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TransAsia plane crash in Taipei revisits Bermuda Triangle dilemma

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first_imgFatal air crashes over the South China Sea in recent months have risen fears if there is more than what meets the eye than just onboard technical faults. Some observers suggest the region may have become as dangerous as the Bermuda Triangle in the North Atlantic, where the incidents of missing ships and air crash over the decades still remain a mystery.The latest crash of a TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board into a Taipei River on Wednesday has once again rekindled those fears. The site of the accident is close to the South China Sea.Some 15 people were reportedly killed after the Turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft plunged into the Keelung River early on Wednesday. The toll is expected to rise.About 16 people have been reportedly rescued while as many as 33 people were still missing even as the rescue operations are ongoing.TransAsia is Taiwan’s third-largest carrier.Pictures posted on Twitter showed the plane cartwheeling over a motorway near the airport soon after the aircraft took off. Television footage showed passengers wearing life jackets wading and swimming clear of the river.The weather appeared to be clear when the plane took off.Television pictures also showed some damage to a bridge next to the river, with small pieces of the aircraft scattered along the road.Wednesday’s  crash is the latest in a string of mishaps to hit aircraft in the region. An AirAsia jet bound for Singapore crashed soon after taking off from the Indonesian city of Surabaya on December 28, killing all 162 people on board.advertisementAlso last year, a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared and one of its sister planes was downed over Ukraine with a combined loss of 539 lives.The same year, one of TransAsia’s ATR 72-500 planes crashed while trying to land at Penghu Island, killing 48 of the 58 passengers and crew on board.On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.The Malaysian government on January 29, 2015, officially declared the loss of MH370 an accident and all of its passengers and crew presumed dead.The government, however, also announced that the search for the missing Boeing 777 will continue.The toll in Wednesday’s crash is expected to rise as rescue crews cleared the mostly sunken fuselage in the Keelung River.last_img read more

Nobody has the right to deny people of their RTI: Ker Speaker

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first_imgKozhikode, Aug 11 (PTI) Kerala Assembly speaker T P Sreeramakrishnan today came down heavily on lawyers stating that they are not the owners of the court and nobody has the right to deny the people their Right to Information.Speaking at the “Media Awards-2015” function at the Press Club here, he referred to the ongoing stand-off between lawyers and journalists and said “preventing media from covering court proceedings is not acceptable.””Nobody has the right to deny the people their Right to Information. If anyone has the misunderstanding that they have more powers in the judiciary than the others, it should be corrected,” he said.”It is also the responsibility of the judiciary to clip the wings of those denying peoples Right to Information,” he said.”…A society which rejects the media, is rejecting democracy itself,” the Speaker said.He also advised the media to show responsibility while reporting. “They should not lose the faith reposed on them by the general public…”Earlier, he gave away Media Awards for the year 2015, instituted by Calicut Press club in the names of eminent personalities in the field like K C Madhava Kurup, former PTI General Manager P Unnikrishnan, Journalist and Socialist Theruvath Raman and Calicut District Football Associations Mustaq Sports Journalism and Sports photography awards to five journalists who excelled in their respective fields. PTI KV BN SMJ DKlast_img read more

