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Feds announce new monitoring of vessel noise impacts on endangered whales

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government says it will monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in British Columbia’s Salish Sea to help develop measures to support the recovery of endangered southern resident killer whales.Terry Beech, parliamentary secretary to the transportation minister, announced the measures as his government is set to face new scrutiny on the impacts of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on the threatened species.A court ruling found the National Energy Board failed to assess the pipeline project’s effects on the marine environment and the government has asked the board to reconsider that part of the review by Feb. 22. The project would increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold and whale experts argue there is already too much traffic for the 74-member southern resident whale population to survive.Beech says Transport Canada will spend $1.6 million on measures including deploying an underwater hydrophone, or listening device, at Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea.He also says the department will carry out a four-year project to better predict propeller noise and hull vibration of a vessel.last_img read more

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Spain Arrests 15 People Seizes 3 Helicopters Smuggling Hashish from Morocco

Rabat – Spanish authorities have arrested nine Spaniards, seven French, and Moroccan nationals forming two international drug rings that relied on helicopters to smuggle hashish from Morocco into Spain.A press release issued on Thursday by Guardia Civil said the groups transported the hashish to remote farms in the southern province of Malaga on Spain’s Costa del Sol and then shipped it overland to other European nations.“The smuggling rings employed a veteran flight instructor who was an expert in mountain rescues and night flights,” the release said, pointing out that the flight instructor would recruit and train other pilots employed by the smuggling rings. The flying instructor smuggled hashish from Morocco to Costa del Sol in dangerous night flights at a low altitude in an attempt to avoid discovery.This man was detained when instructing another pilot on an overnight flight from Morocco. After their arrest, authorities discovered the haul of some 600 kilos of hashish.The investigation also uncovered the person who acquired, financed, and matriculated the captured helicopter.Of the 15 arrested, six are Spanish, seven French and two Moroccans, who will face charges of drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal organization, illicit possession of firearms, and receiving drugs.Among the items confiscated, Guardia Civil listed three helicopters worth an estimated €2.5 million, 810 kilos of Hashish, four cars, flight books, cash, and night vision, as well as navigation equipment and computers. read more

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Security Council extends UN mission in Burundi for another year as elections

The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations political mission in Burundi, calling for full support for next year’s elections in the war-scarred African country while voicing concern at continuing human rights violations, sexual and gender-based violence, restrictions on civil liberties and political violence.In a unanimous resolution, the 15-member body called on the Government to fight corruption and impunity, professionalize and enhance the capacity of the national security services and the police, and broaden the respect and protection of human rights.The UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB), set up in 2006 to assist efforts towards peace and stability after decades of factional and ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis killed hundreds of thousands of people, is now set to run until 31 December 2010.The Council called on the Office to “pay particular attention on supporting the electoral process, democratic governance, the consolidation of peace, sustainable reintegration and gender issues,” providing logistical support to the country’s national electoral commission if required. It called on the Government “to take the necessary measures to create an environment conducive to the holding of free, fair and peaceful elections in 2010.”It also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “in particular through BINUB to play a robust political role in support of all facets of the peace process, in full coordination with sub-regional, regional and international partners.”It noted with concern “the continuing human rights violations and restrictions on civil liberties, including restrictions on the freedom of assembly and expression of the political opposition and representatives of civil society,” while “expressing equal concern for the reports of violence perpetuated by youth groups associated with some political parties.” In his latest report to the Council earlier this month, Mr. Ban voiced similar concerns and noted that while the peace process had witnessed significant progress in recent months, Burundi needed help to ensure successful elections and tackle challenges such as human rights abuses, corruption and weak institutions.Last week, the Council called on the international community to support the preparation of elections after Mr. Ban’s Executive Representative Youssef Mahmoud said a lack of funding was challenging the “significant advances” already made, warning that $3 million was needed by the end of December to help the electoral commission to carry out its most pressing tasks. 17 December 2009The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations political mission in Burundi, calling for full support for next year’s elections in the war-scarred African country while voicing concern at continuing human rights violations, sexual and gender-based violence, restrictions on civil liberties and political violence. read more

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TSX down sharply as data raises eurozone deflation worries

Canadian stocks started the final day of January trading deep in the red amid worries about European deflation and emerging markets.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 133.77 points to 13,601.51 amid a major acquisition in the energy sector.Uranium miner Cameco (TSX:CCO) is selling its share of the Bruce Power nuclear partnership in southwestern Ontario to Borealis Infrastructure for $450 million. Cameco shares were down 73 cents to $23.85.The Canadian dollar was down 0.34 of a cent to 89.22  cents US after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.2 per cent during November, down from a 0.3 per cent rise in October.U.S. indexes tumbled with the Dow Jones industrials down 222.4 points to 15,626.21, the Nasdaq fell 42.97 points to 4,080.16 and the S&P 500 index lost 21.55 points to 1,772.64.Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, reported that inflation in the eurozone fell to 0.7 per cent in the year to January from 0.8 per cent the previous month.The data raised worries that the eurozone could slip into a situation where prices are actually falling. Such deflation can hurt an economy as consumers delay purchases and businesses postpone investment.The deflation concerns added to emerging market worries that have buffeted markets this past week.Countries including Turkey, South Africa, India and Russia have seen their currencies slide sharply over the past week. Traders worry that growth will slow and money will flow out of their economies as the U.S. Federal Reserve tightens its monetary policy.TSX losses were paced by a 1.6 per cent fall in the industrials group after Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) posted quarterly earnings of $635 million or 76 cents, missing estimates by a penny as results were impacted by tough winter conditions. CN also raised its quarterly dividend by 16 per cent to 25 cents but its shares fell $1.31 to $58.03.Nevertheless, RBC Capital Markets has raised its rating on CN stock to outperform and raised its price target by $2 to $66 per share, saying that 2014 is shaping up to be yet another record year for the railroad.The energy sector lost 0.9 per cent as March crude in New York fell 74 cents to US$97.49. The base metals sector stepped back 1.2 per cent as March copper lost three cents to US$3.20 a pound.Financials were also a major weight, down 1.1 per cent.Losses were limited by as 1.3 per cent gain the gold sector while risk-averse traders pushed bullion up $8.80 to US$1,251.30 an ounce.In the U.S., Amazon stock fell 8.77 per cent as the retailer handed in results that missed earnings and revenue forecasts.Wal-Mart said that its fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year adjusted earnings from continuing operations may come in at or slightly below the low end of its prior forecasts and its shares fell one per cent.European bourses were sharply lower following the inflation report with London’s FTSE 100 index down 1.17 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 1.5 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 fell 1.4 per cent. read more

