North Korea threat means time to consider missile defence says Tory critic

first_imgOTTAWA – The time has come for Canada to seriously consider joining the controversial U.S. ballistic missile defence system for North America, says the new Conservative foreign affairs critic.North Korea’s increased capability to potentially reach the continent with a long-range missile is a game changer, Erin O’Toole said in an interview Thursday.“We now for the first time beyond the Cold War have a credible threat to North America from a ballistic missile,” said the Ontario MP, who was appointed this week as part of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s new shadow cabinet.North Korea test-fired a rocket over Japan earlier this week that landed in the northern Pacific Ocean, the latest in a series of missile tests that has ratcheted up tensions across south Asia and with the Trump administration.“We know the trajectory for that missile would make parts of Canada vulnerable.”O’Toole urged the government to raise missile defence as part of discussions with the U.S. on upgrading their joint continental air defence command, Norad.Canada’s lack of participation in U.S. ballistic missile defence has been an explosive political issue for decades. A minority Liberal government opted out BMD in 2005 after a long political debate and strong opposition in Quebec, while the Conservatives avoided the issue for their near-decade in power.O’Toole’s remarks come after fellow Conservatives MPs refused to stake out a position for their party on missile defence last week when the House of Commons defence committee held a special meeting on North Korea.At least two Liberal MPs have said they think the time has come for Canada to consider joining. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s decision to stay out of the Pentagon’s missile shield isn’t about to change any time soon.Liberal MP John McKay said in an interview Thursday the government’s original decision was taken 12 years ago and “was based upon a set of facts in a certain political environment.”“Cleary, the threat assessment has changed quite dramatically. The political environment has changed also quite dramatically.”The Commons defence committee is well-placed to examine those changes, said MacKay, who was the parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan until January.O’Toole criticized Trudeau for shutting the door on Canada’s participation in the U.S. missile shield program, saying he was being naive in the face of an escalating threat.Canada could raise the subject again with the U.S. by framing it as part of a “modernization” of Norad, which was created in the 1950s to deal with the Cold War nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union, he said.“We’re so-called modernizing NAFTA, aren’t we?” O’Toole asked. “Why would we not modernize Norad?”The government said in its recent defence policy review that it planned to discuss with the U.S. ways to upgrade continental defences against several threats, including ballistic missiles.“While Canada’s new defence policy does not change our position on BMD, it does commit us to continue ongoing collaboration with our U.S. counterparts on ways in which we can evolve our approach to North American defence,” Jordan Owens, Sajjan’s spokeswoman, said in an email.O’Toole said raising ballistic missile defence would fit the Trudeau government’s broader goal of finding constructive ways to engage with the Trump administration. He suggested it might even put Trump in a better mood as the North American Free Trade Agreement is being renegotiated.“If we’re trying to also show the Trump administration that we’re partners on things, at least having the discussions is critical.”Trudeau committed Canada to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in response to a 2015 call by former president Barack Obama — a commitment that Canada still hasn’t delivered on, he noted.“He was doing that in many ways to show a partnership, an alliance with our important friend. This (BMD discussion) would also do that without the deployment to a very uncertain UN peacekeeping mission.”last_img read more

Amber Heard Donates Entire Divorce Settlement To Charity

first_imgAmber Heard is no longer married to Johnny Depp. The two settled out of court, and she received a $7 million divorce settlement. In what many are seeing as a surprise move of generosity, a power move to take back the narrative, Ms. Heard had donated the entire amount of her settlement to charity.Heard has split her settlement in two, donating half to towards American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) efforts to battle violence against women and the other half to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she’s volunteered for a decade.Both the ACLU and Children’s Hospital have issued statements thanking Ms. Heard for her donations. “We are incredibly grateful that Ms. Heard has so very generously shown her support for the important and necessary advocacy for victims of domestic violence,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU. “For years, we have worked through the courts and legislatures around the country to make sure that domestic violence victims are fully protected by the law and receive the government assistance they deserve. We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support – she can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”“On behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ leadership, staff and the thousands of brave patients and their families who will benefit from this donation, I would like to thank Amber Heard for this tremendous gift,” said Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”Doubts circulated about Heard’s claims from the minute she made them, and many accused her making these claims to make money. Heard insisted from the start that she did not start this legal battle for money. “As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,” she said in a statement. Heard’s actions were swift, and she gave the large sum away two days after her divorce was final.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

