China formally arrests two detained Canadians in case linked to Huawei

first_imgOTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is “deeply concerned” about China’s decision to formally arrest two Canadians citizens it has been holding since December.Goodale says the move is an “arbitrary action” and that Canada will continue to demand the appropriate treatment of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.He says no evidence has been produced to indicate any validity to allegations made against them.…”We will take all the relevant factors into account as we make the decision.” On top of usual talking points, he adds “the international context is obviously very very relevant.”Also says there is more than one company and one country who can provide 5G infrastructure #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) May 16, 2019A Chinese foreign-ministry spokesperson says Kovrig and Spavor have been arrested for stealing state secrets but provided no further details.Kovrig is a former Canadian diplomat and expert at the International Crisis Group and Spavor is a businessman with lengthy experience in North Korea.Both were arrested on Dec. 10 after a senior executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities, who want her extradited to face fraud charges.last_img read more

UN trust fund makes grants to initiatives against genderbased violence

The UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) said the new grants will complete its 14th grant-making cycle of 2009, delivering a total of $20.5 million for 26 projects in 33 countries and territories. Belarus, the Marshall Islands and Sri Lanka will be receiving the grants for the first time.The Fund is the only multilateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls. Established by the UN in 1996, the Fund is managed by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which is part of the newly established UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on behalf of the UN system.“Violence against women destroys families, fractures communities and hampers progress on development goals,” said Inés Alberdi, UNIFEM Executive Director. “But it is a problem with a solution. Only by intensifying support and increasing investment to national and local efforts can we ensure women and girls are safe from violence and can lead healthy, productive lives.“The UN Trust Fund’s ability to award these additional grants is a welcome sign towards translating pledges by government and international donors into resources to support action on the ground,” she added.With the latest grants, the Fund will have supported 317 programmes in 124 countries and territories with more than $60 million to date. However, resources for the Fund fall drastically short of the vast demand.For the current grant cycle alone, the Fund was able to meet less than 3 per cent of the demand. A total of 1,643 applications with grant requests totalling $857 million were received. The Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women includes a specific target of raising $100 million annually for the UN Trust Fund by 2015, in recognition of the urgent need to address violence against women and the Fund being a pioneering inter-agency initiative to advance progress on the ground to respond to this pervasive human rights violation.The new UN Trust Fund grantees will spearhead pioneering approaches worldwide.In Turkey, the Mother Child Education Foundation will model a highly innovative programme engaging fathers in the prevention of gender-based violence within the family, while the Jordanian Women’s Union will establish the first regional non-governmental organization (NGO) network in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to tackle trafficking and protect women migrant workers’ rights.Acid Survivors Trust International will pilot groundbreaking strategies for ending acid burning against women in Cambodia, Nepal and Uganda, while the Beijing Cultural Development Centre for Rural Women in China will develop protection mechanisms for girls “left behind” and at risk of sexual abuse in the countryside, while their parents work in urban centres.In Peru, the Asociación de Comunicadores Sociales Calandria will empower rural adolescent girls to become leaders in the anti-violence movement. The Women United Together of Marshall Islands will strengthen domestic violence legislation and protocols, ensure enactment of culturally sensitive laws, and establish a gender responsive national policy.In Burundi, the Ministry of Human Rights and Gender will focus on sexual and domestic violence, with an emphasis on prevention of violence in schools, while the UN Country Teams in Belarus, Sri Lanka and Indonesia will support multi-sectoral interventions to enforce national laws addressing violence against women and girls. 6 October 2010A United Nations trust fund today announced additional grants worth $10 million to 13 initiatives devoted to supporting local and national efforts to end violence against women and girls in 18 countries across the world. read more

Community closures and cancellations for Thurs Feb 7 2019

Here is a list of community closures for Thursday, February 7, 2019.Haldimand Norfolk Senior Support Services: All programs and services cancelled for today including Meals on Wheels and transportation.VON Hamilton Meals on Wheels is cancelled today.West Niagara Meals on Wheels is cancelled today.Meals on Wheels in Brantford and Burlington is cancelled today.Red Cross Transportation in Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara and Brantford is cancelled.Red Cross transportation services in the Niagara Region have been cancelled.Pathstone Mental health is closed today including walk in clinic.Temple Playhouse in Hamilton is closed.Childventures Early Learning Academy: Ancaster Campus is closedNeighbour to Neighbour Centre: All locations are closed today due to inclement weather.YMCA Child Care Centres in Hamilton and Brantford are closed today.YWCA Hamilton is closed today due to inclement weather.De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre: all programs and services are closed today.John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area will be closed today.Ancaster Community Services is cancelling all programs today.Hamilton Third Age Learning session tonight at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. read more

