Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing person

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Patrick Decque.According to the RCMP, Decque was last seen in Grande Prairie on May 22, 2019.Decque is described as: CaucasianBlack hairBrown eyes6’0” / 230 lbsLast seen wearing a grey suitThere is a concern for Decque’s well-being.If you have any information regarding Decque’s whereabouts, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Coalition of regional parties fizzle out as constituents go separate ways

first_imgDarjeeling: The coalition of regional parties in Darjeeling Hills and the exercise to field a consensus candidate fizzled out with the constituents deciding to go their own ways. Even Congress and Left Front have fielded their own candidates.The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has decided to form an alliance with the Bimal Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. The coalition will be supporting the BJP candidate from the Darjeeling constituency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaInterestingly, the bigwigs of the Bimal Gurung faction of the GJM, namely Gurung and Roshan Giri, are absconding. In a joint press conference in Delhi on Monday, the GNLF-GJM (Bimal faction) pledged their support to the BJP. “This has been done in the greater interest of the Gorkhas and to defeat anti-Gorkha forces,” stated Niraj Zimba, spokesperson, GNLF. The coalition feels that the BJP alone can fulfill the aspiration of the Gorkhas. When questioned on the public demand for local candidates for the Darjeeling constituency, Binu Sundas of the GJM (Bimal faction) said: “We had thought of this but had to compromise.” The BJP has not yet announced the names of candidates. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen questioned on the GNLF-GJM (Bimal faction) coalition, Binay Tamang, president of the GJM said: “The GNLF does not have any base in the Hills. The leaders of the other party are absconding. How will the coalition matter?” Meanwhile Shanker Malakar, the sitting MLA of Matigara-Naxalbari, has been fielded by the Congress for the Darjeeling constituency. The name of Saman Pathak was declared by the Left Front on Tuesday as their candidate for Darjeeling.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu pushes for ferry service with Sri Lanka

“But this was cancelled because of the political turmoil. Now a letter and a report have been submitted to the Centre to aid structured resettlement of refugees who want to return,” said a senior official. Nearly three decades of unrest forced more than two lakh ethnic Tamils to flee across the Palk Strait into Tamil Nadu. Eight years after the war ended and a new government in 2015 broke the culture of surveillance and censorship, refugees here are keen to get back. As of June, 62,629 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees were in 107 camps in 24 districts and 36,794 Sri Lankan Tamils stayed outside.The British began the first ferry service between Dhanushkodi, southeastern tip of Pamban island, and Talaimannar in 1914. Suresh Amirapu, whose father Amirapu Ramarao was Marine Superintendent there in the 1950s, said the route was patronised by both Indian and Lankan traders and tourists. “A train called ‘Boat Mail’ used to bring passengers till Dhanushkodi from where they were ferried to Talaimannar four times a week,” said Suresh, who now runs a shipping company in Mumbai. After a cyclone wrecked Dhanushkodi port in 1964, the service shifted to Rameswaram.The ferry service between Rameswaram and Talaimannar continued till 1983, after which it was suspended in the wake of the war between the LTTE and Lankan government. However, illegal ferries continued to operate for refugees fleeing the war. LTTE cadres also used the ferries to smuggle essential commodities from Tamil Nadu. Six years after ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo was suspended, Tamil Nadu is making fresh efforts to re-establish sea links with Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported.The state government recently wrote to the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to facilitate voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees and to take steps to resume the ferry service between both countries, say sources. He, however, said the state would have to discuss with the Centre before plotting the route – the circuitous commercial course connecting Tuticorin to Colombo or the shorter line linking Rameswaram to Talaimannar in Sri Lanka’s north, where most refugees hail from.Officials say although the number of refugees who returned to Sri Lanka had doubled in 2016, many remained in camps here, reluctant to leave behind belongings. “A large number want to take the ferry along with their belongings as they are unsure what awaits them back home,” said P Umanath, Commissioner of Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non Resident Tamils. Government sources say the ferry won’t be a one-off service and expenses for refugees will be borne by the government, UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration. “We are hoping it will set a trend. Once the first batch leaves, more are likely to follow. The frequency will be lesser to save cost,” said an official, adding that the timing wasn’t right in 2011. “It was too close to the end of the war. People were still suspicious.”The Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) has submitted a list of 3,815 refugees waiting for the ferry service to start to head home. “At least 90% hail from the northern province and want to head back there,” said OfERR founder S C Chandrahasan. (Colombo Gazette) A meeting was initially scheduled to be held between officials in MEA, directorate general of shipping and bureaucrats from Tamil Nadu in February. In 2011, India allowed a private luxury vessel, with a capacity to carry 1,044 passengers and 300 tonnes of cargo, to operate between Tuticorin and Colombo – a journey of 10 to 12 hours. However, it was stopped as it could not attract passengers despite the fare being at least Rs 4,000 cheaper than air fare. “Around 12,000 people were ferried in five months but it wasn’t economically viable. The vessel was big but patronage was less,” said an officer who was part of the initiative. “If the government plans to start a ferry service, it should invest in the project or it will be just a repeat of 2011,” he said. “And, above all, they need to see if the ferry service is still relevant when airfares are much cheaper now.” read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,492.17, down 38.87 points).Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 33 cents, or 6.09 per cent, to $5.75 on 8.5 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 12 cents, or 6.28 per cent, to $2.03 on 6.2 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up 19 cents, or 4.65 per cent, to $4.28 on 5 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up one cent, or 0.12 per cent, to $8.21 on 4.8 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Materials. Down 11 cents, or 0.9 per cent, to $12.13 on 4.5 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down 25 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $22.38 on 4.4 million shares.Companies in the news:Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR). Up $4.71 or 7.1 per cent to $71.26. Shares in Canadian fertilizer giant Nutrien Ltd. jumped Tuesday after it posted strong second-quarter results despite what it called the “worst U.S. planting season in history.” The company cut its estimate for 2019 adjusted earnings by about five per cent to account for the impact of severe wet weather that prevented planting of corn fields in some of its key U.S. markets. Second-quarter net income from continuing operations were US$858 million on US$8.66 billion of sales, versus US$741 million on US$8.1 billion in sales a year earlier.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up $1.60 or 3.55 per cent to $46.69. Air Canada is facing a tougher third quarter due to the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, with the airline announcing it will scrub the plane from its schedules until Jan. 8 and see capacity drop in one of its busiest travel periods. Despite the forecasted two per cent year-over-year decline in capacity, down from its original forecast for a three-per-cent rise, the company expects to boost adjusted core earnings by five per cent next quarter. Air Canada reported adjusted earnings that soared above analyst estimates as it contained costs and boosted revenue nearly 10 per cent to a second-quarter record of $4.76 billion.CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Down two cents to $2.84. The interim chief executive of CannTrust Holdings Inc. said the board was kept in the dark about unlicensed growing at its Ontario greenhouse and only learned of the allegations after Health Canada notified the pot company of its discovery. Robert Marcovitch would not address questions about who gave the direction to start cultivating pot in five rooms before receiving government approval as its internal investigation is ongoing. The former U.S. sports executive stepped into the top job at the Vaughan, Ont.-based cannabis company last week after it terminated its chief executive and demanded its board chair resign as Health Canada investigates allegations of illegal pot growing at a CannTrust greenhouse.The Canadian Press read more

