Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, near Big Pond, from west of the intersection of Glen Albert Drive west for about 2.8 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and upgrading. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion by the end of October. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester Grant Road The Middle River bridges on Chester Grant Road will be closed from Tuesday, July 21 until Friday, Aug. 7 for repairs to the decks and abutments. Detour route on Trunk 12, Highway 103 and Trunk 14. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about five kilometres north of the Port Hastings Rotary at Creignish, north for 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice because of a collapsed culvert. DIGBY COUNTY: Bonnie Road The Bonnie Road Overpass over Highway 101 near Meteghan, is closed to all traffic until further notice. A detour route is marked. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Sections of the southbound lanes of Highway 102 from Exit 11 at Stewiacke to the Colchester County line are reduced to one lane for rumble strip installation until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118, Fall River The Highway 118 overpass over Perrin Drive in Fall River is reduced to one lane in each direction during repairs until Saturday, July 25. Two lanes are open during peak hours. For inbound lanes, it is 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, for outbound lanes. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road, from Smith Road to Purdys Loop Road, is reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101, Gilberts Cove Highway 101, near Gilberts Cove, is reduced to one lane for culvert repairs until Saturday, July 25. Traffic control signals are on site. Expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103, from Exit 20 in Summerville west to Port Joli, are reduced to one lane until Saturday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross, West Big Intervale and Hatchery roads. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work has begun on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The existing bridge is open, but there may be occasional, brief closures during construction. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The northbound lanes of Highway 102, between the junction of Highway 118 at Miller Lake and Exit 6 (Halifax Stanfield International Airport) have lane closures for seal coating. Closure times are:Monday to Thursday, sunrise – 3 p.m.Friday, sunrise – noonSaturday and Sunday, sunrise – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to sunset. Work is expected to be completed by Monday, Aug. 31. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Night Work Sections of the Halifax-bound lanes of Highway 102, between Exit 5 at Fall River and Exit 4-C at Glendale Avenue and Duke Street, are reduced to one lane during night hours. On weekdays, lane reductions begin at 7 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. On weekends, the lane reductions are from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Delays are possible during construction. Travel with caution and use an alternate route if possible. Work will be completed this fall. PICTOU COUNTY: Scotch Hill Road Sections of Scotch Hill Road, from Route 376 north to River John Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Meadow Road Meadow Road, from Cooks Brook Road to Route 224, is reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30.center_img PICTOU COUNTY: Frasers Mountain Branch Road Sections of Frasers Mountain Branch Road, from the intersection of Frasers Mountain Road to Glenfallach Road for about three kilometres, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: White Settlement Road White Settlement Road in Noel will have stop and go traffic for ditching and road resurfacing until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Eastbound Lanes Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, between Exit 19 at Salt Springs and Exit 20 at Greenhill, are reduced to one lane for repaving. Speed limit through the construction zone is 80 km/h and drivers should use extra caution. Work is scheduled for completion by the end of July. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue to Victoria Road to Ward Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Barnhill Bridge Barnhill Bridge, about three kilometres north of Trunk 2 on Belmont Road, is closed for repairs until Wednesday, July 24. Detour signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road (Trunk 4), from the Gardner intersection east for about three kilometres, is reduced from four lanes to two lanes for repaving and upgrading. Upgrade work is also being done on Murphy Road, Windemere Drive, and the Yolanda Drive intersection. Traffic control people are on site but delays are possible. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes if possible. Work takes place from dawn until dusk and is scheduled for completion by the end of August. HANTS/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Whittenburg Road Sections of Whittenburg Road in Lower Stewiacke, from Route 224 north for about four kilometres to the Colchester County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from Exit 20 at Alma for 4.4 kilometres, are reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Friday, July 31. Speed through the work zone is reduced from 110 km/h to 80 km/h. Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction zones. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville Gaspereau River Road, Wolfville, is closed between Greenfield Road and Black River Road to replace a culvert until Tuesday, Aug. 4. Detour via White Rock Road. COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104, from west of Exit 8 at Westchester to the Mines Bass River Road underpass, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repairs and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Glenfallach Road Sections of Glenfallach Road, from Woodburn Road to Frasers Mountain Branch Road, for almost one kilometre, are reduced to one lane for gravelling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road Sections of River John Road, from Meadowville Station Road to Scotch Hill Road, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4, near Londonderry Sections of Trunk 4, near Londonderry, between Baseline Road and Highway 104, are reduced to one lane for guardrail repair and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU/COLCHESTER COUNTIES: Route 289 Sections of Route 289, from Pictou/Colchester county line west for almost six kilometres, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving. Drivers must reduce speed and be prepared to stop in the construction zone. The work is from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be finished by Wednesday, Sept. 30. A flag person is on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. RICHMOND COUNTY: Grandique Ferry Road Grandique Ferry Road, from Route 320 for 3.6 kilometres to the end of pavement, is reduced to one lane for paving and patching until Saturday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. The work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30-last_img read more

