Winnipeg volunteers conducting homelessness census

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a problem that plays out in cities across the nation.On any given night, hundreds of people are staying in shelters or living on the streets.In Winnipeg, as APTN’s Dennis Ward found out, volunteers are conducting a census in an effort to get a handle on homelessness.last_img

Casablanca Stock Exchange Market to Continue its Stagnation During June

Rabat – The wait-and-see approach of the Moroccan stock market is expected to persist during the month of June 2017, according to the forecasts of analysts of Crédit du Maroc Capital (CDMC).In the absence of any precursor, the current month should be marked by both the advent of the summer and Ramadan, noted the stock market company in its stock-market balance of May 2017.Following a recovery in April, after a rough first quarter, the Casablanca Stock Exchange failed to maintain an upward trend and ended May on a negative note, reports CDMC. In these conditions, the main indexes of the rating show a decline of 0.52% to 11,577.96 points for the MASI Index and of 0,51% to 9,441,74 points for the MADEX Index. CDMC continued that the Moroccan All Share Index was impacted by acombination of several events, most notably the contraction in the weight of Morocco in the MSCI FM Index from 8.40% to 7.96% as part of the quarterly review of the index taking effect on May 31, 2017.The latter also underlines the increase in import of goods and services, which grew by MAD 14.21 billion. The increase in imports is farhigher than the monetary increase in exports, which grew by MAD 3.6 billion. This increase caused a widening of the trade deficit of MAD 10.61 billion to MAD  -40.23 billion at the end of April 2017.According to the statistics of the Foreign Exchange Office, the rate of coverage is reduced to 74.1% instead of 79% a year earlier, noted the CDMD.Other highlights included CDMC analysts pointing to a 0.2% rise in the Consumer Price Index in April 2017, due in particular to the 0.3% increase of the food products index and the stagnation of the non-food products index, citing the High Commission for Planning (HCP).In its monthly balance sheet, the brokerage firm added that the stagnation of the Casablanca Stock Exchange during the past month was mostly due to the losses accrued by virtually all large cap stocks.In this regard, Maroc Telecom registered a decrease of 5.16% during May, Lafarge Holcim Maroc -4.10%, Wafa Assurance -2.49%, BCP -1.09% and Cosumar -0.78%, and these five values ??alone contributed by -1.61% to the decrease of the MASI Index in May.The overall market valuation settled at MAD 582.9 billion in May, down by nearly MAD 4 billion compared to April 2017, marking a 0.6% decline.Meanwhile, the Daily Quantitative Volume (VQM) of the BVC amounted to MAD 164.55 million =, against 104.19 million in April 2017. read more

Niagara birds subject of new book by Physics professor

A Physics professor emeritus has co-authored a new book on Niagara birds.John Black has teamed up with Kayo Roy to create Niagara Birds, a compendium of articles and species accounts of birds in the Niagara Region. The authors will have an official book launch on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill.Niagara Birds has some 25 articles and 368 species accounts by professional ornithologists and experienced amateur birders. Topics range from the interaction of birds and grape growers to the effect of West Nile Virus on owls.Black is an avid birder and president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists.

Airline luxury brands follow Chinas lead on Hong Kong

HONG KONG — The chief executive of Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways has warned there will be “disciplinary consequences” for employees involved in “illegal protests,” as the airline joins a slate of businesses that have appeased and apologized to China in recent days.His comments in a memo to employees seen by the AP came just hours before the Hong Kong airport announced Monday it was shutting down and cancelling the day’s remaining flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators occupied the main terminal.As more than two months of mass protests have taken over the semi-autonomous Chinese city, companies from luxury fashion brands to bubble tea shops have been under pressure to distance themselves from protesters and declare their support for the ruling Communist Party’s position on Hong Kong.Yanan Wang, The Associated Press read more

