• Prudence recommandée aux NéoÉcossais qui se rendent à la plage

    first_img Ne surestimez pas votre capacité et restez dans les endroits peu profonds. Les parents doivent rester près des enfants, tant sur la plage que dans l’eau. Ne consommez pas d’alcool sur la plage. Nagez avec un partenaire au cas où vous auriez des problèmes. Ne nagez jamais après le coucher du soleil. Le Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service a prolongé la supervision sur trois des plages les plus fréquentées de la province. La plage Rainbow Haven dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, la plage Melmerby dans le comté de Pictou, et la plage de Mira Gut dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton, seront surveillées de 10 h à 18 h jusqu’à demain, le 2 septembre. On rappelle également aux Néo-Écossais que la supervision aux plages suivantes se poursuit jusqu’au lundi 6 septembre : plage du lac Aylesford dans le comté de Kings, plage du Lake Milo Boat Club dans le comté de Yarmouth, et plage de Lawrencetown dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. La plage de Lawrencetown sera également surveillée les fins de semaine du 11 et 12 septembre et du 18 et 19 septembre. Certaines piscines intérieures et extérieures sont aussi ouvertes à l’échelle de la province et constituent une façon sécuritaire d’échapper à la chaleur. On recommande fortement aux gens de continuer d’écouter les rapports météorologiques à mesure que l’ouragan Earl s’approche de la province. Les plages et les parcs provinciaux peuvent être fermés si les conditions météorologiques le justifient. Alors que les Néo-Écossais se rendent à la plage pour échapper aux températures exceptionnellement élevées, les autorités provinciales et la Société de sauvetage leur rappellent qu’ils doivent faire preuve de prudence dans l’eau et près des côtes. La queue de l’ouragan Danielle a entraîné l’augmentation des vagues déferlantes sur plusieurs plages à l’échelle de la province. Avec l’arrivée possible de l’ouragan Earl, les conditions pourraient devenir encore plus dangereuses. « Je comprends que les gens cherchent à échapper à la chaleur, mais je conseille vivement à tout le monde de faire preuve d’une grande prudence dans l’eau, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Les grandes vagues attirent de nombreux adeptes des sports aquatiques, mais elles augmentent également le risque de blessure ou de décès. » Toute tempête entraîne un risque de grandes vagues, de courants forts et de conditions dangereuses. Les gens doivent tenir compte des conseils suivants, offerts par la Société de sauvetage :last_img read more

  • Odd couple of the deep BC dolphins hang out with killer whales

    first_imgVANCOUVER — Drone flights have revealed an odd couple of the deeps.Scientists from the Vancouver Aquarium are releasing video footage of dolphins hanging around pods of killer whales, two species that are usually more like predator and prey than Felix and Oscar.Biologist Lance Barrett-Lennard says the dolphins have learned to distinguish between resident killer whales and those just passing through.The resident whales don’t eat dolphins while the transient whales most emphatically do.Barrett-Lennard says researchers have known about the phenomenon for some time.But he says the drones reveal just how close the dolphins get — sometimes literally right under the killer whales noses.The resident whales mostly ignore their smaller cousins, although Barrett-Lennard says sometimes it looks as if the big mammals dive especially deep just to escape the little ones.He points out the resident whales and transient whales generally avoid each other.The dolphins seem to have figured out that as long as they’re with the locals, they’re safe.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Stunning photos from Nunavik thrill Montréal pedestrians

    first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN National NewsPeople walking down Mont Royal in Montréal are getting a visual treat.Stunning photos taken in Nunavik, the Inuit region of northern Québec, are on full display.drochette@aptn.calast_img

