APTN National NewsA human rights case is once again underway on whether Canada discriminates against First Nations children.The complaint against the federal government alleges it underfunds First Nations child welfare.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis is covering the hearings and has this report.
Tamara PimentelAPTN NewsThe Blood Tribe in Alberta has been hit with a spike in overdoses in the less than a week that has put a heavy strain on its emergency services.“We had a total of 21 overdoses on the reserve that were documented in the last 5 days,” said Dr. Susan Christenson of the Blood Tribe department of health.That’s compared to the usual five to 10 overdoses a month she said.Christenson believes the increase has to do with the recent crisis in Lethbridge where carfentanil has hit the streets. There have been over 50 overdoses there in the past week.She thinks it’s made its way to the reserve and it’s much more potent than the regular, yet deadly, fentanyl.Christenson said fentanyl overdose can usually be turned around, if caught in time, with one of two vials of naloxone.Carfentanil overdoses require six or seven.“Emergency Medical Services came to me to get what naloxone kits I had left because they had completely depleted their supply,” she said.Robin Calfrobe used to struggle with addictions but turned to Christenson for help. She wants to see more youth do the same.“It’s time to quit,” said Calfrobe. “It’s time to change and I hope our people, the tribal council, is going to do their best to put a stop to this.”firstname.lastname@example.org
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah passed sweeping changes to a voter-approved Medicaid expansion Monday, cutting the number of people covered nearly in half and adding work requirements that the Trump administration is expected to approve.Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the plan hours after it cleared a final vote in the Republican-led Legislature, calling it both “humane and sustainable.”It’s drawn vocal protest from advocates who say the changes go further than any of the four other conservative-leaning states where voters expanded Medicaid after state lawmakers refused.“This is a dark day for democracy in Utah,” said Andrew Roberts, a spokesman for the group Utah Decides. “State legislators turned their backs on voters and on families in need.”Lawmakers’ plan would extend Medicaid coverage to an additional 80,000 people, just over half of those that would have been covered under the ballot measure that voters passed in November, Republican Sen. Dan Hemmert said.An additional 70,000 people can instead buy heavily subsidized insurance on the federal health care marketplace created under President Barack Obama’s health care law, he said.“I think we are doing the long-term responsible thing,” said Republican Sen. Allen Christensen, who sponsored the changes that easily passed the GOP-dominated Legislature, largely along party lines.He said changes are needed to control future costs. Voters also approved a sales tax increase to pay for the expansion, but a subsequent state analysis found it would fall $10 million short by 2021.Advocates argue there’s plenty of money to roll out the program, and if it falls short, adjustments could be made in the future.The ballot measure would have fully expanded Medicaid to about 150,000 people making less than $17,000 a year.The legislation scales that back to people earning just over $12,000 a year and adds spending caps and work requirements. Utah’s plan hinges on waivers from the federal government to scale back the expansion, add work requirements and make other changes. It also includes millions of dollars to keep an April 1 rollout date.Lawmakers say they have been assured the Trump administration will approve the waivers, but if they fall through, the measure would revert back to much of what the voters originally approved.Utah’s move stands out among the four conservative-leaning states where voters have passed Medicaid expansion through the ballot box, according to The Fairness Project, a group that’s supported all four proposals.In Maine, the former Republican governor initially blocked the effort, but it’s now being implemented, executive director Jonathan Schleifer said.Two other Republican-leaning states also passed similar expansions in November. The rollout appears on track in Nebraska, while Idaho lawmakers are considering legislation that would end the expansion if the federal government changes how much it pays for the program.In Utah, the changes leave people like Christie Sorensen, 28, without access to Medicaid. She can’t work full time because she’s still recovering from a grueling bout with cancer, but her part-time income is just above the poverty line, about $13,000.She has to forgo tests, oxygen and drugs recommended by her doctors because she can’t afford them. She’s shopped the federal marketplace, but with her medical needs and meagre income, health care is out of reach even with subsidies.“Here I am, trying to make some money a month to support myself, and I’m punished for it,” said Sorensen, who also volunteers with American Cancer Society Action Network. “I just feel forgotten.”Lindsay Whitehust, The Associated Press
Golfers at the annual Alumni Golf TournamentAttention golfers.For the first time, this year’s Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be part of Brock Days Alumni Weekend festivities – a homecoming and community celebration happening September 21-23.This year, the tournament will be held on Friday, Sept. 21.The Brock University Alumni Association is pleased to continue to offer this annual tournament and – as usual – is expecting a fun and memorable day for Brock alumni and friends.This year’s Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be held at Beechwood Golf and Country Club in Niagara Falls with a “crossover start” format. Golfers have the option of playing nine or 18 holes. Singles, couples and groups are all welcome to play.Price includes registration gift, golf cart, BBQ lunch with complimentary beverage, prime rib dinner and prizes. Plus admission to Brock Days pub night and complimentary beverage.Date: Friday, Sept. 21, 2012Golf course: Beechwood Golf and Country Club, Niagara FallsFormat: Crossover startTimes and fees per person:• 18 holes: 11:30 a.m., $125• 9 holes: 1:30 p.m., $100Registration is now open. You can register online or call: 905-688-5550 x3816For information about attending or sponsoring this year’s event, please contact Christine Richard, 905-688-5550 x3816; email@example.comThe full Brock Days 2012 schedule is available at: brocku.ca/brock-daysDownload Tournament Poster (.PDF)