Gas explosions rare but danger always present Canadian experts say

first_imgMONTREAL – Energy experts say a chain gas explosion like the one that tore through three Boston suburbs could happen in Canada, but that such a possibility is unlikely.The director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy says the type of multiple explosions that caused more than 20 fires and at least one death in Massachusetts is extremely rare.Warren Mabee says most networks have alarms that shut down the system before an excess of pressure starts leaking or building up to the point of explosion, though it’s unclear why those didn’t work Thursday.A spokesperson for Quebec-based natural gas firm Energir says the company has a much newer network than Boston’s and many safeguards in place to prevent, and respond to, breaks and pressure buildups.Catherine Houde says the company deals with 500 breaks per year and hasn’t had a fire or explosion since a fatal incident killed one person in 2005 in Pointe-du-Lac, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.But she says there’s always a danger when dealing with natural gas and the company will follow the aftermath of the Boston incident to learn more about what happened.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

CBC ANNOUNCES FALL 2018 PREMIERE DATES

first_imgTUESDAYS7:30 PM – CORONATION STREET (weekdays, back-to-back episodes on Mondays at 7 PM)8 PM – STILL STANDING Season 4 (13×30) premieres Sept. 18 *NEW TO FALL*8:30 PM – THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES Season 26 (19×30, 1×60) premieres Sept. 189 PM – BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW Season 3 (10×30) premieres Sept. 18 *NEW TO FALL*9:30 PM – HANG UPS British comedy (6×30) starring Stephen Mangan as an online therapist premieres Sept. 199:30 PM – IN THE LONG RUN Idris Elba’s comedy (6×30) inspired by his inner city-London childhood premieres Oct. 3010 PM – THE NATIONAL CBC News’ flagship program continues Sunday to Friday each weekWEDNESDAYS8 PM – THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW – Season 2 (8×60) premieres Sept. 198 PM – CANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON JUNIOR – New competition series (6×60) premieres Nov. 149 PM –  VANITY FAIR New British adaptation of Thackeray’s 1848 novel (7×60) premieres Sept. 199 PM –  MR. D Season 8 (8×30) premieres Nov. 7 *NEW NIGHT, FINAL SEASON*9:30 PM – HALIFAX COMEDY FEST – Season 23 (6×30) premieres Nov. 14THURSDAYS7 PM – THE INVESTIGATORS WITH DIANA SWAIN Season 3 premieres Sept. 20 *NEW NIGHT*8 PM – DRAGONS’ DEN Season 13 (20×60) featuring new investors Vincenzo Guzzo and Lane Merrifield premieres Sept. 209 PM – THE DETECTIVES Season 2 (8×60) premieres Sept. 20 *NEW NIGHT*9 PM – FROM THE VAULTS New music archive series (6×60) premieres Nov. 15 FRIDAYS8 PM –  MARKETPLACE Season 46 premieres Sept. 218:30 PM – IN THE MAKING – new original series (8×30) profiling Canadian artists premieres Sept. 219 PM – CBC DOCS POV Season 3 launches Sept. 21 with documentary Just a Regular Kid, exploring what it means to be young, Muslim and growing up in the West *NEW NIGHT*11:30 PM CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS Season 4 (26×30) premieres Sept. 21SATURDAYSAfternoon – CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES fall season begins Oct. 20 with extensive coverage of Skate America from Everett, Washington6:30 PM –  HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADASUNDAYS11 AM (12 PM AT) – THE WEEKLY WITH WENDY MESLEY Season 2 premieres Aug. 12Afternoon – ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES7 PM –  ANNE WITH AN E Season 2 (10×60) premieres Sept. 238 PM – THE NATURE OF THINGS – Season 58 premieres Sept. 23 with special three-part miniseries Equus: The Story of the Horse​9 PM – THE FIFTH ESTATE Season 44 premieres Sept. 23 *NEW NIGHT*MONDAYS8 PM –  MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 12 (18×60) premieres Sept. 249 PM –  FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES – Season 2 (10×60) premieres Sept. 24CBC DIGITAL-FIRST PREMIERES AND STREAMING EXCLUSIVESNew CBC original family adventure drama NORTHERN RESCUE (10×60), starring William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson, will premiere in Canada exclusively on the CBC TV app and cbc.ca/watch starting in December, with all episodes available to stream at once. The series will also broadcast on CBC in 2019.In addition to CBC’s extensive streaming library of original Canadian content spanning more than 4000 hours including a diverse slate of digital original series and award-winning CBC SHORT DOCS, CBC also offers a