Fjord1 Agrees New Loan Gets Ferry Services Deal in Norway

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian transportation company Fjord1 has secured a new loan agreement with compatriot shipping bank DNB and Finnish Nordea Bank.The facility, which was agreed in October 2018, is for NOK 1,283 million (USD 150.6 million) with a guarantee from Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits GIEK for NOK 900 million (USD 105.7 million).Additionally, the company was awarded a new ferry connection contract in Indre Sunnmøre, Norway. The agreement, expected to be signed in November, is for a duration of 14 years, starting from 2020 until the end of 2033.Under the agreement, the company would utilize ten of its vessels to operate on the Eidsdal-Linge, Stranda-Liabygda, Hundeidvik-Festøy and Sæbø-Leknes-Standal-Trandal routes. The deal has a total value of NOK 2 billion (USD 234.5 million).The contract comes a month after Fjord1 signed a deal to operate four ferry connections in Romsdal, namely Sølsnes-Åfarnes, Molde-Sekken, Solholmen-Mordalsvågen and Aukra-Hollingsholm. The earlier signed agreement, which has a value of NOK 2.26 billion (USD 265 million), would see Fjord1 deploy five vessels on the aforementioned routes.The Romsdal contract is also for a period of 14 years, scheduled to start from 2020, with the contract for the Sølsnes-Åfarnes service expected to take affect from 2022.last_img read more

The top 10 books on Apples iBooksUS

first_imgiBook charts for week ending November 11, 2018: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher :iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books1. Past Tense by Lee Child – 9780399593529 – (Random House Publishing Group)2. The Reckoning by John Grisham – 9780385544160 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)3. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – 9781250069849 – (Flatiron Books)4. Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly – 9780316486675 – (Little, Brown and Company)5. Becoming by Michelle Obama – 9781524763152 – (Crown)6. The Woods by Harlan Coben – 9781101128671 – (Penguin Publishing Group)7. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks – 9781538728536 – (Grand Central Publishing)8. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)9. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – 9781400201662 – (Thomas Nelson)10. Elevation by Stephen King – 9781982102333 – (Scribner)(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.____The Associated Presslast_img read more

Nasa to hold asteroid impact mock drill

first_imgWashington DC: NASA, along with its international partners, is set to conduct a mock exercise that will play out a realistic — but fictional — scenario for an asteroid on an impact trajectory with Earth. The exercise will help the planetary defense community understand the important aspects of a possible disaster and identify issues for accomplishing a successful response. The real work of preparing for the possibility of an impact of near-Earth objects (NEOs) such as asteroids or comets goes on mostly out of the public eye, NASA said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn the spirit of better communication, next week at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference, NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), and space science institutions, along with international partners, will participate in a ‘tabletop exercise’. A tabletop exercise of a simulated emergency is commonly used in disaster management planning to help inform involved players of important aspects of a possible disaster and identify issues for accomplishing a successful response. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAttendees at the conference will play out a fictional NEO impact scenario developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Center for NEO Studies (CNEOS). “These exercises have really helped us in the planetary defense community to understand what our colleagues on the disaster management side need to know,” said Lindley Johnson, NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer. “This exercise will help us develop more effective communications with each other and with our governments,” said Johnson. These exercises are not tightly scripted. The point is to investigate how NEO observers, space agency officials, emergency managers, decision makers, and citizens might respond to an actual impact prediction and evolving information. The exercise events will occur over the five days of the conference, with exercise leaders briefing participants on the status of the scenario at the end of each day and soliciting response ideas and feedback, based on the latest fictional data. The scenario begins with the fictional premise that on March 26, astronomers ‘discovered’ a NEO they consider potentially hazardous to Earth. After a ‘few months’ of tracking, observers predict that this NEO –dubbed 2019 PDC — poses a 1 in 100 chance of impact with Earth in 2027. Participants in this exercise will discuss potential preparations for asteroid reconnaissance and deflection missions and planning for mitigation of a potential impact’s effects. NASA has participated in six NEO impact exercises so far three at Planetary Defense Conferences (2013, 2015, 2017) and three jointly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The three NASA-FEMA exercises included representatives of several other federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense and State. Each exercise builds on lessons learned in the previous exercise.last_img read more

