TORONTO – High-level containment labs at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg are being expanded to allow scientists increased capacity to research some of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced Thursday.Known as level-4 containment labs, they provide the highest degree of biosafety for diagnosing, researching and developing treatments and vaccines for high-risk pathogens like Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome and avian influenza.Philpott said the federal government is investing $5 million to beef up level-4 containment labs within the NML, which is part of the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health. Construction of the expanded space is expected to be completed by 2020.“The decision for this particular expansion is not in response to any specific new infectious threat,” Philpott said from Winnipeg, although increased capacity is considered critical for strengthening Canada’s ability to respond to both global and domestic public health threats.“The Public Health Agency has a very active program in terms of trying to be tuned in to any potential outbreaks, and so we need to be ready at any time for these outbreaks and also be doing research in advance on the ones we already know, like Ebola and Zika and many others.”Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab have improved diagnosis and developed a vaccine for Ebola, while also working on treatments for other level-4 diseases like Lassa fever and the Marburg virus.Researchers at the lab are also studying Nipah virus — a potentially fatal disease that can affect both pigs and humans.“The expansion of our level-4 lab enables us to pursue more discovery, more innovation and offer more testing services,” said Matthew Gilmour, scientific director general for the Public Health Agency of Canada.“Having a larger footprint … obviously enables us to continue to do that work at a heightened capacity,” Gilmour said from Winnipeg.An entire wing at the NML is devoted to level-3 and level-4 containment labs. Examples of the somewhat less dangerous microbes that could be dealt with in a level-3 containment lab are yellow fever, West Nile virus and the bacteria behind tuberculosis.“The plan is to convert some level-3 labs to level-4 and make them contiguous,” he said.“That means improving the filtration of the air coming out of the lab, providing air control for the employees working within the lab, and providing them things like chemical showers so as they exit the lab they’re able to decontaminate their suits.”Gilmour said there is no urgent threat from any particular pathogen on the horizon that has prompted the NML facelift, but scientists need to be ready in the event of outbreaks of both known and unknown infectious diseases.“This is just part of our general preparedness, our opportunity to continuously improve our operations.”Philpott said that at every international meeting she attends, the topic of emerging infectious diseases is “front of mind for all the health ministers around the world.”“We’ve seen what happened when a new virus appears on the scene and people aren’t ready for it,” she said. Such was the case with the 2003 SARS outbreak that killed 44 people in Canada and almost 800 in China and three dozen other countries.“So this is something that is very important and it is part of our international responsibility to make sure we are contributing to the science in these areas. And it’s something that Canada does very well.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter
OTTAWA — The watchdog who monitors Canada’s elections says no one from the Prime Minister’s Office tried to help SNC-Lavalin avoid being charged with breaking campaign-financing rules.In a rare written statement, elections commissioner Yves Cote says no minister, political staffer or public servant has attempted to “influence or interfere” in any of his decisions “that did not directly involve them as the subject of the investigation.”Before Cote’s statement became public, the Conservatives had again asked the Liberals in question period whether anyone from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office leaned on Cote to let SNC-Lavalin sign what’s known as a compliance agreement after being found in violation of financing rules.The Quebec-based engineering firm signed the agreement in 2016, admitting that executives who had left the company by then had convinced employees to give money to both the Liberal and Conservative parties in the late 2000s. Reimbursing the donors with company bonuses was a way around an election law that forbids corporations to make political donations.The Liberals got nearly $118,000 under the scheme, compared with the Tories’ $8,000.Cote says his statement is designed to maintain public confidence that federal elections are policed without any political considerations.“In my time as commissioner, there has never been any attempt by elected officials, political staffers or public servants to influence the course of an investigation or to interfere with our work,” Cote says in the statement.“And I want to make it clear that if this ever happened, I would promptly and publicly denounce it.”The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has set up a of series rules and regulations as it opens the door to riding hailing applications for the service on Sept. 3.There’s no exact day when riding hailing could start in the province and opinion varies from mid-September to as late as the end of the year.New Democrat Bowinn Ma, who heads an all-party committee that deals with ride hailing, says the service could start by year’s end, while a Transportation Ministry bureaucrat says the companies could be approved to operate as early as Sept. 16.Ma says new regulations require transportation network companies to pay $5,000 annual licence fees, charge 30 cents per ride on vehicles that don’t have access for disabled passengers and drivers must wear seatbelts at all times.The government says an annual inspection is needed if the vehicle has logged 40,000 kilometres in the previous year, vehicles can’t be older than 10 years and illegal operators could face fines of $100,000.Ma says regulations about fares and routes will come later this summer.Uber Canada spokesman Michael van Hemmen says the ride hailing company will review the B.C. policy to evaluate it impacts on the ability to serve customers. The Canadian Press
