Flags Will be Lowered at Province House for Corporal Megeney

first_imgFlags at the legislature will be lowered to half mast out of respect for Cpl. Kevin Megeney, a reserve member of the 1st Battalion Nova Scotia Highlanders, who succumbed to a gunshot wound earlier today, March 6, while serving at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. “Our sympathies go to Cpl. Megeney’s family during this difficult time,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. The premier also extends sympathies on behalf of the government and the people of Nova Scotia to Cpl. Megeney’s comrades — the men and women of the Canadian Forces who are deployed to Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission. -30-last_img

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Students Perform Well in First Junior High Literacy Assessment

first_img FOR BROADCAST: Grade 9 students are performing well in both reading and writing based on the results from Nova Scotia’s first provincewide Junior High literacy assessment. Ninety-one per cent of students in English school boards met expectations in writing, while 89 per cent met the standard in reading in the 2007 Junior High Literacy Assessment. Francophone students at Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) also did well, writing both the Junior High Literacy Assessment and the Appréciation de rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire (ARLS). Eighty-four per cent of CSAP students writing the French assessment met expectations in reading, compared with 77 per cent in writing. In the English assessment, 92 per cent of francophone students met expectations in both reading and writing. Acting Education Minister Jamie Muir said the investment the province has made into literacy is paying off. The 2007 English and French Junior High Literacy Assessments were administered to more than 10,661 Grade 9 students last May. Individual student results will be going home to parents this week. The assessment is the first formal follow-up evaluation of Grade 6 students who wrote Nova Scotia’s first Elementary Literacy Assessment in 2003. -30- Students performed well in both reading and writing in Nova Scotia’s first provincewide Junior High Literacy Assessment. Ninety-one per cent of Grade 9 students in English school boards met expectations in writing, while 89 per cent met the standard in reading in the 2007 Junior High Literacy Assessment. Francophone students at Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) also did well, writing both the Junior High Literacy Assessment and the Appréciation de rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire (ARLS). Eighty-four per cent of CSAP students writing the French assessment met expectations in reading, compared with 77 per cent in writing. In the English assessment, 92 per cent of francophone students met expectations in both reading and writing. “We have put a great deal of emphasis on reading and writing in our classrooms over the last five years, and that focus on literacy is paying off,” said acting Minister of Education, Jamie Muir. “There is still work to do in grades Primary through 12, but the investments we have made in our Literacy Success Strategy are definitely benefiting our students.” Since 2004-05, the department has invested more than $8.5-million to support students who struggle with reading and writing in junior high school. Schools now provide an hour of language arts instruction for students in grades 7 and 8 every day. Elementary students receive a minimum of 90 minutes of language arts instruction daily, including at least one hour focussed on reading skills. Active Readers, Active Young Readers and Writers in Action initiatives, have also benefited more than 110,000 students and their teachers. The results will help teachers and boards improve classroom instruction and strategies to benefit all students, especially those requiring additional support. “This assessment is giving us valuable information that will help teachers and school boards better support students who are not yet meeting expectations,” said Mr. Muir. Schools were provided detailed student results in early January. Parents and guardians will receive their child’s individual results soon. The 2007 English and French Junior High literacy assessments were administered to 10,661 Grade 9 students last May and were scored in July and August. The expectations for the assessment reflect what is considered functional literacy by the end of Grade 9. It evaluated student understanding, comprehension and analysis of informational texts, visual media, literary prose, poetry and song. The Junior High Literacy Assessment and the ARLS are the first formal follow-up evaluations of Grade 6 students who wrote Nova Scotia’s inaugural Elementary Literacy Assessment in 2003. More information on both the Junior High Literacy Assessment website and the Appréciation de rendement en littératie au premier cycle du secondaire website can be viewed at jhla.ednet.ns.ca and arls.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

