Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Conns Mill BridgeThomson Road, near Highway 104, will be closed from Hansford Siding Road to Conns Mill Road for repairs to the Conns Mill Bridge until Tuesday, April 8. Detour signs are in place. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavelton BridgeGavelton Bridge on Gavel Road is closed for repairs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until early April. When closed, the bridge will be restricted to emergency vehicles and school buses. All other traffic should use the detour route marked on Lake Vaughn Road and Raynardton Road. The bridge will be open on weekends. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook BridgeThe Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis BridgeCrowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road.center_img CONTINUING WORK HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook BridgesThe Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River BridgeThe Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp .last_img read more

Hot humid morning in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a hot and humid morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 27 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average. The humidity level was recorded at 67 per cent. The weatherman has forecast cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain or drizzle on Monday. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 38 and 26 degrees Celsius, respectively. On Sunday, the maximum temperature settled at 37 degrees Celsius while the minimum was 26.5 degrees Celsius.last_img

What Happens When Pot and Pro Sports Collide

first_imgWeed is still banned in most of the sports world, no matter its legal status in Canada. But for how much longer? In contact sports like football and hockey, what’s the justification for prescribing opioids instead of pot as painkillers? In other sports, is there really a case for calling it a “performance enhancing substance”? And if so, then shouldn’t it only be prohibited during games?There are a million questions facing professional athletes and the teams they play for as pot becomes legal in more and more places, but perhaps the most important one is this: Who will be the first league, or team, to do it right? When that happens, the floodgates could open. Or not, and one Canadian league could be the only one out on the front lines of high athletics. Sportsnet’s Donnovan Bennett sits down with Jordan Heath-Rawlings to explore the controversy. Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1025.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Palestine Murdered Teenager to Rest in Peace

Casablanca – The body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, has finally been released to the family.The body of murdered Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was buried yesterday.After the Friday prayers, thousands of mourners attended Abu Khdeir’s funeral. The coffin of the 16-year-old, wrapped in a Palestinian flag, was first carried to his family and then to the cemetery. The dead teenager’s mother, Suha Abu Khdeir, was quoted by Euronews as saying: “I hope no mother will have to face what I’m going through now. I want people and the leaders to make a stand, to put an end to these kinds of acts so no other woman suffers like this.”The body of the Palestinian teenager had been autopsied, but the Israeli police are keeping its results from the public. However, it has been revealed that the body indicates marks of burning and other forms of torture.Jerusalem’s tensions have given cause for the population as well as the police to worry. For this reason, authorities are prepared to deal with any troublemakers in order to impede further chaos and clashes from arising.Many are convinced that the murder of Abu Khdeir was a revenge attack for the recent brutal killing of three Israeli teenagers in Hebron in the occupied West Bank.For the moment, police continue to investigate whether the crime was nationalistic or criminal in order to determine whether the perpetrator or perpetrators are Israeli or Palestinian.The ongoing hatred and conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians have taken the lives of many people, especially children. read more

Morocco – Ukraine No Score for the Atlas Lions

Rabat – The Atlas Lions did not score in their first pre-World Cup game against Ukraine (0-0) on Thursday night in Geneva.Two weeks before the kick-off of the World Cup in Russia, Hervé Renard’s team failed to score against the Ukrainian team, despite their cohesive play and thefew opportunities created by Hakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabt.On social media, public opinion regarding the faceoff was divided. Some were convinced by the Atlas Lion’s presentation, praising Hakim Ziyech and Mehdi Benatia, while others criticizedsome players’ performances, including that of Hamza Mendyl and Younès Belhanda. The next Atlas Lions friendly game is scheduled to take place June 4 against Slovakia in Switzerland, followed by a third match against the Estonian national team on their home turf on June 9, six days before Morocco’s first World Cup match against Iran on June 15.The Atlas Lions will play against Portugal in their second game on June 20 and against Spain on June 25 in Morocco’s final first-round match. read more

