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first_imgStory Highlights The official funeral was a celebration of a life well-lived and included musical tributes from Pam Hall, DiMario McDowell, and Professor Winston Davidson. Hundreds of mourners turned out at the St. Andrew Parish Church on Thursday (September 20) to pay final respects to late former government minister, Easton Wentworth Xavier Douglas.The official funeral was a celebration of a life well-lived and included musical tributes from Pam Hall, DiMario McDowell, and Professor Winston Davidson.The congregation included Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who read the first lesson from Lamentations 3:21-26, and former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson and the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who both delivered tributes.Mr. Patterson noted that Mr. Douglas, who served as Minister of Health; Public Service; and Environment and Housing, was a town planner by profession, who ensured that thousands of Jamaicans received proper housing during his tenure in politics.“Easton’s skills in physical planning and urban development were formidable, resulting eventually in his appointment as Chief Town Planner,” Mr. Patterson said.“He was a wise, energetic and creative member of my team in the Cabinet… . He was a man of formidable courage and indomitable will, who was prepared to take the lead of the battle, no matter how hot or weighty the odds, and to do so from the frontline,” he noted further.Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Mr. Douglas was one of her mentors who guided her on the path to becoming Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister.“He made available to me his wealth of experience in public service,” she noted.She also remembered him as someone who had a passion for the provision of houses that not only provided shelter but helped to build families.“Most of the housing that was done for the poor in this country was done through Easton Douglas… . He was the one that started to put proper housing in these inner-city communities, so that the people could live in a particular way and [under] good conditions,” she added.Mr. Douglas was Member of Parliament of South East St. Andrew from 1989 to 2002. He was also a Permanent Secretary and Government Town Planner. He was the Minister responsible for the National Land Policy in 1996, dealing with human settlement, rural and agricultural planning, and management of our water resources and our coastal zones.He helped to fashion the National Land Agency, which brought together all the government agencies involved in transactions related to land.He helped to redesign and merge various groups relating to environment and planning and insisted on a coordinated and integrated approach to town planning and land utilisation.The body of the late Easton Douglas was interred at the St. Dorothy’s Church grounds in Old Harbour, St. Catherine. Hundreds of mourners turned out at the St. Andrew Parish Church on Thursday (September 20) to pay final respects to late former government minister, Easton Wentworth Xavier Douglas. The congregation included Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who read the first lesson from Lamentations 3:21-26, and former Prime Ministers, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson and the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who both delivered tributes.last_img read more

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais ont l’occasion de reconnaître une personne dont les efforts et le dévouement dans le domaine de l’alphabétisation constituent une source d’inspiration pour les autres. Les premiers ministres du Canada décernent chaque année les Prix d’alphabétisation du Conseil de la fédération dans chaque province et territoire. Ce prix reconnaît les apprenants adultes qui ont réalisé des progrès exceptionnels tout en faisant preuve de leadership dans leur communauté ou leur école. « L’amélioration de la littératie et des compétences essentielles est la clé de l’amélioration de la vie pour tous les Néo-Écossais, a dit le premier ministre Darrell Dexter. En plus d’augmenter les possibilités pour la main-d’œuvre, elle entraîne une plus grande confiance et un engagement plus solide envers la famille, la communauté et la société. » Le prix reconnaît le rôle que joue l’alphabétisation dans le bien-être social et économique des Canadiens. « Les anciens récipiendaires continuent d’être une source d’inspiration pour nous tous, a dit Marilyn More, ministre du Travail et de l’Éducation postsecondaire. Nous espérons que les Néo-Écossais soumettront la candidature de personnes dont l’engagement envers l’alphabétisation inspire les autres à adopter l’apprentissage continu. De nombreuses possibilités et de nombreux programmes sont offerts pour améliorer les compétences essentielles. » Les récipiendaires recevront une médaille et un certificat de mérite du premier ministre lors d’une cérémonie qui aura lieu à l’automne. Les formulaires de mise en candidature sont disponibles en ligne à l’adresse www.goNSSAL.ca ou en composant le numéro sans frais 1-877-goNSSAL (466-7725). La date limite pour la soumission des candidatures est le vendredi 29 avril.last_img read more

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has followed through with a threat to sue Progressive Conservative Opposition leader Patrick Brown for defamation.The action stems from comments Brown made back in September, before Wynne testified as a witness at a trial in Sudbury, Ont. involving two provincial Liberals. Brown told reporters he hoped Wynne would give answers about the scandal “maybe when she stands trial” and went on to describe her as a “sitting premier, sitting in trial.”The premier was not on trial and had waived parliamentary privilege in order to testify as a witness.Brown refused to apologize for the remarks and issued a statement in October calling Wynne’s threats of legal action baseless. “No one wants to see the Premier of our province debased or humiliated. Regrettably Kathleen Wynne compounded this with baseless legal threats against me. Her baseless threats will be ignored,” he said.Wynne’s spokeswoman said a statement of claim was filed in court Monday. “We continue to remain hopeful that this issue can be resolved with an apology from Patrick Brown for his defamatory remarks. It should be that simple. However, if he continues to refuse to apologize we will have the ability to continue legal action,” Jennifer Beaudry wrote. Brown has suggested the previous legal threat was an attempt to distract the public from Liberal scandals. He said he would ignore Wynne’s attempts “to silence Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.” read more