Simcoe gas producer scores win at OEB

WALSH – A local resource firm has claimed a major win over a multinational energy distributor.The Ontario Energy Board has ruled that Metalore Resources of Simcoe can run an 800-metre pipeline to the 31,000-square-foot New Leaf cannabis-production facility near Walsh for the provision of natural gas.In its decision, the OEB acknowledges that Enbridge Gas has the permits to do the job.However, the OEB has given the greenlight to Metalore “because of the significantly higher cost if Enbridge Gas were to provide the service to New Leaf versus Metalore.”Tuesday, Metalore president and CEO Armen Chilian said the ruling represents a sea-change in the OEB’s thinking and is potentially precedent-setting.Chilian says the decision may create a host of new opportunities for smaller resource companies in Ontario to compete for local contracts.“The OEB is saying ‘This is what we want,’” Chilian said. “’We want additional gas extended into rural Ontario where it is needed.’”Metalore is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange’s Venture Exchange under the heading MET.Metalore has been in the natural gas business since 1965. It operates about 80 wells, most of which are located in the former Charlotteville Township. Metalore also maintains 70 kilometres of pipeline and collects regular payments from 150 customers.The New Leaf facility is under construction at 1195 Charlotteville Road 5. Metalore offered to hook the plant up to a gas well 800 metres away at a cost of $150,000. This compares with a price of $2.3 million quoted by Enbridge Gas.Metalore’s price was lower because it has infrastructure in the immediate area. Enbridge does not.“Metalore believes the decision represents a win for Ontario natural gas producers who may now be encouraged to apply for a (permit) in their particular area and thereby expand gas service in rural Ontario,” Metalore said in a news release Tuesday.In supporting documents filed with the OEB, Metalore said awarding it the contract would produce benefits all around.“The granting of a certificate is in the public interest as favoured by economics, the complete absence of environmental impacts, no outstanding landowner issues since Metalore already pays royalties on gas leases in the area, no adverse impact on other ratepayers, and Metalore is a competent builder and operator of the proposed gas supply works,” the brief says.Widening the field to other players has potential implications for outstanding issues in the local area. One of these is the absence of natural gas infrastructure in Turkey Point.The former Union Gas and Norfolk County partnered on a funding application to the provincial government in 2017 to extend a pipeline from St. Williams into Turkey Point. That application was rejected. Jan. 1 of this year, Union Gas and Enbridge Gas merged operations.Chilian was asked Tuesday whether Metalore is in a position to take on the job in Turkey Point. He said no, adding this would be more than his company could handle all at once.“We’re a small, local producer,” Chilian said. “We cannot take on hundreds of new customers. We’d have to add new gas wells, and they’re expensive.”Chilian added an urban posture would create expensive new costs, among them insurance, easements and read more

UNESCO chief deplores attempts to question or deny Holocaust

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored any attempt to question or deny the Holocaust as a conference continued in Iran on the scale and nature of the Nazi slaughter of 6 million Jews – already dismissed as a myth by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.“In the face of the attempts to re-write history that are currently at work, I can but recall in the most emphatic manner that it is our moral duty to analyze the past and to pass it on without falsification, alteration or omission,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement.“Any attempt to call into question or to deny the reality of the Holocaust or of any other crime against humanity is to be deeply regretted. UNESCO has a major role to play in this work of transmission, which is of especial importance to the younger generations,” he added. Mr. Matsuura noted that the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz site had been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a particularly striking example of the duty to respect history and memory. “I was able to gauge this personally when I visited the site in April 2001, a moment that will for ever be engraved in my mind,” he said. “I fully share the conviction of the United Nations Secretary-General [Kofi Annan], who recently denounced all attempts to cast doubt on the reality of the Holocaust, which he qualifies as ‘a unique and undeniable horror,’” he added.Last week, Mr. Annan said any “attempt to cast doubt on the reality of this unique and undeniable horror must be firmly resisted by all people of goodwill and of whatever faith.” He added that he would deeply deplore any conference whose purpose is to question or deny the reality of the Holocaust. Mr. Matsuura noted that UNESCO had welcomed the adoption by the General Assembly, almost a year ago of a resolution proclaiming 27 January, the day of the liberation of Auschwitz, as ‘International Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust’ in order to remember the crimes of the past and to prevent future acts of genocide. read more

