INDOT to open I-74/SR 3 bridge on Friday

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to open all lanes and ramps at the State Road 3 and Interstate 74 interchange on Friday (12/9).The concrete barrier walls were removed on Thursday.Traffic at the bridge had been restricted to a single lane in each direction since early April.The main work has been completed. In the spring, crews will return to remove the temporary crossover lanes, landscape, and complete final tasks.last_img

The odds on Southgate and Harry Kane to be knighted are ridiculously short

first_img England beat Colombia on penalties in their last 16 fixture 3 There is a precedent from the 2003 Rugby World Cup victory, where the manager at the time, Clive Woodward was knighted in the New Year’s Honours list that year, with 38 of the 59 sporting honours related to the World Cup triumph.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who saved a crucial penalty in England’s first ever World Cup spot-kick success, is also priced in the market for a knighthood. Leading the charge is the well-dressed Gareth Southgate, aided by his humble captain Harry Kane.The Tottenham Hotspur striker is leading the race for the Golden Boot with six goals and, alongside his national team manager, is winning over fans on a regular basis.In fact, such is the growing popularity of the pair, the odds on the duo becoming Knights of the Realm are seemingly decreasing by the day.The pair are just 5/1 to receive knighthoods if England bring the World Cup home from Russia. Pickford made a vital save against Carlos Bacca on Tuesday night If he carries on with his heroics between the sticks, Sky Bet rate him at 33/1 to become Sir Jordan.Meanwhile, Sky Bet are on for an 8-figure loss should England win the World Cup.Due to a money back offer pre-tournament, Three Lions fans piled into Southgate’s boys at 16/1, leaving Sky Bet with a huge liability should they bring it home.center_img 3 3 When England began their World Cup campaign against Tunisia two weeks ago, fans were just hopeful they could get out of the group.Expectations around the Three Lions were very low and there was little to no pressure on the young team.However, positive football and a sense of togetherness not seen for generations has whipped the country into a frenzy. Kane has scored six goals from six shots on target. Lethal last_img read more

Steve Kerr said Jordan Bell is “going to play” in NBA Finals

first_imgOAKLAND – Unlike what he experienced for most of his first two NBA seasons, Jordan Bell currently does not have to wonder about his role.The Warriors might still have uncertainty on whether Kevin Durant (right calf) or DeMarcus Cousins (left quadricep muscle) will play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. The Warriors do not have uncertainty, though, on whether the 24-year-old Bell … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Shopping centre crash pilot did not reveal nature of emergency

