Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Ardoise School Road, west to the St. Croix River Bridge, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consists of cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 PICTOU COUNTY: Millers Ford Bridge Millers Ford Bridge over the West River on a connecting road between Saltsprings Loop and West River East Side Road will be closed for replacement until Wednesday, Nov. 28. A detour route is provided on Trunk 4 and West River East Side Road. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Friday, Dec. 14. Traffic control consists of control persons. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 4 The Trunk 4 (South River Road) intersection with Beech Hill Road will be reduced to one lane for intersection improvement and paving and repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consist of control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and a 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Detour Highway 104, east of exit 26 near New Glasgow will have a detour in place to allow for the installation of a recreational trail underpass until Friday, Nov. 30. A 200-metre detour parallel to the highway has been construction to carry traffic around the work zone. Drivers should reduce speed and use caution in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 near Pictou Landing is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive from Commodore Drive to the ramp at Highway 111 and the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive, about one kilometre, will have lane closures at various locations and times for widening, gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving until Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. Traffic control consist of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Bishopville Road The Bishopville Road will be closed at Highway 101 for construction of the new Highway 101 structure over Bishopville Road until Friday, Nov. 30. Detour route via Rand Street, Bog Road and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Route 347 (East River, St. Mary’s) will be closed for replacement until Friday, Nov. 30. A temporary detour is available parallel to the existing structure. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling though the construction zone. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Lockhart Mountain Road to Lovett Road will have one-lane closures for widening, traffic lights, sidewalk and repaving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from East Bay, west for about four kilometres to the Ski Ben Eoin area, will have one-lane closures until Friday, Nov. 30 for paving and construction of a left-turning lane into the golf and ski area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 from the Highway 105 intersection (Exit 11), north for about five kilometres will have one-lane closures for repaving until Friday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 at the Bishopville Road overpass will be rerouted onto the new Bishopville overpass for bridge construction until Monday, Dec. 31. The speed limit will be reduced to 80 kilometres per hour. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: McEwan Bridge — Trunk 1 McEwan Bridge over McEwan Brook on Trunk 1, about four kilometres west of Middleton will be closed for replacement until Sunday, Nov. 25. A detour is provided on Mount Hanley Road, Clarence Road and Elliott Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive Northwest Arm Drive at the Walter Havill Drive and Albert Walker Connector intersection will be reduced to one lane for signal upgrades from Monday, Nov. 26 until Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. Work takes place from sunrise to Sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288last_img read more

New Wind Farm Means Good Jobs Progress on Renewable Energy

first_imgThe first of 15 wind turbines left Halifax today, Sept. 27, for installation at a new $61-million wind farm in Amherst, a project that is creating good jobs in rural Nova Scotia and helping establish the province as a world leader in renewable energy. Premier Darrell Dexter joined representatives from Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. and Sprott Power Corp. for the send off at the Port of Halifax, where 36 of the 48.5-metre turbine blades arrived last week. Suzlon, the world’s fifth largest supplier of wind turbine parts, has hired DSTN in Trenton to manufacture the steel towers for the wind turbines, which means more good jobs and a boost to the local economy. “These are exciting times to be involved in the energy business in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “This project is helping the province achieve its aggressive renewable energy targets, as well as the goals laid out in jobsHere, our strategic plan to grow the economy. “Our province is undertaking nothing short of a transformation in how it generates the electricity Nova Scotians rely on to power their homes, businesses and the economy. I want to thank Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. and Sprott Power Corp. for choosing to invest in our province and its people.” The Amherst wind farm marks the first time that the new Suzlon model S97 turbines will be installed anywhere in North America. The arrival of the parts shows further progress toward achieving Nova Scotia’s renewable energy targets. “Over the past six years, the price of coal has risen 75 per cent,” said Premier Dexter. “The government has established aggressive targets to help reduce the province’s dependence on fossil fuels, a move that will make life more affordable for families by ensuring lower, more stable power rates in the long term.” The Renewable Electricity Plan states that by 2015, 25 per cent of the province’s electricity must come from clean, renewable sources of energy. That target increases to 40 per cent by 2020. “It’s an honour to help bring clean energy to the people of Nova Scotia,” said Andris Cukurs, CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. “For Sprott, we’re confident the equipment will deliver on Suzlon’s proven technology platform, as every aspect of the turbine, the blades, the generator and sub-systems, features enhanced design to deliver a higher return on investment for our customers.” The new wind farm will have a generating capacity of 31.5 megawatts, enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. “The arrival of the Suzlon turbine equipment marks another key milestone towards completion of the Amherst Project,” said Jeff Jenner, chief executive officer of Sprott Power. “We look forward to receiving the equipment at the site, and expect that the project will continue making great progress towards its completion early next year.” To show the province’s support for the project, Premier Dexter joined representatives of Suzlon and Sprott in signing one of the massive wind turbine blades.last_img read more