Manufacturing in New York contracts in May

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2016 6:41 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, file photo, pedestrians walk past the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in New York. On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports on factory activity in New York in May as indicated by its Empire State manufacturing index. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Manufacturing in New York contracts in May WASHINGTON – Factory activity in New York shrank in May after expanding for two months, as manufacturers received fewer orders and shipments fell.The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index slumped to minus 9 in May, after reaching 9.6 the previous month. Any reading below zero points to contraction.The figures indicate that factories in the state continue to struggle despite growth in March and April. Factory output nationwide has been sluggish in the past year as a weak global economy has lowered exports and U.S. businesses are spending less on equipment and machinery.A measure of new orders fell to minus 5.5, from 11.1 the previous month. That suggests factory output may contract again next month. And a gauge of shipments also slipped into negative territory, falling to minus 1.9 from 10.2.The employment index was little changed. But a measure of hours worked declined, evidence that factory workers put in fewer hours and will receive slightly smaller paychecks as a result.An index of capital spending by New York manufacturers, which measures their plans to spend on large equipment, fell to its lowest level in more than two years.U.S. manufacturing has started to improve a bit in recent months, according to nationwide data, but growth remains tepid. Factories were held back last year by a strong dollar, which makes U.S. products more expensive overseas. But the dollar has declined since January, giving manufacturers some relief.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said earlier this month that its manufacturing index topped 50, a sign of expansion, for the second straight month in April. That index had been below 50 for five months until March. read more

Ireland UN experts urge amending abortion ban subjecting women to suffering and

The independent experts, from the Geneva-based Human Rights Committee, issued their findings after considering a complaint by the woman, AM, who was told in November 2011 when she was in the 21st week of pregnancy that her foetus had congenital defects, which meant it would die in the womb or shortly after birth. This meant she had to choose “between continuing her non-viable pregnancy or travelling to another country while carrying a dying foetus, at personal expense and separated from the support of her family, and to return while not fully recovered,” the Committee said in a press release. AM decided to travel to the United Kingdom for a termination and returned 12 hours after the procedure as she could not afford to stay longer. The UK hospital did not provide any options regarding the foetus’s remains and she had to leave them behind. The ashes were unexpectedly delivered to her three weeks later by courier. In Ireland, she was denied the bereavement counselling and medical care available to women who miscarry. Such differential treatment, the Committee noted, failed to take into account her medical needs and socio-economic circumstances and constituted discrimination. “Many of the negative experiences she went through could have been avoided if [she] had not been prohibited from terminating her pregnancy in the familiar environment of her own country and under the care of health professionals whom she knew and trusted,” the Committee wrote in its findings. The Committee also said that, in addition to the shame and stigma associated with the criminalization of abortion of a fatally ill foetus, AM’s suffering was aggravated by the obstacles she faced in getting information about the appropriate medical options. Ireland’s Abortion Information Act allows healthcare providers to give patients information about abortion, including the circumstances under which abortion services can be available in Ireland or overseas. But under the law they are prohibited from, and could be sanctioned for, behaviour that could be interpreted as advocating or promoting the termination of pregnancy. This, according to the Committee, has a chilling effect on health-care providers, who struggle to distinguish “supporting” a woman who has decided to terminate a pregnancy from “advocating” or “promoting” abortion. Ireland, which is a State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), is obliged to provide AM with an effective remedy, including adequate compensation and psychological treatment she may need, the Committee said. Ireland is also obliged to prevent similar violations from occurring. “To this end, the State party should amend its law on voluntary termination of pregnancy, including if necessary its Constitution, to ensure compliance with the Covenant, including effective, timely and accessible procedures for pregnancy termination in Ireland, and take measures to ensure that health-care providers are in a position to supply full information on safe abortion services without fearing being subjected to criminal sanctions,” the Committee’s findings said. In its observations to the Committee on AM’s claims, Ireland said that the country’s constitutional and legislative framework reflected “the nuanced and proportionate approach to the considered views of the Irish Electorate on the profound moral question of the extent to which the right to life of the foetus should be protected and balanced against the rights of the woman.” The Human Rights Committee considered this case under the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR Covenant which gives the Committee competence to examine individual complaints. read more

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders ready for talks with UN chief on

