Bridge Fix A Winner

first_imgThe three-year, $15-million project to repair the Seal IslandBridge — a vital link for Cape Breton motorists and industry –received honours from Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman today, April 20. The Department of Transportation and Public Works shared theLieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence withconsultants CBCL Limited of Halifax for the major overhaul of theprovince’s third largest bridge. “This was a complex and challenging construction project that hasadded several decades to the useful life of this magnificentbridge,” said Transportation and Public Works Minister RonRussell. “Everyone involved in the planning and construction ofthis important project should be very proud of this award.” Forty years of wear and tear from traffic, and exposure to windand salt spray, necessitated a major overhaul of the Seal IslandBridge. The road deck needed complete replacement, and the steeltruss work needed reinforcement. “This project exemplified co-operation, with a high-tech designthat more than met expectations in terms of minimizing trafficdisruption,” said Alan Perry, president of CBCL Limited. “With aresourceful contractor, All Steel Coatings, and subcontractors,Strescon Limited and Marid Industries Limited, we were able tomeet stringent tolerance and quality requirements, and satisfy adepartment of transportation interested in applying newtechniques to affect improvements in the durability of NovaScotia’s highway infrastructure.” The bridge is a critical link in the province’s highway system,carrying more than 7,500 cars a day in peak periods. Closing itwould have created detours up to three hours long. Engineerssolved the problem by using precast concrete panels that could beplaced onto the bridge one at a time. The panels were cast at anoffsite plant under ideal conditions for quality control, thentrucked to the bridge and set in place with boom trucks. This technique allowed the bridge team to keep one lane open totraffic except for occasional, brief closures. A communicationsprogram kept motorists informed of expected bridge delays, andthe bridge team worked closely with fire, police, and ambulanceservices to ensure speedy crossings in emergencies. “That the majority of the work on this most complex and difficultbridge reconstruction project was carried out by Nova Scotiacompanies is a reflection of the engineering and constructionexcellence in our province,” said Mr. Russell. The bridge, which spans the Great Bras d’Or Channel between NewHarris and Boularderie Centre, was originally opened in 1961 aspart of the Trans-Canada Highway system.last_img read more

Highway Line Painting Begins This Week

first_imgDrivers are reminded to slow down and be patient as crews begin painting lines on Nova Scotia highways. Warm, sunny weather means crews are able to repaint the yellow and white lines on roads. It’s important that drivers coming across a line-painting crew slow down and follow traffic control signing. This will help ensure the safety of the public and crew as they complete this important work. The province uses a string of vehicles, called a train, of a paint truck, trail vehicle, with a crash-absorbing trailer and electronic arrow board, and a second trail vehicle with an electronic message board. Approaching traffic must follow the instructions on the message and arrow boards until they pass the entire group. The province has four paint crews on the roads in dry weather. Their goal is to paint all road lines in the province by mid-October.last_img read more

Mary Kom Simranjit win gold as Indian boxers grab 9 medals in

first_imgNew Delhi: Six-time world champion Mary Kom (51kg) and 2018 World Championships bronze winner Simranjit Kaur (60kg) grabbed a gold each as Indian boxers finished their campaign at the 23rd President’s Cup in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia with nine medals on Sunday. The rich haul comprised seven gold and two silver. While the women had a flawless record in the finals, winning all the four gold medals on offer, the men had mixed fortunes and had to settle for two silver along with three gold. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe superb all-round performance helped the contingent win the ‘Best Team’ award. Two months after winning the gold at the India Open, Mary Kom arrived at this prestigious tournament with the aim of testing herself against the world’s best ahead of the World Championships in October. In her first bout on Saturday Mary Kom had to dig deep to stave off the resistance of Vietnam’s Anh vo Thi Kim 3-2, but she was simply magnificent in the final as she powered to a 5-0 win over Australia’s April Franks. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Gold medal for me and for my country at #PresidentCup Indonesia. Winning means you’re willing to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else. I sincerely thanks to all my Coaches and support staffs of @BFI_official @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI,” Mary Kom tweeted. Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title last year in Delhi, will be looking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia. India’s gold rush continued with Simranjit Kaur being equally impressive in her final against Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun. The Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist dominated her opponent 5-0. In 54kg, Assam’s young and bright talent Jamuna Boro did not put a foot wrong in a 5-0 demolition of Italy’s veteran boxer Giulia Lamagna to add to the gold she won at the India Open in May. In 48kg, youngster Monika ended the challenge of Endang of Indonesia by a similar scoreline to round off what was a memorable campaign for Indian women pugilists. Among the men, 2017 Ulaanbaatar Cup gold medallist Ankush Dahiya (64kg), 2017 Simon Prestige Memorial tournament bronze medallist Neeraj Swami (49kg) and Ananta Pralhad Chopade (52kg) were crowned the champions in their respective weight categories. Chopade did not show any nerves in a strong 5-0 win over Afghanistan’s Rahmani Ramish for his first significant international medal. Dahiya too absolutely outpunched his opponent, Macau’s Leung Kin Fong 5-0 to lay his hands on the glittering gold. Neeraj had it tougher and dropped a point for a 4-1 gritty win over Filipino pugilist Macado Jr. Ramel. However, it was a heartbreak for former World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri who gave his all but was edged 2-3 by Indonesian Mandagie Jill in the 56kg bantamweight bout. 2018 India Open silver medallist Dinesh Dagar found Indonesia’s Samada Saputra too strong and was dealt a 0-5 blow on his way to the silver medal.last_img read more