Continuing delays in election of new Lebanese president concern Ban Kimoon

5 December 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been holding talks by telephone this week with Lebanon’s political leaders to urge them to find a solution to their tense stand-off over the election of a new president. In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “extremely concerned about the continuing delay in the election” of a president to succeed Emile Lahoud, noting that the postponement has now “extended well past the constitutional timeframe.”“He believes it is now time for this matter to be resolved without further delay,” the statement added.In the past few days Mr. Ban has spoken to Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri and Majority Leader Saad Hariri, and the statement said “the Secretary-General will remain in close touch with Lebanese political leaders who bear, both to the people of Lebanon and to the future of the country, the responsibility to find a solution.”Mr. Ban has stressed repeatedly in recent weeks that Lebanon’s political leaders must place the national interest above their personal and sectarian interests.Last month, while visiting the Lebanese capital Beirut, he told reporters that “the country now stands at an important crossroads in its modern history… A free and fair election of a new president according to constitutional rules without foreign interference [would be] a milestone in the development of Lebanon as a vibrant democracy.” read more

Victim of fatal Binbrook crash identified

(Video updated) Friends are identifying the two people killed in the two-car crash near Binbrook overnight.Friends have told CHCH News that Shawn Bell, 17, of Stoney Creek was the driver of the Mazda Protege who died after his car crashed into a GMC Terrain on Highway 56 just after midnight between Golf Club Road and Guyatt Road. Friends say Bell was last seen leaving a party last night.Bell died at the scene, while the 42 year old man driving the Terrain died in hospital. A ten year old and two 15 year olds who were also in the Terrain have been taken to McMaster Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.While police haven’t officially determined the cause of the crash yet, friends say the driver of the other car involved had been drinking last night before he left a party.A small memorial to 17-year old Shawn Bell quickly went up at the crash scene. All day his friends arrived. Some were emotional, others angry. Many were hugging and signing a book of messages that had been left behind, and while they say Bell lit up every room he entered, he had been drinking heavily before heading home to Stoney Creek last night.Connor Lahie, Bell’s friend, says, “It got late, and he thought it was a good idea to go home, and we told him that it wasn’t a good idea… we said you’re too intoxicated, you need to stay, and he said no, like I’m leaving… and my friend’s like ‘you know how bad I’m going to if I just let you go right now,’ and he gives her a hug and says ‘nothing’s going to happen, I promise.’”The 42 year old man who died in the crash has been identified as Steve Last. According to Last’s family, he was soon to be re-married and was a father of three. Last was apparently on his way home from Canada’s Wonderland with two of his daughters, and their friend, when the crash occurred.Steve’s brother Jeff says, “they had just called his fiancée at 10 and said they were just leaving the parking lot at Wonderland… she woke up at 1:30 and they weren’t home yet, and she said to me, she knew something was wrong.” Jeff goes on to say, “It’s been horrible. I just want to wake up from it.”Sean Leathong joined us from the scene of the crash with more.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

Resuming weapons inspections in Iraq UN teams visit 3 sites outside Baghdad

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is responsible for investigating Iraq’s nuclear programme, visited a science research centre in northern Baghdad and were able to complete their work as planned, with access to what they wanted to see and full cooperation from the Iraqis, according to a spokesman for the Agency.”We’re hopeful that today’s cooperation reflects a future pattern on the part of Iraq,” IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky told UN Radio.The spokesman stressed that inspectors had the right to choose the days and times, as well as the sites, for inspections, and were not limiting themselves to those that were previously investigated during the 1990s.”We’re not excluding inspections at any site, and that means we will be visiting sites that we previously visited in the 1990s, plus new ones,” Mr. Gwozdecky said. “Today, for example, the site we visited was not directly involved in the past nuclear weapons programme, so again, we’re prepared to go anywhere at any time.”Meanwhile, the team of inspectors from the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) visited two sites – a graphite plant and a missile engine testing facility – at Al Rafah, approximately 130 kilometres southwest of Baghdad.UNMOVIC inspection team leader Dimitri Perricos told reporters afterwards that the site his group visited today had been inspected in the past. Asked about the reason for his interest in graphite, Mr. Perricos said that graphite could be used for pencils as well as for missile batteries, and that it could be used in the cone of a missile during re-entry. read more

