Historic $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing set for tonight

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history could be decided tonight.The prize is an estimated $1.6 billion, which a single winner could choose to take as a lump sum of more than $900 million.Are you going to win?Probably not.Your odds are about 1 in 302.5 million.But someone, or a group of someones, finally, eventually, has to win.Right?Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Movements, at-sea distribution and behaviour of a tropical pelagic seabird: the wedge-tailed shearwater in the western Indian Ocean

first_imgThis is the first study using geolocators (global location sensing, GLS) to track the movements of a pelagic tropical seabird. We used GLS to describe at-sea distribution and activity patterns of wedge-tailed shearwaters Puffinus pacificus breeding on Aride Island, Seychelles, in the late chick-rearing, non-breeding and pre-breeding periods. During late chick-rearing and pre-breeding periods, shearwaters foraged relatively close to the colony. In the non-breeding period, shearwaters; were found on a west-east gradient along the equator, between 5 degrees N and 10 degrees S. Some of the tracked individuals showed little dispersion, staying as close as 1000 km to Aride Island, while others travelled 3500 km to the Central Indian Ocean Basin. Individual core areas of activity showed little overlap. Overall, wedge-tailed shearwaters showed short-distance movements and exploited relatively unproductive oceanic waters. At-sea distribution largely matched that of yellowfin and skipjack tunas, emphasising the importance of the association with subsurface predators rather than associations with physical oceanographic features that enhance primary productivity. During the non-breeding period, the feeding activity of, shearwaters was mainly concentrated in the daylight period, when tunas also forage. A different behaviour, characterised by a much lower proportion of the night sitting on the sea surface, was recorded in the pre-laying exodus of 1 female to more productive waters, suggesting a different feeding strategy and/or targeting of different prey. Knowledge of the at-sea distribution of wedge-tailed shearwaters allows quantification of the overlap with industrial fisheries, which will be crucial to devise fisheries policies for the Indian Ocean with important implications for the conservation of this species.last_img read more

Gazprom, partners complete three quarters of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline

first_img Image: 1,855km of Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been laid in the Baltic Sea. Photo: courtesy of Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt. Gazprom’s subsidiary Nord Stream 2 said that it has completed 75% of the €8bn (£7.23bn) Nord Stream pipeline expansion project in the Baltic Sea.The company said that 1,855km of the underwater export pipeline project has been laid in Russian, Finnish, Swedish and German waters of the Baltic Sea. In April 2019, the company completed the installation of 1,000km of pipes of the project.Comprising two offshore export gas pipelines, each of 1,230km length, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project will have a capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia to the European Union. The pipeline project is scheduled to be commissioned this year.The Gazprom subsidiary had already completed laying of pipes in German and Finnish waters. Currently, pipe-laying work is underway in Russian waters.The company said that pipes used for the twin pipeline system have concrete weight coated. The last pipes were loaded out to pipelay vessels in Hanko in Finland and Karlshamn in Sweden this summer. On the other hand, storage and logistics are going on in the German and Finnish hubs – Mukran and Kotka, respectively, said Nord Stream 2.Once commissioned, the Nord Stream pipeline expansion project will deliver natural gas sourced from the Bovanenkovo gas field in the Yamal Peninsula in Russia to various regions across Europe. The transported gas will be enough to supply close to 26 million European households for nearly 50 years, thereby contributing to the energy security of the continent.Stakeholders of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline projectThe pipeline project is majority-owned by Gazprom. The other stakeholders in the underwater export pipeline project are BASF/Wintershall, Engie, E.On, OMV, and Shell.Last month, Nord Stream 2 filed a case against the European Union (EU) in the Court of Justice of the EU challenging an amendment in the latter’s EU Gas Directive.In this connection, the Gazprom subsidiary appealed to the top court of the EU to quash Directive (EU) 2019/692 amending the gas directive arguing that it violates the EU law principles of equal treatment and proportionality. Nord Stream 2, an expansion of the existing Nord Stream pipeline, will supply gas sourced from Russia to approximately 26 million European households annuallylast_img read more

