NGT forms panel to prepare national plan for polluted rivers

first_imgNew Delhi: The NGT has formed a Central Monitoring Committee to prepare and enforce a national plan to make over 350 river stretches across the country pollution free as it has caused serious threat to safety of water and environment. A bench headed by Nation Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the committee would comprise a representative of NITI Aayog; secretaries of Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Environment; the director general of National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Central Pollution Control Board chairman. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Central Monitoring Committee will also co-ordinate with the River Rejuvenation Committees of the states and oversee the execution of the action plans, taking into account the timelines, budgetary mechanism and other factors. Chief secretaries of states will be the nodal agency at state level. “The chief secretaries of the states may undertake review of progress of RRCs by involving concerned secretaries of Department of Urban Development, Environment, Industries, Irrigation and Public Health, Health etc,” the bench said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe tribunal also directed the Ministry of Environment to consider a policy for giving environmental awards to outstanding persons (natural and juristic) and institutions or states and introducing “dis-incentives” for non compliant states and asked it to frame such scheme before June 30. “First meeting of the Central Monitoring Committee may be held by June 30. The Central Monitoring Committee may consider identifying experts, best practices and models for use of treated water, including plan to supply untreated sewage for a price or otherwise so that the concerned needy party can treat and utilise such water as is reportedly being done at Surat in Gujarat, Nagpur in Maharashtra and Bhilwada in Rajasthan or any other place,” it said. Use of treated water for agriculture or other purpose may save potable surface and ground water, it said. The NGT directed the Central Monitoring Committee to give its report by July 31. “We direct the CPCB and state pollution control boards to launch nationwide programme on biodiversity monitoring and indexing of the rivers to assess the efficacy of river cleaning programme. Further, for safety of human health and maintaining sanctity of the rivers, regular hygienic surveys of the rivers should be carried out with reference to fecal coliform and fecal streptococci, as indicated in the primary water quality criteria for bathing waters,” the NGT said. The tribunal noted that due to use of polluted water in irrigation, there is threat to the health of human beings apart from the aquatic flora and fauna. “It is therefore necessary to have regular hygienic survey of the rivers particularly with reference to pathogenic organisms having impact on human health directly or indirectly. It is also important to note that biological health of the rivers is an important aspect. Much of the important biodiversity is lost on account of severe pollution in the rivers. “There has to be a regular study of the Indian rivers with regard to biological heath and its diversity. We understand that biomapping of rivers and setting biological goals/criteria is part of River Rejuvenation Programmes in some countries. There is threat to the environmental rule of law of the country,” it said. The tribunal’s direction came after taking note of a news item in ‘The Hindu’ under the heading “More river stretches are now critically polluted: CPCB”. According to the news item, 351 polluted river stretches have been noted by the CPCB and 117 such stretches are in the states of Assam, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. The CPCB has apprised the concerned states of the extent of pollution in the rivers.last_img read more

Death penalty given in journalist murder case alarms UN mission in DR

31 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed serious concern at the death penalty verdict given to four men convicted of murdering a journalist working for a UN-sponsored radio station with the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa. Two men were sentenced as the assassins by a military tribunal and the other two were convicted of sponsoring and organizing the killing of Serge Maheshe, which took place on 13 June in Bukavu in the far east of the DRC, as Mr. Maheshe and two friends were about to enter a UN-marked vehicle. His friends were not injured in the attack. In a statement to the press today in Kinshasa, the DRC capital, the mission (MONUC) said that while it respected judicial independence in the vast African country, it considered that the tribunal did not base its verdict on the results of the autopsy or on any ballistic expert testimony. “In fact, the tribunal noted that the confessions of the two principal accused contained contradictions and that certain allegations made by them cannot be corroborated,” the press statement said. “The tribunal itself underlined that doubts remained.” MONUC stressed the UN principle, enshrined in a 1984 resolution of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), that a verdict of capital punishment must be based on “clear and convincing evidence that does not leave room for any other interpretation of the facts.” The judicial proceeding must also offer all possible guarantees of a fair trial. Noting that an appeal had been launched by the convicted men, the mission said all guarantees of a just and equitable trial must be respected and all the pieces of evidence considered, and it pledged to provide legal authorities in DR Congo with any technical or logistical help they required. Mr. Maheshe had been a senior journalist with Radio Okapi, a partnership between MONUC and the Hirondelle Foundation, a Swiss non-governmental organization (NGO), since 2003. Aged 31 at the time of his death, he left behind a wife and two children. read more

BlackBerry names Cisco executive Bryan Palma as new president and chief operating

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd. named has named Bryan Palma as president and chief operating officer.Palma was most recently Cisco’s senior vice-president and general manager of customer experience for the Americas.Before joining Cisco, he was the vice-president of cyber and security solutions at Boeing.Palma, who will report to BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen, will be responsible for the company’s core product and services.He will oversee teams handling BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Enterprise Software and Services, and Mobility Solutions.BlackBerry extended Chen’s contract last year by five years to run until November 2023. read more

