Mohammed Idriss says the small city of Brooks in southern Alberta will get more isolated when Greyhound bus service ends across Western Canada in the fall.Greyhound has announced it will end all its routes in the West, save for one between Vancouver and Seattle, at the end of October.Brooks, with a population of about 14,450 is on the Trans-Canada Highway, but it’s 190 kilometres to Calgary toward the west and 110 kilometres to Medicine Hat in the east.“We already feel cut off to a degree because of the availability of some services in the big city only,” said Idriss, manager of Brooks and County Immigration Services.A large population of newcomers to Canada work in Brooks, about 90 per cent of them at a beef-processing facility owned by JBS Canada.Idriss estimates about 1,000 people moved to the community to work and many find getting out of town difficult.“There are people who have vehicles, but are not that comfortable going into a big city with their own vehicle, and they would just prefer taking public transportation,” he said.“I can’t give a good estimate of how big the impact will be, but we’re going to hear more once people start realizing there is no service any more.”Brooks Mayor Barry Morishita is disappointed with Greyhound’s decision.“I was on a Greyhound last night coming back from Calgary. It’s funny I was on one the day the news came out.“It’s going to have an impact on a number of people.”The loss of Greyhound is also a concern to Canada’s largest reserve. The sprawling Blood Indian Reserve in southwestern Alberta is home to 12,500 residents.Band spokesman Rick Tailfeathers said service has been going downhill since Greyhound stopped service to Fort Macleod, just 30 kilometres away.He said only about half of the band’s members own cars.“The good thing about (Greyhound) was people could afford a bus ticket,” he said. “Now people are going to have to find another way to travel.”In the north, bus service is relied on by many Indigenous people who travel to bigger cities for medical care.“It is already well documented that our citizens have to ride the bus for hours, some longer than 14 hours, in order to see a doctor. How will they get access to adequate health care now?” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.There were previous Greyhound cuts, such as in 2012, when the bus company stopped operating on a number of roads including Highway 2 in Manitoba.Rick Chrest, the mayor of Brandon, Man., said it’s a blow for people who don’t own vehicles because there is no rail service in many areas and access to passenger airlines is limited.Chrest is hopeful smaller private operators will step in, but that didn’t happen after the 2012 cuts.“This will take away yet another option for public transportation that certainly many people rely on,” Chrest said.“We might be hopeful that some other aspect of the private sector may start stepping up and filling the void.”Chrest pointed to a private firm that offers a shuttle bus that carries Brandon residents two hours east to the airport in Winnipeg. Brandon has an airport, but the only major scheduled service is a daily WestJet run to Calgary.Bus charter companies, which transport sports teams, might also find a niche in regular scheduled service, he suggested.Ontario-based Kasper Transportation, which provides service to Northwest Ontario and Manitoba, announced expansion plans Tuesday.In a Facebook post, it said it will be offering service from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay, Ont., Thompson, Man., Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Sask., starting Oct. 31 — the day Greyhound shuts down its western operation.Greyhound currently services small communities across the sparsely populated Prairies. There are 46 stops alone during the 19-hour run from Winnipeg to Calgary — places such as MacGregor, Man., Sintaluta, Sask. and Bassano, Alta.— Follow @BillGraveland and @stevelambertwpg on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled the community of Sintaluta
Rabat – After long-range efforts to regain his football skills, Moroccan international midfielder Adel Taarabt scored a fabulous goal on Wednesday for his Italian team, Genoa, in a Serie A game against Napoli.Despite their loss, Genoa showed great skill in terms of defense, especially in the second half of the match. The 28-year-old Moroccan opened the game with the stunning strike in fourth minute of the match. Ten minutes later, the opponent’s forward and midfielder Dries Mertens scored an equalizer.Napoli’s second goal came at the 30-minute mark, again by Mertens. Ervin Zukanovic, Genoa’s defender, scored a goal in his own net, giving the opponent a 3-1 lead. However, Armado Izzo trimmed the deficit to one point, when he scored a goal for his team in the 60 minute of the match. In a post-match interview with beIN Sports, Taarabt expressed his happiness in Moroccan Arabic to score his goal against “one of the best teams in the world after Barcelona or Real Madrid.”The footballer said that he played two games against Wednesday’s opponent. “I scored two goals against them so far. I am happy. […] We hoped for more in order to achieve more points. Unfortunately, we could not, but I am happy that I have scored against them.”The footballer expressed hope over his future, explaining that he was working hard to get back in shape after gaining weight during a two-year absence. “I worked for more than three months to get back to my level. I am happy and Inshallah [God willing] I have to keep going like this.”After being asked by the beIN Sports reporter about if he was expecting an invitation from Morocco’s football coach Herve Renard to participate in the upcoming World Cup Qualifier game against Ivory Coast, the footballer answered the question with sparkling eyes. “I did well with Genoa to be able to re-join the Moroccan team.”“The Moroccan squad played good matches. There is still a solo match to be qualified for the World Cup and I hope to be invited by Herve.”The midfielder added that he “needs to keep working on himself like now. I am now more grown up, and I hope we can make it to the World Cup.” Taarabt concluded his message by wishing to receive a call from Renard “in order to travel to Ivory Coast and achieve a good result.”
