Update on NPSS closure expected later this afternoon

first_img“We should have an update by 3:00 today. We have remediation and repair efforts ongoing and things are looking up today, but I don’t want to speak for the folks who are doing the work. We have power and heat restored in the building, and now it’s about making sure things are clean, tidy, and safe.”For more updates, watch this website or visit the School District’s website at prn.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 will be providing an update at 3:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) on the status of North Peace Secondary School.NPSS has been closed since Tuesday, February 12, due to a burst pipe that had caused damage to an electrical unit in the building.Dave Sloan, School District 60 Superintendent, says they should have an update today at 3:00 p.m. while repair efforts are ongoing.last_img read more

Goodman students offering free tax filing service

Students from Brock University’s Goodman School of Business have partnered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide complimentary tax return services to the local community.Anyone with a modest income and simple tax situation is eligible for the service, which starts on campus next week.The tax clinic is scheduled for March 5 to 9 and 12 to 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Computer Commons Training Room in Scotiabank Hall.The service is free of charge and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The last client timeslot is 3:30 p.m. each day.Anyone attending the tax clinic should bring government-issued photo identification, along with all relevant tax forms. The service is provided for 2017 tax returns only.Thirty-two Goodman accounting students will volunteer for the clinic after spending the last several weeks receiving specialized training through the CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.Students benefit from the relevant job experience the opportunity offers, in many cases, building on the experience they have already gained through co-op work terms.Full eligibility requirements are listed on the CRA website. read more

Countryside dwellers  feel left behind due to poor roads no public transport

“However, rural respondents told us that their lived experience is too often and too easily overlooked, and that living in rural areas can make them feel invisible.” Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District “These projects address feelings of isolation in rural areas and foster a sense of community spirit and pride. Many of these projects typically deliver multiple outcomes, such as arts activities contributing to increasing personal confidence, or food projects linking people with the land and with each other.” Volunteers are under “huge pressure” and are “taking responsibility for sustaining the community” in the absence of public services, the report said.In some cases this has meant residents gritting roads themselves, keeping public toilets open and fundraising to keep village halls accessible. “Many respondents to the survey told us that they did not feel as though the public valued rural communities, or understood the challenges faced by living in these areas,” Ms Saunders told The Telegraph. “Respondents also felt as though a lack of joined up thinking on rural issues is because rural areas are ‘invisible’ or ‘off the radar’, their location leading to their specific needs being overlooked.”The research is based on more than 3,000 responses to a public survey that revealed 500 projects designed to combat the sense rejection and loneliness in remote villages.”It is encouraging to hear how communities are taking action to address the challenges they face,” Ms Saunders added. Claire Saunders, director of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, told The Telegraph: “Changes are interconnected – the combination of a lack of affordable housing, a deterioration of the state of the roads and a reliance on private transport, and a lack of reliable access to digital and broadband impact on the experience of people living in rural areas.”  Spectacular views from the summit of Hallin Fell in the Lake District Credit:David Forster /Alamy Live News  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. Countryside dwellers are made to feel “off the radar” and “left behind” with impassable roads, no public transport and poor broadband fuelling a sense of being cut off and ignored, a report has found.A sense of remoteness, being “forgotten” and “last in the pecking order” has increased dramatically in rural communities in the past decade, according to new research by The Prince’s Contryside Fund and Scotland’s Rural College.It has been caused partly by poor internet access “too slow even for online banking” and a road network so poor it is “not fit to support the rural economy”. In the past 10 years, roads have deteriorated so drastically that “bad weather can trap families for days”, it warned. Combined with a sharp fall in rural public transport this means it is almost impossible to “get around without owning a car”, the report said. For those without a car this fuels isolation and leads to a rise in mental health problems, it warned. read more

Desilting coal fines from process water ponds

first_imgA total turnkey solution to desilt a process water dam at a coal mine in the Middelburg area of Mpumalanga province, South Africa, was all in a day’s work for pump solutions specialists Integrated Pump Rental.According to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine, it is not uncommon for factors like high rainfall or an unexpected process fault to cause overfilling of a process dam with silt. In a recent case, a mining customer urgently needed a process dam that had become filled with coal fines to be emptied. The situation raised the risk of an environmental incident which could have potentially interrupted the smooth operation of the coal processing plant.“One of the specific issues with coal fines is that they settle very quickly and create a highly compact layer at the bottom of a pond. This makes it more difficult to create a slurry that can be pumped away,” says Vine. “The SlurryBlaster is our effective hydro mining solution for removing slurry and sediment accumulation on dam walls and inside dams, boasting a capacity of up to 2,800 litres/min with a nominal inlet pressure of 7 bar.”In this case, the coal fines could be blasted into an accumulation point where a slurry pump was then used to transfer high tonnages of the sediment to a location specified by the customer. Integrated Pump Rental also provided the pipelines and fittings that the solution required.“As part of our project assessment, we ascertained that the slurry demonstrated a low pH level of just 3,” he says. “This high acidity meant that we had to deploy our stainless steel range of pumps and equipment to ensure corrosion-resistance.”Vine highlights that the mine was able to take the dam off-line, and that water from another source was used to feed the mine’s process plant while the desilting process was underway.“To conduct the hydro-mining option on this project, we secured an external water source and used two monitoring guns to attack the silt – turning it into a slurry that we could then pump through our own pipeline to the tailings dam,” he says.last_img read more

