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ELITE TRAINING FOR NT FUTURE STARS

first_imgThe opportunity for elite training with National coaches and players is fairly common for those touch players living in New South Wales or Queensland. However, for the smaller and more isolated touch regions such as the Northern Territory, the opportunities are fewer. Held once every twelve months, the Northern Territory Elite training camp is one such opportunity. The training camp has been run for the past seven years and this year brought 26 athletes to Darwin for the camp, which was run from June 24-26. The athletes were between the ago of 13 and 18 years and traveled from Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Maningrida. Kerry Norman (current Australian Womens Open coach), Peter McNeven (past Australian Mens Open coach) and also Australian representatives Bo De la Cruz, Tony Eltakchi and Peter Stoddart, all made the trip to Darwin. Isobel Appo from Northern Territory Touch, says the idea behind the camp is to give the players three days of intense training and education in what is expected of an elite player. The camp included hydration and fluid lectures, fitness assessments, skill sessions and other activities. A little bit of fun was also scheduled in, with the players taken to the small town of Batchelor one morning to train, before heading to the beautiful Litchfield National Park for a swim. Local touch coaches were also invited to attend the camp, with the presence of Australian coaches a great opportunity to help develop their knowledge and skills. “All our athletes and coaches and our Association really appreciate the opportunity to have the Australian coaches and players give their valuable time and help which we see as an excellent tool in the development of touch at the elite level,” says Ms Appo. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

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Pentagon: Maersk Tigris Seized by Iranian Navy

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom The Maersk Tigris container ship issued a distress call Tuesday morning after an Iranian Navy ship fired shots across its bridge and Iranian personnel boarded the commercial vessel, a Pentagon spokesman said.Army Col. Steve Warren told members of the Pentagon press corps that at about 2:05 a.m. Eastern Time, several Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) patrol vessels approached the M/V Maersk Tigris, a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel.The commercial ship was in Iranian territorial waters transiting inbound, or north, in the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman in the Arabian Sea, one of the world’s major strategic choke points.“The ship’s master was contacted and directed to proceed further into Iranian territorial waters. He declined and one of the IRGCN craft fired shots across the bridge of the Maersk Tigris,” Warren said.After this, the master complied with the Iranian demand and proceeded into Iranian waters near Larak Island, Warren said. Larak Island is off the coast of Iran in the Persian Gulf.Warren said the Maersk is still at sea. Initial reports are that members of the Iranian IRGCN have boarded her and there are no further updates, he added. Around 30 people are reported to be aboard the Maersk Tigris.Navcent, a  U.S. Navy element of U.S. Central Command, having picked up the distress signal, directed the USS Farragut, an Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, to proceed to the nearest location of the Maersk Tigris, Warren said.Navcent also directed a Navy maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to observe the interaction between the Maersk vessel and the IRGCN craft, he added.The Tigris’s destination, according to a marine-traffic website, was Jebel Ali, a port town 22 miles southwest of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.“Navcent is communicating with representatives of the shipping company (Danish Maersk),” Warren said. “We continue to monitor the situation.”Singapore-based Rickmers Shipmanagement, operator of the vessel, said it was seriously concerned about their crew and the incident which happened to their managed ship.“The company would like to emphasize that it takes its responsibilities as an international shipping line very seriously complying with all applicable laws and regulations and ensuring that employees are aware of those laws relevant to their roles.“Rickmers Shipmanagement is liaising with the relevant international authorities, and their main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of its seafarers on board Maersk Tigris. The company continues to monitor the vessel’s position at the same time seeking communications with the crew,” the company said in a statement.The Pentagon spokesman said the Strait of Hormuz is in Iranian territorial waters, which is within 12 miles of the Iranian coast.But, he said, because the narrow strait is recognized as containing international shipping lanes, the principle of “innocent passage” is applied, so ships that abide by international rules of the sea are authorized to pass through the strait.center_img Print  Closelast_img read more

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27th Annual Model Makers Showcase