SDMC to present Nigam Teachers Award to six principals 29 teachers

first_imgNew Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday announced that it will present the Nigam Teachers Award to six school principals, 26 primary school teachers, two nursery teachers and one special physical teacher during the upcoming Teacher’s Day celebrations.The SDMC, in a statement, said that the Education Department recognises the contribution of teachers towards the education of children and that these awards are being presented for their outstanding work in the field of education. The municipality also said that teachers need as much encouragement and support from the community as possible to feel that their hard work is appreciated. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe SDMC will celebrate Teacher’s Day at the Satya Sai International Centre in Lodhi Road, where the Nigam Teachers Award will be presented. The awardees will be given Rs 10,000 and a memento and certificate in recognition of their valuable contribution in teaching and their dedicated contribution to the overall development of the students. The awardees have been selected in a procedure where Zonal Heads evaluate teachers, SDMC officials inspect the teachers’ work and a committee finally recommends names for the awards. The awardees are selected through a selection procedure which comprises evaluation by Zonal Heads, inspection by Officers and evolution of files of nominees by duly constituted Committee.last_img read more

Man travels more than 90k kilometres to set Ontario birding record

first_imgA 27-year-old Ontario man has become the province’s top birder after travelling more than 90,000 kilometres since Jan. 1.Jeremy Bensette of Leamington has spotted 344 species of birds in his travels across Ontario and said he was hoping to make it 345 Monday afternoon chasing a sighting of a yellow-throated warbler in Waterloo, Ont.It was first seen in the area about two weeks ago, Bensette said.“I went and bought a bunch of bird feeders and bird seed and hung it on the trails there in hope that the birds would be attracted to it and it would come back and two weeks later, after not hearing a word about it, it’s back,” he said.Bensette said he has been seriously bird watching for about six years and earlier this month broke the record of 343 species set by his friend Josh Vandermeulen in 2012.Bensette said he has driven so far this year he had to borrow a family member’s car Monday to meet up with fellow birdwatcher Tim Arthur of London, Ont., because his was in the shop.The rarest bird he logged so far this year was a Violet-green swallow, Bensette said.“The Violet-green swallow was the third ever recorded in Ontario,” he said.Bensette said he doesn’t know the cost of his quest for what the competitive birding community calls a “Big Year.”“Monetary costs — I’ve actually specifically not been looking,” he said, adding that he guesses he has spent more than $7,000 on gas alone chasing bird sightings that have taken his to all but one county in the province.“There’s a bit of a psychological and physical health costs for all the times that I’ve skipped nights because I was driving through the night” to get to sightings, he said.Living in Leamington, Bensette was near Point Pelee National Park, which boasts numerous bird species and draws birdwatchers from all over the world, particularly during the spring migration.Bensette credits Bruce Di Labio of Ottawa, “one of my main mentors,” with helping him with his record year.“He was one of my main supporters through this whole year,” he said. “He found some very key rarities … that I have been able to catch up with, kind of the only chance to see a few of them.”Bensette said he has photographs of all but about 10 species he has seen this year, but “some of them are not photos to write home about.”last_img read more

PM nominates veteran lawyer Pierre Legault as Senate ethics watchdog

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is nominating a veteran government lawyer to be the new Senate ethics officer.Pierre Legault is a former associate deputy justice minister, the highest-ranked civil lawyer position in the government, and has been interim ethics officer since last June.His job is to administer, interpret and apply the ethics and conflict of interest code for senators.The ethics officer is an independent officer of the Senate appointed for a seven-year term.The prime minister nominates a candidate after consultation with the leader of every recognized party and group in the Senate and the choice must be approved by a resolution of the upper chamber.Trudeau said Legault’s background positions him well for the job.“I trust that Mr. Legault will help maintain and increase the public trust and confidence in the Senate of Canada,” he said in a statement.Legault is a graduate of the University of Ottawa law school and a member of the Quebec bar.His legal career with the government spanned more than 34 years with the Justice Department during which he served in a series of progressively senior positions.Legault replaces Lyse Ricard, who resigned in June because of a family illness. She was appointed in 2012.last_img read more

