Zidane backs Benzema and Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane: Benzema, Ronaldo give us peace of mind even without goals Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 08:37 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) ronaldo-benzema-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Karim Benzema Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Las Palmas Las Palmas Primera División Both Merengue forwards are struggling for goals in La Liga this season, but their coach chose to highlight their overall play after a convincing win Zinedine Zidane played down the importance of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo’s respective struggles in front of goal, insisting that merely their presence gives Real Madrid “peace of mind”.Madrid cruised to an easy 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Sunday, bouncing back from back-to-back defeats to Girona and Tottenham in La Liga and the Champions League.Real 11/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neither Ronaldo nor Benzema were able to add to their Liga goal tallies of one apiece, however, with both enduring frustrating days in front of goal.Ronaldo – who set up Isco for the third – hit the post and missed a couple of good chances, while Benzema appeared to be lacking confidence and was the target of jeers from some sections of the crowd. @Cristiano with a great low cross from the right and @isco_alarcon was there to slot home our third!— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 5, 2017Zidane is adamant that both make a difference just being on pitch, though, and the Frenchman is not aware of Benzema being jeered.He told reporters: “I don’t know, I didn’t hear that. If you say so.”At the end of the day, what we want to do is continue to work and do the right thing. We’re talking of Benzema and Cristiano and it’s true, I don’t know how many goals they have.Ronaldo“They are the first to be unhappy, but the important thing is the work, what they do. We have to have peace of mind with that.”You [the media] always think of negative things and I think positive. Cristiano has given the pass for the goal [of Isco] and I can tell you that he is very pleased with it.”He is happy to give a goal and it was a beautiful goal. We know that he likes to score and he is happiest when scoring.”But we believe that he will make a difference. He is not doing it now by scoring in the league, but he is in the Champions League and he also does other things.”He is helpful to the team and in the end he will make a difference.”FT: #RealMadrid 3-0 @UDLP_Oficial (@Casemiro 41, @marcoasensio10 56′, @isco_alarcon 74′).#RMLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/KLUpQ5KEkY— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 5, 2017Benzema and Ronaldo could again be joined by Gareth Bale after the international break, with Zidane expecting him to be ready for their next LaLiga game against Atletico Madrid.”Now I intend to push Gareth because he is well,” Zidane said. “He has not been able to be with us because it lacks a little [sharpness], but we have 15 days to make him perfect.”Then, we will see how we manage him. But the idea is for him to be ready after the break against Atletico.”last_img read more

IPL 2019: KL Rahul batted really well, need to give credit to KXIP, says MS Dhoni

first_img covers third Man All batsmen are considered right handed R Punjab Nicholas Pooran (wk) N. Pooran (wk) c MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja Mid off graphs covers 0 170/5 not out 197.22 Mid on Sam Curran (PNJ) S. Curran (PNJ) Super Over Mid off Harbhajan Singh (CHE) H. Singh (CHE) 122.22 Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo Punjab beat Chennai by 6 wickets All batsmen are considered right handed 6s Square Leg Mid Wicket 0 (20.0) 1 0 71 (36) e/r 27 0 4 4 57 commentary 71 173/4 0 No data available! Point 0 Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 4s Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 16:00 (Local Time) c sub b Harbhajan Singh Lokesh Rahul L. Rahul c Imran Tahir b Harbhajan Singh 2 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Lokesh Rahul 36 Punjab PNJ Chennai CHE Square Leg Ravichandran Ashwin (c) R. Ashwin (c) Indian Premier League, 2019 fine Leg 173/4 8 Mid on 6 4 not out Scorecard Point 28 Mid off Harbhajan Singh H. Singh Mid on Extras: 14 runs (B: 4, LB: 5, WD: 5, NB: 0, P: 0) All batsmen are considered right handed 0 fine Leg third Man 164/4 ( N. Pooran 16.2 Overs) , fine Leg Fall of Wickets 0 Point 0 fine Leg 0 vs 22 108/2 ( C. Gayle 10.4 Overs) , 163.63 7 100 Rajarshi Gupta MohaliMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 21:46 IST IPL 2019: KL Rahul smashed a 19-ball half-century to help KXIP seal a consolation win on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni lauded KL Rahul for his 36-ball 71 which helped KXIP beat CSK by 6 wicketsDhoni said CSK tried everything on the field but nothing worked vs KXIP in Mohali on SundayDhoni was happy after CSK still assured themselves of a finish in the top two of the points tableChennai Super Kings failed to defend 172 against Kings XI Punjab in their final league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League but the defending champions were still assured of a top-2 finish.MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings’ iconic captain, doffed his hat to KL Rahul whose 36-ball 71 helped Kings XI Punjab seal a consolation win and said his team was happy to reassess the situation and finish in the top two. This means CSK will play the first qualifier at home in Chennai and will get two chances to make it to the final.After Faf du Plessis (96) and Suresh Raina (53) helped Chennai Super Kings to 172 for 5 off 20 overs, KXIP needed to gun down the target in 14.2 overs. And it looked possible at one stage with KL Rahul going great guns – he had smashed Harbhajan Singh for 24 runs to bring up a 19-ball 50.IPL 2019: MI vs KKR live cricket scoreHowever, Harbhajan Singh dismissed KL Rahul and Chris Gayle off successive deliveries to pull things back a little. KXIP eventually got home in 18 overs and it meant CSK would get two shots at the title clash.MS Dhoni lauded KL Rahul for his aggressive innings on a pitch which he described as not easy to bat on.”You need to give the credit to them. It was not an easy wicket. With 3 spinners, it was difficult to manoeuvre in the first 6 overs,” Dhoni told the host broadcaster after the match.”But KL Rahul batted really well, was ably supported by Chris Gayle and then Pooran towards the end was good with his lusty hits. It was a really good batting effort from their side.”advertisementMS Dhoni said CSK tried everything they could but admitted not much worked on Sunday. However, he praised his bowlers for the way they came back after the assault from KL Rahul.”We did whatever we could, it didn’t work a lot. Quite happy with the way we bowled, despite giving a few runs at the start… That’s something you have to keep in mind, If you can’t win a game, you make sure you get the opposition to get the runs in the most number of overs. you have to quickly adapt, learn and re-assess,” Dhoni said.Also Read | KL Rahul attacks Harbhajan Singh to hit 19-ball fiftyAlso Read | Faf du Plessis hits career-best 96 as CSK batsmen peak at the right timeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow KL RahulFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019 170/5 116.66 Mandeep Singh M. Singh not out Chennai CHE covers Mid Wicket Mid on Murugan Ashwin M. Ashwin 2 0 Mid Wicket covers All batsmen are considered right handed third Man 0 c Imran Tahir b Harbhajan Singhcenter_img Square Leg Lokesh Rahul (PNJ) L. Rahul (PNJ) Mid on c MS Dhoni b Ravindra Jadeja 16 B Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja 7 11 Mohammed Shami M. Shami Imran Tahir I. Tahir 2 view full scorecard Match Ended 96 (55) 7 85.71 Andrew Tye A. Tye 4 third Man 3/57 (4) Chennai Bowling CHE Bowling Sam Curran S. Curran not out 28 0 Mid Wicket Mid off Mayank Agarwal M. Agarwal c Ravindra Jadeja b Harbhajan Singh (18.0) Square Leg 0 6.75 advertisement 1 All batsmen are considered right handed w 1 0 nb Mid Wicket Point view more view less Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 55 3/35 (4) Mid on Match Ended 0 108/1 ( L. Rahul 10.3 Overs) , 3 118/3 ( M. Agarwal 12.2 Overs) , 3 36 o third Man r Mid off 0 wd Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Punjab PNJ Point fine Leg Harpreet Brar H. Brar 0 2 5 m Chennai 4 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Chris Gayle C. Gayle c sub b Harbhajan Singh Square Leg 14.25 (20.0) 28 All batsmen are considered right handed (18.0) 36 Point 0 Faf du Plessis (CHE) du Plessis (CHE) covers fine Leg Punjab batting PNJ batting covers 9 c Ravindra Jadeja b Harbhajan Singh 0 7 9 173/4 Mid off S/R Mid Wicket Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND), KN Ananthapadmanabhan (IND) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) 1 Toss: PNJ elected to field 6 IPL 2019: KL Rahul batted really well, need to give credit to KXIP, says MS DhoniIPL 2019: MS Dhoni spoke highly of KL Rahul whose 71 off 36 helped Kings XI Punjab crush defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Mohali on Sunday. – third Man Square Leg (18.0)last_img read more

