zoom P&O Ferries has handled the highest volume of freight in five years on its Larne-Cairnryan service in 2016.The ferry and logistics company, which operates the shortest and most frequent crossings between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, handled 206,700 freight units on the route during the last 12 months. This figure represents a 7.5 per cent increase on the previous year (192,200 units).In a further indicator of the reliability of P&O Ferries’ service, 2016 was the first ever year in which none of the 4,774 sailings scheduled from the port of Larne was cancelled, with 97 per cent of departures within ten minutes of their published time.P&O Ferries operates seven sailings a day between Larne and Cairnryan in Scotland. The regular daily service provides a bridge for goods being transported between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and Britain, and also on to the continent via its connecting services from Dover, Tilbury, Hull and Teesport.P&O Ferries is a pan-European ferry and logistics company, sailing on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.It operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.
zoom Athens-based dry bulk shipowner Diana Shipping has entered into time charter contracts for three of its vessels, the New York, the Norfolk and the Nirefs.The company’s 2010-built Capesize dry bulk vessel New York started working for Singapore’s Koch Shipping on April 23, 2017.Employed under a gross charter rate of USD 14,450 per day, the 177,773 dwt vessel was hired for a period of six months up to December 29, 2017.The second contract was signed with Singapore-based Trafigura Maritime Logistics for the 164,218 dwt Capesize Norfolk. Under the deal, which commenced on April 26, 2017, Trafigura is hired the 2002-built ship for a gross charter rate of USD 12,000 per day, for a period of six to eight months.Diana Shipping also signed a time charter contract with Jaldhi Overseas, Singapore, for its Panamax dry bulk vessel Nirefs.Under the gross charter rate of USD 9,400 per day, the 75,311 dwt Panamax will start working on May 4, 2017. The ship was hired for a period of thirteen to a maximum os sixteen months.Diana Shipping said that the employments of the three vessels are expected to generate some USD 8.03 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters.
Camille Bains, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A national research group recommends health-care providers offer injectable medical-grade heroin or another prescription drug to severely addicted patients if treatment with oral medication has not worked to reduce cravings for people who could die from toxic street drugs.Dr. Nadia Fairbairn, an addiction specialist at St. Paul’s Hospital, said a guideline published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal outlines best practices for innovative treatment that has been lacking during an overdose crisis that claimed 4,460 lives in Canada last year.“I think we really are going to need to think about how history’s going to look back on this era where we’re losing so many Canadians to a totally preventable cause like opioid fatalities,” said Fairbairn, the lead investigator for the Canadian Research Initiative on Substance Misuse, a research consortium.Key recommendations in the guideline include the use of the injectable opioids diacetylmorphine, or pharmaceutical-grade heroin, and hydromorphone for patients who shoot up illicit opioids and have not responded to the most effective oral treatments — methadone and buprenorphine.The Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver is the only facility in North America that provides diacetylmorphine, which is imported from Switzerland, as well as hydromorphone, another safer substitute for heroin recommended by the initiative, which consists of 32 members including Canadian health-care practitioners, opioid users and their families.The Vancouver-based Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness, published in 2016 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, found injectable hydromorphone and diacetylmorphine are equally effective at treating severely addicted heroin users who don’t respond to oral therapy. It included 202 patients.An earlier study, the North American Opiate Mediation Initiative, which took place in Vancouver and Montreal between 2005 and 2008, suggested diacetylmorphine is an effective treatment for chronic heroin users when methadone does not work.The recommendations are a blueprint for health-care practitioners on screening patients who would benefit from injecting the two injectable opioids under medical supervision, said Fairbairn, who is also a research scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use.Hydromorphone is also provided at a limited number of other clinics in British Columbia, some of which provide pills that users crush before injecting.Dr. Scott MacDonald, the lead physician at the Crosstown Clinic, said the heroin substitute is available at about 10 clinics across Canada for chronic injection-drug users.He said 125 patients are currently registered to inject diacetylmorphine at Crosstown, and 25 people are given hydromorphone.The rigorous program requires patients to inject at the facility under medical supervision three times a day at an annual taxpayer-funded cost of about $27,000 per patient, MacDonald said.Overall societal costs would be higher if chronic drug users continued committing crimes to get their fix, raising policing levels and using health-care resources from overdosing or getting infections from used needles, he said.