QUEBEC — Finance Minister Eric Girard tabled the Coalition Avenir Quebec government’s first budget on Thursday. Here are some highlights:— Balanced books for the fifth straight year in Quebec, with a forecast surplus of $2.5 billion on total revenue of $115.6 billion, including $24.9 billion in federal transfers. The surplus will go to a fund aimed at lowering the province’s debt.— Estimated gross debt of $200.8 billion as of March 31, 2019. That represents 46.1 per cent of gross domestic product, continuing a downward trend from a peak of 54.3 per cent five years ago.— Expected economic growth of 1.8 per cent in 2019 and 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from 2.3 per cent in 2018.— Increase in overall spending of 5.0 per cent, with health and social services (5.4 per cent) and education (5.1 per cent) accounting for most of the increase.— Gradual elimination of daycare surcharge introduced by previous government, affecting 140,000 families this year. It will be eliminated in 2022, saving families a total of $185 million a year.— Reduction in school taxes over three years with the goal of reaching a single rate across the province, based on the lowest current rate. The cost to the province is set at $200 million in 2019-20.— Additional funding of $280 million a year as of 2019-20 in home care for seniors.— A $1-billion spending envelope to support so-called strategic businesses and retain head offices in the province.— First step toward universal pre-kindergarten for four-year-olds, with 250 classes added as of September 2019 and $1 billion budgeted over five years.— A plan to add an extra hour to the high school day for sports, arts and homework help, which will begin in 140 schools this year. The program will cost $21 million in 2019-20, rising to $124 million in 2021-22.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The city and its partners will review planning for the Raptors’ victory parade that drew unprecedented crowds to the downtown, some of whom found themselves caught in a terrifying situation when gunfire erupted late in the proceedings, Toronto Mayor John Tory said on Tuesday.Some experts were critical of the planning for a parade that ran hours late due to clogged roads on a route and ended at an overflowing square in front of city hall, where about a million people spent hours without ready access to water or washrooms — or a safe way to get out in an emergency.Police acted fast to deal with the “scary moment” of gunfire, Tory said, as he denounced the “reckless actions” of those who took firearms to the celebration and praised organizers for their “extraordinary effort.”“This was a massive event, the likes of which our city has never seen before,” said Tory, who had urged employers in the city to give their staff time off to show up for the celebration. “They had three days to plan this parade.”Brad Ross, a spokesman for the city, said the review led by the city’s manager would look at all aspects of the event — among them the route, security and barriers used. Ross, too, said things went “extraordinary well” given the short planning time frame.“We had from Thursday to plan fully,” Ross said. “There were some discussions in advance of last Thursday, but couldn’t get into nitty-gritty until they won.”Paul Wertheimer, head of Los Angeles-based consulting company Crowd Management Strategies, called it unfathomable that detailed planning only began after the Raptors clinched the championship. Contingency plans, he said, should have been in place since it became apparent that the team were serious contenders.“It’s not like a storm that came out of nowhere,” Wertheimer said from Chicago on Tuesday. “You don’t wait to the last minute. If you only have a few days to do it, you can’t do it right.”One of the most important aspects of the plan, Wertheimer said, should have been to limit the number of people allowed into Nathan Phillips Square. Failure to do so, he said, leads to safety issues such as crowd crush and a lack of a way for people — who assume the event is being properly managed — to exit in an orderly and timely manner in an emergency.Police and city estimates put the crowds downtown on Monday at somewhere between one million and two million people — probably a Canadian record. Apart from the four people wounded in the shooting, police and paramedics reported few other injuries or issues.The city said Raptors owners, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, was in charge of putting the event together.“Pre-planning with the operations parties involved began at the start of the NBA Finals, with the plans being activated, of course, once the Raptors officially won,” said company spokesman Dave Haggith. “We will be conducting debrief sessions with unified command and operations stakeholders to implement appropriate measures for future events of this scale.”Russ Simons, managing partner with Tennessee-based Venue Solutions Group, said it would have been difficult to predict the outsize crowd of rapturous fans who came out for the parade.“It’s obviously at its most extreme when you have a championship like the NBA Finals — especially for a franchise that’s never had one before,” Simmons said from Los Angeles. “I don’t think that’s something anybody could reasonably anticipate. That creates a cascading effect.”Keith Still, a professor of crowd science at Manchester Metropolitan University, said the parade’s slow going due to crowding was appropriate.“The last thing you want to do at these events is get heavy handed and start imposing crowd controls because that can create significantly more safety problems,” Still said.Still commended police for their handling of the shooting. Contrast that, he said, with the response to the London Bridge attack in 2017, when it took several hours to get to the injured.—With a file from Liam CaseyColin Perkel, The Canadian Press
The team from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) will support the UN country team already in Madagascar and the African country’s authorities as they determine what emergency supplies and facilities are needed to avert further deaths and diseases. Madagascar has been battered by six cyclone or tropical storms since December, with tropical storm Jaya striking last week, causing flooding and forcing many inhabitants to seek shelter at higher ground. The city of Maroantsetra in the northeast was isolated by rising waters, and its airport was forced to close temporarily. But OCHA officials said they expect the flood waters to recede relatively quickly now Jaya has passed. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has obtained more than $1.6 million in emergency supplies, although its distribution operations have been hampered by the lack of access to some of the affected areas in the country’s north. The World Food Programme (WFP) is also helping in efforts to bring aid to areas where it can be reached by cyclone survivors. OCHA said last week that it is most concerned about a possible rise in child and maternal mortality in the wake of the storms because of malnutrition, lack of sanitation and poor access to basic health-care services. Tens of thousands of hectares of rice, the basic food source for the Malagasy, have been destroyed by the floods. The Office described the planned national immunization and preventative health programme for the week beginning 23 April as critical and urged that it be carried out in all areas. The programme includes giving vitamin A to children and pregnant women, as well as offering de-worming treatment and measles vaccinations. 9 April 2007The United Nations humanitarian arm has dispatched a five-member disaster assessment and coordination team to Madagascar, where relief operations are under way after the sixth cyclone of the season struck the island nation last week.
by Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2014 10:34 pm MDT Cat lovers pounce at chance of spending time with felines at new Northern California cat cafe OAKLAND, Calif. – Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland.Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed cookies.The cafe opened last month and has been full since opening day. It was inspired by the cat cafe craze in Japan, where many people live in cramped high-rise apartments that don’t allow pets.But while in Japan making feline friends became popular therapy for lonely or anxious workers, at the Oakland coffee shop the focus is on the cats.The tuxedo, orange tabby, and Siamese cats napping or stretching in the sun in Cat Town come from a local shelter and are available for adoption.“Most of them have been at the shelter for four months or more. So as much as this is a super fun experience, it’s really a mission-driven project to get the cats out of the shelter and into great homes,” said Ann Dunn, founder of Cat Town Oakland, a non-profit group that helps place cats least likely to be adopted from the Oakland Animal Shelter.She said there were 14 adoptions in their first 12 days.For a $10 donation to the organization, visitors get one hour of kitty company in the cafe, where they can play with felines, get a back or stomach kneading session, and watch them nap. Each person is given a designated time window to make sure there are not too many people at once in the room with cartoon-like, bright murals of cats.Cat naps are very popular at the cafe but Christina Souza, who visited the cafe a recent afternoon, didn’t seem to mind.“I think it’s fun. It’s great. It’s exciting. Why not have more venues where cats can let out their fun personalities?” Souza said.Cat cafes are now open in London, Vienna and Paris and Cat Town founders believe their coffee shop is the first of its kind in the United States. That may change soon as a half dozen new cat cafes are set to open in the U.S. next year, most of them along the West Coast. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
As expected, Ohio State junior point guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft. The announcement marked the end of his time at OSU, and the focus now turns to Turner’s life as a professional basketball player.After withdrawing from classes, Turner will begin preparing himself for the draft, which will take place on June 24. The first step will likely be hiring an agent, and then presumably select a location to train, something that Turner says shouldn’t be too difficult of a decision.“I haven’t really fully selected an agent yet because I just made the decision last night,” Turner said. “I’m not sure where I’m going to work out or anything like that, but anywhere where there’s a rim and a ball that’s fine.”OSU coach Thad Matta said he spoke with NBA scouts and that they had plenty of good things to say about Turner. Matta couldn’t say specifically where scouts told him Turner would be drafted.“I think he’s going to be in really good shape,” Matta said. “They love a lot of things about his game.”The consensus is that Turner will be at least a top three pick, and possibly be drafted behind only Kentucky’s John Wall, who also declared for the draft Wednesday. As such a high pick, it is likely, if not definite, that Turner will play for one of the league’s worst teams.Depending on how the draft plays out, Turner could end up in a New Jersey Nets uniform, a team that may end the year with 70 losses. For someone who Matta said is one of the most competitive players he’s ever coached, the futility may be difficult to handle.But Turner said it is just all part of the process.“I don’t plan on losing, but if it happens I always say you have to pay your dues,” Turner said. “The most important part is learning from your losses. You have to have confidence and be committed to the mission.”The question remains, however, what position will the Buckeye point guard play in the NBA?In his first two years at OSU, Turner played mostly forward before making the move to the point. The lack of a true point guard on the Buckeye roster may have forced the move, but Turner thrived at the position en route to winning a bevy of national awards.With his size and myriad of skills on the offensive end, however, the possibility remains that he could play a number of different positions. Turner said he doesn’t know what position he expects to play, but he doesn’t plan on preparing any differently.“I just think I’m a basketball player,” Turner said. “I don’t know, I’m not the coach and I don’t know what type of coach or staff I’m going to have.“I’m just going to do the same thing I’ve been doing, be the first one in the gym and the last one out of it.”
