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How to hide a celebrity at the Toronto International Film Festival

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Red carpets, after-parties and onstage screening appearances are when the famous are working at the festival. Otherwise, they’re off the clock and, at least for some, trying to stay out of sight.1. The ‘other’ Pearson airport The game of hide-and-seek begins as soon as they land in Toronto. Big stars tend to arrive via private plane.You may have noticed the huge Skyservice Business Aviation building across from the main terminals as your plane taxis at Pearson International Airport. The other half ends up here if they’re coming or going by charter jet.The 31-year-old Canadian company has what’s known as a fixed base operation, or FBO, at Pearson. It includes a sizable “luxury” private lounge with a wall of windows overlooking the runways.This private mini-terminal is open 24/7 for guests to shower, nap, or have a pre-arranged meal, from a fast-food burger to a gourmet feast. A 24-hour concierge is available to look after requests.“TIFF is our Christmas,” says Catherine Vettese, Skyservice manager of marketing and communications. “It is absolutely by far our busiest time of the year in Toronto. At any time of day you will see row after row of private jets parked.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement They’re the centre of attention at the Toronto International Film Festival — unless they don’t want to be.So just how do you hide a movie star?It’s a challenge, a bit like smuggling an elephant into a room underneath a washcloth. But there are ways. A limo to the stairs of a private jet, a brisk hustle through a hotel kitchen or ducking in through an inconspicuous entrance can be a celebrity’s best friend. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Nova Scotia rocket launch site hopes to eventually reach 12 launches per

first_imgHALIFAX – The developers of Canada’s only commercial spaceport are shooting for as many as a dozen rockets to blast off per year from a proposed site near a small community on Nova Scotia’s eastern shore.Proponents of the project gathered in a Halifax boardroom on Monday to plan the next steps, which will rely first on the province approving an environmental assessment plan early next year.Stephen Matier, president of Maritime Launch Services Ltd., was in an upbeat mood following the meeting, saying the group is expecting to be building in May 2018.“With a launch date of 2020, and 18 months of construction and six months of commissioning, you can see where we’ve got to get to groundbreaking. So this is an important and key time for us,” said the executive, who represents a consortium of three U.S.-based space firms.He presented rocket designers and executives from Ukrainian-based Yuzhnoye Design with a case of Rocket Lager craft beer — recently created in Guysborough County by a craft brewer and featuring an astronaut on its label.The project doesn’t plan to put humans into space, but is rather squarely aimed at attracting consortiums of firms that want to put satellites into orbit for commercial purposes such as near-Earth imaging and global Internet broadband services.“Why are we doing this? There’s a huge market out there for satellites to get put into space and there’s a real lack of launch capability to be able to do that,” said Matier.He said the first round of satellite launches his firm is aiming for begins in 2021 and 2022, and the initial goal for the company would be one to three launches a year, with a near-term goal of eight launches annually.Maksym Degtiarov, a rocket design executive with Yuzhnoye State Design Office, was on hand for the news conference to say the Ukrainian firm is prepared to ramp up its production of Cyclone-4M medium-lift rockets to supply the site.“We expect it to happen up to 12 times a year. From six to 12 times a year,” he said. Matier added the firm is capable of producing about one of the rockets every 29 days.Degtiarov said each launch would take up to two minutes and from three kilometres away would sound no louder than a commercial aircraft.It’s estimated the rocket will move over 20,000 metres through the sky within 105 seconds, with the public able to view the spectacle from vantage points at Little Dover, N.S., about eight kilometres south of Canso, said Matier.Yuzhnoye State Design Office is the rocket design company that works under the State Space Agency of Ukraine but operates commercially. A second firm, Yuzhmash, is a manufacturing company and operates the same way and builds what Yuzhnoye designs.Overall, the project is a private-sector venture, but will require the province’s environmental approvals and further regulatory approvals for launching procedures.Matier said his firm will want satellite launch customers to begin putting forward downpayments by the beginning of next year for the preparation of their rockets and the launching costs.“There’s an 18-month schedule ahead of the launch date where they need to start making some of these downpayments and that will accrue in an escrow (account) as we’re moving forward,” explained.“Financing continues. It’s that kind of project. You’re always building your financial structure,” he said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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Council welcomes new RCMP Inspector to Fort St John

first_imgHanson who is originally from New Brunswick attended the University of New Brunswick where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and English.Joining the RCMP in October 2000, he was posted to Invermere, BC out of training.During his career, he has served, aside from Invermere, in Ottawa, Tumbler Ridge, Vanderhoof, Fort St James and Prince George. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the regular Council Meeting on Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council welcomed a new RCMP Inspector to the city of Fort St. John.Anthony Hanson has moved to the community with his wife, a Professional Engineer and their three children.Hanson has held Detachment Operations and Command positions in Tumbler Ridge, Vanderhoof, Fort St James and Prince George.last_img read more

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Scheer unveils plane in Ottawa starts campaign with SNCLavalin reminder

