Five stories in the news for today Aug 16

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, Aug. 16———NAFTA RENEGOTIATION TALKS BEGIN TODAYCanada’s lead minister for the renegotiation of NAFTA has arrived in Washington for the first round of talks, which get underway today. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland exchanged pleasantries and a hug with her Mexican counterpart after touching down Tuesday. A day earlier, she announced some of Canada’s priorities for the talks, which included so-called Buy American rules for public contracts and freer movement of professionals.———ALBERTA MLA RESIGNS FROM UCP CAUCUSA member of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party has resigned from caucus amid controversy over his conduct. Derek Fildebrandt says media controversy over what he calls honest mistakes is distracting from the work of the party, and its leadership race. Last week, it was revealed that Fildebrandt has been renting his taxpayer-funded apartment out through Airbnb. This week it was reported he double-billed the government for some meals and was charged last year with leaving the scene of an accident in Edmonton.———CONFEDERATE PLAQUE REMOVED FROM MONTREAL BUILDINGA commemorative plaque honouring a former president of the Confederate States of America has been removed from a Hudson’s Bay Co. building in downtown Montreal. Spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre told The Canadian Press in an email the plaque of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate states during the Civil War, was taken down Tuesday evening. A statue of Davis was removed in Louisiana last May. The Montreal plaque had been there since 1957 and was supplied by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to “honouring the memory of its Confederate ancestors.”———HALIFAX GATHERING PROTESTS WHITE SUPREMACYMore than 100 people rallied at the statue of Halifax’s controversial founder to show solidarity with the victims of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. Speakers at Tuesday evening’s protest criticized the rise of the white supremacist movement in the United States and recalled racism’s role in Canadian history. Mi’kmaq groups have long argued the bronze statue of Edward Cornwallis should be taken down. Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in response to an attack on colonists.———LUCKY CARROT — WOMAN PULLS LOST RING FROM GARDENA woman who lost her engagement ring 13 years ago while weeding her garden on the family farm is wearing it proudly again after her daughter-in-law pulled it from the ground on a misshapen carrot. Mary Grams, 84, said she can’t believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she had long given up hope of ever finding again. Colleen Daley found the ring while harvesting carrots for supper with her dog Billy at the farm near Armena, Alta., where Grams used to live. The farm has been in the family for 105 years.last_img read more

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Moroccos National Wheelchair Tennis Team Refuses to Play Israeli Team

Rabat – Morocco’s wheelchair tennis team (special needs category) has been criticized by the Israeli press for refusing to face the Israeli team in the world championships held in Japan’s capital, Tokyo.The Moroccan team and its technical crew decided on Thursday not to play against Israel and withdrew from the tournament. Commenting on the Moroccan decision, the Israeli coach said, “This is a sad day for sport and sadder for athletes with special needs.”He added “politics have been mixed with sport in the past, but for people with special needs there have always been special features.” 51 teams from 29 countries are competing in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, in four categories: men, women, quadruple, and novices.In response to the Moroccan team’s decision, the International Tennis Federation said, “the International Tennis Federation was established taking into account the preservation of the integrity and independence of tennis as a sport, including the rejection of any discrimination based on color, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age, gender or sexual orientation, or religion.Concerning the refusal of the Moroccan national team to confront the Israeli team, we will urgently contact the Royal Moroccan University of Tennis to inquire about the incident, and we will take appropriate decisions in accordance with the regulations of the International Tennis Federation.” read more

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SNCLavalins role in new Montreal hospital reduced amid corruption allegations

MONTREAL — Allegations of impropriety swirling around SNC-Lavalin and Quebec’s construction industry has prompted the Shriners to take greater control of who builds its new Montreal hospital, the philanthropic group said Thursday.The Shriners selected SNC-Lavalin to manage construction of the $127-million hospital that will be built adjacent to a $2.35-billion super-hospital set to open in the summer of 2015.However, the group has decided to retain control of the bidding process and selection of sub-contractors instead of making SNC general contractors.“That gave us the ability to select the contractors that would be invited to bid on our project and we took the effort to purge any names off our selected list that had been accused of being involved in (bribery),” said Jerry Gantt, a director for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children.Gantt said the Shriners were “very sensitive” to allegations of impropriety and chose the system to be transparent and protect its own reputation.SNC-Lavalin was hired two years ago for structural engineering, civil engineering and pre-construction services.It will now be paid an undisclosed fee to oversee the construction.“We are very pleased to have been awarded a third key project in Quebec’s health care sector,” stated Charles Chebl, executive vice-president of SNC-Lavalin Group.Gantt said it selected the Montreal-based firm because of its role as the primary partner in a super-hospital and to avoid potential problems by introducing another contractor on the site.A consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin and Innisfree Ltd. has been contracted under a 34-year public-private partnership to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital campus.“We felt like if we could negotiate a favourable construction management fee and then us being in control of who the subcontractors were and the selection of those subcontractors that we could get the best of all worlds,” said Gantt in an interview from Houston, Texas.The eight-storey Shriners building that will span 20,500 square metres will more than double the size of the existing facility that will ultimately be sold.SNC-Lavalin will also be responsible for the procurement, installation and commissioning of medical equipment.Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2015.It will have 22 single-patient rooms, four operating rooms, ambulatory care services and rehabilitation services, including physiotherapy and occupational therapy.The Shriners hospital will be linked to the new Montreal Children’s Hospital operated by the McGill University Health Centre.It is one of several hospital projects being built on the site that has resulted in fraud charges being filed against two former SNC senior executives, former CEO Pierre Duhaime and Riadh Ben Aissa.Gantt said the new hospital will strengthen the service it has provided since 1925 to Canadian children, especially those in Quebec.“We look forward to the next 90 years at the new campus and… being able to do a lot more in research, teaching and therefore a lot more in the delivery of health-care to the kids,” he said.The Canadian Press read more

