Peguis chief and council hit by allegations of misuse of flood money

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuestions are beginning to mount over an audit of Peguis First Nation emergency spending, released by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.The audit looks at how money for flood relief was spent between 2009 and 2011. It contains details of payments in excess of $200,000 made directly to chief and council, and large discrepancies on the number of houses that were sandbagged.Peguis chief Glenn Hudson responded by referring to the document as a draft audit, and labelled it as another attempt by critics to undermine his leadership.The CTF says that band members came forward with the document. Aboriginal Affairs has yet to comment.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has the details.last_img read more

Deaths of three Indigenous women in Montreal ignite calls for more frontline

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsDavid Chapman stands near the kitchen inside the Open Door shelter in Montreal and points to a framed picture on the wall.“It just struck me that she was really bright and had a, seemed like a full life ahead of her,” says Chapman, executive director of the shelter.The photo he’s pointing to is of Crystal Einish, a Cree woman in her 20s from Eeyou Istchee – Cree Territory in Quebec.She died after drinking too much alcohol.“She was talking to me about her son, she loved her son, and to be honest I was just completely shocked when I heard only two days later she was no longer with us,” says Chapman.(The photo of Crystal Einish that hangs on the wall inside the Open Door shelter in Montreal)Einish isn’t the only photo on the wall.Walk into Montreal’s Open Door shelter and you’ll find thirteen framed photos.Dubbed the “memorial wall,” the photos are of former clients who have died – eight of the thirteen are Indigenous women, all within the last two years.Before the photos had been located in a less formal space, near a bulletin board.But after a deadly January, where three Indigenous women who frequented the Open Door died, the need for a larger wall became evident.“If things don’t change we’re gonna need more space still,” says Chapman.Chapman says he knew the women well and that substance abuse also played a role in the recent deaths of the two other women.But when they were alive and wanted help, it wasn’t available.He points to yet another photo, Inuk woman Connie Kadlutsiak.“Connie asked three times to go to detox and rehab, and a number of efforts were made but each time there was a waiting list,” he says.“And you often have a very short window of time where there is a desire to go forward with detox and rehab and if you miss that window then you’re back to square one.”(Open Door Executive Director David Chapman. In the background is the wall of photos of clients who have died)Harvey Michele is the interim president of the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke.Tiohtià:ke is the Mohawk word for Montreal, and Michele says the city is lacking compared to Canada’s other major cities.Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver all have centres devoted to Indigenous health.“We’re, let’s say, 20 years behind from other provinces, where they are more specifically targeting Indigenous health,” says Michele, an Ojibway who has lived in Montreal for over 40 years.“For the underserviced Indigenous community, the need is great.”Incorporated in 2016, the Tiohtià:ke Health Centre is still in its infancy.The goal is to eventually establish a location where Indigenous people can get health services catered to their needs.“The Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke would work with the community member in dealing with the root cause of their addiction. Sadly, many First Nations and Inuit continue to fall in the cracks,” says Michele.“The rate of mortality is very high for this population due to the lack of access to addiction and mental health services that are culturally not safe for the vulnerable population.”Michele says that the health centre is a part of a larger conglomeration of Montreal Indigenous organizations called the Health Services Partnership Table for Urban Indigenous Persons.Together they are gearing up to push for health services funding, but Michele admits establishing a fully functioning Indigenous health centre in Montreal will take years.In the meantime, she would like to see more funds for health navigators, people who are paid specifically to help vulnerable folks navigate the health system.The health centre currently has two on staff.For David Chapman, more funding and programs can’t come soon enough with regards to keeping more photos from going up on the Open Door memorial wall.“In this case there is very much a direct link between funding recovery and span of life.” read more

It may be harder to find the perfect Christmas tree

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt. — There’s a tight supply of tannenbaums this holiday season.That means some shoppers will be paying more or searching longer for that perfect Christmas tree. But industry officials say there’s no cause for panic buying.The tight market is rooted in an oversupply followed by the Great Recession that caused many growers to leave the business. Now the supply is tight.Tim O’Connor from the National Christmas Tree Association says most people will find what they want, but prices could be a bit higher than last year’s average retail price of about $75.All told, the association says U.S. consumers are expected to buy about 27 million live trees. That’s roughly the same as the last two years.Lisa Rathke, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Four SLT employees arrested

The four men had claimed they were heading to Wadduwa from Panadura to fix SLT telecom lines but had instead stolen the cables.The four suspects are residents of Kalutara and Panadura. The Wadduwa police are conducting investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The police have arrested four Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) employees fo stealing cables belonging to the company.According to the police media unit, the four employees had been arrested after they stole the cables in Wadduwa.

