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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the railway tracks west for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. A detour is available on Highway 125. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Wentworth Road Wentworth Road, from Trunk 14 in Sweets Corner to the Windsor town line, will have stop and go traffic for chip sealing until Wednesday, Sept. 22. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Prospect Street for about five kilometres to Lakeside Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and shoulder repairs until Friday, Sept. 18. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Lynches River Connector east to Chapel Island, will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 RICHMOND COUNTY: D’Escousse Cap La Ronde Road in the Town of D’Escousse, from the intersection of Route 320 and Poirierville west for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Sections of Trunk 7, between Little Liscomb Road and Sherbrooke, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 30, for repaving. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Motorists should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Sections of Route 212, from Pratt and Whitney Drive east for about eight kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 18. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Work on the Larry Uteck Interchange, between exits 2 and 3 on Highway 102, will require frequent lane closures for blasting during construction. Blasting times will be indicated by electronic signs. Drivers should use alternate routes when blasting is scheduled. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Sept. 18. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route and use an alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Lakeshore Drive east for almost five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for paving from the Cumberland County line to Soley Cove Road until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail Traffic on sections of the Cabot Trail in the Margaree Harbour-Margaree Forks area will be reduced to one lane for road shoulder repairs until Saturday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road Sections of South River Lake Road, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road east for 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Friday, Sept. 18. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-832-4316 Fax: 902-832-4331 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for gravelling, grading and paving until Sunday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure The Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, will be closed until further notice. A marked detour route is available on New Road, Route 221 and Morden Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Spanks Bridge Spanks Bridge on the Larry’s River Road at West Cooks Cove will be out of service (except to local traffic) for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 31. A detour is available on Mountain Road and Trunk 16. Trans-Canada Trail users are advised that the Spanks Bridge is closed and to use caution when travelling in this area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. HANTS COUNTY: Sangsters Bridge Sangsters Bridge, on Sangsters Bridge Road connecting Upper Falmouth and Trunk 14, will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 30. A detour route is available through the Town of Windsor. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Sections of Trunk 1, from Oak Island Road (Avonport Roundabout), for about eight kilometres to Hantsport town line, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Sept. 18. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: Mount William Road Mount William Road, from Highway 104 about five kilometres to Granton-Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound lanes, from the merge point with Highway 118 for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31, for paving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, except on Fridays when it finishes by 3 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 will have alternating lane closures for almost eight kilometres west of the Antigonish town line for ditching, culvert installation and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. A detour is available on Old Maryvale Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: College Road Sections of College Road in Bible Hill will be reduced to one lane from Main Street to Village Line Avenue for repaving until Friday, Oct. 30. Traffic control people and signs are on site. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Sections of Highway 107, from the 318 overpass for about 11 kilometres to Akerley Boulevard (including ramps), will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Sections of Trunk 14, from the intersection of New Ross Road to the Lunenburg County line, will be reduced to one lane for resurfacing until Thursday, Sept. 17. Traffic control people and signs are on site. KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Bridge Rainsforth Bridge on Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is in place. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of Highway 104 east of Port Hawkesbury, between Exits 45 and 46, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Work is taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-896-7058 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Whale Creek bridge on Route 215, about 300 metres west of William Conley Road, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Sept. 30, to replace a cross culvert on the panel bridge. Work will take place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 103 will be reduced to one lane at the Cranberry Bridge east of Exit 4 until Saturday, Oct. 3. Drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on sections of Highway 125 westbound, between Exit 3 and the Highway 105 interchange, will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Sept. 15, for repaving. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. RICHMOND COUNTY: Bona Road Bona Road, from Rocky Bay Road to Cap La Ronde Road in the Town of D’Escousse, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Traffic on sections of Route 252, east of the intersection of East Skye Glen Cross Road, east for about 5.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic will be directed by signs and traffic control persons. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 206 Route 206 from Creighton Road east to Veteran’s Memorial Drive will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and paving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from Exit 17 westbound to Exit 15 will be reduced to one lane for widening and paving until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 The westbound lanes of Highway 101, between Exit 7 in the Falmouth area and the Kings County line, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Sept. 30 for repaving. A pilot vehicle will be on sight. Drivers should expect delays or use Highway 1 between Exit 7 and Exit 8. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-6747 KINGS COUNTY: Kentville-Canning Area Several roads in the Canning area will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 30, to allow for repaving. The roads are Route 358, from Belcher Street north to Route 341, Route 221, from Route 358 to Black Hill Road, Baines Road, from Black Hill Road to J. Jordan Road, and Summer Street, from J. Jordan Road to Chapel Street. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Stewart’s Bridge Stewart’s Bridge located between Route 311 and West North River Road will be closed for replacement until Monday, Nov. 30. A temporary panel bridge will be in place as a detour. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road from Route 223 east for 7.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. A detour is available on Route 223. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Old Westfield Road Old Westfield Road in Westfield will be closed for bridge replacement until Thursday, Sept. 17. A detour on Route 208 in South Brookfield and Trunk 8 to Westfield Road in Caledonia is available. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-227-7452 Fax: 902-756-3313 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Sections of Highway 101 for about 11.5 kilometres west of Exit 22 will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-674-2535 Fax: 902-674-2170 INVERNESS COUNTY: Mathews Bridge Mathews Bridge on Big Marsh Road near River Denys is closed for replacement until Friday, Sept. 18. A short detour route is marked on Ashfield Branch Road and Southwest Ashfield Road. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Alexandra Street Roundabout Construction of the Alexandra Street roundabout, at the intersection of Alexandra Street and Kenwood Drive in Sydney, will continue until the end of October. The traffic lights will be replaced by a three-way stop during construction. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2 in the Halfway River area, between Lakelands Road and Boars Back Road, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 30, for repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Island Bridge Traffic on the LaHave Island Bridge on Crescent Beach Road will be delayed during repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 30. The bridge will remain open to traffic, but delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected. Work takes place on week days from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from Trunk 4 north for about four kilometres to the railway crossing near the Michelin Plant, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Sections of Big Baddeck Road, north of Old Margaree Road, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Sept. 30, for repaving. A detour route is available on Old Margaree Road loop. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Antigonish/Guysborough Road Antigonish/Guysborough Road, off Route 316, will be restricted to local traffic to replace the wooden box culvert until Friday, Oct. 16. A detour is available on Marydale Beauly Road. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, on Louisbourg Highway south of Hornes Road, will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for clearing, gravelling and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-891-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-680-5914 Fax: 902-681-7151 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-863-3357 Fax: 902-232-2995 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Beaver Bank interchange west for about three kilometres, is reduced to one lane in both directions for repaving and guardrail repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 -30-last_img read more

