Leo Varadkar: No Plan B for policing the Border after hard Brexit

first_imgTaoiseach Leo Varadkar insisted the Government has no Plan B for policing the Border in the event of a hard Brexit.Varadkar also ruled out an increase in the Garda force if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.“Obviously, our overriding plan and objective is to avoid a no-deal scenario and that’s why we put so much work into negotiating a withdrawal agreement,”  the Taoiseach said. “The best way to avoid a no-deal Brexit was to have a deal and “we have a deal on the table now”, he added.“We’re going to continue to expand the force over the next couple of years and how gardaí are deployed is, of course, a matter for the commissioner.“But we will take into account any changes that may arise because of Brexit and we also need to make sure we have very close co-operation with the PSNI. That co-operation is as good as it ever has been.”Mr Varadkar added: “We are not making any contingency plans for a hard Border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. But we do have to have regard for the fact that we could see an increase in smuggling and other illegal cross-border activities.” The Taoiseach made his comments yesterday during his first visit to the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, where he saw 199 new gardaí graduating.Leo Varadkar: No Plan B for policing the Border after hard Brexit was last modified: December 1st, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitGardaLEO VARADKARlast_img read more

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Tomorrow at Walt Disney World: September 6, 2019

first_imgShare This!Tomorrow is Friday, September 6, 2019.Here’s what you have to look forward to if you’re headed to Walt Disney World tomorrow.Park HoursMagic Kingdom: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Epcot: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Hollywood Studios: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.Animal Kingdom: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Extra Magic HoursMagic Kingdom: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.Hollywood Studios: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.Animal Kingdom: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.Other HoursTyphoon Lagoon: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Blizzard Beach: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Disney Springs: 10:00 a.m. 10 12:00 a.m.Crowd Calendar LevelsMK: 2EP: 1HS: 7AK: 1Resort-Wide: 2Refurbs and ClosuresMK: Astro OrbiterMK: Walt Disney World RailroadEP: O Canada!AK: Primeval WhirlParades and Nighttime EntertainmentMK–Festival of Fantasy: 2:00 p.m.MK–Not So Spooky Spectacular: 10:15 p.m. during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween PartyEP–IllumiNations: 10:00 p.m.HS–Fantasmic!: 8:30 p.m.HS–Star Wars Fireworks: 10:00 p.m.AK–Rivers of Light: 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.WeatherHigh: 94 / Low: 71UV Index: 10+ (Extreme)Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain.Sunrise: 7:06 a.m. / Sunset 7:42 p.m.Special Events to NoteMK: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.EP: Eat to the Beat Concert–Grace KellyIs tomorrow a Disney day for you? Where are you headed? Got a countdown you want to share?last_img read more

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NASA’s aviation spin-offs had global benefits