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With Trans Mountain in doubt prospects looking up for Keystone Line 3

The Westridge Marine Terminal was built in Burnaby 1957. Then B.C. premier Christy Clark was a supporter of the Trans Mountain expansion.   Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces the the approval of Kinder Morgan’s proposal to triple the capacity of its Trans Mountain pipeline. B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver and B.C. NDP leader, and now Premier, John Horgan speak to media after announcing they’ll be… 1/21 A map of the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Tumblr John Horgan becomes B.C. Premier following a non-confidence vote that overthrows Christy Clark’s minority government.  Darryl Dyck/The Canadian… The main pipeline that feeds oil to British Columbia is seen at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton.  Jonathan Hayward/The… RCMP officers take protesters into custody at a Trans Mountain demonstration in Burnaby, B.C., on Nov. 20, 2014.  Jonathan Hayward/The… Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has been a tireless advocate for the completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  Jason Franson /The… Google Plus Meanwhile Enbridge’s Line 3 project, which aims to replace its aging pipe with a more robust new one, has run into its own opposition as environmental and Indigenous groups look to stop any pipelines that would allow or encourage more oilsands growth.Replacing Line 3 would allow the company to restore the original 760,000 barrel a day capacity, adding about 375,000 barrels of shipping capacity because of current pressure restrictions on the line.The regulatory process for the line has taken longer than expected as regulators in Minnesota take a closer look at the project’s necessity and safety details, but the company should have a final decision from the state in June.The progress on pipelines to the U.S. is encouraging, but producers need access to new markets and predictability in building projects after several failed attempts, said Canadian Energy Pipeline Association president Chris Bloomer.“We really are at a crossroads as to how we go forward as a country…What we’re looking for from the federal government is leadership, concrete direction as to where this is going.”He said the U.S. administration has a clear vision on pipelines and the energy sector, and that the series of failed pipelines has hurt investment in Canada.“We’ve had the investment fleeing the energy sector in Canada for quite a while, given the uncertainty and the regulatory process. Since Energy East and the Northern Gateway pipeline, that’s been an ongoing situation, but maybe the situation with regards to the Kinder Morgan situation has kind of put an exclamation point on that,” said Bloomer.However, U.S. pipelines are not without their foes, as the massive protests against Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline demonstrated in 2016.Already groups like the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion and others who oppose the industry have said they’re preparing to hinder development of the pipelines heading to U.S. markets.Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart said both pipelines can expect continued resistance on all fronts, on both sides of the border.“Kinder Morgan is not alone in facing a sea of troubles, as all three pipelines are facing stiff resistance on the ground and in the courts. This is because there’s simply no role for these kinds of new fossil fuel megaprojects that lock us into a high-carbon, high-risk economic model if we are serious about dealing with our climate crisis or respecting Indigenous rights.” A protester stands on top of a trailer outside the main gates of Kinder Morgan in Burnaby.   Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press tanker is anchored in Burrard Inlet just outside of Burnaby.   Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press Demonstrators sit in front of a transport truck attempting to deliver heavy equipment to Kinder Morgan as others block a gate at the company’s… CALGARY —  After nearly a decade since the last major oil pipeline was built, and with existing ones brimming with crude, Canada’s energy industry is wondering when and if any new lifelines to foreign markets will go into the ground.Those concerns were heightened last week after Kinder Morgan effectively put its Trans Mountain expansion project on hold until it can be assured British Columbia won’t continue trying to block the pipeline.A crucial meeting in Ottawa this weekend between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. could have swayed the fate of the pipeline, but all sides said they’re sticking with their position.But as Trans Mountain’s fate was put in jeopardy after the B.C. NDP’s election win, pipelines heading south to the U.S. have been propped up by the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, who has tied himself closely to the oil and gas industry.‘Long, slow recovery’: After 3 years of heavy losses, Canadian oilpatch to eke out paltry gains this yearWith almost nothing left to lose, Albertans rise up against Ottawa’s empty pipeline promises‘We’re in crisis mode now’: Energy sector fears investor exodus as Trans Mountain pipeline stallsBoth TransCanada’s Keystone XL — which will run from Hardisty, Alta., to Steele City, Neb. — and Enbridge’s Line 3 — which links Hardisty to Superior, Wis. — should avoid the political pitfalls that have sunk Energy East and Northern Gateway and have put Trans Mountain in doubt, said Zachary Rogers, a research analyst at Wood Mackenzie.“While there certainly is risk, and nothing is 100 per cent certain…Line 3 and Keystone XL are likely to proceed,” said Rogers in an interview.Energy East, which would have delivered bitumen from the oilpatch to Eastern Canada, was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. in October 2017 after strong opposition from municipalities and Indigenous groups. Northern Gateway would have sent bitumen from Bruderheim, AB, to Kitimat, BC, for transportation to Asian markets. It too faced strong opposition, and was rejected by Trudeau in 2016.Trump’s issuing of a presidential permit for Keystone XL revived a pipeline that had become a galvanizing symbol in the battle against climate change and the carbon footprint of oilsands production that ultimately led then-President Barack Obama to deem the project as not in America’s best interest in 2015.But with state approval in Nebraska following Trump’s permission, Rogers now ranks the 830,000 barrel a day pipeline as the most likely to go forward.“There are some difficulties obviously, on the regulatory front, but Keystone XL has largely cleared its last major regulatory hurdle at the end of last year,” he said.Those difficulties include landowner permissions and local permitting, as well as court challenges in Nebraska from some of the many groups still opposed to it, but overall the regulators involved look to be on board, said Rogers.“The Supreme Court of Nebraska and the State Legislature and the Nebraska Public Service Commission have all repeatedly been in support of the project. So we view the regulatory risk on Keystone XL as relatively low compared to Trans Mountain.” Pinterest Bill Morneau answers questions in Ottawa about the federal government’s plan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline project.  Sean Kilpatrick/The… Trans Mountain pipeline was extended with the route taking it through Jasper National Park and Robson Provincial Park. Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, centre, is arrested by RCMP officers after joining protesters outside Kinder Morgan’s facility in… Share How the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga unfolded: Key dates from 1953 to now Building the Trans Mountain pipeline. Kat Roivas, who is opposed to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, stands at an access gate at the company’s property… Reddit Bill Morneau answers questions in Ottawa about the federal government’s plan to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline project.  Sean Kilpatrick/The… LinkedIn Email read more

