SJHL teams get mental health fund after Broncos crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Saskatchewan hockey officials have announced an assistance program for players and their families following a bus crash that killed 15 people.The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.The Broncos were heading to a playoff game Friday when their bus collided with a truck at an intersection north of Tisdale.Fourteen others were injured.Former National Hockey League player Sheldon Kennedy was at the fund announcement and says many players will need long-term help to deal with the trauma.Kennedy survived a bus crash in 1986 that killed four of his teammates with the Swift Current Broncos.“We know more today than we ever did back then,” Kennedy said.“The scars that last a lifetime are real.”last_img read more

Flight to LA makes emergency Iqaluit landing

first_imgAPTN National NewsA flight from London heading to Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in Iqaluit Tuesday afternoon.American Airlines flight 137 landed in Iqaluit at 12:25 p.m. local time as a result of a medical emergency.According to Nunavut health officials, one of the passengers was admitted to hospital, but was treated and released.An American Airlines spokesperson said the plane also made a hard landing and had to be inspected before it could take off again.It made for a long day for the 236 passengers onboard.The plane hit the skies for L.A. at 3:30 p.m. local time.last_img

Ban calls on Myanmars authorities to build on recent gains towards transition

A new Government was established in the South-East Asian nation six months ago, and more recently the country has received a series of high-level bilateral visits. In addition, President Thein Sein has made a pledge for Myanmar to “catch up with the changing world.”“Real opportunities for progress exist, but the Government must step up its efforts for reform if it is to bring about an inclusive – and irreversible – transition,” Mr. Ban said in a press statement issued after the ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends on Myanmar, which was held at UN Headquarters on the margins of the 66th session of the General Assembly. “In particular, the authorities must cultivate improved dialogue with all political actors and release all remaining political prisoners,” he said.Mr. Ban said change is not only possible, but necessary, adding that the international community has a responsibility to support Myanmar’s change.Formed in 2007, the Group of more than a dozen nations and regional blocs is designed to serve as a consultative forum for developing a shared approach in support of the Secretary-General’s good offices mandate on Myanmar.Meanwhile, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister told the Assembly’s high-level debate today that the Government has launched a series of political, economic and social reforms aimed at improving the welfare of its people, but voiced regret that these efforts are being hampered by international economic sanctions.Wunna Maung Lwin said that States that imposed unilateral sanctions against Myanmar should lift them now that it has “emerged as a new democratic nation in accordance with the constitution approved by the overwhelming majority of the people.”He stated that Myanmar attached great importance to the promotion and protection of human rights, and that fundamental rights are guaranteed by the “relevant provisions of the constitution.”As a gesture of “national reconsolidation,” the Government had last month offered an olive branch to all “national race armed groups,” Mr. Lwin said, adding that some of the groups had accepted the reconciliation offer.He also highlighted what he said was the granting of an amnesty to 20,000 prisoners by Mr. Sein in May and that all of them had been released by the end of July.“The President in exercising the mandate vested upon him by the constitution will further grant an amnesty at an appropriate time in the near future.”The Government is also reaching out to the international community, Mr. Lwin said, pointing out that Myanmar had received visits by heads of State and high-level delegations from regional and international organisations over the past five months. The President also made official visits to Indonesia and China. 27 September 2011Recent developments bode well for progress in Myanmar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while calling on the new Government to do more to ensure to bring about an inclusive transition. read more

South Africa says unemployment at highest level in a decade

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa says unemployment has reached its highest level in a decade at 29%.Second-quarter figures released Tuesday show the number of unemployed rose by 573,000 over the past year, with only 21,000 jobs created.It is the latest grim report for Africa’s most developed economy, which in May announced that growth had dropped by the most in a decade during the first quarter.President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration is under public pressure to turn around the economy and clean up corruption. That dissatisfaction led to the worst election showing in 25 years for Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress in May.The unemployment numbers were released on the same day that South Africa’s struggling state-owned power utility Eskom announced losses of more than 20 billion rand ($1.4 billion) last fiscal year.The Associated Press read more

Somalia UN condemns second deadly terrorist attack in less than a week

According to initial reports, a car bomb – the second in less than a week – detonated outside a popular restaurant in Mogadishu on the evening of 15 October killing at least 5 people. In a statement, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, strongly condemned the attack and urged a quick response to bring the perpetrators to justice “swiftly.” “I am appalled by the complete disregard for the lives of ordinary Somalis, including children and passers-by,” Mr. Kay said. “Such crimes violate the most basic principles of humanity.” On 13 October, another attack left an estimated 13 people dead raising concerns about the impact such terrorist acts might have on the country’s tenuous peace. Although Somalia has long been torn by factional fighting and the spread of militant religious fanaticism in the guise of Al-Shabaab, recent military gains against the terrorist group have permitted the Federal Government of Somalia, with the assistance of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), to pursue a peace and state building agenda and to strengthen the country’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance. “The United Nations remains determined in our support for the Somali people as they work to realise their hope for a peaceful and stable future,” added Mr. Kay. read more

