Traffic Advisory Pictou County

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on Highway 104 near Exit 27 in Sutherlands River, will be diverted today, Aug. 20, to a newly built 450-metre detour around the construction zone. Delays are expected as the changeover occurs but two-lane traffic will be maintained once the detour is in use. A speed limit of 70 km/h remains in place through the construction zone. The detour is expected to be in place until October. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 -30-last_img

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TSB says all commercial Beaver planes should have stallwarning system

first_imgMONTREAL – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is recommending all Beaver-type planes be equipped with a stall-warning system.The agency made the announcement Thursday as it released its report into a fatal crash involving a Beaver floatplane that struck ground near Tadoussac, Que., in 2015.As the pilot tried to manoeuvre the plane closer to the ground, it stalled in a steep turn and crashed, killing all six people on board.The TSB said the experienced pilot didn’t realize a stall was imminent when he was making the turn and the aircraft had no stall-warning system.It is recommending Transport Canada require all commercially operated de Havilland DHC-2 float planes, known as Beaver aircraft, be equipped with such a system.The TSB said there are currently 382 DHC-2s registered in Canada, 223 of which are used commercially.last_img read more

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Cape Breton man posts unsettling image of brother before he succumbs to

first_imgHALIFAX – The stark image shows a 50-year-old man with short, dark hair motionless in a hospital bed, eyes closed and a plastic breathing tube extending from his mouth.He could be sleeping, or in a coma.But the brief caption above the Facebook photo of Kevin Bernard makes it clear the Cape Breton man was close to death when the picture was taken.“Today, I lost my younger brother to drugs,” Barry Bernard, 57, wrote on Saturday. “My heart is heavy but he’s in a better world.”The sombre and unsettling photograph had prompted more than 600 responses by Wednesday afternoon, most of them expressing sorrow for the Bernard family’s loss. But a few thanked Barry Bernard for using such an intimate and moving moment to raise awareness about the scourge of drug abuse.“Sorry to hear of this,” said one post. “Yet proud of you for telling the story. Maybe … just maybe it will help others realize the dangers of drugs. God works in mysterious ways.”Barry Bernard, who works for the Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network in Cape Breton, says there’s no point in hiding the fact that his brother had struggled with an addiction to prescription drugs for more than 25 years.“Some people were shocked, but people were proud that I put this image out there,” Bernard said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s a story that has to be told … I didn’t think that this photo would be that powerful, but I was getting calls and messages from people I didn’t even know … and some were saying, ‘It’s about time that we took action.’”After his brother overdosed last week while in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., he was transferred to a hospital in Halifax, where he was declared brain dead on Friday.After discussing the matter with his sisters Pamela and Patricia, Bernard said they decided Kevin should be taken off life support.“My question was: ‘What quality of life do we want for my brother? Do we want it for us, or do we want it for him?’ … We all decided that we’ll have to take him off the machine and let the Creator and him decide where he wants to go.”And that’s when Bernard decided to take the photo.“I don’t know if it was my ancestors helping take this photo, but when I took it I didn’t think about putting it on Facebook … but I wanted to show people who have loved ones with addictions that this is real. It happened to me.”Kevin Bernard died at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. The photo was posted at 9:35 a.m.Barry Bernard recalled how his brother, a plumber by trade, was a kind man with an easy smile.“He loved fishing and he loved being with his friends,” he said. “He always met you with a smile.”But he had a dark side. When he was young, he was introduced to some kind of drug at a party and his addiction grew from there.Barry Bernard, who also runs the Eskasoni Red Tribe Boxing Club to keep local kids off the streets, said he would sometimes argue with his brother about his addiction, but the two would always work things out.“At the end, he would still smile, grab my shoulder and say, ‘Let’s go for tea,’” he said. “People want to know his story. It’s real. It’s reality.”last_img read more