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Bahrain International Airshow announces 33B of deals on first day as protesters

The Saudi Hawks Display Team performs Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at the Bahrain International Airshow in Sakhir, Bahrain. Bahrain’s state news agency said the International Airshow opened to announcements of more than $3 billion in agreements. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2014 11:04 am MDT Bahrain International Airshow announces $3.3B of deals on first day as protesters rally nearby AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MANAMA, Bahrain – Bahrain’s state news agency says the Bahrain International Airshow opened to announcements of more than $3 billion in deals.The Gulf kingdom’s international airport signed a nearly $3.2 billion agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen CIMC TianDa for construction of seven new commuter bridges between boarding gates and planes.Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air says it also signed an agreement Thursday with Rolls-Royce TotalCare to support its fleet of six wide-body twin-engine Airbus A330s.The three-day airshow runs through Saturday.However, the country’s political turmoil loomed in the background of the airshow’s flying display as protesters burnt tires, sending billowing plumes of black smoke into the sky.Shiite protesters have been holding near-daily protests for almost three years demanding greater equality from Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy. read more

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Antalya Solutions to todays development challenges exist in the Global South stresses

“The advantage and beauty of South-South cooperation is that this modality of international relations relies on solidarity expressed in concrete and demonstrable sharing of technical know-how, experience and resources among developing countries,” said Jorge Chediek, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on South-South Cooperation and Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), at the opening ceremony.Hundreds of participants from over 120 countries, including government ministers, development agency directors, and international and civil society stakeholders, have gathered for the world’s preeminent forum for showcasing, sharing, and scaling up innovative local solutions to global problems. The event, hosted by the Government of Turkey and coordinated by UNOSSC, will focus on solutions “for the South, by the South” throughout the week. The theme “South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social and Environmental Transformation: The Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40),” aims to engage stakeholders to scale up concrete solutions from the South to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“South-South cooperation has gained a new centrality with respect to the 2030 Agenda, always complementing North-South cooperation, not replacing it. And despite the challenges before us, South-South approaches provide a window of opportunity for all of us to share hard-won lessons,” Mr. Chediek said. “Your presence here is proof that you are ready to take up the challenge; that you are ready to build bridges and partnerships; that you believe that solutions we have can be shared and can help us build a better world. Every country can contribute – emerging economy or LDC – all of us can share and can contribute to the effort.”Since its inception in 2008, the Expo has featured documented best practices from hundreds of partner countries, UN agencies, private-sector enterprises and civil society organizations. “Turkey began providing development assistance to countries in the region in the 1920s,” said Mevlüt Çavusoglu, Foreign Minister of Turkey. Today the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) operates in over 120 countries, he explained, adding that Turkey ranks second in the world for humanitarian aid as per percentage of its gross national income.Earlier this year, Turkey signed an agreement with the UN to establish a Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries to strengthen the science, technology and innovation capacity in the world’s poorest countries toward achieving the 2030 Agenda. “Knowledge-sharing is a priority for Turkey,” the Minister said.One of the highlights of the week is the Exhibition, which was inaugurated following the opening ceremony and boasts 58 booths and 3 photo exhibits showcasing tested development solutions from the South. The Expo takes place in the lead up to the 40th anniversary of the historic adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA). The Plan of Action set the agenda for the innovative concept of South-South cooperation and provided a foundation to build the institutional mechanisms and structures that have contributed to shaping the international development agenda and changing the landscape of the global South as it is seen today. Argentina will host Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation, marking the 40th anniversary of the BAPA, in March 2019. This week’s gathering will focus on a number of issues, including climate change partnerships; peacebuilding; private sector engagement; science, technology and innovation; public service innovation; big data; youth employment and skills development; and women’s empowerment. read more

