TORONTO — As excitement builds across Canada for a game that could win the Toronto Raptors their first NBA Championship tonight, officials are asking fans to be on their best behaviour as Toronto prepares for crowds to flood the city’s downtown core.Crowd control is top of mind for city staff, Toronto Police and the Toronto Transit Commission, which are working in tandem with Raptors parent company Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.Police are asking Raptors fans to watch Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors responsibly, noting that officers will be stationed throughout the city.“We would like to remind the public to make decisions that do not impact their own safety or that of others when gathering to enjoy the game celebrations,” spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante said in an email.In addition to the everyday fanatics, the game is expected to draw some higher profile viewers.“Schitt’s Creek” cast member Noah Reid said fans of his show might spot some familiar faces in the crowd.“I’m in a very Raptors headspace. We’re going to Game 5. Dan (Levy) and I, and my girlfriend Clare and Andrew Cividino, one of our directors,” he said in an interview on the set of the show’s sixth and final season. “We’re going to Game 5, so we’re all very high on that.”The excitement has spread far beyond Toronto, with outdoor viewing spaces being forced to expand as Raptors fever spreads.Fans in Halifax can watch the game at block parties, while those in Regina can head to Mosaic Stadium, home of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, to watch on the MaxTron screen.The screen at the venue is the largest in Canada, and — at more than 630 square metres — is even bigger than a standard NBA basketball court.Back in the Raptors’ home city, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the team’s owner, is amping up its usual outdoor viewing party by planning multiple giveaways and setting up additional screens in Maple Leaf Square — the fanzone known as Jurassic Park outside Scotiabank Arena — the organization said in a news release.Due to the expected throngs of fans, Maple Leaf Square, along with several surrounding roads, will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. this morning until 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to city spokesman Brad Ross.On Friday night, fans shut down a busy intersection in the downtown core as they celebrated the Game 4 win. Videos on social media show fans jumping on police cruisers and TTC vehicles following previous Raptors victories.The Canadian Press
MONCTON, N.B. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is asking Liberal MPs on the House of Commons ethics committee to vote to continue the investigation into the SNC-Lavalin affair, after a scathing report found that the prime minister broke ethics law.On Wednesday, the federal ethics watchdog stated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Mario Dion’s report said Trudeau’s attempts to influence Wilson-Raybould on the matter contravened section 9 of the act, which prohibits public office holders from using their position to try to influence a decision that would improperly further the private interests of a third party.In a news conference in Moncton, N.B., on Friday, Scheer called on the six Liberal members of the ethics committee to allow the investigation into Trudeau’s involvement in the controversy to proceed when the committee meets next week.Scheer also says he is launching a “grassroots campaign” to ask Canadians to contact the MPs to pressure them to vote on the matter.Scheer says Trudeau “betrayed the trust” of Canadians and the Liberal party, adding he believes there’s more than enough evidence of misconduct to warrant an investigation by the RCMPConservative and New Democrat MPs demanded an emergency meeting of the ethics committee to delve into Dion’s report.The two opposition parties have enough members on the committee to force an emergency meeting, but the Liberals hold a majority of seats on the committee.Trudeau has said he accepts the report and responsibility for what happened, but he disagrees with some of the Dion’s conclusions — most notably, that he shouldn’t have had contact with his attorney general over the affair.The Canadian Press
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Rabat – Both the Central American Parliament (Parlacen) and the Southern Common Market Parliament (Parlasur) have shown interest in signing trade agreements with Morocco. Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita met Parlacen Speaker Tony Raful Tejada to discuss joint projects and new trade agreements, on Wednesday, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Tejada expressed Parlacen’s interest in creating an African-Latin American parliamentary assembly and in signing a free trade agreement between Morocco and Parlacen’s member states. Tejada also suggested an institutional partnership between Parlacen, the European Parliament, and the Moroccan parliament. Bourita welcomed the suggestion to diversify Morocco’s collaboration and improve cooperation with Central America. Earlier this week, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani met the speaker of Parlasur, Tomas Bittar Navarro, in Rabat to enhance cooperation with the South American bloc. Navarro and El Othmani both expressed interest in boosting economic ties. As Morocco sits in a strategic position between Africa and Europe and South American countries link Latin America to the Caribbean, the partnership could open the door to a more developed trade network. The two sides plan to sign a trade agreement in the near future. Morocco is attracting new investments and more potential international partners due to its trade agreements with Europe, the US, Arab countries, Turkey, and sub-Saharan African countries. The Moroccan strategy in diversifying its partners comes very likely as an effort to decrease its dependency on the European Union and strengthen diplomatic ties through economic partnership to push the Moroccan agenda on the international sphere.According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Morocco’s top export and import destinations are, indeed, mostly EU countries with Spain, France, and Germany in the top five. Morocco has recently enhanced cooperation with many countries in sectors such as mining and energy, aviation, technology, and education. In the last eight months, Morocco boosted its economic cooperation through various agreements and partnerships with countries such as China, Malaysia, India, Argentina, Tunisia, Russia, Cote d’Ivoire, Japan, and the Czech Republic.