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,055.99, down 20.17 points):Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 40 cents, or 1.07 per cent, to $37.90 on 15.4 million shares.Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Miner. Down $1.28, or 18.66 per cent, to $5.58 on 5.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 1.16 per cent, to $2.55 on 3.9 million shares.Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ). Miner. Down seven cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $3.87 on 3.3 million shares.Spartan Energy Corp. (TSX:SPE). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $5.31 on 3.1 million shares.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Miner. Down 25 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $10.88 on 3.04 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Engineering and construction. Up $2.90, or 20.22 per cent, to $17.24 on 2.5 million shares. The Canadian construction company said it has engaged BMO Capital Markets and TD Securities to look into the possibility of a sale, with the intent of creating shareholder value and increasing growth potential. Aecon and its predecessors have been involved in landmark construction projects in Canada including the CN Tower, the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Vancouver SkyTrain and the Halifax Shipyard.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX). Pharmaceutical. Down 82 cents, or 4.45 per cent, to $17.62 on 1.4 million shares. The embattled drugmaker’s legal woes have intensified after New Jersey mutual fund company Lord Abbett & Co. filed a securities fraud lawsuit alleging that it suffered “massive losses” because it invested when the company’s share price was artificially inflated due to public misinformation. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 2:37 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

“The only effective way to protect children from polio is vaccination,” stressed UNICEF’s representative in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis, in a press release. “The available vaccines supplied by UNICEF should be used as soon as possible to ensure children are protected from polio in Ukraine.” Polio is an infectious disease that can cause paralysis or even death.Aid organizations have been facing major challenges in getting access to the most vulnerable of an estimated 5 million people affected by conflict, which began in the region in April 2014.The two cases of polio so far are children living in Zakarpatska oblast, one aged 10 months and the other aged 4 years, who were not vaccinated and have become paralyzed. The UN health agency said this occurred because of the chronically low immunization coverage in Ukraine.However, it also underlined that these outbreaks can be stopped by rapidly immunizing children with the oral polio vaccines (OPV). Currently, the awareness among Ukrainians about the risks of the disease is reportedly low: only 18 per cent of Ukrainian mothers think that polio is an acute dangerous disease and only 27 per cent know that it bears the risk of paralysis, according to a UNICEF/WHO survey conducted last year.“WHO recommends large-scale immunization activity. The quality of the polio vaccine provided to Ukraine is in line with WHO pre-qualification standards. It is safe and effective and ready to be distributed and used,” said Dorit Nitzan, Head of the WHO Country Office.“I appeal to families to promptly bring their children for immunization, as soon as the Ministry of Health begins the immunization campaign over the coming days and weeks,” she added.Indeed, UNICEF and WHO experts are working closely with the Ministry of Health to provide a “quick and robust” response in order to rapidly stop the circulation of the virus. Half of the total amount of 4.8 million polio vaccines, provided by UNICEF with the support of the Government of Canada, are already in Ukraine and will shortly be distributed by the Ministry. read more