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NEPEAN offers mine truck haulage alternative with relocatable conveyors

first_imgNEPEAN Conveyors’ New South Wales General Manager, Bill Munday, thinks its relocatable conveyor system will “change the game for materials handling” in 2019.Munday said this to the Australian Mining publication during a site visit to Port Kembla.Last year, NEPEAN Conveyors acquired Sandvik’s International Conveyor Components businesses and Sandvik’s Specialist Conveyor Systems business in Hollola, Finland.NEPEAN’s Relocatable Conveyor system has taken over two years of research and design to develop and “promises to upend the traditional approach to conveyor design on account of its improved mobility, operational flexibility, ease of transport and speed of installation”, the company said.Instead of building conveyor parts to meet the needs of freight shipping container dimensions, the NEPEAN Relocatable Conveyor is a half-height high cube portal frame configuration certified for standard freight shipping.This means the conveyor is transportable anywhere in the world as a fully assembled unit, according to the company.The frames are 12 m long, with the unit inside supporting belt widths of up to 1,800 mm on straight conveyors and 1,600 mm on curved conveyors. Roof-mounted wind guards are also available for each module in a single curve or straight two-piece configuration.The modules can be triple stacked on a prime mover and unloaded in one bundle using standard container handling equipment, which can then place each module in line for final connection, according to the company.This approach vastly reduces the total install cost per lineal metre by minimising both time and staff requirements during setup, NEPEAN said.“One of the areas we really wanted to target was logistics,” Munday told Australian Mining.“It can turn into a real logistical exercise moving all this equipment from one site to the next and doing so efficiently. The beauty of having a half-height hi cube shipping container format is that they can be multi-stacked on ships, trains or trucks,” he said.“You can potentially get nine modules per road train at a length of 12 m per module.”The frame’s integral legs can be set in place by removing a pin, folding them out and replacing the pin to lock the legs in position, minimising ground works.The foot plates also have holes in for additional stakes to be inserted, which adds stability and security.Once the modules are aligned to an installation jig on the ground – adjustable for idler spacing and roller configurations – the structure can be super elevated by up to 7° and banked around corners, according to the company.“All the equipment is pre-designed for a fully functioning conveyor and the container module is just part of the system,” Munday said. “We have also designed a unique one-piece head end that incorporates a drive system up to approximately 4,000 kW, a loop take-up and delivery jib that can be put on a 200-t float to transport around mine sites. It is held in place by large ground anchors — there’s minimal concreting or civil works — you just dig a couple of holes and bury the ground anchor.”In addition to significantly lowering civil works and installation costs, the NEPEAN Relocatable Conveyors mobility allows it to be adaptable to changes in mining operations and positions it as a true alternative to mine trucks when it is time to move the conveyor on site, according to the company.last_img read more

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EHF Cup TOP 6 draw Germans looking for three places in Max

← Previous Story Marko Vujin about TOP 8: My wish is Szeged – It will be good to avoid PSG Next Story → PAN-AMERICA HANDBALL: Draws are ready, bring on the Games! Draw for the EHF Cup quarter-finals will be held in Vienna on Tuesday, right before the draw for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8. The host team of the EHF CUP F4 is Fuchse Berlin which won the place on the final tournament directly after securing one of two places in the Group stage.The other three teams will be known after knock-out stage. The second placed team who didn’t qualify for TOP 6 due the smallest number of points in the group is Spanish team BM Granollers.The first quarter-final leg is scheduled for 11-12 April, the second leg will be played on 18-19 April. The three winning teams qualify for the 2015 EHF Cup Finals in Berlin (16-17 May).Seeding pots for the Men’s EHF Cup Quarter-final Draw:Pot 1 (three group winners)HSV Hamburg (GER)Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)MT Melsungen (GER)Pot 2 (three best second ranked teams)RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)Skjern Handbold (DEN)Eskilstuna Guif (SWE)Where to followThe draw will be live streamed on ehfTV.com with commentary from Tom O’Brannagain.A live ticker will go online on Tuesday morning on eurohandball.com and the event will also be extensively covered on the official Twitter channel of the VELUX EHF Champions League @ehfmedia. EHF Cup read more