SNCLavalin gets approval for work on Inmets US62billion copper mine

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Inc. has received the green light to go ahead with work on a mining contract worth about US$355-million in fees for a group led by the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant.The overall cost of the Cobre Panama copper project in Panama will be about US$6.2-billion, including US$3.2-billion of infrastructure to be overseen by the SNC joint venture group.SNC has a 70% interest in the joint venture and is partnered by GyM S.A., a member of Grana y Montero Group, and Techint International Construction Corp., each with a 15% interest.The contract is with Minera Panama S.A., a subsidiary of Toronto-based Inmet Mining Corp., to provide detailed engineering, procurement and construction management services for the project infrastructure component of the project.[np-related]The contract covers infrastructure related to an open pit mine, including supporting infrastructure related to concentrator and processing facilities, transmission lines, roads, bridges, camps and port facilities, SNC said in a news release.“This is a tremendous opportunity for SNC-Lavalin to work with its joint venture partners, Inmet, MPSA and local stakeholders, to design and build the project infrastructure for this world-class copper mine in Panama,” said Feroz Ashraf, executive vice-president, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.“This award builds on our 20-year relationship with Inmet and reflects their continuing confidence in our ability to carry out challenging and prestigious projects for them.”Detailed engineering and procurement is to begin immediately and infrastructure construction activities are already in progress at the site, SNC said.The project is scheduled to be operational in 2016 and the mine is expected to have a life of about 30 years.SNC-Lavalin is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure and in the provision of operations and maintenance services.With offices across Canada and in more than 35 other countries, it is currently working on projects in about 100 countries around the world. read more

Gas prices soar to spring record up 14 cents from last year

CALGARY — A gasoline price spike is to be expected around this time of year as refineries prepare for the summer driving season, but there are some factors making this year’s pre-Victoria Day bump more painful than usual.The national average was above $1.37 per litre on Wednesday, according to price-tracking website GasBuddy.com — a big jump from last year’s $1.23.Some cities have it worse than others. In Montreal, for instance, prices spiked eight cents between Tuesday and Wednesday to nearly $1.53. Calgarians, meanwhile, enjoyed a relatively cheap $1.22.GasBuddy co-founder Jason Toews said the national average price has never been this high at this time of year — although it hasn’t surpassed the all time record of $1.42 in September 2008.“It’s largely due to the time of year. We’re in spring and on the edge of summer driving season. We always see prices going up around this time of year,” he said.As winter turns to spring, refineries go offline to tweak their equipment. In the winter, they produce more heating fuel, whereas in the summer, they ramp up their gasoline production.But this year hasn’t been typical, said John Kiemele, vice president and chief operating officer at En-Pro International, an Oshawa, Ont.-based firm that advises companies on their energy costs.This year’s extreme winter drew down supplies of heating fuel more than usual, causing refineries to keep running when they’d normally be taken offline, he said.“If they were to shut down the refinery and do maintenance and start to prepare more gasoline, they would have been in a real dilemma. They wouldn’t have had any supply. They needed to keep those refineries running and producing distillates to meet demand,” he said.“So that delayed process of building gasoline inventories for the driving season. That put gasoline inventories in a lower position than we would have liked and that has caused prices to go up.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Another aggravating factor has been the lower loonie, Kiemele added.“Every time the dollar drops in value, you will see a rise in the price of fuel in Canada because we all deal in U.S. dollars when it comes to energy.”The good news is both Toews and Kiemele see prices mellowing out somewhat after the May long weekend.“All the gas stations are going to have summer fuel in their tanks and there won’t be any supply issues,” said Toews.Motorists are getting more accustomed to pricey fuel. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, drivers were outraged when prices hit $1 per litre.“It shocked people and it had a big impact on demand for gasoline,” Toews said.“But now a dollar per litre seems cheap. Our perception of what is cheap has changed dramatically.”The Canadian Press read more

