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Had a nice day off today and my anxiety wasn’t too bad. Walked the dogs to the beach this morning, did a bit of cleaning, went for a hike and now I’m sitting on my balcony with a beer. Also my paddleboard came! Hoping to try it out in the next few days.

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You can’t call it rush hour traffic yet, but there’s been a bit of a rebound in the amount of traffic moving along the Halifax’s two harbour bridges.

It’s dramatically different from when the pandemic shut down everything in mid-March.

“I think at one point we were down to as low as 40 per cent and then it stayed that way for several weeks,” said Alison MacDonald of Halifax Harbour Bridges.

According to the bridge commission, numbers are inching back up week-to-week.

“Around six weeks ago, we were at around 47 per cent of normal traffic compared to the same time period in 2019,” MacDonald said.“Now we’re at about 58, 59 per cent.”

About 385,000 vehicles were on the two bridges last week, about 14,000 more than the week before and 35,000 thousand more when compared to early May.

On Wednesday, Halifax Transit reported a ridership drop of 73 per cent during the pandemic.

Ridership on the harbour ferries has been down about 90 per cent.

“It’s quite a transformation,” said Halifax Transit user Kenneth Purcell.“I’m used to seeing it packed.”

Halifax Transit says any change to its schedule or safety protocols will be done gradually over time and that transit should continue to be only used by people getting groceries or going to and from work.

“A lot of people will assume that it will be alright and the buses will be packed again,” Purcell said. “We just want to keep this to a minimum; we don’t want this spreading too much right?”

Back at the A. Murray MacKay Bridge, work will continue to switch an expansion joint that will require several full weekend closures in the weeks to come.

“Hopefully, the impact won’t be as great because traffic will be reduced overall,” MacDonald said.

Bridge traffic usually goes down in the summer and the commission says it could take up to a year for traffic numbers on the bridges to return to normal.

As both transit and the bridges deal with an overall revenue shortfall, the bridge commission said Thursday it has no plans to hike any fares in the near future.

from CTV News - Atlantic
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     (the male on the left and the female on the right)

Le Moineau Domestique (Passer Domesticus):

Ce petit oiseau est bien connu dans les villes. Le mâle se fait reconnaitre grace à son bec et sa bavette noire et le dessus de sa tête gris. En automne et hivers, sa bavette et son bec pâlissent. La femelle et le petit ont tous les deux un pelage plus terne, une poitrine unie et un sourcil beige.

Le Moineau Domestique est sédentaire et typique des villes et des fermes du Québec et les Maritimes, on le retrouve en milieu urbain, près des habitations. Il aime profiter de la moindre ouverture des revêtements d’édifices et de maisons pour y faire son nid. Il s’installe également dans les plantes grimpantes, les nichoirs et les cavités naturelles.

The House Sparrow (Passer Domesticus):

This tiny bird is well known in the cities. The male is recognisable because of his black bib and beak and his grey head. During winter, his bib and beak’s color turn more pale. The female and the juvenile both have a tern colored coat and a beige breast and brow.

The House Sparrow is sedentary and typical from the cities and the farms of Quebec and the Maritimes, you can find it in an urban environment, close to the habitations. It likes to benefit of of the least opening in the coatings of buildings and houses to set up his nest. He also likes to make his nest in climbing plants and natural cavities

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Thursday May 28th, 2020


The actual run was fine, 12x200m and over pretty quickly, it went well, no qualms about the actual physical activity, BUT the fucking weather ughhhhhh. Humid, warm, sunny, I have honestly never sweated so much in my life and it’s not even because the running was hard. I wanted to round out my run to 5 km but I got close to home and couldn’t stand it anymore so I just ended my run and hopped in the shower.

Saturday is my long run and thankfully it’s supposed to be max 21°C that day so I probably won’t die.

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#13 Hiroya Miyagi (Tokyo, Japan)

#14 Yoshida Kazumasa (Kashihara, Japan)

#21 Daiichi Takeyasu (Tokyo, Japan)

#26 Tomei Daiki (Gifu, Japan)

#27 Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Saskatchewan)

#35 Higa Motoki (Okinawa, Japan)

#39 Keisuke Kobayashi (Tokyo, Japan)

#43 Yuito Mae (Tokyo, Japan)

#46 Hitomi Honda (Tokyo, Japan)

#59 Kaneda Kazuyuki (Takarabe, Japan)

#60 Yu Hidarisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

#66 Ryo Yoshida (Tokyo, Japan)

#68 Yu Suzuki (Tokyo, Japan)


#23 Fushimi Torai (Chitose, Japan)

#45 Daisuke Iida (Tokyo, Japan)

#62 Katsuki Yamazaki (Itami, Japan)


#5 Masahiro Nishino (Tokyo, Japan)

#9 Koji Oshiro (Tokyo, Japan)

#24 Kotaro Kurebayashi (Tokyo, Japan)

#38 Shuhei Kojima (Tokyo, Japan)

#53 Sho Gibo (Tokyo, Japan)

#64 Shinya Hirosawa (Tokyo, Japan)


#56 Yusuke Matsui (Osaka, Japan)

#59 Toru Nemoto (Tokyo, Japan)


Manager Nakajimi Satoshi (Akita, Japan)

Pitching coach Kobayashi Hiroshi (Hatsukaichi, Japan)

Assistant pitching coach Kishida Mamoru (Suita, Japan)

Hitting coach Ryutaro Tsuji (Minoo, Japan)

Assistant hitting coach Koyano Eichi (Tokyo, Japan)

Assistant hitting coach Toshio Saito (Okazaki, Japan)

Infield coach Takayuki Takaguchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Outfield coach Yoshida Shintaro (Kanazawa, Japan)

Development coach Takashi Miwa (Kashiwa, Japan)

Assistant development coach Tsutomu Sakai (Funabashi, Japan)

Position player coach Kohei Suzuki (Tokyo, Japan)

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