Brazen bear punched after breaking into home on BCs Sunshine Coast

first_imgGIBSONS, B.C. – Police say a black bear has been put down after it broke into a home and terrified a family in Gibsons, B.C.Sunshine Coast RCMP say Elery Froude was home with her two sons and a family friend on Saturday evening when an adult male bear wandered in through the sliding glass door.The bear roamed through the house, going into most of the rooms and drooling on the dining room table while Froude locked herself in a bedroom with her children.Police say her friend yelled, banged pots and shook chairs at the animal before punching it in the nose, which made the bear retreat outside.The bear then began pawing and chewing at the screen door until police arrived and scared it into the bushes with air horns and other methods.RCMP say conservation officers later put down the bear, which weighed about 115 kilograms, after determining it lacked a fear of humans.last_img read more

Alberta court grants injunction blocking Suncor random drug test plan

first_imgEDMONTON – A union that represents thousands of oilsands workers at Suncor Energy sites in Alberta has won a court injunction againstrandom drug testing.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that such random testing would violate the worker’s rights and privacy.Calgary-based Suncor (TSX:SU) has said random tests are needed to bolster safety and wanted start its program this month.In his ruling, Justice Paul Belzil says the privacy rights of employees are just as important as safety.Belzil also says random testing would affect workers who have no drug problems or have not been involved in workplace incidents.Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012 and Unifor has sought leave to appeal an earlier courtruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.last_img

South Africas Institute for Justice and Reconciliation wins UNESCO award

28 May 2008The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selected the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation of South Africa as this year’s recipient of its Prize for Peace Education. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selected the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation of South Africa as this year’s recipient of its Prize for Peace Education. The Cape Town-based Institute was chosen “for its outstanding efforts in building sustainable reconciliation through education and in addressing systemic injustice in Africa,” according to the Prize jury led by Mohammed Arkoun, Professor of History of Islamic Thought. Founded in 2000, it seeks to promote reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa and encourage peace, and has helped other African countries – including Rwanda, Sudan and Burundi – take part in a similar process. The Institute works with governments, civil society and academics in countries of transition to enhance justice, development and human security thought policy research, analysis and capacity building. One of its key projects called “Turning Points in History” has resulted in the first comprehensive South African history textbook for secondary schools since the end of apartheid to be published. Using oral tradition to forge a “dialogue between perspectives,” it includes personal stories. The $40,000 prize, funded by the Nippon Foundation, seeks to boost public awareness of the need for peace. Previous recipients include Sri Lankan judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, Mother Teresa, Father Emile Shoufani, Bishop Nelson Onono-Onweng and Paulo Freire. read more

UN agency pledges to double food purchased in Millennium Villages

26 July 2010A top United Nations official has promised to double the amount of food purchased from women farmers living in a Millennium Village in Uganda, part of a United Nations-backed initiative to help African communities lift themselves out of poverty. A strategic, integrated approach to rural development is already changing lives in Ruhiira, home to 50,000 people spread out across several hundred square kilometres in southwestern Uganda.Before joining the Millennium Village programme in 2005, more than 90 per cent of Ruhiira’s population survived on subsistence agriculture and more than half of its children under the age of five were chronically malnourished or stunted.In the past five years, nearly all of Ruhiira’s 6,000 farmers have diversified their plots to boost their incomes. The scheme has also helped to attract buyers, both local and regional, so that they can get higher prices for their maize.During a stop in the area over the weekend, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), hailed Ruhiira for “the transformation and revolution of hope in this community.”She was speaking to a Woman’s Association, which sells beans and maize to the agency.Ms. Sheeran said the “beans of hope” grown in Ruhiira area are helping to feed hungry children in Karamoja, a drought-stricken region in northeast Uganda.The official pledged to buy twice the amount of food from the community next year.The Women’s Association, which is using a new warehouse to store food in WFP-marked bags, has already sold 250 metric tons of beans and maize to the agency’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative, which seeks to give small farmers better access to markets.“Today in all the places WFP works in the world, Uganda is our number one purchase market,” Ms. Sheeran said. “We look forward to purchasing more here, to working and supporting your community-based school feeding programme and to our deepening and strengthening partnership.”The Millennium Villages scheme seeks to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline – in 13 areas of 10 African countries within five years through community-led development.“What you are doing is known all over the world,” Jeffrey Sachs, who heads the Millennium Villages Project and is a Special Advisor for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said as he toured Ruhiira with Ms. Sheeran.“People are inspired by the progress Ruhiira is making. I want you to keep inspiring the world,” he said. “When 2015 comes, you will have shown the world how this community achieved all the Millennium Development Goals.” read more