“If we’re able to show that a new treatment is both more effective and more cost-effective it should be expanded. That should be an easy decision for health-care decision-makers, just looking solely at the evidence.”MacDonald said diacetylmorphine should be domestically produced to reduce reliance on Switzerland’s supply and he believes that could happen sometime next year.“The bulk of the raw materials for methadone and diacetylmorphine is currently produced in the United Kingdom. It’s just an agricultural product and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be produced on an agricultural scale in Canada,” he said.Health Canada said drug manufacturers that wish to market a drug are required to file a submission for the department’s scientific review and approval.“Health Canada has had discussions with companies expressing a possible interest in seeking market authorization for diacetylmorphine in Canada but to date, no submission has been received for review,” it said in a statement.Along with its recommendations, the research initiative published an operational guideline on how health-care practitioners could set up clinics to provide the injectable therapy that is most prevalent in British Columbia.Online training is currently provided in the province through the BC Centre on Substance Use and is available to physicians across the country. The centre says that while Health Canada permits both doctors and nurse practitioners to prescribe the recommended injectable opioids, training requirements are determined by each province.“Aspiring prescribers are therefore advised to work with local health authorities,” the centre said in a statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
Real Madrids Luka Modric to Testify in Tax Probe
Rabat – Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is being investigated over corruption and fraud allegations against football club Dynamo Zagreb. According to the Croatian media, Dynamo Zagreb’s president, Zdravko Mamic, and his brother Zoran were arrested on Saturday on charges of committing fraud in the transfer deals of several players, including that of Luka Modric and Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.The investigation launched into the matter has found that the Mamic brothers used Luka Modric’s move to Tottenham to pocket 7.7m euros. The alleged offences caused the Croatian club a loss of some 16 million euros.Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandzukic from Juventus will also be questioned over the allegations against Mamic, who is a member of the Croatia Football Federation.Croatian authorities have ordered to keep the Mamic brothers in custody for a month pending judicial investigations and to freeze their bank accounts.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Get snap happy for Brock Days
Planning to participate in Brock University’s annual homecoming and community celebration — Brock Days — this Sept. 16 to 25?Don’t forget to bring your camera, because we’re holding the inaugural Brock Days photo contest.All Brock Days participants — alumni, students, faculty, staff and members of the community — are encouraged to take photos that reflect the spirit of the celebrations, and enter them into the contest.It’s easy to enter. You can Tweet us your photos, post them on the Brock Days Facebook page, tag them in Flickr or email them.The best photo will be chosen by a panel of University staff, alumni and students, and the winner gets a $50 Black’s Photography gift card, a digital photo frame, a Brock commemorative photo book and a Brock Spirit Pack. The winning photo and photographer will also be featured in a Brock News article.But you can also win simply by participating. Each photo entered counts as a ballot in a draw to win one of several contender prizes. Submit up to 10 photos and increase your chances of winning.Submitted photos will be compiled and hosted on Brock University’s Flickr photo stream, as well as in a Brock Days Facebook page photo album.For more information, visit brocku.ca/brock-days/photo-contest
Canadians 2trillion debt mountain forcing cautious approach to interest rate hikes Poloz
OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says Canadians have amassed a $2-trillion mountain of household debt that is now casting a big shadow over the timing of his next interest rate hike.In prepared remarks of a speech Tuesday in Yellowknife, Poloz said the pile has been growing for three decades in both absolute terms and when compared to the size of the economy — and about $1.5 trillion of it currently consists of mortgage debt.The central bank has concerns about the ability of households to keep paying down their high levels of debt when interest rates continue their rise, as is widely expected over the coming months.Central bankers can’t be expected to stay silent in a post-crisis eraWhile inflation pressure heats up, Stephen Poloz comfortable with keeping his powder dryWhy the Bank of Canada is likely to raise interest rates again before summerPoloz says the volume of what Canadians owe is an important vulnerability for individuals and the entire economy — and it’s one of the key reasons why the bank has been taking a cautious approach to raising its trend-setting rate.However, he says there’s good reason to think Canada can manage the risks from debt, which he says is a natural consequence of several factors, including the combination of a strong demand for housing and the prolonged period of low interest rates maintained in recent years to stimulate the economy.The central bank stuck with its benchmark rate of 1.25 per cent last month as it continued its careful process of determining the best juncture for its next hike.Poloz has introduced three rate hikes since last July following an impressive economic run for Canada that began in late 2016.
