Times Russia report is virtual treason Trump says

first_imgWashington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused The New York Times of “a virtual act of treason,” after it reported the US is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid. Current and former government officials have described the classified deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s power grid and other targets, the Times reported. The action is intended partly as a warning but also to leave the US poised to conduct cyberstrikes in the event of a major conflict between the US and Russia, the newspaper said. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Trump tweeted that the accusations were “NOT TRUE,” calling the media “corrupt” and repeating accusations that journalists are “the enemy of the people.” “Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia,” he wrote. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.” The Times report came after an investigation by US special counsel Robert Mueller of alleged hacking by Russia’s GRU intelligence agency and social media manipulation by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to benefit Trump’s election campaign. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Mueller detailed a disturbing number of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia ahead of the 2016 poll. Trump claimed the report cleared him of wrongdoing. On the question of obstruction of justice, the report did not conclude Trump committed a crime, but Mueller wrote that “it also does not exonerate him.” In its Saturday report, the Times described “broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials.” The Times also cited National Security Council officials as saying they had no security concerns about the newspaper’s reporting on the digital incursions, perhaps indicating that some of the intrusions were meant to be noticed by the Russians. The New York Times, Washington Post and other publications have issued numerous investigative reports into Trump and his administration, with probes also under way by Congressional committees. In February the publisher of the Times, A.G. Sulzberger, said Trump’s attacks on the press were “reckless” and “dangerous” and threatened to encourage violence against journalists. “America’s founders believed that a free press was essential to democracy because it is the foundation of an informed, engaged citizenry,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

Laughter is not Medicine Study

first_imgEl Jaddida – A new scholarly review conducted by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) affirms the various risks of laughter on people.“Laughter is Medicine” has been around for a long time until researches carried by the BMJ unveiled the hidden drawbacks of laughter.According to the same study, laughter may cause jaws to dislocate, hernia to pop out, asthma attacks, headaches, cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat or abnormal heart rhythm), ribs to break if laughter is fierce and urinary tract problems when laughter is suppressed. However, despite the erstwhile drawbacks, doctors do not deny the advantages of laughter.For instance, it can reduce anger, anxiety and stress.It can also reduce cardiovascular tension, blood glucose concentration and risk of myocardial infarction.In short, before you decide to put a frown on your face, a nice smile is the best gift to give people around you. Smile and the world will smile back to you.last_img read more