Tim Hortons Field still a possibility for Labour Day Classic

Pan Am stadium builders Ontario Sports Solutions have applied for a temporary occupancy permit so the Hamilton Tiger-Cats can host the Labour Day Classic in their new home.It’s far from a done deal. City spokesperson Mike Kirkopolous told CHCH News OSS only applied for the use of certain parts of the stadium, the parts it feels certain will be approved for occupancy. they are the east side of the stadium and the lower bowl on the west side.However if builders manage to get further ahead on the construction of other parts of the stadium, they can add levels and modify their application. Kirkopolous says we should know more about the status of the application at the beginning of next week.The city needs about five days to inspect the construction to decide whether to grant the permit. Kirkopolous says public safety will be the most important factor in the process. read more

Duke Energy faces federal criminal charges for coal ash pollution expects to

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Duke Energy faces federal criminal charges for coal ash pollution, expects to pay $102 million by Michael Biesecker And Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2015 3:10 pm MDT RALEIGH, N.C. – Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.The three U.S. Attorney’s Offices covering the state charged Duke with nine misdemeanour counts involving violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the nation’s largest electricity company engaged in unlawful dumping at coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mt. Holly.Duke said Friday in statements and court filings that it has already negotiated a plea agreement under which it will admit guilt and pay $102 million in fines, restitution and community service. The company said the costs of the settlement will be borne by its shareholders, not passed on to its electricity customers.The investigation into Duke began last February after a pipe collapsed under a coal ash dump at the Eden plant, coating 70 miles of the Dan River in grey sludge. However, prosecutors allege in court filings that Duke’s illegal dumping had been going back for years, to at least 2010.“We are accountable for what happened at Dan River and have learned from this event,” said Lynn Good, Duke’s president and CEO. “Our highest priorities are safe operations and the well-being of the people and communities we serve.”The separate cases will be consolidated under the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court in Raleigh. Any proposed settlement in the case would be subject to approval by a judge.Environmental groups on Friday hailed the charges as vindication for their years of efforts to get regulators to hold Duke accountable for the pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at 14 power plants scattered across the state. The ash, which is the waste left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity, contains such toxic heavy metals as arsenic, selenium, chromium and mercury.“It’s not just a slap on the wrist,” said Kemp Burdette, of Cape Fear River Watch. “A $100 million fine is a significant one. It confirms what we’ve been saying all along. It’s good to finally have somebody say, ‘You’re right. Duke was illegally polluting waterways across North Carolina and it was criminal. It wasn’t an accident.’”The Associated Press reported last year that environmental groups tried three times in 2013 to sue Duke under the Clean Water Act to force the company to clean up its leaky coal ash dumps. The groups said they were forced to sue after North Carolina regulators failed to act on evidence conservationists gathered of ongoing groundwater contamination at Duke’s dumps.But each time, N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources blocked the citizen lawsuits by intervening at the last minute to assert its own authority under the act to take enforcement action in state court.The administration of Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who worked at Duke for 29 years, then proposed what environmentalists derided as a “sweetheart deal” under which the Charlotte-based company worth more than $50 billion would have paid fines of just $99,111 to settle violations over toxic groundwater leeching from two of its plants. That agreement, which included no requirement that Duke immediately stop or clean up the pollution, was pulled amid intense criticism after the Dan River spill.Drew Elliot, spokesman for the state environmental agency, said regulators had acted appropriately since McCrory took office and pointed to the Republican governor’s Democratic predecessors.“We had taken more action than anyone in North Carolina history had taken,” Elliot said. “I won’t be able to answer questions about the (former Gov.) Beverly Perdue Administration, or the (former Gov. Mike) Easley Administration.”Duke adamantly denied any wrongdoing for years. But in December, the company conceded in regulatory filings that it had identified about 200 leaks and seeps at its 32 coal ash dumps statewide that together ooze out more than 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater each day.A new state law passed in August requires Duke to either clean up or permanently cap all of its ash dumps in North Carolina by 2029.Jim Cooney, a Charlotte lawyer representing Duke in the criminal case, said the details of the company’s plea agreement with prosecutors won’t be made public until a court hearing is held sometime in the coming weeks.Regardless of the precise terms, environmentalists said the amount Duke will be required to pay signals the company’s culpability.“Anybody who agrees to pay $100 million is confirming that they did something wrong,” said Frank Holleman, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Duke Energy cannot buy its way out of its coal ash scandal. It has to clean its way out.”___Weiss reported from Greenville, South Carolina.___Follow Biesecker at http://Twitter.com/mbieseck read more

