first_imgOTTAWA- Canadian consumer prices picked up their pace last month as the annual inflation rate moved up from very low levels and closer to the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent.Statistics Canada says higher gasoline prices helped push the annual inflation rate in September to 1.6 per cent, up from 1.4 per cent a month earlier.The Bank of Canada scrutinizes inflation ahead of its rate decisions and its next benchmark announcement is scheduled for next week.However, only one of the central bank’s three preferred measures of core inflation, which seek to look through the noise of more-volatile items, increased last month while the others stayed put.Statistics Canada also released numbers that showed retail sales fell 0.3 per cent in August, after increasing 0.4 per cent in July.The retail sales data suggests the economy is starting to show signs of slowing down, as widely expected, following its red-hot performance in the first half of the year.Alberta’s consumer price index saw a 1.3 per cent year-over-year increase last month.last_img read more

first_imgMADRID – A top Catalan lawmaker on Friday left a Madrid prison where she spent the night after posting the bail a Spanish judge imposed as part of a wide-ranging rebellion investigation stemming from Catalonia’s declaration of independence.Spain’s Supreme Court said the judge who jailed and set bail Thursday for Catalonia Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell, freed her after the 150,000 euros ($175,000) bond was registered.As conditions of Forcadell’s release, the judge withdrew her passport and ordered her to stay in Spain, to check in at a court in Catalonia each week and to return before the Supreme Court if summoned.The lawmaker left the prison in a car without speaking to reporters.“We’re going back home,” she tweeted later. “With an easy conscience for having acted correctly: to guarantee freedom of expression in (the Catalan) Parliament, headquarters of the national sovereignty.”Forcadell and five other Catalan lawmakers are being investigated for the actions that led to the regional Parliament’s Oct. 27 vote to declare independence from Spain.After questioning the lawmakers, magistrate Pablo Llarena jailed only Forcadell immediately. He ordered four to pay 25,000-euro ($29,000) bail in one week to remain out of custody and released another who opposed the declaration of Catalonia as a separate republic.In his ruling, Llarena wrote that all “have expressed that either they renounce future political activity or, those who want to remain active, will do it renouncing any actions outside the constitutional framework.”Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said the lawmakers’ commitment to the judge indicated that a “return of constitutional order (in Catalonia) is starting to become a reality.”Forcadell, long one of the leading figures of the Catalan independence movement, testified Thursday that the independence declaration was “symbolic,” according to lawyers familiar with the proceedings.Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told Cope radio Friday that it “remains to be seen” if Forcadell will follow Spanish laws and court rulings preventing Catalan lawmakers from unilaterally seceding. If she doesn’t, Dastis expects the judge to consider revoking Forcadell’s bail.Eight members of the now-defunct Catalan government remain jailed in a related rebellion case. Former regional president Carles Puigdemont and four other ex-cabinet members fled to Belgium where they are fighting extradition.Two other grassroots secession group leaders have also been jailed in a parallel sedition probe. One of the two groups, the National Catalan Assembly that was formerly headed by Forcadell, said Friday it had paid her bail.Spain’s constitutional Court warned that the Parliament’s Oct. 27 vote declaring a new Catalan republic would be illegal. Most opposition lawmakers boycotted the session.The Spanish government responded by seizing control of the wealthy northeastern region, the first time in the four decades since Gen. Francisco Franco’s dictatorship ended that Madrid removed powers from any of the country’s 17 regions.Central authorities dismissed the Catalan regional president and his government, dissolved the parliament and called a new regional election for Dec. 21.Catalonia, with 7.5 million people, represents a fifth of Spain’s gross domestic product and polls show its people roughly evenly divided over independence. Puigdemont claimed a banned Oct. 1 secession referendum gave it a mandate to declare independence.___This story has been corrected to show that spelling of the Spanish foreign minister’s surname on second reference is Dastis, not Datis.last_img read more

first_imgT-series Mixtape season 2, the digital music show, aired its fifth episode featuring singer Tulsi Kumar along with singer Benny Dayal – who have together taken the music up quite a few notches.Tulsi and Benny crooned to ‘Sanam Re’, the chartbuster from film of the same name and ‘Phir Mohabbat’ from Murder 2. Adding their own signature styles to the popular numbers, the duo brought in a freshness that is sure to mesmerise listeners. Sharing her excitement, Tulsi Kumar said, “Mashups require double the effort since you want to improvise on songs that are already perfect. That was the challenge and the most fun part at the same time. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Benny. I think we are a unique combination, and have come together for the first time. We had a great time performing to this melodious Mixtape.”last_img read more

