More Nova Scotians will have access to a home screening kit for colon cancer as the Colon Cancer Prevention Program expands to Annapolis Valley Health. The expansion of the screening program is part of government’s efforts to make life better for families in every region of the province. The program is in place in South Shore Health, Cape Breton District Health Authority, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority, South West Health and Colchester East Hants Health Authority. By next spring, it is expected to be available provincewide. MLA Gary Ramey, on behalf of Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, officially launched the program’s expansion in Kentville today, July 12. “Government is committed to making health care better for Nova Scotians. An important part of this is providing access to screening for colon cancer. I am pleased to see the Colon Cancer Prevention Program expand to the Annapolis Valley Health area, and that it is now available in six district health authorities in the province,” said Mr. Ramey. “This program is key to preventing colon cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Nova Scotia, and finding it early when it can be most successfully treated.” This week, people between the ages of 50 and 74 who live in the Annapolis Valley Health area, will begin receiving information on the program. A couple of weeks later, they will receive the home screening kit. Directions, in English and French, are included in the kit. The home screening test is easy to use. It tests for small amounts of blood in the stool, which may be a sign of growths in the colon. “Colon cancer is a preventable cancer,” said Dr. Bernard Badley, medical director, Colon Cancer Prevention Program. “People often think that if there are no signs or symptoms of a problem, all must be OK. That is not necessarily the case with colon cancer. “I cannot stress enough the importance of people being regularly screened before there are any signs of disease. With screening, studies show that we can reduce the number of people who will die by up to one-third.” Although in its early stages and not yet available throughout the province, the program is already making a difference. “The screening program has identified a number of individuals with early cancers and pre-cancers,” said Dr. Badley. “Without screening, these likely would not be found until a much later stage when treatment is far less effective.” Dr. Don Clark, a colonoscopist with Annapolis Valley Health, said screening for colon cancer is essential. “More often than not, there are no warning signs of colon cancer in the early stages when it is most treatable and most who get the disease have no family history of it,” said Dr. Clark. “On average, about 75 people in our district are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. The prevention program will change this, but people need to participate.” The greatest risk factor for colon cancer is being older than 50. Nova Scotians, age 50 to 74, are encouraged to be tested regularly. For more details on colon cancer or the kits, go to www.cancercare.ns.ca/coloncancerprevention . Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a provincial program of the Department of Health, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians.
OTTAWA — Canada is being forced to shoulder a bigger share of the costs of developing F-35 fighter jets even though it has not decided whether it will actually buy any.Canada is one of nine partner countries in the F-35 project, all of which are required to cover a portion of the stealth fighter’s development costs to stay at the table.Each country pays based on the number of F-35s it’s expecting to buy, and Canada’s pitched in more than half-a-billion dollars over the last 20 years, including $54 million last year.But that amount was based on the Stephen Harper government’s plan to buy 65 new fighter jets to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s, which the Trudeau government has since officially increased to 88.Even though Canada has not committed that those 88 jets will be F-35s, Defence Department officials say that change means it will have to pay more to remain a partner — including about $72 million this year.The government has said it plans to keep Canada in the F-35 development effort until a replacement for the CF-18s is selected, which won’t happen for two or three more years.The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Canada’s telecom regulator has directed Quebecor to continue providing its TVA Sports signal to Bell TV subscribers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also warned Wednesday that it is “ready to use the means at its disposal to enforce its regulations,” which means that it could attach an order under Section 12 of the Broadcasting Act.Quebecor, which has called for higher rates from Bell for specialty channels, has threatened to scramble the signal of its French-language TVA Sports to Bell TV subscribers starting with Wednesday’s opening of the National Hockey League’s playoffs.In a binding decision, the CRTC reiterated that the regulations provide that in the event of a dispute, programming must continue to be distributed at the same rates and terms.In a letter sent to the parties, CRTC secretary general Claude Doucet urged the two companies to resolve their dispute as quickly as possible, pointing out that the CRTC could decide the matter at the request of one of the parties.Bell filed a request for arbitration with the CRTC on Wednesday morning. Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B, TSX: BCE)The Canadian Press
He was seen attempting to obtain bail for some of the suspects.Jayasekera appeared at the office of the Colombo Deputy Inspector General (DIG) today to record a statement. The Police today recorded a statement from Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara over the recent violence in Kurunegala.The MP was seen at the Kuliyapitiya Police station during the tensions in the area. He left the Police station after giving a statement for around 3 hours. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2013 10:18 am MDT US sales of previously occupied homes rise above 5 million in May, first time in 3 1/2 years WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that’s happened in 3 1/2 years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that home re-sales rose 4.2 per cent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.18 million. That’s up from April’s pace of 4.97 million.Sales last exceeded 5 million in November 2009. During that month and October 2009, a home-buying tax credit briefly inflated the sales pace. Prior to that, sales hadn’t been above 5 million since July 2007.While the sales pace is still below the 5.5 million rate that is consistent with healthy markets, it has risen nearly 13 per cent in the past 12 months.The Realtors’ group said the median price of a home rose in May to $208,000, the highest level since July 2008. That represented a 15.4 per cent jump from a year ago, the fastest year-over-year gain since October 2005.The housing recovery is looking more sustainable and should continue to boost economic growth this year, offsetting some of the drag from higher taxes and federal spending cuts.Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy homes. The increased demand, along with a tight supply of homes for sale, has pushed home prices higher. That’s made builders more optimistic about the market for newly built homes, leading to more construction and jobs.On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke cited the housing gains as a major reason the Fed’s economic outlook has brightened.Still, mortgage rates have jumped in recent weeks. And they are expected to rise further now that the Fed has signalled it plans to scale back its bond purchases this year if the economy continues to strengthen. Higher mortgage rates could slow some of the housing market’s momentum.A better outlook for housing has made builders more optimistic. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose in June to 52, up from 44 in May. It was the highest reading in more than seven years and the largest monthly increase in more than a decade. A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.
