Supporting Agricultural Exports in Nova Scotia

first_img The province is making a $10-million loan to Oxford Frozen FoodsLimited to support an important rural industry. The loan, announced today, Feb. 7, will help the company continueto buy millions of pounds of produce from local farmers for thecompany’s newly expanded processing plant in Oxford, CumberlandCo. “Oxford Frozen Foods needs to purchase more product and NovaScotia’s farmers need to sell their crops,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernest Fage. “At a time when otherprocessors are closing their doors, it’s critical to support theagricultural sector’s ability to export products and createjobs.” “All the stakeholders of the company benefit from this loan: ouremployees, our suppliers, the farmers, the customers, the town,”said John Bragg, president of Oxford Frozen Foods. Mr. Fage said the loan will support nearly 800 jobs at thecompany’s three plants in rural Nova Scotia, including those atits recently expanded processing factory in Oxford. The three-year loan is repayable and secured by the company’s newfactory, other significant properties and personal guarantees.Taxpayers are expected to receive about $600,000 a year ofinterest on the loan, with a profit of $200,000 annually. Oxford Frozen Foods recently completed an $85-million factoryexpansion, which created an additional 295 jobs. This $10-millionloan will help replenish the company’s working capital, which wasused to help finance that expansion. Oxford Frozen Foods is the major employer in Cumberland County.It generates $40 million in direct household income for NovaScotia. The firm has a proven record of expanding employment andmaintaining its loans in good standing. Oxford Frozen Foods is the world’s largest blueberry processor,North America’s second-largest frozen carrot processor and amajor supplier of battered frozen food products. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Supporting Agricultural Exports in NovaScotialast_img read more

New Initiative to Give Peace of Mind to Autism Alzheimer Families

first_imgNova Scotian families with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive conditions will benefit from a new search and rescue tracking system that will increase the chances of survival for those who stray from their homes. The province and Project Lifesaver Association of Nova Scotia today, April 12, announced federal funding of about $273,000 to help supply equipment and training for a radio frequency tracking system. “We think immediately of James Delorey,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Emergency Management. “This little boy’s death affected all of us. The Project Lifesaver program will help save the lives of those enrolled if they become lost and confused.” James Delorey, 7, had autism. He died from hypothermia on Dec. 7, 2009, after spending two days outdoors in stormy winter weather, not far from his home in South Bar, near Sydney. The tragic story of James’s death, and the poignant efforts of his dog, Chance, to keep him warm during the ordeal, deeply moved Nova Scotians. The new equipment includes receivers that will be assigned to Ground Search and Rescue teams taking part in the Project Lifesaver Association of Nova Scotia program. People enrolled in the program wear small bracelet Personal Locator Units that emit coded radio signals unique to each user. When a person with a transmitter is reported missing, a vehicle-mounted and hand-held antennae is used to scan the search area to locate the person. Most locator users are found shortly after reported missing. There are 24 Ground Search and Rescue teams across the province, with most expected to participate in the program. Project Lifesaver Association of Nova Scotia, the non-profit organization behind the initiative, was founded a year ago by Ron and Nancy Arenburg. The Arenburgs, volunteers with the Valley Search and Rescue Association in Cambridge, Kings Co., worked closely with community partners. The couple’s involvement with search and rescue, and the fact that Ron Arenburg’s late father was an Alzheimer’s sufferer, motivated them to research lost-person tracking techniques and set up a local Project Lifesaver chapter. Valley Ground Search and Rescue bought Project Lifesaver equipment for Kings County, which has worked well. Nancy Arenburg, secretary-treasurer of Project Lifesaver in Nova Scotia, said a few people in the Annapolis Valley already have the bracelets, which give them peace of mind. “They still have to be vigilant,” Nancy Arenburg said. “But they also know that if a child with autism or a senior with Alzheimer’s wanders off, the chances of locating them are excellent as a result of this program.” Funding is from the federal Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund, run by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat in the Department of National Defence. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, 15,275 Nova Scotians have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia. The Provincial Autism Centre says one in every 110 people have autism and many people with the disorder wander.last_img read more

At AIIMS Special Judge holds hearing to record Unnao rape survivors statement

first_imgNew Delhi: Special Judge Dharmesh Sharma has reached the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to hold court proceedings to record the statement of the rape survivor who had accused lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape in 2017. The expelled BJP legislator represents Bangarmau in the Uttar Pradesh assembly. The rape survivor was air-lifted from Lucknow hospital to AIIMS in the national capital for treatment of injuries during a road accident in Uttar Pradesh. Her family alleged Kuldeep Singh Sengar was behind the road accident in Rae Bareli that killed two of her aunts and injured the woman and her lawyer. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Last week, the Delhi High Court issued a formal order allowing special judge Dharmesh Sharma to hold court to record “the testimony of the victim in the premises/building of trauma centre of AIIMS in addition to the Tis Hazari District Court Complex during trial of the cases”. News agency PTI said Sengar, who is a key accused in the 2017 Unnao rape case, was also brought to the temporary court along with co-accused Shashi Singh for the proceedings. Sengar was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party last month after the Supreme Court took up a petition demanding a CBI probe into the road accident. Sengar faces charges of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and rape under the penal code and a special law to deal with sexual offences against children.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