Show of wisdom

first_imgIndia has taken steps to withstand the destructive force of cyclone Vayu upon its landfall today. 52 National Disaster Relief Force teams have been positioned in Gujarat and Diu for assistance to the local authorities as preparedness was strengthened. The cyclone’s trajectory has been analysed and intensity has been studied to predict its advancement once it makes landfall. Experts have stressed how Vayu has picked up moisture from the southwest monsoon and grown in intensity. Heavy rainfall is anticipated and strong winds have blown as far as Mumbai. The local administration has been on its toes ever since IMD issued an advisory of the forthcoming cyclone. Analyses have conveyed that Vayu may not be as strong as Fani with its wind attaining a maximum wind speed of anywhere between 110-150 kmph while Fani was well above 220 kmph. Fani exemplified disaster preparedness to prevent loss of human lives even as it racked up a bill of over 9,000 crores to the state exchequer. But since forecast and analyses aided us in a timely evacuation, the cost can never outweigh the achievement. Yet, a cyclone-prone state such as Odisha learned another important lesson that glorified the need to be cyclone-resilient. Man cannot do anything about the actions of nature. His only options are excessive preparedness and damage control. Odisha brilliantly carried out the former while suffered a blow in the latter. And, Odisha’s experience is of the essence to Gujarat as it prepares for Vayu’s aftermath. Gujarat chief secretary has sought his Odisha counter part’s advice in this crucial time and sharing of information will definitely be of help in guiding the relief programme. IMD, Ahemadabad Director affirmed that cyclones are a common sight in the Arabian Sea this time but Vayu’s intensity increased due to its coinciding with the onset of monsoon. The country’s experience with Fani will beneficial in tackling Vayu but more of use in the relief process and rebuilding process. Cyclone renders a devastating state where damage to infrastructure and livelihood is the byproduct of a painful reality of being displaced and decimated. Rehabilitation coupled with rebuilding the affected area assumes priority as the damage is assessed. An analysis of the damage can further enable the state to take measures in the interest of the area and people. Geo-tagging coastal areas as cyclone-prone with even a basic level of cyclone-resilient development and maintenance will yield tremendously for future instances. Given the predicted longevity of Vayu post-landfall, the damage inflicted would be very less to that of Fani. Expediting the rehabilitation programme for Vayu-affected areas will be a display of expertise of the kind desirable from the country’s experience with cyclones. Reports confirm evacuation of at least 1.60 lakh people from low-lying areas of Saurashtra and Kutch regions which is only the start of rescue and relief operations that Gujarat and Diu will be in need of. Also Read – Securing nutritionTwo cyclones in a span of 40 days narrate the extent of preparedness as well as challenges that the country must be ready for. It is a relief that Vayu’s trajectory does not include any major urban centre but may also be a wake-up call to draft emergency plans in case future is not too kind. Cyclonic developments, irrespective of coinciding with the south-western monsoon, muster an important question: whether our coastlines, which are now laced with urban fauna, insulated from such consequences? And, if they are not, then what must be done. It is possible that Climate Change may facilitate such cyclonic activity. While we will have the likes of IMD to help us identify potential threats of this manner, our on-ground preparedness will ultimately determine the aftermath. With a less severe cyclone on cards and proactive preparedness positioned to combat consequences, Gujarat must display the country’s commitment to learning from such calamities for future events of similar adversity which remain beyond human control.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,049.02, down 45.23 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up two cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $9.11 on 40.7 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down four cents, or 14.3 per cent, to 24 cents on 34.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 79 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $20.82 on 16.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Down 20 cents, or 2.37 per cent, to $8.25 on 15.3 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Gold. Up 23 cents, or 22.3 per cent, to $1.26 on 9.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Unchanged at $3.65 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Down $1.46 or 15.6 per cent to $7.87 on 519,000 shares traded. The retailer’s shares fell after the heritage-clothing brand’s second-quarter results Wednesday fell short of analysts’ expectations. The Toronto-based company reported a $4.08-million net loss for the quarter ended Aug. 4 — up from a net loss of $3.2 million in the second quarter of the previous year. Roots said its adjusted net loss was $0.06 per share, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon were expecting a loss of $0.02 per share.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer staples. Up 82 cents or 7.75 per cent to $11.40 on 486,000 shares traded. The retailer sees the planned divestiture of its European operations as an opportunity to focus on strengthening its North American base, anchored by the Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay retail banners. However, comparable-store sales at Hudson’s Bay — its main banner in Canada — were down slightly and its Saks OFF Fifth chain’s comparable sales in the United States and Canada were down 7.6 per cent.ATCO Ltd. (TSX:ACO.X). Utilities. Up 30 cents to $37.70 on 144,000 shares traded. The Calgary-based company says it will buy a 40-per-cent stake in South American port operator Neltume Ports for about $450 million. ATCO, which has interests in logistics, energy, and real estate, says the stake in the port operator and developer will further diversify its business. The deal adds to ATCO’s partnership with Parkland Fuel Corp. subsidiary Ultramar, which owns Neltume Ports.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said Roots lost $8.34 million last year.last_img read more