THUMB WRESTLINGDo you have a talent for thumb wrestling? Come compete in The Emery County Fair’s thumb wrestling contest on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m. There will be $20 cash prizes for each age category, including 5 and under, 6-10, 11-14, 15-20 and 20+.UGLY SHOE CONTESTThe contestant wearing the most beat-up, lived-in, ugliest pair of shoes will be the winner of a $50 gift card for Big 5. Judges will be looking for shoes that have come by their “battle scars” honestly. These shoes should be old friends that have been worn until they are ready to fall apart.Contestants must wear their shoes to the contest. Sign up by calling or texting (435) 820-1597 or come on stage when the contest is called at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug 2.BABY CONTESTThe Emery County Fair’s annual baby contest will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1. Registration will be that day from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Judging will begin at 11 a.m.Contestants will be divided into age categories with separate categories for boys and girls. Age categories are as follows: newborn to six months, seven months to 11 months, one-year-old division and two-year-old. Contests are judged on personality, attire, appearance, contentment and interaction with judges.The judges’ decisions are final. Children must be supervised at all times.
Los Angeles Kings centre Adrian Kempe is day to day with an upper-body injury.Kempe did not play against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night. He has three goals and four assists in 26 games this season.A first-round draft pick in 2014, Kempe has 21 goals and 29 assists in 132 career games. He was fourth on the team with 16 goals last season.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
As part of the Family History Collections Day of World War 1 – experts from the National Library of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin will upload precious items related to the war to an online archive.It will be the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War 1.It’s being developed by Europeana – Europe’s digital library, museum and archive.Head of Services with the National Library of Ireland, Katherine McSharry, said:We know the Irish public have a wealth of items and stories to share in relation to World War 1, and we look forward to discovering more fascinating material during this event.There will be plenty of entertainment on the day with pop up talks, covering different aspects of WW1, taking place every 15 minutes in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square.Meanwhile in the Trinity College Chapel, readings with musical interludes charting various scenarios from WW1 will be performed.Four actors will read from accounts, diary entries and love letters capturing a glimpse of the human side of battle as part of this unique event.You can check out the schedule of events for the day here. Read: Did someone in your family survive World War I?> It will also remember the over 450 Trinity College graduates who died in the Great War.“We want it to be an informative and thought provoking day concerning Ireland’s part in World War One.We want people to come away from it with a greater understanding of Ireland’s role in what was one of the bloodiest conflicts of our time. IRELAND’S PART IN World War 1 will be explored next week at Trinity College Dublin.The World War 1 Roadshow will be hosted by the college next Saturday in partnership with RTÉ Radio 1 and the National Library of Ireland.Members of the public are being invited to bring in family items, letters and mementos related to the war to be evaluated and catalogued by a team of experts.The roadshow will also feature a series of pop up talks and lectures on the Great War.Trinity Professor James Wickham said: “The World War One Roadshow forms part of Trinity College Dublin’s engagement with the Decade of Commemorations.
