Ukraine searches vessel over fuel delivery to Crimea

first_imgKIEV: Ukrainian prosecutors said they had searched a vessel in the Black Sea port of Kherson on Saturday as part of an investigation into a suspected illegal delivery of fuel to the Russian navy in annexed Crimea in 2015. Relations between Kiev and Moscow deteriorated after Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and its backing for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian law stipulates that it is illegal to enter Crimean waters without the permission of the Ukrainian authorities. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe Ukraine prosecutors’ office said in a statement on Sunday that the ship, the Maria, had delivered fuel to the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea in 2015 and was now being searched in relation to that delivery. “The prosecutors office… conducts a search in Kherson on the vessel Maria which is suspected of smuggling oil products,” the prosecutors office said in a statement.”In June 2015, the same vessel, but under the name Vilga, supplied fuel to the units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.” The prosecutors’ office gave no more details and did not say who owned the vessel. The office could not be reached for further comment. Last month, Ukraine seized a Russian tanker over its alleged involvement in Russia’s capture of three Ukrainian navy vessels last year. Russia seized the Ukrainian ships after opening fire on them and is still holding 24 Ukrainian sailors who were on board at the time, accusing them of illegally entering its territorial waters, a charge they deny.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP arrests man for gun and drug possession

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On March 18, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Fort St. John RCMP received a report to check on an unknown man who appeared to be passed out in a running white Dodge Ram pick up in a parking lot near 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street.Upon arrival, Frontline officers observed an open bottle of liquor and suspected cocaine in the vehicle.Police say they attempted to wake the driver who then appeared to try to put the truck into drive before he was assisted out of the vehicle and arrested. According to Police, the man was identified as a resident of Taylor, B.C., who is prohibited from driving and is the registered owner of vehicles that have fled from frontline officers in recent weeks.During the arrest, RCMP found a loaded handgun, a rifle, a knitted mask, multiple collapsible batons, several knives, as well as suspected cocaine, fentanyl, cannabis, mushrooms and an undisclosed amount of cash.  The truck has also been impounded.The man was arrested for Impaired Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle along with other firearm and CDSA offences.The man has since been released on conditions and a date to appear in court.last_img read more

UN agency teams with Japanese university to boost technology transfer in AsiaPacific

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Waseda University in Tokyo calls for the school to provide academic expertise and technical assistance in new technologies and distance-learning, primarily to senior managers and executives drawn from private and public organizations in the ICT sector in the Asia and Pacific region.”This partnership between the ITU and an academic institution brings a new dimension towards creating an environment in which relevant information and knowledge may be more readily accessed and exchanged” said the head of the ITU, Yoshio Utsumi when signing the MoU. “In today’s global and networked economies, knowledge is a main weapon of success. To enable developing economies to compete fairly in this new environment, human resource development must be improved in quantum terms.”The ITU, which became a specialized UN agency in 1947, is composed of 189 Member States and over 655 sector members representing public and private companies and organizations. They cooperate to develop telecommunications technology and to harmonize national telecommunication policies. read more

Annan calls for universal participation in chemical weapons treaty

Expanding membership in the Chemical Weapons Convention is vital for strengthening international security and for promoting the peaceful use of chemistry, he said in a message to the Ninth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention delivered by Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva. “It is a source of encouragement that steady progress has been made in the destruction of declared chemical arsenals,” he said. “Nevertheless, a great deal more remains to be done. I urge the concerned States to meet their obligations under the Convention, and call upon the international community to continue to support these efforts.” He noted that in the seven years since the Convention entered into force, it now includes 167 States Parties – covering some 90 per cent of the world’s chemical industry – but a number of key States remain outside its purview, particularly in some areas of concern. “Multilateral action offers a platform for the international community to fight the scourge of chemical weapons, promote confidence-building and to significantly reduce the possibility of terrorists acquiring chemical agents for nefarious purposes,” he said. “It is crucial for States Parties to also implement effective national legislation to give substance to their commitments under the Convention.” read more