first_img Running on a Treadmill1/7The Flash can travel through time, which isn’t weird in and of itself for a DC character, but one of the methods that The Flash uses to travel through time is incredibly weird just because it still pops up in the DC comics universe from time to time. That device is called the Cosmic Treadmill and it is just what it says it is: a somehow magical treadmill that lets the user run fast enough to travel through time. It notably allowed Professor Zoom to come back from the future and when Flash killed Zoom pre-Crisis he used the Cosmic Treadmill to run to the future and marry a 30th Century version of Iris West. The Flash had run through time before the Cosmic Treadmill was introduced and – as we’ve seen on T.V. – the character can still mess with time without a Treadmill. So how is this Cosmic Treadmill still getting trotted out by speedsters to run through time?<><> Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis The most recent season of The CW’s The Flash TV series ended with Barry Allen disappearing into the Speed Force. After a tearful goodbye to his friends and family, he left Central City in the care of his fiance’s brother, Wally. (Yes, that’s not quite who Wally is in the comics, but it led to some pretty great moments on the show, so we can overlook that.) This has led some to speculate that the show is building towards Crisis on Infinite Earths. It would make sense. The Arrowverse is certainly big enough at this point that Crisis could make for a great four-show crossover. Then I remember how the show handled Flashpoint. It reduced a huge event that still has repercussions in the DC universe to a single episode the characters quickly forgot about.Maybe it’s best if we treat the last season like it was Crisis. Barry sacrificed himself to save the world, and now Wally is The Flash. Knowing this show, they’ll probably find a way to bring Barry back as soon as they can. But maybe they shouldn’t. Nothing against Grant Gustin, the guy is the perfect Barry Allen. He’s the reason many of us fell in love with the show in the first place. But Barry Allen is no Wally West. Wally has always been a way better Flash than Barry. It’s been that way in the comics, in the cartoons and it’ll probably be that way in the TV show as well.Let’s start with the fact that for a decent portion of his life, Wally could only run at the speed out sound. Though he was slower than Barry, he still made a name for himself in Central City. He fought Doctor Alchemy (who was NOT connected to Savitar), saving both the original Flash, Jay Garrick, and Green Lantern in the process. (In the process, he punched Alchemy 100 times in a single second.) He beat Deadshot, Mirror Master and all of Central City’s rogues. He became the new Flash Central City needed, and he did it while technically slower than Barry. Of course, he eventually was able to surpass that limitation and run faster than Barry ever could. He even learned to siphon speed from and share his own speed with other people. In the TV show, it looks like they’re skipping the sound limitation, and jumping straight to Wally simply being faster than Barry. Even when he doesn’t have the speed though, he can still easily fill Barry’s shoes. With or without ludicrous speed, Wally West is just a better speedster.Now let’s talk about their personal lives. Barry was always shy and awkward. As a teenager, he was so nervous about being on a roller coaster with a girl that he developed a lifelong fear of them. Yes, it’s funny that the fastest man alive is afraid of a carnival ride that’s slower than him, but you have to admit that’s a little lame. Also, Barry’s serious relationships begin and end with Iris West. Wally at least played the field a little, dating a Texan model, an older (not-yet-divorced) scientist, and a few superheroines to name a very small fraction. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Barry and Iris are the most adorable couple in any universe, but sometimes you want your superhero to be a little more Bond-like, rather than having a set love interest from the outset.Cover of The Flash #9 by Carmine Di Giandomenico (Via DC Comics)Also, Wally is way better at naming kids. When it came time to settle down, Wally and Linda Park had twins, naming them after Wally’s aunt and uncle: Barry and Iris. That’s a sweet gesture and totally within the realm of what a regular human being would do. Barry also had twins, as Wally learned when he was trapped in time. Know what Barry named his kids? Don and Dawn. Why would you do that? They’re human beings, not pets. What, were you so attached to the name that when you had twins you couldn’t think of another. Is your imagination really so limited, Barry?Even when Wally messes with time, the results are so much more interesting than when Barry does it. Barry creates a universe where his mother wasn’t killed, and now only he can remember it. Wally bounces around time, landing at one point in a far-flung future where The Flash is idolized. He goes back in time and becomes his own weird uncle at a family reunion. Wally’s time travel wasn’t even always completely self-serving. After realizing that Malcolm Thawne is targeting Barry and Iris in the 30th century, Wally traveled forward in time to protect his aunt and uncle. Wally is such a great Flash; he can save other Flashes across time. When has Barry ever done that?OK, enough gushing over the Wally West of the comics. It’s time to gush over the Wally West of the JLA animated series. That’s where Wally was truly the best possible version of The Flash. He was easygoing and funny, compared to the serious dispositions of Batman, Superman and Martian Manhunter. He was the only member of the team who realized that being a superhero was kind of fun. (Kind of like the Wally West we see on The CW.) When he switched bodies with Lex Luthor, he played up the cartoonish evilness with hilarious results. (He doesn’t wash his hands after using the bathroom. Because he’s eeeeeevil.)The Flash in Justice League Unlimited (via Warner Bros.)Underneath all of that is a man who sacrifices everything for those around him. In the comics, Wally won the lottery, bought a house on Long Island, and lost everything in the Stock Market. DC Animated Universe Wally gives everything to Central City. He lives in a run-down apartment because he never does anything for himself. He’s even kind to his enemies. There’s one scene in particular where Wally exemplifies everything that’s great about The Flash. Instead of beating up the Trickster to get the information he needs, he uses a much simpler tactic. He realizes that the Trickster suffers from mental illness, and talks him down. He shows understanding and empathy, encouraging the rogue to turn himself in and take his medicine. That’s a superpower the rest of the Justice League doesn’t always exhibit.Barry, while not the original Flash, created the version of the hero we all know and love. It’s because of Barry The Flash wears a red mask and not a metal helmet. He’s the one that set the pattern all future Flashes would follow. But he’s never done anything quite as cool as Wally. As The Flash, Wally had crazier adventures and traveled to all sorts of interesting worlds Barry could never dream of. No matter what story DC is telling now, to a certain segment of the population, Wally West is the true Flash.Already on the show, the differences that made us all love Wally over Barry are already apparent. Barry, especially this past season, is a sad sack. He makes one bonehead decision after another and spends a ton of time moping when things don’t go his way. Wally has his own drama to deal with (an overprotective father and mentor, a girlfriend living in another dimension), but he bounces back better than Barry ever did. The TV version of Wally only got his powers recently, but he’s already a much more capable and much more fun hero. Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen is wonderful. When he comes back, I’ll be happy. I just hope we get to spend some time with Wally as The Flash before that happens.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Gunners interested in Romas Lorenzo Pellegrini

first_imgThis summer looks to be an eventful one at the Stadio Olimpico, with Roma willing to sell their young star in order to land Bryan Cristante.Roma starlet Lorenzo Pellegrini has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal in the coming transfer window, and while Arsenal is not prepared to shell out £27 million [€30m/$35m] to meet Pellegrini’s release clause, they will try to tempt Roma into selling with a bid worth around £22m according to Goal.The 21-year-old midfielder has been a key part of the side that battled through to the Champions League semi-finals in 2017-18. Within the move to revamp the Roma squad ahead of the coming season, Pellegrini might be on the verge of a switch to the Premier League.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Juventus are also interested in Pellegrini and his current contract contains a £26m release clause. So his exit could be utilized at the Stadio Olimpico to fund the arrival of Bryan Cristante, the Atalanta and Italy midfielder who made his debut aged just 16 for Milan.The 33-year-old would be accessible for roughly €30m, with Pellegrini and Kevin Strootman largely tipped to leave the Serie A club.last_img read more

