first_imgTORONTO – CN Rail says it plans to invest about $315 million in Ontario this year to expand and strengthen the company’s rail network across the province.The company says planned projects include upgrades at CN’s intermodal terminal in Brampton northwest of Toronto — the company’s largest such facility — and the construction of a new train passing siding east of Sioux LookoutThe company also plans to replace some 145 kilometres of rail, install more than 380,000 new railroad ties and rebuilds some 60 road crossing surfaces.CN says it will also perform maintenance work on bridges, culverts, signal systems and other track infrastructureThe Ontario investments are part of CN’s $3.4 billion capital program for 2018, which include a new train passing siding in the company’s corridor linking Toronto and Winnipeg.“We are investing for the long haul with these projects to boost capacity and network resiliency to meet growing demand across our economy,” said CN Eastern Region vice-president Michael Farkouh.“Our substantial investments to renew our existing railway infrastructure underscores our commitment to operating safely..”Companies in this story: (TSX:CNR)last_img read more

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By Sara GomezRabat- Several Spanish media outlets have reported widely on the recent controversy in Morocco surrounding the banning of “Much Loved” (Zine li fik), Nabil Ayuch’s latest film, by delivering their unfiltered opinions of the Moroccan public.Various online media outlets, such as Cadena Ser, El Periodico, El Mundo, and Hoy Cinema, reported the opinions both in support and against of the Ministry of Communication’s decision to ban the film. The majority of Spanish media outlets directly quoted the Ministry of Communication’s public announcement, saying, “[the] film undermines moral values, and dignity of Moroccan women, and [is] a flagrant attack on the kingdom’s image.”Following the claim, El Periodico included commentary from the imam of a mosque in Salé who said, “the film incites debauchery among Moroccans and promotes pornography and illegitimate relations: a foreigner kisses a woman and then takes her to the bed, both naked, is that cinema?”Cadena Ser reported similar commentary from members of the conservative Islamic party. Politicians and military members of the party have been seen in front of the Parliament building chanting, “Ayouch, you coward! Do not insult Moroccan women!” and “No to dirty movies.”In contrast to the negative feedback that the film’s depiction of four prostitutes in Marrakesh has received from the Moroccan public, some viewers also realize that this movie portrays a very real part of Moroccan culture.El Periodico also reported that the critic Karim Bujari said, “the problem is not the film, which barely anyone has seen, but the sexual tourism. In Morocco, this form of tourism is not fiction, but reality. Ayuch’s film did not invent it. We know it, we live it, we debate over it and sometimes we even laugh about it, but we refuse to watch it on a TV screen and talk about it with other Moroccans.”Comments like this show that there are some viewers in the Moroccan public that recognize the reality of the matter—yet admit that they are too scared to face it.Spanish media also included Ayuch’s own responses to the criticism and banning of his film throughout all outlets. Ayuch says he is “saddened” but not “surprised” by the negative reactions to “Much Loved,” but clarified that the film is in no way pornographic. read more

