Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodically reduced to one lane for paving work for the Highway 104 twinning project. Construction is expected to be finished by Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road and Belmont Road underpass, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Saturday, July 21. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for about six kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Monday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Brooklyn Street from Morden Road easterly to New Road, Aylesford, will be closed for replacement of the Busby McMahon Bridge from Monday, June 11 until Friday, July 27. Detour is in place.The bridge is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone, expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 INVERNESS COUNTY: Chisholm Bridge The intersection of Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Road will be closed for repairs to Chisholm Bridge until Friday, July 13. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-756-3192 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 33 to Yarmouth will be reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 COLCHESTER COUNTY: North River Sabra Lynds Bridge, Route 311, North River will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, July 13. Traffic signals on site. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, westerly 6 kilometres to start of Twinned Highway will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people on site. Stop and go traffic will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, July 24, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Starting Monday July 9, Trunk 4 and Route 245 traffic will access Highway 104 via the new Exit 27 Interchange, formerly Exit 27A. Temporary traffic control will be in place in various locations along Highway 104 in Sutherland’s River during this period. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays and one-lane closures until Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge on Marble Mountain Road in Valley Mills will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 10. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Dollivers Brook Bridge The Dollivers Brook Bridge on Route 331 in Voglers Cove will be closed for replacement beginning Thursday, June 21. A detour, using Highway 103 and Hirtle Road, is available. The closure is in effect until Saturday, July 7. Drivers should use extra caution and obey all signs and personnel. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 32 to Exit 31 will be reduced to one lane for paving until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. 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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders resigns

first_imgWashington: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who famously said that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president” has resigned, becoming the latest senior aide of the US president to exit his administration. President Trump made the surprise announcement on Twitter that Sanders will step down at the end of the month. “After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas….,” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” tweeted the US president. Sanders, 36, has been a loyal mouthpiece, famously saying that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president”. Only the third woman to serve in the prestigious position, Sanders is the daughter of popular Republican politician and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Later at a White House event, Trump praised Sanders. “We’ve been through a lot together. She’s tough, and she’s good. You also have tough and bad, right? She’s tough but she’s good. She’s great. And she’s going to be leaving the service of her country and she’s going to be going – I guess you could say the private sector but I hope she’s going she comes from a great state, Arkansas. “That’s a state I won by a lot, so I like it. We love Arkansas. She’s going to be going back to Arkansas with her great family. Her husband is fantastic, Trump said. Her credibility was questioned during a combative tenure that saw press briefings all but relegated to a thing of the past. She started out as deputy press secretary before replacing Sean Spicer in the top post in July 2017. The outgoing White House Press Secretary said it was one of the “greatest jobs she could ever have”. “This has been the honour of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, and particularly to work for this president. “He has accomplished so much in these two-and-a-half years, and it’s truly been something I will treasure forever. It’s one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes. I’ve loved it, Sanders said. She praised Trump and his team. “I love the president; I love the team that I’ve had the opportunity to work for. The president is surrounded by some of the most incredible and most talented people you could ever imagine, and it’s truly the most special experience. The only one I can think of that might top it just a little bit is the fact that I’m a mom, Sanders said. She vowed to “be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda. I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done, like what we’re here to celebrate today. Sanders said, “I do not know, when asked if she is considering running for governor of Arkansas. “I learned long time ago never to rule anything out,” she told the reporters. Later talking to a group of reporters, Sanders said she wanted to spend time with her family and kids who are growing. She has three kids of seven, five and four years of age. Early this year Indian American Raj Shah departed the White House as the Deputy Press Secretary.last_img read more

BC parents urged to check immunization records after Chinese vaccine recall

first_imgVANCOUVER – Health authorities in British Columbia are urging parents of toddlers who were vaccinated in parts of China last year to check their records for a recalled vaccine.The BC Centre for Disease Control says two batches of vaccines for DTP — diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough — failed testing and were eventually recalled in October 2017.The centre says the two batches in question may not provide full immunity to patients, and children who received them may require additional vaccination.The two batches were used by provincial disease control centres in both the Shandong and Hebei provinces, and by the city of Chongqing’s Disease Prevention and Control Centre.The centre says there are no safety concerns with the vaccines, but parents of children who were under two years old and living in those areas from March to October 2017 should check their immunization records.Parents are urged to contact local health authorities if their child received either vaccine. Complete details are on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.last_img read more