  • Sri Lankan envoy eyes LNG imports from Qatar

    “I plan to propose this during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to Qatar in the latter part of the year. My aim is to push for signing of more agreements, particularly in the energy sector,” Karunadasa told Gulf Times at the Sri Lankan embassy. The visit, Karunadasa said, will include talks on how to enhance bilateral relations “and promote the welfare of the people.” Karunadasa also underscored the importance of importing LNG from Qatar, saying that the move will boost trade and economic ties between the two countries. He said it would be the first time for Sri Lanka to import LNG from Qatar.“We have close ties with Qatar, which we could strengthen further if we could import LNG from the state. There would be many benefits considering the proximity of our countries. From our end, we can export fresh fruits and vegetables to Qatar,” he said. Sri Lanka is exploring the potential benefits of his country importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar, The Gulf Times reported.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar, WM Karunadasa said Sri Lanka’s current LNG needs are met through imports from Iran and Iraq, among other suppliers, but not Qatar. In March last year, HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held a round of official talks with Sirisena in Sri Lanka, which focused on enhancing bilateral co-operation in the economic fields. During the official talks, the Emir pledged to widen the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka for Qatari investors. (Colombo Gazette) “I am pushing for these initiatives because our trade has gone down. Compared to other countries, trade volume between Qatar and Sri Lanka last year is not that big,” the ambassador pointed out.Karunadasa also noted that LNG from Qatar could be imported through the Port of Colombo, which he said, is Sri Lanka’s “largest and busiest” port.“China is now developing a large hub in our port city, which is a main distribution point to adjacent countries. Even in the ancient times, the Port of Colombo was a central hub for trade and other economic activities with many countries,” the ambassador said.Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena is expected to visit Qatar in the latter part of the year, according to ambassador WM Karunadasa. He said Sirisena’s proposed Qatar visit reciprocates HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s state visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, where the Qatar government expressed willingness to support the gas and oil exploration activities in Sri Lanka. read more

  • Accord near on major financial infusion to help preserve ozone layer UN

    “Completing the phase-out of CFCs by developing countries is the number one priority today for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,” said Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which organized the talks that led to the adoption of the 1987 agreement.According to UNEP, if – and only if – all countries meet their Montreal Protocol targets, the stratospheric ozone layer will stabilize and then return to full health within 50 years. “This recovery is vital for protecting human beings and the natural environment from the harmful effects of too much ultra-violet radiation,” Mr. Toepfer said. “Clearly, the funds that the donors commit here in Rome this week will be money well spent.”Under the Protocol, developing countries are committed to reducing their consumption and production of CFCs by half in the year 2005 and by 85 per cent in 2007. They were required to freeze their CFC levels in 1999, while developed countries phased out CFCs almost completely in 1996. Other substances, including halons and the fumigant methyl bromide, are also regulated under the agreement.Negotiators must now decide on the 2003-2005 replenishment of the Protocol’s Multilateral Fund, which helps developing countries to move to CFC-free refrigerators, air conditioners and other consumer products. They will also close down CFC production facilities and increase production of ozone-friendly chemicals.The Fund was set up in 1990 to help developing States adopt ozone-friendly chemicals and processes. To date, it has disbursed some $1.3 billion to phase-out the production and consumption of over 200,000 tons of ozone-depleting substances in 134 nations. Disbursements are made through UNEP, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank. read more