Australias Cairn Hill magnetite mine contractor JMA getting large mining fleet from

first_imgOn the morning of October 30, China’s XCMG held the delivery ceremony for a large mining equipment fleet arriving into Australia. The ceremony was attended by more than 500 participants, including the executives and employees of XCMG and the customer Jiujiang Mining Australia (JMA). JMA provides mining and exploration services to support Cu-River’s mining operations at the Cairn Hill magnetite mine in South Australia. Those attending included JMA Mine Director Mark Gebhardt and XCMG Chairman & Party Secretary Wang Min. The new fleet will support expansion at Cairn Hill and includes 60 mining units: 300 t hydraulic excavators, 130 t hydraulic excavators and 130 t electric drive dump trucks (model XDE120). These products are worth more than 250 million RMB; and this is the one of the largest deliveries of mining equipment ever made to the export market.Cu-River also recently executed a funding agreement with JMA to assist in securing the required A$800-million financing facility for a mine expansion, in exchange for an offtake agreement over all of the iron ore generated from the expanded operation. Cu-River is upping production at Cairn Hill to 3 Mt/y then up to 15 Mt/y by 2021. Cu-River Mining Australia was founded in 2014 and its founder and sole shareholder is Adelaide-based businessman Yong Gang Shan, who has more than 20 years of mineral processing experience in SE Asia. The company purchased the Cairn Hill Project and associated tenements in 2014. After an extensive A$20 million upgrading of the Cairn Hill project, Cu-River commenced iron ore exports in June 2016 and produced and exported one million tonnes of ore in a little over its first 12 months of operations.XCMG stated: “Facing the high-end market in the world, XCMG focuses on product reliability and safety. It has established the product quality, design, manufacturing and application standards and regulations. To meet the high requirements of Australia mines, XCMG has made more than 30 technical upgrading items and 15 designs customised to the Australia market. By adopting the welding & manufacturing standards in Australia, XCMG products fully meet the Australian mine markets so as to create sustainable values for users.”It adds on strategy and development: “Nowadays, the mining equipment has become the strategic industry of XCMG, whose products, technologies, quality and market share have made breakthroughs. XCMG has established the high-end product lines that include 70-700 t mining hydraulic excavators, 90-360 t mining dumpers, 8-12 t loaders, 300-550 hp leveler, 350-560 hp wheeled bulldozers, thus becoming China’s first company able to develop and manufacture large open-pit mining equipment. As one of the few companies in the world with such ability, XCMG has changed the world’s competition layout.”last_img read more

Mathews The Seanad is like a car with 90day brakes and I

first_imgThe Seanad is kind of like a car, it’s not necessarily the car that is going to bring the country where it needs to go on all matters but it is a car that is there for the safe passage of legislation. It has brakes, 90 day brakes. And I like when I’m in a car that has brakes rather than be in a vehicle that has no brakes.Galway-based senator Fidelma Healy-Eames said she will be canvassing for a No vote on abolition and carrying on from that a yes vote for reform if the Seanad is savedPower to delayHealy-Eames said she he is worried that without the delays that the Seanad has the power to use, the public will have less time to reflect on legislation. She said the time delay the Seanad provides is “critical”.When senator Paul Bradford was asked if we would like to be back in the party fold he said: THE GROUP OF former Fine Gael TDs and senators now known as the Reform Alliance said today they did not have a united decision on the issue of Seanad abolition as they are a “group of individuals”.At a media briefing outside a Dublin city centre hotel they stated that they are “no different than any other party” as other parties also have differing opinions within their parties on the Seanad issue.The group consists of TDs Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Dennis Naughten and Peter Mathews and senators Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy-Eames.They stated however that they are unanimous in their agreement that if the Seanad is maintained then it needs to be reformed and should not continue to exist in its present form.Speaking about the upper house, Dublin South TD Mathews said: He added that he was disappointed at the events that led up to his and his colleagues expulsion, stating “the Fine Gael party broke its word to the electorate and us on the issue of abortion”.The group added that, despite speculation, they understood they cannot join the current Dáil Technical Group.Under Dáil Standing Orders, TDs who leave parliamentary parties during the term of the Dáil cannot move to join another grouping, in this case the Technical Group.As a result the TDs are currently prevented from having any speaking rights.Wicklow TD Timmins has put down a motion to amend standing orders but so far the government has said it will not amend the orders to allow for a second technical group.Read: “Our priorities are the country’s priorities” – Reform AllianceRead: Rebels meet today but Peter Mathews insists: ‘There’s no new party. I’m a Fine Gael member’center_img I am a member of Fine Gael. For me there are two political certainties,  number one, I am a member of the Fine Gael party.Number two is that the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and the Fine Gael whip Paul Kehoe and the Minister for Environment Phil Hogan said we will not be back in the Fine Gael party in the next election. I am working in the here and now.last_img read more

