Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth heaped praise on his coach and mentor, Pullela Gopichand, saying he is the one who should get all the credit for Kidambi’s success.On Sunday, Srikanth became the first Indian and only the fourth male shuttler in history to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year when he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at the French Open.”He has been my greatest mentor. He is the one who should get the credit for my wins. I am very thankful to him, for all his guidance for the last eight years,” he said in an exclusive chat with India Today.WATCH VIDEOAfter following his brother to the Gopichand Academy back in 2008, the now 24-year-old has not looked back. “When you have so many top level players at the same place and you play against them, you definitely improve. There is definitely a lot of scope for improvement,” he said when asked about training with the likes of HS Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth.Very happy with the way I played in the last couple of weeks and a big thanks to everyone of my team for taking a very good care of me. pic.twitter.com/oQTi8ZmTcW- Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 30, 2017″It’s just not about the last seven to eight months. It’s more like the last five to six years and what we have been doing. The amount of hard work we have put in the last five years is helping us achieve these (wins),” he added.advertisementAfter an ankle injury earlier in the year, he came back stronger to win four SuperSeries titles. The journey, he recalls, was not easy.Srikanth is a huge Roger Federer fan and he sought inspiration from the way the tennis legend came back from an injury.”That was the biggest break I have got from badminton. I am very big fan of Roger Federer and he was also injured in the Wimbledon last year and then he was out of competitive tennis. But he came back this year by winning the Australian Open title straightaway. He is a very big inspiration. I really want to follow him and take inspiration from him and I think did well”Srikanth thanked his physios who helped get back onto the court, “After the injury, in my recovery part, my physios took very good care of me and I am very thankful to them. If I am able to play my 100%, it is because of them.”Srikanth has plenty of badminton still to play this year with the China and Hong Kong Open coming up followed by the BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Dubai.”I have the China Open and Hong Kong Open in November. So I am focusing on really doing well in those two tournaments before I start thinking about the SuperSeries finals,” he said.”The SuperSeries final is definitely a very big tournament and I really want to do well there but after the Hong Kong Open, I will have those two weeks of training period before I go in to the SuperSeries finals,” he said.last_img read more

Oppo’s PM-1 headphones offer luxury for all your senses

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Sometimes you just need to splurge on a badass piece of audio gear. If that time has come around for you, we highly recommend checking out Oppo’s PM-1 headphones, a set of cans as beautiful and luxurious in design as they are in performance.One might find it odd that Oppo, a company best known for its top shelf Blu-ray players, would decide to leverage its highly refined technological prowess toward creating a pair of headphones. But, considering Oppo’s Blu-ray players are as coveted for their audiophile grade sound as they are for their talents in the video spectrum, it actually makes a lot of sense.For the PM-1, Oppo employed the highly-revered planar magnetic driver style, which uses a thin membrane similar to the head of a drum, suspended in a magnetic field. Planar drivers are able to create unparalleled accuracy and transperancy, and is the same technology employed by one of the most highly regarded headphones in existence, the Audeze LCD-3.But unlike the Audeze, which are so large and cumbersome as to render you stationary, the PM-1 are built for the road. The sturdy chassis is constructed from sleek cuts of gleaming chrome wrapped in leather, and stuffed with enough padding to rest comfortably for long listening sessions in the studio, at the office, or on the train. And while the PM-1 are best when used with a hi-fi headphone amplifier, including Oppo’s own HA-1, they’ll also plug right into your mobile device. Accessories include two sets of cables, both velvet and lambskin earpads, a carrying case, and a wooden cabinet so gorgeous you’ll want to sleep next to it.Most importantly these things sound incredible. The longer you listen, the more you’ll be drawn in, with lightning-quick tracking of fast-paced hits from percussion and brass, rich and velvety bass, crystalline treble response, and transparency across the spectrum for miles. At $1,100, the price will definitely hit your wallet. But if you’re looking for a taste of sonic luxury that won’t keep you homebound, the PM-1 are definitely worth a look. Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Madelast_img read more