WPC two others interdicted

The Borellesgamuwa police had arrested a woman yesterday over an offence and detained her at the Borellesgamuwa police station.However the suspect had managed to escape from the police station last evening undetected. A Woman Police Constable (WPC) and two policemen attached to the Borellesgamuwa police station have been interdicted.They were interdicted on the orders of IGP N.K. Illangakoon, police sources told the Colombo Gazette. As a result the IGP had ordered the three police constables to be interdicted pending an investigation. (Colombo Gazette)

Burundi Council members back transitional arrangements pending settlement

In a press statement by the Council President, Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, the 15 members of the UN body “warmly welcomed” transitional arrangements proposed by the Facilitator of the Burundi peace process, Nelson Mandela.”The members of the Council called on all the parties to reach agreement on, and all States in the region to support, this proposal that will represent a crucial step forward in the peace process,” said Ambassador Wang. “They urged the signatories of the Arusha agreement, and the implementation monitoring committee, to contribute positively to the functioning of the transitional institutions.” The proposed transitional arrangements aim to facilitate peaceful governance in Burundi pending a final political settlement, as called for by the Arusha peace agreement. Council members “strongly urged” the armed groups to suspend hostilities, and called on all States in the region to cease any military support to those groups, according to the statement.Concerning Burundi’s requirements for outside aid, the members “stressed the need for economic and humanitarian assistance from the international community once the transitional government is formed, bearing in mind the security situation throughout the country,” the statement said. read more

Sudan African Union to investigate weekend Darfur violence – UN mission

According to UNMIS, the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) is also investigating a reported ambush on the military in Darfur, where, tens of thousands of people have been killed and around 2 million driven from their homes since fighting between the Khartoum Government allied militia and rebel forces began in 2003.As for the overall security situation in Darfur, the UN mission said that some banditry acts, including by the rebels groups, had reportedly taken place. It added that armed banditry persisted in the three states of Darfur, including killing of civilians, attacks and looting of commercial trucks and non-governmental organizations and their passengers.

Oil starts week lower on concerns about Spanish banks and European economy

by News Staff Posted Jun 25, 2012 4:03 pm MDT Oil starts week lower on concerns about Spanish banks and European economy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil declined Monday as Spain’s banking crisis added to concerns about the troubled European economy.A tropical storm also moved away from the heart of America’s oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, reducing the chances for a sustained disruption in U.S. supplies.Benchmark U.S. crude fell by 55 cents to end the day at US$79.21 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. At one point it had dropped to nearly $78 per barrel.Oil fell after Spain asked for a loan to support its banking sector, which is reeling from a collapse in the country’s real estate sector. Spain hasn’t said how much it will ask for, though international audits say the banks need $78 billion.Concerns about Europe’s economy have helped cut oil prices by 25 per cent since May 1. Part of the eurozone already is in recession and analysts expect its economy to slow down even more. That will further cut energy demand in a region that consumes 16 per cent of the world’s oil. Demand for goods made in the U.S. and China would drop as well.Meanwhile, tropical storm Debby gave little support to oil prices after it swept through the Gulf of Mexico without seriously hurting production or imports.The storm did cause a shutdown of about 44 per cent of the Gulf’s oil production and 35 per cent of its natural gas production. But by Monday many workers were returning to the 189 production platforms and 22 drilling rigs that had been evacuated.Independent petroleum analyst Jim Ritterbusch said the impact on production wasn’t sustained long enough to affect oil prices. Supplies are at the highest level since 1990. One weekend storm won’t make a serious dent, Ritterbusch said.“We have a nice cushion right now,” he said.Debby moved northeast and its winds weakened overnight to a maximum of about 70 kilometres per hour as it neared the Florida panhandle.At the pump, U.S. retail gasoline prices fell by four cents over the weekend to a national average of $3.41 per gallon (90 cents a litre), according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That’s 52 cents a barrel cheaper than the first week of April, when the national average peaked for the year.In Canada, the price at the pump averaged C$1.227 per litre, down from $1.270 a month ago, according to GasBuddy.com.In other futures trading, heating oil added less than a penny to finish at US$2.5385 per gallon while wholesale gasoline added 7.59 cents to end at $2.6458 per gallon. Natural gas added 6.9 cents to finish at $2.694 per 1,000 cubic feet.Brent crude, which helps set the price for oil imported into the U.S., was nearly unchanged, adding 3 cents to finish at $91.01 per barrel in London.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChrisKahnAP(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

