Bodies of UP train mishap victims reach Durgapur

first_imgKolkata: Meena Supen (47) and her daughter Manisha Supen (19), who were travelling to Kota aboard the weekly Hazrat Nizamuddin-Thiruvananthapuram Central Superfast Express, died after they allegedly jumped off the moving train near Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh to catch a thief who stole their handbag.Their bodies were brought to the Ranchi Colony area of Durgapur on Sunday, amidst tension among the local residents. A pal of gloom descended on the family members of the victims, who have accused the railways for the incident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThey alleged that there were no RPF personnel, as a result of which the incident occurred. Meena was taking her daughter to Rajasthan’s Kota for admitting her to a medical coaching centre there. It was also alleged by a section of their neighbours that the mother was thrown out of the running train by the thief and the daughter jumped off after seeing her mother. The railway police in Uttar Pradesh have started a case in this regard and are probing the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe bodies reached Durgapur railway station at around 1 pm on Sunday. But the bodies were handed over to the family members after four hours, as the related documents did not reach the place. The family members of the victims alleged non-cooperation against the railway authorities. The local residents also demanded employment for a family member of the victims from the railways. The local MLA also reached the house of the victims and assured them of all possible help.last_img read more

A look at some of the major issues in Nova Scotias election

first_imgHALIFAX – A look at some of the major issues in Nova Scotia’s election campaign:Balanced Books: The Liberals will portray themselves as good fiscal managers, having balanced the books in the last two years of their mandate and at a time when some governments in Atlantic Canada are running massive deficits. The Progressive Conservatives will counter that the government has done little to grow the economy by way of tax cuts for businesses. The NDP will maintain that more spending is needed in health care and community services.Labour Relations: The Liberals have gained a reputation as hard-liners when it comes to dealing with public sector unions. The election comes on the heels of a contentious dispute with 9,000 teachers that saw the government impose a contract after the union rejected three tentative deals. There is still no deal with the civil service or with several health-care units. Unions will also point to the unproclaimed Bill 148, which could be used to impose settlements and restrict arbitrated settlements.Education: Some blowback from the teachers’ contract dispute will also be felt as the Liberals move to address classroom working conditions and to address the highly charged issue of classroom inclusion. The Liberals will defend their record, saying they have fulfilled promises to restore an increased level of funding for the system to address such things as classroom caps and revamping the curriculum.Health: Both the Tories and the NDP will hammer hard on an unfulfilled Liberal promise from the 2013 election of a family doctor for every Nova Scotian. Government figures released in March indicated just over 25,000 people were on the wait list for access to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner, although figures released by Statistics Canada said 11.3 per cent of the population, or just over 100,000 people, did not have access to a health-care provider. The Liberals will counter that another kept promise to merge health authorities has resulted in a more efficient health system. Another contentious issue to be raised will be the government’s abrupt shelving of a plan that would have tripled pharmacare premiums for some seniors.Economy and Jobs: Both the Tories and the NDP will point to a net loss of jobs over the government’s mandate as proof the Liberals had no plan for the sputtering economy. The Liberals will point to gains in immigration and to programs aimed at retaining university- and college-educated workers in the professions and trades as proof of some progress in a province facing demographic challenges.Arts and Culture: The Liberals’ move to axe the province’s lucrative film tax credit early in its mandate could likely have a lingering effect in the campaign, particularly in some Halifax ridings.Yarmouth Ferry: Although all three parties support the Yarmouth to Portland, Maine, ferry, the level of taxpayer funding will be raised by the opposition. The Liberals will point to an upswing in the tourism sector as proof the ferry is a much needed economic engine in southwestern Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Strong May growth reinforces forecasts for Canadian rate increase in October

first_imgStronger-than-expected growth in the Canadian economy in May points to another interest rate hike this fall but economists don’t think it will happen at the next Bank of Canada rate announcement in September.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy grew by 0.5 per cent in May thanks to strong performances by both domestic and export-oriented sectors.That was above market expectations of 0.3 per cent, said Josh Nye, senior economist with RBC Economics Research, who pointed out that with activity rising month-over-month in 19 of 20 industries, it was the most broadly-based gain in more than a decade.“Today’s solid growth numbers simply improve our confidence that the overnight rate is set to move higher again this year,” he said, adding that he believes the Bank of Canada will hold off until October to raise rates.The central bank raised interest rates for the fourth time in a year in July and has indicated that more hikes are coming as economic growth raises the risk of inflation heating up.The Bank of Canada has forecast GDP growth of 2.8 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30, slightly less than analyst expectations of 3.0 per cent.CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld said he also expects a rate increase in October but added the central bank will leave rates alone after that until 2019.“Even with a flat June, we’re on target for 3.0 per cent growth in Q2, but remember, that follows three quarters averaging only 1.5 per cent. Thus, the underlying trend isn’t that far above the 1.9 per cent growth rate that the Bank of Canada sees as sustainable without inflation pressures,” he said.The month-over-month increase of 0.5 per cent in May compared to a rise of 0.1 per cent in April, Statistics Canada reported, adding the April number was reduced by weather that included an ice storm across Central and Eastern Canada as well as the temporary shutdown of some oilsands projects in Alberta for maintenance.The oil and gas sector led the way in May with a 2.5 per cent increase as those oilsands facilities returned to production.The utilities sector contracted 2.4 per cent in May as warmer weather returned across the country, reversing growth of 1.4 per cent in April prompted by increased demand for heating due to colder-than-usual temperatures.Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers was down 2.7 per cent in May, in part due to declining home sales in British Columbia. It was the fourth decline since the beginning of 2018.The retail trade sector rose two per cent, its largest monthly increase since October 2017, sparked by activity from motor vehicle and parts dealers and springtime activities from building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores.Construction increased 0.7 per cent in May, essentially compensating for April’s decline. Residential building construction and repair construction were both up after decreases in April.Export-oriented sectors also registered gains, with wholesale trade rising 1.4 per cent on strength in building material and supplies and building material.The manufacturing sector edged up 0.1 per cent as non-durable manufacturing rose 0.9 per cent on higher chemical output and durable manufacturing fell 0.7 per cent on decreased activity in transportation equipment and fabricated metal products.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Sterlite Power inks pact for Brazil Pampa project

