Infectious video shows laughter amid disaster of New Brunswicks floods

first_imgCHIPMAN, N.B. – A New Brunswick man has posted an infectious video of his elderly parents checking out the family’s flooded-ravaged cottage, demonstrating there can be laughter in disaster — and after 46 years of marriage.Shawn McNee posted a YouTube video in which his 75-year-old father, Robert, attempts to enter their family’s water-logged cottage on Grand Lake, one of the worst-hit areas during floods that ravaged the province this month.The video begins with McNee’s mother, Darlene, chuckling over the camera at her husband while he fumbles to the door in knee-high rubber boots in the murky, debris-ridden water with pitchfork in hand.“This may prove interesting, may prove funny, or disastrous,” Darlene says in the video, giggling.Determined, and despite his wife’s playful banter, the man opens the door, peers inside and tells his wife, who is standing comfortably a few feet away on dry land, that he can’t make it past the door, try as he may.“I told you not to do it,” Darlene says.On his way out, he gathers himself on what appears to be a log and a slat of shingles, slipping and sliding until he loses balance and falls belly-first into the murky water — all while his wife bursts into infectious laughter.The camera actually misses much of the fall itself — it swings to the left as Darlene laughs so hard she loses control.“You don’t go swimming in August, why would you want to go in May?” she eventually tells him.The scene is reminiscent of family sitcoms in which the quiet, relatable husband risks humiliating himself while the wife watches from the sidelines, making affectionately snarky comments.The cottage, owned by Darlene and her two siblings, was built by her father in 1961 when Darlene, 72, was a teenager. She said some of her fondest memories were swimming in Grand Lake.“Back in my day … everybody was in there swimming, even my father went in…. unlike my husband who doesn’t go in,” Darlene said in a phone interview, breaking into a fit of laughter. “I don’t think he’s put his big toe in the water.”Darlene, who offered to check on the cottage herself, said her husband didn’t get hurt when he fell. He even drove home, wrapped in a blanket, sitting on a plastic freezer bag.“That man went down, he stopped, dropped, rolled before I could get the camera down on him,” she said.“I said, ‘You’re gonna have to take a hot shower you know, get that nasty germs off ya, or you’re not crawling in bed with me tonight.’”The video, posted last Sunday, has over 2,800 views, with one YouTube commenter saying “Nice to see laughing in such hard times.”Darlene said she has lost many irreplaceable things because of the flood, including an antique rocking chair that belonged to her grandmother and hand built tables.“The smell in there — it’s not mould or must — it’s like a dead smell. There’s no life. And I just couldn’t get it out of my head.”She said the damage to the cottage is well over $100,000. There is nothing worth salvaging, she said.She said it isn’t flood insured, but hopes the government will help cottage owners like herself cover some of the damages.“This is just stuff,” she said. “Too many people are heartbroken, but as long as everyone and their family are still kicking, that’s the main thing.”— By Fadila Chater in Halifax—On the web: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFv7LBPRNfo&sns=emlast_img read more

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Bank of Canada holds interest rate says numbers reinforcing view slowdown was

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate steady as its senior officials insist there are more signs the economy’s abrupt winter deceleration was short-lived.The central bank, as widely expected, kept its trend-setting rate at 1.75 per cent Wednesday and governor Stephen Poloz appears to be in no hurry to make a move, even as he points to economic improvements.The bank said in a statement that there’s growing evidence the economy has been re-emerging in the second quarter of this year following a slowdown in late 2018 and early 2019.The statement said indicators show the oil sector is beginning to recover while the national housing market is stabilizing and job growth remains strong.It said recent data also point to growth in consumer spending, exports and business investment.However, the central bank says that the economy also faces expanding trade risks following the escalation of international conflicts and Chinese restrictions on Canadian goods that are already having a direct impact on exports.last_img read more

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California alleges utility falsified pipeline safety records

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Regulators are accusing one of California’s largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines over a five-year period.The California Public Utilities Commission said Friday that an investigation by its staff found Pacific Gas & Electric Co. lacked enough employees to fulfil requests to find and mark natural gas pipelines.Regulators say that because of the staff shortage, PG&E pressured supervisors and locators to complete the work, leading staff to falsify data from 2012 to 2017.A U.S. judge fined the utility $3 million after it was convicted of six felony charges for failing to properly maintain a natural gas pipeline that exploded south of San Francisco in 2010, killing eight people.PG&E didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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While Some Praise King Mohammed VI’s Condemnation of ‘Treasonous’ Elite, Others…