The suspect was last seen wearing a black jacket with orange chest zippers, a black hooded sweater, yellow work gloves, blue jeans, tan coloured hiking boots/shoes, and a black balaclava.Anyone with information about to the incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for a man that allegedly robbed the Wink’s Convenience Store on 100th Avenue last night.According to S/Sgt. Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP, the robbery occurred at around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday at the store, located in the 10,600 block of 100th Avenue. The male suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night’s robbery at Wink’s Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP A photo from surveillance video taken during Wednesday night’s robbery at Wink’s Convenience Store. Photo supplied by RCMP
Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press In the Greater Toronto Area, luxury sales dipped two per cent year-over-year to 1,497 units sold. Sales of properties with a price tag of more than $4 million dropped the most — 38 per cent to 20 units sold — partly due to a lack of supply and partly because privacy-conscious homeowners shifted to exclusive and off-market transactions in light of a recent ruling permitting broader real estate sales data disclosures.Sotheby’s expects the top-tier market to remain sound in the area through the spring.Luxury sales continued to fall in Calgary, where 62 properties over $1 million dollars sold in the first two months of 2019. That’s down 33 per cent from the previous year when 92 units sold in that timeframe.The condo market continues to see oversupply, Sotheby’s said, and it projects that segment will experience challenges into the spring. It expects the conventional real estate market to stabilize this year, but said the transition will likely take most of 2019.Montreal, on the other hand, is on pace to set new record in the spring, Sotheby’s said.Sales of luxury properties rose six per cent year-over-year for January and February, with 111 units sold in 2019. Sotheby’s anticipates bidding wars, sales above asking price and shorter days on market will persist through the spring. Luxury home sales fell in the two formerly hot housing markets of Vancouver and Toronto, as well as Calgary, in the first couple months of the new year, according to data released Wednesday by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.That downward trend, however, stopped at Montreal, a new real estate darling that’s likely to set new records this year.“All markets in Canada have faced the same headwinds from interest rates and stress testing,” said CEO Brad Henderson, citing the new stress test, which requires borrowers to prove that they can service their uninsured mortgage if lending rates rise above a certain threshold, that came into effect January 2018. The winners and losers of Canada’s luxury housing market in 2019 Luxury home sales fall in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary in 2018: Sotheby’s It’s not just Vancouver: Property market slump goes global, jolting cities from Hong Kong to Sydney However, Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia have faced additional policy measures, he said, listing off a five per cent hike in the foreign buyers’ tax, as well as a speculation and vacancy tax, and an additional school tax on properties valued at more than $3 million.“It is a considerable amount of taxation on real estate all designed to try and affect a soft landing,” said Henderson.“Well, I don’t think it was completely a soft landing, but it was certainly not a catastrophic landing.”Real estate figures have shown a downward trend in prices and sales activity in Vancouver recently that many have attributed to the new measures.In January and February, 279 properties sold with a price tag of over $1 million, according to Sotheby’s data. That’s down 52 per cent compared to the same two months in 2018 when 576 such properties sold.Vancouver’s “previously resilient condo market” experienced the greatest decline in sales activity of properties over $1 million with 86 units sold — down 66 per cent from 254 units sold in January and February 2018.A crane is seen at a condo development under construction as condo and office towers fill the downtown skyline in Vancouver. The city continues to be entrenched in a buyer’s market, the real estate brand said in its report.However, Henderson said Sotheby’s staff have noted more buyer interest at open houses, and there’s strong signals that buyers and sellers who have been waiting on the sidelines will re-enter the market in the spring contingent on whether prices decline to match current buyers’ market realities.“We believe that there’s a closer alignment between buyers and sellers in terms of what prices are,” he said, noting prices in Vancouver have already fallen to more attractive levels.“Hopefully the governments are going to resist the temptation to add additional policy measures,” he said, “because they could bring about the exact thing they’re trying to avoid, which is a significant correction in the marketplace.”The Toronto market, he said, seems to have adjusted to new interest rates and tax measures that include it.The market there is reacting in a more normal fashion, he said, though he noted the city’s severe winter likely kept many potential househunters away from open houses.Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says luxury home sales fell in three of Canada’s major cities over the first couple months of the year, but rose in Montreal, which is set to break records in 2019.
