Two youth in custody for Iqaluit Northmart fire RCMP

first_imgRaven flies over charred remains of Northmart warehouse in Iqaluit after devastating fire. (Kent Driscoll photos)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsRCMP in Iqaluit have two youth in custody in connection to a multi-million-dollar fire that destroyed a major grocery warehouse in the Nunavut capital Thursday.The say charges of arson and disregard for human life are pending against the pair, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.Police allege the two youth set six fires over six hours to four vehicles, garbage containers, an empty structure and the Northmart warehouse.The last fire was spotted by patrolling officers at 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 8, who were able to get employees working overnight out of the building and evacuate a nearby seniors’ complex.“We would like to thank the community for its patience despite the devastating loss,” Insp. Mark Crowther said in a release.“The investigation is ongoing and the RCMP would like to remind the public to report any suspicious activities that they observe.”The Northmart warehouse, owned and operated by The North West Company of Winnipeg, was “a total loss,” the company said Thursday.It housed a supply warehouse, furniture sales, snowmobile repair, Tim Hortons coffee outlet and retail grocery store.North West has not provided a financial estimate of damage or said how many employees were out of work.“All staff working in the building were safely evacuated,” the company said in a release.No injuries were reported and the city said firefighters – with reinforcements flown in from other communities – worked more than 22 hours to bring the blaze under control and stop it from spreading.Fresh food reaches Iqaluit by plane from the south because the territory has no highway system connecting its many remote communities.One of the airlines – Canadian North – said it is looking to increase flights to meet demand.The city and territorial government said they are monitoring the food supply and keeping an eye on prices to make sure they don’t run out or spike.Nunavut has some of the highest grocery costs in Canada.Two major Inuit organizations said they “are working with the Qajuqturvik Food Centre to monitor the impact of the Northmart fire on food security in Iqaluit” and starting a food-drive.“Tonight our volunteers will be delivering seal meat to the elders,” the group tweeted Friday.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Rexha reveals bipolar diagnosis

first_imgLos Angeles: Bebe Rexha has revealed that she is struggling with bipolar disorder and the pop star says she is not “ashamed anymore” about it. The singer said the diagnosis put her mind to ease as she was unable to understand the cause of her sickness. “For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so sick. Why I felt lows that made me not want to leave my house or be around people and why I felt highs that wouldn’t let me sleep, wouldn’t let me stop working or creating music. Now I know why. “I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore. That is all. (Crying my eyes out)” Rexha wrote on Twitter. The ‘Say my name’ hitmaker added her next LP will be her favourite because she is “not holding anything back”. “I love you all very much. And I hope you accept me as I am,” she said.last_img read more

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European Commission Mobilizes over 5 Billion Euros to Reinforce External Borders

Brussels – The European Commission presented on Thursday the Draft EU Budget 2017 of 134.9 billion Euros, including 5.2 billion Euros aimed at reinforcing the external borders of the European Union and addressing the refugee crisis and irregular migration.The budget is meant to fund stronger tools to prevent migrant smuggling and address the long-term drivers of migration in cooperation with countries of origin and transit, as well as stronger policies for legal migration, including resettlement for persons in need of protection, and instruments to support Member States with respect to the integration of refugees inside the EU.The Draft EU Budget includes about €3 billion to fund actions within the EU, such as: the setting up of the European Border and Coast Guard, the proposal for a new Entry-Exit System to strengthen border management, the proposals to review the Common European Asylum System, including a reform of the Dublin mechanism, and the establishment of an EU Agency for Asylum. It also includes €200 million for the new instrument to provide humanitarian assistance within the EU.Furthermore, the draft budget proposes €2.2 billion for actions outside the EU, in order to address in particular the root causes of the refugee flow.With MAP read more

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US productivity grows at solid 36 rate in first quarter

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity grew at a solid 3.6% rate in the first three months of this year, the strongest quarterly gain in more than four years and a hopeful sign that a long stretch of weak productivity gains may be coming to an end.The Labor Department says the first quarter increase in productivity was more than double the 1.3% rate of gain in the fourth quarter. Labor costs actually fell in the first quarter, dropping at an annual rate of 0.9%, indicating that tight labour markets are not creating unwanted wage and inflation pressures.If it continues, an uptick in productivity would be good news for President Donald Trump and his goal of achieving sustained economic growth above 3%. Productivity is a key factor determining an economy’s growth potential.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Afghan schoolchildren to benefit from multimillion dollar boost – UNICEF

22 January 2009Tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Kabul are set to benefit from a $24 million donation from Japan, under an agreement signed today with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to construct around 1,000 classrooms. Although Afghanistan has made progress towards achieving its target of primary education for all by 2020, around 40 per cent of school-age children still do not attend school, of which 65 per cent are girls.“Parents are demanding education for their children as seen with over 6 million children who have enrolled in schools in 2008,” said UNICEF Representative for Afghanistan, Catherine Mbengue. “Government and its partners including UNICEF are doing their utmost to respond to this demand so that parents of this country see their children enrolled and complete their education cycle,” added Ms. Mbengue.The new classrooms built on the back of the multi-million dollar fund will allow some 80,000 children to attend classes, helping meet the objectives of the Five-year National Education Strategic Plan, which include the creation of safe learning environments, especially for girls, improving the quality of education and developing a healthy relationship between schools and their communities.Currently there are 35 schools in Kabul without an adequate building, and 25 schools operate on a four-shifts-a-day system because of the shortage of learning space, resulting in very little time for any effective teaching and learning to take place. Over the last eight years, Japan has contributed $89 million supporting the work of UNICEF in Afghanistan most notably in the fields of education and health.Also in Kabul today, the UN Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan (MAPA) announced that the city’s electricity supply has improved as a result of its mine-clearing operation in the north of the country, covering a stretch of land from Pul-i-Kumri to Hairatan.The route used for the power lines supplying electricity to Kabul was infested with landmines. “This is a classic example of how demining is the crucial first step in development. If this route had not been cleared, we would not now be celebrating our improved power supply which will enable development in our country,” said Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan Programme Director Haider Reza.In 2008 alone, MAPA destroyed more then 84,000 anti-personnel mines, 900 anti-tank mines and 2.5 million explosive remnants of war. read more

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Obama Agreement on Irans nuclear program is working Congress should withhold new

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is urging Congress to resist new sanctions against Iran because current agreements have a good chance to rein in that country’s nuclear ambitions.Obama told reporters Friday that Iran has agreed to actions that will let other nations determine whether it is trying to weaponize nuclear materials. Iran says the materials are for peaceful uses only.The president said he would support tougher sanctions later if Iran violates the agreement.He said it’s politically popular for some lawmakers to look tough against Iran. Obama urged Congress to hold off and give current diplomacy a chance to work.Israel says the current agreements are too lenient with Iran. Obama: Agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is working, Congress should withhold new sanctions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 1:49 pm MDT read more