Cineplex to bring Sunday Night Football Super Bowl to movie theatres for

TORONTO — Cineplex has scored a deal to bring “Sunday Night Football” and the Super Bowl to its movie theatres.The company said Friday that a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League will begin Nov. 12 and be known as “NFL Sundays at Cineplex.”Games will be broadcast live to 15 VIP theatres and then expand to 50 locations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018.“It’s no different than when we started opera and some of the other things that we’ve done to create and bring a different demographic, a different group of people, into our theatres,” said Cineplex president Ellis Jacob, pointing to other sporting events the chain has featured, including NHL and NBA games, the Olympics, and UFC and WWE events.Seven games leading up to the Super Bowl will be hosted in the adults-only VIP cinemas, which feature wider recliners and in-seat food and beverage service that includes beer, wine and spirits.Jacob said it’s all part of Cineplex’s (TSX:CGX) efforts to reinvent itself as “an entertainment destination” that is far more than just popcorn and Hollywood films.Hence, a growing roster of “event-cinema” offerings such as live opera and theatre broadcasts, as well as investments in the esports platform WorldGaming and various entertainment centres including the upcoming Topgolf venues, the eats-and-entertainment spot The Rec Room, and a relaunch of the Playdium arcades.An especially weak summer in movie profits didn’t help the bottom line, Jacob acknowledged, calling it “a hard year at the box office.”“I wouldn’t panic because we’ve always had these cyclical events,” said Jacob, predicting a bounce-back in the fourth quarter.“This is part of our focus to try and balance that out over a period of time. Because as we’ve seen with the Hollywood product, you’ve got good periods and then you can basically run into some slow growth periods. (But) with the NFL, we are committing and getting three years worth of content so it’s not like I’m waiting for the next movie to come out.”NFL Canada’s managing director David Thomson also saw an opportunity to broaden the league’s audience, stating in a release that the partnership targets the next generation of fans, in part through online tournaments on Cineplex’s WorldGaming platform.Tickets will be $5 and are available at participating VIP theatres in Abbotsford, B.C.; Coquitlam, B.C.; Vancouver; Edmonton; Saskatoon; Winnipeg; Kitchener, Ont.; London, Ont.; Markham, Ont.; Oakville, Ont.; Ottawa; Toronto; and Brossard, Que.The Canadian Press read more

Aid shortfall threatens 3 million Ethiopians with hunger UN agency warns

“The lack of funds is making it impossible for WFP and its partners to adequately meet the needs of hungry Ethiopians,” agency country director Georgia Shaver said. With food commodities, particularly cereals and beans, available on the local market if only donors provided cash, WFP urgently needs $33 million to continue feeding 1.5 million people for two and half months as part of the 2005 UN Humanitarian Appeal. The appeal, launched in December 2004 for $271 million, remains seriously short of food and non-food items. Just 58 per cent of the total $212 million worth of food has been secured, while less than 20 per cent for non-food items such as health, nutrition, water, sanitation and agriculture items, has been received. “We are beginning to see families resorting to survival mechanisms in the worst-off areas of the country,” Ms. Shaver said. “In the south, which experienced drought and a failed harvest, up to 6,000 children have already dropped out of school, as their families send them in search of food or work. “In addition, in one part of the Somali region, in the east of the country, severe malnutrition rates were already reported at 4.8 per cent in January, with five out of 10,000 affected children dying on a daily basis,” she added. WFP stressed the urgency of securing contributions quickly in order to pre-position food before the rainy season from July to September renders many areas inaccessible. read more

After deadly Gaza shelling senior UN official urges Israel Palestinians to return