TimorLeste UN mission remembers 2 peacekeepers killed in Bali blast

Both Sgt. Marco Antônio Farias of Brazil and Pvt. Diogo Miguel Dantas Ribeirinho of Portugal have been missing since the terrorist incident occurred on 12 October while they were on holiday from the Mission.In a packed Motael Church in Dili, the two soldiers were praised by their colleagues as “loyal and dedicated soldiers and thoughtful and helpful friends” who will be long remembered.Attendees at the ceremony included the deputy chief of UNMISET, Sukehiro Hazegawa, the commander of UN forces in Timor-Leste, Maj. Gen. Huck Gim Tan, other members of the peacekeeping contingents and representatives of the diplomatic community. Sergeant Farias’s father, Lt. Antônio Carlos da Silva Farias, who had travelled from Brazil, also attended the service.This was the second ceremony in Timor-Leste related to the Bali bombing. On 20 October, President Xanana Gusmão led a memorial service in Dili to remember all the victims of the tragedy. read more

UN senior official calls for widespread support for Somali Government reform efforts

The Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said some of the biggest challenges for Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud are to assert his authority across the entire country and to grow relations with its neighbouring countries.“[Mr. Mohamud’s] challenge is to establish authority in all of Somalia and I think it’s important for the international community to support this desire to create a well-functioning federal state,” Mr. Eliasson told reporters during a briefing on his recent trip to the Somalia Conference in London earlier this week.“The second challenge for Somalia is to develop a ‘neighbourhood’ relation that is a positive one,” he said, adding that the relationship between Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is crucial for Somalia’s development.Mr. Eliasson, who met with the heads of State from all three countries, said he was encouraged by the growing dialogue among them, and said he hoped this would lead to peaceful regional context.“I was encouraged by the growing dialogue between these three countries and I would hope that we would see it developing with a strengthened direction of a well-functioning Somalia supported by the new structure of the UN after the Security Council decision two weeks ago, and also a relationship with neighbours that will also help Somalia continue on the reform path.”The conference, co-hosted by Mr. Mohamud and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, took place during what participants called in the final communiqué that capped the event, “a pivotal moment” for Somalia, as it rebuilds from two decades of factional fighting that followed the 1991 ousting of President Siad Barre. The event also raised some $300 million for Somalia’s security sector.In 2011, Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgents retreated from Mogadishu, and last year, new Government institutions emerged, as the country ended a transitional phase towards setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government.Mr. Eliasson said the conference was a show of solidarity and support of the new leadership in Somalia, but noted absence of the delegations of the regions of Somaliland and Puntland. “We hope that all factions and all clans of Somalia would see it in their interest to support the reform efforts of the President who has been selected by all clans and all parts of the country at an earlier stage,” he said. read more

Boost for January van and truck registrations

Rolling 12-month van registrations at 338,351 and trucks at 52,573 units. Vans up 2.7% for January and 3.3% for the rolling year. Trucks up 51.3% for the month, with artic registrations rising 137.7%. Summary – more in the attached docs.. New van and truck registrations in the United Kingdom – 2008 January% changeYear-to-date % change Vans22,2872.7%22,2872.7% Trucks4,45851.3%4,45851.3%DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total26,7458.5%26,7458.5% read more

Memorial benches blight beauty spots says National Trust chief

first_imgHe added: “What can be easily forgotten is that these are benches for people to sit on but often you do not want to sit on them because they become too personal. It is like standing on someone’s grave.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The department will now refuse any more at some beauty spots but the island has stopped short of a blanket ban.He said: “We get frequent, probably weekly requests, to put memorial benches on public land.”It is quite a difficult situation as we have to try to balance the wishes of a bereaved relative with having a sensible approach. I personally feel that there are slightly too many.” He said there are 16 in front of one hotel in St Brelade’s Bay. Benches in Jersey However, Len Norman, Constable of St Clement – which includes Le Hocq – said he was happy to accommodate benches. “Provided they are of a relatively sturdy design, I am quite happy to meet a family’s wishes,” he said.He also favours varying the design. “I think if we make them all uniform they could look too antiseptic and sterile.”In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the National Trust has no policy on memorial benches and decides on a case-by-case basis if they can be installed. His feelings were echoed by Michel Le Troquer, Constable of St Martin, who said that no new benches would be allowed on his local village green.“I think we have now reached a limit,” he said, adding that planting trees might be a suitable alternative although “we do not want a forest”.“A lady recently donated a willow tree for a very damp area of land at the back of the parish green, which is really nice,” he said.“One of the main issues is that when people want to leave flowers and cards strapped to benches, it can make it rather awkward for the people wanting to use them.”Martin Gautier, director of technical services for the Infrastructure Department on Jersey, said he thought that too many benches had been installed.center_img Some beauty spots are saturated with benchesCredit:George Ng /SWNS For bereaved friends and relatives, memorial benches are a touching way to remember the dearly departed.For one National Trust boss, they are “graveyards” that sully Britain’s beauty spots and make visitors feel awkward about sitting down.Charles Alluto, chief executive of the National Trust for Jersey, said his favourite headland on the island is blighted by the benches that face St Brelade’s Bay, Le Hocq, Green Island and Archirondel.“It’s having an adverse impact on an area of natural beauty. The benches are put in places where people enjoyed that natural beauty, but you’re undermining the place they actually enjoyed. It is absolutely crucial that they do not become graveyards.“If there are too many we run the risk of undermining that concept and changing the character of the area,” he said.“We only have a certain amount of land to play with. That’s why it’s become such an issue here on Jersey.“We’re all going to die one day, and that’s not going to stop. You’ll have this perpetual requirement for memorial benches,” said Mr Alluto, who suggested allotted time spans after which time one family’s memorial can be replaced by another. Charles Alluto, chief executive of the National Trust for Jersey, said his favourite headland on the island is blighted by the benchesCredit:Jersey Evening Post/SWNS Memorial benches on the coast near Le Hocq, Jerseylast_img read more

