According to the City, US companies invested over $800 million last year by filming in Toronto.“These overall figures confirm the expanding economic impact of Toronto’s screen-based industry and validates its contribution to the vitality, prosperity and creativity of our city,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), chair of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, in the release.All the numbers above show a larger Toronto industry success story.“Combining the $2 billion in investment noted above with figures from broadcasters and the interactive digital media cluster results in a total investment figure of $3.26 billion for all of Toronto’s film, television and digital media production in 2016,” according to the City.That number represents a 16% increase from 2015.Expect to see more filming as Toronto continues to take over Hollywood North.The detailed report can be found here. Other production highlights for 2016 in the city included:• Foreign major production investment in film and television grew to $794 million, a 49-per-cent increase from 2015. Since 2014, foreign production investment has increased by 129 per cent.• Investment in animation and visual effects grew to $403 million, a 179-per-cent increase from the $144.5 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 363 per cent from $87.1 million.• Television series, foreign and domestic, remains the dominant investment type in Toronto with an increase to $908 million in 2016.• Investment in commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $380 million, a 10-per-cent increase from the $345 million reported in 2015. Since 2014, investment in this area has increased by 95 per cent from $195 million. (Note that this type of investment is measured by Toronto but not by other levels of government.)• The number of location filming shoot days has seen three record breaking years, with an increase to 7,280 shoot days in 2016.“The sector’s exceptional growth is the result of the City’s abundance of high quality talent and world-class facilities, supported by provincial and federal tax incentives available to productions in Toronto,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee.Tory has been a major supporter of Toronto’s film industry. In January, the mayor headed to California in a bid to take home a larger chunk of the film and television production business that has been going to Vancouver.My message to the film, TV & digital industry globally is clear – Toronto is open for business. #FilmTO— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 27, 2017 Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “The epic growth of our creative screen sector illustrates that Toronto is a compelling and competitive global production hub with a long-term, sustainable success story,” said Mayor John Tory in the release. “We’re proud of Toronto’s film and television industry and we want it to continue to grow. We will keep working with our industry partners so they have what they need to create jobs, attract talent and contribute to the economy.”Last year’s reported investment was a 33% increase over 2015’s $1.55 billion.mayor @JohnTory sharing update on impact of #film & #tv industry in 2016. Two Billions & 40K jobs. impressive! pic.twitter.com/7NEdTFzHpo— Hani Roustom (@HaniRoustom) February 27, 2017 Last year was a record-breaking year for film and television production in Toronto.The city hit $2 billion in film, television and digital production in 2016, according to a press release from the City of Toronto.Domestic and foreign film, television, digital and commercial production investments in Toronto had a third record-setting year, and achieved the +$2-billion level for the first time. ($2.01-billion to be exact.) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement
“Civilians still account for the vast majority of casualties and continue to be targeted and subjected to indiscriminate attacks and other violations by parties to conflict,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.Mr. Ban said that “for all the reports, resolutions and actions of the last decade, the situation that confronts civilians in current conflicts is depressingly similar to that which prevailed in 1999,” when the Security Council took on the concern as a thematic issue.The changing nature of combatants over the last 10 years, with a growing number of non-State armed factions in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia, has seriously endangered civilians as these groups “flagrantly violate international law” in a bid to overcome their military inferiority, said Mr. Ban.Militarily superior forces, in fighting an enemy that is often difficult to identify, employ “methods and means of warfare that may violate the principles of distinction and proportionality, of which civilians again bear the brunt,” he added.Mr. Ban’s report also pointed to the number of conflicts reliant on private military and security companies, with sometimes fatal consequences for civilians, as another development in warfare in recent years.“Common to old and new ones [conflicts] alike are persistent and sometimes appalling levels of human suffering owing to the fundamental failure of parties to conflict to fully respect and ensure respect for their obligations to protect civilians,” wrote Mr. Ban.The failure of warring parties to respect “their legal obligations to protect civilians and spare them from the effects of hostilities” is a defining feature of most conflicts, leading to the death and injury of hundreds of civilians every week and forcing thousands more to flee their home to escape the violence, the report said.The Secretary-General called for determined efforts to meet five critical challenges facing the protection of civilians in armed conflict: enhancing compliance to international law; enhancing compliance by non-State armed groups; enhancing protection through more effective and better resourced UN peacekeeping and other relevant missions; enhancing humanitarian access; and enhancing accountability for violations. 17 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for more robust measures to protect civilians caught in the middle of armed conflict, noting the “appalling levels of human suffering” endured due to the failure of combatants to fully respect international law.