Business Highlights

___Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets slumpWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that the first of three payments is likely to be made in July or August and suggested that the U.S. and China were unlikely to have settled their differences by then. The latest bailout comes atop $11 billion in aid Trump provided farmers last year.___China has more weapons in US tariff war – but do they work?BEIJING (AP) — China has an array of options for retaliating for Washington’s latest tariff hike in the two countries’ escalating trade battle. Beijing could limit exports of rare earths or disrupt operations of American companies in China. But those steps all carry economic and political costs. And there is no guarantee they would work.___US stocks skid on worries of prolonged trade standoffNEW YORK (AP) — Heightened worries that the U.S. and China are headed for a long standoff in their costly trade dispute put investors in a selling mood Thursday. Stocks ended sharply lower on Wall Street in a broad sell-off that handed the benchmark S&P 500 index its third straight weekly loss and had the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 400 points until late afternoon. Traders sought safety in the bond market, pulling the yield on the 10-year Treasury to its the lowest level in more than a year.___Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3BSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March. That’s twice as many as the previous six months. But more fake accounts are still slipping through the cracks. Even as Facebook’s detection tools get better, so do the efforts by the creators of these fake accounts.___Bank CEO pleads not guilty in bid to get Trump postNEW YORK (AP) — A banker charged in New York with issuing loans to win a role in President Donald Trump’s administration has pleaded not guilty. Stephen Calk entered the plea during an appearance in Manhattan federal court Thursday. Prosecutors say he was CEO of Chicago’s The Federal Savings Bank when he approved $16 million in loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. They say he wanted a senior administration post in return.___FAA meets with international regulators over Boeing 737 MaxFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. aviation regulators are meeting with counterparts from more than 30 countries to discuss how they’ll determine when the troubled Boeing 737 Max can resume flying. The plane has been grounded since the second of 2 crashes that together killed 346 people. Among those attending the meeting in Texas are aviation officials from Indonesia and Ethiopia, where the crashes occurred.___Dressbarn expects to have all its stores shut in early 2020NEW YORK (AP) — Dressbarn says it expects to have all its 650 stores closed in the first half of 2020. The women’s clothing chain had announced it was shutting all its stores earlier this week but did not give a timeline for the closures. On Thursday, Dressbarn’s parent company Ascena Retail Group said in a regulatory filing that the closures would be completed in the first half of next year. The company also says that it couldn’t yet determine how much the closures would cost.___Senate passes bill meant to combat robocallsWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that aims to combat the illegal robocalls torturing Americans. Though the measure wouldn’t eliminate all unwanted calls, it would give regulators more tools to go after scammers. It would also push phone companies to adopt new technology to combat fake phone numbers popping up on caller ID.___NASA’s first-of-kind tests look to manage drone in citiesRENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight. Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to manage hundreds of thousands of small unmanned commercial aircraft.___Number of US homes on the market rose in 1Q as sales slowedWASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuyers in some of the biggest U.S. cities are seeing a pickup in the number of homes for sale, especially in the most affordable segment of the market. The inventory of homes in the bottom third of the market by price rose 3.5% in the first quarter, the most in at least six years. Still, the rise in home listings in many metropolitan areas is mainly due to properties sitting on the market longer at prices fewer people can afford.___The S&P 500 index fell 34.03 points, or 1.2%, to 2,822.24. The Dow lost 286.14 points, or 1.1%, to 25,490.47. The Nasdaq composite dropped 122.56 points, or 1.6%, to 7,628.28. The Russell 200 index of small company stocks gave up 30.25 points, or 2%, to 1,501.38.The Associated Press read more

UN demining official warns of budget gap if no new donors come

After benefiting from a surge in funding following the fall of the Taliban at the end of 2001 and consequently clearing over half the minefields in Afghanistan, the United Nations Mine Action Programme for the country (MAPA) is currently projecting a funding shortfall in 2006, one of its officials said today. “If no new donor commitments are made, we will be forced to reduce the number of demining teams employed in the field,” John Flanagan, Deputy Director of the United Nations Mine Action service, said at a press conference in Kabul.Mr. Flanagan said that the shortfall would come at a critical time for demining in the country, since responsibility for the programme is being shifted to a mine action agency being created within the national Government. MAPA has already cleared more than 1 billion square metres of land since 1990. Around a further 716 million square metres of land remain to be cleared, according to estimates. Almost 329,000 anti-personnel mines, more than 18,000 anti-tank mines and nearly 7 million items of unexploded ordnance have been destroyed, Mr. Flanagan said. In addition, a nationwide survey of contaminated land in Afghanistan has been completed, and the number of highly-impacted communities has been cut by almost half since the initial data was collected through a combination of clearance, marking and mine risk education.“We hope that our donors will allow us to hand over a mine action programme that has enough sufficient financial resources to meet its many important targets in the future and one of those is an Afghanistan free of the threat of mines by 2013,” Mr. Flanagan concluded. read more

Grooveshark cofounder discovered dead at Gainesville home cause of death under investigation

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 20, 2015 2:16 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A co-founder of the defunct music streaming service Grooveshark has been found dead at his Florida home.Gainesville police report that 28-year-old Josh Greenberg appears to have died sometime Sunday.Greenberg’s girlfriend had just returned from a trip to Orlando that evening when she reportedly found him deceased in bed. She said she had last seen him Saturday morning and spoke to him on the phone around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.Police say the cause of death wasn’t immediately apparent. Spokesman Ben Tobias says investigators have no evidence that Greenberg’s death was the result of foul play or suicide.Greenberg was an undergraduate student at the University of Florida in 2006 when he and two classmates founded Grooveshark. The service shut down in April as part of a settlement with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. Grooveshark co-founder discovered dead at Gainesville home; cause of death under investigation read more