No buts about it BC study says tobacco companies must deal with

An ashtray filled with cigarette butts is pictured in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. A British Columbia professor is urging tobacco companies take responsibility for discarded cigarette butts, which a new study calls one of the most common waste products in the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Sue Ogrocki No buts about it: B.C. study says tobacco companies must deal with waste butts by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 1:45 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – They’re commonly flicked on sidewalks, discarded at bus stops and strewn outside buildings. They can also end up in the stomachs of fish, sea turtles and small children.A single tossed cigarette butt may seem inconsequential, but researchers say more than five trillion waste butts accumulate in the global environment each year, resulting in degradation, costly cleanup and emergency response.Tobacco manufacturers should be made responsible for the stinky, toxic mess, says a new study co-authored by a Simon Fraser University professor.“Up to now, there’s been the best efforts of public services and cleanup campaigns and recycling. And all these efforts are not working,” said Kelley Lee, who holds a Canada Research Chair in global health.“Our paper is really arguing we need to go upstream, we need to get to the source of the butts. That’s the tobacco company.”The paper, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control, sets out a regulatory scheme as model legislation for adoption by cities, provinces or countries. It was designed in collaboration with the Washington, D.C.-based Cigarette Butt Pollution Project.The study found that one to two-thirds of butts from cigarettes are littered, buried in landfills or washed down storm drains.In Vancouver, the fire department tackled 35 grass fires from haphazardly disposed butts over just one week last summer. A butt cleanup effort by 100 students, faculty and staff at Simon Fraser University last year collected 45 kilograms over just one hour.The city of San Francisco spends about US$11 million annually on cleanups.Butts are not biodegradable, as some people believe, Lee said. Cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, remains in the environment from 10 to 25 years. Discarded filters also collect toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and nicotine that leach into the earth.The study proposes the tobacco industry take on the collection, transport, processing and safe disposal of butts, based on the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility, which would incorporate the environmental cost of butts into the price of cigarettes.Other industries that produce hazardous consumer goods are already legally responsible in a patchwork of legislation across North America for dealing with paints, pesticide containers, fluorescent light bulbs and unused drugs.The paper suggests companies take responsibility in various ways including taking on the cost of collecting, recycling or disposing butts, initiating cleanup programs and informing consumers about the environmental risks of tossing butts.Australia and some countries in Europe are already considering legislative options for dealing with the environmental harms associated with butts, Lee said.The health professor, who has been researching tobacco companies for nearly 20 years, believes the industry is making every attempt to avoid responsibility by shifting the onus to smokers. The researchers did not approach companies in order to maintain professional distance, Lee said, but noted they’ve brought similar proposals to manufacturers in the past.“They’re very resistant,” she said. “They’ve funded anti-litter campaigns to try to divert attention away from their responsibility. They will push back very hard on this.”Requests for comment were made to four of the world’s largest cigarette companies. Representatives for Imperial Tobacco Canada in Quebec and JTI-Macdonald Corp., in Toronto said their spokespeople were not immediately available.— Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter read more