WI batsman Chris Gayle to retire from ODI cricket after 2019

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedODI series against England a glimpse of Windies’ greatness to comeMarch 5, 2019In “latest news”Gayle return ‘huge boost’ for Windies — HolderSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”Gayle says ‘definitely’ playing ODIs and ‘maybe’ Test post World CupJune 26, 2019In “latest news” West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international cricket after this year’s World Cup. Gayle, 39, has played 284 ODIs since his debut in 1999 and has scored 9,727 runs with 23 hundreds.He is West Indies second-highest ODI run-scorer of all time, behind only former team-mate Brian Lara. Left-handed opener Gayle is in the squad to play England in the five-match ODI series which begins in Barbados on Wednesday.Chris GayleHis 215 against Zimbabwe in 2015 is the fourth-highest score in ODI history – he is one of six men to have scored an ODI double hundred. A part-time off-spinner, Gayle has taken 165 ODI wickets.He was part of the West Indies team that won the Champions Trophy in England in 2004. Gayle has played 103 Tests for West Indies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.The 2019 World Cup will be held in England and Wales and runs from 30 May to 14 July. (BBC) read more

Column Why are so many people dismayed by honesty and so few

first_imgTHE GREATEST RESPECT we can offer to John Murray, Conor Cusack, Marian Keys, Adam Clayton – and many more courageous public figures talking about their struggle with depression – is to start thinking differently and behaving differently about mental health.I know what its like to feel anxiety to the point where I cannot breathe. I don’t suffer from depression, I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress; but just like depression it impacts on every aspect of my life.My illness evolved from a personal circumstance, from which at first I had a mental breakdown, and was ultimately diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I lived a wonderful privileged life, loved my family, friends and dogs. I would wake up every day feeling confident, happy, chilled and just enjoying the day that was in it. I always worked and played hard with my husband and friends. Then, one day, my life was turned on its head and now I don’t know what peace of mind is.PTSD has redefined my lifePost Traumatic Stress, the killer of joy, has redefined my life and that of my husband and family. Most of our friends have distanced themselves from not just me, but my husband. To be fair, while I had normally been very social, I stopped wanting to be with anyone but my husband or a couple of very close friends. I often felt disoriented, forgetting where, or who, I was. I would panic on certain roads walking to work and was not able to talk on the phone.I was admitted to St Edmundsbury Hospital last New Year’s Eve for my safety, I had taken an overdose on a couple of occasions and the danger was the next time I would not be so lucky. I lay in the bed on New Year’s Eve and did not understand how I had gotten there. I am very lucky that I was in a position to access top psychiatric and psychotherapeutic support, without which I know I would not be here today. They guided me to the light at the end of the dark tunnel with care, patience, understanding and mostly no judgement.At least I understand where my illness comes from, and that there is a process I have to go through to recover. I also know that I will recover. In the most extraordinary way, I was relieved when I was told I had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and not depression. Depression can just arrive into your life one day, but at least in my case it relates to an identifiable circumstance in my life.Friends questioned my need to be openMy way of coping was to be honest and open about my state of mind and life. I expressed my distress, fear, and desolation in poetry. Poetry continues to play a very important part in my recovery. The extraordinary aspect to this was how many friends questioned and challenged my need to be open and honest about my life – they believed I should keep it private.I am in my early 50s and had never suffered from any mental health illness before in my life; it could happen to any one of those people who place a stigma on mental health. It’s daunting how many people are dismayed by honesty and how few by pretence. And this is the stigma we need to break down, the secrecy behind mental health.Finally, I went to an extraordinary wellness workshop run by Suicide or Survive and heard the ancient Cherokee Indian story of the Wolf of Hope and the Wolf of Despair. It says that, if each day you feed your ‘wolf of hope’ then you can have a peaceful quality of life you want – but it’s tough as the ‘wolf of despair’ is always there waiting in the shadows, where the negative thoughts feed it and it gets fatter and fatter.This is the way Caroline, the founder of Suicide or Survive, told her story and it resonated with me so strongly. As you continue to feed the wolf of despair you need to look around for your wolf of hope and pull it back in to feed. Feed it all the things that are good at that moment in your day and remember that you could feel better at any stage, so keep feeding the wolf of hope and you will make that change happen.Patricia Tsouris is a Greek-Irish businesswoman with expertise in the emerging contemporary art market and the Co-Founder & Head of Innovation at www.artfetch.com. She is a mother, dog lover, and traveller, with a passion for photography, poetry and politics and fashion. Suicide or Survive is an Irish charity focused on breaking down the stigmas associated with mental health issues and ensuring that those affected have access to quality recovery services that are right for the individual. Find out more at suicideorsurvive.ie.Read: RTE presenter John Murray talks frankly about his depressionRead: “I was thinking of killing myself 24 hours a day,” – Irish personalities talk aboutColumn: Facing the fear – over half our population drinks in a high-risk waydepressionlast_img read more

