Brock grads build Habitat home

By Becky Henderson, BBA ’13 candidateBrock alumni, Jennifer Barton (BTS ’10), Erin MacNeil (BSc ’00), Christina Bosilo (BA ’03), and Jeff Capel (BPhEd ’06), in the Philippines with Habitat for Humanity.Five Brock alumni did not hesitate to say yes when they heard about the opportunity to go on a Habitat for Humanity build in the Philippines.Shylo Pruyn (BA ’05)On March 21, Erin MacNeil (BSc ’00), Christina Bosilo (BA ’03), Jennifer Barton (BTS ’10), Jeff Capel (BPhEd ’06) and Shylo Pruyn (BA ’05) arrived in Los Banõs, Laguna where they stayed at Trace College. This location was a 45-minute bus ride from their build site in Calauan, Laguna, where they worked on townhouses in a community construction atmosphere. The crew consisted of the five Brock alumni as well as 13 other people from across Canada. They, alongside local families who had benefited from earlier Habitat for Humanity builds, built 11 houses in seven-and-a-half days.For some alumni, like Jennifer Barton, it was the first Habitat build. Barton caught the travel bug after going on an exchange to North Carolina. When she heard about the trip from Christine Bosilo, a fellow alumna, Brock employee and crewmember, she could not pass up the experience.“Participating in this Habitat for Humanity/Global Village build in the Philippines was an amazing experience,” said Barton. “Our team, the home partners and everyone at the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the Philippines made my first build one to remember. I can’t wait to see where my next build takes me.”Other alumni have experienced similar trips and could not wait to jump back on the bandwagon. Capel has travelled to El Salvador with Habitat before, and when Bosilo told him about the trip to the Philippines, he knew he was ready to travel with Habitat again.“If this is something you’re interested in, then just go for it,” said Capel. “If you want to do it, then do it. Taking a vacation to help others adds extra meaning to your trip.”Although there were some brushes with heat stroke, the good definitely outweighed the bad. In addition to getting to experience a new culture, Brock alumni crewmembers will forever have the memories of the hard-working families and vibrant children they met.For more information on Habitat for Humanity and Global Village visit habitat.ca or habitatglobalvillage.ca read more

Climate change trade woes reshape Frankfurt auto show

FRANKFURT — The headwinds buffeting the auto industry are making themselves felt at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with companies confronting a slowdown in sales due to global trade uncertainty and pressure from governments to lower emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.Signs of the times at this year’s show include a slew of new, market-ready electric cars led by Volkswagen’s ID.3 compact that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There will also be protests from cyclists, environmentalists and industry critics who want a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly transportation policy, and efforts by the auto executives to engage those critics in discussion.Here’s a look at key themes at the IAA show, which opens to journalists Tuesday and to the general public Saturday. Last year, 810,400 visitors toured it, organizers report, with more than half saying they were considering purchasing a car in the next six months.___IF YOU BUILD ELECTRICS, WILL CUSTOMERS COME?European carmakers are the focus of the show, and they will be rolling out new battery-powered vehicles to meet the European Union’s tougher limits from 2021 on emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas blamed for global warming. The lower limits are part of the EU’s effort to meet the targets of the 2015 Paris climate accord. China, the world’s largest auto market, is also pushing for more low-emission vehicles.Yet it remains very much open whether consumers will want to buy electric cars, given concerns about range, lack of places to charge away from home, and higher purchase prices. Battery vehicles were only 1.8% of the European market through the first six months of the year, according to figures from industry analysts at JATO Dynamics. The cars have sold better in the high end of the market, as exemplified by Tesla’s Model S and Model X.The argument for rolling out so many new electric cars is that consumers need to see enough to choose from before they will change their purchasing habits. Some 20 models will hit the European market by 2021, targeting 400,000 in sales, according to research firm Bernstein, in a European market of roughly 15 million cars sold annually.Volkswagen has committed most heavily to electric cars among European manufacturers. It hopes to have a mass market electric car in the ID.3 compact, which it says will have a base price under 30,000 euros ($33,000), about as much as a similarly equipped Golf diesel.Others with new electric offerings include Honda with the e, which replaces side mirrors with cameras, and Daimler’s Smart with restyled versions of its fortwo and forfour small cars. At the high end, Porsche is taking aim at the Tesla Model S with the Taycan, a high-performance coupe starting at 152,000 euros in Germany including value-added tax and from $152,000 in the U.S.___SLUGGISH SALESWorld sales of cars are expected to slip to 78.3 million this year, from 83.0 million last year. The U.S.-China trade conflict has hurt economic growth in China and dented earnings at companies like Germany’s BMW and Daimler, both of which make cars in the U.S. for export to China. Europe’s car market grew only 0.1% last year amid weakening economic growth.On top of that comes continuing uncertainty over the terms of Britain’s departure from the EU, currently slated for Oct. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is willing to leave without a divorce deal that would smooth the transition to new trading arrangements. A no-deal Brexit could disrupt business between Britain and continental Europe by imposing new tariffs and border checks, and the auto industry’s supply chains are particularly vulnerable to such chaos.___PROTESTS AND DISCUSSIONSEnvironmental groups such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Germany and Germany’s ADFC bicycle club are organizing a march to the exhibition centre on Saturday to call for what they view as more environmentally friendly transportation policies. They want more space allotted to bicycles and pedestrians and more use of renewable energy instead of gasoline and diesel.The rally coincides with a mass bike ride starting in different towns outside Frankfurt and converging at the rally. Another group has called for a blockade of the auto show on Sunday.The show’s organizer, the German Association of the Automotive Industry, is organizing a civic dialogue on Sept. 13 with up to 200 citizens who can put questions to industry figures, including auto association head Bernhard Mattes, Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius and Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. Kallenius is slated to appear on stage Thursday with Robert Habeck, the chairman of Germany’s environmentalist Greens Party, for a discussion of sustainability strategies, the future of transportation, and balancing economic growth and environmental protection.___SHIFTING MARKETING STRATEGIESThe number of companies exhibiting at the show has dropped to around 800 from 994 during the last edition of the show in 2017, and some 30 major carmakers are staying away, including Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Peugeot Citroen, Fiat, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota. That’s in part due to the costs of setting up at the show measured against returns in sales. Carmakers are also finding different ways of reaching the public, including by web-streaming vehicle launches and holding their own exclusive events away from the show.Still, there will be a strong presence, especially by the German home team. Daimler’s Mercedes is putting on four “experience rooms” to emphasize the technology, comfort and connectivity of its vehicles, in addition to the usual long rows of vehicles. The largest contingent is from China with 79 exhibitors.David McHugh, The Associated Press read more

Annan arrives in Paris for highlevel Global Compact meeting on preventing corruption