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has formally launched his election campaign today in Ottawa, reviving attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Scheer went on the offensive in Ottawa after a report in the Globe and Mail that said the RCMP has been examining potential obstruction of justice in the handling of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group, but has been limited by the federal government’s refusal to lift cabinet confidentiality for all witnesses.Scheer reiterated past criticism that Trudeau has lied to the public, and called on him to waive that confidentiality. While emphasizing the Tories’ main campaign slogan of being a party that will help Canadians get ahead, Scheer made clear that attacks on Trudeau’s credibility over his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair will be central.“We made the case that he has lost the moral authority to govern. So over the next five weeks or so we’re going to be outlining our vision for the country to put more money back into the pockets of Canadians and let them get ahead,” Scheer said.Scheer was speaking in Ottawa before setting out for Quebec for a mid-day event ahead of an evening rally in Toronto.(The Quebec event is scheduled for Trois-Rivieres, between Montreal and Quebec City, but bad weather could force a change of plans.)Scheer was asked about Bill 21, Quebec’s new secularism legislation, which forbids some public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols on the job.“I’ve made my views of Bill 21 known. It’s not something that our party would ever consider at the federal level. We will always stand up for the rights of Canadians, and the rights for expression and the rights of freedom of religion,” Scheer said. Scheer begins the 40-day campaign with polls suggesting the Conservatives are essentially tied with the Liberals and the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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To support Timorese economy UN mission aims to increase local purchasing

The Mission is supporting the Buy Local: Build Timor-Leste campaign by encouraging its staff members to spend their money locally in support of businesses in their communities. The campaign is an initiative of the Peace Dividend Trust, following a study by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in 2005 that found that increasing peacekeeping and partners’ expenditure in post-conflict States has a positive effect on local economies by creating employment and building the private sector capacity.The Mission itself is also purchasing locally where possible and is working to assist local businesses meet the standards and procedures required to bid for UNMIT contracts. Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Timor-Leste and head of UNMIT, urged everyone at the Mission to buy locally and increase support to local businesses.“The stimulation of the private sector is essential for the socio-economic growth of Timor-Leste and we support the initiatives of the Peace Dividend Trust,” he said. The Peace Dividend Trust is now working in two countries – Timor-Leste and Afghanistan – and is looking to increase its presence in other countries where there are UN peacekeeping operations. 12 June 2008The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) is aiming to increase its support for long-term economic recovery in the fledgling nation by increasing purchasing of goods and services available in the country. read more

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Trinidad Tobago and Sri Lanka sign counter terrorism deal

The agreements allow T&T’s FIU to exchange information securely and enhance networking and co-operation with foreign FIUs in the fight against money launderers, financiers of terrorism and other criminal organisations. (Colombo Gazette) Al-Rawi was in Argentina when that country mourned the deaths of five of its citizens in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York.While in Argentina, Al-Rawi signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) of Sri Lanka and Cuba. Trinidad & Tobago and Sri Lanka have signed a counter terrorism deal, the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online reported.The Trinidad & Tobago Government’s push with international partners against financiers of terrorism and its bid to combat violent extremism are assuming front burner status. Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi, whose ministry houses Trinidad & Tobago Counter-Terrorism Desk, was involved in both activities and was due back last night following a recent counter-terrorism conference in Argentina where the agreements with Cuba and Sri Lanka were signed. Trinidad & Tobago signed agreements with Cuba and Sri Lanka to exchange information to track financiers of terrorism. read more

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Big wheels for kids to explore

Rudy Hogg of Waterford watched his daughter, Charlie Anne Hogg “test drive” a small tractor at Saturday’s annual Kid’s Day in Waterford where the Lions Club brought in big trucks and rescue vehicles for children to touch, climb on, and activate horns and sirens. Farm vehicles included a mini excavator and a giant tractor with tires almost two metres tall. The Tim Hortons Foundation provided coffee for grownups and chocolate milk and cookies for the children.“It’s a lovely day for the kids and they’re trying everything,” said mom Natasha Farrell, who brought her three children and her mother, Cheryl Harrington, to the event.“This is our first time coming out but we’re be back,” said Harrington.Varao estimated about 300 children attended the Kids DaySGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble Susan Gamble A Kids Day event in Waterford is just a way of saying ‘Thanks!’ to the community, said one of the organizers of the Saturday fun day.“This community has been very good in donating to our projects and helping out the food cupboard here so this is a way we say thank you back to the community,” said John Varao, a director with the Waterford Lions and co-organizer of the event.Rather than games and vendors, Kids Day features stuff with wheels – a school bus, ambulance, firetruck, police cruiser and various farm vehicles – that kids can touch, climb and sit in.“It’s a good learning experience,” Varao said, “especially for the preschoolers who can get on a school bus and check it out.”Randy Godelie, acting commander of Norfolk County Ambulance services agreed, saying the act of exploring an ambulance reduces a child’s fear in case a situation arises where they have to ride in one.“It helps them see what we’re all about and that we’re approachable,” said Godelie. “Hopefully this helps them be calmer if they are a passenger one day and the older ones are full of questions.”The lights, sirens and horns of the vehicles were of particular interest to many of the several hundred kids who visited. Various wails, beeps and deep blasts of noise caused some of the little ones to jump as they explored. read more

