NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 Sections of Trunk 2, from the south end of Acorn Drive, near Oakfield, to the Hants County line, are reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. SHELBURNE COUNTY: Shore Road Shore Road, from Trunk 3 for about nine kilometres to Ford Point Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Thursday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Bayard Bridge, WilmotBayard Bridge on Bayard Road, Wilmot, will be closed for repairs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 30, until Friday, June 2. Drivers can detour on Route 201, Trunk 10 and Trunk 1. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104, westbound near Exit 4, is down to one lane until Friday, June 9 to replace a damaged girder on the overpass. MacDonald Road, which runs over the highway, will be closed 24 hours per day until Friday, June 9. Traffic will be detoured between Trunk 2 and Route 204 onto Robert Angus Drive. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CONTINUING WORK
Senco Gold and Diamonds, the fastest growing jewellery retail chain in India recently rolled out a new brand campaign ‘Shine On’ featuring former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, who is also the brand ambassador of the jewellery brand since 2015. In a new TVC for ‘Aham’, a new range of men’s jewellery from Senco, Sourav will be playing a role of his own life – how he outplays the rivals and silences the critics.In a glittering event in Kolkata, Prince of Calcutta Sourav Ganguly and Suvankar Sen, Executive Director –Senco Gold & Diamonds unveiled the new range of ‘Aham’ collection. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe new men’s collection from the house of Senco Gold & Diamonds offers a signature collection of rings, bracelets, cufflinks, ear-studs, chains and pendants in Diamond, Gold & Silver. The collection has been designed especially for the cosmopolitan man; urbane, dignified and grounded. This Signature range can be used as part of daily wear as well as in social occasions or for sheer power dressing by the men of honour. The price of the collection starts from Rs 30,000 for the Gold, Rs 2000 for Silver, and Rs 40,000 for Diamond. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAham, which means ‘ego’ – Ego for being a self-made gentleman, having self-respect and being respected, adored and looked upon in the society for his achievements. It even means ‘ego’, for earning well with respect to become financially stable, for having a sense of style and elegance for being very confident at every steps of life, for living successfully and becoming heart of every party and for being modern in every way but still connected to his traditional roots and values. The brand embodies the spirit of self-confidence along with the desire to succeed. Who embodies other than Sourav Gaungly? In this category, a self-made ace cricketer, an astute captain and one of the best thinking minds in India. Today’s youngsters, who are hungry to succeed can easily relate to him and draw inspiration. Aham’ is just not a style statement, a vision to move in Gaungly’s path and become successful in life. The idea of the campaign is based on the persona and the charisma of such a gentleman who is always shining brightly. The tagline ‘SHINE ON’ signifies the inherent encouragement to become successful. Speaking on the occasion of launching the new marketing campaign – ‘Shine On’, Suvankar Sen, Executive Director, Senco Gold and Diamonds, said, “Sourav Ganguly is our brand ambassador since 2015. He embodies the spirit of Aham, which celebrates the man who has that sharp edge over others, who dazzles the world with his success. People may criticise him, but his outstanding performance silences the critics. His brilliance lets him rise above mediocrity. For him, a century is not enough. Even his rivals admire him when he outplays them. He is not afraid of failure because he excels beyond expectations. He is equally versatile, excelling at whatever he does in his own unique style, with impeccable class and elegance. This is the spirit of Aham, which means “self” or “ego” and Sourav Ganguly represents every self-made man who is comfortable being himself and letting his ‘aham’ shine.” Expressing his views Sourav Ganguly said, “I am very much excited with the new range of jewellery collection, AHAM. I am not new with this brand as my association with Senco Gold & Diamonds dates back to 2015. All the collections are uniquely designed by karigars. The new collection embodies the spirit of self-confidence along with the desire to succeed. It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with such an eminent jewellery brand.”
