New Paving Initiatives OpEd

first_imgSince coming to office, the government has taken action on building a safe and efficient highway system that keeps communities connected and supports local economies. We have delivered the two largest highway improvement budgets in the province’s history, helping to create good jobs and grow the economy. Over the last two years, more than $635 million has been invested in roads and bridges right across the province. We took another major step forward with the introduction of a Five Year Highway Improvement Plan, a new way of doing business, that supports improved planning for road builders and provides important information for communities. Developing a new asphalt plant and road resurfacing crews is another initiative that will help make sure we get as many kilometres as possible for the dollars taxpayers spend. We currently tender all repaving work, however in some areas, limited or no competitive bidding has led to higher prices. We have carefully analyzed the options and determined that doing some of this work in house will save money for taxpayers. For example, our analysis of tender prices shows that this lack of competition has resulted in asphalt prices between $9 and $24 per tonne higher than we are able to get in areas with competitive bidding. A limited number of bidders has also been an issue. Competitive bidding works best when there are multiple bids for each tender, ideally between six and eight. While there are 12 asphalt contractors who could bid on provincial paving tenders, in 2008 and 2009, 83 per cent of the tenders had three bids or less. In fact, in 2009 one company alone did 50 per cent of the province’s paving work. Compared with the prices we have received in the past, the savings from doing some work in house are estimated to be up to $2.5 million per year from the asphalt plant and $2.2 million from a chip seal crew. The majority of this kind of work would continue to be tendered. This is a model that is working well now. For example, by doing some centerline painting ourselves, we get prices that are 35 per cent to 45 per cent lower than other provinces get when they contract out all of their line painting. The significant investment required to build roads, along with the fiscal challenge we have inherited, means we must take advantage of all options to make the most of every dollar. In our Five Year Highway Improvement Plan we outlined improved approaches to maintaining our roads and bridges, including adopting a more balanced approach that uses a variety of improvement options, meaning we can improve more roads in more communities and pave smarter by preventing more costly problems before they happen. To see the Five Year Plan go to www.gov.ns.ca/tran . We will continue to do all we can to make sure we get the best deal possible for taxpayers. -30-last_img read more

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Delhi soon to get world class teachers training university

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi will get its own state of the art world class teachers training university with the goal to improve teachers training in the state, asserted Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday.The Deputy CM, who also holds the portfolio of the Education Department, said that in the last four and a half years the Delhi government has established 13 new colleges. “By opening new campuses of existing Delhi state universities like DTU, Ambedkar University, etc, Delhi government has opened 13 new undergraduate colleges in the last 4.5 years. This DIET (District Institutes of Education and Training) will be college number 14, and number 15 will be another DIET which we will be launching soon at Defence Colony,” said Manish Sisodia. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe Deputy Chief Minister also added that with the new DIET we are opening two new centres for teachers training; One at Shahdara and another at Defence Colony. This will train 200 students who pass-out of class 12 for teaching. Delhi Government currently has a capacity of 1,040 seats for class 12 pass-outs who apply for teachers training in the city spread across the nine centres operational presently. The addition will further add to the availability of a number of seats for teachers training. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOn Thursday Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Manish Sisodia laid the foundation stone for a new District Institute of Education & Training (DIET) at the Baburam School campus in Shahdara.”Four and a half years ago, Delhi gave ordinary people like us the responsibility of running the city. When we took over, the city’s social infrastructure was crumbling, whether it was schools, hospitals, water or power supply. The education machinery was completely battered; school buildings were in ruins and teachers were low on motivations,” said CM Kejriwal. He added that Many private schools were running like a mafia, extorting high fees from parents without government regulation. “We started with the intent to change this; we wanted all children – rich or poor – have access to high-quality education. But we were nervous. If in 70 years so many parties had tried and failed, would we succeed in our mission?,” asked the CM. He further said that after coming to power, the AAP government started with the basics.last_img read more

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Morocco Ranked Among the Worst Places to Get Good Internet Connection

