Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Melbourne Road Melbourne Road from Route 334, Acadia, for about three kilometres towards Pinkneys Point, has alternating lane closures for maintenance and paving until Monday, Oct. 2. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Cumberland Road, south of Bridgewater New Cumberland Road from Lakefield Road to Mount Pleasant, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Laconia Road, Laconia A closure is in place at the south end of Laconia Road, about 350 metres north of Lapland Road in Laconia, for a culvert replacement. A detour is in place on Lapland Road to Route 325 to Route 210 to Waterloo Road. Work is expected to be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 26. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30-center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lapland Road, west of Bridgewater Lapland Road, from the intersection of Route 325 south for 6.5 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trout Brook Bridge Trout Brook Bridge on Trout Brook Road, near Tatamagouche, is closed for repairs until Tuesday, Sept 26. Signed detour is in place. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept 30. A detour is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30.last_img read more

Ottawa set to award contract to build two ferries to Quebecs Davie

MONTREAL — The federal government is signalling its intention to award a contract to Quebec’s Davie shipyard for the construction of two ferries.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today in a statement Ottawa will issue an Advance Contract Award Notice to the builder located in Levis, Que., across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City.That type of notice is awarded to a company the government believes is the only such firm capable of performing the work.Any other company that thinks it can meet the contract requirements has 15 days to notify the federal government.Garneau’s statement says Ottawa concluded Chantier Davie is the only known Canadian shipyard with the capacity, recent experience and capability to build the ferries in the required time.The two new ships will replace MV Madeleine, which ferries passengers between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Que., and Souris, P.E.I., as well as MV Holiday Island, which ferries people between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S.The Canadian Press read more

UNbacked public symposium calls for deep and lasting financial reforms

A public symposium on the global financial crisis has recommended “deep and lasting” reforms to avoid a repetition of the current downturn, according to its sponsor, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The two-day meeting in Geneva of some 360 UN experts, government officials and members of the public also recommended that “significant international efforts and funding be supplied to stimulate developing-country economies and to support employment in those nations, and that steps be taken to stabilize currency-exchange rates,” UNCTAD said in a press release. The symposium, which began on 18 May, also said “recent reports of economic improvement in industrialized countries should not be taken to mean that the downturn is over, and should not lead decision makers to ignore the profound and long-lasting effects on poor countries.”Other recommendations included a debt moratorium for heavily indebted developing countries so that they have more money available for stimulating their economies, and a global programme to preserve and protect jobs in developing nations.The conclusions of the symposium will be sent to the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, scheduled for 1-3 June in New York. In a separate communiqué, UNCTAD said its studies showed that foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide decreased by 15 per cent in 2008 and was liable to decrease further in 2009.A pick-up in FDI flows will depend on a series of factors such as the speed of economic and financial recovery, the return of investor confidence, and the efficiency of public policy in addressing the causes of the crisis, the agency added. 20 May 2009A public symposium on the global financial crisis has recommended “deep and lasting” reforms to avoid a repetition of the current downturn, according to its sponsor, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). read more

Aussie opposition tells Gillard to work with Sri Lanka

Bishop said that following the trip — during which the delegation visited the Tamil heartlands of the north and east as guests of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), toured AusAID projects, and met navy, intelligence, Customs and police chiefs, as well as government leaders — she was strongly convinced that asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka should be sent back. She said that a TNA leader even supported the reintroduction in Australia of temporary protection visas, as issued under the Howard government. She said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement of the election date was reported on the front pages of newspapers in Sri Lanka, because “there is a perception that this (Gillard) government will let them stay, but a new (Coalition) government won’t”.“So people-smugglers will have worked out that they just have this window of opportunity until September. This trade is well organised, not comprised of simple fishermen. There’s quite a sophisticated understanding at the government level of the Nauru and Manus centres and how they operate, but not in Tamil communities.” The Australian opposition coalition wants the Australian government led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to work more closely with Sri Lankan authorities to rein in asylum-seekers, including helping to equip its navy to intercept more than the present 50 per cent of people-smuggling boats before they set off.According to The Australian newspaper, Australian opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop has returned from a fact-finding week in Sri Lanka, leading a team that included opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison and opposition justice, customs and border protection spokesman Michael Keenan. She doubted Australia’s advertisements about this were reaching the right audiences, according to The Australian newspaper.Bishop said it was clear that if people wanted genuinely to flee for safety, they could easily reach India, just 30km between the closest settlements and “where there is very, very good support for Tamils”.“If someone is truly concerned for safety, why pay one million rupees ($7600) and take a 3000km boat journey. Australia has become a destination of choice, not one of flight. We have to do all we can to dissuade them from getting on boats.” read more

