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Les NéoÉcossais réagissent bien à louragan Earl

first_img Salubrité des aliments : 902-424-1173 Municipalité régionale d’Halifax : 902-490-4000 Aliant (pour signaler une panne de téléphone) : 611 Croix-Rouge : 1-800-222-9597 Nova Scotia Power Inc., : 902-428-6004 Les Néo-Écossais doivent faire preuve de prudence à la plage, puisque des grands vents et une forte houle sont encore possibles. Toutes les plages provinciales, de même que les campings et les parcs d’utilisation diurne resteront fermés au public jusqu’à ce que nous ayons fini d’évaluer les dommages causés par la tempête. Le Parc faunique provincial Shubenacadie a rouvert ses portes à 9 heures ce matin. Un avis public concernant la réouverture d’autres installations sera affiché à l’adresse www.novascotiaparks.ca. Voici quelques numéros de téléphone d’organismes chargés des opérations de nettoyage et de suivi : Si vous êtes toujours sans électricité, les aliments périssables dans le frigo depuis le début de la panne, tels que les viandes, le poisson, la volaille, les produits laitiers, les légumes cuits, les pâtes alimentaires cuites, le riz cuit ou les aliments à base de protéines comme les oeufs ou le tofu, ne devraient probablement pas être consommés. Il est préférable de les jeter. Dans le cas des congélateurs, où la nourriture pourrait commencer à décongeler, vérifiez pour voir si les aliments doivent être placés dans un congélateur en état de marche ou consommés avant qu’ils ne soient complètement dégelés et qu’ils n’atteignent une température d’environ 4 C (40 F). Les fruits et les baies peuvent être recongelés. Les aliments partiellement décongelés peuvent être recongelés. Les viandes crues décongelées qui sont encore à 4 C (40 F) ou moins peuvent être cuites et consommées, ou recongelées si l’électricité a été rétablie chez vous. Si des aliments périssables restent à une température de 4 C (40 F) ou plus pendant plus de deux heures, il est préférable de les jeter.center_img Les efforts de nettoyage et de rétablissement des services à la suite de l’ouragan Earl avancent rapidement partout dans la province. Tous les services essentiels, comme les hôpitaux, les usines de traitement des eaux et autres services publics, ont maintenant de l’électricité. La plupart des débris ont été retirés des chemins et ces derniers sont ouverts à la circulation. Les gens devraient quand même continuer à conduire avec prudence et à faire preuve de vigilance près des arbres et des lignes électriques tombés au sol. « Je tiens à remercier tous nos partenaires qui ont uni leurs efforts et réagi si rapidement et si efficacement à l’ouragan Earl, de dire Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Je suis également très reconnaissante envers les Néo-Écossais pour s’être si bien préparés. Il est bon de voir les voisins qui s’entraident afin que tous se relèvent de la tempête. » Nova Scotia Power indique que le service a été rétabli pour plus de 75 p. 100 des clients sans électricité dans la région du centre de la Nouvelle-Écosse, y compris la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, et l’entreprise prévoit que l’essentiel du service sera rétabli partout dans la province aujourd’hui. Les gens qui vivent dans des régions éloignées ou qui ont subi des dommages plus importants devraient voir leur service rétabli d’ici demain. Les gens peuvent consulter l’état des pannes à l’adresse nspower.ca (nspower.ca/m pour les appareils mobiles), ou signaler des pannes en appelant Nova Scotia Power au 1-877-428-6004. La salubrité des aliments demeure une préoccupation lors d’une panne de courant qui dure plusieurs heures. Le ministère de l’Agriculture conseille aux gens d’être prudents avec la nourriture qui se trouve dans leurs réfrigérateurs ou leurs congélateurs. Les aliments se conservent généralement pendant plusieurs heures dans un réfrigérateur, sans électricité, particulièrement si la porte reste fermée. Les aliments dans un gros congélateur bien rempli peuvent se conserver sans problème de deux à trois jours. Pour des questions concernant la salubrité des aliments durant la fin de semaine, appelez le 902-424-1173. Voici des renseignements importants sur la salubrité des aliments :last_img read more

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Sydney Alcohol Gaming Office Closed

first_img —————————————————————The Sydney Alcohol and Gaming Office in the Nova Scotia Power Building, 235 Townsend St., is closed for the rest of today, Oct. 11, by flooding. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Sydney Alcohol, Gaming Office Closed For inquiries, call 1-877-565-0556, or access available online services at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr. -30-last_img