Rabat – The online community for expats, InterNations.com published data revealing that Morocco is one of the worst countries for  internet connection.MethodThe data has been collected from the perspective of expats, as these are immigrants who typically need to communicate with their families at home, work digitally, maintain professional and personal contacts worldwide, and keep up-to-date with international news. For a country to be featured in the rankings, the first requirement was a substantial sample size of at least 75 survey participants per destination. In 2018, researchers had a minimum of only 68 participants and still ended up with a total of 18,135 expatriates contributing to the survey, meaning 178 nationalities living in 187 countries or territories were represented.Survey respondents were asked to rate their satisfaction with the following factors on a scale of one to seven:The unrestricted access to online services such as social media, the availability of government/administrative services online,The ease of getting a local mobile phone number,The ease of paying without cash,And the ease of getting access to high-speed internet at home.MoroccoWhen the results were calculated, the countries were then sorted by their total scores, ranking them into five categories. With the 1st category being the best and the 5th being the absolute worst, Morocco is in the 4th. “Ranking a low 58th place for digital life overall, Morocco is among the worst ten countries in the world for the ease of getting high-speed internet access at home,” the study says.Morocco came in the top ten for getting a local mobile number (10th exactly), but the bottom ten for availability of government services online (63rd). Morocco was also in the bottom for high-speed internet at home (59th out of 68), paying without cash (66th), but relatively average for unrestricted access to online services.In more detail, 56% of expats are unsatisfied with the access to government services online (vs. 26% globally), and one in five (or 20%) is unhappy with the availability of high-speed internet at home (vs. 16% globally). Over nine in ten expats (94%) say getting a local number is easy, which is “eight percentage points above the global average” (which is 86%). Over seven in ten expats (71%) even agree that it is very easy.The best and the worstOther countries sharing negative ratings as the worst countries for digital life are Myanmar, China, Egypt, India, and the Philippines. “Expats in these countries struggle with a lack of government services online, difficult access to high-speed internet at home, or even restrictions in their use of online services,” the report explains.“Destinations such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Brazil, which have always ranked among the worst countries for quality of life, could not change their position in light of poor results in the Digital Life subcategory,” the report reads.In the 3rd category, Kenya was ranked as the best African country to be connected and almost nine in 10 expats there are satisfied with their unrestricted access to online services, which ranks above the global average.The best of the best is Estonia “These excellent results help the country compensate its low rankings in terms of available leisure options (51st) and travel opportunities (65th): all in all, Estonia comes in a good 21st place out of 68 countries for its general quality of life.”Read also: Facebook’s Inclusive Internet Index Ranks Morocco 3rd in Africa read more

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Grad students share their knowledge at reception

From left: Megan Gordon, Nicole Neil, Vincenzo Coia and David AllisonDavid Allison (BKin ’09) hopes to improve the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injuries.Megan Gordon (BA ’07) is exploring the preparedness of teacher candidates for diverse classrooms.Vincenzo Coia is applying a new field of statistics to help better understand natural disasters.And Nicole Neil is analyzing and evaluating treatment in order to help children with autism learn skills to cope with anxiety.As featured speakers at the recent Graduate Student Awards and Donor Recognition reception, Allison, Gordon, Coia and Neil put a face to the breadth of research being pursued by Brock’s 1,536 graduate students.The foursome is among more than 200 graduate students who have received, to date, 2010-11 internal and external awards and scholarships for academic and research excellence.“Graduate students are the crowning achievement of the University,” said Murray Knuttila, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic, to the audience of 120 faculty, staff, students and donors who attended the May 10 event organized by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.“Graduate students have the capacity to be creative and systematic and to take information and translate it into usable knowledge and wisdom.”Knuttila also recognized donors for the contributions they are making to graduate student success at Brock.“Today we have people who are sharing their gifts to help others. The ability of our graduate students to create new knowledge and insight wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our donors.”As part of the Faculty’s recognition of donor-based awards, a special tribute was made in honour of the Michael H. Spironello Memorial Fellowship. The annual award was created in memory of Spironello, a graduate of Brock’s master’s program in Biological Sciences and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto who died five years ago. The award was established by his family and Brock Professors Fiona Hunter and Michael Bidochka.“Michael was a friend, a gifted scientist and a person who exhibited a broad range of interests,” said Bidochka. “The spirit of this award truly reflects Michael’s passion for research and also the importance he placed on a balanced lifestyle.”In her closing remarks, Marilyn Rose, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, thanked donors, faculty, staff and students for supporting graduate student excellence.“As I look around the room, I am heartened to see such amazing evidence of the collective ‘life of the mind’ that animates our graduate sector,” she said. “Celebrations like today’s capture the vibrant graduate culture that exists at Brock.”Visit “Celebrating the success of our graduate students” to read more about the graduate student researchers who spoke at the event. read more