How MineCare® Standalone can give you the tools and data to solve

first_imgModular Mining Systems, a leader in information management solutions for mining operations worldwide, announces its upcoming webinar: How’s your health? How MineCare Standalone can give you the tools and data to solve your equipment health woes. Capacity Assurance requires a knowledge of repair procedures and equipment health indicators, coupled with an understanding of the mine’s production targets. Maintenance Reliability requires a commitment to research, analysis, process, and failure elimination. Modular Mining’s MineCare system can empower you to achieve these goals. The MineCare system enables improvements across every area of the maintenance management process, providing the information and tools necessary to respond to, track, document, research, resolve, and predict mobile equipment health issues.Modular’s Product Manager of Maintenance Systems and Interfaces, Justin Johnsen, will present a Webinar on January 23. You can learn about the MineCare Maintenance Management system and how it can help your organisation achieve Capacity Assurance through improving equipment availability, increasing production, and reducing maintenance costs.Modular will hold two live sessions. To register, click on your desired time:English Session 1, 11:30 AM EST: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/90zy0cowi4a7English Session 2, 6:00 PM EST: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/oiz53exhjqkyJustin Johnsen has over 15 years’ experience in heavy equipment maintenance and mine asset health management. In his present role as Product Manager for Maintenance Systems and Interfaces at Modular, he brings real world experience to develop industry-leading technology solutions. Prior to Modular, Johnsen spent five years with Freeport McMoran implementing and standardising remote diagnostics at three Phelps Dodge mines in Arizona, finishing his time as Superintendent of Maintenance and Engineering at the Morenci, Arizona copper mine.last_img read more

Ljubo Vukic goes to Brest Meshkov

After six years in Croatian champion, C.O Zagreb, left wing Ljubo Vukic (29) will leave Croatia and sign contract with Brest Meshkov from Belarus. Belarusian vice-champion has huge ambitions to over-throw Dinamo Minsk from the leading position at national level. Good way to do that is contract with Croatia NT player, who won a few medals at the biggest Championships.Before Zagreb, Ljubo Vukic played for Split, Izvidjac Ljubuski, Medvescak, etc…C.O Zagreb will stay without both left wings for the next season. Manuel Strlek is also on the way from the club… Belarusian handballBrest MeshkovC.O ZagrebLjubo Vukic ← Previous Story EHF F4: Miracle in Berlin – THW Kiel and Fuchse in Cologne! Next Story → Vote for Women’s EHF CL MVP: Popovic leads ahead Gorbitz

Star Wars movie receives €343m in tax credits from Revenue

first_img Source: Discover Ireland/YouTubeTHE PRODUCTION FIRM behind the Star Wars blockbuster movie The Last Jedi received €3.43 million in tax credits from the Revenue Commissioners last year.The production crew for the film shot scenes involving Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker character at Skellig Michael while parts of the film were shot in other Irish locations such as Malin Head in Co Donegal and Ceann Sibeal in Co Kerry.Now, new accounts for Pinewood Productions Ireland Ltd confirm the pay-out of €3.43 million during the 12 months to the end of March 2018 for its movie Space Bear.Space Bear was the working title given to The Last Jedi, which was released in December 2017 to global hype.The €3.43 million in tax credits represents only loose change from the movie’s global box office of $1.3 billion (about €1.14 billion).The first instalment of the new Star Wars Trilogy, The Force Awakens, had a global box office return of just over $2 billion (about €1.76 billion), and Disney made a further global bonanza from the sale of tie-in toys from the movies.A note attached to the accounts of Pinewood Productions Ireland Ltd state the tax credit was received from Revenue under Section 481 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. The note states that the €3.43 million was transferred to another Irish based firm, Space Bear Ir DAC.It adds that the €3.43 million is subject to the satisfaction of all qualifying conditions of the certs issued to the company and failure to satisfy the conditions could result in a full clawback of the amounts.Tourism boost The shooting of the scenes on Skellig Michael has provided a boost to the Irish tourism industry, particularly in west Kerry.The Unesco World Heritage site stole the show in the 2015 Force Awakens when Daisy Ridley’s character Rey tracked down Skywalker in the final scene.Fáilte Ireland has previously stated that locals have seen a positive economic benefit in business since the filming of Star Wars, particularly with regard to boat providers, restaurants, pubs and accommodation.To capitalise on the tourist windfall and control, Fáilte Ireland launched a new Visitor Experience Plan for the Skellig Coast area in 2017.The Fáilte Ireland plan aimed to bring the Star Wars benefit beyond Skelligs and increase visitor dwell time in the wider region surrounding the iconic attraction.Last year, movie and TV production firms lodged claims seeking corporation tax credits from the Revenue Commissioners totalling €95 million in 2018 – double the amount claimed in 2016However, incorrect claims for the tax credits are currently leading to a backlog of claims being processed by the Revenue Commissioners. 18,757 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 6:00 PM Star Wars movie receives €3.43m in tax credits from Revenue The shooting of scenes on Skellig Michael and elsewhere has provided a boost to the Irish tourism industry. 26 Comments By Gordon Deegan Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4516418 Share76 Tweet Email1 Feb 27th 2019, 6:00 PM last_img read more

