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Ecigarette use by teens linked to later tobacco smoking study

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Teenagers who use electronic cigarettes are at risk of graduating to tobacco smoking, a large Canadian study suggests.The study of more than 44,000 Grade 9 to 12 students in Ontario and Alberta, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), shows a “strong and robust” linkage between so-called vaping and subsequent tobacco use.“We found that youth that had used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to start smoking a year later,” said lead researcher David Hammond, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Waterloo.“They’re more likely to try smoking and they’re more likely to become daily smokers.”The big question, said Hammond, is whether it’s the use of e-cigarettes that is making some young people smoke.“A lot of what we’re seeing in our study and a lot of other studies out there is a simple fact, and that is the kids who do risky things, the ones that are more likely to try e-cigarettes are also more likely to try smoking,” he said from Waterloo, Ont.“And guess what? They’re also more likely to try alcohol and marijuana. It’s all to do with the fact that kids who are susceptible are going to try different things.“We’ve had something like two million Canadian youth try e-cigarettes and we’d be foolish if we weren’t concerned about kids trying nicotine products at an earlier age than they typically try smoking.”The research, known as the COMPASS study, looked at e-cigarette use among students in 2013/14, with a follow-up a year later. Students were classified into six categories: current daily smokers, current occasional smokers, former smokers, experimental smokers, puffers; and those who had never tried smoking.Those teens who vaped in the 30 days prior to the start of the study were more likely to start smoking cigarettes and to continue smoking after one year, researchers found.“Youth may be trying e-cigarettes before smoking because they are easier to access,” said Hammond, noting that tobacco cannot be sold to minors.Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst for the Canadian Cancer Society, said vaping by young people is of significant concern.“Certainly nicotine is addictive and we don’t want e-cigarettes to be a mechanism whereby youth get addicted to nicotine,” he said.“And that’s why it’s so important to prevent kids from using e-cigarettes or starting smoking.”While Canada has not approved nicotine-containing e-cigarettes for sale in conventional retail outlets such as supermarkets, the products are widely available online and in vape stores.Non-nicotine e-cigarettes, which come in hundreds of flavours, do not require government approval to be sold and make up a large part of the market in Canada.However, that is expected to soon change. Bill S-5, which would create new regulations governing e-cigarettes, was approved by the Senate in June and is currently before the House of Commons.Among its provisions, Bill S-5 would outlaw the sale of vaping products to minors and prohibit the promotion of e-cigarettes containing flavours that appeal to youth, as well as restricting advertising of these products.But Cunningham said the provisions in Bill S-5 for e-cigarette advertising are weak compared to those for both tobacco and for cannabis, when the latter product becomes legal next year.“And I think the bill should be amended to strengthen the restrictions on e-cigarettes advertising,” he said.The Canadian Medical Association recommends a ban on the sale of all electronic cigarettes to those younger than the minimum age for tobacco consumption in their province or territory.The doctors group also wants the licensing system tightened to limit the number of outlets where tobacco products, as well as vaping devices, can be purchased, along with restrictions on the promotion of e-cigarettes.“Protecting Canada’s youth should be of the utmost importance for government and health-care professionals alike,” said CMA president Dr. Laurent Marcoux.“The findings in this (study) provide even more evidence that the government should continue to work to limit sales and decrease the appeal of products that are often targeted towards Canada’s youth,” Marcoux said by email.The CMAJ is editorially independent from the Canadian Medical Association.-Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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Ontario dairy farmers need clarity on trade deal province says

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s government is calling for details on how Ottawa will compensate dairy farmers adversely affected by Canada’s new trade deal with the United States and Mexico.Premier Doug Ford said Monday that he was concerned farmers have been “thrown under the bus” by the federal government in the new three-country agreement.He emphasized the need for the agricultural sector to be compensated and his economic development minister expressed frustration the federal government hadn’t provided more details on the issue.“We’re calling on the Trudeau Liberals to compensate our farmers,” Ford said, adding that steel and aluminium workers in the auto industry also needed support. “We weren’t at the table or maybe the deal would have been a little different.”The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA, allows the U.S. greater access to the Canadian dairy market and eliminates competitive dairy classes. It also says the first 2.6 million Canadian autos exported to the U.S. will be exempted from tariffs, a figure well above the current export rate of 1.8 million. But tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium remain in place.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that all farmers in supply management systems will be fairly compensated for the additional market access being given to trading partners in the deal.However, she added that the amount and type of compensation will be worked out in coming months while Canada, the United States and Mexico all work to ratify the agreement reached late Sunday.Jim Wilson, Ontario’s economic development minister, criticized the lack of compensation details and said he believes the deal will cost the diary sector jobs and “tens of millions” of dollars.“It’s disturbing that you would be spending 13 months on a deal and not have a formula to be able to tell farmers right away what they can expect,” he said. “These are thousands of family farms, dairy farms, in the province of Ontario and you can think that tonight every one of those farmers will be up worrying about what they future is.”Wilson added that he hoped Ontario could press the federal government to amend the terms of the agreement to better protect dairy farmers.“We’re not done yet, it’s not signed,” he said. “We’re going to keep fighting.”Ford and Wilson, who both travelled to Washington last month for a briefing on trade talks, also said they were disappointed that steel and aluminium tariffs remained in place.The Progressive Conservative government said it will be speaking with industry representatives to determine the impact of the new trade deal.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Ontario should consider some kind of provincial contribution on top of federal compensation to dairy farmers.“Seeing our government say … they’re prepared to simply walk away and hope for the best when it comes to what the feds what might provide, I think that’s irresponsible,” she said.Green party leader Mike Schreiner lauded the new trade agreement and said it’s essential to the province’s economy. But Schreiner said if the new pact makes Ontario’s dairy industry look more like the American industry, that’s a bad move.“I’m looking for financial support for farmers but also ensuring that we maintain family-run dairy farms in Ontario,” he said. “That’s critically important. The average dairy herd size in Canada is around 80 cows. In the U.S. it’s in the thousands.”Meanwhile, Interim Liberal leader John Fraser said Canada should not jump to head back to the negotiating table.“Let’s take a look at what we have here and how can we work together to support each other,” he said.Ford has said since he was elected in the spring that his government would stand with Ottawa as it negotiated a new agreement. Last month, however, the premier signalled he wouldn’t support concessions that hurt Ontario’s dairy farmers, saying their jobs could not be treated as “bargaining chips.”last_img read more