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ENAPAC the largest ever solarpowered desalination project to supply water to Atacama

first_imgTRENDS Industrial and Almar Water Solutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of a huge solar powered desalination project for the Atacama region in Chile, including the mining industry: Energias y Aguas del Pacifico or ENAPAC. Almar has become an equity investor in the project and the MoU specifies a further Joint Development Agreement for the completion of ENAPAC, one of the largest solar powered desalination project in the world, which requires a base $500 million investment.Rodrigo Silva, TRENDS Industrial’s CEO, and Carlos Cosín, Almar Water Solutions CEO, sealed the agreement committing to seek the economic and technical concretion of the project, through the strategic partnership of both companies. On the MoU, Rodrigo Silva stated that is consolidates the work of several years “in which we have developed a sustainable project from the socio-environmental point of view, as well as from the economic perspective for the advantages of the multiclient model of ENAPAC, in which economies of scale are taken advantage of”, while reduces the impact on the territory and improves efficiency, “as we have been seeing in large-scale mining projects in Chile, which have opted for collaboration.”Produced water will be pumped 45 miles and across a height of 700 m to a new reservoir in Copiapó, near the Tierra Amarillo mountains, where mining companies operate. The system comprises five pumping stations, one at the intake, one at the treatment plant, two on the piping route, and one at the reservoir.On the relevance of the signed agreement, Carlos Cosín assured that “this alliance consolidates Almar’s interest in developing innovative and state-of-the-art technology projects combining desalination with solar energy, while at the same time sealing our commitment to the long-term success of the ENAPAC project, particularly with its potential clients to whom we can ensure the reliability of the water supply, which is so urgently needed in Atacama and for which we hope that ENAPAC will help alleviate, in part, the severe water scarcity in the region”.The ENAPAC project is part of the list managed by the Office of Management of Sustainable Projects of the Chilean Government Ministry of Economy and, therefore, both executives visited the Chilean Economy Minister, José Ramón Valente, and his team to present the state of progress of the project and the credentials of the companies that will develop the initiative.ENAPAC consists of a seawater desalination project for Atacama that will be supplied with it’s own source of photovoltaic energy. With an estimated initial investment of $500 million ENAPAC will become the largest desalination plant in Chile and Latin America, for its maximum capacity of 2,600 l/s, and will also be the first multiclient, the only large-scale solar powered (100 MW) and one of the most advanced projects in the world with a combination of reverse osmosis desalination and photovoltaic energy.ENAPAC has been for about a year in the process of environmental evaluation from Chilean authorities with positive advances, so a favourable resolution is expected during the second half of 2018. Also, the project has been nominated for the world’s most important Design and Sustainability award, the Design to Improve Life INDEX AWARD, also known as the “Nobel Prize of Design”, which is sponsored by the Danish crown.The TRENDS group of companies is based in Chile and operates in various markets in the rest of America such as Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Panama and others. Its business areas cover different products and services related to outsourcing, consulting, technology, electronic commerce, energy and others, in areas such as finance, telecommunications, health, education, communications and more. The group is developing ENAPAC through its subsidiary TRENDS Industrial SA, as owner.Almar Water Solutions specialises in the design, financing, operation and maintenance of water infrastructure. It is part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy & Environmental Services (ALJ), one of the most important business groups in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region, with presence in 30 countries on five continents and with more than 17,000 employees around the world.In Chile, ALJ already has a presence through Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), its power generation subsidiary and world leader in the development of renewable energy projects, which was awarded 540 GWh in January in Chile, corresponding to 25% of the total electricity open to tender.last_img read more

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Golden Dawn targets Greek Americans

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A witch-hunt with a chiefly anti-Marxist slant has been launched by the New York arm of Golden Dawn against Greek expatriate professors, luminaries, activists of the American left, as well as other distinguished members of the Greek American community. In an act of ‘retaliation’, as they themselves called it, against the ‘criminals’ and their ‘conspiracy’, the Greek American Golden Dawn published personal details, phone numbers and addresses of whomever they put in their sights.According to the post on their website, the neo-fascists decided to target the particular Greeks and Greek Americans because they ‘dared’ to give their opinions about Golden Dawn in the documentary Golden Dawn, NYC. They dub it, ‘a propaganda film against Golden Dawn pretending to be a documentary’ and attack all those who speak against the group in it. They don’t restrict themselves to slander however. They proceed to publish personal details, asking that their readers call them and take to task all those who dared speak out.The documentary by Richard Ledes which triggered the targeting of members of the Greek community is a 30-minute film which records the opinions of people in the street during the parade of the 25th of March, as well as the opinions of distinguished Greeks of New York about Golden Dawn and its rise, about the threats that they themselves have received, and about how Greek Americans have handled the group’s efforts to create a branch in the US, beyond the internet presence of ‘Golden Dawn America’.It is worth noting that the documentary also presents at length the efforts of the filmmaker (who is of Greek descent) to record the opinions and positions of Golden Dawn members in New York. Yet they refuse to talk, either as a small group on the street or in response to his repeated requests by phone.Now, without a public face, unwilling to state clearly who they are and what they want after refusing to take part in the documentary, anonymously and with half-truths, they are targeting the distinguished members of the Greek American community via an extensive post on their website. One which is clearly intended to ‘warn’ average people against ‘daring’ to express their opinions against Golden Dawn.Among those targeted by the anonymous Golden Dawn members is, first and foremost, the director of the documentary, Richard Ledes, because he dared to produce it, as well as the well known businessman and father of the director, George John Ledes, whose ‘Greekness’ is questioned by the neo-fascists because his picture “indicates other racial origins,” and of course, because he has business dealings with Jews.Father Alexandros Karloutsos is the biggest surprise among those targeted. The priest is condemned for being “an outspoken supporter of the Samaras regime” who lives in an upmarket suburb, marries celebrities and collects money for the Archdiocese.AHEPA president Nikolaos Karakostas is targeted – indeed his phone number and email are published – because he does business with Jewish ‘Zionists’, because he “lashed out at Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus’ (sic) criticism of Israel” and of course because he lives in an expensive suburb (incidentally, the class hatred of NY Golden Dawners is all too clear and potentially shows a leaning towards Marxism – they should keep an eye on that).Dean Sirigos, a journalist with the National Herald, the historic paper of the Greek American community, is among those listed because he is “on the Samaras and Zionist payroll” and “claims 30 per cent of Greek Americans are descended from or are illegal immigrants”.The information they published is already in the hands of extreme American Nazi organisations who have been making threatening phone calls to those targeted. According to sources the president of AHEPA in particular has even received such calls at his home in the middle of the night.Nikos Alexiou, Despina Lalaki and Peter Bratsis are targeted for being leftists and academics (“who have never worked a real job in their lives” – teaching at university is obviously an unknown concept for the Golden Dawners of New York). In particular Nikos Alexiou is criticised for being an atheist (an “admitted Anti-Christian”). Ms Lalaki’s address is made public, as is the amount of rent she pays as well as the number of the Onassis Foundation where she works. The authors of the post ask readers to call and “ask why the self proclaimed anti-capitalist and philo-turk is taking a grant from an organisation based off one of the wealthiest capitalists who ever lived, Aristotle Onasis (sic).” They also take offence at the fact that her brother works at a company that has signed a contract with the Greek state (Teva Pharmaceuticals). Mr Bratsis’ address in Astoria is also published and information is given about the areas he frequently visits – “He can easily be found on the streets of Astoria eating in his favourite restaurants”.The photographer Ioannis Delatolas is targeted for being the “appointed leader of ANTARSYA US” and a homosexual – he doesn’t hide either – while it is insinuated that he either turns tricks or is a secret agent: “A flaming homosexual who claims he makes his money as a photographer, his real source of income in order to pay the approximately 1,800 euro per month rent is unknown.”A thrilling figure of the American left, the poet, historian and intellectual Dan Georgakas is also targeted, but it is clear that the only information they have about him is from Wikipedia. The charges levelled at Georgakas, as with the lawyer Eric Poulos, who is condemned for having … lost a case, ‘suffer’ somewhat from a lack of catty gossip by the group, in contrast to the others.The well-known and award winning researcher and academic, professor at the University of Columbia Neni Panourgia is not only labelled a “supporter of November 17” but her address in New York is made public (together with how much she pays for rent) while she is also condemned for … spending her summers in Greece where she has a country house. In the Richard Ledes documentary, Ms Panourgia talks about previous threats she had received. The anonymous and brazen attack on the respected members of the Greek American community for daring to speak openly in the documentary is one of the most worrying recent incidents of Golden Dawn thuggishness. More concerning than the 30-year old photographs and photo-editing that is presented as ‘reportage’ as if the real and current information ran out. Unfortunately it went unnoticed in homeland Greece, which was focused on the ‘revelations’ regarding carrots by the Elmer Fudd of Greek journalism.At the same time that Golden Dawn is changing its image within Greece in the face of the manoeuvring of the Samaras government, abroad it still appears with all its thuggish characteristics. The Greek community in the US, as in Australia, have succeeded in showing much clearer the origin and character of their own Golden Dawn branches, fighting them with the Truth.* This article was first published in The Press Project.last_img read more

