LSU Will Take On UCF In The Fiesta Bowl

first_imgKristian Fulton of LSU attempts to run the ball against Alabama.BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Kristian Fulton #22 of the LSU Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)For the second straight year, UCF finished undefeated and was left out of the College Football Playoff field. For the second straight year, the Knights will take on an SEC team as a consolation prize.ESPN just announced that UCF, without the services of McKenzie Milton, will take on SEC juggernaut LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.UCF finished with a 12-0 record and defeated Memphis to win the AAC title on Saturday. LSU has a 9-3 record and losses to Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M.It remains to be seen if UCF will claim another national title with a victory.IT’S OFFICIAL: @LSUFootball and @UCF_Football are heading to the 2018 @PlayStation #FiestaBowl! ?☀️Get your tickets NOW: https://t.co/ptP1p2bwSU#GeauxTigers | #ChargeOn | #GreatnessAwaits pic.twitter.com/ErEehxOCHG— Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 2, 2018The game is slated to take place on New Year’s Day at Noon CT.UCF, after another stellar season, finished No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings. LSU finished No. 11.The rest of the New Year’s Six games are being announced on ESPN as we speak.last_img read more

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Senate Approves State of Public Emergency Extension in St. Catherine North Police Division

first_imgMembers of the Senate have approved a further three-month extension of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.All 17 Senators attending Friday’s (June 29) sitting at Gordon House voted unanimously in favour of the extension under the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No. 2) Resolution, 2018, which will see the enhanced security measure being maintained in the Division until October 2, 2018.Addressing the sitting, Leader of Government Business in the Upper House and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the extension is needed for the continued success of the security forces’ crime fighting strategies being undertaken in the area.She noted that citizens have also voiced their support for the extension and emphasized that “it is important that we respect their desire to live in circumstances where they are not (in) constant fear of extortion and murder.”The Minister disclosed that the security measures implemented have, to date, yielded a 26 per cent reduction in murders and shootings in the Division.“The State of Public Emergency… has saved and is saving lives… (and has) disrupted criminal and gang activities… (thereby enabling) neighbours (to now be) standing up outside and talking, children being able to safely go to school and parents to be safely able to go about their lawful business,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith pointed out that the measures have also been bringing back a sense of law and order to the communities. “You get feedback from the people who say, ‘don’t let it stop yet… keep the soldiers and the police there… life is better now’,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith further noted that the State of Public Emergency forms part of institutional changes, policy enhancement, legislative amendments and operational strategies being undertaken by the Government.Responding to a suggestion from the Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Donna Scott Mottley, that the State of Public Emergency be lifted to determine its effectiveness, Senator Johnson Smith argued that “now cannot be the time to test for an academic consideration”.“It must be that if the heads of the security forces are saying to you – ‘now is not the time… (to) lift these measures (as) we cannot guarantee that we will not lose the gains that we have already made’… (that) it (is) a responsible Government that would say ‘we will go to Parliament and we will seek the extension that you need’,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith said, however, that the Government “will undoubtedly test the effectiveness when the States of Emergencies are eventually lifted”.During the State of Public Emergency, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without warrants. It also gives them the power to stop and question persons, and seize property.On March 18, the Governor-General, by Proclamation, declared a State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.He further declared that said Proclamation shall, unless previously revoked, remain in force for 14 days or for such longer period, not exceeding three months, as both Houses of Parliament may determine by a Resolution supported by a two-thirds majority of all members of each House.It was previously extended from May 3, 2018 until July 3, 2018.The Constitution provides that a period of Public Emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety.last_img read more

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5 Dead After Whale-Watching Boat Sinks off Canada

first_imgzoom Five people died and one person is still missing after a whale-watching boat sank off British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, October 25, according to the country’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.The sixty-five foot cruise vessel Leviathan II sank near Tofino around 5 p.m. local time Sunday, with 27 people onboard.21 people have been rescued so far, many by local members of the Ahousaht First Nation, who saw the distress flare from the vessel and rushed to provide assistance.18 of those rescued needed medical treatment at a local hospital, while the remaining 3 were sent to larger medical centres. All are reportedly in stable condition.The search is still ongoing for the missing person.The Leviathan II is operated by Jamie’s Whaling Station & Adventure Centres. The vessel is partially submerged around 8 nautical miles northwest off Tofino.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will be deploying a team of investigators to Tofino to investigate the sinking.It is yet unclear as to what caused the sinking, but the area where the vessel sank is known for its strong currents, according to local fishermen.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Albert Titian/Facebooklast_img read more