Political staffers split on whether harassment legislation will work surveyPolitical staffers split on whether harassment legislation will work survey
OTTAWA – The Liberal government has proposed strict new rules to govern harassment in federal workplaces — including on Parliament Hill — but political staffers are split on whether the changes will make a difference.“Legislation is one thing,” wrote one respondent to a recent survey of political staffers by The Canadian Press. “Hearts and minds is another.”The Canadian Press distributed a questionnaire to those working in offices of MPs, senators and cabinet ministers in Ottawa, asking them to share their opinions and experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment on Parliament Hill.The non-representative results of the survey, which garnered 266 responses, don’t allow broad conclusions about the scale of the problem, since there’s no way to verify the size of the population. But they do illustrate the challenges faced by male and female staffers alike as they contend with a culture many say fosters the conditions for abuse.Respondents were asked, among other things, to evaluate the likely effectiveness of proposed legislation aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.The new rules, once passed, would also bring parliamentary staff under the protection of the Canada Labour Code for the first time.Nearly 55 per cent of the 179 people who answered the question said they think the proposed changes would improve the situation, while about 45 per cent of respondents disagreed.Several referred to the power imbalance — exacerbated by a lack of job security — between MPs or senators and the younger staffers they employ.“We are warned repeatedly never to make a complaint as we will never get hired again,” wrote one respondent. “So, I really doubt it will make a difference. It’s career suicide.”The legislation also doesn’t address the culture of drinking that can be a regular part of the job, others noted.“The legislative changes will do nothing to change the culture on Parliament Hill,” said one. “Namely, a predominantly male workplace where alcohol is easy to access, and their spouses are often on the other side of the country.”Several noted that the majority of those in positions of authority are men.“Gender parity is the only way to ensure situations cannot be swept under the rug, ‘explained’ away, or ‘taken the wrong way,’” one respondent wrote.Others mentioned a grey area, where things could end up crossing the line.“I think that as long as it is okay for MPs to have even consensual relationships with their employees, the problems will persist.”Some also expressed concerns about the politics meddling with the process, or that it could give rise to superfluous complaints.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu, who introduced Bill C-65 last fall, said she agrees that legislation cannot fix everything — but it can help make way for change.“This really is a cultural shift that has to happen,” Hajdu said in an interview Monday.“(The legislation) gives employers and employees tools and a process and some clarity, but it doesn’t cure a culture of patriarchy and harassment,” she said. “It really is a foundational piece to have a framework, but the cultural change comes from everybody saying, ‘No more. This stops today.’”Once passed, the legislation would also give staffers access to a neutral third party to examine their complaints and allow anyone unhappy with how their dispute is being handled to complain to the federal labour minister.Many respondents called it a step in the right direction.Some suggested greater protections and awareness would embolden more staffers to come forward, while a few noted the fear of consequences could be as important as the consequences themselves.“I think the attention brought to this issue and the fear that there (are) more repercussions now … is making all people on the Hill ask themselves if their behaviour can end their political careers,” one respondent wrote. “I love it!”New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson, the critic for women’s equality, said parliamentarians need to make sure the system allows complainants to feel they are being heard and treated well — and that it also ends the harassment.“We won’t know until we have these new rules in place,” she said.Conservative MP Rachael Harder, the critic for status of women, said she would like to see any complaints involving the House of Commons referred to the deputy minister, rather than the labour minister, to ensure complete political independence.Several respondents to the survey raised that as a concern as well.Hajdu said she is willing to consider any amendments that would strengthen the bill.“The last thing I would want is for any kind of perception that there would be political interference.”TrainingThe survey also asked political staffers what information they had received about workplace harassment policies, reporting procedures and their rights and responsibilities as an employee when they first began the job.Half of the respondents said no one raised the issue with them, nor did they seek details out on their own.Only about 10 per cent of the respondents said their employer or the administration proactively provided formal training on how to prevent and address workplace harassment.The House of Commons, which adopted a policy on preventing and addressing harassment in 2014, has recently ramped up its training efforts.MPs must now complete mandatory, in-person training sessions; 44 had done so as of Monday. A similar training course for staffers will be offered this fall.The Senate, meanwhile, is reviewing its own 2009 harassment policy. A reminder of the policy was recently emailed to everyone involved.Additional detailsThe Canadian Press emailed the online survey, which was available from Feb. 20 to March 12, to staffers currently working in the parliamentary offices of MPs and senators, as well as to key ministerial aides. The emails were sent to roughly 1,500 people, although it is difficult to determine precisely how many received the message.They were also encouraged to share the survey with colleagues also currently in those roles.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter
Join Ringo Starr And Spread Peace And Love Around The Planet OnJoin Ringo Starr And Spread Peace And Love Around The Planet On