US Interior chief wants smaller monuments but not at home

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss’ playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of national monuments that President Donald Trump called a “massive land grab” by his Democratic predecessors.Except, that is, in Montana.In Zinke’s home state, the former congressman who has long harboured higher political ambitions is recommending Trump create a new national monument out of the forests bordering Glacier National Park, to the disappointment of a company that wants to drill for natural gas there.A couple hundred miles away, where rocky bluffs line the Missouri River, he decided to leave intact a 590-square-mile (1,528-square-kilometre) monument that for 16 years has stirred the kind of impassioned local opposition that Zinke cited in justifying changes to monuments elsewhere.And he wants to curb mining along Montana’s border with Yellowstone National Park. That could discourage development of two proposed mines that supporters say would offer higher paying jobs than tourism.The decision was based on Zinke’s belief that “some places are too precious to mine,” his spokeswoman said last month.Zinke, a rumoured candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018 or governor in 2020, appears to be carving out an exception for Montana from Trump’s agenda to open more public lands to natural resources development. Whether it stems from Montana pride or political ambition in a state where conservation has bipartisan appeal, the results have rankled both sides in the debate over managing millions of acres of public lands in the U.S. West.“It’s totally favouritism,” said Land Tawney, president of the conservation group Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.Tawney is a friend of the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his group threw its support behind Zinke’s nomination last winter. But he said the Interior secretary’s recommendations to scale back four large monuments in the West, including Bears Ears in Utah, represent a “sellout to industry” that’s putting public land and wildlife at risk. Zinke also called for shrinking two marine monuments in the Pacific Ocean.“We’re happy he recognizes the importance of the Badger Two-Medicine,” Tawney said, referring to the 203-square-mile (526-square-kilometre) area south of Glacier that Zinke recommends be a monument. “Places that are very similar in fashion, like Bears Ears, he’s not quite protecting. … You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth.”Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift declined to comment on how he came to recommend a monument designation for Badger-Two Medicine or whether he was treating public lands in Montana differently than elsewhere.Of the 27 monuments that Trump in May ordered Zinke to review, the Interior Department so far has publicly identified six that would not be modified in some fashion, including the one in Montana and monuments in Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho and California.Zinke’s recommendations for smaller monuments include a second site in Utah and locations in Nevada and Oregon. He also would allow logging at a Maine monument and more grazing, hunting and fishing at two sites in New Mexico.In his recommendations to Trump, contained in a recently leaked memo, Zinke noted that the Badger-Two Medicine area is sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.Zinke also suggested monument status for two other sites: Camp Nelson in Kentucky, a Union supply depot and hospital where black troops and others trained during the Civil War, and the Jackson, Mississippi, home of slain civil rights figure Medgar Evers.Badger-Two Medicine has been the subject of a long-running dispute between the Blackfeet Tribe, which has a reservation next to the proposed monument, and a Louisiana oil and gas company, Solenex, which wants to drill on the land.Zinke’s recommendation for the area presents an “optics problem” at a time when the Trump administration has criticized the use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create monuments, said William Perry Pendley, president of the conservative Mountain States Legal Foundation, which is representing Solenex.“It’s terribly disappointing,” Pendley said. “What the secretary ought to be sending to the president is a recommendation to repeal the Antiquities Act, to put an end to this issue.”Pendley compared Zinke’s actions to those of President Bill Clinton in 1996, when he halted a gold mine near Yellowstone, and of the Obama administration last year, when it proposed to end new mining claims on 30,000 acres near the park, which Zinke now supports.Zinke has made no secret of his political desires. In his first term in the U.S. House, he raised his hand to become speaker but didn’t get chosen after Ohio Rep. John Boehner resigned. Last year, Zinke became an early supporter of Trump and publicly stated his desire to be picked as vice-president.In Montana, he’s been viewed as a potential contender against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat up for re-election next year whom Republicans consider vulnerable. Analysts say it’s not too late for Zinke to jump in.Another possibility arises in 2020 when Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, reaches his two-term limit.Residents in the tiny ranching community of Winifred were disappointed by Zinke’s decision to leave intact the nearby Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, which they have fought since Clinton designated it in January 2001 in one of his last acts in office.When Trump and Zinke arrived in Washington, they seemed to promise the changes the community long sought, said Ron Poertner, a rancher and member of the group Missouri River Stewards.“We thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, somebody has finally seen the light and is going to get this monument business right,’” Poertner said.“But there’s just one person per mile over here and these liberals and big media can out-organize us in a heartbeat,” he said. “If there are any political aspirations, you don’t want to tick off where the strength of voting is in Montana.”___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at www.twitter.com/matthewbrownap .last_img read more

