CISF nabs two passengers with Rs 15 lakh cash at Varanasi Airport

first_imgNew Delhi: A CISF surveillance team at Varansi Airport on Sunday evening nabbed two men travelling from Kolkata with Rs 15 lakh in cash. One SK Dutta and Swapan Pal were travelling from the Kolkata airport on an Air India flight with the large sum of cash money. Income Tax officials at the Kolkata Airport had suspected the two, but did not have enough time to alert security personnel there. The IT sleuths subsequently sent information of the passengers’ travel itinerary to the CISF team in Varanasi through their counterparts in Kolkata. The Central Industrial Security Forces personnel duly intercepted both Dutta and Pal and handed them over to IT-officials after a brief enquiry which led to the cash recovery.last_img

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Shannen Doherty Live Streams Brutal Dolphin Hunt In Taiji

first_imgActress Shannen Doherty, best known for her starring roles on the hit television series “Charmed” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has just returned from a trip to Taiji, Japan where she served as a Cove Guardian with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, documenting the brutal drive hunt and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji’s infamous killing cove.On September 20, Doherty bore witness as the hunters quickly drove a pod toward Taiji Harbor and netted the panicked dolphins into the cove. Doherty live streamed the hunt along with Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians, shining a worldwide spotlight on what the hunters try to keep hidden behind tarps: the capture and slaughter of intelligent, socially complex dolphins and small whales.The entire pod — the fourth pod of Risso’s dolphins to be driven into the cove thus far this season — was quickly slaughtered, except for one juvenile calf who was kidnapped and sold into what amounts to slavery in the captive industry.Shannen Doherty said after witnessing the brutal hunt, “I sit at home and I watch the live streams from Sea Shepherd and I thought that I was prepared, and there is absolutely nothing that can prepare you because you’re here and there’s an eeriness to it. Especially after they’ve been slaughtered — the lapping of the water, the dead calm, people start walking away. It’s eerie. And you just wonder how they [hunters] are able to go to bed at night. …I think being here rocks even the most hardened human being, because it is just atrocious.”Speaking about how the dolphins suffer and the lengths to which the killers go to hide the suffering from the world, Doherty said: “It is a completely undignified, undeserving, horrific death, and they [the hunters] know it because they block us and they prevent us from showing the brutality, the completely inhumane slaughter of these creatures that are honestly a gift from God, and what are we [as humans] doing?”In addition to witnessing the brutal hunt at the cove, Doherty also visited Taiji Whale Museum — one of three captive facilities in Taiji — and live streamed to viewers around the world as she showed the dismal living conditions of the captive cetaceans, including a rare albino bottlenose calf captured from a pod of more than 250 bottlenose dolphins last year. The calf, named “Shoujo” by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson, was kidnapped from her mother, presumed amongst the members of the pod who were slaughtered, and was the first of the pod to be captured for captivity, as the killers and trainers instantly recognized the rare albino dolphin as a lucrative find for the captive industry. Some estimate her eventual sale could fetch $500,000 for the killers.“The brutality of Taiji’s hunt does not end with the dolphins and whales slaughtered in the cove. The suffering continues for those who are taken from the ocean and imprisoned for captivity,” said Shannen Doherty. “It was emotional to join the Cove Guardians at Taiji Whale Museum, and see Shoujo and the other dolphins in these small, barren tanks where they will spend the rest of their lives. They’ve already endured so much, witnessing the deaths of their families.”Doherty and the Cove Guardians were outside Taiji Whale Museum as the Risso’s dolphin taken captive from the pod slaughtered earlier that day, was transferred there from the captive pens in Taiji Harbor. With no regard for the well being of the dolphin they just captured because it is a “replaceable commodity,” the dolphin trainers cruelly said that unless the Cove Guardians stopped filming, they would hold the calf in the tiny, dark crate in which it was being transported until closing time, when there would be no choice but to leave. Though the Cove Guardians were acting within the law by being present and documenting, the Sea Shepherd volunteers opted to stop filming and leave the location so that the suffering of the dolphin would not be prolonged. The trainers have once again shown their heartlessness, as well as the undeniable connection between the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji and the captive industry.After witnessing the brutality of the dolphin drive hunt on Sept. 20, the following day Doherty was elated to be able to live stream the hunters’ boats as they returned to harbor empty-handed from their hunt. A ‘blue cove’ day was called and it was the perfect way to end her brief but busy visit.For a staggering six months of each year – from September until March – entire family units, or pods, of dolphins and small whales at a time are driven into Taiji’s killing cove. Banger poles are hit against the side of the hunting boats to create a “wall of sound,” disorienting the sound-sensitive marine mammals and making it nearly impossible for them to escape the drive. When a large pod is captured, killers and trainers will work side-by-side to select the “prettiest” dolphins or whales (those without visible nicks or scars) for captivity. It is the multi-billion dollar global trade in captive cetaceans that funds the slaughter. The Cove Guardians have repeatedly documented that the captive selection process occurs simultaneously to the slaughter, as those who are not killed for human consumption are sold for captivity. If there are pod members remaining, they are driven back out to sea in a drive just as stressful as the drive into the cove. Most are juveniles with little to no chance of survival without the protection of their mothers. Some face death by starvation, while others may fall prey to predators.Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are the only group on the ground in Taiji every day throughout the entire six-month hunting season, documenting and live streaming every capture and every slaughter for the world to see. The 2014-2015 season marks the fifth consecutive year of Operation Infinite Patience, and the Cove Guardians will not stop returning to Taiji until the slaughter ends.last_img read more