The Tax Man Cometh

When the issue was raised at the Modernising Vehicle Registration Implementation Board – a group which represents consumers, the police, the motor industry and government – there was a unanimous rejection of any proposal to increase the current £25 fee. In a letter to Transport Minister David Jamieson MP, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders today pointed out that the proposed increase in costs to consumers seemed to be covering the estimated 1.75 million vehicles that remain unlicensed each year. Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘There is simply no justification to increase this fee by up to 52 per cent for buyers of new cars and commercial vehicles. The truth is that due to fraud and evasion some 1.75 million cars fail to pay their duty each year and it appears that this is a back-door way of recovering the money. Motor industry and consumers reject proposed 52 per cent rise in new car charges Government proposals to increase the first registration fee for new vehicles have been slammed by the motor industry. The current £25 fee was introduced in 1998 to cover the administration costs throughout the life of the vehicle, but the DVLA is now proposing to raise that to £32 or even £38 by the end of 2003. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ENDS ‘In addition to the added cost to consumers, there will also be an extra burden on manufacturers and dealers who will have to change advertising and marketing materials to reflect this surprise new tax. At a time when new car prices have fallen by up to 20 per cent and the car market is under considerable pressure, it is outrageous that a tax hike of this kind is being planned.’ read more

Carbon High Sends Off Graduating Class of 2019

Family, friends and peers gathered together on Wednesday afternoon at the BDAC on USU Eastern’s campus to celebrate Carbon High’s Graduating Class of 2019.The valedictorian, Alheli Pendleton, spoke not just on the year the class shared together, but of the opportunities that are in front of them. “We don’t have just the world in our hands, but the universe,” Pendleton said.Mariah Behunin, the senior class president, touched on the highlights of the year, including besting Emery in football for the first time in nearly two decades. Co-salutatorians Regan Hanson and Elley Cowdell paid tribute to those that have been the biggest support to the graduates, parents and teachers. The keynote speaker for the event was Frank Peczuh, President and CEO of Peczuh Printing. He spoke about the importance of working hard and creating the most of opportunities.There were special musical numbers performed by the high school band, symphonic band and vocal jazz and concert choir. Jewelianna Nielson, Abbigail Maddox and Sam King also performed “Long Live” by Taylor Swift.The students then closed a chapter in their lives and received their diplomas. Principal Bruce Bean was emotional as he presented the class for the last time before moving to a district occupation next year.Photos by Jeff Barrett read more

Disabled teenage girl left unable to communicate after her voice machine is

first_imgMaya using her computer Mr Johnson, who is a Business Analyst, said: ” I just put it on Twitter – I don’t have thousands of followers – I was just hoping that word would get spread. I didn’t think it would be shared as much as it did. Alan Shearer posted it to his followers and sent me a message!” Miya is able to speak to her parents by looking at pictures on the screen, which then tracks her eye movements. He explained: “It’s called an accent 1400, it’s called an eye gaze, she looks at the pictures and that’ll speak for her – if it’s a picture of her mum it’ll say mum. “It’s got little interactive cartoons, it helps her be active with her brain.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The family is desperate to get the device back, and her father has been searching high and low for it, and after he reported the theft to the police he went around every second-hand and computer shop in the area.He said: “Every one is designed for a different client as her eyes look differently to anyone else so it would have to be designed specifically for her needs.”Everything would have to be designed for Miya. That could take time, it wouldn’t be an overnight thing.”To scrape together money for the first device, the family had fundraised including holding bake sales and members of the public helped with the efforts. Because of this, the family is loath to start up a fundraising campaign for a new one until it is certain the stolen device won’t be returned. Miya Thirlby with her mother Kerie and twin Maciecenter_img Maya using her computerCredit:PA Miya Thirlby with her mother Kerie and twin MacieCredit:PA The devastated parents of a teenager with cerebral palsy have launched a campaign after her speech machine, the one way she has of communicating, was stolen from their car.16-year-old Miya Thirlby’s specially-programmed machine, called a liberator accent 100, costs £6,000 and took the family six months to acquire and program three years ago.The theft took place overnight between January 8 and 9 when someone gained access to a blue VW vehicle in Pennycross and snatched a speech generating device.Her father, Paul Johnson 40, said she has been unable to communicate since Tuesday when a thief broke into his car and stole the device. He has started a social media search, and his tweet has been shared 6,000 times.Mr Johnson, from Pennycross, Plymouth, told The Telegraph that he was shocked by the kindness of strangers, who have offered to help him pay for a new one, and the many people, including former footballer Alan Shearer, who have messaged lending their support. Mr Johnson put out an appeal to the thief and said: “If the thief  has a conscience and realises what it is they stole, they should hand it in to the police.”last_img read more

