Subte expansion proposals

first_imgBUENOS AIRES plans to call bids later this year for a 9 km addition to the Subte metro. Expected to cost US$360 to US$450m, Line H would improve connections between the predominantly east-west routes, running under Avenida Jujuy and Avenida Pueyrredón before heading up Avenida Córdoba to the Cid Campeador monument. French consultancy Systra has been hired to undertake feasibility studies.Subte concessionaire Metrovías had earlier suggested a 10 km expansion package. This comprised extension of Line A from Primera Junta to Flores for US$100m and a new north-south Line F costing around US$500m. A combination of state, city and Metrovías funding was envisaged by Managing Director Roberto Macías.The city is currently funding extension of Line D from Carranza to Monroe, with stations at Virrey del Pinos and Juramento due to be finished in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Negotiations have begun for a further extension across the city limits to Vicente López, where the local authority plans to invest US$25m in a bus-metro interchange. At the end of last year, Metrovías was finalising a US$200m finance package for 80 new metro cars for use on Line A. The Argentinian government has agreed to invest US$100m from a World Bank loan on infrastructure modernisation for the line. The remainder will go on construction of 20 bus-rail interchanges and elimination of 20 level crossings on suburban lines; the rail concessionaires are to remove another 30 crossings at their own expense. olast_img read more

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Rashford, Martial, VAR keep Man Utd on course for top-four finish

first_img Zaha was unsurprisingly the biggest threat to the visitors and stung the palms of David de Gea within two minutes. Chances were hard to come by in the first half with Harry Maguire United’s biggest threat from a series of corners. However, the game turned in the minutes before the break as Zaha went down in the penalty area claiming to have been tripped by Victor Lindelof. But neither referee Graham Scott nor a VAR review awarded a penalty and moments later United led. United rarely hit the heights of recent weeks against a Palace side that have now lost six games on the spin. The visitors twice had VAR reviews go their way as Wilfried Zaha was denied a penalty just before Rashford’s opener and Jordan Ayew had an equaliser ruled out for offside. Solskjaer bemoaned having 48 hours less preparation time than Chelsea for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, but that made little difference to the Norwegian’s team selection with only two changes from the side that started Monday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. Loading… VAR denied Palace a penalty when Wilfried Zaha (centre)went down and Jordan Ayew’s equaliser Read Also: BREAKING: Real Madrid beat Villarreal to win 34th La Liga title The England international burst through three Palace players before feeding Fernandes. The Portuguese’s pass through the legs of Luka Milivojevic found Rashford again on the edge of the area and he cushioned a pass into Martial to slide home. Palace’s misfortune was rounded off as Van Aanholt had to stretchered off with a shoulder injury after colliding with Martial. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Palace chairman Steve Parish was less than impressed after seeing his side have Mamadou Sakho’s goal ruled out by VAR against Aston Villa on Sunday. “Is the VAR broken?” Parish tweeted. “How can they look at Sakho ‘handball’ for minutes to make their ‘mind up’ and not even give that a glance! It’s a stonewall nailed on penalty even the most one eyed Man U fan knows it.” VAR was fully in operation 10 minutes into the second half when Ayew converted Zaha’s low cross but was denied an equaliser by a millimetric offside decision on review. At the other end Rashford did not get enough power on his shot to beat Vicente Guaita and Fernandes smashed against the post. Rashford is to become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work campaigning against child poverty and he rounded off another fine week for the 22-year-old on and off the field with a major role in Martial’s second to clinch a vital three points. Manchester United kept a place in the Premier League top four in their own hands as goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and a helping hand from VAR earned a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men remain in fifth, but by extending an unbeaten run to 19 games in all competitions move back level on points with Leicester, who they face on the final day of the season, and to within one point of third-placed Chelsea. Bruno Fernandes fed Rashford inside the area who sold Patrick Van Aanholt a dummy and cut onto his right foot before finding the bottom corner for his 22nd goal of the season.last_img read more

