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10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino: Dele Alli an animal, a beast

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Dele Alli an animal, a beastby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli back to his best.Alli produced a goalscoring performance for the midweek Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Arsenal.He is an animal, very competitive, he’s a beast,” Pochettino said of the England international. “So competitive, he’s a street boy playing football. He’s a very talented player.”All that he is doing is a fantastic thing. He has unbelievable quality to finish how he does. If you don’t have the quality it is difficult to finish like that.” last_img read more

AmaWaterways Co-Founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst Inducted into the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame

first_imgCALABASAS, CA – (April 30, 2019) – AmaWaterways today announced that co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst have been inducted into the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame. Both were individually selected for their commitment to the river cruising sector, influence in shaping the industry through innovation, and notable entrepreneurial business achievements. Proven leaders in the travel industry and instrumental in the evolution of luxury river cruising, Schreiner and Karst were recognized for their efforts during a ceremony at the Four Seasons at Park Lane in London on April 29. “The UK and European markets are important parts of our company growth, demonstrated by opening our UK office almost two and a half years ago and appointing our first British godmother just this month,” said Karst. “We are honored to be recognized by the British Travel and Hospitality Hall of Fame and will continue dedicating ourselves to creating exemplary river cruising experiences for discerning travelers from around the world.” This year, six travel industry leaders were named for their substantial business success and inspiring contributions.  While honoring those with a long track record of high achievement, the Hall of Fame also recognized rising talent, business excellence and commitment to sustainability. Schreiner, Karst and the late Jimmy Murphy founded AmaWaterways in 2002 with the vision of keeping guests at the center of all their decisions and modernizing river cruising with luxury amenities, health and wellness activities, award-winning cuisine and contemporary design and furnishings. Today, Schreiner and Karst directly oversee AmaWaterways’ overall operations, ship design, itinerary development and guest services. They are leading the river cruise industry with the introduction of three new ships this year, including the much-anticipated AmaMagna. When she sets sail May 5, AmaMagna will redefine luxury river cruising with expansive public areas, multiple dining venues and luxurious suites of 355 sq. ft and larger. “AmaWaterways was born from our love of travel, passion for river cruising and dedication to personalized service and innovation – all of which has helped us maintain a leadership role in the industry, setting new standards of culinary excellence, wellness activities and appeal to multi-generational family travel,” said Schreiner. “With a deep respect for history and our eyes focused on the future, we are thrilled to continue developing our growth plans with travel partners worldwide!” The Hall of Fame is owned and hosted by Jacobs Media Group, the parent company of flagship brands Travel Weeklyand The Caterer. Clive Jacobs, chairman of Jacobs Media Group, said “I am delighted to welcome six outstanding and worthy members to the Hall of Fame this year. Membership is the ultimate benchmark of achievement in the travel and hospitality industries, and our 2019 inductees have each represented those industries with distinction over many years.” Book your clients’ next river cruise adventure by calling 1.888.626.1399 or visit the Travel Advisor Portal atAmaWaterways.com today. Follow AmaWaterways on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmaWaterways, Instagram @AmaWaterways and Twitter @AmaWaterways.   About AmaWaterways: A family-owned company celebrating 17 years on the river, AmaWaterways offers unforgettable river cruises with 23 ships sailing Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main, Rhone, Seine, Garonne, Dordogne, Dutch and Belgian Waterways and Douro Rivers, Southeast Asia’s Mekong and Africa’s Chobe River.  Led by experienced river cruise co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, the company is renowned for its innovative stateroom design featuring unique “twin balconies”; its wellness activities including a wide choice of included shore excursions featuring biking and hiking options for the active traveler; and its award-winning dining—including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant as well as complimentary fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Modern, spacious and tastefully decorated, each ship features onboard amenities such as hair and massage salons and a fitness room, and many have heated outdoor swimming pools with swim-up bars. AmaWaterways leads the river cruise industry in innovation highlighted with the launch of AmaMagna – at twice the width of traditional river ships, this revolutionary ship offers a new dimension in luxury river cruising. The company also offers a variety of themed sailings and brand relationships, with sailings geared towards active travelers and families as well as group and charter options. With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless honors and accolades including Cruise Critic’s Editor’s Pick Award for “Best for Active Cruisers” and 2018 AFAR Reader’s Choice Award for “Best River Cruise Line.”last_img read more