Vale S11D stockyard machinery tested for first time

first_imgThe S11D Carajás iron ore project has begun the functional test phase for machinery in the Buffer Stockyard, the location where stock is held provisionally under ideal conditions to supply the plant. A twin boom stacker, with a reach in excess of 70 m, was the first to be tested. The remaining five items of machinery, three bridge reclaimers and two twin boom stackers, are also undergoing operational testing.This is another important step in the project, which is scheduled to begin operation by the end of 2016 and will produce 90 Mt/y of high-grade iron ore.“This is yet another important stage completed. We’ve completed 86% of the mine and plant construction program and will now continue with the operational testing for the project,” says Mauricio Gasparini, Executive Leader for Engineering, Planning and Construction for the Carajás S11D Iron Project.At the end of January, another important landmark was reached when the 9.5-km long distance conveyor belt (acronym TCLD in Portuguese) was energised. The TCLD is an integral component of one of the project’s principal technological solutions, the truckless system, which also includes excavators and crushers. These are destined to replace off-road trucks and will result in a 70% reduction in the amount of diesel consumed and a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.The next phase will be the conclusion of the commissioning program (operational testing) for the secondary crusher (where blocks of ore are reduced in size) and buffer stockyard. The next step will be to conclude electromechanical assembly of the mine and TCLD ore line.  All earthmoving work has been concluded and the truckless system machinery assembly phase is nearing completion.In the current challenging state of the world’s iron ore market, the Carajás S11D Iron Project, whose mine and processing plant is nearing completion in Canaã dos Carajás, will help Brazil retain its competitive edge in the mining sector, Vale says. The new facility’s production will complement Carajás’ current production by offering high-grade ore with low levels of contaminants at low cost.Truckless technology and conveyors will also make it possible to build the processing plant in a grassland region outside the forest area. The plant was designed to operate with the use of natural humidity. As such, it will not produce tailings or require the use of tailing dams. It will also reduce water consumption by 93%, equivalent to the volume required to supply a city of 400,000 inhabitants.“Through the project, Vale is also investing in a number of social initiatives in the municipality. More than 30 building projects have been concluded or are currently underway in partnership with the municipal authorities, including the construction and refurbishment of seven schools, refurbishment of the municipal hospital, construction of the Producers’ Fair and the extension of the electrical energy network.”The picture shows the stacker with boom in excess of 70 m undergoing initial testing (Credit Salviano Machado)last_img read more

Weird Wide Web Google Street View blunder chopping off fingers and mating

first_imgWELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Extreme reaction to new product of the weekSo everyone has been harping on about the new iPhone this week. Whatever the merits and demerits of the new version, the fingerprint recognition feature has got the tech world buzzing. A couple of media outlets took a somewhat extreme angle on this new feature, warning readers that it could mean an increase in phone thieves chopping off people’s fingers. Yikes.(Image: Apple)Google Street View blunder of the weekA Google Street View car was involved in an embarrassing incident this week, ramming a bus and a truck while trying to flee from another collision with a bus, Business Insider reports. No one was injured in the incident and we’re hoping Google still uses those images..Music-lovers’ app of the weekLet your obsessions flourish with the Seenth app which will let you track social media updates from your favourite artists, TechCrunch reports. It has both an artist feed and a fan feed so you can choose to block out the noise or interact with you fellow music fans.(Image: Seenth)Inappropriate USB-lighter ad of the weekGizmodo spotted this cracker and we just had to share it with you. It’s a USB key that can light cigarettes and it’s also very ‘romantic’, albeit a little forceful… Our favourite scene is the one in which he plugs his butt into a laptop and blows a bubble.(Video: Jii Lighter/YouTube)last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Falco