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Liberia UN envoy hails youth participants in cleanup campaign

Alan Doss made his comments at a ceremony in the capital which marked the culmination of a 10-day exercise called “Youth in Action,” involving nearly 4,000 young volunteers who helped beautify the city through a massive clean-up effort. “Several years ago you might have carried guns, but you put them down and you picked up spades” Mr. Doss told participants. “It is these spades which will rebuild this country. It is you that will rebuild this country.” Over the past ten days, the young volunteers removed more than 250 truckloads of garbage, brushed and painted roadsides, patched potholes and repainted many buildings, bridges and road signs throughout the capital, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMIL), which provided logistical support. In its own efforts to help clean-up Monrovia, UNMIL has removed over 100 wrecked vehicles from the roadsides, repaired potholes, removed nearly 200 truckloads of trash, and made repairs to Roberts International Airport and other vital infrastructure.Among those attending today’s ceremony was President-elect Johnson-Sirleaf, who Mr. Doss held up as a role model for the youth volunteers. He said that throughout her career, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf had always showed determination and lived by the motto “never give up, never give in.” Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf herself thanked the youth. “You are the future of Liberia; you are the ones who are going to stand up and take this country forward,” she said. read more

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Correction Train DerailmentMaryland story

Correction: Train Derailment-Maryland story by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2013 3:31 pm MDT ROSEDALE, Md. – In a story May 28 about a train derailment and explosion, The Associated Press reported erroneously that chemical aboard the train was fluoroacetic acid, a toxic substance that is used to make products that kill rodents and that produces poisonous gases when burned. The chemical was fluorosilicic acid, a liquid that can produce toxic gases and vapours and also is used in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.A corrected version of the story is below:Derailment, blast near Baltimore rattles homesTrain derails near Baltimore, 1 hurt; blast rattles homes but fire officials say nothing toxicBy BEN NUCKOLSAssociated PressA CSX freight train crashed into a trash truck, derailed and caught fire Tuesday in a Baltimore suburb, setting off an explosion that rattled homes at least a half-mile away and sent a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.In the third serious derailment this month, the dozen or so rail cars, at least one carrying hazardous materials, went off the tracks at about 2 p.m. in Rosedale, a suburb east of Baltimore. A hazardous materials team responded, but Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said at a news conference that no toxic inhalants were being released. Officials did not order an evacuation.By nightfall, the hazmat team had left, meaning there was no more danger posed from the chemicals in the rail car, said Baltimore County police Capt. Bruce Schultz.The truck driver, 50-year-old John J. Alban Jr., was in serious condition Tuesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said. Two CSX workers aboard weren’t hurt.Dale Walston said he lives about a half-mile away and that he thought he could smell chemicals.“It shook my house pretty violently and knocked things off the shelves,” he said in an email to The Associated Press.The face of one warehouse near the train tracks was blown off.Even hours after the blast, the thick plume of black smoke could be seen for miles and had drifted and covered the eastern part of Baltimore. Later, the smoke that was left had lightened considerably, changing from black to grey, though the fire wasn’t yet extinguished as of 9 p.m.CSX spokesman Gary Sease said in an email that one of the cars was carrying sodium chlorate, which the Department of Transportation classifies as a hazardous material. However, Baltimore County Fire Chief John Hohman said the chemical was not in any of the cars that were still burning into the evening. The bleaching agent is used in making paper.Nick Materer, an Oklahoma State University chemist, said sodium chlorate, when combined with fuel, makes a more volatile mixture. “When you mix them together and add fire, they go boom,” he said in a phone interview.Materer said the chemical is usually shipped as a white powder but it can also be in a liquid solution. Either way, he said, the fumes can irritate the lungs if inhaled.Exactly what triggered the explosion was being investigated, and Hohman said firefighters told residents of about 70 nearby homes that they could leave if they wanted to and shelter would be provided.Two warehouses were heavily damaged by the explosion and other buildings were harmed, but none collapsed, as was thought earlier, Hohman said.An Amtrak spokeswoman said its Northeast Corridor passenger service was not affected.Kevin Lindemann, 29, a salesman for industrial pipe supplier Baltimore Windustrial near the tracks, said he and about 10 co-workers felt the ground shake, ran to a window and saw several cars on their sides and flames he estimated at 50 feet high.