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Chiefs of Ontario call on Canada to do a hard reset on

first_img(Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald at the Assembly of First Nations forum on rights in Gatineau. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)APTN NewsOntario’s regional chief RoseAnne Archibald is calling on the federal government to reset negotiations aimed at producing legislation that would enshrine Indigenous rights into law.“The federal government continues to advance a deeply flawed engagement process concerning the Rights and Recognition Framework after significant resistance from not only Indigenous legal and cultural experts, but First Nations from across Canada,” said Archibald in a statement released Wednesday morning.Archibald and other chiefs are meeting in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa at a  forum hosted by the Assembly of First Nations forum called First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction.Canada is currently working on the Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework.The Crown-Indigenous Relations ministry is hosting a number of negotiating tables to get input from Indigenous communities across the country.But many feel that the Trudeau government is taking a top down approach and any legislation should be drafted by communities themselves.Others believe the ultimate goal of the legislation is to extinguish Indigenous rights entirely.On Tuesday, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett spoke at the forum. The main subject of her speech was the framework where she tried to quell fears the government is aiming to write it alone and extinguish rights.The statement released by the Chiefs of Ontario acknowledged that on other issues “we have made positive forward movement with the federal government.” But that “it’s troubling that while they are listening, they aren’t hearing First Nation voices.”At an assembly in June where Archibald was elected regional chief, the chiefs also voted in favour of a resolution to reject the framework.“We continue to encourage like-minded First Nations to assert their sovereignty through their own nation to nation governance structure processes,” the statement said.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

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1700 Saudi Nationals Were Alleged Victims of Online Blackmail by Moroccans…

Rabat – Nearly 1700 Saudi nationals were victims of alleged sextortion and cybercrime activities committed by Moroccan citizens in 2017, according to the Saudi newspaper Makkah.The newspaper said that Saudi nationals, including women, were victims of blackmail by Moroccan criminal bands operating in two unidentified cities. The alleged sextortion cases have, according to the paper, led to severe depression for eight of the Saudi nationals who fell victim to the blackmail. Some have had suicidal thoughts.The eight alleged Saudi citizens were saved from further pain and embarrassment owing to “the intervention of the Saudi embassy in Morocco and the Moroccan Directorate of the fight against cyber crimes,” added the newspaper.The embassy of Saudi Arabia in Morocco has reportedly received 420 blackmail complaints, while it has managed to handle some similar sensitive cases in a confidential manner at the request of the victims.The perpetrators often ask their victims of sums of money ranging from MAD 1,250 and MAD 7,500,000 depending on the financial situation of the victims, added the newspaper. The alleged cybercrime gangs track their victims on social networks to study their financial status, photos and activities before blackmailing them.The gang then contacts their male victims using fake female profiles on social media, utilizing third-party videos or anonymous online content to trap the victims. Once the victims perform acts of a sexual nature, the blackmailers record them while online and threaten to post these video clips or photos online. Facing potentially significant embarrassment, the victims are then pressured to pay the amounts of money demanded by harassers.In 2017, the Moroccan General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) announced several measures to counter e-crimes. The security bureau has reportedly received numerous complaints about sextortion and defamation on the internet and theft of credit cards.Al Massae reported in February 2017 that criminals usually target victims from Morocco and abroad by using fake profiles to trap individuals and people of different ages.Other cybercrime perpetrators operate on Facebook and other social media sites, claiming fraudulent employment and/or retail announcements which require victims to make payments and to submit credit card information.A British study in 2016 found that 30 percent of all global cases of online sextortion originated in Morocco, especially from the city of Oued Zem, which was labeled the “capital of sextortion.” read more

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Low interest rates and new cars draw buyers in September