Filmmaker Ridley Scott I Would Go Back To Morocco In A

New York – English film director and producer Sir Ridley Scott said on Monday out of all the places he has visited he would return to Morocco “in a flash.”According to an interview by international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, which asked some of Sunday night’s Golden Globe winners where they would like to travel in 2016, the English filmmaker did not hesitate to say Morocco.“Is there a place you’ve been, or filmed that we should visit next?” the same source asked Scott. “I would also go back to Morocco in a flash. I have been there four times, and I know Morocco probably as well as any Moroccan,” the awarded filmmaker responded.The 78-year-old director shot several scenes of four of his films in Morocco. Among them, he directed “Gladiator” in 2000, “Kingdom of Heaven” in 2005, “Body of Lies” in 2008, and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” in 2014.Sir Ridley Scott celebrated two wins at the 73rd Golden Globes annual award ceremony recognizing domestic and foreign excellence in film and television on Sunday night.The British filmmaker was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “The Martian” and his leading actor, Matt Damon, won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for the same film.Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” stirred controversy as it was banned from Moroccan movie theaters for embodying God. It was also reportedly banned in Egypt and the UAE for historical inaccuracies.However, the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM) met with the English director to allow the possibility of a screening. In January 2015, Scott agreed to remove the scene depicting God as a child.Following an agreement with the CCM, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” was screened in Moroccan cinemas.Another celebrity who loves Morocco is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio who expressed his desire to return to such “fabulous” and “beautiful” country.Last December during the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM), the “Titanic” star mentioned his work trips to Morocco.“I spent four wonderful months during a shoot in Morocco. I went back for a period of two weeks to shoot the movie Inception. People are extraordinary,” Leo said.“It was fabulous. …it is so alive, so beautiful. It’s full of energy. I hope to return there,” he added.Morocco is rapidly becoming a top destination for travelers worldwide. A number of celebrities and athletes have discovered the amazing attributes of the North African country. read more

UN readies for its biggestever gathering on corporate citizenship

More than 700 business leaders and hundreds of top representatives from government, labour and civil society are expected to attend the Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva in July, which will be the largest ever gathering convened by the United Nations on the issue of corporate citizenship.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a meeting yesterday in New York of the Global Compact Board, a panel of 20 leaders from business, civil society and labour which he chairs, that the two-day summit “will be instrumental in bringing our joint vision for the future cooperation between business, the UN, governments, civil society and labour to full scale.”Created by Mr. Ban’s predecessor, Kofi Annan, in 1999, the Global Compact is an initiative that tries to advance 10 principles of good corporate citizenship and responsible globalization in such areas as combating corruption, safeguarding the environment, ensuring social inclusion and building markets.Thousands of companies around the world, as well as labour and civil society groups, are now part of the Compact, which is an entirely voluntary initiative.In his opening remarks to yesterday’s meeting, the Board’s second, Mr. Ban stressed to members that they will play a key role in guiding the body’s efforts towards promoting peace, human rights and development.Mr. Ban appointed Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the Foundation for the Global Compact, and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization in Egypt, as co-chairs who can conduct the Board’s business and chair meetings during his absence.The meeting heard details of preparations for the Geneva leaders’ summit, which is open only to senior executives of Global Compact participants in good standing. The Board also decided that any Global Compact participants listed as “inactive” for one year or more should be removed entirely from its database. 5 April 2007More than 700 business leaders and hundreds of top representatives from government, labour and civil society are expected to attend the Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva in July, which will be the largest ever gathering convened by the United Nations on the issue of corporate citizenship. read more

Cineplex acquires EK3 in bid to grow its digital signage business

TORONTO — Cineplex Inc. says its digital signage unit will get a good platform for growth in Canada and south of the border through the theatre company’s proposed friendly takeover of EK3 Technologies Inc., announced Wednesday.EK3 of London, Ont., has operations in 32 U.S. states, as well as Canada and other countries, that provides in-store digital advertising signs. Its clients include Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Walmart, Target, and the RBC and BMO financial groups.Cineplex has been gradually expanding its role in the media business by showing advertising to theatre-goers before movies begin as well as getting into digital signage, a relatively new and growing part of the industry.“The media business, or the straight advertising sales business, does not necessarily translate well across the border,” said Gord Nelson, Cineplex’s chief financial officer.“But our Cineplex Digital Solutions business and the EK3 business, which is more of a service-based business, translates very well across the border.”Toronto-based Cineplex announced Wednesday that it has made a conditional offer to buy EK3 Technologies Inc., a private company based in London, Ont.Toronto-based Cineplex — best known as operator of Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres — says EK3 will complement its own digital signage business, which has Scotiabank, CIBC, Rogers and other companies among its client base.Cineplex says it will pay about $40-million up front plus the potential for performance-related payments that could push the total to $78-million.“This is a business that is really ramping up, and you know, both EK3 and CDS have been growing our own infrastructure in order to handle this growing market,” said Nelson.“I don’t think you should look at this from a cost synergies perspective. This is more about taking advantage of revenue opportunities.”The deal requires acceptance by holders of 97% of EK3’s shares and other conditions but Cineplex says it expects the transaction to close within four weeks.Cineplex says the company will be renamed and operate as Cineplex Digital Networks, under the leadership of EK3 president and CEO, Nick Prigioniero.Last month, Cineplex said it will acquire 26 movie theatres from Empire Company Ltd. for $200-million in cash — 24 in Atlantic Canada and two in Ontario — giving it true national coverage.The Empire deal will give Cineplex 78% of the Canadian movie theatre business, as well as a presence in Canada’s four most eastern provinces — one of the few areas of the country where it didn’t have a major presence..Shares of Cineplex were up 29 cents to $38 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at noon on Wednesday.The Canadian Press read more

High schoolers kick off model UN conference

The High School Model UN Conference, through simulations of the UN’s major committees and roles of delegates, is designed to give the students first hand experience of the world body’s proceedings.Ambassadors Richard Williamson and Patrick Kennedy from the United States Mission to the UN were scheduled to address the opening session this evening. The conference, comprising students across the United States and several other countries, will run until Saturday.