Pandeys fifty Rashids late cameo lifts Sunrisers to 1608 against Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur: Manish Pandey hit a quick half-century before Sunrisers Hyderebad witnessed a middle-order collapse to be restricted to 160 for eight against Rajasthan Royals here Saturday. Sent into bat, Sunrisers got off too a good start even after the early dismissal of skipper Kane Williamson (13) with David Warner and Manish Pandey sharing 75 runs off just 50 balls for the second wicket before losing the plot after the halfway stage. Nicely placed 103 for one after 12 overs, Sunrisers lost their next seven wickets for just 44 runs before Rashid Khan (17 not out off 8) played a short cameo towards the end to take the visitors to the 160-run mark. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSunrisers lost Williamson early, cleaned up by Shreyas Gopal (2/30) with a googly in the fourth over. Warner and Pandey then joined hands and played aggressively to stabilise the Sunrisers innings. While Pandey was the aggressor of the two, Warner played the second fiddle. Pandey reached his fifty in 27 balls with the help of eight fours but just when the partnership was looking threatening, a brilliant catch by Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith sent Warner packing. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersWarner backed away a long way and tried to slap an Oshane Thomas (2/28) short delivery over extra cover but didn’t time the shot perfectly and Smith ran back and dived full length to his right to hold on to a beautiful catch. Warner’s innings was a struggle as he scored 37 off 32 balls but failed to hit a single boundary. Pandey continued his aggressive instinct and lofted Gopal over extra cover for an exquisite boundary. But the leg-spinner hand the last laugh as he dismissed Pandey in the very next ball, brilliantly caught by Sanju Samson as Sunrsiers slumped to 121 for three after 15 overs. Pandey made a fine 61 off 36 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Vijay Shankar (8) too perished cheaply, caught by Jaydev Unadkat off Varun Aaron (2/36) in the next over as the batsman went for a big shot. Wickets kept on tumbling for Sunrisers after a fine first wicket stand between Warner and Pandey. The next to depart was Deepak Hooda for a duck caught one-handed off his own bowling by Unadkat (2/26) in the next over. But Rashid took the onus on himself and garnered 18 runs off Aaron’s final over to take Sunrisers to a respectable total.last_img read more

Aid challenges and Government stalemate hinders aid to Haiti UN report finds

The Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti, reporting on the results of a four-day visit to the Caribbean nation in June, said: “The first finding of the group is that the situation on the ground has improved since its visit at the same time in the previous year.”“The progress made in clearing and reconstruction work in Port-au-Prince and neighbouring towns is visible and shows that Haitian society is mobilized and that the aid provided by the international community has been useful,” said the 12-member group.The group cited accomplishments in recovery from the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010, which resulted in more than 220,000 deaths and delivered a severe blow to country’s already shaky infrastructure. It singled out successes in debris removal, resettlement of displaced persons, and the fight against cholera. However, the group’s 19-page report added that “aid coordination is a major challenge on which the group has been focusing for several years.”“It has become particularly urgent in view of the greater number of development partners providing aid to Haiti and the resources committed to the reconstruction process,” it said.“Almost all of the interlocutors of the group held the view that aid is still not sufficiently coordinated, which creates duplication and reduces the effectiveness of interventions.”Nigel Fisher, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, told ECOSOC that the implementation of the Government’s priorities was “significantly delayed” because of an ongoing stalemate in a struggle between President Michel Martelly and Parliament over the confirmation of a new prime minister.Ambassador Keith Morrill of Canada, which led the group, said “the inability of political actors to find a rapid solution to this stalemate is having detrimental consequences on international assistance, on Haiti’s prospects for development, and most importantly, on its people.”The advisory group recommended a continued, strong UN presence on the ground but also suggested the international body should “pool the resources of United Nations entities on the ground, including in the provinces, and encourage all development partners to increase their share of the number of staff posted outside of Port-au-Prince, thereby increasing local capacities and supporting decentralization efforts.”They also recommended that the Haitian Government improve agriculture productivity, create jobs through Government, business and union cooperation, and integrate disaster preparedness into its capacity-building. 28 July 2011A United Nations advisory group on Haiti today reported improvements in the earthquake-torn country but said aid coordination remains a challenge, and a stalemate in the formation of the Government is delaying aid. read more

Loblaw launches Naturally Imperfect program to sell undersized blemished produce

TORONTO — Loblaw Companies Limited (TSX:L) has launched a program to sell blemished, misshapen or undersized produce under the No Name Naturally Imperfect brand.Bags of Naturally Imperfect apples and potatoes are already being sold in select grocery stores across Ontario and Quebec and cost up to 30% less than other fruits and vegetables. In the past, the produce selected for Naturally Imperfect products might have been used for juices, sauces, soups or dehydration.“If you were to grow produce in your backyard there’s a lot that would grow that wouldn’t look as pretty as what you would see in a grocery store. And Mother Nature doesn’t grow everything perfectly,” said Dan Branson, Loblaw senior director responsible for produce, floral and garden items.A lower-grade Red Delicious apple might have only 50 to 60% colour, with the rest of the fruit a lighter shade of green. There might also be some scarring.“I’d like to think if somebody were to take a No Name Naturally Imperfect apple and put it right beside a perfect No. 1 apple and closed their eyes and eat it, there would be no difference,” Branson said.Bulk and bagged potatoes are typically within a specific size range, with bigger or smaller spuds undesirable.Loblaw embarks on $1.2-billion retail refresh expected to create 5,000 jobsLoblaw Companies Ltd wary of consumer pushback as food costs rise“Potatoes will often go into food service, but the smaller potatoes, it’s sometimes a real question what happens with those. So we’re taking some of those smaller potatoes and this is where we’re presenting it into a consumer pack for people to take home,” he added.Branson said the lower-cost produce “improves accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables for some people that may not normally be able to afford to have that access.”It’s also a win for producers. In the past substandard fruit and vegetables often weren’t harvested and would go to waste.Naturally Imperfect products are already available in some Maxi, No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore outlets.Loblaw is looking at rolling out the Naturally Imperfect brand nationally by the end of the year, with an expanded assortment of items available.Stores will continue to offer items that are safe to eat but might be close to expiry at a deeper discount. read more

