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Rs 1 million reward for info

On July 19 a woman, 63 year old L.A. Premawathi, and her 33 year old daughter were found dead in their house at Kahawatte. The police today offered a Rs. 1 million reward for any information which could lead to a breakthrough over the investigations into the double murder in Kahawatte last month.According to the police the reward has been offered on the instructions of IGP N.K. Illangakoon and the identity of the informants will be kept strictly confidential. The incident sent shockwaves in the area which is already reeling from a spate of similar murders over the past few years. The police media unit said that information over the latest incident in Kahawatte could be provided on 077-3350556, 077-7425960, 011-2422176 or 011-2320141. read more

Agricultural issues stalling CanadaEurope trade deal EU official says

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2013 4:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Agricultural issues stalling Canada-Europe trade deal, EU official says OTTAWA – The Canada-European Union free trade talks are nearing an end with agriculture issues the last major stumbling block to an agreement both sides say will boost economic growth, the EU ambassador Matthias Brinkmann said Thursday.In a free-wheeling discussion with Canadian reporters, Brinkmann suggested that most other issues in the four-year talks have been resolved or are close to being resolved, and that two specific sticking points — how much Canadian beef to Europe and how much European cheese to Canada — is keeping the sides from a deal.“I think we have the landing zones identified for all sectors … but like in most negotiations it’s agriculture which is the most difficult one,” he said.“Canada wants to export beef to the European Union and wants better market access, but the European Union wants also better market access for dairy products, cheeses and yogurt and so on. The beef sector is protected in the European Union and dairy products in protected in Canada, so there has to be a certain give and take.”Specifically, Brinkmann said the EU has offered to allow the minimum quantity Canadian beef producers say would be required to justify separate streams of hormone and antibiotics-free cattle — 40,000 tons a year — and even beyond that number, but Canada has demanded more.“We are ready to deliver that and even go beyond that, but there’s a certain limit which we can’t go above,” he said, because European producers such as Ireland and France would not agree. “It would be suicidal for them to accept things which would wipe out (their industry).”He added that the quota the EU can accept from Canada is further affected by Europe’s desire to negotiate a free trade pact with the United States, which will also want to ship beef into the continent.In return, Brinkmann said the EU has not asked Canada to change its controversial supply management system which protects Canadian dairy and poultry farmers, but is insisting that Canada accept more imports of dairy products, especially cheese. He would not name a specific number.“It doesn’t have to be same amount we give in beef, but there must be some kind of correlation,” he said.Reacting to the comments, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast agreed the two sides are close to a deal, but would not discuss the specific issues or agriculture quotas being discussed.“I can tell you with absolute confidence that each day our negotiators met this week, they made significant progress in bridging the remaining gaps,” he said, adding there are a “very small handful of issues” to be resolved.Aside from agriculture, the two sides have named country of origin rules for autos — how much Canadian content must be in exports of North American vehicles — provincial government procurement limits, drug patent protection that could potentially increase drug costs in Canada, and “geographical indications,” the ability to claim exclusivity for products named after regions, as issues still on the table.But Brinkmann, who said he has participated in some of the discussions, said the two sides essentially know the meeting place on those issues. Agriculture, however, is proving a harder nut to crack, although he said he was hopeful of a deal by the summer.Observers have speculated that Canada needs to hammer home an agreement soon or risk a distracted Europe turning its attention to bigger fish, free trade deals with the United States and Japan.Fast disagreed, but Brinkmann noted the EU chief negotiator on the Canada file is already starting to work on the Japanese talks.Brinkmann also said Europe was taken back by the warning this week from Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver that Ottawa is prepared to launch a trade action against the 27-country bloc over plans to designate oilsands crude as dirty oil.He noted that the new quality directive implementation rules have yet to be adopted, adding any measure will be “non-discriminatory and science based and will stand the test at the WTO (World Trade Organization).”It is up to oil exporting countries, including Canada, to meet limits on greenhouse gas emission targets European determines appropriate for their market, he said.“So we are not prohibiting the import of Canadian oil derived from bitumen, or any oil derived from coal. It’s up to the operators to get the mix right to get this level,” he said.Both Brinkmann and Fast agree the side dispute should not impact the free trade negotiations, however, saying they are on a separate track.If a trade deal is reached, Brinkmann estimated it would take the EU nations about two years to ratify. read more