“More than 12 billion trees have been planted by people from all walks of life – schoolchildren to presidents – testament to a growing global movement for sustainability,” said Secretary-General ban Ki-moon in his remarks marking the handover of the campaign.“As we look to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and beyond, we will need just this kind of commitment if we are to guarantee that our planet can continue to provide the foundation we need to reduce poverty and improve security and opportunity for all,” he added.Inspired by the work of the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement, the Billion Tree Campaign was created by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 2006 and quickly surpassed its initial goal of planting one billion trees in just a few months, reaching the 12 billion landmark in October.The campaign counted with the participation of 193 countries with China currently in the lead, having planted a total of 2.8 billion trees since 2004. India holds second place with 2.1 billion trees, followed by Ethiopia, Mexico and Turkey.According to a news release issued by UNEP, the agency had always seen the campaign as a finite project and decided to transfer it to a partner rather than close it.The campaign was handed over to the youth-oriented Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation yesterday during a ceremony held at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. “The Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation’s profile, with its emphasis on young people, its academies on climate change and its existing commitment and involvement in the Billion Tree Campaign, gave it the right profile with which to allow the campaign to continue as a supportive element in a wider youth initiative,” said UNEP in a statement.“I congratulate all who have participated in the Billion Tree Campaign and on its achievements to date,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Each time we set a target and each time we thought it was time to bring the campaign to an end, more and more trees came forward and the bar was set even higher.“Today we open a new chapter with the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation and its network of enthusiastic young people around the globe,” he added.Deforestation has been a key issue during the Climate Change Conference this week, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on countries yesterday to throw their support behind the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), which seeks to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions and invest in low-carbon technologies to sustainable development.The benefits of the REDD+ initiative were also discussed today at a side event of the conference, with more developing countries partnering with developed nations to reduce emissions from forests.Indonesia, for example, revealed plans to utilize around $1 billion of funding from Norway under the REDD+ programme.“Countries ranging from Indonesia to Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are recognizing that REDD+ investments can offer myriad opportunities to boost green development in the 21st century – through optimizing and enhancing ecosystem services, tackling climate change, improving water security or promoting green jobs,” said Mr. Steiner. “Mobilizing more partnerships such as that between Norway and Indonesia, or private sector funding is vital if the full potential of forests to contribute to a green economy is to be realized,” he added. 8 December 2011A United Nations campaign that has overseen the planting of more than 12 billion trees around the world has been handed over to a youth-led environmental organization based in Germany that will build on the initiative’s achievements over the past four years.
“One thing I would like to have as an open meeting is my initiative to try and get the Security Council talking to ECOSOC about the grey areas of conflict management, conflict prevention, peacekeeping and post-conflict peace-building,” said Ambassador Sir Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, which just assumed the Council’s rotating presidency for the month of April. Ambassador Greenstock told a UN press conference that with the agreement of the Council members, he said he would hold a meeting on 27 April with the ECOSOC bureau at the Security Council table “to discuss conflict management where we have responsibilities that overlap, for instance, disarmament, demobilization and reconciliation, and its relationship to peacekeeping operations.”Ambassador Greenstock also referred to the Security Council’s “joint interest with ECOSOC in conflict prevention and post-conflict peace-building — handing over after a peacekeeping operation [responsibility] to those running the economic and social aspects.”Under Article 65 of the UN Charter, ECOSOC “may furnish information to the Security Council and shall assist the Security Council upon its request.”Ambassador Greenstock also said he would work to “make the Council’s business progressively more transparent” by holding meetings in open session whenever possible.In an overview of the Council’s planned work during April, the United Kingdom Ambassador said he anticipated holding meetings on the UN Expert Panel on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the situation in Sierra Leone and West Africa; and the protection of civilians in armed conflict.The Council President also predicted an in-depth discussion of the situation in Western Sahara, where the UN has deployed a peacekeeping mission to allow the people of the Territory to determine whether they want independence or integration with Morocco.”We’ve rolled over MINURSO for a couple of months saying this will be the last time three or four times, and this may or may not be the last time,” he said, referring to the Mission by its French acronym. He added that there could be “quite a heavy debate on what we do with MINURSO and what happens in Western Sahara in the next phase.”