3 public talks planned at McConnell Center this fall

Courtesy of: McConnell Center Facebook page LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The McConnell Center at the University of Louisville plans three public talks this fall.A statement from Center Director Gary Gregg says that two talks will commemorate the legacies of Kentucky natives Abraham Lincoln and Wendell Berry. A third talk will explore the role Christianity played in the founding of the country.- Advertisement – In the first event on Aug. 29, American history documentary producer Kent Masterson Brown will present his latest film about Abraham Lincoln and hold a question-and-answer session afterward. On Sept. 11, authors Mark David Hall and Andrew L. Seidel will debate whether America had a Christian founding. On Sept. 14, Berry will speak at an event focusing on his literary and environmental accomplishments.The first two events are free, but the last requires registration and a fee. read more

Wellness committee brings Weight Watchers to Brock

Sheila Parker talks about health and nutrition at a recent meeting at Brock.When Sheila Parker stands at the front of Thistle 244, her tone is one of unfailing optimism.“Now who treated themselves this week?” the Weight Watchers representative asks the crowd of about 20 at a recent meeting at Brock. Someone raises a hand, and Parker steps into the audience, extending a sheet of stickers that portray cookies with bites out of them. She rips off a sticker and gives it to the woman as a reward.“That’s what you get at Weight Watchers,” her colleague jokes. “A cookie with a bite out of it.”It’s this kind of light hearted ritual that has drawn about 25 Brock faculty and staff to Brock’s new weekly Weight Watchers meetings, offered through the Brock Wellness Committee. Each Wednesday at noon, health-minded people meet for a weekly dose of optimism. They report their progress and chat with people they don’t see in an ordinary work day.The committee conducted a survey of Brock faculty and staff and asked what health initiatives they wanted to see. Several said they wanted to see some sort of weight loss program, said Susan Mifsud, committee member and Human Resources manager.The group is in its second 12-week program on campus, Mifsud said. New members can sign up at any time.The lunchtime meetings involve support, camaraderie, and a lot of laughs, she said. Each meeting involves a weigh-in, a talk from Parker about healthy eating and little rewards such as stickers for the week’s victories.“It’s such a great group of people,” Mifsud said. “The members are from all different areas of the University. It gives them a chance to sit down and have a common goal and cheer each other on.”Committee member Paula Wake, who works as a Facilities Management real property asset management co-ordinator, didn’t have much weight to lose, but she wanted some new tools to eat healthier. She put on her ski pants this year and found them a little tight, she said.“It was a matter of buying new gear or doing something about it.”Group discussions revolve around food choices and how to balance dining out with maintaining a healthy weight, she said. “I’ve learned a lot about food choices.”Also, she said, the meetings are fun.For more information about the Brock Wellness Committee’s on-campus initiatives, or the Weight Watchers group, email brockwellness@brocku.caBrock Wellness has also launched a fitness challenge. For more information, read the February newsletter.Related stories:• Readers invited to new on-campus book club | The Brock News• Committee launches wellness survey | The Brock News read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 12 2017

NFL All newsletters See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeWorst defeat everThe biggest sports story of the week is by far the collapse of the U.S. Men’s National Team in its World Cup qualifier match against Trinidad and Tobago. Going into the match — the U.S. needed a win or tie to automatically qualify — the U.S. had a 93 percent chance of making the World Cup. But they lost 2-1 to a team playing for nothing but pride, with one of those goals being scored by a U.S. defender on his own net. Then both Panama and Honduras won their games, eliminating the U.S. and propelling Panama to the cup. Going back to 1885, the men have never lost a World Cup match in any stage of the tournament or qualfying in which they were so favored to win. [FiveThirtyEight]Yeah that 2-1 loss has hundreds of millions of dollars worth of consequencesBetween the $425 million television broadcast deal and that wage discrimination lawsuit U.S. soccer will have a harder time contesting and that other antitrust lawsuit they might have an easier time contesting and the potential gutting of the youth soccer movement in America and the sponsorship revenue for Major League Soccer in potential peril, yeah it would have been really cool for a whole bunch of people had the U.S. national team not lost that game. [The Washington Post]Kansas City hustleWith five consecutive wins, the Elo rating of the Kansas City Chiefs is at the highest level since their win over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Only eight weeks in the team’s history have them looking better than they do now, all of them in that Super Bowl season. [FiveThirtyEight]It’s only a lost season if you fail to tankAccording to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Browns have a 49 percent chance of finishing dead last and getting the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 49ers have a 32.2 percent chance, the Bears have a 9.3 percent chance, the Colts have a 3.3. percent chance and the Giants have a 3.6 percent chance. [ESPN]Congrats, equivalent of three fourths of Staten IslandIceland qualified for the World Cup — you remember, that thing America screwed up and failed to make — and is now the smallest nation to ever do so with its population of 334,000. [Bleacher Report]Not gonna lie, did not see this comingThe net favorability of the NFL among Trump voters according to a Morning Consult poll is -24 points. The net favorability among Clinton voters is +38 points. Hop in a time machine and go tell yourself that little nugget a year ago and watch an innocent mind explode. [The New York Times]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number55.232U.S. gymnast Morgan Hurd took the gold medal in Montreal at the 2017 World All-Around Championship, scoring a 55.232. Canada’s Ellie Black took the silver medal and Russia’s Elena Eremina took bronze. Make a little note of that in your “SMART SMALL TALK TO MENTION DURING OLYMPICS TO SOUND LIKE YOU FOLLOW SPORTS BESIDES DIVING” folder that I assume all other people have as well as me. [Flo Gymnastics]Leaks from Slack: Oh God no, not like this editiongfoster:[8:20 PM] Oh boy. U.S. Losing to Trinidad[8:37 PM] Ahhhhhh 2-0 Trinidad 😱[8:39] At least Costa Rica scoredtchow:[8:52 PM] Meanwhile..Argentina up 2-1meghan:[8:53 PM] So wait — is the US screwed again?tchow:[8:54 PM] No they’re still in at the moment. If results holdmeghan:[8:54 PM] Thanks, Tonywalt:[9:06 PM] oh my godtchow:[9:07 PM] Pulisic. American god[9:32 PM] Honduras up 3-2gfoster:[9:37 PM] Is panama scores and this holds, they are out[9:39] If all these results hold, they play a playoff with Australia…which ain’t good[9:47 PM] Panama scored[9:47] They are going to be eliminatedneil:[9:49 PM] Oh man — so they needed either Panama or Honduras to lose, and they both won?gfoster:[9:49 PM] This really sucks.neil:[9:49 PM] lol[9:50] Sorry, I mean 🇺🇸😿[9:50] (it’s soccer. /shrug )heynawl-enten:[9:51 PM] joined #sport.[9:51 PM] This is TERRIBLE.[9:51 PM] left #sport.gfoster:[9:52 PM] Terrible for traffic.neil:[9:52 PM] More room for baseball coverage. 😉gfoster:[9:53 PM] Nightmare.walt:[9:54] WHAT[9:54] omgemily:[9:54 PM] (do they still get paid more for not even qualifying than the WNT will for winning it?)Predictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetRandom audience guy with minimal training wins title after combatant pulls out of MMA fight, the jabroni dream See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