President assures solution to prisoners on fast

President Maithripala Sirisena has assured to look into the concerns raised by Tamil political prisoners on a death fast at prisons around the country.Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha and Opposition leader R. Sampanthan had spoken to the President today on the issue, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said. Meanwhile demonstrations were staged in Jaffna today demanding the release of the Tamil prisoners. Several Tamil politicians took part in the demonstration. (Colombo Gazette) He said that during the separate telephone conversations between the President and the two MPs the President had assured that he will address the issue by the end of this month.

TimorLeste UN presents prime minister with blueprint to strengthen rule of law

“Implementation of this report could greatly help in his Government’s gaining confidence of the Timorese people,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Sukehiro Hasegawa said after handing over the report, Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in Timor-Leste, to Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta.Te 62-page document was published in April but had to await distribution after two months of violence, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, ripped through the South-East Asian country, killing at least 37 people and driving 155,000 more, 15 per cent of the population, from their homes. Mr. Hasegawa said Mr. Ramos-Horta, had “pledged his intention to place the highest importance in ensuring transparency and accountability in the conduct of his administration,” and asked for international assistance in strengthening the capacity of legal authorities to halt abuse of power and corrupt practices. The report, prepared by experts from the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and the Government of Finland, recommends full funding for an anti-corruption plan, establishment of an administrative tax and audit court, priority training of civil servants in a code of conduct and ethics, and a freedom of information law. Government plans and programmes should also be publicized more vigorously, it recommends. On the humanitarian front, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had begun the third cycle of food distribution to all internally displaced persons camps in the area around Dili, the capital, with over 62,400 people receiving food. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was connecting nine camps in Dili to city water supplies and building latrines and bathrooms in 12 camps. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun a drainage project for the camps. At present calm is being maintained by a joint Task Force of Australian, New Zealand, Portuguese and Malaysian forces invited in by the Government after violence erupted in late April with the dismissal of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.But Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy on Timor-Leste, Ian Martin, is on his way back to New York with recommendations for a beefed-up UN presence. He said that the next UN mission would need to stay until well beyond presidential and parliamentary elections set for next year, and one of its key roles will be not just carrying out policing in the short-term, but helping re-build the country’s police force.The world body first set up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 1999 after the former Portuguese colony voted to break from Indonesia. When it attained independence in 2002, UNTAET was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).This in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), which has a mandate through 20 August. Mr. Annan will make recommendations to the Security Council based on Mr. Martin’s report early next month, but he has already said the UN will have to go back to Timor-Leste in a much larger form, noting that perhaps its effort there had been drawn down too quickly. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 27 July 2012

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Ohio State womens basketball focused on Penn State

Junior guard Raven Ferguson (31) blows past a defender during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorA 12-7 (2-1) record is not exactly a stellar start to the 2013-14 season for the women’s basketball team. However, with 13 games left in the regular season, the year is far from over.Despite seven losses, the Buckeyes are coming off of arguably their biggest win of the year, knocking then-No. 22 Indiana from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of the top 25 in a 70-51 win Saturday.Part of the Buckeyes’ struggles might be their tough schedule, which is ranked as the hardest in the country according to Women’s Basketball State, a website that specializes in women’s basketball statistics.The tough schedule is something coach Kevin McGuff said will help his team down the stretch.“We have faced a variety of styles. We have faced big teams and small teams,” McGuff said. “All of that together, I think, has really put us in a good position to kind of embrace the great challenge of the Big Ten schedule.”Of OSU’s remaining 13 games, four come against opponents currently ranked in the top 25. OSU plays No. 16 Penn State twice (Thursday on the road and Feb. 9 at home) No. 18 Nebraska (Feb. 20) and No. 22 Purdue (Feb. 6) a team the Buckeyes beat 89-78 in Columbus Jan. 2.McGuff said a key to success for the rest of the season is keeping their eye on the prize.“We will not beat one single team in this league if we do not have great focus and concentration,” McGuff said.Sophomore point guard Ameryst Alston has been an important asset to the team so far this season. She has played in every game and currently leads the team in average points per game with 16.9. Her 29-point performance at Indiana matched her career high and earned her Big Ten Player of the week honors.“It’s a blessing and it does feel great,” Alston said of the honors. “Hard works pays off.”Alston is not the only player on this OSU team that has contributed to their improved play, with the Buckeyes winning five of their last six games.Junior guard Raven Ferguson has also stepped up her game as of late, recording a career-high 18 points in the win against Indiana.“This was Raven’s best game all year,” McGuff said in a press release following the win against Indiana. “She generated a lot of offense for herself and her teammates.”Ferguson said the win against Indiana gave her and her team confidence going forward.“It is something we can build on for the future,” Ferguson said. “It was just a confidence builder because I had not been playing well.”Ferguson is one of five players averaging more than nine points per game, something that she said is a big positive going forward.“It helps us as a team knowing that anybody can score,” Ferguson said. “That is the main thing … putting points on the board and getting everybody to contribute.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