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Issues over ink used to mark fingers of voters

By on October 8, 2019

Meanwhile, CMEV said that it also received a complaint about the lack of privacy in the polling booth – one such complaint was received about the Community Development Centre Hall polling station 31 in the Badulla Electorate. It was reported to the CMEV that the CMEV Day Observer has been asked by the SPO to refrain from his monitoring duty at the Galpottawala Thilakashrama Temple Preaching Hall polling centre 32, Ambalangoga. This has occurred at around 8.00 a.m. and the observer has happened to stay away around 25 minutes.Additionally, there have been reports about unsolicited text messages and the distribution of campaign material in and around polling stations. (Colombo Gazette) Election monitors had received a number of reports related to the ink used to mark fingers of voters. There were complaints of the ink fading even before voters could cast their votes.The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said that a total seven such incidents have been recorded by the CMEV from Kurunegala, Mullathivu, Vavuniya and Vanni. CMEV has informed the Election Commissioner about these complaints. CMEV also received a complaint that there was no privacy to cast votes due to the presence of SPO, K.M.G. Samaranayake at the Wattaram Thenna Urban Community Hall Polling Station 16. read more

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Selection committee headed by Sanath resigns

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The announcement came two days after Sri Lanka lost the third ODI in Pallekele, and conceded the five-match series 3-0. They had also been beaten 3-0 in the Test series. Earlier in the year, there had been an unprecedented ODI series loss to Zimbabwe, an unprecedented Test loss to Bangladesh, a torrid tour of South Africa, and a disappointing Champions Trophy campaign. “Sri Lanka Cricket chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya, as well as committee members Ranjith Madurasinghe, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha and Eric Upashantha, have decided to resign,” Sri Lanka’s sports ministry said. “A combined letter bearing the names of the above committee has conveyed this decision to sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. According to the letter, their tenure will end on September 7.” The Sri Lanka selection committee headed by Sanath Jayasuriya has resigned following the recent sequence of poor results, ESPN Cricinfo reported.They have already picked the squads for the last two ODIs and sole T20 of the India tour, and will remain in force in case any additions need to be made, but will step down as soon as the tour concludes. read more

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UN peacekeeping deployment reaches record level

By on October 6, 2019

United Nations peacekeeping deployment reached a historic high at the end of October, with nearly 81,000 military and police personnel and some 15,000 civilians serving in peace operations around the world in 18 different missions, and a budget that could reach $7 billion, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) reported today.“The unprecedented growth represents a growing confidence in United Nations peacekeeping as a means to help build stability after conflict,” Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno said.The previous peak in the 58 years of UN peace operations was in July 1993, when 78,444 so-called “blue helmets” were deployed, almost one third of them in the UN Protection Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina.“These new demands have also brought unprecedented challenges to the United Nations, including in the areas of personnel, resources, management, logistical support, quality assurance, professionalism and oversight, as well as the challenge of maintaining the political engagement of Member States,” Mr. Guéhenno said. The current surge began in October 2003, with the deployment of five major operations –to Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Burundi and the Sudan – and the expansion of the mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Over the past three months, the newly established UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and the increased deployment in the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) contributed to the record-breaking number of uniformed personnel in the field. The 18 DPKO missions are in Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.Peacekeeping personnel come from some 112 countries. As of 31 October, the top 10 troop contributors were: Pakistan (9,790), Bangladesh (9,655), India (9,276), Jordan (3,819), Nepal (3,522), Ghana (2,674), Uruguay (2,583), Ethiopia (2,568), Nigeria (2,429) and South Africa (2,077). Peacekeeping is paid for by all Member States, according to an agreed upon formula which they established. The current top 10 financial contributors are: the United States (27 per cent), Japan (19 per cent), Germany (9 per cent), United Kingdom (7 per cent), France (7 per cent), Italy (5 per cent), Canada (3 per cent), Spain (3 per cent), China (2 per cent) and the Netherlands (2 per cent).As of 31 October, the annual peacekeeping budget was $4.75 billion (excluding the mission in Timor-Leste and possible expansion of the one in Sudan), and outstanding contributions stood at $2.5 billion. With the full deployment of the operation in Lebanon and if the mission in Darfur gets underway, the budget could go as high as $7 billion. read more

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BC parties focus on pocketbook issues voters south of the Fraser River