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New books to choose from

first_imgWhat’s cricket got to do with helping leaders overcome the mental and other blocks they often face? Plenty, it would seem. Then, also examine the work of an award-winning poet that mediates on our follies in the world as humans. And finally, ponder over how caste still thrives in post-liberalisation India. Here is the variety of options listed. Read on! ‘Leader’s Block – How Great Leaders Recover After They Stumble’ by Ritu G Mehrish For cricket lovers, here is an interesting analogy, writes ‘executive coach’ Ritu G Mehrish, who, in her most recent role, has run a multi-million dollar business vertical with 1,000 people across eight countries and five continents. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressive”When a batsman is out of form, he tries to block the ball instead of hitting big shots. He spends time on the pitch till he gets back into the groove. At times, we need to do exactly that till we get back into our zone,” Mehrish writes. This might ring true in the Western world, but how practical is the concept in the Indian context. Plenty, Mehrish contends. “We are dealing with people and they are same everywhere. Having worked across the world (including India), one thing that I have learnt is that it’s all about human connections. As a coach I meet leaders from different nationalities and different companies and its fascinating to see that there is always a common thread in the issues and challenges they face.” Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back pain ‘Rituals’ by Kiriti Sengupta Kiriti Sengupta, who has been awarded the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for his contribution to literature, is a poet, editor, translator, and publisher from Kolkata. In his 10th work, he explores themes such as nakedness and depravity to point to the fraility of the human race through striking imagery that mark the passing of time. Consider this poem titled “The Unclad God”: “There was a time I wanted to see naked people.” “Women – for obvious reasons.” “Nude men affected me in many ways./Every time I saw them/I became conscious of myself/followed by a comparitive check./If mine was shorter/I’d run to my workplace/and read a memo to myself./It said size had nothing to do/with female orgasm. Bare men reminded me/of my unkempt body hair,/how I had to trim and oil/to make it healthier. “I don’t look at unveiled people anymore./It’s either my age or hormones./I now look beyond the flesh, bone and keratin. “I’ve been told/the finer body dwells undressed.” Then, there’s this prose-poem titled “Jesus”: “How would a husband look in the eyes of his wife whose four-year-old daughter has been sexually abused by a male teacher in the school where she goes to play and learn? O teacher, how would you palpate the anatomy of your wife, I’ll bet, only to raise a complaint on her chastity? But then, it’s the world at large that believes in sex and how it spices up life or love, to be honest!” ‘Caste As Social Capital – The complex place of caste in Indian society’ by Professor R Vaidyanathan Many consider caste as an outdated institution, but it thrives in post-liberalisation India. The establishment and running of businesses tap into caste networks, both in terms of arranging finance and providing access to a ready workforce. In the book, Vaidyanathan examines the working of caste through the lens of business, economics and entrepreneurship. It interrogates the role caste plays in the economic sphere in terms of facilitating the nuts and bolts of business and entrepreneurship.last_img read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UNs Western Sahara mission through July

The Council set up MINURSO in 1991 to implement a Settlement Plan between Morocco and the Frente POLISARIO aimed at allowing the people of the territory to participate in a referendum to determine whether Western Sahara should be independent or integrated with Morocco. Despite extensive preparations, the conditions for holding the referendum have never been met.In his latest report on the situation, the Secretary-General expressed hope that the Council would soon decide “how it wishes to proceed with regard to the future of the peace process in Western Sahara.” In a previous report to the Council, Mr. Annan had presented four options to overcome the stalemate. The first would have the UN resume trying to implement the 1988 settlement plan, even without the concurrence of the two parties, the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco. The second would have Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy, James Baker III, try to revise the draft Framework Agreement – again without necessarily gaining the agreement of the parties. The third option would be to mandate Mr. Baker to discuss a possible division of the territory with interested parties, and the fourth would see the Council terminate MINURSO due to the lack of progress.Meanwhile, in another development today, a UN spokesman refuted press reports that Mr. Baker, had stated that he would resign if the Council did not give him a mandate to work on revising the draft framework agreement. Mr. Baker “favours any option that will give him a clear mandate and which will have the support of the Security Council,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said in a statement to the press. “He is of the view that any option that the Security Council chooses, should give the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy sufficient authority to try and resolve the long-standing conflict over Western Sahara.” read more

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McNeese beats DII Mississippi College 8042

LAKE CHARLES, La. — James Harvey and Will Robinson scored 14 points each, and McNeese beat Division II Mississippi College 80-42 on Friday night.The game was close for the first eight minutes and the Cowboys (2-3) pulled away with 14 straight points to lead 25-11. The Choctaws answered with four points and McNeese scored another 10 straight and led 37-16 at the break. The Cowboys had runs of 10 and 11 straight in the second half to nearly double their advantage.Harvey was 4 of 9 from 3-point range and Robinson made all eight of his foul shots. Jarren Greenwood added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Kevin Hunt scored 10.Brandon Boston scored 13 to lead Mississippi College.McNeese made 27 of 52 shots (51.9 per cent) and outrebounded the Choctaws 44-26. Mississippi College made 17 of 56 shots (30.4 per cent).The Associated Press read more

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Mens Basketball No 22 Ohio State survives scare against Northwestern with 7165

Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) points to the crowd after making a three pointer in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (16-4, 7-0 Big Ten) staved off a late comeback attempt by Northwestern (11-9, 2-5 Big Ten) on the road to win 71-65 Wednesday.The Wildcats trailed the Buckeyes by as much as 15 points with 13 minutes left in the game, but a 10-2 run by Northwestern drew the game to within three with 43.2 seconds left. But junior guard C.J. Jackson made three free throws to push Ohio State’s lead to six and ice the game.The Buckeyes outrebounded the Wildcats 38-25. Ohio State shot 47 percent from the field compared to 45 percent by Northwestern. A key difference between the two teams came in free-throw shooting, with Ohio State making 13-of-17 and Northwestern struggling at the line, going just 5-of-10.Ohio State sophomore center Micah Potter led the team in points with 13. He was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with a 3 and two made free throws. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored just 10 points, his second-lowest total of the season.Northwestern redshirt junior forward Vic Law led all players with 14 points, but struggled from the 3, making just 25 percent. Northwestern got off to a fast start, grabbing the 12-6 lead with 14:14 left in the first half. But from that point on, Ohio State went on a 22-5 run to take the 28-17 lead. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson scored six points during the run. During the first half, Northwestern had production from just four players. Senior forward Gavin Skelly had nine points, senior guard Scottie Lindsey had eight points, Law had seven points and freshman guard Anthony Gaines made a free throw. The rest of the team shot a combined 0-for-5 from the field. read more

