zoom The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to open the docket for its investigation into the sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro on December 13, 2016.The El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, and all 33 crewmembers aboard perished in the accident.The ship’s voyage data recorder was recovered from the ocean floor at a depth of about 15,000 feet, in August 2016.A voyage data recorder group was convened the same month to audition the ship’s VDR and to develop a detailed transcript of the sounds and discernible words captured on the El Faro’s bridge audio.According to NTSB, the docket will contain only factual information about weather, engineering, survival factors, and data from the El Faro’s voyage data recorder. The docket will also contain the detailed transcript from the voyage data recorder’s audio recording.The NTSB plans to conduct a media briefing about the contents of the docket in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center on December 13.The public docket contains only factual information collected by NTSB investigators. The public docket does not provide analysis, findings, recommendations or probable cause determinations, and as such, no conclusions about how or why an accident occurred should be drawn from the docket, NTSB said.Providing the docket affords the public the opportunity to see what information has been gathered about the accident. Any analysis, findings, recommendations, or probable cause determinations related to the accident will be issued by the NTSB at a later date.
zoom Canadian ferry operator BC Ferries’ vessel Queen of Burnaby will enter a dry docking on February 8 as it experienced mechanical issues, according to the company.The ferry operator informed that the ship will be temporarily removed from service on the Comox – Powell River route to repair a propeller hub.The 51-year-old ship is expected to return to service within one week.The MV Island Sky, which usually sails between Earls Cove and Saltery Bay, will be redeployed to the Comox – Powell River route to replace the Queen of Burnaby on the evening of February 7, and the regular schedule will remain in effect on this route during the period.The Bowen Queen will assume service on the Earls Cove – Saltery Bay route on February 8 as well.Queen of Burnaby is scheduled to be replaced by the company’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Salish Class newbuilding Salish Orca in the spring of 2017.
Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Photographer Bryson Gibbons isn’t afraid of heights. That’s probably beneficial considering he’s one of the most prominent rooftoppers in Toronto.Gibbons, who goes by @brxson on Instagram, has nearly 75,000 followers who turn to his feed for surreal-looking cityscapes and skyline shots. Advertisement Advertisement
APTN National NewsImagine dialing 911 for help and no one answered.Now picture finally reaching someone but being told an ambulance won’t arrive for hours.That’s the troubling reality for one community in the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports the residents there need help just to get email@example.com
Rabat – Arthur Wagner, a leading member of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, recently resigned his leading post within the party after deciding to become a Muslim, a party spokesperson confirmed.Wagner, who has been a member of the party since 2015, left the AFD on January 11. It was later revealed that he converted to Islam.The 48-year-old refused to comment on his decision, telling the daily newspaper Tagesspiegel that his resignation and conversion were his “private business,” adding that no one in AfD had attempted to pressure him into resigning. “I only learned about Wagner’s conversion in a telephone conversation with him a few days later,” Andreas Kalbitz, AfD’s state chairman told CNN.“I was very surprised, he has been very active in the Christian wing of the party,” Kalbitz added.The AfD became Germany’s third largest party in parliament after last September’s general election. According to the AFD’s member , Warner was heavily involved in campaigning for the party whose slogans included, “Islam does not belong in Germany” and warnings against what it calls the “Islamisation” of the country.After being a leading a party that has contested the presence of Muslims in Germany so strongly, the news of Warner’s conversion to Islam sparked derision and mockery on social media:Creeping Sharia picks up speed as politician from Germany’s islamophobic AfD converts to Islamhttps://t.co/Wz0Nwobtuw— Emily Dische-Becker (@Emilydische) January 23, 2018I really don’t understand Nazis. https://t.co/NMQ8sE3jOP— Mark Berry ?? (@boulezian) January 24, 2018
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of people painted the town black and white last night as Arthur’s Day took hold of the country.The celebration, organised by Diageo, has come up against a storm of criticism over the last week, with charities for alcohol-related issues saying that ‘alcohol, and not music. takes centre stage’.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, Diageo’s CEO Peter O’Brien said that last night was a success with “fantastic engagement with Guinness, the pub and music”.“It’s been a very difficult week, I’ll be the first to admit that but I’m hugely encouraged by what we’ve heard,” he said.O’Brien said the Garda Chief Superintendent in Pearse St had informed him this morning that incidents were “down 50 per cent” this year.A garda spokesperson also told TheJournal.ie that there were no major incidents reported last night and that there were “no more arrests than usual”.Also speaking to Morning Ireland, Gerry McCarthy, consultant in emergency medicine at Cork University Hospital said his emergency department recorded just 14 attendances related to Arthur’s Day out of a total of 180.However he added that St James’ Hospital in Dublin “reported a significant increase in admissions that appeared to be related to alcohol”.Read: Why are people saying ‘Down with Arthur’s Day’?>Read: Arthur’s Day “should be called vomit day” – celebration attracts international media attention>Watch: A broken nose, a house party and too much booze – after dark on a Dublin ambulance>
