Body of missing Cache Creek BC fire chief Clayton Cassidy found

first_imgCACHE CREEK, B.C. – The body of a fire chief believed to have been swept away by high flood waters in British Columbia’s Interior has been found.RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the Ashcroft fire department found Clayton Cassidy’s body in the water at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, during its daily patrol of Cache Creek.Cassidy had been missing since May 5, following heavy rainfall and intense flooding. He was last known to be checking water levels in Cache Creek, and his vehicle was later found at the site.He was thought to have been swept away by the flood water, and was presumed dead after several days.Moskaluk said the discovery appears to confirm that theory.“It’s thought that Mr. Cassidy had fallen in the creek several weeks ago when we had torrential downpours in the area,” he said.Moskaluk says recovery efforts are still ongoing. “We’re confident that we should be able to complete a safe recovery today,” he said.Cache Creek mayor John Ranta said Cassidy was “highly respected” in the community.After floods hit the area in May of 2015, Cassidy worked hard to help residents whose homes were damaged. He was given a Medal of Good Citizenship by the provincial government for his service.“He worked day after day after day after day, 14-hour days, helping people that had debris in their yards or sand and gravel or whatnot,” Ranta said. “He just worked tirelessly until the whole community was cleaned up.”Ranta said Cassidy’s death will be deeply felt in Cache Creek.“While flood damage can be repaired and we can take measures to prevent further flooding, the thing that can’t be replaced is the life of Clayton Cassidy. That will be a tragedy that lives with us for years to come,” he said.last_img read more

SC seeks EC reply on plea challenging appointment of poll observers in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Election Commission, the West Bengal government and others on a plea challenging the appointment of two retired bureaucrats as special observer and central police observer in the state for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.The plea, filed by an Independent candidate of the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal, came up for hearing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe bench issued notice on the petition and posted it for hearing before a vacation bench on May 21. “Issue notice, returnable on May 21. List before the vacation bench of this court,” the bench said. Barrackpore was one of the seven constituencies in West Bengal where polling was held Monday in the fifth phase of the general elections. The petition, filed by Independent candidate Ramu Mandi, alleged that the two observers — Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak — have been appointed in contravention of the law so as to ensure “certain favours” are granted at the time of election. It stated that Dubey has been appointed as central police observer for West Bengal and Jharkhand while Nayak has been appointed as special observer for West Bengal only.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada Friday morning Canola prices higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $3.10 higher $498.80; Jan. ’18 $2.90 higher $505.40; March ’18 $2.80 higher $510.20; May ’18 $3.30 higher $513.10; July ’18 $3.50 higher $514.30; Nov. ’18 $4.90 higher $489.90; Jan. ’19 unchanged $486.70; March ’19 unchanged $489.40; May ’19 unchanged $489.40; July ’19 unchanged $489.40; Nov. ’19 unchanged $489.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.

Man in threewheeler stabbed to death in Wattala

The motive for the murder is still not known. The Wattala police are conducting investigations.Meanwhile the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said that Adhiyas was a supporter of UPFA candidate Mohammed Nawzan.  According to the CMEV monitor, the attackers had arrived in a green colour three-wheeler and had carried out the murder using a sharp object. Nawzan, in a statement to CMEV, has stated that the victim was one his closest supporters. (Colombo Gazette) Unidentified men in the three-wheeler had got off and stabbed the man in the other three-wheeler and fled. The police said that the son was not injured in the incident. The victim was identified as 46 year old Mohammad Adhiyas. A man was stabbed to death by men who had followed him in a three wheeler this morning in Mabola, Wattala, the police media unit said.The police said that the man had been travelling in a three-wheeler with his son when men in another three-wheeler had blocked his vehicle. read more

Sri Lanka appeals to expatriates in the UAE for urgent help

The Consulate General will accept cash, cheques or money orders drawn in favour of the “Consulate General of Sri Lanka”, for this purpose. Sri Lankan expatriates and well-wishers in the UAE can contribute to the National Flood and Landslide Victims Relief Operations through the Consulate-General in Dubai, which will be acknowledged by an official receipt issued by the Consulate-General and will be transmitted to the Ministry of Disaster Management – the sole authority in the Government of Sri Lanka in handling the relief and rescue operation with regard to the flood victims and the rehabilitation efforts. The financial donations will be accepted by the Consulate General between 8.30am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka’s Consulate-General in Dubai has released an urgent appeal to expatriates and other UAE residents to donate to help with relief efforts following the devastating floods that have so far left at least 425,601 people from 103,776 families badly affected.The Government of Sri Lanka is encouraging monetary assistance – rather than collected material – for the victims, especially from overseas Sri Lankans, to enable faster relief assistance, as it is more economical to purchase relief supplies locally. read more