Man questioned after Revenue seizes more than 27,000 illegal cigarettes The discovery was made after a vehicle that arrived from France was searched. By Stephen McDermott Short URL Monday 13 May 2019, 6:20 PM A MAN IN his 30s has been questioned after more than 27,000 contraband cigarettes were seized in Co Wexford earlier today.The seizure was made at Rosslare Europort this morning, when a Revenue dog found 27,360 cigarettes after an Irish-registered vehicle was stopped and searched after arriving from Cherbourg in France.The illegal cigarettes, which were branded Marlboro Gold, had a retail value of over €17,000 and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of almost €14,000.An Irish man was questioned in relation to the seizure, and investigations are ongoing with a view to a prosecution. Share1 Tweet Email2 Image: Revenue 18 Comments Image: Revenue May 13th 2019, 6:20 PM 12,130 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4633091
Halliburton has agreed to a $1.1 billion settlement stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and killed 11 people, attorneys for the company and plaintiffs said Tuesday.The settlement seeks to put to bed most of the claims filed against the oil field services giant by individuals and businesses affected by the spill, including commercial fishermen and charter boat operators and individual fishermen or hunters in certain areas who depended on their catch for subsistence, attorneys with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Deepwater Horizon litigation said.“Halliburton stepped up to the plate and agreed to provide a fair measure of compensation to people and businesses harmed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy,” attorneys Stephen Herman and James Roy said in a statement from the committee.According to Halliburton, the agreement covers:• Claims against Halliburton stemming from a class-action settlement between BP and thousands of individuals and businesses who had reported damage as a result of the disaster.• Punitive damages against Halliburton by plaintiffs who said they suffered property damage or losses related to the commercial fishing industry.• Affirmation that Halliburton has no liability for damages stemming from BP’s 2012 $7.8 billion class-action settlement.The settlement must be approved by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.Halliburton pleaded guilty last year to destroying evidence, including results of internal tests conducted after the spill that were designed to evaluate the soundness of advice the company gave to BP before the explosion.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on December 27th, 2017 at 05:03 pmA new species of bumblebee was discovered in Denali National Park – something that hasn’t happened in more than a century. In the most current list in the North American Guide of Bumble Bee Species, there are 23 species listed in Alaska. Others are infected by nematodes — a parasite that causes queen bees to fly aimlessly and unable to make a nest. Scientists are keeping a close eye on the insects, concerned about decline. Her survey work was housed in the labs at the UA Museum of the North, where scientists has been a buzz about the new species, saying the big difference between the species in the park has to do with the length of the cheek on the face. The difference is consistent, but slight, and can be only determined by careful identification under a microscope. National Park Service entomologist Jessica Rykken discovered the new species while out surveying bee pollinators around Denali, confirmed by a specialist in England. Rykken has been studying of bees ranges from larger species to smaller solitary nesting bees. The new species has a slightly unusual body shape and hair length. Like the rapidly declining bee populations stateside, scientists have determined that the Alaskan bees have tested positive for Nosema, a microsporidian or small, unicellular parasite that mainly affects colony size and causes some bees to produce less offspring, The main reasons for the global bees-decline are industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens and climate change. The loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat and lack of forage due to monocultures and bee-killing pesticides are particular threats for honeybees and wild pollinators. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-new-bee-species-confirmed-in-denali.mp3VmDorene-on-new-bee-species-confirmed-in-denali.mp300:00RPd
Parsons, who is set to become the chairman of Citigroup, described Time Inc. as an “old boys club” and Ann Moore’s improbable climb up the corporate ladder.“She was relentlessly optimistic,” he said. “Ann is the most complete and effective magazine executive I know.”In a videotaped tribute, Jeffrey Bewkes, Parsons’ successor, quipped that getting a lifetime achievement award “means you’re about to die.”Moore, who accepted the Henry Johnson Fisher award, outlined the 10 reasons she’s optimistic about the industry’s future (no. 1: “We’re not in the newspaper business”), the need for editors (“good, fact-based information is not going away”) and recalled the “good ‘ol days” of three martini lunches—when her office at Time Inc. included a “fully-stocked bar with fifths of every liquor from every advertiser.” As an industry, she said, “we’ve sobered up.”Late last year, Time Inc. laid off as many as 600 employees in a broad restructuring, part of what Moore said Thursday was “getting our house in order.” ‘Yes, Even Some Straight Men’ Today show host Matt Lauer, introducing Stewart’s entry into the Magazine Hall of Fame, joked about Stewart’s past. “I