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In Odisha, former State Minister Bijoy Mohapatra, ex-Union Minister Dilip Ray quit BJP

first_imgSenior Odisha BJP leaders Bijoy Mohapatra and Dilip Ray on Friday resigned from the primary membership of the BJP. Mr. Mohapatra was a former State Minister, while Mr. Ray is the party legislator from Rourkela and a former Union Minister.Mr. Ray also quit as MLA. He handed over his resignation letter to Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat, who accepted the same.Their resignations come close on the heels of former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi joining the party.Mr. Mohapatra told journalists that he and Mr. Ray had sent their resignation letters to party national president Amit Shah.“We regret to state that despite repeated efforts in apprising you on the sorry state of affairs in the party here, neither you nor any senior central party leader bothered to consult, review or take corrective measures,” they said in the letter.“Be it the Mahanadi water issue or the unfulfilled promise of a second bridge over river Brahmani, the super-speciality hospital at Rourkela or the dreams of lakhs of jobs for Odia youth which we sold at Paradip during the inauguration of the oil refinery — nothing, absolutely nothing materialised,” they said.“We can’t be treated as furniture in the party while the rootless talk big and project a larger-than-life image,” they added.He said he joined the party in hurry before the 2009 elections. He had many bitter experiences during his 10-year stint in the party and things reached such a pitch that he was left with no option but to quit the party.Mr. Ray said he decided to quit the party as he had failed to deliver on the issues on which he contested the 2014 elections. He had been pursuing the construction of a second bridge over the Brahmani and upgradation of the Ispat General Hospital, Rourkela, to a super speciality hospital. He had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi several times, but both projects had not made much headway.Mr. Mohapatra said they would decide about their future course of action after holding consultations with their supporters and well-wishers. They had not held talks with any party so far, he added.last_img read more

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At least 50 shops gutted in Punjab’s Anandpur Sahib market

first_imgAt least fifty temporary shops were gutted at a local market in Anandpur Sahib in the wee hours of Friday. However, there has been no report of any lives being lost.The fire broke out in the market near Gurdwara Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib in which goods worth crores of rupees is being reportedly said to be lost. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. An inquiry into the incident has been ordered by the local administration.Anandpur Sahib Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal, said the exact cause and extent of the loss could only be ascertained after the inquiry, which will be conducted by Sub Divisional Magistrate Kanu Garg.The shops, which were most erected in temporary shelters were on the land auctioned by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committe.last_img read more

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Axiomtek: 2-slot fanless barebone system with new modular design and optimized expandability

first_img Continue Reading Previous Atlantik Elektronik: SoM with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support from Inforce ComputingNext Würth at embedded world 2018 Axiomtek release the IPC962-511-FL, its newest 2-slot fanless industrial barebone system with great flexibility and customizability in accordance with its outstanding modular design. The new 2-slot IPC barebone system is powered by the 7th/6th generation Intel Core and Celeron processors up to 35 W with the Intel® H110 chipset, featuring high performance capability. The ultra-compact industrial computer provides flexible expansion options with one I/O module slot and two PCI/PCIe expansion slots. It has a wide operating temperature range of -10 to +60°C, and is equipped with a wide range 19 – 30V DC power input for mission-critical environments. The ruggedized industrial PC is made for automatic optical inspection, digital signage, motion control, factory automation, and many more Industrial IoT applications.The fanless modular system is equipped with dual DDR4-2133 SO-DIMM slots with up to 32GB system memory.  The embedded system comes equipped with rich front-facing I/O connectors, including two Gigabit LAN ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one VGA, one HDMI, one 3-pin terminal block, and one audio (Mic-in/out). The all-in-one box computer has a full-size PCI Express Mini Card slot for 3G/4G, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications. Two easy-swappable 2.5″ HDDs are available for extensive storage needs. A user-friendly AT/ATX DIP switch is for adjustments between automatic and manual operation control. The IP40-rated IPC962-511-FL is compatible with Windows 10 and Linux operating systems and supports Axiomtek’s exclusive AXView software for smart device monitoring and remote management IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Analyst Ranks Big Ten’s Worst Head Coach For 2019

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Big Ten should once again be one of the top conferences in college football next season. One of the hallmarks of the league is its strong roster of coaches.Urban Meyer is gone, but Mark Dantonio, Jim Harbaugh, Pat Fitzgerald, James Franklin, Kirk Ferentz, Paul Chryst, Jeff Brohm and Scott Frost are still there. We’ll also get to see how Ryan Day fares taking over at Ohio State.Unfortunately, when you rank the coaches in this league, someone has to be on the bottom. Brad Crawford of 247Sports released his 1-to-14 list of Big Ten head coaches today.Illinois’ Lovie Smith was in last:Smith’s first college head coaching job after 11 years in the NFL has been a disaster. Illinois is 4-23 against Big Ten competition during his tenure (0-10 vs. ranked teams) and many of those contests haven’t been competitive. With the program handcuffed and unable to do anything with a bad contract, Smith received a two-year extension from the Illini in November.Illinois has been a tough program to win at for some time now, and the Illini hiring of Smith was definitely a calculated risk. It hasn’t paid off yet, and there’s no guarantee it will.Rutgers’ Chris Ash follows Smith at No. 13, and might actually have a hotter seat than his Illinois counterpart. Rutgers has won seven games total in Ash’s first three seasons and is coming off a 1-11 campaign. His own AD has put added pressure on Ash to perform, and another poor season might be his last.You can read Crawford’s full rankings here.last_img read more

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RCB got 20 runs too many because of Virat Kohli: Dinesh Karthik after KKR defeat

