CN to purchase hundreds of grain cars as transportation bill becomes law

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian National Railway is preparing to purchase hundreds of new grain hopper cars to get shipments moving after a bill that encourages railways to make investments to avert service disruptions became law Wednesday.CN Rail expects to buy new grain cars to replace some 200 to 300 that are replaced annually, its chief financial officer told an investor conference Wednesday morning, before the bill that imposes financial penalties on railway companies received royal assent.Ghislaine Houle explained that the company was waiting on the passage of the omnibus bill to go out and buy the cars.The wide-ranging Transportation Modernization Act includes financial penalties for railways that fail to deliver promised rail cars for grain shipments on time. It also requires railways to publicly report each summer on their abilities to move that year’s grain crop, and to publish by Oct. 1 each year a winter contingency plan for keeping shipments moving regardless of bad weather.The bill’s passage comes after Canadian Pacific Rail and Canadian National blamed severe winter weather and a larger-than-expected grain crop for a backlog in grain shipments that have hit their profits and left grain farmers complaining about their service.It also requires the installation and use of locomotive voice and video recorders,the replacement of temporary extended interswitching with long-haul interswitching, and changes the grain cap to encourage hopper investments.Houle said the maximum revenue entitlement system — which places a ceiling on the total revenue to be earned from moving grain by rail in any crop year — has been a disincentive to invest.“That now fixes it where if we invest in grain cars, we’ll get 100 per cent of our investment coming to us,” he said.A spokesman for CP Rail says while not perfect, the bill brings some further certainty to the grain supply chain.Jeremy Berry said the company “stands ready to make over a $500 million investment over the next several years in new cars which will increase the overall hauling capacity per car in our fleet.”The act raises the individual ownership limit in Canadian National Railway to 25 per cent, from 15 per cent. That could open the door for billionaire Bill Gates to increase his stake.It also starts the process for a new air passenger bill of rights and increases foreign ownership limits on Canadian airlines.The act doesn’t actually create an air passenger bill of rights, but starts consultations at a federal agency that would eventually lead to a detailed set of rules airlines would have to follow in a host of situations, including when passengers are bumped from flights or have flights cancelled.The Senate bowed to the will of the Trudeau government Tuesday by dropping their insistence on amendments to the bill.It was passed by the House of Commons in November but the Senate last month sent it back to the elected chamber with 18 amendments.The bill received royal assent Wednesday after the Liberal majority in the Commons voted Tuesday to reject additional amendments and sent the bill back to the Senate once again, where this time all but Conservative senators agreed to end the standoff.“The Government of Canada understands the importance of an efficient and reliable rail system for moving Canadian grain and other commodities to market and we are going even further to ensure that producers and shippers of all commodities, from grain to forest products to minerals…have the tools they need to thrive,” Transportation Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.After a challenging winter that resulted in the replacement of CN’s chief executive, the country’s largest railway said it is seeing volumes strengthen in May and pricing for contract renewals to increase.Meanwhile, CN Rail said Wednesday that its 1,800 locomotive engineers in Canada ratified a new five-year collective agreement.The railway said the contract with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) includes annual wage and benefit improvements in line with the industry. The company also says work rules that were of concern to CN and engineers have been modified.The approval stands in contrast with the expected result of a contract offer by CP Rail. Train operators and signal workers represented by two unions are voting until Friday at noon on a company offer that union negotiators recommended be rejected.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR, TSX:CP)last_img read more

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SaskExpress delivers a musical thats full of Christmas cheer

first_imgSaskExpress is presenting All I Want For Christmas Is You. Handout photo Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s a special Christmas season for Danny Balkwill and SaskExpress.Balkwill, the artistic director and CEO of SaskExpress, will mark his first year at the helm of the organization with All I Want For Christmas Is You, a musical which opened on Dec. 6.The musical, an original story relating the trials and celebrations of the holiday season, is the first for Balkwill who replaced Carol Gay Bell, the group’s co-founder, earlier this year.center_img Twitter “Her last show as the artistic director was the summer show, so this is actually my debut as the artistic director … this coming up winter show,” Balkwill said in a recent interview.Born and raised in Regina and himself a product of SaskExpress, Balkwill went on to participate in major musical productions outside Saskatchewan.READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Morocco Quranic School in Zemamra Catches Fire Kills Three Students

