Houses for the Homeless in St. Thomas

first_imgThe St. Thomas Parish Council is to build three houses for three families at a cost of just over $400,000 this Labour Day (May 23).They will be constructed in the communities of Spring Garden and Botany Bay, and will benefit persons who are homeless, including a mother of four, who had to give up two of her children to the State, because of her inability to provide a home for them.Speaking with JIS News, Co-ordinator of the Parish Council’s Labour Day Project Committee, Custos Marcia Bennett, pointed out that this project was chosen in light of this year’s theme for Labour Day and Workers Week: ‘Lend a hand….Build our Land’.“This year the focus of our project is on helping the indigent and vulnerable. We are really pleased that we can build three units to take persons off the street,” she said.The beneficiaries were recommended by the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Poor Relief Department.“One person is a fire victim who lost his home and was living in a bus shed, while another is a mother of four, who had two of her children taken by the State as she was unable to provide proper housing for them. The third person lost her home during Hurricane Sandy last October,” she noted.The Labour Day Project Committee received $160,000 from the Ministry of Youth and Culture toward the construction of the houses. However, in an effort to ensure the success of the project, the team decided to “lend a hand” by personally contributing the balance required to build the houses.Custos Bennett said the team is mindful of the tight fiscal space within which the Government is operating and were strategic in selecting their project.The Custos said members of the community will also be lending a hand with the construction of the houses on Labour Day.Contact: Sanasha Pearsonlast_img read more

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Air India grounds operations director over low fuel issue in Sydney

first_imgMumbai: Air India has temporarily taken away its director of operations Amitabh Singh from flying duties for his failure to report to the regulator DGCA a mid- air fuel issue in Sydney last week, a source said Tuesday. Singh, who was captaining a New Delhi-Sydney flight on September 7 failed to file the mandatory report on the low fuel situation to the DGCA, though he informed the airline. The incident came under the scanner of both Indian and Australian aviation regulators. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Air India has temporarily de-rostered Singh from flying duties as he did not file the mandatory online report about the low fuel situation on the said flight to the DGCA,” a source said. Under the regulations, a pilot is required to compulsorily report certain incidents, including low fuel situation during a flight, to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Though Singh filed a voluntary report about the incident with the airline, he allegedly did not file it online with the DGCA within the stipulated 24 hours, airline source had said Monday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”He has been derostered on the orders of the DGCA,” the source added. An Air India spokesperson was not available for comments. Following the incident, the Australian aviation authorities had also asked Air India to probe the incident as he did not declare “fuel emergency” to the Sydney air traffic control while seeking priority landing and instead declared that there was minimum fuel. “We are aware and it is being investigated,” a senior DGCA official had said Monday.last_img read more

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Killing Eve scores top honours at BAFTA TV Awards

first_imgLondon: ‘Killing Eve’ emerged the biggest winner at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, scooping the trophies of best drama series and best leading actor for Jodie Comer. According to BAFTA official website, the hit show also took home the best supporting actor for Fiona Shaw. This was the first BAFTA victory for Comer, who essays Villanelle / Oksana Astankova, a psychopathic, skilled assassin who becomes obsessed with the MI5 officer who is tracking Eve, essayed by Sandra Oh. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerShaw said since she starred in the show “people have started to suspect I am a spy.” She plays Carolyn Martens, head of the Russia Section at intelligence agency MI6. The BAFTA TV Award for best mini-series went to ‘Patrick Melrose’, beating out a fair competitor in ‘A Very English Scandal’. Avengers: Endgame star Benedict Cumberbatch bagged the best leading actor award for his performance in ‘Patrick Melrose’. Hugh Grant from ‘A Very English Scandal’ was a frontrunner for the win. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up”I’m very used to being the bridesmaid,” quipped Cumberbatch, who won the trophy from his seventh BAFTA TV Award nod. The actor plays the title role in the show of a wealthy Englishman attempting to overcome his addictions and demons rooted in abuse by his cruel father and negligent mother. He also thanked author Edward St Aubyn, on whose semi-biographical novels the mini-series is based, for his “wit and courage”. It was Grant’s co-star Ben Whishaw who tasted success yet another time at the BAFTAs, winning the best supporting actor honour. Whishaw continues his winning streak from Golden Globes 2019 in the category. This marks his second BAFTA TV Award after winning one in the leading actor category in 2013 for ‘The Hollow Crown: Richard II’.last_img read more