first_img Rohan Sen KolkataApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 09:20 IST Kolkata Knight Riders lost their third successive match at the Eden Gardens this season (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli smashed his fifth IPL hundred to help RCB beat KKR by 10 runs on FridayThe loss was KKR’s fourth successive this season and third at Eden Gardens in IPL 2019KKR have 4 wins from 9 matches and are placed 6th on the points table while RCB remain 8thVirat Kohli certainly made it a Good Friday for his Royal Challengers Bangalore and the loyal supporters of the franchise as he led by example in the 10-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Virat Kohli’s swashbuckling 58-ball 100 and Moeen Ali’s brutal 28-ball 66 helped the Royal Challengers reach 213 for 4 after being asked to bat first by Dinesh Karthik. The visitors then overcame a late onslaught by Nitish Rana (85 not out) and Andre Russell (65 off 25 balls) to restrict the Knight Riders to 203 for 5 in 20 overs.The win was Bangalore’s second this season in nine games while Kolkata suffered their fourth successive defeat and are currently sixth on the points table after nine games.Crediting Kohli for the way he batted, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik admitted that his team conceded 20-25 runs too many in the slog overs which ultimately led to their downfall.Karthik also pointed out that Moeen Ali’s knock actually turned the game on its head. Moeen’s innings in the absence of an injured AB de Villiers gave the much-needed impetus to RCB’s charge in the middle overs and turned the tide in their favour.”I think the way Moeen batted, he took the game away from us. He played a few good shots and credit to him. I thought they were 20-25 runs too many and that’s what happens when a player like Virat plays. It was a brilliant knock from him.”The ball was seaming a little, and the new ball had a bit in it and it wasn’t easy for stroke-making. If I had to look back, it was 20 runs too many. This is a hard wicket for the spinners and we were aware that we could take on their spinners and that brought the game close. I think RCB did the small things right today,” Karthik said after the match.advertisementChances of qualifying for the playoffs are quickly slipping out of KKR’s hands but Karthik remains optimistic and still has the belief in his team’s abilities.”If we play a couple of good games things will start to roll and I believe in my boys. If we do the right things we will be back on track,” Karthik said.Also Read | Promised AB de Villiers I will score a hundred: Virat Kohli after fireworks vs KKRAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also Read | Virat Kohli has 5 IPL hundreds as captain. All others combined have 4Also Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dinesh KarthikFollow Virat KohliFollow IPL 2019Follow KKR vs RCB No data available! RCB got 20 runs too many because of Virat Kohli: Dinesh Karthik after KKR defeatVirat Kohli’s fifth IPL hundred helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs at the Eden Gardens stadium on Friday night. scorecard commentarycenter_img graphs advertisement view more view lesslast_img read more

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La Liga: Unfit Lionel Messi ruled out of Barcelona season opener

first_img Reuters BarcelonaAugust 16, 2019UPDATED: August 16, 2019 08:07 IST Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona season opener against Athletic Bilbao. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLionel Messi has been ruled out of Barcelona season opener due to calf injuryBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he would not risk an unfit Lionel Messi against Athletic BilbaoThe coach made no comments on Neymar re-joining the club from PSGBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said he would not risk an unfit Lionel Messi in Friday’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao and continued to be non committal about Neymar re-joining the club from Paris St Germain.Barca’s all-time top scorer and captain Messi injured his calf in training before his side’s brief pre-season tour of the United States and has not yet returned to full training a day before his side visit Athletic.Videos emerged on Thursday of the Argentine getting up to speed in individual training sessions on sand but Valverde said there was no chance he would gamble with Messi’s fitness.”We never like to risk any players and much less someone like Leo,” Valverde told a news conference on Thursday.”He still hasn’t returned to training with the team and while we are happy with his progress, individual training is very different to playing a match. We are going to wait and see.”Barca have spent over 200 million euros on signings including Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann but continue to be linked with a second swoop for Neymar, two years after he left the Catalans for PSG for a world record 222 million euros ($246 million).Valverde refused to answer questions about the club’s interest in Neymar and lamented the fact that the Spanish transfer window does not shut before the season starts, as it does in England.”It’s inconvenient and it’s not logical. The normal thing would be that the team you start with is the same one that will compete for the whole season,” Valverde said.advertisement”Now we have two weeks until the transfer window shuts and you can’t breathe easily until then. I’m very happy with the squad I have at the moment but I don’t know what will happen next.””I am far removed from transfers and I’m focusing on the players I have for our first game,” he added.”Neymar belongs to PSG and we’ll see what happens but I can’t say anything more about him.”Barca’s game in Bilbao was only confirmed last Friday after a court case was settled between the league’s organising body and the Spanish football federation over scheduling games outside of the weekend.Valverde criticised the two bodies for their handling of the situation.”It seems incredible to me that the war over the match days and schedules was not solved before hand, the image of the league and federation has been damaged as a result,” he added.Also Read | Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for UEFA Player of the Year AwardAlso Read | Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi out of U.S. tour with calf strainAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow LA LigaFollow Barcelona Next La Liga: Unfit Lionel Messi ruled out of Barcelona season openerBarca’s all-time top scorer and captain Lionel Messi injured his calf in training before his side’s brief pre-season tour of the United States and has not yet returned to full training a day before his side visit Athletic.advertisementlast_img read more

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Edinburgh Has the World’s Greatest Pub: The Scran & Scallie

