Betting Lines Released For College Football’s Biggest Rivalry Games

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The NCAA Tournament tips off tonight with two play-in games: Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Prairie View A&M and Temple vs. Belmont. While college basketball will dominate the headlines over the next month, college football fans need something to look forward to as well.Fear no more, college football fans. Early betting lines were released for college football’s biggest rivalry games.Bet Online revealed the early lines for a few of the biggest games of the season. The oddsmaker suggests blowouts could be coming in a few major rivalry games.Alabama is a heavy favorite against LSU, while Clemson is a massive favorite in its season-opener against Texas A&M.Here are lines for 11 of the year’s biggest games:Florida -8.5 vs. MiamiAuburn -3 vs. OregonLSU -7 vs. TexasClemson -21 vs. Texas A&MGeorgia -11.5 vs. Notre DameOhio State -7.5 vs. NebraskaNotre Dame -11.5 vs. USCOklahoma -13.5 vs. TexasMichigan -8.5 vs. Notre DameAlabama -17 vs. LSUMichigan -6.5 vs. Ohio StateThe Wolverines enter “The Game” as an early favorite against Ohio State. It will be the first rivalry game between the two teams in the post-Urban Meyer era.Ryan Day landed star transfer quarterback Justin Fields, but the oddsmakers still like Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines in the early going.Despite two great battles between Oklahoma and Texas last season, the Sooners enter the Red River Rivalry as the heavy favorite.last_img read more

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Gasoline Prices Reduced

first_imgGasoline prices in Nova Scotia have been reduced by eight cents per litre, effective today, Aug. 15, as a result of declining wholesale gasoline prices in North America. “This is an excellent example of how gasoline regulation benefits consumers,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Jamie Muir. “Wholesale gasoline prices declined considerably late last week. The regulations allow us to pass these savings along to Nova Scotians in the form of lower prices at the pumps.” Legislation permits the minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations to intervene in the event of circumstances that cannot be predicted as part of normal business operations. Existing conditions in the North American gasoline market justify re-setting the price so consumers pay a fair retail price for gasoline. “These have resulted in a sharp decrease in the New York benchmark price for gasoline and we want any reduction passed on to consumers as soon as possible,” said Mr. Muir. “This is one of the safety mechanisms designed as part of the regulation model, and it’s operating as it should under market conditions.” The price of regular unleaded self-serve gasoline has been reduced by eights cents per litre and other grades and levels adjusted accordingly. This interim adjustment will not impact the next regularly scheduled pricing period scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24.last_img read more

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Celebrities Launch I Love A Bit Of Variety TShirts

first_imgVariety – The Children’s Charity, today announced that national treasure, Barbara Windsor, will launch the ‘I Love A Bit of Variety’ T-shirt campaign.Former Carry On actress Barbara Windsor launches the I Love A Bit of Variety celebrity T-shirt campaignThe actress, who was presented with the Variety ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award at the charity’s 2010 Showbiz Awards at the Grovesnor House Hotel, has been a Celebrity Ambassador of the charity for more than 30 yearsFrom today, the public can buy the ‘I Love A Bit of Variety’ T-shirts from www.variety.org.uk/love. This will raise funds to support thousands of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK who are supported by Variety. The T-shirt, which is available for £12 and comes in a range of styles and sizes, has been modeled by a host of celebrities who are supporting the campaign.So far, these include Leigh Francis aka Keith Lemon, Kimberley Walsh, Warren Brown, Kate Thornton, Warwick Davis, Aldo Zilli, Gaby Roslin, Michelle Collins, Hugo Speer, Jon Culshaw, Larry Lamb, David Morrissey, Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Kian Egan, Nina Conti, Hayley Tamaddon, Alesha Dixon, Matt Johnson, Julie Graham, Joe McGann, Claire King, Anna Williamson, Terry Mynott, Heather Small, Billy Murray, Bobby Davro, Tamzin Outhwaite, Neil Stuke, Kristina Rihanoff, Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell.Barbara said of her new role: ’I’m always honoured to represent Variety, the Children’s Charity, and to support the incredible work it does across the country. The welfare of our sick, disabled or disadvantaged young people should be top of every agenda, and I’ll be wearing my ‘I Love A Bit of Variety’ T-shirt with real pride.’Variety Chief Barker Jason Lewis said: “Variety has a rich heritage of support from the showbusiness community and so it is only right that we continue to move forward and work with the stars of today. Over the years, Barbara has often dedicated her time to the charity and we know that, with her support alongside our other celebrities, we can mobilise even more people around the country to help Variety to improve the lives of children and young people who are less fortunate than others.”Variety, the Children’s Charity, is dedicated to supporting children and young people across the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged, facilitating positive experiences for them through its wide range of programmes and initiatives. Since setting up its UK division in 1949, the charity has raised over £200 million and supported more than 800,000 children.The former “Carry On” star joins a long line of illustrious celebrities who have supported Variety since its inception. The charity has its roots in the showbiz industry and Sir Michael Caine, James McAvoy, Steven Frayne aka Dynamo, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Joan Collins are just some of the many stars who have pledged their backing in previous years and helped contribute towards Variety’s rich entertainment heritage.To find out more about Variety, the Children’s Charity, or to donate to its various projects, please visit www.variety.org.uk.last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Latest job numbersStatistics Canada releases the labour force survey for August on Friday. The previous survey for July found that the economy generated 54,100 net new jobs and pushed the unemployment rate back to its four-decade low of 5.8 per cent, down from six per cent the previous month.Like peas and carrotsConstellation Brands executives will speak about the company’s strategic business activities and outlook for the future at a Barclays investment conference in Boston on Wednesday. The U.S.-based alcohol giant recently announced an additional $5-billion investment in Canadian pot producer Canopy Growth, raising its share in the cannabis giant to 38 per cent.Couche-Tard earningsAlimentation Couche-Tard Inc. releases first-quarter results on Wednesday. CEO Brian Hannasch said in July that the North American convenience store giant is looking for new acquisitions following a blockbuster year that made it Canada’s largest company by revenues.Rate announcementThe Bank of Canada will make an announcement on its benchmark interest rate Wednesday. Most economists expect the central bank to keep its key interest rate target on hold, but they will scrutinize the central bank’s statement for clues about what it might do next.Transcontinental resultsTranscontinental Inc. will hold a third-quarter conference call on Thursday. The Montreal-based printing and packaging company’s second-quarter profit was up nearly 50 per cent from a year-earlier, mainly as a result of accelerated revenue from a long-term printing contract that was ended prematurely by Hearst.last_img read more