OJ Simpson will get his freedom but then what

LOVELOCK, Nev. – When O.J. Simpson gets out of prison in October for his first taste of freedom in nine years, he will have the mementos he was convicted of stealing in a Las Vegas heist, his guaranteed NFL pension and, with any luck, certain life skills he says he acquired behind bars.Beyond that, the 70-year-old sports legend faces an uncertain future.“The legitimate mainstream business opportunities for Juice in the megabuck world of professional sports are slim and none,” said John Vrooman, an economics professor and sports industry expert at Vanderbilt University.“If Americans love anyone more than a superhero, it is a fallen hero making a comeback against the odds,” he said a day after Simpson was granted parole. But Vrooman said the odds against the one-time murder defendant and convicted armed robber “now seem insurmountable.”Others think he will find a way to make ends meet, perhaps by signing autographs and making personal appearances.“The primary asset this guy has is name and brand recognition. … I believe Mr. Simpson believes he can make a bunch of money by returning to the memorabilia circuit,” said David Cook, collections attorney for the parents of Ronald Goldman.Goldman was stabbed to death along with Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson in Los Angeles in 1994, a crime O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the following year.He was found liable in civil court in 1997 for the killings and was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families. The verdict is still hanging over him, and the Goldmans’ lawyer has been trying for years to seize some of Simpson’s assets.After getting released, Simpson plans to move to Florida, a state with a strong law that would shield his home and everything in it from seizure to satisfy the verdict. But Tom Scotto, one of Simpson’s closest friends, said Simpson has no plans to buy a house.Simpson played 11 seasons for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, and his league pension could be as much as $25,000 a month, depending on when he began collecting it.Cook said he believes Simpson does not have much more than that, noting that the Hall of Famer lost his Miami-area home to foreclosure in 2014.One thing Simpson will have is some of the sports memorabilia and family photos he and his armed accomplices stole from a Las Vegas hotel room in 2007, the crime for which he was locked up.He told the parole board on Thursday that California authorities investigated the ownership of the items shortly after he went to prison, concluded they were his and returned them to him, a turn of events he called “kind of mind-boggling.”Simpson also told the board he is a better man and a “better Christian” and has a new appreciation for those less advantaged. He said he intends to make use of what he considered the most valuable part of his stint in prison — an “Alternative to Violence” class.Others wondered if he had really changed, given how defensive much of his testimony was and how lacking in self-awareness he seemed to many of those watching. He tried to explain away the crime and deflect blame, and he set social media afire when he said, “I’ve basically spent a conflict-free life, you know.”If he gets in trouble again in the next five years, he could be sent back to prison to serve out the remainder of his 33-year sentence.Scotto, for one, said Simpson is not going to go on the personal appearance circuit and instead plans to spend his time golfing and being with family and friends.Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College who has written books on sports, warned that if Simpson tries to profit from his notoriety through signings and appearances, “he’ll be subject to a very difficult life. There are a lot of people out there who are convinced he is a very nasty man.”Instead, Zimbalist said, “he could live a wholesome and productive life by working with children, giving motivational talks that talked about this struggle in life and how he has reformed himself.”___Regina Garcia Cano contributed to this report from Las Vegas. Sonner reported from Carson City and Reno. O.J. Simpson will get his freedom, but then what? Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football star. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool) by Ken Ritter And Scott Sonner, The Associated Press Posted Jul 21, 2017 3:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets recap – Week 3

Boone Jenner returnsOne bit of positive news to wrap up the week was the season debut of left wing Boone Jenner on Saturday. After beginning the season on injured reserve with a back injury, Jenner led the team with six shots on goal and had 18:11 of ice time.Jenner played alongside Foligno and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand, who scored his first goal of the season against the Kings. Winger Markus Hannikainen was sent to American Hockey League-affiliate Cleveland.Looking aheadThe Blue Jackets finish off the four-game home stand with a matchup Wednesday against Buffalo (2-5-2) and Friday rematch against Winnipeg (4-3-0). Columbus then travels to St. Louis for a Saturday night battle with the Blues (6-2-1).Top performersNick Foligno – two goals (2), one assist (5), three points (7), +1Zach Werenski – one goal (3), one assist (3), two points (6)Jack Johnson – one goal (1), one assist (2), two points (3)Matt Calvert – one goal (1), one assist (2), two points (3)Josh Anderson – two assists (2), two points (3)Oliver Bjorkstrand – one goal (1), one point (4), +2Goaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – 0-2 (4-2), 3.60 goals allowed average (2.16), 45 saves, .865 save percentage (.927)Joonas Korpisalo – 1-0 (1-1), 2.00 goals allowed average (3.50), 24 saves, .923 save percentage (.873)In the circle (faceoff record, faceoff win percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 21-26, 44.7, 20-23, 0-0, 1-3Nick Foligno – 17-27, 38.6, 15-25, 2-2, 0-0Alexander Wennberg – 14-25, 35.9, 12-23, 2-2, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 12-8, 60.0, 11-7, 1-1, 0-0Overall: 214-281 (43.2 percent), ranked 31stSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 0-for-3 at Winnipeg; 0-for-3 vs. Tampa Bay; 1-for-3 vs. Los AngelesOverall: 2-for-22 (9.1 percent), ranked 29thPenalty kill – 1-for-1 at Winnipeg; 2-for-2 vs. Tampa Bay; 2-for-2 vs. Los AngelesOverall: 15-for-18 (83.3 percent), ranked tied-ninthUp next: 10/17 – at Winnipeg (3-2-0)10/19 – vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-0)10/14 – vs. Los Angeles (3-0-1) He surrendered seven goals on 52 shots in two games. He allowed just six goals on 91 shots in three games the prior week. It wasn’t likely the reigning Vezina Trophy winner was going to continue his 1.47 goals allowed average and .952 save percentage after four games. However, the starting netminder allowing two goals should still be enough to win. And then on the other foot, the five goals allowed against the Kings (sixth allowed on an empty net) were not all Bobrovsky’s fault. The first goal allowed Saturday came after center Lukas Sedlak and defenseman Jack Johnson failed to clear the puck along the boards, resulting in another offensive chance for Los Angeles. On the game-winning goal, right wing Matt Calvert didn’t cover the streaking Anze Kopitar who flipped the puck into the net after a cross-ice pass. There were also Jackets players in the area who could have put a stick on the puck to deflect the pass. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) watches the puck while teammate Brandon Dubinsky (17) moves the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point (21) out of the way during the second period on Oct. 19, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets (5-3-0) suffered its first losing week of the 2017-18 NHL season.Head coach John Tortorella’s club blew out Winnipeg 5-2 Tuesday night north of the border, then lost two straight at home against offensive juggernauts Tampa Bay, 2-0, and Los Angeles, 6-4.Here are some headlines from the second week of the Blue Jackets’ season.Power play woes continueThe Blue Jackets power-play unit was at the top of the league for much of the first half of the 2016 season, before taking a dramatic downturn to finish last in the league over the final three months. That slide has continued into the 2017 season with just two power-play goals in the team’s first eight games.The Jackets rank third to last in power-play percentage in front of the New York Islanders and Anaheim Ducks. Center Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal at 5:43 in the first period Saturday for Columbus, the team’s first since opening night on Oct. 6.The good news for the team is there are still 74 games to be played, and the even-strength offense has been formidable enough to carry the weight of the team to this point. With the addition of left wing Artemi Panarin in the offseason, there was thought to be an immediate boost to the power play. So far, that has not been the case.Bobrovsky can’t do everythingColumbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had his first back-to-back regulation losses in the regular season since Jan. 24 and 26 of last year. It was the first time since Oct. 13 and 15 he had lost consecutive games at home. read more