Immigration findings revealed at Parliament

first_imgFederal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP joined her Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism co-chairs Russel Broadbent MP, Federal Member for McMillan, and Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Greens, to launch Mapping Social Cohesion, the Scanlon Foundation Surveys 2018 at Parliament House this week.The Parliament was fortunate to have Professor Andrew Markus deliver his findings showing strong support for multiculturalism across the political spectrum. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

WWE attendance 619622 TV tapings live events

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Seth Rollins WWE attendance figures from June 19 to June 22, 2015.* 6/19 live event in Saginaw, Michigan: 3,000 fans.* 6/20 live event in Grand Rapids, Michigan: 2,000 fans.* 6/20 live event in Las Vegas, Nevada: 4,700 fans.* 6/20 NXT live event in Lakeland, Florida: 300 fans (sellout).* 6/21 live event in Fort Wayne, Indiana: 1,500 fans.* 6/21 live event in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 2,600 fans.* 6/22 RAW/Superstars TV tapings in Indianapolis, Indiana: 9,000 fans.Source: The Wrestling Observer NewsletterRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Twitter WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Cesaro Kurt Angle Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articlescenter_img Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Wilmington Man Arrested For Armed Carjacking Assault In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Jacob M. Strow, 21, of 9 Allston Ave, Wilmington, for armed carjacking, armed assault with intent to rob a person over 60 years of age, assault and battery on a person over 60 years of age and attempt to commit a crime, to wit: armed robbery while being masked.Tewksbury Police responded to the 7-Eleven, located at 2280 Main St., at 10:06 PM for a report of a robbery in the parking lot.  When officers arrived the suspect had fled the area.  It was learned that a man in his 60’s was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by the suspect, who pointed a handgun at him, attempted to rob him and steal his vehicle.  A fight ensued between the suspect and the victim.  A passerby stopped to help the victim, which caused the suspect to flee on foot.With the assistance from the Wilmington Police, Strow was located a short distance away.  Evidence was recovered, including a pellet handgun that resembled a firearm.  Strow was placed into custody and transported to Tewksbury Police Headquarters.Strow is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on October 9, 2018.The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center at 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line at 978-851-0175 or send an email to tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.Jacob Strow(NOTE: The above press release is from the Tewksbury Police Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex DA: Wilmington Man Indicted For Armed Carjacking, Assault & Battery On An Elderly PersonIn “Police Log”Wilmington & Reading Police Nab Bank Robber Suspect After PursuitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Google goes after iPhone owners with aggressive Pixel 3A tradein offers