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Espèce menacée un chat sauvage extrêmement rare repéré à Bornéo

first_imgEspèce menacée : un chat sauvage extrêmement rare repéré à BornéoLe chat bai de Bornéo, félin sauvage appartenant à une espèce endémique menacée d’extinction, n’avait pas montré signe de vie depuis 2003. Mais des scientifiques ont récemment repéré deux à trois spécimens, et réussi à les prendre en photo. De la taille d’un chat domestique, les animaux dotés d’un pelage roux ou gris ont été observés dans les forêts tropicales de Bornéo, dans les hautes terres de l’Etat du Sarawak situé dans la partie malaisienne de l’île, rapporte Ouest-France. Les chercheurs ont repéré deux à trois chats lorsqu’ils ont récolté des images prises grâce à un appareil installé dans la jungle.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”C’est encourageant. Cette photo a été prise dans une forêt exploitée (…). Nous nous demandions si ce genre de zone pouvait accueillir des animaux sauvages, notamment d’espèces rares ou en voie de disparition”, explique Wilhelmina Cluny, une scientifique travaillant pour le ministère malaisien de la Forêt, citée par le site du quotidien. Aucun chat bai n’avait été observé depuis 2003. Un cliché laissant apercevoir un félin avait alors été pris, alors que les chercheurs pensaient que l’espèce endémique s’était totalement éteinte.A ce jour, l’espèce est encore très peu connue des scientifiques, qui s’ils savent qu’elle est menacée d’extinction, ignorent aujourd’hui si la population de chats bai est ou non en régression. Mais sur les images prises dans la forêt tropicale, les chercheurs n’ont pu que constater les dégâts engendrés par la déforestation, due notamment au développement sans cesse grandissant de la culture de palmiers à huile. Une situation régulièrement dénoncée par les associations écologistes, qui appellent les trois pays se partageant politiquement et administrativement Bornéo (l’Indonésie, la Malaisie et Brunei), à protéger ce qu’il reste de leurs forêts primaires.Le 14 janvier 2011 à 19:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Echanges GoogleGouvernement un député demande plus dinformations

first_imgEchanges Google-Gouvernement : un député demande plus d’informationsLe député SRC Hervé Féron vient de publier deux questions destinées au gouvernement, dans lesquelles il évoque le récent rapport de transparence de Google. Il réclame des explications sur les quelque 1.300 demandes d’informations émises par la France au cours des six premiers mois de l’année. Dans son dernier rapport de transparence (lien non disponible) (Transparency Report), Google révèle avoir reçu 1.300 demandes de renseignements sur des utilisateurs émanant du gouvernement français, contre 1021 entre juillet et décembre 2010. Parmi elles, 48% ont été entièrement ou partiellement satisfaites, précise le géant de la recherche sur Internet. Un bilan au sujet duquel s’interroge le député Hervé Féron, qui publie ce mardi deux questions adressées au gouvernement.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?”Dans son “rapport de transparence” détaillé, publié sur Internet, l’entreprise américaine révélait récemment que le troisième pays le plus demandeur d’informations est la France. (…) Cette information choque nombre de nos concitoyens, qui ont le sentiment légitime que leur vie privée est enregistrée à des fins inconnues” déplore le député. Hervé Féron demande alors au gouvernement de lui “indiquer en détail qui est habilité à faire de telles demandes à Google, quelles raisons justifient une demande d’informations privées, comment l’entreprise envoie-t-elle ces informations aux autorités françaises, sous quelle forme et à quel prix. Il lui demande en outre quel usage font les autorités de ces informations et pendant combien de temps celles-ci sont conservées”.Dans son rapport, Google indique que les demandes concernant les informations liées aux comptes d’utilisateurs entrent uniquement dans le cadre d’enquêtes criminelles. Leur nombre “augmente d’année en année” explique la firme. Mais “cette augmentation n’a rien de surprenant, car nous offrons chaque année davantage de produits et de services, et nous disposons d’un grand nombre d’utilisateurs” estime Google.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 13:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Iniesta A Barcelona return for Neymar would be difficult

first_imgAndres Iniesta admits he can’t see former teammate Neymar returning to Barcelona, but added it wouldn’t hurt him if he signed for Real MadridSince completing a world-record transfer of €222m to Paris Saint-Germain last year, Neymar has frequently been linked with an exit.The allegedly unsettled star is being linked with a return to Barcelona and a controversial move to rivals Real.Los Blancos are in need of a new star man following Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer exit.And Iniesta wouldn’t be surprised to see Neymar become a success at the Santiago Bernabeu.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“It would be a fantastic signing for Madrid but it would not hurt me,” Iniesta told Cadena Ser.“They would bring a unique player into their squad but, in football, these decisions can happen and you live with them.“Barcelona? I see them as having the potential to win every title available for them, they have new players who have adapted well.“Can Neymar return to the Camp Nou? It would be difficult, I could not rule it out of course but it would be difficult for him.”After leaving Barcelona himself last season, Iniesta now plays for J-League club Vissel Kobe.last_img read more

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SPD Announces Magazine Design Finalists

first_imgThe Society of Publication Designers (SPD) has announced the finalists of its prestigious 43rd annual Magazine Design Competition. Wired received 17 nominations, including Magazine of the Year, the SPD’s highest honor in the 43rd annual competition, among titles with circulation between 500,000 and one million. Wired creative director Scott Dadich is one of the competition’s chairpersons, along with Dirk Barnett, Blender creative director, Francesca Messina, Workman Publishing senior art director, and Paul Schrynemakers, Rodale Interactive creative director. Wired’s competition in this category is Cookie (which received a total of three nominations), Esquire (one nomination), Gourmet (five nominations), and GQ (two). Nominees for Magazine of the Year with circulation under 500,000 include New York magazine (with a total of eleven nominations), Dwell (one nomination), Good (two nominations), Print (five, including two for feature story design) and Martha Stewart’s recently-shuttered Blueprint (three). For magazines with more than one million circulation, the category includes ESPN the Magazine (five total nominations, including two for feature design), Time (three nominations), and three New York Times publications—its flagship magazine (18 nominations) as well as Play, the brand’s sports magazine (four), and T, its style magazine (seven). The competition is divided into 21 categories for photography, illustration and design including redesign, cover design, feature photography, non-newsstand design, information graphics and illustration spread. Winners are set to be named and honored at an awards gala on May 9 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. For a full list of finalists click here.last_img read more

