Phase II of Generator Program Announced

first_imgCommunities across Nova Scotia will soon benefit from improved access to back-up electrical power during an emergency. The second and final phase of a program to install back-up electrical power to communities across Nova Scotia will begin on Thursday, Nov. 17. The province will help municipal emergency measures co-ordinators purchase generators for use in comfort centres throughout the province. Schools, community centres or fire halls that municipalities use to provide shelter during an emergency will be eligible for the generators. The province will share up to 50 per cent of the cost, to a maximum of $3,600, to help municipal emergency measures co-ordinators obtain generators for their communities. “This program will provide back-up power when needed during an emergency,” Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act said today, Nov. 7. “Having portable generators is an important part of making sure comfort centres are available when needed.”last_img read more

Nova Scotia Sharing Knowledge About Solid Waste Management

first_imgDelegates from across the country and around the world continue to visit Nova Scotia to learn about the province’s innovative solid waste management system. From July 28 to Aug. 1, delegates from Japan and Newfoundland will tour Nova Scotia’s state-of-the-art landfills systems, and meet with municipal partners to gain insight into what makes Nova Scotia’s solid waste management system a success. “Our best environmental success story is in solid waste management because it employs thousands of people, contributes to economic growth, and reduces our environmental footprint,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment. “This is the message I am sharing this summer when I visit communities to discuss the benefits of the green economy and how it can help solve our environmental issues and re-energize our economy.” Both delegations will view organic and recycling collection trucks, visit a composting site, and tour a waste stabilization facility, landfill, and transfer station. Nova Scotians send 45 per cent less waste to landfills then people in other provinces across the country. By 2015, Nova Scotians will send even less waste to landfills. As part of our Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, government committed to further reducing the province’s disposal rate to 300 kilograms per person per year. The current disposal rate is 430 kilograms, about 50 per cent lower than the Canadian average. To achieve the goal, the province is working with municipal partners and the Resource Recovery Fund Board on four priority areas: stewardship, research and development, best practices for managing construction and demolition, and education and awareness. More information on Nova Scotia’s solid waste management is available on the Department of Environment’s webiste at: www.gov.ns.ca/nse .last_img read more

Joseph Howe Building to be Sold

first_imgThe Joseph Howe Building is being sold to Universal Realty Limited. The province issued a tender to sell after determining that was the most cost-effective option for taxpayers. “Taxpayers have invested enough in this building, it’s time to move forward,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “After careful consideration, we have determined that selling rather than renovating is, by far, the best option.” Universal Realty Limited will pay $14,976,000 with a commitment to the Department of Justice for a 10-year lease starting Oct. 1, 2014. The building will be turned over to Universal Realty Limited after the province assumes ownership in 2012. The province has also awarded three tenders for rental space — Health, the Securities Commission, Legislative TV and Legislative Counsel offices — to Crombie Developments Limited. Crombie was the lowest bidder on all three tenders. These leases will begin Sept. 1, 2012. Tenders will be issued for other smaller departments in the building over the next several months.last_img read more

Noida all set to go plasticfree

first_imgNoida: Noida is all set to go “plastic-free” as the Noida authority has adopted several environmental friendly options under their initiative “Say No to Plastics” which has been started from Wednesday. Noida authority CEO, Ritu Maheshwari said that the main purpose of initiative is to make people aware to switch over to cloth bags and completely do away with plastic bags when they go to purchase groceries. Under the drive, the authority distributed cloth bags during Jansunwai at Noida Authority premises at Sector-6. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”To make people aware about the negative environmental impacts of plastics and encourage them to use environmental friendly alternatives, the Noida Authority has come up with ‘Say No to Plastics’ initiative under which the authority proposes to make Noida a plastic-free zone. Under this drive, awareness will be created among Noida residents regarding negative impacts of using single use plastic bags and also encourage them to switch over to sustainable options available. This will reduce the plastic waste to be generated and it will also be good for city’s long term environmental health,” said Maheshwari.last_img read more

Former GRDB Accountant slapped with 39 fraud charges remanded

Ramcharran was earlier today hauled in by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), following his extradition from Canada. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted former GRDB accountant arrested in CanadaJune 21, 2017In “Crime”Former GRDB GM, Deputy GM arraigned for 34 fraud related chargesOctober 20, 2017In “Court”Labourer claims he was stifled with ‘black bag’ by Police; refused bail on theft chargesSeptember 5, 2014In “Crime” Former Accountant of the Guyana Rice Development Board, Peter Ramcharran was today slapped with 39 counts of fraud and remanded to prison. Ramcharran arrived in the country this morning and was immediately taken to SOCU’s Headquarters on Camp Street. Ramcharran later appeared at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to answer charges for the alleged falsification of GRDB accounts from 2011 to 2015.However, he was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan who said the Ramcharran is a flight risk. read more

Cristina Neagu becomes Honorary Citizen of Bucharest

The biggest reinforcement of the Women’s EHF Champions League 2016 winners, CSM Bucharest, Cristina Neagu, received the big award in her home town – Romanian capital. The 29 years-old powerful back-shooter and one of the best players of the decade, became “Honorary Citizen of Bucharest”.Neagu made dreams came true with ZRK Buducnost, where she won EHF Champions League, but also domestic fans adore her because outstanding performances in the national t-shirt, which led Romania to bronze medal at Women’s World Championship 2015 in Denmark. Cristina Neagu has just been awarded the distinction of “Honorary Citizen of Bucharest”. We are proud of you #CristinaNeagu! #CSMB #GoTigers pic.twitter.com/1YDor48rIX— CSM Bucharest (@csm_bucharest) August 31, 2017 ← Previous Story AUFTAKT: THW Kiel routine win in Lubbecke Next Story → Polish right wing Jakub Lucak retires at age 28 Cristina Neague read more