City workers bulk buy lottery tickets ahead of £100m EuroMillions draw

first_imgThe odds of landing tonight's jackpot are 1 in 139m The odds of landing tonight’s jackpot are 1 in 139mCredit:Alamy Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In-store sales of lottery tickets in Canary Wharf and the City of London – which house London’s financial industry – have grown 300 per cent over the past six weeks, compared with 87 per cent growth across the rest of the UK, lottery operator Camelot told the newspaper.In the two areas of the capital, sales of tickets for the lottery – which is played in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland as well as the UK – grew by 48 per cent over the past two Fridays alone, twice as fast as the rest of the country. In the past, we’ve actually had to have security to organise a queuing system because the lines have gone out of the door.Peter Wagg, owner of a Canary Wharf storecenter_img “This is not the first mega lottery draw we’ve had. In the past, we’ve actually had to have security to organise a queuing system because the lines have gone out of the door.”Mr Wagg recalled one occasion when a City worker bought £15,000 worth of “lucky dips” tickets — which means that a terminal randomly selects lottery numbers — and paid in bundles of £50 notes. High-earners have been caught bulk buying lottery tickets before, it was reported. “Whenever the jackpot gets above £70m to £80m, that’s when we have to think about a range of additional staff [to] cover the store,” Peter Wagg, owner of the News of the Wharf store at Canary Wharf, told the Financial Times. His shop had one of the highest rates of EuroMillions ticket sale in London this week. City workers have bought more EuroMillions lottery tickets than anyone else in the country in the run-up to tonight’s £100m jackpot draw, it has been revealed.Sales of the £2.50 tickets have soared in the City of London and Canary Wharf in recent weeks as bankers and traders try to nab biggest jackpot of the year, according to the Financial Times.The top prize is set to be £112m, as the pot has rolled over for six weeks. The top prize last exceeded £100m in October 2016, with the odds of landing tonight’s jackpot 1 in 139m.last_img read more

Fortescue CEO named WA Business Leader of the Year

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of West Australian iron ore producer, Fortescue Metals Group, Nev Power, has been named WA Business Leader of the Year at the AIM WA WestBusiness Pinnacle Awards. Accepting the award at an event in Perth, Power said this was a testament to the determination and enthusiasm of everyone at Fortescue.“2016 has been a record breaking year for Fortescue, with improved safety performance, consistent production and a focus on productivity and efficiency delivering cost reductions. The success of our business in turn enables our commitment to ensure that our communities benefit from the development and growth of Fortescue,” Power said.“I would like to thank each and everyone one of our great Fortescue family for their passion, innovative ideas and dedication to be the world’s safest, lowest cost, most profitable iron ore producer,” he said.Each award winner was presented with $10,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice. Power chose White Ribbon Australia. “I became a White Ribbon Ambassador in 2015 because I am in a position to influence, educate and show leadership on the issue of family and domestic violence in our workplaces and in the wider community,” he explained. “I encourage everyone to stand up, speak out and take action to end all forms of violence against women.”Since Power’s appointment as CEO in 2011, Fortescue has tripled its production to 165-170 Mt/y and in FY16 generated revenue of $7.1 billion. The company is recognised for its unique culture, innovation and world class infrastructure and mining assets in the Pilbara, Western Australia.Fortescue believes in generating long term value for its stakeholders through empowerment, valuing communities and respecting the environment. Power has led Fortescue’s commitment to safety excellence, and to the Billion Opportunities program which has awarded over A$1.8 billion in contracts to Aboriginal businesses.last_img read more