Astronaut sleeping in space. Source: Coconut Science LabAFTER A LONG days work there is nothing anyone likes more than a good night’s sleep, however, this can be a problem for many astronauts in space.A study published in The Lancet shows that sleep deprivation is a common problem for astronauts.Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the University of Colorado studied the sleep patterns of 64 astronauts on 80 Shuttle missions and 21 astronauts aboard International Space Station (ISS) missions before, during, and after spaceflight.In total, they recorded more than 4000 nights of sleep on Earth and more than 4200 in space.Sleep time The research shows that despite NASA scheduling 8·5 hours of sleep per night for crew members in spaceflight, the average duration of sleep during spaceflight was just under six hours on shuttle missions and just over six hours on ISS missions.The European Space Agency says that sleeping in space is somewhat different than on Earth: “There is no up or down, and everything is weightless. Astronauts can attach their sleeping bags to a wall or a ceiling, and sleep anywhere as long as they don’t float around and bump into something.”The spaceflight environment, where the sun rises and sets every 90 minutes, is particularly harsh for sleep, finds the report.Apollo astronauts cited light, noise, and the cooling systems in spacesuits as contributing factors to their poor sleep. However, sleep disturbances continue to occur in modern spaceflight despite quiet and dark ‘sleep stations’ installed on the ISS (shown here by Chris Hadfield).Many leading scientists speculate that microgravity itself may be to blame for sleep deprivation.Here astronaut Chris Hadfield explains how sleeping works on the ISS: Source: CoconutScienceLab/YouTubeJust 12% of sleep episodes monitored on shuttle missions and 24% on ISS missions lasted 7 hours or more, as compared with 42% and 50%, respectively, in a post-flight data when most astronauts slept at home.The research also showed that the astronauts were also losing sleep in the run up to their launches, averaging less than 6·5 hours sleep per night during training.The study showed that the use of sleeping medication was pervasive amongst astronauts in space, with many reporting to use zolpidem and zaleplon during spaceflight.Sleeping tabletsSleep medication use was reported by three quarters of ISS crew members at some point during their time on the space station, and by more than three quarters (78%) of shuttle-mission crew members. Sleep medication was used on more than half (52%) of nights in shuttle missions.“The ability for a crew member to optimally perform if awakened from sleep by an emergency alarm may be jeopardized by the use of sleep-promoting pharmaceuticals,” said Dr Laura K. Barger from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.Dr Charles Czeisler from Harvard and Dr Mathias Basner from the University of Pennsylvania both state that if further explorations to the moon, Mars and beyond are to be considered then more needs to be done to promote sleep during spaceflight and to ensure that the psychological and physical effects are understood.Read: Astronauts’ hearts grow rounder in space, finds study>Read: So, what are the chances we’ll see an Irishman (or anybody) head to Mars?>
Motorists this morning should be prepared for patchy freezing fog, which is expected before 11 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.Temperatures continue to remain at freezing levels, keeping snow and ice on residential streets. Highs today will reach 33 degrees with low temperatures lingering around 15 degrees.Traffic is moving well on Clark County highways this morning, with no serious traffic problems reported in the Portland area.
Anantapur: M Vijaya Kumar, Professor in Electricals and Electronics Engineering and Director of Academic and Planning, JNTU-Anantapur has been appointed as Registrar in-charge of INTUA. He served in various capacities in the university including Officer in charge of Electrical Maintenance, Project Engineer, Officer in charge of Academic Section, Director, AICTE, New Delhi , Officer in-charge of Hostels, Head of EEE Department, JNTU Founder Registrar, JNTUA Director Foreign Affairs & Alumni Matters, JNTUA Director of Admissions, JNTUA Director Academic and Planning and JNTUA Achievements. He also received the Best Teacher Award from AP State Government and the Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Memorial Prize from The Institution of Engineers (lndia).
