Tenders Called for Pictou County Roadimprovement Project

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first_imgThousands of drivers who use Highway 104 between New Glasgow and Antigonish will soon be making the trip on a smoother, stronger road after the completion of a road-improvement tender announced by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The tender is for repairs to the Broadway Overpass on Highway 104 and repaving of the highway from the overpass for 8.1 kilometres to Exit 29 at Barneys River Station. “Twinning of this section is in our long-range plans, but it’s also important that we keep the existing lanes in top shape,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Highway 104 is a vital lifeline for northern Nova Scotia.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Amendment Removes Requirement for Municipal Seal

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first_imgAn amendment to the Municipal Government Act introduced today, April 15, can save municipalities time, paper and money by removing the requirement for a municipal seal on certain documents. The seal is currently required on documents related to the semi-annual debenture process. The Municipal Finance Corporation issues debentures on behalf of municipalities to help them finance capital projects at lower cost. “When a municipal seal is required, the document can’t be sent via email,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “Removing the outdated, redundant requirement for the seal means municipalities can sign and submit these documents by email.” Twice a year, the corporation issues debentures to secure capital on behalf of municipalities that wish to participate. For example, a municipality may get a short-year loan from its local lending institution to build a new recreation complex. Once the building is complete, the municipality participates in the debenture to pay off the short-term loan and then repays the corporation over a longer term at lower cost. More information on the debenture process is available at www.nsmfc.ca.last_img read more

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Final deadline for RFID tags on Aug 23 midnight violators to be

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first_imgNew Delhi: Both the SDMC and the EPCA have made it clear that the deadline for pre-registration of RFID tags and recharge of tags will not be extended beyond the midnight of August 23, 2019.Earlier, the transporters and transporters’ union had requested the SDMC Mayor, Chairman’s Committee and the EPCA for extension of deadlines for entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi with RFID tags/sufficient recharge amount from midnight of August 23. Keeping in view this decision, the SDMC has exhorted commercial vehicle owners/transporters to visit the permanent point of sale (POS) installed at 13 entry points/RFID toll plaza for pre-registration for RFID tags and recharge of tags. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe SDMC has also set up the following six POS in Haryana and U.P. before entering Delhi: Tikri Main, Bahadurgarh By-Pass Road, Near New Bus Stand Haryana; Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Near Biswa Mill, GT Karnal Road, Kundli Sonepat, Haryana; GT Road, Anand Industrial Estate, Mohan Nagar, in front of ITS College, Ghaziabad, UP; Sector-1, Heritage Village Resort, Manesar Police Station, NH-8, Manesar, Haryana; NH 24 Bridge, UP Gate, Ghaziabad, UP; NHAI & MCD Toll Tax Badarpur Haryana Border near Bharti Petrol Pump, Agra Road, Badarpur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFollowing this decision, all commercial vehicles entering Delhi without an RFID tag or sufficient balance after August 23 midnight will have to pay a penalty, which will amount to twice the specified rates of ECC and MCD toll during the first week, four times the specified rates in the second week, and six times the specified rates in the third week. The ECC and MCD toll rates have been decided based on vehicle categories. In all, 1,35,000 RFID tags have been sold as of Wednesday afternoon. The transporters with the big fleet of vehicles can contact representatives of our toll operator MEP Infrastructure Developers Limited on above mentioned location or on their telephone numbers DND-7903176120, Rajokari- 9354320562 and KGT (Kundli)- 9205262947 for providing arranging mobile vans/POS to their desired location for getting the pre-registration of commercial vehicles along with recharge of tags. Recharging the RFID tags through mobile, the customer can download the MCD Toll App from the Mobile Play Store by registering their mobile number. In case of any difficulty, they can also contact Ganesh Vishwas Pahadke on his mobile number 8879333612.last_img read more

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Mehdi Qotbi Received by French Foreign Minister

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Paris – The president of Morocco’s National Foundation for Museums (FNM), Mehdi Qotbi, was received Friday in Paris by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault.On this occasion, Qotbi thanked the French government for its support, through its embassy in Morocco, to the retrospective exhibition of Alberto Giacometti held at the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts in Rabat from April 20 to September 4, 2016.The two sides also discussed the participation of France in “Lieux saints partagés” and “Picasso” exhibitions, scheduled for 2017. Jean-Marc Ayrault said on this occasion that the support of France to the FNM is part of its desire to promote art and culture as bulwarks against obscurantism.Since its inception in 2011, the FNM has established several partnerships with France and its cultural institutions, which helped the organization of three major exhibitions in France.With MAP read more

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Amazon warns Philly about proposed cashless store ban