Do Blue Jackets feel overshadowed by Ohio State football team

Ohio State football has become a fixture of central Ohio sports since 1890, when the team played its first game in Columbus. Winning 36 conference titles and seven national titles since their inaugural season, the Buckeyes have led the way in putting Columbus on the map in the sports world. Although the Buckeyes are the face of Columbus sports, the city is home to three professional franchises as well, including the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Yet, entering their 10th season and lacking the steady success of OSU, with just one playoff appearance on their resume, the Jackets play second fiddle in Ohio’s capital city. But even with OSU’s prominence within the city, Blue Jackets’ right wing Jared Boll said he doesn’t feel like the Jackets play in the Bucks’ shadow. “Obviously Ohio State football has been around forever and they’re No. 1, but you know it’s a different sport and we can’t really look at it like that,” Boll said. “We just have to worry about winning games and hopefully that will draw the fans.” Many foreign-born players, such as Jackets’ defenseman Anton Stralman who is from Sweden, don’t even pay attention to OSU sports. “I’m not too much into football or basketball so I don’t really care about Ohio State,” Stralman said. “I don’t really think about it that way. I think hockey fits into this town; it’s a sports town for sure.” Despite averaging only around 85 percent home capacity at Nationwide Arena last season, compared with OSU annually ranking among the top in the nation in attendance, Stralman said that the bright future of the franchise will continue to attract Ohio sports enthusiasts to their games.     “As we’re getting better I think the crowds are going to pick up as well,” he said. “It is obviously important that we play good, attractive hockey. That’s what gets the fans here.” And with the Buckeyes consistently proving themselves as a national football powerhouse, Boll said there is no reason the two can’t coexist and even support one another.   “The first couple years (with the Blue Jackets) I didn’t really follow them much, but once you live here you kind of grow to like them and you kind of have to like them living in Columbus,” he said. “I enjoy watching the football games, watching them win; they’re a great football team, and it’s always fun to cheer for a winning team.” read more