  • South Sudan UN calls for end to violence as planned peace talks

    “We call for both parties to use this first day of the new year to take a decisive step for peace,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, told journalists in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. “We want to make this day, the day that the fighting stopped.” Representatives of President Salva Kiir and former deputy president Riek Machar are due to meet in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African bloc that is mediating the talks.Ms. Johnson said that she had spoken by phone with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, who confirmed that the delegations were expected to arrive “this afternoon”.Cessation of hostilities, opening humanitarian corridors, the issue of political prisoners, and protection of civilians will form the main agenda of the talks. “It is a step in the right direction,” said Ms. Johnson, who also heads the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).She added that negotiations in Addis need to be accompanied by a deeper process that focuses on national reconciliation, and reconciliation between the communities which have not healed since South Sudan won independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war.“The country is at a crossroads. It’s at the fork in the road,” Ms. Johnson said. “But it can still be saved from further major escalations of violence. It is up to the leaders of this country and the two parties.”Fresh fighting in the world’s newest country erupted on 15 December when President Kiir said soldiers loyal to Mr. Machar, dismissed from office in July, launched an attempted coup. Mr. Kiir belongs to the Dinka ethnic group and Mr. Machar to the Lou Nuer, and the conflict has been increasingly marked by reports of ethnically targeted violence. Thousands of people are estimated to have died in the violence and some 180,000 others have been driven from their homes, up to 75,000 of them seeking refuge on UNMISS bases, which has been authorized by the Security Council to almost double its armed strength to nearly 14,000 in an effort to protect civilians.“We need to do everything to prevent such a cycle of violence between the communities in South Sudan,” Ms. Johnson said, stressing that those responsible need to be held to account.“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the atrocities committed against innocent civilians of different communities by elements from both sides,” she added.The UN Mission yesterday voiced grave concern over mounting evidence of gross human rights abuses in the strife-torn country, including extra-judicial killings of civilians and captured soldiers, massive displacements and arbitrary detentions, often with ethnic undertones. UNMISS cited the discovery of large numbers of bodies in Juba, the capital, and the Upper Nile and Jonglei state capitals of Malakal and Bor.The UN has been collecting information every day since the crisis began and pledged to continue to investigate all reports of serious human rights violations, and to collect evidence and eyewitness testimony in order to document such allegations. It reminded all parties of their obligation to protect civilians and act in accordance with human rights and humanitarian law, and called on key leaders to send strong public messages to their respective constituencies insisting that the violence must stop, and that anyone disobeying these orders will be punished severely. Ms. Johnson welcomed the African Union’s Peace and Security Council’s decision to establish a commission to investigate human rights violations and other abuses and recommend ways and means to ensure accountability, reconciliation and healing among all communities.Meanwhile, UN agencies and humanitarian partners, supported by UN blue helmets working to protect camps, are working to provide families with water, shelter, food and other emergency relief.Aid agencies will need $166 million to respond to immediate needs until March, Ms. Johnson reminded the international community calling on donors to come forward and assist. read more

  • Teacher once teased for looking like Chuckle brother struck off after attack

    I did have a large moustache at the time. I expect to somebody of limited intelligence I would look like Barry from ChuckleVision.Jonathan Burrett at Cardiff Crown Court Jonathan Burrett was struck off after attacking a boy who threw a sweet at him Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He has now been handed a prohibition order banning him from teaching at a hearing in Cardiff.Presenting officer Patrick Llewelyn said: “Allegation one was assault by battery.”It’s believed to have started when a pupil, referred to as Pupil A, threw a sweet, which hit the teacher on the head. Jonathan Burrett was struck off after attacking a boy who threw a sweet at himCredit:Wales News Service Burrett was cleared after a pupil told him he resembled Barry Chuckle (left) “Following this he dragged the pupil by his backpack and dragged him through the yard. Pupil A attempted to get back on his feet but he fell. An injury was sustained by Pupil A.”A year later, in September 2017, Burrett was handed a restraining order after turning up at his ex-girlfriend’s home and repeatedly texting her. Mr Llewelyn said the harrassment charge related to Burrett contacting an ex after the breakdown of their relationship.Mr Llewelyn said: “He was in a relationship for five years and the details of the case indicate he was texting her for months. He was attending her home address.”Mr Llewelyn added the offences were committed recently and said his actions showed a “conflict with the code of conduct”.He said: “It’s clear that Pupil A was physically injured.”It was collectively seen by pupils and staff. Mr Burrett’s role was to be a role model to learners.” A teacher who lost his temper when a pupil told him he looked like a Chuckle brother has been struck off after flying into rage at another boy who threw a sweet at him.Jonathan Burrett, 52, was cleared by a court for attacking a boy who told him he looked like Barry from the children’s TV show ChuckleVision and sang the programme’s theme tune in the classroom.But in August 2016, Burrett was convicted of battery after he dragged another student by his backpack when he was struck by a sweet that had been hurled at him at a secondary school in Caerphilly, south Wales.The angry supply teacher was seen manhandling the youngster through a yard in front of pupils and staff.A fitness to practice hearing was told the pupil left “shaken” and injured by the ordeal. Burrett was ordered to pay a fine of £240 and £50 in compensation following his conviction. Burrett was cleared after a pupil told him he resembled Barry Chuckle (left)Credit:Yui Mok/PA Wire Burrett, of Cardiff, who was not present or represented at the hearing, was also convicted of failing to surrender to custody in September 2017.In January this year he was also convicted of failing to comply with a community order.Burrett was cleared of attacking a schoolboy in 2007 who joked about him looking like a Chucklebrother. The teacher denied hitting the boy, 13, after he sung the theme tune to children’s TV favourite Chucklevision in the classroom.He told the court: “I did have a large moustache at the time. I expect to somebody of limited intelligence I would look like Barry from ChuckleVision.”Pupils at the school in Cwmbran, South Wales, were singing the tune when they came into a technology lesson he was covering.He asked them to be quiet but one pupil continued singing and was rocking on their chair.The teacher claimed he had asked the boy to stop and gave him a “friendly” pat on the back – but denied the boy’s claims that he “whacked” him four times. He was cleared at Cardiff Crown court. read more

