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BC Premier John Horgan hopes legislature is turning a page on spending

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he hopes the retirement of the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms will mark a turning of the page for the institution after allegations of misspending were first raised almost a year ago.Gary Lenz, who was embroiled in the spending scandal, announced Tuesday he is retiring, saying the damage to his reputation can no longer be fully repaired after he was placed on administrative leave last year.Horgan says Canada and the province have strong democratic institutions and although those working at the B.C. legislature have had a cloud hanging over them for the past year, he has confidence in those who work there. Former clerk of the house Craig James announced his retirement in May after Beverley McLachlin, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, released a report into overspending allegations against him and Lenz.She concluded James improperly claimed benefits and used legislature property for personal reasons, but Lenz did not engage in misconduct.Both Lenz and James have denied any wrongdoing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Hydro study says most British Columbians unsure why Daylight Savings Time exists

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A study commissioned by B.C. Hydro says British Columbians do not know why Daylight Savings Time exists.Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. when the rest of the Province will spring forward an hour.  Here in Northeast B.C. we do not participate in Daylight Savings Time and do not change our clocks.Daylight Saving Time was first implemented in Canada more than 100 years ago as a way to conserve energy; however, about 60 percent of British Columbians incorrectly believe its purpose is to provide more sunlight during waking hours.  Others believe it exists to provide more working hours while some just think it costs them an hour of sleep – with 35 percent saying the time shift has a negative effect on them. Fifty-six percent British Columbians would prefer if B.C. remained on standard time year-round.Several studies have found Daylight Saving Time electricity savings are negligible – or non-existent. A recent study in Alberta found that it actually has the opposite effect, increasing energy use. This fall, BC Hydro is planning to release a new report after further research and analysis on Daylight Saving Time, which will examine whether or not this practice saves electricity in B.C.last_img read more

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General Assembly president urges action to promote gender equality

6 March 2007Convening a special meeting of the General Assembly on gender equality and the empowerment of women, the 192-member body’s president today emphasized that these goals are the responsibility of all people, and achieving them will benefit society as a whole. “I convened this debate in the United Nations with the support of Member States in order to celebrate women’s achievements, but most importantly to share views on effective actions and lessons learned in overcoming the challenges to achieve true gender equality; in particular, the obstacles we need to overcome to bridge the gap between policy and practice,” General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa of Bahrain told participants at the informal thematic debate.“Yet in order to achieve this we must realize that the ‘marginalization’ of work to promote gender equality and the perception that the empowerment of women remains a women’s issue are among the most urgent obstacles we face,” added Sheikha Haya.“Gender equality is crucial to the well being of all nations. It is not only the responsibility of women; it is the responsibility of us all, women as well as men.”Sheikha Haya, a legal expert whose long career included championing women’s rights, said the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women “are concerns that I hold close to my heart.”The General Assembly president was an active participant in the movement to elevate the position of women in Bahrain before the Islamic sharia courts and is an advocate of a progressive interpretation of Islamic texts as they apply to women.Addressing the Member States today, she said: “Especially since in some regions of our world, particular cultural and religious traditions continue to perpetuate inequalities. Many women continue to be marginalized, and, many women continue to be denied the full enjoyment of their basic human rights. What further disturbs me is that some women believe that they are inferior to men and in need of male protection.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also issued a strong call for realizing the shared goal of gender equality in his address to the Assembly, which is slated to hear from more than 80 representatives of countries over the course of the two-day debate.Increased engagement of women, while “a goal in itself,” is “also a condition for building healthier, better educated, more peaceful and more prosperous societies,” he said.Despite global compacts and international legal instruments to shrink the gap between the genders, violence against women and girls, under-representation of women in decision-making positions, undervaluing of women’s work and unbalanced educational opportunities for girls still persist, he noted.“Changing this requires all of us – women and men – to work for enduring change in values and attitudes,” Mr. Ban, who stated that he has made gender balance a key goal in selecting his senior management team, said. This entails “transforming relations between women and men, at all levels of society.”The Secretary-General stressed that actions must be taken on several fronts immediately, including boosting male participation in the household and family care; ensuring women’s access to education, healthcare, property and land; challenging stereotypes and practices detrimental to women and girls; and incorporating women’s rights into new UN schemes, such as the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council.The two-day debate, the second-ever held by the Assembly, also includes panel discussions on such topics as “women and decision-making” and “empowerment of women, including microfinance.”The debate also coincides with the 51st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, also being convened at UN Headquarters, and Wednesday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day.The two-day debate, the second-ever held by the Assembly, also includes panel discussions.At the opening of the discussion on “Women and decision-making,” Sheikha Haya said that women are poorly represented in both the public and private sectors in more senior levels of decision-making. However, pointing to the African Union, which has reached an equal gender balance at its highest levels, she added, “We do not need to see gender equality as a long-term aspiration; rather, it can be an immediately attainable goal.”The debate also coincides with the 51st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, also being convened at UN Headquarters, and Wednesday, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. read more

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UN mission explains screening process for Bosnian police officers