first_imgThe X-15 rocket plane. Photo: NASA From grooved runways to rocket planes, NASA has been at the cutting edge of aviation technology and is still pushing the envelope at age 60.When it comes to aviation icons it’s hard to go past the X-15 rocket plane built by North American Aviation and operated jointly by NASA and the US Air Force.The X-15 set the world record for the highest speed ever by a manned, powered aircraft in October 1967 when it flew at 6.73 times the speed of sound, or 4,520mph (7,274kmh)  at an altitude or more than 100,000 ft.NASA Boeing’s proposed hypersonic-passenger transport will benefit from NASA technology.Ultimately powered by a Thiokol XLR-99 rocket engine, it reached an altitude of 354,200ft  and contributed greatly to the space program by providing valuable data on aerodynamics,  structures, flight controls and the impact on humans of high-speed, high altitude flight.READ: Red planet still beckons as NASA turns 60The hypersonic plane was drop-launched from a B-52 bomber and flew 199 missions — a 200th flight was canceled because of technical problems — before it was retired.But the X-15 may now have a competitor in an uber-cool new X-plane set to make supersonic travel easy by greatly limiting sonic booms.NASA lowers boom in supersonic travelThe new X plane. Image: NASAThe US space agency has awarded a $US247.5 million contract to Lockheed Martin to build from scratch a needle-nosed aircraft that could happily grace any chapter of the Star Wars franchise.The 94-foot long plane is expected to start test flights in 2021 and fly at a cruising altitude of 55,000ft at Mach 1.42, or 940mph (1512kmh), with a top speed of Mach 1.5.It will use the latest in supersonic technologies to reduce the window-shaking sonic boom to a thump equivalent to the noise of car door closing.The single-pilot X plane will be propelled by a General Electric F414 engine used by F/A-18 fighters. A single pilot will be in a cockpit based on the design of the rear seat of the T-38 training jet famously used for years by NASA astronauts.A tentative schedule sees a critical design configuration review in 2019 that, if successful,  leads to the construction of the aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California,  and delivery to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in 2021.A second phase beginning 2022 will see NASA fly the plane at the supersonic test range in Edwards to prove the quiet supersonic technology works as expected and the plane is safe.A series of trials will be conducted between 2022 and 2025 over four to six US cities to gauge community response to the technology.NASA says key to success for the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator will be sonic booms “so quiet, people on the ground will hardly notice them if they hear them at all”.It plans to deliver the data to the  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2025 so they can develop and adopt new rules to allow commercial supersonic flight over land.Nor have striking, needle-nosed planes been NASA’s only contribution to the world.Computer technology developed for the Space Shuttle program is used in commercial and military aircraft while the variable density wind tunnel operated by NASA’s forerunner,  NACA, at Langley from the 1920s put the agency at the forefront of global aeronautics research.NASA spinoffsThe variable wind tunnel. Photo: NASAThe test results from the variable density tunnel were superior to any previous design and made Langley a world leader in aerodynamic research for the next decade.READ a day on the NASA DC-8.NASA’s research into high-speed aircraft improved many of the features in commercial aircraft and the agency helped develop the digital “fly-by-wire” system used in modern jetliners to control flight surfaces.Winglets, the upturned tips of wings that save airlines billions in fuel costs, were also a product of advances made by NASA researchers.On the ground, grooved runways developed by NASA in the 1960s to increase traction and stop aircraft sliding after landing are now used around the world.There’s also an anti-icing system for single-engine planes.The space agency says its most ubiquitous spinoff was the sensor now used in most digital cameras, video cameras and smartphones.Invented at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,  the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor was the brainchild of NASA scientist Eric Fossum and revolutionized photography.NASA spinoffs X planesPhoto: NASAOther spinoffs include a red light emitting diode used for growing plants in space that has been adapted to provide temporary relief from minor muscle and joint pain, the infrared ear thermometer and a life-saving heart pump.NASA even had a hand, along with Black & Decker, in the development of compact cordless power tools and its ultra-strong alloys have had a dramatic effect on the way golf clubs and other sporting equipment is manufactured.Packaging developed to keep food stable and safe for astronauts has improved food safety and home air purifiers use plug-in filters designed to help plants thrive in space.Memory foam also came from NASA as did freeze-dried food and  “space blankets” used by emergency services.last_img read more

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Elderly Columbia husband and wife dead with gunshot wounds

first_imgAn elderly couple died in a Columbia home Monday morning, both with apparent fatal gunshot wounds.It happened on Kelsey Drive in northeast Columbia off Lake of the Woods Road.Police say 79-year-old Wayne Trentman called 911 and said his wife, 83-year-old Mary Trentman, had died.When police showed up, they found the husband dead as well from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation is ongoing.last_img

