9 months agoOkazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Okazaki frustrated with Leicester as Huddersfield circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveShinji Okazaki says he is waiting on Leicester City to decide his future.The 32-year-old has expressed his displeasure at his lack of playing time this season and believes it might be time to part ways with the club.”It’s up to Leicester. Right now, I don’t know whether they need me or not,” Okazaki told Japanese press after the 2-1 loss to the Saints. “Of course, (playing for) a team that wants me would be ideal.”I can’t feel satisfied as a player. After three-and-a-half years, maybe it’s time to move on. I have no intention of quarrelling with the team, but I will make my feelings known.”Huddersfield have reportedly had a bid rejected for the forward. last_img read more

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USC 5-Star Freshman WR Reportedly Mulling A Transfer

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Clouds over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turn pink in color as the sun sets during the Oregon State Beavers and USC Trojans college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 24, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)A USC Trojans’ five-star freshman wide receiver is reportedly already considering a transfer out of the program.Bru McCoy, a five-star wide receiver in the 2019 class, is reportedly “mulling” a transfer to another major program.Rivals.com is reporting that McCoy is considering a transfer into the Texas Longhorns’ program.“BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas,” Adam Maya tweeted.BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas. https://t.co/cnSzh5SIZH pic.twitter.com/hbZLJWhVum— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 24, 2019McCoy, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver, is ranked the No. 9 overall recruit in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The coveted athlete is set to be named the Maxwell Football Club Offensive Player of the Year.Chosen 25 athletes WR Bru McCoy and DE Nolan Smith will be named the Maxwell Football Club Offensive and Defensive National High School Players of the Year presented by Adidas, respectively, USA TODAY HSS has learned.McCoy led Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) to a National Championship with 78 receptions, 1,428 yards and 18 touchdowns against some of the top competition in the nation, including St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fl.)McCoy has already enrolled at USC, so he would likely need a waiver from the NCAA in order to play immediately at Texas in 2019.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Vector Control Operations Resume Following Hurricane

first_imgThe  Ministry of Health has resumed its vector control operations, which had been suspended, due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24. This was disclosed by Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry,Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse,during an  interview with JIS News at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, on October  26. She informed that teams have also been deployed to assist in destroying breeding sites, “and of course the adulticidal activities will resume, that is the spraying and the fogging.” “In some parishes, teams are out actually working with the communities to remove some of the areas where there can be mosquito breeding. So, we are asking the communities for their usual assistance in reducing sites where there can be breeding,” she said. The Director  pointed out that for next week, all parishes will resume vector control activities, informing that fogging will be conducted regularly and schedules will be provided. She is encouraging citizens to play their part in ensuring that they protect themselves and their families from the disease. Dengue fever is a severe flu-like viral disease transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito.  It is endemic to Jamaica and from time to time there is a seasonal increase in the number of reported cases in the country. Common symptoms of dengue include sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pain, bone or joint pain, and vomiting or feeling nauseous. Dr. Ducasse is reminding Jamaicans to remove all the possible areas that allow for the breeding of mosquitoes. In the meantime, the Ministry of Health is monitoring the island’s food establishments to ensure that consumers  are protected, especially in areas where  there is no electricity. The Ministry is also  monitoring butchers to ensure that only  fresh meat is distributed to the trade.last_img read more

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Plan to Help Nova Scotias Mainland Moose

first_imgNova Scotians can help preserve mainland moose by reporting moose sightings and illegal activities such as poaching. There are many threats to the moose population, including disease and parasites, easier human access to moose habitat, development, forest practices, poaching, acid rain and climate change. Natural Resources Minister David Morse announced today, May 14, a plan to help protect and increase the moose population on mainland Nova Scotia. “Moose on mainland Nova Scotia are at risk,” said Mr. Morse. “Over the next five years, we hope to enhance the current population and distribution of mainland moose, and address threats that are causing the depletion.” There are two types of moose in Nova Scotia. One type is on Cape Breton Island, where there is a thriving moose population because of the introduction of moose from Alberta in the 1940s into a different habitat, climatic conditions and land-use history. The second type is on the mainland, where there are only 1,000 to 1,200 moose. The population has declined on the mainland by at least 20 per cent over the past 30 years. The recovery plan will build on preliminary data to identify and alleviate the greatest threats to the mainland moose population. “The recovery plan is a living document that we will continue to work with, and modify, as new information becomes available,” said Mr. Morse. “Preliminary research says there is reason to be optimistic about the future state of Nova Scotia’s mainland moose.” The plan was prepared by the Department of Natural Resources in co-operation with the Nova Scotia Mainland Moose Recovery Team. The recovery team has representation from government, academia, industry, aboriginal peoples and non-government organizations. “The recovery team has put years of hard work into this plan,” said Mr. Morse. “A strong and diverse group of people came together to tackle the complex issues surrounding mainland moose and the result is a comprehensive, viable plan.” To report observations of moose and illegal activities, call 1-800-565-2224. The mainland Nova Scotia Moose Recovery Plan is available on the department website: www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/ .last_img read more