first_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editor’s Note: Last November we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand.Edinburgh’s The Scran and Scallie is the dream pub: it has the food of a high-end restaurant and the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere you want out of a pub. It will, perhaps, come as no surprise then that it’s the work of some of Scotland’s greatest culinary minds: the youngest Michelin star winner in the world, Tom Kitchin and Castle Terrace’s incomparable Dominic Jack. At The Scran & Scallie (which means fun and food in Scottish slang)– Kitchin, Jack, and Head Chef James Chapman have revived Scottish recipes and use only the freshest and finest local ingredients, ensuring incredible home cooked meals in an artfully designed atmosphere.We can attest. We headed here for our first night in Edinburgh and their beef sausage and mash, baked cauliflower and cheese, and flight of beers sent us to the most satiated slumber, jet-lag be damned.Head Chef Chapman talked with us about the pub, their butcher who lives down the street, Scottish culinary heritage, and good Scottish beers.Baked Cauliflower & CheeseWhat is traditional Scottish pub food? Are you reinventing old recipes for modern palates?Traditional Scottish pub food hasn’t always enjoyed the best reputation but that perception is really starting to shift.  At The Scran & Scallie, we set out to change perceptions by giving a fresh modern twist to classic Scottish favorites, using only the best finest produce from Scotland’s land and sea.All of our dishes hero the best Scottish flavors, whether it’s our take on Cullen Skink using smoked haddock, mussels, and hake, or our game pie packed with local game that we receive in full fur and feathers and butcher in the restaurant. When the restaurant first opened, we worked closely with the National Library of Scotland to look back into their archives into the history of Scottish foods and ingredients throughout the years. We have now evolved and adapted these to create the classic dishes with a modern twist that The Scran & Scallie has become recognized for.Where do you get your meat and produce? As with our sister restaurants, Michelin-star The Kitchin and award-winning Castle Terrace, our From Nature to Plate philosophy means we are committed to working with local suppliers and sourcing only the finest ingredients which are delivered to the restaurant and served to our guests that very day.Bower’s Butchers is a family run butcher and game dealer that has been established in Edinburgh for over 50 years.The Scran & Scallie is lucky enough to have established a network of suppliers right on our doorstep in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. Bower’s Butcher, just a couple of doors down, supplies the restaurant with some of our meat, game and poultry, George Mewes provides the cheese, and a selection of our fish and seafood comes from Newhaven Harbour, just a stone’s throw from the restaurant.Tell us a bit about your butcher and his/her process. Bower’s Butchers is a family run butcher and game dealer that has been established in Edinburgh for over 50 years. The team work hard to source only the finest meat and game in Scotland. At The Scran & Scallie, the meat arrives whole and all the butchery is done at the restaurant, ensuring every single part of the great produce is used and absolutely nothing goes to waste.Do you notice a difference in the quality of ingredients when you use local suppliers versus larger, more industrialized suppliers? As a team, we’ve spent years seeking out and meeting the very best suppliers. The benefit of developing relationships with local suppliers is you always have access to the very best produce and know what’s fresh, what’s in season, and what you can expect to get your hands on each day.Ham, Egg & ChipsThe Farm to Table movement has become quite popular: how do you interpret Farm to Table? Since day one, we have always lived by our From Nature to Plate philosophy, which runs through the heart of the restaurant. It’s more than just a philosophy for us; it’s our passion and essence of our menus and seasonal focus. Scotland has such an amazing natural larder and I really do believe our produce is among some of the finest in the world. We’re fanatical about working with the seasons and love experimenting with whatever ingredients are in season to create delicious dishes that our customers eagerly look forward to year on year. We are dedicated to providing customers with an unforgettable dining experience, serving only the highest quality food, regardless of their dietary requirements.There are several vegetarian items on the menu and gluten free is available upon request– how difficult is it to make adjustments like these? Do you think the gluten-free trend is here to stay?We get a lot of requests from diners with dietary requirements and we are always happy to find ways to adapt our dishes or make suggestions based on a guest’s preferences or diet. We even have a selection of gluten-free craft ales at The Scran & Scallie and always want to make sure no one misses out.We are dedicated to providing customers with an unforgettable dining experience, serving only the highest quality food, regardless of their dietary requirements. How do you go about curating your beer list? What’s the most popular beer at the moment? Just as our food is local and sourced from the best suppliers, our beer is carefully curated from Scotland’s leading craft beer producers, offering our guests a unique selection of local ales.The Isle of Skye Brewing Company, Yer Ben BeerWe have a selection of over 20 craft beers. We have also recently introduced beer flights, giving diners the chance to try a trio of artisan ales. The expert bar staff create these flights by selecting beers that complement, not only one another, but certain dishes on our menu. Tom Kitchin recently worked with Scottish brewery, The Isle of Skye Brewing Company, to create his very own craft beer, Yer Ben. Yer Ben was created as the perfect complement to hearty dishes such as those served at The Scran & Scallie, and has become a firm favourite at the pub. The ale is also used as an ingredient in several of our much-loved dishes including the Steak and Yer Ben Pie.In line with our commitment to local suppliers, The Scran & Scallie works with a number of local breweries including; Campervan Brewery, our neighbor in Stockbridge, Stewart Brewing in Edinburgh and, of course, The Isle of Skye Brewing Company in The Isle of Skye, to provide the restaurant with a vast selection of craft ale. 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Traveltek Hosts Digital Masters Executive Dinner at Arabian Travel Market

