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October
2019

Quebec police find body they believe is 71yearold man tied to Amber

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec provincial police said Wednesday they found a body investigators believe is that of a missing 71-year-old man connected to last week’s Amber Alert case.Sgt. Claude Denis said an autopsy will be conducted in order to determine if it is Yvon Lacasse, who hasn’t been seen since his car was stolen Thursday night in Lachute, Que.A six-year-old boy who had gone missing in Quebec with his father was found on Friday inside Lacasse’s vehicle in eastern Ontario.The father was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of the child’s mother.Denis said police found the body in Arundel, Que., 100 kilometres northwest of Montreal, after several days of searching for the missing 71-year-old.“All signs point to it possibly belonging to Mr. Lacasse,” Denis said. “But there will be an autopsy and the body’s identification has to be done to the satisfaction of the coroner.”Officers used ground forces, canine units and a helicopter to retrace the journey made by the suspect through Quebec to find Lacasse.Denis said investigators received a tip that led them to Arundel, Que.Police called the Amber Alert after the boy’s mother was found dead last Thursday in a home in Saint-Eustache, Que.Roughly 24 hours later, Ontario provincial police stopped Lacasse’s stolen vehicle near Renfrew, Ont., and arrested the father.The 41-year-old suspect has been charged with second-degree murder in the woman’s death and is currently hospitalized in Ottawa after an alleged suicide attempt.last_img read more

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October
2019

Paramedics cautionary tales to NPSS students about driving safety hits home

first_imgSwan said that the proportion of teenagers getting their driver’s licenses is higher in Northeast B.C. than on the coast, and that they’re getting their licenses earlier. He added that after 17 years of giving his presentation, more and more youth are getting the message about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Students at North Peace Secondary School got to hear and see some of the horrific consequences of impaired and distracted driving during a presentation on Thursday by one of ICBC’s road safety speakers, though last week’s tragedy in Saskatchewan meant that message was toned down somewhat.Ted Swan is now in his 30th year working as a paramedic in B.C., and has been giving presentations to senior high school students across the province for 17 years. Before speaking at NPSS, Swan spoke to students in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson, before wrapping up in Hudson’s Hope on Thursday afternoon. Thursday’s presentation on road safety began with a moment of silence to honour the victims of last Friday’s crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior hockey team. Swan then began educating the students who had packed the gym’s bleachers about what to expect if they’re involved in a collision.  Swan described some of the injuries a vehicle’s occupants would sustain in a crash, and the subsequent medical procedures they’d undergo in hospital. One moment that got a reaction of the male members of the crowd in particular came during Swan’s illustration of the size of a uretic catheter.Paramedic and ICBC road safety speaker Ted Swan holds up a catheter during a presentation at NPSS on Thursday. Photo by Chris NewtonAccording to ICBC statistics, between April and June every year there are about 410 crashes in Northern B.C. involving people between the ages of 16 and 21, resulting in an average of 80 injuries. Statistics show that speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving are the three leading causes of car crashes on B.C. roads.Swan explained after that he did tweak his presentation after last week’s bus crash.Paramedic Ted Swan joins students and faculty at North Peace Secondary School in a group photo after Swan’s presentation on Jersey Day. Photo by Chris Newton.“I did pull some punches, I did not give them the full presentation due to that. The energy here was very sombre, and rightly so. I know what it’s like as a first responder to go to a multi-casualty incident.”last_img read more

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October
2019

Moroccan and Spanish Officials Meet to Implement New Family and Women…

By Julia CabreraRabat – A Moroccan delegation of Human Rights Council members from Azghenghan traveled to Roquetas de Mar, Spain to learn about women and family training projects that could be implemented in Morocco.Segangan City Councilor and President of the Noumidia Association for Family and Children, Bouchra El Khalfioui, and the President of Morocco’s National Federation of Amazigh Associations, Mohamed El Hammouchi, met with Ortega to discuss Roquetas de Mar’s long standing programs like the “Municipal Information Center for Women” (CMIM), which was established in 1995 and has since then offered women information, training and psychological care, as well as intervention in civil, criminal, and labor law cases. Ortega and other Municipal technicians also explained the function of the Socrates Parent Program for parent education and other programs developed by the provinces Social Services for Comprehensive care for families during the meeting. “The Moroccan representatives wanted to know in depth the thematic and methodology of the programs, as well as the results obtained since they were launched, since they consider that Roquetas de Mar is a reference in the attention and training of women and families, [given] the long experience that the municipality has,” Ortega told Spanish news outlet La Voz.Both parties spoke of the possibilities of a transnational program that would allow Azghenghan and Roquetas de Mar to exchange their experience and expertise. Ortega explained that, in such a program, “Moroccan technicians will visit Roquetas to be trained as future drivers of the various programs, and our experience and background can support the implementation of projects on family and women in our neighboring country.” read more

