All civil works awarded for Grand Paris Express Line 15 South

first_imgFRANCE: Project promoter Société du Grand Paris announced on July 3 that it had awarded the final two civil works contracts for Line 15 South, the 33 km driverless metro line that will run from Pont-de-Sèvres to Noisy-Champs.Under a contract worth €513m, a joint venture led by Bouygues Travaux Publics and including Soletanche Bachy France, Soletanche Bachy Tunnels, Bessac and Sade is to build 4 km of bored tunnel and the stations at Pont-de-Sèvres and Issy RER.At a cost of €156m, civil works for the station at Noisy-Champs and an approaching cut-and-cover tunnel are to be undertaken by a joint venture led by Vinci Construction France. The joint venture also includes Dodin Campenon Bernard, Spie Batignolles TPCI, Botte Fondations, Spie Fondations and Vinci Construction Grands Projets.The total value of civil works contracts awarded to build Line 15 South is €3∙7bn. Société du Grand Paris says that by the end of 2017 work should be underway on 41 individual projects, the first of the 10 TBMs to be deployed will have been launched from Champigny and 4 000 people will be at work on the first line of the Grand Paris Express network.last_img read more

Chief Epidemiologist Testifies About COVID-19 During House Hearing

first_imgHe also noted that, based on other similar viruses, most people who get the virus will develop some level of an immunity to it. While the durability of that immunity is typically around a year, epidemiologists are not yet sure how this applies to COVID-19. They are also unsure of how much of the community needs to become immune to prevent widespread transmission , also known as “herd immunity.” When it comes to vaccination, Dr. McLaughlin has details: “There will be several options for manufacturers and distributors to make and ship vaccine across the globe. The United States government has focused on three vaccine candidates to fund for Phase Three trials under Operation Warp Speed.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Health and Social Services Committee held a hearing on Tuesday to examine the status of the COVID-19  pandemic in Alaska, and to discuss the public health challenges created by the disease. The hearing was prompted by the number of people with COVID-19 in Alaska  steadily increasing over the past few weeks. Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin was among the health officials to testify, and he began his testimony by proposing an answer to the oft-asked question, ‘How do we really define an outbreak of COVID-19?’: “It basically defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases in a population with onset dates within a 14-day period. These people have to be epidemiologically linked. We need to know that they had some contact with each other, and they do not share a household, and they are not identified as ‘close contacts’ with each other in another setting during standard case investigation contact tracing. It’s sort of a complex definition.”center_img He notes that Alaska’s numbers tell a fairly encouraging story, at this point: “We’ve had 778 cases reported in Alaska, and even if this is a tenfold underestimate of the true burden of COVID-19 in Alaska thus far, that’s still only one percent of our population. We really don’t know what the true proportion of Alaskans who have been infected with COVID-19. All we know is what the reported cases show which is 778 cases.” He also noted that funding for vaccinations, as far as he can tell thus far, will come from the federal government and not from state agencies.last_img read more

Speaking out for fair care

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS ANNE McCormick is special. Her work at Outlook in Pakenham has shaped a model of care which…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Fantastic Success For Black Dragon as Unified World Championships comes to a close in…