first_imgTraveltek will host an exclusive evening event within the Madinat Jumeirah resort, Dubai, following the second day of the Arabian Travel Market. Guests will be able to enjoy dinner and drinks in a private area on the beach at Shimmers restaurant with spectacular views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The event will be attended by senior digital and travel leaders and will be the perfect occasion to build meaningful business relationships in an informal setting. Attending both ATM and the Digital Masters Dinner will be Traveltek Chief Commercial Officer, Cressida Sergeant, Head of Sales, UK & MENA, Neil Welsh and Business Development Analyst, Oliver Chesterton. Commenting on the potential within the MENA market, Cressida said: “The Middle East is one of the world’s most dynamic and rapidly expanding travel markets. IATA’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast suggests that the total market size will be 501 million passengers by 2037. Nevertheless, it’s apparent that the technology required to help the travel trade capitalise on this demand is lacking, and that’s where we come in.” Cressida’s sentiments are echoed by the recent Middle East Consumer Travel Report which revealed that, as recently as 2015, nearly three-quarters of the search and booking activity around travel in the Middle East occurred offline. Phocuswright’s regional overview highlighted that offline channels still represent the bulk of travel gross bookings in the area which is a result of the prominent role that traditional travel agents play. Personal relationships, language, loyalty programs and a distinct mistrust of online payment methods still influence the UAE and surrounding countries.However, there are signs that times may be changing, in part driven by the younger generations who are beginning to travel and prefer digital reservation methods. Phocuswright predicts that 41% of travel bookings in the region will be booked online by 2021. “Traveltek is keen to help the region’s travel companies move in the right direction, offering advanced online B2B and B2C platforms that make selling and packaging leisure travel quick and easy,” explained Neil Welsh, Head of Sales, UK & MENA. The company’s award-winning dynamic packaging solutions have strong appeal, according to Welsh. The web-based technology empowers agencies and tour operators to hand-pick every component of a complex itinerary – including flights, hotels, tours, transfers, car rental, cruises, attraction tickets and more – and sell it as one package. “Our technology improves speed to market, supports a multi-channel approach to business, offers multiple currency and language options, and increases reach and distribution at a time when the Middle East travel sector is flourishing,” said Welsh. Traveltek will be at ATM from the 28th– 1stMay. Get in touch at enquiries@traveltek.comor fill out our event formto arrange an appointment.  About Traveltek Traveltek is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading travel technology providers. A pioneer in its field, the company has been delivering cutting-edge solutions to travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers for almost two decades. The Glasgow-headquartered company, which has offices in the Midlands (UK), Sydney, Miami, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore, offers a comprehensive range of finely-tuned products that meet the unique needs of the global travel trade, helping companies remain top of their game in today’s fiercely competitive market place. Traveltek’s unrivalled portfolio features dynamic packaging solutions; consumer-facing websites; integrated booking platforms for staff and clients; back-office systems that produce bookings reports and client documentation; a CRM to manage clients and enquiries; a tour operating platform that controls pricing and distributes contracts; and an API that connects travel companies to a global database of leading travel suppliers. Traveltek is the industry’s leading provider of cruise booking solutions, empowering the trade to hand-pick every component of a customised cruise itinerary and sell it as one package. Recognised as the ‘World Leading Dynamic Packaging Solutions Provider’ at the World Travel Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Traveltek offers its valued travel partners bespoke solutions that help them work smarter, improve their bottom line and enhance customer experience and retention. For more information, visit www.traveltek.netlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Paradise Lane, west to Mount Hanley, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt removal, patching, crack and chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Victoria Bridge on Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for repairs and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 1. A traffic signal is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Truro town line and Kennedy Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until the end of October. Drivers should expect delays or use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-893-5790 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Crockett Bridge Crockett Bridge on Highway 289, Eastville, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 13. Traffic signs and traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-896-2218 VICTORIA COUNTY: Corsen Bridge Traffic on Corsen Bridge, on the Cabot Trail two kilometres south of Ingonish, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road There are lane reductions on Grand Lake Road from the traffic signals at Central Supplies to the entrance to Mayflower Mall for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22, from about two kilometres north of Catalone Gut Road, south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Construction Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) will be reduced to one lane from south of Lewis Mountain Road north for about 6.6 kilometres for repaving. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled to be finished by the end of October. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 12 Trunk 12, from English Mountain Road, south for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacements, ditching and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, Exit 24 Closed North Foord Street, south of the ramps from Highway 104, is restricted to one lane for roundabout construction at the Foord Street, Exit 24 intersection until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control will be on site. Expect delays and use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-752-2946 DIGBY COUNTY: Lewiston Road Bridge Lewiston Road Bridge in Ashmore will be reduced to one lane for a windmill project until Wednesday, Sept. 1. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Delays Expected Traffic on Highway 101 is reduced to one lane west of Exit 14 at Coldbrook for bridge repairs until further notice. Delays are expected and alternate routes should be taken if possible. Please drive with extra caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Northport Bridge Northport Bridge on Route 366 is closed until Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 for replacement. Detour from Shinimicas Road to the east of the bridge and Mudcreek Road to the west of the bridge. Cyclists should travel with caution. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 4 A 6.5-kilometre section of Trunk 4 from Wentworth Collingwood Road to Barclay Loop will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and bridge repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends if required. Local Area Office: 902-447-3160 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fox Harbour Bridge Traffic on the Fox Harbour Bridge on Ferry Road, near the Village of Wallace, will be reduced to one lane during the installation of temporary detour bridge. The detour bridge is scheduled to be installed by Tuesday, Aug. 24. Until then drivers should travel with extra caution and be prepared for delays. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, from Meadows Road west to St. Mary’s Church, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. A pilot vehicle will guide motorists. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2237 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Havre Boucher Overpasses Linwood Railway and Pellerine Road overpasses on Highway 104 near Havre Boucher have alternating lane closures for concrete repairs, joint replacement, waterproofing, until Wednesday, Aug. 18. There will be timed lights at both overpasses to assist drivers through the construction zone but delays are expected. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drivers can use Trunk 4 as an alternate route between Exit 37 (Monastery) and Exit 38 (Havre Boucher). Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 ANAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West from Parker Mountain Road, east for about four kilometres to Young’s Cove, will be reduced to one lane for chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Larry Uteck Interchange Traffic on Highway 102 at the Larry Uteck Interchange will be restricted to three lanes instead of four while new ramps are being built. The closed lane will vary depending on the time. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic in the morning and outbound traffic in the evening. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge, on Tannery Road in Hantsport, is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 for about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 1. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 KINGS COUNTY: Brooklyn Street Brooklyn Street, from Route 360 west to McLean Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201, from Morse Road west to Paradise Lane will be reduced to one lane for ditching and pipe installation until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Sections of Trunk 3 (St. Margarets Bay Road) are reduced to one lane between Cleveland Point Road and Boutiliers Point Road for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-229-1109 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road A five kilometre section of Aylesford Road, 12 kilometres north of Dalhousie Road, will be reduced to one lane for gravelling and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control is on site. Expect minimal delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cheticamp River Bridge Cheticamp River Bridge on the Cabot Trail will be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Sunday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Sections of Route 236, from the intersection of Route 354 in Kennetcook to the intersection of Northfield Road, are reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the westbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane from Exit 15 at Truro to Exit 13 at Debert to allow for repaving. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until Tuesday, Aug. 10. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347, Sherbrooke Road Traffic on sections of Route 347, from Meiklefield Road south for 5.6 kilometres, and from Moose River Road south to French River Road for 2.6 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Traffic on Highway 102 is reduced to one lane in each direction at Exit 9 (Milford) to allow for the construction of a new interchange. Delays are possible. Drivers should exercise caution and watch for signs and traffic control people in the construction zone. Work takes place from dusk until dark until the end of the year. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Traffic on sections of Trunk 7 is reduced to one lane east from the intersection of MacKinley Point Loop to allow for repaving until Thursday, Sept 30. Traffic will be directed by traffic control people and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should drive with caution and patience through the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 from Earltown to MacBains Corner will be reduced to one lane for ditching, installation of cross culverts, widening, cold planing and paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902- 893-5785 KINGS COUNTY: Route 359 Route 359 from Thorpe Road to Al Bennett Road will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and chip sealing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on sections of the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 104 between the Cobequid Pass toll plaza and Exit 8 (Westchester Station) will be reduced to one lane for road repairs and micro-surfacing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Motorists should drive with caution in the construction zone and watch for signs and traffic control people. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, near Ellershouse, Exit 4 to Exit 5, will be down to one lane on both the east and westbound lanes for construction until Tuesday, Aug, 31. Local Area Office: 902-798-6888 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 between Exit 15 and Exit 16 will be reduced to one lane for paving until Tuesday, Aug. 13. There will be periodic lane closures and motorists should expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Sections of Route 215, from Academy Street in Maitland to the Route 236 intersection west of the bridge, are reduced to one lane for paving until Thursday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 KINGS COUNTY: English Mountain Road English Mountain Road, from Trunk 1 to Trunk 12, will be reduced to one lane for brush cutting, culvert replacement, ditching and paving from until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 The Exit 14 off ramp of Highway 118 will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Sept. 30, to allow for the extension of the ramp. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-424-0532 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Traffic on Route 347 at Exit 26 from Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Aug. 31 during twinning of Highway 104. Delays are expected and drivers should use extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-755-6224 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, from almost two kilometres east of the provincial park in Whycocomagh, east for about five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for micro-surfacing until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALTY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the tracks east for 20 kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving from Monday, Aug. 9 until Wednesday, Sept. 15. Traffic control personnel and a vehicle will be on site. Detour route: Highway 125 to Exit 5 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Cross Bridge Cranton Cross bridge in Margaree Centre will be closed to traffic for repairs until Friday, Aug. 20. A marked detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Until Tuesday, Aug. 31, sections of the east and westbound lanes of Highway 104 along the Cobequid Pass, will be reduced to one lane, for patching between the toll plaza and Exit 12 at Masstown. Traffic on both sides of the Cobequid Pass toll plaza may also be reduced to one lane for road repairs and micro-surfacing. Drivers should watch for signs and drive with caution. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Caribou Bridge Caribou Bridge on Woodbine Road will be closed for replacement of bridge. Work takes place until Saturday, Aug. 21. Detour signs are in place. The bridge is closed 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 CONTINUING WORK KINGS COUNTY: Route 221 Route 221, from Black Rock Road east for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Thursday, Sept. 30. Expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from Shubenacadie River north to the intersection of Route 214 at Elmsdale, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River will have a speed zone reduction to 70 km/h for construction work for the Highway 104 twinning project until July 31, 2011. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from the intersection with Route 252 south 1.4 kilometres, and Trunk 19, from the Port Hastings Rotary north for five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling, sealing and seal coat until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 376 Route 376 from Pictou Rotary for about five kilometres to Route 256, will be reduced to one lane for pipe work from Monday, Aug. 9 until Sunday, Oct. 31. Delays expected. Traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, west of Trunk 4 at River Tillard, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Monday, Aug. 16. Traffic control personal and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337, Canal Bridge During construction of a new Canal Bridge on Main Street in Antigonish, traffic on Route 337 is being rerouted to a temporary detour bridge. The temporary bridge will be in place until Friday, Dec. 31. Signs and traffic signals are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-7387last_img read more

