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Results from Fort St John homeless count released

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Housing and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society have released its ‘2018 Homeless Count in BC’ report.The report summarizes findings from 24 homeless counts conducted in communities across British Columbia.Fort St. John was one of the communities that were included in the report with 61 respondents. B.C. Housing says this report provides important baseline information on the estimated number, key demographic and service provision needs of people experiencing homelessness in communities across B.C.The full report can be viewed on the B.C. Housing’s website. Percentages, in the report, are based on the number of people who responded tosurvey questions and not the total number of people identified as experiencing homelessness.Out of a total of 61 people surveyed in Fort St. John, 66 percent said to be sheltered while 34 percent said to be unsheltered.When it comes to gender, males make up 75 percent of the homeless population, while females only make up 25 percent.The largest age group in the survey is between 25-54 making up 71 percent, with the second largest age group being in the 65+ at  22 percent.59 percent of those surveyed identified themselves as Indigenous, while 41 percent identified as other.Other categories of focus in the survey included health conditions, history of being homeless, and those with youth in care.last_img read more

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Video Bridge Built During French Protectorate Near collapse Due to Floods

Rabat – Amid the heavy rainfall in Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, an old bridge built by the French colonial authorities near Marrakesh is on the verge of collapse due to the furious floods.There is concern that the old bridge of Ait Ourir may collapse into the Zat River at any moment. The bridge’s pillars have been partially damaged by the flash floods.This bridge remains the only transportation link that carries road and rail traffic across the Zat River. Since it was closed on Saturday morning out of fears of collapse, it caused serious traffic problems and stranded the residents of Ait Ourir. Although the bridge has been in poor condition for a long time, it has never closed for repairs.Local residents gathered near the bridge on Saturday morning to witness the moment of its collapse, while taking pictures and posting them on Facebook.Pictures went viral on social media, stirring controversy. Some Moroccan social media users commented on the pictures, saying that at least the French-built bridge has resisted the floods for many years, unlike the Moroccan-built bridges which fail in their first test, referring to the bridge of Taiouine that collapsed only 4 months after it was inaugurated.Reporting from Rabat by Aziz Allilou. Editing by Timothy Filla read more

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Chinese authorities say 17 people trapped in flooded mine

BEIJING — Chinese authorities say 17 people have been trapped in a flooded iron mine in the country’s northeast.The accident comes a day after 10 people were killed when a building being refurbished in the financial hub of Shanghai collapsed.The incidents underscore continuing problems with occupational safety despite a government drive to improve standards.The mine accident took place in Heilongjiang province’s Cuihongshan at around 3 a.m. Friday. Of those working in the mine at the time of the flood, 26 escaped.Mine floods often occur when workers breach adjoining shafts, galleries or drifts that had previously been flooded.China has suffered a spate of industrial accidents in recent months. In March, 78 people were killed in a blast at a chemical plant in the eastern city of Yancheng.The Associated Press read more

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Sampanthan seeks 100000 jobs for NE youth

Responding to his concerns, the Prime Minister thanked Sampanthan for not only looking at issues in the North and ?East but also the South. (Colombo Gazette) He said that Sri Lanka’s education system does not assure jobs for those who do well as so there needs to be an employment oriented education system. Opposition leader R Sampanthan today urged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take measures to provide 100,000 jobs for the youth in the North and East.Speaking in Parliament, the opposition leader said that unemployment is a huge issue in the country. The opposition leader said that he had discussed the unemployment issue with the Prime Minister at a meeting held earlier and he urged the Premier to urgently address the issue. read more

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Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits orders release of some data

CLEVELAND — The federal judge overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits filed by city and county governments against manufacturers, distributors and retailers over the opioid crisis has ordered the public release of data showing where prescription drugs were distributed nationally before 2013.Judge Dan Polster, who is based in Cleveland, issued the order Monday saying there is “clearly no basis” for shielding older data maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration.A federal appeals court last month ruled Polster went too far in blocking the release of data that government attorneys argued could compromise DEA investigations.Polster’s order asks attorneys for both sides to suggest how data collected after 2012 should be protected.A committee of attorneys representing the municipal plaintiffs applauded the order, saying the data will show how opioid pills “flooded” communities across the U.S.The Associated Press read more

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What If College Football Hadnt Wasted Decades On Polls And Just Used