Macys Employees not involved in alleged stop actor says he was detained

Macys: Employees not involved in alleged stop; actor says he was detained because of his race NEW YORK, N.Y. – No Macy’s employees were involved in the detention or questioning of a black actor who claims he was stopped because of his race while shopping at the flagship Manhattan department store, Macy’s officials said Sunday.Rob Brown, a black actor who works on the HBO series “Treme,” has said he was detained nearly an hour by police on June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud. The actor has filed a lawsuit.In a statement, Macy’s said there was no record of any employee contacting authorities about Brown’s purchase. The store said police officers requested use of a room in the building and that request was granted.The store said it was reaching out to Brown, and continuing to investigate the situation.Brown’s account comes after claims from two black shoppers said they were racially profiled at Barneys New York.Trayon Christian sued Barneys, saying he was accused of fraud after using his debit card to buy a $349 Ferragamo belt in April. Kayla Philips filed a notice of claim saying she would sue after she was stopped by detectives outside the store when she bought a $2,500 Celine handbag in February.As the criticism grew, Barneys said it had retained a civil rights expert to help review its procedures. The CEO of Barneys, Mark Lee, offered his “sincere regret and deepest apologies.”Kirsten John Foy, an official with the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, said he would meet with Barneys officials on Tuesday to discuss the racial profiling allegations. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2013 2:57 pm MDT read more

Frances SNCF places US968 million order for 83 Bombardier commuter trains

France’s SNCF places US$968 million order for 83 Bombardier commuter trains MONTREAL – The French national railway company has ordered 83 train sets from Bombardier Transportation, for use by the regional commuter system that serves the Paris area.The order by SNCF on behalf of the Paris public transport authority is valued at US$968 million.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says each of the Regio 2N train sets has space for 1,000 passengers.They’re scheduled to enter service at the end of 2019, primarily for Line N leaving from the Paris Montparnasse Station.The order is part of a 2010 deal for up to 860 trains. To date, 341 of those trains have been ordered for 10 French regions. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2017 7:36 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Army rank gets 1M bail for allegedly causing death by dangerous

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDriver granted $1M bail for causing death by dangerous drivingOctober 1, 2015In “Crime”Businessman charged with causing death by dangerous drivingNovember 23, 2017In “Court”Truck Driver refused bail for allegedly causing policeman’s deathJuly 8, 2015In “Crime” A 24-year-old Manchester, Berbice man attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF)  was granted $1M bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates Court on Thursday to answer to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Zamani ArchibaldZamani Archibald, a Lance Corporal, pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge alleges that on March 11, 2017, at Soesdyke Public Road, East Bank Demerara, Archibald drove pickup DFB 1566 in a dangerous manner resulting in the death of 65-year-old Harry Persaud.The accused is expected to re-appear in court on August 30, 2017.Inews had previously reported that on the day in question, Harry Persaud, also called “Saw doctor”, a pensioner of Lot 7 Public Road, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, was giving his 2-year-old granddaughter Divya Gurucharran a ride on his pedal cycle as he traversed the East Bank Demerara highway en route to the Rubis Service Station at Soesdyke to purchase an item, when a vehicle belonging to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) struck them off the cycle.Harry PersaudThey were both picked up by the same GDF vehicle and taken to the Diamond Regional Hospital, where the 65-year-old Persaud was pronounced dead on arrival while his granddaughter was transferred to, and admitted a patient at, the Georgetown Public Hospital.The Guyana Defence Force, in a statement, declared that a Board of Inquiry has been established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, which occurred at about 10:30hrs and involved a pick-up that was driven by a GDF rank. read more