curated selection of best-in-class drama, comedy, lifestyle and documentary content from around the world. New series streaming exclusively in Canada on the CBC TV app and cbc.ca/watch this fall include Season 3 of THE DURRELLS, BBC period drama THE LAST POST, Australian miniseries SUNSHINE KINGS, British medical drama TRUST ME and Australian comedy RONNY CHIENG: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, with launch dates and more titles to be announced over the summer.AWARDSCBC will feature the following award celebrations this fall, showcasing Canadian creators, musical artists and storytellers:CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION AWARDS – live from Hamilton, hosted by Shania Twain. Broadcast live in all time zones on CBC and streaming at CBC Music at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) Sept. 9POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE GALA – livestream at CBC Music Sept. 17SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE – live broadcast on CBC and livestream at CBC Books Nov. 19.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Frankie Drake Mysteriescenter_img Advertisement CBC announced broadcast and streaming premiere dates for its fall 2018 lineup of new and returning series featuring a wide range of original programming produced by Canadian creators for Canadian audiences, including a new primetime schedule launching Tuesday, September 18th. In addition to broadcast on television, all programming will also be available to stream live and on demand for free on the CBC TV app for iOs and Android and cbc.ca/watch.KEY HIGHLIGHTS:CBC’s new fall Tuesday night comedy lineup featuring STILL STANDING, THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES and BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOWlaunches Sept. 18​Two British comedies added to Tuesdays, will premiere exclusively on CBC in Canada: HANG UPS starring Episodes’ Stephen Mangan and Idris Elba’s IN THE LONG RUNTHE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW whips up a second season Wednesdays this fall starting Sept. 19True crime series THE DETECTIVES moves to Thursdays, returns Sept. 20New original series IN THE MAKING profiling Canadian artists debuts Fri. Sept. 21ANNE WITH AN E and THE NATURE OF THINGS return Sept. 23, followed by CBC News’ THE FIFTH ESTATE in a new Sunday night timeslot at 9 PMCBC’s Mystery Mondays return Sept. 24 featuring new seasons of MURDOCH MYSTERIES and FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIESThe final season of Gerry Dee’s MR. D kicks off Wed. Nov. 7 on a new nightCANADA’S SMARTEST PERSON JUNIOR hosted by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee debuts Wed. Nov. 14Music archive series FROM THE VAULTS hosted by Amanda Parris and Tom Power premieres Thur. Nov. 15All episodes of family adventure drama NORTHERN RESCUE starring William Baldwin and Kathleen Robertson will stream on the CBC TV app and cbc.ca/watch in DecemberCBC’s Fall 2018 primetime schedule launching Tuesday, September 18th:All following times local with the exception of Newfoundland, please add half an hour to all times. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Senior UN official visits Nepal to probe release of former child soldiers

In August, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy called on Nepalese authorities and Maoist forces to immediately free nearly 3,000 children who have still not been formally released from Maoist cantonments despite the end of the armed conflict in the Himalayan nation.She said then that the comprehensive peace agreement which ended the country’s conflict between forces loyal to the former king and Maoists called for the immediate release of the children once they entered the cantonments.She added that the recent successful staging of national elections showed that the country was “entering a hopeful phase for peace and prosperity. However, the promise of peace has not come to fruition for these children, whose lives have been adversely affected by the conflict.” 1 December 2008A senior United Nations today began a six-day visit to Nepal, focusing on the release and reintegration of former child soldiers as well as the current use of children by armed groups and their participation in political violence. read more

Businessman Thirukumar Nadesan arrested by FCID

Businessman Thirukumar Nadesan, former Chairman of Hilton Colombo, was arrested by the police Financial Crimes investigations Division (FCID) today.He was arrested after being questioned over some land in Malwana. Nadesan was produced in court and released on bail. (Colombo Gazette)