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Progress Energy selling Alberta assets but not abandoning Canada spokeswoman

first_imgPetronas has put a massive package of oil and gas assets in Alberta on the sales block but it has no intention of abandoning the country despite the recent cancellation of its plan to build a West Coast LNG terminal, a spokeswoman says.According to a posting on the BMO Capital Markets website, the Malaysian state-owned energy company’s subsidiary, Calgary-based Progress Energy Canada Ltd., has hired the bank to sell oil and gas drilling rights, wells, pipelines and three gas processing plants mainly located in northwestern Alberta.“Definitely, I can say from the outset that withdrawing from Canada is not what is happening,” said Progress spokeswoman Eryn Rizzoli on Wednesday.“The potential sale of our Deep Basin assets, which represents a small portion of Progress Energy’s resource base, would allow us to focus on our North Montney (B.C.) development, which represents significant growth opportunities in Canada,” she added in a followup email.Petronas bought Progress Energy in 2012 and has been one of the most active drillers in northeastern B.C. in recent years as it establishes natural gas production to feed its proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal near Port Edward, B.C.In July, however, it cancelled the project due to poor world market prospects for its liquefied natural gas.According to a mid-year update posted on the Petronas website in August, Progress was producing 540 million cubic feet of natural gas per day or the equivalent of about 90,000 barrels of oil per day in the first half of 2017, bringing in revenue of C$261 million.“Despite the decision not to proceed with the PNW LNG project, Petronas remains committed to monetize the natural gas resources in the North Montney area in Canada,” the report says.“At 22.3 trillion cubic feet of proven resources, Canada holds the second-largest gas resources in Petronas’ portfolio after Malaysia.”The BMO posting notes the assets for sale are prospective for Dunvegan, Cardium, Cadotte, Spirit River Group and Bluesky underground formations, not the Montney.The assets for sale include a 63 per cent average working interest in drilling rights on 400,000 gross acres or 160,000 hectares in Alberta which currently produce about 5,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day, about 55 per cent of which is natural gas and 45 per cent is oil.The lands being sold by Progress would likely be considered non-core assets in that they are too oil-weighted and too far away from the West Coast to be part of an LNG export strategy, said oil and gas analyst Patrick O’Rourke of AltaCorp Capital.AltaCorp doesn’t cover Progress but tracks its drilling activity and O’Rourke said that has been in decline recently.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Desperate migrants seek Melilla gateway to Europe

