Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, Exit 23 east bound off Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue’s ramp and intersection will have periodic lane closures for traffic signals installation, patching and paving until Wednesday, Oct 31. Traffic control people are on site. Please take alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road, from Trunk 4, north to Cenotaph Road will be reduced to one lane for paving and road repairs from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Lower Maccan Road Traffic on sections of Lower Maccan Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, for repairs. Drivers should travel with caution and be patient. PICTOU COUNTY: River John Road River John Road, from Trunk 6 for about one kilometres east of Hamilton Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road, at Stillwater Brook, Debaie’s Cove will be closed for culvert replacement from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Detour signs are in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Traffic on sections of Route 316, west of the intersection of Whitehead Road, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Drivers should travel with extra care. KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Friday, Sept, 21, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Sections of Trunk 10, from West Dalhousie Road north to Trout Lake Road, will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30 for road improvement work. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Road Closure The Allen Hill Road is closed from Route 209 to South Branch Road to allow for the replacement of two bridges. The road will be closed until Monday, Oct. 1. Drivers should travel with extra care in the area. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7, Tangier to Spry Harbour will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Some night work may be required. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Raynardton Bridge Closed The Raynardton Bridge on Raynardton Road west of Gavelton in Yarmouth County is closed to be replaced. Drivers should use alternate routes. The work is scheduled to be completed Friday, Nov. 20. RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104, east of Antigonish, is closed during replacement of the bridge and approaches. A detour bridge is in place until the project is completed on Sunday, Sept, 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge will be closed until further notice. A detour will be available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road, and Hatchery Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from about two kilometres north of Creignish Mountain Road, north for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mooseland Road Mooseland Road near Jacket Lake will be reduced to one lane for about six kilometres for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Grand Lake Road Grand Lake Road at Victoria Junctions east for about three kilometres will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and seal coating from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Chegoggin Marsh Bridge Chegoggin Marsh Bridge on Main Shore Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Sept. 7. Barriers are in place and a detour is available on Peterson Road to Dayton Road. -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, west of Lawrencetown, will be closed for culvert replacement from Tuesday, Sept. 4, until Friday, Sept. 7. A detour is in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: West Ship Harbour Road West Ship Harbour Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Traffic on Highway 125 between Exit 6 and Grand Lake Road will be slowed by twinning construction until Monday, Dec. 3. Drivers should expect slow moving traffic and be aware of trucks turning during construction. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Route 214 north to Barney’s Brook, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and there is a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Riverside Road Riverside Road will have two bridges, Morrison’s Siding and MacDonald’s Gulch, reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Sept. 21. Traffic control signals are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice.Traffic signals are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, west for six kilometres to the start of the twinned highway section will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site and delays are possible. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Eskasoni Highway Eskasoni Highway, Route 216, about seven kilometres west of Trunk 4 westerly for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.last_img read more

Plans scrapped for Frenchlanguage debate in New Brunswick campaign

first_imgFREDERICTON – Plans for a French-language election debate have been scrapped in New Brunswick, with the Liberals and Tories each blaming the other — and even Quebec’s premier expressing disappointment.Radio-Canada Acadie cancelled plans after Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said he couldn’t debate in French but another candidate could step in, and the Liberals said they would only be in a debate with the leaders.Denis Robichaud, executive producer with Radio-Canada Acadie, says a number of options were presented, but the Liberals only wanted a leaders’ debate.“The leader of the PC party is not able to debate in French, so that is the first step. We came back with other options, and the main reason why we weren’t able to go with those options is because the Liberal party only wanted a debate that would oppose the leaders,” Robichaud said.Higgs said he’s working hard to learn French, but is not fluent enough to take part in a debate, and can’t understand why the Liberals wouldn’t agree for another candidate to replace him.“I’m prepared to have my teammates speak more eloquently than I can in the French language in order to deliver the message that’s important to all New Brunswickers. We have a message that’s not regionalized, its a message about growth in New Brunswick,” Higgs said.Robichaud said the suggestion of a people’s forum with questions from the public in both English and French drew complaints from various francophone groups who wanted a French-only debate.In a letter to Radio-Canada, the New Brunswick Liberal Association also opposed such a forum.“It is not a debate. Each leader making a statement in response to each question with no interaction with the other leaders prevents New Brunswickers from seeing any contrast between positions and even prevents leaders from being held accountable for their claims by their counterparts,” reads the letter, signed by campaign co-chairs Joan Kingston and Serge Rousselle.Quebec Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard voiced his opinion Friday, saying it’s regrettable that there will be no French-language debate in New Brunswick.“The Acadian community is a major part of francophone Canada. I have agreed, with open arms, to take part in an English-language leaders’ debate so members of the anglophone community also have access to a political debate,” Couillard said.“So I find it regrettable but that is an internal debate for that province.”last_img read more