Minister tells officials to fasttrack new water supply schemes

Priority will be given to projects to be implemented at an expenditure of Rs.4000 million in the war-affected Mullaitivu district and a official ceremony to mark the inauguration of the implementation process will be held on August 28 headed by Minister Hakeem and participated by State Minister Sudharshani Fernandopulle, parliamentarians representing the district, members of the Northern Provincial Council and political leaders. Minister of City Planning and Water Supply and leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem directed ministry officials in-charge of implementing new water supply schemes to fast-track the implementation process.He issued the directions at a meeting with ministry officials at the ministry auditorium on implementation of a Rs.25,000 million World Bank projects, under the special focus and instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena. The projects are to be implemented in the seven districts of Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Moneragala, Badulla, Ratnapura , Nuwara Eliya and Kegalle and the discussions at the meeting were centred on the preliminary arrangements. Over 100, 000 people of the district will get clean drinking, about 15,000 families will be provided latrines with high standard sanitary facilities while special focus will be laid on providing toilet facilities to the latrines differently-abled and families headed by women. Implementation of projects on providing clean drinking water to people of areas inflicted with kidney disease will be expedited, it was reported at the meeting.The National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the National Community Water Supply Department will collectively implement water supply projects in the divisional secretary areas of Maritimepatru, Pudukudiyruppu, Oddusuddan and Welioya, project directors told at the meeting. Sixty percent of thed total population of the district will be benefited under the program. Former parliamentarian Muththalib Bawa Farook, Ministry Secretary Sarath Chandrasiri Vithane, Additional Secretary A.C.M.Nafeel and other senior officials attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Candidate campaign reports trickle in

Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin had strong support – popular and otherwise – en route to her convincing win in Ward 6 in last fall’s municipal election.A well-organized team coupled with solid financial support helped Martin secure a majority of the vote in a competitive field of seven candidates.Ward 6 had the highest rate of voter participation of the seven wards in Norfolk County Oct. 22. A total of 4,411 voted out of 7,165 eligible electors.Martin collected 2,242 votes for a total of 51 percent of ballots cast.Councillor candidates in Ward 6 had a general spending limit of $6,479.Martin was within the limit with campaign expenses in the amount of $6,124 according to a financial statement filed Feb. 11 with Norfolk’s clerk’s department.By law, municipal candidates must report donations of $100 or more. Martin declared nine campaign donations in excess of this amount. Supporters included:Robert Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000.  Jo-Anne Martin of Port Dover: $500. Megan Flexman of Simcoe: $500. Tim Rodger of Port Dover: $500.  Kelly Fulson of Simcoe: $500. Grant Turner of Georgetown: $300. David and Judith Horton of Simcoe: $250. Bruce Armstrong of Port Dover: $150.  Nic Childs of Port Dover: $125. Martin claimed another contribution from Jo-Anne Martin in the amount of $325 for food, decorations and a room rental for a campaign launch party. Kelsey Wallace of Port Dover provided bookkeeping and financial services valued at $400.In her declaration, Coun. Martin also noted $178 for campaign literature and handouts during Port Dover’s Canada Day parade July 1.Martin’s total campaign expenses came to $6,124 while declared income came to $5,719 for a total deficit of $405.Other members of the new Norfolk council filing financial statements in recent days include Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen and Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts.Councillor candidates in Simcoe-area Ward 5 were subject to a general spending limit of $6,479.In his financial statement, which was filed Feb. 14, Rabbitts declared $7,590 in income against expenses of $6,177. Thank-you cards and election-day events – an allowable expense beyond the general spending limit – came to $424.Rabbitts also enjoyed solid financial support. Donors of $100 or more include:Brenda Meiler of Mount Hope: $1,200. Garry Meiler of Mount Hope: $1,200. Lee Rabbitts of Simcoe: $1,200. Kathleen Noble of Simcoe: $1,000. Robert Kennaley of Simcoe: $1,000. Cheryl Rabbitts of Simcoe: $305. Rabbitts declared another $135 in expenses related to a receipt book and the rental of a booth at the Norfolk County Fair in October.Windham-area Ward 4 Coun. Chris Van Paassen replaced former Ward 4 representative Jim Oliver. Oliver retired from municipal politics at the end of the last council term.In his financial statement, which was filed at Governor Simcoe Square Jan. 15, Van Paassen claims income of $1,784 against expenses of the same amount.Van Paassen cites no donations of $100 or more while noting recycled signage obtained in 2010 worth $276.All candidates in last fall’s municipal election have till 2 p.m. March 29 to file a primary financial statement with the clerk’s department at Governor Simcoe Square.In the absence of that, all candidates have till March 28 to file a request in the Ontario Court of Justice for a reporting extension.After March 29, candidates have till 2 p.m. April 29 to file a financial statement along with a $500 late-filing fee. After that, penalties for not filing at all take effect.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UN completes withdrawal of staff from Iraq