India through the eyes of Aline Dobbie

first_imgTourists across the globe have been irresistibly attracted to the incredible beauty of India – foggy hill stations, historical monuments, alluring beaches, shimmering deserts, and rich wildlife. But Aline Dobbie believes, India is much more than its scenic beauty. It is a potpourri of cultures.”One needs to look beneath the surface and explore how astonishing this country is,” she says. “What makes India different from other tourist destinations is its ‘antiquity’. This was the birthplace for early engineering, early science, early medicine. It has its art, culture, and archaeology. I can’t deny that there is, and will always be a section of people which wants to relax on the beach, have a good time in the country and leave. But those willing to see India beyond the superficial aesthetic will have a lot to explore.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brainBesides the culture, it’s India’s rich history that fascinates Dobbie. She feels, Ashoka, Guptas, Mauryans, Cholas, and their contribution to India’s rich history are often ignored in comparison to Mughals. Expressing dissent at people’s obsession with ‘Mughals’, Dobbie says, “Everybody knows about the Mughals, and they go on and on talking about Mughal rule.” “I don’t see a harm in discussing them but for once can we just get past the Mughal rule and give due importance to pre-European, and pre-Islamic empires?” questions Dobbie. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThough she keeps visiting the country for work, this time Dobbie decided to have a vacation with family – husband, children, and grandchildren, and show them the ‘real India’. “I come from a family of people who helped govern India. One of my ancestors was Commander in chief, my Grandfather was distinguished with Lawrence of Arabia in Mesopotamia, and Great grandfather was a General. I spent the first 16 years of my life in India, where I grew up speaking Hindi and Urdu. I have a very close connection with India and so I keep telling my children and grandchildren about this fabulous country, its legends who contributed to making India what it is, much more. This year I thought of taking them to all the places they have heard about,” Dobbie told Millennium Post, during her stay at The Imperial, New Delhi. Her journey as a writer started when after 35 years, Dobbie came back to India in 1997 with her husband. People in her inner circle suggested her to write a book on her personal experiences. “I went ahead with the idea and wrote my first book ‘India: The Peacock’s call’ in less than three months. It was about my return to India – almost like a pilgrimage. I talked about the difference I observed and history. People found it very fascinating, and I got good reviews for the same,” says the travel enthusiast, who is a historian as well. She was recently felicitated with ‘Art and Culture Award’ from The Indian Awards 2019 by the India Business Group, for outstanding contribution towards promoting goodwill between India and the UK, and for being an ambassador of Indian tourism. Concluding the conversation, she highlights how the impact of westernisation on India might obstruct the growth of Indian tourism – which otherwise she feels is flourishing. “Despite the influence of western culture, India’s tourism potential is phenomenal at the moment. This is because of the diversity – you have got Heritage, Archaeology, Ayurveda, Spirituality, Wildlife. We cannot ignore the westernisation, but I do hope that India doesn’t lose its values,” concludes Dobbie.last_img read more

Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At Childrens Health Fund Annual Benefit

first_imgThe Children’s Health Fund will honor Harry Belafonte with the Humanitarian Award at its Annual Benefit on June 7.The event will also honor eClinicalWorks with the Corporate Award and a special Leadership Recognition will be made to Robert Essner and Herve Sedky.The evening will feature a performance by Joan Baez, and special guests will include Morgan Freeman and Jane Pauley.The event will take place June 7 at the Mandarin Oriental, NYC.Co-founded by Paul Simon, the Children’s Health Fund delivers high-quality health care to America’s most disadvantaged children.More info can be found here.last_img read more

Mother of man beheaded in 2008 appalled killer may be granted visits

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Manitoba review board is expected to decide soon whether to grant special privileges to Vincent Li.Li was found not criminally responsible after beheading and cannibalizing Tim McLean, 22, on a Greyhound bus in July 2008.Since McLean’s death his mother Carol Dedelley has been trying to raise awareness and wants changes made to the justice system.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.srobinson@aptn.caTwitter: @shaneenthescenelast_img

Madonna in Love with Marrakech Calls Herself BerberQueen

Rabat – Confirming rumors, Madonna has announced she will spend her 60th birthday in Marrakech on social media, calling herself a “BerberQueen.”After teasing her fans on Instagram with an Amazigh (Berber) tarbouch (fez), the Queen of Pop finally announced she will celebrate her birthday, tonight, in the red city with hundreds of guests.Before the expansive birthday party—expected to take place in the luxurious Riad El Fenn belonging to Vanessa Branson, the sister of British billionaire Richard Branson—Madonna took some time to visit Marrakech’s medina (old city). Madonna posted a video on Instagram of herself wandering in the streets of the medina with the the call to prayer sounding in the background. “Walking thru the Labyrinth of the Medina during the Call to Prayer,” she captioned the video, sharing it with her 11.6 million followers. The 1980s fashion icon seems to be enjoying her time in Morocco. In another picture, she showed herself again with an Amazigh look calling herself “BerberQueen.”The mother of four who travelled with her children has also shared with her fans the Moroccan pastries. “Bee’s fly to the Honey in. the Souk!!” tweeted the singer of “La Isla Bonita,” who is promising a memorable birthday party. read more