Block O leader Mr Ohio State rallying the pack for one more

It’s an unusually breezy, cloudy Saturday morning in early September. Tents are lined up in the parking lot of the southwest entrance of Ohio Stadium.It’s the calm before the big storm: the Ohio State football team’s home opener vs. Hawaii.Within hours, the tents are filled with tailgaters covered in scarlet and gray or green and black resembling the team being cheered. Speakers are on, bumping hype music to prepare fans for intense cheering.Among the crowd, opposite the southwest entrance, is 23-year-old red-bowtie-wearing Isaac Oyer, also known as Mr. Ohio State. He acquired the nickname Mr. Ohio State after receiving screen time on national television during the OSU vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl game in January.“People I didn’t even know would message me. The amount of Twitter notifications, text messages and Facebook messages I got from people being like ‘dude you’re all over TV’ was unbelievable,” Oyer said. By 10 a.m on Saturday, Oyer was with his crew of friends joking around before leading his peers into the ‘Shoe for work. His job is more fun than tough. He’s the president of OSU’s Block “O” student section.“I’m in charge of basically the whole organization, making sure everyone is doing their job … and honestly just to make it the best experience we can for our student athletes,” Oyer said.Block “O” is the official student section of OSU athletics. The organization is made up of an executive board and committees for all sports teams.  Being from Springfield, Virginia, and in a brand new element in Columbus, Julia Schwabenbauer, a third-year in business, said Block “O” helped her get accustomed to life at OSU.“I didn’t know a lot of people coming from out of state, but standing in Block “O” I felt super-connected to the school,” Schwabenbauer said. “I became friends with everyone around me. It felt like home.”Becoming the president of Block “O” was unexpected for Oyer. With no family ties to OSU, he didn’t pay attention to Buckeye sports teams, nor did he ever see sports in his future, despite being a three-sport athlete in high school.“I actually wasn’t an Ohio State fan growing up in Columbus. Neither of my parents went to Ohio State. After coming here, I don’t know, Buckeye Nation takes over you,” Oyer said.He said his plan was always to attend OSU to get a degree in engineering so he could follow in his father’s footsteps, but his plan didn’t go accordingly.  “I wasn’t really doing well with my chemical engineering and chemistry classes. I was really struggling. (My) GPA was super low,” Oyer said.   After struggling with his then-major, he did some thinking as to where he’d want to end up later in life.“I never thought sports would be a thing, and even being in Block “O,” heavily involved in Block “O,” I never thought of sports. And then after struggling with engineering for so long and being into sports as I am, it clicked,” he said.Things clicked for Oyer when he realized he should get involved in the sports world. Step one, he said, was to change majors from engineering to classics as a way to have an easier courseload. The next step was to focus on Block “O” and gain experience with internships to get real-world experiences.“I knew a lot of people from the Blue Jackets, like in their front office, from playing hockey when I was like 5 or 6 years old … so I reached out to them and set up a meeting and kind of got me an internship with the Blue Jackets,” Oyer said.Michelle Bucklew, marketing director for Block “O,” said she sees excitement through her friend Oyer.“Obviously he gets a lot of TV time, but if you ever see him on TV, you know he’s excited about Ohio State, his job and what he’s doing,” said Bucklew, a fourth-year in marketing.Though Oyer is always in the frontlines leading the pack to cheer for OSU athletics, Bucklew said he has not yet joined the superfan ranks attained by fans such as “The Big Nut” and “Buck-I-Guy.”“I think he created an image for himself the last year or so, but I don’t know if it’s superfan material,” Bucklew said.All in all, Oyer said things have come full circle from his time as a high-school sophomore aspiring to be a general manager for a sports team to now.“It’s just nice doing something that I love,” he said. Block O president Isaac Oyer, also known by his nickname ‘Mr. Ohio State’, before OSU’s home opener against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