Asensio will be staying at Real Madrid – agent

first_imgMarco Asensio’s agent has announced that his client will be remaining at Real Madrid for next season, after having been linked with a move away this summerThe Spain international has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with both Liverpool and Chelsea having been monitoring his situation after starting just 19 of Real’s 38 La Liga matches last term.Asensio was signed by the European champions in 2014 from RCD Mallorca and has spent the past two seasons playing for the senior side following two loan spells at both Mallorca and Espanyol.Liverpool had reportedly been viewing Asensio as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who left Anfield in January in a €160m deal to Barcelona.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But his agent, Horacio Gaggioli, announced on Monday that Asensio will be staying put at Real.“Marco won’t move, he’ll stay with Real Madrid,” said Gaggioli, according to Goal.“He’s improving all the time. Next season I think he’ll be very important in Madrid.”Asensio scored 11 goals in 53 appearances last season for Real and was a part of the Spain World Cup squad this summer.last_img read more

first_imgAs a local government with a mission to create jobs, the Port of Vancouver counts both taxpayers and businesses as investors, handling millions of dollars connected to a variety of transportation and other projects.But is it protecting public assets? Does it keep its financial house in order?The answers: Yes and yes, according to the Washington Auditor’s Office, the watchdog of state and local governments.In two separate reports released Monday, the Auditor’s Office said the port’s “internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets” and that it had “no deficiencies” in its internal controls over financial matters.Theresa Wagner, the port’s communications chief, said the reports reflect the port’s dedication to continuously improving its performance.“We have a really good team of people in our financial department who track grants and who watch the finances of the port, and we have a lot of policies and procedures in place, and we’re always looking to do it better,” she said.The reports issued covered port activities in 2012. An “accountability audit report” examined the port’s accountability and compliance with state laws and regulations, as well as its own policies and procedures. The “Financial Statements and Federal Single Audit” investigated the port’s financial statements and conformity with federal laws and regulations.Under the accountability audit report, the state Auditor’s Office reviewed the financial activities of the port that have “the highest risk of noncompliance, misappropriation or misuse,” according to State Auditor Troy Kelley. Those included property lease billings, purchases, payroll and credit cards, and insurance and bonding. In all of those and other cases examined by Kelley, the port’s procedures adequately safeguarded public assets, and the port complied with state laws and its own internal policies.last_img read more

Looking Ahead Defense Communities National Summit

first_imgThe 2019 Defense Communities Summit will feature new sessions and formats at a new location on new dates.The summit, taking place June 10-12, is moving to the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill and will include new program types such as breakfast roundtables, policy symposiums, issue briefs and defense trends forums. The five members off the 2019 class of Great American Defense Communities will be celebrated at a special “Taste of America” reception open to all attendees.Early bird registration rates are still available at adcsummit.org. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Pitbull Signs On For Uglydolls Movie To Write Song Voice Character

first_img Twitter Mr. Worldwide will lend his talents to the upcoming popular animated film projectNate HertweckGRAMMYs Mar 14, 2018 – 4:41 pm International superstar Pitbull’s many talents continue to amaze us. STX Entertainment has announced he’ll join their animated Uglydolls film franchise, where he’ll be writing and interpreting an original song for the upcoming 2019 film.”It’s a real honor to have the opportunity to work with the STX team and be involved with Uglydolls,” said Pitbull. “The brand has a fun approach to universal themes without relevance of color, culture or creed, these are issues that I’m passionate about, and our team is excited about this partnership.”Pitbull’s illustrious career has seen the Miami native conquer the charts, partner with some of the world’s biggest brands on their advertising campaigns, launch his own Sirius XM Radio station, lend his music to movies and video games, and win both a GRAMMY Award and Latin GRAMMY Award. This latest endeavor will not only show off Mr. Worldwide’s songwriting chops, but also showcase his voice acting skills.”Pitbull’s incredible musical creativity and magnetic personality have captivated millions of fans who love him all over the world,” said Adam Fogelson, president of STXfilms.While the Uglydolls film is not set to debut until 2019, the team at STX has already teased that the project will be included in other platform offerings, such as STXtv, STXdigital and STXsurreal VR.Pitbull’s latest single release, “Jungle,” with Stereotypes, featuring E-40, dropped in last November in advance of his Greatest Hits album which became available Dec. 1, 2017.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Pitbull Signs On For ‘Uglydolls’ Movie To Write Song, Voice Character News Facebook Pitbull To Work On 2019 ‘Uglydolls’ Film pitbull-signs-uglydolls-movie-write-song-voice-character Email last_img read more