first_imgModel ships of every shape and size will sail into the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for 27th Annual Model Makers’ Showcase on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. The two-day exhibition of models, hosted by the Maritime Ship Modelers’ Guild, will feature nearly 70 exhibitors from such groups as the Halifax Military Modelers Group, the Combat Squadron Group, the Nova Scotia Miniature Crafters, the Model Yacht Squadron of Halifax, and the Science Fiction Modelers Group. “We’re thrilled with the number of exhibitors we have confirmed for this year’s show and the variety of work that will be on display,” said John Green, event co-ordinator. “From traditional ship models to model space ships, to incredibly detailed dollhouses, the weekend promises be a feast of modelling at its best.” Modelling enthusiasts will marvel at these amazing creations and the opportunity to meet the pros who build them. The showcase also offers kids a chance to build their own model at one of the free workshops. Often viewed as a hobby, the craft of modelling has a long history, featuring several purposes dating back to detailed models carved by ancient Egyptians almost 5,000 years ago. Until the 18th century, vessels were designed by model instead of on paper. This includes admiralty models constructed for the Royal Navy. Proposed designs for warships would be crafted as models to entice prospective civilian financiers, then the models would be used during ship building as a tool to help workers avoid construction errors. Prisoner of War models also boast an interesting history. From as far back as the Napoleonic wars to Nova Scotia POW camps during the First World War, prisoners would craft crude models from scraps of wood and bone to relieve boredom and barter for luxury items. In the modern era, movie models demonstrate yet another function of the craft. From children’s television programs such as the Halifax-based Theodore Tugboat to big-screen films like James Cameron’s Titanic, models help bring stories, both whimsical and incredible, to life. The showcase will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. Admission will be charged.last_img read more

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Theft of wigs for kids who have cancer is heartbreaking shop manager

first_imgVANCOUVER – The manager of a Vancouver store where wigs intended for kids with cancer were stolen says it’s been heartbreaking to call their families and break the news.Frances Rae, manager of Eva and Company Wigs, says all of the families have been understanding and one six-year-old girl wrote a letter to shop’s staff saying she wasn’t worried about her wig but wanted to make sure the employees were OK.Some of the kids had skipped the first week of school so they could start classes with their new hair, she said. Now they’ll have to wait six weeks to two months for new ones.Police said at least 150 wigs worth about $2,500 each were taken from the store early Friday morning. Among those, about 15 had been prepared for patients at BC Children’s Hospital, including kids with cancer and other medical conditions that involve hair loss like alopecia, Rae said.The wigs for sick children are made with donated virgin hair, which means it hasn’t been dyed.When the kids come in, staff measure their heads and look through pictures with them, so they can choose the colour, density and texture that they like. Then they find donated hair from about a dozen ponytails that fit the bill to construct the wigs.It’s always a good feeling to call a child and say the wig is ready, Rae said.“You know you can just see that look on someone’s face when it goes from sadness, because you know they have a tube out of their neck and a tube up their nose and they’ve got no hair,” Rae said. “And then when you put a wig on their head they just smile.”Rae said the thief or thieves broke in through the business next door, which she said is under renovation.“They broke into that then took a crowbar and just smashed through the wall and came into our place,” she said.Police say they are looking for a man with long curly black hair, who was last seen walking away from the store carrying a large black garbage bag and wearing a denim or blue jacket.Sgt. Jason Robillard said police need people to come forward with information and that it’s possible someone is in possession of one or more of the wigs without knowing they were stolen or intended for sick children.last_img read more

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Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur recalls two ice cream sandwich brands

first_imgThe Canadian Press A Canadian dairy co-operative says it is recalling two types of ice cream sandwiches over concerns there might be metal particles in the product.A statement from Agropur released Friday says the sandwiches were sold in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada.The statement says the Iceberg brand sandwiches sold in boxes of 8 and the Originale Augustin brand sold in boxes of 30 are being recalled.It says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is overseeing the recall.Agropur says they haven’t received any reports of injuries.The co-operative is asking for the product to be taken off shelves and customers can return the boxes to stores for a full refund.last_img read more

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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES MARILLA CUTHBERTS BACK STORY WRITTEN BY KINDRED SPIRIT

first_img Twitter Advertisement Marilla of Green Gables, by Sarah McCoy, HarperCollins, 320 pages, $23.99. (HARPERCOLlINS) There’s a charming scene in the first 10 minutes of the CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E, where Lucy Maude Montgomery’s plucky red-haired heroine Anne Shirley is on a train journey to meet her new guardians, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Anne, who inhabits a fantasy world all her own, is bouncing up and down in her seat, giddily speculating about the unmarried siblings’ romantic pasts.The moment is amusing in part because Anne’s straitlaced Aunt Marilla, with her grey-streaked hair twisted into a tight knot, is far from one of Montgomery’s most romantic characters. Nor is she an obvious Green Gables spin-off. But her mysterious past sparked the imagination of bestselling American author Sarah McCoy, whose new book, Marilla of Green Gables, builds the story of a young woman living in 1830s PEI who sacrifices love for family and commitment. It’s delightfully “tragical,” as Anne Shirley loved to say.Sarah Mccoy, author of Marilla of Green Gables, HarperCollins. (EMILY MARTIN)McCoy is a lifelong Montgomery super-fan: even her dog is named Gilbert, after Anne’s beloved Gilbert Blythe. As a child, McCoy, who was born in Kentucky and grew up in a travelling military family, related to Anne’s whimsical dreaminess and her occasionally wicked temper. Her Puerto Rican mother — a career teacher who became a principal — was an authoritative figure like Marilla, disciplining with strict rules and consequences. McCoy remembers her mom first reading Anne of Green Gables to her when she was four while the family was living abroad in Germany. She also recalls how one passage in the book stuck with McCoy all through her childhood and teenage readings. It’s a brief scene as Marilla explains to Anne how she used to be close to Gilbert’s handsome father, John Blythe, until they got into an unexplained quarrel. “People called him my beau,” says Marilla. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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AP Analysis NRA gave 73 million to hundreds of schools