commend [the MPA] for ignoring your persistent steroid use,” Lauer said. (There was no mention of the imClone stock scandal nor Stewart’s subsequent jail term.)Lauer spoke of Martha’s universal appeal among women, men “and, yes, even some straight men.”Of his friendship with Stewart, a frequent guest on the Today show, he added: “The only thing we haven’t done is have sex—and if you would’ve just put down the glue gun that might’ve happened, too.”Stewart recalled her struggle to find a backer to launch Martha Stewart Living—Si Newhouse founded the prototype but ultimately declined—and her decision to buy the magazine back from Time Inc. after an executive confronted her about working from her Westport, Connecticut home, rather than Manhattan. Said Stewart: “I wasn’t good about following the hierarchal chain of command.” NEW YORK—There were no mentions of “layoffs” at the Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards. Not at Time Inc. or Condé Nast or Reader’s Digest.For any industry besieged by cutbacks, closures and plummeting revenues, the 300 or so executives gathered here at the Plaza Hotel Thursday to honor Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore and Martha Stewart seemed to be taking a break from that harsh reality, and were making a painstaking effort to stay upbeat.SEE RELATED SLIDEHOW: MPA Lifetime Achievement Awards In an unscripted introduction, former Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons, joked about his tenure as CEO as the worst in the company’s history. “We managed to vaporize $200 million in shareholder value,” he said. “Today, that seems like nothing.”
News Fiona Apple: “I Wanted To Stay Friends With Him And I Never Got His Number” Facebook In a video, The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter expresses how she really felt about Mac Miller and copes with reflections on what might have beenPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 10, 2018 – 12:39 pm The death by overdose of Mac Miller on Sept. 7 has reverberated through the weekend with artists, fans and music lovers reflecting on our collective loss. GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Fiona Apple shared her own heartfelt, impromptu memory with Miller and expressed her sadness over not having been able to make music with him.”I wanted to stay friends with him and I never got his number,” captured Fiona Apple’s wistfulness, as did the grief-stricken gaze in her video. She concluded with the thought, “He’s still around, I hope.”She also left further comments on Tumblr and is in company with Elton John and many others, trying to cope with the destruction of his young talent. John said the loss was “inconceivable” in a performance tribute during his tour.Fiona Apple discovered another connection to Mac Miller’s work through Jon Brion, the producer of her GRAMMY-nominated album Extraordinary Machine. It was almost a month ago that Mac Miller’s latest album Swimming was released, produced by Brion, who also won Best Rap Album at the 48th GRAMMY Awards for his work on Kanye West’s Late Registration.”And I remember that we were talking about music, and I remember that he was talking about how much he loved Jon Brion,” she said. “And now I just found out that Jon produced his last record. So I’m going to go listen to that and keep him alive that way.”Connections through music and connections through memories are overlapping with our growing knowledge of struggles many face and the many gifts lost to the world by overdose. Mac Miller is only the latest casualty to inner sorrow and substance abuse. However we cope with their being gone, hope that this rising toll slows is also in our reflections.Report: Musicians More Likely To Struggle With Mental Health & Substance AbuseRead more Twitter Email Fiona Apple’s Touching Mac Miller Tribute fiona-apple-i-wanted-stay-friends-him-and-i-never-got-his-number-0
Anchorage Democratic Sen. Johnny Ellis and Wasilla Republican Sen. Charlie Huggins announced they won’t seek re-election.Download AudioSen. Johnny Ellis fields a question at a Senate Minority press availability in March. (Photo by Skip Gray, Gavel Alaska)Ellis and Huggins joined two other senators — Chugiak Republican Bill Stoltze and Anchorage Republican Lesil McGuire — in deciding against running again.Ellis said he felt a sense of accomplishment from the Legislature passing the criminal justice overhaul aimed at reducing recidivism and the number of nonviolent prisoners.But he also expressed disappointment that the Legislature hadn’t passed a plan to improve the state’s fiscal outlook.“I felt … a great sense of frustration about the lack of a fiscal plan – progress on a fiscal plan this year,” Ellis said. “I think it’s a failure of this Legislature.”Democrats Tom Begich and Ed Wesley are running to succeed Ellis. Republicans Wasilla Rep. Lynn Gattis and David Wilson are running for Huggins’ Senate seat.Palmer Rep. Shelley Hughes is running against Adam Crum and Steve St. Clair for the Republican nomination to succeed Stoltze. The winner will face Democrat Samantha Laudert-Rodgers and nonpartisan candidate Tim Hale.Anchorage Rep. Craig Johnson will face Jeffrey Landfield and Natasha Von Imhof for the Republican nomination to replace McGuire. Roselynn Cacy and Forrest McDonald are competing for the Democratic nomination for the seat, while nonpartisan candidate Tom Johnson also is seeking to succeed McGuire.In addition to the three representatives who are seeking to move up to the Senate – Gattis, Hughes, and Johnson – two other Republicans aren’t running for re-election to the House. They are Mike Hawker of Anchorage and Kurt Olson of Soldotna.