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Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth get direct entry into National quarter-finals

first_imgThe Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided that all players ranked in top 50 in the BWF World Rankings will get direct entry into quarter- finals of the upcoming National Championship, which for the first time will be Rs. 1 crore prize money event.This will effectively mean that country’s top shuttlers like World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu (world No 2), bronze medallist Saina Nehwal (world No 12) will only be seen in action from the last eight stage.The same rule applies to the likes of Kidambi Srikanth (No 8), HS Prannoy (no 15), B Sai Praneeth (No 17), Sameer Verma (No 19) and Ajay Jayaram (No 20) in the men’s section.BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “It will be mandatory for all the top ranked players to participate in the event. Those players who are in the world top-50, would get a direct entry into quarterfinals. However it will be limited to a maximum of eight slots out of a total of 16.”Sarma also announced scholarships for the upcoming players, who are facing financial constraints.”Most of the times, good talented players drop out of the game due to financial constraints. Hence to support such players, we will be providing a scholarship of Rs 25,000- 50,000 per month for about 20 juniors to begin with, and take the number upto 100.”Sarma also said that BAI will be dealing with any kind of age-fraud in a tough manner.”We want to erase this over-age issue by conducting the tests well before the season so that no one should undergo the mental trauma during a tournament or a camp. If a player is found overage, we will put him/her in the next category as we think the parents are the culprits rather than the players themselves,” he concluded.advertisementIndian Squad for Asian Junior Championship:Boys U-17: Meirab Maisram, Dhruv Rawat, Iman Sonowal, Aakash Yadav, Amit Rathore, Sathish Kumar, Edwin Joy, Arvind V Suresh, Vishnuvardhan Goud, Ishan Bhatnagar, Khush Chug.Boys U-15: Sidhant Gupta, Ayush Raj Gupta, Punshiba Yengkhom, Jayant Rana, Varun Kapur, Vikas Yadav, Arshad Shaik, Shubham Patel, Sanjeev Rao, Khajamoinuddin Shaik.Girls U-17: Gayatri Gopichand, Akarshi Kashyap, Unnati Bisht, Malvika Bansode, Ritika Thakkar, Samiya Imad Farooqui, Varshini VS, Sahiti Suresh, Kavi Priya, Keyura Mopati.Girls U-15: Sneha Rajwan, Ashi Rawat, Kriti Bhardwaj, Treesa Jolly, Reza Mehreen, Tanya Hemant, Aditi Bhatt.last_img read more

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Transfer latest: Salah born for Barca, says Rivaldo