first_img Apple iPhone XS reading • Google goes after iPhone owners with aggressive Pixel 3A trade-in offers See It Sprint Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobile 5:04 Now playing: Watch this: $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Apple People looking to upgrade from an old iPhone, however, may find Google’s latest even more tempting. The search giant is taking roughly $250 off the price of a 3A or 3A XL if you’re willing to trade in an iPhone SE, 6 or 6S, with the number increasing to as much as $610 for those looking to trade in an iPhone XS Max. While trading in one of Apple’s latest iPhones might not make the most sense for getting the most bang for your buck, those with an aging device already considering making the switch to Android may be hard-pressed to find a better deal than a new 3A for $149. The exact values for the trade-in will vary based on your carrier, storage size, condition of your phone’s screen and whether the device turns on. More Pixel: By expanding beyond Verizon, Google Pixel just overcame its biggest obstacleThose with Verizon iPhones seem to get the best offers, often scoring a few extra dollars compared to iPhones purchased on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or a smaller provider, or those that are unlocked. Google provides an “other” tab in the carrier section for unlocked phones and ones purchased on smaller providers. An iPhone 6 16GB will get you $252 on AT&T, $256 on Verizon and $248 on T-Mobile, Sprint or “other.” Google’s trade-in system also seems to have some weird initial quirks. A 32GB iPhone 7 on AT&T has a minimum value of $203.50 while the 256GB version of the same AT&T iPhone is $185.50. If you have unlocked your phone since purchasing it from a wireless provider, classifying the carrier as “other” might also help score you a few extra bucks depending on the iPhone you’re trading in.Google is offering trade-in deals for Android devices from Samsung, LG, Motorola, Huawei as well as earlier Pixels, though with the exception of the Galaxy S9 and Pixel 2 lines, those values aren’t near those offered for older iPhones. Google’s iPhone deals are so intense that it is offering between $246 and $264 for an iPhone SE. A new 32GB iPhone SE on Simple Mobile can currently be found for $124.99 at Target. Trading that into Google for a Pixel 3A, choosing that “other” tab will get you $250, a net savings of roughly $125 (not including taxes), giving those who don’t have an iPhone to trade an easy way to buy one and save on a new Pixel.  Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Google goes ‘budget’ with Pixel 3A and 3A XL See It Best Buy $999 See it See It 4 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • See All Google Samsung Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Google’s Pixel 3A XL Juan Garzon / CNET Google’s Pixel 3A has a lot going for it. It has an excellent rear camera similar to the one found on the Pixel 3, strong battery life and an OLED display. And at $399 for the 3A ($479 for the larger 3A XL) there is already plenty to love about Google’s latest for those looking for a new phone but who don’t want to spend the $700-plus that Apple, Samsung and Google charge for their latest top-tier devices.   Share your voicelast_img read more

Tata Steel may pause its UK business sale over Brexit concerns

first_imgTata Steel has currently put on hold its plans to sell its U.K. assets following Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union. The company will hold a board meeting on Friday to decide the future course of action in the wake of the country’s changing political landscape post Brexit.Sources quoted by Mint said Tata Steel is putting its sale plans on hold for the time-being because it wants assurance that the U.K. authorities are still committed to offering incentives to potential buyers of the assets. A second source quoted by the publication said that Friday’s board meeting would decide the future for the sale post the U.K. referendum, which took place last month.”Brexit vote has added to the uncertainty of the sale process by raising questions about viability of the U.K. steel industry in general and the sell-off in particular,” a source informed the Economic Times.British business minister Sajid Javid has flown down to India and is expected to be a part of Tata Steel’s board meeting.While the sale of Tata Steel’s largest plant Port Talbot (located in Wales) may be halted, the company’s other plants Hartlepool, Rotherdam, Stocksbridge could be put up for sale.Tata Steel had on March 30 announced it would sell its U.K. operations as it was struggling to recover debts.On May 10, Tata Steel had announced that it had received seven Expressions of Interest (EOI) from bidders who were interested in buying its U.K. assets; among the bidders were Sajjan Jindal’s JSW Steel, Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House and U.K. government’s management buyout team.Just after the Brexit vote, it was reported that Tata Steel’s future was in a limbo. The company needed to rethink its strategy with regard to its operations in Britain. According to reports, the U.K. referendum verdict may damage the chances of Tata Group maintaining its operations in the region.The Tata Steel stock was trading at Rs. 316.00 at around 11 a.m. on Friday, down 0.52 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Japan recalls tsunami nuclear tragedy

