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BRUSSELS — The European Union is praising Facebook, Google and Twitter for tackling disinformation while urging the social media giants to do more in clamping down on fake accounts.Under an EU code of conduct, the three companies report routinely on their efforts to stop election interference. Facebook, for one, has been criticized for being a tool for foreign interference in elections.Tuesday’s reports say Facebook, Google and Twitter are tightening advertising policy and surveillance, particularly with election-targeted ads.But the commission urges them to share fake account data with outside experts and researchers.Millions of people across the 28-nation bloc will vote in the May 23-26 European Parliament elections.Polls show nationalist and populist parties could make significant gains, while mainstream parties would lose seats but retain control over the assembly.The Associated Press read more

WINNIPEG — The federal government has issued an ultimatum to the owners of a broken rail line that has cut off the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba — fix it within 30 days or face an $18.8-million lawsuit.Ottawa says Denver-based Omnitrax, which bought the rail line from the government in 1997, has a legal obligation to repair and maintain the line, which is the only land connection to the subarctic community on the coast of Hudson Bay.Transport Canada points to a 2008 agreement with Omnitrax that included $18.8 million in federal support for repairs and upgrades.“Notwithstanding that your Sept. 6 letter indicated you would be effecting the necessary repairs to the (rail line), you have since failed to do so, and time is running out with winter’s approach,” reads a letter sent to Omnitrax by Transport Canada on Friday.“As a result of the above, it has become clear to Transport Canada that (the company) is in default of its obligations under … the agreement.”Omnitrax responded by saying the rail line is no longer economically viable, due largely to federal government decisions that include ending the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on western wheat and barley. The wheat board used to ship grain along the rail line to the Port of Churchill.“It is our view that, as a result of the federal government’s actions — or inactions — recently and over the past 10 years, the (rail line) is not commercially viable,” Omnitrax Canada president Merv Tweed said in a written statement.“Culminating in the threat of legal action from Transport Canada today, it has become clear to us that the federal government has no intention of constructively solving this problem for Churchill.”The 250-kilometre rail link was severely damaged by flooding last spring and Omnitrax has said it cannot afford an estimated $43 million in repairs.For months, goods and people have had to be flown in at a high cost. The town of 900, known for its polar bears and beluga whales, has seen a dramatic drop in tourism numbers as well.The Town of Churchill issued a statement Friday about Ottawa’s ultimatum to Omnitrax.“The town continues to be disappointed that to date the rail line owner has refused to meet their obligations to restore service,” said the statement issued as a public notice on social media.“The town is pleased the federal government is taking this serious action to hold Omnitrax accountable.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in July that the government was willing to use all options to force Omnitrax to get the line running again.Even if Omnitrax were to start repairs immediately, a 30-day time frame is likely too short.A recent report from independent engineering firm AECOM projected 60 days would be needed to get the track fixed well enough to handle lighter loads, and another 90 or so days next spring to be fully repaired.The Manitoba government recently increased its subsidy for some food to Churchill and ordered large amounts of propane to be sent by ship to ensure that homes have enough heating fuel to last through the long winter and spring.Omnitrax has been in talks to sell the rail line to a consortium of northern Manitoba communities and businesses — a move that would likely require government aid. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who represents Manitoba in the federal cabinet, said Friday he is hopeful a deal may come soon.“We understand that the partnership is very close to a deal and the elements are in place.”Tweed’s statement hinted at another result, but provided no details.“While we remain of the view that the best outcome for all concerned is a negotiated sale to the First Nations coalition, based on Transport Canada’s actions today, we are now contemplating steps to bring this protracted matter to a close.” read more

French President François Hollande has noted the positive developments in Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France Tilak Ranaviraja presented New Year greetings to President François Hollande at a reception hosted by the President to exchange greetings with the Diplomatic corps at the Presidential palace, Palais de l’Elysée. During the brief exchange of pleasantries, Ambassador Ranaviraja thanked the French President for the support extended by France for the lifting of the EU fisheries ban and the reinstating of the GSP+ scheme. In response, President Hollande acknowledged the progressive developments underway in Sri Lanka and the positive attention gained by the Government of Sri Lanka in re-engaging with the international community. (Colombo Gazette) Ranaviraja conveyed the best wishes of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to the French President. read more