Arrangements were made for the workers to be evacuated from an oil platform at the port of Mina al Bakr via Iraqi tugboat, which transferred them to another platform. They were eventually taken to international waters and transferred to a US ship, which took them to a port in the Persian Gulf.Meanwhile in New York, Security Council members took note of the decision by Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday to suspend, for security reasons, the work of UN humanitarian personnel in Iraq.A note issued by the Council President said the members stood ready to consider, as soon as possible, proposals being prepared by the Secretary-General on how to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people, taking into account the urgency of the humanitarian situation in the country.Speaking in the Council today, Mr. Annan pledged that the United Nations will do whatever it can to help the Iraqi people “without in any way assuming or diminishing” the ultimate responsibility, under international law, of the belligerents to protect civilians in conflict and of the occupying power for the welfare of the population.The UN has established a relief hub in Cyprus, staffed with more than 100 personnel and working under the leadership of Ramiro Lopes da Silva, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. read more

FluxCrawler robot detects defects in cables

first_imgCables used in mining operations are exposed to high levels of stress and their functional reliability relies on regular monitoring. A new robot has been developed that recognizes fissures before they pose a danger. The robot climbs up the wire cable slowly in a caterpillar-like motion and scans the steel surface and detects whether it has any defects. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP have named the system FluxCrawler.The FluxCrawler can be used to monitor the quality of stay cables and wire ropes on a regular basis for tension-induced strain, wear, and corrosion that affect these steel cables. The robot conducts a magnetic flux leakage test which identifies tiny fissures in the cable surface and also recognizes deeper cracks. The process exposes the cable to a magnetic field that is disrupted in the event of a defect. A measurable leakage field is created wherever defects are located. Jochen Kurz, Engineer and Department Head at IZFP said “If such micro-fissures are not discovered in time, the steel can break. This is why material checks are absolutely vital to avoid deadly consequences or even catastrophes”FluxCrawler can be applied regardless of the cable’s diameter by scanning cylinder shaped surfaces by revolving around the cables and as a result, there is no need to clasp the cable. A permanent magnet prevents slipping and holds FluxCrawler to the cable. At the same time, it generates the magnetization required to make measurements. The battery-operated platform is controlled with a computer via Bluetooth, sending an image of the magnetic field on the cable’s entire surface to the computer, highlighting the areas needing attention.Flux Crawler developed from the FilameNDT project in cooperation with the French Carnot Institute VITRES-IFFSTAR and are looking to further develop magnetic leakage testing as well as other non-destructive testing methods. The FluxCrawler cannot be used in all situations, such as where the cable is anchored and in such a circumstance other non-destructive testing methods can be used such as EMAT.last_img read more

Tomb Raider preorder bonuses and special editions announced

first_imgTomb Raider fans have a lot of bonuses to look forward to when pre-ordering the new game. Square Enix has teamed up with retailers to give gamers a choice on what extras they can get will their copy of Tomb Raider next year. Two special editions have also been announced for Europe, a survival edition and a deluxe edition. While the US is still waiting to hear what their collector’s edition will contain, we think the content might be very similar.The Survival Edition includes a mini art book, a double sided map of the island Lara is stranded on, a survival pouch, a code to download the soundtrack, and a weapon pack along with the game. The Deluxe Edition has everything the Survival Edition has plus a 6″ Play Arts Kai figure of Lara Croft with everything housed in a metal survival box.There are also a number of pre-order bonuses available when you order Tomb Raider with a specific retailer. Ordering at GameStop will get you an exclusive challenge tomb, which tests Lara both physically and mentally. Amazon customers receive a “Hunter Skin” for Lara, which sees Ms Croft covered in mud much like a prettier version on Arnie in Predator. You also get an exclusive 32-page art book, created by the art director Brian Horton, as well as a digital download of The Final Hours of Tomb Raider: Director’s Cut, which is a behind the scenes movie showing how they made the game. At Best Buy you’ll get the “Aviatrix Skin,” which turns Lara’s outfit all 1930’s, including a bomber jacket and a 48-page hardback comic book called The Beginning, written by Rhianna Pratchett.Tomb Raider is set to release on March 5, giving you plenty of time to decide where you’re going to pre-order it from.More at IGN, via MCVlast_img read more