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Raptors beat Golden State Warriors 123109

first_imgOAKLAND, Ca. (680 NEWS) — The Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif., giving Toronto a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Here were five key moments from Wednesday’s game:KLAY A NO-GOMinutes before the game, the Warriors made the call that star guard Klay Thompson would not play after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday in Toronto.The decision put veteran Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup.One half of the Splash Brothers with Stephen Curry, Thompson was the Warriors’ third-leading scorer in the playoffs entering Game 3. With Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney also out, the Warriors were missing three key players.MONEY GREENDanny Green has struggled with his shot for much of the playoffs, but the Raptors guard had a big first quarter in Game 3.After Curry nailed a three-pointer to cut what once was a double-digit Raptors lead to four, Green hit his third three of the first quarter with two seconds left to give Toronto a 36-29 edge.Green had nine points in the first quarter, one more than he had in all of Game 2.LOWRY HEATS UPAfter a tough Game 2 in which he fouled out, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry looked much more comfortable in the first half of Game 3.With the Warriors threatening to make a run at the end of the first half after the Raptors went nearly five minutes without scoring, Lowry drained a three off a nice feed from Serge Ibaka and then drove to the net for two more points in the final minute.Lowry finished the first half with 15 points, two more than he had in all of Game 2. On the negative side, though, he also picked up his third foul in the final minute of the first half of Game 3.After a Golden State basket late, the Raptors took a 60-52 lead into the locker-room.KAWHI IMPOSES HIS WILLRaptors star Kawhi Leonard stepped up in the third quarter, making sure the Warriors didn’t repeat their Game 2 heroics when they went on an 18-0 run to open the second half.Leonard, held to nine points in the first half, scored 15 points in the third quarter and was a force all over the court.A key sequence came late after Lowry was blocked on a drive to the net. Leonard tracked down the offensive rebound because of his hustle and found Green for a three to put Toronto up 96-80. The Raptors led 96-83 after three quarters, despite Curry putting up 40 points.FINISHING TOUCHThe Raptors got excellent play from Lowry and great energy from Ibaka in nearly five minutes to open the fourth quarter with Leonard on the bench.When Leonard returned, he made an immediate impact. He nailed a pull-up jump shot and then drove by Curry for two more to give the Raptors their biggest lead of the night _ 111-94 with 5:42 left.Later, Leonard escaped a double team, feeding it to Fred VanVleet, who nailed a three right just before the shot clock expired to put the Raptors up 118-105 with 1:37 left, all but sealing it.last_img read more

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Identity of Moroccan who Opened Fire Aboard French Train Revealed

Rabat – French authorities have disclosed the identity of the Moroccan extremist who opened fire onboard a high-speed train destined for Paris on Friday, injuring two people.The name of the gunman was confirmed by French intelligence services as Ayoub El-Khazani, a 25-year-old Moroccan who had lived in Spain and briefly in Belgium.French intelligence also said the suspect had travelled to fight in Syria last year, prompting the belief that he the attack might have been linked to the Islamic State. Multiple local media reports in France said El-Khazani was known to the Belgian, French, and Spanish intelligence services.In Spain, he was said to have been heard calling for jihad in fiery speeches in mosques in the southern town of Algeciras. He also had a reputation for dealing drugs.AFP cited a Spanish anti-terrorist source as saying, “He lived for seven years in Spain, first in Madrid and then in Algesiras, from 2007 to March 2014, when he moved to France.”Spanish intelligence services had flagged their French counterparts as long ago as February 2014 that Ayoub El-Khazani was an Islamic extremist.French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that information led to him being placed on a list “so that we could locate him if he ever came on to French soil.”“Once he was in France, he then travelled to Syria, before returning to France,” the Spanish source said.The suspect’s father, Mohamed El-Khazani, who was born in Tetouan, northern Morocco, in 1950, managed to legalize his status in Spain a decade ago, and brought his entire family over in 2007.Speaking to The Telegraph, Mohamed El-Khizani said his son was a “good boy” and expressed incredulity at his action.“I have no idea what he was thinking and I have not spoken to him for over a year,” said the father.“He was a good boy, very hardworking.”Meanwhile, Mohamed El-Khizani admitted that his son was arrested twice in Madrid for selling Hashish in 2009.“But he was only carrying a little bit; he was just a boy then,” the father concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Probe launched over sexual abuse at Kalubowila hospital