Rabat – Three young pupils have died after their Quranic School for traditional education in the town of Zemamra caught fire on Tuesday.  Three pupils, aged from 9-14 years old, died on Tuesday after their Quranic School caught fire due to an electrical flaw. The school is located in the same building as the mosque of Salam in the town of Zemamra, southwest of Casablanca.According to one of the students at the school, some of his peers would covertly connect electric wires to sockets to charge their phones at night. This was in defiance of the administration’s decision to remove electricity from the students’ bedrooms by disconnecting the sockets. The move was made after the school’s administrators discovered that the students would spend the night surfing the internet and social media sites, which was negatively affecting their classroom performance. The faulty rewiring started the fire, which escalated due to the flammable materials from which the students’ bedding is made.The student added that the locked down iron door made escape for the pupils impossible and the rescue operation arduous. The number of students who reside in the relatively small building, around 140, also worsened the situation.The elements of the Civil Protection who rushed to the location of the incident managed to extinguish the fire after an hours-long battle. The incident ended with one young student suffocating to death and two others perishing as a result of burns. The victims were immediately transported to the morgue at the regional hospital of El-Jadida city. read more

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Crudebyrail shipments hit a new record despite lower price discounts

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada reached a record high in December.Canada exported nearly 354,000 barrels per day of oil, up seven per cent from November’s total of 330,400 bpd and the 152,000 bpd moved in December 2017.On Tuesday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced the province will invest $3.7 billion to move up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day by rail by 2020 under deals with Canada’s two major railways. Alberta to spend $3.7B to get oil to prized Gulf coast market by rail Suncor predicts quick end to curtailment amid fresh glut of oil in storage Imperial blasts Alberta’s ‘drastic, dramatic’ oil curtailment that has made crude-by-rail uneconomic Initial daily shipments of 20,000 barrels are expected to begin as early as July.Full export pipelines have been blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada last fall that led to large discounts for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.Those differentials narrowed in early December when Alberta announced it would impose crude oil production curtailments starting Jan. 1.Some producers have complained that the lower differentials make crude-by-rail shipments less profitable. read more

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UNHCR voices concern for rising number of attacks against foreigners in Moscow

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced great concern over what it said was a growing incidence and viciousness of racists attacks in Moscow against foreigners, including many refugees and asylum seekers.The agency has asked Russian authorities to intervene immediately to increase security and prevent further attacks, a spokesman with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Geneva.A violent attack earlier this week by skinheads wielding metal bars left one man – a Russian citizen of Afghan origin – dead, and a second – a Congolese asylum seeker – hospitalized from his injuries, according to spokesman Kris Janowski. Both victims worked as interpreters for the Moscow Regional Migration Service.“The brutal attacks create an environment of fear and insecurity for refugees and asylum seekers in Russia,” the spokesman said at a press briefing.Asylum seekers in Moscow have reported to UNHCR as many as 10 racist attacks per month over the past eight months, with several victims needing hospitalization following beatings, Mr. Janowski said. An Angolan refugee died in early September following injuries sustained in a gang attack outside the agency’s refugee reception centre in Moscow in late August. read more

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TMX denies reports of ban on clearing trades in cannabis firms with

TORONTO – The company that operates the Toronto Stock Exchange says it is talking to securities regulators about Canadian-listed cannabis companies with operations in the United States, but that there is no ban currently in place on clearing trades of their stocks.TMX Group spokesman Shane Quinn said Friday the company is in talks with Canadian securities regulators to discuss how to deal with Canadian companies with holdings in the U.S., where the drug is illegal. He said TMX hopes to report its conclusions to the public soon, but wouldn’t say if a ban is being considered.TMX says it issued a clarification on the issue of a ban Thursday to counter unspecified media reports.The Globe and Mail reported last week that the TMX-owned Canadian Depository for Securities, an office that processes all Canadian equity trades and ensures cash and securities wind up in the right hands, was considering a prohibition on clearing trades in such issuers.Investors have expressed frustration over what they say is TMX’s murky position on allowing cannabis firms with U.S. operations to list on its exchanges. The drug has been legalized in some form in many states but remains illegal under U.S. federal law.Canadian marijuana companies have so far dealt with the uncertainty by sticking to the U.S. medical cannabis market or ancillary businesses and listing their U.S. investments on the smaller and less risk-averse Canadian Securities Exchange. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 2:15 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TMX denies reports of ban on clearing trades in cannabis firms with U.S. ties read more