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National employment numbers for August from Statistics Canada at a glance

OTTAWA — A quick look at August employment numbers (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.2 per cent (6.3)Employment rate: 61.6 per cent (61.6)Labour force participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.7)Number unemployed: 1,226,600 (1,246,800)Number working: 18,444,100 (18,421,900)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 11.5 per cent (11.1)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.5 per cent (5.6)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.2 per cent (5.5)

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Shuffle at police services board

The next few weeks will be a time of transition for the Norfolk Police Services Board.The board held its first regular meeting since the end of November on Wednesday. It was the first in 15 years where Peter Hellyer of Simcoe was not the chairperson.Subbing in his place was provincial appointee David Murphy of Port Dover. Murphy said the board will elect a new chair and vice chair at its next regular meeting at the end of February.Hellyer did not attend Wednesday’s meeting. In his absence, Murphy thanked Hellyer for his many years of “exemplary service.”“Peter was very analytical,” Murphy said. “When it came to keeping the numbers right, there was no one better than Peter. OPP headquarters in Orillia will not miss Peter. For 15 years, he did a great job.”The Norfolk PSB provides civilian oversight of police services in Norfolk County. This includes staying on top of local enforcement issues and making sure the service provider – in this case the Norfolk OPP – is aware of concerns affecting the community.The PSB also monitors policing costs. This year in Norfolk, the OPP contract is worth $12.9 million.The PSB meeting at the end of November was the last for former Norfolk council representatives Charlie Luke and Jim Oliver.Replacing them Wednesday were Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus and Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman.For his part, Murphy is a provincial appointee. He has a year left in his term. Provincial appointee Carol Greentree of Simcoe wraps up her first appointment in November of this year.Peter Hellyer was not available for comment.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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A Hot Goalie Isnt a Better Goalie