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La chasse au phoque prolongée de deux semaines au Canada

first_imgLa chasse au phoque prolongée de deux semaines au CanadaCanada – Le gouvernement canadien a décidé de prolonger de deux semaines la durée de la chasse au phoque à Terre-Neuve et au Labrador. La saison est très mauvaise et ce délai supplémentaire a été décidé pour permettre aux chasseurs d’écouler leurs captures tout en tentant d’atteindre leur quota.Comme l’a précisé la ministre des Pêches et des Océans, Gail Shea, les deux semaines de chasse supplémentaires ont été accordées afin de donner plus de temps aux chasseurs “pour utiliser leur allocation de 2010 et tirer profit des perspectives commerciales potentielles”.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageMoins de 100 bateaux ont pris part à la chasse cette année à Terre-Neuve et au Labrador. Ce sont aujourd’hui près de 60.000 phoques qui ont été abattus, alors que le quota de chasse a été fixé à 300.000 captures. La saison de chasse est particulièrement mauvaise cette année. Le golfe du Saint-Laurent n’a en effet presque pas gelé au cours de l’hiver, or c’est sur la banquise que se trouvent les animaux. Par ailleurs, l’embargo européen sur les produits dérivés du phoque en vigueur depuis un an a découragé de nombreux chasseurs qui ont décidé de ne pas prendre la mer, craignant de ne pas trouver d’acheteurs pour leurs prises. La rareté des acheteurs, confirmée depuis lors, est une autre explication de ce délai supplémentaire.  Le 15 mai 2010 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Early preview for Season 3 of Total Bellas on E including timetable

first_img Two more WWE Superstars reportedly scheduled to appear at RAW Reunion show Twitter WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The synopsis for the first three episodes of Season 3 of Total Bellas on the E! Network have been released and seem to reveal the actual timetable for when the breakup between John Cena and Nikki Bella actually occurred.Season 3 Premiere (airing this Sunday 5/20):“Brie decides that she wants to join her sister and John in San Diego, but Bryan is not interested in moving; Nikki and John have an honest conversation about major life decisions; WWE clears Daniel to return to in-ring competition.”Episode 2 (airing on 5/27):“Nikki is finally cleared to wrestle again; although Brie is eager to start training for their comeback, Nikki finds herself distracted with unexpected emotions and uncertainty about her future as Mrs. Cena.”Episode 3 (airing on 6/3):“Nikki leans on Brie, Bryan and the Bella family for their unconditional support following her breakup with fiancé John Cena, all while preparing for the Bella Twins’ big return to the WWE 25th anniversary of “Monday Night Raw.”Based on the synopsis, the breakup between Cena and Nikki looks to have actually occurred in January, compared to when it became public following WrestleMania 34.E! has also posted the following video giving reasons to believe that Cena and Nikki may actually get back together as a couple.center_img WhatsApp Pinterest WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game event Facebooklast_img read more

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Man gets 60 days in jail for setting fire to RV in

first_imgA man who set fire to a motor home parked in the Image neighborhood following an argument with his girlfriend was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail but was given credit for time served, court records show.Robert John Block, 37, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree reckless burning. He had told Vancouver police at the time of the incident that he was in the midst of a mental health crisis.According to an affidavit of probable cause, on March 2, Block set fire to an RV parked in an abandoned lot near Northeast 137th Avenue and Northeast 49th Street. Firefighters and police were called to the area about 1:30 p.m. and arrived to find the motor home engulfed in flames.Firefighters extinguished the blaze. No one was injured.A witness told police that Block left the witness’ house, which is near the RV, about 10 minutes before firefighters arrived. The witness also said that Block left the house immediately after an argument with his former girlfriend, the affidavit states.Fire investigators determined that the blaze had been set intentionally with some kind of igniting fluid on the RV’s camp stove. All of the doors and windows were locked when they arrived, leading them to believe the fire was started by someone with access, court records say.Block later admitted to starting the fire, according to court documents.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Fair weather we enjoyed Wednesday will hold through next week

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Wednesday was almost perfect with afternoon temperatures in the mid-60s, a little above normal. The high in Vancouver as of 5 p.m. was 66 degrees. We are getting into that time of the year when a day’s high temperature could come after 5 p.m.That northwest wind was on the windy side, too, with plenty of whitecaps on Vancouver Lake. I wouldn’t want to be out in a kayak with those waves. The Columbia River had its share of white caps, as well, but that didn’t deter the sailboats and even a couple of windsurfers. Still, I bet that water is on the chilly side.The next five days look like we’ll enjoy more fair weather, some cloudiness at times. A few of those passing clouds could drop a hit-or-miss shower early next week. Overall, think on the dry side. We have already surpassed the average rainfall for April so we could do without those raindrops, right? For us in the weather business, it will be a quiet period coming up. The first day of May will carry this weather trend forward.When I read books and stories, I always like to see some weather in the story. I am excited to watch “Avengers: Endgame” this evening (early ticket purchase), but one thing I have noticed in the series is that they usually have rather dull weather. I guess they have so much action that they don’t need any more in the way of weather. A movie in 1998, also called “The Avengers,” featured a mad scientist determined to control the world’s weather with his “weather machine.” Now that was a weatherperson’s film to see.last_img read more

