Smoke is best known for powerful video and visual effects tools, but what about audio editing? Check out these tips and trick for getting the most out of the audio workflows in Smoke.The workflows explained here apply to the Extension 1 Release of Smoke (2013.2.53). This release is now available in the Free 30 Day Trial and via new 36 month Educational License.Stereo vs Mono Tracks in SmokeSmoke works with both Stereo and Mono tracks of audio…but there are some caveats. If you drag and drop your clips, from the source to the record timeline, then the audio will drop on the timeline regardless of whether it is Stereo or Mono.However, if you like to actually edit audio and use the insert or overwrite commands, then you can only edit stereo tracks to stereo tracks and mono to mono. So, just be aware of your track assignments, as you can’t ever route mix matched audio on to tracks that aren’t equal.There are some functions that can help you deal with this slightly annoying issue. Under the GEAR Menu in the timeline controls for either the Source or the Record Sequence, there is a STEREO adjustment that allows you to split or merge tracks.Performing this action on source clips is quite handy. This way you can keep your record sequence track assignments organized the way you like. The only catch is that in order to merge mono tracks to stereo, they need to be in sync. Each audio clip must be the same length as the other, so that they can merge together.Audio Gain and Level Adjustments in SmokeIn order to adjust the sound level of a clip in the timeline you must add a Gain Effect to it. You can call up all of the audio effects in the same way that you call up video effects, via the FX Ribbon.When you have an audio clip selected, you get the audio effects when you hit the FX button or shortcut Shift+Tab to call up the FX Ribbon in place.Once the Gain effect is applied you can simply adjust the db level via the numeric slider. But as with most things in Smoke, there is often more than one way to do something.Just adjusting the numeric slider doesn’t give you the amount of control you might need to adjust a clip if the levels vary within it, or in the case of a music track, where you would need to lower the level and raise the audio as it mixes with a voiceover track. Smoke gives you a few options in clip adjustment:After the Gain Effect is applied, you can activate the AutoKey button in the effects tool bar.Now you can move the Positioner along the clip and stop at various points in which you would like to make a level adjustment. By changing the db values in the numeric slider, a keyframe will be placed and a blue indicator mark will be seen in the clip.But what if you need to adjust these keyframes? There are 2 ways to do that. Fire, you can go into the Editor for the Gain Effect. This will bring you to the Animation Channel editor and show you your keyframes and the waveform in the graph.Now this is ok, but you can’t see the audio in relation to your other clips in the timeline. But don’t worry, there is another way.In the effects toolbar, activate the EDIT button. Now you can add and move keyframes on the clip itself and see everything in context.You can use the same hotkeys to control the points that you use for other operations like in Action or Gmask.Move [Shift+M]Add [Shift+A]Delete [Shift+D]When you are done editing your keyframes, you can turn the edit button off. You will see the waveform in the clip being adjusted, but no other indication that there is a change in level. Extension 1 has a new option to help that.In Extension 1, you now have the option to Show Gain Animation on a clip basis in the timeline.When you have keyframes created and you activate this option, you will see that there is now a black line that shows you the ups and downs of your adjustments.You can also use this option in a different way:If you just have the Show Gain Animation active, you will see a black line and black square on your clip as you select it.You can grab this black square you can raise and lower the db level, and in doing so a Gain Effect will be instantly applied. So you can use this for quick adjustments to add Gain effects that you can tweak later.It is also possible, to play a clip and adjust the numeric sliders or the black box, with Keyframe enabled, enabling you to do a real-time mix.You can also choose to simply make a cut in your audio and adjust the ramp up or down to another clip or even the same clip. You can add audio cross fades in between your clips by selecting a transition point and simply adding a dissolve, just like on video tracks.More Smoke Audio EffectsThe other effects available in the Audio FX Ribbon, are fairly useful for manipulating and stylizing your clips.Timewarp is great for speeding up or slowing down audio as it does automatic pitch correction. There are 5 processing algorithms depending on if you applying it to Voice or Music.EQ is a 5 Band graphical equalizer that you can adjust in a visual way, perfect for video editors who aren’t audiophiles. You can loop your clip or selection as you adjust the EQ to dial it in perfectly. Reverb Send is a quick and easy way to add a bit of echo to your audio.The other effects like Gate, Compression, Delay and Modulation, allow you more advanced audio tweaking.Smoke is a video and effects editor first. Smoke’s audio tools don’t make it Pro Tools or Adobe Audition, but for adjusting audio in your video edit Smoke has some very useful features. You can also choose to export out an AAF for Pro Tools, if you need to expand your audio editing capabilities.
