VANCOUVER – British Columbia Attorney General David Eby says he cancelled a town hall meeting on a property-tax increase amid security concerns ignited by the leader of the Opposition.Eby said he became worried about safety and security issues connected to the event in his Vancouver-Point Grey riding after Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and others working in the real estate industry encouraged people without tickets to attend.The meeting on Tuesday evening was set to discuss the government’s plan to increase school taxes next year on homes assessed at above $3 million.“The frustration for me is Mr. Wilkinson is totally capable of hosting his own events and his own rallies, but he was inviting people, along with a couple real estate agencies, to attend this event even if they didn’t have tickets,” Eby said. “We had no capacity and no ability to deal with that.”Wilkinson rejected Eby’s concern that having an overflow crowd at a community gathering posed a security risk and warranted cancelling the event.“Almost all the people involved are seniors and pensioners, and so it’s difficult to contemplate how someone in their 70s represents a security risk to David Eby,” Wilkinson said.Eby said the event was scheduled to be held in a former church in the Kitsilano neighbourhood and the 300 tickets sold out quickly. He said organizers considered holding a telephone town hall to accommodate more people, but decided to keep it as scheduled.Organizers did not have enough time to find a larger venue, said Eby, whose riding has some of Canada’s highest-priced homes, including that of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson, who owns a house assessed at $78.8 million.Eby said that in the days prior to the meeting, a letter from the Liberals urging people to attend the town hall without tickets was circulating in his riding. He said he didn’t want students and seniors who volunteered to work security to face an overflow crowd of potentially uninvited guests.“I was no longer able to ensure the security of the event,” he said. “I’ve never had to cancel an event before in my whole career. I couldn’t ask seniors and high school students to try and hold the line at the front door.”Wilkinson said Eby had enough time to book a larger venue to accommodate the many concerns of his constituents, who are primarily seniors on pensions.“The question goes back to Mr. Eby: Are you prepared to be accountable to your constituents or not?,” Wilkinson said.He signed a letter from the Liberals urging homeowners, including those in his neighbouring riding, to attend the meeting “whether you have a ticket or not.”The New Democrats introduced several tax measures in last February’s budget to dampen property speculation and increase the supply of affordable housing opportunities in British Columbia.The school tax would be set next year at 0.2 per cent on the portion of property valued above $3 million. It would increase to 0.4 per cent on properties above $4 million.— By Dirk Meissner in VictoriaCompany in this story: (Nasdaq: LULU)
Kolkata: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) will confer D Litt on noted author Sanjib Chattopadhyay at its 44th convocation that will be held on Wednesday. Apart from Chattopadhyay, noted classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri will also be awarded D Litt by the university.The convocation will also see some other awards being handed over to the recipients. Kalabati Debi will be conferred the West Bengal State Akademi Award for dance, while Maya Ghosh will receive the same award for drama, noted sitar player Manilal Nag for music and Wasim Kapoor for visual arts. Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Memorial Award will be presented to Shubhendu Maity for folklore research. RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury said that Professor V N Jha will deliver the convocation address and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, who is also the Chancellor of the university, will also grace the occasion. The convocation programme will be held at the Jorasanko campus of the varsity. 99 students will be handed over their PhD degrees while medals and endowments will be handed over to 138 students. Rabindra Bharati University was founded on May 8, 1962 under the Rabindra Bharati Act, to mark the birth centenary of poet Rabindranath Tagore at his residential house at Kolkata, for the advancement of learning and culture particularly in the branches of music, dance and drama.
Rabat – Moroccan Chef Faycal Bettioui has received the world’s most coveted award that every chef aspires to receive, a Michelin Star.Bettioui received the award at the 2019 Michelin Star Ceremony held in Berlin on Tuesday 26th.The 36-year-old Moroccan studied computer sciences in the U.S before opting for dentistry. While preparing for his bachelor in Biology at Florida International University in Miami, Bettioui then switched his direction again to pursue his passion for cuisine. The Moroccan chef earned the award after a long journey of 20 years of practicing his passion by taking the command of two restaurants in Miami, and one in Germany, Zur Krone- one of the most ancient food houses in the city of Neupotz.Bettioui has been the chef and owner of Zur Krone restaurant since 2015.