A Hot Goalie Isnt a Better Goalie

With the NHL playoffs starting this week, all eyes will be on the goaltenders, hockey’s masked men. A goalie’s time on the ice is a solitary existence, with flurries of activity punctuating long periods of inaction. Hockey has been called the ultimate team sport, but all too often the goaltender finds himself alone as the puck approaches.Because the goalie is a team’s last line of defense, it’s no surprise that strong performance in net is incredibly important to winning a hockey game. During the regular season, save percentage (the generally accepted shorthand measure of goaltending effectiveness) explains a higher proportion of team performance than any other fundamental factor1Think of hockey’s “Four Factors” as the following: generating shots (as measured by shots per game), scoring on a high percentage of those shots (shooting percentage), preventing opposing shots (shots allowed per game), and stopping shots (save percentage). Together, these factors explain over 99 percent of a team’s goals-per game-differential, which in turn explains 92 percent of point percentage (a team’s standings points divided by the total number of points available in its games). in hockey.2The measure of relative importance used here is the Lindeman, Merenda and Gold (LMG) method described in this paper. In NHL regular seasons since 1988, team save percentage has a 29.5 percent LMG value when regressed against goal differential/game, compared to 28.9 percent for shooting percentage, 24.0 percent for shots allowed/game, and 17.7 percent for shots/game. In the playoffs, the emphasis on goaltending only intensifies; save percentage is easily the most important determinant of a team’s goals-per-game differential in the postseason.3In postseason play since 1988, team save percentage has a 43.3 percent LMG value when regressed against per-game goal differential, compared to 34.9 percent for shooting percentage, 13.3 percent for shots allowed/game and 8.6 percent for shots/game. A hot goalie really is the key to a successful playoff run.But herein lies a great paradox: Despite goaltending’s outsize impact on the outcomes of hockey games, it’s extremely hard to say exactly which goalies are truly good or bad at their jobs.This perplexing point was raised by the authors of the 2010 book “Stumbling on Wins,” and it still stands today. Using Hockey-Reference.com’s adjusted version of the save percentage statistic, adjusted Goals Against Percentage (GA%-),4I used GA%- because it’s useful for historical analysis since it compares a goalie’s save percentage to the ever-changing league average. GA%- is scaled to represent the percentage of the league’s rate of goals per shot that a player allows, so lower is better. For example, a GA%- of 84, like Henrik Lundqvist had last season, means he allowed only 84 percent of the number of goals a league-average goalie would have allowed on the same number of shots. the correlation of goalie performance from year to year is so low5A correlation coefficient of 0.296, to be exact, for goalies who qualified for Hockey-Reference’s leaderboards in back-to-back seasons. that, in practical terms, only 30 percent of the difference we see between a goalie and the league average in any given season actually “belongs” to the goalie himself. The rest is just random.6So when Ottawa’s Craig Anderson led the NHL last season with a 67 GA%- (the second-lowest mark of any goalie since 1984), the best expectation of his talent going forward was still only a GA%- of 90 — the assumption being that the other 23 points of GA%- were probably due to random variance. (If you’re doubting that assumption, Anderson snapped back to earth this season with a 104 GA%-.)The poor correlation of save percentage from one year to the next also indicates that goalies are extremely volatile commodities. For instance, if a goaltender is above average in a given season, there’s only a 59.2 percent chance he’ll be above average again the following year. And if he’s below average now, don’t worry: There’s a 47.2 percent probability that he’ll be above average next season.7Some of this is admittedly due to selection bias; by zeroing in on goalies we knew had a “next season,” we’re implicitly weeding out the ones who played poorly and were never given another chance — presumably because scouts decided they were as bad as the numbers said. But the threshold to qualify for Hockey-Reference’s save percentage leaderboard is a mere 26 games in a normal season, so the selection effect shouldn’t influence the results too much.Take Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. During the 2010-11 season, Elliott was the NHL’s second-worst qualified goalie — only Nikolai Khabibulin was less effective at stopping pucks — and in 142 career games he had a lifetime GA%- of 111 (which translates to 11 percent worse than league average). If any goalie seemed unlikely to play well in the future, it was Elliott, but the very next year he led the NHL with a 69 GA%- (31 percent better than league average), at the time the third-best single-season performance by any goalie since the NHL started tracking save percentage in 1984.8Elliott’s 2011-12 season now ranks fourth because Craig Anderson put up a 67 GA%- last season. And how did Elliott follow that brilliant campaign? By posting a below-average 106 GA%- last season, and a 90 GA%- this year.It’s the kind of thing that will spin you around faster than a Pavel Datsyuk deke.So is Elliott a good goaltender or not? We can say he is probably a slightly below-average netminder who happened to have an all-time outlier of a career year in 2012. But that’s just because we have a relatively large amount of data on him by now. His career GA%- is 103 after nearly 250 games and 6,000 shots faced. A goalie’s save percentage only begins to stabilize after facing around 3,000 shots, at which point we would expect half of his observed performance to be talent (the rest is still luck). The busiest goaltenders each year face roughly 2,000 shots, so it takes about a season and a half for GA%- to offer insight on even the biggest goaltending workhorses.This does not mean that there is no difference in talent among goalies. It just means there’s a great deal of uncertainty around how any one goalie compares to another, and that the distribution of talent among NHL-caliber goaltenders is significantly more narrow than would be expected from looking at season-level save percentages alone.9The spread of which is artificially inflated by luck in small samples. As a consequence, the “replacement-level” save percentage for goalies (to borrow a term from baseball’s sabermetrics, referring to the production a team could expect from a minimum-salary player freely available on the waiver wire) is remarkably close to league average.10In keeping with the ratios of cap dollars devoted to each position, a save percentage .006 below average is probably the optimal replacement level. In 2013-14, that would set the replacement level at .908, a number that was average just five seasons ago. This, too, is a product of the uncertainty surrounding the true talent level of any given goalie — with such high levels of volatility, teams don’t need to accept bad goaltending performances for long. Given what little information we have about any goalie’s actual talent, a backup is almost as likely to give above-replacement production as a struggling starter is.If chance overwhelms skill in an entire regular season’s worth of goaltending statistics, imagine what can happen in the playoffs, when the leading goalies face but 800 shots at most. The Vancouver Canucks have experience with this: Kirk McLean, a nine-year veteran with a perfectly average 100 career GA%- going into the 1994 playoffs, backstopped the team to within a win of the Stanley Cup on the strength of a stellar 78 GA%- in the postseason. So do Capitals die-hards: Olaf Kolzig led Washington to the Finals in 1998 with a playoff GA%- that was 27 points lower than his career average. And Mike Smith nearly did the same for the 2012 Phoenix Coyotes. Playoff history is littered with seemingly nondescript goaltenders who suddenly became incredible puck-stoppers come springtime.But history can also cut the other way. In 2001, the great Patrick Roy had a regular-season GA%- of 90 — 13th in the league, if slightly down from his peak numbers of a few years earlier — and during the playoffs he had one of the best performances of his career with a 75 GA%-, leading the Colorado Avalanche to the championship. The following year, Roy was quite a bit better during the regular season (81 GA%-), ostensibly setting himself up for another strong playoff bid. So what happened next? Roy put up a terrible 110 GA%- in the playoffs, capped off by an embarrassing, season-ending loss to Detroit in which he allowed six goals before being pulled from the game in the second period. In the minuscule sample of the playoffs, even Hall of Famers are at the capricious whims of variance.It’s something to keep in mind during this year’s playoffs. Just as we found the correlation for regular-season GA%- to be quite low from year to year, the correlation between a goalie’s regular-season and his playoff GA%- is even smaller, as is the correlation between his previous career GA%- and playoff GA%-. We can’t predict who will fluctuate, just that somebody likely will.It’s not just goalies who are unpredictable; hockey’s stats holy war over shot quantity versus shot quality has shown us that an offense’s shooting percentage is just as inconsistent. The whole sport is especially vulnerable to random fluctuations, something that shows up most once a puck starts moving towards the net.In 2008, an Edmonton fan named Brian King left a comment at a now-defunct Oilers blog suggesting that the best way to understand luck in hockey was to look at a team’s shooting percentage on offense and the collective save percentage of its goalies. If you combined those stats for a team, and compared them to the league average, you could tell whether a team had been lucky or unlucky — and how far it had to go to regress to the league’s mean. The metric became known as PDO (its namesake was King’s online pseudonym), and the more it strays from its baseline of 1.00 (above 1 means lucky; below, unlucky), the more likely the team’s record, and even its goal differential, has been tainted by randomness.A great deal of recent hockey research has shown that, if given a large enough sample, every team’s PDO will more or less regress toward the league average of 1.00. The big implication of PDO is that a team has virtually no long-term control over shooting percentage, just like it can’t predict the efficacy of its goalie. The key to good defense, then, is simply to keep the opposition from shooting, because it’s impossible for a goalie to maintain a consistently high save percentage.PDO can now tell us the extent of hockey’s chaos, but goaltenders have always grappled with the randomness of their position. In his classic book, “The Game,” the Montreal Canadiens’ Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden wrote that a goaltender’s mental focus is key:If you were to ask a coach or a player what he would most like to see in a goalie, he would, after some rambling out-loud thoughts, probably settle on something like: consistency, dependability, and the ability to make the big save. [ … ] Because the demands on a goalie are mostly mental, it means that for a goalie the biggest enemy is himself. Not a puck, not an opponent, not a quirk of size or style. Him. The stress and anxiety he feels when he plays, the fear of failing, the fear of being embarrassed, the fear of being physically hurt, all are symptoms of his position, in constant ebb and flow, but never disappearing. The successful goalie understands these neuroses, accepts them, and puts them under control. The unsuccessful goalie is distracted by them, his mind in knots, his body quickly following.Stats portray the goalie’s job as a nihilistic one. Chaos mounts, pucks fly, muscles react. What happens beyond that is so random that, as Dryden writes, the only way for a goalie to cope is to focus on what’s immediately in front of him: a stretch of ice with an ever-changing landscape of variables. read more