first_imgNew Delhi: Sterlite Power Friday said it has signed an agreement for Pampa transmission project in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, entailing an investment of Rs 1,394.79 crore. “The agreement is for batch 13, won at energy transmission auction held by ANEEL ( Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency),” Sterlite Power said in a statement. Completion of the project is expected in March 2023, and signing of the pact represents an important milestone in the company’s evolution, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company however said it will ensure ahead of schedule delivery just like other projects in India. The project includes construction of three energy transmission lines totalling 316 km, two substations and 1,544 MVA transformation capacity, with annual allowed revenue of 74.72 million Brazilian real ( about Rs 133.98 crore) and an investment of 777.8 million Brazilian real (about Rs 1,394.79 crore). “Given the strong contractual framework, including long concession tenures (30 years) and inflation-protected revenues (which help lower the forex risk), the Brazil market presents us with a clear vision to implement projects in a time bound manner. We hope to replicate our successes in India in Brazil too,” said Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO – Global Infrastructure Business, Sterlite Power. Sterlite Power develops power transmission infrastructure and has projects exceeding 12,500 km in circuits and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil.last_img read more

US budget deficit drops to 824 billion in May deficit for this

FILE – In this May 19, 2015, file photo, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, accompanied by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, speaks during a Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting at the Treasury Department in Washington. The Treasury Department releases federal budget data for May on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) US budget deficit drops to $82.4 billion in May; deficit for this budget year down 16.3 pct WASHINGTON – The U.S. budget deficit for May dropped sharply from the level a year ago but much of the improvement reflected a calendar quirk.In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that the May deficit dropped to $82.4 billion, down from a deficit of $130 billion in May 2014. But last year’s deficit was inflated because June 1 fell on a Saturday, requiring the government to mail out $35 billion in June benefit payments in May of last year.For the first eight months of this budget year, which began Oct. 1, the deficit totals $365.2 billion, down 16.3 per cent from the same period last year. This year’s deficit improvement has been helped by a stronger economy, which has pushed up tax receipts by 8.6 per cent.The revenue increase pushed receipts to $2.1 trillion for the period October through May. Outlays were up at a slower pace, rising 4 per cent to $2.47 trillion.The government has run a deficit in May for 60 of the past 61 years. The May deficit followed a $156.7 billion surplus in April, when a flood of tax payments pushed government receipts to an all-time monthly high.The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting that the deficit for the full year will total $486 billion, little changed from last year’s deficit of $483.4 billion.The 2014 deficit was down from $680.2 billion in 2013. Before then, the U.S. had recorded four straight years of annual deficits topping $1 trillion. That reflected the impact of a severe financial crisis and the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.In the budget plan President Barack Obama unveiled for 2016, his final full year in office, the president is seeking authorization from Congress to spend $4 trillion and is projecting a deficit of $474 billion.Obama’s spending plan would boost spending on domestic and military programs and seek to raise taxes by $2 trillion by raising levies on the wealthy, corporations and smokers.Republicans have attacked Obama’s proposed tax increases and the fact that under Obama’s spending plans, the budget will never reach balance. A GOP budget which cleared Congress last month seeks to balance the government’s books over the next decade. It would cut spending on domestic programs and government benefits like Medicaid and food stamps.Democrats have charged that the GOP budget only balances on paper because Republican lawmakers will balk at approving the follow-up legislation to enact the painful cuts needed to achieve balance without raising taxes. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2015 12:19 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN working to combat Ebola outbreak in DR Congo as cases increase