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Cannabis Corner is approved by Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Fort St. John City Council, Cannabis Corner was approved and the next step for the application is now proceeding to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for final review.The proposed non-medical retail store is to be located at #2 – 10108 100 Street, in the location of the old Playtime Toys. The hours of operation will be 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week.The three partners Aaron Lepine, Darwin Lepine (better known in the community as Danny) and Lori Bahm are all longtime Fort St John residents. “We look forward to not only providing a safe and legal cannabis source but also to providing much-needed employment opportunities to local residents,” said Danny Lepine. Lepine goes on to say, “We are pleased that we have finally received municipal approval for our license as we have been paying a lease on an empty building for several months already. We have actually been engaged in the process for over one year now, and it has been a very long and drawn out process”This is now the third application for a non-medical Cannabis retail store Council has approved. Which have proposed locations in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 (Downtown Core Commercial) zone for a cannabis retail store.  In total there are five applications for non-medical Cannabis stores in Fort St. John.last_img read more

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Madagascar UN appeals for 6 million to stockpile supplies as cyclones loom

25 November 2009United Nations humanitarian agencies launched an appeal today for $6 million to help the people of Madagascar brace against the impact of a wave of intense cyclones forecasted to hit the Indian Ocean nation in the coming months. This year meteorologists are warning that four to five powerful tropical storms will swirl through the island causing large-scale destruction and putting thousands of lives at risk. “We are in a very grave situation and need to pre-position supplies in the areas most at risk to be able to effectively save lives and mitigate the impact on these communities,” said UN Resident Coordinator Christopher Peter Metcalf.“It is urgent that resources be mobilized now,” stressed Mr. Metcalf. “We urge the international community not to ignore the plight of the Malagasy people.”Due to its geographic location, Madagascar is affected every year by three to four cyclones, and with almost 70 per cent of the population – or nearly 13 million people – considered poor, coping with such emergencies is precarious. In addition, poor infrastructure means that once a cyclone has hit it can take weeks to reach some of the affected communities which are left isolated and at great risk of hunger and disease.Over the last two years, the country was hit by five cyclones affecting over 463,000 people, damaging 2,276 classrooms, destroying 180,000 hectares of agricultural land and leaving 190,000 people homeless.“The tragedy is that this is an annual event and it appears that each year the severity and impact is potentially greater,” said Mr. Metcalf. “Investments in disaster risk reduction programmes can save lives and help communities recover more quickly.” read more

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Native council announces opposition to Alaska gold mine

BETHEL, Alaska — An Alaska Native council has announced its opposition to a proposed gold mine project.KYUK-AM reported Friday that the Quinhagak Native Tribal Council has issued a resolution opposing the Donlin Gold mine project.Council President Darren Cleveland says they are concerned residents will leave Quinhagak for work at the mine site 280 miles (451 kilometres) northwest of Anchorage in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Cleveland says many younger men may leave and take entire families while women and elders would need to hunt and fish for the community.He also says a mining accident could contaminate the main food source for the village near a Kuskokwim River tributary, even though Quinhagak is almost 200 miles (322 kilometres) away.Donlin Gold did not immediately respond to the station’s request for comment.___Information from: KYUK-AM, http://www.kyuk.orgThe Associated Press read more