Time Warner posts 12 pct drop in 4thqtr net income but beats

Time Warner posts 12 pct drop in 4th-qtr net income, but beats Wall Street predictions CORRECTS YEAR OF REPORT TO 2014 – FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2009 file photo, a Time Warner Cable truck is parked in New York.Time Warner Inc. reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 4:58 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Time Warner said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income dropped 12 per cent, as investments in programing and other costs offset revenue growth.The New York-based media and entertainment company’s adjusted profit and revenue beat Wall Street predictions.Revenue rose at Time Warner’s Warner Bros., Turner and HBO arms, while it was flat at the company’s Time Inc. publishing division, which the company said it still plans to spin off by the end of the second quarter.Time Warner’s revenue rose 7 per cent to $4 billion, helped by the release of popular films such as “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” But that growth was partially offset by lower home video and TV licensing revenue.Turner’s revenue rose 3 per cent to $2.5 billion, mainly as a result of higher subscription revenue. Advertising revenue rose just 1 per cent, as growth at its domestic entertainment networks was offset by the effects of lower spending on political advertising at its domestic news networks.HBO’s revenue also rose 6 per cent to $1.3 billion, as the company charged higher rates for its domestic service.But the revenue gains were offset by investments in programing and other costs. Adjusted operating income fell at both Turner and HBO, while rising at Warner Bros.Time Warner earned $983 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with $1.11 billion, or $1.15 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.Excluding one-time items, the company posted an adjusted profit of $1.17 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.15 per share.Revenue rose 5 per cent to $8.57 billion from $8.16 billion. Analysts expected $8.38 billion in revenue.For the full year 2013, Time Warner earned $3.69 billion, or $3.92 per share, up from $2.93 billion, or $3 per share, in 2012. Revenue rose to $29.8 billion from $28.73 billion.Excluding Time Inc., the company said it expects its 2014 adjusted earnings per share to rise by the “low-double-digits” from their 2013 level.The company also said that its board approved a 10 per cent increase to its quarterly cash dividend, boosting it to 31.75 cents.Time Warner shares fell 69 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to finish at $63.09. Its shares have risen more than 26 per cent over the past year. read more

University seeks input on proposed copyright rules

If you have lots to say about what’s fair when it comes to copyright, it’s time to gather those thoughts.The University is currently considering a new fair dealing policy to replace Brock’s existing policy and wants input from faculty and instructors.A new policy is in the works because of changes to the Copyright Act and recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. The proposed policy was drafted by external counsel of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and in consultation with university solicitors and legal counsel for other national educational organizations.“Fair dealing is an important right for educators and I encourage faculty to provide input on the proposed new policy. While we are limited in what we can do by the law, we’ve received legal advice that this new policy appropriately balances the rights of educators and creators and is consistent with recent jurisprudence,” said Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President Academic. “At the end of the day, the University’s main objective is to provide, within the parameters of the law, the best educational opportunities for faculty and students alike.”The policy has already received widespread endorsement from educational institutions and organizations across Canada and has been adopted in varying forms by universities, colleges and school boards.The Copyright Act doesn’t define what constitutes fair dealing, though decisions of the Supreme Court provide some clarification. The policy has been drafted based on these decisions, as well as industry norms and practices.The proposed policy would allow Brock faculty and staff to copy and distribute to students short excerpts of materials for educational purposes, including posting book chapters on Sakai, or providing articles as handouts or in course packs.That offers instructors “significantly more flexibility” in making copy right materials available to students, Knuttila said.The proposed policy is available for review online. Comments about the new policy can be emailed to Chabriol Colebatch, Copyright Advisory Group chair at ccolebatch@brocku.ca by Jan. 14.The policy is expected to be presented to the Board of Trustees for decision in February. read more