Football JT Barrett wants one team to believe in him

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — For four years, J.T. Barrett was the man. The Ohio State football team followed the quarterback everywhere he went and the city hung on his every word.Now as he prepares to take a shot in the NFL, everything has flipped. A crop of 15 to 20 reporters circled around the podium on which Barrett spoke, but the attention paled in comparison to the media circus three podiums away encapsulating former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the player who led the team which Barrett beat in his final collegiate game.When asked whether if it felt weird to not be the center of attention, he took a long look over his right shoulder at the throng of journalists surrounding Darnold, then simply said, “Nah, I’m good.”He no longer must worry about the spotlight he could never seem to avoid at Ohio State.Despite setting the all-time Big Ten records for total offensive yards (12,697) and touchdown passes (104), holding 34 school records and becoming the first three-time team captain in program history, Barrett might not have a spot in the NFL. Teams have plenty of questions about his arm strength, pocket presence and ability to play in a professional offensive system.But Barrett said he does not pay much attention to draft experts or their projections. Instead, he is focused on finding a team willing to prove its belief in the quarterback by selecting him in the NFL draft.“I feel like if you’re going in the first round or you’re going in the seventh round, I think at the end of the day, that’s what you want,” Barrett said Friday at the NFL combine. “So you need one opportunity to showcase who you are as a football player and as a person. Like I said, I just need one opportunity, one team to believe in me and go show them who I am.”Given Barrett’s experience as a four-year starter, there should not be many questions about his strengths and weaknesses. Scouts and general managers can watch 44 starts and an Ohio State-record 38 wins.In those victories, Barrett often found success behind center when utilizing his vision and power in the run game, and he hopes to translate that pocket mobility to the NFL.“Strengths are being able to extend the plays, have the ability to run the ball, not just standing in the pocket like a light post,” Barrett said. “I’m going to move around, be able to make throws on the run. Elevate the game of the people around me.”Some have questioned whether he will switch positions at the professional level. Barrett said no team has asked him to play another position, saying “it’s all been about quarterback.”Instead, he has been working at quarterback in Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the combine and the draft. Barrett has worked heavily to increase his footwork and timing.“When you look at great you look at great throws, you first starting off with footwork,” he said. “You talk about somebody’s arm, but at first, you have to have your feet in place to make those throws, so I’m working on that constantly.”Barrett will be the latest in a long line of former Ohio State quarterbacks — including recent  Buckeye signal-callers Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and Troy Smith — to head to the NFL. He said he talks to Jones every couple days and saw Miller once in Columbus. Barrett said the NFL veterans told him to be himself and to enjoy the process rather than let it stress him out. That becomes key if Barrett slides further than he anticipates.Less stress comes with being a low-round pick. But with that comes a greater doubt.This year, though, Barrett dealt with hordes of skeptics who favored Dwayne Haskins replacing him. He has faced these questions many times before. They don’t bother him.“How much faith do I have in myself? Uh, I have have some confidence,” Barrett said with a smile. “I think, I don’t know, I’m not the type to voice it. I want to showcase it on the field. So with that, that’s what I plan to do. I think I did a good job preparing and trying to be ready for this moment. I have confidence in myself.”Barrett’s physical tools might never match those of the quarterback who he peeked at over his right shoulder, but that confidence and his leadership have a chance to place him on an NFL 53-man roster. read more