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the 46 cases, 19 have been fatal. The cases reported are from the health zones of Isiro and Viadana in the Haut-Uélé district in Province Orientale. Additionally, 26 suspected cases have been reported and are being investigated. The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days. Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal bleeding. In a news release, WHO said it is working with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network to provide support by deploying experts to the field to work with partners in the areas of infection prevention and control, surveillance, epidemiology, and social mobilization, as well as coordinating logistics for outbreak response. In addition, the country’s ministry of health is working on an epidemiological investigation to identify all possible chains of transmission of the illness and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to interrupt the transmission, and stop the outbreak. WHO has stated that there is no indication that this outbreak is related to the Ebola outbreak in the Kibaale district of Uganda in July, which killed 17 people, and added that it does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to the DRC. read more

Choir program launched by Brock prof making music accessible to kids

They range in age, gender, location and socio-economic status, but when the 35 youths making up Tomorrow’s Voices step onto stage, they’re all the same.When Brock University Associate Professor of Marketing Todd Green launched Choir Nation last year, he wanted the for-profit enterprise to have a social component.The answer was Tomorrow’s Voices, a choir composed of 35 kids between seven and 17 who have been recruited from Niagara groups such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Care and the DSBN Academy.Tomorrow’s Voices aims to open the doors to music and choir to all kids — regardless of what social issues they might be dealing with.“I think music for young people is really important for development and bringing kids from different backgrounds and age ranges together,” said Green. “The idea is to move away from the adage that kids should be seen and not heard. Our slogan is kids should be heard.”There’s no cost to take part, and there were no auditions. If kids wanted to be part of the program, they were in.Kassandra Britt says going to choir is one of the highlights of her 13-year-old daughter’s week.“She can’t wait to see her friends and sing new songs,” Britt says. “The choir helps her forget about everything she’s going through and allows her to just have fun.”Green said that the program has received significant support from Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts, as well as from TD Bank, which has donated nearly $5,000 to help fund the program.The reception from the music community has been overwhelmingly positive.Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood is an ambassador for the program and will be part of the first Tomorrow’s Voices public performance taking place Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds going back to fund the program. Katey Gatta, a local Niagara musician and former Brock student, will also perform.After that, Tomorrow’s Voices will sing with Serena Ryder during the Juno award winner’s show on Dec. 14 in Burlington, and the group will sing the national anthem at a Toronto Marlies game in January.In addition to helping the kids learn more about music, Green said the choir program will also help with Brock-led research on the impact being part of Tomorrow’s Voices has on the participants’ emotions and self-esteem. read more

Durant scores seasonbest 44 points Warriors hold off Kings

OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson put back his own miss with 5 seconds left, Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points, and the Golden State Warriors barely held off the Sacramento Kings 117-116 on Saturday night in a wild finish between the Northern California neighbours.De’Aaron Fox made two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to put the Kings ahead after Thompson missed a 33-footer moments earlier.Durant tipped a jump ball to the backcourt in the waning seconds and the buzzer sounded, but a replay review was held to determine whether the Kings had called timeout — which was granted with 0.3 seconds on the clock.The Warriors subsequently called their own, and the Kings failed to get a shot.Durant converted two free throws with 1:27 left and also had 13 rebounds and seven assists, while Thompson wound up with 31 points — the second straight night the two each scored 30 or more.Buddy Hield had 28 points on 12-for-21 shooting and seven rebounds. Rookie Marvin Bagley III contributed 20 points and a season-best 17 rebounds off the bench, but missed the first of two free throws with 1:08 remaining.Thompson shot 12 of 26 with five 3-pointers as Splash Brother Stephen Curry missed his ninth straight game because of a strained left groin . Fellow All-Star Draymond Green is still nursing a sprained right toe.Durant’s 3-pointer with 6:22 left got Golden State within 108-105, then he converted a tying three-point play the next time down before Quinn Cook’s go-ahead 3 the following possession.Durant had 16 in the second quarter, making all eight of his free throws. He finished with a season-high 16 free throws on 17 attempts. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP also committed seven of the Warriors’ 14 turnovers.Damian Jones added 13 points and six rebounds in a stronger effort from the centre position in Golden State’s fifth back-to-back, when the Warriors went just 10 of 34 from beyond the arc.The Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak, their longest under Steve Kerr and worst since early 2013, a night earlier against Portland.Kerr stuck with the same starting lineup from that 125-97 win but the Warriors trailed by 10 late in the second before closing the half on an 8-2 run to get within 64-60 at intermission.The Kings had won their previous two matchups at Oracle Arena, last season becoming just the third team over the past five seasons to win twice on Golden State’s home floor.CURRY UPDATECurry, the two-time MVP, was re-examined Saturday and is expected to resume practicing next week with a strong chance he would return to game action during an upcoming five-game road trip.He did some scrimmaging work at the practice facility, and Kerr said there were no lingering physical issues from a car accident Friday in which Curry was unharmed.“He’s doing much better and we’re just going to keep taking it day by day,” Kerr said.Curry was injured Nov. 8 against Milwaukee trying to contest a shot by Eric Bledsoe in transition.“He’s anxious to get back, but he’s handled it very well supporting his teammates, getting his rehab in every day, working really hard,” Kerr said. “He’s handling it pretty much exactly as you would expect Steph to handle it.”TIP-INSKings: Sacramento shot 21 for 29 on free throws. The Kings were outrebounded 42-34. … Sacramento is 2-5 on the road against the Western Conference.Warriors: Thompson moved into 21st place on the NBA’s career 3-pointers list when he hit his 1,609th in the first quarter, moving past former Warriors star Jason Richardson. … Durant had two of the Warriors’ six blocks a night after they blocked a season-best 11 shots — their second straight game with 10 or more swats. … The Warriors are 4-1 in second game playing consecutive nights. … Green sat out for the fifth straight game with the injury while Alfonzo McKinnie missed his fifth in a row with a sore left foot.UP NEXTKings: Host Jazz on Sunday, the teams’ second meeting in five days.Warriors: Host Magic on Monday to conclude a four-game homestand over six days, having won 10 straight against Orlando and five consecutive at home.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJanie McCauley, The Associated Press read more