Hyundai joins the London Hydrogen Partnership

Hyundai Motor Company has strengthened its commitment to a cleaner, low carbon future by joining the Mayor’s London Hydrogen Partnership (LHP). Hyundai and LHP representatives, including Deputy London Mayor, Kit Malthouse, signed the agreement at the Greater London Authority headquarters last week.The LHP has initiated more than £50 million worth of hydrogen projects, attracting and rolling-out new hydrogen buses, taxis, scooters, refueling stations, materials handling vehicles and fuel cell Combined Heat and Power units to London. By joining the LHP, Hyundai will provide its knowledge in fuel cell electric vehicles, helping to drive development of the infrastructure needed to achieve a hydrogen economy.Deputy Mayor and Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, Kit Malthouse said, “Hyundai and members of the London Hydrogen Partnership will develop a plan for fuel cell vehicles, and will plan the hydrogen refueling station roll-out across London. Hyundai will provide invaluable insights and bring global experience to the Mayor’s innovative ‘smart’ low carbon, low emission transport activities. This partnership will help to continue placing London’s economy at the forefront of science and innovation.’President and CEO of Hyundai Motor UK, Tony Whitehorn commented, “Hyundai is proud to be joining the London Hydrogen Partnership, helping to create a future for the capital that’s cleaner and more sustainable. Hydrogen delivers considerable environmental benefits and we are looking forward to working closely with the other partners of the LHP to drive forward its widespread introduction.”Earlier this year Hyundai became the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to begin assembly-line production of the zero-emission, hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell. As well as being delivered to public and private fleets around the world, the car is being used by Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) to demonstrate the real-world benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology to members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials and other policymakers.Click through for more information on UK automotive and low carbon vehicles. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Dressta appoints Ferronordic Machines as allRussia dealer

first_imgDressta has appointed Ferronordic Machines as the official distributor of Dressta brand covering the entire nation of the Russian Federation. This new partnership adds to Ferronordic Machines’ product offering a full range of bulldozers and pipelayers. Headquartered in Stalowa Wola, Poland, Dressta has a rich heritage and has grown to become a global manufacturer of crawler dozers & pipelayers, renowned for engineering durable, powerful machines for the toughest applications, including in mining, where its products are widely used in bulk mining operations for stockpile management, conveyor shifting and other tasks.What gave to the company its current dynamism and a new vision for the future is its acquisition by Chinese group LiuGong in 2012, to officially become LiuGong Dressta Machinery. Since being acquired by LiuGong in 2012, Dressta has been steadily building its worldwide presence and reputation. The company focuses on continuous investment to R&D in order to drive innovation and further improvement of its products. In 2015, Dressta began to extend its network into new markets, such as South American countries like Chile, Ecuador and Argentina; whilst also strengthening its distribution reach in the home market of Europe with the appointment of dealers in the UK and France. The appointment of Ferronordic Machines in Russia further demonstrates Dressta’s commitment to expand its global footprint, says the company.To support its global network, Dressta has a “streamlined, efficient and responsive technical service organisation” within eight commercial and aftermarket hubs around the globe located in Russia, the US, South Africa, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Poland and Singapore “that provide a full sweep of technical & product support” to its customers and distributors. “Throughout its long history, Dressta has a proven track record in the CIS market having delivered around 14,000 units of machinery in Russia and the CIS countries. As the official distributor, Ferronordic Machines will also take over responsibility for the aftermarket support of the existing machinery population of Dressta bulldozers and pipelayers in Russia.”Lars Corneliusson, CEO & President of Ferronordic Machines, commented on the appointment:  “Dressta bulldozers are a perfect fit into our existing offering of products from Volvo CE and Terex Trucks. The addition of bulldozers will notably improve our ability to offer full-package solutions to our customers. This appointment is fully in line with our strategy to use our extensive dealer network to distribute complementary products.” Howard Dale, Chairman of the Board of Directors of LiuGong Dressta Machinery, said of the appointment: “We are pleased to have Ferronordic Machines on board of our global network: a fully fledged & dedicated distributor and leading service provider in CIS region. Both Dressta’s and Ferronordic’s mission & vision are parallel in this great industry and I have no doubts that this partneship will be a fruitful one for our customers in the region. Top-notch customer oriented service approach offered from more than 70 locations in Russia along with the extensive product offering of Dressta will create high-level 360 degree solutions that can meet expectations of even of the most demanding customers in Russia.”last_img read more