Rideau Hall reveals newest 83 additions to the Order of Canada

first_imgOTTAWA — Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette is naming 83 more Canadians to the Order of Canada.The list out this morning from Rideau Hall includes athletes, researchers, teachers, scientists, artists and actors, from all across the country.Among the notable names on this year’s list are former National Hockey League player Reggie Leach, one-time Montreal Expo Claude Raymond, former commissioner of Nunavut Edna Elias, chef Michael Smith, and Moya Greene, who was once chief executive at Canada Post before running the U.K.’s Royal Mail.Each of them say they are surprised and touched to received appointments.Others on the pre-Canada Day list include CTV News journalist Lisa LaFlamme, former official-languages commissioner Graham Fraser, brewer John Sleeman and Quebec actor Michel Dumont.The additions to the honour roll raise the total tally in the Order of Canada to almost 7,000 names since its creation in 1967.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

10yearold girl with autism sings Leonard Cohens Hallelujah

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement A 10-year-old girl from Northern Ireland singing a solo during her school choir’s performance of a holiday rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is becoming an Internet sensation, going viral after a video of the extraordinary performance was posted on Facebook.Kaylee Rodgers hails from Donaghadee, County Down, and has autism and ADHD. A student at Killard House Special School, she started singing as a way to help build her confidence.center_img Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Missing boys remains found along North Saskatchewan riverbank near Melfort

first_imgThe Canadian PressMELFORT, Sask. – Police say they have found the remains of a little boy who disappeared in Prince Albert, Sask., in the spring.Sweetgrass Kennedy was last seen on May 10 and Prince Albert police had said evidence suggested the four-year-old fell into the North Saskatchewan River.Hundreds of volunteers looked for the boy in the community at the time, covering 160 kilometres of riverbank.His body was found Saturday after Melfort RCMP received a report of human remains along the North Saskatchewan riverbank near James Smith Cree Nation.Evidence at the scene was sent to Saskatoon for examination by a forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist.Police say the coroner confirmed the boy’s identity.news@aptn.calast_img read more

TSX partially rebounds from weak start as the oil prices dip to

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index partially rebounded Tuesday after falling to a six-month low in early trading, while oil prices closed at a two-month low.Markets on both sides of the border were on a roller coaster ride, initially sinking deep into the red on geopolitical concerns out of Italy and Saudi Arabia and in response to a corporate earnings reports from Caterpillar Inc. and 3M Co.The weak opening followed a European Commission’s rejection of Italy’s budget, which will force the government to revise and re-submit it over the next three weeks or so.Risks from the fallout from Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the death of a journalist at its consulate in Turkey also caused concerns, along with the repercussions from the upcoming presidential vote in Brazil, says Dominique Barker, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is the front-runner in polls, has vowed to purge the country of left-wing “criminals.” That raises questions about the post-election outcome of a government headed by a former military leader.“So Brazil continues to be a risk that I am personally monitoring from a geopolitical perspective,” she said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 127.53 points to 15,285.17 after losing two per cent or 318 points in morning trading.Gold, consumer staples, utilities and consumer discretionary sectors rose while health care, base metals and key sectors of energy, industrials and materials led on the downside.The biggest names in the marijuana business extended recent weakness early in the day but trimmed their losses in final trading.Aurora Cannabis Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, was down as much as 19.3 per cent on the U.S. market and closed off 99 cents or 11.39 per cent to US$7.70. Aurora shares lost $1.34 or 11.7 per cent to $10.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Canopy Growth Corp. closed down 1.5 per cent, after being down as much as 11.6 per cent on the day. Aphria Inc. rose 0.7 per cent after initially losing 12.7 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 125.98 points at 25,191.43 after being down as much as 548.62 points. The S&P 500 index was down 15.19 points to 2,740.69, while the Nasdaq composite was down 31.09 points at 7,437.54.While U.S. corporate results this quarter have been strong, shares of Caterpillar Inc. lost 7.6 per cent after analysts were told during a conference call that growth can’t continue forever, signalling a moderation in growth expectations, said Barker.“One of the things we’ve been seeing in this earnings season, which is quite a change from recent memory, is that good news is being interpreted negatively, so no matter what you say, even if you’ve got good news, it seems like there’s some skepticism by the market.”In Canada, West Fraser Timber’s shares surged after the Vancouver-based producer said its third-quarter profit doubled despite lower lumber prices.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.35 cents US compared with an average of 76.31 cents US on Monday.The December crude contract was down US$2.93 at US$66.43 per barrel, the lowest level since August.Oil prices decreased after Saudi Arabia said it would produce as much crude as it can, under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.The November natural gas contract was up 7.4 cents at US$3.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$12.20 at US$1,236.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.75 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more