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Dakota Access pipeline, a $3.8 billion, four-state project designed to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, has become a rallying point for American Indian tribes and others determined to block it. Here’s a look at the key players connected with the protest, which began in April, heated up during the summer and boiled over in October with some 400 arrests.___THE PIPELINE COMPANYEnergy Transfer Partners, or ETP, is a Fortune 500 oil and natural gas company based in Dallas. It is the main owner of the pipeline, along with Sunoco Logistics Partners and Phillips 66.Launched in 1995, the company now has about 71,000 miles of natural gas and crude oil pipeline. The Dakota Access project would add 1,200 more miles, and ETP has long had a goal of finishing it by the end of 2016. The company warned in court documents that a delay in construction would cost it $1.4 billion in lost revenue in the first year.In August, the company announced it had sold nearly 37 per cent of the project to Enbridge Energy Partners, the company that developed the Keystone XL pipeline, and Marathon Petroleum Corp. in a deal worth $2 billion.___THE TRIBAL CHAIRMANDave Archambault II leads the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation on the North Dakota-South Dakota border sits close to the pipeline’s path. The laconic 45-year-old, whose tribe helped build a lawsuit against ETP and the federal government, has been sued by ETP for interfering with the pipeline and been arrested.Archambault has spoken for years about concerns among the leaders of North Dakota’s five American Indian reservations about increasing “environmental incidents” in the state’s western oil patch. He travelled to Switzerland to plead the tribe’s case to the United Nations and urged President Barack Obama to step in.After a federal judge declined to grant the Standing Rock tribe an injunction against the pipeline, three federal agencies ordered a halt to construction on Army Corps of Engineers-owned land while the permitting process was reviewed.___THE PROTESTERSMembers of more than 200 tribes from across North America have come to the tribe’s encampment at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers since August, the tribe says. Crowd estimates at the protest site have varied from a few hundred to several thousand depending on the day — enough for tribal officials to call it one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in a century or more.They say the pipeline threatens water sources and will disturb sacred sites and artifacts, and there is a broader concern about tribal sovereignty and rights.Many of the protesters are demonstrating peacefully and urging others to do the same. Others have been more militant. More than 140 people were arrested recently when law enforcement moved in to evict an encampment that had been set up on pipeline property.___THE SHERIFFThe main face of law enforcement has been Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who previously was a captain with the state highway patrol, a part-time police officer, a corrections officer and a soldier.His department has been accused by protesters of being sympathetic to the pipeline’s workers and private security. Though deputies were not at a violent Sept. 3 clash between protesters and private security guards on private land, Kirchmeier said in a news release that the guards were “ambushed and assaulted” by protesters. The tribe says the protesters were being provoked.Kirchmeier has frequently cited the burden of the long-lasting protest on his small department. Morton County has had help from state troopers and National Guard members and, more recently, from sheriff’s departments travelling in from several states to help out.___PRIVATE SECURITYClashes between private security and protesters have been an issue, particularly during the Sept. 3 confrontation. Both security guards and protesters reported injuries.Tribal officials say about 30 protesters were pepper-sprayed and some bitten by dogs.The sheriff’s department said last week that their investigation concluded that the guards with dogs were not licensed to do security work in North Dakota. They sent the results of their investigation to prosecutors for consideration of misdemeanour charges.___THE GOVERNORWhen the Dakota Access pipeline was announced, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple had just urged industry and government officials to build more pipelines to keep pace with the state’s oil production, which is second only to oil production in Texas.Aside from appearing at some briefings, Dalrymple has been mostly out of public view during the long process. The governor did send 100 National Guard members to help law enforcement.___THE FEDERAL JUDGEThe Standing Rock Sioux’s lawsuit against the pipeline revolves around challenging the Army Corps’ process for permitting water crossings. In September, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington declined the tribe’s request for an injunction as it pursues an appeal.Boasberg, an Obama appointee in 2010, said the Corps documented dozens of its attempts to engage with Standing Rock officials to identify historical resources at Lake Oahe and other places covered by the permit, despite the tribe’s claims to the contrary. He said the tribe did not show it will suffer any harm that the court has the authority to prevent.The tribe’s appeal is pending with the U.S. Court of Appeals. A look at key players in the Dakota Access pipeline fight by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2016 6:30 am MDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The first ever fan run professional football team the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles fall in season opener to Nebraska Danger 78-47. Credit: Courtesy of Salt Lake Screaming EaglesOn Feb. 16, former Ohio State Buckeyes and current Salt Lake Screaming Eagles quarterback Verlon Reed dropped back to pass and hit wide receiver Derwyn Lauderdale in the end zone for a touchdown. Hundreds of the 8,191 fans in attendance gleefully stormed the field. But this wasn’t the end of the game. In fact, the Screaming Eagles weren’t even leading. It was the first touchdown in the history of the Salt Lake City franchise, an expansion team in the Indoor Football League.