The iWallet biometrically protects your cards and cash with a fingerprint reader

first_imgAlthough they haven’t caught on as much as we might have all thought a few years back, biometric fingerprint readers are still useful for preventing expensive gadgets like your laptop from being accessed by data snoopers… but let’s face facts: much as you might not want thieves accessing your laptop, your wallet is just as much of a big deal, if not more so.We think, then, that the iWallet is absolute genius: it keeps all of your cash, credit cards and identification locked down with your fingerprint by using a biometric fingerprint reader to restrict access to you and you alone.It actually gets better, though. For added security, the iWallet will actually link to your smartphone via Bluetooth. If at that point your iWallet is separated more than 10-15 feet from your cellphone — in other word, if it loses its pairing — a loud alarm will sound. Not so great if a thief manages to walk off with both your phone and your wallet, but still. Unfortunately, a wallet this cool and high-tech isn’t going to be cheap: it starts at $300 for the polycarbonate model, $400 for the fiber glass and $600 for carbon fiber. Still, how can you put a price on security?Read more at iWalletlast_img read more

Great expectation for yellow brick road

first_imgIn L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the overwhelming power of banking oligopolie and the culture of debt is satirised and the Tin Man, representing the industrial worker, the Scarecrow the farmer realise their true mettle on the Yellow Brick Road.Mark Bouris, the head of Yellow Brick Road has always taken on the banks. If you are looking for the migrant rags to riches story then Bouris’ story is a quintessential one. Bouris is best known as the founder of Wizard Home Loans, a leading Australian non-bank mortgage lender founded in 1996, which was sold in 2004 for $500 million. When pushed to highlight the key elements of his success, he points to his love and knowledge of financial services.And the fact that he never accepted the establishment saying, “I chose to compete against the financial oligopoly.”Bouris never loses sight of his immigrant roots in Sydney’s west.“People like me, the son of a migrant, never feel part of the establishment, never.“Not that I felt shunned, but also growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, I knew that I was not an invited guest.”So, the only option for Bouris was “to operate on the other side.” He was keen to take on the establishment and as he underscores “playing them at their own game.” It’s not a migrant “chip on the shoulder” that many of us have, which drives Bouris “I was never dark on anyone, it’s not because of a chip on the shoulder… not because of a hatred of the establishment; its basic, it’s what you have to do.“You either sink or swim, and part of my family’s values is that you swim.”Bouris believes that hard work, respect for people, doing your best and never giving up were critical lessons his parents taught him.More than anything he is staunch believer in not expecting too much.“My parents said, ‘Mark don’t expect a job in the bank, don’t expect a Porsche. You want it, you work hard and get it.’” His philosophy is simple and understandable; if you have low expectations then you face fewer disappointments. “The people who fall over, who give up, are the people who during their lives have had expectations in their life about what they deserve and what they are entitled to.” Bouris doesn’t expect anything, “I never did, and that comes down to the fact that when my family came to this nation we had nothing.”He cautions Greek Australians of his generation about melding the great love of our children and great expectations. “We as migrants and as Greeks mix our great love for our children with too many expectations for the ones we never had, and that can be a mistake.” Making our children expect too much can be setting them up for a fall, as far as Bouris is concerned. “You need to remind them that this does not come as a right in a sense of society, no one owes you anything.”So why the gilded notion of Yellow Brick Road Bouris’ new financial services franchise? He noticed that people in his area and new migrants, once Greek and Italians now Chinese, Lebanese and Indians, grew up thinking they “did not deserve anything” “As immigrants and children of immigrants we believe we are not entitled to anything, so we work our arses off to prove that we deserve something.”Financial advice is something that Bouris believes we all deserve and we need it from people that understand our locality and our culture. “What I am trying to do is take advice to everyone where they live.”Yellow Brick Road is unique in offering access in the locality and area where one lives. Bouris is setting up branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and is aiming to franchise across Australia. “I want people to join my business that believe in what I believe in. I want them to believe in the Socratic method.”Socrates looms large in Bouris’ mind, “He was the greatest philosopher that ever lived and his style was to ask questions, and today its still an extraordinarily great thing.” Yellow Brick Road are Socratic financial advisors; “They understand our reality, be it our migrant background, or local Aussies when you come into our office. We will ask you the right questions and then we’ll find the right person on our organisation and over time we’ll work out with you what you are trying to achieve.”Yellow Brick Road provides advice on finances, on retirement, on a marketing strategy for your business, or a financial plan for your retirement. “We’ll be a friend, a mentor and with no pressure, ” says Bouris. For Bouris the most important thing in life is securing the right financial advice; “It’s important to have your own home and to retire well, it is the most important thing, especially for Greeks, they love to retire well.” Bouris, the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow, all sought something down the Yellow Brick Road, which they already had in them, “they were looking for their true characteristics and they found through the journey what they always had.”For more information go to www.ybr.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Inhofe Satisfied with Troops Training for Border Deployments