By AFP Feb 22nd 2018, 8:15 PM POLICE HAVE SEIZED nearly 400 kilos of cocaine from the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires and arrested several members of a drug trafficking gang, Argentina’s security minister announced.Patricia Bullrich told a press conference that the drugs discovered in an annex of the embassy had a street value of around $50 million.“A gang of narco-criminals was trying to use the diplomatic courier service of the Russian embassy to ship the drugs to Europe,” she said.She told reporters that Russian and Argentine police had decided to mount a sting operation after the Russian ambassador informed them of the drugs find in December 2016.“The cocaine was replace by flour and monitoring devices were placed to monitor delivery” of the 16 bags of the drug, Bullrich said. She said the sting had resulted in the arrest of five suspects — two in Argentina and three in Russia.The drug, of “very high purity,” was destined for Russia and probably also Germany, where the suspected mastermind lives. “We believe the German police will arrest this fugitive,” Bullrich said.The minister said Russian security service agents “came to Argentina on three occasions to assist in the investigation” that took more than a year.One of the two people arrested in Argentina is a naturalized Russian who was a member of the police force in Buenos Aires, said Bullrich.Investigators believe the cocaine likely originated in Colombia or Peru.© – AFP 2018Read: Man (19) arrested after €500,000 cocaine seizure in Kildare >Read: Portuguese police detain man after finding cocaine inside fake arse > Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3867152 Share1808 Tweet Email1 30 Comments A Russian diplomatic official and an Argentine police officer are among those arrested. Image: AP/PA Images Image: AP/PA Images A Russian diplomatic official and an Argentine police officer are among those arrested. Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 8:15 PM Nearly 400kg of cocaine was found inside the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires The drugs had a street value of around $50 million. 248,439 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Gaz de schiste : Total passe à l’offensive en PologneLe pétrolier français s’associe avec le géant américain ExxonMobil dans les gaz de schiste en Pologne.Alors que Total ne peut pas exploiter les gaz de schiste en France, le groupe cherche à le faire ailleurs. C’est ainsi que Christophe de Margerie, le PDG du groupe, a annoncé aujourd’hui lors de l’assemblée générale des actionnaires, qu’un accord de partenariat avait été signé dans les gaz de schiste avec ExxonMobil, rapportent Les Echos. Le groupe pétrolier français a pris une part de 49%, au côté de l’Américain dans deux concessions d’exploration de gaz de schiste en Pologne, précise un communiqué de Total.ExxonMobil a déjà foré un puits d’exploration sur une des deux concessions, celle de Chelm, actuellement en cours d’évaluation, indique le pétrolier. Total assure qu’il s’efforcera de réduire l’impact de ses opérations sur l’environnement dans le cadre de son engagement en faveur du développement durable.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?Il faut savoir que ce pays constitue, avec la France, l’Etat le plus susceptible de détenir les ressources les plus importantes en gaz de schiste d’Europe. Les gisements de gaz de schiste de la Pologne atteindraient 5.300 milliards de mètres cubes, selon un rapport de l’Agence américaine d’Information énergétiques (EIA) publié récemment. Total possède déjà deux permis d’exploration dans les gaz de schiste au Danemark. En France, le groupe détient un permis d’exploration à Montélimar (Drôme), mais l’Assemblée nationale a voté mercredi dernier une proposition de loi interdisant l’usage de la technique de fracturation hydraulique, habituellement utilisée pour permettre d’exploiter ces gisements.Le 13 mai 2011 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
The Newcastle United footballer expects to improve under the Spaniard’s management in the English Premier LeagueBrazilian winger Kenedy is currently enjoying a one-year-loan contract with English Premier League Newcastle United.And with seven games played in the 2018-2019 season, he has forged a good relationship with the team’s manager Rafael Benitez.“There’s no doubt he can improve a player, and I believe he’s keen to improve me,” Kenedy told Four Four Two.“He’s always talking to me and giving me little pieces of advice. He reminds me about the importance of learning English, and I know he’s right.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We have a good relationship and it’s been very nice working with him. Rafa’s a winner and he knows so much about football,” he added.“He’s one of the best managers in the game, too, so I’m lucky to work with him.”“They’re just amazing. I keep saying that, actually,” he said about fans.“It’s me who’s the fan of them, not the other way around. They’ve been treating me well from my first day at the club.”“They’re all crazy about football, believe me. I’m happy to play for them, and grateful for everyone’s affection and effort to make me feel at home,” he concluded.