“That kind of surprised me, I wasn’t expecting that at all,” said Reed, a former OSU wide receiver and Findlay quarterback. “To be honest, it kind of threw everybody off. It felt like the game was already over.”Neither Reed nor his coaches called the touchdown-scoring play. The Screaming Eagles, marketed as the first “fan”-chise, allow their fans to vote on which play to call. Fans can download the team’s app and select one of four options.“The coach has the iPad that he’s looking at and he’ll see what play has the higher percentage and then he’ll let me know through my earpiece,” Reed said. “I’ll relay it to the team with the wristband.”Fans also picked the team’s name, uniform, warm-up music and three players on the roster. Additionally, the team decided to put each player’s Twitter handle on the back of their jerseys.Reed is in the middle of resurrecting his football career, which started promising for a local kid who dreamed of being a Buckeye then moving on to the NFL. A first-team All-Ohio quarterback as a high school senior, Reed entered OSU in autumn of 2010 listed as an athlete and began practicing with the receivers.“The most difficult thing I had to do was to get used to playing the technique at the receiver position, because that’s where they changed me,” Reed said.Reed redshirted his first season in college but thrived early in his redshirt freshman season amid turmoil following the resignation of then-coach Jim Tressel. He caught nine passes for 132 yards in the first five games, ranking him second on the team in each category.But his season was cut short after suffering a torn ACL late in a game against Michigan State. By the time he fully recovered, OSU had hired Urban Meyer as its head coach. Reed’s playing time dwindled and he only had a single catch in the season opener. “Me and the head man just didn’t agree on a lot of different things,” Reed said. “Everywhere I go, the story is (that) I didn’t get along with my teammates, or it was because of the guys they were bringing in. Hearing that, it’s definitely incorrect, but they get the chance to tell their side of the story more than I do.”He planned to transfer during the 2012 season, but spoke to Meyer who convinced him to stay with OSU the rest of the season.“When I went to go talk to him, I started getting more reps, started getting back into it,” Reed said. “It just died down from there. So I just, we just figured it’s time for both sides to move on.”Reed transferred to the University of Findlay in January 2013 after taking visits to Ohio Dominican, Ashland and Saginaw Valley State. He had barely heard of the university, but Findlay was the only school to offer him the chance to play quarterback.“I told myself if I got that opportunity again, I’m going to take it,” Reed said.After playing receiver for three years, Reed needed time to work off the rust and re-learn his mechanics. But once he felt comfortable at the position, he took over.Findlay offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Troy Rothenbuhler remembers the first time he slightly adjusted the offensive scheme and Reed took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown.“Shoot, the first time we ran it, he was gone,” Rothenbuhler said. “I mean, it was two steps in and he was off and running. At that point, nobody was catching him because he didn’t even have to make a move.”Reed led the Oilers to an 8-3 record his junior season and a 5-6 record as a senior. In his final season, he threw for a school record 2,712 yards and picked up 634 yards on the ground.“I know his Ohio State experience didn’t go as well as he wanted it. I think his Findlay experience was much more than he initially thought it could be,” Rothenbuhler said.In May, after graduating, Reed participated in a tryout with the Detroit Lions. Before joining the Screaming Eagles, he hadn’t played much football.“I play a little flag football just to stay in some kind of football shape to stay with it, but other than that, this is my first professional league team,” Reed said, referring to the Screaming Eagles.The Screaming Eagles called him a few months before the season began on Feb. 16 to express interest. Reed attended a camp before the team offered him a contract.“It was the only thing that was feasible enough for me to actually give a serious look at,” Reed said. “I got a call from a team in Germany in Europe. But I don’t really know their situation as far as money-wise.”He said he won’t feed a family at this level of football. He plans to pick up a part-time job.“I’m going to get one just because I want to make extra money. You’re not going to take care and feed your whole family with the check that you get here,” Reed said.Reed said he hopes to use this opportunity as a stepping stone.“This is definitely for me just to kind of bump my career to the highest level possible, hopefully the CFL or NFL,” Reed said. “I’ve got the skill and talent, I just need the right set of eyes to get their eyes on me, the right person to believe in me and I’m going to make them a believer.”He said this is the lowest point in his career, but he won’t stop anytime soon in his quest to play professionally.“Sometimes, I’ve felt like I didn’t love it any more,” Reed said. “But, at the end of the day, I still feel that fire in my heart and I’ve got that desire. Until that leaves me, I won’t stop playing football.”
