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Boca Raton expected to encourage residents to wear face masks in public

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first_imgBoca Raton Mayor Scott Singer said that he expects the city to issue a new emergency order to encourage everyone to wear a cloth face covering or mask in public paces.The emergency order in Boca Raton is just a recommendation to wear a face mask in public, not a mandate. However, a spokesperson for the city said if you defy the emergency order, police could issue you a “notice to appear” in court.If a judge determines you were violating the order intentionally, you could be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, a spokesperson said.Face coverings are encouraged to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, city leaders said on Thursday.It’s unclear when Boca Raton’s emergency order on face coverings will go into effect.last_img

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Sony Pictures Sports Network launches ‘The Blue Revolution’ that revisits the Indian cricket team’s…

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first_imgAdvertisement mqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9trWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4tc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7q5riWould you ever consider trying this?😱4rjhCan your students do this? 🌚5eiRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) aims to galvanize the passion that millions of Indians have for cricket by showcasing the best moments from the historical tournament that had the Indian cricket team donning the blue jersey, in the series, ‘The Blue Revolution’. The 12-part series revisits India’s landmark victory in the 1985 B&H World Championship of Cricket which was the first major tournament India won in colored clothing and established its dominance in cricket across the globe.Advertisement SPSN deep dives into the historical archives to revisit the victorious campaign of the 1985 B&H World Championship of Cricket in ‘The Blue Revolution’ and will showcase how India marked its dominance in cricket, ultimately giving rise to the term ‘Men in Blue. Cricket fans will relive the action-packed iconic performances from the 1985 Indian team as they paved their way towards reaffirming their status as world champions after a string of disappointing results since the 1983 World Cup win in England.Advertisement The series launches on 4th May 2020 and will be aired exclusively on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD channels from 8:30 PM.As a part of the build-up to the marquee episodes and matches, SPSN has organized a series of live interactive chat sessions with some of the Indian cricket legends and heroes of the unbeaten class of ’85 – Ravi Shastri, Roger Binny, Madan Lal and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. The sessions will be hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai and Joy Bhattacharya, and sports enthusiasts can watch them in conversation LIVE at @SonySportsIndia, the official Facebook page of Sony Pictures Sports Network.Advertisement The World Championship of Cricket was a ‘mini’ World Cup played between seven teams: India, Australia, England, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Before touching down in Australia in 1985, the Indian team had lost three series on the bounce and were one of the least favorites to win the tournament, even after the heroic 1983 World Cup finals win over West Indies. Led by the astute Sunil Gavaskar, the Indian team donned the Blue Jersey for the first time and went on to beat all teams in the series and eventually winning the finals against archrivals Pakistan. Since then, only one color has been associated with the Indian cricket team and this built the foundation for the ‘The Blue Revolution’.Watch the BLUE REVOLUTION starting from 4th May 2020 at 8:30 PM exclusively on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD channels  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Saints continue to build for next season, ink Arie Postmus of the Hawks

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first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program has dug into the Beaver Valley Nitehawks program to score defenceman Fruitvale native Arie Postmus to the Saints beginning in the 2013/14 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season. Postmus joins the Saints following three seasons with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Beaver Valley Nitehawks.He finished second on the Nitehawks in scoring by defencemen last season with 23 points in 50 games and added another six points in 13 playoff contests. Overall, Postmus suited up in 183 games for Beaver Valley, scoring 18 times while picking up 70 assists and 233 penalty minutes. The 21-year old also helped the Nitehawks to a KIJHL championship during the 2011/12 season. “Arie is a mobile, puck-moving defenceman who will fit in nicely with the style of game that we play,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “He’s been a key piece of a top-end program in the KIJHL and gone through the experience of being a leader and contributor to a championship team, which is important to us. I look forward to Arie developing into a productive and important player at the college level.” Postmus plans to enroll in Selkirk’s Business Administration program. “I’m excited to be able to play close to home and be a part of the team’s new winning tradition,” saidPostmus, who describes himself as a solid all-around defensemen who takes care of his defensive zone first and can play in all situations.”I’m going to focus on getting really good grades and working hard every day to help the team capture another championship.” Postmus is the third defenceman and seventh player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season. He joins forwards Darnell Dyck (Langley, BCHL) and Garrett Kucher (Osoyoos, KIJHL), defencemen Stefan Gonzales (Aldergrove, PJHL) and Ryan Procyshyn (Delta, PJHL) and goaltenders Myles Hovdebo (LaRonge, SJHL) and Marcus Beesley (Nelson, KIJHL).last_img read more