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Darkhorse for selectors MS Dhonis real successor competition for Rishabh Pant identified

first_img.MS Dhoni’s retirement is delayed, but well, it is inevitable. Also, his absence from Test side has not been felt as Wriddhiman Saha and then Rishabh Pant got the job done.However, while Saha is an excellent keeper, his batting is not very reliable. Pant, on the other hand, has the X-factor with the bat, but his keeping needs a lot of work. When the selectors convene to pick India’s squad, they will be facing a predicament as far as India’s secondary wicket-keeper.While common notion says that Rishabh Pant is Dhoni’s successor, a young man from Andhra Pradesh is quietly rising through the ranks and has thrown his hat in the ring. Over the last year, the 25-year-old Srikar Bharat has been phenomenal and very consistent. He has played 11 unofficial Tests for India ‘A’, against the ‘A’ teams of West Indies, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England Lions.During this period, he has amassed 686 runs with three centuries and two half-centuries. He is also very assured behind the stumps and took 41 catches and effected six stumpings.Impressive numbers racked up Srikar BharatFacebookIt is interesting to note here that the selectors have included both Wriddhiman Saha and Srikar Bharat in India ‘A’ squad, which will face West Indies ‘A’ in an official Test match. Saha is 34-years old and despite his proficiency behind the stumps, age is not on his side.Hence, the selectors could include Bharat in India’s Test plans as the secondary wicket-keeper after Rishabh Pant. He could get the nod if Pant is rested, keeping in mind the workload management.Bharat has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit – during the 2014/15 Ranji season he scored 758 runs at an average of 54.11. In 2015, he became the only wicketkeeper to score a triple century in the Ranji Trophy, and this was eclipsed by Rishabh Pant later in the season.  Stu Forster/Getty ImagesSo far, he has scored 3798 runs in 65 first-class matches, which includes eight centuries and 20 fifties. Also, he has taken 223 catches and effected 27 stumpings all of which have only bolstered his case for a Test inclusion. With these numbers backing him, he should be given the taste of international cricket. With his presence in the squad, Rishabh Pant will also be on his toes, which might yield more consistent performances from the southpaw.last_img read more

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Yes Bank slips 10 as bad loans spike What to expect

first_imgA security guard stands outside a closed Yes Bank branch in New Delhi, India, November 9, 2016.Reuters filePrivate lender Yes Bank tanked as much as 10 percent in early Friday’s trade, despite the bank announcing a 25 percent jump in its net profit on a year-on-year basis in the second quarter of the ongoing fiscal.Shares of Yes Bank slumped 9.8 percent to Rs 299.0 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Currently, the stock is trading at Rs 304.0 a piece, down 8.2 percent.Gross non-performing assets (NPAs), which are percentage of gross advances, doubled from 0.97 percent in the June quarter to 1.82 percent in the September quarter of the current financial year. This might have hurt investor sentiment.However, the bank reported good earning numbers, with net profit for the September-ended quarter increasing to Rs 1,002 crore from Rs 802 crore in the year-ago quarter.But the rise in bad loans took away the sheen of the good result. Because of the spike in NPAs the bank had to provision Rs 447 crore, which is over 175 percent higher than the last year’s provisions of Rs 162 crore.During the quarter, the bank also reported a divergence in excess of Rs 6,300 crore.Brokerages turned cautious with the slump in the lender’s share price, but most of them retained “Neutral” to “Buy” recommendations.Here is what the brokerages recommend:Credit SuisseCredit Suisse maintains a neutral rating on Yes Bank following the September quarter results, and slashed its 12-month target price to Rs 321 from Rs 331 earlier.The loan growth remains strong but asset quality worsened sharply, said the Credit Suisse note. Given large divergence in NPA, trading multiples are likely to remain capped, it said.Macquarie Macquarie downgraded Yes Bank to “neutral” from “outperform”, but maintained its target price to Rs 362. Growing trust deficit will be a big overhang on the stock which resulted in the downgrade.UBS UBS maintained its “sell” rating on Yes Bank with a target price of Rs160.”The non-performing loan risks are not fully reflected and continue to expect credit cost of 165 basis points and 145 basis points during the current financial year and next financial year respectively, [sic]” they said. BNP Paribas BNP Paribas maintained a hold rating on Yes Bank and maintains a target price of Rs 285. The growth momentum is strong, and focus on retail continues.The liability profile is changing, and the CASA ratio grows to 37 percent. The asset quality concerns limit upside in our view and we maintain hold rating on the stock with a target at Rs 285 per share. Brokerages Recommendations of Yes BankIBT Raghavendra Nlast_img read more

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536000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh since August ISCG

first_imgProthom Alo: file photo Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state continue to crossing border to seek safety in Bangladesh putting the number of new arrivals at 536,000, according to latest data.Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) released the data saying 536,000 new arrivals are reported as of 11 October, said the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday night.According to IOM Needs and Population Monitoring, UNHCR and other field reports, cross border movement of over 14,000 newly arrived refugees has been verified in the past two days.This report is produced by ISCG in collaboration with humanitarian partners and covered 10-11 October while the next report will be issued on 17 October.Their arduous journeys from Rakhine villages to the border with Bangladesh took from 2-16 days, and that most Rohingya people were forced to pay between Tk 5,000-10,000 each to cross the Naf River by boat, according to a UN report.”Many without any means had to walk across to the border,” said the UN report, released on Wednesday, which is based on some 65 interviews with individuals and groups.UNICEF representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder has said, “Disease outbreak is a real and present danger for the camp dwellers and host population. We immediately need to step up sanitation coverage there.”Beigbeder said there are already reports of water-borne diseases from the health centres in the camps.New latrines will be constructed in the Rohingya camps and settlements in Cox’s Bazar district to provide sanitation coverage to some 250,000 people, averting a major disease outbreak, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).UNICEF and the ministry of disaster management and relief of Bangladesh agreed that the Bangladesh Armed Forces Division will construct 10,000 latrines in Cox’s Bazar as quickly as possible at a cost of $1.5 million.The latrines, at an estimated cost of $147 each, will also be regularly disinfected through spraying chlorine solution so that these do not become sources of contamination.UNICEF, the Department of Public Health and Engineering, and water and sanitation sector partners are also implementing an accelerated programme of building latrines for the refugees in the camps in two sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar district.Earlier, UNICEF and its health sector partners launched a massive oral cholera vaccination campaign for 650,000 people in Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar – mobilizing 900,000 doses of cholera vaccines to protect newly arrived Rohingyas and the host community from a cholera outbreak.last_img read more