UNICEF brings children from all over Kosovo together for Childrens Day

Hundreds of children from all communities in Kosovo today marked Children’s Day in Kosovo this year with arts and sports activities, thanks to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners.During the Day, children expressed that they share the same aspirations in terms of education, health, friendship and peace, urging adults to keep their best interests in mind.“Children have a lot to say and they have a right to be heard,” said United States actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Alyssa Milano, who visited Kosovo for the event.“It is our responsibility to listen and give them opportunities to interact with their peers from all communities.”More than one decade after North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid bloody ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians, ethnic divisions still hamper interaction among communities in Kosovo. The high level of mistrust among communities was reflected today, when insecurity forced UNICEF to move the celebration outside the northern city of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, where events were scheduled to be held.The agency expressed its strong regret that the celebration could not take place in both parts of the city, as planned.“UNICEF believes that children are powerful agents for change and that each generation is a chance for a new and beginning,” it said in a press release. 1 June 2010Hundreds of children from all communities in Kosovo today marked Children’s Day in Kosovo this year with arts and sports activities, thanks to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners. read more

Civil rights group leader presses for more Trump fallout Were not going

by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2015 3:24 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 4:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Civil rights group leader presses for more Trump fallout; ‘We’re not going to take it anymore’ UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – The head of a Latino civil rights group called on more organizations to follow NBC’s example and cut business ties with Donald Trump.Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said Thursday that the PGA of America’s decision this week to move a golf tournament from a Trump-owned course was a step in the right direction.The PGA and other major golf organizations should agree to keep tournaments off Trump properties in response to his comments about Mexican immigrants, Nogales said.Trump’s representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The PGA said it relocated its Grand Slam of Golf in agreement with Trump.Nogales’ comments followed a Q&A with NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt, part of a conference on Latinos in entertainment sponsored by the advocacy group.NBC ended its partnership with Trump on the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants after the celebrity billionaire, in announcing his presidential campaign, said some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.Nogales thanked Greenblatt, then moved on to a discussion of Hispanic-oriented shows planned by NBC. Among them: a drama in development about the settlement of California.The Miss USA pageant that was to air on NBC will be carried Sunday instead by the Reelz cable and satellite channel, which has said Trump won’t profit from the telecast.More fallout from the GOP candidate’s June remarks include the Macy’s department store chain decision’s to stop carrying an exclusive line of Trump menswear; Univision dropping its Spanish-language telecasts of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and the end to a project that OraTV, a company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, said it was developing with TrumpTrump has fought back with a $500 million lawsuit against Univision that claims breach of contract and defamation and says Univision turned on him because it supports Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.Regarding Macy’s, Trump said he’d decided to end his relationship with the chain because of pressure put upon them by outside sources“Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators,” he said.Nogales said he talked with Greenblatt a few days before the decision by NBC, a division of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, was announced June 29.“The Latino community has finally come to a maturation tipping point,” Nogales said Thursday. “We’re not going to take it anymore, and we don’t have to.”___Lynn Elber can be reached at and on Twitter at read more

Aid convoy for northeast Syria postponed over security concerns – UN relief

The UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy from Damascus to Rukban, on the Syria-Jordan border, would have delivered assistance on Saturday to some 50,000 people.About 10,000 children would also have been vaccinated and other needs in the region assessed.“The population at Rukban has not received assistance since January this year, and they are increasingly desperate,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a Security Council meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria.The population at Rukban has not received assistance since January this year, and they are increasingly desperate – Mark Lowcock“There are continuing reports of children dying due to poor sanitary conditions and a lack of healthcare. This dire humanitarian situation cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.IdlibTurning to Idlib – where a demilitarization agreement was reached between Russia and Turkey in September – Mr. Lowcock called on all actors to protect the “glimmer of hope” offered by the lull in fighting.“The stakes are high,” he told the Council, “as the alternative is humanitarian suffering on a scale that would overwhelm all ability to respond, devastating a population that is already weakened through years of conflict, displacement and deprivation.”More than seven years of fighting has left hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead, uprooted millions more and enmeshed the interests of several foreign powers.Across Syria, over 13 million people continue to depend on humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are internally displaced people who are food-insecure. UN Photo/Manuel EliasUN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock briefs the Security Council on the situation in SyriaHumanitarian access remains a challengeIn his briefing, Mr. Lowcock informed the Council that although the UN and humanitarian partners continue to reach over five million civilians with life-saving assistance each month, sustained access remains a major problem, especially in areas that recently changed control.In discussions, Syrian authorities have provided assurances of humanitarian access, he added.“We look forward to rapid implementation,” he continued, noting that it would allow relief teams on the ground to undertake “essential independent assessments of the situation and see more of who is being helped and how.”‘Critical’ that cross-border relief deliveries are sustainedIn his briefing, the Mr. Lowcock, also spoke of the UN cross-border operation from Turkey, which continues to reach hundreds of thousands of people in need each month.“[The deliveries] have been scaled up in recent weeks to ensure prepositioning of assistance as a contingency measure for the event of a military escalation, as well as to provide support for winter.”Sustaining the cross-border lifeline is critical, he added, calling for an extension of the provisions of the Security Council resolutions 2165 and 2393 which established the delivery mechanisms.  Some US$1.7 billion has been raised in 2018 for the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan, but it remains less than 50 per cent funded. read more