first_img Falco Prefers The Air!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Falco. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Stay on targetcenter_img Who Are They?Falco Lombardi is 1. An incredible name and 2. A member of Nintendo’s sci-fi animal gang Star Fox. This literal bird is the hotshot pilot of the team, the type of guy who gets into heated arguments with leader Fox McCloud and always threatens to quit, but also always comes back because beneath that fire is deep loyalty and respect for his friends. Classic Top Gun stuff, really.Smash HistoryFalco first appeared as a secret character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. And as a clone of Fox, of one of the best characters in the game, Falco was also extremely good. In some respects he was better, especially with his fast aerial spike. As he appeared in later games he received new changes, like blue colors for his slower, stronger lasers and the ability to kick his reflector. However, for the most part Falco has unfortunately become weaker than Fox over time.What Looks New in Ultimate?Falco doesn’t have any new moves in Ultimate aside from a revamped Arwing Final Smash similar to Fox. And his aesthetics haven’t really changed either aside from some Star Fox Zero touches. The updates are more technical, adjustments to lag and damage output. But Falco is a very technical characters so seemingly small changes could have big impact.Our Hopes?If you want to play a Star Fox character that feels significantly different from Fox, be grateful that Wolf is back in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But if you just want to mix it up a little bit, try Falco. Our biggest hope is that their similar moves once again make them similarly competitive.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

Hoosegow brings hearty BBQ downtown

first_imgWhy: The Hoosegow Smoke House BBQ was established a couple of years ago in downtown Vancouver and has been under new ownership since August. The family-friendly restaurant has comfortable dining and also is available for private events. With early hours during the workweek, the Hoosegow provides another breakfast option, or a lunch hour reprieve, with dinner limited to Thursdays and Fridays. Saturdays are reserved for private events.What I tried: I had the Slaw Shank sandwich, and my dining companions tried the Book & Release burger with fries and the Informant sandwich with tots. We also sampled the gluten-free zucchini muffins.The Slaw Shank was a pulled pork and coleslaw sandwich on a ciabatta roll. The meat on the sandwich was flavorful with an appetizing smoked quality. The sandwich had a good ratio of coleslaw to pork, so neither dominated. I found the ciabatta roll a bit doughy, which possibly could have been resolved if it was toasted before the build.The Informant sandwich was essentially a Reuben, which contains corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing on rye bread. My dining companion said the sandwich was appetizing at the start, but the corned beef was a bit fatty, so it became tiresome as he worked through the sandwich. He also noted that the bread became soggy from the sauerkraut, which should have been pressed before it was added to the sandwich.For the Book & Release, a beef patty was combined with bacon, ham, egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato,and mayonnaise on a ciabatta roll. My dining companion said it was good and said that the ciabatta roll made things interesting. The only downside was the bacon, which tasted as though it had been fried much earlier in the day.last_img read more

Calvin Harris tops charts for highest earnings

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Calvin Harris is the highest-paid DJ in the world, raking in $63 million (approximately £47.9m) over the last year, according to research by Forbes.Its Electronic cash kings 2016 list, which looks at the pre-tax earnings of DJs between June 2015 and June 2016, found that the top 10 earners pulled in an impressive $270.5 million (£205.5m) this year between them, although this is down 1% on last year’s figures.Harris, who is known for hits such as This is what you came for, featuring Rihanna, as well as his past romance with US singer Taylor Swift, can charge $400,000 (£303,859) for just one gig in Las Vegas.Avicci and Afrojack are just outside of this year’s top 10 highest-paid DJs cohort, earning $14.5 million (£11m) and $15 million (£11.4m), respectively.The top 10 highest-paid DJ’s in the world are:Calvin Harris: $63 millionTiesto: $38 millionDavid Guetta: $28 millionZedd: $24.5 millionSteve Aoki: $23.5 millionDiplo: $23 millionSkrillex: $20 millionKaskade: $19 millionMartin Garrix: $16 millionDimitri Vegas and Like Mike: $15.5 millionHere at Employee Benefits, we’re sure the office is loving our own DJ attempts as we rifle through our music collections… CDs aren’t too old school, right?last_img read more

Cameras capture cellphone store robbery in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for three thieves who were caught on camera robbing a cellphone store in Southwest Miami-Dade.Surveillance video shows a gunman pulling out a weapon in the lobby of an AT&T store along Kendall Drive and Southwest 122nd Avenue, last month.The gunman took phones and wallets from the people trapped in the back of the lobby.Two more robbers then came in, and one demanded to get to the safe.An employee told him there was a time delay to open it.The thief couldn’t wait — so he ended up bagging about 25 cellphones.The thieves got away with $25,000 worth of merchandise. If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Russia will Add 200 New Aircraft to Defense Arsenal to Maintain Higher