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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSetting up LBI Lounge in the face of reduced earnings, joblessness a cynical move- RamDecember 20, 2018In “Business”EYEWITNESS: It’s only money…September 20, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”Despite concerns raised SPU continuing its work, $30B to be released- HarmonMay 24, 2018In “Business” Less than two weeks since receiving its new Chairman, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) are at and stand off over the conversion of the La Bonne Intention (LBI) staff club into a sports bar.This launch comes amid protest from many workers who are still owed half of their severance payments after being terminated in late 2017.Task with divestment by NICIL, the SPU is attempting to make the entities more attractive to investors with Government having secured a $30B bond to this end with $17B available under the first tranche.According to information surfacing on Friday, the GuySuCo-SPU clash was in full effect when the sugar corporation blocked what was set to be the official launch of a sports bar at GuySuCo’s LBI headquarters.SPU reportedly transformed GuySuCo’s staff club into the Estate Lounge but the sugar entity’s notice on Friday said that the launch was postponed until further notice.The Sugar company’s Public Relations Officer Audreyanna Thomas in fact told the local press that the revamped sports bar was forced upon them and was outside GuySuCo’s principles and values. She also noted that it wasn’t their priority and that they are not getting money for capital investments.Thomas adds that GuySuCo had even advised against the transformed staff club.It was reported in other sections of the media that patrons were already using the facility while a few sugar workers told this publication that they would have preferred if the powers that be ensure that their receive their full severance payment after half was paid out earlier this year.
DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY has been named in a top 50 under 50 poll.The Glasnevin university is the only Irish institution on the QS Top 50 Under 50, which was created to highlight the achievements of younger institutions which may be placed at a disadvantage when competing with longer-established universities in the normal rankings.Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said that the inclusion of the university at number 44 was recognition of the work at the college.“DCU’s inclusion, for the third year running, in the QS Top 50 Under 50, is a welcome recognition globally of DCU as a young, innovative university leading the way in delivering a first-class education for its students and spearheading research with real societal impact.“Despite difficult funding circumstances, DCU continues to hold its own on the international stage, thanks to the commitment and quality of its academic and research staff.”The list was topped by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Read: English, Irish, Maths… Politics: The Leaving Cert to get a new subjectRead: Priests tell Ruairí Quinn to stop undermining religion in schools
If you’ve been wondering why Dragon Age: Origins hasn’t been working for you over the past few days, or if you just purchased the game and wondered why you can’t play it, now we know why: a combination of technical and DRM-related issues on EA’s authentication servers rendered the game unplayable for many gamers starting on Friday, all through the weekend, and were only resolved late last night.The story began on Friday morning, when players who ran the game were rewarded with an error that read “DLC not authorized,” indicating the game’s DRM had decided the player, even if they had bought the game, wasn’t permitted to play it. As with most issues, especially PC ones, many self-supporting and competent players would immediately take to the Internet, Google their error message, and start digging around for other people who experienced the same issue to find out how they fixed it.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, in this case doing that would have led you down a rabbit hole of reinstallations, registry tweaks, hacks, driver updates, permissions changes, and other system changes that – had the issue not been entirely on EA’s side – may have actually helped, but in this case would have been useless. Jon Stokes over at Ars Technica detailed his lengthy weekend experience troubleshooting DA:O, starting on Friday and culminating with an admission on Monday – three days after the issue began — from EA. In the game’s official forums EA admitted that they’ve identified that the error is on their side, and has something to do with the way their installed DRM authorizes the DLC content for play. They still have no idea what originally caused it, even though it’s reportedly resolved.As of today, EA and Bioware are still investigating the problem, but the general sentiment in the forums is that the developers could have alerted the user community in a more transparent and open way that the issue was server-side. That way players didn’t have to jump through hoops to try and get the game working. Some players even reported that their chats with EA customer support resulted in scripted attempts to resolve the issue (like having the player re-install the game, update drivers, and try some other workarounds) before admitting to the customer that the issue was server-side all along.Read more at Ars TechnicaAlan’s OpinionAdmittedly, there’s little EA could have done to deter the natural tendency for most people to try to help themselves by searching the Web before engaging their customer support for help. Although, this is symptomatic of the perception that customer support for many things, games included, is ineffective and the player would have better luck on their own.Even so, EA could have been more forthcoming acknowledging that there was an issue and that they were looking into it. Preferably sooner than three days after the issue began. It’s difficult to believe that EA or Bioware weren’t aware that there was a problem for that length of time. Stokes also points out that there’s some blame to lay at the feet of EA and Bioware’s chosen DRM scheme: the game has to re-authorize the DLC every time the game starts, instead of just once, like many other titles. This means that if the Windows service on the player’s side isn’t running, or there’s any issue on the Bioware server side, the game is unplayable.Even if you take the DRM scheme as acceptable, it would in turn mean that EA and Bioware should take a more proactive approach towards managing the community and alerting them to issues that would affect their play. In this case, it appears that everyone: gamers, community members, and even EA customer support to some extent, were in the dark about this issue until it was long past its boiling point. The game is playable now and the issue is fixed, but how long gamers remember this issue and whether it’ll inform their future buying decisions is anyone’s guess.