  • US says to end protected status for 9000 Nepalese immigrants

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Thursday the protected immigration status the United States granted to some 9,000 Nepalese after a 2015 earthquake would end in June 2019, making them vulnerable to deportation.The United States offered so-called temporary protected status for Nepalese after a large earthquake killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless. In 2016, it was extended for 18 months, and it was set to expire on June 24.The decision to terminate the status announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gives the immigrants a year to leave the country or change their immigration status. After June 24, 2019, they would face deportation.The department said in a statement the decision was reached after a review of the disaster-related conditions that led to the status initially being granted.“The disruption of living conditions in Nepal from the April 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that served as the basis for its TPS designation have decreased to a degree that they should no longer be regarded as substantial, and Nepal can now adequately manage the return of its nationals,” it said.In recent months, the Trump administration has decided to end temporary protected status for immigrants from several countries affected by disasters, including Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador, leaving hundreds of thousands of people who had permission to live and work in the United States vulnerable to deportation if they remain.Critics of the TPS program have complained that repeated extensions in six-month to 18-month increments of the status, sometimes for decades, has given beneficiaries de facto residency in the United States.The administration faces a separate deadline on May 4 when it will have to decide the fate of some 57,000 Hondurans covered by TPS, the second-largest group in the program after immigrants from El Salvador.Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the Western Hemisphere and it has recently has been convulsed by protests following a contested presidential election.So far most of the other countries that have come up for review have been terminated except for Syria, which is in the midst of a devastating war. Reporting by Makini Brice and Tim Ahmann; additional reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York; Editing by James Dalgleish Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS to end protection status for Nicaraguan immigrants’November 7, 2017In “World”US to scrap Haitian immigrants’ protected statusNovember 21, 2017In “Regional”Trump gives 200,000 Salvadoreans deadline to leave USJanuary 8, 2018In “latest news” read more

  • Simulation equipment to train truckless system operators

    first_imgVale’s S11D iron ore project in Canaã dos Carajás, Pará, Brazil is a truckless mine due to start production this year. S11D will be one of the biggest mines in the world and this new production method requires an advanced solution for operator training. Immersive will provide high-tech simulators for mining equipment and customized virtual training environments for loading machine operators, enabling the incorporation of new procedures to ensure a safe and productive operation. So, unlike traditional mines, S11D will be a truckless operation that will use Immersive Technologies simulators to train operators in a more productive and safely way in a unique environment.“This simulation tool is extremely powerful, because besides empowering people in the equipment operation with high performance and low cost, it also provides training in situations of high risk of accident which would be inadvisable in a real operation,” said José Carlos Ramos – Mining Operations Specialist, Vale Ferrous.The truckless system represents a significant change in the role and expertise of the loading equipment operators. This required a custom Immersive Technologies training solution, the company reports. “In conventional mining operations, the trucks are positioned carefully to suit the loading equipment, but when operating with mobile crushers it requires auxiliary equipment to move the crushers, which remain static during the loading operation. Through advanced training methods using the latest technology simulators, operators will be prepared for the new challenges of productivity and safety.”“Truckless mining is definitely something the industry is paying attention to and just like any new method the training element is a large consideration of the deployment. We’ve worked closely with customers and the leading OEM’s for 20+ years building our capability to be in a position to deliver the best solutions. This is a unique development and we are pleased to partner with VALE to prepare the safest and most productive operators at S11D,” says César Guerra, Regional Vice President – Latin America, Immersive Technologies. With customized scenarios, simulators used by Vale facilitate the development and implementation of correct procedures for truckless system excavators loading, adequate positioning and effective management, where through the capture and data analysis it will be possible to develop and optimize new operator skills and competence.last_img read more