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October
2019

Police arrest 230 suspects linked to recent violence in Kandy

Mob violence in Kandy last week resulted in several Muslim owned property being damaged or destroyed. (Colombo Gazette) The Police have arrested 230 suspects linked to the recent violence in Kandy.Among those arrested were 161 suspects from the Kandy area and 69 suspects from other parts of the country.

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October
2019

Court approves conducting DNA tests on remains of bombers

The Fort Magistrate today approved a request from the Police to conduct DNA tests on at least two of the suicide bombers killed during the Easter Sunday attacks.According to the Police, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had sought court approval to conduct DNA tests on two of the bombers who triggered explosives at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Kingsbury Hotel. The Fort Magistrate approved the request to obtain blood samples from the relatives of the two bombers to conduct the DNA test. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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October
2019

Wireless connections creep into everyday life as Internet of Things grows

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wireless connections creep into everyday life as ‘Internet of Things’ grows BARCELONA, Spain – A car that tells your insurance company how you’re driving. A bathroom scale that lets you chart your weight on the Web. And a meter that warns your air conditioner when electricity gets more expensive.Welcome to the next phase of the wireless revolution.The first wave of wireless was all about getting people to talk to each other on cellphones. The second will be getting things to talk to each other, with no humans in between. So-called machine-to-machine communication is getting a lot of buzz at this year’s wireless trade show. Some experts believe these connections will outgrow the traditional phone business in less than a decade.“I see a whole set of industries, from energy to cars to health to logistics and transportation, being totally redesigned,” said Vittorio Colao, the CEO of Vodafone Group PLC, in a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The British cellphone company has vast international interests, including its 45 per cent ownership stake in Verizon Wireless.Companies are promising that machine-to-machine, or M2M, technology will deliver all manner of services, from the prosaic to the world-changing. At U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.’s booth here at the show, there’s a coffeepot that can be ordered to start brewing from a tablet computer, or an Internet-connected alarm clock. A former president of Costa Rica is also at the show, talking about how M2M can save massive amounts of greenhouse gases by making energy use more efficient — enough to bring mankind halfway to the goal of halting global warming.The M2M phenomenon is part of the larger drive to create an “Internet of Things” —a global network that not only links computers, tablets and phones but that connects everything from bikes to washing machines to thermostats. Machina Research, a British firm, believes there will be 12.5 billion “smart” connected devices, excluding phones, PCs and tablets, in the world in 2020, up from 1.3 billion today.But how does this transformation happen, and who stands to profit?First, the devices have to be able to connect. That’s not a trivial undertaking, especially considering that people don’t upgrade washing machines or renovate their homes as often as they change cellphones and PCs. One company at the show, a Los Angeles-based startup named Tethercell, has an ingenious solution for battery-powered devices: a “fake” AA battery that houses a smaller AAA battery in an electronic jacket. It can be placed in a battery compartment with other batteries. Within a distance of 80 feet, some smartphones and tablets can then signal the “battery” to turn the device on or off. For instance, parents whose kids have a lot of noisy toys can turn all of them off with touch of a single button. A fire alarm could send a text-message warning that its battery is running low, rather than blaring an audio signal.Unfortunately, a Tethercell from the first production run costs $35. Co-founder Kellan O’Connor believes the price can come down to $10, but that’s still a non-trivial cost, and symptomatic of the high price of building out the Internet of Everything. For devices that need to connect at long range over a cellular network, the cost of radio