Labour proposes housing bond to develop 125,000 new homes

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Labour proposes housing bond to develop 125,000 new homes previous nextHousing MarketLabour proposes housing bond to develop 125,000 new homesLabour plans to use Help to Buy ISA to boost the number of new homes being developed.PROPERTYdrum8th April 20150563 Views Labour plans to introduce a housing bond system to generate up to £5 billion to fund the construction of up to 125,000 new homes if elected at next month’s General Election, the party has said.Using the Help To Buy ISA, which was announced for first-time buyers by the Chancellor, George Osborne,as part of his Budget last month, the new bond scheme would enable house builders to develop significantly more new homesIncome from the ISA would be placed into a “future homes investment fund” for new residential property schemes and is similar to housing bonds used in the 1920s to stimulate housebuilding.The fund, designed to help tackle the chronic housing shortage in this country, will be targeted at new sites with first-time buyers offered priority.In a speech to Labour supporters in Warrington on Saturday, Ed Miliband (left), said, “There’s nothing more British than the dream of homeownership. Starting out in a place of your own. But for so many young people today that dream is fading.”Describing Labour’s plan as the “first real plan for housebuilding in a generation”, Mr Miliband has vowed to deliver at least 200,000 homes a year by the end of the parliament, if elected next month.He continued, “We won’t let those large developers just hoard land – waiting for it to go up in value when it could be used to build homes. We’ll say: either you use the land or you lose the land. We will build a new generation of towns, garden cities and suburbs creating over half a million new homes.“We will make housing the top priority for additional capital investment. And today I can announce the next step in our plan. The next Labour government will create a new future homes fund. The banks will benefit from the taxpayer support we will provide to help people save for their first home.“In return, we will expect the banks to invest in homes for the next generation – unlocking £5bn for 125,000 homes. A Labour government will get Britain building again.”The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) which recently launched its “Programme for Government: 2015 to 2020” designed to help increase the supply of much needed new build homes in this country, is calling on the Government – whichever party is elected – and property industry to collaborate to develop at least 200,000 homes a year by 2020 in order to tackle the housing crisis.Speaking at high profile cross-party event in Parliament last month, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said, “In England we’re only building around half the number of new homes required to meet the demand for housing. Regardless of which party or parties take the reins in May 2015, the next Government must work with industry to develop a robust housing strategy and commit to building at least 200,000 new homes a year by 2020. This is a realistic target and one that can be achieved if we remove barriers to small local builders.”housing bond Help To Buy ISA housebuilding constructions first-time buyers April 8, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Leading estate agency calls for Stamp Duty holiday to revive market