“You could feel the heat as soon as you walked out the door,” Lindemann said.“We kind of panicked pretty quick,” he said. “We didn’t wait around to see what was happening. So as soon as we saw the flames I took a quick picture and got in my truck and drove away.”Everyone left the building and drove several blocks away. Then they heard the explosion, five to 10 minutes after the derailment, he said.“Even like three blocks away, it was loud. I mean, it just about took you to your knees,” Lindemann said.Derailments have done great damage before in Baltimore, a city with countless train tracks. Twelve years ago was the derailment and chemical fire in Baltimore’s Howard Street tunnel. Rail cars burned for five days underground in July 2001. Portions of downtown were closed and rail traffic across the U.S. was affected for days.The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration were sending teams to investigate Tuesday’s crash of the 45-car train en route from Selkirk, N.Y., to Waycross, Ga. It contained a variety of products from lumber to printing paper.Police also planned to investigate the circumstances that led to the track collision, but it was not clear what, if any, charges the truck driver or anyone would face, said Baltimore County spokeswoman Elise Armacost. Police and fire officials said they were not sure how the truck got on the tracks or even whether it was at a crossing when it was hit.Late Tuesday evening, Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said the accident occurred at a private crossing where the only marking was a stop sign. He said it wasn’t clear why the truck was crossing the tracks or whether it was authorized to be there.Sumwalt said a team of 15 NTSB investigators was on the scene and would likely remain there for up to a week.Photos showed at least a dozen rail cars off the tracks, including at least one tanker car. Sease said four of the cars believed derailed carried terephthalic acid, which is used in the production of plastics and polyester, among other things. He said it is not listed as a hazardous material.Sumwalt said it was the chemical that exploded as a result of the derailment.One of the cars still burning was carrying that acid, and another was used to carry fluorosilicic acid, Hohman said.Fluorosilicic acid, a liquid, is a hazardous material that can produce toxic gases and vapours, according to a National Institutes of Health website. It is put in drinking water to prevent tooth decay and is used to preserve wood, harden ceramic and masonry, and treat animal hides, according to the NIH.Materer said the gases contain chlorinated organics. He was less familiar with terephthalic acid but said it, too, contains chlorine.“It just doesn’t sound good,” he said.Hazardous materials moving through Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland was the subject of an agreement a few years ago between the state and CSX. After a freight train with hazardous materials derailed in November 2007 near Camden Yards, CSX agreed to give officials real-time information about potential harmful cargo moving through the state. Railroads had previously guarded such details as proprietary information.Also hit by a serious derailment this month was Bridgeport, Conn. On May 17, more than 70 people were injured when a commuter train went off the tracks. The eastbound train from New York City derailed during evening rush hour, came to a stop and was struck about 20 seconds later by a westbound train. In Rockview, Mo., on Saturday, a cargo train crash injured seven people and destroyed a highway overpass, which could take a year to repair.Despite the high-profile railroad accidents, the overall number of such crashes has been declining industry wide and for CSX over the past decade.Last year was the safest year on record for the railroad industry, according to the railroad administration. All train accidents are down 43 per cent since 2003, and derailments have fallen 40 per cent over the same period, according to data provided by the administration. Freight train derailments specifically are also down 40 per cent.In each of the past five years, CSX has reported more than 100 deaths in accidents and incidents involving the railroad.CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., operates over 21,000 miles of track in 23 eastern states and two Canadian provinces.Its shares traded higher Tuesday before the derailment was reported. The shares closed down 20 cents at $25.30.Bertha Pressley and her husband Tom Brown said their townhome in Middle River, about 3 miles away, shook and they initially feared a bomb or natural disaster.“I thought it was terrorism,” Pressley said.___Associated Press writers Kasey Jones in Baltimore, David Dishneau in Hagerstown, Josh Funk in Omaha, Neb., and Joan Lowy in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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TransCanada Celebrates first leg of Keystone XL pipeline