Rabat – On Saturday, King Mohammed VI delivered one of the strongest speeches of his 18 years of reign.The speech, which is traditionally a “state of the union”-type address celebrating Throne Day, saw the monarch lash out at the political elite and harshly criticize public officials.The monarch accused politicians and elected officials of competing for political gains, neglecting their duties, seeking the limelight when things are good, and hiding behind the royal palace when they things get out of control, particularly during the crisis of months-long protests in Al Hoceima in Rif region. Mohammed VI expressed his clear distrust for Morocco’s politicians, many of whom he accused of being“traitors” to their people, homeland, and King.“If the King of Morocco is not convinced of the way political activity is conducted and if he does not trust a number of politicians, what are the citizens left with?” said the monarch.Afterthe King’s speech ended a huge debate ensued in news and social media. Academics, journalists, political activists, and ordinary citizens commented the contents of the royal speech, with some praising it and others more critical.Revolutionary, or Illusionary?Mohamed Bouden, a political analyst and the president of Centre international Atlas d’analyse des indicateurs politiques et institutionnels (ACAPII), told Morocco World News that the King’s speech was “exceptional,” both in terms of “language” and “significance.”Bouden noted that speech “was entirely about domestic issues, unlike previous Throne speeches which dealt also with achievements of [ Morocco’s] foreign policy.”“This royal speech could be called [a mobilization] against those with narrow interests. It put politicians in a tight corner. Now they neither have the King’s trust nor the people’s. What are they going to do?” he said.Political commentator Driss El Ganbouri agreed that the speech was highly significant. He told MWN that the King sent “several strong political messages” and uncovered “the opportunism of the political elite.”Among the “strong messages” the King sent, El Ganbouri cited the monarch’s stress on “linking responsibility with accountability,” one of the key precepts of the 2011 constitution adopted in the wake of the February 20 protests.“This principle has been practically suspended,” said El Ganbouri.He added that this negligence had sent “negative messages” regarding the management of public affairs.El Ganbouri explained that “those officials who delayed the projects in Al Hoceima” acted as if the constitution “is merely ink on paper.”The King’s criticism of political parties and public officials led Abderrahim El Allam, professor of political sciences at the University Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech, to advance counter arguments.In a Facebook post, El Allam highlighted the fact that, while the King had criticized public departments, doubting their efficiency, many “strategic” public instructions with directors appointed by the King, like national operators of railways, airports, water, and electricity, are not doing well either.He pointed out that the past few government formations have included ministers not affiliated to any political party, implying that these appointments were imposed by the monarchy.“Are political parties the [only] ones responsible for the consecutives crises,” he said. “What about the parties that are called ‘administrative’? Were they not created by the state?”Will It Change Anything?Proponents of the King’ speech saw it as an indication that old days of laxity vis-à-vis officials not doing their jobs properly are over, predicting that thorough measures will ensue.“We can see this speech as the beginning of a fierce crusade on not assuming one’s [public responsibility],” asserted Bouden.El Ganbouri shares Bouden’s optimism. “I predict that the speech will have an effect. The King clearly stated that we are witnessing a new Morocco. If accountability is implemented, we will enter a new era.”However, others are not lured by the monarch’s promises of “new era” of governmental responsibility and accountability.El Guemri, an activist and former prominent member of the February 20 movement, told MWN that King Mohammed VI’s criticism of political parties and public officialsis an attempt to from him to deflect responsibility and accuse them causing of Morocco’s ills.He pointed to the fact that the King is the head of state and highest serving political, military, and religious official in the country, which makes his criticism of other officials, who havefar less responsibility, meaningless.“Were we in a parliamentary monarchy where the King reigns but not rules, the royal speeches, with its critical tone, would have a meaning and use,” he said.“But, in the current situation where the King is the ultimate ruler of the country while the Head of Government and ministers do nothing but help in some minor issues, then this becomes a surreal scene with a lot of absurdity in it.”While political commentators disagree on how significant the King’ speech is, the large segment of Moroccan society that trusts the monarch remains hopeful that his address will truly usher the kingdom’s poltics into a new era. read more

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Madagascar Panama ask UNbacked body to regulate trade in hardwood species