by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Alberta could be in line for financial relief from an obscure, seldom-used federal program in order to help ease the economic pain caused by falling commodity prices.The Alberta government could be eligible for payments under the 50-year-old fiscal stabilization program, designed to compensate provinces that suffer steep drops in revenues from one year to the next, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Friday.Now Saskatchewan, Alberta’s resource-producing neighbour, has taken notice.The Prairie province has also been walloped by the commodity slump, but its finance minister acknowledged Friday it doesn’t quite meet the criteria to receive cash through the fiscal stabilization program — yet.“I can’t foretell right now what’s going to happen next fiscal year, but we may get to a point where we might be eligible,” Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty told The Canadian Press in an interview.Doherty, who hadn’t heard of the program until very recently, suggested the formula behind fiscal stabilization could be ready for an update because of the severity of the resource-related shock in several provinces.It also has the potential to drag on, he added.“Maybe now is the time to take a look at some type of a stabilization fund or re-tweaking of that legislation such that it recognizes the significance of those downturns in those provincial economies,” said Doherty, whose province has particularly felt the squeeze of low prices in oil, potash and uranium.“We’re kind of being hit by the perfect storm in commodities right now.”He did acknowledge, however, that Alberta is facing a considerably bigger financial challenge than Saskatchewan.Last fall, Alberta projected large revenue declines for 2015-16. Since then, resource prices have slipped even further.Provinces can make claims under the program when economic shifts cause their revenues to tumble by more than five per cent from one year to the next. Declines in resource revenues of more than 50 per cent are also accounted for.They can receive up to a maximum payment of $60 for every provincial resident, an amount set in the late 1980s.Morneau said Alberta, which has a population of about 4.1 million, could receive up to $250 million from Ottawa.Doherty estimates Saskatchewan would receive as much as $70 million if it qualified.“Which is not a great deal of money on a $14-billion-plus budget, but it certainly would be helpful,” said Doherty, who’s also calling on Ottawa to expedite its promised infrastructure spending.Doherty said he hadn’t had a close-enough look at the formula to specifically suggest whether its eligibility requirements or the cap should be re-examined.For his part, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said Friday that he didn’t have any problems with the $60-per-person maximum.Ceci did confirm that he spoke with Morneau and that a decision on the fiscal stabilization could be made in the coming days.“We’ve had some discussion about the difficulties Alberta is in right now and the support federal assistance would mean for this province,” Ceci told reporters in Calgary.“Anything would be helpful. As a population, as an economy, as an industry it is challenging right now for all Albertans.”Morneau said Friday that Ottawa would work “expeditiously” to move forward on any claim made by Alberta.Alberta’s situation has become a priority for the federal government.A senior federal government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a fiscal-stabilization payment was just one of several possibilities Ottawa is exploring as it scrambles to find ways to help the hard-hit province.In preparation for the spring budget, the federal government has also instructed bureaucrats across many departments to generate “innovative ideas” that could help provide specific relief for the Alberta economy, said the source, who wasn’t authorized to disclose details publicly.Alberta’s woes are “dragging down the entire Canadian economy,” the source warned.Potential solutions include fast-tracking infrastructure spending and tweaking the usual, per-capita infrastructure funding disbursement formula to reflect economic need, the source noted. Another idea being examined is a boost to direct transfers to individuals, perhaps through modifications to the employment insurance program.Trudeau is scheduled to visit Alberta next week.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Hard-hit Alberta may qualify for federal cash relief, Saskatchewan takes note