Information on Senate meeting held April 15 2015
Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved during Senate 629 held April 15 and can be viewed online.Please click here for the summary report on the meeting which includes information on the amendments.
OSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers did not know what school Vonn Bell, a five-star safety from Rossville, Ga., would sign to play for on Wednesday. Withers did, however, make a request to Bell’s head coach from Ridgeland High School, Mark Mariakis, on Tuesday night.“I said, ‘Coach, if it’s going to be a good phone call, make sure (OSU) coach (Urban) Meyer gets it. If it’s going to be a bad phone call, just call me,’” Withers said he told Mariakis.Meyer said he received a call from Bell, whose recruitment Meyer called a “street fight” with Tennessee and Alabama, two minutes before Bell announced his decision to become a Buckeye in a televised press conference.Bell was one of 19 recruits who faxed their letter of intent to OSU on Wednesday – National Signing Day – joining five already enrolled members of a 2013 recruiting class that ranks among the nation’s best.“It was a great day,” Meyer said. “I thought it was going to be a very good day, but I’d put it in the great category.”Most of the players who signed Wednesday had already made verbal commitments to OSU, but Meyer said he came into the week with three targets not yet committed to the Buckeyes: Bell, James Clark and Dontre Wilson.Wilson, a running back/wide receiver from DeSoto, Texas, who had previously committed to Oregon, announced his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes on Monday. Clark, a wide receiver from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., committed to OSU on Wednesday. Wilson and Clark are both rated as four-star recruits by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.The final recruit to fax his letter of intent Wednesday was Ezekiel Elliott, a running back from St. Louis, Mo., who became the 24th official member of the recruiting class when he reaffirmed his commitment during a 5 p.m. press conference Wednesday.Elliott is also considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.Bell, Wilson, Clark and Elliott are among the 13 signed recruits in the Buckeyes’ 2013 recruiting class from outside the state of Ohio. Ten of those recruits were players who signed their letters of intent Wednesday, also including tight end Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif.), defensive lineman Joey Bosa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), offensive lineman Tim Gardner (Indianapolis), defensive lineman Michael Hill (Pendleton, S.C.), linebacker Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas).Three of the Buckeyes’ five early-enrollees – cornerback Eli Apple (Voorhees, N.J.), quarterback J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls, Texas) and defensive end Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C.) – are also from outside Ohio.The Buckeyes also have 11 signed recruits from within the state of Ohio, including nine who signed Wednesday: athlete Gareon Conley (Massillon), athlete Darron Lee (New Albany), offensive lineman Evan Lisle (Centerville), wide receiver Jalin Marshall (Middletown), defensive lineman Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights), defensive lineman Billy Price (Austintown), wide receiver Corey Smith (Akron), defensive back Jayme Thompson (Toledo) and safety Christopher Worley (Cleveland). Cornerback Cam Burrows (Trotwood) and defensive end Tracy Sprinkle (Elyria) enrolled earlier this semester.OSU took advantage of a national footprint in this year’s recruiting, with seven recruits from states along the eastern seaboard, three from Texas and one each from Indiana, Missouri and California. Meyer, however, said the coaching staff’s focus is still on the state of Ohio.“We recruit Ohio,” Meyer said. “I would rather get, probably, another three or four from the in-state from now on.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said being associated with Meyer and OSU is a recruiting advantage throughout the nation.“It’s not challenging when you go 12-0 and Urban Meyer’s your head coach and you’re wearing the Block ‘O’ on your shirt,” Herman said. “Those three things certainly help you (in recruiting).”With their 24 commits, which is one scholarship below the limit of 25 for the recruiting class, the Buckeyes’ recruiting class is ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout and No. 2 nationally by Rivals as of Wednesday night. The Buckeyes have two five-star recruits, 16 four-star recruits and six three-star recruits, as rated by Rivals.Meyer said the Buckeyes were “just trying to find the best players possible,” but added that there was an emphasis on finding players with speed.“This year was a concerted effort to go find fast guys,” Meyer said.Meyer said the coaching staff emphasizes finding players who are ready to contribute immediately as freshmen.“Really, we don’t redshirt here at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “We want to go recruit guys that are ready to go jump in the fire and want to go play as soon as they can.”With that said, Herman emphasized that the coaching staff should focus first on developing returning players before counting on immediate contributions from their recruits.“To say that we’re going to rely on all these guys, as excited as we are, would certainly be putting our eggs in the wrong basket,” Herman said.