Ringo Starr has a special birthday wish – he wants everyone in the world to come together for peace and love.Video: JOIN RINGO STARR FOR HIS ANNUAL WORLDWIDE PEACE AND LOVE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONRingo will celebrate his birthday Thursday, July 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, inviting family, friends and the public to come together in a moment of Peace & Love at Noon. This annual event will take place in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California.Ringo is inviting everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.The Peace & Love birthday celebration was a concept born in 2008 when Ringo was asked in an interview “what would you like for your birthday” He replied: “more Peace & Love.” This marked the beginning of a yearly tradition where Ringo has hosted events all over the world including NYC’s Time Square and Chicago, to Hamburg, Germany and Capitol Records in L.A.“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than Peace & Love,” says Ringo. “How great that this idea keeps growing and spreading. Thanks to everyone supporting it. Peace & Love.”This annual celebration of ‘Peace & Love’ continues to expand every year, embraced by people all over the world. It has also been supported by sponsors, who help spread the message and make these events possible. This year they include Sirius XM (home of The Beatles Channel), Modern Drummer and The David Lynch Foundation.For 2017 fans have organized several international locations hosting live ‘Peace & Love’ events, details of which will be listed on Ringo’s Facebook page under “Events.”A reminder to all who would like to participate, you don’t have to go anywhere, or say anything, you can just think “Peace & Love,” anywhere you are, at work for example, or otherwise busy, and know you are still contributing Peace & Love to the moment.For those wanting to gather together, locations so far include (with more to be added soon):Africa, Juba, South Sudan Antarctica, South Pole Argentina, Buenos Aires Brazil, Rio de Janiero Brazil, Sao PauloCosta Rica, San JoséEl Salvador, San Salvador Haiti, Port Au Prince India, Bijauri New Zealand, Masterson Panama, Panama CityPeru, LimaRussia, MoscowUK, London, England USA, Fairfield, IowaUSA, Las Vegas, NevadaUSA, Los Angeles, California with Ringo
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council voted in favour of not reopening the issue of allowing residents to keep hens in their backyards, citing concerns from the SPCA.Last April, discussions to potentially allow residents to keep hens in their backyards were included in Council’s June strategic planning sessions. But on January 8th the discussion item, which included discussions about the hens along with cat regulations, was dropped from Council’s Works in Progress list after Mayor Lori Ackerman indicated that the topics weren’t included in the strategic plan.Resident Lance Bayet wrote a letter to Council at the end of last month, asking for the issue of allowing backyard poultry to be reconsidered. A motion was passed to reaffirm that the topic of backyard hens be dropped from Council’s Works in Progress, effectively quashing any further discussion on allowing backyard chicken coops. The North Peace SPCA is contracted by the City to impound animals at large which are rounded up by bylaw officers. Mayor Ackerman explained that the SPCA continually faces capacity issues, which it said would be exacerbated by the shelter having to take care of chickens in addition to those animals it already cares for.
Tumbler Ridge Mayor shares the finder of the throne was fittingTumbler Ridge Mayor shares the finder of the throne was fitting
According to social media posts, Kevin and Birgit Sharman found one throne near the community on Tuesday.Bertrand shares he did not know about the Throne that is placed near a popular frozen waterfall destination which is a low strenuous hike, yet perfectly situated.It is not clear on social media if the Throne will remain on site until Sunday or Monday yet if you would like to try to see the Throne in person for yourself the following directions were posted to Brigit Sharman’s FB profile.Directions to the throne from Brigit Sharman: To get to see the throne, drive south of Tumbler Ridge on Hwy 52 for 20 km, which is 1 km past the turnoff to the Peace River Coal Mine on the Core Lodge Rd. There’s a pullout on the right side. The throne is there, beside Babcock Creek. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Mayor Keith Bertrand shared it was a fitting accomplishment for the finders of the Game of Thrones, Throne that was hidden near Babcock Creek.Bertrand goes on to share, he knows the couple that found the Throne and they are very outdoors people. He goes on to say they have been a big part in the creating and maintaining a lot of the trails in the area so its a fitting accomplishment for them.The TV show will start it’s last season this April and held a contest to find six thrones hidden all around the world.
Woman Dies on Fez-Oujda Highway After Stones Hit Her Car’s WindshieldWoman Dies on Fez-Oujda Highway After Stones Hit Her Car’s Windshield
Rabat – A 23-year-old woman died yesterday in a tragic accident after stones flew from an unknown direction and smashed her car’s windshield. The woman, who was on the highway between Fez and Oujda, lost control of her car which overturned, causing her death, according to local sources. The victim died before the arrival of the ambulance at the scene. She was a call centre counsellor, sources have indicated. Read Also: Morocco to Install 550 New Speed Cameras to Reduce AccidentsAccording to Moroccan news website, the young woman was from Fez and worked in a call center.Authorities have opened an investigation to shed light on the circumstances of the accident.
West Africa Security Council mission briefed on Liberian peace talksWest Africa Security Council mission briefed on Liberian peace talks
Headed by Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, the Security Council mission to West Africa left Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, this morning for Accra, Ghana, where it began with a briefing on the status of the Liberian peace talks by the Representative of the Secretary-General for Liberia, Abou Moussa.The delegation will also be briefed on the peace talks by members of the International Contact Group on Liberia, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, ECOWAS mediator for Liberia.Before leaving for Conakry, Guinea this evening, the Council members were also expected to meet with representatives of the Government of Liberia, and representatives of the two rebel movements, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the Movement for Democracy and Elections in Liberia (MODEL), political parties and civil society organizations.In Abidjan yesterday, the mission held discussions with a range of actors, including Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo, Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, the military and civilian leadership of the “Forces Nouvelles,” political parties, and civil society, to urge full implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement, signed in January 2003, and respect for the cease-fire.Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Ambassador Greenstock said that during the course of the day’s discussions, the Council members imparted a simple message: “We are here to help in the implementation of Linas-Marcoussis because we recognize that there are a lot of difficulties in this country in doing so on both sides.”