Latest Somali election delay raises risks of manipulation more delays – senior

The UN is providing technical support to bolster the credibility of the process, including a code of conduct for all candidates, parliametary and presidential, and creation of an electoral dispute mechanism with the inclusion of advisors provided by international partners. “I am under no illusions about the challenges ahead and the scope for things to go awry. But if we remain vigilant and unified, this process could mark a positive, watershed moment for Somalia,” Mr. Keating said. But the road to peace and stability will still be long. “Violence remains a feature of life for too many people. Al-Shabaab (Islamist movement) has continued to mount spectacular attacks against soft targets, notably in Mogadishu (the capital),” he added. “These attacks have underscored the urgency both of efforts to degrade, defeat and dismantle Al-Shabaab and to address the conditions that make it possible for the group to survive.” He paid tribute to the UN-authorized African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), which has thousands of troops in the country, with an upper limit of over 22,000, entrusted with of countering Al Shabaab and other armed opposition groups, and providing security to enable the political process at all levels, stabilisation, reconciliation and peacebuilding. “AMISOM remains vital to Somalia’s security. Its troops are paying a heavy price to bring security to the country. They need to be supported in their effort to take the fight to Al Shabaab-controlled areas,” Mr. Keating stressed. He also voiced concerns that a growing number of Somalis, nearly five million, suffer from malnutrition and food insecurity, with only 32 per cent of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan funded at this point. They also face multiple human rights deficits, while women and children are of “grave concern,” including youngsters captured from Al Shabaab and sentenced to death. “The challenges are considerable,” he said, adding: “But, crucially, progress is also being made in almost every domain.” First slated to be held in August, parliamentary elections will now take place between 23 October and 10 November, and the presidential poll by the end of November, the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team, or FIEIT, announced yesterday, citing the need for more time. “What is most critical at this point is that the new extension does not create additional space for manipulation or disruption by spoilers,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Michael Keating, told the UN Security Council. “Rather, the urgency and momentum must be maintained and the additional time used to ensure that the process is as transparent and credible as possible,” he said, calling it a “novel and exciting experience” for a country that last held national elections in 1969 and descended into civil war and anarchy in 1991. Mr. Keating noted that much preparatory work has been completed, and registration of 14,000 electoral college delegates and hundreds of parliamentary candidates is in progress, with many painful compromises between interest groups and clans. This broadens the college from just 135 men in 2012. Thirty per cent of the 14,000 must be women and 20 per cent youth. “Even though the numbers involved may seem relatively modest, this is a complicated process, requiring a high degree of dedication, organizational capacity and some bravery toimplement,” in a country of some 12 million people divided by tribes and clans. “The security and logistical challenges alone are considerable,” he added. Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton read more