Rabat – Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has shared a picture of him and King Mohammed VI as teenagers, to demonstrate the long-time friendship between the two heads of state.The picture posted on Facebook shows young Ali Bongo and Crown Prince Mohammed, taken at a time when they used to meet frequently as their fathers, Omar Bongo and King Hassan II, were also friends.Along with the teenage memory, Gabon’s president shared another picture of him next to King Mohammed VI during the Throne Day ceremony in Tangier on Sunday, to which Bongo was invited. “True friendship is the one that has no secret,” said a comment on the two pictures.Ali Bongo has been in Morocco for several days along with his wife and son.An habitué of Morocco and especially the city of Marrakech, Bongo used his summer holidays in the Kingdom to discover the northern region, walking around Tangier and visiting Martil, Larache, and Chefchaouen. read more

The United Nations (UN) refused to comment on reports that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections.When asked for a comment at the daily press briefing at the UN yesterday, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said that he had no comment on that.

TORONTO — Sidewalk Labs offered a glimpse at a handful of high-tech prototypes it hopes to launch in a waterfront smart city it has proposed for Toronto on Friday.The Alphabet Inc.-backed entity showed off technologies it previously teased, including hexagonal sidewalks that light up to indicate a change in a street’s usage and heat up to reduce ice and snow, and “building raincoats” that can adjust to provide cover from cold weather or rain but open up in warm temperatures.Sidewalk Labs has long touted the innovations as a way it believes it can transform communities — including the swath of prime land known as Quayside that it hopes to develop with Waterfront Toronto. Opinion: It’s not too late: Canada, not Sidewalk Labs, should be driving urban innovation Sidewalk Labs and the question of tax increment financing: Here’s how the proposal would work Sidewalk Toronto faces growing opposition, calls to cancel project “It is totally different to see it in its real world context and understand its real impact,” said Jesse Shapins, the director of public realm at Sidewalk Labs, who said nailing down exactly what building either the raincoats or streets would cost is tough, but he believes they will be “comparatively less” than a glass “arcade” walkway.“Starting to do something like this helps us learn about some of the cost elements, but we imagine doing them on a larger scale and more of them, the costs go down.”Canadians won’t have to wait until the start of summer for farmers’ markets and patio dining with “Building raincoats.” Canadian Press/Tijana Martin The unveilings come as Sidewalk Labs is facing criticism over hopes to lay claim to a cut of the city’s developer fees and property taxes in exchange for funding a light rail transit line and underground infrastructure in and around the Quayside neighbourhood.In previous months Sidewalk Labs was dealing with concerns around Quayside’s potential data, privacy and intellectual property policies.While Sidewalk Labs has often been accused of being secretive, the company has tried to foster a sense of transparency with Quayside meetings to collect feedback and open houses at a waterfront office it opened to construct prototypes.The company will host a Saturday open house for the public to see the innovations it has been working on, which Shapins hoped would generate feedback.Shapins said those who attend will see the high-tech sidewalk — a series of concrete pavers that can be made porous to make a street more resilient when faced with water. He said the pavers can be removed individually when damaged, so extensive road closures and crews are not needed.Lighting, he said, could be incorporated into the pavers to “reprogram” streets for high traffic, construction, bikes and special events, proving much more efficient than paint.Shapins was also excited to show off the “building raincoats,” which are built with a plastic-like film and can be used to transition a space from indoors to outdoors depending on the weather.“The raincoat provides an additional way to expand so a farmers market can happen inside but also outside as well,” he said.“There’s even the opportunity to use them as expanded patio spaces so the patio season doesn’t have to start at the beginning of summer. It could start earlier when you have something like this.”Shapins said he expects the raincoats will come in handy in Quayside, where it can get cold and windy quickly and where research he’s seen has estimated that weather is only “comfortable” 30 per cent of the year.Sidewalk Labs, he revealed, will next look at testing the technology behind the tall timber buildings and the “stoa” — a term Sidewalk is using to mean flexible, ground floor spaces — proposed for Quayside. read more