The Security Council met in open session today to discuss the latest deadly violence in the Gaza Strip, with a senior United Nations official calling on Israel to review the implications of its military actions, on the Palestinians to take the critically important step of stopping rocket attacks by militants, and on both sides to return to talks. “The incident that occurred in Beit Hanoun on Wednesday is shocking,” Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane said of yesterday’s Israeli shelling of residential area in which 18 Palestinian civilians were killed, including eight children and seven women.“Men, women and children, who posed no threat were killed as they slept in their home. While this incident is unusual in scale, however, it is not the first time an Israeli military operation in the occupied Palestinian territory has resulted in a high number of civilian casualties,” she told the 15-member body, which was called into session at the request of the Arab League. Ms. Kane cited Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s statement of shock yesterday, in which he noted Israel’s announcement of an investigation into the shelling and said he looked forward to its early results.“We see the investigation as an opportunity for Israel to reflect not only on the obvious military and operational implications, but also on the policy of military pressure as a whole which is quite clearly not producing the desired goal of stopping rocket attacks,” she said. “The Palestinians need, more than ever, a respite from the siege to which they are subjected so that they can see on the horizon a credible negotiated way out.”At the same time Ms. Kane noted that the UN had repeatedly condemned Palestinian rocket fire. “We do so again today, as we note that a large number of rockets have been fired by Palestinian militants into Israel during the past week,” she stated. “It is of critical importance that responsible Palestinian forces should join in action to make sure that militant attacks are stopped.” She reiterated the repeated UN calls for both sides to return to dialogue as “the only way out of this spiral of violence.” Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer for Palestine, said Israel has continued to engage in war crimes against the Palestinian population “every single day, including at this very moment.” In grave breach of the Geneva Conventions, Israel continued to use excessive and indiscriminate force against Palestinian civilians. The massacre in Beit Hanoun was the most recent of these violations. As the unprotected victims slept in their beds, the Israelis unleashed their fire, killing 19 Palestinians, including a one-month old baby, a one-year old baby, seven children and six women. “This is State terrorism. These are war crimes for which the perpetrators must be held accountable under international law.”The international community must hold the occupying power responsible, and the lawlessness of the Israeli Government must be brought to an end. Since the end of June, more than 450 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip. “One of the most regrettable aspects… is the fact that Palestine has sent countless letters to members of the Security Council and the Council has done nothing,” he said. President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly called on the Council to shoulder its responsibility and “stop Israel’s brutal crimes.” The Council had failed to respond. “This sanctioning of savage acts by the occupying power creates a culture of impunity among the Israelis.” President Mahmoud Abbas had been working to secure national unity and calm while calling for diplomacy to save many lives. The Council must act, lest its own credibility be damaged.Israel’s representative, Daniel Carmon, said his country had responded in self-defence to terrorism. In the course of the response, a tragic event occurred: the accidental killing of civilians. “I would like to assure the Council of the Israeli Government and people’s deep sorrow and regret on the deaths of innocent civilians.” An investigation had been ordered, and Israel was doing its utmost to ensure that such incidents did not recur. But although the innocents had been killed by Israeli fire, they were the victims of Hamas. For if the Palestinians halted their terrorist attacks, the incident in Beit Hanoun never would have occurred. The Palestinians must stop using terrorism as a means to achieve their goals.When Israel left Gaza, he continued, it waited to see whether the Palestinians would respond positively. Unfortunately, Gaza had become a launching pad for terrorist attacks. Since Israel left, more than 1,000 rockets had been fired at Israelis. The smuggling of weapons through tunnels continued, while Cpl. Gilad Shalit remained in the hands of the terrorists. Hamas still did not recognize Israel, renounce terrorism, or agree to abide by past commitments. Israel had been warning the Security Council about the rising violence and escalation of terrorist activities “all in vain.” Resolutions and statements would not change the situation – only action would, starting with a renunciation of terrorism. The international community must reject the terrorist elements in the Palestinian leadership. Permitting terrorism to continue would endanger the prospects for peace.Over 30 countries were scheduled to speak during the session. read more

Samsung Named Number One Android Smartphone Provider in the US

first_imgIn a press release today, Samsung Mobile reported that according to sales numbers in Q3 2010 collected by Gartner, they’re now the number one Android smartphone provider in the United States, and that the Samsung Galaxy S line of handsets just hit the three million mark. The report also notes that Samsung has just over 32% of Android handsets in the United States as of the end of Q3 2010. Samsung got to this point by ditching carrier exclusivity in favor of bringing a family of phones to the table that they could tweak to match the preferences of each individual carrier. Regardless of whether you buy a Samsung Fascinate on Verizon Wireless, a Captivate on AT&T, a Vibrant on T-Mobile, or the Epic 4G on Sprint, you’re still getting a Galaxy S device. The strategy of releasing a family of phones on multiple carriers seems to have paid off.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Who is the Iron Fist Getting to Know Danny Rand