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Philadelphia officials say Amazon has warned that a proposed ban on cashless stores would impact plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city.Philly.com reports that the City Council approved a bill Thursday that would prohibit most stores from refusing to take cash as payment. Proponents argue that cashless stores discriminate against low-income residents who don’t have credit or debit cards.Councilman Allan Domb says Amazon told the city that if the bill passed, it would not consider locating an Amazon Go cashier-less convenience store in Philadelphia. City spokesman Mike Dunn confirmed Amazon told the city the legislation would “impede” plans for a Go store.Amazon declined comment.The online giant abandoned plans on Thursday to locate a second headquarters in New York City amid opposition from activists and politicians.___Information from: Philly.com, http://www.philly.com/The Associated Press read more

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UK has first week without burning coal for electricity

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LONDON — Britain has gone a week without burning coal for electricity for the first time since the 19th century.Power operator National Grid says coal hasn’t contributed to the U.K. electricity mix since the afternoon of May 1.The landmark was reached two years after Britain had its first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution.Fintan Slye, director of National Grid Electricity System Operator, said Wednesday that coal-free power would become the “new normal” as Britain generates more power from wind, solar and other renewable sources.The U.K. also relies heavily on natural gas and nuclear energy.The government says Britain will eliminate coal from its power supply by 2025. It has set a deadline of 2050 to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions altogether. Environmentalists say that is not soon enough.The Associated Press read more

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UNbacked project to benefit some 20000 poor rural families in Burkina Faso

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The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide an $11 loan to the Small-scale Irrigation and Water Management Project, which will be carried out in six provinces in the south-west of the country.Because these half-dozen provinces border Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, two of the region’s most vibrant economies, it is hoped that the new initiative will increase both national and cross-border trade.“There is a new political will to boost small-scale irrigated agriculture in the country,” said Norman Messer, IFAD’s country programme manager for Burkina Faso. “New, affordable micro-irrigation technologies and improved roads to get products to markets will encourage farmers to take advantage of the emerging opportunities for increasing incomes in the region.”The Project will kick off with an information, education and communication campaign, and seeks to add to participants’ ability to intensify and diversify crops as well as support marketing activities.The scheme will also work in conflict-affected communities in the six provinces where there has been an influx of migrants, resulting in a situation where there is less available land for greater numbers of people. Enhancing irrigation is a means of producing higher-value crops on smaller plots of land, which in turn will provide a way to ease population pressure and alleviate potential conflict.Among other activities, the Project will build some 250 hectares of vegetable gardens with low-pressure micro-irrigation technology, and it is estimated that by its fifth year, the scheme will increase annual agricultural production by 4,700 tons of rice, 1,800 tons of vegetables, 314 tons of maize and 1,700 tons of bananas. 31 January 2008A new United Nations-backed $19 million project in Burkina Faso will help approximately 20,000 poor rural households bolster their crop production and incomes through improved irrigation. read more

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UN efforts focusing on plight of civilians in postconflict Sri Lanka

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“The situation is volatile so the facts are not as clear as one might hope,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told a news conference in New York. The Government of Sri Lanka has declared that its military operation against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north-east of the country has come to an end and that all the civilians that were trapped in the conflict zone have left. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had estimated that over 50,000 people were still in the conflict zone, a shrinking pocket of land on the northern coastline, as of last week. “Obviously, we’re relieved that the fighting is finished and hope that all the civilians are indeed out of that zone and indeed heading for safety,” said Mr. Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator. “But it’s hard for us to be absolutely sure about that for the moment. That is one of the things that we’re trying to check, but we believe that the civilians are actually out of that zone on the basis of what we know at the moment.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is considering a visit to the country, dispatched his Chief of Staff, Vijay Nambiar, to the country last week. Mr. Nambiar is “engaged in close consultation with Government officials and others on how best to respond to the humanitarian situation of the large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and initiate a process for early recovery and long-term reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said today. “The situation calls for maximum care and restraint in dealing with the large number of civilians and their humanitarian and security needs, as well as with surrendering LTTE cadres,” she added.OCHA estimates that there are around 220,000 people who have already reached the IDP camps, including 20,000 in the last two or three days. In addition, it is believed that another 40,000-60,000 people are on their way to the camps through the crossing point at Omanthai. Mr. Holmes noted that the large influx of people poses “major humanitarian challenges” in terms of providing shelter and other basic services, such as food, clean water and medical services. “The conditions in these camps are certainly not ideal. They’re not up to international standards yet but everybody is working very hard to try to make sure that they are.”Other issues of concern include the civilian nature of the camps, freedom of movement, distribution of identification cards to those in the camps, family reunification, and access to the camps, he said. “We’ve had full access so far and we hope that will be maintained because that’s absolutely vital for us.” Mr. Holmes added that the UN does not have any figures or reliable information on the death toll. “But we have fears that in the course of the last few days of the campaign there were extra deaths of civilians, despite all the efforts that may have been made to avoid that,” he said. 18 May 2009The United Nations is closely watching the situation in Sri Lanka, where the Government has declared an end to its military operation against Tamil separatists, while focusing on assisting the hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by the conflict, a top United Nations official said today. read more