The secretariat of the United Nations-backed convention governing trade in endangered species said today that Madagascar and Panama have requested that it regulate the import and export of 91 hardwood species in a bid to curb the rising trade in illegally acquired high-quality wood.The listing of ebony wood and rosewood species in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will facilitate detection of fraud and make critical trade information available to exporting and importing countries, according to CITES.Appendix III regulations mean that all cross-border shipments now have to be authorized by the issuance of a document certifying the origin of the products covered by the listing.Madagascar requested the inclusion in CITES of five species of rosewood (genus Dalbergia) and 84 species of ebony wood (genus Diospyros) after illegal trade increased by 25 per cent in 2009 and about 25,000 cubic metres of rosewood were exported.Rosewood is sought after for its rich reddish-brown colour and hardwood, extensively used for high-end furniture, housing and musical instruments. In future, all international trade in logs, sawn wood and veneer sheets of the listed species will need to be accompanied by CITES documentation confirming the country of origin.Panama also requested the help of the other 174 State Parties to CITES to control trade in Dalbergia darienensis and Dalbergia retusa, known as black rosewood or cocobolo. Dalbergia retusa are found mainly in dry tropical forests from Mexico to Panama.Cocobolo is exceptionally good for marine use. Because it is hard, beautiful, and very stable, it is also used for gun grips, butts of billiard cues and chess pieces. Cocobolo is resonant when struck, making it a preferred material for marimbas, clarinets and xylophones.Welcoming the new listings, which will enter into force on 22 December, the convention’s Secretary-General John Scanlon said: “CITES will support Madagascar’s and Panama’s efforts to control their timber trade and ensure that such trade remains legal and traceable.“Regulating trade in these high-value timber species under CITES will help ensure that the benefits of trade flow to local people and it will also serve the global community by helping conserve these species, which will be to the benefit of entire ecosystems.” 28 September 2011The secretariat of the United Nations-backed convention governing trade in endangered species said today that Madagascar and Panama have requested that it regulate the import and export of 91 hardwood species in a bid to curb the rising trade in illegally acquired high-quality wood. read more

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Ivanka Trump to attend womens economic summit in Berlin

by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2017 6:38 am MDT Last Updated Mar 27, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ivanka Trump to attend women’s economic summit in Berlin WASHINGTON – Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official says.The first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss details of the trip by name and requested anonymity.The W20 summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, will be in Berlin in late April. Ivanka Trump’s plans are still being worked out, but she hopes to study successful apprenticeship programs during her visit.Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday night: “Looking forward to promoting the role of women in the economy and the future of our workforce globally.”President Donald Trump spoke about the plans during a roundtable meeting with women small business owners Monday. He praised his daughter’s efforts on economic policies for women, saying “She’ll be working on similar issues with Chancellor Merkel. That will be very exciting for you.”Merkel and Ivanka Trump spent time together when Merkel visited the White House to meet with President Donald Trump. At the request of German officials, the first daughter helped arrange a meeting between American and German business leaders to discuss vocational training.The meeting marked the second time foreign leaders reached out to Ivanka Trump to co-ordinate an economic conversation. During Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit last month, she helped organize a meeting on economic development opportunities for women. That came together at the suggestion of Trudeau’s office.Ivanka Trump has been discussing job training opportunities with CEOS for some time, starting with meetings she held before her father took office. She has also pledged to work on expanding economic opportunities for women.The first daughter is seen as a rising power in the young administration. She is getting an office in the West Wing, a security clearance and government-issued electronic devices even though she is not an official employee.She is relinquishing control of her lifestyle brand, but is retaining ownership. Ivanka Trump also has pledged to voluntarily comply with all ethics rules that apply to employees. Still, ethics experts have raised concerns that by not becoming an official employee, she could skirt transparency and ethical provisions. read more

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Prince Harry takes on Royal Marines role from Duke of Edinburgh