first_imgJapan paused Saturday to mark six years since a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated its northeastern coast, as more than 100,000 people remain unable or unwilling to return home.The magnitude 9.0 quake, which struck under the Pacific Ocean on March 11, 2011, and the tsunami it spawned left about 18,500 people dead or missing.The massive flow of water overwhelmed cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing meltdowns in three of its six reactors in what was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.The quake and tsunami caused widespread damage to homes while radiation spread over a wide area, with more than 450,000 people evacuating in the immediate aftermath.More than 123,000 remain displaced, the majority from Fukushima due to high radiation.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other participants at a national ceremony in Tokyo bowed their heads in silent prayer, as did many residents across the affected region, at 2:46 pm (0546 GMT) — the exact moment the quake struck.The disaster “brought unprecedented damage” and “claimed many precious lives”, Abe, dressed in formal mourning attire, told the solemn gathering.”I possess unceasing sympathy for those who lost beloved family members and friends.”Japan’s ageing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko did not attend this year’s ceremony, but were represented by their son Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko.”Many people are still forced to face difficult times in the disaster areas and evacuation places,” Akishino said.- Evacuation orders -“Especially for those in prolonged evacuations, I feel pain deep in my heart thinking about the health of those ageing year by year in the disaster zone and people who remain unable to return home due to high radiation levels.”Separately, hundreds of police and firefighters combed beaches along the coast of Fukushima prefecture, as they do on the 11th of each month, in a search for remains or other evidence of people who remain unaccounted for.The latest National Police Agency figures show that the total of dead or missing from the earthquake and tsunami stood at 18,446 people.Besides the number of people killed in the quake and tsunami, more than 3,500 deaths from causes such as illness and suicide have been linked to the aftermath of the tragedy, according to government figures.While no deaths have been attributed to radiation exposure, evacuees are concerned the government is moving too fast to deem once closed off areas safe to inhabit.”Many voluntary evacuees (from Fukushima) are mothers with small children fleeing from home in fear of radiation and the elderly who sought refuge in the homes of relatives,” evacuee Miyako Kumamoto said at a press conference ahead of the anniversary.”We fled solely to protect our children and grandchildren from radiation,” she said, criticising authorities for failing to help them.”I cannot accept this or understand why we have to be in this predicament.”Government evacuation orders from some 70 percent of the originally closed off areas will be lifted by April 1, except for certain towns near the battered plant, and authorities are encouraging evacuees to return.But many have criticised the government for moving too fast, saying radiation levels remain unsafe.Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the stricken plant, and the government are facing what is expected to be a four-decade task of cleaning up and decommissioning the facility.last_img read more

Portal 2 available April 21 next year

first_imgPortal 2 has had a shifting release date. Originally expected to drop in the fall of 2010, that was rescheduled to February 2011 before being delayed to April. Now we have a confirmed release date, not just a window.The news comes from EA, which has done a deal to see Portal 2 released at retail on PC and consoles as well as through Valve’s popular digital downloaded service Steam. So we can announce that the game will be hitting store shelves on April 21, 2011. That’s a simultaneous release across PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PS3.Read more at EA press releaselast_img

Drones to detect mosquito larvae on roofs of highrises

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department is mulling to use drones for detecting mosquito larvae particularly at roofs of high-rise buildings in the urban local bodies. A preliminary demonstration about the effectiveness of using the technology was undertaken at Ward 82 in South Kolkata on Friday afternoon. State Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim and the department’s Principal Secretary Subrata Gupta was present at the time of the exercise. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe drone was used to capture footages of roofs of some high-rises to find out whether any garbage or water accumulation is there. “We were satisfied with the footage captured by the drone and suggested certain improvement in the software so that it can serve our purpose. The private company that has developed the technology made a note of the same and will accordingly work for the same,” a senior official of the Municipal Affairs department said. It may be mentioned that the state government has a database of all the high-rise buildings in the city and its urban areas in the state in terms of their holding numbers. “Our plan is to capture the footage and then connect it with our Geographic Information System (GIS) which will track the problematic building as per its holding number. As soon as we locate the building, we will slap a notice to it for taking up cleanliness with immediacy. We have made it clear to the agency that their technology should meet our requirements,” the official added.last_img read more

3 killed several injured after bus collides with truck

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were killed and many others injured when a bus had a head-on-collision with a truck.The incident took place in Rejinagar area of Murshidabad on late Sunday night. According to police, the victims were returning home after attending a wedding at Jalalpur village in the same district. The bus was carrying the passengers to Mounpara village when a truck coming from the opposite direction hit the bus at Rejinagar. The truck driver fled the spot leaving his vehicle in the area. Some locals heard a loud thud in the night and rushed to the spot. They took part in the rescue operation before police reached the spot. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe villagers brought the injured victims out of the bus and rushed them to a nearby hospital. Eyewitnesses said injured victims were in a traumatised state when they were rescued. After being informed police reached the spot. The incident triggered traffic congestion in the area. Vehicular movement was restored after senior police officers removed the vehicles. It was said that the frontal portions of both the vehicles were damaged due to the impact of the accident. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt was learnt that the three injured victims were declared brought dead by the doctors while many others are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. Four injured victims are stated to be critical. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident and are yet to confirm the exact cause that might have led to the accident. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that both the vehicles were at a high speed at the time of the accident. The investigating officers are also examining the affected vehicles to find out the nature of the accident. Raids are being conducted to nab the accused driver.last_img read more