Overall world economic growth last year slowed to 1.3 per cent, down from 3.8 per cent in 2000, as the US slump weakened performance in all the important economic regions in the developed world and the spillover effects on developing countries were stronger than in previous downturns, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says in its 2002 “Trade and Development Report.”International trade also played a major role in transmitting the slowdown in the industrial world to developing countries, UNCTAD says. After growing by 14 per cent in 2000, export volumes for developing countries grew by less than 1 per cent last year.But so far, stronger-than-expected consumer spending, boosted by relatively buoyant labour market conditions and improving consumer confidence, has limited the drop in output and signalled a turnaround, UNCTAD says. For a strong and lasting recovery, however, consumer spending has to be sufficiently strong to convince producers that they need to increase investment. At the same time, high level of private debt and a low-capacity utilization in industry may pose obstacles to an upsurge.Meanwhile, several emerging markets, notably in East Asia and Latin America, entered into recession, the report notes. Exchange rates, however, have been fairly stable, and some Latin American economies showed signs of recovery towards the end of 2001.Speaking at a press conference to launch the report at UN Headquarters in New York, Jan Kregel, a senior economic advisor at UNCTAD, said there was very little optimism concerning the possibility of developing countries returning to the kinds of growth rates required to increase their per capita incomes.UNCTAD usually uses a benchmark of 3 per cent as the global expansion rate required to provide developing countries with the possibility of improving their growth levels, Mr. Kregel said, but the global increase in 2002 would probably not be higher than 2 to 2.5 per cent. read more