Pyongyang luxury hotel gets more modern, less Soviet, style by Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press Posted Apr 11, 2017 8:54 am MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday, April 10, 2017, photo, people walk on the second floor above the lobby of the newly renovated Koryo hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. The country’s most famous luxury hotel reopened this week after renovations. With its twin towers in the center of the city, the Koryo has for decades been one of Pyongyang’s best-known and most visible landmarks. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korea’s most famous luxury hotel has reopened after renovations that modernized its 1980s, vaguely Soviet, style.The Koryo is one of Pyongyang’s best-known and most visible landmarks, with its twin towers in the centre of the capital. It was closed for several months while the first three floors were remodeled. The guest rooms weren’t changed.People entering the hotel are now greeted by a brighter and more up-to-date look that — possibly to the disappointment of many exotica-seeking foreigners — is a sharp contrast with the opulent and vaguely Soviet style of its prior lobby.The Koryo was built in 1985 under the instructions of North Korea’s “eternal president,” the late national founder Kim Il Sung, who wanted it to be a symbol of the country’s strength and modernity.It is a popular spot for socializing among local elites, foreign businessmen, diplomats and others who are able to afford its relatively high prices — a cappuccino in its lobby coffee shop goes for about $7. The cheapest rooms are $100 to $120 a night.The hotel, located near Pyongyang’s main train station, also features an indoor pool and sauna, several places to eat, including a revolving restaurant atop one of its towers, a bookstore and other amenities one could only dream of in a provincial North Korean hotel.In 2015 a major fire charred its upper floors, though the extent of damage and other information about the blaze has never been disclosed.At 43 stories, the Koryo has long been eclipsed in height by other hotels.One of them is the 47-story Yanggakdo, and, tallest of all, the 105-story, pyramid-shaped Ryugyong.The Yanggakdo is more popular with budget or first-time visitors and is considered a notch or two lower than the Koryo, while the Ryugyong has been under construction for decades and has never been open for guests. read more

Opening an annual discussion on protection challenges, António Guterres warned that internal displacement was on the rise, with a 50 per cent increase in numbers over the past 15 years and amid indications that 2013 could break new records with millions more people having becoming internally displaced in Syria and elsewhere.“I am concerned that the magnitude and the complexity of internal displacement have not galvanized the international attention the issue deserves,” he told the gathering in Geneva.Mr. Guterres noted that at the beginning of 2013, there were nearly 29 million people displaced internally as a result of conflict and violence, and that figure has risen further in 2013 – most notably in Syria, the Central African Republic, and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.This also mirrors a sharp increase in refugee outflows, with some 2 million new refugees fleeing across the world in 2013, the highest number of new arrivals in nearly 20 years, he added. “Like refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) often find refuge in the poorest and most marginalized regions of the country, which frequently lack proper infrastructure to deal with the population influx. But they are often even harder to reach, as many remain in conflict areas.”He also noted that, in part owing to the nature of internal displacement, the international legal framework to protect them is far less developed than is the case with refugees.“We are often asked what protection means for internally displaced persons, who are, after all, citizens in their country with the same rights as other nationals,” said Mr. Guterres. “Forced to flee their homes, many are without documentation, have no access to basic services and are at increased risk of discrimination, exploitation and sexual and gender-based violence.”The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established in December 1950, originally to help the millions of people displaced by the Second World War. In addition to assisting refugees and asylum-seekers – people who have fled across an international border – the agency also works to protect internally displaced people – an involvement that typically happens in situations where a State lacks capacity to assist its own displaced nationals. As of the end of 2012, some 17.7 million IDPs were under the agency’s care. UNHCR, often working with national authorities, assists with registration and profiling, community advocacy, peaceful coexistence projects, preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence, strengthening child protection, and ensuring quality and inclusive education. The High Commissioner urged those attending the discussion – among them representatives of governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), observers, academics, and inter-governmental organizations – to help elevate the plight of the internally displaced on the international agenda.“Finding solutions for them [IDPs] requires political will to address the root causes. Stronger advocacy is therefore needed from the international community to ensure that peace processes take account of the concerns and needs of the internally displaced as well as their host communities,” he said. “Resolving displacement also requires humanitarian agencies to incorporate a solutions orientation into their programmes from the very onset of the emergency,” he added. read more