first_imgFirst responders from the state and federal agencies held a two-day simulation this week involving a maritime collision near Hawk Inlet.The scenario is based on real conditions: every three to four weeks, an Asia-bound cargo ship is loaded with ore from Hecla Greens Creek Mine.“They have both heavy fuel and marine diesel and in this particular incident, it was heavy fuel that spilled,” said Scott Jones, a spokesman for international shipping company Oldendorff whose bulk carriers routinely haul ore concentrates.The April 2-4 simulation describes an early morning collision between one of the German company’s bulk carriers and a type of tug-and-barge common in Southeast Alaska.“The tanks that were damaged had a capacity of about 220,000 gallons and the estimate is about 190,000 spilled,” Jones said.It’s only role playing. Environmental war gaming. No actual oil spilled.But 110 people from state and federal agencies and relevant industries assembled inside the University of Alaska Southeast’s recreation center on Thursday in Auke Bay acted as if it had. They are the same people who would be responsible for responding if the spill were real.On Wednesday, April 3 first responders deployed hundreds of feet of boom in Hawk Inlet to contain the hypothetical spill near the mine.Coast Guard Commander Michael Kahle acted as the chief federal incident commander.“That first step was stabilize the situation contain that material that was spilled into the environment,” Kahle said. “So then then you start dealing with it.”Downstairs from the incident command room, a situation room is humming with activity. Dozens of officials from state and federal agencies are role playing with each other to come up with the next plan of attack.Kathy Hamblett is the Coast Guard’s Sector Juneau civilian coordinator for contingency and planning. These regional simulations are run every four years. And she’s been through a few of them. The last one was in Sitka.“We were using a scenario that involved a collision and fishing vessels during this sac-roe herring fishery,” Hamblett recalled.The simulation before that involved industrial sabotage.“The one up in Skagway was not a vessel at all,” Hamblett said. “It was actually a tank farm and the scenario involved a disgruntled employee who opened up pipes and let the oil flow into the water.”There hasn’t been an oil spill of this scale in living memory in Southeast. But these exercises are useful.Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s spill response team’s David Pikul acted as the state’s incident commander. The largest spill he can recall was in 2017.“We’ve dealt with some smaller incidents down in over in Sitka where the tugboat Powhata sunk,” Pikul recalled. “And that was not nearly the amount of fuel we’re talking about. I think we were talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 gallons of oily water recovered, but it was still quite a mess.”Once the war gaming is complete, Kahle said it’ll be time to debrief.“The scenario’s fictitious right? But what we’re trying to get from this is the lessons learned,” he said. “And then we’ll come up with a report, an after action report, that identifies, hey, we did very well here. And here’s some areas that that, you know, we can tighten up.”If this were an actual spill it wouldn’t just be the state and feds responding. Hecla Greens Mine spokesman Mike Satre said the mine maintains its own spill response gear and took part in this drill.“And so we stand ready to assist anyone in Southeast Alaska just as other assets in Southeast are ready to assist us if we have an issue,” Satre said.A formal report is expected in June. That’ll be used for state and federal emergency responders to plan for the next real spill in Southeast Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard and Hecla Greens Creek Mine crews deploy a boom April 3, 2019 to contain a fictitious heavy fuel oil spill at Hawk Inlet. (Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Juneau)Suppose a heavy cargo ship hauling ore collided with a tug and barge offshore from Admiralty Island National Monument?last_img read more

first_imgIndia players celebrate the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Shakib Al Hasan.ReutersIn good news for cricket fans all over the world, the weather report for the India-Bangladesh clash at Edgbaston on July 2 has ruled out any chance of rain throughout the day. There will be clouds in the sky but the chances of rain are almost zero with the temperature ranging between 9 degrees Celcius to 17 degrees Celcius.Pitch ReportThe condition of the pitch as seen in the last match between England and India will give advantage to the team batting first as it is a mostly flat track with the ball not coming to bat in the second innings. However, considering the cloud cover both the teams could opt to bowl first.Match PreviewIndia faced their first defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup at the hands of England on June 30 at the Edgbaston stadium. They are now second on the table with eleven points and a win away from a semi-final berth. The Men in Blue lost the match by 31 runs as they fell short of the formidable target of 338 given by the hosts to chase. Mohammed Shami took five wickets but was a little bit expensive as he gave away 69 runs in his quota of 10 overs. But the problem India faced was their spinners getting battered by the English batsmen who mercilessly treated them and took their total post 300.Another problem which came out into the open was India’s dependency on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and the underperformance of the middle-order with the likes of MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav consistently failing to deliver. Both of them struggled to take the fight to the end and were heavily criticised by cricket fans all over the world.India need to fix their middle-order in the Bangladesh match as The Tigers are in good form in this tournament. Virat Kohli has his hands full as he needs to select the perfect playing XI with India aiming to seal the semi-final berth by defeating Bangladesh. Shami is in good form. Kerry Marshall/Getty ImagesOn the other hand, Bangladesh won their last game against Afghanistan defeating them by 62 runs. Shakib Al Hasan again delighted the Tigers fans with a stellar performance both with bat and bowl. He scored yet another half-century in the tournament besides picking up another five-wicket haul. He has scored 476 runs and has scalped 10 wickets till now in the tournament. The current world number one all-rounder in ODIs is having the form of his life and is playing a major part in Bangladesh’s success in the tournament.Other than him, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mustafizur all of them have been in good form chipping in when the team required them to. Bangladesh have won three out of their seven games played and are sixth on the points table with seven points. They will definitely give a tough fight against India to move one step closer to a semi-final berth. Shakib Al Hasan is in scintillating form. ReutersMatch PredictionsIndia definitely have the upper hand over Bangladesh both on paper and on field as per the performance in the World Cup so far. The Men in Blue are favourite to win but they can face a major upset as Bangladesh have beaten South Africa and West Indies in the ongoing tournament.last_img read more

