APTN National NewsGhislain Picard is the Regional Chief for Quebec in the Assembly of First Nations, and he’s concerned about the Quebec provincial budget that was tabled this week.“This issue really puts in perspective the uncertainty regarding taxations and the whole notion of fiscal relationship with Quebec,” said Picard.“We are supposed to negotiate some kind of arrangements, agreements on the issues regarding taxations, but we are so far from any kind of settlement or agreement on these issues.”
Los Angeles: Morgan Freeman is set to star in Ryan Reynolds’ “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard”, the sequel to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. The veteran actor has joined Frank Grillo, who was last cast in the film, reported Deadline. No details are as yet available about Freeman’s character. Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek are set to return for the second installment. Patrick Hughes is returning to direct and Tom O’Connor has penned the script. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The sequel follows bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds), who is enlisted by Jackson and Hayek’s characters to join them on a mission along the Amalfi Coast. Production is expected to start this month. Freeman’s last cinematic outing was Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, which released months after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct on production sets or on promotional tours over his career spanning more than five decades. He next stars in “Angel Has Fallen”.
During the 10-day World Summit on Sustainable Development, which sought to revitalize the fight against global poverty while preserving the environment, 48 countries and one international organization signed, ratified or acceded to 39 international accords. The event encouraged countries to take action on treaties dealing with subjects ranging from the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to hazardous chemicals and pesticides and the illicit manufacturing of firearms. The actual signings and deposit of instruments took place at UN Headquarters in New York and were announced afterwards at the Johannesburg Summit. On Tuesday, Premier Zhu Rongji told the Summit that China had ratified the Kyoto Protocol. China’s strategy of sustainable development had now run through all aspects of its economic and social development efforts, he said, and as the world’s largest developing country and a major player in environmental protection, China was an important force in international environment cooperation. As for other key countries’ participation in the accord, Mikhail Kaysanov, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, said his country had signed the Kyoto Protocol and was preparing for its ratification, which, he hoped, would take place in the near future. Moscow would also host a world conference on climate change in 2003. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien added that Canada was finalizing a plan to achieve the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol and Parliament would be asked to vote on its ratification before the end of the year. The accord establishes quantified commitments to reduce the release of these gases, requiring that from 2008 to 2012, worldwide emissions be cut by 5 per cent compared with 1990 levels. To enter into force, the Kyoto Protocol will need to be ratified by at least 55 States parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, including specified industrialized countries representing at least 55 per cent of the total 1990 carbon dioxide emissions from this group.
“The recent detection of a polio case in Iraq after a 14-year absence is a reminder of the risk currently facing children throughout the region,” said Maria Calivis, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in Moossa Hezam, a baby from Al-Rusafa, in northern Baghdad. “It is now even more imperative to boost routine immunisations to reach every child multiple times and do whatever we can to vaccinate children we could not reach in previous rounds. That’s the only way we will prevent this outbreak from spreading further,” she added.The current vaccination rounds are part of a comprehensive response to the announcement, in October 2013, that a wild poliovirus of Pakistani origin had found its way to war-ravaged Syria. Recognizing the risk of further international spread, Governments of seven countries across the Middle East, with the assistance of local non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and UN agencies, are endeavouring to reach 22 million children multiple times with polio vaccine. Since October, 25 polio vaccination campaigns have been completed across the region, including five rounds in Syria and six in Iraq. A UNICEF team visited the polio-affected baby’s home in in of the poorer neighbourhoods of Baghdad’s northern suburbs. They were told by a local doctor that “neither Moossa nor any of his four siblings received polio vaccination despite the advice of the health workers who came to the family’s house several times.”Abood Hezam, Moossa’s father, is a mini-van driver and the sole breadwinner for his family of seven. “I am working so hard to support my family and had no time to think about taking my children to the hospital for vaccinations. I truly regret this now. If only Moossa was vaccinated he would have been polio free now,” Mr. Hezam told the UNICEF team, adding that he is now working to sensitize friends and neighbours to the importance of polio vaccination. Polio, whose virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestines attacking the nervous system, is highly infectious and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.Since the detection of Moossa’s case in Iraq, the Iraqi Ministry of Health supported by UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) and other health partners conducted a mop up covering the entire location around the area where Moossa lives, covering more than 8,000 children. “Midway into the implementation of this outbreak response plan, we’re reaching the vast majority of children across the Middle East,” said Chris Maher, WHO Manager for Polio Eradication and Emergency Support. “In the second phase of the outbreak response we must work with local partners to reach the hardest-to-reach – those pockets of children who continue to miss out, especially in Syria’s besieged and conflict areas and in remote areas of Iraq. We won’t stop until we reach them.”Health teams in Lebanon and Turkey will also join the campaign on 10 and 18 April. As of end of March 2014, 27 children have been paralyzed by polio in Syria: 18 of these children are in the contested governorate of Deir Ez Zour, four are in Aleppo, two in Idlib, two in Al-Hassakeh and one in Hama. Prior to this outbreak, no polio cases have been recorded in Syria since 1999. The risk of spread to countries in the region and beyond is considered high, and health authorities from 21 countries have declared a public health emergency. In Syria, immunizations campaigns will be carried out at monthly intervals until at least May 2014. Since the outbreak was announced in October, UNICEF has delivered 14 million doses of polio vaccines to Syria.
