Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Aug. 31. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound from about one kilometre east of Exit 24, Stellarton to Exit 21, Westville, about seven kilometres is reduced to one lane for road work until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Bible Hill Vimy Road, Bible Hill, from College Road to Brookside Road, for about two kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug.31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Brookside Farnham Mill Road, Brookside, from Route 311 to Brookside Road, is reduced to one lane for more than one kilometre for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Halifax Stanfield International Airport Until the end of May, road work at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will result in detours for traffic leaving the airport to Highway 102 Halifax bound. Expect delays. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, Pictou Landing Route 348, in Pictou Landing, is reduced to one lane from 500 metres east of Well Hill Road to Lewis Road for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Traffic control personnel are on site. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Princeport Riverside Road, Princeport, from Trunk 2 westerly, for about five kilometres is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form daylight to dusk. COLCHESTER COUNTY; North River Route 311 from Stewart’s Bridge, in North River, for six kilometres north to Upper North River is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, James River Bridge Highway 104 at James River Bridge is closed until further notice for work on the structure. Motorists are required to detour via Addington Forks Road and Beaver Meadow Road. Signs are in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30-last_img read more

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India largest SO2 emitter in world Greenpeace

first_imgNew Delhi: India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide, which is produced from coal burning, and greatly contributes to air pollution, a study claimed on Monday. According to an analysis of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data released by environmental NGO Greenpeace on Monday, India has more than 15 per cent of all anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) hotspots in the world detected by the OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The major SO2 emission hotspots in India are Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, Neyveli and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Talcher and Jharsuguda in Odisha, Korba in Chhattisgarh, Kutch in Gujarat, Ramagundam in Telangana and Chandrapur and Koradi in Maharashtra. The vast majority of plants in India lack flue-gas desulfurization technology to reduce their air pollution, according to the analysis. The NASA data also highlights other hotspots across the globe, with the Norilsk smelter complex in Russia being the largest SO2 emission hotspot in the world, followed by Kriel in Mpumalanga province in South Africa and Zagroz in Iran. However, as per country-wise world rankings, India was found at the top position in emitting SO2 as it has the maximum hotspots. Environment experts called for a strict action on coal power plants. They said these plants should not be given a free hand to continue polluting and causing a health emergency situation in the country.last_img read more

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Alibaba provides more details on partnership structure and financials ahead of its

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2014 7:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alibaba provides more details on partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned IPO NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock.China’s biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company’s IPO two years ago.Most of Alibaba is currently owned by four shareholders: Japan’s SoftBank Corp., Yahoo, former CEO, executive chairman and co-founder Jack Ma and executive vice chairman and co-founder Joseph Tsai.Although not well-known in the United States, Alibaba is an e-commerce powerhouse that makes more money than Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. combined. It has helped drive the rise of e-commerce in China, a transformation that has given millions of households greater access to clothes, books and consumer electronics in a society that in the 1980s still required ration tickets for some supermarket items.Its network of online services includes Taobao, Tmall and online payment system Alipay. Taobao is an online shopping bazaar similar to eBay while Tmall serves as an online outlet for brands sold by major retailers.Alibaba’s latest disclosure filed Monday is in part meant to squash criticism that it didn’t provide enough details on its business in its initial filing.Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said in the filing that its partnership currently has 27 members, including 22 people from its management ranks such as CEO Jonathan Zhaoxi Lu, Ma and Tsai. The partnership has the exclusive right to nominate a simple majority of the board’s members.The company also said that after its IPO is completed it expects its initial board will have nine members, with four designated as partnership nominees. It anticipates striking a voting agreement with SoftBank and Yahoo in which the two companies will agree to vote their shares in favour of partnership director nominees at each annual shareholders meeting.The board is expected to include Ma, Tsai, Lu, Chief Operating Officer Daniel Yong Zhang, SoftBank founder, Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son, Chee Hwa Tung, Walter Teh Ming Kwauk, former Goldman Sachs vice chairman J. Michael Evans and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang. Tung is vice chairman of the Twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Kwauk is a senior consultant at Motorola Solutions (China) Co.Alibaba said in the filing that Yahoo Chief Development Officer Jacqueline Reses, a director since 2012, will resign.Alibaba said net income for the quarter ended March 31 increased 31 per cent to $883.4 million. Revenue rose 39 per cent to $1.93 billion.Alibaba still has not disclosed how many shares it expects in the IPO or the anticipated price range. read more

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UN aid agencies stepping up assistance for those fleeing Mosul fighting