© 2010 PhysOrg.com Sustainable nuclear energy moves a step closer Citation: GE and Hitachi want to use nuclear waste as a fuel (2010, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-ge-hitachi-nuclear-fuel.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Conventional nuclear power plants in the US only harness around five percent of the energy of nuclear fuels. The reprocessing technique would separate nuclear waste into different types of fuels, some of which can be used in conventional nuclear power plants, and some of which can only be used in advanced fast neutron reactors. Reprocessing of nuclear waste to extract more useable fuel has been criticized in the US because it produces pure plutonium, which could be stolen and used to make nuclear weapons. To get around this difficulty, GE Hitachi’s proposed method produces a fuel that is much harder to steal.The GE Hitachi process separates wastes from conventional nuclear power plants into three streams, by applying voltage to a molten salt. The first waste material consists of the products of fission, which cannot be further used as fuel and will need to be stored, but the storage time required is reduced from tens of thousands of years to a few hundred years (although a small fraction of the material will still need to be stored for over 10,000 years). The second material is uranium that does not have enough fissile material to be used in the light water uranium reactors in the US, which need enriched uranium, but it can be used by deuterium (heavy water) uranium reactors, which are used in Canada. The final group of waste products is a mixture of transuranic elements including plutonium and neptunium. The plutonium is not separated from the other elements, and the mixture releases 1,000 times more heat and 10,000 times more neutrons than pure plutonium. This makes it much harder to steal, and therefore less of a security risk, and it is also much easier to detect. The mixture of transuranic elements can be used in nuclear reactors that use molten sodium as the coolant rather than water, and this type is used in Japan and a few other countries. GE Hitachi has designed a reactor known as the PRISM reactor that would be able to use the mixed fuel, but sodium cooled reactors have not been approved for use in the US.A GE Hitachi spokesman said previous US administrations had little interest in re-using spent nuclear fuel, but the Obama administration is increasing support for nuclear power and looking at possibilities such as reprocessing. If adopted, the proposal would significantly decrease the amount of dangerous nuclear waste that needs to be stored. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — One of the world’s biggest providers of nuclear reactors, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (a joint venture of General Electric and Hitachi), wants to reprocess nuclear waste for use as a fuel in advanced nuclear power plants, instead of burying it in waste repositories such as that proposed at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.
A part of a U.S. Destroyer hit by a Japanese mine in World War II was finally discovered in the waters off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, almost 75 years to the day since it was sunk. Sonar and video have shown the stern of the USS Abner Read, torn off the destroyer on August 18, 1943, some 290 feet below the surface of the Bering Sea, which is near the island of Kiska in Alaska.A NOAA-funded team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware discovered the missing 75-foot section.USS Abner Read (DD-526), 1943.Seventy-one U.S. Navy Sailors were lost in the aftermath of the blast during this early campaign of World War II. For the families of the sailors, the final resting place of those loved ones lost in the predawn hours of August 18th had remained unknown.On July 17, 2018, the team of scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware discovered the missing 75-foot stern section in 290 feet of water off of Kiska, one of only two United States territories to be occupied by foreign forces in the last 200 years.Sidscan Sonar of Abner Read Stern Image courtesy of Kiska Alaska’s Underwater Battlefield expedition.“This is a significant discovery that will shed light on this little-known episode in our history,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “It’s important to honor these U.S. Navy Sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”The Abner Read was on patrol at about 1:50 a.m. Alaska time when the massive explosion — which has always been presumed to be from a Japanese mine — ripped the destroyer apart. Somehow the crew kept the main part of Abner Read’s hull watertight, and two nearby Navy ships towed it back to port.USS Abner Read (DD-526) lost most of her stern to a mine explosion in August 1943.“This was catastrophic damage that by all rights should have sunk the entire ship,” said Sam Cox, Curator of the Navy and director of the Naval History and Heritage Command.The destroyer was repaired and went on to fight in several battles in the Pacific before being destroyed in November 1944 by a Japanese dive bomber in a kamikaze attack during the battle of Leyte Gulf. Abner Read received four battle stars for her World War II service.Kiska Island Survey Areas. Image courtesy of CORDC, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.Finding the ship’s lost stern was a chief goal of the July mission to document the underwater battlefield off Kiska. In addition to NOAA and Scripps, the project was supported by Project Recover, a public-private partnership that uses 21st century science and technology and archival and historical research to find the final underwater resting places of Americans missing in action since WWII.Multibeam of Abner Read Stern. Image courtesy of Kiska Alaska’s Underwater Battlefield expedition.Historians have shown new interest in studying battles on Kiska and Attu, the Aleutian islands that were attacked and occupied by as many as 7,200 Japanese forces from June 1942 to mid-August 1943, but this Kiska mission was the first to thoroughly explore the underwater portion of the battlefield.The number 5 (aft deck) five-inch gun of the USS Abner Read imaged via the project’s remotely operated vehicle. Image courtesy of Kiska: Alaska’s Underwater Battlefield expedition.Many ships, aircraft and submarines from both the United States and Japan were lost during the 15-month campaign to reclaim this corner of America. Now, recent advancements in undersea technology, many developed by the Office of Naval Research, are helping to reveal the forgotten histories of long-ago valor.After multibeam sonar mounted to the side of the research ship Norseman II identified a promising target, the team sent down a deep-diving, remotely operated vehicle to capture live video for confirmation.Wreckage of the USS Abner Read. Image courtesy of Kiska: Alaska’s Underwater Battlefield expedition.