UN environmental chief tells African cities to access funds for sustainable growth

“An increasing number of cities in the developing countries of Asia and Latin America are starting to introduce modern 21st century rapid bus transit systems, alongside measures to boost safer cycling and walking,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner told the Africities 4 Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.The investments, which are so far benefiting five cities in Latin America, including Mexico City and Panama City, and others underway or in the pipeline in Jakarta and Hanoi in Asia, are being catalyzed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an independent financial organization established in the early 1990s to assist developing countries to achieve sustainable development. Only some weeks ago it was replenished to the tune of just over $3 billion. In Africa, in terms of sustainable transport projects, only Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania is taking advantage of GEF funding with a rapid bus transit system earmarked there. South Africa is also hoping to use GEF funding to help its cities boost sustainable public transportation for the 2010 World Cup.“The streets and infrastructure of far too many of Africa’s cities are being overwhelmed by traffic, leading to rising levels of hazardous air pollution and impacts on the economy,” Mr. Steiner said.“Africa should consider the mistakes made on continents like Europe which indicate that trying to build your way out of the problem by constructing more and more roads can be expensive and deliver only short-term benefits,” he added. Meanwhile the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change offers a chance to better handle urban wastes, he noted. Gases emitted by big rubbish tips can be used to generate electricity and thus can attract new streams of funding under these carbon credit schemes.UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka, who is also attending the summit, told journalists that although Africa is faced with the daunting challenge of mushrooming slums, possibly housing “a staggering 72 per cent” of its urban population, there is hope for the continent to move forward and provide adequate shelter for its urban populations. Ms. Tibaijuka, whose agency is mandated to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities, noted that even the big cities of Europe and America once suffered from the scourge of having many of the inhabitants living in slums. read more

Online poker thriller Runner Runner featuring Timberlake Affleck quickly politicized

Online poker thriller ‘Runner Runner,’ featuring Timberlake, Affleck, quickly politicized by Hannah Dreier, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2013 12:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The thriller “Runner Runner” starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck hasn’t even opened yet, but it’s already in the centre of the fight over online gambling regulation.The American Gambling Association has bought ads on major websites including Twitter, Facebook and the IMDb movie database framing the film as a “cautionary tale” that points to the need for Congress to legalize online poker. The ads also pop up when people Google the movie’s title.The screenwriters have said their story of a young gambler pulled into the criminal dealings of an offshore poker site was never intended as a political parable. The movie is scheduled to open later Thursday.The Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation, a national non-profit, sent a letter to the casino lobby Thursday pointing to the writers’ comments, and calling the ads dishonest. The group is demanding that the ads — one of which warns, “sometimes movie villains are real” — be taken down.National director Les Bernal wrote that there was no reason to think shady offshore operations would disappear if online gambling was legalized in The U.S. and accused the casino lobby of wanting a cut of the illegal operators’ business.“Casino operators now hope to expand another key demographic to their base: young people, especially those of college age, which is why the AGA greedily seized upon ‘Runner, Runner,’” Bernal wrote.Internet poker, never fully legal, has been strictly outlawed since 2011, when the Department of Justice seized the domain names of the largest offshore sites catering to U.S. customers and blacked them out.This crackdown, dubbed “black Friday,” left poker fanatics with two options: Get dressed and visit a card room, or break the law and log into an offshore site.Offshore gambling sites took in roughly $2.6 billion from U.S. players last year, according to Geoff Freeman, president of the association.More recently, the federal government softened its stance on Internet betting, and three states — New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada — legalized some form of online wagering within their borders.The gambling lobby, which counts MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment among its members, supports a federal approach. It warns that a patchwork of state laws will be unworkable for corporations and could leave gamblers exposed to dishonest dealings.The lobby is seizing any opportunity to try to jumpstart stalled federal legislation.“Washington is changing, and how you share your message in Washington is changing,” Freeman said. “You’ve got to break through the clutter.”Freeman dismissed the predatory gambling group’s complaint. He said online gambling empires like the one depicted in the movie often fail to verify gamblers’ ages and locations, and they offer no guarantee they’re playing fair.“Runner Runner,” released by Twentieth Century Fox, tells the story of a Princeton University graduate student, played by Timberlake, who believes he’s been cheated after gambling away his tuition money. He travels to Costa Rica to stick it to an online poker tycoon, played by Affleck, who then offers him a job.Writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman, who also created the 1998 gambling classic “Rounders,” told Reuters that they were surprised by the casino lobby’s campaign and found it amusing.Early reviews have been mostly negative.___Hannah Dreier can be reached at . read more