first_imgStay on target Marvel’s upcoming Netflix original series Iron Fist is headed to your television screen very soon, (March 17th to be exact.) Like the Defenders series before it, you can expect a ton of martial arts action and deep emotional ties to the new ongoing series. Scott Buck, who wrote and produced Dexter for Showtime is doing the same for Iron Fist. He will continue to do so on the upcoming Defenders series, which ties Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and newcomer Iron Fist into one series.While mildly mixed early reviews start to trickle in, I’d like first to take a look back at who the Iron Fist is and why we should care about ol’ Danny Rand and his glowing fist of destruction.Daniel Rand’s story truly begins atop the snowy ice caps of the Himalayas. Deep in the Tibet lands lies the mystic city of K’un-Lu, an ancient city that only appears on Earth once every decade. The city is ruled by the descendants known as the Dragon Kings. Danny’s father, Wendell Rand traveled to K’un-Lu at an early age to master the power of the Iron Fist. While there he saved the lives of Tuan and his son Nu-An. They then took Wendell in as one of their own and allowed him to live in the mystical city. Complications arose as Wendell was pit to the test to control the Iron Fist in a determining battle with Davos, a fearsome martial artist, and trainer of the legacy. A fierce bout occurred leaving Davos badly beaten. When the opportunity arose for Wendell to take Davos’s life, he refused. Thus not completing his final bout with dragon Shou-Lao and Wendell left K’un-Lu entirely.Years later, Wendell would go on an excursion back to find the mystic city of K’un-Lu with his wife Heather, nine-year-old son Danny and fellow business partner, Harold Meachum. It is here that Wendell looses his footing and falls off a steep ledge taking his wife and Danny with him. Luckily Heather and Danny land on a slick platform just below the ledge while Wendell clung for dear life, pleading to his friend and fellow business partner for help. At this moment, greed takes over Meachum as he realizes with Wendell out of the way, he can control full custody of the Rand Corporation. In these final moments, Meachum allows Wendell to plunge to his icy death. If that wasn’t enough, shortly after a pack wolves appear to feast upon the remaining Rand family members. With a snow covered rope bridge separating the two, Heather does the unthinkable and sacrifices her life for her sons by throwing herself at the vicious wolf pack, allowing her son to get away.The members of K’un-Lu found Danny and took him in. Eventually, the dastardly Meachum (who suffered horrible frostbite which took both his legs) would find out about this adoption and become overly paranoid, knowing that Danny would eventually be trained and set forth to seek revenge on the one who caused his parent’s early demise. Meachum ends up spending most of his new fortune on tech and defense for the return of Rand and possibly the Iron Fist.If anything, the Iron Fist storyline fits so perfectly into what Netflix has already been building up with their other Defender series that I will be shocked and amazed if this entry falls flat. Early reviews be damned, I am very excited and optimistic to see the Iron Fist’s epic story play out.We highly suggest Ed Brubaker’s Immortal Iron Fist collection if you’d like to learn more. It’s available on Amazon on digitally at Comixology.View as: One Page Slides1. Daniel Govar2. Dean Kotz3. Michael Cho4. Jerome Opeña5. Joe Quesada6. Greg Guillemin7. Koi Carreon8. Corina Tu9. Rod Reis10. Artyom Topilin The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseMarvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by Disney last_img read more

Stop Ignoring Your Smart Speakers Privacy Functions

first_img Easily Assign Tasks With Google AssistantGoogle Defends Letting Humans Listen to Virtual Assistant Queries Stay on target I use my Amazon Echo almost daily: to set tea or cooking timers, to check the news and weather, to play The Greatest Showman soundtrack for the millionth time.In the four months since we bought the heavily discounted smart speaker (thanks, Amazon Prime Day!), I’ve never really worried about Alexa invading my privacy.But, according to new research from the University of Michigan School of Information, perhaps I should start.A study, published in the journal Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, suggests most people fall into one of two smart-speaker camps:Non users, who don’t see the utility of the devices, and don’t trust their manufacturersUsers, who trade privacy for convenience, with different levels of deliberation and privacy resignationLead author and assistant professor Florian Schaub finds the latter group most troubling.“People were resigned to giving up their privacy, and they rationalize this choice by saying it’s just a little more data that Google is getting or Amazon is getting about me,” he said in a statement.“It shows a dangerous and creeping erosion of privacy and privacy protections,” Schaub continued. “These technologies are slowly chipping away at people’s privacy expectations.”It’s common knowledge that smart speaker makers are listening in on your high-tech conversations; they’re definitely keeping track of what’s been said. But not for nefarious reasons. Mostly to ensure products don’t miss a request by being too slow.That’s the least of your problems, though: As the study points out, the Internet of Things (that network of Web-connected devices, vehicles, and home appliances) acts as a bullseye for hackers. You’re basically inviting someone to break into your speaker and infect it with malware.“Current privacy controls are just not meeting people’s needs,” Schaub said.And don’t forget, it was just last week a judge ordered Amazon to turn over recordings from an Echo speaker that may be a “witness” to a New Hampshire murder.These gadgets do come with built-in privacy protectors—like an app that lets you delete recorded information, or a microphone mute button. It’s just that most people don’t know about them.“When asked how they could stop their speakers from listening, multiple current users attempted to address this by saying ‘Alexa, stop listening,’ or ‘Alexa, stop recording,’ showing how users naturally assume that they would be able to engage with these privacy controls with their voice,” Josephine Lau, first author of the study, said. “However, current speakers do not support this.”Unruffled by the University’s research? Still eyeing that rock-bottom-priced speaker for the holiday season? Schaub recommends everyone in the household participates in a conversation about what it means to welcome Alexa or Google into your life.More coverage on Geek.com:9 Times Your Smart Speaker Got WeirdThese ‘Alexaphones’ Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage ChicThe Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in ‘Furlexa’ Hybrid Speaker‘SNL’ Introduces ‘Amazon Echo Silver’ for Seniorslast_img read more