“It is important to all bodies of our disarmament machinery to remind the world not only of the dangers that threaten us, but also that we are not powerless in the face of them; that practical, positive steps were within our reach,” Nobuaki Tanaka, Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs told the General Assembly First Committee on disarmament and international security on Monday.He said there were also achievements over the past 12 months, including the Assembly’s adoption of a major convention on the suppression of nuclear terrorism and a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, although he acknowledged that more work was needed and it was not enough simply to anguish over who was to blame for global insecurity.“We must work together to build bridges over the divisions that remain,” he said, referring to the Committee, adding that it must be more than a forum for reciting policy statements.Representatives from eight countries made statements during the debate, which is continuing today and which covers all aspects of disarmament affairs, including nuclear, conventional and biological weapons.On a separate issue, the Assembly’s Third Committee on social, humanitarian and cultural issues was warned on Monday by José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs that rising income inequality within countries has become “a global pandemic”.He told the Committee, which is continuing its debate today, that it bore a “crucial responsibility” to raise the profile of development issues, adding that “development” referred not only to progress in developing countries, but to the development of all societies, rich or poor.The UN’s development agenda, crystallized in the Millennium Development Goals, represented a road map towards a better future for all, said Mr. Ocampo, but added that achieving this vision of eradicating a host of social ills by 2015 would depend on forging meaningful links between social and economic policies.Representatives from 13 countries spoke during the debate on Monday.
by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 11:59 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 5:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, during a signing ceremony for several tentative agreements in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Trudeau opens Canada’s door wider to China and exploratory talks on free trade BEIJING, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Canada closer to China after agreeing with the Chinese premier to deepen the countries’ relationships — and explore a possible free trade deal.After meeting with Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters through a translator that Canada and China will launch a feasibility study on an eventual free-trade deal.A senior Canadian official later said the two counties have ongoing technical discussions on free trade, but stressed that there are no negotiations under way at this point.“This year marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and China,” Trudeau said as he stood beside Li in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which overlooks Tiananmen Square.“My father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, played an important role in establishing a partnership between our two countries when he was prime minister. So, I’m very happy to be extending that effort now.”The countries also agreed to hold annual meetings between the Chinese premier and the Canadian prime minister on a range of issues, including national security and the rule of law.Trudeau also said the two sides will take steps to improve trade and investment, boost tourism, expand cultural exchanges and address climate change.“With respect for cultural diversity, I think it is natural for us to understand that our two countries may have differences, on some issues this is only natural,” Li said.“But I also believe that we have far greater common interests between us and on that basis there’s every reason for us to have candid dialogue about differences and work together for proper settlements of our differences.”Asked if he had raised human rights concerns and the case of a jailed Canadian, Trudeau said the foundation of a good relationship is the ability to be frank and open about issues that can be worked on together.He added that he’s “highlighted a number of consular cases” every time he’s had the opportunity to sit down with Chinese leaders.Those cases include Kevin Garratt, a Canadian imprisoned for more than two years in China on espionage charges.Trudeau himself has indicated in the past that there’s no evidence to support the accusations against Garratt. The prime minister did not say what China has told him about Garratt’s case.Li insisted through a translator that China is a country of the rule of law. He said judicial authorities will handle cases in strict accordance with the law. He added that individuals will be treated in a “humanitarian way.”In response, the Garratt family said in a statement through their lawyer that they were “extremely frustrated” by a lack of progress in securing his release and enabling him to obtain “critically-needed medical treatment.”“Kevin should be released to allow the two countries to move forward to develop stronger ties and co-operation on many levels,” the statement said.China earlier announced an extension to its Thursday deadline to enforce rules on Canadian canola shipments so a long-term deal could be reached.The change threatened to have a negative effect on Canada’s multibillion-dollar canola exports to China.Later Wednesday, Trudeau met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.Trudeau introduced Xi to Canadian ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques and three of his cabinet ministers: International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.“I truly appreciate the time you’re taking to meet with me,” said Trudeau, who was seated directly opposite Xi in a meeting room.“I think it’s an indication that indeed the strong relationship between Canada and China continues to grow stronger. This meeting and this visit has been extremely effective in deepening already the close friendship between our countries.”— With files from The Associated Press