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Afghanistan General Assembly calls for global support during transition period

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21 November 2011The General Assembly called today on countries to reiterate and scale up their support for Afghanistan during its transition period, and outlined six major areas the country should focus on to ensure its long-term stability and progress. In a resolution adopted unanimously this morning, the Assembly called for increased efforts in the areas of security, justice and governance, social and economic development, reconciliation and integration, regional cooperation and strategic partnerships.Security remains a top priority, with the Assembly noting that despite visible progress, terrorism is still a major threat, putting at risk all other areas where there has been progress.The Assembly welcomed the start of the transition process of security responsibility, which began in July, and called on countries to provide the necessary technical and financial support to create favourable conditions so that Afghan security forces can fully handle security needs in the near future.Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, told the Assembly that in spite of the challenges, the security transition is still on track and Afghan authorities are working with the international community so that by 2014 they can assume full responsibility in all provinces.The resolution also called for a stronger rule of law and emphasized the importance of building up Afghanistan’s capacity to promote and protect human rights, especially those of women, and strongly condemned incidents of discrimination and violence against them, in particular those directed against women activists and women prominent in public life.The Assembly also urged the Government to continue its reform of the public administration sector so that it can ensure good governance and accountability and successfully fight corruption and drug production.In regard to social and economic development, the Assembly appealed to all States as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to continue to provide “all possible and necessary humanitarian, recovery, reconstruction, development, financial, educational, technical and material assistance,” while urging Afghan authorities to improve their aid delivery sectors and services such as energy and drinking water supply to accelerate socioeconomic progress.The resolution also discussed the importance of building up the peace, reconciliation and reintegration process, particularly in light of the recent assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, Chairman of the Afghanistan High Peace Council by a suicide bomber.The resolution underscored the importance of regional cooperation and strategic partnerships to encourage progress in the region and called upon regional institutions to increase their cooperation with Afghanistan to stimulate growth and stability, while reiterating the UN’s commitment through its Assistance Mission (UNAMA) to coordinate aid and reconstruction programmes. read more

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Stocks advance amid strong Chinese manufacturing data

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Canada’s main stock market index was slightly higher Friday as investors took in encouraging data from China’s manufacturing sector while awaiting the latest reading on the health of the American manufacturing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.12 points to 13,368.38, pressured by continued weakness in the gold sector as prices hit a two-week low and Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) announced a huge stock offering.The Canadian dollar lost 0.07 of a cent to 95.83 cents US after running ahead more than half-a-cent Thursday in the wake of data showing higher than expected economic growth during August.U.S. indexes were higher with the Dow Jones industrials up 61.84 points to 15,607.59, the Nasdaq rose 12.94 points to 3,932.64 and the S&P 500 index was up 5.59 points to 1,762.13.HSBC Corp. said Friday its monthly purchasing managers’ index for China showed its best improvement in seven months, rising to 50.9 from September’s 50.2. Anything above 50 indicates expansion.And an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, said its index rose to 51.4 from the previous month’s 51.1.China’s economic growth rebounded to 7.8 per cent in the three months ending in September, from the previous quarter’s two-decade low of 7.5 per cent.Meanwhile, BMO Capital Markets looked for the October reading of the U.S. Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index to indicate slowing expansion, moving down to 55 from 56.2 in September.The data will also be carefully weighed as to how it might affect the timing of the U.S. Federal Reserve in cutting back on a key stimulus program, its monthly purchases of US$85 billion of bonds.The Fed announced earlier this week it could carry on with the program, which is credited with keeping long term interest rates low and therefore encouraging more people to buy equities. But there is much speculation about when the Fed might start to taper those asset purchases.That speculation helped sent North American markets lower Thursday but ended up higher for the month.The TSX rose 4.5 per cent during October, adding up to a 7.5 per cent gain year to date. The Dow is up about 20 per cent year to date.The gold sector fell 2.3 per cent while December bullion moved $9.20 lower to US$1,314.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) fell 91 cents to C$25.65.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) fell $1.22 or six per cent to $19.06 after it unveiled plans to raise roughly $3 billion to repay debt by issuing 163.5 million shares at $18.35 per share. Barrick also announced Thursday that it was suspending work on its troubled Pascua-Lama project as it moved to rein in costs in the face of lower gold prices and other problems at the mine under construction high in the Andes mountains.Base metal stocks were also weak, down 0.75 per cent. December copper had received an earlier boost from the Chinese data but later was unchanged at US$3.30 a pound.The sector was weighed down in particular by Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO). Its stock fell 28 cents or 11 per cent to $2.28 after a new environmental study into its billion-dollar New Prosperity mine proposal in British Columbia said it would pose “several significant adverse environmental effects.” Taseko’s (TSX:TKO) proposal received provincial approval in 2010 but the federal government rejected the original plan, which would have drained a lake of cultural significance to First Nations for use as a tailings pond.The energy sector was 0.22 per cent lower as December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 93 cents to US$95.88 a barrel. Crude has fallen 2.5 per cent this week following data out mid-week showing a sharp spike in U.S. supplies last week.Industrial stocks were positive with Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) shares up $1.35 to $115.90 after it announced that it has reached tentative agreements with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference. The union represents 3,000 conductors, trainpersons, yard workers and traffic co-ordinators. Details of the agreements were withheld pending ratification by the union’s membership.In other corporate developments, commercial real estate company Brookfield Property Partners LP is increasing its stake in General Growth Properties Inc. by paying $1.4 billion for some additional shares and warrants. The subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A) will have a 32 per cent interest in General Growth if all the outstanding warrants are exercised. Brookfield Asset Management shares added four cents to $41.32.U.S. hedge fund Silver Point Capital LP has acquired about 19 per cent of Postmedia Network Canada Corp.’s common shares. The stake makes it the second largest shareholder of the Toronto-based company which is Canada’s largest publisher of English-language daily newspapers, including the National Post. Postmedia (TSX:PNC.B) shares were unchanged from Thursday at $2.European markets were lacklustre with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.02 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 0.22 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.34 per cent. read more