“We must stop the violence and permanently silence the guns. In the absence of lasting political solution to the problems of this region, there will be no prospect of peace and unity in the CAR,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered to the Brazzaville forum by his Special Representative for CAR, Babacar Gaye.“The challenges ahead are enormous,” he said, noting that the next steps to reconciliation include political coordination and unity in order to establish a front against those who seek to undermine the peace process. Mr. Ban called on transitional institutions to effectively fulfill their mandates, including by promoting free, transparent and credible elections. All parties must commit firmly to the best interests of the Central African people. Attending the three-day forum are heads of State, including CAR’s interim president Catherine Samba-Panza, representatives of civil society organizations, political parties and armed groups, as well as refugees.“National ownership is imperative. Without it, the efforts of the international community will be in vain,” Mr. Ban said. The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA) will continue to work with African and international actors in search of a lasting solution to the conflict.Mr. Ban said that starting on 15 September, MINUSCA will take over the Africa-led MISCA force and will operate under a broader mandate, continuing to seek and facilitate further international commitment and support. Beyond political support, strengthening economic, financial and humanitarian assistance is critical because reconciliation and dialogue cannot thrive in an environment marked by extreme poverty, the Secretary-General noted.“Your country is at a crossroads,” Mr. Ban said, urging Central Africans to remain committed to compromise and mutual tolerance. read more

Paul HamiltonU.S. president Barack Obama made an announcement Tuesday formally ending the U.S. combat role in Iraq, saying “It’s time to turn the page.” The new priority, he said, is fixing America’s battered economy.Fifty thousand troops will remain behind until the end of 2011. That may be enough to prevent forces in regions surrounding Iraq from having dangerous sway in the country, says Paul Hamilton, associate professor of Political Science at Brock.After five months, Iraq still does not have a stable government of its own. But Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan all have their champions in the country. Any of them gaining too much power in Iraq would be a nightmare for the U.S., Hamilton said.“But the presence of 50,000 soldiers will still be a deterrent against explicit intervention,” he said. “Iran has had no more success forming a government in Baghdad than the U.S. has.”Hamilton shared some of his other thoughts on the withdrawal with The Brock News.Is the U.S. withdrawing from Iraq a good idea?It’s been planned for a long, long time and they eventually had to leave, so yes, it’s a good idea. It was a campaign promise so Obama had to do it. His post-election successes have been spotty. There have been things he’s achieved with regards to health care and the economy, but there have been things he hasn’t. It’s an election year and he felt the need to do it.Is the timing election based?The timing is largely determined by the state of operations and commanders in the field in Iraq. Of course the commitment to proceed with his promise was partly informed by the election. But this was more than that.What price has the U.S. paid for the war of Iraq?The literal price is estimated to be $3 trillion. Over the long term, when you look at World War I, the greatest expense was 40 to 50 years after the service men and women came back from war. You’re going to see even more of that this time with new technologies, new pharmaceuticals and longer life spans. Troops are coming back with extreme injuries and are going to have to be cared for. So far, about 450,000 people have applied for various benefits for injuries, post-traumatic stress and other claims to do with Iraq. And of course, there’s a budgetary cost domestically. For every dollar you spend on Iraq, you can’t spend it on a bridge in Minnesota. There’s been a political price, but I think it’s premature to conclude what that is. We’ll know more 30 years down the road. There’s been an enormous cost in the region in terms of tensions with allies, but now that (George W.) Bush is gone, I think there’s a window to improve on those.How does this impact Canada?Not very much. Canada has never been involved. I don’t see a lot of impact on Canada, except the possibility that the Liberal party will claim it made the right decision by not getting involved.Links:• New U.S. leader in Iraq signals non-combat role• CBC News — Iraq: The last seven years• Paul Hamilton faculty profile“Hot Topics” is a new segment where Brock experts comment on current events in their areas of expertise. To suggest a Hot Topic item, contact read more