GuineaBissaus democracy and economy need strengthening UN saysGuineaBissaus democracy and economy need strengthening UN says
A special Emergency Economic Management Fund, administered by the UN Development Fund (UNDP), has collected just over $4 million out of $18.3 million needed to pay salary arrears to government employees and provide current social services, according to the report. Previously, when ex-President Kumba Yala’s Government lacked the funds to pay salaries, civil servants staged strikes which briefly brought a military junta to power last September, but, with UN aid, elections for all senior positions but the President were held last March. The UNDP-administered fund for post-conflict Guinea-Bissau received $4 million in donations from the Netherlands, Sweden and France, as well as Portugal and Brazil, which contributed to it through the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, the report says. In the first four months of 2004, Guinea-Bissau also received other donations totalling $7 million from Portugal, Ghana, Angola and the West African Economic and Monetary Union. The Secretary-General cautions that peace cannot be built by outsiders, and stresses the need for the Government to remain in the lead. “If the elected leaders are unable or unwilling to shoulder their sovereign responsibilities, especially in the absence of viable and accountable State structures, neither peace nor development can emerge or endure.” At the same time, he says he his “encouraged” by signs of greater participation of women in the country’s political life. The UN Peace-Building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) will continue its efforts to support gender equality, including by boosting the participation of women from various political parties in peace-building and conflict resolution, the report says.
ABB wins order for another production hoist upgrade at LKAB KirunaABB wins order for another production hoist upgrade at LKAB Kiruna
ABB has won another order from LKAB, a high-tech international minerals group in Sweden, to modernize its B3 mine hoist at its iron ore mine in Kiruna, Sweden. LKAB is planning to modernise its central (CA) hoisting plant consisting of eight mine hoists, B1 – B8, within the coming eight to nine years. The CA hoisting plant, the main artery of LKAB’s production flow, raises ore from the sub level (898 m) up to ground level. ABB has supplied equipment for all 12 production hoists to the Kiruna Mine, five for the sub-vertical level and seven for the CA hoisting plant. LKAB ordered its first new hoist, B1, in 2014 from ABB.ABB’s delivery includes entirely new mechanical equipment for the B3 hoist plant and shafts, new electrical and control equipment, construction, electrical installation, installation supervision, site management as well as commissioning. Only the existing motor for the hoist will remain; all other parts of the hoist will be completely new. Hoists are among the most significant pieces of equipment in an underground mine, and must operate at the highest level of reliability and safety, as any potential failure can lead to catastrophic results.“We are proud to be chosen again by LKAB, the leading iron ore supplier in Europe, for this important project,” said Oswald Deuchar, head of ABB’s Global Product Group Underground Mining. “The long history of cooperation between ABB and LKAB, and also ABB’s decades of deep knowledge and experience in mine hoist technology, were key factors in winning this order.”ABB has a long tradition of cooperation with LKAB dating back more than 60 years. The first hoist was delivered to LKAB in 1948. The delivery of the hoist B3 will start in the middle of 2017; it is scheduled be in operation in the middle of 2018.
FLSmidth seals the deal with Krebs Technequip TGW knife gate slurry valvesFLSmidth seals the deal with Krebs Technequip TGW knife gate slurry valves
FLSmidth says its Krebs® Technequip™ TGW series of wafer-style knife gate slurry valves have proven themselves across the globe.The valves are designed specifically for the harsh and abrasive slurries encountered in the mineral processing and power industries, with applications ranging from cement, sand and gravel to coal, phosphate, ash and alumina.They are designed as a space saving option for heavy-duty applications, according to the company. The long-lasting replaceable elastomer sleeves offer a sealing solution that uses the latest technology, with the valve’s operation based on its full port design, FLSmidth said. This allows the gate to be fully isolated by the sleeves from the process in the open position.“As the gate closes, it pushes between the two sleeves, discharging a small amount of material out of the bottom of the valve,” FLSmidth said. “This prevents material build-up in the seat area ensuring full gate closure, as well as preventing damage to the gate. When the gate is in the open or closed position, there is a 100% bi-directional bubbletight seal and zero downstream leakage.”To ensure long life, all valves are supplied with dust boots – or ‘bellows’ – as a standard feature, protecting valve stems and actuators. Hardware such as nuts, bolts, and washers, meanwhile, are zinc-plated to protect against corrosion. Each component is also individually epoxy-painted before assembly.Several actuation options are available, including pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and bevel-gear actuators, as well as manual hand-wheel operators, the company said.The choice of materials is vital to the valves’ performance, reliability and lifespan, according to FLSmidth. “Sleeves are constructed of dense moulded elastomer, complete with an integral stiffener ring moulded into the sleeve. They are also available in a range of different materials to suit the application,” the company said. The valve housing is ASTM A536 cast ductile coated for corrosion resistance, while the upper cavity is pre-lubricated with a silicone-based grease, to improve actuation and decrease wear.Founded in Toronto, Canada, in 1957, Technequip was acquired by FLSmidth in 1993 and integrated into the company in 2007. With installations across the globe, the slurry valves have proven themselves worldwide with features like the fluorocarbon gate coating for reduced friction during actuation, the high strength stainless steel gate clevis and two-coat epoxy paint. The valves also contain no packing gland, as this can jam the gate, and have machined gate guides so no spacer bars are required. Various accessories are available, including solenoids, limit switches and junction boxes.