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Womens basketball Offensive firepower shines in Ohio States victory over No 2

Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper drives the lane against a Maryland defender on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 98-87. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporter“It’s like an orchestra. It’s like soft jazz music, it’s just so beautiful.”That’s how Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper described her team’s offensive spark in its Senior Night upset over the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins. The No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes (24-5, 14-1) went to battle with the Terrapins (26-2, 14-1) for a chance to be in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten regular-season title in an electric atmosphere at the Schottenstein Center Monday night. Thanks to 31 points from junior point guard Kelsey Mitchell and 20 from Cooper, the Buckeyes upset the Terrapins 98-87.In a do-or-die game for each team, the Buckeyes came out with the victory and the slight edge they needed to be in position to clinch the title next weekend.Not only was the team fighting for a Big Ten title and top-10 upset, but for its lone senior Shayla Cooper in her final home game in a Buckeye uniform.“It’s a big night,” Cooper said. “It’s Senior Night, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The crowd was amazing and when the ball goes through the net, you just hear them roaring and you’re like ‘okay.’”On Senior Night, Cooper was spectacular. She was perfect on three shots from 3-point range, 6 of 10 from the field and led the team with nine rebounds. Cooper was on fire in the first quarter, putting up ten points to help OSU get an early 35-22 lead.“It means a lot to be able to provide that for my team to secure the win, for one,” Cooper said. “I just felt good throughout the game. They kept passing me the ball and hand down, man down — that’s what I’ve heard in the past, so I just let it rip.”After shooting 78 percent from the field and 88 percent from the three-point line in the first quarter, the Buckeyes fell into an offensive slump and let the Terrapins catch back up in the second and third.In the third quarter, Maryland went on a 13-point run which brought the Terps within two points of tying the game, but the Buckeyes held their ground, starting with making their first four shots of the fourth quarter.“They’ve got a great team,” said OSU coach Kevin McGuff. “I knew it would be a game of runs. That’s the part I’m most proud about because we had plenty of opportunity to go away when they made that impressive run, but our kids kind of stuck together.”In addition to Mitchell’s 31 and Cooper’s 19, three other Buckeyes ended the game in double figures. OSU shot 63 percent overall and 56 from the 3-point line.“Well when (OSU) shoots like that, they can go all the way,” said Maryland coach Brenda Frese. “They were sensational.”Now, OSU will travel to Rutgers for its final regular-season game where they could come home with two wins: one over the Scarlet Knights and the second being the Big Ten title.“It shows that we can certainly play with anyone in the country and that we’re one of the best teams in the country,” McGuff said. “We’re playing our best basketball at the right time.” read more

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The As Changed Baseball Once They May Be Changing It Again