Saving our lifelines

first_imgRivers have been the lifelines of civilisations since time immemorial. In fact, such was the prominence of rivers that settlements grew around it with rivers being the constant source of nourishment to these human settlements. Food and water were the primary requirements besides cutting a beautiful picture across cities that would emerge in passing centuries. Home to inland fisheries and water, these rivers only saw the settlements around it grow into gigantic cities compared to older times with a massive increase in population. It was only natural that the requirement for food and water from these very rivers would rise but to find them in a state of utter dismay with polluted water and dying fishes were not planned. As civilisations advanced and times changed, industries found their way near river banks and thus started the incessant process of discharging industrial waste in rivers–the so-called lifelines of human settlements. The river water continued to be tapped for fulfilling growing demands but less effort was made to regulate industrial discharge into these rivers–crucial aspect in the regional eco-system. While that was both the global phenomena and a problem, India had a supplementary issue with its rivers. For their quality of being worshipped and deeply synched with the cultural andr traditional background of local inhabitants, rivers emerged as holy fronts meant for religious customs. Thus came the inherent habit of polluting our holy rivers with traditional customs such as dumping idols and ashes. Though they would not be at a level of industrial discharge when it comes to pollution, the habit of polluting rivers found its way in the back of the collective Indian psyche. Generations passed and the modern era finally met with river pollution as a grave reality. It was not hard to determine the difference as people who had once seen these very rivers blossom–or at least flow and be in a normal state–today found them indistinguishable when kept with sewers. The Yamuna, for instance, serves this example all too well. The largest tributary of the holiest river in the Indian Subcontinent, Ganga, flew right across the city of Delhi–seat of the Mughals and later the independent government of India. With the Capital of India on its banks, Yamuna did not have to face adversity in order to attract the Centre’s eye. But Yamuna’s tragedy is that it kept degrading despite flowing right in front of everyone, portraying conspicuous signs of degradation which yielded no more than sporadic arguments. And, the same can be said for several rivers which succumbed or are on the verge of succumbing to the imposing cities that came into existence from minor settlements. Ganga, the apple of our eyes, grabbed headlines even as its tributaries were severely exploited. But even Ganga could not attract massive implementation of the requisite recommendations apt for its rejuvenation. The ambitious Ganga rejuvenation plan that was discussed in the corridors of the previous government had little to show at the end of their tenure. But, the idea was flagged and the misery of rivers had reached the masses. A layman could see and tell that our rivers are dying. The CPCB has identified 351 polluted river stretches on 323 rivers during 2018, as informed by Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo. It has to be understood that river pollution is also the adversity which directly involves the water picture of India. Few city rivers have been completely dumped with industrial waste that has pulled them beyond the point of rejuvenation it seems yet the hope’s intact to care for them for they will be extinguished if proper heed is not provided. It is not like the dispensation did not take into account the major fall in its Ganga ambitions, or for that matter the general river rejuvenation plans. It is the analysis of the previous failure when the Ganga rejuvenation project was under the MoEFF and CC that expectations under the new Jal Shakti Ministry remain high. Also Read – A compounding difficultyUnder the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), over 5,800 crores have been sanctioned for pollution abatement in 34 river stretches in 16 states. Babul Supriyo apprised the Lok Sabha recently that out of the total outlay, the Centre has already released the sanctioned sum of 2,522 crores to states for their respective rivers. He also stated how in the last one year, 143 crores have been released to nine states for pollution abatement in rivers under NRCP. Outlay, as expected, is in place and implementation is both the challenge and the key. But looking at the Yamuna, the growing optimism suffers a setback. Delhi and the states require to be led by example and in this federal setup, it is the Central government upon which falls the onus to lead by example. Bringing in recommendations offered by the consortium of IITs for river conservation and management will yield priceless dividends for our future generations and we ought to contribute in the same if we want to save our lifelines.last_img read more

Quebec family speaks out against bullying after teens death

first_imgMONTREAL – The sister of a 15-year-old boy who committed suicide is urging people to take action against bullying in the hopes of saving lives.Karine Dufour’s message for anyone who experiences or witnesses bullying is simple: speak out and take action.“It has to stop,” she said.Dufour, 26, told The Canadian Press that her brother Simon died by suicide on Thursday.In a widely shared Facebook post, Dufour described her brother as an energetic high school student who loved music and cracking jokes, but who was relentlessly bullied by peers.Dufour said her brother was subjected to cruel comments that were often trivialized by others.She said her parents discussed the problem with school administrators multiple times, but little changed.She’s speaking out in part because she wants bullies to understand the ramifications of their behaviour, she said.“It’s unacceptable,” she said. “It has consequences: there are depressions, self-esteem problems.”Her Facebook post implores anyone who witnesses bullying to speak to a supervisor, a teacher, an administrator or their parents, and to persist if they feel they aren’t being heard.The post has been shared more than 6,000 times since it was published on Friday.Dufour said she’s since received a number of messages from parents who say their children are being bullied and that their schools haven’t taken the matter seriously.She sees those messages as proof that the problem is widespread, and that the school system lacks the tools and resources to stop bullying.“When I read those messages, I felt incredible pain,” she said.“These young people must not become Simon. Schools must be equipped, resources must be deployed and accessible.”Speaking on Sunday, Quebec Education Minister Sebastien Proulx said he was “extremely saddenened” by the Dufours’ story.He said it showed a need for continued anti-bullying efforts and supports for schools and victims alike“School is an environment which must be healthy, which must be safe, which is there for children to achieve success,” he told reporters in Quebec City.“Not for them to find themselves in difficulty, or unfortunately in certain cases to commit a gesture that is as hard, as difficult to understand as the one that was done.”More than a third of Quebec high school students have reported being victims of violence, according to a 2013 study published by Quebec’s statistical institute.Young people experiencing suicidal thoughts are encouraged to contact Kids Help Phone at 1-800-263-2266.last_img read more