Column People in the Philippines are desperate stunned and hopelessColumn People in the Philippines are desperate stunned and hopeless
Intense pressure for drugs and suppliesInjured people have converged on the airport, where the Philippines military is providing medical care. But they’re under intense pressure, particularly for drugs and supplies, so we will set up a medical team there to support them. People are bringing the injured to the airport from the town by motorbike or on foot; it’s a six-hour walk.The regional hospital in Tacloban was hit by a storm surge and much of its medical equipment was washed away. It’s unclear yet what was left. We have identified one still-functional hospital in Tacloban, which we are planning to start supporting with staff, supplies and equipment in the next couple of days.For sure, there are wounded people who have not yet received medical attention. Usually, in these types of disasters, the main needs are related to people being displaced from their homes, and the injuries are relatively minor – cuts, broken bones, head wounds. But with so many houses and buildings having collapsed because of the strong winds, we’re expecting to see some significant injuries.Tetanus infection is also a major hazard. From our experience with the Aceh tsunami and other disasters, people are driven to search in the wreckage of their homes, and they get cuts which rapidly become infected. So vaccination against tetanus is vital.New-born baby Bea Joy is held as mother Emily Ortega, 21, rests after giving birth at an improvised clinic at Tacloban airport Monday 11 November. Bea Joy was named after her grandmother Beatrice, who is missing following the onslaught of the typhoon. Heavily-pregnant Emily was in an evacuation centre when the storm surge hit and flooded the city – and was forced to swim to survive before finding safety at the airport. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)They’ve lost everythingOur priority is to address the urgent and immediate medical needs, of which we are sure there are many. After that, really it’s everything – shelter, water, food. They’ve lost everything. We’ve heard reports that people are walking around aimlessly, completely desperate. The mental health needs are going to be huge; our team will be joined by a psychologist in the next few days.At this early stage, the big issue for us is moving people and aid supplies to the affected area. Tacloban itself has limited capacity for flights, but we are doing our best to get our teams up and running.As we are able to get more staff into the disaster areas, our strategy will be to move outwards from Tacloban town to the surrounding region and islands. We think that Eastern Samar is probably the next priority for us to tackle. That will mean using a helicopter to assess the more rural areas and then speed boats and barges to visit, treat and potentially supply the coastline populations through mobile teams.As a Filipino, I know that we’re a resilient people. We’ve been battered over and over again by natural disasters. So when I hear about people being so desperate, so stunned, so hopeless, it really tells me just how bad this is.Dr Natasha Reyes is Médecins Sans Frontières’ Emergency Coordinator on the ground in the Philippines. She has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières since 2007 in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Libya, Kenya, India, Pakistan and South Sudan.MSF has two emergency teams of 15 people on the ground in the Philippines, and are sending in another 50 personnel including surgeons, doctors, nurses, logisticians. They are also dispatching an inflatable hospital from their depot in France this week and over 300 tonnes of cargo including everything from medical kits to tetanus vaccines are en route from the Netherlands and Dubai. If you would like to donate to MSF’s emergency fund for the Philippines disaster, visit the website.An aerial image taken from a Philippine Air Force helicopter shows the devastation of the first landfall by typhoon Haiyan, Monday Nov. 11, 2013 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province, central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)In Pictures: Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan attempt to leave TaclobanRead: Book of condolences for the victims and families of Typhoon Haiyan opens todayRead: Up to four million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan RIGHT NOW WE’RE operating in a relative black hole of information. We know from the very little we can see that the situation is terrible. But it’s what we don’t see that’s the most worrying.The reports we’re receiving from Tacloban are that the entire city of 400,000 people has been devastated. But there are hundreds of other towns and villages stretched over thousands of kilometres that were in the path of the typhoon and with which all communication has been cut. To be honest, no one knows what the situation is like in these more rural and remote places, and it’s going to be some time before we have a full picture.This sort of disaster is unprecedented in the Philippines. The effect is something like a massive earthquake followed by huge floods.Our initial focus will be on the province of Leyte, which was hit first as the typhoon came ashore. We know that many medical facilities have been destroyed or damaged, with medical equipment simply washed away. On top of this, a lot of health staff are unaccounted for, meaning the resources are severely depleted.Residents cover their nose from the smell of dead bodies in Tacloban city, Leyte province central Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Dublin City Council spent nearly €7 million on public liabilities in 2013Dublin City Council spent nearly €7 million on public liabilities in 2013