August 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 29, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Girl missing from National City middle school found unharmed NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – A girl who went missing from her National City middle school was found unharmed around six hours later, police said.The 13-year-old girl was reported missing when her parents went to pick her up from National City Middle School around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, but she wasn’t there, National City police Sgt. Matt Smith said.Police searched in the vicinity of the 1700 block of D Avenue, where the school is located, while a police helicopter circled overhead searching and making announcements.Police issued a statement about her disappearance around 7:30 p.m. and sought the public’s help to find her. Shortly before 9:20 p.m., she was found unharmed.No details were immediately available regarding her disappearance or where she was found.RELATED STORY: 13 year old girl reported missing in National City
Federal funding of $1.25 million means that nonprofit agencies in Clark County will be able to continue housing and helping chronically homeless people here.On Monday the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a total of $1.81 billion for more than 8,400 homeless projects nationwide — most of them grant renewals for existing, ongoing projects. A total of $48.2 million was awarded in Washington state.Andy Silver, the executive director of the Council for the Homeless in Clark County, and Bunk Moren, the executive director of Community Services NW, both said the money represents the federal government’s increasing emphasis on permanent, supportive housing for the chronically homeless. It provides for rental subsidies and — depending on the particular program — case management and other services for people who need them. Public dollars from other sources generally underwrite other sorts of homeless services, Silver said.Silver said communities of sufficient size annually apply to HUD with a coordinated grant application that demonstrates how various agencies are working together as a “community of care.” In recent years Clark County has scored well on this, he said. In all, Community Services NW will receive $430,179 for four related programs that all serve chronically homeless people; some are disabled or mentally ill; some have experienced multiple episodes of homelessness; some are addicted and some are also diagnosed as “chronic public inebriates,” according to the agency’s website. Many of them are emerging from jail, Moren said. The Community Services NW programs all aim to provide subsidies for apartments on the private market and offer optional, additional “wraparound” services such as mental health counseling and other case management.Share Vancouver will receive $314,176 for similar housing programs; Second Step Housing will receive $270,439; and Impact NW, based in Portland, will receive $150,119 for its Clark County efforts.The Council for the Homeless, which submitted the coordinated grant, gets $89,000 for planning and data tracking.
Alaska Airlines employees and supporters picket outside Juneau International Airport on Monday over slow moving contract negotiations with the airline. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)From Fairbanks to San Diego, Alaska Airlines workers picketed at airports across the West Coast Monday.Listen nowThey’re upset over slow moving contract negotiations.In Juneau, clerical workers, ramp staff and customer service agents represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers sported neon green t-shirts that said “Show us the money!” as they waved signs on the plaza across from the airport’s drop off area.John Walters works on the ramp for Alaska Airlines at Juneau International Airport. He and about 20 other union employees and supporters demonstrated for most of the day.“Job security is number one. Our job is not guaranteed, we live contract to contract, so job security is huge,” Walters said. “Pension, raise — our starting pay is $12/hr. We don’t get paid much to do this job.”According to union representatives, Juneau’s demonstration was one of 10 in cities across the West Coast. About 20 workers picketed in Anchorage and a handful in Fairbanks.All of the participants took part before or after work or on their day off.President of Local 2202 Kaleb Rosa said they first approached the airline in August 2017 about opening up contract negotiations.“It’s going, but it’s going slowly. We’re doing it as clean as possible,” Rosa said. “We love the place we work, we love our work group. We love our coworkers and the company we work for.”Rosa explained that the union cannot strike without congressional approval due to the Railway Labor Act. Instead, they’re hoping to put public pressure on Alaska Airlines.“We’ll take all the support we can get,” Rosa said. “But if Alaska doesn’t start moving this process quicker, then we’re going to have to start engaging the public on a daily basis.”In a statement, Alaska Airlines confirmed it is in the process of negotiating two labor agreements with the union.The airline said it does not talk about specifics during union negotiations, but it supports paying employees fair, competitive wages and offering quality benefits.