US State Dept report says Guyana still a cocaine transit point

A key report on the global fight against narcotic trafficking and money laundering has been released by the United States (US) Department of State. Entitled the “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)”, it shows that Guyana has a long road ahead in combating the drug scourge.According to the report, which was released recently, Guyana is still a transit point for cocaine destined for the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and West Africa. The report also mapped out the route for cocaine coming from Colombia, noting that it was smuggled to Venezuela, thence to Guyana via sea or air.“Smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, “go-fast” boats or various postal methods,” the report added.In a domestic context, the report states that “the influence of narcotics trafficking is evident in the country’s criminal justice systems and other sectors”. Traffickers, it noted, “are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders, and weak security sector capacity”.Guyana, the report noted, has a drug enforcement presence at its international airports, post offices, and, to a lesser extent, at port and land-border entry points. It acknowledged the five major agencies involved in the anti-drug fight: the Guyana Police Force (GPF); Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA); the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU); the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU), and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).“The GDF supports law enforcement agencies with boats, aircraft, and personnel, but has limited capacity and lacks law enforcement authority. The Guyana Coast Guard (GCG), a GDF sub-component and US partner in maritime interdiction, patrols Guyana’s territorial waters and conducts humanitarian search-and-rescue missions.”In 2012, with US funding through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Container Control Programme (CCP) established “a multi-agency CCP Port Control Unit at the John Fernandes Wharf, Guyana’s most active port”.The report acknowledges some success that initiative had, such as the April 2016 seizure of 48 kilograms (kg) of cocaine and in June, 579 kg of marijuana.But the report paints a bleak picture of the Government’s commitment to drug rehabilitation schemes. It states that Guyana lacks a comprehensive strategy to reduce demand and adequately address drug rehabilitation.It notes that marijuana is the most widely used drug in Guyana, followed by cocaine. But the report observes that there is only one Government body responsible for drug rehabilitation.“The Guyana National Council for Drug Education, Rehabilitation, and Treatment, within the Ministry of Public Health, is the single Government body responsible for addressing demand reduction. Non-governmental organisations also offer rehabilitation services.”The report acknowledged that the University of Guyana (UG) had initiated a demand reduction curriculum through funding from the Organisation of American States/Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS/CICAD).Other means of rehabilitation, the report noted, was the Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) project, which the US supports as part of the CBSI.Noting that Guyana has shown an interest in furthering collaboration under the CBSI, the report said the US was looking forward to more progress on investigations, prosecutions, extraditions and security sector capacity enhancement.In addition, the report spoke of the US Government’s expectation that Guyana would continue engagement with at-risk communities, as well as enforcement of laws against money laundering and financial crimes.The US report comes on the heels of a major drug bust by CANU where officers unearthed more than 84 kilograms of cocaine, equaling a landed US street value in excess of 550 million Guyana Dollars, hidden in several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber being prepared for export to the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS report lists Guyana as ‘major money laundering jurisdiction in 2017’April 10, 2018In “Crime”US money laundering report names Antigua, BelizeMarch 5, 2014In “Regional”Cannabis and cocaine were main illicit drugs seized in 2012 – ReportJanuary 28, 2014In “Crime” read more

How to root the Samsung Galaxy S4

first_imgGoogle may be slowly releasing features like app data sync and backups that make you less likely to need to root your phone, but in the mean time there’s still plenty that your Samsung Galaxy S4 could be doing with a Super User  account. Here’s our tutorial on making your rooting your GS4, thus making it capable of running apps that require root access.It seems like every Android phone is just a little different when it comes to rooting, and Samsung phones add the extra difficulty of varying based on what carrier and hardware version your Galaxy S4 happens to be. For the purposes of this tutorial we will be demonstrating the auto-root file on the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S4. Very similar techniques exist for other carriers, but you will need the file that directly corresponds to your specific model in order to be successful. Make sure that you have the correct file before moving forward, you could brick your phone.Unlike other Android phones, Samsung uses a special piece of software called ODIN to interact with the phone from a PC. While you can still use the Android Debug Bridge to make changes to a Samsung phone, ODIN is significantly more efficient for tasks like the one we are about to complete. (What is Android Debug Bridge?)Head here and download the ZIP file in this thread, which will contain the most recent version of ODIN as well as the most recent version of the file needed to make the internal changes so that you can install the SuperSU app on your Galaxy S4.After you have ODIN and the install file extracted from the ZIP, open ODIN, and click the PDA button. You’ll be asked to pick a file to stick here, and unless you’ve done this before the install file from the ZIP will be the only file that applies. Select that file and you’ll be ready to connect your phone to your PC.Now, make sure your phone is recognized by ODIN, and confirm your the app does not have a checkmark next to the box that says “Repartition”. Click the start button and watch as ODIN gives you a pass or fail for moving the file to the phone and installing it. If you get a pass in the top left corner of the app, your phone will reboot and the root process will begin. If this process takes any longer than 30 seconds to a minute, you need to check your USB cable and make sure you have followed the instructions carefully. The actual root process is very quick.When the phone reboots, everything will look exactly the same. You’ll simply have a new app in your drawer, which will be used to allow root access on apps that require it. Apps in the Play Store that require root access will cause a new pop up now, requesting confirmation that you want SuperSU to grant root access to these apps. Otherwise, your rooted Galaxy S4 will continue to run just as it did before you performed this procedure.last_img read more