The main opposition United National Party has also rejected the sacking while the Commonwealth, the United States and Britain have expressed concern over the impeachment as a blow to rule of law and good governance. Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka’s first woman chief justice, was removed despite a succession of court rulings which declared the impeachment process to be unconstitutional. “The government wanted her out because she remained independent and did not do their bidding,” Weliamuna said. “This is not a matter that affects only her and the legal fraternity but the democratic rights of all citizens.”Rajapakse brushed aside international calls for restraint and sacked Bandaranayake who would have had another 11 years in office.The government’s senior legal advisor Mohan Peiris and the senior-most judge of the supreme court Shiranee Tilakawardane are among frontrunners to replace Bandaranayake. An appointment is imminent, official sources said. The government maintains that it followed a constitutional process and denies it was politically motivated.Lawmakers found Bandaranayake guilty of tampering with a case involving a company from which her sister bought an apartment, of failing to declare dormant bank accounts, and of staying in office while her husband faced a bribery charge. (AFP) Lawyers said they expected a plethora of cases to be filed in courts when they reopen after a long weekend on Tuesday. Monday is a Hindu religious holiday in Sri Lanka.Bandaranayake’s lawyers said she had no immediate comment. “We will use all legal avenues to challenge this purported impeachment,” Lawyers’ Collective spokesman J. C. Weliamuna told reporters in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s lawyers on Monday announced a legal challenge to the impeachment of the chief justice and vowed to keep up a battle for judicial independence.The Lawyers’ Collective, which includes most of Sri Lanka’s 11,000 attorneys, said they would also contest through the courts any appointment to replace Shirani Bandaranayake after her sacking on Sunday by President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The UN Operation in Burundi, known by its French acronym ONUB, warned in a communiqué to the press issued in Bujumbura, the capital, that these events constitute a threat to the “commendable achievements of the peace process” in Burundi.Expressing concern about allegations of torture, ONUB said it has asked the Burundian authorities to allow access to the detainees and called on the Government to make available any information about the events to the international community.Last month, citing “factors of instability,” the Security Council extended ONUB’s mandate through the end of the year. The mission was established in May 2004 as Burundi emerged out of 12 years of civil war.
“The Holocaust was a colossal crime,” said Mr. Ban in a message. “No-one can deny the evidence that it happened. By remembering the victims and honouring the courage of the survivors and those who assisted and liberated them, we annually renew our resolve to prevent such atrocities and reject the hateful mentality that allows them.” During the Second World War, six million Jews were systematically rounded up and exterminated. The Nazis also murdered Sinti and Roma, political prisoners, homosexuals, persons with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Soviet prisoners of war. “From the shadow of the Holocaust and the cruelties of the Second World War, the United Nations was established to reaffirm faith in the dignity and worth of every person and to uphold the rights of all to live in equality and free from discrimination,” the UN chief recalled. “These principles remain essential today,” he continued. “People worldwide – including millions fleeing war, persecution and deprivation – continue to suffer discrimination and attacks. We have a duty to remember the past – and to help those who need us now.” Mr. Ban further indicated that for more than a decade, the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme has worked to educate young people about the Holocaust, noting that many partners – including Holocaust survivors – continue to contribute to this work. “The memory of the Holocaust is a powerful reminder of what can happen when we stop seeing our common humanity,” he warned. “Let us all speak out against anti-Semitism and attacks against religious, ethnic or other groups. Let us create a world where dignity is respected, diversity is celebrated, and peace is permanent,” he concluded. In a separate message, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the Holocaust will “forever remain a terrible scar on the human conscience.” “Its hideous reality of planned and deliberate mass murder must lead us to deep reflection on the roots and spread of such violence,” stressed Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Today, as we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, I hope that all of us can reflect on the need to continue to combat racism and religious or ethnic intolerance in every form, and with all our might.” A Holocaust Memorial Ceremony is taking place today at UN Headquarters in New York, hosted by the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach. Following remarks by UN officials and representatives from the diplomatic community, a video tribute will be made to Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from the Holocaust on the Czech Kindertransport. The event will also include a performance by the United States Military Academy at West Point Jewish Chapel Choir.
