Gary Hilderman won the Cactus series race #7, Wednesday night. He had a time of 24:14 minutes for a long loop. Richard Howes was close behind at 24:23. Ryan Dumeresq was third at 25:06 and Pat Ferris 4th at 25:45. Trevor McDonnell was 5th at 26:59.Tammy Howes was 6th at 29:58, Adam Currie 35:19 and Ken Nix 38:04. LT McDonnell had 3:05 minutes for the little loop.- Advertisement -Thanks to Jolea for timing!Coming up:-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm-Sunday is the first Sunday mountain bike race of the season. 2009 Champion Trevor McDonnel will try to hold off double Wednesday night winner Gary Hilderman, 4 time past champ Pat Ferris and a fast Richard Howes. This should be an interesting series on the new Cactus Trails, on the 103 road.Advertisement Photo – Gary Hilderman hangs on for a victory on Wednesday night. Submitted photo.
Ad pages across 21 categories of b-to-b magazines tracked by Business Information Network fell 3.1 percent in 2010, while revenue dropped 1.3 percent to $7.5 billion. In 2009, those 21 categories posted an aggregate loss of 28.6 percent. In December, b-to-b ad pages actually grew, up 1.9 percent, making it one of three months in 2010 (the others include October–up 0.55 percent and July–up 0.34 percent) that showed gains over 2009, according to BIN. Just four of the 21 categories showed improvement in 2010 including Automotive (up 9.3 percent), Agriculture (+1.6 percent), Healthcare (+0.3 percent) and Banking, Financial Insurance (+0.05 percent). Science, Research and Development had the largest drop (-17.4 percent). Meanwhile, full-year data for the 218 titles IMS/The Auditor tracks for FOLIO: sister publication min’s b-to-b shows that almost half (99) showed ad page gains for the January-December period compared to 2009. JB Scott’s Independent Contractor showed the greatest growth of any single title and led its trucking/transportation category with a 46.7 percent increase in pages for the Jan-Dec. 2010 period. The full min’s b-to-b story is available here.
Amidst continuing uncertainty, budget airline SpiceJet cut prices on some sectors by as much as 50 percent to that of its rivals, even as ticket rates surged owing to the beleagured airline cutting routes in the face of a reduced fleet. SpiceJetReutersThe Marans-owned budget airline also received a reprieve from airport regulator Airports Authority of India (AAI) that extended a five-day window to settle its dues of almost 200 crore, reported Economic Times.The regulator also directed the airline to ensure refunds to passengers by 15 December for flights cancelled by the airline. SpiceJet had refunded 55,000 passengers as per data available with the regulator.However, SpiceJet ‘s discount offers have made little change on some of the busiest routes. However the flight cuts triggered by the airline’s financial tightening has been an influencing factors behind rates going up by as much as 15 percent compared to November-end, said Sharat Dhall, president of Yatra.com, a travel portal.Last week, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) limited the no-frills airline to take advance booking only up to 30 days. Also, 186 slots used by the airline were withdrawn, as the carrier was forced to return leased Boeing jets; the order came into force starting Monday evening.Some of the routes where SpiceJet is offering discounts include Mumbai-Goa, Delhi-Kolkotta, Delhi-Chennai sectors. The cash-strapped airline is under serious pressure to keep its cash flow going, with no sight of an investor in the horizon.However customers continue to harbour doubts on the airline’s schedule integrity, which has cut more than 1,800 flights for the month; they prefer other airlines.The airline’s Boeing 737 fleet has dwindled to 22 on Wednesday from the 42 it was operating earlier. It also operates 15 Bombardier Q400s.SpiceJet made a payment of 5 crore, following which AAI decided to extend time till Monday for the reminder of the dues to be paid. Earlier AAI had asked SpiceJet to clear dues or to face withdrawal of credit facilities, and being put on a cash-and-carry mode.The current month also saw SpiceJet delay salaries; the DGCA has asked the airline to ensure payment of salaries by the 7th of every month.The DGCA has asked the airline to submit a financial plan by December 15, including details on repayment of its dues amounting to 1,630 crore. SpiceJet claims its dues to be lower than the reported figure without revealing the sum.Executives from the Sun Group, including its finance chief SL Narayanan met DGCA officials on Tuesday, for the first time since the crisis broke out.SpiceJet scrip was trading at 15.85, down 2.16% at 12:17 PM on Thursday.
