a clean closure of the Island Vacuum Crowdis Mountain Septage Facility. In September 2006, based on the recommendations of a community liaison committee, the Department of Environment and Labour committed to undertake a clean closure of the septage facility. A clean closure, as defined in the 2006 guidelines for the handling, treatment and disposal of septage, is the removal of all lagoon contents. “A comprehensive surface and groundwater monitoring program has been in place since the cleanup began and will continue for one year after the work is complete,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “All sampling results to date indicate there has been no impact on groundwater or MacDonald Brook.” A closure plan for the facility was developed and included removal of the solids and liquids, implementation of a groundwater and surface water monitoring program, and site reclamation. Since the cleanup began, about 4,250 tonnes of material on the site have been removed and properly disposed of at approved composting facilities. Recent soil testing results indicate that all sludge material have been removed. If any sludge material is found during the reclamation, it will be removed and properly disposed of. “Upon removal of the material from the site, samples of the lagoon walls and base were taken and tested to ensure no additional material remains,” said Roger Munroe, regional manager at Environment and Labour. “Our results show that no materials remain in the lagoon and final site reclamation is ready to proceed.” The clean-up process is expected to be complete by the end of this month.last_img read more

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Halifax Resident Earns National Literacy Award

first_imgThis year’s recipient of the Nova Scotia Council of the Federation Literacy Award is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), receiving her high school diploma for adults in 2017. Samia Eldik received the award, today, Sept. 10, during a presentation ceremony at Province House, in Halifax. The award is presented annually to an adult learner who demonstrates outstanding achievements in literacy, and makes a significant contribution to their school, workplace or community. “I know that I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today, but I never expected to be recognized for my hard work,” said Ms. Eldik. “I’m thankful for all the opportunities to learn and for all the help I have received, it makes me want to continue to work hard to reach my goal.” Ms. Eldik came to Canada from Sudan in 2003. As a child, she didn’t have the opportunity to attend school and after coming to Canada she faced challenges like learning English and caring for her five children. Upon becoming a Canadian citizen in 2013, she promised herself that if she got the chance to learn, she would do her best. “The more I learn, the more I want to learn. Literacy classes have helped me realize that learning is a very important part of my life.” While obtaining her diploma from NSCC, Ms. Eldik received tutoring and support from the Halifax Community Learning Network. She is currently enrolled in the Continuing Care program at NSCC and looks forward to becoming a continuing care assistant. “Ms. Eldik’s story shows the success that can be achieved when we come together to support lifelong learning,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab, who presented the award on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil. “I congratulate her on receiving this award and continuing her education here in Nova Scotia.” Thirteen Council of the Federation Literacy Awards are presented annually, one for each province and territory. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education, on behalf of Premier Stephen McNeil, co-ordinates the annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Alcohol charges against 2 Canadian pilots dropped after blood samples destroyed

first_imgLONDON – Prosecutors in the United Kingdom have dropped charges against two Canadian pilots accused of preparing to fly a commercial aircraft while under the influence of alcohol after their blood samples were mistakenly destroyed at a Scottish prison.Prosecutors say there will be no further action against Imran Syed, 39, and Jean-Francois Perreault, 41, who were arrested July 18, 2016, before they were to pilot an Air Transat flight from Glasgow to Toronto.Authorities say Syed, from Toronto, allegedly had 49 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Perreault, who is also from Ontario, allegedly had 32 milligrams.Both men have denied the charges.The flight eventually took off with a different crew the next morning after about 250 passengers spent the night at hotels.Air Transat had suspended the pilots but says they will be reinstated because they have been “declared innocent.”“We will be meeting with them in the next few days to plan their reinstatement since there is no charge against them and we have no evidence that they have broken any law nor our internal rules,” the airline said. “They will need to undergo retraining and requalification as per applicable legislation, and we will put in place measures to ensure that their behaviour is exemplary.”Prosecutors said they were trying to prevent a similar loss of evidence in the future.“We are working with Police Scotland to ensure there are proper processes and guidance in place covering the retention and storage of samples when an accused person is remanded in custody,” they said.The two were charged under a section of the United Kingdom’s Railway and Transport Safety Act that precludes people from conducting aviation functions “when the proportion of alcohol in (their) breath, blood or urine exceeds the prescribed limit.”Canadian aviation regulations prohibit any aircraft crew members from working while intoxicated or within eight hours after having an alcoholic drink.Air Transat’s president said at the time that the carrier would compensate all passengers booked on the flight.European Union rules stipulate a passenger is entitled to 600 euros in the event a flight longer than 3,500 kilometres is cancelled.last_img read more