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Columbus Crew host college night Wednesday against Houston Dynamo

Shelby Lum / Photo editorColumbus Crew midfielder Justin Meram makes a sliding tackle during a game against Toronto FC Aug. 17, at Crew Stadium. The Crew won, 2-0.Dollar beers, dollar brats and discount tickets are being used to lure college students to Crew Stadium.The Columbus Crew are hosting College Night Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., offering students with a valid college ID discounted tickets to the Crew’s match with the Houston Dynamo.Unlike any previous College Night, students will be able to purchase a Homage T-shirt that reads “Massive University” along with a ticket to the match for $25.“That is the first time we have done any sort of giveaway with the discounted ticket,” Sr. Group Account Executive Nick White said.If students do not want the T-shirt they can opt to buy only the discounted ticket for $15.Crew ticket associate Ryan Hart said the T-shirts are a rare opportunity.“I’m pretty sure they (the T-shirts) are not sold in stores,” Hart said. “So the only way to get them is through the package.”Students have the option of sitting in Nordecke, the official cheering section for The Crew, or in the upper sideline sections. White said College Night helps out college students as well as the team.“This is another avenue for college kids… from all over the state to come see a game at a discounted rate,” White said. “These are the exact people we want in Nordecke.”Caleb Williams, a third year in finance is a season ticket holder for The Crew. Williams said the atmosphere on college night is the same as a normal game for a good reason.“It (college night) is not any different really,” Williams said. “The purpose is to show college kids the atmosphere on a normal night. A time to show what The Crew is all about.”The Crew is currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, eight points behind the New England Revolution for the final playoff spot. They have eight games remaining, four of which are at home.Wednesday’s match will be the first of the season for interim coach Brian Bliss after The Crew announced Monday they had parted ways with former coach Robert Warzycha. read more

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Stricker stumbles maintains 3shot lead into Memorial Tournaments final round

Steve Stricker stumbled during the final nine holes of the third round of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday, but maintained a three-stroke lead heading into the final round. Stricker, who shot a hole-in-one and a birdie on the final two holes of the second round Friday, appeared to be distancing himself permanently from the Memorial field Saturday after posting two eagles and two birdies, improving to 14-under-par. Stricker said his confidence was high after the front nine. “It was a perfect start,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for anything more, really.” Then Stricker made the turn, and things turned ugly. Difficulties for Stricker on the back nine began on the 14th hole when he missed a birdie putt that would have dropped his score to 15-under-par. Stricker was visibly disturbed during his pre-shot routine, stepping away from the ball twice before missing the putt. “I was worried about the guy teeing off at 15,” he said. “Then, when I was ready to go again, a big gust of wind came up, and I had to hit that putt so soft that I was worried about any amount of wind would push it off line. I just wasn’t comfortable.” Stricker’s difficulties continued on Muirfield Village Golf Club’s home stretch — he bogeyed the 15th and 16th holes, and missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the 17th. Stricker saved par on 18 to close out his round with a 69, bringing his three-day total score to 204. “Just kind of a little disappointing that I kind of let it slip away on the back nine,” Stricker said. “Didn’t really finish the round like I had hoped.” Though Stricker fell to 12-under-par after the third round, his play impressed other competitors, including Brandt Jobe. “What he’s doing, making shots, making it hard on us,” said Jobe, who sits four shots behind Stricker at 8-under-par. “He’s obviously playing great.” Jobe also said pressure will be on Stricker during the final round Sunday. “When you’re leading by (three) shots,” he said, “it’s your tournament to lose.” Stricker, who never has lost a tournament when leading after 54 holes, said he is confident heading into the final round. “All in all, a good day,” he said. “Sixty-nine around here is a good score. Still got a three-shot lead, so I’m in good position heading into Sunday.” Jonathan Byrd, who posted a 69 on Saturday to move to 9-under-par, is Stricker’s nearest competitor. Byrd and Stricker, the Memorial’s final pairing, will tee off at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. read more