components alone ranges from $10 to $70, according to analyst Dan Shey of ABI Research.That’s not expensive in the context of some big-ticket items, like cars, which have been forerunners when it comes to non-phone wireless connections. General Motors Corp. started equipping cars with OnStar wireless calling and assistance services in the mid-90s. At the show, it announced it is updating the service for faster data connections, enabling services like remote engine diagnostics and upgrades to the control software. AT&T Inc., which has been aggressive about getting into the M2M business, is ousting Verizon Wireless as the network provider for OnStar.Colao, the CEO of Vodafone, gave an example of another “smart” car application that might seem intrusive to some: the company has been trying out a service in Italy that lets an auto insurance company know how much a car is being used, and charges premiums accordingly. It can also score the driver based on his or her driving style, and give pointers on how to handle the car more safely.Cellular connections are creeping into smaller, cheaper devices. Ecooltra, which rents out electric scooters by the day in Spain, wants to connect them to the Internet, which would let renters figure out through their phones where there’s a scooter for rent and how much of a charge is in its battery. The feature is perfect for quick, impromptu rentals by the hour. Adding “smarts” to the scooters in the shape of a cellular modem would turn the company from a conventional rental service to a “scooter-sharing” business, much like car-sharing services like Zipcar.Once devices are connected, the next problem is getting them to talk to each other, and making sense of what they’re saying. ABI’s Shey says this is the real business opportunity in M2M, more valuable than making the modems or providing the wireless connections. He believes that’s driving a behind-the-scenes scramble of deal-making at the show, as companies like AT&T seek to bolster their ability to support M2M by acquiring companies that provide a “middle layer” of software between the devices and their owners.For connections between devices in the home, like that remote-controlled coffee-pot, Qualcomm touts its AllJoyn project, which it seeks to make an industry standard. Currently, the main ways for devices to connect to each other and figure out what they can do, like Bluetooth and DLNA, are too limited and difficult to use, said Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Innovation Center.With AllJoyn, “there’s nothing to stop you from making a speaker that listens for notifications and turns them into speech, so you hear, ‘Hey, you left the refrigerator door open!’” Chandhok said. “You take very simple things and connect them, and people build experiences on top of them. That’s what we’re trying to do.”Jose Maria Figueres, the former president of Costa Rica, is now the president of the Carbon War Room, an organization co-founded by billionaire Richard Branson to promote cutbacks in greenhouse-gas emissions through smart private enterprise. Figueres believes M2M has huge potential to wring efficiency out of energy-guzzling activities, and could reduce emissions equivalent to 9.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide by 2020 — roughly equal to the combined emissions of India and the U.S. today.Vodafone provided one example of how this might be done. The city of Groningen in the Netherlands has put sensors in the trash containers that serve public-housing units. They alert trash haulers when they need to be emptied, saving on unnecessary trips and reducing fuel use by 18 per cent.With M2M, “in many cases you have information moving instead of us moving,” Figueres said.In another example, Dutch authorities started controlling their street lights wirelessly rather than with “dumb” timers. They save on energy by dimming the lights if traffic is scant, but can also turn them on early if the day is dark.Could M2M be overhyped — a promise that won’t deliver? The wireless industry is no stranger to rosy projections that don’t pan out. Shey, the ABI analyst, thinks M2M will deliver, but perhaps not in a sexy, flashy way. When machine-to-machine connections are created, he said, it’s usually not because someone is making a big bet on the future, but because they save money.“It’s about gaining more out of the asset that you have, like a truck. When it needs maintenance it gets maintenance at the right point. Or ensuring that the vending-machine guy only goes to the vending machine when it’s empty,” he said. by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 10:51 am MDT read more