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Robertson-Weir, Holitzki, Cowan pace Neptunes medal parade in Creston

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first_imgDivision 6 girls 200 medley relay (Sage Cowan, Nava Sachs, Hannah Malenfant, Olivia Cowan) old: 2:46.84 new: 2:41.76Division 8 girls 200 medley relay: (Cynthia Pfeiffer, Rebecca Afford, Ohia Wintraub, Madeline Holtizki) old: 2:29.64 new: 2:28.63Division 1 girls 200 freestyle relay (Kallie Badry, Chloe Malenfant, Ella Chouinard, Imogen Cowan) old: 4:00.36 new: 3:54.63Other highlights included swims by: Matthew Holitzki – 100m breaststrokeElla Chouinard – 100m freestyleOhia Wintraub – 50m butterflyHannah Malenfant – 100m freestyleKallie Badry – 100m freestyleArjun Bhabra – 100m freestyleMorgan Roberton-Weir – 100m freestyle “We had four heats of swimmers in a row put up some amazing times that made for some very exciting races,” said coach Rebecca Afford.”All of our new swimmers who attended the meet blew us away: Arjun Bhabra took off 1:00 in his 100m freestyle, Ella Chouinard’s strokes looks like she has been swimming for years, and Keira Badry, at four years old, swam a relay with coaches Cynthia Pfeiffer and Rebecca Afford and Enna Cowan; Keira swam 50m of freestyle all on her own.”The Neptunes return to the pool for training this week before heading south of the border for the annual Colville meet.”This coming weekend for the “highlight” meet of the summer that all the swimmers and families look forward to,” Afford said. Morgan Robertson-Weir, Matthew Holitzki and Olivia Cowan each won silver medals highlighting the Nelson Neptunes results during a weekend Kootenay Summer Swim Association meet in Creston.Robertson-Weir won the medal in Division on girls while Holitzki and Cowan captured medals in Division four boys and Division five girls, respectively.”We are so pleased with how well the swimmers did this weekend,” said head coach Cynthia Pfeiffe.”Despite the pool being almost too cold to even dive into, the swimmers all toughed it out and some were able to get some best times, namely in the 100m freestyle.”Madeline Holitzki took home bronze in Division four boys while coaches Rebecca Afford and Cynthia Pfeiffer won silver and gold in Division eight women’s category.Neptune swimmers set a host of meet records:Ohia Wintraub – 50m butterfly old: 35.51 new: 35.15Cynthia Pfeiffer  – 100m backstroke old: 1:14.14 new: 1:13.04last_img read more

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Fuller rallies Nitehawks past Nelson Leafs

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first_imgBraden Fuller scored three times, twice in the final five minutes of the games, to rally the Beaver Valley Nitehawks past the Nelson Leafs 6-5 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night in Fruitvale.The game was the first since the Leafs executive changed its coaching staff, adding longtime skipper Mario DiBella to the Nelson bench.Michael Pruss, Dylan Heppler and Sam Swanson also scored for the Murdoch Division leaders which held period leads of 3-2 and 4-3. Austin Anselmo, Jordan Davie, Andy Fitzpatrick, Dash Thompson and Sam Weber replied for the Leafs, which rallied from a 3-1 first period deficit to take the lead at 5-4 with eight minutes remaining in the contest on a goal by Thompson.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 45-28 keeping Kootenay Ice affiilate goalie Curt Doyle busy throughout most of the contest in the Nelson nets.Fuller was name game star for the Hawks while Weber earned the honour for the Leafs.The teams complete the home-and-home series today in Nelson at the NDCC Arena in the Leafs New Year’s Clash.The game is the third in as many nights for the Nitehawks, which returned from the Christmas break Tuesday playing to a 1-1 draw against Castlegar Rebels.Game time is 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Innovation Prize for Africa recognises Lakheni