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Dangerous criminals could walk free because of prosecutor failings inspection finds

first_imgInspectors examined 90 random cases and found that two had been discontinued due to disclosure issues. The prosecution met all requirements in less than half of cases examined, and failed to meet them at all in 18 per cent. Ministry of Justice figures for 2014-15, the most recent full year available, show that more than 2,500 trials were delayed or disrupted because of issues relating to disclosure. Inspectors said that the College of Policing needed to improve training for officers and appoint dedicated roles to make sure forces were handing over information properly. Rachel Tuffin, director at the College of Policing, said:  “As the professional body for the police, we recently developed entry level disclosure training for officers and updated an existing online package, although this has not been fully reflected in today’s report.“We will now carefully consider the recommendation for us to develop classroom-based training, as there is an absence in the report of clear evidence that this model will address the issues identified.”Gregor McGill, Director of Legal Services in the CPS, said: “The CPS understands the importance of complying with its statutory obligations relating to the disclosure of unused material and is committed to doing so. We will urgently work with our partners in policing, and other agencies, to address the findings in this report.“We are already working with the police to improve our performance. For example, we are bolstering the role of our disclosure leads across England and Wales who ensure compliance with the mandatory disclosure regimeand now insist on mandatory training for all our prosecutors.“We know there is more to be done and will be taking a range of steps, which we will outline in a joint CPS and police action plan later this year.” Criminals could be walking free from courts because the police and CPS are failing to prepare cases properly, an inspection has found. An audit of the police and CPS found that both are failing to hand over crucial documents to the defence lawyers in time, leading to cases being delayed or even collapsing. Kevin McGinty, HM chief inspector of the CPS, said the failings were “unfair, unprofessional and unlawful”. Police and the CPS are obliged to hand over documents which might undermine the prosecution or aid the defence case to the defence lawyers. Delays in doing this can lead to trials being postponed, disrupted or even abandoned. Mr McGinty added that the failures “sometimes do result in miscarriages of justice. It is unfair – it is unfair on the victims, it is unfair to witnesses.”He added that there was “a culture of acceptance by the police and prosecution that it’s all just too difficult to deal with.”The failings mean some cases where defendants are accused of serious offences such as murder and rape could be collapsing. In 2014 a stalking case collapsed because of a failure to pass on crucial mobile phone evidence in time, leaving the defence unable to analyse it. The CPS appealed but the case was refused by the Court of Appeal, meaning the defendant, who was accused of harassing eight women, walked free. In his judgment Sir Brian Leveson said the victims deserved an apology from the CPS and added: “It is only right to emphasise that there has been no suggestion that they were not subjected to offensive texts and calls and we recognise that a full trial has not been undertaken”.In another case, the trial was stopped of two alleged rapists after the judge found that prosecution failures had led to an abuse of process. That prosecution continued after an appeal.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img It is unfair on the victims, it is unfair to witnessesKevin McGintylast_img read more

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Police chief who led Ted Heath inquiry lied to colleagues over smashed