By on October 3, 2019

B.C. parties focus on pocketbook issues, voters south of the Fraser River by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 10:33 am MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s two leading political parties targeted voters’ wallets with duelling promises on bridge tolls, tax cuts and rate freezes on the eve of a provincial election campaign.Liberal Leader Christy Clark unveiled her party’s platform on Monday, pledging $157 million in new spending over three years. She promised to freeze income taxes, double a renovation tax credit for those caring for seniors or loved ones with disabilities and provide a tax credit to BC Ferries users in ferry-dependent communities.“British Columbians care passionately about their own ability to look after the people they love. People care about being able to have a job,” said Clark, whose party has been in power since 2001. “People care about having more money in their pocket.“Those things really matter to people, and there is only one party that has a plan to deliver tax cuts, to keep government small and to make sure that we are creating jobs for ordinary working British Columbians.”The Liberals and NDP also zeroed in on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges in a bid to attract voters in key Surrey and Delta ridings. The Liberals would cap annual tolls at $500, but the NDP upped the ante with a promise to eliminate tolls entirely on the bridges connecting the suburban cities to Vancouver.Clark dismissed the NDP promise as a costly “scheme” that would ultimately result in tax hikes. Her party’s promise would cost about $30 million annually.Both bridges are still in the red, years after being built. This year’s provincial budget projected the Port Mann Bridge would lose $88 million in 2016-17 and $90 million in 2017-18. The Golden Ears Bridge lost $45.2 million in 2015.NDP Leader John Horgan said he would release the cost of his plan to eliminate tolls on Thursday when his party unveils its platform. He said the fees unfairly penalize commuters south of the Fraser River and pushed them to the toll-free Pattullo and Alex Fraser bridges, worsening congestion.“For Christy Clark, the person who imposed those tolls on people, it’s laughable that she would say that it’s a ‘scheme,’ ” he said in an interview. “The B.C. Liberals have been putting costs on the backs of people and then claiming that they’re leaving more money in people’s pockets.”Horgan is also promising to freeze BC Hydro rates, a pledge that comes barely a week after rates jumped by 3.5 per cent, following a BC Hydro warning in November that rates would climb another 16.5 per cent over the next four years.Although the election campaign officially begins Tuesday, Horgan kicked off the NDP’s campaign in Surrey on Sunday and visited North Delta on Monday. The region is likely to be a key focus for both the Liberals and NDP, with one extra riding up for grabs in Surrey after redistribution.Clark delivered her party’s platform at Mobify, a Vancouver-based software company. She announced plans to teach coding starting in Grade 6, establish an “innovation hub” in Vancouver’s Robson Square featuring a new University of British Columbia data science centre, and create 1,000 new post-secondary spaces in science, technology, engineering and math.“We’re going to create a new Silicon Valley right here in Canada’s Pacific Gateway,” she said.Clark campaigned in 2013 on eliminating the province’s debt through revenue from a liquefied natural gas industry, but her goals on Monday were more modest — aiming for three LNG plants “moving to construction” by 2020.The Liberal platform also promised to cut the small business tax to two per cent, phase out provincial sales tax on electricity for all businesses and commit to four more balanced budgets. It touted previous promises including eliminating unpopular medical services premiums over the long term.The Green party has already unveiled several planks in its platform, including a climate change plan that would more than double the carbon tax over four years while spending $275 million to create clean technology jobs.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said BC Hydro rates went up nine per cent. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark makes an announcement about the BC Liberals during a press conference at the Mobify offices in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday, April 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jimmy Jeong read more

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Football Ohio State down but not out evaluating playoff picture and tiebreakers