Pinterest looks to hockey beer and BBQ for growth in Canada its

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The main page of the NHL’s Pinterest account is pictured on Wednesday December 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Pnterest – NHL by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2014 8:04 am MDT Pinterest looks to hockey, beer and BBQ for growth in Canada, it’s No. 2 market TORONTO – Social media platform Pinterest is best known as an aspirational online scrapbook to collect photos with drool-worthy recipes, glamorous redecorating ideas, and sartorial snapshots.But the rapidly growing bookmarking service is happy to see more users are also increasingly “pinning” hockey sticks, wood grain and booze.Once considered primarily a female-oriented social network, Pinterest is now attracting men in greater numbers, which is helping to drive a strong growth spurt.A good chunk of those new “pinners” are from Canada, which is Pinterest’s second largest market behind the U.S.“We’ve seen Canada grow at a great clip alongside or in parallel with the U.S.,” says Pinterest’s head of international, Matt Crystal.“The user base in Canada is 60 per cent bigger than it was about 11 months ago and we’re growing really quickly.”In an online survey of anglophone Canadians conducted for the Media Technology Monitor in the fall of 2013, about 13 per cent of the respondents said they had used Pinterest in the past month, compared to 66 per cent for Facebook, 22 per cent for LinkedIn and 19 per cent for Twitter.About 21 per cent of the female respondents said they had used Pinterest recently, while just six per cent of men said they’d logged on lately.But Crystal says that gap is shrinking.“Among men growth rates are significantly higher right now than they are for women,” he says.“In our more mature markets like the U.S. and in Canada we’re starting to see more and more men come to the realization that Pinterest is for them as well. Whether you’re interested in cars or sports or woodworking or grilling — whatever these stereotypically male activities are — there’s a huge array of content on Pinterest for you.”The NHL has had great success building a Pinterest audience with almost 1.2 million followers, compared to about 37,000 for Major League Baseball’s official account, 20,000 for the NFL and 11,000 for the NBA.Despite the growth in male Pinterest users, women still make up the bulk of the NHL’s followers, says David Weiner, the league’s director of social media.He estimates the ratio of female-to-male users following the league’s Pinterest page is about six-to-one.“We’re not looking at that platform and trying to cater to women, put stuff up there that’s really either condescending or just targeting them. We’re really looking at putting across all (social media) platforms content that’s relevant, that’s compelling, that’s shareable,” says Weiner.“The way that people use Pinterest is really different than how they use other platforms. It’s not a place necessarily where people go to like, share and comment, it’s a place where people go to draw inspiration from, to share memories, and to either find ideas or share ideas.”Updating Pinterest isn’t as high a priority for the NHL compared to some of the other social networks it uses — Weiner said Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat get the most focus — but it does have one major advantage.Pinterest is seen as one of the best social networks for spurring online sales and the NHL chose it to host a recent promotion for the league’s official web store.While the NHL wouldn’t say Pinterest was directly responsible, the league set a new single-day record for online sales on Cyber Monday.“Our shop sales were up 37 per cent on Cyber Monday year over year while the industry was only 15 per cent,” said John Pacino, vice-president of product development and social media.In the U.S., Pinterest is looking to exploit the sales potential of its platform by experimenting with Promoted Pins, which allow companies to pay for placement in users’ search results.“We’re getting great feedback both from partners and pinners and it is a program that we will roll out internationally, but as of now we don’t have a firm date for that,” says Crystal.“The unique promise of Pinterest, which I think does differentiate us from other platforms, is that there’s often times a commercial intent built into the very reason for which people are using the platform.“Our vision is that these ads that the user will see will actually make their experience better and not worse. Probably every ad platform in the history of ad platforms has made that claim, but I think Pinterest has an opportunity to realize it.” read more

Rainfall alert for Brock community Feb 20

Brock officials are closely watching a storm that is predicted to roll through Niagara over the next 24 to 30 hours bringing with it up to 50 mm of rain.Earlier today Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Niagara noting that heavy rain is expected this afternoon and into this evening. There is also a chance of snow, freezing rain and/or ice pellets.Additionally, possible thunderstorms may result in higher rainfall amounts. And significant snow melt due to the rising temperatures will also be a concern.As the rain comes to an end on Friday, strong winds will start to pick up out of the southwest with gusts to 70 or 80 km/h possible.The University is also monitoring for any watershed conditions or flood outlook notices from the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA).In their “Flood Outlook for February 20, 2014” the NPCA notes that at the present time, “all major and minor watercourses are frozen and water levels remain well below critical thresholds.”Individuals are reminded to keep well away from streams and creeks as banks may be slippery and the ice unstable. Drivers are also being reminded of the increased risk of water and ice over roads and should be particularly careful when driving at night.Brock officials will continue to monitor our local partners and provincial warnings and make any information relevant to this storm available to the Brock community. Facilities Management is making make provisions to respond to any impacts from significant rain and high winds at the University.If there are any issues or concerns on campus, please contact Facilities Management at x3717. To report an emergency or situation requiring immediate response, please contact Campus Security at x3200. read more