Jonas Källman to Pick Szeged

Management of Pick Szeged handball team officialy confirmed the signing of Swedish world-class superstar left wing Jonas Källman. He has signed a 3,5 year contract with Szeged and will join his new team this weekend.‘I’m very happy to play in Szeged. My transfer was very fast and mutually beneficial. I hope I will be able to help Pick Szeged both in the Hungarian League and in international competitions in the next 3 and a half years’ – said KällmanText: Péter Butty handball transfersJonas KallmanPick Szeged ← Previous Story WHO IS THE HANDBALL PERSON 2013? Next Story → MVM MKB Veszprem targeting Dragan Gajic? read more

Eschers Waterfall brought to life on video

first_imgOne thing you can say about Dutch artist M.C. Escher is that the man had a way with twisting your brain with his optical illusions.  Take for example the work called “Waterfall” that he created back in 1961. This impossible drawing shows what appears to be water running uphill before descending back onto a watermill wheel.Now if you think that Waterfall looks crazy on paper, imagine how we felt when we caught a glimpse of it created in real life. A YouTube contributor by the name of mcwolles looks to have achieved the impossible by building a physical version of Escher’s Waterfall that actually works.Of course we are not going to tell you that there isn’t some sort of shenanigans going on here. We all have been on the Internet for way too long to simply believe there is a paradox machine out there. Since, however, the camera angle never changes in the video, your guess is as good as ours as to how mcwolles performs this trick.It almost gives your brain whiplash just thinking about it.Read more at YouTube, via Gizmodo.last_img read more

Écholocalisation des chauvessouris des muscles hyper rapides en action

first_imgÉcholocalisation des chauves-souris : des muscles hyper rapides en actionPubliée le 30 septembre dans Science, une étude américano-danoise montre pour la première fois l’action de muscles hyper rapides chez un mammifère : les muscles vocaux de certaines chauves-souris, qui leur permettent d’émettre 190 signaux à la seconde pour repérer les insectes dont elles se nourrissent. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Pennsylvanie et de l’Université du Danemark du Sud se sont penchés sur le fonctionnement et sur les limites de l’écholocalisation chez le murin de Daubenton. Cette faculté permet à cette chauve-souris d’émettre des sons ultra-rapides – jusqu’à 190 signaux par seconde – et d’en analyser l’écho pour s’orienter et localiser ses proies, des insectes virevoltants, dans l’obscurité.À lire aussiPourquoi les chauves-souris ne se tiennent-elles jamais debout ?Les scientifiques ont d’abord étudié la façon dont les échos des sons émis revenaient à l’oreille du mammifère en plein vol. “Nos données suggèrent que les chauves-souris pourraient théoriquement lancer des appels encore plus rapides – jusqu’à 400 par seconde – avant que les échos retour ne deviennent confus pour l’animal”, explique le biologiste John Ratcliffe.Puis ils ont étudié le processus d’émission, et mesuré les performances des muscles vocaux. “Nous avons été surpris de voir que ces chauves-souris possèdent ce type de muscles hyper rapides, qui peuvent développer des mouvements d’une fréquence de 190 Hertz (battements par seconde), mais aussi que c’étaient en fait ces muscles qui limitent le taux maximum de leur ‘bourdonnement’”, poursuit Coen Elemans, co-auteur de l’étude.Ce type de muscles, 100 fois plus rapides que la plupart des nôtres, et 20 fois plus rapides que ceux qui nous permettent de mouvoir nos yeux, était déjà connu chez certains poissons et chez le serpent à sonnette (pour agiter sa queue). Mais c’est la première fois que sa présence est mise en évidence chez un mammifère. “Nous avons découvert que le murin de Daubenton contrôle son écholocalisation avec le muscle à contraction la plus rapide jamais décrite”, conclut Elemans.Le 30 septembre 2011 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE NXT Results – 3/18/15 (Kevin Owens vs. Alex Riley)