  • Argentina still the best of America

    Argentina handballPan America handball ← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh 2014: Portugal beat Sweden! Next Story → 22nd EUROFEST begins in Slovenian city of Izola The Argentinian ‘Gladiators’ won their third Pan-American title in a row after beating all-time rival Brazil in an uneven final in Canelones, Uruguay, with a final score of 30-19. Both teams are qualified for Qatar 2015. Chile booked the third available spot for America. A derby between Argentina and Brazil is always a blockbuster, and this time it was not exception. The Pan-American title was up for grab and the conducted by Eduardo Gallardo were defending champions and maybe still hungry for revenge after the loss on the South American Games in Santiago last March. This time both teams could count with their ‘European’ players and had shown forcefulness throughout the tournament, with convincing scores against all of their rivals on the way to the decisive match. That was probably the main reason why a tight final was expected, however, the final score and game progression was completely different from what everyone would have predicted. The game started off quite even, however, Argentina displayed a tough defence and accurate scoring, while Brazil didn’t seem to find and easy way through to the goal defended by Matías Schulz, who showed a great level and demonstrated why Slavko Goluza chose him to be a part of the World Selection only two weeks ago. The score showed 15-12 in favor to the Argies after the first half. On the final 30 minutes of the game, the defending champions showed all of their potential and with an unstoppable Diego Simonet (11 goals), paved the way to a new title. The Brazilians were unable to overcome the speed and assertiveness of their rivals and after 14 minutes of play they only managed to score two goals. Ironically, goalkeeper Maik Santos was probably the best player for Brazil and was eventually chosen as part of the all-star team of the tournament. Fernando Pacheco was top scorer for the conducted by Jordi Rivera with six goals. Argentina won with authority and walked firmly to their sixth Pan-American title, third in a row, and beat their all-time rival after two consecutive loses in official tournaments (South American Games last March and group phase in World Championship Spain 2013). After the game, coach Gallardo affirmed on radio show ‘Handball de Primera’: “It is an absolute pleasure to coach this team, we believed in ourselves again. We trained as had as ever and made history”, and dedicated a few words to Montpellier’s sensation, Simonet: “He’s out of this world. In a few years, he’ll be among the best players of the planet”. Apart from Argentina and Brazil, Chile is the third qualified for Qatar 2015. The conducted by Argentinian coach Fernando Capurro fought hard against home team Uruguay and took a 25-24 victory to secure their spot in the World Championship. Rodrigo Salinas was the top scorer with 12 goals. Pay per view, handball for a few On this fast moving and globalized world, it has become absolutely normal to have online streaming of all kind of matches, even here in South America. But a polemic decision was the trigger for a generalized discomfort during this Pan-American tournament: pay-per-view. The matches could be watched online only after having paid five dollars a game or ten dollars for the entire tournament. Although the amounts were not significant, this decision bothered lots of fans from different countries who showed their disagreement mainly through the social networks such as Twitter. In times where we were all able to watch both EHF Final 4 free of charge, it is at least polemic to limit the possibilities of following one of the most important tournaments of the continent. Radio show ‘Handball de Primera’, from Argentina, were the only media (apart from the paid live streaming) that broadcasted the final match.TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more