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Hurricane Irma Devastates The Florida Keys As It Makes Landfall Early Sunday

first_imgMeteorologist in Keywest Florida facing Irma and measuring wind speeds Absolute devastation in the US Virgin Islands after #Irma. Forests wiped out as far as the eye can see pic.twitter.com/z8a30nbRMM— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) September 10, 2017The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):1:10 p.m.The White House says President Donald Trump has received a “comprehensive update” on Hurricane Irma.Irma plowed into the Florida Keys Sunday and was forecast to march up the state’s west coast.Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and several Cabinet members participated in the briefing from Camp David — the presidential retreat where Trump has spent the weekend monitoring the storm.Other administration officials joined in from the White House or Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington.Pence and several Cabinet secretaries are planning to visit FEMA headquarters later Sunday.The White House says Trump has spoken with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Irma could affect all four states.Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he also spoke with Trump on Sunday.___1:05 p.m.Deputies shot and wounded a burglar and arrested his accomplice at a Florida home as Hurricane Irma blew in.The Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday that the homeowners in Weston were out of town but saw the burglars remotely inside the house through a home surveillance system.Deputies responded shortly before 3 a.m. and one of the two juvenile males was shot outside the home. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other person was arrested.Their names were not immediately released.#Miami Downtown UnderwaterHelp Your Neighbours #BeSafe #KeyWest #Florida #hurricaneirma2017 #HurricaneIrma #irma pic.twitter.com/M6rwqwBpCU— Right Voice Now (@rightvoicenow) September 10, 2017___12:55 p.m.High winds are impeding Miami authorities’ ability to reach a construction crane toppled by Hurricane Irma.The crane fell onto a high-rise building that’s under construction. It’s in a bayfront area filled with hotels and high-rise condo and office buildings, near AmericanAirlines Arena.Miami-Dade County Director of Communications Mike Hernandez said emergency personnel couldn’t immediately respond to the scene because of high winds. Authorities urged people to avoid the area after the Sunday morning collapse. It wasn’t clear if there were any injuries.Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said the approximately two-dozen other cranes in the city are still upright and built to withstand significant wind gusts.The tower cranes working on construction sites throughout the city were a concern ahead of Irma. Moving the massive equipment, weighing up to 30,000 pounds, is a slow process that would have taken about two weeks, according to city officials.____12:20 p.m.Florida sheriff’s deputies rescued a couple who tried to ride out Hurricane Irma on a small sailboat.Christine Weiss of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said a passer-by noticed the couple was in trouble Sunday. It happened just off Jensen Beach, which is on the Atlantic Coast north of Palm Beach.Video shows a Martin County patrol boat manned by deputies John Howell and James Holloran and Detective Mathew Fritchie pulling up next to the sailboat.The task of helping the couple onto their boat was precarious as both boats bobbed in choppy water. Deputies then took them to shore.The names of the couple were not released. They were not injured.___12:10 p.m.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the death toll caused by Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean territory of St. Maarten has risen to four.Rutte said Sunday, “unfortunately there are more victims to mourn” after the bodies of two people washed up on the island. He says the identities of the victims are not yet known.One of the four people listed as victims by the Dutch authorities died of natural causes as the Category 5 hurricane lashed St. Maarten, badly damaging or destroying 70 percent of homes on the Dutch part of the Caribbean island.___11:40 a.m.Some Miami Police officers remembered to pack an essential in their hurricane survival pack: Cuban coffee known as cafecito.The department tweeted a picture showing a coffee maker atop a camp stove. It read: “As our officers ride out the storm, some have brought the (hashtag) Miami essentials to help them get through the night.”The strongly caffeinated brew is a staple in Miami.Former FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said this week he’d check Cuban coffee stands to gauge Irma’s impacts on Miami.Fugate is known for creating the so-called “Waffle House Index.” Fugate used the Southern restaurant chain as a benchmark for how quickly local communities could rebound from hurricanes.Waffle House are known for being open most of the time. Under the index, a closed Waffle House was a bad sign. There are no Waffle Houses in Miami, so Fugate suggested an alternative.“Cuban coffee stands – if those are closed, it is bad,” he told AP.___11:25 a.m.President Donald Trump has spoken with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee as Hurricane Irma moves north.All four states could be affected by the storm, which struck the Florida Keys on Sunday.The White House says Trump spoke with the officials Sunday from the Camp David presidential retreat, where he was spending the weekend.Trump has been in regular contract with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio over the past week. Chief of staff John Kelly spoke Sunday with Florida Sen. Bill Nelson.Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were scheduled to receive an updated Irma briefing on Sunday.___11:15 a.m.As Hurricane Irma evacuees fill up Atlanta hotels and shelters, folks are getting creative to offer them a hand.About 100 of America’s top chefs who had gathered for their annual summit changed gears. They pivoted their planned Monday agenda on “heritage grains” and “how to cut food waste.” Now, instead, the chefs will prepare a gourmet feast for Irma refugees and serve it at a church.Hotels were full Sunday morning. At the luxury Georgian Terrace Hotel, staff were flexible with rules to accommodate evacuees. Guests walked pit bulls through the lobby. Large families pulled roller bags and clutched blankets as they squeezed into small rooms without enough beds.A block away, a church offered free hugs for evacuees.And a chalkboard sign outside a restaurant offered a discount: “30% OFF Food with FLORIDA ID for Hurricane evacuees.”___11:05 a.m.The National Hurricane Center says Category 4 Hurricane Irma is now “headed for the southwest Florida coast” as winds continue to pick up speed in all of South Florida.Irma continues to be armed with 130 mph winds as its large eye passes north of the Keys.Storm surge is forecast for 10 to 15 feet in southwestern Florida.Hurricane-force winds are continuing throughout southern Florida, including the Keys. The hurricane center warns that winds affecting upper floors of high-rise building will be much stronger than at ground level.The hurricane center also emphasizes that Irma will bring life-threatening wind to much of Florida regardless of the exact track of its center.___10:55 a.m.Puerto Rico’s governor says there will be no classes on Monday because hundreds of schools still do not have power or water after the island took a hit from Hurricane Irma.Ricardo Rossello said Sunday that more than 600 schools don’t have power and more than 400 don’t have water. Another nearly 400 schools don’t have either, and dozens are flooded.Nearly 600,000 people in the U.S. territory remain without power, representing 40 percent of customers of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.___10:50 a.m.The National Weather Service says that a crane has collapsed in Miami as strong wind from Hurricane Irma blows in.It’s one of two-dozen in the city.The weather service’s Miami office said in a Tweet that one of its employees witnessed the crane boom and counterweight collapse in downtown Miami. The employee captured video of the collapse.It wasn’t immediately clear if the collapse caused damage or injuries.The cranes have been a concern.Construction sites across Irma’s potential path in Florida were locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could be flung by Irma’s winds.But the horizontal arms of the tall tower cranes remained loose despite the potential danger of collapse. According to city officials, it would have taken about two weeks to move the cranes and there wasn’t enough time.___10:40 a.m.Hurricane Irma’s large eye is beginning to move slowly away from the Florida Keys as it continues north with 130 mph (215 kph) winds.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the center of core of Irma is about 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Key West.Irma is so wide that a gust of 93 mph (150 kph) was measured near Key Largo at the other end of the Florida Keys.___10:35 a.m.A Florida Keys refuge for a unique subspecies of deer is in the crosshairs of Hurricane Irma.The Florida Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key is about 10 miles from where the storm made landfall Sunday morning.It’s the only place in world where you find Key deer, a unique subspecies of white-tailed deer about 3 feet tall at the shoulder — the size of a large dog.The herd faced a potential extinction event last year when the first screwworm infestation in the U.S. in 30 years. Fewer than 1,000 of the endangered deer remain, and the parasites that eat the flesh of living mammals killed 135 Key deer before state and federal agriculture authorities stopped the infestation earlier this year.___10:30 a.m.France’s Interior Minister expressed relief that Hurricane Jose spared French Caribbean islands St. Martin and St. Barts further devastation.Gerard Collomb, speaking at a press conference in Paris Sunday, said that Jose passed miles away.Meanwhile, a spokesman for France’s government defended its handling of the hurricane crisis in St. Martin and St. Barts amid criticism that many in the local population felt abandoned by authorities.Christophe Castaner, speaking in an interview with Europe1-CNews-Les Echos on Sunday, said he “perfectly (understood) the anger” of residents after Hurricane Irma tore through the French Caribbean islands, killing several people, destroying houses and cutting off the water supply. Some shops were subsequently looted by locals.But he insisted the means deployed by the government were robust — with emergency help given “first priority.”___10:25 a.m.Florida officials say 127,000 people across the state have taken refuge in more than 500 shelters as Hurricane Irma takes aim at the state.The state Division of Emergency Management did not specify which shelters had the most people.Meanwhile, utility officials were warning that the storm could leave millions without power by the time it finishes moving through the state. Already, more than 1.3 million Florida customers were in the dark on Sunday morning as the hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys.Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest utility, is reporting on Sunday that many people living in the three populous south Florida counties of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach are without power. State officials say another 64,000 customers who rely on smaller utilities have also lost electricity.___10:10 a.m.For the first time, a tropical storm warning has been issued for the city of Atlanta.The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia, said Sunday it was the first time such a warning had been issued for the metro Atlanta area. High wind warnings have been issued in previous storms.The warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. Peak winds were expected to reach 30 to 40 mph (48 to 64 kph) with gusts of up to 55 mph (88 kph).The weather service says storm threats include damage to porches, carports, sheds and unanchored mobile homes. Roads may become impassable due to debris. Power outages could occur.___9:50 a.m.Hurricane Irma became tied for the seventh strongest storm to make landfall in U.S. history by a key measurement of atmospheric pressure.Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key at 9:10 a.m. with a minimum central pressure of 929 millibars. Atmospheric pressure is one of the major measurements meteorologists use to describe storms. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.Only six storms on record had lower pressures when striking the United States, including Katrina. When Katrina hit in 2005, it had lower pressure but its wind speed kept it at Category 3.The 929 pressure mark ties Irma with the deadly 1928 Lake Okeechobee hurricane.Irma’s arrival also marks another first.Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach says this is the first year on record that the United States has been hit by two storms that were Category 4 upon landfall: Harvey and Irma.___9:45 a.m.As Hurricane Irma threatened to wallop the St. Petersburg area, several folks got out on the beach ahead of the storm.As they milled about Sunday morning, they looked at sailboats bobbing in the wind as the sun rose and took selfies and photos of the beach.St. Petersburg resident John Leuders says he feels safe. With stores out of plywood, he tore down part of his fence to board up windows. He came down to the beach out of curiosity and noted the strong winds along the water.Another resident, Sally Carlson, says she’s been around for other storms and hurricanes, but this one scares her. She says she wanted to see the city one more time before any problems.She adds: “I’m hoping it comes out unscathed, but I know better.”