Responding to UN appeal Japan pledges humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

The Japanese contribution of $410,000 is earmarked for the Poverty Eradication and Community Empowerment (P.E.A.C.E) programme of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan and came in response to a UN appeal for humanitarian aid.Despite considerable progress in recent years to re-establish water supplies, inadequate stores of safe drinking water still remains a serious problem, particularly in drought affected areas where groundwater levels have dropped severely, the UN Coordinator said.The goal of the water and sanitation service is to improve the health and quality of life of Afghans through access to safe drinking water facilities, community awareness of health, hygiene, and sanitation. Sustained and equal access to quality services will support refugee returns to Afghanistan as well, the UN Coordinator said.Providing safe drinking water is also expected to cause a drastic reduction in the number of water-born diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery and gastroenteritis, thus lowering the morbidity and infant mortality rates in Afghanistan, which are amongst the highest in the world. read more

Sean Parker Inn wanted to cancel posh wedding unless he agreed to

Sean Parker: Inn wanted to cancel posh wedding unless he agreed to pay violations SAN FRANCISCO – The Big Sur resort where Sean Parker held his posh, Lord of the Rings-inspired wedding threatened to cancel it if he didn’t agree to pay for the unpermitted wedding construction and the inn’s past land use violations, Parker told The Associated Press on Friday.The co-founder of Napster Inc. and former Facebook Inc. president said that after two years of wedding planning, the Ventana Inn & Spa preferred to cancel 20 days before the event rather than work out an agreement with the California Coastal Commission.“As soon as Ventana found out there was an issue they threatened to cancel the wedding unless I entered into a broad indemnification agreement,” Parker said in an email. “We had nowhere to go at that point, no backup plan, and there was no place in the Big Sur area that could accommodate 360 guests.”Multiple calls to Ventana were not returned. A spokeswoman for Oaktree Capital Management, which owns the Ventana, said the firm would not comment.The resort is located within the coastal zone, an area regulated by the commission, an independent state agency that oversees beachside development. Any significant construction within the zone has to be permitted.Parker, 33, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the movie “The Social Network,” married singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas in a ceremony with gowns and sets made by a designer for the “Lord of the Rings” films.But after a neighbour complained about the construction, a commission investigation found that Parker had been allowed to build fake ruins, a cottage, a large dance floor and other structures near iconic redwoods and a stream with threatened fish, all without the proper permits.Also, the Ventana had allowed Parker to build the wedding site in a campground that had been closed to the public in violation of the inn’s permits, according to the coastal commission’s report.Parker agreed to pay $2.5 million in a settlement with the commission that includes Ventana’s past violations and money future conservation programs overseen by the commission.After agreeing to pay for Ventana’s $1 million fines, negotiations between Parker’s attorney and the commission also led to him contributing $1.5 million for the purchase of public easements and hiking trails in the Big Sur area and as grants for nonprofits doing conservation projects.Parker came up with that amount on a “back of the napkin” estimate of how much it would cost to purchase easements in the Big Sur area.Also, as part of the settlement, Parker offered to produce and distribute a public education video or create a mobile app aimed at helping to identify areas where the public can access the coast.The commission could have shut down the wedding regardless of what Ventana and Parker agreed to, but chose not to.“After inspecting the site, commission staff determined that any potential resource impacts associated with the development had already occurred, and as long as the structures were removed properly and in a timely fashion, those impacts would not be exacerbated by the actual event. So rather than shutting down the wedding, we focused on removal and mitigation,” Sarah Christie, a commission spokeswoman, said in an email.Parker said it was unreasonable for Ventana to assume that he, as the renter of the site, should have known that coastal commission permits were needed for him to stage the event.“Ultimately, the Ventana was unwilling to accept any financial responsibility and preferred to cancel our wedding rather than work things out with the commission,” Parker said. “We had no choice but to step in and pay for all of their violations, both the unpermitted construction and also their past liability related to the campground closure.”The billionaire said he is passionate about the forest, and only agreed to the wedding site after consulting with the Save the Redwoods League.“The idea that I was a menace to the environment, or that I trashed trees is the kind of allegation that frustrates me,” Parker said. “It is really emotionally difficult and frustrates my ability to do conservation work in the future.”___Follow Jason Dearen on Twitter: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jason Dearen, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 1:52 pm MDT read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 3:03 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,813.02, up 17.32 points):Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up $2.05, or 3.85 per cent, to $55.30 on 13.7-million shares. Enbridge plans to buy Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. in an all-stock friendly deal worth C$37 billion that they say would create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. The acquisition would extend the Calgary-based firm’s already growing reach throughout the continent, Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said Tuesday.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down nine cents, or 4.25 per cent, to $2.03 on 8.7-million shares. Bombardier is slashing deliveries of its new CSeries plane by more than half this year because of delayed engine deliveries from Pratt & Whitney, marking another setback for the jet. The Montreal-based company said Tuesday it will deliver seven of the aircraft this year — not the 15 it had expected.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 5.72 per cent, to $6.28 on 6.9-million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 2.61 per cent, to $5.89 on 6.5-million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 16 cents, or 4.38 per cent, to $3.81 on 6.5-million shares.Telesta Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:TST). Health care. Unchanged at 14 cents on 5.9-million shares.Companies reporting major news:The Intertain Group Ltd. (TSX:IT). Online gaming. Up 86 cents, or 8.16 per cent, to $11.40 on 899,473 shares. The Intertain Group will become a subsidiary of Jackpotjoy PLC under a previously announced corporate reorganization that will move the Toronto-based company’s stock listing and corporate headquarters to London. read more