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The ground thaws and swallows Study says permafrost melting faster than thought

first_imgPermafrost in some areas of the Canadian Arctic is melting so fast that it’s gulping up the equipment left there to study it.“The ground thaws and swallows it,” said Merritt Turetsky, a University of Guelph biologist whose new research warns the rapid melt could dramatically increase the amount of greenhouse gases released from ancient plants and animals frozen within the tundra.“We’ve put cameras in the ground, we’ve put temperature equipment in the ground, and it gets flooded. It often happens so fast we can’t get out there and rescue it.“We’ve lost dozens of field sites. We were collecting data on a forest and all of a sudden it’s a lake.”Turetsky’s research, published this week in the journal Nature, looks at the rate of permafrost melt across the Arctic and what its impact could be on attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.It’s been known for years that the vast belts of frozen soil that underlie much of the North are thawing as the Arctic warms. That releases greenhouse gases as organic carbon from plants and animals, once locked away in the ice, melts and decomposes.Climate scientists have assumed a slow, steady erosion of permafrost and a similar pace of carbon release. Turetsky and her colleagues found something different.Instead of a few centimetres of melt a year, several metres of soil can destabilize within days. Landscapes collapse into sinkholes. Hillsides slide away to expose deep permafrost that would otherwise have remained insulated.   “Permafrost at (that) depth, even one hundred years from now, probably would still be protected in the soil,” she said. “Except here comes this really crazy liquefication where this abrupt thaw really churns up this stuff.”Wildfires, becoming larger and hotter every year over the Canadian boreal forest, are also causing rapid permafrost melt.Nearly one-fifth of Arctic permafrost is now vulnerable to rapid warming, Turetsky’s paper suggests. Plenty of it is in Canada, such as in the lowlands south of Hudson Bay.Soil analysis found those quickly melting areas also contain the most carbon. Nearly 80 per cent of them hold at least 70 kilograms of carbon per cubic metre.That suggests permafrost is likely to release up to 50 per cent more greenhouse gases than climate scientists have believed. As well, much of it will be released as methane, which is about 30 per cent more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.  “These are minimum estimates,” Turetsky said. “We’ve been very conservative.”Despite the rapid melt, it’ll be decades before the extra carbon release starts to influence global climate. “We’ve got a bit of time.”The abrupt collapsing of permafrost, however, will affect northerners long before that.  “The landscape is going to be affected more and more every year by permafrost degradation,” Turetsky said. “We’ve got a lot of people living on top of permafrost and building infrastructure on top of permafrost. It’s enough to sink northern budgets.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN seeks 17 million to assist Honduran flood victims

30 October 2008United Nations agencies and their non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners today appealed for more than $17 million to provide food, shelter, health care, water and sanitation over the next six months to some 270,000 people affected by severe floods in Honduras. The funds will also support emergency logistics and early recovery projects in the Central American nation, where heavy rains brought on by a tropical depression earlier this month caused rivers to swell and in some areas change their course.“The resulting flooding and landslides have caused loss of life and injuries,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement. They also destroyed over 72,000 hectares of crops and inflicted severe damage on infrastructure. The hardest-hit areas include Copán, Ocotepeque, Cortés, Atlantida and Yoro departments across the north of the country, but the central and western regions of Honduras were also affected.“Living conditions for some of the most vulnerable communities will remain precarious for several months, and failure to intervene with assistance could lead to extreme poverty and worsening malnutrition,” OCHA cautioned.The funds requested will support projects proposed by nine UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration, and Plan International, in coordination with the Government of Honduras. read more