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New Brunswick nuclear reactor returns to service after costly delays to overhaul

by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2012 3:35 pm MDT New Brunswick nuclear reactor returns to service after costly delays to overhaul FREDERICTON – Atlantic Canada’s only nuclear power plant returned to commercial operation Friday for the first time since March 2008, when it began a major refurbishment that was plagued by repeated delays and massive cost overruns.The Point Lepreau reactor in New Brunswick resumed generating power following an overhaul that was scheduled to last 18 months and cost $1.4 billion. Instead, the project took three years longer than expected and cost the province’s Crown-owned utility an extra $1 billion.NB Power president Gaetan Thomas said he could hardly contain his enthusiasm as he announced that the power plant was operating at 98 per cent capacity on Friday.“This is a great day for our customers and our employees,” he said.Thomas said the reactor is expected to last another 27 years after the work that was done.“It’s a foundational piece of our domestic energy supply and our export sales, and provides rate stability and the financial flexibility to now begin reducing debt,” Thomas said.Ed Barrett, chairman of NB Power’s board of directors, said he hopes to pay down the company’s $4.6-billion debt by $1 billion over the next decade.“The completion of this project allows us to begin this pursuit in earnest,” he said in a statement.Thomas said Point Lepreau is now generating revenue by putting the province back in the power export market.The province has tried in vain to persuade Ottawa to shoulder the extra costs of the Point Lepreau overhaul, arguing the province should not be on the hook for delays that were the result of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. learning how to fix up a Candu-6 reactor for the first time.But Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not budged, saying only that his government will abide by the terms of the contract for the federal Crown corporation to refurbish the reactor.On Friday, Thomas said he believed the company has a good case to recoup at least some of the cost overrun.“We are in the process with insurers, and we have some protection guarantees, warranties and insurance,” he said. “We are going through all these various steps and processes to ensure we recoup as much of the overrun as possible.”Energy Minister Craig Leonard wasn’t available Friday to comment on the province’s negotiations to recover the cost overruns from Ottawa.In a statement, he said Point Lepreau is critical to the province’s goal of generating 75 per cent of its electricity from clean, renewable or non-emitting sources by 2020.The power plant was commissioned in 1983 and was the world’s first Candu-6 reactor to begin commercial production of electricity.One of the biggest lessons learned from the overhaul of the reactor involved replacing its 380 calandria tubes, which house fuel channels and uranium fuel bundles that power the reactor.The first effort by AECL to install the tubes failed when tiny scratches caused by wire brushes raised concerns that joints might not be reliable for 25 years. The tubes had to be removed and reinstalled.Thomas has said AECL benefited from that lesson when they began a similar refurbishment of the Wolsong-1 reactor in South Korea. The refurbishment of the Candu-6 at Wolsong began in April 2009 — a year after the start of the Lepreau project — and ended in July 2011.By spreading the refurbishment costs over the life of the reactor in New Brunswick, Thomas said the utility will be able to keep power rate increase at an average of two per cent per year for the next 10 years.The next major power project in the province is expected to be the overhaul or replacement of the Mactaquac hydro-electric dam near Fredericton about 15 years from now. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Avoid a festive faux pas an office gift guide

Related Stories Office holiday party etiquette: Dos and Don’ts It can be tough to shop for a family member during the holidays, let alone someone you just share a cubicle with.But, don’t fear! An expert with Grand & Toy has a guide to the Noel no-nos and Yuletide yeses at the office.Chief Etiquette Officer Julie Blais Comeau says the biggest gift your boss wants is for you to do a good job, but there is also an appropriate way to show your appreciation.“Make it a group gift. A messenger bag that’s made of leather, it could be a coffee machine,” she suggests. “So, everyone can give a little bit, and you give it all together, so there’s not going to be any perception for favouritism or being on a quest for favouritism.”If you’re wondering how much to spend, she says check with your boss or Human Resources.“There usually is a gifting policy in most businesses throughout Canada, so, you know what the maximum, what the top is and you have to respect that.”Make sure you keep to that Secret Santa or White Elephant exchange limit too, to avoid an embarrassing or awkward situation.“Nobody wants to have a Richie Rich or a Grinch,” Blais Comeau says. “Stay clear of alcohol. You don’t know, maybe the person doesn’t drink. Maybe the person that you’re offering it to is pregnant.”Blais Comeau says remembering something your colleague has mentioned throughout the year, something they like to collect, or a hobby can go a long way. For example: a gift of luggage for a co-worker planning a trip, or a set of pens you know they prefer to use.“Relax. You don’t have to lie. The only obligation that you have is to say thank-you,” Blais Comeau says.However if you’d prefer not to be caught off guard, you can always buy a few generic gifts like a calendar or a business card holder, and keep them in your desk, just in case. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email STOCK PHOTO/PEXELS.COM Avoid a festive faux pas: an office gift guide by Kaitlin Lee Posted Dec 2, 2016 8:01 am MDT read more

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On eve of Paris climate summit UN weather agency delivers bad news