first_imgThe National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they’ll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month’s massacre at a Florida high school.Florida’s Broward County school district is believed to be the first to stop accepting NRA money after a gunman killed 17 people at one of its schools Feb. 14. The teen charged in the shooting had been on a school rifle team that received NRA funding.Denver Public Schools followed Thursday, saying it will turn down several NRA grants that were to be awarded this year. But officials in many other districts say they have no plans to back away.The AP analysis of the NRA Foundation’s public tax records finds that about 500 schools received more than $7.3 million from 2010 through 2016, mostly through competitive grants meant to promote shooting sports. The grants have gone to a wide array of school programs, including the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, rifle teams, hunting safety courses and agriculture clubs.“Whatever I think of the NRA, they’re providing legitimate educational services,” said Billy Townsend, a school board member in Florida’s Polk County district, whose JROTC programs received $33,000, primarily to buy air rifles. “If the NRA wanted to provide air rifles for our ROTC folks in the future, I wouldn’t have a problem with that.”The grants awarded to schools are just a small share of the $61 million the NRA Foundation has given to a variety of local groups since 2010. But it has grown rapidly, increasing nearly fourfold from 2010 to 2014 in what some opponents say is a thinly veiled attempt to recruit the next generation of NRA members.The NRA Foundation did not return calls seeking comment.Broward announced Tuesday that it would no longer accept NRA grants, following more than a dozen major businesses that have split with the group in recent weeks. Companies including Delta Air Lines, MetLife insurance and the Hertz car agency have said they will no longer offer discounts to NRA members.Annual reports from the pro-gun group say its grant program was started in 1992 and raises money through local Friends of NRA chapters. It says half the proceeds from local fundraisers go to local grants and half goes to the national organization. Tax records show roughly $19 million in grants going to the group’s Virginia headquarters in 2015 and in 2016.Besides schools, other typical recipients include 4-H groups, which have received $12.2 million since 2010, Boy Scout troops and councils, which received $4 million, and private gun clubs. Overall, about half the grants go to programs directed at youth.Nearly half of the 773 grants awarded to schools have gone to JROTC programs, which put students through a basic military curriculum and offer an array of small competitive clubs, like the rifle team at Broward’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But JROTC leaders say few students ultimately enlist in the military, and the primary goal is to teach students skills like discipline and leadership.“The safety that we’re teaching, the good citizenship that we’re teaching here, those are the things you don’t hear about,” said Gunnery Sgt. Jim Flores, a JROTC instructor at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “The majority of people walk out of here awesome young men and women, respectful of authority, things of that nature. Not so much little tin soldiers.”In some parts of the country, shooting clubs draw the same sort of following as any school sport. Bill Nolte, superintendent of the Haywood County district in North Carolina, says he still shows up at school sportsman’s club tourneys even though his son graduated. Starting in sixth grade, students can join the clubs to compete in shooting events, archery and orienteering. For many families, Nolte said, it’s just like any other weekend sports event.“You take your lawn chair and your coffee in a thermos, and do much like you would do if you were going to a youth soccer or travel basketball or baseball event,” Nolte said, adding that NRA grants have helped buy firearms and ammunition and cover other costs that otherwise would fall to the parents. “We are constantly seeking revenue for sportsman’s club just like we do for cheerleading and track.”Districts that tallied the largest sums of NRA money typically used it for JROTC programs, including $126,000 given to Albuquerque schools, $126,000 to Broward County and $125,000 to Anchorage, Alaska. The most awarded to a single district was $230,000, given to Roseville schools near Sacramento, California, which say much of the funding went toward ammunition and gear for trap-shooting teams.Grants are often provided as equipment rather than cash, with schools given rifles, ammunition, safety gear and updates to shooting ranges. Nationally, about $1.3 million was provided as cash, while $6 million was provided through equipment, training and other costs.Ron Severson, superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District, says no parents have raised concerns over the funding, but administrators may reconsider it in the wake of the Florida shooting.“After we get through this spring, we will probably take some time to assess how to move forward,” he said.School board members in some districts said they didn’t know about the grants. Donna Corbett, a Democrat on the school board in southern Indiana’s New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation, said she never heard about $65,000 that went to a JROTC program at one of the high schools. Corbett said she plans to raise the issue with her board but feels conflicted about it.“I am not a big NRA fan, but I also realize that ROTC is a good program,” she said. “I’m not sure I would be willing to pull it to the detriment of the kids and their programs.”In some ways, the issue reflects the nation’s deep political divide over guns. Nearly three-quarters of the schools that received grants are in counties that voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, while a quarter are in counties that voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to the AP analysis. Most are in medium-sized counties or rural areas, with few near major cities.In Massachusetts, for example, known for its strict gun laws, no schools have received NRA grants since 2010, tax records show. Terry Ryan, a school board member in the Westford district northwest of Boston, says a local teacher considered applying for a grant in 2014, but the district ultimately didn’t pursue it.“We were not interested in any way, shape or form endorsing the NRA or its philosophy,” Ryan said in an interview.By contrast, parent Jana Cox in Louisiana’s Caddo Parish says few in the area would have a problem with the $24,000 in NRA grants that have gone to school JROTC programs.“Everybody here has guns,” Cox said. “This is north Louisiana. You’ve got a lot of hunters and you’ve got a lot of guns.”Without NRA grants, some programs would struggle to stay afloat, officials say. For JROTC groups, which receive most of their money from their respective military branches, the grants have become more important as federal budgets have been cut. Programs at some high schools in Virginia, Missouri and other states have folded in recent years amid the pinch.Lt. Colonel Ralph Ingles, head of the JROTC program at Albuquerque schools, says the Florida shooting has sparked a conversation about NRA grants, but he doesn’t anticipate cutting ties anytime soon.“I don’t see anybody really backing down,” he said. “I think it’s just ingrained that we’re going to continue to move forward in a positive direction.”___EDITOR’S NOTE — Collin Binkley has covered higher education since 2014. Meghan Hoyer has been a data editor since 2011.___Follow Binkley on Twitter at @cbinkley and Hoyer at @MeghanHoyerAn AP News Analysislast_img read more

