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first_imgFREDERICTON – Veterinarians say they’re seeing an increasing number of dogs sickened after ingesting marijuana, and are warning pet owners to take care as Canada prepares for cannabis legalization this year.Dr. Jeff Goodall, a veterinarian who runs the Sunnyview Animal Centre in Bedford, N.S., said he’s seeing a growing number of dogs with marijuana toxicity.“It profoundly affects the neurological system. It can progress to tremors and seizures, and they can go into a coma,” he said Tuesday.Goodall said his Halifax-area clinic saw five cases in 2017, three in 2016, and none the year before that.He said the tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in marijuana doesn’t make dogs high. Rather, it makes them very sick.“The THCs are very toxic to pets in the sense that they cause profound levels of confusion, then the dogs start to cry or vocalize and become hyperactive. They get through that period fairly quickly and then they begin to drool and become unable to walk properly,” Goodall said.“By the time they’re in the clinic it’s very clear that they have marijuana toxicity because the poor dogs have excessive or uncontrolled urination.”In rare cases it can lead to death.Goodall said in four of the five cases he saw last year, the owners were upfront about the cause of their dog’s illness and they were able to proceed quickly with treatment.However he said the owner in the fifth case was in denial.“She was accusing us of accusing her children of using recreational medication, when that wasn’t what we were saying at all. We were just saying, this is what the dog has,” he said.Goodall said cannabis edibles are also harmful to dogs.“One of our cases this year was cannabis-containing brownies. We also had another dog who ate a bag of suckers. The problem there wasn’t the cannabis, it was the xylitol. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener often used in sugar-free gum, and it is extremely concerning to pets,” he said.Goodall said he’d like to see warnings and greater public education on what marijuana can do to pets.In Colorado, where recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012, there was a four-fold increase in reported cases of toxicity in dogs between 2010 and 2015.An article posted on the website of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association says dogs are proportionally more sensitive to the active compounds in marijuana than people, and in small dogs, excessive intake can easily result in signs of toxicity.It also says that cats are not immune to the toxic side effects but are more selective in what they eat. They also lack the sweet tooth that would make cannabis edibles as attractive as they are to dogs.Goodall said there are other components in cannabis that may eventually prove useful in treating some symptoms and illnesses in pets, but more research needs to be done.The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association says for now, marijuana is not approved for medicinal use in animals.“Giving products to your pet may have unknown side effects and unproven effectiveness. Especially exposing them to THC-rich recreational marijuana could put them in a life-threatening medical crisis,” its article states.last_img read more

TURKEY POINT –  Ken Hewitt thought he was buying a little piece of paradise when he purchased a cottage on Cedar Drive in Turkey Point four years ago.The Haldimand County mayor was looking for something removed from the hurly-burly of political life back home.Instead, Hewitt has become mired in a jurisdictional dispute involving dozens of his neighbours and Macdonald Turkey Point Marina, which bills itself as “Canada’s largest freshwater marina.”At issue is the channel that runs east from the marina between Ordnance Avenue and Cedar Drive. Dozens of cottages back onto the waterway, which is used to dock and launch boats, jet skis and the like. The channel serves as the cottagers’ access point to Long Point Bay and Lake Erie.Difficulties began in 2005 after the Macdonald family acquired the marina from the Christiaen family. The purchase price was $5.3 million. Soon after, a claim to the land under the channel was filed at the Norfolk County court house in Simcoe. That claim remains unresolved.After the Macdonald family took over the marina, property owners who were accustomed to the free use of the channel say they began receiving bills for assorted activities such as docking behind their cottages.One property owner says he had the entrance to his boat house blocked with a load of gravel and metal posts. The obstruction was removed after Transport Canada got involved.Along with others, Hewitt has been drawn into the fray. He can’t understand why marina management refuses to discuss the matter with neighbours face-to-face,“It was once a very positive working relationship,” Hewitt said last week. “Now it’s a fractured, one-sided dictatorship. The goal in a normal neighbourhood is to work together for the betterment of the neighbourhood. But what we have here is an adversarial relationship.”Marina president Danny Macdonald would not discuss the situation when contacted earlier this week.“The matter is proceeding through a court process and that’s all I can say at this time,” he said.Hewitt said Macdonald believes “he owns what goes on under the water and what goes on above the water. That’s offensive to us as property owners who pay taxes for waterfront property.”Hewitt recently ran afoul of the marina because he installed a 20-foot plastic dock into the channel. Hewitt says he needs the extension because weeds are not controlled and he would be unable to launch his jet skis without it.On June 11, Hewitt received a letter from the marina warning him about the dock.