Summer vacations have just begun and so do the endless process of getting lost in the million things students plan to do. Other than studying and finishing your homework, there are tonnes of productive ways you can spend your summer holidays on.These can be fun, relaxing and super helpful later in life as well. And sometimes, you never know if you love and explore these fields enough, you might be able to make a lucrative career out of these:1) Learn a new language: There is no best or worst time to learn a new language. Learning a new language will help you in your job interviews, learning a new culture, travelling and sometimes at unexpected places. Being multi-lingual will also help you be more confident in life.2) Redo your room and space: Your room is your creative space. You will not be able to study/or perform better if your space is a mess. It also gets very bland and boring after a while, so why not utilise your free time in summer vacations and go crazy on some DIYs, DIYs are super fun to do with friends or even alone and you’ll end up saving so much money on home decor.3) Take an online course: Internet is full of online courses now, a skill, a professional training, paid, free, all kinds of courses are now available on the internet. Depending on your interest and requirement, summer vacations are a perfect excuse to learn a new skill that you always wanted to do in life. It is way better than wasting your time on social media and will add up to to your CV later.advertisement4) Go planting It goes without saying that Earth needs a lot of plants right now at the moment, and in our day to day life, no one really thinks about it or goes planting on a regular basis. So, how does a picnic with friends or cousins sound where you take some food, a bed sheet and tonnes of seeds to plant trees in parks? Try it sometime and you’ll never look back.5) Volunteer: Volunteering at an orphanage or old age home or even rescued animal shelters will make you more compassionate, considerate and self-aware about life. It will also make you more humble and teach you more in life than schools ever will. Earn credits as most of these NGOs also give certificates and work experience certificates. 6) Travel: According to a two year long study, travelling as a student encourages your willingness to know, learn and explore, increases students’ confidence and independence, more collaborative and sensible behavior, provides time out of the classroom and learning in a hands-on environment, pushes them to adapt to new situations, encourages their classroom participation, increases their test scores, improves their self-esteemAlso read: How to travel more on a student budget7) Exercise: Students just got rid of the exams which makes their physical activity decrease exponentially because, hours of studying. Summer vacations are the best times to play some sports, exercise or just improve your stamina and physical strength.8) Tutor students younger than you:Tutoring other younger students will not only help you retain your own past study concepts but will also help you earn extra pocket money which you can use to buy anything on your list. Look for the younger children near you who are looking for a tutor and go on teaching your strong subject. 9) Improve your writing:Reading and writing are skills that are better when engraved early in students. It helps in increasing their knowledge about the world, increase their vocabulary, language and make them overall smart.10) Participate in contests: Offline and onlineA lot of big celebrities paved their way through contests/reality shows as kids. If you’re passionate about something, look for any local contests or contests online and register. It can be a beauty pageant, a reality show or even a debate. There are a lot of competitions being held in local fairs, newspapers and organisations, it will also make you move out of your comfort zone, that is much needed.Also, read World Book Day: Here’s how books shaped me emotionallyAlso read: Dr Sakshi Arora reveals the secret to a successful career in cosmetology
Mark Hughes believes that those who are willing to fight it out provide his best hopes of an unlikely late turnaround in form. The question remains as to how many such characters the Welshman has at his disposal, however.Hughes acknowledged his team “went under” after conceding the first goal, a brutal thumping header from Giroud that left his marker, Wesley Hoedt, crumpled on the floor. The marking on Hazard for the second suggested Hughes’s interpretation was correct. Giroud completed the comeback with a first-time, left-foot shot after Saints had failed to clear their lines.“We played really well, I thought, but during that eight-to-10-minute period in the second half we just went under,” Hughes said. “We were unable to clear our heads after the first goal. You know when a quality team like Chelsea are stung more often than not they have a reaction and that’s what Antonio Conte got.”Last Sunday his team lost 3-2 at Arsenal and Hughes added: “Everyone who’s seen our last two performances would say we deserved something. They were clapped off for the effort at the end today and that’s not happened on too many occasions recently. So there’s recognition of effort but we’ve got to have more than effort. At moments like this you obviously learn more about the group that you have, the guys that I can trust, the ones I can use. Some guys can’t help us, that’s where it is.” Mohamed Salah takes his tally to 30 in Liverpool win over Bournemouth Play Video Chelsea were indeed their own worst enemy in the opening 45 minutes, the conversion rate for their many attempted feints and flicks standing at roughly 0%. Southampton, meanwhile, lacked technical polish and struggled to keep possession, but they were not lacking in heart.The captain, Bertrand, led by example, putting in a shift up and down the left, and he sprinted half the length of the pitch to set up the opener. Shane Long, meanwhile, harassed Gary Cahill throughout and had Marcos Alonso’s studs raked down a calf for his troubles. Alonso may yet be the subject of retrospective punishment for a challenge that was not spotted at the time by the referee Mike Dean. Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn 1:29 Share on WhatsApp Premier League match reports Read more Dusan Tadic opened the scoring, turning home from 10 yards after a determined run from Ryan Bertrand. The centre-half Jan Bednarek, making his first start for Southampton, doubled the advantage when he volleyed home a free kick on the hour. Conte reacted immediately to the setback, however, and a double substitution, alongside a switch to a less-favoured back four, led to Chelsea swamping their opponents. Olivier Giroud sprang from the bench to score a double, with Eden Hazard thumping home the other. St Mary’s was left stunned, bar the section of Chelsea fans delighting in the proceedings.Conte actively took responsibility for the failings of his side. “I must be honest, I was very angry for our first half because we didn’t show the will to play in the right way,” he said. “I am coach of this team and if we are not in the right way I’m the first person to take responsibility. For sure, to go 2-0 down was horrific for us.“But I think you must understand that in that moment you have to show great heart and great desire to come back. For me it is not important to win, lose or draw, the most important thing is to always play with great intensity, to fight from the start to the end. We are having a difficult season, we know this, and in this situation you see the man more than the player.” Sign up for The Fiver, our daily football email. Mark Hughes praises Southampton display despite defeat by Chelsea – video Southampton Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso should have been sent off, claims Mark Hughes Southampton are running out of time to escape the siren call of the Championship and they did themselves few favours here, throwing away a two-goal lead in eight second-half minutes to hand victory to Chelsea.That was not the whole story. Southampton deserved their lead after a brave first-half performance. Chelsea, meanwhile, had reeked of the malaise that has afflicted them ever since it became apparent Antonio Conte is unlikely be their manager after the end of this season. A classic tactical switch by the Italian, however, turned the game on its head. Saints are now five points from safety with only five games left to play. Share via Email Chelsea The Observer Topics Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Story Highlights Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Jamaica. Hundreds of runners are expected to converge at the Stadium East, Kingston, on Sunday, November 24 for the Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s (HFJ) annual ‘Run for your Heart’ event.The 5K run/walk, which gets underway at 7:00 am, is aimed at raising funds for the HFJ to continue offering affordable heart testing, care, and rehabilitation, among other services to the general public. As part of the event, there will be workouts sponsored by popular gyms, other physical activities, and give-a-ways.Speaking at the official launch on Tuesday, October 29, at the Emancipation Park, New Kingston, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, urged Jamaicans to support the event and embrace healthier lifestyles in order to significantly reduce cardiac-related illnesses other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).“Often times, we deal with the curative aspect of these diseases. But we need clearly to deal with the risk factors, which include physical inactivity, inappropriate diet, excessive use of alcohol, and tobacco use,” he said.For her part, HFJ Executive Director, Deborah Chen, informed that cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Jamaica.She noted that the Jamaica Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows that 7.9 per cent of the population has diabetes; 25.2 per cent hypertension; 35.3 per cent, pre-hypertension; 11.7 per cent, high cholesterol; while 51.8 per cent are overweight and obese.Mrs. Chen highlighted the role physical activity can play in reducing the figures.“There are many people, who think if you suffer from a heart attack, then you have to be very careful of what you do and you’re not able to move around; but that is not the case. Under supervision, in the early stages, you can return to a full lifestyle and as a matter of fact, you can be fitter than you had been before,” she noted.Participants in the event are asked to collect funds on behalf of the foundation via sponsorship forms, which they can collect, upon registration, from the HFJ’s offices at 28 Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. Persons can also contact the HFJ by calling 926-4378,926-6492, 929-3195 or 906-9407; fax – 754-6441; or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is also available on the HFJ’s Website – www.heartfoundation ja.org.Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the 5K event, teams that collect the most money through sponsorship, and the team that has the most participants. There will also be spot prizes for runners on the track.Former World Sprint Champion, Yohan ‘the Beast’ Blake, will also be on hand to sign autographs.The Minister endorsed the event by taking the first symbolic walk around the track at Emancipation Park with the main sponsors and students.‘Run for your Heart’ is a part of a $10 million fund raising drive to raise funds towards the Foundation’s Cardiac Rehabilitation centre and purchase medical supplies and equipment. The 5K run/walk, which gets underway at 7:00 am, is aimed at raising funds for the HFJ. The Jamaica Healthy Lifestyle Survey shows that 7.9 per cent of the population has diabetes.
Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Route 201 Route 201 from Paradise Lane to Mount Hanley Road will have one-lane closures for culvert and shoulder repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 HANTS COUNTY (WEST HANTS): Trunk 14 Trunk 14 to the Lunenburg County line will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is open to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and is controlled by traffic signals. The bridge width restriction is 4.2 metres. Motorists should proceed with caution. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Lane Closure Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 104 from Exit 12 at Masstown for about 17 kilometres to the Mines Bass River Road will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Sept. 7, to allow for patching and surface treatment. Drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Leitches Creek Bridge The eastbound lanes of Highway 125, over Leitches Creek, will be reduced to one lane, 24 hours a day, until Sunday, Sept 30 for concrete repairs, waterproofing and repaving. Drivers should use extra caution and be prepared for traffic delays in the construction area. Keltic Drive is available as a detour. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215 from Kempt Shore east to Sherman Lake Road will have one-lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Little Bass River to Economy River will have one-lane closures for ditching and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Are Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-7352 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from Little Salmon River Bridge to Exit 18, will have one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Trans-Canada 104 Trans-Canada 104, from Broadway Overpass east to Exit 29 at Barney’s River Station for about 8.1 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 31 for repaving. Motorists will follow a pilot vehicle through the work zone. Motorists are advised to use caution when travelling through the construction zone. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 SHELBURNE COUNTY: Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 Barrington Passage – Trunk 3 from the intersection of the Oak Park Road to the intersection of Route 330 will be reduced to one lane for cold planing until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists should expect delays and speed reduction in work zone. Cyclists should use caution. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Route 320 Traffic on Route 320 will be reduced to one lane from north of the intersection of Route 206 near Arichat, north for 4.5 kilometres toward D’Escousse to allow for repaving. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. The project is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Sept. 7. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-424-5454 Fax: 902-424-4306 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Gaspereaux Brook Bridge on Trunk 7 at Liscomb will be reduced to one-lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some work make take place on Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7 metre height restriction and 15 tonne weight restriction until further notice. HANTS COUNTY: Route 354 Route 354 from Findley Road to Route 215 will have one-lane closures for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 and Shore Road Route 252 from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Mabou, east for 10 kilometres, and Shore Road from the intersection of Trunk 19 in Judique north for 3.2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving. Work is taking place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicles will help guide drivers safely through the construction areas. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from about six kilometres south of Route 276 at Goshen, south to the Guysborough-St. Mary’s municipal boundary, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Sections Paving has started on three sections of road in Halifax Regional Municipality. Sections being paved are: Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. Motorists are advised there will be lane closures and to expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Beginning Monday, Aug. 27, Highway 102 will have a lane closed in each direction at the intersection with Highway 101 at Exit 4, between Bedford and Sackville. This will allow work on the overpass that carries Highway 101 over Highway 102. Work hours are between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will continue through Thursday, Aug. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers and traffic control people. Drivers should slow down and drive with extra caution during construction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 207 Highway 207 from West Lawrencetown Road to Three Fathom Harbour will have intermittent delays for repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 QUEENS COUNTY: Lake View Bridge Trunk 8 – Wide Load Detour Traffic on Lake View Bridge on Trunk 8, one kilometre north of Caledonia is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Vehicles with loads wider than three metres will be required to use a marked detour route on Hibernia Road and Old Harmony Road. Traffic at the bridge will be controlled by traffic signals 24 hours a day during construction. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Alton Road north to the tracks near Brookfield will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side South River Road West Side South River Road, from the intersection of Highway 104 for five kilometres south, will be reduced to one lane for road construction until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to use extra caution when travelling through the construction zone. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Westville Road and Trunk 4 Traffic on the Westville Road (Route 289) will be reduced to one lane from Exit 23 of Highway 104 for 2.5 kilometres southwest to the Westville town line. Traffic will also be reduced to one lane on Trunk 4 (Truro Road) from the intersection of the Westville Road (Route 289) for 2.5 kilometres to the west. The reductions will allow for repaving. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is scheduled for completion on Sunday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 from the West Dover ball park for eight kilometres to Blind Bay at the intersection of MacDonalds Road will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Sept. 30, to allow for repaving. Work will take place between sunrise and sunset. Traffic will be controlled signs and traffic control persons. NEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signals. A wide-load detour route is marked. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY (EAST HANTS): Trunk 14Trunk 14 from Cheese Factory Corner (Route 202) to Beaverbank Road (Route 354) will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Heights ConnectorTruro Heights Connector from Truro Heights Road, east to the entrance to Wal-Mart will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs and paving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Traffic on Trunk 19 from north of MacLean Street in the Town of Inverness north for about 8.3 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Sunday Sept. 30, to allow for road improvements and repaving. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays in the construction area. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sackville River Overpass The Sackville River Overpass on Highway 102 southbound, south of Exit 4A, will have a left-lane closure for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of a jersey barrier and speed reduction to 80 km/h. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Work is expected to continue until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Brooklyn Road Brooklyn Road at the intersection of Highway 101 in Yarmouth County is closed to traffic for construction of an underpass until Friday, Aug. 31. Drivers are asked to take an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 from the Victoria/Inverness county line, west for about 3.