Chess is supposed to be a deeply strategic game where each player has enough time to think before making moves. Even if the game is being played by masters who can envision many moves into the future, chess isn’t supposed to take a couple of minutes. Bennett Foddy, esteemed developer of some of the most frustratingly hilarious games on the internet — such as the iconic, nearly impossible running simulator QWOP — felt it’d be fun to speed chess up a bit. For NYU’s annual No Quarter game exhibition, Foddy created a game of chess that is played by up to 16 players at once, and each player only has control of their own pawn.Each player moves their pawn, and if they get captured by an opposing piece, they respawn as one of the leftover pieces. So, if you get captured, you get to begin life anew as a piece better than a pawn (if no more free pawns exist, that is). However, if you make it to the other size as a pawn, you leave behind a queen, then respawn as one of your team’s leftover pieces. The goal of Speed Chess is to capture the opposing side’s king, except now you must do it with up to 7 other individual minds also controlling your team’s fate.Kotaku was able to attend No Quarter, and took some video of the game, as well as probed Foddy’s mad-scientist brain:Movement in the game happens instantly — there is no animation delay, and there aren’t sequential turns to take. The only thing delaying piece movement is how quickly you can enter a command into your SNES controller.Speed Chess, like QWOP, seems maddeningly (and amusingly) unplayable, but people were able to capture the opposing king, as shown in the above video. If you’re hoping to try out Speed Chess, Foddy doesn’t appear to have any plans to release it over the internet just yet — he intended the game for events, as he feels it’s more fun to play when huddling around a television with a group of people.If you want to get your hands on the game, Foddy will be showing it off at Wild Rumpus, another games exhibition, this Saturday in London.
Gardaí to the rescue after dog found locked inside car in today’s soaring temperatures “Never lock animals in cars,” the gardaí warned. 44,415 Views Short URL Jun 19th 2017, 8:35 PM Source: Garda Info/Twitter A MEMBER OF the public raised the alarm to gardaí today, after spotting a dog trapped inside a locked car. Monday 19 Jun 2017, 8:35 PM Share1894 Tweet Email Temperatures reached the high 20s again today across the country, and it’s set to be just as hot again tomorrow.The dog was spotted inside the car at a shopping centre, the gardaí said.The ISPCA has warned in the past that even a car parked in the shade in hot temperatures can cause an animal locked inside to suffer heatstroke or even die.The gardaí said that, luckily in this case, the dog was “ok after a drink”.They also issued a warning to people to never lock animals in cars.Read: Dog owners warned to keep pets on a leash after ‘savage’ sheep attacksRead: Seven dogs had to be put down after being found in ‘deplorable’ conditions Eagle eyed public at S/Centre alerted Gardaí to dog locked in car in todays soaring temp.He was ok after a drink!Never lock animals in cars pic.twitter.com/ZljuLxQ2bc— Garda Info (@gardainfo) June 19, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3452906 60 Comments By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By Mamadou DemBusiness Mogul, Muhammeh Bazzi yesterday informed the Janneh Commission of Enquiry, that he has finally withdrawn his application to be heard in camera, after consulting partners, friends and family members and also based on the fact that he has nothing to hide.According to Mr. Bazzi, his safety and security has been guaranteed by the Government of the Gambia under the leadership of Adama Barrow.Earlier, the former Managing Director of Social Security, Housing and Finance Corporation (SSHFC), Edward Graham, continued with his testimony before the Commission on the SSHFC Act he was referred to, the last time he appeared before the Commission.Prior to continuing with his testimony, Commission Counsel, Mrs. Amie Bensouda told him that the SSHFC Act was amended in 2010. But Graham said he was referring to the 2015 Act which separates Social Security from Housing and Finance. He was then handed over copies of the Act of 1981 and 2010 respectively, to peruse.At that juncture, Mr. Graham made comparison of both the SSHFC Act 2010, as well as the 1981 Act and explained that both Acts talked about the appointment of a Managing Director and the Governing Body of the Corporation, by the President.Upon perusal of the 2010 Act, the witness discovered that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance acts as the Vice Chairperson of the board of directors of the Corporation and section 20 of the same Act stipulates that even were as the Managing Director of SSHFC delegates his deputy to act, he/she (MD) is still responsible for the action or actions executed by the person delegated.According to him, on the 27th of September, they received directives from the office of the then President for the purchase of tents amounting to D88, 000,000.00 and Central Bank of the Gambia served as the guarantor. He said they later received letters from CBG and Trust Bank that they received the bill of lading indicating that the tents have been received and their account was debited to that effect.The office of the then President according to him, informed the Corporation that CBG will be responsible for the payments of the tents. He said there were no documents to show the transactions regarding the tents; that the money used for the purchase of the tents, was a loan but he could not confirm at that time whether the loan was approved by the board prior to disbursement. Mr. Graham also told the Commission as per the Act, that the board has no mandate to approve