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Each year, the European Commission publishes a report on innovation, ranking the different EU member countries. While this year has seen positive trends overall, the body has warned that more is needed to be vie for global competition. Coming in fifth, the UK is doing reasonably well compared with other EU member countries.

Published with the aim of highlighting to EU member countries the areas which they ought to focus on improving, the European Commission has released its 2018 ranking on innovation in Europe .

The commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elzbieta Biénkowska commented on the rankings in a European Commission press release , saying: "The 2018 scoreboard shows again that Europe has a wealth of talent and entrepreneurial spirit, but we must do better at turning this excellence into success."

Although Europe has managed to maintain its footing in terms of world innovation, China is fast closing the gap, with its rate of innovation growing up to three times faster than that of the EU. To produce the ranking, the Commission gives points based on a number of factors — including whether the country has an "innovation-friendly environment", a country's human capital, public expenditure on innovation and related investments made by private companies.

Below you can see Europe's 20 most innovative countries, ranked from least innovative to most according to the innovation points assigned to them by the European Commission.

20. Lithuania: 71.1 points

Innovation in human resources: Attractive research systems: Innovation-friendly environment: Finance and support for innovation: Investment in private sector innovation: Innovators: Synergy between public and private sector to innovate: Intellectual Assets: Employment: Exports and sales of innovative companies:
Finances and support for innovation: Intellectual assets:
Innovators Synergy between the public and private sectors to innovate: Employment
Investments in private sector innovation
Investments in innovation from the private sector:
Investments in innovation of the private sector:

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Male basset hounds are harder to housebreak. | Chillin/iStock/Getty Images

Average lifetime destruction bill: $809.88

Another breed that hates to be left alone, according to , these low-slung droolers can cause a lot of destruction. The males are particularly hard to housebreak, which can ruin your carpets in no time.

If you leave your basset hound alone not only will he likely howl, he’ll chew on anything in sight. In addition, these dogs are diggers, so make sure you set up a designated dig space for him.

Next: Runs like the wind

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Average lifetime destruction bill: $717.47

Whippets can be destructive and mischievous, according to yourpurebredpuppy , And they pretty much insist on being up on the furniture. Because whippets love to run, it’s essential to give them a heapin’ helpin’ of daily exercise. Once you meet their intense exercise needs, they are generally quiet, calm dogs.

Next: Set your sights on some chewing.

English setters shouldn’t be home alone all day. | Rjgunn007/Wikimedia Commons

Average lifetime destruction bill: $671.19

When a website like yourpurebredpuppy claims an English setter “must not be left alone all day without the company of people or other pets,” it’s a definite red flag. This breed becomes quite destructive, venting frustration through barking and chewing. In addition, this breed sheds heavily and is difficult to housebreak.

Next: You’d better stay home with this one.

They are ultra protective of their families. | Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Average lifetime destruction bill: $616.92

Jim Young, DVM, posted on his website that bulldogs don’t do well when they’re left alone. Sounds like a familiar tune here. When left alone, Young says, they can be very destructive.

Because bulldogs are sensitive to heat, it’s a bad idea to keep them outside when it’s hot — instead, stay with them inside. In Young’s words, it’s “nearly impossible to lavish too much love and attention on a Bulldog.”

Next: You won’t believe this cute dog is naughty.

They love to dig and chew. | Proxima13/iStock/Getty Images

Average lifetime destruction bill: $609.52

Who woulda thunk these cute, lil wiener dogs could wreak havoc? Apparently, plenty of people who own them.

According to the American Dog Blog , it is part of the breed’s genetic makeup to dig and chew. Dachshunds have a very high energy level, which can turn into destructive behavior easily. Even if you give this breed lots of playtime and exercise, you might need to consult a dog training expert to help prevent your dachshund from creating chaos.

Jovan Olafioye is a six-time CFL All-Star. He signed with the B.C. Lions in 2010 and was traded in 2017 to Montreal Alouettes, before rejoining the Lions in 2018. (Kevin Light)

"I've actually never heard of someone doing this. And I'm not sure that it excites us a whole lot, to be perfectly candid," he said.

The Residential Tenancy Act doesn'tprohibit landlords from accepting gifts, but Hutniaksaid he would discourage it.

"Everyone applying for a unit should be on equal footing," he said. "[Landlords]should simply say, 'Thanks, but no thanks.'"

However, the tenancy act also defines rent as a value,Sakamoto noted.

That can apply in cases where tenants get their rent reduced in exchange for caretaking services or sprucing up their units, he said.

"It shows that rent can simply be more than money."

No landlords have snapped up the tickets yet, but Olafioyehas been fielding multiple offers since posting online.

We will have a 2 bedroom place in Port Moody available -- comes with a community pool and rec centre, near Skytrain, walking trails, Rocky Point Park. Furnished too (although we'd have to change some things in the 2nd bedroom for the kidlets) DM me.

I have a place available DT August 1 near BC Place if you don't find something sooner. 2 bed 2 bath 1030ft +balcony.

"I didn't want to do it in anegative way. I just needed some help," he said.

"I'vebeen out here for alongtime and done really good for the B.C.Lions and always been a good person to the community. I thought Icoulduse that to my advantage to try to get a place."

He said many otherplayers areliving in hotels, which the leagueoffers at a discounted rate or are settlingin Airbnbs.

But Olafioye is desperate to find a stable place for his family.

What's his deadline? "Yesterday," he laughed.

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City police and area communities cite better transmitting and receiving as benefits from the new tower.

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WATERVILLE — The 140-foot-tall radio communications tower next to the Police Department on Colby Street is fully functional, affording a much higher quality dispatching service not only for city police and fire, but also for eight other communities and Delta Ambulance.

“It is completely operational,” police Chief Joseph Massey said of the tower. “It’s working absolutely fantastic. We’re now able to both transmit and receive our radio communications for this station to the cars, to all the communities out there, and it is just so much better than we had before, obviously.”

The city provides dispatching services for police and fire for Waterville, Winslow, Oakland and Clinton and fire for Sidney, Albion, Belgrade, China and Rome. Waterville also dispatches for Delta Ambulance.

“All our customers have given us feedback,” Massey said. “The signal is stronger, the clarity is much better. It’s a huge improvement. There’s just no question about it. All the antennas are brand new.”

The new tower also has improved communications for officers using small, portable radios on their belts, according to Massey. In the past, for instance, an officer on foot traversing hilly terrain or moving around buildings or other obstructions had difficulty sometimes transmitting or receiving on their portable radios, but now they can go anywhere in the city and experience a better, stronger signal, he said.

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