Child sexual abuse identification and response

first_img KUSI Newsroom 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) – Studies show one in every 10 children will experience child sex abuse before age 18 and the majority of cases are at the hands of a known person.Palomar Health Forensic Health Services is offering classes to youth servicing organizations to help them learn how to identifying and responding to child sexual assault.Palomar Health Forensic Health Services Supervisor Christina Shultz has personally interviewed hundreds of child sex abuse survivors and is an expert court witness for the District Attorney’s Office in prosecution cases.For more information about the class click here. Posted: January 28, 2019 Child sexual abuse identification and response January 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kasilof Man Charged With Stealing From Residence In Nikiski

first_imgAST was unable to locate the vehicle described leaving the scene of the incident until the following day on May 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a property located near mile 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway, in Nikiski, for a report of individuals stealing items, on May 6. According to the online Trooper dispatch, Talbott was arrested on charges of Theft 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass 1st degree, and a Probation Violation. Upon location of the suspect vehicle contact was made with Kobie Tylor Talbott, age 24 of Kasilof. Talbott was transported and remanded at Wildwood pretrial and is being held without bail.last_img

Googles Sundar Pichai worries about unintended consequences of regulation

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Pichai’s comments comes as Google and the rest of the tech industry face a fresh wave of scrutiny from US lawmakers and regulators. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department reportedly reached a new agreement, with the FTC gaining authority to review Amazon and Facebook and the Justice Department looking into Apple and Google. This deal is seen as an early step in these agencies’ efforts to dig into potential anticompetitive practices. State attorneys general are gearing up to investigate big tech, too. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, is calling for a breakup of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook, arguing that they’ve become so powerful that they’re stifling competition and innovation. She even put up a “Break Up Big Tech” billboard in San Francisco, right in the heart of the tech industry.When asked about Warren’s call to break up big tech, Pichai said there needs to be “healthy, thoughtful conversations” on how to regulate the industry.”There are many countries around the world which aspire to be the next Silicon Valley,” Pichai told CNN. “And they are supporting their companies, too. So we have to balance both. This doesn’t mean you don’t scrutinize large companies. But you have to balance it with the fact that you want big, successful companies as well.”Google said it had no further comment to add. 2:38 Can big tech actually be broken up? Comments Google Sundar Pichai Tags Google is reportedly facing a possible antitrust probe. James Martin/CNET As calls to break up large tech companies get louder, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says scrutiny is fair but that regulating technology just “for the sake of regulating it” could create problems.”I worry that if you regulate for the sake of regulating it, it has a lot of unintended consequences,” Pichai told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in an interview published Friday. “You know, if you take a technology like artificial intelligence, it will have implications for our national security and … other important areas of society.” Share your voice Politics 2last_img read more

Avengers Endgame leaked on torrent ahead of its April 26 release

first_imgAvengers: Endgame posterTwitterAvengers: Endgame movie released earlier today in China and is slated to release in the USA and in India on April 26. However, ahead of its worldwide release, the most anticipated Marvel movie has become the latest victim of piracy site Tamilrockers.As per recent reports, the Avengers Endgame movie has apparently become the latest victim of piracy site Tamilrockers. Just two days before its official release, the movie is being made for illegal downloads on multiple torrent sites. As of now, HDCAM 720p print is currently available for illegal downloads.It was requested a couple of days ago by Endgame movie directors not to spoil anything. But despite their best efforts to the fans, the movie is now leaked online. In addition to this, there are several Reddit subthreads which are currently discussing the entire plots of Avengers: Endgame movie.Avengers: Endgame movie is predicted to earn more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office collection. In India alone, the movie has made a record for selling 1 million tickets in just one single day. With the movie leaking on Tamilrockers, the film will definitely hit at the box-office as we already know that the entire weekend tickets are sold and several fans will try to watch it online for free only. Scarlett Johansson with Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr and Jimmy KimmelTwitterAs I have mentioned in my previous Game of Thrones leaked post that piracy is not only bad but is also a crime. Millions of dollars go into making such incredible movies and it does not make any sense when some people just leak the movies online. As an ardent MCU fan, I request to all of you to stay away from the spoilers and do not go for the illegal download prints to watch this anticipated Marvel movie.Avengers: Endgame movie is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and will start after the events shown in Avengers: Infinity War. The movie will feature Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and others reprising their roles for one more time. There are speculations that the movie will break several box-office records as it will be the last time when we will see Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark or Iron Man. We just hope that fans will stay away from the illegal prints and enjoy the superhero drama in theaters only.last_img read more