first_imgAs the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation becomes well entrenched in Eastern Europe, Russia has decided to boost its air capabilities, with almost 200 new airplanes and helicopters to be inducted into its air force and naval branches.Most countries do not have a fleet of 200 aircraft in their arsenal, to give a reference point.The Russians have also reintroduced long-range military air patrol to test the strength and weaknesses of air defences of NATO-aligned nations, an act reminiscent of the Cold War-era distrust between the West and the Russians.The Russian dominance in aircraft and space technology is well catalogued. The latest induction would see 126 new aircraft and 88 helicopters.According to a Sputnik news report from December 2014, the aircraft delivery would include Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) bombers, multipurpose Su-30SM (NATO reporting name: Flanker-C) and Su-35S (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 (NATO reporting name: Mitten) advanced trainers/light fighters and transport Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 (NATO reporting name: Candid-B) planes. The Russian Air Force is also expected to receive cutting-edge radar stations, such as Nebo-M and Sopka. A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near ParisReutersThe helicopter deliveries will include Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) and Mil Mi-28N (NATO reporting name: Havoc) attack helicopters, Mi-8AMTSh (NATO reporting name: Hip) assault-transport helicopters, Mi-35 (NATO reporting name: Hind-E) combat helicopters and Ka-226 (NATO reporting name: Hoodlum) utility choppers.”The serviceability status (will increase) up to 67%,” defense minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call. This would see two out of three aircraft at operational readiness at any given time. However, the US Air Force rate stands at 78% in 2013.Su-35 CapabilitiesThe entry of the Su-35s Flanker multirole fighter aircraft is expected to advance Russian air superiority significantly. The twin-engine, single-seat fighter is currently undergoing tests and is expected to be inducted in 2015.The Su-35 Flanker carries a $85 million export price, a comparatively lower price for a 4++ generation fighter. Currently, US is the only nation to field an operational fifth generation aircraft in the F-22 Raptor.The fifth-generation aircraft carry better stealth capabilities, with advanced radar evading technology allowing them to penetrate deep into enemy air defence and launch strikes. New Russian-made combat helicopter KA-52 nicknamed Alligator is shown for the first time for mass media in the Kamov company outside Moscow, November 19. The $12-14 million two-seat helicopter is equipped by a French-made night-vision device to allow it make reconnaissance and coordinate air and ground forces actions during the combat.ReutersThe US Air Force, Marines and the Navy are expected to induct the Lockhead Martin F-35, the most expensive weapons development programme ever, by December 2015. The F-35 is a fifth-generation fighter.Estimates suggest a single Air Force F-35A to cost $148 million. A Marine Corps specification fitted F-35B will cost $251 million. A lone Navy F-35C will cost $337 million. Average the three models together, and a “generic” F-35 costs $178 million.The Russians are developing the Sukhoi T-50 as their fifth generational multirole aircraft. While, the Chinese are developing the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31.Defence BudgetsIn 2015, the Russian defence budget is expected to total $84 billion, which would also see soldier strength increase to 3,50,000 from 2,95,000 a year ago, read Huffington Post.For 2015, the US President Barack Obama is seeking a base defence budget of $495.6 billion.Russia is also reopening up its Soviet era Arctic air bases and has formed a separate Arctic command to oversee its troops stationed there. The move is strategically important given the melting of the Arctic ice cap not only opens up new trade routes between Asia and Europe, but also gives access to oil and gas reserves estimated to be available in the region, read Business Insider.The Russians have also decided to replace the Soviet era missile weaponry with more advanced missiles, while not only capable of delivering a nuclear payload, but can also penetrate the most advanced of missile defence shields.A single Topol M ICBM missile carries four MIRVed (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle), nuclear warheads with 100-300 kiloton warheads, with a range exceeding 10,000 kilometer.last_img read more

Emergencies En Español Is Crisis Information Reaching Houstons LanguageDiverse Communities