Was The Thunders Game 1 Win A Fluke Or A Sign Of

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (May 17, 2016), we talk about the Western Conference finals and wonder whether the Warriors are really on the ropes after Monday night’s loss to the Thunder. Then FiveThirtyEight’s Christie Aschwanden makes her Hot Takedown debut to talk about how concussions are different in women’s sports than men’s. Finally, we talk to Ben Morris about sumo wrestling and break down how a centuries-old data set can help us determine who is the greatest fighter of all time. Plus, a significant digit on the advanced statistics making their way to the WNBA.Neil Paine says the Thunder’s big men could stop the Warriors.Neil also says the Thunders-Warriors series is the strongest conference final matchup in decades.ESPN Stats and Info breaks down the numbers behind the Thunder’s victory in Game 1.Sorry, Rasheed, the ball does lie, writes The Wall Street Journal.Women get sports concussions at higher rates than men, writes Christie Aschwanden.And here is Christie’s column, Strength In Numbers, where she explores the science of sports and athleticism.Benjamin Morris on the sumo matchup centuries in the making.And here is FiveThirtyEight’s history of sumo in chart form.Also, read this Grantland profile of Hakuho, the greatest sumo wrestler of our time.Significant Digit: 1997. That’s the year the WNBA has announced it will go back to when it releases box score stats for every completed league game. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Sullingers status uncertain as Buckeyes prepare for bout with Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. — All eyes are on Ohio State men’s basketball’s sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, whose availability is unknown as the Buckeyes prepare for their first road test of the season against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. After suffering back spasms in a Nov. 29 victory against Duke and missing No. 2-ranked OSU’s last game, Sullinger may miss consecutive games for the first time in his college career when the Buckeyes battle the No. 13-ranked Jayhawks Saturday in Lawrence, Kan. Sullinger’s health was the first topic OSU coach Thad Matta addressed during a Thursday press conference. “(Sullinger) is feeling better,” Matta said. “He’s doing more every day, but quite honestly, I don’t know if we’ll know until Saturday whether he’s going to play or not.” An OSU athletic department spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Saturday request for comment regarding Sullinger’s status.  OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft said Sullinger was walking around gingerly at the start of the week, but made noticeable improvements in the days that followed. Craft added that he was uncertain of Sullinger’s availability the Kansas game. “(Sullinger) has got the bounce back in his step,” Craft said. “We’ll just see how it goes.” Matta said he was amazed at how much better Sullinger was moving around, but that he doesn’t want to jeopardize his player’s health. “I’m thinking ‘big picture’ here,” Matta said. “Much more than Saturday’s game, or anything along those lines.” Sullinger started all 37 games OSU played last season and had started in each of OSU’s first seven games during the 2011-12 campaign until he was forced from the lineup for the team’s 64-35 win against Texas-Pan American last Saturday. Should Sullinger miss the Kansas game, Matta said the team will not deviate from its usual game plan. “To reinvent the wheel — we’re not going to do that,” he said. “I like the progress we’ve made this week.” Without Sullinger, guarding Thomas Robinson, Kansas’ 6-foot-10, 237-pound junior forward, may be complicated. “(Robinson) is a phenomenal basketball player, and probably the best that we’ve gone against this year,” Matta said. That task of defending Robinson would likely fall to junior forward Evan Ravenel or sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, and then OSU still has the Jayhawks’ 7-foot, 235-pound redshirt junior center Jeff Withey to contend with. Ravenel said hard work could help nullify Robinson and Withey. “Getting early position, boxing out — things you learn when you first start playing basketball,” Ravenel said of his likely defensive assignments. “(Robinson) is a great athlete and he works hard.” With or without Sullinger, Craft said he thinks that playing on the road against Kansas is a great opportunity for OSU. He also thinks the Buckeyes can win. “If Jared doesn’t play, Jared doesn’t play,” he said. “We’re not going to miss a beat. We have great guys like (Ravenel) … that have come in and practiced just as hard as Jared has.” Ravenel agreed. “We work on execution,” Ravenel said. “We’re going to get in there and do everything we can.” OSU (8-0) tips off against Kansas (6-2) at 3:15 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. read more

NHS must offer fertility treatment to trans patients or face legal action

Stored gametes of patients who undergo transitioning treatment can later be used for fertility treatments such as IVFCredit:SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI/Science Photo Library RF File photo dated 15/08/14 of a doctor with a stethoscope. Doctors' leaders have expressed concern over "widespread" rota gaps. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday January 23, 2018. The British Medical Association said that staffing and financial pressures facing the NHS were leading to delays in treatment and doctors "juggling" large numbers of patients. See PA story HEALTH BMA. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire The letter is the first step of judicial review proceedings.The core of the dispute is over which body has the power to make fertility treatment an ‘essential service’ for transgender patients, which would see it offered automatically. Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive at the EHRC, said: “Our laws and our values protect those who seek treatment for gender dysphoria. This means that where appropriate, treatment should be made available in order to ensure that access to health services is free of discrimination.“A choice between treatment for gender dysphoria and the chance to start a family is not a real choice.  We have asked NHS England to reflect on the true breadth of their statutory mandate and the impact on the transgender community of these outdated policies.” 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. In vitro fertilisation (IVF), computer illustration. The EHRC placed the blame at the feet of individual clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS bodies that plan and commission services in their local area.But NHS England responded on Saturday that the EHRC had “misplaced their fire”, and claimed that government ministers were instead responsible for commissioning NHS services.“Decisions on which services are commissioned by NHS England are taken by ministers based on advice from an independently-chaired panel of health experts and patient representatives, using a process set out in primary legislation,” a spokesman said.A spokeswoman from the EHRC yesterday told The Daily Telegraph: “‘We are challenging their interpretation of their powers and don’t accept that they cannot include gamete storage in the list of commissioned services.” The NHS is accused of using an “interpretation” of their legal powers which allows them to deflect criticism of policy onto the government.Credit:Lynne Cameron/PA NHS England has 14 days to respond to the letter.The Department of Health declined to comment. The NHS must offer fertility treatments to transgender patients awaiting transitioning treatment or risk breaking anti-discrimination legislation, the UK’s human rights watchdog has said. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) accused the NHS of using a “interpretation” of its own legal powers that allowed it to deflect criticism over lack of fertility provision onto the government.Transitioning treatment is given to patients with gender dysphoria – the feeling of discomfort or distress caused by a mismatch between biological sex and gender identity – and can result in fertility loss.The EHRC said trans patients should be offered the opportunity to store their eggs or sperm, a process known as gamete extraction, otherwise thousands could be forced to choose between the essential medical treatment and not having their own biological children.Fertility treatment is already available to some patients who undergo fertility-threatening procedures such as chemotherapy, to allow them to conceive afterwards.The EHRC issued a legal letter to NHS England on Friday, claiming that the withholding of fertility treatments from transgender patients constituted discrimination. It also warned that it would take legal action if policies were not changed. read more

