Intermittent rainfall 4 dead 13 hurt as 2 houses collapse in Greater

first_imgGreater Noida: Four persons, including two minor girls, have died while 13 persons have been injured in two separate incidents of houses collapsing in Greater Noida due to intermittent rainfall.In first incident reported on Monday night around 10 pm from Rabupura area of Greater Noida, a portion of a house in Dubli village collapsed killing two girls on the spot and injuring 10 members of a family including five children. The villagers turned rescuers as they pulled out the injured persons from the debris after the ambulance helpline number failed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, the deceased have been identified as Prachi (7) and Sonia (9). Vineet Kumar, Station House Officer of Rabupura police station said that the double storey house collapsed due to continuous rainfall on Monday night. “The ceiling of the house collapsed due to rainfall in which two minor girls were killed while 12 persons were injured. The victims were trapped under the iron beams from the ceiling. They were rushed to a nearby hospital by other villagers. The injured persons have suffered multiple fractures,” said Kumar. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn another incident, two more persons including a seven-year-old child died after a portion of a vacant house collapsed in Sirsa village in Greater Noida. The victims were standing near the wall to protect themselves from rain. Among the victims were Vishwakarma (7) and Vinod (22) who died in the incident while Harvati (50) was critically injured and has been admitted to the ICU. Intermittent rainfall throug-hout Monday night and Tuesday morning paralysed life in various parts of the city. Incidents of water logging were reported from various high-rises with their basements getting flooded. A service road near Ekmurti roundabout in Greater Noida West caved in while the boundary wall of Mayfair market in tech zone-4 also collapsed. However no casualty was reported in these two incident. Apart from this, a cow died and 12 animals were injured after the ceiling of a verandah collapsed in Noida’s Chijjarsi area.last_img read more

Opera Atelier lets its hair down for Dido and Aeneas

first_imgFor the photo shoot for the opera’s posters, which took place last December, Pynkoski wanted Giunta’s red hair blowing in the wind. He also wanted the singer and dancer Brett van Sickle to appear naked, draped in a white sheet.Giunta says she “understood the esthetic. I definitely knew what I was in for. I thought it was beautiful.” Pynkoski’s vision for Dido and Aeneas was a little more “stripped down” than the excessively ornate gowns, powdered wigs, gaudy jewels and intricate decorating flourishes that have characterized prior productions.Opera Atelier’s audiences are well-acquainted with that esthetic, says Pynkoski, and it was time to present a cleaner, simpler and more naturalistic look. Facebook “Don’t cut your hair.”This is the memo mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta received from Marshall Pynkoski, co-artistic director of the baroque opera company Opera Atelier, when she signed on for the lead role in Dido and Aeneas.She plays the Queen of Carthage, who falls for Trojan prince Aeneas and then is thrown over for another in Henry Purcell’s English-language opera written in 1680 for a girls’ school. It runs Oct. 20 to 29 at the Elgin Theatre. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Two men taken to Vancouver after explosion near Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Two men have been taken to Vancouver after an explosion near Chetwynd.At 10:00 am on October 14, 2018, two men were seriously injured from an explosion when they entered a pump house at 6549 Wildmare Subdivision about 8 km from the District of Chetwynd.The two men have been flown to the Vancouver Burn Unit and the scene is under investigation by Work Safe BC. The blast did not result in an extensive fire. This is not a criminal investigation and the entry of gas into the pump house from a nearby well is being considered.Police assisted in securing the scene and BC Ambulance paramedics promptly transported the two victims to the hospital. Work Safe investigators attended promptly.(PEACE FM)last_img read more

Wealth inequality ‘out of control,’ Oxfam warns

DAVOS, Switzerland — Wealth inequality around the world is “out of control” and doing particular harm to women, anti-poverty campaigner Oxfam warned Monday ahead of the annual gathering of business and political leaders in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.Oxfam, which has for years been trying to bring attention to the issue ahead of the World Economic Forum, said in a report that billionaire fortunes increased by 12 per cent last year — the equivalent of $2.5 billion a day — while the 3.8 billion people who make up the world’s poorest half saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent.“This is not inevitable, this is unacceptable,” Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International’s executive director said in an interview with The Associated Press.In the report, which is based on figures from Credit Suisse’ Wealth Databook and the annual Forbes ‘Billionaires List’, Oxfam said the number of billionaires has almost doubled since the financial crisis a decade ago yet tax rates on the wealthy and corporations have fallen to their lowest levels in decades.“While corporations and the super-rich enjoy low tax bills, millions of girls are denied a decent education and women are dying for lack of maternity care,” Byanyima said.Oxfam said making taxes fairer will help address many of the world’s ills. It said getting the world’s richest 1 per cent to pay just 0.5 per cent extra tax on their wealth could raise more money than it would cost to educate the 262 million children out of school, and provide life-saving healthcare for 3.3 million people. It also suggested governments look again at taxes on wealth such as inheritance or property, which have been reduced or eliminated in much of the developed world and barely implemented in the developing world.“Governments must now deliver real change by ensuring corporations and wealthy individuals pay their fair share of tax and investing this money in free healthcare and education that meets the needs of everyone — including women and girls whose needs are so often overlooked,” said Byanyima.Byanyima, who has been a regular participant at the Davos gathering, defended the organization’s continued participation at the World Economic Forum despite mounting evidence of growing inequality.Byanyima said “the people in Davos” have the power to be “the solution to end extreme inequality.”“The solutions are there and that is why we come to Davos, to remind these leaders that you have made the commitment; now get on with the action. The policies are there, the solutions are proven.”___Joe Mwihia in Nairobi, Kenya contributed to this report.Pan Pylas, The Associated Press read more