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles the ball past Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell (11) during a Jan. 25 game at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 82-70.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhile the mix on Ohio State men’s basketball roster of freshmen and seniors used to be an unusual combination, it is slowly becoming the norm for college basketball teams. That particular situation also applies to the No. 16 Maryland Terrapins, the Buckeyes’ opponent Thursday night in Columbus. The Terrapins, like the Buckeyes, are led by a freshman guard who is surrounded by an experienced supporting cast.That guard, Melo Trimble, and Buckeye freshman D’Angelo Russell both lead their teams in scoring and take the court with a multitude of experience around them.One of those experienced players, OSU senior guard Shannon Scott, said Wednesday that while he has given the young Buckeye some advice, particularly on defense, Russell has been able to learn as the season has progressed. “I talked to him a little about using his length. I mean, he’s a 6-5 guard with great arm length. So I feel like he can have a step on people and still be able to recover and all that stuff, too, so I told him a couple things with that,” Scott said. “But a lot of it he’s just picking up on his own, just practicing more every day with it.”Russell, who has shown his ability on offense, said after a win against Indiana on Sunday that he thinks his scoring opens the floor for his teammates. “I feel like they (Indiana) were putting a lot of pressure on me. They were keying on me,” Russell said. “So it just made it easier for my teammates to step up and do what they do best. I give credit to all my teammates. They were making shots and finishing.”OSU coach Thad Matta said Wednesday that Russell’s vision and ability to create for his teammates is something he has seen before in a former player. “When we had Jared (Sullinger) that year (2011), it was so fun to coach because if things broke down, you would just scream, ‘Throw it to Jared,’ and you knew he was going to get fouled, he was going to get a great shot, or he was going to find Jon (Diebler), or David (Lighty) or Will (Buford) or whoever it was, something good was going to happen,” Matta said. “I think D’Angelo kind of has that. Into the shot clock he can score, but he also finds guys and makes them better, which is kind of a luxury as a coach to have.”Russell’s ability to find open teammates was shown by a season-high 10 assists against the Hoosiers. On the opposing sideline, Trimble brings a similar game to the court, which Matta said the Buckeyes have to be prepared for. “He makes great decisions. He can score a lot of different ways, he gets to the foul line a lot. He seems to have a great command of his team in terms of getting guys where they need to be,” Matta said. “He makes great reads in transition and he is definitely a handful because of his quickness and ability to shoot the ball.”Scott leads the Big Ten in assists per game (6.7) and is tied for third in steals per game (2.0), so he will likely draw the task of guarding Trimble throughout the game. He said Trimble is ahead of his time as a freshman at Maryland. “He’s a very poised player, he doesn’t get sped up. He makes the right decision a lot of the time. He takes big shots and makes big shots,” Scott said. “He’s not one of those guys that just tries to fit in, he wants to be the big man on campus and he’s doing a great job with that at Maryland.”OSU freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said he saw a similar quality in Russell when they first came to campus. “I already knew before we even got here that he was gonna be special. And like he (Scott) said, the first day of practice I was still in surgery or rehab, so I wasn’t able to practice,” Tate said. “But I watched, and like I said, he just came in and he took over.”Russell has shown that he has the ability to take over games, as shown during a career-high night in Evanston, Ill., when he put up 33 of OSU’s 69 points in a win against Northwestern. The Louisville, Ky., native is also second in the Big Ten in scoring with 19.4 points per game, showing a level of consistency that Matta said he is pleasantly surprised about. “He’s had some ups and downs early on this season, but he’s been very steady in terms of what he’s been production-wise, and I see him getting better on the defensive end every time he takes the floor,” Matta said. Russell and the Buckeyes are set to take on Trimble and the Terrapins at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

On Sunday night, the New York Rangers took a 3-1 lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals, thanks to a game-winning goal by Martin St. Louis six minutes into overtime of Game 4.It was the sixth goal of the playoffs for St. Louis, who was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 6. In 19 regular-season games with New York after the trade, St. Louis didn’t produce much of note — just one goal and seven assists — but he’s been the Rangers’ most productive offensive player during the playoffs, generating 5.1 goals created in 18 games this postseason.St. Louis’s performance during New York’s playoff run had me thinking about other players who were acquired during the season and played a major role in their teams’ playoff charges. We can try to measure how important a player’s basic offensive production was within the context of his team by dividing his goals created by the total number of goals scored and allowed by the team during the playoffs. For example, the Rangers have scored 49 goals and allowed 38 during the 2014 playoffs, so St. Louis’s 5.1 goals created represent 5.8 percent of the goals scored in the Rangers’ playoff games.If we do this for every player whose team made the conference finals since the NHL expanded in 1967-68, we see that St. Louis’s rate ranks 20th among players who joined their playoff team during the regular season. Here are the leaders:St. Louis has gotten a lot of press during the playoffs for spearheading the Rangers’ attack, but by this metric he hasn’t even been the most impactful midseason pickup by a 2014 conference finalist. Marian Gaborik of the Los Angeles Kings, acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets around the same time St. Louis was packing his bags for New York, has created 6.5 percent of the goals scored during Los Angeles’s playoff games this year.Gaborik doesn’t get as much attention because he’s been the Kings’ third-leading playoff scorer behind Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter. According to these numbers, though, he’s had a hand in a slightly larger share of the available scoring than St. Louis has. read more