Pension pinch Elderly Greeks stand on line to get cash

first_imgThe manager of National Bank of Greece branch asks from the pensioners to stay calm at they wait to enter the building in Athens, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Pensioners are the forgotten victims of the Greek crisis. Their monthly payments have been cut in recent years, and since many lack bank cards they were totally cut off from their funds until Wednesday’s special bank sessions allowed them partial access. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I’m furious,” the retired builder said. “Before these new controls, my wife and I could live easily. Now I’m anxious about money. And Europe wants to cut my pension still more. I am sure that we are dead as a country.”He started off angry, but soon began to cry — not because of financial woes, but because his treasured Sunday family lunches, a hallowed Greek tradition, have turned into shouting matches between him and his children over the left-wing Syriza government’s policy.Greece’s 5-year crisis has deepened this week after it failed to repay 1.6 billion euros to the International Monetary Fund. It has called a referendum Sunday on whether to accept the austerity package demanded by its creditors in exchange for more aid.The nation’s 2.6 million pensioners have been hit particularly hard. Since many retirees like Kotaras lack bank cards, the capital controls — which included the closure of all banks — cut them off entirely from their funds until special bank sessions beginning Wednesday gave them partial access.Even then, they had to stand in line to get numbers that allowed them to stand in line a second time to be admitted to the bank lobbies. Police stood guard, and bank officials sometimes helped those using walkers or wheelchairs to get in and out more quickly. Many pensioners can pay just enough of their electric bills to avoid having their service cut, said Eleni Loukissa, 64, who retired from a dental office. She has a bank card, allowing her more access to money than some others, but is still very worried.She goes to the cash machine every morning as soon as she wakes up to withdraw 60 euros, the maximum allowed. She is stockpiling the cash in her apartment in the northern suburb Agia Paraskevi.“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, so instead of having coffee with my friends I go to the ATM,” she said. “Everyone waiting in line is angry.”Her cash machine has run out of 20-euro bills, so instead of getting three 20s each morning, she gets a single 50.Loukissa said she had expected her retirement to be “calm and beautiful,” but instead she and her friends are consumed by fear.“I’m very depressed,” she said. “Normally I’m a very positive person and I don’t want fear to get the better of me. I’m trying not to deal with people who are more depressed than me. I try not to watch TV news because their mood is that the catastrophe is already here and that we are done.” Sponsored Stories ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Don’t mention the golden years to Michaelis Kotaras. Not after the 78-year-old got up early Wednesday to stand in line, twice, outside the National Bank of Greece for the privilege of going inside to withdraw 120 euros ($134,) less than a quarter of his monthly pension.He emerged with the cash, but without any certainty about when (or whether) he will be able to access the rest of his payment, which has been repeatedly slashed as Greece imposed austerity upon austerity. Since he doesn’t have a bank card, he can’t use the ATMs that are the only source of limited cash for most Greeks this week after the country imposed capital controls to prevent a run on banks. Comments   Share   Quick workouts for mencenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top holiday drink recipes Then came yet another hurdle: Banks announced hours before they reopened that customers would be served alphabetically. That led to confusion at the roughly 1,000 branches that opened, with many retirees waiting for hours only to be told they would have to come back Thursday or Friday.Others were told their pensions had not yet been deposited and they would have to return once they have been.Many who made it through said they were getting money “just in case,” — a catchall phrase reflecting a strong shared sense that the Greek financial roller coaster has not yet come to a halt.“The way they treat us is very bad,” said 71-year-old Georgios Petropoulos. “I’m a citizen. I worked for 48 years. I want to take my pension whenever I want. Instead I got 120 euros and they said I might get another 120 euros next week — perhaps.”It is the uncertainty that is galling many retired Greeks who had counted on secure pensions to keep them in rent, groceries and a few of life’s pleasures in their retirement years.Creditors are demanding a toughening up of Greece’s formerly generous pension system, which remains a major financial burden for the government even after earlier Greek administrations agreed to substantial reductions in payments.last_img read more