The 2011-2015 five-year period has also been the warmest, with many extreme weather events, especially heatwaves, substantially exacerbated by human-induced climate change, in some cases by a factor of 10 or more, according to the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).“The state of the global climate in 2015 will make history for a number of reasons,” WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said, noting that this year’s climate has also been affected by El Niño, a cyclical weather pattern of devastating droughts and catastrophic floods that can affect scores of millions of people around the globe.“Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached new highs and in the Northern hemisphere spring 2015, the three-month global average concentration of CO2 (carbon dioxide), crossed the 400 parts per million barrier for the first time. As such, 2015 is likely to be the hottest year on record, with ocean surface temperatures at the highest level since measurements began.“It is probable that the 1°C Celsius threshold will be crossed. This is all bad news for the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing climate change, can be controlled. We have the knowledge and the tools to act. We have a choice. Future generations will not,” he stressed.This is the huge task facing world leaders when they gather in Paris on 30 November for a two-week summit that will seek to keep the global average temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.In its final report before the summit, widely known as COP21, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) last week highlighted multiple steps to immediately scale up reductions in human-caused greenhouse gas, from switching from emission-heavy fossil fuels to renewable energy, to better management of transportation and better use of land.This year’s El Niño, which is still gaining in strength and is on record to be among the strongest ever, is affecting weather patterns in many parts of the world and fuelled an exceptionally warm October, with its impact expected to continue into 2016.A preliminary estimate based on data from January to October shows that the global average surface temperature for 2015 was around 0.73 °C above the 1961-1990 average of 14°C and approximately 1°C above the pre-industrial 1880-1899 period, WMO reported, noting that South America and Asia are having their hottest year on record, and Africa and Europe their second hottest.The agency underscored the human element in global warming. It noted that of 79 studies published by Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society between 2011 and 2014, more than half found that anthropogenic climate change contributed to extreme events – the most consistent influence being on extreme heat – with some studies finding that the probability of the observed event has increased by 10 times or more.Examples include the record high seasonal and annual temperatures in the United States in 2012 and in Australia in 2013, hot summers in eastern Asia and Western Europe in 2013, heatwaves in spring and autumn 2014 in Australia, record annual warmth in Europe in 2014, and the Argentine heatwave of December 2013, WMO said.Longer-term events, which have not yet been the subject of formal attribution studies, are consistent with projections of near- and long-term climate change. These include increased incidence of multi-year drought in the subtropics, as manifested in the 2011-15 period in the southern United States, parts of southern Australia and southern Africa. There have also been events, such as the unusually prolonged, intense and hot dry seasons in the Amazon basin of Brazil in both 2014 and 2015 which, while they cannot yet be stated with confidence to be part of a long-term trend, are of considerable concern in the context of potential “tipping points” in the climate system. read more

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Ohio State baseball swept by Indiana in weekend series

Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn (left) throws the ball to 1st base during a game against Indiana March 28 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 6-4.Credit: Nick Deibel / Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team still has work to do if it wants to knock off reigning Big Ten champion Indiana.The Buckeyes (16-10, 2-4) showed signs of youth and inexperience while getting knocked around by the Hoosiers (15-10, 5-1), who swept a three-game series between the clubs.“I thought we played young,” coach Greg Beals said after his team lost the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, 7-1. “We made a lot of mistakes this weekend that younger teams make. The character of this ball club will be very important over the next week. When you face adversity, your character becomes defined and we’ll find out what we’re all about in the next week.”Bad weather postponed the middle game of the series from Saturday to Sunday, leading to the doubleheader.In the second game Sunday, freshman starting pitcher Tanner Tully got rattled early giving up one run in the first and three in the second.Tully settled in after that, and pitched five more innings, but the damage had already been done.The Hoosiers scored another in the seventh and two more off freshman Travis Lakins in the eighth to end the scoring and complete the sweep.Indiana’s sophomore starter Christian Morris dominated the Buckeye bats, giving up only three hits while pitching 7.2 innings.Redshirt-junior first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse had an RBI groundout in the fourth to prevent the shutout.In the first game Sunday, it was the Buckeyes who drew first blood.With two outs and two men on in the third, Dezse hit a double off junior pitcher Kyle Hart to score both runners.That was all the Buckeye offense would muster, though.Senior pitcher Greg Greve held the Hoosiers scoreless for four innings, but gave up two home runs in the fifth that doomed the Buckeyes.Junior catcher Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run shot to right and redshirt-junior outfielder Scott Donley lined a solo shot to right for the go-ahead run.The Hoosiers added another four runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to give them an 8-2 win.“These two games don’t characterize how we play at all,” Dezse said Sunday. “From the field it seemed like we were flat. In the dugout it seemed like we were flat. I don’t know really what was going on there, but I do know we will bounce back.”Friday saw a much closer game, but the Buckeyes still fell short.The Hoosiers struck first in the third on an RBI single by Donley off Buckeye junior starting pitcher Ryan Riga.Junior infielder Sam Travis added to the lead in the fifth with an RBI single to right.The bats finally came alive for the Buckeyes in the sixth when they got to senior pitcher Joey DeNato.With men on the corners, Dezse hit a single to left to cut the lead in half and give the Buckeyes some confidence.The Hoosiers answered right back, though, scoring two runs each in the seventh and eighth.Down five runs, the Buckeyes stayed resilient and battled their way back in the ninth.With the bases loaded, senior outfielder Tim Wetzel plated one with a groundout to second to start the rally.Sophomore infielder and RBI leader Troy Kuhn came up to bat with two on and two outs. He hit a ground ball to short and the throw to first was wide, allowing both runners to score but Kuhn was thrown out trying to advance to second as the Hoosiers took the series opener 6-4.Trying to prove they are among the nation’s elite, the Buckeyes couldn’t capitalize on a big opportunity this weekend against a participant from last years College World Series.“We’re all out there trying our hardest, but it just didn’t go our way this series,” Wetzel said. “They outplayed us. Flat out. It’s really disappointing. What we talked about after the game was how we’re going to respond and it’s going to be a turning point in the season.”With two midweek games coming up, Dezse said that things will be different for both of them.“It is going to change. Whether it’s needed by force or our guys just realizing that that’s not our ball club.” Dezse said.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to take on Ohio at Bill Davis Stadium April 1 at 6:35 p.m. read more