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Mens basketball New season means new life for Ohio State

OSU coach Thad Matta yells out a play from the sidelines during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerLast season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered from immaturity, poor play and a lack of accountability. During the offseason, the Buckeyes were focused on righting last season’s wrongs.Posting a 21-14 record last year, an 11-7 conference record couldn’t salvage early season losses to Texas-Arlington, Louisiana Tech and Memphis that paved the way to the National Invitational Tournament.This year, the Buckeyes have been emphasizing unity, and holding each player accountable for his contribution to the team. OSU coach Thad Matta said his unit will be focused on the parts they can play, and not on the talent of one player.“I think this team is going to be a team where guys are going to have roles,” he said. “And they’re going to have to embrace the role. They’re going to have to do their job every time they take the floor.”After struggling to find a rhythm early on, the Buckeyes found a groove in February last season, picking up four straight wins before a matchup against then-No. 6 Michigan State. Before the game, it was announced that then-sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate would miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.The injury hurt the Buckeyes in all aspects of the game, since Tate is known for his scoring and rebounding ability after averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2015. Lacking his fast-paced style of play, OSU lost two of its next three games, and was blown out in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament by Michigan State, before losing in the NIT.With Tate back and six of the leading scorers from last year’s team returning, Matta said he will be looking for his team to be more grown up as compared with the 2015 season.“It wasn’t what I wanted just in terms of the daily behavior, the daily way we carried ourselves last year,” he said. “The immaturity that we had last season at certain times was something that, hopefully, we learned we can’t have that going into this season because it can really cost us.”Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was an instrumental player for OSU last season, averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Although he contributed on both ends of the court last year, Bates-Diop said he and the rest of the Buckeyes have been focusing on the most minute details of the game that caused problems last year.“It’s the little things … last year was turnovers, free throws and a lot of stuff,” Bates-Diop said. “Just focusing on those things, running and making sure everyone knows the plays, the defensive schemes going into the season is going to be a huge thing for us.”The return of multiple starters has the Buckeyes and the OSU coaching staff eager to get onto the court. Following the conclusion of last season, OSU underwent a slew of transfers, affecting team depth and chemistry.Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is the only returning member of the 2015 recruiting class. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams said the members of the team are hungry to improve their game and have a greater desire to win that was not present last season.“I say, this summer, everybody was eager to learn and everybody was highly motivated,” Williams said. “Obviously the way we finished last season was obviously not where we want to be. Each day, everybody came in with a chip on their shoulder, and we’re just trying to get better and prove people wrong every single day.”Problems with the team last season seemed to grow and fester, resulting in head-scratching losses and blowouts at the hands of Big Ten teams. OSU ranked 68th in opponent points per game, while registering a turnover margin of -1.1.That number put the Buckeyes in a tie for the 260th spot. To put into perspective just how much OSU turned the ball over, the Buckeyes had the third most turnovers on the Big Ten.Williams said issues that plagued the team last year have been addressed this offseason, and Matta and the team will not hesitate to fix any issues that arise.“We know when something is a problem,” Williams said. “We nip it in the bud as soon as we see it. I don’t think we did that last year. I think this team is a lot more mature than last year’s team by far.”The rebooted Buckeyes will get a chance to test their revamped approach against Walsh University in an exhibition game on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Children as young as 14 are becoming addicted to ecigarettes head of