Analysis How did Connacht beat Toulouse

first_imgMarmion is circled above as he begins his own run, but it is Eoin Griffin [whose running line is marked with the arrow] who will actually create the overlap for Connacht.Scrum-half Marmion’s pace is vital to the move, as it allows him to get outside flanker Thierry Dusautoir and pass to Griffin, who has worked hard to get outside his teammate. Ideally, Dusautoir would have been in a decent position to shift off Marmion and deal with the arriving Griffin.However, as you can see below, his No. 8 hasn’t been able to get across quickly enough to allow him to drift out to the next attacker. Tolofua [circled] is struggling to get anywhere near to the action.As soon as Griffin takes the pass from Marmion, Connacht are in a 3-on-2 attacking position and Toulouse are in real, real trouble.That situation is highlighted in the screen grab below, and you can see Tolofua slowing up, aware that play has passed him by. As it turns out, Connacht don’t cleanly convert the overlap and it takes a powerful fend and brilliant offload by Robbie Henshaw to ensure the line-break.More excellent work from Carr and Marmion finishes off the move, but the fact that it had its origins in a strong scrum and intelligent awareness of the defence will have greatly pleased Lam, who puts a premium on the latter in particular.Marmion influenceThe 21-year-old had another excellent performance for Connacht on Sunday, even apart from his try and perfect passing. The example below demonstrates all of his best qualities in one brief snippet. This was the build-up to the penalty that allowed Connacht to go 9-7 up in the 46th minute.There is some excellent handling down the right-hand side from Parks, Griffin and Carr but keep an eye on Marmion’s run after he makes his pass from the ruck in the animation above. The scrum-half is so intelligent in reading the game, allowing him to anticipate where the ball will end up.It’s a vital run as it heaps pressure on Toulouse and they come offside in the middle of the pitch on the next phase, allowing Parks to kick the penalty.Slowing at the rucksWhile Connacht largely fanned out in defence and ensured that they didn’t allow Toulouse to have numbers up in attack, there were several instances of competitiveness at the breakdown. At crucial times in the game, individuals went in for steals or simply to slow Toulouse possession down.That had the effect of giving Connacht an extra second to re-organise their defensive line, meaning they could once again come up off the line aggressively. In the example below, Denis Buckley wins a fantastic penalty to ease the building pressure with under 20 minutes left.The closing stagesAn Irish team has suffered serious heartbreak in recent times when they failed to close out a game in the final minutes against a team who was heavily fancied in the build-up. There was danger of a repeat in Toulouse, but Connacht performed heroics to ensure the win.Toulouse had uninterrupted possession from the 77.10 minute mark until 80.15, when the ball went loose and Connacht recovered it before kicking to touch. During that three minute and five second spell, the home team went through 25 phases, but Connacht were up to the test.Remarkably, Lam’s men maintained their aggressive line speed despite being out on their feet with fatigue. It was interesting to note the encouragement picked up by the pitch-side microphones, providing a stream of technical cues and reminders to the defenders, as well as updates on the amount of time left to play.The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics below demonstrate just how aggressively Connacht pushed off the line in those closing stages. It would have been easy to sit back, and try to shadow Toulouse across the pitch in a ‘damage limitation’ effort, but Connacht stuck to their tactics and they paid off.In this example, Connacht start defending just in front of the halfway line, but initiate the tackle a full eight metres in front of that. While Toulouse did go on to get over the halfway line, this rush defence added pressure and helped to panic the French side. No one likes running backwards to hit a ruck, and Connacht deserve huge credit for maintaining their line speed.Backing it all upFittingly, it was Connacht legend Michael Swift who stripped the ball from Dusautoir’s grasp to end the onslaught and turn the ball over. Men like himself and John Muldoon deserved this result. This was a remarkable performance by Lam’s side, and will be remembered as one of the great Irish victories in the Heineken Cup.Losing this weekend in the return leg will not make it meaningless, but a win would show that Connacht are making genuine progress under Lam. The players will have enjoyed the unique feeling of creating a sporting shock last weekend, but their focus will be on backing this result up on Saturday.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Ireland’s John Lacey to referee Six Nations openerMafi will be ‘bouncing’ for return leg against Munster – James Hook CONNACHT’S 16-14 VICTORY over Toulouse on Sunday will rightly be remembered as one of the greatest upsets in European club rugby’s history.Whatever about the declining quality of the French side, this was all about the excellence of Pat Lam’s men. A poor season up until this point was parked and Connacht delivered a top class performance to deservedly beat the four-time Heineken Cup champions.So how exactly was the spectacular result achieved? We’ve taken a look at some of the superb play that helped the western province to earn their greatest ever win.DefenceThe defensive shift Lam’s charges put in on Sunday afternoon beggared belief. Connacht’s figure of 140 tackle completions was bettered only by the Scarlets – who had to deal with the usual long spells of Clermont possession – last weekend.However, the truly striking aspect of Connacht’s defence was the line-speed they used to shut Toulouse down. Countless times, the Irishmen burst up to tackle Guy Novès’ side well behind the gain-line. There were so many examples of this tactic, and we’ve highlighted one of those below.In the shot above, you can see that this early phase of play begins five metres inside Connacht’s half. Obviously a photo does no justice to line speed as in cannot demonstrate motion, but the ‘after’ photo below shows how aggressive Connacht were.Fionn Carr [circled] initiates the tackle a full 15 metres up the pitch from where Connacht started defending. This defensive ploy – of which there were many examples – stifled Toulouse’s attacking play and made it difficult for their big ball carriers to build up a head of steam.Another key element of Connacht’s defensive prowess was their determined kick chase. Dan Parks’ kicking from hand was uncharacteristically loose all afternoon and against a strong counter-attacking team like Toulouse, that normally spells disaster.However, the manner in which his teammates worked to organise themselves on kick chase actually meant that Toulouse had little scope for creating line-breaks when running those ragged kicks back. Such was the extent of Connacht’s inability to find touch, the thought has crossed this writer’s mind that keeping the ball in play was possibly a tactic.Regardless, the work-rate of the Connacht players on kick chase was exemplary and meant that potentially dangerous situations were diffused. Below is one example [the ball is circled] and although the line is not perfectly straight, it demonstrates the organisation and numbers that Lam’s men brought to their kick chase.Key contributionsConnacht had very little territory in the first half – meaning most of the first 40 minutes were played in their defensive half of the pitch. As a result, they needed to be clinical with any chances they did get. That proved to be the case, as Dan Parks scored six point in the first half to help Connacht trail just 7-6 at the break.The first three of those points came about after a loose kick by Parks, but one that was wonderfully chased by his teammates [below]. It’s an excellent low tackle by Dave McSharry and then Fionn Carr and Craig Clarke do superbly to turn the ball over. A phase later, Louis Picamoles comes offside and Connacht go 3-0 up.Minutes later, Connacht were able to stretch their lead to 6-0 thanks to a neat drop-goal by Parks. The build-up featured a vital contribution from wing Matt Healy, who produced a superb chip and then retrieved his own kick.While Connacht’s win was all about a team effort, big wins also require big plays from individual players and this was one of those [below]. Just as Clarke and Carr were decisive in helping Connacht into the lead the first time, Healy was one of the key men in creating the position for Parks’ drop goal.Second half possessionLam’s side did enjoy more of the ball in the second 40 minutes and they used it very well. It may be a bit early to proclaim new skills coach Dave Ellis as having vastly improved the Connacht squad’s ability to pass the ball, but they did look very comfortable in moving the ball wide.That stretching of the Toulouse defence crucially tired Novès’ players and may have made the difference late on as they searched for a winning score.Kieran Marmion’s try was the obvious example of Connacht’s attacking strength in the second half, but it also demonstrated an intelligence from Lam’s men. A midfield scrum on the halfway line is a good attacking chance in any game, but that was accentuated by the circumstances on Sunday.On the 45 minute mark, Novès made the odd decision to bring Christopher Tolofua, a hooker, on at No. 8. As far as we’re aware, the 19-year-old had no previous experience playing anywhere apart from the front row at senior level. Tolofua is a beast of a ball carrier, but he is far from indoctrinated in the basics of back row defence.Connacht immediately recognised that they could expose his lack of defensive awareness. From a scrum in the 48th minute, Marmion burst off to the right, using his pace to get as wide as possible.last_img read more