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Select Committee Gathering Feedback on Ways to Increase Voter Turnout Amherst

first_imgAmherst-area residents will have a chance to help build a stronger, more representative government through a public consultation session. The meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10, 47 Laplanche St., Amherst. The Select Committee on Participation in the Democratic Process will gather feedback to help recommend ways to reverse the trend of fewer Nova Scotians voting in elections. Michel Samson, chair of the all-party committee, said it is important that feedback is collected from a wide cross-section of the province. “This is a chance for people in the Amherst-area to have their say and offer input on how to increase the number of people who vote,” he said. “Participation in the democratic process is a cornerstone of a strong government and, on the heels of federal and municipal elections, it is the perfect time to collect opinions and thoughts from people in all walks of life.” The committee, introduced by a resolution during the 2006 fall sitting of the House of Assembly, includes vice-chairs Mark Parent and Maureen MacDonald as well as Pat Dunn, Keith Bain, Graham Steele, Charlie Parker, H. David Wilson and Harold (Junior) Theriault. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meeting should call toll-free 1-888-388-6489. Presenters with special needs, or who wish to present in French, must give one week’s notice and include their requirements in a message. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filed with the committee no later than Friday, Nov. 7. Submissions will be accepted by: Fax: 1-902-424-0513 Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3N5 E-mail: legcomm@gov.ns.ca Additional meetings will be held in Antigonish, Truro, Cape Breton, Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Kentville and Halifax. Background information is available on the government website at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/COMMITTEES/DemocraticProcess.html. All meeting dates and locations will be advertised on local radio stations and in area newspapers.last_img read more

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SSI shoots himself dead at his residence in Ghaziabad

first_imgGhaziabad: A senior sub-inspector (SSI) of UP police who was posted at a police station in Baghpat district allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in his head at his residence in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Friday morning. Cops said that the deceased committed suicide over some personal issues which are being investigated.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Madhup Singh (45), a native of Allahabad District. Singh was posted as Baleni police station at Baghpat district and lived with his family at Sector 23, of Shashtri Nagar in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per one of Singh’s relatives, he was getting ready for his duty while his wife was preparing breakfast when he shot himself. “Singh had returned home after dropping his son to school around 7:30 am and was getting ready for his duty. It was around 8 am when he answered a phone call and was shouting over the caller. A few minutes later, his wife who was in kitchen heard a gun shot and rushed to the room. The room was locked from inside and she immediately called the neighbors who broke open the door. Singh was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor with a bullet shot in his forehead,” said Santosh Dixit, Singh’s friend. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, police officials said that no suicide note has been recovered from the spot. “Police received information about the incident around 8:30 am and a team rushed to the spot. The deceased shot bullet in his forehead and died on the spot. The body was taken into custody and sent for postmortem. Prima Facie it appears that he shot himself because of some personal reason,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad. “Singh’s family members told police that before committing suicide, he received a call from an unknown caller. We are getting into the call details and are trying to identify the caller. Investigations into the case are underway and the actual reason can only be ascertained after investigations,” added Kumar. Singh is survived by his wife and two children, a 12-year daughter and a seven-year-old son. Singh had joined the UP police in 2004 as a constable after his father’s death who was a Sub-inspector.last_img read more

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Prince Edward Island voters to cast verdict on new electoral system

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN — Canadians are expected to learn late Tuesday whether the cradle of Confederation is going to give birth to the country’s first version of proportional representation.Alongside an election to pick a provincial government, voters will be asked to answer the question: “Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a mixed member proportional voting system?”The winning side must receive more than 50 per cent of the votes cast and win a majority of votes in at least 60 per cent of the ridings.A “No” vote would mean the continuation of the 27-seat legislature chosen by the first-past-the-post system.A “Yes” vote would lead to a switch where voters choose 18 legislators in redrawn electoral districts, while also casting ballots for nine other legislators from lists the parties create.These “party list” seats would then be assigned proportionately based on the popular vote each party received on the second part of the ballots.Political scientist Don Desserud says it’s extremely difficult to guess which side has the upper hand going to the polls, because the referendum has been overshadowed by the wider provincial campaign.He says there’s a risk that many voters in the general election may find themselves making up their minds on the referendum without having carefully considered the issue.The University of Prince Edward Island professor says that may play out in favour of the “Yes” side if there’s a general mood for change, but it may also benefit the “No” campaign if people feel uncertain and decide to opt for the status quo.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Understanding history