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first_imgA South African initiative that uses group buying power to lower food prices for needy communities, using a mobile app, has been nominated for the continental prize.Lakheni founders Nokwethu Khojane and Lauren Drake. (Image: Lakheni)Sulaiman PhilipNokwethu Khojane and her business partner, Lauren Drake, saw a need and found a solution: their social enterprise, Lakheni, uses the buying power of whole communities to lower the price of staple food. It also provides a means for day care centres to generate income.A poverty tax is imposed on people who live a long way from grocery stores. The added cost of travel eats into money that poor families should spend on groceries. In response, Khojane and Drake founded Lakheni, a group buying club that combines orders from a community, and uses the buying power of the group to get better prices.“At the bottom of the pyramid, distribution is very inefficient because of the small amounts that individuals buy. But there’s value when you start aggregating that demand, because the numbers are there — they’re just fragmented,” Khojane told Fast Company magazine.How it worksLakheni takes bulk orders for staples such as maize, sugar and oil every month through local day care centres. Customers deposit their payments into a bank account that Lakheni uses to order in bulk from suppliers.The Lakheni model allows creches like Mzamo Educare to make extra money by administering group buying in their area. (Image: Lakheni)Orders are delivered to the day care centres, which earn a fee for processing the communities’ orders, or to spaza shops, which also benefit from Lakheni’s bulk ordering. Using the system saves customers about 30%, including the savings on transport.When they began, Khojane, Drake and the centres they signed up took orders using a pencil and notepad. Now they have developed a mobile app that can be used to take orders and handle payments.Innovation Prize for AfricaNokwethu’s innovation — using a mobile app to increase the buying power of families in poorer communities — earned her a nomination for the Innovation Prize for Africa. While Lakheni has concentrated on groceries, the prize money would help it to develop the app further. The partners are looking at ways to include financial services as well.For the past five years, the Africa Innovation Foundation (AIF) has supported African innovators through the Innovation Prize for Africa. This year, Khojane and the Lakheni app have been nominated alongside nine other African innovators.They were whittled down from 2,530 innovators in 48 African countries. Nominees include innovators from Zimbabwe, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Kenya. The nominated innovations show that Africa can drive its own growth and prosperity.Walter Fust, chairman of the AIF board, said: “Given the instrumental role African women play in transforming Africa, it is thrilling to see more women among the 10 nominees with game-changing innovations. By providing platforms to recognise innovation excellence in Africa and mobilising for African innovators, we continue to live up to our credo of engaging, inspiring and transforming.”Over the five years of its existence, the Innovation Prize for Africa has generated $22-million in investment to previous winners and nominees. Pauline Mujawarmariya, the competition director, said: “[The Innovation Prize for Africa] has been growing stronger each year and not only the number of applicants continues to increase, but the quality of applications too.”This was “a strong indication of the creative potential that exists in Africa”.Other shortlisted nomineesPeris Bosire, Kenya: FarmDriveThe Kenyan financial technology company developed a mobile app that collects data and provides an alternative risk assessment model for small farmers.Omolabake Adenle, Nigeria: Voice Recognition and Speech Synthesis Software for African LanguagesAdenle’s software understands and digitises spoken African languages, presenting them as a text. It allows Africans to interact more easily with hardware and call centres, using their local languages.Nzola Swasisa, Democratic Republic of Congo: LokoleLokole creates a shareable local network that makes it up to 1,000 times cheaper to access emails and social media by sharing the costs.Badr Idriss, Morocco: Atlan SpaceAtlan Space software is used to manage drones that are, for now, used to monitor illegal fishing and deep sea dumping off the coast of Africa.Aly El-Shafei, Egypt: Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated BearingThe patented Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuator Journal Integrated Bearing, or SEMAJIB, is an oil filled bearing that allows it to change characteristics as it operates. The SEMAJIB enables one bearing to be used across multiple systems.Dougbeh-Chris Nyan, Liberia: New Technology for Rapid Detection of Many Infections Using Only One TestNyan developed one simple test to detect seven different infections from one sample within 40 minutes. The diagnostic tool is simple to use and inexpensive to produce.Olanisun Olufemi Adewole, Nigeria: Sweat TB TestThe Sweat TB Test is a non-invasive rapid diagnostic skin test to detect tuberculosis. It is simple enough to use in rural areas where the largest number of new infections occur. It tests for specific markers in saliva and produces results within 10 minutes.Gift Gana, Zimbabwe: Dr. CADxDesigned for use in areas with poor internet connectivity and intermittent power, the Dr CADx is a software solution that helps doctors and healthcare workers read medical images more accurately.Philippa Ngaju Makobore, Uganda: Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion SetThe Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set, or ECGF, is a medical device designed to accurately administer intravenous fluids and drugs by controlling the rate of fluid flow based on feedback from a drop sensor.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Seattle’s Green Blocks Project Targets Home Efficiency