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Steinar Ege to replace Hombrados in Atletico Madrid

BM Atletico MadridSteinar Ege ← Previous Story Handball legend Olafur Stefansson ends NT career Next Story → TuSEM interested in Stefansson?! After injury of Javier Hombrados, Spanish vice-champion, BM Atletico Madrid has stayed with only one goalkeeper (Dahl) in the team. As we can heard, Talant Duyshebaev is ready to “pick up” experienced Norwegian goalkeeper, Steinar Ege (40), who already has announced that his proffesional career is over. Next days will tell us the truth, whether is former goalkeeper of AG Copenhagen is ready to stay again between the posts. As second option, Spanish team looking at young BSV Silkeborg’s goalkeeper, Jannick Green. read more

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11 reasons Mosney and Rainbow Rapids were better than Disneyland

first_imgAS DISNEY CELEBRATES its 90th birthday, spare a thought for the Irish kids who never got the opportunity to go to the magical theme park and had to make do with what we’ve got here at home.Anyway, the more we think about it, Disneyland, frankly, was for wusses.Here’s what we dealt with instead.1. Pirate ShipsCaptain Hooks’ ship looked impressive, sure, but it really had no fear involved, like a real pirate ship. Source: Paul BeattieIt wasn’t a patch on Clara Lara’s wooden ship that was always occupied by another group of kids that wouldn’t let you play on it. The battles than ensued made us the adults we are today. Source: Glenmalure2. PageantsParades are DULL. You just stand there watching things go by. Source: Myrna LittWhy not get involved? It was the highest achievement in all the land to win the coveted title of Bonny Baby at Mosney, and later in life, the talent show.For the grown ups, there was the Lovely legs competition. Can’t bate it. Source: MosneyMemories4. HorseysDisneyland may have had horse-drawn streetcars, but as Irish kids, we saw horses pulling around carts every day. Play a new tune. Source: Loren JavierMosney had The Derby. The most thrilling of events, as you’d feel like a proper gambling adult. It was all fun and games until your horse jittered to a stop for no explainable reason, losing you two valuable tokens.5. Food and diningWe really didn’t want to eat here anyway. Source: Loren JavierIrish kids had their packed sandwiches, fish and chips and a candy floss to attract the bees in Courtown.6. PoolsDisney pools looked like they had too much going on in them. Compensating, much? Source: Loren JavierIn the better days of jumping into the pool without warning, Mosney and Trabolgan were a joy to behold. There were even waves, like in the actual sea. Do Disney have waves? Well, probably. 7. RidesThere’s too much choice in Disneyland, and queues, queues are the worst thing in the world as an impatient child.We weren’t opposed to the odd rollercoaster that can be packed up and driven away, and we’re all the better for it today. Source: Butlinsmemories/Peter138If Space Mountain and Indiana Jones are scary, try walking across Clara Lara’s balance log, Tarzan-swinging across the pond, or climbing this net of terror. Source: Youtube/jibhoy6Lets not forget the ‘wooden thing in the middle of the lake’. Our Everest. Source: Youtube/jibhoy68. Water slidesKids on splash mountain are more concerned with getting their photo taken on this wimpy ride. Source: RapgeniusYou haven’t known real fear until someone has pushed you down the water slides in Fort Lucan or Clara Lara because you were hesitating too much.We’re not even going to mention Rainbow Rapids, we just couldn’t hack it.Source: Flickr/SebastianDooris9. Crazy golfIrish golf actually got crazy. It’s called mini golf in the states for a reason. With flying luminous balls and golf club duels everywhere, Pirate’s Cove and Fort Lucan kids required helmets.That’s hardcore.10. TunnelsDisney’s tunnels are all ‘regulated’ and ‘safe’ and you’re taken through on ‘rollercoasters’. Source: cogdogblogThey will never know the darkened uncertainty that comes after releasing yourself down the squeaky, sticky slide only to get stuck in the bend. You force yourself down, usually landing in a pit of disarray, an inhabitable environment of plastic balls.How will you know if someone is under you? Those are just the cards life has dealt. Source: Piratescove11. MascotsMickey, Woody, whatever. We’ve seen them on screen, stop suffocating us. Source: coconut wirelessIrish kids had Captain Croc in Trabolgan (now Florrie the Fox) and now they’ve got Tayto man in Tayto Park. Has Mickey Mouse given us the tastiest crisps in all the land? No. No he hasn’t.Now that deserves a hug.How the Obama girls can get a REAL Irish holiday experience>7 reasons why school holidays were the best thing ever>last_img read more