It was reported in the media that a girl was sexually abused by a doctor in the office of the Judicial Medical Officer at the Kalubowila hospital.On hearing the news, the Health Minister has instructed the Director of the Kalubowila hospital to conduct a full investigation into the alleged incident. (Colombo Gazette) An investigation has been launched over an alleged sexual abuse incident at the Kalubowila hospital, the Ministry of Health said today.The Health Ministry said that Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had ordered the investigation. read more

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Sri Lanka showcases its fight against corruption at UN debate

Sarath Jayamanne, President’s Counsel and Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption – Sri Lanka, delivering a statement during the High Level Segment of the Debate said that Sri Lanka remains fully committed to implementing the provisions of the Convention in an effective manner. Today, a vast majority of United Nations Member States are parties (184 countries) to the Convention. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to become a party to the Convention in March 2004. Sri Lanka participated prominently in the High Level debate of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The event was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and was well attended by ministers and other high officials of anti- corruption entities of member states. The Convention was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 31 October 2003, and entered into force upon ratification by thirty States on 14 December 2005. “The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka was one of the first steps taken by a new administration in 2015 stating their commitment to democracy, good governance, independence of the judiciary, and the rule of law. This amendment, established independent commissions namely: the Judicial services, Police, Public Service, Human Rights, Elections, Finance, Audit and, of course  the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC) of which I am Director General,” he said.  \Jayamanne noted that setting up independent commissions gave new life to existing institutions with an anti-corruption mandate, and that is also formed new bodies charged with fighting corruption. Significantly, it recognized the importance of implementing the provisions of UNCAC, he added.    As an example of independence, Mr. Jayamanne pointed out that CIABOC  recently arrested two high ranking officials at the highest levels of government on charges of bribery. “This not only demonstrated the independence of our body, but also the policy of non-interference. These arrests marked a landmark in our work on anti-corruption, as this was the highest ranking official to have been arrested, while in office, in 60 years” he said.  The Bribery and Corruption Chief also stressed that the independence of these Commissions from any kind of political influence was  crucial in fighting corruption and restoring confidence in the system.J.C.Weliamuna, PC, Chairman of the Special Presidential Task Force on Recovery of State Assets – Sri Lanka had been invited by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to serve as a panelist on the panel  titled “Achieving peaceful and inclusive societies through preventing and combating corruption,” during the full day event.   On the sidelines of the high level meeting, Sarath Jayamanne, Director General, CIABOC, had a bilateral meeting with Mr. John Brandolino, Director of the Division of Treaty Affairs of the UNODC where the existing levels of cooperation between the Government of Sri Lanka and the UNODC was emphasized. In recognition of the active role on anti-corruption played by Sri Lanka, it was noted that the UNODC had decided to hold a meeting of global experts in Colombo in July 2018.Both Brandolino and Jayamanne agreed to work closely in achieving shared objectives of anti-corruption. Ambassador Dr. Rohan Perera, PC, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN and Mrs. Sonali Samarasinghe, Attorney at Law, Minister, Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN were also present at the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) Weliamuna pointed out that in many situations even after peaceful regime change, the political will to reform a corrupt system is obstructed due to bureaucracy by those who have been beneficiaries of previous corrupt regimes. He said that political will and bureaucratic will are both equally important, urging that it was time to explore the possibilities of establishing a UN Working group to examine “the post state capture” realities in relation to fragile governance structures and bureaucracies. read more

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High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case