US new home sales climbed a healthy 71 in August

U.S. new home sales jumped 7.1% in August, as low mortgage rates pull buyers into the housing market.The Commerce Department says that new homes sales increased to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 713,000, up from a revised 666,000 in July. So far this year, sales have risen a healthy 6.4%.Much of August’s sales growth came from homes that have yet to be built, a sign that low mortgage rates are behind the surge in purchases. The 30-year mortgage rate averaged 3.73% last week, down from 4.65% a year ago according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.Trade tensions and slower economic growth have pushed down interest rates, helping homebuyers for the moment.August’s average sales price rose 6.1% from a year ago to a record $404,200.Bani Sapra, The Associated Press read more

Modest economic growth not an indication of revived global demand – UN

According to the UN flagship World Economic Situation Prospects 2017 report (WESP), the world economy expanded by just 2.2 per cent in 2016, the slowest rate of growth since the 2009 global recession. World gross product is projected to grow by 2.7 per cent in 2017 and 2.9 per cent in 2018, a slight downward revision from the forecasts made last May. It notes that while developing countries continue to be the main drivers of global growth, accounting for about 60 per cent of the world’s gross product growth in 2016-18, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in least developed countries is anticipated to remain well below the Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG8) on promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth target of at least seven per cent (target 8.1). “Under the current growth trajectory and assuming no decline in income inequality, nearly 35 per cent of the population in [least developed countries] may remain in extreme poverty by 2030,” read a news release today announcing the report. Further, noting the urgency of efforts rectify the situation, Lenni Montiel, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) called for “redoubling the efforts to bring the global economy back on a stronger and more inclusive growth path and create an international economic environment that is conducive to sustainable development.” AUDIO:UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs warns global growth will only be modest this year and next. Some positives in relation to environmental sustainability Noting that the level of global carbon emissions had stalled for two consecutive years, the report said that this was an indication of declining energy intensity of economic activities and the rising share of renewables in the overall energy structure. The report also found that renewable energy investment in the developing countries exceeded that of the developed countries in 2015. It, however, cautioned that without concerted policy efforts from both the public and private sector, the recent improvements in emissions mitigation could easily reverse.Amid challenges, a more balanced policy approach needed In the context of a challenging economic and financial environment, the report advocated for a more balanced policy approach to not only restore a healthy medium-term growth trajectory, but also to achieve greater progress on sustainable development. “The global economy needs policy measures that move beyond demand management,” today’s news release noted, urging for these measures to be “fully integrated with structural reforms that target the various aspects of sustainable development, including poverty, inequality and climate change.” The report also called for greater international policy cooperation and coordination, particularly in the areas of trade and investment. VIDEO: Speaking to UN News ahead of launch of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017, Lenni Montiel calls for “deeper” international cooperation and stronger, “concerted policy effort” to stimulate investment and productivity. Credit: UN News DESA, together with UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the five UN regional commissions – Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), authored the report.Weak investment and productivity growth a major cause of slowdown The report noted that many economies had experienced a marked downturn in private and public investment in recent years. This combined with labour productivity growth slowed markedly in most developed economies and in many large developing and transition economies. It also stressed the need of investing new capital as a driver of technological change and efficiency gains. In particular, WESP concluded that investment in key areas, such as research and development, education and infrastructure, can promote social and environmental progress, while also supporting productivity growth. read more

UK new car market stable in February as EVs shift up a

British new car market stable in February, rising 1.4% following January dip, marking solid start to 2019.81,969 new cars registered on UK roads in the quietest month of the year ahead of crucial March plate change.Demand for alternatively fuelled cars rises 34.0%, marking 22 consecutive months of growth as buyers respond to growing model choice. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE AND DATAThe UK’s new car market enjoyed marginal growth in February, up 1.4% following five straight months of decline, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 81,969 new cars were registered on UK roads in the month (a year on year uplift of 1,164 units), traditionally one of the quietest of the year, ahead of the crucial March plate change.Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles continued to surge, up 34.0% and marking the 22nd consecutive month of growth for the segment as new and existing cutting-edge models attracted buyers into showrooms. Registrations of zero-emission electric cars enjoyed particular growth, more than doubling to 731 units, although they still accounted for less than 1% of the market (0.9%).Meanwhile, in the four months since the October 2018 reform to the Plug-in Car Grant, the market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) has only grown by 1.7%, compared with 29.5% over the first 10 months of 2018.1 This suggests that removing the incentive for PHEVs is having an adverse effect.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s encouraging to see market growth in February, albeit marginal, especially for electrified models. Car makers have made huge commitments to bring to market an ever-increasing range of exciting zero and ultra low emission vehicles and give buyers greater choice. These cars still only account for a fraction of the overall market, however, so if the UK is to achieve its electrification ambitions, a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure is needed. The recent removal of the plug-in car grant from plug-in hybrids was a backward step and sends entirely the wrong message. Supportive, not punitive measures are needed, else ambitions will never be realised.The news comes as vehicle manufacturers prepare to launch some 14 all-new electric and plug-in models to a global audience at the Geneva Motor Show today. Already there are around 40 plug-in models on the market in the UK, with more than 20 more expected to arrive in showrooms in 2019. Notes to Editors1: SMMT analysis Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Venezuela crisis Russian military planes land near Caracas