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for clearing and repaving until to Friday, Aug. 31. Pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Terence Bay Road, 7.7 kilometres Lower Prospect Road, 2.3 kilometres Lower Prospect Branch, 0.30 kilometres KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road Traffic on Aylesford Road from the intersection of Dalhousie Road, north for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Drivers should expect delays and use extra caution in the construction area. HANTS COUNTY (EAST HANTS): Trunk 1 Trunk 1 from Uniacke Mines Road west to Lakelands South Rawdon Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road from Route 316 east for 6.1 kilometres, will have intermittent one-lane closures for gravelling and paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for repairs and replacement of the bridge abutments until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 from the intersection at Larrys River Road north to Church Street will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday with occasional Saturdays. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 344 Route 344 from the intersection at Trunk 16 east to MacPherson Lake Road will have intermittent one-lane closures for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from two kilometres east of Exit 15, west to the Lunenburg-Queens county line, will have alternating lane closures for micro-surfacing until Friday, Aug. 31 Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle, a flashing light unit and barriers. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Northfield Road, from Silver Road to McKeen Road at Upper Northfield Osborne Road, from Lower Branch Road in New Germany to end of chip seal Zwicker Mill Road, from Route 208 to Trunk 10. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sedgiwich Bridge Sedgiwich Bridge, near the intersection of the Arhibald Brook Road and the Higginsville Road, will be closed until Sunday, Sept. 30, for replacement. Traffic will be routed through the site over a one-lane temporary bridge controlled with traffic lights starting early-to-mid July. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Traffic on Route 327 (Marion Bridge Highway) is reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection of Caribou Marsh Road south for six kilometres until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control people. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2827 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Paving Projects Paving has started on three sections of road in Lunenburg. Sections being paved are: Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-1776 Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 306 Route 306, for about 4.5 kilometres, from Acres Road southeast to the intersection of Route 349 and Route 306 in Sambro will be reduced to one lane at various locations until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, pilot vehicle and traffic control people. Motorists are advised to be cautious while travelling through the marked work site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-798-6885 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-670-1727 Fax: 902-538-8288 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads Motorists are advised that there will be a one-lane closure at the intersection of Salmon River, Brookside and Pictou roads for upgrades until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route, if possible. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333 from Mills Road in Goodwood, south to Brookside Road will have one-lane closures for patching and sealing until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352
Manchester: India will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday. After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game. Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevAgainst Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury. The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsWith nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals. West Indies, on the other hand, come into the match in what is a must-win proposition for them on the back of a heart-wrenching five-run loss to New Zealand. The Jason Holder-led side has been quite inconsistent in the tournament so far. They have had moments of brilliance from individuals like Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell but what they have lacked is the team performance. The Caribbean team has been unable to perform collectively as a team, a result of which is that they are currently positioned at the eighth spot with three points from six games. They have lost four of their last six games (one ended in no result) and are desperate for a win. Another concern going into the game against India is the absence of their star hard-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. They will need to come out with a complete performance if they have to beat an inform Indian team and keep themselves alive in the competition.
New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to address the post-budget meeting of the RBI’s central board on Monday and highlight the key points of the Budget, including the fiscal consolidation roadmap. The government has lowered the fiscal deficit target to 3.3 per cent of the GDP as it is expecting net additional revenue of Rs 6,000 crore over the interim Budget estimates. The government in the interim Budget in February had projected a fiscal deficit of 3.4 per cent of the GDP for the current fiscal. The Centre also came out with a roadmap to reduce the fiscal deficit — the gap between total expenditure and revenue — to 3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020-21, and eliminate the primary deficit. Primary deficit refers to the deficit left after subtracting interest payments from the fiscal deficit. The Finance Minister would also apprise the board of various other announcements made in the Budget to spur growth by touching almost all sectors of the economy with the objective of achieving a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25, said an official. The Budget announced further opening up of aviation, insurance and media sectors to foreign investment while throwing a lifeline to the struggling shadow banks (NBFCs) to boost investment and lending in the economy. It has also proposed measures to improve NBFCs access to funding by providing a limited backstop for the purchase of their assets. The government will provide a partial guarantee to state banks for the acquisition of up to Rs 1 lakh crore of highly-rated assets from non-bank finance companies. The Reserve Bank of India has been made regulator of housing finance firms as well, replacing the National Housing Bank. With regard to surplus transfer from the RBI, the Budget envisages Rs 90,000 crore as dividend from the central bank in the current fiscal. This will be 32 per cent higher from the previous fiscal, when the central bank paid Rs 68,000 crore to the government, including Rs 28,000 crore as interim dividend.
NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has refused to modify its order by which it asked the Delhi Cantonment Board to contribute Rs 20 crore for clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla landfill sites.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there is no ground to modify the July 17 order, however, it added that the cantonment board is free to talk to the Chief Secretary for “any other appropriate arrangement”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe green panel said the amount of contribution required from Delhi Cantonment Board may not be proportionate to its garbage generation, but such direction was being issued due to practical considerations and suggestion of the Chief Secretary. “Thus, even though liability of DCB may only be for Okhla dumpsite where garbage from Cantonment is dumped, it is appropriate that the DCB contributes such amount to the huge cost of removing garbage for better air quality of Delhi which is affected by other dumpsites also,” the bench said in a recent order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe bench further observed that improvement of air quality will be for the benefit of all residents of Delhi, including the residents of Delhi Cantonment area. “We do not find any ground to modify the said order but DCB is free to interact with the Chief Secretary for any other appropriate arrangement,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by DCB seeking a modification of its order directing it to contribute Rs 10 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 5 crore respectively towards the cost of clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla in Delhi to control pollution.