first_img Now Playing Up Next What Is Ronda Rousey’s Dream Match? Twitter Q Arena in Cleveland advertising Roman Reigns for match at Fastlane on March 10 Now Playing Up Next International Superstar Shake-up Dates Confirmed Sasha Banks Videos Articles Google+ WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Facebook WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flightcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alexa Bliss WWE Title, Charlotte vs. Becky and The Shield reunites tonight at WWE Fastlane in Cleveland WhatsApp Xavier Woods WWE NXTMarch 18, 2015Cleveland, OhioCommentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, Jason AlbertRecap by: Jason Namako of Wrestleview.comWe see video highlighting tonight’s matches involving Alexa Bliss & Sasha Banks and NXT Champion Kevin Owens & Alex Riley.Tyler Breeze def. Kalisto by pinfall with the Beauty Shot.Video package on the Kevin Owens-Alex Riley rivalry.Backstage promo with Alexa Bliss talking about her match with Sasha Banks tonight.Video package on NXT at the Arnold Classic.Backstage promo with Finn Balor & Alex Riley talking about Riley’s match with Kevin Owens tonight.Video package of the NXT Cleveland live event.NXT Tag Team Champion Blake w/Murphy def. Big Cass w/Enzo Amore & Carmella by pinfall with a roll-up after Cass accidentally knocked Carmella off the apron.Video package highlighting NXT Diva Dana Brooke at the Arnold Classic, who will be coming soon to NXT TV.Alexa Bliss def. NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks by count-out.Backstage promo with NXT Champion Kevin Owens talking about his match tonight with Alex Riley.Backstage segment setting up Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss for the NXT Women’s Title next week.Main Event in a Non-Title Grudge Match: NXT Champion Kevin Owens def. Alex Riley by pinfall with the Pop-Up Powerbomb.Afterwards, Owens continued the attack on Riley until Finn Balor ran out and made the save. Balor knocked down Owens and went for the Coup de Grace, but Owens rolled out of the ring. Owens & Balor had a staredown as the show closed.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa BlissVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 61.45%0:04Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Fastlane Results – 3/10/19 (Bryan vs. Owens, Charlotte vs. Becky, The Shield reunites) Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Pinterestlast_img read more

Karting Summer Camp Gears Up Ready Set Drive August 7

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – Registration opens this week for the 5th annual EduKarting Summer Camp, two, one-week sessions beginning August 8 that allow young Bahamians to experience the speed and adrenaline-pumping excitement associated with the traditional sport that mixes thrills with  important life lessons.“Thanks to the continuing support from the FIA, our sponsors and the Ministry of Education which allows us to use the grounds of Doris Johnson High, we are able to keep our fees at $25 per camper per week, including lunch,” said Bahamas EduKarting founder and coordinator David McLaughlin.    “We wanted to keep fees reasonable so every young person who wants to participate, regardless of financial status, can take part in the camp designed to teach the values of self-discipline and teamwork.    And the best part is students are learning useful skills while having a great time zipping around the course in a kart they have taken apart and rebuilt.”    Most importantly, said McLaughlin, beyond the basics of mechanics, campers learn what it takes to make a team of people who never knew each other before perform.    “There is art, design, public relations and marketing,” he says.    “Each team has to create a business plan, present and ‘sell’ it to a sponsor who provides virtual funding for uniforms, helmets, tires and parts.”“Nearly every famous Formula One or NASCAR racer got his or her start in karting, said McLaughlin, Bahamas and Caribbean Motor Sport Development Director of FIA, the motor sports association under the auspices of the International Olympics Committee.    “Who knows?   The Bahamas, which has produced great athletes in track and field, basketball, tennis and swimming, may one day produce a great race car driver.   Look at Lewis Hamilton of Grenada and the U.K. who got his first go-kart at the age of six and showed so much promise by the time he was a teen that his father gave up his career and sometimes worked as many as three jobs to support his son’s ambition in motor sport.    Today, he is the most famous Formula One driver alive.”Each EduKarting summer camp is open to a maximum of 30 participants ages 11-17. Sessions run August 8 – 11 and August 14-18 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Doris Johnson High on Prince Charles Drive.    Sponsors include Caribbean Bottling and Aquapure, both of whom provide beverages daily. Other partners and sponsors include the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Julius Bar, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Rotaract, Bahamas Waste, Diane Phillips & Associates, Oasis Furniture, Valvoline, Battery & Tyre and the FIA.“We have seen high school students come out of school and immediately into a job because of the skills they learned in EduKarting,” said McLaughlin. “Two of them are working for a large auto dealer now in the service division and another has gone on to become a pilot.”To register, call 432-1845, 815-8907, email edukartingbahamas@gmail.com or go to the EduKarting Facebook page.Release: DPA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he cant understand the Scouse accent

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he is finding it difficult to understand some of his team-mates who have different accents.The Brazilian says he struggles to understand teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and also has to contend with Mackem Henderson, Glaswegian Robertson and Yorkshireman Milner.The shot-stopper who arrived Anfield from Roma last summer says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.Allison says it is very difficult for him to understand Brummie and Yorkshire accents and also the scouse twang of Trent Alexander-Arnold and some other  training staffAlisson told the Daily Star via The Mirror: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Alisson has had a brilliant season so far.last_img read more