first_imgIt was an incredible World Championship for James Kelly. James knocked out his Italian opponent in the first round of their World K-1 -67kg division final to take another gold for Ireland. Unfortunately, a security incident that happened at the arena lead to extraordinary scenes as hundreds of athletes, supporters and others including men, women (some with babies) & children had to be evacuated after hearing several gun shots in the vast arena which led to severe panic. Within minutes the building was crawling with armed rapid response police and two helicopters circling over head.People were terrified and Women and children were screaming and crying and visibly shaken for some hour or more afterwards.It transpired that a man doing a demonstration of some sort pulled a hand gun and fired off well over ten shots before being surrounded by police with weapons drawn.The man was arrested and brought off of course but this caused major problems and people were almost run over in a stampede as others tried to get out.Cian McCormack was unfortunate to pull out of two World Finals due to an injury that he picked up as he escaped in incident and this probably cost Cian two Gold medals as his injury to his foot was too severe to continue.Cian won out these sections last year and the year before and was the top seed this year once again.An unfortunately incident caused by the stupidity of one or two individuals cost this talented young athlete dearly  but in the grand scheme of things and  in this day and age, one cannot be two careful especially in a building full of thousands of people from almost every nationality on Earth.Pete Foley Spoke To John Mulligan as the team returned from Italy. He explained what happened and also spoke of his pride in what was an outstanding team performance.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/PETE%20FOLEY%20FULL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thankfully all is well, the IKF Irish squad kicked ass and will now go back to their hotel to celebrate after winning some 35 medals at the greatest show on Earth. Damien Creavin then defeated a Ukrainian fighter in the fight offs for Bronze at the Unified World Championships in Italy in the -57 kg Light Contact kickboxing. Sean Ryan then had a hard battle with Czech Republic and lost a close decision and takes him Silver in the Cadet -60kg Full Contact division. Corey O’Malley just took Silver in the Cadet K-1 -57kg division after an exciting war with a Scottish Fighter Black Dragon Kickboxing Club returned home from Tuscany yesterday following another outstanding world Unified Championships. The team taking home Thirteen Gold, Eight Silver and Six Bronze Medals from the games. Peter Sheppard took a Silver medal after a fierce battle against Australia in the World final of the -86kg International Rules (Low Kick) division. Damien Creavin fought some tough battles to reach the -60kg Full Contact Final with Ukraine but unfortunately the Ukrainian suffered a severe concussion in the semi final the previous day and was suspended from the final so Damien won by default.center_img Cian McCormack took out the French Fighter in the semi final of the -63.5kg K-1 section but is now seen here in second place to the same fighter in Low Kick. He then took Silver at the World Championships in The -57kg Cadet Low Kick division after a tough fight with Moldova. And then made it a hat trick of titles with gold in the new sport boxing division (Queensbury Rules – new introductory demonstration division) defeating Poland in the semi final and then England in the final to take Gold at -69kg. Whitney Sheppard won out the International Rules (Low Kick) -52kg World Final when she defeated Germany in the final of another war. Whitney Sheppard won out the International Rules (Low Kick) -52kg World Final when she defeated Germany in the final of another war.Sean Ryan took Silver in the Cadet -60kg Low kick Cadet division. Bronze to Czech Republic and gold to Ukraine. Black Dragon Fighter Alex Fitzpatrick took Gold in the Junior under fifteen -69kg kickboxing division.Czech Republic in second and bronze for Ukraine. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Colaiste na Coiribe Lose Out In Senior C Hurling Final

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Colaiste na Coiribe have been beaten by Borrisokane Community College in the All Ireland Post Primary Schools Senior C Hurling Final this afternoon.  The Galway college found themselves behind from the start as Borrisokane took an early lead in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe. Despite a second half rally for the Galway side it ended Borrisokane Community College 1-22  Colaiste na Coiribe 1-12. last_img