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Province Supports National Injury Prevention Strategy

first_imgA proposed national injury prevention strategy mirrors and strengthens Nova Scotia’s existing injury prevention efforts. The national strategy, which was released today, Oct. 25, was developed by injury prevention groups across the country as well as the insurance industry. The overall goals of the strategy focus on saving lives, reducing health-care expenditures and educating the public on how to prevent injuries. These goals reinforce the work already underway in Nova Scotia. “There is enormous potential across Canada to improve the health of Canadians and reduce the drain on our health-care system,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “Nova Scotia supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive, nationally co-ordinated approach to preventing injuries.” About 450 Nova Scotians die every year as a result of injuries. Emergency rooms treat as many as 350,000 injuries and more than 6,000 people are hospitalized each year. The annual cost of treating injuries in Nova Scotia is $570 million. Nova Scotia has the country’s only provincially supported and funded injury prevention strategy. Input from Nova Scotia injury prevention groups was included in the development of the proposed national strategy. The provincial strategy was announced in 2003. Since that time nearly $1 million has been invested in implementing the strategy. This includes funding to address the prevention of falls, motor-vehicle crashes and self-inflicted injuries. As part of its strategy, Nova Scotia Health Promotion is working with partners to develop and implement an injury surveillance strategy and a road-safety social marketing strategy. It is also working with communities to develop injury prevention programs and resources, and delivers the Canadian injury prevention and control curriculum within communities.last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Exit 13, Highway 118 Exit 13 from Highway 118 into Burnside Industrial Park on Akerley Boulevard will be closed for several hours for clean up after a tractor trailer overturned entering the park earlier today. Vehicles cannot enter or leave Burnside on Akerley Boulevard. Traffic can connect with Highway 118 on Wright Avenue. -30-last_img

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Families friends of UN staffers held in Afghanistan plead for their release

In a statement circulated by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the loved ones offer personal messages to Annetta Flanigan, Shqipe Hebibi and Angelito Nayan.”I, together with the rest of the family, want to relay to you that we all love you. We are always here for you. We pray for you that you’ll here with us soon,” the statement quoted Angelito’s sister as saying.”Everybody is praying for you and hoping for that you will be home soon,” said Annetta’s mother. “I miss your laughter, your constant teasing of me and your voice,” wrote one of Shqipe’s friends.In their joint statement, the families and friends express hope that the people holding Angelito, Annetta and Shqipe would “place them somewhere safe where they can be found and restored to us.”Striking a note of tolerance, they say, “We understand that after 25 years of strife and uncertainty, some people in Afghanistan may do desperate things, but the Afghan people are honourable.” read more

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Subway to ensure Footlongs measure up after lawsuit

FILE – In this March 3, 2015, file photo, workers make sandwiches at a Subway sandwich franchise in Seattle. Subway promises to ensure its “Footlong” sandwiches measure up to settle a class-action lawsuit. The suit was sparked after a teenager posted a photo on Facebook showing his sandwich was only 11 inches. In October 2015, Subway’s parent company, Doctors Associates, agreed to a preliminary settlement, which was granted final approval on Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Subway to ensure ‘Footlongs’ measure up after lawsuit by The Associated Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 10:53 am MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Subway customers can finally rest assured that their “Footlong” sandwiches will be as long as promised.A judge last week granted final approval to a settlement of a class-action suit filed against Subway after an Australian teenager in 2013 posted an image of his sandwich on Facebook that was only 11 inches. The image garnered international media attention, with The New York Post writing that it found four out of seven Footlongs it purchased in New York “measured only 11 or 11.5 inches.”A judge had given preliminary approval in October to a settlement between Subway’s parent company Doctor’s Associates and plaintiffs’ attorneys. Final approval was granted on Feb. 25.As part of the settlement, Subway agreed to institute practices for at least four years to ensure its bread is at least 12 inches long. The judge approved $520,000 in attorney fees and $500 for each of the 10 individuals who were representatives of the class, but no monetary claims were awarded to potential members of the class.“It was difficult to prove monetary damages, because everybody ate the evidence,” said Thomas Zimmerman, who was co-lead attorney for the class. Zimmerman said the attorney fees are being split among 10 law firms.Subway said in a statement that it was pleased the judge found no wrongdoing on its part.“This allows us to move forward, without distractions, on our goal to provide great tasting sandwiches and salads, made exactly as each guest likes. We have already taken steps to ensure each guest receives the Footlong or six-inch sandwich they order,” the statement said.Lynn Adelman, a judge for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, wrote in the final approval that the plaintiffs’ attorneys realized their claims “were quite weak” after an initial mediation session. Instead of trying to get class certification for monetary damages, he said plaintiffs decided to focus on injunctive relief requiring Doctor’s Associates to ensure its sandwiches are at least 12 inches long.Adelman wrote that the plaintiffs’ attorneys learned Subway makes its bread with “dough sticks” that weigh the same when they arrive at stores frozen. The dough is then thawed and stretched before baking, a process that can lead to variability in the size and shape of the resulting bread.While the dough may have different shapes, it still has the same quantity of ingredients, Adelman wrote. The amount of meat and cheese is also standardized, but it’s possible that a shorter bread loaf might lead to a slightly less toppings. For instance, “a sandwich that was 1/4-inch shorter than advertised might be missing a few shreds of lettuce or a gram or two of mayonnaise,” the judge wrote.But Adelman also noted that sandwiches are made in front of the customer, who can ask for more toppings.“Thus, the plaintiffs learned that, as a practical matter, the length of the bread does not affect the quantity of food the customer receives,” Adelman wrote.Still, Subway agreed as part of the settlement to take steps to ensure its bread is at least 12 inches long, including requiring franchisees to “use a tool for measuring bread.” read more