By on September 28, 2019

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State’s 24-21 loss to Penn State was shocking to many, including the team. The then-No. 2 Buckeyes played in a difficult atmosphere at Beaver Stadium in College Park, Pennsylvania, and suffered their first defeat of the season. While the Nittany Lions weren’t the team fans might have circled as a hiccup on the OSU schedule, nor was Virginia Tech in 2014.The offensive line had its worst game of the year, allowing 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. The wide receivers struggled to create separation downfield for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett to deliver the ball. The special teams had several blunders that led to the game-winning score. The defense surrendered several chunk plays in crucial moments.All in all, OSU has things to learn from the debacle in Happy Valley.However, looking forward, the No. 6 Buckeyes remain in the hunt for the coveted College Football Playoff.“We got every goal still alive,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “We’re not a great team right now. We got to regroup and get guys healthy and come back and keep swinging. I talked to the team and then Raekwon McMillan and some other players talked to the team like, ‘let’s go, it’s time to get to work.’”The 2014 Buckeyes lost to Virginia Tech in the second game of the year and looked to be on the fast track to a miserable season, for OSU standards. Then, the team regrouped and won 13 straight to capture the College Football Playoff National Championship.Each unit on that team showed progress each week. Barrett began to assert himself as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, the offensive line proclaimed themselves as “The Slobs” for their brutish play, and the defense capitalized on opponents’ mistakes, finishing ranked fifth in the nation in takeaways per game.Last season’s loss to Michigan State came late in the season and left no room for error. Even then, a Clemson loss in the ACC Championship Game might have put OSU in the playoff for a second consecutive season.The Penn State loss was the seventh game of the season, which is certainly no death sentence for the Buckeyes.“The crazy thing is we have only lost five games in five years. We sit here and, you know, the world is ending and … the sun came up and it’s incredible. It’s just like, wow,” redshirt junior guard Billy Price said on Monday. “We’ve been here before. This isn’t an occurrence that happens often, but we grow from this. We grow tighter together and we focus in on us and we don’t worry about anybody else.”For many Buckeyes this is the first time they are experiencing a loss at a significant contributor to the team. So this adversity is new to them. It’s not new as in the first time they have ever witnessed a loss being from the sidelines, but the gravity of defeat weighs a bit more as a starter.In the last two games following losses for OSU, the Buckeyes played Kent State at home in 2014 and at Michigan in 2015. OSU looked flawless on offense in each game, winning 66-0 against the Golden Flashes and demolishing their rival Wolverines 42-13. Barrett said it doesn’t matter who the opponent is following a loss, the approach is still the same, but there’s a smaller margin of error now.“I think we just have to go to work. Losing happens in football. We do the best we can to prevent it,” he said. “We try our best to succeed and not lose but losing happens and now you go back to what we are built on and that’s toughness and grinding. I think that’s what we’re going to go back to and make sure this doesn’t happen.”Currently sitting two spots out of the top four, based on the Associated Press ranking, OSU has enough chances on its remaining schedule to move up at least two spots. After this week’s matchup versus Northwestern, No. 7 Nebraska comes to Columbus for a primetime showdown. The Cornhuskers play No. 11 Wisconsin this week, so they could very well jump a few spots if they come away with a road win at Camp Randall.Then, obviously, OSU wraps up the season with current second-ranked Michigan. Win out, and OSU will be in the Big Ten championship against another ranked team with a strong shot at a play-in game for the College Football Playoff.Penn State currently sits with one loss in the Big Ten and does not have another ranked team on its schedule. Its lone loss was to Michigan.There remains a possibility for a three-way tie between OSU, Michigan and Penn State. Given OSU wins out, Michigan’s only loss is to the Buckeyes and Penn State wins out, the following Big Ten Conference guidelines would be the order in which to determine a tiebreaker with three or more teams.The records of the three tied teams will be compared against each other.The records of the three tied teams will be compared within their division.The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish.The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents.The team with the best overall winning percentage (excluding exempted games) shall be the representative.The representative will be chosen by random draw.Through the first four guidelines, OSU, Michigan and Penn State would all still be tied. On the fifth tiebreaker, OSU and Michigan would own a higher winning percentage than Penn State, and the Buckeyes then have the head-to-head over Michigan, granting the berth to the Big Ten Championship Game.Price said that the team isn’t viewing its chances to reach the playoff, rather having a week-by-week approach.“Our goal is to go out and execute each game, every week and take care of things up front. With that, that comes the Big Ten championship, that comes the College Football Playoff,” he said. “All our goals are still obtainable. We control our fate and we’re just going to take care of each week and go from there.”The 2014 team was ranked 16th when the first College Football Playoff poll was released. The first poll of 2016 will be released on Nov. 1.With a win against Northwestern, OSU should be well in line to be in the playoff by the unveiling of the first rankings. read more

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How frustrated Southern Rail passengers got to work during the strike