There have been annual compilations of baseball statistics for nearly as long as there has been professional baseball. In 1922, the first “Baseball Cyclopedia” was published, collecting rudimentary career statistics for thousands of major league players. And almost 30 years later there was the first edition of “The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball,” which became the standard, and really only, resource for retired players’ career statistics and remained so well into the 1960s. But those books gave each player only the barest of statistical attention: games played, batting average (for hitters), wins and losses (pitchers).But in 1969, a better baseball encyclopedia arrived, one whose rigorous research and comprehensive scope would create a foundation for virtually every significant statistical compendiums that followed.To understand how it happened, let’s first go back to 1954 and visit the spot on the map where New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York come together. That’s where David Neft, who grew up just a few blocks from the old Yankee Stadium, had just taken a job. He was only 17, two years too young to work as a camp counselor. So instead he was assigned to watch the camp’s gate, where not a whole lot happened.“Look,” Neft’s boss told him, “you’re going to have a lot of dead time, so you should bring stuff to read.”Neft, who had been playing around with numbers for most of his young life, worked out the math. “I started figuring out how much I would need to bring to read,” he recalled in a recent interview. “Eight hours a day, six days a week, eight weeks. So I took a different tack.”Neft bought a copy of “The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball,” first published just three years earlier. With the encyclopedia as his guide, he immersed himself in major league baseball’s historical record: eight weeks in the summer of 1954, eight more a year later.Back in New York, Neft began haunting the public library’s main research branch, where he found a collection of books and other ephemera once owned by Hall of Famer Albert G. Spalding, one of the 19th century’s great baseball figures. Neft realized that other encyclopedias were leaving too much undone. “And that was it,” he said. “I thought, ‘Someday, it would be neat to do a better job of this.’”A decade or so later, Neft was working as a professional statistician when he visited TV Guide’s new printing facility, which was controlled by IBM computers. A light bulb flipped on. The encyclopedia Neft wanted to make would necessarily be massive, far larger than any statistical encyclopedia published before. All the typesetting could be done manually … but only at enormous cost. But computers changed everything.He and his employer, Information Concepts Incorporated, found a publisher at Macmillan — hence the “Mac” in “Big Mac” — where editor Bob Markel saw an opportunity to issue the definitive baseball resource. “If The New York Times was the newspaper of record, we could be the publisher of records,” Markel told me.And so Neft got to work. He was already armed with the voluminous biographical research compiled by the Hall of Fame’s in-house historian, Lee Allen, and next ICI purchased amateur researcher John Tattersall’s tremendous collection of 19th-century data for $25,000. But much, much more was needed. So Neft placed a small ad — headlined “WANTED — A BASEBALL NUT” — in The Sporting News, not knowing if anyone would respond.“We practically needed a truck to deliver the résumés,” Neft said.Neft chose the best of them. Then, as Alan Schwarz writes in his book “The Numbers Game,” “The staff of 21 thus began its … Kerouackian odyssey all over the United States, from library microfilm rooms to long-lost graveyards, mortar and spades always in tow, to build the greatest book of statistics sports had ever seen.”After that yearlong slog, it came time to input the data — the computers were still using punch cards. When everything was done, the first edition of “The Baseball Encyclopedia: The Complete and Official Record of Major League Baseball” arrived in 1969, professional baseball’s centennial season. David Neft’s “The Baseball Encyclopedia” For diehard baseball