DETROIT – Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month.Total U.S. sales rose 13 per cent from a year earlier to nearly 1.2 million. Analysts think sales could hit 14.3 million this year, up from 12.8 million last year.Low interest rates, aging vehicles that need replacement and appealing new models are fueling this year’s consistently strong sales, says Jessica Caldwell, an analyst for the Edmunds.com automotive website.“That’s a good combination to get people shopping again,” Caldwell says. “That’s really what sells cars.”Here’s why auto sales were strong in September:— FINANCING. Low-interest loans are easy to get again, now that banks have loosened lending. New car loans carried an average interest rate of 4.05 per cent in September, the second-lowest rate after December 2011, according to Edmunds.com, which started collecting data in 2002. People with good credit can get a 2-per cent rate from a bank or credit union.The cost of some models could fall further if automakers try to undercut each other in the small and midsize car markets, says Tom Libby, lead North American forecasting analyst for the Polk research firm.“You have these couple of segments where there’s brutal competition,” Libby says.— NEW MODELS. New vehicles always pique buyers’ interest, and there are a lot of them hitting the market now, including redesigned versions of big sellers like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Escape. Sales this year have also gotten a boost as Toyota and Honda reentered the market after the Japanese earthquake in March 2011.Michael Silver, 67, was driving by a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Delray Beach, Fla., last month when he saw the newly redesigned 2013 E350. The retired principal fell in love with the styling and bought one on the spot after getting a good trade-in price for his Lexus.“September is usually the worst time to buy a car, because the new models are out and the deals aren’t good,” Silver says. “But I just fell in love with it.”— CONSUMER CONFIDENCE. Consumer confidence, one of the biggest factors influencing car-buying, jumped in September to the highest level since February. It was bolstered by a brighter outlook for overall business conditions and hiring.When people are more confident about the economy, they’re usually more willing to buy big-ticket items like cars.—AGING VEHICLES. Many Americans have to buy a new car because their old one is on its last legs. The average age of a car or truck on U.S. roads is approaching a record 11 years. Even people who buy new cars are keeping them for almost six years before getting rid of them, the longest time ever, Polk says.“They’re sick of looking at them,” says Jack Nerad, editorial director of Kelley Blue Book. “A lot of them just become undriveable.”Uncertainty about the economy is keeping sales from rising even faster. Some Americans are holding back on major purchases until they see how the budget battle shakes out in Washington, whether Europe can fix its economy and who wins the U.S. presidential election, says Jeff Schuster, senior vice-president of forecasting for LMC Automotive, an industry consulting firm.But car companies remain optimistic about the rest of this year and the first part of next year.“The positives outweigh the negatives,” says Kurt McNeil, vice-president of U.S. sales for GM. “We see continued slow, gradual growth for the entire industry and for us.”Auto sales peaked at 17 million in 2005 before hitting a 30-year low of 10.4 million during the recession in 2009This year’s strong sales could become a talking point in the presidential election. President Barack Obama often boasts on the campaign trail that the bailout of GM and Chrysler in 2009 helped save about 1 million jobs in the industry. Republican Mitt Romney has countered that the companies should have gone through bankruptcy with private funding and been allowed to recover with government-backed private loans.Detroit’s car companies have most of their factories in the Midwest, including Ohio, a key swing state.Record-high gas prices played a role in sales last month, shifting buyers from trucks to smaller cars. Sales rose 40 per cent or more for the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla and other compacts. Gas prices have jumped 14 per cent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year. Small cars now make up 23 per cent up new-car sales, up from 21 per cent in July, according to Ford’s top U.S. sales analyst Erich Merkle.Toyota Motor Corp.’s sales rose 41.5 per cent and Honda Motor Co.’s were up 31 per cent in September compared with a year earlier, when their inventories were hurt by the earthquake. Honda sales of the Civic and Accord sedans rose 57 per cent. Nissan Motor Co., which recovered more quickly from the earthquake, says sales fell 1 per cent last month, partly because the company has just begun shipping its new Altima sedan to dealers.Detroit didn’t fare as well. Chrysler Group reported a 12 per cent increase, thanks to strong sales of the Dodge Avenger and the new Dodge Dart small car. But General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. sales were either up slightly or flat.Ford saw a slowdown in sales of the Fusion sedan as it began shipping a new model to dealerships. The Fusion normally makes up 12 per cent of the company’s monthly sales. Ford is also losing some customers who used to buy Ranger small pickups. Ford stopped selling the vehicle at the end of last year. Only about half of Ranger buyers are replacing their trucks with Ford products, Merkle says.At GM, car sales increased 29 per cent, led by the Chevy Cruze compact. Sales of the Sonic subcompact were five times higher than last year. But sales of the Chevy Silverado pickup, GM’s top-selling vehicle, fell almost 17 per cent. GM blamed a 55-per cent decrease in sales to rental companies as the company shifts between 2012 and 2013 models.Volkswagen AG sales rose 34 per cent, as sales of the Passat sedan nearly tripled over last year. Discounts helped. Auto buying site TrueCar.com says Volkswagen had the biggest increase in incentive spending of any automaker, up 29 per cent to an average of $2,462. Volkswagen is offering zero-per cent interest deals on the Passat through October.Hyundai Motor Co.’s sales climbed 15 per cent on strong demand for the Elantra small car, which was up 27 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Low interest rates and new cars draw buyers in September by News Staff Posted Oct 2, 2012 7:51 pm MDT read more

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London Low Emission Zone – SMMT responds to TFL consultation