first_imgThe pilot of a charter aircraft involved in a fiery crash in a Melbourne shopping centre on Tuesday did not give details of the emergency as he called out “mayday’’ several times while the plane veered to the left.Initial reports indicated the aircraft suffered a catastrophic engine failure but air safety investigators are keeping an open mind about the reasons for the crash. This is because aviation accidents are often the result of a combination of factors rather than a single cause.Facing reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday, Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief Greg Hood said investigators would look extensively at all possible causal factors behind the accident. “That includes maintenance records, the history of the aeroplane, the history of the pilot, the weight and balance,’’ he said. “*It involves previous accidents in relation to the Super King Air, for example, so at this very early stage certainly we’re not going to speculate in relation to any specific part of the investigation.’’Five people died and freeways were closed after the plane exploded when it hit the closed DFO shopping centre next to Essendon Airport. Killed were veteran charter pilot Max Quartermain as well as US tourists and golfers Greg DeHaven, Glenn Garland, Russell Munsch and John Washburn, all from Texas.Whitehouse press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged the crash during a Press briefing on Tuesday.”The president’s thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the US embassy and consulate are ready to provide necessary and appropriate assistance,’’ Spicer said.The ATSB on Wednesday had four investigators on the ground in Melbourne and Hood said the aim was to issue a preliminary factual report on the crash within 28 days.The investigators — whose backgrounds include aeronautical investigations, flight operations and mechanical engineering — are likely to remain on site for the next few days gathering evidence which will then undergo a forensic examination and analysis likely to take months to complete.They already have more than 100 people on their witness list and will be collecting evidence such as footage from dash-cams from cars on the highway that could show features of the aircraft such as whether the undercarriage was deployed.Hood said the Super King Air had taxied out to a southern runway out for a take-off at 8.30am and started a take-off roll at  8.59am.Not long after Quartermain issued a mayday as the aircraft veered left and hit the shopping centre.“My understanding is he didn’t refer to the specific nature of the emergency and he declared the mayday and said that word a number of times,’’ Hood said. “ Obviously, that can relate to a number of things that can go wrong in that aeroplane.’’Questions have been raised about why Quartermain did not continue to climb if only one engine failed and Hood agreed modern twin-engine aircraft were designed to do this.The plane also began veering to the left shortly after take-off and when asked if this would cause a loss in altitude that would have contributed to the crash,  Hood said he was not sure he would characterise it that way.“I’m not sure it was a sharp turn, in my observation it was a veer to the left rather than a sharp turn,’’ he said.The ATSB chief also acknowledged media speculation about the pilot and his involvement in a reported breakdown of separation at Mt Hotham in September, 2015.The ATSB investigated the incident but has yet to issue a report and Hood said he was not specifically aware of the pilot’s history or the timeline for the Mt Hotham report’s release.The Australian newspaper said at the time that a Sydney pilot had lodged an incident report that his plane and the King Air flown by Quartermain had come within 300ft vertically and one nautical mile of each other.  The report said that Quartermain was struggling with a faulty GPS in poor weather and did not appear to know where he was, saying he was in locations 20 nautical miles apart within a short period. CASA put Quartermain through an instrument proficiency check after the incident which he passed on the second attempt. CASA sent one of its own staff to conduct the check rather than rely on a third party.It also understood the aircraft recently underwent maintenance to correct a hydraulic problem.However, Hood cautioned against making early assumptions about the crash. “With any accident, particularly aviation accidents, we find that initially there are a number of factors which leap out at you,’’ he said. “The investigators are trained not to put any bias or any reliance on what is the obvious.  It’s really important that when you’re investigating an aviation transport accident, for example, that you remain completely objective.“So whilst in the initial walk through yesterday and the initial examination of records we’ve discovered some interesting facets, we really need to gather all the evidence and conduct the analysis before we would be able to say what might have caused the accident.’’last_img read more

Climate Affects Home Design

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. If you go to one of the many web sites that sell house plans, you can use filtering software to sort through hundreds of available plans by a variety of criteria: square feet, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, number of stories, or even “number of garage bays.”On most of these sites, however, you can’t sort by climate zone. Why? Because most house plan companies ignore climate. They’re happy to sell customers in Minnesota the same house plan that they sell customers in Florida.Although these plan companies may not realize it, climate matters. Among the climate factors that can affect house design are maximum temperature, minimum temperature, insolation, rainfall, snowfall, and average wind speed.Because these factors vary, a wall assembly that works well in Florida may fail quickly in Minnesota. Mulling this idea recently, I decided to try to list all of the different ways that climate can affect a home. I quickly realized that this is a big topic. Climate affects almost every aspect of a home Why are hot-climate houses different from cold-climate houses? Why are desert houses different from rain forest houses?Site and orientation. In a cold climate, a south-facing slope (the best orientation for winter sunlight) is highly desirable. In a hot climate, however, a south-facing slope may not be the first lot to be snapped up.Foundation depth. The footings of most foundations are placed below the maximum frost depth. In Florida, a slab on grade makes a perfectly good foundation. In Minnesota, however, most homes have foundations that begin at least 4 or 5 feet below grade.Shape. In a cold climate with high heating loads, a compact shape makes the most sense. The idea is to minimize the surface-to-volume ratio. For single-family homes, the usual… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