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Office culture needs to change to allow fathers to run off when

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. Businesses should be more sympathetic towards fathers who “run off from work” when their children are sick as it is seen as “not so acceptable”, a former Countryfile presenter has said.Julia Bradbury, 48, has called for a “cultural shift” in attitudes towards fathers in the workplace as she suggested spending time with family is not viewed as equally important for men and women.The former Countryfile host said her partner Gerard Cunningam is often to “go-to daddy” when it came to their three children because her work commitments mean she is often away filming.Speaking to Hello! magazine, she said: “Why is it not so acceptable for the father to run off from work to the child who has fallen over in school?”The workplace needs a cultural shift where it is as important for men to have family time as it is for women.”There’s a great expression, which goes something like: ‘We bring our daughters up to be more like men. When will we bring our sons up to be more like women?Talking about Mr Cunningham, a property developer, she added: “Gerry’s a very loving, caring parent, and his cuddles are as important as mine.”If I’m on the other side of the world or on a shoot up a mountain and you can’t get me because my phone’s off, he’s the go-to daddy.”Bradbury admitted she “felt pangs of guilt” about being away from seven-year-old son Zephyr and three-year-old twin daughters Xanthe and Zena while filming recently in Australia.She said: “I don’t buy into guilt. It can be a very negative emotion, and it clearly wasn’t going to help as this was a job – I had to do it.”You have to make peace with yourself and get on with it.” read more

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Amended bylaws for controversial parking meters approved

The return of the controversial Parking Meter project was on Wednesday confirmed following an extra-ordinary meeting among the Mayor and City Councillors which resulted in the contract’s amended by-laws being adopted. File photo: Town Clerk Royston King and Mayor, Patricia Chase-Greene“The Councillors, who have voted in favour of are 13. Councillors who have voted against are 2 and 2 Councillors are in abstention,” Deputy Town Clerk, Sherry Jerrick announced before the Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green declared the by-laws “approved.”The project was initially rolled out in late January 2017. However, citizens rejected the paid parking system and staged numerous protests in front of City Hall calling for the initiative to be revoked, since its fees were considered too burdensome.Moreover, the clandestine and unilateral way in which the contract was awarded to the contractor (Smart City Solutions Inc.) only fueled its rejection more. The project was then suspended by Central Government shortly after for the contract and its by-laws to be revised.Following re-negotiation, SCS and the M&CC reached a new agreement that will now see persons paying $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city.During the meeting today, while Councillors were granted the opportunity to debate the proposed amendments to the by-laws, Mayor Chase-Greene restricted them from discussing the contract and concessionaire, among other related aspects. This saw an instant rebuttal by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor, Bishram Kuppen who sought to point out that the by-laws are interconnected with the contract between the city and Smart City Solutions. He also asserted that Council is attempting to move forward with a contract whose legality is still being questioned and as such, advised that it not be proceeded with. File photo: A minibus with a clap from SCS for a parking violation“This contract is for forty years. A contract that did not come about in the approved manner. There were no public consultations; they were doing that after the fact. It was not publicly tendered as required by law. The Procurement law says that it has to be tendered and that was not done and they’re going about in many different ways to validate this contract which in my mind is illegal and should not be allowed to go on. “This contract, even though they amended, they’re saying 20 years, it is really for forty years because the contractor has a right of renewal for an additional 20 so each one of you will be on record as [forcing] this on the necks of the people of Georgetown for forty years. This contract is not a fair contract,” he argued. In addition, the other PPP Councillor, Khame Sharma while applauding the reduction of the parking meter fee to $150 an hour and $800 for eight hours of parking, noted that he could not support the project as there were too many questions left unanswered. Furthermore, Councillor Malcom Ferreira- while being one of the Councillors who voted in favour of metered parking- called for the decision to be placed on hold, until all court issues regarding the controversial parking meter project have been addressed. “If we truly care about the city and the citizens, we should not rush into rubber stamping the new by-laws without giving thought to all possible outcomes. Some may say that it’s a foregone conclusion that some people will oppose this whole metered parking regardless and that may be true. However, as elected Councillors we must not forego our responsibilities and duties in haste to arrive at a conclusion,” he explained.However, Councillor Heston Bostwick, as he expressed his unwavering support of the paid parking system, called for its speedy implementation. Meanwhile, with the amended by-laws now being approved, the Administration is mandated to have them on display in public spaces for a minimum of 14 days. This will allow persons viewing to write to City Hall and express their concerns. Further, after that 14 days the adopted by-laws is expected to be forwarded to the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan for his perusal and approval. If granted, it will then be gazetted. Among other conditions, the new by-laws provide for residents of the city to be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00-19:00hrs Monday to Friday while parking will be free on Saturdays.Under the modified contract, both parties have agreed to have an oversight committee set up to monitor, review, and manage the operation of the project. The committee is expected to have three representatives from City Hall, 3 from SCS, and one third party with the terms of reference for the committee expected to be agreed upon at a later date.The Committee’s report noted that during the renegotiations, the subject of share profit and contractual obligations were discussed and it was agreed to have it remain the same being the 20/80 M&CC-SCS for a period of 20 years. It was also disclosed that in the event of arbitration, the proceedings would be held in Miami, despite the jurisdiction being Guyana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuncan to contest Green for position of Georgetown MayorNovember 30, 2016In “latest news”Mayor says Council open to scrutiny as probe into parking meter contract calledOctober 3, 2017In “latest news”Public scrutiny period for amended parking meter by-laws extended- KingApril 24, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Child beauty pageant organiser plans second Irish contest