Wiltshire Police spent two years investigating Sir Edward Heath Show more The police chief who led the controversial sex abuse investigation into the late former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, has claimed people have been trying to destroy his reputation after an independent report revealed he had lied to his colleagues over a smashed mobile phone.Mike Veale, who used to lead the Wiltshire force, but is now the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, told colleagues he broke his work phone when he dropped it in a car park and it was run over by a car.But an investigation by the police watchdog discovered that Mr Veale had lied about the incident and had actually smashed the device when he played a poor shot during a round of golf and hit his bag with a club in frustration.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has concluded that Mr Veale has a case to answer for misconduct for lying about the incident to colleagues, and it will now be up to the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger to decide what action to take.Despite admitting lying, Mr Veale blamed the media for his actions for placing him under “intense pressure” during the Ted Heath investigation. The IOPC concluded there was no evidence that he had deliberately damaged his own phone to hide evidence and pointed to the fact that he had subsequently asked his IT department to retrieve all the data from the device. He said: “It is important to emphasise that during the time I led the Force through Operation Conifer, a highly politicised and nationally significant and sensitive investigation, I was regularly warned by close confidantes and members of the public I would be subject at some stage to vexatious and false allegations to tarnish my reputation. Sadly this has been the case.”An investigation into Mr Veale’s actions was launched in November last year after an anonymous letter was sent to the police watchdog, alleging he had deliberately damaged his phone to hide evidence of leaks to the media about the investigation, codenamed, Operation Conifer.Mr Veale described the suggestion as “nonsensical” insisting he would not have damaged his own phone deliberately as he needed it.He told IOPC investigators: ” The damage was caused to my phone as a result of me taking out my frustration with my poor play on my bag.”He explained that he had lied to colleagues about the incident because he was ashamed of losing his temper.Mr Veale said: “I was not proud of my behaviour on the golf course, particularly as a Chief Constable and leader of the organisation, hence the reason I decided to provide a different explanation for the damage.” Mike Veale was chief constable at Wiltshire Police during Operation Conifer He also suggested he has been the target of a vexatious campaign to destroy his reputation for spearheading the two year investigation into allegations of historic abuse against the late former Tory leader. Mr Veale came in for criticism after spending two years and £1.5 million investigating historic claims against Sir Edward, despite the fact he had been dead for more than a decade.A report, published in October last year concluded that Sir Edward would have been questioned over allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 were he alive today.But the late former Prime Minister’s supporters dismissed the report as a “whitewash” that would leave a stain hanging over his reputation and legacy.The Telegraph later discovered that the main complainant against Sir Edward was a serial paedophile who is currently in jail for child sex offences and whose own family have dismissed his allegations as “fantasy and lies”.Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward’s godson, said: ”  I have every sympathy with Mr Veale’s golf bag rage but I have no sympathy with his suggestion of a widespread conspiracy to blacken his reputation.“Under his leadership Wiltshire police publicly invited and then implicitly endorsed the most serious of allegations against a former Prime Minister without adducing any credible evidence in corroboration. This , without any help from outside, will not have done his reputation much good.” Mike Veale was chief constable at Wiltshire Police during Operation ConiferCredit:PA Responding to the IOPC’s findings, Mr Veale apologised for lying to colleagues, but insisted he had been out of a sense of embarrassment rather than anything more sinister.He explained: “During the course of this investigation I have had the opportunity to reflect on my actions. The account I gave to some colleagues should not have been given.”My reasons were clear to me then and are now. I wanted to avoid unnecessary, sensationalist coverage in the media. I regret that I gave any account at all as to why the damage was caused as there was no reason to do so as this was simple an accident.”This was a mistake and I could have handled it differently…I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not handling this matter differently.”Mr Veale was appointed Chief Constable of Cleveland Police in January this year before he was aware of the IOPC investigation.Last night the Cleveland police and crime commissioner, Barry Coppinger praised Mr Veale for his honesty during the investigation and said he had recommended internal advice as the appropriate course of action. Wiltshire Police spent two years investigating Sir Edward Heath Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Emaciated exracehorse dumped in field left to die finds new home

first_imgTHE IRISH SOCIETY for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is highlighting one of the familiar scenes they come across on a regular basis, an emaciated horse being left in a field to die.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley made the discovery when responding to a call from a concerned member of the public last October in the Lifford area, County Donegal.Ex-racehorseThe horse, named Forest had a micro-chip which confirmed he was an ex-racehorse.While his last registered owner was located, it was reliably established that Forest had been sold several years previous but his ownership never updated.Efforts were made  to establish who had been responsible for his care in the period leading up to his discovery, but they were all unsuccessful.Forest was taken to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in County Longford for rehabilitation where he required urgent dental and farrier treatment.He was also suffering from rain scald, lice and had a severe worm burden.Forest received the veterinary care he required and when he was rehabilitated and well enough to travel he was fostered by a woman in Williamstown, County Galway in January where he has been making a great recovery, said the ISPCA.Prime Time The case of Forest is to be featured on RTE’s Prime Time later tonight at 10.35pm.The ISPCA is asking the people who care about horses to please donate €4 or make a monthly gift of €4 on which will help buy a bale of hay and feed a neglected equine just like Forest to enable the ISPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the large number of animals who are in urgent need of care.Read: Ceasing online animal sales would make it harder to find ‘unscrupulous dealers’>Read: Woman jailed for microwaving her kitten after it attacked goldfish>last_img read more

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Cars medicine and books all down as retail sales fall

first_imgRETAIL SALES FELL by 0.9 per cent last month, as car sales, pharmaceuticals and books and newspapers all took a hit.Figures from the CSO show that the volume of retail sales decreased by 0.9 per cent in April when compared with March and there was an increase of 6.8 per cent in the annual figure.The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were furniture and lighting (up 6.4 per cent), hardware, paints and glass (3.3 per cent) and food, beverages and tobacco (up 2.4 per cent).The sectors with the largest monthly decreases were motor sale (down 3.8 per cent), pharmaceuticals (down 2.2 per cent), and books, newspapers and stationery (down 1.5 per cent).If motor sales are excluded, there was a monthly increase of 1.5 per cent in the value of retail sales and an annual increase of 2.8 per cent.Retail Ireland said that the figures showed positive signs of a recovery for the retail sector.“Growth in retail is key to ensuring that the economic recovery is jobs-rich,” said Stephen Lynam, director of the group.“One of the biggest problems facing retailers is the high levels of local authority rates and charges. With new councillors elected and preparing to get to work, it is vital that top of their agenda is reducing this burden on struggling retailers in towns and cities around the country.”Read: Aldi on the lookout for new hires- and is offering €92,000 a year plus a company carlast_img read more