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October
2019

Emotions sky high as YYC opens its newest runway

Emotions sky high as YYC opens its newest runway by News Staff Posted Jun 28, 2014 6:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Stampeders weren’t the only one’s celebrating a touchdown Saturday afternoon.The first plane has landed at Calgary’s newest runway.Aviation consultant Rick Erickson said the investment allows the largest commercial flights to pass through YYC.“For every ten dollars the City of Calgary economy creates, one dollar is coming through the airport, so an investment in a runway facility like this, and a terminal facility as well, will ensure that aviation continues to be a major contributor to the Calgary economy,” he said.Erickson said this allows Calgary to compete with every airport in western North America.A 767 took off for Tokyo at around 2:00 p.m. read more

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September
2019

Ohio State extends win streak to 19 beats Iowa 3424

Senior wide receiver, Corey Brown (10), reaches for the end zone for the first Ohio State touchdown of the game. OSU won against Iowa, 34-24, Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor It took just over three quarters, but the Ohio State football team finally managed to put Iowa away, winning 34-24 and extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games.The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2)  were in control of the game from the outset, as senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a two-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock to end a 12 play, 80-yard drive to open the game.OSU (7-0, 3-0) cut the lead to 7-3 after Drew Basil’s 27-yard field goal on the ensuing drive, but Iowa made it 10-3 when Mike Meyer connected on a 28-yard kick of his own.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller then hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown on a 58-yard strike on the next drive to tie the game. It was Brown’s sixth touchdown reception of the season.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was proud of the way that Brown played, citing how he has become more of a leader on the team since senior safety Christian Bryant went down with an injury.“When you lose a Christian Bryant-I keep looking for that next guy and I found him, I think,” Meyer said. “It’s No. 10, Philly Brown. The emotional guy that’s in the locker room and the kickoff team. He was outstanding.”Iowa fired back, though, as Rudock found junior wideout Kevonte Martin-Manley from six yards out to put Iowa ahead at halftime, 17-10.OSU knotted the score again after Carlos Hyde ran for a one yard score to open the second half. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the game at 24-17, when Miller found junior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 14-yard score with a little over three minutes to play in the third.Miller, who ran for 102 yards in the win, said he has not physically felt this good since the beginning of the season.“I had a knee injury and it set me back a little bit, but (I) felt pretty good out there, good week of preparation,” Miller said. “And the O-line did a hell of a job and coaching and it showed it on the field.”Iowa again fought back, as Rudock found sophomore tight end Jake Duzey for an 85-yard score down the right sideline.Meyer said he was “very concerned” about the defense after giving up a play like that.Hyde gave OSU the lead for good when he ran for his second score of the game, this one from 19 yards out. The Buckeyes’ running back broke numerous tackles on the play, leaping over two defenders for the score.“I never had a run like that (before),” Hyde said. “I was just trying to catch my balance and once I did I turned around and I see Philly Brown with an unbelievable block…I got so excited and I hadn’t even scored yet when I saw the block. And then I just went in for a touchdown.”Basil kicked another field goal that put OSU up by 10, and redshirt-freshman Tyvis Powell recorded his first interception of his career when he picked off Rudock just over four minutes to play. The Buckeyes were able to run out the clock to preserve the 10-point victory and stay unbeaten.OSU had to play most of the game without their top cornerback, redshirt-junior Bradley Roby, who was ejected from the game for targeting a defenseless receiver in the first quarter. It is the first time an OSU player has been called for targeting this season.“I’m curious to find out the rule and the replay official,” Meyer said of the play. “That’s supposed to be all replay. If that’s not true, then I need an answer.”Miller finished the game 22 of 27 passing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and Hyde carried the ball 24 times for 149 yards and two more scores.The win tied OSU for the second longest winning streak in school history, at 19 games, with the 2002-03 Buckeyes.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the team as a whole team has great confidence in itself to keep the streak alive.“That’s something really special about this team is there’s never any doubt that we’re not going to win that game,” Heuerman said. “No matter what the score is, no matter if the offense is getting stopped or defense is getting run through, there’s never any doubt and we always know we’re going to win the game.”OSU is scheduled to take on Penn State next weekend at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

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September
2019

MCC lack skills necessary to submit Financial Statements – Communities PS

…says Council, not Ministry, has responsibility for appointing ‘these officers’Permanent Secretary (PS) Emil McGarrel appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Communities Ministry, Emil McGarrel told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that the reason why the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) did not submit Financial Statements for 2006-2013 and 2015, even though they are in violation of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, is because the Councillors are not financially competent enough to undertake such endeavours.McGarrel, supported by staff of the Communities Ministry and of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, appeared before the PAC based on information revealed in the Auditor General’s 2015 report, relating to the Ministry of Communities.Among some of the issues addressed at the PAC was the outstanding Financial Statements of the municipalities.The Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 of the laws of Guyana, requires all accounts of the Municipal and District Councils to be made up yearly to the end of the financial year by the Treasurer of the council. These accounts are to be made up no later than four months after the end of the financial year to which they are related, for auditing by the Auditor General soon after.According to the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 of the laws of Guyana, Section 176, the responsibility of submitting Financial Statements for the councils lies solely with the Treasurer of the councils.McGarrel explained that the failure of the council to submit these statements is a problem of poor financial management. He said that this is a challenge that has several root causes including the financial standing of the councils to employ the necessary skills, needed for effective management.“If you do an analysis of the officers holding position (of) Treasurer in most of the councils, it will let you know that you need to do more work to attract greater skills,” McGarrel said. He noted that the issue is exacerbated by the fact that the Council, not the Ministry, has the responsibility for appointing these officers.Notwithstanding this, the Communities PS said that his Ministry has started discussions with the Auditor General’s Office on the development of a strategy to empower the Councils to improve their financial management capabilities. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt to recoup $1.2M overpayment for Plaisance Market TarmacFebruary 7, 2017In “Local News”City Hall hands over financial documents to Auditor GeneralMarch 12, 2018In “latest news”City Hall to be audited again, non-cooperation this time will involve DPP – Auditor GeneralFebruary 20, 2018In “Crime” read more