Scotland’s World Cup hopes shattered with battling draw in Slovenia

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first_imgReuse this content That goal owed much to generous defending but Griffiths still supplied the kind of composed finish which should set him apart as one of the most gifted Scottish strikers in history. That is no exaggeration, even if recent competition is not exactly ferocious. The Celtic player strode on to a James McArthur header after Slovenia only partly cleared a Darren Fletcher cross, Griffiths angling the ball home from what was hardly a straightforward angle. Curtailing of Griffiths’s celebrations was visible in front of the travelling support; a yellow card would have ruled him out of any play-off.If the assumption from that 32nd-minute juncture was that Slovenia would lack the heart to claw their way back, how wrong that sense was to prove. The half-time withdrawal of Aljaz Struna, who was clearly culpable in allowing Griffiths scoring space, was the first indicator of this. More damaging for the Scots was Slovenia’s fresh sense of purpose.This endeavour was quickly rewarded. Debate will rage as to whether Gordon should have collected an Ilicic free-kick, looped deep to his back post, or one of the Scottish defenders should have hammered the ball clear. What transpired would be castigated at amateur league level.The substitute Roman Bezjak was not hanging around for any inquest; he supplied a downward – and free – header which dribbled into the Scottish net with such slow motion that it surely intensified Strachan’s pain. Things could have been worse for the 60-year-old within three minutes, Gordon instead producing a spectacular and one-handed save from a deflected Bezjak shot.Before the match Strachan had stressed the difficulties attached to altering tactical systems for the second game of a double header. He then did precisely that, deploying Chris Martin alongside Griffiths at the head of a 4-4-2 set-up. The policy was abandoned straight after Slovenia’s equaliser.There was to be no Scottish renaissance. In what yet another defensive comedy show, an Ilicic corner was laid back to the path of the advancing Bezjak. For the second time in 20 minutes the 28-year-old could probably not believe his luck. This time he passed the ball beyond the stranded Gordon from 12 yards.Owing to Slovakia’s anticipated canter at home to Malta, Scotland now required two goals against a team who had not conceded any here in this qualifying campaign before Griffiths’ in the first half. Fletcher should have supplied one, the Stoke City midfielder instead scooping over the crossbar after Matt Phillips created the chance. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Robert Snodgrass, on for McArthur, provided hope when flicking over the advancing Jan Oblak. The most wounding Scottish moment came as Slovenia’s goalkeeper somehow clawed away a deflected Phillips cross. Amid a frantic closing stretch Slovenia’s captain, Bostjan Cesar, was sent off after a clash with Christophe Berra in midfield. The defender’s anger was misplaced. It is the Scots who were entitled to that emotion – again. World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Read more Read more Harry Kane penalty gives England win in Lithuania to end qualifying campaign Read more Kevin McKenna Share via Email Even worse for Gordon Strachan and those who inevitably will attempt to justify a new contract for the Scotland manager over the coming days is that capitulation arrived from the point where his team were ahead. Slovenia were beaten to a play-off spot by Slovakia by the time the dust settled on a keenly contested Group F but still had the nous to pick off Strachan’s men with relative ease. The blunt reply to any suggestion of Scottish progress lies in the final group standings.Typically this game closed with a Scottish bombardment of the opposition goal. Typically the final whistle arrived before Scotland players applauded what remains an outstanding support. But the outcome, the net result, was one that few can legitimately argue was not deserved. Perhaps acceptance of that failure for too long has been part of the problem.The long-shot nature of Slovenia’s play‑off hopes was demonstrated by a sparse home crowd on the outskirts of Ljubljana. The home side nonetheless enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes despite being a goal behind at the interval. With Josip Ilicic at the heart of their attacking promptings, Slovenia placed considerable pressure on what remains a makeshift Scotland defence.What the hosts lacked was a player with the recurring potency of Leigh Griffiths. The sum of Slovenia’s first-half pressure was a tame Tim Matavz shot, easily held by Craig Gordon, and an Ilicic effort into the side netting after Griffiths had opened the scoring. Share on Messengercenter_img Scotland Slovenia World Cup 2018 match reports We Scots can offer Argentina’s football fans a shoulder to cry on Topics Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 qualifiers World Cup Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn There was nothing glorious about this latest Scottish failure and, though everyone should be spared the tired cliches and sob stories after the sharing of four goals to close another fruitless campaign, they will keep on coming, of course.Scotland’s progression to the point where a World Cup play-off berth would have been secured with victory in Slovenia was admirable. Nonetheless the key failings that led to such a stirring recovery being necessary were glossed over. There can be no sugar‑coating a second-half horror show in Ljubljana which means Scottish absence from major tournaments stretches to 22 years.last_img read more

2014 X-Blades National Touch League

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first_imgFollowing months of intense preparation, Australia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour this week to compete in the 2014 Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) and Elite Eight Series. The event will feature 117 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 12 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 12 March through to finals day on Saturday, 15 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and is now in its third installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.  The Elite Eight Series will feature eight teams in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions vying for respective national titles: four teams from New South Wales (reigning Men’s champions, Country Mavericks, reigning Women’s champions, Mets, Scorpions and Rebels); three from Queensland (South Stingrays, Country Outlaws and Chiefs); and one from the rest of Australia (the Alliance).The NTL, which is conducted in parallel to the Elite Eight Series, returns again to its original home, Coffs Harbour. Prior to last year, Coffs Harbour previously hosted the event from its inception in 1997 through to 2008, with the venue set to also host the 2014 and 2015 NTL events, as well as the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup in April/May next year. Teams from seven states in Australia as well as seven international teams, from Japan (four teams) and Papua New Guinea (three teams), will compete in the NTL event.  Approximately 2,000 participants will take part in the event, with divisions ranging from T League (teams with a combination of up to 10 under 20’s players and six over 20’s players) through to Men’s 55’s.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Links2014 X-Blades NTLlast_img read more