“There was no doubt,” said expedition leader Eric Terrill, an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and co-founder of Project Recover. “We could clearly see the broken stern, the gun and rudder control, all consistent with the historical documents.”Read another story from us: Point Honda – The Largest Peacetime Naval Accident in U.S. HistoryAlong with the Abner Read’s stern, a dozen Japanese ships, two Japanese submarines, and numerous downed American airplanes are believed to be in the local waters, according to Mark Moline of the University of Delaware in an interview with the Washington Post.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.
The M6 motorway is closed following an accident in Cheshire. Inrix, the traffic data company, the Southbound carriageway is shut between J19 A556 ( Knutsford ) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). The entire southbound carriageway was shut, with one lane now open. A Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in Cheshire is experiencing severe delays southbound between J20A and J18 due to a road traffic collision which has closed lanes 2 and 3 between J19 and J18. The carriageway requires treating due to a large spillage. A crew are en-route to the scene. Road users may wish to consider alternative routes and are advised to allow extra time for their journey.” A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Please be aware the M6 Southbound between J19 and J18 is closed due to a collision. Diversions are in place and motorists before the closure should follow the ‘Solid Circle’ diversion route.” There are currently delays of around 70 minutes in the area according to Inrix and Traffic England. Read MoreFirefighters free puppy from wrecked van following A500 crash “Trapped traffic within the closure is currently being released past the scene. “Road users are also advised to allow extra time for their journey.” The accident is understood to have taken place shortly after 10.30am and involved three vehicles. The ambulance service are at the scene. A diversion is now in place and motorists are being advised to factor extra time in their journeys. DiversionRoad users prior to the closure are advised to follow the “Solid Circled” diversion symbols. Exit the M6 at J19 the take the third exit and take the A556 (southbound). Continue until you reach the A556/A530 roundabout and take the exit on to the A530. Continue and follow the B5039 (southbound). Continue then take the A54 (eastbound) and proceed to the roundabout and then re-join the M6 at J18. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreLive: Multi-vehicle accident on A500 Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Live updates as we get them on the feed below.Key EventsDIVERSION12:4016:21M6 Cheshire southboundTraffic is queuing on the M6 southbound between junction 19, Knutsford, and junction 18, Middlewich, in the roadworks area.INRIX: Not helped by an accident that closed the southern carriageway earlier this afternoon. 15:08Lane update Highways England:All lanes open and collision cleared on the M6 between J19 and J18 in Cheshire. Severe delays remain however back to J20A but these should start clearing steadily. Have a safe journey.Delays are said to be around 90 minutes.15:00The clean up beginsTraffic now stopped on the #M6 southbound between J19 and J18 #Cheshire for our contractors to clean up the carriageway. There are severe delays behind back to J20A currently— #EnglandUKTweets (@EnglandUKTweets) June 22, 201814:21Traffic no longer being divertedTraffic is no longer being diverted at J19. Lanes one and three (of three) remain closed at the scene while the vehicles and spillage from the accident are being dealt with.13:30One lane open and clean up crew en-routeA Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in Cheshire is experiencing severe delays southbound between J20A and J18 due to a road traffic collision which has closed lanes 2 and 3 between J19 and J18. The carriageway requires treating due to a large spillage. A crew are en-route to the scene. Road users may wish to consider alternative routes and are advised to allow extra time for their journey.”13:17One lane openHighways England are now reporting one lane is open.13:12Fuel spillageInrix reports there is a fuel spillage on the carriageway as a result of the accident.12:55M6 closure having impact on other roadsInrix reports the closure is having an affect on other major roads in Cheshire as traffic attempts to avoid the closure. Slow traffic on A54 St Michael’s Way Eastbound between A533 Leadsmithy Street and M6 J18 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Likely due to the problems on the M6. 12:51Latest from Cheshire PoliceA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Please be aware the M6 Southbound between J19 and J18 is closed due to a collision. Diversions are in place and motorists before the closure should follow the ‘Solid Circle’ diversion route.” 