For a long time now, the Golden State Warriors have owned the NBA’s ace in the hole: the Death Lineup. First deployed at the suggestion of assistant coach Nick U’Ren during the 2015 NBA Finals, the lineup quickly became the most dangerous in the league. And it got even scarier when the Warriors swapped out the weakest member of the first iteration of the Death Lineup — Harrison Barnes — for Kevin Durant before the 2016-17 season.Since Durant signed with Golden State, the lineup of him, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green has played 529 minutes during their regular-season run, outscoring opponents by a total of 268 points — and 20.5 points per 100 possessions. Prior to their series-evening Game 4 loss against the Houston Rockets, the group had shared the floor for 317 playoff minutes, outscoring opponents by 121 total points and 16.7 points per 100 possessions.In this year’s playoffs, though, the NBA’s most feared lineup has begun to show signs of vulnerability — and the Houston Rockets have taken advantage. In Game 4, Houston outscored that unit by 11 points across 22 minutes — and that figure includes the 14-8 run with which the Warriors closed the game over the final 5:45. Such a performance for the Death Lineup is — to put it mildly — highly unusual.That unit has now seen the floor together in 32 of the 48 playoff games that encompass the Durant era,1Curry and Iguodala have each missed several playoff games with injuries. and it has been outscored in just seven of those 32 games. When the lineup has shared the floor for at least five minutes, it has been outscored just four out of 23 times. And when that group has played 10-plus minutes together, they’ve been outscored only twice in 13 games.Take a look at the list of seven playoff games in which the Death Lineup has been outscored, though, and see if you notice anything. 2018: conference finals, Game 2Rockets22-18 GameOpponentMinutes+/-Win Playoff games in which Golden State has used the bench for 50 or fewer minutes, 2017-2019 The Death Lineup is killing the wrong teamSince acquiring Kevin Durant, the playoff games in which Golden State’s “Death Lineup” has been outscored, 2017-2019 2019: Round 2, Game 2Rockets50 Source: 2019: Round 1, Game 5Clippers9-8 2019: Round 2, Game 4Rockets47 2019: Round 1, Game 2Clippers4-4 2018: conference finals, Game 4Rockets48 First, and most obviously, the two worst games that group has played have come against the Rockets. Last year, they were blasted by 18 points in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, and Monday night, they were outscored by 11. But you might also notice that of the seven games, four of them are from this year’s playoff run, which right now is only 10 games old.2The Death Lineup was also played to a draw by the Rockets across 34 minutes in Game 3. It’s the only time in 32 playoff appearances that it has played to an exact tie.Part of this may be a product of Steve Kerr and the Warriors leaning too much on the Death Lineup. Before this series, the Death Lineup had never been used for more than 22 minutes in a single playoff game. It has now played 22 or more in all four games against the Rockets, including an all-time playoff high of 34 in Game 3, and the Warriors still managed to lose two of those four games. Those losses dropped their playoff record when the group shares the floor for 20-plus minutes to just 2-3, with all of those games coming against the Rockets.3Meanwhile, Golden State is 8-0 when the Death Lineup plays between 10 and 19 minutes. That’s an odd quirk.That the Warriors have had to use their best lineup more often against Houston than anybody else is perhaps not surprising. The Rockets were fairly open last season about having constructed their team specifically to defeat the Warriors — so open that general manager Daryl Morey declared prior to the start of last season that the organization was “obsessed with ‘How do we beat the Warriors?’”They nearly pulled it off during last year’s Western Conference finals, falling in seven games after taking a 3-2 lead but seeing Chris Paul get injured in the final moments of Game 5. Houston was criticized in some circles for its offseason maneuvers, namely letting Trevor Ariza walk for a deal with the Phoenix Suns. The crowing got even louder when Houston started the season poorly,4The Rockets were 11-14 and in 14th place in the Western Conference on Dec. 8 before finishing the season on a 42-15 sprint, with only the Milwaukee Bucks posting a better record after that date. but here they are again in position to send the Warriors home early. The Rockets don’t have home-court advantage this time around, but perhaps they have another advantage: their bench.Houston’s in-season pickups of Austin Rivers and Iman Shumpert fleshed out their wing depth, and that duo has provided strong minutes during this series. Rivers missed Game 1 with an illness, but the Rockets are plus-17 in his 85 minutes over the past three games. Similarly, they’re plus-15 in 65 minutes with Shumpert on the floor during the series. Nene has been used only sparingly as the Rockets have leaned into small-ball lineups with P.J. Tucker at center when Clint Capela rests, but Houston is nevertheless plus-18 with Nene in the game.The Warriors’ bench, meanwhile, has been a disaster. All five players who have come off the bench for at least 10 minutes during these four games have seen the Warriors get outscored during their time on the floor. It’s getting to the point where Kerr seemingly cannot trust any of them — including previously reliable role players like Shaun Livingston. GameOPPONENTBench Min. 2017: Round 1, Game 1Trail Blazers6-7✓ 2019: Round 2, Game 4Rockets22-11 2019: Round 2, Game 1Rockets44 2019: Round 1, Game 3Clippers2-5✓ 2017: Round 2, Game 4Jazz2-8✓ 2019: Round 2, Game 3Rockets39 Source: Kerr gave his bench guys only 47 combined minutes in Game 4, the third-fewest minutes he has ever given them in 48 playoff games since the team signed Durant. Only five times has he given out 50 bench minutes or fewer, and four of them have come during this series, which is only four games old.With his bench foundering and the Death Lineup no longer delivering its standard kill shot, Kerr is going to have to hope things take a different turn as the series returns to Oracle Arena for Game 5. Maybe that’s Curry busting out of his series-long shooting slump in an even bigger way than he did on Monday night or Klay Thompson finally exploding for the first time in what seems like forever. Maybe it’s figuring out a way to force James Harden into a subpar performance. Maybe it’s something else. But something has to change for them, or else they’re going to be heading home for the summer unexpectedly early. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