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Libya UN refugee agency calls for safe passage for civilians fleeing violence

15 March 2011As fighting intensifies in Libya, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that people needing to flee combat areas and seek refuge are either unable to go or being prevented from doing so, even as the number of refugees nears 300,000. “We appeal again to all parties to ensure safe passage for all civilians fleeing violence,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva. “Typically, we would expect to see significant numbers of injured people and women and children in a mass displacement of this nature, but so far our staff at the borders with Egypt and Tunisia have seen very few.”The situation for sub-Saharan nationals in all parts of Libya appears to be particularly critical with agency hotlines continuing to receive calls for help from trapped refugees and asylum-seekers and Eritrean refugees reporting being detained in both the eastern and western parts of the country, she added.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Rashid Khalikov, who arrived in Tripoli, the capital, over the weekend and met with Government representatives to discuss humanitarian matters arising from the fighting between forces loyal to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi and opponents seeking his ouster, said today he could not as yet report much progress.“I cannot say that I can boast about too much accomplishment,” he told UN Radio in an interview. “We wanted direct access to various parts of Libya. We wanted also to assess the humanitarian needs of the population that was affected by recent developments and it should cover both east and west of the country as well as the ability of international organizations to deliver on their mandate.”So far “I think there was understanding of the Government on that,” but it remains to be seen if there is a concrete result, he said, voicing deep concern about the freedom of the people wanting to leave the country.Mr. Khalikov visited the western city of Zawiya, recently recaptured by Mr. Qadfhafi’s forces, but said it was difficult to get an impression from a one-hour visit and he was not sure about the reaction of civilians. “I am not sure that they are not scared about their lives and the lives of their family,” he noted, adding that it was difficult to estimate at this point how many people need humanitarian aid.Most of those fleeing so far have been migrant workers. To date 280,614 people have fled the violence, including over 150,000 to Tunisia, with only 12,256 of them being Libyan. Another 118,000 people have fled to Egypt, with nearly all non-Libyan.But yesterday, of 2,250 people reaching Egypt over 1,000 were Libyans, including numerous whole families. “Many said they feared that routes out of Libya will be blocked as the combat zone closes in,” Ms. Fleming said.Currently, some 3,500 people are stranded at the Egyptian border, the majority Bangladeshis, but the number of flights from Egypt to Bangladesh has now increased and yesterday nearly 900 Bangladeshis left. Conditions at the border continue to be harsh with very cold temperatures at night and inadequate shelter. UNHCR and partners have been distributing blankets, sleeping mats, food and water.There are now 141 persons of concern to UNHCR at the border, including Somalis, Eritreans, Ethiopians, Sudanese from Darfur, Ivorians and Palestinians and the agency has asked the Egyptian Government to allow refugees and asylum-seekers to enter and be accommodated away from the border area until a solution can be found for them.In Tunisia over 16,000 people at the border camp are awaiting onwards transportation or other solutions. On average some 3,000 people have arrived per day since Friday. Many of the new arrivals have told UNHCR staff that they spent many days at Tripoli airport before coming to Tunisia.There have been 25 flights from Tunisia and Egypt since the start of the joint UNHCR- International Organization for Migration (IOM) humanitarian evacuation operation since 1 March. More than 6,000 people have already been flown home to Egypt, Bangladesh, and Mali in UNHCR-contracted planes. A further 15 flights are contracted for today to carry 3,000 people to Mali, Ghana, Chad and Niger. The agency’s operational reserve has provided $5 million for a further 75 flights carrying 15,000 third country nationals to sub-Saharan African destinations. Meanwhile, 47 tons of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) supplies have arrived in the town of Ben Guerdane on the Tunisian side of the border with Libya to cover needs in the areas of health, child protection, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene.“As more families are crossing the border to flee the violence, UNICEF and partners are stepping up their response to meet their humanitarian needs,” UNICEF representative in Tunisia Maria-Luisa Fornara said.UNICEF is also gearing up for an immediate response inside Libya, as soon as access is allowed and the security situation permits. Supplies currently available include 300 squatting plates for latrines, 10,000 blankets, 5,000 hygiene kits and nearly 100 early childhood development kits, which include educational toys and drawing sets.While the number of families fleeing Libya is relatively small, UNICEF said it remains concerned about the situation across the border and the impact of the violence on the well-being of women and children. read more