New Hawk SULTAN series of acoustic wave level transmitters

first_imgHawk, a leading global provider of level, positioning and flow measurement technology has introduced the Sultan 234, which can be powered using loop power (two-wire), three-, or four-wire sources. It does not matter which power source you choose. the Sultan Acoustic wave can measure in difficult environments. These powerful and effective instruments emit an acoustic wave pulse, which is then reflected from the surface of the material being measured.The reflected signal is processed using specially developed software to enhance the correct signal and reject false or spurious echoes. The measured signal is temperature compensated to provide maximum accuracy to the outputs and display. Hawk says “this principle of operation elevated the Sultan range to one of the most powerful level measurement systems on the market. This is a high-power device with long-range capability even on two-wire loop power. There is no direct contact with the media, which can extend up to 80 m from the sensor. The combination of low frequency, high power and signal processing (Adaptive Gain Technology) creates one of the world’s most reliable level devices available.”Hawk has engineered the product to be compatible with HART, GOSHAWK, MODBUS, Profibus, and Fieldbus. There are a wide range of transducers to choose from, making the Sultan Series very versatile.last_img read more

17yearold builds neural network capable of detecting breast cancer

first_imgEvery year Google holds on online science fair competition that is open to anybody between 13 and 18 years of age. It’s in this competition we get to see the bright minds of tomorrow, people who will no doubt go on to do amazing things with their lives. Once such person is 17-year-old Brittany Wenger. Her idea was to develop a global neural network based in the cloud that can help doctors diagnose breast cancer.Artificial neural networks (ANN’s) are a way for computer scientists to model a brain, but in some ways they are more powerful. An ANN can see patterns in data that no human can, thus they can be more accurate and the more training data a neural network is given, the more accurate they can be. Brittany’s idea came from to goal of making breast cancer biopsies to be less invasive. Fine needle aspirates are the least invasive biopsy procedure, but doctors often need to perform more invasive procedures in order to be certain.By looking at nine different input features and comparing them to the training examples, Brittany’s cloud-based neural network can detect malignant breast tumors with an accuracy of 99.11%, which is incredible. Because her neural network is deployed in the cloud using Google’s app engine it means it can be accessed from existing medical systems as well as through a web browser or mobile apps.Brittany took the Grand Prize at the Google Science Fair which consisted of $50,000 for a scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos islands, and an internship with one of the fair’s sponsors. She’s also hoping that her program can be put to use in actual hospitals soon and that it can be extended to other forms of cancer.I took a look through Brittany’s presentation slides and was astonished at her level of intelligence. Having just completed a degree in software engineering I still don’t understand neural networks enough to even replicate what she’s done. I can only dream of contributing something to the world as helpful as this, but it’s definitely an inspiration to go further and try to achieve it.Google Science Fair, via NBC Newslast_img read more

Rally organized during vote on budget more strikes announced

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Public and private sector workers will be rallying at Syntagma Square in central Athens on Sunday afternoon as Parliament is set to vote on the 2013 budget later in the night, with the Communist-affiliated PAME union marching at Omonia Square at the same time. Sunday’s action will be joined by municipal workers, which means there will be no garbage collection, while their union also said that it would participate in further strikes next week. Workers at the Athens Metro, ISAP electrical railway and tram will also be gathering at 6 p.m. at Amalias Street in front of Parliament to protest the budget, which foresees a slew of public sector spending cuts. The protest will have an impact on services. Meanwhile, GSEE, which represents public sector workers, announced a three-hour work stoppage for Wednesday, November 14, starting at noon, to coincide with pan-European protests against austerity policies. Judges have also said they will be extending their protest action to November 21 and lawyers to November 16, while pharmacists announced that they will be walking off the job on November 26 and 27. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Un tyrannosaure mongol de 7 mètres saisi aux EtatsUnis