Exchequer figures shows income taxes up €607 million

first_imgAs we exit the EU/IMF bailout programme on the 15 December and make a full return to the markets, the fact that the public finance are under control and the tax  base is growing  builds confidence in Ireland at home and abroad.Read: Pay-and-file tax deadline won’t change next year, 2015 date could be earlier though>Read: Here’s how much extra tax the government expects to take next year> EXCHEQUER RETURNS SHOWS that the tax take is ahead of the November target by more than €600 million.Year on year, Income taxes were up by €607 million or 4.4 per cent, VAT is up 2.8 per cent and Corporation Tax is up 3.5 per cent.Property taxThe figures show that the government has now collected €287 million in local property taxes, well ahead of the €250 million expected in Budget 2013.These figures are some of the most important exchequer figures to be released in the year, as the Government usually base their Budget estimates on it and they also take in self employed returns who have filed their returns the month previous.The figures have been welcomed by the Government showing that they are taking in more tax than expected and spending less than they thought.Social WelfareThe Social Welfare budget has an under spend of €182 million, which coincides with last week’s figures that more people were in paid employment and the fall in the numbers on the Live Register.The figures shows that so far, €287 million has been collected this year from the Local Property Tax, which is ahead of what the Government had hoped for in Budget 2013, at €250 million.While there is an under spend in the Social Protection budget, the exchequer figures show there is an overspend in the Health budget of  0.4 per cent.Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan stated the returns are a “key indicator of the health of the Irish economy.  The strong performance set out in today’s figures is hard evidence that the recovery seen in the high frequency data is taking hold across the economy”.He added:last_img read more

San Diego Police Department Foundation Gala preview

first_img September 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Foundation is celebrating 20 years with its annual “Gold Shield Gala” later this month. The event is scheduled for September 22, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. The event is the 7th annual fundraiser that will support the K9 Crimefighters Campaign.Gold Shield Gala Chair Kristi Pieper, San Diego Police Foundation President Sara Napoli, and Police Chief David Nisleit told us all about it on Good Morning San Diego.The press release for this year’s Gold Shield Gala is below:Celebrate the San Diego Police Foundation’s 20th anniversary and join San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit and “America’s Finest” officers for the 7th annual Gold Shield Gala Saturday, September 22 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront located at 1 Park Blvd.The Gold Shield Gala is produced by the San Diego Police Foundation, which works to ensure that those who protect and serve have what they need to do their jobs safely and with excellence. This year’s gala theme is “Hearts of Gold.” Community support of the Police Foundation helps provide the funding for much-needed equipment, training and outreach programs in support of a safer San Diego.Donations received during the Gold Shield Gala will support the work and mission of the San Diego Police Foundation. The special charitable focus of this year’s Gala is the K9 Crimefighter Campaign. The San Diego Police Foundation’s K9 Crimefighter Campaign funds all the new police dogs for America’s Finest K9 Unit as well as equipment and training to keep this renowned unit at its peak.Attendees will enjoy a dinner and dancing soirée. It is with great pleasure to announce Kristi Pieper as Gala Chair, Denise and Bertrand Hug as Honorary Chairs and Guest of Honor Chief David Nisleit. Chief Nisleit’s Command Staff and K9 Unit Officers will also be in attendance.Individual tickets for the evening event are $300 and tables for are only $3,000. For sponsorship information please contact Rosa at (619) 232-2130 or email rosa@sdpolicefoundation.org. For more information on the event or the Police Foundation, please call (619) 232-2130 or visit, www.sdpolicefoundation.org San Diego Police Department Foundation Gala preview Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: David Nisleit FacebookTwitter Carlos Amezcua, KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 6, 2018 Carlos Amezcua, KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Museum cancels tonights event

first_imgTonight’s “First Thursday” program sponsored by the Clark County Historical Museum has been cancelled because of the weather.According to a news release, museum officials will make an announcement when the event – “Labor: The History of Work and Workers in the Pacific Northwest” – is rescheduled.last_img