Who will play at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 FINAL

The sixth VELUX EHF FINAL 4 in Cologne is ahead of us…  Loading …PHOTO: EHF MEDIA Who will play at the VELUX EHF FINAL4 FINAL? Vive Tauron Kielce – THW Kiel Vive Tauron Kielce – MKB MVM Veszprem FC Barcelona – THW Kiel FC Barcelona – MKB MVM VeszpremView Results ← Previous Story Veselin Vujovic new Slovenian NT coach: We will fight for the medals! Next Story → RK Celje Pivovarna Laško are new-old Slovenian champions!

Our 7 favourite bits from last nights Oscars

first_imgSO, THEY’RE ALL over for another year.As we type some very hungry starlets are gladly tucking into their first sandwiches in months, countless bottles of free champagne are being quaffed, and Jennifer Lawrence is probably sitting in a toilet cubicle rocking back and forth and keening.Oh, didn’t you hear? She fell. On the way to collect her Best Actress award.Obviously that’s not one of our favourite bits of the evening, but here are the highlights:1. Adele’s speechIt was the ‘AW GAWD’ that got us…YouTube/NishaSaheba 2. The backstage craicLove this guy photobombing George and Denzel Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy clowning aroundAdele signing the backstage posterJack and Quentin shooting the breezeAll images: Instagram/The Academy3. The Irish lad onstage for Les MisKillian Donnelly from Meath was part of the ensemble cast for Les Mis, and had a speaking part in the film.He was singing onstage at the Dolby Theatre last night, and got a tweet of support from Russell Crowe:Killian called the experience “the most incredible moment of my life”4. The Jaws treatmentWhen somebody was giving it a bit too much chat during their acceptance speeches, the orchestra gave them a not-too-subtle shove off the stage by playing the Jaws music.Not the major celebs, mind. Nobody gives Ben Affleck the Jaws treatment.It was a welcome addition though: 5. Daniel Day-Lewis’ speechNobody gets to make a joke at Meryl Streep’s expense and look classy doing it quite like Daniel Day Lewis.When picking up his Oscar for Best Actor for Lincoln, he joked that he and Meryl had planned to swap roles, and that she would play the former US president and that he would play Margaret Thatcher.Daniel, you kidder.He also said lovely things about his wife Rebecca Miller and was generally the best person ever.Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images6. Making R-Carpz happenAs well as liveblogging all the action, we were going like the clappers on Twitter throughout the night.Although we didn’t manage to get it trending, we’re claiming a small moral victory by virtue of the fact that at least three people are now sure to refer to the red carpet as R-Carpz from now on.And then they’ll tell three friends, and then they’ll tell three friends, and then R-Carpz will take over the world.AP Photo/Jae C. Hong7. Grant HeslovGrant Heslov produced Argo alongside Ben Affleck and George Clooney, but he is endowed with neither their handsomeness of face or fullness of beard.He still took to the stage last night and proclaimed the three to be “the sexiest producers in the business”.It can’t be easy being pals with those two beautiful fizzogs, so Grant Heslov, we salute you (and Argo, which is a great film)John Shearer/Invision/APMissed out on any of the action last night?Never fear,  you can check out our red carpet liveblog here>And catch up on all the action from the ceremony itself here>last_img read more