“Please be advised the dock you installed – jutting out from your property into the channel – is installed permanently on our property,” marina manager Brad Thomson writes. “It is not permitted as we explained to you previously.“Please remove the dock within five days of the date of this letter or we will remove it and store it at your expense.”Jurisdiction over the channel is murky because, in part, cottage deed agreements dating back many decades task the marina with channel maintenance for a set annual fee. Today, Hewitt and his neighbours pay about $200 a year for the marina to dredge the waterway and keep it free of weeds.While the marina has obligations regarding the channel, cottagers dispute the marina’s claim to the land underneath based on documentation arising from the Crown patent of 1948.The patent is the founding document for the Ordnance Land Grant — the 66 acres of cottage land at issue. The patent represents the terms and conditions under which the Crown transferred this parcel to private ownership for subsequent development.The buyer “and his heirs,” the patent says, can have the land “forever, saving, excepting and reserving unto Us, Our Heirs and Successors, the free use, passage and enjoyment of, in, over and upon all navigable waters that now are or may be hereafter found on or under or flowing through or upon any part of the said lands.”Transport Canada backed the patent in a letter in 2015. The letter was written following an investigation into an obstructed boat house on Cedar Drive.“The department considers all waterways within the Turkey Point area – including those in the vicinity of the Macdonald Turkey Point Marina – as navigable features of Lake Erie,” Kelly Thompson, Transport Canada’s navigation protection manager in Ontario at the time, wrote to the complainant.Turkey Point realtor Ron VandenBussche agrees.VandenBussche has gathered extensive records on the history of real estate in the resort community. This includes the Ordnance Land Grant and subdivision Plan 546, which is the founding document for cottages in and around the west end of Cedar Drive.He said the documents leave no doubt that the channel is a navigable waterway open to one and all. No one, VandenBussche added, has the right to levy fees for the use of the shoreline.“Even the channels in the marina are navigable waterways,” VandenBussche said this week. “So he can’t even stop people from travelling through his marina. He has no jurisdiction. You can’t own land under a navigable waterway. That’s federal land.”Meanwhile, as the litigation drags on, the toll on the neighbourhood continues to mount.One of Hewitt’s neighbours is Bill Hutchinson, owner of Hutch’s Restaurant in Hamilton.On June 14, Hutchinson learned he has been banned from all properties in Turkey Point owned by Macdonald Turkey Point Marina Inc. This includes The Jetty Bar and Grill, the gas docks, “and all waterways within the marina.”“You are also banned from the property located at 93 Cedar Drive known as the Turkey Point Hotel,” Danny Macdonald writes. “If you are observed or reported to be on these said properties, charges will be laid to the full extent of the law.”The letter left Hutchinson shaking his head.“This was just because I helped Ken put his jet skis in the water,” he said.“I’ve always been told to treat everyone as a customer. But this guy – he has no idea.” read more

President Paul Biya of Cameroon and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria will attend the 31 January summit at the UN headquarters complex in Geneva.The meeting is being held in the framework of the work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, which is chaired by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Ahmedu Ould-Abdallah.”The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the progress achieved so far by the two countries, with the assistance of the United Nations, in the implementation of the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 10 October 2002 on the land and maritime boundary between both States, and to consider the remaining tasks within the mandate of the Mixed Commission,” the spokesman said in a statement.The ICJ ruling dates back to 1994, when Cameroon asked the Court to rule on a dispute relating to sovereignty over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula, which it claimed was in part under military occupation by Nigeria, and to determine the maritime boundary between the countries. Later that year, Yaoundé extended the case to a further dispute relating to “the question of sovereignty over a part of the territory of Cameroon in the area of Lake Chad,” which it claimed was also occupied by Nigeria.The Court’s 2002 ruling addressed the issue of sovereignty over the Peninsula and delineated the boundaries between Cameroon and Nigeria. The 31 January summit is the third in a series of meetings between the Secretary-General and the two heads of State designed to facilitate a peaceful settlement of the border issues. The first one took place on 5 September 2002 in Paris, and the second was held on 15 November 2002 in Geneva. read more

← Previous Story Men’s Junior WCH 2015: Egypt to challenge European TOP teams for the trophy! Next Story → Helle Thomsen resigns in Swedisn NT Big final will be held tonight when Danish and French generation 1994 meet in the last match before senior stage (23 hrs CET). Denmark beat Germany 28:26 (15:13) in the semi final, while France had no easy job against fighters from Egypt 32:30 (15:12).11:00 Spain vs. Romania – Placement Match 7/8Referees: BOUALLOUCHA Ismail (TUN) / KHENISSI Ramzi (TUN)13:15 Belarus vs. Sweden – Placement Match 5/6ERDOGAN Kursad (TUR) / OZDENIZ Ibrahim (TUR)15:30 Germany vs. Egypt – Placement Match 3/4ALVES ROCHA Adriano (BRA) / MAGALHAES DA SILVA Daniel (BRA)FINAL18:00 Denmark vs. France – FinalReferees: LAH Bojan (SLO) / SOK David (SLO)