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Imperial Metals Corp lays off 100 workers at BC mine because of

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Imperial Metals Corp. is laying off more than one-third of the workforce at its Huckleberry mine in northwestern British Columbia because of low copper prices.The Vancouver-based company — which also owns the Mount Polley and Red Chris mines — said it has suspended pit operations at Huckleberry but will continue milling stockpiled ore.Murray Edwards helps bail out Imperial Metals Corp with $30 million loanImperial Metals earnings hint at clean-up bill for Mount PolleyThe decision will affect about 100 of Huckleberry’s 260 employees near Houston, B.C., about 300 kilometres northwest of Prince George, B.C.“While HML has made significant efforts to reduce operating costs at the Huckleberry mine, the realized savings have not been sufficient to offset declining copper prices,” the company said.Copper future contracts are currently trading at about US$2.06 per pound — a level comparable to mid-2009 when the global economy was mired in a deep recession. read more

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Constructive atmosphere reported in talks on Security Council reform

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“The President considers the discussions this week to have been constructive – delegations actively participated and there was a good working atmosphere,” spokesperson Susan Markham told reporters in New York today.Ms. Markham said that General Assembly President Harri Holkeri of Finland stressed the responsibility borne by participants in the group. “He has reminded delegations that in the Millennium Summit Declaration, Member States resolved to intensify efforts to achieve a comprehensive reform of the Security Council in all its aspects,” she said, referring to the outcome of last year’s historic gathering of heads of State and government. “In his view, this implies that there is a renewed willingness to move forward on this issue,” Ms. Markham added.Recent discussions on the issue have focused on proposals to expand the Security Council and reform its working methods, she said. The group, officially called the Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council, will resume its deliberations on 11 June. read more

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UNbacked Global Fund terminates grants to Myanmar

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The Fund, a unique public-private partnership created three years ago on the initiative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said in a statement that its decision means that three grants – one each for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with a total value of $35.7 over two years – will be phased out by the end of the year. It said the decision was taken after consultations with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is the Principal Recipient, meaning that it is responsible for grant implementation in the country. “Both the Global Fund and UNDP are very concerned about the tremendous need to provide humanitarian assistance and to prevent further spread of the three diseases in Myanmar,” said Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “It is therefore with considerable regret that the Global Fund, after consultations with UNDP and other international partners, has had to terminate its grants to Myanmar.”In July this year, the Government of Myanmar instituted new travel clearance procedures which will have the effect of restricting access to grant implementation areas by the Principal Recipient, the staff of implementing partners and the Global Fund staff. In addition, authorities also imposed new review procedures for the procurement of medical and other supplies.The Fund said that the new measures were a breach of the government’s written commitment to provide unencumbered access and that they would prevent the Fund from implementing performance-based and time-bound programs in the country.It also noted that the travel restrictions appear to be the most recent manifestation of a gradual change in the Government’s attitude towards international and national humanitarian efforts in Myanmar in recent weeks. read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 6