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians gestures

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians gestures from the sidelines, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The Cardinlas head coach began with a statement:“Start off with the incident that happened this morning with Michael Floyd; gathering as much information as I can right now on what happened and what our options are going forward. I’ll probably have more information on that by Wednesday. Right now, it’s way too soon to know actually what happened and what can be done. Injury-wise, Tyvon Branch will probably go back to IR. He tore a muscle very close to where he had surgery in his groin. Deone Bucannon, whether he goes on IR or not, we’re still contemplating whether or not he is going to have to have surgery on that high ankle sprain for his future. Ulrick John will probably go on IR with a dislocated shoulder. We’ll make some roster moves in the next day or so for this next ball game. It was a tough loss to have played so well at times, but to also play so poorly. It’s the first game that I can ever remember not having an explosive pass play. The weather had something to do with it, but that’s just an excuse. We didn’t play well enough in the passing game. The turnovers, offensively, have been a problem on the road all year. When you look to east coast time games, it ain’t got [expletive] to do with the time – you turn the ball over, you lose. If you miss kicks, you lose. Defensively, it was tackling. We had 175 yards given up after contact – 75 on one play, when we’re three and out to start the second half and two guys miss a tackle and it goes 75 yards. That’s a bitter pill to swallow when it comes down to those little things and you preach about them all the time. It was one of the better comebacks I’ve been around, but to not finish it was very disturbing. On if it is a confidence issue with Chandler Catanzaro:“I don’t think he has a confidence issue. It’s a lack of performance at the critical time. That’s the life of a kicker. Having watched my son go through that all those years, it’s not an easy job, because you only get that one play. You don’t get to play 50, screw up 10, and do good on 40. You just get that one play.”On his thoughts on Justin Bethel and if he is a work in progress as a cornerback:“It’s a failure in progress.”On Bethel’s biggest drawback at corner:“Biggest thing has been battling the injuries where he doesn’t practice all spring and most of camp. So he hadn’t gotten better with the reps, and balls get thrown on him.” – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Oh hell yeah. When you look at the coverage teams, the five best cover guys are on IR. The next five haven’t done as good a job with their new opportunity. Injuries present opportunities, and this year the opportunities aren’t getting maximized to make you want to say ‘oh this guy is pretty good.’ You go ‘we just gave up a touchdown.’”On if it is a matter of making changes or getting healthy:“I’d like to see Jaron Brown back out there, Ifeanyi Momah back out there, Alani Fua back there covering down that right side where (Cordarrelle) Patterson ran that touchdown back. That didn’t have a damn thing to do with coaching.”On how interested he is to see how his team handles the next three games:“You talk about it early, but you respect the process and you come to work. I’ve been on a 3-13 team and a 7-9 team. You come to work every week. If you see guys cashing it in, you need to get rid of them.”On how can he tell if a player has love or passion for the game:“The effort and speed in which they are playing the game, and practice. We’ve had great practices this entire season. It hasn’t shown up sometimes on Sunday.”On if Deone Bucannon can come back at all these next three weeks: Your browser does not support the audio element. On what kind of role he envisions for J.J. Nelson the rest of the season:“Hopefully he’ll continue to progress like he has been. Stay healthy and just continue to progress in his role.”On how he evaluates Michael Floyd on the field this year:“Very inconsistent.”On Floyd being in a contract year and what this means for that:“I don’t really have a comment on that one. That’s too obvious.”On if Floyd gave him any explanation on what happened last night:“He just told me the facts.”On if any teammates were with him:“No.”On if Carson Palmer struggled with anything other than the elements yesterday:“No, just the wet ball. Larry (Fitzgerald) was kind of slow cutting in on his route when it was high and the interception. He had guys hitting him in the face. Coming off the goal line, the high one to Jermaine (Gresham) he had a guy hitting him right in the face. He got hit in the face on Larry’s interception too. We did not protect very well.”On what he does as far as self-reflection in this type of season:“You come to work, you believe in what you stand for and the process in which you’ve established your work habits. You just continue to work and hopefully you see a win this week, because that’s all you can control is this week. Add them up at the end. We’ve lost some very close games this year that we’ve won in the past. When it’s all said and done we’ll go back and evaluate all those things that caused us to win those games and caused us to lose those games.” On what he saw on Calais Campbell’s hit on Ryan Tannehill:“It was just a football play. I hope Ryan gets better fast. I have heard it did not tear, hopefully. That’s great news because he’s a heck of a young player. Calais was hustling and got blocked into him.”On this being the second time Campbell had this happen with the hit on Cam Newton earlier this season:“That’s what happens when guys are going hard and full speed and the guy shoves him toward the quarterback.”On if Campbell might get fined:“It didn’t get a flag.”On why they haven’t been winning the close games:“Not making the plays. We’ve made those plays, the third-and-sixes, the third-and-12s at the end of the game, like we did in the fourth quarter. This year, in the two-minute drill, we go down against New England, execute it perfectly and miss the kick. It’s been that way defensively – play our ass off, play our ass off, big play. That’s been the biggest problem defensively, just big plays, whether it’s a broken tackle, a missed tackle or miscommunication.”On how much the punt return played into the Dolphins winning field goal drive:“It was huge. Us not getting the first down and then the punt and the punt coverage, again, we missed two tackles.