Karlssons wife does not have to turn over alleged cyberbullying evidence judge

first_imgTORONTO – A judge has denied a request by the fiancee of former Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman to see evidence related to allegations that she harassed and cyberbullied the wife of the team’s former captain.Melinda Karlsson, who is married to former captain Erik Karlsson, had filed an order of protection against Hoffman’s fiancee in May, claiming Monika Caryk had posted over 1,000 “negative and derogatory” comments about her on social media.Karlsson had given birth to a stillborn child in March and said she and her husband were subject to trolling posts on social media and an anonymous gossip website.Caryk has denied she posted the comments and sought in a Toronto court to see the evidence Karlsson had allegedly linking her to the posts.The judge says the information Caryk seeks is best obtained from the websites and service providers where the posts occurred rather than from Karlsson.The Senators have since traded away both players.“The interests of justice will not be well served by a granting of the order sought,” wrote Justice Anne Mullins.Hoffman was traded to the San Jose Sharks shortly after the allegations became public and he was then flipped immediately to the Florida Panthers.The Senators traded Erik Karlsson to the Sharks two weeks ago.Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said at the time his team had to move Hoffman because their dressing room was “broken.”According to court documents, Caryk said she was once friends with Karlsson, but seemed to fall out of favour, noticing fewer likes on Instagram and Facebook.She said she may have made “unflattering observations about the Karlssons,” although she blamed it on being intoxicated and others twisting her words.Shortly after the Karlssons’ child died, Caryk said she received texts and emails from four women who accused her of harassing and bullying Melinda Karlsson online, the documents said.Caryk said she brought her evidence-seeking request to court to try to get more information in her efforts to track down who made those derogatory comments.The judge noted that there is no evidence that Caryk made those comments.The order of protection, or peace bond, filed by Melinda Karlsson was never served on Caryk and has since expired and the court file has been sealed.last_img read more