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first_imgWith the first allotment of weatherization funds released to the states and, in turn, to the community agencies that hire local contractors, lots of local organizations have come up with plans that will attempt to get the greenest bang out of a weatherization buck.However, for programs whose mission is not necessarily to go right in and make home-performance improvements but rather to encourage homeowners to make the improvements, the process can be more complicated and success a little more elusive.We’ve noted, for example, the strategy of the ClimateSmart program being deployed in Boulder, Colorado, where energy-audit technicians go door-to-door and work directly with homeowners to try to get them to act on audit information.And now a somewhat similar approach is being used by a nonprofit based in Seattle, the Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance, which has developed a pilot program designed to assess not only home energy efficiency but also deficiencies in the use of water and fossil fuels, solid waste removal, and landscaping.Diagnosis and prescriptionCalled the Green Blocks Project, the program is providing free home environmental performance assessments to many of the homeowners who responded to program-application requests posted by EOS Alliance in June. The group says it chose which city blocks to target based on the number of applications received from each block. For this pilot program, whose assessment period began July 6 and runs through August 21, 10 city blocks were selected.Conducted by professionals certified by the Building Performance Institute, the assessments include a report sent to each homeowner that outlines home performance, recommends improvements, and identifies available services and training as well as applicable grants, rebates, and tax incentives.EOS Alliance says recommended remedies for performance deficiencies can include installation of smart meters, programmable thermostats, attic and wall insulation, weather stripping, door sweeps, gap sealant, low-flow water fixtures, compact fluorescent lighting, rain barrels, storm water bioswales, and/or vegetable gardens.For homeowners who do follow through on their Green Blocks assessments by making recommended improvements, EOS Alliance will track their home’s energy, water, and fuel usage for at least a year to note the benefits and changes in consumption. And of course that also will be a good way to measure the success of the Green Blocks program.EOS Alliance’s sustainability program director, Shannon Luoma, told GBA that the organization is still trying to secure funding that would be used to help pay for recommended improvements.“If the funds do not go through,” she says, “then we will be working with homeowners and block captains to pool together the collective purchasing power of their neighbors to get them all better deals on weatherization services. Kind of like buying in bulk, we’ll help to negotiate a better price for services to the homeowners.”last_img read more

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SC pulls up Assam government over inadequate functioning of Foreigners’ Tribunals

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Smoky skies bulletin issued for Northeast BC

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first_img“The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.”During a wildfire, Environment Canada says that smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care. For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a smoky skies bulletin for all of Northeast B.C. today.Officials with the Ministry of Environment say that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon anjd Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia.last_img read more

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Jairam Ramesh skips court in Doval defamation case

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday asked Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to appear before it on May 9 after he skipped the hearing on Thursday in connection with a defamation case filed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval. Jairam’s counsel moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance on Thursday before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who allowed his plea. Jairam’s counsel told the court that he had to attend some rituals at his residence after his wife passed away some months ago. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court directed him to appear on May 9. Meanwhile, the court granted bail to The Caravan magazine Editor-in-Chief Paresh Nath and reporter Kaushal Shroff after they appeared before it in pursuance of summons issued against them. In March, the court has summoned Ramesh and others in a defamation case, filed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s son Vivek Doval. Observing that allegations made against Vivek Doval were “prima facie defamatory”, the court said there exists sufficient grounds to proceed against all the accused. The court was hearing a defamation case filed against Ramesh and others by Vivek in connection with an article titled “The D-Companies”, published on January 16.last_img read more

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