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cHTeMeLe is a board game about HTML

first_imgQuick, what’s the nerdiest thing you can think of? No matter what answer springs to mind, it probably can’t top cHTeMeLe, a board game about writing HTML5 code. In cHTeMeLe, players endorse their favorite web browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera, or IE) and then score points by correctly laying out HTML tags, while also trying to bug or crash their opponents’ code.Despite cHTeMeLe’s technical theme, its developers claim you don’t need any web programming experience to play. The game takes web design standards and boils them down into game rules that even children can learn. To help less technical players keep everything straight, the tag cards use syntax highlighting that different parts of code have unique colors — just like an Integrated Developer Environment. No one is going to completely pick up HTML5 purely by playing cHTeMeLe, but it does have some educational value for understanding basic tags and how they fit together.The bad news is that cHTeMeLe is only in French for the time being, so many English speakers will have to wait for a translation of the rule book — which, of course, is called ReadMe_fr. Fortunately, the developers have followed in Cards Against Humanity’s footsteps by licensing the game under Creative Commons and making it available for download and printing. So once cHTeMeLe supports other languages, it should be easy to make your own copy.In addition to the DIY version, the developers are also making a higher quality physical edition following their successful campaign on Ulule, a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site. The official copy will contain 112 cards, play boards for each of the 5 browser choices, scorekeeping pieces and a copy of the rules. The finished product will sell for 19€, or about $25.Read more at the official Ulule pagelast_img read more

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Queen Elizabeths portrait back on display in Stormont House

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4788094 Aug 29th 2019, 8:14 PM Glad this matter has been resolved. The Secretary of State has made the right decision but questions remain as to how the NIO allowed this situation to develop. Deeply embarrassing for a UK govt Dept. https://t.co/FKdlYATBcz— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) August 29, 2019 By Dominic McGrath A tribunal or court would be asked to assess, whether in all of the circumstances of a case, a working environment violated an individual’s dignity or could have the effect of creating an intimidating or hostile workplace.Ulster Unionist peer Lord Rogan also welcomed the news. “It’s a pity that the common sense which now appears to have been applied to this issue hadn’t been on display in the first place and could have avoided the embarrassment heaped on the NIO,” he said. “It still doesn’t answer the question about why the Queen’s portrait was taken down in the first place,” he added.  UNIONISTS IN NORTHERN Ireland have welcomed the decision to put a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II back on display in Stormont House after it was removed in July.The image is back on display in a public area of the Stormont House building, the BBC has reported.In July, Lord Maginnis told the House of Lords that a Northern Ireland Office civil servant was paid £10,000 in compensation for being offended at having to walk past portraits of the queen and her husband. The government spokesperson said that the portrait was being displayed “alongside a balanced set of images celebrating and reflecting the work of the Northern Ireland Office”.On Twitter, DUP leader Arlene Foster welcomed the news, writing: “Glad this matter has been resolved. The Secretary of State has made the right decision but questions remain as to how the NIO allowed this situation to develop.”Foster called the incident “deeply embarrassing”.  Source: Arlene Foster/Twitter 35 Comments Share15 Tweet Email Queen Elizabeth’s portrait back on display in Stormont House The portrait was removed last month. center_img Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Archive/PA Images DUP MPs had called on the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith to reinstate the photographs of the queen at Stormont House, while the party also raised the issue with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.  Smith, who tweeted a photo of the queen in his Stormon office after being appointed to the role, has ordered an internal review into the removal of pictures of the queen. The Northern Ireland Equality Commission previously said that displaying a portrait of the queen in a building where civil servants work was not unlawful:  Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year. Short URL Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 8:14 PM Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year. Image: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Archive/PA Images 19,275 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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New interim county manager on the job