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Girl hit by vehicle in medicallyinduced coma

A girl hit by a vehicle in Hagersville this weekend has been put in a medically-induced coma.In a posting on a GoFundMe page, a member of Maeve Field’s family says her life will never be the same.Maeve, 4, was the youngster run down on the sidewalk in Hagersville Saturday by an out-of-control motorist. Her father, Ian Field of Townsend, managed to extricate her from under the car and get her immediately to nearby West Haldimand General Hospital.Maeve Field was badly hurt and is undergoing treatment for life-threatening injuries at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.“Maeve has suffered extensive, life-threatening, devastating injuries from head to toe,” a posting on the GoFundMe page says.“She is currently in critical yet stable condition in an induced coma and has endured over 20 hours of multiple surgeries with more on the horizon.“While Maeve’s prognosis remains uncertain, her life is forever changed.”The posting says Maeve, her older brother and older sister had just purchased gardening supplies at a hardware store in Hagersville when a vehicle leaving a parking spot reversed across Main Street and climbed the sidewalk.Maeve and her brother were hit. Maeve ended up under the vehicle and was dragged a short distance. The vehicle stopped when it came to rest against a building. The incident happened Saturday around 1 p.m.Maeve’s father managed to pull the girl from under the vehicle. A passerby drove them to West Haldimand General Hospital. OPP escorted Maeve to Hamilton for further treatment.“Words cannot express how incredibly difficult the last few days have been,” parents Ian and Gloria Field say on their GoFundMe page.“Our journey started at West Haldimand General Hospital emergency, where Daddy carried Maeve in through the front doors in his own arms. The doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to keep Maeve alive and get her transported to Mac Kids. We are so grateful for their incredible response to an unimaginable walk-in crisis.”The Fields also expressed thanks to staff at McMaster Children’s Hospital for “caring for Maeve as if she were one of their own children.”“Our hearts are full of love and gratitude because family, friends and community members – many of whom we have never met – are praying for us and keeping Maeve in their thoughts. Right now, our focus is on Maeve and we are staying positive. We feel your prayers and know you are sending love and healing.“We ask for continued privacy and prayers and will provide updates on Maeve’s condition in due course.”A GoFundMe page has been set up in the Fields’ name to help with the extraordinary expenses arising from their daughter’s treatment. A goal of $50,000 has been set. Within 14 hours of posting the page, 290 people had donated or pledged $21,400. By 6 p.m., the amount raised was more than $30,000.Haldimand OPP report the driver of the vehicle was an 80-year-old Norfolk woman. Const. Rod LeClair, spokesperson for the Haldimand OPP, said Wednesday that the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.Maeve’s 13-year-old brother also suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover.Main Street in Hagersville between Parkview Drive and King Street was closed for several hours Saturday while police read more

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UN envoy attends closing session of interCongolese dialogue in bid to boost

Special Representative Amos Ngongi was in Sun City, South Africa, to bring encouragement to the participants of the inter-Congolese dialogue, which was scheduled to end today but might continue until Friday, a UN spokesman said in New York.Meanwhile in the DRC, a team of UN military observers was in the northeast part of the country, where violent conflicts took place in Ganga between two factions of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD).According to a preliminary investigation, 15 people have been killed in the fighting. read more

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Fighting in Central Africa Republic drives thousands into Chad UN reports