Over D50 Million Spent On Janneh Commission Justice Minister

first_imgBy Awa B. BahThe Minister of Justice Aboubacarr Tambadu, has disclosed that total amount of money spent by the ‘Janneh’ Commission since its inception in July 2017, is fifty million, nine hundred and fifty one thousand, two hundred and sixty one dalasi (50,951,261).This amount Tambadu said, includes all expenses incurred during the course of investigations by Commissioners, including but not limited to honorarium paid to them and fifty eight staff working for the Commission; that throughout this period, Counsel’s fees, fuel, stationery, food, security, rentals, etc., were paid from this amount.Minister Tambadu made this disclosure on Tuesday March 26th 2019 before Lawmakers in Banjul, during the oral questions and answer session for which due notices were given to his Ministry, on how much money spent on the said Commission since its inception.‘‘We must also note that during the course of its work, the Commission was able to generate monies from its activities including D67, 894,170.00 from the sale of 138 tractors, and 458 vehicles including scraps; D8, 302,970.00 from the sale of 725 heads of cattle as well as hidden bank accounts that were either frozen and or discovered as a result of their work. The work of the ‘Janneh’ Commission should not however be measured in monetary terms alone. The value of their work exceeds the monetary value I am sharing with this assembly,’’ Minister Tambadu told deputies.He reported that the Commission’s work, has been conducted in a professional manner, with respect and adherence to due process, fairness, and transparency; that they have exposed the alarming scale of corruption and financial delinquency of the former president, and shared information generated in the course of tracking and recovering assets procured through illicit enrichment; that they have registered some success in this endeavor, and have seen a tightening of financial regulations by Government departments and agencies to prevent corruption and financial leakages within the system.Justice Minister Tambadu told deputies that they intend to recover the entire cost of the ‘Janneh’ Commission’s investigations by making those against whom adverse financial findings have been made, to bear the cost of recovery, in proportion to their responsibilities as found; that the sale of cattle and vehicles was not under the purview of the Commission but the Sheriff Division of the High Court.On how much each Commissioner received during sittings, the Minister responded that as a matter of simple arithmetic, at every point he appeared before the Assembly requesting for an approval for the remuneration of the Commissioners, he has always indicated the amount requested, which is equivalent to one hundred thousand dalasi for each Commissioner per month, except for six months.Minister Tambadu said the 138 tractors packed at residences of Chiefs and Police Stations could be due to the fact that they were either waiting for their owners to collect them or were not counted as part of the list.On the consultation and sale of these tractors with the Ministry of Agriculture, Minister Tambadu said the ‘Janneh’ Commission is independent and it takes independent decisions. On consultations, he said this was left to the discretion of the Commission; that the Commission takes decisions based on their judgment.The tractors he said were sold based on the urgency of the Commission. On the mandate to value and sell the tractors, Minister Tambadu said the Commission disposed of the assets based on interim orders. On the value of the tractors and other items that the Commission sold, Minister Tambadu referred deputies to the report which is due on the president’s desk on Friday March 29th, and further directed them to see the report on the number of properties sold and the bank accounts frozen. He finally commended the Commissioners for a job well done.last_img read more

How to reduce company car scheme costs and administration

first_imgCompany car schemes can provide benefits for both employers and employees, but how can the process be streamlined to maximise their value and lower the associated costs and administrative burden?Data flowLinking up data sets, for example to cross-reference whether employees have a company car or have taken a cash allowance in order to assess whether they are eligible for a hire car, is one way in which employers and providers can work together to control costs. A robust data set that is used in this way can allow eligibility information to be continuously updated, to the extent desired by the employer, which can help to improve efficiency, says Jonathan Smith, relationship director at leasing and fleet management services provider Zenith. “Once that connection is [established], what happens afterwards is largely automatic,” he explains.In the future, predictive analysis of data could also be harnessed to provide greater understanding of the type of car an employee is looking for, and the factors that cause them to proceed with or decide against placing an order after receiving a quote, says Smith. This could help to improve the experience for employees, as well as lead to greater synergies with car manufacturers around the type of deals that are most likely to appeal to staff.Joining up the dotsImproved internal connectivity can also enhance efficiency, says John Pryor, chairman at the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO). “There’s the fleet element, the travel element and the expenses element; you have got to join those three elements up,” he says.The data for each of these elements can often sit in silos within an organisation, adds Toby Poston, director of communications and external relations at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). Taking a joined-up approach, therefore, can enable organisations to identify areas that can be optimised, and where potential cost savings can be made.Kathryn Batchelor, manager, employment tax technology, tax and people services at KPMG, says: “Having all the information moves [employers] to put the right type of schemes in place as well.”Having a well-rounded data set, such as mileage and usage information, can enable employers to ensure that the schemes they offer are best suited to the requirements of the business and their workforce. It could also demonstrate the benefits of a blended approach, such as a combination of a traditional company car plan, car salary sacrifice arrangement and employee car ownership (Eco) scheme.The wider viewTaking a broader view of mobility and considering the total journey cost could also enable organisations to help their staff find the best means by which to travel. “It’s about understanding how people travel around,” says Pryor.Technology can facilitate this by suggesting routes and methods of transport based on selected criteria, such as cost, time or carbon emissions, adds the BVRLA’s Poston.Approaching mobility in the round could also allow employers to support their employees’ travel preferences through their benefits package. Gary Hull, executive director, people advisory services at EY, says: “A trend that we could see is potentially around employees wanting a car for the weekend as opposed to having a car all of the time.”This need could be met through the inclusion of car-sharing clubs within a benefits programme and run alongside other travel offerings such as discounts on rail tickets, says Pryor.Bringing together travel-related benefits, such as car hire, salary sacrifice car arrangements, and discounts on products such as insurance or driving lessons, could also provide employees with more comprehensive total mobility support, says Smith. These could be brought together within a flexible benefits offering but would likely require the flexibility of open or regular enrolment windows, adds Batchelor.Salary sacrificeBy equipping employees with newer, safer, and lower-emission cars than they might otherwise have access to, car salary sacrifice arrangements can support employers in their duty-of-care responsibilities, help them manage risk and control their carbon footprint. Salary sacrifice arrangements also provide national insurance contribution (NIC) savings for the employer, and tax and NIC savings for the employee.However, there has been some uncertainty about the future of salary sacrifice. In the Spending review and autumn statement 2015 policy paper, the government expressed its concern at the growth of salary sacrifice arrangements and in Budget 2016 documents it confirmed its intention to limit the range of benefits that can be offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement. While the government indicated that salary sacrifice arrangements for pension contributions, childcare and health-related benefits such as bikes-for-work schemes would be exempt from this, it did not specify its intentions for car schemes.Yet, even if the government acts on salary sacrifice, cars will still be a benefit that is valued and desired by employees, says Smith. “The people who take up car salary sacrifice today want a car. They are currently opting for salary sacrifice because it is the most effective route, but they are still going to want a car even if salary sacrifice doesn’t exist,” he explains. Need to know:A joined-up approach to fleet, travel and expenses can identify potential cost savings and areas for policy optimisation.Focusing on mobility and total journey cost can help determine the most appropriate means of travel.Data connectivity between employers and providers can enhance efficiency and help to control costs.last_img read more