Rangers149714801492+12-5 Nationals154615221524+2-22 Braves147415101519+9+45 The A’s meteoric riseMajor league teams by change in Elo from the preseason and the All-Star Game, as of Aug. 22 Mets149114641484+20-7 Rockies150315101519+9+16 Cubs155815681543-25-15 Athletics149015281551+23+61 Pirates148314831493+10+10 At midseason, the American League seemed decided. The number of tanking teams — some intentional efforts, some unintentional — combined with the AL’s super teams1The top four teams by run differential reside in the AL: the Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Indians. were conspiring to strip the league of postseason races. The league’s playoff teams seemed all but set by the All-Star Game.But then the Oakland A’s came charging out of the baseball wilderness to give us some late-summer drama.After three consecutive last-place finishes, the Athletics began the year with a 16 percent probability of reaching the postseason and a 6 percent chance of winning the AL West. And just two months ago, they were as many as 11.5 games behind the reigning World Series champion Astros. But after winning 42 of their last 58 games entering Friday, the A’s have cut that deficit to 1.5 games, and they now have an 89 percent chance of advancing to the postseason and a 22 percent chance of winning the AL West.The surge is no fluke. Oakland has the game’s eighth-best run differential, at +94 runs, and has seen the greatest improvement in FiveThirtyEight’s team rating since the start of the season.2As of Aug. 22. Phillies149015071496-11+6 EloChange from … The Moneyball A’s didn’t prize defense, fly balls or ace relievers, but this club does. While the formula is different than in the early 2000s, what remains the same is that the A’s are finding value where other clubs are not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. Royals145914081407-1-52 Cardinals152215081540+32+18 Yankees156515891571-18+6 Astros157715991585-14+8 Diversifying their pitchesWhile the A’s have a dominant star in the bullpen, the story is different in the rotation. In the early 2000s, the A’s had a trio of front-line starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. This year’s A’s team has a rotation populated predominantly by reclamation projects like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. Without a legit ace — or even a household name — the A’s rank second to the Red Sox in pitching WPA.Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career.Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A’s have given him “weighted pitch” data, which he’s used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.“If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it’s tough [for batters] to guess,” Cahill said.The A’s also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches — like spin rate — between starts.“I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher,” Cahill said. “I look at where I am releasing it.” Padres145514461444-2-11 Reds146514841474-10+9 Diamondbacks152315231536+13+13 Marlins144314491439-10-4 Treinen also has a slider and cutter that baffle opponents. Tigers144914481441-7-8 Dodgers156815601553-7-15 Brewers151015191515-4+5 White Sox145714371441+4-16 Indians157615551566+11-10 Giants149415021490-12-4 So how did the A’s get here? This isn’t another “Moneyball” story. The once-undervalued metric of on-base percentage is no longer baseball’s best-kept secret — and it’s not even an Oakland staple. The A’s have instead pursued different paths to become one of the better teams in the major leagues despite opening the season with the game’s lowest payroll.Keeping it in the airBecause fly balls and line drives are so much more valuable than ground balls, more and more individual players are trying to launch balls into the air. But the A’s have acquired, and ostensibly tried to develop, the skill at a teamwide level since 2013. As MLB.com’s Mike Petriello found, the A’s have posted five of the eight lowest ground-ball seasons since 2004, including this season’s mark so far. Their average launch angle of 14.9 degrees leads baseball.3The MLB average is 11.7 degrees.While they have acquired fly-ball hitters like Jed Lowrie, Matt Joyce and Khris Davis, they have also developed anti-grounder sluggers in Matt Olson (2012 first-round pick) and Matt Chapman (2014 first-rounder). Lowrie told FiveThirtyEight that he never sat down with an A’s official to talk about his batted-ball profile, but the Stanford University product does use the technology available in the home batting cage for tracking his exit velocity and launch angle to fine-tune his swing.“My guess is they probably identify guys like that to try and acquire [the skill],” Lowrie said of the A’s front office. “It’s part of their calculus.”What on-base percentage was to the Moneyball A’s, fly-ball percentage is to this group of upstarts. That’s made them the league’s fourth-most efficient offense despite a near league-average on-base mark of .322.The A’s are also adapting to their environment. Lowrie notes that Oakland Coliseum is one of the most difficult places in the game to drive the ball, and while the A’s have the lowest ground-ball rate on the road in the majors at 37.8 percent, that rate spikes to 40.9 percent at home, good for eighth-lowest. While Lowrie says teammates Davis, Olson and Chapman can hit the ball “out of Yellowstone,” other A’s alter their approach depending on the ballpark environment. The A’s lead baseball in offensive efficiency on the road with 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a stat that adjusts for park and run environment, with 100 representing league-average performance. But Oakland is only about average at home, with 96 wRC+.Lowrie noted that the A’s set a record for most consecutive road games with a home run this season4They hit at least one homer in 27 straight road games. and that they’ve done much more damage on the road. The Athletics rank 18th in the majors in home runs at home with 67, but they lead the majors in road homers with 106. They are one of the best road teams in baseball at 37-26.“We are playing on a [home] field that is below sea level, with swirling winds that are generally blowing in from right field,” Lowrie said. “We’ve pitched much better at home,” with a 3.32 home ERA vs. 4.30 on the road. “We’ve found different ways to win at home and on the road.”Always be closingThe early 2000s A’s rarely overpaid or valued relievers, believing them to be highly fungible. This Oakland team has the most dominant reliever in the game in Blake Treinen and has further bolstered its strong bullpen with trade acquisitions of Jeurys Familia (2.02 fielding-independent pitching, 19 strikeouts in 15 innings with the A’s) from the Mets and former Twins closer Fernando Rodney.Acquired as a buy-low target with a 5.73 ERA last July in a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Treinen is second in the majors in relief WAR and owns a 1.00 ERA.While WAR may not be the optimum way to measure a reliever’s value, win probability added (WPA) accounts for the change in win expectancy between every plate appearance. According to WPA, Treinen has been the most valuable pitcher in baseball this season — ranking ahead of aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola. His sinker leads the majors in whiffs per swing, and when put in play, it produces 4.6 ground balls for every fly ball. Per FanGraphs pitch values, it’s the fifth-best sinker in the majors. The pitch, with its combination of elite velocity and movement, can make opponents look foolish. Rays1495151915190+24 Blue Jays150714881480-8-27 Red Sox154915901602+12+53 Orioles147514221416-6-59 Angels151015141511-3+1 The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A’s 60 quality innings this season — not bad for a guy playing on his 13th(!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season.Among the changes Fiers has made since joining the A’s is creating more separation in height between his fastball and curveball, as Jeff Sullivan found for FanGraphs. He has a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Saving more runsThe makeshift pitching staff is also aided by one of the best infield defenses in the game. That’s an effort led by Chapman.While Chapman is an excellent hitter, he’s the best third base defender in the game according to Defensive Runs Saved — and it’s not close. In fact, his 26 Defensive Runs Saved are the best in the game at any position. The next closest third baseman is Travis Shaw of Milwaukee with nine.Chapman leads an elite Oakland infield defense. According to DRS, the A’s also rank second in DRS at first base and eighth at shortstop in the majors. Moreover, Oakland trails only the Arizona in the difference between expected opponent batting average — based on opponent exit velocity — and actual opponent batting average. The A’s are getting to more ground balls and line drives relative to their infielder rivals. TeamPreseasonAll-Star GameCurrentAll-Star GamePreseason Mariners150815221507-15-1 Twins151014941493-1-17 read more