A plastic bottle deposit scheme must be introduced despite objections from newsagents and corner shops, MPs have said.The Environmental Audit Committee said that up to 20p should be placed on the cost of plastic bottled drinks, which would be returned when customers brought back their waste.In a new report, the committee warned that only 7.5 billion of the 13 billion plastic bottles used in the UK each year are recycled, while the rest end up in landfill, are littered or incinerated.But MPs said that a return scheme could boost recycling rates to 90 per cent.However shopkeepers said they were concerned that bulky deposit machines would take up retail space and that returned bottles may be unhygienic. The report was welcomed by conservationists and charities. Plastic drinks bottles, along with caps, lids and other plastic on-the-go drink and food waste items, consistently feature in the top ten of litter types strewn on UK beaches, and account for up to 20 per cent of all rubbish found in Marine Conservation Society beach cleans and surveys.Dr Laura Foster, Head of Clean Seas at the Marine Conservation Society, says “We wholeheartedly support the findings of the Committee. UK consumers use 13 billion plastic bottles each year.“These are generally used just once and thrown away – a deposit return system, coupled with increasing access to free drinking water, and an effective system to discourage waste and encourage good packaging designs, would reduce this growing plastic tide.” Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK, added: “The EAC have understood that plastic pollution is a crisis which could be about to get quite a lot worse, and that we’re going to need to do a bit more than just build a couple more recycling plants to get out of the whole we’ve dug ourselves.“It’s brilliant to see their recommendation for a Deposit Return Scheme as the immediate response to the flood of plastic bottles, and extending that thinking to other recommendations focused on reduction and moving the burden of paying for plastic waste from the taxpayer to the manufacturer.” 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. The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) calculated that the average small store would need to deal with 180 drinks containers each day, and lose £62,000 in lost floor space.James Lowman, of the ACS said: “In our sector there would be significant costs to our small stores in terms of the proportion of space taken up by a reverse vending solution and manual returns.“Every member I speak to says the idea of taking back dirty containers over a counter where you are selling food is just not feasible.” Plastic waste is increasingly finding its way into nature Credit:Kajsa Sjšlander/Greenpeace However committee members said the rising tide of plastic waste was a major concern which must be tackled. Most Britons will use 150 plastic water bottles each year, while Londoners get through 175 bottles and some 700,000 bottles are littered each day in the UK.As well as a deposit return scheme, MPs are also calling for all public premises which serve food or drink including leisure and sports centres should be required to provide free drinking water on request, and public water fountains should be more widespread. Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “Urgent action is needed to protect our environment from the devastating effects of marine plastic pollution which, if it continues to rise at current rates, will outweigh fish by 2050.“Our throwaway society uses 13 billion plastic bottles each year, around half of which are not recycled. Plastic bottles make up a third of all plastic pollution in the sea, and are a growing litter problem on UK beaches. “We need action at individual, council, regional and national levels to turn back the plastic tide.”The Scottish government has already announced plans to introduce a deposit return scheme and Department of Environment is currently consulting on a similar UK-wide project. Plastic waste now accounts for 20 per cent of beach rubbishCredit:Surfers Against Sewage In the new report, MPs also called for companies to be made financially responsible for the plastic packaging they produce.Producers currently only pay for 10 per cent of the cost of packaging disposal and recycling, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for the other 90 per cent, evidence submitted to the MPs showed.The Government should also bring in rules for 50 per cent recycled plastic content in plastic bottles to be achieved by 2023 at the latest, they urged.
Asked about the split from his wife and the toll it has taken on his family, Cracknell described how the demands of studying for his MPhil as well as training for the boat race has kept him preoccupied but said that his life will be “hard” and “empty” after the race. “The commitment I’ve had to make to the studying as well as the rowing has given a focus that has been all encompassing in a way that has been I guess shielding me from what’s coming,” he told the BBC. “And then I imagine on April 8th there will be a bit of a void.”In the men’s race, Cambridge pulled ahead from the start and despite a clash of oars they succeeded in holding off a late surge from Oxford in the final stretch of the race, winning in 16 minutes, 57 seconds. The BBC wired up some of the competitors to heart rate monitors so that viewers can see rowers’ beats per minute surge during bursts of adrenaline during the race. Cambridge also won the Women’s Boat Race for the third year in a row, beating Oxford by five lengths. The Light Blues cemented their dominance over their traditional rivals, with new coach Robert Weber’s team storming into an early lead and refusing to relent.Cambridge stroke Lily Lindsay has rowed internationally for the USA, but insisted nothing compared to a Boat Race victory.”There’s nothing like this,” Lindsay told the BBC. “Training alongside my team-mates has been unbelievable. It’s been a pleasure.” Dara Alizadeh, president of Cambridge University’s boat club, described Cracknell during training as “very intense, relentless…he’s pretty savage.” But the 25-year-old said told the BBC that “even at his age, he fits right in, he always was one of the guys”. James Cracknell has become the oldest ever Boat Race champion, with his teammates revealing that they refer to him as “Uncle James”.Age 46, the double-Olympic gold medallist and six-time world champion was part of Cambridge University’s crew as they rowed to victory at the 165th Boat Race.Cracknell, who is studying an MPhil in Human Evolution at Peterhouse College, is also the most decorated man to row in the annual contest against Oxford.