With Mars still home to many unknowns, each discovery made on the Red Planet draws a new sense of excitement from Brock University scientist Mariek Schmidt.The thrill of new findings has again bubbled up for the associate professor of earth sciences while analyzing data from the Mars Curiosity rover.Schmidt was part of a team of Canadian researchers who recently released a report suggesting that a large area on Mars not only once contained water, but also housed other conditions that would have allowed micro-organisms to live.Mineral veins in an area known as Garden City on Mars where high concentrations of zinc and germanium have been discovered.Since early on in the space mission, the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) — an instrument on board the rover built to analyze rocks and determine what elements they contain — has been detecting high concentrations of zinc and germanium as it traversed the Gale Crater.“At first we thought it was strange and then we kept seeing it and seeing it,” Schmidt said. “It has continued on since the rover landed in 2012.”In addition to documenting those findings, the research paper suggests that in order for those elements — usually found in low concentrations in martian meteorites and on Earth — to be in such high concentrations, there’s something unusual about the source for the sediments feeding into crater, which was formed roughly 3.7 billion years ago. “This source region must be hydrothermally altered, which means there’s been hot water percolating through those rocks, reacting with them and concentrating those elements,” Schmidt said.Indications of a hydrothermal system means the presence of an energy source and fluid, resulting in a potentially habitable environment for micro-organisms.She described the discovery as “exciting on a number of different levels.”If there were comparable concentrations of zinc and germanium found on Earth, it would be considered a mineable ore deposit, Schmidt said. “It’s interesting that it’s so widespread and there’s so much of it there.”Scientists from Brock, as well as Western University, the University of Guelph and University of New Brunswick helped to analyze the rover data. The resulting research report was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.Schmidt’s PhD student Jeff Berger, from the University of Guelph, was the lead author of the paper and Schmidt the second author.The team plans to continue exploring whether levels of zinc and germanium remain elevated as Curiosity continues to traverse the Red Planet.“It will be interesting to see if there is any evidence of hydrothermalism within Gale Crater itself,” Schmidt said.She believes the obsession surrounding life on Mars stems from people wanting to know if they’re alone in the universe.“I think it’s fascinating and it will be really exciting if and when we find evidence of life,” she said. “Once we do find evidence, it’s going to be a challenge to prove it’s martian and not a microbe we brought along with us.”
A violent criminal fled police custody in a pair of green pyjamas after he tricked them into bringing him coffee and biscuits, a court has heard. Kieron Jenkins, 30, fled University Hospital Coventry barefoot after the two officers who were supposed to be guarding him left him alone.Hours earlier he had been arrested for handling stolen goods and biting a police officer following a chase. He was taken into custody before being transferred to the hospital for a mental assessment. Mr Jenkins managed to flee the facility when he asked one officer to fetch him a cup of coffee and moments later the other left to get him biscuits.Red-faced police were forced to issue an appeal to the public, warning them not to approach Jenkins following his escape last month.The force helicopter was also scrambled to search for Jenkins who was finally discovered three days later at his home address, three miles from the hospital. West Midlands Police yesterday confirmed a disciplinary investigation was launched following the incident. “Warwick Crown Court has heard that a violent criminal escaped from custody after the two officers supposed to be guarding him left him unaccompanied to get coffee and biscuits for the suspect,” a spokeswoman said. 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. “A disciplinary investigation is currently on-going. We cannot comment further while this investigation is active.”Mr Jenkins, of Coventry, was jailed on Friday for 14-months after he admitted handling stolen property, assaulting an emergency worker and escaping from custody.Sentencing him at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Barry Berlin told Mr Jenkins his request for tea and biscuits was a ploy to stage his escape.”In a room at the hospital you asked officers for a coffee and biscuits. That was plainly a ruse and you made your escape in green pyjamas,” he said. The court heard Jenkins was caught selling a laptop which had been stolen in a house burglary in Coventry in March.On June 12 officers on patrol in the city saw Jenkins, who was on licence and was wanted on recall to prison and for receiving the stolen laptop.There was a chase, during which he tried to climb a fence, but was brought down by one of the officers who was bitten on the arm by Jenkins.The court heard Jenkins had a number of previous convictions for offences including handling stolen goods.