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Mystery over Chinese tycoons disappearance from Hong Kong

Mystery over Chinese tycoon’s disappearance from Hong Kong by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2017 3:26 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2017 at 4:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Dec. 2013, photo, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-born Canadian billionaire talks to reporter outside the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Xiao reportedly taken away from his Hong Kong hotel by mainland police in a case that could rekindle concerns about overreach by Chinese law enforcement in the semiautonomous city. (AP Photo/Next Magazine) HONG KONG – Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a Chinese-born Canadian billionaire reportedly seized in Hong Kong by mainland Chinese police, in a case that could rekindle concerns about overreach by Chinese law enforcement in the semiautonomous city.Xiao Jianhua is in mainland China, according to Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Wednesday, citing an anonymous source close to the tycoon, one of China’s richest individuals. Overseas Chinese news sites said earlier that Chinese police officers escorted Xiao from his suite at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel last Friday and took him away. Such news sites carry reports of political gossip and corruption scandals that can be difficult to verify in tightly controlled China.The reports contradict a front-page ad on the same day in the Ming Pao newspaper purportedly in Xiao’s name, denying he was taken against his will. That would be an apparent breach of the city’s mini-constitution, which prohibits mainland Chinese law enforcement agencies from operating in Hong Kong.“Let there be no misunderstanding!” the statement said. “It’s not true that I’ve been abducted and taken back to the mainland.”Xiao is the founder of Beijing-based Tomorrow Group. The 46-year-old is worth nearly $6 billion, making him China’s 32nd wealthiest person, according to the Hurun Report , China’s version of the Forbes Rich List.It’s unclear why Xiao was targeted, but his case has parallels with that of five Hong Kong booksellers, who disappeared in 2015 only to turn up under control of the mainland authorities, sparking fears that Beijing was eroding Hong Kong’s wide autonomy and rule of law. The five sold gossipy books about China’s communist leaders that were banned on the mainland but popular with Chinese visitors.China’s Ministry of Public Security and Foreign Ministry did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday, a public holiday in China.The Hong Kong police force said Wednesday they have asked Chinese authorities for help in following up on the case.In response to an inquiry about Xiao, the police force said initial investigations showed the “subject” crossed into the mainland at a border checkpoint Friday. They had launched the investigation after receiving a request for assistance from a family member on Saturday but a day later, the relative asked to withdraw the report after getting word that he was safe.Xiao is reported to have built his fortune in part because of close connections with the families of Communist Party leaders. In 2014, reports said he fled to Hong Kong following rumours he was the target of a graft investigation — reports he denied at the time.A wide-reaching anti-corruption crackdown led by Chinese President Xi Jinping has snared dozens of executives at state companies. Chinese state media said in 2013 that Xiao controlled nine publicly listed companies and had stakes in more than 30 financial institutions.The New York Times reported in 2014 that a company Xiao co-founded paid $2.4 million to buy shares in an investment firm held by Xi’s sister and brother-in-law.Rupert Hoogewerf, the Hurun Report’s publisher, said Xiao holds the reputation of a “maverick visionary” who makes major decisions on his own and has gone to lengths to obscure Tomorrow Group’s holdings, which include banks and securities companies.“He’s one of the kings of capital of China,” Hoogewerf said. “There’s not many people moving money in the same way.”According to the Ming Pao ad, Xiao was out of the country for medical treatment and would address the media once he finished his treatment. It followed similar statements the company posted this week on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo account, which have since been deleted.The ad said Xiao is a Canadian citizen and a Hong Kong permanent resident and enjoys protections of both, and also has an unspecified diplomatic passport. Xiao was named ambassador-at-large for Antigua and Barbuda in 2015, according to the Antigua government’s website .The ad cited Xiao as saying he was a patriotic Chinese businessman who “has always loved the party and the nation, and has never participated in anything that would hurt the country’s interests or the government’s image, let alone support any opposition forces or groups.”It’s not unusual for officials, executives and other individuals detained by Chinese security to be pressured into releasing messages to their relatives or on their social media accounts claiming that all is well. Such messaging, coupled with censorship of reporting online by domestic media, has been seen as part of the Chinese authorities’ efforts to tamp down concerns about the safety of the individuals concerned.The Canadian Consulate said it was aware of the reports and had contacted authorities “to gather additional information and provide assistance.”Jean-Francois Harvey, a Hong Kong-based lawyer, said he expected the case would further alarm mainland Chinese investors and businesspeople who have closely watched Beijing’s anti-corruption crackdown and the country’s economic slowdown.In the wake of the booksellers’ incident, Xiao’s disappearance is likely to further degrade the perception that Hong Kong, unlike China, has an independent judiciary that operates outside of the political system, he said.“People will be questioning whether Hong Kong is a safe haven,” Harvey said. “I think the answer to that question is very, very clear now, sadly.”___Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant and researcher Henry Hou in Beijing contributed to this report. read more