first_imgUn tyrannosaure mongol de 7 mètres saisi aux Etats-UnisVendredi, la justice américaine a saisi un squelette de tyrannosaure vieux de 70 millions d’années qui est au coeur d’une bataille judiciaire. La Mongolie, pays dont provient le fossile, réclame son rapatriement. Depuis 1924, la Mongolie considère les fossiles comme une propriété nationale, et leur exportation est interdite. C’est donc avec soulagement que le président mongol, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, a appris que la justice américaine avait saisi vendredi le squelette de 2,43 mètres de haut et 7,31 mètres de long d’un Tarbosaure bataar provenant de Mongolie. Saisi en début d’après-midi dans un entrepôt du quartier du Queens à New York où il était conservé, il avait été vendu aux enchères pour 1,05 million de dollars le 20 mai dernier. Mais la Mongolie ayant demandé l’interdiction de la vente, il avait été entreposé dans plusieurs caisses, dans le Queens. C’est là qu’il a été saisi, sur décision d’un juge fédéral, vendredi aux environs de 13h00. “C’est une très bonne nouvelle pour la communauté paléontologique, pas seulement pour la paléontologie mongolienne, mais pour toute la communauté paléontologique internationale parce que cela montre clairement que le gouvernement se soucie de ces choses et reconnait que c’est une partie de l’histoire, une partie de l’héritage culturel”, a commenté Bolorsetseg Minjin, un paléontologue mongol cité par le Huffington Post.  Ce Tarbosaure bataar, grand prédateur bipède de la fin du Crétacé et cousin du tyrannosaure aurait vécu dans les steppes de l’actuelle Mongolie, ont estimé le 5 juin trois experts mandatés par le président de Mongolie. Selon eux, ce fossile particulier proviendrait de la formation de Nemegt, dans l’ouest du désert de Gobi. Il y aurait été trouvé et trafiqué par des braconniers entre 1995 et 2005. Selon le procureur de Manhattan, le squelette était arrivé en Floride en mars 2010, en provenance de Grande-Bretagne avec des documents de douane affirmant notamment qu’il s’agissait de deux têtes de reptile.  Un dinosaure bientôt rapatrié en Mongolie ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Vendredi, le vice-président de la maison d’enchères, Jim Halperin, a néanmoins exprimé l’espoir qu’une solution “juste et équitable” soit trouvée pour le vendeur basé à Gainsville qui “a passé un an de sa vie et dépensé beaucoup d’argent pour identifier, restaurer, construire et préparer ce qui n’était auparavant qu’un ensemble d’os et fragments d’os non assemblés”. Ce paléontologue de 37 ans, Eric Prokopi, s’est défendu d’être un trafiquant international et a affirmé qu’il avait mal interprété ce qui avait été importé et surtout la valeur qu’il avait. “Je suis simplement un gars de Gainsville qui essaye de faire vivre (sa) famille”, a t-il affirmé dans un communiqué. Selon l’avocat du président mongol, le squelette va maintenant attendre que la justice américaine suive son cours, une contestation étant possible dans les 60 jours. Mais vu “les éléments scientifiques, nous sommes confiants que le dinosaure sera rapatrié rapidement en Mongolie”, a ajouté Robert Painter cité par l’AFP.Le 25 juin 2012 à 15:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Election Today is last chance to choose

first_imgOn the WebTuesday night’s only vote total is expected to be released around 8:15 p.m. Check columbian.com and facebook.com/thecolumbian for updates and reactions. The county will publish vote totals on clarkvotes.org.Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election is expected to be low, but Clark County Elections Supervisor Cathie Garber, a self-described “eternal optimist,” is still hoping the county can hit 50 percent. On Monday only 70,643 residents out of the 249,277 registered voters, about 28 percent of eligible voters, in the county had returned their ballots.“I’m still hoping (voters) are waiting until the last minute and we get a bunch tomorrow,” Garber said. To be valid, ballots must be postmarked or delivered to an authorized collection location no later than Tuesday. There will be ballot drop boxes scattered around the county Tuesday. There is also a permanent ballot drop box located at West 14th and Esther Street in Vancouver. Though Washingtonians aren’t choosing a U.S. senator this year, Clark County residents will decide on a county charter and choose a new county commissioner and sheriff. They’ll elect members of the state House of Representatives, and weigh in on the 3rd Congressional District race.Candidates have been hustling to get their messages out, and substantial financial contributions have helped. The 17th District House battle between first-term Democrat Rep. Monica Stonier and her Republican challenger, former county GOP chairwoman Lynda Wilson, has been fierce and costly. Latest figures put Wilson slightly ahead in the fundraising category, with $296,862 to Stonier’s $289,965. The winner will represent Vancouver’s suburban east side.last_img read more

BMW Ford Honda and VW sign greenhouse gas pact with California

first_img Tags 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems Car Industry More From Roadshow 2018 Honda Accord: Turbo engines, sharper design and more space Enlarge ImageEV credits will help automakers meet the terms of the new pact. Sebastian Rothe/EyeEm/Getty BMW, Ford, Honda and Volkswagen have hashed out terms with the state of California on a new fuel economy and emissions agreement. The pact closely mirrors clean car standards put in place by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama administration. The greenhouse gas deal, which affects new vehicle sales through 2026, is being viewed as a rebuke of the Trump administration’s planned emissions and fuel economy rollbacks for the auto industry. In an joint statement released Thursday in coordination with the California Air Resources Board, the automakers said, “These terms will provide our companies much-needed regulatory certainty by allowing us to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet, avoiding a patchwork of regulations while continuing to ensure meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions.”President Trump and the EPA have been working to undo California’s policy of setting its own emissions and fuel economy standards, a practice set in motion by the 1970 Clean Air Act. The White House argues that national standards effectively preempt individual states from setting their own regulations. To date, a dozen states have adopted California’s current emissions standards.As part of the voluntary deal, these four major automakers have agreed to lift the average fuel economy of their individual new cars to almost 50 miles per gallon by 2026. The plan calls for a 3.7% increase annually beginning with the 2022 model year, with 1% of that targeted rise being coverable by credits for electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles. While so far only four automakers have signed on to this pact, the deal is open for others to join. Further, BMW, Ford, Honda and VW comprise about 30% of worldwide auto sales.The newly announced standards are actually somewhat less ambitious than the rules put forth under the Obama administration, which called for hitting 50-plus MPG by the 2025 model year.Back in August of 2018, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a plan to keep the automaker efficiency standards at a fleet average of 37 mpg — 2020 levels. The rationale, in part, was that continued investment in more efficient technologies will push new vehicle prices out of reach of many consumers, keeping more motorists in older, dirtier and unsafer vehicles. The plan was criticized by automakers for its lack of flexibility and an August 2018 survey found that the White House’s proposed rollbacks would be unpopular with consumers. 2020 BMW 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid is more potent and stylish 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview 0 Share your voice 73 Photos Post a comment BMW Ford Honda Volkswagenlast_img read more