“I haven’t felt like this for 20 years,” Cracknell said after the race, adding that the victory “topped everything” he has achieved so far in his sporting career.Cracknell has previously competed in Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race which involved rowing across the Atlantic Ocean and trekking across the Arabian Desert.He has also become a successful runner, becoming the highest placed Briton ever in the Marathon des Sables in 2010 and completing the London Marathon in 2:43:12 in 2017.At more than twice the age of some of his team mates – the youngest is 19-year-old Callum Sullivan, a first year Music student at Cambridge – he was nicknamed “Uncle James”. Cracknell is eight years older than the previous record holder, Andy ProbertCredit:Adam Davy 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. Cracknell is more than twice the age of some of his team matesCredit: PETER CZIBORRA When he moved to Cambridge to start his course last September, Turner remained at their London home, looking after their three children and focusing on her television career and work as a writer and pregnancy adviser. Cracknell is eight years older than the previous record holder, Andy Probert, who was 38 when he coxed Cambridge in 1992, and has a decade on Mike Wherley who was 36 when he rowed for Oxford in 2008.In the past other older athletes have tried out for the Boat Race, including rugby player Andy Ripley, who missed getting a place on the team in 1998 when he was 50. Cracknell joked that he has been put “down the far end so they can just ignore me” and say ‘Can’t hear what you’re saying old man!’”.It emerged last month that Cracknell had split from his wife of 17 years, the television presenter Beverley Turner, with whom he has three children. His children were not there to greet him on the finish line, but Turner tweeted to praise Cracknell on a “fantastic performance”, writing on Twitter: “Congratulations on hard won victory”.The couple have been candid about the difficulties they have faced since 2010, when Cracknell was hit from behind by a lorry’s wing mirror during a cycle ride across the United States.The damage to his brain was significant and life changing, slowing his speech and leaving him with an irascible temper.
Following the series of violent storms in Region Seven- Cuyuni Mazaruni- which resulted in homes, and buildings including the Kako village’s lone Primary School being damaged, efforts are now being made by the Regional Administration to have repairs conducted on the educational facility so as to allow children to return to school.This is according to the Region Seven Chairman, Gordon Bradford on Tuesday.“Efforts are being made by the Regional Admin to have emergency repairs carried out on the primary school, [so] that classes can resume as soon as possible,” he said.Moreover, he noted that discussions are taking place between the Regional Administration, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the relevant ministries to formulate a coordinated approach to the situation.In less than one month, at least three villages in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have been devastated by violent storms, leaving residents to pick up the pieces and restart life.The most recent incident occurred late on Saturday afternoon when a violent storm wreaked havoc in Kako Village.Although there was no loss of life, residents now have the herculean task of reconstructing their damaged properties.According to Bradford, at the time, no one was seriously injured but he had noted that a team from the Regional Democratic Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee had been dispatched to the village and had reported that some six houses were totally destroyed, six other buildings suffered major damage and the school in the area was also damaged.School reopening on Monday was halted due to the facility being damaged.According to the Regional Chairman, residents indicated that for the past five days they have been experiencing heavy rains coupled with lightning and thunder which would usually begin in the afternoon hours around 15:00h.Bradford said that the CDC has been informed and was on standby to provide assistance if needed. He added that Kamarang, also in Region Seven, was affected, but because of its remote location, the details of the damages there are yet to be reported.The Regional Chairman said interior locations would experience frequent storms during the hurricane season and noted that the residents were already looking at the possibility of constructing storm-resistant homes.He asserted that a storm-resistant home would be built to house the family of Marsha Jordan, who was killed when a house collapsed on her last month during a violent storm.Flashback: The house that collapsed on Marsha Jordan and killed her during a storm last monthJordan was seven months pregnant at the time. She was the mother of two girls aged 3 and 11. Jordan and her two daughters were sheltering under a house when it collapsed on them, immediately killing her. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 7 hit by another violent stormSeptember 3, 2017In “Environment”Alcohol, drug use major problems in Region 7 schools – Regional ChairmanJanuary 19, 2016In “Internet”Region Seven Multi-Hazard Preparedness and Response Plan completedMarch 31, 2017In “latest news”