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Geek deals 100 Dells new UltraSharp U2413 IPS monitor Turbo Tax sale

first_imgOur other top deals:Intuit TurboTax Deluxe Federal + eFile 2012 [download] for $37.99 (reg. $49.99)Refurbished Linksys EA3500 N750 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router w/ Gigabit and USB for $66.49 + free shipping (reg. $139 | use coupon HSDISH5)HP Wireless Audio Bluetooth/WiFi system for $54.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99) When Dell introduced the UltraSharp line, they were able to bring many of the features exclusive to expensive, professional-quality displays to levels that are affordable by enthusiasts, if not the masses.That tradition has continued with every new model they’ve come out with, all offering impressive image quality, high resolution, and typically a wide range of features. One of the most popular models has been the U2410, a 24-inch model with an IPS screen, WUXGA resolution, and wide color gamut.The U2410 was introduced back in 2009 and has stood the test of time well, but it is due for replacement. The U2413 was introduced just last month to fill that role and at first you might wonder what they changed. It still measures 24-inches and uses a gorgeous IPS LCD panel that serves up WUXGA 1920×1200 resolution.The changes in the U2413 may be small, but important. It starts with a switch from CCFL to LED backlighting, utilizing a new type of LED that provides the expanded color gamut the U2413 needs while retaining the slimmer design and lower power consumption we’ve come to expect from LED backlights.You still get a built-in four-port USB hub, but it has been upgraded to 3.0 spec to ensure you get top performance from your storage devices and the like. A wide range of video inputs are included as well, with the same HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI, but VGA has been dropped in favor of Mini DisplayPort. While there may be some who miss this, DVI can easily be adapted to VGA for those in need.The 9-in-1 card reader and full adjustable (tilt, height, rotation, and swivel) stand also carry over from the U2410, all wrapped in a slightly tweaked design. This impressively featured package is all backed up by a three year advance exchange warranty, where Dell ships you a replacement straight away should you ever need service and you just return yours in the same box and on their dime. The U2413 also get’s Dell’s premium panel guarantee, which ensures replacement of the panel should any bright pixels develop.Despite being a brand new model, we already found it with a hefty $100 discount that brings the price down to just $499.99 with free shipping. This is a lot of monitor for the dollar, so head over and check it out before this deal disappears.Dell UltraSharp U2413 1920 x 1200 24-inch IPS Monitor for $499.99 + free shipping (reg. $599.99)last_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know to start your day. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Marian Weyo Image: Shutterstock/Marian Weyo Friday 9 Dec 2016, 8:53 AM 8,926 Views Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FINED: Bray Credit Union was fined €98,000 for failing to comply with Ireland’s laws on money laundering and terrorist financing.2. #FIERCE MILD: The weather will remain unseasonably mild over the weekend.3. #BIRTHDAY: Hollywood actor Kirk Douglas will turn 100 today.4. #ALEPPO: The Syrian army has said that it has halted its attacks in Aleppo to allow trapped civilians to be evacuated.5. #STACK: The son of murdered prison guard Brian Stack has said that he is confident knows the identity of a former IRA commander he met in relation to his father’s murder.6. #DATA: A new report has has looked at data protection and security in an increasingly digital Ireland.7. #HICKEY: Former head of the OCI Pat Hickey may get his passport back today, paving the way for him to return to Ireland from Brazil.8. #POLL: An Irish Times poll has shown that the majority of people would rather have capital investment over public sector pay increases.9. #SOFIA VERGARA: You might have seen some news stories about Sofia Vergara being ‘sued by her embryos’ in recent days. Here’s what the bizarre lawsuit is about. Dec 9th 2016, 8:53 AM http://jrnl.ie/3129385 By Cormac Fitzgerald 2 Comments last_img read more

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Ronaldo sends Morocco home

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute header proved to be the difference between the European champions and Herve Renard’s men.After stealing the headlines against their Iberian rivals, Spain, Portugal’s captain once again showed he might just be the man to watch out for at this finals.The Real Madrid forward scored the solitary goal of the game as he headed in a Joao Moutinho cross to score his 85th international goal for Portugal, which makes him the all-time leading international goal scorer in Europe; one ahead of the great Ferenc Puskas who has 84 goals for Hungary.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Morocco must feel hard done by as they created more chances and had more possession in the game, a complete resemblance of their first game in the finals against Iran.The lack of quality in the final third combined with the inability to take their chances as proven to be the North African’s side downfall as they become the first team to officially exit the world cup.Portugal now shift their attention to their third and final group game against Iran in which a draw should see them qualify for the next round.last_img read more