High court rules against Puerto Rico in debt case WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Puerto Rico can’t restructure more than $20 billion in public debt as it tries to overcome a decade-long economic crisis.The 5-2 ruling said that federal bankruptcy law bars Puerto Rico from enacting its own law to restructure the debt of its financially ailing public utilities. The decision means the U.S. territory must wait for Congress to pass debt-relief legislation that would address its fiscal woes.Puerto Rico lawmakers passed the law in 2014 to help cash-strapped utilities meet obligations to bondholders and creditors. Puerto Rico argued that it could enact its own measures since the island is precluded from using bankruptcy law. But the Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings that struck down the law.The commonwealth is mired in recession and cannot pay $72 billion in public debt.Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said the plain text of the law bars Puerto Rico from enacting its own municipal bankruptcy schemes. He said Congress “would have said so” if it didn’t want the exclusion to apply to the island.“Congress does not, one might say, hide elephants in mouseholes,” Thomas said.The case has diminished in importance since Congress began considering legislation that would create a new control board to manage the territory’s finances and allow the board to supervise some court-ordered debt restructuring. Help for the debt-stricken territory may be just weeks after the House voted Friday to approve the bill.Lawmakers had hoped to pass the measure before May 1, when Puerto Rico defaulted on $370 million in bond payments. GOP leaders are now focusing on a July 1 deadline, when around $2 billion in principle and interest payments come due.A high court ruling in Puerto Rico’s favour would have given the island more leverage to negotiate with creditors, even as Congress moves closer to passing debt-relief legislation.Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, filed a dissent that was joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She said preventing the island from passing its own debt restructuring laws “means that a government is left powerless and with no legal process to help its 3.5 million citizens.”“Congress could step in to resolve Puerto Rico’s crisis,” Sotomayor said. “But, in the interim, the government should not have to wait for possible congressional action to avert the consequences of unreliable electricity, transportation and safe water.”The issue before the high court was how to interpret a 1984 amendment to the nation’s federal bankruptcy laws. The law allows states to let their cities and utilities seek bankruptcy relief, but it specifically excludes Puerto Rico — a territory — from doing so.Puerto Rico lawmakers passed their own version of bankruptcy laws in 2014 to help the island’s utilities meet obligations to bondholders and creditors. But a federal district court agreed with creditors — including BlueMountain Capital Management, OppenheimerFunds Inc. and Franklin Advisers Inc. — in ruling that the local measure is not allowed under federal bankruptcy law. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, Pedro Pierluisi, said the ruling makes it “essential” for Congress to pass legislation to help lift the island out of its economic crisis.Matthew McGill, a lawyer who represented BlueMountain Capital Management, said the company looks forward to “working collaboratively” with Puerto Rico’s electric utility to restructure the debt.The pending bill in Congress contains language that would prevent Puerto Rico from using its own laws to restructure public debt.The island has been under a state of emergency and many businesses have closed, schools have lacked sufficient resources like electricity and some hospitals are limiting treatment. Puerto Rico’s governor says the island can’t pay the bonds without cutting essential services.Only seven justices heard the case. Justice Antonin Scalia died in February and Justice Samuel Alito recused himself. Alito owns shares in a tax-free fund that invests in Puerto Rican bonds and is involved in the case. by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 8:35 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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New York City cabs test ridesharing for discounted fares

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two competing ride-sharing services are teaming up to encourage New Yorkers to share the city’s famous yellow taxis for a discounted fare.The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2qZLCxX ) the shared cabs are currently operating in Manhattan as of Tuesday.The companies, Via and Curb, are making the effort to create a new option for people dealing with a subway system that’s overwhelmed by delays, and lessen the impact of Uber and Lyft on the traditional cab business.The service will eventually include green taxis, which operate in northern Manhattan and the city’s four other boroughs. Passengers can opt for a shared taxi through the existing apps, and each party will pay 60 per cent of the metered fare for the shared portion of his or her ride. New York City cabs test ride-sharing for discounted fares read more

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Profamily farming policies key in antihunger fight UN officials tell Budapest expo