The press release was published following a meeting between Greek-Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, and Elizabeth Spehar, the head of the UN Mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP), held earlier on the same day at Ms. Spehar’s official residence in the UN Protected Area.,The two leaders took the opportunity to welcome the implementation of previously announced confidence-building measures, such as making the electricity and mobile phone networks more inter-connected, which would allow greater interaction between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities. They also reaffirmed their commitment to implementing further confidence-building measures, with the support of the UN.The Mission was established in 1964 to prevent conflict between the two communities on the Mediterranean island, and in the absence of a political settlement, it continues to maintain ceasefire lines and a buffer zone.In an interview with UN News last May, the commander of the UN military force in Cyprus, Major-General Cheryl Pearce, explained that peacekeepers on the island are working towards a “bi-zonal, bi-communal federated state”, to ensure a “future where the whole of the island can live in a safe and secure environment” says Force Commander, Major-General Cheryl Pearce.The meeting was described as a “sincere and constructive exchange of views”, during which the leaders decided to continue working towards a settlement between the two sides “with a sense of urgency”.,Read the full statement by the United Nations Spokesperson in Cyprus on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades in the attached image.— UN Cyprus (@UN_CYPRUS) August 9, 2019 read more

Ohio State mens basketballs Sam Thompson We want to get to the

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) takes a shot during a game against Michigan Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 70-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt is getting to that point of the college basketball season where teams begin looking at their respective résumés to see if they think they are worthy of a NCAA Tournament bid.Such teams are likely out of the race for their conference’s regular season title and are just looking to earn enough quality victories to get a shot at a national championship.Ohio State junior forward Sam Thompson said the Buckeyes are a team on that list.“We don’t feel that we’ve done enough to really put ourselves in a position where we can say if the season ended today, we’re hands down in the tournament,” Thompson said Friday. “We want to get to the tournament, we don’t want to play on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament, and we obviously want to win the Big Ten Tournament.”If the season were to end today, the No. 22 Buckeyes (19-6, 6-6) — who currently sit by themselves in fifth place of the Big Ten standings — would in fact be stuck playing on the first day of the conference tournament March 13. The top four teams in the league are awarded a bye and an extra day of rest before their conference tournament play starts Friday.OSU is just one game back of No. 21 Wisconsin in the standings, so getting a first-round bye in the tournament is not out of the question, but because the Buckeyes sit four games behind conference leaders Michigan State and Michigan, Thompson said their mindset has changed with only six regular season games remaining.“The focus changed a little bit,” Thompson said. “We’re all used to being in a position where we’re really hunkering down and trying to win a Big Ten Championship at this point of the year. Now that we can no longer do that, now that we no longer control that destiny, we have to really play for another cause.”The Buckeyes lost their third home game of the season Tuesday, a 70-60 decision to Michigan, which OSU led with just more than 12 minutes remaining in the game.The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for OSU, one in which the Buckeyes beat two top 20 teams in then-No. 14 Wisconsin and then-No. 17 Iowa by a combined eight points.Thompson said OSU “probably played about 30 minutes of the best basketball” it has played all year, and coach Thad Matta agreed, but the difference Tuesday was how the Wolverines exploited his team’s mistakes.“As I told our guys, every mistake that we made, they capitalized on,” Matta said Friday. “And I said, ‘When we’re playing our best basketball, that’s what we do.’”OSU topped Illinois (14-11, 3-9), 62-55, in Columbus Jan. 23, a win that ended a season-high four-game losing skid. The Fighting Illini have lost nine of their last 10 games, and even though the Buckeyes needed a late push to beat them last month — the game was tied at 46 until junior forward LaQuinton Ross hit a 3-pointer to give OSU the lead for good with 5:48 left — Thompson said the team has improved since that game.“We definitely feel that we’re a better team (since that game). We’ve made strides offensively and defensively and we’ve sort of gotten ourselves out of this slump that we were in when we played them,” Thompson said. “So we just want to build on what we’ve been doing.”Although Illinois is currently fighting through a tough stretch of games and sits last in the Big Ten standings, Matta said nothing should be taken for granted and his team must be ready for another conference road game.“We weren’t playing great on the road in January. Start of February, we got a couple road wins and I love the demeanor that the guys had in warm-ups and timeouts and on the court,” Matta said. “We’re gonna need that tomorrow.”Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Saturday in Champaign, Ill. read more

Football How offensive coordinator Kevin Wilsons offense at Indiana translates to Ohio