Choubani Files a Complaint Against Media for Defamation

By Alexandra KrauskaRabat – The President of the Regional Council of the Draâ-Tafilalet region, Lahbib Choubani, is pursuing several journals and sites for defamation and spreading false rumors about him. The news sources published that Choubani bought a Volkswagen 4×4 with government funds, to be used by him and his wife during trip to Austria.“A good number of the suspect sites and journals peddled lies against me and the Council of the region over which I preside, notably the story of the 4×4, the purchase of which has not been made, a trip to Austria with my wife at the expense of the Council, and renting the villa for 5 million dirhams,” said Choubani. “All of this information is false, and it is because of this that I decided to file a complaint.” The president has not mentioned the names of the media sources that he is pursuing. “They are linked to the ‘Tahakoum’ mafia, and are constantly spreading rumors against the PJD and its leaders, which shows a lack of journalistic ethics.”The news source Al Ittihad al-Ichtiraki, affiliated with the USFP, announced on May 28th that Choubani reserved four rooms in a luxury hotel for the members of the regional council. This hotel was paid for by the members of the council, though not with council funds.Other media sources say that Choubani purchased seven Volkswagen Touareg for almost 3 million MAD. “Volkswagen was selected simply because the offer of this company was the best. And rather than paying 480,000 dirhams, they offered a payment of only 400,000 dirhams.” read more

World Heritage List sites at serious risk from climate change warns UN

Some of the world’s most renowned natural and cultural sites, from the Great Barrier Reef to Kilimanjaro National Park to the city of Venice, are at serious threat from climate change, according to a report released today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Rising sea levels, melting glaciers, increased risks of flooding and reduced marine and land biodiversity could all have potentially disastrous effects on the 830 sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the report said.UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura called for “an integrated approach to issues of environmental preservation and sustainable development,” warning that climate change will constitute an enormous challenge over the next century.The report, which featured 26 case studies, focused on five areas: glaciers, marine biodiversity, terrestrial biodiversity, archaeological sites, and historic cities and settlements.One of the at-risk sites is the Great Barrier Reef, off the north-eastern coast of Australia. The report found that rising sea temperatures and increasing oceanic acidification mean that corals are more and more likely to bleach and turn white, jeopardizing the numerous fish species which rely on the reef.The Italian city of Venice and its surrounding lagoon face the threat of more frequent flooding because of rising sea levels, the report noted, while rising water levels could endanger the historic areas of many other famous cities, including London and Prague. The decorative surfaces of many of the buildings in these cities are considered to be at particular risk.In Tanzania, the rapidly diminishing glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, could lead to the complete disappearance of its ice fields within the next 15 years. 10 April 2007Some of the world’s most renowned natural and cultural sites, from the Great Barrier Reef to Kilimanjaro National Park to the city of Venice, are at serious threat from climate change, according to a report released today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

July new car preregistration figures

August new car pre-registration figures Today, SMMT releases figures for August pre-registrations in the UK car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of in August 2001 that were defined as pre-registrations. The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis. Notes to Editors The Supply of New Cars Order 2000: Pre-registered car A new car which a supplier has caused to be registered before the terms and conditions of its supply to an end-user have been agreed, but does not include: (a) a car so registered because its certificate of conformity with a vehicle type-approved under the EC Vehicle Type Approval Scheme is about to become invalid (b) a car retained for a period of at least three months. Supplier A person that manufactures cars for supply within, or imports new cars for supply into, the UK, who had a market share of one per cent or more of the total supply of new cars in the UK in the preceding calendar year. Pre-registrations data The attached table shows the pre-registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Global alliance of mining institutions

first_imgIn an effort to better serve the global minerals industry and their members, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy to establish the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA).“By entering into this MoU, the participating societies have guaranteed access to education, public information, business networking and technical exchange opportunities for mining and minerals industry professionals worldwide,” said SME Executive Director David Kanagy. “The mutually beneficial relationship of the GMPA partners will promote the minerals industry and advance the professional development of members across a wide range of disciplines and areas of expertise.”‘Visiting Member’ status for one year will be offered to individuals who are members of one of the participating organisations and are living and working in a host society’s region. Services and benefits will include technical workshops and meetings, access to print and online libraries, print and online publications and host member registration rates for conferences. Over time, the GMPA intends to invite all professional and technical mining organizations from around the world to consider membership in the alliance.last_img read more