___9:40 a.m.Florida utility officials say more than 1 million customers have lost power as Hurricane Irma hits the state.Florida Power & Light Company said that nearly 1.1 million customers statewide were without power Sunday morning.About 574,000 of those outages were in Miami-Dade County, while there were 360,000 in Broward and nearly 136,000 in Palm Beach County.The massive storm made landfall in the Florida Keys, and its center was forecast to move up the state’s Gulf Coast. But the effects are being felt far from the center because of Irma’s size.___9:25 a.m.Hurricane Irma has made landfall in the Florida Keys.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the center of the massive hurricane made landfall on Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m.Its top sustained winds are 130 mph (215 kph).Forecasters say a gust of 106 mph (171 kph) was reported on Big Pine Key.___9:00 a.m.The Florida Highway Patrol says two people have died in a head-on crash in a county where Hurricane Irma’s wind and rain have started to blow in.Agency spokesman Greg Bueno said the crash happened Sunday morning in Hardee County, which is southeast of Tampa.It wasn’t immediately clear what role the weather may have played. He says troopers are investigating the crash and no further details were immediately available.Bueno said in an email that the area is starting to feel the effects of Hurricane Irma.The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the county, saying a severe thunderstorm was in the area.___8:55 a.m.The National Hurricane Center forecasts that the core of Hurricane Irma will likely chug directly for the highly populated Tampa-St. Petersburg region after it gets through raking the Keys, but the storm is so massive all of Florida will be feeling the Category 4 hurricane’s fury.The center of the storm was just off Key West Sunday morning.The latest forecast of Irma’s eye — which still can change — keeps the nearly 400-mile wide (640-kilometer) storm in the water, barely off the coast of southwestern Florida’s Fort Myers and Naples.But that also puts that region in the strongest northeast quadrant of the storm, where storm surge, wind, rain and tornado threats are highest.And a few miles wiggle could bring Irma’s eye — which has measured 30 miles wide (48 kilometers) — inland.The storm is moving slowly, about 8 mph (13 kilometers per hour) so its eye is likely to hit the Tampa region around 2 a.m. Monday, but damaging winds, storm, surge, rain and tornadoes will reach the area long before then.___8:45 a.m.Doctors were forced to talk a Florida woman through delivering her baby at home while Hurricane Irma’s outer bands lashed Miami.The City of Miami said on its Twitter account early Sunday that firefighters couldn’t respond in time to the woman in the Little Haiti neighborhood. So doctors from Jackson Health System talked her through the birth of the baby girl at home.Authorities say firefighters were able to make it to the woman Sunday morning and take her to the hospital after the girl was born.Miami-Dade fire spokeswoman Erika Benitez said the fire department is responding to calls on a case-by-case basis as strong winds and rain lash the area. They are encouraging residents to stay inside because of downed power lines and debris.___8:20 a.m.Florida authorities have issued another stern warning about Hurricane Irma: Shooting bullets into the storm won’t help keep you safe.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office tweeted late Saturday: “DO NOT shoot weapons @ (hashtag) Irma. You won’t make it turn around (and) it will have very dangerous side effects.”The sheriff’s office, which is in the Tampa Bay-area, was responding to a Facebook event page created two Florida men inviting people to shoot at Irma.The page reads: “YO SO THIS GOOFY … LETS SHOW IRMA THAT WE SHOOT FIRST …”The invitation presumably was a joke, but 80,000 people indicated they were “going” or “interested” in the event.In a tweet early Sunday, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office asked the thousands of people who had shared the page to also share their request for volunteers needed at hurricane shelters.___8 a.m.Forecasters say Hurricane Irma’s center is poised to blow across the Florida Keys.The northern eyewall of the storm reached the island chain early Sunday.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a public advisory that the center of the storm remained offshore but was going to make landfall soon. The storm was centered about 20 miles east (30 km) of Key West, and it was moving north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph)The storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215) kph. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 90 mph (145 kph) near its Key West office.After hitting the Florida Keys, Irma was forecast to move up the state’s Gulf Coast later Sunday.___7:55 a.m.The National Weather Service in Miami has issued tornado warnings for a wide swath of Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida.Officials say the band of rain and tornado producing cells is moving quickly.There have been no reports of tornadoes touching down.___7:50 a.m.Authorities are urging people who chose to ride out Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys to remain indoors until the storm passes.The storm’s eyewall reached the chain of islands Sunday morning. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 90 mph (145 kph) near its Key West office.In a Facebook post early Sunday, Key West Police urged people who stayed for the hurricane to remain where they took shelter until the storm had passed completely. They also urged people not to go outside when the eye of the storm is over there area, a time period when conditions can seem deceptively calm.John Huston, who is riding out the storm from his home in Key Largo in the upper Keys, says the wind gusts are strong in his area.“Water level is higher today,” he said via text message Sunday morning. “Incredible wind that won’t stop.”___7:05 a.m.Hurricane Irma’s eyewall has reached the Florida Keys.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm’s northern eyewall reached the lower Florida Keys Sunday morning. The eyewall is a band of clouds surrounding the center of the storm that has intense winds and strong rain.The hurricane center says Key West International Airport has measured sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph).___7:00 a.m.Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma’s winds and rain lash the state.Irma’s center was over water off Key West early Sunday, but places including Miami were being hit with strong winds and rain.Florida Power & Light Company said that about 430,000 customers were without power Sunday morning. Miami-Dade County had the most outages with about 250,000. Broward County had 130,000 outages. Palm Beach County had more than 40,000 outages.The utility said that it has mobilized crews and is working to restore power as it can.___6:30 a.m.With Hurricane Irma closing in on Florida, the storm’s winds are already lashing parts of the state.In Key West, Carol Walterson Stroud and her family are huddled in a third floor apartment at a senior center.Stroud said early Sunday that the wind was blowing hard, but her family was OK. In a text message to a reporter, she said: “We are good so far.”As of 6 a.m. EDT, forecasters say the Category 4 storm is centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of the island.The 60-year-old is with her husband and granddaughter and their dog. Stroud says she plans to step outside once the “eye” of the hurricane passes over later Sunday.Meanwhile, to the north, access to all of Pinellas County’s barrier islands, including the popular spring break destination of Clearwater Beach, has been shut off.___6:10 a.m.The eye of Hurricane Irma is very close to the lower Florida Keys.As of 6 a.m. EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 storm is centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southeast of Key West, Florida, and is moving northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).Irma’s maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 kph). The hurricane center says weakening is forecast but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it moves through the Florida Keys and near Florida’s west coast.___6:10 a.m.France and the Netherlands say their islands in the Caribbean were spared major damage from Hurricane Jose, which passed farther away from the islands than expected.The Sunday announcements — coming from France’s national weather service and the Dutch navy — were good news for islands that had already been devastated by Hurricane Irma last week.Meteo-France said Jose’s center passed overnight about 75 miles (125 kilometers) from St. Martin and 80 miles (135 kilometers) from St. Barts, though it still produced gales of up to 48 mph (80 kph) around the islands.In a tweet Sunday, the Netherlands’ navy says the situation after Jose passed north of the islands overnight is “better than expected.” Scores of marines and troops will resume their efforts to restore vital infrastructure and distribute food and water on St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius.In a separate tweet, the navy said the security situation on St. Maarten, which saw widespread looting and robberies after Hurricane Irma, has improved thanks to patrols by marines and police flown to the island to help overwhelmed local law enforcement.___5:10 a.m.Hurricane Irma has sped up slightly and its eye is about to move across the lower Florida Keys early Sunday.The hurricane is centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south-southeast of Key West, Florida, and is moving north-northwest near 8 mph (13 kph).Irma is a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (215 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says weakening is forecast but Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane as it moves through the Florida Keys and near Florida’s west coast.Tens of thousands in Florida are huddled in shelters as the hurricane threatens to make a catastrophic hit on the state.___5:10 a.m.Dutch King Willem-Alexander is flying to the Caribbean to meet survivors of Hurricane Irma who were evacuated there from the hard-hit island of St. Maarten.Meanwhile, Dutch tourists stranded for days on St. Maarten are hoping to finally get flights home.Willem-Alexander was to fly Sunday to the island of Curacao to visit a hospital where more than 60 patients from St. Maarten who require kidney dialysis were flown for treatment over the last two days by the Dutch military.If the weather is good enough, the monarch will later fly onward to St. Maarten and two other smaller islands hit by Irma on Wednesday to offer his support to the thousands of residents and Dutch marines helping to clear the island, where some 70 percent of homes were badly damaged or destroyed by the Category 5 storm.The Dutch navy tweeted Sunday that it plans to evacuate tourists from the island’s shattered resorts.___4:10 a.m.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Irma is bearing down on the lower Florida Keys early Sunday.A National Ocean Service station on a coral reef near the Keys has recorded sustained winds of 66 mph (105 kph) with a gust up to 85 mph (137 kph). Key West International Airport has measured sustained winds of 43 mph (69 kph) with a gust up to 73 mph (117 kph).Irma is centered about 55 miles (90 kilometers) south-southeast of Key West, Florida, and is moving northwest near 6 mph (9 kph).___3:15 a.m.A re-strengthened Hurricane Irma is continuing to move toward the western Florida Keys early Sunday.The hurricane has regained Category 4 status with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (210 kph) and is centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Key West, Florida.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Miami Executive Airport has measured a sustained wind speed of 46 mph (74 kph) with a gust of up to 61 mph (98 kph).Tens of thousands in Florida are huddled in shelters as the hurricane threatens to make a catastrophic hit on the state.___2:10 a.m.Hurricane Irma has regained Category 4 strength as it moves toward Florida, where it’s feared to make a devastating hit.Irma’s maximum sustained winds increased early Sunday to near 130 mph (210 kph) and it’s expected to gain a little more strength as it moves through the Straits of Florida and remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida.Irma is centered about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south-southeast of Key West, Florida, and is moving northwest near 6 mph (9 kph).___1:40 a.m.Hurricane Irma is closing in on the Florida Keys with top winds of 120 mph (190 kph) early Sunday as forecasters monitored a crucial shift in its trajectory that could keep its ferocious eye off the southwest Florida coast and over warm gulf water.Tens of thousands of people huddling in shelters watched for updates as the storm swung to the west, now potentially sparing Tampa as well Miami the catastrophic head-on blow forecasters had been warning about.But those few miles meant St. Petersburg could get a direct hit, rather than its more populous twin across Tampa Bay.The leading edge of the immense storm bent palm trees and spit rain across South Florida, knocking out power to more than 170,000 homes and businesses, as the eye approached Key West. 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The Chitlin Circuit Brought Bright Lights and Artistry to Baltimores Avenue