“Conventional weapons trade clearly needs better global regulation. It is regrettable that the negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty ended without the desired outcome. The goal is in sight, however. It is important that the process continues within the UN context,” President Niinistö said in his statement at the Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.“As one of the co-sponsors, Finland continues to reach out for a substantive and as nearly universal treaty as possible,” he added. At the four-week long Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), held in New York in July, representatives of the 193 UN Member States failed to reach agreement on a treaty that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The treaty was seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. According to media reports, some countries had indicated they needed more time to consider the issues.In his statement, President Niinistö also drew attention to other types of weapons – nuclear and chemical – noting that weapons of mass destruction remain an existential threat to international peace and security. “Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, disarmament and the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy are all necessary parts of the whole,” he said, adding that Finland is prepared to host a conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free from nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction this year. “The task has been described as difficult but rest assured, we will do our utmost to fulfil it. Nuclear material cannot be allowed to fall into the wrong hands,” the President said. “National measures and international cooperation are both needed to stop nuclear terrorism. As a user of peaceful nuclear energy, Finland is strongly committed to continue the process.”The Finnish President noted that while chemical weapons were banned some years ago, the relevant treaty is not yet universal. He offered the expertise of the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, or VERIFIN, to the international community should the need for it arise in the Middle East.At the same time, the Finnish leader recognized that poverty reduction is the “ultimate means to secure the peace in many parts of the world,” and that, above all, economic growth and a level playing field for all are required for this. “Development cooperation can assist, especially in the least developed countries. Those countries that already suffer the effects of climate change are particularly vulnerable and in need of our support,” President Niinistö said, adding that despite budgetary pressures within the Eurozone, Finland has increased its outlay for development assistance over the past years to an annual level of around $1.5 billion.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The UK’s used car market grew by 7.9% in the first half of 2016, to reach the highest number of sales since records began, according to new figures published today by SMMT.4,181,042 used car transactions were made between January and June – the first time the market has surpassed four million units in the first half of the year. The surge in used car sales mirrors the record and sustained levels of growth in the new car market in 2015 and earlier this year.Motorists in the South East of England were responsible for the highest share of sales (14%), followed by those in the North West (10.2%) and the West Midlands (9.8%). Meanwhile, London was Britain’s used car capital, followed by Birmingham and Leeds.April was the most popular time to buy a used car, when used car stock is particularly strong following March’s plate change, with more than three quarters of a million (760,308) vehicles purchased in this month. The most sought after age for a used car was between one- and three-years-old, with these making up the biggest proportion of overall sales.Reflecting the trend towards more compact driving seen in the new car sector, superminis were the most sought after body type, representing one in three transactions (33.9%), with small family cars in second place, accounting for more than a quarter (27.2%).Silver was the most popular colour, with almost half a million cars changing hands so far this year, followed by black, chosen by one in 10 used buyers, blue and grey. Bolder colours were in also in demand, with yellow and gold, which had fallen in popularity in the new market, now featuring once again in the used car top 10.The Ford Fiesta was the UK’s favourite used car, with nearly 60,000 sold so far this year. Ths was true of buyers in Cardiff, while Edinburgh’s best-selling used car was the Vauxhall Corsa, Londoners preferred the Ford Focus and car buyers in Belfast were more likely to opt for the Volkswagen Golf.Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, SMMT, said, “The UK’s used car market is at its strongest ever, and that’s great news for buyers spoilt for choice with the latest advanced vehicle technology and attractive financing options.3 The growth in the used car market has reflected the record demand for new cars in recent years, but future growth in high cost purchases will depend on stable consumer and business confidence.” More than 4 million used cars changed hands in H1 2016, the highest number on record.Demand grew 7.9% on same period last year.Most popular used car was silver, aged between one and three years-old and a supermini.