Twitter User @thehill A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is walking away from the Paris climate accord.But the alliance, which has an economy larger than Japan and Germany combined, says it won’t be able to achieve the necessary cut in greenhouse gas emissions without some efforts at the federal level.“It is important for the world to know, the American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but the American people are committed to its goals, and there is nothing Washington can do to stop us,” former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a global climate meeting in Bonn, Germany.Gov. Jerry Brown of California echoed those comments.“In the United States, we have a federal system, and states have real power as do cities. And when cities and states combine together, and then join with powerful corporations, that’s how we get stuff done,” he said.His speech was briefly interrupted by anti-coal and anti-fracking protesters, who held up banners and shouted “We’re still in! Trump’s still out!”The group calling itself “America’s Pledge” said states, cities and private groups have been taking considerable steps to reduce emissions by promoting renewable energy use and climate-friendly transportation systems.“This is a pledge, and it’s a pledge that you can cash, because it’s real,” Brown said. “We are doing real stuff in California.”In a report, however, the group said that “we cannot underscore strongly enough the critical nature of federal engagement to achieve the deep decarbonization goals the U.S. must undertake after 2025.”Daniel Firger, one of the report’s contributors, said it was intended to show that many in the U.S. aren’t prepared to wait for Trump to change his mind on climate change again or wait for the next administration to tackle the issue.“The good news around Trump’s announcement to withdraw is that it has galvanized a groundswell of bottom-up support from all corners of the U.S. economy,” Firger told The Associated Press.Cities, regions and businesses in other nations around the world could look to the group for inspiration and support, he said, noting that the lessons learned by local authorities and businesses in the U.S. could be applied elsewhere.Also Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly podcast that every country needs to pitch in to keep global temperatures from rising.Merkel also said it’s the responsibility of the industrial countries to develop environment-friendly technologies that are future-oriented, but “don’t lead to a loss of jobs.”“We don’t gain anything if steel mills, aluminum plants and copper mills leave our countries and go somewhere else where environmental regulations are less strict — because then we haven’t made any gains for world climate,” she said.___Jordans reported from Berlin. Kirsten Grieshaber contributed from Berlin. Share
“We’ve learned a lot from Allo,” said Google vice president of consumer communications products Matt Klainer in a blog post this week, which detailed the company’s shift to Messages. “Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.”There are some technical reasons for this shift: Allo was primarily focused on internet-based text chat. Messages on the other hand has been built to support next-generation SMS as well, and is tightly integrated with phone carriers.“We’ve been working closely with the mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that people around the world can more easily enjoy group chats, share high-res photos, and get read receipts on any Android device,” Klainer said.However, Klainer also admitted that cutting Allo was an attempt to “focus moving toward a simpler communications experience” as well — something that’s hard to achieve when you have numerous products offering virtually the same features, confusing consumers in the process.Google has long had a tradition of letting different products compete against each other, which includes having two bets on the future of TV hardware (Android TV and Chromecast), two music services (Google Play Music and YouTube Music), as well as two operating systems for tablets (Android and Chrome OS).But while competition can be healthy, even within a company, it this approach has led to a good amount of confusion amongst consumers when it comes to messaging. One reason: Google has not just two, but many more irons in the fire in this space.Google has been pushing hard to turn Messages into the default SMS and messaging app on Android, but also continues to offer SMS chat via its Google Voice app.Allo precursor Hangouts continues to be developed and supported by the company. Hangouts precursor Google Talk lived on within Gmail for over a decade, only to be finally phased out in favor of Hangouts last year. And now, the company has been refocusing Hangouts towards enterprise use with a product called Hangouts Chat. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Google is going to phase out its messaging app Allo at the end of March and move any existing users to Messages, its new default Android SMS and chat app, the company announced this week. The move comes as Google is finding itself struggling to keep up with competitors like Facebook, Snapchat, Line and others.Allo was first announced some 2.5 years go in conjunction with Google’s video chat app Duo. Allo was supposed to be a modern take on text chat, incorporating smart replies, stickers and the Google Assistant, allowing users to effectively chat with Google itself.However, the app had plenty of competition not only from outsiders, but also from within the company. The search giant continued to support its Hangouts text chat app, and was also separately developing an Android SMS messenger app that ultimately turned into Messages. As a result, Allo was widely ignored by consumers, leading to Google effectively pausing development earlier this year. Popular on Variety The confusion around Google’s messaging strategy has not only slowed down growth of its messenger apps, it also led to competitors innovating faster on the future of messaging. Case in point: Stories, which were first popularized by Snapchat, have become hugely successful for Facebook’s Whatsapp messenger, surpassing 450 million monthly users earlier this year.