Compressors from Atlas Copco are providing an essential supply of compressed air to coal extraction operations for the Unity coal mine in the Neath Valley, Wales. The decision to replace the existing diesel driven compressors with Atlas Copco GA electrically-powered screw compressors has resulted in significant benefits in terms of process efficiency, energy use and reduced environmental impact, according to the manufacturer. The mine, which re-opened in 2008, is now in the process of moving to full production with the capability to produce up to 1 Mt/y of coal. It is contracted to supply fuel for major industrial companies, such as the nearby coal-fired Aberthaw Power Station.Unity Mine’s Cwmgrwach operation is a drift mine and was the first to be opened in Wales since the Betws colliery in Ammanford in 1974. The owners believe that it is poised to take advantage of a market whereby the increasing volume of imported coal, coupled with global price increases and demand, driven mainly by booming economies such as China and India, is making formerly uneconomic domestic sites commercially viable again. After the mine’s re-opening, the company’s management focus was on the reliability and efficiency of production equipment. Duncan Kilbride, Director of Projects & Procurement at Unity Mine explains: “The initial plan of the mine’s workings were based on the pillar and stall extraction methods that employ a continuous miner unit and secure the work with roof bolting, as opposed to arched roadways. These all require air-driven equipment fed by a reliable continuous supply of compressed air. We also operate pumps on a permanent basis to remove water.”Air for these operations was supplied originally from a number of small, rented diesel-driven compressors but there was growing concern with their mechanical reliability and the risks of any break in the regular supply of diesel fuel. This dependency issue, coupled with increasing rental and fuel costs, made it evident that replacement with more energy and cost-efficient compressors was essential. “We invited tenders for the system and Atlas Copco came up trumps as a one-stop shop solution for the compressors, filtration units, controller and compressor house installation. They scored as a world-leading specialist offering long term options on a range of packages best suited to our needs within the required timescale plus an ongoing support organisation”, said Kilbride.Two oil-lubricated, air-cooled, full-feature GA110 variable speed drive screw compressors were installed together with a companion fixed-speed version machine. It has been calculated that energy savings in the region of £13,000 per year are achievable, in addition to substantial savings in equipment rental costs. These Atlas Copco compressor units provide base load and a back up peak of 7 bar air to the drilling and roof bolting equipment, and the water pumps. Current geological estimates are that there are reserves of 90 Mt of coal that will be extracted from the Cwmgwrach mine complex over the next 25 years.