Skeptical Football Dynasties Perfect Kickers And A Weird NFL Rule

In last week’s column, I discussed why Peyton Manning’s comeback record is more impressive from a statistical standpoint than Tom Brady’s. Some people took issue with this — many Brady fans, of course, but also some disinterested parties who objected to using a binomial test to make a comparison between two above-average quarterbacks.1Let me rebut that objection as succinctly as I can: For Bayesian inference, understanding the prior probabilities of things is an important and necessary starting point, and getting beyond that is difficult (if possible at all). Some people suggested that I should calculate the difference between Brady and Manning using Brady’s comeback percentage as the baseline instead of league average. But I have no confidence in rates based on a sample of 25. I’m way more confident that Manning is better at comebacks than average than Brady is. And it’s not like that’s a meaningless thing to know: It correlates very well with other metrics that are more difficult to measure. In other words: Start with what we can know, and then go from there.And then, bam:Note to the Hacker Gods2According to Rene Descartes, if the creators of this universe are less than perfect, we have no basis to ever believe we know anything with certainty.: I can fight my own fights, OK? I don’t need your help — especially if you’re going to make it so obvious!If headlines are to be believed, Monday night could have been the beginning of the end: “Was this the end for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ dynasty?” asked Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab.This seems a bit premature to me. But the stakes are as high as they’ve been for the Patriots since, well, since Week 2. Since 1990, teams that won 12 or more games the previous year and started the season 2-2 have made the playoffs 52 percent of the time. That’s hardly the end of the world, but it makes next week’s game pretty high-leverage: Of those teams, the ones that won their next game made the playoffs 65 percent of the time, while those that lost only made it 30 percent of the time.But what’s at stake for the rest of us is pretty significant as well. We could be on the brink of losing the one thing in football we thought we knew with scientific certainty: that the Patriots are magic.These Patriots are one of the most interesting phenomena in modern sports. They’ve had 11 seasons with 10 or more wins in a row, good for the second-longest such streak in NFL history (and the longest in the salary-cap era):Understanding what’s been going on with the Patriots for the last decade and a half (particularly disentangling Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s effects on each other) is pretty key to understanding the post-salary-cap NFL.3Note that Peyton Manning is also riding a personal streak of 11 consecutive 10-plus-win seasons himself, over four different coaches between two teams — but it’s far more clear what’s going on with him.Chart of the weekIn their 41-17 thrashing of Tennessee, Indianapolis had exactly 41 pass attempts and 41 rushes. Balance! The Colts’ number of rushing attempts tied for third-most in the league last week, yet they gained only 2.56 yards per carry, good for fourth-worst.So let’s keep it simple and use this space for a fun demonstration of a football truism: How often a team runs the ball is mostly a function of whether it’s winning, rather than the other way around. In the chart below, I’ve organized plays by the quarter in which they occurred and what the score differential was at the time of the play, and showed the percentage of those plays that were passes as opposed to runs. (For example, the giant circle in the middle of the first-quarter plot tells us the percentage of passes called on plays from scrimmage when the game was tied in the first quarter: about 56 percent.)It’s like watching a trend line develop in the womb.As the game goes on, the pass-versus-run percentages become more and more a function of a team’s lead or deficit.Interestingly, the overall percentage of passes rises from about 56 percent in the first quarter to more than 64 percent in the second — regardless of whether a team is ahead or behind. That suggests that the trailing team tends to throw more often (presumably to help catch up), and the team that’s ahead also throws more often (maybe to try to put its opponent away). But this likely means there’s some inefficiency in there somewhere: If throwing more is better across the board, then coaches are probably calling too many runs in the first quarter. (Conversely, it’s technically possible that teams are throwing too often in the second.)In the third quarter, most teams are still throwing more often than they run, but the relationship between margin and play selection crystallizes quickly, and by the fourth quarter it’s very clear. Aside from some smallish outliers, there’s an incredibly steep (and mostly linear) trend between the two: Teams that are substantially down mostly pass, while teams that are way ahead mostly run.Bizarre NFL rule of the weekWhile contemplating San Francisco’s terrible decision to kick an extra point when down 2 points against Philadelphia, I came across an interesting stat: Since 2001, teams have scored on fourth-and-goal from 2 yards out only 38 percent of the time but have converted 2-point attempts (which occur at the 2 yard line) 48 percent of the time.I posed this to Twitter, and got many interesting responses, but here’s the money one:This led to a long discussion of exactly how “to-go” distances are measured.If you’re an NFL rules nerd (we are legion) but the official Rulebook just isn’t complicated or strange enough for you, there’s apparently a whole separate 37-page Guide for Statisticians. Here’s the relevant section:If any point of the football rests on or above any yard stripe, future action is to be computed from that yard line. However, if all of the football has been advanced beyond any yard stripe, future action is computed from the first yard line in advance of the football. The principle is to be followed on all spotting situations, regardless of down, with the following exceptions:1. In certain situations where there is less than a yard to gain for a first down, it may be necessary to spot the ball back one yard to conform with the principle that there must always be, for statistical purposes, at least one yard remaining to be gained for a first down. This principle also shall be applied when a team loses the ball to its opponent on downs.Well that explains it!OK, not really. But it’s interesting that the “yard stripe” is used to approximate the location of the ball and first-down line, rather than rounding or truncating the actual distance between the two. It’s unclear how these things are recorded in real life, but if stat-keepers are using the stripe instead of the chains, that means that identical to-go distances may be recorded differently depending on where the ball is on the field. And, in fact, shorter distances may be recorded as longer than longer ones.For example:A team carries the ball to the 43.9 yard line for a first down. For statistical purposes, the virtual ball location is at the 43, and the virtual first-down marker is at the 33. On the next down, the team carries it to the 36 exactly. Despite being only 2.1 yards from a first down by the chains, this is recorded as a second-and-3. So far so good, right?Now say the team gets the first down by rushing to the 32 yard line exactly. The new first-down line is the 22. On the ensuing play, a player runs to the 24.9 yard line. This will be recorded as a second-and-2, despite being 2.9 yards away.So in the one case you’ve left only 2.1 yards, but it is recorded as “and 3,” and in the other you’ve left 2.9 yards but it’s recorded as “and 2.” The only difference is where, between the stripes, the line of scrimmage is located. This makes no sense.But this shouldn’t be a problem anywhere near the goal, since the end-zone line is fixed. Therefore it does offer a hint at the fourth-and-goal-from-the-2 versus 