  • Family told that a British doctor has died in Syrian jail

    first_imgThe family added that it had no information on how he died.British lawmaker George Galloway said he had been due to fly out to Syria within days to bring the doctor home. In a statement, he said:I think we will have to wait for clarification on how exactly he died but this is heartbreaking and devastating news for his family who have been working so hard for so long to secure his release.Galloway has been a vocal critic of the western policy on supporting Syrian rebels, having bitterly opposed the Iraq war in 2003, and has maintained contacts with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. He said:Last week I received a call from the (Syrian) foreign minister telling me that the president had asked him to contact me to come to Damascus to bring Dr Khan home before Christmas, obviously this had to be kept confidential but the family were kept fully informed. I was in the process of booking a flight for this Friday when I got the appalling news.Afroze Khan accused the Foreign Office of failing to take action: The Foreign Office said it had sought consular access to Khan on several occasions, but all its requests had been ignored. In a statement it said:We are extremely concerned by reports that Dr Khan has died in detention in Syria and are urgently seeking confirmation from the Syrian authorities. If these tragic reports are true, responsibility for Dr Khan’s death lies with them and we will be pressing for answers about what happened.It added: “We have consistently sought consular access to Dr Khan and information on his detention, directly and through the Russians, Czechs and others.”A junior foreign minister, Hugh Robertson, wrote to the Syrian authorities in November expressing Britain’s concerns about Khan’s welfare and treatment and urged them to review his position.Rights group Amnesty International said Khan’s death was “yet another deeply troubling death in custody in Syria:The UK government should denounce Dr Khan’s death in the strongest possible terms and ensure that, no matter how long it takes, whoever is responsible is brought to justice.The death should also push Britain to urge the UN Security Council to refer the Syria situation to the International Criminal Court, it added.- © AFP, 2013UN launches major appeal for emergency aid amid worsening Syria refugee crisis>Syrian ‘barrel bombs’ kill 76 people including 28 children>Syria rebel commander freezes to death in bitter cold – report> We are devastated, distraught and we are angry at the Foreign Office for dragging their feet for 13 months.center_img A BRITISH SURGEON imprisoned in war-torn Syria for over a year after volunteering to work in a hospital has died in detention, his family and a lawmaker said today.Abbas Khan, a 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from south London, went to the northern city of Aleppo last year to help treat civilians.Britain’s Foreign Office said it was “extremely concerned” by reports of his death and was seeking confirmation from the Syrian government, which it said it would hold responsible if he was dead.Khan’s brother Afroze told the BBC that Syrian authorities had promised to release him this week, but on Monday they told the family he had died. Khan, 34, said:My brother was going to be released at the end of the week. We were given assurance by the Syrian government. My brother knew that. He was ready to come back home. He was happy and looking forward to being released.last_img read more

  • Wind warning in place for the whole country

    first_img A WIND WARNING is in place for the entire country.The status yellow warning kicked in at midnight and will remain in place until 6am tomorrow.Met Éireann has said southeasterly winds will reach mean speeds of 45 to 60km per hour, with gusts of 80 to 100km per hour. These will be strongest in coastal areas.Today will be wet and windy, with persistent spells of rain and drizzle.Strong southerly winds will later veer southwesterly, but they will continue to remain strong and blustery. Temperatures will reach 10 to 12 degrees.Spot flooding risk Tonight will continue to be windy with heavy showers and strong winds.The showers will become confined to the west coast overnight and winds will ease. Lowest temperatures will dip to two to four degrees.Met Éireann says tomorrow will see more heavy rain, especially over east Munster, Leinster and east Ulster, with a risk of spot flooding. It will be drier to the west and north with just a few showers.Read: What will Ireland look like in 2040? The government wants your thoughts 16,147 Views We’ve all been there Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 7:20 AM Share50 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3218162 Image: Shutterstock/Ralf Maassen (DTEurope)center_img 6 Comments By Órla Ryan We’ve all been there Image: Shutterstock/Ralf Maassen (DTEurope) Feb 2nd 2017, 7:20 AM Wind warning in place for the whole country Batten down the hatches. Short URLlast_img read more

  • Greek salaries far below EU average

    first_imgThe Labor Institute of Greece’s two main unions, GSEE and ADEDY, highlighted in a report on Wednesday the decline of Greek average wages as a result of the economic crisis, saying that over the last two years they have slipped from 84 percent of the European Union average to 74 percent. However, during the same period, the purchasing power associated with the average wage in Greece has halved. The institute also found that roughly one in two Greeks had an income lower than 4,871 euros per year and was threatened by poverty. Just over 44 percent of unemployed Greeks live in poverty. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Families impacted by the West Fire in Alpine return home to devastation

    first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitter Dan Plante Dan Plante, July 9, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsALPINE (KUSI) – It’s hard to imagine the pain and misery for the Alpine families coming home to a pile of ashes. The West Fire in Alpine didn’t burn for long, but it did a lot of damage.Monday morning, many families began returning to their Alpine homes. Unfortunately, many of them are returning to heartache and pain. KUSI’s Dan Plante spent the day in Alpine where he spoke with some of the families who were impacted by the fire and got an up close look at the devastation caused by the West Fire. center_img Posted: July 9, 2018 Updated: 6:43 PM Families impacted by the West Fire in Alpine return home to devastationlast_img read more