Labrador residential school survivors left out of federal apology and settlement

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsLeah Ford recalls the abuse she endured as a seven- and eight-year-old student at a residential school in Makkovik, Labrador run by the Moravian Church.Older students in the girls’ dorm made her steal food and cigarettes from a teacher’s room. When she was caught she “got a beating on my bum,” she says. Other times Ford was whipped with a tree branch.If she refused to steal, “I would have got beat up anyway,” the 80-year-old survivor explains, seated at the kitchen table of her apartment in a senior’s complex in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.“It wasn’t only me. There was other girls.”80-year-old residential school survivor Leah Ford says she was abused by a teacher, a house mother and older students at the Moravian Church-run school in Makkovik in the 1940s. She was excluded from the Trudeau Government’s settlement and apology last November.Ford is one of an untold number of residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador who have waited decades for an acknowledgement of their suffering, an apology, and perhaps for other acts of recognition to help them on their healing journeys from the suffering they endured at the hands of colonial governments and institutions who abused and attempted to assimilate them.When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to residential school survivors in Labrador last November, Ford was not in the crowd. She was home, a few blocks away.She was excluded from the class action settlement that compensated many of her fellow survivors, and was not an intended recipient of Trudeau’s apology on behalf of Canada.“I was really disappointed, but I won’t cry about it,” she says, recalling the day Trudeau came to town. “They can keep their money.”The Labrador apology contributed to a national narrative that justice was being served to residential school survivors in Canada.But Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg, says the Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard from thousands of survivors whose suffering has not officially been acknowledged by the state.“On one side of things we can celebrate the fact that there was an apology, and there was a recognition of the harms done. At the same time we have to recognize that we have got so many more apologies that we need to make in this country,” he says.“It is very unfortunate where we are seeing people being left out. And I can only imagine how hurtful that would be.”Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Indian Residential School Settlement and apology in 2008 excluded survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador because, the government argued at the time, the province was not part of Canada when the schools were established.A subsequent settlement by the Trudeau government established criteria according to which survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador would be compensated.Those who attended prior to the province joining Confederation in 1949, and those who attended only during the day and did not stay in the dorms, were not part of the settlement.On Nov. 23, the day before Trudeau’s apology, Premier Dwight Ball announced the province, too, would apologize to survivors.Following Trudeau’s apology in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Ball told APTN he did not yet know if the government would be apologizing to survivors who attended when Newfoundland was still a British dominion, or to those who attended the schools by day.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Happy Valley-Goose Bay last November to apologize to residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador who were left out of the Indian Residential Schools settlement and apology in 2008.On Friday, Ball’s office sent APTN a statement saying the government is still in consultations with five Indigenous governments and organizations “regarding the delivery of the apology,” and that [g]iven the sensitive nature of the subject matter and the consultations, we will not comment on the details of the apology until all consultations are finished.”Retired Inuk judge James Igloliorte was commissioned by the federal government to lead the healing and commemoration part of Canada’s settlement with Newfoundland and Labrador survivors.At a recent community feast for survivors in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, he told APTN he’s not aware of how many survivors were excluded from the federal settlement and apology, but that he assumes the pre-1949 survivors “are not large numbers.”In an interview with APTN last November, Igloliorte said during the consultation process with survivors in Labrador he heard from a number of people who felt a federal apology was “hollow…because only one of four parties is actually speaking.”After seeing that interview on APTN National News, International Grenfell Association [IGA] Chair Keating Hagmann said the IGA board decided to apologize for the institution’s role in the survivors’ suffering.“The IGA offers its sincere apology for in any way not sheltering these individuals from the suffering they endured,” the statement reads.“In the spirit of reconciliation, IGA looks forward to walking into the future with all peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador.”The IGA operated schools in St. Anthony, Cartwright and North West River and still has an active charitable presence in Labrador.The Moravian Church, which operated schools in Nain and Makkovik and has a long and intricate history with the Inuit of northern Labrador, has not apologized for its role.APTN reached out to Moravian Church representatives in Labrador, the United States and the U.K. No one willing to do an interview responded to the requests.As the federal healing and commemoration process continues for the nearly 1,000 residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador, untold others await a decision by the provincial government on whether it will apologize and take responsibility for the abuse and assimilation perpetrated against them in their youth.“When we’re excluding people that’s kind of recreating some of the hurt,” says Moran, “and it can be a real barrier to actual longterm reconciliation.”last_img read more

Relief for KKR, team to play all home ties at Eden

first_imgNew Delhi: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will play all their Indian Premier League home matches at Eden Gardens despite Bengal going into polls during all seven phases of general elections. The BCCI on Tuesday released the full schedule of the round robin league matches starting March 23 till May 5. As usual, there will be a total 56 matches that will be played during the six-week tourney. Among the round robin matches there are 12 afternoon starts (4 pm matches) on the weekends. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe IPL operations team has ensured that no team plays their home matches at the alternate venues as the general elections will be held in seven phases from April 12 to May 19. Even Kings XI Punjab, who had played a few of their home matches in Indore during earlier editions, will play all their matches in Mohali. “The biggest challenge was to ensure that KKR gets to play all their matches at Eden Gardens as Bengal is the only state which is going to polls on all seven dates. However with Calcutta and adjoining areas going to polls on May 19, we have been able to sort the issues with help of the government and local police authorities,” a senior BCCI official said.last_img read more