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) dispatched a three-person team to southern Chad to verify reports of the recent arrival of nearly 20,000 people who fled fighting in the northern areas of the CAR. Many of the refugees say they are fleeing fighting in northern CAR that has pitted government troops against rebel forces loyal to the former CAR Chief of Staff, François Bozize.There are unconfirmed reports that the rebels recently recaptured the strategic northern town of Bozoum, which lies on the main road linking Bangui and Cameroon’s seaport of Douala. Smaller numbers of refugees from areas south of the CAR capital have also gone south to the Republic of Congo to escape rebel activity near their homes.Local non-governmental organizations say that the new arrivals at the border areas consist of some 6,000 CAR refugees, and an estimated 13,000 Chadians who had been living in northern CAR. The UNHCR assessment team that left the Chadian capital, Ndjamena, on Sunday is now at the two locations, making a rapid assessment of the needs of the refugees and returning Chadians. Both groups are said to be in poor condition without adequate food, shelter or proper health care. Meanwhile, UNHCR staff in Ndjamena has met with Chadian authorities and other UN agencies to arrange for assistance to the refugees and to draw up a re-integration plan for the returning Chadians. read more

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UN agency postpones Iraqi repatriation from Iran because of terrorist bombing

The convoy of 100 returnees, a tiny fraction of the more than 200,000 Iraqi refugees in Iran – by far the largest group of Iraqi refugees in the world – had been expected to leave from Ashrafi refugee camp in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province some time this week for Basra, Iraq’s second largest city.”In the aftermath of last week’s bomb attack on the UN in Baghdad, the convoy has been postponed while the world body reviews the security situation in Iraq,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a news release.The agency, which has already organized two small repatriation convoys from Saudi Arabia, warned against any large-scale refugee returns this year because of the lack of security and infrastructure even before last week’s terrorist bombing.Meanwhile, the bodies of three more victims of the attack were being airlifted from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, today where there were to be received by the Administrator of the UN Development Programme, Mark Malloch Brown. They were Ranillo Buenaventura of the Philippines, Reza Hosseini of Iran and Gillian Clark of Canada, who worked for the non-governmental organization Christian Children’s Fund.Mr. Malloch Brown met today with King Abdullah II of Jordan to convey Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s gratitude for Jordan’s assistance to the UN in the aftermath of the bombing, especially in receiving wounded staff. read more

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Sony reduces loss on sales recovery restructuring sticks to forecast for return