Bird known as the Messi of pigeons sells for record €125m

first_img Short URL By Órla Ryan 28 Comments Mar 19th 2019, 3:35 PM https://jrnl.ie/4550035 Armando Source: PIPAA RACING PIGEON has been sold for a record price of more than €1.25 million.The bird, Belgian’s best long-distance racer of all time, is called Armando and has been described as the Lionel Messi of the pigeon-racing world.He was sold for €1,252,000 to a Chinese buyer via an online auction about one hour after he was put on the market.Armando had been expected to break the previous record of €376,000, paid for a pigeon called Nadine in November 2018, but not by such a wide margin.A spokesperson for auction house Pigeon Paradise (Pipa) said it was “clear that Armando would be the most expensive pigeon ever sold in an online auction, however no one expected that the magical cap of a million euros would be pulverised”.Pipa did not say who had bought the pigeon, but according to the Belgian news agency Belga it was a Chinese buyer who will likely use Armando to breed other champions.Describing Armando, Nikolaas Gyselbrecht, founder and chief executive of Pipa, said: ”In football terms you have Messi and Ronaldo – it’s that level.” Armando was just one of more than 100 birds put up for auction by respected Belgian breeder Joel Verschoot.The bird has retired from racing, but buyers were interested in his breeding potential. Some of his offspring were sold for five-figure sums in the same auction. Verschoot’s stable of pigeons is based in Ingelmunster in west Belgium, and the online auction has been open for several weeks. As of Sunday, the family had sold 178 pigeons for around €2 million.Children and grandchildren Homing pigeons are raced by releasing them, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from home, with the first one back home winning the race.Racing them is a tradition in countries such as Belgium, Britain, France and the Netherlands, although it has been going into decline in recent years. However, interest in Asia is increasing.Eugene Fitzgerald, President of The Irish Homing Union, told RTÉ Radio 1′s Morning Ireland China and Taiwan are the “two big up and coming” countries in terms of pigeon racing.Speaking about its popularity, Fitzgerald said: “Very few sports you can do in your own back garden, racing pigeons is one of them.”Fitzgerald said Armando was sold for such a high price as his children and grandchildren will also be “worth a lot of money”, noting: “After a while the fella who bought him could have 40 or 50 direct children and maybe 100 or 200 grandchildren.”Contains reporting from © AFP 2019   Bird known as ‘the Messi of pigeons’ sells for record €1.25m Armando had been expected to break the previous record of €376,000, but not by such a margin. Share288 Tweet Email6 20,165 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 3:35 PMlast_img read more

Broward school district bans clown costumes on campuses

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County Public Schools are not clowning around this Halloween season.The district has banned students from wearing clown costumes or masks on campus. The Sun-Sentinel reported on Friday that a robocall from the district alerted parents that the attire was forbidden due to safety concerns.The announcement comes amid a recent trend of scary clown sightings online and across the nation. Though most of them have proven to be hoaxes, county officials said they’re taking this measure as a precaution.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Runcie School district will not allow Broward teachers to carry guns

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – In a robocall to parents, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie addressed recently passed state legislation allowing teachers to carry firearms.Runcie said that, despite lawmakers voting in favor of the legislation on Wednesday, the district would not allow more classroom teachers to carry guns.“We do not want to create a psychological impact on our children knowing their teachers have guns, nor create stress on our teachers as they deal with more non-instructional duties,” he said in the recording.Runcie argued that arming faculty members will make schools less safe.“Arming teachers will create an unsafe environment, and many in law enforcement agree,” he said. “We do not believe arming teachers is the best way to make our schools safe.”The legislation was passed more than a year after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland led to efforts to make school campuses safer.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill into law. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lyfts CEO On the Future Driverless Cars and Ridesharing

first_imgMarch 26, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Transportation’s future was a hot topic at SXSW this year, with companies announcing plans for cars that flew and ones that drive themselves across the country. In his keynote, Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green spoke about the how technologies like those might change everything from how we travel to ridesharing itself. Here are some of his insights on the future.Everyone will drive less…Although driverless cars won’t immediately change Lyft’s current model, he acknowledges that the industry is about to undergo massive changes. “We will see the current technology rapidly improve and evolve so people have to intervene [with their driving] less and less,” he said.Lyft drivers might disappear.Green acknowledged technology’s impact on ridesharing could be massive. All Lyft drivers would lose their jobs, for instance, but they wouldn’t be alone. “If you look back [150 years ago], 80% of the economy was employed in agriculture. Economies shift.” He believes the change will be gradual enough for the population to adjust, with the new technology creating new jobs to replace those rendered obsolete. He says he hopes Lyft could help make the shift as positive as possible.Related: SXSW: Self-Driving Audi to Make First Coast-to-Coast U.S. DriveThe concept of ‘driving’ will transformGreen says he doesn’t see most people will own a self-driving car, but they’ll certainly ride in them. “When [cars are] fully autonomous, the majority of people will hit a button on an app and request a self-driving car to take them wherever they want to go.” At the proper scale, he explains, this system could be far cheaper and more convenient that traditional car ownership.Related: Mercedes’ Self-Driving Car Says Hello to San FranciscoCities will adjust and transformJust as cars changed the face of cities in the 20th century, self-driving cars will change them in the 21st. He explains that Los Angeles currently dedicates 50% of its space to automobiles, with four parking spaces for every one car. With ride-sharing dominating the transportation industry, city infrastructure could rely less on parking lots and extra lanes. Says Green, “That will lead to the most radical reinventing of cities that we see in our lifetime.”Related: Apple Studies Self-Driving Car, Auto Industry Source Sayslast_img read more