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Prince takes on his new duty as the 6,600-strong Corps is fighting possible cuts as Service Chiefs try to find cost savings to hit aggressive Treasury efficiency targets.Possible cost-cutting options submitted to the MOD have included the loss of 1,000 marines and two amphibious warships.Speculation over the cuts has led to intense lobbying from MPs and former Royal Marine officers.Any decision on cuts is not expected until the New Year.Meanwhile the Prince on Tuesday called for redoubled efforts to clear landmines around the world.In a video address to a Vienna conference reviewing progress on the international mine ban treaty, the Prince said: “The mine ban treaty includes a commitment from the international community to clear the world of landmines by 2025. Prince Harry has replaced the Duke of Edinburgh to be appointed ceremonial head of the Royal Marines. His appointment as Captain General of the Marines comes after the Duke held the position for more than 64 years.The Duke’s last solo public duty before retiring in August was to take the salute from a group of fundraising Royal Marines and on Tuesday he was joined at Buckingham Palace by his grandson, as he assumed his new position.Buckingham Palace said The Queen “has been pleased to give her formal approval to the appointment of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales as Captain General Royal Marines.”The Queen’s Consort announced in May he would be retiring from royal engagements after more than 65 years supporting the monarch in her role as head of state and attending events for his own charities and organisations.On August 2, in Buckingham Palace’s forecourt, the Duke celebrated the achievements of the Royal Marines who had taken part in the 1664 Global Challenge, a series of strength and endurance feats raising funds and awareness for the Royal Marines Charity.It was the last of his 22,219 solo official engagements, carried out since 1952. The Duke has joined the Queen at a number of events since then and in June spent two nights in hospital being treated for an unspecified infection.center_img “With just eight years to go, we must stiffen our resolve and redouble our efforts if we are to stand any chance of achieving this goal.“I am delighted that the British Government has taken the lead by increasing its funding to clear these terrible legacies of war, but without similar commitments across the world, the 2025 goal will not be achieved.”The treaty was signed 20 years ago and 163 states have now joined, but an average of 24 people a day are still killed by mines or unexploded ordnance each day. Jane Cocking, chief executive of Mines Advisory Group, said 2016 had seen the worst level of casualties in two decades and “more than 60 million people still live in fear of landmines”.She said: “From the new landmine emergency in the middle east, to the legacy of contamination from wars gone by, these indiscriminate weapons don’t only injure and kill innocent people but eliminate land that could be used for farming, schools or hospitals. We have the means and the ability to solve this problem.”last_img read more

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WCh 2013 friendlies Hungary tie with Poland – Danish win over Tunisia

← Previous Story Tatran Presov sack Djordje Rasic – Lamac is new coach Next Story → Daniel Narcisse joining PSG? WCh 2013 preparations Here are results of test matches around the Globe before World Championship 2013 start:BRASIL – JAPAN 42:24SLOVENIA – MONTENEGRO 31:26MACEDONIA – EGYPT 32:28SPAIN – CHILE 40:17DENMARK –  TUNISIA 30:29POLAND – HUNGARY 27:27Poland: Szmal, Wichary – Kubisztal 6, M. Jurecki 5, Bielecki 4, Krajewski 3, B. Jurecki 2, Jurkiewicz 2, Syprzak 2, Jaszka 1, Lijewski 1, Wiśniewski 1, Bartczak, Chodara, Orzechowski, Szpera, Pilitowski.Hungary: Tatai, Mikler, Liszkai – Csaszar 10, L. Nagy 6, Harsanyi 3, K. Nagy 3, Zubai 2, Ancsin 2, Ivancsik 1, Szollosi, Mocsai, Putrics, Krivokapić, Grebernar, Vadkerti, Schuch, Lekai.SLOVAKIA – CZECH REPUBLIC 30:22 read more

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Insecticides arent just killing bees theyre acting as contraceptives too

first_imgThere is a major concern at the moment over the impact of neonicotinoids – a class of neuro-active insecticides that are chemically very similar to nicotine and used heavily in agriculture. They have been linked to the collapse of bee colonies, both honey bee and bumble bee. There’s multiple problems that lead to death, including rendering the bees unable to forage, navigate or to learn properly, as well as making them more susceptible to mites and pathogens.A study conducted at the University of Bern has discovered another negative impact of neonicotinoids, though. It’s acting as a contraceptive for honey bees.Drone bees were extracted from a colony that had been exposed to neonicotinoids and another control group without exposure were kept in a lab setting. The research team found that the exposed male bees produced 39% less sperm and it was of a lower quality. To compound the problem further, the exposed bees also had a shorter life span.Increasingly, the evidence points to neonicotinoids being a major risk to a healthy and functioning ecosystem of which honey bees play a major role. But unfortunately, realizing this, proving it beyond doubt, and implementing change takes a very long time to achieve. And you can bet it will be fought at every opportunity by any company profiting from the continued use of these insecticides.There’s very little the general public can do to stop the use of neonicotinoids beyond spreading the word about the dangers their use poses and complaining to the right people. What we can all do is provide an environment that’s healthy for bees. If you have a garden, then fill it with bee-friendly plants. If your area doesn’t have many bee hives, then consider starting your own. Not only will you be supporting the local environment, you’ll get some delicious honey as a reward.last_img read more

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Federal legislators announce 15Mil for water infrastructure improvements at USMexico border