The EHF has announced that two players, one male and one female, from the Ukrainian national beach handball teams have tested positive for banned substances.The testing was carried out by the EHF Anti-doping Unit at the Men’s and Women’s 18 Beach EURO in Ulcinj, Montenegro played on 29, 30 June and 1 July 2018.Analysis of the samples took place at a World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory.All relevant documentation has now been forwarded to the EHF Court of Handball.Source: EHF Beach handball ← Previous Story SHOCK IN GYOR: Yvette Broch stops career Next Story → Celje PL – Dobrogea SUD ended after 30 minutes

first_imgSun-baked and debt-choked, Greece has presented a plan to become Europe’s solar energy powerhouse, attracting up to 20 billion euros of investment in the decades to come, in a bid to lift its economy out of the doldrums. The cash-strapped country regards clean energy as one of the few advantages of it’s uncompetitive economy, which is going through its longest and deepest recession in decades as a result of a debt crisis. The ambitious plan, called Project Helios, involves multiplying Greek solar power production from 206 megawatts (MW) in 2010 to 2.2 gigawatts (GW) by 2010 and up to 10 GW by 2050, according to an Energy Ministry presentation. “Greece enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, almost 50 percent more sun radiation than Germany, the global leader in solar photovoltaics,” said the presentation held by Energy Minister Yiorgos Papakonstantinou at an energy conference in Hamburg, Germany. Cash-strapped Greece needs foreign investors to finance the plan, which includes leasing state land, free of any administrative or legal burdens, to investors willing to install solar panels. Red tape is the biggest obstacle to renewable energy in Greece. Its solar energy output is about 80 times smaller than Germany’s and ten times smaller than the Czech Republic’s, according to data included in the presentation. If successful, the project could help other EU countries meet their 2020 renewable energy targets, Papakonstantinou said. Germany, in particular, is looking for ways to plug an energy gap created by its decision to drop out of nuclear energy earlier than planned. Project Helios was discussed last month in Athens between the Greek government and a high-ranking delegation of German officials headed by State Secretary of Economy Ministry Stefan Kapferer and the CEO of Germany’s industrialists’ union BDI, Markus Kerber. Transmitting up to 2.5 GWs of solar power from Greece to central Europe was already feasible today, the presentation said. Renewables, mostly wind, currently cover about 8 percent of total power demand in Greece. But they account for less than 1 per cent of the output of dominant, state-controlled electricity utility PPC, one of Europe’s biggest polluters. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgCaretaker Prime Minister Panayiotis Pikrammenos asked his new cabinet Thursday to tread carefully over the next few weeks and to respect the testing situation the country finds itself in. “I would like this government to set an example of a different type of behavior, which the Greek people, who have been severely tested, will be able to respect,” Pikrammenos, previously the president of the Council of State, told his ministers in their first meeting.The Cabinet was announced early in the morning. The government, which at the request of the political parties will only have an administrative role, is mostly made up of university professors, former ministers and diplomats.Economist and university professor Giorgos Zannias was given the hot seat at the Finance Ministry. He had previously served as an economic adviser to the government. Former Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis is returning to the role he held with the New Democracy government elected in 2004. The head of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), Yiannis Stournaras, joins the government as development minister.None of the members of the government will claim wages during their time in office, which will last until June 17, when new elections will be held. “We all earn an income from our main professions so I do not see the need for us to earn any extra money for the next 30 days,” said Molyviatis. Pikrammenos asked his ministers to keep their travel expenses to a minimum.The caretaker government has a purely administrative role, with no authority to adopt any new measures or negotiate with Greece’s lenders. The premier asked his cabinet not to comment on any “wider issues” and to limit themselves to matters relating to their ministries.It was also decided that Molyviatis and Defense Minister Frangos Frangoulis, the former head of the army general staff, will represent Greece at a May 20-21 NATO summit.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgApollo 11 : une mission qui n’avait que 50% de chances d’aboutir ?Neil Armstrong, l’un des membres de la mission Apollo 11, a donné un long entretien à une association de comptables australiens au cours duquel il a expliqué qu’à l’époque, ils estimaient à seulement 50% les chances de réussir l’alunissage.Avec ses compatriotes Buzz Aldrin et Michael Collins, l’astronaute Neil Armstrong est entré dans l’histoire en juillet 1969 en faisant partie du premier équipage à se poser sur la Lune lors de la mission Apollo 11 à bord du module Eagle. Un évènement dont les images et l’histoire ont fait le tour du monde. Pourtant, à l’époque, l’objectif de la mission était loin d’être rempli.