first_imgJim Rumpeltes remembers the phone call that brought him to Clark County.The call was from Greg Prothman, president of the Issaquah-based recruiting and consulting firm Prothman Co., who explained that his company had been tasked with finding someone as Clark County’s interim county manager.“He looked at my background saying you are a really good fit for this role,” said Rumpeltes, who has a long résumé holding executive positions at both the county and city levels in Washington and Arizona.“Wow,” Rumpeltes responded. “You’re right. This is a really good fit.”On Monday, Rumpeltes had his first day on the job as interim Clark County manager, taking over for Mark McCauley, who was unexpectedly ousted from the position in May.Rumpeltes will remain an employee of Prothman and the county will pay the company an hourly rate of $125 for his services. The contract between the county and Prothman does not have a termination date and allows the county to terminate it at any time.Rumpeltes said he hopes to serve as interim county manager for about six months before a permanent replacement is hired. His first day on the job was also his 64th birthday. He began at 8 a.m. and had meetings with three of the council’s five members, Deputy County Manager Bob Stevens and staff in the council and budget offices. The walls of his office are bare. On a table near the door are copies of the county’s budget, annual report, comprehensive plan and financial report.last_img read more

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Pablo Zabaleta has no plans to retire just yet

first_imgPablo Zabaleta insists he is not considering retirement anytime soon, despite being out of contract at West Ham this summerThe 33-year-old defender continues to be an integral member of the West Ham squad after starting 12 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.But Zabaleta’s future at the London Stadium is in doubt with the Argentine out of contract with West Ham at the end of the season.The former Manchester City star recently confessed that a move to the Middle East would be an attractive option for him.However, for now at least, Zabaleta plans to remain focused on the present.“I don’t know,” replied Zabaleta on Sky Sports, when asked about a contract renewal at West Ham.“The main thing for me is to keep enjoying my football, I’m so happy to be part of the West Ham family.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I know I’m not getting any younger but I still feel alright, I’m playing in every single game and physically I feel good.“We will see at the end of the season what the best decision is for me, the club, for everyone, but at the moment I don’t want to think about this, I just want to enjoy playing games. The main thing is to have a good season with the team.”Although the two-time Premier League winner is adamant he will not be heading into retirement.He added: “No, I’ll be 34 in January and I love football so much. If I continue playing in every game it means I can go for a few more years.“When you are in your 30s you cannot think about long-term, that is the only thing, but I’m not thinking about retirement.“If I can go for another few years I do will 100 per cent because I’ve got so much love for football.”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for May 3 2 Drivers Issued Summons Needles Found On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 3, 2018:Police were out with five male parties playing basketball on the Shawsheen basketball courts. Police advised them not to play after dark and told them to pick up their trash. They were sent on their way. (1:02am)Matthew W. Linatopi (40, Plaistow, NH) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License. (1:21am)A Dunkin Donuts employee on Ballardvale Street reported a young black male was refusing to leave the store. At one point, he tried to enter another customer’s vehicle. Police responded and transported the male back to the station to make a phone call. (5:31am)A Grove Avenue caller reported someone who is leaving discarded food on her porch. (8:59am)A caller reported a dog locked in a car with front windows only 1/4 open in Market Basket parking lot. Animal Control Officer spoke with owner. (10:31am)Caller reported a hypodermic needle on Federal Street. Police retrieved for disposal. (11:03am)Caller reported a hypodermic needle on Sheridan Road. Police retrieved for disposal. (11:35am)James E. Somers (61, Lynn) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License. (1:27pm)A Sherwood Road caller reported an aggressive turkey on his lawn around 3:30pm. (5:29pm)Police issued at least 5 citations to vehicles parked in the fire lane at Town Hall. (7:28pm, 8:09pm, 8:12pm, etc.)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Housing Costs Become an Increasing Burden For Houston Renters