THE COST OF claims against Dublin’s four local authorities in 2013 will have topped €10 million.The bulk of the payments were made by Dublin City Council, which up to November had paid out €6,962,126 in claims.In the Fingal area of Dublin, which covers the west and north of the county, the cost was far less, with a spokesperson telling TheJournal.ie:“”Costs of €1.6M were processed in respect of public liability in Fingal for 2013. This figure is the total amount paid for legal, medical and engineering costs, along with compensation payments. The figure of €1.6M refers to payments made in 2013, but not specifically to claims made in 2013.”In South Dublin County Council, which covers Lucan, Clondalkin, Tallaght and Rathfarnham, the bill was €1,065,800, inclusive of legal and other costs.Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown County Council could not provide the figures, saying that they would not be prepared for another month.However, DLR had seen a massive drop in liability claims last year, with 130 people claiming €915,958, a drop of over €1 million. One council source said that they would be “very surprised” to see the figures claim much higher than €1 million.The claims are largely connected to falls, trips and injuries sustained on council property. All public bodies carry insurance for the payments.Read: “No budget will pass that cuts homeless services” – Dublin Lord MayorRead: Dublin council blames tenants for drop in rent collection
‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Forget Avengers 4, forget Wonder Woman 1984, and forget whatever next X-Men movie Fox manages to get across the finish line before Disney swallows them whole. The only upcoming superhero movie you need to look forward to now is Glass, the conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan’s inexplicable superhero trilogy that began with 2000’s Unbreakable and got a surprise 2017 follow-up with Split.Like any proper superhero finale, Glass is a big crossover featuring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy reprising their roles from previous installments as well as low-key schlock queen Sarah Paulson as a new character, a psychiatrist who tends to those who believe they’re superheroes. Watch the Glass trailer from San Diego Comic-Con and witness the culmination of the real M(Night)CU.If you aren’t up to speed on your Unbreakable lore, here’s a quick recap. Unbreakable was Shyamalan’s first movie after The Sixth Sense and while it’s not as universally loved it is certainly better than The Happening or Lady in the Water. Bruce Willis stars as David Dunn, a man who discovers his super strength and invincibility with the help as Samuel L. Jackson, a comic book nerd who secretly believes himself to be a brittle-boned supervillain named Mr. Glass.Many years later, Split chronicles James McAvoy as a man with two dozen split personalities including one called The Beast who can manifest feral superhuman powers. The movie itself was part of Shyamalan’s modest return to form with tight little dumb thrillers. And people went nuts when the ending confirmed its connection to Unbreakable. Stay on target Everything comes together in January 2019 when Glass shows us the titanic struggle between Bruce Willis in a raincoat, Sam Jackson in a wheelchair, and James McAvoy running on all fours with a stupid accent. It’s coming to be great.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
NXT star appearing on Anthony Bourdain show TakeOver VIP ticketsNXT star appearing on Anthony Bourdain show TakeOver VIP tickets
Facebook Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE NXT Results – 9/4/19 (Adam Cole defends the NXT Championship against Jordan Myles) Google+ WhatsApp NXT star appearing on Anthony Bourdain showWWE.com is reporting that NXT star Adam Cole will appear on the Anthony Bourdain travel show on CNN. The episode focuses on Bourdain traveling to Pittsburgh and checking out a local independent wrestling show that Cole was featured on before signing with NXT.An early look of Cole on the show with Britt Baker can be viewed below.Sneak peak of @PartsUnknownCNN next Sunday with @Bourdain. pic.twitter.com/RHPEYG75A0— Britt Baker (@RealBrittBaker) October 16, 2017TakeOver VIP ticketsWWE.com is promoting VIP tickets for the upcoming NXT TakeOver: WarGames on November 18 in Houston, Texas in a few weeks.The VIP tickets include a VIP suite at the Toyota Center for the show, visits and photo opportunities with NXT talent, group photo on the entrance ramp and more.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Pinterest WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 8/17 WWE Live Results: Houston and Grand Forks (Kingston vs. Orton, Rollins vs. Corbin)
CLOSING ARGUMENT Judy OConnell Asks For Your Vote On September 4CLOSING ARGUMENT Judy OConnell Asks For Your Vote On September 4
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington):—Dear Wilmington & Tewksbury Voters, This year we will be electing a NEW State Representative to represent the 19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury. It is critical that we elect a person with prior municipal government experience. As a prior elected official who served honorably for the Town of Wilmington for (3) years as an elected member of the School Committee and for (6) years as an elected member of the Board of Selectmen, I believe I have this experience. Together as a community we have many successful milestone achievements to be proud of and there is still more work to be done!As a Democratic candidate, I am excited about the prospect of representing you on Beacon Hill as I have always had a passion for serving my community and others. I believe my (27) years of professional work experience in both the public and private sectors highlights my unique qualifications as a candidate for this position. As it stands today, I believe Wilmington and Tewksbury continue to be two of the most attractive towns in Massachusetts to live in, work in and raise a family. If elected as the next State Representative, I promise to serve the constituents I have been entrusted to represent to the best of my ability. I promise to be available, approachable and accountable because to me public service is a privilege and a trust and it would be my distinct honor to serve you.As your State Representative, I will be focused on the issues that are most important to the people of the 19th Middlesex District which include education and special education initiatives, veterans’ services and benefits, elderly services, combating the opioid crisis, supporting smart economic development including attracting new businesses to the district, infrastructure improvements, public safety, fiscal responsibility relative to the utilization of state funds, affordable health care