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAC’est ce qu’a indiqué Neil Armstrong dans un entretien accordé à une association de comptables australiens. Aujourd’hui âgé de 82 ans, l’astronaute a en effet expliqué : “je pensais que nous avions 90% de chances de retourner sains et saufs sur Terre à l’issue de ce vol mais seulement 50% de chances de nous poser (sur la Lune) lors de cette première tentative”. Cité par l’AFP, celui-ci a également ajouté : “un mois avant le lancement d’Apollo 11, nous avons conclu que nous étions suffisamment prêts pour tenter (…) de descendre à la surface [de la lune]”. Si l’image de Neil Armstrong foulant le sol lunaire et déclarant “c’est un petit pas pour l’homme…” est mondialement connue, l’astronaute s’est fait plutôt rare dans les médias. D’où l’exclusivité de l’entretien d’une heure qu’il a accordé à l’Association australienne des comptables certifiés (CPA) car son père était auditeur dans cette association, a précisé le président de la CPA, Alex Malley. Le film de cet entretien est d’ailleurs disponible sur le site de la CPA.Le 26 mai 2012 à 14:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not happy with Facebook, Google, and Microsoft: She recently slammed the tech giants for sponsoring a conference that promoted climate change denial.On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME), wrote a letter to the heads of Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, and asked that they show their companies’ support for research highlighting climate change’s negative effects, The Verge reported. We cannot allow the financing of misinformation campaigns to shape our democracy.We can disagree on policy, but climate change is real. Period.Proud to have joined @chelliepingree on this letter asking for greater responsibility to our democracy and planet.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 28, 2019It’s unclear if Facebook, Google, and Microsoft will continue sponsoring conferences like this in the future, however, Ocasio-Cortez isn’t changing her feelings on the matter. “We cannot allow the financing of misinformation campaigns to shape our democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday. “We can disagree on policy, but climate change is real. Period.”More on Ocasio-Cortez Drops in on Charity Twitch Stream for Trans KidsAntarctica’s Ice Melting Rate Has Increased by 240 Percent8 Sci-Fi Books That Highlight Climate Change Corporations can’t be complicit in denying climate change. @Facebook, @Microsoft, & @Google have made public commitments to reduce emissions, but their sponsorship of a conference where climate change denial was promoted is dangerous and troubling to me & @AOC. Read our letter— Chellie Pingree (@chelliepingree) January 28, 2019The lawmakers sent the letter after the tech giants sponsored LibertyCon, a conference that featured climate change denial panels. At the conference, a CO2 Coalition speaker led a discussion on how climate change’s environmental impact was exaggerated, prompting Ocasio-Cortez and Pingree to urge Facebook, Google, and Microsoft to reconsider their future sponsorships.“We are encouraged that each of you have pledged to reduce your carbon footprint and have committed other efforts like pursuing renewable energy,” the two lawmakers wrote in the letter. “Disappointingly, though, the example you have set promoting sustainability and evidenced-based science is compromised by your implicit support of the session organized at LibertyCon.”Even though the conference wasn’t only focused on climate change problems, there were other sessions that questioned if carbon taxes could be a good solution for global warming and other environmental issues.Microsoft and Google provided comment on the lawmakers’ letter. However, Facebook hasn’t issued a statement yet.“Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, and our commitment to addressing it is unequivocal,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge. “For the past decade, we’ve reduced emissions, invested in renewable energy, supported policies to address climate change, and enabled people around the globe to use technology to accelerate progress on this issue.”A representative from Google also told Mother Jones that it sponsors organizations with different political affiliations: “Google’s sponsorship or collaboration with a third party organization doesn’t mean that we endorse the organization’s entire agenda or agree with other speakers or sponsors,” a Google spokesperson told Mother Jones in a statement. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Drew Mcintyre Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp According to reports from Pro Wrestling Sheet, Fightful and several other media outlets, Jinder Mahal recently signed a new multi-year contract with WWE that is said to be for five-years.Mahal was signed to a WWE developmental deal in 2010 with what was then Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).He made his WWE television debut on the April 29, 2011 episode of Smackdown.  After WWE rebranded FCW to NXT, Mahal began then making appearances on NXT.In September of 2014 Mahal was aligned with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater, forming the heel faction 3MB. Mahal was released from his WWE contract on June 12, 2014.  Following his release, he spend two years on the independent circuit. On July 27, 2016, Mahal re-signed with WWE and returned to WWE television on the August 1, 2016 episode of Monday Night RAW demanding a contract from then RAW General Manager Mick Foley. Mahal defeated Randy Orton at the Backlash Pay-Per View on May 21, 2017 to capture the WWE Championship that he would go on to hold for 170 days.Most recently, Mahal has been back in the title picture, briefly holding the WWE 24/7 Championship on two occasions.Mahal joins the list of recent WWE stars Mike and Maria Kanellis and Mojo Rawley who have also signed new multi-year contracts with the company.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseycenter_img Facebook Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Nikki Bella Videos Articleslast_img read more