Mens Basketball Prices for Ohio State basketball could dip for students in

Buckeye fans celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State students might receive a price break to watch their men’s basketball team play.Students would pay just $9 for all individual game tickets if the proposal is approved by the Board of Trustees Finance Committee. Previously, students had to pay $13 for Big Ten games and $12 for nonconference game. Ohio State enjoyed a resurgent 2017-18 season, and the success the team found led to an increase in attendance for the team. An average of 13,495 people attended games at the Schottenstein Center during the 2017-18 season, well above the 12,324 average of the 2016-17 season and the 12,283 average of the 2015-16 campaign. Ohio State also hosted crowds above 18,000 fans on two occasions, first against Illinois on Feb. 4 and against Iowa on Feb. 10. The Board is set to go over the proposal at approximately 12:55 p.m. Thursday during the Finance Committee Meeting.The remainder of the tickets will not see a price change from the cost for the previous season. Season-ticket holders will continue to have a 12-percent discount from the price of a season’s worth of individual tickets while faculty and staff will have a 20-percent discount.The Ohio State Board of Trustees Finance Committee will vote Thursday on a proposal to reduce ticket prices for students while leaving the remainder of the tickets the same. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateOhio State is coming off its first season under head coach Chris Holtmann in which it finished 25-9 overall with a 15-3 Big Ten record. The Buckeyes lost just two games at home — 79-65 against Clemson on Nov. 29 and 82-79 on a buzzer-beating loss to Penn State on Jan. 25. The overall record was the team’s best mark since the 2012-13 season.The Buckeyes also reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Fifth-seeded Ohio State lost in the second round to fourth-seeded Gonzaga.Holtmann will hope to find continued success in his second season at the helm despite a litany of losses. His team saw three seniors graduate in guard Kam Williams, guard Andrew Dakich and forward Jae’Sean Tate and watched forward and 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop declare for the NBA draft, forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility.Joining Ohio State will be the 23rd-best recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Guard Luther Muhammad and forward Jaedon LeDee are the only two four-star prospects joining the team while a pair of three star recruits — guard Duane Washington and forward Justin Ahrens — also join the team. read more

Yorkshire residents laugh off biggest earthquake to hit Britain in nearly a

first_img 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. Terrible scenes from North Yorkshire after tonight’s earthquake pic.twitter.com/K4vwdcyHwT— Skip Hackski (@SkipLicker) January 3, 2017 Scarborough earthquake causes £10,000 worth of 10ps to fall off their ledge and means 100s of whack-a-moles need to re-housed #earthquake— Ol Crabtree (@OlCrabtree) January 4, 2017 The largest recorded British earthquake was in 1931, near the Dogger Bank in the North Sea. Although it was 60 miles off shore, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake still caused some damage to buildings on land. That Yorkshire Earthquake was well bad.. #Yorkshireearthquake #Yorkshire pic.twitter.com/StQr8n48HQ— EBAYGUMTREE (@savs66) January 3, 2017 When you try out that Zumba DVD and it gets reported as the #YorkshireEarthquake 😂 https://t.co/2Z9sC3FsaC pic.twitter.com/54dYrBgsjh— Craig Wilson (@DigitalWilson) January 3, 2017center_img The largest earthquake to hit the UK in nearly a decade has hit the North Sea off the coast of North Yorkshire; but people on land seem unfazed.People in Yorkshire have been mocking the earthquake on Twitter, posting pictures of knocked-over bins and plastic chairs to illustrate the fact the quake barely moved the earth.The quake had a magnitude of 3.8 and struck shortly before 7pm on Tuesday night, 100 miles east of Scarborough.British Geological Survey seismologists recorded the quake on devices located in Glasidale near Whitby.  Hope everyone is ok following the devastating earthquake in North Yorkshire #earthquake #Huddersfield pic.twitter.com/02uMtsDuoK— Huddersfield (@Huddersfield4U) January 4, 2017 I gather there’s been an earthquake near Yorkshire. I’m putting together an aid package to help them!!! #yorkshireearthquake pic.twitter.com/gptTYTX4Yd— northern fella (@lancsbloke) January 3, 2017 Breaking news: Earthquake in Yorkshire and made someone spill their brew. Lol #YorkshireEarthquake— Chris Jacklin (@chrisj0100) January 3, 2017last_img read more

New programme for small businesses

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Agricultural Development and Foods minister proclaimed this week a 150-million-euro programme to support small manufacturing businesses using agricultural products, open to businesses with less than 750 employees or a turnover less than 200 million euro. The programme will support investments for the manufacturing and trade of agricultural products in the areas of meat, dairy, eggs and poultry, honey, livestock, cereals, oils, wine, groceries, flowers, animal feed, seeds and pharmaceutical or aromatic plants. The budget for the subsidy applications ranges from 100,000 to five million euro for 80 percent of the funds available and 5-10 million euro for the remaining 20 percent of available funds. Applications can be submitted from October 7 and the last date is December 28. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