PM in Trinidad for CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has left the island for Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the 34th meeting of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government, from July 3 to 6.Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who made the announcement, on Wednesday, July 3, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing, said Mrs. Simpson Miller leads a delegation, which include Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Onika Miller; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham.Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who assumed the Chairmanship of CARICOM on July 1, will lead discussions on various issues affecting the region.These include: Membership and associate membership of the Caribbean community; the economic situation facing member States and the Region; transportation in the Region; the proposal for a high level meeting on persons with disabilities and special needs; external trade; and the state of the CARICOM reform process.The meeting will coincide with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of CARICOM.The Prime Minister will return to the island on July 7. In her absence, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, will be in charge of the Government.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgNEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Spanks Bridge Spanks Bridge on the Larry’s River Road at West Cooks Cove will be out of service, local traffic only, for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 31. A detour is available on Mountain Road and Trunk 16. Users of the Trans-Canada Trail are advised that the Spanks Bridge is closed and are to use caution when traveling in this area. PICTOU COUNTY: Mount William Road Mount William Road, from Highway 104 about 5.3 kilometres to Granton-Abercrombie Road, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, cement and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-1573 Fax: 902-896-2259 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge will be available until a permanent bridge is completed. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h at the site and advance warning signs are in place. Reduced weight restrictions are no longer in effect at this crossing. PICTOU COUNTY: Gairlock Lake Road Gairlock Lake Road will be closed, except to local traffic, from Monday, July 6, until Friday, July 17, for a culvert replacement. A detour is available and signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, southbound, will be reduced to one lane from Exit 4B to Exit 3, including ramps, about 4.6 kilometres, to replace the jersey barrier and widen, patch and repave the highway until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from Route 354 in Kennetcook to Bishop Road about 6.4 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dark. Local Area Office: 902-863-3357 Fax: 902-232-2995 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the Hants County line to Princeport Road about eight kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving and shouldering until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive, from the railroad tracks west for five kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle will be on site. A detour is available on Highway 125. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-6747 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 RICHMOND COUNTY: Bona Road Bona Road, from Rocky Bay Road to D’Escousse – Cap La Ronde Road will be reduced to one lane for clearing, cold planing, graveling and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Scotch Lake Road Scotch Lake Road, from Route 223 east for 7.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. A detour is available on Route 223. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Grand Lake Road The intersection on Grand Lake Road, near Central Supplies, will be reduced to two lanes from four for traffic light installation until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people on site. A detour is available on Prince Street. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane until Friday, July 31, to replace the bridge. A detour is available on a temporary bridge marked with signs and lighting. Traffic control people are on site. RICHMOND COUNTY: D’Escousse D’Escousse – Cap La Ronde Road, from the intersection of Route 320 and Poirierville west for about 5.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, cold planing, graveling and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 6 Trunk 6, Section 1 through downtown Tatamagouche, and Section 2 from the Cumberland County line to Bayhead, will be reduced to one lane for cold milling and paving until Thursday, July 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, from Exit 8 to the Pictou County line, will have a lane closure for cold milling, widening and paving until Friday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Cobequid Pass The outside lanes at the Cobequid Pass toll booths on Highway 104 have reopened to wide load vehicles. Renovations to the toll booths will continue and are expected to be completed in July. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 335/Dennis Point Wharf Road Route 335 in West Pubnico, from the intersection of the Rock Road south for about 3.7 kilometres, and the Dennis Point Wharf Road will be reduced to one lane for ditching and repaving until Aug. 3. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. INVERNESS COUNTY: Point de Harve Road Point de Harve Road, north about 8.3 kilometres to Cape Breton Highlands Park, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Monday, Aug. 31 Traffic control will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, from 318 Overpass to Akerley Boulevard, including ramps, about 11 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. There will be no work from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. westbound, and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. eastbound. Local Area office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August. Traffic lights are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, from Hiltz Road to William Conley Road between Pembroke and Walton, will have traffic interruptions for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Causeway Lane Closure The Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane for shoulder repairs until Saturday, July 11. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Motorists using the causeway should allow for extra time during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 KINGS COUNTY: Rainsforth Road Rainsforth Road will be closed for repairs on Rainsforth Bridge until further notice. A detour is in place. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from Greenhill Drive to about 800 metres past Meadows Road, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Masstown Road The Masstown Road, east of Exit 12 about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for asphalt replacement and repairs to the Highway 104 overpass, until Thursday, July 16. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from South Side River Bourgeois Road east to Highway 104 about 7.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and sealing until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-2206 Fax: 902-424-0570 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from Oak Island Road (Avonport Roundabout) to Hantsport town line about 8.1 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 336, Upper Musquodoboit Route 336, from the intersection with Route 224 to the Colchester County line about 9.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving and drainage improvement until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: West Side River Road The West Side South River Road (Dunmore Road), about 2.5 kilometres south of Highway 104, will be closed for repairs until Wednesday, July 8. A detour is available on Route 316.center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Doyle’s Bridge Doyle’s Bridge on the East Margaree Road will be closed until further notice. A detour is available on East Margaree Crossroad. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 212 Route 212, from Pratt & Whitney Drive east for about 7.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control person on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 INVERNESS COUNTY: Broad Cove Marsh Section 3 of Broad Cove marsh, from Trunk 19 north for about one kilometre, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, graveling, pulverization, patching and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Chebogue Road Chebogue Road, from the intersection of the Wyman Road south to the Yarmouth town line about 8.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for pulverizing and repaving until July 15. Traffic delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-893-5785 Fax: 902-896-2259 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 242 Route 242, from the intersection with Route 302 at Maccan West to Lower Maccan Road about 8.8 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, from Route 395 south, will be reduced to one lane for cold planning, graveling, pulverization, patching and repaving until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle will be on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Grey Bridge The Grey Bridge on Grey Road, East Kemptville, is closed for structural repairs. PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from Trunk 4 north about 4.2 kilometres to the railway crossing near the Michelin Plant, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, graveling and repaving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Sections of Trunk 10, between Wentzell Rd. And Barss Corner Rd., will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 31. Traffic will be directed by flashing lights, barrels, and traffic cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. A detour is available on Lower Branch Rd. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, from Taggart Loop to Portapique about 8.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for crack filling and seal coating until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between Exit 10 and Exit 11, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Delays are expected with stop times of up to 30 minutes depending on traffic volumes. There is an alternate route on Trunk 1 at Exit 10 at Grand Pre and Exit 11 at Greenwich. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, west of Exit 22 about 11.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for guardrail replacement, patching and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-563-7482 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-825-7311 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Highway 104 access on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but has no exit. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 near Ben Eoin will be reduced to one lane for graveling, grading and paving until Monday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers through the construction zone. DIGBY COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from the Yarmouth-Digby County line west about 4.1 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and repaving until Friday, July 31. Cyclists are asked to use caution as pavement is grooved. Motorists are advised of delays and to use alternate route if possible. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road Sections of Shore Road from the intersection of Parker Mountain Road to the intersection of Hampton Mountain Road will be reduced to one lane for road improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, Aug. 15. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control people will guide motorists through the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, from Trunk 4 in Monastery to the Guysborough County line about 5.1 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert installation and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 8 Sections of Trunk 8, in the Kempt-Maitland Bridge area, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, July 24. Traffic will be directed by flashing lights, barrels, and traffic cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Section 2 of Trunk 19, for about 50 metres north of Blackstone Road will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, graveling, pulverization, patching and repaving until Monday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road will have alternating one lane closures for upgrading, graveling and repaving, from 2.9 kilometres west of the North Ogden Road east for 6.4 kilometres until Monday, August 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-749-2244 Local Area Office: 902-667-6818 Fax: 902-447-2891 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 22 Trunk 22 (Louisbourg Highway), south of Hornes Road about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for clearing, graveling and paving until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Beaver Bank interchange west about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane in both directions for planing, re-paving, and guardrail work until Wednesday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 HANTS COUNTY: Eastbound Ramp, Exit 8, Highway 101 Traffic on the eastbound on and off ramps of Highway 101 at Exit 8 near Hantsport will be reduced to one lane for bridge painting. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset each day. Traffic control people and signs are on site. The work is scheduled to be completed Friday, July 17. Drivers using the connector road to the eastbound lanes of Highway 101 at Exit 8 should allow for extra time during this period. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Southampton Road Southampton Road, from the Amherst town line west to Route 302 about nine kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for graveling and paving until Friday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 KINGS COUNTY: Hillaton Road Hillaton Road will be closed for bridge repairs until further notice. A detour route is available from Route 221 to Route 358 to Saxon Street. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, from the Tusket interchange east about 4.5 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, repaving and shouldering until Friday, July 31. Traffic delays are expected and cyclists should use extra caution because of the rough surface. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until summer because of flooding damage. INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 252 Route 252 at Skye Glen will be reduced to one lane for clearing and draining until Saturday, July 11. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 -30-last_img read more