Stephen F. Austin’s Rally Falls Short in NCAA Second Round

first_img But SFA once again showed why it has won 61 games over the past two years as the Lumberjacks began chopping away at that deficit. The `Jacks were paced by a key three-pointer from Charles, some timely turnovers, free throws and an authoritative block by Walkup on All-American Delon Wright, pulling to within four at 44-40 with six minutes to go, setting up a frantic finish. Utah responded by building a six-point lead at the midway mark of the opening half at 16-10, answered by a three from Charles and a jumper from Walkup to cut the deficit back to one at 16-15. In a game that played out as a defensive slugfest from the get-go, Utah built an early 4-0 lead, which was quickly answered by a three from Charles, cutting the gap to one. SFA then took its sole lead of the night off a jumper from Parker, leading 5-4 with 15:00 remaining in the opening half. “We just didn’t hit the shots we needed to hit tonight,” said head coach Brad Underwood. “You have those nights where shots just aren’t falling, and tonight was one of those nights for us. But it shouldn’t overshadow what a tremendous year this team has had. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team and what they accomplished.” Dallas Cameron and Jacob Parker each finished with six points as Parker struggled in what is normally one of his strengths, going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Demetrious Floyd finished with five points while Trey Pinkney dished out three assists, finishing with three points on the night. SFA now sets its sights on the 2015-16 season and a defense of its three-straight Southland Conference titles. The Lumberjacks return four of its starting five, as well as a handful of other key returners. Freshman Ty Charles gave SFA fans a great deal of optimism, finishing with a team-high 14 points, hitting four of his eight three-point attempts, while adding seven rebounds. Thomas Walkup came up just shy of his third-straight NCAA tournament double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds with five assists. However, SFA’s shooting woes struck once again as the `Jacks were unable to hit the key shot down the stretch and Utah’s free throw shooting put the game away. SFA upped its intensity early in the second half as a pair of free throws by Cameron, a layup by Pinkney and a driving dunk by Parker once again pulled SFA to within one at 26-25 three minutes into the half. PORTLAND, Ore. – Stephen F. Austin had itself poised for another memorable NCAA tournament comeback, trailing fifth-seeded Utah by two with less than a minute to play. But the Lumberjacks couldn’t get the key shots to fall when it counted, falling to the Utes 57-50 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Moda Center.center_img 2015 NCAA Second Round Utah 57, Stephen F. Austin 50 Moda Center • Portland, Ore. Records: SFA (29-5); Utah (25-8) After Utah went back on top by four at 48-40, SFA and the Utes exchanged blows over the final five minutes. Trailing 52-46 with a minute and a half to go, Charles banked in a three from the top of the key. Walkup then forced a turnover and Pinkney hit one of two free throws to trail by just two at 52-50 with 40 seconds remaining. SFA closes out another memorable season at 29-5, coming one victory shy of notching back-to-back 30-win seasons. But the shooting drought once again clipped the `Jacks as SFA managed just two field goals over the next 10 minutes with a pair of free throws as Utah used a 17-6 run, building its largest lead of the night at 43-31 with just over nine minutes to play. A key stretch in the contest then came over the next seven minutes as the Lumberjacks were held without a basket while Utah rattled off a 10-0 run, building an 11-point lead at 26-15 with a minute to play. Momentum started to swing back in SFA’s favor, thanks to back-to-back dunks by Tanner Clayton in Parker in the waning seconds, trimming the Ute lead to 26-19 at the half. The 50 points marked SFA’s lowest output of the season, one point shy of the 51 points its registered in the loss at Baylor in November. The loss to Utah also marks the third-straight year a Pac-12 team has ended the Lumberjacks’ season, falling to Stanford in the 2013 NIT and UCLA in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The loss brought to an end the storied career of senior Jacob Parker, who finishes his career ranked 15th in program history in scoring and 12th in rebounding, establishing his place as the all-time winningest Lumberjack in Division I history. SFA shot just 33.3 percent for the game, hitting just 17 of its 51 shots, and was a mere 19.2 percent from beyond the arc, making five of its 26 attempts. Contrast that with Utah which hit 47.4 percent of its shots and 38.5 percent of its threes.last_img

MPP moves to kill pit bull ban

first_img Pit bull ban to be lifted? Pit bull kills boy in Detroit area Man named ‘Vegan Sexy’ busted for sex with pit bull They also urge lawmakers to instead punish bad owners instead of otherwise innocent dogs.Under the 2005 law, owners were permitted to keep animals they currently owned as long as the dogs were spayed or neutered, and kept leashed and muzzled while in [email protected] Twitter: @bryanpassifiume The wheels are in motion to reverse Ontario’s contentious pit bull ban.Tabled Tuesday by Tory MPP Rick Nicholls, the private member’s bill targets the Dog Owners Liability Act with measures to reverse prohibitions on the dogs in Ontario.The current legislation, Nicholls argued, discriminates against both pit bills and their owners.The Dog Owners Liability Act was introduced in 2005 under the government of former premier Dalton McGuinty after a number of high-profile attacks.Opponents say the law is too vague, particularly in its definition of what constitutes a “pit bull” — which encompasses a variety of breeds that share similar features, such as a muscular build and squarish head.Relatedlast_img read more