The forum, on the topic of “Transparency and the Fight against Corruption,” began today with the participation of nearly 150 experts representing business, government, civil society, academia and the UN.Participants are exploring a proposal to add a principle against corruption to the framework of the Global Compact ahead of a Global Compact Leaders Summit scheduled for June.Tomorrow evening, the Secretary-General and President Jacques Chirac are scheduled to preside over the introduction of the Global Compact Network France, which includes more than 230 leading French companies committed to advancing the Global Compact’s nine core principles.”French companies are among the most active participants in the Global Compact,” said Georg Kell, who heads the initiative. “The Global Compact Network France will play an extremely important role in advancing learning, dialogue and projects in France and beyond.”Earlier today, before arriving in France, the Secretary-General addressed the Stockholm International Forum in Sweden. He later met with the former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq, Hans Blix. Other meetings on his programme included talks with Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs. read more

EU antitrust body gives green light to merger of book publishing giants

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2013 10:16 am MDT EU antitrust body gives green light to merger of book publishing giants Random House, Penguin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Friday gave its green light to the proposed merger of Penguin and Random House that will create the world’s largest book publisher.The deal will bring classics like George Orwell’s “1984” and the recent literary phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James under one umbrella. The merged publisher Penguin Random House is set to control about a quarter of the world’s consumer book market.Still, the deal does “not raise competition concerns, in particular because the merged entity will continue to face several strong competitors,” the EU Commission said in a statement.The decision follows a similar unconditional green light by U.S. antitrust authorities in February. The Canadian Competition Bureau and other regulators are still reviewing the deal’s impact.Random House’s German parent company, Bertelsmann SE, welcomed the EU’s decision in a statement, calling it “another important stage” toward completing the merger.Bertelsmann will own 53 per cent of the new company, which will encompass all of both companies’ publishing units in the U.S. and six other countries.Random House and Penguin, a division of Britain’s Pearson PLC media group, are two of the so-called “big six” publishers in the U.S.The merger is widely seen as an effort to counteract the power of Amazon.com, which has worried publishers by aggressively cutting prices on e-books.Besides the U.S., the proposed merger includes Random House and Penguin Group’s publishing units in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. Penguin’s operations in China and Random House’s publishers in Spain and Latin America also are part of the proposed merger.The combined company will control 26 per cent of the global consumer publishing market, leaping ahead of the 17 per cent share of French publisher Lagardere, according to analyst estimates.The two media companies had announced the merger last October and expect to finalize the deal in the second half of this year. read more

New Rumor Heat Wants to Make Room to Acquire

How about a Big 4 in Miami instead of the championship trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? Reports indicate as the Heat officials focus on winning a third straight NBA title, their thoughts linger on wooing the impending free agent and New York Knicks star forward.Sources told ESPN.com that Heat officials and the team’s leading players have already started to explore their options for creating sufficient financial flexibility to make an ambitious run at adding this summer in free agency.The mere concept would require the stars James, Wade and Bosh to all opt out of their current contracts by the end of the month and likely take further salary reductions in new deals that start next season to give Miami the ability to offer Anthony a representative first-year salary.The Heat also are prevented from making any formal contact with Anthony until July 1 and can do so then only if he opts out of the final year of his current contract. Anthony has until June 23 to notify the Knicks of his intentions, according to sources.With cooperation from their stars and role players Udonis Hslem and Chris Anderson, who also have player options for next season, the Heat could open up in excess of $50 million in cap space this summer and have the most financial flexibility in the league. The only Heat player locked into place for next season is Norris Cole at a salary of $2 million, although team president Pat Riley will have to contend with a handful of cap holds for pending free agents as well as their upcoming first-round pick (No. 26 overall) in the draft later this month. read more

Social media linked to increased risk of mental health problems

Dr Rina Dutta, senior clinical lecturer at King’s College London (KCL) and consultant psychiatrist, said: “A major strength of this study compared to previous research is that the researchers took into account mental health problems the young people already had a year prior to the measurement of social media use.”This largely overcomes the ‘what came first – mental health problem or high social media use?’ question.”The study looked at two types of behaviours that can indicate mental health problems: Internalising and externalising.Internalising can involve social withdrawal or difficulty coping with anxiety or depression.Externalising can include aggression or disobeying instructions.The study found that the use of social media for at least three hours a day was associated with around twice the risk of mental health problems, compared with those who shunned it. Lead author Kira Riehm said: “Many existing studies have found a link between digital or social media use and adolescent health, but few look at this association across time.”We cannot conclude that social media causes mental health problems, but we do think that less time on social media may be better for teens’ health.”The study found that fewer than 17 per cent of adolescents did not use social media.Of those that did, 32 per cent spent less than 30 minutes a day, 31 per cent spent 30 minutes to three hours, 12 per cent spent three to six hours and 8 per cent spent more than six hours per day.Ms Riehm said: “Social media has the ability to connect adolescents who may be excluded in their daily life.”We need to find a better way to balance the benefits of social media with possible negative health outcomes.” Teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media may have double the risk of mental health problems as those who shun it, research suggests.The study of more than 6,000 children aged 12 to 15 found those who used social media more heavily were more likely to report issues such as depression, anxiety and loneliness, as well as aggression and anti-social behaviour, than teenagers who did not use social media.The findings held true even when researchers took into account mental health problems experienced by any young person in the year before they were asked about social media use.The research, from a team at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, was published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.Some previous studies have suggested no link between poorer mental health and screen time. 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. read more