Nalgonda: Bharatiya Janata Party State president Dr Laxman stated that party would bring the huge scam that took place in State government’s flagship programmes, Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha, into light very soon.Along with party district president Nukala Narsimha Reddy, Laxman launched party membership drive in Nalgonda town on Monday. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the BJP State chief said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was trying his level best to make his son KT Rama Rao as next CM of the State. If it happens, it will become a curse to KCR and also for the TRS party. Stating that TRS has betrayed people of the State in all aspects, Laxman said that the saffron party would teach a befitting lesson to TRS if they try to follow the footsteps of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee against the BJP in the State. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us Criticising the TRS-MIM alliance, the BJP leader assured of celebrating the Telangana Liberation Day officially after the party comes to power in the State in 2023. He mocked at TRS leaders secular comments and pointed out pink party’s alliance with MIM. He stated that both Telugu Desam and Congress parties were vanished from the State and predicted that next party to get into oblivion would be TRS. Party local leaders, workers and supporters took part in the programme.
The stage has been set for further heat on banking regulations ahead of the central bank governing board’s meeting scheduled for Monday, media reports say.Thursday’s strident criticism by S. Gurumurthy, the independent member on RBI’s board, of governor Urjit Patel’s policies towards banks non-performing assets (NPA) showed a hardening stand on the part of the government.The government has been pushing for a more lenient regulatory environment to maintain market liquidity to spur growth, especially in the micro, medium and small enterprises.Gurumurthy blamed the central bank for stipulating one-shot provisioning for bad loans which tends to suck up liquidity form the market. “NPAs have been developing since 2009 and it peaked in 2014. At that time the RBI did not say ‘you provide’ but in 2015 it said ‘you provide’. So, providing at one go is the problem. If they had said you provide over five years this wouldn’t have happened,” he said.Gurumurthy wanted the RBI to allow a gradual approach to provisioning, or setting apart funds, to meet NPAs. “Any policy that lacks gradualism will always produce shocks, will invite a crisis where none exists,” he said. “You want to avoid a crisis by policy but the same policy could bring about a crisis and this balance has not been maintained in forming NPA provisions.”Gurumurthy’s call for easing RBI’s capital adequacy norms and lending restrictions on some weak banks has come when the RBI and the government have been sparring over several issues.Speaking on “State of the economy: India and the world” in New Delhi., Gurumurthy said policy measures like capital adequacy parameters have to be formed with the big picture in mind. He said there was no need to further what global best practices mandated, citing Basel-III norms. He said that unlike the US, where businesses preferred to raise capital from the stock market, Indian businesses tapped the banking system for access to finance.”We have to align our rules with the Basel rules. Not more. This should be looked upon as a bank-driven economy,” he added. He argued for lowering the minimum total capital to be maintained by banks as a share of their total risk-weighted assets to 8 percent against the current 9 percent. This, he said, would greatly enhance banks’ ability to lend and this was important for market liquidity and economic growth.
Rajiv GandhiWikimedia commonPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary.The Prime Minister tweeted “Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary.”Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered his father as someone who taught him never to hate anyone. “Today we celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi ji, a patriot & a visionary, whose far sighted policies helped build India. To me, he was a loving father who taught me never to hate, to forgive & to love all beings,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.Sonia Gandhi, accompanied by Rahul Gandhi, party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra paid tributes to the former Prime Minister at Virbhoomi in Delhi. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer President Pranab Mukherjee, ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Vice President Hamid Ansari and several other leaders also paid floral tribute to Rajiv Gandhi at Virbhoomi.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh while remembering the former Prime Minister tweeted, “You are forever in my heart & the heart of every person whose life you touched, dear friend. India remembers your contributions to nation-building & will always miss you, Rajiv,”The Congress celebrates the birthday of former Prime Minister as ‘Sadbhavna Diwas’.Rajiv Gandhi was made the Prime Minister of the country after the assassination of his mother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. He was elected as Prime Minister at an age of 40.Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in May 1991, while campaigning for the Congress in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur.