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David Silva returns to training

first_imgManchester City midfielder David Silva is back in training after two weeks out with a hamstring problem.The Spaniard hasn’t played since Manchester City lost away to Chelsea on 8 December but returned to first-team training at the CFA this week and could be back on time to face Leicester City on boxing day.Silva, 32, has played 20 games this season, scoring eight goals.“He’s one of the best players I’ve trained,” Pep Guardiola told the club’s official website about Silva.“I’ve had a lot at Barca and Bayern but he’s on that list.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I love players who make a step forward in the bad moments and say: ‘OK I’m here guys’.”City head to the King Power Stadium second in the Premier League table, four points adrift of leaders Liverpool.Manchester will be hoping to win the match and earn all three points before the next match at home.last_img read more

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Significant chance of significant snow

first_imgA complicated weather pattern is expected to take shape early next week, and Columbian weather blogger Steve Pierce says that could lead to the most significant lowland snowfall event for parts of western Oregon and Washington since Christmas of 2008. To see how the scenario could unfold, read Pierce’s weather blog at:http://www.columbian.com/weblogs/weather/last_img

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Google Play app award winners revealed ahead of IO

first_img 0 Mobile Mobile Apps Share your voice Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it See All • 3:13 Post a comment Tags Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Google announces its developer awards. Google To kick off its I/O developer conference on Tuesday, Google has announced the winners of its fourth annual contest for Google Play apps. App developers vied in nine categories, according to Google. Here’s a list of the first-place winners: Standout well-being app Woebot: Your Self-care Expert Developer: Woebot Labs Best Accessibility Experience Envision AI Developer: Envision Technologies BV Best Social Impact Wisdo Developer: Wisdo Most Beautiful Game Shadowgun Legends Developer: Madfinger Games Best Living Room Experience Neverthink: Handpicked Videos Developer: Neverthink Most Inventive Tick Tock: A Tale of Two Developer Other Tales Interactive Standout Build for Billions Experience Canva: Graphic Design & Logo, Flyer, Poster Maker Developer: Canva Best Breakthrough App Slowly Developer: Slowly Communications Best Breakthrough Game Marvel Strike Force Developer: FoxNext Games Google’s I/O developer conference starts at 10 a.m. PT at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The tech giant is expected to discuss its latest efforts around  Android Q, Pixel phones, Google Assistant and Nest and smart home devices.Originally published May 7 at 6:20 a.m. PT.Update, 6:28 a.m.: Added details about Google I/O. Now playing: Watch this: Google I/O 2019 reading • Google Play app award winners revealed ahead of I/O Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Our wishlist for Google I/O 2019 Google I/O 2019 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now Googlelast_img read more

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PM launches 4000 MW super thermal power project in Telengana

first_imgPM Modi arrives in Begumpet, will lay foundation stone of first phase of NTPC Super Thermal Power Project in Medak pic.twitter.com/2arBbwTXlf— ANI (@ANI_news) August 7, 2016 A super thermal power project of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is coming up in Telangana at an estimated initial investment of Rs 10,600 crore.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for the project.The NTPC project would come up in two phases. The first phase will see a power project of 1,600 MW, while the second phase would be a thermal power project of 2,400 MW, Press Trust of India reported. The project is currently being built on the land which lies within the premises of NTPC’s existing Ramagundam station.Last year, the Coal ministry had allotted the Mandakini-B coal mine in Odisha to NTPC for the 4,000 MW Telangana super thermal power project. As per an interim arrangement, until the development of the mine, a tapering of coal linkage for the second phase would be provided by the Western Coalfields Limited.According to the Reorganisation Act of Andhra Pradesh 2014, the NTPC will establish the 4,000 MW power facility for the new State of Telangana.In June, NTPC had said it was planning to raise about Rs. 20,000 crore in the present financial year. Of the total amount, Rs. 14,000 crore would be raised from the domestic market and the remaining Rs. 6,000 crore would come from foreign bond market. The company plans to expand its operations to production of fertilisers, which is a regulated industry.PM Modi inaugurates first phase of NTPC Super Thermal Power Project in Medak (Telangana) pic.twitter.com/Zc1klLf5Qy— ANI (@ANI_news) August 7, 2016last_img read more

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Novel Challenges Our Notions Of Good Guys And Bad Guys