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September
2019

3 years on Jordan says constitutional reform still on Govts agenda

Finance Minister Winston JordanAfter more than three years in office, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has said that constitutional reform is still high on the Government’s agenda. Constitutional reform was a main campaign promise of coalition partners; the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC), during the 2015 elections campaign.During his 2019 Budget presentation in the National Assembly today, Jordan announced that the bi-partisan committee on constitutional reform will complete its scrutiny of the constitutional reform bill. However, he did not say when.Jordan also revealed that funds have been allocated for the Prime Minister to conduct a survey and consultation in collaboration with the University of Guyana, in order to raise awareness of the reform process and also to gauge the population’s understanding of the issue.He also said that the  Administration is in full support of PM Moses Nagamootoo to lead the government’s efforts in the reform process.More than three years after making a bold proposal for a political solution through constitutional reform, the APNU/AFC Government is facing severe heat for not treating the issue of constitutional reform seriously as their leaders had promised.The Coalition partners had committed to the establishment of a Constitution Reform Committee with a mandate to complete consultations, draft amendments and present same to the National Assembly for approval within nine months.Government had indeed appointed a committee headed by Attorney and former AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes to examine the process for constitutional reform. While the committee presented its report to Government some months ago, no movement has been seen.The report is still before the Cabinet and the process appears to have been stalled. This has led to speculation that the Government has lost interest in constitutional reform, even though it allocated $80 million to constitution reform and appointed PM Nagamootoo to lead the process. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBipartisan committee on constitutional reform to meet later today; Opposition unimpressedDecember 7, 2018In “latest news”Guyana risks becoming pariah State if Govt doesn’t respect rule of law – TeixeiraJune 24, 2019In “latest news”No movement towards Constitutional Reform in Guyana – former AGSeptember 9, 2016In “latest news” read more

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September
2019

BEUMER secures order for Prairie Eagle mine curved coal conveyor

first_imgBEUMER Group’s US subsidiary, the BEUMER Corporation, been awarded a contract to design, supply and install a nearly four-mile overland conveying system at Knight Hawk Coal’s Prairie Eagle Mine in Illinois. The Knight Hawk project is a strategic win for BEUMER, allowing the company to broaden its mining sector footprint, according to Brad Williams, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for BEUMER’s Conveying & Loading Division, based in the Kansas City area. “We are very accustomed to handling coal and coal residuals in the Power industry, but we are excited about the opportunity to focus on a project directly in the coal mining sector,” Williams said.The curved trough overland conveyor system will carry coal from Knight Hawk’s new underground mine portal to its main coal preparation plant at Prairie Eagle. The overland conveyor will allow Knight Hawk to seal a portion of its underground mine and bring coal to the surface near its current mining activities. Commissioning of the new conveying system is scheduled for April 2019.“This project is right up BEUMER’s alley from a technology standpoint, as it will become our third overland curved trough conveyor installed in North America in the last five years,” Williams said. “Our curved conveyor technology allows for a single-flight system that costs less to install and operate than a conventional conveyor system, and will offer Knight Hawk long-term financial and environmental benefits when compared with trucking.”The original request for proposal called for four straight conveyors requiring three transfer towers, Williams explained. BEUMER’s winning proposal features a single-flight curved conveyor system that eliminates the cost of tower steel, and greatly reduces the quantity of components and necessary spare parts. It reduces the dust, noise, maintenance and operating costs associated with the transfer points, and offers 98% reliability compared with roughly 92% reliability of four conveyors operating in series.Prairie Eagle is the hub of Knight Hawk’s coal mining operations, processing and shipping more than 80% of the company’s 5 Mt of annual coal production. Opened in 2005 as a surface mine, the Illinois facility was expanded to include two underground mines, Knight Hawk’s primary coal preparation plant, and multiple truck load-out facilities. Prairie Eagle is widely recognised as one of the most efficient underground mines in the United States.last_img read more