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index lost a little ground Thursday as a further drop in the price of oil to an eight-month low weighed on the key energy sector.Markets on both sides of the border were softer after a very strong day following the U.S. midterms, says Jayson Moss, research analyst at Franklin Bissett Investment Management.“What’s weighing particularly on the Canadian market is the fact that we’re seeing oil entering a bear market, down now 21 per cent since the high on Oct. 3, on concerns that the market will be oversupplied and rising U.S. inventories,” he said in an interview.The December crude contract was down for a ninth straight session, falling by $1 at US$60.67 per barrel. That’s the lowest level since March 8.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 11.96 points to 15,357.47 after hitting a low of 15,293.29 on 414 million shares traded.The health-care sector fell the most as cannabis stocks gave back some of Wednesday’s strong gains. Energy stocks lost 1.66 per cent.Industrials fell on a 24 per cent decrease in Bombardier’s shares after investors were concerned by its reduced free cash flow guidance amid efforts to refocus the company by selling some assets.Moss said companies have recently faced pretty significant share price movements when they fall short of beat expectations.Canadian Tire gained almost three per cent after posting strong results Thursday, while Freshii Inc. hit an all-time low of $1.95 and closed down 33.4 per cent to $2.65 after withdrawing its 2019 outlook.“It just feels like we’re more in the later innings of this bull market where we have seen some pretty inflated valuations and high street expectations,” he added.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 11.12 points to 26,191.42. The S&P 500 index lost 7.05 points at 2,806.84, while the Nasdaq composite was down 39.87 points at 7,530.88.Moss said the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates had no appreciable impact on markets. However, he expects a final rate increase of the year in December.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.25 cents US compared with an average of 76.36 cents US on Wednesday.The December natural gas contract was down 1.2 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$3.60 at US$1,225.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.85 cents at US$2.74 a pound.
WASHINGTON — Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January indicates that the labour market remains strong but that growth of economic activity has slowed from its solid rate in the fourth quarter. Payroll employment was little changed in February, but job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Recent indicators point to slower growth of household spending and business fixed investment in the first quarter.On a 12-month basis, overall inflation has declined, largely as a result of lower energy prices; inflation for items other than food and energy remains near 2 per cent. On balance, market-based measures of inflation compensation have remained low in recent months, and survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 per cent. The Committee continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labour market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 per cent objective as the most likely outcomes. In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes.In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 per cent inflation objective. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labour market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments.Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Jerome H. Powell, Chairman; John C. Williams, Vice Chairman; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Richard H. Clarida; Charles L. Evans; Esther L. George; Randal K. Quarles; and Eric S. Rosengren.The Associated Press
Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has rubbished the allegations raised against him over the break-in at the Bambalapitiya residence of journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema.Some websites had alleged that the men who forced their way into Abeywickrema’s house had been looking for some files involving MP Namal Rajapaksa. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem (Navi) Pillay commenced her weeklong visit on the 25th of August to Sri Lanka which is on the Reporters Without Borders lists of “countries under surveillance” and ranked 162nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. (Colombo Gazette) However MP Namal Rajapaksa denied he had any involvement in the incident and that an intelligent person would not believe such rumours. “The pen is mightier than the sword. Unfortunately one can write any fictitious story and spread any rumour but it is for the intelligent mind to believe so otherwise,” MP Rajapaksa told the Colombo Gazette.Meanwhile Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner organization, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS) called upon the head of United Nations human rights body visiting Sri Lanka to be uncompromising in her search for accountability on grave crimes committed against journalists and media freedom including on the incident involving journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema. While the police insist that the men were part of a robber gang, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and others have been quoted as saying it was not a mere robbery attempt.