Secondary schools across Oxfordshire are being invited to bring pupils along to see inside MINI Plant Oxford.Hundreds of teenagers will have the chance to take a tour of the plant, meet apprentices and have a go at an interactive manufacturing challenge.Plant Oxford is taking part once again in the See Inside Manufacturing initiative aimed at showcasing career opportunities within the UK automotive sector.Earlier this year, Business Secretary Vince Cable joined a group of careers advisers to see what the plant had to offer.“These schools visits are part of our on-going co-operation with the local community,” said Dr JÃƒ¼rgen Hedrich, Managing Director of MINI Plant Oxford. “We already offer plant tours to secondary schools and always find that pupils are inspired and excited by a look at the production facilities and how MINIs are made.”“We hope to welcome more than 200 hundred young people through the plant during See Inside Manufacturing and that many of our visitors will be encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship here.”Youngsters will be shown the plant’s bodyshop and assembly facilities as well as the plant’s Quality and Engineering Centre. Some of the plant’s current apprentices will also be on hand to talk about their experiences and why they chose to join the company’s scheme.The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level.There are currently 100 apprentices across the company’s production plants at Oxford, Swindon, Hams Hall, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited in Goodwood.See Inside manufacturing events at MINI Plant Oxford will run between 10 and 21 October. Sessions will last around three hours and are open to school and sixth-form college pupils aged 14 or above. To find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Ajibola Daudu said ‘I deserve to lose everything for what I did’ to his victimCredit:Cascade She said that they were the actions of “evil people” and that she was “totally embarrassed, humiliated and ashamed”.She “met” a man on the day she joined Plenty of Fish in February 2015, the court heard. The man claimed to be an intelligence agent and said his father had died in Dubai.But there were complications with the paperwork needed to release his inheritance, he told her. Mrs Hawes agreed to pay £2,700 to allow John to travel to Dubai.She then travelled there herself and was told she would need to pay another £10,000 for an anti-money laundering certificate, which she did. Show more I can’t believe this has happened to me. It all sounds so unbelievableLynn Hawes During that time, Mrs Hawes fell in love with one of the conmen, who then disappeared, and had an intimate relationship with another, Ajibola Daudu, a court heard.After accepting that she was being conned, Mrs Hawes strung Daudu along and arranged a meeting at which he was arrested.Daudu, 43, of Purfleet, Essex, who was facing trial on one count of fraud, pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court and was sentenced to 45 months in jail.Judge Nicolas Woodward told Daudu that he had carried out a “deliberate and shameless betrayal”. Two other men involved in the scam remain at large, the court heard.Mrs Hawes, who had been flown to Dubai and shown a suitcase said to contain the £7m in cash, told the court in a victim impact statement that her search for companionship had been “exposed in the most cruel manner”.”They made me feel so special and so loved,” she said. “I can’t believe this has happened to me. It all sounds so unbelievable.” Daudu then told her they would need more money to exchange the cash from dollars to pounds. She sold some jewellery and borrowed £10,000 from a friend and handed him £12,000 in cash at an hotel in London in June 2016.Daudu the persuaded to hand over a further £9,000, secured by a bank loan, “because Brexit had increased the price of a currency conversion certificate”.It was at this point that she became suspicious and spoke to police. Daudu then said he needed another £27,500. She arranged a meeting in London and officers arrested him.The court heard that, in total, Mrs Hawes lost £100,000 in money she handed over and interest on loans. But a basis of plea which was put forward by Daudu, and accepted by the prosecution, said that he had received no more than £26,000.Defending, Jide Lanlehin said that Daudu wanted to apologise to Mrs Hawes and he “wished he had the courage at an earlier stage to tell her finally about what was going on”. Mr Lanlehin said that Daudu had three children with an ex-partner who he regularly sees and had a law degree.Daudu, who had spent the entire hearing with his head in his hands, shouted to the court “I deserve to lose everything for what I did to her” and started sobbing loudly. A lovestruck woman who lost £100,000 in an elaborate con by online fraudsters strung one of the scammers along for two months to help police catch him.Lynn Hawes was targeted in what was described as a “planned, complicated, sophisticated and systematic” sting after joining the Plenty of Fish dating website.She handed over cash, sold jewellery, took out a bank loan and borrowed money from a friend to help one of the conmen in unlocking what she was told was a £7million inheritance in Dubai.However, it was part of a sophisticated scam that was played out over almost 18 months and left her “exposed in the most cruel manner”. But Mrs Hawes said she did not believe Daudu was remorseful, adding: “I’ve seen those tears before. He can put on an act. He has no remorse in my eyes.”She said: “It was just like a movie. There was at least six to seven people. They had everything, all the props. I felt it was 100 per cent genuine.”Jailing him, Judge Nicolas Woodward described the offence as a “deliberate and shameless betrayal”. Police praised the courage of Mrs Hawes, who continued to speak to Daudu for nearly two months after her suspicious were raised that she was being conned. She helped set up a meeting with him where he was arrested by police.Sgt Kev Green, from Cheshire Police, said: “Daudu failed to recognise the courage and determination of his victim, who once she realised was being scammed, was instrumental in his location and arrest.” 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.