In its submission to Transport for London, SMMT suggests the criteria should vary according to vehicle type. Eight years should be applied to heavy goods vehicles, 14 years for coaches (reducing to 13 years in 2010) while ten years should be used as the cut-off criteria for vans and light commercials. Nevertheless, SMMT, along with many other motoring organisations, questions the benefits of locally applied, low emission zones over wider international efforts to improve air quality. National air quality standards offer a cohesive and far better cost-benefit solution, by bringing incentives to operators that introduce vehicles meeting the most stringent new engine standards, regardless of location.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Vehicle age should be the criteria by which limits are set within the proposed London Low Emission Zone. The industry believes that this approach would present the easiest, most manageable and cost effective solution to implementation, an approach also supported by government. Benefits include: Practical with higher levels of compliance Far lower costs for TFL Lower costs to operators Minimising the effect on London business Promotion and incentives easier to understand for operators System can be applied to non-UK registered vehicles Tried and tested approach (Sweden) read more

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Detention and warrant for former Siemens executives

first_imgThe investigation into charges of bribery and money-laundering by German electronics giant Siemens to win a major telecommunications contract reached a crucial juncture last week when two former Siemen Hellas executives were remanded in custody and an international arrest warrant was issued for another.Former Siemens executives Prodromos Mavridis and Emmanouil Stavrianou were in custody following extensive questioning before the Special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos in Athens. Both Mavrides and Stavrianou have denied any wrongdoing in the 1997 case, in which prosecutors have also charged other former Siemens Greece staff over alleged bribes for contracts with the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), the then state-controlled telecommunications group. Greek prosecutors also issued an international arrest warrant for former Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos who failed to appear appear before the investigating prosecutors to respond to the charges.His lawyer said that health reasons did not allow him to travel from Munich to Athens. He also submitted a petition seeking a few days’ extension for his appearing before the magistrate, given he had traveled to Munich for the German authorities’ investigation into the Siemens bribery scandal. A third Siemens executive Alexandros Athanassiadis was charged but released following the payment of a bond.The special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos is investigating several major contracts signed in 1997 between Siemens and OTE to install digital technology at the latter’s telephone substations.Christoforakos and Mavridis are alleged to have been behind the creation of a slush fund, which were used to bribe politicians and public officials to secure lucrative state contracts.The first seven defendants in the case gave deposition to the Special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos. They include six former high-ranking executives of Siemens Hellas, the German multinational’s subsidiary in Greece, and a former OTE top executive. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Twitter va bientôt censurer

first_imgTwitter va bientôt censurer ! Twitter vient d’annoncer qu’il allait mettre en place un système de censure des tweets. Mais, le site, soucieux de garder son image de moteur de la liberté d’expression, précise le faire en toute transparence… Mauvais temps pour la liberté d’expression, puisque même le réseau social Twitter s’y met. Avec ses un milliard de tweets tous les quatre jours, Twitter vient d’annoncer la mise en place d’un système de censure de ces derniers. Le site de micro-blogging devrait appliquer une modification de ses conditions d’utilisations, permettant de bloquer des tweets dans certains pays, en fonction de la législation en vigueur.En vertu des lois sur la liberté d’expression, elles ont bon dos, Twitter a annoncé “Nous nous autorisons à retirer rétroactivement du contenu pour les utilisateurs de certains pays, tout en le laissant disponible dans le reste du monde”. Les pays pourront faire leur marché librement. Twitter précise que les utilisateurs seront prévenus si un de leurs tweets est censuré.De cette manière, le réseau social espère de nouveau rentrer dans les bonnes grâces de pays comme la Chine, s’ouvrant ainsi à de nouvelles communautés, pour le moins peuplées. Et Twitter fait même coup double, en évitant les problèmes avec la justice, liés à la publication de propos dérangeants dans des pays comme la France ou l’Allemagne. Twitter gagne sur tous les plans en évitant des procès sans pour autant exercer une censure globale. Avec en plus, l’épée de Damoclès que le FBI fait peser sur les réseaux sociaux, Twitter prend ses précautions.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais cette mesure s’avérera-t-elle vraiment efficace ? En effet, les tweets censurés devraient être disponibles sur le site de Chilling Effects, selon le réseau social. Twitter souhaite de la transparence, d’où ce partenariat avec un organisme indépendant surveillant les contenus censurés.D’autant plus, qu’avec ce genre de mesure, Twitter ne pourra plus se targuer d’être le moteur de révolutions et l’espace de liberté par excellence. Le 30 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Police search for suspects involved in fatal Mountain View shooting