Google is finally ready to ship Glass to people who signed up early for the developer program. At the same time the company revealed quite a bit of information about Glass and the ecosystem that will grow around it. As was no doubt planned by Google, by the time Glass hits retail shelves this new product line will be far from beta.The Glass Explorers program was setup at Google I/O 2012 to allow those who were serious about trying out Glass to sign up. It allowed a select few to put their hands in to be among the first to use and experience the hardware, outside of the Google employees that have been testing the hardware internally. Google has announced that those first 2000 Glass Explorers are having their headsets prepped for shipping. The units are being released in waves as they roll off the production line.Along with the announcement of hardware, Google revealed the MyGlass companion app in the Play Store, as well as public access Glassware APIs that will govern software on Glass. The reveal last night offered a pretty clear glimpse at what we can expect from Glass moving forward, including the rules that govern the Glass Explorers program.We now know for sure that the Glass Explorers version of this product has a 5MP camera, which is capable of recording video at 720p. This variant of Glass has 16GB of onboard storage, but the user only has access to 12GB of the storage. Audio is only available to the user through bone conduction, such that people standing next right next to you in a quiet room would struggle to hear you interact with Glass. The battery is listed as capable of lasting “one full day” with no listing of the actual battery size or what their unit of measurement means in hours, as it is fairly unlikely the hardware will last 24 hours on a single charge. This all lines up neatly with early reports to Geek.com that the hardware in Glass was similar to Google’s Galaxy Nexus in terms of specs.The first rule of Glass Explorers isn’t that you can’t talk about Glass Explorers, rather that you can’t sell or otherwise trade away your Glass unit. If you get Glass from the Explorers program, it’s yours to keep forever. It’s a pretty bad idea to try and buy or sell one of the Glass Explorer units, especially using a public service like eBay. In fact, the Terms of Service in the MyGlass app very specifically state that if you try and part with your Glass unit, Google reserves the right to deactivate the unit entirely and strip you of any warranty or support that would otherwise be made available to you. This is a recurring theme with the Glass ToS, that Google has the right to reach into your glass unit at any time and do as they please.Outside of the ToS, the MyGlass app doesn’t do much unless you’re connected to a Glass unit. The app is designed to behave as a software point to feed information to your Glass unit, including a new Share to Glass button that becomes available in your Share function on your Android phone. MyGlass is given access to just about every part of your phone, and has the ability to format as much information as you allow it and push it to your Glass unit. MyGlass is likely the portal responsible for the Glass apps we’ve seen so far, and will clearly be an integral part of using Glass. With that in mind, it’s unlikely we’ll see iOS support for Glass in the immediate future.Developers planning to work on software for Glass will find themselves in a fairly unique situation. The Glassware APIs, as we’ve been told before, rely entirely on RESTful services. Apps that run on Glass don’t actually run on Glass. Glass exists as the receptacle for data that you request access to, but that information and the hardware used to process information all live elsewhere. You’ll need a constant internet connection in order to do much of anything on Glass as it exists right now, and the heavy lifting for any apps running on Glass will all happen either on a web server or on the phone connected to your Glass. This is right in line with what Google has been trying to encourage for some time now, and always on, always connected computer that feeds data to the user.If your plan is to profit from Glass anytime soon, you’re in for a surprise. Google is forbidding pushing ads to Glass, and their API terms forbid charging a fee for access to your API client. If you attempt to push ads or charge fees for access, Google has the ability to reach in to individual Glass units and remove your app manually. It’s entirely likely that Google will have a separate Glass Apps Store available by the time Glass is a commercial product, and there will be different rules to govern that ecosystem. Glass development right now is going to be all about pushing the limits to what an interface like this is capable of, and based on the suggestions made to the If I Had Glass contest that was held earlier this year there’s going to be some interesting apps on the way.In a nutshell, this Glass beta is about as tightly controlled as Google can make it, which is a new experience for Google. As these 2000 beta users start to interact with Glass, the rules that govern it will change. As the other 8000 users from the Glass competition are added, the experience will continue to adapt. Eventually, Google will pull the Beta sticker off Glass and put it on shelves, and if Google has handled this release correctly it will be pretty close to a finished product by then.