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The 2014 World Cup’s host country returns to action Tuesday, but we’ll be watching another game, in search of wunderkinds.Belgium vs. Algeria: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Mexico: 3 p.m. EDTRussia vs. South Korea: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup interactive for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHBefore we get into why Belgium and Algeria is our game to watch, we should note that we cheated a bit in our criteria for Tuesday’s pick. Typically we’ve taken the greatest harmonic mean between competing teams’ SPI scores, which — as of Monday night — would have put the Brazil versus Mexico match atop the list at 82.4. But we’ve already seen both Brazil and Mexico play in this tournament and their matchup is one-sided, with Brazil having an 86 percent chance of winning (Mexico’s is 3 percent). So instead we’ve chosen to watch one of this year’s dark horses, Belgium, in its tournament debut.Belgium currently has the eighth-best chance of winning this year’s tournament (a mere 1 percent chance, but still). It’s the only team in SPI’s top 10 that hasn’t played yet. Its opponent, Algeria, on the other hand, has the lowest SPI of any team in the tournament and likewise a less than 1 percent chance of winning it all. But we think Tuesday’s matchup will be much closer than anticipated — the projected goal differential between the two teams is only 1.2, compared to 2.6 in the Brazil and Mexico match.But what’s most exciting about Belgium (which returns to the World Cup after failing to qualify for the last two tournaments) is its youth: 23-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 21-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and 19-year-old Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj all have dazzled in the top leagues in Europe but have yet to play on the World Cup stage. Both Belgium and Algeria feature rosters with 10 players under the age of 25, but Belgium’s youngsters are some of international soccer’s most talented. Hazard averaged 0.4 goals per game with Chelsea this year, and Lukaku averaged 0.45 for Everton.Many analysts discount Belgium’s talent after it breezed through qualifiers against teams like Macedonia and Scotland, so Tuesday’s matchup against Algeria will be the first time we see what these kids are really capable of.YESTERDAYThird time’s a charm. The United States entered Monday’s match against Ghana aiming to avoid becoming the first country to lose to the same opponent in three consecutive World Cups.Punctuated by a quick Clint Dempsey goal, the U.S. had the best of the first 10 minutes, with 66 touches to Ghana’s 52, including a 30-13 advantage in the attacking half. But from the 11th minute onward, not so much. The final score — 2-1 United States — didn’t reflect it, but the U.S. spent most of the game on its heels.Here’s a couple stats:The U.S. ended the match with 88 touches in the defending penalty area, the most by any team thus far in the World Cup. U.S. Goalie Tim Howard ended as the team’s leader in touches with 61, as well as pass attempts with 49. The U.S. recorded 45 clearances as a team. It’s the most by any team in a World Cup match since at least the start of the 1966 World Cup, as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes.It was defender John Brooks, making his U.S. men’s national team debut, who scored the winning goal in the 86th minute, becoming the first substitute to score a goal for the U.S. in the World Cup. (At 21 years, 139 days old, Brooks is also the youngest player to score in this year’s tournament.)In the first match of the day, Germany became the first country to play in 100 World Cup matches, and in its 4-0 dismantling of Portugal was the first nation to score at least four goals in four straight openers.Germany had a slight possession advantage over Portugal, amassing 684 touches to Portugal’s 556, but had a big advantage where it counted; Germany had 24 touches in in the attacking penalty area compared to Portugal’s eight. Mario Gotze had more touches (nine) in the attacking penalty area than the entire Portuguese team. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo managed just one touch in the attacking penalty area.The star of the match was Germany’s Thomas Müller, who had his country’s first World Cup hat trick since Miroslav Klose in 2002. Müller made the most of his seven touches in the attacking penalty area, scoring on each of his three shots on target. — Jacob Nitzberg, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHAlgeria versus Belgium is the most mismatched pairing in Group H, with a 65 percent chance of Belgium winning and just a 12 percent chance that Algeria will claim victory. And this imbalance is no less true in the countries’ trade relationship, at least as far as diversity goes. According to OECD data, Belgian exports to Algeria in 2011 totaled $2.06 billion spread over a wide range of categories — the plurality of which were cars and car parts at 22 percent, closely followed by preserved milk at 21 percent. But flip the relationship around, and a whopping 92 percent of Algeria’s $3.45 billion in exports to Belgium consisted of crude petroleum.Mexico and Brazil, on the other hand, have a much more symmetrical trade relationship. On both sides, a majority of the exports was some type of machinery, which made up about 53 percent of Brazil’s exports (a well-spread mix of everything from cars to sewing machinery) and 58 percent of Mexico’s (of which cars made up a 46 percent plurality).Russia and Korea are another evenly matched trade duo, and the sectors even complement each other. Korea’s biggest export to Russia was machinery (mostly cars and car parts) at 55 percent, while Russia’s was — surprise, surprise — oil, at 60 percent. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGThe U.S. Now Has a Better Shot at the World Cup, But Still Needs a Point Against PortugalWhy Isn’t the U.S. Men’s National Team Better at Soccer?A World Cup Fan’s Guide to Accepting Refereeing Decisions in Your FavorU.S. Soccer Fandom: The Investigation Continues read more

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Ohio State womens soccer misses out on Big Ten Tournament after 20