Walker names Anchorage lawyer as new chief of staff

first_imgGov. Bill Walker named a new chief of staff Wednesday, bringing in Anchorage lawyer Scott Kendall to replace Jim Whitaker, effective Dec. 2.Listen Now Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter Matt Buxton speaks to Jim Whitaker, outgoing chief of staff for Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, shortly before Walker’s inauguration in 2014. Whitaker will move from being chief of staff to senior adviser on major projects on Dec. 2. Scott Kendall will replace him. (Creative Commons photo by James Brooks)Kendall said he’ll be like a basketball point guard for Walker’s team, helping the administration achieve its goals.“I don’t need to be the smartest person in the room, but I like to facilitate decision-making to the right person at the right time,” Kendall said. “And I’ve always been able to kind of been able to bring people together to — I think — get to the right solutions.”Kendall has worked as an attorney and consultant for all three current members of Alaska’s congressional delegation. He also worked for Sen. Ted Stevens. His most recent job included coordinating Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s re-election campaign.Kendall has also worked with state-level politicians, including advising Walker’s election campaign, and working for Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux. He said he works well across party lines.“I’m a Republican, my wife is a Democrat. We agree on 95 percent of the issues,” Kendall said. “It’s real simple: We’re Alaskans first.”Whitaker will continue to work for Walker on a project to provide natural gas to the Interior and other other initiatives.With the new hire, the governor’s office said “adjustments” will be made to keep the office on budget.last_img read more

DGP M Mahendar Reddy releases compendium on police welfare

first_imgHyderabad: Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahendar Reddy along with City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, Additional Director General Sowmya Mishra on Friday released a compendium consisting of Police welfare schemes, GOs and circulars issued for the reference of Police personnel in Police headquarters. All the Senior Officers, members of Police Officers Association participated in the programme.last_img

Angry students on Dhaka streets since morning

first_imgStudents took to the street Tuesday in demonstration against the death of two students in a road crash in Dhaka Sunday. File photoAgitating students from different schools and colleges blocked key intersections on Wednesday morning in the capital Dhaka, protesting against the killing of two college students in a road crash on Airport Road on Sunday.The students’ demonstration largely disrupted movement of traffic in most parts of the city.The protesters also demanded resignation of the shipping minister Shajahan Khan for patronising ‘unlicensed’ drivers and showing misdemeanor after the death of the two students.The students of Government Science College, Dhaka took to the street in Farmgate area Wednesday morning.Students also held processions across Mohammadpur around 9:00am.Many people were seen moving on foot to reach their destinations in Mirpur. Those who have a far destination like Gulistan or Old Dhaka were seen waiting for buses.On Sunday, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, students of the college section of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin School and College, were killed as a ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road.last_img read more