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:31 am MDT Sony reduces loss on sales recovery, restructuring, sticks to forecast for return to profit TOKYO – Sony Corp. reported Thursday a smaller flow of red ink for the fiscal second quarter on a sales recovery and restructuring efforts and stuck to its full year forecast for a return to profit from its worst loss in company history the previous year.The Japanese electronics and entertainment company recorded a 15.5 billion yen ($193 million yen) loss for the July-September period, much better than the 27 billion yen loss racked up the same period the previous year. Quarterly sales improved 1.9 per cent to 1.6 trillion yen ($20 billion).The Tokyo-based maker of Bravia TVs and the PlayStation 3 game machine remains in deep trouble as does much of the Japanese electronics industry — slammed by cheaper competition in flat-panel TVs, and by Apple Inc. of the U.S. and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. in mobile devices.Sony, which reported a record annual loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, its fourth straight year of red ink, stuck to its forecast to eke out a 20 billion yen ($250 million) profit for the current fiscal year.Separately, Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. reported its red ink for the fiscal first half jumped nearly 10-fold from the previous year to a 388 billion yen ($4.9 billion) loss.Osaka-based Sharp did not break down quarterly results. It said it expects a 450 billion yen ($5.6 billion) loss for the full fiscal year through March 2013. That would follow massive losses it racked up the previous fiscal year.On Wednesday, Panasonic Corp. also reported massive losses and forecast a 765 billion yen ($9.6 billion) loss for the fiscal year. That would mark the second straight fiscal year of massive losses for the maker of the Viera TVs and Lumix digital cameras.That would be worse than the record loss of 772.2 billion yen ($9.6 billion) that Panasonic plummeted into for the fiscal year through March — already among the biggest in Japan’s manufacturing history.Panasonic shares nosedived 19 per cent in Tokyo trading Thursday, on the disastrous results delivered the day before. Sony issues shed 4 per cent. Sharp shares, which have lost about three-quarters of their value over the past year, edged down nearly 2 per cent.The plight of Japanese electronics makers underlines their failure to be nimble with innovation at a time when cheaper rivals are able to come out with similar products very quickly.Panasonic tried to shift its operations to catering to other businesses such as solar panels and batteries, but even those sectors have been battered by price falls and aren’t proving as profitable as initially hoped.Sony has promised to reshape its sprawling business, which includes video games, movies and music, to focus more on certain sectors such as mobile devices, game machines and medical equipment.Sony is becoming the top shareholder in Japanese medical equipment maker Olympus Corp. Olympus holds the top global market share in endoscopes, which are special devices that enter the body to look inside organs for checkups and surgery.Olympus is mired in scandal after its British chief executive Michael Woodford became a whistleblower, and the company later acknowledged its involvement in a massive coverup of investment losses spanning decades.Sony said it had carried out cost cuts in its flat-panel TV operations and sales improved in its mobile phone segment, but sales faltered in its digital cameras because of the popularity of smartphones, according to the company. It continues to lose money in its TV business, now in its ninth straight year of losses.Its game unit also suffered as the drop in hardware and software sales of the PlayStation 3 home console was not offset by the sales of the new PS Vita hand-held machine.Sony’s troubles were exacerbated last year by factory and supplier damage in northeastern Japan from the March earthquake and tsunami.Sony is aiming for a comeback under Kazuo Hirai, appointed president in April, who headed the company’s game division and built his career in the U.S.For the latest quarter, Sony Pictures Entertainment got a perk from the strong performance of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” offset by the less successful “Total Recall.” In music, strong-sellers included P!nk’s “The Truth about Love” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad — 25th Anniversary,” it said.As part of its turnaround efforts, Sony recently sold its chemical products business. It also acquired U.S.-based Gaikai Inc. to set up a new cloud service, which delivers massive virtual storage, to expand interactive entertainment offerings. Sony also plans to start selling a super TV next month called “4K” that has an 84-inch display delivering superior image quality.Sony says it’s hoping to take advantage of its digital imaging and sensor technology for security and medical markets. But analysts say it’s unclear when the payoff for such forays will materialize.____Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: read more

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Northern Bahamas ravaged by disaster of epic proportions as UN releases US1

Much of the response was being paid for by the Government, he said, but given the scale of the disaster, it was appropriate for the international community to respond to the country’s request for assistance. Following further aerial surveys tomorrow and more data collection “hopefully, very soon after that, we will be able to get teams on the ground” he said, adding that he had told the Bahamian Prime Minister that he would release $1 million “immediately, from the Central Emergency Response Fund, to deal with exactly the set of priorities that he has identified”.   “It’s very unusual, for 20 per cent of the population of a country to be very severely impacted by a single event like this…The Bahamas has certainly never seen anything on the scale”, he said, adding that the most comparable recent disaster was the near total destruction of the Caribbean island of Dominica, by Hurricane Maria, in 2017.“It’s true that the numbers of people, given the overall scale of emergencies we deal with around the world is not as big as in some other places, but a disaster of such epic proportions on a single country in a single incident is very very unsual.” The UN chief said in a statement that he was especially concerned “for the tens of thousands of people affected in Grand Bahamas and Abaco. He offers his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.”Mr. Guterres said the UN was supporting the ongoing Government-led rescue and relief efforts and was contributing assessment teams to join others deploying to the affected areas. “People who have lost everything urgently need shelter, safe drinking water, food and medicine” he added, calling on donors to provide emergency funding for the humanitarian response and recovery efforts, “as soon as the requirements are known.”Rescuers have now begun to reach the worst hit parts of the archipelago, which consists of around 700 islands stretching across more than 100,000 square miles of ocean, after Dorian made landfall at the weekend as a Category 5 hurricane.Aerial images show a major level of destruction on the ground, and the official death toll of eight, is expected to rise. The hurricane remained over the north-west Bahamas for one and a half days, before weakening and moving away towards the coast of Florida. As of Wednesday afternoon local time, it was moving north bearing towards Georgia and the Carolinas. Unprecedented disaster ‘of epic proportions’ says Lowcock on the groundThe UN relief chief who heads up the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, travelled to the Bahamas on Wednesday to help assess what is needed from the international community, and express the United Nations’ solidarity with the people and national leaders. Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, down the line from the Bahamas late on Wednesday, Mr. Lowcock said that the damage was on an “enormous scale” causing “vast devastation” and leaving around 70,000 in need of life-saving aid on the two islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. He said access was “still very limited” to the islands for the rescue and humanitarian relief effort, and noted the scale of the disaster was unprecedented, for what is, essentially, a prosperous country. Listen below to our exclusive UN News interview with Mr. Lowcock speaking via Skype from the Bahamas. read more