The police review process conducted by the Mission “is an administrative procedure of selection similar to a recruitment process,” UNMIBH said in the statement released in Sarajevo. “It is entirely independent from any judicial proceedings.”Media reports which state that the Mission, by denying certification to a number of police officers, is prejudging the outcome of court trials of police officers are erroneous, UNMIBH stressed. It reiterated that every police officer denied certification had the right to appeal the decision.The Mission also noted that the Dayton peace accords mandated it to help the Bosnian authorities in the implementation of their obligation to “provide a safe and secure environment for all persons by ensuring that civilian law enforcement agencies operate in accordance with internationally recognized standards and with respect for internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms.”Police officers who meet the strict requirements for professional competence and personal integrity are awarded with certifications, UNMIBH said, in a process designed to ensure that the country would have a “non-political, professional and democratic police force.” read more

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TSX plunges more than 200 points with energy stocks leading the decline

TSX plunges more than 200 points with energy stocks leading the decline by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 8, 2015 6:19 am MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed sharply lower Monday, with energy stocks leading the decline as the price of oil slipped lower.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 213.83 points at 14,743.33, its lowest close in two months. That brought its losses since Thursday to well over 400 points.Meanwhile, the loonie rose 0.27 of a U.S. cent to 80.66 cents.“All major sectors are down today, so it’s a pretty broad-based sell-off,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Canada.The TSX’s energy sector was the biggest decliner, slipping 2.4 per cent, while the industrials sector was off 1.7 per cent and metals and mining slipped 1.6 per cent. The only sector of the TSX that didn’t register a decline was global gold, which inched up less than one per cent.In economic news, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported that housing starts hit a seasonally adjusted rate of 201,705 units in May, up from 183,329 in April, with the increase driven by multiple-unit projects in Ontario, the Atlantic region and Quebec.“You would have thought that the market would be doing a little better than it is,” Cieszynski said, noting that Monday’s housing starts data and Friday’s jobs report were both strong.“Canada is definitely outpacing the U.S. on the downside,” Cieszynski said. “It’s tough trying to figure out why. Energy is a big one; but otherwise the economy is doing well.”In New York, markets were also down, but the declines were less dramatic.The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 82.91 points to 17,766.55, while the Nasdaq plunged 46.83 points to 5,021.63 and the S&P 500 lost 13.55 points to 2,079.28.“U.S. markets are just generally drifting lower,” Cieszynski said, nothing that traders are still digesting the “very strong” employment figures that came out of the U.S. on Friday.“That moved up the potential timetable for the Fed to raise interest rates, so that’s been weighing on the markets there.”Positive economic news in the U.S. has been hurting the country’s stock markets lately, as investors anticipate that a rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve is imminent.Cieszynski said June is typically a bad month for North American markets.“Earnings season is over and there’s not a lot of corporate news out there to drive markets higher,” Cieszynski said.Traders are looking forward to U.S. retail sales on Thursday.“That could get U.S. markets going again,” Cieszynski said.On the commodity markets, the July crude contract was down 99 cents at US$58.14 a barrel while August gold rose $5.50 to US$1,173.60 an ounce.“This rally we’ve had in crude oil is kind of running out of gas,” Cieszynski said, noting that the commodity climbed from around $40 a barrel to around $60, where it’s now hovering.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

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Amid Boko Haram violence situation worsens for displaced in southeast Niger –

According to government figures in mid-May, the area in and around Diffa was hosting over 241,000 people, including refugees from Nigeria, displaced people within Niger, and returning Niger nationals who had been living in Nigeria.Some 157,000 people who have fled Boko Haram terror have settled in 135 makeshift encampments along 200 kilometres of Route National 1, a major road that runs parallel to the border with Nigeria and the Komadougou river.Living conditions along Route National 1 are harsh. “In this remote and semi-desert environment, temperatures are reaching 48 degrees Celsius in the current dry season, while rains that will follow in two or three months often flood the ramshackle settlements,” said spokesperson Adrian Edwards of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).He said that shelters are made of straw, and sanitation is basic, with few latrines and showers. Many children do not have access to education because of limited schooling structures in the nearby villages, which are already overcrowded, and because of closures of many schools in insecure areas close to the border. Food supplies are irregular, and the local population is not always able to share their meagre resources with the displaced people.The security situation around the towns of Diffa and Bosso, to the east, has deteriorated in recent months, with a succession of criminal incidents including suicide attacks near villages and spontaneous sites where both Nigerian refugees and the internally displaced are being sheltered.Two large markets along that road have been closed since April out of fear that infiltrated insurgents could attack. This hits livelihoods and the local economy. A 7pm to 5am curfew is in force across the region, which has been under a state of emergency since February 2015.Many of these people have been displaced two or three times prior to settling along the road. Both the local and displaced communities are fearful of new attacks, Mr. Edwards said.Aid agencies are struggling to bring assistance to the displaced due to the highly insecure environment, the increasing number of sites – some of them remote – and a lack of funding.Of $112 million required by 22 aid agencies, including UNHCR, for operations in the Diffa region in 2016, only $20 million has been received to date.Ten days ago, at the government’s request, UNHCR started to relocate hundreds of refugees from two spontaneous sites along Route National 1 to a camp some 50 kilometres from the border.Although most people prefer to live outside of the camps, they have decided to move for both protection reasons and for access to food and adequate services. The camp presently hosts some 3,000 people. read more

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Brock plays host to international rowers