first_img Share Listen X Creative CommonsNearly half of Houston renters are burdened by their housing costs.Houston renters have an average income of $40,000 a year. Their monthly rent averages $1,005.That’s more than 30 percent of their income going to housing.Jon Spader is one of the researchers who conducted the 2017 rental housing report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.“Forty-seven percent of all renter households in Greater Houston were cost-burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing costs,” he said. “Twenty-five percent were severely cost-burdened, paying more than 50 percent of their income for housing costs.”That’s in line with metropolitan areas across the nation, according to the report.All income levels up to $75,000 are feeling this burden, but in Houston especially it’s lower income households that are most affected.“It could reflect less access to rental assistance,” Spader said. “It could also reflect slightly higher rental housing cost from being in a large metro.”The report finds while younger, lower-income residents still make up the majority of renters, the number of higher-income renters is growing fast nationwide. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:04last_img read more

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Forza 5 will be unplayable until you download a content pack

first_imgEven though Microsoft has reversed its decision to make the Xbox One an always-connected console, that doesn’t mean the requirement has disappeared completely. A case in point is Forza 5, which developer Turn 10 has confirmed you will need an Internet connection for in order to make the game initially playable.What Turn 10 has done is decided to continue work on the content for the game as long as possible. That means the disc that ships with Forza 5 on won’t contain a good chunk of the content required for the game to be playable. So, anyone picking up Forza 5 on release will be forced to connect to the Internet in order for a mandatory content pack to be downloaded.The content pack will be free, but until you get it the game won’t be playable. Depending on just how big the download is, it could make for a frustrating launch day as gamers sit and wait for gigabytes of data to download and install on their Xbox One. However, there is a chance part of the download will happen in the background so as not to block play.After the content is acquired, there is no further need for an Internet connection in order to play the game. However, Turn 10 is encouraging you to leave the Xbox One connected as the Drivatars feature relies on it and just won’t function otherwise.Day one patches for games are becoming more common, but that doesn’t make them desirable. When I purchase a game I want to take it home, insert the disc, and start playing. Waiting for content to download is just frustrating, and if developers intend on doing this then really it needs to be a background task while you play.last_img read more

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Boston airport testing radar to avoid avian accidents