Serviti and ZTR leading the groups

4Granitas-Karys Kaunas310276:84-82 ← Previous Story EHF CL BEST 7: Sterbik, Remili, Ilic, Tollbring Next Story → VfL Gummersbach and Emir Kurtagic to separate ways in summer 2017 1Põlva Serviti321094:78165 1ZTR Zaporozhye4310117:89287 3Tenax Dobele311177:82-53 6Dragunas Klaipeda301276:85-91 Another hot Group A match on Saturday took place in Kehra, where two Estonian teams met. HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper beat Viljandi HC 26-23 (Dmytro Yankovskiy 6 – Kristo Voika 6), despite losing the first half by 11-13.On statistical front, Celtnieks’ Arturs Lazdinš is the best scorer of the league so far. He has scored 33 goals in just three games and is followed by Oleksii Ganchev (ZTR) with 28 and Vaidas Drevinskas (Granitas-Karys) with 24 goals. The BHL resumes already in four weeks time, when another eight matches will be played in Viljandi, Kehra, Põlva, Dobele, Vilnius and for the first time in BHL history, in Zaporozhye. 3HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper320178:84-64 Baltic Handball League 2SKA Minsk4202124:11864 2Riihimäen Cocks220066:43234 Weekend in Baltic Handball League offered everything – tough battles, one-goal wins, draws and some clear superiorities. Curiously only two teams out of ten in action managed to take four points – Serviti Põlva and SKA Minsk won both their games, while ZTR Zaporozhye also continues to be unbeaten.Four games in Group B saw Serviti take maximum points from Lithuanian trip and go on top of the table. Estonian champion now has 5 points with title-holder Cocks Riihimäki following on 4 points, but having one game in hand. The other teams are not far away either: Tenax Dobele has 3, Granitas-Karys Kaunas 2, while VHC Šviesa Vilnius remains the only club without points.In Group A, ZTR held on to their leadership, but lost a first point. The Ukrainian newcomer of BHL now has 7 points, three-time champion SKA and HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper follow with 4 points and the Estonian side has one game less played. Viljandi HC and Celtnieks Riga have 2 and Dragunas Klaipeda 1 point.Musting: “I don’t often say this, but we played very well”Serviti travelled to Lithuania and had the toughest match on Saturday against Granitas-Karys. For most of the first half Estonian champion was trailing, but still managed to end up 14-11 ahead. “We had problems with Granitas’ aggressive defence, but at the end Kristjan Muuga made some good interceptions and scored two goals himself,” explained Serviti’s head coach Kalmer Musting.“Second half was a very tactical game, but it seems we managed to stay one step ahead of our opponents,” added Musting. “I don’t often say this, but we played really well – the defence was good, Muuga and Roman Aizatullov led the attack and perhaps only goalkeepers could have played better.”Serviti won 29-24 (Muuga 8 – Vaidas Drevinskas 13 goals) and moved to Vilnius for the second match. Local VHC Šviesa did not provide the same level of opposition and Serviti recorded a comfortable win by 39-28 (Henri Sillaste 7 – Valdas Drabavičius 7).“It was difficult to play second game in two days, but fortunately it was the same for Lithuanians. We decided the match in the first five minutes of the second half and I could use younger players for the rest of the match. I am very satisfied with the four points from this trip,” completed Musting.Granitas and Tenax recorded opening wins of the seasonGranitas-Karys bounced back well from Saturday’s defeat and hosting Latvian champion Tenax on Sunday, recorded their first win of the season by 28-22 (Modestas Štarolis 12 – Egils Politers, Oskars Arajs and Andis Ermanis 4). “We did a good analysis of the first game, the players took note and performed very well,” commented Valdemaras Novickis, the head coach of Granitas-Karys.“On Saturday, we played quite badly, I have to admit. I believe we lost the ball too simply on 16 occasions, Põlva had 10 quick counter-attacks, scoring 8 goals from these,” analysed the Olympic champion from 1988. “Two different games, but both gave us good experience, which is exactly what our young team needs.”Tenax had also managed to take their first win of the season the day before, as they beat Šviesa away 29-28 (Arajs 9 – Drabavičius 10). “It was a very good and tight game. Šviesa is a young team, but they played well and for the most of the match we were behind. Only in the final minute Arajs grabbed the winning goal for us,” said the head coach of Tenax, Sandris Veršakovs.“We had never before beaten Šviesa in BHL, so this win tasted very good,” added Veršakovs. “On Sunday everything went against us – Ansis Bilkštis was injured during the warm-up, so we lost our key playmaker, while Egils Politers also suffered a minor injury. We also did a lot of mistakes and could not keep the same level as on Saturday.”Tough weekend for ZTRProbably the toughest weekend of all teams fell on ZTR Zaporozhye. The newcomers of the BHL, who started with two wins six weeks ago had to make a long travel in the first place, but then had a late start in Riga, which resulted in arrival to Klaipeda only at 2:30 in the night.On Saturday, ZTR managed to beat Celtnieks 31-24 (Andrii Akimenko and Oleksii Ganchev 7 – Arturs Lazdinš 8), but the day later a 25:25 draw (Lukas Simenas 5 – Ganchev 7) was all they could get out of the match against Dragunas Klaipeda.The match was a true thriller with the lead changing constantly, but even half-time score was even – 14-14. Midway through the second half ZTR had a 22-19 lead, but Dragunas bounced back and went ahead 24-23. Goals from Maksym Karamyshev and Ganchev seemed to turn it again, but Gabrielius Virbauskas equalized from the 7-metre mark.“These matches are hugely important for our club, so we have to be very grateful that BHL invited us to participate,” commented ZTR’s head coach Vitaliy Nat to club’s website. “Before our EHF Cup matches this was perfect preparation. Of course we are tired, but I am happy how the players responded and fought, especially in the second game!”Celtnieks’ Lazdinš is the leading scorerThe draw remained Dragunas’s only point of the weekend, as on Saturday they lost to SKA Minsk by 26-33 (Simenas 7 – Uladzislau Kulesh 9). The three-time winner SKA, who started the season with two defeats, brought their first team to the Baltics this time and also beat Celtnieks on Sunday by 40-26 (Aliaksei Shynkel and Artur Karvatski 6 – Lazdinš 12). 5VHC Šviesa Vilnius300375:101-260 Full schedule: http://www.baltichandball.net/calendar 4Viljandi HC310277:7702 5Celtnieks Riga310277:96-192 read more