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jan 16, 2015 7:42 am MDT TransCanada Celebrates first leg of Keystone XL pipeline TransCanada is celebrating the one-year anniversary of opening the south leg of the Keystone XL pipeline in Beaumont, Texas Friday.They are using the occasion to promote getting the north leg of the project approved, and they have a powerful ally.Senior Texas Senator John Cornyn will be along for a tour of the south leg, and then hold a round table on what benefits came from the building of the now one-year old infrastructure.TransCanada Spokesperson Shawn Howard says they are hoping the round table will help politicians of all stripes understand what’s at stake.“It’s not just about TransCanada, there’s 9,000 trades people in the United States and another 2,000 in Canada that are waiting to build this project,” he said. “They have the skills; they want to build this modern safe, energy infrastructure.”TransCanada first applied to the U.S. government to build the north leg of Keystone back in 2008.It would carry crude from the Alberta oilsands to the U.S. Golf Coast. read more

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Classical Greek Columns Walk validates what we already know

first_imgAn interesting workshop took place in the city of Adelaide last Monday when a group of people from different cultural backgrounds joined the President of the South Australian Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens Spiros Sarris, in an archaeological walk along Adelaide’s streets to explore significant architectural features of some of the city’s 19th and early 20th century buildings. “The main purpose of the Classical Greek Columns Walk was to share significant information about the history of ancient Greek architecture and to explore different rhythms of that era, and delve into world history to highlight the influence exerted by the ancient Greeks on the architecture of Australia. Especially of interest are those buildings that dominate the city centre and have special significance for the state; to see whether they are considered works of art from a historical and architectural point of view,” said Sarris in an interview with Neos Kosmos. The walk, which started at Victoria Square, included Parliament House, the Adelaide Magistrates Court in Victoria Square, the General Post Office, Electra House, the Town Hall and Edmund Wright House, the old Commonwealth Bank building and many others before it concluded at the Art Gallery of South Australia. “It’s actually incredibly fascinating when, looking back at different eras, one realises how Greece has influenced the world in so many ways; including design and architecture. “In my opinion, it all dates back to the 1600s when British historians started displaying an interest in Greek culture and history. The knowledge and ideas the British obtained through their research was then conveyed – consciously or at times even subconsciously – to every place they visited, influencing the rest of Europe and Australia,” says Sarris who feels that over time there were many reasons behind Australia’s decision to include ancient Greek influences in its architecture. The Classical Greek Columns Walk, which is one of the many events of this year’s Festival Hellenika, was in essence a great opportunity to start a discussion about the importance of Greek architecture, and it benefitted not only those individuals who have a keen eye for art, architecture and an interest in ancient Greece but also the second- and third- generation of Greeks who are interested in learning more about their cultural background and feel they have a need to connect with their heritage and the country of their ancestors. “At the same time, my aim was to show Australians the level of influence Greece has had on their country so that they understand how much Australia and Greece really have in common in the hope to inspire Australians’ respect towards Greece and the cultural richness it has given to the world,” concluded Sarris. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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This could be Ronaldo and Messis last World Cup Mourinho

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo “probably have one last chance” to win the World Cup. Both players are appearing at their fourth World Cup finals.The 33-year-old Portugal captain Ronaldo, and the 30-year-old Argentina skipper Messi, who have multiple honours for their clubs are under pressure to lift the World Cup trophy for their nations and prove their all their honours.“They both arrive at this World Cup probably as the last one,” Mourinho said on Thursday according to BBC.“It would be the pinnacle of their careers.”Madrid forward Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016 but Messi is yet to enjoy a major success with Argentina at senior level.Speaking to Russian broadcaster RT, Mourinho added:“Everybody knows for the last decade Ronaldo and Messi are the two best players on the planet.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They have tried to give the best of themselves to their countries.”Asked if this was their last chance to win the World Cup, the Portuguese said:“Cristiano is a superman. He can [play at another World Cup] if he wants.“But four more years at the highest level? To come back to the next World Cup I feel it will be hard.“Of course Lionel is younger and he can perfectly be in the next World Cup in four years time.“But I would also think that to play every week – two or three matches per week for Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, Champions League, national team – I think to resist to all of that and four years later to come to the highest level is hard.“They’re both going to try to finish their careers with the only thing they don’t have.”last_img read more

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HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers November Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s November 2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation on the Community Teamwork’s Fuel Assistance ProgramInformation about upcoming events, including: Meditation Classes, Our Moment Cafe, Medicare Open Enrollment Informational Session, Buzz Book Club, Caregivers Support Group, Wilmington Has Talent Holiday Edition, Special Coffee Hour for Helen & Jim Durkee, Festival of Trees Early Viewing, Veterans Luncheon, Doris’s Craft Corner, and 2018 Annual Holiday Party.Information about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, and Get Well Wishes.The Senior Center’s November Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

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Victims of disappearance cant speak fearing recurrence

first_imgMoulik Odhikar Surakkha Committee organised a discussion on `Rule of law and role of law enforcement agencies` at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday. Photo: Hasan RajaLiving with fear and trouble has been injected into the culture of the Bangladesh people in recent times, a rights leader said on Saturday.In an event at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, Syeda Rizwana Hasan alleged that citizens holding national identity cards are being abducted by law men and such abduction has been a culture of the law enforcement agencies.”If the people nowadays want to protest [at violation of rights), his/her family says ‘don’t invite any trouble’… The people are in a culture of living with trouble,” she said referring to criticism in television talkshows about why the victims did not speak out once they were free.”The victims and their families would have been vocal, should an incident of abduction be the only one in the country,” said Rizwana, chief of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA).She came up with resentment, addressing a discussion titled ‘Rule of law and role of law enforcement agencies’ organised by Moulik Odhikar Surakkha Committee (Committee to protect fundamental rights).Committee member Noor Khan Liton allegorically said, “Ain Shringkhola Rokkhakari Bahini (Agencies to protect law and order) are now being deliverately called Ain Shringkhola Bahini (law and order agencies). The word ‘protect’ does no longer suit the agencies.”Unidentified persons abducted and later freed Rizwana Hasan’s husband Abu Bakar Siddique in 2014. A general diary was then filed with the police but the investigation said nothing about who were behind the abduction.Syeda Rizwana HasanAbout silence of victims and families, Rizwana told the discussion that such abduction was allegedly carried out, not only by the law enforcment agencies, but also at the directive of such a high level that the subordinates could not deny.In this context, she insisted, it is essential to restore confidence of the people in the state agencies by taking necessary steps.”We have to change law [or name of an agency] if necessary to get rid of no-confidence in public mind about the law enforcement agencies,” she said referring to the renaming of the Bangladesh Rifles as Border Guard Bangladesh after the 2009 revolt.”We have to think about RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) as well,” she said.The rights leader emphasised that agencies such police, RAB and army must protect the citizens.”No party can win an election if the citizens holding identity cards go missing,” she added.One Jesmin Nahar, hailing from Satkhira, narrated the story of disappearance of her husband. She mentioned that there are proofs that her husband was kept in jail for three days but the police denied that he was detained.Supreme Court lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said law has provision for remedy when there is a genuine incident of abduction. “But when someone is picked up, not arrested, and that too by the law enforcement agencies, there is no legal remedy,” he pointed out.last_img
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Government Shutdown Continues Over Border Wall Funding