first_imgHistory has always been an indispensable part of Indian society. People across India daily begin their day with chants that have their origin in the Bronze Age and pepper their conversation with epics that have been told and re-told since the Iron Age. Indian politics is no different. From tinkering with names of cities to making grandiose claims of past achievements, revisiting the past has become a common practice. The exercise, in a sense, has become about finding glory in the past. Also Read – Tale of two air forcesThe most recent brushes with history on the political front have been in the form of attempts to magnify or diminish the stature of personalities of the past. An apparent effort on similar lines with regards to Jawaharlal Nehru’s legacy has generated impassioned conversations in the media during this election season. Nehru has often been at the receiving end of historical reproval. During such times it is instructive to revisit American moral and political philosopher John Rawls, who had crucial insights to offer on how to assess historical figures. Also Read – The Wuhan sequelAn important argument that Rawls makes is that the giants of the past should be understood in the context of their times rather than ours. The benefit of hindsight is usually an unfair vantage point to pass judgements on the actions made by people in the past. Nehru is an appropriate case in point. His posthumous legacy has often taken a hit for a wide variety of reasons. Most recently, in the case of Masood Azhar, the blame for China’s initial stance to block the UN resolution to designate him as a global terrorist was alluded to him. The “original sin” on Nehru’s part has been his support for China’s membership into the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) despite India being seemingly offered the position twice. It would, however, be more objective to look at Nehru’s position in the context of his times. The idea of India being a permanent member of UNSC was first floated in 1950 by the US. The UNSC had been formed a few years ago after the end of the Second World War with the US, the Soviet Union, the UK, China, and France as its permanent members. However, things became complicated after the communist revolution in China in 1949. The old leadership escaped to modern-day Taiwan, forming the Republic of China (RoC). Meanwhile, a new communist leadership established the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in mainland China. As US foreign policy was driven by curbing the spread of communism, it did not recognise the legitimacy of the PRC and ROC continued to represent China at the UNSC. In January 1950, the USSR even walked out of the UN in protest against the US refusal to recognise the PRC. It was in this backdrop that the US approached Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Nehru’s sister and diplomat, with the idea of unseating China from the UNSC and putting India in her place. India was seeming to be a potential ally for the US in an Asia that was rapidly becoming red. This seemed even more plausible after India supported a few US-backed resolutions in the UNSC to thwart North Korean aggression in the Korean War. But to the US offer, Nehru responded to Pandit saying: “India because of many factors, is certainly entitled to a permanent seat in the Security Council. But we are not going in at the cost of China.” Nehru held the UN to be a robust forum for conflict resolution and its sound functioning required it to be truly representative of the world’s nation states. So, the representation of PRC at the UN was a vital component of his foreign policy. He also did not wish to build any animosity with India’s biggest neighbour by delving into Cold War politics. Moreover, by the time the idea was put forward, USSR was back in the UNSC and even if India would have responded positively, the Soviets would have vetoed it. So, the matter ended there. In 1955, Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Bulganin brought up the same issue on Nehru’s visit to Moscow. Their exchange has been recorded in verbatim. It has not been reproduced here for the sake of brevity but when Bulganin indicated that Soviets have considered proposing India’s place in the Security Council, Nehru responded by saying that this would only create tensions between India and China, and it should not be done until China’s admission into the body. In response, Bulganin agreed that it was not the right time to push for India’s membership. The exchange gives the impression that the Soviets were only testing India’s views on the matter and the offer was not sincere. Even if it was, the US would have vetoed it since India’s relations with them had deteriorated by then. Thus, India was seemingly offered the UNSC membership twice but in both cases, the offer could not have materialised since multiple forces were at play. History can, therefore, be a tough taskmaster if inferred without context. The history wars that are increasingly taking place in the current political arena should be wary of such limited outlook. It is crucial that through these dialogues, Rawls’ reasoning be followed and sweeping judgements with the benefit of hindsight be avoided. When history is distorted to be used for partisan battles, the people risk losing their touch with the past and with it a sense of commonality and belonging. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. Chirag Yadav, a senior researcher at this Institute has contributed to the article. They have recently published a book The Age of Awakening that talks about economic history of India post Independence. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Now is the time to invest in Haiti UN envoy Bill Clinton

2 October 2009United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, has led a delegation of 500 business leaders from around the world to the Caribbean country in a bid to unlock what he called Haiti’s “great potential for development.” Addressing the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday, Mr. Clinton said that “this is the right time to invest in Haiti, to help build a better neighbour, a reliable business partner, an alluring tourist destination, and a more prosperous home for its hard-working, resilient people.”Before wrapping up his two-day visit today, he will highlight the country’s tourist attractions, stopping at the Sans Souci Palace, a World Heritage site registered with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It is a national park which also houses the Citadelle, a historic symbol of freedom for Haitians.Yesterday, Mr. Clinton, reiterating his support for the Government’s economic recovery plan, met with President René Préval and Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis.His visit to Haiti marks his third so far this year and his second since being appointed as Special Envoy by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May.Mr. Clinton was accompanied this most recent trip by Paul Farmer, his Deputy Special Envoy, who is a physician and Harvard University professor.Since assuming his position in June, the former US leader has announced many achievements, including a $55 million investment by the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to develop Labadie, a beach resort area, to draw up to 1 million tourists by 2011. The company, which has committed to boost the local economy by buying food from Haitian producers, will also set up a vocational school in the area to train people for jobs in the hospitality industry.Last week, his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) announced nearly two dozen commitments with a $258 million price tag for projects for Haiti, such as a three-year, $2 million pledge by actor Matt Damon’s water.org organization to provide safe water and sanitation for 50,000 people.Earlier this month, Mr. Clinton told the Security Council that the country has “a remarkable opportunity” to overcome decades of misrule and neglect, but that hurdles remain and the international community must step up its support to ensure the Caribbean country can consolidate its gains.The outlook for Haiti was positive, he said, with a Government committed to building a modern State, large pledges of aid from donors, a diaspora willing to help and goodwill from the international community.“I am convinced that Haiti has a remarkable opportunity to escape its past,” Mr. Clinton stressed, noting that throughout the region, “there is a deep, wide sense that we can and should support” the country, considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. read more