Ottawa suing OmniTRAX over Churchill rail

first_imgSpring flooding damaged the rail line to Churchill.APTN News Transport Canada says it is taking legal action against the owner of the Churchill rail line.The move comes after the government says OmniTRAX Inc. failed to get trains moving again on the Hudson Bay Railway Company line between the northern Manitoba communities of Gillam and Churchill.Transport Canada alleges the Denver company breached a contract the two had by failing to meet an Oct. 13, 2017 ultimatum to resume service within 30 days.“OmniTRAX Inc. did not fulfill its obligations under the terms of the contribution agreement it signed with the government of Canada in 2008,” the federal government said in a news release Tuesday.“Under the terms of the agreement, the government of Canada provided $20 million in funding for the rehabilitation of the rail line between The Pas and the Port of Churchill. Transport Canada has paid out $18.8 million to date.”Transport Canada says OmniTRAX is responsible for keeping the line operable until March 31, 2029. Or it must pay the money back.Trouble with the track halted train traffic last summer. Residents say that drove up the cost of supplies and hurt tourism.No one at OmniTRAX immediately responded to a request for comment. The company has said the rail line was damaged by flooding last spring.There are no roads into the community that rings Hudson Bay. Visitors come by train or plane. A bird’s-eye view of Churchill, Manitoba.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,148.53, down 1.07 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 13 cents, or 4.98 per cent, to $2.48 on 9.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 24 cents, or 7.50 per cent, to $2.96 on 7.5 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 3.18 per cent, to $9.14 on 7.07 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 42 cents, or 3.77 per cent, to $10.72 on 7.05 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 51 cents, or 2.10 per cent, to $23.76 on 4.5 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 2.58 per cent, to $1.89 on 3.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Amaya Inc. (TSX:AYA). Online gaming. Down 22 cents, or 0.94 per cent, to $23.19 on 214,913 shares. CEO Rafi Ashkenazi told reporters Wednesday after the company’s annual meeting that it has its eyes set on India as it looks to grow its online poker business. Shareholders also approved a name change and headquarters relocation to Toronto. Amaya will become The Stars Group in August when its TSX symbol will also change.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down 48 cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $93.28 on 2.3 million shares. The bank says it is cutting 450 jobs, primarily from its head office locations in the Greater Toronto Area as it tries to revamp its business in light of shifting client preferences. Royal says it consolidates its business where needed in order to reinvest in areas such as digital, data, new technology and high-growth business areas.Sears Canada (TSX:SCC). Department stores. Down 18 cents, or 22.50 per cent, to 62 cents on 255,195 shares. Bloomberg, citing unnamed people it said were familiar with the matter, reported that the company is preparing to seek court protection from creditors within weeks and that the business could be sold off in pieces. The Toronto-based retailer and its American counterpart have been suffering from dwindling sales for years as a result of changes to consumer buying patterns and new competition, particularly from online shopping. read more

UN mulling form of support for Iraq SecretaryGeneral says

Speaking to journalists in an encounter after the Security Council’s monthly luncheon, Mr. Annan said he had indicated to the Security Council “that I’ll be submitting a report on UN activities in Iraq and how we are going to proceed between now and the beginning of December.”The Security Council was awaiting a letter, also, because Jalal Talabani, the current Chairman of the United States-appointed Governing Council indicated Sunday that one was being sent “and we are waiting to see what is in that document,” he said.A political transition was an area in which the UN has had experience and could offer advice, depending on the circumstances, Mr. Annan said.In planning, “we are looking at what we can do from outside Iraq, what we can do cross-border and what we can do once the circumstances permit us to deploy fully back in Iraq,” he said, adding that the security situation was not yet where he wanted to see it.He was asked whether requests from Foreign Ministers Joschka Fischer of Germany today and Igor Ivanov of the Russian Federation yesterday that a bigger UN role should be written into a US-drafted resolution would be consonant with security requirements.”No,” he said. “I think many people would want to see a UN role. We, ourselves, would want to help the Iraqi people, but one also has to be prudent.”After sending its letter to the Security Council, the Governing Council was scheduled to send a report to the UN by 15 December, he added.Asked about appointing a successor for his Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in the 19 August bombing of the UN offices in Baghdad, Mr. Annan said he would name someone to handle operations on the ground fairly shortly and a Special Representative “in the not too distant future.”The UN would probably establish a regional office either in Amman, Jordan, or Larnaca, Cyprus, to focus on UN activities in Iraq, he said. read more

Scott Hutchison wrote song about suicide as devastated family confirm his death

Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously)Credit:Police Scotland The frontman’s brother talked Wednesday of his “incredible worry” as police continued to search for him. Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen alive leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry in Scotland at 1am on Wednesday in a “very fragile state”.  Scott Hutchison, 36, was last seen at the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry around 1am on Wednesday (pictured hours previously) In a statement released through Police Scotland, Mr Hutchison’s family said: “As a family, we are utterly devastated with the tragic loss of our beloved Scott. Scott Hutchison - lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1.During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts. Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade.  Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 I closed my eyes for a second and when they opened you weren’t there.And the door shut I was vacuum packed, Shrink-wrapped out of air.And the spine collapsed, and the eyes rolled back to stare at my starving brain.And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away) down the Forth, into the sea.I think I’ll save suicide for another day.And I picture this corpse on the M8 hearse and I half run away to sleep an a rolled up coat against the window with the strobe of the sun.And the life I’ve led ,am I ready to leap? Is there peace beneath the roar of the Forth road bridge?On the Northern side there’s a Fife of mine and a boat in the port for me.And fully clothed, I float away (I’ll float away) Down the Forth, into the sea I’ll steer myself through drunken waves.These manic gulls scream it’s okay. Take your life. Give it a shake. Gather up all your loose change.I think I’ll save suicide for another year.Songwriters: David Kennedy / Grant David Hutchison / Scott John HutchisonCopyright: Domino Publishing Company Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote: “Heartbreaking news. My  thoughts are with Scott’s family, friends and fans. A remarkable and much loved  talent.”  Lightbody paid tribute on Instagram to “one of Scotland’s most extraordinary song writers”.”He wrote with such profound insight into loss and longing and listening to his words always made me feel this heady mix of wonder, elation and pain. That pain that also makes you feel someone understands what you’re going through and you don’t feel so alone.”He was willing to hurt in his songs so that the listener hurt less. But when you live on the edge of that pain it can sometimes get to be too much to bear. I just wish he knew what he meant to so many.”Thank you Scott for every extraordinary song you ever wrote and for the times we shared. Your music brought light to the world and always will. So much love to all your family, band mates and close friends.”I am so deeply sorry for their loss. The world is less today without you Scott.” His band Frightened Rabbit have also issued a statement, saying Hutchison leaves a “legacy of hope, kindness and colour”.It read: “There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort.”Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you to continue doing this.”He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared.” He added: “He does suffer from depression, he has been very open about that in an attempt to help other people with similar conditions.”He’s kind, he’s a great uncle to my three kids, a fantastic wee brother and an inspiring guy who is one of my heroes. “”He’s an inspiration to me and I miss him very much.”Grant Hutchison, a drummer with the band, spoke about his brother being an “inspirational” figure and a “hero” who he missed very much. His last tweets prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Saint Raymond and Frank Turner. But these turned to tributes on Friday as news filtered through that police had found a body. Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos tweeted: “Awful news about Scott Hutchison. A terrible loss.”Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian wrote: “Tragic news about Scott Hutchison. The whole music community in Scotland was praying for a different outcome.”Folks, if you are up against it, having dark thoughts, please tell someone, family, a friend or a doctor. There is always another way, though it might not seem like it.” “Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you.”Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles.”His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues.” 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. “Despite his disappearance, and the recent concerns over his mental health, we had all remained positive and hopeful that he would walk back through the door, having taken some time away to compose himself.”Scott, like many artists, wore his heart on his sleeve and that was evident in the lyrics of his music and the content of many of his social media posts.”He was passionate, articulate and charismatic, as well as being one of the funniest and kindest people we knew.”Friends and family would all agree that he had a brilliant sense of humour and was a great person to be around.”In addition to his musical success, Scott was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend. Despite whatever else was going on in his life he always had time for those he cared for. It emerged the lead singer left the hotel without his phone and his brother Grant, who plays drums in the Scottish indie band, updated fans Thursday morning by saying: “We have no news to report on Scott’s whereabouts this morning.”Your support so far has been incredible and all we ask is you keep him in your thoughts, keep an eye out and keep sharing his picture online. Thanks for everything. Your kindness and positivity is keeping us going.”He signed off the message on Twitter with his initial, and it came after an Instagram post Wednesday pleading for help.In it, he said: “Has anyone seen my brother/bandmate/best friend? He’s in a very fragile state and has been missing since last night and we’re all incredibly worried.”On Thursday Mr Hutchison’s brothers, Grant and Neil, said they were “distraught” about his disappearance and appealed for him to get in touch.The pair spoke about their sibling’s fight with depression and how he had helped others by speaking about his condition.Elder brother Neil, 38, said: “In relation to Frightened Rabbit, the band and Scott’s work and how many people he himself has helped who might be suffering from the same emotions and feelings, that’s been great to read.” Floating in the Forth by Frightened Rabbit (lyrics)So you just stepped out of the front of my house and I’ll never see you again. Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of youFamily of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison Scott Hutchison’s family have talked of the Frightened Rabbit singer’s battle with depression as it emerged he wrote a song about suicide near where his body was found. Officers at Police Scotland made the discovery at Port Edgar near South Queensferry at 8.30pm on Thursday.His family have been left “utterly devastated” and described how he “battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles”.Hutchison talked openly about mental illness, and the singer-songwriter wrote a song addressing suicide titled Floating in the Forth. In the chorus from the 2008 song he sang: “And fully clothed, I float away Down the Forth, into the sea. I think I’ll save suicide for another day.”Three hours before he was last seen, at 1am on Wednesday, the frontman tweeted: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not.”I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”The singer followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09pm with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.” read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #SEAN FITZ The State will not have to pay Seán Fitzpatrick’s legal costs despite his acquittal, according to RTÉ News.2. #ABUSE The national broadcaster also reports on the sentencing of a 47-year-old mother for 14 years for the long-term sexual abuse of her young daughter.3. #DRINKING Last year, Ireland spent €50 million a week on alcohol. But about one in five people didn’t drink at all in 2013.4. #CONVICTED Eight people, including a teenager, have been found guilty of an arson attack that killed the wife and three children of a Dublin-based neurosurgeon in the UK.5. #FEROCIOUS ATTACK Egypt has been strongly criticised today for jailing three Al Jazeera journalists, with many calling it an attack on press freedom.last_img read more