By on September 25, 2019

first_imgGetting to work on time was a struggle for hundreds of thousands of frustrated Southern Rail passengers today as a 48-hour strike began.Many commuters shared details of their travel nightmares on social media using the hashtag #southernfail following the worst disruption on the railways in 20 years.About 300,000 passengers who travel on 2,242 Southern services every weekday, including busy commuter routes from Sussex to London Victoria, had to use alternative routes for their morning commute.  Thanks Southern you make the buses like this!!! #southernstrike #southernFail #traveltuesday pic.twitter.com/YGW2DV0led— Louise (@GreasepaintG) December 13, 2016 So my £2000+ season ticket will entitle me to walk to Croydon this week then?? 😡😡😡😡 #southernFail @BadSouthernRail https://t.co/Y9k8pClBys— Chris Pittock (@Trance_Elbow) December 13, 2016 Strike day. No trains, no commuters, no coffee. #hove #southernFail pic.twitter.com/ccgZuKjylS— Sarah Cook (@cooksarahcook) December 13, 2016 45 minutes journey turns into 3 hour journey. This is absolutely appalling #southernFail #southernstrike Get it together for the New Year 😒— Lien (@101miss_lien) December 13, 2016 When everyone uses the same alternative route #southernstrike #southernFail pic.twitter.com/LOIdv02Azq— Fitzy (@fitzyman) December 13, 2016 I make it through the train delays, somehow I made it through, never knew I would be lost without you@TLRailUK#SouthernFail pic.twitter.com/Zbypi6F1wA— Richard Goodwin (@richardjgoodwin) December 13, 2016 There were long queues outside some stations Thank you for the stirkes @SouthernRailUK… I actually made it to work on time today!! First time for everything…— Darcy Evans (@DarcyEvansx) December 13, 2016 I cannot beleive a rail service can be telling customers not to travel. This is a total breakdown of infrastructure #southernfail https://t.co/080ooDvn6S— Vix Maher (@VixMaher) December 13, 2016 Rumour has it you managed to cancel this train today 👏🏻👏🏻@SouthernRailUK #southernFail #southernstrike pic.twitter.com/HilyCcMFCf— Lewis Robinson (@Lewbo7) December 13, 2016 Wimbledon station #southernFail pic.twitter.com/rs8XwL45ux— Trudi scott (@Trudijscott) December 13, 2016 District line not fun today! Trains packed like sardines 🐟 had to wait for 4 to pass before I got on one. #pickinguptheslack #southernfail— Soraya Gadelrab (@Soraya_Fresh) December 13, 2016 Queue for Brixton Tube. #southernfail #southernstrike #Brixton pic.twitter.com/mqkk1aeZkh— gb (@georgiabough) December 13, 2016 Transport Secretary Chris Grayling continued to blame the unions for the months of disruption to Southern services. In a letter to MPs, he wrote: “My ministerial and official team and I have been working hard since we took over our jobs just under five months ago to try to find a way through this. But the unions appear to have little interest in resolving the dispute unless the management cave in totally to their demands.”  NO trains and not a single replacement bus or shuttle to take people to Morden or Wimbledon. Absolutely disgusting. #southernFail— Lucy Wynn (@lucyewynn) December 13, 2016 Pretty grateful for my bike today. The advice “Not to travel” is just ridiculous. #SouthernFail— Lizzi Hollis ❄️ (@LizziHollis) December 13, 2016 There were a few jokes too center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Never has the Sinclair C5 seemed like a better idea than in 2016…to commute to London. #southernFail pic.twitter.com/QjYCrcVmMN— Nick Baber (@n1ckbab3r) December 13, 2016 @SouthernRailUK look what you’ve done to me #southernFail #southernstrike pic.twitter.com/v4auLxbqvf— Molly Diamond (@Diamond_Mess) December 13, 2016 Horrendous queues and no access to Brixton station after an hour on the bus from Norbury. #SouthernFail pic.twitter.com/Uvd2a3YNSO— bieneosa (@bieneosa) December 13, 2016 And some even managed to get to work  Look on the bright side at least the trains are running #southernFail https://t.co/80owGCwelG— Paul Lloyd (@paullloyd1) December 13, 2016 Due to the incompetence of @SouthernRailUK means that there are many grateful commuters on @nationalexpress to London now! #southernFail pic.twitter.com/TBUCQw11GY— Alison Braganza (@alibeeson) December 13, 2016 Commuter Jim Boyden, a management consultant, from Shoreham, West Sussex, told PA that he would be forced to stay in a London hotel until Thursday because of the lack of trains between his home and Victoria.The 38-year-old shared a photo of his one-year-old son Zac and wrote an emotional tweet to Southern: “Because of your strike, I am unable to travel home until Thursday and read him and his sister a story. Because of your strike, we will not discover what animal is hiding in his favourite book tonight, or tomorrow night.”Because of your strike, he will be unable to take me by the hand and show me his favourite toy, which is ironically, a choo choo train.”Because of your strike, I will miss his smile.”You can refund me my season ticket. You can refund me my hotel. I can even make up time at work, but how – how – are you going to give me back the things money can’t buy?”For God’s sake, sort it out.” A lot of commuters were unhappy  Good morning @ASLEFunion and @RMTunion I hate you with a passion and look forward to driverless trains #SouthernFail #southernstrike pic.twitter.com/Aksm2S17H9— FunkyTown (@funkytownlondon) December 13, 2016 Just made it to work in London. Thank @Se_Railway for getting me there. Great service. https://t.co/sXM65f4SRX— Sue B (@TweetsBySueB) December 13, 2016 Many had to use alternative routes  A spokesman for Southern Rail said: “We are sincerely sorry that Southern services are at a standstill today. These strikes are wholly unjustified and we must find a way forward.”We want to talk to Aslef’s leadership to try to find a way to resolve this dispute. We have invited them to meet and we hope we’ll be able to begin those talks soon.” @Kleisthines look what they’ve done to Thomas the Tank Engine. #southernFail pic.twitter.com/Y8sbvWun9n— Les Newman (@Seales67) December 13, 2016  While other stations were abandoned  Literally no trains. Best of luck to anyone attempting a four-hour alternative route today. #southernFail #southernstrike pic.twitter.com/bNaF9shDUA— Stephanie Milton (@stephmilton) December 13, 2016last_img read more

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New mobile processing plant from Steinert US

By on September 24, 2019

first_imgSteinert US, a leading supplier of separation equipment for material recovery has unveiled a complete mobile processing plant. The Steinert mobile series allows for precise recovery anywhere a power source and fairly level ground can be found, allowing for downstream material processing almost anywhere. The Steinert mobile series includes CoarseMaster, FinesMaster, ISS induction system, and NES eddy current system. In addition, the units can be combined with an AEI bivi-TEC mobile screen for a complete mobile processing plant.Steinert CoarseMaster is suitable for material sized between 12 mm and 127 mm and offers a flexible combination for ferrous and non-ferrous recovery. The full-scale production unit features a single stage ferrous pre-separator with a small footprint and easy maintenance acess.The FinesMaster is a complete solution for metal separation of fines material sized between 3 and 51 mm. The mobile FinesMaster features a dual stage ferrous pre-separator, built in loading station, and wide tuning flexibility based on material to be processed.The ISS induction system is an all-metal sorter offered in several configurations to suit multiple applications. Key features of the mobile ISS are built in compressed air filter and drying system, optional on board compressed air supply, and all weather operation. The NES mobile eddy current is an affordable non-ferrous recovery solution. Offered in multiple configurations for material sized between 3 and 254 mm. The mobile NES features an on board utility compressor, user friendly operation, fast on-site setup, and requires no special transport permits.last_img read more

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Anglo American updates on latest underground mining and cutting technologies