Internally displaced persons flee to Debaga camp in Erbil Governorate, northern Iraq, as Mosul assault begins. Photo: UNHCR/Ivor Prickett This week, flights from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be bringing in some 7,200 tents from its emergency warehouse in Dubai, this number is part of agency’s effort to secure 50,000 tents and 50,000 emergency shelter kits for families on the move.Similarly, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted a series of trainings on early warning and response for staff from health facilities established recently to respond to the needs of newly displaced populations in both formal and emergency settlements, as well as the hosting communities. The first UNHCR flight arrived last night with some 1,515 tents. “These airlifts are vital and will allow us to respond as soon as displaced Iraqis reach our camps and need shelter,” said UNHCR’s Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo in a news release issued by the agency. Preparations ongoing but fear is that efforts could be overwhelmed In an interview with UN Radio Mr. Geddo said that the agency has seen only modest levels of population movement, and has recoded some 10,550 displaced persons since the beginning over military operations in Mosul. “The interesting thing is that of the people that fled to the south towards Qayyara, where there are no camps, many have already returned home,” he said, noting that this is emblematic of a pattern that had “pretty quickly established itself” of people waiting out military operations [in nearby Iraqi towns] and then returning home. Explaining ongoing preparatory measures in the anticipation of increased displacement, he added: “We are building camps and finalizing preparations at a frantic pace, but the current capacity is still limited to around 60,000 people.”“So if people are displaced from the city in waves, it will be easier to manage. If 150,000 to 200,000 people are displaced at once […] it will become a humanitarian disaster,” he cautioned. As Mosul offensive approaches, UNHCR planning intensifies. Credit: UNHCRMonitoring for disease outbreaks WHO, meanwhile, has raised the importance of monitoring the health situation, particularly the trends and patterns of communicable diseases. The training the agency conducted on early warning and response is a vital component of this work. “[Early warning alert and response network system] EWARNS will be the tool to measure these trends and help to detect early epidemics in displaced population areas to support the federal and regional ministries of health and health cluster partners with effective epidemic-prone disease prevention and control measures,” said WHO’s Representative to Iraq, Altaf Musani.The three consecutive trainings, conducted from 28 September to 6 October, marked the entry of 43 new health facilities to the network in Iraq that takes the number of reporting sites to over 180. These trainings also addressed a number of issues relating to selected disease events and syndromes case definitions, verification of alerts and steps of outbreak investigations and EWARNS reporting through the use of mobile computing devices. Pre-positioning essential medicine stockpilesIn addition to the training and building the capacity of health workers, the UN health agency is also putting in place stockpiles of medicines and medical supplies as well as strengthening the capacity of testing laboratories to support Iraqi health authorities. “Applying [these] best practices will be important to avert mortality and morbidity from any epidemic of communicable diseases, including cholera,” Mr. Musani noted. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), 200,000 people are estimated to be displaced in first weeks of the offensive. In the worst-case scenario, up to a million people could be displaced. FundingUNHCR, in its news release, also noted that with full funding and readiness, it will be able to provide a range of shelter options inside and outside camps for up to 600,000 people. However, it has only received 48 per cent ($95 million) of funds required for its emergency response in Mosul, costed at $196.2 million, and is appealing to donors for additional help. read more

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One in 10 medicines in developing countries substandard or falsified – UN

“Substandard and falsified medicines particularly affect the most vulnerable communities,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said during the launch of the Global Surveillance and Monitoring System report and a study on the Public health and socioeconomic impact in Geneva. “These products do nothing but prolong sickness, waste money and erode hope. At worst, they kill, cause serious harm, and fan the flames of drug resistance,” Mr. Tedros Adhanom underscored. According to the reports, anti-malarials and antibiotics are the most common substandard or falsified products. Others range from cancer treatment to contraception. While most cases received are from Africa, WHO said the data is the tip of the iceberg as many more are unreported. “Substandard or falsified medicines not only have a tragic impact on individual patients and their families, but also are a threat to antimicrobial resistance, adding to the worrying trend of medicines losing their power to treat,” said Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals at WHO. Progress has been made since 2013, with 550 regulators from 141 countries having been trained to detect and respond to this issue. As more people are trained, more cases are reported to WHO. Substandard and falsified medicines not only have negative health impact, but they also cause socioeconomic problems due to the absence of good governance and weak technical capacity. Globalization also makes it harder to regulate medical products, and online pharmacies can easily avoid quality control. Calling it an “all-too-common” reality, Mr. Tedros Adhanom urged Governments to set prevention, detection and response into action. “These commitments are not costs; they’re investments that protect businesses and markets, and the integrity of health systems,” he said, adding that “but more importantly, they’re investments in human capital.” read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex to move to Frogmore House and begin