TeamAppearancesSemifinal WinsChampsActual ChampsNet Diff. Playoff Teams w/ Championship Odds 1989Miami31Florida St.26Notre Dame24Michigan20 Oregon31.800.600.0+0.60 Ohio St.52.250.961.0-0.04 YearTeam%Team%Team%Team% 2003LSU50USC50Oklahoma0Michigan0 Penn St.20.840.360.0+0.36 1991Miami34Washington32Florida25Michigan9 Auburn31.700.971.0-0.03 TCU10.420.150.0+0.15 2007LSU33USC29Va. Tech27Ohio St.11 2001Miami46Oregon39Florida16Colorado0 Florida St.105.382.593.0-0.41 LSU32.241.081.5-0.42 1999Florida St.40Nebraska30Alabama24Va. Tech6 Actual champions (or co-champs) are listed in bold. In 1990, Georgia Tech was co-champion but is not projected to have made the playoff that season.Playoff selection is based on pre-bowl Elo ratings and AP polls. Playoff games are simulated using Elo, except in cases where a matchup actually took place during bowl season (in which case the actual result was used). Certain teams are listed with a 0 percent championship probability because they lost a real-life game against a fellow playoff team.Source: Sports-Reference.com 1988Notre Dame44Miami33Nebraska12W. Virginia11 2006Florida42Ohio St.20Oklahoma19Michigan19 1998Tennessee62Florida St.14Florida13Ohio St.11 Miami94.862.382.5-0.12 2005Texas61USC15Ohio St.14Penn St.10 Total104522626+0.00 2010Auburn56Arkansas19TCU15Oregon11 2008Florida62USC15Alabama13Oklahoma11 Virginia Tech20.900.330.0+0.33 Oklahoma52.080.921.0-0.08 1994Nebraska38Penn St.27Florida25Miami10 What 26 extra years of playoffs would have looked likeHypothetical College Football Playoff fields for the 1988-2013 seasons based on Elo ratings and AP poll rankings Arkansas10.360.190.0+0.19 1995Nebraska53Florida18Tennessee17Northwestern12 2004USC51Auburn26California13Oklahoma10 1992Alabama44Florida St.23Miami18Notre Dame15 Northwestern10.300.120.0+0.12 Alabama73.642.644.0-1.36 Florida115.273.043.0+0.04 2000Oklahoma51Miami23Florida St.16Florida10 Stanford20.960.420.0+0.42 Nebraska74.032.082.5-0.42 2012Alabama50Stanford20Florida19Notre Dame11 Colorado20.500.370.5-0.13 Notre Dame62.871.281.0+0.28 How a playoff would have changed college football historyMost FBS college football championships by school under a hypothetical four-team playoff system, 1988-2013 USC63.601.801.5+0.30 2011Alabama55LSU24Okla. St.11Oregon10 Cincinnati10.430.080.0+0.08 The good news for the old system(s) is that each year’s real-world national champ — or at least the co-champ — would be the favorite to win the playoff as well. (The only time a historical national champ didn’t make our theoretical playoff was in 1990, when Georgia Tech4My alma mater, it should be noted. claimed the national title in the coaches’ poll but missed the top four in our rankings after entering the bowls seventh in Elo.) But the fact that the real-world champ tended to be the favorite in our hypothetical playoffs is no guarantee those seasons would have played out the same way: Even after including real bowl results when they happened, the championship favorite in any given year had only a 47 percent chance of winning the title on average.The most uncertain year of our hypothetical playoffs might have been the aforementioned 1989 campaign; without any real-life bowls to help guide us, our system gives all four teams at least a 20 percent chance of winning the national championship. And among years that featured at least one actual bowl result to work with, the wacky 2007 season — in which playoff favorite LSU would have only a 33 percent of replicating its real-world championship — probably would have kept providing us thrills well into January. But with a playoff in place, many seasons would likely have had different endings than the ones we’ve set to memory over the years.How different? Here are all the schools that would have made at least one playoff appearance under our hypothetical system,5Plus Georgia Tech! along with their projected and actual national championships won: Tennessee31.090.791.0-0.21 Texas21.270.721.0-0.28 Washington10.490.320.5-0.18 2009Alabama57Florida24Texas10Cincinnati8 1990Colorado37Miami26Florida St.25Notre Dame13 West Virginia21.050.330.0+0.33 1996Florida50Nebraska17Arizona St.17Florida St.16 Arizona St.10.400.170.0+0.17 Michigan52.030.850.5+0.35 2013Florida St.40Alabama22Stanford22Auburn16 Georgia Tech00.000.000.5-0.50 1993Florida St.48Notre Dame23W. Virginia22Nebraska8 The College Football Playoff has transformed the way teams and conferences build their schedules — and created plenty of controversy along the way — in the four seasons since it debuted. And even if the system could stand to make some improvements, it’s also been a relatively successful experiment in adding legitimacy to a championship that used to be determined through such opaque measures as media voting and computer ratings. For all the debate over “who’s in,” at least the eventual champion can say it won the title by beating two top-ranked opponents on the field.The benefits of a four-team bracket got us thinking: What if the current playoff structure had been in place before 2014? Who would likely have won the championship each year? (Would it have been different from the consensus champs of old?) And which schools would have gained — and lost — the most titles under a playoff system?Let’s answer those questions. (If you’re not interested in how we’re answering those questions, skip down to the first table.)First, we’ll need a way to determine which teams would have made the playoff each year. Unfortunately, over the first four years of the actual playoff’s