Christmas shoppers choose debit over credit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) surveyed 1000 people and found most use debit and cash to minimise Christmas debt. “We have seen the trend of people choosing to pay down debt and save in the past few years and there remains little interest from consumers in adding weight to their credit cards,” ANRA CEO Margy Osmond said. “Debit cards are increasingly popular, another indicator of people taking a sensible approach to Christmas and buying goods using savings already set aside during the year. Growth in debit card preference was up nine per cent from 2010.” Source: The Agelast_img

CIMON AI Astronaut Assistance is Siri for Space Stations

first_img I think a subtle but vital part of the robots’ planned takeover Earth is getting us all extremely comfortable with interacting with digital assistants. Virtual helpers like Siri and Alexa are becoming increasingly integrated aspects of our modern tech-savvy lives, with increasing access to our personal information.But the biggest proof yet of how far we (or they) have come is that even in a world where HAL 9000 exists, aeronautics company Airbus this week still plans on launching “the first AI-based mission and flight assistance system” into space to aid astronaut working on the International Space Station. Learn more about what they have to say about CIMON.CIMON, or Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN, is based on the IBM Watson artificial intelligence. Only instead of going on Jeopardy, it’s going into space to help out astronauts with all sorts of tasks required for existing in space. Examples include showing efficient ways to complete routine procedures and assisting with flight navigation.CIMON’s combination of Watson AI, cloud connectivity, and neural network training also allows it to recognize, learn from, and bond with the crew. Everyone aboard the station can communicate verbally with natural language. CIMON can offer up creative solutions to especially tricky challenges. It can even be a watchful security guard, noticing potential problems before they become truly dangerous.Did we also mention that CIMON is a big medicine ball-sized floating robot? That it has an uncannily friendly face displayed on a screen? The materials are 3D printed plastic and metal, but the result is something that truly straddles the freaky and fantastic ends of science-fiction depending on how you look.After launching from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 this Friday CIMON will reach the ISS Monday morning. From there he will team up with German astronaut Alexander Gerst for three hours of tests including some crystal and medical experiments as well as solving a Rubik’s cube. After that, solving interstellar colonization should be a snap.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System Stay on targetlast_img read more

12 Storey Structure to be Allowed

first_img Related Items:desarollos hotelco, providenciales, ritz carlton, rufus ewing TCI Govt Estate needs $20M injection, Minister announces rent-cutting plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Sept 2014 – Seven stories used to be as high as the government would allow a developer to go in construction on the world renowned Grace Bay strip, now the Cabinet seems to have taken a turn to allow 12 storey structures to be built and has asked the governor to approve the change. From the Cabinet minutes, the report is that the PNP Administration has Advised H.E. the Governor to amend the Development Manual to increase the maximum height of buildings on the island of Providenciales to a maximum 12 storeys on a minimum 5 acre parcel. While government had said there would be a consultative process, this appears to be a push forward on the idea as the interest for higher capacity resorts escalates for the Turks & Caicos. The release said the change should be effective immediately. It was just ahead of the CTO’s State of the Industry Conference held last week in St Thomas, that Tourism Minister and Premier, Hon Dr Rufus Ewing talked about the $202 million, three-prong hotel and casino development on 11 acres of Grace Bay Beach under the RitzCarlton brand. The condominium-hotel development is the brainchild of Venezuela-based Desarollos Hotelco, which opened the Ritz-Carlton in Aruba last year. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interestlast_img read more