The fall and winter of 20172018 in Fort St John had the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It may not come as a surprise some that live in the Energetic City, but the last seven months saw the most amount of precipitation that has ever recorded in Fort St. John during that timeframe.According to Environment Canada meteorologist Cindy Yu, the North Peace Airport weather station recorded a total of 403.8 millimetres of equivalent precipitation, making it the wettest fall/winter on record. The next-wettest September – March period in Fort St. John occurred 60 years ago. From September 1957 to March 1958, the airport weather station recorded 382.6 millimetres of precipitation. The fall and winter of 2014/15 ranks 6th in overall precipitation with 309 mm.Yu said that while the past seven months did see a record amount of precipitation, temperatures were fairly close to average, with several alternating stretches of warm and cold snaps. She explained that the higher than average number of snowy and rainy days means that the increased cloud cover reduces the potential for wild temperature swings. Fort St. John experienced its wettest and second-snowiest fall in 2017, though precipitation amounts during the three months of winter were close to normal. Environment Canada considers ‘fall’ as the entire months of September – November inclusive, with ‘winter’ comprising the months of December – February. March 2018 was also the wettest on record, with the North Peace Airport seeing nearly four times the average amount of precipitation.When it comes to the rest of the spring months, Yu said that the arctic airmass currently over the Peace Region is forecast to linger for the rest of this week before the airmass starts to move further east. She added that once that occurs, temperatures should return to near-seasonal with daytime highs back above the freezing mark.last_img read more

UN mission monitoring EthiopiaEritrea border nearing close

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has almost completed its withdrawal from the Horn of Africa region, with the last group of blue helmets having returned to their home country.In July, the Security Council voted unanimously to terminate the mission after restrictions placed on the peacekeeping operation by Eritrea undermined its ability to carry out its mandate.Over the weekend, 60 Indian peacekeepers who had been based in the northern Ethiopian town of Adigrat left the country. The mission’s 15 remaining guards, part of an Indian contingent, are expected to depart at the end of the week.“This was a difficult mission but you can go home knowing that you accomplished what you were sent to do,” Azouz Ennifar, the Secretary-General’s acting Special Representative, said at their farewell ceremony. “The parties remained at peace while UN military observers were stationed in the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas.”Mr. Ennifar stressed that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made it clear to both Ethiopia and Eritrea – which fought a bloody border war in 2000 – that his good offices remain available to them. 15 October 2008The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has almost completed its withdrawal from the Horn of Africa region, with the last group of blue helmets having returned to their home country. read more

Cyprus UN chief to host meeting with Greek Cypriot and the Turkish

21 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a joint meeting of the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities on 7 July in Geneva, his office has announced, stressing the need for both leaders to accelerate the process of negotiations aimed at the reunification of Cyprus. The July meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, will be a follow up on previous meetings between the Secretary-General and the two leaders in New York on 18 November last year and in Geneva on 26 January this year.“He expects the leaders to take advantage of this meeting, and the period leading up to it, to work jointly and concretely toward reaching that objective [mutually acceptable and lasting settlement on Cyprus],” said a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General last night.The UN has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership with a view to the eventual establishment of a Federal Government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status.The world body has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island – known by its acronym UNFICYP – since 1964, with a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff. read more

Good news Library company to create 25 new jobs at its Dublin

first_imgA LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY company is to create 25 new jobs at its European headquarters in Dublin.Innovative, a California company which was founded in 1978, makes software which helps to manage a library and which is used in more than 60 countries.Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement this morning and said that it was “another vote of confidence in Ireland’s strengths as a location for investment”.The company is located at George’s Quay in Dublin city centre and already employs 25 people.Kim Massana, the CEO of Innovative, said the company had been impressed by the business environment since it moved its EMEA headquarters here in 2012.“Dublin has a rich talent pool and we have been able to recruit an exceptionally skilled and multi-lingual staff to serve our customers through Europe – our current staff of 25 is fluent in 15 languages”.The new jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland.Read: Good news for Dundalk as PayPal announces 400 more jobs > Read: IDA promises to help Bausch & Lomb as workers vote for massive cuts >last_img read more

Giggs Ronaldos obsession with Messi may have caused Juventus move

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs has suggested that being better than Lionel Messi may have been what drove him to make the unexpected move to JuventusRonaldo completed his stunning €112m move to the Serie A champions on Tuesday after a week of negotiations.The 33-year-old’s move to Italy will likely be the end of his decade-long rivalry with Messi, with the duo having won the Ballon d’Or award five times each and having battled intensely for Real and Barcelona since Ronaldo’s arrival in 2009.With the Portuguese superstar having now conquered England and Spain, he heads to Italy with the aim of adding to Juventus’ seven consecutive Serie A titles.But Giggs suspects that his former teammate’s rivalry with Messi may have been a factor in the move.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I’m surprised that he would leave Real Madrid and go to Italy,” Giggs said on ITV, via SportsKeeda.“I think it’s a big challenge for him but he’s going to a huge club. Having that on your CV: Real Madrid, Man United, Juventus – it’s some CV.“He’s obsessed with being better than Messi. He has that now, that, ‘I did it in England, I did it in Spain, I’m going to do it in Italy … I did it with Portugal.’“So maybe that will be his argument when [he asks himself]: ‘Am I better than Messi?’”last_img read more