Greece’s independent public revenues authority has just launched a new campaign reminding the millions of tourists flooding the country to help the economy by asking for receipts.“Apodixi (receipt) please!” is the advertisement’s slogan and it is aimed to remind Greece’s visitors that they can pay for all sorts of goods and services via POS devices using their debit and credit cards.The campaign stresses the importance of ensuring all transactions go on record and offers information on what a valid receipt must include. The ad also lists out consumers rights in the European Union and focuses on the customer’s right to refuse payment in the instance of a proprietor not issuing a legal retail receipt for the transaction.Ads have gone up in airports, ports and stations around the country while videos have aired on television and social media making it clear that all establishments – hotels, eateries, bars, cafes, clubs and all types of shops – are obliged to receive e-payments.The campaign concludes: “One more thing. By using your card for your payments and asking for a receipt, you help the Greek Tax Administration collect taxes that are already included in the price you pay. Practically, you contribute to Greece’s financial recovery and offer us the opportunity to provide you with even better services next time you come to our country. Enjoy your stay!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Tempête Xynthia : deux nouvelles zones noires délimitéesCharente-Maritime, France – Deux mois après le passage de la tempête Xynthia, la préfecture de Charente-Maritime a annoncé la définition de deux nouvelles zones noires dont les habitations devront être détruites.Ces deux nouvelles zones noires, rebaptisées “zones de solidarité” par le gouvernement, concernent les communes de Nieul-sur-Mer au nord de La Rochelle, et de Loix sur l’île de Ré. Elles avaient provisoirement été classées en zones oranges dans l’attente d’expertises complémentaires. À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseCet ajout de zones considérées comme trop dangereuses et devant être rendues à la nature porte à 616 le nombre de maisons qui devraient être détruites en Charente-Maritime. Un total qui pourrait être revu à la hausse puisque des zones oranges sur les communes de Fouras, Châtelaillon, Yves et Aytré sont elles aussi en attente d’une nouvelle expertise.A Nieul-sur-Mer, ce sont onze maisons qui sont concernées par la définition de ces nouvelles zones noires, dans le quartier ostréicole de La Lauzière. Henri Lambert, maire de la commune, s’insurge contre des expertises bien trop superficielles. “Je ne comprends pas. Après le passage d’un expert, sur les onze maisons, il y en avait quatre qui méritaient une réflexion approfondie, mais pour les autres il n’y avait aucun doute, certaines n’ont même pas eu 20 centimètres d’eau” souligne-t-il. Quant aux sinistrés de la commune, ils ont créé une nouvelle association pour tenter de se défendre contre une décision qu’ils estiment injustifiée, a indiqué le maire.Ce week-end, plus de 600 personnes ont manifesté en Vendée à La-Faute-sur-Mer et à l’Aiguillon-sur-Mer, pour protester contre la délimitation des zones noires. En Charente-Maritime, ils étaient environ 450 a défiler sur le pont de l’île de Ré pour exiger une “concertation” dans la définition des “zones de solidarité”.Le 28 avril 2010 à 18:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
Dinosaures : découverte d’un lointain cousin du T-Rex Le journal scientifique Cretaceous Research a publié aujourd’hui un article concernant la découverte d’une nouvelle espèce de dinosaure : le Zhuchengtyrannus magnus. Ce carnivore mesurait environ 11 mètres de long et quatre mètres de haut et pesait près de six tonnes. Les ossements du Zhuchengtyrannus magnus qui viennent d’être découverts montrent que le dinosaure était d’une taille comparable à celle du légendaire T-Rex. Il s’agit d’un des plus grands théropodes (carnivores) jamais identifiés avec le T-Rex et l’Asian Tarbosaurus. Ces dinosaures sont regroupés dans la catégorie dite des tyrannosauridés et vivaient au Crétacé il y a entre 65 et 99 millions d’années en Amérique du nord et dans l’est de l’Asie. C’est d’ailleurs parce que des os ont été retrouvés dans la région de Zhucheng, en Chine, dans la province du Shandong, que ce dinosaure a pris le nom de Zhuchengtyrannus. À lire aussiPourrions-nous redonner vie aux dinosaures comme dans Jurassic Park ?Les tyrannosauridés ont pour caractéristiques communes d’être des carnivores et des charognards colossaux possédant de petits membres antérieurs dotés de seulement deux doigts et de grandes et puissantes mâchoires rappelle le Science Daily. Cependant, le docteur David Hone, auteur de l’article publié dans le Cretaceous Research et professeur au Collège universitaire de Dublin, explique que le “Zhuchengtyrannus magnus se distingue des autres tyrannosauridés par une boîte crânienne de constitution unique qui ne se retrouve chez aucun autre théropode”. Il poursuit, “avec seulement quelques os crâniens et mandibulaires comme base de travail, il est difficile d’évaluer précisément la taille exacte de cet animal. Cependant, les os que nous avons en notre possession sont plus petits de quelques centimètres seulement que ceux qui appartiennent au T-Rex. Il n’y a donc aucun doute possible, le Zhuchengtyrannus magnus était un tyrannosauridé gigantesque”. Le 1 avril 2011 à 19:03 • Maxime Lambert