Dr. David Nabarro, the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, also said that a high-level meeting in Bamako, Mali from 6-8 December to discuss bird flu, would call for more donor funds for African countries to fight the disease and its H5N1 virus, which experts fear could mutate and pass from person to person unleashing a deadly human pandemic.“Perhaps it’s the continuing problems faced by African countries in getting themselves more ready to deal with the outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza and to be prepared for its consequences that led to the decision by the African Union and the European Commission and the Government of Mali to host [the meeting]… in Bamako next week,” Dr. Nabarro told reporters in New York.“And the reason why in Bamako we’re going to be talking with donors again and looking for more money is that the financial needs, particularly of African nations, have not been fully met [and] much of that money that was committed in Beijing was for Asia,” he added, referring to an international conference in January that pledged almost $2 billion.Dr. Nabarro acknowledged that much progress has been made over the last year in combating the disease, but he warned against complacency, and said up to $1.5 billion was still needed over the next few years to fight bird flu, although this figure could change.“We’ve done… a very careful analysis, the World Bank and the UN system of what’s needed in the countries, what’s needed by international agencies in the UN system and their partners, what’s needed by the World Organization for Animal Health, and we have come to a figure of between $1.3 and $1.5 billion dollars… over the next two to three years… an amount of between half a billion and three quarters of a billion dollars a year continued international assistance to help countries to maintain this effort,” he said. “I am delighted with the level of effort that countries have shown during the last 12 months in particular on the avian influenza… but I’m afraid that the danger is still very much there. We still have highly pathogenic H5N1 virus moving around in Asia and also in the Middle East and in Africa, and we still have to be prepared for human pandemic as a result of this virus or another influenza virus.”Although well over 200 million birds have died worldwide from either the virus or preventive culling, there have so far been only around 260 human cases, 150 or so of these being fatal, since the current outbreak started in South East Asia in December 2003, and these have been ascribed to contact with infected birds.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres had to go to overtime after squandering a two-goal third-period lead, but they still made it a perfect 10.Jeff Skinner scored his team-leading 19th goal 1:19 into overtime, and the Sabres won their 10th straight by beating the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday night.Rasmus Ristolainen scored off a deke around Brent Burns, and Nathan Beaulieu also scored for Buffalo, which hasn’t lost since Nov. 4.The streak matches the longest in Sabres history and is the NHL’s best run since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 in a row from Nov. 29, 2016, to Jan. 3, 2017. Buffalo won 10 straight twice before, and most recently by going 10-0 to open the 2006-07 season.Carter Hutton stopped the first 32 shots he faced and 36 overall to extend his personal-best winning streak to eight, during which he’s allowed just 15 goals.Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks in the final 8 1/2 minutes to up his team-leading total to 15.Martin Jones stopped 28 shots and had little chance on any of the three goals.SENATORS 4, FLYERS 3PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brady Tkachuk scored twice in the third period and Matt Duchene scored the eventual winner with 2:59 left, lifting Ottawa past Philadelphia, in the Flyers’ first game since they fired general manager Ron Hextall.Thomas Chabot also scored for Ottawa, which snapped a three-game losing skid.Jake Voracek, Radko Gudas and Travis Konecny scored for the Flyers, who coughed up a 3-1 lead over the final 6 1/2 minutes and lost for the sixth time in seven games.DUCKS 3, LIGHTNING 1TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Miller made 34 saves and Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for Anaheim.Miller won his 373rd game, moving past Andy Moog for sole possession of 17th place on the career wins list. He also moved within one victory of tying John Vanbiesbrouck for the most by a U.S.-born goalie.Josh Manson and Carter Rowney also scored for the Ducks.Brayden Point scored for Tampa Bay, which is 3-1-0 on a five-game homestand. Louis Domingue stopped 19 shots.HURRICANES 2, CANADIENS 1MONTREAL (AP) — Curtis McElhinney stopped 48 shots and Carolina defeated the Canadiens in Shea Weber’s return from injury for Montreal.Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes, who have won four of five.McElhinney made 21 saves in the third period alone for his fourth straight victory.Phillip Danault scored for the Canadiens, whose losing streak reached five games. Carey Price made 20 saves.Montreal outshot Carolina 49-22, but its scoring woes continued. The Canadiens have seven goals in their past four games.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 10, 2017), we take a look at the Clemson Tigers’ stunning fourth-quarter defeat of Alabama in the College Football Playoff championship game. Next, we explore whether a Miami frolic on a boat is to blame for Odell Beckham Jr.’s poor playoff performance and the Giants’ 38-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday. Finally, we chat with Neil Greenberg, who writes for the Washington Post’s Fancy Stats blog, about winning streaks in the NHL this season — and what it might mean for the playoffs down the road. Plus, a significant digit that’s in part about Hot Takedown’s own Kate Fagan.Links to what we discussed:ESPN’s Edward Aschoff recapped the CFP championship game, which had a particularly wild fourth quarter.Neil Paine wrote about how Clemson made history defeating Alabama.The Washington Post’s Cindy Boren reported on Beckham and his yacht trip last week.Beckham is likely not going to have a fun offseason, writes The Ringer’s Kevin Clark.Last weekend was one of the worst wild-card weekends in NFL history.Last week, the New York Times recapped the game that ended the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak, just one win shy of tying the NHL record.Do winning streaks in the NHL help us to predict anything about the playoffs? ESPN Stats & Information’s Mike Wilson explores.Significant Digit: 53, the number of consecutive free throws that Lexie Brown, a guard for the Duke women’s basketball team, has hit in a row. This is a new ACC record, and more than our very own Kate Fagan had when she set the Big 12 record.