first_img 00:00 /29:10 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House.President Trump’s promise to build a “big” and “beautiful” wall along the southern border of the United States has run into political trouble in the form of a partial government shutdown since the branches have yet to agree on a short or long term budget.The new Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives makes it harder to get a deal and the White House is digging in. With all this bickering, how long will the government be shut down?“Party Politics” co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer bring some context to the politics of the shutdown and discuss what the conflict means going forward. NATIONAL TOPICSShe’s running – Elizabeth Warren announces White House bidWhite House Chief of Staff out – John Kelly’s parting shotsTrump threatens to close southern border while two immigrant children dieRomney Vs. Trump – Round 2Stock market down for the yearTEXAS TOPICSCounty officers sworn in – Big changes in Harris, Fort Bend CountiesJulián Castro Vs. Beto for… President?School Finance Plan is out – Will we see big changes?Texas Legislature 86th Session starts next week – What to expectYou can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

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Waste Heat from Bitcoin Mining Harnessed to Grow Food

first_img Most people who build a cryptocurrency mining rig do it to… well, mine cryptocurrency. Some have loftier goals, however.Take Canadian Bruce Hardy, for example. He’s the president of Myera Group, a Manitoba-based business with a focus on developing “sustainable and intelligent food production systems.”Hardy also runs a consulting business called Function Four, which does, among other things, software development.It’s not a complete surprise, then, to learn that he’s been mining BitCoin in his spare time. For his latest venture, he came up a way to combine mining with Myera’s mission. Hardy is using the waste heat from computationally-intense cryptocurrency mining to help grow food.As you can probably imagine, it’s not the quietest setup in its current form. It’s pretty much just a shelving unit fully of mining computers with their exhaust fans running full blast. It’s still an effective way to warm a space, however, even in the middle of a cold Manitoba winter.Manitoba is also a great place to run a mining operation, because of the province’s relatively cheap electricity. Locals like Hardy aren’t the only ones who’ve made that connection. Chinese giant Bitmain is reportedly eyeing up Manitoba as a possible location for expansion.Something else Manitoba has going for it: abundant fresh water. Hardy sees the two as a match made in heaven when it comes to sustainable food production. The facility the CBC toured shows why. Freshwater tanks provide a home to arctic char, which produce nutrient-rich water that provides excellent food for the plants that are being kept warm by the mining rig… which also happens to generate revenue at the same time.For now, it’s a terrific setup. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s a system that remains feasible as the difficulty factor for some cryptocurrencies continues to climb and others shift to proof-of-stake from proof-of-work. Stay on target Cops Raid Suspected Pot House, Find Cryptomining Operation InsteadBitcoin Bomb Threat Scam Disrupts Businesses Across US, Canada center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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KVIC launches its Western and Ethnic designer collection

first_imgAmid much fervor and gaiety, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh launched Western and Ethnic Designer Wear collections at Khadi Bhawan at Connaught Place here on Monday.In his inaugural address, the minister said that from the proverbial ‘Dadaji-Netaji fabric’, Khadi had come a long way in the recent past, after Prime Minister’s clarion call to make this signature fabric of India a mode to have ‘economic transformation’ in the country. “To me, the launch of exclusive western and ethnic wear collections is like the fusion of Indian fabric and fashion trends across the globe. No wonder, in the coming days Khadi will become the global fabric,” he added. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPraising Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) for its rocketing growth in sales as well as annual turnover in the last four years, Singh further said that the growth of Khadi had become a matter of surprise for many business majors across the nation. “KVIC is really giving a real shape to the dreams of Prime Minister as it is the biggest job-provider in the nation,” he said.Earlier, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his welcome address, said that Khadi had created some sort of ethical competition in the apparel and fabric world. “As made of natural fiber, Khadi has zero-carbon footprint and is hand-spun and hand-woven – it always catches the eyes of both designers and customers. In the last four years, the craze of Khadi – especially among youths – has multiplied. And, to cater the need of such a large fanfare of Khadi, we are always trying to make it trendy,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe brand aims to revive the age-old specialty and generate employment for Indian weavers by making Khadi central to their trade. Also, the exquisite fabrics are accented with embroidered embellishments and floral motifs to perfect the look and to match it according to the demands of youngsters.Among others, who were present on this occasion, were MSME Secretary Arun Kumar Panda and KVIC members Dr Hina Shafi Bhat and J P Tomar.KVIC members Dr. Hina Shafi Bhat talked about how Khadi’s acceptability and susceptibility are important at the global platform. “The diversification has been done to connect youth to our roots. Indian artisans and their art will go directly to the international market, which would help us further. KVIC is really giving a real shape to the dreams of Prime Minister,” she said.KVIC has joined hands with 38-40 other countries to give Indian cotton products and farmers a platform.last_img read more