Four per cent of primary schoolchildren never get any parental help with

first_imgTHE MAJORITY OF primary school children are assisted on a daily basis by their parents with homework, new figures by the Central Statistics Office show.The CSO survey Parental Involvement in Children’s Education reveals that more than two thirds (69 per cent) of children at primary level are assisted daily by a parent. However, 4 per cent of primary school children and 28 per cent of secondary school children never receive any assistance at all with their homework.Parents in Ireland generally feel capable of assisting their children with homework, with 59 per cent saying they would be ‘very confident’ about doing so. This confidence appears to be linked to the ‘ educational level of the parents themselves; in families where the mother has a third level degree or above, 72 per cent of parents feel very confident about assisting secondary school children with homework.However, language can create a barrier for some parents trying to help their children with their studies. Some 61 per cent of parents whose first language was English or Irish felt ‘very confident’ about assisting with their children’s homework, but just 47 per cent of parents whose first language was not English or Irish felt very confident about assisting their children with their studies.The vast majority (93 per cent) of pre-school and schoolchildren (aged 3–7) are read to by their parents, and 71 per cent of those are being read to on a daily basis.Internet accessThe study also found a high level of internet use for educational purposes in children completing schoolwork at home.Some 71 per cent of schoolchildren with a parent in employment use the internet outside school to access school learning material. Meanwhile, 59 per cent of school children with parents who are both unemployed or not in the labour force, and 55 per cent of school children with parents who are both not in the labour force, access the internet for the same purpose.87 per cent of parents said they aspire to having their children remain in the education system to attend college or university – but just 82 per cent of parents believe their children will actually do so.Read: Concerns raised over staffing at new Child and Family AgencyRead: New third level report shows students at ITs more likely to drop outlast_img read more

Qualité de lair le ciel français est toujours aussi pollué

first_imgQualité de l’air : le ciel français est toujours aussi polluéFrance – D’après un bilan de la qualité de l’air publié par le ministère de l’Écologie, la pollution au dioxyde d’azote (NO2), aux particules fines et à l’ozone a stagné, voire augmenté en France en 2009.La secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie Chantal Jouanno a tenu à souligner un point positif malgré cette mauvaise nouvelle : une nette amélioration sur les polluants lourds, tels que le plomb. “Mais le point plus négatif, c’est que l’on n’arrive pas vraiment à améliorer la situation, voire elle se dégrade, pour tout ce qui est particules, dioxyde d’azote ou ozone”, a-t-elle déploré.D’après le dernier bilan sur la qualité de l’air, les tendances globales de concentration de NO2, un gaz irritant pour les voies respiratoires, révèlent en effet une légère augmentation entre 2008 et 2009. Une augmentation qui concerne notamment les sites à proximité du trafic automobile.Quant à la concentration en particules PM10 (inférieures à 10 microns), elle a elle-aussi augmenté l’année dernière. Cette hausse serait due, d’après le ministère, à une utilisation accrue des combustibles fossiles ou de la biomasse, pour répondre aux besoins en chauffage durant un hiver particulièrement froid.Enfin pour l’ozone, les concentrations relevées en 2009 “confirment l’évolution constatée à la hausse”, et notamment dans le sud-est du pays.Alors que Chantal Jouanno insiste sur le fait qu’il s’agit d’une question de santé publique, rappelant que selon l’OMS, la mauvaise qualité de l’air serait à l’origine de 42.000 morts prématurées en France chaque année, le gouvernement a présenté un plan qui, dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’environnement, vise à réduire ces concentrations de particules en suspension. Le 30 juillet 2010 à 09:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Extremely Drunk Canadian Curling Team Booted Off Ice