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EDMONTON — Canadian Western Bank Group is selling its property and casualty insurance business to Intact Financial Corp. for $197 million in cash.The bank, which describes the deal as a refinement of its long-term growth strategy, says the selling price for Canadian Direct Insurance is about 2.5 times the net book value of the subsidiary as of Oct. 31.“This transaction is the result of a purposeful strategic assessment that we started over a year ago,” CWB president and CEO Chris Fowler said in a statement issued Tuesday after markets closed.“Our strategic direction is to increase the depth and breadth of client relationships through a focus on our core business banking platform with complementary financial services in personal banking, equipment finance and leasing, alternative mortgages, wealth management and trust services.”Fowler said those core areas provided the best opportunities to drive “meaningful future growth” while the insurance business was “much less strategically aligned.”The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close around mid-year.Oil-related guidance cut takes shine off Canadian Western BankIntact Financial looks like logical buyer for RSA Canada read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2012 12:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SUNDRE, Alta. – Crews were scrambling Friday to contain and clean up a pipeline spill that is believed to have sent up to 475,000 litres of crude oil flowing into a rain-swollen Red Deer River system in west-central Alberta.Plains Midstream Canada says when the spill was discovered Thursday night it closed off its network of pipelines in the area.Tracey McCrimmon, executive director of a community group that works with the industry, said it was rural homeowners who first raised the alarm about an oil pipeline spill.She said people who live just north of Sundre phoned in reports Thursday night of smelling rotten eggs — the telltale odour of sour gas or sour oil.“The first call that we got was at 8:40 pm. There was an odour complaint. We had multiple calls of a rotten egg smell,” said McCrimmon, director of the Sundre Petroleum Operators Group.“We called all of the oil and gas operators within six kilometres of the area. They were able to source the odour within an hour.”The company said the oil spilled into Jackson Creek near the community of Sundre, about 100 kilometres from Red Deer. Jackson Creek flows into the Red Deer River.Recent heavy rains have swollen streams and rivers in the area, some to near flood stage, and local officials are concerned the oil will spread more quickly down the system.“There’s oil in the river and the river is moving very quickly right now because of the recent rains and meltwater,” said Bruce Beattie, reeve of Mountain View County, which is on the river system.“Certainly anything that is coming out of the pipeline or that did come out of the pipeline is certainly moving quickly down stream.“It’s going to be a major environmental concern for sure.”The region around Sundre is considered pristine wilderness by many in Alberta. It’s a common getaway area for people in Calgary and popular with anglers and hunters. The area where the oil spilled is sparsely populated and mostly ranch land.Alberta Environment spokeswoman Jessica Potter said communities and individuals downstream of the spill have been told not to use river water until further notice.“Residents in the area have been notified that a spill has taken place,” she said.“Water intakes have been shut at all facilities downstream and we are encouraging people to shut-in their water and not draw from the river at this time.”Premier Alison Redford headed to nearby Dickson Dam to hold a news conference Friday afternoon where she said the spill had been contained to the Glennifer reservoir and crews were working to minimize the environmental impact.She said there will be an investigation but added that Alberta’s pipeline system is supported by a strong regulatory framework that serves as a model for other jurisdictions.“It’s my expectation that the minister of environment and the minister of energy, as well as the (Energy Resources Conservation Board), will have to review those investigations once they’re completed to determine the cause of this incident and then to take whatever steps might need to be taken in order to prevent this in the future.”She said until the investigation is complete, it’s too early to say whether aging infrastructure is to blame.“Albertans have an expectation that the infrastructure that we have in place … is strong,” she said.“It is unfortunate when these events happen. We are fortunate in this province that they don’t happen very often, and we can have some confidence that when they do happen, we have plans in place to deal with them.”But Mike Hudema of Greenpeace said the damage has already been done to the central Alberta ecosystem. He wants a halt to approval of any new pipelines until changes and upgrades can be made to the existing infrastructure.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said changes need to be made to existing laws.“I don’t think we’re paying adequate attention to what happens in real life versus what happens in the fossil fuel wonderland where everything goes wrong,” she said.The community of Sundre is upriver from the spill, but Red Deer is downstream.The City of Red Deer has been told booms will be set up on the river near the Dickson dam and Gleniffer reservoir.Leslie Chivers, a city spokesman, said people in Red Deer have been told there is nothing to worry about.“I hesitate to use the word concern because if they can clean up the spill, then life is normal,” Chivers said. “We are monitoring the situation at this time. And if things change, then we’ll advise residents of further actions that will be happening.”Plains Midstream said it was light sour crude that spilled. It said Alberta energy regulators and government health and environment officials are monitoring water and air quality in the area.“Light sour crude oil has a strong petroleum odour but this odour does not pose a health or safety risk to the public,” the company said in a news release.Company vice president Stephen Bart expressed regret.“We deeply regret this incident and are working to ensure we’re doing all we can to limit the extent of the release and any community and environmental impacts,” he said in a statement. “We’re committing the resources necessary to mount a full-scale response.”Staff at the Gleniffer Lake Resort on the shores of the reservoir said the company told them to stop using water from the lake and was hauling fresh water in for them. Otherwise, they said they hadn’t noticed the spill.The spill comes as Plains Midstream continues to clean up an April 29, 2011, pipeline spill of 4.5 million litres of oil northeast of Peace River, Alta.That leak — one of the largest in Alberta history — happened in a remote area on the 772-kilometre, 44-year-old Rainbow line between Zama, Alta. and Edmonton.Early estimates suggested that spill was only several hundred barrels of oil. It wasn’t until four days later that the energy board reported the full extent of the leak from a centimetre-wide crack around the bottom of the pipe.Energy critics and conservation groups say the spill near Sundre raises new questions about pipeline safety, monitoring and the enforcement of environmental regulations.“Albertans should be extremely concerned that these pipeline spills keep happening and the weak detection systems in place,” said Madeline Wilson of the Alberta Wilderness Association.Alberta’s Opposition Wildrose Party called the spill further evidence the government is failing to effectively enforce the energy industry.“Our regulations are no good unless we have the boots on the ground to enforce them,” said Wildrose environment critic Joe Anglin. “There is no reason why these kinds of spills should be occurring in Alberta.”Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board estimates there are about 400,000 kilometres of energy-related pipelines criss-crossing Alberta.The conservation board is responsible for regulating pipelines that begin and end in Alberta. Pipelines that cross provincial boundaries or the U.S. border are regulated by the federal National Energy Board.Since the Rainbow spill and a handful of less serious ones that followed, environmentalists have stepped up their calls for Alberta’s regulators to review how aging oil pipelines are monitored and maintained.But the regulator argues pipelines in the province have never been safer. It cites 2010 statistics that showed 1.6 incidents per thousand kilometres of pipeline.(The Canadian Press, CKGY, CFFR) Pipeline company reports oil spill near Red Deer River; crews working to contain read more