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Reilly Everyone will have free GP care by 2016 IMO Theres no

first_imgUpdated 3.07pm HEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has committed to introducing free GP care for every citizen in the State by the time of the next general election in 2016.But the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has quickly dismissed the pledge, saying there is “no hope” of that happening.The Minister has also pledged to introduce legislation that will allow the Health Insurance Authority (HIA) to crackdown on the number of varied, and in some cases limited, healthcare plans being offered by private health insurers.Speaking to RTÉ Radio’s Saturday with Brian Dowling, Reilly said that the commitment to free GP care in the lifetime of this government remains.“I am saying that every citizen in this country will have free GP care. That is the goal of this government,” he said.But in a statement issued an hour after the interview, the chairman of the IMO’s GP committee, Dr Ray Walley, said there is “no hope” of free GP care for all being introduced within the next two years.“This is government by sound-bite,” Walley said. “The Department of Health have no plan to support this objective and no appreciation of the resources required to implement it.”“Politicians talk up free GP care as if its free for everyone but the reality is that people will still pay for their GP but will simply do so indirectly through their taxes or through an insurance scheme instead of directly as at present.”Universal health insuranceIn the same interview Reilly also said that he intended to put in place “the building blocks” to introducing universal health insurance in the second term of this government if it is re-elected.“We are absolute committed to universal health insurance,” he said. “We’ve always said that this would take two terms not one”.The Fine Gael TD said that most listeners to the programme would acknowledge that “the health service is a huge tanker to try and turn around”.Commenting on the fall in the number of people who have private health insurance by around 6 per cent in the last five years, Reilly said that the government is keen to keep as many people in insurance as possible.“The key here, and the whole key to the successful attainment of universal health insurance, is to get at the absolute costs involved in delivering healthcare in this country,” he said.Reilly also said that the government will legislate in the new year to “beef up” the powers of the HIA in order to help it crackdown on private health insurance providers offering customers plans which exclude treatment at certain hospitals.“I am determined that we will address the issue of the proliferation of plans in the new year,” he said, adding that government will legislate for a “fair and transparent market”.Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson Billy Kelleher criticised Reilly and the government’s implementation of its health policy.“The government’s policy on health is simply at sea and in disarray,” he told the same programme.First published 1.49pm Read: HSE gets more time to come up with its service plan for next yearMore: “James Reilly is a reforming minister” says ministerial colleaguelast_img read more