Britains oldest court witness gives evidence over church warden and magicians gaslight

Britain’s oldest court witness gave evidence at a murder trial that heard she may have been the next victim.Elizabeth “Liz” Zettl, 101, relived the moment she was told by police how two men on trial for the killing of a pensioner had a copy of her will.The court was shown evidence that the defendants, Martyn Smith, her lodger, and his friend Benjamin Field, had an emailed copy of her will.Mr Field, 28, a church warden, and Mr Smith, 32, a magician, are accused of co-conspiring to murder retired lecturer Peter Farquhar, 69, in Maids Moreton, Bucks. Mr Field is accused of attempting to murder retired teacher Ann Moore-Martin, 83. Both were allegedly targeted in a “gaslighting” plot.Ms Zettl appeared in court as a video was shown of her police interview when she was told that Mr Field and Mr Smith had a copy of her will. She suggested the only reason why Mr Smith may have a copy was because he had “scrawled” a telephone number on the back and needed the piece of paper.It is understood she is the oldest person to ever give evidence in a criminal court. She told police her lodger was “absolutely no trouble”. The court heard police discovered the will on Mr Field’s university server as an email attachment Mr Smith sent himself from her email address.The prosecution say this was so they could “see what she was worth”.After her evidence, Ms Zettl told Mr Justice Sweeney: “Sorry it wasn’t very helpful but my memory’s not as good as it was.” The judge replied: “If we’re all as bright as you are at your age, we will have great cause to be grateful.”Mr Smith, of Penhalvean, Cornwall, also denies three counts of fraud, one of burglary and one of possession of an article for use in fraud, namely Liz Zettl’s will. Mr Field, of Olney, is additionally charged with one count of burglary, three of fraud and one of possession of an article for use in fraud – also in relation to Ms Zettl’s will. He admitted the three fraud counts and the burglary.Also in the dock was Mr Field’s brother Tom Field, 23, of Olney, Bucks, who is charged with fraud by false representation.The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

New Zealand votes to legalise samesex marriage

first_imgThe move comes three days after Ireland’s Constitutional Convention voted to recommend a referendum to provide for same-sex marriage in Ireland.Twelve countries around the world, including Spain, Canada, Iceland and Argentina, have already legislated to allow for same-sex marriage, while a number of other countries – including Ireland – recognise civil partnerships. – Additional reporting by AFPRead: 12 gorgeous moments which will make you feel good about marriage > Read: Gilmore says State should not pass judgement on who people love > Read: Vote for civil marriage for same-sex couples is ‘historic step’ > NEW ZEALAND HAS voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.Parliament voted by 77 votes to 44 in favour of the new legislation, making New Zealand the thirteenth country in the world to vote in favour of marriage for same-sex couples.Spokesperson for the Green Party – the third biggest party in the New Zealand parliament – Kevin Hague MP said the passing of marriage equality brought “a huge benefit to many people, and no harm to anyone at all.”“When I first got together with my partner, 29 years ago, the message sent by the law could not have been clearer: we were outsiders and did not belong,” he said. The stories we have heard from young gay and lesbian people just wanting to feel accepted by our society provide the overwhelming reason why this is the right move.center_img Today Parliament has sent a message to the rainbow community that we do belong without having to compromise who we are.last_img read more