Sarah Palin Superstar Rocks Conservative Faithful

first_imgWilliam Temple, one of 11,000 attendees of CPAC, came dressed as a Revolutionary War officer. CPAC is said to be the largest annual gathering of American conservatives.Sarah Palin fired up thousands of conservative activists who came to hear her give the closing speech of the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C. this weekend.Palin hasn’t held elected office since she resigned as Alaska governor in 2009. But at this gathering of 11,000, she was an A-list star. The wind-up included a video montage of her greatest hits and tributes, and an introduction by NRA Executive Director Chris Cox.“Does anybody here love Sarah Palin?” Cox asked, getting a loud cheer. “Now, if I walked out there and asked 100 of you why you love Sarah Palin, I’d probably get 100 different answers.”He suggest a few but barely mentioned her stint as governor of Alaska. Even her run for the vice-presidency, which first put her on the national stage, is not her claim to fame now. Instead, the introduction focused on her superstar clout, her ability to raise the profile of far-right candidates like Ted Cruz of Texas, who says he owes his seat in the U.S. Senate to her. Her celebrity, and how she uses it, is itself celebrated.Then Palin took the stage, and for 45 minutes, she slammed President Obama and all he stands for, as well as mainstream Republican members of Congress who she says ran from the fight. The crowd rose to its feet over and over. Some fans, too far away to see the stage clearly, took pictures of the room’s video monitors  when her face came  on the live feed.Way in the back, one hand waved a tri-corner hat in approval. William Temple, of Brunswick, Georgia, came dressed head to toe as a solder from the Revolutionary War.“I LOVE Sarah Palin,” he gushed. Temple admitted he had an ulterior motive for coming to the gathering. He wants Palin to sign the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag he carried into the convention center on an 8-foot flag pole. He’s been trying for years.“They spirit her out of the room every time I get close. They secrete her out of the room. And I understand that. But yes I desperately need her signature on my Tea Party flag,” he said.Chelsey Riehl, a student from Grand Rapids, Michigan, says she appreciates Palin’s frankness, her lack of filter.“I think she definitely has more passion than other people and doesn’t really hold back on her opinion. And I think that’s part of the reason why some people do look down on her, but why so many other people really enjoy her as well,” Riehl said.But Palin’s speech left Anna Chapman of Columbia, South Carolina, skeptical. Chapman says it was funny, in a late-night comedy kind of way.“I don’t think she made a whole lot of sense, though. I’m going to be honest. I love her. I think she’s a good role model, a good face for the Republican Party. But I just think she sounded a little too kooky,” Chapman said.Judging by the crowd reaction, it seems hers was minority view.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly December 29 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio$41,000 Raised for Victims of Christmas Day CrashShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerAn Anchor Point girl is in stable condition after losing both of her legs in a traffic accident on Christmas Day.One Dead, One Injured in Koyuk House Fire Matthew Smith, KNOM – NomeA Sunday house fire in Koyuk has claimed the life of one woman and seriously injured one other person.Woman Killed in Anchorage Pedestrian Crash The Associated PressAnchorage police say a woman died when she was struck by a vehicle as she walked on a rural municipal street.Court Overturns State Regulation Deeming Kodiak’s Bison Feral Jay Barrett, KMXT – KodiakFriday the Alaska Supreme Court overturned an Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulation from 2007 that declared domesticated livestock, specifically Kodiak’s bison herds, were feral if they stayed outside of their designated state grazing lease areas for too long. As feral animals, they would be fair game, and could be hunted like any other wild animal, subject to Fish and Game regulations.Pat Pitney Prepares To Address State’s Budget Issues Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAlaska’s new director of the Office of Management and Budget has a big job ahead of her. Governor Walker announced on Friday that he wants to put a hold on six large projects until they can be thoroughly reviewed. The projects are the small diameter gas pipeline, the Kodiak rocket launch complex, the Knik Arm bridge, the Susitna-Watana hydroelectric dam, the Juneau access road and the Ambler road.OMB’s new director Pat Pitney says she wants Alaskans to be involved in the conversation on how to trim the state budget as the price of oil falls. Pitney is a former vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.She says budget cuts are necessary, but the Walker administration wants to be strategic about where they happen.Avalanche Survivor Returns to Rainbow Ridge, Recovers Bodies of Companions Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksThe survivor of the Dec. 6 avalanche at Rainbow Ridge returned to the site last week to recover the bodies of his friend and dog. Michael Hopper says he had to go, because Alaska State Troopers had ruled out a recovery mission until the danger of avalanche in the area subsided.As Federal Case Proceeds, State Drops Charges Against Dutch Harbor Asia Owners Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaState prosecutors have dropped their case against two Unalaskans accused of running a major drug operation out of their home and business. Now, it’s up to a federal court to determine the outcome.Spay and Neuter Clinics Improve Village SafetyBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelA team of veterinarians brought spaying, neutering, and vaccinations to two YK Delta villages last week. Alaska Native Rural Veterinary, a Fairbanks-based nonprofit visited Tuntutuliak and Kongiganak for the free clinic.last_img read more