first_imgAs a chemical fire raged in Deer Park a couple weeks ago, county officials gave frequent updates to the community. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo spoke in English and Spanish, the two most commonly spoken languages in the region. Some praised Hidalgo for her bilingual updates, but in neighboring Chambers County, one of their elected officials took issue. Commenting on Facebook live during her press conference, Commissioner Mark Tice told Hidalgo to speak in English, writing “English this is not Mexico.”Tice doubled down on his comments afterwards in a Houston Chronicle interview. After widespread backlash, he issued an apology statement. Considering Tice’s authority, it begs the question: In times of disaster, how does Chambers County communicate with their more than 3,000 residents with limited English? 00:00 /04:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: There’s no information in Spanish on their county website or emergency management Facebook page. Their County Judge Jimmy Sylvia didn’t respond to requests for interviews, but his office did release a written statement.“Judge Hidalgo stepped up to the task and took care of her citizens,” he said in the statement. “At the end of the day, that is what it’s all about. Representing citizens as a whole – all of your citizens.” – / 2Welcome to Anahuac The Chambers County seat is in the town of Anahuac, home to some 2,400 residents. The town’s claim to fame is its annual alligator festival. It’s quiet, green, rural and people are friendly. A gas station advertises homemade tortillas. Nearby, there’s a local “washateria,” and locals grab lunch at the town taco stand.Just a few blocks away, there’s a sculpture of a red hat, about the size of a small car that reads “Make America Great Again”. Next to it, someone painted a shed with the words “Build the wall tall,” and the names of all the people who’ve ever been killed by undocumented immigrants.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/04111511/media.io_IMG_0550.mp400:0000:0000:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sharecenter_img Listen “News gets around”At the Our Lady of Light Catholic Church, Sister Joselina Cedeño explains how Spanish-speakers fare in a crisis. “News gets around,” Cedeño said in Spanish. She’s been with the congregation in Anahuac for five years now. Though it may not always come from official channels, she said Spanish-speakers in the community do get the information they need. “I think that if they don’t receive it [information], they ask,” she said.  She said often people ask their children or others for help. Or, she said, the courthouse has Spanish-speaking employees who help get the word out. The community picks up the slack.– / 2Language accessibility is critical during and after a crisisChambers County isn’t alone. Word of mouth is how a lot of critical information spreads to immigrant communities in both rural and urban areas. That’s why some immigrant advocates say local governments need to improve how information is disseminated to communities that may not speak fluent English. A new report by the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative underscores how language access is critical to public safety in times of emergency. The collaborative’s executive director Kate Vickery said one of the biggest strides Houston has made in becoming more language-inclusive is having Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo able to address the Spanish-speaking community in real time. “I think that’s really important for, at the very least, Spanish speakers to hear emergency information coming directly from the highest elected official in Harris County,” said Vickery.Vickery’s group released the report during the Deer Park fire, though its findings were taken from how immigrants fared in another emergency — Harvey. “In the greater Houston region we have 1.6 million foreign-born individuals and 50% of them are estimated to be limited English proficiency,” she said. “Having emergency information available not just in the right languages, but at the right accessibility levels is critical.”The report includes several recommendations relating to language access:Developing disaster preparedness information in the top six languages spoken in the Houston areaPreparing a Ready Harris and Ready Houston non-English media planWorking with advocates to disseminate disaster information specific to immigrant communities to local mediaProviding first responders with immigrant-specific information and translation technology Urban and rural counties are increasingly diverse Considering a growing foreign-born population, access to language services in times of disaster is of increasing importance.Immigrant and Latino communities may be concentrated in Harris County, but more suburban and rural counties are also attracting diverse populations. The Houston metro area has 1.6 million immigrants and though the majority (1.2 million) live in Harris County, another 400,000 live in the surrounding counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller and Wharton. Of those 400,000 immigrants, some 40% have limited English proficiency, according to Migration Policy Institute calculations of the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data.  Xlast_img read more