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Barcelona should sign Salah, says Brazil legend Rivaldo Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:54 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool golden boot Premier League Getty Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Rivaldo talks up Salah to BarcelonaMohamed Salah has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Barcelona legend Rivaldo believes those at Camp Nou should be plotting a raid on Liverpool.On the back of a 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield, Salah has been showered with praise and prestigious awards.Click here to read the full transfer story on Goal! Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Kluivert set for Roma despite Man Utd & Barca linksAjax teenager Justin Kluivert is nearing a deal to join Roma, bypassing interest from Manchester United and Barcelona, according to Calciomercato.com.The Serie A side would pay out around €15-20 million (£13-18m/$17-23m) to Ajax with a high commission going to Kluivert’s agent Mino Raiola, as Roma sporting director Monchi looks to finalise a deal. Arsenal interested in Roma star PellegriniRoma starlet Lorenzo Pellegrini has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal in the coming transfer window, Goal understands.While the Gunners are not prepared to shell out £27 million [€30m/$35m] to meet Pellegrini’s release clause, they will try to tempt Roma into selling with a bid worth around £22m.  Pellegrini’s exit may be necessary at the Stadio Olimpico to fund the arrival of Bryan Cristante, who would be available for roughly €30m.Read the full story on Goal!Man Utd open talks for AlderweireldManchester United have begun talks with Tottenham over a move for centre-back Toby Alderweireld, reports the Mirror . The 29-year-old will not move to Old Trafford cheaply, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believed to be seeking £75 million (€86m/$100m) for the Belgium international. Alderweireld, whose contract expires in 2020, has yet to agree to a new deal with Spurs, leaving the London club open to offers. Pochettino pens new Tottenham dealMauricio Pochettino has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract extension to stay at Tottenham, the club confirmed on Thursday. The former Espanyol boss joined Spurs in 2014, and has since guided his team to consecutive top-four finishes in the last three seasons while also making the Champions League last-16 this term. And he has been rewarded with a new deal at the north London club that will expire in June 2023. Read more on Poch’s new deal right here!Sessegnon tipped for top-four moveRyan Sessegnon has already been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham and is destined to be “playing for a top four club in the next few years”, says Fulham team-mate Ryan Fredericks.”I have no doubt about it, and everyone at the club will say the same thing, Ryan will go right to the top,” Fredericks told the Mirror.”He will be playing for a top four club in the next few years, if not I will be very, very surprised. The ability he has got and the understanding of the game at such a young age.”Read more here!’Nasty’ Verratti recommended to ArsenalUnai Emery needs to bring “nastiness” to Arsenal, says Martin Keown, who says that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti would be a perfect signing.“The fans want to see a team that can dig in, battle and scrap,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “Emery needs to bring in a player like Marco Verratti, who he managed at Paris Saint-Germain, to instil those qualities in midfield.”Read Keown’s full comments here!Rodri completes Atletico transferAtletico Madrid have completed a move for Villarreal midfielder Rodri on a five-year deal.The Europa League winners confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old on Thursday following prolonged speculation.Click here to read the full transfer story on Goal!Juve respond to Pogba ‘fantasy’ & Morata rumoursJuventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta has responded to the latest rumours in Turin, with the Serie A champions being linked with Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata, Emre Can and Matteo Darmian.The Italian giants are also being forced to fend off speculation regarding possible outgoings, with Mario Mandzukic, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro among those to have sparked exit talk.Click here to read the full transfer story on Goal!Valencia sign Kondogbia from InterValencia have signed Inter and France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia on a permanent basis following a successful season on loan at the Mestalla.Kondogbia has signed a contract running until 2022 and the transfer fee is reported to be in the region of €25 million (£22m/$29m).Click here to read the full transfer story on Goal!Man City near £60m Mahrez dealManchester City are nearing a deal to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, with Patrick Roberts heading the other way, reports Metro . The Premier League champions will pay £60 million (€69m/$80m) for the Algerian, with a deal expected to be wrapped up over the next two weeks. With the addition of Mahrez, City would end their pursuit of Chelsea star Eden Hazard. Inter to rival Juve & AC Milan for MorataInter are the latest club to show an interest in Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, though they are likely to face a fight to sign the Spain international.They are set to battle Serie A rivals AC Milan and Morata’s former club Juventus for the forward’s signature, though no deal will be struck until the Blues tie up their current managerial situation.Read the report in full from Goal’s Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella Iniesta completes Vissel Kobe moveAndres Iniesta has been officially unveiled as a Vissel Kobe player, with the J-League outfit having snapped up the Barcelona legend in the wake of