File photo of construction work at the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. — The Hindu BusinessLineIndian companies are likely to participate in upcoming tenders for what The Hindu BusinessLine called non-critical works at the $12.6-billion Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bangladesh.The construction of the second 1,200-megawatt unit of the plant kicked off on Saturday.The project is being executed by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Russia’s state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, the Indian newspaper mentioned in a report published on 14 July.The Hindu BusinessLIne quoting a source close to Rosatom, said infrastructure majors Larsen and Toubro (L&T), Tata Group and Shapoorji Pallonji Group, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure are among companies exploring opportunities related to the Rooppur project.Indian players, however, are likely to face fierce competition from Chinese, Japanese and Korean companies that are partnering with local players, said the report.Over 70 tenders for various non-critical works at Rooppur plant have reportedly been floated by ASE Group so far. The potential opportunity could be in the range of $500 million to $1.2 billion spread across multiple contracts, said the report referring to “sources”.“Rooppur NPP is probably the first project of such complexity for Bangladesh, and it is natural for any country executing such a critical project for the first time to attract expertise from outside. While Russian companies will dominate at the equipment and critical service supply level, Indian EPC players could execute civic construction contracts as they have the required expertise,” the Indian newspaper quoted the person cited above as saying.The trilateral agreement for cooperation on the project signed by India, Russia and Bangladesh in March 2018 has opened up an opportunity for Indian companies to participate in construction and installation works as well as supply of non-critical materials and equipment for the project, Alexander Khazin, senior vice-president for International Projects of ASE Group, an engineering division of Rosatom and the general contractor for Rooppur NPP, reportedly said.Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) has earlioer this year bagged a $110-million contract for civil works at Rooppur NPP in a joint venture with Bangladesh-based MAX Group, where the Indian company holds 40 per cent share, the Hindu BusinessLine said.“HCC has become the first Indian company to participate in the international civil nuclear market,” Arjun Dhawan, director and Group CEO, said at the time, according to the report.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Sunday said “hate has no place” in the United States after two mass shootings left 29 dead and sparked accusations that his rhetoric was part of the problem.The rampages turned innocent snippets of everyday life into nightmares of bloodshed: 20 people were shot dead while shopping at a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday morning, and nine more outside a bar in a popular nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio just 13 hours later.”Hate has no place in our country,” Trump said, but he also blamed mental illness for the violence”These are really people that are very, very seriously mentally ill,” he said, despite the fact that police have not confirmed this to be the case.”We have to get it stopped. This has been going on for years… and years in our country,” he said.In Texas, 26 people were wounded, and 27 in Ohio, where the shooter was killed in roughly 30 seconds by police who were patrolling nearby.100-round drum magazine Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl told a news conference that the quick police response was “crucial,” preventing the shooter from entering a bar where “there would have been… catastrophic injury and loss of life.”Biehl said the shooter wore a mask and a bullet-proof vest and was armed with an assault rifle fitted with a 100-round drum magazine.Police named the gunman as a 24-year-old white man called Connor Betts and said that his sister was among those killed. She had gone with him to the scene of the massacre.Six of the nine people shot dead were black, but Biehl said Betts’ motive was still unclear.In Texas, police said the suspect surrendered on a sidewalk near the scene of the massacre. He was described in media reports as a 21-year-old white man named Patrick Crusius.He was believed to have posted online a manifesto denouncing a “Hispanic invasion” of Texas. El Paso, on the border with Mexico, is majority Latino.’Amplifying and condoning’ hate Six of the 20 people killed in the El Paso shooting were Mexican, the country’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said Sunday.The manifesto posted shortly before the shooting also praises the killing of 51 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March.Police said the suspected shooter has been charged with murder offenses that can carry the death penalty, and a federal official said investigators are treating the El Paso shooting as a case of domestic terrorism.At the Walmart in El Paso, terrified shoppers cowered in aisles or ran out of the store as gunfire echoed.Most of the victims were inside the store but some were also in the parking lot outside, police said.”Shooting kids and women and men, to him it mostly mattered that they were Hispanic,” said Manuel Sanchez, a resident of the city.These were the 250th and 251st mass shootings this year in the US, according to the Gun Violence Archive, an NGO that defines a mass shooting as an incident in which at least four people are wounded or killed.Despite a string of horrific mass shootings in the US, where gun culture is deep-rooted, efforts to strengthen firearms regulations remain divisive.The latest two shootings ended a particularly tragic week for gun violence in America: three people died in a shooting at a food festival last Sunday in California, and two more Tuesday in a shooting in a Walmart in Mississippi.On Twitter, Trump described the El Paso attack as “an act of cowardice.”But critics said Trump’s habit of speaking in derogatory terms about immigrants is pushing hatred of foreigners into the political mainstream and encouraging white supremacism.”To pretend that his administration and the hateful rhetoric it spreads doesn’t play a role in the kind of violence that we saw yesterday in El Paso is ignorant at best and irresponsible at worst,” said the Southern Poverty Law Center, a major civil rights group.It cited Trump actions like calling Mexican migrants rapists and drug dealers and doing nothing when a crowd at a Trump rally chanted “send her back” in reference to a Somali-born congresswoman.The Republican mayor of El Paso, Dee Margo, seemed to discount any race element to the Texas shooting, telling Fox News the gunman was “deranged.”But several Democratic presidential hopefuls said Trump bears some of the blame for the violence.”Our president isn’t just failing to confront and disarm these domestic terrorists, he is amplifying and condoning their hate,” Pete Buttigieg tweeted.”Mr. President: stop your racist, hateful and anti-immigrant rhetoric. Your language creates a climate which emboldens violent extremists,” Senator Bernie Sanders wrote on Twitter.