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← Previous Story Atletico breaks a new record, beats Octavio with 52:27 Next Story → Iztok Puc passes away (R.I.P. 1966-2011) Robert Hedin, apart from coaching Norway’s national team, will now also coach Aalborg. After Jacob Vestergaard got fired, the handball management of Aalborg decided that following his pretty good coaching of Norway, Robert Hedin should also bring success to Aalborg and make the team more competitive in the Danish league.

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first_imgWhen Google launched the Cr-48 Chrome laptop 6 months ago it shipped with a number of Easter Eggs on board. There was even one in the YouTube marketing video introducing Chrome OS. It turned out to be a MENSA puzzle on a blackboard that netted the first person to figure it out a Cr-48.Since then we’ve found out you can induce a browser crash with a flag setting, and that Google hid a developer mode on the laptop inside the battery chassis. Even the packaging that the Cr-48 came in was an Easter Egg of sorts.For the completists out there who own a Cr-48 I have some bad news. Bill Richardson, a member of Google’s technical staff, logged into Google Groups today and informed everyone there is still one Cr-48 easter egg left. That’s right, 6 months of searching still hasn’t found all the hidden gems.The only clue he’s given as to what it could be is in the name, stating “Cr-48. That should tell you something right there.”It’s driving a few people up the wall trying to find out what this easter egg is, and with the only clue being the name it could take a while. “CR-48 is the unstable isotope of Chromium” has been one of the main things Cr-48 owners have been thinking about, but that could be completely the wrong track.If you onw a Cr-48 get your thinking cap on, there’s kudos to be won here, and many a virtual back pat from fellow owners.Read more at the Google Groups threadlast_img read more

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first_imgThough 3D printing is still largely a niche hobby, we’re moving ever closer toward a world where the relatively expensive printing components are beginning to produce practical results. Rather than printing something just for the sake of amusement, like a 3D-printed portrait of your face, Brave Robotics has managed to create a transforming robot that has a 3D-printed body.Even without the 3D-printed parts, the robot is quite impressive. In humanoid form, the robot can walk around fairly quickly, and can also extend its arm and shoot little toy bullets. It efficiently transforms into vehicular form in only a couple of seconds, and can drive around like a standard RC toy car. The autobot is equipped with a camera that streams its view, which can be displayed on a tablet.This is actually a newer version of a Brave Robotics transformer autobot, but the older model didn’t have 3D-printed parts.The robot, which will be shown off at Maker Faire Tokyo 2012 next week, is actually made to order, and can be purchased for a currently undisclosed price that will be revealed by the manufacturer upon inquiry. The robot comes in its own numbered case, seen in the above video, and is preprogrammed. The full kit also includes a wireless controller that looks suspiciously like a modded Sony controller, as well as four batteries and a charger. Motion-editing software also comes with the purchase, as well as a serial cable, though a USB cable is not included. Upon order, customers can choose the colors of the bot.At this point in the production process lifecycle, the robot takes around one month to build, though due to the 3D-printed nature of the body, there’s no reason why the robot couldn’t enter mass production once the process is a more refined.If you’re interested in the product head on over to their website (be thankful that you have access to Google Translate).via Brave Roboticslast_img read more