Explore further (Phys.org)—Rogue waves in the middle of the ocean often appear out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly. But in their short lifetimes, they can generate walls of water 15 to 30 meters (50 to 100 feet) high, crashing down with enough force to sink even the largest ships. Although rare, when rogue waves do occur they often take ships by surprise because their formation is not well-understood, and so they are difficult to detect in advance. Since tracking down a rogue wave in order to study it would be difficult and dangerous, researchers have come up with another way to study these waves: creating a small-scale optical version in the lab that forms by similar underlying mechanisms, except in light instead of water. In the past few years, scientists have realized optical rogue waves in optical fibers, photonic crystals, and other optical systems.Now a team of researchers, Christopher J. Gibson, Alison M. Yao, and Gian-Luca Oppo at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, has proposed a new way to produce optical rogue waves in a two-dimensional space. Their work is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”By understanding the mechanism for generating rogue waves, we can devise methods to detect their precursors—in our case, multi-vortex collisions,” Oppo told Phys.org. “By knowing where there is a high probability of rogue waves occurring, ships can change course to avoid catastrophic events.”In the new proposed mechanism, optical rogue waves could form by a sequence of events that starts with a small instability in the regular wave pattern. This pattern instability first leads to a phase instability (the waves’ shapes begin to change), which then leads to an amplitude instability (the waves’ heights begin to change), which eventually creates swirling vortices. If there are enough vortices, then multi-vortex collisions can occur and produce a large, short-lived spike—the optical equivalent of a rogue wave.”We can realize vortex-mediated turbulence to channel large powers into a single, huge, narrow peak of light,” Gibson said.As the researchers demonstrated, these peaks of light can be up to 27 times higher than the average fluctuation. In oceanography, waves with peaks 8 times larger than the average wave are already considered very dangerous.The researchers also showed that the new formation mechanism should be observable in a wide variety of systems, including different types of lasers, semiconductors, liquid crystals, chemical reactions, and fluid dynamics.In the future, studying this formation mechanism in the lab could lead to a better understanding of oceanic rogue waves, and eventually help warn ships to stay away from these rare but deadly encounters. “We plan to extend the research and control of extraordinarily large fluctuations to several quantum optical systems and to better quantify precursors of these rare events in the presence of vortices,” Yao said. An optical rogue wave with a peak that is 27 times the mean fluctuation from the average intensity. The peak is formed by multiple optical vortices colliding with one another. Credit: Gibson, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Christopher J. Gibson, et al. “Optical Rogue Waves in Vortex Turbulence.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.043903 , Also at arXiv:1509.02418 [physics.optics] © 2016 Phys.org Studies in laser physics help understand rogue waves Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Optical rogue waves reveal insight into real ones (2016, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-optical-rogue-reveal-insight-real.html
The Fab Five in Australia | Photo: YouTube/Netflix The week just got a whole lot better because Netflix released a brand new mini episode of Queer Eye in Yass, Australia. Fans first got wind of the Fab Five’s adventures in Australia earlier this month.‘Netflix found Gay, Georgia, so leave it to them to find Yass, Australia,’ Antoni says at the start of the video.Yass is a country town in the state of New South Wales.The term ‘yass’ is popular gay vernacular. It originates from people of color in New York’s ballroom voguing scene and often used by the Fab Five themselves.The new Fab Five — Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karomo Brown, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk — have two projects Down Under. First, Tan, Karamo, and Jonathan help out a local rancher by the name of George. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Meanwhile, Antoni and Bobby have their sights set on a bistro, revamping both the menu and decor.[embedded content]Kangaroos, accents, oh myThe 20-minute episode is choc-full of the now signature energy and humor of the new iteration of Queer Eye.The five try their hand at Australian accents, scream about seeing kangaroos, and, of course do what they do best: give make-overs!It’s a quicker montage than usual but it features all of the beats audiences love, including Karamo talking about feelings, Jonathan gushing about self-care, and Antoni cooking (not including avocados).Naturally, they also got crowned the Queens of Yass.Season 1 and 2 of Queer Eye are now available on Netflix.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… WATCH: The Queer Eye guys get crowned Queens of YassQueer Eye’s Fab Five take friendships tests and make all our hearts soarWatch the Queer Eye fab five make over Netflix nerds in a bonus mini-episodeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/netflix-mini-episode-queer-eye-yass-australia/