first_imgMELILLA-As young as 10 years old, they live rough in their dozens, waiting for a chance to stow away on a boat across the Mediterranean sea. Here in the Spanish territory of Melilla, they flock from neighboring Morocco by sea in flimsy dinghies, by road crammed under the seats of cars, or on foot, dodging guards to scramble over the border fence.Some of the youngest, underage and unaccompanied, camp out by a high breakwater running to the sea, where they have set up shelters of cardboard boxes between the cement blocks of the dyke. “I have been here for three weeks. I am going to climb on board a truck” bound for Europe, says Mounen Fannan, a 17-year-old from Morocco. In his home city of Fez “there is nothing to do. In Europe, there’s a much better chance of getting ahead.”As unaccompanied minors, Mounen and others like him — the youngest of their group is aged 10 — are not allowed to stay in the Melilla’s state-run reception centre, where children must be accompanied by their parents.Some have stayed at the local reception centre for minors but say they ran away because they were mistreated. So they camp by the breakwater. Among them are Moroccans, Algerians and some from Syria, displaced by that country’s civil war, says Jose Palazon of Prodein, an aid group.“They are totally outside the system. They come here intending to get on a boat to get to reception centres on the mainland, which are said to be better,” he said. “They are children and most of them have family problems. Many come because they are running away from abuse, because their parents have died or the parents can’t afford to feed them.” Crossroads of illegal migrationTo get out of Melilla, “they climb over this sea wall and land in the port. Then they try to hide on board a truck, the truck gets on a ship and they turn up in Malaga or Almeria” on the coast of southern Spain, Palazon added. “It is very difficult, but they manage. Each week there are about four or five who leave and do not come back.” Metres from the dyke, a Spanish police boat patrols at sea, without drawing near where the youngsters are camped.“There’s not much that can be done,” said Lieutenant Juan Antonio Martin Rivera, a local police spokesman. “It is a delicate situation. It will have to be tackled in a multidisciplinary way. The city’s social services, the juvenile courts and the security forces will have to work together to see how to ease this problem.”Melilla, which has 80,000 inhabitants, is the crossroads for migrants who try to slip through to Europe. Charges at the six-metre (19-foot) fence by crowds of migrants make regular headlines.“The ones who scale the wall draw the most media attention, but immigration has many faces,” said Martin. “The two main ways are to enter by sea in a vessel or by swimming, and in false bottoms in vehicles. The trafficking gangs put the immigrants there in dreadful, disastrous conditions. They put their lives at risk.”Those two methods are used by migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, while those from neighboring Algeria pass the border with forged Moroccan identity papers, he said.By boat, not knowing how to swimSome 35,000 people and up to 7,000 cars cross into Melilla at its main border post every day under a visa-waiver agreement between Spain and Morocco for people living in the area.In the queue, Spanish police search the boots and bodywork of vehicles. They recently found a girl of 16 and a boy of 17 hidden in a Mercedes, which now stands by partly dismantled.“Traffickers charge between two and four thousand euros ($5,500) for every immigrant they hide in the false bottom of a car,” said Martin. “For the boats, they charge 1,500 euros per person and lately they have even been putting women and children on them. A lot of them don’t know how to swim.”Many African migrants have died while sailing in flimsy vessels in the Mediterranean over recent years. Those that make it to Melilla look for a chance to cross to Europe, by boat or hidden in trucks or shipping containers.“They put themselves in some unbelievable places,” Martin added. “We’ve seen cases of people in bags of radioactive material.”last_img read more

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Accusations of Mismanagement by Moroccan Ambassador to UAE Truth or Personal

first_imgCasablanca- A rumor currently circulating in national and international media accuses the Moroccan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of mismanaging Embassy business and orchestrating a two-year campaign of slander and libel against a Moroccan citizen in Dubai who claims to be a journalist and member of an advisory council established by King Mohammed VI in charge of the Moroccan community abroad.  He also claims to work for a major TV channel in the UAE.In addition, the rumor accuses a female employee at Moroccan consulate in Dubai of bringing a “malicious complaint” against the Moroccan citizen.Although the complaint was subsequently withdrawn, the complainant allegedly said she had lodged the complaint against the Moroccan journalist at the instruction of the Ambassador. The Moroccan journalist claims that, “When withdrawing her complaint, the plaintiff confessed in writing to the public prosecution that she had initiated the case at the request of his Excellency the Ambassador.” The Moroccan journalist says that it is in fact “the Moroccan Ambassador [who] holds a long-standing personal grudge against me.”He contends that “the Moroccan ambassador has launched a sordid campaign against me, aimed at tarnishing my reputation in the UAE.”He adds that by filing the complaint, the Moroccan Ambassador has put the Moroccan Foreign Ministry in an embarrassing situation, as he did not obtain the proper clearance from the ministry to file a personal lawsuit.  Moreover, he claims, the Ambassdor repeatedly told his superiors in Rabat that “he had nothing at all to do with this case.” This version of the story has been widely published in several Moroccan news outlets, including newspapers, such as the daily Assabah. However, the Moroccan Ambassador has not been given the opportunity to provide his version of the facts or respond to the allegations.MWN is among the media outlets contacted by the alleged journalistswho sent us the same news story in several emails and asked that his name not be revealed, since he is personally involved.After an investigation over several days, MSN received information from several Moroccan journalists that the claims are probably a personal attempt by the alleged journalist to tarnish the Ambassador’s reputation. Several Moroccans residing in the UAE have suggested to MWN that the rumor circulated by the journalist is inaccurate and merely reflects a personal vendetta by the journalist against the Moroccan Ambassador.MWN has also received many emails from journalists in the UAE who say that the Moroccan journalist along with another journalist named Kamal Ryan submitted articles for publication anonymously to many news outlets in which they asserted that a recent exposition held in UAE had “failed because of the Moroccan Ambassador.”MWN’s investigations suggest that the claimed Moroccan journalist harbors a personal grudge against the Moroccan Ambassador and that the journalist has sent similar articles to many prominent Moroccan journalists under a pseudonym. Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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On World Day UN labour agency urges culture of prevention on occupational