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes from his session, which comes after the team’s 26-23 loss in Miami that likely put their postseason dreams to sleep.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach Comments   Share   Top Stories On if he’s disappointed that Michael Floyd put himself in this position:“Yeah, we always talk about not being the guy and making correct decisions. Like I said, we’ll get all of the info hopefully later today and tomorrow on what was done and what will be done.”On if he has been able to talk to Floyd:“Yes.”On if that could include a possible team suspension:“I don’t think the league can act until the blood test and everything, court case, are over with. Like I said, we’ll determine all of that at a later date.”On if D.J. Humphries is in the concussion protocol:“Yes. I forgot about D.J. He’s in the protocol and we’ll go day to day with that. He was playing great football when he got hurt.”On what affected the passing game the most:“Protection; to throw the ball down the field, you obviously have to hold him a little bit longer, which we did not do. Whenever we tried seven-step drop stuff, we were normally hurried. They were smart in playing a very soft zone so that we had to take something and run after the catch with it, and we just didn’t get those done.”On not being used to playing in that type of weather:“I’ve played in the rain before, but it was raining. That was heavy-duty rain, especially when we got the ball back with two minutes. The ball just squirted out of his hand. It’s an excuse; that’s all it is. You still can’t turn it over, but to drop it and go behind the chains five yards, it kind of killed that drive before it even started. We had a heck of a play set up. Guys had seen the blitz and Carson (Palmer) was going to throw it real fast and it just squirts out of his hand. Not to get a better punt, not to get better punt coverage, and then to allow them to score was even more disappointing.” On how he will treat the final three games of the regular season:“Nothing changes. We’re not going to put young guys in the game to see if they can play. We’re playing to win, not evaluate for the future.”On how the players reacted when he told them they are most likely not making the playoffs:“Just being real. I wouldn’t expect anything other than disappointment, but are you going to sugarcoat it? 8-7-1 might get you in, but probably not.”On special teams struggles:“It’s been a snap and hold and a kick or a punt all year. Coaches don’t do any of those things. There won’t be any coaching changes. Let me make that perfectly clear today. They don’t snap, hold and kick. Players do those jobs.”On what continues to give him faith in Amos Jones:“He’s a hell of a coach. I watch him prepare. I watch him coach. It has nothing to do with faith. I know the guy can coach. His players aren’t playing very well. They’re my players, so if I’m going to fire him, I’ll fire myself.”On if he means there will be no coaching changes for next year and not just the rest of this season:“Yeah, unless guys get jobs.”On if it is all personnel-related on special teams: “I doubt that he can come back. The decision is whether or not to do surgery on it so that we can tighten it up.”On what he is looking at with Tyrann Mathieu:“I’m looking at watching him practice Wednesday.”On the changes on the offensive line with Ulrick John injured:“We’ll make those decisions. Givens Price has done a really nice job of maturing on the practice squad. We’ll look at him.”On if Sio Moore showed him something stepping in:“He did a nice job, having just been here a couple weeks. He made the best of his opportunity.”On his thoughts on Chandler Catanzaro right now:“I can say it’s not talent. That will be a part of the evaluation process going on.”On what happened on the blocked PAT:“It was a bad snap and we got split by the center and the guard. He probably should’ve just fired it. The holder probably should’ve just not tried to get it off and try to run a pass and wouldn’t have given up two points.”On if he is hoping the players on special teams can execute better the next three games and then evaluate it in the offseason:“If I thought there were better ones available, I’d get them changed. But, I don’t think there are better available right now.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Related Flybe introduces new flights to London Gat

first_img RelatedFlybe introduces new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds BradfordFlybe hails ‘huge success’ of flights to Newquay from London GatwickFlybe hails ‘huge success’ of flights to Newquay from London GatwickFlybe announces new flight between Humberside and JerseyEurope’s largest airline flybe has announced that it will be introducing a new flight between Humberside and Jersey. Flybe has announced that London Gatwick will become its 14th base following the introduction of new flights to Dusseldorf.The new route, which comes into effect on June 22nd, will operate three times a day during the week, once on Saturday and twice on Sunday.Flybe, which is Europe’s largest regional airline, has increased its presence at the UK’s second-busiest airport over the last year-and-a-half after it introduced new flights to Aberdeen, Newcastle and Newquay.It is now the third-biggest slot-holder at London Gatwick.Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said the airline’s expansion showed that it is among the airport’s “key players”.”The initial basing of one aircraft with 33 new staff will make Gatwick one of our most important airports and our 14th base,” he said.”Flybe is gaining a reputation as an airline that bucks the trend in these challenging economic times and this announcement is a confident statement by the Flybe board in our ability to continue our growth.”The carrier said last week that it was forecasting an eight percent increase in passengers over the Easter period. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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