The World best player ever, Croatian star Ivano Balic (35) is injured last weekend during the match of his HSG Wetzlar and GWD Minden 23:26 at DKB Bundesliga and will be out of the court for at least four weeks, said HSG’s coach Kai Wandschneider after the match. Handball “Mozzart” suffered torn muscle rupture once again, which will keep him out during April for sure. Whether he will be ready for a few last matches of the season is still unknown as his decision about proffesional future.HSG Wetzlar announced a few weeks ago that Ivano Balic will decide whether he will stay at the club or end his career in June… ← Previous Story Ricardo – fruit of beach handball love to meet his father? Next Story → Vesprem against PSG – “Lions” VS Barca, Macedonians looking for German scalps! germanyhandballhandball acomodationIvano Balicmozzartto staywetzlar
MVM EHF FINAL4 ← Previous Story All Star Team of the Women’s EHF Champions League announced Next Story → MVM EHF FINAL4: Larvik and Buducnost for the glory! Battle for the most expensive trophy in the Women’s handball starts in Budapest. The four best teams will compete at the Women’s MVM EHF FINAL4 tournament in “Pap Laszlo” arena on Saturday and Sunday.Saturday – semi-finals:Larvik HK – Dinamo Sinara 14.15ZRK Vardar – ZRK Buducnost 16.45Sunday:Bronze medal match 14.30FINAL 17
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Participation rates for breast screenings are some of the worst among ethnically diverse women, which is why the Breast Cancer Network of Australia (BCNA) is pushing for daughters to encourage their mothers to get tested. The BCNA will be hosting a special information day for Greek women at the new Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture in Melbourne, to better educate Greek women about the benefits of early screening and dispel any fears they might have on the topic. To be held on Sunday 30 November, the four-hour information session will include talks by Greek Australian professionals, including renowned professor of breast oncology John Boyages and St Vincent’s Hospital social worker Voula Kallianis.The talk is the first initiative created after the BCNA uncovered critical research showing women with breast cancer from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are faced with more challenges on their breast cancer journey than English speaking patients. The report found that “Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Greek and Arabic speaking communities have both relatively high reported levels of low English proficiency and a relatively high incidence of breast cancer”.It’s something Professor John Boyages has seen first hand, treating many women in those communities, especially in Greek women.He has witnessed Greek women avoid getting tested because of the fears and stigma they carry towards breast cancer and cancer in general. “It’s a very personal part of their body, it is fear that the mammography might hurt them, there is fear if there is something there they might make it worse, we do not want to remove something that might kill them, these are the sorts of things I heard through the years,” he told Eugenia Pavlopoulou of the Greek edition of Neos Kosmos. “In general there is fear that something might be there, so they avoid screening.”Yet, while he has dealt with these excuses for years, Professor Boyages has noticed a positive trend. He is seeing fewer women coming in for screening where the disease has advanced. Women are heeding the call to get checked.Having the information translated into their mother tongue is imperative in reducing the number of women coming in with advanced cancer, Professor Boyages says. “All the current science shows that conservation is just as effective as mastectomy,” he says.That’s why the BCNA is encouraging mothers to attend the information session with their daughters to open the discussion and push each other to keep up to date with their screenings. “The modern young Greek girl is connected, more in-tune in being proactive,” Professor Boyages says. “The role of the younger woman is to inform them and if the older woman has a lump they have to persuade them to see a doctor straight away.”As a doting son and a physician, Professor Boyages has made sure he’s there to help his mother and remind her of keeping up to date with her tests. “My mother is in her early eighties, and I still encourage her to have a mammogram,” he says. The network expects around 100 women to attend the information session with their partners, friends and supporters. The event will provide an opportunity to meet and share stories with other Greek-speaking women. Those wanting to attend must register and can call the Australian Greek Welfare Society on (03) 9388 9998. The event is free and will include refreshments and lunch.The Breast Cancer Information Day for Greek-speaking Women will be held on Sunday 30 November 2014 for 12.00 pm-4.30 pm at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC.Visit www.bcna.org.au for more information
