ESPN Predicts What’ll Happen If Alabama Loses On Saturday

first_imgNick Saban reacting during an Alabama game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re just two hours away from the reveal of the College Football Playoff rankings. After a busy Rivalry Weekend and several significant upsets, fans from around the country are waiting to see if the committee likes their teams enough to have a shot at the playoff this season.With Michigan’s loss to Ohio State, the Wolverines will fall out of the top four. Meanwhile, Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all won this weekend which means they’re in for now.It all comes down to championship weekend as the conference title games are played. Who will get in after the title games are played this weekend? ESPN’s computer model, FiveThirtyEight, ran several projections – including a loss from Alabama.Here’s what will happen if Alabama loses to Georgia and Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State all win.Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State win; Alabama loses.Chances of happening: 19 percent Likely playoff field: Clemson (>99 percent), Georgia (98), Ohio State (66), Oklahoma (62) Others: Notre Dame (60 percent), Alabama (13)In this scenario Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma would make the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, an undefeated Notre Dame program would be sitting at home wondering what happened.It’s difficult to imagine Alabama going from the No. 1 team all season to out of the playoff with a loss, but it’s possible.That’s why they play the games. Stay tuned.last_img read more

What Risks Lurk Behind Panama Canal Expansion?

first_imgzoom As the Panama Canal prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, insurers are warning of the increased risks that will arise from the plan to double the cargo-carrying capacity of ships transiting one of the world’s most important waterways. In a new report entitled “Panama Canal 100: Shipping Safety and Future Risks”, marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) identifies that the value of insured goods transiting the canal zone may increase by over USD 1 billion per day following completion of the “Third Set of Locks Project”, which will see two new sets of locks constructed, creating a third transit lane for larger ships.“The longer you can keep a container on a ship and are not making multiple transloadings on to trains and various other modes, the better.”Every year, over 12,000 oceangoing ships navigate the canal, a figure which could increase significantly following the anticipated opening of the new locks in 2015.It is forecast the expansion will enable between 12 and 14 larger vessels per day (approximately 4,750 additional ships per year) to pass through the canal. Significantly, many of these ships are expected to be new-Panamax class container vessels of 12,600 teu, which are far larger than the existing largest vessels able to access the canal (4,400 teu).With approximately 3 percent (USD 270 billion) of world maritime commerce (USD 9 trillion) already transiting the Panama Canal every year, the safe passage of vessels is critical. However, AGCS experts warn the increased traffic and larger vessels may challenge the Panama Canal’s improved safety record over the past decade with the risks exacerbated through the initial period of the canal opening.Captain Rahul Khanna, AGCS’s Global Head of Marine Risk Consulting, said: “Larger ships automatically pose greater risks. The sheer amount of cargo carried means a serious casualty has the potential to lead to a sizeable loss and greater disruption. For example, a fully-loaded new-Panamax 12,600 teu container ship is as long as four football fields with a beam of up to 160 feet and could have an insured cargo value alone of USD 250 million.”If operating at its full projected capacity following expansion, AGCS estimates that this could result in an additional USD 1.25 billion in insured goods passing through the canal in one day, with larger ships playing a critical role in increasing throughput capacity.However, such vessels can pose serious salvage challenges in a congested shipping environment, even potentially leading to blockages. In the event of an accident there may be an insufficient number of qualified experienced salvage experts available to handle the new- Panamax ships.The potential impact of any shipping incident is much wider than just impeding progress through the Panama Canal. With larger ships on the move in the surrounding region, an incident could also affect traffic at major ports in the United States and elsewhere, resulting in a potential increase in business interruption and insurance losses.In addition, a number of US ports and terminals on the East and Gulf Coasts are exposed to hurricanes. Larger ships carrying higher concentrations of insured goods will spend more time in these ports, posing an increased risk. For example, a large portion of Superstorm Sandy losses in 2012 were due to storm surge that flooded ports in the Northeast region of the US.To cater to the larger ships changes are also needed at global ports along the canal’s supply chain, posing a number of further challenges. Additional infrastructure upgrades will be needed in the form of larger gantry cranes to work these larger ships and to handle the increase in volume. Processing capability will need to be improved to avoid bottlenecks at choke points in ports. Navigability is critical: air and water drafts need to be sufficient to allow safe passage of the larger container ships.Another major challenge is the actual handling of larger vessels. Port operating procedures will have to be reviewed with regard to wind and weather constraints given the tight operating margins that these ships will be facing.AGCS believes training is key to mitigating the new risks involved, both in the canal region itself and in affected ports.Captain Khanna explains: “The expansion of the Panama Canal will represent a new shipping environment for many mariners. Due to the increase in the number of larger vessels passing through this important waterway the level of training provided to pilots will be extremely important. Attempting to maneuver one of these vessels through such a restricted space in itself creates a much bigger hazard.”The Panama Canal Authority has invested heavily in training, including plans to charter a post-Panamax ship to practice maneuvers through the new lane.However, training cannot prepare mariners completely for the live environment.However, AGCS analysis says that the Panama Canal region has a steadily improving safety record over recent years, with the relatively small total of 27 shipping casualties from over the past decade including just two ‘total losses’.This accident rate of around 1 in every 4000 transits compares favorably with other major waterways such as the Suez Canal (1 in 1100 transits) and the Kiel Canal (1 in 830 transits). As the most frequently transiting types of vessel, bulk carriers (11), cargo ships (9) and container ships (9) dominate the canal’s casualty list, collectively accounting for over 75 percent of all incidents since 2002.In a relatively controlled shipping environment, the most common cause of incidents since 1993 is contact with walls (53) and collisions involving vessels (50), accounting for almost 60 percent of the incidents analyzed by AGCS. Machinery damage/failure is ranked third (41), accounting for over 20 percent.Press Release, August 5, 2014; Images: Panama Canal, ACPlast_img read more