Trump says very popular spokeswoman Sanders to leave

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 8 May White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the press in the driveway of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump on Thursday announced the surprise departure of his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, after a combative tenure that saw her all-but-kill off traditional White House briefings to journalists.Sanders has been one of Trump’s most loyal foot soldiers, almost constantly at his side during his tumultuous two and a half years at the White House and during the campaign before.Trump announced her exit in a tweet and did not name a replacement.”After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said, adding that he hoped she would run for governor of her state.Sharp, sometimes acid-tongued, Sanders has not been prone to the almost comic slip-ups that embarrassed predecessors in the job, such as short-lived Trump spokesman Anthony Scaramucci.But she has earned a reputation for bruising clashes with journalists whom she finds over-critical — often echoing her boss’s attacks on unfavorable coverage as “Fake News.”At a White House event Thursday on reintegration into society for ex-prisoners, Trump interrupted proceedings to summon the “warrior” Sanders from the audience and lavish praise on her record.Calling her “a friend, a woman, a great, great magnificent person,” Trump said, “she’s very popular.”In fact, Sanders, 36, has a sometimes bitter relationship with the White House press corps and is seen as responsible for the demise of the formal daily briefing — practically an institution under previous presidents.Pressed during one particularly combative briefing to distance herself from Trump’s characterization of the media as the “enemy of the people,” Sanders refused.The last time she took to the podium for a back-and-forth with reporters in the White House briefing room was 11 March. Instead, she communicates largely through interviews on the president’s favorite TV network Fox News and short, informal briefings with other journalists outdoors.She has also been accused of telling repeated lies to reporters, although she denies this.Despite Sanders’ damaged reputation in media circles, there had been no hint from the administration that her exit was imminent.Sanders’ father Mike Huckabee is a former Republican governor of Arkansas, making her something of a member of conservative royalty.No tearsCalled up to the microphone by Trump at the ex-prisoners’ event, a visibly emotional Sanders said she would “try not to get emotional, because I know crying can make us look weak.”In a brief address, the spokeswoman praised Trump and her colleagues at the White House, saying she “loved every minute” of the job.”I’m going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda and I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done,” she said.She made no mention of the media or the role of journalists at the White House.Although Sanders is often blamed for the White House’s killing off of the press briefing, she has been serving a president who from the start decided to tear up the media playbook.With Trump communicating directly via Twitter and other social media to tens of millions of people every day, the traditional role of a press office putting out statements has become partly redundant.And while journalists now rarely hold the administration’s feet to the fire in the calm, organized setting of the briefing room, they have extraordinary access to Trump himself.Weekly, the president holds his own impromptu briefings in the Oval Office or out on the South Lawn before boarding his Marine One helicopter. In contrast to real press conferences, these occasions can be chaotic and are rarely carried on live television.Sanders may not speak much, but she is always there — in the background.last_img read more

Hotel expansion request for Playa Maroma project denied

first_imgSolidaridad, Q.R. — The application for a real estate project in north Playa del Carmen has been denied by government officials who say the environmental impact statement submitted with the request was not sufficient.The application to expand the Playa Maroma Property Project was denied building permission by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) who say that the Environmental Impact Manifestation did not have the needed information to carry out construction.An extract of their decision says “…the project will be developed in the Environmental Management Unit called the Punta Brava-Xcalacoco Tourist Corridor which has a conservation policy (…)“Authorization will only be granted when the applicant agrees with the municipality to cover, at its expense, all the necessary expenses to eliminate or minimize the negative effects that may be caused by the construction and operation of the property detected in the study and opinion cited.”The application was for the expansion of a project that would have added an additional 200 hotel rooms along with pools, a tennis court and a parking lot to an existing project that currently offers 423 rooms.The Playa Maroma Property Project would have been built across approximately six hectares of forest with an investment of $29 million USD.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver fails to see existing accident creates another

first_imgThe incident happened at the junction of CTM when the taxi driver, who was reportedly speeding, crashed into a police unit that was attending to an accident that had already occurred. Due to speed, the impact against the police vehicle caused his taxi to overturn. The accident scene was recorded just after 1:00 a.m. when the taxi driver failed to realize that there was a traffic jam due to an existing minor collision between two other cars. In order not to crash into those vehicles, the taxi driver swerved but instead of clearing the cars, he ended up hitting a patrol and overturning. The driver of the taxi is said to have fled the scene. The damaged vehicle was taken to the corralón.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A Playa del Carmen taxi driver who failed to see an accident in time became a victim himself after crashing into a parked police unit. last_img read more

What are the most popular summer destinations Contiki has the full list

first_imgWhat are the most popular summer destinations? Contiki has the full list Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Posted by Tags: Contiki, Summer Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Contiki has revealed the top seven places young Canadians will be heading off to this coming summer, from the Greek Islands and the very ends of Africa, to the Emerald Isle and sun-soaked Thailand.GREEK ISLANDSThese sun-kissed islands topped the list, with many millennials planning an island-hopping adventure to explore the region’s mythical tales, stunning streets, pristine waters and sun-bleached ruins. From getting lost in the narrow streets of Mykonos to eating gyros while watching the world-famous sunset in Oia, clients are guaranteed an unforgettable summer getaway.AFRICAThere are plenty of unforgettable moments to be had while visiting Africa. Young clients can spot lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo (aka. The ‘Big 5’) at Kruger National Park in South Africa, or embark on a hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara region of Kenya. Also not to be missed is meeting East African gorillas in Uganda, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and ‘glamping’ under the sparkling skies of the Serengeti in Tanzania.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionIRELANDIreland has a plethora of great scenery, lively street festivals, whiskey and incredible food for young Canadians to enjoy during their summer. The Emerald Isle is filled with myths, legends and land of rolling greens, not to mention Game of Thrones-esque castles.ITALYFilled with irresistible food, amazing architecture, incredible art and stunning scenery, Italy never fails to impress visitors. Young Canadians can spend their summers in the art-filled cities of Rome, Venice and Florence, the wine region of Tuscany as well as Cinque Terre, Milan and Lake Como, each offering an abundance of local experiences.THAILANDThailand has become a favourite among young Canadians with many options for exploration. Whether it’s sipping sunset cocktails on beautiful Railay Beach, hunting for souvenirs at the Chiang Mai night bazaar, hitting Bangkok bars, browsing the Floating Market or becoming spiritual at Wat Arun, the adventures are endless when voyaging in this country. Contiki’s Island Hopping tours allow beachgoers the chance to sun-and-see it all.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaSPAINSpain is home to inspiring architecture, mouth-watering food, and breathtaking beaches and countryside sights. Must-see stops include Barcelona and Seville, as well as the sun-soaked La Concha beach in San Sebastiàn.PERUPeru has an abundance of landmarks, ranging from the heights of the Andes to the depths of Canyon de Colca. Any Peru Panorama trek will be amazingly varied, whether clients ‘travel back in time’ at the Chachapoyan site of Kuelap, hit up a few Cusco restaurants or take on the Inca trail at Machu Picchu head on.For more information on Contiki’s adventures go to contiki.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