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Low and middle income countries bear disproportionate burden of cervical cancer –

The agency also stressed the need to overcome cultural norms and dispel gender biases that are challenging the effectiveness of vaccination initiatives.“In high-income countries, widespread screening has radically reversed the trends, and cervical cancer incidence and mortality have declined sharply [with] the impact of vaccination in reducing human papillomavirus (HPV)-related diseases is already being documented,” said the UN World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in a news release. “But in developing countries, where the burden of the disease is heaviest, cervical cancer control is often not seen as a priority within tight health budgets, and women are not given life-saving access to adequate prevention and treatment,” it added.While HPV vaccination has shown it can protect women from chronic infection caused by HPV16 and HPV18 (the two main types of the virus known to cause cervical cancer), vaccination programmes have not been implemented nationally in many low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa.As a result, women are left vulnerable to the risk of developing cervical disease, which – given the inadequacy of screening and treatment services in many countries – is likely to go untreated. “Unless we act rapidly, thousands of women will develop cervical cancer because they are not vaccinated,” says Rolando Herrero, head of Early Detection and Prevention Section at the IARC. “In countries where early detection and screening are difficult to implement due to a lack of proper infrastructure, vaccination has a vital role to play in protecting women from cervical cancer,” he added, urging government commitment to implement HPV vaccination regimes. In many countries, women are often the only breadwinners, and therefore protecting them is of huge human and economic importanceHead of IASC’s Screening Group Dr. SankaranarayananAlso, in some regions, cultural norms and fear that “vaccination would promote sexual activity” is also a barrier in vaccinating young girls as are low schooling rates, which can limit the reach of immunization programmes, which often take place in schools. On top of these hurdles, “gender bias” and perception that “women are a less important population to invest in” in many countries is making matters much worse. “It is vital that governments address these barriers,” said Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Special Advisor on Cancer Control and Head of IARC’s Screening Group, stressing: “In many countries, women are often the only breadwinners, and therefore protecting them is of huge human and economic importance.” Drawing attention to the need to make vaccines cheaper, particularly for the development world, to step up vaccination coverage, IARC Director Christopher Wild stressed: “Competition between potentially new and existing vaccine manufacturers is urgently needed in order to reduce costs and enable countries to better protect women against cervical cancer.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization. It is responsible to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. It is also involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and dissemination of scientific information on the disease. read more

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Photos and specs for Nexus S leaked

first_imgThe HTC-manufactured Nexus One was Google’s attempt to offer a smartphone directly to customers by cutting out carriers. Google quickly reversed course on the failed experiment and relegated the Nexus One to being a smartphone used primarily for Android developers. Now Samsung hopes to revive the legend of the Nexus One by offering the rumored sequel, the Nexus S.No official announcement has been made on the phone, but apparently there is no shortage of rumors and leaks about it. Engadget is currently offering a number of photos which it claims to be the Nexus S, though oddly enough the website says the photos were taken a month ago. The phone sports a bold Google logo on the back of it, much like its predecessor, and seems to have arrived in the photographer’s hands in an unassuming white box which seems to add to the mystery regarding how Engadget got photos of the yet unannounced phone. Of course, photos can’t tell you much about the specs of the phone, but we can thank another leak from a Best Buy store to let us in on the details.AdChoices广告Phandroid reported on the leak which included a snapshot of a computer screen listing some of the phone’s specs. What can be gleaned from the specs is that the phone will include a five megapixel camera and will support the EDGE, GPRS and HSUPA bands which alludes to the smartphone being offered by T-Mobile. What is missing is support for T-Mobile’s 4G technology which would be indicated by the phone supporting HSPA+.Though it is not listed in the leaked specs, the Nexus S is expected to be powered by Android 2.3 which will, by itself, make the smartphone coveted by those who must hope and wait for their Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which is currently expected for the G2 and MyTouch 4G.Read more at Engadget and Phandroidlast_img read more