A Russian aircraft was pictured at an airport near Caracas on Sunday (Reuters)(BBC) Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday, reportedly carrying dozens of troops and large amounts of equipment.The planes were sent to “fulfil technical military contracts”, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported.Javier Mayorca, a Venezuelan journalist, wrote on Twitter that he saw about 100 troops and 35 tonnes of equipment offloaded from the planes.It comes three months after the two nations held joint military exercises.Russia has long been an ally of Venezuela, lending the South American nation billions of dollars and backing its oil industry and military. Russia has also vocally opposed moves from the US to sanction the government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.Mr Mayorca said on Twitter that a Russian air force Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet landed near Caracas on Saturday.He said that Russian General Vasily Tonkoshkurov led the troops off one of the planes.A military plane with a Russian flag on its fuselage could be seen on the tarmac at an airport on Sunday. Images on social media also appeared to show Russian troops gathered at the airport.Ties between Moscow and Venezuela have strengthened in recent months, amid worsening relations between the US and Venezuela. In December, Russia sent two air force jets there as part of a military exercise.Russia has condemned other foreign powers for backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January.President Maduro has accused Mr Guaidó of trying to mount a coup against him with the help of “US imperialists”.The Kremlin echoed that line, accusing Mr Guaidó of an “illegal attempt to seize power” backed by the United States and pledging to do “everything required” to support Mr Maduro.A message to WashingtonRussia is intent on demonstrating the limits of US policy towards Venezuela.The Trump administration is pushing for regime change and the re-establishment of democracy.But Moscow – a long-standing ally of the Venezuelan authorities – has provided the embattled Maduro regime with diplomatic, economic and military support.Last December two Russian Tu-160 long-range bombers touched down in Caracas prompting a war of words between Washington and Moscow. There have been joint military exercises too.While it is not clear what equipment these latest military flights may have been carrying, they send an additional message to Washington.Mr Trump has refused to rule out military action against the Maduro government.The Russian President Vladimir Putin is putting down another marker, emphasising that Venezuela is Russia’s ally and it is not going to give up this small foothold in Latin America.It is another example of Mr Putin applying limited means to challenge US policy goals. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussia deploys two bombers to Venezuela for exercisesDecember 10, 2018In “Regional”US-Russian spat over bombers landing in VenezuelaDecember 11, 2018In “World”Latest developments in Venezuela with Russian bombers being monitored- GovtDecember 13, 2018In “latest news” read more

BE suspects remanded to prison

Deon Brown and Trevon Alleyne appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on Monday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of larceny.It is alleged that between April 26 and 27, 2019 at Lot 104 Regent Road, Bourda, Georgetown, Brown and Alleyne broke and entered the business place of Vivekananda Ramoutar and stole a quantity of items worth $1.2 million.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them.The prosecution’s case contended that on April 27, Police ranks, acting on information received, went to the location, where it was discovered that the business had been broken into. Upon investigating, the ranks found the two men on the premises with the articles. They were subsequently arrested.Brown, a 38-year-old mason, of Lot 207 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, told the court he resided next door to the business, in a house with eight other persons.He added that he woke up and four cops were standing over him, asking him for the items he stole, but he said he denied knowledge of the incident.He told the court that the ranks went into the upper flat and brought down a battery and nipper. The man said he was arrested along with the other occupants of the home, but the others were later released, while he remained in custody.Twenty-year-old Alleyne told the court he saw a battery outside and he took it.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail based on the fact that both men were arrested at the scene with the items in their possession.They were remanded to prison, and the case was scheduled to continue on May 2, 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrio accused of stealing pressure washer granted bailApril 13, 2018In “Court”Albertown man slapped with cocaine trafficking chargeApril 15, 2019In “Court”Duo granted $300,000 bail for allegedly robbing Guyana StoresFebruary 28, 2014In “Crime” read more