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Copa America 2019 Brazil to meet Argentina in semifinal clash

first_imgSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty ImagesEight-time Copa America champions Brazil will probably face Argentina in the semi-finals of the 2019 Copa America at Belo Horizonte on July 2. The neighbouring countries, football rivals since 1914, may face each other in the oldest continental tournament much to the joy of the football world provided that Argentina beat Venezuela in the quarter-final scheduled on June 28 at the iconic Maracana stadium.Rated as the greatest rivalry in international football, the South American giants will probably face each other in the Copa America after 12 years. The last time they met in 2007 in the final of Copa America, Brazil won the match 3-0 beating the Argentines convincingly in Venezuela. After that in 2008, bot the teams met in Beijing Olympics where Argentina seeking redemption thumped Brazil 3-0 in the semi-final and went on to win the gold medal.This time around Brazil definitely have the upper hand as the Argentine team is in a shambolic condition. Lionel Messi led Argentine squad will first need to beat Venezuela which looking at the current scenario is an uphill task for the La Albiceleste. Riding on goals from Sergio Aguero and Lautaro Martinez, Argentina defeated Qatar in their must-win match of the group stage to keep their hopes of winning the Copa America after 26 years afloat. Messi needs to show what he can do on the field and has to inspire the squad which is mostly filled with youngsters.On the other hand, Brazil had a tough match against Paraguay in the quarter-final. They are held to a goalless draw at Porto Alegre by the Paraguayans despite the latter playing with 10 men for almost the last 30 minutes. The hosts won the match on penalties and are through to the semi-finals after two editions of the tournament.Football fans all over the world will be hoping that Argentina goes through so that they can relish the rivalry in a major tournament after a long time.last_img read more

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Is Tiger Shroff a virgin Abe besharam Mere mom dad bhi follow

first_imgTiger Shroff in Baaghi 2Fox Star Hindi TwitterAmong the younger crop of actors, Tiger Shroff is someone who has carved his niche for himself with his impeccable dancing skills and high flying martial arts chops. He might be just six films old but he has earned a massive fan following who want to each and every thing about the Baaghi actor. So when Tiger recently started a ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Instagram, a cheeky fan asked him if he was a virgin and undoubtedly the question caught Tiger by surprise.Responding to the fan’s question in his inimitable way, Tiger said, “Abe besharam! Mere mom dad bhi follow kar rahe hai mujhe.” Tiger ShroffInstagramTiger Shroff has often been in the news for getting linked with his co-stars like Ananya Pandey and his long-time rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani. Earlier, papa Jackie had said that “Tiger has spent 25 years of his life without a girlfriend” but now had found a girl and he was happy about it.But when a fan asked Tiger about the number of girlfriends he had till date, Tiger replied in a cheeky way, “Not enough.” Tiger ShroffInstagramThere’s no secret that Disha Patani has been a frequent visitor to the Shroff family and often seen spending some quality with them. In fact, Ayesha Shroff has often seen showering her love on Disha on social media and seems to be getting along quite well with her.So it was quite natural for fans to ask Tiger if he is currently dating Disha Patani. And even this time, Tiger yet again evaded the question and replied, “Meri aukaat nahi hai, bhai.” Tiger ShroffInstagramlast_img read more

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Harris County Deputy Killed in Baytown Substantial Reward Offered For Information