Verizon iPhone sales not as good as expected

first_imgVerizon and Apple executives are disappointed due to the fact that the new Verizon iPhone is performing a little under expectations. Thanks to one of BGR’s sources, sales figures from five Apple stores, two of which are pretty prominent stores, have been gathered and show a side by side comparison of Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone sales over a five day period.Thursday: Verizon = 909, AT&T = 539Friday: Verizon = 916, AT&T = 680Saturday: Verizon = 660, AT&T = 471Sunday: Verizon = 796, AT&T = 701Monday: Verizon = 711, AT&T = 618The data shows that while Verizon Wireless is picking up the majority of iPhone subscribers, AT&T is still maintaining their fair share. The AT&T numbers are a far cry from the mass exodus some people had been predicting once the Verizon iPhone was released. Yet, even if these numbers are reliable, Verizon Wireless must still be pretty happy with the initial online sales of its first iPhone.Earlier this month, the carrier reported that it sold more phones during the first two hours of the iPhone’s availability online than any other first day launch in the history of the company. Even more impressive, those first two hours were between 3am and 5am. By 8:10pm, Verizon had to stop taking orders to ensure it was able to meet initial demand.Read more at BGR and Verizon WirelessBrian’s OpinionWhoever assumed there would be some instant avalanche of AT&T iPhone customers moving over to Verizon Wireless isn’t appreciating the fact that a lot of AT&T customers just upgraded their iPhone last year and are now stuck in a two year contract. A defection of AT&T customers isn’t going to happen overnight. It will be a slow process over a couple of years.The only consumers currently in play are those who aren’t in a contract and more than likely are switching over from something other than an iPhone. If you look at the Apple store numbers with that in mind you have to give Verizon some credit in the fact that it is winning that battle. That’s not to say AT&T doesn’t deserve some credit in maintaining good market share in the wake of the attention the Verizon iPhone has been getting.At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter whether AT&T or Verizon wins. What matters is consumers now have a choice they didn’t have before due to AT&T’s previous exclusive hold of the iPhone. Consumers could care less which carrier ends up a bit bloody as long as they get a good deal from the carrier they choose.last_img read more

Greek Australian heads Crime Stoppers Victorias efforts to link with multicultural community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Crime Stoppers Victoria (CSV) is a not-for-profit company, whose vision is to make Victoria safer and more secure, and to reduce the level of crime in our community. One of CSV’s objectives is to encourage engagement with all areas of the community including Victoria’s rich multilingual communities to achieve this vision.A voluntary Board of Directors is responsible for governing CSV. A Chief Executive Officer manages CSV’s business operations. Kondilo Sideris, a former lawyer and a member of the Greek Australian community, has served as a voluntary Board member and Company Secretary since 2012, and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board.We recently had the chance to speak with Ms Sideris about the importance of Crime Stoppers’ work as well as her role on the Board.How did your background influence your career and formulate your relationship with the Greek Australian community? Mine’s a very typical first generational Greek-Australian story. Both my parents migrated to Australia from the beautiful Ionian island of Lefkada in the 1950s. They met and married in Australia and settled in country Victoria, as my father had secured work with the now defunct, State Electricity Commission in Yallourn. While there weren’t many Greeks in Moe, our home was our own micro Athani. The first language we spoke was Greek, we thrived on Greek dishes and on Sunday all five children were neatly packed into the family car (a Valiant, no less) to attend church in the neighbouring town. As the daughter of a priest, my mother ensured we had a religious upbringing. Not only were we brought up with strong filial values and a healthy work ethic, our parents believed an education would lead to greater tolerance, more choices for their children and would help us be better citizens. My early family life helped cultivate my sense of justice and by my second year of high school, I was intent on becoming a lawyer, and with my family’s support and encouragement, this goal was reached. I started off in private practice and then worked for Australia Post, initially as a corporate lawyer and then in management.My first introduction to the Greek Australian community was through my father’s involvement with the local church committee and we would attend social functions arranged by the Lefkadian Society. I’ve benefited greatly from the many initiatives established by others in the Greek Australian community, especially the art and cultural events.How would you describe the work of Crime Stoppers, and the organisation’s role in detecting and preventing crimes? CSV has played an integral role in making Victoria a safer place since its inception 30 years ago. Crime Stoppers is a very unique program as it brings community members, police and media together in partnership to help protect the community, and is the largest not-for-profit crime prevention and crime detection organisation in Victoria. As a completely independent charitable organisation we work closely with Victoria Police, Government agencies, other not-for-profit organisations, the media and the community to ensure a safer Victoria. CSV gives Victorians a channel to confidentially report information about crime. As such, the Victorian community plays an integral role in helping solve and/or prevent crime and thereby contributes directly to making the community safer.Information from the community to Crime Stoppers has led to thousands of crimes being solved over the past 30 years – including more than 100 murders – and has assisted to secure justice for thousands of Victorians. In total, more than 931,000 calls and online reports have been made to Crime Stoppers since we took our first call in 1987 – subsequently resulting in more than 21,340 arrests and 85,051 charges laid across the state during that time. It’s estimated that more than 50 per cent of Victoria Police’s overall intelligence holdings now come directly from the community through the Crime Stoppers Program.CSV also run a plethora of bespoke crime detection, prevention and education campaigns on a variety of topics such as sexual offences, online scams and illegal wildlife trade. For the ninth summer in a row, we are working with Victorians in regional towns and urban-fringe areas to help stay safe during the summer months to prevent reckless bushfires and bushfire arson, and to identify fire offenders. In 2018, we will be working closely with a number of local communities right across Victoria to help address crime on the local level.You said that you feel privileged to serve as a member of the CSV Board. What is it that sparkled your interest and led you to actively participate in this organisation? When I was approached by the then Chair, Sal Perna to join the CSV Board, I was keen to expand on my existing voluntary work. It is very satisfying when your values align with those of the organisation you’re working with. And the opportunity to further develop CSV’s governance structure tapped into that intrinsic motivator for me.Did your passion for serving the greater public good, affect your choice of studying Law? We are all influenced by the world around us, and a fictional character also weighed in on my decision. When I read To Kill a Mockingbird at the age of 13, Atticus Finch was the kind of lawyer I wanted to be when I grew up. There is no doubt studying and practising law has allowed me to serve others. Finally, what are your goals for the future, personally and professionally? Professionally, I aim to take on projects and tasks that have a positive impact. My personal goals, along with my husband, include watching our two children grow up to be happy, well-adjusted contributing members of society.last_img read more