OSU co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson works with redshirt freshman tight end Luke Farrell during the opening spring practice for the 2017 season on March 7. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Former Sports EditorIt is no secret that Ohio State’s offense over the past several years has been heavily scrutinized by the fanbase.Now that Ohio State has hired a new offensive coordinator, all eyes will be on Kevin Wilson in his debut season as he tries to appease those cries for an improved offense. But with Wilson leaving Indiana for Columbus, many are probably wondering how this new offense will look. QuarterbacksCalling the plays for redshirt senior J.T. Barrett, Wilson will be presented with a new style of quarterback to work with. Over his six seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers, Wilson has coached 15 different quarterbacks, who have amassed a total of 1,820 rushing yards. Barrett has 2,465 rushing yards in three seasons. While mobile quarterbacks have never been a major part of Wilson’s offensive arsenal at Indiana, his signal-callers have always seemed to find success in the passing game. Since 2011, Wilson’s offense has led the Big Ten in passing yards three of the six seasons (2012, 2013, 2015) and finished second in 2016. In four of Wilson’s six seasons at Indiana, the Hoosiers’ aerial attack tallied at least 3,000 yards, a feat the Buckeyes have accomplished only once in the Urban Meyer era (2014). Twice, that milestone was reached by just one quarterback (Richard Lagow with 3,362 in 2016; Nate Sudfeld with 3,573 in 2015), without the assistance of a backup quarterback. While Wilson will likely conform a little to Barrett’s game and coach a more mobile quarterback, his track record indicates that Barrett might be counted on for a little more production in the passing game. Wide ReceiversSince 2011 Wilson’s first season as a head coach, 80.6 percent of Indiana’s receiving yards have been tallied by wide receivers. With wideouts like now-Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer and now-Jacksonville Jaguars pass-catcher Shane Wynn, the Hoosiers had for several seasons one of the more potent receiving corps in the Big Ten. This provided their quarterbacks — including Sudfeld, who now plays for the Washington Redskins — plenty of opportunities to air it out.During Wilson’s tenure, wide receivers averaged 13.6 yards per catch. Wideouts totaled at least 2,600 receiving yards, twice surpassing the milestone of 3,000, in four of Wilson’s six years.In Meyer’s first five seasons at Ohio State, wideouts have only accounted for 69.7 percent of all receiving yards, and just 64.4 percent of all receptions.With a wide array of wide receiving options available next season, including redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon, sophomore Binjimen Victor, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill and redshirt junior Terry McLaurin at his disposal, Wilson can be counted on to make the Buckeye wideouts more heavily involved than in past offensive schemes. Tight EndsThis season, Meyer and Wilson will feature four former four-star recruits at tight end, including trusted senior Marcus Baugh, who will have to shoulder much of the burden with redshirt sophomore A.J. Alexander out for the season with a knee injury. And Buckeye fans should expect to see Wilson target those tight ends frequently when his offense gets near the end zone. Though Indiana tight ends tallied only 9 percent of total receiving yards during Wilson’s tenure, they accounted for 15.2 percent of the program’s receiving touchdowns over the past six seasons. The biggest season for Hoosier tight ends came in 2015, when they were on the receiving end of 18.5 percent of the team’s passing touchdowns that season and 13 percent of all receptions. Wilson’s tendency to distribute the ball to his tight ends might turn around a trend of reduced tight end usage by the Buckeyes over the past two seasons. After a 2014 season when the position was heavily involved, accounting for 19 percent of all touchdown receptions and 11 percent of all total yards, Barrett has not been targeting tight ends over the past two seasons, as they have only caught 4.4 percent of passing touchdowns and 9.4 percent of receiving yards.Running BacksSince Wilson took over the Hoosiers, no position has been drafted as frequently as the running back position at Indiana, with Jordan Howard going in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and Tevin Coleman going in the third round of the 2015 draft. Despite the individual success of Howard and Coleman, a rush-based offense was never something Wilson ran on. Still, the Hoosiers twice finished in the top three for total rushing yards in the Big Ten (second place in 2015, third in 2014). However, the ground game for Indiana dropped off a bit in 2016 as it finished 11th in the conference with only 1,979 yards (3.7 yards per carry).Running backs have also not proven to be a featured part of the passing game at Indiana, like they have at Ohio State. The position accounted for only 15.8 percent of all receptions, 10.5 percent of all receiving yards and just 7.2 percent of receiving touchdowns over the past six seasons. Wilson’s reluctance to fully utilize the ground game stands in stark contrast to Meyer’s track record of keeping the backs busy in both the rushing and passing game. Since 2012, 16.3 percent of all receiving yards, 21.9 percent of all receptions and 12.0 percent of all touchdown catches have come from Meyer’s running backs.Part of the reason for this has been Meyer’s consistent inclusion of an H-back, with Curtis Samuel being the most prominent example of this role. Samuel led the Buckeyes with 865 receiving yards a season ago, and finished fourth in 2015. It awaits to be seen exactly how Wilson features the running backs in 2017 and beyond, but Meyer’s past track record of keeping running backs heavily involved could mean Wilson will need to work on utilizing them in his offensive schemes a little bit more than in past years. read more