Le cobra échappé du zoo du Bronx a été retrouvé

first_imgLe cobra échappé du zoo du Bronx a été retrouvéVendredi dernier, un cobra égyptien s’était échappé du zoo du Bronx, à New York. Après presque une semaine de cavale, le serpent a été retrouvé.Cette évasion avait passionné les médias new-yorkais, qui sont aujourd’hui nombreux à annoncer la nouvelle, rapporte le site de LCI. Disparu depuis vendredi dernier, le serpent a été retrouvé jeudi matin. Alors qu’un internaute avait créé un compte Twitter sur lequel le cobra racontait son voyage dans les rues de New-York, le serpent n’avait finalement pas quitté le zoo. C’est une équipe de nettoyage qui l’a découvert dans un bâtiment du parc animalier. “Trouvé ! La patience aura été la stratégie gagnante”, se félicite le zoo sur le site de micro-blogging.À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasLe cobra va être examiné par des vétérinaires avant de rejoindre la “Maison des reptiles”, qui va pouvoir rouvrir ses portes. Le zoo l’avait en effet fermée après la disparition du serpent, une jeune femelle qui ne mesure que cinquante centimètres de long, alors qu’adulte, elle pourrait atteindre jusqu’à 2,5 mètres de longueur.Si la disparition du cobra égyptien a amusé médias et internautes, elle a aussi inquiété les New-Yorkais. Ce serpent vivant en Afrique du Nord et au Proche-Orient est extrêmement venimeux. Sa morsure peut provoquer des morts foudroyantes.Le 1 avril 2011 à 18:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Food & Drink: Ben’s among best beer bars in state

first_imgRachel Pinsky can be emailed at couveeats@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. Ben’s Bottle Shop isn’t just a place that serves beer. It’s the beer library that you would need if you were working on a Ph.D. in craft beer. Ben’s has more than 25 beers on tap and a long wall of refrigerators filled with colorful bottles and cans to go. This popular local spot made CraftBeer.com‘s Great American Beer Bar list for 2019, representing the state of Washington.CraftBeer.com is a website created by the Brewer’s Association, a nonprofit trade organization that promotes small and independent brewers in the United States. According to Digital Content Editor Andy Sparhawk, “CraftBeer.com readers are primarily beer enthusiasts, ranging from the beer beginner to full-on beer geek. The site’s mission is to share the stories of small and independent craft brewers and craft beer culture in the United States.”Since 2012, CraftBeer.com has compiled a list of Great American Beer Bars by asking its readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state. For this year’s list, nearly 7,000 votes were cast during December 2018. The listed bars are picked by popular vote.For the state of Washington, Ben’s Bottle Shop beat 24 other bars to land on this prestigious list. Past Washington state winners include Manito Tap House in Spokane and Parkway Tavern in Tacoma. For the last two years, the winners have been members of Vancouver-based North Bank Brewers Association. Last year’s winner was North Jetty Brewing in Seaview.Recognizing the regionNorth Bank Brewers Association President Mike DiFabio said he is pleased to see recognition of craft beer culture in Southwest Washington.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos makes the grade fiscally set to get 16 million

first_img Recommended for you TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Related Items:European Union Development Fund, Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – The outstanding accolades keep on coming in and this time the Turks and Caicos may see its credit rating significantly upgraded after a Standard and Poor’s review due in the next few weeks. The Minister of Finance, Washington Misick said the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability or PEFA assessment result came in on Wednesday and shows that the Turks and Caicos has rated very, very well. “The timing of this announcement could not be better in bolstering our nation’s rapidly improving financial reputation,” said the Minister of Finance and he explained the Public Financial Management performance or PFM is widely used by the World Bank and the European Union to gauge government’s fiscal performance. The review examined: Credibility of the Budget; Comprehensiveness and transparency; Policy-based budgeting; Predictability and control in budget execution; accounting, recording and reporting; external scrutiny and audit and donor practices. The Turks and Caicos outdid the results of the last review in 2011 and is now cleared to receive EU funding of €14.6 million euros in direct budget support to the education sector under the 11th European Union Development Fund. You can go to MagneticMediaTV.com to see that PEFA report for yourself, we have the link. LINK: http://www.gov.tc/treasury/index.php/publications/government-financial-reports/8-pefa-assessment-report Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