12:42Delays of around an hourTraffic beyond the closure is currently experiencing delays against traffic, with sporadic congestion back to junction 21.12:40KEY EVENTDIVERSIONHighways England say the following diversion is now in place. Road users prior to the closure are advised to follow the “Solid Circled” diversion symbols. Exit the M6 at J19 the take the third exit and take the A556 (southbound). Continue until you reach the A556/A530 roundabout and take the exit on to the A530. Continue and follow the B5039 (southbound). Continue then take the A54 (eastbound) and proceed to the roundabout and then re-join the M6 at J18. 12:39Trapped traffic being released past sceneA Highways England spokesman said: “The M6 in Cheshire is closed between J19 and J18 due to a road traffic collision. Highways England Traffic Officers are assisting North West Motorway Police Group and Ambulance service at the scene. “Trapped traffic within the closure is currently being released past the scene. “Road users are also advised to allow extra time for their journey.”12:37M6 remains closedThe lane has only been opened to release trapped traffic.12:22Congestion still reported towards junction 20Congestion is still reported back towards junction 2012:20One lane reopenedA Highways England spokesman said:We have released block on M6 southbound in #Cheshire between J19 and J18. 1 lane now running past the scene to release traffic. Severe delays in the area. “12:20Latest One car is on the central reservation and two vehicles are against the roadworks barrier. Ambulance are in attendance 12:18Motorists stuck for more than an hourOne motorist has told us he has been stuck in traffic for more than an hour. He added the heat wasn’t helping.12:09Police confirm closure remains placeA North West Motorway Police spokesman said police remained at the scene and were working to reopen the motorway as quickly as possible.A spokesman said: “Reference the collision on M6 southbound between j19 and j18 the closure still remains in place. Traffic currently backed up to beyond J19. Long delays Highways England and police at scene dealing and working to re-open the carriageway as soon as possible.”11:43Ambulance requestedA Highways England spokesman said: Traffic remains held by police on the M6 southbound in Cheshire between J19 and J18. Severe delays in the area. Ambulance has been requested to scene.”11:24Congestion back to junction 20 Congestion to J20 A50 / B5158 (Lymm Interchange). 11:15Highways England confirm traffic is being heldA spokesman said: “Traffic stopped on M6 southbound in Cheshire between J19 and J18 while we deal with a collision. Severe delays in the area. We are on scene.” 11:13Slow traffic also reported northbound Slow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 (Knutsford).There is a Multi-vehicle accident involving three cars on the M6 Southbound between J19 and J18. 11:11All traffic now being held on M6All traffic is now being held on the southbound carriageway. Inrix reports.11:09Highways England en-routeHighways England have confirmed they’re making their way to the scene.A spokesman said:2 lanes are closed due to a collision on #M6southbound in #Cheshire between J19 and J18. Long delays in the area. We are en-route to the scene. “11:05Four vehicles involved in accidentInrix, a traffic data company, report three cars and a lorry are involved in the accident.11:0470 minute delaysThere are currently 70 minute delays following the accident on the M6 in Cheshire.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Doug Duncan Economy HOUSING Job Market Labor Department Unemployment 2019-03-08 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News The February 2019 Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday showed that hiring slowed sharply for the month with only 20,000 new jobs, compared to the 181,000 jobs that economists expected to be added in February. That is the fewest job gains since September 2017, when major hurricanes affected employment, and a sharp decline from December’s gains of 227,000, and January with 311,000.According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent from 4 percent, The partial government shutdown added fuel to the jobless rate in January because many federal government employees were unemployed or on temporary leave, but an offsetting drop was expected as those workers returned. Economists were looking for a slowdown in payroll growth last month after gains in January that were inflated by unusually mild weather, meanwhile, above-average snowfall in mid-February was set to reduce total employment by an estimated 40,000. Employment in construction declined by 31,000 in February, partially offsetting an increase of 53,000 in January. But over the year, construction has added 223,000 jobs. Regardless of the plummet in February, economists expect a rebound in the April-June quarter, and there are already signs due to the rise in consumer confidence. More Americans signed contracts to buy homes in January, propelled by lower mortgage rates, and analysts have forecast that annual growth will top 2 percent next quarter.Weighing in on the report, Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, said “We expect the Fed to raise rates only once more this year, in June, before pausing. Meanwhile, in the residential construction sector, a weather-sensitive industry, the number of jobs fell in February. However, the sharp increase in housing starts and continued improvements in builder sentiment suggest that this month’s decline does not signal a continuation of weakness in the industry.” U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued a statement saying “At 3.4% year-over-year, wage gains hit their highest mark since April 2009. The year-over-year average hourly earnings growth surpassing 3.0% for the seventh straight month is good news for America’s workers. Further, Duncan stated, “Although the labor force participation rate held steady in February, the rate for those aged between 16 and 64 rose to its highest level since May 2010. Amid mixed signals from the labor market, well-contained inflation, and the dovish shift by the ECB, we believe the Fed is likely to remain patient.” Read the full report here. Share March 8, 2019 882 Views Decline in Employment: Will It Impact Housing?