Quitting RSA boss to receive €979087 in lieu of 12months notice

first_imgMartin Scicluna, the company’s non-executive chairman is to take over as executive chairman in the short term and will oversee the recruitment process for Lee’s replacement.Read: RSA Insurance executives suspended as firm announces €84m profit shortfallRead: Newbridge Credit Union taken over by Permanent TSB In line with his contractual agreement and the Remuneration Committee’s policy on termination of employment, Mr Lee is entitled to receive £824,000 [€979,087] payment in lieu of twelve months’ notice, paid monthly and set off against any payments he receives for any future employment or appointment he accepts in the next twelve months.He will not receive any benefits (or compensation in lieu) in respect of this period. He will not be entitled to any bonus payments in respect of the 2013 or 2014 performance periods. RSA HAVE ANNOUNCED that CEO Simon Lee is stepping down with immediate effect. It follows the resignation last month of the Philip Smith, chief executive of the company’s Irish operation.Smith was one of three top executives who had initially been suspended after alleged irregularities were uncovered. Auditors PwC are currently carrying out an investigation of the group’s claims and finance operations — the report is expected to be handed in next month.RSA also confirmed today its Irish reserves would need a boost of €154 million, in addition to the €83 million previously announced on 8 November, after the problems were uncovered after a routine audit.The company said it intended to inject €160 million “to ensure that the solvency ratio of RSA Insurance Ireland is maintained above 200 per cent”.According to a the companylast_img read more

iFixIt tears down the Nintendo 3DS the most cameraladen gadget yet

first_imgThose wonderful gadgetological vivisectionists over at iFixIt have once again unsheathed their phillips head screwdrivers, polished their pliers and unraveled the mysteries of the torx with this week’s gadget du jour: the Nintendo 3DS. Let’s take a look at what they found once the 3DS’ guts were spilled across the table.Describing the Nintendo 3DS as “the most camera-laden device we’ve ever taken apart,” the iFixIt guys found three cameras inside, which, if you studied math, you’ll quickly realize is one whole camera sensor for each dimension. But what about that fancy glasses-free 3D?iFixIt explains the technology well, noting that a parallax barrier layer in the top LCD responds to adjustments made with the 3D slider and slightly changes the image between each of the viewer’s eyes accordingly. What about the silicon? Here’s what iFixIt found inside: a Nintendo 1048 0H ARM CPU; Fujitsu MB82M8080-07L; Toshiba THGBM2G3P1FBAI8 NAND Flash; Texas Instruments PAIC3010B 0AA37DW and Invensense ITG-3270 MEMS Gyroscope.So far, so good, but here’s where things get really disappointing: battery life. Battery life on the 3DS is abysmal for a portable handheld. With each charge, you’ll only get between 3 to 5 hours of 3D gaming, due in part — iFixIt reckons — to the faster processors and dual LCD layers for the parallax screen, necessitating drawing each frame twice. If you plan on just loading up classic DS games on your 3DS, the battery does more respectably, giving up to eight hours of playtime per three and a half hour charge, but no matter how you cut it, the 3DS seems disappointing when it comes to juice.As usual, there’s more. For some of the finer strokes, head on over to iFixIt and read the whole thing.Read more at iFixItlast_img read more

Oracle says its done sticks a second fork in OpenOffice

first_imgLast year, the LibreOffice project split away from Oracle’s OpenOffice.org (OOo). More than 30 developers were part of the original exodus, and with backing from heavy hitters like Google, Canonical, Novell, and Red Hat The Document Foundation hit the ground running with its alternative to the already-alternative productive suite, LibreOffice. Those sponsors had previously lent their support to Oracle’s project, and eventually the defections would prove to be more than Oracle could cope with. It became virtually impossible for the company to continue maintaining OpenOffice. With LibreOffice now the default offering in Ubuntu 11.04 and a good number of smaller Linux distributions following suit, interest in OOo seems to be spiraling down the drain.Fast forward to today, and Oracle has decided to wash its hands of OpenOffice (mostly). Control will be handed over to a community group, and Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven says Oracle will work with supporters in order “to further the continued success of Open Office.”As Ars Technica points out, it’s little more than a symbolic gesture at this point since the bulk of the OOo community has already moved on and pledged support to the LibreOffice fork. There’s no word yet on whether Oracle will give up the OpenOffice.org branding, though it seems unlikely given that it refused to let the LibreOffice crew have it once already.Screven does go on to state that Oracle will continue lending a hand with the adoption of standards-based, open formats like .ODF. That’s not a surprise considering Oracle’s history of involvement with open initiatives like Linux and MySQL. Yes, developers, I hear you snickering about the MySQL bit. For those of you who don’t know, it’s been forked as well due to community unrest.last_img read more