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 23, 2018 MOUNTAIN VIEW (KUSI) — San Diego police were investigating a possible homicide Monday night in the Mountain View area.Two male companions brought the victim — who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body — to Coronado Hospital. They were detained by police for questioning, according to Lt. Anthony Dupree of the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit.The two companions said an incident happened in the 3300 block of Olivewood Terrace and police were further investigating that claim.The victim — an 18-year-old male — has been identified, but his name has not yet been released.Police also surrounded Coronado Hospital while the investigation was ongoing.This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. Posted: April 23, 2018 Police search for suspect(s) involved in fatal Mountain View shootingcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:42 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Overdue hiker found uninjured on Mount St Helens

first_imgOfficials on Monday morning found an overdue climber on Mount St. Helens who had been missing since Sunday night.Search and rescue personnel made contact with Lori Williams, 55, of Aurora around 8:30 a.m. Monday and reached her a short time later. She was uninjured and in good spirits, according to a release from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.Williams was last seen Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., about 500 feet below the summit. Her climbing party turned around because of weather and a sick climber, but Williams continued, the release said.The climbing party called the sheriff’s office just before 8 p.m. to report Williams was overdue.Around 10 p.m., Sunday members from the Volcano Rescue Team from North Country EMS climbed the mountain to search for Williams. Weather and heavy fog hampered the search efforts overnight, the release said.Around 15 searchers from multiple agencies were involved with the search.last_img read more

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Opposition walks out of Lok Sabha over Karnataka crisis

first_imgNew Delhi, July 19: The opposition, including the Congress, DMK and TMC, on Friday walked out of the Lok Sabha over the Karnataka crisis, accusing the BJP of destabilizing the state government. The MPs trooped out of the House during Zero Hour when Speaker Om Birla allowed Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to speak on the issue, but only for a few minutes. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us Chowdhury said the opposition is hopeful that Home Minister Amit Shah would speak on the issue as an adjournment motion had been given. He accused the BJP of attempting to destabilize the elected state governments one by one in every state. “The conspiracy in this direction is continuing.” When the Speaker interrupted Chowdhury, the opposition members walked out of the House. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us Earlier, the opposition raised the issue during question hour with members shouting slogans like “Save democracy” and “We want justice.” DMK and the Congress MPs also trooped near the speaker’s podium. The speaker said as it was a state matter and the issue had already been raised during the Zero Hour in the past, it should not be raised again. As the protest continued, the speaker urged the opposition members to return to their seats and promised to allow them to speak during the zero hour. The political crisis in Karnataka has been deepening with many Congress and JDS MLAs resigning or siding with the BJP, the main opposition party, threatening the future of the HD Kumaraswamy-led government.last_img read more

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7th Pay Commission hopefuls Asian Paints Berger Kansai Nerolac gain sharply on

first_imgShares of paint companies such as Asian Paints, Berger Paints and Kansai Nerolac gained in the range of 5 to 7 percent on Thursday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) after Asian Paints declared upbeat June quarter (Q1) results on Wednesday.An analyst said the companies are poised to gain in the coming quarters, thanks to the 7th Central Pay Commission impact on expenditure. At around 1.45 p.m., Asian Paints was trading 6.31 percent higher at Rs. 1,128.85, Berger Paints was up 5.29 percent at Rs. 244.90 and Kansai Nerolac was at Rs. 355.60, up 4.99 percent.”Triggers such as good monsoons in FY17 and the pay commission impact in urban home improvements are yet to play out, and even before that, demand trends have picked up to strong levels,” moneycontrol.com reported.Asian Paints reported an increase of 18.7 percent in consolidated net profit at Rs. 553 crore for Q1 from Rs. 466 crore in the year-ago period. Total income grew 10.2 percent to Rs. 4,082 crore from Rs. 3,703 crore in the corresponding period last year.”The decorative business segment in India registered double digit growth in the quarter. Our international business segment (also) performed well, aided by good growth in markets like Nepal, UAE and Fiji. Both the segments in the home improvement category — the Kitchen and the Bath business — delivered good topline growth in the quarter as compared to the previous year,” K B S Anand, MD& CEO, Asian Paints, said in a statement.Brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Limited said the company’s performance across segments was good during the quarter. “There has been no major shift from unorganized to organized recently, which makes the double digit domestic decorative volume growth highly creditable; (b) healthy demand is also being witnessed in kitchen and batch fittings as well as industrial and autopaints,” it said in a note on Thursday.Asian Paints along with its subsidiaries has 26 manufacturing facilities across 19 countries. Kansai Nerolac Paints will be declaring its results on Friday.The S&P BSE Sensex was trading 112 points higher at 28,136 at around 2 p.m. Top Sensex gainers included Asian Paints, Maruti Suzuki, Power Grid Corporation, Sun Pharma and ITC. Shares of logictics firms such as Allcargo Logistics (up 5.9 percent at Rs. 201.85), VRL Logistics (up 3.51 percent at Rs. 360.20) and Snowman Logistics (up 4.84 percent at Rs. 88.85) were buzzing on account of positive movement in the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.last_img read more