Shipping Executives Charged for Colluding on Bids and Rates

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first_imgzoom The US Department of Justice unveiled that three further executives have been charged in an ocean shipping investigation on price fixing, bringing the total to eleven executives and four companies.According to an indictment of the three shipping executives, which was unsealed in US District Court in Baltimore on June 27, Anders Boman, Arild Iversen, and Kai Kraass have been charged with participating in a long-running conspiracy to allocate certain customers and routes, rig bids, and fix prices for the sale of international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the United States and elsewhere. A federal grand jury returned the indictment in November 2016.Boman, a citizen of Sweden, and Iversen, a Norwegian citizen, are former executives of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (WWL), while Kraass, a German citizen, is a current WWL executive. Including these charges, eleven executives have been charged in the investigation to date.Four have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to serve prison terms. Others remain international fugitives. WWL has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to pay a USD 98.9 million fine. Three other companies have also pleaded guilty, resulting in total collective criminal fines over USD 230 million.The indictment alleges that Boman, Iversen, and Kraass conspired with their competitors to allocate certain customers and routes for the shipment of cars and trucks, as well as construction and agricultural equipment. In addition, they agreed with competitors to fix, stabilize, and maintain rates charged to customers of international ocean shipping services.last_img read more

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Attends NAMI IWILLLISTEN Day

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first_imgThe National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) held their first ever #IWILLLISTEN Day on Saturday, May 9th.Chirlane McCray at #IWILLLISTEN DayCredit/Copyright: Michael Dominic/NAMI-NYC MetroThe event took place at the South Street Seaport Promenade, which featured the ninth-annual NAMIWalks NYC, a wellness fair and a special concert with recording artists Boola, Jenna Kyle and Romans Are Alive. First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, kicked off the walk with special remarks and encouragement about dealing with mental illness and what she hopes to accomplish to improve access to services in New York City.“With a generous match of $30,000 from Pershing Square and our devoted teams and walkers, I’m happy to report that we met our goal of $500,000 from NAMIWalks NYC this year,” said Wendy Brennan, NAMI-NYC Metro Executive Director. “With the encouraging words from First Lady Chirlane McCray and others sharing their own personal stories with mental illness, it was a great day in the fight against stigma towards mental illness.”New York’s largest mental health event hosted more than 5,000 people who traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to the Seaport Promenade for special live performances and a wellness fair which included activities such as free massages, basic health screenings, give-a-ways, and more. Special stations were set up where attendees could make a pledge to listen to those around them who are effected by mental illness and post #IWILLLISTEN to their social networks. HealthPlus Amerigroup served as the community partner for #IWILLLISTEN Day.NAMIWalks NYC celebrates recovery from mental illness and helped raise funds to combat stigma and promote awareness. Funds raised from NAMIWalks NYC will allow NAMI-NYC Metro to provide no-cost support and education to thousands of New Yorkers next year including four signature, multi-week education courses, bi-monthly public education events with leading experts, and more than 20 support groups for people living with mental health and for families and friends caring for an impacted loved one.last_img read more

South African PGMs – the power squeeze

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first_imgRBC Capital Markets notes that South Africa has been plagued by a power shortage since early 2008. “Over the past two years, the situation improved only because the economic environment slowed dramatically, reducing electricity demand. At the same time industry, mining specifically, reduced power consumption by at least 10% – partly due to lower output, but also due to taking steps to be more power-efficient.“The risk of facing another big power shortage has, however, surfaced again as the mining industry in particular gears up for some expansion (after several years of contraction) and the economy starts growing again following the market collapse in late 2008.“This risk has increased significantly on continued indications of delays to the build program of two very important coal-fired power stations that are due to come on line. Most recently, the South African government published two reports that clearly indicate the problems and look at how these challenges plan to be met.”These Government reports – essentially still indicate the very real possibility of the country’s running short of power for the most part of the next five yearsThat is significant, both because the two new coal-fired stations were previously thought to be enough to lift the supply squeeze, but also because the success of “keeping the lights on” is now clearly shown to be crucially dependent on “mitigation measures”. These measures essentially point to the fact that even with two new power stations coming on line, power consumption will have to be cut if the country is to stay “switched on”.RBC says “the conclusion is pretty clear. We believe this points to four things that are crucial to mining, but particularly to PGM mining in South Africa.1. Current expansion plans from the majors should really be questioned2. Significant cost increases are now a given – as result of higher power costs, but also on possible disruptions3. Higher metal prices should result – particularly as ETF investment is driven off the premise that supply from South Africa will not match demand once the world starts growing again4. Juniors with good, shallow resources should continue to attract attention as possible takeout targets. This would include, but not be limited to Wesizwe, Eastern Platinum and the soon to be listed Royal Bafokeng Platinum (IPO expected on the JSE in November 2010).”last_img read more