“Economic recession or pressure to maximize profits cannot justify cutting corners in workplace safety,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said in a statement issued today and marking the 2015 edition of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. “A long-standing ILO priority, occupational safety and health was recognized as a fundamental human right in the 2008 Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work,” Mr. Ryder continued. “It is time to turn this human right into reality for workers everywhere.”According to the UN agency, in fact, hazardous conditions remain a daily threat for tens of millions of workers around the world. Over 313 million workers suffer non-fatal occupational injuries each year, equating to 860,000 people injured on the job daily. Meanwhile, every single day, 6,400 people die from an occupational accident or disease, amounting to 2.3 million deaths each year. The failure to address the problem, Mr. Ryder warned, was also coming at a high economic price. “Four per cent of global gross domestic product, equivalent to an astounding $2.8 trillion, is drained off annually by costs related to lost working time, interruptions in production, treatment of occupational injuries and diseases, rehabilitation and compensation,” he continued. The Director-General suggested that developing a cogent national culture of prevention involved a three-pronged strategy: respecting at all levels the right to a safe and healthy working environment; active participation of all stakeholders in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties; and according the highest priority to the principle of prevention.“Each and every one of us can contribute to the prevention of occupational deaths, injuries and diseases,” Mr. Ryder concluded. “Together we can build a culture of prevention on occupational safety and health.” read more

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Sarri stunned by strange Chelsea loss

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was left astonished by Chelsea’s shocking 1-0 loss at home to Leicester on Saturday.Chelsea dominated possession in the first half at Stamford Bridge but failed to make their efforts count despite Eden Hazard hitting the bar.But, Jamie Vardy’s goal in the 51st minute earned a rare win for the Foxes for the first time since 2000.The defeat is Chelsea’s first at home this season, and Sarri told Sky Sports: “We played a very good match for 55 minutes. After the goal, the reaction was not the right reaction.“We reacted as a team that was shocked, [there was] mental confusion in an individual way, we had to continue to play as before. I cannot understand our reaction.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Their reaction was strange for me.”Chelsea could have salvaged a point in the clash when Antonio Rudiger and Alonso came close to scoring.But Sarri said: “We were a bit unlucky in some situations but I have to think about solving some problems because the reaction was not the right one. I have to think about this and not about lucky or unlucky.“It’s very difficult to have the right feeling now about our reaction.”last_img read more

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JohnnieU reviews The Secret Life of Pets

first_imgThe secret’s out … in theaters! “The Secret Life of Pets” took a bite out of the Thursday night preview box office, bringing in $5.3 million. But is this gonna be a pet project, or a pet peeve? Johnnie-U has a look … with a little help from his “Mini-U.”“The Secret Life of Pets” is out now in theaters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Bangladesh 143rd in TI corruption perceptions index

first_imgTIBBangladesh has been ranked 143rd among the 180 countries in the Berlin-based Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, reports UNB.Executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Iftekharuzzaman unveiled the annual CPI at a press conference in the city on Thursday.The index covers 180 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), says the TI study released globally.On a scale of 100, Bangladesh has scored 28, an increase of two points from 26 in CPI 2016.All South Asian countries — Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — scored more and ranked higher than Bangladesh in CPI 2017 except Afghanistan.Bangladesh was earlier placed at the bottom of the list for five successive years from 2001-2005. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, it was ranked 3, 7, 10, 13, and 12 respectively while in 2011 and 2012, Bangladesh was 13th, 16th in 2013, 14th in 2014 and 13th in 2015.This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out.The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.This year, the index found that over two-thirds of countries scored below 50, with an average score of 43. Unfortunately, compared to recent years, this poor performance is nothing new.This year, New Zealand and Denmark have ranked highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively.On the other hand, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia have ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).Further analysis of the results indicates that countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.Every week at least one journalist is killed in a country that is highly corrupt.The analysis, which incorporates data from the Committee to Protect Journalists, shows that in the last six years, nine out of 10 journalists were killed in countries that score 45 or less on the index.last_img read more