2-point-conversion discrepancy. These fourth-and-2s could demand anything from 2 yards to 2.99 yards for a first down. But 2-point conversions are always 2 yards exactly. The difference between 2.99 yards and 2.00 yards is huge, making this a likely contributor to why 2-point conversions are successful more often.Kicking awards for Week 4I’ve had kickers on my mind a lot lately, so I came up with a fun way of rating MVK (“most valuable kickers”) for a given week. By plotting their points gained above expectation4This is similar to “Expected Points Added” or similar stats you might have seen, except this one is based only on the length of the kick and how often the kicker is expected to make it (not taking other factors like field position into account), based on a binomial probit regression. versus the amount they contributed to their team’s margin of victory, we get a chart like so:Most valuable kickerOur most valuable kicker of Week 4 is Randy Bullock of the Houston Texans. He converted three of three field goals — including ones of 50 and 55 yards — in a game his team won by 6 points, and led the league in points above expectation this week with 2.7. This performance was also pleasantly out of character for Bullock: Last year, in his first playing season, he made only one of five field goal attempts from the 50+ distance.Least valuable kickerThis is how good kickers are these days: Our least valuable kicker of the week is Shaun Suisham of Pittsburgh, who went one for two with his only miss coming from 50 yards. But that single miss was enough to make him the second-worst kicker of the week by expected points (the worst was Shayne Graham, who missed one from 41 yards) — and his team lost by 3 points, meaning his kick made the difference.Perfection watchIn 2003, Mike Vanderjagt — the “idiot kicker” who spent most of his career playing with Peyton Manning’s Colts — made 40 of 40 field goal attempts and 58 of 58 extra points (including the playoffs).5Granted, with a high-scoring Manning-led offense, he only made one attempt of more than 50 yards. This was only the second “perfect season” by a kicker over a full slate of regular-season games in history (the first was Gary Anderson in 1998), and we haven’t seen one since.Kickers now may have a harder time getting there, since they’re being asked to take shots from downtown way more often. But modern kickers have gotten so good that they’re up to the challenge, and that will just make it all the sweeter when one of them accomplishes it. Four games into this season, there are still 10 players who have a shot:Gunslinger of the weekPhiladelphia QB Nick Foles did not have a good day against San Francisco. He completed under 50 percent of his passes, for only 195 yards, two interceptions, and one glorious stalled drive that could have given his team the win but came up short. His Passer Rating was 42.3 and his QBR just 22.0.But Gunslinger of the Week doesn’t discriminate against QBs who have a bad day — and Foles slung it!His first interception came with 3:07 left in the third quarter with his team down 2 points on a second-and-2 throw that he chucked 48 yards downfield from his own 28. Forty-eight yards downfield is the best place to throw an interception: The pass is practically a punt! San Francisco started its next drive on its own 26 — likely farther back than if Foles had thrown incomplete twice and the Eagles had punted. And counterfactually, if the pass had found an Eagles receiver, the Eagles could have kicked a go-ahead field-goal (at the very least). Also second-and-2 is a great time to throw downfield. With all options on the table, second-and-short is the hardest down to defend.Foles’s second interception cost his team no more than an incompletion, coming on fourth-and-24 with just 47 seconds left, and I doubt anyone would criticize him for it. But I’d also like to praise the fact that he at least threw the ball 27 yards, meaning he would have gotten a first down if it had been completed. Quarterbacks who face fourth-and-long with the game on the line and dump it make the Gunslinger of the Week trophy weep.When Foles is behind, he throws downfield. This is sound strategy — it carries bigger rewards, smaller risks, and takes less time off the clock. And of all QBs in Week 4 who had 10 or more attempts with their teams behind, Foles threw the farthest downfield on average, and had the second-highest percentage of his pass attempts going past the first-down marker6Adjusted yardage for plays between the 20 yard line and the 10, and excluding plays inside the 10.:Gunslinger of the quarter-seasonAnd without further ado, the Gunslinger trophy for the first quarter-season goes to …Nick Foles.There have been some very good gunslingers so far this year, but none has been as successful as Foles, who led comeback wins of 17, 14 and 10 points in his first three games. Here’s a plot of how many times a quarterback won versus how far he threw downfield while trailing (for the 10 quarterbacks with the most trailing passes attempted):Foles’s passes travel the most yards downfield per attempt by far; Joe Flacco is second in that ranking (and he has also managed three wins).Gunslinging is how good QBs in bad spots still manage to win games.Rookie QB watchThis week we finally got a full slate of starting rookies, plus an appearance by a (probably) long-shot contender. Here’s how the “best rookie QB career prospects” leaderboard stands:Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles didn’t have a jaw-dropping day, but his 253 yards and a touchdown (Reminder: For rookies, interceptions and wins/losses matter little) in a loss to San Diego kept him on track.7If anything, that 78 percent completion percentage is too high! (Half-joking: Completion percentage has a negative coefficient in a predictive regression, but causation is unclear.) He’s in the game and he was drafted the highest — those are the dominating factors for now.Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater had a great win against Atlanta in which he threw for 317 yards and ran for a touchdown. But the data is still sketchy on how much a rookie quarterback’s ability to run is predictive of future success.And in a shocking rise from clipboard-holder to this hallowed list, the Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo went six for seven for 70 yards and a touchdown in garbage-time play in the Patriots’ loss to the Chiefs. This has some people writing what ought to be patently ridiculous articles about how Tom Brady may be done. The Patriots won 12 games last year, but starting 2-2 has people calling for heads. Buuuut … Belichick has pulled the trigger before. From dumping Randy Moss, to letting Wes Welker walk, to benching All-Star Drew Bledsoe for a young … Tom Brady. Could this be Brady’s “Showgirls” moment? Unlikely, but not impossible. But even good spot duty increases the chances that Garoppolo is a legit heir to the throne, and being the next leader of Belichick’s squad would be great for the rookie’s career prospects.Things aren’t looking great for Derek Carr, who would have topped this list a few weeks ago, but is now out with an injury. And he and his team have been playing so badly that his coach just got fired. Carr threw for just 146 yards against a not-great Miami team, his worst yardage of the season. But he also hit the four starts threshold that has — at least historically — been very predictive, so I won’t dismiss him entirely.Johnny Manziel had a bye.Most empirically significant game of Week 5All that rumination on the Patriots wasn’t just for show. The most empirically significant game of Week 5 is the Pats vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, in New England. In addition to all there is to learn from seeing the crossroads Patriots in action against a potentially very strong team, the Bengals are a worthy mystery in their own right.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum.CLARIFICATION: We’ve clarified the text to show that Gary Anderson had a perfect kicking season in the 1998 regular season. (He missed a field goal in the playoffs that year.) read more