Coast Guard rescues golden retriever trapped 15ft down a cliff in Sutton

first_img Source: Howthcoastguard/YouTubeTHE HOWTH COAST Guard attended the scene after receiving a call about a dog trapped on a cliff edge at Red Rock in Sutton this afternoon.Marley, a three-year old golden retriever, had slipped near the summit of the cliff and had become trapped.A coast guard team met the owner at the top of the cliff, and a climber was lowered around 15ft to reach Marley.The climber secured the dog, and then lowered him to the beach where was eventually reunited with his relieved owner.A unit from Dublin Fire Brigade also attended the scene. Source: Howth Coast GuardIn a separate incident attended by the Howth Coast Guard today, a member of the public reported that their dog had swam out to sea from the Bull Wall on Dollymount and was unable to return.A unit of the coast guard attended, along with a Dublin Port boat, and the dog was recovered and returned to shore.A statement from the Howth Coast Guard said: “On both incidents, the owners did the right thing in calling the Coast Guard right away and waiting for assistance rather than attempt to rescue themselves. Monday 19 Jun 2017, 10:19 PM By Sean Murray 21,226 Views Jun 19th 2017, 10:19 PM Share711 Tweet Email11 Short URLcenter_img Coast Guard rescues golden retriever trapped 15ft down a cliff in Sutton Marley had slipped near the summit of the cliff and had become trapped. 18 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3453091 Remember if you do see someone in trouble don’t delay call 112 right away. Your call could save a life.Read: Gardaí to the rescue after dog found locked inside car in today’s soaring temperaturesRead: Republic of Ireland player and model granted legal recognition of humanist wedding Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Poll Should the government pay for all primary school books

first_img Short URL SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT provide all school books for free to help parents with back-to-school costs?Charity St Vincent de Paul said it would cost the government €20 million to provide primary school books for free, which was described as a possible “easy win” for Budget 2020.So, what do you think? Should the government provide all school books for free? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 23,175 Views I don’t know (422) Poll Results: https://jrnl.ie/4783506 Aug 27th 2019, 8:45 AM Image: Shutterstock/kozirsky By Gráinne Ní Aodhacenter_img Yes (6332) YesNoI don’t knowVote 108 Comments No (3401) Poll: Should the government pay for all primary school books? Making primary school books free every year would “significantly reduce financial stress” on parents, SVP has argued. Share36 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/kozirsky Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 8:45 AMlast_img read more

Members of guerrilla group planned to kill N17 convict police say

first_imgJailed members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group constructed makeshift bombs in their cells in Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison, police sources have told Kathimerini as it emerged that members of the group had plotted to kill November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros after he sought a key role in their planned escape.A police source told Kathimerini that dozens of bombs found in Xeros’s hideout in Loutraki, west of Athens, had been constructed by Angeliki Spyropoulou, an alleged accomplice of Xeros, based on the prototypes created by jailed Conspiracy members.A police raid on the Loutraki hideout turned up memory sticks containing encrypted correspondence between Spyropoulou and the jailed terrorists. An analysis of their contents revealed instructions on bomb making and pointed to plans by the guerrilla group members to kill Xeros.According to police sources, the Conspiracy group members objected to Xeros seeking a leading role in a plan to free them from Korydallos and considered him responsible for two failed bomb attacks, one at a police station in Itea, central Greece, in May 2014, and the other at a tax office in Korydallos in March of that year.Yesterday, police arrested a 29-year-old Albanian whose fingerprints were found in the Loutraki hideout following the arrest on Wednesday of a 23-year-old Greek also believed to be an accomplice of Xeros.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Photovoltaïque les producteurs portent plainte contre EDF devant lUE

first_imgPhotovoltaïque : les producteurs portent plainte contre EDF devant l’UELe collectif “Touche pas à mon panneau solaire”, qui représente 3.700 acteurs de la filière solaire, s’apprête à déposer plainte contre EDF auprès de la Commission européenne. Une action visant à dénoncer les pratiques “non-concurentielles” du groupe.”Le groupe EDF est au coeur de la politique énergétique de la France avec de gros conflits d’intérêts entre les filiales chargées notamment des réseaux de distribution et EDF Agence Obligation d’Achat, qui achète, au tarif fixé par les pouvoirs publics, l’électricité produite par les panneaux solaires”, estime la porte-parole du collectif, Ariane Vennin, dont les propos sont rapportés par LePoint.fr.À lire aussiLiter of Light, d’étonnantes lampes faites de bouteilles pour apporter la lumière aux habitants sans électricitéIl y a quelques jours, dans une interview accordée au site Actu-Environnement, Ariane Vennin assurait détenir des preuves qu’EDF Energies Nouvelles et ERDF avaient antidaté des documents pour échapper au moratoire de trois mois sur le rachat de l’électricité. Un moratoire qui suspend l’obligation pour EDF, de racheter l’électricité issue de l’énergie solaire aux tarifs jusqu’alors en vigueur. “Il y a un premier conflit d’intérêt entre EDF EN et ERDF, la filiale d’EDF en charge du réseau de distribution. Un second conflit d’intérêts existe entre EDF EN et EDF Agence obligation d’achat (EDF AOA), l’entreprise qui achète, au tarif fixé par les pouvoirs publics, l’électricité produite par les panneaux solaires”, expliquait la porte-parole.En outre, une seconde plainte sera déposée vendredi par le collectif, qui appelle ce même jour à une manifestation. Elle concernera le “manquement de l’Etat à ses obligations en matière d’énergies renouvelables”. Le moratoire décrété en décembre dernier a gelé les projets en cours d’installations photovoltaïques, et le pays se trouve alors “dans l’incapacité de remplir ses obligations en matière d’énergies renouvelables”, déplore Ariane Vennin. Le gouvernement s’est en effet engagé à faire passer à 23% la part des énergies renouvelables dans la consommation énergétique du pays, et ce d’ici à 2020. Un objectif qui sera difficilement atteint. “Sur l’hydraulique, on plafonne en terme de capacité de production à 12%. L’éolien terrestre est en panne, compte tenu des contraintes réglementaires, et l’éolien en mer est une belle promesse de 3.000 mégawatts, mais c’est aussi de l’enfumage, parce qu’en 2015 on n’aura toujours rien”, s’insurge la porte-parole de “Touche pas à mon panneau solaire”.Le 9 février 2011 à 17:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