first_imgSenate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Monday after visiting troops deployed to the southern border he is satisfied with their training there, according to The Hill.Inhofe visited the troops during the Senate spring recess and as the Pentagon plans more border deployments.“I’ve been concerned about taking our troops out and putting them in areas that are not really the same thing they are normally accustomed to doing. Well, I was wrong about this,” he said. “Down here, the things that they would be doing on the border are very much the same things they would be doing in Afghanistan in terms of security.”Inhofe, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has backed the border deployment while earlier acknowledging he had concerns about military readiness.Inhofe later said he wants language in the National Defense Authorization Act recognizing the border deployments as “very effective” training in lieu of training “artificially” at bases.DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

JeanMichel Jarres Equinoxe Infinity Takes You On An Immersive VR Concert Experience

first_img See Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Equinoxe Infinity’ In VR jean-michel-jarres-equinoxe-infinity-takes-you-immersive-vr-concert-experience News The pioneering GRAMMY-nominated experimental electronic musician has teamed up with TheWaveVR to offer a fully immersive at-home concert experience—complete with customizable visuals—for his latest albumAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 30, 2018 – 2:01 pm The French GRAMMY-nominated avant-garde electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre has been putting out groundbreaking albums and putting on breathtaking shows since the ’70s. Now he’s catapulting his art further into the future with Virtual Reality for his 20th studio album, Equinoxe Infinity.With the help of TheWaveVR, a music-centric tech company that has also created VR experiences with other cutting-edge artists like GRAMMY winner Imogen Heap, Jarre is offering the world a new way to see his live shows—now virtually and customizable. The special VR experience will also allow participants the ability to remix his music and invite other headset users to their show, all within the app.Jarre explains that this was the first time he thought about the visual elements before beginning to make the music, meaning the VR experience will surely offer a whole new layer to the album. “For the first time in my life I started from the visuals, and having all the visuals of the artwork before starting one note of music,” Jarre explained in the “making of” the album video above.He also shared his excitement about being able to offer a new visual experience to more people in more spaces. The in-app visuals will feature creations by digital artist Sutu, made specifically for the experience, and can be customized by the user. “Virtual reality is part of the next frontier of music,” Jarre told Billboard. “I loved that spatial art – one of the specialties of my live shows – isn’t limited to scale or real-life constraints. Creators can host the concert of their imagination. This is where Equinoxe Infinity belongs.”Jarre has been experimenting with sound as an avant-garde electronic musician since the ’70s, when there were very few others in the electronic music space, and has continued to release cutting-edge music and put on energetic laser-filled live shows. Released on Nov. 16, Equinoxe Infinity is Jarre’s 20th studio album and follow up to 1978’s Equinoxe, his second studio album, 40 years later.He received his first GRAMMY nomination for 1986’s Rendez-Vous, for Best New Age Recording at the 29th GRAMMY Awards. The album’s music was created for a special performance he gave in Houston celebrating NASA’s anniversary, and while it was an electronic recording, the GRAMMY’s Best Dance/Electronic Album category did not get added until 2004. Jarre was nominated in this category at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for 2015’s Electronica 1: The Time Machine, a 16-track album, each of which is a collab with a range of talented electronic artists, including fellow GRAMMY-nominees Moby, Armin Van Buuren and M83.Equinoxe Infinity will be available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets with the TheWaveVR app starting December 3, visit their website for more details.  To learn more about Jarre’s latest album, check out his website.Massive Attack To Celebrate 21 Years Of ‘Mezzanine’ With 2019 Anniversary TourRead more Email Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Equinoxe Infinity’ Takes You On An Immersive VR Concert Experience Facebook Twitter last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For September 6 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, September 6, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 101. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.At Town Hall: The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At The Library: Thursday Baby Times at 9:30am. Time for Twos at 10:30am. Empathic Meditation Drop-In at 11am. LEGO Building at 3:45pm. Revive Civility: Keynote Speaker Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer at 6:30pm.. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 3, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 9, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Hyundais new Continuously Variable Valve Duration tech boosts both power and efficiency