for all and maintaining funding for Tewksbury Hospital to name a few. To review my candidacy once again prior to visiting the polls, please visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.In closing as we approach the 2018 Massachusetts State Primary on Tuesday, September 4th, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the wonderful people in the 19th Middlesex District that I have had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with over the past few months out on the campaign trail. I would especially like to thank my dedicated supporters who continue to place their faith and trust in me year after year with every election since my public service career began. Also, I would like to thank the Committee for Judy O’Connell, my family and friends for all of your support during this race and always. This has been a very rewarding experience for me as a person and as a candidate and I am proud of the positive campaign that we have run together! The time has come for you the voters to decide who you would like to see as your next State Representative. Thank you for your participation in this civic process which best represents our democracy. I respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, September 4th!Sincerely,Judith L. O’ConnellDemocratic Candidate for State Representative19th Middlesex District for Wilmington and Tewksbury—Like 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Jennifer Bryson Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”
5 Viking Kings and 1 Princess who have Become Legends5 Viking Kings and 1 Princess who have Become Legends
Vikings were a tough bunch. Pillaging, conquering and killing earned them a reputation as a force to be feared and avoided. While there were many Viking kings, a few are still remembered as the most important.Erik the RedErik the Red.Probably one of the most famous Vikings. Born in Norway, Erik Thorvaldsson Earned his nickname from the shock of red hair on his head. He and his family were kicked out of Norway when his father committed a murder.Buildings in old Viking village in IcelandThey settled in Iceland until Erik was expelled for manslaughter about 982 AD. Erik set sail for a large island, and when he arrived, he named it Greenland to make it sound attractive for any settlers that would come.Erik the Red from Arngrímur Jónsson’s Grönlandia. Note anachronistic details in his weapons and armor.He explored the island for several years naming potential settlements, many after himself. In about 985 Erik returned to Iceland looking for people willing to inhabit the island and brought back almost five hundred new settlers. The colonies did well until about the mid-15th century when they died out.Leif ErikssonLeiv Eriksson oppdager Amerika (“Leif Erikson discovers America”) by Christian Krogh, 1893.The son of Erik the Red, was the first white person to land on the North American continent on his way back from Norway after he was introduced to Christianity by King Olaf I.Leif spent the winter exploring what is now believed to be the area of Newfoundland.The Landing of the Vikings by Arthur C. Michael, 1919.He converted his mother to Christianity and the two built the first Christian church in Greenland, but his father refused to join. According to history.com, Leif’s brother, Thorvald, attempted to make a settlement in North America but was turned away by the Native Americans. It is believed Thorvald was killed in a fight with the Natives.Freydis EiríksdóttirWhile not officially a ruler, the daughter of Erik the Red, Freydis Eiríksdóttir, had accompanied her husband on one of the final voyages to North America.When their camp was threatened by Native Americans the pregnant Freydis Grabbed a sword and fended them off single-handedly, earning her a reputation as a fierce female warrior.Her greed though, like many rulers of the day, got the better of her. She convinced her husband to kill their expedition partners, and she took it upon herself to kill their wives and children to acquire their land.Ivar the BonelessIvar lived during the 9th century, gained his nickname probably from the medical condition osteogenesis imperfecta which gave his bones the ability to bend more than they should.Viking standing in front of a Viking tent.This genetic condition weakens the bones and leaves them susceptible to easy breakage, sometimes for no reason.Not to be vanquished, Ivar had his men of the Great Heathen Army carry him into battle on his shield as they invaded Ireland and founded the settlement of Dublin in 856 AD.The website ancient-origins.net tells us of another 9th century Viking warrior named Ímar that may have been Ivar the Boneless. After 870 AD there is no mention of Ivar, but Imar was recorded as dying in 873 AD and was the leader of the Dublin settlement.Check out a video on Viking words still used in the English language:Ragnar LodbrokPossibly the father of Ivar/Imar,Ragnar Lodbrok was nicknamed “Hairy Breeches” because of a suit of armor he designed out of animal hide to fight snakes. When he was fifteen, he killed an infestation of poisonous snakes and won a princess to marry.Lothbrocus and his sons Ivar and Ubba in Harley MS 2278, a 15th century Middle English manuscript.He commonly raided settlements along the rivers in France and was bribed by the French king Charles the Bald not to invade Paris.Unfortunately, when Ragnar attempted to invade England, he was captured and thrown into a pit full of snakes without his snake armor. He died a slow, horrible death.RolloIn 911 AD the Viking leader Rollo was given the area of France now known as Normandy by King Charles the Simple. In return, Rollo converted to Christianity. Charles feared more Viking invasions and felt that Rollo would be able to fend off any raiding parties.Gaange Rolf, Rollo. Photo by Imars CC BY SA 2.5Gradually, Rollo gained more land and became the first ruler of Normandy. It is not known if Rollo was from Denmark or Norway, but scientists in Britain and France have been conducting DNA research on specific burials in Normandy.Read another story from us:The Orgiastic Drunken Spectacles of Viking Religious CeremoniesRollo’s descendants became the Normans, and his third great-grandson was William the Conqueror, who according to ancient pages.com, is the ancestor of all European royals.