OSU junior defensive specialist Valeria León (3) prepares to hit the ball during a game against Florida State on Sept. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSomething will have to give when the No. 12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team begins Big Ten play on Wednesday.OSU (11-1), currently in a stretch of 11 wins in a row, is set to host No. 21 Minnesota (8-2) at St. John Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. After losses to Texas A&M and Stanford to begin the season, Minnesota has won its last eight matches and hasn’t lost a set in its last seven.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said when the Golden Gophers stay in their system, they are one of the best teams in the country, and winning the serving and passing game will be crucial in order for his team to come out on top.“If they’re comfortable, if we’re kind of playing to their strengths in terms of tempo and blocking, they’re going to be good,” Carlston said. “We need to cover the ball because they’re going to get some blocks. We’ve got to get in there and give ourselves second and third chances.”The Golden Gophers have been strong on both sides of the net so far this season, ranking 10th in the country in blocks per set (2.94) and 13th in hitting percentage (.283). They are led by senior outside hitter Daly Santana, who is currently second in the conference with 4.59 kills per set, and junior middle blocker Paige Tapp, a preseason all-Big Ten selection whose 1.32 blocks per set rank fifth in the conference.OSU sophomore outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said the competitive nature of the Big Ten has her excited for conference play to begin.“There’s always a change in the atmosphere once we get into Big Ten play just because we get ranked against each other and we’re kind of out for each other’s heads,” Schirmer said.Although the Buckeyes are in the midst of a lengthy winning streak, senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said that team is taking things day-by-day and keeping its focus on the future.“That’s in the past, that’s preseason,” Richardson said. “Now it’s Big Ten, it’s time to really focus and get down to business.”Randall returnsFor the first time in nearly a year, junior outside hitter Kylie Randall appeared in a match last weekend, picking up two kills in OSU’s win over Eastern Illinois.Randall hadn’t played since Sept. 28 of last season due to torn ligaments in her left ankle.After a long road to recovery, Randall said she was happy to be back on the court.“I was just really excited to be with the girls,” she said. “I’ve been practicing throughout the summer and beginning of this preseason. Obviously it’s a lot different than last year’s team, and I’m just really excited for the future.”Carlston said it was nice to see Randall be able to “shake off the cobwebs” and that he expects her to play a key role down the stretch for the Buckeyes.“This Big Ten season is pretty long and grueling and so she’ll definitely be a piece of the puzzle moving forward,” Carlston said.Previous matchupsOSU is 34-40 all-time against Minnesota but has fared well at home, going 20-13. The two teams split a pair of five-set matches last season, with each team winning on their home courts.What’s next?Another matchup with a top-20 team awaits the Buckeyes on Sunday, as they’re set to take on No. 16 Wisconsin — which knocked OSU from the NCAA tournament last season — at St. John Arena at 2 p.m.
Sandvik Mining has added 6- and 8-in models to its growing RH460 DTH hammer family, designed to reduce costs, increase penetration rates and prolong service life in even more drilling applications. It is also introducing 4- and 5-in RH460hp hammers, air-efficient high-pressure models designed to operate at 32-35 bar. At 35 bar, RH460hp hammers consume less fuel and cost less to operate than similar hammers at the same pressure.The high-pressure hammers, an ideal match for Sandvik DR500-series rigs and the company’s new Pantera, feature the same benefits as all RH460 hammers.The growing RH460 family optimises the impact-energy transmission in variable ground conditions. Enhanced air cycle improves expansion and compression rates, producing more power while reducing air and fuel consumption.Developments in the piston design and improved lubrication capabilities dramatically increase piston and hammer life across the RH460 series. Sandvik Mining has devoted much R&D work into designing the bearing surfaces to ensure bending vibrations in the piston are eliminated.RH460 hammers also feature a unique V-lock mount system designed to prevent movement of the internal components, ensuring reliability and eliminating the need for shims and special assembly tools.The working principle of the RH460 range ensures that the hammers start up in any direction, making their design well-suited for all surface and underground mining applications.The design of the RH460 series makes the hammers easy to service. The complete high-performance, cost-effective range is designed to utilize bits with generic shank types.
Of the complaints that are verbally issued to Google by developers through their computer screens are some of the issues being experienced with the Android Software Development kit. With the announcement that Google TV would support the Market and run Android 3.1, concerns were raised at Google I/O with the increasingly slow emulator, and a lack of clarity when it came to developing for Google TV. Fortunately, Google noticed this hesitation and offered up a few seminar classes on developing for Google TV as well as showing off many new visualization tools in the Android SDK.Google TVAlthough the next version of Google TV is to be based on Honeycomb, there’s very little that is similar when it comes to how you would interact with an app on a TV versus how you would interact with an app on the phone/tablet. Google’s seminar on this topic addressed ensuring that navigation functionality included what almost feels like a blast from our past now – the D Pad.Since the remote control was invented to make it so we didn’t have to get up off the couch to change the channel, it doesn’t