Trafalgar has strengthened its Queensland sales team with the appointment of Lauren Stuchbury as sales manager.Stuchbury has been nominated for the NTIA Sales Executive of the Year award for three years running and has over 15 years of experience within the tourism industry.Previous roles include business development executive with Qantas Holidays, and reservations and sales consultant roles with Talpacific Holidays and Harvey World Travel.“We are extremely excited to welcome Lauren to Trafalgar’s sales team and the wider family. Lauren’s extensive experience within sales has provided her with a unique understanding of today’s travellers, allowing her to establish desirable relationships with trade partners. Lauren’s industry knowledge will assist us in providing agents with dedicated support in the Queensland region,” said managing director Matthew Cameron-Smith. Trafalgar
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Flybe will introduce as many as 12 cheap flights to Frankfurt a week from Glasgow later this summer.The year-round route will commence on August 1st, with overall travel time from Scotland’s largest city lasting for three hours and 45 minutes.All flights will make scheduled stops at Southampton, with the new route complementing Flybe’s existing services to Frankfurt from Birmingham, Manchester and the Hampshire city.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said the domestic airline recognises how important it is to provide “convenient and cost-effective” travel to key European hubs.”Our new service connecting this major economic centre to Glasgow illustrates our commitment to not only developing leisure options but also to helping link UK business with key business destinations across Europe affordably,” he commented.Mr Rutter went on to say that the carrier is looking forward to welcoming the route’s first passengers in August.Last month, Flybe celebrated the first anniversary of its daily flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe introduces new summer scheduleRegional airline Flybe has launched its 2010 summer scheduleFlybe intends to increase capacity on flights between Cardiff and GlasgowFlybe has confirmed that it will ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced by decision to stop its Cardiff to Glasgow flight
Etihad Airways has enjoyed its busiest month ever with more than 616,000 passengers flying onboard the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s flights during July, a nine per cent increase on passenger numbers for July 2008.The highlight of the month was July 31st when a record 21,640 passengers, with a load factor of 90.3 per cent, flew with Etihad making it the airline’s busiest day in its five-year history. The last week of July saw an average of more than 20,500 passengers fly aboard its planes each day.The month of July saw Etihad’s 900 weekly flights – a 20 per cent increase on the number of weekly flights operated in July 2008 – fly at an average of 82 per cent full across first, business and economy cabins.James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “The record-breaking passenger numbers we have experienced in July demonstrate that, despite the current economic challenges, Etihad continues to attract high volumes of traffic across all three cabins on our global network of more than 50 destinations.“Whilst we expected July to be busy we are delighted to have beaten our previous records, especially during the final week of the month when we carried more than 20,500 passengers each day. We now look forward to building upon this for the remainder of the summer holiday period and into the Holy Month of Ramadan.”Etihad’s flights to the Asia – Pacific region and also North America turned in particularly strong performances during July with seat factors averaging more than 86 per cent. Within Europe, loads exceeded 82 per cent and in the Middle East region it was 77 per cent.Etihad introduced three new destinations in June – Larnaca in Cyprus, the Greek capital of Athens and Istanbul, Turkey’s commercial capital – which all made an impact in July’s successful passenger numbers.Etihad also continues to expand its flight network and will launch non-stop flights from its Abu Dhabi base to Chicago in September as well as the South African city of Cape Town.In addition to the record passenger numbers, Etihad also enjoyed its best July for on-time performance at Abu Dhabi airport with 90 per cent of flights departing within 15 minutes of the scheduled time.This represents an improvement of five percentage points on the same period in 2008, despite a 21 per cent increase in the airline’s flying schedule.With high passenger numbers set to continue into August with the Holy Month of Ramadan also expected to begin, Etihad is advising customers to book their travel soon to avoid unnecessary disappointment.www.etihadairways.com
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