GAMBIA WHACKS MOROCCO Assan steals show but debutants shine too

first_imgBy Sulayman BahPic: Bobb (no 10) and Alasan (N 8) along with Marreh and Ceesay pose after the gameCHAN hosts Morocco have been given plenty to ponder over after faltering to Gambia.It took two individual efforts from Switzerland-based forward Assan Ceesay to smother the Moroccans.First the 23-year-old, on loan at second tier Swiss outfit Chissao, sprinted to force the Moroccan last man in defence into making a gaffe, then finished off with his much favoured left foot tucking the ball past the hosts’ goalkeeper for the opening goal.The Moroccans equalised from the spot-kick after midfielder Sulayman Marreh intercepted the ball but the Moroccan striker went down rather easily in the box.The referee shunned Gambian players’ simulation plea and pointed to the spot-kick which they converted to even the score.Then Ceesay, a late call-up following injuries to key players, rose up to the occasion, managing to get the end of the ball before being bundled by the keeper.The referee pointed for a penalty which youngster Ceesay boomeranged into the net.Photo: Scorer Assan gives the thumps-up after his two goalsThe ex-Gamtel FC goal-poacher showed his worth but it wasn’t a one-way traffic either with some of the debutants also proving particularly impressive.Barcelona ace Alasana Manneh formed the core of the midfield along with debutant Yusupha Bobb who last played for Gambia in 2014 in the Caf Youth Championship.Hawks’ Mass Manga was the only local-based player in defence in the starting line-up.last_img read more

SW MiamiDade mural painting brings together young professionals

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – More than 50 young professionals came together, Saturday morning, to work on a colorful creation, thanks to a South Florida foundation.The United Way of Miami-Dade’s Young Leaders hosted their fourth annual mural painting volunteer project at Coral Terrace Elementary School, located near Southwest 24th Street and 67th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.The mural was designed by Miami-based artist Michael Halley. paint united! 😎@unitedwaymiami #youngleaders #giveback pic.twitter.com/nMldZQJrap— Ann Keil (@ann_keil) June 11, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