Fears for Michael Schumachers life as F1 star remains in coma after

first_imgJean Marc Grenier, assistant director of the Grenoble hospital, where former seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is being treated, addresses journalists. AP Photo/Laurent CiprianiSchumacher, who won the last of his world titles in 2004, definitively retired in 2012 in the Brazilian Grand Prix, in which he finished seventh, after an abandoned attempt to quit six years earlier.Since his debut in 1991, the German towered over the sport, winning more Formula One world titles and races than any other. He had a record 91 wins and is one of only two men to reach 300 grands prix. Schumacher’s duels in his heyday with Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, fired by an unquenchable competitive spirit, have gone down in Formula One lore.He was born in January 1969 near Cologne, Germany, the son of a bricklayer who also ran the local go-kart track, where his mother worked in the canteen. By 1987, Schumacher was the German and European go-kart champion and was soon racing professionally with Jordan, who were run by Irishman Eddie Jordan.In 1991 he burst into Formula One by qualifying seventh in his debut race in Belgium and a year later he was racing for Benetton, where he won his first Formula One grand prix in 1992.After joining Ferrari in 1996, Schumacher achieved infamy by trying to ram Villeneuve off the road at Jerez in the last race of 1997, and was disqualified from the championship as punishment.Over the next decade, he went from strength to strength, dominating the podium, before trying to retire the first time aged 37. The father of three could not resist the lure of the track, however, and in 2010 he signed a three-year deal with Mercedes.Slower reflexes and a less competitive car meant Schumacher could not reproduce his former glory and he quit for good in 2012. His helmet had a message for fans: “Life is about passions — Thank you for sharing mine.”(C) AFP 2013Michael Schumacher in ‘coma’, critical after ski accidentTheScore.ie writers pick out their best and worst moments of 2013 SEVEN-TIME FORMULA ONE champion Michael Schumacher is in a coma and remains in a “critical” condition after striking his head in a ski accident in the French Alps on Sunday.The 44-year-old German was “suffering a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival, which required an immediate neurosurgical operation”, the hospital in the southeast French city of Grenoble said in a statement. “He remains in a critical condition.”Schumacher had been skiing off-piste in the upmarket Meribel resort, where he reportedly has a property, when he fell and hit his head on a rock, mountain police who gave him first aid confirmed.He was airlifted to a local hospital, then to the Grenoble facility. A specialist neurosurgeon from Paris was rushed in to oversee his treatment.The director of the Meribel resort, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, had said just after the accident that Schumacher had been wearing a helmet and was “conscious but a little agitated” just after the accident, suggesting he had not received life-threatening injuries.But when Schumacher then fell into coma, doctors realised the damage was worse than initially feared. The two mountain police officers who gave first aid said Schumacher was suffering “severe cranial trauma” when they got to him and a helicopter was brought in to evacuate him within 10 minutes.A renowned Paris neurosurgeon, doctor Gerard Saillant, was brought to the Grenoble hospital in a police car to take charge of the famous patient. The hospital statement was signed by the facility’s neurosurgeon, the professor in charge of its anaesthesia/revival unit, and the hospital’s deputy director.Schumacher was on a private stay in Meribel, according to his spokeswoman. He is to have his 45th birthday next Friday.last_img read more

Over 3000 staff at Dublin City Council not paid today due to

first_imgOver 3,000 staff at Dublin City Council not paid today due to admin error It’s expected that staff will be paid their wages tomorrow. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 11:50 AM 13,558 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha 59 Comments Apr 27th 2017, 11:50 AM Share85 Tweet Email1 Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3361022 PEOPLE ON DUBLIN City Council’s payroll have not been paid today due to an administrative error.The total number of staff members affected is 3,183 and includes fire service members as well as councillors.Dublin City Council released a statement to TheJournal.ie saying:“We have been advised by the finance department due to a systems error the wages payroll file was not sent to our bank AIB yesterday for payment today.“Due to this error wages staff will not get paid until tomorrow.”Dublin City Council said that every effort has been made to notify staff affected by the change.Read: Garda management says ‘technical error’ led to overpayment of probationersRead: Plans to build over 100 apartments in south Dublin have been shot down Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vehicle with toddler inside involved in hitandrun crash in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A toddler was inside a vehicle that was struck in a hit and run crash in Miami Gardens.Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene near Northwest 19th Avenue and 164th Street, just after 10 p.m., Friday.MGPD said the 2-year-old was not hurt during the collision.No other injuries were reported as well.If you have any information on this collision, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ferrari SF90 Stradale brings new hybrid tech to hypercar heights