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Allegri says he will continue with Juventus

first_imgThe Bianconeri manager has been linked with the Manchester United job after Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho was sackedAfter Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was sacked, there have been many names linked with the position with the Red Devils.And one of those names if that of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.“I have a contract with Juventus and I am happy here,” Allegri told reporters according to The 42.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We are doing a great job together with the fans. There are many games to win before the end of the season, there is time before June.”“Italian football is fascinating, I am not tired of it. I want to stay to improve Italian football,” he added.“Outside this world, there are many things to be done, we need to involve the kids to build a better future for this game.”last_img read more

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Two men arrested in connection to Vista druglab explosion

first_img Posted: September 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two men were charged Wednesday with a slate of narcotics and weapons charges in connection with a drug-lab explosion that set a northern San Diego County home ablaze last spring.Gregory Allen Amos, 23, and 34-year-old Christopher Paul Hernandez allegedly were using butane to extract hash oil from marijuana in a house in the 1200 block of Barbara Drive in Vista when the blast occurred about 10:45 a.m. March 27, according to a federal criminal complaint.Deputies and firefighters arrived to find a glass door blown out on a second-floor balcony of the burning residence and dozens of cans of butane strewn on the driveway, the court document states.Inside the damaged home, authorities found the remnants of a butane hash-oil laboratory and related items, including pounds of marijuana, hundreds of cans of butane and glass tubes. Agents also seized about a pound of cocaine and three guns, including a 5.56-mm rifle and a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol.Operating a butane hash-oil lab is an illegal and highly dangerous way extract THC, the principal psychoactive found in marijuana plants.Since January, San Diego-area law enforcement personnel have dealt with at least 17 such illicit facilities, three of which generated fires or explosions, according to federal officials.Using butane to obtain hash oil — which contains extremely high levels of THC and can be up to four times more potent than high-grade marijuana — often results in the highly flammable gas evaporating and collecting on the floor, then accumulating to explosive levels.“BHO manufacturing poses an enormous threat to human life,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “No one is safe — not those involved in the illegal (process) themselves, not those who happen to be living or visiting nearby, not first responders.”Amos, a Vista resident, and Hernandez, of San Diego, are scheduled to be arraigned in the case Friday afternoon. September 5, 2018 Two men arrested in connection to Vista drug-lab explosionlast_img read more

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Mexican football club hires hypnotherapist to boost employee performance

first_imgHere at Employee Benefits, we are intrigued as to whether this approach could have a similar impact on performance in an office environment like ours…any volunteers? Once awakened, Bermudez performs an impressive free kick, landing the ball in the top corner of the net. Something for the weekend: Boosting performance and productivity in the workplace is often achieved through a range of employee engagement and wellbeing measures, however, Mexican football club Chiapas, formerly Jaguares de Chiapas, took a more innovative approach when it hired hypnotherapist Luis Guillen to deliver a unique form of mental training to bolster players’ goal-scoring abilities.Delivering the session at the club’s training ground at Estadio ‘Zoque’ Víctor Manuel Reyna, Guillen worked with 29-year-old midfielder Christian Bermudez, hypnotising him in a bid to improve his sporting performance.Videos posted on the club’s Twitter page show Guillen instructing Bermudez to relax his body and mind, and go into a deep sleep.last_img read more