make much sense that we return to that model by making users go touch their screens. The next sentiment Google shared with the users is making sure it was understood that the more things you tell Android your app MUST have, the less likely it is to function on Google TV. If your Twitter app tells Android that there MUST be a camera present, then at this current point Google TV won’t show that app in the market as cameras are not currently supported.Finally, Google helped developers understand what they considered the appropriate screen markers should be, in order to have the app display properly. Treating the screens as “screen size Large” and going above the 800×480 resolution is the best way to reach the most HDTV’s. This way, developers can start building their apps for those screen sizes now, since they are already part of the Android SDK.New UI Visualization ToolsIt seems like most other “modern” SDKs for mobile platforms have a sort of What You See Is What You Get editor for building user interfaces and testing them out before ever needing to compile the kernel. This has been something that, until now, Google has not really provided their developers with in the same capacity as competitors do.With the preview that was shown at Google I/O, the app visualizer tools will make it extremely easy to take the elements you’ve already placed into your code and help you optimize its visual properties. In application, the app seemed to closely resemble an advanced version of Google App Inventor, and offered a handful of features built to make any developers like easier. For example, at any point in the visualizer if you would like to see Google’s reference material on the subject, you can go to developer.google.com in the section you’re looking for just by clicking the link. The final thing Google did here was recognize their own shortcomings with the Android emulator in the SDK, and did reassure us that in a short time, those improvements would be made available.Developers in attendance at both of these seminars seemed eager to dig in to the new opportunities presented by these upcoming features, and as a previous user of Google’s SDK these are welcome changes that will speed innovation for the Android ecosystem. You can learn more or even give it a shot yourself at developer.android.com.Below is a talk given at Google I/O specifically about Android development tools. It’s geared towards programmers, but does give you some insight into how Google is making things easier for developers.
Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Staff Image: Keith Heneghan/Phocus Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share34 Tweet Email3 The Irish Post is going to take over parts of Irish TV after its closure The paper said the sale would give it ‘a foothold’ in Ireland. Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 5:23 PM “There is also the opportunity to supplement this by a return to Sky and other TV platforms,” is said. Short URL ‘Physical presence’The company said it admired “the Irish TV concept” of creating local stories for an Irish audience living overseas.“At a time when British-Irish relations, both economic and community, are to the fore, we are pleased to now have agreed the terms of this transaction.”It added that it saw “further potential in (hosting) events in the future” following the success of the Irish Post Awards in London and the Irish TV Country Music Awards. Former Irish TV backer John Griffin Source: Domnick Walsh PhotographyA liquidator was appointed last December to oversee the wind-up of Teilifís Mhaigh Eo Teo, the company behind Irish TV.The broadcaster was founded in 2014 by husband and wife duo Pierce O’Reilly and Mairéad Ni Mhaoilchiaráin. It was primarily bankrolled by British multimillionaire John Griffin, who owned half of the company.The station ran into trouble after losing the support of Griffin. He had put roughly €15 million into the company, which had recorded losses of more than €5.5 million by the end of 2015.This article was updated to include a statement from Irish TV’s liquidator.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie https://jrnl.ie/3219820 A NEWSPAPER FOR the Irish diaspora in Britain will take over parts of the now-defunct Irish TV, the short-lived station based in County Mayo.The London-based Irish Post announced that it was buying digital and intellectual property from Irish TV, which went into liquidation late last year after collapsing under millions in losses.The sale, which is subject to approval from Ireland’s competition watchdog, includes the station’s business name, business databases, website domains, social media and extensive video content library. The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed.All of the staff previously employed by Irish TV – which had up to 150 workers in predominantly freelance roles across offices in Ireland, the UK and the US – lost their jobs when the station was wound up.A statement from Irish TV’s liquidator said the Sky slot is to be sold separately subject to conditions.“There are other miscellaneous assets to be disposed of but none as significant as the assets sold under agreement yesterday,” it said.The Irish Post said in a statement that it wished to establish a “physical presence” in the west of Ireland on the back of the sale, which would give it “a foothold” on the island.It said: “We see a strong future for Irish TV and indeed The Irish Post on small screen platforms like Facebook and Instagram, which can be successful away from the traditional large-screen broadcast networks. Image: Keith Heneghan/Phocus 20,148 Views Feb 2nd 2017, 5:23 PM 9 Comments