Rare Unicorns of US Paper Money Could Fetch Millions in Auction

first_img Three extremely rare U.S. currency notes from the 19th century are expected to fetch up to a combined $8 million in an auction next week.The notes — some of the rarest in existence — are all part of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money listed with auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries.One of the paper bills, the 1891 $1000 Silver Certificate is known by currency aficionados as the “Marcy Note” due to the portrait of William L. Marcy, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It is the only example of the design type in private hands and is one of just two known to exist.  The other example is forever held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Just 8,000 examples of this note were issued.The 1891 $1000 “Marcy Note” once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for a paper bill when it was sold in 2013 for $2.6 million. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)This Marcy Note once set the world record for the highest price ever paid for an example of paper money when it was sold by private treaty in 2013 for $2.6 million. The opening bid for this auction is $1.2 million, and it’s expected to fetch up to $3 million.The auction also features the only privately held 1869 $1000 “Rainbow” note. It is only one of two known to exist; the other known note resides in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.A portrait of DeWitt Clinton is featured at center, while to the left is Columbus in His Study, depicting the explorer seated at his desk with a globe nearby on the floor. To the right is a large, pink spiked Treasury Seal. Series of 1869 notes were issued from October 19, 1869 until July 25, 1874, according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries. There were 74,400 examples of the $1000 note printed.The 1869 $1000 ‘Rainbow’ note is one of just two known to exist,. The other is forever held in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)This “Rainbow” note was last sold publicly in a 1946 auction where it fetched a then-impressive sum of $1,200 (when annual average income was around $2,600). It’s known as one of “the ultimate rarities in American numismatics.” The opening bid for this note is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.An 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note is also up for auction — and it’s the only example of its type available to collectors. The note features the allegorical figure Justice at left, holding balance scales in her left hand and an upward pointing sword in her right. The portrait of President John Quincy Adams is in an oval frame at right.This 1869 $500 “Rainbow” Legal Tender Note is the only example of its type available to collectors. (Photo Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries)Just 89,360 examples of the 1869 $500 “Rainbow” note were printed, and today only three are known to exist, said Stack’s Bowers Galleries. One lives  in the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution, and the second note is permanently impounded in the collection of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The opening bid is $900,000, and it’s expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.More on Geek.com:Rare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in AuctionSealed Copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for NES Fetches $100,000 in Auction4.5-Billion-Year-Old, Heart-Shaped Meteorite Up for Auction Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Community comes together to raise awareness for childhood cancer

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and some South Florida communities are spreading their awareness.North Miami Beach and the Miami-Dade League of Cities teamed up for a special event Tuesday to honor children in their fight against cancer.North Miami Beach police unveiled its gold ribbon car, in honor of a young boy who died from a rare nervous system cancer, called neuroblastoma.The boy’s mother, Silvia Vianni, and her husband, Dr. Steve Vianni, formed the Mystic Force Foundation to help fund research and raise awareness for childhood cancer. “I live and breathe childhood cancer because it took my baby away from me,” said Silvia, “and whatever I can do to help them to get over this, to eradicate childhood cancer, I will do it.”“The only way we’re going to defeat something like this, is public awareness, public support,” said Dr. Vianni.More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Venezuela Court Removes 5th Opposition Mayor Orders Arrest