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Future of Meningococcal Vaccine Market Size 2023 Business News

first_imgMeningococcal vaccine refers to any of the vaccines used to prevent infection by Neisseria meningitidis. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market.Meningococcal Vaccine Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).The report firstly introduced the Meningococcal Vaccine basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3235711?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshThen it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:•GlaxoSmithKline•Sanofi•Pfizer•Serum InstituteThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-•Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine•Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine•Meningococcal Polysaccharide VaccineOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Meningococcal Vaccine for each application, including-•Medical•Application IIGet 10% Discount on corporate user license @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3235711?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NileshTable of Contents:Part I Meningococcal Vaccine Industry OverviewChapter One Meningococcal Vaccine Industry OverviewChapter Two Meningococcal Vaccine Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisPart II Asia Meningococcal Vaccine Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Chapter Three Asia Meningococcal Vaccine Market AnalysisChapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Meningococcal Vaccine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Five Asia Meningococcal Vaccine Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Six Asia Meningococcal Vaccine Industry Development TrendPart III North American Meningococcal Vaccine Industry (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Chapter Seven North American Meningococcal Vaccine Market AnalysisChapter Eight 2014-2019 North American Meningococcal Vaccine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nine North American Meningococcal Vaccine Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Ten North American Meningococcal Vaccine Industry Development TrendPart IV Europe Meningococcal Vaccine Industry Analysis (The Report Company Including the Below Listed But Not All)Chapter Eleven Europe Meningococcal Vaccine Market AnalysisChapter Twelve 2014-2019 Europe Meningococcal Vaccine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Thirteen Europe Meningococcal Vaccine Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Fourteen Europe Meningococcal Vaccine Industry Development TrendPart V Meningococcal Vaccine Marketing Channels and Investment FeasibilityChapter Fifteen Meningococcal Vaccine Marketing Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter Sixteen Development Environmental AnalysisChapter Seventeen Meningococcal Vaccine New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisPart VI Global Meningococcal Vaccine Industry ConclusionsChapter Eighteen 2014-2019 Global Meningococcal Vaccine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nineteen Global Meningococcal Vaccine Industry Development TrendChapter Twenty Global Meningococcal Vaccine Industry Research ConclusionsAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Rescuers rush to north Japan amid damage after quake kills 7

first_img Share Tags: Earthquake, Hokkaido, Japan Thursday, September 6, 2018 Rescuers rush to north Japan amid damage after quake kills 7 By: The Associated Press ASAHIKAWA — Rescuers were rushing to unearth survivors and restore power Thursday after a powerful earthquake jolted Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, buckling roads, knocking homes off their foundations and causing entire hillsides to collapse.Residents in Sapporo were shaken from their beds when the magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern Hokkaido at 3:08 a.m. Video cameras showed cities going dark as the quake disabled power systems, leaving nearly 3 million households on the island without electricity.The island’s only nuclear power plant, which was offline, switched to a backup generator to keep its spent fuel cool and nuclear regulators said there was no sign of abnormal radiation – a concern after a massive quake and tsunami in March 2011 that hit northeast Japan destroyed both external and backup power to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing meltdowns.Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the quake’s epicenter was 40 kilometres deep. But it still wreaked havoc across much of the relatively sparsely inhabited island.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that seven people had been confirmed dead. The national broadcaster NHK put the number at eight.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyRescuers were using small backhoes and shovels to sift through the tons of soil, rocks and timber in hopes of finding survivors in the town of Atsuma, where steep mountainsides collapsed, crushing homes and farm buildings and leaving scores of brown gashes in the deep green hills.Disaster officials in Hokkaido said about 30 people were unaccounted for.Airports and many roads on the island were closed and trains were idled by the power outages. NHK showed workers rushing to clean up shattered glass and reinstall ceiling panels that had tumbled down in the region’s biggest airport at Chitose.Japan is used to dealing with disasters, but the last few months have brought a string of calamities. The quake came on the heels of a typhoon that lifted heavy trucks off their wheels and triggered heavy flooding in western Japan, leaving the main airport near Osaka and Kobe closed after a tanker rammed a bridge connecting the facility to the mainland. The summer also brought devastating floods from torrential rains in Hiroshima and deadly hot temperatures across the country.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesPrime Minister Shinzo Abe said that up to 25,000 troops and other personnel would be dispatched to Hokkaido to help with rescue operations.In the prefectural capital of Sapporo, a city of 1.9 million, the quake ruptured roads and knocked houses askew. A mudslide left several cars half buried.Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko told reporters that the extensive power outage was caused by an emergency shutdown of the main thermal power plant at Tomato Atsuma that supplies half of Hokkaido’s electricity.The hope had been to get power back up within hours and some electricity was gradually being restored. However, damage to generators at the Tomato Atsuma plant meant that the restoration of power could take more than a week, Seko said.He said utilities were starting up several other thermal and hydroelectric plants but even with those stopgap supplies thousands would still be without power for some time.In the meantime, authorities sent power-generator vehicles to hospitals and other locations. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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THAI holds its Annual General Shareholders Meeting 2017