From blizzards on top of Mount Everest to the extreme cold of the Arctic to the scorching heat of the Sahara deserts, researchers can now recreate the Earth’s most extreme climates and conditions — all in one place.The research infrastructure, terraXcube, which opened to the public in Bolzano, South Tryol, Italy, on November 30, can simulate the world’s most extreme climate and weather conditions. It can recreate environmental factors such as air pressure, air humidity, and solar radiation individually or in combination, enabling researchers to investigate how the human body reacts to various extreme climatic conditions.People view the ‘Cube’ that recreates a mountain environment with snow during the opening of terraXcube on November 30, 2018 in Bolzano, Italy. (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)terraXcube has two modular “walk-in” chambers (a Small Cube and Large Cube) which can simulate environments of 9,000 meters (29, 527 feet) maximum altitude, temperatures between -40 degrees Celsius and 60 degrees Celsius, 60 mm of rain per hour, 5 cm of snow per hour, and winds up to 30 meters per second.“The four test chambers of the Small Cube mainly reproduce the climatic conditions of the Alps, while in the Large Cube you can simulate more extreme conditions, like the top of Mount Everest,” Christian Steurer, director of terraXcube, center of Eurac Research, told Alto Adige Innovazione.Inside one of the terraXcube chambers that recreates a dry and hot environment. Here, researchers can test how climate changes and extreme climatic conditions affect plants and biodiversity. (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)One of the aims of the research lab is to be able to aid medical and emergency response professionals.“Investigating how the human body reacts to various altitudes and extreme climatic conditions is often a challenging undertaking,” Hermann Brugger, an emergency doctor at Eurac Research, said. Last year, he was conducting research with his colleagues in Italy’s Cervinia mountains when they were almost hit by an avalanche.Visitors experience the main ‘Cube’ that recreates a mountain environment (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)But safety factors are not the only considerations for conducting accurate studies. “Medical studies require precise, standardized and reproducible conditions, as these are the only circumstances under which results are meaningful,” said Brugger. “These considerations gave rise to the idea of the climate simulator in 2011,”More than just for medical and environmental research purposes, the terraXcube will also be open to businesses looking to conduct industry tests on automobiles, drones, textiles, or agriculture products.A technician look inside one of the rooms at terraXcube to test materials in cold environments. (Photo Credit: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)More on Geek.com:How Do Spiders Survive the Winter?New Wasp Species Turns Social Spiders Into Zombie DronesResearchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable Plastic Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target
KUSI Newsroom November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Many people in San Diego County are getting their flu shots. Local health providers reported giving more than 600,000 doses, which is 30% more than last year.This past year more than 300 flu-related deaths were reported in San Diego County. Now citizens are taking extra precaution for infants and those over the age of 65.Public Health Officer for the county of San Diego, Dr. Wilma Wooten talks to KUSI about the increased number of flu vaccinations. Posted: November 30, 2018 More than 600,000 doses of flu shots given throughout SD County Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
LEAVENWORTH — Fire managers prepared for extreme fire conditions Tuesday, as hot, dry weather kept several wildfires burning in Washington.The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Tuesday, advising that strong winds and low relative humidity could create hazardous fire weather conditions in parts of central and eastern Washington. The warning was in effect until Tuesday night.Weather conditions allowed two fires in central Washington to grow, including one blaze that was pushing closer to Highway 97 between Blewett Pass and Leavenworth.Residents of about 15 homes near Highway 97 have been told to evacuate, and dozens more have been advised to be ready to leave, said Nick Mickel, a spokesman for Chiwaukum Complex fire burning near Leavenworth.“There’s some concern of it burning up to and over Highway 97,” Mickel said of the 65-acre Hansel fire.A lightning-sparked wildfire burning about 10 miles north of Ellensburg was about 10 percent contained Tuesday. That Snag Canyon fire has destroyed more than a dozen structures, including six homes or cabins, and it threatens dozens of other homes.Deputies were escorting residents into the area on a case-by-case basis, but the most serious evacuation notice for about 80 homes was still in effect Tuesday, said Jill Beedle, a spokeswoman for the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday rolled out a pilot project for natural water storage on the Yamuna floodplain. Calling it a landmark day, Arvind Kejriwal said that the project for natural water storage will help in making Delhi self-sufficient in water. “Pilot project begins for natural water storage on Yamuna floodplain by removing top soil layer to create a reservoir to end water scarcity in Delhi. I sincerely thank centre particularly Shekhawat for all his support,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us I sincerely thank centre particularly union minister @gssjodhpur for all his support The project envisages the creation of small ponds in the floodplains which will catch water from the overflowing Yamuna during the monsoon season. The Delhi cabinet had last month approved the inter-departmental committee’s report on the project. The inter-departmental committee report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.