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Explainer What happens now the UK parliament will have to vote on

first_img Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Downing Street says Prime Minister still intends to hit Article 50 by end of March, despite Supreme Court ruling.— Olly Barratt (@ollybarratt) January 24, 2017 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3201973 Image: Frank Augstein AP/Press Association Images Read: UK Supreme Court rules Brexit must be approved by ParliamentRead: Trump’s inauguration ‘most watched in history thanks to internet streaming’ 14,143 Views Share26 Tweet Email1 Explainer: What happens now the UK parliament will have to vote on Brexit? It won’t stop Brexit, but Theresa May’s government won’t have it all its own way. 32 Comments center_img Labour will seek to amend the Article 50 Bill to prevent the Conservatives using Brexit to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) January 24, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A statement from the Prime Minister said: “The government will deliver on their verdict – triggering Article 50, as planned, by the end of March. Today’s ruling does not change that”.Any debate, then, will need to happen soon.Any chance Brexit might not happen?Almost certainly not.The British people did vote to leave the EU and, despite many of their views and convictions on the matter, an MP voting to block Brexit in a parliamentary vote would be unprecedented.The Conservative government has filled its senior positions with MPs who campaigned to leave the EU, such as Boris Johnson.The leader of the opposition, Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, has said he will order all Labour MPs to vote in favour of triggering article 50.He has said he will use the parliamentary debate to prevent the Conservatives ruling the EU negotiations. THIS MORNING, THE Supreme Court in the UK ruled triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty must be put before Parliament before Brexit can happen.Supreme Court president, Lord David Neuberger, said that leaving the EU would fundamentally change the UK’s constitution.He said that it is something which “renders it impermissible for the government to withdraw from the EU Treaties without prior Parliamentary authority”.What does this mean?As with passing a bill here in Ireland, it often takes weeks, or months, for a bill to be go from initial debate stage to becoming approved and enshrined in law.Now that Theresa May’s government will have to go to House of Commons to approve Brexit, she will need the support of all of her Conservative majority to ensure that it goes through the house as quickly as possible.While a large number of Conservative MPs advocated to leave the EU, it is likely that members from all parties who advocated to remain – including pro-remain Conservatives, Labour, and the Scottish National Party – will table amendments to the motions and bills to delay its passage through Parliament. Source: Stefan Rosseau PA Wire/PA ImagesIt will give MPs from across the house a chance to debate the issues before the UK begins its negotiations with the EU on leaving.It is expected that the government will be forced to divulge more details on how it will conduct these negotiations through a parliamentary debate, and that will then be the subject of fierce debate.After it clears the House of Commons, it will have to go through the House of Lords where the government has no clear majority.While it will have to go before Parliament in Westminster, the Conservative government will not have to consult with devolved assemblies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland before it acts to leave the EU.This is despite the fact that both the people of Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU.This is likely to be a relief to the government, as gaining approval from these assemblies – particularly the current dissolved Northern assembly – would be particularly tricky.Time is short to meet May’s target of triggering Article 50 by the end of March, but Downing Street has already indicated that date is still the target. Jan 24th 2017, 10:33 AM By Sean Murray Image: Frank Augstein AP/Press Association Images Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 10:33 AM Source: Olly Barratt/Twitterlast_img read more

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700 rebate for gas heaters

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new initiative will make it easier and cheaper for Victorian households to support the environment.The Victorian Gas Heater Rebate for Concession Card Holders program, announced by the Victorian government this week, will entitle Victorian concession-card holders to receive a rebate of $700.when they replace their electric heater with a more cost-effective and energy-efficient gas heater.“The gas heater rebate program will allow Victorians in need to receive a $700 rebate when they replace high-energy consumption electric heaters with high-efficiency gas space heaters,” said the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith. “Switching from electric to gas heaters can save households around $280 on their annual power bill and produce a better outcome for our environment.” The gas heater rebate will be provided as a discount to eligible concession card holders at over 200 participating suppliers and retailers across Victoria until 2013. Details of participating retailers will be announced before the scheme gets underway on Monday 4 July.last_img read more

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Un océan de gaz sur une des lunes de Saturne

first_imgUn océan de gaz sur une des lunes de SaturneEn 2005, la sonde Cassini survolait Encelade, une minuscule lune située à proximité des anneaux de Saturne. Les images capturées révélaient la présence de geysers qui pourraient provenir d’un océan.Encelade est une petite lune située à l’extérieur des anneaux de la planète Saturne. Les images prises en 2005 par la sonde Cassini montraient des geysers qui provenaient de sa surface. Depuis, les chercheurs se posent la question de savoir si ceux-ci proviennent d’un éventuel océan.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merMais de nouvelles mesures réalisées par la sonde ont permis de montrer des fissures dans la croûte externe de la planète avec des températures de -83°C alors que la température de la surface est habituellement de -198°C.Sciences et Avenir rapporte que, pour les scientifiques, cette différence témoigne d’une activité volcanique suffisamment importante pour faire fondre la glace et, potentiellement, donner naissance à un océan. Les geysers seraient alors des expulsions de gaz, dissous dans l’eau de cet océan.Le 28 janvier 2011 à 13:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Toy Tuesday The Most Authentic World War II Toys