existence, neither the AP poll nor our Elo ratings (which are designed, in part, to predict the playoff selection committee’s tendencies) have completely nailed the playoff field with their four highest-ranked teams going into the bowls. But a combination of both1Specifically, I added together a team’s rank in each list and re-sorted by that combined ranking, using Elo as the tie-breaker. has been a perfect 16 for 16 in terms of predicting the real-life playoff teams.So we’ll use that Elo/AP combo to pick the four playoff teams in each historical season.2A more complicated version of this process might have involved using our full CFP prediction algorithm to produce probabilistic playoff odds for more than the top four teams, but we’ll save that can of worms for another day. (Our Elo ratings can be calculated going back to the 1988 season, so that’s when our hypothetical exercise will begin.) I also found that, once the playoff field is set, the pre-bowl AP rankings alone have done the best job of matching the committee’s seeding for the teams, so we’ll set the seeds that way in our mythical playoffs.Next, we’ll need a way to play out the theoretical playoff games themselves. For that, we’ll use Elo, which provides a probabilistic forecast for any given game based on the two teams’ pregame ratings. In most cases, we’ll use each team’s pre-bowl Elo ratings to give us the chances of each team winning both its semifinal game and the championship game (conditional on making it that far). The only exception is when a slated matchup happened in a real-life bowl that season, in which case we’ll use the actual result for that semifinal or final matchup.A great example of this came in 2003, when both of our hypothetical semifinal games — No. 1 USC vs. No. 4 Michigan and No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 Oklahoma — actually played out in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, respectively. In that case, the Trojans and Tigers would automatically advance to the title game, where each would have almost exactly a 50-50 shot at winning the championship, according to Elo.3Technically, LSU would be the slim favorite at 50.47 percent. At least one of these real-world matchups happened every year from 1988 to 2013 — except in 1989, when conference bowl tie-ins kept each of the four teams in our playoff field from actually playing one another.After following all of the rules laid out above, here’s how each season since 1988 would look if a playoff had been in place instead of the system that was used at the time: California10.340.130.0+0.13 Oklahoma St.10.400.110.0+0.11 Hypothetical Playoff Results 1997Nebraska50Michigan38Florida St.12Tennessee0 Georgia10.500.210.0+0.21 2002Ohio St.39USC22Georgia21Miami18 Playoff selection is based on pre-bowl Elo ratings and AP polls. Playoff games are simulated using Elo, except in cases where a matchup actually took place during bowl season (in which case the actual result was used).In 1990, Georgia Tech was co-champion but is not projected to have made the playoff that season.Source: Sports-Reference.com Aside from Alabama, which won the most real-life championships (four) of the 1988-2013 era but would project to have about 1.4 fewer under a playoff system, every other school’s projected title tally is within about a half-championship of its actual count, playoff or not. The anti-Bama might be Oregon, who made only one BCS title game in the years we’re covering (losing to Cam Newton and Auburn in the culmination of the 2010 season) but would figure to make three playoff bids under our hypothetical system — and probably would have given Miami more of a fight than Nebraska did in 2001. All told, the Ducks would figure to have won 0.6 more championships with a playoff than under the actual system.Over about 25 years, a handful of national titles is about the best you can do (see Bama’s four). So even a half-championship gain is a lot. And the more marginal differences further down the list matter, too. Imagine the effect on the fan bases at Oklahoma State, Cincinnati or Northwestern (!!!) if their teams had managed to get hot during the playoff and take home the championship. In general, you can see a pattern emerge in the table above: Under a four-team playoff, the long-term effect is to take titles away from many of the top programs and give extra chances to the next tier of teams. As counterintuitive as that sounds, given the way a program like Alabama has dominated the CFP since its inception, the addition of an extra semifinal game introduces more randomness to the system, which helps teams down the list.6It may have also been easier for non-powerhouse teams to crack the top four in a given season during the previous era of college football, given that the teams making the playoff since 2014 have uniformly been stellar programs. Or maybe after four seasons, we still don’t have enough of a sample yet to know for sure.I once wrote that the BCS wasn’t any worse at picking champs than the College Football Playoff would be, and in a certain sense, that’s not wrong. (Again, the real-life champs each season above would have also been the favorites to win the playoff.) But the more we’ve seen teams get a chance to prove their championship merit on the field against top competition, the more appealing it is. Now I only wish college football had the current system in place for the past quarter-century instead of the confusing mismash of arrangements that preceded it. read more