Julian residents opt for County fire authority not volunteer

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:42 PM Julian residents opt for County fire authority, not volunteercenter_img March 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJULIAN (KUSI) – It appears the county’s last all-volunteer fire department has come to an end. Even though the results aren’t official, voters involved in a special election in Julian have opted to have the community and it’s surrounding area,  be protected by the CALFIRE, not the volunteers.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman had more on this story. last_img read more

Encinitas teacher runs 70 marathons in 70 days

first_img KUSI Newsroom, August 26, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsENCINITAS (KUSI) – A teacher from Oak Crest Middle School in Encinitas ran 70 marathon in 70 days during summer break.Kevin Hopp’s  summer goal started on June 17th and finished August 25th said he “had fun doing my marathon every day since school has been out for summer.”To see more on Hopp’s marathon journey you can follow him on Instagram. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 26, 2019 Encinitas teacher runs 70 marathons in 70 days Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Remains identified as woman missing from Rainbow gathering

first_imgSkamania County authorities have confirmed human remains found this month are those of Marie Hanson, who was last seen at the Rainbow Family gathering in July.Hanson, a California resident, had attended the large gathering at Skookum Meadows in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, but failed to return from the event or contact her family.Her remains were found near Big Creek. Skamania County sheriff’s deputies are still trying to discover how she died, according to a news release.Her family held a memorial service for her last Saturday in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. More information about her is at Marie Hanson Missing.last_img read more

Abortion coverage medical marijuana bills advance

first_imgOLYMPIA — Two of the Washington legislative session’s most controversial issues moved out of a House committee Thursday, giving the full chamber the chance to vote on whether most insurance policies must cover abortion and a significant rewrite of the medical marijuana laws.On a 9-8 partisan vote, the panel passed HB 2148, often called the Reproductive Parity Act, over the opposition of Republicans like Rep. Shelly Short, of Addy, who said it was taking “choice” away from people with moral objections to abortion who don’t want to pay for insurance plans that cover it.Supporters like Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, said the decision on whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman and the people she chooses to consult — her doctor, family or faith community.“It is not for a business to decide, it is not for an insurance company to decide, it is not for someone else’s faith community to decide,” Jinkins said.Committee Chairwoman Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, the sponsor of the bill, said for years she’s had men ask her why they should pay for insurance plans with maternity services that they’ll never use. But, she added, “we’re not going to change anyone’s mind either way on this.”last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 2 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At WPI

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — The following Wilmington residents were among 1,474 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the spring 2018 semester:Zachary Abbott, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in civil engineeringCaroline Johnston, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in mathematical sciencesThe criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differs from most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.“WPI’s academic programs are rigorous and require a level of independence beyond what is required in traditional courses. WPI students go beyond the classroom to work on open-ended problems in and for communities around the world. The problems are important and the impact is real” said dean of undergraduate studies Arthur C. Heinricher. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to study engineering and science and business and the humanities. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled in all of their work, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”About Worcester Polytechnic InstituteFounded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 40 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Worcester Polytechnic Institute via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Abbott, Johnston, Nelson & Richards Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At WPIIn “Education”last_img read more

E3 2019 expected games Cyberpunk 2077 Borderlands 3 Gears 5 and more

first_img Nissan GT-R/C – The ultimate remote-control car for gamers IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/1:32Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:29?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Electronic Entertainment Expo is the premier annual gaming event where major releases in the gaming industry are revealed and can be experienced first-hand by the public. This year’s event has an exciting line-up with next-gen consoles and big titles being revealed. Here are some of the most anticipated games at this year’s show.Cyberpunk 2077Developer: CD Projekt RED; Release: TBD; Platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, PCCD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3 took the world by storm when it was released in 2013, bagging multiple ‘Game of the Year’ awards from multiple agencies. It is no wonder that the next open-world game from the studio has a hype rivalling a Rockstar Games title. Fans have been excited to see more of the game ever since it was announced in May 2012. A 48-minute gameplay demo was released on YouTube last year, showcasing the world and a few gameplay mechanics. According to a leak, the game may release in November this year. Apart from this, we are to hear more of the highly-anticipated game.Borderlands 3Developer: Gearbox; Release: 13 September; Platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, PCThe brilliant shoot-and-loot series is getting another instalment with Borderlands 3, featuring a “billion guns”, a robust, varied cast and gritty, cartoonish aesthetics. The game will feature four playable classes – Gunner, Siren, Operative and Beastmaster – each with different abilities to suit different play styles. The game will feature a spaceship, which will double up as a base as well as a mode to travel to different planets. With all the over-the-top action to come, fans of the series are already itching to get their hands on the game. Borderlands: The Handsome CollectionGhost of TsushimaDeveloper: Sucker Punch Productions; Release: TBD; Platforms: PlayStationGhost of Tsushima will be a third-person perspective, open-world game where players will take up the mantle of the last samurai on Tsushima Island during the Mongol invasion of Japan. Brought to us by Sucker Punch Productions, the studio that created the popular Infamous series, this game will be set in 1274. A gameplay demo showcased stunning visuals, with battles taking place among blooming sakura. Players will be free to explore the game as they wish, without any guidance from the game itself. This poses a level of difficulty that many will find succinctly challenging.Gears 5Developer: Electronic Arts; Release: TBD 2019; Platforms: XboxGears 5 has been making rounds of the internet for quite some time, so we can expect it to be showcased at Microsoft’s booth in E3. The game has a refreshing take on the series, with much more colour into what Microsoft has called the largest environment yet. Gears 5 will feature a female lead character shooting her way through hordes of aliens to find the origins of the Locust. The gameplay will be familiar, with classic gun-and-cover combat. We can expect more heavy-duty guns and a larger variety in weaponry overall.Wolfenstein: YoungbloodDeveloper: Bethesda; Release: 26 July; Platforms: PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Switch Wolfenstein 2: The New ColossusBethesda SoftworksBethesda makes its return to the genre-defining series with even more Nazi-shooting action in the upcoming Wolfenstein game. The game will see Blazkowikz’s twin daughters take up the quest to find their father 19 years after he left in The New Colossus. The game will be set in Paris and feature co-op gameplay, giving an exciting twist to the series. Youngblood is being called the most open-ended Wolfenstein game yet, with various customisation options and gadgets with an even larger arsenal of weapons to go.E3 is a time of epic releases and often cringey and hilarious conferences. Stay tuned for more.center_img Closelast_img read more