30 Million for Water Harvesting projects in St Ann

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, February 13, 2017 – Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the Government has committed $30 million for the implementation of five water harvesting projects in St. Ann.This is being done to combat drought and other problems resulting from climate change, the Minister said as he addressed the Hinds Town/Orange Park Farmers Group Meeting in Hinds Town, St. Ann, on February 8.  “As we all know, farming is the main source of income for people who reside in rural communities.  Unfortunately, climate change has resulted in us experiencing extreme weather events, such as droughts, storms and hurricanes.  This, in the past, has resulted in the loss of income, property and lives,” the Minister noted.Mr. Hutchinson said that in recognition of the impact of climate variability and climate change, the Ministry, through the Adaptation Fund Programme, has embarked on a deliberate strategy to facilitate investments in alternative water harvesting and management methods, such as the establishment of rainwater harvesting and gravity drip irrigation systems.The Ministry, he added, will provide training in efficient water use and climate change adaptation techniques to improve soil moisture retention and disaster risk management.  “Through this programme, we aim to enhance climate resilience of the agricultural sector by improving water and land management in selected rural communities in the parishes of Manchester, Trelawny, St. Mary, St. Catherine, Clarendon, and St. Ann, which face the greatest level of risk,” Mr. Hutchinson explained.The Minister implored the farmers to be “climate smart,” adding that they should apply new measures and techniques to protect farms and livelihoods from climate change.  “There are many benefits to be derived from implementing these systems.  For example, construction of catchment areas leads to increased storage and a reduction in the level of run-off, thus mitigating flooding while producing a source of irrigation to ensure crop productivity, even in dry periods.  Important also, with adequate water supply, your crops will be less susceptible to pest infestation and diseases,” he said.The Minister told the farmers that he is particularly heartened that in the water-starved Hinds Town, work is in progress to construct a much-needed one million gallon reservoir for water harvesting.  “This reservoir will be complemented by on-farm drip irrigation systems, subject to the capacity that the reservoir will be able to sustain,” he pointed out.Other communities in which water harvesting projects are being undertaken in this parish are McNie and Frank Hall, where phase one has already been completed, and phase two will commence shortly. Similar projects will also be carried out in Walkers Wood and Blackstone Edge, the Minister said.Mr. Hutchinson informed the farmers that the sustainability of the projects depended wholly on their participation in the training that is being provided in proper land husbandry and water management.  “I encourage you to make good of this opportunity, thus ensuring the viability of your crops,” he added. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Weather Eye Heat should be brief in our beautiful region

first_imgNot a whole lot new in the weather department today as the summer heat continues at least one more day. Today will be the hottest of the current heat wave, with some cooling tomorrow. And as mentioned here the other day, with a more southerly flow upon us, we will see towering cumulus over the Cascades. Some of the debris from these thunderstorms may drift over the western valleys but at this time, there’s little chance of thundershowers.And our natural air conditioner, ocean air, will seep in and dominate later in the week with some morning clouds and seasonal afternoon temperatures. I had to chuckle to myself Saturday afternoon looking at the upper wind flow on the extended computer models. For August 5th, they had a flow of air coming right down from the north with a trough of low pressure over us. If that were December, we would be talking snow, folks. But then again I have had more than a few laughs this summer with the longer-range forecast models. This certainly has not been a typical year and at this point I wouldn’t be surprised what the great weather machine throws at us. Don’t worry — no snow — but maybe some very cool temperatures. We’ll see.It will be a very pleasant evening tonight to sit and watch the sunset and the moonrise at about the same time. The moon will be chasing the sun, so to speak. And it may have a warm color to it before it gets up too high.I went downtown Saturday morning to the Farmers Market and sitting there eating lunch looking at the green trees, flowers and clear blue sky, reminds me why I live here. It was a tough choice — stay in town, or head to the beach where it was clear and sunny as well. Nothing like the Northwest in summertime.Pat Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://weathersystems.com.last_img read more