Your Technology Initiative Failed Heres 8 Reasons Why

first_img It’s one of the most frustrating things in business — you spend months planning a technology initiative, but it never gets implemented. These non-starters not only can bruise egos, they can cost organizations untold expense, damage trust in those championing projects and hurt the ability to complete other projects. Here are eight reasons why it happens:1. Unclear goals.If your whole team understands the underlying goals of a project, they are more likely to make decisions in alignment with what you’re trying to accomplish. As you add team members, make sure they’re on board in a way that not only tells them what to do, but also provides the “why.”2. No buy-in.Different parts of an organization have different reporting lines and goals. To get buy-in from other teams, look for ways that your project can be beneficial to other groups within your organization. The political capital you could end up walking away with can be huge.Related: How to Build Incredible, Game-Changing Technology Fast (and Right)3. Conflicting initiatives.Sometimes these goals are complementary and sometimes they are at odds. To keep your initiatives from falling into a political abyss, involve others in the planning phases. And as your projects mature, look for ways to keep communication flowing, trying to keep conflicts at a minimum. After all, conflicts often mean overlapping costs, so this should help keep your costs in check as well.4. Costs.Cost is a huge concern in most every organization these days. To make sure your initiatives stay within an appropriate cost structure, have a target Return On Investment (ROI) for each. A realistic ROI is often the most important aspect of a project. The ROI isn’t vaguely to “make more profits.” Instead, ROI should be represented in clear, concise and quantifiable metrics, well communicated throughout the organization, not just the stakeholders on your team.Related: 2 Lessons You Can Learn From Entrepreneurial Failure5. Bad tactics.No matter how good your strategy, your initiative may fail because of tactical execution issues. Often, when the proverbial rubber meets the road, the tactics might be incomplete, in the wrong order, based on bad assumptions or just end up being bad ideas. I find the best way to protect from poor tactics is to use peer review to identify potential problems.6. The technology is the wrong fit.Sometimes technology is too new or buggy or simply doesn’t meet the goals of the initiative. The best way to make sure your software is the right fit is to solicit as much feedback as possible. For example, if you are implementing new Customer Relationship Management software and haven’t discussed the project with sales teams then how can you be sure that the CRM is the right fit for the organization?7. Bad project management.Depending on the scale of a project, a good project manager will reign in many of the most critical aspects of a project, communicating change with key stakeholders. Before you start a project, decide how the project will be managed and setup milestones and a communication plan early.8. Communication.Your team needs to be clear about all the things: underlying goals, project plans, who the key stakeholders are, who’s funding the project, what to do when going over budget and anything else important. This isn’t a repeat of the previous items, it’s to emphasize that if people don’t know about each aspect of the project they cannot successfully implement it.Related: Technology You Bought But Won’t Learn to Use Is Money WastedWhile I’ve focused here on technology, nearly all these reasons and strategies are applicable to any new initiative being implemented across an organization. What challenges have you encountered with your new initiatives? August 31, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Too weird for Wall Street Broadcoms value drops after purchasing CA Technologies