Blighted Homes Clearboarding Polycarbonate SecureView 2016-04-04 Staff Writer Clearboarding Demonstration Attracts Attention April 4, 2016 563 Views Photos by Todd Berger and Erin MooneyAs neighbors and local dignitaries gathered to watch, a squad of Cleveland firefighters employed their full complement of tools—sledgehammers, axes, halligans, chain saws—to try to break into and get out of a blighted property safely.Their noisy assault on this particular house, located in the city’s Slavic Village neighborhood, was prearranged as a demonstration of the new generation of vacant home security for doors and windows: polycarbonate Clearboarding.“I’d love to get their endorsement for Clearboarding,” explained Robert Klein, founder and chairman of Community Blight Solutions, which is based in Cleveland and markets its Clearboarding product nationally through its SecureView Windows division.Klein also heads Slavic Village Recovery LLC, a partnership of Community Blight Solutions, Community Development Corporation Slavic Village Development, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and Forest City Enterprises. The partnership formed two years ago to begin testing and promoting Clearboarding over the ubiquitous eyesore plywood boarding.The advantages are extensive. Aesthetically, Clearboarding looks and feels like glass, so vacant homes appear to have regular windows, rather than ugly plywood boards. For thieves and other criminals, that iconic brown boarding is an automatic advertisement, Klein says: “This house is vacant. Come on in!”The extremely durable and difficult to penetrate Clearboarding addresses that concern by keeping people from smashing through the plywood, which then has to be replaced, usually repeatedly. Of the 15,000 properties in 2,300 communities throughout the US that Community Blight Solutions has refitted with Clearboarding, not one has been broken into successfully.This demonstration, however, related to other safety concerns with plywood boarding, since thieves can easily break in and strip homes of piping or wiring, for example, without being seen. Vagrants or others who break in often start fires to keep warm, so if they can’t get in, they can’t start fires that could potentially burn down the house.Moreover, first responders cannot see through plywood, so police or firefighters don’t know who or what is in the house when they arrive. Clearboarding enables them to look directly inside.“The time has come to change the legislation and not allow plywood,” Klein said while standing in front of the demonstration house as firefighters hacked away at the windows. “Plywood is an absolute cancer, and there’s no reason to use it anymore. We have a different, superior way of securing homes now, and this is the proper way to do it.”“The time has come to change the legislation and not allow plywood.”Robert Klein, Chairman, Community Blight SolutionsThe partnership has already rehabbed more than 30 homes within a 1 square mile area, taking homes that would otherwise be demolished or remain vacant, and performing between $40 and $60,000 worth of renovation per home. The refurbished home owners and families get conventional 30-year mortgages and become part of the neighborhood, which helps raise property values and restore confidence for existing home owners.“The partnership has been a big part of getting the houses stable, keeping them safe from a lot of the crime and break-in issues that our vacant homes have and getting them positioned to resell,” said Christopher Alvarado, executive director of Slavic Village Development prior to the demonstration.Matt Zone, a Cleveland City Councilman who heads the Safety Committee and is a VP of the National League of Cities, adds that Clearboarding has helped protect some of Cleveland’s historic properties that were being vandalized. “That’s why we want to see a more durable solution so someone is not breaking into a house 2, 3, 4, 5 times,” he said. “But we also want to make sure that first responders, especially fire or emergency medical staff, have easy and safe access.”Although hammers and halligans didn’t work, the firefighters were able to slice through one of the front windows of polycarbonate, which is also used for motorcycle windshields, fairly easily with a chainsaw. Fortunately, thieves would never use a chainsaw, since the tool’s distinctive racket would draw immediate attention.“I don’t have a problem with that,” Klein said after they cut through. “We want it to be easy for the firefighters to get in and out.” Community Blight Solutions had already re-engineered their product with quick exit escape bars on the inside that firefighters can knock out with the help of an axe or hammer, if they need to remove a window for air flow or to exit.Photos by Todd Berger and Erin MooneyTony Brancatelli, Cleveland Councilman for Ward 12, which includes a majority of Slavic Village, said he appreciates all the success the partnership has accomplished to date: “This neighborhood in 2007, even before the crisis, had the highest foreclosure rate in the United States. One of the key components is the partnership is doing this all with no government subsidies but as part of the private market, so it can work.”Klein is recognized as a national expert in this field, primarily because he founded Safeguard Properties in 1990 and grew the corporation into the largest property preservation company in the U.S. before he retired in 2010 to move into new ventures, including Community Blight Solutions. Safeguard manages monthly an average of 1.2 million property inspections and maintains vacant properties for the mortgage servicing industry.Of course, there was only one choice for covering windows and doors, so he takes credit for being “the culprit” who inflicted plywood boarding on America in the first place.But today, he’s on a mission to rectify that as a highly visible and vocal advocate of polycarbonate boarding.“Right now when you say a boarded-up property, immediately you think plywood,” Klein concludes. “So, we still need to change people’s thinking to when you board up a property, you use polycarbonate Clearboarding.”In addition to the Cleveland Fire Department Ladder Truck 11 company, other attendees of the demonstration included, Tom Schloemer, battalion chief and Wayne Nadia, acting assistant chief from the CFD; Frank Szabo, president, Cleveland Fire Fighters IAFF Local 93; Jeff Raig, project director for Slavic Village Recovery, LLC; Adam Hewit, Government Solutions Group; Mark Nylander, senior advisor for Community Blight Solutions; Todd Berger, creative marketing specialist for Safeguard Properties; along with several employees of SecureView, including Brian Potasiewicz, VP of operations; Heather Best, AVP business development; and Scott Wyland, field service supervisor. in Headlines, News Share