first_imgA desperate appeal for donations of bone marrow has been launched by a Greek-American family to save the life of their six month old son Elias.The baby’s mother Evelyn Argirokastritis posted a heart-wrenching plea on Facebook encouraging people to signup to donate their lifesaving marrow. “My son Elias is in need of a new immune system which he would get with new bone marrow!” Ms Agrirokastritis posted Wednesday. “This little man has had every test done to him. Undergone so many procedures under anaesthesia, was hit with the rarest type of pneumonia and made it though it all!” “He’s a fighter and needs someone to help give him his fighting chance for a long healthy life!”Donors with Greek heritage or similar background will be a closer marrow match to Elias.Anyone outside Greece willing to register can do it hereand if located in Greece through this link. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgJosé Bové contre l’exploitation des gaz de schiste en PologneJosé Bové s’est rendu hier à Varsovie pour protester contre la prospection et l’exploitation du gaz de schiste en Pologne. Selon un récent rapport américain, la Pologne est un des pays d’Europe à posséder un des plus grands gisements de gaz de schiste. L’étude évalue à 5.300 milliards de mètres cubes ces gisements, largement de quoi assurer l’indépendance énergétique du pays par rapport à la Russie. La société Total a par ailleurs annoncé le mois dernier avoir pris une part de 49% dans deux concessions d’exploration polonaise, rapporte TV5monde. Alors qu’en France, les opposants réclament l’interdiction d’exploitation de gaz de schiste par fracturation hydraulique de la roche, José Bové était hier à Varsovie pour protester contre l’exploitation qui cherche à se développer en Pologne. Dans la matinée, il a été à la rencontre du premier ministre Donald Tusk à qui il a notamment remis une version polonaise du film “Gasland”. “Maintenant, il ne pourra pas dire qu’il ne connaît pas la situation”, a souligné M. Bové.”On sait que dans les villages polonais où il y a une très grande densité de population, où des gens sont principalement alimentés par des puits, il y a des dizaines de milliers de familles paysannes polonaises qui vont être affectées et qui seront chassées de chez elles à cause de l’exploration de gaz de schiste”, a expliqué le militant à l’AFP. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueIl précise également avoir indiqué au premier ministre polonais “ce qui était en train de se passer dans l’est de la Pologne et lui [avoir] apporté une lettre des paysans”. Ils demandent à M. Tusk de se rendre sur place pour constater par lui-même les dégâts qu’entraine la prospection du gaz de schiste. Célèbre pour ses actions coup de poing, José Bové a terminé sa journée à Varsovie en se rendant au siège de la filiale de Total, vêtu d’une combinaison blanche, et y a déposé une bouteille d’eau polluée au guichet.Le 17 juin 2011 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgOrange répond à la collecte des données de trafic sur ses clientsL’opérateur Orange a répondu aux accusations qui lui étaient adressées concernant une modification des conditions générales de vente, sans le consentement de l’abonné. Après avoir changé ses conditions générales de vente et instauré une analyse du comportement de ses clients à partir de données de trafic sans le consentement de l’abonné, l’opérateur Orange s’est expliqué. En fait, le client ne souhaitant pas que ses données de navigation soient exploitées commercialement par Orange peut signifier son refus mais par courrier postal simplement. Cependant Orange a expliqué à ZDNet que la clause de l’article 21 des conditions générales de vente datait de 2008. Cette clause stipule : “vous autorisez France Télécom à utiliser les données relatives à votre trafic afin de pouvoir vous proposer les produits ou services de France Télécom pouvant répondre à vos besoins, et ce pour une durée de douze mois à compter de leur émission”. C’est celle-ci qui fait actuellement débat mais elle ne serait pas nouvelle selon l’opérateur.Orange explique que les données collectées ne sont pas des données de navigation mais des données de trafic permettant d’adapter les offres commerciales Orange au client. Orange reconnaît que la formulation de la clause est sujette à interprétation mais n’a pas commenté, l’approbation du client se faisant par défaut… Le 16 février 2012 à 20:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgSony has done a terrible job of keeping the PlayStation 4 slim console a secret. Unboxing videos have appeared which Sony swiftly got taken down. While at the same time they refused to confirm the existence of new hardware. It’s silly. But we’ve now reached a point where Sony is finally happy to confirm a new console is being announced this week.That confirmation comes via the PlayStation Korea website with a translation provided through Twitter. On September 8, Sony will confirm the PS4 Slim release date and price for Korea. As the PlayStation Meeting event is happening on September 7 in New York, it seems likely the US and European release date and pricing will be revealed that day.From the unboxing videos we’ve seen, the packaging of this new PS4 console doesn’t actually use the word Slim in the name. It’s just a PlayStation 4, suggesting the slim edition is set to replace the current fat console completely on store shelves possibly even before we reach Christmas.The much thinner console retains the removable hard drive and should be a match in performance to the PS4 it is replacing. However, Sony carries out these redesigns for a purpose: they save money by lowering manufacturing and shipping costs. So we should expect a lower price point and then further price drops next year.More performance will be offered whenever Sony chooses to announce the PS4 Neo. That may also happen this week, but it seems more likely to be a 2017 reveal. Microsoft made the mistake of revealing the Xbox Scorpio over a year before release and putting Xbox One sales in doubt going forward. I suspect Sony won’t be making that mistake with Neo.last_img read more