Study US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution

Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution by Michael Biesecker And Matthew Brown, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2016 1:56 am MDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2016 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.The team led by researchers at the University of Michigan found that fossil fuel production at the Bakken Formation in North Dakota and Montana is emitting roughly 2 per cent of the ethane detected in the Earth’s atmosphere.Along with its chemical cousin methane, ethane is a hydrocarbon that is a significant component of natural gas. Once in the atmosphere, ethane reacts with sunlight to form ozone, which can trigger asthma attacks and other respiratory problems, especially in children and the elderly. Ethane pollution can also harm agricultural crops. Ozone also ranks as the third-largest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide and methane.“We didn’t expect one region to have such a global influence,” said Eric Kort, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of climatic science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.The study was launched after a mountaintop sensor in the European Alps began registering surprising spikes in ethane concentrations in the atmosphere starting in 2010, following decades of declines. The increase, which has continued over the last five years, was noted at the same time new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques were fueling a boom of oil and gas production from previously inaccessible shale rock formations in the United States.Searching for the source of the ethane, an aircraft from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2014 sampled air from directly overhead and downwind of drilling rigs in the Bakken region. Those measurements showed ethane emissions far higher than what was being reported to the government by oil and gas companies.The findings solve an atmospheric mystery — where that extra ethane was coming from, said Colm Sweeney, a study co-author from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.The researchers said other U.S. oil and gas fields, especially the Eagle Ford in Texas, are also likely contributing to the global rise in ethane concentrations. Ethane gets into the air through leaks from drilling rigs, gas storage facilities and pipelines, as well as from intentional venting and gas burnoffs from extraction operations.“We need to take these regions into account because it could really be impacting air quality in a way that might matter across North America,” Kort said.Helping drive the high emission levels from the Bakken has been the oil field’s meteoric growth. Efforts to install and maintain equipment to capture ethane and other volatile gases before they can escape have lagged behind drilling, said North Dakota Environmental Health Chief Dave Glatt.Glatt’s agency has stepped up enforcement efforts in response. Last year, the state purchased a specialized camera that can detect so-called fugitive gas emissions as they escape from uncontained oil storage tanks, leaky pipelines, processing facilities and other sources.“You’re able to see what the naked eye can’t and it reveals emissions sources you didn’t know where there,” Glatt said. “It’s a game changer. A lot of the companies thought they were in good shape, and they looked through the camera and saw they weren’t.”Regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency were reviewing the study’s results. Spokeswoman Laura Allen said Friday that new clean air rules recently announced by the Obama administration to curb climate-warming methane leaks from oil and gas drilling operations should also help address the harmful ethane emissions.There are other ways ethane gets into the atmosphere — including wildfires and natural seepage from underground gas reserves. But fossil fuel extraction is the dominant source, accounting for roughly 60 to 70 per cent of global emissions, according to a 2013 study from researchers at the University of California.___Brown reported from Billings, Mont.___Follow Michael Biesecker Twitter at and find his work at Matthew Brown : read more

Conveyor Belt Monitoring launching new technologies at AIMEX

first_imgConveyor Belt Monitoring (CBM) will showcase two new non-invasive conveyor belt monitoring products during AIMEX – Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition 2011, to be held at Sydney’s Olympic Park, Homebush, from September 6-9. Both are designed to extend the safe working life of conveyor belting and maximise the return on assets for mining operations. Headlining the display will be CBM’s Longitudinal Rip Detection System which is non-contact, has nothing embedded in the belt and works with belt types such as steel cord, fabric and solid woven. The CBM stand at AIMEX will be H1034.Supporting the system will be CBM’s new Vision/Profile Monitor. “This state-of-the-art system allows for visual inspection and cover thickness to be determined without stopping the belt and therefore it does not impact negatively on production,” CBM spokesman, Jonathan Krane, said. “It certainly is a new age and CBM is proud to be at the forefront of developing new and advanced technologies aimed at minimising downtime and saving dollars,” he said. CBM describes its company goal as extending the safe working life of all conveyor belting, “achieved through careful monitoring of the belt’s condition, and orderly repair or removal of events which could lead to premature belt failure.” CBM’s services are also used as a supplementary Quality Assurance tool during belt and splice construction processes, and on a continual basis for OH&S audits.last_img read more