I have done it, it was alright (2924) RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT one in five Irish people have not had a drink in the last year.Yesterday, TheJournal.ie posted the experiences of two teetotallers in Irish cities, both of whom say that going to pubs and nightclubs can be an unpleasant experience for those not imbibing.Many in the comments and through email agreed, but what about you? Would you do it? Have you done it? How was it? Let us know in the comments.We’re asking: Would you be comfortable going to a pub or club and not drinking? I have done it, not enjoyed it (2399) Yes (2353) I don’t know (169) YesNoI have done it, not enjoyed itI have done it, it was alrightI don’t knowVoteRead: Sober Ireland: What’s it like to not drink in Ireland? Poll Results: No (1128)
Stay on target The lagoon, which is 16-feet deep in some parts, is “connected to a drainage canal via large concrete pipes,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “We believe the fish got into our lagoon that way.”People on Facebook were shocked about the fish and some jokingly said they were “frightened of it.”“Welp. Scratching swim nude in Lafreniere Park off my bucket list,” said one person in the thread.“What is that?!! Did a fish and an alligator mate? Omg, that’s scary and it’s so big. Is it a fish? What type with a mouth so big?” another commented.According to National Geographic, alligator gars are mostly found in Central America and North America. The alligator gar is a large animal: It can reach up to 10 feet and weigh up to 300 pounds. They’re known for their tooth-filled mouths and wide snouts, and even though they look creepy, they’re not known to attack humans. However, their eggs are poisonous to humans if they’re eaten.More on Geek.com:Watch: Massive Monster Alligator Casually Takes a Stroll in Florida NeighborhoodGiant 700-Pound Alligator Found in Ditch in GeorgiaWatch: Alligators Poke Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With Freezing Weather Employees at a park near New Orleans recently came across a “stomach-turning” sight: A giant, dead alligator gar floating in a lagoon.The alligator gar, which was spotted last week, was fished out of Lafreniere Park’s lagoon by officials, Fox News reported. No one knows how long the fish was deceased for, however, a spokesperson told Fox News that a foul odor led park employees to the animal’s location. Lafreniere Park posted some photos of the alligator gar, which show the animal’s long body and large teeth. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’
Luka Modric became only the second footballer to ever win the Balkan Athlete of the Year prize on ThursdayThe Croatian playmaker’s sensational year continues to earn him more individual awards after receiving 75 points in a voting poll by Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).Modric saw off competition from Tennis’ world number one player in Serbian Novak Djokovic, who has previously won the prize five times.Women’s tennis star Simona Halep, from Romania, came in third place with the poll having been conducted across nine Balkan countries.The last time a footballer won the Balkan Athlete of the Year prize came in 1994 with Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov.On Wednesday, Modric also won the Croatian Sportsman of the Year 2018 in a poll conducted by Sportske Novosti.“This is a huge honour,” said Modric at the ceremony.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I’d like to congratulate all the other athletes on their successes and efforts.“Family is the most important thing in the world to me because they’re always by my side, especially at the most difficult times, so my special thanks are reserved for them”.The 33-year-old has now won the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s The Best Award, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, the World Cup Golden Ball and many others.🏆🇭🇷 Croatian Athlete of the Year 2018! Congratulations, @lukamodric10! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/0jtidiiJ7W— MadridistaTV (@madridistatv_) December 26, 2018
ADC AUTHOR The application deadline for ADC’s second Defense Community Leadership Academy is fast approaching on Mon., July 19.ADC will again join Blue Star Families in hosting the latest DCLA training event on September 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This two-day learning and networking opportunity for emerging community leaders from around the country will explore the latest tools and strategies for growing capacity to support military families at the local level. Leading service member and military family support professionals will serve as faculty and guide participants through an innovative training program.ADC is accepting applications from emerging leaders who want to improve their skills for developing and nurturing a local network of support for military families. Candidates should have a connection to a defense community, region or state through their job or a volunteer role.Candidates are selected through a competitive process and will be able to participate in the program with little cost due to the generous support of sponsors including the Defense Credit Union Council and Booz Allen Hamilton. The program will continue after the fall event through an online community,More information is available on ADC’s website at: https://www.defensecommunities.org/
Crumpled CNG-run auto-rickshaw. Photo: Alam PalashAt least five people, including a woman and her minor son, were killed after a bus hit an auto-rickshaw in Shahrasti upazila of Chandpur on Sunday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Jannatul Ferdous, 28, her son Ruman, 8, Ranjit Chandra, 52, Fakhrul Islam, 75, and Abul Kalam, 62.All of them were passengers of the auto-rickshaw.The five were killed on the spot when a bus hit the auto-rickshaw on Chandpur-Cumilla regional road in Kakoirtola area around 9:00am, said Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti police station.Two more auto-rickshaw passengers were also injured in the accident, he added.They have been admitted to a local hospital.