As 2014 is being celebrated as the International Year of Family Farming, Mr. Ban warned that while small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, forest-dependent people, pastoralists and indigenous communities are key to achieving food security worldwide, they are also the most vulnerable to climate change events and extreme weather conditions such as droughts and floods. In a message relayed today to the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming in Budapest by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN chief stressed the importance of public and private lenders providing them with financial support such as credit and insurance.“Governments can empower family farmers, especially women and youth, by creating policies conducive to equitable and sustainable rural development,” the Secretary-General said in his message. “This includes better infrastructure to reduce the amount of food lost after harvest when small-scale producers are unable to store, process and transport their goods.”According to a recent study of 93 countries, family farms account for over 90 percent of all farm holdings. Family farmers also manage most of the world’s farm land, including 63 percent in Europe, said Mr. Graziano da Silva, address the forum on his own behalf, echoing the Secretary-General’s appeal for serious “commitments” by Governments to adopt sustainable pro-family farming policies.In addition to producing “a high proportion of the food we eat,” the FAO chief noted that family farmers also are “by far the biggest source of employment in the world,” and “the guardians of the world’s agro-biodiversity and natural resources.” It is therefore crucial, he continued, that Governments protect them from rising threats to their traditional access to land due to insecurity and land grabbing.The Committee on World Food Security’s approved Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure as well as its Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investments currently being negotiated are of great importance to keep these threats in check, he said.“Large private sector investments in agriculture exist and will continue, whether we like it or not,” Mr. Graziano da Silva stated. “So it is paramount that there is a common understanding on how to invest in ways that are sustainable and protect the rights of family farmers and poor communities.” read more

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UK new van market achieves 20year high in November

New light commercial vehicle registrations rise 2.5% to 29,784 units in November – the highest on record.Lighter vans weighing 2.0-2.5T see biggest increase, with demand rising 43.1%.Overall year-to-date market remains strong, up 2.1% to 348,448 units. The UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market achieved a record-breaking performance in November, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. 29,784 new vans hit the roads last month – the most for two decades1.A 43.1% uplift in smaller vans weighing 2.0-2.5T drove growth in the month, while demand for versatile pick-ups also continued to rise – by a significant 36.7%. Demand for heavier vans, meanwhile, fell for the second consecutive month, with registrations for vehicles weighing 2.5-3.5T down -4.4%. However, year-to-date this segment remains strong, up 7.0% in the first 11 months of the year, and accounting for 62% of the market.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The new van market’s growth in November is welcome news and an encouraging sign of ongoing business confidence. With almost 350,000 light commercials registered so far this year, the sector remains on track to beat 2015’s record-breaking performance. For this success to continue in 2017 and beyond, however, it is essential that the economic conditions that have kept this sector so buoyant in recent years are maintained. November 2016 marks the highest month for new van registrations since November 1996 (when SMMT records began).Download the press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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U of Calgary scholar to become Brocks new VicePresident Research

Gary LibbenBrock has reached across the country to fill one of its most important senior positions.Gary Libben, a scholar and academic administrator who is a leader in advancing interdisciplinary research, will move to Niagara this summer to become Brock’s new Vice-President Research.Libben, who is currently Associate Vice-President (Research) at the University of Calgary, will assume his new position on Aug. 1. He will replace Ian Brindle, who is stepping down.The announcement was made by President Jack Lightstone, who said Brock is extremely pleased to have someone of Libben’s calibre to fill big shoes left by Brindle.“Strong leadership over the sphere of research is important to our future growth,” said Lightstone, “and Dr. Libben’s ability to expand activity and opportunity through interdisciplinary research bodes well for the University.”Libben’s key role will be to advance the intensity of research at Brock, and its impact not only in the academic world but in local communities, Lightstone said.“He will ensure that the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex accelerates Brock’s transformation as a research-intensive university that values innovation, commercialization and knowledge transfer to all undergraduate and graduate teaching.”A psycholinguist who studies how words are represented and processed in the mind, Libben was named in 2008 as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a former President of the Canadian Linguistics Association, co-founder of The Mental Lexicon Journal, and was a founding director of the University of Alberta’s Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics. He has also been director of Words in the Mind, Words in the Brain, a Major Collaborative Research Initiative Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.Libben’s international experience includes visiting professorships in Austria and the Netherlands.Before joining the University of Calgary in 2009, Libben (BA Psychology ’76, Concordia University; MA Applied Linguistics ’82, Concordia University; PhD Linguistics ’87, McGill University) was at the University of Alberta from 1992 to 2008, where he was a professor of Linguistics. He also served as Associate Dean of Arts (Research) and chair of the Department of Linguistics.He began his academic teaching career at the University of Calgary from 1986 to 1992 as an assistant professor and graduate program director for the Department of Linguistics.In making the announcement, Lightstone said Brindle will remain in the Office of Research Services for five months to help his successor transition into the senior position.“Dr. Brindle’s perseverance and passion have been instrumental in helping Brock become a recognized centre of research. Ian’s legacy cannot be overstated, and his work has been crucial in helping Brock secure the world-class Cairns Complex. This is a thank-you, but by no means a goodbye, I am happy to say.” read more