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have decided the time has come to find a place of their own to begin their lives as a family.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are to leave Kensington Palace, where they have until now lived close to Harry’s brother Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, and relocate 20 miles away to Windsor.The couple will move to the Grade II-listed Frogmore Cottage, on the Windsor Estate, early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child in the Spring.Harry and Meghan have lived at Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, since their engagement last year.A spokesman for the couple said: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess’s office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”The planned move follows rumours of tension between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with reports of rows between the two couples.Earlier this month there were claims that The Queen felt compelled to speak to Prince Harry about Ms Markle’s attitude in the run-up to their wedding last May, following a disagreement about which tiara she would wear. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Queen is also said to have questioned why Meghan needed a veil for the wedding, given it was to be her second marriage. Kensington Palace declined to comment at the time.The Sussex’s new home is likely to hold fond memories since they held their evening wedding party at nearby Frogmore House, following their marriage in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Edward VIII, is buried with his wife Wallis Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor – and the tomb of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.The name comes from the high number of frogs which live in the low-lying marshy area, set within a long sweeping curve of the River Thames.The winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks and bridges around the Grade I listed building were laid out in the 1790s, and include a summerhouse designed as a Gothic ruin.Frogmore House was repaired, restored and redecorated in the 1980s, revealing lost early 18th-century wall paintings by Louis Laguerre showing scenes from Virgil’s Aeneid. Frogmore Cottage, new home for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Frogmore Cottage has more than enough space for the family to grow, with a nursery for their baby, and room for a gym and a yoga studio – should they want one – along with 10 bedrooms.The cottage is currently divided into five units which were previously home to members of the royal staff, but it will now be refurbished into a family home with modern amenities.It is likely that security at the cottage and its gardens will be significantly stepped up before the Sussex’s move in. Previously, the public could walk within yards of the property, which until recently surrounded by a small fence with a sign reading ‘Private’.Frogmore House, built from 1680 to 1684 by Charles II architect Hugh May, is set in 35 acres of Berkshire countryside and is home to the Royal Burial Ground – where Harry’s great great uncle, the abdicated King Frogmore Cottage, new home for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex read more

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LiPhone OS 40 déjà contourné

first_imgL’iPhone OS 4.0 déjà contournéÉtats-Unis – Une équipe de hackers a réussi à “jailbreaker” l’iPhone OS 4.0. Une opportunité pour les développeurs dont les créations ne correspondent pas aux exigences d’Apple.Apple aime avoir le contrôle sur ses produits. Mais le crack RedsnOw 0.9.5 pourrait limiter la maîtrise de la firme à la pomme sur son produit star : l’iPhone. La Devteam, un groupe de hackers, a réussi à débloquer le système afin de pouvoir installer tout programme, initialement compatible avec l’appareil mais censuré par Apple. Une bonne nouvelle pour les développeurs qui, souhaitant se faire connaître, peuvent désormais répandre leurs programmes. Prudence cependant : certains éléments du téléphone pourraient ne plus fonctionner après l’installation de RedsnOw 0.9.5. Le programme, que l’on peut trouver sur toute plate-forme réservée à l’iPhone, sauf l’App Store bien évidemment, reste donc conseillé à un public averti.Le 19 avril 2010 à 10:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La connaissance de son ADN ne pousse pas à changer de mode

first_imgLa connaissance de son ADN ne pousse pas à changer de mode de viePlusieurs études ont conclu que la connaissance de leur ADN et de leurs prédispositions génétiques à certaines maladies ne poussaient pas les individus qui en ont connaissance à changer leurs habitudes de vie.En France, l’utilisation des tests ADN afin de connaître son génome est interdite. Pour autant, ce genre de test est en vente libre sur Internet, et est notamment populaire aux Etats-Unis. Ainsi, de plus en plus d’Américains dépenseraient entre 200 et 19.000 dollars pour faire séquencer leur ADN afin de connaître leurs prédispositions génétiques à certaines maladies. Le processus est simple : ils envoient un échantillon de salive, testé alors par des laboratoires. Mais pourquoi donc les individus sont-ils si intéressés par leur ADN ?Pas pour adapter leurs habitudes de vie en fonction des risques pathologiques mis en avant par ces tests, expliquent les différents chercheurs qui se sont penchés sur le sujet. Ainsi, le Dr Topol, du Scripps Transnational Science Institute, aux Etats-Unis, a notamment demandé à des personnes ayant demandé des tests ADN de dire ce qui avait changé dans leur vie en trois mois, après avoir découvert leurs prédispositions génétiques à certaines maladies. Peu de personnes avaient alors changé leurs habitudes alimentaires ou leur hygiène de vie. Et Le Figaro de préciser que 50% de ces personnes envisageaient tout de même de compléter le résultat de leur test ADN avec d’autres examens médicaux, 26,5% en ont parlé à leur médecin traitant, tandis que 10% seulement ont finalement consulté le généticien mis à leur disposition gratuitement dans le cadre de l’interprétation des résultats.Le 30 janvier 2011 à 15:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Game of Thrones live concert will tour 28 US cities