first_imgThe tech world has spent the last 24 hours or so pretty confused at semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom’s purchase software company CA Technologies. The deal, which Broadcom sealed with $18.9 billion in cash, was, according to the company, a way of adding to its portfolio “mission critical technology businesses.” However, it seems the deal was just a little too left-field. Yesterday (Thursday 12 July), Broadcom’s shares dropped 13.8%. This equates to a drop of $14.5 billion. Why did Broadcom purchase CA Technologies? This is the question that everyone seems to be asking. Ostensibly, the move is really about consolidating and driving Broadcom’s position in the tech space forward. However, as The Register pointed out, a quarterly review between executives in June made no mention of an acquisition. It certainly didn’t mention CA Technologies. Speaking to Bloomberg, Cody Acree said “It’s the lack of obvious connection between the two businesses. What does Broadcom know about improving CA’s efficiencies?” However, there may be some method in Broadcom’s apparent madness, even if investors don’t see it. Broadcom’s business in semiconductors – Silicon chips – is more unstable than the type of software solutions offered by CA Technologies. The semiconductor market depends a lot on fluctuations in the consumer gadget market. However, even if this makes sense to the Broadcom excecutives, communicating this strategy would surely be absolutely essential. Surprising feints might look good in the long run but they can spook investors. A tale of two markets: consumer tech and software solutions It will take some time to see if Broadcom’s move actually does work out. But it demonstrates the vast difference between the consumer and B2B markets in technology. It doesn’t seem outrageous to suggest that at the very least Broadcom feels anxious about the volatility of its core market at the moment; its acquisition of CA Technologies might be the insurance policy it has been searching for.last_img read more

Dock workers protest closes Caribbean ports

first_imgTwo unrelated street protests took place on Thursday. In the first, beginning at 9 a.m., union members and dock workers closed all access to the Caribbean docks of Moín and Limón in protest over a concession granted to Dutch company APM Terminals for the building of a new dock. According to union leaders, the dock’s entrances will remain closed until 4 or 5 p.m. on Thursday.The concession, worth an estimated $992 million, grants APM Terminals a 33-year contract to build and operate a new port, called the Moín Container Terminal.Union leaders last year tried to halt the concession, but an administrative court last August decided in favor of the project and the Dutch firm.Also on Thursday, another protest was held by residents from various cantons of the province of Alajuela, including Palmares, Naranjo, San Ramón, Grecia, Zarcero, Naranjo, Atenas, Sarchí, Poás, and Belén in Heredia and Esparza in Puntarenas.Residents in a group called the Foro de Occidente (Western Forum) joined motorcyclists and students in marching at 9 a.m. on the main streets of the cantons.Protesters are demanding the government renovate a highway connecting the capital with San Ramón by using public funds, after a concession with Brazilian firm OAS was cancelled last month by President Laura Chinchilla.Residents were outraged that the Brazilian company would have charged $8 in round-trip tolls for 30 years for transit on the 58-kilometer stretch of highway. The two-lane highway already exists – toll-free – and improvements would include only repaving, modernization and limited four-lane expansion. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Olympics Rio chief pledges to fix water pollution

first_imgRelated posts:Olympic official: Brazil’s preparations for 2016 ‘the worst I have experienced’ Transport chaos, World Cup security fears hit Brazil Why I decided to attend the World Cup despite the controversy DEA agents open Rio de Janeiro office LONDON, U.K. — The president of the organizing committee for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro vowed on Tuesday to address concerns about water pollution at a sailing venue.Two competitors had to be hospitalized following a recent test regatta at Rio’s picturesque Guanabara Bay, while other events have been disrupted by floating debris such as rubbish and dead animals.Sailing’s governing body, the International Sailing Federation, has expressed concerns about water quality at the site, but Carlos Nuzman said he would take steps to address the matter.“The water quality is one of the points of attention,” Nuzman told journalists during a press briefing in central London. “I assure you that the health and well-being of the athletes is our priority.”He added: “Other Olympic cities had problems with their water and fixed them before the Olympics, and Rio will do the same. This is a serious matter and we’ll do our best to protect people’s health.“A cleaner Guanabara will be one of the main legacies of the games. I have no doubts that we will do the sailing competition in Guanabara.”Last week, German sailor Erik Heil revealed that he had to undergo an operation on a serious skin infection after competing in the Olympic test regatta at Guanabara.“I have never in my life had a leg infection,” he wrote in a Sailing Team Germany blog. “I assume that I got it from the test regatta.”Heil blamed wastewater flowing from a nearby hospital.South Korean windsurfer Wonwoo Cho also had to be hospitalized after falling ill, while reports said that numerous other athletes had also complained of feeling unwell.Meanwhile, Nuzman declared that Brazil’s recession would not have an impact on preparations for the Olympics, saying: “Rio is on the way without a problem.”He also expressed hope that Brazil’s football team would bounce back from the humiliation of their 7-1 loss to Germany in last year’s World Cup semi-finals on home soil by taking gold in the men’s football competition.“It will be very important to win the gold medal in football,” he said. “Our football needs this.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Welcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanners regular ski r