Aftermath of Lethem flood…59 residents remain in shelters

The Tabatinga Creek (flooding in Region 9)Though the flood waters in sections of Lethem and surrounding areas have largely receded, the fifty-nine residents who were evacuated from their homes for safety reasons remain in shelters after nearly two weeks.This was confirmed by both Regional Vice-Chairman of Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) Karl Singh and acting head of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Kester Craig who related to Guyana Times on Sunday that the affected areas are being monitored.While it is not clear when the various households will be able to return to their places of abode, Vice-Chairman Singh stated that the residents are being allowed to clean their surroundings.“Persons are in the shelter as of today [Sunday]; we are still monitoring the situation. We have cleaning agents including jeyes fluid to give to the affected people to clean their homes and disinfect the surrounding areas before they can go back home,” Singh told Guyana Times.Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig told this publication that as the water around Lethem has been receding, there have been no reports of outbreak of diseases.“There are no outbreaks; what we try to do is use preventative measures such as bleach in water and water purification tablets…we monitor the situation continuously and we are in contact with the regional administration under the regional disaster risk management system,” Craig pointed out.He also informed that the Public Health Ministry has a team handling the affected areas with community outreaches with its environmental health personnel which has been providing guidance on the necessary measures persons can take to prevent diseases.Meanwhile, additional flooding remains a cause for worry since the water level could rise again with another heavy downpour. The affected areas included Deep South Rupununi communities such as Karasabai which was cut off from Central Lethem. Regional Chairman Brian Allicock noted earlier this month that a group of toshaos had travelled into the area via boat, using a different route.It was reported several days ago that the Deep South Rupununi’s main access road en-route to Aishalton was partly washed away.Food security is another concern that was recorded since the floods in the Deep South had also destroyed farms. Regional Chairman Allicock noted in early July that some 20 farms were inundated with over three feet of water.The flooding resulted from several rivers, particularly the Takutu River, over topping because of heavy rainfall in the region and over in neighbouring Brazil, which had resulted in over topping of the Rio Brancho River. The CDC had delivered supplies which included water purification tablets, collapsible bottles, detergents and cleaning supplies, beddings and blankets, among other materials. Environmental health personnel offering guidance – CDC Head Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegion 9 floodwaters recedingJuly 9, 2018In “latest news”Region 9 flooding intensifies as waters continue to riseJuly 4, 2017In “latest news”Rescue operations activated in Region 9 as flooding worsensJuly 5, 2018In “latest news” read more

Toshiba shows off sexy AMOLED 77inch Tegra 3 tablet the AT270

first_imgThough it was starting to appear that way, not every product on display at MWC 2012 has been leaked or officially revealed in advance of the show. Toshiba, for example, is showing off a previously unannounced addition to its tablet line-up: a snazzy little 7.7 inch model carrying the name AT270.Unlike their current 7- and 10-inch Thrive offerings, this new model doesn’t feature a thick, grippy rubber back. Instead, its rear panel is textured, gold-tone plastic. The result is a much lighter tablet, though one that still packs plenty of power.That’s to be expected with an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC under the hood. Unfortunately, the handlers at Laptop Mag weren’t able to uncover other hardware specifics during their brief hands-on, but that might not matter at this stage of the game anyway. This is, after all, a model that hasn’t been announced — so its final specs could vary greatly from what’s being shown in Barcelona.While specs weren’t revealed beyond the fact it has a 1.5GHz quad core chip, the tablet churned out Bladeslinger with aplomb. Graphics were crisp and smooth on the 7.7-inch, 1280 x 800 display, and understandably so. Pairing the Tegra 3’s graphical muscle with a 196ppi screen (roughly 40ppi better than the same resolution on a 10.1 inch tablet) should provide a beautiful result. As nice as the display is on the 7.7-inch Toshiba, the slab of glossy glass on top means you probably won’t be using this little beaut outside all that often (or in harsh direct light).Keep your eyes on this post if you’re looking for additional specifics — we’ll update if Toshiba decides to offer up additional info about this tablet.via Laptop Maglast_img read more