The Chief Inspector of Railways has said Network Rail needs to chop down more trackside trees after his train journey was delayed by damage to tracks caused by Storm Ali.Ian Prosser CBE, HM’s Chief Inspector of Railways for the Office of Rail and Road, said his Caledonian Sleeper up to Glasgow from Euston was cancelled on Wednesday night at the last minute after a storm caused dozens of trees to fall on tracks in the North of England and Scotland.He told The Telegraph that “more needs to be done” to stop this from happening, and said “Much has been done already by Network Rail but very much more needs to be done to get back to where we need to be.”Rail workers toiled overnight to remove felled trees from the tracks, with one commenting: “I’ve been down on the ballast with a piddly little saw chopping up some branches that were foul of the line. Thick enough to put a windscreen in I’d say. Do we actually want to kill a driver before Woodland Trust own up to having got it wrong?” Thanks to everyone who has fed back and expressed support for our teams on the front line during #StormAli. It was a tough day yesterday but the #RapidResponse teams & #ChainsawGangs worked flat out to protect the network & to get things moving again as quickly as possible— NetworkRail Scotland (@NetworkRailSCOT) September 20, 2018 Ian Prosser CBE has said Network Rail needs to do more to ensure passenger safety  Ian Prosser CBE has said Network Rail needs to do more to ensure passenger safety Credit:Twitter/Ian Prosser BBC presenter and rail historian Tim Dunn said Network Rail has not felled enough trees, putting passengers at risk.He told The Telegraph: “Not quite enough tree felling – or woodland management appropriate for a modern rail network – has taken place along some of our rail infrastructure in recent decades. That’s led to over-growth which, understandably, the public have become used to.“The public often consider it as permanent woodland, whereas it’s a massive hindrance to the safe and timely operation of today’s modern railway…Storm Ali has shown how trees too close to the line can be incredibly dangerous.”The rail network’s job is to run trains, not to be a woodland. And Network Rail’s job, enforced by the rules of the government’s own Office of Rail and Road, is not to provide woodland habitats, but to operate its estate in as practical way as possible to provide a safe operating environment for the trains, staff and passengers.”Network Rail has been under pressure by a campaign by the Woodland Trust, which opposes the cutting down of the ten million trees near train tracks – but dangerous instances of fallen trees have increased tenfold in the last decade. Fallen trees caused 681 hours of delays to the railway in 2017-18, a tenfold increase on the 70 hours of delays a decade earlier, according to figures obtained by The Times. There were also 1,200 reports of trees or large branches falling on tracks, causing delays and cancellations in the last year alone.Network Rail said there are no plans to change their tree felling strategy following the damage from storms and commented; “We continue to engage fully with the government’s review. We see this review as an opportunity to explore how we can better apply our own examples of good practice across the country and find new and improved ways of managing our lineside environment while ensuring the continued safe and reliable operation of the railway.”The Woodland Trust responded to criticism, and said: “The health and safety of rail passengers and staff is paramount, and we support the management of lineside habitats including the felling of trees when needed. However we believe Network Rail can do more to recognise the value of their estate.” 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. read more

first_imgAN ATTEMPT BY former Derry footballer Joe Brolly to help out a friend by donating his kidney has sadly ended unsuccessfully, it has emerged this evening.The GAA pundit had surgery in London’s Guy’s Hospital earlier this month in order to aid Shane Finnegan, a fellow coach at his club St Brigid’s whose son plays on the same team as Brolly’s.At the time, Finnegan expressed his thanks to Brolly for the “wonderful gift” he had given. However, the Belfast Health Trust have released a statement revealing the kidney has since been removed due to medical complications.“This is a rare and unfortunate occurrence after kidney transplantation, (most kidneys from a living donor work successfully for many years),”  the BBC report the statement as saying. Whilst both families are naturally devastated, they are hugely encouraged by the massive wave of goodwill and support from the community and the resultant increased public awareness of the critical importance of organ donation.“Mr Finnegan is confident that with the continued support of family and friends he will be home soon and able to resume a full family and work life.“For both men and their families, this has been a life affirming experience.”O’Gara ruled out of clash against Edinburgh with hamstring problemHughes rides seven winners out of eight at Windsorlast_img read more

first_imgRobert Ruffner of Kasilof plans to run against current District 31 Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer). Ruffner’s term ends in June 2019, and if elected he said he plans to stay in his seat until sworn into office. Ruffner intends to run as a republican in the Republican primary election in August. Ruffner was the former Director for the Kenai Watershed Forum, a conservation group that worked with both fishermen and developers. He was appointed to the BOF in 2016, after Governor Walker appointed him. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Board of Fisheries member has filed a letter of intent with the Alaska Public Offices Commision to run for the District 31 seat in the Alaska House of Representatives.last_img