Lego Captures Classic Jurassic Park Moments In Huge New Set

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Stay on target Twenty-six years ago, Jurassic Park roared into theaters and captured our imaginations. Is it an odd anniversary to celebrate? Maybe, but that’s not stopping Lego from unleashing an amazing new set.Lego spared no expense when they put together Jurassic Park: T. Rex Rampage. They faithfully recreated the Park’s massive entry gates, packed in a bunch of iconic scenes from the movie, and topped it all off with a gigantic, brick-built Tyrannosaurus rex.Let’s take a look at the minifigs that come with the set first. There wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park without John Hammond, so naturally he’s included. You need a paleontologist and a paleobotanist to sign off on things, and that’s where Alan and Ellie come in.There are a lot of high-tech systems in Jurassic Park, too. Fortunately Dennis Nedry and Ray Arnold are up to the task. And yes, there’s a sexy Jeff Goldblum that you can use to stage minifig memes as well as Dr. Ian Malcolm’s scenes from the movie. His head is dual-sided, so you can choose between serious and sweaty or scared and sweaty expressions.Ellie and Ray can change to a look of panic, too, and so can Dennis — Lego printed him with a glob of venomous Dilophosaurus spit (thanks, InGen!) right in the middle of his face.The real star of the show, though, is the mighty T. rex.He’s huge (27 inches long!), he’s got a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, and he’s ready to chomp down on whatever poor sap decides to hide out on the buildable toilet — because of course Lego wasn’t going to leave out the infamous toilet.Equally massive are the park’s gates. They’re more than 16 inches tall and 18 inches wide when fully assembled. Technic gears let you crank the gates open. Spin the gates around and you’ll find the characters’ scenes built into the back.There’s one scene for each. Alan discovers a nest with freshly-hatched eggs. John helps himself to a bowl of ice cream. Dennis slips in the mud and meets with an untimely end. Ellie restores power to the park’s systems and Ray works frantically to get vital systems back online.The set goes on sale on June 19 for Lego VIPs and July 1 for the general public. It’s priced at $249.99 in the U.S. and will require a good chunk of your time to assemble. It takes 3,120 pieces to build Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage.Watch: Animated ‘Jurassic World’ Series to Premiere on Netflix in 2020More on Launches Stunning 50th Anniversary Tribute to Apollo 11Lego’s Massive ‘Stranger Things’ Set Will Turn Your World Upside DownLego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn Braillelast_img read more

The Morning Press Herrera Beutler Ridgefield remembers teen Mielke

first_img Temperatures are poised to heat up in the Vancouver area this week. Check the forecast here.This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Herrera Beutler tells her daughter’s story on ‘Today’U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler relived the moment her unborn daughter was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome during an interview Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show. She also said her daughter, now about 7 weeks old, is starting to act more and more like a typical baby.“She is doing amazing,” Herrera Beutler said during the interview from a studio near the California hospital where her child is receiving treatment. In the last couple of days, she added, “we’ve gotten to the point where we’re holding her. She’s playing. She will scream when her diaper’s dirty. She is like any other baby. She has a few challenges; but man, she’s determined.”Herrera Beutler’s first child, Abigail Rose Beutler, was born prematurely in July without functioning kidneys. The type of Potter’s Syndrome she was diagnosed with was previously considered fatal because the baby is typically born without fully developed lungs. Herrera Beutler, however, underwent an experimental treatment — saline injections in her uterus — that allowed the baby’s lungs to develop.Herrera Beutler was joined by her husband, Daniel Beutler, during the three-minute exclusive. Read the full story here.‘The light of Tanner will forever fill our lives’Tanner Trosko was funny, sincere and honest. He was a hard worker, compassionate. He was someone people could confide in. He would have been a great leader someday.Tanner Trosko was killed in a car wreck Wednesday evening in Ridgefield. He was 17 years old.As the sun set in the horizon Saturday evening, hundreds of people gathered together near the entrance of Ridgefield High School, where Tanner had just begun his senior year. As the sky grew darker, friends, family members, classmates and community members held each other close. The “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie interviews U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and her husband, Daniel Beutler, on Friday about their newborn daughter, Abigail.last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro said to support 5G and have a super fast