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Southern strikes Deal agreed between rail chiefs and Aslef union over driveronly

first_imgPassengers queue for a reduced Gatwick Express service during December's Southern railway strike His assistant Mr Hedley wrote on Facebook: “What is thirty pieces of silver in today’s money?”The RMT is still insisting on guards having a safety-critical role, meaning they could hold further strikes. Southern has said that it can run 70 per cent of services if RMT members go on strike.There are signs, however, that RMT members are also tiring of the cost of striking, with more than a third crossing picket lines in one of the most recent strikes, according to Southern’s own data.The deal agreed by Aslef is understood to include upgrades to CCTV in drivers’ cabs, an indemnity package for drivers who have “operational incidents”, assurances on job security and an agreement that any extension of the driver-only operated train programme must be agreed by Aslef. Frances O’Grady, of the TUC, helped to chair the talksCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Frances O'Grady, of the TUC, helped to chair the talks Aslef will ballot its members on Feb 16 asking them to ratify the deal, and the 1,000 drivers are expected to approve it after support for a series of strikes fell away. Drivers have lost £250 pay for every day of industrial action, as well as missing out on the chance to earn £335 per day if they work overtime.Southern said it was “ready, willing and able” to meet the RMT for talks, but the union issued a furious response to Aslef’s unilateral deal, saying their own dispute “remains on”.The RMT represents 360 guards on Southern trains, whose role has been downgraded since the train operator switched to so-called driver-only operated trains, in which the driver is responsible for closing train doors and the guard no longer has a “safety critical” job.Aslef and the RMT had originally agreed to act together, and Aslef’s decision to break that agreement prompted a furious response from RMT general secretary Mick Cash.He said he had “no details” of the deal because he had not been given “a seat at the table”, adding: “That is an appalling way for [RMT members] to be treated.” Nick Brown, chief operating officer of Southern’s owners Govia Thameslink Railway, said: “Our aim has always been to reach agreement with the unions on our proposals and we’re delighted to have secured a deal today with Aslef to end their dispute.”It’s good news for passengers, the regional economy and staff. After the misery and disruption to people’s work and family lives, we are pleased we can start to move forward and deliver a better railway for the travelling public.”Mr Brown added: “We are ready, willing and able to meet with the RMT.”center_img Mick Whelan, general secretary of Aslef, said: “I am pleased that we have finally been able to reach an agreement with the company which reflects the concerns of train drivers.”I believe this deal can deliver a safer and appropriately staffed railway for passengers on Southern rail and I will be recommending it to Aslef members.” Passengers queue for a reduced Gatwick Express service during December’s Southern railway strikeCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Southern Railway won its battle with the train drivers’ union Aslef today as the union agreed a deal that will end its long-running industrial dispute over safety.After nine days of talks, Aslef bosses dropped their objections to driver-only operated trains, causing a bitter rift with the RMT union, whose conductors were not party to the talks and who have not agreed to any deal.Aslef bosses dropped their objections to driver-only operated trains, causing a bitter rift with the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, whose conductors were not party to the talks and who have not agreed to any deal.Steve Hedley, the senior assistant general secretary of the RMT, accused Aslef of taking “thirty pieces of silver”, though sources close to the talks stressed that the drivers were not being given a pay rise. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Tom Watson says he was a victim of fantasist Carl Beech too

Mr Watson also admitted for the first time he had been quoting Beech when he accused Lord Brittan of being “as close to evil as a human being could get” in a vicious attack on the former home secretary just four days after his death. In an official statement, Mr Watson insisted Beech had never named any VIPs in their only face-to-face meeting. But Mr Watson omitted to mention a series of email exchanges with Beech or that the convicted fantasist had spoken to him in the wake of… Tom Watson insisted on Tuesday he too was a victim of the fantasist Carl Beech in what a falsely accused former MP branded an  “outrageous” attempt to gain sympathy for his mistaken support for the convicted paedophile. read more

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Solid Energy to commence ventilation shaft at Huntly

first_imgSolid Energy has awarded a contract to engineering and construction company, McConnell Dowell Constructors (MacDow), for the excavation and construction of a new ventilation shaft to service the northern sector of the Huntly East underground mine in the Waikato, New Zealand.“The ventilation shaft is the single largest capital item in the five year project to develop and extend East mine we announced in 2009,” said Craig Smith, Solid Energy’s General Manager of Underground Operations. “The mine extension accesses reserves for on going coal supply to New Zealand Steel, increasing the Huntly East mine’s current life by 15 years and the workforce from today’s 160 to around 230 people.”The proposed 270 m deep shaft is required to ventilate the expanded mine. Currently all surface infrastructure, including ventilation fans, is located on the eastern side of the Waikato River while the mine’s workings are progressing northwards on the western side of the river. Construction of the ventilation shaft is the most significant phase of the development. Subsequent phases include installing two fans and associated foundations, installing pipework and electrical cables the length of the shaft and constructing a landscaped earth bund around the site.An access road to the site was completed as the first stage of the development. Excavation and construction of the shaft, which includes intersection and connection with Huntly East mine’s underground workings, is expected to take approximately eighteen months.  Once completed, the concrete-lined shaft will be 4.3 m in diameter.last_img read more

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Government finally wins battle to allow NI boats to fish along Irelands