Un fleuve souterrain inconnu coule sous l’AmazoneA 4.000 mètres de profondeur sous l’Amazone, un fleuve souterrain jusqu’alors inconnu a été découvert. Comme l’Amazone, ce cours d’eau baptisé Hamza coule d’ouest en est. Une trouvaille qui mène les chercheurs à la conclusion selon laquelle “la région amazonienne possède deux systèmes d’écoulement d’eau”.Des chercheurs ont mis au jour un fleuve souterrain coulant à 4.000 mètres de profondeur sous l’Amazone. Une découverte annoncée par l’Observatoire national, lié au ministère des Sciences et des Technologies brésilien. Dans un communiqué rapporté par l’AFP, les scientifiques précisent que ce fleuve coule dans le même sens que l’Amazone, d’ouest en est. Pour eux, cette découverte révèle ainsi que “la région amazonienne possède deux systèmes d’écoulement d’eau : le drainage fluvial à la surface qui forme l’Amazone et le flux des eaux souterraines à travers des couches sédimentaires profondes”. Un flux qui forme un fleuve baptisé Hamza.Menés par la chercheuse Elizabeth Pimentel, ces travaux ont été basés sur l’analyse des températures de plus de 200 puits du groupe pétrolier brésilien Petrobras, dans plusieurs bassins de l’Amazonie. Si le Hamza suit le même parcours que l’Amazone, les scientifiques ont noté de nombreuses différences entre les deux fleuves. La distance entre les berges du Hamza varie de 200 à 400 kilomètres, tandis que celles de l’Amazone sont situées à 100 kilomètres l’une de l’autre. En outre, la vitesse à laquelle coule l’Amazone est beaucoup plus rapide que celle du fleuve découvert à 4.000 mètres de profondeur. Les eaux de l’Hamza parcourent 10 à 100 mètres par an, tandis que celles de l’Amazone varient entre 0,1 à 2 mètres par seconde.Les chercheurs qui étudient ce fleuve pensent que ses eaux se déversent dans des zones profondes de la mer, dans la région de l’embouchure de l’Amazone. Ce flux pourrait être à l’origine du faible taux de salinité de la mer de cette région. “Il est probable que l’écoulement de ce fleuve souterrain d’eau douce soit responsable de la faible salinité de la mer dans la région de l’embouchure de l’Amazone”, expliquent en effet les scientifiques. Le 26 août 2011 à 17:33 • Maxime Lambert
Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car Stay on target The U.S., particularly the Appalachian region, still gets a lot of its power from coal. Today, however, the shift from coal to renewables is well under way… even in the heart of coal country.Take Kentucky, for example, which ranks fourth among U.S. states when it comes to total coal production. Solar has been making steady gains there in recent years, and now plans are underway to bring a massive, new solar farm to Pike County. It could have ten times the capacity of Kentucky’s largest current installation, and it’ll likely be set up on the site of an old coal mine.Kentucky.com has reported on the new project, which would reportedly span hundreds of acres of the disused mountaintop strip mine. Berkeley Energy Group and EDF Renewable Energy are in the very early stages of planning, but they’re shooting for a total capacity of 50 and 100 megawatts. Today, the state’s top solar farm is capable of producing about 10 megawatts.EDF is already involved in several other projects on the go in the U.S. They’re in 27 states and represent a good chunk of the 10 gigawatts the company is currently building in the Americas.Adam Edelen, whose company Edelen Strategic Ventures is involved in the Kentucky project, says that one of its goals is to provide jobs to unemployed coal miners. Production in Pike County reportedly dropped 40% from 2015 to 2016, and in the first quarter of last year, the total number of coal jobs in Kentucky fell to its lowest level in nearly 120 years.
LA CENTER — If you ever wanted to live like a 19th Century lumber baron, a retired couple in La Center has a house for you. You just have to haul it away.Marsha and Lloyd Lytton bought their 20-acre ranch off Northeast 379th Street in La Center in 2012. On the property is a three-story home built in 1889 by Portland lumber baron Olaf B. Aagaard, who owned the West Highland and East Highland mills. His La Center property was used as a summer home.A century later, the roughly 2,700-square-foot house is more than the Lyttons want, both in living space and in property taxes. Their plan is to install a manufactured home. Since they moved onto the property in 2014, they’ve been living in the dairy barn.After purchasing the ranch, their real estate agent told them to bulldoze the house. But they felt bad about razing such a historic home, said Marsha Lytton, 69.Instead, they’re giving it away. There is a catch: you have to be able to move it.“We’re just trying to find a good home for this house,” Marsha Lytton said.The house was listed on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for free or to salvage last week, as first reported by Curbed Seattle. Since then, Lytton said she’s received at least five calls from interested parties, but no serious offers as of Friday afternoon.
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died early Wednesday, the Vatican said. He was 86.Law had been sick and was recently hospitalized in Rome.Law was once one of the most important leaders in the U.S. church. He broadly influenced Vatican appointments to American dioceses, helped set priorities for the nation’s bishops and was favored by Pope John Paul II.But in January 2002, The Boston Globe began a series of reports that used church records to reveal that Law had transferred abusive clergy among parish assignments for years without alerting parents or police. Within months, Catholics around the country demanded to know whether their bishops had done the same.Law tried to manage the mushrooming scandal in his own archdiocese by first refusing to comment, then apologizing and promising reform. But thousands more church records were released describing new cases of how Law and others expressed more care for accused priests than for victims. Amid a groundswell against the cardinal, including rare public rebukes from some of his own priests, Law asked to resign and the pope said yes.Still, Law retained some support in the Vatican. In 2004, he was appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of four principal basilicas in Rome. When John Paul died the next year, Law was among bishops who presided at a memorial Mass for the pontiff in St. Peter’s Basilica. Law also continued for several years to serve in Vatican dicasteries, or policy-making committees, including the Congregation for Bishops, which recommends appointments to the pope.