AlQaeda remains resilient with Lashkar Islamic State emerging as global security threat

first_imgAl Qaeda terrorists [Representational Image]ReutersAl-Qaeda has strong ties with Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani Network, according to a new UN report. It also said that the deteriorating health of leader Aiman Muhammed al-Zawahiri has raised an alarm on the issue of succession. “Al-Qaeda remains resilient, although the health and longevity of its leader, Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, and how the succession will work are in doubt,” said the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team report. It was submitted to the UN Security Council Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee. The report also said that the terror group considers Afghanistan as a “safe haven” and deeply relies on the strong relations with the Taliban. “Under Taliban patronage, Al-Qaeda is keen to strengthen its presence in Badakhshan Province, in particular in the Shighnan area bordering Tajikistan, as well as in Barmal, in Paktika Province”, the report said. According to a previous report on LeT and Islamic State working with Pakistani intelligence agency in Afghanistan, officials have claimed that the terrorist group’s presence in the region has risen over the years. “LeT’s presence in Afghanistan has been observed to be steadily on the rise. According to recent inputs, Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha Saeed is taking more interest in operational affairs in Afghanistan,” an intelligence official told Hindustan Times. ISIL and the Al-QaidaThe report also compared Al-Qaeda’s influence with the emerging presence of another terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).The ISIL, who gained recognition for carrying out the Sri Lankan Sunday terror attack, was reported to strengthen its network in remote provinces using “a logical extension of the dispersed, delegated leadership approach.” Islamic State released a video of the terror squad responsible for the Easter Sunday massacre.”Better established affiliates are taking on elements of responsibility for lesser ones, channelling funds and assisting with propaganda. Over time, this may have the effect of regionalising the agendas of these networks,” it added.On the other hand, Al-Qaeda has a successfully established network through its engagement in local issues and politics. It noted that the largest concentration of active foreign terrorists in Idli and Afghanistan were largely aligned with the Al-Qaida. However, it is noted that the group has some issues in the Syrian city, Idlib. While the report says that the Al-Qaeda’s allies are stronger than their ISIL counterparts in Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, Somalia and a majority of West Africa, it said that ISIL is a much greater threat to global security.In terms of finances, media profile, current combat experience and terrorist expertise, the UN report noted that ISIL remains much stronger than Al-Qaeda.last_img read more

Spinning the wheel

first_imgAn exhibition titled ‘Painted Weaves’ by SG Vasudev will be held from February 27 to March 9 at the Art Gallery, India International Centre in the national Capital. The preview of the exhibition will be held on February 26.SG Vasudev was inspired by tapestries of works by Picasso, Braque and other artists that he saw during visits to Europe.  His desire to render his own paintings and drawings in the medium of tapestry and his meeting with master weaver Subbarayalu in 1995 led to a collaborative venture that drew on each other’s artistic mastery and ingenuity to create fresh, original works of art. The present exhibition of tapestries in silk presents images from several of his series of paintings, such as ‘Tree of Life’, ‘Maithuna’, ‘Humanscapes’, ‘Earthscapes’ and ‘Theatre of Life’. Through this medium the artist explores the eternal synergy between art and craft, tradition and contemporaneity, man and nature, and fantasy and reality.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’B. Subbarayulu has been involved in collaborative work with renowned artists, working with the late MF Hussain and SG Vasudev to translate their paintings into tapestries. SG Vasudev’s works are done in various mediums (drawings, paintings, reliefs in copper and tapestries in silk). He became well-known for his ‘Vriksha’ (Tree of Life) series, which evolved over nearly a decade, turning into the Tree of Life and Death in the latter half of the 1980s.    Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe also explored the theme of ‘Maithuna’ (Act of Love) through a series of drawings, paintings and copper reliefs. Eventually his tree grew into faces titled ‘Humanscapes’ and ‘Earthscapes’. The tree is still sometime visible in the series titled ‘Theatre of Life’ and ‘Rhapsody’.His works are represented in quite a lot of individual, institutional and corporate collections in India and overseas.  Apart from this he has executed a number of murals in different media.last_img read more