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Lowes closing 31 Canadian stores and other locations 20 stores in US

BOUCHERVILLE, Que. — Lowe’s Companies Inc. is reducing its Canadian footprint by closing 31 properties across the country in a bid to streamline its business.The home improvement company said Monday in addition to closing 27 stores, it will also shutter two regional support centres in Mississauga, Ont. and St. John’s, N.L., a truss plant in St. John’s, N.L. and a block plant in Kamloops, B.C. as part of a plan to focus instead on the most profitable parts of its business.Among the 27 stores set to close by the end of January are nine in Ontario, nine in Quebec, six in Newfoundland and Labrador, two in Alberta and one in British Columbia.Sylvain Prud’homme, chief executive of Lowe’s Canada, did not say how many employees would be affected by the closures, but said the changes will allow the company to improve collaboration between its banners to better serve customers.“Everything will be done to ensure a smooth transition until the stores are closed, and Lowe’s Canada will support impacted employees, including by transferring eligible employees to other locations within our network whenever possible,” Prud’homme said in a statement.In addition to the 31 locations the brand is closing in Canada, it will also axe 20 stores in the U.S. The Canadian closures amount to a reduction of about three per cent of the brand’s total retail network square footage.The company currently has 68 Lowe’s and 430 Rona stores in the country — part of its network of 2,390 home improvement locations across North America, including Reno-Depot, Dick’s Lumber, Contractor First and Ace locations it also owns.Lowe’s Canadian business is based in Boucherville, Que. and has more than 630 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores.David Soberman, a University of Toronto professor specializing in marketing and retail, said Lowe’s 2016 acquisition of Rona Inc. in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. has likely fuelled some of the Canadian cuts.“They probably had too many locations,” he said. “Now, this will mean people will have to drive a bit further to find a Lowe’s or a Rona store.”He said the company has also been facing fierce competition from fellow home improvement businesses Home Depot Inc. and Canadian Tire Inc. and to some extent, Costco Wholesale Corp. and Walmart Inc., which are “extremely powerful” and stock some home and garden products.E-commerce giants including Amazon Inc. have also posed a threat because of their efficiency, but Soberman said their impact on Lowe’s is limited because many construction and do-it-yourself products are bulky, heavy and cost more to ship — “not things that are suited to online retail.”New Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison began a restructuring after taking over in July and has said he was reviewing its real estate portfolio, promising to remove slow-selling products and end unsuccessful ventures.The wind down of the Orchard Supply chain cost the company between US$390 million and US$475 million in write-downs. Lowe’s said Monday’s announcement would result in charges of US$0.28 to US$0.34 or US$300 million to US$365 million in pre-tax expenses.Shares in the company were unmoved by the announcement.“We view this as a positive step towards improving productivity of the chain,” Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman said.“That said, we continue to look for additional progress in driving higher sales in existing stores, and monitor the investment required to do that.” Here is the list of Canadian and U.S. stores to be closed: British Columbia RONA Columbia Square 105-1015 Columbia Street, New WestministerAlberta RONA Calgary (Douglasdale) 11520 – 24th Street SE, CalgaryReno-Depot Calgary West 12330 Symons Valley Road NW, CalgaryOntario RONA Mississauga (Westdale Mall) 1133 Dundas Street West, MississaugaRONA Mississauga (Lakeshore) 1692 Lakeshore Rd, MississaugaRONA Sault Ste. Marie 132 Black Road, Sault Ste. MarieRONA Sudbury 943 Barry Downe Road, SudburyRONA Peterborough 1575 Chemong Road, PeterboroughRONA Kingston (Bath Road) 1452 Bath Road, KingstonRONA Lakefield 178 Water Street, LakefieldLowe’s North York – Centerpoint 6600 Yonge Street, North YorkLowe’s Sault Ste. Marie 248 Northern Avenue, Sault Ste. MarieQuébec RONA Ste-Clotilde 335, Route 209, Sainte-Clotilde-de-ChateauguayRONA Iberville 870, boulevard d’Iberville, Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuRONA L’Assomption 723, boulevard L’Ange-Gardien, L’AssomptionRONA Granby Moeller 788, rue Moeller, GrandbyRONA Ste-Rose 134, boulevard Sainte-Rose, LavalRONA Rivière-des-Prairies 9200, boulevard Maurice-Duplessis, MontréalRONA Rouyn-Noranda 1200, rue Mantha, Rouyn-NorandaRONA Ange-Gardien 194, rue Principale, Ange-GardienRONA Saint-Elzéar 100, rue du Parc Industriel, Saint ElzéarNewfoundland RONA Conception Bay South (Killigrews) 825 Conception Bay Hwy, Conception BayRONA Goulds 53-59 Main Highway, GouldsRONA St. John’s (Topsail) 1297 Topsail Road, St. John’sRONA St. John’s (O’Leary) 60 O’Leary Avenue, St. John’sRONA St. John’s (Torbay) 710 Torbay Road, St. John’sRONA Bay Roberts 239 Conception Bay, Bay RobertsU.S.Alabama Lowe’s of Graysville, AL 1100 Bankhead Hwy SW Graysville, AL 35073California Lowe’s of Aliso Viejo, CA 26501 Aliso Creek Rd Aliso Viejo, CA 92656Lowe’s of Irvine, CA 13300 Jamboree Rd Irvine, CA 92602Lowe’s of South San Francisco, CA 720 Dubuque Ave South San Francisco, CA 94080Lowe’s of Central San Jose, CA 750 Newhall Dr San Jose, CA 95110Connecticut Lowe’s of Orange, CT 48 Boston Post Rd Orange, CT 06477Illinois Lowe’s of Granite City, IL 1333 Schaefer Rd Granite City, IL 62040Lowe’s of Gurnee, IL 7735 Grand Ave Gurnee, IL 60031Indiana Lowe’s of Portage, IN 6221 US Hwy 6 Portage, IN 46368Louisiana Lowe’s of E. New Orleans, LA 5770 Read Blvd New Orleans, LA 70127Massachusetts Lowe’s of Quincy, MA 599 Thomas Burgin Pkwy Quincy, MA 02169Michigan Lowe’s of Burton, MI 4274 E Court St Burton, MI 48509Lowe’s of Flint, MI 2100 T.A. Mansour Blvd Flint, MI 48532Minnesota Lowe’s of Mankato, MN 2015 Bassett Dr Mankato, MN 56001Missouri Lowe’s of Bridgeton, MO 11974 Paul Mayer Ave Bridgeton, MO 63044Lowe’s of Florissant, MO 3180 N Hwy 67 Florissant, MO 63033New York Lowe’s of Manhattan – Upper West Side 2008 Broadway New York, NY 10023Lowe’s of Manhattan – Chelsea 635-641 6th Ave New York, NY 10011Pennsylvania Lowe’s of Shippensburg, PA 250 South Conestoga Dr Shippensburg, PA 17257Texas Lowe’s of Irving, TX 3500 W Airport Fwy Irving, TX 75062With file from Reuters read more