Groups No USPS Hike Means 150 Million in Savings for Publisher Members

first_imgEarlier this month, the USPS said it would not increase prices for “market dominant” products next year, including First Class, Standard Mail, periodicals and single-piece Parcel Post.Now, magazine associations including the Magazine Publishers of America and American Business Media are estimating that their member publishers will collectively save $150 million.“Assuming that the recent relief avoided an increase of 7.5 percent across the board, the relief saved MPA members about $125 million on an annual basis,” an MPA spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. In its most recent e-newsletter, ABM said the lack of a postal rate increase next year, combined with Congress’ decision to absolve the USPS from a $5.4 billion payment to the retiree healthcare fund it received this fall, has contributed to a savings of roughly $25 million for its members. “If that relief had not been obtained, it is uncertain exactly what the Postal Service would have done; however, an exigent rate increase of about 7 to 9 percent would have likely been imminent,” ABM said.The USPS said in its announcement that while increasing prices might have generated revenue in the short term, the long term effect “could drive additional mail out of the system.”In August, the USPS reported a $2.4 billion loss for the third quarter and a $4.7 billion loss year-to-date. It projected a net loss of more than $7 billion through the end of the fiscal year 2009.last_img read more

Govs budget plan adds income tax reduces PFD

first_imgGov. Bill Walker released his battle plan today for dealing with the state’s behemoth budget deficit. It includes Alaska’s first income tax since 1980, and a complete overhaul of how the state uses the permanent fund — effectively cutting PFD checks in half next year.Gov. Walker unveils his budget plan on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRN.The plan would also raise taxes on mining, fishing and tourism; on alcohol and tobacco; and on fuel for cars and trucks, boats and planes. And it would abolish the state’s expensive system of tax credits for oil and gas producers, replacing it with a loan fund. (You can find the governor’s full proposed budget here.)The governor announced the plan at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at Lynden Hangar in Anchorage. His team said the proposal aims to spread the burden of state operations as widely as possible to avoid drastic cuts to state services.With oil prices hovering around $40 a barrel, Alaska is facing a deficit of more than $3 billion next year — and into the foreseeable future.The governor’s plan would shift the state away from a direct reliance on oil revenue and the boom-and-bust cycle of oil prices.Instead, the plan would direct oil and gas taxes into the state’s massive reserve funds — including the permanent fund — and transform those funds into an endowment, using their earnings to fund state operations.The administration estimates it could withdraw about $3.2 billion annually to fund the state budget, while still allowing the state’s savings to grow.Those permanent fund earnings are currently the source of Alaskans’ PFD checks. Walker’s plan would instead fund dividends with half of state royalties from oil, gas, and other resource development.]That change would cut PFD checks in half next year, from an estimated $2,000 under the current system, to about $1,000. The governor’s team argues at current rates, the state will burn through its available savings within the decade, putting future dividends at risk.The plan would impose fewer cuts than last year’s budget. In all, Walker is proposing about $100 million in new cuts, and $360 million in new taxes, plus phasing out half a billion dollars in tax credits available to the oil and gas industry.The governor’s plan is just the first move in the budget cycle. Lawmakers will have a chance to make their own proposals when the regular legislative session begins in January.last_img read more