Grippe : un vaccin universel pour bientôt ?En boostant l’intérêt des chercheurs pour la maladie ainsi que les recherches en général sur les vaccins, la pandémie grippale H1N1 de 2009 pourrait bien avoir ouvert la voie à un vaccin anti-grippe universel.La pandémie H1N1 de l’hiver dernier a secoué les pays touchés comme les Etats-Unis ou encore la France, qui s’était alors empressée de mettre au point un vaccin contre ce virus jusque là inconnu. Un événement qui a permis de relancer la recherche sur les vaccins anti-grippe et qui permettra peut-être de voir apparaître un vaccin universel. Ainsi, une étude menée par le Dr Patrick Wilson, et parue dans le Journal of Experimental Medicine, fait part du développement d’un vaccin anti-grippe multi-souches.L’homme explique à l’AFP : “Les résultats de notre recherche sont un peu comme le Saint Graal du vaccin anti-grippe”. L’étude montrerait alors qu’un seul vaccin est potentiellement capable de protéger les hommes contre l’ensemble des virus de la grippe. Ce résultat a été obtenu après que les scientifiques ont observé la production d’anticorps des personnes ayant été affectées et ayant guéri de la grippe A. Les gènes de ces anticorps ont été isolés et stimulés jusqu’à leur multiplication et l’isolation de cinq d’entre eux ayant réagi contre les virus de la grippe saisonnière, la grippe A, la grippe espagnole et la grippe aviaire. Et Dr Jens Wrammert, un des auteurs de l’étude, de conclure : “Ces résultats montrent que ces types d’anticorps peuvent être induits chez l’homme, si le système immunitaire a la bonne stimulation, et suggèrent que le développement d’un vaccin universel antigrippe pourrait être possible”.Le 11 janvier 2011 à 16:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Stay on target Walmart last week introduced a batch of new employees at 50 stores.But they’re not there to flash you a smile, tell you where to find the lightbulbs, or ring up your purchase.Following last year’s initial robot rollout, the big box retailer is dispatching more of its shelf-scanning automatons across four states.Equipped with cameras and sensors, the six-foot-tall roving towers slowly wheel down an aisle, searching for inventory issues—blank spots where an item is sold out, incorrect or missing price tags, misplaced products.Though the bots can complete their rounds twice as fast as human colleagues, they aren’t meant to replace living, breathing associates, according to Walmart.Instead, the goal is to free up time so workers can provide better assistance.“This has largely been about how we improve our performance and improve our service to our customers,” John Crecelius, vice president of innovation at Walmart, told Business Insider.Walmart is testing the waters in an effort to determine an ideal schedule for its robots, which currently operate once in the morning, once at midday, and once in the evening.While they are not designed to interact with customers, the droids are also not mean to be invisible; Crecelius said most people have “natural curiosity” toward them.“People are just drawn to technology and what it does,” he explained. “Our associated naturally get drawn to it: ‘What is this going to provide, how can I use this in what I’m doing?’”During a recent pilot program, employees reportedly found new ways of applying the robots that even corporate bigwigs overlooked—like knowing which items to rush from the delivery truck to store shelves.Staff has already taken a liking to their mechanical co-workers, Crecelius told Business Insider; some even gave the new team member a name tag to wear.Walmart is testing its robotic helpers in markets across the US, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania; the Los Angeles Times reported devices at Walmart Supercenters in Burbank, Palmdale, Lancaster, and Santa Clarita, Calif.