first_imgA fifth opposition mayor in Venezuela was removed from his post and ordered under arrest in a continuing crackdown by the struggling nation’s government on President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries.TSJ condena al alcalde David Smolansky con 15 meses de prisión>> https://t.co/1JzF2CDLx2 #Caracas #ElHatillo #TSJ pic.twitter.com/yw8oSPuFTz— PrensAlternativa (@PrensAlterna) August 10, 2017A small group of young people, some of them masked, set up barricades of strewn metal objects in the eastern Caracas district of El Hatillo on Thursday to protest the previous day’s Supreme Court decision to order Mayor David Smolansky imprisoned for 15 months for not obeying orders to shut down the protests. We can’t allow “the dictatorship to hunt down, imprison and treat our mayors like criminals,” said Andres Paez, a lawyer who joined the protest.El Hatillo protestan en rechazo a la sentencia del TSJ contra el Alcalde David Smolansky, sancionado con prisión. pic.twitter.com/kScewX5oUb— Informaciòn Veraz (@GarciaAnonimo) August 10, 2017Smolansky, a former student activist, issued a video from an undisclosed location in which he called on residents of the El Hatillo to take to the streets to uphold their right to representation against what he called the government’s “political firing squad.”“I want to tell you all that I continue being a public servant by vocation and conviction,” Smolansky said, sounding defiant but at ease. “My commitment to restoring freedom in Venezuela remains intact.”His arrest was ordered by the government-stacked Supreme Court less than 48 hours after it levied a similar sentence against Ramon Muchacho, another Caracas-area mayor. Opposition leaders decried both rulings, calling them part of an ongoing campaign by the high court to illegally remove anti-government mayors from their elected posts.According to their figures, about a third of the nation’s opposition mayors have been removed from office or jailed or are under threat of arrest. Gerardo Blyde, an opposition mayor of Baruta, a city of more than 350,000 near the capital, equated it to a sort of “Russian roulette.” “This is a continued coup against municipal public authority,” he said. In a press conference Thursday, he said mayors can only be removed if they die, resign, are revoked in a popular vote or are apprehended for a criminal offense. In its ruling, the Supreme Court noted that Smolansky has been barred from leaving the country and directed the nation’s intelligence agency to alert Interpol to help “determine his whereabouts and capture outside national territory.”Of the five mayors recently sentenced, just one is in jail. All others have managed to flee or remain underground.The court also ordered that a copy of the decision be sent to Delcy Rodriguez, the president of a new, all-powerful constitutional assembly and head of a “truth commission” approved shortly after its installation last Friday.The commission will wield unusual power to prosecute and punish those who the government determines responsible for the last four months of unrest. Maduro has promised to use the commission to target key opposition leaders.The constitutional assembly was slated to meet again Thursday, possibly to condemn the Trump administration’s new sanctions on several of its delegates. ___ By FABIOLA SANCHEZ.  Writers Joshua Goodman in Caracas and Christine Armario in Miami contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Player Spotlight on Celene Funke

first_img Print Friendly Version Story Links The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 15 features junior Celene Funke.center_img Episode 15: Celene FunkeThe Funke FileNumber: 33Full name: Celene Mue FunkeNickname: FunkPosition: CFBats/Throws: L/RHometown:  Carmel, Ind.High School: CarmelTravel Team: ShockwavesMajor: FinanceFun Fact: She is a big-time sock collector.last_img