Jodie Whittaker Calls Doctor Who Dream Part

September 20, 2019 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Since her July reveal as the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker has become a worldwide sensation.As evidenced by the “fair few people” waiting by the BBC Radio 2 studio over the weekend.“Last time I came on the show … there [were] autograph hunters outside who ignored me,” Whittaker told Saturday Breakfast host Dermot O’Leary in a recent interview. “This time, it was like, ‘Hi! Hi!’” she said of her new fans.A self-proclaimed morning person, Whittaker joined O’Leary to talk food, technology, and, of course, Doctor Who. Check out some highlights below.Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston’s iconic look (via BBC)“My interest sparked with Chris Eccleston.”Every Whovian remembers their first Doctor. For O’Leary, it was Tom Baker, the fourth and longest-lived incarnation of the Time Lord (from 1974 to 1981).But Whittaker (like me!) really connected with the long-running show upon its revival in 2005.“Even though I’m 35 … my interest sparked with Chris Eccleston and David Tennant,” she said, joking that she “should have pretended I was, like, 19, and said David was mine.”“I feel kind of a part of that, as well,” Whittaker added. And rightfully so, as she is set to take her place in Doctor Who history next year.“You can list these 13 actors,” from the late William Hartnell to the incumbent Peter Capaldi, “and none of us are similar,” the Doctor-to-be said. “Even when it’s been 12 men, it’s not similar.”Whittaker (center), with Charlotte Rampling (left) and Charlotte Beaumont (right), in Broadchurch (via BBC)“It was certainly not handed to me on a plate.”Following the announcement that Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall would take over for long-time DW boss Steven Moffat, Whittaker got a surprising casting call.“We were having what I thought was a work chat” about season three of Broadchurch, she said. In reality, it was a proposal for her to audition for the new female role.Despite an established friendship with the writer/producer, Whittaker admitted the process was not easy.“They needed to make sure I was right for the part,” she explained. “It was certainly not handed to me on a plate.“Chris knows me, and knows I can do certain things,” she continued. “But he also knows me as Beth Latimer; he needed to be able to see that there’s different sides and that I can draw on that.”Jodie Whittaker (via BBC)Keeping the secret was a “full military operation.”Whittaker in March found out she got the job—a secret she had to keep until BBC’s July 16 global reveal.“No one could know before,” she said, admitting to having told her husband (“that doesn’t count, does it?”) and mom. “And then my dad was FURIOUS!”“It was amazing that [Fleabag writer and star] Phoebe Waller-Bridge [bookies’ favorite to take on the part] dealt with [the media attention] so amazingly and gracefully and at no point could I text her and go, ‘I’m so sorry,’” Whittaker said with a laugh.In fact, she was so far under the radar for months that she and her agent called the job “The Clooney”—a reference to George, who became famous playing a doctor on ER.“It just made it easier for me,” Whittaker said. “I basically whispered for three months, and it was getting really tedious.” So much so that even in her own home, “if the window was open in the flat … I’d go, ‘What have I said? What have I said?’”Whittaker in Attack the Block (via Screen Gems)“It only worked for me to be sneaky.”“I knew my life could still be under the radar to a certain extent” until the post-Wimbledon reveal,” she told O’Leary. “So it’s in my absolute benefit to not be sat in a pub telling everyone.“It only worked for me to be sneaky and have a big hood reveal, that looked so cool,” she exclaimed.Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteenth Doctor (via BBC)“You don’t get typecast as a Time Lord.”Fresh off three seasons as a grieving mother in Broadchurch, Whittaker is now fully ensconced in BBC drama Trust Me, in which she plays—what else?—a doctor.The four-part series is set in Edinburgh, and tells the story of Cath Hardacre, a nurse who loses her job for whistleblowing, then steals her best friend’s identity to start a new job as a physician.For those unaware of Whittaker’s work (and shame on you!), Trust Me may seen a bit “confusing,” she said, noting that it is “nothing like” her next, timey wimey role.“Every job is a world away from Doctor Who. Which is why it’s the dream part,” she continued. “You can never say, ‘Oh, I’m typecast.’ You don’t get typecast as a Time Lord.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img PAHO: 2.6 million undernourished in the region, still obesity up Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – Experts are on the ground, trained in a worst case scenario on how to ship Ebola Virus Disease out of the country if it is ever detected in The Turks and Caicos Islands. News has quieted down somewhat, but the guard is still up at the country’s ports of entries with monitoring and temperature testing as the Turks and Caicos and the Caribbean remain Ebola-Free. Recently a series of workshops were held in the region; the Turks and Caicos attending one in mid-November which has now delivered to the country four Category A professionals to contend with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease or EVD. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) sponsored the “Infectious Shipping Training”; held November 17-19 and now Andrico Garland, medical technologist at the TCI Hospitals is among those ready for any EVD action, if it comes our way. Health Minister, Hon Porsha Smith said: “The training was done in accordance with The World Health Organization (WHO) Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances…”. These four technologists Certified as Category A IATA Professionals are the only individuals in the country trained to handle and package the likes of Ebola specimens. Twelve countries were represented at the training held in Port of Spain, Trinidad where CARPHA is headquartered. Recommended for you Related Items:andrico garland, carpha, Ebola, iata, paho, Portia smith CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to regionlast_img read more