  • Whittier Tunnel To Close For Repairs

    first_imgOn November 16 and 30, the tunnel will close early to facilitate Alaska Railroad repairs. The last time to leave Whittier will be 8 p.m., the last time to go to Whittier will be 8:30 p.m. The DOT advises drivers to plan accordingly for each of these closures. The tunnel will return to its normal schedule on November 17 and December 1, with the first opening out of Whittier at 7 a.m. and the first opening into Whittier at 7:30 a.m. Facebook0TwitterThe Whittier Tunnel will be closed early twice this month to facilitate Alaska Railroad repairs. The Alaska Railroad will have control of the tunnel from 8:45 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., according to the Department of Transportation.last_img read more

  • RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today Mar 30 2012

    first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 51.1565 rupees and the euro 68.3403 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 28, 2012) were 51.1450 rupees and 68.2240 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 81.7992 as against 81.4126 on the previous day (March 28, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 62.43 as against 62.02 the previous day.last_img read more

  • Russian resident sentenced to 37 years for Cancun murder

    first_imgMakeev lived in Cancun with as a temporary resident where he continually uploaded derogatory videos insulting the Mexican people. The videos created a stir among citizens who in May, went to his home. Cancun, Q.R. — Cancun resident Aleksei Viktorovich Makeev has been sentenced to just over 37 years in prison for the murder of a local 20-year-old man. In December of 2017, Makeev underwent a psychological evaluation after being charged with homicide in the death of Carlos N. There is no word on where Makeev will serve his time. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The charges stem from a neighborhood dispute in May of 2017 when Makeev was ambushed by neighbors who stormed his home during which time Makeev attacked and killed 20-year-old Carlos N. center_img He appeared in court Saturday and was sentenced this week to 37 years and six months in prison after a judge found him guilty of homicide. He will also have to pay a fine of nearly 500,000 peso to the victim’s family. Dubbed as Lord Nazi Ruso, Makeev, who is of Russian nationality, is a temporary resident of Cancun. last_img read more

  • Ramada Resort Dunsborough goes above and beyond

    first_imgRamada Resort Dunsborough goes above and beyond to save waterRamada Resort Dunsborough goes above and beyond to save waterRamada Resort by Wyndham Dunsborough has become a water-saving leader this summer after taking up Busselton Water’s challenge to become a Waterwise Business in Action.The result saw the Dunsborough hotel’s team complete a comprehensive business-wide water audit – scouring the business from top to bottom for improvements – and saving more than 4,000kL of water and thousands of dollars per year. Ramada Resort Maintenance Manager, Brian Blanchard said the business had made a fundamental commitment to become a waterwise business a year ago.“After discovering we had a significant leak in one of our water tanks, it highlighted to us just how important it was that we look at every part our operation to make sure we were conserving water,” Brian said.“It uncovered a lot of inefficiencies in our water network. For example, we discovered our reticulation was 20-years-old and was guzzling a lot of unnecessary water which more modern systems simply don’t do.”From installing water saving shower heads to more significant actions including replacing a leaking water tank, Ramada Resort has led the way in water saving. Their efforts included:• installing water saving showerheads in all 84 showers;• replacing an existing 20,000-litre water tank as well as a pool pump system which had significant leaks;• removing high-water needs plants from the gardens and looking for native planting opportunities across the entire resort;• reviewing the current reticulation system which resulted in removing 200 watering heads which were not required; and• streamlining watering periods, including reducing watering time for lawns and gardens.“Reviewing water use across the entire resort has been extremely beneficial. Not only are we making financial savings, we’re also proud to be doing our part to conserve local water supplies,” he said.Busselton Water CEO Chris Elliott commended Ramada Resort and said it was great to see a local business step up its water conservation efforts.“Ramada Resort is the perfect example of a Waterwise Business in Action – a local business reducing its own impact on the environment and also encouraging water saving in each of the guest rooms too,” Mr Elliott said.Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dunsborough is one of a number of businesses in the Busselton Water catchment recognised as a Waterwise Business in Action which has demonstrated leadership in waterwise behaviour. Source = Ramada Resort by Wyndham Dunsboroughlast_img read more