See the new generation Sandvik Borer Miner MF420 at work

first_imgSandvik Mining and Construction is inviting interested parties to see its new generation Borer Miner MF420 in operation at the factory in Zeltweg, Austria. The machine will be presented January 25 to February 5, 2010. After cutting through a 1,000 m3 concrete block at our test facility, the machine will also cut through 30 m3 of solid ice! The 240-t MF420 offers a cutting width of  6,100 mm and cutting heights up to 3,600 mm.Anyone intersted in seeing the demonstration should contact hanno.bertignoll@sandvik.com. The MF420 Borer Miner is based on the design of the well proven Marietta Borer Miner 1012. Several of these machines have been in operation for many years centuries in a number of Canadian potash mines. The MF420 is a boring type, variable height and width-machine which cuts and delivers material to auxiliary haulage equipment in one continuous operation. The machine may be used to drive entries, mine rooms and extract pillars as rapidly as haulage equipment can remove material to the main haulage way. The instantaneous advance rate of the machine can be as high as 23.5 t/min or 0.5 m3/min.The miner consists, basically, of two sections: the cutting and conveying mechanisms, which are jointed together and connected to the main frame, and the tractor frame/tramming unit assemblies. The main frame carries the rear thrust posts and serves as a mounting structure for both the rear trim cylinders and the conveyor lift cylinder. The front thrust posts are integral with the rotor drive gear case. The tractor frame supports the entire weight of the machine and transfers this weight to the tractor treads through bogie wheels. The weight of the rotor drive gear case, conveyor assembly and main frame is supported by the tractor frame through the front and rear trim cylinders. These cylinders provide for complete control of the cutting mechanism position regardless of the seam orientation. The thrust of the tramming mechanism is transferred to the cutting elements through the thrust posts on the rotor drive gear case and the mainframe.The cutting unit is driven by two 448 kW continuous duty electric motors for the rotors and three 132 kW electric motors for the top and bottom cutting drum. The hydraulic system is driven by a separate 250 kW motor, which allows the miner to be positioned and trammed without sacrifice of power to the rotors, conveyor and cutter drums when mining. This independently powered hydraulic system also allows the miner to be trammed without the necessity of running the rotor motors. The conveyor chain is driven hydraulically.The MF420 is equipped with a Top and Bottom Cutting Drum Set. The cutting drums are equipped with drum extensions to improve the manoeuvrability in backward direction. Lifting cylinders can raise and lower the top cutting drum as well as the bottom cutting drum. Both bottom and top drums are driven with a separate drive system comprising of one 132 kW motor with a gearbox for the top drum and two 132 kW motors and two gearboxes for the bottom drum. This set up has no drive shaft take up from the main gear box. It allows the machine to cut approximately 100 mm higher than the main rotors if required to follow the undulating potash seam (clay marker).Advantages of cutter drum are:Sharp corner between roof & ribReduces major cause of breakdown and wear (trim chain)Less power required – higher penetration ratesReduced finesGreater manoeuvrability to follow seams (negotiates gradient changes better)Slow rotation for safe pick change through separate inching drive.last_img read more

Concern CRC pension payments creating costflow advantage for Mater

first_imgOFFICIALS FROM THE Mater Hospital appearing before the Public Accounts Committee today have clarified that no fee was paid to the hospital by the Central Remedial Clinic for the operation of a staff pension fund.However it was suggested today that the payments may have created a situation whereby public money paid to the charity arm of the CRC was helping to create a ‘costflow advantage’ for the Mater, at a cost to the taxpayer.In a committee session last week, it was suggested the €660,000 paid by the CRC to the hospital for 180 of its staff, was going into a ‘phantom fund’. Speaking today, CEO of the Mater Hospital, Mary Day, explained the money paid by CRC is an ‘employer contribution’ to cover the liabilities of the pension taken on by the hospital in the future.“The CRC does not have pensions liability that it has to meet,” she said. “The Mater Hospital does.”This is in line with public sector pension policy, she said, as it is part of the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme, operated through the hospital on behalf of CRC staff.TD Shane Ross queried the accounts at CRC, which list this money as a ‘fee’ and asked if the CRC’s auditors had gotten it wrong, to which Day replied: “Yes”.Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald (above) was critical of the CRC’s former CEO Paul Kiely, who told the committee last week that the CRC had effectively been paying into a fund that does not exist.She said he had created confusion in the country and added that the 180 staff concerned “have to have been quite troubled by the public commentary on their pensions”.Fianna Fáil’s Sean Fleming also called for Kiely to “immediately correct the record in public” and that their auditors should apologise for the error in the description of the pension payments.‘Costflow advantage’The €660,000 is included in the Mater’s accounts as part of its superannuation income, the committee  heard, and a total of €9.5 million has been paid by CRC since 2001. At present 18 staff are receiving pensions through the scheme and some €1.7 million has been paid out.Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell pointed out that this results in a potential financial advantage for the Mater Hospital, which will not have to pay out most of the pensions for a number of years.Officials at the Mater confirmed that any surplus at the end of a year goes towards the funding of patient care.O’Donnell claimed this could be creating a situation whereby the Mater could have a “serious costflow advantage at a cost to the exchequer”, as the HSE is providing funds to the CRC to meet this obligations.The HSE’s Director of Human Resources Barry O’Brien, said he was not in a position to say whether the HSE was covering the €660,000.“It’s unsatisfactory that you can’t give us a response to that,” O’Donnell hit back, telling HSE officials that the committee needs an explanation as it involves public funds.The committee also heard that Brian Conlan, who resigned as CEO of the CRC after the news of top-ups to executive salaries broke, will be called to appear before them at their first meeting in the new year.Read: Mater Hospital ‘refutes’ suggestions of operating a CRC ‘phantom fund’>‘Absolute madness’: CRC pays Mater Hospital €660k to administer ‘phantom pension fund’ >last_img read more

Putting diesel fuel tax on par with petrol justifiable report finds

first_img 149 Comments Share717 Tweet Email1 A NEW STUDY from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said that increasing tax on diesel motor fuel “can be justified on environmental and fiscal grounds”.Currently, the tax on petrol is higher than that of diesel – 47c a litre on diesel compared to 59c a litre on petrol – but the ESRI said that the excise duty for diesel should be raised to the level of petrol.The government has been consistently lobbied by environmental groups to bring parity as while diesel emits lower levels of carbon dioxide than petrol, it does result in more air pollution.The ESRI noted that consumption of diesel has far exceeded that of petrol in recent years, and that the gap is growing.It said: “The higher levels of emissions compared to those claimed by manufacturers combined with growing traffic volumes have resulted in poor air quality in many European cities. Feb 22nd 2018, 7:53 AM http://jrnl.ie/3865038 Putting diesel fuel tax on par with petrol ‘justifiable’, report finds Putting diesel tax on par with petrol would result in net gains for the exchequer and net reductions in pollution, the ESRI says. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.iecenter_img Currently, diesel fuel benefits from a lower excise rate than petrol in Ireland. This, along with CO2-based Vehicle Registration Tax and Motor Tax system, incentivises the purchase and use of diesel cars.Applying a model tracking consumption, tax receipts, carbon dioxide emissions, nitrous oxide emissions, and air pollution, the ESRI found that applying the same tax on diesel fuel as on petrol fuel would result in a net decrease in harmful emissions and air pollution, while boosting the exchequer to the tune of €500 million. By Sean Murray Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 7:53 AM 26,694 Views Source: ESRI Source: ESRIIt said: “The case study shows that an increase in the excise rate on diesel can be justified on environmental and fiscal grounds.”One point it said must be considered, however, was whether higher diesel costs would cause people to travel to the North to avail of cheaper prices. The ESRI did point to recent research however, that pointed to the price of diesel being 1.2 times higher in the UK.Elsewhere in the report, the ESRI found that tax breaks in other areas can have an unintended negative impact on the environment.It also looks aspects such as the zero VAT rate on fertiliser, the rebate scheme on diesel tax for the haulage industry and the possible introduction of an air passenger duty.In the case of the air passenger duty, introducing such a levy would result in far fewer passengers travelling by air, according to the ESRI.While it would result in far less emissions and raise around €825 million, it would also result in a huge decrease in passenger numbers which could have a wider impact on the country’s economy.Read: Aran Islands to be used as testing ground for research into using hydrogen as fuelRead: Poorer households turning to pre-pay heating – but that means they pay a ‘poverty premium’ Image: Leon Farrell/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