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /15:53 Share X David Dow often heard one criticism about his books.As the founder of Texas Innocence Network, he’s written extensively about his efforts on behalf of death row inmates, including Things I’ve Learned from Dying and The Autobiography of an Execution.His TED Talk about lessons he’s learned from death row inmates has been viewed more than 3 million times. Listen David Dow, founder of Texas Innocence Network, has written several books about the death penalty, including his first novel, Confessions of an Innocent Man. He says he often had to change certain factual information in recounting those stories in order to maintain attorney-client confidentiality. And some reviewers – especially journalists – haven’t liked that.Dow says he’d only alter basic facts that weren’t critical to the greater truth of the story – things that helped mask which case or which client he was discussing. Things he called “fact truths.”For example, he might change where a person was born or where a crime took place. But other elements – what he called “story truths” that were necessary to understanding the legal issues at stake – remained unchanged.But he still heard criticism.“And I said, ‘I’m just going to write a novel so nobody can complain about these things,’” Dow said.And that’s exactly what he did.The result is his debut work of fiction, Confessions of an Innocent Man. It tells the story of a man who’s wrongfully convicted of killing his wife and his quest to deliver justice to those who sent him to prison. In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about the story, about the different experience of writing fiction, and about the themes he addresses of what happens when “good guys” do bad things and when “bad guys” do good things.last_img read more

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Safe Nuclear Power and Green Hydrogen Fuel