The Phillies Rebuilt Like The Cubs And Astros Can They Win Like

San Diego Padres1999-03.44343310 For years as general manager of the Phillies, Ruben Amaro Jr. tried everything possible to avoid dismantling the championship core that he and his predecessors1Former GMs Pat Gillick and Ed Wade, who in the 2000s had one of the best runs of scouting, drafting and developing prospects by any eventual champion ever. had built in Philadelphia. It was an irrational cause: Some smart observers had seen Philly’s troubles coming even as the team was winning 102 games in 2011, and by 2013, it was difficult for anybody to deny the Phillies’ need to rebuild. Yet, Amaro still did. “People think we’re going to blow up this team,” he told CSNPhilly.com that June. “We’re never going to be in the position of blowing up. There’s no blowing up.”Despite his efforts to stave off the inevitable, Amaro was fired in 2015, and the teardown commenced in earnest. But his hesitation to change course showed how awkward the decision can be to strategically steer a franchise onto a different path. Fast forward to now, and the Phillies are at the other end of the cycle, with current GM Matt Klentak facing a similar dilemma in the opposite direction: How to shift from rebuilding back to actually winning some ballgames? Just like the decision to start a rebuild in the first place, the timing on trying to contend again can be difficult to get exactly right.Certainly, the Phillies have been busy executing their own version of the multi-year renovation projects that yielded World Series wins for both the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros over the past two seasons. In a little more than a half-decade, Philadelphia has gone from breaking 100 wins to racking up nearly 100 losses per year. The team has slashed payroll from nearly $200 million to well under $100 million and has gone from one of MLB’s oldest rosters to its youngest — replenishing its minor-league talent base along the way.In that sense, it was a textbook rebuild. Over the past few years, Philly’s farm system has already turned out plenty of quality players, from rookie home-run machine Rhys Hoskins to World Series-winning reliever Ken Giles2Who was traded to Houston for Vince Velasquez in late 2015. and breakout starter Aaron Nola. Still more prospects are coming through the pipeline this season, including touted shortstop J.P. Crawford and four other members of Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list.If the hallmarks of a franchise overhaul are cost-cutting and building up organizational talent, few teams have ever done it so thoroughly as the Phillies of recent vintage. To measure the magnitude of team restoration projects, I calculated a running total of what I’m calling “rebuild points” for each club since 1988.3I picked that year because it basically marked the beginning of the modern era of MLB economics, after the collusion cases of the mid-1980s were resolved and free-agent salaries took off. A team gets a rebuild point if it finishes .500 or worse in a season in which it does any of the following: gets younger as a team,4Based on the average age of its hitters (weighted by plate appearances) and pitchers (weighted by innings). improves its ranking in Baseball America’s farm system rankings or reduces its payroll. Teams can get multiple rebuild points in the same season if they do more than one of the above.Clearly, this isn’t the only way to measure the depth of a team’s rebuilding effort. But according to this metric, only five teams since 1988 have racked up 11 or more rebuild points in any five-season span5Discarding overlapping five-year periods that had fewer rebuild points. — and one of those is the recent Phillies: Colorado Rockies2012-16.42833410 Chicago White Sox2013-17.44134411 Houston Astros2010-14.38044412 * For years when the team had a .500 record or worseOverlapping five-year segments were excludedSources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Seattle Mariners2010-14.44633410 Chicago Cubs2010-14.42734411 Philadelphia Phillies2013-17.42734411 Years in which team …* Philadelphia Phillies1995-99.44933410 Baltimore Orioles2000-04.43642410 Detroit Tigers1994-98.41634310 California Angels1992-96.45433410 Tampa Bay Devil Rays2001-05.39243411 TeamYearsAvg. RecordGot YoungerImproved FarmCut PayrollRebuild Pts Pittsburgh Pirates1993-97.45433410 Baseball’s most extreme five-year rebuildsMLB teams that accrued the most ‘rebuild points’ (for reducing a team’s average age, improving its farm system or cutting its payroll), for five-year spans since 1988 It’s not a bad list to be on. The Astros of 2010-14 are at the top, and they used their time at the bottom to build a champion. As did the 2010-14 Cubs. Also on the list are the Tampa Bay (née Devil) Rays, who built the pennant-winner that lost to Philly in the 2008 World Series. And while the book isn’t written on the current White Sox, they’ve zoomed up the farm-system rankings in recent years and could be positioned for success in the next decade, with top prospects such as Eloy Jimenez leading the way.It didn’t take too long for the historical teams with 11 or more rebuild points in particular to get very, very good again: Within three seasons, they won 60 percent of their games on average, good for 97 wins over a full schedule. But in their first season after the rebuild period — the equivalent of Philadelphia’s 2018 season — that number was still just 50 percent, or 81 wins per 162 games.6Granted, that was up from 43 percent during the final year of the five-year rebuild, so the teams were already making strong progress. In other words, even among a group that was eventually successful, the turnaround wasn’t instant. And yet the Phillies have spent this offseason loading up on older players as though they were a few key pieces away from contention: They signed ex-Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (who turns 32 this season), snagged a couple of free-agent relievers in their 30s — Tommy Hunter (31) and Pat Neshek (37) — and are rumored to be kicking the tires on former Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (32).Even after those moves, most statistical projections call for Philly to finish with something like 75 to 80 wins this year, which would put it on the outside of contention for the wild card (much less the division crown). It’s not beyond the realm of possibility for a rising team in that range to take analysts by surprise — hello, Minnesota! — but it doesn’t happen often. Add in how exceptionally top-heavy MLB is projected to be this season, and you could argue that the Phillies would have been better served by biding their time and building from within for at least one more season.That said, even the most masterful rebuilding projects have their limits. Research shows that the relationship between a team’s farm system and its future record is nowhere near as reliable as we sometimes like to think it is — and that it certainly isn’t as strong as the tie between a team’s payroll and its ability to add production on the open market. There’s also an argument for the necessity of franchise culture-building with veterans like Santana — bringing in players from successful teams may help install a winning attitude for locker rooms whose youngsters have only ever known losing. And then there’s the fact that the Phillies are in a position to start spending a lot of money again: They finally got out from under the final salary commitments of the previous regime and are flush with cable-TV contract cash. It was only a matter of time before Philadelphia started to flex its financial muscle again.That part of the equation can start yielding big benefits in a hurry. To measure the interplay between a team’s budget and its backlog of prospects, I built a regression model that works within the framework of this farm-system analysis by economist and MLB consultant Matt Swartz. In essence, it uses a team’s payroll and its recent prospect rankings from Baseball America to predict how many games it will win, via production from two sources: younger players who haven’t yet reached free agency and veterans who are signed on the open market. Although smart front offices have realized that the former group is a lot more cost-effective than the latter, once a team has a few good farm classes stored away, spending on the latter group can be a powerful way to really shift back into a contending gear.According to my model, a team in Philadelphia’s current situation could ramp up its spending within five years to match the Phillies’ payrolls during their late 2000s/early 2010s heyday7Philadelphia payrolls were about 40 percent higher than the MLB average from the 2004 season through the 2014 season, peaking at 81 percent above average in 2011. and expect to hit about 92 wins by 2022 even if it gradually allows its farm system to slip into the league’s bottom five within five years. By contrast, a comparable team that takes a slower approach, keeping its farm system strong8Generally staying among the Top 10 farm systems throughout. but spending more modestly9Never going more than 20 percent above league average on payroll. wouldn’t even crack 86 wins after five years. Why? Because after banking those good prospect classes (which the Phillies have already done), there are more diminishing returns on maintaining a solid farm system than there are on spending sheer amounts of money at the major-league level.In other words, developing a strong base of young talent is a good way for budding dynasties to start, but it’s what happens next that truly determines a franchise’s fate. Klentak and the Phillies have gone through the first stage of that process, overhauling the organization in just about as dramatic a way as any modern team has. Now they’re just starting the second stage — and with Philadelphia linked to speculation about next winter’s big-name free agents (namely, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado), this could only be the beginning. Although no rebuilding plan is ever foolproof, don’t be surprised if Philadelphia’s version puts them in the same conversation with the Cubs and Astros before long. read more