Tribal service held for Washington school shooter

first_imgTULALIP — A memorial service for the 15-year-old gunman in a deadly Washington state school shooting was held Thursday on the Tulalip Indian reservation.Jaylen Fryberg, a homecoming prince who was from a prominent tribal family, was remembered during a crowded ceremony at a recreation center on the reservation north of Seattle.Tribal police and others wore arm bands that read “In Loving Memory” of Fryberg. Inside the recreation center, a gym was filled with hundreds of mourners. There were photos of Fryberg, and tribal members chanted and played drums.On Friday, Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the school cafeteria and started shooting.The victims were Zoe R. Galasso, 14, who died at the scene; Gia Soriano, 14, who died at a hospital Sunday night; Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, who is in critical condition; and Fryberg’s cousins, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15. Andrew Fryberg is in critical condition, while Hatch is having surgery to repair his jaw. He’s listed in satisfactory condition.The Daily Herald reports the funeral for Galasso is set for this weekend. There was no word on a service for Soriano.Meanwhile, officials say the investigation into the shooting will be lengthy to ensure any information released is accurate.Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe met with detectives Tuesday and said they need to be given time for a painstaking investigation.last_img read more

Sitka Girl Scouts advocate for safer intersection

first_imgGirl Scouts in Sitka are doing more than selling cookies this year. One local troop is concerned about the safety of a heavily-used crosswalk.  The scouts hope to persuade the Alaska Department of Transportation that the intersection is more hazardous than the state thinks it is.Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)Standing outside the McDonald’s on Halibut Point Road, it’s easy to see the street is busy for any city, especially Sitka.Cars and semi-trucks whiz by on the island’s main thoroughfare, which is near several apartment buildings, neighborhoods and three schools.An accident here last year sent teenager Cody Bergman to Harborview Hospital in Seattle, after he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike across the street. Bergman had to be medevaced after the accident because of a serious head injury.“It was a pretty traumatic, life-altering accident  and it was hard for me just as a neighbor and you know he’s been playing with my son since he’s been in  kindergarten,” said Retha Winger, the leader of Girl Scout Troop 4140. “It was difficult to watch I’d hope we can do something to prevent another family to have to go through that.”During the past month, the troop of 10 teens gathered 55 comments about the intersection.People mentioned several near-misses between children and vehicles. One said they saw a driver on a cell phone hit a little girl on a bike. Others mentioned how it is dark and visibility is poor turning off of Peterson.Cathy Poulson, whose husband Steve Will died in 2008 after being hit on his bicycle at the intersection, also submitted her thoughts. Will was KCAW’s program director. Her husband probably came out of the street too quickly for the driver to see him, Poulson wrote, but still the sightline is nonexistent because of a slight hill on HPR and a power box near Peterson street.The teen Girl Scouts even have their personal stories about the street crossing. Here’s 14-year-old Autumn Dismore and Winger:“One time it was some of us, we were walking across the street over there and we had those flag things and a car across Peterson street almost hit us,” Dismore said.“That’s a daily occurrence for a lot of people at this particular intersection,” said Winger.The flag that she’s talking about is one of the neon orange pennants the DOT placed on either side of crosswalk last fall to increase visibility of pedestrians. Jeremy Woodrow is the DOT’s communications officer.“We have been working with the community in Sitka to identify ways to improve visibility for pedestrians at that intersection,” Woodrow said. “That is one of those improvements we’ve come to an agreement and put in place.”The Girl Scout troop is working with Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkin’s office to forward the testimonials they collected to the DOT. Winger says they are hoping to win approval to install solar-powered crosswalk signs, similar to ones the city is installing on Edgecumbe Drive.“We’re going to do some fundraising and trying to get some local contributions, we know the state’s budgets are pretty tight but it’s a really important safety issue for Sitka,” said Winger.Still, the comments are mainly anecdotal. The DOT relies on numbers to make changes, Woodrow says. From 2008-2012, the most recent data DOT has available, there were four reported accidents at the HPR-Peterson intersection.Three were bumper to bumper crashes and one was an angled wreck. None involved pedestrians, Woodrow says.“When we make our decisions on roadway improvements or safety improvements these are data driven improvements and we make sure if we’re going to make a change there’s substantial backing of why we made that change,” Woodrow said.He says the department is always trying to gather information on state roadways and looks forward to receiving the troop’s comments. Winger is optimistic, and believes her Girl Scout troop can make a difference for the community.“We all want to be safe and we hope our children are looking both ways and doing the right thing but you know stuff happens it gets icy and dark and whatever we can do to make our kids safer getting to where they need to go,” said Winger.According to DOT data, a little more than half of the state’s car crashes occur at intersections.last_img read more

KIIT student tops IES 2018

first_imgKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), deemed to be University, student Shashank Shekhar topped in Indian Engineering Services (IES) Examination 2018 conducted by UPSC.Shashank is a pass out student of 2013 Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering. After completing his engineering degree from KIIT, he did his M. Tech from IIT, Kharagpur. In his reaction, Shashank said, “During the preparation of Engineering Services, I had no coaching. The only reason that I could achieve success in this examination is the study I did at KIIT.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is no point discussing whether IITians or NITians only get better marks, or if this engineering services is meant for them only. This perception is completely wrong because I have done my B.Tech from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Anyone who has patience, dedication, and talent can qualify,” he added. Congratulating Shashank for his success, Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS said, “The success of Shashank proves the quality of teaching and educational ambiance in KIIT. Professor Hrusikesh Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed University; Dr Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar; faculties, students and staff also congratulated Shashank for his success.last_img read more