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New Humble Schools Superintendent Aims To Gain The Communitys Trust

first_img Share 00:00 /01:09 Listen Al OrtizElizabeth Fagen (right) talks to new hires during an orientation held at the Humble ISD Administration Building on July 11th.Elizabeth Fagen started working as the new superintendent of the Humble Independent School District in July and she wants to get off on the right foot.The Humble ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Fagen in June.But some parents and teachers worried she could establish a voucher program and a merit-based pay system, which is what she did at her previous job in Colorado.However, Fagen says she just did what the Board of the Douglas County School District wanted.At the same time, Fagen acknowledges that if the Texas Legislature creates a voucher program in the future she would have to implement it. For now, she says the Humble board doesn’t want vouchers and she will follow their instructions.Fagen is also cautious about the academic programs she would like to try.“I really believe strongly in spending time getting to know the community getting to know staff members, students, parents, visiting schools and having a solid background in understanding things before jumping in,” she says.Fagen plans to hold three town hall meetings in July to get to know the Humble ISD community. She hopes “they will learn who I really am and what I’m really about and hopefully we can resolve any concerns that they have.” X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Housing Center Hopes To Balance Tradition And Gentrification In Third Ward

first_imgDavis Land / Houston Public MediaAs efforts continue to foster development and investment in Houston’s Third Ward, construction on a new affordable housing center has begun, with city leaders breaking ground on the site Thursday.Across the street from Emancipation Park, the new Emancipation Center One, an Affordable Housing Operations Center will be home to several city-wide housing organizations.The center comes as redevelopment in the neighborhood has started to pick up. And with that, some worry that new businesses and residents will push out the people who already live there.“What’s happening is, in many cases, is that it’s development, but [development] that many people cannot afford, housing that people cannot afford,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “But people either want to continue to live in their neighborhoods or children who have grown up there, they want to come back and live in their neighborhoods, but they are many times are finding is that it’s unaffordable.”– / 3State representative Garnet Coleman helped secure land for affordable housing in the area in 2003. He said talk of gentrification in Third Ward was around back then, but in the 15 years since, adding affordable housing has become more urgent.“That will mitigate gentrification. We can’t stop it but we can make sure people from the community can remain in the community,” Coleman said.Local housing organizations will take up shop in the center. The building should be completed in just over a year. Sharelast_img read more

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Photos Go Skateboarding Day in Costa Rica

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Icelands Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to cause chaos

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F  Thai Airways will introduce additional temporary services between Thailand and Europe via Rome and via Madrid to help stranded passengers during 19-29 April. While Thai Airways flights to Moscow and Athens will continue to operate as normal. British air authorities have extended the ban on flights in its airspace until at least 4am tomorrow (AEST) and France ordered most airports shut until Tuesday morning. However, several other European carriers have completed test flights to challenge warnings that the ash cloud would destroy jet engines.European airspace has been declared “safe” by KLM after a series of test flights, as the Dutch traffic authority allowed the carrier to fly two cargo flights to Asia and the Middle East.Air France said their first test flight, an Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Toulouse, “took place in normal conditions. No anomalies were reported”The incident has also caused quite a stir in Hollywood with a number of celebrities affected by flight cancellations. R&B singer Whitney Houston has chosen to cross the Irish Sea by ferry to perform in Dublin after her flight was cancelled, while comedian John Cleese paid a mammoth $5,000 cab fare to travel from Oslo to Brussels.”We checked every option, but there were no boats and no train tickets available,” Cleese told Norwegian TV2. “That’s when my fabulous assistant determined the easiest thing would be to take a taxi.”The closures have forced a number of world leaders – including Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce – to cancel their plans to attend the state funeral of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Krakow. Emma Campbell from the Australian War Memorial said there was concern that travellers may not reach Turkey from London in time for the Anzac Day dawn service on April 25.”We are very much hoping that Istanbul Airport will remain open,” Singapore Airlines’ spokeswoman Susan Bredow said. “It’s touch and go at the moment. The ash cloud is moving down that way. It’s not good.”The enormous ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjoell volcano now stretches from the Arctic Circle in the north to the French Mediterranean coast in the south, and from Spain into Russia. The cloud is now heading toward Greece and into Russia, weather experts said. Currently all flights are operating according to schedule to airports in Greece, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Spain. Billed as the single biggest aviation incident since World War II, the fallout from last week’s volcanic eruption in Iceland has been felt on a global scale.  More than 6.8 million passengers have been affected and 30 countries have either closed or restricted their airspace due to passenger safety fears – costing the industry roughly $200 million dollars a day. The airspace to Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK remains closed.While travel to Germany, Italy, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Sweden and France has remained restricted to a few airports. As a result of the incident, Qantas has announced changes to its scheduled services between Monday 19 April and Tuesday 20 April.   The following Qantas flights from Asia to Europe have been cancelled today: QF5 Singapore to Frankfurt, QF9 Singapore to London Heathrow and QF31 Singapore to London Heathrow. Qantas will also cancel the following services tomorrow: QF1 Bangkok to London Heathrow and QF29 Hong Kong to London Heathrow. The airline will operate the following services between Australia and Asia as scheduled: QF1 Sydney to Bangkok, QF31 Sydney to Singapore, QF9 Melbourne to Singapore and QF29 Melbourne to Hong Kong. last_img read more

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Silverseas Silver Cloud embarks on inaugural expedition voyage

first_imgSilversea’s Silver Cloud embarks on inaugural expedition voyageSilversea’s Silver Cloud embarks on inaugural expedition voyageFresh from an AU$52.8 million (US$40 million) refurbishment and conversion to an ice-class expedition ship, Silversea’s luxury Silver Cloud set sail this week from Buenos Aires on her first-ever expedition voyage. Over the course of 16 days, the newly reimagined ship will explore the iceberg sculptures, calving glaciers, and rare and majestic wildlife of Antarctica. Her guests will enjoy such signature comforts as spacious all-suite accommodations with butler service, open bars and five dining options offering sumptuous cuisine, including the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea.“We are proud to celebrate this momentous occasion. Silver Cloud launched the Silversea fleet on its path to redefine luxury travel and she is now set to embark on a new path as we continue to push the boundaries of innovation and luxury in expedition cruising,” said Roberto Martinoli, Silversea’s CEO.The completely transformed Silver Cloud accommodates 254 guests (200 in polar waters) in exquisitely updated suites, most featuring a private veranda. Her elegantly redesigned public spaces include the new Tor’s Observation Lounge, offering commanding views of the scenery, and refreshed boutiques stocked with essential expedition gear. Other amenities rarely found on an expedition ship include a heated, resort-style pool, the all-new Zàgara Spa, and the new Photo Studio, where a manager, state-of-the-art equipment and professional photo editing software are available to assist guests with their photography needA fleet of 16 Zodiacs provides unprecedented opportunity for up-close exploration, while 10 kayaks offer a truly personalised experience of nature in the polar realms. Depending on the region, between 20 and 22 passionate and dedicated Expedition Team members are always at hand to share their considerable knowledge and insights. They give lectures in the multi-tiered Explorer Lounge, run workshops, lead Zodiac and kayak trips, and guide nature walks — all of which are complimentary.Following her first season in Antarctica, Silver Cloud will trace a path up Africa’s seldom-seen western coast to Northern Europe and the Norwegian Arctic, where she will spend the summer sailing glacier-filled bays and fjords in search of polar bears, whales, walruses and other amazing wildlife. Then, a series of expeditions to Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and Central and South America will culminate with a return to Ushuaia for another season of exhilarating Antarctic expeditions.For further details on Silver Cloud expeditions, please visit www.silversea.com/ships/silver-cloud-expedition.html.For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on 1300 306 872 or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.comSource = Silversea Cruiseslast_img read more

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Cancer hangs over my head but does not frighten me