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first_imgIn a recent interview, IM again spoke to Donovan Waller, Group Head of Technology Development, on the group’s latest progress with a range of important projects with a range of key mining machinery and technology OEMs. While these are difficult times for Anglo American and the whole industry, the learnings from these underground cutting and rapid mine development projects are vital to the future of underground operations in an era of deeper mines, lack of skilled workforces and an ever increasing focus on removing people from active mining areas.Based on an Australian patent for oscillating-disc cutting, Joy Global developed a machine prototype in South Africa going back several years. After extensive cutting on surface in UG2 and Merensky orebodies, the proof-of-concept underground trial has been completed at the Bathopele mine of Anglo American Platinum. To cut a rectangular opening, the machine used tungsten carbide inserts in a oscillated cutting disc arrangement and in an undercutting mode. It also successfully demonstrated use of a vacuum system for collection, transport, and material handling directly onto the mine conveyor belt system. “The experience and knowledge gained during this trial provided invaluable input and knowhow for the future hard-rock cutting machine design. The collaborative work on a cutting system is continuing with Joy Global.”Another technology development partnership has been formed with Atlas Copco to create a rapid mine development system (RMDS). On this concept, the TBM-style disc cutters are mounted on a horizontally rotating cutter head that protrudes from a road-header type of mining machine. In this arrangement, the RMDS shows the distinctive features of a TBM, but excavates a rectangular-shaped tunnel, which is important for roof stability purposes in South African platinum mines, as well as providing the flat floor needed by mine vehicles. The ore removal system is mechanical, via two internally integrated conveyors. The RMDS is now undergoing a functional and operational test program.On reef mining, building on the solid knowledge base gained during the years of trials of the ARM1100, Sandvik and Anglo American joined forces to work on the next stage of the undercutting narrow reef miner’s development. The trial of MN220 started at Anglo American Platinum’s Bathopele mine in 2013, and after the successful achievement of the proof-of-concept phase’s KPIs, the development work is now concentrated in two directions: optimisation of the cutter arrangement as well as the installation and testing of the pneumatic ore removal and transport system.Finally, leading from an early idea to extract ore by drilling narrow orebodies, Anglo American partnered with Atlas Copco to develop a platinum reef drilling system called Slot Borer. The cutting system is based on proven raise-boring technology and deploys the TBM-style steel discs in a compression cutting mode. The system consists of a cutting/drilling machine and a pneumatic conveying system to remove the cuttings and transport them to the conveyor belt. Upon successful completion of functional tests at the factory and the mine site in Sweden, the Slot Borer is expected to be subjected to proof-of-concept trials in South Africa in the near future.last_img read more

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Peter Hrachovec stays in Kadetten Schaffhausen

By on September 22, 2019

← Previous Story Kim Andersson: “I will leave THW Kiel” Next Story → Steiner Ege is operated, but season is over Swiss champion, Kadetten Schaffhausen making the best part of club history in the last few years with Peter Hrachovec as a coach. EHF Cup Final and twice EHF CL TOP 16 qualification were the main reason for Team Management to offer a new contract to successful coach for the next season, what he accepted. Hrachovec and Kadetten together until 2013… Kadetten SchaffhausenPeter HrachovecSwiss handball read more

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PICS The super moon over Ireland

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first_imgIT’S 15% BIGGER than usual and 30% brighter. It’s the supermoon.You were all busy snapping the moon last night as it burned bright above Ireland.According to Astronomy Ireland:By definition the full moon rises when the sun sets and there is also an optical illusion called the ‘Moon Illusion’ that makes the moon ‘look’ bigger when it is low down, just above the horizon. In fact, the Moon’s size does not change at all, it’s purely an optical illusion, but a very powerful one that will make the Supermoon even more spectacular.We can expect the next Supermoon after this weekend on the night of September 7th.Here are some photos our readers sent in to us – you can send yours to tips@thejournal.ie Source: Danny Dudek Supermoon in Donegal Source: John Nugent Source: Gemma Carew Supermoon in Tralee Source: Carol Hughes Grange in Cork Source: Niamh O’Mahony Source: Niamh O’BrienRead: Gallery: The ‘super moon’ over Ireland>last_img read more

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Vidéo en ligne Youku rachète Tudou

By on September 20, 2019

first_imgVidéo en ligne : Youku rachète TudouSous ces noms, peu connus dans nos contrées, se cachent les deux plus grands sites de vidéos en ligne de Chine.C’est donc Youku, le leader du secteur créé en 2006, qui vient d’acquérir son principal concurrent. Espérant devenir ainsi le plus grand groupe en terme de nombre d’utilisateurs et de contenus disponibles, selon le fondateur de Youku, Victor Koo. Il faut tout de même savoir que son entreprise et Tudou sont deux sociétés cotées aux USA. Leur puissance financière augmenterait donc depuis cette alliance malgré le fait que les deux sites aient perdu de l’argent sur l’année passée.Avec 500 millions d’internautes en Chine, Youku pourrait bientôt venir embêter sérieusement le géant Youtube…Le 13 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Arsenal confirms Iwobis contract extension

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgNigerian international Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal.The 22-year-old midfielder joined Arsenal when he was nine years old and has come through the club’s Hale End Academy. After breaking into the first team in 2015, he has made 98 appearances and netting nine goals. As well he scored six goals in 20 games for his country’s national senior team.While reacting to the new contract extension, Arsenal’s head coach Unai Emery said as quoted in the club’s website:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m very pleased Alex has signed a new contract with us. He is a great example of a player who can succeed from the Academy through hard work and I look forward to working with him and our other talented young players in the squad.”“We would like to congratulate Alex on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution to the club.”last_img read more

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Ten charged with trespassing obstructing in bannerhanging rally