Young FAA privatization bill harms Alaska air travel

first_imgPhoto: Mark Reed/KPLU.Download AudioA U.S. House committee is considering a bill that would make the nation’s air traffic controllers employees of a non-profit corporation, and shift financial responsibility for safe air travel away from taxpayers. Alaska Congressman Don Young argued against it this morning, but the air traffic controllers’ union supports the bill.The prime supporter of the FAA remodel is Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn, who has the job Congressman Young used to have: chairman of House Transportation. In a video promoting the concept, Shuster says the FAA has spent billions trying to modernize but can’t keep pace with growth in air travel.“And unless we head in a bold new direction, the system will become crippled with delays. American manufacturing jobs could move overseas, and our country could lose its lead in aviation,” the video says.That’s why we need the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act, the AIRR Act.”The bill would create a new Air Traffic Control Corporation, while the FAA would remain the safety regulator. Shuster says the government won’t be responsible for any debt the corporation takes on.Young objects on several counts. For one, the Alaska Congressman says the airline industry would be over-represented on the board of the air traffic control corporation. These days, Young says, that means giving the reins to four major airlines.Alaska Rep. Don Young. (File photo)“Four! And if they’re going to run this FAA, I don’t think the consumer is going to get the right representation on that board,” he said.And, Young says, the new system would put Congress in the back seat, while giving the  president power to appoint two board members.“Why should we let a president appoint them?” he asked. “This is our job as legislators! If we’re going to change the system, then let’s change it with us having some control over it, financially, and the board members should be appointed from the Congress. I’m not going to give any president any more authority! … We might as well have a king!”Also, Young says the bill would undermine Essential Air Service by taking away its dedicated funding. The program subsidizes air travel to dozens of Alaska villages, and Young says it’s crucial to the state.“That’s what serves my community,” he said. “I don’t have highways. I don’t have streets. I’ve got air.”In Alaska, the proposal has alarmed aviation interests, including the Alaska Airmen Association, which represents private pilots and general aviation.  The bill would exempt non-commercial pilots from new user fees. But Adam White, who works on government affairs issues for the Alaska Airmen, says he doubts the exemption would hold. Eventually, White says, small-plane pilots could be subject to fees for contacting Air Traffic control.“Our concern is that’s a huge safety issue, because a lot of folks simply won’t avail themselves to the services that would be there, and could be making decisions to fly into bad weather without the help of ATC.” :White also questions the new model, as he reads it in the bill.“Handing over all the FAA’s assets, with the navigation aids, the radio communication outlets,” White says, “all those things handed over to a private corporation, that if it fails, the way it’s currently written, our understanding is that the FAA would have to buy all that infrastructure back at market value.”Air traffic controllers have objected to many past calls to privatize the FAA. But union president Paul Rinaldi testified in favor of this plan, as long as compensation and benefits remain unchanged. Rinaldi, head of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, says controllers have been devastated by budget uncertainty and hiring freezes. Rinaldi says the bill will help controllers get the modern equipment they need.“And most importantly, better staffing,” he says. “We are crucially, crucially at this point with our staffing where controllers are having tough times to get breaks, take time off, to make sure that they have an appropriate amount of fatigue mitigation going on. Our staffing. We must address the staffing of our facilities.”The bill will be up before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday where member will have a chance to amend it.last_img read more