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BC Wildfire Service reminding residents to use caution when burning outdoors

first_imgCurrently, there are no open burning bans in effect, however, people wishing to light an open fire must watch out for changing weather conditions and follow all open burning regulations to help reduce preventable wildfires.Here are some tips for safe burning practices:Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size.Never leave a fire unattended.Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.For more information on burning practices, and for up-to-date wildfire conditions, you can visit bcwildfire.ca. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – With Northeastern B.C. experiencing warm and dry weather conditions, the B.C. Wildfire Service is asking residents and industry personnel to use caution when performing outdoor burning.According to Wildfire Services, the weather forecast is calling for increased winds from April 18 to the 20 in the Peace Region, which will experience low relative humidity and little precipitation.Wildfire Services says it will not take long for the grass to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions.last_img read more

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13 bogies of ChapraSurat express derails in Bihar 4 injured

first_imgPatna: Four passengers were injured on Sunday after 13 coaches of Chapra-Surat Tapti Ganga Express derailed in Bihar’s Saran district. The accident took place near Gautam Asthan railway station in Varanasi division at 9.45 am, minutes after the Surat-bound train left Chapra Junction, the Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of North Eastern Railway (NER), Sanjay Yadav, said. No casualty has been reported so far, the CPRO told PTI over phone. The accident spot is 10 km away from Chapra town of the district, the CPRO said. The CPRO also said, “The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.” All the four injured have been admitted to a local hospital, he added.last_img read more

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Malaysia exPM Najib goes on trial over 1MDB megascandal