Flowrox launches new industrial valve for processing abrasive and corrosive substances

first_imgFlowrox says its PVG valve offers exceptional fluid control performance for industrial pipelines for mining, minerals and metallurgy and waste water treatment. It has engineered its PVG valve at full bore with no flow restrictions, allowing processes with abrasive or corrosive fluids—such as lime slurry or mineral slurries. This new pinch valve product is designed to enhance current pipeline equipment and processes using the latest technology in fluid control. The main benefit to a full bore design is that the PVG valve itself becomes an integral part of the pipe and is able to process the same fluids in the harshest of conditions.In addition to its strength and resistance to aggressive slurries, Flowrox’s new PVG valve is designed as a full port fluid control device that allows a more efficient process, requiring less pumping energy.The reduction of head pressure is another benefit offered by the PVG valve, which helps reduce pump costs and eliminates unnecessary turbulence in pipelines handling abrasive slurries.“Our PVG valve offers great in-field flexibility as it can be easily replaced on-site without major delays in operation,” said Anthony Clark, Vice President of Sales at Flowrox. “Add to that its guaranteed long operational lifetime and we have a product our clients can depend on when they need it most.”At the core of Flowrox’s PVG valve is its innovative elastic sleeve, which is the only part in contact with the medium as a way to reduce any potential corrosion or deterioration due to wear-and-tear, even when processing the most corrosive chemicals.Flowrox says that “older valves with years of operation are often based on fluid control technologies that do not incorporate the latest design efficiencies, leading to jamming or clogging—and thus resulting in costly repairs or decommissioning of a pipeline due to valve damage.“In its PVG valves, Flowrox offers the benefit of low maintenance and trouble-free operation without the challenge of jams or clogs, giving peace of mind thanks to its long service intervals and reduced cost of ownership.”last_img read more

Ireland U21 star Grealish deserves Martin ONeills attention

first_imgMARTIN O’NEILL AND Roy Keane have been to the four corners of England tracking players over the past two months as they plan for the Serbia friendly in March ahead of the opening Euro 2016 qualifiers later this year.And while Ireland’s management team have so far restricted themselves to Premier League and Championship grounds, they could do worse than to pay a visit to Notts County’s Meadow Lane this afternoon as the League One side welcome Walsall.The Magpies were last week boosted by news that talented teenager Jack Grealish was extending his loan period from Aston Villa to the end of the season after he proved a revelation during his initial three-month spell.A technically-gifted winger with good feet and an eye for goal, the 18-year-old has scored four times in 21 appearances (the majority of which were on the left flank) with manager Shaun Derry delighted to retain his services as they attempt to climb above from current position of 16th in the third tier.And speaking to this week, the player himself explained that he is also glad to sticking around.“I arrived near enough to the start of the season and was enjoying it so we decided that I would stay,” he says. “There were other offers from Championship and League One clubs but both myself and Aston Villa thought this would be best for me.”Shaun Derry and (assistant) Greg Abbott have both been great with me. They’ve helped me learn the game and adapt as a player both defensively and in attack.“The Notts County fans have also been great with me and the team particularly when the results weren’t going so well. They’ve all been supportive on Twitter and when we’ve played at home at Meadow Lane or away and we owe it to them get the results and push up the table.”In action for Notts County against Brentford. Credit: Rowan Staszkiewicz/EMPICS SportGrealish, who puts his success so far down to the incredible support of his family, enjoyed a particularly special moment in December when he scored his first senior goal and got to celebrate it with his biggest fan — his dad.Notts held a slender 2-1 lead over Gillingham going into the closing minutes when the youngster glided by four defenders before finding the roof of the net.Here’s the goal and celebration: YouTube credit: Adam Bird“It was a great moment,” he says. “To celebrate with my dad was great for both of us. At the start of the season I was playing okay but I wasn’t getting on the scoresheet as much. Over the past few months I’ve started to score so hopefully I can keep that going.My whole family, but especially my dad, have had a massive influence on my career. They’ve always kept me on the right track, encouraged me to play football and do the best I can.“I’ve played 20 games for Notts County and my dad has only missed one. He follows me all around the country to watch me and even comes when I play for Ireland U21s in places like the Faroe Islands.”Born in Birmingham and a lifelong Villa fan, Grealish is eligible to play for Ireland through three grandparents and has come through the underage system from the age of 15 to U21 level, where he made three appearances last year.He may have been the youngest member of Noel King’s squad but impressed in games against the Faroe Islands (which he scored in) and Montenegro alongside Villa clubmate Samir Carruthers.“I hadn’t even played U19s so it was a big step up to go from U18s to U21s but Noel said to me that I have the talent to do it. I’ve started the last two games and done well in them – scoring a goal.“Hopefully I’ll do well when we’ve our next games in March.“Me and Samir get on really well and I’m always speaking to him about how he’s getting on at MK Dons. He’s doing well there at the moment and I am at Notts County too so it’s good to see.”Grealish celebrates scoring against the Faroe Islands. Credit: INPHO/James CrombieWhile Grealish insists he is happy lining out for the Boys in Green, the English FA did make contact last year in the hope of persuading him to switch allegiance to his country of birth.“They came in for me last summer and said that they want me to play for them and that I would be in the U19s squad but you want to play at the highest level you can don’t you. To play for Ireland at U21s level is better so that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”Grealish speaks glowing of the work done by the FAI and its staff over the years and explains that choosing to play for Ireland “wasn’t a hard decision”. That said, until he is capped in a competitive senior international, he remains free to represent either nation and admits his future isn’t 100% certain.“From when I first played when I was 15 they (the FAI) treated me really well. They told me how much they thought of me, what will happen in the future and they didn’t tell any lies — everything they said was the truth.It’s hard to say (if things could change) and it depends on what happens in the future. But what I know is I do want to play for Ireland at the moment.”With that in mind, it might be a good idea for O’Neill to take a look with the view to integrating him into the senior set-up sooner rather than later.“I can remember him at the club,” he recalls of the current Ireland boss. “I was about 14 but I would’ve been too young for him to know me. He did well at Villa so hopefully him and Roy Keane can carry on with Ireland and push them on.”At club level, Grealish’s ultimate goal is to carve out a career at the club he became a ticket holder with at four before signing for them as an eight-year-old. In the short term, however, he is totally focused on Notts County’s cause — starting with today’s game.“We’re 16th now so hopefully we can keep pushing up the table. Our aim is to finish as high as we can. I’m positive that we will beat the drop and we won’t go down.”Falcao facing World Cup heartbreak as Columbia striker suffers serious injuryDepartures Lounge: Chelsea want Barkley to replace Matalast_img read more