UN climate change conference kicks off in Durban with call to action

Thousands of representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gathered today in Durban, South Africa for the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution.The stakes at the two-week long conference are high, as its outcome will determine the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the legally binding treaty to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, whose first commitment period is due to expire in 2012. UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity Virginia Dandan said in a statement issued today that the Durban conference represents a “make or break moment for humanity,” and warned that failure to act would greatly damage future environmental negotiations.“The world is calling for genuine international solidarity and multilateralism, and for its leaders to take a leap of faith in unison, and as one,” Ms. Dandan said. “There is great need for a radical mindset change in order to bring back to the negotiating table the time-honoured values of humanity that have been forgotten after decades of market and profit-driven orientation.”Ms. Dandan stressed that decisive action and work in solidarity are needed to achieve concrete results, adding that negotiations must also take into account principles of human rights, equality and justice if they are to be successful. “Greater cooperation and solidarity are required now more than ever before, to face the challenges posed by climate change such as the intensification and increasing frequency of natural disasters, as well as the continuing and widening poverty gap, and the series of food, energy, economic and financial global crises,” she said.Ms. Dandan underscored that failure in Durban would have a negative impact on the multilateral system as a whole, but would be especially damaging for the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in Brazil in June next year.“Failure in Durban would impact on the three pillars of the UN – namely, peace and security, development and human rights, and pin the world down to ground zero,” she said.UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres opening remarks to conferenceDuring her opening remarks to the conference, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres urged countries to seize the opportunity to finish the tasks set during last year’s negotiations in Cancún, Mexico, and ensure policies are translated into action.“We meet here at a time when greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have never been higher, when the number of livelihoods that have been dissolved by climate change impacts has never been greater and when the need for action has never been more compelling or more achievable,” she said.Ms. Figueres said countries can take two major steps in Durban to address climate change. The first is completing a comprehensive package to help developing countries adapt to climate change and limit the growth of their GHG emissions, and the second relates to how governments can work together to limit the global temperature rise and thus prevent further natural disasters.“These negations are about securing a better future and improving the quality of life of people. The momentum for change is building, not least in developing countries. More can be achieved if governments and the private sector work in partnerships,” she said.The Durban conference comes just after a UN conference on wildlife in Bergen, Norway, last week in which agreements to protect seven migratory species were reached. Species that were granted increased protection include the giant manta ray, the Argali sheep of the Central Asian highlands, the Bobolink grassland bird from South America, and the red-footed falcon.During the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, organised by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), countries also agreed to strengthen their efforts to mitigate the most serious threats to migratory species, such as wind turbines, power lines, climate change, wildlife disease and illegal hunting.In addition, governments adopted various resolutions to protect marine species from threats such as noise pollution and sonar from vessels especially in areas that are home to whales, dolphins and sea turtles. 28 November 2011Thousands of representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gathered today in Durban, South Africa for the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which seeks to advance ways to cut global carbon emissions and pollution. read more

US indexes end a turbulent week with a surge Dow gains 167

US indexes end a turbulent week with a surge; Dow gains 167 as Nike soars on higher earnings by The Associated Press Posted Sep 26, 2014 2:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are closing out a turbulent week with a solid gain.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 167 points, or 1 per cent, to 17,113 Friday, making up much of its loss from the day before. Nike soared 12 per cent, the most in the Dow, after reporting higher earnings.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 16 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,982. The Nasdaq rose 45 points, or 1 per cent, to 4,512.The surge comes at the end of a roller-coaster week for the market. The S&P 500 lost 1.4 per cent, its biggest weekly loss since early August.Janus Capital Group soared 43 per cent after announcing it had hired star bond fund manager Bill Gross.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.53 per cent. read more