first_img Exotic Cars Hybrids Superluxury Cars Motivation Let’s start with what makes it move, because while Ferrari’s newest powertrain is its most advanced by a mile, it all has a familiar foundation. Sitting at the center is the well-known 4.0-liter, turbocharged V8 found in the 488 GTB. However, that lump has received some significant modifications, including a slight boost in displacement (3,990 cc versus 3,902) and a new fuel system. This brings the power up to 769 horsepower, compared with 710 in the 488 Pista. That’s just the beginning. The Stradale pairs that engine with a trio of electric motors. The biggest sits in the middle of the car and is attached directly to the transmission, providing a maximum of 148 horsepower. The other two motors provide a combined maximum 84 horsepower. They sit up front, one attached to each wheel, to enable torque-vectoring all-wheel drive in a layout that is very similar to the Acura NSX’s. Total theoretical power of the entire system is limited slightly by the output of the battery pack, providing a maximum 217 horsepower from the three motors. That, added to the V8’s power, brings us to that 986 horsepower figure — which is a nice, round 1,000 if you prefer CV, or metric horsepower. The engine and motor are connected to a revised, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission that’s not only smaller than before, but shifts 30% faster: just 200 milliseconds. That smaller transmission and revised turbo placement bring the entire assembly lower in the chassis, a fact that is apparent the second you peek through the clear engine cover. Those who love gazing at Ferrari’s famous crimson valve covers may be a bit disappointed to see that the engine sits so low that you can barely even see them. But they’re down there, nestled in a bed of aluminum and carbon fiber. Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale shows the shape of the modern hypercar More From Roadshow Ferrari 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Styling While I’ll always rate performance as more important than aesthetics, given this is a Ferrari you can’t discount the shape of the thing, and the way that shape makes you feel. We’ve seen some supercars trending a little too far toward the function over form side of things (hello, Senna), but Ferrari generally does a good job of splitting the difference. Enrico Galliera, Ferrari’s chief marketing officer, said, “Design should be functional to the technology, but should still be something that is called a piece of art.” Art is in the eye of the beholder, of course, and I have a feeling that some of you will find the Stradale to be a bit much. I quite like the look, but I think it’s worth pointing out that Ferrari’s overly clean, rendered images you see here don’t do the proportions of the car justice. (I sadly wasn’t allowed to photograph the car myself.) In person, you can quickly appreciate how dramatically low the Stradale is, and how aggressively forward the cabin sits. The large greenhouse makes for excellent visibility from the inside, while on the outside the way the roof and A-pillars are blacked out by default give it the air of a concept come to production. The inset intakes just aft of the doors are positively massive — owners of small dogs will want to pull them close when one of these drives by — and the nose is dominated by a prominent wing not unlike that on the Pista, but somewhat more subtly integrated. Enlarge ImageThe round exhausts, Camaro-like square taillights and random gills on the side conspire to make an overall very busy posterior. Ferrari It’s the rear, I think, where many may struggle to “get” the Stradale. The core “trimaran” shape is dramatic, a pair of dark channels highlighting the massive split diffuser that extends half-way up the back of the car. But the round exhausts, Camaro-like square taillights and random gills on the side conspire to make an overall very busy posterior. Viewed from above, however, the car looks remarkably clean and purposeful, the obligatory flying buttresses soaring back to support the rear wheels in a shape that Ferrari calls “the slingshot effect.” I love it. Interior If the exterior of the Stradale is a little too radical for you, I’m sorry to say you won’t find solace on the inside. This is Ferrari’s most progressive and dazzingly high-tech interior to date. The highlight is a massive 16-inch curved display situated behind the steering wheel. Continuing the trend from cars like the 488 GTB, this is not only the gauge cluster but also the infotainment interface, so everything from radio tuning to navigation is all here. Because of that, the extra real estate is appreciated. If that weren’t enough, the Stradale has a new head-up display (HUD) that will reconfigure based on your driving mode. Navigating to the track? It’ll show you speed and turn information. Trying to find that last tenth at the track? It’ll turn into a big, projected tachometer. 2020 Ferrari SF90 StradaleEnlarge ImageA 16-inch, curved display serves as the gauge cluster and infotainment interface. Ferrari Controlling all that is a radically redesigned steering wheel that will be familiar to those who’ve driven basically any Ferrari since the 458, but takes the concept of putting everything you need on the steering wheel to the next level. The big change is reducing the number of buttons while simultaneously increasing the number of things you can control right from the wheel. How? The magic of touch. The wheel features multiple capacitive-touch interfaces for everything from scrolling through pages on the multifunction display to toggling between hybrid modes. Physical, tactile controls remain for crucial functionality like using the turn signals and turning on the windshield wipers. (Take that, Model 3.) In a quick demo, I found the touch surfaces to be intuitive and very responsive. I also confirmed they do at least work through thin gloves. However, whether all that proves to be more intuitive than tactile controls remains to be seen. We’ll need to schedule a test drive to know for sure. And what about the most important aspect of the interior in a Ferrari, the sound of the engine? That, too, will require some saddle time, but Ferrari spoke of a new means of channeling the engine’s sound directly into the cabin to enhance the sound without relying on digital augmentation. In concept it sounds similar to Porsche’s sound “symposer,” which in practice works quite well. 2020 Ferrari SF90 StradaleEnlarge ImageThe entire powertrain sits lower in the SF90’s chassis. Ferrari Competition In the minds of many, the new SF90 Stradale’s most immediate competition will be its predecessor, the LaFerrari. Maranello’s first hybrid made 949 horsepower and weighed 3,495 pounds. The new car? 986 horsepower and 3,461 pounds. So a little more oomph and a little less weight — assuming you choose the Assetto Fiorano package, which shaves off 66 pounds thanks to carbon fiber wheels and titanium springs. Those numbers are close, but the torque-vectoring AWD system, plus the host of other innovations (like a new brake-by-wire system), mean the Stradale is a full second faster around Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Interestingly, though, its 211-mph top speed is actually slightly lower. Given the choice between arbitrary top speed and on-track performance, I’ll take the latter every day of the week. That AWD configuration is much like that of the 875-horsepower, 3,600-pound Porsche 918, but there’s one major problem in comparing this car to either of those, and that’s they’re both out of production. So is the McLaren P1, the other member of the former Holy Trinity. 2020 Ferrari SF90 StradaleEnlarge ImageThe SF90’s 211-mph top speed is slightly slower than that of its predecessor, the LaFerrari. Ferrari Unlike those, the Stradale will not be a limited-edition car. Ferrari’s not saying how many it’ll build — “one less than the market demands,” Ferrari’s Galliera quipped when asked — but this will be a regular addition to the lineup, slotting in above the 812 Superfast as the new top-shelf model. As such, it’ll cost more than the Superfast, but Ferrari isn’t ready to name that price just yet. Compelling The wave of progress continues, and that Ferrari’s fastest production car ever isn’t some ultrarare limited edition gives me renewed confidence that the future of driving fast is only going to get brighter. And the future is what this car is all about. With increased focus on electrification and other new technologies, Ferrari CTO Michael Leiters says the SF90 is just the “first step in a direction that Ferrari is committed to pursuing with unwavering determination.” So, more battery packs in more cars, then. What makes the future even brighter is that the SF90 Stradale won’t be the only hypercar hitting the road next year. It’ll share asphalt with radical machines like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the Mercedes-AMG One and the McLaren Speedtail. Who will form the foundation of the next Holy Trinity? Place your bets now and I’ll see you at the altar.  2020 Ferrari SF90 StradaleEnlarge ImageThe SF90 is the “first step in a direction that Ferrari is committed to pursuing with unwavering determination,” says the company. Ferrari Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multiday vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 12center_img 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar What is the state of the modern hypercar? You’re looking at it. This is the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, a 986-horsepower, all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid rocketship that will sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. Or, for those who prefer a stealthy departure, the Stradale can travel up to 25 kilometers (about 16 miles) on electricity alone, thanks to its 7.9-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack. Ferrari’s latest hypercar was unveiled in Maranello, Italy, on Wednesday, and after having some time to look at and sit in it, I can tell you it’s a stunning thing. But, as ever, there’s a lot more to it than that. Comments Share your voice 8 Photos Tags Ferrarilast_img read more