Children as young as 14 are becoming addicted to e-Cigarettes, the head of Britain’s biggest addiction clinic has said.John Dicey, chief executive of Allen Carr’s Easyway which has 35 centres around the UK, said there has been a steep rise in  the past year of young people seeking help on how to quit vaping.“We have noticed a sharp increase in the last half of 2018 and first quarter of 2019 in the number of inquiries from youngsters – and their parents – who took up vaping in their early teens and now wish to quit,” he said.Numbers are “in the dozens rather than in hundreds” he said, but added that there has been a “clear sea change in the past few months”, which reflects the surge of youth enquiries from America since 2017.Mr Dicey, who is a senior Alan Carr therapist, explained how a “significant” number of teenagers that come for treatment said they were encouraged to vape instead of smoke by their parents, particularly if their parents are smokers. In response to the growing numbers of enquiries about e-cigarette addiction among youngsters, Allen Carr’s Easyway is now designing a new treatment course specifically aimed at teenagers who want to quit vaping, and another for their parents.Last year, Allen Carr centres in the UK treated 630 adult vapers and “dual users”, meaning people who vape as well as smoke. This represents around 9 per cent of all clients and an increase of over 50 per cent on 2017. A quarter of those vapers were exclusively addicted to vaping. Since 2015, it has been illegal for retailers to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 but a subsequent operation by Trading Standards found that 40 per cent of shops allowed teenagers aged 14-17 to purchase the devices, which are also sold online.“Children can start on e-cigarettes at quite a young age, around 12 to 14-years-old, when they get passed around the class,” Mr Dicey said.“There are all sorts of flavours – candy floss, popcorn – it’s all seen as a bit of fun. We are getting some youngsters coming in who have started vaping, having not smoked before.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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EHF CL Barca routine win in Brest

← Previous Story Bjerringbro-Silkeborg want to leave Turkey with two points Next Story → EHF CL: Veszprem win drama in Montpellier – Mikler is hero! After first defeat against Rhein Neckar Lowen in Mannheim, Spanish FC Barcelona Lassa know only for sucess at VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019. Team of Xavi Pascual was on the TOP of the form against Meshkov Brest in Belarus – 29:21, with last eight minutes without a conceded goal…Meshkov Brest – Barcelona 21-29 (14-15)Meshkov Brest: Sandro Obranovic 5, Darko Djukic 5, Artsiom Selvasiuk 2, Siarhei Shylovich 2, At Poteko 1, Sime Ivic 1, Makism Baranau 1, Pavel Horak 1, Petar Djordjic 1, Artsiom Kulak 1, Alexander Shkurinskiy 1Barcelona: Aleix Gomez Abello 5, Dika Mem 5, Casper Ulrich Mortensen 5, Timothey N’Guessan 3, Jure Dolenec 2, Ludovic Fabregas 2, Victor Tomas 2, Raul Enterrios 2, Lasse Andersson 1, Thiagus Don Santos 1, Aron Palmarsson 1 FC Barcelona LassaMeshkov Brest read more

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Geek deals 599 Lenovo K450 Haswell gaming PC 30inch IPS monitor more

first_imgWhere Lenovo’s K450 stands apart from most gaming rigs is its graphics card: it doesn’t include one! At least on Lenovo’s US website, you get everything needed for solid gaming system except the GPU. This gives you a perfect opportunity to pick out a card that fits your needs and budget, then stuff it into this sleek, tool-less powerhouse PC for a great budget gaming rig with a warranty.The model on sale in today’s daily deal has a lot going for it: a Haswell quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive put into a premium chassis with good airflow and easy access for upgrades. It has six USB ports (four are 3.0), a 9-in-1 media card reader, Wireless-N, and Ethernet.Combine this powerful $599 Haswell PC with a GPU of your choice and you’ve got a budget gaming rig with all the latest tech. The only catch is that this daily deal offer ends today, and tomorrow the price will likely be $100 higher, so don’t wait long on this one.Lenovo IdeaCentre K450 Core i5 Haswell gaming desktop PC for $599 plus free shipping (reg. $1,049 | use coupon DAILYDEAL916)Our other top deals:Dell UltraSharp U3014 30-inch 2560×1600 LED-backlit IPS LCD monitor plus $300 gift card for $1,286.99 plus free shipping (reg. $1,499)HTC One 4.7-inch smartphone [Verizon with two-year contract] for $49.99 plus $0.99 shipping (reg. $199.99 | via Best Buy)Amazon Gold Box: save up to 55% on Logitech accessories, starting at $12.99last_img read more