James Webb Space Telescope Hubbles 88 Billion Successor Faces Lengthy Delay

first_img Share Photo by NASA/Desiree StoverOn Tuesday, NASA officials revealed James Webb Space Telescope’s launch date has slipped from spring of 2019 to approximately May 2020 — a delay that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.For more than a generation, astronomers have been waiting for the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope. On Tuesday they learned they will have to wait even longer, as agency officials revealed Webb’s launch date has slipped from spring of 2019 to approximately May of 2020—a delay that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, breaching the $8.8 billion telescope’s Congressionally-mandated cost cap and requiring legislators to either provide more funding or abandon the project.The delay also jeopardizes the next decadal survey, a once-every-10-years strategic plan produced by the National Academies that assesses the research landscape and makes recommendations to federal agencies and Congress about developing and funding future generations of ground- and space-based telescopes. Originally scheduled for completion after Webb had launched and begun science operations, the survey’s next iteration may instead now occur while Webb, arguably its most important consideration, is still on the ground.The slip is not exactly surprising, even though construction and testing of Webb’s primary mirror and scientific instruments—its riskiest, most expensive elements—is already complete.These components were delivered in early February to Webb’s prime contractor, the aerospace company Northrop Grumman, for further testing and integration with the rest of the telescope.But later that month a report from the Government Accountability Office warned that the company had fallen behind schedule on the supposedly easier parts of the observatory. Valves on the spacecraft’s thrusters had sprung leaks after being improperly cleaned, and replacing them had taken the better part of a year. Webb’s tennis-court-sized, five-layered folding “sunshield” had also been torn during a test as it unfurled, requiring time-consuming failure analyses and repairs.Photo by REUTERS/NASA/Chris Gunn/HandoutThe Sunshield test unit to be used on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California The Sunshield separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold side where the sunshine is blocked from interfering with the sensitive infrared instruments.“Webb is the highest priority project for the agency’s science mission directorate, and the largest international space science project in U.S. history,” said acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot, who is retiring from the agency next month. “All the observatory’s flight hardware is now complete, however, the issues brought to light with the spacecraft element are prompting us to take the necessary steps to refocus our efforts on the completion of this ambitious and complex observatory.”Tim Paynter, a spokesman for Northrop Grumman, said the company “remains steadfast in its commitment to NASA and ensuring successful integration, launch and deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s most advanced space telescope.”Northrop Grumman now reportedly has teams working on the telescope 24 hours a day, and they will soon be joined by additional personnel from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., which manages the Webb project. Still, the setbacks have deferred Northrop Grumman’s most crucial final tests, which expose Webb’s components to a harsh vacuum like that of space and jostle the fully-assembled telescope in a simulated rocket launch.“It is taking longer than anybody thought a year ago,” said John Mather, an astrophysicist and Webb’s senior project scientist at NASA Goddard. “But we have to do it right. We have built just about everything. We just have to make sure it will work way up there. No taking chances.”Conceived nearly three decades ago in the aftermath of Hubble’s debut, Webb (like its predecessor) has long been intended as a technological tour-de-force that would make the next giant leap in our understanding of the universe. Unlike Hubble, which resides in low-Earth orbit and has been kept alive by repeated servicing missions, Webb would be stationed beyond the orbit of the moon and cooled nearly to absolute zero by its sunshield. Its mission would last until it runs out of fuel in five to 10 years.From its lofty perch Webb’s sophisticated infrared instruments and giant 6.5-meter mirror would see what Hubble never could: the universe’s very first stars and galaxies, embryonic star systems mid-formation in cosmic wombs of gas and dust, and the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars. For astronomers these horizon-expanding views are so vital for progress that Webb has become the keystone for their field’s long-term future: Take it away, and all plans built around it collapse.“The dominance of a single mission like Webb can be a bad thing,” said Martin Elvis, an astrophysicist and noted critic of the project at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. “It fosters a ‘too big to fail’ syndrome, where because it mustn’t fail you can’t realistically threaten it with cancellation, and people err on the side of caution to ensure it will succeed. More caution means more testing and more money, which you must provide to avoid failure, and so you get a feedback loop of inflating costs.”And Webb could still end up blown to smithereens or at the bottom of the ocean due to a launch failure, or drifting uselessly in space due to snags in its carefully choreographed deployment sequence. Rocketry may be a science, but it remains decidedly imperfect.Photo by NASA/Desiree StoverNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.As early as the 2001 decadal survey, U.S. astronomers ranked Webb as their highest priority for the first 10 years of the new millennium. The telescope’s projected cost was then roughly a billion dollars. Yet by the next survey in 2010 the project had already spent $3.5 billion on developing a host of necessary and expensive new technologies. Webb had effectively become too big to fail, and the 2010 decadal survey had no choice but to embrace it. It also recommended several other projects—chief among them the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST)—to overlap with and complement Webb, the field’s crown jewel, which was then planned to launch around 2014.Shortly after the 2010 decadal survey, however, independent reviews found the Webb project in crisis. It was burning through its budget so fast that crucial work to build the telescope was being pushed back, causing future costs to balloon for lack of immediate funds. NASA and Congress intervened, resuscitating the project with a “replan” that gave it a larger budget capped at $8 billion (plus $837 million in operational costs once in space) and a launch date of October 2018.But in September 2017 NASA announced Webb’s launch would be delayed until spring 2019, due to Northrop Grumman’s mounting woes and scheduling problems with European launch provider Arianespace.Prompted by Webb’s damaged thrusters and sunshield, the latest delay to May 2020 is based on the findings of another independent review helmed by NASA’s Paul McConnaughey, an associate director of the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Officials involved with the project believe that if this delay breaches Webb’s cost cap, it will likely only do so by at most a few percentage points. Even so, the pressure for Webb to meet its new launch date while incurring minimal additional costs is so great that NASA has taken the unusual step of forming a second independent review, led by former NASA Goddard head Thomas Young, to determine if Webb can meet its latest launch date without breaching its cost cap.Testifying to Congress in December 2017, Young offered what some insiders see as a ringing endorsement of the project—and what others less charitably view as a blank check for Northrop Grumman and “too big to fail” syndrome: “[Webb] is at a point in its development where the only criterion that is important is mission success,” Young said. “Every appropriate thing that can be done to maximize the probability of success should be done. At this stage of the project, a few extra days, or weeks, or even months of schedule delay or the expenditure of some additional dollars is a small price to pay to assure success of a mission as important as [Webb].”Meanwhile, WFIRST—NASA’s planned successor to Webb and the highest priority of the 2010 decadal survey—has experienced tumult of its own, suffering moderate delays and cost growth. It drew the ire of the Trump administration, which proposed canceling it entirely in the White House’s FY2019 budget; Congress and the space-science community have so far stood firm against that proposal. Anticipating budgets that will be effectively flat for the foreseeable future, NASA officials have stated that any overruns on Webb are likely to be paid for out of WFIRST’s coffers. That in turn would lead to further delays and cost growth for the latter mission, potentially preventing it from operating contemporaneously with Webb—one of the original justifications for its existence.David Spergel, an astrophysicist at Princeton University and co-chair of the WFIRST science team, acknowledges the trade is probably worth making. “Webb is one of the most complex engineering projects ever done and the most complicated science mission ever built by NASA,” he said. “We are all disappointed; so many of us are eagerly awaiting Webb’s science. However, it is better to have a modest delay and a modest overrun (as a fraction of Webb’s cost) and have a successful mission.”Image by Northrop GrummanArtistic impression of the James Webb Space Telescope.Other influential astronomers begrudgingly agree. “You’re never happy when any mission slips, because it means the next thing will slip inevitably, too,” said Marcia Rieke, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Rieke is the principal investigator of Webb’s NIRCam instrument, as well as the co-chair of the National Academies’ Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, a body that along with NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Academies’ Space Science Board helps plan the decadal surveys.The troubles surrounding Webb and WFIRST, Rieke said, could delay the next such survey, which would at minimum throw off the timing for those of other fields—particularly the next decadal survey planned for planetary science. Or the survey for astronomy might continue on schedule without knowing whether Webb will be successful, particularly if it treats the troubled telescopes as first and foremost a cautionary tale against similarly ambitious future missions.“The decadal is meant to be a measure of what’s actually achievable,” Rieke said. “And so it walks a fine line between pushing the envelope and being feasible.”In other words, the easiest solution might be for the next decadal survey to simply proceed as planned and to recommend that NASA pursue a portfolio of smaller, cheaper space telescopes rather than more multibillion-dollar behemoth in the 2020s. That prospect sends chills down the spines of some astronomers, who hope to build even bigger space telescopes using the new technologies developed at such great cost for Webb. They hope these bigger projects might be able to directly image Earth-like planets around nearby stars in search of signs of life.“My fear now is that the community will be so frightened of cost that they won’t recommend any large telescope in the next decadal,” said one senior astronomer, who asked not to be named due to the politically sensitive nature of the situation. “That would delay starting anything big until 2030. It would probably be 2050 before something ambitious could be built and launched. This idea that money is transferable between mission sizes is just wrong.If NASA doesn’t pursue another big strategic mission after Webb and WFIRST, there’s no guarantee Congress will put all that ‘saved’ money into smaller missions. More likely it will go into rockets to put people on the moon, or to some program outside of NASA entirely. If we’re not careful, this could lead to the end of the golden age of U.S. space astronomy.”This article is reproduced with permission from Scientific American. Find the PBS NewsHour story here.last_img read more