New Strictly Come Dancing festival offers fans a photo for £20

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Anton du Beke (left) will be one of the stars of the show Anton du Beke (left) will be one of the stars of the show Danny Mac, Ore Oduba, Louise Redknapp Strictly Spectacular, hosted at the ExCel London in June, will include a 90-minute theatre show called Inside the Glitterball, which promises an “exclusive insight into the magical world of Strictly”.  Strictly Come Dancing judging table They were the dancers who set hearts a-flutter during Strictly Come Dancing with their smooth moves, spray tans and glittery lycra.Now the likes of Aljaz and Anton are preparing to get one step closer to their devoted fans, as a new live version of the show sells the chance for a photograph at £20 a pop.BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, has launched Strictly Spectacular, a four-day-long live event which will see the Strictly judges, celebrities and dancers join members of the public for a celebration of the show.center_img Fans can also learn dance steps from Anton du Beke, Aljaz Skorjanec and Giovanni Pernice, and watch interviews with former contestants talking about their “incredible Strictly experiences”. The day will also include a fashion show and exhibition of costumes, hair and make-up tutorials, and a tea dance. Fans can take a photograph of themselves at the judging table for £12 Craig Revel Horwood, one of the show’s judges, said: “Strictly Come Dancing : The Spectacular is a dream come true – a fun-filled day that gets you as close as possible to some of the biggest names in Strictly. “Plus, I’ll be there to reveal a few never-before-mentioned secrets and chatting about my favourite moments of the show. I can’t wait to see you there, darling!”The show will be produced by SME London, which has also worked on the BBC’s Good Food Show, Doctor Who Festival and Countryfile Live. Basic adult tickets cost £70, with the potential to book in for a personal photo opportunity for another £20.Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Tess Daly, Zoe Ball, Gethin Jones, Aljaz Skorjanec, Anton Du Beke, Giovanni Pernice, Natalie Lowe and Oti Mabuse are all available for a photograph, or fans can choose to pay £12 for a picture of themselves at the show’s famous judging table. The project is the latest money-making scheme from BBC Worldwide, which raises funds from its most popular shows to plough back into programme making.  Former contestants will discuss their time on the showlast_img read more

Strong signals for Australian coal demand

first_imgGreg Evans, Executive Director – Coal, Minerals Council of Australia – says the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Southeast Asia Energy Outlook report, just released, “presents a positive outlook for Australian coal producers with expected increasing demand, particularly for thermal coal.“The ten nations that make up the ASEAN region are exhibiting strong population growth, increasing urbanisation and robust economic growth with the region’s economy expected to triple in size to 2040. This has significant implications for energy demand which will be served by existing resource endowments but also by increasing imports.“Currently the mainstays of Australian coal exports, both metallurgical and thermal, are the traditional north Asian markets of Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan with India also growing in importance. However Southeast Asia will gain in significance for Australian producers with inroads already established in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. This trade was valued at A$1.7 billion in 2016-17.“The IEA report indicates that since 2000 the region has been the third-largest investor in coal fired power generation behind China and India at $66 billion. Projections under the IEA’s New Policies Scenario are for coal’s share of electricity generation to increase from 35% today to over 40% by 2040. In addition, in 2040 coal is projected to be the second largest fuel meeting primary energy demand after oil.“To meet the challenges of reducing carbon dioxide emissions the majority of the new power station build will be High Efficiency, Low Emissions (HELE) technologies with a total increase of 100 GW in coal fired capacity in the outlook period to 2040 – more than four times Australia’s current total coal fired capacity.“The report also notes the available technologies to reduce sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide and particulate emissions to negligible levels and the opportunity this provides to greatly improve urban air quality.“With coal demand increasing in the region by near 4% annually to 2040 and declining Indonesian exports over the same period (from 290 Mtce in 2016 to 170 Mtce in 2040) the IEA expects Australia, with its high quality coal, will increase its exports by more than 15% to 2040.“Australia is an efficient coal producer, it is well positioned to deliver to Asia and provides a high quality coal suitable for new generation coal plants and steel making. This latest report confirms the underlying demand for coal and the considerable opportunity for Australia in the growing market of Southeast Asia.”last_img read more