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on target This week sees the release of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, the latest installment in the long-running FPS franchise that is set in a demented version of World War II where the Nazis have developed all kinds of insane super-technology. Thankfully that didn’t happen in our universe, but the conflict was responsible for some incredible leaps in human innovation on both sides, for better or for worse. Once you’ve finished the game, why not re-enact the last war where the good guys were good and the bad guys were bad with these incredible WWII toys.M24 Chaffee Tank ModelMachines of war were the deciding factor in so many WWII battles – infantry just couldn’t match up to the tanks and planes on either side, and getting armor into position could tip a conflict real quick. The Allies had a number of solid rides, but the M24 light tank was the ultimate evolution of the concept. Introduced towards the end of the war, the M24 didn’t even see conflict in some areas but was deployed well into the 1960s around the world. This high-quality diecast metal and plastic model is built to 1:32 scale and comes pre-assembled to fend off Axis forces on your toy shelf.Get it at Amazon1/6 Scale 442nd Regimental Combat Team FigureThe treatment of United States citizens of Japanese origin during World War II is one of the most shameful actions taken by the Allies, but that didn’t stop brave Japanese-Americans from fighting for the country that did them wrong. The 442nd was comprised of Japanese American draftees from Hawaii and went into combat in May of 1944. Despite their short time in the field, the 442nd became one of the most decorated units in the U.S. military for their bravery and ability. This detailed 1/6 scale figure depicts a fictional member of the team, “Yoshi Oshimo,” in full regalia with tons of articulation and accessories.Get it at AmazonAircraft Carrier With Six WWII PlanesWhen you’re fighting on a global scale, the old rules just don’t apply. One of the key advantages in World War II was mobility – the side that could get its forces where they needed to be quickly and safely almost always had a leg up. Japan deployed the first aircraft carriers in the early 1920s, and by World War II they were a key part of military strategy. This carrier measures 2 and a half feet long and comes with a half dozen die-cast metal replicas of a variety of WWII era planes, so you can dogfight to your heart’s content.Get it at AmazonWillys Jeep With TrailerOne of the most popular military vehicles of all time, the Willys MB entered production in 1941 and were churned out in tremendous numbers for the Allies during World War II. Over half a million of them were made, making up a quarter of all non-combat vehicles. The Jeep was iconic on the European front, replacing horses as a way to transport manpower and small equipment as well as providing support in dozens of other ways. This ridiculously detailed replica from the folks at AUTOart weighs in at over two pounds with tons of diecast metal, steerable wheels and other features.Get it at AmazonZero Model KitThe Japanese A6M Zero was one of the most feared fighters in the sky, both for its performance and the dogged aggression of its pilots. Introduced early in the war, its maneuverability and range made it a true threat, as evidenced by its 12-1 kill ratio in dogfights. As the Allies improved their air capabilities, the Zero became less of a threat but was also adapted to kamikaze missions. This plastic model kit from the legends at Revell is full of quality detailing, including a seated pilot figure, rotating prop and center drop tank.Get it at AmazonElite Force British Commando Unit FigureWarfare is always changing, and with the scope of World War II creating engagements across the Continent, the Allies knew they needed to adapt. In 1940, Churchill ordered the formation of a unit that could conduct small-scale raids in Axis-occupied territory and escape intact. They carried out numerous missions that helped turn the tide of the war. One of the most notably units was the 2nd, which saw them assault the docks at St. Nazaire during Operation Chariot and put the port out of commission. This Elite Force figure has period-accurate real cloth uniforming and weaponry and is heavily poseable.Get it at AmazonRemote Controlled King Tiger TankThe Tiger II or “King Tiger” was one of Germany’s most terrifying military vehicles, a deceptively agile heavy tank that sported four to seven inches of armor plating. Deployed late in the war, they made an impact at the Battle of Ardennes and in Hungary, taking out Allied units with ease despite some mechanical problems. If you want to cut one of these bad boys loose, this remote-controlled model from Heng Long is where it’s at. With seven-way movement and powerful gripping treads that let it climb inclines up to 45 degrees, you can line up the perfect shot from its 320-degree swivel cannon that blasts Airsoft rounds with a smoke effect. Very cool.Get it at AmazonUltimate Soldier Fallshirmjager FigureThe German Fallshirmjager were the premiere paratroopers of the Axis forces, known as the “Green Devils” by Americans due to their ferocity in staging attacks from the air. This ultra-accurate figure from Ultimate Soldier depicts one as he’d go into action during the Gran Sasso raid, when the Germans swooped in to pull Benito Mussolini’s fat from the fire after he was replaced by the King. The raid was a daring one, involving paratroopers jumping from gliders into the Apennine Mountains. Figure comes with all sorts of stuff —parachute, grenades, rifle, flare gun, webbed helmet and tons more. He’s ready to make the big jump to rescue one of the biggest pieces of trash in human history.Get it at AmazonE-Flite Spitfire Mk XIVThe only British fighter produced continually throughout the war, the Spitfire was one of the most dependable air units the Allies had to deploy. After the Battle of Britain, its low attrition rate led it to become a key part of the RAF’s strategy. If you’ve always wanted to take one of these babies up into the air yourself, E-Flite has the answer. Measuring 50 inches from nose to tail and constructed from lightweight but durable Z-foam material, this isn’t an RC plane for newbies but pros praise the smooth handling and responsive flap action.Get it at AmazonAxis & Allies Anniversary EditionOne of the most successful and influential wargames ever, Avalon Hill’s Axis & Allies (originally designed by Larry Harris) lets players take command of the major powers on both sides of the conflict and try to lead them to military victory by capturing key strategic cities. Resource management plays a heavy role, and a full game can take as long as six hours to grind through. Nobody ever said war was easy. This anniversary edition features the largest A&A board ever made, along with over 650 plastic miniatures, 14 dice and more. Think you could do better than Churchill and Stalin? Here’s your chance to prove it.Get it at AmazonU-Boat Type VIIC Model KitIn the early stages of the war, the Germans had the undisputed tactical advantage on the water due to their advanced submarine programs. The dreaded U-Boats could attack from out of nowhere, sinking ships and then disappearing beneath the waves to avoid reprisal. It wasn’t until the end of 1943 that the Allies were able to mount effective countermeasures against them. One of the most common and dependable subs in the Axis fleet, the Type VIIC was seen all over the world. This huge and detailed model from ARKMODEL measures over three feet long and can be adapted to serve as the housing for a remote control engine if you want to get serious, which we know you do.Get it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:This Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set EverThe Best Animal ToysThe Best ‘Persona’ Toyslast_img read more