Students Overcome Cabin Fever to Design Creative Cottages

first_img Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair3D Laser Scans Could Be Key to Notre Dame Cathedral Restoration Stay on target Cabin fever is more than a claustrophobic reaction to isolation and a series of horror films. It is also the inspiration for the ninth annual Hello Wood International Summer School & Festival.Every year, independent educational platform and design studio Hello Wood invites students to a 10-day workshop, where they are put to work gaining practical experience.The 2018 Cabin Fever event—a reflection of the organization’s own restlessness—brought together some 150 participants from 65 universities to construct seven wooden cabins in rural Hungary.What started as an art camp in 2010 has grown into a “unique” experience for novice architects and designers.“It is a possibility for learning by doing and a great opportunity to break down the barriers between different generations, to connect in ways that are beyond the walls of universities,” the Hello Wood website said. “Our goal is to promote the construction process as a platform for discussion, innovation, and exchanging knowledge.”In the past eight years, more than 500 people from 70-plus universities in more than 30 countries have built 84 summer school projects.This season’s creations, as reported by New Atlas, are about as far from the Lincoln Log cabins of my youth as you can get:Cabin modules, by iR arquitecturaDesigned by IR arquitectura, led by Fermin Indavere and Tommaso Polli (via Tamas Bujnovszky)Made primarily of wood and polycarbonate, this modernist hut features several modules, each designed for a different purpose—kitchen, bedroom, living room, bathroom. Different combinations can be mixed-and-matched to fit individual needs.Grand Cabin Club, by Hello WoodDesigned by Hello Wood, led by Dávid Ráday, András Huszár, Nóra Fekete, and Ádám Bajtai (via Tamas Bujnovszky)Supervisor Hello Wood’s teepee-esque A-frame house was constructed using prefab wooden panels. It can sleep eight people, but host up to 20 for parties (presumably taking advantage of that wee porch out front).Hello Wool, by AU Workshop & Marton LowDesigned by AU Workshop, led by Lukács Szederkényi, Dénes Emil Ghyczy, and Marton Low (via Tamas Bujnovszky)This one-person retreat, insulated with wool, was envisioned as a place of quiet reflection. There’s enough room to sit up or lie down, and the tin roof boasts a chimney-like vent for warm air to escape, keeping the interior cool.I am a monument, by Josep Garriga & OfficeShophouseDesigned by Josep Garriga and OfficeShophouse, led by Josep Garriga, Patxi Martin, and Natalia Vera Vigaray (via Tamas Bujnovszky)By repurposing a previously abandoned Hello Wood project, the team behind this raised cabin created a three-story outdoor space, with a shaded base, private room, and rooftop terrace.Project Treehouse, by frundgallinaDesigned by frundgallina, led by Pascal Deschenaux, Aziz Temel, and Francesco Borghini (via Tamas Bujnovszky)The 41-foot-tall Project Treehouse looks more like an Egyptian pyramid than anything you’d find attached to a wooden trunk in someone’s backyard. Occupants may place a light on the roof to welcome visitors, who can access three hammock-style sleeping spaces via a ladder.Project vertical cabin, by H3T architektiDesigned by H3T architekti, led by Karel Harazim, Tomáš Madro, and Marek Barjak (via Tamas Bujnovszky)See a storm brewing in the distance? Just tilt this cabin onto its side and wheel it toward blue skies. (You may have to leave the heavy roof behind, though, if you forgot your crane.) The tall chalet—its furniture bolted to the walls—was made from recycled and scrap wood and other materials left behind by previous teams.Ziggurat Delivery, by ZarColaDesigned by ZarCola, led by Edoardo Giancola and Federico Zarattini (via Tamas Bujnovszky)Another modular shanty, this one is made of two stacked portable container-sized units built out of wood and thermal insulation panels. The ground floor serves as a kitchen and living area, while upstairs bedrooms can be reached by ladder.If you believe the three little pigs, brick is the best material for building a house. But new high-tech options like 3D printing are paving the way for more creative constructions. See what’s new in architecture here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Report Real Madrid consider a move for Aaron Ramsey