first_img ‘NBA 2K20’ Reveals Star-Studded Story ModeBasketball Pro Suspended When Drug Test Revealed He Was ‘Pregnant’ I want to express how sorry I am to everyone affected by my actions on Saturday. I never meant to offend anyone but that’s the result of a poor decision – I have to live with the consequences and will be taking every step needed to guarantee this never happens again. #notgivingup pic.twitter.com/3gnjkDam1W— Ryan Fry (@ryanfry79) November 19, 2018Before he won gold at the Sochi Games as a member of Team Canada, Fry earned a national title in 2013, and a silver at the world championship the same year.“I allowed myself to lose control and I offended people with my actions. I wish nothing more than to apologize to everyone individually,” he told CBC Sports. “I will be taking proper steps to ensure this problem can never happen again and I will strive to become a better version of myself while contributing positively to the sport and curling community that I love so much.Teammate Koe shared a similar sentiment in his official statement.Though he did not participate in the last game, Koe took responsibility for the group’s actions, chalking the situation up to a “lapse in judgement.” Stay on target My official statement regarding the 2018 Red Deer Curling Classic. pic.twitter.com/FUEbW92dG5— Jamie Koe (@JKnwt) November 19, 2018The event committee was reportedly asked by the World Curling Tour to file a formal complaint.In the meantime, the board has collectively decided to remove Koe, Fry, Schille, and Kidby from this year’s tournament.“And what happens down the road, I’m not yet sure,” Thurber said.The foursome’s fate, however, may already be decided: A sign posted in the arena suggests Team Jamie Koe has been disqualified from the 2018 Red Deer Curling Classic as well as “future … events.”center_img An Olympic curling champ’s team was kicked out of a Canadian sporting competition for “unacceptable behavior.”Ryan Fry, who won curling gold for the Great White North at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and teammates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby forfeited their final match at the Red Deer Curling Classic following complaints that they were “extremely drunk.”“They went out to curl and they were extremely drunk and breaking brooms and swearing and just unacceptable behavior that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to and it was just ‘enough was enough,’” Red Deer Curling Center manager Wade Thurber told CBC Sports.“There was some damage in the locker room and other teams complaining about their stuff being kicked around the locker room,” he continued. “So at the end of the day, it was like, ‘OK, that’s enough of this gong show.’”Calgary-based Fry is normally a third on another team, but was serving as a spare with Koe’s lineup for the event.“I would like to sincerely apologize to the fans, participants, and organizers of the Red Deer Curling Classic,” Fry said in a statement.“I came to the event to play and enjoy the sport,” according to the Olympian, who offered to pay for damages. “My actions were truly disrespectful and embarrassing—the committee was right to disqualify us from play.” pic.twitter.com/UaQK6PU3uz— David Sciacero (@DavidSciacero) November 20, 2018Thurber later admitted perhaps his notice was worded a bit harshly.“We put it up because we wanted all the spectators and the curlers to know that we’ve done something about it, because there was quite a bit of backlash,” he explained. “Then people were commenting and saying, ‘I suppose they just have to apologize and they’re back in next year.’ So we kind of said it in a way that there’s no guarantee that’s what’s going to happen—an apology may not cut it.”Tune in next year to find out if Fry, Koe, Schille, and Kidby return.More coverage on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: The Wacky Sport of ‘Extreme Ironing’World’s Cruelest Beer Fridge Only Opens When the Cleveland Browns WinNHL Aims to Debut ‘Smart Puck’ Tech in 2019last_img read more

WWE Hall of Famer expected at Fastlane PPV tonight

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Luchasaurus talks about how Dusty Rhodes came up with his gimmick, teaming with Jungle Boy Goldberg tweets he knocked himself out during match on Friday, WWE Superstar returns Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Gene Okerlund Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes is expected at tonight’s Fastlane PPV in Memphis. Rhodes tweeted that he was on his way to Memphis on Sunday morning.Source: Twitter.com/WWEDustyRhodesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipThe Rock Honors Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Mojo Rawley Certain Rob Gronkowski Will Be in the WWE Soon The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Dwayne Johnson Facebook Ric Flair posts an update on his health following surgery, promises to be back up soonlast_img read more