Ohio State freshman midfielder Jake Withers goes down to the ground toward a loose ball while being defended by Michigan sophomore midfielder Chase Brown in the second quarter of OSU men’s lacrosse 15-6 victory April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerFor the briefest of moments, it seemed like the Michigan Wolverines were going to come to Ohio Stadium and pull an upset against the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team.A three-goal deficit early in the second quarter seemed to be a bad omen for the Buckeyes, who started the year winning one of their first five games.But OSU (5-6, 2-0) held Michigan (4-9, 1-3) scoreless in the second half, and pulled away in front of a season-high crowd of 17,641 to earn a 15-6 win Saturday in Ohio Stadium.OSU coach Nick Myers said the game presented his team with the opportunity to get a huge win in front of a larger than usual crowd due to the Spring Game.“For us, keeping it under the right microscope, it’s a league win and second to that, it’s a chance in front of a really special crowd,” Myers said. “I know our men understand the responsibility of what it means to put on that Block ‘O.’ We were excited about coming out here and defending it against one of our rivals.”Winners of four of their last five, the Buckeyes fell behind early after the Wolverines jumped out to a 5-2 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter.However, led by junior midfielder Jesse King, OSU battled back to even the score at six heading into halftime. King, who finished the game with five goals and an assist, now has 21 points in his last three games.King said the Buckeyes started poor, but found a way to turn things around and calm the game down.“We started rushing things a little bit on our offense, we were getting a little tedious and playing a little fast,” King said. “We just slowed things down and made it really simple.”Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said the job the offense did maintaining possession was a big reason why the defense held Michigan without a goal for the last 35:24 of the game.“Usually the best defense is an offense,” Meurer said. “I don’t think we lost more than three faceoffs in the second half, so that is a tribute to the hard work that the faceoff guys are putting in and the offense. They’ve been playing extremely well lately, and they kept the ball down in their end so we didn’t have to play.”King said freshman midfielder Jake Withers, who won 16 of 25 faceoffs during the game, has been improving week in and week out, and he expects great things to come.“Jake’s a really talented player,” King said. “A freshman coming in and he’s one of the guys that is stepping up really big for us. I can’t wait to see what else comes from him.”Offensively, the Buckeyes had five players register three or more points, including sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter, who scored a career-high four goals in his second career start.Defensively, OSU got another stellar outing from senior goaltender Scott Spencer, who made nine saves to improve to 3-1 on the season in replacement of injured senior goaltender Greg Dutton.Up next, OSU is set to play its final home game of the regular season against Air Force, April 19 at 1 p.m.Meurer said despite the win today, the Buckeyes need to stay the course and focus if they want to finish the season with a chance to make their second consecutive postseason appearance.“It’s huge but at the same time we can’t get complacent,” Meurer said. “We know there is still a long road ahead for us and we are going to continue to work hard and get better every day.”