AB de Villiers clarifies he will play IPL despite international retirement

first_imgGood news is in store for fans of AB de Villiers as the South African superstar has clarified that he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League ‘for a few years’.The 34-year-old shocked the cricketing fraternity when he announced his retirement from international cricket in May this year. The announcement came on the back of his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL this season.At the time of his retirement it wasn’t clear as to whether he will play in the IPL or not but he has clarified that he will continue.”I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time,” de Villiers told out of gas, says AB de Villiers after shock retirement”There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal,” he Villiers, who is probably the most-loved cricketer in India, had stated that he was too tired to carry on playing for South Africa in a video posted on his Facebook page.The news that all of you had been waiting for! Steady your nerves, @ABdeVilliers17 is going nowhere and will continue entertaining us with his 360 degrees of brilliance. Read more #PlayBold Challengers (@RCBTweets) July 10, 2018″For a long time, the World Cup was a massive goal. But, in the last few years, I have realised that it isn’t realistic to measure yourself purely on what you achieve in that tournament. That will not be the be-all and end-all of my career.Virat Kohli to AB de Villiers: You changed the way batting was seen”Yes, I would have loved to win it, but I have great memories from World Cups. The 2007 tournament – my first – was very special. We fell short against Australia, when we tried to play too much cricket too soon, but that shift in mentality probably helped us to go over there and win the Test series we then won over there. Personally, I scored my first ODI century in that 2007 tournament, and I loved the whole experience of being in the Caribbean.”The same goes for the others, in 2011 and in 2015. India has always been close to my heart, because of the passion for cricket, and then obviously 2015 was an amazing game,” he further said about the classic semi-final against New Zealand in which South Africa fell agonisingly short. “We fell on the wrong side of it, but we gave it everything,” de Villiers Villiers played international cricket for 14 years since making his Test debut for South Africa in 2004 against England.AB de Villiers retires: What made Mr. 360 a modern-day great”I guess that once I acknowledged to myself that I didn’t have to measure my career on one tournament, place so much emphasis on it, it became easier to make my decision. “I also didn’t want to be picking and choosing my way through fixtures from now until then. It wouldn’t be fair,” he said.Mr. 360 had carved his niche as one of the greatest batsmen to have played the game. In Tests, he scored 8765 runs while amassed 9577 runs in One Day Internationals.De Villiers retired with a Test average of 50.66 and as the fourth-highest scorer for South Africa. He made 22 Test centuries.He last played for South Africa in the four-Test series against Australia at home and scored 427 runs including one hundreds. de Villiers was also the second highest run-scorer in the three-Test series against India.last_img read more

NRL Touch Premiership: ladder update

first_imgThe results from this weekends games were:Men’s:2 Titans v 0 BroncosWomen’s: 8 Broncos v 7 TitansBelow are the NRL Touch Premiership Ladders, as they stand following this weekend’s games.Make sure you get to the next games:Tigers v Knights at ANZ Stadium (21 July 2018)Grand Final at CBus Super Stadium (29 July 2018)last_img

Aurora Cannabis follows up greenhouse designer deal with Quebec producer buyout

first_imgFast-growing Aurora Cannabis Inc. struck twice Thursday, announcing the purchase of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. in the morning and medical marijuana applicant H2 Biopharma Inc. of Lachute, Que., for up to $25 million in stock after markets closed.The Alberta-based cannabis producer said in the later news release that Larssen’s expertise will “play an instrumental role” in the final design of H2’s 4,300-square-metre cannabis production facility in the Montreal area, which it said is 80 per cent construction complete.Aurora said it intends to use its ownership of Larssen to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships.Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers, but its Canadian deals will be reassessed once the buyout announced Thursday is completed, it said.“We’re going to certainly encourage those to proceed but we’re going to require some level of partnership, whether that be an equity stake or a supply agreement or other things,” said Aurora (TSX:ACB) executive vice-president Cam Battley.“We’re open to various formulae.”He wouldn’t name the five Canadian companies but said they don’t include CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., against which it is pursuing an all-stock hostile takeover bid, or Newstrike Resources Ltd., a company CanniMed is attempting to buy.According to its website, cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. is working with Larssen to build a large greenhouse in Quebec. It did not return a request for comment Thursday.Analyst Russell Stanley of Echelon Wealth Partners, who covers CanniMed but not Aurora, said he doesn’t know which Canadian companies Aurora is referring to in its release.He said it’s highly unusual for the buyer of a service company to so publicly declare that it will revise its deals with competitors.“I think in the context of also announcing plans to launch a hostile (bid) for CanniMed, clearly Aurora is being very aggressive in its growth strategy,” he said.He said the rapid rise in share price for Aurora and other cannabis companies means they can afford to make acquisitions very cheaply through stock offers.“You’re going to see M&A activity pick up, scale is going to become increasingly important,” he said.Aurora shares gained 32 cents or about five per cent to close at $6.74 on Thursday.Financial terms of the Larssen deal were not disclosed, but Aurora said they include performance-based milestone payments.Larssen, which has offices in Denmark and Burlington, Ont., is designing, engineering and overseeing construction of the half-built Aurora Sky cannabis greenhouse near the Edmonton International Airport which will have capacity to produce 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.Battley said the facility will be a closed system hybrid greenhouse capable of precise control of light, heat, humidity and nutrients to produce “ultra low cost” cannabis. To ensure no contaminants enter the system, the air system is designed to be overpressured and overhead robotic cranes will help to replace humans in the growing areas.Thomas Larssen, principal owner of Larssen Ltd., is to head up a new subsidiary called Aurora Larssen Projects Ltd.Aurora said Larssen is on pace to generate about $6 million in revenue in the next 12 months.H2 Biopharma is a late-stage medical marijuana licence applicant, Aurora said. Its facility is to produce up to 4,500 kilograms of cannabis per year and is situated on property that will allow expansion.Aurora said it will make an initial payment of $10 million in shares, with further payments dependent on completion of the facility, granting of cultivation and sales licences by Health Canada and municipal approval for expansion of the facility.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Sea reefs and sunsets Living Coral is colour of the year