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Family of girl nine who died after being struck by rock fall

But people who live in Staithes said visitors are often not aware of the constantly crumbling nature of the shale rock, saying youngsters often hack at it with hammers, looking for fossils.Some local residents believe the recent weather had made the cliffs more unstable, especially with a long dry spell followed by heavy rain.One woman described how she challenged a family picnicking right under the warning sign.People in Staithes on Wednesday afternoon described how the beach and surrounding areas were “teeming” with people who scattered, leaving their belongings behind, as an air ambulance approached the harbour and landed on the beach. A prayer and floral tribute at the Mission Church of St Peter the Fisherman in Staithes, North YorkshireCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA A general view of Staithes in North YorkshireCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA 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. A sign on the beach at Seaton Garth in Staithes, North Yorkshire where a nine-year-old girl died in a rock fall Wednesday afternoonCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA A sign on the beach at Seaton Garth in Staithes, North Yorkshire where a nine-year-old girl died in a rock fall Wednesday afternoon The family of a nine-year-old who died in a rock fall in North Yorkshire have described her as “the light of our lives”. Harriet Forster was visiting the idyllic seaside village of Staithes, some 20 miles south of Middlesbrough, having travelled with her family from Oxford. On Wednesday afternoon, she is understood to have been playing on the beach when rocks started to fall from above near the south pier at Seaton Garth on the coast.She suffered serious head injuries and despite the efforts of the emergency services, she died at the scene. Police are now compiling a report for the coroner. In a statement issued by North Yorkshire Police, Harriet’s family said: “We cannot comprehend the enormity of this tragedy. Harriet was the light of our lives.”We ask that you give us time as a family to support each other through our indescribable pain. Thank you.” The girl was believed to have been playing on the beach when rocks started to fall The accident has left the popular traditional fishing village in shock.Harriet is thought to have been in an area popular with rock-poolers and fossil hunters just beyond the small town beach and the eastern harbour wall.Locals have said the cliffs are notoriously unstable with small pieces of rock often falling down the 150ft face. The accident happened around 100 metres (328ft) beyond a prominent red sign, screwed to the rock face, which warns of the dangers of the cliffs. A general view of Staithes in North Yorkshire A prayer and floral tribute at the Mission Church of St Peter the Fisherman in Staithes, North Yorkshire “Remember also all her family and all affected by this incident.” They also explained how the narrow cobbled streets of the village quickly became clogged with a large number of fire engines and other emergency vehicles.St Peter’s Church, in the centre of the village, was opened on Thursday for people who wanted to contemplate what happened.Inside was a candle, a books of poems and a tribute which read: “Please remember in your prayers the young girl who died on Wednesday in a tragic accident. North Yorkshire Police were contacted at 4.47pm to reports of an incident at the seaside town. Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance, Air Ambulance and Coastguard were also scrambled to the scene.The RNLI said in a statement on Wednesday: “The RNLI can confirm that volunteer crew members of Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station responded to a rock fall at Seaton Garth in Staithes this afternoon.”The RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew attended to a child who sadly died at the scene.”The RNLI, and in particular the volunteers of Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station, would like to share their deepest condolences with the child’s family.” The girl was believed to have been playing on the beach when rocks started to fallCredit: TEBL read more