first_img Reactor Interior – pebbles in red: www.eskom.co.za/ nuclear_energy/ pebble_bed/ pebble_bed.html But in other countries, they’ve been able to make it work. In France, for instance, about 75 percent of electricity is generated from nuclear power. Worldwide, it provides 17% of our energy. The US has not brought a new plant online since 1996 yet still generates 788.6 billion kilowatt-hours (KWh) yearly – almost 20% of the US total – accident free.Nuclear power is like a handgun. It’s the people handling it who are dangerous. But there is one big difference: with a handgun, you shoot a few people at most. A reactor accident could wipe several hundred square miles – permanently.But all technologies start out crawling before they can walk or even run. The nuclear scientists have been working on the safety problems and already may have solved them.Danger aside, what makes nuclear power attractive? It’s competitive or cheaper than other forms of power generation. It’s easy to build compact plants that generate hundreds if not thousands of megawatts – something wind and solar can never hope to match. See the chart below to compare energy generation costs. SLAC makes ‘electron camera,’ a world-class tool for ultrafast science, available to scientists worldwide Compared with coal, still used to produce 50% of the US electricity needs, nuclear is clean. It creates no greenhouse gases. Its waste, although highly toxic, is compact and when handled correctly, safe.Uranium, the fuel reactors use, is widely available in the continental US and Canada. Australia has the largest known reserves. This makes it unlikely rouge states can affect supply. Stable supply means lower long-term costs – especially when compared with oil and gas fired plants which are now producing about 20% of US electricity.Reactor designs such as the Canadian CANDU can be very safe and less expensive to build than most reactors in use today. One drawback to this design, unfortunately, is its ability to produce weapons grade plutonium as a byproduct. On the plus side, it can use unenriched uranium – about .07% uranium 235. Regular plants require between 2% and 7% uranium 235 in reactor fuel to run properly. Physicists and engineers at Beijing’s Tsinghua University have made the first great leap forward in a quarter century, building a new nuclear power facility: a pebble-bed reactor (PBR) – sometimes also known as a Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR). This reactor is small enough to be assembled from mass-produced parts and cheap enough for emerging economies. Its safety is a matter of physics, not operator skill or reinforced concrete. This reactor is meltdown-proof. PBR from www.pbmr.co.za What makes it so safe is the fuel: instead of conventional fuel rods made of enriched uranium, PBRs use small, pyrolytic graphite coated pebbles with uranium cores. As a PBR reactor gets hotter, the rapid motion of atoms in the fuel decreases probability of neutron capture by U-235 atoms. This effect is known as Doppler Broadening. Nuclei of heated uranium move more rapidly in random directions generating a wider range of neutron speeds. U-238, the isotope which makes up most of the uranium in the reactor, is much more likely to absorb the faster moving neutrons. This reduces the number of neutrons available to spark U-235 fission. This, in turn, lowers heat output. This built-in negative feedback places a temperature limit on the fuel without operator intervention.PBRs use high-pressure helium gas, not water, for cooling. Reactors have been “run dry” – without cooling gas. Result: they simply stabilize at a given temperature – lower than the pebbles’ shell melting point. No meltdown can occur. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Safe Nuclear Power and Green Hydrogen Fuel (2005, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-12-safe-nuclear-power-green-hydrogen.html Fuel Spheres: www.eskom.co.za/nuclear_energy/pebble_bed/pebble_bed.htmlcenter_img Internal functioning with cooling diagram: www.eskom.co.za/nuclear_energy/pebble_bed/pebble_bed.html Image source: http://www.uic.com.au/nip08.htm Explore further Nuclear power is being shunned. It’s not surprising, after the serious accident at Chernobyl in 1986 that made the Russian city’s name synonymous with disaster. The potential exists for more of the same and many countries have given up on nuclear power altogether. Each PBR would produce between 100 and 200 MW – small, in comparison to light and heavy water reactors which typically product around 1,000 MW. But they could easily be scaled up by adding reactors.Ten PBR reactors producing 1,100 MW would occupy an area of no more than three football fields. Each PBR could serve about 30,000 to 40,000 homes.Control rooms – much simpler than standard ones – would have a few PCs and extra monitors instead of banks of valves and dials. Each control room could monitor and manage up to 10 reactors.One of the key features to this technology, especially important in China where energy demand is exploding, is its modular nature. While conventional reactors in operation today are all one of a kind – although many are based on the same designs – PBR reactors could de built with standard rail-movable components. When a new power plant is needed, they simply load the parts on a train with a construction crew and can have it delivering power in short order. Traditional plants in the US were sunk principally by long construction times and cost overruns, not environmental regulations.Nuclear waste disposal has become a hot-button issue. Standard nuclear waste is very radioactive for 10,000 years or more. It must be transported to and stored in special containment facilities – normally underground. It can also be reprocessed but this is costly and technically difficult. There are only 3 reprocessing facilities worldwide: Thorpe in England, Cogema in France and Myakrt1 Chemical Combine in Russia. Far away from most of the world that needs clean, inexpensive power.Fuel pebbles have 4 caps of containment built in. Many authorities consider pebbled radioactive waste stable enough it can be safely disposed of in geological storage – without any additional shielding or protection. Even in tests where pebbles were exposed to very high heat without coolant for long periods, they showed no outward damage. If one did manage to break a pebble it would only release one tiny (0.05mm) uranium dioxide particle. This particle is too heavy to be wind borne and so could not be blown into other areas like the fallout from the explosion at Chernobyl.PBR proponents state they plan to store all waste products on the plant site – avoiding costly and dangerous radioactive material movement.Even with the long term radioactivity and highly toxic nature of nuclear waste, some environmentalists are voicing support for nuclear energy.James Lovelock, well known green activist and creator of the Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a single self-regulating organism, published a plea to phase out fossil fuels. Nuclear power, he argued, is the best short term hope for averting climatic catastrophe:”Opposition to nuclear energy is based on irrational fear fed by Hollywood-style fiction, the Green lobbies, and the media. … Even if they were right about its dangers – and they are not – its worldwide use as our main source of energy would pose an insignificant threat compared with the dangers of intolerable and lethal heat waves and sea levels rising to drown every coastal city of the world. We have no time to experiment with visionary energy sources; civilization is in imminent danger and has to use nuclear, the one safe, available energy source, now, or suffer the pain soon to be inflicted by our outraged planet.” – From the London Independent – May, 2004Nuclear power, shunned after so many years, may be ready for resurgence. For some countries, like China, it may offer the only hope to meet its energy needs of its billion plus population in the 21st century. Indeed, they already have the first 10MW test reactor up and running.By Philip Dunn, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.com The high-temperature gas design also has a silver lining – it can produce hydrogen. Think about that – fuel cell vehicles need expensive-to-produce hydrogen to run on – this reactor could make hydrogen as a byproduct.Generation of hydrogen has been the biggest stumbling block to it adoption as a clean fuel. Hydrogen, found primarily in water, is expensive to extract as a gas. While the technical problems of handling, storage and use as fuel are largely solved, the high energy cost to produce hydrogen has made it an energy transport medium, not a source. These new reactors run at high temperatures which are perfect for cracking abundant water or helium gas into hydrogen which can then be used as a green fuel – burning hydrogen just produces water vapor.PBRs could produce cheap hydrogen that could be piped to areas of need or used in the local communities.Plant sites are much smaller than traditional nuclear power plants. Their modular design allows for smaller plants that can grow with needs. A single PBR reactor would consist of one main building covering an area of about 1,300 square meters – less than half a football field. It would be about 42m high (6 stories), some of it below ground level. Billion dollar steel reinforced concrete containment vessels are not required – any coolant leak would be in the form of nonradioactive helium gas which would quickly disperse with out causing any ill effects. South Africa may have the most modern PBR on the drawing board. With the help of German scientists – acknowledged leaders in the field – they have planned to build several reactors within the next five years. Images in this article come from their design.The reactor core is a bin of uranium fuel pebbles. Each tennis ball-sized pebble is rotated and/or checked for reactivity by removing them from the bottom of the funnel shaped reactor core. Spent pebbles are replaced by adding new ones at the top of the stack. Used ones that are still reactive also go to the top of the bin. The reactor can be re-fueled without stopping power production – not possible in conventional rod reactors which requires a full shut down.Pebbles, because of their round nature, allow the cooling gas to be introduced at the bottom and pass freely through the stack. The heated gas is removed to perform work like spinning a turbine to generate electricity then recycled in a closed loop back to the reactor core.PBRs use helium, which has high thermal conductivity and inertness (read: fireproof and noncorrosive) for cooling. This makes them more efficient at capturing heat energy from nuclear reactions than standard reactor designs. The ratio of electrical output to thermal output is about 50%.last_img read more

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