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NWS issues dense fog freezing advisories for Vancouver area

first_imgThe National Weather Service in Portland has issued dense and freezing fog advisories for Thursday morning that includes the greater Vancouver area.The advisory remains in effect until noon, the weather service said.Impacted communities include Battle Ground, Ridgefield and Washougal, among others.Visibility is low at less than a quarter mile at times. Forecasters said the roads and sidewalks may also have slick spots.“A Freezing Fog Advisory means that very light ice accumulation is possible due to freezing fog. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you,” the weather service said.last_img read more

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Judge stops government lawyers quitting census question case

first_imgNEW YORK — The Justice Department can’t replace nine lawyers so late in the dispute over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census without explaining why it’s doing so, a judge says.U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman, who earlier this year ruled against adding the citizenship question, put the brakes on the government’s plan on Tuesday, a day after he was given a three-paragraph notification by the Justice Department along with a prediction that the replacement of lawyers wouldn’t “cause any disruption in this matter.”“Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” Furman wrote, noting that the most immediate deadline for government lawyers to submit written arguments in the case is only three days away.The judge said local rules for federal courts in New York City require that any attorney requesting to leave a case provide satisfactory reasons for withdrawing. The judge must then decide what impact a lawyer’s withdrawal will have on the timing of court proceedings.He called the Justice Department’s request “patently deficient,” except for two lawyers who have left the department or the civil division that is handling the case.last_img read more

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Digicel announces pending sale in Malaysia

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Related Items:colm delves, digicel, malaysia, myanmar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – From the region.. Big news from telecommunications giant Digicel, the company announced that if all goes well it will finalize the sale of a 75% stake in Digicel Asian Holdings Pte Ltd., the parent company of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company Ltd, to Edotco Group (Sdn Bhd) – a Malaysian based company.If Digicel receives the green light, the sale could be finalized by November 30, 2015.A statement from the TCI branch said, “The transaction values 100% of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company, on a cash and debt free basis, at USD$221 million.”Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, commented; “The sale represents a strong return on our investment in Digicel Myanmar Tower Company and I would like to thank all the staff at MTC for their significant efforts over the past two years in making the company such a success.” Digicel currently operates in 31 markers in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions.Digicel currently operates in 31 markers in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions. Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Thousands without power in TCIlast_img read more

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Biodiesel Leaders Meet in Washington and Discuss RFS Tax Credit

first_imgThe National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Governing Board, including ASA representative Mike Cunningham (IL), ASA past President Ron Heck (IA) and other soybean farmers, met in Washington, D.C this week. In addition to board business, the soybean and biodiesel industry leaders took time to visit with key congressional offices to discuss the biodiesel tax credit and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The feedback received indicated a lot of uncertainty on the prospects for legislative action in 2017 on tax reform and the biodiesel tax credit.Many agreed that the outlook will remain uncertain unless and until the Senate concludes the process of confirming nominees for the Trump cabinet and the Supreme Court, and gets through the efforts to repeal and potentially replace the Affordable Care Act. Currently, the House leadership has indicated their intent to focus on tax reform from late spring through the summer, while the Senate is more likely to focus on tax issues later in the year.last_img read more