LRES Partners with Reverse Mortgage Services Provider

first_img Share LRES Partners with Reverse Mortgage Services Provider in Headlines, News, Technology November 17, 2014 505 Views center_img Bay Docs Company News LRES 2014-11-17 Tory Barringer In California, LRES, a valuations and asset management services provider, and Bay Docs LLC, a reverse mortgage services firm, announced the formation of a strategic partnership designed to optimize and streamline the valuation ordering process for reverse mortgage lenders.As a result the recent integration, LRES’ DirectConnect hub is now able to deliver collateral valuation reports to users of Bay Docs’ Reverse Express loan origination system, offering customers full valuation lifecycle management.The integration also features end-to-end automated connectivity while delivering reports and data for compliance, quality control, or auditing purposes, all through a single system management platform.”Our integration with LRES DirectConnect offers our reverse mortgage customers an all-inclusive automated appraisal management solution to greatly simplify the complex valuation process,” said Megen Lawler, CEO of Bay Docs.”LRES’ integration with Bay Doc’s LOS greatly benefits reverse mortgage lenders by handling all the heavy lifting as it relates to appraisal management and keeping them fully informed of the appraisal’s status throughout the process,” added LRES CEO Roger Beane.last_img read more

July 17 2018

first_imgJuly 17 , 2018 Greenyard in “full swing” to implement recovery pl … Greenyard profits at upper end of guidance followi … Greenyard’s fresh sales struggle in Q3 amid “fierc … You might also be interested incenter_img The company’s share price fell by as much as 30 percent when the stock market opened on Monday, The Brussels Times reported.Trade in the Greenyard share resumed on Monday morning, opening at 8 euro, it said. In the afternoon the stock even dropped to 7.5 euro: a loss of 35 percent. The publication reported the share is at its lowest level since the summer of 2012.However, the share price recovered slightly on Tuesday.The company has now closed the Hungary plant and has been conducting an investigation into the root cause of the contamination.”We believe to be making good progress in finding the root cause and are awaiting further test outcomes,” it said.It added: “Greenyard understands that questions have been raised and we underline that we take the matter very serious [sic].””We have taken all necessary measures to preserve food safety and we are committed to inform [sic] the market as the matter evolves and more information becomes available.” Greenyard vegetables listeria outbreakBelgium-based produce company Greenyard has estimated the total cost of a recent recall of frozen vegetable products linked to a deadly listeria outbreak to be €30 million (US$35 million).Two weeks ago the company recalled products produced at its Hungarian plant between August 2016 and 20 June 2018, following a decision taken by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency on June 29.The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently said that as of 15 June 2018, 47 cases including nine deaths had been reported.Greenyard has emphasized that “further investigation on the causal medical link between the above cases and the contamination in the production facility is required.”On Tuesday, the company said it wasn’t possible to give an accurate assessment of the total financial impact of the outbreak and ongoing recall, but it gave some initial estimates.After insurance, Greenyard estimates total costs to be €30 million, including estimated costs for the product, transport, handling, storage, destruction, subcontracting, lower cost absorption of the factory and loss of margin.It estimated one-third of that amount would have a balance sheet impact, while the remaining two thirds would have a cash impact.  Greenyard to unlock “untapped potential” with tran … last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterAustralia’s most anticipated hotel, FELIX Hotel launched on 28 February. Brought to you by 8Hotels, the group behind 1888, the world’s first Instagram Hotel and the first Astrology Hotel, The Ultimo.This sophisticated and savvy take on what an airport hotel should be – but has never been before – is inspired by the 1960’s golden era of flying with a touch of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ coolness. The 150-room hotel is set to turn Sydney’s airport hotel precinct upside down as guests enter and make their way to the top for check-in on the glamorous Penthouse level that channels ‘Mad Men’ vibes; this is where guests’ stay with Felix begins,with the reception in the Penthouse offering views of Sydney and of planes swooping onto the runways beneath them.The travelling theme through FELIX starts with optional self-check-in kiosks and runs through the connected sky lounge designed for the digital nomad. Close that venture capital deal or collaborate on the next hot tech startup possibly with some help from the cocktail bar staff. Rooms include fine bedding, 55-inch televisions, power rain showers, blackout curtains, fast Wi-Fi and thoughtful design – all high-flying themed – Economy, Premium Economy, Business and First Class.Guests will also find a 24-hour Food Shop, where they can select from a range of locally sourced gourmet drink and dine options, and charge the lot to their room with a swipe of their key. When the work is done, guests can check out the terrace, home to Sydney’s only hotel rooftop cinema.The launching event was held around the bar on penthouse level, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and one of the best views of the Sydney Domestic Airport runways. In attendance were Kris Smith, Nikki Phillips, Casey Burgess, Matt de Groot, Alice Quiddington, Christopher Haggarty, our very own Cathy Wagstaff and many more.Food was catered by Hampshire & Legge, serving truffled arancini, shredded pork sliders, chermoula marinated chicken skewers and crispy polenta chips.Scroll down to see pictures from the event!last_img read more