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly contemplating a move for Arsenal’s unsettled midfielder Aaron RamseyThe Wales international’s decade-long stay at the Emirates Stadium appears to be nearing its end with Ramsey out of contract in the summer.Arsenal are understood to be resigned to losing Ramsey after withdrawing a contract offer and they will be open to offers for him in the January transfer window.The 27-year-old has no shortage of admirers with Liverpool the latest team to express an interest in him along with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.But TEAMtalk claims that an unlikely suitor in Real has emerged as they seek a potential long-term replacement for either Toni Kroos or Luka Modric, who continues to be linked with Inter Milan.Apparently, Los Blancos have even consulted Ramsey’s friend and Wales teammate Gareth Bale about the player.Ramsey will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club at the start of 2019.last_img read more

St Johnstone will match Rangers says Blair Alison

first_imgSt Johnstone striker Blair Alston says his team will come out to match the Rangers pattern of play when they meet at Ibrox on Sunday.Alston who has featured against Rangers during his time at Falkirk said the experience hasn’t changed and urged his teammates not to see the game as a ‘hiding’ because of the team involved.“Any time you do well against the so-called big teams you always get more attention. It doesn’t matter how you play,” Alston told Scotsman.“I have tended to be quite lucky with goals against Rangers, for Falkirk and 
St Johnstone.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I must have played them eight or nine times at Falkirk. We seemed to draw them in cups and they were in the Championship for a couple of seasons. I have played Rangers when they were head and shoulders above Falkirk. It was men against boys. You wondered what was going on. But by playing more games against them you begin to feel more comfortable.“When we played them at Ibrox and it finished 5-1 it did look like men against boys again. But we don’t go into games thinking ‘we could take a hiding here.’ We go in thinking there’s no reason we can’t do something. Our attitude is ‘let’s see what we can do against them.’”last_img read more

The New Childrens Museum wins National Medal Award

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The New Children’s Museum won the National Medal in Washington D.C. recently.The museum was one of five museums selected as winners and the only children’s museum. June 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:25 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, The New Children’s Museum wins National Medal Award Posted: June 17, 2019last_img read more

Spa Getaways Tropical Vacations and More Available for Bid at ASAs Soy

first_imgHave you ever wanted to take a relaxing spa trip with an ocean view or a health spa getaway that refreshes your mind and body? ASA is offering a chance to bid on a spa getaway of your choice at the ASA Soy Social and Auction, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at Commodity Classic in Phoenix.  Cruises and trips to Costa Rica and Hawaii will also be available for bid at our annual auction that supports the ASA SoyPAC. Come join us in February at one of the highlights of the convention!Online registration for the ASA Soy Social and Auction opens before Christmas.  For more information about the ASA Soy Social and Auction, click here.The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by the following companies: Syngenta, Farm Credit, Rabo AgriFinance, REG Enterprises, Bayer CropScience and MacDon Industries.last_img read more