Huawei staff’s reported involvement in Chinese military and intelligence projects may force India to consider limiting the technology giant’s role in 5G trials, reports say. Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have to take a call on US President Donald Trump’s warning that companies supplying US-origin technology or product to Huawei may be targeted.India may have to review its decision to ignore a US warning of Huawei’s national security risk because reports have emerged that Chinese telecom equipment maker has close links with the Chinese military and intelligence agencies. The Chinese telecom giant, which is the global leader in 5G technology that could take part in trials for the next generation technology in mobile telephony in India. Many employees working with Huawei were involved in several military and intelligence projects, according to reports.Huawei workers teamed with members of various organs of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on at least 10 research projects spanning artificial intelligence to radio communications, a Bloomberg report says. The projects include a joint effort with the investigative branch of the Central Military Commission – the apex armed forces’ supreme body – to extract and classify emotions in online video comments, and one with the elite National University of Defense Technology to explore ways of collecting and analysing geographical coordinates from satellite imagery.The report says the projects cited are only a few of the publicly disclosed studies that shed light on how Huawei staff teamed up with the PLA on research into an array of potential military and security applications.US President Donald Trump has blacklisted Huawei over alleged national security concerns and urged allies and friendly governments to review their use of technology and equipment from Huawei. Washington has also threatened national governments and global companies of blacklisting if they supplied Huawei and its associates any US-origin technology or equipment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been monitoring developments related to Huawei closely. Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government wants to begin 5G trials in 100 days. Most major 5G equipment makers like Huawei, Ericsson, Samsung and Nokia are expected to take part in the trials.Huawei/twitterTelecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government had not decided to ban Huawei from the 5G technology trials set to begin soon. While New Delhi knows that the task of taking the technology to the rural hinterland will be difficult without global leader Huawei’s involvement, it may have to take a fresh look at the extent of the telecom giant’s participation in the programme.Though European players Ericsson and Nokia, and Samsung of South Korea also provide 5G technology, they reportedly lag Huawei. Industry observers are also closely watching Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Union Budget 2019 to see whether Modi 2.0 will have a more liberal approach to telecommunication technology and products. Huawei has offered New Delhi a “no-backdoor guarantee” to allay security fears.Papers from published periodicals and online research databases showed that authors of the treatises, which had not been reported in the media previously, identified themselves as Huawei employees, according to the report. Huawei has denied knowledge of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity, according to the report.”Huawei does not have any R&D collaboration or partnerships with the PLA-affiliated institutions,” Huawei spokesman Glenn Schloss said in a statement. “Huawei only develops and produces communications products that conform to civil standards worldwide, and does not customize R&D products for the military,” the report quotes Huawei.The global telecom industry is watching whether the Huawei issue will come up during Prime Minister Modi’s meetings with President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G-20 Summit in Japan.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now As expected, Apple announced the demise of iTunes at WWDC 2019 this week, but it’s not as simple as killing the aging software and calling it a day.Apple’s iTunes has been its primary media library, media player, and iPhone management tool since 2001, but with the release of macOS Catalina, it will be going away for good, at least on Macs. Naturally, this creates a lot of questions. Here’s what you need to know.Is iTunes Really Dead?The short and easy answer is yes, iTunes will be eliminated as a standalone app with the next update to macOS. That’s expected in the fall of 2019, when Catalina arrives to replace Mojave.Instead of having one app that handles all your music, movies, TV, and podcasts, Apple will split iTunes into three separate programs. Much like it is on iOS devices, music will be handled by Apple Music, TV and movies will be housed inside Apple TV, and podcasts will live on Apple Podcasts.What Happens to Everything I Bought on iTunes?Apple has a streaming music service now, but we’ve probably all purchased a song or album via iTunes over the years. What happens to that music when iTunes dies?When the new Apple Music app replaces iTunes in the fall, all your purchases will transfer over. Like you do on iPhone, you’ll open the Apple Music app on the Mac, where you can find songs you’ve bought. If you imported CDs and created playlists in iTunes, they’ll be there too. If you want to buy more music, the iTunes Music Store will be accessible via the Apple Music app.Similarly, if you purchased movies, TV episodes, or TV seasons, they’ll move to the Apple TV app, where you’ll also be able to rent or buy new TV shows or movies.Podcasts will show up in the Apple Podcasts app, while audiobooks from iTunes will live in Apple Books.How Do I Back Up My iPhone?Apple now allows for iCloud backups, but some of us prefer to back up via iTunes, particularly when our devices are acting up.Once iTunes is eliminated on macOS, the Finder app will handle backups. “When users connect a device to their Mac, it will immediately show up in the sidebar of Finder, enabling them to backup, update or restore their device,” Apple says.What If I Have a Windows