first_img Share your voice Retail site Giztop has already published rumored specs for the forthcoming OnePlus 7 that include a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, rear triple cameras, a 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, a 4,000-mAh battery and Oxygen OS 9 base running on Android 9.0 Pie.  Starting at $569 (about £440 or AU$800), the phone will also come with 128GB of storage that can be expanded to 256GB by adding a microSD card, according to the listing.  OnePlus 7 has a ‘faster’ screen. Will you care? Now playing: Watch this: Comment The company’s next flagship is expected this spring, possibly as early as May 14. The Verge suggests that although the OnePlus 7 Pro will support 5G, the company is downplaying it, given the near-term limits of the next generation network.  Previously, OnePlus had said that it would be among the first to have 5G in a phone — but that the device would not come to the US. The company did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Read more: Everything we know so far about the OnePlus 7 Shenzhen-based OnePlus originally captured a following by making phones with many of the premium features found on Apple and Samsung’s premium phones and selling them for hundreds less. Since then, it’s tweaked that strategy: OnePlus now has one of the highest increases in cost from model to model. Excited to share the next product from OnePlus will unleash a new era of Fast and Smooth. Especially Smooth! Smooth is more challenging than Fast – a true test of hardware and software.The new product is just beautiful – I can’t wait for you to see it! 😬✨— Pete Lau (@petelau2007) April 17, 2019 Phones 1 OnePlus Tags A purported photo of the OnePlus 7 showing a pop-up camera. Giztop Editors’ Note, May 14, 2019: CNET’s OnePlus 7 Pro review is here. Read more about the new phone from OnePlus.   OnePlus is reportedly planning to introduce a new premium phone in 2019 that supports 5G and features new display technology. Called the OnePlus 7 Pro, the phone will have a display that’s “super smooth and very crisp,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told The Verge. The report speculates that the display may support a 90Hz refresh rate that’s about 33 percent faster than most other smartphones. The faster refresh rate may have been foreshadowed by Lau in a tweet from last week: 1:38last_img read more

Three killed 1 injured in two separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were killed and one injured in two separate road accidents in the city on late Tuesday night.Two youth were killed while another sustained critical injuries when the scooter they were riding skidded near Park Clinic nursing home on AJC Bose on late Tuesday night.The deceased have been identified as Ubed Hasan and Afroz Khan. According to police, Hasan was riding the scooter with Khan as pillion. They scooter was at a top speed when Hasan lost control over the scooter near Park Clinic nursing home. According to the preliminary investigation, police said the accident happened when the scooter skidded. The victims, who were not wearing helmets, fell from the scooter and hit the divider. Police suspect that there was accumulated water which might have led to the accident. The biker could not control the scooter as it was at a high speed. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsLocals rushed the victims to a nearby hospital where the duo was declared brought dead. They had critical injuries in their head. While another youth, whose identity is yet to be confirmed by the police, has been undergoing treatment in a hospital with serious injuries. Police said the victims were going to Camac Street area from Narkeldanga on late Tuesday night when the incident occurred.Another incident took place near Muchibazar area of Ultadanag when a youth was knocked down by a speeding vehicle. The victim was trying to cross the road at around 12 am on Tuesday night. The driver of the vehicle fled the spot along with the vehicle after the accident. Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the victim. The incident triggered tension in the area with locals staging a demonstration at the site of the accident.Locals alleged that the victim was lying on the road for quite sometime before he was taken to the hospital by the police. The youth aged between 30-35 was declared brought dead after being taken to a hospital. The incident caused traffic jam in the area for a few minutes. The situation was later brought under control by the senior police officers. Police are yet to identify the vehicle and examining the CCTV footages.last_img read more

Climate change to hit coffee lovers hard

first_imgThanks to global warming; your morning cup of coffee could be a lot more pricey in the years to come. Researchers have estimated that climate change could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America – the world’s largest coffee-producing region – by as much as 88 per cent by 2050. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. “Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to be produce well,” said study co-author Taylor Ricketts, Professor at University of Vermont in the US.”This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming – in ways that will hit coffee producers hard,” Ricketts said. While other research has explored climate – coffee scenarios, no other study has explored the coupled effects of climate change on coffee and bees at the national or continental scale. The study was conducted with advanced modeling, spatial analysis and field data. It forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela. The scientists projected a slight increase in coffee suitability in Mexico, Colombia and, mainly in mountainous areas.last_img read more