first_img The Air Force and NASA already guard their jets and shuttles using a specialized radar system. DeTect Inc, of Panama City, Florida manufactures a system called Merlin Avian Radar System. Due to the airport’s proximity to the Boston Harbor, it has been long been an attractive landing spot for birds along their migratory routes. While Logan’s “wildlife mitigation team” already has five full-time employees and a strict bird-strike prevention program, recent events have caused them to see if they could do more.This search led them to DeTect and Merlin. Merlin’s versatility allows for the tracking of birds as small as a starling and up to a distance of five miles. The accuracy and precision comes from the twin-blades, one horizontal and one vertical. While the horizontal radar spins, it scans the entire airport providing a complete picture. The vertical blade scans specific runways with the birds appearing as red dots. Arrows provide their flight path. Gary Andrews, DeTect’s chief executive, demonstrated the system to the Associated Press, who originally reported the story. Andrews also told the AP about the scope of the project saying, “We’re not trying to pinpoint every bird down to a gnat’s eyebrow… We’re trying to document bird patterns for a successful response.”Merlin systems are already being used across the globe with a system at the Durban International Airport in South Africa as well as in Louisville, Kentucky. However, cost and technical considerations have limited its use. Canadian company Accipter Radar Technologies Inc. has a similar system installed at Sea-Tac Aiport near Seattle, Washington.The radar systems have a wide variety of uses. Air traffic controllers can be warned of birds in landing and takeoff zones who can then relay altitude and directions to pilots. The activity can also be archived for use by biologists who can then better advise on what measures should be taken.They also can archive bird activity, so biologists can analyze it and better predict when to use their low-tech countermeasures such as dogs, sirens or air cannons. Bird strikes are a common, every-day occurrence but since airplanes are built with that in mind, most never amount to anything. Every once in a while though, things happen which highlight their danger. That was the case when a US Airways jet came into contact with a flock of geese over the Hudson and the pilot was forced to make an emergency water landing. The system works through adapting existing technology, which is designed to track larger, low-velocity targets like ships into a system that can detect smaller, high-velocity targets like birds. Matthew Klope told the AP “To really further the science, we need a better antenna.” Klope is a wildlife biologist for the Navy who is stationed at Whidbey Island Air Station in Washington State. Information overload is one thing preventing mass installation of the bird radar systems at airports. False positives such as rain clusters being mistaken for birds are another concern. The price tags for the system also cause hesitancy. Equipping an airport with the technology can cost close to $2 million. The Air Force however overcame the price tag and has installed six Merlin systems in the U.S. since 2003. They are looking forward to expansion. Logan Airport will test Merlin and then they will also look at the Accipter system to decide which one they should use. The technology is still being refined and developed. Scientists and engineers are constantly looking into making air travel safer and more secure. This system is one more step on that ladder.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Boston airport testing radar to avoid avian accidents (2009, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-boston-airport-radar-avian-accidents.html Airports have grappled with the issue of sharing the sky with members of the avian family for decades. Most recently, US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to make a water landing in the Hudson River off of New York City in January after coming into contact with a flock of geese shortly after takeoff. Recently, Logan International Airport in Boston has been testing a new radar system designed to prevent such collisions. Scientists determine geese involved in Hudson River plane crash were migratory Starlings forming fascinating formations over Tøndermarsken, south-west Jutland, Denmark. Image: Tommy Hansen. Via Wikipedia. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Sadhan Pande bats for fraudfree tour packages at Tourism Fair

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group (SHG) minister Sadhan Pande on Friday urged the organisers of Tourism Fair to take steps to weed out travel agencies that fleece people with the promise of attractive tour packages.”We are getting a number of complaints against tour operators who are cheating customers by not providing them with the facilities they promise to them. We are taking action as per the ambit of the consumer law, but organisations of tour operators should identify such travel agencies and weed them out,” Pande said, on the sidelines of the three day Tourism Fair that kicked off at Netaji Indoor Stadium and Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. The three-day fair that will continue till Sunday, is being held in association with Travel Agents Association of Bengal and is supported by the Union Ministry of Tourism and different state Tourism departments. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPande said that his SHG department has recently given loan to ten women under Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasanasthan Prakalpa, who will be soon rolling out battery operated pink auto rickshaws in popular beach destinations Digha and Mandarmoni. “My department has handed over Rs 10 lakh to the District Magistrate of East Midnapore for developing home stay facilities at Mandarmani,” Pande said. Blue Eye India Pvt Ltd, the organiser of the fair at Netaji Indoor Stadium, said that they are focusing extensively on adventure tourism for the first time in India and the venture kicks off from Kolkata. The next venues for the fair will be Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Around 200 travel and trade members from different parts of the country, along with tour operators are taking part in the three day fair. The stalls at the fair expect to start off bookings for Durga Puja.last_img read more

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Required viewing Cambodian PM speaks for 5 hours

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Top Stories PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – He’s no Castro or Chavez, but Asia’s longest serving ruler has set what appears to be a personal record for longest public speech: 5 hours and 20 minutes.Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke to the lower house of parliament in a nationally televised speech Thursday that was mandatory viewing for civil servants.Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said he believed it was Hun Sen’s longest speech in 27 years as prime minister. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Hun Sen, 61, spoke without taking breaks _ or questions _ mostly on sensitive border disputes with Vietnam. He blamed France, the former colonial ruler of both countries, for not clearly demarcating the border.Politicians often use the border issue to stir nationalism and garner support, and Hun Sen is seeking re-election in 2013.His speech was far from the lengthiest among world leaders. Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro frequently made five-hour speeches outdoors in the hot Caribbean sun in his heyday.And Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke for nine hours in his state-of-the-nation speech in January.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

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