£1m home collapses into pile of rubble after businessmans attempt to build

first_imgA wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubble A wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubble 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. Kingston Council claimed the work may have been carried out without the approval of local building control inspectors and the incident had been reported to the Health and Safety Executive for further investigation.Photographs showed the remains of the home, which was listed in April last year for £1.15 million, with windows and doors left in a pile after hundreds of bricks gave way. The home near Kingston Hill, south west London, was empty when the building collapsed around 1am on Monday morning. House prices in the street, set between Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common, average £1,375,000. A planning permission request for the property, submitted by Omar Alajaji, included the demolition of a swimming pool, conservatory and outbuilding on the property. Mr Alajaji also sought permission to build an iceberg basement, a two-storey side extension and to increase the height of the roof. A wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubble The £1 million home has been reduced to rubbleCredit:Police/SWNS.COM  Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration at Kingston Council, said: “The owners of this building submitted a building regulations application just two days ago and have therefore carried out works without our guidance and approval. “Our primary concern is to ensure that the building is structurally safe. We are working with the contractors to carry out the work, which is due to complete by the end of the day.  A businessman’s iceberg home plan collapsed in a pile of rubble after attempts to install an underground playroom and bedroom backfired.The five-bedroom detached London home, which was sold in October for over £1 million, collapsed in the middle of the night. “Following this, we will be reporting this incident to the Health and Safety Executive for further investigation.”A woman who lives next door to the house which collapsed said her family were rushed out of their home in the early hours of the morning.Sharon Gouhar said the family were woken by a “big bang”, which made her children’s rooms shake and left clouds of dust around the house.Ms Gouhar, 55, said: “Last night in the early hours, at about 1.30am, we heard a big bang which made me jump up.”My kids’ rooms shook a little bit so they jumped up too, my daughter ran in asking what had happened, and when my son went downstairs he saw that part of the house had collapsed. “My neighbour was saying that an Arabic family have bought it but I’ve not seen them.”Builders come and go, and they had recently taken the whole roof off the house, so I don’t know if they were going to put up another floor.”A spokesman for thr London Fire Brigade said: “Firefighters attended a house collapse on Derwent Avenue, Kingston Vale in the early hours of this morning.”The majority of the two-storey house collapsed. “An extensive search was carried out and thankfully it appears that no one was in the property at the time of the crash.”Police said nobody had been hurt during the incident. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The matter has been referred to the London Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames.” “We had such a shock, the dog started barking, and when I looked out through our balcony it was all dusty.”The emergency services got us to come out of the house and not go back for a while, so we threw on some clothes and tried to find somewhere else to stay.”We tried to get a hotel but we have a dog, and it’s the Easter holidays, so in the end we slept in our office.”Mr Alajaji, a Saudi Arabian, bought the property for £1,150,000 last year.Ms Gouhar, a cafe owner, said she knew the home had recently been sold, but was unsure what work was under way.She added: “I know it was under construction but I don’t know much about it and everyone around us is building. The local council has claimed the work was being carried out without permissionCredit:Police/SWNS.COM  A wealthy family made a lucky escape after their luxury home collapsed in the middle of the night, leaving just a pile of rubblelast_img read more

6 unexpected things that happened this week

first_img Source: allgeektomeBinge on all the previous weird news here From copulating geckos and saucy seamstresses to trendy prison uniforms, we recap the week’s weirdest news. In South Africa, a 9-year-old boy has married a 62-year-old woman after claiming his ancestors told him to. The boy’s family were quick to address critics, saying that the union is neither legal nor sexual, and only took place to appease dead ancestors. So just relax, guys. It’s totally grand and not disturbing at all. [Huffington Post]An economic historian has found a secret note stitched inside a kilt destined for soldiers heading to WW1. Dr. Helen Paul made the discovery when she was removing stitches from the kilt. The message read: ”I hope your kilt will fit you well, & in it you will look a swell. If married never mind. If single drop a line. Wish you bags of luck, & a speedy return back to Blighty.” It included the name and address of the seamstress and it’s thought that she left the message in the hope of finding a husband. Bless. [The Telegraph] Source: embergreyA dry county in Canada has discovered that it actually never had a ban on booze. Alcohol has never been available for purchase in the town, so researchers in the tiny town of Hanover were shocked when they found that there were no laws in place banning the sale of alcohol. The discovery was made after a referendum was repeal the ban was proposed. Session in Hanover tonight, wha’? [CTV News] Last week, Russia sent a satellite into space containing, amongst other things, five sexy geckos. Why? Because it needed to ascertain how weightlessness would affect a gecko’s sex life, duh. Anyway, scientist have lost contact with the satellite, so nobody knows where the geckos are now. Oops. [RTÉ] Source: imgurIn a cruel twist of irony, a tree planted to honour the late George Harrison has been killed by beetles. The tree, which was planted shortly after Harrison’s death in 2001, was removed last month after a bark beetle infestation. A replacement will be planted in the autumn. [AP]A Michigan sheriff has ordered a uniform change in a state prison after the success of Orange is the New Black meant that orange jumpsuits had become ‘cool’. Inmates in Saginaw County Jail will now wear jumpsuits with black-and-white horizontal stripes. “It was a cost savings and it breaks away from that cultural coolness. It’s not cool to be an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail,” Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel told Reuters. [Washington Post]last_img read more