PC?While this is a big change for Mac users, the same can’t be said for those on Windows devices. Apple is not killing iTunes for Windows, and your media library will not be broken up into three separate apps. You can still store all media on iTunes, connect your mobile device to iTunes, and back up your phone on iTunes.This may be good news for those who don’t like change, but if all goes well on macOS, Apple will likely do the same for Windows in the future. After all, iTunes was initially a Mac-only app before launching on Windows in 2003.Can I Get the New Apps Now?You’ll have to wait until the fall to get macOS Catalina and ditch iTunes. If you want it right this second, you’ll have to become an Apple developer (which costs $99 per year).To avoid paying, you can sign up for the public beta, which is expected next month.Keep in mind that both versions will be pre-release software, so there will be bugs. If possible, you should install it on a secondary Mac in case anything goes awry.Why Is Apple Doing This?Around since 2001, iTunes hasn’t aged well. Apple prides itself on streamlined experiences and sleek interfaces, but iTunes has become a digital eyesore, bloated with too many services.On iOS and the upcoming iPadOS, meanwhile, Apple has already separated music, TV, and podcasts into three apps. So it makes sense for Apple to bring its desktop OS more in line with mobile. June 7, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Speeding could be impossible in the future Road safety charity Brake described it as a, ‘landmark day for road safety’; but the AA insisted the ‘best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot’. Feelings were mixed among drivers around Hanley yesterday. Taxi driver Waseem Akbar, aged 49, of Stoke, said: “My new car shows the speed limit already, on the built-in SatNav. “I think it’s a good idea, I think it will reduce the number of accidents and it means you don’t have to worry about the speed limit.” Read MoreDramatic dashcam footage shows the dangers of driving too close following pile up on the M6 Colin Eaton, aged 61, of Nantwich, said: “The speed limit changes on some roads. It can go from 70 to 40 to 30, and if you are not careful you could be going too fast.” Lorraine Eaton, aged 60, of Nantwich, said: “I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all, because you do get some idiots going far too fast.” But Linda Greenwood, aged 35, of Penkhull, said: “There’s pros and cons to it. It could be a good idea, but something might happen when you need to go a bit above the speed limit.” 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 . Drivers on the A500 could be unable to break the speed limit in future due to new technology built into cars “These lifesaving measures come at a vital time, with road safety in a concerning period of stagnation with more than 70 people still being killed or seriously injured on British roads every day.” Brake urged the Government to commit to adopting the regulations in the UK, no matter what happens with Brexit. But it looks like to be rolled out in the UK. A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We continuously work with partners across the globe to improve the safety standards of all vehicles. These interventions are expected to deliver a step-change in road safety across Europe, including the UK.” AA president Edmund King said: “There is no doubt that new in-car technology can save lives and there is a good case for autonomous emergency braking to be fitted in all cars. “When it comes to intelligent speed adaptation, the case is not so clear. Read MoreWhy YOU could get in trouble for warning fellow motorists about speed traps (& the fine is hefty) “The best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot and the driver should use it to do the right speed in the right situation. “The right speed is often below the speed limit, for example outside a school with children about, but with ISA there may be a temptation to go at the top speed allowed which may not be appropriate. “Sometimes a little speed also helps to keep safe on the road, for example over-taking a tractor on a country road or joining a motorway.” He added: “Dodgem cars are all fitted with speed limiters but they still seem to crash.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Speeding could become a relic of the past under new EU legislation John Roberts, aged 39, of Penkhull, said: “I know the speed limit is there for a reason, but there might be times when you need a bit of speed to get out of a dangerous situation.” Other safety features provisionally approved for cars, vans, trucks and buses include a warning of driver drowsiness and distraction – such as using a smartphone while driving – and a data recorder in case of an accident. Read MoreMotorists left ‘stressed’ by prospect of an MOT (& many try and avoid it all together) Devices for lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking and crash-test improved safety belts are suggested for cars and vans. In addition the legislation also addresses drink-driving, making it easier to retrofit an alcohol interlock device – which requires a driver to blow into an in-built breathalyser before they can start their vehicle – which are used in a number of EU member states. Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “These measures will provide the biggest leap forward for road safety this century, perhaps even since the introduction of the seat belt. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIn less than three years time it could be impossible for drivers of new cars to break the speed limit. From 2022, all new vehicles could be fitted with special devices to automatically make them keep to the speed limit after new EU rules were provisionally agreed. Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) is one of a raft of safety measures set to become mandatory in European vehicles after the plans were given approval by the European Commission. The technology automatically limits vehicles to the maximum speed allowed on each road, using a speed sign-recognition video camera and GPS tracking data. It is claimed the measures could help save more than 25,000 lives and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038.