KOGAS Partners Forge FSRU Cooperation

first_imgzoom Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) has teamed up with compatriot shipping lines on a  floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) business cooperation.The move targets to revive Korean shipping and shipbuilding industries which have been considerably impacted by the ongoing troubles in the maritime industry.The partners include H-Line Shipping, Hyundai LNG Shipping, Pan Ocean, SK Shipping, and Korea Line Corporation (KLC).Under the agreement signed on July 18, the parties agreed to participate jointly in overseas FSRU projects within a consortium that would bid for operating FSRUs in countries in Asia and Americas, local media informed.As explained, the partnership would avail of KOGAS’ experience in building and operating LNG terminals, and the compatriot shipping companies’ experience and know-how in shipping of LNG.The FSRU market has been singled out due to its growing potential amid rising demand for LNG and the advantages of floating LNG terminals such as low initial investments costs and short construction period.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh elected to IATA board

first_imgSeoul: Low cost carrier SpiceJet’s Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh was Sunday elected to the board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), less than three months after the airline joined the global grouping. Founder and former chairman of the now grounded Jet Airways Naresh Goyal, who was associated with the IATA for a long time, was a member on the previous board. The new board of the global airlines’ grouping would be chaired by Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr, who took charge after the conclusion of the IATA annual general meeting here Sunday. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Spohr will be the Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term. In March, SpiceJet became the first Indian low cost carrier to take membership of the IATA, a grouping of around 290 airlines. Other board members include Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. Jet Airways, which served the skies for more than 25 years, was forced to temporarily suspend operations in the wake of cash crunch.last_img read more

Ramadan in France to Start on June 17 or 18 Source

Rabat- The holy month of Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islam, when Muslims abstain from food, sex, and immoral behaviors, will start in France on either June 17 or 18, 2015.In a communique published in their official website, the Grand Mosque of Paris has set the “Night of the doubt” for the 29th day of Sha’ban in the Hijri year 1436, which corresponds to Tuesday, June 16, 2015.Like previous years, a theological commission of the “Night of doubt” will be held from 6:00 pm at the Mosque of Paris to determine the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan this year. This Commission will be held in the presence of all the board members of the national office of the French Muslim Faith, representatives of the Muslim community in France, and all of its imams, leaders of mosques, and worshipers.The communique, signed by the rector Dalil Boubaker, said, “Our goal is to unite in a common and fraternal commitment all Muslims of France around the same date of the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan.”Islamic months are dated according to the Islamic lunar calendar. Because of this, determining when a month starts and ends is subject to either observing the crescent moon or relying on a method of calculation.Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UN rights expert urges Bahamas to boost efforts to tackle human trafficking

“The Government of the Bahamas has demonstrated willingness to combat trafficking in persons,” said Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Special Rapporteur on trafficking, at the end of her three-day official visit to the country.She also noted the country’s ratification of some key international conventions and the adoption of a comprehensive law on trafficking in persons in 2008, which prohibits trafficking in persons in all aspects, and is applicable to men, women and children.However, she stressed that “the country lacks a National Plan of action to effectively address trafficking in persons, setting out clear objectives and responsibilities to implement the existing legal framework while integrating a human rights and victim centered approach.”As a major transit country for migrants attempting to enter the United States, the Bahamas is also a point of transit and destination for trafficked persons from the Caribbean and Central and South America. The scale of trafficking is difficult to quantify, given low identification and prosecution by authorities.Of particular need, she highlighted, is a broad assessment of the trends and scopes of trafficking and the creation of a rapporteur to monitor the phenomenon at the national level, as well as an equivalent mechanism to evaluate implementation of existing policies and their impact on trafficking.While recognizing efforts being made to include information on human trafficking into the regular training curriculum of the Royal Bahamas Defence force, Ms. Ezeilo underscored the urgent need for the Government to “scale this up and continually enhance the knowledge and skills of these front line officers to identify and protect trafficked persons.”Moreover, she urged the Government “to address demand for cheap labour and sexual services from poor neighbouring countries and the prevailing social fabric that may contribute to increase people’s vulnerability to trafficking.”The UN Special Rapporteur further encouraged the Government to explore “effective and sustainable ways to combat trafficking and provide safe migration option” through bilateral cooperation. “Cooperation is imperative to end the impunity of traffickers and to prevent human trafficking,” said Ms. Ezeilo, expressing her confidence with the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to “become a model for other countries in the Caribbean Region.”UN independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