TAA responds to NSW Government review of short term letting

first_imgTAA responds to NSW Government review of short term lettingAustralia’s peak accommodation body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), said that the NSW Government’s response to the Parliamentary Review into short term letting was an acknowledgment that unregulated short-term letting in residential communities was a complex issue where the benefits had to be carefully weighed against the far-reaching and potentially negative consequences.TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi, said the accommodation industry had no issues with the Government relaxing regulations for property owners who provided genuine share stays by offering a room in their house or apartment on an occasional basis.However, existing regulations needed to be enforced to prevent commercial operators exploiting the new online distribution system and operating ‘quasi hotels’ that didn’t comply with the fire safety, disability access, employment, insurance and taxation requirements required of other commercial accommodation operators.“Research shows that 35% of Airbnb listings in Sydney are available 365 days a year and being operated as fully commercial property businesses, with an increasing proportion operated as multi-property businesses – this is not ‘sharing’,” said Ms Giuseppi. “It is essential that adequate regulations be imposed on non-resident commercial property investors who rent out full properties for short term stays.“We have also recommended a specific time limit to be placed on short-term letting of properties, which would allow owners to rent out their property while on holidays – but not as a commercial business. This needs to be supported by a register of properties to improve transparency and compliance and better inform government and industry planning.“TAA welcomes the opportunity for further consultation with government to ensure a resolution is reached that ensures the sustainability of the commercial accommodation sector which currently injects $2.3 billion directly into the economy, contributes $4.5 billion in consumption, and directly and indirectly employs over 80,000 people across NSW.“It is important that investor confidence is sustained as Sydney is currently undergoing the largest-ever expansion of its hotel sector, with the 40 hotels and 8000 rooms under development or in planning set to inject over $4 billion into the local economy and create thousands of sustainable jobs.“Sydney and regional areas need to be differentiated in the new regulatory framework. Holiday houses in regional areas are not the main issue. It is the prospect of houses and apartment blocks being turned into quasi hotels and impacting residents, communities and legitimate operators that should be the most pressing issue for Government to address.“The Government can learn from cities around the world that have recently introduced strict regulations to counter the negative effects – particularly for housing and rental affordability – caused by the unfettered growth of unregulated commercial short-term stays, and we would encourage the Government to develop a new regulatory environment that allows the tourism sector to grow, but not at the expense of residents and legitimate operators in the industry.” Tourism Accommodation AustraliaSource = Tourism Accommodation Australialast_img read more

Hiltons Curio Collection debuts in Costa Rica

first_imgGran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection by Hilton recently re-opened in San José, Costa Rica. As the first hotel designed for international visitors in Costa Rica, the newly redesigned 79-guest room property fuses history with cutting-edge modern design and features indoor gardens and a rooftop piano bar overlooking the National Theatre and city.Originally opened in October 1930 and declared a historical architectural monument in 2005, the highly acclaimed hotel joins the National Theatre, Las Arcadas, Plaza de la Cultura and Gold Museum as some of the most iconic buildings in San José.“Surging in tourist arrivals from the previous year, Costa Rica continues to be a top choice destination for travellers, and Curio Collection by Hilton is pleased to provide these travellers with an authentic new hotel experience with the opening of Gran Hotel Costa Rica,” said Mark Nogal, Global Head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “We recognise the demand for unique accommodations in key markets across the region, and our first property in the country allows us to provide this to the growing number of travellers seeking elevated, unexpected experiences while visiting the capital city.”Travellers can enjoy international flavours, Costa Rican cuisine and panoramic views of San José at on-property Cultura 5 restaurant. Guests can also take advantage of the 24-hour business centre and gym and access to the 890 sq. ft. event space with modern A/V equipment and catering.Located on Avenida Central and less than 15 miles from Juan Santamaría International Airport, Gran Hotel Costa Rica overlooks the National Theatre and is surrounded by the city’s top museums, plazas, shops and cafés. From the hotel, travellers can also take day trips to popular destinations, including Braulio Carrillo National Park or the Poás Volcano.last_img read more