Shatter No garda report generated on breathalyser incident

first_imgUpdated 10.15amNO REPORT WAS made on the Justice Minister Alan Shatter being stopped and breathalysed by gardaí, the minister said today.The matter came to light last week, when Deputy Mattie McGrath broached the topic on Thursday morning in the Dáil. At the time, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD said the incident happened in late 2008 or 2009, at Pembroke Street in Dublin.McGrath had asked during Leaders’ Questions if the Taoiseach or Tánaiste were aware of an incident where Shatter was stopped and breathalysed by gardaí.Speaking today, Minister Shatter said that following on from the issue raised in the Dáil last week, the Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality asked the Garda Commissioner to ascertain whether there was a garda report on the matter.The Commissioner has confirmed that he caused inquiries to be made by local Garda management as to whether or not a report of the incident was made at the time. He is informed that no such report was generated by the Garda member involved and a further local search of the garda computer system has failed to locate any such report.However, today’s Irish Independent carries a report on the matter, which says that a garda report made on the incident is “missing”. Shatter had been stopped at a mandatory checkpoint and said last week that he failed to fully complete the breathalyser test due to being asthmatic.He said he had explained this to the garda and was waved on, and that there “was no question of my having consumed any alcohol, nor of my having committed any offence under the Road Traffic Acts”.A motion of no confidence in Shatter will be brought before the Dáil this evening by Fianna Fáil. The motion was tabled on Friday and will be debated today and tomorrow, with a final vote on Wednesday evening.Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Niall Collins said Shatter’s position had become untenable following his disclosure of a Garda incident involving Deputy Mick Wallace.GilmoreSpeaking to Morning Ireland on RTÉ radio this morning, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that he believes Fianna Fáil are “dragging the bottom of the barrel to have an issue to have a private members motion on”.He said that there are “a lot more important issues in the country that need discussion in the Dáil than whether Alan Shatter was stopped at a checkpoint or not”.Niall Collins told Morning Ireland that Gilmore is “missing the point” and that the party has “reached a tipping point with this minister”. He said that Shatter’s judgement “has been severely called into question” and that he believed he his unfit to hold the office of Minister for Justice.He also said the working relationship that should exist between the Minister for Justice of the day and the Garda Commissioner should be questioned, given that Shatter mentioned Deputy Mick Wallace’s encounter with gardaí on Prime Time.Read: Shatter: ‘I was breathalysed, but hadn’t done anything wrong’>last_img read more

Star Wars The Old Republic now available to preorder

first_imgWith the announcement that Star Wars Galaxies is being shut down, the need for a replacement MMO set in the Star Wars galaxy is higher than ever. So it’s fitting that BioWare has just opened up pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic.Three editions are available: Standard, Digital Deluxe, and Collector’s Edition. The Standard Edition gets you the game, and a Color Stone in-game. Pay more for the Digital Deluxe Edition and you receive 6 digital items including a Color Stone, Flare Gun, Training Droid, HoloDancer, HoloCam, and STAP.AdChoices广告True Star Wars geeks will be heading right for the Collector’s Edition pre-order button though, and BioWare is certainly rewarding you for doing so. As well as the 6 digital items included with the Digital Deluxe Edition there’s also a Mouse Droid and Collector’s Edition Store that can be acecssed in-game.Real-world objects that form part of the collection include a Gentle Giant Darth Malgus statue, The Old Republic galaxy map, custom security authentication key, The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural annotated by Satele Shan, and a Star Wars: The Old Republic Music CD. You also get special packaging including collectible metal cases for the game disks and a collector’s box that everything fits inside to be stored away.All editions come with 30-days of game time and by pre-ordering you get early access to the game. When that early access becomes available depends on when you redeem you pre-order code which involves registering your code on a special page.As BioWare is owned by EA they are pushing the Origin digital store heavily. You can buy the Stanbdard Edition there or from a whole host of retailers worldwide. The Digital Deluxe edition can only be pre-ordered through Origin, where as the Collector’s Edition is the only version not on Origin due to the physical items it ships with.As for pricing, this isn’t going to be a cheap game to purchase. The Standard Edition is $60, Digital Deluxe is $80, and the Collector’s Edition an eye-watering $150 and therefore only for serious collectors. As for a release date, there’s nothing set in stone, but it looks likely the early access will begin in September.via PC Worldlast_img read more