On the water they’re fierce opponents, but every night this week a group of rowers from around the world have sat down to eat together in Brock’s DeCew Dining Hall.The University’s various residences are hosting 435 rowers in town for this week’s 135th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Port Dalhousie.The rowers staying at Brock come from Australia, Brazil, Argentina and Zimbabwe, as well as four teams from across Canada and another four from across the U.S.While some teams make their own meals, many of the athletes join together for dinner each night in DeCew.The Henley continues on Martindale Pond until Sunday. read more

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Its Hard To Tell How Good NFL Teams Are At The Draft

Just as with career length, players taken earlier in the draft are much more likely to be honored as All-Pros. And the distinction between the first round and the remainder of the draft is impressive: About a quarter of all first-rounders who make the NFL find their way on to an All-Pro team, compared with roughly 10 percent for second-round picks. Even within a round, earlier picks tend to do better; for every additional pick in the first 100 selections, a player sees his chances of making an All-Pro team decline by about half a percentage point.7To get the slope of this line, we fit a local regression curve to the pick-by-pick data. This finding is similar to Chase Stuart’s research on the correlation between draft position and Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value metric.When you look at these results by position, however, some players appear to benefit more than others from the reputation that comes with a high draft pick. Linebackers and offensive linemen, for example, are among the positions most likely to see first-rounders named to an All-Pro team, and they’re also among the most difficult positions to judge statistically.8Line play is perhaps the hardest part of the game to judge on an individual level, and a linebacker’s role — and thus his stats — can vary wildly depending on his team’s scheme. (Not to mention the leeway given to league stat-trackers when handing out “assisted tackles” to star linebackers.) It’s possible that teams find it easier to assess the potential of players at those positions, making it more likely that they’ll draft players who go on to become stars. But it’s also possible that players with good pedigrees and name recognition are being given preferential treatment when awards are granted, in the absence of meaningful performance data (like what exists for offensive skill players) to challenge our perceptions.Perhaps tellingly, the one position that doesn’t show a strong tendency for first-round picks to turn into All-Pros is quarterback. That might mean good quarterbacks are especially hard to identify, but it also may not be a coincidence that we have better, more granular performance data for quarterbacks than any other position, even compared with other offensive “skill players.” With more data, the media members who decide All-Pro status are better at differentiating between good and bad performers without having to resort to prior information such as draft position. And it follows that they may not be doing that for positions with less data.With all this uncertainty, teams are increasingly finding roles for players who enter the league outside the orderly stratification of draft day. Although undrafted players rarely persist on NFL rosters for very long — their average career length has declined more severely than drafted players in recent years9In corrected follow-up analyses to that article, we found that average career length fell by 0.5 years from 2008 to 2013 for undrafted players, compared with a decline of 0.3 years for drafted players over the same timeframe. — the league is churning through more players than ever before, and the overall pool of undrafted players has never been larger. According to our research, the number of undrafted players on NFL rosters increased from 497 players in 2005 to 746 in 2014 — a 50 percent increase.10The 2011 collective bargaining agreement expanded maximum training-camp roster sizes from 75 to 90, increasing the number of players a team gets to look at each summer.Criticisms of NFL draft decision-making usually focus on outliers such as Tom Brady infamously being selected with a sixth-round pick, but studies consistently show that teams do a solid job of sorting talent by pick and by round. At the same time, however, that skill varies substantially depending on a player’s position — and therefore the amount of data we have to judge individual performance. In the absence of better data, this means we still don’t really know how much of a crapshoot the draft is, no matter how much we study it.CORRECTION (April 28, 2:40 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article gave an incorrect description of the data. The chart shows players drafted since 1990, not just those drafted since then who retired between 1990 and 2013.Disclosure: Author Zach Binney works as an analyst for an NFL team. From NFL front offices to fan message boards, the amount of time spent arguing over which players teams should draft is mind-boggling. Ahead of the 2016 draft — which begins tonight — the prospect-focused site WalterFootball.com, for example, has compiled 315 mock drafts from across the internet. And apparently it’s been a slow year; in 2013, it collected 618.Such obsessive study would be unnecessary if the right answers were obvious. They rarely are. So some observers have called the draft a “crapshoot,” but things are more complicated than that, too. There’s plenty of data to suggest that the draft acts like an efficient market and that when a player is picked speaks volumes about what kind of career he will have. We studied it ourselves, looking for evidence that teams know what they’re doing. But every step of the way, we also found reasons to believe that many of the measures used to quantify a draft pick’s success contain flaws — some relating to draft position itself — that may be unavoidable for now.For our draft research, we used information from Pro-Football-Reference.com for players who were drafted in 1990 or later, made the NFL1Playing in at least one regular season game. and retired before 2013.2No special reason we picked 1990. To maintain consistency, we excluded players from before 1994 who were drafted in rounds after the seventh. First, we looked at the most basic measure of NFL success — the average length of a player’s career — based on the round in which he was drafted.3Career length was measured from the first year a player appeared in at least one regular season game to the last year he appeared in at least one regular season game, counting both years as full. No surprises here: The higher the draft pick, the longer a player will stick around in the NFL. First-rounders last a year longer than second-rounders, and the same goes for second-rounders compared with third-rounders. The gaps between rounds narrow slightly in the latter half of the draft, but a seventh-round pick like Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick of the NFL draft, can expect a career just under half as long as the average first-rounder.This is evidence that teams are getting better talent in earlier rounds. And these different career lengths can’t be explained away by different positions being drafted in different rounds: Aside from quarterbacks being more common in the first round4They make up about 8 percent of picks in round one, versus 4 percent in later rounds. and special teamers being more common later in the draft,5They’re taken with fewer than 1 percent of picks in the first two rounds and at about 3 percent in rounds six and seven. the positional breakdowns are remarkably similar across rounds.But there are several issues with using career length to measure draft success. One is that it’s undeniable that early-round draft picks are given more opportunities than most players. In addition to whatever real (or perceived) talent advantage allowed them to be picked highly, first-round picks are lavished with extra coaching and playing time not afforded to lower-status players, likely helping their careers last longer. Although NFL teams have a very vested interest in winning, it can be difficult to know when to give up on a highly touted prospect, particularly if the decision makers who selected him are still in place. This, in turn, makes it hard to tell how much of the longevity advantage of higher picks is earned and how much is a consequence of merely being picked so highly.Career length isn’t the only measure whose flaws can hamstring player evaluation. As another proxy for NFL success, we can use appearances on the All-Pro team, which honors the best players at each position in a given season.6While the Pro Bowl is the official All-Star event of the NFL, it suffers from some serious roster inflation, leading to the listing of more than a hundred players per year and watering down the quality of what constitutes an excellent player. read more