his departure from Camp Nou.The 34-year-old midfielder has committed to a contract which will keep him in Japan for “multiple years”.Check out the full story on Goal!. No World Cup audition for WernerRB Leipzig striker Timo Werner insists he will not be looking to use World Cup 2018 as an audition to secure himself a switch to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Liverpool.The Germany international has been heavily linked with sides across Europe ahead of the summer transfer window.Find out what he has had to say on his future here. Atleti make massive last-ditch Griezmann offerAtletico Madrid have made a huge last-ditch contract offer to Antoine Griezmann in an attempt to keep him away from Barcelona, reports the Daily Mail. The 27-year-old has been widely expected to join the Catalans in the offseason, with Barca offering the attacker a contract worth around €15 million (£13m/$18m) per season.However, Atleti’s contract offer is substantially higher, with Diego Simeone’s side willing to give the Frenchman €25 million (£22m/$29m) per season.Liverpool to move for DonnarummaLiverpool will move for Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma following the Champions League final, according to Corriere dello Sport. The report states the Reds will make an initial bid of £35 million (€40m/$47m) for the 19-year-old, who could be brought in as a replacement for Loris Karius.Milan value the teenager at closer to €70m, but have conceded they may need to accept a bid short of that mark after Donnarumma’s subpar 2017-18 campaign. Bailly wants to stay at Man UtdManchester United defender Eric Bailly has no intention of leaving this summer, reports the Manchester Evening News. The Ivory Coast international’s future has been the topic of debate in recent months, as he fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho’s squad in the latter part of 2017-18. Despite only starting two of the last 10 games of the season, the 24-year-old is happy with the club – but is unlikely to accept another season with limited playing time. PSG to offer Buffon four-year dealParis Saint-Germain plan to offer 40-year-old Gianluigi Buffon a four-year contract, reports La Repubblica. The legendary goalkeeper has departed Juventus but is expected to continue his playing career, with reported interest in England as well as France. Despite his age, PSG are offering the goalkeeper a four-year deal in the hopes of keeping him on as an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup – taking place in PSG ownership’s home country of Qatar – whenever he chooses to end his playing career. Ancelotti wants Benzema, Luiz and Vidal at NapoliNew Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to land Karim Benzema, Arturo Vidal and David Luiz this summer, claims The Sun.  Ancelotti was named to the post on Wednesday , and wanted assurances from chairman Aurelio di Laurentiis that the club would spend in the off-season to remain competitive. With Jorginho and Kalidou Koulibaly likely to depart, Ancelotti has identified the veteran trio from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Chelsea to help take their place. Inter and Atletico after RondonAtletico Madrid and Inter have joined the race to sign West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, reports Sky Sports News. Rondon has scored 28 goals in 102 appearances for the Baggies in all competitions since his 2015 arrival and is almost certain to be sold following the club’s relegation. West Ham are also interested in the Venezuelan, who has an affordable release clause of just £16 million (€18m/$21m).Morata meets with Juventus directorChelsea striker Alvaro Morata met with Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici on Wednesday, Goal understands. The 25-year-old was joined at the meeting by his agent Juanma Lopez, fueling speculation he could be set to depart Stamford Bridge after just one season. Though there is interest in Italy, a deal could be complicated by Chelsea’s desire to at least recoup their £60 million (€68m/$80m) investment in any sale. Read the full story on Goal! Tottenham eyeing move for HegaziTottenham have joined the list of clubs interested in West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi, according to ESPN FC. The Egypt international started all 38 Premier League games for West Brom in 2017-18, and impressed despite the club’s relegation. West Ham and Leicester City are also tracking the 27-year-old, who is set to feature for his country at the World Cup next month. Pellegrini wants Caballero at West HamWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero, reports The Sun. Pellegrini managed Caballero at Malaga and Man City, and wants to reunite with the Argentina international, who served as the backup to Thibaut Courtois during the 2017-18 season. The 36-year-old would be the starter at London Stadium though, with Joe Hart having returned to City from his loan and Adrian likely to leave the Hammers. Terry could extend Villa stay but avoid ChelseaJohn Terry is set to sign a new deal with Aston Villa that could see him skip matches against Chelsea if Villa are promoted, reports The Telegraph.  Villa face Fulham in the Championship play-off final on Saturday, with the winner earning promotion to the Premier League next season. Should Villa win, Terry is set to sign a new 12-month deal that would see him given the option to not play against his former side in 2018-19.Alcacer told to find new clubBarcelona striker Paco Alcacer has been told to find a new club, reports Mundo Deportivo. The striker joined the Catalans from Valencia in 2016, but has struggled to make an impact in two seasons with the club. Alcacer, along with Aleix Vidal and Andre Gomes, have now been told they are not in manager Ernesto Valverde’s plans moving forward.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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4 days agoEibar coach Mendilibar: Barcelona should be happy with Valverde