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first_img7,000 year old penguin poo reveals volcanic eruptions almost wiped out Antarctic sea bird colony The changes in penguin populations had been linked to climate change. By AFP Apr 16th 2017, 11:30 AM Image: Shutterstock/vladsilver Share Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3336870 ANALYSIS OF ANCIENT penguin guano has revealed that volcanic eruptions, not climate change, almost wiped out an Antarctic sea bird colony three times.There has long been speculation linking fluctuations in penguin populations over recent decades to climate change, but scientists studying a colony of gentoo penguins in Antarctica wanted to look back much further.The team, led by the British Antarctic Survey, hit upon the idea of drilling core samples from ancient guano deposits, giving them a record going back 7,000 years.The results, published in Nature this week, showed the penguins of the Ardley Island colony had been dramatically impacted by a nearby volcano at Deception Island.Lead researcher Steve Roberts said the millennia-old droppings, collected from the bed of a lake on the island, still had an intense smell.But more importantly, the sediment cores also contained clear layers of volcanic ash, while biogeochemical analysis of the droppings provided insights into the colony’s population over time. Roberts said:On at least three occasions during the past 7,000 years, the penguin population… was almost completely wiped out locally after each of three large volcanic eruptions.“It took, on average, between 400 and 800 years for it to re-establish itself sustainably.”The guano analysis found “no consistent relationships” between climate conditions and the penguin population in the Ardley Island colony, which currently has about 5,000 of the birds.British Antarctic Survey penguin ecologist Claire Waluda said the innovative technique could be used to examine how volcanoes had affected other colonies.“Changes in penguin populations on the Antarctic peninsula have been linked to climate variability and sea-ice changes, but the potentially devastating long-term impact of volcanic activity has not previously been considered,” she said.Read: Galway wants to open Ireland’s first ‘penguinarium’ so penguins can “hang out”> Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 11:30 AM 11,514 Views Image: Shutterstock/vladsilver Short URL 11 Comments last_img read more