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Federal legislators announce $15Mil for water infrastructure improvements at U.S.-Mexico border SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of federal legislators from San Diego announced the allocation of $15 million today for water infrastructure improvements along the U.S-Mexico border.Legislators included the funding in a spending bill approved earlier this week and signed today by President Donald Trump. The $15 million will go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure program.Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and Susan Davis, D-San Diego, as well as congressional representatives from border regions of New Mexico and Texas have sought funding for the program since last March.“The $15 million in funding signed into law today will go to priority projects identified by the EPA to rein in the sewage crisis,” said Vargas, Peters and Davis in a joint statement. “As the EPA and the North American Development Bank determine how best to use the funding, we will provide input and communicate with San Diegans and other stakeholders to determine what the most pressing needs are.”The legislators did not specify which infrastructure projects would be tackled with the funding, but addressing polluted water flows from the Tijuana River is ostensibly one that would qualify. Eligible projects must sit within 100 kilometers of the border on either side, according to the EPA.Polluted water from the Tijuana River often affects U.S. shorelines as far north as Coronado, especially after rainstorms.In a January 2018 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, used the polluted flows as a reason to fund the program.“According to the Border Patrol Union, 80 agents at the Imperial Beach Patrol Station were sickened in just the last year from toxic transboundary runoff that could be addressed through increased resources for the EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program,” Feinstein wrote.Feinstein helped garner support the program’s funding in the Senate.“We are grateful for Sen. Dianne Feinstein for leading this effort in the Senate, the appropriators who helped secure the funding, and our local partners who provided valuable input to this conversation,” Vargas, Peters and Davis said. “Our partnership is essential to fully addressing the sewage crisis.” February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Producing a Magazine Industry Event in a Maelstrom

first_imgFGS was for innovators. It was attended by people pushing new forms of paid content, new forms of marketing on behalf of their clients. They’re working with lead generation, lead nurturing and social media. They want to stay one step ahead, not behind. And that applies to the suppliers too. The companies that exhibited at FGS are no doubt feeling the same pressure that publishers are. Their customers aren’t buying as much and their revenues are down. But they, too, want to stay ahead of the crisis. And so they attended. And because they did, they got access to forward-looking companies that are really engaged in seeking solutions—often the solutions that our exhibitors offered. Yes, the attendance was down, but this FGS felt like a home run. The faculty was tremendous—the presentations were rich and on target, with plenty of valuable takeaways. The keynoters—Jim Malkin, Bob Carrigan and  Brad Fayfield—offered great wisdom and insight. I could write blog posts for the next few weeks just on their presentations.FGS 2009 was invigorating. It felt like our best publishing summit so far. I just returned from the FOLIO: Growth Summit in Chicago. We conducted the event in a media-industry maelstrom—events all around us are being cancelled, downsized and postponed. You can’t overstate how hard hit the media industry is right now.As I walked through the sessions and receptions, both old friends and new ones told me—one after the next—how they’ve had to lay off staff, how they’ve frozen salaries, how they’ve implemented unpaid time off, how they’ve got 2009 issues tracking at 50 percent of last year. But the publishing executives at FGS weren’t only there to talk about those cost-containment measures. They were there because they want to attack this economic calamity and make something of it. They want to be pro-active, not reactive. They want to be on the offensive and not just hunker down and close their eyes and hope the storm blows over. (The companies and executives who do that are far less likely to survive the next 12 months.) last_img read more

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The New Republic Bulks Up Editorial People on the Move – 10516

first_img Atlantic Media has promoted two and hired one. Jessica Leigh Hester and Adam Sneed, both associate editors, have been promoted to senior associate editors at CityLab. Gracie McKenzie joins CityLab as social media editor. Finally, Steph Leke was hired as media relations manager from a PR role at Princeton Architectural Press. The New Republic has added six in an effort to bulk up editorial and business departments at the company. The magazine also has three open editorial roles it’s looking to fill. Stephanie Davis Smith is now editorial director of Modern Luxury Media. She replaces Beth Weitzman. Though not new to the company, Laura Reston has been promoted from reporter-researcher to managing editor. She previously worked at Forbes and the Boston Globe. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Siung Tjia was hired as design director. Previously he served as the creative director for Bloomberg Markets and ESPN The Magazine. Eliza Fish is now audience and partnership manager from a fundraising and marketing role at The Baffler. Sarah Jones was hired as social media editor from a role at the non-profit Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Graham Vyse is now a staff writer in the Washington bureau. He previously served as the politics editor of InsideSources. Bonnier has named Colin Kearns editor-in-chief of Field & Stream. He previously served as senior deputy editor at the brand, and replaces Anthony Licata, who will continue as editorial director of the Bonnier Lifestyle Group. TV Guide has added Food Network host Sandra Lee as a columnist. Lee, known for her show “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee,” published her first column this week. “It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” Eric Bates, editor of The New Republic, said in a statement. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.” Kamelia Angelova has joined Mashable as director of emerging platforms. She joins the brand from her role as supervising video producer at Business Insider and Tech Insider.   Sam Jacobs has been promoted to executive editor of Time Digital, from his position as assistant managing editor of Time magazine. He joined the company in 2013 as senior editor of Time.com.last_img read more