Every PS Vita can have multiple PSN accounts but memory card required

first_imgThe replacement for the PSP handheld will see a launch next year in Western markets (February 22 in the U.S.), and inevitably questions are being raised about the different features the PS Vita has to offer. One sticking point recently was the revelation that each PS Vita was thought to be tied to one PSN account. Thankfully, that has now been clarified by Sony, but those sharing a Vita will have to spend more money beyond the price of the machine in order to do so.A single PS Vita device can have multiple user accounts on it. That’s the good news. The bad news is, Sony has decided to tie each account to one of their proprietary, and very expensive memory cards. That means you’ll have to spend at least $29.99 to get a 4GB card in order to store your PSN details. It’s likely you’ll want and need more storage than that though, with the price of the larger cards escalating as follows:4GB: $29.998GB: $44.9916GB: $69.9932GB: $119.99Once a memory card is associated with a PSN ID, the only way to reset it is to factory reset your PS Vita because the card is bonded to the machine as well as the PSN account. We’re not sure how that will work if you have multiple accounts setup, but just want to un-associate one of your memory cards.Gamers who like to run PSN accounts for US, European, and Japanese territories now have to face up to a rather more expensive Vita purchase. Even with the cheapest memory card they will have to spend $90 to access all three accounts, and that’s on top of the $250 or $300 price of the Wi-Fi or 3G hardware.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

Body found in search for missing motherofthree in Louth

first_img Ruth Maguire Image: Ciara Wilkinson Mar 18th 2019, 10:00 AM Updated Mar 18th 2019, 2:50 PM GARDAÍ HAVE SAID a body has been found as part of their search for a missing mother-of-three.Ruth Maguire (30), from Newcastle, Co Down, had last been seen close to midnight on Saturday night in the county Louth village.She was part of a group of 32 women on a hen party.Searches began yesterday and resumed again this morning to try to find Ruth. Among the groups involved in the search were Irish Coastguard Rescue helicopter, the Mourne Mountain Rescue who are searching scrubland, Bangor Coastguard with their specially trained search dog and Belfast coastguard as well as Dundalk sub-aqua search and rescue.The Garda Under Water unit was also requested to attend the scene.In a statement, gardaí said the body of a woman had been discovered in the water at Carlingford Lough this afternoon.Searches have now been stood down, and gardaí thanked the public, volunteers and the Coast Guard for its assistance in this case. With reporting from Elaine Keogh Body found in search for missing mother-of-three in Louth Ruth Maguire hadn’t been seen since Saturday evening. Short URL 96 Comments Ruth Maguire By Sean Murraycenter_img Image: Ciara Wilkinson Monday 18 Mar 2019, 2:50 PM 253,838 Views Share747 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4548629 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des scientifiques tentent de créer une étoile miniature en laboratoire

first_imgDes scientifiques tentent de créer une étoile miniature en laboratoireAu National Ignition Facility, en Californie, les scientifiques ont pour but d’achever la construction du premier réacteur à fusion durable du monde, capable de créer une étoile miniature sur Terre.Une série d’expériences clés qui ont abouti ces dernières semaines amène les scientifiques à penser qu’ils se rapprochent du résultat final : une réaction de fusion stable et utilisable devrait voir le jour d’ici 2012, selon eux. D’après le centre de recherche, le 2 novembre 2010, ils ont enclenché les 192 faisceaux lasers au coeur du réacteur et ils ont été capables d’atteindre la cible, un récipient en verre contenant des gaz tritium et deutérium. À lire aussiUn time-lapse époustouflant dévoile le ciel nocturne du désert des MojavesCette libération d’énergie s’est élevée à une magnitude d’1,3 million méga joules, un record, et la température du pic de radiation a atteint au coeur du réacteur six millions de degrés Fahrenheit. Notons que la température au centre de notre soleil est de 27 millions de degrés Fahrenheit.Cette expérience n’a pas permis d’obtenir une réaction durable bien que les résultats permettent aux scientifiques d’être confiants à propos du devenir du projet. Les chercheurs s’attèlent ardemment à la réalisation concrète de ce projet depuis l’ouverture du site de recherche en 1997. Ils espèrent voir dans cette fusion autonome, une solution cruciale pour la planète et les problèmes d’énergies. Découvrez en images ce réacteur : https://www.maxisciences.com/scientifique/quand-des-scientifiques-tentent-de-creer-une-etoile-en-laboratoire_art10410.html Le 15 novembre 2010 à 18:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Inslee clean energy bill passes Washington Senate

first_imgOLYMPIA — The state Senate on Friday passed a key piece of Gov. Jay Inslee’s legislative climate agenda, the same day he announced he’s running for president by making fighting global warming his main issue.The bill, which seeks to eliminate fossil fuels like natural gas and coal from the state’s electricity supply by 2045, passed the chamber on a 28-19 vote Friday and now heads to the House for consideration.Inslee announced his 2020 White House bid Friday and said that addressing climate change will be the central issue in his campaign.The bill is the centerpiece of a proposal Inslee announced in December. Washington, which relies heavily on hydroelectric power, already generates 75 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources. The measure would require utilities to eliminate coal as an energy source by the end of 2025 as the first step toward a goal to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045.Hydroelectric power would count toward the goal, giving the state about 25 years to find carbon-free sources for the remaining 25 percent of its electricity needs.The penalty for noncompliance would be $60 for each megawatt-hour.The bill’s Democratic sponsor in the Senate called the plan necessary to combat global climate change.“We have a moral responsibility to engage on every level,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, after the bill passed. “The idea that we don’t have that responsibility is a punch in the face of our grandchildren’s grandchildren.”last_img read more