first_img News • 2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto Show 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 29 Photos Valve Hyundai Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Auto Tech Enlarge ImageThe picture might not look like all that much, but the benefits CVVD brings will be very important as emissions regulations continue to strengthen. Hyundai Variable valves are nothing new in the auto industry — if you’ve heard one “VTEC Is kicking in” joke, you’ve no doubt heard ’em all. But that’s not to say the idea behind variable valves has been completely explored, as we’ve learned from Hyundai and its latest piece of engine tech.Hyundai on Wednesday unveiled its new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology. According to the automaker, it’s capable of increasing performance by 4% while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency by 5% and decreasing overall emissions by 12%. Those are some pretty impressive numbers, considering how modern engines are already squeezing out as much performance and efficiency as possible.Unlike other systems we’ve heard about in the past, CVVD works by extending the time that a valve stays open. Specifically, the technology opens the intake valve during the middle and end of the compression stroke, which Hyundai claims reduces compression resistance, when the vehicle is at a constant speed and doesn’t need maximum engine output. When a person puts the pedal down, the intake valve closes at the beginning of the cylinder’s compression stroke, maximizing the amount of available air and improving performance. 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Preview • 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags Hyundai’s jumbo compact sedan communes with Google More about 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hyundai 1:42 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings an extra dose of style to… Comment 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings arresting style to New York That duration bit is key to understanding the difference between this and other variable-valve technologies. Variable valve timing adjusts when engine valves open and close during the usual four-stroke cycle. Variable valve lift controls the amount of air entering the cylinder by changing how far the valve opens. CVVD, according to Hyundai, allows for more flexibility based on the current driving style.Hyundai’s CVVD tech will make its debut in Hyundai’s new Smartstream engine family, which will appear in the new Sonata and Venue vehicles to start. Specifically, it will be included in a 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 with 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That motor will make its first appearance in the Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which is slated to come out later this year. More From Roadshow 1last_img read more

Budget talks entering final phase

first_imgState budget talks are entering their final phase. The House and Senate have appointed members to a budget conference committee.The committee will work out differences between the operating budgets passed by both bodies.Download AudioMark Neuman (R-Big Lake) and Steve Thompson (R-Fairbanks), two of the House members of the conference committee.  (File photo Rachel Waldholz, APRN – Anchorage)The House budget would cut 280 million dollars from the part of the budget under the Legislature’s control. The Senate would cut nearly 350 million.The biggest difference between the two budgets is that the Senate includes 100 million in cuts that aren’t allocated to a specific department. It’s not clear if the final budget will include this cut. The Legislature could find specific areas to cut, or ask Governor Bill Walker to make the cuts on his own.The House members of the conference committee are the Republican Finance Committee co-chairmen Mark Neuman of Big Lake and Steve Thompson of Fairbanks, and Anchorage Democrat Les Gara.The Senate members are Republicans Pete Kelly of Fairbanks and Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River, and Democrat Lyman Hoffman of Bethel.Hoffman is a member of the majority caucus, so there will be no minority-caucus senators on the conference committee.The minority-caucus Democrats lost their only member of the Senate Finance Committee in February, when Senator Donnie Olson switched caucuses. The Democrats also lost their status as an official minority caucus, which entitles them to have a member on standing committees.last_img read more