Community steps up for uninsured and diabetic dad

September 16, 2019 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgThe 26-year-old Vancouver man who watches over the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center campus now has his community watching over him.Jesse Wolff is a Type I diabetic who works as a security guard at the medical center. For several years, his diabetes has been uncontrolled.Doctors warned Wolff that the blood-sugar instability means he could face a coma or a stroke or heart attack. About six months ago, doctors told Wolff he needs an insulin pump, which delivers insulin 24 hours a day through a catheter placed under the skin.Although he patrols the hospital grounds, Wolff is employed by a contracted security company and doesn’t have medical insurance. He makes too much money to qualify for state insurance programs and can’t afford to purchase insurance coverage or his medication on his own.After reading about Wolff’s plight in Monday’s Columbian, the community extended a helping hand to the father of two.Dozens of readers contacted The Columbian, wanting to donate money to Wolff and offering advice on where he might be able to access lower-cost medication. Phones at the hospital rang throughout the day with people trying to reach Wolff to offer their assistance. Hospital stafflast_img read more

first_imgThe planned extension, which will run for 3km from Cosmosquare to Yumeshima, is already set to be built as part of the Osaka Metro Chuo line. It will include the undersea Yumesaki Tunnel, due to open in 2024.JPY44.4 billion has already been spent on construction of the Yumesaki Tunnel, with the remaining costs estimated at JPY54 billion. Of this, the national government will pay JPY6.4 billion, Osaka city will pay JPY6.4 billion as general accounting and JPY 20.2 billion will come from reclamation accounting. The IR operator will cover JPY20.2 billion as a development cost. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More RelatedPosts Mayor Ichiro Matsui has confirmed that a pre-condition to Osaka selecting its IR operator partner will be their acceptance of a JPY20.2 billion (US$186 million) bill to extend the subway to Yumeshima.During a question and answer session at Osaka City Council, Matsui stated the condition “will not change regardless of the opening date” of an Osaka IR, according to The Osaka Nichibun.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull provided residents with an update on the Butters Row Bridge Replacement project.“The project has been delayed because flagmen were not available to permit survey work to be completed,” Hull wrote in a memo to the board. “There is a statewide flagman shortage and many Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) projects involving railroads have experienced the same issues.”Flagmen were recently made available. As a result, a field survey was able to be completed by Green International Affiliates, the engineering firm hired by MassDOT to complete the bridge design. Green International Affiliates was the same firm that designed the nearby Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.“Green International will next perform conceptual/preliminary design and obtain approvals for the bridge concept and roadway alignment from various MassDOT departments,” noted Hull. “Green anticipates completing preliminary design sometime next year.”Green International anticipates coming in front of the Board of Selectmen a meeting in mid-to-late fall of 2019 so Selectmen and the public can review and comment on the preliminary design.“The plan is to coordinate the Butters Row Bridge work with work on the bridge near Town Park on Route 38, but details have not been discussed because construction of both bridges are still a few years ago,” added Hull. “Currently MassDOT’s schedule calls for the Butters Row Bridge project to be advertised in 2021, but that date is subject to change.”The new Butters Row bridge will feature two lanes with sidewalks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedUPDATE: Butters Row Bridge Slated For Replacement…. In 2021In “Government”UNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHS Gym Floor Finally Getting Replaced; Closed Until OctoberIn “Education”Latest On Yentile Farm Recreational Facility — Read Meeting Recap, Watch Video, See More PhotosIn “Government”last_img read more