NC Virginia sign deal with Duke Energy to cover cost of Dan

NC, Virginia sign deal with Duke Energy to cover cost of Dan River coal ash spill cleanup RALEIGH, N.C. – Environmental and wildlife officials in North Carolina and Virginia signed an agreement with Duke Energy Monday for the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the Dan River, which flows through the two states.The agreement requires Duke to pay any “reasonable” cost associated with the Feb. 2 spill at its power plant near Eden, which coated 70 miles of the river in grey sludge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also a party to the deal.Duke signed a similar agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month.The nation’s largest electricity company has begun the task of vacuuming up large pockets of toxic ash that settled to the bottom of the river as far downstream as Danville, Virgina. Duke must also pay for the ongoing monitoring by government agencies of the spill’s impact on aquatic life.The agreement places no cap on what the company might be required to spend. Duke said in April that it had spent $15 million on containing the spill and the immediate aftermath. But it reiterated in a regulatory filing to investors on Monday that it is unable to predict future costs for the cleanup, new laws passed in the wake of the spill or any environmental fines that might be levied against the company.N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokeswoman Susan Massengale said Monday that the agreement provides “a process that attempts to avoid lawsuits by the parties,” but does not bar the states from filing suit if the company does not uphold its commitments.“This is an important step in the process of returning, as closely as possible, the Dan River to the condition it was before the spill,” Massengale said.Recent testing of water samples from the river show the level of contamination decreased quickly after the spill as the ash and the toxic heavy metals it contains sank to the bottom. However, environmental officials say those contaminated sediments are churned back up into the water at time of high flow, such as after a big rainstorm.The byproduct left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity, the ash contains numerous toxic substances, including arsenic, selenium, chromium, thallium, mercury and lead. Wildlife officials will be collecting tissue samples from fish in the Dan to monitor whether the contamination works its way up the food chain. Public health officials in both states have advised residents not to eat fish caught downstream of the spill site.Towns downstream of the spill site that rely on the river for drinking water, including Danville and South Boston in Virginia, have successfully been filtering out the contamination from the treated water supplied to residents.“This agreement represents a significant milestone in Duke Energy’s ongoing efforts to restore and monitor the Dan River and surrounding environment,” the company said in a written statement. “Duke Energy is fully committed to the river’s long-term health and well-being.”The recent agreements do not resolve an ongoing criminal investigation into the spill and the close relationships between Duke executives and North Carolina politicians and regulators. Federal prosecutors issued at least 23 grand jury subpoenas after the spill to Duke and state officials.North Carolina lawmakers are currently debating a bill about what to do with Duke’s 33 ash dumps at 14 power plants in North Carolina, which are located along rivers and lakes that cities and towns rely on for drinking water. State environmental officials say all of Duke’s unlined waste pits, which contain more than 100 million tons of ash, are contaminating groundwater.Duke has agreed to remove all of its remaining ash at the Eden plant and three other sites, but wants to consider options for its other facilities that could include leaving the ash where it is, capped with plastic sheeting and a layer of soil. Duke has warned lawmakers it could cost as much as $10 billion if it is forced to remove its ash at all 14 sites in North Carolina, with the company’s electricity customers footing most of the bill.___Follow AP writer Michael Biesecker at Twitter.com/mbieseck AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2014 3:52 pm MDT read more

Rebound in crude prices helps loonie break through 70 cents US pushes

TORONTO – Strengthening oil prices sent North American stock markets higher and helped push the Canadian dollar above the 70-cent U.S. mark Thursday.The commodity-sensitive loonie added 1.02 cents to settle at 70.03 cents US as the March contract for benchmark crude oil rose $1.18, or roughly four per cent, to US$29.53 a barrel.Thursday marks the first time in more than a week that the Canadian dollar has closed above 70 cents U.S.Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, says the loonie received a “double boost” from the rebound in crude prices and the Bank of Canada’s decision Wednesday to hold its benchmark interest rate steady.“The loonie had gotten really oversold on the double whammy of the falling oil price and the speculation that Bank of Canada would cut rates,” Cieszynski said.“Today is a spectacular day for the loonie. It has really, really roared right back.”The increase in oil prices came despite a report showing a big jump in U.S. oil inventories last week, up four million barrels versus the 2.2 million barrels that had been expected.“I think we’ve just reached a point where the selling that’s been so prevalent for the last couple of weeks is exhausted, and now we’re seeing markets starting to bounce back the other way,” Cieszynski said.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index gained 192.75 points to 12,035.86, led by energy stocks, which rose 5.22 per cent.Meanwhile, the global gold and materials subsectors of the TSX declined, losing 0.91 per cent and 0.77 per cent, respectively, as the February gold contract retreated $8.00 to US$1,098.20 an ounce.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 115.94 points to 15,882.68, while the broader S&P 500 added 9.66 points to 1,868.99 and the Nasdaq inched 0.37 of a point higher to 4,472.06.Elsewhere in commodities, the February contract for natural gas climbed two cents to US$2.14 per mmBtu, while March copper rose four cents to US$2.00 a pound.Besides the boost from oil prices, markets were also encouraged by remarks from the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, who said the bank would consider using more stimulus measures for the European economy at its next meeting in March.“It certainly gave the indices in Europe a big lift,” Cieszynski said. “And at the same time it knocked the euro down a little bit as well. I think the street saw that as a positive, that there’s a potential for more stimulus.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rebound in crude prices helps loonie break through 70 cents US, pushes TSX up Loonies sit on an American dollar on Sept. 20, 2007 in Montreal. The Canadian dollar was gaining strength Thursday morning, trading above 70 cents U.S., as North American stock markets advanced modestly and the price of oil rose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