Three Reasons Apples iCloud Isnt Ready for Business

first_img Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1. iCloud is personal, not professional. It is overwhelmingly geared toward individual users with more than one Apple device. The problem is that the same service used to sync music and television shows is also used to share calendars and documents between devices. Differentiating professional data, contacts, calendars and documents from personal ones, while possible, can require more time and effort than some entrepreneurs are willing to put in. Related: Steve Jobs: Victim of His Own Dogged Determination? 2. Collaboration is limited or doesn’t work.Apple’s iCloud is device-dependent. Group-sharing options — for instance, syncing calendars among co-workers — are limited, and when they are present they’re restricted to other iCloud users. Not only does this require your colleagues to own an Apple device, they also must be using a compatible operating system and have an iCloud account set up.The iCloud also lacks document sharing capability. For limited document storage — say you need to access a document on the road from your iPhone — it can work, but the document has to be stored in your personal iCloud. Again, the iCloud is a solo experience.Related: How Apple’s Siri Could Destroy Local SEO 3. Other business sharing solutions do it better.To some, it might seem as though Apple is trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to business file sharing. Other team-based document sharing solutions such as San Mateo, Calif.-based Sugar Sync or Google Apps can usually be easier to set up and more flexible.The mobile version of Google Apps — which can be accessed on an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch — is fast, stable, device-agnostic and allows for first-rate team access. All it takes is to bookmark your Google Apps account homepage in your iPhone or click on the Apps button in the Google iPhone app to create a superior solution to the iCloud.Given its limited scope and that there are so many other ways to access files from the Web, why bother with iCloud? Our bet is that most businesses won’t.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Love Steve Jobs Have you tried or do you use Apple’s iCloud? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below. While Apple may be a gem in the eyes of its customers, one of its newest features — the iCloud — is sorely lacking when it comes to applications for small-business users.Apple markets iCloud, its cloud-computing and file-syncing service, as a powerful content storage solution. But businesses can struggle to get serious productivity out of iCloud. And as an enticement for businesses looking to switch over to Apple products, iCloud doesn’t begin to make the sale.Here are three reasons you might want to skip the Apple iCloud for your business: min readcenter_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 6, 2012last_img read more

Wheres the space Time is running out for late December bookings

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Holiday, Vacation Where’s the space? Time is running out for late December bookings This story originally ran in the Dec 6, 2018 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — A quick check with several of the major ITC tour operators confirms that space is getting tight for the ever-popular Christmas break, but there are still good pockets of availability in several top sun destinations.Agents making all of these bookings might be ready for a break themselves, especially if they’re in Atlantic Canada, where a recent winter storm left 300,000 without electricity. Add to that the extended cold snap in the western Prairies and an early taste of winter weather in Ontario and Quebec complete with grey skies, wind chill and snow, and most Canadians are already weary of winter, and it hasn’t even officially started it.The long-range outlook for the 2018-2019 winter season across Canada divides the country into thirds: above-average temperatures for Alberta and B.C., normal temps for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, and – sorry – below-average temps for southwestern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Meanwhile the short-range outlook, for last-minute late December winter Sun bookings at least, is hot and getting hotter. “The availability for popular dates and hotels is starting to be limited,” says Air Canada Vacations spokesperson Barbara Mengue Mbo. “In destinations like Saint Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Jamaica, Cancun, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, inventories are getting tight. We recommend not to wait and book now before it is gone.”There are still good rates and availability for Cuba destinations in late December, she adds, for any clients looking for deep pockets of inventory where they can expect a good choice of room categories.Clients planning the ‘perfect’ holiday season getaway often have high expectations but as agents know, the later they book, the narrower the options get. Transat spokesperson Debbie Cabana says for last-minute getaways, clients “need to be flexible on mostly everything: arrival and departure dates, hotel and destination.”She adds: “What we always recommend for the peak periods of the year, like the Christmas break, is that clients who have a very specific idea of where they want to go should book quickly, because it’s a very popular period for South getaways, specifically around the New Year. And because of the great demand, hotel prices are usually at their highest during that time, so the whole idea of last-minute getaways can sometimes be tricky.”Transat’s daily flights to Punta Cana make for a lot of choice and flexibility in one of the D.R.’s most popular destinations. Cabana also notes that Cuba “is making a strong comeback after a more difficult season last year due to hurricanes”, and is always a great choice. “Finally, travellers shouldn’t forget about South and Central America, which are a favourite among our clients visiting friends and families. These destinations, which are getting more and more popular, are often great options to escape, because they’re a little further down South. This almost guarantees very warm weather during the Christmas break.”Bookings have been getting closer and closer in over the years, not just for the holidays but year-round, even with all the EBBs out there to incentive earlier bookings. The growing popularity of Black Friday promotions in Canada gave bookings for this winter and further out a much-needed kick start. Air Canada Vacations saw its highest-ever one-day sales volume on Nov. 23 – Black Friday – with a 300%+ increase over a typical day. Black Friday 2018 represented the highest single-day sales in the company’s 38-year history. Bookings came in for everything from beach destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, to city breaks in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.Meanwhile Sunwing is expanding its flight network to keep up with demand from southwestern Ontario, with the launch of new service from Detroit, Michigan for the first time ever.Starting Jan. 20, 2019 and running until April 22, 2019 inclusive from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the new flights will operate on Sundays to Punta Cana, and twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays to Montego Bay. Travellers can book select vacation packages to both Sun destinations.“We are excited to be offering Canadians more convenient ways to travel south this winter with the addition of the new departure airport in Detroit, Michigan. This route is a great addition to the current weekly flight service out of London and Windsor and offers travellers in Southwestern Ontario a wider selection of vacation options,” says Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations for Sunwing Travel Group. For agents looking for space for clients for late December getaways, Sunwing is recommending both Punta Cana and Cancun. Suggested resorts include Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa, Royalton Blue Waters in Jamaica, Royalton White Sands Montego Bay, Royalton Negril Resort and Spa and Grand Memories Splash in the D.R. center_img Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Spanish police nab man with possible bomb material