first_imgTHAI Airways International www.thaiairways.comTHAI holds its Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2017Air Force Convention Hall – Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the Company’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2017, with the attendance of THAI’s Board of Directors, THAI Management and shareholders, covering the following agenda:Operating Results for 2016At THAI’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2017, the operating results for 2016 (January-December 2016) were acknowledged. THAI continued to implement its second phase of the transformation plan “Strength Building” in 2016 by embarking on four main strategies: 1.) generating aggressive revenue, 2.) reducing cost and increasing efficiencies, 3.) building capabilities for sustainable growth, and 4.) creating excellent quality of service. THAI implemented these tasks by using information technology with international standards to enhance revenue management and to implement its new business class service, to launch new routes: Bangkok-Tehran, Iran, Phuket-Frankfurt, to resume the Bangkok-Moscow route, to add flight frequencies in Europe, and continuation of last year’s MSP program.Furthermore, THAI adjusted its fleet strategy by taking delivery of 2 Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft that primarily operate on intercontinental routes while it decommissioned 2 Boeing 777-200 operating lease aircraft on 31 December 2016 with 95 aircraft remaining in the fleet, which is the same amount as the end of the previous year but with improved aircraft utilization. Consequently, product traffic (ASK) of THAI and its subsidiaries increased by 1.9% while passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 2.5%. The average cabin factor was 73.4% higher than last year which was 72.9% with 22.3 million passengers carried, representing a 4.8% increase from last year.As a result of development in various areas based on the strategic plan and satisfactory success of the organization’s transformation, there was an overall improvement in customer satisfaction evident from various awards that the Company received. In addition, the financial performance in 2016 of THAI and its subsidiaries showed an operating profit of THB 4,071 million compared to last year’s loss of THB 1,304 million or 412.2%, a vast improvement from last year mainly because total expense decreased by 7.1% from the decrease in fuel expense by THB 17,907 million (28.3%) resulting from the jet fuel prices that dropped by 21.6% and improved fuel risk management, net finance cost reduced by THB 431 million (7.7%) due to efficient cash management and financial restructure, while non-fuel operating expense increased by THB 4,773 million (3.9%) mostly due to increase in maintenance and overhaul expenses. Total revenue decreased by THB 8,190 million (4.3%). Passenger and excess baggage revenue reduced by THB 4,428 million (2.9%) due to fuel surcharge adjustment while other revenue reduced by THB 3,775 million since last year, the main reason being that last year THAI received insurance compensation from the delayed delivery of economy class seats at the amount of THB 3,968 million.In 2016, THAI and its subsidiaries had a one-time cost item that resulted from aircraft maintenance based on actual conditions of aircraft and maintenance contractual obligations of THB 1,317 million, transformation plan expenses of THB 1,228 million, and impairment loss of assets and aircraft of THB 3,628 million but had a THB 685 million gain on foreign currency exchange. Consequently, THAI and its subsidiaries reported a net profit of THB 47 million. Profit attributable to owners of the parent amounted to THB 15 million. Profit per share was THB 0.01 or 100.2% higher than last year’s loss per share of THB 5.99.As of 31 December 2016, total assets were THB 283,124 million, a decrease of THB 19,347 million (6.4%) from 31 December 2015, mainly due to short-term and long-term repayment, additional provision of impairment of aircraft and aircraft sold during the year. Total liabilities as of 31 December 2016 totaled THB 249,536 million, a decrease of THB 20,009 million (7.4%) from 31 December 2015. Total shareholders’ equity amounted to THB 33,588 million, an increase of THB 662 million (2.0%).Distribution of Dividend At the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders approved to suspend payment of dividend in reflection of the Company’s financial performance in 2015. The suspension of dividend payment is in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy providing that the Company shall distribute “not less than 25 percent of the consolidated net profit before gains or losses on foreign currency exchange and shall also be subject to the future investment plans, necessity and appropriateness.”Selection of Board of Directors At the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2017, the following Directors retired by rotation:1. ACM Treetod Sonjance2. Gen. Chatudom Titthasiri3. ACM Siwakiat Jayema4. Mr. Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen5. Mr. Somchai SujjapongseAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following three Directors were appointed for another term:1. ACM Treetod Sonjance2. Mr. Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen3. Mr. Somchai SujjapongseAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following Directors were appointed to replace those who retired by rotation:1. ACM Johm Rungswang, in place of ACM Siwakiat Jayema2. Mr. Vachara Tuntariyanond, in place of Gen. Chatudom TitthasiriAttending THAI’s Annual General Shareholders Meeting were 1,434 shareholders, representing 1,625,253,727 shares.Source = THAIlast_img read more

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