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to all charges against him as he went on trial Wednesday over a multi-billion-dollar fraud, almost a year after his shock election loss. The 65-year-old faced the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation. The former premier and his cronies are accused of plundering billions of dollars from the fund and spending it on everything from high-end real estate to artworks and a luxury yacht. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US He had been tipped to win another term in office easily last year and extend his coalition’s six-decade stranglehold on power, only to be soundly defeated by his former boss, Mahathir Mohamad, who rode a wave of public anger over 1MDB to the premiership. In the months that followed, once-dormant investigations into the controversy were relaunched and Najib was hit with dozens of corruption charges linked to the plundering of the fund. A small crowd of supporters was waiting for Najib as he arrived at the Kuala Lumpur court ahead of his trial, and he prayed with them for a few minutes before entering the building to shouts of “Long Live Najib”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Looking relaxed in the dock, he denied seven corruption and money-laundering charges related to the alleged theft of 42 million ringgit (USD 10.3 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit. It is just a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars that he allegedly stole. Opening the prosecution, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas told the High Court it was the “first trial in our courts against a former prime minister, who for nearly a decade occupied the most powerful office in the land and wielded near absolute power. “Such privilege carries with it enormous responsibility. “The accused is not above the law,” he added. After the first witness, an official from the Companies Commission of Malaysia, gave largely technical evidence related to corporate records, the trial was adjourned. The judge set the next hearing for April 15, and trial dates until May 10. Najib left without commenting, to cheers from his supporters waiting outside court. Far from being considered a pariah, the ex-leader has gained a following among members of the country’s Muslim majority as some are worried their long-held privileges are being eroded under the new government. He has become an unlikely social media phenomenon by attacking the new administration’s policies online. He was initially due to stand trial in February, but appeals by his defence team over procedural matters saw his case put on hold until a judge last week ruled the trial should finally proceed. It was a relief for the government, as there had been mounting public anger about the delay in bringing Najib to justice. Najib’s mentor-turned-nemesis Mahathir, now 93 and in his second stint in office, has pledged to bring the younger man to justice and recoup the huge sums of cash stolen from 1MDB. The US Department of Justice, which is investigating the controversy as money was allegedly laundered through the American financial system, believes USD 4.5 billion in total was looted from 1MDB. Malaysia has also charged Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs over the scandal, alleging the bank and its former employees stole billions of dollars from 1MDB. Goldman units and two ex-bankers are accused of misappropriating USD 2.7 billion, bribing officials and giving false statements in relation to bond issues they arranged for the fund. The bank has vowed to fight the charges. While many of Najib’s suspected accomplices have been caught and charged in Malaysian courts, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, playboy financier Jho Low, is still at large. On Wednesday the Malaysian government said a luxury yacht allegedly bought by Low with USD 250 million of stolen 1MDB money will be sold for around half that price. The yacht was returned to Malaysia after being seized last year in Indonesia.last_img read more

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Scorching Toronto Vancouver housing markets push Canadian home sales higher in October

OTTAWA — Canadian home sales grew in October to the second-highest levels in almost six years as demand remained strong in the red-hot real estate markets in Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area.The Canadian Real Estate Association said Monday the number of homes sold through its Multiple Listing Service was up 1.8 per cent in October from the previous month.However, the gains weren’t shared across the country, as the number of markets where sales posted a monthly increase and those where sales fell were evenly split.Compared with a year ago, sales rose 0.1 per cent.BMO chief economist Doug Porter said the housing market has split into three groups with Toronto and Vancouver too hot for comfort, the Prairies hit by the sliding price of oil and a middle ground which includes places like Ottawa and Montreal.Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina all posted double-digit sales declines in October. Calgary’s housing sales are down 36.4 per cent from a year earlier.“The renewed sag in oil in recent months looks to have triggered a renewed weakening in housing markets across much of Alberta and Saskatchewan,” Porter said.CMHC chief says foreign buyers may be behind ‘substantial portion’ of luxury home salesBritish Columbia house prices forecast to keep climbing into 2017Oil prices have fallen back to around US$45 a barrel after rebounding to around $60 a barrel in June. The price of crude has dropped precipitously from above US$105 last year.Canadians are still looking to buy detached homes, which remain in short supply in Toronto and Vancouver. There were 5.5 months of national inventory at the end of October, down from 5.7 in September.That demand has pushed home prices higher despite the availability of condo apartments.The national average price for homes sold in October was $454,976, up 8.3 per cent on a year-over-year basis, driven by Vancouver and Toronto.Prices in Greater Vancouver were up 15.33 per cent from a year ago, while Greater Toronto was up 10.33 per cent.Without the Vancouver and Toronto markets, the average was $339,059, up 2.5 per cent from a year ago.Porter said both markets are too hot for comfort and called the 19.3 per cent year-over-year gain in sales in Vancouver out of this world.“If anything, October saw an even greater divergence of Vancouver from the rest of the country (and perhaps planet Earth),” he wrote.The national sales-to-new listings ratio was 57.9 per cent in October. CREA says a sales-to-new listings ratio between 40 and 60 per cent is generally consistent with balanced housing market conditions. read more

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Joy roof supports – giants of longwall mining produced the highest capacity