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Zoomcar to include evehicles in fleet

first_imgKolkata: Zoomcar, the country’s largest shared mobility platform, will include e-vehicles in its fleet at a function in presence of state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on June 13.Mahesh Babu, CEO, Mahindra Electric and Greg Moran, co-founder and CEO, Zoomcar, will be present at the function.The state government is interested in introducing e-vehicles to reduce environmental pollution. It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during her trip to Germany, had requested the top brass of BMW to set up a manufacturing unit of electric two wheelers in Bengal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the three day EV Expo 2018, held in Science City from May 11, there was remarkable footfall. The state Transport department has decided to replace the totos with e-rickshaws, which are safe and passenger friendly.In New Town, air-conditioned electric buses have been introduced and the passengers can travel by paying Rs 10. There are no conductors and the bus drivers collect the fare themselves. Stations to charge the vehicles have also been set up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHousing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) authorities have welcomed the state Transport department’s move to include e-vehicles in Zoomcar’s portfolio and hoped that some of them will ply in New Town which has been declared as a green city.The Cycle Sharing scheme in New Town has become very popular and Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) has recently awarded New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) for introducing the eco-friendly urban transport.last_img read more

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Culinary Art India Budding chefs take the spotlight

first_imgOne of the most loved food-related festivals, Culinary Art India, is known for its thrilling competitions among the chefs. The four-day event saw over 500 chefs from across the country participating in various activities and competitions. It not only welcomed the professional chefs to showcase their creative culinary skills, but also gave a platform to housewives as well as students to put their best foot forward.First day of event saw 45 chefs demonstrating their culinary expertise and competing in Authentic Indian Regional Cuisine, Fruit and Vegetable Carving and Live Cooking category. Second day saw Petit Fours and Pralines, Artistic Bakery Showpiece along with Three Tier Wedding Cake prepration. On the third day, 57 chefs exhibited their artistic side in the categories of Artistic Pastry Showpiece, Plated Appetizers, Live cooking and Contemporary Sushi Platter. On the fourth and last day of culinary challenge, 82 chefs competed in three competetd in Three course set dinner, Plated Desserts, Mocktails and Live cooking. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The culinary art India has been in existence for 14 years and the objective of this event was to create a platform where students, fellow chefs, professionals, can display their culinary skills, and get rewarded. The festival give them the necessary exposure and groom them to compete at the global level,” said Davinder Kumar, President of Indian Culinary Forum, adding, “The response from the audience as well as participants has been phenomenal this year. We have witnessed a large number of entries by college students, who were confident about their work at such a young age.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA visual treat for foodies, culinary artistry attracted a lot of crowd across all ages, however, youngsters – with high ambitions of making big in the culinary and hotel industry – were seen at large throughout the festival. One such student of hotel management, who also won the first prize for ‘plated dessert competition’, finds solace in baking. Speaking about his love for cooking, he said, “I am a first year student of International Institute of Culinary art. Though I enjoy every aspect of cooking, baking is something that fills me with happiness and joy. I want to get specialised in the art of baking and learn as much as I can. For this competition, I tried to give my 100 percent and bring up something new for the jury. I got four ingredients with which I prepared four different recipes in the ‘Plated dessert competition’, and won gold for the same,” said 19-year-old student, Nikhil Bhatia.last_img read more

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Look Out Amazon Dubai Could Have Delivery Drones by Years End

first_img Though Amazon’s proposed drones may be snagged in regulatory approval for many years to come, the futuristic devices will reportedly be flying the friendly skies of Dubai in a matter of months.And it’s not even a retailer that’s seeking to employ the high-tech machines, but the United Arab Emirates’ government itself, which intends to deliver driver’s licenses, medicine and other official documents by air, reports Sky News.The 18-inch, battery-powered, four-rotor drones were announced at the Virtual Future Exhibition, a government summit in Dubai, before the country’s prime minister and ruler. Two white prototypes touted the UAE flag.Related: Government Shuts Down Small Brewery’s Beer DronesWhile the delivery of critical government documentation via drone may sound like a recipe for disaster, the project’s engineer, Abdulrahman Alserkal, told the outlet that fingerprint and eye-recognition technology would be used to protect the cargo from unauthorized recipients.After an announced testing period of six months, the program could be operational country-wide within a year.However, in addition to the civilian air regulations that may delay Amazon’s Prime Air program, Dubai’s drones will also have to contend with scorching temperatures and sand storms, Sky News noted.Related: Not Science Fiction: Amazon Is Working on a Drone-Powered Delivery System Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » February 10, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readlast_img read more