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High energy absorbing mesh for increased safety underground

first_imgTechnology invented at the University of Western Australia (UWA) to increase safety for underground miners is likely to be used around the world soon, following an agreement signed today. Through its Office of Industry and Innovation, UWA will collaborate with DYWIDAG-Systems International (DSI) to further commercialise the High Energy Absorbing (HEA) Mesh internationally. The mesh, made of recycled scrap metal, is easy to install, has high load-bearing capacity and was reviewed in detail in the Rock Mechanics Innovations article in International Mining June 2009.HEA Mesh, invented by Winthrop Professor Yves Potvin, Director of UWA’s Australian Centre of Geomechanics, won the 2008 WA Inventor of the Year ‘Ready for Market’ category.“The major benefits of this mesh will be to improve mine safety, especially where the ground conditions are rockburst prone and challenging,” Professor Potvin said. “I’d like to thank the staff at UWA’s Office of Industry and Innovation and in particular Project Manager Tom Schnepple, for his work in making today’s agreement with DSI a reality.”DSI Chairman and Group CEO Alan Bate said: “We are very pleased to be working with the University and Professor Potvin to make this a product in the international mining sector. This agreement is our joint commitment to making this product a proven benefit to DSI’s clients.”UWA is a leading Australian research university with an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. Its Office of Industry and Innovation was established in 2001and is responsible for commercialising UWA’s research outcomes and negotiating industry research contracts.DSI is a market leader in the construction and mining technology sector with a strong manufacturing base. The company’s products are mainly used to strengthen concrete, stabilise slopes and provide strata control for tunnels and mines. The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany.last_img read more

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Average rent for a Dublin apartment is €1070 outside capital its €630

first_imgTHE AVERAGE RENT for an apartment in Dublin was €1,070 in the last three months of 2013, while the average outside of the capital was just €630 according to new figures.The latest quarterly rent index of the Private Tenancies Board (PRTB) found continued strong growth in Dublin rents of 2.1 per cent for the quarter. However, outside Dublin, overall rents fell by 0.9 per cent.This period in the year is generally slower in the rental market but on an annual basis, it still means rents in Dublin grew 7.6 per cent.Nationally, monthly rents for houses were lower in the last three months of 2013, down 1.5 per cent on the previous quarter. In contrast, rents for apartments were 1.9 per cent higher than in the third quarter of 2013.The average national rent for a house at the end of last year was €744. In Dublin it averaged €1,168 and outside Dublin it was €608. As for apartments, the average rent in the capital was €1,070 and was €630 outsideDespite the continuing growth in Dublin, rents are still 15.5 per cent lower than their peak in 2007.Read: Dublin council blames tenants for drop in rent collection>Read: €373m spent in three years on private rental properties for social housing>last_img read more

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This New York skyscraper would be the worlds longest building

first_imgThis New York skyscraper would be the world’s longest building Longest, not tallest. Image: OI IO Image: OI IO Mar 26th 2017, 11:30 AM Short URL 35 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE RACE TO the skies in Manhattan has seen some impressive towering architecture over the last decade.That trend is being challenged by something else – a design that would be the world’s longest building. Ohio-based design studio OI IO came up with what they call The Big Bend.The design sees two narrow residential towers rise on New York’s 57th Street and arches in mid air to form an eye-catching loop and the world’s longest building.The studio suggests that to make a building stand out, it “has to literally stand out”.“We have become familiar with building height measurements. We usually learn about the latest tallest building and we are always impressed by its price per square foot. It seems that a property’s height operates as a license for it to be expensive.“New York city’s zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks through which developers try to maximise their property’s height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure. But what if we substituted height with length? What if our buildings were long instead of tall?”center_img Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 11:30 AM 30,670 Views Share19 Tweet Email3 By Paul Hosford Source: OI IOThey say that the building would become a prestige development in its own right.“If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan. The longest building in the world.“The Big Bend can become a modest architectural solution to the height limitations of Manhattan. We can now provide our structures with the measurements that will make them stand out without worrying about the limits of the sky.” Source: OI IOThe renderings of the building are bizarre, and some, like the one showing a suited man amid piles of cash, speak to the satirical nature of the design. Source: OI IOEven if the design is not realised, it is unique.Read: The $95-million view: New York’s changing skylineRead: Here are the astounding views from the top of New York City’s tallest apartment building https://jrnl.ie/3305396 last_img read more

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Destiny The Collection includes Rise of Iron obscene amount of content