Photo Gift AllPurpose Lowepro Outback Tamrac Speed Pack Bags

first_imgOf all the bags I’ve carried in the past year, the ones I’ve gone back to most often to carry a camera, spare lens, and flash, are the Lowepro Outback 300 (see review) and Tamrac Aero Speed Pack 85 Dual Access Photo / Laptop backpack (see review). The Lowepro is a deep, square sided bag with two outrigger pouches that is perfect for carrying photo gear and a bit of personal stuff. The Tamrac is one of several medium-size photo laptop backpacks with a unique twist: Rip out the bottom camera dividers and the big middle divider and you’ve got a traditional backpack with a compartment for a laptop. AdChoices广告The Lowepro Outback 300 has a shoulder strap and a waist belt. You can use one or both. The Tamrac Speed Pack is a backpack design. (Lowepro makes a similar backpack, the Lowepro Versapack 200 AW (see review).) Both the Lowepro Outback and Tamrac Speed Pack come in several sizes depending on how much gear you want to carry. As noted in the Lowepro Outback 300 review, the size is perfect for carrying two bottles of wine or six cans of beer to a BYO restaurant. That is an all-purpose bag. Both the Tamrac and Lowepro backpacks can be had in colors such as rust (in photo above), red, or brown. To my eye, that’s the way to go. Other Photo Gifts Other photo gifts to consider this 2010 holiday season:Fast Mainstream Zoom LensInduro 5-Way Pan Head for Perfectly Level Pans with DSLRs, Video Cameras Jill-e Photo Bags for WomenAll-Purpose Lowepro Outback, Tamrac Speed Pack BagsMicrofiber Cloths (You Never Can Have Too Many)last_img read more

Update Damage estimated at 110000 in house fire

first_imgA west Vancouver house sustained $110,000 damage during a Thursday evening fire, said Vancouver Fire Department Capt. Chris Moen.The cause of the blaze, meanwhile, remains under investigation.The fire south of Fruit Valley Road and Fourth Plain Boulevard pumped smoke throughout most of downtown Vancouver Thursday. The blaze was reported at 6:11 p.m.The flames were confined to the attic and the roof, which has collapsed.“As the building falls apart, stuff may come to light,” Moen said Friday.Of the $110,000 damage, only $10,000 was said to be contents inside the house.The building, which is up for sale, was believed to be vacant.A real estate agency’s “for sale” sign was posted in front of the house Thursday evening.Several neighbors said the house had been offered for sale for a long time, although people in different vehicles came and went, stopping in the garage, frequently.last_img read more

Firefighters quell wall heater fire

first_imgA family had just arrived home about 9 p.m. Tuesday when they smelled smoke and called 911.A wall heater fire at 2501 N.E. 71st St. was quickly extinguished by Vancouver firefighters, said district spokesperson Dawn Johnson.Five engines and 1 truck from both District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department responded and had the fire out soon after arriving.The only damage appeared to be to the wall heater, which is in sunroom, Johnson said.last_img

Man pleads guilty to 3 homicides in Oregon after confession

first_imgPORTLAND — A convicted sex predator who confessed in a 911 call in Texas to killing three women in Oregon has changed his pleas to guilty.The plea change Wednesday followed 64-year-old Jeffrey Cutlip’s confession in July 2012 in Brownsville, Texas.Cutlip said in the call he wanted to talk about bad things he had done.Cutlip pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder and two counts of murder.His sentencing is scheduled for December.He was indicted in the deaths of 44-year-old Marlene Claire Carlson of Portland in 1975, 15-year-old Julie Marie Bennett of Milwaukie in 1977 and 33-year-old Nielen Doll of Spokane, Wash., in 1993.Carlson and Doll were strangled. Bennett was drowned.Cutlip has been classified as a predatory sex offender since 1982 convictions for sodomy and burglary.last_img read more