“I call on all concerned parties to de-escalate the situation and on moderate voices to speak up against those who try to fuel tensions,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, in a statement.He welcomed the commitment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to uphold and respect the status quo at the City’s holy sites, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ firm condemnation of violence, specifically the deadlt attack on two Israeli policemen on 14 July. “I hope these affirmations will contribute to resolving the concerns of all parties and put an end to the provocative rhetoric that has added to the escalation over the past week,” Mr. Mladenov said, noting the importance of the special role of Jordan and the historical role of King Abdullah II, as custodian of the Muslim and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
BYRNE LOOBY PARTNERS, an Irish-headquartered international consulting engineering practice, has announced it is to create 25 new jobs at its Irish offices.Overall, the company is creating 50 new jobs in Ireland and internationally, but 25 of the jobs will go to their offices in Dublin, Cork Galway and Belfast, with support from Enterprise Ireland.International officesA further 25 roles will be filled at the company’s seven international offices in the UK, North Africa and the Middle East. This year, the company acquired PH McCarthy, Ireland’s longest established consultancy, and has rebranded its water and infrastructure service division.Byrne Looby Partners’ project list includes the Aviva Stadium, The Shard, the STEP Sewer – a 40 kilometre wastewater tunnel in Abu Dhabi, Heathrow Terminal 2, and Swords Waste Water Treatment Plant. The company works with BAM, Sisk and a range of local authorities across the country.Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton welcomed the jobs announcement, while Joint Managing Director, Michael Looby said the company has commenced recruitment and is aiming to fill all positions over the next 18 months. Roles include engineers, project managers and business development and support staff.Mr Looby said: We are actively looking for talented people that will help to continue to grow our business. We have expanded significantly over the past five years through a targeted international growth strategy and have put plans in place to progress this further.We look forward to hiring people who will continue our tradition of hard work and engineering innovation. Read: Carlow whiskey firm to create 55 jobs with €25m investment>Read: First rise in construction sector since 2007>
A MAN IN his early 20s has died in a single vehicle crash in Tipperary overnight.The collision happened at Lower Ballylynch in Carrick-on-Suir at around 2.50am. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was brought to South Tipperary General Hospital.Diversions are in place in the area as investigators carry out a forensic examination of the area.Gardaí have asked anyone with any information about the crash to contact Clonmel Garda station on 052 6177640, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Queen Victoria Market has you covered, with its Summer Night Market every Wednesday evening. Centrally located, it is ideal for popping down after work to eat and drink your way around the globe one dish and drink at a time. There are more than 50 street food traders cooking up a feast, so you can try something new, or opt for flavours that make you feel the comforts of home.Also, be sure to check out the new BBQ pit and quench the summer heat in the Little Creatures beer garden, while watching some of Melbourne’s most entertaining live performers. It’s not all food and drink though. There are also market stalls set up with goodies by artisan designers and vintage collectors.For more information, visit www.qvm.com.au/night-market/#sthash.nNFa6YpN.dpufWhen: November 4, 2015-March 30, 2016 every Wednesday from 5.00 pm-10.00 pm Where: Queen Victoria Market, corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melburnians are sure to be feeling a little pleased with themselves today after the city topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability Index for the sixth year in a row.The prestigious EIU index is a survey of 140 of the world’s best cities, with Melbourne emerging with perfect ratings for healthcare, education and infrastructure and a score of 97.5 out of 100. One point below Melbourne in second place was Austria’s Vienna, followed by Canada’s Vancouver and Toronto.Adelaide tied with Calgary, Canada in fifth place, while Perth ranked seventh, and Sydney ranked seventh last year, dropped out of the top 10.So how has Melbourne managed to maintain its title at the top?Known for its multiculturalism, the city also ranked highly with regards to culture and the arts, and maintains its national title as the sporting and events capital with the Australian Open, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Spring Racing Carnival amongst others. It’s easy to see why international visitation has grown by 9.2 per cent annually. Meanwhile more than 175,000 international students are currently studying across Victoria, which boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, leading the way in full-time jobs growth.“This is a result all Victorians can be so proud of,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.“We’ve once again outperformed some of the world’s best cities when it comes to healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment, and sport,” he said, adding that “it’s just more proof there’s no city on earth quite like Melbourne.”In a bid to avoid getting complacent and to maintain the city’s ranking, the Andrews Labor Government is about to embark on various major infrastructure projects including the Metro Tunnel, the Level Crossing Removal Project and the Melbourne Park upgrade.