Cabo Drilling Panama awarded drill contract by Minera Panama

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first_imgMinera Panama, a subsidiary of Inmet Mining Corp, has awarded Cabo Drilling Corp subsidiary Cabo Drilling Panama Pacifico a drilling contract in the Minera Cobre project, District of Donoso, Republic Of Panama. The offshore surface geotechnical contract calls for a minimum drilling of 3,705 m lineal. Cabo will use a Boart Longyear LF70 drill operating from an offshore barge for this program.Herb Butler, Panama and Colombia division General Manager states, “We are more than pleased to come alongside Minera Panama on this offshore drilling program. Their dedication to health and safety, and commitment to protection of the environment is consistent with Cabo’s practices.” Cabo’s ‘safety first’ culture has gained it numerous industry awards and recognition for its work safe operating practices.  Cabo Drilling Panama-Pacifico  has further demonstrated this by continued performance with injury free work place environments.Cabo Drilling believes that flexibility is one of the keys to success in Central and South America. The company offers a full range of diamond core drilling services using man portable and helicopter fly drills to access remote sites, small electric and hydraulic underground drills for mine expansion drilling, or large skid and track mounted drills for deep hole drilling. In Central and South America, the company’s ability to access exploration projects with highly manoeuvrable man portable drills, provides Cabo with the opportunity to work with exploration and mining companies wherever their projects are located.last_img read more

The reaction from party leaders

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ND leader Antonis Samaras has proposed a national salvation government, comprised of pro-EU parties, which would undertake to renegotiate the bailout memorandum, so as to spur development. The unity government proposal echoed one made slightly earlier Pasok leader Evangelos Venizelos, though the latter did not speak of renegotiation.Radical Left Coalition (Syriza) leader Alexis Tsipras declared that the result is a “peaceful revolution” that overturned the political scene and sent a resounding message to Europe. Tsipras said he will try to form a leftwing government that will renounce the “loan contract of subjugation” and the memorandum.He said the result was a message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that “the policy of austerity has received a crushing defeat”.last_img read more

Up for the challenge

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Owner and chief executive of steel company Structural Challenge, Maria Mavrikos has a lot to be proud of. When I finished my degree and I was still working at the steel fabricator, my dad said to me, ‘OK, now go get a real job. You didn’t go and study at university to work in an ergostasio (factory)’. – Maria MavrikosMost recently, her company was awarded with the Large Building Project Award in the 2014 Steel Excellence Awards (VIC/TAS).The $7 million award winning project constructing Monash University’s Green Chemical Futures building was in fact destined to be a completely different building altogether, until Maria’s team took a look at the plans. Structural Challenge was able to convince Monash University to go back to the drawing board. The company was booked to work on the steel roof and façade, but one look at the engineer’s plans, and Maria was finding ways to fit more steel into the structure. “It was designed from the engineer’s concrete structure, and we worked with the client too and gave them ideas and design change options into a steel structure option,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“It enabled the job to get done faster and more cost effectively.”It was so cost effective, in fact, that Monash felt it worth their while to completely redesign the building.“We added about 500 tonnes of steel into the project,” Maria says. The project indeed came in on budget and on time, cutting down on site costs and labour. The final design had to meet strict criteria for vibration control, as well as a long span flexible laboratory design for future use which Structural Challenge was able to deliver.The design also benefited, looking more aesthetically appealing than the concrete alternative. It was the largest and most expensive project Maria and her company have ever taken on.The award is the best reward for her team’s work Maria says. “It was a huge buzz, the biggest thing for us was that it was quite a difficult project, from a stress perspective it was pretty high stress,” she says.“It was just really good for my staff that were working on that project to get that recognition. It was a good way to say you’ve done a good job.”Maria’s company has become one of Victoria’s most decorated and sought after steel fabricators. Launching the company 15 years ago, Maria now has 30 staff under her and 50 subcontractors on the books. A career in the steel industry was never directly on the cards for her, but it soon became a love when she got the first taste of what the industry was like. “My first job was with a very small Greek steel fabricator, a local guy in Huntingdale, and that’s where I started doing accounts and that kind of thing,” she says.“I was at uni studying marketing, and I just sort of fell in love with steel and steel construction.”After a stint in marketing and human resources, Maria discovered that nothing could really interest her as much as working with steel could. It was a bit of a shock for her Greek parents.“You don’t grow up as a Greek girl going ‘I really want to be in steel construction’,” she says.“When I finished my degree and I was still working at the steel fabricator, my dad said to me, ‘OK, now go get a real job. You didn’t go and study at university to work in an ergostasio (factory)’.”Her family soon came around, and her father until recently was an integral part of Structural Challenge. One of the unavoidable challenges in setting up her business was getting people to take her seriously.“Obviously there are not many women in the industry, let alone anyone that runs their own business,” she says.“For many years, even when I was managing, it was always ‘can I speak to the manager?’. They thought I was the secretary.”Maria says she never got too upset with it. Rather than fighting it, she would work on proving herself and her abilities.The company’s motto is ‘don’t try to be the biggest, try to be the best’.Structural Challenge has had a hand in many of Melbourne’s well known buildings. The iconic glass ceiling and Highpoint shopping centre was Structural Challenge’s creation. They also had a hand in Melbourne Grammar School’s Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership. “That was a tough job,” Maria says.“We had to close down the tram line at 5 o’clock in the morning, because we had big cranes up there.”Both buildings won the company an Australian Steel Institute fabricators award. Currently in quite an impressive project, Maria is overseeing the construction of a new $5.5 million office building in Christchurch. The company has invested a lot of time and effort in seeing the earthquake-ravaged city rebuilt. “They’ve got a shortage of labour and skill sets over there, and we’re there, hopefully adding a bit of value,” she says.For more information on Structural Challenge visit www.structuralchallenge.com.aulast_img read more