Fish and Game shoots black bear thought to have killed 16yearold runner

first_imgIn response to the fatal bear mauling last weekend of 16-year-old Patrick Cooper in a mountain running race south of Anchorage, wildlife officials shot and killed four black bears, including the one thought to have killed the teen.Listen nowThat bear had been shot once already during an effort Sunday to recover the 16-year-old’s body.It was tentatively identified by the State Department of Fish and Game after being killed Tuesday — because the animal had a broken jaw, a recent wound likely caused by a shotgun slug.Fish and Game said it is conducting a necropsy on the bear to make sure it was the animal responsible for the first fatal mauling in Anchorage since two people were killed in 1995.Fish and Game said ground searches had been unsuccessful in finding the animal, so aircraft were used to spot and shoot the bears.The three other bears that were killed were seen close to where the boy was killed, in steep brushy terrain near the Bird Ridge trail, according to Fish and Game.Fish and Game said the terrain made it impractical to use tranquilizer darts on any of the animals.last_img read more

Expelled SSC examinee jumps from 2nd floor

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoAn examinee of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination tried to commit suicide by jumping off the second floor of a school in Savar after the examiner expelled her for adopting unfair means in the examination on Tuesday, reports UNB.The SSC examinee is identified as Jannatul Ferdous, daughter of Yajul Islam of Savar bank colony and SSC examinee of Savar Girls High School.Upazila Family Planning Officer Mezbah Uddin, also representative of Upazila Nirbahi Magistrate who was on-duty at the examination hall, caught the student while she was copying the answers written on her hand and expelled her.Being frustrated after her expulsion, Jannatul jumped off the second floor of Adhar Chandra High School injuring herself severely, said Mezbah Uddin.After rushing Jannatul to Savar Upazila Health Complex, the doctors said her two legs were broken and she was rushed to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation in Dhaka.last_img read more

Flights suspended due to snow at Birmingham Airport Manchester Airport and East

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPassengers taking flights from Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport should expect delays this morning due to snow. Birmingham Airport’s runway is currently being cleared of snow – while East Midlands Airport also reported their runway was closed shortly before 8pm and reopened just after 10.30pm. Manchester Airport is also reporting delays. All three airports are popular with passengers from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire and the closures are likely to cause issues throughout the day. Passengers are advised to check with the airline they are travelling with for the latest information on their flight. A number of flights are reported to have been cancelled, including a number from Ryanair, according to East Midlands Airport. A spokesman said: “Our runway has reopened. Please bear with us as we clear the backlog of flights caused by this morning’s closure. We’d like to thank all passengers for their patience during this time. ” Inevitably there has been some disruption to flights so please continue to check with your airline before flying today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.” A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “Please be aware that due to adverse weather, we are currently experiencing slight delays with de-icing. “We are working with our airline and their ground handling teams to get you safely away on your journeys today.” Read MoreSnow and ice hits region overnight as Met Office issues Amber weather warning for this morning A Birmingham Airport spokesman said: “BHX open, strong winds causing drifting and snow clearing ongoing whilst operational, flights are delayed but team working really hard to catch up, thanks for patience, check individual airlines for the most up to date information.” An Amber Weather Warning for snow and ice is no longer in force – but a Yellow Weather Warning remains in force throughout the day.last_img read more