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Two second-half goals in a 12-minute stretch helped the No. 8 Michigan women’s soccer team defeat visiting Ohio State 2-0 Saturday night.The loss to the Wolverines will prevent the Buckeyes from getting a chance to defend their Big Ten Tournament championship next weekend in Champaign, Ill.The teams played to a scoreless draw in the opening half with the Buckeyes holding a 9-7 lead in shots. OSU freshman forward Nichelle Prince had three of the five shots on goal late in the half.Michigan could not convert on their three corner kicks in the first half, but early in the second half their fortunes would change. Senior forward Shelby Chambers-Garcia found the back of the net off a corner kick from freshman forward Madisson Lewis, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute.OSU would press to tie, but freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin saved shots on goal from senior defender Danica Wu and sophomore defender Marisa Wolf.A little more than a minute after Wolf’s shot, Michigan would add on to the lead as senior forward Nkem Ezurike outran the defense, and netted her 11th goal of the season to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.The Buckeyes would wind up with a total of 10 shots in the second half, but could not get past Bucklin, who finished the day with seven saves, improving her record to 15-2-1 on the season.OSU will have to wait and see if it gets a berth in the NCAA tournament. The selection show is on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. read more

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Mickey Harte The GAA has been a huge source of positive force

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first_imgMICKEY HARTE HAS revealed that he never considered stepping down from his position as Tyrone manager despite the traumatic death of his daughter Michaela when she was murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius January 2011 and the acquittal in July of this year of the two men who had been accused of killing her in Mauritius.Harte described fulfilling the role of Tyrone manager as ‘a great way of looking at life’ and ‘a huge source for positive force’ for himself and his family.Harte was speaking yesterday along with Michaela’s husband John McAreavey in Croke Park at a launch for ‘Match for Michaela – A Festival with Football’ which is a major fundraising event on November 3rd in Casement Park.The event will feature a Gaelic Football match between All-Ireland champions Donegal and an Ulster selection with all funds raised going towards the Michaela Foundation.“It never ever entered my head (the consideration not to manage Tyrone),” said Harte. “Absolutely not. I’m grateful for the privilege of being able to stay there and do that because it is is a great distraction, a great diversion, a great way of looking at life.“Life must go on. Yes, things are different, it will never be the same. But there are people around us. There are opportunities around us that will help us through.“The GAA, the position I’m in and to be able to work with players at this level has been a huge source of positive force for me and for our family.”Harte admitted it has been difficult at times to focus on his management role but believes it is not possible to quantify the impact the tragic passing of Michaela had on the Tyrone squad.“It’s hard to quantify these things. On reflection you might say all of these things take from your energy source to deliver where you want it to go. I wouldn’t like to lean on it or use it but I do believe for the last couple of years not only has this had an impact on us as a family but for the GAA players of Tyrone that I work with.“A lot of those people knew Michaela very well. You can never quantify how does it impact on them, just like we go back to the loss of Paul McGirr, the loss of Cormac McAnallen. It doesn’t be over when it appears to be over.“There is lingering consequences of having to make your way through those experiences. I have no doubt it had its impact but I wouldn’t want to use that as reason as to why we didn’t perform to our best.”last_img read more

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Former Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to drug charges

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first_img Posted: July 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent admitted Thursday in federal court in San Diego to conspiring to distribute the primary ingredient used in the manufacture of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.Cesar Daleo, 48, faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for his guilty plea, according to prosecutors. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 28.Daleo was arrested last August while trying to drive into Mexico with a package that he believed contained the precursor chemical, known as 4ANPP, court records state. Daleo had just picked up the parcel, shipped from China, at a postal facility in San Ysidro.Unbeknownst to Daleo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent stationed at Los Angeles International Airport had intercepted a package from China a few weeks earlier and discovered that it contained 4ANPP.Federal agents replaced the chemical with a harmless substance and waited for someone to pick it up at its destination in San Ysidro. When Daleo did and then headed to Mexico, he was intercepted by law enforcement before crossing the border, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.As part of his plea, Daleo admitted taking part in a plan to distribute 4ANPP, picking up packages at the San Ysidro mail center and being paid to transport the parcels to Mexico.Daleo also conceded that some of the parcels contained a substance that could be used to manufacture illegal drugs.Daleo faces a separate indictment for allegedly conspiring to smuggle protected sea cucumbers and sea horses. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Former Border Patrol agent pleads guilty to drug charges KUSI Newsroom, July 12, 2018last_img read more

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Microsoft Should Bring Back These LongForgotten Xbox Franchises