Purple Rain

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Social art installation The Purple Rain is the work of artist Konstantin Dimopoulos and explores the social phenomenon of homelessness.Through his work, the artist tells the stories of people that have been directly affected by homelessness and who have moved from the uncertainty and vulnerability of the streets into jobs, academic learning and safe social environments.Through the employment of both visual art and mobile technologies, Dimopoulos engages the viewer with these people, creating an effective interactive narrative told in first person.He communicates the idea that homelessness does not mean hopelessness, making the unseen and unheard visible within the urban spaces through repetitive saturation of colour.The Purple Rain is a metaphor, which highlights the growing social phenomenon of homelessness as a ‘downpour’. The viewer has two options: they can choose to browse or take action – but at the very least, they can suspend judgementThe public art installation is a free event and no bookings are required.For more information, visit www.thepurplerain.netWhen: 14 May – 10 July 2015 Where: Multiple locations throughout Melbourne: St Mary of the Cross Square, Australian Catholic University, Brunswick Street near corner of Victoria Parade, Fitzroy; St Mary’s House of Welcome, 165-169 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy; STREAT cafes in Melbourne CBD, 5 McKillop Street, Melbourne Central, RMIT Campus; and PWC Building Southbank outside Fehily Contemporary, Glasshouse Lane, Collingwoodlast_img read more

Suit Emotional support dog mauls girl at Portland airport

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first_imgPORTLAND — The mother of a 5-year-old girl mauled by a pit bull at Portland International Airport has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against the Port of Portland for allegedly letting a dangerous “emotional support animal” into the airport without a carrier.The Oregonian/Oregonian reports the lawsuit filed by Mirna Gonzalez lists two other defendants: the dog’s owner, Michelle Brannan, and Alaska Airlines.The suit claims Brannan should have known that her dog had “vicious propensities.”The suit says the airline is at fault for allegedly allowing Brannan to bring a dangerous dog into the gate waiting area, where the attack happened, when the dog wasn’t a trained service animal and wasn’t properly confined.Brannan couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. Alaska Airlines declined comment, citing pending litigation.Port of Portland spokeswoman Kama Simonds declined comment on the specifics of the case.last_img read more

Police arrest three men on suspected drug offenses

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first_imgCamas police, with assistance from the Clark-Vancouver Regional Drug Task Force and Washougal police, arrested three men on Wednesday after serving two unrelated drug search warrants in Vancouver.One of the warrants was served at 2615 S.E. 129th Court in the Wildwood neighborhood near Interstate 205 and state Highway 14. Police arrested two adult males at the home, according to a Camas police bulletin.Patrick Tucker, 25, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver marijuana and felony possession of suboxone and hashish. Walter Orear, 46, was arrested on suspciion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver marijuana and felony possession of heroin, the release said.Police also searched a house at 1410 S.E. 152nd Court near Mountain View High School. Scott Lockwood, 25, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver marijuana, mushrooms and Ketamine.All three were booked into the Clark County Jail.last_img read more