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 7:30 AM Share15 Tweet Email2 Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Nigel Wallace 21 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4579094 19,217 Views The very poor return in 2013 is a cause of particular concern. Summer sea temperatures last year were several degrees above average and that should have produced a bumper yield, but the actual outcome was indicative of a fishery in collapse. Some fishermen are fearful that the Sea Fisheries Amendment Bill, providing for voisinage, will put this sector under further pressure.The four mussel fishermen had argued during the court case that mussels were a natural resource that the State had a legal obligation to protect, and so could not implement voisinage.And although the judgement acknowledged that “at one level”, mussel seed is a natural resource, that it was “doubtful whether that constitutes it a natural resource owned by the State”, meaning it was unsure that the State had an obligation to protect it as a ‘natural resource’, as defined in law:“Can it be said that the wild fish, birds or animals are owned by the State in which they are as of a particular time? States may license hunting or fishing, make provision for closed seasons and so on, but this is not to say that the State owns the fish or animals.”Politics and the billSpeaking ahead of the passing of the bill, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed said that in July 201, June 2018 and as recently as December 2018, the UK government had clarified its committment to upholding the voisinage agreement: Image: Shutterstock/Nigel Wallacecenter_img ON WEDNESDAY, A bill allowing Northern Irish boats to fish along Ireland’s coast was signed into law by the President of Ireland, after being passed by the Oireachtas. It means that it’s now legal for Northern Irish boats can fish in the 0-6 nautical mile zone along Ireland’s coasts, as Irish boats have been doing in the North for years.There’s been pressure to get the amendment approved after two Northern Irish fishing vessels were detained earlier this month. The two captains appeared in Drogheda Court for alleged breaches of fishing regulations, which this bill aims to smoothen out.After the two captains entered guilty pleas, the Drogheda judge said the men were of “absolute integrity” and did not deserve a conviction.They had been operating under voisinage, a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that the Irish government signed up to which allows fishing vessels registered in Northern Ireland to fish from 0-6 nautical miles up to Irish coasts, and vice versa.The pressure to make the arrangement between the two countries ‘official’ only became a priority after the Good Friday Agreement, when it was clear that there were two separate jurisdictions. Despite the arrangement being in place for decades, in 2016, a Supreme Court ruling found that voisinage had no legal standing in Irish law, despite a reciprocal arrangement being provided for in Northern Ireland through British law.Mussel fisherman Gerard Kelly was among the four mussel fishermen who took that Supreme Court action against the Irish government.As the bill was being debated in the Dáil and Seanad, he went without food for three days and two nights, and slept outside the Dáil last month in a form of protest.There’s been quite a heated opposition to providing for voisinage, and whether it should happen so close to Brexit – given that a lot of leading British politicians are advocating for a policy of “take back our waters”.So what is of concern to Kelly in the bill, which is this short amendment that states: (1) …a person on board a foreign sea-fishing boat shall not fish or attempt to fish while the boat is within the exclusive fishery limits unless he or she is authorised by law to do so. “Restore” means just that. That is what the Bill is for, not any other purpose.  Apr 7th 2019, 7:31 AM (2) A person who is on board a sea-fishing boat owned and operated in Northern Ireland may fish or attempt to fish while the boat is within the area between 0 and 6 nautical miles as measured from the baseline (within the meaning of section 85) if, at that time, both the person and the boat comply with any obligation specified in subsection (3), which would apply in the same circumstances if the boat were an Irish sea fishing boat.Kelly says that his concern is with the line that says a boat “owned and operated in Northern Ireland” isn’t clear – he is concerned that Dutch or French boats could register in Northern Ireland to avail of this arrangement. This would mean that those boats would have to give up their fishing licences in their country of origin in order to register in Northern Ireland, and to avail of the 0-6 mile fishing zone covered by voisinage, a relatively small area. He’s also concerned about how the implementation of this law will have if the UK decides to “take back its waters” as part of the Brexit process.“If we continue the path we’re heading, we’re going to be slaughtered,” Kelly says.“There’s going to be an influx of EU fleets. There are  two coastal countries: one is the UK and the other is Ireland. Because of Brexit the one coast country we’ll have left is Ireland.” The UK is thought to hold this argument as one of its strongest cards in negotiations. In fact, fisheries is one of the provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement for which there is the least amount of detail.The 2016 judgementPart of the opposition to voisinage arises out of a concern for Ireland’s mussel fishing industry.In the 2016 Supreme Court judgement, it noted that there had been a trend in recent years in mussel fishing that had indicated the industry was suffering.“In 2005, by way of illustration, Ireland produced 29,500 tonnes of bottom mussels, the National Development Plan envisaged that this would rise to 44,000 tonnes by 2015. However, in 2010, the figure had dropped to just over 13,000 tonnes and the figure for 2013, was down to 2,500 tonnes.“To put those figures in some context, it should be noted that during the years 2000 to 2006, 20,000 was seen as a somewhat disappointing year.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Government finally wins battle to allow NI boats to fish along Ireland’s coasts – so what does it mean? There was fierce opposition from some quarters – here’s what the bill means. The UK Government remains committed to the principles behind the Voisinage Arrangement and to protecting and supporting continued cooperation between Northern Ireland and Ireland. We have continued to honour the agreement. But, acknowledging the lack of provision in Irish law, the British government also added that it would “not be able to accept this unequal application indefinitely”. Speaking during a Dáil debate on the bill,  said that “regardless of Brexit or anything else, in the context of the Good Friday Agreement and in the context of harmonious relationships North and South, it is only right and proper that we would restore that reciprocal arrangement.last_img read more