first_imgGame of Thrones would be nothing without its music. You may laugh, but how many days or even weeks have you had the theme song in your head? It’s maybe the perfect title sequence song ever, and just perfectly sets you up for the events of the show. You’re probably humming it right now, aren’t you?Well this news isn’t going to help you, because Live Nation and HBO have just announced that Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi will be taking the music of the show on a 28-city tour across North America. It may not be Westeros, but it’ll do.This isn’t going to be a straight music concert, either. The creators are promising a “state-of-the-art experience” that makes attendees feel as if they are traveling through the world, from King’s Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen, and beyond.“For the past six seasons of Game of Thrones, I have been tremendously inspired to compose music to David Benioff’s and D.B. Weiss’ extraordinary adaption of George R.R. Martin’s epic ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ series,” says Ramin Djawadi. “Now, by combining the music with state of the art technology, we are going to bring the astonishing world of Westeros to fans in a live and unique concert experience.”Game of Thrones may be his most famous work, but Djawadi has crafted music for dozens of huge films, including Iron Man, Pacific Rim, and Warcraft. Next he is working on HBO’s hugely anticipated series Westworld.“For seven years, Ramin has been blowing our mind with his music’s force, subtlety, and endless inventiveness,” said Game of Thrones TV shows creators/executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “The GoT Concert Experience will be unique in the history of concert tours, an eye-popping, ear-splitting, phantasmagoric blend of the show’s visuals and Ramin’s powerful compositions. We are more excited for it than anyone.”As the concept art above shows, it appears they will be really making you feel like you’re in each and every famous location, which you will hopefully be able to see over the glare of thousands of cell phones.The concert tour will kick off in Kansas City on February 15, and for the full list of cities and locations included see the list below. Tickets go on sale starting on Saturday, August 13.last_img read more

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Delay continues for Washington health records project

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington officials say they don’t know when a delayed project to bring electronic health records to facilities overseen by the state Department of Social and Health Services will be completed.The News Tribune reported last week that nearly $22 million has been spent on the project to implement an electronic records system at state hospitals and other facilities.The state’s contract with Missouri-based Cerner Corp. was amended in 2014 to extend the project deadline to October 2015.The contract was changed again to set up project phases, creating a September 2017 deadline for all project items.Assistant department secretary Sean Murphy says the project was delayed, citing the age of several buildings and the “complexity of the installation.”Cerner officials didn’t respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.last_img read more

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Special Report Homeless work program offers tools for empowerment

first_img October 11, 2018 Posted: October 11, 2018 Special Report: Homeless work program offers tools for empowerment Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Every week, dozens of people hit the streets of downtown San Diego to collect tons of garbage and trash.For some, it’s the first paid work they’ve done in years. They’re part of a homeless employment program called Wheels of Change.On a recent weekday morning, we joined a crew of ten people who were selected by lottery to participate in one work crew.Beverly Thompson said she welcomed the opportunity. “It gets you motivated to get up and get going and learn that all that effort that you’re putting forth actually has a payoff,” she said.Wheels of Change was launched in March with a $70,000 donation from philanthropists Carolyn and Kevin Barber, with the goal of giving people living in the Alpha Project’s East Village bridge shelter an opportunity to work for pay.Over the span of four hours, the crew of five men and five women are driven to different areas of the East Villlage and the Gaslamp Quarter where they pick up garbage and debris.The crew members earn $11.50 an hour, which totals $46 for the shift. Mario Montgomery was a first time participant, cleaning up some of the same streets where he used to be strung out on heroin. “I would like to work and then eventually, get back into school. This is a first step and a giant step towards the goals I want to achieve,” Montgomery said.Bob McElroy, the President and CEO of the Alpha Project said the Wheels of Change program allows others to look at these men and women at work in a different light. “For our folks, the biggest thing is being perceived as doing something positive for the community, instead of being a problem in the community. So it’s a win-win for everybody,” McElroy said.The Alpha Project CEO said since the program’s inception, the crews have removed more than 20 tons of trash from the East Village. “And it’s all privately funded,” McElroy added.There are already plans to expand the Wheels of Change program. Philanthropists Peter Seidler and Dan Shea with the Lucky Duck Foundation have purchased a second van.The Alpha Project is in the process of raising funds to operate the van, and would like to have a second crew working on the street before Thanksgiving. last_img read more