The surprising reason Prince Harry had to wait to introduce Meghan Markle

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first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are couple goals, even though they may be facing some criticism from the British public for their spending habits.However, the so in love couple Sussex may have had a rocky start in the beginning. In the initial days of their relationship, Prince Harry was forced to wait to introduce his then-girlfriend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to brother Prince William and wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, an expert has claimed. Was Prince Harry nervous to introduce Meghan to his family?Author and royal commentator Angela Levin has revealed that the Duke of Sussex struggled to find the right schedule to meet with his sibling due to his nephew Prince George beginning big school. The expert made the claims in her book ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had quite the whirlwind romance, but it looks like Prince Harry wanted the timing to be just right for her to be introduced to his family. There have been reports that Prince William had reservations about Meghan Markle.  Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMs. Levin added: “Harry was understandably keen to introduce his new love to William and Kate, but they were spending the summer at Anmer Hall, their home on the Sandringham estate.”But it looks like everything worked out for the best as Meghan and Harry appear to be so in love. Though the couple Sussex has rocked the boat when it comes to matters of the Royal Palace, like splitting from the Royal household and shifting to Frogmore Cottage to raise baby Archie, not to mention spending an exorbitant amount of public funds to renovate Frogmore Cottage. However, Meghan and Harry still make an adorable couple.last_img read more

Advance bus ticket sale for Eid from tomorrow

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first_img.Advance bus ticket sale for Eid ul-Azha journey will begin on Tuesday morning, said officials of the Bus Owners’ Association.The association took the decision in a meeting on Monday.The sale of advance bus ticket was supposed to start on Sunday but the owners’ association postponed as long-distance bus operation remained suspended in the wake of student agitation.When contacted, Bangladesh Bus Truck Owners Association president Faruque Talukder confirmed the decision to Prothom Alo.“The sale of advance bus ticket will begin Tuesday,” he said.Hanif Paribahan general manager Mosharraf Hossain told Prothom Alo that they would start sale of tickets in advance from 6:00am tomorrow.Association’s vice president and Shyamali Paribahan managing director Romesh Chandra Ghosh told Prothom Alo that the sale would continue from 16 August to 21 August.He said that they would inform later on when the sale of return ticket would start.last_img read more