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UN peacekeepers help provide security as Central African Republic holds elections

Military and police units from the 11,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) joined soldiers from the French Sangaris force and local security teams in “a strategy of pre-emption, prevention and reaction to anticipate, prevent and react against all imponderables and all risks,” the Mission reported in its latest bulletin.The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace after fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups erupted in early 2013, in which thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more forced from their homes.Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took to CAR’s radio waves to appeal for a massive turn-out in the polls. “The upcoming elections are a historical moment for your country,” he said in French on today’s first round of the polls. “Never before have so many central Africans registered to vote,” he said. “I call on every one of you to use your right to vote without letting others preventing you from expressing yourselves peacefully. The Organisation of the United Nations will stand by you during this critical time.”In a later statement issued by his spokesman, he called on all national stakeholders to commit themselves to ensuring that the elections are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner, saying he was encouraged to see that almost two million people have registered to vote “in a clear demonstration of the population’s engagement to exercise their democratic franchise.” He pledged the UN’s commitment to do everything possible in cooperation with the national authorities to prevent any possible disruption of the electoral process, and urged all political stakeholders to work closely with MINUSCA in this regard, calling on them to resolve disputes that may arise from the elections through legal and peaceful means.He also commended the Transitional Authorities for organizing the referendum on a new Constitution earlier this month “under very challenging political, financial, logistical and security conditions,” and reiterated continued UN commitment to assist CAR towards a future of peace and stability.After nine months of improved stability earlier this year a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in the number of internally displaced persons to 447,500.On 11 December, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced deep concern at mounting sectarian language, warning of possible “dramatic consequences” given the highly volatile pre-election atmosphere. In late November, Pope Francis visited CAR’s capital, Bangui, visiting churches and a mosque and appealing for inter-communal peace. read more

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New centre focuses on literacy research

Brock has formed a new centre to focus on cutting-edge literacy education research.The Centre for Research in Multiliteracies will work across disciplines and fields to improve literacy in Ontario. The director will be Jennifer Rowsell, Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies and associate professor in the Faculty of Education.Jennifer RowsellResearchers at the centre aim to understand new ways in which children, youth and adults use new forms of media in their academic and every-day lives. They hope to develop handbooks, workshops and curriculum documents, as well as advise school boards and provincial education authorities, about how to integrate interactive technology in the classroom.The centre’s work will also include research by graduate students working for educational change and the integration of information technology in instruction.It is located in the Brock Research and Innovation Centre at 130 Lockhart Dr. Kevin Kee‘s Augmented Reality lab, John Bonnett‘s Virtual Reality lab and the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Education and Research are also located in the building.The centre will include a video game lab, a digital writing lab, a vernacular literacies library, a 21 century pedagogy laboratory and a videoconferencing suite.It also hosted a guest speaker on the weekend. Prof. Maureen Walsh from Australian Catholic University presented “Teaching Literacy in New Times: Multimodal Approaches to the Teaching of English.”For more information, call 905-688-5550 x6121. read more

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Brothers Babarskas on Balkan target

The new member of the team of rich tradition, Slovenian champions RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, will Lithuanian guy Povilas Babarskas. The 2- years-old Lithuanian left back signed three years contract with the EHF Champions League winner from 2004 in order to replace and feel the gap after Ivan Sliskovic’s departure to Hungarian Veszprem next summer.Celje signed another left back – Brazilian Arthur Patrianova.The older brother Babarskas is playing in Austrian Bregenz.The younger, one, Gerdas (21), who is playing on the same position as his brother is target of Macedonian champions RK Metalurg Skopje. Macedonians currently preparing the new – young squad who will be capable to play on TOP quality level in strong competitions as SEHA GAZPROM League, but also VELUX EHF Champions League as Skopje has two teams there in the next season. Babarskas handball ← Previous Story Sead Hasanefendic leads TUS Lubbecke Next Story → EHF CL F4 until 2020 in Cologne read more