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first_imgStay on target For the past week, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of Voodoo Vince Remastered. I’ve never played this game before, so I’m glad I’m now finally able to enjoy it on my Xbox One. While Voodoo Vince does look dated, it has arguably withstood the test of time better than some other early-2000s platforming titles.During my time with Voodoo Vince, I couldn’t help but think about other long-forgotten franchises that were only playable on the original Xbox. These days, the Xbox brand is (rightly or wrongly) seen as the Gears/Forza/Halo box. However, there are a lot of titles from Microsoft’s first console that have been completely abandoned over the years.Since Microsoft was able to successfully bring Voodoo Vince back from the grave, wouldn’t it be awesome if they resurrected some of their other forgotten Xbox franchises? I asked around and compiled a list of beloved Xbox games that deserve to be brought back.Note: I didn’t include titles like Jade Empire, Knights of the Old Republic, Escape From Butcher Bay, or Otogi since they were developed by third party studios. These games could be brought back by their respective developers on other platforms.Crimson Skies: High Road to RevengeNearly 15 after it was released, many folks still speak fondly about Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. This arcade-style action game lets players fly a wide variety of airplanes and engage in tense mid-air dogfights. What truly made Crimson Skies stand out was its unique, alternate 1930’s setting where zeppelins and aircraft became the primary means of transportation. Considering how many people want this franchise back, it would be wise for Microsoft to dust it off and give folks what they want.MechAssaultAnother beloved franchise is MechAssault. Two MechAssault games were released on Xbox during the system’s heyday. As you have no doubt surmised from its title, this is a game where you get to pilot a gigantic mech. While there are a significant number of games with this same premise, a new MechAssault would deliver a Western flavor to a genre that is largely dominated by our friends in Japan.Brute ForceFans of co-op games would no doubt appreciate a new Brute Force. This was one of the more popular Xbox games because of its cooperative gameplay mechanics. The game’s four main characters each played differently, which allowed players to tackle missions in a variety of ways. Brute Force also featured advanced AI for its time. Both enemies and non-player controlled squadmates would do their best to survive. Given how advanced technology is these days, Brute Force’s original mechanics could be more fully realized.BlinxBlinx the cat, like Voodoo Vince, is another Xbox mascot that has been virtually forgotten by time. Though the Blinx games (Blinx: The Time Sweeper and Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space) weren’t exactly flawless, they did have unique time-bending mechanics that have been seen in other games. A remake of the original titles with updated controls would be nice, but an entirely new game that modernizes Blinx for an all-new audience would be even better.Fuzion FrenzySince Xbox has long been considered a “dudebro” ecosystem, bringing back, Fuzion Frenzy could do a lot to diversify the brand’s library. Party games are looked down upon these days, but a new Fuzion Frenzy could be successful if done right. It would be a good idea to steer clear of any Kinect controls since that would make thing unnecessarily tedious. Microsoft could re-release the original two Fuzion Frenzy titles, but a completely new entry would be best.Project Gotham RacingBefore the Forza racing series, there was Project Gotham Racing. Though it has absolutely nothing to do with a certain Caped Crusader’s fictional city, Project Gotham was one of the very best racing games on the market. It might be somewhat redundant to have a new Project Gotham alongside Forza, but I think it could work.Tao Feng: Fist of the LotusTao Feng: Fist of the Lotus received a lot of press when it was originally released. After all, it was created by John Tobias i.e. one of the guys who brought us Mortal Kombat. Tao Feng may have been a bit rough around the edges, but it did try to incorporate new ideas into the fighting game genre. For example, characters would show visible damage as fights continued. Environmental damage — something that is somewhat common in fighters these days — was also another hallmark of this title. A new Tao Feng with improved controls could be a huge hit now.RalliSport ChallengeFor whatever reason, rally racing games are few and far between. Since that’s the case, now would be a perfect time for Microsoft to bring back RalliSport Challenge. The original two titles looked fantastic on the old Xbox. On Xbox One or Project Scorpio, these games would look utterly fantastic. Like Project Gotham Racing, it might be hard to bring back RalliSport given how Forza is the current king of Xbox racers. But, since this is a dedicated rally racing game, it would at least distinguish itself from Forza.Steel BattalionThis one is a bit of a cheat since it is a Capcom game, but I had to toss Steel Battalion onto this list. What makes it different from other titles in the genre is the fact that players could only play it with a $200 controller. Though this was (and is) a very expensive title, one cannot argue that it captures the feeling of piloting a robot better than anything else in the market. Steel Battalion was and is a title for the hardest of the hardcore gamer. Capcom and Microsoft really should get together and revive this series… even with the stupidly expensive controller!What other long-forgotten original Xbox franchises would you like to see resurrected? Let us know in the comments below. Hands-On: ‘New Super Lucky’s Tale’ Is Your Next Xbox Game on SwitchPlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Project Scarlett: Everything We Know last_img read more

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How to manage Power Throttling in Windows 10 Redstone 3