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Tackling impunity and discrimination among top priorities for UN rights chief

15 September 2009Discrimination remains a “scourge” that affects every country, the United Nations human rights chief said today, adding that combating it has become one of her office’s top priorities, along with tackling impunity for various rights violations. “Eliminating discrimination is a duty of the highest order,” Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in her opening address to the 12th session of the UN Human Rights Council.She said there were “huge gaps” between the “lofty pledges” made by States and the realities of daily life for many of their inhabitants, pointing out that “no country in the world can claim to be free of human rights violations.”Ms. Pillay, who has just completed her first year as the world body’s top rights official, gave a wide-ranging speech to the Geneva-based body in which she named 47 different countries and territories in connection with themes ranging from the effect of the recession on the world’s poorest people to the brutal suppression of criticism to the toll of conflict on fundamental rights. Highlighting her point that no country is immune from discrimination, she listed 17 European countries where violence or discrimination against Roma has been recorded, ranging from fatal attacks and police brutality to forced evictions and systemic discrimination. In Latin America, she noted positive developments with regard to the approach taken by some States to indigenous peoples, but added that “land grabs, the suppression of traditional customs, outright violence and deadly attacks continue to take place.”Turning to China, she urged the authorities there to respect human rights in their efforts to uphold the law, and to “reflect on the underlying causes” of incidents such as the recent disturbances in the Xinjiang and Tibetan Autonomous Regions which include discrimination and the failure to protect minority rights.Ms. Pillay also highlighted the fact that the human rights of women continue to be denied or curtailed in many countries. While noting some improvements in the Gulf region, she stated that the overall situation of women there “falls well short of international standards.” The High Commissioner issued a strong call to governments to combat impunity for crimes committed during armed conflicts, and in particular those directed against civilians. “I urge the international community, including this Council, to insist on full accountability for all violations and to ensure assistance to the victims,” she said. “I also urge all those States contributing to military operations, whether it be in their own country or in other countries, to enhance their efforts to prevent civilian casualties, which in Afghanistan and elsewhere remain at unacceptably high levels.” She noted that an “intolerable” number of displaced people continue to live in camps, adding that in the case of Sri Lanka “internally displaced persons are effectively detained under conditions of internment.”Another area requiring action by States is addressing the “alarming global trend” of governments, or other powerful forces, persecuting or even killing peaceful opponents and critics, she stated.“In too many countries, brave human rights advocates, journalists and dissidents face abduction, arbitrary detention, torture and even death to defend their rights and freedoms and those of the communities they serve or represent,” said Ms. Pillay. In particular, she cited “the unfair and arbitrary detention” of Aung Sang Suu Kyi and more than 2,000 other political prisoners, which she said “makes a mockery of Myanmar’s commitment to democratic transition.” She also noted the 20-year prison sentence imposed on Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who had criticized the army’s treatment of Tamil civilians, and the detention and ill-treatment of a prominent human rights defender in Zimbabwe, as well as the recent murders of human rights defenders in Mexico and Russia. She also called on the Government of Iran to release those detained for peaceful protest in the wake of the recent elections, and to investigate reports of their ill-treatment.In addition, Ms. Pillay said that “democratic deficits” remain a significant obstacle to the protection of human rights and respect for the rule of law, noting that “constitutional order has been subverted” in places like Honduras and Fiji.In a related development, the 47-member Human Rights Council today decided not to let Honduras’ Geneva-based ambassador attend its proceedings, after determining he represents the post-coup government that few countries recognize as legitimate. The action came after other Latin American States said the ambassador represented an “illegal” regime and not the administration of President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by the military in June. read more

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Mozambiques postflood recovery efforts on track says head of UN agency

UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown, accompanied by Abdoulie Janneh, UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, met with President Joaquim Chissano and other leaders during his visit from 27 to 29 August, the agency said in a statement issued today. The Administrator’s “overwhelming impression” from his visit to Gaza “is that normal life has been restored and sensible improvements have been made,” the statement said, noting that recovery efforts had moved many villages from flood-prone areas to higher ground, rebuilt government infrastructure and improved water supply systems. Mr. Malloch Brown co-chaired a conference in Rome in May 2000, where donors promised over $450 million to support flood recovery. Thus far, $360 million have been disbursed. The donors’ response to the 2000 floods “was remarkable and showed confidence in the country,” the agency chief said. Mr. Malloch Brown added that donor controls on the use of the money granted to the Mozambican Government were tight, and their evaluation of the use of funds was “very positive.”His meetings with President Chissano, Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao and Finance Minister Luisa Diogo focused on the country’s development plans. “The challenge is to restore growth, and to ensure that such growth leads to poverty reduction,” Mr. Malloch Brown said. read more