first_imgAsk any black Baltimorean of a certain age about Pennsylvania Avenue at its prime – that is, any time between 1940s through the late 1960’s – and you will get the same reaction.“Oh, yeah,” they’ll say. Then they will list the names: Billie Holiday, Redd Foxx, Aretha Franklin. The times you could stroll into a sandwich shop and get an autograph and a short chat with a famous Black star – the two of you pushed together because there were only so many placesthat either of you could be anyway.What helped create this boom of talent and culture in the city was the fact that many of the performance halls, especially the Royal Theater, were part of the Chitlin Circuit – that is, places where Black artists could perform for Black audiences.By all accounts, Pennsylvania Avenue was the place to be. Anybody and everybody could stop by the Royal, the Regent, or any number of popular eateries and music halls to eat, drink and be merry.“Of course,” write Rosa Pryor-Trusty and Tonya Taliaferro in their book African-American Entertainment in Baltimore, “the Royal Theater, located at 1326 Pennsylvania Avenue, was the most popular theater in the city. The Regent, even larger than the Royal, was two blocks from the Royal and could accommodate 2,000 starry-eyed patrons.”“When I was a child, you could go to the Royal Theater for 50 to 70 cents and you could see a news reel, a couple of cartoons, two movies, previews of coming attractions and you could stay all day,” said Sojourner Douglass College professor, Donna Hollie, who not only grew up there, but has done a significant amount of research about this time in Black history.“I think that was our parents’ way of getting rid of us,” she said with a chuckle.”“My mother remembers seeing Sarah Vaughan at her first appearance at the Royal Theater. She looked so unattractive that people laughed.” Hollie said that in those times, Baltimore crowds could be tough – throwing things at artists who they deemed subpar.“Then she opened her mouth and a hush fell over the crowd.” she said.Eleanor Janey, 79, knew the city’s musical scene well. That’s because she worked right there at The Tijuana, booking musical acts for the popular jazz club. She later worked at the Sportsman’s Lounge on Gwynn Oak Avenue.Janey said both places attracted both local and nationally known musicians. She remembers that jazz singer Dinah Washington came to the Tijuana. And musicians sought out Sportsman whenever they came to town.“All the people that had a name came to Baltimore,” she said. “If they came into do the Royal Theater they always stopped by.”“Anybody in town that played an instrument. Doctors from Johns Hopkins came in. Anybody who played an instrument stopped in the Sportsman’s Lounge.”She remembers a Pennsylvania Avenue that was alive with people, activity and, of course, music.“Every block on the avenue had a bar in it and every block had music. You could go from one end to the other.”She said she worked at the Sportsman for about 20 years. She got started in the entertainment business first as a dancer. How did she get her start booking acts?“By me being friends with a lot of people and since I was a jolly person I got along with everyone,” Janey said.After work ended at 2 a.m. when things wound down, the musicians, bar employees, theater employees – everyone – would meet up to eat and chat. First, at the segregated eateries that catered only to Blacks and then, after desegregation – at other places throughout the city.And does she miss the good old days?“I miss the good times,” she said. “You don’t have places like that anymore.”last_img read more