first_img– / 7Harris County Assistant Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood, a 30-year veteran,  was shot and killed earlier today at a courthouse in Baytown , the Baytown Police Department reported.  He was life flighted to Hermann Hospital but  died shortly after. Baytown Crime Stoppers  offered a reward up to $35,000 for information leading to an arrest. Later in the afternoon, Crime Stoppers of Houston and the FBI announced an additional reward up to $50,000.  Police/deputies lining up preparing to escort the body of Asst Chief Dep Clint Greenwood. Gunned down this morning in Baytown #khou11 pic.twitter.com/tycqsbU9jB— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) April 3, 2017 Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/03155236/presser.mp400:0000:0003:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The latest Baytown Police Department’s press conference on Chief Greenwood’s death.  Who murdered Asst. Chief Deputy Clint Greenwood? @CrimeStopHOU @BaytownPolice1 #HouNews pic.twitter.com/35A2uj4NhT— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) April 3, 2017The precinct 3 Harris County Deputy Constable was shot just after 7 am today at the Baytown Courthouse, on the 700 block of West Baker Road near Garth Road, in Baytown.“Our officers that arrived on scene rendered aid to Chief Deputy Greenwood. He was subsequently life flighted to Hermann Hospital in Houston, to be treated for his injuries. And unfortunately, I have to report today that he succumbed to his injuries. He did not survive”, said Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris.Dorris said they are following leads and adds that Constable Greenwood received only one shot, but he didn’t provide any information about the suspect or what the motive could be for the killing.Investigators are also looking for any video that might have recorded the shooting which took place earlier this morning at the Court House annex building in Baytown.Multiple law enforcement agencies are deployed in the area including the Baytown Police Department and the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable’s office, which is where Greenwood worked, as well as the Harris County’s Sheriff’s office and the Texas Rangers. Dorris says he will probably hold another press conference around 3:30 pm to provide another update.Greenwood was a seasoned trial attorney in addition to a law enforcement member. He graduated from Rice University and had two stints at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office: from 1983 to 1989, and then again from 2009  to  Jan. 2013. He also had his own law office in the downtown area.Greenwood had also served at the Harris County Sheriff ‘s Office. Nearby Sterling High School had been on lock-down, according to Goose Creek ISD,  as officers searched for suspects but went back to normal in the afternoon.Baytown residents Sarah Whatley and Allen Dunn expressed their dismay after learning about Deputy Greenwood’s death. The HCSO family and @SheriffEd_HCSO stand with Pct. 3 Constable Eagleton in grieving the loss of our brother, Clint Greenwood. pic.twitter.com/eR7oZopYVu— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) April 3, 2017The County Judge of Harris county Ed Emmett tweeted that Texas Governor Greg Abbott granted his request to lower flags: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: @GovAbbott has granted Harris County’s request to lower flags to half staff in honor of slain deputy constable Clint Greenwood. #hounews— Official Ed Emmett (@EdEmmett) April 3, 2017Allison Lee contributed to this report. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/03144650/TX-Officer-Shot-2-CR.mp400:0000:0000:59Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Harris County Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood was shot and killed in Baytown earlier today. Officers keep searching for the killer. Listen Deputy Greenwood’s body was escorted from the hospital: Law enforcement members joined hands in a moment of prayer for Asst. Chief Deputy Constable Clint Greenwood https://t.co/3JH6Okmwqm pic.twitter.com/qx8IzDp25m— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) April 3, 2017 WATCH LIVE: Police are preparing to transport the body of a deputy after he was killed in a shooting in Baytown. https://t.co/qhBubtkSxX pic.twitter.com/0yq4RHeBgF— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) April 3, 2017Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Sheriff of Harris County Ed Gonzalez expressed their condolences about Greenwood’s death.“Sending condolences to Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Office and the family, friends of the deputy who died in the line of duty today”, Turner tweeted. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick also released individual statements on the shooting and death of Greenwood.“We knew him as a lawyer, law-enforcement officer and colleague respected in every role,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Our prayers are with his family”, Ogg said.  Patrick added:  “Jan and I send our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Assistant Chief Deputy Greenwood, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, during this very difficult time. Violence against our law enforcement officers must stop. Protecting our men and women in uniform continues to be a top priority for me and I will do whatever it takes to bring this latest assassin to justice.” 00:00 /01:52 X Sharelast_img read more

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Research team uses robot eye technology to help the blind

first_img(Phys.org) — A research team from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris have ported technology originally developed to help robots maneuver in real world environments to Braille enabled devices that help vision impaired people do the same. 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. © 2012 Phys.Org The new technology uses a pair of glasses affixed with sensors and cameras connected to hand-held devices that allow the blind wearer to “feel” the 3D environment around them. The team from the university’s Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics will be presenting their findings at this month’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.The new technology incorporates cameras and sensors initially developed for use with robotics technology, along with image processing hardware and software, to gather information about the surrounding environment. From there though, the two technologies diverge. Instead of the data collected being routed to AI systems for use by a robot, it moves instead to a processor that converts 3D imagery to Braille signals that are passed along to real-time Braille devices in the hands of the person using the device. The result, the team says, is situational awareness unlike anything else currently available to assist the blind in moving around without benefit of a cane, guide dog or other assistive device.Two create true 3D imagery, the system uses two cameras on each side of the glasses, which are connected to an image processor that picks out objects, edges and other pertinent details of the view ahead. From that, a map is generated to represent the scene from the user’s perspective. That map, along with data from a gyroscope and accelerometers that provide information about speed and current location, is then converted by another processor to a series of signals that are sent to the Braille devices in the hand. Each is a flat pad with pins that can be raised or lowered using heat, to create a virtual tactile real-time image of the surrounding environment. And because the system generates new maps at a rate of about ten per second, the user is able to move, the developers say, at walking speed through a real world environment.Only time will tell of course, just how useful the new technology will be, as those that use it will likely develop a connection with the system over time akin to the way others grow accustomed to keyboards, canes and guide dogs, and only they will be able to judge whether new systems such as this are as useful as they appear in demonstrations.Via NewScientist ‘Sound of Football’ project allows blind to play football (w/ video) Explore further Citation: Research team uses robot eye technology to help the blind (2012, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-team-robot-eye-technology.htmllast_img read more

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Police withdraw after settlers refuse to leave Playa del Carmen land

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The eviction of dozens of families from an irregular colony in west Playa del Carmen led to a police withdraw and protest at the municipal hall. Photo: la Policía Estatal Shortly after, a group of Nueva Esperanza residents made their way to city hall to protest the eviction, demanding mayor Laura Beristain take the necessary steps so that the Ejido lands are sold and then able to have a patrimony. The mayor, along with several city council members, did make time for them, saying that she is respectful of what the Judicial Power commands since the eviction order comes from a judge. However, what she condemns is the excessive use of force in a place where elderly people, children and women live. Photo: la Policía Estatal “Everything that is done is preventive, seeking to reach correct solutions without violating the affected families,” he said.center_img At dawn Tuesday, police arrived at the irregular residential colony of Nueva Esperanza to evict some of the nearly 400 that live there. The eviction was carried out by a judicial order on Ejido land that has been illegally invaded by the squatters for nearly two years. Once houses were emptied, scores of police created a human shield as heavy machinery torn down the dilapidated make-shift homes. Despite the eviction order and removal of many homes, the residents refused to leave their possessions causing police to withdraw from the area. Nueva Esperanza invasion, which is located next to In House at the end of Constituyentes Avenue, is one of two illegal colonies that have popped up in the west region of Playa del Carmen over the years, being illegally occupied by settlers that arrive to the area. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Alfredo Paz Cetina, the Secretary General of the City Council, said that after the meeting with the settlers, they agreed on the first negotiating table with two representatives for each of the blocks that make up the settlement. last_img read more