Monday, September 25, 2017 Tags: Cuba Posted by Havana, Varadero travel advisories lifted TORONTO — The Cuba Tourist Board of Canada says the Canadian government has lifted its travel advisories for Havana and Varadero in the wake of “a swift and effective response” to Hurricane Irma.The federal government had issued regional advisories for both cities, citing initial uncertainty over the impact of Irma.“The retraction of the travel advisories for Havana and Varadero is really a reflection of how Cubans have banded together to get life back on track,” said Eloy Govea, Director for Canada for the Cuba Tourist Board.“We are pleased that the Canadian government is confident in the safety of our destinations and look forward to showcasing Canadian travellers the spirit of Cuba once again.”Canadian travel and tour operators have resumed flights and activities in Havana, Varadero and Holguin. With the vast majority of hotels and resorts in these cities now up and running, only the destinations of Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria remain under regional advisory. There is currently no nationwide advisory in effect for Cuba, said Govea.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthMaria did not make true landfall on Cuba, he adds, with only the easternmost regions of the country experiencing elevated winds and rougher waters. Stabilization efforts remain on schedule in regions previously impacted by Irma.Canadians looking to support Cuba’s post-Irma transition are encouraged to do so by visiting the country, notes Govea. Cuba’s tourism industry generates a large portion of its national GDP, making it an integral part of the Cuban economy.“The continued flow of Canadian guests to Cuba is instrumental not only to economic recovery, but to the spirit of the Cubans that want to confirm that Canadian love for the island has not changed after Irma,” said Govea. “Cuba is the same beautiful, welcoming destination it has always been, and we invite Canadians with open arms to see that for themselves.” Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
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‘Queer Eye’ star France bridges divides on TV, in real life by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2019 10:59 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this March 15, 2019, photo, Tan France, a cast member on the Netflix series “Queer Eye,” poses among his clothes in the attic of his home in Salt Lake City. The series touches on some of the country’s deepest divides with persistent optimism. The makeover program starring five gay men tackles the contrast between urban and rural, white and black, liberal and conservative. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY — The Netflix show “Queer Eye” caught on by doing something unusual: creating reality TV that touches on some of the country’s deepest divides with persistent optimism.Alongside sleek new haircuts and rehabbed wardrobes, the makeover program starring five gay men tackles the contrast between urban and rural, white and black, liberal and conservative.The show’s resident fashion expert, Tan France, switches between those worlds off-camera too. He’s an English immigrant who was raised Muslim and spends his off hours at home with his husband in decidedly red-state Utah.He says living in Salt Lake City gives him a perspective that comes in handy for a show featuring a cross-section of America, and has no plans to move even as the show takes off.Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press
Categories: McCready Photos,State of the State State Rep. Mike McCready, right, is joined by his guest, Robert Glass, in his Lansing office prior to the State of the State address. McCready invited the superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Schools to the Capitol for a special joint session of the Michigan House and Senate, during which Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his key goals for the year. 17Jan McCready welcomes Bloomfield Hills superintendent to Capitol for governor’s State of the State address
02Dec Rep. Hooker speaks during Rally for Religious Liberty at Capitol today LANSING – Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, joined other state legislators in speaking during a Rally for Religious Liberty at the state Capitol today and submitted a resolution for consideration on the House floor.“Today is about the growing abuse of power by the judiciary,” said Rep. Hooker. “States should continue to have their rights to legislate as dictated by the United States Constitution and individuals to practice their faith without criticism or scorn.”The resolution challenged the U.S. Supreme Court’s authority, emphasizing Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides specific processes that do not involve the judicial branch of government as the only means of amending the Constitution.Specifically, Rep. Hooker’s resolution points to Obergefell vs. Hodges, which the Court ruled “same sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all states and all state laws are invalid to the extent they exclude same-sex couples from marriage.”“We urge the governor and all executive officers in the state of Michigan to uphold their oaths of office and re-claim this state’s sovereignty by not recognizing or enforcing the United States Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision as a rule of law,” said Rep. Hooker in the resolution.Rep. Hooker resolution 12-2-2015 Categories: News