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Leading estate agency calls for Stamp Duty holiday to revive market previous nextHousing MarketLeading estate agency calls for Stamp Duty holiday to revive marketKnight Frank says industry will see 38% of property sales disappear this year due to Coronavirus and is calling for drastic measures to be implemented to get people moving again.Nigel Lewis20th April 20200897 Views Knight Frank has predicted that property sales are to drop overall by 38% during 2020 because of the Coronavirus assuming the lockdown lasts until early June, and called for a Stamp Duty holiday.The estate agency has also said that mortgage approvals will dip by 350,000 this year, one of the other key revenue streams for the industry, while removals firms will lose £395 million.But Knight Frank has a plan that it is lobbying government to implement in order to ensure that the property market revives quickly in June.“Moving home has a clear multiplier effect for the economy,” said Tom Bill, head of London Residential Research at Knight Frank. “Different-sized businesses in all areas of the economy feel these benefits, which is something the government will take into account when drawing up its post-lockdown stimulus plan.”Knight Frank is calling for a stamp duty holiday, an extension to Help to Buy, and several measures to speed up the home buying and building processes.This includes a shake-up of the conveyancing process, the introduction of virtual planning meetings and a relaxation of Section 106 planning rules and the up-front paying of the Community Infrastructure Levy to help developers’ cashflow.Liam Bailey (left), Global Head of Research at Knight Frank, comments: “Despite the fact the government will forgo a significant amount of stamp duty revenue in 2020, it seems clear there will need to be a stamp duty holiday to actually get the market moving once the lockdown is lifted, but this move alone will not be enough – there will need to be moves across a wider number of areas.Read more about Stamp Duty.Liam Bailey housing hand knight frank stamp duty April 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Why are councils against new agency branches opening – even during Covid?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Why are councils against new agency branches opening – even during Covid? previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhy are councils against new agency branches opening – even during Covid?Council in Scotland refuses application for change from retail to office in town south of Glasgow saying ‘too many agents already’.Nigel Lewis1st February 20210775 Views A council in Scotland has refused planning permission for a former pet store to be taken over by an estate agency, despite no alternative business being lined up, agreeing that the town in question ‘has too many agents already’.South Lanarkshire has refused the landlord of Creature Comforts in Burnside near Glasgow permission to change the retail unit into an estate agency branch.This followed the landlord being approached by a local estate agency that wanted to take the lease after the pet shop gave notice to quit.Councils all over the UK have a long history of refusing change-of-use to estate agencies wishing to set up new branches, but the latest decision is baffling during the Covid pandemic as many high streets see businesses being closed or mothballed.Councillors voted by 15 to seven at a meeting of the planning committee late last week in favour of a motion by Cllr Carol Nugent (pictured) to refuse the application, local media report.“We need to protect the vibrant and bustling areas that we have and the diversity of our high street. I think it would be a big mistake to change the use from retail to office,” said Cllr Nugent.The decision was also prompted by the ongoing ‘culture war’ waged in some towns by members of the public – Burnside councillors were told that In total, 178 objections to the proposal were lodged with South Lanarkshire Council with a number of people concerned about the number of estate agents already in Burnside.South Lanarkshire councillors said they had voted to refuse the change of use despite its own planning officer advising the meeting a retail unit moving to a class two unit “would be acceptable in planning terms”.Read more about estate agency branches.carol nugent South Lanarkshire Estate agent branches February 1, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

US Coast Guard orders more over the horizon-IV cutter boats

first_img July 7, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard orders more over the horizon-IV cutter boats The U.S. Coast Guard placed delivery orders for 11 over the horizon-IV cutter boats worth approximately $4.76 million with SAFE Boats International LLC of Bremerton, Washington, June 28.Two of the boats will go to the sixth NSC, Munro, which is in production with delivery planned for December. Eight boats will go to medium endurance cutters, and one will go to an FRC currently being built.The total number of OTH-IVs ordered is now 66; the June 28 orders support boat production and delivery through mid-2017.The OTH-IV boats deploy from their cutters to deliver boarding teams to vessels of interest during search and rescue; law enforcement; ports, waterways and coastal security; and defense readiness missions.They are 26 feet long and have a top speed of 40 knots. Compared to the OTH-III, they feature increased cargo space and seating, higher speeds, and compatibility with both stern and side-davit launch and recovery systems.Forty OTH-IVs have been delivered, including boats for the five NSCs and 17 FRCs in service. View post tag: Safe Boats Authoritiescenter_img US Coast Guard orders more over the horizon-IV cutter boats View post tag: US Coast Guard Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgA funeral mass was offered May 11 St. Ann Church in Hoboken for Corrado Visaggio 88, of Weehawken. He died May 6. He was born in Molfetta, Italy and came to the United States in 1965 where he settled in Weehawken and raised his family. Corrado worked as a longshoreman for over 26 years, retiring in 1990. He was the husband of Maria Visaggio. He was the father of Peter and wife Antoinette Visaggio, Onofrio and wife Patti Visaggio and Giulio and wife Lisa Visaggio. He was the grandfather of Michael Visaggio and wife Rebecca, Marie Toronto and husband Joseph, Maria Visaggio and fiance Brian Fierro, Joseph Visaggio, Corrado Visaggio and Madison Visaggio as well as great-grandson Gino Gennaro Visaggio.Services arranged by the Leber Funeral Home, Union City.last_img read more