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Track and Field Ohio States Karen Dennis becomes first woman awarded Mens

Coach Karen Dennis sits front and center during her teams celebration after her team won theBig Ten Championship on Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 at Spire Institute in Geneva, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterOhio State track and field director Karen Dennis became the first female to win the Men’s Big Ten Indoor Coach of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.Dennis coached the Ohio State men’s team to its first Big Ten Indoor Championship since 1993 on Saturday. Seven Buckeyes earned first team all-conference honors during the indoor regular season.Dennis is not only the director, but she also coached sprinters, including both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, which combined for 29 points in the championship. This success includes junior Nick Gray’s Ohio State record-breaking performance in the men’s 200-meter dash of 20.45 seconds. Dennis is currently in her fourth season at Ohio State as director. She was the women’s track and field and cross country head coach from 2006 to 2014. She led the Buckeyes to indoor and outdoor women’s titles in 2011, the outdoor title in 2012 and the women’s team indoor Big Ten Championship back in 2015.Dennis has been with Ohio State for 16 seasons, starting as an assistant track coach in 2003 in sprints. Before coming to Ohio State, Dennis was the head coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in the 2000 Olympic Games. read more

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Stevenage crash 17 injured at modified car club meet as vehicles plough

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The accident happened during a meeting of the modified car club Cruise HertsCredit:Gary Dawson This is the same junction where the two cars collided on Thursday.He said the event had been running regularly for 17 years, providing a “safe space” for car enthusiasts to meet within a controlled, closed environment.Mr Sidhu added: “We have a liaison officer to pass number plates to police if there is ever any trouble; we try to make it as safe as possible.”Some people like drinking and that sort of thing, we just like cars. They are our pride and joy, what we are interested in.”Unfortunately this incident means we are all going to be tarred with the same brush – people will say we are boy racers. It appears to be a crowd-pleaser, with people lining the streets to hear the cars screech back onto the public road, the drivers flexing their vehicle’s muscles. As the night draws in and cars begin to leave, the more people can be seen on the grass bank adjacent to the road as well as the central reservation.A video recorded on June 27 shows a police car parked around 100 yards down the road from the junction. On that evening, officers were filmed pulling a driver over having flashed the blue lights.  Ambulances and police at crash scene outside Stevenage football ground Two cars were involved in a collision, injuring bystandersCredit:Gary Dawson  A witness wrote on Facebook: “Horrific incident in Stevenage. A car (boy racers) has ploughed into at least 10/15 people on the side of a road who were watching on.”Must be 30+ emergency services on the scene. Thoughts are with all involved, looks so bad.”Ciaran O’Connor, 33, who witnessed the crash, reportedly said he saw three or four young people lying in the road.Mr Sidhu added: “It was horrific, the crash. We are first-aid trained, just in case, and members of the public were really good too, helping us get to those who were injured.”There was one woman who couldn’t walk, we had to get four of us to carry her to safety.”I’m thankful that nobody died. Nobody wanted this, we try so hard to make sure this doesn’t happen, we beg people not to race on the roads – if they want to race, there are places they can go for that, tracks where they can go at speed. Initially, the number injured was understood by the Hertfordshire Constabulary to be 14, but on Friday morning it had increased to 17.A spokesman added: “I am not aware of any fatalities or arrests at this stage, however investigations are ongoing.”We are working with the road policing unit and local policing teams for further updates and will be in touch in due course.” From beefing up their engines to bolstering the car’s sound systems and from changing the car’s shape with a body kit to installing neon lights – the idea is for drivers to be able to display their cars for enthusiasts to admire. Those attending events are invited to walk around the cars, buy merchandise, share advice and plan further meet-ups.But, with adrenaline running, high-powered cars and the lure of likes on social media, Thursday night’s event turned rogue. Despite organiser Nix Sidhu pleading with participants not to race – the message did not get through. He said: “We held the meet in a car park with a speed bump at the entrance. But unfortunately some people went a bit rogue.”We try and stop that, we urge people – urge them on social media beforehand – not to go out on the roads, not to risk injury or anything.”But unfortunately, in this age of social media and Snapchat, people want to get footage and post things to their friends, which seems to drive some people to the main road.”Video footage dedicated to the event – but not posted by Cruise-Herts – shows dozens of cars arriving and leaving the retail car park and joining the dual carriageway.  “But we’ve decided we’re not going to run these any more. After 17 years, it’s over.” At least 17 people have been injured, some seriously, after two cars crashed and ploughed into bystanders at a modified car meet in Stevenage.The accident took place on the A602 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on Thursday evening as hundreds of people gathered to admire cars. But the event – raising money for charity – turned into a nightmare when both cars collided with pedestrians.Footage posted on social media showed one car emerging onto the main road while another vehicle was passing at speed. They collided, causing both cars to hit bystanders on the side of the road and on the central reservation. Describing the incident, Rix Sidhu, 29, of the Cruise Herts club which had organised the get-together said the crash involved a Nissan 350Z and a Toyota GT86.”We saw the car (Toyota) come into the car park and recklessly do a donut manoeuvre,” he said.”It pulled out of the car park on to the main road and then it was hit by the Nissan, which was coming at speed. I’d say at least 60 or 70mph.”I was walking down the main road to meet up with some friends and then I saw it happen.”The cars collided and then went into the crowd at speed. There were several younger people in the crowd, but they weren’t kids. They were about 18 years old-plus.” “We pleaded with everyone to not race week in week out, and also not to stand to close to the road because of this happening.”We never condoned reckless driving, we said every week our meet is strictly static, we had young children attend with parents, we created a family atmosphere unfortunately a few ruined it for the rest.”We worked with the police week in week out, we have for years. We can not control every individual.”Our meets were simply in the car park, not on the public road. I completely agree we always urged people to race in a safe controlled environment (a track day at a track) but people don’t want to pay etc.”This isn’t our fault we don’t stand and edge people to race we always try and stop it.”Cruise-Herts modified car club – what is it?The community of motor enthusiasts have been meeting for 17 years – making it the longest-standing car club in the area. Describing itself as a modified car club, drivers descend upon a nominated area and park up. Usually in a car park after the businesses have closed for the day, the car owners will showcase the modifications made to their vehicles.  One witness said on Twitter: “I’ve just witnessed that horrendous crash in #Stevenage, no more than 50ft away from me. I’m still trying to process it all.”Police have urged any witnesses to get in touch and have asked anyone with footage of the incident to retain it.The accident happened during a weekly meet of the modified car club Cruise Herts.A post on the group’s Facebook page read: “This Thursday night meet is an extra special meet we as a group are raising money for the excellent charity of 4Louis who help supporting families through the heartache of miscarriage stillbirth and child loss.”This is a Strictly Static Meet & Any Antisocial Behaviour Will Not be Tolerated! Any Such Behaviour will be Dealt with by the Local Authorities!! So strictly NO Wheel Spins NO Burnouts and NO Drifting.”Car club cancels its meets indefinitely Rix Sidhu, 29, of the Cruise Herts club, said the group were not boy racers but “car enthusiasts”.Posting on Facebook, he said: “After what happened tonight me and Dean have decided we will not be having anymore Cruise Herts meets. “We are devastated. I’ve been running this for 10 years and we have never had one incident. We were raising money for charity, as we often do, and there was no speed element to it.”The meetings were well established – offering enthusiasts the chance to buy Cruise-Herts hoodies, banners and stickers. They were also raising money for charity and Thursday’s event was dedicated to 4Louis, who provide equipment and training free of charge to hospital units, hospices and other professionals who “sadly have the job of comforting grieving families who suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or child death”. As well as the weekly meetings, Cruise-Herts also put on convoys, where drivers would meet at a specific place in Hertfordshire before travelling en masse to a bigger meet.The most recent was in May, when the fleet travelled to London for the Car Culture UK Final Meet.Almost 2,000 attended from across the country to display their vehicles at the car park of Pets At Home in Newham. But, as video footage from the meet shows, it turned into hundreds of people gathered around cars wheel-spinning and drifting on the tarmac.  Ambulances and police at crash scene outside Stevenage football ground where a car has ploughed into kids watching cars speeding. 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Number of nonIrish nationals doubles in a decade

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF non-Irish nationals living in Ireland has almost doubled in a decade, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.There were a total of 544,357 non-Irish nationals living in the country in April 2011, up from 224,261 people in 2002. According to the CSO, the growth in numbers has continued since 2006, albeit at a slower pace than earlier years.They come from 199 nations, with the majority speaking a language other than Irish or English in the home. Polish was the most common language, with 112,811 speakers, followed by Lithuanian, Russian, Romanian and Latvian.“Ireland has become an increasingly diverse society over the past decade and the different nationalities that make up the population of Ireland have an increasingly important impact on the economy and society” said Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO.The  number of Polish nationals living in Ireland increased by 93.7 per cent since 2006 to 122,585 in 2011, making them the second largest group in Ireland, slightly ahead of UK nationals who account for 112,259.The majority of foreign nationals live in Dublin, with 88,038 and 49,517  living in the Dublin City and Fingal administrative counties respectively. 42,886 lived in Cork while Leitrim and Longford, with 3,703 and 5,477 non-nationals respectively had the lowest numbers.One new emigrant every five minutes, according to latest CSO figures>last_img read more