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eibar coach Mendilibar: Barcelona should be happy with Valverdeby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was full of praise for his former teammate and Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde after their 3-0 loss.Valverde got the better of Mendilibar in this one and the Eibar coach reflected on Barcelona’s up-and-down start to the season.”It’s not normal for them to lose twice early on, when they usually lose just a couple of times over a whole season,” he said after the match.”They’re a great team and they have a great coach.”Don’t doubt him at any point because he’s the best Barcelona have.” last_img read more

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Photo: DeMarcus Cousins Shares Text Conversation He Had With Nik Stauskas After Former Michigan Star Was Traded

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins hangs with Warriors teammate Kevin Durant.LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Kevin Durant (L) #35 and DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors share a laugh as they sit on a baseline during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Nik Stauskas spent just one season in Sacramento, Calif., but it was a pretty entertaining one. There was the creation of his own hot sauce, “Sauce Castillo,” the “popcorning” of his apartment, the bet he made with Draymond Green, and a lot more. The former Michigan star is off to Philadelphia, as part of a trade the Kings made to open up some cap space. DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings’ best player, shared (and later deleted) the text conversation he had with Stauskas after the trade was made public. It’s a pretty cool insight into the life of an NBA player. We’re not sure why Cousins opted to delete the Instagram post, but it’s nice to see the Kings’ big man wish his former teammate well in Philadelphia.last_img read more

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Smoke alarm sets off fire scare in Austrian Alpine tunnel

first_imgBERLIN – A fire alarm inside a railway tunnel being built under the Austrian Alps prompted workers briefly to take shelter in an underground safety area Monday, a project manager said.Eighteen people were working on a tunnel-boring machine inside the Brenner tunnel construction site when the alarm went off, said Konrad Bergmeister, the Austrian CEO of project management company BBT SE. It turned out to be a false alarm, he said.He said a smoke sensor set off the alarm, prompting people to take shelter in a safety container, but workers quickly determined there was no fire or smoke. Electricians were working to determine the cause of the alarm.Officials had earlier said the tunnel-boring machine had apparently caught fire or at least emitted smoke inside the tunnel.The Brenner tunnel aims to link the Austrian city of Innsbruck and central Europe with northern Italy.The Brenner Base Tunnel project, the main part of which is a 55-kilometre (34-mile) connection between Innsbruck and Fortezza in northern Italy, is supposed to be completed in the mid-2020s. It will consist of two single-track tunnels as well as a third tunnel that will eventually help with drainage.last_img read more

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Proportional Representation referendum ballots in the mail

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Ballots for the B.C. Referendum on Electoral Reform will be mailed out starting Monday.Over 3.3 million voting packages will be distributed to registered voters in B.C. and event registered voters who are temporarily away from their homes in international locations like Korea, Kuwait and Zambia.“We expect the Interior, Northern BC, Richmond, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island north of the Malahat to receive their voting packages this week,” says Anton Boegman, Chief Electoral Officer. “Greater Victoria and the rest of the Lower Mainland should receive their packages next week, and we expect package delivery to be complete by November 2.” Elections BC encourages voters to get informed and vote in the referendum. Neutral information about the voting systems, short videos and a voter’s guide are available at elections.bc.ca/referendum.Elections B.C. says the rotating postal strike has not yet impacted the delivery schedule for voting packages.  The referendum voting period is October 22 to November 30, and this has not changed as a result of the rotating strikes.Elections BC says they are monitoring the situation closely, and the Chief Electoral Officer has the authority to extend the voting period for the referendum if necessary, should job action at Canada Post materially impact the referendum process. Any changes will be communicated with the public.To vote in the referendum, an individual must be:a Canadian citizen,18 or older as of November 30, 2018, anda resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018All registered voters in British Columbia will receive a referendum voting package in the mail. Eligible voters that do not receive a voting package by November 2 should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683, or go online toelections.bc.ca/ovr to request a package.last_img read more

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