Defense Spending to Hit 700B in FY18 FY19 Under Senate Deal

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense spending in fiscal 2018 and 2019 would reach levels embraced by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as well as the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, under the bipartisan budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday. The agreement would raise the statutory caps on defense spending by $80 billion in FY 2018 and $85 billion the following year, pushing DOD’s base budget well past the $600 billion mark. When funds allocated to the department’s overseas contingency operations account, which are not subject to the Budget Control Act caps, are included, total defense spending is expected to be $700 billion in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019, reported Defense News.The Senate agreement would roughly match the spending called for in the FY 2018 defense authorization bill, while the topline figure for FY 2019 would match the Trump administration’s new budget request scheduled to be released next week. Last week Mattis told reporters he would be “very happy with” funding at those levels, reported CQ. During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday, he called for those exact figures. And on Wednesday, Mattis voiced support for the deal during remarks at the White House made right after the Senate agreement was announced.In a joint statement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services committees, praised the funding levels in Wednesday’s agreement as well.last_img read more

Online Map Keeps Tabs on the Lay of Juneaus Cemetery

first_imgThe Evergreen Cemetery is split up into different groups. This is the Serbian part of the grounds. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)A grease-smudged stack of 25 fading sheets of paper in a storage shed is one of only two copies of who’s buried where in Evergreen Cemetery. All the burials since 1986 are handwritten, but that’s about to change. The City and Borough of Juneau was recently awarded a grant to map its graves digitally.Download AudioBen Patterson has been overseeing the grounds at Evergreen Cemetery for about 12 years. During that time, he’s been able to reflect on where he’d like to spend his final days.“I definitely don’t want to be put into the ground, I know that,” he says. “I don’t know if that’s because I’ve spent so much time in the cemetery, but I think I’d rather be spread around a little bit.”Inside the cemetery storage shed, along with gardening tools and a lawnmower, is an invaluable stack papers.“Basically 25 pages of maps that show all the plots,” Patterson says.The other known copy is kept in a separate location to avoid both being destroyed in a fire. More than 8,000 people are buried at Evergreen. The cemetery dates back to the 1880s when it was moved from its original spot on Chicken Hill.“It was staked as a mining claim for gold. So they had to move everyone that was there,” Patterson says.One of only two known paper records of Evergreen Cemetery. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Some of the rectangular plots look like they were thrown out like dice, some are orderly. Names collected from a 1986 survey are printed inside some of those rectangles.“All the handwritten notes are just all the burials that happened since then or were discovered since then,” he says. “And that’s basically the only record of the these locations since the 80s.”It’s not a great system, though Patterson has almost all the grave sites memorized. He can flip through the 25 pages and find people by name, and he can find them on the ground.“I was just mowing the other day and someone walked up and asked me where a certain person was and I just happened to have just weed whipped around his headstone and they were joking with me that I had all 8,000 graves memorized,” he says.With the rise in genealogical databases, like Ancestry.com, Patterson says he’s noticed an increase in these requests. Last week alone, he’s located the graves of five different people. A new system will be a big help.“It is huge. It’s going to mean that’s it’s going to be way easier for people to find everyone in Evergreen,” he says.The City and Borough of Juneau was awarded a $17,000 grant in federal funds to put a cemetery map online.Outside, city cartographer Quinn Tracy holds a GPS device above the headstone of Joe Juneau to pinpoint the exact geographic location. The device beeps as the site is mapped.“So when I bring these points into the information geographic names system, I’ll have a point and then name associated with that point,” he says.Quinn Tracy is the lead cartographer on the project. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)Buried at Evergreen are several notable people in Alaska’s history: city co-founders Joe Juneau and Richard Harris, victims of the sinking of the Princess Sophia and civil rights activist Elizabeth Peratrovich.Tracy only needs two coordinates per grid section to map the entire cemetery–the rest will be overlaid using a digital scan of the 1986 survey. He peels back the moss from a crumbling headstone to uncover a name.“I don’t know, it’s just kind of sad that some of these you can’t really read,” Tracy says.Soon family and friends will be able to search for grave sites on the city’s website with the click of a mouse.“It’ll be similar in concept to Google Maps where you enter an address and it takes you to that location,” he says. “In that case, you’ll enter someone’s name and will take you to their location in Evergreen Cemetery.”Most of the remaining plots were sold in the 1950s and the site is almost full. Before long, there will be no new burials. Children nearby take turns tumbling down the hill.Groundskeeper Ben Patterson says he doesn’t mind the historic resting place being treated like a park.“I don’t find that disrespectful. I think it’s one of the neatest things about our cemetery is that it’s just so peaceful and people like it so much,” Patterson says.The Evergreen Cemetery map goes online in October.last_img read more