CIDRA gets involved with the BechtelXstrata Standard Concentrator Project

first_imgThrough an agreement with Bechtel International, CiDRA Minerals Processing will be the supplier of flowmeters for five Xstrata Copper greenfield projects, which are part of a Bechtel/Xstrata strategic alliance and the Standard Concentrator Project. This project is a first in the copper industry and should speed up project execution and provide costs savings across multiple projects. Xstrata, amongst the world’s top five mined and refined copper producers, approved this strategic alliance with Bechtel, which covers a 10-year period, whereby Bechtel International will perform EPCM and or EPC services as required for all Xstrata Copper greenfield projects. The Bechtel alliance provides Xstrata with the proven management, technical expertise and construction management skills needed for development of multi-billion dollar projects. CiDRA’s SONARtrac systems were chosen as the best technology fit for the critical slurry lines within all five projects, which include Antapaccay in Peru, Las Bambas in Peru, El Pachon in Argentina, Tampakan in the Philippines, and Frieda River in Australia. CiDRA has completed shipment of sonar flowmeters to the Antapaccay mine, which is nearing production. Bechtel has designed a standard concentrator that will be used in all of the five projects. The use of a standard concentrator in multiple copper concentrator projects will have significant benefits for Xstrata, including engineering, procurement, vendor submittal, construction and start-up efficiencies, as well as cost savings and reduced operating costs.CiDRA’s SONARtrac systems are non-invasive, which will allow the customer quick installation, as well as the high reliability, performance, and maintenance-free operation the customer requires. CiDRA’s SONARtrac flow technology is a new class of industrial flowmeter, utilizing measurement principles that are distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating in the mining industry. As well, SONARtrac systems demonstrate very stable output and superior levels of performance in the presence of highly variable fluid properties.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Bicycle Advisory Board held a press conference Wednesday morning, celebrating the location where the first protective bike lane opened up in downtown San Diego last month. They also called for more action and more bike lanes in the near future, so cars and bikes can safely share the roads.“We have to design streets, not just for cars, but for people,” said Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of the Climate Action Campaign.It’s no secret. A drive in your car around downtown San Diego is enough to make your blood boil.“It’s expensive to park,” said Andy Hanshaw, Executive Director of the San Diego Bicycle Coalition. “There’s very little parking, so let’s start giving people choices, like riding your bike downtown.”Nicole Capretz told KUSI Reporter Dani Ruberti she likes to ride her bike every day, to work, to the grocery store, to run errands, but sometimes it can be scary.“To do that, I have to feel safe,” said Capretz. “Right now, unfortunately, because our streets are designed for cars, because we don’t have protective bike lanes in so many places, I don’t feel safe.”The folks with the Bicycle Advisory Board want to the change the mindset, redesign some of the streets and make San Diego a place where people want to ride their bikes.“It will change the quality of life in our city,” said Capretz. “It will make us more of a world class city where people have options with where they move around.”Hanshaw said the city implemented the first protective bike lane in downtown San Diego along J Street between First Ave and Park Blvd last month. It’s like a sidewalk for a bike. There’s also separate bicycle signals along the path to make the busy intersection safer.“You give them the places to ride to make it easy for them to choose to ride,” said Hanshaw. “If you live in downtown and you now have this access to this safe network, why wouldn’t you consider bike riding?”The Bicycle Advisory Board celebrated accomplishments. They said they’re thankful the city redesigned J Street with a bike friendly route, but Capretz said promises have been made and more needs to be done.“We are never going to give up and we are going to continue to pressure and advocate and hopefully persuade the mayor and the council to use our taxpayer dollars to create safe streets, so families have the opportunity to ride their bike if they choose to when they want to move around San Diego,” said Capretz.Hanshaw said the goal is to have a 9-mile network of protected bike lanes connecting streets throughout downtown San Diego in the next year and a half. Bicycle Advisory Board pushes for more protected bike lanes Posted: February 6, 2019 February 6, 2019center_img Updated: 10:50 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

7s Lorena Estrada emcees Charity Guilds Back to the Future event