Astronauts Aboard Soyuz Rocket Successfully Reach the Space Station

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor After Thursday’s successful Soyuz spacecraft launch, astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch, and Alexey Ovchinin have finally arrived at the International Space Station (ISS).The cosmonaut trio, which blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:14 p.m. EST yesterday, successfully docked at the ISS around 11:00 p.m. EST. After the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the ISS officially opened at 11:07 p.m. EST, the new Expedition 59 crew members were welcomed by NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Expedition 59 commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, NASA said in a blog post.Greetings Earthlings! Three space travelers opened the hatch to their new home on the @Space_Station at 11:07pm ET. Read how @AstroHague, @Astro_Christina & cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were welcomed by their space-faring crew mates & what’s next for them: https://t.co/lbrkMlb3Jl pic.twitter.com/ULQnGXtdE0— NASA (@NASA) March 15, 2019The group’s arrival bumps the cosmonaut count at the ISS to six, with three NASA astronauts now residing at the orbiting laboratory. Kononenko, McClain, and Saint-Jacques are scheduled to stay at the ISS until June, while Hague, Koch and Ovchinin are expected to return to Earth in the fall.You’re not seeing double! The crew aboard the @Space_Station has, in fact, doubled in size! With today’s arrival of @AstroHague, @Astro_Christina & cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, there are now 6 crew members aboard our orbiting laboratory. Watch: https://t.co/ZuxLDtzW9c pic.twitter.com/tSJBN3Vffd— NASA (@NASA) March 15, 2019The astronauts will be very busy in the coming weeks: Hague, Koch, McClain, and Saint-Jacques are all expected to complete their first spacewalks while they continue to make upgrades to the ISS. On March 22, Hague and McClain are expected to start working on ISS’ power system and on March 29, Koch and McClain will engage in the first-ever all-female spacewalk while they upgrade the ISS’ two station power channels.LIVE NOW: A trio has been orbiting the planet in the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft since they launched at 3:14pm ET. @AstroHague, @Astro_Christina & cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin will dock with the @Space_Station soon to begin their space exploration mission. Watch: https://t.co/PB7zFDzdey pic.twitter.com/Z2eG03i1ms— NASA (@NASA) March 15, 2019More on Geek.com:New Astronaut Trio Will Blast Off to Space Station on March 14NASA Boss Says First Person on Mars Will ‘Likely Be a Woman’ NASA Spots ‘Hopping’ Liquid Water on Moon’s Surface Stay on targetlast_img read more

Man hospitalized after being shot in City Heights

first_img Updated: 10:54 PM April 11, 2018 Posted: April 11, 2018 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) — A confrontation between a group of pedestrians and a motorist on a street near Manzanita Canyon led Wednesday to a shooting that left the latter man wounded.The 26-year-old driver stopped in traffic in the 3200 block of Fairmont Avenue in the Swan Canyon area of City Heights for unknown reasons shortly before 12:30 p.m., got out of his car and approached three men standing on the east side of the street, according to San Diego police.Moments later, one of the members of the trio pulled a gun and opened fire, wounding the motorist in the back, Officer Dino Delimitros said. The three then ran off.Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of gunshot trauma that was not considered life-threatening, Delimitros said.Police searched the neighborhood by ground and aboard a patrol helicopter but were unable to find the shooter and his cohorts. Officers did, however, locate a discarded gun in an alley near the site of the shooting, SDPD spokesman Billy Hernandez said. It was not immediately clear the firearm was the weapon involved in the case. Man hospitalized after being shot in City Heightscenter_img Ashlie Rodriguez Ashlie Rodriguez, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