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 10 PEOPLE ARRESTED: 600 protestors organized by @ConMijente descend upon Downtown #SanDiego. This is video of just a few of the protestors who were arrested for trespassing, conspiracy and obstruction, after hanging a banner on the @WestinSanDiego . Details on @KUSINews at 6&10 pic.twitter.com/Y2OItnM6fA— Ashlie Rodriguez (@AshlieSanDiego) July 3, 2018 Updated: 8:21 AM Posted: August 28, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, KUSI Newsroom, August 28, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ten people who participated in an immigration rally in downtown San Diego last month, during which two of them rappelled off the 16th floor of the Westin Gaslamp hotel to hang a large banner, have been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and resisting or delaying officers, City Attorney Mara Elliott announced Tuesday.All 10 defendants entered the hotel with the intent of trespassing on Westin property, blocking its roof access in order to hang the banner that read, “FREE OUR FAMILIES NOW! #STOPSTREAMLINE,” and rappelling off the side of the building without permission, Elliott said.Five defendants went to the roof. Three appeared to be “spotting” the two who rappelled off the side of the hotel, the city attorney said.The other five defendants blocked and/or delayed hotel and law enforcement personnel from accessing the roof, some by chaining themselves inside a stairwell, she said.“I sympathize with the protesters’ message that families should not be torn apart, but do not condone their tactics,” the city attorney said. “Their actions required a robust public safety response. Police officers were pulled from our streets and placed in a potentially dangerous situation. So were hotel security personnel and members of the public. Thousands peacefully protested in San Diego this summer without breaking laws or putting others in harm’s way. These 10 made a different choice, and will be held accountable.”Hilary Nemchik of the City Attorney’s Office said no arraignment date has been set for the defendants.The two alleged rappellers, who are both charged with trespassing, were identified as Kevin Chun Pang, 24, of Columbus, Ohio, and Brittany Renee Baker, 29, of the Northern California city of Berkeley.Nearly all of those arrested were wearing shirts that read, “ABOLISH POL(I.C.E.) FREE ALL PEOPLE FROM CAGES!”The other defendants, and the charges they face, are:— Ethan Michael Buckner, 28, of Oakland; charged with trespassing to interfere with a business and resisting or delaying a peace officer;— Roberta F. Capoblanco, 27, of San Francisco; charged with trespassing and resisting;— Katherine Nicole Wires, 31, of Oakland; charged with trespassing and resisting;— Nora Wagner Rasman, 33, of Washington, D.C.; charged with trespassing and resisting;— Nora Rachel Leccese, 26, of Boulder, Colorado; charged with trespassing and resisting;— Brianna Latrell Gibson, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; charged with trespassing;— Jaque Fragua, 31, of Jimenez Pueblo, N.M.; charged with trespassing; and— Avery Sinclair, 23, of Washington, D.C.; charged with trespassing.San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliot released this statement regarding the arrests:“I sympathize with the protesters’ message that families should not be torn apart, but do not condone their tactics,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “Their actions required a robust public safety response. Police officers were pulled from our streets and placed in a potentially dangerous situation. So were hotel security personnel and members of the public. Thousands peacefully protested in San Diego this summer without breaking laws or putting others in harm’s way. These 10 made a different choice, and will be held accountable.”KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez covered the protest and tweeted the following video of the banner hanging on the Westin hotel. Ten charged with trespassing, obstructing, in banner-hanging rally Mike McKinnon III, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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BSO deputies hospitalized after boat collides with cruise ship at Port Everglades

By on September 15, 2019

first_imgPORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN) — Two Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were taken to a hospital, Saturday, after their patrol boat crashed into a cruise ship in Port Everglades Harbor.Officials said the deputies’ patrol boat had a mechanical failure, causing it to collide with the Holland America Oosterdam cruise ship, around 4:30 p.m.Both deputies were transported to Broward Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.The departure of the Holland America Oosterdam was delayed as crews inspected the superficial damage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Police search for subject in robbery at SW MiamiDade gas station

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first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video cameras were rolling as a man robbed a victim at a Southwest Miami-Dade gas station.Miami-Dade Police investigators said the robbery took place at a Marathon gas station near Southwest 122nd Avenue and Coral Way, just before 4 p.m. on July 30.The man could be seen on video exiting a gray Infiniti before approaching a nearby SUV and opening the driver’s side door.Officials said the subject demanded money from the victim, who gave up her laptop, watch and cellphone out of fear that the man might be armed.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Run zipline signal fires mark Jeets Challenge

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgIn 2014, about 13,000 people rode the Icy Strait Point ZipRider, generating an estimated $1.6 million in revenue. That’s according to Terra-Nova LLC of Utah, which built it in 2007.Until 2014, it was the longest zipline in the world. That’s when another Terra-Nova-built zipline opened that’s a mile and half long in Mexico’s Copper Canyon.Nowadays, there’s still some Icy Strait Point advertising and signage around calling it the “longest” zipline in the world, but it’s being phased out and replaced with the world’s “largest” zipline.Tyler Hickman, vice president of operations at Icy Strait Point, explained the distinction.“We have six cables that are side by side. And each cable is 5,330 feet, each. So each cable is over a mile long. … The one claim that is absolute is we have the most rideable cable in the world. Six miles of cable, nobody even comes close to that.”Hickman was one of 89 runners to take J’eet’s Challenge. He says 187 people rode over from Juneau for neighbor’s day, their biggest turnout ever.Hickman says he’s probably zipped down more than 100 times, and every time is still awesome.At the end of my first ride, a series of springs on the line cushion the abrupt impact. Metal twangs, my harnessed legs swing up toward the sky for a moment, then gravity reclaims them.As I hop out of my harness and put my feet back on terra firma, the other riders and I cheer in a flurry of satisfaction.The end of the line. (Video still by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) For the first time last month, Hoonah hosted an 8.3-mile footrace called J’eet’s Challenge. The course begins near sea level, runs through town and then up a mountain to the finish line.Download AudioThe view from the Icy Strait Point ZipRider. (Video still by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The race winners lit mountaintop signal fires, echoing events from a Tlingit story. From there, runners hopped into harnesses and ziplined back down to Icy Strait Point, which is Huna Totem Corp.’s salmon cannery turned tourist attraction.The winner’s of the 2015 J’eet’s Challenge race in Hoonah light signal fires near the finish line. (Photo courtesy Icy Strait Point)The run and zipline ride were part of Icy Strait Point’s annual neighbor’s day event, a package daytrip out of Juneau that I took part in.“One, two, three, enjoy the ride, bye-bye.”That, followed by the clanging of mechanical metal gates swinging away where I just had my feet propped was the last thing I heard before the whoosh of speed and air drowned out most sound.I was ziplining — and attempting to voice a story — on one of six parallel lines running down a mountain in Hoonah. They’re among the longest continuous spans of zipline in the world, taking riders 1,300 vertical feet down over about a mile of galvanized steel. Cruising down at about 60 mph, the ride back to sea level is over in about 90 seconds.last_img read more