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – 7’s own Lorena Estrada emceed the Charity Guild of Fort Lauderdale’s “Back to the Future” event, Saturday.The Charity Guild is one of the oldest charitable organizations in Fort Lauderdale that helps provide healthcare and social services for children in need.The event, which was held at the Lauderdale Yacht Club, raised thousands of dollars for two charities: the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center and Kids in Distress.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Billie Eilish Drops New Song Reveals Debut Album Release Date

first_imgNews Twitter The creepy “bury a friend” video, directed by horror film director Michael Chaves, features plenty of scary movie-worthy moments including a dark apartment, gloved hands forcefully grabbing Eilish and a possessed version of the young star sauntering through the shadows.The song will be featured on the upcoming album, whose track list reveals the album will give us 11 new songs, along with three previously-released ones. In addition to “bury a friend,” two tracks released in 2018 will be on the album, “you should see me in a crown” and “when the party’s over.”Earlier in January, Eilish released “WHEN I WAS OLDER,” a song inspired by ROMA, the Netflix film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. She will be touring Europe in February and March, followed by a stop in Indio, Calif. for both weekends of Coachella 2019.WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? is available for pre-order now on Eilish’s website, where you can also find her tour dates.Billie Eilish: “People Underestimate The Power Of A Young Mind”Read more Facebook Billie Eilish Shares New Song, Album Release Date billie-eilish-drops-new-song-reveals-debut-album-release-datecenter_img Email Billie Eilish Drops New Song, Reveals Debut Album Release Date The 17-year-old anti-popstar just released “bury a friend” off of her newly announced upcoming debut LP, ‘WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?’Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 30, 2019 – 12:11 pm Today 17-year-old genre-nonconforming Billie Eilish shared the release date for her highly anticipated debut album, along with a new song from it. The dark single “bury a friend” and its spooky music video dropped today and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? will be released on March 29.last_img read more

Along with national recognition 2 Alaska artists awarded 25000 each

first_imgAlaska was well-represented among recipients of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation’s grant awards for painters and sculptors.Listen nowThere are only 25 winners from around the country, and two of them are Alaskans: Anchorage residents Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Drew Michael.The grantees receive $25,000 each, along with some well-deserved recognition.Kelliher-Combs said she was eating breakfast with her aunt and uncle when she got the call telling her she’d won.“Complete shock. You know, all I could say was, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you,’” Kelliher-Combs said. “It was a very exciting moment.”Exciting, Kelliher-Combs said, because she knows how competitive the grants are. But because the foundation had other calls to make and press releases write, they asked her not to tell anyone.“I was smiling all day that day, and I couldn’t tell anybody!” Kellier-Combs said. “It’s hard when you find out some good news.”Kelliher-Combs’ work — just to mention a couple pieces — includes evocative, colorful paintings, as well as sculptures of walrus stomach and porcupine quills, a combination of her Inupiaq and Athabascan heritage.In general, Kelliher-Combs said her art features themes of place, community and identity, specifically, the ongoing struggle to define oneself and discover identity.“Tied into all of that is issues of Alaska, colonization, also our relationship to the land, conflict of western and indigenous culture,” Kelliher-Combs said. “Things like that.”The foundation’s nomination process is confidential, so Michael and Kelliher-Combs do not know who submitted their names.The foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant Program began funding “under-recognized” artists, as they put it, in 1994. Since then, only one other artist living and working in Alaska has won a grant, though there have been other Alaska Native awardees living elsewhere.Michael said he was also surprised and honored to get the phone call.“They did happen to choose two people from Alaska, and, yeah, my eyebrows rose, for sure. Kinda cool!” Michael said.Michael said he’s thrilled about the money but that the spotlight on his artwork, the continuing support and the connection to other artists is maybe more important for him.Michael’s art is rooted in his culture, both Yupik and Inupiaq, he said, and he has evolved from carving masks to sculpting.“Oftentimes, I’m looking through the lens of finding healing or balance, thinking about how we carry energy in our body and how we connect to the world around us, whether it be in relationships with people or maybe animals in the world around us, and the spirit world, the places that are unseen,” Michael said.Michael said the funding will help him branch out into using new materials, like glass and metal, and, perhaps, take his art to new places where it, toom has so far been unseen.last_img read more