What’s the latest on the heat wave? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:‘Don’t climb up there’: Girl pushed from Moulton Falls bridge recovering at hospitalJordan Holgerson, 16, said she had never jumped from the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park, and after being pushed off its edge and injured as a result, she doesn’t plan to anytime in the future.“I just, you know, don’t suggest going up to a 60-foot bridge. Don’t climb up there,” Holgerson said during a press conference at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.Holgerson is recovering at the hospital surrounded by friends and family.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said its deputies are investigating the incident.Holgerson was advised by the sheriff’s office to decline answering specific questions about the fall, such as who she was with at the time or identifying the person who pushed her, as it may compromise the investigation and have legal ramifications.Clark County Fire District 13 Chief Sean Ford told The Columbian on Wednesday that ambulance crews responded to Moulton Falls park around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Kids were horsing around and jumping off the bridge, and a girl, later identified as Holgerson, was injured.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld has revealed his excitement about playing Arsenal in the next round of the Carabao Cup.The two North London rivals face off next month in the quarterfinals of the League Cup and the Belgium international has revealed he can’t wait for the match.“They are very special, historical games, more than just a Premier League game,” says Alderweireld, according to Sky Sports News.“I feel fortunate to play those games and to be a part of it and looking forward to it very much.”Whatever the outcome of the game at the Emirates, though, Alderweireld assures Spurs fans the players are doing all they possibly can to end the club’s decade-wait for a trophy.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are doing everything we can to get, I think every team is doing this,” he says. “You do not overestimate the performance we did in the last couple of years.“If you do every point from the last four years, then we will be up there. So it is not one season we played well and then bad, no for a couple of seasons now we play on a high level.“And the next step is silverware and we are doing the best we can to achieve that.“We try to play good football – it is not easy, but we try and we can improve a lot more and we do the best we can.”
Crushed plastic debris on beach at Patton Bay, Montague Island. (Photo courtesy Chris Pallister)A bill targeting plastic waste in the ocean and other marine debris cleared the U.S. Senate last week. Alaska’s junior Senator, Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, sponsored the legislation.Listen now“What is particularly troubling about the marine debris challenge and crisis … is that the majority of marine debris in the world’s oceans come from five countries in Asia: China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam Indonesia and South Korea,” Sullivan said.The bill calls on the State Department to engage other countries to find solutions. It would also reauthorize the Marine Debris Program for another five years, with up to $10 million a year.Kevin Allexon, senior manager of government relations at the Ocean Conservancy, said his group has worked with Sullivan’s office on the bill. He calls it “small but significant.” Small, he said, because it’s the first item on the to-do list. And significant, he said, because it could unleash the power of the State Department to “engage with those countries, bilaterally, multilaterally, to begin a dialogue or continue a dialogue that is really kind of in its infancy right now on what to do.”Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Balton described the waste deluge as a casualty of rapid growth for the countries most responsible.“Their pace of economic development is just moving ahead so much more rapidly than their waste-management capabilities,” Balton said at a Senate hearing on the bill last month, “so to get a handle on this we really need to help them improve waste management processes.”Sullivan’s 21 cosponsors span the ideological spectrum, from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, and far to his left , Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.Booker praised the bipartisanship but said every time he reads a report on plastic waste in the ocean, he sees the situation is more dire than most people realize. He cited massive growth in the production of plastics, and the unabated use of the material for packaging.“This is a crisis of global proportions and we’re acting as if the little tiny bit that we’re doing is somehow going to stop our grandchildren from experiencing a world where there is more plastic … in our ocean than all of the fish and marine wildlife,” Booker said.Booker and others say the problem isn’t just the fault of far-away countries.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. Image: Senate.gov.Nancy Wallace directs the Marine Debris Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She confirmed the top five contributors of marine debris are in Asia.“But the United States is No. 20, and we are the No. 1 generator of waste in the world. So we are contributing to this problem,” Wallace said.The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, without a rollcall vote. Alaska Congressman Don Young sponsored an identical version in the House. It has also attracted a raft of co-sponsors from both parties, but the House has no hearings scheduled yet.
Srinagar:Twenty pilgrims who were returning from the Amarnath Yatra got injured on Saturday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Police sources said two buses carrying Amarnath Yatris rammed into each other at Hernag in Anantnag district. “20 Yatris were injured in this mishap. 18 people sustained minor injuries while two reported at the hospital with serious injuries. “Locals rushed to rescue the Yatris immediately after the accident occurred,” the police sources said.
BANDA: A 57-year-old farmer committed suicide by hanging himself at his farm in Brahma Dera village under City Kotwali Police Station here Wednesday, officials said. Ram Kishan hanged himself from a tree near the tubewell in his field, SDM Sandip Kumar said. According to the deceased’s family, Kishan had taken loan of Rs 3 lakh under the Kisan Credit Card and Rs 2 lakh from village money lenders. Kishan was distressed about repayment of the loans as he had received repeated recovery notices. The SDM said an inquiry was being conducted to ascertain whether Kishan was being troubled for the outstanding debts. The family will be extended all help as per norms, he said.
The Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings merger received approval from the District of Columbia Public Service Commission recently.On March 23, public service commissioners Joanne Doddy Fort and Willie L. Phillips voted to support the merger, while the chairman, Betty Ann Kane, opposed it. The merger is valued at $6.8 billion and is now official with Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Justice Department on board. The merger will make Exelon the largest energy utility in the mid-Atlantic region.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who opposed the merger in August 2015, but supported an October 2015 settlement agreement with District government officials that was rejected by the commission earlier this year, issued a short statement of disapproval on the final agreement.“It appears the Public Service Commission favors government and commercial ratepayers over D.C. residents,” the mayor said. “Instead of a three-year rate increase reprieve we negotiated, it appears that D.C. residents will be hit with a rate increase as soon as this summer.”Commissioners Fort and Phillips liked the benefits that Exelon offered that included a $72.8 million Customer Investment Fund, including $25.6 million in rate base credits; $11.25 million in funds for energy efficiency and energy conservation programs, especially for low-income residents and $21.55 million to promote the District’s sustainability agenda through pilot projects to modernize the electric grid to accommodate more distributed energy resources.D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) tweeted their general disapproval of the commission’s decision to approve the merger.A Pepco spokesperson said, in a statement, that the company “must carefully review the commission’s order.”“Once we have had the chance to do so, we will have more to say about what it means and our next steps,” the statement said.
Story Links Watch Live Stats Against Marquette, Louisville went on yet another 5-0 run in under 10 minutes to even the score at 7-7 with 2:38 left in the first half. However, the Golden Eagles tallied two straight goals to end the half with a 9-7 lead that they would never relinquish, despite a stretch of three unanswered goals by the Cardinals in the second half. Tessa Chad leads Louisville with six goals after two games. She has recorded hat tricks in both games and now has 10 hat tricks as a Cardinal. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s lacrosse concludes its three-game road trip to open the season at No. 19 Denver on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. Despite opening the season with back-to-back losses, the Cardinals have shown fight and mounted rallies to get back into both games after falling behind early.After falling behind 15-4 at the half in their season opener at No. 7 Northwestern, the Cardinals reeled off five straight goals and ultimately won the second half by a margin of 7-6. Despite the strong second half performance, the Cards fell to the Wildcats, 21-11. ABOUT THE PIONEERSDenver (2-0) opened its season with a pair of quality road wins over Stanford and California. After narrowly edging Stanford 8-7 to start the weekend, the Pioneers routed Cal 13-4. Sophomore Hannah Liddy leads the scoring effort with 11 points and is tied with fellow sophomore Bea Behrins for a team-high five goals. In goal, junior Carson Gregg has tallied 12 saves for a .522 save percentage. The Pioneers were selected first in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll and had five student-athletes named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team, including BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Kennedy Milburn. Last season, Denver finished with a 13-7 record, earning a bid to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament.Series History – UofL is 3-3 all-time against Denver and 1-2 on the road. The last meeting was a 12-5 win for Denver at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 17, 2018.Date: Saturday, Feb. 16Time: 3:00 p.m. ETSite: Denver, Colo.Video: denverpioneers.comLast Meeting: Denver 12, Louisville 5 (2/17/18 at UofL)Series History: The series is tied 3-3 (2-1 at home, 1-2 on road)For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version
Stay on target Back before we had any idea what the Nintendo Switch even was, back when it was still an NX codename Nintendo announced to assure us it wasn’t abandoning dedicated hardware for mobile, there were some rumors about the device’s features. One idea floating around was that Nintendo wanted to make it easy to port Wii U games to whatever this new device would be, even though actual backward compatibility was unlikely.From a financial standpoint, that made sense. At that point in early 2015 it was clear that even with some promising games on the horizon, the Wii U probably wasn’t going to start suddenly burning up the sales charts. Creating those HD games costs time and money, so a double-dip on a new console could recoup some of the cost while simultaneously padding out the new console’s early software lineup. A win-win.But screw financials. There are Wii U games Nintendo should absolutely port to the Switch because they are fantastic games that nobody got a chance to play since they didn’t buy a Wii U. We already know this is happening. The debut trailer for the Switch showed off updated versions of Wii U classics Splatoon and Mario Kart 8. Meanwhile, the biggest Switch game we know about, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, of course started off as a Wii U game.Beyond those, rumors are flying all over the place about what other Wii U games could appear on Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid as enhanced or discounted ports. So here are some Wii U we’d love to see saved on the Nintendo Switch.Donkey Kong Country Tropical FreezeAfter successfully reinventing the Metroid franchise with Metroid Prime, Retro Studios revived Donkey Kong Country as one of the best modern 2D platformers. The original DKC wowed gamers with its visuals and organic level design, and Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze continues that tradition with stunning HD visuals and stages that breath with a life of their own. Give people a chance to play with this famous dumb ape on Switch!Bayonetta 2People weren’t pleased to learn that Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the acclaimed character-action game and the spiritual successor to Devil May Cry, would be a Nintendo-funded Wii U exclusive. But the final game is a shining, flawless diamond of uncut thrills and bullet hair witch nonsense. It makes the rest of its genre seem lazy by comparison. It’s an essential game to play, and putting it on more platforms would make playing it way easier.Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS were two fantastic games that featured arguably the greatest fighting game roster ever assembled. This game lets you pit Mario against Ryu against the Duck Hunt Dog for crying out loud. But spreading its content across two distinct-but-not games felt too much like a cash grab. Just release one ultimate, final edition on the Switch and move forward from there.Super Mario MakerSuper Mario Maker turns the act of creating games into a process as intuitive and joyful as the act of playing games themselves. It’s a wonderful artistic tool that has already led to a thriving community of creators sharing levels online. It’s vital that this community continues to grow. It could foster the next game design prodigy. Letting the game live on a new platform is the logical next step.Xenoblade Chronicles XThe first Xenoblade Chronicles was an epic Wii JRPG we had to fight tooth and nail to get localized. Fortunately, it’s follow-up, Xenoblade Chronicles X, showed up in North America without a struggle and improved on its already impressive predecessor. I spent a hundred hours exploring the sprawling, gorgeous open world both on-foot and in my custom giant robot. Being able to play this at home and on the go would be a dream come true.Pokken TournamentThis Pokemon/Tekken mashup made the leap from arcades to consoles near the end of the Wii U’s lifespan. The weirdly realistic Pokemon and combination of 2D and 3D fighting helped the game avoid feeling redundant compared to that other fighting game featuring Pikachu. Since then the arcade version has received new characters. We’d love to see a Switch version featuring these additions, hopefully in time for EVO.Captain Toad Treasure TrackerSuper Mario 3D World was great and everything, but what a wonderful surprise the Captain Toad levels were. So we were stoked to see the courageous turnip-throwing captain and his little puzzle-box worlds get a Wii U spin-off, even if he can’t jump. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game fuses console production value with bite-sized mobile design, making it perfect for a machine like the Switch.The Wonderful 101The Wonderful 101 is the perfect love child between Devil May Cry, Power Rangers, and Pikmin. In this early original Wii U game from the mad geniuses at Platinum, players control a mass of 100 superheroes who can link their bodies into various shapes and weapons. Even compared to other Wii U games The Wonderful 101 didn’t get enough love the first time around. Time to fix that on the Switch.Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FEMy anti-anime stance is well-known. And this mashup between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem is slathered in anime. But other people seem to like it, and its focus on music and performance is legitimately intriguing. So port Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE to the Switch. Why not? Let’s keep seeing that absurd name.Affordable Space AdventuresThis is the only game not published by Nintendo and the only download-only game on this list. Making a Wii U exclusive may seem like a fatal mistake for an indie studio, but the charming Affordable Space Adventures by KnapNok Games only makes sense on the platform. Players use the GamePad to control their spaceship with a ludicrous amount of precision in order to steadily navigate alien environments. However, despite the heavy GamePad use, some clever reworking could probably make this game work on the Switch, where it could hopefully get a second chance.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch
Researchers have found that students who feel a greater sense of belonging with their peers, family and school community are less likely to become bullies. The findings suggest that parents and teachers should consider ways to create a supportive and accepting environment both at home and at school. “What we have found is that students’ perceptions of how supportive their school environment is has the power to alter bullying behaviour. This means that even acts of simple compassion and efforts to create an accepting and supportive space for students can help prevent bullying in schools,” said Chad Rose, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, researchers analysed survey responses from more than 900 middle school students from rural schools throughout the US. The survey addressed their sense of belonging as well as bullying behaviour. The results indicate that the more a student feels like they belong among their peers and family, the more likely they will feel like they belong at school. In addition, the more they feel like they belong within their school community, the less likely they were to report bullying behaviour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis indicates that parents might be able to play a proactive role in increasing their child’s sense of belonging at school by focusing on improving family belongingness. “If you have children with varying interests, it might be beneficial to suggest the whole family get together to attend each other’s events and activities, even if it does not please the whole crowd every time,” said Christopher Slaten, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri. The study suggests that one of the ways parents can increase a child’s sense of family belonging is to organise activities that cater to every child’s interests.
Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The multi-year… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems August 20, 2015 — Non-invasive stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is effective and well-tolerated by patients with inoperable early-stage or node-negative non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumors larger than 5 cm, according to a study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics.The study involved the use of SBRT — which precisely delivers a high-dose beam of radiation to target tumors while minimizing dose to the surrounding healthy tissue — for the treatment of frail patients with large inoperable lung tumors and without lymph node involvement. SBRT, which makes it possible to complete treatments in fewer sessions than conventional radiation therapy, has not typically been used to treat large tumors.Results from SBRT were compared with literature on outcomes from conventional lung surgery. The research suggests that non-invasive SBRT may be a viable treatment alternative to conventional surgery for some patients with larger lung tumors.”Our study shows that lung SBRT can be used to safely treat localized node-negative inoperable NSCLC tumors larger than 5 cm, with low rates of recurrence at the primary tumor site and with minimal side effects,” said Gregory M. M. Videtic, M.D., CM, FRCP, from the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, and professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.Prior to the emergence of lung SBRT, frail medically compromised patients with node-negative inoperable NSCLC were often treated with external beam radiation therapy, which delivers lower doses over a higher number of treatment sessions. However, these patients often experienced a high rate of disease recurrence along with significant side effects. Lung SBRT has become routine for treating small NSCLC tumors, typically less than 3 cm, because of its high rate of local control and limited toxicity. The research by Videtic and his colleagues is one of the few studies on the use of lung SBRT in larger tumors.In their retrospective study, Videtic and his team evaluated the outcomes of 40 patients with node-negative, medically inoperable NSCLC whose primary tumors were greater than 5 cm and who were treated with SBRT between December 2003 and June 2014.The study reviewed patients’ outcomes at 18 months after treatment. Local control, which means there was no evidence of disease at the original tumor site, was achieved in 91.2 percent of cases. The percentage of patients who experienced distant failure where cancer had spread to other parts of the body was 32.5 percent. When these results were compared to published surgical studies, lung SBRT appeared to have similar rates of local control and similar rates of distant failure.Disease-free survival in patients who had no lung cancer present at 18 months after treatment was 34.6 percent. The overall survival rate at 18 months, including disease-free patients and those who still had evidence of lung cancer, was 59.7 percent. “The overall survival rates are lower in medically inoperable patients receiving lung SBRT compared to operable surgical patients,” said Videtic. “However, the lower survival rate in medically inoperable patients may be due to the presence of other non-cancer related conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly found in inoperable patients.”The percentage of SBRT patients who were free of side effects was 70.5 percent. Side effects observed from SBRT included mild chest wall pain and modest inflammation in lung tissue. 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Source = Sydney Airport Corporation Limited The $100 million runway safety project at Sydney Airport has won the Infrastructure Projectsaward at the prestigious Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Awards. The award is deserved recognition for all of those involved in the project including Sydney Airport,Baulderstone and Aurecon. Runway safety areas are provided at each end of Sydney Airport’s three runways. These areasprovide an extra margin of safety for passengers in the unlikely event that an aircraft overruns orlands short of a runway. Construction of the new safety area – a 90 by 90 metre cleared and paved area at the westernend of the east-west runway – was a significant engineering challenge as it had to be built over amajor sewerage line, the M5 East Motorway tunnel, and a major electricity cable. It is designed to support nearly 600 tonnes, the weight of a fully laden A380 aircraft as well asemergency and rescue vehicles. In addition to overcoming technical construction issues, the project achieved excellence in safety.With a peak workfoce of more than 100 and 348,420 total hours worked, the project maintainedan outstanding safety record throughout its 17 month construction period, reaching completionwithout a single lost time injury. The CEO of Sydney Airport, Russell Balding, said Sydney Airport regards safety as paramount.“In the air and at our airports, Australia’s aviation safety record is the envy of the world. We wantto keep it that way. I congratulate all the staff at Sydney Airport, Baulderstone, Aurecon and theother project groups who were involved in delivering this vital piece of aviation infrastructure onschedule,” Mr Balding said. David Lougher, Baulderstone’s General Manager NSW/ACT, congratulated Project Manager NickSarraf and his team for delivering a project that has resulted in safer air travel and significantbenefits for the community, while achieving high technical, quality and safety benchmarks. ‘The successful execution of the RESA project, in collaboration with our project partner Aurecon,Sydney Airports design consultant, and client Sydney Airport Corporation Limited, demonstrateshow the Baulderstone team performs in accordance with our credo, “Creating what matters”, MrLougher said.