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Bridging the New and Old Workflow

first_imgMark Logic’s second new service, Toolkit for Word, allows organizations to include any content application they build on Mark Logic into Microsoft Word. “What that means is they do all the granular level creation,” said Kreisa. “For example, they might be authoring content using Word and they might want to take advantage of other content they’ve created. They can grab the content application plug-in, search across all their content, and grab components that they want. This dynamically assembles new content with the repository behind the scenes.” The service also creates intelligent authoring. “Most people are cutting and pasting—they open two different documents and try to do that assembly themselves,” Kreisa said. “Now organizations can build content applications they want for that dynamic assembly. They can tag things in the content and apply custom metadata that can be loaded into the Microsoft Office document inside the XML documents.”Toolkit for Word is distributed as open source under an Apache 2.0 license. In theory, the digital workflow makes things easier. Often, though, publishers have to go through multiple steps to get content (which is typically created in Microsoft Word) into the digital workflow or to get different applications working together. XML server provider Mark Logic has introduced two services designed to streamline the digital workflow. The first is MarkLogic Connector for SharePoint, which automatically mirrors content from Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 to MarkLogic’s server. Once in MarkLogic, users can create XML-based applications that make it easier to find and repurpose individual content components. Users can also set up a folder in SharePoint and anything dropped into that folder will automatically be pushed to the Mark Logic server and converted into XML. Then it’s available to any content application built on top of Mark Logic, including dynamic delivery and syndication. “There might be multiple authors saving work into it directly and anything that gets pushed in there automatically gets indexed and processed by Mark Logic,” John Kreisa, director of industry solutions for Mark Logic, told FOLIO:. “We see this as important in tough economic times. Publishers are looking to save money and want to get away from some of the bloated and expensive enterprise content management systems.”last_img read more

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Judgemental Hai Kya movie review and rating Audience hail it as the

first_imgKangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao in Judgemental Hai KyaTwitterA special screening was organised by the makers of Judgemental (Judgementall) Hai Kya two days prior to its release. And despite being mired in controversies be it from film’s title change or verbal spat with a journalist, Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao seems to managed to impress the audience.Moviegoers who got a chance to watch Judgementall Hai Kya before the release, have been pouring in appreciation tweets. While Kangana and Rajkummar are being hailed for their fabulous performances, the film’s gripping narrative and thrilling situations seems to have struck the right chord with the audience.Directed by Prakash Kovelamudi, Judgementall Hai Kya is touted to be a suspense thriller which revolves around Kangana and Rajkummar Rao’s characters who are the prime suspects of an unprecedented murder case. Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Shailendra Singh, the movie is all set to hit theatres on July 26.So before you make a choice whether to book tickets for Judegementall Hai Kya at a theatre nearby you, take a look at what audience has to say on Twitter about this Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao’s film.EXCLUSIVE First Review #JudgementallHaiKya from UAE Censor. A Well Made Film in all aspects. #KanganaRanaut does it all. Her magnetic smile, shouting eyes and priceless expressions makes this one of her best performances. She Nailed it. @RajkummarRao also Stole the Show. ???? pic.twitter.com/HJ1oJOo3Sv— Umair Sandhu (@UmairFilms) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya Internal reports says, the movie is outstanding and the ending has an unexpected twist . It will leave u shocked.Kangana is phenomenal and outstanding. Rajkumar rao at his best. Reviews – 5/5?????#KanganaRanaut pic.twitter.com/ayWP54wjOz— Sanjukta Sarkar ? (@Sanjukta_SS) July 24, 2019I watched #JudgementallHaiKya …It’s one of the most brilliant movies of 2019.@RajkummarRao amazed me with his performance and @KanganaTeam as always she nailed it. I’m sure the movie will be blockbuster, so i wish all the best to the team. @balajimotionpic @ektaravikapoor— Team Pranutan Bahl (@maithasaeedalm4) July 24, 2019watched #JudgementalHaiKya today in UAE. It is one of the best thriller movie in recent years. It will keep you hooked to your seat till the last scene. #KanganaRanaut and @RajkummarRao will completely surprise you?— Rizwan (@RizwanSRKian) July 24, 2019#JudgementallHaiKya StraightUp how effing proud am I there are so many friends involved in this film! This tweet is going to spill so stay with me! ? @ektaravikapoor @ShaaileshRSingh Boss Partnership! #Kangana FIRE?? I want to hug, scream at & hug Bobby, all at the same time!— Jyoti Kapur Das (@jkd18) July 24, 2019last_img read more

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