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has hammered his team’s defenders after their horror outing against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.The Gers took the lead three times in Moscow, but a woeful second-half display handed them their first UEFA Europa League defeat of the season.The Scottish Premiership club were on a high when first-half strikes from Glenn Middleton, Daniel Candeias and an own-goal from Roman Eremenko gave them a 3-2 advantage.But shocking defensive lapses, especially in the second half, allowed Spartak to seize control for a 4-3 win, as they blew Group G wide open.Gerrard’s side seat third in their group behind Spartak and Villarreal, but host the Spanish club on match day 5 as they look to secure qualification for the second round.However, the former Liverpool youth team coach refused to spare his ropey rear-guard and knows more lamentable defending in their next two group games will cost them any shot at the last 32.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.He said, according to Express: “I’m very disappointed with the result. You saw two sides of our performance tonight. We attacked very well and were dangerous and countered bravely. We got our rewards and had control at half-time.“However, football is about levels and if you don’t do the basics well enough and defend properly, then high-level teams will normally punish you and that was the case here.“People who have had a lot of praise and who did really well to get us to this stage just didn’t do the basics well enough.“Normally, to come here and score three goals you get a result, but I’m bitterly disappointed with how we defended.”last_img read more

first_imgWhile publishers are still determining when interactive content jumps the divider between engaging and annoying, new research from Adobe says interactive advertisings in digital magazines engage readers more strongly and create stronger purchase intent than static ads in either print or digital magazines. The study exposed participants (ages 18 to 32) to print or iPad versions of ads featured in past issues of digital magazines. It then surveyed participants to measure perceived interactivity, perceived engagement, message involvement, attitude toward brands and purchase intent. Using a scale of 1-9, participants scored 6.7 percent for “perceived engagement” with digital ads, versus 4.1 percent for static ads. They also scored 6.4 percent for attitude toward interactive ads, versus 3.7 percent for static ads. Purchase intention scored a 3.9 percent for interactive ads, versus 2.5 percent for static ads.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR San Antonio officials believe the intergovernmental support agreement (IGSA) the city has reached with Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) for pavement and road work at multiple locations will provide the military substantial cost savings and improved support. “This agreement will enhance JBSA’s support to their 266 mission partners, increase our installations’ military value and also demonstrates the community’s support of the men and women in uniform who call this great city home,” Juan Ayala, director of the city’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, said in a statement released after the City Council approved its first IGSA with the joint base earlier this month.The IGSA covers a five-year ordering period and one five-year option period, with city contractors rehabilitating roadways at installations with funding provided by JBSA. Following the outcome of a pilot project, JBSA will be able to request the city complete pavement projects costing up to $15 million over 10 years. The agreement covers mill and overlays — including base and pavement repairs as needed — roadway stripping, tack coat and traffic control plans.Air Force photo by Amn Dillon Parkerlast_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: The Special Educators’ Forum- India (SEFI) has submitted a 23-point of demand to the Union Minister of Human Resources Development (MHRD) on the changes need to be incorporated in the National Education Policy (NEP). The SEFI national convener Kalpagiri Srinivas said there is a need to include education for children with special needs (CwSN) in the NEP. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us In a memorandum sent to the MHRD Ramesh Pokhriyal, the SEFI asked for an amendment of Right to Education Act, 2009 in line with Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 for Proper implementation of Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs (CwSN) at all levels of education. It said State, UTs, and Local authorities need to ensure that mandatory recruitment of Special Educators for every school where CwSN are being enrolled for addressing their special needs at the classroom level. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The SEFI stressed on the implementation of the law of Practicing without RCI Registration in Government Management Schools / non – government organisation / private NGO or School practitioners is an offence under RCI Act no 34 of 1992 under Section 13 (2) for ensuring quality education for CwSN in all States and UTs. The inclusive education for CwSN is possible only when there is convergence among ministries and line department for proper implementation, it said. Advertise With Us A school-based support team should develop strategies for the whole school to meet the needs of learners with special educational needs. This team should also be a resource for teachers experiencing problems in their classrooms. Highlighting the steps needed to be taken at the school level, the SEFI said an inclusive school must enable education structures, systems and methodologies to meet the needs of all children, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to achieving their right to education.last_img read more