Student director engages campus in political debate

first_imgOn four Sunday mornings this semester and two last spring, student government sponsored Political Brew, during which members of student government and political clubs, as well as anyone interested in current events, gathered in the McNeill Room in LaFortune Student Center to watch and discuss NBC’s “Meet the Press.”Sophomore Elizabeth Fenton, who directs the National Engagement and Outreach (NEO) department of student government and organizes the brews, said student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matthew Devine, both seniors, suggested the idea at the beginning of their administration, and it soon became NEO’s primary event.“I thought it was a good idea, and then we hit the ground running with it with the first one, which was in April,” Fenton said. “All the subsequent ones I’ve just completely taken over myself. That’s the main thing that we do.”Fenton said each Political Brew has had a similar format: attendees come in, get bagels and coffee and watch “Meet the Press,” which frames the discussion that follows.“Depending on the show, if there’s a large topic that should be discussed immediately, I’ll mute the program and we’ll open the discussion,” Fenton said. “When discussion is closed I’ll turn ‘Meet the Press’ back on and continue the same forum. If not, at the commercial break I’ll mute it and we’ll recap what was just said on ‘Meet the Press,’ and we’ll discuss it that way.”Fenton said topics have ranged from the November midterm elections to the Ray Rice scandal.“It doesn’t necessarily have to be political, but most often current,” she said. “It just depends on what topic is on the program. If we want to talk about something I think is worth discussing – I’m very up to date on current events, so I’ll just throw out, ‘so what do you guys think of this?’ and that gets the conversation going.”Since the first political brew in April, attendance has risen from about 30 to approximately 50 people, Fenton said.Senior Michelle McCarthy, president of the College Democrats, said the event was a way for club members to speak with people with differing political views.“Political Brew is a great event where our members can come out and discuss current events with College Republicans and other attendees,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s beneficial because our members can engage in dialogue with students outside of College Democrats.”Senior Mark Gianfalla, president of College Republicans, said the group helped spread the word about the events, and he has seen positive reactions from club members.“It’s a nice way to start the morning on Sunday. It’s not too early,” he said. “There’s a nice spread for you if you show up. There’s some engagement in intelligent dialogue with others.”Political Brew can also appeal to students not affiliated with political clubs, Fenton said.“If they don’t come to talk they come to get more informed of what’s going on and to listen to the people who have a lot of information on current events,” she said. “…  From both groups we’ve gotten great feedback.”Fenton said she hopes faculty will attend Political Brews in the future and she wants to enlist the help of the administration or even NBC.“[The administration] actually contacted us two Political Brews ago, commending us for watching NBC because that’s what the school is affiliated with,” she said. “I didn’t even think of that when we chose ‘Meet the Press;’ I just thought it was a good middle ground between the parties, but they love it.”But the main goal, Fenton said, is to encourage people to keep up with current events.“The overall goal would be to get more people informed of what’s going on, because as much as people like to think they know what’s happening, a lot of people don’t, A, read newspapers, and B, don’t care enough to look into certain issues,” she said. “I’m hoping that by coming to Political Brew and listening to both sides of a point, that they can form their own opinions on certain issues.”Tags: Lauren Vidal, Matthew Devine, Political Brew, Politics, Student governmentlast_img read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Don Black’s Classic Tell Me on a Sunday to Transfer to the West End, Starring Marti Webb

first_img London Marti Webb is going to be telling us to take that look off our faces a little longer! Following its successful run at London’s St. James Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s Tell Me On a Sunday will transfer to the West End’s Duchess Theatre for a limited engagement February 18 through March 1. Marti Webb will continue to play her originated role of Emma in the production. Tell Me On a Sunday is a one-woman show that charts the course of an English girl newly arrived in New York. Brimming with optimism, she sets out to find success, companionship and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches she begins to wonder whether—in fact—she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places. Webb’s credits include Stop the World I Want To Get Off, Half A Sixpence, Oliver!, Godspell, The Card, The Good Companions, Evita, Cats, The Seven Deadly Sins and Thoroughly Modern Millie. View Commentscenter_img The show was originally performed as an album and then a TV special and later on staged as one half of Song & Dance. Bernadette Peters won a Tony Award for her performance in the 1985 Broadway production.last_img read more