Bluetooth can help local traffic flow

first_img If you want to improve your travel time along some of Clark County’s busier roads, turn your Bluetooth device to “discoverable” mode.Clark County traffic engineers — along with engineers from the state of Washington and the city of Vancouver — have in place a system that can detect Bluetooth devices in discoverable mode.The program is being funded primarily through a $540,000 federal grant, with a small match from the local governments.And with some 900 vehicles traveling through the Andresen corridor during peak travel times, even a small sampling is enough to give information on how quickly cars are moving along the roadways.“Right now, we are seeing between 3 and 5 percent of traffic broadcasting in discoverable mode,” said Rob Klug, traffic signal operations and engineering lead at Clark County. “From that, we can track MAC addresses and … get a timestamp of when cars enter and exit the area we are scanning. From there, the next step, we can make traffic signal settings based on (the information).”Klug explained the process from an interior office at the Clark County Public Service Center. Large computer screens blink out traffic data and display live footage from intersection cameras. When something traffic-related in Clark County breaks, this office is where it starts to get fixed. At times, Klug will run signals manually from his computer to unclog congested areas.He receives immediate reports from an automated system when cars start to back up beyond expectations.Klug can talk at length about traffic philosophy and methodology, and he can recommend a few books to read if you’re really interested in how traffic systems have evolved over the years. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Organ donors recipients honored on Donate Awareness Day in Doral

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Organ donors, transplant recipients and their families were honored in observation of Donate Awareness Day, Friday.The National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, which takes place once a year, aims to honor everyone involved in the organ donation process.“It’s an emotional day, but it’s a happy day, too,” said Jeff, a parent. “It’s very difficult to go through this day, but uplifting to know that we get to meet the recipient.”He hopes that others will consider donating as well. “The fact that you can help one particular family or two or three families, it makes such a difference,” he said.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue encourages people to register as organ donors to help save lives.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

NOW HIRING Wilmington DPW Looking For Snowplow Contractors

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington Department of Public Works is currently hiring snowplow contractors. Work includes plowing roadways and municipal parking lots.Contractors must meet minimum insurance and equipment requirements.Applications and information are available at the Department of Public Works Administration Office at 115 Andover Street, Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 4pm.For more information, call the DPW at 978-658-4481.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the latest Town Topics newsletter.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington DPW Looking For Snowplow ContractorsIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Wilmington DPW Looking For Snowplow ContractorsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”last_img read more

Vodafone decides against spinning off emerging markets unit cites synergy

first_imgMobile networks operator Vodafone has looked at spinning off its entire emerging markets unit, which includes its interests in India, Africa, New Zealand, Qatar and Turkey, but decided the synergies it gives justified keeping the group together, Chief Executive Vittorio Colao said on Wednesday.The size and scope of Vodafone’s worldwide operations were in the spotlight this summer when it was in talks with European cable operator Liberty Global about an unspecified exchange of assets.After the talks collapsed, analysts and bankers said the separation of the emerging market division would make it easier to do a deal with Liberty over its core European operations.Speaking on Wednesday at an investor conference held by Morgan Stanley in Barcelona, Colao said Vodafone’s board regularly reviewed the company’s set-up but decided in its most recent deliberations that a split would not create value.”We’re open-minded. If one day there is a better option we will look at it,” he added.However, Vodafone said on Tuesday it has started preparations to separately list its Vodafone India subsidiary, possibly in the next financial year, depending on market conditions.The group’s 42% stake in the Indian mobile masts company Indus Towers would be included in the initial public offer, Colao said in Barcelona. The rest of the company is owned by rival operators Bharti Airtel, with 42%, and Aditya Birla Telecom’s Idea Cellular.”We’ll indeed look for options for the tower company itself, but the tower company stake is part of the IPO process,” he said.The Liberty talks failed because the groups could not reach agreement on the value of the assets, but Colao did not rule out restarting them, particularly because combining fixed line and mobile assets was attractive as markets converged.”There is strategic rationale for combining fixed and mobile assets and getting the synergies out,” he said.”Whether things happen or not, you never know.”last_img read more