LETTER The MCC seems to be out of control

Dear Editor,The paradoxes, contradictions and discrepancies of the Georgetown Municipality are just simply mind-boggling, unbelievable and outrageous. It is one thing for the Government to say that it is practicing a policy of non-interference, of allowing local democracy to thrive and to allow local organs to manage themselves, it is another thing to turn a Nelson’s eye to wanton graft, corruption, prodigalising, and incompetence.The citizens of Georgetown did not vote for, did not expect and can do very little to stop this runaway train that is called the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown. Is there nothing the Ministry of Communities, the Government of Guyana or the President of this land can do to bring a halt to this madness?The City Council is so out of control.How can the Council be allowed to send off more than one delegation on trips to distant lands overseas at this time, for frolicsome travel when they are unable to even pay their workers their salaries for last month? Do they ever report to the citizenry what they have achieved on these trips? Why is it that municipal officials from other towns do not get to travel a fraction as much as those from Georgetown?How is it that senior officers who are lazy and incompetent can refuse to proceed on years of accumulated leave and not have it forfeited?How is it that Council’s financials have not been audited, qualified and made available for public scrutiny for decades and nothing has been done to the officers who are responsible for this gross fiscal violation?How is it that senior officers could have withheld information about statutory rape, a serious charge by one of their employees, from the Police and the Childcare and Protection Agency for two months and not be charged and prosecuted for it?How is it possible that at least two members who were embroiled in dragging the Council into an illegal and despicable parking meter contract, could be placed on a renegotiating committee that will be discussing with the same dubious parking meter contractor modifications to the very contract.Sincerely,Amber Valentine Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCity markets remain closed as strike action continuesDecember 16, 2014In “Business”LETTER: M&CC should review performance of new garbage collectorsSeptember 11, 2017In “latest news”M&CC says more persons using parking meters as they rake in 20% cut from SCSIMarch 1, 2017In “Business” read more

Santasalo AMF flotation drive to be showcased at CIM in Vancouver

first_imgSantasalo will present its recently launched AMF gear series at the upcoming CIM Convention in Vancouver, from May 1-3, 2016. After launching the AMF Series in February this year, Santasalo says it has seen great interest worldwide for the gear series and continues to maximise exposure of the products to global industries such as mining & minerals, where they can be use to drive flotation cells.Santasalo’s AMF vertical gear unit incorporates a bi-directional axial fan and optimised housing design, providing high thermal capacity and eliminating the need for external cooling in extreme ambient conditions. “Robustly built, Santasalo AMF gear units feature Santasalo’s proven drive technology in operation in hundreds of vertical mixing applications around the world.”“Santasalo has a long history of working closely with our customers and leading OEMs, using our extensive expertise in gearing applications to develop new solutions that meet the most challenging power transmission needs.” said John Moelker General Manager for Santasalo Canada. An animation of the technology can be seen at http://santasalo.com/products/flotation-drive/last_img read more

Anett Sopronyi joins RK Zaječar

← Previous Story Men’s OG 2012 1/4 Finals: France VS Spain – Denmark against Sweden! Next Story → Dusan Beocanin to Austrian ULZ Sparkasse Schwaz Anett SopronyiRK Zajecar Serbia champion, RK Zaječar is now even more stronger for the upcoming season in which Serbian team wants to qualify for the Women’s EHF Champions League at the Qualification Tournament in Romania. After they have signed four players who are competing at the Olympic Games in London (Three Spaniards – Begona Fernandez, Jessica Alonso and Marta Mangue and Croaitian left wing, Maja Zebić), ambitious Serbian team signed contract with Anett Sopronyi (26). Hungarian right back spent last six months in the Spanish Itxako and helped team to win “double crown” in national competitions.-– I really believe that with Anett we are more close to the first place at the Qualification tournament in Romania. It’s stay to sign second goalkeeper and probably one player more for the back-line – says Zajecar’s president, Milan Stanković.Anet Sopronyi has played for Hungary at the EHF EURO 2008 and 2010. read more