New Alaska wildlife managers could revive old fights over federal protections bear

first_imgWolves travel along the Denali Park Road. The new administration of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is likely to revive old conflicts like one over a state program that kills wolves and bears to boost caribou and moose populations. (Photo by Nathan Kostegian/National Park Service)Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy is shaking up the Department of Fish and Game.His acting commissioner, Doug Vincent-Lang, has made a pair of unconventional, high-level appointments. Rick Green — the right-wing talk show host known as Rick Rydell — is Vincent-Lang’s new special assistant.And Eddie Grasser, who earlier this year worked as a lobbyist for a hunters’ advocacy group, Safari Club International, will lead the department’s wildlife conservation division.The administration of Dunleavy, a Republican, has not released its proposed budget for the department, and it also hasn’t announced any major policy changes.Doug Vincent Lang (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game)But Vincent-Lang, who served as a top fish and game official under the previous Republican governor, Sean Parnell, said he won’t shrink from some of the more contentious policies he promoted in his past stint at the department. And that’s likely to shift the complex dynamics between the different entities and interests involved in Alaska’s fish and wildlife politics – from the state and federal governments to tribes, hunting organizations and fishing groups.Under Parnell, Vincent-Lang fought the federal government on several fronts. One of them was over federal protections for endangered species like humpback whales and Steller sea lions, with the state arguing that such protections unnecessarily restricted activity like fishing and oil and gas development.“Increasingly, I think we’re seeing an intrusion by the federal government into states’ rights to manage,” Vincent-Lang said in a phone interview Friday. “We’re going to fight hard to protect those — and where we can, cooperate with our federal agencies on research and other things.”Vincent-Lang was also an advocate for predator control, a controversial state program that kills wolves and bears in an effort to leave more moose and caribou for hunters.Rick Green — the right-wing talk show host known as Rick Rydell — the new special assistant to the Alaska fish and game commissioner. (Photo courtesy Rick Rydell)“I’m not going to shy away from doing predation control to increase productivity,” he said. “To the extent that we’re going to manage to ecosystems to maximize the number of moose and caribou coming out there for putting food on Alaskans’ plates, I’m willing to do that.”Green, the special assistant, will earn $87,000 annually to work with Vincent-Lang on outreach and communication.Two weeks ago, Green was still broadcasting his drive-time Anchorage talk radio show under the name Rick Rydell.Rydell once referred to himself as a “flame-throwing conservative” who skewered “wacko” liberals on the radio. But in a Thursday phone interview, he was back to his given name, Rick Green, and sitting at a desk as a state employee.Green, in a phone interview, described one of his main tasks as “rebuilding trust” with different groups frustrated with the way Alaska’s fish and game have been divided up. He cited dipnetters as one example, saying they were frustrated by the lack of available fish on the Kenai River in the summer.That echoes one of Dunleavy’s criticisms on the campaign trail of the previous governor, independent Bill Walker, who Dunleavy described as overly sympathetic to commercial fishermen.Vincent-Lang said that as he started as commissioner, he talked with Bob Penney, a longtime advocate for Kenai River recreational fishermen and a major financial supporter of Dunleavy’s gubernatorial bid.Vincent-Lang also said he plans to meet with commercial fishermen from the same area in the next week. He hasn’t yet named his department’s new top fisheries managers – Vincent-Lang said that will likely happen in early January.While those high-level jobs remain unfilled, some conservation-minded Alaskans said they’re worried that the fish and game department under Dunleavy will focus on hunting to the detriment of wildlife viewing and tourism.“If I were a wolf or a bear in Alaska right now, I would be headed for the Canadian border, ASAP,” said Rick Steiner, an environmental advocate and former marine conservation professor in Anchorage.Among Steiner’s concerns was the hiring of Grasser as the department official in charge of wildlife conservation.Grasser grew up in a family of hunting guides, and once rode horses as they swam across the Copper River in the Wrangell Mountains. Later, he became a lobbyist and advocate for sportsmen’s groups like the Alaska Outdoor Council and the National Rifle Association.In the 1990s, Grasser pushed the fish and game department to cut spending on programs like bear- and bird-viewing. At the time, he was representing the Alaska Outdoor Council, and argued that those non-hunting programs sucked up revenue from taxes on guns, bullets, and hunting and fishing licenses.More recently, Grasser has lobbied for another hunters’ advocacy group, Safari Club International.Steiner said appointees like Grasser, Green and Vincent-Lang are too narrowly focused on the interests of recreational hunters from Alaska’s more urban regions, and Outside.“I think the out-of-state trophy hunters and trappers will fare well,” Steiner said. “The major stakeholders that should be very concerned are the commercial fishing industry, the tourism industry and even the subsistence community.”Steiner’s comments hinted at long-running conflicts over subsistence between rural Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, and urban hunters — groups that sometimes vie for the same fish and game.But a top official at the Alaska Federation of Natives — one of the most powerful advocacy groups that backs subsistence users — said it’s way too early to judge the direction of Dunleavy’s administration.“We’re looking forward to meeting them and sitting down and talking to them about the pressing issues, and seeing where our common ground is,” AFN President Julia Kitka said.last_img read more