Credit Suisse to pay 53B over mortgagebacked securities

Credit Suisse to pay $5.3B over mortgage-backed securities by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 12:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Credit Suisse is paying $5.3 billion to settle claims that it misled investors about the quality of mortgage-backed securities that it sold in the lead-up to the 2008 financial crisis.In the agreement with the Department of Justice, the Swiss bank acknowledged that it knew the mortgages it packaged and then sold as securities did not meet underwriting standards.Some Credit Suisse employees referred to the mortgages as “bad loans” and “complete garbage,” according to the Justice Department.“Today’s settlement underscores that the Department of Justice will hold accountable the institutions responsible for the financial crisis of 2008,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in a statement Wednesday.Credit Suisse will pay a $2.5 billion fine plus $2.8 billion for relief to struggling homeowners, borrowers or communities.In a statement, Credit Suisse said Wednesday that it is pleased to put the matter behind it.It’s the latest bank to settle with authorities for dealings in mortgage-backed securities, complex investments that were one of the causes of the global financial crisis in 2008.Banks bundled mortgages from people with shaky credit into bonds whose risks many investors did not understand. When the mortgages went into default as the U.S. real estate market collapsed, so did the bonds, spreading losses and panic through the financial system.Germany’s Deutsche Bank last month agreed to a $7.2 billion settlement with the Justice Department over its dealings in mortgage-backed securities. read more

VR Steel designs and manufactures the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket ever

first_imgVR Steel has completed the largest fabricated rope shovel bucket in the world. This first-of-its-kind VR Dipper, was designed for the P&H 4100 XPC electric shovel. It is a 59 m3 bucket weighing in at 89 t and took five months to complete. It was wholly designed and manufactured by engineers and designers at VR Steel’s headquarters in Alberton, South Africa. This particular VR Dipper was manufactured for a coal mine in China’s Shanxi province.VR Steel Managing Director, John van Reenen, says: “We are extremely proud to be the first company in the world to have designed and manufactured the biggest rope shovel bucket ever made, right here on South African soil. We are represented in Australia, USA, China, India and Canada, but in future, due to the strength of the exchange rate, all further manufacture of these VR Dippers for export will be done at our Shanghai base.”last_img read more

Big oil welcomes new sexy relationship with Iran in Swiss Alps

first_imgTHE CEO OF one of Europe’s largest oil company says that Iran expects embargoes against them to be lifted in the next 12 months, describing the country’s relationship with western oil majors as ‘more sexy than before’.Speaking to Bloomberg Television in Davos, Total CEO Christophe De Margerie says that he and other oil CEOs met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the World Economic Forum’s and the mood was one of expectation that the embargo would be lifted.Trade embargoes placed against Iran have stopped oil companies processing Iranian crude oil and dampened Iranian exports, hurting the country’s economy.But De Margerie says that Rouhani has told oil companies to ‘be ready’ for the lifting of embargoes: Rouhani’s presence at the Davos meeting was one of the talked about invitations ahead of the event. His direct message that Iran is open for business and his insistence that Iran is sincere in its desire for a new relationship based on mutual trust and a rebuilding of economic has caused much discussion.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also speaking at the prestigious gathering, warned the West not to take the media-friendly Iranian’s offer at face value, insisting there was no concrete evidence of any fundamental change in the nature of the Islamic regime.“Hassan Rouhani can say something but it doesn’t make it real,” Netanyahu said. “It’s false.”He said the Iranian president’s claim that Tehran wanted to promote stability and security in the Middle East had “no connection with what is going on on the ground,” notably in Syria, where he said Iranian Revolutionary Guards and its Hezbollah allies were fighting and killing alongside government forces.- AFP provided additional reporting Read: British exit from EU wouldn’t give Taoiseach a headache >Read: ‘Many leave to get experience’ – Taoiseach talks emigration in Davos > So the message was, as usual, we have plenty of oil, we have plenty of gas, we need your management skills, we need your technology, he said, we don’t’ really need your money, we will see.  What he said and what he said is that we would like you to come back in our country which is prepared to offer you new terms, new contractual terms, more…sexy then before.last_img read more