Wake Up Digital Publishers Are on the Precipice of Prosperity

first_imgStill skeptical?We can all agree 2008 was an awful year. After perhaps decades of gorging on hubris and debt, we were forced to see our silhouettes in the mirror, and were appalled to see little more than fat and sloth. Indeed, we were closer to rigor mortis than agility, but at least we’re still alive.Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch once said “change before you have to.” Granted, we missed the boat on that one, so let’s perhaps alter his words to read: “change before everyone else does.” Let’s drop the ballast and abandon the traditions that have kept us moored in place. Let’s start reinventing our processes so we can take advantage of the incredible-fire sales that are sure to begin in the next few months.Maybe you’ve been in the print business for over a century? Take a look at “Why the Web Is Better Suited for News” by Sean Carton from ClickZ, but also, consider the following: being in the news business is not synonymous with being in the print business. News is channel agnostic. Perhaps you should consider going all-digital like the Christian Science Monitor, Hoy New York or the Kansas City Kansan. Or perhaps you can shift over slowly, going digital for a few editions a week like the Free Press is doing in Detroit. In addition to being kind to the environment you’ll lower infrastructure costs.Sharing is also important. Author Robert Fulghum realized that much of what he learned in kindergarten still applies to him today. Consider channeling your inner-child and learn to share. As Arturo Duran, CEO of ImpreMedia Digital says, “with the Web, we don’t own eyeballs anymore—we share them.” It’s a big world, so find some folks you like working with and share, you’ll reduce overheard while you’re at it.You might also want to consider all the talent that lives beyond your office doors. There are many talented writers out there who’ve taken different career paths but blog incessantly and well. Figure out a way to sift through that cacophony to add value to the voices. They’re a burgeoning new content resource.Maybe now’s the time to think bigger, to increase your market share. Plenty of publishers will be looking to unload underperforming titles. Some will even be foolish enough to sell off their archives, which could represent years of valuable intellectual property. If you see someone proverbially “throwing out the baby with the bathwater,” be ready to pounce. That content can be repurposed and monetized.Ultimately, the key to capitalizing on the opportunities 2009 is sure to present us is to be digitally agile. The analog world of yore emphasized rootedness and routine. The digital world demands flexibility, sharing and adaptability. After years of ignoring the inevitable future, “doubling down” on digital won’t be easy, but those who play their cards right will certainly reap the rewards. So long 2008! This year is just days young and investors worldwide are holding their breath, wondering if 2009 is going to shape up to be better or worse than the disaster that 2008’s fourth quarter turned out to be.A recent episode of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show featured a diaper-clad Jason Jones as “Baby New Year,” lamenting the baggage 2008 has saddled him with.But amidst all that peril lays opportunity. One may even go out on a limb and say that all of us digital publishers are on the precipice of prosperity.No, these aren’t the ravings of someone still clinging to their New Year’s Eve cocktails, this is serious. Undoubtedly, there are some hurdles that need overcoming, but if you managed to stay in business by the time the dawn broke on New Year’s Day, then you stand a very good chance of having a ground-breaking year. last_img read more

Ferry sale on hold for now

first_imgDownload AudioThe Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s unused ferry Susitna is approaching Seattle on the end of a tugboat’s tow rope. The beleagured ship is close to being sold, but the Borough Assembly is holding off on approving more money for engine repairs.Two weeks ago, the Mat-Su Assembly heard the bad news. Four engines on the MV Susitna need complete overhauls, and the work needs to be done in Seattle, and soon, to beat a March 31 deadline. The sale of the ship to the Phillipine Red Cross is contingent on successful repairs. The Assembly has approved the removal of the ship from Ketchickan, and has directed Borough manager John Moosey to seek an extension of the deadline from the buyers.Tuesday night, Moosey explained why the Assembly did not have an extension agreement in front of them.“Tonight we have a verbal agreement, but we don’t have that in writing.”He said the Borough has asked the Phillipine representatives for a 90 day extension for completion of the work. That brings the deadline to July 1. But confusing the issue is an earlier contractual agreement with the buyers containing a clause for a 45 day extension on completing the repairs. It was unclear as to which extension the buyers will accept, because the more recent request for a three month extension does not include the extra 45 day fail safe. Mat-Su Borough attorney Nick Spiropolous tried to explain it to the body.“The full blown contract amendment, it says there is a 90 day extension, but it says if through no fault of the Borough’s the vessel is not ready, we can trigger and additional 45 days. When we pared it down, because they said they could approve it without going to the board the pared down version doesn’t have that.”Spiropolous says the agreement to purchase the vessel could evaporate if the buyers don’t grant the extension.An ordinance now before the Assembly would allow the Borough to spend an additional $2 million dollars on the repairs, on top of the $1.1 million already approved for ferry engine work. Moosey says that money would be reimbursed by insurance.But Assemblymembers balked at approving more money without a signed agreement regarding the extension. Port MacKenzie director Mark Von Dongen urged the Assembly for quick action, but Assemblyman Steve Colligan moved for a delay in voting on the money until an agreement is in hand. A vote on Colligans’s motion ended in a tie vote. Borough mayor Vern Halter broke that tie by siding with Colligan on the delay until a March first meeting.Manager Moosey says the Susitna is on the way to Seattle and should arrive by Thursday morning. He says, if all goes according to plan, the repairs and sea trials should be complete by May 22. However, he said there is really no plan B if the buyers don’t go along with the Borough’s request for more time.“You know, it is our intention to get this thing resolved, and eliminate the risk, but every thing about this doggone boat has gone wrong. Every single thing. The only thing they did right is paint the logo on the side of it. And we are just trying to get out of this gigantic floating pickle.”He said in the end, the “giant floating pickle” may have to be scrapped, at additional cost to the borough.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Aug 11 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLawsuit to evict ADN over unpaid bills threatens paper’s futureZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe state’s largest newspaper is in serious financial trouble, according to a lawsuit brought by GCI over $1.4 million in unpaid bills, and more in additional claims. It’s one of several lawsuits against the paper.Permanent Fund Corp. headquarters to undergo $4 million renovationAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe renovation will open up space. Some internal walls will be torn down. And the new space will let the corporation hire more workers, so more of fund is managed by corporation employees.Hilcorp reports another spill in Cook InletShaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiHilcorp has reported another spill this week. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the spill happened Monday on the Steelhead platform the company operates in the Trading Bay oil field in Cook Inlet.How books and buses are fighting summer hunger in rural AlaskaAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSummer meals programs for getting food to hungry kids don’t work in rural areas, especially in Alaska. People in Talkeetna are overcoming that problem with the help of books, buses, and backpacks.Alaska officials proceed with hydroelectric plant expansionAssociated PressThe Alaska Energy Authority will continue with its plans for a $46.4 million expansion at its Bradley Lake hydroelectric plant near Homer following the approval from its board of directors.Delta Junction state parks user fees to stay the same this yearDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksUser fees at Delta Junction area state parks will stay the same this summer as the facilities transition to private management.AK: Metlakatla residents celebrate their community’s 130th birthdayEmma Atkinson, KRBD – KetchikanEvery year on August 7, the Metlakatla Indian Community celebrates its founding with a day of art, food and prayer.49 Voices: Sierra Anderson of NomeWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Sierra Anderson from Nome. Anderson is a junior in high school who hopes to study architecture after graduating.last_img read more