UN agency and EXPO Dubai 2020 agree on strengthening cooperation for Global

“This partnership proves that the private sector can make significant contributions toward inclusive and sustainable development,” said Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the UN General Assembly, welcoming the signing in Bahrain. “I also welcome the parties’ intention to share knowledge around investment and entrepreneurship for development to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he added. Mr. Lajčák arrived in the capital, Manama, Wednesday to attend the ongoing WEIF 2017, organized by UNIDO in partnership with the Government of Bahrain. In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Mr. Lajčák noted that the hosting of the 2020 edition of WEIF in Dubai is further proof of the region’s interest and commitment to encourage all stakeholders to work together with UNIDO to strengthen the implementation of the SDGs through promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly (left), congratulates Manal AlBayat, Senior Vice President at EXPO Dubai 2020 (right) and Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Deputy Director General of UNIDO (centre) after the signing of the memorandum of understanding. Photo: UN News/Vibhu Mishra This year’s WEIF, as well as the one in 2015, have been held in Manama. Prior to his arrival in Bahrain, the President of the General Assembly was in Paris, France, where, among other engagements, he addressed the Leaders’ Forum of the 39th UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference, held under the theme of SDGs and the role of UNESCO in the multilateral system, Tuesday. “We need multilateralism – more than ever before […] If we want the next generation to be born into a better world, we only have one option. And that is strong multilateralism, with the UN System at its core,” Mr. Lajčák said in his remarks at the occasion. While in Paris, Mr. Lajčák also held meetings with senior officials from the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina and France, and discussed issues including his priorities for the 72nd session of the General Assembly, climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and regional matters, according to a news release from his Office. UN News is in Manama, Bahrain, covering the Forum and its associated events. Follow @UN_News_Centre and @UNNewsArabic for up to date news and highlights from WEIF 2017. read more

Rivalry or not matchup with No 7 Spartans is key for Ohio

Then-junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63) chases a Michigan State player during the Big Ten Championship Game against the Spartans on Dec. 7, 2013, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Lantern file photoAfter Michigan State dashed Ohio State’s shot at a Big Ten title last season, some Buckeyes aren’t sure whether or not to label the Spartans a true rival.But they can agree an upcoming matchup with Michigan State is an important game.The earlier showdown came on Dec. 7, 2013, in the Big Ten Championship Game, with a win likely sealing OSU’s spot in the BCS National Championship Game and — at worst — a ticket to the Rose Bowl. But instead, Michigan State came away with a 34-24 victory, sending the Buckeyes to their Orange Bowl loss to Clemson as the Spartans topped Stanford in Pasadena, Calif.Now the two teams are scheduled to face off once again, 11 months and a day after the Spartans’ triumph.But as the Buckeyes prepare to take on Michigan State on Saturday at 8 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich., recent history has brought up a question of whether OSU vs. Michigan State is a rivalry, and the answers vary depending on who you ask.OSU coach Urban Meyer — in his third year with the program after growing up in Ashtabula, Ohio — said he has memories of the “10-year war” between Woody Hayes’ Buckeyes and Bo Schembechler’s Michigan Wolverines.“We have one rival here,” Meyer said Monday, referring to Michigan.But he added while Michigan State might not be the Buckeyes’ big rival, the upcoming matchup is of the utmost importance nonetheless.“What’s happened in this situation is you have an excellent team,” he said of the Spartans. “After watching them on film, they’re a great team. And they stand in the way of (the) Big Ten championship. They stood in the way last year and we failed.”Now with that failure in mind, some OSU players have been put in a position to decide whether a potential rivalry with the Spartans carries the same weight as a rivalry born long before any player on the Buckeyes’ roster.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker said both Michigan and Michigan State fall under the same category in his mind.“I view them both as rivals, personally,” he said Monday.He added much of the importance surrounding Saturday’s showdown stems from the Buckeyes’ inability to win last season.“I know me personally and every guy on the team has been looking forward to this,” Decker said. “They’ve had this date circled since the game last year, so there’s a lot at stake.”But while Decker called it a rivalry, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said playing Michigan State doesn’t hold the same significance as a matchup with the Wolverines. Instead, he said the importance of the game comes down to what it means for the Buckeyes’ season going forward.“There is a little added intensity, we understand that it’s a pretty pivotal game in our season,” Bennett said Monday. “They are the highest-ranked opponent we have had all year and it kind of is a deciding factor of how the season is going to go.”With the Spartans currently ranked No. 7 and the Buckeyes slotted at No. 13, Bennett stressed that the matchup is significant, but not because of what happened in Indianapolis in December.“This game is important because we still have a lot of postseason dreams and beating Michigan State is vital on that path,” he said. “I think that’s why this game is important.”But even though he said it’s still important, Bennett said there’s a different feeling around OSU when Michigan — not Michigan State — is next up on the schedule.“There’s a different feel when you go play the team up north, just because it’s a rivalry and it’s been a rivalry for so long,” he said. “When you just go into a big game, it’s a different kind of importance of winning that game.”Decker — who has been part of two OSU victories against Michigan in his career, but just one against Michigan State to go with last year’s loss — said he sees the Spartans as a rival because of that history, but added it might not be on the same level as Michigan.“There’s a lot of history behind the Ohio State-team up north rivalry, so I don’t think you can necessarily say that that’s on the same level,” Decker said. “But for me personally, in the experiences that I’ve had as a player, I’ve got a bitter feeling toward (the Spartans).”One thing that could set the two rivalries — or not-rivalries — apart comes down to the simple words the Buckeyes use to describe each team. While coaches and players alike have been trained to replace Michigan with some variation of “the team up north,” there’s not a set standard when it comes to the Spartans.Decker said saying Michigan State is fine — although he didn’t say it himself — but added that Michigan can only be used when State follows.Junior linebacker Joshua Perry — who later used the words Michigan State — said there could be a more creative approach when it comes to referring to the Spartans.“I’m not sure what the rules are about that, so I will just call them ‘the team up north’ State right now,” he joked.As for Bennett, he had a quick answer when asked how he refers to the Buckeyes’ next opponent.“Michigan State?” Bennett inquired. “Yeah, it’s Michigan State.” read more