CAIRSan Diego holds press conference on Punish a Muslim Day

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 3, 2018 CAIR-San Diego holds press conference on ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsFliers are going viral on social media claiming Tuesday is “Punish a Muslim Day.”The fliers have made their way onto Facebook and Twitter, and it’s a serious concern for the American-Muslim communities.KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was LIVE with the San Diego Office of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Posted: April 3, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, last_img read more

Guilty tax lawyer still awaits sentencing

first_imgNearly two years since pleading guilty to federal charges, former Washougal finance director and licensed tax lawyer Jeffrey Bivens has yet to begin his prison sentence.He doesn’t even know how long a sentence he’ll serve.Bivens pleaded guilty in October 2010 to making materially false statements to the Small Business Administration and Wachovia Bank. He was scheduled to be sentenced at U.S. District Court in Tacoma in May 2011.But that sentencing hearing never happened.Before the scheduled hearing, Bivens attorney requested a postponement, which the court granted. Bivens’ attorney cited a personal health matter as the reason for the request, said U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Emily Langlie.The new hearing was set for September 2011, but it was delayed again and again, due to the attorney’s health issues and additional investigating in the case, Langlie said. Then in May, the assistant U.S. attorney on the case asked for a postponement, so he could undergo cancer treatment, she said.Bivens, 35, is currently scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he faces five years in prison and shares a portion of the $1.7 million loss associated with the bank and SBA loan.The crimeThe charges followed Bivens’ role in the sale of a Longview-based disaster restoration company in May 2007.Bivens provided Wachovia Bank with an inaccurate sale price of the business he was representing. As a result, the bank agreed to a loan of $2 million, which was guaranteed by the SBA, to the purchaser, according to court documents.last_img read more

Ladies Home Journal Ends Regular Publication After 131 Years

first_imgAfter 131 years, Ladies’ Home Journal will end its monthly frequency in July and convert to a newsstand-only special interest quarterly publication this fall. In its new format, the New York-based Ladies’ Home Journal will relocate to parent Meredith Corp.’s Des Moines, Iowa headquarters.While LHJ.com will continue to publish to its 1.1 million monthly unique visitors (comScore), Meredith communications director Art Slusark confirmed to FOLIO: that the entire editorial staff (around 35 employees) was laid off, including six-year editor-in-chief Sally Lee. Lee also serves as the Meredith National Media Group New York editorial director. Also out is publisher Diane Malloy, but Slusark said that she and others on the business side could still secure positions within the company.The monthly magazine carried a rate base of 3.2 million readers. The title will forever be remembered as a member of the women’s-service magazines’ “seven sisters.” McCall’s folded in 2012, but Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Woman’s Day still survive. LHJ’s advertising pages more than halved between 2009 (1,269.82 ) and 2013 (614.64). The 2014 differential is a poor -23.36 percent when compared to last year.Ladies’ Home Journal survived an earlier crisis in 1982 when Charter Communications all but gave it away to Family Media as “homemaking” was becoming archaic. The magazine quickly prospered under editor-in-chief Myrna Blyth (now AARP editorial director) between 1981 and 2002. The late Family Media CEO Bob Riordan was said to have made a handsome profit when he sold the magazine to Meredith for $96 million in 1986.last_img read more