QA The man behind the amazing LEGO Lord of the Rings tower

first_imgWe’ve seen some pretty awesome LEGO creations in our time. The LEGO Star Wars Sandcrawler that took 9 months and over 10,000 pieces to make wowed us last month, but we recently came across an equally impressive and nerdy LEGO creation from one of our favorite movie and book series: Lord of the Rings. Kevin Walter recreated the Barad-Dûr tower that features the terrifying Eye of Sauron for Brickworld 2011.We didn’t know much about the LEGO tower other than what we could decipher from Walter’s Flikr photos. We knew it was about 6 feet tall, but so many other questions lingered with us and tugged at our thoughts, almost like the ring does to Frodo. Okay, it might not have been that intense, but we wondered how many pieces it took, how long it took to make, why he decided to build it, and so much more. Thankfully, Walter was nice enough to answer all of our questions, which you can read in the Q&A below.Can you tell us a little bit about the project?Kevin Walter: Well, Barad-dûr (BD) was a part for a collaboration of15 people from 5 different countries – all from a website called Mocpages.com. It’s a site where people can share their LEGO models with the community. We called the collaboration “The journey of the fellowship” for Brickworld 2011. Our goal was to set up Middle Earth, and everyone did an important part on Middle Earth. I chose BD.I liked the tower ever since I saw Lord of the Rings the first time and it was an instant point on my “to do list” for the future. Our collaboration gave me the chance to build it earlier, bigger (as I would have built it for my own), and set it into a greater context. It was an important part of the collaboration and hundreds of people had the chance to see it in real life. You can only appreciate it if you stand right in front of it. Nothing compares to the pictures.How long did it take to build?The construction time itself was about 2.5 months — from March2011 to mid-May — but there was a “pre-construction-time” that started in early November of 2010. The pre-construction was for making plans, concepts, and for early tries on the first elements of the tower, like the wall and the base-plate. So, in total, it took six months from the planning to the finished build.What kind of pieces did you use? Any special ones?That’s quite a difficult question to answer. The LEGO company produced a ton of new parts over the last few years and they are all special in their own way. If you mean the old classic parts (2×4 bricks, etc.), I used a lot of them for the construction underneath and as “filler” for the gaps in the rockwork because the rest of the tower is constructed with many details and greebles without “flat” walls. Most of the rest of the tower consists of “special-parts”: Curved slopes, door-rail-plates, round bricks and plates, arches (in every variation). A good example to show is the picture below. If you look closely you won’t see many of the “old” standard bricks, just the parts I counted.How many pieces did you use?I can’t exactly tell you how many parts are in the model (I didn’t count them). I ordered about 25,000 pieces and for sure the same amount of parts came from my own stock. My final guess is about 50,000+.How long have you been building LEGO models?I’ve been building LEGO models since the age of three. In my early childhood, my models were simple and built for playability. In 2007, I joined Mocpages.com, and from there I built my models as ‘models’, for showing them. Over the last few years my ‘skills’ improved quite a lot. If I compare Barad-dûr to my first model on Mocpages, I have to laugh about myself. It’s a difference between day and night.How many times have you been to Brickworld?Actually, this year was my first Brickworld, and I’m glad I could make it. Meeting all my friends from the community and meeting new people and friends was just awesome!What was the biggest challenge in building the Barad-dûr model?The first challenge was to figure out the scale of it. As you maybe can guess, there wasn’t a lot of reference material (neither in the movies, nor on the Internet), but I found a bunch of pictures from a Weta collectible of Barad-dûr (Weta is the company who designed the models, etc., for LoTR). I took those pictures and chose one aspect of the tower (the outer wall with its characteristic riffle-pattern, and started on those wall elements. Once I got the first element I set them in scale to the rest of the tower.I continued with taking one aspect, and one single element of the tower one after another. Because there aren’t existing blueprints or anything like that, the complete construction of the tower was done by eye. I tried to capture as many details of it as possible, under the conditions of parts, form, and size. I’m quite confident with the result. I think I captured nearly 80 percent of the necessary and characteristic details of Barad-dûr.The most challenging parts of the tower was, at first, building the baseplate out of wedge-plates to get the right angles for the circular base of BD and the right proportions. That was followed by the rockwork, which is about 33% of the tower and took me the most time in relation to the rest of the model. It was quite dificult to create a floating look.The whole upper tower was also a challenge. It consists of eight different panels (each unique) and the Eye of Sauron. Creating the lidless shape of it was also very difficult. But the ultimate challenge was just a small part of the tower: the two small towers on the corners of BD with their hexagonal shape. I needed over two weeks of continuous tries and fails before I got the final solution for it.Have you built any other LOTR models?No, Barad-dûr was my “debut” to LotR. Normally, my favorite subject is building space creations or building space-creations after concepts. For example, my digital Klingon Bird of Prey or the rendition of the Keldabe-class batlleship from a Star Wars PC-game, shown below. But, like I already said, BD was on my “to-do” list and I’m very happy with the result.What will you do with the model now?What to do with the model?! I don’t know what I’ll do with the model. I’ll probably dismantle it, sort out the parts, and build something new out of them. The problem is, the model eats up all my stock, I don’t have any parts anymore for building something new, or the money for buying new parts. On the other hand, it depends on its status when it arrives back in Germany. I had to ship it from the U.S., and last time, when I shipped it from Germany to the U.S. for Brickworld ’11 it was a disaster: The complete upper tower was crunched to parts, no one bigger than a few centimeters. It took me two days and two nights in a row, to reconstruct it. It was a real pain, but finally I was able to rebuild it and I got the reward for it. I won the judges award on BW ’11 for it (and my cuckoo clock: a “double-award”).Check out Walter’s Flickr page to see even more photos of the amazing Barad-Dûr LEGO tower.last_img read more