Science Says Our Constant Connectivity Is Hurting Productivity Heres How to Fix

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Telling someone to “just put down the phone” these days is a lot like telling someone to get more exercise or eat more vegetables. We all know that distraction and multitasking are eating away at our days, and we say that we miss the simpler times when we had the chance to focus on people and ideas more singularly and thoroughly. And yet in the same breath, we defend the need to have the phone in hand and look at incoming messages — after all, there are important work matters to be handled, family members with questions and innumerate forms of entertainment to fill in the otherwise boring spaces in our lives. This is efficient! It’s important! It’s even satisfying to feel like we can keep all of these plates spinning simultaneously.Related: Your Crazy Erratic Sleep Routine Is Making You Less ProductiveEntrepreneurs in particular are prone to these behaviors and to defending the need to be attentive to multiple things at all times. After all, a new business is like a new baby — it doesn’t stop needing you just because you want a break, or someone or something else clamors for your attention. However, the strongly held belief that we have that we can (and do) handle all the interruptions and multitasking that we attempt all day long is nothing shy of false. What follows are three of the ways that our current patterns of activity are failing us, and what to do about them.1. Multitasking is an illusion.Our brains actually cannot process two different streams of thought at once. Instead, we rapidly pull the lever back and forth between two (or more) things, missing some of each and hoping to string together enough of what’s left to make something coherent and functional at the end. Complicating the issue is the fact that our brains need a few moments to finish reviewing and processing any one conversation even after it ends before being ready to attend to something new, or even return to something already in progress.Tip: If you must interrupt one thing to attend to another, give yourself the extra few seconds in between to let your brain catch up and be ready to go again.Related: Is Caffeine Boosting or Sabotaging Your Productivity?2. You’re not as good as you think you are at multitasking.Fascinating work has shown that those who spend the most time interweaving two or more tasks in the same time period are actually the least effective, cognitively, at maintaining high-level comprehension of either task (despite tremendous confidence in their abilities to do just that). Instead, they’ve just forgotten what it feels like to be able to focus on one thing, so they assume that they’re being successful when they aren’t.We all know already that multitasking can be addictive, but how this plays out is quite interesting. The brain, now used to the constant “high” of receiving new stimulation, constantly seeks it out even when the individual is attempting to bring “laser focus” to a single task, and gets distracted instead by noticing every little sound, movement or stray thought available.Tip: The notification alert of an incoming message can be as distracting as stopping and reading the message itself. Indeed, even seeing your phone changes the way your brain works. To truly give yourself a chance to learn to re-focus on one thing when needed, it will require noises and notifications to be turned off, and devices themselves to be behind a closed door or drawer. Start by rewarding yourself for a small number of minutes without needing to check in or respond, and work up to larger blocks of time.Related: 5 Bad Habits You Must Change to Be More Productive3. Americans are “accomplishment junkies.”Nearly every minute of our waking lives, whether at work or at leisure, are filled with to-do lists and activities that are goal-oriented. We even foist this upon our children, whose school days are filled with tests and whose extracurricular activities all now come complete with levels to pass, competitions to enter and trophies to win. The standard American answer to the question “How are you?” has become “Busy!” as if running at maximum speed at all times is a badge of honor.This is not the case everywhere. In other regions of the world, people accept maintaining relationships as an end in and of itself, and can thus set aside tasks and goals in favor of just spending time with others. Needless to say, our stress rates far surpass those with this type of mindset. While of course you can’t change your entire culture just by recognizing its foibles, it is useful to realize that the goal of using time efficiently can be a trap, and that there are indeed other ways to be.Tip: Understand that efficiency is a double-edged sword, and too much of it puts you on the road to burn-out. Even for entrepreneurs in the throes of new business growth, it is critical to triage the requests for your attention and remember that some of the “busy-ness” that we engage in is more because it feels good to us than because it is strictly necessary, at an overall cost to our cognitive power. So, yeah, in the end, the advice circles right back around to “Put down the phone!” June 20, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Hot Runner Market 2019Top Key Players Analysis Trends Global Size Forecast

first_imgHot Runner Market by Type (Valve Gate Hot Runner and Open Gate Hot Runner), and Application (Automotive Industry, Electronic Industry, Medical Industry, Packaging Industry, and Others): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026. The report provides a detailed analysis of drivers & opportunities, changing market trends, competitive market landscape, and market size & estimates. As per the report, the global hot runner market accounted for $2.85 billion in 2018 and is expected to hit $5.24 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 7.9% during 2019-2026.The advantage of cost-saving coupled with higher volume of production and increase in demand for complex injection molded products fuel the growth of the global hot runner market. On the other hand, several threats of substitutes hamper the growth to some extent. However, high-end technological advancements are expected to create lucrative opportunities for key players in the industry.Download Sample Report: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5379Automotive industry segment to maintain its dominance through 2026Based on machine type, the automotive industry segment accounted for more than one-third of the total market share and is expected to lead the trail during the estimated period. As one of the most demanding and challenging sectors in plastics, automotive industry demands just-in-time (JIT) production conditions, technological advances, and exclusive customer service. This, in turn, provides opportunities for hot runner system manufacturers to develop injection-molded plastics on a frequent basis. The same segment is also expected to register the fastest CAGR of 8.5% till 2026.Valve gate hot runner segment to retain its top status by 2026Based on process type, the valve gate hot runner system contributed to nearly three-fourths of the total market revenue and is anticipated to dominate during 2019–2026. This is attributed to the array of benefits offered by the system such as perfect finishing on the injection point, lower pressure, less shearing of plastic material, and better injection flow. The same segment is also projected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 8.1% throughout the study period.Asia-Pacific region garnered the major share in 2018Based on geography, the market across the Asia-Pacific region held the major share in 2018, accounting for two-fifths of the total market. The presence of many small to mid-level manufacturing sectors such as consumer goods, packaging, automotive, and others requiring high quality and complex injection-molded plastic products in economies such as China, and India drive the growth of the segment. The region is also projected to showcase the fastest CAGR of 8.6% during the forecast period.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5379Front runners in the industryThe key market players analyzed in the report include CACO Pacific Corporation, Barnes Group Inc., INglass Group, Fast Heat UK Limited, EWIKON Molding Technologies, Inc., Fisa Corporation, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., INCOE Corporation, Yudo Group, Milacron, Seiki Corporation, and Günther Heisskanaltechnik. Incorporating a number of high-end strategies including expansions, mergers & acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, collaborations, and others, these market players have become able to strengthen their stand in the industry.About us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.com Hot Runner Marketlast_img read more