first_img 17 Photos 1 Review • Apple Music offers smart musical suggestions with a human touch News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Apple Music It’s time to get orchestral. Spotify Final Fantasy has been criticized for a lot over the years — the melodramatic characters, complicated storylines, costumes with too many belts — but one thing you never hear people ragging on is the music in the franchise.That’s because the soundtracks are all awesome.And as of now you can stream the soundtracks from almost every Final Fantasy game on both Spotify and Apple Music. Note: You’ll have to type in “Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack,” as just typing in “Final Fantasy,” at least on Spotify, will direct you to fan-made playlists. The soundtrack to every main Final Fantasy game is there, though some spin-offs, like X-2, are absent. Many of the tracks are listed in Japanese characters, meaning it might take some trial and error before you find your favorite tunes.Final Fantasy soundtracks have often come with a separate piano collection, but these collections have not yet appeared on the streaming services. Hopefully they, as well as music from Kingdom Hearts, will arrive soon.If you’re longing for a more substantial Final Fantasy fix, look forward to E3. That where we’re likely to see more of the mythical Final Fantasy VII Remake. Spotifycenter_img Tags E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show Comment Share your voice Video Games Digital Media How To • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference?last_img read more

2 major highways witness huge tailback

September 3, 2019 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgTraffic gridlock on Dhaka-Chittagong highway. The photo was taken at Baldakhal of Daudkandi on Sunday morning. Photo: Prothom AloLong-distance travellers are facing immense sufferings as the country’s two main highways – Dhaka-Tangail and Dhaka-Chittagong – are witnessing a huge tailback on Sunday morning ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.A 1.5-kilometre tailback was seen on Dhaka-Chittagong highway from Meghna-Gumti bridge to Daudkandi in Comilla on Sunday morning. The Dhaka-Tangail highway that connects capital Dhaka to country’s northern districts also saw traffic gridlock at different parts in the morning.Drivers of the two Dhaka-bound trucks Nur Hossain and Ilias Mia said they had been stuck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway since early in the morning.A driver of a Comilla-bound pick-up van, Rassel Mia, said a 10-minute path from Sonargaon to Meghna bridge took about two and a half hours in the morning.Daudkandi highway police sergeant Alamgir Hossain said, “Heavy vehicles were stuck on the highway thanks to heavy rain in the night.”“We hope the traffic jam will ease in next half an hour,” the police sergeant added.Mirzapur’s Gorai Highway police station sub-inspector (SI) Golam Kibria ascribed the traffic gridlock on the highway to plying of a huge number of trucks carrying sacrificial animals with only a week left for Eid-ul-Azha and excessive rain in the night.last_img read more

Truck gets stuck as bridge floods

August 28, 2019 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? With the heavy rains that have fallen over the past few hours, the Bellspruit Bridge has become a water trap for vehicles trying to pass through. A truck became a victim when it got stuck in the water. The road is muddy as well, making it even more difficult for vehicles to travel this route.last_img

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January 15, 2019 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

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