Challenges unmet Unclaimed prizes in science and technology

first_imgThis month, after more than 30 years of waiting, a team of engineers finally claimed the Sikorsky Prize. The challenge was to build a human-powered helicopter, a goal that’s been called impossible since Da Vinci scribbled out a crude drawing of the goal hundreds of years ago.  The winners collected a purse worth a quarter of a million dollars, and set a new standard for light-weight aeronautical engineering. Would the goal have ever been reached without that prize on the table?Forget the money involved. Science prizes have power because they engage the competitive spirit, turning previously unachievable goals into posts in a race. We move toward these goals by steps, competitors often becoming co-conspirators who build off each other’s innovations. Prizes like this have solved some of the oldest problems in mathematics, put humans into space with reusable spacecraft, and helped found the nascent civilian space flight industry. However, there are plenty of prizes still out there, driving innovation and inspiring hard work. Here is a selection of science challenges still waiting to be conquered.Marathon Kremer Prize – £50,000Since we began by talking about the Sikorsky prize, which challenged inventors to create a human-powered helicopter, let’s begin this list with a similar challenge: a human-powered plane. The Kremer Prize, marathon edition, asks engineers to create a human-powered aircraft that can travel roughly 42 kilometers (26 miles, or a full marathon) while weaving a figure-eight around two posts.The course must be completed in under an hour and the aircraft must remain at least five meters above ground for the entire trip. Imagine sailing over your fellow commuters on the way to work — despite a threshold of just 26 miles per hour, the b-line efficiency a Kremer prize winner would allow might get you there faster, regardless.Night rover challenge – $1.5 millionThis challenge is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenge series, and it’s not hard to imagine why a space agency would be willing to shell out for the technology. Entrants must create a solar-powered robot that can store enough solar energy during the day to continue powering the robot through the night.This is an especially promising idea for the exploration of Mars and of Earth’s moon, since neither have a thick atmosphere to block solar radiation. This would also allow longer excursions into the fabled dark side of the moon. And, of course, any great improvement in solar cell and energy storage efficiency would also have immediate applications here at home.Lunar X-Prize – $20 millionThis Google-sponsored version of the X-Prize puts up the largest purse in X-Prize history. The Lunar Challenge essentially looks to crowd-source the design, creation, launch, and operation of rovers. The rules are quite specific: the winning robot must land on the lunar surface and move no less than 500 meters to simulate exploration, then successfully transmit high-definition video and imagery back to Earth.Of course, the hope is that it will be able to travel much further than 500 meters, but that threshold for a first success might make the project more achievable in the short time-frame NASA is pushing for. Interestingly, speed is such a priority that the $20 million grand-prize will reduce to $15 million upon the next successful government-funded mission to explore the lunar surface.The N-Prize – £9,999.99Despite a frankly obnoxious obsession with nines, this is one of the most interesting challenges on the list. The ‘N’ in the title refers to nano-satellite, and challenges teams to put a satellite weighing between 9.99 and 19.99 grams into space. The satellite must complete at least nine Earth orbits to win. Most interestingly, the whole project must cost less then £9,999.99 (US$15,315) making it the most budget-conscious entry on the list.Any launch method is acceptable, from conventional rockets to slingshots, but the final mass must obtain an orbit stable enough to round the Earth 9 times. The satellite must only be technically a satellite, meaning that all it has to do is achieve orbit; getting a stone to do it would count. The launch mechanism is the main focus of this challenge, and the organizers will leave it to a later generation to figure out how to do something useful with a 10 gram orbiter.Tricorder X-Prize – $10 millionBeing a doctor on Star Trek looks pretty easy. In that future, you simply wave your magic diagnosis wand, and out pops the answer to virtually any answer you can to ask. The X-Prize foundation is handling Qualcomm’s new Tricorder challenge, which tasks engineers with inventing a diagnosis device with very similar properties.It will be able to capture key “health metrics” like blood pressure, diagnose a set of 15 diseases, extract images of internal structures, and do it all totally noninvasively. Perhaps the biggest challenge is the weight restriction, which is set at 5 measly pounds. This is a tool that’s meant to be used in the home for accurate self-diagnosis. No more running to the emergency room to see if those gas pains are actually an appendix that’s about to burst!Next page: Virgin’s Earth Challenge, PETA’s lab grown meat, and more… 1 2last_img read more

Charbon de bois gare aux produits toxiques

first_imgCharbon de bois : gare aux produits toxiquesFrance – D’après plusieurs associations écologiques, un quart du charbon de bois pour barbecue serait fabriqué à partir de bois recyclé contenant de la créosote ou de l’arsenic, deux substances toxiques.Du bois issu de traverses de chemin de fer ou de vieux poteaux électriques, traité pour résister aux intempéries avec des produits cancérigènes pour l’homme serait, en fin de vie, recyclé en charbon de bois destiné à un usage domestique. Cette information n’encouragera sans doute pas les grillades cet été.Si un arrêté du 2 juin 2003 considère cette matière comme “déchet dangereux”, le processus technique utilisé fait qu’il n’y a pas de violation de ce texte. Les associations dénoncent tout de même là un certain laxisme de la part des producteurs et des autorités. En réponse, les principaux intéressés, c’est-à-dire RFF (Réseau ferré de France), ErDF (Électricité réseau distribution France) et France Telecom, ont signé le 15 juillet dernier une charte d’engagement volontaire avec le ministère de l’Écologie. Elle n’a pas force de loi mais fait prendre conscience à tous les acteurs de ce problème de santé publique. Le 19 juillet 2010 à 11:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