Physicist appointed as CSIRO Chief Scientist

first_imgAustralia’s national science agency has appointed Dr Cathy Foley to the position of CSIRO Chief Scientist – a unique role which will help champion science, its impact and contribution to the world. Foley is a world-renowned physicist and science leader most noted for her work developing superconducting devices and systems which have assisted in unearthing over A$6 billion in minerals worldwide.She will start in the role at the end of September. She said her priority will be promoting science, STEM and women in science.“Australia’s future prosperity will be fuelled by science,” Foley said. “Science which creates new industries, new jobs and shapes the minds and aspirations of our future leaders.“We can’t keep thinking about science as something which is locked away in a lab. It connects and drives everything we touch and do.“I’m looking forward to not just spreading the word, but helping shape the science agenda and raising the profile of the role of women in STEM.”Foley is currently the Deputy Director and Science Director of CSIRO’s manufacturing business unit. She has been an advocate for women in science, for the communication of science and science education over the past 30 years.She is credited with helping to create LANDTEM, a technology which uses superconductors to detect minerals deep underground. In 2015, she and her team were awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for the innovation.CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said Foley was an incredible leader and scientist. “Cathy is a great contributor, with a passion for turning excellent science into powerful solutions for Australia,” he said.“I am looking forward to seeing her make this role her own, and bringing the voice of CSIRO science to help Australia navigate a path to prosperity through global disruption.”Foley was awarded a Public Service Medal on Australia Day in 2003. In the same year, she won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science.In 2013 she was awarded the NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK, Past-President of both the Australian Institute of Physics and Science and Technology Australia that represents 65000 Australian scientists and a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and past national winner of the Telstra Business Women’s Award for Innovation in 2009.She joined the CSIRO Division of Applied Physics in 1985 as a National Research Fellow, being promoted to Senior Research Scientist in 1991, Principal Research Scientist in 1996, Senior Principal Research Scientist in 2000 and Chief Research Scientist in 2008.last_img read more

CIA penetrated by insider network of snack thieves who stole 3k worth

first_img Friday 23 Jun 2017, 6:45 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Share2078 Tweet Email1 16 Comments By AFP CIA penetrated by insider network of snack thieves who stole 3k worth of junk food A substantial amount of crisps and chocolate were nicked from the spy agency. THE CIA HAS this week said that it had been compromised for months in 2013 by a network of high-tech snack thieves.A report released this week shows the premier US intelligence body discovered that insider hackers had stolen more than $3,300 worth of crisps, chocolate bars and other snacks from its vending machines.The culprits weren’t undercover agents or veteran Al-Qaeda chasers, but instead “contractors” of which the CIA has thousands, doing everything from terror analysis to servicing the machines that answer American spies’ junk food needs.A CIA Inspector General’s report on the candy cabal was released following a Freedom of Information Act request by BuzzFeed journalist Jason Leopold.Unsurprisingly for the CIA, the report is heavily redacted, no names, or sources and methods behind the investigation. But it shows that an unidentified contractor figured out how to get snacks without paying.The machines took stored value payment cards from the FreedomPay company.The contractor figured out that if you disconnect the cable that connects the machines with FreedomPay’s cloud-based payment systems, they would accept a card that has no more funds.The culprit told friends who also disconnected the machines’ cords to download snacks for free.But, of course, the agency finally caught up. After suspicions were raised, CIA officials put surveillance cameras on the machines, and figured out the scam.The main perpetrator “admitted to originating the idea of how to effect the thefts based on his knowledge of computer networks,” according to the report.Members of the cabal were rounded up, interrogated and then escorted from the building and fired by their employers.© – AFP 2017Read: Church of England admits it ‘colluded and concealed’ sex abuse claims against a bishopRead: Donald Trump says he does not have tapes of that secret meeting with Comey 22,800 Views Jun 23rd 2017, 6:45 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une nouvelle cartographie ultraprécise pour protéger la biodiversité

first_imgUne nouvelle cartographie ultra-précise pour protéger la biodiversité Publiée en ligne dans PNAS, une étude américano-britannique a utilisé tous les ressorts de la technologie et de la science moderne pour établir une cartographie précise des zones biogéographiques à protéger en priorité. “Nous devons savoir où vivent les espèces, celles qui sont vulnérables, et où les actions humaines les menacent. Nous avons de meilleures données que par le passé – et de meilleures méthodes analytiques. Nous les avons mariées à des fins de conservation”, commence le Dr. Clinton Jenkins, de l’Université d’État de Caroline du Nord. Avec des collègues américains et britanniques, il a cartographié les plus grandes concentrations mondiales d’amphibiens, d’oiseaux et de mammifères avec une précision 100 fois supérieure aux précédentes estimations. Les chercheurs ont également calculé le pourcentage de ces zones prioritaires faisant déjà partie de zones protégées existantes. Les résultats sont venus enrichir leurs cartes en couleurs, visibles sur le blog Saving Species. “Les zones de biodiversité les plus importantes présentent un taux plus élevé de protection que la moyenne mondiale. Malheureusement, il est encore insuffisant compte tenu de l’importance de ces zones”, explique le Dr Lucas Joppé, de Microsoft Research à Cambridge (Angleterre), co-auteur de l’étude. “Il existe une inquiétude croissante [concernant le fait] que nous sommes à court de temps pour développer le réseau mondial d’aires protégées”, poursuit-il. “Le choix des régions du monde bénéficiant d’une protection finira par décider quelles espèces survivent et lesquelles vont disparaître. Nous avons besoin de la meilleure science disponible pour guider ces décisions”, conclut le Dr Stuart Pimm, de l’Université Duke (Durham, Caroline du Nord), également co-auteur de l’étude.Le 7 juillet 2013 à 18:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bayern Munich rule out move for Martial