In Washington this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) Board of Directors met to discuss the issues impacting the soybean industry during the association’s annual spring meeting. Atop the list of discussion items for the spring meeting and the accompanying congressional visits be each of the 26 ASA state and regional affiliates was legislation from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, who spoke to the meeting on Monday, which would establish a national framework for the labeling of foods containing biotechnology.The bill, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act (S. 2609) came to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, but lacked the support needed to invoke cloture and move to a final vote.Also on the agenda were the Trans-Pacific Partnership, relations with Cuba, biodiesel, transportation and infrastructure, appropriations and aquaculture, among many others.The meeting also represented the first under ASA’s new Advocacy Team-based structure. The new format, created and implemented as a part of the association’s new strategic plan, enables ASA to be more tactical and focused in its approach to issues by replacing the old system of large, general committees focused on trade issues, public affairs and membership, with smaller and more tailored advocacy teams dedicated to farm programs, biodiesel, transportation and the other issues on which ASA works.The March meeting is one of three annual meetings of the ASA Board. The board will next meet in mid-July in Washington.
Clark County residents who aren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty might be able to save themselves some money.Clark County Public Health is planning to revamp its program that allows septic owners to inspect their own systems, making the program available to more residents and giving homeowners hands-on experience.The goal is to get the county’s 32,000 homeowners with septic systems more invested in, and educated about, their systems and potentially cut their inspection costs in half, said Aaron Henderson, environmental health program manager.State regulations require homeowners with conventional (gravity) distribution systems to get inspections every three years. About 80 percent of Clark County septic systems are conventional systems, Henderson said. Homeowners with pressure distribution systems are required to get inspections every two years and alternative systems require annual inspections.Currently, Clark County offers a class once a month for homeowners with conventional systems. Those who attend the workshop, which costs $20, can be certified to complete their own inspection every other time one is required (once every six years), rather than hire a private company to perform the work.Henderson proposed revamping the curriculum to make it more interactive and to allow those with pressure and some alternative systems the opportunity to perform their own inspections as well.
Are you ready? Ready for the rocket’s red glare? Ready for the bombs bursting in air?This Friday is July 4, and who doesn’t love a good parade and a few good fireworks?A few good fireworks.Unfortunately, if you’re opposed to the endless onslaught of fireworks, for days and days … and days, Clark County is not the place to be.And that’s too bad, because county voters approved an advisory measure telling commissioners to stop the madness and limit fireworks.So what happened?Well, situational ethics is what happened. Let me explain.Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke wanted oh-so-badly to prove that residents wanted some pie-in-the-sky, toll-free bridge out in east county someplace.So they decided to put some east county bridge ideas up for an advisory vote.Apparently they also had room on the ballot for a fireworks advisory vote, something then-county Commissioner Steve Stuart wanted.So the vote happens, and the M&M boys liked what they saw on the bridge stuff. Madore was all like, “The people have spoken, praise the people, let’s get started, praise the people, on that east county bridge ’cause, praise the people, I do what the people tell me to do! Praise the people!”OK, well, I’m pretty sure that’s what Madore was thinking. Here’s what he really said at the State of the County several months ago:“The proposal directed Clark County commissioners to provide leadership and champion the new proposed bridge.”Hmmm. “Provide leadership?” “Champion” what the voters said?So where’s the leadership on the fireworks vote? Who is championing the people’s voice on fireworks?It sure ain’t the M&M boys.If we were on the playground (and sometimes it feels like we’re on the playground when we’re dealing with Cheech and Chong), this would be called “two-faced.”In the grown-up world, it’s called situational ethics.You see, it’s full steam ahead on the east county bridge because the voters said so. But it’s put the brakes on that fireworks thing … despite what the voters said.