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first_imgHow to manage Power Throttling in Windows 10 (Redstone 3) by Martin Brinkmann on April 18, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 3 commentsMicrosoft’s work on a new power saving technology called Power Throttling continues in the latest Windows Insider builds.The feature is designed to improve the power consumption of a battery-powered device running Windows 10 by handling the power consumption of background tasks better.Note: Power Throttling is a temporary name for the feature. The current iteration works only on systems with Intel’s 6th-generation or later Core processors. The company plans to improve support in the coming months.Most Windows users run multiple programs at the same time. A web browser and video player, multiple browsers, an email client, image editor, games, image viewers, and a lot more.All of these programs drain power, even if they run in the background. Microsoft’s first batch of experiments showed that Power Throttling could save up to 11% in CPU power consumption. While the actual mileage may vary depending on the programs that are run and throttled, it is quite useful for battery powered Windows devices.Windows 10 Power ThrottlingMicrosoft’s describes Power Throttling in the following way:With “Power Throttling”, when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes – work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work.Microsoft built a detection system into Windows 10 to automate the functionality of the feature. This algorithm detects important work, and protects it from being throttled. Work that is deemed important may include foreground programs, but also background apps such as music players and apps you interact with regularly.All other applications and programs may be throttled to decrease the device’s power consumption.Managing Power ThrottlingWhile the system worked well during tests, errors may be made in determining whether programs should be throttled or not.Windows 10 users have two main options to handle issues that they may run into while Power Throttling is applied to processes on the system:Switch the Power mode to Best PerformanceThis turns off Power Throttling completely, but it will increase the power consumption significantly as power saving functions are disabled as well in that mode.Use Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to System > Power, and click on Additional power settings.Switch the power plan to high performance on the page that opens.Blacklist apps to exclude themUse a new blacklist setting in the Battery Settings to opt-out individual applications.Use Windows-I to open the Settings application.Go to System > Battery, and click on Battery Usage by App.Select the application you want to blacklist, and toggle the Managed by Windows preference to off.Next, remove the checkmark in Reduce work app does when in background as well.Closing WordsPower Throttling is designed to save power on Windows 10 devices. It remains to be seen how much power Windows 10 users will save with the feature enabled on the release channel.Microsoft plans to release APIs for developers to give developers “more fine grained control” over the throttling.Now You: Which power plan do you run on Windows, and why?SummaryArticle NameHow to manage Power Throttling in Windows 10 (Redstone 3)DescriptionMicrosoft’s work on a new power saving technology called Power Throttling continues in the latest Windows Insider builds.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tourist killing likely unrelated to victims testimony in New York murder case

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first_imgThree weeks after the mysteriouskilling of 52-year-old Stephen John Rutkiewicz – a New Yorker who frequently vacationed in the northwestern province of Guanacaste – no new information has surfaced.Early in the morning on Dec. 22, Rutkiewicz was shot twice in a car in Brasilito. He drove several hundred meters to find help, but bled to death waiting on an ambulance.In the absence of helpful leads, Rutkiewicz’s previous status as a witness in a murder trial in Troy, New York, has been referenced repeatedly in the press, in some cases accompanied by baseless speculation that Rutkiewicz was killed because of his pending testimony.New York prosecutor Michael McDermott, who was set to call Rutkiewicz to the stand, said the witness would have played a very minor role. Rutkiewicz had already testified once, and McDermott – whom The Tico Times reached over the phone – read from the court transcript to demonstrate the extent of the Rutkiewicz’s role as a witness.His testimony was part of the 2004 trial of Michael “Murder” Hoffler, who was accused of ordering a hit on police informant Christopher Drabik. In 2003, Drabik had been shot to death by Gregory “G” Heckstall, a childhood friend of Hoffler. Drabik had been set to testify in a pending drug case against Hoffler.“Rutkiewicz’s transcript is only two pages long,” McDermott said. “All [Rutkiewicz] said was that he knew Mike Hoffler in December of 2003 when the murder occurred … and that he called [Hoffler] about 30 times, and that was the telephone number he reached him at.”Rutkiewicz spent about two minutes on the stand, and there was no cross-examination, McDermott said. Along with other witnesses, Rutkiewicz corroborated that Hoffler was using a certain prepaid phone number at that time. Because Hoffler’s user data was not collected at the time he purchased his phone, it was necessary to call witnesses to prove that Hoffler was reachable at that number, McDermott said.Although Hoffler was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison, the verdict was overturned three years later on the technicality – jurors had not been properly sworn in. The retrial date has not been set.“There’s no urgency here,” McDermott said. “The case has been pending for years now … So it’s not like [Rutkiewicz] was getting on a plane to come testify.”Friends said Rutkiewicz had a ticket to return from Costa Rica to New York for Dec. 18, four days before he was shot. He postponed the trip back to Dec. 22, and was shot that morning. Facebook Comments Related posts:U.S. tourist bleeds to death from gunshot wounds while waiting for ambulance in Costa Rica 30 percent of murders in the world happen in Latin America and the Caribbean Honduras, Central America still lead the world in murder rates Five students brutally murdered in Liberialast_img read more

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