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram South Australia’s severe weather is set to continue this afternoon and evening with another vigorous weather front containing strong to gale force winds and possible heavy rain, according to the forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). This latest front could be longer in duration with increased winds averaging 50 to 60km per hour and possible gusts of up to 90km per hour.The state has been battered by strong winds and heavy rain since last Friday and many creeks and waterways are swollen, causing numerous road closures in both metropolitan and regional locations.State Emergency Service (SES) Chief of Staff Graeme Wynwood said that the SES had received more than 350 calls for assistance from the public over the past three days and is urging drivers to use caution on wet roads and be mindful of fallen trees. “With rain, wind and possible hail, roads can become extremely slippery and, as we have seen in recent weeks, fallen trees across roads are a real hazard,” Mr. Wynwood said. “The forecast for continuing high and possibly gale force winds could also mean more fallen trees blocking roadways or damaging property. “There is also the risk that many roads will be closed or damaged by the recent stormy weather and drivers should not take the risk of driving through flooded waterways.“Drivers or walkers should never enter floodwater as it can be difficult to determine the hazards beneath the water,” Mr Wynwood said. The public can gain access to sand and sandbags at Bridgewater CFS, Carey Gully Road, Bridgewater between 11am and 2pm today.If you need to report an incident call SES on 132 500 or if it is life-threatening call Triple Zero (000).The SES also advises the following precautions:• Never drive, ride or walk through floodwaters • If you don’t absolutely need to drive within the next 12 hours, don’t • Do not, under any circumstances, use outdoor appliances inside the house • Stay away from fallen powerlines. Always assume fallen powerlines are live – they should be reported to SA Power Networks on 13 13 66 • Park vehicles undercover and well away from trees • Stay indoors and away from windows and skylights when weather conditions are severe • Check weather forecasts regularly and listen to local radio for updates.
Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. The weather this weekend was kind of a mixed bag, depending on where you were. Along the coast it rained most of Saturday, about three-quarters of an inch as of 5 p.m. Inland and locally, we had a few scattered showers but generally less than a tenth of an inch by 5 p.m.A complicated low pressure system spinning offshore is moving east. Part of it will drop southward and swings inland or over southern Oregon and northern California.We’ll remain under the gun all week with bouts of rain and showers, and continued cool weather. We may have a dry day Thursday, but the timing of the moist impulses is difficult to pin down at this point. Just call it typical fall weather in the great Northwest,As we discussed last week, September was most likely going into the record books as a dry and cool month just like in 2015. Sure enough, rainfall totaled 1.15 inches here in Vancouver, 0.41 inch below average. The average men temperature was 61.8 degrees, 1.8 degrees below normal.We’ll see what your friends and neighbors measured as last month’s rainfall tally comes in in the near future.I was looking at past Octobers and found that in 2014, it was wet. Oct. 1, 2014, was a nice day at 68 degrees. We went 10 more days in the 70s and 80s until the middle of the month, when things went downhill quickly. The last half of the month was much cooler than average and we totaled 6.03 inches of rain.
A Vancouver man accused of hitting a woman in the head with a metal bat made a first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court.Alexander D. Mata, 28, appeared on suspicion of first-degree assault in connection with the Wednesday attack.The victim, Nichole Keyton, said Mata pulled her out of her parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Markle Avenue and said, “Your boyfriend is not here to save you now.” She said Mata was holding a metal bat, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Keyton said she called her boyfriend, Michael McLaughlin, and walked away from Mata. The next thing she said she remembered was her boyfriend picking her up off the street. She complained of head and neck pain and was transported to a local hospital, the affidavit states.McLaughlin told police that Keyton had called him and said Mata was harassing her again. He heard Keyton say, “Don’t hit me,” and then the phone went silent. He called 911 when Mata returned to the area, court records said.Police found Mata hiding in a nearby apartment complex with a large metal cane. Mata reportedly blurted out that he didn’t hit anyone and said, “I don’t hit girls,” according to court documents.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Sept. 21 that it will spend about $4 million to clean up a former Wrangell junkyard site with high levels of lead contamination.Download AudioAn aerial view of the junkyard site four miles south of downtown Wrangell. (Photo courtesy of dec.alaska.gov)Wrangell Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore says Wrangell initially got a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to test for contamination at the former site of the Byford junkyard, which is about four miles south of town.“The assessment came in and said we had very high levels of lead contamination and EPA jumped on it, was trying to get some funds, and then the accident in Colorado happened and those funds were diverted and we were told it wasn’t going to happen.”The accident Rushmore is referring to was when the EPA released waste from the Gold King Mine into a river in Colorado this summer. When federal funds were needed to clean up that mine waste, the state of Alaska took on the Wrangell junkyard cleanup.According to a DEC memo, the lead level at the former junkyard site is so high that it warrants an emergency cleanup.People living near the site could be affected by the high levels of lead in the ground. The EPA was planning to monitor lead levels in the blood of workers performing the cleanup due to the severity of the contamination.The site was used as a junkyard for a few decades where people dumped cars, batteries, oil and scrap metal. No effort was made to properly store those items.The City and Borough of Wrangell inherited the junkyard through a property tax foreclosure and cleared debris from the property. But it didn’t have the resources to excavate contaminated soil.
The largest toy store chain in the US, Toys R Us, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The chain has been facing pressure from online retailers and discount stores in recent years, and this latest move casts doubt on the future of thousands of staff, and their stores across the US and Canada. Toys R Us files for bankruptcy Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:21Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:20?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
gasThe people of the country will directly be benefited with the recent hike in gas prices, agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque told parliament on Sunday, reports UNB.The minister made the statement while responding to a supplementary question from Jasod member of parliament Shirin Akhtar.He was replying to the question on behalf of state minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid who was not present in parliament.”The gas price has been increased several times…there were reactions against these moves, too. I’m admitting that the common people were slightly affected due to this government move,” he said.Razzaque said gas or coal, or diesel is needed for producing power. “The government has to give huge subsidy to this sector.”He also said the prices might be increased for ensuring uninterrupted supply of power and gas, but its various types of positive effects like setting up industries, factories and mills have to be taken into consideration.The minister said if the government always gives subsidy then development in other sectors might be affected.”So, the government hiked the gas prices considering all related matters. With this, some people will be affected directly, but indirectly we all will be benefited…there’ll be positive impact on the overall economy,” he said.He mentioned that the government is trying to supply LNG through import from abroad. In the meantime, the government imported 500 million cubic feet of LNG. Private organisation Summit Power is importing another 500 million cubic feet of LNG.”As a result, there’s some sort of relief,” he added.Responding to a question from JP MP Fakhrul Imam whether it is legal to increase the gas price when parliament is in session and without informing it, the minister said he does not know anything enough about it.The average gas price has been raised by 32.8 per cent for the retail consumers in the country with effect from 1 July.
A new Kickstarter project has created the perfect compliment to touchscreen gaming. It’s called the Ringbow.Ringbow is a ring you wear on your index finger with a directional pad button that you control with your thumb, adding a new dimension to gaming and making things like navigating your smartphone and tablet easier.Gaming on phones and tablets has become so popular in recent years it’s surprising no one has thought of this idea sooner. Ringbow is the world’s first touchscreen accessory that acts as a mouse or joystick.It is designed to make any process more intuitive and efficient because it means your finger can now do much more than just touch. When playing games, it also gets rid of clunky touchscreen D-pads that take up vital screen space while at the same time keeping your fingers from covering the display.It’s not just good for gaming, Ringbow can be used for remote browsing while reading, correcting misspelled emails, as a remote control for your TV, and to answer the phone while you’re driving. The ring supports any Bluetooth-enabled device so the possibilities of what you could use it for are varied and will surely expand if it gets put into production. It also works on Android and iOS (very soon). Impressively, it has a battery that will last at least 5 hours worth of game time too.For a pledge of $45 you get a Ringbow, a micro USB cable to charge it with, and a game package which includes games made specially to support the device. For $55 a developers kit is included with 24 hour assistance from their technical team team.The creators of Ringbow, Saar Shai and Efrat Barit, plan to work with major games developers to take the device further. So far the Kickstarter has 821 backers who have raised $45,789 of the $100,000 goal. With 27 days to go, it’s very likely that this project will get funded and I won’t be surprised if we see Ringbow on sale in the near future.More at Kickstarter.