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Geek Answers Why does food thats bad for you taste so good

first_imgHealthy eating is easy for me. I like the taste of veggies, and after just a few fattening meals of meat and fried foods I get a nauseous feeling at the idea of having more without a break. This disposition seems to be at least partially genetic, having to do with everything from metabolism to taste buds. Still, even I have to admit: all things being equal, cream-filled doughnuts are more appetizing than raw broccoli, and a half-pound burger makes my mouth water more readily than a salad. Why would this be, when the salad has so many nutrients needed by the body? Ought I not to crave the super-food with the much wider variety of necessary substances?Well, it seems not. We do develop certain cravings when particularly deficient in nutrients, but for the most part evolution has had to concern itself with survival over nutrition. A good level of magnesium is a luxury of the living, and an animal that opted to eat a light, nutritious meal rather than a more calorie-rich one could easily come to regret that decision the next day. Evolution really does believe that it’s better to have too much than too little.This was once the source of our sugar fixation.Remember that it’s only in the last few thousand years that our lifespans have becoming reliably long enough for chronic deficiencies to even really become a problem; outside of the most extreme cases of malnutrition, it’s difficult to die from a lack of vitamins and minerals. Rather, low levels of such things simply hurt overall health levels over time, which only becomes an issue if you are likely to live long enough to experience those problems. Fat, protein, and carbohydrates all have much more direct benefit, and can be put to use for such vital activities as running, carrying and, yes, even thinking.The brain is one of the body’s biggest calorie-sinks and a lack of input can cause sluggishness of the brain right along with the body. When split-second reflexes can be as important as top-speed, it’s important to stay fueled up. Evolution made us neurotic about filling the tank with high-octane foods that pack the most energy per gram swallowed. The abundance offered by agriculture and modern science has had neither the time nor the lethality necessary to change our genetic predispositions.Additionally, don’t assume that all foods that are “bad” for you can’t be good for you, too. Red meat is packed with cholesterol and all sorts of artery-clogging substances, but it’s just as rich in vitamins and minerals stolen from whatever animal you’re consuming. Sweet sugars often come packed right along with Vitamin C and other useful molecules. It’s only recently that we’ve had the ability to isolate the “bad” things from the good, and evolution has had no real time to adapt.last_img read more

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Belkins new Android charger also scans for malware

first_imgBelkin is teaming up with the security experts at Kaprica on a new breed of USB charger. It’s going to provide your Android device with more than just power. It’s also going to keep malware at bay.Kaprica secured $100,000 in funding back in February to develop the Skorpion charger, which is the brainchild of a former Lockheed Martin security researcher. Now that it’s ready to market, Belkin has gotten on board to manufacture and distribute the device.The Skorpion receives definition updates via the connected device. It’s designed to perform a deep scan on a schedule. Once programmed, the Skorpion reboots your device a the set time, and then pulls down its system files and scans them.If trouble is detected, an ominous red LED starts blinking on the charger. The Skorpion can also be configured to automatically flash a clean version of the infected files — should you prefer a hands-off approach to device security.Kaprica plans on supporting additional devices, but that’s going to take a bit of work. Windows Phone and iOS operating system files aren’t as easily accessible, but it’s good to hear that Kaprica is exploring  possibilities beyond Android.How much will Skorpion’s malware-fighting abilities set you back? The Belkin charger is expected to sell for around $65 when it’s released, and definition updates (which is likely where Kaprica will generate profits) will cost $3 or $4 a month.That seems a little steep considering that retail antivirus software for PCs can cost about half that much to keep updated. Norton Internet Security 2013, for example, sells for around $20 on Amazon and includes a year of free updates.Mobile malware is on the rise, however — you can’t even trust innocent-looking USB chargers any more. With more people storing more and more valuable personal data in their phones and tablets there’s certainly a big opportunity for devices like the Belkin Skorpion.last_img read more

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New Photo Book Chronicles Grateful Deads 30Year Tour Run

first_img Email ‘Eyes Of The World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995’ contains pictures of Jerry Garcia & Co. that were taken by some of rock’s best-known photographersBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 1, 2017 – 12:57 pm The 30-year long, strange trip that saw the Grateful Dead elevate themselves from ubiquitous San Francisco Bay Area bar band and perennial in-house entertainment for Ken Kesey’s famous Acid Tests to a nationally-recognized institution of American counterculture and eternal fixture of the psychedelic jam touring scene generated a massive body of recordings and photographs.More than 200 of the best photos from the Dead’s archives have been compiled for a new book chronicling the band’s original three-plus-decade run from 1965 to 1995.Eyes Of The World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965 – 1995 comprises shots taken by more than 60 photographers, including Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger and Jay Blakesberg, who not only circulated within the band’s orbit but would go on to join the ranks of the most famous rock photographers to ever pick up a camera.No doubt a must-have holiday gift for any Dead fan, the volume is available now from Rock Out Books.AC/DC Shake Up Charts Following Malcom Young’s Death News Facebook New Grateful Dead Photo Chronicle Released new-photo-book-chronicles-grateful-deads-30-year-tour-run New Photo Book Chronicles Grateful Dead’s 30-Year Tour Run Twitter last_img read more