Suit Halts Seward Coal Loading

first_imgThe Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with plaintiffs in a ruling on September 3, in which the court rejected the defendant’s claim that the coal facility’s state – issued stormwater permit protects it from pollution liability.  The appeals court has sent the matter back to federal district court. Since then, the coal facility, which is owned by the Alaska Railroad and operated by Aurora Energy Services, has ceased operations, to avoid risk of violating the Clean Water Act., until the district court makes a decision. Although loading coal has ceased, shipping coal has not. Tim Sullivan, spokesman for the Alaska Railroad in Anchorage, says shipments by train from Healy to Seward are on schedule.“We are the transporter. We move the coal to get it down into Seward.” Sullivan says. “We are continuing to move coal.  We have trains going down to Seward twice this week, and we will continue to move coal into the facility down there. “Sullivan says two ships are on enroute now to pick up the coal in Seward. But now there is no way to load the coal onto those ships.Lorali Simon, spokeswoman for AES, says the company is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation on a compliance order, which could allow AES to resume loading. Senator Mark Begich has urged the state DEC to issue a compliance order, if additional conservation measures are met. And Begich has asked Governor Sean Parnell to intervene on behalf of AES. Governor Parnell has sent a letter back to Begich, saying that DEC is working on the compliance order, contingent on Environmental Protection Agency approval.The EPA has oversight over permits, although permitting authority is delegated to the Alaska DEC. Begich has also contacted the EPA on the issue.The pollution charge is one aspect of a lawsuit, filed by the Sierra Club and Alaska Community Action on Toxics. It charges that the coal loading facility has dumped lumps of coal into Resurrection Bay, in violation of the Clean Water Act. The US District Court ruled against the plaintiffs, who then appealed the decision. Three judges of the Ninth Circuit met in Anchorage in August, and overturned the district court ruling on that aspect of the case.The Alaska Railroad has not been found liable for any Clean Water Act violations.last_img read more

Grievance Day Officials told to clear land issues in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: District Collector RV Karnan directed the officials concerned to clear all land issues immediately. After interacting with people during the Grievance Day programme held on Collectorate premises in Khammam on Monday, the Collector said every official must take special interest in clearing the Grievance Day pleas as most of the pleas received were related to land issues. He directed the revenue officials to conduct field visits and clear the land issues immediately.Later, the Collector conducted a meeting to review pending pleas, status of construction of Individual Household Latrines in mandals. He directed the District Rural Development Officer to give mandal-wise reports regarding the progress of ISLs construction.last_img read more

Oil prices stable as market seen bottoming but oversupply lingers

first_imgOil prices were stable in early trading on Monday, with global oversupply and slowing economic growth weighing on markets but prospects of falling production lending some support.U.S. crude futures were trading at $38.41 per barrel at 0239 GMT, down 10 cents from their last settlement.But international Brent futures were up 6 cents at $40.45 a barrel.While Morgan Stanley said that oil prices had likely bottomed out, it warned that a slowing economy and high production would prevent sharp rises.”Oil prices now seem to have bottomed, even though they are likely to stay subdued for the rest of this year before starting to move higher in 2017,” the U.S. bank said, adding that cheap oil had not provided the economic boost to growth that many had hoped for.”When oil prices are falling below production costs, the income gains for consumers will be smaller than the costs to producers and falling oil prices become a negative-sum game,” it said.For 2016, the bank said it was “no longer looking for an acceleration in 2016 GDP growth” and that the risk of a global recession was now 30 percent.Following a 70 percent price rout between mid-2014 and early 2016, oil markets are in flux.Many analysts expect a modest price recovery, while others see another slump.The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday said that oil prices had bottomed out due to U.S. and other output cuts outside the Middle East-dominated Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).The U.S. rig count fell for a 12th straight week last week to a total of 386, its lowest since December 2009 as drillers continue to slash capital expenditure.Others, like Goldman Sachs, warn that ongoing global overproduction, which continues to see over one million barrels of crude produced in excess of demand every day, will pull prices back down again.So far, demand in core markets like China remains strong.China’s January-February refinery throughput rose 4.6 percent compared to the same period a year earlier to 87.08 million tonnes (10.59 million barrels per day), official data showed on Saturday.The data release came shortly after China reported record daily crude imports of 8 million barrels per day.In traded markets, sentiment leans towards higher prices, with the amount of managed short positions open for U.S. crude, which would profit from falling prices, down over 40 percent since mid-February, while the amount of trades betting on price increases stands near record highs.”The shift in sentiment in commodity markets continues to gather strength. The worst may be over for commodity markets,” ANZ bank said.last_img read more