Retire Ive still got 4 or 5 years left insists Robbie Keane

first_imgDoes he still get the same enjoyment out of it though?“I’m always enjoying it. Even when things are not going well, you have to enjoy it because I’m very privileged to have the lifestyle that I have and the life that I have. I wake up every day and I get paid for something I love doing. Not many people can say that.”With the MLS season just getting underway, Keane has found himself facing questions about his match fitness and sharpness ahead of Friday’s vital qualifier. In his own words he is “feeling good,” and points to his two goals in four competitive games so far.One difference from last season is that, much to the disappointment of struggling Aston Villa, there was no off-season sojourn to the Premier League this spring. It was more important to rest and recover from a troublesome Achilles’ injury than to play through the MLS winter break, he explains.“I had the Achilles’ problem before the Germany game and it just got progressively worse and worse towards the end of the season. In the [MLS] Final and the game before that, I could hardly run on the pitch. I was really struggling.I was advised to take six weeks off and do absolutely nothing, stay off my feet. For someone who is quite hyper like me it’s very hard to do that — you want to come home and have a five-a-side with your mates. It was fairly tough but at the moment it feels good.If he does lead the line as expected in Stockholm, it looks increasingly likely that Shane Long will be the man to partner him up front. Trapattoni dropped his latest squad selection bombshell last weekend when he left Kevin Doyle on the standby list, citing the Wolves striker’s lack of confidence in front of goal.Keane knows how it feels to lose that golden touch for a time but he’s confident that Trapattoni’s decision won’t signal the end of Doyle’s international career and that the man who has been his regular strike partner for many years will bounce back.“It’s certainly not just down to Kevin that they’re struggling. As a team they’re struggling. As a striker, when the team’s struggling and things are not going well, if you don’t get opportunities, you’re the one that gets pinpointed because you’re the one who should be scoring goals, but certainly it’s not Kevin’s fault.He’s not in the squad at the moment but in football, it can easily turn around as we well know. He scored at the weekend.I wouldn’t think that he’s not going to be playing for Ireland again. He’ll definitely be in the squad again I’d imagine. Robbie: I’ve been related to Morrissey for 32 years and nobody ever told mePaul Green: Ireland’s fans are entitled to their opinions on me ROBBIE KEANE BRUSHED off talk about retirement yesterday and insisted that, at 32, he can carry on playing for another four or five years.Ireland’s record goalscorer is loving life and loving football in America where he has kicked off his third MLS season with the LA Galaxy, his first as the club’s captain.But this week Keane’s attention is firmly fixed on international matters and, having been rested by manager Giovanni Trapattoni for the friendlies against Greece and Poland, he is back in the plans for the World Cup double-header against Sweden and Austria.After training this morning, Trap and his squad fly out for Stockholm ahead of Friday night’s game when temperatures are forecast to drop as low as an eye-watering -10°C in the Friends Arena.America’s West coast it certainly ain’t, but as he bears the brunt of a chilly Malahide in short sleeves, Keane says that he appreciates the trips home even more these days.His last internationals were the nightmare 6-1 defeat against Germany followed by a trip to the Faroe Islands which was played out under a cloud of suspicion that Trapattoni would be immediately relieved of his position, win or lose.With two vital World Cup qualifiers now crammed into the space of five days, thankfully there was no lasting damage to squad morale.“I’ve only been here a couple of days but everything seems fine,” Keane said. “The lads seem in good spirits.“If they’re like me, you just have to try and switch off from what happened a few months ago. You can’t change it so you just have to move forward and look forward to the two games coming up which will hopefully be our biggest tests so far.”As an ambassador for the new “Future Football” partnership between the FAI and McDonald’s, Keane attended the launch event in Malahide Castle after yesterday’s training session. The scheme is aimed at improving grassroots football in Ireland, giving the Robbie Keanes of tomorrow opportunities that this one never had.As he spoke about the next generation, talk inevitably turned to his own footballing future. Keane knows he can’t go on forever, though you sense he would try, but he insists that retirement is not on his immediate horizon.center_img I see Michael Owen retiring from football — us two came through around the same time. I dread the day that I have to finish playing because this is my life and this is what I love doing. I wake up every morning and look forward to going to training and playing games.As long as I’m healthy and fit, I could carry on for another four or five years easily.last_img read more

Train to Be a Certified Amazon Web Services Architect for Just 35

first_imgAWS Certified Architect Developer Bundle 2019 – $35See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Cloud technology is the future of computing. Do you understand it fully? Get acquainted and earn valuable credentials that could lead to a career with the AWS Certified Architect Developer Bundle 2019, discounted by over 90 percent to just $35 at the Geek Deals store.Businesses have turned to cloud computing — and Amazon Web Services, more specifically — for a variety of good reasons. It’s cheaper than purchasing expensive infrastructure, they use only what they need, and upgrading is a snap. And that’s why people who are familiar with cloud computing are in such high demand and likely will continue to be for many years to come.If you need a crash course in cloud technology, then the AWS Certified Architect Developer Bundle 2019 is exactly what the doctor ordered. It offers lifetime access to seven courses that’ll introduce you to the fundamentals, show you how to develop a cloud-based computing environment, and you’ll even be able to use your training to earn valuable credentials.Ready for a career in the clouds? Start training now with the cost-effective and convenient AWS Certified Architect Developer Bundle 2019, valued at $985, now just $35 for a limited time. Want your products featured at the Geek Deals store? Learn more about how to sell your products online! Stay on targetlast_img read more

Model rocket started wildfire near Kennewick

first_imgKENNEWICK — A brush fire that burned about 1,000 acres and threatened dozens of homes Tuesday south of Kennewick was started by a model rocket.Devin Helland of Benton County Fire District 1 told KVEW a hobbyist fired off the rocket and it landed in an open field. The fire spread quickly in dry conditions and winds.Flames came close to several homes and about 10 were temporarily evacuated. Firefighters protected more than 50 homes and none were damaged.last_img