MP at least 10 others killed in India

first_imgIndia mapA state legislator in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh and at least 10 others were killed Tuesday in an attack by suspected separatist militants, officials said.The attack follows the end of India’s typically violent general elections on Sunday, as well as state assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh — which borders China, Myanmar and Bhutan.Lawmaker Tirong Aboh and some family members were killed when insurgents opened fire on their convoy of vehicles in the Tirap district of the state, police said.Kiren Rijiju, Indian minister of state of home affairs, confirmed the number of killed to be 11.”I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of… Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people,” he tweeted.”Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he added.A top officer told AFP on condition of anonymity that reinforcements had been rushed to the area.As in previous years, the general elections have been rocked by violence. On May 1 some 15 troops and their driver were killed by Maoist rebels in the western state of Maharashtra.A grenade attack in Guwahati, capital of the northeastern state of Assam, injured 12 people, officials said.A local separatist group, the United Liberation Front of Asom, claimed responsibility.- Modi ally -Aboh represented the Khonsa constituency for the National People’s Party (NPP) — allied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party — and was standing for a new term.He was travelling from Dibrugarh in neighbouring Assam to Khonsa when the incident took place.Militants belonging to a faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), one of several separatist groups in the area, are suspected to have carried out the attack after making threats to Aboh.The faction, known as NSCN (IM), is fighting for the creation of an independent state for the Naga people, an ethnic group living across several northeastern Indian states.The seven states that make up India’s northeast are home to dozens of tribal groups and guerrilla armies demanding greater autonomy or independence from India.India blamed another NSCN faction for the killing of 20 soldiers in an attack in neighbouring Manipur state in 2015.New Delhi responded by saying it launched retaliatory strikes against the group in Myanmar, where a significant Naga population lives.Myanmar’s government have launched fresh military offensives against the Naga insurgents despite a ceasefire agreement between the militant group and the powerful army.Maoist guerrillas are, meanwhile, believed to be present in at least 20 Indian states, but most active in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra.last_img read more

The Country Music Star Who Sagged His Pants Before Anyone Else

first_imgThe practice of wearing your jeans slung low may appear to be a modern phenomenon, but David “Stringbean” Akeman was wearing his pants around his knees as far back as the 1940s. Today’s “saggers” are using the trend as a symbol of freedom and civil disobedience, and the craze is infuriating those in the right places, with some states in the U.S. enforcing fines and public nuisance orders for those who bare their underwear.Stringbean Akeman was not in the business of civil disobedience but was an old-time country and bluegrass performer who used his tall stature and virtuoso banjo skills to delight and entertain the crowds as part of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and then later on the long-running American TV show Hee-Haw.Grand Ole Opry House, in Nashville, Tennessee.A child of the Great Depression, David Akeman grew up dirt poor in rural Kentucky. His family were a musical bunch, and Akeman made his first banjo from a shoebox and a piece of thread. When Akeman was twelve, he swapped two prize-winning chickens for his first proper banjo and quickly became prodigious at picking and the old “clawhammer” style of banjo playing.Thanks to his skill, Akeman came to the attention of the likes of Asa Martin and Bill Monroe and can be heard on early recordings for both performers. It was during this formative part of Akeman’s career that he was taking part in a competition and the MC, forgetting his name, called him Stringbean because of his tall, lean physique, and the name stuck.Rather than taking offence to the nickname, Akeman found it hilarious and started performing in a long nightshirt tucked into a pair of trousers that began at his knees; not only did this make him a memorable figure but also gave him a comedic gait that, along with his musicianship, quickly made him a favourite on the traditional country music circuit.Stringbean Akeman, c.1970. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesIn the 1950s, as country music was moving into electric guitars and rhinestones, Stringbean carried on performing the old Bluegrass favorites and lived a simple life with his wife Estelle in their modest wooden cottage that had no central heating or indoor plumbing.Stringbean and Estelle were by no means rich when compared to other performers of the day, but their humble lodgings were a personal choice. Both had grown up during the Depression, and both had grown accustomed to living a simple, frugal lifestyle.The Depression had such a profound effect on Stringbean that he refused to have a bank account and was known to carry a large wad of cash in his overalls. It was an open secret that Stringbean kept his life savings stashed somewhere in his modest abode — Estelle could be overheard lamenting as much to her friends backstage at the Opry.Dave Akeman, professionally known as Stringbean, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, c.1957.What happened next was to change the face of country music and indeed the entire Nashville way of life forever.While Stringbean and Estelle were at the Opry one fateful Saturday night, two men broke into their cottage in the hope of finding the thousands that Stringbean was rumored to have stashed there. The men in their early twenties were from the wrong side of the tracks, the new face of decline in Nashville, and had been tipped off about the loot through a series of Chinese whispers.Upon finding nothing but a handful of documents, a chainsaw, and a few guns, the men decided to lay in wait for Stringbean to get home.Stringbean on the Johnny Cash Show – ‘Country Comedy’ – Airdate: February 10, 1971. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty ImageWhen Stringbean and Estelle arrived home from the Opry that night, Stringbean noticed something wasn’t at the cottage and went in with his gun drawn. Stringbean got into a scuffle with Doug Brown who had sprung at him from behind the door. John Brown then shot Stringbean at point blank range, killing him instantly. Estelle, upon hearing the gunshots, tried to get back to the car to go fetch help, but John Brown caught up with her and shot her in the head as she ran away.It didn’t take long for the police to catch the Brown cousins and they were sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Doug Brown died in prison in 2003, but John Brown was released on parole in 2014 based on his good behavior and church work.The brutal deaths of Stringbean and Estelle have been likened to the deaths of Buddy Holly and Sharon Tate in the effect they had on the wider community. Their deaths marked the end of a way of life in Nashville. Country music stars, no longer feeling safe, moved from living in the community to living behind electric fences and security guards.Read another story from us: Steamy Life and Times of Diana Dors – Britain’s Marilyn MonroeRumor has it that many years later, Stringbean’s stash was found behind the brickwork of the chimney of his cottage. The money that caused so much tragedy was ruined to the point of disuse by the ravages of time and nesting mice.last_img read more