or disapprove directives from the Minister of Finance much more directives from the Executive. He said the loans given were guided by the policy of the Corporation while citing Section 39 of the 2015 Act, to strengthen his evidence.Mr. Graham at that point was interjected by Commission Chairman, Sourahata Janneh who put it to him that he did not introduced himself as a Legal Practitioner and said to him someone who is not a Legal Practitioner, is not compelled to answer legal questions but because of his action of citing laws, the Commission Counsel is forced to ask him legal questions. Commission Chairman advised the witness that if he wants, he can get a Counsel to write a legal opinion on his behalf, regarding the Laws he cited and based on his responsibilities as the former MD.The Chairman further told him that as Commissioners they are interested in facts and not Law, because they will come up with the position of the Law at the end of the day.Commission Counsel further told the witness that when he was reinstated in 2010, several loans were given to NAWEC amounting to $7.9 Million, $5.6 Million, $6 Million and $300 Million respectively.When asked whether he advised that the National Provident Fund was almost in jeopardy, Graham said he has discussed the issue with the former Secretary General but they were asked to go ahead with giving loans as it was an Executive Directive. He said some payments were made by NAWEC for the loans given to them and he has documents to back his testimony.The witness further informed Commissioners that they have met NAWEC in order to offset the debts they owe the Corporation since they don’t have money to pay as a strategy, which he said was in 2016.Documents relating to debts repayment agreement between the Corporation and NAWEC, were admitted as exhibits.On the purchase of fire tenders and ambulance, he said he was called at State House by Njogu Bah for the safety and security of the Airport and the Corporation was asked to give loan which will be paid. But he intimated to them that it has to be in writing. Documents relating to work about the resolution of NAWEC, Fire tenders and ambulance were admitted as exhibits. He said he did not have the resolution of the loans for the Tobaski rams and the Aircraft.He disclosed that actions have been taken verbally and in writing for the payment of the loans given by the Corporation to Institutions. Documents relating to actions taken by the Corporation for the repayment of loans in the form of letters, were produced by the witness and applied for tender by Counsel, as exhibits.“We built Social Security from zero to a multibillion dalasi Corporation. Had it been we sat there without taking action, the Corporation would not have been what it is today. NAWEC and GPA would have been bankrupt. But because we were stifled by the Act and it is part of our mandate to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. When it comes to Executive Directives, professionalism is out,” said Graham who nearly shed tears before the Commission.Next to testify was Mr. Muhammed Bazzi, who informed the Commission that he has written to them through his lawyer, for the withdrawal of his application to testify in camera; that after consulting friends, partners and family, he has decided to come plainly as they have nothing to hide and his safety and security has been guaranteed by the Government.He said the reason for the payments his company made to the accounts of former president Jammeh, was during his capacity as the Consul General of The Gambia, he was to bring investors into the country.According to Mr. Bazzi in all the countries Euro Africa Group invested, they always applied for long term investments for about 15 to 25 years and this was the case in The Gambia. Several letters in respect of NAWEC’s outstanding sums to EURO Africa as well as a folder brought by the witness showing payments into the former president’s dollar and dalasi accounts, were all admitted into evidence as exhibits.On the payment of D14M into the account of Jammeh in 2011, he said it was in regard to the payment made by Ali Charare and was made by himself in order to avoid problems for Mr. Charare.According to Mr. Bazzzi, the former president asked Mr. Charare who was managing the Gamtel International Gateway Account, to be paying $500,000.00 into his account every month, which he said was neither a bribe nor an incentive.Mr. Bazzi at that point promised to provide the Commission with all the documents, when his company exclusively started the importation of fuel into the country. He denied monopoly over fuel importation noting that the price was determined by the Ministry of Finance.Mr. Bazzi appealed to the Commission for him to call witnesses who might be in better positions to shed light on certain issues surrounding his company and this was granted by the Commission Chairman.Next to appear before the Commission was the former Managing Mirector of SSHFC, Tumbul Danso who is also the current Managing Director of Gambia Public Procurement Authority [GPPA].Mr. Danso was summoned on the payment of $1,000,000.00 to the office of the then President and he confirmed that the request was made during his tenure as the Director of the Corporation and the request was approved by the board.Mr. Danso said upon receiving the directive, he wrote to his Finance Director for relevant procedures to be taken before payment. He said the office of the then president is not classified under investment policy as it is part of the Government and the loan given to the office would not be classified as investment but rather an intervention by the Corporation.According to Mr. Danso, the loan was granted three weeks after he moved to the GPPA.Sitting continues today. Meanwhile, Mr. Bazzi will reappear on Wednesday 11th October 2017.