Les pommes, plus mauvaises pour les dents que les boissons gazeuses ?Selon une récente étude britannique, manger une pomme pourrait abimer jusqu’à quatre fois plus les dents que de consommer une boisson gazeuse. C’est la haute acidité du fruit qui s’attaquerait à la dentine, substance située sous l’émail dentaire.Peu calorique et source de fibres, la pomme présente un grand nombre de bienfaits régulièrement mis en évidence par les médecins et les spécialistes. Réduction du risque de maladie cardiovasculaire, du cholestérol sanguin, prévention de certains cancers : au vu de tels effets, il est difficile à croire que le fruit puisse d’une quelconque manière nuire à notre organisme, et pourtant. D’après une étude menée par l’Institut dentaire du King’s College de Londres au Royaume-Uni, les personnes qui mangent des pommes ont 3,7 fois plus de chance de présenter des dommages aux dents que les consommateurs de boissons gazeuses et ce, en raison de la haute acidité du fruit.Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont suivi plus de 1.000 femmes et hommes âgés de 18 à 30 ans, chez qui ils ont tenté d’établir un lien entre l’usure des dents et le régime alimentaire. Au cours des travaux, ils ont ainsi recherché dans les dents des participants des dommages dans les deux millimètres d’émail et dans la dentine, la substance majoritaire qui présente dans les dents sous l’émail. Puis ils ont comparé ces observations avec le régime alimentaire des sujets. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont conclu un lien entre autres, entre la consommation de pomme et l’érosion des dents. “Les médecins disent à juste titre que manger des pommes est bon pour la santé, mais si vous les mangez trop lentement les hauts niveaux d’acidité peuvent endommager vos dents. Les boissons plus souvent associées à l’érosion diététique, notamment le Coca-cola, n’ont montré aucune augmentation du risque”, explique le professeur David Bartlett qui a dirigé l’étude. Cité par le Daily Mail, il souligne ainsi : “Ce n’est pas seulement ce que nous mangeons, mais la manière dont nous le mangeons”. Des précautions pour réduire l’acidité À lire aussiPourquoi on claque des dents quand il fait froid ?Certaines pommes contiennent jusqu’à quatre cuillères à café de sucre qui contribue à élever le taux d’acidité dans la bouche. Un phénomène particulièrement marqué quand la pomme est mangée crue et lentement. Néanmoins, les jus de fruit, le vin ou encore la bière augmentent également le risque de dommages, contrairement au raisin ou aux oignons marinés. Mais ces aliments ne s’attaquent pas tous aux mêmes structures. Alors que les jus de fruit augmentent de quatre fois les dégâts au niveau de l’émail vers la gencive, la bière, elle, triple le risque de dommages à la dentine. “Les fruits peuvent être acides et contiennent clairement du sucre, mais je ne voudrais décourager personne de consommer des fruits ou des jus de fruit”, commente le docteur Glenys Jones, nutritionniste à l’unité du Human Nutrition Research du Medical Research Council. Au vu de ces résultats, les chercheurs ont donc émis quelques recommandations. Pour limiter les dégâts, ils conseillent par exemple de boire du lait ou de manger un morceau de fromage en même temps que la pomme, des aliments qui contiennent du calcium capable de neutraliser l’acide. Boire de l’eau juste après est également un bon moyen de rincer les effets négatifs du fruit. De son côté, le docteur Jones ajoute : “Boire les jus de fruit ou les smoothies à la paille est une façon de protéger les dents. Se brosser les dents avant de manger des aliments acides peut aussi aider, car cela fournit une barrière entre la nourriture et les dents”, rapporte le Daily Mail. Le 10 octobre 2011 à 15:24 • Maxime Lambert
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. We get to do a trade-off today from those frosty cold mornings to a warmer rainy pattern the next several days. A warm front was expected overnight into early morning today, and a cold front late in the day and overnight into Friday morning.Typical wintertime scenario. If we want clear and sunny weather, we get the sub-freezing temperatures. If we want it warmer, then clouds and rain. Fair trade-off? Probably not for some who like it on the dry side. At least we got rid of the freezing fog and icy conditions. Back to rain jackets and wiper blades a-moving.The heaviest rain will be along the Washington Coast and north of Clark County initially with 55 mph winds on the beaches and perhaps 1-2 inches of rain. Locally between the warm and cold fronts I expect a half-inch and better here. Not all at once but spread out 24 hours start to finish.We have been talking about the dry months lately and the year overall in 2018, but 10 years ago I was writing these words. “The new year of 2009 has gotten off to a great start rain wise in our local area. Vancouver received over 3 inches of rain in just the first two days of January, nearly as much as we did for all of December. And with several wet storms coming our way the next five days we will surely keep above average in the rainfall category. Could we finally be having a turnaround back to normal? In the past two years (2007, 2008) we have only had two months with average or above rainfall as measured at Pearson Field.”More than 3 inches of rain in just two days? It goes to show you how fast things can change weather-wise and also that we have had dry years before. Statistics that indicate our “normals” are just a collection of extremes. Wet, dry and hot and cold averaged out over a long time period, usually 25 or 30 years.Enjoy the rest of the week and we will chat on Sunday.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau – Unresolved conflicts are the motives for the spate of murders in the country and Police are urging citizens and residents to settle arguments amicably. Police, in a media release yesterday, cautioned that there are better ways to resolve disputes and their suggestions involve adding a calm, trusted and experienced counselor to the mix.Talking to Pastors, or private counselors was recommended as a way to avoid the violence.#MagneticMediaNews#stoptheviolence#unresolvedconflictsmotivatesviolence Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #stoptheviolence, #unresolvedconflictsmotivatesviolence Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Improved youth programs, more Police presence and encouragement to ‘walk away’ from TCI House members 15 year old boy shot dead, Bahamas Christian Council says country needs crime solution
Clark County homebuilders saw continued demand in May that pushed single-family permits 53 percent higher than the same month last year, according to a report that tracks permits for single-family homes.Some builders also are building homes with no advanced buyer, signaling a rebound for the speculative — or “spec” — market, especially in high-end areas, such as Camas and Felida, considered to have the best schools, said Nathan Cano, of Cano Real Estate.Builders in unincorporated parts of the county filed 98 permits in May, compared with 64 in the same month a year ago and a 77-permit total in April. In Vancouver, homebuilders have been issued 118 permits in the first five months of the year, holding steady with the number handed out during the same period in 2012.“Things are very busy for us this time of year,” said Avaly Scarpelli, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, which represents 535 companies from the homebuilding industry.The group is preparing for its annual Parade of Homes tour July 12-28, which will feature five luxury homes of 3,400 to 4,600 square feet.The high-end segment of the market has been hot for two years, according to Cano, who is marketing homes in the 55-lot Erickson Farms subdivision, where houses are priced between $400,000 and $600,000. Click to enlarge