Port Mackenzie repairs spread MatSu budget thin

first_imgShip unloads at Port MacKenzie. Courtesy of Mat Su Borough.Recurring structural problems at Port Mackenzie’s barge dock are adding costs to the Mat-Su Borough’s already tight budget. Port officials are puzzled as to the cause of the damage, which seems to be located in a specific area, while a series of repair jobs so far have done nothing to solve the problem.Listen NowDespite numerous fixes, a structural component of Port MacKenzie’s barge dock keeps failing. Since the damage to an engineering brace called a WYE was first discovered in summer of 2015, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has spent millions of dollars on repairs to the dock.Port director Marc Van Dongen said even after two attempts to fix the damage, work that spanned the fall of 2015 and spring of this year, another problem appeared this fall“We had a failure in one of the new sheet piles that was installed in April-June time frame in 2016,” Van Dongen said. “The sheet pile that connected to the new WYE that connects two cells, the sheet pile immediately behind the WYE which connects to a tail wall, that new sheet split and that new WYE subsequently formed a new crack in it as well.”So the new WYE installed only this year has cracked again. Van Dongen blames a failure of some of the sheet piling installed this year.A temporary fix last year cost upwards of $40,000, and but this year’s temporary fix cost more, according to Van Dongen.“October is when this first tail wall sheet split and failed, and within a week we observed a split in the new WYE that was immediately in front of that,” Van Dongen said. “So we have taken temporary action to stabilize the dock. It was only about $60,000-$70,000 to do the temporary work that we needed to do to keep the dock together until the ice melts in the spring and we can do the final repair.”Van Dongen said a permanent fix scheduled for 2017 could cost $1.5 million.This year’s temporary fix and next year’s repair job are together, an encore performance. The initial damage to the barge dock was noted in 2015, mended in a hurry, and was presumed to be permanently repaired this year. A $2.5 million emergency loan from the Borough’s Land Management fund paid for the job. Van Dongen said the work was done for about $2.1 million. The Mat-Su Borough Assembly approved emergency funds in December, 2015.On top of that, elements of a cathodic protection system, which protects piling erosion on the dock, failed this year. The Borough sought insurance compensation for $169,000 in costs related to the work. Van Dongen said insurance has paid that bill, because the damage was discovered before the expiration of the warranty on the initial installment.Van Dongen, and Mat-Su Borough manager John Moosey, both say insurance reimbursements could pay back the costs of the barge dock repairs. But those insurance payments are not certain, Moosey told the Borough Assembly in mid-November.“Port MacKenzie, and I know we have had insurance agents out there [this week], to kind of go through,” Moosey said. “They have examined it at low tide. We are sending some more agents out there regarding the buckling of the outsides.”Moosey said as of Dec. 28, there is still no word from insurance adjusters.The cause of the most recent damage, the split in the sheet piling at the barge dock, is not known. Van Dongen said he purchased the steel sheet piling from the Port of Anchorage at a cost of $350,000. He said he can’t say if the pilings themselves are defective, without an engineer’s report.“We don’t know the exact cause of the problem yet, until we pull the piles that have been split,” Van Dongen said. “Once we pull em and study em, we can determine if perhaps we hit a rock on the way down, and started a crack, or if the interlocks came apart or we’ll test the hardness of the steel on the sheet pile to see if it met specifications, it may have been a deficiency in the pile itself. We won’t know this until the spring when we pull the damaged sheet pile and the damaged WYE.”Van Dongen said there is no warranty on the work done so far, because the sheet pilings were provided by the owner, not by the contractor.Both Cruz Construction and Orion Construction have worked on repairing the Port’s dock problems, working under no-bid contracts. Port director Van Dongen said seismic activity could be a factor in causing the damage. So could ice. Van Dongen said the temporary fixes are successful for a time because winter’s ice holds the gravel pushing at the sheet piling in place until the spring thaw.Van Dongen said he won’t know for sure what next year’s repair job will cost until an engineer’s estimate comes in. He said the next step is to approach the Mat-Su Assembly for money before he can put out a bid for the job.He said with the one insurance payment banked, and the remainder of the emergency money appropriated by the Borough in 2015 still available, the port’s budget can probably pay for the majority of next year’s work.last_img read more

Leopard beaten dead

first_img.A wild leopard was beaten to death by villagers in presence of police and forest department officials beside Pathraj river in Doulotpur of Boda, Panchagarh on Saturday, reports UNB.Ismail Hossain, a resident of Bashuniapara village, said his daughter first spotted the leopard near the river in the noon. Eventually, hundreds of people gathered following her screaming.Being frightened by the gathering, the leopard took shelter in a nearby bush filled with water spinach. But the villagers started hurling stones toward the animal.Being informed, policemen from nearby the police station along with members of forest department rushed in, but the villagers beat the endanger animal mercilessly and killed it, said Gamiruddin and Nur Islam, residences of the same village.Moynadighi Union Parishad Chairman Md Abdul Jabber said at least four people sustained minor injuries while trying to have a look at the leopard.“Police did not go to the spot for saving the animal, but to protect the villagers from it and the villagers killed the animal when it tried to get out of the bush in the evening,” Boda police station officer-in-charge Abu Haider Mohammad Ashrafuzzaman said.Later, police recovered the body and took it to the police station, said the OC.Boda Upazila forest department officer Anwar Hossain said, “We tried to stop the mob, but failed to save the leopard.”Meanwhile, the dead leopard was handed over to the forest department, said Boda Upazila Nirbahi Officer Syed Mahmud Hasan.last_img read more

Full Show TxDOTs Largest Road Project Raises Questions About Driver Safety And

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Thursday’s Houston Matters: A chunk of concrete fell off I-45 Thursday morning as Houstonians made their morning commutes. No one was injured, but the incident has prompted questions about highway safety. We address those safety issues with TxDOT Houston District Public Information Officer Danny Perez. Also this hour: This Saturday, Houston will host its annual Pride Festival and Parade downtown. We discuss the history and legacy of the festival and its importance to the LGBTQ community. Plus: The Holocaust Museum of Houston has been undergoing renovations and re-opens this Saturday (June 22, 2019). We talk with Kelly Zúñiga, the museum’s CEO, about the new interactive exhibits and the museum’s expanded focus on human rights and moral choice.Then, Houston’s Three Brothers Bakery lost its Kosher certification at its South Braeswood location. We hear from Rabbi Barry Gelman about why Kosher food is made in accordance with the set of rules and responsibility of Jewish law.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listen 00:00 /56:12center_img Xlast_img read more