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Main round Group 2 preview A classic in NRGi Arena

euro 2014 handballhandballhandball resultsnrgi arena handballrussia Starting fixtures in Group 2 of the Main round will have Poland play Belarus, Russia against Sweden, and a real pleasure for the handball fanatics as France meet Croatia.Poland vs. BelarusThis Slavic duelwill not be the most enticing game you’ve ever seen, but the one thing that will surely not be missing from this encounter is the fight until the last whistle.Poland go into the Main round loosing only narrowly to Serbia and more importantly, putting up a great fight against France, before securing their way through with two points in the bag. Goalkeeper SlawomirSzmal has been nothing short of incredible in this tournament so far. The next to unbeatable 35-year old, will be instrumental for his team’s chances having to deal with Rutenka on the other side.Belarus will go into the Main round with no points, after convincing defeats against Croatia and Sweden, before the invigorated Rutenka brought them the win, putting their last match against Montenegro beyond doubt. The 32-year old Barcelona back will be eager to prove that he can single-handedly orchestrate Belarus success, with the previously labeled ‘Dark Horse’ of the tournament galloping on.Russia vs. SwedenWelcome to a disagreement between neighbors, as we eagerly anticipate the duel between the two Baltic states this evening in Herning.Russia has really seen the best and the worst of this championship so far. The successor to the great Soviet Union has conceded 35 goalsin the opening match against France, before seriously damaging Serbia’s chances of going through in a surprise defeat. Theirloss to Polandin Group C match that could’ve easily gone either way has certainly left Igoropulo and teammates hungry for more.To say that Sweden has a lot to make up to in this championship would be an understatement. The 4-time champion of the EHF Euro has seen a rough patch in recent years, as the silver medal at London Olympics brought them back to the limelight.  The “Yellow-Blues” have been consistent throughout, loosing by one goal to Croatia in the final day of Preliminary round. With the line-player Andreas Nilsson their best scorer of the tournament with 14 andFrederik Petersen and Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz playing in high standard, the players selected by the legendary Ola Lindgren and Staffan Olsson will have to prove they are worthysuccessors to the great Wisslander and Lovgren.France vs. CroatiaIn what is becoming a modern-day classic, two handballing giants take the stage in the last match of the day in NRGi arena, as France play Croatia..The two-time European champions, Les Experts come to the Main round with nothing but prospect of the gold medal on their minds after a debacle two years ago. Boasting a 3/3 100% record in the Preliminary stage, France has not only underlined the enormous individual qualityof their star players, with Nikola Karabatić scoring 17 goals so far, but also showed a great variety in rotation with goals and defensive contributions coming from all areas of the team. Boosted with the return of the experienced Thierry Omeyer, arguably the World’s best goalkeeper, the in-form French team will see this win as an opportunity go stand shoulder above everyone else in the group, setting one foot into the semi-final.Not many teams can brag about having a positive record against France. Well, the Croatian team has secured their bragging rights with 4 wins to 3 against Les Experts at the World Championships. Croatian team will be looking for a reprise of their 2012 EHF Euro encounter when they beat Les Experts 29:22 after being one goal down at half time. But their best scorers of the championship, Duvnjak and Ćupić (with 11 and 14 goals so far) will also seek revenge tonight, after their last duel at the 2012 London Olympics deprived them of the final, and therefore the prospect of the Olympic Gold.With so much at stake, Croatia will walk into the NRGi arena tonight, knowing that the win would be worth their weight in gold.NEMANJA SAVIC ← Previous Story FRANCE MADE A CHANGE: Porte is in the game Next Story → Jurkiewicz pulls last-second win for Poland read more

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Samsung possibly prepping a transparent portrait television

first_imgFor the most part, you can look at a television and know that it is, in fact, a television. For reasons passing understanding, Samsung seems interested in changing that with what looks suspiciously like a transparent, portrait-oriented television.Samsung is no stranger to using CES as a test bed for some of their less conventional products. Last year the company demonstrated a Smart Window that granted the operator smartphone-like features displayed on the same glass used to separate the user from the outdoors. It was an incredibly cool trick, but not really something that people know what to do with just yet. A teaser for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was just released that holds very little information, other then Samsung wanted to show everyone a television with an unprecedented design.The image that accompanied the brief teaser (above) looks like a portrait frame that does very little to interrupt the world around it. Call us crazy, but it looks like a television that’s either transparent or is able to observe and display whatever is behind it.Regardless of the sci-fi-like tech, in a world of 55-inch 4K widescreen TVs, I think Samsung would have a hard time selling a television in portrait. If the image is any indicator, it’s really just a widescreen television on its side, much like you see in medical centers connected to computers (though the aspect ratio seems squarish).There’s nothing that says this unveiling is consumer oriented (or anything more than a concept sketch), though Samsung seems thoroughly convinced that this television is a sign of true innovation. This could have something to do with the other part of the image, which shows the scenery around the frame on both the inside and outside.We’ve seen transparent displays before, even recently on a laptop made by Samsung, but never before on a large television. Assuming this is the case, Samsung might be suggesting that you can hang the television like a photo frame, replacing the intense home theater feel with a different living room aesthetic altogether.There’s clearly more questions than answers here, and it is likely that Samsung will treat this like the Smart Window last year and have a special section at their CES presentation to explain why they think this is such a great idea. If this is a portrait television with a transparent display it would be really cool, but a little hard to convince most users to replace their living room rig with such a device.last_img read more

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Small plane crashes into shopping centre near Melbourne airport

first_imgSmall plane crashes into shopping centre near Melbourne airport Local reports say that around five people were on board. 11 Comments A SMALL PLANE has crashed into an airport in Melbourne.Nine News Melbourne reports that the plane crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) near Essendon Airport.It’s understood it was a charter plane and mayday calls were made before the crash. Feb 20th 2017, 11:14 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share206 Tweet Email Source: Mïkey Cahîll/Twitter #BREAKING: A plane has crashed into the DFO at Essendon. Reporter @Brett_McLeod is on the scene. #9News pic.twitter.com/rZBcf1BHJA— Nine News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) February 20, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3250108 center_img Monday 20 Feb 2017, 11:14 PM Source: Nine News Melbourne/Twitter Short URL .@theheraldsun nasty stuff. I saw a yellow and red fiery ball explode then black plumes of smoke pic.twitter.com/gDTQESftMv— Mikey Cahîll (@JoeyLightbulb) February 20, 2017 There were five passengers on board the plane, but it is not known yet if there were people injured or killed in the buildings that were hit. 20,498 Views By Aoife Barrylast_img read more