San Diego County Taxpayer Association Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards

first_imgSan Diego County Taxpayer Association Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards May 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 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 24th annual Golden Watchdog & Fleece Awards recognizes the best and worst in local government spending and decision-making in San Diego County.Winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Thursday, May 16. The theme: a 1970’s extravaganza, “Thursday Night Fever.”“There has been good work done in the public sector this year, and we are excited to give folks the recognition they deserve,” said Haney Hong, SDCTA’s president and CEO. “This year’s 1970’s-themed Goldens dinner is guaranteed to be a great time for all, and we look forward to acknowledging local governments’ achievements—and calling attention to some pretty spectacular flops. Additionally, we truly appreciate all the elected officials and notable San Diegans who will be coming from across the region to participate in this event.”Register and purchase tickets for: https://www.sdcta.org/goldens Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 15, 2019last_img read more

Imperial Pacific confirms plans to ask for Saipan extension set to add

first_img Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific International has confirmed its intention to ask for a further extension to the deadline for completion of its Saipan integrated resort.Outlining the status of construction in its 2017 Annual Report, released to investors on Friday, IPI referred to last July’s amendment to its Casino License Agreement with the Commonwealth Casino Commission (CCC) which stipulates that Imperial Pacific Resort must be completed by no later than 31 August 2018. Load More Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 Instead, IPI said that, “As at the date of this report, due to delays in construction progress of Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel Saipan, the group has notified the relevant CNMI government authorities of its intended application to extend the deadline to complete the initial gaming facility.IPI is currently expected to complete a minimum of 329 hotel rooms, 14,140 square meters of gaming area and other elements by the 31 August deadline. The company said it has currently invested US$650 million into the resort, adding that “major global construction companies, consulting firms, design and engineering firms as well as local sub-contractors are engaged.”“The board does see certain delays in construction mainly due to labor issues caused by the main contractor and several subcontractors and to a lesser extent unfavorable weather conditions; however, with the construction work already back on track, the board believes that the issue will soon be resolved and cease hindering the progress of the project,” it said.In better news for IPI, the company revealed that it is preparing to welcome its first outside junket operators to the property in the near future. The CCC is currently conducting investigations into a number of overseas junkets.“With the gaming capacity to be further enhanced, we expect to commence collaboration with gaming promoters after they are granted junket operator licenses to operate on the Island of Saipan,” it said. “Due to CNMI’s lower tax regime, we believe we will be able to offer very competitive commission rates to our gaming promoters.”last_img read more

Flight returns to FLL due to sick flight attendants

first_imgFlight 385 was originally scheduled to fly out of FLL just after 8 a.m. but ended up leaving after 2 p.m. According to JetBlue.com, the flight is now scheduled to take off at 6:30 p.m.The JetBlue statement further states, “A new crew is being assigned to the flight, and it will continue on to Barbados this evening. The incident is under investigation.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Paramedics met a flight that returned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after it was forced to turn around because of sick flight attendants.According to airport officials, JetBlue flight 385 was en route to Barbados from FLL, Thursday afternoon.Officials said the flight attendants began to complain of headaches and other symptoms. The crew deemed the symptoms serious enough to turn the flight around and head back to the airport.However, a JetBlue spokesperson said only one flight attendant experienced symptoms. In a statement, the spokesperson wrote, “JetBlue flight #385 from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados returned to the airport after takeoff when the crew reported an ill in-flight crew member. The flight landed safely in Fort Lauderdale, just before 2:45 p.m.”Skyforce HD captured the aircraft as it touched down at FLL and came to rest at Gate F1. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue EMS and hazmat crews were there to meet the plane.Three flight attendants, two pilots and all 101 passengers ended up deplaning. “We evaluated the three flight attendants who were complaining of symptoms, made sure there were no other injuries and checked the aircraft with our Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue hazardous materials team,” said BSFR spokesperson Mike Jachles.Officials said the flight attendants said they were OK and refused transport. They ended up going home. last_img read more