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Mens assistant basketball coach Chris Jent to join Sacramento Kings

Lantern file photoAssistant Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Jent has accepted an offer from the Sacramento Kings to become an assistant coach on new coach Mike Malone’s staff.Jent joined the OSU coaching staff in 2011 after spending time as an assistant coach in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. He was also an assistant on the Orlando Magic staff in 2004-05 and was named the interim coach for the final 18 games of the season.Before joining the Buckeyes, Jent was a part of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization for five seasons as the director of player development and eventually as an assistant coach.Four of those years were spent working alongside Malone, who left Cleveland for the New Orleans Hornets in 2010. Malone was formally introduced as the new Kings coach on June 3, replacing former coach Keith Smart.During his tenure at OSU under coach Thad Matta, the Buckeyes went a combined 60-16 over two seasons with one Final Four and one Elite Eight appearance.Jent played for the Buckeyes from 1988-92. He played in 123 career games at OSU and ranks No. 8 all-time for the Buckeyes in career 3-point shooting percentage.After leaving Columbus, Jent spent 10 years in the professional ranks, two of which were in the NBA, including the 1994 Houston Rockets championship team.Jent was paid an annual salary of $240,000 while at OSU, according to his employment agreement.Both Jent and Matta did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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More migrant crossings feared if plan to redeploy Border Force ship goes

New figures obtained by The Telegraph suggest about 200 migrants, among them children as young as 18 months, have attempted to navigate the Channel to reach Britain from France in the past two months.  A plan to deploy more Border Force cutters to rescue migrants trying to cross the Channel in tiny boats risks encouraging more people smuggling gangs, Whitehall sources have admitted. The dangerous route is being exploited by organised crime gangs charging migrants up to £6,000 each to make the trip in rigid inflatable boats, often no more than 10ft long. The vast majority of the migrants are Iranians, who are thought to be wealthier than Afghan or Eritrean refugees, and have more money to pay… read more

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Is this the best cycling invention ever The invisible bike helmet is

first_imgARE YOU A cyclist who is also concerned about how you look while cycling around town.If so, then two Swedish industrial design students have solved your problem and have created an “invisible helmet” for cyclists.SafetyBike helmets are a very important safety feature, especially for those who cycle around a busy city where both drivers and pedestrians can be a problem. But there is no denying that it can be difficult to find a stylish bike helmet and then there is the issue of the helmet hair.The idea for the invisible helmet came to life in 2005 as part of a Masters’ thesis, when Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin were studying industrial design at the University of Lund.The Hövding (invisible helmet) is actually an air bag, which uses a helium gas cylinder to inflate when its sensors detect a sudden jolt.The helmets are also CE labelled, which means they comply with EU safety standards and have undergone a variety of safety tests.Here is how it works:(Vimeo/Focus Forward Films)Will you be buying one when they go on sale?Read: Real life hero confronts bike thief and wins>Read: 123 hours, 2200 kilometres (and 4 hours’ sleep): a gruelling tale from the Race Around Ireland>last_img read more