Decision on sitting bus services in a week Quader

first_imgCarrying more passengers than the number of seats of city bus services has become a custom. Prothom Alo FIle PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the decision on ‘sitting bus services’ plying in the city will be taken within a week.He disclosed the information while talking to reporters after a meeting of the road transport advisory council at the secretariat.Quader said a five-member committee formed by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) to review the sitting bus services will submit its report within seven days. “The final decision will be taken after receiving the report.”He also said the decision to ban the plying of human haulers (locally known as Nasimon, Karimon, Alam-Sadhu, Bhotbhoti) on highways and regional roads, and removal of bumpers and angle hooks from trucks and covered vans will be implemented strictly.The minister urged the transporter owners to introduce short-distance bus services so that passengers need not to ride human haulers.He said a committee has been formed to make recommendations for preventing vehicles from carrying additional passengers and goods.Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, transport and workers’ leaders were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

Full Show Apartment Safety And East End Development Feb 6 2018

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A new report calls for urgent reform of Houston’s apartment safety programs. We talk with the author of the study about their recommendations for the City of Houston. Then, a Texas House committee is holding a hearing in Houston covering issues ranging from Harvey recovery to the implementation of the Sandra Bland Act. News 88.7’s Florian Martin join with an update.Also this hour: We get an update on development in Houston’s East End. We revisit a conversation about Westerns and the role they played in American society. And we tour of a historic African-American cemetery and meet the passionate volunteers working to save it.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday March 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA review of this week’s top stories taken directly from the pages of the Baltimore AFRO American Newspaper with AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro. Plus, more of the week’s most controversial stories with Alejandro and political commentator Catalina Byrd. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Todays a trip draw day book Transat by midnight and youre eligible

first_img Monday, February 13, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Today’s a trip draw day: book Transat by midnight and you’re eligible to win Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Promotions, Transat MONTREAL — Transat is helping its retail partners kick the Monday blues to the curb with today’s prize day announcement: every booking of a Transat product made today by midnight automatically earns agents a chance to win one of the first three trips for two people that will be drawn at random each month: one in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region, and one in Western Canada.Today’s prize draw trip is a one-week vacation for two, including Air Transat flights, to Majestic Mirage Punta Cana Beach Resort, Golf, Casino & Spa in the D.R., in a one-bedroom suite.Agents don’t need to register anywhere or fill in any kind of entry ballot to take part. Contest entry is automatic as soon as a Transat flight, package or cruise is booked during the day.In addition, the names of two other travel agents per region who have booked a Transat product today will be drawn at random. They will earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. The winners’ names will be announced in the coming days.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upIt just so happens that Feb. 13 is a milestone day for Transat. The company was formally incorporated on this date in 1987, when its three founders — Jean-Marc Eustache, Philippe Sureau and Lina De Cesare — laid the foundations for what was to become one of the world’s largest integrated tourism companies.Transat will draw a total of 30 surprise trips this year — three each month from February to November — from among eligible travel agents in Canada. On one day each month, on a milestone date in Transat’s history, every booking they make will earn them one chance to win. Transat also has a variety of surprises and special activities planned throughout this 30th anniversary year, highlighting how far it has come and celebrating the future. Posted bylast_img read more

Post office employee remanded over cash theft from letters

first_imgA postal employee who was arrested in connection with the theft of letters from a Nicosia post office has been remanded for six days.Six registered letters which contained contributions for the Red Cross went missing along with a number of other letters some time ago from the post office in Prodromos street.The suspect, a 39-year-old man, was arrested after several letters, including some with money, were found in his possession during investigations.The arrested man denies any involvement in the case and when questioned made claims which are being investigated.This is the second time that a postal employee was caught stealing in Cyprus.In October 2016 a 37-year-old postal worker who had been stealing mail sacks with undelivered letters and parcels over a period of 18 months was finally arrested.He admitted to having stolen the items while working at a sorting office at the old airport in Larnaca.Police kept the letters and parcels during their investigations and they were finally delivered in January 2017 though some of them never reached their destination.Some of the several thousand pieces of mail, including photographs, personal documents and cheques had been taken out of their envelopes resulting in the postal services not knowing who they were addressed to.“It was an unfortunate incident and an isolated one. It appears that he was acting on his own, that he didn’t have any accomplices,” Head of the postal services Andreas Gregoriou told the Cyprus Mail at the time.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookSubcompact Luxury SUV Best Buy of 2019Kelley Blue BookUndoYahoo SearchResearch Stair Lifts Rowland Heights California: Stunning New Stair LiftsYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more