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Election result sees DUP and Sinn Féin rule the roost in Northern

first_img Source: David McCann/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Final story from hereDUP score best ever resultSF score best result & best result for Nat party since 1921UUP/SDLP wiped out #GE2017— David McCann (@dmcbfs) June 9, 2017 Short URL Jun 9th 2017, 10:00 AM 74 Comments DUP leader Arlene Foster. Source: Niall Carson/PAUpdated 10.00THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY could turn to the Democratic Unionist Party to form a government.As results come in from the UK general election, forecasts suggest that a Conservative-DUP coalition could be one of the few combinations able to make over a 326-seat majority.Latest forecasts have Theresa May’s Conservative Party ending with 318 seats, leaving a hung parliament.The DUP has claimed two extra seats in the North, up to ten, while Sinn Féin climbed from four seats to seven.The election may have been something of a triumph for the North’s two largest parties – however it has been nothing short of a disaster for their nearest rivals on both sides of the political divide, the UUP and the SDLP.Both have seen their seat count wiped clean at Westminster, seeing them join Ukip in gaining the ignominious accolade of returning no seats whatsoever – the UUP losing  its two seats and the SDLP its three.For the moderate nationalist SDLP, the loss of former party leader Mark Durkan’s seat was an especial blow.All of which leaves both the DUP and Sinn Féin sitting pretty in utterly dominant positions in the North. For the DUP, the role of kingmaker may be one the party tries on for size – its 10 seats are likely to be the most obvious avenue for the Conservatives to stay in power. Election result sees DUP and Sinn Féin rule the roost in Northern Ireland The election result could see the DUP take on the role of kingmakers in propping up a Conservative government.center_img By Paul Hosford Friday 9 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM 45,013 Views Speaking to the BBC this morning, Simon Hamilton MLA said that the party would wait to see what the final maths was, but accepted his party could hold a lot of power.“Clearly our votes are going to be incredibly important in the new parliament.“First and foremost we will look to achieve our goals in respect to getting the best deal for Northern Ireland. We’re also very mindful of our responsibilities in the national political scene and this is a very difficult time for the United Kingdom.”He added that the party wanted a good deal for Northern Ireland in Brexit negotiations, adding that the border issue was one the party wanted to see reflected in talks. He said that the party wanted a “frictionless” border.Hamilton, however, would not be drawn on the question of whether the DUP would consider a formal coalition or would support a working Conservative minority.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanRead: Liveblog: Theresa May’s gamble fails as Tories lose seats but will remain as biggest party http://jrnl.ie/3434718 Share62 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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AMACs General Meeting branded a success

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC) held its first annual General Meeting last Monday which was heralded a success by its members. The main issues that were discussed included: the composition and structure of the present Council; the possibility of changing the name of the organisation; AMAC’s budget position and strategies of recruiting new members. The Council will remain intact for the time being while it’s structure and processes will be drafted at the next Board meeting. A recommendation for closer cooperation with other Greek organisations in other states was also adopted. It was decided to maintain the present name and to continue AMAC’s partnership with the Australian Hellenic Council. It was also recommended that AMAC should utilise a common space between the organisation and the Australian Hellenic Council that would be funded by the Greek community.last_img read more

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Mike Misick speaks on Priton Development Agreement

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 30, 2016 – It was under the Mike Misick led PNP that Priton Development got the green light and mountains of concessions including tax breaks on crown land, to build hundreds of homes at what was labeled affordable prices.Since phase one there had been complaints, but those complaints of shoddy construction, dangerous shortcuts like building homes on sink holes and vertical caves and ignoring the cries of home owners have intensified; we asked the newest at large candidate about that agreement, what should be done with it and how he plans to represent the people tricked by Priton.Michael Misick admitted some lack of information on the problems, but said this anyway.“If the developers know there are sink holes, people should be compensated for the moneys that they spent in terms of  their homes. To my general recollection of the development agreement, cause it’s been a long time now, was that government gave certain incentives to be able to build affordable housing for belongers, and I think we had an arrangement with the bank to help finance belongers, and I’m not sure, I think in some cases some was private land and some was crown land that was given at a concessionary rate, but again if they’re in breach of their agreement then the agreement should be terminated.  If they have sold people land or houses on a sink hole, those people should be compensated or relocated.”Since our initial report, more tales of woe are revealed including one home which has been condemned and another where water comes out of the walls.  Priton Development has yet to reply to questions; the Governor says he has handed the work over to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Infrastructure is expected to give some update to Magnetic Media in another couple of days according to the Permanent Secretary there.last_img read more