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They did it Three school teachers tweet photos from all 32 counties

first_imgYESTERDAY, THE RACE was on. Teachers Patrick Kinsella, Dave Foley, and Patrick Mullen from St Peter’s in Bray, Co Wicklow set out on a mission to visit all Ireland’s 32 counties in just 24 hours.Not only that, but they set themselves a challenge to tweet a photo of themselves in each one. Well, this morning they were welcomed back to the school having successfully completed the challenge.The epic road-trip was all done with an aim to raise funds for some well needed school equipment.They began in Wicklow, of course, colouring the map as they went Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: St. Peter’s Primary/Twitter Where they ate burgers Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Up to West Meath Source: St. Peter’s Primary/Twitter Singing along to Dolly Parton ‘ s 9-5. Turns out we only know the last words of each line….! “crazy if you let it” #32in24— St. Peter’s Primary (@StPetersBray) June 22, 2014 The end was in sight in Cavan The lads got a massive welcome back to the school this morning Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Night fell on Donegal Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet And we’re off!!! Next time we’re back in Wicklow, we’ll have gone through every county in the country! #32in24 pic.twitter.com/MHGdwmEAbn— St. Peter’s Primary (@StPetersBray) June 22, 2014 But they finally made it! Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet https://vine.co/v/MtWzE60x5dDThe kids even recorded a special message for them. AWWWW Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet A stop was made for emergency 99s, obviously Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: stpetersbrayblog/SoundCloudWell done guys! If you still want to donate you can do so via the school itself.Three school teachers are trying to tweet photos from all 32 counties in 24 hours>12 Irish childhood summer holiday rituals> Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Their journey took them across to Cork Across to Galway Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetlast_img read more

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Halo 4 confirmed accidentally by Microsoft

first_imgEveryone expects E3 to be dominated by details of the Wii 2 and probably some more information on Sony’s PS Vita handheld. But Microsoft may just steal the attention of attendees and the gaming press with news of Halo 4 actually existing and being in development. That development must be some way along if Microsoft intends to demo the game at the show this week.The surprise announcement has accidentally been revealed early through a headline on Xbox.com that introduced the game as news that millions of Halo fans had been waiting for, “Halo 4 is on the way.” Here’s the boxout someone on the Xbox.com team made live too early today:AdChoices广告News that a fourth game in the series is in development should come as no surprise at all. Halo is a cash cow and a system seller for Microsoft, and they will keep it running for as long as it remains popular. What we don’t know is what the plan for the game is, but it seems likely this will be an Xbox 360 game rather than a launch title for a new machine.We don’t have long to wait to find out more as E3 is the intended place for the game’s announcement so we will know specifics in a few hours. Let’s hope it’s more than just a teaser video running on a loop.Read more at Videogamerlast_img read more

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Simon Coveney rubbishes rumours from London that a fiveyear backstop is being