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first_img• Larry Webster, Bloomsburg (Private workout) • Howard Jones, Shepherd (Private workout)Shazier is the most dynamic athlete at linebacker in the 2014 draft class, and offers positional flexibility and scheme versatility that the Cardinals and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles love.Shazier is a name that could be available when the Cardinals are on the clock at 20.Webster and Jones are two fantastic small school athletic linebackers who have off-the-chart measurables. But like Duvernay-Tardif, both need time and work to make an impact at the next level. The Cardinals could be enticed by their athleticism.Defensive backs• Jason Verrett, CB TCU (Private Workout)• Ahmad Dixon, SS Baylor (Senior Bowl)• Nevin Lawson, CB Nevada (East West Shrine Game)• Lonnie Ballentine, FS Memphis (Private Workout)Quite the mishmash of talent here, but Dixon, Lawson and Ballentine are the type of long, athletic defensive backs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and general manager Steve Keim are looking for.Verrett is interesting because he may be the best cover corner in the draft, but at only 5-9, he’s much shorter than what the Cardinals have talked about looking for. Tight End• Arthur Lynch, Georgia (Senior Bowl)Excellent inline blocker who can double as an H-Back/fullback. Lynch has good hands, but isn’t a great athlete.He’s a late day-two, early day-three-type.Offensive line• Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill (Canada) (Private Workout and East-West Shrine Game)Interesting that the only offensive lineman the Cardinals have lined up so far is a Canadian college prospect that struggled with everything at the East-West Shrine Game. However, he did show unbelievable athleticism and foot speed.Duvernay-Tardif is a day three prospect with untapped upside, but he needs a lot of time and work.Defensive line• Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota (Private Visit)• Cassius Marsh, UCLA (East-West Shrine Game)Hageman is the embodiment of the younger, longer, faster mantra that the Cardinals are looking for on the defensive side of the ball.He may be the best pure 3-4 defensive end in the draft, and has Calais Campbell like upside.An undersized 3-4 defensive end who needs to add weight in order to become a legitimate player, Marsh has an unbelievable work ethic and a drive to do well.Linebacker• Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (Private visit) Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   With the draft a month away, the Arizona Cardinals are revving up their private workouts with prospects.The Cardinals have met with numerous players at the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and the NFL Scouting Combine, but only get to have 30 private interviews with potential draftees.The Cardinals’ list is interesting thus far as they have met with the following.Quarterbacks• Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (Campus meeting) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo • Zach Mettenberger, LSU (Combine meeting)It’s pretty obvious that the Cardinals are looking for big, strong-armed pocket passers. Thomas is still all potential at this point and is much more athletic in and out of the pocket than Mettenberger is, while the LSU signal caller has shown excellent growth from year to year on the field. Running Backs• Tre Mason, Auburn (Combine meeting) • Terrance West, Towson (Private Workout)Both running backs are short, compactly built, between-the-tackle-type backs in the Ray Rice/Frank Gore mold, but Mason seems like a day-two lock at this point and West seems to be the rising small school-type who will go early on day three.Wide Receivers• Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (Private workout)• Ryan Grant, Tulane (Senior Bowl)• Robert Herron, Wyoming (Senior Bowl)• Bernard Reedy, Toledo (East-West Shrine Game)Each of these prospects is what Bruce Arians seems to like in his wide receivers: six-feet tall or under, shifty, good route runners and can take a top off the defense, with the possible exception of Grant.Ellington and Herron are day-two receivers, while Reedy and Grant likely will be available late on day three. Verrett would offer an interesting fit in the slot with the ability to slide outside when needed, but he’s a guy who would be in play at 20, while Dixon is a day-two type, and Lawson is a day-three player.Ballentine is a priority free agent, late-round flyer whose size/length combination is very enticing.With those names, we know of seven of the 30 possible Cardinals workouts. The names are interesting, because outside of Verrett who is a sure-fire first-round corner, and Ellington, a day-two receiver, the names are mostly day-three, smallschool-types with high upside.Keep checking back as we update the private workout list and add scouting reports for the Cardinals pre-draft prospect visits. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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work intelligence has to work on finding out who are the leakers Because you know what When things get involved with North Korea and all the problems we have there in the Middle East I mean that information cannot be leaked out and it will be by this this same and these people were here in the Obama years because he had plenty of leakers also But intelligence has to find out who are these people Because the biggest story here is who is leaking this classified information But isnt there it strikes me there is still an issue of credibility If the intelligence community came out and said we have determined that so and so is the leaker here but you are saying to me now that you dont believe the intelligence community when they say your tweet was wrong Im not sayingno Im not blaming First of all I put Mike Pompeo in I put Senator Dan Coats in These are great people I think they are great people and they are going to I have a lot of confidence in them So hopefully things will straighten out But I inherited a mess I inherited a mess in so many ways I inherited a mess in the Middle East and a mess with North Korea I inherited a mess with jobs despite the statistics you know my statistics are even better but they are not the real statistics because you have millions of people that cant get a job ok And I inherited a mess on trade I mean we have many you can go up and down the ladder But thats the story Hey look in the mean time I guess I cant be doing so badly because Im president and youre not You know Say hello to everybody OK Thank you very much Mr President Contact us at editors@timecomOn Apr 2 the Chinese climber Xia Boyu stood at the entrance of a Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu awaiting his turn for a blessing For the throngs of cross-legged pilgrims thumbing prayer beads on the temple porch the day was the last day of an annual purification ritual For the tourists in khakis the chanting monks and vividly colored silks presented a stunning photo opportunity And for dozens of Sherpas and their clients like Xia who were about to embark on the annual Everest climbing season it was a chance to pray that they would make it back from the mountain alive Xia needed every prayer he could get Six weeks after the blessing at 826 am local time on May 14 he finally made it to the top of the world’s highest peak He was 69 had failed to summit on four previous occasions and was a double amputee missing both his lower legs which were amputated after suffering frostbite in a failed Everest expedition when he was just 25 He also used prosthetic limbs that one expert described as “exactly what does not belong on Everest” because they were modular and liable to freeze up (ever tried to thread a screw at 26000 feet) But his epic triumph has called attention to a small subset of the tight-knit climbing fraternity: disabled climbers The Nepalese government has been trying to ban disabled climbers from the slopes of Sagarmatha ("Mother Goddess of the Earth") as Everest is known locally Xia is not the first double amputee to conquer Everest New Zealander Mark Inglis claimed that title in 2006 Santiago Quintero a climber from Ecuador who is missing parts of both his feet and listed as a double amputee in the Himalayan Database summited from the Nepal side in 2013 But Xia’s triumph has exacerbated an ethical debate that has been raging for several months: Who belongs on the roof of the world Many say Xia should not have been allowed to make the attempt in the first place His critics argue that in his condition he posed unacceptable risks not only to himself but to his support team of 12 Sherpas without which he wouldn’t have stood a chance (Inglis had to be carried down from the summit on the back of a Sherpa after developing frostbite) Last December authorities attempted to bar climbers who are disabled blind below the age of 16 or intending to climb solo from undertaking these dangerous expeditions An outcry ensued and a group of disabled climbers launched a legal action citing a violation of the United Nations convention on the rights of persons with disabilities which protects the disabled from discrimination before the law The nation’s highest court agreed to put the ban under review a hiatus that Xia took advantage of to make his attempt at the summit that had eluded him so many times in the past Trekkers and porters gather at Everest Base Camp on April 25 2018 Hundreds of climbers cleared to scale Everest were acclimating there officials said including a record number of Nepali women climbers Prakash Mathema—AFP/Getty Images Disabled climbers have realized incredible feats In 2001 Erik Weihenmayer was the first blind climber to summit Everest In 2016 Jeff Glasbrenner an American single amputee summited But it is hard to argue with the official preoccupation over safety Never mind legless