Eternal Darkness to get crowdfunded sequel Shadow of the Eternals

first_imgReleased back in 2002, those of you that owned a GameCube and actually left it plugged in might remember Silicon Knights’ Eternal Darkness, that token “mature” game found on a Nintendo console. The game was met with near-universal praise in North America, but barely sold in Japan. Now, over a decade later, the people behind Eternal Darkness have announced they will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for a sequel, dubbed Shadow of the Eternals.For the uninitiated, Eternal Darkness was something of a unique game. Though the core gameplay boiled down to a regular survival-action horror — similar to Resident Evil or Onimusha — the narrative style and a specific game mechanic set it apart. The story was told through the use of various characters spread across time that you controlled — from a Roman gladiator to a modern-day soldier — all related in some mysterious way. The unique game mechanic involved the characters’ levels of sanity. If you confronted too many scary things and didn’t overcome them, your sanity meter dropped, causing you to become more insane. If you lose your sanity, the game — visually and audibly — grows stranger and more dangerous. Recently, survival-em-up Don’t Starve employed a similar mechanic.There are virtually no details on the sequel other than what’s shown in the above trailer, and that it’s a spiritual sequel to Eternal Darkness. Nintendo owns the rights to Eternal Darkness, which is why this new game is a spiritual successor. Nintendo also owns the patent for the original game’s vaunted sanity system, but as games like the aforementioned Don’t Starve have shown, you can have a similar and effective system without stepping on anyone’s toes.It seems Silicon Knights proper isn’t involved in the project, but a new studio — Precursor Games — founded by some of the original members that created Eternal Darkness, will be heading the project. So, at least the spiritual successor is in good hands.Shadow of the Eternals will launch crowdfunding on May 6, and you can check out more information about the game here when it launches.last_img read more

State TMC president urges workers to maintain party discipline

first_imgCOOCH BEhar: Subrata Bakshi, state president of Trinamool Congress, have urged party workers not to get involved in any work that would lower the prestige of the party and affect the clean image of party supremo Mamata Banerjee. He was addressing party workers at Netaji Subhas Indoor Stadium on Friday afternoon.”Always remember that our party’s main strength is honesty and transparency and you should not do anything that lowers the prestige of the party and affects the clean image of Mamata Banerjee,” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBakshi said. Bakshi further said the country is on the threshold of a historic moment at the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The departure of the communal forces from India is a matter of time under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee. He said Mamata Banerjee will announce the road map that will be followed to oust BJP from India at the historic meeting scheduled to be held at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on January 19, 2019. Around 500 BJP workers joined Trinamool Congress. Bakshi said over the years the strength of the party and its membership have gone up and under this situation it is mandatory for the leaders and the workers to maintain party’s discipline. The meeting was attended by Rabindranath Ghosh, district president of the party and state minister for North Bengal development, along with Partha Pratim Roy, party’s MP. All the MLAs of the district attended the meeting.last_img read more