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Palm Beach County leads Florida in number of coronavirus deaths

first_imgPalm Beach County is currently leading Florida in the number of coronavirus deaths.As of Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health information reported a total of  16 coronavirus deaths in Palm Beach County. This number surpassed Broward and Miami-Dade counties.Palm Beach is currently third in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, following Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Miami-Dade has over 2,000 confirmed cases, Broward has 1,200 cases, and Palm Beach has more than 500 cases.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he expects those numbers in confirmed coronavirus cases in Palm Beach County to rise with the addition of a testing site in West Palm Beach.On  Wednesday, Gov. DeSenatis announced he will be singing an executive stay at home order for the state of Florida.Gov. Ron DeSantis issues stay at home order for Florida There are 87 deaths in total for the state of Florida.last_img read more

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Razor Clam Dig for October 27 Weekend Cancelled

first_imgFacebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeElevated marine toxin levels have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to cancel a razor clam dig scheduled to start Friday, October 28 at Twin Harbors. State shellfish managers already scratched a dig at Long Beach – that was also scheduled to start Friday – due to elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. The toxin can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. “We’re disappointed to have to cancel this week’s opening but we can’t take chances when public health is at stake,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.Domoic acid levels started to increase along Washington’s southern coast, at Long Beach, just before the first opening this fall. Recent testing indicates that domoic acid levels are on the rise further north, at Twin Harbors.Razor clam digs have been cancelled for October. Next digs are tentatively scheduled for November 12.WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels on all Washington beaches. The department has tentatively scheduled the next opening to start on Nov. 12 with potential digging opportunities on four ocean beaches. Final approval will depend on the results of toxin tests that will occur about a week before the dig is scheduled to begin.State health officials require that each beach must pass two rounds of toxin testing, showing levels of domoic acid below 20 parts per million, to be considered for clam digging.  “We’re hopeful that toxin levels will drop and allow us to open ocean beaches to digging later this season,” Ayres said.Elevated levels of domoic acid also forced state shellfish managers to cut short the razor clam season in the spring of 2015 and delay openings last fall.More information about razor clams and domoic acid can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/last_img read more

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Take a Parenting Page from the Coach’s Book: Review, Reaffirm, Reassure

first_imgAs students enterthe second semester of the school year, this is indeed an opportunity forparents to schedule a “halftime” meeting with their child and provide meaningand context to their results. Such conversations help children evaluate theirown performance and assess their own level of dedication toward the overarchinggoal to do their very best. Over time, self-reflectivechildren become more resilient and optimistic about challenges, quickly learningthe value of honest and candid appraisal. This type of guided halftime talk hasan incremental impact, enabling children to rely on themselves more consistentlyand empowering them with more self-confidence. There is no better motivator thanfeeling in control of the strategies that lead to your own success. Lawrence Sykoff Lawrence S. Sykoff, Ed.D., is Headmaster Emeritus at Ranney School and president of LSS Consulting Group. Guideddiscussions about progress and performance also help children learn about thevalue of course corrections. Such advice can promote motivation and restoreself-esteem. However, if children internalize lack of progress or sub-optimalresults as personal failures, they can easily become discouraged. Parents, likegreat halftime coaches, can play a pivotal role at such junctures by focusingon new learning strategies, helping children actively process old patterns and,perhaps, adopt more effective ones.   Parents can trustthese three Rs to guide halftime conversations with their children as the newsemester is about to begin. ***Reassure*** – Parentalfaith paves the way for children to enjoy and experience significantachievement. While every child is different, parents who deeply believe in theextraordinary potential of their children will more than likely see them achievesustained levels of success. Reassurance that they can control their owndestiny brings them enormous comfort and satisfaction. Combining a reassuringattitude with high expectations – and delivered with compassion, creativity andpatience – mitigates against life’s inevitable tests and trials. Parents arenot supposed to always make life easier for their children. Instead, they oughtto interpret, reassure, oversee and modulate challenges. In this way, childrenlearn to lean toward new opportunities, becoming energized by the prospect of expandingtheir potential. ***Reaffirm*** – Thereis an old saying, “Identify your limitations and then ignore them.” It seemslogical to short-change possibility by believing too much in one’s weaknessesand not building greater confidence in one’s strengths. The truth is thatchildren are built for challenge and adaptation. Helping them internalize theirstrongest competencies counterbalances feelings of defeat with notions of genuinepossibility. Reaffirming qualities such as commitment, persistence and disciplinehelps children process minor setbacks in context. The qualities associated withsuccessful outcomes are likewise transferable to difficult and demanding tasks.It is not unusual to see a young, high-achieving violinist use the concentratedskills and energies required to master the instrument to generate success inacademic areas. The compensation factor is greatly enhanced when children knowwhat they do well. Parents sow the seeds of optimism when they consistentlyacknowledge and reaffirm their child’s innate gifts and talents. ***Review*** – Givinga child the opportunity to review the cycles of growth and stagnation putsprogress into an objective frame. This expanded perspective allows children tosee that we are not genetically prewired and that change is possible. Reviewingthe highlights of the last semester extracts and defines the growth points. Reviewingthe challenges and setbacks illuminates the areas needing new strategies and afresh lens. If parents remain optimistic, a child’s outlook will likely followsuit. Learning that occasional failure can be understood and ultimately conqueredis equivalent to planting the seeds of drive and persistence. This is when achild begins to harness his or her full potential. By Lawrence Sykoff Parents have anopportunity every new semester to set time aside to become a halftime coach. Theconsistency of such guidance and mentoring validates for them that there isalways an opportunity to do more, see more and become more. With such sustainedcommunications, parents can return to the sidelines during the game and watch theirchildren flourish with passion and faith in their talents on the field. In sports,halftime is generally reserved for review of the first half of the game. The coach’sdiscussion with the players often includes a wide-ranging analysis of the game thusfar, highlighting the opportunities, challenges, weaknesses, vulnerabilitiesand overall performance strategy. These brief coaching sessions are centered onoptimizing second-half performance. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 2, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Peaceful Protest for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter

first_imgStory by Allison Perrine |  Photos by Patrick Olivero KEANSBURG – The country is in turmoil right now with racial tensions high in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died when a white police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes during an arrest. Protestors have been taking to the streets all over the U.S. to demand justice and an end to racism. At least one protest has been held in every state. Some peaceful protests have even popped up in the Two River area, including in Asbury Park and most recently, Keansburg. Once the crowd reached the police department, a few hundred individuals took a knee. Eventually, after some time, several police officers did the same. Some peaceful protests in the U.S. have been disrupted by chaotic riots and vandalism with charges of violence leveled at both protestors and police. Some stores have been looted and destroyed. Some buildings and businesses in communities were set on fire. In a few places, including the nation’s capital, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear peaceful protestors. At the Keansburg waterfront Tuesday evening, an estimated 300 people of different races came together peacefully to join the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. A few organizers spoke to the crowd about holding racists accountable for their actions. Then, the crowd started to march. But the Keansburg protest was “nothing but peaceful and empowering,” according to 24-year-old protestor and Middletown resident Cara Mitchinson. “People from all walks of life showed up to defend the rights of our black community and demand justice for the horrific death of George Floyd,” she said. The article originally appeared in the June 4 – 10, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “If I’m not over here blowin’ up stuff, if I’m not over here messin’ up my community, then what are y’all doing?” Terrence said in a passionate delivery June 1 in Minneapolis. “Y’all doing nothing because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all. My family is a peaceful family.” Terrence Floyd, George’s brother, spoke out this week to send a message of peace to the rioters. The protesters marched from La Playa Restaurant on Beachway Avenue to the Keansburg Police Department, with police officers flanking protesters as they walked. They held homemade signs about the BLM movement, George Floyd and other victims of police brutality. Marchers chanted the entire time, preaching messages like “No Justice, No Peace” and “I Can’t Breathe,” Floyd’s words as he was being held down during his arrest. The Hennepin County medical examiner concluded the manner of Floyd’s death was homicide. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been fired and charged with second-degree murder in the incident.last_img read more

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Miss Africa 2016 calls on young people to build a better continent