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Advocating For Mothers of Color

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comBusiness Name: Mompreneur and MeOwner: Christine Michel CarterWhat: “Mompreneur and Me,” is an advocacy network that hosts events primarily for mothers of color, founded by Christine Michel Carter, a writer, entrepreneur and mother.Christine Michel Carter, is the owner of Mompreneur and Me. (Photo Credit: Sean Yoes)“Women are responsible for 40 percent of household chores, which includes childcare, but more women are entering the workforce,” Carter said. “So, they really don’t have the opportunity to have any resources to close the gender pay gap, to find opportunities to have sponsors, to network, to have mentorship or anything because they’re worried about their children…So, I created this event so that they could build a network, but have childcare on-site and not feel guilty about being away from their kids and then have a part of it where they are spending time with the kids too.”The first Mompreneur and Me event of 2019 was last month in Washington, D.C. Mothers participated in yoga and cooking classes and professional development classes, while their children were nearby in childcare. A subsequent event in Arlington, Va., was supported by McDonald’s, MOM’s Organic Market, SUJA Juice, Real Food Bar, Slay Like a Mother and FlexJobs. The next Mompreneur and Me event is scheduled in Philadelphia, Pa., June 23.last_img read more

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Why Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Is the Best Sonic Game

first_imgStay on target There are ton of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new panel discussion show that’s pretty self-explanatory.If you don’t have time to watch our full episode on Sonic the Hedgehog 2 here’s the part where we talk about why Sonic 2 is the best Sonic game. Watch it!For more thoughts on Sonic check out our thoughts on Sonic Mania and why Sonic’s Twitter feed is just so so so good.Purchase Sega Genesis Classics Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die last_img read more

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Ace the art of redefining small eyes

first_imgLarge eyes add to the beauty of a face – but what of those who have been gifted by nature with small eyes? Makeup artists and experts share some steps to redefine small eyes without any hassle. Well, first and foremost, put eyeliner on the top lid. Make sure the eyeliner is thin and crisp and use a well defined eye liner brush to ensure it. It is all about groomed eyebrows. Keep your eyebrows up and groom it beautifully to make sure that your eyes stand out and look larger.Pale eye shadow can actually enhance the size and shape of your eyes. This tip for small eyes is all about putting pale eye shadow along your lid. It can really be any colour that you want, but make sure that it is pale.Use light colours to brighten the eyes. This makeup tip makes your eyes appear super awake and alert without you having to try too hard.If you are looking for a way to make your eyes really stand out, just swipe a bit of a dark coloured eye shadow along the outer corners of your eyes. That will really make them pop and you can even draw out the colour of your eyes.Another great tip for small eyes is to smudge your liner a little bit. This can be done on the upper and lower lids. Now, don’t make it look too smudgy, but just enough.Use a highlighter in pearl white (soft sheen) on the arch of your eye brows and on the inner corner of the eyes (tear drop area) using a small brush. This brightens up the eyes and makes them appear stronger and bigger.Curl your lashes using an eye lash curler; this will open up the eyes even more making them look bigger. Add lots of mascara, a thin top coat for volume and several coats from the bottom to add length which in return, creates the illusion of big eyes. Do not forget to mascara the lower lashline as well as this will add to the shape of the eyes even more. Using liquid highlighter along your cheekbones is a great way to highlight your eyes and your cheekbones.last_img read more