Arsenal interested in Inter Milans Ivan Perisic

first_imgArsenal are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic with an option to buy on a permanent basis in the summer.The Croatia international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United over the last few seasons, has always revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.Speaking ahead of Inter’s UEFA Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur in November, the former Borussia Dortmund winger did admit that he would be open to a move to England.“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” he said, according to Manchester Evening News.“In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.A key player for Inter since his arrival at the San Siro, Perisic’s time at the San Siro may well be coming to an end.“Perisic is a very good player, of course there’s rumours about him during the transfer window,” manager Luciano Spalletti told the press.“If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go trough.”“He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday March 6 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowUSGS nominee inclined to show data to Interior bossesLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.If confirmed as USGS director, James Reilly says he’d likely share sensitive data with his higher-ups at the Interior Department if they ask to see it. A demand to release data about the NPR-A led two USGS staffers to quit this winter.State regulator pushes for stronger laws to deal with abandoned oil wellsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageA top state regulator is asking the legislature to make sure oil companies pay to clean up old oil wells, even after the wells are sold to a different company.Juneau police end policy of flagging flying weedJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauA change in policy by Juneau police means licensed marijuana producers should now be able to fly their product out of Juneau on commercial airlines. Until recently commercial cannabis was allowed to fly in but not out of Juneau International Airport.Aleutians East Borough votes to join feds in battle over King Cove roadZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaThe Aleutians East Borough Assembly approved spending $61,875 to hire a law firm to help them join a lawsuit over the controversial road between King Cove and Cold Bay.DeeDee Jonrowe second musher to scratch in 2018 IditarodCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWillow musher DeeDee Jonrowe has scratched from the 2018 Iditarod.Some mushers deck out in “full body armor” to tackle Dalzell GorgeZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageEven years later, the infamous 2014 conditions along the Dalzell Gorge stretch has left a lasting impression on mushers – one that they bring specialty gear for.Snowier year makes for smoother run to NikolaiZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIt’s one of the snowiest years in recent memory along a notoriously bare stretch of the Iditarod trail. In recent years, low-snow and a bald, icy trail conditions have made for a perilous run down the Dalzell Gorge through Rohn and across the Farwell Burn on the way to the village of Nikolai.Alaska Railroad’s first black conductor celebrates unprecedented 50 years with companyVictoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageHarry Ross never imagined he’d be conducting trains. But in 1968 he became the first black conductor for the Alaska Railroad. March 6th will be Ross’ 50th anniversary with the company, a milestone never reached by any other trainman.To feed elders, traditional foods take untraditional routeAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTraditional foods are healthier, but for a long time, federal regulations prevented elders in care facilities from accessing them. A team in Kotzebue worked to change that. Here’s how.last_img read more

AL to sweep to victory in next polls Sajeeb Wazed

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy speaks at a press conference at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office on Monday. Photo: Focus Bangla Prime minister’s ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy said on Monday that ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) would bag more votes in the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls compared to the 9th parliamentary polls.Joy, also the son of prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina, was briefing newsmen at AL president’s Dhanmondi office after holding a meeting with party’s secretaries and leaders of AL’s affiliated bodies.“I’m here to tell you good news. I’ve conducted a survey on the next general elections. I want to inform the party that the survey shows the AL will secure more votes if the elections are held today. AL will get a landslide victory, in comparison with the 2008 general elections,” said Joy.Prime minister’s son claimed, “We’ve got this result in a scientifically-conducted survey. AL has nothing to fear about. I’m here to give that message.”In response to a question, Joy said he wouldn’t contest the next polls. “My objective is to keep the party in power. I’ve no greed for being a MP and a minister. It can be looked into later. How can I keep the party in power – this is my target.”Asked if he has any certain plan to bring AL to power again, Joy said, “AL must come to power in the next elections. The way the AL has earned people’s love and trust, there is no political party in the country which can defeat it.“This is absolutely clear in my survey. I’ve no worry about this,” he added.When a questioner asked which organisation conducted the survey, Joy didn’t disclose the name of the organisation saying, “We conduct this survey every year. We’ve a company which conduct the survey. This is my subject. I’ve studied this and worked on this. I believe that my survey is most accurate.”Sajeeb Wazed called on AL party men to remain vigilant about any conspiracy on the next general elections, alleging that conspiracies are on.last_img read more