first_img The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services Stay on target I’ve spent a lot of my life traveling. It’s one of my favorite things in the world. I’ve actually been a professional travel writer for over a decade, so I’ve ended up in some pretty amazing places and seen spectacular things. I’m a firm believer that everyone should leave the country they live in and explore other places. It’s one of the best ways you can learn about not only the big, wide, world but also about yourself and where you come from.Too many people have the misconception that travel must be prohibitively expensive. I’m gonna show you that they are wrong. Get your passports ready.Choose Cheap DestinationsThe easiest way to travel cheaply is to go somewhere that’s inexpensive. There’s no doubt that Western Europe is full of magnificent museums and fantastic food, but it’s also hella expensive. Luckily there are huge swaths of the world where your dollar can go incredibly far. Central America and most of South America are cheap to visit. So are Southeast Asia, India, China, and most of Africa. Being born with English as your primary language is almost like a super power. You can use it to get around most of the world.Cheap Flight DealsOften the actual act of traveling is the most expensive part of travel. Think about it, you’re sitting in a metal tube flying across the world at like 500 mph! It’s like magic! Luckily with the introduction of many low-cost carriers, the price of flights has gone down. My favorite place to find cheap deals is Scott’s Cheap Flights. It’s a rad email list that sends you incredible flight deals all the time. Sign up for the free option because…duh, but I also recommend signing up for the paid option. It’s only like $39 a year, and you get triple the deals. If you end buying even one ticket you’ve made your money back. I recently got round trip tickets from Oakland, CA to Oslo, Norway for $450!Other places to find cheap flights are The Flight Deal and Airfare Watchdog.Cheap Places to StayDepending on where you’re traveling, hotels can sometimes be more expensive than the airfare. But there are a number of workarounds for that. I’ve stayed in hostels all over the world and have met people who, to this day, are still dear friends. Personally, I’m too old and too light of a sleeper to crash in a dorm with like 16 other people at this point, but that’s a really cheap option. If you’re willing to pay a little more though you can get a room to yourself in the hostel. It’s the best of both worlds; you get the social atmosphere of a hostel but also a private room to flop around naked in. Good places to book hostels are Hostel Bookers, Hostels.com, and Hostel World.There’s also obviously the option of using AirBnB or VRBO. These allow people to rent out rooms in their homes, or their entire homes, to travelers. It’s often cheaper than staying in a hotel but far more private than a hostel. Plus you get the full amenities of whatever home you’re staying in.Cheap GuidesThe internet is a big freaking universe, and the amount of info on it is limitless. That can make finding out what to do in the place you’re going pretty overwhelming. Personally, I hate shit like Trip Advisor because, just like Yelp, it lets everyone think they’re a professional critic. Most of those people are assholes. So I like to go to a trusted authority. I always get a Lonely Planet guidebook when I go places. You can get paperback versions or buy downloadable chapters from their store. Another great resource is Nomadic Matt. He’s been traveling around the world on a budget for years, so he has tons of tips and even writes his own guides for locations around the world. Also, many cities that you go to will have local free/cheap websites so just google something like “Free and cheap things in San Francisco” and watch BrokeAssStuart.com and SF Funcheap pop-up.Google TranslateGoogle translate is getting increasingly excellent. When I was in China, I could use it to translate the Chinese language just by opening the app and focusing on the characters! How incredible is that? It didn’t always work, but it worked often enough. Note: you must have data or wifi for this to work. Another great thing to do is to buy a language app for the country you’re going to so that way you always have a dictionary ready.Overseas DataWhen leaving the country, it’s important that you don’t get roaming charges on your phone. So reach out to your carrier and see what the options are. I know T-Mobile allows you to use your plan anywhere in the world at no extra cost. Whereas when I travel, I pay Verizon an extra $10 a day and have full access to my data plan. This is great because it gives me access to things like Google maps and Google Translate.Credit CardsMake sure to let your banks and credit card companies know you’re traveling. Otherwise, they may think your activity is fraud and shut down access to your money.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com.last_img read more

Relax your sore muscles

first_imgSports massage can spot an injury or a strained muscle faster and help an individual/sportsman recover at a much better pace. Even when your muscles are not used to workouts and you feel pain once you start exercising, a simultaneous sports massage with right pressure can be a great help to open the clogged tissues so that the adaptation becomes easier.”Sports Massage is a preventive therapy and is applicable for all – from an athlete to a not so active individual. All the massage moves in this deep tissue therapy are based on Taichi – credited as effective treatment for relieving pain and uses energy rather than force. We as sports massage specialists are practitioners and also do psychotherapy along with massage to understand the issues of the patient and assist in recovery of the affected muscle, symptomatically,” said Mel Cash, the founder and principal tutor of the London School of Sports Massage with over 30 years of teaching experience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWe can say good pain is vital for sports massage as it is used on a therapeutic level. And hence, the therapists at The Imperial Spa are highly trained in fitness/sports massage to understand the needs of the resident guests and apply pressure and pain as per their physical issues. They use the right amount of strength and control to make the recovery faster and smoother. With regular sessions, the international and domestic guests who stay at The Imperial feel healed to a great extent and come back for more sessions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSports massage also addresses lifestyle issues of posture, back pain and neck pain in a substantial way. When we sit for long hours our abdominal muscles are used inefficiently which leads to tightening of back muscles and eventually causes back pain. Massage helps in evading the symptoms but along with that posture and lifestyle changes are also a must which includes reducing weight and increasing mobility. Even for neck pain, sports massage tears the symptoms and relives any unpleasant tension and pain. “I would suggest that one should also focus on strengthening the abdominal muscles in the right manner to increase their core stability for supporting the back but beware, too much strengthening and tightening can cause trouble. For instance, in men with a six-pack abs, it can lead to breathing issues and in women with tight pelvic muscles formed due to excessive Pilates, can cause urinary incontinence. So, everything should be in balance to create a better quality of life,” explained Mel.last_img read more