Mad Cool Fest Returns In 2019 With Vampire Weekend The Cure More

first_imgWith the lineup and experience upgrades, the festival to be held July 11-13 in Madrid is sure to be one for the books Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 30, 2018 – 3:16 pm Mad Cool Festival’s diverse musical lineups have brought out a global fan base to its home in Madrid, Spain every year since 2016. The fest has announced its 2019 lineup and musical acts include iconic groups like the Cure, rising bands like Greta Van Fleet and other artists that mesh rock, pop and electro from all over the world. The bill along with its recently announced festival upgrades make the fest sure to be one for the books. News Email Mad Cool Fest: Vampire Weekend, The Cure & More mad-cool-fest-returns-2019-vampire-weekend-cure-more-plus-fest-upgrades Twitter center_img To launch the fest being held July 11-13, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds top the lineup on Thursday that also includes Canada’s Kaytranada, La Dispute and The Hives. Friday will bring out The National and the Smashing Pumpkins as headliners and Madrid’s own Vetusta Morla, Wolfmother, Germany’s Sophie Hunger, among some other exciting acts throughout the day. Saturday closes off the musical celebration with the Cure, the 1975 and Greta Van Fleet. Other artists include Bonobo, Mogwai and England’s Jorja Smith.The 2019 edition of Mad Cool Fest has upgrades that will be an experience within itself. This time, the fest will have more space as it will reduce the number of stages and will get rid of one VIP area. They will also have more restrooms and free metro rides from the Valdebebas to the center of Madrid between 1.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m.  If this lineup hasn’t inspired you to experience the fest, maybe visiting the beautifully historic city of Madrid will. Go here for ticket info visit Festicket.Damien Escobar Shares Violin Mastery On Press Play Read more Facebook Mad Cool Fest Returns In 2019 With Vampire Weekend, The Cure & More Plus Fest Upgrades last_img read more

Dead herring poison mussels found on Unalaska shorelines

first_imgDead herring on an Unalaska beach on Wednesday. KUCB/John Ryan photo.Hundreds of dead herring washed up on Front Beach in downtown Unalaska on Tuesday.“Hundreds of herring floating in the water,” Caleb Livingston, who lives nearby, said as he was walking his dog Hazel on the beach. “But what really got my attention was the few that drifted on the beach were not being eaten by the eagles, or seagulls or terns.”Scientists have been receiving reports of dead and dying whales, birds and the small fish known as sand lance in the Aleutian Islands.A dead Steller’s sea lion washed ashore in Unalaska in July with no wounds or other obvious causes of death.Researchers think the killer might be toxic algae proliferating in unusually warm ocean waters.Mussels taken from two different bays in Unalaska this spring have had levels of the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning two to four times higher than the level considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Livingston said he doesn’t think the herring he saw on Front Beach were killed by toxic algae.“I’m guessing that somebody shoveled them off a boat,” he said.Herring are used as bait by crabbers and longliners.“Boats shouldn’t do that in close. If they’re going to get rid of this stuff, they should do it further out,” Livingston said. “It’s probably not that harmful, other than critters like Hazel gobbling on it, but it is a form of pollution.”Caleb Livingston takes his dog Hazel for a walk on Unalaska’s Front Beach. KUCB/John Ryan photo.Scientist Melissa Good with University of Alaska Fairbanks agreed, after a quick bit of beach forensics, that these dead fish were probably dumped in the water.She said the herring had lost their scales, suggesting the fish had been poured through a chute en masse.“Their fins are deteriorated while their eyes are intact,” Good said. “I think it’s probably bait fish that got dumped.”Even so, Good said she will send herring that she and Livingston collected on the beach to an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation lab for analysis.This spring, Good collected mussels from Captains Bay and Summer Bay in Unalaska to see if they had the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.She just got the results back: Mussels had up to 3.3 parts per million of the potent PSP toxin. That’s four times higher than the FDA’s 0.8 parts per million limit.“Anything above that is unsafe to eat,” Good said.“I would suggest people take caution and probably not harvest mussels or any other clams or bivalves within the Unalaska area because we are seeing high toxin levels for the previous spring months,” she said. “It’s likely these levels are higher now, after the summer algal blooms.”In an email, Bruce Wright with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association said butter clams tested in June at Sand Point, in the Shumagin Islands, just east of the Aleutians, showed even higher levels of the toxin.One of the largest algal blooms ever recorded has been spreading throughout the Northeast Pacific Ocean, from California to Alaska. Scientists believe a giant blob of warm water is fueling the harmful algal bloom.last_img read more