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In Unalaska the FV Akutan is everyones problem… but nobodys responsibility

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first_imgThe F/V Akutan is still moored in Unalaska’s Captains Bay. (Berett Wilber/KUCB)The Coast Guard is working to remove fuel and other hazardous materials from an abandoned fishing vessel in Unalaska’s Captains Bay.Listen nowThe F/V Akutan arrived in August after a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay. Since then, more than half a dozen state and federal agencies have been monitoring the vessel, but to the frustration of city leaders, none are willing or able to remove it from the bay.Fall in the Aleutians means strong winds – so strong they can cause a ship to drag anchor. That’s exactly what happened on Oct. 5, when Unalaska Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin received a call that the fishing vessel Akutan was headed towards the beach.“It was roughly 200 yards off the beach,” McLaughlin said. “We were able to work with Dunlap Towing, and they went out and got a line on it, kept it off the beach and kept it from potentially breaching its hull.”That prompted the Coast Guard to take another look at the abandoned vessel. Officials determined the vessel was in imminent danger of polluting the bay.So, the Coast Guard hired a salvage company to remove the remaining fuel and other hazardous substances from the Akutan. So far, the company Resolve Magone Marine has offloaded 14,000 gallons of fuel, Coast Guard Lt. Abbie Lyons said.“When it’s not raining sideways and blowing 75 knots outside, they’ve been working on the Akutan to remove all the fuel,” Lyons said.With unpredictable weather, Lyons said she doesn’t know when the cleanup will be completed. But she estimates there are at most 20,000 gallons left on the vessel.“As a result of going on board and going into some of the tanks, they’re finding that there is fuel and oily waste in places that it wouldn’t normally be or shouldn’t be held,” Lyons said.The Coast Guard has spent almost $2 million on the clean up to date. McLaughlin, Unalaska’s Ports Director, is glad to see the fuel removal taking place, but said it doesn’t solve the problem of having a large ship abandoned in a busy, ecologically important bay as winter sets in.Removing the heavy fuel will cause the Akutan to sit higher in the water, making it more susceptible to strong winds. Even with additional efforts to secure the boat, McLaughlin is concerned the ship may run aground or sink.“Captains Bay in the wintertime can be absolutely crazy with wind,” McLaughlin said. “We’ve seen it time and time again where anchorages don’t hold.”Ultimately, McLaughlin would like to see the boat out of Unalaska waters. But there’s no indication the Akutan will be moving any time soon.After the Akutan’s owners abandoned the vessel, the city was hopeful a state or federal agency would step in to remove it. But McLaughlin has found that unless there is immediate danger, like an environmental threat, there’s not much that any party will do.“There’s at least half-a-dozen-plus agencies involved with the Akutan,” McLaughlin said. “Yet not one of those agencies has an opportunity or a mechanism to enact any kind of jurisdiction over dealing with the vessel itself. The Coast Guard can come in and remove some of the contaminants, but the vessel remains where it’s at.”McLaughlin and community members were under the impression that once the crew abandoned ship, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would declare the Akutan a derelict vessel and gain jurisdiction to take steps to move the ship before it sinks or runs aground. But DNR’s Clark Cox said that’s not the state’s responsibility. Even if it was, he said, they don’t have the money.“Our staffing and funding resources are quite limited and we certainly don’t have them for a large vessel in a remote location like this,” Cox said. “We’re often left just as incapable of dealing with these issues as local municipalities and state agencies.”While DNR often takes the lead because they own state tidelands and are responsible for waterways, Alaska Statute does not specify who is responsible for taking over derelict vessels.With no one taking responsibility for the ship, it’s unclear what will happen to the Akutan. The city is adamant that it needs to move. But for the foreseeable future, it will remain anchored, ghost-like, in Captains Bay.last_img read more

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ACC arrests businessman on graft charge

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday arrested a businessman from the capital in connection with three graft cases.ACC assistant director Gulshan Anwar arrested managing director of Chowdhury Towel Industries Limited Tanvir Chowdhury from the city’s Central Road area, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.On 6 February, the ACC filed three cases against him with Paltan police station for allegedly plundering over Tk 8.29 crore.According to the statement of a case, Chowdhury Towel Industries Limited in association with a fake company swindled the amount from Janata Bank’s Ramna corporate branch by showing fake bill documents.last_img read more

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