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Pedestrian struck and killed in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in Northwest Miami-Dade.It happened right before 6 a.m., Tuesday, along Northwest 127th Street and 27th Avenue.7Skyforce flew over the scene as mourners gathered at the intersection where it occurred.The windshield of the car could be seen shattered on the drivers side, as well as a big dent on the hood of the car.The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead on the scene.The driver remained on the scene.Northwest 27th Avenue has been shut down north and southbound between 24th and 27th Street as the investigation is ongoing. Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Uber stops free rides pauses operations in Anchorage

first_imgUber is pausing operations in Anchorage and stopped offering free rides on Friday afternoon. But negotiations with the city are not over.The Uber Pacific Northwest Operations Manager Bryce Bennett announced the decision in a blog post. He cited slow negotiations with the municipality about new regulations that would allow Uber drivers to charge for their services. “The city has dragged its feet and failed to provide a clear end-date for negotiations,” Bennett wrote. Uber created an online petition to show public support for the service. More than 1,000 people signed within the first four hours of its creation. Deputy municipal attorney Dee Ennis, who is working on the Uber case, says the muni and the company came to an impasse on issues of public safety. The city wanted Uber drivers to undergo fingerprinting, drug testing, and medical exams like other taxi drivers. Ennis says now it’s up to the Assembly to decide if they are willing to compromise on the issues.“If the policy makers in the Assembly decide these things are important then we may never get to an MOU [memorandum of understanding]. If the city says, ‘Well if the consumer is aware that Uber doesn’t provide certain features, that it’s a consumer choice’ then we would proceed to an MOU.”Assembly members will hear from the administration and from Uber during a March 18 public safety committee meeting.last_img read more

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Trump claims he answered Russia probe questions very easily

first_imgUS president Donald Trump on 16 November 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday said he had “very easily” completed his written answers for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 US election, but had not yet submitted them to Mueller’s office.Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he wrote the answers to the questions himself.”My lawyers don’t write answers. I write answers. I was asked a series of questions. I’ve answered them very easily,” Trump said.The Republican president did not specify when his legal team would give Mueller his written responses, but a person familiar with the matter told Reuters they likely would be submitted next week. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.”I’m sure they’re tricked-up because, you know, they like to catch people,” Trump said, referring to questions that he suggested could be designed to result in perjury charges. “You have to always be careful when you answer, with people that probably have bad intentions. Now, the questions were very routinely answered by me.”Mueller is investigating whether members of Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow in the 2016 election and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe, which has clouded his presidency.Trump and his lawyers had been in negotiations with Mueller’s team for months over how the president would be questioned as part of the investigation.Trump’s team agreed to have the president submit written answers to questions relating to Russia’s role in the election, but it is still possible Mueller may press Trump to answer questions on potential obstruction at some point. Another open question is whether Trump will eventually sit for an interview.Tensions have risen over the probe since Trump last week ousted Jeff Sessions as US attorney general and named Matthew Whitaker as his replacement on an acting basis. That move gave Whitaker, a Trump loyalist who Democrats have called a “political lackey,” oversight of the Mueller probe.Mueller already has brought charges against a series of former Trump aides, including his former campaign chairman and his former national security adviser, as well as a number of Russian individuals and entities.A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a Russia company accused by Mueller of funding a propaganda operation to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favour.Trump on Friday again called the probe a “witch hunt” and said there was no collusion. Russia has denied any interference.”There should have never been a so-called investigation, which, in theory, it’s not an investigation of me. But … as far as I’m concerned, I like to take everything personally because you do better that way,” Trump added.Democrats and a number of Republicans have raised concerns about Whitaker’s appointment, with a bipartisan group of US senators renewing a push for legislation to protect the special counsel. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, has opposed any such legislation.Republican senator Lindsey Graham, who has said he would seek to lead the Senate panel overseeing the Justice Department next year, on Thursday met with Whitaker and expressed confidence the Russia probe would continue.last_img read more