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first_imgL’amour élucidé par la scienceEn ce 14 février, l’Amour est à l’ordre du jour. Un thème qui intéresse depuis longtemps les chercheurs mais qui reste jusqu’ici très mystérieux. Pour célébrer la Saint-Valentin, Maxisciences a donc décidé de revenir sur les connaissances scientifiques en la matière.Devenu aujourd’hui sujet incontournable, l’Amour accapare nos esprits et fait couler beaucoup d’encre. Célibataire en quête de sa moitié, amoureux transi ou couple marié, celui-ci fait partie intégrante de nos vies. Pourtant, on en sait très peu sur le sentiment amoureux. Il était donc prévisible que la science s’empare un jour du sujet. Multipliant les observations et les expériences, les chercheurs sont ainsi parvenus à percer une partie du mystère.À lire aussiCatécholamines : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Comme l’on pouvait s’en douter, l’Amour ne vient en réalité pas du coeur mais plutôt du cerveau. Plus précisément, il provient de structures cérébrales regroupées sous le terme de “cerveau émotionnel” et localisées dans le système limbique. C’est dans cette zone que vont agir les principales molécules responsables du sentiment amoureux. Des substances chimiques qui vont par ailleurs varier en fonction du temps. En effet, selon les scientifiques, l’amour se divise en plusieurs phases : d’abord attirance et désir, le lien se transforme ensuite en passion puis après quelques années en attachement. A chacune de ces étapes correspondent des molécules et des mécanismes bien particuliers, que les chercheurs sont parvenus à identifier, du moins en partie. Mais de nos motivations aux conséquences pour notre organisme, l’Amour apparait bien plus subtil qu’une simple histoire de chimie. Et malgré les découvertes, de nombreux aspects de ce sentiment échappent encore à la science. Découvrez notre dossier sur les mystères de l’Amour élucidés par la science.Le 14 février 2011 à 15:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Einstein’s got one helluva legacy in the world of physics, and there are plenty of cases where even though we’ve had decades to study his ideas, we still haven’t managed to perfectly extrapolate a lot of those principles out fully. One such concept is the so-called equivalence principle which suggests that gravity cannot be experimentally distinguished from acceleration. This principle is a bit strange to wrap one’s head around, but, in essence, if Earth was flat, then to mimic the effect of gravity, it could, hypothetically, be constantly accelerating at 9.8 meters per second squared — or the rough acceleration of Earth’s gravity. Applying these principles to the quantum world, which is to say the probability distributions, wave functions, and tiny particles, has tripped up physicists for decades. “Einstein’s equivalence principle contends that the total inertial and gravitational mass of any objects are equivalent, meaning all bodies fall in the same way when subject to gravity,” Dr. Magdalena Zych, a professor of quantum systems at the University of Queensland told Phys.org. “Physicists have been debating whether the principle applies to quantum particles, so to translate it to the quantum world we needed to find out how quantum particles interact with gravity… We realized that to do this we had to look at the mass.”That alone is obvious in a sense — like clearly you’d want to study the mass of a particle, right? — but traditionally the masses of the quantum are so small they typically aren’t even considered in standard calculations. But that’s got to change. “We realized that we had to look how particles in such quantum states of the mass behave in order to understand how a quantum particle sees gravity in general,” she added. “It means that previous studies that attempted to translate the principle to quantum physics were incomplete because they focused on trajectories of the particles but neglected the mass.”This will hopefully lead to more studies looking at the properties of the smallest particles we know of and how they respond to gravitational fields over time. For now, though, it’s a new look at the same stuff we’ve been trying to work out for almost a century.Einstein was fascinating, and we are still learning about him and this work. There was a bachelor star that helped solidify one of  his theories. Plus we know his Theory of Gravity still passes the test. Learn all you can on the great mind here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgFREDERICKSON — Authorities in Washington state have arrested a man believed to have been involved in the fatal shooting of a sheriff’s deputy.Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney, a 34-year-old Navy veteran and married father to three young boys, was shot during a foot chase late Sunday as he responded to a home invasion near the small community of Frederickson, 15 miles southeast of Tacoma, said sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.One suspect in his mid-30s was found dead at the scene, and another got away, authorities said. On Monday, Troyer said Frank William Pawul, 32, had been taken into custody in the Shelton area on unrelated felony warrants.A state trooper in the area spotted Pawul, who gave a false name when approached, Troyer said. Once authorities learned his real name, Troyer said he was taken to jail on the warrants and further investigation tied him to the shooting. Two weapons also were found at the scene, Troyer said.Police had closed off roads in the area and conducted a manhunt among industrial sites as well as wooded areas.last_img read more

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first_imgSPOKANE — The federal government is demanding that the company building a giant nuclear waste treatment plant in Washington state provide records proving that the steel used in the nearly $17 billion project meets safety standards.The U.S. Department of Energy says in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that records needed to ensure that the structural steel used in the project is safe are either missing or of “indeterminate quality.”“This condition is a potentially unrecoverable quality issue,” said the letter sent March 6 from the agency’s Office of River Protection in Richland, Washington, to Bechtel National Inc., which is building the long-delayed plant to dispose of wastes created in the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.The agency gave Bechtel National 14 days to provide proof that work on the project should continue.The plant is located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington, which for decades made most of the plutonium for the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal. The resulting 56 million gallons (211 million liters) of radioactive and hazardous wastes are stored in 177 underground tanks, many of which are leaking.The waste treatment plant is designed to turn much of that waste into glass-like logs for burial, a technically demanding process.But construction of the giant plant, which began in 2002, has long been slowed by safety and technical issues.Bechtel National is working on providing the records, spokeswoman Stasi West said.“We have documentation that demonstrates the nuclear-grade structural steel meets project requirements,” West said. “The safety and quality of the structural steel was never in question.”last_img read more