This Device Lets You Play Your Spotify Music Without a Phone

first_img Conserve your phone’s battery and save your data plan with the Mighty Vibe. This Spotify Offline Player, available in three attractive colors, is offered now for the discounted price of just $76.99 at the Geek Shop.Spotify has revolutionized the way we listen to music. It’s a subscription service that offers 24/7 access to over 35 million music tracks. Simply search for the song, artist, or music style you’re interested in and stream to your phone so you can listen from anywhere. But that’s where some have issues and why the Mighty Vibe is such an elegant solution.The fact is that streaming music uses a lot of resources. A three-minute song eats up roughly 2MB of data. After several hours, you could severely cripple your data plan. And, while it is possible to download songs to your phone via Wi-Fi, playing those tracks will cause your phone’s battery to prematurely discharge, forcing you to carry a portable charger.That’s where the Mighty Vibe comes into play. It is a dedicated offline Spotify music player that helps to save your phone’s data plan, battery life, and prevent you from incurring huge overcharges. Simply download your playlist to the Mighty Vibe via any Wi-Fi connection and then take it with you so you’ll always have your music at the ready.The Mighty Vibe is perfect for just about anyone. It’s far smaller than a phone so it’s easier to carry around, it’s compatible with both Bluetooth and wired headphones, and has the capacity to hold over 1000 songs. It also boasts a five-hour battery life, is water resistant, and features a playlist selector button that makes it easy to find the song you want.If you stream music and have a Spotify Premium account, then you need to have the Mighty Vibe at your disposal. It’s perfect for workouts, commuting, or puttering around the house. And it’s available in a choice of three hot colors — Zazzy Black, Gully Blue, or Mooshu Red — so you can get the one that best fits your style.Why risk incurring large data bills? Conserve your phone’s resources with the convenient Mighty Vibe Spotify Offline Music Player, normally $85.99, and now discounted to just $76.99 for a limited time.Like these deals? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Enter code VAULTONE to try it out for just $1! This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Stay on targetlast_img read more

Sailor in iconic VJ Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

first_img Posted: February 18, 2019 Updated: 11:55 AM AP, AP FacebookTwitter February 18, 2019 Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.In this Aug. 14, 1945 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a sailor and a woman kiss in New York’s Times Square, as people celebrate the end of World War II. The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95. It was years after the photo was taken that Mendonsa and Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, were confirmed to be the couple. (Victor Jorgensen/U.S. Navy, File)Mendonsa was shown kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a nurse’s uniform, on Aug. 14, 1945. Known as V-J Day, it was the day Japan surrendered to the United States. People spilled into the New York City streets to celebrate the news.Mendonsa planted a kiss on Friedman, whom he had never met.The photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt was first published in Life magazine and is called “V-J Day in Times Square,” but is known to most as “The Kiss.” It became one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century, and is a popular image used on posters.Several people later claimed to be the kissing couple. It was years before Mendonsa and Friedman were confirmed to be the couple.Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.When he was honored at the Rhode Island State House in 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss. He said Friedman reminded him of nurses on a hospital ship that he saw care for wounded sailors.“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa said, WPRI-TV reported .Friedman said in a 2005 interview with the Veterans History Project that it wasn’t her choice to be kissed.“The guy just came over and kissed or grabbed,” she told the Library of Congress.She added, “It was just somebody really celebrating. But it wasn’t a romantic event.”Mendonsa died two days before his 96th birthday. The family has not yet made funeral arrangements.Friedman fled Austria during the war as a 15-year-old girl. She died in 2016 at the age of 92 at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, from complications of old age.last_img read more

Beverly Hills News Weekly to Relaunch as a Quarterly Glossy

first_imgA group of investors has acquired all rights and trademarks for the shuttered news weekly Beverly Hills 213 with plans to resurrect the title as a quarterly, glossy magazine by September.The new owners—Jim Couri, president of investment firm Couri Trading Company; Karl Sanford, a Southern California-based web developer; and Scams Inc., an investigative news website—will begin by relaunching BeverlyHills213.com within the next sixty days. According to Couri, who also founded Duty Free International, the new owners are expecting to double the site’s page views, which ranked at about a million per month before shutting down due to the previous owner’s illness.Print distribution, he says, was at about 60,000, delivered to hotel lobbies and homes in affluent cities in the area, including Beverly, Bel Air and Brentwood. According to Couri, the new distribution will expand to 70,000-75,000, with the goal of placing the magazine in “every hotel room in Beverly Hills.” Hotels that sign on will receive custom editions with their own ads featured on the back cover.In terms of content, Couri says the magazine will feature more celebrity coverage, interviews and, potentially, celebrity-written columns. “This is a great franchise based on the demographics,” says Couri. “The whole idea is we want to make something really special for the Beverly Hills area to not only enjoy reading but reading and keeping.”Part-owner Sanford will serve as chief operating officer, while former employees Arlene Walsh, a popular gossip columnist, Adam Albirght-Hanna, editor, and Anna Lozano, production manager and senior designer, will return to the publication.last_img read more