Load More Silver Heritage halts preparation of financial statements on a going concern basis as sale looms Buyer search no longer exclusive as main Silver Heritage candidate misses second deposit deadline Of immediate concern is the company’s first US$2 million repayment of bonds due March 2020, part of a renegotiated deal with OCP Asia last September aimed at providing Silver Heritage more time to ramp up operations at Tiger Palace Resort. As part of that deal, Silver Heritage repaid US$6.8 million of bonds at the time and was granted an extension of the maturity date of the remaining US$11.2 million through to April 2021.But those plans were thrown into disarray when the company learned that table games at Phoenix International Club in Vietnam – where it ran gaming operations on behalf of the owner – were no longer allowed under a revised Investment Certificate. Silver Heritage subsequently parted ways with Phoenix, which accounted for 45% of the group’s 2018 revenue, as part of a US$5.25 million settlement agreement.In its Friday filing, Silver Heritage revealed that the cessation of its Vietnam operations “is a potential event of default under the terms of its Bonds,” although it added it had not yet received any notification of default from its Bondholders. The company has also received a waiver in relation to an upcoming EBITDA covenant test for the six months ended 30 June 2019, “which with the loss of its Vietnam operations it is unlikely to meet.”Instead, Silver Heritage said it will seek new avenues of fundraising in order to pay its upcoming debts. Notably, the group is still chasing the second instalment of the settlement agreement after its former Vietnamese partner defaulted last month. Silver Heritage said that, following ongoing discussions, it has now received an initial payment of US$200,000 but is still working to receive the remaining balance.The company is also continuing to court potential buyers of its Nepal operations with reports that up to four genuine expressions of interest have been received. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline The unexpected loss of its Vietnam business has left Southeast Asian casino operator Silver Heritage Group in need of additional funding if it is to meet an upcoming US$2 million repayment of bonds.In a trading update issued in conjunction with the company’s 2018 Annual Report on Friday – the release of which was delayed due to reporting irregularities discovered at its flagship Tiger Palace Resort in Nepal – Silver Heritage warned that recent events may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue due to a potential inability to “realise its assets and extinguish its liabilities in the normal course of business.” RelatedPosts
An independent review into mental health practices in the workplace has recommended six mental health core standards to help employers better support their staff, including employees with poor mental health or wellbeing.The Thriving at work review, which was commissioned by prime minister Theresa May in January 2017, explores how employers can provide better support to all of their employees to remain in and thrive at work. This includes recommendations on how employers can better assist employees who have poor mental health or wellbeing.Mental health campaigner, Lord Dennis Stevenson led the review in collaboration with Paul Farmer CBE, chief executive officer at Mind and chair of the NHS Mental Health Taskforce, advising all employers to commit to six mental health core standards in order to form an approach to workplace mental health. These include creating, implementing and communicating mental health at work plans, developing mental health awareness for employees, promoting effective people management through line management, and introducing routine monitoring of employee mental health and wellbeing. The core standards also recommend that employers encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available, and provide employees with good working conditions to ensure they have a healthy work-life balance as well as opportunities for development.The review which took into consideration accounts from over 200 employers of people with mental health problems, as well as opinions from leading mental health and work experts suggests that larger employers and organisations in the public sector should demonstrate best practice through external and internal reporting and designated leadership responsibility, as well as ensure the provision of tailored in-house mental health support and signposting to clinical help.Additionally, the review recommends the creation of an online health and wellbeing portal to help employers access the tools and guidance they may need, as well as the provision of extra support for small to medium businesses. The review suggests changes to legislation to offer better protection for staff with mental health problems, measures to ensure that workplace mental health is promoted and enhanced through greater transparency, and looks at the role of regulators. Furthermore, the report also discusses the use of digital technology, and how this can be used as a means to support employees working remotely or in the gig economy.The final report targets specific recommendations at the government too, such as encouraging the government to implement the mental health core standards across the public sector, as well as ensuring that mental health services are prioritised in the NHS to enable access to treatment while maintaining employment.Research by professional services firm Deloitte that was featured in the review found that poor mental health costs the UK economy between £74 billion and £99 billion a year, with the cost to employers being between £33 billion and £42 billion. Its analysis also demonstrated a return on investment of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested into mental health workplace interventions.Paul Farmer (pictured), chief executive at Mind, said: “We found that in many workplaces, mental health is still a taboo subject and that opportunities are missed to prevent poor mental health and ensure employees who may be struggling get the support they need. In many instances employers simply don’t understand the crucial role they can play, or know where to go for advice and support.“The human cost of failing to address mental health in the workplace is clear. Workplace mental health should be a priority for organisations across the UK. Every employer in the UK has a responsibility to support employees with mental health problems and promote the mental wellbeing of their entire workforce.”Dennis Stevenson, mental health campaigner, added: “In light of the demonstrable impact of poor workplace wellbeing on individuals, employers and the UK economy, we are calling on the government to accept the recommendations in full, and to introduce the core standards in the public sector. We need the right leadership among employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors, and a mandate from policy-makers to deliver our ambitious but achievable plan. It’s time for every employer to recognise their responsibilities and affect change, so that the UK becomes a world leader in workplace wellbeing for all staff and in supporting people with mental health problems to thrive at work.”James Malia, director of employee benefits at Sodexo Engage, said: “Today’s Thriving at work report makes some reasonable recommendations for employers on how to support their staff, but the truth is that more needs to be done and we should stop relying on just the government. Whilst we have come a long way in eliminating the taboo of mental health, talk must turn in to action. Promoting effective people management is simply not enough. Businesses need to invest in intensive training which give these managers the tools and understanding of how to recognise both good and poor mental health. Most of all, if it’s possible to have one or more mental health ambassadors in the workplace who have been through their own challenges, it will immediately encourage more employees to speak out.”Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “This welcome review shows that the UK is facing a greater challenge than expected when it comes to mental health in the workplace. With one in six people at work affected by mental ill health, a commitment from the government to address the issues head on and adopt the recommendations will be a clear signal to employers to do the same.“Mental health can still be hard for us to talk about, and we need to focus on improving the situation at a societal and workplace level. This report highlights the vital role that employers should play in tackling the persistent stigma and promoting inclusive workplaces.“Creating a healthy workplace is good for people and good for business; employers need to understand the countless benefits of what a healthy and happy workforce can deliver in terms of productivity, retention and engagement. The success of this report will ultimately rest on the willingness of government, employers and key stakeholders to work together in partnership to deliver long-term and sustainable change.”
