Waterfront Renaissance Trail repair progresses

first_imgWhen the flood-stage Columbia River ate into its northern bank near Tidewater Cove three years ago, the sandy slope went down smoothly. The river will have to work harder if it returns for a second helping of the foundation for Vancouver’s popular Waterfront Renaissance Trail.In January, when the public will once again have full access to the 5-mile-long trail, users will notice the slope near Tidewater Cove has a distinctly different look than the one that washed away.The shoreline curves in and out, creating five sandbars to mimic a sixth natural one, and has been enhanced with large protruding Douglas fir root clumps fronted by 25-foot Douglas fir logs, which serve as piles, pounded about 16 feet deep.The large, woody material provides a few advantages over just adding rock, said Charles Fell, a senior civil engineer in the city’s public works department. “The root clumps slow and dissipate the flow of the river, decreasing the amount of erosion that occurs,” he said. “The relatively calmer water around the root clumps also provides habitat for migratory fish.”last_img read more

Heathrows new Terminal 5 experienced considerable

first_imgHeathrow’s new Terminal 5 experienced considerable teething problems on its opening day – and passengers are now being informed that further flights could be subject to delays and cancellations.British Airways (BA) has confirmed that some 20 per cent of flights in and out of the new base would not be operating today (March 28th) with problems still to be rectified.Baggage handling security problems left many people unable to take hold luggage with them on their travels yesterday – and the airport has claimed that despite continuing delays and cancellations today, no passengers will now be boarding flights without their luggage.It was announced that all of today’s cancellations will be for short-haul destinations. Passengers were advised to contact the airline on 0800 727800 or go to www.ba.com for updates.The airline claimed that “teething problems have included car parking provision, delays in staff security screening and staff familiarisation with the terminal,” and hopes to iron out the disruptions by the end of today.BA claimed transferring its operations to the new terminal was a complex process, with more than 1,000 vehicles, 27 short-haul aircraft and 2,500 ground staff moved across between 11pm in the evening and 4am the following morning.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBA confirms T4 to T5 long-haul transfer delayBA flyers may benefit from the delay as it gives the airline breathing space to restructure more gradually.T5 welcomes first flights and soaring expectationsHeathrow’s long-anticipated Terminal 5 has opened to passengers today.Industry ‘tackling’ transfer baggage handling problems but ‘needs RFID’Mislaid suitcases at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 opening have dominated recent news.last_img read more

Google is planning to block heavy ads in Chrome

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Until we find a better model, advertising is essential for free websites to survive. But there’s no denying that certain adverts have harmed the cause, slowing computers to a crawl with bloated code and unnecessarily large files, pushing consumers towards ad blockers that strip sites of their income.Now Google is experimenting with a new feature for Chrome that should mitigate the damage and provide some kind of middle ground. It’s an ad blocker that simply targets adverts that have been so poorly designed that they actively impact the performance of the computer they’re targeting.Right now, it’s not in the main Chrome build, but in the latest Chromium commit. The change promises to target adverts that use too much CPU power or send too much data.“This intervention unloads ads that are in the .1% of bandwidth usage, .1% of CPU usage per minute, and .1% of overall CPU time,” the description reads. “The current numbers are 4MB network and 60 seconds CPU, but may be changed as more data is available.”According to 9to5Google, which got its hands on a preview, the feature only targets these heavy adverts, letting lighter ones slip through unchallenged. When an advert is removed, a notice appears in its place simply reading “Ad removed” with a link for further details. Clicking that presents a simple sentiment: “This ad used too many resources for your device, so Chrome removed it.”On the surface of it, it sounds like a reasonable solution. Most people accept that the trade off for free content is some kind of advertising, but adverts that actively impact performance aren’t good for anyone: the user, the site or, ultimately, even the advertiser. It’s possible that Google might not be in the best place to do it, though, given it’s already being carefully scrutinised for anti-competitive practices, and its own light adverts will likely get a free pass. That’s assuming the feature ever gets built into the main version of Chrome, of course. Features seen in Chromium source aren’t guaranteed to ever get a full release, after all.Does this sound like a sensible middle ground for ad blocking? Let us know what you think on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.last_img read more