first_img6 May 2016Rebecca Asamoah, the first Miss Africa Continent, has high hopes for the continent. She believes cooperation between her and the other contestants will help create a united Africa. One that can deliver a better life for all who call it home. Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah is Miss Africa Continent 2016. Her prize was a grant to study business management at Monash University in Johannesburg. (Image: Facebook)Ghanaian Asamoah was crowned on Saturday 30 April in Johannesburg. Zambian Michelo Malambo was named first princess, and South Africa’s Jemimah Kandemiiri second princess.Asamoah wants each of the contestants to empower youth in their own countries. “There are a lot of things to be fixed in Africa — water, education, environmental issues,” she told the news agency AFP. “My main concern is the empowerment of youths . so we can work hand in hand and put our continent in the best place it should be.”“We are not divided”Asamoah says her aim is to unite the continent. “To say no to xenophobia, and also to alleviate most challenges Africa is facing under health, education, poverty and environment. These are things I am passionate about. I plan to help raise not only the flag of Ghana high, but that of the African continent at large.”The 24-year-old Asamoah told local news channel ANN7 that it was not our differences that mattered. Instead she emphasised that we have a collective responsibility to Africa. “It does not mean we are different people. We are not divided . We are each other’s keeper.”Asamoah said her two princesses would visit projects in Ghana that supported the aged and the combating of diseases such as malaria.“There is a place called Leila and Nabuli camp for the aged, up in the northern part of Ghana. There is this misconception about them, that they are alleged witches. So they have been neglected. No proper food, clothes, footwear and potable water. Under the Miss Ghana foundation we visit them every year to interact with them and also mentor them on personal hygiene before some donations are made to them. This year, by the grace of God, the borehole is under construction to create potable water for them.”The pageantThe Miss Africa Continent pageant is the brainchild of South African film producer Neo Mashishi, who said it was about uplifting young African women. To make the pageant African, the finalists walked barefoot on stage – in their traditional clothes. The swimwear category was dropped; instead, finalists wore a uniform of black T-shirts and shorts.Mashishi told AFP that they did this to go against the norm of Westernised pageants. “The way everything was done was African. We didn’t emulate anything from Miss Universe or Miss World. This is about Africa. We are selling Africa to the world, and we are proud to be African.”According to the Guardian, during the weeks running up to the event, the 12 finalists embarked on a series of pre-pageant activities such as showing off their culinary skills by cooking traditional meals from their home countries.Watch highlights of the pageant:Second princess, South Africa’s Jemimah Kandemiiri, is a law student at the University of Pretoria. She said the pageant taught her that the best gift to yourself is to be you. “With the pressure that comes from the modelling industry and the so called ‘need to be perfect,’ it will consume you.“I learned that we are all from different parts of Africa, very similar in almost everything, but we seldom expose that which makes us authentic. I always say, be you, no-one can do you better than you. When you’re yourself, you will attract things that are like you.”last_img read more

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Too many acres targeted for planting corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. farmers reacted to global markets in making a major shift by intending to plant more acres in corn this year than last, a situation that could add to abundant supplies and result in lower prices for producers, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.Farmers indicated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey they would plant 6 percent more acres of corn this year — 93.6 million, the most since 2013 and the third highest since 1944 — because of a world surplus of wheat and reduced sorghum demand from China.Farmers expect to reduce their acreage of both wheat and sorghum and replace it with corn and cotton. Cotton acreage would increase by 11%.“The bottom line is that 93.6 million acres is too much corn acreage that with normal yields will cause further building of already-large corn inventories,” Hurt said. “Production would be expected to move above 14 billion bushels, with corn prices at harvest falling to the lower $3 per bushel.”The reduction in wheat acreage is related to low prices from the surplus of that crop and increased international competition. The lower demand for sorghum is the result of reduced use in Chinese feeding rations, causing sorghum prices to drop relative to corn.The shift is less apparent in the Corn Belt. Still, corn there could increase by 1.5 million acres. Somehow, Hurt said, farmers in the Corn Belt also are going to plant 840,000 more acres of soybeans, and more wheat acres as well. This made Hurt wonder whether farmers might have over-estimated their total acreage numbers.The Prospective Plantings report of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, released Thursday (March 31), is based on a nationwide survey of 83,000 farm operators. It was conducted in the first two weeks of March.The estimated corn planting area nationally is up 6% from last year’s 88 million acres. Soybean farmers nationally intended to plant 82.2 million acres, down less than 1% from 82.6 million from last year.Hurt said soybean stock supplies were about 40 million bushels lower than expected, indicating that more soybeans might have been used than expected or the size of the 2015 crop was over-estimated. In addition, soybean acreage nationally was 660,000 acres smaller than pre-report estimates. This means, Hurt said, that the 2016 crop would have U.S. average prices near $9 for the marketing year.“These reports together suggest that the market prices of corn and soybeans will now adjust to give producers reduced financial incentives to plant corn and increased price incentives to plant more soybeans, spring wheat and other spring-planted crops,” he said.Hurt noted that spring weather also will be important in determining how many acres get planted to each crop. The weather has tended to favor an early start to the planting season, which generally favors corn acreage.last_img read more

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Mozilla Ponders an “Open” Web App Store (Implying that Google Chrome’s Store Isn’t?)