NEW YORK—At Newsweek, all it takes is a $750 camera from B&H, access—and the fearlessness of a cable television vet—to produce online video from the presidential campaign trail.Using what she’s affectionately dubbed the “Tam Cam,” Tammy Haddad, the former MSNBC executive producer and current Newsweek video consultant, told a group of magazine executives—like everyone else, still trying to figure online video—that producing compelling content isn’t an expensive proposition.“We’re talking under $1,000,” said Haddad, speaking on a panel at the Magazines 24/7 conference here Wednesday. “It is to me just like cable,” Haddad, the former producer of Hardball with Chris Matthews, said. “You remember when we told you magazines, ‘Hey, people aren’t going to wait for print’? Now, you have the opportunity to say to them that you aren’t going to wait for TV.”People no longer wait for cable news to find video when a story breaks, she said. “You go to the Web.”Leaning on her political contacts and the Newsweek brand, Haddad recounted how she beat her former employers to exclusive campaign interviews with John McCain, Ted Kennedy—and a chance encounter with Sylvester Stallone in Las Vegas—with a D.I.Y. work-ethic. “We dropped it into the news cycle while the guys from Nightline were looking for their lattes,” Haddad said about the McCain interview.Haddad recalled chasing down an interview with the actress and apparent whale activist Hayden Panettiere leaving a rally for Barack Obama, without knowing who she was. “There were 200 reporters there,” Haddad said. “I said ‘Let’s get her!’”“I asked her what she was doing there,” Haddad continued. “She said ‘I wanted to talk to him about dolphins.’ I called Newsweek and said ‘Oh my God, upload!’”Despite her cable background, she cautioned publishers not to try to replicate cable news. “We’re not trying to be TV,” Haddad said. “That’s the biggest mistake you can make.”FOLIO: @ MAGAZINES 24/7:YouTube Hunting for Magazine PartnersMPA Announces Digital AwardsFacebook to Magazines: Bring Us Your ContentCondeNet, Meredith, Time Inc. on E-Media RollercoasterNewsweek’s D.I.Y. Video Revolution
One of Southeast Alaska’s ferries stalled near Petersburg on Wednesday.Listen nowThe southbound Columbia ferry arrived in Petersburg early this morning and was scheduled to depart shortly after, but an unexpected delay left the boat parked in town all day.Alaska Marine Highway System spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says a mechanical issue with the ship’s starboard engine required the ferry to remain moored.“It will remain there as long as the AMHS technicians are troubleshooting the situation,” says Woodrow. “We’re working on an action plan. We’ve notified passengers on board and all other passengers would be on the southbound sailings of the situation.”Woodrow says there will be travel delays for passengers scheduled to ride the Columbia this week.“We will be calling passengers when we have a better idea of how long the Columbia will be delayed and what the repair timeline will be,” says Woodrow.The department is working on an action plan for getting the Columbia to Ketchikan for repairs. The boat has two engines but it’s unclear whether it could make it through the Wrangell Narrows with only one of them functioning.According to Woodrow, there are alternative transportation options for Columbia passengers, depending on where they’re headed, though it would mean sailing on a different day.“If they’re trying to go from Petersburg to Juneau or Wrangell or Kake, the other alternative is the Matanuska which does sail north at least once a week and South once or twice a week as well,” says Woodrow.But for those headed to Bellingham, Washington from Petersburg or Wrangell, Woodrow says right now the Columbia is the only option. Updates may be posted on ferryalaska.com and a notice will be sent to customers when they have a better idea of the timeline for repairs.The Columbia is one of Alaska’s main ferries, running routes between Skagway and Bellingham, Washington.