A VOTERS GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Rob Fasulo is one of the six candidates competing for two 3-year Selectmen seats in this Saturday’s Town Election.Below are Fasulo’s Closing Argument; his Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple; links to his supporters’ letters to the editor; the full video of the WCTV debate he participated in; his interviews with WCTV (video) and the Town Crier (written); and more.Closing ArgumentThis coming weekend folks in Wilmington will have a very important decision to make. We have a chance right now to decide the ultimate future of our town. Some may argue that our future is already set in stone, I choose to be more optimistic and say I don’t believe that it is. When I look at Wilmington, I remember the community where everyone knew everyone. I remember a community that when asked, hundreds of volunteers came out to build the town’s very first playground (Kids Place) at the Shawsheen School. I can also remember a town that was chock full of open space, woodlands and swamp lands where me and my friends played until the street lights came on. My intention on the board is to preserve that small town charm and characteristic that remain so vividly in my mind for my kids, your kids and future generations.We as a town have never had a more clear difference in direction. The question every voter should ask themselves is, what kind of community do you want your children or grand children to grow up in? My direction will control growth in a manner that will put the least burden on tax payers as well as schools and town departments. I understand the many different challenges residents face because I have aging parents that have lived in Wilmington for a very long time and wish to continue living here. I also have children that will eventually have their own children that may want to remain here.If the voters do chose to elect me, they will get the individual that they have seen on TV, have had conversations with in person, and who wrote the remarks that were printed in the paper or website. I personally write everything that has been printed, and I answer every question with a direct answer, not a “safe” politicians answer. You know exactly who I am and where I stand on an issue. That’s the real me. I will also take this opportunity to say I do not have all the answers, but my parents raised me to listen and then make the best decision that I can, and my career has reiterated that lesson. That being said, I will listen to you, your neighbors and your family for the guidance necessary to be the advocate for you that I believe is needed on this board. My desire to remain unclouded is why I have now self funded both of my campaigns and have no debts to any person that may come calling in the future.Through this election cycle, we have had to answer many questions and I’ve read them all. Suzanne and I are the only candidates that have given actual plans. Under my plans, I have said many times I will address senior housing which will by default address both a new senior center as well as add affordable housing to our dwindling numbers. I will oppose the development of the Olin site until a remediation plan is in place. I will also support legal action against Olin and others which the town has failed to do. I will continue to support and call for tax relief. Wilmington’s taxes are too high which has gotten us to where we are today with empty store fronts and seniors being priced out of town. Further, I will support a comprehensive review of our zoning throughout the town, Economic development and redevelopment will start there. I will also support the town’s acquisition of Sciarappa Farm. This parcel of land is the last large parcel left. Our town will need land in the future for schools, administration buildings, an ice rink, fire sub station, or maybe the people would like a nature preserve with walking paths among the Wildlife of Wilmington. Whatever use is determined by future town meeting votes is the limit, however we won’t have a choice if we don’t acquire the land now.By electing me, you will end the conflicts that seem like business as usual for this administration. If you think back, most of the major issues in front of the board have begun by someone recusing themselves from a discussion. This occurred during the discussion of the purchase of Sciarappa Farm and the Olin development just to name a couple. I would love to talk about the conflicts in the 362 MIddlesex Ave project however by now you know about those so I will move on. By electing me you will restore the full representation that the town lacks so often by the current board.Throughout world history those with ideas different than the status quo have been labeled as being uncivil. We have seen that word thrown about during this election like my kids throw around their toys. My ultimate statement to those that have thrown about this word while insinuating it toward me is first, a thank you. Some of the greatest figures in our history were labeled as being uncivil by those that wished to remain in power over a people, John Adams, Joseph Warren, Paul Revere to name just a few. It humbles me somewhat in being placed in the same boat as these great men. I hope that this election turns out to be a revolution of sorts for Wilmington. We can remain under the rulers that are in power today traveling the same roads and getting the same results, or we can try something new. This is an exciting time for Wilmington because everything is at stake.Suzanne and I need your vote on April 27th to effect this change.On The Issues (Q&A’s with Wilmington Apple)Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.Wilmington is a great community, if I did not believe that I would not have remained here my entire life nor would I have decided to raise three kids here. While the community is great our local government has issues that need to be addressed. Over the past year and a half we watched while the town was adamant on putting a detox in the middle of a neighborhood, only feet from a school bus stop and residential neighborhood that they were willing to violate Public Records laws to keep residents from seeing the true process that was taken. We have an $83 million dollar high school that was built with less capacity than its predecessor, our elementary school buildings are so out of date that they cannot put air conditioning units into classroom windows for our children. The town’s OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) account is more than $112 million in the red and the unfunded pension liability is approximately $78 million.Are we on the “right track”? These are real dollars that all of us homeowners are going to have to pay at one point or another. Eventually these bills will come due and how is the town going to pay them? With that said, developers are pocket zoning large parcels of land and the town hall knows this. Town officials are also negotiating with the developers on other projects outside of the public eye as we speak. 50 units off Butters Row (confirmed), 77 units (unconfirmed number) at Walpole Woodworkers, 57 units at the intersection of Woburn and Rte. 129 (confirmed). We won’t get into the rumored complexes on Rte. 62 in North Wilmington, Or the bus parking area on Rte. 129 or next to Burger King, or even Phase 3 of the hockey rink that I brought up at a previous selectmen’s meeting. So with all the current debt, after what’s already approved is built, we may now need to somehow make the high school larger, hire more school staff, police officers, fire personnel and apparatus, public works’ staff, and address the other school building needs. I also should mention the dwindling amount of “open space” left in town. When the undeveloped land the town has is gone, it’s gone forever leaving the future needs of the town to be filled by real eminent domain land takings.In the end when all of this is done, our taxes will be so high that they will exclude the possibility of many of our seniors remaining in town and our kids that would like to start their family here will be priced out of the possibility. The direction the town is in it’s growing too fast. When businesses grow too fast they typically fail, Wilmington will be no different and many of our residents that are here now, will not be able to remain. If we care about our seniors staying in town, or our children having the opportunity to remain here with their families we need to act now. Our town government should be advocating sustainable growth and not uncontrolled growth. It also should be working for the residents, not against.Describe your past & present involvement with Wilmington’s town government (e.g., any appointed or elected positions, serve on any committees?) AND in the Wilmington community (e.g., volunteerism with non-profits, churches, schools, youth sports, etc.).I attended Wilmington Public Schools and am a 1994 graduate of Shawsheen Tech.In 1998, I joined the Wilmington Auxiliary Police, which was a volunteer position where we were tasked with patrolling the school and town buildings and property in the off-hours. I maintained my position with the Auxiliary Police until 2002 when I became a full time officer for another agency.I currently have one child at the West Intermediate and one child in the Shawsheen Elementary School.Being a member of the Mass Maple Producers Association and my proximity to the city of Boston, I have been fortunate enough to be called on by many organizations to volunteer to teach children and groups outside of Wilmington about maple sugaring and beekeeping.Since my run for the Board of Selectmen last year, I have remained active in town politics attending most Selectmen’s meetings and several ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) and other departmental meetings. I have been a vocal advocate for transparency in our government after finding that the town was unwilling to provide public documents upon request.Do you/did you support the construction of a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue? Why or why not? What do you say to residents who strongly disagree with your position?No, I did not support the 362 Middlesex Ave. project and that was no secret. I established my position during the last election that I support the idea, but in a different location and if being run by a non-profit facility that could handle the medical side of detox without adding demand for the town’s EMS services. I proposed several times during the election and since on my Facebook page, that our town officials should actively seek out a non-profit hospital looking to expand their footprint and invite their representatives into Wilmington to see all the good Wilmington can offer them. We have vacant properties in several locations which fit zoning that do not abut residential neighborhoods and could accommodate up to and including, an emergency room or 24-hour facility that would be a first line of treatment for folks in our town in an emergency. This type of facility could also house a detox where patients would be treated under the purview of a medical doctor and emergencies could be handled in-house with minimal burdens placed on town emergency services. The proposal as presented had many flaws and the process the town took in an effort to get the project passed was questionable. As I said on many occasions, had any other resident took the plans presented by the applicant into Town Hall, it would not have passed the Building Department’s desk before being denied.In the end, it doesn’t matter if you were for or against the detox, the process the town took regarding the application had no basis in MA General Laws and the liability to the town was not even a concern for the current Board of Selectmen. We heard on many occasions that “The town is going to be sued, it is just a matter of by whom,” and we also heard town counsel say “ The case would be appealed based on discrimination.” When the Board of Selectmen was asked to have a discussion in private regarding derogatory statements made by the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals at the January 13, 2016 ZBA meeting about the protected class, only one sitting member voted in favor of discussing this matter in executive session with town counsel. One does not need to be an attorney to figure out the argument that attorneys could use in any court action, based on his statement, and to what further extent these comments will cost further taxpayer money in litigation.Finally, having a meeting with no authorization in the general laws granting the Zoning Board of Appeals authority, with the sole intention of over ruling a legal decision was chilling. How many folks reading this answer can say they have been denied a permit for a project and then, were granted a second “bite of the apple” attempt to get that project approved? I can answer that with, it’s never been done before, not in Wilmington and certainly not within the State of Massachusetts. Accommodations, when appropriate are granted by building inspectors, they are not tools attorneys have to override legal decisions made by local zoning boards.The facts I laid out here are testimony to my desire to bring the power back to the residents of Wilmington. I am convinced that the reasons so many questionable actions took place during this process is based on who is involved and what money would have been made. It certainly wouldn’t have positively affected the neighborhood that the facility was being proposed in and I stand behind any resident who is faced with such a drastic project in their backyard.In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?I truly believe to answer this question one needs to understand the root of the problem we have in Wilmington. Residents have begun to see that our government is not working fairly and equally for everyone.Every day I hear from people all over town about how they were denied pool permits because they were too close to wetlands or they were given a hard time because they were a foot or two too close to the property lines with a deck or addition. In the same breath, they say they can drive down the street and show me a house where the wetlands were filled in, or a house that is 3 feet from the property line. Whether or not things were done “legally,” the appearance is that there are different sets of rules for different people.A second reason for the discontent, is town officials’ lack of willingness to take comments from residents and incorporate them into their plans. This was displayed outwardly over the inclusionary bylaw discussion where residents wanted changes to the percentage of units required and a change in open space allowed. The latest draft of this bylaw shows that none of the resident comments were taken seriously and were ignored. I have seen first-hand the unwillingness of town officials to act in a transparent manner where the Secretary of State had to issue three notices of determination against the town because officials refused to turn over requested documents. When they did, they exempted a number of documents as privileged and refused again to turn these over. When the documents were finally turned over, my argument that