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September
2019

Tsipras takes time on reshuffle

first_imgEurozone finance ministers agreed “in principle” Thursday to launch a discussion for a third Greek bailout as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delayed an expected reshuffle, possibly to give him more time to make widespread changes to his government.“The Eurogroup welcomes the adoption by the Greek Parliament of all the commitments specified in the Euro Summit statement of 12 July,” the Eurogroup said in a statement after a conference call during which finance ministers discussed the prior actions, including pension reform, voted through Parliament early Thursday.The statement did not make any reference to the bridge financing that Greece needs to make payments to the European Central Bank and others next week, before it starts talks on a new package.However, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem told an emergency session of the Dutch Parliament that eurozone finance ministers are seeking 7 billion euros of bridge financing for Greece from the European Financial Stability Fund from which Greece will be able to pay back its arrears to the International Monetary Fund and be able to cover the 3.5-billion-euro bond held by the ECB, which matures on Monday.Tsipras met Thursday with a number of key advisers to discuss how best to respond to the failure of 39 SYRIZA MPs to vote for the prior actions passed through Parliament in the early hours of the morning as part of the government’s bailout agreement with lenders.The prime minister is certain to replace the five ministers who voted against the measures but by last night did not appear to have taken a decision on whether his reshuffle would be limited to just these positions or whether he would announce more sweeping changes in his cabinet.It is thought that if Tsipras does not announce a new cabinet Friday, he will do so next week after a second set of reforms demanded by the institutions is due to be passed through Parliament. If the reshuffle is delayed a few more days, it is expected the prime minister will use this time to ring a number of changes to government personnel.The option of delaying the reshuffle means that Tsipras would avoid stoking tension within SYRIZA ahead of the next vote and would give the premier more time to seek suitable candidates for government posts, possibly from outside the political arena.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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September
2019

The Mancunian Candidate Is Doctor Who Moving to Manchester

first_imgThis is due to #DWSR apperantly – they want to try and keep spoilers to a minimum for series 11. Don’t know how to feel right now ^SD— #DWSR Returns In Nov (@WhoFilming) September 4, 2017The BBC did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.There may be another side to the story, though.A quick Internet search will point you to every spot the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors have step foot in Caerdydd (learn some Welsh during your visit). But 12 years of filming has also taken cast and crew outside of Cardiff:Clearwell Caves in Gloucestershire can be seen in “The Christmas Invasion” and “The Satan Pit”; the London Eye plays a role in “Rose”; the ballroom of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire is featured in “The Girl in the Fireplace”; Somerset’s Wells Cathedral makes an appearance in “The Lazarus Experiment”; and the Doctor, Amy, and River travel to Stonehenge in “The Pandorica Opens.”So it’s entirely possible that Manchester is not the new home of Doctor Who. But that it is simply another filming location Chibnall already has his eye on.On the other hand, the Lovin Manchester blog has called for “brand new members to join [the BBC] crew for Doctor Who, including extras for a special location in our city.”“Among the new roles are technicians and skilled backstage extraordinaires who are ambitious enough to bring the on-screen magic to our living rooms,” the blog said.The British Broadcasting Channel, meanwhile, was recently looking to fill a Doctor Who script editor position in Cardiff. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Birthplace of Roald Dahl and Shirley Bassey, home to the world’s oldest record store, and one of the smallest European capitals, Cardiff is perhaps most famous for its role in Doctor Who.The Welsh city has served as a backdrop to the Doctor’s wild adventures—in-house at BBC Wales studios and across the borough—since the show’s 2005 reboot.But incoming boss Chris Chibnall may have other plans to bring the long-running sci-fi favorite back to his home country of England.As reported by FanSided, the new showrunner wants to tighten on-set security, presumably in an effort to avoid prying eyes and possible spoilers. Which may mean require relocating to Manchester, as rumor has it.Stalkers Fan faction DWSR (Doctor Who Set Reports) over the weekend hinted at a possible change of address for the TARDIS: Or maybe Doctor Who is filmed in Cardiff and a Doctor Who spin off will be filmed in Manchester? ^JH— #DWSR Returns In Nov (@WhoFilming) September 3, 2017Another DWSR user offered a more solid hypothesis:last_img read more

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September
2019

3 hospitalized after headon collision in Lauderhill

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people are in the hospital after a head-on collision in Lauderhill, Monday.Officials said two vehicles collided near Northwest 55th Avenue and 17th Court.One of the drivers was pinned inside his truck until bystanders pulled him to safety.All three victims were rushed to Broward Health Center in serious condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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September
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Community Youth Against Violence meet with NW MiamiDade students about crime