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Ambition achieves 98 takeup of wellbeing week activities

first_imgProfessional services recruitment organisation Ambition saw 98% of its 34 employees participate in at least one activity during its annual wellbeing week.The wellbeing week, which took place in May 2017, provided a range of employer-funded health and wellbeing themed activities for all employees to take part in, with a different activity scheduled for every day of the week.Activities included a lunchtime meditation session to relieve stress, a chair yoga class to teach staff stretches they can perform at their desks in order to avoid back pain, as well as free neck, shoulder and back massages.Team sports also featured as part of the wellbeing week, including an after-work football match, and a rounders game at a local park.In addition to the main timetable of activities, Ambition hosted a healthy breakfast bar for staff, gave out office plants for staff to communally care for in their teams, and gifted employees with a healthy cookbook.A daily bulletin was also sent to staff every day of the week, offering advice and tips around maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The themes covered in the bulletins included mental health, lifestyle, good reads, sleep, and volunteering.Nicky Acuna Ocana, managing director at Ambition UK, said: “Recruitment can be a stressful career so ensuring our staff have an enjoyable and healthy environment to work in is something we take extremely seriously. This is the third time we have hosted wellbeing week and we are delighted it went down so well. We made sure that everyone was able to get involved and take advantage of some of the activities on offer, regardless of their level of fitness and ability, and the feedback we have received from our staff has been fantastic.“Although we host one wellbeing week per year, staying fit and active and working as a team is something that we strongly encourage throughout the year. We often get involved in charity events, fun runs and team football matches and have a daily fruit delivery to the office. All of these activities bring staff together for a common cause and provide a real morale boost and sense of unity which ultimately helps improve productivity and communication across the business.”last_img read more

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Miami Seaquarium releases healed manatee into wild

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Seaquarium has released a manatee back into the wild after nurturing it back to health.The manatee — better known as Jar-Jar Branch — was rescued after a boat struck it in 2017.It was found critically injured and unable to go underwater.“It’s the hull of the boat that hit him,” spokesperson Julie Heyde said. “That created a lot of damage internally, lots of broken ribs, some lung damage, he ended up having some buoyancy control issues and has been healing ever since.”After two years of medical care and rehabilitation, it was time for the manatee to go home.Summer campers at the Seaquarium helped the rehabilitation team with the release as part of an educational conservation activity.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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White House condemns attack on Indians

first_imgThe White House on Tuesday condemned a shooting attack in a Kansas bar that left one Indian man dead and another wounded as an apparent act of “racially motivated hatred.”After criticism that Donald Trump had not spoken about the attack — which happened a week ago — the White House said president did indeed condemn the attack.”As more facts come to light and it begins to look like this was an act of racially motivated hatred, I want to reiterate the president condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.”They have no place in our country.”Sanders said the president may raise the issue during his maiden address to Congress later Tuesday.The comments came as grieving family and friends in Hyderabad mourned 32-year-old engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead by a US Navy veteran.A second Indian engineer was injured by the white man, who allegedly screamed “Get out of my country” as he opened fire at a bar in Olathe.The shooting has made headlines in India and the United States, amid concerns that the hardline immigration policies of Trump may have created the climate for such an attack.That allegation has been described as “offensive” by White House staff.The Times of India said in an editorial Monday that the shooting had shocked the Indian community in the US and urged Trump to “make it clear that such hate is not acceptable in his America.”last_img read more

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Operation Plans for A Flooded Northwest Harris County Courthouse

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share – / 5A week after the storm, Judge Lincoln Goodwin started sorting through soaked materials at his courthouse in Northwest Harris County.Goodwin says they were able to salvage important documents.“We contracted with a company to come down and get those wet files and they have been taken to be freeze dried and then they’ll be returned to us,” he says. But it won’t be that easy to restore the courthouse, leaving its workers displaced.“A lot of our team are at sister courts answering phone calls there,” he saysAnnexes like these handle everything from traffic tickets to marriage licenses.If you missed a court date due to the flooding, Goodwin says no worries.“So any case that has been currently set will at least be moved until October or after and notices will go out,” he saysThey plan to open a temporary courthouse in three weeks.He says before the storm hit ideas for a new building further from Cypress Creek, were being discussed. Listen 00:00 /00:57 Xlast_img read more

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Malcolm Gladwell discusses the addictive nature of golf and the state of

first_imgDownload and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts. Get your weekend Herd fix. Episode 14: Author of Blink and The Tipping  Point, and Host of Revisionist History PodcastThis week, Colin is joined by renowned author and host of Revisionist History Podcast, Malcolm Gladwell.Colin and Gladwell discuss the addictive nature of golf; why golfing CEO’s are bad for business; if the NBA is too offensively friendly; why salary caps for professional sports leagues are an outdated idea; how to fix the NCAA amateurism model; and the state of modern journalism.Listen here: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Earths Depths Are Teeming With Otherworldly Microbes