first_imgNEW YORK — The Pantone Color Institute has chosen Living Coral as its 2019 colour of the year.Company vice-president Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of Wednesday’s announcement that Living Coral has a saturated orange base with a golden undertone. She calls the colour “convivial,” warm, welcoming, versatile and life-affirming. Last year’s pick was the vivacious Ultra Violet.Pantone’s colour experts scour the globe in search of colour trends leading to its top choice. Living Coral is Pantone’s 20th colour of the year.Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Guns snares bulldozers

first_imgThe biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads, and other industrial activities. There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet our understanding of where these threats overlap with the locations of sensitive species has been poor. This limits our ability to target conservation efforts to the most important places. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn our new study, published today in Plos Biology, we mapped 15 of the most harmful human threats – including hunting and land clearing – within the locations of 5,457 threatened mammals, birds and amphibians globally. We found that 1,237 species – a quarter of those assessed – are impacted by threats that cover more than 90 per cent of their distributions. These species include many large, charismatic mammals such as lions and elephants. Most concerningly of all, we identified 395 species that are impacted by threats across 100 per cent of their range. Also Read – Insider threat management Mapping the risks We only mapped threats within a species location if those threats are known to specifically endanger that species. For example, the African lion is threatened by urbanisation, hunting and trapping, so we only quantified the overlap of those specific hazards for this species. This allowed us to determine the parts of a species’ home range that are impacted by threats and, conversely, the parts that are free of threats and therefore serve as refuges. We could then identify global hotspots of human impacts on threatened species, as well as “coolspots” where species are largely threat-free. The fact that so many species face threats across almost all of their range has grave consequences. These species are likely to continue to decline and possibly die out in the impacted parts of their ranges. Completely impacted species certainly face extinction without targeted conservation action. Conversely, we found more than 1,000 species that were not impacted by human threats at all. Although this is positive news, it is important to note that we have not mapped every possible threat, so our results likely underestimate the true impact. For example, we didn’t account for diseases, which are a major threat to amphibians, or climate change, which is a major threat to virtually all species. Hotspots and coolspots We produced the first global map of human impacts on threatened species by combining the parts of each species range that are exposed to threats. The overwhelmingly dominant global hotspot for human impacts on threatened species is Southeast Asia. This region contains the top five countries with the most threats to species. These include Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar. The most impacted ecosystems include mangroves and tropical forests, which concerningly are home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth. We also created a global map of coolspots by combining the parts of species ranges that are free from human threats. This map identifies the last vestiges of wild places where threatened species have shelter from the ravages of guns, snares, and bulldozers. As such, these are crucial conservation strongholds. Coolspots include parts of the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, the eastern Himalayas, and the forests of Liberia in West Africa. In many places, coolspots are located near hotspots. This makes sense because in species-rich areas it is likely that many animals are impacted whereas many others are not, due to their varying sensitivity to different threats. What next? There is room for optimism because all the threats we map can be stopped by conservation action. But we need to make sure this action is directed to priority areas, and that it has enough financial and political support. An obvious first step is to secure threat-free refuges for particular species, via actions such as protected areas, which are paramount for their survival. To ensure the survival of highly impacted species with little or no access to refuges, “active threat management” is needed to open enough viable habitat for them to survive. For example, tiger numbers in Nepal have doubled since 2009, mainly as a result of targeted anti-poaching efforts. Tackling threats and protecting refuges are complementary approaches that will be most effective if carried out simultaneously. Our study provides information that can help guide these efforts and help to make national and global conservation plans as successful as possible. (The authors of this article are James Allan, Christopher O’Bryan, and James Watson. They acknowledge the contributions of Hugh Possingham, Oscar Venter, Moreno Di Marco and Scott Consaul Atkinson to the research on which this article is based. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views are personal)last_img read more