J Balvin Wont Settle For Anything Less Than World Domination

first_img Share Orli Arias/Courtesy of the artist“We proved to the world that a completely Spanish song can take over the world,” J Balvin says. “This is just the beginning.”In the history of world domination schemes, there hasn’t been a conqueror that took over the Earth in Spanish since Christopher Columbus. J Balvin is ready to reclaim the music world for his people.The 33-year-old Colombian reggaeton artist is still riding the success of last year’s internet-breaking “Mi Gente,” now at over 1.8 billion views on YouTube. In its wake, he’s released a slew of collaborations and hits in 2018, including “X” with his close friend Puerto Rican-Dominican rapper Nicky Jam, “Familiar” with ex-One Direction member Liam Payne and a verse on Cardi B‘s “I Like It” that culminates with the line: “Y no te me hagas / Que en cover de Billboard tú has visto mi cara / No salgo de tu mente / Donde quieras que viajes has escuchado ‘Mi Gente.’ “Don’t start with me / Because you’ve seen my face on the cover of Billboard / I don’t leave your mind / Wherever you travel you’ve heard “Mi Gente.”“Travel” is a key word here, speaking to the truly global reach Balvin hopes to achieve with his newest album, Vibras, which comes out on May 25. “We speak facts,” Balvin tells Alt.Latino in an interview for this week’s episode at the ritzy environs of a Manhattan hotel (you can listen to the full conversation at the audio link.) “If you really want to flex, you have to be real.” The Balvin flexicon is full of words befitting his hypebeast persona, like “real,” “moves” and Balvin’s personal favorite, “vibes.”“Every song is a different vibe,” he says of the tracks on his latest release. The album adopts the catch-all word, it seems, to encompass the diversity of sounds that run the gamut of what J Balvin does best. On one end of the spectrum are standard reggaeton radio hits; on the other, a genre experiment that fuses the familiar dembow beat with R&B, flamenco and jazz simply because he can. Spiked-up summer jams like “Mi Gente” and “Machika” sit squarely in the middle. Maybe the project of world domination justifies the use of such a vague title, because Balvin plans to boldy go and where few Latin pop stars have gone — and stayed — before.Vibras proves that Balvin and longtime producers Sky and Tainy can do more than write a radio-hit reggaeton song. Collaborations with genre veterans like Zion & Lennox on “No Es Justo” and Wisin & Yandel on “Peligrosa” most closely resemble his older tracks, but Vibras also reaches across the gap between Latin radio and SoundCloud with more experimental tracks like “Brillo,” a three-minute flamenco R&B ballad with Catalan singer Rosalía and the title track, a prelude to the album that floats Mexican singer Carla Morrison‘s ethereal vocalizations above a sparse, wavy beat that eventually, in the greatest surprise of the album, becomes the familiar five-note riff of “Mi Gente.”“One day I just woke up and I was like, Carla Morrison should open my album,” Balvin says. Right off the bat, Balvin subverts his audience’s expectations by taking what they already thought urban Latin music should sound like and cranking it up a notch.Like the album, Balvin himself is full of seeming contradictions: He’s humble and a family man, but isn’t afraid to brag about taking over the world; he criticizes world leaders in his art regularly, but says “it isn’t political”; he tells Alt.Latino that this is just the beginning, but it’s also just a matter of time.But Balvin doesn’t have to resolve these inconsistencies; “Mi Gente” speaks for him, which is saying a lot, considering how much of his audience can’t actually understand what he was singing. He knows he’s part of a tectonic shift in popular music at large, and doesn’t need a short-lived Latin “explosion” to fracture the plates that keep Spanish-language hits siloed. Instead, he’s waiting for the slow quake.“We proved to the world that a completely Spanish song can take over the world,” he says. “This is just the beginning.”It isn’t really, though. With the rise of Luis Fonsi‘s and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in 2017 and the subsequent success of “Mi Gente” came the resurgence of buzzwords heralding the cultural moment for Spanish-language hits a Latin “explosion,” “takeover” or “revolution,” not unlike the “Latin booms” of decades past that produced Carlos Santana in the ’60s, Gloria Estefan in the ’80s and Latin-lover Ricky Martin and bellydancing bohéme Shakira in the ’90s and early ’00s.Packaged in shiny sneakers and glow-in-the-dark tennis-ball hair though he may be, Balvin hasn’t been swallowed by the crossover problem that plagued his predecessors, pressuring them to sing in English or fit a stereotypical persona to “cross over” to the American market. The language of explosions and takeovers is the positive face of words like “invasion,” “illegal” and “dumping ground” that smiles over the shared notion that Latinos ultimately don’t belong on American soil. The use of these words in the positive only highlights the otherness that Latin America still represents to the American ear.And it isn’t the beginning for Balvin, either; He’s been making music for well over a decade, and released his earliest singles in 2009. He’s been active since 2004, on the heels of moving to the United States temporarily at 17, citing Kurt Cobain of Nirvana as one of his childhood idols simply because of how “revolutionary” he was at his time. “He changed the game,” he says. “That’s what I want to do too.”Balvin is no longer the kid that vibed to Nirvana in his hometown of Medellín. Yet he knows what the teenage José Álvaro Osorio Balvin would say about his current success: “I was right,” he laughs. “I was right, I was right. I wasn’t crazy. The crazy [ones] were the others.”When Alt.Latino visited Colombia in 2010, Balvin had only just released his first singles a year earlier. Even then, he was always talking about the future and had an eye for the business of getting big. A couple years later, songs like “6AM” and “Ay Vamos” from 2013’s La Familia and its subsequent reissue became favorites at Latinx house parties around the United States. 2016’s Energía saw “Ginza” and his collaboration with Pharrell, “Safari,” bring him to the No. 1 slot of the Billboard Hot Latin Albums chart for the first time. Then, on June 30, 2017, he released “Mi Gente” with French producer Willy William, climbing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Then, it got a boost from an unexpected source.“Beyoncé jumped when the song was already a huge success,” Balvin says of the remix that ended the 35-week monopoly of “Despacito” on the Hot Latin songs chart. Beyoncé was prompted to sing on the track by her daughter Blue Ivy’s love of the song. “So the move with Beyoncé was more like a cultural thing than anything else.”That’s the thing about explosions, though: They end. The difference between Balvin and the giant “Despacito” is that Balvin remains a clean enough slate for the world to project its different interpretations of what the Perfect Latin Pop Song should be, and for Balvin to put on any of those faces in service of that hit.“The most important thing is the music. Without the music, there’s no world domination,” he says with the just-so logic of a schoolyard ringleader. “The key here is that we’ve been showing the world that we’re not one-hit wonders when it comes to global [reach],” he says. “That’s why the album [Vibras], the sound and the music has to be at the same level as the hits that we’re making. So we made it with the fact that we want everybody to love the album, even though they don’t understand what I’m saying.”J Balvin, VibrasLike rap, hip-hop and many other genres created by people of color before it, there are historical barriers to reggaeton’s entry to the world stage. “I don’t see what’s the hate for reggaeton, you know? There’s always going to be somebody that don’t like you. It’s life,” he demurs, though he’s been a vocal defendant of the genre against criticisms of it being “pornographic” in the recent past.Balvin has also made no shortage of political statements in defense of Latinos, though he shies from “political” as a descriptor. In 2015, he cancelled what would have been his first performance on mainstream national television at the Miss USA pageant after Donald Trump, then-co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, made comments about Latinx immigrants bringing crime, drugs and sexual assault to the United States. More recently, Balvin collaborated with Bad Bunny, De La Ghetto, Revol and Arcangel on “Dime,” a business-as-usual reggaeton single that somehow winds up in the four men giving Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro the finger after Balvin compares him to a burro. “I think it’s all about love,” he says of his “human” rather than “political” obligation to call Maduro out for “being an animal.” It’s this tenacity under the guise of pacifism that strikes a chord with Latinx audiences, certainly, but can provide a useful thread for Americans navigating the role of art in national dialogue.The kind of people that seek world domination aren’t often keen on sharing how they plan to get there. Balvin is going to use his many-vibed strategy of infusing reggaeton with different genres on Vibras to maintain the momentum of “Mi Gente,” but why, ultimately, is it necessary? Why bother with cracking the American market at all? He responds with a rare bluntness.“We need to win the Grammys this year,” he says, perhaps obliquely referencing “Despacito” being snubbed by Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” at this year’s Grammys despite being the most streamed song of all time. It’s important to note that Balvin speaks almost exclusively in wes. At the intersection of we and us are are his gente, keepers of the knowledge that Latinos will always have to work that much harder in this country for the same recognition.“You know, to be a legend, we have to make a lot of right moves and great music,” he says assuredly. “We on that.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Baltimore City Council Crafts Port Covington TIF Legislation