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Modric Simeone constantly needs to undermine Real Madrid

first_imgA frustrated Luka Modric has accused Diego Simeone of having an unfair attitude towards the Real Madrid squadModric’s had the greatest year of his playing career to date after winning his first-ever Ballon d’Or as well as collecting a host of individual accolades.Although the outcome of the 2018 Ballon d’Or results stirred some controversial comments from several high profile figures in the football world.And Atletico Madrid coach Simeone was among them by claiming that his star man Antoine Griezmann or Real’s Raphael Varane should have been named the victor instead.“It’s really okay that Simeone thinks his player to be better, but he has a constant need to undermine Real Madrid and their players,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.“He takes every opportunity to insinuate unrealistic actions that would explain Real’s achievements at the expense of others.“I have great respect for Diego Simeone and everything he has won with Atletico, just as I have great respect for the players, the fans and the great club.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s not fair that our successes, among which are two honourable Champions League victories against Atletico, are reduced to his constant theories about some kind of favours towards Real.”The Croatia international also gave some insight into life after Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure from Real and responded to the Portuguese’s claims that Juventus feel more like a family than to what he had experienced in Spain.“I shared six beautiful seasons with Ronaldo, probably the best years of my career, and we’ve done so much together,” said Modric.“My personal view is that staying for nine years at Real is significant in terms of how he felt at this fantastic club.“Among other things, he won four Ballons d’Or. You can’t achieve this if you are not at peace in the environment.“I’ve been here for six and a half years and I can say with certainty that we are a good group, with mature people and quality players, good relationships and an excellent atmosphere.“Of course, there are better and worse days, but the core strength of the group can’t be questioned. If it were, we would not win all of these trophies, either team or individual ones.”last_img read more

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Davie womans family raises hitandrun reward money