Bill Gates Tops Forbes List of 100 Richest People In Tech Top

first_imgThe world’s richest man and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tops the list of “100 Richest People In Tech”, released by Forbes earlier this month.The net worth of Gates stood at $79.6 billion. He has been selling his shares in Microsoft since he left the company board in 2014.”Less than 13% of his estimated fortune now comes from Microsoft stock,” Forbes said.Almost all the 100 top billionaires in the world of technology are “self-made”, with only a few of them inheriting fortunes from their family members. The net worth of these 100 tech billionaires stood at $842.9 billion.”The average age of the group is 53, which is a decade younger than the average age of all billionaires; 15 of the 100 are under age 40,” it says.Wipro chairman Azim Premji (net worth of $ 17.4 billion) and HCL founder Shiv Nadar ($ 14.4 billion) are the only Indian businessmen who featured among the top 20 in the list. Premji stood at 13th spot in the list followed by Nadar.Premji, who was the “most generous Indian’ of 2014”, has allocated an additional 18 percent of the stake he holds in the company for philanthropy, taking his total contribution for charity to more than 50 percent.Here is the list of top 10 billionaires in technology:1. Microsoft’s Bill Gates2. Larry Ellison, co-founder of OracleEllison is the second richest person in tech with a net worth of $50 billion. He is currently the executive chairman and CTO of Oracle.3. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of AmazonBezos is an American technology entrepreneur with a fortune of $47.8 billion. He played a key role in making Amazon one of the leading online retailers in the world.4. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of FacebookZuckerberg is one of the five co-founders of social networking site Facebook and holds a net worth of $41.2 billion. He is currently the chairman and CEO of the site. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote address at Facebook F8 in San Francisco, California March 25, 2015.Reuters5. Larry Page, co-founder GoogleThe co-founder and the current CEO of search engine giant Google, Larry Page, is the fifth richest person in tech with a net worth of $33.4 billion. Recently, Page has announced the formation of parent company for Google, Alphabet. Larry Page, CEO of Google. Net Worth – 29.4 BillionReuters6. Sergey Brin, co-founder GoogleSergey Brin is one of the two co-founders of Google. His net worth stood at $32.8 billion. 7. Jack Ma, Alibaba Jack Ma is a Chinese tycoon, who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group. His fortune stands at $23.2 billion. Alibaba Group’s executive chairman Jack Ma looks on ahead of a working dinner with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and heads of the largest foreign companies and business associations at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2015 (SPIEF 2015) in St Petersburg, Russia, June 19, 2015.Reuters8. Steve BalmerBalmer is the former CEO of Microsoft, holding a personal wealth of $22.7 billion.9. Laurene Powell JobsPowell Jobs is the widow of Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc, with a net worth of $21.4 billion.10. Michael DellMichael Dell is the co-founder and CEO of Dell, one of the world’s top personal computer manufacturers. His net worth stood at $19.4 billion. Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell Inc, delivers his keynote speech at the All Things Oracle OpenWorld Summit in San Francisco, California September 25, 2013.Reuterslast_img read more

Ways to sleep well during festive season

first_imgThe festive season is just a couple of days away, and it will bring along a lot of travel and parties, which can disturb sleep pattern. Ensure you get your dose of sound sleep. Experts suggest tips that can help you get through all the disruption at this time of the year with everyone feeling fresh and well-rested:-Carry your own pillow while travelling: If you are travelling to your relative’s place or a new place during the festive holidays, chances are you may not feel comfortable sleeping on someone else’s bed or a couch. Sometimes it could even be an inappropriate pillow that can cause pain in the neck. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile you may not be able to do much about it but you can definitely avoid such circumstances by carrying your own height-adjustable memory foam pillow. These advanced technology pillows take the shape of your neck and also aligns it perfectly with your spinal cord giving you restful sleep and helping you wake up fresh even in unfamiliar spaces.-Splurge on a high-quality sleep inducing mattress: After a tiring day of pandal hopping and meeting your friends and family, you all might be yearning for a good sleep at the end of the day when you hit the bed. In that case, you must splurge on a well-designed, comfortable, and orthopaedic foam mattress that guarantees hours of blissful sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Ditch the card games and enjoy the outdoors: Indian festivities are mostly about house parties and chilling with your friends over drinks and food. While they are good for our taste buds, they are detrimental to our health and sleep, resulting in hung-over mornings and lazy days. Why spoil the festive season this way? Instead, plan outdoor events in the daylight like game sessions, outdoor sports, pool brunches, etc that will help keep your daily rhythm in sync and let you end the day with a quality and rejuvenating sleep. -Watch what you are eating and drinking: During festival season, we are unable to control our temptation for sumptuous delicacies. The heavy food and the excuse of drinking at night with friends, impacts our sleep.-Follow basic sleep hygiene: Following basic sleep hygiene is imperative for good quality sleep. Focus on simple things like keeping your bedroom at a comfortable temperature, cutting exposure to bright lights a few hours before sleeping, keeping your hands and feet warm, sleeping a dark and silent room in order to induce sleep.last_img read more