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts A post on the Mozilla blog yesterday has the company, makers of the Firefox Web browser, pondering the creation of an “open” Web application store and imagining what such a store should look like. Although the musings come across as a bit “me-too”-ish considering that Google just announced its own Chrome Web Store earlier this week, it’s hard to argue with the principles Mozilla sets forth. An open Web app store should “exclusively host web applications based upon…other widely implemented open standards in modern web browsers,” reads the post. It should “be open and accessible” and “set forth…guidelines and processes that are transparent.”Of course it should. But the subtext here is that Mozilla is proposing a Web App Store that’s open, as if Google is not doing the same. But is that the truth? Chrome Web App StoreGranted, we don’t know much about the Google Chrome Web App Store beyond what’s been officially announced. But what we do know so far is that it doesn’t sound like an exclusionary venture on the search giant’s part meant to only highlight Google products or those designed just for the Chrome browser. In fact, on the www.chrome.google.com/webstore page, the top item in the Q&A section clearly reads: “Because web apps listed in the Chrome Web Store are regular web applications, built with standard web tools, they can be used by anyone using a modern browser that supports these web technologies.” The second item continues to address this same issue, explaining that Web apps listed in the Chrome Web Store are just “regular applications that are built with standard web tools and technologies.”In other words, Web apps work on the Web. And that means they work in Firefox, too. Right?As it turns out, Google does have an extra little trick up its sleeve. Included in the preliminary developer documentation, available here, are instructions on how to make your Web app “installable.” This extra functionality comes by way of the Chrome .crx file, a special kind of ZIP file that is also used to package extensions for the Chrome browser. By bundling a Web app into a .crx file, users will have a better experience with the app when using the Chrome browser. This is due to several reasons: It only takes a click to install the app, the app gets a big icon in Google Chrome’s app launcher area, and there’s some integration with the host OS. Simply put, installable apps are “special.” And that is a Chrome advantage, something that probably concerns Mozilla. More Suggestions: Check, Check and CheckAs to Mozilla’s other suggestions? Ensure that discovery, distribution and fulfillment works across all modern browsers, wherever they run (including on mobile devices) – With apps built using standard Web technologies, that should not be an issue. Set forth editorial, security and quality review guidelines and processes that are transparent and provide for a level playing field.– We don’t know precisely how Google will manage the Web App store but if the Android Marketplace is any indication, this shouldn’t be a problem either. Google is not Apple. The company seems to prefer an open marketplace where any developer can build apps without worry of app store rejection letters. Plus, the company already describes the Chrome Web App store as an “open marketplace” in its documentation, the implication being that it will run this marketplace like it does Android’s.Respect individual privacy by not profiling and tracking individual user behavior beyond what’s strictly necessary for distribution and fulfillment – Despite all that Google knows and is able to track about its users, it does appear to consider privacy important. The company released a Google Dashboard that allows you easy access to the settings of all Google services, for example. It lets you opt out of advertising and lets you save those settings in your browser. It supports the NAI Opt-out Tool which lets you opt out of behavioral advertising. You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking. It was the only company to say no (out of 34) when the DOJ sent out subpoenas requesting details about users’ queries. That’s not to say it hasn’t stumbled – the Wi-Fi payload data collection for Street View and Google Buzz debacle immediately come to mind. But these appear to be more like miscalculations and mistakes than actual pre-planned malicious endeavors. Be open and accessible to all app producers and app consumers– That’s easy enough. All developers are invited to submit apps. The apps are simply Web apps that run in any browser – that’s accessible enough for consumers, isn’t it? No word yet on whether users from other browsers can actually browse the Chrome Web Store itself, though. With the above principles in mind, what is Mozilla proposing that Google isn’t already attempting to do? And if the company thinks this is something developers want, why isn’t it just doing it already? Tags:#Browsers#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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