Photo : Prothom AloSonadia, its warm sands surrounded with the glistening blue sea, was an amazing sight. The tall feathery jhau trees simply enhanced the beauty of this island off the coast of Cox’s Bazar. That was back in December.Things are changing. Speed boats and trawlers in large numbers make their way to the island from Cox’s Bazar and in the near future it is likely to be teeming with tourists and others. The boatmen tell the passengers, “Enjoy Sonadia while you can, it won’t be this way much longer.”Just a decade ago, Sonadia had 13 varieties of aerial root trees and 158 varieties of other trees. The air around the island is still filled with the calls of seagulls and a host of migratory birds. The green turtle on the verge of extinction is still visible here.The island is a long 10,000 acre stretch of land. The plan to build a deep seaport here, with Chinese assistance, has been shelved, for the time being at least. According to official documents, the government has given the Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA) a long-term lease of the island for a token payment of Tk 1001. BEZA acquired the entire island last year on condition of building up a luxury tourism spot here.BEZA’s plansBEZA initially plans to set up an ecotourism park on 30 per cent of this island which is under Kutubjom union of Maheskhali. The remaining part of the land will be protected and kept green. India’s Mahedra Group has been involved in the project and the design for a 500 acre stretch has been finalised.The government’s Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) has prepared a feasibility study for this economic zone. BEZA’s plans include an embankment along the coast. The island is around 1.5 metres to 4.5 metres above sea level. Any infrastructure to be constructed on the island will have to be at least 6 metres above sea level. The entire project will require a capital of around Tk 15 billion (Tk 1500 crore).A part of the ecotourism park has stretched out to Maheskhali as well. The government’s Centre for Environmental and Geographical Information Services (CEGIS) recently carried out a study of the environmental and social impact of the project activities. The study said that BEZA has allocated 500 acres of land for hotels, motels and a golf course and 551 acres for other infrastructure. The project includes 10 hotels and motels, two golf courses, two tennis courts, a children’s park, a mosque, a museum, a community centre, pearl cultivation and more. A solar power plant will be set up on 10 acres of land.Read More: Development frenzy hits Maheskhali hardEnvironmentalists say, excessive numbers of tourists will be harmful to the environment and the animal life. BEZA will bring 500 deer and 500 monkeys to the island which will threaten the environmental and ecological balance of the place.Sonadia is prone to cyclones and the CEGIS study states that this will have to be a protected tourism for the safety of the environment, the ecology and for the tourists too. There is no need to set up hotels here. It is more important to have an environmental management plan.Speaking about the frenzy of development work in the area, Ashiq Ullah Rafiq, member of parliament for Cox’s Bazar-2, which encompasses Maheskhali, Sonadia and Kutubdia, told Prothom Alo that the development should benefit the local people. They cannot be evicted without any rehabilitation plan in place. It had been said that the local people would be employed in these projects, but many of them are not being given jobs on the excuse that they do not have the required skills. The member of parliament also said that care should be taken that the environment is not destroyed by these projects.Forests, wild life threatenedBain, kewra and keya are the main aerial root trees of Sonadia island. It is also replete with boroi and coconut trees. There may still be forests on the island in the future, but planned ones. As it is, much of the forests have been depleted for livelihood and greed.Visiting the Purbapara landing stage on the island last December, we saw planks of wood made from the felled trees along with sacks of shutki (dried fish) being loaded onto boats. There were ‘black’ shrimps along with bhetki fish, large shrimps and crabs all being taken to Cox’s Bazar.As we proceeded further into the island, the jhau tree growth became sparser and until they disappeared. Salt cultivation and fish farms covered the expanse and dried fish hung from frames.The CEGIS study said that once the economic zone, that is the tourism project, comes into effect, salt production will fall by about 8000 metric tonnes. Fish production will fall too.In 2004, the government declared a large part of the island to be an environmentally critical area (ECA) and also a reserved forest. But after BEZA took over, this is no longer under the forest department.Read More: ‘Kutubdia biodiversity in danger’A Sonadia island biodiversity protection team is on the island as part of a project of the environment department. Speaking over mobile phone to this correspondent in July, the team’s leader Md Giasuddin said, trees had be felled on this island before too, but this has increased significantly since BEA acquired the land. The forest department no longer monitors the area and BEZA does nothing about it.Union parishad chairman and ruling party leader Mosharraf Hossain told Prothom Alo, people have been living here from before as it was a reserved forest and they would tend to it. But people now, for the sake of livelihood, are cutting down trees, cultivating salt, crops and fish.The chairman said that after BEZA took over, the people have verbally been asked to leave. It has been heard that a huge tourism resort will be set up here for wealthy people from home and abroad. Huge vessels will come here and the local people will not be allowed to enter without permission.The CEGIS study says that 47 per cent of Sonadia island still comprises aerial root trees, though 26 per cent of these forests have been destroyed over the past two decades. The study maintains that this island is one of the main water expanses of biodiversity in the country. It has three varieties of birds which are near extinction as well as dolphins and the rare olive-green turtle.Tourism and threatsInitially BEZA had planned on setting up a luxury housing project on the island along with an international standard university. However, now tourism is the main aim. BEZA is also setting up tourism centres at the estuary of the river Naf and at the end of Cox’s Bazar’s marine drive.Executive chairman of BEZA, Paban Chowdhury, speaking to Prothom Alo, said, “We will make arrangements so the people of Bangladesh won’t have to go on vacations abroad. The planned tourism centres like tourism parks in Sonadia, Sabrang and Naf will also draw in foreign tourists.”