they were not exempt was proven as a handful of them were released in the end.Finally, I would like to point out the behavior of the Board of Selectmen over the past couple of months. As a board, they have refused to answer resident’s questions when presented in a respectful manner. I understand respect is not easily earned, however it is very easily lost. If I am elected, I have been clear all along that I will listen to residents and represent them. When presented with a question, I will answer it truthfully and with respect. I live my life and raise my children to be self-sufficient, with honesty and integrity as core values. The residents of Wilmington know what they will get by electing me. I will be a voice for them, not the power behind the machine that is currently running this town. Let’s make the change Wilmington needs.What do you feel should be Wilmington’s next TWO municipal or school building projects? Why do you prioritize these two projects over other projects?Before I go into my answer for this question, I will pose a question for readers to think about. Every election, candidates claim they are looking out for seniors in our community and that they are being priced out of living in town once they enter retirement age. Once elected, has anything been done to actually address this issue? The town budget since 2015 has risen over 19 percent, Social Security payouts have only risen 5% in that same time. This year we were all shocked when we opened our tax bills to see what we would now be paying just to live here. At a time when we are still paying off the 86 million dollar high school (which was built smaller than its predecessor), we are now going to ask residents to foot the bill for two more large projects? If we are being asked this question, I have to seriously question the sincerity of those that have once said they care about our seniors remaining here.Here is my answer to this question. I have put forth several times my desire to bring the St Dorothy’s land back to the Selectmen with the intention of following through with a long term lease with a private developer where the town can negotiate as part of the acquisition of the property said developer would include a new Senior Center on that site along with a truly affordable and senior development. This is a way we can truly take care of our seniors, obtain a new senior center costing taxpayers little and take action since politicians have been promising to do something for years.The only large scale project I would entertain in the short term is to deal with our elementary school problems. Consolidation of schools is clearly the future and our elementary schools are in need of attention. A new school that could house grades K or 1-3 which would eliminate 2-4 schools may be the answer. This plan is not without its problems as we would need to find a decent size lot of land within town that we would be able to properly build this size structure while continuing to educate those that are already in the system.On a smaller scale I would like to finally begin the process of a fire substation in North Wilmington as it has been talked about at least since the early 1990’s yet nothing has been done to move the idea forward. One idea I believe the town should look into is a model that was used between the city of Revere and Malden located at 3 Overlook Ridge Drive in Revere.Are there any articles on this year’s Annual Town Meeting Warrant (https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/sites/wilmingtonma/files/uploads/2019_atm_warrant.pdf) that you currently plan to vote against? If so, which articles and why? And what ONE article would you most wish to bring to the attention of voters and ask that they support? To answer the question, I do not support Article 42 (Inclusionary Zoning) as written.Inclusionary zoning was first recommended in late 2001 when the Master Plan was first released. Our town administrators allowed the problem of unchecked development to fester, and in 2010 when the town was compliant with 40B they still did nothing. Former Selectman Frank West went on record at many Board of Selectman meetings to ring the bell for Wilmington to adopt an Inclusionary bylaw and was continually brushed off.Now we are on the heels of falling under the 10 percent affordable housing requirement which will open our neighborhoods up to 40B developments that do not need to abide by zoning ordinances. This means a developer can buy a plot of land next door to you and place a multi unit residential building and as long as it has 20-25 percent affordable units the town can do little to stop it. Properly written inclusionary language would have been a tool to help us when we were above 10 percent, it will not do anything for us at the present time as written.During the process of coming up with this language that we see in this article public comment was solicited. Three issues were brought up. Mr. West asked for a 25% requirement because when you do the math what is required in the article it works out to be about 11%. I personally have done research on Inclusionary Zoning and I found a common requirement is 15%. Suzanne Sullivan and I both brought up the problem that the bylaw eliminates the requirement for open space and also allowing a developer to locate an affordable unit off property is ripe for abuse as it paves a road to a “low income neighborhood”.Not one of these issues were addressed in the language presented giving the feeling that the public comments were nothing but a charade being played under the direction of the development community. A properly constructed Inclusionary Zoning bylaw would have started at a minimum of 15% affordable with a density bonus per acre, with a requirement that graduated as the project got larger ending up to 25%. It would have pertained to all new building projects not just new multi unit construction and it would not allow for offsite units in lieu of. Voting this language in at this point will not help the town as we are already under our 10 percent so it should be voted down and sent back to the drawing board to be written with language that benefits the residents.The one article I would ask the residents to support is Article 43. When a resident has a dream to give back to a community, that community should allow an environment where that individual can realize that dream. Adam has worked hard to make his dream of becoming a firefighter a reality, his age should not become a hindrance. Please vote in support of this article.An issue that our administration has recently been asked to consider, is a change in date of our Annual Town Meeting because of conflicts with other aspects of residents’ lives. I certainly hope that a change in scheduling of the meeting is done quickly because too many residents, such as myself this year are faced with the choice (or lack there of) of missing a child’s life event or attending town meeting. We need to encourage participation in Town Meeting and scheduling at a time when children are making communion, confirmation or another of life’s stepping stones does the opposite.If you are elected, what are at least three big things that you hope to accomplish during your 3 years on the board? How would you accomplish these things?I have to say, I have far more than three things I will work to accomplish in my first year, but if your going to hold me to three:My first is working for a one year holiday from ever rising property taxes. The fact is, the town has $26 million in free cash and another $11 million in the Capital Stabilization account. The C.S. Should not be touched but it is “free cash” should the town need it. With $37 million in what is essentially money obtained by over taxation, the difference between last year’s budget and this year’s is $5 million. If we leveled taxes this year we would still have $32 million in free cash. Enough is enough, residents deserve a break. We hear so often that town officials have concerns for the aging being priced out of town, this is a small way we can help those seniors “and everyone else.” The incumbents called tax relief unrealistic, under their plan your taxes will continue to rise. Third, I plan on bringing the St. Dorothy’s land back up to a vote to fulfill the reason the town spent the money on it in the first place. The incumbents have spoken for three years about doing something for the aging, yet their actions have fallen far short of the finish line. I truly believe this land is the best location for our seniors and a new senior center. I will bring it back for another vote in hopes that other selectmen will see the potential I believe is there. Our seniors of today are the parents of my friends, my classmates and my teammates growing up. Their tax dollars made Wilmington what it is today. It’s time we stop using them as tools in a campaign and start providing them with those services that they expect.I have many plans beyond this, however, as good as these ideas may sound, I need open-minded folks on the board alongside of me. Having consistent four (three) to one votes, as we have had for the past several years, will not achieve anything other than one group’s agenda. I challenge you, the reader, to go back over the past three years worth of selectmen’s meetings and see if either incumbent strayed with their vote from the other more than one or two times. We need folks on the board who are willing to work together toward common goals and not soldiers willing to take orders and vote the way they are told. Wilmington has a chance right now to make the needed changes on the board.What grade would you give to Town Manager Jeff Hull for his performance over the past year? Why? Are you looking for a change in leadership at Town Hall?I am not sure its fair to be asked to give Mr. Hull a grade, because I don’t think we have ever seen Mr. Hull do the job we have asked him to do. After having conversations with town employees from many different departments, I firmly believe that Mr. Hull is being controlled by the Board of Selectmen and what we have seen of Jeff is a result of what specific people on the board are directing him to do. Because of this belief I will give the three sitting members of the Board of Selectmen that consistently vote together a failing grade.Why? For one example, We just watched as the 362 Middlesex Ave. project was forced through town departments, and was approved without so much as a twitch from any boards or commissions, while 99.9% of residents begged the town administration to stop it, yet it came down to one vote in the last board to squash it.Both incumbents are on record in September of 2017 on WCTV as supporting the measure, Use of politically safe ambiguous language does not change the fact that they failed to represent the people who voted them in. Neither incumbent attended any of the Planning or ZBA meetings to advocate for the residents. They stayed home, they watched on TV and at least one of them communicated with Mr. Hull via text message about town counsel working behind the scenes to get the proposal approved. This project was proposed by Mr. David Ray and the chairman of the board’s brother at the aforementioned meeting.A second instance, for the past 20 years the town’s position on Olin was no development until remediation. The town has spent thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting New England Transrail pushing this agenda. We learned in September of 2018 that the town changed its position on development at the site sometime after March of 2018 after receiving correspondence from the chairman of the board of selectmen’s brother proposing the project.Change within Town Hall starts with the Board of Selectmen. Change starts when we can break the consistent four(three) to one votes that come out of every Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Change starts when the board can stop micromanaging our very well paid town manager and letting him sink or swim on his own merits. Change starts when we end the conflicts of interest that have become business as usual in our town hall. Change starts on April 27th when you cast your vote for Fasulo and Sullivan and end the “Caira Fatigue” so often talked about in private circles.(Editor’s Note: The above questions were submitted by readers. Each candidate was given the same amount of time each week to answer. These answers were previously published on Wilmington Apple over the past two months.)Letters To The Editor/EndorsementsGovernor Charlie Baker Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanFormer State Rep & US Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanSelectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanSchool Committee Member MJ Byrnes Endorses Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenResident, Concerned Over Taxes & Town Debt, Is Voting For Fasulo & SullivanFasulo & Sullivan Will Move The Town In The Right DirectionFasulo & Sullivan Will Bring Positive Change To WilmingtonIt’s Time For A Change In Wilmington Government — Vote For Fasulo & SullivanFasulo & Sullivan Will Control Growth, Best Suited To Fight OlinIf You Want Change, Vote Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenFasulo & Sullivan Will Be Transparent, Listen To The Residents & Protect The EnvironmentNew Resident Calls For Change, Supports Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenTime To Shake Things Up! Support Fasulo & Sullivan For Board Of SelectmenFasulo Has The Head & Heart To Be A Great SelectmanFasulo Will Give Residents A Voice On The Board of SelectmenFasulo Would Fight For The People, Is A Man Of His WordFasulo Will Be A Selectman For The PeopleWatch The DebateWatch The Debate at WCTV.org Wilmington Apple’s Debate CoverageTown Crier’s Debate CoverageLowell Sun’s Debate CoverageCandidate Conversation with WCTVSelectman Candidate Rob Fasulo Discusses His Campaign With WCTVWilmington Town Crier Candidate ProfileFasulo trying again for Board of Selectmen seatCampaign Announcement/OtherRob Fasulo To Run For SelectmanCandidate’s Website & Social MediaFacebookLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonaldIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor” Second, I will take a solid stance on the Olin site and will revert back to the town’s old position of no development without a plan for remediation. If we allow development before a plan is in place where is the town’s negotiating power to get a proper cleanup? Children as well as adults across town have died more than likely because of the contamination on site. Wilmington residents are unable to drink from their own private wells to this day and news of NDMA being absorbed through vapor during showers makes simple tasks such as showering a very dangerous game for those families effected. The fact is, we have learned through public records requests that the current chairman has sat in on all executive session meetings regarding Olin even after his brother approached the town on behalf of the project which certainly gave a window into the the town’s strategy for its opponents. Having a family member sitting in on executive sessions on the Olin matter now is akin to having the wolf watch the hen house and it cannot continue.last_img read more