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Crisis Finally Makes KD Feel Like Warriors Family

first_imgCrisis finally makes KD feel like Warriors family Kevin Durant’s Game 5 comeback was sadly cut short when he appeared to rupture his Achilles tendon in the second quarter after a hot start.Colin doesn’t think there’s any clear culprit to point the finger at in terms of who’s to blame for KD’s obviously premature comeback, but does think for that it finally feels like he is a member of the Golden State family, and not just a mercenary. He also thinks Durant’s best move is to sign a long-term deal to stay with Golden State. Guests:Chris Broussard, Rashad Phillips, Ric Bucher, and BJ Armstrong Also:-Finals go from boring to bizarro-Don’t second guess Nick Nurse-Lakers shouldn’t bid against themselves for AD-Raptors still close out Golden Statelast_img

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CTA ruling Air Transat fined 295000 for tarmac delay

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share MONTREAL — Air Transat says it will take “all necessary measures” to comply with directives from the Canadian Transportation Agency, after the CTA ruled that Transat bore the brunt of responsibility for the fallout surrounding hours-long tarmac delays in Ottawa this summer.In a statement Air Transat said it acknowledged the CTA’s decision regarding the events surrounding the tarmac delays incurred by its flights from Brussels and Rome that landed at Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport this past July 31, after being rerouted because of severe weather conditions in the Montreal area.A CTA Designated Enforcement Officer issued a penalty of $295,000 against the air carrier, however Air Transat has been advised that the penalty may be reduced by the amount of compensation provided to passengers on the affected flights, excluding the refund of out of pocket expenses.“This is a significant determination for air passengers and air carriers. It underscores that passengers have rights and recourse when their air travel is disrupted, and that even when problems stem from events such as bad weather, there is a minimum standard of treatment to which all passengers are entitled,” said Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency.Transat’s initiatives include amending its tariffs and ensuring that its staff are adequately trained to meet its new commitments to passengers. The carrier has already begun implementing corrective measures and pledges to continue doing so as part of a continuous-improvement process.“We reiterate our sincere apologies to our passengers who experienced a difficult situation,” said Air Transat President Jean-François Lemay. “For more than 30 years, we have been firmly committed to providing all of our customers with a quality experience. Air Transat welcomes the CTA’s clarification of carriers’ obligations in such circumstances and the Agency’s invitation to all industry players to improve collaboration to ensure that such a situation does not reoccur.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAs part of its ruling the CTA has ordered Air Transat to cover out-of-pocket expenses for passengers who were caught in the hours-long tarmac delay.Air Transat says it will offer $500 to each passenger of the four flights affected by the events in question. The compensation will take into consideration sums already paid to passengers.The CTA ruling comes almost four months after two flights – one from Rome, the other from Brussels – sat on the tarmac in Ottawa for almost five and six hours, respectively, with passengers not allowed to disembark.Transportation agency members agree that Air Transat was not solely responsible for the delays, but said the extraordinary situation didn’t relieve Air Transat from its commitment to its customers.One of the two aircraft ran out of fuel during the delay, then lost power, causing the air conditioning system to shut down.During two days of hearings in August, passengers described how tensions mounted as temperatures rose. Ultimately a passenger on the Brussels flight called 911, attracting widespread media attention.A number of people who were on board the planes told the hearings they would have given anything to be allowed to disembark, even if it meant additional delays or a two-hour drive back to Montreal.Weather caused the two flights to be diverted to Ottawa on July 31, along with about 20 other planes in an incident that appears to have taxed airport resources in the national capital to their limit. Fuelling teams, for instance, ran out of fuel on several occasions.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAmong the planes was an Airbus 380, the largest to land that day.The need to find a place to park that Air Emirates flight forced crews to move the two Air Transat planes to the airport taxiway, where they could be neither refuelled nor serviced. As a result, they ended up being among the last planes to be refuelled.The airline argued it shouldn’t be held liable for what happened, blaming the airport authority and refuellers among others for the delays.The agency said Air Transat’s tariff agreement with customers is too broad and gives pilots too much discretion about when to let passengers leave an airplane, despite wording that says passengers have the option of disembarking after a 90-minute delay.Air Transat must amend the wording to require passengers to disembark after a delay of four hours, unless there are safety, security, or air traffic control issues that prevent it, confirmed the CTA.The airline is also being ordered to amend its rules to update passengers every 30 minutes. It also said the airline must ensure there are working bathrooms and provide medical assistance as needed during long delays.The federal government’s proposed air passenger bill of rights, which is stuck in the Senate, would set strict new standards for airlines to follow when flights are cancelled or delayed. Posted by Tags: Canadian Transport Agency, Transat With files from The Canadian Press CTA ruling: Air Transat fined $295,000 for tarmac delay Travelweek Group Friday, December 1, 2017 last_img read more