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Malaysias exking divorces Russian beauty queen using triple talaq

first_imgTwitterNews has emerged that Malaysia’s former king, Sultan Muhammad V, who had stepped down from the throne to marry a Russian model, has divorced his wife using triple talaq.The news of the divorce comes just months after rumours were rife that the former king and the former Miss Moscow were married. Speculations of his marriage came about last year when the Sultan was officially on medical leave.The Sultan Muhammad V had abdicated the throne two years after he ascended it. He announced his abdication in January. Surprisingly, Rihana Oxana Gorbatenko, the Russian ex-beauty queen, shows no sign of the divorce and she continues to post pictures of her family. She has said that there is no divorce, Times of India states.”I have never heard of any divorce statements made directly to me,” she told news portal Malaysiakini.However, the former king’s Singapore-based lawyer, Koh Tien Hua, issued a statement saying that he “has irrevocably divorced Ms Rihana Oxana Gorbatenko on Jun 22, 2019 by three talaqs in accordance with syariah laws.” Triple talaq is a concept in Islam where a Muslim man can have an instant divorce from his wife by saying the word ‘talaq’ three times without the law coming in between. In the Arabic language, the word ‘talaq’ means ‘you are divorced’.An Islamic court In Kelantan, a state in north-eastern Malaysia where Muhammad is still the ruler, issued a divorce certificate for the couple.Rihana gave birth to a baby boy in May. However, the sultan’s lawyer claims that they are not sure if the sultan is the biological father of the baby boy, New Straits Times reports.last_img read more

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Houston Honors Its Veterans

first_img X Ed MayberryCadets from Ceasar E. Chavez High School JROTC Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /01:25 Things kicked off at the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center with a procession of honor guards from each of the services — the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the Marines. Local veterans from each of those services — some in wheelchairs and some with walkers — listened to remarks from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. He says more than 300,000 veterans live in the Houston area. And three of his brothers served.Ed MayberryHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks to veterans at VA Medical Center “I did not go to the military, but I am standing on the shoulder of military brothers who sacrificed on behalf of their younger ones. I am indebted personally to the men and women of our armed services, and I thank you for what you have already done.”Ed MayberryU.S. Congressman Al Green at Michael Debakey Medical Center Veterans Day ceremony U.S. Congressman Al Green from Houston says he marvels at the smooth transition of power that’s a hallmark of our history.   “This man will raise his right hand and he will take an oath. He will be the 45th president of the United States of America. Donald Trump will become the Commander in Chief. Regardless as to how you feel about the election, we’ve got to appreciate the fact that we can do this and never have a shot fired. It happens in the United States of America.” A Veterans Day ceremony takes place in downtown Houston Friday morning. A parade will wind through city streets beginning at 11:30. Sharelast_img read more

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Study finds dogs experience runners high similar to humans

first_img Evolution may explain ‘Runner’s high,’ study says © 2013 Phys.org 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. More information: Wired to run: exercise-induced endocannabinoid signaling in humans and cursorial mammals with implications for the ‘runner’s high’ J Exp Biol 215, 1331-1336 jeb.biologists.org/content/215/8/1331.abstractAbstractHumans report a wide range of neurobiological rewards following moderate and intense aerobic activity, popularly referred to as the ‘runner’s high’, which may function to encourage habitual aerobic exercise. Endocannabinoids (eCBs) are endogenous neurotransmitters that appear to play a major role in generating these rewards by activating cannabinoid receptors in brain reward regions during and after exercise. Other species also regularly engage in endurance exercise (cursorial mammals), and as humans share many morphological traits with these taxa, it is possible that exercise-induced eCB signaling motivates habitual high-intensity locomotor behaviors in cursorial mammals. If true, then neurobiological rewards may explain variation in habitual locomotor activity and performance across mammals. We measured circulating eCBs in humans, dogs (a cursorial mammal) and ferrets (a non-cursorial mammal) before and after treadmill exercise to test the hypothesis that neurobiological rewards are linked to high-intensity exercise in cursorial mammals. We show that humans and dogs share significantly increased exercise-induced eCB signaling following high-intensity endurance running. eCB signaling does not significantly increase following low-intensity walking in these taxa, and eCB signaling does not significantly increase in the non-cursorial ferrets following exercise at any intensity. This study provides the first evidence that inter-specific variation in neurotransmitter signaling may explain differences in locomotor behavior among mammals. Thus, a neurobiological reward for endurance exercise may explain why humans and other cursorial mammals habitually engage in aerobic exercise despite the higher associated energy costs and injury risks, and why non-cursorial mammals avoid such locomotor behaviors. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers in the United States has found that dogs appear to gain a “high” from running, similar to the well known “runner’s high” experienced by people who run or jog frequently. In their paper published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, the group describes how they measured neurotransmitter levels in humans, dogs and ferrets as they moved on a treadmill to determine neurobiological reward levels. A yellow labrador retriver dog with pink nose. Credit: Wikipedia.center_img Journal information: Journal of Experimental Biology Explore further Citation: Study finds dogs experience runner’s high similar to humans (2013, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-dogs-runner-high-similar-humans.html Most people are aware of the pleasurable feeling known as “runner’s high” some people get from running, either by experiencing it themselves or hearing about it in others. Scientists have found that such sensations are due to the release of neurotransmitters into the bloodstream—one of these neurotransmitter groups, known as endocannabinoids (eCBs) have the same chemical structure as THC, the chemical responsible for the high people get from marijuana. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to know if other animals also experience a runner’s high.To find out, the team enlisted the assistance of some human volunteers, several dogs and some ferrets. Each was put on a treadmill set at a pace fast enough to simulate running. Afterwards blood samples were taken. In analyzing the results, the researchers found elevated levels of eCBs for both the humans and dogs, but not in the ferrets. In another test, the researchers slowed the pace of the treadmill to just a walk for the dogs and humans and found no change in eCB levels.The researchers note that both humans and dogs are part of a group known as cursorial animals—animals that have long legs meant for running. Ferrets on the other hand, are not cursorial, thus they don’t gain any pleasure from running long distances.The researchers theorize that neurobiological rewards are a part of the evolutionary history of animals with long legs meant for running and strong lungs—they helped keep them fit. Running, particularly when not necessary, they suggest, kept such animals in tip-top shape allowing them to escape predators and to hunt efficiently. They noted also that other studies have shown that the fitter a group of primates are, the bigger their brains grow.Based on their results, the researchers suggest, it’s likely other cursorial animals, such as cats, experience a runner’s high as well.last_img read more