first_imgBaltimore City Council has called a temporary time-out from the complicated web of issues surrounding Sagamore Development’s $535 million Port Covington TIF (Tax Increment Finance) proposal ($660 million including interest and fees). The temperature inside the War Memorial Building rose as high as the record breaking heatwave outdoors during a recent work meeting held by City Council’s Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee to craft legislation establishing what will be, Maryland’s largest TIF, supporting infrastructure for the $5.5-billion-dollar Port Covington Project, if passed.A rendering of the planned Port Covington development. (Sagamore Development)City Councilman Carl Stokes postponed a scheduled third work session on the Port Covington proposal until after Labor Day.  Judging from the “heat” inside the War Memorial Building recently, it seems that City Council members needed a little more time to work out some of the contentious issues surrounding the proposal such as affordable housing, commitment to local hiring, and related issues. Stokes said that he wants to ensure that the Port Covington TIF proposal doesn’t create “a segregated community paid for with public funds.”So now is a good time to step back to see the big picture and then fast-forward to see how City Council is seeking to fill the gaps in legislation that created a public firestorm inside the Tax, Finance and Economic Development Committee.The Baltimore Development Corporation – First stop for vetting Baltimore’s TIF’s    Long before Port Covington became a household word in Baltimore, Sagamore Development’s first stop was with the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), a public/private sector non-profit entity contracted out by the City to promote economic development.  Sagamore Development approached BDC in 2015 to start conversations about a major TIF to support their Port Covington Project, according to BDC meeting minutes.“We’ve spent months and months analyzing this TIF and we’re confident that this is a project worthy of consideration and ultimately approval by the City Council,” said Bill Cole, President and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation. The BDC conducted financial analysis of the plan and vetted the Sagamore Development TIF proposal utilizing existing city law as their guide.Cole adamantly insisted that he and his board were careful to ensure that the Port Covington TIF would not backfire on Baltimore’s public schools.  “Our board made it clear that we would not be supportive of moving this forward if this (TIF) had a negative impact on school funding” he said. “We now have a letter directly from the Speaker of the (Maryland) House of (Delegates) and the President of the (Maryland State) Senate; and certainly the efforts of the Chairperson of the (Maryland State Senate) Appropriations Committee stating on record that they will be fighting to fix this formula so as not to impair Baltimore’s ability to do economic development projects,” Cole said.Based on current Maryland State appropriations, as the overall tax revenue for the city increases, the funding available to the city’s public schools from the State of Maryland would decrease leaving a gap in funding that would disproportionately hurt the city’s most vulnerable children, according to community groups like BUILD, who currently oppose the Port Covington TIF.But What about Affordable Housing and Port Covington?With a goal of developing more than 7000 residential dwellings as part of the multi-billion-dollar development deal, Port Covington TIF opponents and several city council members have been sharply critical of the project’s tepid commitment to affordable housing units. “I know a lot of the discussion about Port Covington is about the current shortcomings of the City’s inclusionary housing law. I’m not in a position to fix or address that. We can only ensure that the project itself complies with current law – and it does,” Cole said.But City Councilman Bill Henry (District 4) said that a “fix” is on the way. “One of the reasons I am trying to fix the City’s existing inclusionary housing law now – rather than waiting for the next term – is so that we can establish a minimum in the law for how much inclusionary housing Port Covington will need to provide, “said Councilman Henry.Henry recently introduced legislation before the City Council requiring development projects that include housing, like the Port Covington project, meet a 10% minimum Affordable Housing Unit threshold based on 60% of the Area Median Income. Baltimore’s Median income in 2014 (latest year data was available) was a little more than40,000 according to the American Community Survey.Currently, Sagamore Development Corporation has signed an MOU with the City of Baltimore to include 10% of affordable housing units in their proposed 7000 residential housing complex. “An agreement won’t be as strong as having the law applied, that was one of the arguments for trying to get this fixed to the inclusionary housing law now rather than wait until the next term, Henry told the Afro. “As long as the inclusionary housing legislation goes into effect before they start building housing at Port Covington it will apply to them,” said Henry.last_img read more