first_imgIn longwall mining, powerful shearing machines drive back and forth across coal faces of up to 400 m in length, producing coal at rates of up to 1 t every second. What makes these impressive coal production rates possible are the massive hydraulic roof supports that shoulder the roof until the shearer has completed its pass.“No other manufacturer in the world has produced as powerful longwall roof supports than has Joy Mining Machinery,” claims Clive Hibbert, Product Director – Powered Roof Supports and Armored Face Conveyors. “Joy has a long history of manufacturing roof supports and other components of longwall systems. In 1996, Joy not only became the first single-manufacturer of complete longwall mining systems with the acquisition of Longwall International, it also acquired Longwall’s expertise in manufacturing roof supports, which goes back to 1950.Since the acquisition of Longwall International, there never has been a recorded major failure involving Joy roof supports” Hibbert said. Hibbert credits several factors for this success. “First is operational experience. Joy longwall roof supports are involved in more than 60% of the active longwall mining faces currently in operation in Australia and more than half of all those in the US, and complete Joy longwall mining systems comprise more than 70% of the single-manufacturer longwalls operating today.“Much of this success has to be attributed to our engineering team,” he continued. “Joy has a large number of degreed engineers worldwide involved in the design and manufacture of longwall mining equipment. These engineers, using advanced analytical tools, consistently produce exceptional designs. They demand the use of high strength steels and incorporate their own-designed advanced hydraulics, which results in the high performance of our supports. Joy requires that each component in every piece of mining equipment meets the highest of standards. For example, every roof support structure manufactured is inspected by Joy personnel to ensure detailed processes in the welding are adhered to for the purpose that high quality and integrity are maintained.“Finally, when you have designed and manufactured the strongest roof supports, you have to prove the product adds value. As a matter of routine, Joy maintains the most stringent structural testing in the industry that is applied to our longwall roof supports. At the companies Wigan, UK, testing laboratory, Joy has the capacity to test units up to a rating of 2,500 t on roof supports ranging up to 6 m in height. This is the highest rated rig capability in the world today, and Joy put it to use two years ago to validate our design of the world’s most powerful longwall roof support.”Joy had been asked by Australia’s Moranbah North mine to provide a complete longwall mining solution incorporating the highest capacity longwall roof supports with a never-before-achieved shield yield ratings of at least 1,750 t.“Accomplishing this required a dedicated effort,” Hibbert said. “Where typical shield fatigue testing requirements range between 30,000 and 60,000 cycles, the final fatigue checking on the Moranbah shields successfully achieved 90,000 cycles; something unheard of in the industry, until Joy did it.”Hibbert added that, because leg life expectancy is designed to exceed that of the major support structures, the legs also were tested successfully for more than 90,000 convergence cycles. Joy also increased the leg diameter from 400 to 480 mm which, he said, involved innovative engineering in the design of the cylinders, seals, bearing materials and feed pipes.“Additionally,” Hibbert said, “Joy designed into the new roof supports an active compensating ram that stabilises the hinge point between the canopy and the rear of the shield. This was done because Joy engineers had determined that, by both increasing the size of the ram and by activating it at times other than just during shield advance, it enhances the tip loading of the supports during both free standing and yield conditions.“The end result of these accomplishments,” he continued, “is Joy’s highest rated, highest fatigue life longwall roof support that weighs more than twice that of many of the supports in use today. That same effort, the engineering attention to detail and innovative thinking, goes into the design and manufacture of every Joy longwall roof support.“As has been proven again and again,” Hibbert said, “and proven where it counts most, in longwall mining applications worldwide, under the most severe and demanding conditions found to date, Joy’s record of accomplishment, performance and reliability is unmatched.”last_img read more

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Square Enix decides we cant have nice things blocks sale of 3D

first_imgLast week we saw a fantastic use of 3D printing to perfectly recreate the cast of hit PlayStation RPG Final Fantasy VII. The characters were created by Joaquin Baldwin, an artist and animator working for Walt Disney Animation Studios. And he didn’t want to keep the models just for himself, so started selling them via online store Shapeways.Less than a week later, though, and you can no longer purchase any of Baldwin’s characters on Shapeways. The reason? Square Enix’s legal department, of course.The Japanese company has issued Shapeways with a takedown request pointing out the models break intellectual property laws for characters Square Enix owns. So Shapeways has stopped selling them, Baldwin has refunded any orders that haven’t been filled yet, and he isn’t allowed to print any more for sale. If you did manage to get one of these 3D printed characters shipped, count yourself very lucky.The reason these models proved so popular is because they recreate the blocky look of the original PlayStation game. Square Enix does not sell such models officially, and has not made it apparent they intend to. So instead of embracing Baldwin’s work, they’ve just killed it, which is a great shame.I very much doubt this will be the last time such a takedown request has to be issued. However, soon such requests just won’t work anymore. 3D models will be shared, and 3D printers will be installed in an increasing number of homes. Then you don’t need a store to buy anything other than raw printing materials and then you can recreate the models yourself.last_img read more