US stocks climb to record levels

first_imgRelated posts:GlobalTies highlights role of public diplomacy at 2015 Latin America Dialogue US economy revives in 2nd quarter Economists close in on spotting future recessions Gold erases 2014 gains as silver slumps to 55-month low on GDP NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes closing at all-time highs, amid optimism the economy is showing sufficient strength to weather a slowdown overseas.Phone companies led gains, while technology stocks rose as Hewlett-Packard advanced to the highest level since May 2011 even after missing analyst earnings estimates. Energy producers decreased as Seadrill suspended dividends amid the lowest oil prices in more than four years.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.3 percent to 2,072.83, extending gains in the final 15 minutes of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average added 12.81 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,827.75. Both gauges ended at records. The Nasdaq 100 index climbed 0.7 percent to extend a more than 14-year high. About 4.9 billion listed shares changed hands in the U.S., 26 percent lower than the three-month daily average. U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.“Economic numbers in general have been good, and that optimism is following through,” Richard Sichel, chief investment officer at Philadelphia Trust, which oversees $2 billion, said in a phone interview. “It could be a good retail season, and low gas prices are making a difference.”Consumer confidence climbed to a more than seven-year high in November as Americans’ views of their financial well-being improved heading into the holiday shopping season. A separate report showed consumer spending climbed in October at the same pace as incomes, showing households are staying within their means as the holiday-shopping season begins.Orders for U.S. business equipment such as machinery and electrical gear unexpectedly declined in October. Other data showed jobless claims increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Nov. 22, the highest since early September, from 292,000 in the prior period. New homes in the U.S. sold at a slower pace than forecast last month.A report Tuesday showed U.S. gross domestic product expanded at a 3.9 percent annualized rate in the third quarter, more than initially estimated.The S&P 500 has advanced each December for the past six years. It is up 11 percent from its six-month low in October, as data signaled the U.S. economy is improving and central banks in Europe, Japan and China added more stimulus measures.The rally in American equities has pushed stock valuations to near the highest levels since 2009. The S&P 500 trades at 17.3 times the projected earnings of its members, up from a multiple as low as 15.5 last month. Profit for S&P 500 companies may rise 7.6 percent this year, estimates compiled by Bloomberg show.Calm has returned to equity markets. The Chicago Board Options Exchange volatility index, the gauge of options prices known as the VIX, has dropped 14 percent in the past five days to a two-month low. The benchmark gauge of price swings surged to a more than two-year high on Oct. 15.Eight out of 10 main industries in the S&P 500 increased Wednesday, with phone and technology companies posting the largest gains. Energy shares slumped the most, dropping 1.1 percent ahead of Thursday’s OPEC meeting.Chipmakers surged, with Analog Devices Inc. climbing 5.5 percent after profit and sales for the fourth quarter exceeded projections. The company’s adjusted gross margin, a measure of profitability, was also wider than analysts had predicted.Phone companies in the benchmark gauge gained the most since July as CenturyLink rose 2.2 percent to lead gains. AT&T rose for a second straight day after falling 3.3 percent since Nov. 14.Technology companies in the S&P 500 climbed 0.9 percent. Hewlett-Packard added 4.1 percent even after the computer maker reported fourth-quarter sales that missed estimates. The company’s margins may benefit from a restructuring plan that would spin off its personal-computer and printer operations into a stand-alone entity, Brian Alexander, an analyst for Raymond James, wrote in a client note Wednesday.Mylan surged more than 4 percent. A Jefferies Group analyst said the company is viewed as the most likely takeover target for Pfizer.Deere pared its drop to 0.9 percent after losing as much as 3.9 percent. The world’s largest maker of farm equipment forecast 2015 profit that trailed estimates as farmers buy fewer high-horsepower tractors and combines after crop prices fell. Caterpillar slumped 0.4 percent.Seadrill fell 23 percent, the most in six years, after the offshore driller controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen suspended dividends as the slump in oil prices weakens demand for rigs.Energy companies declined the most out of the 10 main S&P 500 industries as Diamond Offshore Drilling, Transocean and Noble declined more than 5 percent. Crude oil dropped 0.5 percent to $73.69 a barrel in New York, the lowest since September 2010.With assistance from Bloomberg’s Sofia Horta e Costa in London.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

UPDATE Canadian girl thought missing in Costa Rica found

first_img Facebook Comments UPDATE Aug. 7, 3:20 p.m.: On Friday afternoon the family of Alysson Mercier posted on Facebook that she had been found.https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindAlyssonMercier/posts/953420661385101Original post continues here.Relatives of a 20-year-old Canadian girl fear she has gone missing in Costa Rica after the family unexpectedly lost contact with her nearly three weeks ago.Alysson Mercier from Gatineau, Quebec, reportedly arrived in Costa Rica on July 16 in the latest leg of a trip throughout Latin America that started in January. Mercer stopped updating her social media accounts and communicating with her family on July 19, according to Mercier’s aunt, Nancy Allard, in an interview with Quebec’s FM 1047 on Friday. According to Allard, Mercier was in San José the last time the family had contact with her.Mercier had been checking in with her family every day during her trip, Allard said. When three days passed without word, the family contacted the police.A Facebook page set up by the family on Thursday asking for information about Mercier’s whereabouts included a post from a user named Edgar Mata who claimed to have seen Mercier in La Fortuna, San Carlos, near Arenal Volcano, on Monday, July 20 when the two of them were on the same tour.Allard said the family was frustrated by the perceived lack of action from the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, including its decision to not issue a missing persons report. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), which handles missing persons cases in Costa Rica, said in an email that it had not received a missing person report for Mercier as of Friday morning.Canadian Embassy spokeswoman Andrea Vásquez told The Tico Times that the embassy had received a missing person alert but did not comment further, citing Canadian privacy laws.Mercier has traveled alone before, the family said in the radio interview, and had visited Cancún, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua before she arrived in Costa Rica.Visit the Help Find Alysson Mercier Facebook page to share any information about this case. Related posts:US man missing since May, last seen in San José Costa Rica beach drowning victim identified as US tourist Update: Missing US tourist found dead in Costa Rica Missing US hiker Cody Dial’s parents submit DNA to investigatorslast_img read more