Ford is a speed rusher right now, as he doesn’t have the pass rushing moves of a player like Mack, but he wins with good anticipation off the snap and a good first step.He is a solid, yet unspectacular player against the run, does a good job of holding up at the point of attack, but isn’t always moving players backwards.Ford’s ability to rush the passer, coupled with his size limitations, will put him in range for the Cardinals to pick him come draft day.Where He’ll Go: Top 25 pickAnthony Barr, OLB, UCLABarr is a better athlete and offers more upside because of it than guys like Ford and Mack, but he’s just not as good of a football player…right now.Barr is a physical specimen with a long, lean build and room to add weight. He plays with a relentless, all-out mentality on the field.He lacks functional game strength right now, meaning he doesn’t play nearly as strong as he is, and he is hesitant at times because of his newness to the defensive side of the ball. Barr, who was recruited to UCLA as an athlete, has only played outside linebacker for two years.What scouts love about Barr is his upside, explosiveness and his ability to create havoc without completely understanding the ins and outs of the position. What worries scouts about Barr is that he will need to be coached up tremendously to ever reach his full potential and be more than a rush linebacker. He has experience dropping into coverage, and played in a 3-4 scheme at Georgia Tech making his transition to the Arizona Cardinals defense seem perfect.However, he doesn’t play with natural instincts, and plays too slow too often.Doesn’t use his natural strength enough, and at times can be physically man handled at the point of attack when he’s trying to read and diagnose a play.Early second roundCarl Bradford, OLB, Arizona StateBradford played big at ASU last season, but there is a concern with his size/speed/strength ratio heading into the NFL.He isn’t overly long, doesn’t use his hands well and is more of a speed rusher, without devastating speed, off the edge.He is a chase linebacker more than a mix-it-up linebacker, and does an excellent job coming off the edge with relentless pursuit.He measures more like an inside linebacker at the next level because of his lack of size, but his natural ability to get around the edge will give him an opportunity to rush the passer at the next level.—-Other names that could draw consideration on day two:• Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford• Christian Jones, DE, Florida State• Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South CarolinaOut of grasp for even one of the better GMs in the NFL in Steve Keim, Clowney may be one of the best NFL prospects to come out on the defensive side of the ball in years.While the numbers were not there in 2013 (only three sacks), his mere presence on the field in every game caused teams to game plan around him.Where he’ll go: Top five pickKhalil Mack, OLB, BuffaloA favorite of the draft community before the 2013 college season started, Mack burst onto the scene with his dominating performance against the Ohio State Buckeyes in week one of the college season.A relentless worker with an array of pass rushing moves, the speed to bend the edge and comfort rushing from either side of the line, Mack is the ideal outside linebacker for Todd Bowles’ 3-4 defense, but he’s likely out of reach for the Cardinals..Where he’ll go: Top ten pickDee Ford, OLB, AuburnThe placement of Ford comes down to the fact that some prefer production to upside.Ford was a dominant player in the SEC for the Auburn Tigers, who lost to Florida State in the BCS Championship Game.He’s a compact, powerfully-built 3-4 linebacker prospect who has experience rushing the passer against some of the best tackles in college. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Where He’ll Go: Top 25 pickRyan Shazier, OLB, Ohio StateA wiry, explosive and violent player, Shazier has all the makings of a star linebacker at the next level.While he wasn’t a rush linebacker at Ohio State, when asked to blitz off the edge he showed a natural ability to bend, dip and explode around the corner.What makes Shazier such a special talent is that he has the room to grow, but also has shown up on the field with huge levels of production.He is probably the best linebacker in coverage on this list, and plays with an a chip on his shoulder.His play is overly aggressive at times, he doesn’t always use his eyes well, as he can get beat because of peeking into the backfield and not reading his keys.Shazier has to learn to break down and tackle in space more consistently, as too often he is looking for a “kill shot” instead of just making the play in front of him.Where He’ll Go: First rounderKony Ealy, DE MissouriA relentless worker who has shown improvement in each of his seasons at Mizzou, Ealy is an intriguing edge prospect.Ealy shows exceptional read and react ability, a good first step and uses his hands as well as anyone not named Khalil Mack in this group. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling When the Arizona Cardinals step to the podium to use the 20th overall selection in the NFL Draft on May 8, there’s a small chance they’ll take one of the players being mocked to them — especially mocks that have occurred in March.With the Cardinals needs being fairly obvious, that leaves figuring out the players that could be available not just in round one, but throughout the draft.Starting with the highest need on the team — as I see it — edge rusher. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Where he struggles: he doesn’t bend the edge all the time, he wins more as a physical pass rusher than a guy with exceptional edge speed.My thought on Ealy: I like him more as a guy who adds weight and bounces down to a 3-4 defensive end rather than a stand up outside linebacker.First rounderKyle Van Noy, OLB, BYUVan Noy shows a succinct understanding of what he needs to do all the time on the football field. The question is: does he possess the raw athleticism to make those plays?Van Noy is an excellent pass rusher despite his lack of burst off the edge, uses his hands well and has a variety of pass rushing moves.However, he doesn’t use enough power in his pass rushing game and doesn’t set the edge consistently in the run game.Van Noy has the look of a secondary pass rusher, in the Sam Acho mold, who will benefit more playing with a dominant pass rusher and cleaning things up rather than wreaking havoc on NFL offenses.Where He’ll Go: Early second roundJeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia TechWhen you watch Attaochu on the edge as a rusher, you see why some people have talked about him as a top-20 draft pick in May.He is an explosive, powerful athlete off the edge who shows a devastating first step and excellent ability to bend and dip around the edge as a rusher. • Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State• Adrian Hubbard, OLB, AlabamaNames on deck to watch for on day two and three of the draft:• Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana• Devon Kennard, OLB, USC• Tyler Starr, OLB, South Dakota• Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado StateWe’ll be talking edge rushers on the newest edition of the TSHQ Draft podcast Wednesday evening, so if you have questions about any players let me know in the comments. 0 Comments Share
Go back to the enewsletterTo celebrate Scenic’s 2019 Canada, Alaska & USA season, Scenic is offering the top selling agent for these products a place on an 8-Day Scenic East Coast Canada famil departing in October 2018.In addition, the top selling agency will be treated to a Fairmont-style dining experience for the entire team, hosted by Scenic.To be in the running, agents simply need to deposit the highest number of clients on any Scenic 2019 Canada, Alaska or USA journey between 01 June and 31 July 2018.Book online at https://bookings.scenicglobal.com, call reservations on 138 128, visit Scenic Hub at scenic.com.au/hub, and sign up for Scenic Rewards at scenicrewards.com.auGo back to the enewsletter
Go back to the enewsletterSilversea Cruises has bolstered its expedition team ranks, appointing Bill Davis to the position of Vice President Expedition Operations and Development, effective 1 June, 2019.Bringing vast knowledge and experience garnered over many years in the expedition industry, Davis will oversee Silversea’s expanding expedition destination operations, assisting with the development of new programs, and managing the cruise line’s Expedition Field Staff from his Miami base.Davis will also oversee the Silversea Expedition Academy, which recruits and trains top industry talent to enable guests to travel deeper into destinations from pole to pole.In addition to working extensively in the field, in which he has led and participated in more than 200 expeditions on more than 40 vessels since 1993, Bill has gained an MPhil in Polar Studies from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University. As well as both Polar Regions, Bill has journeyed to the world’s remotest locations in the South Pacific, South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Russian Far East, Newfoundland & Labrador, Alaska, and around the coasts of the UK and Norway, among others.“I am delighted to have joined the team at Silversea Cruises at this exciting time,” Davis said.“With destination expertise that is unparalleled in the industry, the cruise line’s Expedition Team is enabling guests to really explore the authentic beauty of the world in depth, sharing local knowledge and expertise accrued over many years. I am excited to further enhance Silversea’s offering for guests, with more immersive experiences in spectacular destinations,” Davis remarked.Go back to the enewsletter
By George PsyllidesThe Bank of Cyprus (BoC) said on Thursday that no accounts have been closed in Britain over money laundering concerns, as it had been alleged by the island’s central banker and a leading opposition MP.In line with policy and regulator directives, BoC UK carried out a periodic check of customer accounts, including politically exposed persons (PEPs), independent of nationality, in a bid to update them, the lender said in a written statement.The check found a number of accounts — belonging to Cypriot and foreign nationals – whose details needed updating.“Among these accounts, were some, which were either inactive for a long time, or had a very low credit balance,” BoC said.The bank said the accounts were being updated.One of the options that was being considered was closing them, it said, adding that in those cases, the owners had been notified.One such account belongs to DIKO leader Nicolas Papadopoulos and had been opened when he was a studying in London between 1993 and 1998.Papadopoulos, who issued a statement on Thursday, said the account remained inactive ever since and the balance was 78 pound sterling.“The Group wishes to make it clear that, based on information from BoC UK, none of the accounts in question have been closed on suspicion of money laundering.”The procedure was fully in line with the practices implemented by commercial banks in the UK in recent days, BoC said.The lender said any “public discussion on the basis of unconfirmed information did nothing to help the efforts to restore confidence in the Cypriot banking system.”On Tuesday, CBC Governor Panicos Demetriades told lawmakers that the accounts, mostly belonging to unnamed Cypriots, had been shut down as part of anti-money laundering checks on politically exposed persons (PEPs) who were considered high risk customers.He was responding to a question put by main opposition AKEL MP Irene Charalambidou.The issue came up before the noise over a damning internal report concerning Demetriades had settled.An investigation, conducted by the CBC’s audit committee, found that the governor had misled the board, ignored its decisions, concealed information, violated procedures, including the awarding of contracts without tenders, and tampered with agreements.Demetriades responded to the damning findings focusing on the technicalities rather than the substance.He said the committee had exceeded its powers because it did not have the approval of the board for the investigation and had not informed the governor.He described the investigation as “illegal” and complained that he had not been asked for his views, something that led to “arbitrary and mistaken observations.” You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola