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New Brunswick premier still hopes to convince Quebec of Energy East benefits

first_imgFREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says he believes he can convince Quebec’s skeptical premier of the benefits of reviving the Energy East pipeline project.Higgs, along with a number of premiers and federal politicians, are pressing for a restart of the $16 billion Energy East pipeline project to get oil from Alberta to refineries in Eastern Canada and to an export terminal in Saint John, N.B.The pipeline would have to pass through Quebec, but Premier Francois Legault has signalled he’s not interested.Higgs says he’s hoping to convince Legault that Energy East would benefit all provinces including Quebec when the two men are face-to-face this week at a first ministers’ meeting in Montreal.Alberta is cutting production and buying rail cars in an effort to address slumping prices for its oil.Higgs says he’s worried the level of transfer payments to provinces like his could be at risk if Alberta’s oil revenues aren’t addressed, and he believes a pipeline to move western crude to Eastern Canada and foreign markets could be the solution.TransCanada, the original proponent of the pipeline, has stated it has no plans to revisit the project.Higgs suggests that a holding company be formed to start the application process to the National Energy Board, and that TransCanada or another company could become interested then.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest Shares dive as Trump tweets rattle investors

BANGKOK — The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump’s threat to raise tariffs on imports from China to 25% as of this coming Friday (all times local):12:30 p.m.Chinese share benchmarks have plummeted more than 5% as threats by President Donald Trump to raise tariffs in the trade war with Beijing raised doubts over the likelihood of a deal between the two biggest economies.The Shanghai Composite index plunged 5.8% to 2,906.33 while the Shenzhen A-share index, which includes many smaller companies, tumbled 6.2%.In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng dropped 3.2% to 29,117.32.Chinese government offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Trump’s suggestion the U.S. would raise import taxes on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10% as of Friday.The tweets followed comments by U.S. trade negotiators suggesting the two sides might reach a deal this week on their dispute over Chinese industrial policy and technology.___10:00 a.m.Shares tumbled in Asia early Monday after President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet to impose more tariffs on China.The Shanghai Composite index sank 4.8% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong plunged 3.5%. Markets were closed in Japan. The future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.9% to 25,996.00, while that for the S&P 500 also shed 1.9%, to 2,892.00.Trump’s comments came a Chinese delegation was due to resume talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at resolving a tariffs battle that has rattled world markets.Apparently catching Beijing by surprise, Trump said he would raise import taxes on $200 billion in Chinese products to 25% from 10%.The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said China’s government was considering cancelling this week’s talks.The Associated Press read more

UN health agency cautions on drugresistant diseasecausing germs

20 August 2010The ability of illness-causing germs to resist drugs has become a challenge to efforts against infectious diseases, the United Nations health agency said today, urging countries to implement infection control measures to limit the spread of multi-drug resistant strains of micro-organisms. “Some bacteria have developed mechanisms which render them resistant to many of the antibiotics normally used for their treatment, so pose particular difficulties, as there may be few or no alternative options for therapy,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said.An article published in the medical journal, The Lancet, earlier this month identified a new gene that enables some types of bacteria to be highly resistant to almost all antibiotics.The article has drawn attention to the issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and, in particular, raised awareness of infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria.While multi-drug resistant bacteria are not new and will continue to appear, the latest development requires monitoring and further study to understand the extent and modes of transmission, and to define the most effective measures for control, WHO said.The agency said consumers, prescribers and dispensers, veterinarians, hospitals managers and diagnostic laboratories, patients and visitors to health-care facilities, as well as national governments, the pharmaceutical industry, professional societies, and international agencies, should be aware of the problem.WHO strongly recommended governments focus control and prevention efforts in four areas: surveillance for antimicrobial resistance; rational antibiotic use, including education of health-care workers and the public in the appropriate use of antibiotics; introducing or enforcing laws related to the selling of antibiotics without prescription; and adherence to infection prevention and control measures, including the use of hand-washing measures, particularly in health-care facilities. read more

Progress for Minnesota gets big boost from Paul Bunyans Axe

MINNEAPOLIS — Progress this season for Minnesota in the standings was marginal, with one more win by the Gophers than in coach P.J. Fleck’s first year to gain bowl-game eligibility.That extra victory sure felt like a major stride, though. Bunyanesque, even.Instead of handing in practice gear to the equipment staff and giving goodbye hugs to the outgoing seniors this week, the Gophers get to extend their season. The way they did it, with a stunningly lopsided 37-15 win at Wisconsin on Saturday to stop a 14-game losing streak in the longest-running series in major college football, was the kind of one-day performance that has the potential to spark a decade-long improvement.“This is what we can do. We can have a big-time college football program here. We can have this type of energy,” Fleck said at an impromptu pep rally inside the practice facility right after the team returned to campus with Paul Bunyan’s Axe. “It takes a while to be able to build, but as you saw today this was a really special moment.”From that late-night meet and greet with fans to the field trip to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday by a handful of players to show off the axe to the crowd at the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game, the Gophers have justifiably been having their share of fun after finally ending the run of frustration against the rival Badgers.With a sharp decline in attendance this year at TCF Bank Stadium and a freshman-laden lineup that bottomed out with a 55-31 loss at Illinois on Nov. 3, the mood surrounding the program three weeks ago was decidedly less upbeat. Defensive co-ordinator Robb Smith was fired, and the Gophers won two of their last three games while allowing a total of 49 points.“This shows our culture works, to be able to keep your oar in the water, to be able to row the boat,” Fleck said, citing two of his most-used catch phrases from a seemingly endless supply. He added: “We came here to change peoples’ beliefs, perceptions, ideas, what they think about Gopher football.”The Gophers are still just 11-13 under Fleck, with a 5-13 record in Big Ten play and a 2-8 mark on the road. With 51.7 per cent of the roster either redshirt or true freshmen, however, the Gophers have the highest number of rookies in the FBS. All four of their touchdowns against the Badgers were scored by freshmen: two by running back Bryce Williams and one each by running back Mohamed Ibrahim and wide receiver/punt returner Demetrius Douglas.If the offence with seven freshmen starters put up 37 points at Wisconsin, imagine what a more seasoned team might be able to do in 2019.“This is what the process is all about. This is just the start. This is not the end. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Fleck, whose teams at Western Michigan finished 1-11, 8-5, 8-5 and 13-1.The three most likely post-season destinations are the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas on Dec. 26 and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York on Dec. 27.“I’m so excited that we get one more shot at this,” defensive end Carter Coughlin said.___More AP college football coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Dave Campbell, The Associated Press read more

Robbie Williams calls in healer to drive out spirit of Michael Winner

first_imgThe late Michael Winner outside his houseCredit:Mike Lawn/REX/Shutterstock The late Michael Winner outside his house Robbie Williams has enlisted a Native American healer to cleanse his new £17.5 million mansion of the spirit of its former owner, the film maker Michael Winner.The rock star and his wife Ayda Field made the bizarre plan after moving into the Grade II-listed Woodland House in west London.TV presenter Ayda, 37, revealed she is spooked by the thought of the late Death Wish director “watching over her” and criticising her interior decor for the Victorian mansion. She told ITV’s Loose Women the couple have enlisted a Native American healer to burn herbs in order to cleanse the house of Winner’s stubborn spirit.She said: “I am kind of concerned because I’m like, ‘Michael, do you like this? Is this OK with you?'”He was such a larger-than-life character.”Ayda plans to have the house saged: a Native American ritual where bundles of dried sage are burned to cleanse a space of negative energies.”I am going to have it blessed, saged, the whole LA thing,” she said.Winner died in the house at the age of 77 in January 2013. Williams bought it in December that year.But a friend of Winner’s, Barry McKay, is appalled at the idea.”Isn’t that all a bit New Age faddish?” he told the Daily Mail. “Michael would consider this all bonkers, especially having his spirit expunged.”He once said he hoped to exert a presence at Woodland House from the afterlife…and so he should.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

A galaxy is unveiled in Star Wars The Blueprints

first_imgThere’s no question that Star Wars is one of the greatest sagas in the history of film and science fiction. From the bustling streets of Coruscant to the murky swamps of Dagobah, the Star Wars galaxy is vast. While much work has been done in the expanded universe, there has never been a detailed look at how the galaxy originally came to life. Star Wars: The Blueprints reveals the inner workings of one of the most beloved galaxies.The book includes more than 200 of the detailed original architectural drawings. Over 500 photographs and illustrations spanning the six films sit alongside the blueprints.  The blueprints range from ecosystems and the Cantina to droids and battles.While the actors undoubtedly brought the movies to life, the real magic happened when pencil met paper. The collective work of everyone in the art departments gave Lucas’ vision a physical form.  The images were selected by J. W. Rinzler who had previously authored The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.Rinzler feels that the blueprints have something that concept art does not. Blueprints connote a sense of reality as they give physical dimensions to aspects of the galaxy that were otherwise left to imagination. There’s something different about looking at R2D2’s specific measurements than an artistic rendering.A passage with each blueprint explains its path from conception to final product. Rinzler also provides interviews with Norman Reynolds (production designer and art director for the classic trilogy), Gavin Bocquet (production designer for the prequel trilogy), and others from across the production departments. The level of work that has gone into this books is incredible, and while it is not cheap, it offers unparalleled access to a galaxy far, far away.The book will be available in only 5,000 English language editions. Ordering can be done through the books website for $500 a copy or $1000 for a signed edition. Amazon currently has the preorder price set at $450.This book certainly isn’t cheap, but it’s an amazing collection of work that hasn’t been seen before.So, you going to buy it?See more at The Blueprints Book, via Arch Dailystar wars blueprints coverstar wars blueprints covermillennium falcon blueprintssw_blueprintssw_blueprints_01sw_blueprints_02sw_blueprints_03ti_fighterlast_img read more

Blade Runner introduction reimagined using 3300 watercolor paintings

first_imgThe 1982 sci-fi cult hit Blade Runner currently exists in seven versions. These include the US theatrical version, the Director’s Cut, the Final Cut from 2007, and a few others. Each of these contain subtle changes, some of which have huge implications for the story, most notably Deckard’s unicorn dream. While those differences are really just something for the super fans to argue over, artist Anders Ramsel has made a change that is much more noticeable: he’s gotten the first 12 minutes of the movie and recreated it in watercolor.Known as the “Aquarelle Edition,” the first part of the movie’s recreation is made up of 3285 aquarelle (a type of water color) paintings created over the course of 11 months. These paintings loosely depict scenes in the movie, with the artful style of watercolor and a more vibrant palette than was used in film. The paintings lend an dreamy style to the movie which are both unnecessary but also, at times, perfectly appropriate. Ramsel apparently intends to do the whole movie like this — only 111 minutes or about 30,400 frames to go!The ending, when Deckard is talking to Batty in the rain, will clearly be the high point. It’s got the rain, great colors, and incredible sound… so I can’t wait to see that in watercolor. It’ll take a few years to Ramsel to get to that points, unless if he enlists the help of a few more sci-fi loving painters.While Blade Runner didn’t need to be remade in watercolor — this is no way to watch the entire movie — it is an incredibly cool art project and well worth checking out.Youtube, via Sun TimesYou’re in a desert, walking along in the sand when…last_img read more

Playing politics with climate change

first_imgIn a week that saw Prime Minister Kevin Rudd commit to “terminate” the carbon tax and move to an emissions trading scheme (ETS) a year earlier than planned, followed by Opposition leader Tony Abbott blasting the plan as a “one-year fiddle” – the pricing – or not, of carbon, looks set to be the coming election’s most inflated political football.It’s imperative we have a price on carbon if we want to change behaviours and outcomes (Nick Dallas)Kevin Rudd’s planned deconstruction of the carbon tax, beyond his powers in this parliament because of its need to be supported by the Greens (who are against the terms of the ETS he’s proposing), has been received by many as a clever PR stunt – designed largely to jettison an unpopular tax as electioneering begins. The Coalition’s point – that the Rudd designed ETS will do nothing to prevent the carbon price rising over time, regardless of the name of the scheme, thereby increasing costs to Australian consumers and industry without cutting emissions significantly, is an argument that a sceptical electorate may well empathise with.“Mr Rudd can change the name but, whether it is fixed or floating, it is still a carbon tax,” Tony Abbott said this week, appealing to the public’s uncertainty of how a demand-driven ETS would work.“Only the Coalition will do the right thing by families to reduce their cost of living by scrapping the carbon tax, lock, stock and barrel,” he added, firmly suggesting any price on carbon was to be challenged.Kevin Rudd was first elected PM in 2007 on a promise to introduce such a price. After declaring it the most important issue of this generation, he did a U-turn on the policy in 2010 – a move that led to his removal later that year.Meanwhile, the Coalition’s Direct Action plan to combat climate change has attracted criticism, not just outside the Coalition but within its own ranks, with some Liberal MPs suggesting publicly it should review or even abandon its policy.Coalition frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull’s reluctance to support the plan is well-known, having referred to it as “a con” after he lost the leadership to Tony Abbott in 2009. Mr Turnbull supports an ETS. The Direct Action plan shies away from putting a price on carbon and seeks to cut emissions by 5 per cent cut from 2000 levels by 2020. Costed at $3.2 billion over four years, the plan’s architects say it can achieve its targets by reducing pollution and offering financial incentives to companies that cut carbon emissions. It’s critics are dubious of its claims.Nick Dallas, Melbourne author and climate change analyst, and a supporter of an ETS mechanism, says to make a judgment on the efficacy of climate change action, it’s first vital to understand the difference between a carbon tax and an ETS .“Both represent a price on carbon emissions but the difference is that the carbon price from an ETS scheme is market driven, whereas a carbon tax is regulated and there’s greater certainty with regards to the revenue it can generate.”Dallas, a vocal critic of the Coalition’s plan, maintains that Tony Abbott’s reluctance to appreciate the ETS process (even though it was originally floated by John Howard) is “because the climate change debate within the Coalition is driven by ideologues who don’t believe climate change is occurring”.“These are influencers within the party driving the agenda and hijacking the debate, even though the global scientific consensus is that climate change is occurring and action is required urgently,” he says.While agreeing that Kevin Rudd’s intention to fast-track the evolution of Labor’s carbon tax to an ETS has been “electorally-driven”, Dallas maintains the benefits of ETS as a system for putting a price on carbon emissions far outweigh the disadvantages.“It’s better for a variety of reasons. Firstly, you have many countries linked to it, and this will probably form the basis of a future global scheme, ” he says.“Businesses also prefer it because the price is market-driven. It offers more of a level playing field in a competitive sense and it provides incentives to make changes to internal processes.” Dallas says the scale of the challenge facing the world should stop any responsible Australian politician procrastinating over the design of carbon pricing.“It’s imperative we have a price on carbon if we want to change behaviours and outcomes. “We don’t want to get to the stage where we’re seeing super-extreme climatic events before we realise that urgent and drastic action is required.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek govt cops severe backlash during firestricken zone visit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras visited yesterday the area of Mati east of Athens, where Monday’s deadly fires burned through 2,000 homes and claimed the lives of 91 people.Following his visit the Greek PM wrote on Twitter: “Today, I visited the site of the tragedy. I spoke with citizens, engineers, soldiers, firemen and volunteers.”“Unspeakable grief and infinite respect for all those who waged an uneven battle with the flames, and are now waging the battle of restoration.”Even though Mr Tsipras has accepted full political responsibility for the outcome of the wildfires and pledged a series of changes, severe outcry expected him on site.Many residents of the area who lost families, pets and homes to the fires were there to accuse him of poor crisis management and failings in infrastructure.Meanwhile, Mr Tsipras’ promise to crack down on “illegal and haphazard construction” that is said to have made the work of fire fighters more difficult received backlash as well, being conceived as a threat by home owners falling under this category.Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, talks with local resident Giannis Kardiakos during his visit to Mati on Thursday, July 26, 2018.  Photo: AAP via AP/Thanassis StavrakisA similar response awaited defence minister Panos Kammenos when he visited the disaster area last week.Dozens of survivors and relatives of missing individuals lashed out accusing the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition for their inability to respond to such crisis.Recriminations about the apparent lack of an evacuation plan and what many perceived to have been a slow response has mounted, with survivors saying they had been abandoned to do whatever they could to save themselves alone from Greece’s deadliest forest fireMr Kammenos has reportedly denied any responsibility as a member of the government, generating even more negative publicity over the past few days.Local authorities have also come under fire for several inadequacies in following annual season preparations.With as many as 25 people still unaccounted for according to authorities a new hashtag has taken over Greek social media #ποσοιειναιοιαγνοουμενοι which translates to #howmanyaremissing.Thousands of Greeks have shared status updates on their profiles demanding that government officials release the true number of missing persons.It is believed that the tally is in the hundreds with many people who did not have living relatives, homeless, refugees and fugitives allegedly being amongst the dead.last_img read more

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Egypt coach Salah is the equal of Ronaldo Modric

first_imgMohamed Salah is the equal of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, claims Egypt coach Javier AguirreThe 26-year-old had an incredible debut season at Liverpool and received many plaudits and accolades for his efforts.However, Salah was beaten to the UEFA Men’s Best Player of the Year award by Modric with Ronaldo finishing second.Now, after missing out on Europe’s top individual prize, Salah has once more been pitted against the duo for the world football’s most prestigious personal honour in FIFA’s The Best award.“I think that the three players are equal, none of them is above the other, but there can be only one winner. Hopefully, it’ll be Salah,” Aguirre told EFE.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Salah has only managed two goals in his first five games of the new Premier League season.But Aguirre feels that even the most prolific goalscorers like Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have their dry streaks.“This is just the beginning. The scorers go through streaks, suddenly they score three goals in one match.“Scorers like Salah, Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi can be three or four games without a netting goal, and then they let go.”Salah will likely line-up for Liverpool in this evening’s Champions League opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain.last_img read more

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Dead baby goes missing for 18 hours at Cheshire Hall Medical Center

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 27, 2016 – A dead baby goes missing at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and now two investigations are launched to determine how a fetus got lost for 18-hours between Monday and Tuesday here in Provo.  A report of a startling case emerges and the myriad of problems in this medical mishap are not only many, but frightening.  In a late night report to Magnetic Media by PDA candidate for the Leeward & Long Bay Constituency, we learn of a young Turks and Caicos woman who not only miscarried her baby but was told by the medical staff at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center, that they could not find the child.  Calsada Johnson recounted the horrific facts of the situation, saying for 18 hours no one knew where the baby was and it was her incessant requests that caused a Ministry of Health senior official to step in and to personally search the trash, where the three month old, prematurely born, baby boy was found.Johnson explained that around 5pm Monday the woman miscarried the child, that her body just expelled the baby and that it took calling the Police to get to 911 which was not answering the phone.  By the time medics arrived at the Lower Bight home, the mother was ready to go, her child was apparently already deceased.  Johnson said the service at the Emergency Room was slow, no sense of urgency and with the focus on the bleeding young woman, they trusted that hospital staff had the child.  By 9pm, the family felt the woman was out of medical danger and asked for the baby.  No one knew, said Johnson, where the miscarried baby was.  She said that hours later, there was a promise by a senior health official to get involved; that promise was kept but did little to allay family fears about what happened to the child.  Around 1pm on Tuesday, the health official called and explained that the baby was found… when pressured about where, it was said the premature fetus was found in the garbage bin.Calsada Johnson said it was unbelievable the treatment the family received and said this to Magnetic Media when we asked her what she wanted to see happen.  “Someone needs to take responsibility for what happened and we need people at the hospital who will be more sensitive and responsible professionals.  The baby is a human being and no one deserves to be discarded like that.” The young woman, who is already the mother of one was admitted and suffered at least one emotional break down.  The woman, whose identity we were asked to withhold was described as: “She is better today, still down because of all that has happened and she seems to be in good health.”  Johnson, who said these types of representations are a part of the work she now finds herself doing as the named candidate for the PDA in Electoral District #5, told us what she thinks of this mess where a dead baby was lost by the hospital or the ambulance crew for nearly a full day; “I think it is appalling that in this day and age that we are still going though things like this and at a hospital that is supposed to be state of the art.” The TCI Hospitals and the Ministry of Health are both investigating the matter, independently of each other.  Health Minister Rufus Ewing informed Magnetic Media that he has authorized a team and new PR Executive for Interhealth Canada, Nikira John explained their findings at TCI hospitals will be turned over to the Ministry of Health to aide in the Ministry’s mission to get to the bottom of this case. Interhealth Canada says media report is inaccurate and sensationalized Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fetus goes missing at hospital, investigation launched into missing fetus at cheshire medical, service slow at hospital says mother who miscarriedlast_img read more

Inslees bill for study of climate change passes

first_imgOLYMPIA — A measure championed by Gov. Jay Inslee to study the best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions passed the state House on Monday and heads next to the governor’s desk.Under the measure, an outside consultant would review both Washington’s ongoing efforts to cut carbon emissions and similar endeavors elsewhere. It would then report back to the governor and a group of legislative leaders, who would in turn report to the full Legislature by the end of the year.The report is meant to help the state reach its target of reducing 2020 greenhouse gas emissions levels to those of 1990.“This bill is a collaborative, bipartisan step forward that will allow us to seize the environmental and economic opportunities of addressing climate change and preserve the legacy of stewardship we owe our children,” said Inslee.Language in the original bill, warning of the perils of climate change, was removed in the Republican-controlled state Senate. House Democrats did not reintroduce that language.“I liked the original language better, but I think it’s more important to have bipartisan engagement,” said Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines, the bill’s House sponsor. “In the end we’ll need bipartisan support for whatever the actions are.”last_img read more

Performance shows many faces of domestic violence

first_imgDomestic violence made a shocking appearance in Vancouver on Wednesday — stalking into a crowded ballroom, screaming and singing, relating dreadful tales of battered women and children, their abusers and the people who just look the other way. And laughing.“I am domestic violence. I am everywhere,” announced Wambui Bahati, an actress and author who brought a version of her one-woman show to the annual fundraising banquet of the YWCA Clark County. “Everybody is always trying to pretend they don’t know nothing about me, pretend I don’t even exist. I can literally get away with murder.”The event packed the main ballroom of the Hilton Vancouver Washington. But the startled silence in that crowded room was unmistakable as Bahati changed costumes and introduced the audience to a parade of desperate characters. Most were victims of domestic violence but a few were batterers and enablers. Like George, a self-described “player” who “only tells them what they need to hear” while isolating his numerous girlfriends from their friends. Like stressed-out factory worker Frank: “Yeah, I hit my wife sometimes. But she knows I love her.”Then Bahati became Frank’s wife, Margaret. “Don’t you think I think about leaving him, every day?” she protested. “With four children, where would I go? He would find me, and he would just be angrier.”And then she was their fourth-grade daughter, who said she tries “not to talk too much about what happens in our house. We just try to do everything right so Daddy won’t get mad.”last_img read more

Sockeye Plea… Not Guilty

first_imgTroopers stop traffic on the Parks Highway Monday morning as the Sockeye Fire spreads. (Photo by John Norris – Alaska Public Media)Defendants in the Sockeye wildfire case were no-shows in state court in Palmer Tuesday morning. The state is seeking a conviction against Greg Imig and Amy DeWitt, who are charged with eight misdemeanor counts ranging from illegal burning to reckless endangerment as a result of the fire that consumed more than 50 homes in the Willow area. Imig and DeWill waived arraignment late Monday. Their attorneys filed not guilty pleas for both.Download AudioNo victims of the fire appeared in court Tueaday, although Sherese Miller, a paralegal with the Palmer District Attorney’s office, says the state is trying to locate them.“Anyone affected by the fire, I need them to be contacting the District Attorney’s office. So that they can give us their information. We are obviously reaching out, but it is very hard. We have been reaching out by sending letters. We are through about thirty of them. But this takes immense research, because a lot of the properties were just rec properties. There were no buildings on them.”Miller says restitution for victims can be ordered by the court up to ninety days after the end of the trial. The next proceeding is a pre-trial hearing set for Imig and DeWitt on August 21 in Palmer.last_img read more

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Mike Pompeo meets Jaishankar

first_imgNew Delhi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar here on Wednesday. Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar of the External Affairs Ministry tweeted: Welcoming a close friend.Continuing the emphasis on high-level Indo-US exchanges, EAM @DrSJaishankar warm-heartedly welcomed @SecPompeo as the first US dignitary visiting India after elections. @SecPompeo is the first Foreign Minister to be hosted by EAM. pic.twitter.com/8jk7Pf3LzY— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 26, 2019 “Continuing the emphasis on high-level Indo-US exchanges, Jaishankar warmly welcomed Pompeo as the first US dignitary to visit India after elections. Pompeo is the first Foreign Minister to be hosted by EAM.” Before meeting Jaishankar, Pompeo met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.last_img read more

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Three trawlers capsize in Frazerganj 19 fishermen go missing

first_imgKolkata: At least 19 fishermen have gone missing after three trawlers capsized in the sea off Frazerganj Harbour in South 24-Parganas, late on Monday night.Sunderban Superintendent of Police Tathagata Basu said a hovercraft and an airplane have been pressed into service to look for the missing persons.Bijan Maity, the secretary of West Bengal United Fishermen Association, informed that the fishermen who had gone for fishing in the deep sea and went missing, hailed from Kakdwip and Frazerganj. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Although many trawlers could return to safety, three boats – MV Malleshwar, MV Joykishan and MV Maa Shibani capsized in the sea. 10 fishermen of MV Joykishan and six of MV Malleshwar went missing, while three fishermen who were flung into the sea from different trawlers are also in the missing list,” Maity said.Ten trawlers belonging to the Samity immediately started a rescue operation but failed to trace anybody. The Coast Guard has also started a rescue operation on Tuesday, in coordination with the state Disaster Management department.The fishermen had set sail into the Bay of Bengal around 10 am on Monday. They had claimed that there was no warning of the Weather department on radio.It was around 4 pm when the weather turned rough and huge waves, accompanied with gusty winds, overturned the three trawlers in the sea.The Met office website, however, shows that the fishermen had been advised against venturing into the sea on Monday.last_img read more

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uThukela commemorates World Aids DayuThukela commemorates World Aids Day

first_img“We need to break the stigma surrounding HIV and Aids. We need a change in the mind-set of our communities who live with the disease all around us and often within our own families,” said the mayor. He added that discriminating against those infected makes it even more difficult for them to accept their situation because they feel neglected and unwanted.Mayor Mazibuko then urged those who are sexually active to protect themselves and their sexual partners by always using a condom.The event started with the lighting of a red candle as a symbol of respect and remembrance of those who have lost their lives to the virus, as well as people living with the disease.Deputy Mayor Thuli Hadebe gave a vote of thanks and supported the mayor on a stand against the HIV stigma. She also thanked the Department of Health for renewing people’s hope with the new HIV vaccine.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Every year on December 1, uThukela commemorates World Aids Day (WAD) in remembrance of those who have died and those who are living with the disease.This year, the event was held in Kleinfontein under the theme ‘It’s in our hands to end HIV and TB’.The Office of the Premier, uThukela District Municipality, the Department of Health, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and various non-governmental organisations were among the stakeholders.Hundreds of community members gathered under the marquee and a variety of sectors engaged on important health issues affecting society today.In appreciation of the fact that the event was held in his ward, Councillor S Sokhela welcomed everyone present and said he hoped the community would learn more about the HIV epidemic.Dr Thandeka Zulu from the uThukela District Department of Health shared a few words with the audience and emphasised the importance of healthy living. She pleaded with those who are sexually active to always use condoms and for males to get circumcised, as this will help to prevent the spread of HIV.Dr Zulu further talked about HVNTN 702, which is the new vaccine that is being introduced and is aimed at preventing HIV infection.The keynote address was given by uThukela District Mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko. The mayor reminded the audience of the devastating effect that Aids has had on communities and societies, and encouraged people to get tested so as to know their status. He said he was also concerned about the stigma attached to HIV. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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uThukela mayor supports Toys for Joy

first_imguThukela’s new mayor enjoys supporting Toys for Joy!He showed his support on Saturday (September 24) at Bosveld Butchery’s Braai Day Bash, where the Ladysmith Gazette had a 14-ton truck they were filling up with groceries for Toys for Joy.Not only did uThukela Mayor Siphiwe Mazibuko buy a trolley full of groceries, he even donated some money towards the cause. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Why not join us there?last_img read more

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Massive Limited Time Discounts Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Mi Notebook Air Xiaomi

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you’re on the market looking for a good notebook that can handle your everyday requirements like a champ, you’re in for luck today. We have a bunch of Xiaomi notebooks in the store which is available on a hefty discount for a limited time. Moreover, the notebooks are quite heavily in demand due to their performance and build quality. In addition to this, there are various variants that you can choose from. Our list includes the powerful Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, Mi Notebook Air, Xiaomi Air 13 and much more. So do check the discounts.Get The Best Discounts On The Xiaomi Air 13, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, And Mi Notebook AirOne important thing to note before we head over to the list is that the products mentioned are only available on discount for a limited time. We would advise you to act fast as there is only a limited quantity available. Failing to do so would result in the prices reverting back to their original model.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13 – Core i7if you’re looking for something portable yet packs enough power to handle anything you throw at it, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is what you require. It features an ideal 13-inch display and runs Windows 10. As for what powers the machine is an Intel Core-i7 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is available at a discount of 22 percent making the price come down to just $879.99. Use the code: GB$XMLAPAIR02 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Core i5If you’re looking for something in the 15-inch screen size with more power, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is also available on an appealing discount. Featuring Core i5 configuration integrated with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro also comes with a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security.If you’re interested, you can get the machine for a hefty discount, available for only $829.99. Use the code: GB$XMLAPPRO01 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Air 13Smaller form factor laptops have more utility based advantages if it packs the right amount of power. Well, Xiaomi Air 13 is just that. Featuring 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the processor power is also on par with the big boys coming in at Intel’s Core i5 configuration.The Xiaomi Air 13 is available at a 27 percent discount, dropping the price to $659.99. Use the code: GB&TAXMAIR05 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air – Core i5If you’re a fan of the smaller Mi Notebook Air’s design, it is also available in the Core i5 variant with the same amount of RAM and storage space. The machine is priced even lower so that’s a plus.If you’re interested, you can get the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air for a discount of 27 percent, making the price come down to $759.99. Use the code: GB&TAXMAIR04 to get the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro – Core i7Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is also available on a discount for the Core i7 version. It features the same great design with fingerprint recognition and much more. However, the device also features 16GB of RAM coupled with 256GB of storage.If you’re interested, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro with beefed up specs is available at a 22 percent discount, dropping the price to $1055.99. Simply head over to this link to get it.This is all for now, folks. There will be a lot more discounts in the coming days, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. Are you planning on getting one of the listed products? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Clients save up to 200 on holiday getaways with Collettes new sale

first_img Share Tags: Collette, sale << Previous PostNext Post >> Clients save up to $200 on holiday getaways with Collette’s new sale PAWTUCKET — It’s never too early to start planning holiday travel, especially when Collette is offering limited-time savings.The global tour operator has announced savings of up to $200 per person on a variety of holiday getaways when using offer code HOLIDAY19. This offer is valid on new bookings made through Aug. 23, 2019.With Collette, guests can kick off the New Year in sunny California, enjoy holiday festivities in the South, or even visit Europe’s famed Christmas markets.“Feel the magic of the holiday spirit when you experience the Christmas season on a Collette getaway,” said Diana Ditto, Director of Product Design. “We offer a variety of holiday tours so guests will be sure to find one that appeals to them.”The offer is valid on new bookings only, is not valid on groups or existing bookings, and can expire earlier due to space or inventory availability. Savings amount will vary by tour and departure date, and is only available on select departures. Space is on a first come, first served basis.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by Thursday, July 4, 2019 last_img read more