Whats Coming to Amazon Prime in April 2019

first_imgAmazon Prime will ring in the beginning of Spring by adding fresh content to its streaming slate this coming April. While the subscription service sees new titles added every month, its newest additions seem to be particularly noteworthy, including “A Quiet Place” which earned an Academy Award nomination this year in the sound editing category.Other notable additions are the critically acclaimed drama “Mid-90s” directed by Jonah Hill and Tim Burton’s fan-favorite comedy “Beetlejuice.” The coming month will also see the fifth season of the History Channel drama “Vikings” and the first five seasons of “Murder, She Wrote,” become available for Amazon Prime subscribers.See the full list of titles below, and start watching by signing into your Amazon account or picking up a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime here. (You can cancel after 30 days or continue earning Prime perks for $12.99/month).April 1:Murder, She Wrote, Seasons 1-51492: Conquest of ParadiseThe Addams FamilyAddams Family ValuesAn Everlasting PieceAn Invited GuestBeetlejuiceBeverly Hills Cop IIBladeBlade IIBlade: TrinityBlown AwayCase 39Days of ThunderDiamonds Are ForeverDie Another DayDragonslayerEscape from L.A.Everything Must GoFoxfireFunny About LoveGoldfingerIn a World…Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire ChroniclesLaw of the LawlessLiberty Stands StillLittle MonstersLive and Let DieThe Living DaylightsThe Man with the Golden GunThe Minus ManNever Say Never AgainOctopussyThe Perfect StormPrimal FearRacing with the MoonSharkwater ExtinctionThe Shawshank RedemptionSix Degrees of SeparationThe Spy Who Loved MeStarsky & HutchStories We TellTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeUp in SmokeUp in the AirThe World Is Not EnoughYou Only Live TwiceApril 2:A Quiet PlaceApril 5:The Tick (Prime Original Series), Season 2April 8:Finding Your FeetParanormal Activity 2April 12:Bug Diaries (Prime Original Series), Season 1Diablo Guardian (Prime Original Series), Season 2April 17:OverboardApril 18:Mid90sApril 19:Bosch (Prime Original Series), Season 5April 21:Book ClubApril 22:The Next Three DaysApril 27:Humans, Season 3The Hole in the GroundWelcome to the RileysApril 29: ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Waiting for ‘Superman’April 30:Vikings, Season 5center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Wearable microscope looks inside your body to track health

first_imgScientists have long used fluorescent markers to detect and track molecules in the lab, but tracking things in the human body is more challenging. The recent development of bio-compatible fluorescent markers have provided one piece of the puzzle to make that possible, and now researchers are working on the next part. A microscope has been developed that can see miniscule amounts of fluorescent dye through the skin, and unlike other instruments, it’s tiny.Fluorescent markers, often attached to specially targeted antibodies, are used to detect specific compounds and proteins — like those seen in certain cancers. Some medications can also be doped with fluorescent markers to track their absorption. Researchers at UCLA and Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences and a division of Alphabet) created the new microscope to provide real-time tracking of these markers inside the human body.There are already techniques for tracking biomarkers in the body, but they’re expensive and non-portable. That makes it impractical for tracking the movement of markers in real time. The wearable microscope only weighs a tenth of a pound, which is why it’s wearable. Scientists envision a monitor based on the technology that could be worn on the patient’s arm or other body part to follow the progress of fluorescent markers.The microscope works by firing a laser into the skin at an angle. The light that reflects back is captured and analyzed. A painstakingly designed algorithm filters out the interference from skin and light emitting proteins found inside the body. The end result is a signal describing only the fluorescent marker being tracked. Work is ongoing to make the prototype microscope into a truly wearable product and refine the algorithm to track multiple markers. It could end up even smaller and more versatile than the version described in the paper.last_img read more