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Police forces in Ireland raid brothels arrest 8

first_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Three suspected pimps were arrested in the Irish Republic, five others in the British territory of Northern Ireland. Detectives seized extensive records from computers and cellphones.Officers in both forces say prostitutes themselves were not targeted for arrest, because they are considered victims of exploitation.In Belfast, three women in their 20s were charged Wednesday with running brothels.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familycenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates DUBLIN (AP) – Police say several hundred officers in both parts of Ireland are mounting a crackdown on prostitution, raiding 140 suspected brothels and pimps’ homes.The Republic of Ireland’s police force says the operation followed lengthy surveillance of brothels and sought to target the pimps managing prostitutes, most of them women from Eastern Europe and Africa, in more than a dozen cities and towns. The swoops started at dawn Tuesday and spread Wednesday.last_img read more

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FILE In this Jan 12 2016 file photo Chairman

first_img FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Chairman CBS Sports Sean McManus participates in the “CBS Sports” panel at the CBS 2016 Winter TCA, in Pasadena, Calif. CBS has signed an 11-year deal to continue broadcasting the PGA Championship, partnering with ESPN.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/In vision/AP, File) by Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2018 10:05 am PDT Last Updated Oct 10, 2018 at 10:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The PGA Championship will remain with CBS Sports and pick up a powerful partner in ESPN for weekday rounds as part of an 11-year agreement in which the networks will combine to deliver 175 hours of coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms.Financial terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed, though it was clear the PGA Championship is more attractive held in May than in August.The agreement gives CBS and ESPN, which broadcast the Masters, the first two majors of the year.“I can tell you from our standpoint, the property was more valuable in May than in August,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “We are paying a rights fee increase. It was definitely a more attractive package.”McManus said the number of households watching on TV is higher in May, and he spoke of a “halo effect” in broadcasting the next major after the Masters, which is the highest-rated golf telecast of the year.The PGA Championship had been held in August for the better part of 50 years. It moves next year to May as part of a restructured schedule that allows the PGA Tour to conclude its FedEx Cup on Aug. 25, a week before the start of football.When the CBS-ESPN deal begins in 2020, the PGA Championship will be at Harding Park in San Francisco.CBS first broadcast the PGA Championship from 1958 through 1964, and continuously since 1991. The network will continue to provide weekend coverage, adding an extra hour Saturday and Sunday under the new deal.“Premium content such as the PGA represents the past, present and future of CBS,” said Joe Ianniello, president and acting CEO of CBS Corp. “There is nothing like live sports programming to attract a mass audience and drive our business.”Still be determined is a broadcast schedule for ESPN, which replaces Turner Sports.ESPN offers a network dedicated to sports, along with “ESPN+” a subscription-based streaming service sold directly to the consumer that can provide an array of programming from featured groups, featured players or specific hole coverage.“The general vision here is what the PGA wants to do,” said Burke Magnus, executive vice-president of programming and scheduling for ESPN. “They want every hole of competition covered over the four days, from the first group on Thursday. They want it all covered in one way or form. And that’s right in our wheelhouse. … We will have an array of complimentary presentation.”CBS will be in charge of production, just as it is at the Masters.The PGA of America’s current deal expires next year, and given the pursuit of live programming, it became a valuable property during negotiations. Along with the financial aspect, CBS Sports was helped by being the incumbent and having established a strong relationship with the PGA of America.PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh said partnering with ESPN provides “72 holes of coverage on a network known for sports.”ESPN previously had weekday rounds of the U.S. Open before those rights went to Fox Sports in 2015. It also had the British Open as recently as 2015 until those rights went to NBC Sports and Golf Channel.ESPN last televised the PGA Championship in 1990.“The move to May, generally speaking, was a huge motivation for trying to get us involved there,” Magnus said. “Having the first two majors is exciting, and May is a big, active month for us with the NBA playoffs, College World Series and the NFL draft the last week in April. It fits perfectly for us.”Beyond the PGA Championship, the networks plan to showcase key PGA programs such as the PGA Junior League Championship, which will be telecast on ESPN networks; the club professionals who qualify for the PGA Championship and elevating the PGA Minority College Championship.Waugh said anyone would have reason to be nervous over an 11-year deal in an industry where viewing habits are changing by the year.“We’re pricing an 11-year deal where the value for these guys will be on the back end, not on the front end,” Waugh said. “The number ahead of the current market over the length of it will be good for them.”center_img PGA of America agrees to 11-year deal with CBS, ESPNlast_img read more

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