Altyn bolsters underground fleet at Sekisovskoye gold mine with Cat Sandvik additions

first_imgIn March 2019, Altyn PLC says its major shareholder, African Resources Ltd, committed to providing a $1.1 million unsecured loan towards the acquisition of underground equipment with the intention to further boost production at its Sekisovskoye gold mine in East Kazakhstan. As a result, the company went on to purchase new machinery including a Caterpillar R1300G LHD bucket capacity of 3.1 cubic metres from CAT Kazakhstan; and a TN-430 underground mining truck with a capacity of 30 t from Sandvik Kazakhstan.The equipment complements the existing fleet of underground equipment which consists of two TN-430 underground trucks and one Sandvik TN-320 underground truck along with two Caterpillar R1300G LHDs. The new equipment will be under warranty and serviced by the official dealers of CAT and Sandvik during the entire period of operation. The additional equipment will allow the company to increase production to its planned targets.The Sekisovskoye mine was predominately an open pit operation with a conventional carbon-in leach (CIL) gold recovery plant that has a processing capacity of 0.85 Mt/y. However, in 2016, the open pit ceased to supply ore and all production is now sourced from the Sekisovskoye underground mine. Life of mine gold production is expected to be 1.89 Moz with total associated silver production of 2.72 Moz. On an average annualised basis the gold production is anticipated to be 100,000 oz after 2019.last_img read more

VIST automated solution improves ore quality at EVRAZ KGOK operations

first_imgAn automated system for monitoring mining vehicles, developed by VIST Group, has been deployed at EVRAZ’s Kachkanarsky mining and ore processing plant (KGOK) operation in Russia, the Zyfra Group subsidiary confirmed.The iron ore at KGOK is mined in four open pits: the Glavny, Zapadny, Severny and Yuzhny deposits. The ore is removed from the pits by BELAZ trucks and delivered to the crushing plant by rail. Pit machinery includes heavy-duty 130-t dump trucks, modern NP-1 locomotives and 12 m² capacity excavators.Some 58.5 Mt of ore was mined at the KGOK operations in 2018, which was processed into 3.5 Mt of sinter and 6.5 Mt of pellets, according to EVRAZ.Work on the autonomous investment project, which required $1.23 million in funding, began in November 2017. So far, 19 communication towers have been installed around all the operations, while 30 excavators and 35 BELAZ trucks have been equipped with sensors and navigation antennae, as well as smart displays in the driver’s cabs, VIST said.“Thanks to the joint efforts of specialists from KGOK and VIST Group, a sophisticated and up-to-date system for managing mining vehicles has been deployed at the EVRAZ plant,” Alexander Bondarenko, Business Unit Director at VIST Group, said.“Following Phase 2 of project implementation, which will cover rail transportation and quality control of ore arriving at the plant from the shipping sheds, the system will be the most sophisticated in the Russian ore mining sector,” Bondarenko said.The VIST Group system tracks and displays real-time information on the locations and operating conditions of dump trucks, dozers, excavators, automatic loaders and “mobile canteens”.Using the Wi-Fi network installed in four mines, all data on the vehicles’ speed, mileage, fuel levels and rock loads, as well as the locations of the “mobile canteens”, are transmitted in real time to the computer terminals of the plant’s dispatchers and chief specialists. “The data is also seen by the excavator operators and dump truck drivers on smart displays in their cabs,” VIST said.Thanks to a modular geological model of the ore deposit integrated into the system, it is possible to analyse the quality of the iron ore and control the movements of the dump trucks and excavators, according to VIST.And, in the event of an unforeseen stoppage, the system redirects the BELAZ truck to be loaded by another excavator.Denis Novozehnov, Vice President of EVRAZ and Head of the company’s Urals Division, said: “The switch to an automated monitoring system has helped us to reduce ore losses and ensure more reliable quality. We’ve also been able to improve the productivity of the quarry dump trucks.”last_img read more

WWCH 2013 Denmark beat Japan – Congo scored 9 Dominican 10…

Denmarkjapanserbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story New victories for Serbia and Montenegro! Next Story → WWCH 2013 (Day 4): Spain VS Poland – Germany against Czech Republic In the last two matches of the Sunday’s programme at the Women’s World Championship 2013 in Serbia, Denmark and France celebrated new victories. Denmark had difficult job against Japan 29:25 (13:13), but with fantastic effort of Kristina Kristiansen (10) and Anne Jorgensen, everything was much more easier in the second half…STATISTICSGroup A (Belgrade):South Korea – Netherlands 29:26Congo – Montenegro 9:35Dominican Republic – France 10:27Group B (D)China – Brazil 21:34Algeria – Serbia 14:34Japan – Denmark 25:29 read more