first_img Image: Leon Neal/PA Images As the person with the responsibility to get the legislation through, if we could get the Prime Minister’s deal over the line because the EU have decided to support measures on the backstop that would be the best possible outcome, but we’ll have to see what happens. BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt added in a tweet that at least one Brexiteer has said Merkel could be open to a five-year time-limit on the backstop.  Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 12:21 PM 34 Comments 32,311 Views Source: BBC Politics/Twitter Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.Asked for greater details, Coveney refused to go into specifics.I’m not going to say what the British Prime minister needs to do or not do, what I’m saying is that the European leaders will make a judgement but they will want to see a clear plan to make progress, in return for giving an extension. To give the time and space to get that done. EU Council president Donald Tusk’s office last week floated a compromise proposal that gives Britain a “flexible” extension of up to a year — which ends earlier should some way forward emerge in London.But a diplomatic source insisted that this was “Mr. Tusk’s position, not the position of the Council”.Merkel takes a more conciliatory approach backed by Ireland.“I will do everything in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit,” Merkel said Friday. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”Speaking yesterday in Dublin, EU chief Brexit negotiator reaffirmed that the bloc “stand fully behind Ireland”.With reporting by © – AFP 2019 Updated Apr 9th 2019, 12:21 PM MINISTER FOR FOREIGN Affairs Simon Coveney has rubbished rumours suggesting Germany could be open to a five-year time-limit on the Brexit backstop, saying they have “no credibility”.Coveney was speaking in Luxembourg ahead of a meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. May will also travel to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron as part of a last-gasp bid to keep her country from crashing out of the European Union without a deal.The PM’s meetings in Europe come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels where EU leaders will decide whether to agree to the UK’s request to delay Brexit until 30 June.May has been unable to get her deal through parliament and there have been suggestions this morning that a time-limited backstop could break the House of Commons deadlock.  This approach has already been ruled out by EU leaders and chief negotiator Michel Barnier again ruled out renegotiating the backstop today, but some senior UK politicians have suggested it as a way forward. Speaking this morning, Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said that Merkel should be open to negotiating the backstop. May and Merkel at a summit in London last year. Image: Leon Neal/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4582650 Responding to the rumours in Luxembourg this morning, Coveney said they have no basis in fact.I don’t think they’re very credible rumours, you know the Prime Minister herself has said the Withdrawal Agreement isn’t going to be reopened, my understanding is that the German side has confirmed that there is no truth to those rumours.“So I suspect that may be a rumour started and circulated by someone in London but it really has no credibility when it comes to the reality of where we are.”In his press conference, Barnier did not specifically mention the rumours but repeated that renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement was off the table. “You will have heard me say on a number of occasions that the Withdrawal Agreement is not up for negotiation and is not going to be reopened. That continues to be the case,” he said.Ahead of tomorrow’s Brussels summit, attention is turning to the circumstances in which EU leaders would agree to a further Brexit extension. The 27 European leaders have already signed off on one extension and have serious doubts that May will somehow break through the political gridlock now.May’s predicament is complicated by growing EU fears that the chaos will soon carry political and economic costs even heavier than those potentially incurred in case of a messy “no-deal Brexit”.This view is being promoted publicly by Macron and is also believed to be backed by Belgium and Spain.“We’d need a strong political reason to delay,” a diplomat from this camp said.Coveney said that it was his view that EU leaders would be open to an extension if the UK did have a reason.“I think EU leaders this week are open to an extension but they certainly want to see a plan to go with that extension, so that everybody knows the time is being used to try to conclude the first phase of Brexit, which requires the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and if necessary changes to the future relationship declaration.”What leaders will want to hear from the British Prime Minister is that there is either some agreement or a serious process underway that has a realistic chance of success. And what I mean by that is a middle-ground position that can command a majority in Westminster, which of course hasn’t been possible to date. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: Nicholas Watt/Twitter May and Merkel at a summit in London last year. It would be “fantastic” if Germany’s Angela Merkel agreed to “support a proper UK #Brexit” by reopening the withdrawal agreement, says senior minister Andrea Leadsom – despite PM’s admission EU will not change ithttps://t.co/ei7eWdNSpB pic.twitter.com/vTrQUM9sut— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) April 9, 2019 Simon Coveney rubbishes ‘rumours’ from London that a five-year backstop is being considered Andrea Leadsom suggested this morning that some movement on the backstop is being considered in Germany. On Andrea Leadsom’s comments about reopening the withdrawal agreement: a leading Brexiteer tells me they have been advised that Angela Merkel is willing to put a five year time limit on the Northern Ireland backstop. We’ll see@andrealeadsom @BBCNewsnight— Nicholas Watt (@nicholaswatt) April 9, 2019 By AFP Short URL “What I think would be fantastic is if Angela Merkel will try to support a proper UK Brexit by agreeing to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement and there have been rumours that some senior members of the German government would be willing to do that in order to get Theresa May’s deal across the line,” Leadsom said. Apr 9th 2019, 7:21 AM Share101 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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