Heres What Happened Today New Years Day

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news…Happy families. The Duff’s from Drumcondra welcome Emily Rose into the world. Ireland’s first baby of 2014. (Pic: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland)IRELANDGardaí have launched a murder investigation after 30-year-old Wayne McQuillan was stabbed to death in Drogheda last night. A woman is still being held by gardaí in connection with the stabbing.Two men died in a car crash in Mayo early this morning.Emily Rose, the new daughter of Brian and Monica Duff from Griffith Avenue in Dublin, was Ireland’s first baby of 2014.Heavy rain, strong gales and high tides caused flooding and road closures along the east coast.A kitesurfer was rescued from extreme weather conditions in Dublin Bay as reports of a person washed into Howth harbour prove to be a false alarm.The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act came into force today after regulations were signed at the end of December.A PSNI officer was slashed in the face with a stanley knife this afternoon. A 16-year-old has been arrested.After being questioned about the issue of horse welfare, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the situation is “under review” but there was no major problem.Waterford train station will be closed for a number of days after a landslide.New guidelines on reunification applications in the immigration system will offer more transparency according to the Government.State papers from 1983 have revealed that the then Government was strongly opposed to a UK military vehicle manufacturer setting up shop in Ireland.WORLD PARTING SHOT (Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire)This guy on the east pier in Howth was nearly caught by the nasty weather in Dublin today. We put together some of the best images from today’s New Year’s Day storm. Here’s what happened yesterday> Snapchat users have been warned that their phone numbers and usernames may have been put online by hackers.Curious about the near future in technology? Here’s our five tech trends that will help shape 2014. A Hoffman X-4 “Mullet Skiff” airboat takes off from St. Petersburg in Florida en route to Tampa to as it recreates the first scheduled commercial airline flight exactly 100 years ago. (Pic: Brian Blanco/AP Images)#CZECH REPUBLIC: The Palestinain Ambassador to Prague, Jamal Al Jamal, was killed by a explosion at his residence.#COLORADO: Business owners in recreational ‘pot shops’ opened their doors to shoppers today in a law change that will be watched closely around the world.#SCHUMACHER: The Formula One star’s spokesperson Sabine Kehm has revealed that he is in a stable condition with doctors continuing to monitor him closely.#EURO: Latvia today became the eighteenth country and the second Baltic state to join the EU single currency.INNOVATIONlast_img read more

Desecrated remains of King Richard III discovered under parking garage

first_imgLast August, an archaeological dig in Leicester, England uncovered skeletal remains beneath a parking garage. Mitochondrial DNA taken from the remains were matched with Canadian cabinetmaker, Michael Ibsen, who turned out to be a direct descendent of Anne of York, King Richard III’s sister, thus confirming that the remains are of none other than King Richard III himself. If the DNA tests weren’t enough, researchers note that the battle wounds found on the remains, as well as evidence of scoliosis, support the identification of King Richard III. Radiocarbon dating was also used to suss out the age of the remains, and found that they were from 1455 to 1540, and belonged to a man in his 20s or 30s — Richard died at the age of 32 in 1485. Historical remains of royalty discovered under a parking lot.The parking lot was built on top of the Greyfriars friary, which was built in Leicester around 1255 and survived until the late 1530s when it was demolished when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. This is where King Richard III was buried.The remains show that King Richard III suffered a brutal death, with two blows to the skull along with eight other injuries to the body. The injuries appear to have been inflicted by daggers, halberds, and swords. On top of that, it appears as though the remains have been desecrated in some way. Archaeologists postulate that due to the position in which the remains were discovered — an unnatural position of the hands and arms — look as though the king’s hands may have been bound upon burial. Accounts of Richard’s final battle say that he was stripped naked, then put on the back of a horse after his death. One wound to the buttocks, which appears to have been made by a knife, is seen as an injury inflicted after death with the sole purpose of disrespect.King Richard III ruled England for a short period of two years, from 1483 to 1485, when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, which made him the last English king to die in battle. Richard survived a rebellion in 1483 (thanks in part to a heavy storm), but later fell in a continuation of the first failed rebellion, led by Henry Tudor. Though he only reigned for two years, he was an interesting enough figure for Shakespeare to write a play about him, dubbed Richard III.Yesterday, Michael Ibsen was told about the DNA match — that he is the 17th great grand-nephew of Anne of York — and said he responded with “stunned silence,” as finding out that you’re a direct descendent of a royal bloodline is probably somewhat of a shock.Despite the short rule, history views King Richard III as a bloodthirsty man, but there has been debate over the matter. Now that his remains have been discovered, historians can further investigate his reputation.via CNNlast_img read more