Tlingit Code Talkers Honored At Veterans Day Ceremony In Juneau

first_imgSoutheast Alaska Native Veterans honored Tlingit code talkers at a Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning in Juneau. The families of five men who served during World War II received medals and Congressional certificates recognizing their service.Download AudioTony Jacobs’ dad and uncle were among the soldiers who used Tlingit to relay important information during the war.“The Tlingit Indians had their own Tlingit names for various places around Southeast,” Jacobs said. “And that’s what they were used for is to let the ship’s captain or quartermasters know where they were located secretly actually, where enemy forces would not be able to ID their location.”Jacobs says he was overcome with emotion at the recognition. He served in the Navy himself during 1970s, and says he’d recommend military service to anyone.“You get benefits – health benefits, education benefits – and you get to see the country and/or the world,” Jacobs said.More than 100 people attended the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Ceremony, held at the Tlingit & Haida Central Council’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.Mark Jacobs Sr., Harvey Jacobs, Jeff David, Richard Bean Sr. and George Lewis were all posthumously honored by Congress last year.last_img read more

Jofra Archer to play for England in the World Cup Liam Dawson

first_imgArcher will take part in the upcoming World Cup for EnglandPaul Kane/Getty Images)After weeks of speculation, selectors of the English cricket team finally made the decision that had been anticipated. Jofra Archer, the Barbados-born fast bowler, who has been making a big mark in T20 leagues across the world, has been selected in the 15-man squad for the World Cup.Journey of ArcherHe had failed to find a place in the provisional squad of the English team that was announced earlier but the selectors had given him Archer a lifeline by including him in the team for the one-off ODI against Ireland and the 5-match ODI series against Pakistan. The 24-year old right-armer performed well enough in these matches to show that his skills and qualities can be highly valuable in 50-over cricket also.The question that bothered the English selectors was that if Archer is brought into the team, then which seamer from the initial squad would be left out? There were five pacers in the provisional squad namely, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood and Tom Curran. One of them had to make way for the new kid on the block. In the end, the unfortunate person turned out to be David Willey. David Willey is the unfortunate bowler to miss out in the team for the World CupGetty ImagesThe series against Pakistan saw almost all bowlers from the original squad showing their worth with decent performances in one match or the other. While Chris Woakes picked up a five-for in the final ODI, David Willey and Liam Plunkett bowled superbly in the second game to restrict Pakistan. Mark Wood’s extra pace made him special while the tricks of Tom Curran gave him an advantage. So, the English selectors were facing a really tough choice. In the end, they decided that Willey would be the least bad option for dropping a player.Other decisionsApart from the expected inclusion of Archer, there are two other changes, one forced and one surprising. Alex Hales’ ban meant that another batsman was needed in the unit. That place has gone to James Vince who has been playing in the series against Pakistan without much success. While he failed to cement his place in the Test side due to continuous failures, his record in domestic limited-overs games seems quite impressive.There is one more change to the squad. England have recalled all-rounder Liam Dawson to replace another all-rounder Joe Denly. The latter hardly got an opportunity to show his qualities and he couldn’t make much of them when they did arrive. Dawson, meanwhile, has been enjoying a very fruitful domestic season which brought him wickets and runs in abundance for Hampshire. He has been selected ahead of other contenders and may well get into the playing XI if England feel the need for another all-rounder besides Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.England’s World Cup squad: Jonny Bairstow (WK), Jason Roy, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (WK), Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Tom Curranlast_img read more

Scientists Make TemperatureRegulating Coffee Mug

first_imgThe PCM absorbs the warmth of the mug’s content, stores it and brings it down to the optimal temperature. Then the PCM helps maintain the content’s temperature at this optimal level by slowly releasing the stored heat back into the mug’s contents. Image credit: Fraunhofer IBP. (PhysOrg.com) — A well-insulated mug may keep your coffee somewhat warm, but now scientists have designed a high-tech mug that can keep drinks hot or cold at the perfect temperature for up to half an hour. Citation: Scientists Make Temperature-Regulating Coffee Mug (2009, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-scientists-temperature-regulating-coffee.html Intel, STMicroelectronics Deliver Industry’s First Phase Change Memory Prototypes Researchers Klaus Sedlbauer and Herbert Sinnesbichler from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics have created the temperature-regulating mug using phase change material (PCM). PCM is capable of storing and releasing large amounts of heat by changing its phase, such as changing from a solid to a liquid. To design the new mug, the researchers first created a hollow porcelain shell filled with ribbons of highly conductive aluminum. The aluminum formed a honeycomb structure, which the researchers filled with solid PCM. When the mug is filled with a hot beverage, the PCM absorbs the heat and melts like wax into a liquid. This process cools the beverage down to the optimal temperature. As the beverage cools over time, the PCM slowly releases the stored heat back into the drink, maintaining the optimal temperature for up to 30 minutes.As the scientists note, different drinks have different optimal temperatures. Warm drinks such as coffee and tea are best enjoyed at 58° C (136.4° F), beer tastes best at 7° C (44.6° F), and ice-cold drinks are best at -12° C (10.4° F). Since different types of PCM have different chemical properties and melting temperatures, the scientists can make different mugs for different beverages. The downside for the consumer is that there is not a single mug for hot and cold drinks.The researchers hope that, if they can find a business partner, the PCM mugs could be on sale by the end of the year. However, despite the fact that PCM is relatively inexpensive, the mugs will still probably cost significantly more than most mugs. Besides mugs, PCM could have other interesting applications. For instance, researchers are investigating the possibility of using it to keep perishable foods from spoiling, and even putting it on museum walls to protect paintings in the case of a fire, since PCM is non-flammable. PCM already has commercial uses in construction materials, where it is embedded in walls and ceilings to maintain a comfortable room temperature. Some winter jackets also contain PCM for providing greater warmth. In addition, due to their long-term memory capabilities, PCM could be used for storing computer data without the need for an electric current.via: Spiegel© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further 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.last_img read more

Out of Africa date brought forward

first_imgÖtzi the Iceman, a well-preserved natural mummy of a Chalcolithic (Copper Age), who was found in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps. Credit: South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology (Phys.org) —A study on human mitochondrial DNA has led to a new estimate of the time at which humans first began to migrate out of Africa, which was much later than previously thought. Triple burial from Dolni Vestonice in the Czech Republic. Credit: J. Svoboda Explore further The new study sequenced mitochondrial DNA from fossils of ancient modern humans rather than living humans. The fossils were dated using radiocarbon dating methods. Since the samples were from humans who lived up to 40,000 years ago, mutations that have occurred in the genome since they died would be missing, and the samples provided a range of calibration points for their estimation of the start of the migration.The disagreement in dating the migration between the new study and previous genetic research could be due to underestimating the number of new mutations in a generation of living humans because of the difficulty of discriminating between true mutations and mistaken ones and because of a desire to avoid false positives. Under-counting would lead to an older estimate for the migration from Africa and other important events.The new date, which agrees with the archaeological evidence, shows that modern humans were in Europe and Asia before and after the most recent glaciation, and they were therefore able to survive and adapt to a dramatically changing climate.The paper was published in the journal Current Biology on 21st March. 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. New ancestor? Scientists ponder DNA from Siberiacenter_img The new study by an International group of evolutionary geneticists used mitochondrial DNA from the remains of ancient modern humans to estimate the rate of genetic mutations. Three of the skeletons were from the Czech Republic and dated at 31,000 years old, two were 14,000 years old, from Oberkassel, Germany. Another sample used was the natural mummy Ötzi the Iceman, who lived some time between 3350 and 3100 BC. The most recent skeleton was that of a man who lived in medieval France 700 years ago, while the oldest was dated at 40,000 years ago, and came from Tianyuan in China.The results suggest that the genetic divergence between African and non-African humans began between 62 and 95 thousand years ago, which tallies with other studies estimating the time through dating of stone tools and fossils, but they disagree with the results of recent genetic studies that estimated the migration began much earlier, up to 130 thousand years ago or even before.The previous studies sequenced the entire genome of living humans to count the number of genetic mutations (around 50) in newborn babies compared to the parents to determine the generational mutation rate. This then provided the a molecular “clock,” which could be extrapolated backwards to date important events in human evolution. Journal information: Current Biology © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Out of Africa date brought forward (2013, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-africa-date-brought.html More information: A Revised Timescale for Human Evolution Based on Ancient Mitochondrial Genomes, Current Biology, 21 March 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.02.044 www.cell.com/current-biology/r … ii/S0960982213002157last_img read more