Capital bill aids building projects

first_imgMoney to rebuild Vancouver’s Crestline Elementary School, to build an airplane hangar and a cosmetology building at the Clark County Skills Center, and to start a community garden in West Vancouver are just some local projects in the state’s new two-year, $3.6 billion capital budget.The bill passed the Legislature over the weekend and was signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.It directs the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to fast-track any eligible money from its construction assistance program to rebuild Crestline. The school burned down in February, after the deadline to request state assistance. Evergreen Public Schools would have had to wait an extra year to get state money if the provision to expedite funds didn’t pass.Now, “we don’t have to try to find some sort of loan to carry us through,” Evergreen’s chief operating manager, Mike Merlino, said Monday, calling the budget “good news” for Crestline. “The belief is, we will have enough to rebuild the school as we intend to rebuild it.”The exact amount that Crestline will receive was not specified in the budget, and school officials are still determining how much the new school will cost. Merlino estimated the district will need at least $5 million in state assistance. The rest of the rebuilding costs are covered by insurance.Until the school opens in 2014, Crestline students will meet in rented space at the old Hewlett-Packard campus on Southeast 34th Street.Other education projectsThe budget provides the Clark County Skills Center with $1.7 million to construct two new buildings on its campus. One would serve as a cosmetology school, as well as providing larger classrooms to accommodate the school’s growth. The other will be an airplane hangar to serve the school’s new aviation program.last_img read more

Lowery Sets Out to Unseat Anita Bonds on DC Council

first_imgJeremiah Lowery has his sights set on becoming an advocate for progressive issues on the D.C. Council as an at-large Democrat. He will stake his chances against council veteran Anita Bonds (D-At-large), who recently announced she will run for reelection. She has been on the District’s council since 2012.Jeremiah Lowery, a progressive activist, will run against D.C. Council member Anita Bonds and two others for the at-large council seat in 2018. (Courtesy photo)“I am running to transform D.C. from what it is to what it must be to guarantee that everyone has an opportunity to live and thrive here,” Lowery said. “This means having accessible high-quality child care for all parents. It means providing opportunities for workers to build a city run on 100 percent clean energy, making D.C. environmentally sustainable and a leader in the green economy. This means working with residents, tenants, community leaders, and advocates to use community land trusts to develop and preserve affordable housing, expand green spaces, and create small community-centered businesses.”Lowery is the director of the Universal Childcare NOW D.C. Coalition, an organization seeking to expand access to high-quality child care to all parents in the District of Columbia. Lowery was present at the Sept. 21 D.C. Council hearings on bills by D.C. Council members Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and Robert White (D-At Large) to expand infant and toddler education opportunities and set up an early childhood care network that is affordable in the city, respectively.Lowery is also a climate justice organizer at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. In 2016, he was appointed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to the D.C. Food Policy Council as a commissioner/member. Lowery graduated from Potomac High School in Prince George’s County in 2003 and from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008.Lowery said his personal experiences growing up in the District have led him to seek a seat on its legislative body. “My mother was born and raised in Washington, D.C.,” Lowery said. “She lived part of her life in a foster care system that was broken and in a homeless shelter that did more to set her back than move her forward. My father, who worked as a security guard, had to bring me to his workplace because he couldn’t afford childcare. I am running to tackle the systemic problems that are facing residents, many of whom are dealing with the same issues that my own family and I dealt with.”“In this city, we have a housing crisis, unaffordable child care, and vulnerable populations in the city that need help such as returning citizens and youth,” he said, adding that as a member of the council he will work to address those concerns and help those in his targeted population.“Young people can have jobs in the green economy,” Lowery said. “I want affordable housing cooperatives for residents and lower the property tax rates for seniors.”Lowery has been making the political rounds in the city, attending the Ward 8 Democrats Biennial Convention and Anacostia Coordinating Council events in September. In addition to Bonds, Lowery’s opponents for the seat include Marcus Goodwin, 28, an acquisitions associate for a D.C.-based real estate developer, and resident Justin Green Sr.“I am not against Anita Bonds,” he said. “I have the utmost respect for her. I have policy solutions that I am running on.”Bonds told the AFRO on Oct. 8 that she first met Lowery at the Ward 8 Democrats Biennial Convention and they had a brief chat. “He told me he was running on the issues such as environment and not against me as a person,” she said. “I said fine. Let me say that I am running for re-election and will continue to work on behalf of the people if I am re-elected.”Douglass Sloan, a political commentator on District politics, told the AFRO on Oct. 7 that Lowery has a tough job ahead if he wants to defeat Bonds. “He will be running against her and two other Black millennials for that seat,” Sloan said. He added that Bonds will have the solid support of seniors and Black women in the city, and she will have a strong fundraising base to tap.“The way I see it, I see Lowery and the two other millennials splitting the vote but the race is still early,” he said.The Democratic primary will be held June 19, 2018 and the general election will take place on Nov. 6, 2018.last_img read more