An artificial material that has negative refraction and no reflection

first_imgThe Weyl phononic crystal and topologically protected SAWs. a, An image of the experimental sample. b, Schematic top view of the trilayer-based sample. XZ1, YZ1, XZ2 and YZ2 label the four side surfaces. c, Geometry of the unit cell, with a = h = 3b = 29.4 mm. d–f, Front views of the three surfaces XZ1, YZ1, and XZ2, respectively. At each surface, the red star denotes the position of a point-like sound source for experimentally generating one-way chiral SAWs and the coloured segments in the insets indicate the fine structures of the surface termination. g, Bulk band dispersions simulated along high-symmetry directions. The coloured lines represent the lowest three bands. h, The first bulk Brillouin zone of the Weyl phononic crystal and associated projected surface Brillouin zones. The coloured spheres in g and h label Weyl points with different topological charges. i–k, Simulated SAW dispersions (green lines) at kz = 0.5π/h for the three side surfaces XZ1, YZ1 and XZ2, respectively, agree very well with our measurements (bright colours in the colour scale, which represents the Fourier transformation of the measured pressure field). l–n, The corresponding EFCs in the extended surface Brillouin zones, simulated and measured at the Weyl frequency of 5.75 kHz. The grey regions display the projected bulk bands, the blue spheres label the projected Weyl points K and K′, and the green arrows indicate the directions of the SAW group velocities. Credit: Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0367-9 Journal information: Nature © 2018 Phys.org 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. A material that can switch between multiple phases that have distinct electronic, optical and magnetic properties Explore furthercenter_img Citation: An artificial material that has negative refraction and no reflection (2018, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-artificial-material-negative-refraction.html More information: Hailong He et al. Topological negative refraction of surface acoustic waves in a Weyl phononic crystal, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0367-9AbstractReflection and refraction of waves occur at the interface between two different media. These two fundamental interfacial wave phenomena form the basis of fabricating various wave components, such as optical lenses. Classical refraction—now referred to as positive refraction—causes the transmitted wave to appear on the opposite side of the interface normal compared to the incident wave. By contrast, negative refraction results in the transmitted wave emerging on the same side of the interface normal. It has been observed in artificial materials, following its theoretical prediction6, and has stimulated many applications including super-resolution imaging7. In general, reflection is inevitable during the refraction process, but this is often undesirable in designing wave functional devices. Here we report negative refraction of topological surface waves hosted by a Weyl phononic crystal—an acoustic analogue of the recently discovered Weyl semimetals. The interfaces at which this topological negative refraction occurs are one-dimensional edges separating different facets of the crystal. By tailoring the surface terminations of the Weyl phononic crystal, constant-frequency contours of surface acoustic waves can be designed to produce negative refraction at certain interfaces, while positive refraction is realized at different interfaces within the same sample. In contrast to the more familiar behaviour of waves at interfaces, unwanted reflection can be prevented in our crystal, owing to the open nature of the constant-frequency contours, which is a hallmark of the topologically protected  surface states in Weyl crystals. As most kids learn in school, when light rays strike a body of water, some are bent by the water, while others are reflected. Baile notes that in such situations, the incident and refracted rays wind up on opposite sides of the surface of the water—which opticians describe as the norm. He also notes that this is what happens with virtually all materials in nature. But he also notes that theory suggests that it should be possible to create materials that violate the norm. In this new effort, the researchers have created just such a material.The researchers report that they made the new material by first studying the properties of a Weyl semimetal—a recently discovered quantum material that has interesting topological properties. To apply what they learned to a non-metal material, they created trilayer plates of phononic crystals using epoxy and other materials (shaped in a specific way). They then stacked the plates in twisted counterclockwise fashion by 2π/3 along the vertical axis. In so doing, they found that the resultant material not only exhibited negative refraction, but also absorbed all of the acoustic waves aimed at it, reflecting none.Baile suggests that the material could lay the groundwork for new developments in many areas—if a similar material can be created to behave the same way with optical waves, for example, that could lead to new types of optical systems. He notes that such a material could likely find many uses in acoustical systems as well, such as improved ultrasonic devices. He further notes that reflection-free materials could improve the efficiency of many current devices. A team of researchers with members from Wuhan University and the University of Texas has created an artificial material that offers both negative refraction and no reflection. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their material, how it was made, and possible uses for it. Baile Zhang with Nanyang Technological University offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.last_img read more

Understanding pulse of our times

first_imgThe fifth edition of India Habitat Centre’s Indian Languages Festival “ILF Samanvay 2015” got off to a phenomenal start. This year’s theme of ILF Samanvay is ‘Insider/Outsider, Writing India’s Dreams and Realities’. This year, the festival broadened its mandate by developing in a range of verticals such as a curated art space, daily workshops by eminent experts in a range of topics from translation to food appreciation, book releases, social outreach in schools with the festival resource persons, and curated food stalls focusing on the food traditions of Kashmir, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In addition to the features mentioned above, the festival is bringing together authors, writers, translators and publishers onto the same platform, to discuss and debate various facets of how a creative person remain at once an ‘Insider and an Outsider’ to understand the pulse of our times and work towards social change.Before delivering his keynote address, well-known Marxist literary theorist and political commentator, Aijaz Ahmad officially inaugurated fifth edition of “ILF Samanvay”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his address, Aijaz Ahmad shared his views on the languages in general and Indian Languages in particular and how it has shaped the citizenry of India. “In India, political unity does not automatically give us, or requires of us, a literary or linguistic unity. Hence, the study of Indian literature should be historically grounded and organised primarily in terms of particular linguistic traditions and regional clusters, and discussed on the model of what I would call ‘regional Indian cosmopolitanism’. The points of intersection of different linguistic-literary traditions, along with causes and consequences of those overlaps, should be established through careful investigation. The hierarchical relations of power that exist among languages and traditions must be examined, and a system of education that profoundly addresses the question of multilinguality, developed. Such a system must also give room to understand the widespread connection between the linguistic-literary and the performative.” This component articulates and interprets language as a flow beyond the literary in our unsettling times. The art works of Riyas Komu, co-founder of the Cochin-Muziris Biennale, artist-weaver Priya Ravish Mehra, and performance photography exhibition curated by Kanika Anand are among the highlights. Besides, curated running slide shows of painter V.Ramesh, cartoonist EP Unny, Christel Davedawson and dance film streaming by Gati Dance forum etc. Post the keynote address, Tribute and Conversation: Common People, Uncommon Minds, a profound tribute was underway in the memory of the great Indian political cartoonist RK Laxman by leading cartoonist EP Unny, Krishna Prasad, Christel Devadawson with the moderator Hartosh Singh Bal keeping the tribute profound, as RK Laxman would have loved it to be. The eminent panel also discussed the state of cartoon art in India and EP Unny opined that the cartoon is developing into unchartered terrain where the ‘image, text and voice meet and debate’. The evening was brought alive by a sublime Tibetan music performance by Loten Namling, Sonam Dolma and Jamyang Tashi, Tibetan artists in exile living in India. The Creative Director of ILF Samanvay Ms. Rizio Yohannan Raj also expressed her joy on the occasion. “As its name suggests, ILF Samanvay privileges the vital principles of co-ordination that allows us to live, work and remember together—co-existence, co-operation, commemoration.  This would mean that ILF Samanvay is not merely an annual carnival of the literati in India, but a ceaseless enterprise to institutionalize the values fundamental to the co-existence of languages, and hence the diverse cultures they live in, represent and reflect on, too.last_img read more