HL Division 1 semifinal Kilkenny school Galway at Semple Stadium

first_imgReferee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).HL Division 1 semi-final: Dublin have no answer as Tipp fly out of traps>Longford and Tullamore square off for Provincial Towns Cup> Kilkenny killed the game stone dead in the 46th minute when Colin Fennelly pounced from close range for their second goal of the game. Their win sets up a repeat of the 2009 League final against Tipperary, a memorable encounter won by the Cats.Richie Hogan contributed five points for Kilkenny this afternoon, with midfielder Lester Ryan crowning an impressive individual display with three points from play.Galway were disappointing but Donnellan, Aidan Harte and goalkeeper Colm Callanan deserve honourable mentions for their endeavours. Callanan pulled off two brilliant saves to deny Richie Power – one in each half.Scorers for Kilkenny: Eoin Larkin 0-10 (6f, 3 65s), Richie Hogan 0-5, Colin Fennelly 1-0, Lester Ryan 0-3, Michael Rice & Aidan Fogarty 0-2 each, Richie Power & Cillian Buckley 0-1 each.Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-8 (6f, 2 65s), Cyril Donnellan 1-3, Aidan Harte 0-2, David Burke (f), Joseph Cooney, Damien Hayes & Andrew Smith 0-1 each. GALWAY: Colm Callanan (Kinvara); Fergal Moore (Turloughmore), Kevin Hynes (Sarsfields), Niall Donoghue (Kilbeacanty); Johnny Coen (Loughrea), David Collins (Liam Mellowes), Aidan Hart (Gort); Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan), Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields); Cyril Donnellan (Padraig Pearse), Conor Cooney (St Thomas’s), David Burke (St Thomas’s); Davy Glennon (Mullagh), Joe Canning (Portumna), Damien Hayes (Portumna).Subs: Andrew Smith (Portumna) for Moore (inj, 15), Paul Killeen (Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry) for Donoghue (26), Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan) for C Cooney (46), James Regan (St Thomas’s) for Hayes (57). Kilkenny 1-24Galway 1-17KILKENNY ROMPED INTO a third successive Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 final this afternoon.The Cats scored a seven-point victory over Galway in what was a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final between the counties.In a game that was overshadowed by a serious injury to Galway captain Fergal Moore, Kilkenny set up a final showdown with Tipperary on 5 May, a fixture confirmed for Nowlan Park.14,210 spectators watched Kilkenny get the job done at Semple Stadium, despite the fact that the Noresiders were without the services of manager Brian Cody, following recent heart surgery.Eoin Larkin hit 0-10 for the winners, including nine points from placed balls. Joe Canning was Galway’s leading scorer with 0-8 but the Portumna star failed to score from play.Cyril Donnellan’s fourth minute goal handed the Tribesmen a 1-1 to 0-0 lead but the Noresiders proved too hot to handle.Wind-assisted, they had recovered to lead by 0-15 to 1-6 at the end of a first half that required nine minutes of stoppage time.Moore and Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh were involved in a sickening collision in the tenth minute and the game was held up for a prolonged period of time.Moore was reportedly transferred to hospital in Clonmel, where he is understood to be suffering from concussion. Walsh was also forced off with a blood injury following the clash but later returned, before being substituted in the second half. KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy (Glenmore); Paul Murphy (Danesfort), JJ Delaney (Fenians), Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens); Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan), Brian Hogan (O’Loughlin Gaels), Kieran Joyce (Rower Inistioge); Lester Ryan (Clara), Michael Rice (Carrickshock); Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), Richie Power (Carrickshock), Eoin Larkin (James Stephens); Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Richie Hogan (Danesfort), Aidan Fogarty (Emeralds).Subs: Matthew Ruth (James Stephens) for W Walsh (55), Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro) for Fennelly (62).last_img read more