first_imgCustoms officials arrested a Malaysian national along with seven kilograms of gold at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Sunday night, reports UNB.The arrestee is Cyan Gi Kiong, 47.Othello Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Customs Office, said the Malaysian citizen landed at the airport from a flight, OD166 of Malindo Air, at 10:00pm.On information, the team challenged him after he crossed the green channel and recovered seven gold bars worth around 350 million searching his jacket, said the official.last_img

first_imgThe development team at Blue Isle Studios sure do love video games. Their new game, Valley, blends elements from half-a dozen recent hits and makes no effort to hide their inspirations.In it, an archaeologist stumbles into a mysterious valley, and almost immediately finds an experimental suit of power armor from a secret WWII army project. The player must restore balance to the fragile ecosystem of this once-idyllic valley, by mastering the enhanced running and jumping abilities granted by the suit, along with a gadget that grants power over the very forces of life and death!The storytelling method is heavily influenced by Bioshock. The main character explores the aftermath of a place where things went horribly wrong long ago. The main character listens to audiologs from long-dead people who chronicled these mysterious events as they were happening.As soon as players enter the valley, they’ll notice adorable little glowing creatures, like fairies or tiny ghosts running around. Remnants of an ancient, magical culture are present too; giant stone sculptures, crumbling ruins, mysterious altars are all scattered about. Mixed in with the ancient ruins are bits of U.S. Army equipment, and players will immediately find reels of old film and audio tape that explain the backstory.According to these records, the valley was used to conduct experiments with exo-suits that were intended to fight the Nazis. The suits are called L.E.A.F. for “Leap Effortlessly through the Air Functionality” (Apparently the project was a joint effort of the Army and the Department of Forced Acronyms). All of this is explained with a corny animated film with an old-timey voice over that comes across as a collaboration between Ryan Industries and Vault-tec.With this L.E.A.F. suit, the main character can sprint at superhuman speeds, jump to amazing heights, and grapple from overhead hooks. If players run continuously without hitting any obstacles, they build up momentum a lot like in the Mirror’s Edge games. Most of the Valley’s levels are designed around using this momentum system to encourage players to run and jump, just for the fun of it. As players progress through the mains story, they acquire additional power-ups for the suit and will be able to do things like run along walls, sprint over the surfaces of lakes, and zoom through special tunnels at incredible speeds like The Flash. The suit also has a weapon called the “God Hand” which grants the wearer the ability to drain the life force from animals and plants. Yes, the cruel developers at Blue Isle have populated their valley with cute creatures that can be drained of their living essence. The suit’s special powers are fueled by this life energy, but careful players can get through the whole game without having to suck the life out of forest critters. The God Hand also has the power to bestow life energy on dead things, and it’s possible to resurrect animals, or restore withered trees. Regretful players can even”Borrow” life for a moment, then return it.The designers have built many mechanics around the notion that the ecosystem of the valley must be nurtured. The valley itself even has its own health meter, which can only be healed by shooting life energy into dead plants and animals, thereby expending some of the suit’s energy, . When the playable character dies, they are instantly brought back to life by a “Quantum Death” feature in the L.E.A.F. suit. Alas, when this happens, the valley loses some of its life. If the player dies too often without healing the environment, the valley will die!Despite all of these mechanics, the game is rather easy, and a typical player isn’t going to have worry much about balancing the valley’s health with the suit’s power supply. There are abundant power-ups to recharge the suit without killing anything, and most situations can be managed with the basic jump, which doesn’t drain any energy at all. There’s an unlockable secret set of power-ups that further reduces the energy costs of the suit’s fancier moves. These mechanics exist to further the eco-friendly theme of the game, rather than to challenge the player’s reflexes.