first_imgORGANISERS OF THE controversial ‘child beauty’ pageant held in Ireland in September are planning a return visit.The event provoked widespread criticism earlier this year. Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald and CEO of children’s charity Barnardos Fergus Finlay were amongst those who condemned the format, with the latter saying such contests were “exploitative” and damaging.Several hotels, including the Bracken Court in Balbriggan, backed out of involvement in the pageant as the controversy grew. It was eventually held in Corrigan’s Kitchen in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.Many contestants who had initially signed-up to take part pulled out on the day, with just 20 children participating. Parents had been critical of organisers’ lack of communication following publicity surrounding the change of venue.The Texas-based ‘Universal Royalty’ announced plans for a return visit via its Twitter account. Eden Wood, the now-retired ‘child beauty queen’ who gained fame on the Toddlers and Tiaras reality show, is expected to be involved once again.The second Irish pageant could take place at a venue in Cork before Christmas, the company’s boss Annette Hill is quoted as saying in several Irish newspapers this morning.Read: Dublin hotel pulls out of hosting child beauty pageant >Also: Heavy makeup, high heels and frilly dresses ‘inappropriate’ on pageant children >last_img read more

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Costello calls for urgent international response to CAR crisis

first_imgTHE NEED FOR stronger international action to help end the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic has been underlined by Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello TD today.Yesterday, fresh fighting was reported in the CAR as the deadline closed for candidates seeking to be chosen by parliament as the new interim president.There were reports of “some violence nearly everywhere”, with people being “in a desperate situation” and worries that it would get even worse as the election approaches.Some 4,400 African troops and 1,600 French soldiers have been deployed to the CAR to try to restore order in the impoverished country that was plunged into chaos and sectarian violence following a March 2013 coup.Minister Costello was speaking before a high-level meeting on the crisis that is due to take place in Brussels tomorrow morning. It will bring together representatives from EU member states, neighbouring countries, the UN and NGO to discuss the issue.Minister Costello noted that he recently announced funding of €2 million to the UN to support its efforts to provide the most vulnerable in the Central African Republic with food, water, shelter, healthcare and education.“This brings Ireland’s total contribution to the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund for the Central African Republic since it was established in 2008 to €14 million,” he said.He said that the crisis is affecting the country’s entire population, and “they need the support of the international community not just now but into the future, if we are to prevent the violence of recent months from happening again”.Costello said he is “gravely concerned at the impact of the violence on children”.I call for all those who have perpetrated acts of violence against civilians and contravened international human rights law to be held accountable without delay.He added that he hopes tomorrow’s meeting will help to focus the efforts of the international community.At the meeting, a wide range of stakeholders will hear about the impact of the response to date and the challenges faced by humanitarian agencies. Participants will also discuss key humanitarian priorities for the coming months.Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD is also in Brussels to attend a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council at which the crisis in the Central African Republic will be discussed. – Additional reporting AFPRead: Fresh fighting in Central African Republic as presidential vote looms>last_img read more