Dublin Fire Brigade warning after man falls from ladder while hanging lights

first_img Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 5:56 PM Dublin Fire Brigade warning after man falls from ladder while hanging lights The man was treated by an ambulance crew, but was not seriously injured. 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,624 Views Image: Shutterstock/Bangkokhappiness Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Bangkokhappiness DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE has issued a warning for people to take care while hanging outdoor Christmas lights, after a man fell from a ladder while doing so this afternoon.“Be careful with ladders if you’re putting up Christmas lights,” the fire service said on Twitter. Dec 4th 2016, 5:56 PM Have someone hold the ladder and don’t over reach. The man slipped and fell from the ladder earlier today and his family raised the alarm, an emergency services source said.He was seen by a crew from the National Ambulance Service who responded to the call-out.The man was not seriously injured and is expected to make a full recovery.Read: This group will brainstorm your business ideas for you – and they’ll do it for free > Share77 Tweet Email By Daragh Brophylast_img read more

Officials 4 dead 16 injured in Fort Hood shooting

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.The shooter, who served in Iraq in 2011, had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the senior officer on the base.There was no indication the attack was related to terrorism, Milley said.A Texas congressman said the shooting happened at a medical center. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also identified the suspect as Ivan Lopez. But additional details about the gunman were not immediately available.The injured were taken to Darnall Army Community Hospital at Fort Hood and other local hospitals. Dr. Glen Couchman, chief medical officer at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, said the first four people admitted there had gunshots to chest, abdomen, neck and extremities and that their conditions range from stable to “quite critical.”The 2009 assault on Fort Hood was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in U.S. history. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded.last_img read more

Legends of Tomorrows Time Loop Knows Weve Been Here Before

first_imgStay on target You know, when you have a TV show about superheroes (and villains) on a time-travelling spaceship, a time loop episode is pretty much inevitable. It’s been done so many times in so many TV shows, it borders on cliche. But this is where Legends of Tomorrow can really shine. When it goes to a stock storyline like this, it can really focus on building its characters. And when the main players are as strong as these, a character-focused episode can turn into something really fun and interesting. That’s what happened last night.We open with Zari trying to divert the ship’s power to run a complicated simulation to find loopholes that will allow her to change history. Gideon warns her that it’s a bad idea and spoilers, it turns out the ship’s right. As soon as the Legends return from their mission, which apparently involved Napoleon and a disco band (now I want to see that episode), Gideon crashes. The ship is broken, and after a tense exchange with Sara over who’s in charge, Zari goes to fix the ship. She gets some green goo on her face, the ship explodes and everyone dies. She suddenly finds herself back in the middle of the argument with Sara and sets about trying to figure out what’s going on. Someone in the writers’ room just watched a ton of Star Trek: The Next Generation, huh?Adam Tsekhman as Gary, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary and Tala Ashe as Zari (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)This is Zari’s episode to shine, and she immediately recognizes what’s happening. She tries to warn the rest of the Legends, but keeps ending up in the med bay and sedated. Unable to warn anyone or investigate the explosion, the ship blows up and the time loop is reset until Zari builds up a tolerance to the sedative. Nate, since he’s the only superhero aware that pop culture exists, is the one who helps Zari figure out exactly what’s going on. He tells her to say “Groundhog Day” on the next go-around, and he immediately believes that there’s a time loop, and sets about trying to fix it. Nate’s movie references are usually only good for a quick laugh (or more often, groan), so it’s nice to see it actually come in useful for once. Together, they figure out that her causing Gideon to malfunction isn’t causing the ship to explode. Somebody is making it happen. The only question is who? Well, that’s going to have to wait until the next loop. Nate and Amaya still can’t keep their hands on each other, and it’s adorable as it is awkward. Especially because, going by their… sounds… Nate turns into Steel, um, during. Huh. Fortunately for Zari, and all of us watching, the ship explodes and time is