first_imgRick Colwell, a microbial ecologist at Oregon State University, said the timescales of subterranean life were completely different. Some microorganisms have been alive for thousands of years, barely moving except with shifts in the tectonic plates, earthquakes or eruptions.“We humans orientate towards relatively rapid processes—diurnal cycles based on the sun, or lunar cycles based on the moon—but these organisms are part of slow, persistent cycles on geological timescales.”Underworld biospheres vary depending on geology and geography. Their combined size is estimated to be more than 2 billion cubic kilometers, but this could be expanded further in the future.The researchers said their discoveries were made possible by two technical advances: drills that can penetrate far deeper below the Earth’s crust, and improvements in microscopes that allow life to be detected at increasingly minute levels. The scientists have been trying to find a lower limit beyond which life cannot exist, but the deeper they dig the more life they find. There is a temperature maximum—currently 122°C—but the researchers believe this record will be broken if they keep exploring and developing more sophisticated instruments. Mysteries remain, including whether life colonizes up from the depths or down from the surface, how the microbes interact with chemical processes, and what this might reveal about how life and the Earth co-evolved.The scientists say some findings enter the realm of philosophy and exobiology—the study of extraterrestrial life.Robert Hazen, a mineralogist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, said: “We must ask ourselves: if life on Earth can be this different from what experience has led us to expect, then what strangeness might await as we probe for life on other worlds?” The results suggest 70 percent of Earth’s bacteria and archaea exist in the subsurface, including barbed Altiarchaeales that live in sulphuric springs and Geogemma barossii, a single-celled organism found at 121°C hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea.One organism found 2.5 kilometers below the surface has been buried for millions of years and may not rely at all on energy from the sun. Instead, the methanogen has found a way to create methane in this low energy environment, which it may not use to reproduce or divide, but to replace or repair broken parts.Lloyd said: “The strangest thing for me is that some organisms can exist for millennia. They are metabolically active but in stasis, with less energy than we thought possible of supporting life.” This story originally appeared on The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to “deep life” studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the world’s oceans.Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15 billion and 23 billion tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.Researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory say the diversity of underworld species bears comparison to the Amazon or the Galápagos Islands, but unlike those places the environment is still largely pristine because people have yet to probe most of the subsurface.center_img The team combines 1,200 scientists from 52 countries in disciplines ranging from geology and microbiology to chemistry and physics. A year before the conclusion of their 10-year study, they will present an amalgamation of findings to date before the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting opens this week.Samples were taken from boreholes more than 5 kilometers deep and undersea drilling sites to construct models of the ecosystem and estimate how much living carbon it might contain. “It’s like finding a whole new reservoir of life on Earth,” said Karen Lloyd, an associate professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. “We are discovering new types of life all the time. So much of life is within the Earth rather than on top of it.” More Great WIRED StoriesWhat causes hangovers, and how can I avoid them?A civilian’s guide to Fortnite, just in time for season 7The promise—and heartbreak—of cancer genomicsWaymo’s so-called robo-taxi launch reveals a brutal truthPHOTOS: Dress rehearsal for a mission to Mars👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our picks, gift guides, and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | February 04, 2011 Study Finds Obesity, Age Are Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more February 4, 2011 – Obese women may avoid mammograms because of pain and women under 60 may avoid the test because they are too busy, according to a study in the Journal of Women’s Health. The study, by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research was one of the largest to examine why insured women fail to complete mammograms. It was funded by the National Cancer Institute.Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, with one in eight developing breast cancer during their lifetimes, and 46,000 dying from it annually. Although regular mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by more than 30 percent – and screenings are recommended every 1 to 2 years beginning at age 50 – nearly one-third of eligible women do not get regular screenings.”These are important findings because, even though we know that mammograms can save lives, many women put them off,” said Adrianne Feldstein, M.D., a senior investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and lead author on the study. “Our study found that, even when women have access to health care, there are still barriers to getting this important screening test. We need to do more to understand these barriers and help women overcome them.”The study looked at 4,708 women aged 50-69 at Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Washington who had gone longer than 20 months since their last mammogram and were reminded through postcards and phone calls that they would soon be due for the test. Researchers identified these women by looking at their medical records, which contained the date of their last mammogram. Researchers also examined physical and demographic information – including height and weight, age, race, length of time on the health plan and family income – to find out how these factors affected mammogram completion rates.Characteristics associated with lower mammogram completion rates included being younger than 60, having a household income of less than $40,000, being obese and having had health insurance coverage for fewer than five years.A subset of 677 women were mailed a survey asking why they hadn’t completed their mammograms. About half – 340 – of these women completed the survey. The reasons they cited most often for not completing a mammogram included the test causing too much pain, being too busy and feeling embarrassed to have the test.Nearly one-quarter of the women surveyed (24.7 percent) reported too much pain as a reason why they had not completed a mammogram. Obese women were nearly twice as likely as non-obese women to report pain as a deterrent (31 percent vs. 19 percent).”We don’t know why obese women report more pain with mammograms,” Feldstein said. “One previous study suggests that obesity might be associated with a lower pain threshold. Nearly half of the women in our study were obese and obese women are more likely to get breast cancer so we need to find better ways to ensure that these women are screened.”Authors point out that their study has implications for helping health care systems reduce barriers to mammogram completion. Since obese women reported receiving the same amount of advice to get screened as non-obese women, and did not report feeling more embarrassed to get mammograms, it’s unlikely that they would respond to more clinician-oriented interventions. The authors suggest that patient-controlled compression or the use of alternate screening technologies could be especially helpful to obese women.Women under 60 were more likely to report being too busy to get a mammogram (19 percent vs. 6 percent). Authors say that younger women might be more likely to complete mammograms if health-care systems provided more opportunities for worksite screening and after-hours mammography appointments.For more information: www.kaiserpermanente.org/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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BLS International registers net profit of INR 2676 crore in Q2