MovieBob Review CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

first_imgStay on target Is Christopher Robin good?Yes.For adults or for kids?The kids will dig it. Just… tell `em the theater is really dusty at the adult eye level.Ah. One of those?Big time.What’s it about?Picking up roughly 20 years after Christopher Robin departs The Hundred Acre Wood for boarding school at the end of Disney’s original animated The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh adaptation (to which this is framed as more-or-less a sequel to). The story centers on Ewan McGregor as now-grown Christopher hardened into a dreary adult by the early death of his own father, his service in World War II and the pressures of a thankless office job to the point where his world-weariness is beginning to prematurely sap the joy from his relationship with his own wife and daughter. When he’s forced by a grim work assignment (he’s an efficiency manager) to miss a planned holiday weekend with them, he finds his despondency interrupted by the sudden reappearance of his old – apparently not imaginary after all – friend Winnie The Pooh. Who benignly prods him into a quest to help locate the other stuffed-animal companions who’ve gone missing in a mysterious fog that’s descended over the Hundred Acre Wood in his absence.So… it’s Hook, but for Winnie The Pooh?That’s the long and short of it, yes.Geez – What kind of emotional sadist came up with that?? I’m choked-up already…Every generation of kids needs at least one fantasy movie that’s gently-delightful for them while emotionally-devastating their parents in ways they won’t comprehend for years to come. (The screenplay is credited to Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder, for the record, with Marc Forster directing.)But you’re saying it’s NOT a huge downer?It’s a slow-burn tearjerker for sure, depending on how attached you are to the Pooh characters specifically, “lost innocence of youth” narratives in general or how much guilt you might be carrying around yourself about either abandoned childhood dreams or an unhappily-prioritized work/life balance; but it’s aiming to be a fundamentally uplifting experience and an authentic “Disney Pooh” romp at the same time – not a gut-punch. The metaphor is, admittedly, a bit on the nose and at certain points it almost feels like the film might’ve at one point been meant to take a more subdued “esoteric” approach…“Esoteric” how?The prelude and cross-cutting leading up to Pooh’s emergence into the “real” world implies a metaphysical connection between Christopher’s psyche/memory, Pooh’s sentience itself and the stability of their world. This is, i.e. Pooh waking to realize that the others are missing and something has gone wrong with the Wood seemingly being triggered by an emotional breaking-point on Christopher’s part. It’s easy to imagine a version that was more decisively-centered on McGregor’s psyche and interior experience, that centered the animal characters less and left the “reality” of Pooh’s reappearance more ambiguous. Whereas the film-proper is more straightforward, with the dream-logic allusions informing the aesthetic rather than the storyline, Pooh, and friends getting extended scenes to themselves and a fast-paced “rush-to-save-the-day” third act that serve to leave no doubt as to whether or not this is all really happening.And that works?I think it does, absolutely. The main audience for this will be young kids who aren’t going to question the nature of it in the first place, for one thing. The overall result is a very tender, gentle, often achingly sincere family film that balances out a near-complete lack of cynicism or “edge” with a shaggy, lived-in, decidedly English visual sensibility that finds sunshine in Autumnal hues and warmth in the metropolitan London bustle. And while it moves at a crisp tempo and features more than enough funny-animal shenanigans to keep the littlest ones engaged, the majority of it is admirably restrained and deliberately paced – with the bulk of the middle act given over to long scenes of McGregor simply traveling from place to place in humorously-frustrating yet enlightening conversation with Pooh.How are the actors?They make the difference, definitely. McGregor’s arc isn’t the most complex in the world, and you can see the journey and necessary steps he’ll have to take stretched out clear fairly early. But he ably gets us onboard with the reality of his character which is impressive considering most his screentime is spent alone explaining himself to CGI animals. Similar credit as well to Haley Atwell and Bronte Carmichael as Christopher’s wife and daughter, who get a bit more screentime than such characters typically get in “sad dads learning to be boys again” movies like this and both give richly-textured turns with the opportunity.The MVP, of course, is voice-acting legend Jim Cummings once again voicing Pooh himself. Just hearing the familiar voice deliver some of the iconic dialogue is enough to send a palpable shiver through the audience. But the script and Cummings by now transcendent-level second-nature performance make effectively perfect use of Pooh’s signature rambling, malapropism-laden dialogue. It’s a way of putting a cushion under some pretty heavy exchanges about aging, depression, relationships, life, death, growing up and loss so that it’s all funny for the kids even as older audiences are getting all choked up under the emotional weight of it.Do… do they do the original songs?Some of them, yes. Plus, a sampling of new ones from original songwriter Richard Sherman (of “The Sherman Brothers” – Disney deep-lore fans will want to watch the credits.)Oh wow. So it’s a recommendation, then.Very much. Christopher Robin is a low-key, deep-impact winner that feels like a welcome emotional balm in a Summer season where even most family films have been characterized by bombast and frenetic gag-a-minute pacing. Infused with a sweet but not at all treacly atmosphere the comes in like a gentle hug and should leave young audiences smiling and content even as the grownups are sobbing like they haven’t since Won’t You Be My Neighbor. 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5 Innovative Uses for Machine Learning