first_imgMADRID (AP) – Spanish police say they have arrested a Spaniard who possessed a small amount of material that could be used to make explosives and had city maps which highlighted several embassies in Madrid.Police said in a statement Tuesday the man was detained in a Madrid hotel where he had a 1.5-liter (0.4-gallon) bottle containing potassium nitrate, sulfur and coal dust, as well as a manual entitled “Homemade bombs and explosives.” Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 0 Comments   Share   The statement said he also had maps where the American, Chilean, Paraguayan and Brazilian embassies were marked, though authorities had no confirmation he intended to attack those buildings.Police identified the man only as 48-year-old Alberto R.M. and said he was arrested Sunday after a hotel owner raised the alarm.He had no known links to terror organizations or radicals.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

Looking back on the year that was 2016 delivered

first_imgLooking back on the year that was, 2016 delivered solid results for the luxury travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent with significant year on year growth. The most impressive results came from the company’s new hosted small group journey portfolio, which increased sales by over 200 per cent and now comprises 22 itineraries to destinations as diverse as Central Asia, Colombia, Ladakh and Iceland with a selection of guest hosts adding an expert touch.Where A&K guests travelledThe most popular destinations visited by A&K guests in 2016 were India, South Africa, Australia, Myanmar and Botswana. Sales to India jumped by an impressive 70 per cent, with a strong product offering, bolstered by competitive airfares and online visas, while the favourable exchange rate in South Africa also lured luxury travellers. Global security fears encouraged many to holiday at home, while free elections in Myanmar put one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries back on the map for the right reasons. Botswana celebrated 50 years of independence from Britain, and the Sanctuary Retreats portfolio welcomed the new look Chief’s Camp in the heart of the Okavango Delta.How A&K guests travelledSmall group journeys proved the outright winner for 2016, and in particular, those with guest hosts bringing their own personal perspective to the destination and unique expertise to the itinerary. Tailor-made holidays continue to be strong, with a marked increase in large family celebrations to places like Africa and Europe. Cruising is another increasingly favoured styles of travel, with A&K’s Arctic and Northwest Passage voyages booking out fast and the Norwegian Fjords Cruise with Iceland a popular newcomer.Where A&K travel experts venturedIn the ongoing search for new and exciting destinations and experiences and in the interest of staying ahead of the game, A&K’s travel experts have been busy travelling to the four corners of the globe. From expeditionary cruising to adventures by super jeep, cultural attractions and culinary experiences, exotic desert camping and luxury safaris, team members got beneath the skin of each destination with on site experts and insider encounters, enabling first hand and informed recommendations to pass on to A&K guests. Destinations included Colombia, Botswana, China’s Silk Road, Tanzania, the Arctic, Eastern Europe, Morocco, the Galapagos Islands and Iceland.Where A&K guests avoidedWorld events conspired against some A&K destinations, with the military coup and incidents in Turkey heavily affecting business. Travellers also thought twice about South America because of Zika virus while France had its fair share of tragedy.Booking patternsThe average length of trip for an A&K traveller in 2016 was two weeks. This allows travel at a leisurely pace, as well as time for proper immersion in the destination. In two weeks, travellers can explore most single country destinations in depth or can combine neighbouring countries for a more succinct interlude. Travellers also appeared to be planning further ahead in 2016 with bookings being made on average six months before travel. This means fewer disappointments particularly in popular destinations.Crystal ballLooking ahead, A&K has released its 2017 hot list which predicts the destinations and experiences that discerning travellers will be considering. Whether it’s hard-core adventure, a cultural exchange, a far-flung expedition cruise or an unforgettable wildlife encounter, the list has something for first time and seasoned traveller alike. Here’s the list: Brazil; Cuba; Iceland; Iran; Ladakh; Northwest Passage; Japan’s Ryuku Islands; the Silk Road; Pumphouse Point Tasmania and Zambia.last_img read more

Man arrested for contraband cigarettes assault

first_imgA 29-year-old man, who had been wanted by police, was arrested on Wednesday after he was caught speeding and officers found what appeared to be contraband cigarettes in his car.Police stopped the man’s car on the Larnaca to Limassol motorway because he was travelling at a speed of 144 km/h. The limit is 100 km/h.The man could not explain the origin of 302 cartons of cigarettes, which were found in the vehicle.A check revealed that an arrest warrant for common assault had been issued against him by Paphos police.The suspect’s car and the cigarettes were seized by customs officers and the man was arrested.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more