first_imgFour years after Mitsubishi Power Systems abandoned a new windmill turbine assembly plant at Chaffee Crossing, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority has found a new tenant.Glatfelter, a York, Pa.-based manufacturer of specialty paper products, has agreed to purchase the 200,000-square-foot building at the reuse project at the former Fort Chaffee in western Arkansas. The company plans to invest about $80 million into its “airlaid materials” operation, which should be online by late 2017 or early 2018, reported the Times Record.The plant would create up to 83 jobs.“The people of Fort Smith have just been waiting for something like this to happen, and it’s probably the biggest thing to happen since I’ve been there,” said Ivy Owen, the LRA’s executive director.Mitsubishi built the plant in 2011 with $40 million in industrial revenue bonds issued by the city of Fort Smith. It vacated the facility due to instability in the wind power market, according to the story.Christopher Astley, president of Glatfelter’s advanced airlaid materials business unit, cited a number of factors that influenced the decision to locate a new manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, including the region’s workforce, its centralized location to raw materials in the form of cellulose-based pulp, and its proximity to its suppliers and industrial customers.At the announcement, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) pointed to the need to complete Interstate 49, which runs through Fort Smith.“It points to the need for a new highway program in the state, and Fort Smith is ground zero for that, needing to complete I-49 going south that will help us in the transportation network,” Hutchinson said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgBig morale boost from a high level delegation. No father has ever been more blessed, or prouder.— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) April 20, 2017Former President George H.W. Bush got a hospital visit from another former president — his son.A photograph was posted on Bush’s Twitter account Thursday, showing him with former President George W. Bush. Both were smiling as the elder Bush spent another day at a Houston hospital where he’s under observation after recovering from a mild case of pneumonia.Family spokesman Jim McGrath reports no changes Thursday for the 92-year-old Bush. On Wednesday, Bush was said to be gaining strength and in good spirits.He was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital last Friday for treatment of a persistent cough. Doctors determined he had pneumonia, and they say the illness was treated and has been resolved.Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993. His son served from 2001 to 2009. Sharelast_img read more