Welsh MP who left the Tories for UKIP leaves UKIP for the

first_img Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) with Mark Reckless. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share2 Tweet Email A MEMBER OF the Welsh Assembly is leaving UKIP to join the Conservative party grouping – three years after going in the opposite direction.Mark Reckless had been the Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood until defecting to UKIP in 2014. With the eurosceptic party, he retained his seat in a by-election.However, he lost that seat in 2015 to Conservative Kelly Tolhurst.Last year he was elected as an assembly member for South Wales East for UKIP.Today, however, he announced he would leave the party to sit with the Conservatives. The Tories are the opposition in Wales.Reckless will not be a member of the party, but will vote with them, the party said.Reckless said he was leaving as it was “job done” for the party.I leave UKIP positively, having achieved our joint aim, a successful referendum to leave the EU. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments By Paul Hosford Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 2:55 PM Apr 6th 2017, 2:55 PM Welsh MP who left the Tories for UKIP leaves UKIP for the Tories Mark Reckless said he was leaving as it was “job done” for the party. Ukip leader Nigel Farage (right) with Mark Reckless. Short URL For me it is job done now that article 50 has been triggered. I campaigned all my adult life for us to leave the EU. Now we are, under a Conservative government. I support Theresa May, and her team of Brexit ministers, to deliver.Reckless’ defection follows that of Douglas Carswell from the party, which has five seats in Wales, along with 20 in Europe. Carswell’s decision left the party without an MP.UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden said Reckless should give up his seat.We are disappointed to hear that Mark Reckless has decided to leave UKIP in order to join the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly.“It is now incumbent on Mark Reckless to relinquish a position he has only by virtue of a UKIP mandate. The position should go to the next UKIP candidate on the regional list.”Read: Varadkar dismisses ‘total victory’ of anti-water charges movement as ‘bad policy’ 7,445 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

Speed limit reduced on state Highway 501

first_imgRIDEGFIELD — A loosened guardrail has prompted the Washington State Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit on a section of state Highway 501 outside Ridgefield. The change took effect today.The speed limit between North Reiman Road and North Smythe Road (milepost 18.0 to 18.2) has been reduced from 40 mph to 25 mph in both directions. The move is intended to ensure driver safety in a section of roadway where saturated soils have loosened the guardrail along the eastbound lane, according to WSDOT.The speed reduction will remain in effect until crews complete permanent repairs early this year, according to WSDOT.last_img read more

Funding stormwater work County prepares to pay its water bill

first_imgStormwater fees, per yearWashougal: $165Camas: $116.52Vancouver: $93.96Battle Ground: $90Ridgefield: $72CLARK COUNTY: $33 Portland: $298.56 Settlement breakdowno In January, the county settled a lawsuit brought by the Rosemere Neighborhood Association, Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center. The county agreed to pay about $3.6 million for violating the Clean Water Act.o Attorneys fees: $600,000.o Six-year settlement payout: $3 million.The last time Clark County residents saw their stormwater rates increase, Bush v. Gore was before the U.S. Supreme Court and Vladimir Putin was becoming Russia’s president for the first time.It was the year 2000, memorable, in part, for Y2K’s passing with the faintest blip of real-world repercussions. The county’s stormwater rate, however, has had staying power.For 14 years, the fee has been $33 a year for single-family residences. Attempts to increase it have been fruitless. Don Benton, director of environmental services, is now proposing an increase, which county commissioners will discuss this week, along with other fees that would pay for the clean water program.last_img read more

Trump Sends Campaign Cash Boost to 6 Texans in Fight for Control

first_img Share Lucas Jackson/Reuters via The Texas TribuneU.S. President Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018.Six Texas Republicans in Congress received a show of financial support from their party’s leader this week.President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that it was donating the maximum contribution possible to around 100 House and Senate Republican candidates ahead of midterm elections in which multiple polls suggest Democrats could be poised for big wins. Republican National Committee spokesperson Christiana Purves confirmed Friday that six of those candidates are incumbents from Texas: U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Carter of Round Rock, Michael Cloud of Victoria, Mike Conaway of Midland, John Culberson of Houston and Pete Sessions of Dallas.Three of those Republicans – Carter, Culberson, and Sessions – recently learned they had been outraised by their Democratic challengers in the second quarter of the year, the latest sign that Democrats are aiming to compete in more Texas congressional districts than they have in a generation. Veteran MJ Hegar reported raising $1.1 million from April to June, more than four times Carter’s haul over that period. Hegar, a veteran, posted a campaign video last month that went viral, drawing national attention to her bid to win in a district that has long been reliably Republican.Democratic attorneys Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Houston and Colin Allred of Dallas also both outraised their opponents, Culberson, and Sessions, respectively. Those districts became prime Democratic targets this year after Democrat Hillary Clinton drew more votes than Trump in both in 2016.Cloud was sworn into Congress just this month after beating out eight other candidates to win a special election to complete scandal-tarnished Blake Farenthold‘s term, which ends in January. Democrats are hopeful Eric Holguin may have a shot at the seat for a full term in November.Burgess and Conaway are somewhat more surprising picks for being singled out by Trump as both represent solidly Republican districts.last_img read more