Protesters defy curfew in riotshaken US town

first_imgRelated posts:Suburban US ghettos like Ferguson are ticking time bombs Following Ferguson, US police use of military gear to be reviewed US Justice Department to launch probe of Ferguson police in wake of recent violence Riot after US jury fails to indict Ferguson policeman FERGUSON, Missouri – Police used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse demonstrators who defied a curfew in Ferguson, Missouri early Sunday, where a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen triggered a wave of rioting.Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and a curfew starting at midnight Saturday until 5 a.m. for the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on August 9.Ferguson was mostly peaceful when the curfew began on Sunday, but a crowd of protesters gathered in the area where Brown was shot and refused to disperse.Riot police, backed up by reinforcements in armored vehicles, hurled smoke and tear gas canisters and slowly moved in to break up the crowd, which local media said numbered around 200.Seven people were arrested for failing to disperse, said Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, the African-American officer that governor Nixon put in charge of restoring peace in Ferguson.Johnson said that police moved when they received reports that someone apparently unrelated to the protests had been shot, and that armed individuals had broken into a restaurant.“We have a shooting victim in critical condition that may lose her life,” said Johnson, speaking to reporters around 3:50 a.m. “We had a subject standing in the middle of the road with a handgun. We had a police car shot at tonight. And, yes, I think that was a proper response tonight, to maintain officer safety and public safety.”Antonio French, an area politician who was with the protesters when police moved in, wrote that some were ready for violence.“I can tell you firsthand that some of the people that remained tonight were armed. Were ready for a fight. And wanted to injure police,” he wrote on Twitter.He also wrote: “It’s important to differentiate the protestors from those violent opportunists that are not thinking about #MikeBrown or justice. #Ferguson.” People wait for reaction from police after they refused to honor the midnight curfew on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFPRenewed unrest Governor Nixon said he ordered the emergency measures “to protect the people and property of Ferguson” after looters raided town stores and scuffled with police overnight Friday to Saturday.Nixon, speaking at a press conference Saturday held at a local church, was repeatedly interrupted by locals angered by an apparent lack of accountability for the largely white police force responsible for Brown’s death in the majority black area.“Excuse me, governor, you need to charge that police officer with murder,” said a heckler, referring to the white officer who shot Brown. “Yeah!” cried out supporters.“Call for an investigation,” said another heckler, as palpable anger and frustration simmered in the church hall. “Where’s the indictment?”Riot police fired tear gas and clashed with looters in the early hours of Saturday, after police named Brown as a suspect in the robbery of a Ferguson convenience store.Gangs of thieves targeted several stores, including the one that Brown allegedly robbed just before he was shot dead on August 9.Protesters also hurled Molotov cocktails and bricks at police, who responded with tear gas, smoke bombs and rubber bullets but they mostly stayed at a distance in armored vehicles and riot gear.In some cases locals locked arms outside stores to keep looters out, and in others store owners showed up carrying rifles and sidearms to protect their property.On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered peacefully near the scene of Brown’s shooting, marking the exact moment he was shot a week earlier. Police fire tear gas at demonstrators protesting the shooting of Michael Brown after they refused to honor the midnight curfew on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP‘Execution-style murder’ Brown’s death has renewed a national debate about relations between law enforcement and African Americans.His family appealed for calm, but accused authorities of a “devious” attempt to smear their son’s character after police released surveillance video of the store robbery.The video shows a young black man carrying cigars out of a convenience store, and pushing another man who tries to stop him.The robbery occurred just minutes before the policeman shot Brown dead, but police said the officer stopped the teen for walking in the middle of the street and did not know of the robbery.In Harlem, New York, African American civil rights activist Al Sharpton criticized the video’s release, accusing the police of sullying Brown’s image in the public eye.“Have we lost our decency when you don’t even let people mourn their loved ones without you trying to smear them with things that have nothing to do with the situation?” he asked.“Are you telling me that you have the right to run down somebody and kill him over three or four cigars?”Police identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, 28, a white, four-year veteran of the force with no disciplinary record. 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Life in Color returns to Pedregal to spray fans with paint