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Arenal Report

first_imgThank youTrent Duschene, owner of the Agua Inn Spa (formerly the Blue Zone Spa), for hosting the October meeting of the Ladies of the Lake. The swimming pool was refreshing and the spa staff provided chicken kabobs and a variety of fresh fruit juices. Support for Sister Alicia’s mission in Tierras Morenas was increased to meet a growing demand for her services to families in need. Victoria Torley spearheaded the formation of the Lake Arenal Garden Club with a successful inaugural meeting at her home. Next meeting is Nov. 5 at 1 p.m., and will include a plant exchange. The Little Longhorn Restaurant has opened in San Luis near Las Brisas. Owners Jason and Cindy Carroccio offer a variety of burgers with all the fixings, including French fries and onion rings with eat-in or take-out service. Call 2695-2035 for orders to go.Tico Winds will be adding paddleboard lessons and rentals to their windsurfing and kiteboarding business. For more info, visit www.ticowind.com or call 2692-2002.A new event has been added to the Arenal calendar. Every first and third Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. a feria (trade fair) takes place in the parking area located behind the Remax Realty office at Cinco Esquinas. Plants, homemade foods, artisan crafts, organically-grown vegetables and other items new and used are for sale. This is a popular event, so come early for the best choices.Thanks to Lynn Farris, Sarah Benson and Rene Aoki for their assistance in writing this column.–William & Jean Priestjean_pri@msn.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Red Bull scion stirs debate on justice in Thailand

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Comments   Share   He faces charges of causing death by reckless driving but was released on 500,000 baht ($15,900) bail.His grandfather, Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, died in March at the age of 88. The Yoovidhya family was ranked the fourth richest in Thailand this year by Forbes magazine, with a net worth of $5.4 billion.One commentator on the popular Pantip Web forum echoed the skepticism of many: “If you’re rich, the verdict will take ages to be delivered, and will then come down as a suspended sentence. If you’re poor, the verdict comes faster than the speed of light: Go to jail immediately.”That was the outcome last week for another child of privilege who killed nine people in a car crash in 2010 and was given a two-year suspended sentence.Orachorn Devahastin Na Ayudhya was 16 and driving without a license when she crashed her sedan into a van on a Bangkok highway. A court initially sentenced her to a 3-year prison term but reduced the sentence last week, saying she had provided “helpful” testimony.One of Thailand’s most infamous untouchables recently resurfaced in headlines. Duang Yubumrung, the son of Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung, was linked to the 2001 shooting of a policeman in a nightclub brawl. He was acquitted of murder in 2004 on grounds of insufficient evidence. Duang has since joined the Bangkok police force and in July was assigned as a sharpshooter. News reports quoted his father as saying he was proud of his son’s skill because “His shooting accuracy is 100 percent!”In a country that values deference and patronage, even the police oblige, said social commentator Somkiat Onwimon.“Police are afraid of influential people,” he said. “They treat the famous people differently and let them break the law.”___Associated Press writer Thanyarat Doksone contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressBANGKOK (AP) – People in Thailand often joke that prisons are reserved for the poor, because the rich and privileged tend to get away with murder.Popular online forums were filled with commentary Tuesday about the justice system’s highest-profile test case in years, in which an heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune allegedly slammed his Ferrari into a policeman and dragged the officer’s dead body along a Bangkok street before speeding away. Police initially attempted to cover up the heir’s involvement by arresting a bogus suspect _ underlining what many people describe as selective law enforcement and the power of political connections.But Bangkok’s police commissioner, Comronwit Toopgrajank, then took charge of the investigation of Monday’s accident. He suspended the district police superintendent for attempting to subvert the probe and vowed to deliver justice regardless of the defendant’s family name.“We will not let this police officer die without justice. Believe me,” Comronwit said Tuesday. “The truth will prevail in this case. I can guarantee it.”Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the 27-year-old grandson of Red Bull creator Chaleo Yoovidhya, has admitted he was driving the Ferrari, but said the police officer’s motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle.Witnesses said they saw the sports car dragging the police officer dozens of meters (feet) as it sped from the crime scene.Police followed oil streaks for several blocks to the gate of Vorayuth’s family mansion. Photos of his charcoal gray Ferrari _ with a crumpled front fender and a shattered windshield _ were plastered on Thailand’s front pages Tuesday.center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Fourteen Indicted Over 58M Mortgage Fraud Payout