first_imgAnthony Martial may have many suitors for his services this summer but Bayern Munich will not be one of them, says CEO Karl-Heinz RummeniggeThe France international appears set to end his three-year spell at Manchester United following his recent falling out with Jose Mourinho after refusing to return to the club’s tour in the United States following the birth of his second child.Martial has no shortage of admirers and had been linked with a move to Germany this summer.But, with just six days of the English transfer window remaining, he will not be receiving any offers from Bayern.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Rummenigge told Bild: “We have four wingers: [Franck] Ribery, [Arjen] Robben, [Kingsley] Coman and [Serge] Gnabry. And [Alphonso] Davies will join in January.“You should not overdo it. That’s what some clubs do, but then it’s a problem for the coach.”As well as Serge Gnabry returning from his season-long loan stint at Hoffenheim, the Bundesliga champions have also added another forward in Canada internationalAlphonso, who will join in January.Martial’s situation at United, meanwhile, appears to be getting worse after Mourinho fined him for missing the remainder of their US tour.last_img read more

Governor Baker Proclaims This Week Hurricane Preparedness Week

first_imgFRAMINGHAM, MA — Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed July 15-21, 2018 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to emphasize the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes and the importance of preparing for the impacts that hurricanes and tropical storms can have on the state’s residents, homes, businesses and infrastructure.“It is never too early to prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Planning ahead will help mitigate damage to your property, better protect your family, and reduce the burden on public safety personnel in an emergency situation.”“MEMA actively works with our communities in Massachusetts and partners across all levels of government to enhance our readiness for the next hurricane or major storm,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We encourage residents take the actions necessary to improve preparedness in the event of a major storm or other type of disaster.”“While Massachusetts has been spared in recent years from direct hurricane landfalls, it only takes one storm in a season to create major impacts,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Dan Bennett, “In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, & Maria showed the catastrophic destruction that Atlantic hurricanes can cause.”“All residents should prepare for the impacts of a tropical storm or hurricane,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Hurricanes and tropical storms can affect the entire state, and history has shown that these powerful storms can cause deadly storm surge, heavy inland rainfall and flooding, and destructive winds which can devastate a region.Know Your Evacuation ZoneMassachusetts has established hurricane evacuation zones in each of the state’s coastal communities.  These zones, designated as Zone A, Zone B and Zone C, identify the areas of coastal communities that are at risk for storm surge flooding from tropical storms or hurricanes. If evacuations are necessary because of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane, local or state officials will use the hurricane evacuation zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. It is important to note that even areas not directly along a coastline may be at risk for storm surge flooding during a tropical storm or hurricane. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map located on MEMA’s website at an Emergency PlanIt’s important to have plans in case your family needs to take action before or during a storm:Communications Plan — Create a family communications plan so you can stay in touch and find each other in an emergency. Evacuation Plan — Create a family evacuation plan that details where you will go, how you will get there, what you will bring, and what you will do with your pets. Mass 2-1-1 — Mass 2-1-1 is the state non-emergency call center for disasters. Call 2-1-1 to find out about shelter locations, travel restrictions, disaster assistance programs, and more. Mass 2-1-1 is free and available 24/7. Local Emergency Notification Systems — Check with your local emergency management director to see if your community uses an emergency notification system and how to sign up.For more information, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website at MEMAMEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector – individuals, families, non-profits and businesses – MEMA ensures the Commonwealth’s ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to The above press release is from MEMA.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGovernor Baker Proclaims This Week As ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’In “Government”Hurricane Preparedness Week: Massachusetts Residents Encouraged To Be PreparedIn “Government”Governor Baker Proclaims September ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’In “Government”center_img Shelter-in-Place Plan — Make sure your family has a plan to shelter in place, which includes stockpiling items you will need to stay comfortable while you are at home. Be prepared to shelter in place for at least 72 hours.Make sure your emergency plans address the needs of all of your family members, including seniors, children, individuals with access and functional needs, and pets.Have an Emergency KitHurricanes can cause extended power outages, flooding, and blocked roads. You should have an emergency kit to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in case you lose power, are stranded in your home, or nearby stores are closed or damaged. While it is important to customize your kit to meet your family’s unique needs, every emergency kit should include bottled water, food, a flashlight, a radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, sanitation items, clothing, cash and a charged cell phone. Depending on your family’s needs, emergency kits should also include medications, extra eyeglasses, medical equipment and supplies, children’s items such as diapers and formula, food and supplies for pets and service animals, and other items you or your family members might need during a disaster.Stay InformedAs a storm approaches, monitor media reports and follow instructions from public safety officials with these tools:Massachusetts Alerts App — Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app for your iOS or Android device. The app provides tropical storm and hurricane warnings, as well as important public safety alerts and information from MEMA. Social Media — Follow your local public safety agencies on social media and MEMA on Twitter (@MassEMA) and Facebook for emergency updates during hurricaneslast_img read more