first_imgWhen you hear “world’s largest paint party,” you may expect constant explosions of liquid splashing over writhing crowds. With a name like “The Big Bang World Tour,” one pictures never-ending detonations of color.But mostly, the “paint” part of Life in Color consists of a performer in a wild costume gradually spraying the audience with a paint-filled hose. The concert climaxes with a “paint blast,” and the lead-up is long and carefully orchestrated.But exploding pigments are just a gimmick – Life in Color is broadly action-packed, providing hours of entertainment before the gyrating throngs get truly soaked in sticky paste. Buskers and stilt-walkers weave through the crowd, glow sticks whirl through the air, and beer flows freely throughout. (Heineken is the most prominent sponsor, so Dutch lager enthusiasts may rejoice.)The franchise started in 2006 in Florida, where it toured local college campuses. Today, Life in Color hosts more than 200 concerts per year around the world.Because of the neon paint and lighting effects, most people wear white, which helps the non-toxic color stand out – and it’s best to stuff your electronics inside a sealable plastic bag or other protective container. According to party promoters, the hoses shoot about 100 gallons of paint per minute.The real purpose of Life in Color is to showcase an international cast of DJs, who spin the gamut of dance mixes and often share the stage with Vegas-style performers. You’ll likely see acrobats, dancers, stilt-walkers, hula-hoopers, and mascots dressed in outrageous costumes. It’s kind of like a smooth acid trip without the actual LSD.The artist lineup in Costa Rica includes Los Angeles-based Diplo, Israeli Borgore, and Chicagoan Crespo, and you’ll find dozens of other performers onstage and scattered among the crowd. Last year’s concert drew about 10,000 fans, most of whom left a little more colorful.“Life in Color” takes place March 21 at the Pedregal Event Center, Belén. 3 p.m. ₡25,000 ($50). Info: SpecialTicket. Facebook Comments Related posts:‘Kingdom of Characters’ celebrates Japanese pop culture Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica Shakespearean ballet, outdoor tango, and other happenings around Costa Rica Arts Festival, Star Wars convention, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

Ignore the Millenials at your own risk

first_imgSource = Are the Millenial’s worth chasing?We have experienced the travel industry evolving, but less talked about is the revolution that is taking place if you are a member of the travelling public.  As an agent looking for new business,  you to keep abreast of these changes and make the necessary adjustments to survive in this fast-paced Industry.Some put them in the too hard basket, or define them as self bookers, but there are still opportunities with the millennial’s.According to a survey conducted by MMGY Global, the millennial’s represent the major growth force in American travel today and are pitched to become the leading travel segment. Whilst Australia tends to lag other large developed nations in adopting trends, house prices are an example of stimulus that change the way millennial’s think about their money.But they are smart, savvy, well informed. How do you tap into them? First of all you need to understand how they think and want to communicate.A trend amongst millennial’s is niche or customised travel, rich in experience and immersion. Social capital is important. They are interested in the products and services provided by travel agents that will give them that social capital edge and save them time.Specialised services in niches such as wellness and adventure travel will enable you will be well positioned to capture more business from millennial travellers. Thread it into your marketing and communications.  Companies like G Adventures have understood how to make this connection and pitch their product and content accordingly across many of their products. Oman as a destination has done this wonderfully.You need to be part of their decision-making process, beyond websites and Facebook pages and more about how you engage each customer. Process and procedure will give you efficiency and you can achieve a lot with automation, although not many travel agent groups have taken this step.Millennials demand instant communication and ease of doing business; they are the smartphone generation after all! As a travel agent, you have to be aware of this in order not to lose potential clients.  They expect immediate information and quick replies with authentic content. Accuracy is important for the millennial. Technology like bots is not as likely to scare them off as much as older customers.A few days in response time will mean the millennial has already moved on. The millennial’s are important for you to consider for your survival if you are currently dealing with ageing clientele. The millennial’s represent growth, banking on ageing clientele represents decline.Food for thought on where you spend your next buck in generating new business?roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals learn more about herelast_img read more