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France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

first_imgPARIS — France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, France on Friday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks — this time in pursuit of militants of the Islamic State group.Flying from the United Arab Emirates, two French Rafale jets fired four laser-guided bombs to destroy a weapons and fuel depot outside the northern city of Mosul, part of the territory the militants have overrun in Iraq and neighboring Syria, officials said.An Iraqi military spokesman said dozens of extremist fighters were killed in the strikes. A French military official said a damage assessment had not been completed, while showing reporters aerial images of targets hit. Officials said it was at a former military installation seized by the group.One analyst said the French action was more symbolic than substantive — France’s military means in the region are limited — but it could give political cover for other allies to join in and show that the U.S. is not acting alone in a country still sown with deadly violence 11 years after Saddam’s ouster. For all his political troubles at home, mainly over a sluggish economy, French President Francois Hollande has again showed he will use force to fight Islamic militants to help a beleaguered government.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Paralympian Marc Woods to discuss leadership at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Paralympic gold medalist, BBC commentator and author Marc Woods (pictured) will discuss how employers can create environments that allow employees to understand they have a role to play in organisational success at Employee Benefits Live 2018.The keynote address, titled ‘Unleashing your inner HR superstar’, will conclude the two-day event’s conference programme on Tuesday 3 October 2018.In the session, Woods will use his experience as a Paralympic swimmer to offer relevant and practical lessons around leadership, relevant to professionals managing themselves and their workloads, managing small teams or leading large teams.Woods will particularly focus on self-reflection, and how business leaders can define and agree on what success looks like for their organisation. He will also highlight how employers can create environments and workplaces that demonstrate to employees that they have a role to play in impacting business success. Woods will also discuss diversity as part of the broader workplace picture.Woods said: “I’d like [delegates] to leave thinking that [they] don’t make any change unless [they] are delivering as a leader [themselves]. Why should somebody follow [them] if [they] don’t deliver what [they are] meant to be doing? I would like them to leave thinking about [whether they have] defined what success looks like and got agreement on that. And I would like them to leave thinking that [they should] judge people by what they can do, not what they can’t do.“It doesn’t matter whether [employers] make widgets or sell computer software; the challenges are all around the people that work within the organisation. [It] is about the broader picture and regardless of what [employers] do as an organisation, trying to help people understand they can have an impact on success.”Employee Benefits Live 2018 will take place on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October 2018 at ExCeL London.For more information or to register for the show…last_img read more

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Around threequarters of employees with a steady job have volatile pay

first_imgAround three-quarters (73%) of employees with a steady job have volatile pay or notable changes in monthly pay that can be attributed to more than just pay rises, promotions or bonuses, including at least one notable downward change in monthly pay, according to research by thinktank The Resolution Foundation.Its Irregular payments: assessing the breadth and depth of month to month earnings volatility report analysed anonymised transaction data from more than seven million Lloyds Banking Group accounts. It also found that the average notable monthly increase in pay for employees remaining with the same employer throughout 2016-2017 was £530, while the average notable decrease in monthly pay was £290.Less than one in 10 (9%) of employees who stayed with their employer throughout 2016-2017 had no months in which take home pay increased or decreased by more than 5%. Comparatively, 40% of employees with a steady job had notable pay changes that were not exclusively positive in six or more months of the year.The research also found that more than 80% of employees in steady employment earning around £10,000 a year have volatile pay, compared to 66% of those who have an annual take home pay of around £35,000.The average monthly pay change for employees with a steady job is more than 15% for those on the lowest earnings; this changes to 8% for employees earning around £17,500 a year. Employees who earn around £45,000 a year have an average monthly pay change of 12%.Employees in a steady job with higher earnings, on average, have a positive pay change of £990 versus a negative pay change of £520. However, for employees on lower earnings in a steady job, upwards and downwards fluctuations are more consistent at £220 and £180 respectively.Daniel Tomlinson, research and policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “We call for the Department for Work and Pensions [(DWP)] to investigate the impact of more-often-than-monthly pay packets on volatility and living standards. Monthly assessment periods are a core part of [universal credit’s] design and reducing their length may only act to increase volatility, making planning and budgeting even more challenging for those with volatile pay; it would also be a significant technical challenge. But it’s clear that the rigid adherence to monthly assessment periods is acting to introduce volatility in personal incomes in situations where pay is constant from month to month.“Given that it makes little sense not to align assessment periods with pay periods where possible, reducing the lags between pay receipt and [universal credit] award payment, we also propose that the DWP should grant individuals already in work the flexibility to move their assessment period in order that it better reflects the dates on which they are paid.“Further, and as we have called for elsewhere, it is clear that those on a zero-hours contract but who are in practice working regular hours should have the right to a regular contract. Similarly, we believe that employers should offer a minimum forward notice for changes to shift patterns.”last_img read more