New South Wales best inland regional tourism operators and attractions were named last Saturday night at the 2012 CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards in Mudgee. Attendees from across the state gathered together at the Parklands Resort in Mudgee on Saturday the 28th July to find out which of the finalists would take home a coveted 2012 CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Award. The annual award ceremony is hailed as the ‘night of nights’ for the Inland NSW regional Tourism Industry. The theme for this year’s awards was country glamour and the night was a celebration of not only the NSW regional tourism industry but it was also a night to experience the best of what Mudgee has to offer. The 18 winners are now able to compete for finalist positions at the NSW Tourism Awards, which will be held in Sydney, later this year. Chair of the Awards, Tracey Valenzisi said the awards showcased some of the best tourism attractions and products in NSW. Tracey also stated that it is important that all entrants try to make it to workshops held by INTA. “All entrants were of a high calibre, in some categories the marks between finalists were so close that a silver award was given. There was a clear distinction between those applicants who have attended the INTA workshops, run by TIC NSW, throughout the year and those who did not have the chance to attend. The workshops give valuable information on submission writing and provide first hand experience and knowledge on how to best develop an entrants business.” The INTA Board would like to congratulate all winners and finalists for their contribution to regional NSW tourism. Regional tourism supports almost half of the state’s 162,500 direct tourism jobs and injects more than $11.5 billion into the state’s economy each year. Click here to view entire photo gallery2012 CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards Winners Tri State Safaris WinnerTour and/or Transport OperatorsBroken HillInland Green Gully Track WinnerNew Tourism DevelopmentWalchaInland Eldee Station WinnerHosted AccommodationBroken HillInland Gol Gol Hotel WinnerTourist PubsGol GolMurray Visiting Friends & Relatives Publicity Program WinnerTourism Marketing Tri State Safaris/Mutawintji Eco Tours WinnerIndigenous TourismBroken HillInland two eight two eight WinnerSpecialised Tourism ServicesGulargamboneInland NameAwardCategoryTown Regional Tourism Organisation Taronga Western Plains Zoo WinnerTourist AttractionsDubbo Flint in the Vines WinnerTourism Restaurants and Catering ServicesMurrambatemanInland Inland Moree Visitor Information Centre – (Trading as Tourism Moree) WinnerVisitor Information and ServicesMoreeInland Narrabri Shire WinnerLocal Government Award for TourismNarrabriInland Mudgee Brewing Company WinnerTourism Wineries, Distilleries and BreweriesMudgeeCentral Trelawney Farm Guesthouse Mudgee WinnerDeluxe AccommodationMudgeeCentral BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday ParkInducteeHall of FameDeniliquinRiverina 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival SilverFestivals and EventsTamworthInland The Lodge Outback Motel WinnerStandard AccommodationBroken HillInland Riverina BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park WinnerTourist and Caravan ParksForbesCentral Source = CountryLink Inland NSW Tourism Awards Junee Shire Council SilverLocal Government Award for TourismJuneeRiverina Roger Collins WinnerThe Ted Wilson AwardLightning RidgeInland DAG Sheep Station – Nundle WinnerUnique AccommodationNundleInland Deni Ute Muster WinnerFestivals and EventsDeniliquinRiverina
Cape Town, South Africa – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSouth Africa’s Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there’s so much to see and do that it is hard to decide how best to fit it all in. The luxurious five-star boutique Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is offering a fantastic package that makes it easier to select by giving you a choice from a list of five of the all-time favorite half day tours.The Twelve Apostles Hotel is nestled between the majestic mountains and the beautiful Atlantic, and a few minutes from worldly, cosmopolitan Cape Town. Just 15 minutes away – via the hotel’s complimentary car transfer service – are the city-center theaters and art galleries, and the shops and restaurants of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Whatever you decide to during your stay in Cape Town, with the Twelve Apostles’ Big Five package, it is certain to be the right choice.The Cape Town Big Five package includes: -Three nights in the luxury accommodation of your choice -Daily Azure Breakfast for two -Complimentary drink on arrival -Complimentary use of The Spa hydrotherapy pools -Plus one choice from this list of Top Five half day tours, each for two people:Transfer to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, followed by a trip to Robben Island Tickets to ride the cable car to top of Table Mountain, with Fynbos Picnic and all transfers Tour of Stellenbosch Winelands to see some of the country’s most highly regarded vineyards Tour of mountainous Cape Point with spectacular ocean views on all sides Tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the eastern slopes of Table MountainORA spectacular helicopter flip to the Victoria & Alfred waterfrontwww.12apostleshotel.com