Spaces that weave memories

first_imgUnravelling the fascinating bond that exists between people, places and memories, ‘The Festival of Places’ is a unique event which aims to highlight the rich cultural legacy of places that exist in Indian cities, towns and villages. It explores the invaluable cultural fabric and a memory associated with places and provides an opportunity for people to share their personal narratives. The festival is also about understanding the idea of ‘Space as a Place’; about exploring ‘Places’ that form an integral part of cities and towns; about experiencing ‘places as vital and meaningful connected spaces’ through which urban life throbs; and rediscovering the lost art of creating vibrant places that nurture culture and creativity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Festival conceptualised by CATTS, a not-for-profit organisation working in the area of heritage conservation and management, has been envisaged as a convergence of people from all walks of life and disciplines who seek a deeper understanding of Indian culture through the places we live in as well as share an eagerness to rejuvenate them. The festival encourages participation of people of all ages and experience for developing an in-depth understanding of the places and spaces we live in, seeking people to play an active role both in the creation of new places and the preservation and sustenance of existing ones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt will inspire people to enjoy and creatively engage with places in cities for meaningful action. And will motivate people to reimagine, reclaim and revitalize places especially the ones in the public realm. It will encourage people to think about sustenance and resilience, about accessibility and mobility, about the future of their cities and communities. In this sense, the festival goes beyond just being an event to becoming a community movement for reviving and re-imagining places at the heart of healthy and vibrant communities.last_img read more

The Right Ball for Playing Catch While Skydiving

first_imgRhett AllainOK, let’s get some terminal velocity values for different balls. First, there are two values that shouldn’t really change much. There is the density of air (ρ), with a value of around 1.2 kg/m3, and there is the drag coefficient (*C) for a sphere, with a value of about 0.47. But after that, the terminal velocity depends on both the mass and the radius, since the cross-sectional area of a sphere is proportional to the square of the radius.I’m going to now think of all the different balls I could drop. Basketball, baseball, soccer ball. You name it. I can find the mass and the radius and use that to calculate the terminal velocity. What about the terminal velocity of a skydiver? The terminal speed depends on the size of the human and the free fall position, but a rough estimate is 120 mph (54 m/s).Here is a chart of the terminal velocity for different balls. I looked up the mass and radius on Wikipedia (of course).[embedded content]There you have it. None of these balls would work for tossing during a skydive. Actually, it’s even worse than this. In the video above showing the two skydivers, they are in a “sitting” position. I suspect that this change in position from the normal free fall position would increase their terminal velocity to perhaps 65 m/s or something. These balls would just not keep up with the falling humans. https://twitter.com/Alby/status/1140002840909373440 Rhett AllainDon’t worry about the factor of 1/2 or the fact that the velocity is squared. Those are just properties of this force model that we will use to look at this falling ball.So, what happens to a falling object (let’s say it’s a ball) if you consider this air resistance force acting on it along with the gravitational force? Since the air resistance depends on the velocity, right when you release it from rest there is no air resistance force on it. With only the gravitational force acting on it, the ball speeds up and falls. But now, as it starts to move, the air resistance force starts to act on it in the opposite direction that it’s falling. With these two forces, the acceleration is now less than what it would be with just gravity. But the ball still falls and speeds up.Eventually, the velocity of the ball will increase to the point where the downward gravitational force and the upward air resistance force are equal. With equal forces in opposite directions, the net force on the ball is zero and it stops speeding up. It falls but at a constant velocity. We call this “terminal velocity” since it stops speeding up.Suppose I want to calculate the terminal velocity of a falling ball. I can do this by setting the gravitational force (mg where m is the mass and g is the gravitational field) equal to the air resistance force and then solving for the velocity. Here is what that looks like. (Math warning.) Check out this awesome video. Two skydivers are traveling downward and passing a small ball back and forth. Pretty cool, right? But what’s going on here and how can you get something like this to work? Does it have to be a special ball? Let’s get to the physics of this cool trick. More Great WIRED StoriesAmazon cloned a neighborhood to test its delivery robotsFans are better than tech at organizing information onlineGritty postcards from the Russian hinterlandWhat does it mean when a product is “Amazon’s Choice”?My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan🎧 Things not sounding right? Check out our favorite wireless headphones, soundbars, and bluetooth speakers📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories You may have heard something about all objects falling with the same constant acceleration. There was even that story of Galileo dropping two spheres of different masses off the leaning tower of Pisa. Not sure if it’s true, but his point was to show that both the gravitational force and the acceleration of an object depend on mass. When you put these two ideas together, the mass cancels. Any object dropped on the surface of Earth will fall and speed up with an acceleration of about 9.8 meters per second squared—except when it doesn’t. Yes, this idea is only approximately true.If you dropped a tennis ball and a basketball from a standing position and you let them go at the exact same time, they would hit the ground at the same time. If you take a rock and a feather, however, they don’t hit the ground at the same time. That is because of a force other than the gravitational force: air resistance.You probably already have some experience with the air resistance force. If you stick your hand out the window of a moving car, you can feel the air pushing against you. As a basic model, this air resistance force has the following properties (this is just a model):The air resistance force increases with the speed of the object (v).The force is in the opposite direction of the velocity of the object.It depends on the cross-sectional area (A) and shape of the object—a parameter we call the drag coefficient (C).It depends on the density of air (ρ).As an equation, the magnitude of this force looks like this: Honestly, I thought the golf ball would do the trick. It has a fairly high density compared to the other balls—the problem, however, is that air drag depends on the square of the radius, but the weight depends on the radius cubed. It’s got a nice density, but it’s just too darn small to fall fast enough.Finally, let’s go back to this skydiving ball. It’s actually a product you can buy—it’s called the Vladiball. Apparently, this is a weighted ball so that it has a skydiver-like terminal velocity. But wait! It carries extra weight that is released when the ball reaches an altitude of 1,800 feet (or so).OK, but I don’t want to talk about the specifications of the vladiball. Instead, let’s consider what it would be like to pass this ball back and forth. Since the air resistance force balances with the gravitational force, would it just be like a frictionless puck on a flat surface? It might seem that way, but no. It would still have a significant drag force in the horizontal direction. Why? The short answer is because the air drag force depends on the square of the velocity. Let me show you with a diagram.Suppose that a ball is falling at terminal velocity and then tossed horizontally. So, it’s mostly moving down, but also a little to the side. In that case, there are still just two forces on the ball. Here is a diagram.Rhett AllainIt turns out that the horizontal component of the air drag doesn’t just depend on the horizontal velocity. No, it depends on the total velocity, since the air force has a velocity squared term in it. This means that a fast-falling ball, even at terminal velocity, will still have a significant horizontal drag force on it when you toss it to another skydiver. But that just means you might have to push it a little harder to get the ball over to your friend. It should still be a fun game—just don’t drop that ball.last_img read more