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As Turrialba Volcano erupts again scientists warn of increased health risks economic

first_imgAt 4:55 a.m. Sunday, ash spilled from the crater of Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano for nearly an hour. Though the ash barely left the crater, located about 67 kilometer northeast of the capital San José, the wind carried it into the Central Valley — for the umpteenth time in recent months.The eruption comes less than a week after the volcano shot a tower of ash 2.5 kilometers into the air, shutting down Juan Santamaría International Airport for the third time since March.Since Turrialba Volcano re-awoke last October, volcanic ash has dirtied homes, damaged crops and mucked up travel plans. With its frequent eruptions, the volcano has gone from an interesting diversion to a nuisance for nearby residents and visitors.And experts say the worst is yet to come.Future eruptions, they say, could jeopardize the health of humans and the environment. They could also cause serious economic damage.“There is a very high possibility that [the volcano] will reach a higher level of activity,” said Lidier Esquivel, the chief investigator of risk management for the National Emergency Commission (CNE).Scientists with both the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) and the National Seismological Network (RSN) expect Turrialba’s eruptions to gradually increase over the next few months until the volcano is erupting on a near weekly basis. Scientists have also confirmed that lava has reached the surface.“The volcano is already throwing lava, it is fragmented lava that is creating the ash,” Guillermo Alvarado, coordinator for volcanic and seismic threats and monitoring for the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, said during a volcano roundtable event last week.Alvarado said these lava fragments actually create a natural form of glass, which when inhaled can pose serious health risks to both animals and humans. Children, the elderly and people with pre-existing respiratory problems are especially at risk when breathing in ash.“At this point there have been very few serious health problems to arise, but ash can cause respiratory problems, throat problems and burning in the eyes or skin.” Esquivel said. “As more people are regularly exposed to volcanic ash, we expect to see these problems in a larger portion of the population.”TIMELINE: A history of major volcanic eruptions in Costa RicaThe ash can also kill plants, contaminate water supplies and damage electronic equipment.The ash has already done its fair share of damage. Within 5 kilometers of the volcano, ash and acid rain have killed off crops, damaged homes and contaminated rivers. Three schools in the area have been forced to close each time the volcano erupts. And there have been reports of some residents developing respiratory problems. If conditions continue to worsen, the area may have to be evacuated. While the immediate vicinity of the volcano is the most vulnerable to ash damage, emergency officials are growing increasingly concerned about the rest of the country.“With the right wind, depending on the weather, some of these volcanic episodes will bring ash over San José and the surrounding metropolitan area,” Esquivel said. “This will happen more often if the eruptions increase.”San José’s greater metropolitan area houses more than half of Costa Rica’s population and virtually all of the country’s industry. According to Esquivel, the city’s high concentration of electronic equipment is at great risk for damage as the presence of ash becomes more frequent.The National Emergency Commission is preparing for the worst case scenario, where Turrialba’s explosions become much stronger, similar to those of the Irazú volcano in the 1960s, which regularly showered San José with ash. “We can’t predict with 100 percent certainty what will happen on any given day,” Esquivel said. “All we can do is be prepared.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Despite acid rain and volcanic ash, most crops escape heavy damage Turrialba Volcano spews more ash over Costa Rica’s Central Valley in Easter eruption Experts confirm increased activity at Turrialba Volcano Ranchers near active Turrialba Volcano could get bought out by Costa Rica governmentlast_img read more

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Cash Isnt King for Homebuyers

first_img 4 days ago 164 Views The acceleration of the decline of cash buyers continued in June, as a new report in USA Today reveals that just 16% of home buyers paid in cash. The report, which sources information from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), states that the shifts can be traced to less competitive and buyers-friendly markets, and falling mortgage rates.The NAR states that existing home sales fell 4.2% in the first half of the year compared to 2018. Prospective homebuyers paying in cash has seen a steady decline over the past few years. USA Today reports that the volume of cash sales peaked at 35% in February 2014. That number dipped dramatically just a few months after, falling to 23% in August. According to the data, 22% of buyers in June 2018 paid with cash. The lack of bidding wars has also caused the decline of ding to cash offers, as many were “cashing in their savings,” according to Jessica Reinhardt, a broker at RE/MAX Alliance in Denver. She added sellers prefer cash offers because they mean quicker purchases.Additionally, the report says that parents gave cash gifts to help their children buy homes, with some real estate brokers putting up cash for their clients, said Jessie Culbert, a Redfin agent in Seattle. “You needed cash to stand out,” Culbert said.Competition has waned nationwide, as 12% of purchased handled by Redfin faced competition—a drop from 51.7% last year.The NAR states that 57% of investors who buy homes to make repairs or sell for a profit pay in cash. However, the volume of home purchases made by investors has declined from 11.3% in 2018 to 11.1% in 2019, according to figures by CoreLogic.Also, many prospective homebuyers are less eager to buy homes in fears that prices have peaked. Home prices have increased 55.2% nationally from their 20123 low, and are 12.6% above the pre-housing crash peak, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index.  Cash Isn’t King for Homebuyers in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img 2019 Housing Market cash offers Money 2019-07-29 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more