Hyderabad: The All India Heera Victims Association on Friday demanded the arrest of clerics, politicians and scores of Bollywood actors who misled the investors in investing their hard-earned money in the ‘ponzy scheme’ of Heera Gold. The whistleblower and president of Association, Shahbaz Ahmed Khan, demanded the arrest of all 33 accused in Heera group’s scam. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us “Only three persons were arrested out of 33 accused in the case. About 3,000 Marketing Executives (MEs) & Direct Sales Agents (DSA) identified several clerics from India and abroad who misled the investors. They also identified several Bollywood actors and politicians, who are yet to be questioned by the investigative agencies, in spite of several cases being registered in Telangana, AP, Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka,” he noted. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Victims from other States Ahmed Khan said that several agencies like ED, SFIO, CCS Hyderabad ,CCB, Bengaluru, EOW Maharashtra, EOW Kerala ,CID (AP) are investigating the case, but the arrests of most of the accused is yet to be made. Several bigwigs are involved in endorsing the brand, who remained untouched, so far, in the on-going investigation. Advertise With Us “Heera group CEO Nowhera Sheik was arrested on October 16, 2018. Till today, she remained under various police & judicial custody of four different states. In other states like West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir & Tamil Nadu, FIRs are yet to be registered. Several investors are approaching Hyderabad CCS, as these states are not following the Supreme Court guidelines of Lalita Kumari judgement 2015 to register FIR,” he lamented. Threats of losing investment Ahmed Khan alleged that Heera group agents through social media and through phone calls are threatening the investors not to lodge complaint with police and to withdraw complaints to ensure their investment is not lost. “Heera scam is mother of all scams, and it has roots in Gulf region and also in Europe, as several promoters and clerics who endorsed have fled the country, while Bollywood actors who endorsed are not being questioned,” he said.
Vijayawada: After a long gap, Pulichintala Project is receiving good inflows from the upstream projects.Nearly 40,000 cusecs of water was released from Nagarjunasagar on Monday. As per the inflows, the Pulichintala Project may get full reservoir storage capacity water in the next few days. But the water does not cater to the cultivation needs for the current kharif season as the cultivation period is already over in Krishna delta. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us According to officials, all the projects are receiving huge inflows from upstream projects due to heavy rains in Karnataka and Maharashtra. The water is being discharged from all the reservoirs like Jurala, Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar in AP and Telangana States. Almatti has 6.3 lakh cusecs of inflows from the upstream areas while 5.40 lakh cusecs are being discharged to Narayanapur reservoir. Nearly 105 tmcft water is available in Almatti reservoir as against its full storage capacity of 129 tmcft. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Similarly, Narayanapur project has 6.02 lakh cusecs of inflows while 6.10 lakh cusecs is being discharged to the Jurala Project. The Jurala Project has 8.42 lakh cusecs of inflows from upstream areas while 8.35 lakh cusecs are being released to Srisailam Project. Currently, 181 tmcft water is available in Srisailam as against its full storage capacity of 215 tmcft. The project is receiving 5.50 lakh cusecs of inflows while 8.16 lakh cusecs are being released to Nagarjunasagar by opening 10 gates. Advertise With Us Nearly 225 tmcft water is available in Nagarjunasagar project as against its full storage capacity of 312 tmcft. The reservoir is receiving inflows of 6.10 lakh cusecs while nearly 40,000 cusecs are being released to Pulichintala Project. According to officials, the Pulichintala Project may also get full storage capacity of water in the present rainy season if the inflows continue in the next four days. However, already the Krishna district administration alerted the staff to take necessary precautions in view of the flood threat. Guntur : District officials were put on high alert following heavy discharge from Nagarjunasagar dam on Monday. At present, 3 lakh cusecs of water is being released from the dam following an increase in inflows from Srisailam dam. The irrigation department officials have decided to release 4 lakh to 5 lakh cusecs from Sagar from Tuesday or Monday midnight..According to officials, the discharge from Srisailam reservoir is currently 8. 5 lakh cusecs, which will take some time to reach Nagarjunasagar dam. When heavy inflows reach Nagarjunasagar dam, the irrigation department officials will release up to 5 lakh cusecs. With release of huge amount of water from Sagar dam, Pulichintala project is expected to reach its full capacity by August 13. Following instructions of district collector I Samuel Anand Kumar, villagers of Vemaravaram, Vegulagadda and Govindapuram in Machavaram mandal who are facing flood threat have been shifted to safer places. The residents of the villages went to relocation colonies of Pulichintala project. Meanwhile, the revenue and police officials warned people to vacate places likely to be affected by floodwater in Bellamkonda immediately. District collector Samuel Anand Kumar warned the fishermen and people not to venture into the river as flood level is increasing. A control room with a helpline No 0863-2324014 has been set up in the collectorate in Guntur city where irrigation and revenue officials would be available for extending assistance. The collector reviewed the precautionary measures taken by the revenue and irrigation officials in the district.