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Nightmare for Obama as US confirms that troops will return to Iraq

first_img“I think there is an onus on the administration to engage in problem solving rather than simply crisis management and that means talking to all the parties in the region, particularly the Iranians.”Iran is a long-time US foe but has a shared interest in protecting Maliki’s Shiite-led government, and Washington has not ruled out talks on Iraq.Yesterday, the US and Iran held “brief discussions” on the crisis in Vienna, on the sidelines of pre-planned negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said.It is yet to be determined “if we want to keep talking to Iran about Iraq,” she added.The idea of ongoing discussions will likely be anathema to many in Washington, and the idea has already come under attack from the right, which sees it as another sign of America losing its leadership role.“The United States should be seeking to minimize greater Iranian involvement in Iraq right now, not encouraging it,” declared Senator John McCain.“That means rapid, decisive US action to degrade (ISIL) and halt their offensive in Iraq. The longer we wait to act, the more our Iraqi partners grow dependent on the Iranian regime.”© – AFP 2014Read: Iraqis flee violence as US considers drone strikes on militants >Read: Militants post terrifying images of captured Iraqi soldiers > Obama and First Lady return to the White House from a trip to California. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesLast week, Obama said he would take a few days to study his options. Since then, the ISIL militant group that had captured Mosul has only made further gains against Iraqi government forces.The Sunni extremist faction, fighting civil wars on two fronts in Iraq and Syria, has boasted on Twitter of having killed 1,700 Shiite prisoners — a claim denounced in Washington.Late last month, in a major foreign policy address delivered before a graduating class at the West Point military academy, Obama expressed caution about new military adventures.“Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail,” the commander-in-chief insisted.But since then, officials as senior as Secretary of State John Kerry have signaled that he has not ruled out some form of military response to ISIL’s brazen aggression.We have been here before.Last year, Washington was braced for Obama to announce air strikes to punish Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons. Obama declined.For many, Obama’s reluctance to engage has proved a mistake. As Syria has plunged deeper into civil war, Assad’s opponent ISIL has gained in strength on both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier.When asked about the eventual deployment of American troops, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: “The president was very clear that we will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq.”But she noted that Washington had been “steadily increasing its security assistance” to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government over the past year, including in training and intelligence. Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against ISIL. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Iran dilemma Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, said a proper response might involve Washington reaching out to a fairly unlikely sounding new regional partner.“What’s happening in Mosul is a wake-up call for the administration that the crisis in Syria is never simply going to stay in Syria and that crisis management is going to entail American leadership,” she said.center_img BARACK OBAMA RETURNED to Washington after a brief family break in California to find himself confronted once again by the nightmare from which America thought it had escaped: Iraq.Obama confirmed to congressional leaders that 275 US military personnel are being deployed there to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad.The force “is equipped for combat,” he wrote.Obama ran for the White House as a young leader who opposed the 2003 US invasion, and then won re-election as the steady hand who had finally withdrawn American troops eight years later.But now his generals have brought out the old map once again and the 44th president — like the 41st, 42nd and 43rd — is contemplating new military action against targets in Iraq.Without putting large numbers of US boots on the ground, Obama’s best option to counter a lightning offensive by Sunni extremist militants that have threatened the Baghdad government may be strikes from the air.But, whether he limits action to drone strikes, cruise missile salvoes or bombardment from carrier-based aircraft, he will be taking a step he wanted to avoid: expanding US action in the Middle East. ’Range of options’ On Monday night, Obama met with his national security team after returning from California.“The purpose of that meeting would be to hear from members of his national security team directly about their ongoing efforts to present him with a range of options,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters prior to the meeting.last_img read more

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Whitman Fiorina Lose

first_imgThe two former tech executives vying to help run California both failed to capture their respective seats in last night’s midterm elections.Former eBay head Meg Whitman failed to beat our former California governor Jerry Brown in his run for his old job. Whitman conceded last night at 11:45PM, bringing an end to her pricey $140 million campaign. “We’ve come up a little short, but I could not be prouder of the race we ran,” Whitman told a crowd of her supporters, adding that it’s “time for Californians to unite behind the common cause of turning around the state we love.” Fellow Republican and former eBay chief Carly Fiorina, meanwhile, failed to capture the seat of Senate veteran Barbara Boxer. Fiorina was less eager to concede her race than Whitman. After Boxer delivered a victory speech, Fiorina told her supporters, “We might not know for many, many more hours,” adding that the night’s Republican victories were, “a fantastic sweep across the nation.”last_img read more

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A gender equality paradox Countries with more gender equality have fewer female