Over 19 million views Baranda trailer is most watched in 17

first_imgBaranda, the famous novel written by Moti Nandi, is a free space in dark, damp life; where a few rays of light are found beyond closed doors. A little free air, though filled with urban odor, is felt there. People can watch smiling faces of the neighbours with whom they can talk. This helps them to breathe afresh. A balcony never sleeps overnight. It gazes at the future with an endless wait. So, where else can one stand more hopefully to wait for love, pleasure, and feelings? The balcony is the eternal symbol of ‘wait’ to those who lost everything, even themselves. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoti Nandi’s Baranda is a story of such people who wait throughout in the Balcony of Life, losing everything they possess. Runu is the daughter of a poor nurse who used to earn money in her spare time, through prostitution. Runu’s unemployed father waited outside while his wife remained engaged with her customers. Mohan, a worker of a Motor Company, was her “Permanent Customer”. Initially, Girijapati Biswas, Mohan’s colleague, went to Runu’s house, with Mohan as her mother’s customer . Runu was a teenager at that time. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCircumstances changed for both of them as Girija lost one of his legs from an accident and Runu lost her mother. These two fellows bound themselves in a typical relation in the course of time. They did not have an idea if it was love, or something else. Still, they passed long fifteen years together in Girija’s house without getting married. Mohan became jealous as Girija got Runu, and he had nothing to do.In the span of fifteen years, both Girija and Runu realized that they could not do more than sharing their joy and pain while sitting together in Girija’s balcony. They had no physical relation between them, though both of them felt a great need of the same. Suddenly, the taste of life became little pleasant to Runu when Ambar, a footballer, evidently Girija’s brother, came to stay as a paying guest at Girija’s house. After a long time, Runu got a complete man beside her. She wanted to give all she had to Ambar, but the existence of Girija at ‘balcony’ prohibited her mind to dedicate herself to this newcomer. Girija realized everything. He wanted to release Runu from these barriers so that she could enjoy life. He knew that Runu could never be happy with an incomplete man like him. In such a critical time, another incomplete person came into Girija’s life. She was Buli, the one-eyed, ugly girlfriend of Mohan. Buli was a teenaged poor, helpless girl, as Runu used to be when Girija met her. Mohan used to treat Buli as his Kept. Girija felt for Buli as he also dreamt to be a complete person, making intimate relation with Buli, another incomplete girl. Buli responded equally. But, one day, they were caught, red-handed, by Mohan, who could not bear this betrayal. He attacked Girija, but this time, despite being a handicap, Girija gained enough courage to murder Mohan. He released Buli from Mohan’s aggression and went to jail. Towards the end, he also released Runu but Runu did not get the much-required relief. The balcony, which was the waiting place of Girija since long, now sheltered Runu. She stared at the way of Girija’s departure and started her days of waiting.last_img read more