first_imgBy Christos PanayiotidesI was raised in Famagusta. I started smoking at the tender age of 14, on the rocks on the beach near my school, an area beyond the reach of the pedonomoi (school prefects).Smoking and the consumption of alcohol were in those days signs of emancipation and indicated a revolutionary streak amongst a small group of secondary school pupils whose performance at school was rated at the top of the range.Initially, it was two to three cigarettes a day (if I remember correctly, the brand was Matinée and they were sold in a yellow pack). While at university in the UK, the consumption went up to 20 per day (Player’s Navy Cut, without filter). Over the years, the consumption kept increasing to reach the level of two plus packs a day. I have no doubt that what followed was caused, to a large extent, by smoking. Admittedly, hereditary factors may have contributed: my mother died of breast cancer at the age of 69 and my father of lung cancer, at the age of 86.In the summer of 2008, we found ourselves on holiday in Cyprus (at the time we were living in Athens), and had been invited by one of my best friends to a barbeque at his home. Also present were a well known couple of medical practitioners based in Nicosia, who had just imported from the USA a state-of-the-art piece of equipment for checking the condition of the heart.In a very friendly fashion, I found myself coming under mild pressure to go the following day for a heart check-up. I (along with another very close friend of mine who was also at the receiving end of this friendly pressure) resolved to heroically resist it and responded with a clear-cut statement to the effect that “our hearts are in mint condition and such a check-up would serve no purpose”.Fortunately, the host had in stock in his wine cellar an exquisite red French wine, which was quickly thrown into the battle of convincing me to consent to the proposed cardiological examination. I consented, and the following day I underwent the examination and picked up the result the day after that.The findings were unexpected.“You were absolutely right. Your heart is, indeed, in mint condition but on top of the aortic arch, next to your heart, we spotted something, which must be urgently investigated for possible malignancy,” the specialist said.I recollect hearing the news in a cool mood, trying to quantify the length of my remaining life (one month? Six months? One year? Longer?). Immediately, I caught myself trying to marshal in order of priority the tasks that I had to accomplish within whatever time was left.At the time, I thought that I was lucky to have discovered the problem in the way I did and that the luck which helped me spot the problem would help me fight cancer. At the very least, I would not surrender without a fight. The last time I had such a feeling was when the reserves were mobilised in 1974.Within a week the seriousness of the problem was confirmed, primarily by means of a biopsy of the material which was “mined” from my ailing lung. Within two weeks and following additional tests, I had lost my left lung.I spent the evening following the operation in the intensive care unit of the Athens Medical Centre, where my other lung caught a serious infection (a fairly common phenomenon in these circumstances). What followed was a real struggle for survival, with rather poor prospects.I remember that I very much wanted to live. In the intensive care unit I kept saying to the nurse, who was there to keep my lips moist with water, that she was very beautiful while the moaning of two older “guests” of the unit could be heard in the background. I later learned that they had died. In the course of my own struggle and in an effort to keep my fears at bay I would keep telling jokes to my doctors and draw up plans for my future.For almost a month, I was breathing with the occasional help of an oxygen mask. But then followed the most difficult part of my treatment: chemotherapy in four double cycles, separated from each other by approximately three weeks. The first and second cycles passed with relatively little trouble and without any side-effects. The third one was difficult. The fourth cycle was a nightmare.Chemotherapy is a chemical attack against human cells, which aims at killing cancerous cells with, unfortunately, lots of side effects. However, at no stage did I surrender. Although the mere smell of food made me want to vomit, I remember one Sunday morning, after having not slept for a single minute the previous night because of the pain, I decided to adopt an “offensive policy” towards cancer. I bought, as soon as my local butcher opened, a whole lamb liver, which I cooked myself in olive oil with spring onions and leek, and sprinkled with wine and lemon juice. As one would expect, the result of my “bravery” was to be driven to a state of desperation. However, I was not willing to yield and after a period of time, I started, slowly, to recover.At that stage, my life expectancy (based on statistics) was relatively short. So, my first concern was to settle pending professional and financial matters, including interrupting my professional career in Athens.Then, thanks to two very good friends, I identified the opportunity of re-launching my career, aged 63, in Cyprus. I immediately grabbed the chance, thinking that this would be the best way of rejuvenating myself – both mentally and physically. In less than six months I had re-invented the intensive work tempo, which I was always fond of. For me, work was both a way of getting rid of excess energy and a source of energy.At the beginning, I was monitoring my progress by means of various blood tests and CT/MRI scans (initially every three months and later every six months). This is how a relapse was spotted in 2011. The cancerous cells, which were spotted in a lymphatic gland, in the area of the original problem, were bombarded with an impressive computer-guided piece of machinery, known as the “cyber-knife”. This treatment was followed by four double cycles of chemotherapy. At that stage, I lost my hair for the first time. I saw it as a novelty, giving a new dimension to my personality.The cyber-knife an amazing piece of equipment, a totally painless treatmentSince then, I have not been doing badly. Although the possibility of the problem reappearing hangs over my head, it does not frighten me. On the contrary, it helps me enjoy life to a greater extent because it makes me realise that wasting life by chasing silly problems is a luxury I cannot afford.I must admit that in fighting cancer I was immensely helped by my Greek doctors who, armed with their technical competence and a strong sense of a duty of care, stood by my side and did an outstanding job. I also appreciated the help I received from the medical fund of the Greek Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Not only did they cover a big part of the financial cost of my health adventure, but they did it with a smile and with courtesy. My friends and my children helped me tremendously by always having the right combination of words to boost my morale. But, more than anybody else, I was helped by my wife, who made it absolutely clear that she wanted me to live, that my departure would have been a big loss for her. She did more than simply stand by my side. I have the impression that she felt the pain as much as I did, and, perhaps, even more so.Sunny Life a pastel by Christos PanayiotidesI need to mention that I stopped smoking in 2008. However, I promised myself that I would go back to this terrible addiction in 2035, the year I hit 90!Please remember that fighting cancer becomes a much tougher task if the financial resources are lacking. If you can, please give generously to the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society (tel: 22446222)Christos Panayiotides is a retired certified public accountant and a regular contributor to the Cyprus Mail You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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