Lake Street Dive Wants You To Remember Good Kisser

first_img Lake Street Dive Wants You To Remember “Good Kisser” Twitter Facebook Email A bigger ensemble plans to drop their new album in May, begin a world tour, and they release a fun performance video to give you something new to think back onPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 28, 2018 – 3:51 pm On Feb. 27 Lake Street Dive announced May 4 as both the drop-date for their new self-produced album Free Yourself Up and the start of their new world tour. The band also dropped a live in-studio performance video of new single “Good Kisser,” which revealed that their established line-up has now been augmented by keyboard player Akie Bermiss.Guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson first organized the group after they met as classmates at New England Conservatory of Music, bringing together drummer Mike Calabrese, bass player Bridget Kearney and singer Rachael Price as the band’s founding lineup. Their 2016 album Side Pony was produced by two-time GRAMMY winner Dave Cobb.Taking to Twitter to share their new video, the band said, “Not everyone knows what it is like to be supremely, devastatingly good at kissing, but if you are a #goodkisser, this one’s for you!” The song is about remembering the good things and Lake Street Dive can be counted on to give us lots of good music worth remembering.Lake Street Dive’s new tour will kick off in Cambridge, Mass., on May 4, and run through Sept. 6 at Red Rocks Amphitheater before hopscotching across the pond to play London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert hall on Oct. 11. Tickets and detailed information are available from the band’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News “Good Kisser,” Lake Street Dive’s Live Latest lake-street-dive-wants-you-remember-good-kisserlast_img read more

Homer state argue over gas assessments

first_imgThe City of Homer wants the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to pay a little more than $26,000 in natural gas assessments for eight state-owned plots of land. DOT refuses. The city and DOT are negotiating a solution.Download AudioNatural gas seems to be the fossil fuel that can do no wrong. It has boomed in popularity not just in Alaska but the rest of the U.S. and countries across the globe. It’s relatively cheap and clean. Those benefits were not lost on the Homer City Council in 2011 when they started down the path to a gas transition.The city used a legislative grant to pay for a pipeline to bring the gas from Anchor Point into Homer and Kachemak City. But, the city borrowed over $12 million from the Kenai Peninsula Borough to pay for the 73 mile distribution system used to deliver the gas to individual properties.“As part of that project the city decided to create a very large all-city special assessment district that assessed each property equally for putting natural gas in all the streets and right of ways in Homer,” said Homer City Manager Katie Koester.The assessments were set aside by the city to pay its debt to the borough. City Manager Katie Koester says DOT has properties inside that special assessment district.“We’re engaged in conversations right now with DOT about those properties and getting payment from them. [We’re] letting them know that just because it’s a state property doesn’t mean it’s excluded from the district,” said Koester.Koester says only undevelopable properties are excluded from the district and on that DOT agrees.Jill Reese with the Department of Transportation says the properties in question are what are known as Right of Way.“Whenever we expand a road sometimes we don’t have enough of an easement or an owned property that the road already traverses in order to make it longer or wider. Sometimes we have to go buy extra property from private individuals in order to do that,” said Reese.Once those properties are purchased they are labeled Right of Ways and state statute forbids developing them.“It’s like any ditch or anything along the road. You can’t develop it,” said Reese. “It’s not subject to the assessment since there’s no opportunity to develop the property and take advantage of the gas line.”But, Koester says the properties she’s talking about are developable and right now the city is trying to explain that to the agency.“A lot of these properties are benefited properties. They have facilities on them and structures on them. So right now I think it’s really just a matter of engaging with DOT and educating them about the types of properties,” said Koester.She says the city has already exempted DOT properties that she calls truly undevelopable.“Only a road is on them or there would be no ability to build a structure,” said Koester.She adds that other state entities have paid assessments on their lots. She is confident the city and DOT will find a solution to their disagreement.Koester also says it’s important for the public to know everyone with properties inside the district is being treated to the same standard.last_img read more

Shah to visit Goa on Thursday no discussion on mining

first_imgPanaji: Union Home Minster Amit Shah will be in Goa on Thursday to chair the 24th meeting of the Western Zonal Council during which he will discuss various issues but the mining ban plaguing the coastal state is not on his agenda. When asked if Shah, who heads the Central government’s Group of Ministers appointed to find ways and means to restart Goa’s banned mining sector, will discuss the mining issue during the council meet, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Vinay Tendulkar replied in the negative. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us “The Western Zonal Council meeting is related to the affairs of the Home Ministry. The mining issue will not be discussed at the meeting. However, we are constantly following up the mining resumption issue with the Central government,” Tendulkar told IANS on Wednesday. Mining in Goa has been banned since March 2018. The Group of Ministers, comprising Union Ministers of Mining, Industry, Environment among others was formed in July 2019, to find ways to restart the industry in the coastal state. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us The Western Zonal Council was set up in 1957 with the objective of resolving disputes and irritants between Centre and States and among the respective states in the designated zones. The council, comprising representatives of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and union territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli, is expected to discuss a broad range of issues including boundary-related disputes, security, infrastructure-related matters like road, transport, industries, water, power and issues pertaining to forests and environment, housing, education, food security, and tourism.last_img read more