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » January 19, 2018 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Though its time horizon can’t be predicted, artificial intelligence (AI) promises to foundationally influence modern society, for better or worse. A sub-genre of AI — machine learning — has garnered particular attention from the pundits for its potential impact on the world’s most important industries.Related: Top 3 Ways Machine Learning Will Create JobsDue to the resulting hype, massive amounts of talent and resources are entering this space.But what is machine learning and why should we care about it in the first place? The answer is that, in the broadest sense, machine learning models are an application of AI in which algorithms independently predict outcomes. In other words, these models can process large data sets, extract insights and make accurate predictions without the need for much human intervention.Numerous value-generating implications result from the accelerated development of this technology, and many are poised to radically streamline the business world. Here are five of the most innovative use cases for machine learning. They’ll be coming into your life — at least your business life — sooner than you think.1. Widescale use of autonomous vehiclesThe wide-scale adoption of autonomous vehicles represents a far more efficient future for transportation. Early reports indicate that self-driving cars could reduce traffic-related fatalities by as much as 90 percent.Though we’re probably a few years away from consumer production, the adoption of autonomous vehicles by society is, at this point, inevitable. However, the time scale for adoption of this technology largely depends upon regulatory action, which often lies outside of the tech world’s control.Software engineers developing these self-driving “fleets of the future” are relying heavily upon machine-learning technologies to power the algorithms that enable vehicles to operate autonomously. These models effectively integrate data points from a number of different sensors — lidar (a survey method using lasers), radars and cameras — to operate the vehicle. These deep-learning algorithms become more intelligent over time, leading to safer driving.Related: Automatic Insights: How AI and Machine Learning Improve Customer Service2. A more efficient healthcare networkAlthough a critical part of the economy, the healthcare industry still operates on top of an inefficient legacy infrastructure. A major point of concern is finding ways to preserve sensitive patient details while still optimizing the system.Luckily, we can apply innovative machine learning algorithms (that operate without humans) to process large sets of healthcare data without breaching confidentiality contracts. Furthermore, we can use these models to better analyze and understand diagnoses, risk factors and coefficients of causation.As Dr. Ed Corbett has pointed out: “It’s clear that machine learning puts another arrow in the quiver of clinical decision making.“Machine learning in medicine has recently made headlines,” said Corbett, the medical officer at Health Catalyst. “Google has developed a machine learning algorithm to help identify cancerous tumors on mammograms. Stanford is using a deep learning algorithm to identify skin cancer.”3. Embedded retail-management systemsThe international retail sector has consistently generated over $20 trillion in sales a year for the past few years. This staggering figure comes with an enormous amount of consumer-behavior data (demographics, trends and tastes), compiled from an infinite trough of consumer-shopping patterns and tendencies.However, many retail companies are struggling to implement these valuable insights, since the information often comes from disconnected data warehouses. As a result, there is a massive opportunity to implement machine learning models that enable retailers to better understand their customers and provide a more personalized customer experience.Using previously acquired data, machine learning models can predict everything from which products to recommend to when to give out discounts. Ecommerce retailers, in particular, can combine digital behavior patterns to optimize the entire user journey, from the first point of contact, to the purchase of an item, to follow-up.4. Improved moderating of contentThe moderating of content is a major concern for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as they endeavor to deliver accurate information to their audiences. As the previous election cycle highlighted, the failure to properly overseecontent can have severe repercussions.In response to the public outcry over “fake news,” Facebook recently announced it would hire 3,000 new employees specifically to look after the platform’s newsfeed content. This anxiety, however, extends far beyond social media, owing to how tech conglomerates like Google are pouring significant capital into developing content-monitoring teams of their own to support their fast-growing marketplaces.Emerging machine learning and AI platforms, such as Orions Systems, are providing proprietary systems to “grow and adapt the interactions between humans and artificial intelligence” for tasks like moderating content at scale.Uniquely, these technologies are addressing the task of moderating content with innovative tools and resources (analyzing, for instance, the context and content of every frame of video) so that employees can work more productively. This is an important advancement, as training machine learning to deal with video is notoriously difficult.5. Advanced cybersecurityCybercrime damage costs are estimated to soar past $6 trillion annually by 2021. Experts predict that companies will spend over $1 trillion in cybersecurity services from 2017 to 2021 to counterbalance this growing threat. Clearly, cybersecurity will continue to be a major priority for startups and large enterprises alike.Researchers are developing clever ways to implement machine learning models to detect fraud, prevent phishing and defend against cyberattacks. Defense-mechanism systems are being trained, using past data, to quickly spot and protect against suspicious activity. Unlike humans, these algorithms can run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without depletion.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of MarketingAs these machine learning models become more accessible to developers, they’ll start to gain mass endorsements from consumers and enterprises. And, as that happens, it will be interesting to see which models come  out on top.last_img read more

IXTAPA MEXICO – Capella Ixtapa which formally we

first_imgIXTAPA, MEXICO – Capella Ixtapa, which formally welcomes its first guests today, marks the North American debut of the growing Capella Hotels and Resorts brand. The 59-room cliff-side hotel, tucked into Mexico’s lush Sierra Madre mountain side overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is the first of four Capella Hotels and Resorts properties to open in Mexico. Joining Capella Ixtapa will be Capella Pedregal, set to open in Cabo San Lucas Spring 2009, Capella Bahia Maroma in Riviera Maya, scheduled for a Spring 2009 opening, and Capella Nahui, opening in Riviera Nayarit in Winter 2010.“We couldn’t be more excited to unveil Capella Ixtapa,” comments Romana Heeg, general manager, Capella Ixtapa. “We’re proud to be the first to introduce the Capella experience to Mexico and travelers from all over the world.”Guestrooms and suites cascade down a cliff toward the Pacific Ocean and range in size from 550 to 1,150-square-feet, each boasting airy outdoor terraces fronting the ocean and individual plunge pools thoughtfully positioned out of sight from other suites. Guestrooms also come equipped with a central computer system with controls for all of the room’s functions (lights, curtains, etc.) at bedside.The 6,000-square-foot Spa at Capella Ixtapa, the region’s only full-service spa, wellness and fitness facility, features six individual treatment rooms and an additional couples treatment room with a rain shower and Jacuzzi. Spa guests will be greeted with a foot cleanse and massage before being personally escorted to treatment rooms. Plunge pools are a highlight of all 59 guestrooms, the resort beach is a welcome respite, and a nearby beach provides snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking. Additionally, Capella Ixtapa enjoys proximity to two 18-hole championship golf courses. All activities, as well as dining reservations and off-site experiences, can be arranged by Capella’s signature Personal Assistants, who are on-hand to make the Capella Ixtapa experience unique and memorable. www.capellaixtapa.comlast_img read more

Telecoms worker killed in fall

first_imgΑ 52-year-old telecoms worker was killed on Thursday after he fell from a pole he had been working on in the Kampos area of the British base of Akrotiri.Demetris Demetriou, a technician at CyTA, fell several metres to the ground under circumstances that are being investigated.Bases medics scrambled to the scene and Demetriou was airlifted to Nicosia general hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.A post mortem is scheduled for Friday.  You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more