“Tree Hugger” is an actual Steam Achievement in this game. Although that achievement is handed out with a heapin’ dose of satire, there is still a sincere message about the environment in Valley. The backstory is about a reckless race to build a better bomb in the closing years of WWII, no matter what cost to the environment. Players come across audiologs from scientists, one of whom was actively trying to outdo Robert Oppenheimer in building the most destructive weapon possible for Uncle Sam.Even the combat has a compassionate sensibility to it. The suit can suck the life out of creatures, but this power isn’t used for fighting, and there are no human enemies. When monsters attack, the Player has to shoot them with positive life force.  This is the same energy blast that is used to give life to dead things, and most of the enemies are “Pacified” by this instead being killed. The most common enemy type is a floating swarm of bugs who will enter a non-aggressive state after being shot by enough energy.During all of these adventures, there’s an amazing soundtrack playing in the background. When players first enter the valley orchestral music plays softly as they explore the forest paths and lakefronts. Then when the L.E.A.F. suit gets its super speed upgrades, the music changes to pounding rock music as players hurtle through tunnels. When the player makes a jump from a tremendous height, there is a brief crescendo that blends in with the ambient “Swoosh” sound of air rushing past.Valley’s main drawback is that it is quite short. The campaign can be beaten in well under four hours. Players have the option to fast travel back to previous areas and, yes, the suit’s upgrades will grant access to secret areas that weren’t accessible the first time around. There is an abundance of secret areas with collectibles, and some locations will trigger audio logs with observations about anthropology and mythology. Alas, players are still liable to sniff out all of the valley’s secret in short time. Valley is nonetheless a remarkable accomplishment for a young game studio’s second project. It’s simply begging for DLC to expand on the experience. 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first_img More information: Foundation readies $25 computer to seed tech talents This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2011 Explore furthercenter_img ( — No long lines winding down Madison Avenue; no marching bands in Barcelona; no glossy ads in mainstream magazines. Just news of a product available for pre-order is all it took to trigger a crush of responders and to sell out the long awaited, credit-card sized computer with a $35 pricetag. The Raspberry Pi computer sold out in hours on Wednesday, after sites distributing the product witnessed unprecedented traffic. Citation: Distributors reel from Mad Wednesday rush for $35 Pi (2012, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from According to the Financial Times, one of the two device distributors, Premier Farnell, reported half a million hits in 15 minutes, The other distributor, RS Components, said they had never before witnessed that level of demand for any one product at one go.What’s the big deal? Those following the rise of the Raspberry Pi say the answer is not only price but principle. Developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK, the miniature PC is intended to eventually become an affordable mainstay for schools to use, to expose children and youths to programming and command lines rather than just touchscreens and in-store apps.Wednesday’s opening offer for pre-orders is actually for a developer release. The Foundation aims to build a community of developers who can write software for the device before they issue the school-targeted product, priced even lower, at $25, which will be available at a later date.In the UK, the Foundation efforts are widely applauded and not only for aiming to educate youth. Some observers think the mad rush for the devices reflect a backlash trend toward old-school hobbyist programming among those tired of showroom computer bling.The Raspberry Pi, based on the ARM chip, does not come with monitor or keyboard; it is a bareboned PC on a naked circuit board with connectors. The Raspberry Pi is designed so that it can plug into a TV and a keyboard. The computer supports Python, a suitable programming language even for novices. The device runs Linux. (Its first proof of concept is based on Debian but a Fedora ARM secondary architecture project has a Fedora Linux distribution for ARM-based devices. The Fedora version is the work of faculty and students at Seneca College, Canada, where they configured and optimized it to work with the Raspberry Pi.)The chips and connectors allow users to connect cameras and other gadgets via USB, and can deal with high-definition video and sound. More specifically, the device has a 700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, SD card support, two USB ports, an Ethernet hookup and HDMI and RCA outputs.“Although we are still waiting for units to arrive from China, you can start buying the Raspberry Pi today,” announced the foundation site.They entered into licensed manufacture partnerships with the two British companies, Premier Farnell and RS Components, and the two will be manufacturing and distributing the devices on behalf of the foundation. Each Raspberry Pi sold will generate a small profit for the foundation, which it will put back into the charity.The foundation’s web site also sought to explain on Wednesday that both distributor websites were experiencing heavy load and that international customers may find that Raspberry Pi was not yet available in their areas. The foundation asked for patience and to check back.last_img read more