The Mystery of the Easter Island Heads May Finally be Solved

first_imgEaster Island is home to 887 monolithic carvings, called moai statues. The moai were built by the Rapa Nui, who were native to the island, somewhere between the years 1400-1650.The largest of the moai weigh up to 86 tons and can be as much as 30 feet tall, although the average size is about half that big, according to Easter Island Travel.The statues are made from volcanic tuff, which is partially fused and cemented volcanic ash, which means it’s fairly easy to shape, but also extremely heavy.Moai statues on Easter Island.It was quarried up the slope of the extinct volcano on the island.It’s assumed that the statues were mostly carved while lying flat on their backs, with the backs only finished when the statue was complete and set upright.There are around 1,000 statues on the island.When the statues were finished, islanders would place them around the island.There are some theories suggesting that they were moved to their final resting places using platforms rolled on logs, but other theories suggest that the finished works could have been rocked and “walked” to their final positions, using just manpower and rope.Rano Raraku Quarry is the site on the side of a dormant volcano, where all the moai on the island were carved. It was a working quarry all the way to the early 18th century. 397 moai still remain on the site at various stages of completion.Many of the statues were first thought to just be enormous heads or head-and-shoulders busts, but research shows they are far more than that.First and foremost, archaeologists have discovered that the statues that appeared to be just heads are actually attached to bodies, according to Forbes.Over the centuries since the statues were erected, sediment and rocks from upslope have slowly buried the statues, leaving only the heads visible.Moai in Rapa Nui National Park on the slopes of Rano Raruku volcano on Easter Island, Chile.A group of archaeologists from UCLA started the Easter Island Project, and have been excavating the buried forms.That may explain how the statues came to be, but why did they end up placed where they did?Mysterious Easter Island monumentsNewsweek reported that another group of researchers, headed by anthropologist Carl Lipo, is answering that question. Lipo has been studying the Rapa Nui and why they disappeared from the island for the past 20 years.One of the issues which sparked his curiosity was how a population managed to survive on an island with so little drinking water. Average rainfall for the island is only about 48 inches a year, and there aren’t a lot of springs or other freshwater sources.Lipo and his colleagues began doing field studies to try to figure out how the Rapa Nui might have used the brackish groundwater that comes up along coastlines.Rapa Nui Dancers, Easter Island.There were historical accounts that the Rapa Nui drank brackish water, but nothing to indicate where they accessed it.Their surveys found several places where brackish water could be obtained, but the really interesting thing was that the moai statues seemed to be placed where there was water that was fit to drink.It has stood at the east side of Rapa Nui for hundreds of yearsLipo said “The more we looked, the more consistently we saw this pattern. Places without ahu/moai showed no fresh water. The pattern was striking, and surprising in how consistent it was. Even when we find ahu/moai in the interior of the island, we find nearby sources of drinking water. That was a real surprise.”Lipo noted that the issue of why the monoliths had been built has always been a central mystery about the civilization which used to inhabit the island.Moai at Ahu Tongariki by the Rapa Nui people, Easter Island, Eastern Polynesia, Chile.It would be logical to expect that the statues should all be placed in spots where they would be easy to see, especially to outsiders, but that’s not necessarily the case.Using them as markers of vital natural resources, however, helps explain a lot about their placement.It’s his hope that the new insight into the placement of the stones can help scientists unravel more of the mysteries of the statues, but also the culture which created them.Read another story from us: Archaeologists Discover the Oldest Library in GermanyThe Rapa Nui civilization was decimated by the diseases and slave raiding brought by European explorers, but before that, the culture managed to survive for five hundred years in a remote environment with very few natural resources. Lipo would like to be able to further unravel just how they managed to do it.last_img read more

Metal Strapping Market Size Sales Share Analysis Industry Demand and Forecasts

first_imgGlobal Metal Strapping Market: get comprehensive research offering detailed regional analysis and growth outlook in a new report now available at Www.bigmarketresearch.com.Metal Strapping is the process of applying a strap to an item to combine, stabilize, hold, reinforce, or fasten it. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Metal Strapping Market Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3223694?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSIn this report, the global Metal Strapping market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.The report firstly introduced the Metal Strapping basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:Anshan FalanBAOPACKBhushan SteelMidfield IndustriesSHOKO KIKOHongmeiSignodeSamuel StrappingPolychemPAC StrappingM.J.Maillis GroupTITANLinderCyklopSpectaThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-Stainless Steel StrappingOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Metal Strapping for each application, including-Wood IndustryPaper IndustryBuilding IndustryTextile IndustryGet a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3223694?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Playa del Carmen taxi driver shot in centro

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A taxi driver was shot Wednesday night in the center of Playa del Carmen.According to preliminary reports, the taxi driver was a female who was shot while inside her taxi at 15th avenue with 10th street in the center of Playa del Carmen. Witnesses reported hearing four gun shots being aimed toward the taxi.The taxi belonged to the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río union. Police and paramedics arrived on scene. The woman was rushed to hospital. There is no word on her condition.No arrests were made.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more