Nenana runs out of money to complete bridge intended to open agricultural

first_imgAn ambitious plan to develop agricultural land west of Nenana is on hold until the town can find another $5 million to complete work build a bridge across the Nenana River.Download AudioNenana Mayor Jason Mayrand says the city has bought all the materials needed to build the Nenana River bridge, such as these enormous cast-concrete girders, and stockpiled them near the construction site. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)Jason Mayrand scampers over a rock pile on the eastern bank of the Nenana River and points to a row of steel pilings hammered into the river-bottom near opposite bank, about 400 feet away.“… This is the long span,” Mayrand, Nenana’s mayor, said. “This is the expensive span.”That’s where work stopped last year on a project to build a 14-mile road to access lands west of the river for agricultural development. Mayrand and other local officials have for decades been pursuing the project, which he said would give a huge boost to the area’s economy.“There’s hundreds of thousands of acres of ag land out there,” Mayrand said. “There’s a lot of property.”Mayrand said Nenana spent about $3 million on the project for design and other preliminary work before getting $6.5 million in 2012 from a statewide transportation bond package. The money paid for improvements to the gravel road that leads to and from the river and construction of a small bridge across a nearby slough. But the mayor said the town ran out of money for the project last fall, soon after work began on a big bridge to span the main river channel.Nenana’s contractor was able to accomplish some work on the big bridge, including driving pilings into the riverbed near the opposite side, before money for the project ran out. (Photo by Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks)“We had originally budgeted this project years before it got funded,” Mayrand said. “And the expenses have slowly climbed up over time, just due to the economy and some other things that have come up. The price of fuel has gone up, the price of insurance has gone up, the price of materials has gone up, labor has gone up…”The mayor it’ll take another $5 million to finish the bridge.“We’re still pursuing extra sources of funding to finish the project,” Mayrand said. “But the state has no money, the feds have no money. There aren’t grant opportunities like there used to be. So, we’re doing the best we can with what we have.”The bridge is part of Totchaket Resource Development Corridor Access project, which Nenana officials estimated would cost $17 million. Mayrand said city officials requested only $6.5 million from the bond package because they’d been trying to keep costs low and because they assumed more funding would follow once the state started selling land opened up by the project.“Y’know, we’ve had inquiries from even farmers in the Lower 48 that’ve flown to Alaska to look at the land because they’re interested in farming it,” Mayrand said.A state Agriculture Division official who’s been working with the city on the project since 2008 agrees there’s still a lot of interest in the land. But Dan Proulx said the state won’t try to sell much of it until after the bridge is built.“With no bridge, it’s going to be really hard to sell 40 or 50 lots, or parcels, encompassing 10,000 acres. But if the bridge goes in, we can have a much larger sale,” Proulx said.Proulx said much of the area is unsurveyed and unappraised. And he said the state’s fiscal crisis makes it unlikely it’ll pay the costs of ferrying surveyors and appraisers into and out of the area by boat or aircraft.“… So basically, the cost of preparing it (the land) is exponentially larger without a bridge,” Proulx said.Longtime Nenana-area farmer Sven Ebbeson said he’s seen this problem many times. He said it’s one of the biggest obstacles to promoting the ag industry in Alaska.“One of the problems has been with agriculture parcels has been that the land has been sold without developing the infrastructure that you need for farming. Including access roads and so on,” Ebbeson said.It’s an all-too-common problem, said Katherine Eldemar, director of the state Division of Community and Regional Affairs.“It’s like anything in Alaska – building the infrastructure is something that is painfully neglected,” Eldemar said.Eldemar also said it’s unlikely the state will provide more funding for the bridge anytime soon. But she said her agency stands ready to help Nenana move ahead on the project.last_img read more

HandsOn Steel Rats Lets You Kill Robots While Riding a Huge Motorcycle

first_imgTate Multimedia has just announced its latest title, Steel Rats. At its core, Steel Rats is a high-octane motorcycle action game. What sets this 2.5D experience apart from others is its unique retro-futuristic art style. I had a chance to play the game recently and was impressed by how it is progressing so far.Steel Rats takes place in a “Dieselpunk” world inspired by 1940’s and 50’s Americana. The game’s heroes are the titular Steel Rats, who are defending their hometown of Coastal City against an invading army of automatons called junkbots. The demo I played featured four selectable characters. Though each one rides on top of a monstrous motorcycle, they all have unique weapons that make them feel distinct. There was only one playable level, but it gave me a good idea of what to expect from the full release.Being a 2.5D game, I was able to move my motorcycle up, down left and right. Using the bike’s front wheel saw blade allowed me to gain additional speed. Best of all, the saw blade slices through robots, cars, and even lets you cling to vertical walls. Since the game is physics-based, it did take some getting used to. For example, pulling the analog stick back too far would cause my bike to flip over. Once I got a feel for things, I was zipping through levels picking up collectibles and shooting up robots.I only got to play a single level, but it had multiple paths to explore. In that way, it was almost like playing three levels in one. The lower parts of the level had me racing through war-torn streets and abandoned subway tunnels. High above, I drove across rooftops littered with multiple ramps to jump across. I liked the upper part of the level the most since its dark blue skies were a nice contrast to the orange-hued streets below. These sort of multi-tiered levels certain give Steel Rats a great deal of replay value.Steel Rats‘ music is composed by Japanese Rock trio, ‘The 5.6.7.8’s’. This is the same group that performed the song Woo Hoo for Kill Bill Volume 1. The game also features a remastered version of their track, Hoovering. What’s neat about this song is that it was recorded in the Parisian “Midilive Studios.” This is the same studio where music for movies like Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Taken were recorded.Games like Steel Rats may not be massive AAA epics, but they are great for delivering short, enjoyable experiences. Even though it is a smaller game, its multi-tiered stages and customizable characters and motorcycles mean players can potentially sink tons of hours into it. Also, it’s just a pure blast to tear robots into pieces while driving around on top of a massive motorcycle.Steel Rats will release sometime in 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. For more information, make sure to check out the official Steel Rats website and Facebook page.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