Swoon Justin Bieber statue unveiled at Madame Tussauds Orlando

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Thursday, June 22, 2017 Posted bycenter_img ORLANDO — Biebs, is that really you? If you’re wondering why Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber is looking more stoic than usual lately, it’s probably because you’ve mistaken him for his wax figure at Madame Tussauds Orlando.The statue, which was unveiled on June 21, took six months for artists and sculptors to complete. The painstaking process included sculpting the figure’s clay head and inserting thousands of individual hairs. Days were spent replicating the Bieb’s detailed tattoos by hand, including a brand new tattoo that he revealed just prior to the unveiling.“Justin’s figure was finished and ready for launch when he revealed on Instagram his new “Better at 70″ tattoo!” said studio manager Ashley Priselac. “I studied the tattoo and added it knowing his dedicated fans might check for it through the rip in his jeans.”So how does the wax figure compare to the real deal? Judging by the gaggle of ‘Beliebers’ who were invited to take selfies with the statue at the unveiling, it appears that wax-Justin has passed the test. And we’re guessing that nothing – not a hair or tattoo – gets past a Belieber.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal Tags: Orlando Swoon! Justin Bieber statue unveiled at Madame Tussauds Orlandolast_img read more

Some progress in quelling wildfires raging in Canada

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall In this July 5, 2015 photo, flames rise from a wildfire near La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Canadian soldiers arrived Tuesday, July 7 to help battle raging wildfires, where about 13,000 people have been evacuated in recent days. (Corey Hardcastle/Ministry of the Environment/Government of Saskatchewan via AP) Top Stories Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home But even as progress was being made in Saskatchewan, wildfires burned in parts of British Columbia and northern Alberta and authorities were forced to seek help from around the country and other countries, including Mexico and Australia.“As we started down the road with these fires, Alberta and British Columbia fire hazards escalated, the numbers of fires increased and they had community evacuations as well,” Roberts said. “That has stretched the availability of resources across the country.”Karen Hill, a spokeswoman for Saskatchewan’s provincial emergency services, said an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people in the province have been forced to leave their homes in recent days. The evacuations are mostly from more than 50 communities in the northern part of the province.The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which co-ordinates firefighting services for the provinces and territories, said Canada may have to seek more help from the U.S. and abroad.The latest report on the agency website said the wildfire hazard is extreme and major wildfires “have the potential to exhaust agency fire resources nationally.”Alberta said Wednesday that it was bringing in 62 firefighters from Mexico to help battle 92 wildfires burning in the province, including 33 listed as out of control. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility British Columbia, with more than 180 fires, was bringing in crews from Australia.Environment Canada continued to issue special air quality advisories for parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario due to wildfire smoke.Smoke from the wildfires has also led to air quality advisories in the U.S., including Washington state, North and South Dakota and Colorado.Wildfire expert Mike Flannigan said tinderbox conditions in the Western provinces set the stage for the wildfires. “Our weather this year has been very hot, dry and windy,” said the University of Alberta professor.“This is consistent with what we expect with climate change. I’m not saying every year is going to be a bad fire year, but we are going to see a lot more fire on the landscape.”Kerry Anderson, a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, said the weather pattern known as El Nino, which is caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America, is responsible.He expects weather conditions will settle down in Saskatchewan in the coming weeks, but warmer than normal temperatures will likely persist for a while in B.C. and Alberta. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Anderson said even if crews bring the Saskatchewan fires under control, they may not actually be put out until the fall.“The large fires that are burning there will continue to burn until they are contained or until a fire-ending event may occur, and that may just end up being the first snowfall.”___Associated Press writer Charmaine Noronha in Toronto contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories LA RONGE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Firefighters made some progress Wednesday in quelling hundreds of wildfires raging across western Canada that are threatening thousands of people and triggering air quality warnings across the country and in the U.S. West and Midwest, authorities said.Steve Roberts, a Saskatchewan wildfire management official, said better visibility has allowed aircraft to dump water on the flames there. Several hundred Canadian soldiers were involved in firefighting efforts and the military said another 500 troops from Manitoba were on standby. Fire-fighting crews from across Canada and from South Dakota have been helping out.last_img read more