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Pellegrini challenges West Ham youngsters to take the next step

first_imgWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged Declan Rice and Grady Diangana to keep working on fulfilling their great potential19-year-old Rice has already impressed at the heart of the West Ham defence this season and Pellegrini is convinced of his potential.“I think Declan has a lot of potential to arrive at the level that he wants and, after that, you have to see the development of his career,” said Pellegrini, according to Sky Sports.“He is learning a lot of things very fast, he is improving his performances in every game and I hope he can become a top player in the years to come. He must continue learning as he has a lot of potential.“Declan is always listening to what he must improve and if you compare the first game of the season against Liverpool to now, I think he has improved in every game a little bit more.”Meanwhile, Diangana impressed in the Hammers’ 4-2 win against Burnley last Saturday in only his second Premier League start.But Pellegrini wasn’t surprised by the 20-year-old’s impact.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I wouldn’t say surprised as I always see him working on a daily basis,” said Pellegrini.“But what is important for a young player, like Grady, is that he must have the personality to do exactly the same thing that he does every day here.“He did and in every game, same as Declan, he has improved a little bit more. Now for all young players, you have the next step, which is the most important thing.“At the beginning, everyone appreciates everything he does because he is a young player.“But, after that, he must grow another step and continue making the difference in every game he plays.”West Ham will make a trip to Huddersfield Town in a Premier League game this Saturday.last_img read more

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Jamaican Local Businesses to benefit from Rebranded BSJ

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 13, 2017 – Kingston – Local businesses are to benefit from a re-branded Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), which will now focus on trade facilitation and business support, instead of regulations.   The new focus will aid Jamaican businesses in being more competitive in the local and export markets through the use of standards.The shift is part of recommendations from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)/World Bank, based on a review of the structure and mandate of the BSJ.   This prompted the Government to separate the BSJ’s regulatory function, which has been transferred to the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA).Speaking at a ceremony to launch the re-branded BSJ, a new website and refurbished Energy Efficiency and Mass and Dimensional laboratories held at the agency’s Winchester Road offices in Kingston on October 11, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, said “the time has come for separation of the regulatory function and the setting of the standards”.“We are one of the few, if not the only country now, that has them (regulations and standards) under the same roof, driven by the same Board. The separation had to take place. It was passed through the Cabinet, and the Permanent Secretary will take the appropriate steps to effect it,” the Minister said.In a JIS News interview, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry, said all the “legal work is being done to effect the separation”.“In that regard, we now have drafting instructions to go to the Cabinet. Once Cabinet has signed off on those drafting instructions, we will work assiduously with the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to have the necessary legal instrument in place to be debated and passed in the Parliament,” he said.Mr. Stanberry noted that the “administrative separation” conforms to international best practice, “by not having the standard development and the regulatory aspect within the same facility”.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, said with the rebranding of the Bureau, the agency “will be doing things differently and better”.“No longer are we to be seen as policemen. The BSJ now plays a significant role in the nation’s effort to foster economic growth,” he said.Concerning the laboratories, Mr. Wedderburn noted that the Energy Efficiency testing laboratory was renovated by the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry at a cost of approximately US$2.7 million, with funding from the World Bank.“The BSJ is extremely grateful for the assistance that has been provided by the Ministry and the World Bank. With this renovated facility, we will now be able to resume testing of refrigerators and freezers, and, for the first time, we will be able to test air-conditioning units in Jamaica,” he said.  Mr. Wedderburn said this will help consumers in the purchase of energy-efficient appliances.The laboratory’s renovation is aimed at increasing energy efficiency and security through the implementation of the Government’s National Energy Project.   As part of the renovation project, one existing chamber was refurbished and two new tests chambers were created.Regarding the Mass and Dimensional laboratories, Mr. Wedderburn said the environmental conditions under which national measurement standards are kept and national traceability measurements executed are of critical importance in the process to obtain international recognition of Jamaica’s calibration and measurement capabilities.For her part, Acting Country Manager of the World Bank to Jamaica, Karlene Francis, said her agency was pleased that the recommendations were followed.Release: JISlast_img read more

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Christmas could be turning point in WA weather

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — Christmas could be the turning point in Washington’s weather as a dry stretch gives way to more rain in the lowlands and valleys and snow in the mountains.Meteorologist Dana Felton in the National Weather Service office in Seattle says rain is likely on Sunday to be followed by a couple more systems next week in a transition back to the typical wet pattern for this time of year.For a white Christmas people will have to head to the mountains or the east slopes of the Cascades.December has been dry — only .25 inches of rain recorded at Sea-Tac Airport. The record dry December at the airport was 1.37 inches in 1978.For the calendar year, precipitation at Sea-Tac is at 34.41. Normal is 35.83.last_img read more

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Return of wet windy weather spoils shot at driest December

first_imgA December day with 0.43 inch of rain normally wouldn’t raise many eyebrows in the Northwest.This December? Even an unspectacular rainfall total represents the exception, not the rule.After flirting with its driest December on record, the 0.43 inch of rainfall Vancouver saw Tuesday was enough to double the monthly total so far — eclipsing the previous 26 days combined. That kicked off a more typical winter weather pattern that’s expected to keep the Portland area wet through the start of 2012.On Wednesday, both Vancouver and Portland finally surpassed 1 inch of rain for the entire month. This week’s wet surge means the area will avoid setting a new mark for December dryness, and could even see another 2 to 4 inches of rain by this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.“Really what we’re going to see for the next several days is pretty typical conditions,” said Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the weather service.The Portland-Vancouver area tallies well over 5 inches of rain in December on average. This week’s rain won’t be enough to even come close to that.And relatively warm temperatures will do little to help an already ailing snowpack in the Cascade Mountains.Snowpack now stands at about half of average for this time of year, Bryant said. That could mean low river flows in the spring if the pattern keeps up, he said, but there’s a lot of winter left. The La Niña weather pattern that’s characterized by wet, cool winters in the Northwest — and remains active this year, Bryant said — piled up huge mountain snowfall totals last year.last_img read more

