The start of major construction on the Columbia River Crossing is now set back to late 2014 — and that’s if both states and the federal government are able to get financial plans in place, project directors told a legislative oversight committee Tuesday.The news was delivered during a daylong meeting at Vancouver City Hall, the first convened by the Joint Transportation Committee’s Columbia River Crossing subcommittee. The bipartisan group of state representatives and senators is tasked with making recommendations on how to proceed with the $3.5 billion project.The state’s Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye emphasized the importance of the project, stressing that both Oregon and Washington must commit money soon. Dye chalked up the latest timing setback to “funding realities.”It also puts the project’s major construction start time in a place where it’s been since 2008: two years away. In 2008, plans for construction were set for 2010, and by 2010, word was construction would start in 2012.A spokeswoman said Wednesday that minor construction, such as utility and other work, will likely start next year.“The best possible scenario (for construction) is the latter part of 2014,” Dye said. “A lot of things have to come together.”The project is relying on an approximately three-way split between tolling, the federal government and the two states. But uncertainty has swirled as Oregon and Washington legislatures balk at committing on their side without knowing what the
An iconic fish that has sustained Northwest families for thousands of years has become a popular source of artistic inspiration.Images of salmon highlight the two most prominent art installations built in Vancouver’s historic core in the last dozen years.“Salmon is a spiritual resource for us,” said Lillian Pitt, whose tribally inspired artwork is part of the Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver.Jim Demetro doesn’t share Pitt’s lineage, but he appreciates the salmon’s role in Northwest tribal heritage.“Their culture revolved around salmon. To portray that, to tell that narrative, is extremely important,” the Battle Ground sculptor said. His bronze chinook are part of the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park.But the arching, muscular shape of the salmon also graces more humble municipal fixtures: they’re on city manhole covers and pressed into a concrete wall along a downtown street.It all adds to the sense of place for people who live along the Columbia River. It’s something that was bred into Pitt, whose family represents Yakama, Warm Springs and Wasco tribes.“I’m Native American, and we have been fishing for salmon for thousands of years,” Pitt said.“We had salmon feasts: giving thanks to salmon, for giving its life to keep us sustained. And, it was our economic resource. People came from all over to trade for our salmon,” Pitt said.She remembers watching men catch salmon at Celilo Falls, a major Columbia River fishing site before it was inundated in 1957 by construction of The Dalles Dam.
The Post Office has completed a £450 million bulk annuity buy-in transaction for its section of the Royal Mail Pension Plan.The buy-in transaction, completed with Rothesay Life, will cover the scheme’s deferred members and includes all benefits accrued since the Royal Mail Pension Plan started in 2012.The pension scheme’s trustees were advised by law firms ARC Pensions Law and Sackers, as well as business management consultancy Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP).Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law, said: “We were proud to work with the trustees alongside their ongoing advisers on this transaction. The goal was to reduce the friction between the real world of pensions admin and the ivory tower of legal documentation.“There are constructive things that can be done and a fresh pair of eyes can bring a new perspective. When you’re selling anything it helps if you present it well to the market and pension liabilities are no different.”
After emerging from Chapter 11 on May 20, Summit Business Media has added four new executives to its board of directors roster. Charles McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media and former CEO of Canon Communications, is now chairman of the board for Summit; he serves on the Cygnus Business Media Board as well. McCurdy is a former chairman of American Business Media.David Nussbaum, chairman and CEO of F + W Media, also joins Summit’s board. Nussbaum will continue to his work with the Thomas Nelson board, and is a member of Metamorphic Ventures’ advisory board. Nussbaum is a former CEO of Penton Media.Another new director on the Summit board is Jason Young, founder of Smart Device Media. Before beginning Smart Device, Young was CEO of Ziff Davis Media; he was with the company for 20 years. Jean Clifton rounds out the additions to Summit’s board of directors. Clifton has acted as EVP and CFO of Penton Media, and SVP and CFO at Reader’s Digest Association. She currently serves on the board of Dainik Bhaskar.Andy Goodenough, president and CEO of Summit (pictured), says of the new board members, “We will work closely with them to implement Summit’s growth strategy as we move beyond our restructuring with a new capital structure that provides financial flexibility and cash flow for supporting the new stage of growth for Summit.”Summit Business Media filed for Chapter 11 in January 2011, after a series of seven deals in 2006 and 2007 contributed to its debt pool. The reorganization plan, which had to go through the courts because only 83 percent of Summit lenders approved it, proposed using Summit’s bank balances and cashflow from current operations to meet working capital needs.The plan was officially approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on May 5, and has wiped $140 million of debt from Summit’s balance sheet.
Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins. File PhotoThe national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign, which was earlier postponed, is being observed across the country today (Saturday), aiming to feed vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged between six and 59 months, reports UNB.Under the campaign, about 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.5 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red coloured high-power capsules.They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent and 20,000 mobile health centres across the country.Mobile health centres has been set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheyaghats which will remain open from 8:00am to 4:00pm to make sure that all children are fed the capsules.The children of the remote areas of 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsules in the next four days of the campaign day through conducting a search programme.
Eric Gay/APThis March 21, 2018, file photo shows law enforcement investigating the scene in Round Rock where Mark Conditt blew himself up as authorities closed in.The Austin Police Department (APD) confirmed this week no officers will be indicted for shooting at the man behind several bomb attacks last spring. A Williamson County grand jury declined to charge an APD officer who fired on Mark Conditt just before he killed himself with a bomb in his car in Round Rock. APD Chief Brian Manley said aerial police video of the incident shows officers acted appropriately.The bombings killed two people and injured four others. The case is still under investigation. Share
Criterion and EA have made a lot of PC gamers angry today by announcing that all the premium DLC planned for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit won’t be coming to PC. Console gamers will still be getting it, but PC gamers are being limited to updates that fix bugs.While that may save you spending more money on the game, if you’re actually enjoying playing and want more content you’re going to have to buy the console version. Criterion’s reason for deciding to do this doesn’t help matters. There’s no technical issue, no problem caused by distribution or licensing issues. No, the reason is quite simple (emphasis ours):AdChoices广告Hey all, unfortunately we will not be releasing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit PDLC for the PC. While we are certainly committed to providing the best possible game experience and ongoing support for our PC community, (as you have already noted) we have a limited amount of resources that makes it so that we are unable to deliver new content to all platforms. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but on the positive side we do have more updates and content on the way for PC players–look for news very soon. In other words, Criterion believes focusing on console gamers is in its interests, which suggests they buy more premium content.What doesn’t add up is that Criterion is a part of EA, one of the largest developer/publishers in the world. Resources should not be an issue, again suggesting this is a decision based on potential revenue rather than a lack of resources. If that was the case then how did they get the PC game on the market in the first place?PC gamers who invested in the game are understandably not happy about this and have responded as such in the forums, as this post from user Paradise1993 demonstrates:What are these “limited resources”? You have these for PC but don’t have for the consoles? I thought you have saved all these resources to make a great PC game by not bringing out a PC demo! Guys, you are working for Electronic Arts, not for a small game company which nobody knows of! Although no premium DLC content may be coming to PC, Eurogamer rightly points out that we may eventually see an Ultimate collection released on PC much like EA did for Burnout Paradise.Read more at Eurogamer.net and the EA forums
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Intel Labs has recently shown off a 48-core prototype chip it calls a “single-chip cloud computer” or SCC. AMD Planning 16-Core Server Chip For 2011 Release Explore further Citation: Intel’s single-chip cloud computer (2010, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-intel-single-chip-cloud.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Single Chip Cloud Computer has 48 Intel cores and runs at as low as 25 watts. Chief technology officer with Intel, Justin Rattner, said the chip comprises 1.3-billion transistors arranged in a network of 24 tiles, each of which has two Pentium-class IA-32 cores, two L2 caches, plus a router to enable communications between cores. The system uses new software applications to control the power consumed by the cores, and to rapidly transfer data between the cores. This means data can go directly between cores without needing to go via the main memory, and this cuts the data transfer speed by 15 times. The software prevents the data being corrupted by instructing the cache sending the data to delete its copy after it is sent, and the receiving cache to delete old copies of the data before receiving the new. The software controlling power consumption allows application developers, rather than the operating system, to decide how power consumed by the cores is controlled. The tiles can all be independently controlled, which means the power consumption on some cores can be reduced to as low as 25 watts, while others can be up to 125 watts. While some developers are not yet sure what they will do with the feature, many are interested in learning more.Intel’s director of advanced microprocessor research, Nitin Borkar, said tasks could be programmed to run at greater power efficiency rather than higher power if appropriate, or individual cores could be throttled back after they have finished their computations. This would give the system the “compute on demand” feature of traditional data centers.Intel Labs are forming partnerships with industry and university researchers and producing 100 of the chips to enable research to refine the chip architecture and maximize its usefulness.The chip was unveiled at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on 8 February.