Xbox One launch titles we know so far

first_imgMicrosoft has been stepping on some toes with its game licensing scheme on the upcoming Xbox One. The console will require an occasional internet connection to continue operating, and the game selling will be limited. Still, you have to admit some of the newly announced titles look impressive.Let’s check them out the titles slated for the Xbox One’s launch window…Battlefield 4It wouldn’t be a console without a new Battlefield game. This first-person shooter is going to be out early in the console’s life, but won’t be a day-one release. The Xbox One will get the Second Assault expansion before other platforms, though.Quantum BreakThis game is an action-shooter with time manipulation elements. There will be a TV program tie-in that clues you into how best to play the game. It should land in early 2014.Dead Rising 3There’s nothing like a little zombie slaughter early in a console’s life cycle, and Dead Rising 3 will be available on launch day. The newest incarnation of this series will feature improved graphics (obviously) and a larger world with no load times.Project SparkA world-building adventure game, Project Spark will utilize Kinect voice commands to shape the game. The release date is unknown at this time, so assume early 2014.Minecraft: Xbox One EditionYes, there will be an Xbox One version of the block-building game Minecraft. It will feature bigger maps and more multiplayer elements. No firm release date, but is expected earlier in the launch window.Watch DogsThis is an open world stealth adventure game from Ubisoft. It will have both single-player, and multiplayer co-op missions. This one looks a bit like a modern take on Assassin’s Creed. Watch Dogs is going to be out very early in the Xbox One’s life cycle, possibly as a day one launch title.Forza Motorsport 5The Forza games have been some of the best racing game in the past few years, and the new Xbox is getting Forza Motorsport 5 on launch day. More tracks, more licensed cars, and exclusive content pre-orders. It’s out on launch day.Assassin’s Creed 4: Black FlagThe newest Assassin’s Creed game is coming to last-gen and next-gen consoles, but will have exclusive content on the newer hardware. Microsoft hasn’t set a date for this title, but it will be very early in the launch window, possibly a day one release.Call of Duty: GhostsThe latest in one of the preeminent shooter franchises, Call of Duty: Ghosts is bigger and badder than its predecessors. Developer Infinity Ward has confirmed Call of Duty: Ghosts will be a launch day title for the Xbox One.Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainThe new Metal Gear title is going to be completely open-world. Tons of drama and cutscenes are on board, but the graphics are pretty stunning. It will be out in early 2014.Kinect Sports RivalsThe new Kinect is going to be heavily utilized in launch window games, but probably nowhere near as much as in Kinect Sports Rivals. This game is controlled entirely with the Kinect, and you can get it on day one with exclusive pre-order content.Crimson DragonReaders of a certain age might remember the flying shooter Panzer Dragoon. Crimson Dragon is the same basic concept, but much prettier. This is an on-the-rails shooter that will launch on the Xbox Live Arcade exclusively for the One shortly after the console is on sale.The Witcher 3: Wild HuntPlayers will immerse themselves in a rich 3D open world RPG when The Witcher 3 hits Xbox One. This will be the first version of The Witcher for consoles, and it will include exclusive Kinect integration on the One. It is out in early 2014.Ryse: Son of RomeThis Crytek game was originally announced in 2011, but it’s going to be launching on Xbox One. Ryse is a melee combat game set in (as you might have guessed) ancient Rome. This is going to be a day one launch title with exclusive content for pre-orders.HaloOf course there is going to be a new Halo game. The unnamed shooter is being referred to as Halo 5 until a name is chosen. It’s going to be Halo, but with larger environments and more missions. Halo won’t be out until early 2014, though.TitanfallAn exclusive on Xbox One, Titanfall is a mech combat game that takes place on far away planets. The premise sounds cool enough, and the graphics look like they’ll take advantage of the console’s hardware nicely. This one won’t be out until early 2014.Killer InstinctAfter years of absence, Killer Instinct is returning on the Xbox One. And it looks very cool. The graphics are sort of cel shaded but textured. It is going to be free to try, but you only get one character without paying. Killer Instinct will be out on day one.That’s a lot of great stuff coming early for the Xbox One. There is also a solid assortment of titles coming out on the same day as the console. You won’t be bored. So what if selling your used games might be a pain in the butt? Why would you ever want to sell these, right? VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Killer InstinctKiller InstinctThe Witcher 3The Witcher 3: Wild HuntTitanfallHaloRyse: Son of RomeCrimson DragonKinect Sports RivalsMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom PainCall of Duty: GhostsAssassin’s Creed 4 Black FlagForza Motorsport 5Watch DogsQuantum BreakDead Rising 3Project SparkMinecraftlast_img read more