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Weather Eye Pesky turned out to be more than just a possibility

first_img The definition of “pesky” is annoying, troublesome and vexatious. It is a weather person’s worst nightmare. I used that term in Thursday’s column to describe the low-pressure system dropping down from British Columbia over the long holiday weekend. Just as luck would have it, we had two weather systems to annoy us this holiday.We had showers and cool temperatures Friday with a high of 62 degrees, and more showers were on tap Saturday night. So much for those 75- to 80-degree temperatures. I can just picture longtime faithful reader of this column, Denny Bourdeau of Vancouver, getting quite a chuckle at this.Oh well, the days go on and so do we. Snow fell at the higher elevations in the Cascades this weekend, and I suspect it was pretty miserable camping in tents at the high lakes. No worry, it was windy and cold and drizzling at the coast too. You had to wear your winter jacket.Actually, this was more typical of our usual Memorial Day holidays. We got spoiled the last four years with sunny days and warm temperatures. We should, fingers crossed, see more sunshine today and Monday with highs leaving winter mode into late spring-early summer mode, into the 70s.That pesky low today should move quickly south and bring showers to our friends in Arizona for Memorial Day. Winds turn from the north later today and dry things out. As the new week wears on it looks like of course, partly sunny weather and warm with highs a little above average in the 70s.Enjoy the good weather this week, and happy Memorial Day to all! Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

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Palmer police expansion would be costly as Valley grapples with crime

first_imgView of Palmer. Photo: Flickr, AK_AV8TORListen nowThousands of people in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough just outside the city limits of Wasilla and Palmer are not covered by city police and rely solely on overworked Alaska State Troopers.As residents of the ever-growing borough grapple for solutions to spiking crime, one idea is expanding the cities’ police service to those outer areas. But, at least in Palmer, city officials say that would be expensive, difficult and unlikely to happen any time soon.About 7,000 people live inside Palmer city limits. It would nearly double the police department’s budget — adding an estimated $3 million every year — to provide police service to another 6,500 people in unincorporated areas nearby, according to a study compiled by the police department at the city’s request.The idea has come up at recent town hall meetings in the area, Palmer City Manager Nathan Wallace said.“It’s not going to be easy or quick, whatever happens,” Wallace said.The Palmer City Council took up the issue this week with a brief discussion on the study. They found that an expansion would likely require the annexation of outlying areas or a contract with the borough to pay for more police officers, Wallace said. Either idea might be unpopular and increase property taxes, he said.“It’s not something that we would just go out and say, ‘OK, we’re going to provide some police services, thank you very much.’ It’s something that has to start really at the citizens’ level, (those) that live outside the cities,” Wallace said.The talks in Palmer are just one part of a broader discussion on crime and policing in the surrounding Mat-Su Borough. A recent study by the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center shows staffing of Alaska State Troopers in the region is one trooper per 2,000 residents, less than a third of the national average.In a letter to the Alaska Legislature and Gov. Bill Walker this week, Borough Mayor Vern Halter described the situation in one subdivision just outside Wasilla as “a public safety emergency.” Halter said the state needs to fund more trooper positions in the borough.last_img read more