Jim Nabors who made cheery Gomer Pyle a TV icon

first_imgJim Nabors, who made cheery Gomer Pyle a TV icon, dies at 87 by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 10:02 am PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 6:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Nov. 14, 1967 file photo, singer and actor Jim Nabors, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show,” reads a book at his California home. Nabors died peacefully at his home in Honolulu on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, with his husband Stan Cadwallader at his side. He was 87. (AP Photo/File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jim Nabors made good on his last name when he brought Gomer Pyle to “The Andy Griffith Show.” His big-hearted, ever-cheery gas-pump jockey was a neighbourly fit in the easygoing town of Mayberry.But when Gomer enlisted in the Marines for five TV seasons, he truly blossomed. So did the actor who portrayed him.Nabors, who died Thursday at 87, made Pvt. Gomer Pyle a perfect foil for the immovable object of Marines boot camp: Grinning, gentle Gomer was the irresistible force.On “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” a spinoff from “The Andy Griffith Show” that premiered in 1964, Gomer arrived in the fictional Camp Henderson with a happy attitude and eager innocence that flew in the face of everything he found awaiting him there, especially irascible Sgt. Vince Carter, played by Frank Sutton.It’s a measure of Nabors’ skill in inhabiting the anything-but-militaristic Gomer that this character was widely beloved, and the show a Top 10 hit, during an era when the Vietnam War was dividing America. His trademark “Shazam,” ”Gollllll-lee,” and “Surprise, surprise, surprise” were parroted by millions.But Nabors had another character to offer his fans: himself, a booming baritone. In appearances on TV variety programs, he stunned viewers with the contrast between his twangy, homespun humour (“The tornado was so bad a hen laid the same egg twice”) and his full-throated vocals.He was a double threat, as he demonstrated for two seasons starting in 1969 on “The Jim Nabors Hour,” a variety series where he joshed with guest stars, did sketches with Sutton and fellow “Gomer” veteran Ronnie Schell, and sang country and opera.Offstage and off-camera, Nabors retained some of the awed innocence of Gomer. At the height of his fame in 1969, he admitted, “I still find it difficult to believe this kind of acceptance. I still don’t trust it.”After his variety show, Nabors continued earning high salaries in Las Vegas showrooms and in concert theatres across the country. He recorded more than two dozen albums and sang with the Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras.During the 1970s he moved to Hawaii, buying a 500-acre macadamia ranch. He still did occasional TV work, and in the late 1970s, he appeared 10 months annually at Hilton hotels in Hawaii. The pace gave him an ulcer.“I was completely burned out,” he later recalled. “I’d had it with the bright lights.”In the early 1980s, his longtime friendship with Burt Reynolds led to roles in “Stroker Ace,” ”Cannonball II” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”He returned to concert and nightclub performances in 1985, though at a less intensive pace. Among his regular gigs was singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Indianapolis 500 each year, which he first did in 1972. That first time, he wrote the lyrics on his hand so he wouldn’t forget.“I’ve never thought of (the audience reaction) as relating to me,” Nabors said. “It is applauding for the tradition of the race and the excitement.”Illness forced him to cancel his appearance in 2007, the first one he had missed in more than 20 years. But he was back performing at Indy in 2008, saying, “It’s always the main part of my year. It just thrills you to your bones.”In 1991, Nabors was thrilled to get a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He was joined for the ceremony by pals Carol Burnett, Loni Anderson, Phyllis Diller and Florence Henderson. His reaction? “Gollllll-lee!”Nabors, who had undergone a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side.“Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed,” Cadwallader said.The couple married in early 2013 in Washington state, where gay marriage had recently been made legal. Nabors’ friends had known for years that he was gay, but he had never said anything to the media.“It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something,” Nabors told Hawaii News Now at the time. “And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do.”An authentic small-town Southern boy, he was born James Thurston Nabors in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1930, the son of a police officer. Boyhood attacks of asthma required long periods of rest, during which he learned to entertain his playmates with vocal tricks.After graduating from the University of Alabama, he worked in New York City for a time, and later, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was an assistant film editor and occasional singer at a TV station.He moved on to Hollywood with hopes of using his voice. While cutting film at NBC in the daytime, he sang at night at a Santa Monica club.“I was up there on the stage the night that Andy Griffith came in,” Nabors recalled in 1965. “He said to me afterward, ‘You know somethin,’ boy? You’re good. I’m going to bring my manager around to see you.’”Nabors soon landed a guest shot on Griffith’s sitcom as Gomer Pyle. That grew into a regular role as Gomer proved a kindred spirit with other Mayberry locals. By then, he had proved he was also a kindred spirit with millions of viewers.___Audrey McAvoy in Honolulu contributed to this story and biographical material was written by the late Associated Press Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas.last_img read more