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Hayden Island development moves ahead

first_imgDespite pleas from conservationists and East Hayden Island residents, Portland’s City Council authorized staff Thursday night to plan for building 300 acres of marine terminals on 800-acre West Hayden Island.The council voted 4-0, with Commissioner Randy Leonard absent, to authorize further planning.Planners are to develop a proposal by December 2011 for annexing the island and identifying 300 acres for deep-water terminal development.The council could still vote against the proposal then.The council ordered further study of how to best use existing Port lands and options for restoring the undeveloped portions of the island.It also ordered more study of a possible new bridge from the island south to North Marine Drive and of “opportunities for increased coordination” with the Port of Vancouver.The Vancouver port has about 350 acres available for new terminals in its Columbia Gateway project.The Port of Portland says West Hayden Island, which it owns, is the only place it can develop large new terminals, and the 300-acre footprint is the smallest it can go.Tentative Port plans call for two or three terminals on the island in the next 10 or 15 years, with much of the building on the grasslands that have emerged on spoil dumping grounds.Economic projections indicate the terminals would most likely be for imports of cars and trucks or exports of bulk goods such as potash or coal to help supply Asia’s growing demand.last_img read more

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Judges hold state in contempt for long jail waits for mentally ill

first_imgClark County eyes expert panel to evaluate ill defendantsSEATTLE — Washington judges have begun holding the state’s health services agency in contempt and are ordering sanctions for each day the state fails to provide competency evaluations and treatment for mentally ill people held in county jails.The sanctions range from $200 to $500 for each day the defendant sits in a cell instead of being treated at one of two psychiatric hospitals. By Wednesday, the fines were approaching $100,000, an Associated Press investigation found.Other judges are releasing the mentally ill defendants to the streets.Besides violating a defendant’s constitutional right to due process and a speedy trial, holding them in jail without treatment “may also be a violation of their Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment,” said Pierce County Superior Judge Frank Cuthbertson, who has filed about a dozen orders this year.“We’ve had clinical staff from the hospital testify in open court and admit that locking people in a jail cell who have a chronic or acute mental illness actually makes them worse,” Cuth- bertson said. “It exacerbates their condition.”He said he knows the state is strapped for money, so contempt orders are not the solution, “but I feel the state has to be compelled to fulfill its constitutional obligation.”last_img read more

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Missing elderly man found safe by Hollywood Police

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have announced they have located an elderly man who was reported missing near Hollywood Beach.According to Hollywood Police, 80-year-old Andre Novan is now safe with his family after he was last seen in the area of New York Street and Ocean Drive, at around 4 p.m., Sunday. Officers located Mr. Novan and is safely home with his family. Thank you for sharing and helping officers find him. 🙏 https://t.co/1NJ53Y2J8w— HollywoodFL Police (@HollywoodFLPD) December 24, 2018Officials made the announcement late Monday morning via Twitter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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WATCH White Oak To Buffalo Downtown Trail Connection Now Open