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Health dept sends notice to pvt hospital over expired registration

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has issued a notification to Namita Biswas Memorial Eye Hospital in Garia’s Middle Town area, after it failed to renew registration.It has been learnt that the Health department asked the private hospital authorities not to admit patients, after it found some infrastructural lapses in the hospital. The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the Health department has given them verbal consent to continue normal functioning. A senior official of the hospital said that they were asked to stop functioning for two days as the registration was not renewed with the Health department. The hospital authorities, however, urged the health authorities for a relaxation.According to sources, the private eye hospital was running without a valid registration for quite some time. No hospital can operate without a valid registration from the Health department.A question appears here on how a private health establishment could admit patients when it had no valid clearance from the state Health department.last_img read more

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Marchers in Rome protest Italys allowing abortion

first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments   Share   After a long battle between secular forces and the church, voters upheld the law in a 1981 referendum. There is no major momentum now to rescind the law.Some in the Mother’s Day march pushed babies in strollers. One American participant, the Rev. Dominick Holtz, from St. Louis, Missouri, said the march united people from around the world against legalized abortion.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of ROME (AP) – A few thousand people opposed to Italy’s 1978 law allowing abortion have marched through the Italian capital in a protest drawing people from around the world, including Americans and Poles.Nuns, priests and lay people marched in Rome Sunday from the Colosseum to Castel Sant’Angelo, a landmark near the Vatican.In Italy, abortion on demand is legal through to the end of the third month of pregnancy. Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img read more

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Golden Outlook for California Housing Market

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News June 10, 2019 924 Views California’s housing market is showing signs of recovery, as CoreLogic reported that April saw sales of new and existing homes and condos increased 10.7% from March, and the year-over-year decline in transactions was the smallest since last summer.A total of 38,730 home and condo sales April, which is down 4.6% year-over-year. Sales for the month were the lowest in five years, but was a slight improvement as the 4.6% annual decline was the lowest August 2018.Home sales declined at all price levels, but the decreases were the largest in the lower price tiers, as sales below $300,000 fell 12.2% year-over-year. Sales over $500,000 dropped 7.4%, and sales more than $500,000 declined 2.8%. Homes selling at more than $1 million dropped 4.5% since April 2018.“Last year some potential homebuyers got priced out of the market by the double whammy of rising prices and mortgage rates, which meant the mortgage payments they faced had risen significantly more than prices alone and had far outpaced income growth,” the report states. “There was also a psychological shift in 2018 where many home shoppers, facing a thin inventory, became discouraged and simply stepped out of the market, some fearing prices had neared a peak.”Sales of high-priced homes nationwide have taken a hit so far in 2019, as Redfin reported in May that homes priced at more than $2 million declined 16% year-over-year—the biggest drop in luxury sales since 2010.The price of homes in the remaining 95% of the market rose 2.7% year-over-year to an average of $300,000 in the first quarter, continuing six straight years of increases.CoreLogic states that home prices in California saw an increase of 3.5% in April compared to March, with the average sale price coming in at $497,000. The report, however, stated April’s increase was down from the 7.8% increase of April 2018.The housing market in California’s two largest markets, Los Angeles and San Francisco, saw mixed results in April. A total of 6,987 new and existing homes were sold in the San Francisco area in April 2019, which is a 13.7% increase from March, but a 7.6% decline year-over-year.Los Angeles reported sales of new and existing homes rose 11.6% in April to 20,074, and down just 3.3% year-over-year. Home sales in April were the lowest for that month since April 2014 when 20,008 homes were sold. center_img Golden Outlook for California Housing Market? 2019 Housing Market california CoreLogic Luxury Homes Redfin 2019-06-10 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

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