1 Now playing: Watch this: See it The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Ahmad noted that there’s “definitely a lot in the pipeline for next gen” and we might get a few more details at Game Developers Conference, which runs in San Francisco from March 18–22.However, he said Sony is expecting a strong 2019 for PS4, as noted by Techradar, which earlier reported on the post. The games lineup for the first half of the year is set, Ahmad wrote, but the company is also looking into making some of its unannounced games cross gen (meaning they’ll come out on PS4 and PS5) or next gen.This seems likely, since several games from the latter part of the PlayStation 3’s run got simultaneous PS4 releases — including Destiny, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Even games that came out years later, like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Persona 5, were released on both. 2:59 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The best games of 2018: CNET’s top picks $158 Tags Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.In October, Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida reportedly acknowledged that the company’s working on the next PlayStation, but stopped short of calling it PS5. Before that, a patent suggested that it’s looking to make the PS5 backward-compatible, and PlayStation boss John Kodera hinted that we’ll see its next console in 2021. We’ve also gotten an indication that it’s going by the internal code name “Erebus.”Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game. Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation 3 (80GB) Review • Sony PlayStation 3 Preview • Sony PlayStation 3 – First Take Comment Sony PlayStation 3 Sony’s first-party developers could be looking to the next generation of PlayStation. Josh Miller/CNET Sony’s first-party game developers may have turned their attention to the next generation, an analyst said.The Japanese company’s in-house developers have switched their focus from making PlayStation 4 games to using PlayStation 5 development kits, according to a ResetEra post by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad.”PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it. But I wouldn’t expect any information in the immediate future,” he wrote over the weekend.The company’s first-party developers include Naughty Dog (which makes Uncharted and The Last of Us), its Santa Monica Studio (God of War) and Sucker Punch (inFamous and the upcoming Ghost of Tsushima). Consoles Gaming 17 Photos Target Sony
Share FLICKR/SENOR_CODOWith little fanfare the Environmental Protection Agency released a new environmental rule last week that would limit sulphur dioxide pollution from power plants as part of the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.Public health advocates are cheering the proposal because sulphur dioxide in the air can cause asthma and even death. But there’s some irony to the new proposed rule: It was proposed, in part, because Texas successfully fought back another emission rule saying it would raise electric bills.“It’s actually because that rule got wiped out that in some ways these more stringent rules became necessary,” said Dan Cohan, a professor of environmental engineering at Rice University.Cohan calls the rule “the most important air pollution rule for Texas that no one has ever heard of.”He says it could force a lot of Texas coal power plants to simply close, because installing upgrades would be too expensive. That, in turn, would leave more room for renewable power and natural gas to come online significantly changing, and maybe greening, the Texas energy mix. But there’s a wrinkle in that scenario – a wrinkle called Donald Trump.“I’m not naïve that the new administration will likely be hostile to regulations on energy,” said Chrissy Mann with the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign.And that brings us to another the second ironic point: The EPA could be starting the rule process now, so that people will have grounds to sue about it later. Mann says if the EPA under Trump tries to withdraw or change the proposed rule, environmental groups and states would have legal standing to defend it.“We intend to fight for it and support it, and we know that Texans out there and, quite frankly, folks in all of the other states are impacted by this pollution are going to be fighting for it too,” Mann said.What would make the rule harder to defend is if the entire legal framework for it is removed by conservative lawmakers in D.C. Cohan says the House Freedom Caucus came out with a plan to eliminate hundreds of regulations and, maybe, wipe out the regional haze rule altogether.“So, if the regional haze rule disappears, then these controls would be wiped out with it,” Cohan said.The EPA plans to hold a public hearing on the rule in Austin Jan. 10.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.
Most of the state of Quintana Roo will continue to see thunderstorms and rainfall for Sunday. According to the National Hurricane Center of Miami, the second tropical wave does not present any favorable conditions for the development of a tropical system. Meteorologists are calling for a drier day Sunday, however, rains are expected to return early next week.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Q.R. — After more than 300 millimeters of rainfall, a week of gusty winds and port closures to small boats, Cancun and Riviera Maya can expect another day of wet.The Directorates of Fire, Public Services, Civil Protection and Municipal Transit of Benito Juárez say they have activated Operation Storm throughout the city of Cancun. They say they continue to monitor weather conditions as streets flood, trees topple and beaches remain deserted due to the slow-moving tropical waves.Staff from the State Coordination of Civil Protection report assisting families as far south as Bacalar who have been affected by new Tropical Wave No. 4.They say some people had to be removed from their homes due to flooding, while others requested assistance in removing the rainwater from their properties to avoid flooding.While city officials scramble from Cancun to Bacalar to keep street drainage wells cleared, the flow of heavy rainwater is continual as new Tropical Wave No. 4 crosses the state.According to the National Meteorological Service, Tropical Wave No. 4 has arrived and is interacting with a low pressure channel located on the western portion of the Yucatan Peninsula. They say the systems continue to move across the state slowly to the west. Due to its peripheral circulation, the systems are generating the entry of tropical maritime air with moderate to strong moisture content along the coast.