The Pros And Cons Of Houstons Complicated Relationship With Plastics

first_imgPlastics are such a ubiquitous part of our lives that you’d be hard-pressed to find a way not to use them in your day-to-day life.You probably drink water or other fluids from plastic bottles, drive a car with plastic parts, get things in plastic packaging, call or text people with a plastic cell phone — it’s pretty unavoidable these days.pexels.comPlastics make their way into numerous everyday items in our lives.But, of course, there are some downsides to plastic, particularly when it finds its way into the environment as a pollutant. That’s a problem environmental groups regularly cite when calling for consumers to be more mindful about their plastic use.So, how do we successfully strike a balance in maintaining production of such a useful material but keeping it from harming us and the environment? How does Houston — a city with a number of industries that make use of plastic parts — handle the issue?In the audio above, Houston Matters gets some perspective on plastic manufacturing from Joel Morales of Polyolefins Americas. And Rachel Powers from the Citizen’s Environmental Coalition shares some concerns.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public Media 00:00 /15:09 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: pexels.comcenter_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

Opt for facials as per skin type

first_imgThere are different kind of facials for different purposes and skin types. While de-tan facial helps remove tanning mostly for oily skin, gold radiance facial suits all skin types, say experts.Here are some facials that you could opt for:1. De-tan facial: De-tan facials suit oily skin that gets sun-tanned. The creams used for this facial cut the melanin on the skin, hence gives immediate de-tan results.2. Diamond facial: This facial is ideal for special occasions, and suits dry, oily as well as combination skin types. Mostly chosen for wedding, parties or festivals. The fine dust massage cream used for this facial reduces signs of ageing, acne as well as lends a whitening effect to the skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf3. Aromatherapy facial: The aromatic oils used in aroma therapy facial have potent curative and permeating ability. Experts analyse skin type and accordingly suggest the oil which when blended with base oils show unique set of beneficial properties. Aroma of these oils when inhaled work positively on emotions and cause a physical and psychological response like relieving stress, overcoming depression, energising and enhancing mood. 4. Collagen facial: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCollagen, a natural protein has the ability to get absorbed and hold moisture in skin, this vital protein makes 70 per cent of the skin but is lost as we age, thus causing wrinkles. The Collagen facial replenishes this important protein to provide texture and resilience to skin.5. Photo facial: This kind of facial is the latest, safe, non-invasive and comprehensive treatment which uses light and treats various skin disorders like wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, coarse skin, large pores and blemishes. 6. Gold radiance facial: This facial suits all skin types. The end result of this facial is a yellowish gold glow that is ideal for brides as well as women who have to face strong lights that are usually warm white in colour.7. Wine facial: Red wine acts as an anti-oxidant which is twenty times more effective than vitamin C and fifty times more than vitamin E. Application of red wine improves moisture content, skin elasticity, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.It increases levels of vitamin C within the cells which has an anti-wrinkle effect. Red wine acid also dilutes the pigment and promote skin metabolism. 8. Ultra hydrating watermelon facial: Beat the summer heat with this ultra-hydrating watermelon facial especially created for the heat fatigued skin. Enriched with water infused extracts it will magically sink into your skin leaving it with revived and refreshed feel.9. Anti-ageing facial: This facial is a great choice for women in the age group of 35-50 years. Mostly for combination and normal skin types, the mask used for this facial helps in lifting the skin, reduce traces of wrinkles and skin sagging as well.last_img read more

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