  • Go back to the enewsletter The MEA Industry Award

    first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe MEA Industry Awards recognise excellence and best business practice in the Meetings and Events Industry. They encourage industry professionals to excel in the achievement of their business and personal goals, and reward those who achieve outstanding results. Pan Pacific Perth reigned victorious on last Thursday night taking home the award for ‘Meeting Venue – 500 Delegates or More’ for the third consecutive year. The hotel holds the largest Convention Floor of any 5-star hotel in the Perth CBD, with 2,595 square metres of function space which includes 11 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and generous pre-function areas.Additionally, the hotel was proud to have Sarah Martin acknowledged for the second year with the ‘Business Development Person to the Year’ Award for her efforts in MICE Business Development for the property. Martin was joined by hotel co-worker Izumi Kawaharada, the Banquets Manager who was also successful in winning ‘Operations Person of the Year’ Award.“This is a well deserved start for the hard working team at the hotel for what we know will be an incredible year for the property. With the newly refurbished lobby and our refreshed customer arrival experience we can offer even more than before and our commitment to unparalleled service is further strengthened by this acknowledgement from our peers. These awards are a team effort and a credit to our dedicated sales associates, events managers, banquets team and the entire hotel,” commented Glenn Shoebridge, Director of Sales and Marketing, who accepted the award.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

  • Updated 931am 30 Nov 2011 On Wednesday 30th Novem

    first_imgUpdated 9:31am 30 Nov 2011On Wednesday 30th November 2011, a strike by the UK’s public sector workers means that Border Control Agency staff are not manning their posts at airports across the country.Unfortunately for those travelling to Britain on Wednesday, that could mean delays and cancellations, as the ‘passport checkers’ will be severely understaffed.So should you change your travel plans if you’re flying to or from the UK on Wednesday? Read Skyscanner’s advice below to find out.When is the strike?The public sector strikes are due to take place on Wednesday 30 November, 2011. This will affect border control at airports from the evening of Tuesday 29 November until 23:59 on Wednesday 30 November. Starting times will vary as each airport has different shift patterns.What are the strikes about?This is a UK-wide public sector strike over pensions that will affect immigration officers in airports (as well as other public sector workers such as teachers).How will airports and flights be affected?It’s expected that UK Border Agent staff levels will be about 30-50% of the maximum. This will cause significant disruption and delays at airports across the country. Heathrow and Gatwich are expected to be worst affected, but it’s likely that all airports may face some delays and cancellations. However, according to the BBC, arrivals and take offs at these airports are largely unaffected.What should I do if I’m flying FROM the UK on strike day (30th November 2011)?The current advice is that disruption to outbound passengers will be minimal and people should stick to their plans. However, as the situation is uncertain, travellers should keep in touch with their airline – most have been adding updates to their websites and Twitter channels.What should I do if I’m flying TO the UK on strike day?Postpone your trip if at all possible. It’s expected that there will be delays at airports and people will have to wait longer at borders. One statement by Heathrow’s COO warned delays of up to 12 hours. Again – contact your airline and take their advice.Can I switch my flights for free?Different airlines have different policies on switching flights, so check with the airline you are flying with. For example, Virgin Atlantic say they will allow passengers booked on UK inbound flights to rebook travel up to four days earlier or later. BA say customers can switch flights free of charge. Cathay Pacific has urged passengers to postpone and rebook flights.Can I claim on my travel insurance for costs incurred due to the strike?Some insurers will cover policyholders for delays or cancellations that last for longer than 24 hours. But you’ll need to check your policy as they vary widely.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSpain Strike AdviceHere’s some advice on how the Spanish strike may affect you flightFlying High | GroundedIt was recently reported that the UK was the worst place to live in EuropeWhat to do if your flight is cancelled or delayedThe recent bad weather is causing travel misery up and down the country. Be prepared and find out what your rights are if your flight is delayed or cancelled. Plus we’ve got essential tips for coping with cancellations and how to get home quickly and safely.last_img read more