first_imgBungie and Activision have just announced Destiny: The Collection, an upcoming set of every single piece of Destiny content released so far, including the upcoming expansion The Rise of Iron.This is sure to be aimed at new players that are completely overwhelmed at the idea of having to buy all of the DLC released so far, and really does offer an amazing amount of content for $60, the same price as the original game. Along with the upcoming expansion you will get the vanilla game, The Dark Below, House of Wolves, and The Taken King, and if you pre-order the set digitally you’ll be given immediate access to all of the previously released content, allowing you to start playing right now.“Destiny: The Collection is the perfect starting point for gamers who have yet to experience Destiny,” said Byron Beede, Sr. Vice President of Destiny at Activision. “[It] contains some of the most engaging content Bungie has ever created and the soon-to-be released Rise of Iron. It also includes a character boost that will allow new players to instantly join in with friends who are already enjoying Destiny.”So it seems as if a Spark of Light is included with this- although will level 25 be enough to get you playing?There’s also the question of whether fans of the game will see this collection as a bargain or a sleight. Last year when The Taken King came out many players were upset to find out that they were unable to keep enjoying the Destiny they had come to love (or at least, love to gripe about) without upgrading to the expansion. TTK’s release meant that many of the multiplayer modes were only available to those that upgraded, and long-time players felt cheated by the idea of having to pay for an expansion every year just to play the content they already owned.There’s no word yet on whether Rise of Iron will follow a similar path, but it seems obvious that it would have to. Console gamers, most of whom aren’t used to paying anything beyond the price tag, initially balked at this concept but for most players, $30 a year is a small price to pay for a huge, game-changing expansion and monthly updates and events.Poor Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers, who are getting left out in the cold for future Destiny releases, do have an option of jumping back in on current-gen systems. For a limited time they’re offering an upgrade to Destiny: The Collection on the same console family for $40.Destiny: The Collection will release the same date as Rise of Iron, September 30. As with those who just pre-order Rise of Iron itself, anyone who pre-orders The Collection will receive the exclusive black and silver Iron Gjallarhorn, and if you pre-order digitally or at “select retailers” you will also receive the Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow. As per usual PlayStation gamers will also be able to access exclusive content that will only be on PS4 until at least Fall 2017.last_img read more

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Studded snow tires must be off by Friday

first_imgOlympia – The Washington Department of Transportation is notifying drivers to remove their studded snow tires.State law requires snow tires to be removed by the end of the day Friday. As of April 1, drivers of vehicles with studded tires could face a $136 fine.Studded tires are damaging to street surfaces. Prompt removal of them helps preserve road conditions.WSDOT won’t extend the studded tire deadline this year. Crews will continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts for late season snow and ice and will respond accordingly.Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire deadline. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.last_img read more

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Adam Sandlers Murder Mystery is Netflixs biggest weekend film ever

first_img Share your voice Comments 50 Photos How many switched off after 15 mins ? 🙋‍♂️— GaryLDN (@GaryLDN) June 18, 2019 Originally published June 18.Update, June 19: Adds Netflix’s background information on view count. 2 🚨ADAM SANDLER AND JENNIFER ANISTON BREAKING NEWS ALERT🚨30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first 3 days – the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix Film. 13,374,914 accounts in the US and Canada, and 17,494,949 more worldwide.— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) June 18, 2019 Luke Evans, Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston are in this movie. Scott Yamano This weekend you might have been scrolling through Netflix. You might have looked at Roma or Okja or The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Then you might have faced the inevitable: Netflix is going to get you to watch Adam Sandler’s Murder Mystery. You and everyone else.On Tuesday, Netflix tweeted that Murder Mystery, an Agatha Christie-like caper also starring Jennifer Aniston and directed by Kyle Newacheck for Happy Madison Productions, had broken the record for “biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film.” In its first three days, over 30 million people watched Sandler and Aniston attempt to figure out who killed a billionaire at a yacht party. center_img Tags We don’t know the exact answer to that question, but we do know that, according to a Netflix representative, the streamer counts a “view” as “an account that’s watched at least 70% of the total run time.”As for what film previously held the “biggest opening weekend” title for one of Netflix’s originals, we’ll have to keep on guessing.Murder Mystery is part of Sandler’s eight-movie deal with Netflix. The Ridiculous 6 arrived in 2015, followed by The Do-Over, Sandy Wexler, The Week Of and the upcoming crime comedy Uncut Gems. In the meantime, Sandler found critical success starring in Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, a non-Happy Madison production.Netflix is normally coy with its viewing figures, but in-house records? We’ll tell all! In January, it tweeted Sandra Bullock’s Bird Box had the “best first 7 days ever for a Netflix film!” — viewed in that period by over 45 million Netflix accounts.It also released numbers on shows like You, Sex Education and Bodyguard, but again, few details on those non-independently verified stats. Culture TV and Movies 2019 TV shows you can’t miss But that’s not the biggest mystery at play here. As one Twitter user pointed out, how many of those viewers watched the whole movie? Netflixlast_img read more

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Funny River Residents Meet After Evacuation Order Lifted