This 465square metre luxury villa is newly finish

first_imgThis 465-square metre luxury villa is newly finished and in arguably the best location on the island. Situated on the rocks of Uluwatu between two of Bali’s most iconic surf spots, Padang Padang and Bingin. With its turquoise shutters, panoramic views and swim-out access to Impossibles break, The Rocks is truly the ultimate beach house.Each of the six bedrooms features a pastel-hued ensuite bathroom and private terrace overlooking the white sand and azure waters, while the open-plan entertaining space includes a private bar and ocean deck. Work out in the outdoor jungle gym, sip on a margarita with unrivalled views of the famous sunset and fall asleep to the sound of the waves; you won’t want to leave.Coming soonMandala.The Bay (Nusa Lembongan from January 2019)This new addition to the portfolio is located on the small island paradise of Nusa Lembongan, just a 30-minute boat trip from Bali. This five bedroom water-front villa overlooks Sandy Bay, arguably the best sunset spot in Bali offering understated chicness, a dreamy beach and the dramatic beauty of the crashing waves at Devil’s Tear, just across the bay from the property. Nusa Lembongan’s vivid aqua crystal clear waters are perfect for diving, surfing and snorkelling, and the island can be hiked across in two hours and is dotted with pristine white sandy beaches.Mandala.The Services at a glanceThe Mandala concierge is always on hand with a black book of contacts to arrange a wide range of services at the villa and excursions including: massages, spa services, personal trainers, private yoga classes, surf lessons, private bartenders, restaurant reservations, bar and club accessMandala knows how to throw a party, from weddings to birthdays to product launches, with access to full catering, mixology, event planning services and can partner with its sister business Ulu Cliffhouse in UluwatuEach villa is fully staffed with an in-house manager, chef, housekeepers and full-time securityThe complimentary breakfast menu caters to every diet, from the healthier poached eggs and avocado on rye bread to the more indulgent scrambled eggs with chorizo and fresh pastriesIf you are travelling with children a baby cot can be provided, and staff can arrange for barriers to surround the pool, organic baby purees, nannies and anything else you may needVIP meet-and-greet service at the airport, whisking you through customs in a flash.For more information, see www.mandala.houseGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterMandala is a portfolio of privately owned, design-led residences in spectacular Balinese locations conceptualised around clean, flowing lines and open airy spaces that mix raw, industrial elements with warm, elegant and luxurious finishes to provide private refuges with a signature flair for the unexpected.Mandala began as the vision of owner Ben Jones, Founder and CEO of the M.Development family of businesses and creator of an award-winning group of bars and restaurants, including Bali’s hottest new beach club, Ulu Cliffhouse. This trailblazing new villa brand establishes a new paradigm in luxury accommodation, bridging the gap between branded boutique hotels and one-off, fully independent villas for those who want to kick back with the creature comforts and consistency of a five-star hotel, while enjoying the exclusivity of a private home. Each villa is a super-luxe, five+ bedroom property, with painstaking attention to detail throughout, from interior design, architecture and services to the exceptionally high standards of staff training.“Our ultimate goal is to create and set the standard for five-star villas,” said Ben Jones, owner of Mandala. “We are building a brand where consumers will expect and receive quality, experience and service on par with any five-star hotel, with the privacy and discretion of a private villa, in literally the most beautiful locations we can find.”Each villa has been developed to meaningfully occupy its environment and is located in a carefully selected destination, from the green Balinese rice paddies of Canggu to the surf of Uluwatu and the picturesque lagoon in Nusa Lembongan.Mandala sets a premium standard across all locations, with an unforgettable food program, incredible menus and a fully stocked bar with premium brands, a wine cellar, Mandala’s custom infused spirits range and even its own bottled cocktails inspired by Ben’s Singapore bar Operation Dagger, ranked in the world’s top 20 bars. Each property has its own art collection, bespoke bathroom products and fully equipped gym with workout programs and a vetted list of Bali’s best yoga instructors, meditation coaches, fitness professionals, surf instructors and aestheticians on call. The villas have attentive but discreet staff in attendance 24/7 to ensure any and every need is met.Mandala started as a dream home in Canggu and the concept has evolved into a portfolio of superb sites with the launch of three more villas in Berawa, Uluwatu and Nusa Lembongan, with further locations to follow in 2019.Mandala. The VillasMandala.The House (Canggu)Minutes from the surf breaks of Canggu in Bali’s most happening neighbourhood, this one-of-a-kind villa was designed by one of Bali’s leading architects and its unique features include a glass-bottomed pool, swim-up copper bar, boxing gym and infinity swimming pool that overlooks the adjoining paddy fields.The House has five king ensuites spread over 600 square metres of interior, each with a signature bathroom. The open-plan entertaining space is centred around a palm tree growing through the double-height ceilings and sunken living room in shades of ocean blue. Mandala.The Home (Canggu)This five-king-ensuite-bedroom villa is just minutes away from the beach. The elegant villa was designed by the same award-winning architect and spans over 5,000 square feet of meticulously designed interiors, with paddy fields on two sides and a peaceful riverside frontage. Curated with world-class art and finished to the highest standards with heavy use of local stone work, artisan ceramics and bespoke furniture, highlights include the stylish poolside suites and master bedroom with tailor-made dressing room and private terrace. The property has a beautiful outdoor dining area and brass bar shaded under a fragranced canopy of bougainvillea and jasmine; this villa is truly your home away from home.center_img  Mandala.The Rocks (Uluwatu)last_img read more

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