reset.The episode mines a  ton of comedy from this premise, much like the Bill Murray movie they keep referencing. Say, when this was written, do you think they intended it to air closer to actual Groundhog Day? Eh, oh well, it’s a time travel show. It’s Groundhog Day somewhere. They notice Rory’s hiding something, and after a rapid fire sequence of Nate setting off traps and Zari disarming them the next time, all they find is the beginnings of an erotic novel. God, Rory’s the best character. He needs more screen time. Next step is Sara, who opened herself to Mallus last episode. With the help of Ray, who’s first thought is “Cause and Effect,” rather than Groundhog Day (THANK YOU!!!), Zari shrinks down to spy on Sara. But all Sara’s doing is calling Agent Sharpe to say hey. God, this awkward mutual crush is so cute. This vulnerability and uncertainty is a side of Sara we’ve never seen before. Usually, she’s confident and sure, going after anything and anyone that strikes her fancy, and throwing them aside when she’s done. It’s cool to see her get a slow burn romance like this. She also mentions how important she thinks Zari is to the team.Nick Zano as Nate Heywood/Steel and Maisie Richardson- Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)At this point, a theme to the episode is emerging. It’s not just about a time loop. This is the episode where Zari really becomes a member of the team. Ever since she was introduced, her stay on the Waverider has felt temporary. She’s only here until her problems get solved, and nobody’s trying to steal her totem. She has no desire to fix anachronisms, and no real connection to the rest of the Legends. This is where she learns that she actually has friends aboard this ship. That the other Legends consider her a teammate, and are willing to listen and help when she has a problem. It’s a big episode for Zari. It’s about time she became a real part of the team, and it’s fitting that the show initiates her in such a funny, self-referential and surprisingly heartfelt way.Even friendship and a consequence-free fun montage can’t make the one-hour time loop any less soul crushing eventually, though. She quickly gets to the tired, depressed, suicidal Bill Murray stage of the movie and starts feeling hopeless and dejected. That’s when she gets the biggest indication that she’s really part of the team. She tells Sara about what’s been going on, and Sara’s first instinct is to believe her and help. No questions asked. It’s a small moment, but you can see how much it means for the team. Even a show as big and silly as Legends of Tomorrow can have these well-executed, subtly-acted emotional beats sometimes. Once all the Legends start working together, it doesn’t take long to find out what’s going on. Agent Sharpe’s assistant Gary noticed that the Waverider explodes, and tried to save them with a device that creates a Time Loop… which Rory destroys, thinking it’s the bomb. They now have five minutes to find and disarm the bomb. Fortunately, they’re able to narrow it down to one place: inside the eight-track tape they brought back from the last mission.Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)With seconds to go and no way to dispose of the bomb, Zari gives every member a heartfelt message. She then locks herself behind a force field, creates a tornado to contain the blast, and prepares for a heroic sacrifice… which turns out to be a simulation run by Gideon. Yes, this wasn’t just a “Cause and Effect” style time loop episode. It’s a holodeck episode! Kind of. It turns out when she got that green goo on her face at the beginning, it almost killed her. It’s the fluid the ship uses to travel through time, and when it happened, Gideon transferred Zari’s consciousness into her matrix. Zari’s simulation worked, and revealed to Gideon that Zari would need a team if she ever wanted to get her brother back.This wasn’t the most original episode of Legends of Tomorrow. It borrowed heavily from both the movie and the Star Trek episode it referenced. But it knew that. It wasn’t trying to be original or novel, it was just having fun with established sci-fi tropes. As Nate himself said, it’s about time they did one of these. What was novel is how the show used these plot devices. As much as I love the wild, ridiculous anachronism storylines this show gives us, Legends of Tomorrow is at its best when it focuses on its characters. What drew us to the show in the first place is that it put all these strong superheroes and villains together on a cramped ship and forced them to work with each other. That’s where the show’s most effective comedy and drama come from, and both were in fine form here. So how do they top this next week? Who knows, but this episode does end with Rip Hunter contacting Wally West. That’s a good start. The Arrowverse has gone too long without any sign of Kid Flash.’ DC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC NewsOur Favorite TV Superheroes Ranked center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Carriers plead innocent over collusion claims