fans, a world without Sean Forman’s Baseball-Reference.com is difficult to imagine. But the site is relatively new; it didn’t grace the Internet until 2000. Before that, for seamheads interested in baseball statistics there was only … print. Print? Yes, print. You remember print.One of those print compendiums of baseball information was a 6.5-pound behemoth nicknamed “Big Mac,” and it changed how people think about the sport. A world without the Big Mac might not just mean a world without Baseball-Reference.com, it might also mean a world without Bill James, which might mean a world without sabermetrics, a world without “Moneyball,” a world without the analytics that have transformed so many other sports. As John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian, says today, “It was a revolution. This was the ‘Moby-Dick’ of baseball statistics, not only for its size, but also for its place in baseball history.” In his New York Times review, the late, great Jimmy Breslin wrote, “The book is so heavy that the mailman bringing it to the house stumbled and suffered a severe groin injury.” Its weight would result in an enduring nickname, “Big Mac.” But its enormous size and $25 price tag (equivalent to more than $150 today) still didn’t deter people from buying it: The first edition is said to have sold 100,000 copies.Several more editions were issued up until 1996 but, as Thorn said, “There is no question, that first edition was the best.” The second edition somehow contained less information and was less accurate. Still, according to Jeff Neuman, an editor who worked on the fifth and sixth editions, it made money for Macmillan, especially after ICI collapsed and the publisher came to own the book outright. As Neuman told me via email, “You knew you were going to sell 50,000 copies, at 25 or 30 or (later) 40 dollars apiece, and pay no royalties. Which made it a very profitable enterprise.”Today, the Big Mac’s legacy is everywhere we look.Thanks to Neft and his dedicated researchers, there would ultimately be numerous gargantuan print encyclopedias, including “The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia,”1ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight. Thorn and Pete Palmer’s “Total Baseball,” and Neft’s own “Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball.” Every important statistical compendium since 1969 owes a debt to ICI research, especially if you’re looking up just about anything that happened between 1876 and 1920. Without that research, we still wouldn’t know how many games Cy Young really won, how many runs Honus Wagner really drove in, how many hits Cap Anson really collected.And now, of course, it’s all on the web.“The whole genesis of Baseball-Reference,” site creator Sean Forman told me, “was taking what was in ‘The Baseball Encyclopedia’ and making the pages connectable. In the printed books, if you wanted to find Joe DiMaggio’s teammates, you would have to go to DiMaggio, then flip to the team roster somewhere else, then flip back to each of his teammates.”So the research, now connectable and sortable and indispensable, endures and will outlast us all.But the reach of Big Mac stretches far beyond one tremendously useful website. Beginning in 1969, people could finally answer, in just a few seconds, nearly every question about MLB history, which opened up all sorts of possibilities for folks of particularly curious bents.“I got out of the Army in October 1973,” Bill James told me, “and by then I was aware of the Macmillan and wanted a copy of it. When the second edition came out in the spring of 1974, I bought one as soon as I saw it and spent the next several months familiarizing myself with what was in it. The Macmillan certainly had an enormous impact on my career; absolutely it did. Ten years earlier, I would not have been possible.”Yes, the print encyclopedia is dead. The internet killed it. But for roughly 30 years, the Big Mac and its literary progeny revived and restored decades of diamond history that had previously eked out an existence as little more than rumors and hazy memories. All because a teenager watching a gate through a couple of idle summers didn’t feel like schlepping a pile of books to work every day.