first_imgWelcome to Skiscanner – Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get there. So grab your goggles, book a flight and head for the hills!The UK itself has been hit by heavy snow storms, especially in the South of England, which forecasters are saying are the heaviest in 18 years. The European continent continues to report fantastic ski conditions, with yet more snow expected across the Alps and Pyrenees.France – light snow for some French resorts have topped up pistes, but stormy conditions including high winds have meant many ski areas are not running all lifts. However, more wintry snowy weather is on its way, with over half a meter of snow expected. Find cheap flights to Geneva, Chambery, Lyon, GrenobleItaly – the Italian ski season continues to be one of the best in years, with more fresh snow reported at many resorts and moderate to heavy falls forecast across the Alps and Dolomites this week, so if you’re heading this way – bring your powder gear. Find cheap flights to MilanUSA – both east and west coast of the USA are enjoying excellent conditions following massive snowfalls last week, with cold, powder conditions on the menu. Find cheap flights to the USABest of the rest Andorra – still reporting good conditions for its resorts following a dusting of snow over the weekend, topping up a base of up to 2m. Find cheap flights to ToulouseCanada – Western resorts are reporting powder and more snow forecast to fall this week. Whistler has received a small, yet much needed top up, and expects more to fall in the next few days. Find cheap flights to CanadaSwitzerland – fresh snow for many resorts, though also poor visibility being reported. Forecast says heavy snow is on its way, so powder back on the menu for next week. Find cheap flights to Geneva and ZurichSnowfall information source: SkiClub.co.uk ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 24/02/09Skiscanner ski report: 10/02/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get thereSkiscanner ski report: 20/01/09Skyscanner’s regular ski report, letting you know where in the world the best snow is falling and how to get therelast_img read more