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice have responded to complaints about how long to took for the M6 motorway to reopen following a fatal collision earlier this week. The M6 southbound was shut near Stafford after a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian resulted in the death of 30-year-old Daniel Johnson, from Barlaston on Thursday morning (February 14). The carriageway was closed for around nine hours as police carried out an investigation at the scene. The closure led to widespread delays on the M6 and surrounding routes as traffic worked its way around. Police from the Staffordshire Police Collision Investigation Unit have this morning (Sunday February 17) responded to complaints made by people about how long it took to reopen the motorway. Read MoreWoman caught driving at 95mph on M6 – because she was late for work at Greggs   A Collision Investigation Unit spokesman said:  “Upsetting to hear that complaints have been made from people stuck in the backlog of traffic on the M6 on Thursday. “We have a very difficult and meticulous job to do, and I would hope everyone would want a thorough investigation if it was their family member involved.” Yesterday officers from the CIU also took to social media to urge members of the public not to speculate online about the circumstances surrounding traffic collisions. Gareth Morgan, Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, also took to social media to support how the investigation was carried out. He said: “Always a balance to be struck between primacy of an investigation & disruption to road users. “On this occasion, as it is with 99 per cent of others, the Collision Investigation Unit and the Central Motorway Police Group did the right thing & did it brilliantly.” Read MoreMotorist arrested for drink-driving – after crashing into back of lorry on M6   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more

first_imgONYX marks first entry to Laos with three Amari hotelsONYX marks first entry to Laos with three Amari hotelsAs part of its growth strategy to introduce its brands across Asia-Pacific, leading international hospitality management company, ONYX Hospitality Group, announces the signing of a partnership agreement with Tang Charoen (TCR) Group Co., Ltd. to manage three Amari hotels in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. This agreement will mark ONYX’s market entry into Laos with the first property set to begin operations in 2017.The Amari property in Vang Vieng is due to welcome its first guests in 2017 while the other two properties in Vientiane and Pakse are both scheduled to open in 2020. Amari’s signature Amaya Food Gallery, Breeze Spa and creative meeting venues will be featured in each property.Commenting on the project, Peter Henley, President and CEO of ONYX Hospitality Group said,“Laos is emerging as one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing destinations, with the ongoing introduction of new flight routes and tourism infrastructure enhancements. We are excited to enter this market with not one but three Amari properties as part of our continuing regional expansion plans. We look forward to a successful collaboration with Tang Charoen Group to bring Amari to life in this market.”Thai-based ONYX Hospitality Group currently manages 63 properties; 22 projects are under construction; and aims to reach 81 properties by the end of 2018. These three hotels will be added to the Group’s growing Amari portfolio, which presently consists of 14 operating properties and another eight under development. Amari Hotels & Resortsbook your stay hereAbout ONYX ONYX Hospitality Group operates several diverse yet complementary brands –Amari, Shama and OZO – each catering to the distinctive requirements of today’s business and leisure travellers. ONYX reaches beyond its Thai roots to offer innovative management solutions across the Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and Asia-Pacific regions. Visit Tang Charoen (TCR) GroupTang Charoen (TCR) Group is based in Pakse, Laos, and involved in diverse businesses including construction, entertainment, food and beverage and retail. The Group manages one of the largest construction companies in Laos with experience leading various infrastructural mega projects. The Group’s subsidiary companies include the largest home appliances agent and retailer in Pakse, distributing brands such as Toshiba, Hafele, Dremel, Bosch and Aconatic. TCR also operates a cinema complex in Pakse, and brought the N&B Pizza Crepe franchise from Thailand to Laos. Source = ONYX Hospitality Group – Amarilast_img read more

first_img Share HOUSING mortgage Movers and Shakers 2017-11-06 Nicole Casperson in Featured, Headlines, News, Servicing November 6, 2017 519 Views center_img ProVest LLC, a national process serving company, announced the purchase of J.J.L. Process Corp. Building 25-plus years’ success supporting the mortgage default servicing industry, ProVest has been expanding in the credit collections industry. By acquiring one of the largest companies in this market, ProVest has both strengthened its presence and proven its commitment to growth in this area.  “I am really excited about this union and feel that ProVest has certain managerial abilities and additional resources that can only be of benefit to our clients along with their vast expertise in service of process” JJL Owner and President Scott Levine said.In addition, ProVest CEO Jim Ward said, “We are very excited to have this successful team join our organization.  The acquisition will enhance our geographic presence and allow us to benefit from JJL’s extensive experience in the credit collection industry.”ProVest’s financial and organizational strengths will pair with the JJL business, bringing the company to the next level—as the combined nationwide operation will have 26 offices across the U.S.   ProVest Acquires New Partnerlast_img read more