Sensex Not Bottomed Out Losses May Extend by Another 1000 Points

first_imgTumbling domestic stock markets are likely to see further losses in the coming days, with the benchmark Sensex estimated to fall by another 1,000 points.Some analysts expect the stock markets to fall by another 3-5% in the near-term, in addition to the nearly 6% decline witnessed on Monday. So, investors have been advised to sell stocks on rallies.”Monday’s fall is the beginning of a larger corrective pattern which should normalise the bull market rally which began in August 2013. We believe that the markets could fall by another 3-4 per cent, but eventually, go sideways at 25000 levels on the Sensex or 7500 levels on the Nifty,” Jimeet Modi, CEO, SAMCO Securities, told The Economic Times.The BSE Sensex index plunged 1,624 points on 24 August, posting its biggest intraday fall in seven years amid a massive sell-off in global markets. The NSE Nifty fell 490.95 points or 5.92% to end the day at 7,809.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) have offloaded shares worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore in the past four sessions, amid growing concerns over the slowdown in the world’s second largest economy China and fall in commodity prices.”It is impossible to call this as bottom for the market, but an investor should begin staggered purchases in the current markets. For an Investor, things look a lot better at 7700 than at 8600 with a much bigger margin of safety,” he added.Chinese stock markets plunged over 7% for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, after falling by over 8.5% in the previous session.Tracking the fall, the US stock markets ended nearly 4% down on Monday, posting their worst decline in four years. Asian, European markets also tumbled to multi-year lows, as worries grew over slowing economic activity in China.”Coming two-to-three days would be a bit challenging, so don’t hurry for fresh buying or short selling till the dust settles and clarity emerges,” said Rohit Gadia, Founder & CEO, CapitalVia Global Research Ltd.last_img read more

Actor Tanvir Hasan kills self

first_imgTanvir Hasan SumonActor and director Tanvir Hasan Sumon has reportedly committed suicide in the city’s Uttara area, reports UNB.Police recovered the body from his sister’s house at Road-4 of Uttara Sector-4 on Friday noon.Ishtiaque Ahmed, husband of Tanvir’s sister, said the stage, TV and film actor went to visit their house along with family members from their Mirpur-10 residence.They went to sleep around 12:30am on Friday after having their dinner keeping the door of the room unlocked, he said.The domestic help found Tanvir hanging from a ceiling fan when she went to clean the room on Friday morning, Ishtiaque said, claiming that he had long been suffering from depression.Sub-inspector of Uttara east police station Abdur Rahim said they sent the body to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsy. “The reason behind the death could be known after getting the autopsy report,” he said.Tanvir was a member of Dhaka Little Theatre and Natyakendra.Alongside acting in dramas, he used to do the act of direction.last_img read more

Everybody Wins Hosts 20th Annual Gala

first_imgStudents from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in S.W. D.C. perform a selection at the Everybody Wins! Gala.On April 22, the D.C. branch of the Everybody Wins! Children and literacy mentoring organization hosted its 20th annual gala celebration. The event, which was hosted at the Capital Hilton in N.W. D.C., was emceed by CNN political correspondent Brianna Keilar. Additionally, Michele Roberts, executive director of the NBA delivered the keynote address.At the event, the organization highlighted its many students and recognized its sponsors.Over the past 20 years, EW!DC has become the largest children’s literacy and mentoring organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 1995, EW!DC has served more than 60,000 low-income students and distributed nearly 200,000 new books for students to take home.last_img read more