first_img Share President Donald Trump could avert the risk of a government shutdown next weekend by stepping back from his demand that lawmakers fund his promised border wall with Mexico in a must-pass spending bill, Congress’ two top Democrats said Monday.“If the president stepped out of it, we could get a budget done by Friday,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday in a conference call with reporters, referring to Democratic and Republican budget negotiators.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agreed. She said that while Trump had promised during his campaign to build the barrier, “He did not promise that he would take food out of the mouths of babies” and cut programs for seniors, education and the environment to pay for it. She called the wall an “immoral, ineffective, unwise proposal.”Democrats timed their call to mark the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, which falls next Saturday. They said that Trump has repeatedly broken his campaign promises to help working-class Americans, and cited a GOP health care bill that Pelosi called “a moral monstrosity,” proposed cuts in domestic programs and a failure to advance tougher trade policies.Saturday is the same day the government will run out of money unless lawmakers pass legislation financing federal agencies.White House officials and leaders of both parties have said they don’t want a government shutdown. But administration officials have continued to demand that lawmakers include money for the wall in the spending bill, and the proposal has emerged as the biggest stumbling block to a budget agreement.“Instead of risking a government shutdown by shoving this wall down Congress’ and the American people’s throats, the president ought to just let us come to an agreement,” said Schumer.Trump said during his campaign that Mexico would pay for the structure, estimated to cost perhaps tens of billions of dollars. Mexican officials have refused, so the White House is seeking taxpayer money for the downpayment to begin construction.In a tweet Monday, Trump said his proposed border wall would be “a very important tool in stopping drugs from pouring into our country and poisoning our youth (and many others)!”Over the weekend, he tweeted, “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”To mark his 100th day in the White House, Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day.Despite Trump’s dismissal that the 100-day marker is “artificial,” the White House has packed his schedule for Monday. Trump will sign executive orders on energy and rural policies, meet with the president of Argentina and travel to Atlanta for a National Rifle Association event. Top aides will also fan out around the country to promote the administration.Trump also plans to outline an ambitious tax cut plan on Wednesday, telling The Associated Press last week that it would include a “massive” tax break for both individuals and corporations.Trump would like to revive a failed effort by House Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” He also hopes to use the $1 trillion catchall spending bill to salvage victories on his promised border wall, a multibillion-dollar down payment on a Pentagon buildup, and perhaps a crackdown on cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.So far, negotiations have proven difficult, with disputes over the wall and health law subsidies to help low-income people afford health insurance. House members received little information from leaders on a conference call this past Saturday.White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’s confident the spending bill will include something “satisfactory” to reflect Trump’s desire to build a wall. The legislation would keep the government running through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal 2017 budget year.“We expect the priorities of the president to be reflected,” Priebus said, citing ongoing talks with the House and the Senate. “It will be enough in the negotiation for us to move forward with either the construction or the planning, or enough for us to move forward through the end of September to get going on the border wall and border security.”Trump has repeatedly asserted that Mexico would pay for the wall, which he says is necessary to stop the flow of immigrants crossing the border illegally, as well as drug smugglers.On Obama’s health law, Priebus said he’d like to have a vote on the GOP repeal-and-replace bill in the House this week. But he insisted it didn’t make too much difference to the White House whether the vote came “Friday or Saturday or Monday.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: ISKCON has set up an immersive 360 degree full dome at Mayapur to preach the message of harmony and world peace.The hi-tech theatre was officially launched for public viewing on the auspicious occasion of Narsingha Chaturdashi on April 29.It may be recalled that during her visit to Mayapur in February, Chief Minister had assured the ISKCON authorities every cooperation in their attempt to declare Mayapur as a World Heritage Centre. Full dome refers to immersive dome based video projection environment where the viewer is surrounded by the video projection in a hemispherical angle view. The dome horizontal or tilted is filled with real time or pre-rendered computer animations, live captured images or composite environments. Even though astronomy is the most common topic, there are no content limitations and is used for hyper realistic presentations, explained Sridama Das, a native of New Zeland and the main mind behind setting up of the theatre. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Top grade technology is used which is at par with the best theatres in the world to give a spiritually riveting audio-visual experience”, he added. The theatre has a capacity of 108 seats and is centrally air-conditioned. Currently two highly immersive films are running in Bengali and English in alternate shows. First film is named, The Churning, a unique look at the Samudra Manthan pastime (Lila) of Lord Vishnu using classic paintings from the books of His Divine Grace Swami Prabhupad, founder Acharya of ISKCON with additional immersive 3D graphics inside a 360 degree setting. Second film is 9 steps to eternity, which explores Nabadwip and the 9 forms of devotional service to please Lord Krishna.Every year Mayapur, is being visited by more than 6 million devotees, pilgrims and tourists from different parts of the world.Full Dome films on esoteric subjects like Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagvatam, Chaitanya Charitamrita and other Vedic literature in an enlivening manner.last_img read more

first_img News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more November 24, 2015 — The area of the brain associated with impulsivity and the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder is activated in obese children when introduced to food smells, according to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).”In order to fight obesity, it is crucial to understand the brain mechanisms of odor stimulus,” said Pilar Dies-Suarez, M.D., chief radiologist at the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez. “This study has given us a better understanding that obesity has a neurological disorder component, and the findings have the potential to affect treatment of obese patients.” In the United States, nearly 12.7 million children are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These children are at a higher risk to develop high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and breathing and joint problems, among many other health issues. They are also more likely to become obese adults.The researchers studied 30 children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. Half of the children had a normal body mass index (BMI) between 19 and 24, and the other half exhibited a BMI over 30, which is classified as obese. Each child was presented with three odor samples: chocolate, onion and a neutral odor of diluted acetone. As the participants smelled the samples, two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques—functional MRI (fMRI) and functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI)—were used to measure brain activity.An evaluation of the fMRI results showed that in the obese children, the food odors triggered activation in the areas of the brain associated with impulse and the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder, while the areas of the brain associated with impulse control exhibited no activity. However, in the children with a normal BMI, the areas of the brain associated with pleasure regulation, organization and planning, as well as regions governing emotional processing or memory function, became more active.In addition, the fcMRI results showed that when the normal-weight children smelled the onion, there was a connection between the gustatory cortex, which processes taste, and the area of the brain linked to reward anticipation. This connection did not occur in the obese children.The chocolate smell elicited significant brain connections in obese children, compared to the normal-weight children.”If we are able to identify the mechanisms that cause obesity, we will be able to change the way we treat these patients, and in turn, reduce obesity prevalence and save lives,” Dies-Suarez said.Co-authors on this study were Silva Hidalgo-Tobon, Ph.D.; Benito De Celis IV; Eduardo Barragan; Eduardo Castro, M.D.; Samuel Flores, M.D.; Porfírio Ibanez; and Manuel Obregon.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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