“The project is being implemented with full care so that the area’s environment and biodiversity is not damaged,” Paban Chowdhury assured. The CEGIS study has said that environment management planning in accordance to the law is compulsory. Unless this is ensured, the island will face irreparable damage.CEGIS has recommended controlled tourism. They insist that Sonadia is an environmentally critical area (ECA) and influx of tourists will threaten the migratory and other birds. The turtles will also not be able to lay eggs on the beach.Then there is the threat of cyclones and tidal waves. CEGIS firmly says that tourists must not be allowed to spend the night on the island. There should be no hotels there, only facilities for day-time tourists. The tourists should be restricted to a few areas and should be accompanied by trained guides.Two studies of the government said that a large number of tourists will mean more noise of ships and trawlers. This will threaten birds and dolphins. Trash will also pile up, walkways will mean further depletion of the forests and the embankments will also be damaged.Cambridge University in the UK has a taskforce to protect the spoonbill bird. They say there are 22 to 25 such spoonbills on Sonadia. There are only 400 of these birds the world over.Akram Hossain, an inhabitant of the island, said, there are not many people on this island and so the turtles can easily lay their eggs here. In winter, thousands of birds flock here. All these birds and animals will flee the area when the tourists arrive.International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) resident director in Bangladesh, Rakibul Amin, told Prothom Alo that Bangladesh has no experience in running such a tourism project in an environmentally important and sensitive spot like Sonadia. As it is, unrestricted tourism has damaged Saint Martin’s and Cox’s Bazar. It should be ensured that this does not happen in Sonadia.*This report appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo and has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
(Phys.org)—Toshiba has announced a low-power embedded SRAM memory chip which may make future mobile devices last longer. Presenting its SRAM developments at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference in San Francisco in February, Toshiba said that its low-power design technique could help cut active and standby power consumption by 27 percent and 85 percent, respectively. Toshiba accomplished this by using a bit-line power calculator, or BLPC, to predict the power consumption of the bit lines and to monitor consumption of SRAM rest circuits, and a digitally-controllable retention circuit, or DCRC. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further New STT-MRAM memory element cuts power consumption of mobile processor by two-thirds More information: www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/ … pics_130222_e_1.html The DCRC is used to decrease standby power by updating the size of the buffer in the retention driver.Toshiba noted its technology advancement is suited for smartphones and other mobile products. The technology reduces active and standby power in temperatures ranging from room temperature to high temperature through use of this BLPC and DCRC. Tokyo-based Toshiba further noted that “longer battery life requires lower power consumption in both high performance and low performance modes (MP3 decoding, background processing, etc.). As low performance applications require only tens of MHz operation, SRAM temperature remains around RT, where active and leakage power consumptions are comparable. Given this, the key issue is to reduce active and standby power from HT to RT.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Toshiba’s low-power SRAM chip aims to cut device drain (2013, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-toshiba-low-power-sram-chip-aims.html
TORONTO — Trafalgar is getting into the festive spirit with the launch of its 2018/2019 Christmas Spectaculars European program, featuring three handcrafted trips that highlight Europe’s most magical holiday markets.“Christmas in Europe is an absolutely bucket list experience and what better way to connect with the magic of the season than an in-depth experience to some of the world’s most iconic Christmas markets,” said Wolf Paunic, president of Trafalgar and Costsaver. “While travelling on one of Trafalgar’s Christmas Spectaculars programs, clients will truly enjoy The Good Life with the festive charm of enchanting holiday décor, traditional tasty treats and spectacular winter wonderland landscapes.”The trips are as follows:Christmas Markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland: Clients will arrive in Vienna where they’ll join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour and visit Christkindlmarkt for delicious gingerbread and ‘Glühwein’. They’ll also stop in Salzburg for a walking tour of Mirabell Gardens and the Old City before arriving in Munich for two nights.Festive St. Petersburg and Moscow: This seven-day guided vacation includes highlights like a folklore show, a scenic high-speed train ride to Moscow, a visit to Moscow’s Christmas Market and a sightseeing tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin.German Christmas Market: While on this eight-day adventure, clients will arrive in Frankfurt before journeying to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg. Highlights include the famous Christkindlesmarkt, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Weimar, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt (Germany’s oldest Christmas market), and an exclusive visit to the Berlin TV Tower before it opens to the public.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongFor more information go to https://www.trafalgar.com/en-ca. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Trafalgar Posted by Thursday, August 9, 2018 Three ways to do Christmas in Europe this year with Trafalgar
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