first_imgFamily and friends have raised the reward for information on a hit-and-run that put their loved one in the hospital.Marrykutty George continues to fight for her life at Memorial Regional Hospital after she was struck by a car on July 21.George’s family and friends are now offering an additional $7,000 to help find the person behind the wheel.The victim was walking to work near Sterling Road and University Drive in Davie when she was hit.Related: Woman hospitalized after hit-and-run in DaviePolice managed to collect pieces of the headlight left behind at the scene in the hopes that it will provide clues to the vehicle involved.If you have any information on this hit and run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous. The reward is now up to $10,000.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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first_imgThe Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, requires institutions receiving public money or providing a public service, including colleges, offer a level playing field to people who have disabilities.In 2008, the act was amended to expand the definition of disability. That fall, 23 University of Alaska Southeast students were using disability services. By the spring semester of this year, there were 119. The upward trend is also true at the Universities of Alaska Anchorage and Fairbanks, but it’s not as dramatic.Number of UAS students using counseling and disabilities services between 2010 and 2015. UAS officials provided the number of students for 2008-2009 and 2016 separately. (Courtesy UAS Disability Services)Margie Thomson is the coordinator of counseling and disability services for the UAS Juneau campus. She thinks there are a couple of reasons for the increase including the amendment toADA.Margie Thomson in her office on Aug 8. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)“Which includes a lot more other hidden disabilities or temporary disabilities,” Thomson said. “We also have better psychotropic meds and people who may have been ruled out for college because of a mental health issue, are now able to go.”Thomson said hidden disabilities are conditions that aren’t easy to see like mental health conditions, medical issues, or learning disabilities like dyslexia. She said students’ temporary disabilities are usually the result of injuries, surgeries and other short-term medical conditions.She was a one-person office when she started in disability services the year the ADA amendment passed. About three years ago the campus hired another person part-time to help out.“For me it was awesome. I guess I’ve been a disability rights advocate for a long time,” Thomson said. “It’s been a little tricky sometimes working with all the services in the university. It’s involved more collaboration with facilities for physical accommodations.”Many times, she said, faculty don’t recognize hidden disabilities.Traci Taylor on Aug. 8. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Traci Taylor works in the Juneau campus’ IT department and is considering going to graduate school. She graduated from UAS in May with a degree in marine biology. Thomson said Taylor struggles with a disability that might not have been covered by ADA before the 2008 amendment.Taylor said it was, “Anxiety, I just (was) very stressed out and have a hard time keeping things straightened out in my head and my mind just trails from one thing to the next thing as the list of things just keep piling up and it’s just very stressful.”A couple of her teachers did notice her struggling and recommended she go to the Disability Services office. She said she did and the staff recommended she use a Livescribe pen, which recorded lectures for her.“It’s great to be able to go back and listen to whatever I missed during that time,” Taylor said. “I started proctoring … having my exams proctored so that it was just a quieter location and there wasn’t as much noise distraction (and) I could focus better on the exam.”Test proctoring is just one disability service the university system provides. Taylor said her test scores improved and school got easier. She said other students who think they could have a disability should speak up and get help.Doug Toelle is with Access Alaska, an independent living center and advocate for the disabled based in Anchorage. He has his own theories for the increase.P14777-18 President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn of the White House. Sharing the dais with the President and he signs the Act are (standing left to right): Rev. Harold Wilkie of Clairmont, California; Sandra Parrino, National Council on Disability; (seated left to right): Evan Kemp, Chairman, Equal Opportunity Commission; and Justin Dart, Presidential Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities. Mrs. Bush and Vice President Quayle participate in the Ceremony.26 July 1990(Photo courtesy of George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)“Students entering the University System now grew up with the ADA,” Toelle said. “The ADA was passed 26 years ago in 1990, so they’ve maybe grown up with expectations that previous students didn’t have for accommodation.”Additionally, Toelle said there are likely more veterans with “hidden disabilities” coming into Alaska’s universities.According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 73,000 veterans were living in Alaska between 2013 and 2014.No matter the reason, Thomson said it’s a good thing more students are being helped. She believes it’s a “community-wide responsibility to accommodate diversity.”University officials couldn’t readily produce dollar figures for what it costs to provide disability services. However, citing fear of violating the ADA, they requested an additional $250,000 for disability services earlier this year. The legislature denied it.last_img read more

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first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorist has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crashing into the back a lorry on the M6 in Staffordshire. Police were called to the collision, involving a car and a HGV, on the motorway’s southbound carriageway shortly before 7am this morning. One lane was shut due to the accident, which took place just south of junction 13 (Stafford South) today (Sunday February 17). A Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) spokesman said:  “First job of the day was a collision M6 south 13-12. “Unfortunately the driver crashed into the back of a huge lorry. “Might be because he blew well over the limit at the roadside. Off to custody” Traffic England and Inrix report the motorway lane remains closed following the accident. Read MoreConcerns about drug use near primary school   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Gabriel said “a couple of game theorists in the Greek government believe that in the end the fear in Europe that Greece might leave (the euro) is so great that we’ll agree to anything. That’s not the case.”He repeated the German government’s position that Greece needs to commit to previously agreed reforms if it wants a deal.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says his country won’t let itself be blackmailed into a bailout deal with Greece.Gabriel, who is also vice-chancellor, told German public broadcaster ARD on Sunday that Europe’s patience with Greece is running out.Greece said Friday it would present its creditors with new proposals over the weekend in an attempt to breathe life into stalled bailout talks amid fears the country could go bankrupt. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes How do cataracts affect your vision? Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Sovereign Hill celebrates biggest weekend in 48 year history