first_imgThe Funny River fire continues to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. Light rains have helped firefighters maintain their containment lines.The fire is estimated at around 193,000 acres with 46 percent containment.All evacuation advisories were lifted this week and the Skilak Lake campground and boat launch reopened today.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Funny River residents met Wednesday night at the local community center for the first time since the evacuation orders were lifted. Fire management officials were there to update them on continuing operations and to help the community move forward.Download AudioThere’s standing room only at the Funny River community center. Residents stand shoulder to shoulder in this small building that just a few days ago was in the heart of the evacuation zone.There are many familiar faces inside. When I first met resident Sarah McAlpin, she was at the Red Cross shelter in Soldotna. She had no idea then when she’d be able to go home or even if she’d have a home to go to. Now, she and her neighbors are back.“I’ll tell you when I got home, the relief was incredible,” McAlpin said.She says the past week and a half has been very stressful. But things are looking up now.“The most peaceful sleep…we had a motorhome. Yes, we’re used to that. But, being in your home—nothing was damaged, no visual effect that had happened. It was incredible,” McAlpin said.While no houses were damaged by the fire, there are visible burn areas along the south side of Funny River Road.There are other signs of the fire too, like streamers of colorful tape tied to trees, signposts and gates. And, a few unusual spots marked as crime scenes. Lieutenant Dane Gilmore with Alaska State Troopers says that tape played an important role.“The Fire Incident Commander issued the evacuation order. The Borough spread the word with it using RapidNotify and using our dispatch center. And we sent various law enforcement agency folks—AST, Wildlife Troopers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, State Parks and CERT volunteers to the area,” Gilmore said. “And we had established to use pink and blue flag tape to indicate that we had gone to a residence to attempt to notify people of the evacuation.”He says they used pink and blue because it’s a distinctive combination. But, the evacuation was so large they ran into a problem.“There were about a thousand locations. So, eventually we ran out of pink and blue. We switched to blue and orange because we had some orange left,” Gilmore said. “And eventually we ran out of that. Because we have crime scene tape in our vehicles, we used crime scene tape.”Now that the evacuation is over, Gilmore says it doesn’t need to be up anymore.“And if you have it, I would suggest that you remove it. It is evidence of your participation in this fire and that your house was impacted. But it’s also what we will use in the future in order to note that we gone to attempt notification,” Gilmore said. “So, it’s good if we can get that removed so if there’s a future event, we can use this as an effective way to indicate people that have been notified.”Incident Commander Rob Allen says he doesn’t see another evacuation happening anytime soon. But, fire can be unpredictable and he says there are ways for residents to protect their property for the future.“As we’re getting it more contained and people are getting back into their homes, they still need to continue to clean up around their homes,” Allen said. “Firewise is always good. The fire’s still here. We’re not a hundred percent contained yet, even in the areas that we’re really working on that have values at risk. So, getting their places cleaned up and making sure they’re good to go.”Allen says the forest has also been significantly changed by this fire. Places that were once popular recreational spots may not be safe for quite some time.“If they start traveling in the fire area itself or next to the fire area to see how things were, just be careful,” Allen said. “The trees will be weakened. If we get a good windstorm, stuff will fall over. It’s going to be hazardous for quite a while.”The area is not the same as it had been before the fire. The community will have to adjust to the differences, which may take some time.But for residents like Sarah McAlpin, just being back at home again is good enough. She says that wouldn’t have been possible without all of the people who came together to make it happen.“The appreciation and the words can’t express how we really feel. The job that everybody did was incredible,” McAlpin said. “I would like to give a huge thanks to the community of Soldotna. They opened their doors. They fed us, they sympathized, empathized. The outpouring of support was incredible. I hope that someday I get to pay it forward.”There is another community meeting in Funny River tentatively planned for later this week.last_img read more

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ACC may interrogate Bacchu again

first_imgAbul Hye BacchuThe Anti-Corruption Commission has rejected BASIC Bank’s former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu application to defer his interrogation.The anti-graft watchdog may call him again next week.ACC deputy director Shamsul Alam was given charge to investigate whether BASIC Bank’s plundered funds were divided among Bacchu and his family, and laundered abroad.Speaking to Prothom Alo on Tuesday, ACC deputy director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said Bacchu was summoned to the ACC headquarters on 17 December. Bacchu, however, informed ACC that he was ailing and admitted to a city hospital that day.According to ACC, Bacchu sent a letter to ACC showing causes of his absence on 17 December. In the letter, he sought one month’s time for his illness so that he was not interrogated during the period. ACC considered his application only for 17 December, but his interrogation will not be deferred. ACC may call Bacchu for interrogation next week. Earlier, Bacchu appeared at ACC headquarters on 4 and 6 December to face interrogation.ACC officials said ACC decided to investigate the assets and bank accounts of Bacchu on the basis of media reports. According to the media reports, Bacchu and his family looted money from BASIC bank. In a space of 11 months, a total of Tk 130 million was deposited in a company’s bank account. The company existed only in name.In a special investigation of the central bank, it was found that a portion of loan, which was given to different persons, was deposited in Bachchu’s bank account. Another part of this loan was deposited in the accounts of BM Computers and Crown Properties which were owned by his brother Shahriar Panna.last_img read more

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Barguna road crash leaves 7 dead

first_imgBarguna road crash leaves 7 deadAt least seven people were killed and three others injured when a bus rammed a human hauler at Manikjhuri in Amtali upazila, Barguna Thursday, says UNB.Three of the deceased were Salma Akhter, 35, an assistant teacher of Tarikata Government Primary School, Shanu Hawladar, 40, and Chan Mia, 55, from Amtali.Nurul Islam Badal, officer-in-charge of Amtali police station, said the accident took place around 11:00am when a Barguna-bound bus of ‘Allalh Bharasha Paribahan’ from Kuakata hit a human hauler coming from opposite direction, leaving six passengers of the human hauler dead on the spot and four others injured.Later, the injured were taken to a local hospital where another victim succumbed to his injuries, said the OC.last_img read more

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