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Locéan Indien un milieu très périlleux pour les tortues marines

first_imgL’océan Indien, un milieu très périlleux pour les tortues marinesSelon une étude menée par l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN), la moitié des espèces de tortues marines menacées d’extinction se trouvent dans l’océan Indien.D’après l’étude publiée hier par l’Union international pour la conservation de la nature (UICN), cinq des 11 espèces de tortues marines les plus menacées au monde se trouvent dans le nord de l’océan Indien. Elles se retrouvent en effet piégées accidentellement par des filets de pêcheurs qui cherchent à capturer d’autres espèces ou bien volontairement attrapées pour leur chair, leurs œufs ou leurs carapaces à des fins commerciales, rapporte romandie.com à partir du communiqué de l’UICN. Les espèces de tortues marines menacées se trouvent notamment à Oman, en Inde, au Sri Lanka, en Birmanie et au Bangladesh. Mais d’autres populations de tortues menacées d’extinction se retrouvent sur les côtes d’Afrique de l’Ouest, en Amérique centrale et au Japon, selon l’UICN. L’étude a par ailleurs constaté que l’Australie est parmi les endroits les moins dangereux pour les tortues marines.Le 2 octobre 2011 à 09:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Cultural landmark freeway signs along I15 unveiled

first_img KUSI Newsroom Cultural landmark freeway signs along I-15 unveiled KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of state and local officials unveiled freeway signs today along Interstate 15 indicating the city’s Little Saigon District as a cultural landmark.The city of San Diego designated the Little Saigon area, which sits between the neighborhoods of City Heights and Talmadge, in 2013.Assembly members Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez and Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, crafted a resolution last year to formally recognize the area as a cultural landmark.“Little Saigon is a vibrant cultural hub in the city of San Diego,” Gloria said. “It’s a place we should take pride in and increase its visibility. These wayfinding signs along I-15 will properly recognize Little Saigon and encourage more folks to visit and support the district.”Gloria attended the unveiling ceremony alongside City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez and Little Saigon Foundation representative Su Nguyen. The signs will eventually go up near the I-15 freeway exits for El Cajon Boulevard.“The cultural landmark freeway signs for the Little Saigon District are an exciting opportunity to bring even more visibility to this vibrant area,” Gomez said. “This is an example of strong local and state partnerships to strengthen our communities.” February 1, 2019center_img Posted: February 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:53 AMlast_img read more

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Over 250 classic cars on display at cancer research fundraiser

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – The third annual Cars for a Cure fundraiser rode into Miami Lakes, Sunday afternoon.More than 250 classic cars lined Main Street at the showcase, presented by AutoNation. The event featured food vendors, as well as a “touch zone” where car fans could give the models an up-close look.Proceeds from the Miami Lakes Cars for a Cure benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a partner of the University of Miami Health System.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Borough Considers Disaster Declaration For Local Fisheries

first_imgDillon: “Around the country whether it’s been assisting with farmers and agriculture, this is our form of agriculture up here, and we need to make sure we put our best foot forward.” As of September 1, the Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon harvest was approximately 1,293,945 fish, which is the lowest harvest of commercial salmon in the Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon harvest since 1971 and approximately 61 percent less than the recent 10-year average of 3.4 million fish. Tim Dillon Executive Director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development Division spoke in favor of the resolution on Tuesday night: “Our commercial fishing industry is a key piece to all of our economic drivers on the Kenai Peninsula.” The Kenai City Council approved a similar resolution. Both resolutions ask the state to assist in a recovery plan for the local fisheries.center_img The resolution will considered at the next borough assembly meeting on December 4. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly introduced a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday asking the Governor to declare an economic disaster for the Upper Cook Inlet Fisheries following this summer’s low fish returns.last_img read more

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Mismanagement mistrust cause liquidity crisis in banks