Tomas Svensson finally becoming a Lion

Rhein Neckar LowenTomas Svensson Legendary Swedish goalkeeper, Tomas Svensson (43) will continue his long and successful career in Germany. His new team is Rhein Neckar Lowen, rival of his former squad, BM Valladolid in the qualification tournament for the EHF Champions League.He was voted as one of the “TOP 10 veterans” of the Handball World.Foto: Nils Jakobsson ← Previous Story Men’s Junior WC 2011: Second German Gold in a row! Next Story → Brest Meshkov with three new foreign players

Family escapes house fire in Cooper City

first_imgCOOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – A Cooper City family managed to escape a fire that started inside the garage of their home.Smoke could be seen billowing from their house near Bogota Avenue and Panama Street, Friday, at around noon.The fire destroyed the garage. The debris from the fire was scattered all over, including inside the house.A mother, her toddlers and two dogs all escaped.A firefighter, however, was transported to the hospital with a leg injury.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Over 28 of Japanese population old

first_imgMasazo Nonaka of Japan, aged 112, smiles after being awarded the Guinness World Records` oldest male person living title in Ashoro, Hokkaido prefecture on April 10, 2018. Nonaka was born on 25 July 1905. Photo: AFPMore than 28 per cent of Japan’s population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age.Those aged 65 or older now make up a record 35.6 million, or 28.1 per cent of the total population, the government said Sunday.The proportion is the highest by far in the world, ahead of 23.3 per cent in Italy, 21.9 per cent in Portugal and 21.7 per cent in Germany, according to UN data for those countries.The government also said those aged 70 or older accounted for 20.7 per cent of the population, surpassing 20 per cent for the first time.The figures show the nation’s postwar baby boomers are now entering old age, it said.The demographic shift is due to a combination of a low birthrate and long life expectancy.Japan’s rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners.last_img

Why Dont Term Limit Proposals Usually Pass

first_imgMartin Jacobsen Share X U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has introduced a proposed Constitutional amendment to establish term limits for Senators and members of Congress. His proposal would limit Senators to two six-year terms and House members to just three two-year terms.It’s not the first time Cruz has called for term limits. It’s also not the first time any lawmaker has proposed them. But they never go anywhere. Why not?See, there’s an inherent problem: How do you get people in power to voluntarily limit that power? How do you get members of the Senate and House to agree to conditions that might shift the balance of power in those bodies? And amending the Constitution — as would be needed to limit federal officeholders — is especially difficult.In the audio above, Teddy Rave from the University of Houston Law Center explains how term limits have been enacted in the past and some of the legal challenges with doing so.Then, political analyst Nancy Sims discusses the history of term limits in local, state, and national government and why they’ve never been passed for certain positions.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listenlast_img read more