US Army To Test RemoteControlled Combat Vehicles

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot The U.S. Army will start testing robotic combat vehicles next year.Beginning in March 2020, soldiers in modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles will fire at targets using a platoon of remote-controlled androids.The month-long operational test at Fort Carson, Colo., aims to collect input on where to go next with autonomous vehicles.AdChoices广告The upgraded Bradleys—called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators, or MET-Ds—boast a remote turret for the 25mm main gun, 360-degree situational awareness cameras, and enhanced crew stations with touchscreens.Initial testing will include two MET-Ds and four robotic combat vehicles (RCVs) on M113 surrogate platforms. Each vehicle will have a driver and gunner, as well as four soldiers in its rear to conduct platoon-level maneuvers.“We’ve never had soldiers operate MET-Ds before,” according to David Centeno Jr., chief of the Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center’s Emerging Capabilities Office. “We’re asking them to utilize the vehicles in a way that’s never been done before.”Commando feedback will be used to improve the vehicles for future test phases.“You learn a lot” from their assessments, Centeno said at last month’s International Armored Vehicles USA conference. “You learn how they use it. They may end up using it in ways we never even thought of.‘This is not how we’re used to fighting,” he continued. “We’re asking a lot. We’re putting a lot of sensors, putting a lot of data in the hands of soldiers. We want to see how that impacts them. We want to see how it degrades or increases their performance.”One particular goal of this program is to discover how to penetrate an adversary’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) weapon system—a device or strategy used to prevent enemies from entering an area of land, sea, or air. Specifically: How to do it without putting soldiers in danger.“You’re exposing forces to enemy fire,” Centeno said. “So, we have to find ways to penetrate that bubble … and allow for freedom of air and ground maneuver. These platforms buy us some of that, by giving us standoff.”The vehicles are experimental prototypes and are not meant to be fielded, but could influence other programs.“This technology is not only to remain in the RCV portfolio, but also legacy efforts as well,” Maj. Cory Wallace, a robotic combat vehicle lead for the Next-Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, said in a statement.Phase II of testing will occur in 2021, with six MET-Ds and the same four M113 surrogates—plus four light and four medium surrogate robotic combat vehicles. The third and final phase is slated for 2023, with a slightly different lineup.Additional testing will occur in 2021, with six MET-Ds and the same four M113 surrogates, plus four light and four medium surrogate robotic combat vehicles. Phase III is slated for 2023, with the a slight change in the vehicle lineup.The autonomous vehicles will eventually have third-generation forward-looking infrared kits with a target range of at least 14 kilometers (more than eight miles).More on Geek.com:The U.S. Army’s New Recruitment Tactic? EsportsU.S. Army’s Soft Robots Inspired by InvertebratesArmy’s ‘Third Arm’ Weapon Holster is Straight Out of ‘Aliens’last_img read more

Satellite launch company FireFly aims to lighten costs

first_img NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin test-fires new rocket engine (Phys.org) —Satellite launch company FireFly Space Systems, with locations in Austin, Texas and Hawthorne, California, founded early this year, is on a mission: Cut the costs for lighter loads going to low Earth orbit. The company said in setting out to do business there was a governing goal, to “create the lowest cost vehicle with the highest performance possible.” What kinds of lighter loads are they talking about? New Scientist said, for example, the loads would be in the form of constellations of small satellites used for communications networks, or monitoring Earth. Once their mission is accomplished, a playing field, so to speak, may be evened out. New Scientist said that currently most probes like this piggyback into space on larger missions that can afford to fly on big rockets. The smaller-size operators have a limited choice of launch dates and orbits, said the report. 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. © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Explore furthercenter_img More information: www.fireflyspace.com/vehicles/firefly-a Citation: Satellite launch company FireFly aims to lighten costs (2014, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-satellite-company-firefly-aims.html The young company is barreling ahead, and has revealed the design of the FireFly Alpha, a vehicle that aims to launch lightweight satellites at low cost. The team said the goal is “to lower the prohibitively high costs of small satellite launches to Low Earth and Sun Synchronous Orbits.” FireFly Alpha “is the first vehicle in a scalable family of launchers specifically designed to address the needs of the light satellite (< 1,000kg) community," according to the company, which said the vehicle is capable of carrying 400kg into low Earth orbit.So how is the vehicle structured? A key feature about their design is its aerospike. A wedge-shaped nozzle delivers thrust; the team is not using the traditional bell-shape nozzle. The company team pointed out on the site that the bell nozzle in conventional rockets represents lost weight from a payload standpoint. Also, "traditional bell nozzles are a compromise; while they are effective at optimizing thrust for a given external air pressure, they are less efficient at other points during the rocket's trajectory."Another notable feature is the use of methane. The company said that while it has never been used on an orbital launch vehicle, the attraction of methane was undeniable. "The fuel is readily available and clean burning when compared to a solid, kerosene or hybrid engine. It's also easy to store, transport, and is inexpensive." Engines require an inert pressurant, typically helium, to drive fuel and oxygen into the combustion chamber, but this adds weight and costs that FireFly seeks to avoid. FireFly's engines are self-pressurized. The fuel itself is used to provide the working pressure for the engine. This, said the team, simplifies design and saves weight.All in all, the FireFly Alpha represents lowered launch prices. Firefly CEO Thomas Markusic said, "We are offering small satellite customers the launch they need for a fraction of that, around $8 or 9 million – the lowest cost in the world. It's far cheaper than the alternatives, without the headaches of a multi manifest launch."The team at FireFly includes aerospace engineers from companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic.Back in January, co founder Michael Blum, in announcing the start of the company, said, "What we are setting out to do will be enormously challenging. It is difficult to make exact projections about schedule until we get further along in development, but the team has set itself a goal: To be in orbit in about three years."last_img read more