Secunderabad Bhubaneswar special trains timing revised

first_imgSecunderabad: South Central Railway will run 52 bi-weekly Summer Special trains between Secunderabad and Bhubaneswar via Rayanapadu whose departure timing from Secunderabad station has been revised.Train No. 02784 Secunderabad – Bhubaneswar bi-weekly Special Trains will depart Secunderabad at 12.40 hrs instead of 12.30 hrs on 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 31st July, 3rd, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 28th, 31st August, 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 25th, 28th September (Wednesday, Saturday) and reach Bhubaneswar at 09.30 hrs on the next day. Also Read – Hyderabad: Cloth bags, anyone? Advertise With Us In the return direction, train No. 02783 Bhubaneswar – Secunderabad bi-weekly Special Trains will depart Bhubaneswar at 18.00 hrs on 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 25th, 28th July, 1st, 4th, 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, 29th August, 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 26th, 29th September (Thursday, Sunday) and arrive at Secunderabad at 14.00 hrs on the next day. En-route, these special trains will stop at Kazipet, Khammam, Rayanapadu, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot, Duvvada, Kothavalasa, Vijayanagaram, Srikakulam, Palasa, Brahamapur and Khurda Road stations in both the directions. These special trains will consist of AC II tier, AC III tier and Sleeper Class Coaches.last_img read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Cabinet Minister

first_imgChandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been at loggerheads with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and was stripped of key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle in June, has resigned from the state cabinet. The 55-year-old Sidhu took to Twitter on Sunday, making public his resignation letter, which was sent just four days after his portfolio was changed. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The resignation letter dated June 10 was addressed to Congress President Rahul Gandhi. “I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet,” Sidhu said in the letter to the Congress chief, which he posted on his Twitter handle on Sunday. The date of his resignation letter was a day after he had met Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi when his portfolio was changed. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us In another tweet later, Sidhu said he would be sending his resignation letter to the chief minister. On June 6, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had divested Sidhu of the Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs Departments and allotted him the power and new and renewable energy portfolio. Portfolios of several other ministers too had been changed in the reshuffling exercise. Advertise With Us In an apparent snub, Sidhu, the Congress MLA from Amritsar East, was also left out of the consultative groups formed by the chief minister on June 8, two days after the cabinet reshuffle, to accelerate the implementation of government’s flagship programmes. Over a month after he was stripped of key portfolios, Sidhu had not taken charge of his new assignment, as a stalemate with the chief minister had continued. Congress veteran Ahmed Patel had been entrusted with the task of resolving issues between Sidhu and Singh. Singh had met Patel during his visit to Delhi last month, but the party reportedly described the meeting as a “courtesy call”. The fact that Sidhu waited for over a month before making his resignation letter public indicated that he could have been waiting for reconciliation. Ever since the portfolio reshuffle exercise, the Punjab minister and his wife Navjot Kaur have been maintaining a distance from the media. Sidhu had approached Congress president Rahul Gandhi on June 9 and had “apprised him of the situation” besides handing over a letter to him. He had also shared a picture with Rahul Gandhi, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on his Twitter handle and Facebook page on June 10. Since then, he had not shared anything on Twitter and Facebook. Sidhu, a former BJP leader who had joined the Congress just ahead of the 2017 Punjab assembly polls, has been at loggerheads with Singh for some time now. The tension between Singh and his cabinet colleague had come out in the open last month when the CM blamed Sidhu for the “inept handling” of the Local Government Department, claiming that it resulted in “poor performance” of the Congress in urban areas in the Lok Sabha polls. The CM said last month that the urban vote bank had been the backbone of the Congress in Punjab but Sidhu’s “failure” in carrying out any development work impacted the party. Sidhu, however, had said that his department was being “singled out publicly” while asserting that he could not be taken for granted as he had been a “performer throughout”. Earlier, Singh had taken umbrage at Sidhu’s “friendly match” jibe during electioneering in Bathinda on May 17. Sidhu had allegedly cornered the Congress government in the state over the issue of desecration of religious texts, questioning why no FIR was lodged against the Badals, who ran the previous government in the state. This had evoked a sharp reaction from Singh. Hitting out at Sidhu, the chief minister had said, “If he was a real Congressman, he should have chosen a better time to air his grievances, instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab.” “He is harming the party with such irresponsible actions. It is not his election but that of the entire Congress,” he had said. “Perhaps he is ambitious and wants to be the chief minister,” Singh had said. Earlier also, the tension between Singh and Sidhu had come out in the public. Last year, Sidhu had said in Hyderabad, “(Congress chief) Rahul Gandhi is my captain…Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Singh) also.” Singh had earlier disapproved of Sidhu hugging the Pakistan Army chief during his visit to the neighbouring country.My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June 2019. pic.twitter.com/WS3yYwmnPl— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 14, 2019last_img read more