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Les volcans japonais pourraient se réveiller

first_imgLes volcans japonais pourraient se réveillerAlors que le Japon lutte toujours contre la menace nucléaire après le violent séisme suivi d’un tsunami dévastateur, une étude pointe du doigt le risque de voir certains volcans de l’archipel se réveiller.Des travaux menés par l’Institut de physique du globe de Paris mettent en lumière la menace volcanique qui pèse sur le Japon. Rapportée par Sciences et Avenir, cette étude met en garde contre les volcans situés à l’est du pays, en face de la fosse océanique du Japon. Situés sur la ceinture de feu du Pacifique, ils pourraient se réveiller après la meurtrière secousse de magnitude 9 survenue le 11 mars dernier. Les violents séismes ont en effet un impact sur les contraintes tectoniques. A l’Est du Japon, la région côtière de Sendai s’est déplacée de 4,2 mètres, tandis qu’à l’ouest la bordure côtière a bougé de 50 centimètres. Les réservoirs magmatiques des volcans ont eux aussi certainement été affectés par la secousse. Certaines zones de la région se sont dilatées en profondeur et ont subi une importante décompression, explique la sismo-tectonicienne Nathalie Feuillet qui a également alerté qu’une telle décompression pourrait engendrer une libération de gaz et une remontée de magma.Le 13 mars, deux jours après le séisme, le volcan japonais Shinmoedake s’est mis à cracher des pierres et des cendres. Des centaines de personnes vivant sur les pentes du volcan ont dû être évacuées, mais l’éruption fut heureusement de courte durée. Il est difficile de dire si cette activité a été engendrée par le séisme. En janvier dernier, le volcan s’est réveillé pour la première fois depuis 52 ans et l’éruption avait alors duré plusieurs jours.Le 24 mars 2011 à 14:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Knik Crossing loan denied

first_imgOpponents of the Knik Arm Bridge project are claiming a victory. Federal transportation officials have turned down the state’s request for a loan for the seventh time.Download AudioA February letter from the US Department of Transportation explains the federal government is putting on hold its consideration of the state’s current bridge plan.The letter also indicates that the state needs to reduce it’s estimates of traffic and revenue concerning the bridge.Jeremy Woodrow, a state department of transportation spokesperson, says the denial of the loan does not kill the bridge project. He says DOT is in the negotiating process for a loan from federal transportation officials“And what you expect with any negotiation there is a lot of back and forth between the two parties before we can reach an agreement. So the letter we received was them saying that they aren’t ready to process the loan and that they need more information from Alaska before we can keep moving along this process. It was expected, it did not come as a shock to the department, it was expected as a part of that negotiation process.”The state is seeking a $375 million TIFIA [Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act] loan to finance construction of the bridge. But the letter to Alaska DOT indicates the state’s proposal poses too many risks. The state is prohibited from issuing bonds to pay for construction of the bridge without the federal loan, according to state legislation passed in 2014. Last year, Governor Walker approved continuing with the bridge project under a restructured financing plan.Jaime Kenworthy, author of the blog Knik Bridge Facts, opposes the bridge. He says the state has spent upwards of two million dollars on consultants to revise estimates of toll revenues that would pay for the first phase of bridge construction. Kenworthy says the traffic estimates are exaggerated to show a traffic projection that ensures enough tolls to pay for the project‘”Let me tell you how exaggerated and aggressive they are. The state demographer thinks there will be 162 thousand people living in the Mat Su in 2042. The KABATA number is sixty percent more growth than everybody else. Sixty percent.”Kenworthy says that both houses of the legislature have passed their operating budgets for the next year, budgeting $1.6 million dollars for the bridge. Those budgets sit in conference committee. Kenworthy says there is $168 million dollars in federal funds now available for the bridge project, but the state does not have the matching funds necessary to use it.“The whole structure of House Bill 23 which was the last KABATA bill was, you need to get the TIFIA loan to trigger the state financial commitment. There is no reason why legislators can’t recommit that money in the capital budget in the operating budget this year, and put more money on the street this summer.”Kenworthy also says the letter from federal transportation officials indicates that the state has not made it to the negotiation stage regarding a TIFIA loan.That’s not true,  according to Judy Dougherty, DOT’s director for the Knik bridge project. Dougherty says the TIFIA loan is only dependent on projected tolls from the bridge, and that  DOT will respond to federal highway officials with new information.“We’re preparing our response for TIFIA that will show them the break-even case, that would be how low the tolls and revenues can be in order to still cover the TIFIA loan. And we are finding that it can be even lower than our extreme downside case as much as 30 percent lower than our extreme downside.”Dougherty says that data has just been completed and will be sent to federal authorities at month’s end.last_img read more

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Is Bala ready to direct Suriya after getting ousted from Varma

first_imgA collage of Suriya and Bala.PR HandoutBala, who was unceremoniously ousted from Dhruv’s Varma, seems to be ready to put the bad experience behind him and move on to his next project. The National Award-winning filmmaker is set to work with his good friend and actor, Suriya.Speculations are rife that Suriya and Bala are in talks for a movie and there is a possibility of their collaboration after the actor wraps up his current commitments.It has to be noted that Bala had given a major break for Suriya in his Nandha and cast him in a key role in Pithamagan. Trusting his abilities, the actor is believed to be joining hands with the filmmaker.Currently, Suriya is busy with Selvaraghavan’s NGK, a political thriller. The film has Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi playing the female leads with Bala Singh, Mansoor Ali Khan, Ponvannan and others in the supporting cast.NGK was supposed to be released last Diwali, but the film got delayed after the director fell ill. It will now hit the screens on 31 May.After NGK, Suriya will move on to Sudha Kongara’s Captain Gopinath’s biopic. The shooting will commence later this year.On the other hand, Bala was removed as the director from Varma, a remake of Telugu blockbuster movie Arjun Reddy. The production house, E4 Entertainment, was not happy with the final output of the movie. Hence, he was fired from the project.Now, the project will be shot, afresh.last_img read more