first_imgKirra Holidays and New Zealand specialist wholesalers ANZCRO have decided to share their resources and systems under a new agreement.Although the two companies will remain independent brands, the new strategic partnership introduced yesterday will see ANZCRO manage both groups’ activities in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.Among the shared resources include marketing services, sales distribution, business development as well as processes across IT.Describing the partnership as similar to an airline code share, ANZCRO managing director Owen Eagles said the agreement will allow the companies to further promote themselves in the three regions.“We look forward to further developing and promoting our strong brands to bring the travel trade in New Zealand, Australia and the UK what will undoubtedly be New Zealand’s pre-eminent holiday product range,” Mr Eagles said. Kirra Holidays set up shop up to 44 years ago in New Zealand while ANZCRO established offices in Australia, New and the UK in 1992. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_img The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of November 14, 2018:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Taylor Swift; $9,756,530; $124.26.2. Jay-Z / Beyoncé; $6,612,663; $122.51.3. Ed Sheeran; $6,023,219; $91.89.4. U2; $4,676,648; $133.07.5. Celine Dion; $4,641,885; $235.77.6. Drake; $4,236,951; $116.29.7. Eagles ; $4,080,199; $148.92.8. Bruno Mars; $3,557,078; $146.44.9. Billy Joel; $3,542,531; $119.54.10. Helene Fischer; $3,435,219; $82.36.11. Kenny Chesney; $3,432,546; $92.84.12. Roger Waters; $2,557,778; $69.51.13. Justin Timberlake; $2,095,071; $108.69.14. Phil Collins; $2,092,876; $150.65.15. “Springsteen On Broadway”; $2,027,717; $509.37.16. Journey / Def Leppard; $1,810,296; $97.89.17. Iron Maiden; $1,616,893; $78.93.18. Britney Spears; $1,466,402; $139.41.19. Luke Bryan; $1,460,535; $71.03.20. Paul Simon; $1,432,930; $112.08.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Nov 15, 2018 1:39 pm PDT Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstarcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