first_imgFourteen Indicted Over $58M Mortgage Fraud Payout August 10, 2011 500 Views Nine brokers and five lawyers will face prosecution over their alleged role in a $58 million mortgage fraud scheme that banked on 100 loans across New York City and three state counties. According to a Thursday “”statement””:http://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2011/manhattan-u.s.-attorney-announces-charges-against-14-defendants-in-58-million-mortgage-fraud-scheme-involving-long-island-mortgage-broker-first-class-equities, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and “”Federal Bureau of Investigation””:http://www.fbi.gov/ stepped up with a five-count indictment against the defendants.[IMAGE]Starting in 2004, nine brokers heading up Long Island-based First Class Equities (FCE) organized a complex mortgage scheme involving sham buyers, false mortgage loan applications, and misrepresentation by four lawyers and a disbarred attorney claiming otherwise. The scheme collapsed with the onset of the financial crisis in 2009.””As alleged, this brazen and wide-ranging scheme defrauded banks and lenders of millions and enriched its participants, including real estate professionals who took advantage of their inside knowledge of the system to fleece it,”” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in the statement. “”Mortgage fraud undermines the banking system and hurts hardworking homeowners, and we will continue to work with the FBI to make sure that those who commit such crimes are caught and prosecuted.””The indictments claim that FCE president Gerard Canino masterminded the mortgage fraud scheme. Other defendants include loan officers Ian Katz, Omar Guzman, James Vignola, Henry Richards, and Robert Thorton, alongside real estate lawyers Neal Sultzer, Michael Raphan, Jacquelyn Todaro, and Kevin Hymowitz.[COLUMN_BREAK]The statement names Ralph Delgiorno and Pandora Bacon as co-conspirators, and highlights Michael Schlussel’s role as the disbarred lawyer who claimed otherwise.Gerard Canino and his co-conspirators allegedly went through sham buyers to close deals for distressed properties, according to the statement. After acquiring the properties, the defendants sent fraudulent mortgage applications to lenders and financial institutions, falsifying the sham buyers’ net work, income, employment status, and other plans for properties. The attorneys, plus Schlussel, acted on behalf of Canino and the others by appearing at closings and making false statements to lenders.The statement says the defendants, playing both major and minor roles, benefited handsomely as a conspiracy, fingering Delgiorno for some $300,000 he received for acting as a straw buyer and the attorneys, plus Schlussel, who each pooled thousands of dollars in illicit payments from loan proceeds. Brokers such as Thornton, Guzman, and Bacon falsified their documents, including fake W-2s, pay stubs, and employment verifications. Todaro acted as paymaster for the conspiracy, while Charles authorized false deals and transactions.While Canino├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós FCE functioned as the primary front for operations, the statement says, other defendants allegedly ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£flipped├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø properties by transmitting funds through shell corporations owned and controlled by conspirators. The U.S. attorney and FBI allege that ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£scores of mortgages went into default and many of the properties went into foreclosure├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø as a result of the $58 million scheme.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£Mortgage lenders provide capital so people can purchase homes. These defendants exploited the system to enrich themselves,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø said Janice K. Fedarcyk, the FBI assistant director responsible for filing the indictments. Their purpose wasn├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ót to assist home buyers; it was a thinly veiled, multi-million-dollar bank fraud scheme.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2011-08-10 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination, Servicinglast_img read more

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Start making your tailgating plans The 2012 NFL

first_imgStart making your tailgating plans.The 2012 NFL schedule has been released, and that means weknow exactly what the Arizona Cardinals docket of gameslooks like.The Cardinals will open their campaign Sunday, September 9against the Seattle Seahawks. This game marks only thefifth time since the team relocated to the Valley in 1988that they’ve opened their schedule at home. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

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Kyle Skinner

first_imgKyle Skinner Construction crew Eli McAlister. May 29, 2017The first pour for the largest part of the Visitors Parking retaining wall is massive, 22 yards of concrete.[photos by lvb]center_img Construction manager Ron Chandler.last_img

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