South Africa ‘pretty good for a 20-year-old’: Zuma

first_img5 August 2014It was nearly 20 years ago, on 7 October 1994, when Nelson Mandela stood up to address the National Press Club on 14th Street in Washington, DC. Then, the newly elected president of a democratic South Africa thanked the people of the United States for their help in ending apartheid in South Africa.On Monday this week, it was President Jacob Zuma’s turn to address the world’s biggest economy when he took to the same podium as Mandela to speak to the US press. His message was somewhat different to that of Mandela, though.South Africa has a much better story to tell, Zuma said. Its people have access to basic services like clean water and sanitation, and the country’s economy has grown tremendously since 1994. Close to half of its people are now in the middle-to high-income brackets.The number of people living in absolute poverty has been reduced, and 16-million are receiving social assistance from the state in the form of grants.Foreign direct investment in South Africa is growing, with 130 foreign companies either entering the country for the first time or expanding their investments last year, contributing to a total direct investment inflow of $8.2-billion, which is double the figure for 2012.Inflation has been reduced and the tax base had been expanded more than sevenfold, while the market capitalisation of businesses on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange has grown eightfold. Gross domestic product (GDP) has grown from $136-billion to $400-billion.Not bad for a 20-year-old, Zuma quipped.“We have made enormous strides in expanding access to free education, housing, electricity, clean water and sanitation to people who did not have these basic services before,” he said.“We increased our gold and foreign exchange reserves from 3-billion to 50-billion US dollars. We really have a good story to tell about 20 years of South Africa’s democratic rule.”But even the best democracies in the world have their challenges. And on Monday, Zuma shared with the America press how the country planned to sustain its economic growth while reducing the high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality that still exist in the country.“We are the first to admit that we still have a long, hard road ahead of us as we confront the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Fortunately, we have a roadmap in the form of our National Development Plan, Vision 2030.”According to the NDP’s ambitious targets, poverty should be a thing of the past, unemployment should be reduced and growth should average an annual 5.4% by 2030.“These are not easy targets, but with determination and hard work, nothing is impossible,” Zuma said, adding that, even with its current challenges, South Africa had a sound economy, stable banking sector and vibrant population, all ingredients of a growing nation.Zuma also painted a picture of country that was now more open to investment, with about 600 US companies currently investing in the South African economy.“The presence of these companies demonstrates that South Africa is a viable investment destination,” Zuma said, adding: “We look forward to the further expansion of trade and investment opportunities with the US and other key markets.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Vicito News: Personalized News Aggregation Via IM

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Vicito News is a new personalized news aggregation service that operates over instant messenger using an IM robot. The service currently works with AIM, Google Talk, and Windows Live Messenger. Vicito is something akin to Google News alerts for IM — you tell the service what to watch for, and it updates you at preset intervals via instant messenger when it finds new news matching your query.Vicito would fall under the single stream aggregation category of news aggregators, in that it combines news from multiple sources about a specific topic into a single stream. You set up Vicito entirely through IM by telling the bot what keywords you want to track, how many stories you want maximum per update, and how frequently you want updates.I told Vicito to track stories related to “baseball” and this afternoon I compared the results to those from SportsSpyder’s MLB page. Not surprisingly, they were both dominated by news about the trade of Johan Santana — baseball’s top pitcher — to the New York Mets. Somewhat surprisingly, though, I actually found Vicito’s news to be more varied. Beyond Satana I was getting stories about Roger Clemens visits the Astros training camp, pitcher Andy Pettitte, and Major Leaue Baseball’s umpire background check policy that were nowhere to be found amid the Santana noise (or were buried) on SportsSpyder.Tracking “yankees” news on Vicito.A lot of that might have to do with the source list. Vocito right now is drawing from 750 large and mainstream news sources that cover the gamut in terms of topic. SportsSpyder, on the other hand, is drawing from specialized sources that deal exclusively with baseball — so certainly the overlap and number of reporters covering the same big story will be greater.But the experience does highlight one major problem with single stream aggregators like these: there is a lot repetition. Because Vicito is just posting a river of news that matches your search query, you end up getting the same story from multiple source. Unlike with meme-style aggregators like Google News or Techmeme (or perhaps, more on topic, Ballbug), which group similar stories, Vicito’s stream loses some appeal once you’ve seen the same story 5 times.Nat Burke, founder of Vicito, is aware that eventually some sort of filtering will be necessary. “As we continue to grow our source volume, having something to weed out the noise will become essential,” he told me. “What eventual form that takes is up in the air at this point.”Even with the noise problem, though, Vicito remains a useful service for getting breaking, topically filtered, news updates over IM. If instant messenger is your preferred method of communication, then you might find some utility in Vicito. Vicito is free to use, with a premium for-pay package that ups the limit on the number of news stories you can receive per update and how often.last_img read more