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Dont see bad loans rising in current fiscal Bank of Baroda

first_imgThe second largest public sector lender, Bank of Baroda, doesn’t see much impact on its asset quality due to the disruption in normal banking operations and subsequent cash crunch owing to the government’s demonetisation move.In an interview with CNBC-TV18, PS Jayakumar, managing director and chief executive officer of Bank of Baroda (BoB), said the bank would maintain its gross non-performing assets (NPAs) guidance of Rs 45,000-Rs 50,000 crore for this fiscal.”I think we will stay with the forecast number of being between Rs 45,000-50,000 crore of NPAs and hoping it would be somewhere in the middle of the range rather than on the higher end of the range,” Jayakumar said.Last week, the bank, while declaring its second quarter results, said that its gross and net NPAs had fallen on a quarter-on-quarter basis.The bank’s gross NPA in July-September period (Q2) of this fiscal fell to Rs 42,949.25 crore against Rs 42,991.68 crore reported during April-June period (Q1). Similarly, net NPA fell to Rs 19,341.95 crore in Q2 from Rs 20,783.77 reported in the previous quarter.The public sector bank’s slippages had also halved on a quarter-on-quarter basis.On overall credit growth for the rest part of this fiscal, Jayakumar said loan disbursement might see a near-term impact. “There could be some change, but again, it is too early to make these calls. I do not really have a pulse of how that (demonetisation) is going to play out,” he said. Jayakumar, however, added that any negative outcome on credit growth would be corrected because money supply would get restored soon.The CEO also pointed out that the bank plans to recalibrate all its ATMs for dispensing new Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by November 24-25. About 200 of its ATMs are now able to dispense new Rs 2,000 note, he added.Meanwhile, the low-cost deposit base, which is known as current account and savings account (CASA) deposits, has grown by 14 percent for the bank due to rising cash deposits by the general public after the demonetisation of high-value currencies.State-owned Bank of Baroda posted a four-fold rise in its net profit at Rs 552.1 crore in the second quarter ending September 2016 from a net profit of Rs 124.4 crore during the same period last fiscal.Its share price has moved up by around 19 percent in the past one week to trade at Rs 173.60 on Wednesday (2:20 pm).last_img read more

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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 Thursday, January 24. 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 . 18:59Earlier accidents clearedEarlier accidents in Burslem and Oulton have now cleared.18:25Road partially blocked following accidentOne vehicle is awaiting recovery after the accident in Oulton. More here.18:14Two vehicle accident in busy Stoke-on-Trent town centreThe road is partially blocked while the vehicles are recovered. More here.17:48Almost 250 North Staffordshire homes without electricity due to power cutSome homes in Audley and surrounding areas are affected. More here.17:39Accident reported in OultonOld Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Wash Dale Lane.17:30Accident reported in BurslemMarket Place partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Steventon Place. (Image: Inrix)17:08Slow traffic on A50Slow traffic on A50 in both directions at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area. 16:22Usual congestion on A500Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 16:09A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).16:08Slow traffic in CongletonSlow traffic on West Street at Overton Close.Temporary traffic lights are in operation.12:47Accident in MeirA520 Weston Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Cornelious Street.The accident is not too far from Pizza Hut.12:18Burst water mainSlow traffic due to burst water main on West Street at Overton Close. Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 10:51M6 slip-roadM6 Northbound lane closed on entry slip road due to broken down vehicle at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well. Lane One (of Two) closed. Incident reported at around 10:45. Affecting traffic at Hanchurch Interchange heading towards Stoke on Trent on the A500 Queensway.10:05M6 StaffordshireTraffic congestion on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.09:29Cheddleton Park Lane closed due to abnormal load from Sutherland Road (Horse Bridge) to Park Lane (Cheddleton). Road blocked due to a lorry being unable to pass the narrow lanes. Police closed road shortly after 09.30 – awaiting recovery vehicle. 09:13A500 D-RoadQueuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is four minutes.08:59A34, Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.08:27M6 clearedAll lanes open and traffic returned to normal, broken down vehicle removed on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Lane one (of four) was closed until 08.15pm. 08:06Lorry struck bridgeOne lane blocked and very slow traffic due to bridge struck by vehicle on A53 Leek New Road Westbound from Berwick Road to A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge). Westbound Lane blocked following accident reported at around 07:50 this morning. Accident involving a lorry. Also affecting traffic on A5272 Hanley Road southbound. 07:55A500, NewcastleQueuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 07:51M6 Staffordshire One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Lane one (of four) is closed. 07:37A50 westboundHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).07:37Moorland Road Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).07:21Chell congestionUsual congestion on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:15Collapsed manhole coverReports the entry/exit to the lower part of Grindley Lane, Blythe Bridge is closed in both directions off the roundabout due to a collapsed manhole cover. Springcroft Primary School, in Grindley Lane, says: “You can still access the car park opposite school from the lower part of Grindley Lane.”07:01Tunstall temporary lightsGas main work and temporary traffic lights on A5271 Williamson Street at A50 Scotia Road. Until 31st January.One arrested on suspicion of ‘skimming’ two cash machines (Image: CMPG)A motorist has been detained in custody after being arrested on suspicion of ‘skimming’ two Staffordshire cash machines. Police officers from the Central Motorway Policing Group – a team that patrols the county’s major roads – stopped a car in the Newcastle area using ‘pre-emptive tactics’ this morning. No details about the occupant of the car have yet been revealed.Read more.£1,000 of steak, champagne and Dairy Milk seized as police stop vehicle on M6 (Image: CMPG)Police seized £1,000 of steak, champagne and chocolate after stopping a vehicle on the M6 motorway.The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), who patrol motorways and and other major roads, stopped the vehicle on the carriageway in Staffordshire late last night (Wednesday January 23) and uncovered the cargo of meat, bubbly and Dairy Milk.One person was arrested following the find.Read more.Weather forecast (Image: Getty)There is a Yellow weather warning in place from the Met Office until 11am. And our commercial partners over at The Weather Channel say it could be rather foggy across Staffordshire and South Cheshire this today. Highs are expected to be around 6°c with lows of 3°c overnight. There is around a 60 per cent chance of rain. Good morning!Good morning and welcome to the StokeonTrentLive newsfeed for Thursday, January 24. We’ll be bringing you all of the latest traffic and travel updates until 11pm tonight.last_img read more