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida organization met with students at an elementary school to talk about violence and juvenile crime.Community Youth Against Violence met with fourth and fifth graders at Earlington Heights Elementary in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday.Lorenzo Johnson, Sr., the founder of the program talked with the students about school violence and juvenile crime, as well as the importance of community support.“We always try to encourage kids and people to come forward before things happen, but a lot of times they got what they call ‘snitching,’” Johnson said, “and a lot of kids and people are scared to snitch because they think it’ll come upon their family.”Students also learned about proactive policing, parental accountability and zero tolerance while voicing their opinions and concerns.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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September
2019

Lockdown lifted at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School after armed suspect

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A lockdown has been lifted at a North Miami-Dade high school.According to Miami-Dade Schools, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School at 2601 NE 151st St. was put on lockdown as a precaution after police activity was reported in the area. However, just after 2:40 p.m., the lockdown was lifted.Miami-Dade Police say a person with a rifle was spotted near Oleta River State Park. Officers and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were on the scene searching for the suspect.It is unknown if the suspect was ever located.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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September
2019

Installation Support Tops Armys FY17 Wish List

first_imgThe Army cites $1.4 billion in facilities sustainment, restoration and construction requirements that didn’t fit into its fiscal 2017 budget request, making installation support the most expensive item on its list of $7.5 billion in unfunded requirements submitted to Congress.The Army’s unfunded installation needs, obtained by Breaking Defense, would allow the service to:improve restoration and modernization from 37 percent to 82 percent of critical requirements;improve facility sustainment from 68 percent to 80 percent across all components; andfund 15 critical military construction projects, including reserve centers, access control points, an equipment concentration site and a company operations facility.The Army’s second most expensive unfunded requirement is training, which includes $1.4 billion in requirements needed to restore the readiness shortfall that resulted from the statutory spending caps. Those needs include home station training, flying hours, training ammunition, improvements to combat training centers, four emergency deployment/redeployment exercises, operational and range support, and individual skills training.The service’s wish lists are an opportunity for the military services and combatant commanders to outline weapons and other items they need but weren’t included in the Pentagon’s budget request. They are typically used by the armed services and appropriations committees to justify spending on items left out of the budget. The lists are expected to assume a heightened significance this year as defense hawks in the GOP strive to increase the department’s budget beyond the administration’s request, reported Politico.“The unfunded requirements are not just going to be wish-list items, they’re going to be real items that should have been funded … that we’re going to have to put back,” said Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio). Turner earlier urged the House Budget Committee to add $23 billion to Pentagon spending for FY 2017.The Army also listed $1.2 billion in unfunded needs to address recommendations from the National Commission on the Future of the Army, covering aviation modernization, retaining an 11th combat aviation brigade, retaining four National Guard attack battalions and National Guard readiness. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

09
September
2019

Crude spill at Valdez Terminal under investigation

first_imgThe Valdez Marine Terminal, where a spill was discovered early Saturday morning. At this time, it is thought that most of the oil was contained to the berth. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Interior)Officials are looking in to what caused an oil spill discovered Saturday morning at the Valdez Marine Terminal.Listen nowAccording to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, which operates the terminal, under 200 gallons of oil leaked from two arms used to load crude onto tankers.Alyeska reports most of the oil was contained to the berth, and state officials have seen no evidence that oil reached the water. But according to Geoff Merrell with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, due to rough sea conditions, it’s probable some crude escaped containment and then was naturally dispersed.Alyeska spokesperson Kate Dugan said the spill’s cause is still unknown. She confirmed the leak is not ongoing.The incident happened at the same berth where a different spill happened last September. Back then, over 140 gallons of crude residue leaked into the Port of Valdez during an annual test of the loading arms, of which nearly 130 gallons was recovered. An investigation later determined that spill was primarily caused by human error.Brooke Taylor with the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, a watchdog group, said it’s too soon to say if there’s any relationship between the two spills, but she added valve issues may be a common factor.“Any time you have two incidents and there is a piece of equipment that is even in part contributing to that situation, that’s then going to highlight this is an area that should be looked at very closely and possibly corrected,” Taylor said.Icy conditions affecting valves could have contributed to Saturday’s spill, Taylor said. She said Alyeska was already looking at making improvements to the terminal’s valves before this weekend’s spill.Alyeska reports that Saturday’s incident did not impact the trans-Alaska pipeline’s operations. In addition to the state and Alyeska, the U.S. Coast Guard also responded to the incident.last_img read more