Related posts:PHOTOS: President Luis Guillermo Solís visits areas affected by floods in Costa Rica’s Limón province The most Earth-friendly way to supercharge your soil Afternoon thunderstorm floods downtown San José Water and Sewer Institute announces rationing plan for up to four months As the tropical rains increase in the last quarter of the year, so do the bugs – and for the gardener, that can spell trouble. Most gardeners these days are looking for safe products to use for the garden, so here is a collection of natural insect controls you might find useful, and can make right in your kitchen. Let’s start with one of my favorites.ALL-PURPOSE INSECT SPRAY1.5 tsp. of baking soda1. 5 tsp. of natural liquid soap (or 1 tsp. of Bio Land glycerin soap)1 tsp. of cooking oil1 tsp. of vinegar5 cups of warm waterBlend all ingredients together with the warm water, then use a hand-held spray bottle to mist plants until they are dripping wet. Also spray the walkways and areas around your plants. This spray has two functions: It makes the leaves of the plants less palatable for the bugs, and it penetrates bugs’ exoskeletons, causing them to become sick. Can be used weekly as preventive measure.THE PLANT PROTECTOR SPRAY1 cup of brown sugar1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide1 gallon waterThis formula is effective as a plant enhancer and protector. Spray this mixture on your plants, and watch them turn dark green and shiny. The plants absorb the sugar solution into their leaves, while the hydrogen peroxide cleans the leaves of bacteria and fungus, creating healthy plants that bugs don’t like to eat. Some researchers speculate that the high levels of sugars in the leaf tissues may actually cause the bugs to become drunk from the fermentation of excess sugars into alcohol in their bodies.It can be sprayed once a week as a preventive measure. The extra bonus this spray provides is tastier fruits and vegetables.HOMEMADE GARLIC SPRAY90 g chopped garlic cloves2 tablespoons of cooking oil15 g Bio Land’s glycerin soap500 ml warm water.Mix garlic and oil together and let steep for 48 hours. Dissolve grated soap in warm water and then mix the 2 solutions together; strain. Use 1 part mixture to 50 parts water. Spray as usual.This organic pest control is useful against many insects and some caterpillars. It works best in the greenhouse or around the porch where the plants are protected from the rain.HOMEMADE ONION AND CHILI SPRAY2 hot chilies, chopped2 large onions, chopped1 bulb garlic, chopped1 L Bio Land’s glycerin soap solutionThis homemade insecticide and pesticide is very effective against any leaf-eating insects. Best used in the greenhouse or porches where plants are protected from the rains. Combine all the ingredients, including the seeds from the chilies. Cover with the soapy water and allow to steep for 24 hours. Strain. Add water to dilute if required and spray. Can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.HOMEMADE SUGAR DRENCHThis organic control is effective against nematodes. Dissolve 2 kg sugar in a bucket of water. Drench the soil to kill nematodes. Molasses can also be used, but don’t use honey, as this may transmit disease back to the bees.COFFEE GROUNDS AND LEMON JUICE SPRAYA agent for repelling ants and other types of pests, this mixture is very easy to prepare. Boil old coffee grounds in 1 liter of water with 1 diced lemon along with some cinnamon. Strain the mixture and add some cayenne pepper. Spray the liquid under the leaves and on the roots to keep the pests away from plants.You can usually ward off fire ants by pouring boiling water on their nests. If several applications don’t work, try this recipe. The orange or lemon rinds have an oil which dissolves the ant’s skin or exoskeleton. ANT CONTROL SOLUTION6-12 Orange or lemon rinds125 ml feed-grade molasses4 liters of waterBoil the mix for 10 minutes, then apply to the ant nests.Finally, remember that fertile soils are the key to healthy plants and people. Healthy plants usually have fewer insect attacks, so fortify your soils with healthy organic fertilizers and use the above controls with moderation. Until next time, enjoy your time in the garden.For more information on tropical gardening – naturally – visit http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html or contact Ed at email@example.com. Facebook Comments
Construction of W Brisbane commencesThe first foundation stone of W Brisbane has been laid, commencing construction of the luxury hotel which is scheduled to open in 2017, in time for the Gold Coast Commonwealth games in 2018. Part of a mixed-use development, which will cost more than one billion Australian dollars to complete, W Brisbane marks the re-entry of the W brand to Australia.Located on 300 George Street by the Brisbane River, the mixed-use development is a joint venture between Shayher Group and Pau Jar Group of Taiwan and comprises three unique towers – W Brisbane will occupy one tower, while the other two towers will be used for premium office and commercial space and high-end residences. The development will also feature podium level retail outlets.Brookfield Multiplex has been engaged to complete the first stage of the construction process, which will include the basement carpark, the retail and hotel facilities and the hotel tower. The development will create 5,000 extra jobs in Brisbane, with more than 350 people working on the site at any given time.