In very hot weather, emergency officials say folks should watch out for those most vulnerable, such as infants and young children, the elderly, the overweight and those with some illnesses.If people get too hot, they should go to an air-conditioned building, including malls, movie theaters, public libraries and many others, says Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency .Designated cooling stations are offered at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E. Main St.; Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave.; and the Kessid Center, 16096 S.E. 15th St. in Fisher’s Landing. And there’s a water sprinkler at Hamllik Park, 4285 Addy St., Washougal.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Seward announced on Tuesday that construction will continue on the Salmon Creek Revetment project on Thursday, November 8. The project constructed a 1,675-foot-long revetment with upgrades to the existing trail and a parking area at the end of Romack Court. The project has been designed and constructed under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management authority with cooperation from the Kenai Peninsula Borough, on behalf of the Seward/ Bear Creek Flood Service Area. The Salmon Creek Revetment is an armored flood control project on the right (north) bank of upper Salmon Creek near Seward. Current construction activities will include mobilizing heavy equipment, moving and placing additional armor rock on the revetment within the project limits. Construction hours will be between 7am and sunset, Monday through Friday. Construction activities are expected to be completed December 15.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wondering why there’s a new flag flying underneath the American flag outside Wilmington Town Hall?Last week, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Michael Murphy to fly a “Donate Life” Flag at Town Hall.Murphy, a 33-year resident, is a retired Fire Chief and FEMA disaster relief worker. In 1975, he donated a kidney to his sister who was in kidney failure. He lived for 40 years on a single kidney without issue. Two years ago, however, he was in need of a kidney and received a life-saving donation from a decease donation.“I’m here as a volunteer for New England Donor Services, which acts as a clearinghouse for the kidneys for the various hospitals. They encourage people to sign up when they get or renew their licenses to volunteer to be donors,” said Murphy.“In addition to being Autism Awareness Month, April is ‘Donate Life Month,” added Murphy. “Many communities across the Commonwealth are flying the flag to bring awareness for the need of kidney and organ donations… 8,000 people each year die on lists waiting for organ donations. That’s 20 a day. It’s an awful rate because there aren’t enough organs available.”On Wednesday morning, Murphy held a brief ceremony outside Town Hall before the flag was raised. Despite the rain, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Assistant Town Manager Dee Casey, Fire Chief Joe McMahon, and several other town officials and public safety officers were present.Given the late date of the request, the flag will be flown for several weeks in May.Consider being an organ donor with Donate Life HERE.(NOTE: Cover photo from Town of Wilmington’s Twitter page.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”PUBLIC INVITED: Wilmington Flag Retirement Ceremony To Be Held On June 14In “Community”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Monday, March 11 MeetingIn “Government”
Hyderabad: The Congress party on Tuesday demanded that the Telangana Government establish a world class memorial for former chief minister Y.S. Rajashekhar Reddy. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Treasurer Gudur Narayana Reddy, in a media statement, said that the State Government should initiate the process for setting up YSR Memorial by allocating land at an important location in Hyderabad and provide funds. “It is indisputable that the rule of YS Rajashekhar Reddy was a golden era for the then undivided Andhra Pradesh and people from all regions, especially Telangana, benefitted from his schemes. Several revolutionary schemes like Fee Reimbursement, 4% reservation for Muslims, Aarogyasri, etc., helped crores of poor people and they redefined the concept of public welfare. Since Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao himself has admitted on several occasion that YSR regime was pro-poor, he should take the initiative of setting a memorial to pay tributes to the former Chief Minister,” he said. Also Read – Call to sensitize SC, ST laws in Hanamkonda Advertise With Us Gudur Narayana Reddy said there was a need to compile the achievements and services of YSR to the people in a proper format so that future generations could learn about them. “YSR Memorial should be unique and must not be confined to a statue. State Government should constitute a committee to study the proposal in a time bound manner and come up with specific recommendations for setting up the YSR Memorial,” he advised. Also Read – Kids show eco-friendly ways in Mahabubabad Advertise With Us The Congress leader welcomed the recently held meeting between Telangana CM Chandrashekhar Rao and Andhra Pradesh CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and said both Telugu States must have cordial relationship with each other. He said setting up of YSR Memorial in Hyderabad would improve the relationship between two States further. He said that the establishment of a memorial in honour of YSR was long pending. “There was political chaos in Andhra Pradesh immediately after YSR’s death in September 2009. The Telangana movement was at its peak and therefore, the then Congress Government could not initiate the process for setting up YSR Memorial. The TRS Government too did not take the initiative in its first term apparently due to political reasons as it was more inclined towards TDP. Now the political atmosphere is conducive with CM KCR having friendly relations with YSR’s son and AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, there are no obstacles in establishing a memorial of YSR,” he said. Gudur Narayana Reddy informed that he would be writing a letter to Telangana CM KCR regarding YSR Memorial and also a letter to AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy requesting him to pursue the matter.