Will You Be the Next Great EducationTech Entrepreneur

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Are you an investor looking for the next best socially minded business or an entrepreneur looking for hot industries where you can have a big impact? Then education should be near the top of your list.The education-technology sector is ripe for disruption, investment and rapid growth, while offering the coveted opportunity to dramatically alter people’s lives and the global economy.The number of new startups and funding arriving to the field is undeniable (according to CB Insights, industry funding reached $1.25 billion last year). Yet it’s one of a few sectors that have not caught up with the wave of innovation that has transformed the manufacturing, media and health care industries.  Related: Cornering a Missed Pocket of the Ed-Tech MarketU.S. education is poised for change. Teachers and students alike are increasingly disillusioned, disheartened and disengaged. American students’ performance on standardized tests has been disappointing.Professors cite incoming students’ lack of college readiness and business leaders point to a significant gap between the skills employees need and those possessed by job seekers.  Yet, the possibility of improving education has never been brighter. Leaders are calling for more rigorous standards, greater accountability and innovation. Schools and colleges are ready to change the status quo and technology can play a critical role in this transformation.Educational institutions need better curriculum materials; streamlined systems; tools that empower educators, students and parents; and a commitment to embrace the change.Technology combined with educational expertise can have a powerful effect on learning.  The Center for Digital Education estimates that U.S. public elementary schools and colleges and universities will spend $20.4 billion on ed tech in 2014. The greatest areas of growth in this field are being driven by two emerging educational models: blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and online instruction, and personalized learning, educational activities tailored to students’ individual needs as determined by frequent assessments.To be clear, no technology can outperform a great educator. The best ed-tech offerings must reflect this by freeing up educators’ time and empowering them with data and tools that enhance their ability to teach.Imagine the impact on student achievement and outcomes if educators and institutions were armed with the caliber of technology that doctors and hospitals are starting to embrace.The challenges in education require an infusion of passionate new ideas and voices.Related: Why Everyone Wants a Piece of Ed TechBefore jumping headlong into ed tech, understand some unique market conditions in this burgeoning sector. State governmental regulations can create a significant barrier to innovation, as can the slow pace of institutional decision making.System-wide purchasing cycles in schools and districts and colleges and universities last nearly a year. That’s why many startups focus on freemium-pricing models and letting individual educators adopt their tools as opposed to institution-wide procurement.Additionally, standards and policies vary across states, which can increase development costs and complicate the sales process. That said, the adoption of Common Core State Standards for kindergarten through grade 12 has allowed for some efficiencies.To succeed in ed tech, investors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies must take into account these guidelines:Offer solutions that challenge the status quo and foster innovation among educators. New technologies can’t simply digitize a paper-based system.Entrepreneurs who think they know education because they went to school will fail. This is a complex ecosystem with ever-changing needs. Understand current issues, policies and trends. Spend time in schools or on college campuses and talk with education professionals.The voices of educators, students and parents are integral to identifying real educational needs and for product development and implementation.Understand as well that there has been a legacy of great educators and administrators. Yet, technology with the power to change education can fit seamlessly into an institution’s workflow and enhance instruction, instead of seeking to replace it.Establish a clear and realistic path to generating revenue that factors in sales cycles, institutions’ and educators’ funding sources and budgets and perceived value.Authenticity is paramount. Be motivated by mission, not money.  America’s students and education institutions deserve the best. More entrepreneurs with new ideas and innovations are needed — as well as real solutions that will help educators and students. Do you have what it takes to be the next great ed-tech entrepreneur? Related: This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online Education  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 20, 2015 Register Now »last_img read more

The new Skype for Web does not work in Firefox or Opera

first_imgThe new Skype for Web does not work in Firefox or Opera by Martin Brinkmann on March 08, 2019 in Microsoft – 70 commentsMicrosoft’s Skype team unveiled the new Skype for Web officially yesterday after an extended preview phrase that lasted more than two years.I noticed during the preview phase that Microsoft limited access to its own Microsoft Edge web browser and Google Chrome. Attempts to access the preview of Skype for Web were met with “browser not supported” messages and suggestions to either use Edge or Chrome, or to download Skype to the computer to use it that way.Some thought or hoped that Microsoft would make the new Skype for Web compatible with other browsers. If you visit Skype with browsers not supported officially, you are greeted with the “browser not supported” message for most of them.Most? I tried Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, and Brave on the site next to Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Firefox and Opera did not work while Vivaldi and Brave did. It is a bit puzzling that Opera does not work while Vivaldi and Brave do; all three browsers are based on the same code that Google Chrome is based on, and one would assume that this would be enough to ensure compatibility. Something else seems to be going on apparently that blocks Opera (and Firefox) from access.Microsoft’s announcement on the official Skype Blog confirms the browser requirements and that it works on Windows 10 or Mac OS X 10.12 or higher. Linux is not mentioned, nor are other browsers besides Chrome or Edge.A simple user-agent change is not enough to make Skype for the Web work in unsupported browsers. Microsoft offers no explanation as to why the new web-based version of Skype does not work in Firefox or Opera.Microsoft released Skype version 8 for Windows desktop yesterday as well which replaces the existing MSI distributable which installed Skype version 7 on desktop PCs. Download links are provided in the article.Closing WordsWith Microsoft moving Edge to a Chromium-base, things are likely only going to get worse instead of better. The Chromium dominance on the Internet will certainly have an impact on Firefox and web compatibility issues that users of the browser and its makers will face.As for Skype and Microsoft, I think it is a confession of failure if one of the biggest tech companies in the world won’t add support for a web browser with a sizeable market share.Now You: What is your opinion on the development?SummaryArticle NameThe new Skype for Web does not work in Firefox or OperaDescriptionMicrosoft launched the new Skype for Web in March 2019 but compatibility is limited to Chrome and Microsoft Edge officially.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more