Chinese men nearing 70: ultimately none of us belong on the mountain Everest kills At 29029 feet its jagged ridgeline tears at the troposphere where climbers must endure subzero temperatures jet stream winds that roar at the speed of category five hurricanes and air that contains just a third of the oxygen at sea level Once human beings enter the infamous Death Zone (above 26250 feet) coughing caused by the cold air becomes so severe that it can crack the ribs and lung lining Hypoxia or lack of oxygen impairs cognitive function sometimes with lethal results Digestion stops climbers can suffer crippling headaches and fluid build up in the brain or lungs (cerebral and pulmonary edemas) can become fatal Rescue if it is even possible proceeds slowly and at great risk to the rescuers who are themselves battling the same horrific conditions At the same time three decades of commercialized mountaineering have created the illusion that anyone more or less can touch the sky Everest has become an antidote to mid-life crises a quotidian item on the bucket lists of superannuated dentists and CFOs Every year hundreds of climbers flock to base camp many of whom have never put on crampons or set foot above 20000 feet Still others climb for the sake of breaking some record "The guy who went up without a leg and he claimed a world record The guy who went up without his arm and he claimed a world record A blind guy went up claimed a world record This year theres a guy who wants to go up in a wheelchair How" Deebas Bickram Shah vice president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association asks TIME "His intention is not to climb Everest His intention is to just get up there just be the record holder That is the type of the thing the government is trying to stop" The Nepalese government has a long history of making hasty regulations in an attempt to reduce the fearsome risks that Everest poses but none have provoked quite as much emotion as its latest attempted ban "You cant just take certain peoples rights away" says Hari Budha Magar a former British Gurkha Rifles soldier who lost both of his legs above-the-knee in an IED attack serving in Afghanistan Magar helped spearhead the legal action and wants to be the first above-the-knee double amputee to scale Everest Renaud Meyer of the United Nations Development Program Nepal agrees "It is a human rights issue Everyone is entitled to travel and exploration” he says “We shouldnt look at it from a disability or a non disability" Not so in eyes of the Nepalese authorities "We need to protect the right of people to live" Dinesh Bhattari the director-general of Nepals department of tourism tells TIME "If a person is unable to see he needs to rely completely on a [Sherpa] If anything happens that will jeopardize the lives of both" It is undeniable that while disabled climbers only account for a tiny fraction of climbers they are proportionately far more likely to die on Everest roughly four times more so According to Himalayan Database’s figures of the total 17675 non-disabled climbers who have ever attempted Everest 288 died Of the total 29 disabled climbers who have ventured up the slopes two died The government is not alone in its frustration In 2013 Rishi Bhandari managing director of Satori Adventures helped the armless Sudarshan Gautam reach the summit The Nepalese-Canadian succeeded only to require rescue while descending at 23000 feet where he fell ill to exhaustion Gautam had to be extracted via longline in the highest altitude helicopter evacuation ever an operation fraught with danger because the thinner air affects the ability of the chopper’s rotors to provide lift Since that emergency Bhandari says taking climbers with major disabilities is not worth the risk "What is the meaning of Sherpa What is the meaning of partnership It means that if the Sherpas have something wrong the clients have to have the capability to rescue the Sherpa" Bhandari tells TIME Xia Boyu crosses a ladder in the Khumbu Icefall in May Courtesy Xia Boyu Although he grew up at the northeastern ridge of the Tibetan plateau in Chinas Qinghai province Xia knew nothing about mountaineering until 1974 when at the age of 25 he got wind of a recruitment drive for the Chinese Mountaineering Team They were conducting free physical examinations which appealed to a young Xia who dreamed of entering professional soccer He never actually expected to be selected but he was "Everest was my first mountain" he tells TIME Less than a year later Xia was stationed at base camp on the north side Everest in Tibet at 16900 feet He was part of a huge team of 434 members 179 of which were climbers It was a massive endeavor that successfully put nine people on the summit eight men and one woman at 2:30 pm on May 27 1975 For Xia though the climb went terribly wrong He was part of a 20-man detachment whose mission was two-fold: establish the highest camp and then summit The team made it to 28215 feet just over 800 feet away from the summit when a storm forced them to bivouac One of the men had lost his sleeping bag Xia whose remarkable ability to tolerate cold had earned him the nickname the Fire God selflessly decided to lend his sleeping bag to his teammate They were stranded for two days and three nights in the death zone and aborted their summit attempt When they eventually managed to return to camp at just over 22300 feet Xia was found to have severe frostbite He was evacuated to Beijing where his lower legs were amputated Mount Everest seen on April 21 2018 Prakash Mathema—AFP/Getty Images Xia is as tough as a man could possibly be He has won awards in China’s National Games for the Disabled in a range of events from shot put to wheelchair basketball He survived cancer in 1996 In 2011 he won two golds at the Paraclimbing World Championships in Italy Hes also hiked crossed the Tengger Desert and the Gobi Desert and scaled several peaks ranging as high as 26246 feet Neither were his previous Everest failures due to his lack of ability During Xias second expedition to Everest in 2014 climbing season was cancelled after an avalanche ripped down the western shoulder and killed 16 Sherpas In 2015 a 78 earthquake devastated Nepal triggering avalanches that killed 18 people on the mountain and destroyed Base Camp On Xia’s fourth attempt in 2016 he got to 300 feet from the summit but a sudden blizzard forced him to retreat Xia’s persistence and ultimate success has given ammunition to opponents of a blanket ban on disabled climbers "Everyone has their own climbing ability and your disability may or may not play into that" says Garrett Madison founder of Madison Mountaineering who successfully led Glasbrennerthe American single amputee to the summit in 2016 without any issues If anything Glasbrenner "performs at a higher level because of his commitment to training and preparation" says Madison "Its just a very gray area" ‘The real problem is inexperience’ Rather than target potentially capable climbers like Glasbrenner or Xia many in the climbing community say more effort could be made to regulate expedition companies who create the illusion that Everest is within anyone’s reach There are no qualifications required to attempt an Everest climb and Nepals lucrative climbing industry is self-policed That spells trouble if the local industry decides to prioritize revenue over safety a temptation in a country where a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line "The real problem is inexperience" says Russell Brice founder of Himalayan Experience and a renowned expedition leader "This is the problem of the operators who encourage and accept these members" Some operators offer bargain expeditions as low as $20000 compared to the median price of $41500 flooding the mountain with travelers who want the bragging rights of having been up Everest but who are unprepared for the dangers One notorious low budget operator Seven Summit Treks has also started targeting the high end of the market It offers a VVIP Mount Everest Expedition open to anyone who wants “to experience what it feels like to be on the highest point on the planet" and who has a "strong economic background to compensate for your old age weak physical condition or your fear of risks" The price A cool $130000 Xia Boyu waves as he sits on an ambulance upon his arrival after successfully climbing Mount Everest in Kathmandu Nepal on May 16 2018 Navesh Chitrakar—Reuters "Everest is not only for people with experience Everest is all ours Everybody can go there" says Mingma Sherpa chairman of Seven Summit Treks tells TIME The company will lead about 100 climbers on Everest attempts this season and he maintains that inexperience is no barrier "If I pay $100000 who is stopping me No one can Its my choice If go there and my commission is good I can climb If not good I will die" Xia’s triumph now means that the conflict has only become harder to resolve Shortly after Xia made the summit his son sent out a jubilant post on the Chinese social media platform WeChat "My Dad … has realized his 40 years dream!" it read The hope must be that the dreams of other disabled climbers don’t turn into disaster Write to Casey Quackenbush at caseyquackenbush@timeinccomPIC23 TOMATOES DISPLAYED AT THE ABUBAKAR GUMI CENTRAL MARKET IN KADUNA MONDAY (23/12/13)tomatoe The late arrival of the rains and the ongoing fasting period pushed up the prices of Irish potatoes and tomatoes by about 200 per cent in Plateau a market survey revealed The survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend in Bokkos found that a bag of Irish potatoes that sold for between N5000 and N6000 not long ago was now being sold at between N16000 and N17000 Similarly a basket of tomatoes that used to sale for between 1500 and N2000 was now sold at between N4500 and N5 000 in Bokkos markets Mr Samuel Mallo the Chairman of Traders and Marketers Association Mai-katako