This photo released by HBO shows Kit Harington as

first_img This photo released by HBO shows Kit Harington as Jon Snow, left, and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from “Game of Thrones,” which premiered its eighth season on Sunday. (HBO via AP) by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2019 10:15 am PDT Last Updated Apr 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — When the last drop — or gallon — of blood is shed and an exultant victor has ascended to the Iron Throne, viewers may be split over how HBO’s fantasy saga ended but they’ll be joined in deprivation.“What do you do without ‘Game of Thrones?’” will be the lament heard after the May 19 finale, said media analyst Larry Gerbrandt. The question is even more critical to the pay-cable channel, which soared on dragon’s wings with its hugely popular, eight-season adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novels.Keeping subscribers on board means more than another hit, even one as globally dazzling as “Game of Thrones” proved to be. But it’s where HBO can start to protect its brand and position, observers say, an effort both demanded and compounded by an increasingly congested small-screen landscape and the expectations of the channel’s corporate owner since 2016, AT&T.“I think they need a prestige show on this level to remain HBO,” Bill Carter, a media analyst for CNN and former reporter for The New York Times. But “more than ever, it’s really hard to find a hit show and to break through in this marketplace.”The channel is well into the hunt for a worthy successor, with one possibility an untitled prequel to “Game of Thrones” created by Martin and Jane Goldman and starring Naomi Watts. Set to begin shooting a pilot in June, it’s among several potential “Thrones” spinoffs being weighed, with discussions at HBO about “how many is too many,” said programming chief Casey Bloys.“We have high hopes” for the pilot, he said. “But I want to be clear, nobody is going into this thinking that we’re going to do a prequel and all of a sudden everybody who automatically watched ‘Game of Thrones’ is going to watch this. … It’ll have a different feel and different rhythm. We’re not trying to do the same show again.”That begs the question of what more HBO has to offer, he said. During a period in which “Game of Thrones” was off the air for scheduling reasons, series including “Westworld,” ”Sharp Objects” and “Barry” proved strong draws, Bloys said.“I’m not going to argue that we won’t miss ‘Game of Thrones.’ It’s been a fantastic show for us, but life does go on,” he said. He points to a deep bench of returnees, including Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon’s “Big Little Lies,” and newcomers including the graphic novel-based “Watchmen” from “Lost” producer Damon Lindelof. One marquee series that’s also in its final season: the much-admired comedy “Veep,” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.HBO, which launched in 1972 and whose cachet has long justified the boastful slogan, “It’s not TV. It’s HBO,” has reached this crossroads before. At the turn of the century, pop-culture sensations “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” boosted the channel’s visibility and subscribers and made it a serious player for prestige awards — including cable’s first-ever Emmys for best drama and comedy series. After the shows wrapped, the channel moved nimbly on with audience-pleasers including “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood.”But that was then, and this is the time of streaming — or, in shorthand, Netflix, along with a growing host of others including Amazon and Hulu — and a shoulder-bumping rush for stars and showmakers to churn out more and more fare for outlets already awash in programming.HBO, no longer a singular alternative to staid broadcast networks, also got new corporate ownership when AT&T bought its parent company, Time Warner. HBO recently saw the exit of its chief executive, Richard Plepler, who had been with the channel for nearly 30 years and guided it to “Game of Thrones” glory.With AT&T’s resources, HBO has stepped up production and will see a 50% increase in the number of original program hours this year, Bloys said, arguing that volume doesn’t preclude high quality: “There’s nothing in 2019 that we’re putting on the air because we’re trying to hit an hour count. … We haven’t lowered any of our standards to reach a certain level of programming” and there is no pressure to do otherwise from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, he said.Subscribers ultimately will decide whether they think the shows are what they want. But expanding the pipeline is unavoidable, said Tuna Amobi, a media and entertainment analyst with investment firm CFRA.“It’s a very different competitive landscape for HBO than it was when they launched ‘Game of Thrones,’ and they realize that. That’s why you see them ratcheting up their investments in their programming,” Amobi said. Also key is how HBO’s online platform is integrated with planned WarnerMedia streaming offerings to reach the broadest audience possible and make full use of its content, he added.HBO “cannot rely on the old ways of doing things and hope that being a premium channel will bail you out,” he said.“Game of Thrones,” which debuted in 2011, has flourished despite the confounding number of small-screen choices. From its first-season average weekly tally of 9.3 million cumulative viewers, the series rose to a seventh-season high of 32.8 million across all HBO platforms, including the channel itself and streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now and over a period extending 30 days beyond the season’s end.It benefited from the devoted following for Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” clutch of novels. It was richly and painstakingly produced, filmed in 10 countries including Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Morocco, Iceland and Canada. Its appealing cast became household names, and the female characters that grew in stature and strength as the drama unfolded are routinely namechecked as part of the female-empowerment zeitgeist.“Game of Thrones” could boast of its Emmy dominance as well, with 47 trophies to date including three best drama series awards. Last year, it denied a second consecutive win to a worthy opponent, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but HBO itself lost valuable Emmy bragging rights: It was surpassed in total nominations for the first time in 17 years and by relative newcomer Netflix, and the streamer tied HBO in wins.Analyst Gerbrandt, of Media Valuation Partners, isn’t counting the channel out. Many viewers still like so-called “curated” TV delivered to them, as opposed to searching online through dozens or hundreds of offerings, he said. There’s also the power of perception at work.“If there’s a brand that survives strictly on name, it’s probably HBO,” he said.___Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .Lynn Elber, The Associated Presscenter_img HBO looks beyond ‘Game of Thrones,’ maybe back to a prequellast_img read more

FILE In this March 23 2018 file photo DJ Khale

first_img FILE – In this March 23, 2018 file photo, DJ Khaled performs as the opening act for Demi Lovato during her “Tell Me You Love Me World Tour” in Philadelphia. Khaled is releasing a single with Nipsey Hussle that was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles. Khaled announced on Twitter on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that all proceeds from “Higher” will be donated to Hussle’s children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2019 5:18 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DJ Khaled releasing collaboration with Nipsey Hussle LOS ANGELES — DJ Khaled is releasing a single with Nipsey Hussle that was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles.Khaled announced on Twitter on Wednesday that all proceeds from “Higher” will be donated to Hussle’s children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross.Khaled says he decided to share the single after much prayer and with the full blessing of Hussle’s family. He says the “title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul.”The song also features John Legend.Hussle was shot to death in what police said was a personal dispute outside his South Los Angeles clothing store on March 31.The man charged in the shooting has pleaded not guilty.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Seven years for man who sexually abused stepdaughter

first_imgA 36-year-old man was jailed for seven years on Wednesday for sexually abusing his stepdaughter.Nicosia criminal court found him guilty on a total of 22 charges, 11 for sexual abuse and 11 for indecent assault over incidents which took place in 2016.The girl was aged between 12 and 13 at the time. The three judges took into consideration the relation he had with the young girl, where he had the role of a ‘father’ in the home as well as the nature of the abuse which was repeated over a period of time and sometimes in front of the girl’s sister.The psychological impact this had on both girls was a serious factor the court bore in mind, it said in its decision.Although his clean criminal record was taken into consideration, the perpetrator’ personal circumstances during mitigation were not given much weight and there did not appear to be any remorse, the court said.Due to an increase in such incidents and in a bid to deter them, the judges handed him a seven-year jail term.Despite being found guilty, when the nature of the crime committed is related to sexual abuse, perpetrators are not named to protect the identity of their victims.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more