Faint polarized flares detected from the variable star UV Ceti

first_img(Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected four faint, polarized flares at 154 MHz from the nearby variable star UV Ceti. The newly observed flares are much fainter than most flares found at these frequencies. The findings were presented February 10 in a paper published online on the arXiv pre-print server. Faraday dispersion function of UV Ceti at 154 MHz during the off and on period of the Dec. 11, 2015 flare. Credit: Lynch et al., 2017. Located just about 8.7 light years away, UV Ceti, or Luyten 726-8B, belongs to a nearby binary star system Luyten 726-8. It is a variable red dwarf of spectral type M, just like its companion star BL Ceti (Luyten 726-8A). Due to its proximity, this star system is a treasure trove for astronomers studying flaring events of magnetically active stellar systems.That is why a team of researchers led by Christene Lynch of the University of Sydney in Australia selected UV Ceti as a target of radio astronomy observations in December 2015. They used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in Australia to confirm previous bright flare detections in the system at 100 to 200 MHz. The array allowed the scientist to get a glimpse of low-level flares fainter than expected.”We have detected four flares from UV Ceti at 154 MHz using the Murchison Widefield Array,” the paper reads.The observation sessions, which used a 30.72 MHz bandwidth centered at 154 MHz with 40 kHz channels and 0.5-second integrations, allowed the team to observe flare emission in the polarized images. In each epoch, they detected a single right-handed circularly polarized flare, finding also a left-handed flare immediately following the right-handed one. Moreover, they detected linear polarization during the brightest flare, what indicates that the flares are elliptically polarized. The researchers noted that these results highlight the importance of polarization images in such studies.”These dim flares are only detected in polarized images, which have an order of magnitude better sensitivity than the total intensity images. This highlights the utility of using polarization images to detect low level emission in confusion limited images,” the team wrote in the paper.The study also revealed that the newly detected flares have flux densities between 10 to 65 mJy. This means that they are about 100 times fainter than most flares observed so far at similar frequencies. Notably, three of the four flares described in the paper have flux densities below 15 mJy, while the one observed on Dec. 11, 2015 reached nearly 65 mJy.The researchers emphasize that their study provides first flare rate measurements for low-intensity (below 100 mJy) flares at 100 to 200 MHz. However, they note that there is still much to accomplish in the field of flare emission research and recommend further observations. Future studies would improve our understanding of physical parameters of the stellar magnetospheric plasma.”To better characterize M dwarf flares at meter wavelengths requires more observational time on individual sources to constrain flare rates. More sensitive observations are also needed to investigate the fine time-frequency structure of the flares. Simultaneous multi-wavelength observations would also add to this analysis,” the team concluded. 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. More information: 154 MHz detection of faint, polarized flares from UV Ceti, arXiv:1702.03030 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1702.03030AbstractWe have detected four flares from UV Ceti at 154 MHz using the Murchison Widefield Array. The flares have flux densities between 10—65 mJy —- a factor of 100 fainter than most flares in the literature at these frequencies —- and are only detected in polarization. The circular polarized fractions are limited to >27% at 3σ confidence and two of the flares exhibit polarity reversal. We suggest that these flares occur periodically on a time scale consistent with the rotational period of UV Ceti. During the brightest observed flare, we also detect significant linear polarization with polarization fraction >18%. Averaging the data in 6-minute, 10 MHz frequency bins we find that the flux density of these flares does not vary over the 30 MHz bandwidth of the Murchison Widefield Array, however we cannot rule out finer time-frequency structure. Using the measured flux densities for the flares, we estimate brightness temperatures between (1013−1014)K, indicative of a coherent emission mechanism. The brightness temperature and polarization characteristics point to the electron cyclotron maser mechanism. We also calculate the flare rates given our four observed flares and compare them to flare rates for the set of M dwarf stars with known 100—200 MHz flares. Our measurement is the first for flares with intensities <100 mJy at 100-200 MHz. Explore further Rapid gas flares discovered in white dwarf star for the first time Citation: Faint, polarized flares detected from the variable star UV Ceti (2017, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-faint-polarized-flares-variable-star.html © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

President rejects claims that files sent constitute offence

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday rejected suggestions he had committed an offence by supposedly publishing classified information, after he sent a file containing documents relating to the Cyprus talks to various people, including journalists.He reiterated that he had categorised the documents as confidential because they were for the recipients’ personal use “to avoid a repeat of claims that could possibly be exploited by the Turkish side.”Anastasiades said he sent the file following criticism from the Greek Cypriot side that he was also to blame for the collapse of the talks.“…Taking into consideration the prejudice of certain diplomatic circles but also the Turkish side’s effort to assign the blame for the collapse to Greek Cypriots, I judged that instead of opting for confrontation with people I think acted out of genuine interest for a solution of the Cyprus problem, it was better to address them with a personal letter, explaining what happened at Crans Montana,” he said in a statement.Thursday’s statement came amid fierce criticism that followed the revelation he had sent documents to select people – including a number of journalists – outlining why the talks failed in Crans-Montana.His political opponents censured the decision, with some suggesting he had committed an offence.Anastasiades said the documents he had sent were not classified. They were the June 4 announcement after a meeting between himself, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the UN parameters submitted in Crans Montana “which have repeatedly seen the public light,” Greek Cypriot proposals, which were also well known, Turkey’s proposals, which he had outlined in public previously, excerpts from the Greek Cypriot minutes, and excerpts of a talk with a UN official, which he had also made public.“It becomes clear that none of the documents can be judged as classified,” he said, repeating that he just wanted to emphasise they were for the personal use of the recipient.One of the recipients, main opposition Akel leader Andros Kyprianou said he was upset because he could not see a reason why other party chiefs had not received the file.Kyprianou said he received the documents two weeks after they were delivered because he had been abroad and most party employees were away on holiday.He told state radio that he neither asked for nor needed the documents because he knew well what happened during the talks.The Akel leader said they were missing the most important part of the negotiation, the last dinner before the collapse.The talks collapsed on July 7 with both sides blaming each other for the failure.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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