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" However, "We have no quarrel with the people of Iran, In all,m. two miles south of Hoople at the intersection of Walsh County Road 9 and 139th Avenue NEA Valley-Edinburg school bus was heading southbound on 139th Avenue toward the intersection while the Ford Explorer was heading westbound on Walsh County Road 9 toward the same intersectionThe driver of the school bus failed to yield to the Explorer and struck the SUV on the passenger rear side in a "T-bone" type crash Yield signs are present at that intersection to northbound and southbound trafficThe crash remains under investigation The Highway Patrol did not indicate in the report if Jorgenson will be cited for the incidentThe Peoples Democratic Party PDP has reacted to the assurance given by the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan Ali that the Dapchi schoolgirls will be released in two weeks The PDP said the Minister’s statement portrayed the impression that government knew where the girls were kept The party’s National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan told Vanguard that the Minister’s assurance of the imminent rescue of the abducted Dapchi girls was an indication that the ruling All Progressives Congress APC administration knew a thing or two about the whereabouts of the girls “If the minister said the girls will be rescued soon that raises a lot of questions “It shows that there is a conspiracy on the part of government “That also means that those who said government kept the girls somewhere for a purpose know what they are talking about “But we need to ask the minister how soon the girls will reunite with their families” Calif. killings Dec 2 The organization calling itself the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks and a Muslim couple committed the killings in San Bernardino Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump earlier this week proposed barring all Muslims from entering the country an idea widely denounced as reminiscent of Nazi Germany and contrary to American valuesAbout 100 area residents convened outside Juba Tuesday evening where local leaders assured local Muslims and immigrants they are welcome in Grand Forks“This is your home” said Robin David president of the board of Global Friends Coalition a Grand Forks-based group that supports refugee integrationThe GoFundMe page set up hours after reports of the fire Tuesday in support of the restaurant had raised nearly $16000 by 7 pm Wednesday far surpassing its initial goal of raising $8000 It attracted donations from prominent people outside Grand Forks including John DiMaggio voice of the character Bender in the TV show “Futurama” Some donors wrote messages of support for immigrants and for the restaurant whose popular menu items included goat meat and sambusas which are fried pastries filled with potatoes and meatORIGINAL STORYPolice have released a video of a person breaking the glass of a Somali restaurant’s front windows believed to be involved in possible arson at the Grand Forks restaurant early Tuesday The video depicts a person punching and breaking the front windows of Juba Coffee House and Restaurant 2017 S Washington St Police believe the person may have suffered injuries in breaking the window and that the injuries would most likely be to the person’s right hand or arm according to a news release issued by the Grand Forks Police Department at about 2 pm WednesdayMeanwhile a witness to the fire said he heard a “tiny explosion” before seeing smoke pouring from a hole in the restaurant’s front windowsTrey Carmona told the Herald today he was walking home at about 2 am Tuesday along South Washington Street when he passed by Juba Coffee House and heard a “tiny explosion”“It wasn’t too loud but it was noticeable enough to get my attention” he said Carmona said he did not see anyone near the building at the timeHe noticed smoke streaming out of the building and a hole the size of a “blown-up beach ball” in the front windows of the buildingThe smoke he said smelled like burning rubber or plastic “like the smell when a car burns” he saidCarmona who did not have his phone with him flagged down a driver Jake Lund who called 911Lund a driver for Deek’s Pizza told the Herald today he pulled over noticed the smoke spilling from a hole in the restaurant’s windows and called dispatchers“You could tell the place was burning” he said “You could hear crackling inside popping”Lund said he also noticed a garbage bag with one of its corners taped up which he thought might have been used to cover the holeThe flames were not visible he said but the smoke became heavier in the roughly five minutes it took for firefighters to arriveFirefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes but not before it caused an estimated $90000 worth in damages Grand Forks Fire Battalion Chief Rob Corbett said Tuesday The fire also affected neighboring businesses within the building with smoke and soot filling Josef’s School of Hair Design said Josh Bleninger the school’s directorNo one was injured in the fireFire marshals determined later the fire was ignited intentionally The Grand Forks Police Department took over the investigation of the fireInvestigators have not specified what they believe may have been used to start it nor have they speculated on what the motive behind the intentional act may have beenThough it is widely believed the fire was likely a hate crime Grand Forks Police Lt Derik Zimmel said Tuesday police did not want to “pigeonhole” the investigation by making that assumption“We’re certainly not going to put blinders on our investigation and I would encourage the public to do the same” he saidThe fire was ignited days after the words “go home” were spray-painted on the exterior of the restaurant below “SS” drawn in the style of a symbol from Nazi GermanyThe Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations released a statement today urging the FBI to open a hate crime investigation into the possible arson and the vandalism of the restaurantThe chapter urged local police to boost security at the mosque in Grand Forks as well by increasing patrols in the area"The lives of American Muslims have been placed in danger by the rising anti-Muslim hysteria in our nation and by the inflammatory rhetoric used by a number of national public figures” said Jaylani Hussein executive director of the council’s Minnesota chapter in the statementThe chapter said the fire “fits a pattern of increased hate-motivated crimes and bias incidents nationwide” targeting Muslims after the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino Calif, captioning it: "Any ideas what this is on Porthmeor today?com/49wGuznaFN Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) September 10, AP The president’s long-time lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted to making the payment, a nonprofit that works to improve safety related to childrens products. and final time.

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