first_imgRemarks: @HPARD White Oak Bayou Greenway to Buffalo Bayou new trail around @uhdowntown ribbon cutting https://t.co/0IGuo3wQLJ— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 28, 2018 The White Oak to Buffalo Downtown trail connection is now open. The grand opening of the trail connection was Saturday, April 28, with a public ceremony hosted by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. The connector is part of a series of projects by Bayou Greenways 2020, a public-private partnership between the nonprofit Houston Parks Board, the City of Houston, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Harris County Flood Control District, according to Culture Map Houston. Click HERE for digital map. “Together we are leading the way in green infrastructure!” @SylvesterTurner success l@BayouGreenways @houparksboard pic.twitter.com/aoXFlC7oaH— Robin Holzer (@Robin_Holzer) April 28, 2018 #SD6 staff @houparksboard celebration of new White Oak to Buffalo Downtown Trail Connection! Love seeing our bayou network utilized for more green space! pic.twitter.com/61O68kisYI— Sylvia R. Garcia (@SenatorSylvia) April 28, 2018 Share @houparksboard @maria_m_town @RepAlvarado145 @RodneyEllis @buffalobayou pic.twitter.com/G79hsv5lFR— tahtah777 (@tahtah777) April 28, 2018center_img What a day! Thanks to everyone who celebrated the White Oak to Buffalo Downtown Trail Connection grand opening with us today. #BayouGreenways #BayouCity #whiteoakbayou #buffalobayou pic.twitter.com/IYidRRDFOt— Houston Parks Board (@houparksboard) April 28, 2018 Congrats on the newest @BayouGreenways trail that will provide accessibility, connectivity, and green space to all Houstonians! @SylvesterTurner @houparksboard @buffalobayou @MoPD_Houston pic.twitter.com/v9X9V3jzSw— LINK Houston (@LINK_Houston) April 28, 2018 Hey Houston! Ride out and join the @houparksboard party celebrating our newest @BayouGreenways by @uhdowntown! @DowntownHouston is gorgeous! pic.twitter.com/zxApjYmAQg— Traffic Engineers (@TEI_PlanDesign) April 28, 2018 @UHDPresident at @houparksboard White Oak/Buffalo event – “When you see the UHD sign, remember the D makes a difference like our bayous do.” pic.twitter.com/jIWQ4HdXc3— UHDowntown (@uhdowntown) April 28, 2018last_img read more

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God of War Release Date Announced New Story Trailer Revealed

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Since late last year, rumors pertaining to the release date of God of War began to circulate around the internet. Dates ranged from March 22, 2018, to June 30th. Sony has finally laid all rumors to rest by announcing a solid release date. The gods of Norse mythology will meet their demise by Kratos’ hand on April 20. Yes… that April 20.This announcement comes straight from God of War developer Santa Monica Studio, who let everyone know on Twitter. Along with a solid release date, a new trailer was revealed.The trailer gives more detail about the game’s plot. Particularly, we’re shown why Kratos and his son Atreus set out on their perilous journey. Kratos is a god, which is something Atreus finally discovers during the course of the game. Being that this is God of War, the trailer has plenty of action. Kratos is seen taking on both man and monster with his new battle axe. It’s an epic trailer for what will no doubt be an epic story.AdChoices广告“There has been a long journey just to reach this point, so it’s a little bittersweet to think that we are only a few months away from that journey finally coming to an end,” said God of War director Corey Barlog on the PlayStation Blog. “While I am sad, I am also excited because it means everyone will get their hands on this crazy adventure we have been crafting for nearly five years!”In addition to a release date and trailer, Sony also announced a number of pre-order bonuses. Pre-ordering at any retailer will net users three “legendary” shield skins. By pre-ordering from GameStop (or EB Games), players will get the “Luck of Ages” XP boost, which grants +10 Luck and has one enchantment. There is, of course, the deity-pleasing Stone Mason collector’s edition which we previously reported on.center_img ‘God of War’ Documentary ‘Raising Kratos’ Explores 2018’s Top Video GamePS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&… last_img read more

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Mathematician devises a means for tying impact of teaching quality to pupils