Busy Staffordshire road closed after twovehicle smashBusy Staffordshire road closed after twovehicle smash
Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy Staffordshire road remains closed after a two vehicle collision. Staffordshire Police revealed the B5066, Sandon Road, was closed between Sandon and Hilderstone shortly before 4.40pm today (May 8). A spokesman said: “The B5066 Sandon Road between the A51 Sandon and Hilderstone is closed in both directions due to a two vehicle collision. Please consider alternative routes at this time.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. The force did not confirm if anyone was injured in the collision. Traffic monitoring service INRIX reported traffic is slow between Lichfield Road and Jolpool Lane. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive
Turnover up by 10 says GRUPO IBEROSTAR new hotels renos in storeTurnover up by 10 says GRUPO IBEROSTAR new hotels renos in store
Monday, January 30, 2017 PALMA DE MALLORCA — It was a solid year of growth for GRUPO IBEROSTAR, which reported a turnover of 2.03 billion euros, a 10% increase from 2015.The company, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2016, has an international presence that extends to 30 countries. Spain continued to lead the field in terms of Mediterranean destinations, closing the year with record figures both in occupancy rates and results. Mexico and the Dominican Republic also enjoyed steady growth in occupancy, rates and profitability, as did Cuba, one of the Group’s key strategic targets.Growth was fuelled by an ambitious investment program that saw the opening of hotels in new destinations, such as the United States (IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue in New York), and Ibiza (IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Ibiza).This year, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will open six new hotels: IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous (Majorca, Spain); IBEROSTAR Berkely (South Beach, Miami); IBEROSTAR Bella Vista (Varadero, Cuba); IBEROSTAR Club Palmeraie Marrakesh (Morocco); IBEROSTAR Cancun (Mexico); and IBEROSTAR Playa Blanca (Cayo Largo, Cuba).More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterCuba will see a lot of activity this year. The company will increase its hotel portfolio on the island to 17 properties by the end of the year. Major projects include the IBEROSTAR Riviera and the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Packard in Havana; the IBEROSTAR Casa Granda, IBEROSTAR Imperial and IBEROSTAR Gran Hotel in Santiago de Cuba; and the IBEROSTAR Colonial in Cayo Coco.Noting the importance of the urban segment, the company has plans to increase the number of hotels it operates in major tourist capitals around the world. Within the next three years, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts will have a total of 15 urban hotels in top destinations like Budapest, New York, Madrid, Miami, Havana, Barcelona, Lisbon, Santo Domingo and Lima.Efforts will also be made this year in the modernization of its hotels, with 125 million euros being channelled into several renovation projects. These include IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic), IBEROSTAR Cancun (Mexico), IBEROSTAR Alcudia Park (Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Playa de Muro (Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Bahía de Palma (Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Ibiza (Ibiza, Balearic Islands), IBEROSTAR Málaga Playa (Andalusia), IBEROSTAR Lanzarote Park (Canary Islands), IBEROSTAR Anthelia (Canary Islands) and the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé (Canary Islands).More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upTo introduce ongoing improvements to the guest experience, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has set up an ambitious work program targeting several key areas, including gastronomy, décor and wellness. Last year, the company opened the Marea and Cataria restaurants at the IBEROSTAR Playa de Palma and IBEROSTAR Andalucía Playa, and also signed an agreement with El Capricho to serve what many consider to be “the finest meat in the world” at several of its Spanish hotels. The second edition of IberostarChef on Tour will continue over the next few months. Share Posted by Turnover up by 10%, says GRUPO IBEROSTAR, new hotels & renos in store Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
Anantara Kihavah Villas Wins Prestigious HIDEAWAYS AwardsAnantara Kihavah Villas Wins Prestigious HIDEAWAYS Awards
Source = Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas Anantara Kihavah Villas has been named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the prestigious travel magazine HIDEAWAYS at an event that recently took place in Berlin.The award honors just three new, extraordinary and fascinating hotels and resorts around the world.The winners are chosen by the HIDEAWAYS editorial team who evaluate new properties in the following categories: service, location, architecture, design, comfort, cuisine, reception.Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives opened its exclusive doors to welcome discerning guests on March 1st with its 78 stunning Pool Villas, the Anantara Spa, an underwater wine cellar with dining, and an enormous pool which is the largest in the archipelago.The resort is setting new standards for luxury holidays in the Maldives. Pictured L-R: Hideaways Publisher Thomas Kloche,Anantara Vice President of Sales, Tabatha Ramsey,and fellow winner, St Regis General Manager AndreasOberoi, along with Mrs. Martina Klocke.