Lindblad Expeditions has appointed Justin Southern

first_imgLindblad Expeditions has appointed Justin Southern as sales manager for VIC, TAS, SA and WA.Southern has over 20 years’ experience in the travel and hospitality industry, is also a qualified UAV (drone) pilot and believes that travel is not just about experiencing new cultures and customs, but that it is also centred on sharing these moments through photography.He has also led many groups to incredible destinations such as Alaska, Turkey and Borneo.His nine years of experience as a state sales manager for Travelcube Pacific and experience as an account manager for United Airlines, will help him assist Lindblad in continued growth and success across the Australian market.Southern is based in Victoria and can be contacted at justins@expeditions.com adventure travelLindblad Expeditionslast_img read more

At a time when new hotels and indepth renovations

first_imgAt a time when new hotels and in-depth renovations have slowed, new developments are going strong in Turkey, which is quickly becoming one of the world’s most up-and-coming tourism destinations. Despite the slow worldwide economy, Turkey welcomed 12.8 percent more international visitors in 2008 than 2007, and five percent more American visitors.The popularity has led to aggressive new developments to the nation’s tourism infrastructure. Following is a sampling.Coming in June: The Most Expensive Hotel in EuropeJune will see the unveiling of the Mardan Palace in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya. At $1.4 billion, the extravagant palace will be the most expensive hotel in Europe and arguably the most luxurious hotel in all of Turkey.More than 100,000 square feet of gold trimming give the Mardan Palace’s exterior the true Midas touch and combining with almost 250,000 square feet of Italian marble to give the appearance of a gilded wedding cake.Other ultra-luxurious amenities in the 560-room masterpiece – two of which are royal suites that average $18,000 a night – include a five-acre swimming pool – one of the largest in the Mediterranean; live musicians to serenade spa-goers into the traditional Turkish Hammam; gondoliers along the resort’s on-site river; and a golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. For more information visit www.mardanpalace.comA Landmark Hotel Returns to Its RootsDivan Istanbul, a landmark hotel in Istanbul for 53 years, is receiving a $50 million redesign – which amounts to a complete rebuild of the property – by renowned architect Thierry W. Despont. Located in the bustling Taksim district, the hotel is Despont’s first and only project in Turkey and is designed to be a unique interpretation of Istanbul’s architectural and cultural heritage. The hotel will house 228 rooms, two feature restaurants, the hotel’s famous Divan Patisserie, fitness center, spa, swimming pool and spacious meeting and conference facilities. The hotel will reopen its doors in 2010.The overarching theme of the redesign is to “go retro”: the hotel will be rebuilt to its original dimensions and feature old Istanbul’s archictecture, and classical characteristics reinterpreted in a contemporary manner. The façade is made of terracotta panels laid out in a horizontal banding pattern, recalling Istanbul’s old masonry buildings. The grand entry hall is articulated in three large bays covered with translucent domes that allow natural light to pour in to the elegantly appointed interiors of wood, louvered paneling and comfortable furniture. Behind the reception desk the ceramic art piece that was one of the treasured artworks of the old Divan has been reinstalled.Each bedroom will be contemporary, comfortable and extremely well appointed. The luxurious bathrooms have walls and floors of marble and glass. Each bedroom has a wood paneled seating area reminiscent of a Turkish divan – a long seat formed of a mattress laid against the side of the room.The Point Hotel Barbaros: “Arch-Tech” at Its FinestFeaturing an “Arch-Tech” concept that combines contemporary art and interior architecture with state-of-the-art technology. Ozbek Turizm has opened the new Point Hotel Barbaros in Istanbul’s centrally located Esentepe district. Opened this spring, the brand new 210-room hotel includes 52 executive suites and will target both business and leisure travelers. Amenities will include international restaurants, a 5,900-square-foot fitness center, a spa, a semi-Olympic indoor swimming pool and a helicopter landing pad. The hotel will have 14 meeting and conference rooms including a ballroom capable of hosting events for up to 800 attendees.New Archaeological Museum Showcases Turkey’s Breadth and Depth of Ancient RuinsIn addition to hotels, Turkey is celebrating the opening of other “new digs.” No country in the world is more engaged in active archaeology than Turkey, a country possessing more Roman ruins than Italy, more Greek ruins than Greece and remnants of several other fascinating ancient cultures. It’s no surprise why Turkey is often referred to as an outside museum.This summer will see the opening of a museum dedicated to this vast array of archaeological activity. The new Archaeology Museum will be located at Kaman-Kalehoyuk, an excavation site dating to the Bronze Age in central Turkey about 60 miles southeast of the national capital of Ankara. The site dates back several millennia; recently, examples of what may be the oldest steel fragments in the world – dating to 1800 B.C. – were found at the site.The museum, an interesting grass-covered, tumulus shaped structure, is an undertaking of the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology, which has been excavating the site since 1986. The museum is an investment of approximately $4.5 million U.S. Dollars.www.goturkey.comlast_img read more