first_imgprothom alo illustrationThe country’s banking sector faces acute liquidity crisis due to mismanagement, inefficiency and wrong policies, bankers and researchers have said.They added decisions taken bypassing the central bank and lack of trust of the common people also attribute to the crisis.“Banks face liquidity crisis as big chunks of money are with the defaulters and deposits are not available as per demand,” chairman of the Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB) Syed Mahubur Rahman told Prothom Alo.He also said many have stopped paying off the loans following an announcement that a scope will be given to pay loans on nine per cent interest rate.Insiders in the banking sector said there is a huge crisis of cash in banks and deposits have decreased. However, banks were flooded with cash even two years ago, they lamented.The stakeholders mentioned that there was no radical change in the economy of the country. Moreover, the growth and the per capita income increased.Banks were not interested to keep the people’s money two year ago, they are now desperate to do so. Some banks even offer 10.5 per cent interest for bigger amounts.Earlier, the government and the bank owners had decided that the interest for the bank loans would be nine per cent and that for deposit would be only six per cent.The rates were lowered to lessen investment cost in the private sector and to encourage new investments. But the rate of all types of interest is now increasing.According to the Bangladesh Bank, the amount of deposit in the banks has increased by Tk 408.35 billion and the loans have increased by Tk 679.74 billion.Till last March, it was seen that nine or ten banks had funds worthy of investment. The rest of the banks were running small scale investment activities borrowing funds.Among the total deposit of the country, 28 per cent is with six government commercial banks and the rest of the 72 per cent is with private banks.The rate of loan is 67 per cent of the deposit with the government banks while it is 87 per cent for the private banks.The limit of disbursement of loan is up to 83.5 per cent.The rate of loan is 110 and 113 per cent for Basic bank and Padma Bank respectively. Moreover, ten banks have granted loans over 90 per cent of the deposit. This has decreased the capacity of granting loans by the most of the private banks.A large portion of the bank loans flows to Chattogram. The president of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mahbubul Alam, said cash has decreased in the banks and the rates of interest have also increased, up to 13 per cent now. The rate of interest should be decreased to help the business sector, he observed.Cause of deteriorationSince the 80s, banking sector of the country has undergone many ups and downs. A number of reformation programmes were undertaken as per the advice of the donors and they funded the activities too.Several commissions and committees were formed and banks were operated according to international rules. This helped to improve the overall situation, but for over a decade vigilance was slack, big scams took place and amount of default loans rose. Also, many decisions were taken ignoring the central bank.In 2011, the Hallmark scam was the first major shock in the last decade. The biggest bank of the country, Sonali Bank, became conservative in granting loans following the incident. A series of scams took place with Basic Bank and Janata Bank too. Despite this, many banks granted loans defying rules.The 2018 Farmers Bank scam was the latest in these. This bank granted loans crossing the proportion of deposit. Later, it failed to return the deposit of the clients. Several persons and institutions began withdrawing deposit from the bank and this affected other banks too. Their deposit began decreasing due to the clients’ lack of trust.The former governor of Bangladesh Bank, Saleh Uddin Ahmed, told Prothom Alo, the prevailing crises in the banking sector did not occur in one day. Businessmen and vested quarters have been defying rules. The problems are known to all, what is required is visible measures, he said adding that, no one involved in the irregularities were punished. If the prevailing condition is allowed to go on, the situation will not improve, he added.Other factors contributing to the liquidity crisisThe income of the bank has decreased, too. The income from export and remittance has not increased in comparison to the import expenditure. Import expenditure was $ 37.83 billion in July-February of the current fiscal. A total of $ 8.86 billion was spent in service, loan and paying off interest. Over the same period, remittance was $ 11.86 billion and export earning was $ 30.9 billion. This has caused a business deficit of $ 1.69 billion.In 2017-18, the export cost increased by 25 per cent. Debenture worth $ 20 billion was opened to import the machineries of Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant. It caused crisis of dollars and its value rose from Tk 80 (July) to Tk 84 (now).The supply of dollars is still less than demand. The banks bought $ 1.87 billion from the central bank between July 2018 and March 2019 while Tk 158.95 billion has flown to the central bank. This has intensified the liquidity crisis.A large section of the raw materials and people’s commodities are to be imported. The rise of dollar price increases the price of these essentials. So the cost of living rises, too. Inflation is on the rise since the onset of the current fiscal.Amid this, the government has announced to offer new concessions for the loan defaulters. The defaulters can renew loans at nine per cent interest. The decision has affected the banks’ loan appropriation programmes.A big entrepreneur told Prothom Alo that he was willingly delaying to pay his installments for a loan taken by his group of industries as a loan defaulter enjoyed more privileges than a regular one to pay off the loans at less interest.Another crucial factor for the liquidity crisis is lack of trust. Though the government has taken several measures to address this, it did not work. On 1 April last year, holding a meeting with the businessmen, the government took a decision to decrease the rate of CRR (Cash Reserve Ratio) to 5.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent. The government organisations were allowed to deposit 50 per cent of their funds with the private banks which was previously 25 per cent.Despite the effort, deposit was less than demand in the banking sector. The clients are now investing money on national saving certificates. Given the higher rate of profit, saving certificate has proved to be a secure investment. The government had planned to procure Tk 261.97 billion selling the saving certificates, but it grossed Tk 610.12 billion exceeding the target.In the last ten years, private investment as part of the GDP has increased by only one per cent. Employment has not increased due to poor investment. Many researchers have termed the growth as an ‘employment-less one’.  Investment is crucial now, but the weak banking sector, liquidity crisis and high rates of interest have decreased the scopes for investment more.Availability of fuel, especially of gas, is crucial for an entrepreneur, said former Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Mir Nasir Hossain. Though there have been much talks over the issue, the expectation was not fulfilled, he said. It took a long time for the compressed natural gas and supply of standard and uninterrupted power has not been ensured yet either. The question of bank loans arises once these are fulfilled, he observed.But the banking sector is in chaos and there is lack of accountability too. On top of that, default loan and rate of interest have increased due to numerous financial scams, he said. The government is setting up economic zones and it wants to decrease the cost of business too, but if the fuel and banking sector problems are not addressed, investment will not increase as per the expectation, he added.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

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