16 students from West Bengal State University qualify for NET SLET

first_imgKolkata: In a significant achievement as many as 16 candidates of the English department from the West Bengal State University (WBSU) has qualified for the National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) in the academic year 2017-18. Three of the students have also bagged Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) offered by both CSIR & UGC as their stipend for doctoral studies or for their assistance in various projects.”It has hardly happened when so many students of a single department from any university in the state have cracked the NET and SLET examinations. We are delighted particularly with the fact that more than 80 percent of the students who study in our 46 affiliated colleges are first generation learners,” said Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that for the last few years, the percentage of qualifying students from universities across the state in NET and SLET examinations have hovered around 3 to 4 percent.Chandrava Chakraborty, head of the English department of the university, feels that the exhaustive syllabus and the in-depth study of the subject have contributed to such good results. “Our department started only in the year 2009 and since its inception, we have tried to frame our curriculum in a pattern so that it matches the syllabus of the NET. The syllabus is research-oriented and the current technological trends are followed during class lectures to arouse the interests of the students,” she added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedArnab Mondal, one of the successful candidates, has already taken up M.Phil in WBSU. “The teachers have always ensured class discipline and have been always helpful in clearing up every single doubt of ours. The class strength being 35, they have been able to take individual care,” Arnab said. He is a resident of Dhanyakuria village in Basirhat and his father runs a grocery shop.Pallabi Ghosal, another successful candidate and a resident of Madhyamgram, was also all praises for the teachers of the English department. She will be doing her PhD from Presidency University.last_img read more

International aviation holding company Avia Solutions Group shares three tips for airport

first_imgAccording to the CIA World Factbook, there are 41,820 airports around the world, but not all are created equal, as every investor knows. As the global economy shifts to the East, it’s little wonder that four of the largest airports by the number of passengers carried are located in Asia: Bejing (PEK), Tokyo (HND), Hong Kong (HKG) and Shanghai (PVG). Gediminas Ziemelis, Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group, shares tips useful to anyone dreaming of repeating the success story of these hubs. Tip No. 1 Location, location, location At the moment, there are more than 20 airports under construction across the world. No coincidence that more than half are located in Asia. Demographic reasons aside, investors typically see airports as part of an asset portfolio, rather than an isolated opportunity. In this sense, Asia is currently on top because of its unprecedented investment into infrastructure. State-of-the-art buildings, almost light-speed railway connections and access to multimillion markets have turned many Asian cosmopolises into exceptionally attractive aviation hubs. Nevertheless, industry experts as well as most air passengers have noted, that in terms of efficient management, many Asian airports, especially those in the rapidly developing countries, are, gently put, still lagging behind.According to Gediminas Ziemelis, Chairman of the Board at Avia Solutions Group, other regions, which have an unmet demand or potentially high ROI, are also worthy of investors’ attention. Take, for instance, more remote areas in industrialized countries with governments eager to boost economic development. “Around 5 years ago we invested in the development of the fourth airport in the Moscow region. At the time, the Moscow aviation hub was struggling to cope with the passenger load, and, according to all forecasts, passenger traffic was on the rise. Despite the global economic crisis, which had a significant impact on all airports, we continue to successfully implement the sustainable development of this airport. This shows that sometimes, given the right circumstances, daring to enter the markets somewhat unappealing to other investors – whether based on risks associated to a path unexplored or by cultural-economic reasons – can make you a true winner,” claims Gediminas Ziemelis.Tip No. 2 Innovation driven IT solutionsHuman resources account for a large part of airport expenditures. Moreover, as most airports are located outside of city limits, hiring staff can be a bit pricier, as people need additional incentive to commute. So, needless to say, raising workplace efficiency in the airport is no less important than in any other sector out there. Luckily, innovative IT solutions can make a real difference and save airports a considerable amount of money.According to 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights report by SITA, airports and airlines will spend close to USD 33 billion on IT this year. Whether it is cloud technology or self-service – investors should seek out the most efficient technologies in the field of automated solutions in every step of airport management – from boarding and ground handling, to stock forecasting and modelling of seasonal staff demand.  And passengers want fast and hassle-free service. According to SITA, 54% of passengers would rather use self-bag drop than a face-to-face interaction with an airport worker, 57% would agree to an extended use of biometrics, if only it helps to speed up the process. Gay Asian experience: Why it is now the hottest gay travel trendSeptember in Thailand: 11 +1 Fancy Hotels to Stay in 2018FITUR GAY (LGBT) consolidates its presence at FITUR 2018More articles on eTurboNews click here Speedier service means that more routes can be served at a time which can significantly increase airport revenues. IT solutions can also significantly contribute to boosting income from non-aviation related services, too. For instance, more than 10 years ago Manchester airport introduced a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system as well as touch-screen public information stations, modern eSales application and an updated ground transport interchange. It allowed the airport to record customer behaviour, tailor their offers to meet particular client needs and develop a much tighter relationship with passengers. “One of our Group’s companies, Baltic Ground Services, uses a modern web-based and cloud-enabled operation management solution for airports and ground handling operators. Such systems are especially handy when it comes to simplifying operations in airport operation units. However, they are also of great use when optimizing a single service, too. For instance, the one that we use features easy planning, real-time event management and access to historical activity data. Moreover, it provides a quick switch between multiple stations or airports, the possibility to assign various task appointments to responsible staff, operational data analysis, user-friendly interface, etc. In fact, I see no successful airport operating without such technologies in the near future,” commented Gediminas Ziemelis.Tip No 3. Rethinking positioningLong gone are the days when an airport was the place to arrive several hours prior to check-in and minutes to spend after claiming one’s baggage following touch down. Nowadays, airports are where millions of people spend hours or even days in-between flights. Decent airport hotels, as well as countless retail and catering facilities, are no longer something that will automatically make an airport stand out. After all, it has become an industry standard. According to Gediminas Ziemelis, the newest trend is to position an airport as a shopping destination which would be attractive not only to passengers, but also to local public seeking to spend time and money.According to research made back in 2015, an average air passenger in a British airport spends more than 50 British pounds (upwards of USD 70) on non-aviation related services (food, drinks, magazines, etc.). Taking into account that such an airport as Gatwick is visited by more than 40 million passengers per year, its annual income from non-aviation services tops 2 billion British pounds, or USD 2.7 billion!“The new model should somewhat enforce a shift from the model of “a shopping heaven in the airport” to “an airport in a shopping heaven”. Moreover, a lot more focus should be placed on the shoppers’ experience. The latest research shows that satisfied passengers are twice as likely to shop and as much as 7% more on retail and 10% more on duty free products,” says Gediminas Ziemelis. Meanwhile, selling all kinds of goods at modern airports is no news to anyone. However, if things are good, it doesn’t mean that they cannot be even better. According to Gediminas Ziemelis, whilst most modern airports have invested a considerable amount of money into determining the best allocation of airport stores and catering facilities, few have been following the latest changes in consumer behaviour.“For instance, nowadays many passengers are counting every second and thus the added speed which can be granted by automated payments via specialized checkout machines is something truly worth looking into,” says Gediminas Ziemelis.For more information: Communications Department +44 20 80899777 media@aviasg.comShare this:center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Facebook IsraelArab youth group has rare meeting