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 6, 2014 3 min read Sure, morning yoga sound like a fabulous idea. That is, until you think about having to get to the studio across town for your 7 a.m. class. Add to that that stress of showering and battling rush hour traffic to get to the office by 9 a.m., and the whole idea sounds anything but relaxing and peaceful.Now one company has figured out a way to bring the yoga studio to you — sort of. It’s developed a yoga mat that works as your instructor. Called Smart Mat, the high-tech yoga accessory gives you step-by-step instructions on what to do during your morning yoga, just as if you were with a real instructor. Even better, it knows what you’re doing and offers real-time suggestions on how to improve your posture and perfect different moves.Related: Bat-Like Technology Is Giving the ‘White Cane’ a Much-Deserved UpgradeThe SmartMat makes the magic happen through a series of built-in sensors. First, it makes sure your hands and feet are in the right position on the mat. Next, it focuses on your on your balance. The mat has a baseline reading for each pose and combines it with what it’s learned about you and your body over time to determine the optimal balance for you in each position.The mat has a mode with built-in workout options (that are read aloud from your phone or tablet) for home yoga, and can also be used in a class setting so you can monitor your balance and position in situations where an instructor might not be able to give you the one-on-one attention that you need to improve.Related: This Mighty Exoskeleton Can Give You Superhuman Strength (Sort Of)When it ships next year, the accompanying iOS and Android app for the mat will come with a number of different poses and classes built in. After its initial release, SmartMat plans to allow yoga instructors, or “yogrammers,” to create their own sequences for the app as well. Those instructors will be able to record classes, complete with audio and visual cues and corrections, for an experience similar to attending that instructor’s class.SmartMat is on IndieGoGo trying raise money for production. The project has already smashed through its initial goal of $110,000 and has raised a little more than a quarter of a million dollars so far, with around a month of fundraising left to go.If you want your own SmartMat you can pre-order one now on IndieGoGo for $297, a $150 discount off its planned retail price of $447.Related: It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, It’s a Flying Car (Finally)! Register Now »
The history and achievements of LGBTI Brits are to be enshrined in the country’s first LGBTI museum. Pride in London festival 2017 GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The museum, called Queer Britain, plans to open in 2021 in London. This is only after museum curators tour the country to uncover additional material.Behind the museum‘Our nation’s family photo album is incomplete and the pages are scattered,’ said Joseph Galliano, former editor of Gay Times and the man behind the project.‘It’s an opportunity to create an institution which moves from marking oppression towards celebrating role models and the enormous impact that LGBTQ+ people have had on society.’Galliano also says the museum will utilize virtual reality (VR) to create immersive experiences for visitors.‘I’d really like it to be somewhere where, if a young woman has just come out to her mother, they can go together so they can both understand a bit more about each other,’ Galliano said. Galliano is building off the fact that 2017 marked 50 years since homosexual acts were decriminalized in Britain.In a statement, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said, ‘I look forward to the opening of the new museum and the role it will play in shining a light on LGBTQ+ history,’‘As Mayor, it’s so important to me that London is seen as a city where LGBTQ+ people feel valued, happy and safe – this sends a clear message to the world that London is a beacon of diversity,’ Khan said.London will join other cities such as San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam, and New York in having LGBTI museums. Toronto and Melbourne are also cities with official LGBTI archives.Who else is involved?The museum’s advisory board will include Lisa Power, co-founder of LGBTI equality organization Stonewall, Chris Smith, Britain’s first openly gay lawmaker, and Sandy Nairne, former director of the National Portrait Gallery.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Greater Fort Lauderdale celebrates NYC Pride Week with Pride Place activationGreater Fort Lauderdale further solidifies itself as major LGBT tourism hubPride Fort Lauderdale celebrates nation’s only “Love Pride” February 11Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/britian-plans-open-first-lgbti-museum-complete-nations-family-photo-album/