Three Sams Clubs Abruptly Close In Houston

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first_img Share On Twitter, Sam’s Club responded to people’s queries by saying, “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.”After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy. Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition.— Sam’s Club (@SamsClub) January 11, 2018Walmart had earlier cited tax legislation that will save it money in announcing the higher hourly wages, one-time bonuses and expanded parental benefits that will affect more than a million hourly workers in the U.S.Rising wages reflect a generally tight labor market. The conversion of stores to e-commerce sites also illustrates how companies are trying to leverage their store locations to better compete against Amazon as shopping moves online.Online retailers typically pay warehouse employees who pack and ship orders more than store jobs pay. Job postings at an Amazon warehouse in Ohio, for example, offer a starting pay of $14.50 an hour.“This is about the evolution of retail,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute. “The rise of e-commerce is leading to higher wages.”Photo via FlickrWalmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour.Large employers also have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier.But low unemployment has meant that retailers have had trouble attracting and keeping talented workers, experts said. Walmart employees previously started at $9 an hour, with a bump up to $10 after completing a training program. Target had raised its minimum hourly wage to $11 in October, and said it would raise wages to $15 by the end of 2020.“They raised the minimum wage because they have to,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said. “The labor market is tight and getting tighter.”Many small and independent retailers struggle to find workers even when they try to pay well and offer benefits.Laurie Rose, owners of Olde Naples Chocolate usually has six workers during the winter months, the busy season in the resort city of Naples, Florida. But right now, she has just three. The store pays $12 an hour and offers a 401(k) account after a staffer has worked for a year, but Rose realizes that may not be enough for many potential workers. Rose would like to pay more, but she’d have to raise her prices and fears that would turn away customers.While many department store chains such as Macy’s and Sears are struggling, retailers as a whole are still trying to hire. The retail industry is seeking to fill 711,000 open jobs, the highest on records dating back to 2001, according to government data. The longer those jobs go unfilled, the greater pressure on employers to offer higher wages.Walmart, which reported annual revenue of nearly $486 billion in the previous fiscal year, said the wage increases will cost it an additional $300 million in the next fiscal year. The bonuses will cost it about $400 million in this fiscal year, which ends on Jan. 31.“The wage increases will make a big difference to Walmart’s lowest-paid associates, but do not yet match Target’s commitment to raise pay to $15 an hour,” said the Organization United for Respect at Walmart.It joins dozens of other companies including American Airlines, AT&T and Bank of America that have announced $1,000 worker payouts following the passage of the Republican tax plan that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The companies say the bonuses they’ve announced are a way to share some of their bounty with their workers, though in some cases it’s a very small percentage of their gains, and are less valuable to employees than permanent pay raises.“Tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S.,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said Thursday. President Donald Trump cheered the announcement with a tweet, saying, “Great news, as a result of our TAX CUTS & JOBS ACT!”Walmart has invested $2.7 billion in higher wages and training for workers to lower turnover and make the shopping experience more appealing. It has done well and strengthened its hand in online retail as many other retailers have struggled.The company said the wage increase benefits all hourly U.S. workers at its stores, including Sam’s Club. Hourly employees at its websites, distribution centers and its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters, will benefit from the wage increase. The one-time bonus between $200 and $1,000 will be given to Walmart employees who won’t receive a pay raise. The bonus is based on length of service, with workers with at least 20 years qualifying for $1,000. In all, Walmart employs 2.3 million people around the world, 1.5 million of which are in the U.S.Parental leave has been another area in which retailers including Target and Ikea have been trying to offer better benefits. Walmart on Thursday promised full-time hourly U.S. employees 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Before, full-time hourly workers received 50 percent of their pay for leave. Salaried employees, who already had 10 weeks paid maternity leave, will receive more paid parental leave.Maternal and paternal benefits can keep younger workers at the company longer, said Craig Rowley, a senior client partner at Korn Ferry Hay Group, a human resources consulting firm.For the first time, Walmart also promised to help with adoptions, offering full-time hourly and salaried workers $5,000 per child that can be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs. Photo via FlickrSam’s Club closing dozens of stores.Walmart confirmed Thursday that it is closing dozens of Sam’s Club warehouse stores across the country — a move that seems sure to cost jobs — on the same day it announced that it was boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers and handing out one-time bonuses to others.The world’s largest private employer said it was closing 63 Sam’s Clubs over the next week, with some shut already. A company official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the decision publicly said about 10 are being repurposed into e-commerce distribution centers. He said it was too early to say how many people would lose their jobs since some will be placed at other Walmart locations or be rehired to the e-commerce sites.According to abc13.com a company official confirmed three Houston area stores are closed beginning today, Thursday January 11, 2018. The stores are located at 13331 Westheimer Road, 1615 South Loop West in Houston, and 22296 Market Place Drive in New Caney.  Below you can see the map of the three Houston area Sam’s Club that closed:last_img read more

SI dead 2 others critically injured

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first_imgKolkata: A Sub-Inspector was killed and three police personnel injured, two of them critically, after the vehicle they were travelling in hit a lorry at Ayushgram in East Burdwan on Monday night. The pilot car was returning to Birbhum after dropping Anubrata Mondol, president of the Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum unit in Kolkata. Mondol’s wife was admitted to a city nursing home and he had come to the city to visit her. In a bid to overtake another vehicle, the driver of the pilot car lost control and hit the lorry coming from the opposite direction. The front portion of the pilot car was completely smashed. Attracted by a loud noise, locals rushed to the spot and took out the police personnel who had been trapped inside the vehicle. The injured policemen were taken to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital where the SI, Dhanapati Saha, was declared brought dead while the three others have been admitted. The condition of two policemen is stated to be critical.last_img read more