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Comments   Share   Meetings between Israelis and citizens of Arab nations are rare. Except for Egypt and the Palestinians, none of those represented have diplomatic ties with Israel.Ben-Zeev said Monday the movement wants to empower Middle Eastern youths to work together to improve their communities. It plans an online university next year.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement JERUSALEM (AP) – A Facebook-based movement for Mideast youth says the group has held its first gathering, bringing young activists from Israel and Arab countries to Germany to promote peace.Nimrod Ben-Zeev of the YaLa-Young Leaders group says 18 members from Israel, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq and Kuwait met in Berlin over the weekend.Ben-Zeev, an Israeli, said the group was selected from the most active of YaLa’s 162,000 Facebook members. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Aradippou to turn manure into energy

first_imgAn agreement will be signed soon between the Municipality of Aradippou and a private firm to process pig and cattle waste into energy, according to Mayor Evangelos Evangelides on Thursday.Evangelides told CNA that the agreement would be completed within the next two weeks.“It involves the collection of waste from pig and cattle farms, which the company will receive, process and then convert into energy,” he said.He added that this would get rid of the stench in Aradippou and its surrounding areas, especially during the summer months.“The agreement is in the context of our obligations to the European Union, regarding the processing of waste,” he said.Evangelides said that the agreement was with a Cypriot company which is based in Aradippou and the areas livestock farms. Due to the current elections and because of certain technicalities there is a slight delay in its ratification.He reassured that no environmental or health problems to the public would occur as a result of the company’s activities.Evangelides concluded that the plot of land where the facility would built had already been approved by the departments of the environment and labour inspection.  You May LikeWeather Forecast DailyTop 8 Disaster-Prone Cities In The USWeather Forecast DailyUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndo2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksThese 2019 Cars Cost Under $20k2019 Cars | Sponsored LinksUndo 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