Firstever Pride of the Americas Festival coming to Greater Fort Lauderdale in

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Like this:Like Loading… “We worked extremely close with Pride Fort Lauderdale to develop the concept of this important and transformational event,” said Richard Gray, vice president, LGBT+ Marketing with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Greater Fort Lauderdale has been at the forefront of LGBT+ sensitivity and issues for decades and we look forward to continuing to lead the way by bringing together experts for this important and thought-provoking event. The Pride of Americas Festival joins the Southern Comfort conference as two of the most important LGBT+ events to take place in our destination.” Pride of the Americas FestivalGreater Fort Lauderdale will be the host destination for the first-ever Pride of the Americas Festival in 2020. The 10-day event, just announced at the International Gay & Lesbian Travel (IGLTA) annual conference in Toronto, will be hosted by Pride of Fort Lauderdale and presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and will include a parade, a beach party, arts festival, social events throughout the destination, and a human rights conference focused on LGBT+ rights.The conference will draw attention to the issues LGBT+ individuals face in Latin America and the Caribbean. Although Greater Fort Lauderdale is close in proximity to Latin America and the Caribbean, they are miles apart regarding the treatment and acceptance of the LGBT+ individuals in their communities. The event hopes to bring international attention to these inequalities while improving education and understanding of the LGBT+ community on a global scale. Welcoming 1.5 million LGBT+ visitors spending $1.5 billion, Greater Fort Lauderdale is well-suited to host this prestigious Pride of the Americas Festival. With hundreds of gay-owned and operated businesses and the highest concentration of same-sex couple households in the country, the destination is one of the most diverse and welcoming in the world. It’s also home to one of the largest Pride Centers in the country, the world’s first AIDS museum, the global headquarters of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, and the Stonewall Museum, one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibitions relating to LGBT+ history and culture.The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been welcoming LGBT+ travelers since 1996, when it became the first Convention & Visitors Bureau with a dedicated LGBT+ marketing department. Since then, Greater Fort Lauderdale has continued to break down barriers and facilitate visibility for the LGBT+ community at large, acting as a pioneer in the hospitality industry and ensuring that the destination is inclusive and welcoming with a diverse, safe and open community for all travelers.“We are thrilled with the move to Fort Lauderdale beach. Attendance numbers have skyrocketed and the entire festival experience has been elevated,” said Miik Martorell, President, Pride Fort Lauderdale. “In 2019, our theme is ‘Carnaval’, and we will be presenting our first pride parade and the very first parade along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Pride 2019 is going to be an amazing weekend for all.To learn more about Pride of the Americas and the Pride of the Americas Festival, go to PrideOfTheAmericas.org. For more information about Greater Fort Lauderdale, visit Sunny.org.center_img Greater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationGreater Fort Lauderdale further solidifies itself as major LGBT tourism hub2016 IGLTA Honors announced annual awardsMore articles on eTurboNews click here Share this: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, March, 20. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:55A500 shut due to ‘police incident’More as we get it. 17:14Police release CCTV image of man after purse theftAnyone who recognises the man is asked to contact the police. More here. 16:24Man, 57, charged with five counts of stalkingThe alleged offences, involving three men and two women, took place over the last 15 months. More here.16:14Motorcyclist taken to hospital ‘in serious condition’ after accidentThe air ambulance was called to the scene this afternoon and the road is reported to remain closed. More here.15:39Hundreds of jobs at risk at Staffordshire biscuit factoryAround 250 roles are at risk of redundancy at the Uttoxeter factory – along with around 50 at two distribution centres. More here.15:27Two lanes shut due to accident on M6 in StaffordshireThe collision involves a car and a lorry. More here.14:51Wedgwood Drive in both directions closed and slow traffic due to an accident between Bell Lane and Blurton Road.The accident is not too far from Wedgwood Cricket Club. 13:14M6 Southbound closed due to roadworks during the night from J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).Between 10pm and 6am Mondays to Sundays until 6am on March 21 12:54Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 12:54A53 Elder Road busy but moving around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 12:54Delays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Rugeley Trent Valley and Tamworth due to signalling problem. 11:17One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of three) is closed. 11:16A5272 Chell Street clear at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 11:02Temperatures could reach 18 or maybe even 19 Celsius today, but not everywhere!Check here to see where the warmest spots will be ☀️ pic.twitter.com/MwzgbnxNnj— Met Office (@metoffice) March 20, 201910:55 Traffic heavier than normal on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). 10:36A50 Victoria Road busy but moving at A5007 City Road. 10:34A52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square). 10:33Queuing traffic on A50 Eastbound at A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean). 10:33Lane 1 of 3 blocked on #M6 J14 #StaffordNorth to J15 #StokeonTrent due to broken down vehicle. Recovery and #TrafficOfficers on route.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) March 20, 201910:19Traffic returned to normal on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 10:19PCSO Shore will be at the Health and Wellbeing fair at The Old Saw Mill, #Congleton on Friday 12th April 6-30 till 9-30pm with crime prevention and safety advice #HereForCommunities @oldsawmill pic.twitter.com/WBnrZ1KPsm— Congleton Police (@PoliceCongleton) March 20, 201910:06One lane closed and slow traffic due to debris on road on M6 Southbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of three) is closed. 10:05We are outside Stoke Market today from 10am-12pm as part of the #WeekOfAction in the area. Pop along for fire safety advice as well as information from our partners: @StaffsPolice @SoTCityCouncil @archnorthstaffs @SoTCDASCome and say hi �� to the friendly team pic.twitter.com/uDmm2CWSUf— Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (@StaffsFire) March 20, 201908:49Today is the #SpringEquinox And to celebrate, here’s a lovely picture from Richard Styles in Stoke-on-Trent #spring pic.twitter.com/RzP8ITO3VF— StaffsWildlife ������ (@StaffsWildlife) March 20, 201908:49Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 08:18#M6 #J19 (#Tabley #A556 #Northwich) there is a stranded vehicle in lane 1 of the roundabout itself. A #TrafficOfficer which was in the area is now enroute after clearing a further stranded vehicle from lane one on the southbound carriageway.— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) March 20, 201908:13Usual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 08:02Usual congestion on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 07:42A53 Elder Road busy but moving around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 07:41#M6 southbound #J20 towards #J19 (#Lymm #Tabley #A556 #Northwich) #TrafficOfficers have been deployed to a broken down vehicle in lane 1 just prior to J19. Signals have been set— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) March 20, 2019last_img read more

Cruising to a better future for children

first_img“Around three sachets a day for four to six weeks can put a child out of harm’s way and with the generosity of our on board guests we will do our best to save and improve as many lives as possible,”  MSC Cruises chief executive officer, Giani Ornato said.  Source = ETB News, T.N. MSC Crusies has renewed its ‘Get on Board for Children initiative’ with UNICEF.  Passengers can donate AUD $1.50 to buy three meals of RUTF food, while a full treatment of RUTF food costs AUS$65.center_img The initiative, which allows MSC Cruise passengers to donate money towards UNICEF operations in Brazil, has been a trailblazing success, raising AUD $4.3 million over the last four years.  MSC has also created a new partnership with UNICEF to send Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) food to other developing countries.last_img read more