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first_img Journal information: Angewandte Chemie Kilobots bring us one step closer to a robot swarm PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play This video demonstrates the passive valve automatically closing and opening during explosive actuation. Credit: Wiley Play This video demonstrates that the mini explosions are small enough for the robots to be handled by experienced personnel only. Credit: Wiley Robots that can jump are expected to be useful for search and rescue operations. To be able to do so over large objects without damaging themselves in the process is seen as the ultimate goal. Up next for the team is to determine if a means can be found to allow for steering the robots in mid-jump, allowing for more precision in reaching landing spots. Play This high-speed video shows the robot jumping over thirty times its height in ~119ms. Credit: Wiley The trick, the researchers note, is to get the robot to jump in a way that is useful. In this case, it means in a way that keeps the robot reasonably level so that it can land on its feet. That requires fine tuning the amount of gas delivered to the tubes embedded in its legs. Explosions, they say, rather than blasts of air, or the releasing of springs, allows for a much more forceful jump. So well have their experiments gone so far that they say their little robots are now only constrained by the tubes that connect them. Important also is determining if the robot body can withstand the blast, and thus far, the team says, it’s come through with flying colors. © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: Wileycenter_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Tiny robot made to jump by causing explosions inside its body (w/ video) (2013, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Using Explosions to Power a Soft Robot, Angewandte Chemie, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201209540AbstractThis work was supported by DARPA under award number W911NF-11-1-0094. The development of materials and the analysis of thermodynamics was supported by a subcontract from Northwestern University on DOE award no DE-SC0000989. We also thank James McArthur (Department of Physics, Harvard University) for designing the initial sparking board and Marc Strauss (Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering) for building it. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (—Researchers at Harvard University have begun testing a new way to get robots to jump higher. Instead of building stronger legs, or using compressed air, they are imbedding tubes in its legs that when filled with methane and oxygen and ignited, cause an explosion that propels the robot into the air. Using this technique, the researchers have managed to get a small rubbery, three legged robot to “jump” more than 30 times its own height. They report their results in a paper they’ve had published in Angewandte Chemie. In the quest to build robots with ever greater capabilities, researchers in the past couple of years have turned away from hard shelled programmable machines, to designs based on soft materials—they’re generally lighter and more amendable to changes in the environment. To that end, George Whitesides and colleagues at Harvard have been creating robots made out of rubbery silicone and then testing them to see what they can be made to do. In this latest test, the researchers built a three legged robot, that isn’t really able to do anything except jump. It’s connected via tubes to a base that delivers the gasses and of course the spark that sets it off. Explore furtherlast_img read more


first_imgFlashback to 1951: A group of young men have just moved from Calcutta to Bombay with filmmaker Bimal Roy. Among them is Nabendu Ghosh who would become his screen writer. And They Made Classics – a 59 minute film on the master of screen writing, Nabendu Ghosh and his association with legendary filmmaker Bimal Roy, was screened at India international Centre on December 16. “Nabendu Ghosh shared a unique bond with his “film guru” Bimal Roy,” says Ratnottama Sengupta, the Director of the film, And They Made Classics. “In 1951, when the celluloid master left Kolkata to make Maa for Bombay Talkies, he took the literatteur with him. And his last film Bandini, awarded at Karlovy Vary in 1964, was scripted by Ghosh.” “He kept the tradition of middle-class social realism going, only it became more light-hearted. His later films did not quite touch upon the bigger social issues like Sujata or Bandini did, but this film on Nabendu Roy culled through a set of interviews gives us a double dip in nostalgia as we glimpse potent scenes and parts of famed cinematic exotica through the eyes of Nabendu Ghosh, a genius in his own right. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs the film progresses we have Nabendu himself talking about the timeless classics he created with Bimal Roy like Baap Beti, Parineeta, Naukri, Biraj Bahu, Devdas, Yahudi and Sujata. Its legendary stuff in small details that play out to classify the leanings and secrets between a distinguished Director and a naturally intuitive, sensitive script writer. Questions and musings run through our minds when we wonder about the power and thrust of such an association even as it must portray one of sustaining trust and aesthetics. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrough the documentary, what perhaps strikes the viewers the most is the pleasant, as well as passionately unassuming charm of a script writer so immensely talented — a genius who was more keen on talking about the people he had worked with than about himself. Nabendu the writer remained quite faceless to the film-going public for decades, and yet – here was the silent pen, the facile mind who had written these unforgettable scripts like Sujata, Bandini and Parineeta for the screen. While he talks about the nitty gritties of the choice of heroine, and supporting characters for Madhumati, we are drawn into the casting possibilities and dialogues of the brilliant Dilip Kumar with his soft subtle intonations.We can glimpse the charm of the young Vijayantimala, and go back to the enchanting time of the black and white aura, the magical tenor of the songs and the entire gamut of classical renditions of lyrics, music and scenes that will never happen again. If Nutan is the everlasting charmer, Nargis is the animated femme, if Meena Kumari is the epitome of an eternal mystique, Sharmila Tagore in Anupama is out of a vintage novel. That is the secret of this documentary –it laid out gems of yesteryear’s eloquence and made us realize why the past of vital and vivacious as a relic of cinematic history.Nabendu Ghosh unveils as a man of courage, valour and integrity, who at the height of the freedom movement, had not cowered down from writing a novel in the backdrop of the Quit India movement, even if it meant losing his job with the Accounts Department of Patna Police. And a man who knew his place in the world, made it to that place with vigour, passion and hard work, but chose never to boast about it. Dressed in his pristine white dhoti and kurta, he becomes the man who had more than mere stories –it was an unraveling of Indian history. The film is replete with several quotes by eminent people such as Dilip Kumar, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Nutan, Nargis, Shammi Kapoor, Gulzar, Subhash Ghai, Jaya Bachchan and many others appeared — all speaking fondly of his humility and rare talent not only as a writer, but as one who truly understood the medium of film and one who was a great teacher at the Film Intsitute. This makes the film a storehouse of anecdotes and information of archival value, giving a sketch of Indian films/Bombay cinema through the 50s, 60s up to 70s.While Nabendu’s writing looked at a creation of realism, his narrative is deeply autobiographical. It is the little clips and anecdotes and fragments of songs that made this telling emotionally rich and crisp. The handling of this straightforward story cuts right to the heart of what the character and script writer Nabendu Ghosh was feeling and experiencing. We see the world of classics in a world that exists beyond mundane reality. And for this critic, I went back to my childhood recalling that every lullaby sung to me by my mother were all songs that belonged to the films of Nabendu Ghosh. Indeed, Ratnottama Sengupta’s next exercise should be to translate his novels into English to capture another realm of his ingenuous mind. Nabendu Ghosh, through his reflections taught us that good films help us forget our troubles but great films help us to face our troubles.last_img read more