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Wilmington Public Schools To Hold Behavioral Health Provider Fair Featuring Keynote Speaker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools is holding its annual Behavioral Health Provider Fair on Tuesday, May 15, from 5pm to 7:30pm, at Wilmington High School (159 Church Street).The event, organized by the Wilmington Public Schools Behavioral Health Task Force, consists of Tables and Vendors (5pm-6pm, Cafe) with local mental health providers, community organizations, municipal departments, and state agencies, followed by Keynote Speaker Lynn Lyons (6pm-7:30pm, Auditorium) on “Preventing Anxiety and Depression: Skills We Can (And Should) Be Teaching Our Children.”For additional information on Lyons, see the flyer below and visit her website.Children age 12 and up are encouraged to attend the presentation. Child care is available in the school’s Large Group Instruction Room throughout the event. (NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington Public Schools.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Announces Details Of Behavioral Health Provider Fair On March 16In “Education”The Wilmington Insider For May 15, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington High School Sports Schedule (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Sports”last_img read more

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Cashstrapped RollsRoyce to cut 4600 jobs mostly in the UK

first_imgRolls-Royce announced plans this week to axe thousands of jobs as part of a company restructureMatt Cardy/Getty ImagesRolls Royce, the British multinational public limited company, has announced that it will cut 4,600 jobs over the next two years. In a statement, the company said around 1,500 jobs will be axed by the end of 2018, while 2019 and 2020 will also witness more job cuts. The move will mostly affect managerial roles and engineering jobs. Speaking of the reason behind the job cut, the company said that CEO Warren East intended to simplify the business and generate more cash. East also said that the company was looking to save about £400 million a year. “These changes will help us deliver over the mid and longer-term a level of free cash flow well beyond our near-term ambition of around 1 billion pounds by around 2020,” Reuters quoted East as saying on Thursday, June 14. He added that these job cuts would help Rolls Royce achieve a profitable growth. The automaker is known to have about 55,000 employees, of which about 26,000 are UK based. Detailing the cuts, the company said that the UK workers — mostly corporate and support functions — were likely to be most affected.  The job cuts come at a time when Rolls Royce is already facing issues with a few versions of the Trent 1000 engine which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet. Several clients are said to have slammed the company over these issues which have been hampering the life of the engine and forcing the aircraft to be grounded. While Jefferies analyst Sandy Morris believes that the Rolls Royce jobs cuts aren’t really surprising as East had hinted at it before, he explained that the timing was all wrong if the engine issues are considered. “Against the backdrop of costly Trent 1000 in-service issues and rising civil engine deliveries, we can see how it might stir a debate about whether the timing of this fundamental restructuring increases near-term risk,” Reuters quoted him as saying. Meanwhile, Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, has said that the job cuts were “a damning indictment” of the government’s industrial policy. “Currently we have private shareholders directing the fate of some of Britain’s most premier firms, with total disregard for the economic needs of the country. The government has to intervene,” the BBC quoted him as saying.last_img read more

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NRA Files Lawsuit Over Florida Gun Control Law

first_img Share iStock/StarkyTangThe National Rifle Association has filed a federal lawsuit over gun control legislation Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed, saying it violates the Second Amendment by raising the age to buy guns from 18 to 21.The lawsuit came just hours after Gov. Scott, a Republican, signed the compromise bill Friday afternoon.Lawyers for the NRA want a federal judge to block the new age restriction from taking effect.The new legislation raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns and bans bump stocks that allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire. It also creates a so-called “guardian” program that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns.The new measures come in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.last_img read more