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Kate Lewis Tapped as Joanna Coles Replacement People on the Move

first_imgKate LewisNewly appointed president of Hearst Magazines Troy Young and Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz announced today that Kate Lewis will take on the role of chief content officer at Hearst Magazines, a position that was vacated by Joanna Coles earlier this week, effective immediately. Lewis will continue to report to Young. Lewis has been with Hearst Magazines Digital Media since 2014 and most recently served as SVP, editorial director for the company, where she was responsible for tripling monthly unique visitors across the Hearst Magazines Digital Media portfolio while overseeing content and strategy for the portfolio’s social media, which has grown to an audience of 220 million. In her new role, she will be responsible for direct print and digital content strategy for Hearst Magazines brands, overseeing all U.S. editors-in-chief and digital directors, and work with the company’s international network to create global content opportunities.Troy Young“Kate has built a team of first-rate editorial talent that is focused on publishing exceptional feature and service journalism in words, images and video,” said Young in a statement. “She has played an integral role in growing our digital organization into the fast-moving, profitable business it is today. Kate’s responsibilities will be broader, but her core mission is the same: making content and products that engage and entertain readers, with a focus on excellence in storytelling and service.”Prior to joining Hearst, Lewis held the title of SVP and editorial director at Say Media where she oversaw content operations, editorial strategy and audience development for the company’s digital brands.  Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Matt PetersenMeredith Corp. announced today that Matt Petersen was promoted to SVP, The Foundry and strategic content, effective immediately. Petersen rejoined the company earlier this year as the general manager, content marketing, where he oversaw Meredith’s custom content revenue, and in his new position, he will oversee all of Meredith’s custom and branded content businesses, specifically, The Foundry. Petersen helps fill a gap left by former SVP Chris Hercik, who quietly left The Foundry last month. In addition to this move, Adam Ochman was also promoted to VP, head of content and strategy at The Foundry, and will report directly to Petersen. “I am excited to partner with Adam and [Cara Deoul Perl, VP, creative director] and the talented team at The Foundry to bring innovative ideas and measurable results to clients by leveraging our extraordinary brands, award-winning creative talent, and proprietary data, combined with our fierce determination and commitment to make a difference,” said Petersen in a statement.Jacelyn JohnsonJacelyn Johnson has been tapped as editor-in-chief of ALM Media’s China Law & Practice. In this role, she will be tasked with driving the publication’s growth strategy and overseeing production of the print magazine, while also working to develop and manage the online and digital transformation of the publication’s content and product strategy. Most recently, Johnson served as the commercial product manager, legal research solutions at LexisNexis Hong Kong, and before that, as managing editor for all of Hong Kong’s legal content at the company. Editor-in-chief of Legal Global Brands at ALM, Gina Passarella, says that Johnson will serve as a key member of the company’s Global Newsrooms and that “her vision will help extend the publication’s deep regulatory expertise and database, while ensuring readers are getting the latest on changes to law and regulation in one of the most important markets in the world.”Aaron HicklinThe editor-in-chief of Out magazine, Aaron Hicklin, announced in a tweet that he is stepping down from his role after 12 years, “Endings come quickly, but 12 years and 125 issues later, it feels like time to me to step down.” Hicklin is set to depart after the September issue and has not yet announced his next steps. WSJ. Magazine has hired Sarah Ball for its newly created digital director position. In this new role, Ball will be tasked with leading all digital content as well as building a new digital team in order to bolster the magazine’s one presence, which currently exists as a tab on the main Wall Street Journal website. Most recently, Ball served as editorial director for GQ.Adam Weinstein announced on Twitter that he resigned from his role as acting editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose. Zara Rahim is joining The Wing to oversee strategic communications. Most recently, Rahim served as communications director at Vogue, and before that, served as a national spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Digital editor Sam Dangremond has stepped down from his full-time role at Town & Country and will become a contributor to the magazine while attending Fordham Law School and working on his MBA at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business.The New Yorker tapped Osita Nwanevu as its new Washington, D.C.-based staff writer who will regularly write for newyorker.com about Capitol Hill and the midterms, among other topics. Nwanevu most recently held the same role at Slate where he focused on politics and the future of the Democratic party.Fast Company promoted two staffers this week. Senior editor Kathleen Davis was tapped as deputy editor of Fastcompany.com and in her latest role, she helped to transform Leadership into a destination for news and analysis on workplace, career, management and more, and lead her team in covering issues such as the gender wage gap. Anisa Purbasari Horton was also promoted this week from editorial assistant to assistant editor. She was responsible for some of the site’s most-read stories and works on the Work Smart newsletter as well as co-hosts The Secrets of the Most Productive People podcast with Davis. Ann BrenoffHuffPost senior writer and columnist Ann Brenoff announced that she is retiring from journalism after 45 years in the industry. Brenoff worked on a column for HuffPost called “On The Fly,” where she often discussed navigating getting older, and says in a recent post that she is retiring because “life is short and a healthy life even shorter. I don’t want to miss out on what’s left of mine.” Long-time Politico photographer John Shinkle announced that he is leaving the brand after 11 years to join the U.S. Senate Photographic Services. Shan Wang announced in a tweet that she is leaving her position as staff writer at Neiman Lab to join The Atlantic at its Washington, D.C. office.  Vanity Fair hired Clinton Cargill as its new visuals director. Cargill most recently served as director of photography at Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits. Former CBS News senior producer Nancy Han is taking on the role of executive producer at NowThis where she will be in charge of an upcoming daily Facebook Watch show, NowThis Morning. FiveThirtyEight announced that Micah Cohen was promoted from politics editor to managing editor. Cohen has been with the statistical analysis news site since 2010. The Association for PRINT Technologies has announced that Sondra Fry Benoudiz will be joining the business development team where she will be responsible for developing sponsorship programs, creating business opportunities, and providing customized solutions for members. With over two decades of industry experience, Fry Benoudiz most recently worked for Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) where she grew association membership, established a sponsorship and advertising program, and collaborated on the annual trade show. Vivienne Machi is joining Defense Daily, a trade publication out of Folio:’s parent company Access Intelligence’s defense group, where she will report on developments in the Air Force and Congress from the Capitol Hill desk. She most recently served as a staff writer at National Defense Magazine, and prior to that, served as a reporter and social media manager at Cox Media Group.last_img read more

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Army Downsizing Shrinks Headquarters Unit at Ft Carson

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The headquarters and headquarters battalion of Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division will lose two of its five companies, affecting about 200 soldiers, officials announced last month.The unit includes trumpeters, intelligence experts, payroll clerks, cooks, drivers and logistics experts. The cuts come as the Army looks to slash overhead to help it shrink its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers. The service is reducing division headquarters and other management units by 25 percent, reported the Gazette.To accommodate the cut, the Army redesigned the headquarters unit to eliminate management jobs while preserving capabilities needed in war.“We lost some signalers and we lost some intelligence personnel as well during the redesign,” said Lt. Col. Justin Howe, commander of the headquarters battalion.During deployments, some of the unit’s functions will be filled by the National Guard.last_img read more

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