first_imgBLS International Services Limited (BLS), a specialist services provider of visa, passport, attestation and citizen services to the governments and diplomatic missions across the world, released its financial results for the second quarter ending September 30, 2017.The company reported net profit of INR 26.79 crore for Q2 FY18, up by 197%, as compared to INR 9.02 crore in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal. The company’s Q2 FY18 PAT margin stood at a robust 14.36%, as compared to 5.9% in Q2 FY17.Total income for the quarter ended September 2017 stood at INR 186.55 crore, up by 21%, as compared to INR 153.57 crore in the same period last year. The company’s Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) in Q2 FY18 stood at INR 43.34 crore, up by 249% as compared to Q2 FY17 which stood at INR 12.41 crore. Its EBITDA margin improved from 8.08% in Q2 FY17 to 23.23% in Q2 FY18.Commenting on the financial performance of the company Shikhar Aggarwal, Joint Managing Director, BLS International Services Limited, said, “The performance of Q2 FY18 has been remarkable for us owing to the timely and quality deliverables of our contracts in the domestic and international market. Being the face of government across the globe and providing best-in-class services coupled with remarkable results are a reflection of the pace at which the company is growing that is likely to continue for the next quarter as well. We have set newer benchmarks for service delivery with swift rollouts and excellence in execution of all our contracts with governments and diplomatic missions across the world.”BLS International has a unique front end and citizen service project – Sewa Kendra in sync with the Digital India vision, which is successfully operating 2147 Sewa Kendras covering 22 districts of Punjab and provides 169 citizen-centric services of the proposed 223 to people working with 22 departments.last_img read more

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Building permit regulations to be reexamined

first_imgInterior minister Socratis Hasikos will hold another round of consultations with parliament and the public over the government’s policy on issuing building permits outside residential areas, he said on Monday.After attending a House interior committee session, Hasikos defended his decree from last November, regulating the process of obtaining a derogation in order to build a house in non-residential areas.Previously, decision-making rested with the Town Planning Department but no criteria had been set, leading to unregulated construction.The minister’s decree allows for the construction of a home for own use, within a 500-metre radius from the boundaries of residential areas, and provided the structure has access to all basic utilities – road access, electricity and water lines.This arrangement, designed to curb profiteering in non-residential areas by land developers, was met with resistance from parliament, which argued that it sharply reduces the value of non-residential land.“What has been agreed with the committee today is that a new meeting will be arranged, and where the policy can be improved, in light of the objections raised, it will be,” Hasikos said.Describing the effects of the previous regime, the minister said land developers routinely bought non-residential land from poor people and created residences and luxury houses, which they then sold at very high prices.Hasikos dismissed another objection raised – that the new policy may adversely impact banks’ balance sheets, as much of the devalued land is already used as collateral in loans taken out – saying that, according to his information from the Co-operative Central Bank there is no risk from such loans due to this policy.Under the previous rules, he added, whereby there were in fact no rules, many people “built everywhere and without control”.Now, Hasikos noted, even if someone is rejected by the Town Planning Department, they may apply for a derogation.“This is why I told the deputies to choose whom they wish to serve – the public or land developers,” he said.In parliament, Hasikos’ policy found support only in the Green party, while even Disy – the minister’s party – voiced reservations.“The issue is that many land owners see the value of their land diminished greatly,” Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou said.“A balance needs to be found because unfortunately many of these properties are mortgaged to banks at previous, much higher values.”Diko deputy Charalambos Pittokopitis described Hasikos’ decree as “unacceptable”, saying it “essentially decimates”, instead of supporting, poor people.“We believe such policies serve big capital, with the public bearing the brunt in the end,” he said.Pittokopitis called on the government to withdraw the decree, revert to the previous regime, and then kickstart a dialogue for the optimum solution.“If we don’t receive satisfactory answers, we will seek a meeting with the president on this issue,” he warned.His remarks were met with Hasikos’ ire.“This deputy is misleading the public and pandering dangerously,” he said.“If his proposal were to be adopted, the poor people would take a hit and a state of affairs that benefits land developers would return.”The minister was also unimpressed with the deputy’s threat of going over his head.“I execute policy set by cabinet decisions,” Hasikos said.“If he wants to go to the president, he should – I’ll be there, too. He should make these threats to others, not me.”You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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