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Victoria Beckham Launching YouTube Fashion Channel

first_imgDerek Blasberg joined YouTube in June 2018 to build the fashion and beauty unit that is part of its content partnership team. “Victoria’s channel will give people all over the world the chance to enjoy updates and behind-the-scenes access to the whole world of VB, and I believe it will truly spice up their lives,” he said.Victoria’s husband, David, is also involved in fashion and launched a collection inspired by period gangster series “Peaky Blinders” earlier this year. Victoria Beckham will launch her own YouTube channel in time to live-stream her London Fashion Week show on Sunday.The former Spice Girls star-turned-designer will add a range of content about her brand to the channel. Starting with her autumn-winter show, it will also feature behind-the-scenes footage of the workings of her fashion label, of which she is creative director.“I am thrilled to launch my YouTube channel at such an important time of the year for me and offer an exclusive insight into my experience of London Fashion Week,” Beckham said. She added that she wants to “build a sense of community with an amazing group of collaborators” through the new channel.As well as being streamed, the weekend show will be shown on outdoor screens in London’s Piccadilly Circus. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Best PSP Games

first_imgGod of War: Chains of OlympusThe PSP’s big hook was that its PS2-esque power allowed it to play games within striking distance of then-AAA console games. God of War is about as big as blockbuster spectacle gets in video games. So successfully shrinking it down in God of War: Chains of Olympus made it one of the most impressive best PSP games. Loco RocoSometimes Sony remembers it’s a Japanese game company and puts out something totally bizarre and great. Loco Roco is an adorable take on a kind of Katamari Damacy-esque game in that you’re controlling a blob absorbing more mass into itself. It’s not just one of the weirdest PSP games, though. Its irresistible presentation and legitimately clever gameplay make it one of the best PSP games. Monster Hunter Freedom UniteOne of the not so secret reasons why the PSP did as well as it did is because Japan just couldn’t get enough of the Monster Hunter franchise. It was a huge blow for Sony portables when the series shifted to Nintendo handhelds and later next-gen consoles. Monster Hunter and its… peculiar gameplay is very divisive. But just because of its sheer significance Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is one of the best PSP games.So that’s our list of best PSP games. Pour one out for the Vita. For more retro game lists check out the best original Xbox games and the best N64 games. PataponKind of a companion to Loco Roco, Patapon is also a SCE Japan Studio game about manipulating weird little circle things. Only here you’re a god leading your army through rhythmic drums beats in moody silhouette battlefields. But again, it’s not just the weirdness but the quality of the execution that makes this one of the best PSP games. Twisted Metal: Head-OnSome way or another an evil flaming clown driving an ice cream became one of Sony’s most beloved characters. 1990s edgelord aesthetic aside though Twisted Metal practically defines the very fun vehicular combat genre, a genre right at home on the go in Twisted Metal: Head-On, one of the best PSP games. Metal Gear Solid: Peace WalkerEverything great about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, from the focus on Big Boss building his army of soldiers to strapping balloons to stuff, was first workshopped in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Being one of the best Metal Gear Solid games automatically makes this one of the best PSP games. Half-Minute HeroToo many PSP games tried to be as big as their console counterparts but buckled under the weight. However, Half-Minute Hero literally forces you to progress through its action RPG levels in 30-second chunks. It represents classic bite-sized portable game design, earning it a spot among the best PSP games. Want to play PlayStation games without owning a console? Sony says ̶…New 3DS C-Stick can be replaced with a PSP analog stick The PSP’s life was kind of unfair. By most metrics, the PlayStation Portable was a success, selling over 80 million units becoming far and away the only non-Nintendo handheld worth anything. But it couldn’t help but be dwarfed by its direct Nintendo competition, the quirky underpowered Nintendo DS that sold over 150 million units. Weird design choices like spinning UMD discs and a focus on compromised console performance over dedicated handheld scale games held the system back, too. But the PSP still left a sizable mark on the industry. Here are the best PSP games.LuminesLumines, one of the first PSP games, is still arguably the best PSP game. It takes a lot to make a puzzle game rivaling the falling block perfection of Tetris. But Lumines, with its rhythmic freeform gameplay of squares and waves, comes as close as any other game so far. Stay on target Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City StoriesGetting a Grand Theft Auto game on a portable system was always going to be a huge deal, especially if it’s less like the 2D originals and more like the 3D games that made the series popular beyond belief. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories may not be as good as Vice City or San Andreas. But GTA on the go still makes it one of the best PSP games. Gran TurismoA Gran Turismo game on PSP sounds ludicrous. That series takes its sweet time developing the most realistic depictions of automobile racing possible including the most realistic visuals possible using the power of the latest hardware. But the first Gran Turismo you can actually play in a car does right by the franchise, one of the classiest best PSP games. Wipeout PureA racing game is always a great way to show the gorgeous visuals a new piece of hardware can spit out at blinding speeds. A futuristic racing game like Wipeout is an even better choice since its surreal imagery doesn’t have to be bound to reality. The Wipeout series is no F-Zero, but it’s hard to argue a Wipeout game on PSP isn’t one of the best PSP games.last_img read more