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No Gun Found After Man Dies During Barricade

first_imgBy Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO A family is left looking for answers after a man is killed after a Barricade that lasted hours with Baltimore Police the morning of March 25.The Baltimore Sun is reporting that no gun was recovered from the scene where Baltimore police fired at a man officers believed was armed.Kevin Bruce Mason, 57, was found dead in a home in Northwest Baltimore after officers returned shots at him during an hours long standoff.Kevin Bruce Mason (Courtesy Photo)On March 27 the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) identified the officer who fired shots at Mason, as John Johnson, a 25-year veteran of the department.When officers arrived, they encountered Mason, who was outside of the home and believed to be holding a gun, according to police.Mason, who allegedly threatened to kill the officers if they came any closer, went back into the home and didn’t reappear until after midnight, on March 25.“When he exited the rear of the home for the second time, one of the officers fired in that direction. [Mason] then retreated back into the home,” said Baltimore Police Chief Michael Harrison at a press conference held that afternoon.Hours later, an unidentified woman, exited the house and told police that Mason was inside sleeping.“He never had a gun,” said Renee Greene Mason’s girlfriend of 18 years.Greene, who was allegedly asleep during most of the standoff, told police that she awoke and found Mason on the bathroom floor.“That’s all I know,” she said.When police entered the home, Mason was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene bringing the barricade to an end at 7:40 a.m.The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine Mason’s cause of death.The Baltimore Police Department does not have a policy regarding when and if body camera footage should be released, but is working to get one in place according to Harrison.The commissioner said he is still undecided on whether to release body camera footage of the barricade situation that ended with Mason’s death publicly.“We will make a determination in the very near future,” he said. “I think in the best interest in accountability and transparency, will drive that decision. I believe in being accountable to our community and to our department. I believe in transparency to our community.”“This is why people have a problem with the Baltimore city police department because [they] are not being transparent,” said Kimberly Mason, the sister of Kevin Mason, to the Baltimore Sun. She said she has reached out to the commissioner’s office for answers but the family has not heard back.Johnson has been put on administrative leave per department protocol, which includes an investigation by the State’s Attorney’s Office.No officers were injured in the incident.This is not Kevin Mason’s first brush with the law as; he was involved in another shootout with police in 1980.According to online reports in February of 1980, Mason, who was 17-years-old at the time, wounded an officer when he exchanged gunfire after an officer approached him.According to reports when the officer approached Mason, he struck the officer in the head with a radio and then drew a handgun and began firing.The officer, who was not named, was struck in the chest, side, and arm. Mason was critically injured when the officer shot him in the neck, chest, and stomach.Kimberly Mason said her brother served time for that incident.last_img read more

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Get ready for water cuts

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Due to the current drought situation, with not enough rains received in the Ladysmith area, raw water levels are low.For this reason, uThukela District Municipality has planned a water cuts schedule from 4pm till 9pm daily. Please note that the times are subject to change.Areas that will be affected are: the Ladysmith CBD, Observation Hill, Mkhamba Gardens, Modelkloof, Limit Hill, Danskraal Industrial, parts of St Chad’s, parts of Steadville and Roosboom.Community members are urged to store enough water in containers to prepare for the situation.uThukela apologises for any inconvenience caused.last_img read more

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Bots AI wearables and VR to create billiondollar savings in the tourism

first_imgThe impact of disruptive technologies on the tourism industry is set to create multi-billion dollar savings through the use of IoT, robotics, artificial intelligence (A.I), Virtual Reality (VR) and wearable technology according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which is scheduled to take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 28 – May 1.The latest research from Colliers International, in partnership with ATM 2019, reveals that in addition to vast cost savings, the customer experience is set to be more streamlined with travel set to become better, smoother and more personalised with travel bookings on VR platforms, AI chatbots guiding customers through the booking process and IOT providing internet-based inter-connectivity between everyday devices.Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME, Arabian Travel Market said, “Technology, and the use of technology, is evolving every day. The tourism industry is at the very forefront of tech innovation with companies investing huge sums of money to improve the customer journey and experience.“Airports and airlines accounted for US$30 billion of investment in IT in 2018, however, this will be offset by the implementation of technology that will see fuel savings alone top US$30 billion in the next 15 years.“We’ve seen incredible developments in recent years, SITA, the multinational tech company to the air transport industry, for example, is using robots to check travellers onto flights and to transport their luggage, while, although in the infancy stage, robots have been used in some hotels to welcome guests and show them to their room.”ATM 2019 has adopted cutting-edge technology and innovation as its main theme and this will be integrated across all show verticals and activities, including focused seminar sessions.Running throughout the event, professionals from across the industry spectrum will discuss the ongoing unprecedented digital disruption and the emergence of innovative technologies that will fundamentally alter the way in which the hospitality industry operates in the region.Discussing the defining evolutions of hospitality technology, the Travel Tech Show will return to ATM 2019 with 45 dedicated international exhibitors and an influential agenda of discussion and debate in the Travel Tech Theatre – sponsored by Sabre Corporation.last_img read more

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