PWD makes visual inspection annual checkups mandatory for bridges

first_imgKolkata: The state Public Works Department (PWD) has made it mandatory to have “visual inspection” four times a year, along with an annual health check-up for proper maintenance of the bridges and flyovers under its jurisdiction.The respective divisions will be responsible for undertaking periodic inspection, taking up repairs and proper maintenance of the bridges under their jurisdictions. Each division will take up visual inspection of the bridges four times in a year – February, May, August and November. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In case they notice any distress or any condition which requires expert opinion, they shall inform the same in writing to the Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell and follow up with them so that the advice is received early and action is initiated,” read the notification. Elaborating on the health check-up that will be done once a year, the notification stated that such process will include all non-destructive testing of various components of the bridge to find out indications of distress, a distress mapping of the bridge, prescription for repairs and other actions needed to restore the bridge to the condition it was in just after construction. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Bridge Inspection and Monitoring Cell (BIMC) will empanel a list of agencies for conducting annual health check-up of the bridges. PWD has even specified the roles of the divisions and the BIMC. Apart from maintenance, visual inspection and repairing, the divisions have been empowered to impose traffic restriction/blockage and speed restrictions in consultation with the cell, as and when needed. It has to maintain a register for each bridge, with original drawings and specifications, details of all repair and other work carried out on the bridge and inspection reports. It will have to conduct annual health check-up by engaging agency, obtain reports, share the reports with BIMC and take follow-up action on recommendations in consultation with the cell. The BIMC will function under the direction of Chief Engineer (Planning), Roads. A Zonal Committee will monitor the activities of bridge inspection and rehabilitation at the zonal level each month.last_img read more

Ezra Miller cosplays as sexy Toadette at San Diego Comic Con

first_imgThe 25 year-old out queer actor joined his Fantastic Beasts co-stars at a panel to promote upcoming sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald.Stealing the show from his plain-clothed colleagues, Miller accessorized his giant mushroom head with a pink slip and thigh high stockings.he really won’t stop will he— best of ezra (@bestofezra) 22 July 2018 Thanks for sharing all the #MagicInSanDiego with us. #FantasticBeasts #SDCC2018 : @EW #EWComicCon— Fantastic Beasts (@FantasticBeasts) July 22, 2018Miller is no stranger to obscure Comic Con cosplay stunts.Last year’s event saw Miller arriving as Edward Elric from Japanese manga series Full Metal Alchemist.Ezra Miller Comic Con-ning. Full Metal Alchemist cosplay. Ezra Miller showed up to San Diego Comic Con last weekend dressed as Super Mario’s Toadette. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Ezra Miller on coming out as queer: ‘I was told by a lot of people I’d made a mistake’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Actors Jason Momoa (famed for playing Aquaman) and Ezra Miller, at San Diego Comic Con (Photo: @prideofgypsies | Instagram) GAYSTARNEWS- — Amanda Baller (@dawnyb) 22 July 2017And the year before that, Miller debuted at Comic Con dressed as The Lord of the Ring’s Gandalf. But a sexy Gandalf, obviously, because it’s Ezra Miller.lets take a moment to appreciate ezra miller dressed as gandalf— dinda (@dckgrayson) 24 July 2016This year was Miller’s third consecutive Comic Con cosplay stunt, and somehow his sexiest yet.It’s probably the bare chest and arms, but proof, if any were needed, that the star looks fantastic in anything, even mushroom get-up.Johnny Depp also appeared in costume as wizard Gellert Grindelwald, to promote the new film in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise. The actor did not join the panel discussion, however.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is due for release on 16th of November in the US and UK. The sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sees Miller reprise his role as disturbed wizard Credence Barebone.Warner Bros. debuted a trailer for the new film at Comic Con. Check it out below.[embedded content]Also on Gay Star News:Stop teasing us and just make Dumbledore gay already Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… New Fantastic Beasts trailer hints at Dumbledore’s past gay romanceIn honor of National New Jersey Day, here are 9 LGBTI people from the Garden StateRyan Reynolds wants Deadpool to explore his sexuality in future moviesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

SpaceX Is Building Another Starship in Florida

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget May 15, 2019 1 min readcenter_img After a poster on uploaded pictures of another Starship vehicle (f.k.a. BFR) under construction in Florida — to go along with prototypes being built in Texas — Elon Musk explained what’s going on. The CEO tweeted that “SpaceX is doing simultaneous competing builds of Starship in Boca Chica Texas & Cape Canaveral Florida.” He said the plan is to find out which location is the most effective even if the answer “might be both.”Still, if the plan is to get these on the moon ASAP — with other billionaires making plans for lunar travel as we speak — doubling up on production seems like a good idea. For now, SpaceX’s next launch is scheduled for tomorrow to launch 60 of its Starlink internet satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket.SpaceX is doing simultaneous competing builds of Starship in Boca Chica Texas & Cape Canaveral Florida— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 14, 2019last_img read more