02
September
2019

Can President Trump Stick To A Script Beyond The State Of The

first_imgPhoto via Twitter @SusanNow3President Trump delivers his first official State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.No natural orator, President Donald Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter gets turned off.Time and again, Trump has followed up a well-received, stuck-to-the-script address with moments of wild indiscipline, quickly losing any momentum in a controversy of his own making. His first State of the Union address on Tuesday will be the biggest test yet of his ability to not just deliver a stately speech but also to then stay on track as the White House rolls out policies building on it.“He has little message discipline,” said Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush. “Virtually every time he moves the ball far down the field, he seems to derail himself with a tweet days later instead of building on the momentum.”The State of the Union is a big set piece for any president, a chance to showcase the accomplishments of the past year while setting the tone for the next one. Every word is meticulously vetted, every presidential guest is carefully chosen and each moment is painstakingly rehearsed. For Trump, dogged by low poll numbers and the persistent Russia probe, the speech carries particular importance.“It’s one of the few events presidents conduct in which 30 to 40 million or more Americans are watching,” Fleischer said. “There is hardly another moment of presidential exposure as big as this one, and it’s one when the president and his staff have all the control. They are not reacting to events. They are controlling them, and they need to deliver.”Last Feb. 27, Trump indeed delivered when he gave his first address to a joint session of Congress. The speech came amid a period of crisis for the young administration — national security adviser Michael Flynn had been dismissed days earlier — and amid questions about whether Trump had the ability and temperament to lead the nation.Surprising critics, he sounded a rousing call for unity, declaring that it was time to end an era of “pure unadulterated division” in the wake of a bruising campaign and a tumultuous start to his presidency.“The time for small thinking is over,” Trump said. “The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts. The bravery to express the hopes that stir our souls. And the confidence to turn those hopes and those dreams into action.”The speech, which also featured an emotional standing ovation for the widow of a slain Navy SEAL, drew raves from Republicans and grudging respect from many Democrats while prompting a number of observers to wonder if Trump had found his footing and was ready to usher in a new, more responsible chapter of his presidency.That lasted less than a week.On March 4, Trump typed out a series of tweets in which he accused President Barack Obama of authorizing a wiretap of Trump Tower, an unsubstantiated claim that Trump punctuated with the assertion that his predecessor was a “bad (or sick) guy!” The resulting furor derailed any momentum Trump had gotten from the speech and put the West Wing back on the defensive.It’s far from the only moment when Trump has squandered a brief era of good feelings. In June, he delivered a somber address to the nation after the shooting at a congressional baseball practice, and then two days later, he took to Twitter to attack his own Justice Department while declaring the Russia probe a “witch hunt.”And the day after he delivered a thunderous address as he accepted his party’s nomination for president at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Trump turned what was supposed to be a brief thank you to volunteers into a score-settling screed, relitigating the conspiracy theory that his rival Ted Cruz’s father had been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.The White House has spent weeks crafting the State of the Union speech, seeking input from Cabinet heads and agency leaders. Led by policy adviser Stephen Miller and staff secretary Rob Porter, the speech has gone through a number of drafts that have circulated throughout the West Wing, and the president has added input with handwritten notes.Trump is expected to highlight immigration and national security issues, outline his hopes for new trade deals and reveal some of his long-awaited infrastructure plans. He then could, as his predecessors did, spend some time traveling the country in support of those ideas.Odds are that Trump sticks to the script for at least one night. All bets are off after that. Sharelast_img read more

31
August
2019

Get a taste of some Assamese Cinema

first_imgBestowed with the honour of the Best Assamese Feature Film in the 60th National Film Awards, Baandhon (Waves of Silence) is about to enthrall a wider audience. With its release in five metro cities on 5 July. It  would become the first Assamese movie to be showcased outside Assam.It has been directed by the eleven times National Award winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua, who is also credited for being one of the pioneers of Assamese art cinema. The film will be shown with English sub-titles in the metros. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Baandhon’s is a story of an elderly couple- Damdeswar and Hkawni- whose lives are deeply impacted when their grandson goes missing in the attacks of 26/11 in Mumbai. Baandhon captures the turmoil and the upheavals the couple goes through, in trying to come to terms with the void that has been created in their lives forever.On the occasion of the release, multiple award-winning director, Jahnu Barua expressed, ‘The national release of Bandhon marks a new era for the Assamese film industry. I hope the film touches the heart of the audience.’last_img read more