Then-sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. OSU won, 42-20. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State junior running back Ezekiel Elliott had one of the best seasons in Buckeye history on the way to a national title. But halfway through spring practice, he has taken little to no team reps.Elliott has been sidelined for most of spring practice after undergoing offseason surgery on his left wrist. Not only is he on the recovery trail, but the Buckeyes have a new coach at the running back position. Tony Alford replaced Stan Drayton, who bolted for the NFL’s Chicago Bears just hours after Signing Day.But what could be looked at as setbacks have actually been the opposite, Elliott said Thursday.“(Alford) and coach Drayton are actually pretty similar. The way they attack, they are very passionate,” Elliott said. “They demand hard work. Coach Alford is a guy I knew well through recruiting and so getting adjusted to him was pretty easy.”Alford came to OSU from Notre Dame, where he spent six seasons as a running backs coach, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.Alford said Thursday that while Elliott is out for the next six weeks, there is an opportunity for other running backs to step up and improve their game.“It gets some other guys an opportunity to get in there and get some quality reps,” Alford said. “Every single rep matters at all times because you are getting more of them. There’s less guys in front in line.”Alford added that just because Elliott had a successful 2014 campaign, it doesn’t mean he can take the entire spring off, even if he is nursing an injury.“The mental reps are big. Just because you had some success in the past, there’s still opportunities to grow and learn and see things,” Alford said. “The more mental reps can be very vital just as game repetition.”The newest coach at OSU said he isn’t worried about Elliott’s commitment to improve however, adding that the Buckeyes’ leading rusher is showing his desire to return the field in practice.“The one thing you love about Zeke is he is hungry. He wants to play. It’s killing him not to play now,” Alford said.With Elliott sidelined, redshirt-junior Bri’onte Dunn is one of the players who has been reaping the benefits.Dunn, who has been seeing the majority of the first-team reps at running back, said he is trying to take advantage of the opportunity as much as he can.“It’s a very great opportunity. I get lots of reps. Me and (redshirt-junior) Warren Ball get lots of reps and it’s getting me better each and every day,” Dunn said. “Coach Alford (is) really pushing us and I really have a great relationship with him.”Dunn’s extended reps have come because sophomore Curtis Samuel has been getting extended time practicing with the H-backs.Dunn said that while no one approached him about his teammate’s change of position, he took it as an opportunity to showcase his talents.“They really didn’t say nothing, they just moved him to H, and so it’s just me and Warren,” Dunn said. “As an older guy, I just took charge and went at it.”With Elliott unlikely to play in the annual Spring Game on April 18, Dunn and Ball will probably get extended playing time in the team scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. After that, the Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2015 season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.
Usually, when you choose to build or buy a Mini PC it is to save on space rather than maximize performance as surely you need a full tower case for that, right? Not so in the case of the Shuttle XPC H7 5820s, which can support up to 16 displays.The 5820S is a very powerful machine in a very small form factor. The key to this is the combination of a Core i7 processor, up to 16GB RAM, and the Matrox M9188 graphics card carrying 2GB RAM.In its top configuration, the 5820S uses a 6-core Core i7 and 16GB of RAM for handling the underlying processing required for a performance machine running so many displays, but it’s the Matrox card that makes 16 displays. Just one M9188 can support 8 DisplayPort or DVI monitors, but somehow Shuttle has made space for two of them, meaning you can link 16 displays if you so wish, each having a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600 (over DisplayPort).Before flight simulator fans get too excited, the Matrox cards are pushed for 2D high performance applications and intended for “economy, industry, and public authorities.” For 3D, Shuttle offers the Nvidia Quadro range of cards as an alternative. Still, the Matrox cards are sure to run Windows well, and the different cards on offer allow for more realistic 2, 3, and 4 display configurations too.As you’d expect, the price of the Shuttle 5820S is not cheap. The base configuration using a 2 display Matrox card around $1,850. If you want the 16 display-capable version, then start saving, as it will set you back $6,240. Don’t forget, that price does not include the 16 displays, but if you did want to add 16 Dell UltraSharp 27-inch displays capable of 2560 x 1600, then add another $13,000 to that price. Total spend: $19, 280.Read more at Shuttle, via Engadget
The state Department of Natural Resources is set to purchase 76 acres of forest land adjacent to the Blanchard State Forest in northwest Skagit County.Those 76 acres will be purchased from two private property owners as part of an ongoing effort to preserve popular recreation areas on Blanchard Mountain while maintaining timber harvest revenue, Natural Resources spokesman Bob Redling said.Natural Resources will pay $728,000 for the land, which includes the road used to access the state forest for logging and recreation from Barrel Springs Road.The state agency, Skagit County and a variety of recreation and conservation interest groups have been working for years to eliminating logging in 1,600 acres of what’s known as the recreational core of Blanchard State Forest.That core is where the Samish Overlook, Oyster Dome trail, Lily and Lizard lakes and a section of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail are found and accessed by thousands of visitors each year.