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Bluebox Security reveals Android vulnerability in run up to Blackhat convention

first_img Normally when an app is downloaded from a reliable source, it comes with something called the Android Application Package File (APK). The purpose of the file is to allow the app to prove that it’s not been modified since being installed—a sign that it’s been hacked and changed. A check is made every time the app is run. To make it more difficult for hackers to modify existing apps, the APK is given a cryptographic signature. Now Bluebox is reporting that they’ve found a way to modify existing apps on a smartphone, without disturbing the cryptographic signature. Worse, they say, the vulnerability goes all the way back to Android 1.6, which was released nearly four years ago. That they say, means that 900 million devices are currently at risk.Modification of an app allows a hacker to cause the app to do things the user is not aware of, such as access data. One of the most serious scenarios, Bluebox says, is if an app made by the manufacturer of a phone is changed. Such apps, they note, generally have access to phone functionality in addition to services such as text messages. That means a modified app could be made to control the phone’s camera, for example, or to place calls.Bluebox isn’t revealing exactly how a hacker might take advantage of the vulnerability—that would be inviting trouble, of course. They do say that they notified Google of what they’d found back in February, and that presumably the tech giant is working on a solution. In the meantime, they suggest phone users abstain from downloading apps from risky third party sites. They also strongly encourage enterprise managers to encourage all users of a given system to update their devices as soon as a fix becomes available. The company is also promising to reveal more about the nature of the vulnerability at this year’s Black Hat USA 2013 conference. Explore further Screenshot of HTC Phone After Exploit (Phys.org) —Mobile security startup Bluebox Security has revealed via a post on its website a vulnerability in smartphones running the Android operating system. The vulnerability, they say could allow hackers to modify code in apps running on a phone without breaking the app’s cryptographic signature. Feature stops apps from stealing phone users’ passwordscenter_img Citation: Bluebox Security reveals Android vulnerability in run up to Blackhat convention (2013, July 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-bluebox-reveals-android-vulnerability-blackhat.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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State govt retains 650 casual workers recruited during Left regime

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a historic move, Trinamool Congress-led Balurghat civic board has retained 650 casual workers, who were mostly recruited through NGOs during the Left regime.After coming to power, the new Trinamool board had started the process of retaining them so that they can work till the age of 60.According to an official source, it was due to the lackadaisical attitude of the erstwhile Left government due to which the casual workers had not been retained Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsduring the Left regime.Visibly overwhelmed Subrata Chakraborty, the leader of civic employees’ association said: “No doubt the decision is historic. The casual workers will work till the age of 60 without discontinuation. We had earlier demanded the issue of their retention to the Left board also but our demand was vehemently ignored. We are grateful to the new board.”Notably, Balurghat Municipality was recently felicitated by the Centre and a fund amounting around to Rs 9, 00, 000, 00 has been sanctioned to implement various development projects undertaken by the Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedpresent board.Civic chairman Rajen Shill said: “We were being honoured by the Centre recently and stood second, next to Gaighata civic body of North 24 Paraganas in the state, regarding the matter of running flawless administration and various civic activities. A fund has also been allocated as recognition.”Answering a question about the retention of casual workers waiting for over four decades, Shill said: “We had promised to the casual workers for retention while took charge of the new board. There will be no job insecurity for them.”last_img read more

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first_imgHave Wheelchair Will Travel’s Julie Jones has long been an active advocate for accessible travel. As co-founder and executive editor of the new disability specific print travel magazine, Travel Without Limits, Jones hopes to make it easier for the 4.2 million Australians living with a disability to enjoy travelling.“Often, the information needed to travel with confidence when you have additional needs requires specific and detailed stories,” she said.“We believe these should be written by people with lived experience. So we’ve brought together contributors and partners to share stories and experiences to help you plan, prepare and feel like our readers can travel without limits.”Published by the team behind Travel With Special Needs and featuring launch partners such as Destination NSW, and Blue Badge Insurance Australia, Travel Without Limits provides valuable advice, tips, and reviews on all aspects of travel.Travel Without Limits will be released and available publicly for the first time at the Source Kids Disability Expo in Melbourne on 29 March 2019 and is currently available to read on the Travel With Special Needs website here. accessibilitydiabilitymagazineTravel Without Limitslast_img read more

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