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Astronomers study the merging galaxy cluster Abell 3376 and its radio relics

first_img Explore further Using the Suzaku space telescope, astronomers have conducted an X-ray spectral study of the nearby merging galaxy cluster Abell 3376 and its two arc-shaped radio relics. The new research reveals more insights into the properties of the radio sources in this cluster. The findings are presented in a paper published June 20 on arXiv.org. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Two radio relics discovered in the galaxy cluster Abell 168 © 2018 Phys.org Abell 3376 is a nearby bright and moderately massive merging galaxy cluster. It has two giant arc-shaped radio relics in its outskirts. Radio relics are diffuse, elongated radio sources of synchrotron origin, occurring usually in the form of spectacular single or double symmetric arcs at the peripheries of galaxy clusters.Merging galaxy clusters like Abell 3376 are excellent places to search for radio relics and study them, as such sources originate in acceleration and re-acceleration at merger shocks. However, given that the number of known radio relics associated with merger shocks is still small, astronomers are interested in more detailed studies of those sources already identified in merging systems.Abell 3376 with its radio sources has been a subject of a recent study conducted by a team of researchers led by Igone Urdampilleta of the SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research in Utrecht, The Netherlands. They analyzed observational data collected by the X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) onboard NASA/JAXA Suzaku astronomy satellite, complemented by archival data provided by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory.The analysis uncovered more details regarding the properties of Abell 3376’s radio relics and could contribute to better understanding of the process of galaxy merging.”We present an X-ray spectral analysis of the nearby double radio relic merging cluster Abell 3376 (z = 0.046), observed with the Suzaku XIS instrument. These deep (~360 ks) observations cover the entire double relic region in the outskirts of the cluster,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.As a result of the analysis, the researchers confirmed that Abell 3376 exhibits a stronger merger shock in the western direction (coincident with the radio relic in the West), a weaker shock in the East (possibly associated to the “notch” of eastern relic), and a cold front. The velocities of the western and eastern shocks were calculated to be about 1,630 and 1,450 km/s respectively.When it comes to the cold front, the astronomers found that it is located approximately 490,000 light years from the X-ray emission peak at the center and delimits a cool gas cloud moving with a velocity of approximately 1,300 km/s.Furthermore, assuming that the shock fronts are moving with constant velocity, Urdampilleta’s team found that the time since core passage is about 600 million years, which is in good agreement with previous simulations and with earlier multiwavelength analyses. The authors of the paper emphasize that their results confirm that Abell 3376 is still an evolving merging cluster.”Based on the shock speed calculated from the Mach numbers, we estimate that the dynamical age of the shock front is ~0.6 Gyr after core passage, indicating that Abell 3376 is still an evolving merging cluster and that the merger is taking place close to the plane of the sky,” the scientists concluded. Citation: Astronomers study the merging galaxy cluster Abell 3376 and its radio relics (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-astronomers-merging-galaxy-cluster-abell.html Composite image of the galaxy cluster Abell 3376. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/A. Vikhlinin; ROSAT Optical: DSS Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA/IUCAA/J.Bagchi. More information: X-ray study of the double radio relic Abell 3376 with Suzaku, arXiv:1806.07817 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1806.07817AbstractWe present an X-ray spectral analysis of the nearby double radio relic merging cluster Abell 3376 (z = 0.046), observed with the Suzaku XIS instrument. These deep (∼360 ks) observations cover the entire double relic region in the outskirts of the cluster. These diffuse radio structures are amongst the largest and arc-shaped relics observed in combination with large-scale X-ray shocks in a merging cluster. We confirm the presence of a stronger shock (MW = 2.8 ± 0.4) in the western direction at r∼26′, derived from a temperature and surface brightness discontinuity across the radio relic. In the East, we detect a weaker shock (ME = 1.5 ± 0.1) at r∼8′, possibly associated to the ‘notch’ of eastern relic, and a cold front at r∼3′. Based on the shock speed calculated from the Mach numbers, we estimate that the dynamical age of the shock front is ∼0.6 Gyr after core passage, indicating that Abell 3376 is still an evolving merging cluster and that the merger is taking place close to the plane of the sky. These results are consistent with simulations and optical and weak lensing studies from the literature.last_img read more

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