Share There’s more rain falling on some parts of the U.S. than there used to be, and many towns just aren’t ready for the flooding that follows.Ellicott City, Md., is one such community. Nestled in a valley west of Baltimore, the town was founded in 1772, and some Revolutionary War-era buildings still house businesses along the narrow main street in historic downtown. It also sits at the confluence of three streams.That downtown was largely destroyed by a flash flood in 2016. Main street was a raging river, tearing off awnings and sweeping away cars and dumpsters. Two people died.It took millions of dollars and more than a year of work to rebuild. Then, on Memorial Day weekend this year, just as many businesses were reopening, the same thing happened. A thunderstorm dropped about 8 inches of rain in three hours, the road became a river, and a man was killed.“This is our new normal,” says Kevin Bloom, whose family has owned West End Service, a local commercial truck dealership, since the 1920s. He’s standing in front of a boxy garage, looking across the parking lot that should be full of vehicles waiting to be sold or fixed.Until recently, Bloom cleared out the parking lot only in special situations — like when the remnants of a hurricane made their way up the coast. Now, the almost-daily thunderstorm warnings in this area make him nervous.“Any time there’s a threat of a storm, we move things out of the way. That’s how we have to operate,” he explains, pointing up the hill where he parked his inventory. “We have real estate that we can’t use [during] certain times of year, because there’s always a threat of a storm. And it’s not a tropical storm, it’s a thunderstorm.”Scientists say there are two reasons for flash floods like the ones that have hit Ellicott City: more rain, and nothing to soak up the water.“As we increase the greenhouse gas concentration, the Earth is heating. The air warms up, the oceans warm up, and more water vapor goes into the atmosphere,” explains Donald Boesch, the former director of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. “And, if we can remember from fourth grade, [the] water cycle — whatever goes up has to come down.”Warmer air and water have led to more precipitation in some parts of the United States.“It’s a matter of both frequency and the amount of rain that comes in these extreme events,” Boesch says. “For the Northeast, about 53 percent more rain is falling in these extreme rainfall events.”According to the 2014 National Climate Assessment, the Northeast and Midwest are seeing the largest increases in heavy rain. Even in the Southwestern U.S., the amount of rain that falls during severe storms is increasing, even as climate change also increases drought risk.All that rain has fewer and fewer places to go.“We have altered the watershed so that the water runs off more rapidly,” Boesch says. Parking lots, roads and roofs make the ground less permeable.For every new parking lot or wider road, communities should also expand drainage systems such as stormwater retention ponds and larger storm drains.But many places, big and small, haven’t kept up with both development and climate change. For example, Houston is scrambling to expand reservoirs and reinforce bayous after Hurricane Harvey overwhelmed the city’s drainage systems with more than 50 inches of rain last year.On a smaller scale, something similar is playing out in places such as Ellicott City.“Merchants and property owners are the ones who pay the price,” for the increased flood risk, says Ron Peters, an Ellicott City resident and member of a local flood control working group.Peters says the state and federal governments should help the county upgrade its drainage infrastructure upstream of Ellicott City. “I’ve walked the watershed, I’ve driven through it hundreds of times. That’s where the problem is,” he says. “We need to build retention ponds, and we need to make the existing ponds bigger.”Bloom, the auto dealer, says drainage infrastructure does need to be updated, but that with more rain coming more frequently, some buildings may need to be removed.“The approach needs to change,” he says. In the future, “some homes may not be where they currently are, because they need to give it back to the stream.”That might include the home where his grandmother was born. In 2016, the house was badly damaged by the floodwater. They rebuild and added sealing doors and other protections, but it made little difference — last week’s storm damaged the foundation and left the the home unlivable again.It’s becoming clearer and clearer to him that, if the floods are here to stay, the house may have to go. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.