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd launched its unique and user friendly ‘Foreign Exchange app’, a consumer empowering one-stop-shop for foreign exchange transactions.According to International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipment in India grew 44% to 26.5 million units in June 2015. And equipped with his hand-held device, today’s digitally native Indian traveller (including business travellers, leisure, ad-hoc groups and last minute travellers) is increasingly impatient for information / transactions on the go. Thomas Cook India’s research having identified this blue ocean potential for secure and convenient foreign exchange transactions created its Foreign Exchange app to equip customers with easy, safe and smooth currency transactions with fulfilment while on the go.Thomas Cook’s android mobile app features Live Rates across major global currencies including USD, Euro, Swiss Franc, to cover both buying and selling of foreign exchange; also a Block my Rate option as protection against rate fluctuations. The application also provides customers a handy tool of Rate Alerts for specified currencies via SMS & Email.Commenting on India’s first ever transactive mobile-app for Foreign Exchange, Amit Madhan, Chief Operating Officer – IT & E Services, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd said, “Thomas Cook India’s internal research has highlighted that while over 40% of our online transactions are via a mobile device, for foreign exchange this is truly noteworthy – at over 65%. Hence launching our Thomas Cook Forex app was clearly the need of the hour.”He added, “With mobile data reiterating the Indian travellers’ shift to M-commerce, coupled with India’s booming smartphone market, as pioneers in the Foreign Exchange space we are delighted to present he first ever mobile application and its slew of unique and customer empowering features for India’s Forex consumers on the go.”The mobile application is available on Android (2.3.3 and up), with iOS expected in the next two months.
By Bejay BrowneTRAINERS from the association of Paphos lifeguards are appealing to the public to step forward in a drive to urgently train up more lifeguards to fill the shortfall in numbers.There are currently 71 lifeguards manning the districts beaches, but 123 are urgently required, according to officials, and should have been in place from June 1.A spokesman for the association said: “This was not possible in Paphos as not enough people are qualified yet. They have to undertake special training with us and then take an exam to gain their diploma,” he said.From the start of the 2018 ‘season’, between April 2nd to April 5, the district had 54 lifeguards on duty, a further 17 were added on April 5, said the spokesman.This move was part of Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides, national beach safety plan, ‘Salamis’, the first of its kind, and outlines jurisdictions, lifeguard’s duties and responsibilities, their working hours and coordination.“We are really grateful to the minister, he understands the challenges we face and has been a great help and support to the lifeguards, as has commodore Constantinos Fytiris, the chief of the joint rescue coordination centre and Paphos district officer, Mary Lambrou,” he said.However, there just aren’t enough trained and registered lifeguards in the district at the moment, he said.A recent group of around twenty trainees will receive their diplomas in a few days, and on Monday the next group started their training. The lessons involve learning how to correctly save someone from the sea, first aid, strengthening swimming abilities and so on, he said.In two weeks’ time, another month-long lifeguard training programme will get underway and people should register an interest now.“They can be any age from 18 and up and must be fit, good swimmers and know about first aid,” Mathaios Matheou, one of ten lifeguard approved trainers in the district of Paphos told the Cyprus Mail.The lifeguard association said that there is a huge need to provide the necessary protection for the district’s beaches and that they have already undertaken twenty lifesaving sea rescues since the season started, as well as a number of other incidents.“Most of these happened at Sandy beach in Kissonerga, where waves are high and currents are strong,” said Matheou.Paf17- Kostas Tontorof and Christodoulos ChristodoulouThe spokesman praised the three-man lifeguard team of Nectarios Papasokratous,Kostas Tontorof and Christodoulos Christodoulou stationed at this tower, ‘Paf 17’, where the most rescues have taken place.“Nectarios is 46 and was in the Cyprus Navy Special Forces. He is a very strong swimmer and won awards for his swimming. He has performed most of these rescues on his own using a rescue tube and flippers. It shows how much the lifeguards are needed.”Most of the rescues have been of Russian tourists under 40 years old, but a number have also been of locals too, he said.“We also hope to have at least 14 lifeguards in place at the popular beaches of the district of Paphos for eleven months of the year as there are many winter swimmers. This is our aim,” he said.For further information please contact- Paphos lifeguards association ‘Kinyras’ on Facebook :- Ναυαγοσωστικός ‘Ομιλος “Κινυρας” Πάφου You May LikeAppurse18 Amazing Pictures Taken At Just The Perfect MomentAppurseUndosaikoyThe1 Selling IPTV ServicessaikoyUndoFood PreventBanana Smoothie for Weight LossFood PreventUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoProperty owners price themselves out of the marketUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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