YSR crop insurance to benefit 70L farmers in State Kannababu

first_imgKakinada: The newly introduced YSR free crop insurance scheme will benefit 70 lakh farmers covering 56 lakh hectares in the state, said Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannabau. He held a review meeting with the officials of Agriculture department here on Tuesday and said that the new crop insurance scheme would apply for 22 types of crops in the state from this kharif season. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us The famers’ contribution for this insurance coverage will be borne by the state government, the minister said. Kannababu also said that by paying a token amount of one rupee, the farmers could enroll under this scheme. The necessary budget allocations have been made in the state budget, he stated. The minister requested the farmers to enroll in this scheme on or before 21 of this month (August) . Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us As far as East Godavari is concerned the minister said that this would benefit the farmers during the times of natural calamities and four types of crops paddy, sugar cane ,cotton and millets will be covered under this scheme. Reviewing of flood damages in the district, Kannababu said that 2,456 hectares of paddy was inundated in 85 villages in 15 mandals.last_img read more

DC Storm Response Gets High Grades

first_imgjwright@afro.com Washington, D.C. was blanketed with up to 24 inches of snow during the recent blizzard. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is getting high marks from residents for the city’s handling of the recent blizzard. One of the worst blizzards in the city’s history took place Jan. 22-23 and dropped as much as 24 inches of snow on the nation’s capital. Bowser organized her snow response team, declared a snow state of emergency on Jan. 21 for the blizzard, and made sure that snow removal equipment was available to clear the District’s main thoroughfares and eventually side streets and cul-de-sacs.In addition, Bowser held press conferences on Jan. 23-25, twice a day, to keep District residents informed of developments.Greg Rhett, a Ward 7 community activist and longtime District resident, was impressed with what the mayor did. “If I had to give her a grade it would be a B-plus,” he said. “She was very consistent with providing the public information that was needed.”While D.C. Schools opened on Jan. 27 neighboring jurisdictions seemed to have more trouble getting back to business. Prince George’s and Montgomery County governments and schools were closed on Jan. 25-26 with no definite time set for resuming business at AFRO press time. Residents of the two neighboring Maryland counties complained on social media and the news that they were snowed in and there has been no snow removal equipment sent to their neighborhoods.That was not the case in the District for the most part. Anthony Lorenzo Green, the chairman of 8B advisory neighborhood commission in Ward 8 in Southeast and a sometime critic of Bowser, said it was too early to give the mayor an assessment on her performance during the blizzard.“She was caught off guard on Wednesday [Jan. 20] by the clipper that dropped two inches in some places but it seems she is doing the right things now,” Green said. “I think it was good that she shut the District government down for Monday because the main roads need to be taken care of first and then the side streets.”Green agreed with Rhett that Bowser did the right thing with her twice-daily updates to the media. He does have a concern, though. “I would love to see more plows on this side of town in Ward 8,” he said.One of Ward 8’s most prominent businesses is the International House of Pancakes franchise owned by the family of Clarence Jackson Jr. and located on Alabama Avenue., S.E. Tyoka Jackson, co-owner of the two franchises – the other one is in Columbia Heights in Northwest – said he would give the mayor a passing grade but he is really interested in how the Metro bus and rail system performs. “Many of our employees ride the Metro to work,” Tyoka said.Washington Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld made the decision to shut down the entire system on Jan. 23-24 and brought back limited bus and rail service on Jan. 25. Wiedefeld said he didn’t want Metro’s cars to become damaged during the storm due to the high winds, piling snow, and ice build-up. He said that buses wouldn’t be able to function properly with the blizzard in force and streets packed with snow.The high winds of the blizzard were expected to generate numerous power outages but that never took place. Rhett said the fact that there were minimal power outages by Pepco, the utility company that primarily services the city, is a milestone. “For years, Pepco has been criticized by many people, including myself, as being ineffective in restoring power to people but I saw on the news that Saturday night there were only four outages,” he said. “To me, that is great.”last_img read more