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The rationality of the irrational

first_imgFor some time now I have been striving to understand the logic the rejectionists use to support their positions.  Despite my efforts I have not been able to make much progress. The rejectionists have 10 basic arguments that I find the logic behind difficult to understand. Here they are:Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots cannot be relied upon to honour the commitments they will undertake in the context of a settlement agreement. If this is the case, why have we been talking to them for so many years, seeking to arrive at a compromised settlement?The international factor. The United Nations, European Union, United States, United Kingdom and Russia have interests that are aligned with those of Turkey. As a consequence, they formulate and promote solutions which are unacceptable to the Greek people. It is precisely for this reason that we have rejected all the solutions that have been proposed to date. If this is the case, what do the rejectionists hope will happen in the foreseeable future to counteract the existing equilibria?Turkey is seeking to place the whole of Cyprus under its full control. This Turkish objective is unacceptable. If this is the case, Turkey’s objective is truly unacceptable but don’t the rejectionists have an obligation to explain how they intend to defend Cyprus against this threat?Turkey will never leave Cyprus voluntarily. She will do so only if she is defeated in a war. If this is the case, why are the rejectionists not proposing the declaration of war on Turkey?The declaration of war on Turkey is not feasible because the Greek side does not have the means that would allow them to win such a war. If this is the case, how do the rejectionists intend to force Turkey to yield to our legitimate demands?Turkey will retreat only if we cause her ‘pain’. If this is the case, why do the rejectionists systematically avoid stating how they intend to inflict the necessary ‘pain’ on Turkey, beyond a vague reference to adopting ‘a new strategy’, which they fail to specify?Some rejectionists imply that the ‘pain’ could be inflicted by Cyprus vetoing Turkey’s entry into the European Union. This position highlights the political naivety of the rejectionists because it is widely known that no country in the European Union – with the exception of the United Kingdom, which is on its way out – wishes to see Turkey becoming a member of the European Union. As a consequence, they are all looking for a scapegoat – Cyprus – to blame for Turkey’s failure to see its application approved.  I have not heard of any other way of inflicting the necessary ‘pain’.The rejectionists give the impression that they have come to the conclusion that the loss of northern Cyprus is inevitable – including Famagusta and Morphou – and that 40% of Cyprus will be fully Turkified. Their target is to save the remaining 60%. If this is the case, how do the rejectionists hope to secure the maintenance of the new equilibria that will be struck?  Are they not afraid that a new permanent frontier between Greece and Turkey, extending over 100 km, and a totally uncontrolled arrangement in the north, will be the beginning of worse adventures?The rejectionists state that they will fight with all their strength – in contrast to the remaining Greek Cypriots who are doing it at half strength – to free Cyprus from Turkish occupation. I am not sure what they have in mind, beyond marching in the streets of Nicosia and delivering protest resolutions to unfriendly foreign embassies. If this is what their struggle comprises, should they not explain why their efforts are now likely to bear fruit while they have failed to do so over the past 70 years?The rejectionists seem to have adopted the position taken by former Greek Foreign Minister Georgios Mavros in Geneva, between the first and second rounds of the Turkish invasion, that a glorious and heroic death is preferable to a disgraceful compromise.  If this is the case and if the rejectionists have the necessary self-respect, they need to advise the Greek Cypriots that they will soon be called upon to commit suicide.  Suicide is not confined to setting oneself on fire.  It also includes the gradual emigration of the more competent Cypriots – Greek and Turkish – to other parts of the world. Christos Panayiotides is a regular contributor to the Cyprus Mail and AlithiaYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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