first_imgSovereign Hill Winter WonderlightsSovereign Hill celebrates biggest weekend in 48 year historySovereign Hill is celebrating gold rush fever with over 15,000 visitors through its doors this weekend for its Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July event, the largest weekend on record at Sovereign Hill. With one week still to go, event organisers predict that they will exceed last year’s number of visitors for the duration of the event.On Saturday 14th July, over 10,000 visitors came through the gates of the outdoor museum, the largest crowd seen in a single day since Sovereign Hill opened forty-eight years ago. Sunday 15th July saw over 5,000 people.With over 15km of fairy lights, more large-scale light projections in the one site than anywhere else in Australia, and tonnes of snowfall daily, this magical yuletide event has transformed Sovereign Hill into the number one winter destination for the July period.“We’re absolutely thrilled at how visitors have embraced our Winter Wonderlights event this year,” says Sovereign Hill’s Director of Marketing Jennifer Ganske. “We really took our event to the next level by turning Sovereign Hill into the most spectacular yuletide experience, and visitors from all over the world have made the trip to Ballarat.”Since the event’s introduction in 2011, patronage has increased by over 275%, making it the most commercially successful event on Sovereign Hill’s calendar, and with one week left to go, it’s expected to deliver a bumper Christmas in July to Ballarat.“We’re thrilled to deliver a highly innovative event each year that brings enormous economic benefit to the city of Ballarat, and delighted with the response that has seen us welcome visitors from all over regional Victoria and indeed Australia.”Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights Christmas event runs until Sunday 22nd July, and this coming weekend is also expected to welcome visitors from the local Ballarat area, interstate and internationally.Visit www.winterwonderlights.com.au Source = Sovereign Hilllast_img read more

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To Autocancel or not to Autocancel

first_img learn more about stuba.com here To Autocancel or not to AutocancelAlso cancelling undermined the prosperity of travel agents.A few times a year we have this conversation.“Why don’t you autocancel? Everyone else does it (no they don’t)! “Auto cancelling is bad for the industry. Auto cancelling means that if an item wasn’t paid for, let’s say a fortnight before check-in, the booking gets junked and the stock released. In theory it sounds good, means the agent doesn’t need to worry about it.Its lazy and terrible for hotels.It means that up to 2 weeks before check-in, a hotel plays a game of knowing that a stack of rooms will get cancelled, which may have been booked legitimately by someone else. The only way to counter is to oversell their rooms which is why people get walked to sister properties. Not a good lookAuto cancelling undermines travel agents.A few years ago some clever business people bought out those leftover rooms at discount rates. Through online distribution they offered incredible deals to the masses and popularised “last minute”. The soon to be called “OTA’s” became a genie that travel agents could never squeeze back into the bottle. They only exist because of auto cancelling.But auto cancelling can create significantly more massive problemsSTUBA process payments through gateways like eNett or Payment gate. Provided you pay before 2pm, at about 3pm we get a long list of payments to process and the money hits our accounts in 2 or 3 days time.What if that list didn’t appear? There are no payments to process.  That could be over 100 bookings, that agents have paid for, with pax ready to travel, that could get cancelled.  A shedload of pax arriving at hotels asking for their room, then abusing you on the phone for not paying their booking.  But you did !So you contact a company like us and say “hey I Paid” and we respond with “well, we never got the data, so we couldn’t process, so it was cancelled”.  It only happened twice last year.  Across 3 different gateways, we have had 8 interruptions of service in 2019 which messed up payments on over 300 bookings.Yes, we received the odd “stop bloody reminding me to pay when I paid” but its a far easier conversation than explaining that hotel in  Paris was cancelled as opposed to “lets find that payment then.”  One situation can be rectified, one cant.Autocancel?  No thanks.  With processes and taking responsibility, a cancellation in writing is for the moment a much option, for the good of travel agents.www.stuba.com Source = STUBAlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals didn’t make quite the same splash as divisional foes San Francisco and Seattle pulled off Monday, but the team agreed to terms on a new contract with safety Rashad Johnson. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the deal is for three years.The newly-signed safety took to his Twitter account to confirm the report.Excited to be returning home and opportunity ahead of me. Blessed to do wht I #love for another 3yrs.… instagr.am/p/WvUcgRBIqk/— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) March 12, 2013 0 Comments   Share   Johnson, who was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Alabama, has played in at least 15 games each of the last three seasons.In 2011, Johnson set career-highs in starts (9) and tackles (50). This past season, he had only 20 tackles but recorded an interception return for a touchdown in Arizona’s Week 15 win over the Detroit Lions.The move comes three days after the team released 12-year veteran safety Adrian Wilson. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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