KawhiLeBronAD Supersteam Would be Great For The NBA

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Kawhi/LeBron/AD superteam would be great for the NBAAs the world awaits Kawhi Leonard’s free agency decision, many familiar voices are warning Leonard joining the Lakers would ruin the league. It’s the same ‘sky is falling’ crowd that warned LeBron to the Heat, KD to the Warrriors would ruin the league. Of course, those critics are wrong. A LeBron/Kawhi superteam would be great for the NBA because we love dynasties, or love to hate them.Also:-Warriors are still a Top 5 team without KD-Magic wants Kawhi credit-7 bigger sports locks than the Lakers winning a title with Kawhi-Colin’s NBA team trendsGuests:Doug Gottlieb, Howard Beck, Jim Jackson, and Ric Bucherlast_img read more

Sabre GDS goes mobile

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Sabre Pacific has launched a new mobile point-to-point solution, Ababcus Mobile, designed to keep agents in Australia and New Zealand connected while they are out of the office.Available to use on a smartphone or tablet, the GDS emulator allows consultants to sign into their Sabre PCC using regular credentials to create, display and modify bookings; shop for fares and check queues as well as send itineraries. Built on the latest HTML 5 platform, Sabre Pacific head of product Mark Mison said the new product was designed to “complement” the desktop version and give agencies more remote access.“Via Abacus Mobile’s simple and intuitive online portal, travel consultants can now provide value-added services that translate into greater customer retention, boosting sales and productivity,” Mr Mison said.“Sabre Pacific’s ownership structure provides us access to cutting-edge solutions developed by Sabre Travel Network, Abacus International and Sabre Pacific.  “By leveraging the strength of our global partners, we can power growth for local businesses and ensure they have access to the latest most innovative products, no matter where they are developed.”last_img read more

The lauded Trump International Hotel Tower® New

first_imgThe lauded Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, the flagship property of the growing Trump Hotel Collection, today revealed plans for an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation of its 167 luxurious guest rooms and suites beginning in January 2010. Engineered for a seamless, quiet transition invisible to guests, the renovation of the stately Forbes (formerly Mobil) Five-Star Hotel will happen in two stages, with half of the rooms being addressed January through April, and the balance June through September. The acclaimed hotel will remain open throughout the process.Trump Hotel Collection’s eponymous senior executives – Donald J. Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump — are leading the New York hotel’s extravagant $30-million renovation which is a reflection of their design sense for the brand which is positioned as the “next generation of luxury hospitality”. Proposed design and amenities are reflected in a model room which received final approval from Donald J. Trump himself. A rich, dramatic color palette of gray and aubergine with neutral accents of ivory and caramel will convey a sophisticated, urban feel. Seating in plush, high-contrast upholstered velvets and silky fabrics will be paired with rich rosewood, mahogany, maple and walnut finishes. A handcrafted Schonbek crystal chandelier surmounting the dining table will lend romantic allure. Luxe shagreen fabric, burnished gold leaf, bronze, mirror and glass will add glamorous touches, along with sumptuous purple velvet draperies and opulent silk accent walls.“As the crown jewel of the Trump Hotel Collection, Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is committed to delivering the best hotel experience available anywhere in the world, and maintaining our luxurious room product is a key part of that,” explained Donald J. Trump, chairman and president of The Trump Organization. “When completed next Labor Day, the voluptuous fabrics and opulent finishes of the redesign will put us in step with the elegant, classic-contemporary feel of the other Trump Hotel Collection properties.”Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago and Trump International Hotel Las Vegas joined Trump Hotel Collection in 2008. Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk® will open on Nov. 16, 2009, followed by Trump SoHo™ New York on Feb. 1, 2010.twww.TrumpNewYorkHotel.comlast_img read more