“We’re really excited to be working with Shayher Group and Brookfield Multiplex on this prestigious development project which will see the re-entry of W Hotels to Australia,” said Andrew Taylor, Director of Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Pacific. “W Brisbane will bring a new level of luxury and service to Brisbane’s hospitality scene and a fresh lifestyle standard in this rapidly growing city. A stylish addition to the up and coming riverside area, W Brisbane will appeal to the new generation of domestic and international visitors to the city.”Redefining luxury with innovative design, signature amenities and unique style, W Brisbane will offer 305 stylish guestroom, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite®, the W brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite. The smallest guest rooms will be 40 square metres; the largest room size in Brisbane currently.W Brisbane will also feature more than 960 square metres of ultra-modern meeting and event space, as well as a 24-hour WIREDSM business centre, spa, FITSM state-of-the-art workout facility, WETSM indoor heated swimming pool, and W Hotels The Store. In addition, the hotel will house three unique restaurants and bars, including an all-day dining restaurant, Pool Bar and the W Lounge. Guests can expect the W brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy, providing them with whatever they want, whenever they want it.Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the construction of the six-star luxury W Hotel was a considerable vote of confidence for Brisbane and would be a welcome addition to Brisbane’s growing high-end accommodation sector.“Not only does this enhance Brisbane’s reputation as a world-class national and international destination of choice, it is an example of the success of our Hotel Investment Strategy which was designed to attract new high-end hotels to our city,” Graham Quirk said.Peter Sia, General Manager, Shayher Group said: “We are thrilled to have started work on the development, which will be constructed in three stages. The first tower, which W Brisbane will occupy, will be built first; work will then commence on the premium office space and high-end residences.”“With Brisbane’s healthy economy and status as a key tourist destination, it’s a great time to be investing in Brisbane and we’re looking forward to working with both Starwood and Brookfield Multiplex to ensure we set a new benchmark for hotels, office space and residences in the city centre,” he added. W Hotels WorldwideSource = W Hotels Worldwide
in Daily Dose, Headlines, journal, News, Origination There’s international appeal in U.S. real estate, and, according to recent IRS data, certain countries seem especially smitten with it, Zillow Research reports.Back in 2015, non-resident foreigners sold $10.5 billion of U.S. real estate, trouncing the amount sold in 2014 ($8.4 billion) and also in 2013 ($7.5 billion), Zillow reports. The average price of that real estate was $402,321—more than twice the value of the median U.S. home that year ($181,400 as of December 2015), the company says. (A quick aside: The IRS withheld $922.3 million worth of real estate taxes from the 2015 transactions, Zillow notes.)Canadians composed the largest group of non-residents who sold U.S. real estate in 2015, the report shows. They made up 34 percent of the 26,137 total non-resident foreigners who sealed deals. Germans came next (11 percent), followed by residents of the United Kingdom (8 percent), and Japan (5 percent).All told, this quartet of countries accounted for 57 percent of all non-resident foreigners who sold U.S. real estate in 2015, Zillow reports. In fact, those four have routinely sat at the top of the U.S. real estate sellers list, including in 2013, the first year for which this type of IRS info is available, the company says.In terms of the average price of real estate sold by non-resident foreigners, that amount fluctuated considerably across groups. Zooming in on the top-four countries, the average sale price tracked consistently in the mid-$300K range: $328,732 for Canadians, $322,441 for Germans, $313,345 for UK residents, and $317,173 for Japanese, Zillow reports.The countries with the highest average sale price tend to be “small financial havens,” the company said.Residents of Macau sold U.S. real estate for the (not-so) average price of $8.4 million in 2015, shadowed by residents of the Cayman Islands ($2.9 million), the Netherlands Antilles ($2.7 million), Monaco ($2 million), Cyprus ($1.6 million), the British Virgin Islands ($1.5 million), and Luxembourg ($1.2 million). This handful of countries accounted for a mere 243 sales in 2015, or 0.9 percent of the total.On the opposite end of the spectrum, the average sale price was lowest in 2015 for non-residents of Colombia ($135,221), Israel ($198,937), Venezuela ($210,564), and Argentina ($236,111), Zillow notes. 2018-07-15 Alison Rich July 15, 2018 584 Views Not-So-Homegrown Home Sales Share
RelatedGatwick to become Flybe’s 14th baseFlybe has announced that London Gatwick will become its 14th base following the introduction of new flights to Dusseldorf.Flybe begins winter schedule at BristolFlybe begins winter schedule at BristolFlybe intends to increase capacity on flights between Cardiff and GlasgowFlybe has confirmed that it will ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced by decision to stop its Cardiff to Glasgow flight Regional carrier Flybe has emerged as the busiest airline operating from Cardiff Airport.The airline has become the largest at the Welsh capital in terms of how many flights depart from and arrive at the airport each week.Cardiff Airport’s head of air service development Spencer Birns said he was pleased to see the carrier’s “consistent growth” at Cardiff, with the airport now offering passengers a wide choice of flights to domestic and European locations.”We hope travellers in south Wales will continue to use the services offered by Flybe in order to demonstrate the demand for routes from Cardiff to domestic and other short-haul destinations,” he commented.”An increase in passenger numbers would encourage the airline to continue to grow its route network from Cardiff.”Flybe operates seven routes from Cardiff, with passengers able to fly to Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Newcastle, Paris and Aberdeen.Since basing itself at the airport two years ago, the airline now operates 122 movements per week.Flybe recently launched flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford after BMI axed its route between the Yorkshire airport and London Heathrow.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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