Baltimore School for the Arts Receives NEA Grant

first_imgThe Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) recently received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support an arts education program focused on children from less privileged communities.  The funds were part of $82 million in federal funds dispersed to local art programs and projects across the country.“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Baltimore School for the Arts, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible art experiences.” Jane Chu, chair of the National Foundation for the Arts, said in a statement. “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and art organizations.”The Baltimore School for the Arts was founded in 1979; its TWIGS program was started in 1982 to give young students from the city’s under-privileged communities a chance to develop artistically.The program was originally centered around dance performance, but later expanded to include visual arts, theater, and instrumental and vocal music, and film and visual storytelling. Becky Mossing, TWIGS program coordinator, said she is very excited about the grant. She said the funds will support the “Hello TWIGS” program, which buses students from certain neighborhoods to the BSA for exposure to art programs.“One of the most important parts of the program is the community outreach piece, it’s a very vital part of what we do,” Mossing said. “We bring groups in for matinee performances, we go out to schools to do programming, a lot of it is to see if we can drum up interest in the arts and humanities for students who may have otherwise not been exposed to them.”Mossing said the federal funds come at a critical time for the TWIGS program, which has faced cuts amid the city school system’s ongoing budget crisis.“It’s been a really difficult year, originally our budget was so depleted we weren’t sure if we would have a TWIGS program at all,” she said. “We’ve had to do a lot restructuring so that we could continue on with our existing programs and although some of our funding was restored our TWIGS budget was cut pretty significantly. Lots of adjustments were made in response to the budget deficit. Our hope is that things will settle and we’ll have a better understanding of what funds we can receive and how to move forward once the school system comes back from this crisis.”last_img read more

We the intruders

first_imgThere was a big machine that was flying. Its blades were roaring out loud. It felt like it was hunting for us. It did not look very good. We were scared. So many people came out. They had hats, guns, torches, and devastation in their eyes. They were moving towards us. We ran… for our lives…The story of the once inhabitants of the forest was recited in The Mystical Forest. It is a contemporary dance production presented by Sadhya. The show, through the vocabulary of Mayurbhanj Chhau narrated the story of the soul within the forest as its inhabitant. It also had strong tribal influences and grounded movements with contemporary interpretation. Through the act, the artists portrayed the various experiences, emotions, rituals and celebrations of the jungle dwellers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The viewers of the production were taken on a journey of the divinity that the people living in forests may experience, their daily activities, to the playfulness, the hunting, the rituals and traditions that they believe in and to the relationship that they would be having. It basically defined their day from dawn to dusk. What was attractive about the whole act was how it showcased, in a very subtle way, their sensitivity to the outside world, which they are not familiar with and are very apprehensive about. The production without being outright left an impact on the viewers and forced them to think as to why the inhabitants of the forest can’t live just as they always have been living. It also asks questions that  is pertinent from a very long time: the question of the intrusion of technology in the natural world. The aerial act by Carolina Prada and Gaura Prema, our guests from abroad, need a special mention for the precision with which the act was performed. All in all, the act was quite well put up.last_img read more

Domestic airlines dubbed cardfee revenue raisers

first_imgNew Reserve Bank reforms will not be monitored. Some domestic airlines have been labelled as top offenders among retailers issuing revenue-raising ‘card fees’, according to consumer advocate, Choice.Certain domestic airlines and CabCharge had been branding card surcharges as a ‘booking fee’, a ‘booking and service fee’ or a ‘fee for financial services’, news.com.au reported.Reserve Bank reforms aimed at stopping these over-the-top charges will not be monitored by any agency.“We are looking forward to the end of the era of sky-high surcharges, but we need enforcement action to ensure these outrageous fees don’t live on under other names,” Choice head of campaigns Matt Levey said.The reforms come into effect on March 18 this year.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more

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