first_img<a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Executives from South African Airways and SA Express have pleaded innocent over allegations of collusion and price-fixing ahead of the FIFA World Cup.Both carriers said they have cooperated with the Competition Commission and were awaiting feedback.SA Express’ CEO Siza Mzimela told Parliamentarians that discussion with other airlines has focused on logistics and capacity in the lead up the World Cup. She said the meetings were convened by both departments of Transport and Tourism and that all correspondence was submitted to the competition commission. Acting SAA CEO Chris Smyth gave MPs a similar report and assured them that the carriers never colluded on air ticket prices. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

The global airlines industry will see accelerated growth by 2021 says

first_imgThe global airlines industry will see accelerated growth by 2021, says MarketLineThe global airlines industry is set to rise from $569.5 billion in 2016 to $828.3 billion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8%, and surpassing the peak growth rate of 7.4% seen in the period between 2012 and 2016, according to research firm MarketLine.The company’s latest report states that the emerging dynamic of the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 33.9% of the global industry, combined with signs of reduced rivalry in the European airline industry, are driving accelerated growth in global terms.The Chinese and Indian industries are expected to boost their value in 2021 by 81.8% and 164% respectively, compared with 2016, and are anticipated to account for a combined 41% of the Asia-Pacific industry. The European industry will also witness an accelerating trend, with a projected 30.6% increase over the same five-year period.Theodoros Delimaris, Analyst for MarketLine, explains: “The relaxing of regulation in India and China, along with rising incomes, will stimulate demand for flights in these countries. Specifically, India has recently made a great stride to relax restrictions on foreign investment in its industry, which will expand its already booming demand for domestic flights to include the international segment. China’s industry is at a more advanced stage of development, with demand for international flights surging. In fact, the growth of the international flights segment seems to be a focal point of the Chinese government, demonstrated by the new open skies agreements.“Another factor is that European airlines have already demonstrated intentions to refrain from intensive competition, which has suppressed prices in recent years. Particularly, improving efficiency has been the target of European carriers over the last two years, meaning competition for capacity is not a trend we expect to see in future. Indeed, this type of supply competition has been a bad experience for the European industry, which saw its growth rates decelerate noticeably a few years ago.”The CAGR of the European industry in the 2016-2021 period is expected to be greater in terms of value (5.5%) than in terms of volume (3.6%), showing that downward price pressure is alleviating.Delimaris concludes: “The entry of low-cost carriers into the long-haul flight market, a major concern for legacy carriers in the future, may not be realized. Firstly, this trend has been facilitated by lower oil prices in the last two years, which are not predicted to hold over the coming years. Secondly, legacy carriers are still expected to adopt this model in future as the experience of air travel has been undermined anyway, presenting a new opportunity to increase international traffic.”Source = MarketLinelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter AccorHotels has announc

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAccorHotels has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Mantra Group for $1.2 billion.The deal includes the Mantra, Peppers, BreakFree and Art Series brands, representing 138 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Bali.Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific said, “The Mantra Group is the latest chapter in the strong growth story of AccorHotels in the region.“Since our launch with the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour in 1991, AccorHotels has become the largest hotel group in the Pacific, and Australia has always played a key role in that story.“AccorHotels is a significant contributor to the Australian tourism industry, and this deal is a signal of our confidence in Australia both as an attractive destination for global travellers but also as a feeder market for our Asia Pacific and wider network.”At the close of the deal, AccorHotels will operate over 330 hotels and resorts across Australia and over 900 throughout Asia Pacific. AccorHotels will also be the largest employer on the Gold Coast, outside of government.© The BlackmanSimon McGrath, COO of AccorHotels Pacific said, “The Mantra Group brands will enhance AccorHotels’ portfolio and create new opportunities for our people, partners and guests. We believe that tourism is critical to the economic growth of the region and future job creation and this deal will allow us to further develop the industry.”McGrath added that innovative growth was a hallmark of both AccorHotels and the Mantra Group.“Our innovation in economic business models, brands and customer initiatives has fuelled our growth over the last 27 years and the Mantra Group has built an innovative business focused on the best partnership experience for its 10,000 strata title owners,” he said.“Under Bob East’s leadership this bespoke approach and responsiveness has seen it maintain and grow rooms under management.  We see enormous value in leveraging Mantra Group’s entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to create new opportunities.”Simon McGrath, AccorHotels Pacific Chief Operating Officer“Mantra’s brands and properties perfectly complement the AccorHotels network and will enable us to provide new destinations and new experiences for our guests. We look forward to combining the talent and expertise of both groups to create an even more innovative, agile and dynamic team,” McGrath added.© FV by PeppersBob East, CEO of Mantra Group said, “I am immensely proud of the great company we’ve built and what we’ve achieved as an Australian-based business.“It’s been an enjoyable journey for me leading the team since 2007 through to our float on the ASX in 2014 and now closing this deal with AccorHotels. I have enormous belief in the business and the team here is looking forward to working with Simon and AccorHotels to continue this success.”The Mantra Group leadership team will continue to be based in the Gold Coast office, reporting to Mr McGrath, in line with all other AccorHotels Pacific business units.“I’m looking forward to getting my feet under the desk at the Gold Coast, working with the team and getting to know the detail of this business. We welcome our Mantra colleagues to AccorHotels and together, we will benefit from our shared values, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit,” Mr McGrath said.Lead image – Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Pacific and Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia-Pacific.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23 2019 7

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2019 7:59 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO — Two brothers who said they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself are suing the “Empire” actor’s attorneys for defamation.A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday in Chicago on behalf of the brothers. It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants.The suit alleges that Geragos and his firm continued to say publicly in widely reported statements that the brothers “led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett,” even though they knew that wasn’t true.Police allege that Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage a Jan. 29 attack in which he said two masked men beat him, hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, doused him with some sort of chemical substance and looped a rope around his neck.Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains that the attack wasn’t staged.The Associated Presscenter_img Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamationlast_img read more