Diwali Melas add colour to festive season

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first_imgCome Diwali and the city gets all decked up playing host to the much awaited “Diwali Melas” in town. With several melas lined up promising fun and exuberance, it’s time to make the most of the season.Be it the time-tested Sunder Nagar Mela, a shoppers delight at Select Citywalk Diwali Bazaar, the colorful handcrafted festive celebration at Dastkar or the all time hit Blind School Mela —all add a spark to the festive season.One of the city’s longest running melas (over 50 years old) —the Sunder Nagar mela, scheduled to begin on November 7, has everything from fun ridden Ferris wheel rides, a plethora of games to shopping and eating options. This two-day jamboree has been a favorite of many since time immemorial. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Blind Relief Association’s ‘Diwali Bazaar’ which commences on November 2 is also a highly anticipated event.With over 200 stalls selling a wide range of traditional crafts and home decor among other diverse gift items, the six-day fair will also features a ‘Pop-up Food’ court offering varieties of vegetarian cuisine.“We expect 5000 people a day in our mela. Our event is for a noble cause and people respect that. Also, this time we are providing free space to 90-odd NGOs to sell their products and make aware people of their services,” says the executive secretary of Blind Relief Association, K C Pande. On the other hand, for those who love handmade goods, Dastkar’s ‘Festival of Lights’ offers hand crafted products from traditions across the country ranging from terracotta jewelry to lamps and diyas.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixExciting cultural performances from Haryana and appetizing delicacies of various states are the add on features lined up in the mela. “For us, it’s always getting the best of craftsmen work out for the public and telling how diverse our culture is. As it’s a Diwali bazaar, we have gifting items like organic candles and home decor along with other natural products,” says chairperson of Dastkar Laila Tyabji.The 10-day carnival concludes on November 2. The crafts activist who has been organising the fair for more than two decades now is happy that the number of melas have been increasing over the years. Tayab says for her it’s always “the more the merrier”, especially when it’s providing more craftsmen with the space to display their art.“In reality the flow of people has only increased instead of decreasing,” she says dismissing concerns that the number of melas would mean less footfalls to Dastkar.Scoring high on the shopping index, Select City Walk’s Diwali Bazaar is also well received among the mall going people. Colour handicrafts and home accessories put out on various stalls makes for a great Diwali gifts. The four-day event concludes on November 1.last_img read more

5 Ways to never miss out on a good hair day

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first_imgWho even wants to miss out on a ‘good hair day’? We’re sure, no one does. But the monsoon often obstructs you from having that. Here’s your guide to have the healthiest hair ever, irrespective of the weather. 1. Watch your shampooing habits- Ideally, it is advised to shampoo your hair not more than twice a week. A good shampoo goes a long way, so invest in that, according to your hair type. Frizzy hair is the most common sight during the monsoon, try and keep your scalp dry, instead of letting the rain Also Read – Add new books to your shelf2. Go the old school way, get a hair oil massage- It definitely helps, as it naturally boosts the moisture in your hair and revives your tresses. Other than that, it offers deep conditioning as well. Coconut oil, Amla oil, Almond oil are the most preferred oils available in the market. 3. Eat right, Sleep tight- In order to strengthen your hair follicles, you must eat foods that are rich in protein, iron and omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon, walnuts, spinach, egg, yoghurt are some of the best sources of the required nutrition. However, sleeplessness also contributes to the brittleness visible in your hair. So, try and go early to bed to get a good 6-7 hours of required sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4. Choose natural ways- Hair masks never go out of style, other than oiling your hair once a week, go for a number of natural options available. Good thing, the ingredients will probably be readily available in your kitchen! Try an egg and yoghurt mask for your hair to get lustrous strands in no time! 5. Go for regular trimmings- This not only would keep your hair manageable but also will help you get rid of the split ends, you keep getting from time to time. Also, it promotes growth.last_img read more

Holland Americas Prinsendam sold and leaving the fleet

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first_imgHolland America’s Prinsendam sold and leaving the fleet Travelweek Group Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Tags: Holland America Line Posted bycenter_img SEATTLE — Holland America Line says MS Prinsendam’s itineraries will be assimilated by Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam from July 1, 2019, onward following the sale of the ship to a German cruise company.The 37,983-ton, 835-guest Prinsendam is being chartered back to Holland America Line to continue sailing its planned voyages through July 1, 2019.For sailings after July 1, 2019 Holland America Line says it is reaching out to booked passengers and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests.“Prinsendam has proudly served our guests since 2002, and we share in the fondness that many of our loyal cruisers have for this special ship,” said Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line.“As we look to the future and focus on delivering the programming and innovations that our guests are asking for, we remain focused on exceeding guest expectations on every cruise and will continue to offer the unique itineraries that Prinsendam sailed on our other, smaller ships.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJPrinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. The ship was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999. In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.Phoenix Reisen is a Germany-based travel agency that also operates a fleet of cruise ships and first began operating cruises under its own brand in 1988. Today, its ships include ms Amadea, ms Artania, ms Albatros and ms Deutschland, and the company also operates approximately 50 riverboats. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more