first_img Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 10:30 AM 88 Comments Short URL COUNTRIES WITH GREATER gender equality see a smaller proportion of women taking degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), a new study has found.Dubbed the “gender equality paradox”, the research found that countries such as Albania and Algeria have a greater percentage of women amongst their STEM graduates than countries lauded for their high levels of gender equality, such as Finland, Norway and Sweden.The researchers, from Leeds Beckett University and the University of Missouri, believe this might be because countries with less gender equality often have little welfare support, making the choice of a relatively high-paid STEM career more attractive.The study, published in Psychological Science, also examined what motivates girls and boys to study STEM subjects, including overall ability, interest or enjoyment in the subject and whether science subjects were a personal academic strength.Research methodThe researchers used data on 475,000 teenagers across 67 countries or regions for the study.They found that while boys’ and girls’ achievements in STEM subjects were broadly similar, science was more likely to be boys’ best subject. Girls, even with their ability in science equalled or excelled that of boys, were often likely to be better overall in reading comprehensions, which relates to higher ability in non-STEM subjects.Girls also tended to register a lower interest in science subjects. These differences were near-universal across all the countries and regions studied.Professor of psychology Gijsbert Stoet said this could explain some of the gender disparity in STEM participation.“The further you get in secondary and then higher education, the more subjects you need to drop until you end with just one. We are inclined to choose what we are best at and also enjoy. This makes sense and matches common school advice.So, even though girls can match boys in terms of how well they do at science and mathematics in school, if those aren’t their best subjects and they are less interested in them, then they’re less likely to choose to study something else. Conversely, in counties with fewer economic opportunities, or where employment might be precarious, a well-paid and relatively secure STEM career can be more attractive to women.Despite extensive efforts to increase participation of women in STEM, levels have remained broadly stable for decades, but these findings could help target interventions to make them more effective, the researchers said.“It’s important to take into account that girls are choosing not to study STEM for what they feel are valid reasons, so campaigns that target all girls may be a waste of energy and resources,” Professor Stoet said.“If governments want to increase women’s participation in STEM, a more effective strategy might be to target the girls who are clearly being lost from the STEM pathway – those for whom science and maths are their best subjects and who enjoy it but still don’t choose it,” he said.“If we can understand their motivations, then interventions can be designed to help them change their minds.”Read: NUIG scientists develop new method of fighting breast cancerMore: 6 ‘truths’ about epilepsy that are actually total myths Girls studying STEMThe researchers then looked at how many girls might be expected to choose to further study in STEM-based areas on these criteria.They took the number of girls in each country who had the necessary ability in STEM, and for whom it was also their best subject, and compared this to the number of women graduating in STEM.The results show that there is a disparity in all countries, but with the gap once again larger in more gender equal countries.In the UK, 29% of STEM graduates are female, whereas 48% of UK girls might be expected to take those subjects based on science ability alone. This drops to 39% when both science ability and interest in the subject are taken into account.“Although countries with greater gender equality tend to be those where women are actively encouraged to participate in STEM, they lose more girls from an academic STEM track who might otherwise choose it, based on their personal academic strengths,” Co-researcher professor David Geary said.“Broader economic factors appear to contribute to the higher participation of women in STEM in countries with low gender equality and the lower participation in gender-equal countries.”Countries with higher gender equality tend also to be welfare states, providing a high level of social security for their citizens, compared to those with lower gender equality which tend to have less secure and more difficult living conditions. Using the UNESCO overall life satisfaction figures as a proxy for economic opportunity and hardship, the researchers found that in more gender equal countries, overall life satisfaction was higher.Professor Stoet said:STEM careers are generally secure and well-paid but the risks of not following such a path can vary. In more affluent counties, where any choice of career feels relatively safe, women may feel able to make choices based on non-economic factors. Share500 Tweet Email21 http://jrnl.ie/3848156 File photo Image: sirtravelalot via Shutterstockcenter_img By Hayley Halpin Feb 18th 2018, 10:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: sirtravelalot via Shutterstock 167,054 Views ‘A gender equality paradox’: Countries with more gender equality have fewer female STEM grads The researchers believe this might be because countries with less gender equality often have little welfare support. File photolast_img read more

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Cosmic Quirk Shines Light On Most Distant Star Ever Seen

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor If something good happens in your life, is it not because the stars have aligned.Unless you’re a team of very lucky astronomers.Thanks to a celestial quirk in 2016, stargazers were able to spot Icarus—an enormous blue star normally too far to view, even with the world’s largest telescopes.A phenomenon called “gravitational lensing,” in which a cluster of galaxies acts as a magnifying glass for distant stars, helped amplify Icarus’s paltry glow, enough for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to pinpoint the farthest individual star ever seen.“This is the first time we’re seeing a magnified, individual star,” study leader Patrick Kelly said in a statement. “You can see individual galaxies out there, but this star is at least 100 times farther away than the next individual star we can study, except for supernova explosions.”Icarus, whose official name is MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star 1, is concealed in a distant spiral galaxy, so far away that its light took 9 billion years to reach Earth.The team of discoverers—including Jose Diego of the Instituto de Física de Cantabria, Spain; Steven Rodney of the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and Kelly, from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities—were following a supernova two years ago when they noticed a nearby point of light.It turns out they uncovered a blue supergiant star, which, despite being larger, more massive, hotter, and brighter than our sun, still requires the amplification of gravitational lensing to see with an incredibly powerful telescope.But how did Kelly & Co. know this wasn’t just another supernova?“The source isn’t getting hotter; it’s not exploding. The light is just being magnified,” Kelly explained. “And that’s what you expect from gravitational lensing.”Astronomers hope that next year’s scheduled launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will help uncover more stars like Icarus, named after the Greek mythological character who flew too near the sun on wings of feather and wax that melted.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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