Running an eBay Business The FAQs

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Q:What is an eBay Store? Should I start off with one right away? A:Listing items so that buyers in other countries can see them is easy. Simply use the “Sell Your Item” form (access it by clicking on the “Sell” link at the top of any eBay page) as you normally would. But in the “Ship-To Locations” field of the “Shipping & Payment Terms” section of the form, specify either: “Will ship worldwide” (for maximum buyer audience reach) or “Will ship to the United States and the following” (then select the countries/regions from the list to which you are willing to ship). The latter provides a larger reach than domestic only, but with less complexity than full international trading.Jim “Griff” Griffith is author of The Official eBay Bible and dean of eBay Education. Q:Where do I find products to sell on eBay? Q:Will I need any listing-management tools to help me with selling on eBay? Q:How can I determine the hottest items or categories on eBay? A:eBay Stores provides you with your own e-commerce destination where you can list all your eBay inventory in one place under a brand name of your own. eBay Stores is the best way to help serious sellers maximize their businesses on eBay. If you have your own eBay Store, you get to use powerful and easy-to-use tools that allow you to successfully build your own brand on eBay and encourage repeat customers.If you’re a brand-new eBay seller, you should first familiarize yourself with the regular eBay site before you consider opening your own eBay Store. However, eBay Stores can be a perfect solution for businesses that carry large inventories. To learn more, visit http://stores.ebay.com, and click on the “Stores Help for Sellers” link.Get additional information about eBay Stores in our “Way to Grow” feature. A:There are many ways of viewing, searching and sorting eBay listings to view those with the most activity and the highest bid amounts. Within any given eBay category, you can sort the category list by highest price first to view those with the highest prices. You can then scroll through the list to see the items with the highest number of bids, a good indicator of an item’s desirability. It is not possible, however, to sort by number of bids.You can also filter a search or category to show only Completed Items (items that have sold within the past two weeks), and then scan those for the number of bids and highest bid amounts.To view Completed Items using a keyword search of the entire eBay site:Click on the “Search” link found at the top of any eBay page.Click on the “Advanced Search” tab.Enter your keywords.Check the box for Completed Items.To view Completed Items using a keyword search of a single category:Navigate to the first page of the chosen category.Enter keywords into the box provided.Check the box for Completed Items, found on the left-hand side of the page.Click the “Show Items” button.If you want to view all Completed Items for a particular category:Go to the category’s first page of listings.On the search results page, check the box for Completed Listings under the “Search Options” section on the left.Click the “Show Items” box.eBay has made this even easier by compiling a Hot List for sellers. Simply log on to www.ebay.com/sellercentraland click on “What’s Hot” from the menu on the left.For more information on keeping up with product trends, turn to “Bestseller Lists.” Growing Your Business A:Initially, probably not. But as your business on eBay grows, you may need to employ software or tools to help eliminate the repetitive tasks that come with listing on eBay. For the brand-new eBay seller, the built-in, free tools that come with My eBay are usually sufficient for listing and managing 10 to 20 items per day.Once your business volume starts to increase beyond 20 items per day, you should sample some of the other tools that eBay offers, such as Turbo Lister, a free bulk uploading tool; eBay’s Selling Manager (Basic or Pro), which adds enhanced features to the Selling page in My eBay; or Selling Assistant (Basic or Pro), which features a full suite of listing management tools.For more information on software or eBay Listing Tools:Click on “Services” at the top of any eBay page.Look for the section marked “Listing Solutions,” and click on “Seller Tools.”Other software: Under “Listing Solutions,” click on “eBay Solutions Directory.”To read more about software to help with your business on eBay, see “Easy Does It” in our “Tools” section. Q:Where do I find products to sell on eBay? Q:How do I offer my listings to buyers outside of the United States? A:Initially, probably not. But as your business on eBay grows, you may need to employ software or tools to help eliminate the repetitive tasks that come with listing on eBay. For the brand-new eBay seller, the built-in, free tools that come with My eBay are usually sufficient for listing and managing 10 to 20 items per day.Once your business volume starts to increase beyond 20 items per day, you should sample some of the other tools that eBay offers, such as Turbo Lister, a free bulk uploading tool; eBay’s Selling Manager (Basic or Pro), which adds enhanced features to the Selling page in My eBay; or Selling Assistant (Basic or Pro), which features a full suite of listing management tools.For more information on software or eBay Listing Tools:Click on “Services” at the top of any eBay page.Look for the section marked “Listing Solutions,” and click on “Seller Tools.”Other software: Under “Listing Solutions,” click on “eBay Solutions Directory.”To read more about software to help with your business on eBay, see “Easy Does It” in our “Tools” section. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now A:Unfortunately, most sellers keep their product sources a closely guarded secret. Still, there are some good places to start.Some eBay sellers find initial sources of good merchandise at local store discount or closeout sales, as well as at liquidation auctions and sales. Consult your local newspaper for more information on potential sources in your neighborhood.You can also find wholesale lots on eBay. Go directly to any category, and look for a subcategory for “wholesale lots.” You can find the entire list of eBay wholesale categories by going to the eBay home pageand scrolling down to the last category in the list of categories located on the left-hand side of the page.Some sellers have found a product source by contacting a manufacturer’s sales department directly and arranging for bulk purchase of merchandise for resale on eBay. But remember, no matter what product source you decide to use, it’s very important to sell something you know about and preferably are passionate about.See “May the Source Be With You,” for more tips on product sourcing. What Will You Sell? A:Listing items so that buyers in other countries can see them is easy. Simply use the “Sell Your Item” form (access it by clicking on the “Sell” link at the top of any eBay page) as you normally would. But in the “Ship-To Locations” field of the “Shipping & Payment Terms” section of the form, specify either: “Will ship worldwide” (for maximum buyer audience reach) or “Will ship to the United States and the following” (then select the countries/regions from the list to which you are willing to ship). The latter provides a larger reach than domestic only, but with less complexity than full international trading.Jim “Griff” Griffith is author of The Official eBay Bible and dean of eBay Education. Q:Will I need any listing-management tools to help me with selling on eBay? 11 min read Q:What is an eBay Store? Should I start off with one right away? Q:How can I determine the hottest items or categories on eBay? A:Unfortunately, most sellers keep their product sources a closely guarded secret. Still, there are some good places to start.Some eBay sellers find initial sources of good merchandise at local store discount or closeout sales, as well as at liquidation auctions and sales. Consult your local newspaper for more information on potential sources in your neighborhood.You can also find wholesale lots on eBay. Go directly to any category, and look for a subcategory for “wholesale lots.” You can find the entire list of eBay wholesale categories by going to the eBay home pageand scrolling down to the last category in the list of categories located on the left-hand side of the page.Some sellers have found a product source by contacting a manufacturer’s sales department directly and arranging for bulk purchase of merchandise for resale on eBay. But remember, no matter what product source you decide to use, it’s very important to sell something you know about and preferably are passionate about.See “May the Source Be With You,” for more tips on product sourcing. A:eBay Stores provides you with your own e-commerce destination where you can list all your eBay inventory in one place under a brand name of your own. eBay Stores is the best way to help serious sellers maximize their businesses on eBay. If you have your own eBay Store, you get to use powerful and easy-to-use tools that allow you to successfully build your own brand on eBay and encourage repeat customers.If you’re a brand-new eBay seller, you should first familiarize yourself with the regular eBay site before you consider opening your own eBay Store. However, eBay Stores can be a perfect solution for businesses that carry large inventories. To learn more, visit http://stores.ebay.com, and click on the “Stores Help for Sellers” link.Get additional information about eBay Stores in our “Way to Grow” feature. Q:How do I offer my listings to buyers outside of the United States? A:There are many ways of viewing, searching and sorting eBay listings to view those with the most activity and the highest bid amounts. Within any given eBay category, you can sort the category list by highest price first to view those with the highest prices. You can then scroll through the list to see the items with the highest number of bids, a good indicator of an item’s desirability. It is not possible, however, to sort by number of bids.You can also filter a search or category to show only Completed Items (items that have sold within the past two weeks), and then scan those for the number of bids and highest bid amounts.To view Completed Items using a keyword search of the entire eBay site:Click on the “Search” link found at the top of any eBay page.Click on the “Advanced Search” tab.Enter your keywords.Check the box for Completed Items.To view Completed Items using a keyword search of a single category:Navigate to the first page of the chosen category.Enter keywords into the box provided.Check the box for Completed Items, found on the left-hand side of the page.Click the “Show Items” button.If you want to view all Completed Items for a particular category:Go to the category’s first page of listings.On the search results page, check the box for Completed Listings under the “Search Options” section on the left.Click the “Show Items” box.eBay has made this even easier by compiling a Hot List for sellers. Simply log on to www.ebay.com/sellercentraland click on “What’s Hot” from the menu on the left.For more information on keeping up with product trends, turn to “Bestseller Lists.” Growing Your Business October 1, 2004 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more