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Karzai says hell meet with Obama in Washington

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He said Pakistani leaders have often promised to take action, “but have not followed through.” Without such action, peace and security in Afghanistan will remain elusive, Panetta said.Another major issue facing Panetta in the closing weeks of his tenure is how many U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014. There currently are 66,000 in the country, down from a peak of about 100,000 in 2011.U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, commander of international forces in four southern provinces, including the key province of Kandahar, told reporters Thursday that he foresees further troop cuts in coming months, but he did not specify whether he was talking only about U.S. troops.“I fully expect by next summer we will have less ISAF forces here because we’ll need less ISAF forces,” Abrams said, using the acronym for the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force. He said believes fewer will be needed because Afghan forces will be more capable by then.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day AP National Security WriterKABUL (AP) – President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he will meet President Barack Obama in Washington next month to discuss a postwar U.S. role in his country, whose fragile security was highlighted hours earlier by a suicide bombing that killed one U.S. troop and two Afghan civilians.At a news conference with visiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Karzai said he and Obama will discuss how many U.S. troops will remain after the Western combat mission ends in December 2014. He said he understands that immunity from Afghan laws for those remaining Americans is of “immense importance” to Washington, but he added that he has his own priorities in negotiating a postwar U.S. role. Top Stories Comments   Share   Panetta described the Kandahar attack as further evidence of insurgent brutality.“This is what they resort to in order to try to continue to stimulate chaos in this country,” he said. “They will not be successful.”The Karzai-Obama meeting, which Panetta said would occur during the week of Jan. 7, with no specific date set, also is intended to discuss prospects for establishing a process for pursuing peace with the Taliban.The main message of Panetta’s two-day visit to Afghanistan was one of reassurance to Afghans that they will not be abandoned after 2014. And he made a pitch for patience among Americans tired of war.“For the first time since 9/11 we have a chance to achieve the mission that we are embarked upon,” Panetta said. “To achieve that mission will require a continued commitment, continued perseverance, continued partnership and continued sacrifice on the part of our nations.”He told Karzai that his country should not doubt U.S. resolve to prevent the Taliban from regaining power and potentially facilitating al-Qaida’s return.“America will not turn away from Afghanistan,” he said.The Pentagon chief, who is expected to step down early in 2013 and return to private life, also made a plea for Pakistan to do more to clear al-Qaida, the Taliban and other extremist groups from havens on its side of the border with Afghanistan.center_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top holiday drink recipes Parents, stop beating yourself up Men’s health affects baby’s health too “Give us a good army, a good air force and a capability to project Afghan interests in the region,” Karzai said, and he would be ready to argue “with ease and with reason” that his country should grant immunity to U.S. troops.Obama has said the U.S. will not abandon Afghanistan and risk that it might revert to the al-Qaida haven it became in the 1990s after the Taliban came to power. Nor has he indicated what size and scope of post-2104 military mission he thinks is necessary and affordable.The Taliban are a small but resilient force, even after 11 years of fighting a vastly larger U.S.-led international force. They managed to send a dramatic reminder Thursday, claiming credit for the suicide bombing that killed three and wounded 17 near an entrance to Kandahar Air Field, the largest Western base in southern Afghanistan. Panetta and his traveling party had left the air field about two hours before the attack.The U.S. military did not identify the American who was killed. It said an investigation was under way.Panetta was at the air field for about three hours, receiving a briefing from U.S. commanders. Panetta also spoke to about 350 U.S. troops and took questions from them before flying back to Kabul, where he met with Karzai at the presidential palace.last_img read more

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NEW YORK — At some point a television sensation b

first_img NEW YORK — At some point, a television sensation becomes just another show. The numbers illustrate how that’s become the case with AMC’s drama “The Walking Dead.”The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. The Nielsen company said that at a similar point last year, the midseason finale reached 7.9 million people.That’s a steep drop from the show’s high point, the seventh-season opener that reached 21 million people. AMC says a decline is natural for a show as it ages and that more people are watching on a time-delayed basis.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 28, 2018 12:23 pm PDTcenter_img Once a sensation, ‘Walking Dead’ is another showlast_img read more

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July 12 2007 This continues the report from Ju

first_imgJuly 12, 2007 This continues the report from July 6. 2007 of construction the new Visitors Center entrance behind the Crafts III building. Concrete work on the sloping wall between the first and the second level ramp proceeds with the forming up of a concrete bench right next to the path from the visitors center parking lot to the passenger bridge. [Photo & text: sa] The wooden form is bent around an outcrop of rock and supported by cinderblocks. Inside of the form the rocks are covered and packed tight with silt. [Photo & text: sa] Wire mesh is installed above the silt, raised on small support pins, to elevate the mesh to eventually be imbedded in concrete. This report continues on 7/13/07. [Photo: Livio Stabile & text: sa]last_img read more

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