Nurses unhappy with new dress code

first_imgThe new dress code for women nurses. Photo: CollectedThe Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) has introduced a new dress code for the country’s nurses, but they are reluctant to embrace the change by giving up their traditional white dress.The DGNM on 5 February published a directive asking the nurses to maintain the new dress code, but only a few chose to abide by the new rule. It made the Directorate send in another order on 3 May and some of the nursing colleges and institutes then started following the new dress code.However, many of the medical colleges are yet to change their traditional white outfit with the new one.During a cabinet meeting in October 2015 prime minister Sheikh Hasina directed the health secretary to show her some options to change the nurses’ traditional white dress. On 21 November last year the health and family welfare ministry appred the new dress for the nurses — olive shirt and turban and black pants and shoes for senior women staff nurses and assistant nurses, and olive shirt and black pants and shoes for male nurses.Women nursing supervisors, principals and lecturers of nursing colleges and superintendents can wear olive shirts or saris. The new dress code for male nurses. Photo: CollectedHowever, the colour of district public health nurses’ (male and female) uniform is light purple while for midwives with diploma degrees it is light pink.Several senior nurses said the administration did not take their opinion while choosing the dress code. They said the colour of the new uniform is similar to that of Ansar members while many nurses feel embarrassed wearing shirts and pants.Bangladesh Nurses Association (BNA) secretary general Jalal Uddin Badshah said he is looking for a chance to talk to the prime minister in this regard.DGNM director general Tandra Sikder, however, hoped to resolve the matter within a short period.last_img read more

Student hit by brick from underconstruction building goes to coma

first_imgA student of a private university was critically injured after a brick from an under-construction building hit him in Mohammadia Housing area of Mohammadpur in the capital on Friday.Akhidul IslamThe victim is identified as Akhidul Islam who is now in coma. Doctors of Square Hospital, where is being treated, said his life is in danger.The police detained the owner of the building and his son in connection with the incident.Akhidul is a second year student of University of Development Alternatives (UDA).His relatives said Akhidul was walking on the Road No 7 of Mohammadia Housing around 1:00pm on Friday. A brick fell on him from the 3rd floor of the under-construction house 1/B.Pedestrians took him to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He was later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and then to Square Hospital.After operations, he was kept in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He is yet to get back consciousness. Doctors said Akhidul’s brain is damaged severely, and is now in critical condition.Akhidul’s brother-in-law Mostafizur Karigor filed a complaint with the Mohammadpur police station.The relatives demanded punishment and compensation from the persons responsible for the incident.Officer-in-charge of Mohammadpur police station Jamal Uddin Mir said the owner of the building Mosharraf Hossain and his son were detained and being interrogated.Sub inspector Mohammad Lahia said the building is under-construction. It is primarily known that the construction was not going on at the time of the accident.Residents in the area said the decoration was going on on the 3rd floor of the building for a marriage ceremony. A brick pushed by something fell down, they added.last_img read more

Gang stole money from 5 more ATM booths

first_imgNew evidence of more ATM booth fraudulence is being surfaced following arrest of a gang of six foreign nationals recently, police officials have said.A gang of foreigners has stolen money from five more ATM booths of Dutch-Bangla Bank. The five booths are located in Radisson Hotel, Kakrail, Rampura DIT road and Nikunja area, police officials said. Scrutinising the footage of closed circuit television (CCTV), police suspects that 10-12 Ukrainian citizens are involved with the gang.The bank authorities have informed the investigating officers that Tk 1250,000 has been stolen from those booths.Analyzing CCTV footage the investigators have found that two groups of fraud were involved in stealing money from ATM booths, Detective Branch (DB) additional deputy commissioner of of Khilgaon zone Shahidur Rahman told Prothom Alo. They are working with technology specialists in investigating the case as technology was the main instrument of fraudulence, he added. Shahidur said, more information would be revealed once six arrested Ukraine nationals are put on remand for their alleged connection with the forgery.On 31 May, money was stolen from a booth of Madhya Badda. Other booths were stolen on 1 June. Tk 1.6 million were stolen from those booths.Investigating officers maintained that the gang stole money from ATM booths of at least 3 other private banks. But those 3 banks kept mum about the matter. They did not also inform Bangladesh Bank anything about the fraudulence. Detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Unit’s (CTTC) cyber crime unit and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are jointly investigating the matter. On 1 June, 2 Ukrainian citizens went to steal money from a booth at Taltola area of Khilgaon. One of them was detained while another one managed to flee. Police at that night detained five more Ukraine citizens from Olio Dream Heaven Hotel in Panthapath. One member of this gang is still at large. Seven members of the gang landed in Dhaka by a Turkish Airlines plane on 30 May. On the following day, they had stolen Tk 400,000 from two booths of Madhya (middle) Badda. They were scheduled to left for India on 6 June. The investigators have requested the special branch of police to give information about the Ukrainian citizens who entered and left Bangladesh between15 and 30 May. A DB official seeking anonymity has said that a Bangladeshi technology expert living abroad has told them that this type of stealing from ATM booths has happened abroad. Cyber criminals take control of ATM booth by using a malware named ‘Tyupkin’. Members of the gang themselves control central server of the bank which gives directive while withdrawing the money. CID’s special superintendent (Organized Crime) Mollah Nazrul Islam said the criminals are member of an international gang named ‘Hidden Cobra’. They are linked with another gang named ‘Lazarus’, who were involved in Bangladesh Bank cyber heist in 2016. Nazrul said they got information from an international intelligence group that country’s ATM booths are vulnerable to frauds. They informed the bank authorities about it. Bangladesh Bank will arrange a meeting with all the banks about this incident, said central bank’s spokesperson Sirajul Islam. He said only DBBL has informed them of stealing money from their booths. DBBL’s managing director Abul Kashem Md Shirin could not be reached over phone for comment on the issue.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Galib Ashraflast_img read more