The government issued building permits for 25 high-rise buildings in the first three months of the year and 60 more are pending, most of them in Limassol, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Friday.The minister gave the figures as part of new pilot framework of “general principles and preconditions for the construction of high-rise buildings with clear documentation of the town planning method followed during the assessment of the applications”.“What we presenting today includes which areas can host high rise buildings, while urban centre areas have been defined in which such developments are allowed, based on the characteristics of each city,” Petrides said at a press conference organised by the town planning and housing department on regulations concerning high rise building in urban areas.He said that none of the plans should give cause for concern, as there are examples of how similar systems work in other countries.“There is expertise, scientific studies and we ought to act based on these,” Petrides said.The pilot framework will run for six months, he said, following which its effectiveness will be assessed and a new round of consultations will be launched with the Scientific and Technical Chamber (Etek) and other stakeholders.After that, Petrides said he aims to issue orders for more detailed parameters for assessing proposals for the construction of high rise buildings, which will be valid until the introduction of the revised local master plans for Cyprus’ four large cities – Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos – which are expected to be completed in 2020.The tendency for the construction of high rise buildings of the last few years must be utilised properly to benefit the economy and to draw foreign investment, but also for the creation of new jobs, Petrides said.In Limassol high-rises are used for residential purposes, while in Nicosia they house businesses. There is increased interest in Larnaca and some in Paphos, while no interest has been expressed in the construction of high rise buildings in Famagusta.Petrides said that the erection of high rise buildings contributes to redefining the identity of urban centres and reviving neglected areas, while at the same time important environmental and energy benefits arise, as long as the buildings are built the right way.“What’s important is for the planning for high rise buildings to be based on rational urban planning and not in anarchy or fragmentary planning,” Petrides said.He added that it should also be used as a tool for urban planning aiming at the upgrade of the image of urban areas and the creation of infrastructure to benefit society as a whole.The construction of high rise buildings, he said, has become an integral part of the town planning of all cities worldwide, including cities much smaller in size than those in Cyprus.In Cyprus, he said, the decision for the approval of high rise buildings lies with the director of the department for town planning and housing.The head of the department for town planning and housing, Athina Aristotelous-Cleridou, said that the existing policy already has provisions for the construction of such buildings, but that innovation concerns the procedure of examining proposals within a reasonable time so that the intentions of authorities can be made known to the owners and investors.According to the new framework, the head of the department for town planning and housing will not be able to exercise discretion in cases of applications for the erection of such buildings outside residential areas unless it is deemed that the size of the plot, its location and other parameters do not affect the comforts of the locals or the environment.Furthermore, in order to ensure the integration of the high-rise building into the surrounding area and its substantial contribution to the image of the city, the upgrade of the conditions in the host area and the continuation of the comfort of neighbouring properties and areas, the development should have specific features. These include its positioning in the urban centre and its proximity to or position within the wider urban area.You May LikeFittors20 Best Short Hairdos For Women Over 60FittorsUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsFinding a Job in The USA From India Might be Easier Than You ThinkJobs in USA | Search AdsUndoEasyvoyageThe 13 most scary bridges on the planetEasyvoyageUndo Bale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoState Legal Service condemns attack on attorney-generalUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
A 47-year-old man was referred for trial by the Larnaca district court on Friday after being arrested the day before for allegedly assaulting a police officer when they chased his vehicle from Pyla to Oroklini.According to police, at around 4.40pm on Thursday, police stationed on Makarios Avenue in Pyla signalled to the 47-year-old driver to stop. Instead, he sped up and managed to escape. He was later arrested on the Larnaca-Dhekelia coastal road, close to the Oroklini fire station.Police said that as officers approached the vehicle, the suspect began shouting, and kicked an officer who was taken to Larnaca general hospital A&E where he received first aid before being discharged.The 47-year-old was released on Friday pending his trial, which was scheduled by the Larnaca district court for February 5, 2019.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndo‘Enosis or death’, ‘taksim or death’.Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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