Wildlife rescuers overwhelmed with starving sea birds

first_imgCommon murre seabirds are challenging rescue workers as they make their way inland, becoming stranded and hungry.Download AudioThe Anchorage Bird Treatment and Learning Center has received 20 common murres in November. All were starving. Photo: Monica Gokey/KSKA.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Alaska Wildlife Troopers have been overwhelmed while the Anchorage nonprofit Bird Treatment and Learning Center is housing between 300 and 350 of the birds.Volunteers have been hand-feeding the birds and re-waterproofing their wings to return to sea.Executive Director Guy Runco called the shift unprecedented as sightings spread north from southcentral Alaska. He said whatever is driving the seabirds inland is a mystery.The black and white birds need water to take flight. Runco said to leave common murres found near water alone, but to try and bring inland birds to the treatment center.The Anchorage Bird Treatment and Learning Center gratefully receives fish donations, monetary donations and volunteers.last_img read more

Collector visits Bara Shaheed Dargah in Nellore

first_imgNellore: District Collector MV Seshagiri Babu visited Bara Shaheed Dargah on Saturday in connection with the start of annual Roti Festival from September 10. He directed the officials to make arrangements as the festival attracts lakhs of devotees from Andhra Pradesh and other neighbouring States. The Collector instructed the officials of NUDA and Nellore Municipal Corporation keeping in view of a huge throng of devotees for offering prayers and exchanging rotis during the festival. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us He asked them to call for tenders for arranging shops on Dargah premises thus making the arrangements for the availability of material to the visitors. He said officials have to make a plan for release of water to the tank from Somasila Reservoir for bathing before exchanging of rotis. Babu informed the officials to make foolproof arrangements for this State festival. NUDA Vice-Chairman T Bapi Reddy, Municipal Commissioner PVVS Murthy, Municipal SE SK Imamuddin, EE S Johnny, Tahsildar Nirmalananda Babu and other officials were present.last_img read more

Khaleda for freedom of the oppressed

first_imgKhaleda ZiaFormer prime minister, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has emphasised an end to pains and suffering of the oppressed.She expressed her wishes in a Twitter message on the eve of Lailatul Qadr (Night of Decree).Khaleda Zia, who called for formation of a poll-time supportive government to restore democracy in the country, however, did not make any direct reference in the message to the country’s political situation.“On this holiest of nights, we pray to Allah to take away the pain of those who are suffering and to bless the oppressed to attain freedom,” she tweeted on Thursday.The BNP chief recently submitted Vision-2030 outlining the country’s future mode of governance on democratic and welfare-oriented lines.last_img read more

Dhaka presses for safe zones in Rakhine state

first_img.Bangladesh has reiterated its position on Rohingya issue and said the affected areas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state should be declared as ‘safe zones’ so that they could go back.Bangladesh also said implementation of Kofi Annan report should be the next step as Bangladesh has already welcomed it.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali met his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on the sidelines of the 72nd UNGA on Monday and discussed the issues.Foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque was also present.Mahmood Ali narrated the situation of Rohingyas and stated that more than 400,000 Rohingyas have so far come to Bangladesh since 25 August and more are still coming.As of now, Bangladesh is hosting over 800,000 Rohingyas. He stated the history of Rohingyas settlement in Myanmar, which is about 1500 years old.Mahmood Ali mentioned that Rohingyas have the affinity for Bangla and some other languages such as Pashtu, Arabic, and Portuguese etc. “So they should not be called ‘Bengalees’ only for the reason that many of them have the affinity for Bangla.”He also briefed the Japanese minister about the existence of Arakan kingdom from the 13th to 18th century, and referred to the 1948 constitution of Myanmar saying ‘there are no indigenous people in Myanmar’.The Japanese vice minister would visit Myanmar soon.On Minister Ali’s request to send the vice minister to Dhaka, the Japanese foreign minister said they would have elections in Japan soon, and the vice minister visit Dhaka after elections.He requested for Japanese support in UNSC if the issue comes for discussion, and mentioned that even in today’s (Sept 18) New York Times issue there is a report on Rohingya exodus. “We need our friend to support in UNSC (on Rohingya issue).”The Japanese foreign minister said they will ask Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan report, and sought Bangladesh’s support on North Korea issue.He said Japan was putting pressure on both diplomatic and financial front.Minister Ali said Bangladesh had also stopped a ship carrying illegal North Korean cargo two years ago and prohibited it to enter Bangladesh port.The Japanese foreign minister also sought Bangladesh’s support for their candidature in ICC (a lady candidate).On coordination over Rohingya issues at the UNSC, minister Ali requested the Japanese foreign minister to advise their PR in New York to liaise with Bangladesh PR at the UN.last_img read more

Bringing sexy back

first_imgSexy backs are in! Celebrities and fashionistas are endorsing backless outfits to flaunt their well-shaped and flawless backs. To ape the style divas, experts suggest stretching, crystal polishing and homemade packs like egg peel and ‘batna’ (a paste of gram flour and honey) to get a radiant and attractive body.Backless attire has become the vogue at red carpet events – from international celebrities like Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole, Jane Fonda to Indian divas Freida Pinto and Sonam Kapoor, all were seen oozing oomph in them and inspiring others to ape them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Women have become conscious about their bodies and they like to follow the latest trends. That includes sexy low-back outfits. Be it a gown or simple sari-blouse, backless attire is the trend,’ said the designer Arpan Vohra.However, before choosing backless dresses, get a well-toned back.A lot of effort goes in getting that sexy back, said Rohit Batra, senior cosmetic dermatologist at Ganga Ram Hospital. ‘Starting from a toned body with no flab or love handles requires a healthy lifestyle, workout and exercise. So, getting a clean back is a difficult, but possible exercise,’ he added.Also apart from being well-toned, a sexy back needs to be hair-free.‘Many women are getting laser hair reduction that not only clears the hair but also gives a shine to back and, at the same time, keeps it soft,’ he added.Exercises come in handy to get a flawless back. Stretching, side crunches and squats help tone and shape it up.last_img read more