market chapter in Bokkos Local Government blamed the hike on the late arrival of the rains this year He said “the late arrival of rainfall this year has greatly contributed to the hike in prices of Irish potatoes and tomatoes in both Bokkos and Mangu local government areas “All the potatoes you see being sold in Mai-katako market today are irrigated ones and not the seasonal ones which resulted in massive shortage and hike in its price’’ he explained According to Mallo under normal circumstances the seasonal varieties should be in the markets and at a cheaper rate at this time of the year Also Malam Nuhu Usman a potatoes dealer from Kano State lamented the hike in the price of the commodity which he said had affected his purchasing power He said “I used to buy between 150 and 200 bags at times like this but I am not sure I can afford 35 bags of Irish potatoes today’’ Usman expressed fear that the high prices could affect his sales in Kano but prayed that buyers would understand and buy it Another dealer from Katsina Mr Akilu Sani also said he could only buy 15 bags of potatoes out of the 30 bags he used to buy at the Maikatako and Bokkos markets Sani however said it was not the fault of the farmers as the late arrival of the rains had ensured the total absence of the seasonal farming produce NAN reports that Bokkos and Mangu local government areas were prominent for Irish potatoes farming with the commodity produced in large quantities and attract buyers from all parts of the country The markets also attract foreign buyers from Chad Niger and Benin Republic (NAN) The Federal Government has spent N83 billion to rehabilitate the 104 kilometre Funtua to Gusua federal highway which it awarded for upgrade and rehabilitation in 2009 The Minister of Works Housing and Power Mr Babatunde Fashola said this on Friday in Funtua Katsina state while inspecting the rehabilitation of the road He said that the previous government awarded the road contract at N79 billion The minister said that the present administration reviewed the contract from N79 billion to N83 billion Speaking through Mr Busari Siriku a Director of Federal Highways in charge of North West Zone Fashola said that the contract was awarded to Mother Cat construction company but was not given enough money by the previous administration He said the current administration had been providing funds to the construction company “The Federal Government under President Buhari would not want road projects to linger for too long hence the provision of funds to complete the project” he said Speaking earlier the Katsina State Federal Controller of Works Mr Tunde Balogun said that the road contract was awarded in 2009 while it was in a terrible condition “The mother cat construction company was having funding challenges from the previous government and could not complete the rehabilitation of the road “The present government had released enough funds to the company and they have rehabilitated 103 kilometres of road while only one kilometre remains to be rehabilitated In his remarks the Mother Cat site engineer Mr Saed Karen said that the company would soon complete the road as it had been receiving the necessary financial support from the Federal Government “The Federal Government has settled all the outstanding debt and had resumed to the site with the aim of completing the project before June 14 2018 “The company had given employment to 150 workers including engineers technicians and labourers” he said In his contribution the Katsina State Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers Mr Aliyu Ibrahim expressed satisfaction with the quality of materials used to carry out the project He commended the Federal Government for providing dividends of democracy to the people of the North West confirmed the incident. said its Code of Practice,” The group described the action as absolutely wrong, just as it warned the internal collaborators against their continued efforts to compromise and misinform innocent and uninformed villagers on the true state of affairs on Nigercem.” Mason Tvert of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project said in a statement. which I have identified time and time again, thanks in part to the pet trade—it..VIEW MOREJason Edwards—National Geographic/Getty Images1 of 12EnvironmentThe World’s Most Endangered Freshwater Turtles and TortoisesBryan WalshMay 23 2014Is there anything more harmless than a turtle (Unless I suppose you’re a nice leafy vegetable) Turtles and tortoises—the main difference is that turtles dwell at least partially in water while tortoises live exclusively on land—are slow-moving peaceful animals whose main form of protection from the outside world is a hard shell Not for nothing do we have the fable of the slow and steady tortoise winning the race Turtles have existed in some form for more than 220 million years outlasting their early contemporaries the dinosaurs Long-lived turtles and tortoises are symbols of perseverance in the natural worldUnfortunately the rules of the race are changing Turtles and tortoises are among the world’s most endangered vertebrates with about half their more than 300 species threatened with extinction Only primates—human beings expected—are at greater risk of being wiped off the planet The threats are many The animals are collected by traders eaten in the wild and in fine restaurants used as pets or for traditional medicine and sometimes simply killed The very adaptations that once made them so successful—their long adult life span and delayed sexual maturity—has made them vulnerable as the world around them changed mostly thanks to human beings Climate change threatens them as well—a recent study found that as the water warms more and more sea turtle hatchlings are being born male which could eventually make it impossible for the species to reproduce successfullyA 2011 report from the Turtle Conservation Coalition makes it clear: we need to act now if we’re to save the turtles and the tortoises:We are facing a turtle survival crisis unprecedented in its severity and risk Humans are the problem and must therefore also be the solution Without concerted conservation action many of the world’s turtles and tortoises will become extinct within the next few decades It is now up to us to prevent the loss of these remarkable unique jewels of evolutionAs we mark World Turtle Day on May 23 spare a thought for these armored but endangered creatures Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has commended Muslims in Enugu State for the contributions they have continued to make towards the rapid development of the state The Governor who stated this in a goodwill message said the contributions of the Muslim community in the state was manifest in their respect for the rule of law and pursuit of peaceful coexistence with their neighbours and people of other religious persuasions In the goodwill message signed by his Chief Press Secretary Chukwudi Achife Chime urged Nigerians to use the occasion of the Ed-il-Fitri celebrations to rededicate themselves to values and virtues that would promote peace and unity among all groups in the country He said the celebrations offered Nigerians the opportunity to reflect on Allah’s love and compassion for mankind adding that they should extend the same attitude to one another The Governor restated the state government’s commitment to protect the interests of all groups and communities in the state Chime said that such disposition had helped to forge a sense of common destiny and partnership among them Iyabo Obasanjo first child of former President Olusegun Obasanjo has berated supporters of the Buhari administration for recycling a letter she wrote in 2013 in defence of the Jonathan government Senator Obasanjo now a university professor based in Virginia United States said this in a statement issued on Saturday Iyabo backed her father’s statement on Buhari and accused the government of failing to adequately address the fundamental issues the ex-leader raised She lamented the cheap tactic of the Buhari apologists in drawing unconnected issues to run away from the “advice and admonishment of one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa” Her statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to the republishing (in social media) of a letter from 2013 that has since been overturned by events I am surprised that agents of the current Nigerian administration who should benefit from the advice and admonishment of one of the most brilliant leaders to ever emerge in modern Africa have resorted to a cheap tactic that further reiterates the message that they found abhorrent enough to start looking for unconnected issues to put together to make their point “To say that Nigeria has problems is to make an understatement The wise should listen wherever help and advice come from Those who republished the old letter should have spent time to respond to the content of the said statement which among other things called on President Buhari to join the rank of retired elder statesmen in 2019 I would think this was appropriate and even unnecessary advice given the serious medical problems he has had over the last few years “I have had no connection with his administration or to the previous one after I left the Senate in 2011 and to try and use me and my name as some excuse is shameful I agree with the contents of the open letter and like all people that wish Africa well hope that Nigeria someday comes out of its death spiral to become a leading nation in the world “It is tiring to continue to be part of the Nigerian conversation when there is no positive impact to it I really do not want to be part of it as I have found over and over again that speech and words are wasted on people who have no understanding of the responsibility on us as black people on this planet”

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