first_imgCredit: Anna Frodesiak/Wikipedia Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Teacher influence persists in early grades (Phys.org) —Harvard economist and mathematician Gary Chamberlain has devised a means to tie a student’s future earnings with the quality of teaching they had in middle and grade school. In his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Chamberlain describes a study he undertook that he says shows that the quality of a teacher a child has can have an impact not only on his or her test scores, but earnings up to a decade later. Citation: Mathematician devises a means for tying impact of teaching quality to pupil’s future earnings (2013, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-mathematician-tying-impact-quality-pupil.htmlcenter_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org More information: Predictive effects of teachers and schools on test scores, college attendance, and earnings, PNAS, Published online before print October 7, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1315746110 AbstractI studied predictive effects of teachers and schools on test scores in fourth through eighth grade and outcomes later in life such as college attendance and earnings. For example, predict the fraction of a classroom attending college at age 20 given the test score for a different classroom in the same school with the same teacher and given the test score for a classroom in the same school with a different teacher. I would like to have predictive effects that condition on averages over many classrooms, with and without the same teacher. I set up a factor model that, under certain assumptions, makes this feasible. Administrative school district data in combination with tax data were used to calculate estimates and do inference. Prior work by Chamberlain and others has found a link between the quality of a teacher and test scores by that teacher’s students even after they have moved on to other teachers. In this latest effort, he looked to take the idea even further, to see if having a good teacher can mean increased earnings as an adult.To find out, Chamberlain obtained student data from over 800 schools in the United States, spanning the years 1988 to 2009 for grades four through eight. The data included information regarding teacher/student assignments and test scores. For those that had graduated, he obtained data that told him which of the students attended college. For some, he even managed to obtain pay rates later on in life. Crunching all the data allowed him to gain a new perspective on achievements of students based on the quality of teacher they had during their formative years.Chamberlain reports that he found that simply having certain teachers led to a greater chance of attending college for some students, and because of that, they had higher earnings later in life. More specifically, he found higher test scores resulted in a greater likelihood of going to college by just a quarter of one percent. But having a “high quality” teacher, he says, regardless of test scores, bumped that percentage up to one percent. He also found that one percent of students who had certain distinguished teachers had higher earnings on average than other teachers.All in all, Chamberlain says, the data shows that having a high quality teacher means more kids going to college and more of them earning more money later on in life. He adds that science is still working on figuring out what exactly constitutes a good teacher, but suggests research efforts such as his are helping to get closer.last_img read more

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Trinidad and Tobago government challenges decriminalization of gay sex

first_imgIn April, the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago made a historic decision — decriminalizing gay sex. Jason Jones is continuing the fight | Photo: Facebook/Jason Jones eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Their ruling overturned colonial-era Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act.Despite this win, the battle is not over yet.Trinidad and Tobago’s government is challenging the court’s ruling, seeking to uphold the dated and harmful laws.On 20 September, the case will once more find its way to the courts, with activists fighting the ` government to keep their lives safe and legal.How did we get here?Activist Jason Jones initially brought the challenge to Sections 13 and 16 in February 2017. One year and some change later, the High Court agreed they were both unconstitutional.The judge for the High Court, Justice Devindra Rampersad, said the laws violated Jones’ right to privacy, liberty and freedom of expression.It was a historic win for LGBTI people across the Caribbean nation.‘I am doing this for the betterment of our nation, and for our feature generations,’ Jones said.But it’s not over?The government doesn’t want to lose.Now, Jones and his lawyers will face them in court. They are presenting the case to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom. It will be the first time the Privy Council hears an LGBTI decriminalization case. ‘The importance of my legal challenge for LGBT equality cannot be stressed enough,’ Jones told GSN. ‘My final victory at the Privy Council in the United Kingdom will lead to decriminalisation in at least 10 other Countries and impact positively on hundreds of thousands of LGBT people across the Globe.’Jones has set up a crowdfunding campaign for the case to help pay for legal fees and beyond.‘I’m incredibly proud that my historic victory in April has made a positive impact in the recent landmark victory in India with my case being mentioned twice in that judgement,’ he continued. ‘It proves how important the work we all do around the world, contributes to LGBT Equality.‘We can no longer sit by and watch huge advances in the Global North whilst we in the South continue to hide in the shadows with laws that criminalise us hanging over our heads. We must all do our bit to ensure that no one is left behind.’More from Gay Star NewsSingapore DJ launches court challenge of Section 377AThe world reacts to India’s Supreme Court decision to decriminalize gay sexWhy I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexualityGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… High Court in Trinidad and Tobago decrimanlizes gay sexAnti-LGBTI groups warn Trinidad of ‘same sex marriage cancer’After India decriminalizes gay sex, which country might be next?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trinidad-tobago-government-challenges-decriminalization-gay-sex/last_img

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