Lake City woman wins $200,000 a year for life with scratch-off gamehttps://t.co/nEF5PoTMHF pic.twitter.com/H1xisgBn1M— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) October 18, 2017 (WSVN) – A Florida woman won “$200,000 for life” from a scratch-off ticket, the Florida Lottery announced Wednesday.Wendy Holmes from Lake City in North Florida opted to collect her winnings in a one-time lump-sum payment of $3.2 million.“All of this feels so unreal to me! I had to check my ticket several times to make sure it was a real winner,” she said. “I’m so excited, but I’m still in shock. I can’t believe that I won all this money.”Holmes purchased the scratch-off at a convenience store, which will receive an $8,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.According to the Florida Lottery, scratch-off tickets make up about 68 percent of ticket sales in the state. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Apple Launches MuchHyped iPad Device
SEE ALSO: Reaction to Apple’s iPad UnveilingThe long, much-hyped wait is over. After much speculation and countless rumors surrounding the possible release of an Apple “e-tablet” device that could have a large impact on the publishing industry, Apple co-founder/CEO Steve Jobs revealed Wednesday at an event in San Francisco what the company has named the iPad. The iPad, which appears to fall in a category somewhere in-between an iPod Touch and a laptop, will allow consumers to browse the Web, read e-books, watch videos, listen to music, play games and view photos (but not take photos because there’s no camera). It also features a calendar, compass, accelerometer, Google Maps and access to the iTunes store where consumers can download music, movies, TV shows and podcasts. Some initial specifications: The iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs 1.5 pounds with a 9.7-inch IPS display and a 10-hour battery life. It has a multi-touch screen with a virtual keyboard that can be viewed in both portrait and landscape modes and is available with 16, 32, or 64 GB of SSD storage. The device is also Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled and syncs via USB to a Mac or PC. The device will sell for $499 for 16GB of memory, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. A charge of $130 will be added to the retail price for 3G version. Apple has chosen AT&T as the device’s Wi-Fi provider: customers will be charged $15 for 250MB of data per month or $30 a month for an unlimited plan. Jobs said the Wi-Fi version will be available in 60 days, while the 3G version will be available in 90 days. Jobs acknowledged the comparisons made between the device and Netbooks. “The problem is Netbooks aren’t better at anything,” he said. “They’re just cheap laptops. We think we have something better.” The iPad’s e-reader app, which is called iBooks, has five major publishers so far—Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, MacMillan and Hachette—and their titles will be available on the bookstore starting this afternoon. The books can be read in portrait or landscape mode and consumers can tap or drag thier finger across the screen to turn the pages. “Amazon’s done a great job of pioneering this functionality with the Kindle,” Jobs said. We’re going to stand on their shoulders and go a bit further.”No announcements were made at the event regarding the availability of magazines on the iPad. However, the iPod version of The New York Times has been adapted for the new device. SVP Martin A. Nisenholtz demoed the app at the event and showed attendees how the paper on the iPad can be scrolled from left to right, the text can be resized and articles can be saved to a reading list.
Eating disorders on the rise amongst homosexuals
Boys and girls belonging to sexual minority groups such as gay, lesbian and bisexuals are increasingly indulging in disordered eating trends than their heterosexual or straight peers, a new study suggests.Disordered eating behaviour refers to unhealthy eating habits that have not been diagnosed by a physician as an eating disorder, although they are still serious and have the potential to be harmful.In the study which was published in the journal ‘International Journal of Eating Disorders’, the researchers mentioned that the rate of disordered eating behaviours is actually increasing among lesbians and bisexuals, which is alarming. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the study, sexual minority peers may also purge or take laxatives, use diet pills or fast to lose weight than their straight peers. The researchers also found that lesbians were twice as likely to report purging and fasting for weight control. Heterosexual boys had the lowest rates of these behaviours and they declined even further over the years. The study, which analysed data from teenagers between the age of 12 to 18, found that there were disparities in disordered eating behaviours which appeared to be declining for straight teenagers. However, the gap between them and sexual minority teenagers remained and for lesbian and bisexual girls, the gap appears to be widening.“While it’s promising to see improvements in the rate of disordered eating behaviours among heterosexual youth, we cannot say there has been any definite reduction of these behaviours for sexual minority youth,” said Ryan Watson, Researcher at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
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