A coping stone would kill a person Plea for weight restriction on

first_imgDamage caused to the canal bridge (Image: Kerry Ashdown) He said: “Lorries going over it are constantly clouting the top. If they dislodge the coping stones off the top and there happens to be a boat underneath it – God forbid – the coping stone is going to kill the person underneath. If it goes onto the boat, and it is a wooden boat, it would certainly sink it. “I have been in touch with the Canal and River Trust and the highways department (at Staffordshire County Council) and I have been going to them for three or four years about it. I have asked them to ban wagons going over the bridge; it isn’t wide enough for them.” The bridge stones have been scraped bu vehicles (Image: Kerry Ashdown) County councillor Ian Parry, who represents the Stone Rural ward, said he would welcome more protection for the bridge. He added: “The bridge has historically been damaged by vehicles colliding with it and I would support the idea of weight or class restriction on its use. “I think the flow of commercial traffic in the vicinity of Mount Road and use of sat navs make the problem more complicated. I also wonder if even small commercial vehicles can sometimes struggle with the tight right angle turn.” Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “We will always take on board residents’ concerns and our highways team can look into this issue. “Canal bridges by their nature are older and narrower structures and around the county some have weight restrictions. In most cases there shouldn’t be any need to introduce a weight limit as the bridge structure should be capable of taking the weight of vehicles using them. “However, if there is concern about the capacity of a bridge then we would need to work with the Canals and Rivers Trust, which owns the bridge, before considering any weight limit and what that should be.” A52 blocked after lorry jack-knifes A Canal & River Trust spokesperson said: “The Canal and River Trust is calling once again for motorists to slow down when crossing over Bridge 98 in Meaford on the Trent and Mersey Canal after the bridge has been recently hit again by a careless driver causing £25,000 worth of damage. As a charity it is heart-breaking for us to spend so much time and money caring for these amazing structures just to see them so carelessly damaged. Calls for speed watch scheme on busy town road “We have made the area safe and we are now looking at options to try and stop this from happening or at least try and catch people who are causing the damage which might include installing CCTV if we have enough funding. As a charity the money that we will spend to repair the bridge is diverting costs from other projects and repairs we could be doing caring for our canals. “We’re hoping to fix the bridge in the near future but if anyone sees a vehicle hitting the bridge please contact the local police who are aware of what is happening.” Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA “careless” driver has caused £25,000 worth of damage to a canal crossing near Stone – and a concerned resident is calling for a weight restriction on the bridge to prevent further destruction or even tragedy. David Johnston, of Stone, is concerned that vehicles hitting Bridge 98 at Meaford, near the new business park, could knock out stones, putting boaters underneath at risk. last_img read more

New location fresh enthusiasm at TTF Surat

first_imgTravel enthusiasts all across the country are gearing up to savour new experiences in the approaching travel season. Destinations are promoting their best to attract tourists who, in turn, are already planning their itineraries for the year and what better way to tap this thriving market than through the platform of TTF!Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) Surat is being held just ahead of Diwali and winter travel season, from September 9-11, 2016 at Pandit Deendayal Upaddhyay Indoor Stadium. Earlier held in the outskirts of the city (Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre), the new location for the show is a strategic development that would in fact add to footfalls, thus boosting business opportunities further. It will add to the convenience of the city dwellers too who would visit the show.TTF is India’s oldest and largest travel trade show and is now being organised in nine cities annually.The three day travel trade show at Surat will be a one-stop shop for destination showcase and various tourism products. The show will witness a congregation of tourism boards, hotels, resorts, travel agents, tour operators, online travel companies, railways and cruises.TTF Surat will be held as part of the TTF West Series commencing with Ahmedabad, followed by Surat, Mumbai and Pune.last_img read more

Related Norwegian to launch new service between Co

first_img RelatedNorwegian to launch new service between Copenhagen and GatwickNorwegian to launch new service between Copenhagen and GatwickFlights to Gatwick to be launched from Cork by Aer LingusFlights to Gatwick to be launched from Cork by Aer LingusIceland Express adds Gatwick to Stansted servicesIcelandic low-cost airline Iceland Express is launching flights from Reykjavik to London Gatwick this winter. Cheap flights carrier Norwegian is set to expand the number of routes operating between London Gatwick and Norway.New flights to Copenhagen, Oslo and four other cities will begin operating out of London Gatwick from the end of March 2009.The new services have been welcomed by commercial director at the airport Mike Luddy.He said: “This strengthens our growing route network to the Nordic region and provides our customers with yet more choice from London Gatwick.”We look forward to welcoming passengers of Norwegian on their programme which is operating almost sixty flights a week.”New flights to Oslo will depart three-times per day, while Copenhagen will receive two daily services.Daily flights to Bergen, Stavanger and Aalborg will also be offered, while two services per week will be offered between Gatwick and Tromso.Norwegian welcomed more than nine million passengers on to its aeroplanes in 2008, with total passenger traffic increasing by 20 percent compared to 2007. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more