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Suresh Gopi to contest Lok Sabha elections as BJP candidate from Thrissur

first_imgSuresh GopiSuresh Gopi/FacebookSuresh Gopi, the action king of Malayalam cinema, may contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Thrissur as a BJP candidate. As per reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have apparently called Suresh Gopi to New Delhi for a discussion. If Suresh Gopi gives a positive nod to PM Modi and Shah, he will contest from Thrissur constituency, thus posing a strong challenge to both LDF and UDF candidates.Earlier, Thushar Vellappally from the BDJS party was named the NDA candidate in Thrissur constituency. However, Tushar revealed that he will be locking horns with Rahul Gandhi in the Wayanad constituency, and this factor has compelled the BJP leadership to look for a publicly accepted figure in Thrissur constituency.It should be noted that Suresh Gopi is a man known for his philanthropic efforts, and he is widely considered as an elegant personality despite political differences by the general Kerala public. The actor has donated a whopping sum of money to several people while hosting ‘Kodeeshwaran’ in Asianet, and these moves made people call him ‘Superstar of Millions’.Even though chances of Suresh Gopi winning from Thrissur constituency are pretty low, top BJP leadership believes that the actor will at least end the race in the second spot.However, a few days back, Suresh Gopi had made it clear that he is not interested to contest in elections due to his commitments in the entertainment industry. The actor is now busy with the shooting of his new movie ‘Tamilarasan’ directed by Babu Yogeeswaran. The film has Vijay Antony in the lead role, and Suresh Gopi is apparently playing another pivotal role in this flick.It has been also reported that Suresh Gopi will soon act in the sequel of ‘Lelam’ which will be directed by Nithin Renji Panicker. Interestingly, this movie will also feature Suresh’s son Gokul Suresh playing another prominent role. The script of this movie is being penned by firebrand writer Renji Panicker.last_img read more

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Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Ep 3 Recap Boldly Going Eventually

first_img Once again, Star Trek: Discovery braves the pitfalls of serialization. Everybody on board the Discovery  is dealing with some kind of mind-related problem this week. Tilly keeps seeing her old middle school friend cheering her on, despite the fact that said friend has been dead for years. Meanwhile, Burnham can’t figure out what Spock saw in the mysterious signals appearing throughout the galaxy. The longer it takes her to figure it out, the further she feels from him. And the more she feels she’s failing him when he needs her most. There appears to be some news on that front though, when Sarek’s ship approaches the Discovery. Pike is expecting the ambassador to be angry at him for betraying Spock’s knowlege of the signals, and therefore his admittance into an asylum. He sends Burnham to greet Sarek, but someone else arrives in the transporter. It’s Amanda, Spock’s human mother.Amanda, it turns out, has just come from the psychiatric facility where Spock turned himself in. Things appear awfully fishy there. Even though Amanda is his mother, they wouldn’t let her see him or share even basic information about his condition, whearabouts or prognosis. After that, she stole his medical records and needs Burnham to decrypt them. Pike, initially, isn’t entirely on board with that plan until he contacts a higher-up for more information. He doesn’t get much, but he learns that Spock’s records are classified because he apparently murdered two orderlies at the facility. If that doesn’t sound like Spock to you, Amanda, Burnham and Pike all agree. Something else is going on here.Anson Mount–Screenshot via CBS All AccessAs they search through Spock’s medical files, Amanda starts feeling guilty about cutting her son off from her emotions. Sarek wanted to raise him has pure Vulcan, meaning she couldn’t show him joy or affection in the way she wanted. She worries this turned him into a psychopath. Of course we know that’s not the way it happened, but it’s important to understanding her reaction to what happens next. Inside Spock’s files are images of the same Red Angel Burnham’s been seeing for the past couple episodes. Amanda says Spock started seeing the Red Angel as a kid. At the time, they thought it was an imaginary friend that child Spock insisted was real. Amanda says that Spock became withdrawn after he started seeing the Red Angel. Burnham says that’s not the reason. When they were kids, the logic extremists were after her. Since Spock followed her around, she did something to hurt Spock so he wouldn’t be a target. She doesn’t say what. Amanda takes Spock’s medical files and says she’ll find her son herself.That’s all we get from this story this week. It’s a weird place to end it. We don’t get the sense that anything really happened. Something is seriously wrong with Spock. Burnham may or may not have something to do with it, and that’s… it. I realize the search for Spock (lol) and the mystery of the red signals is a season-long arc, but you can’t just drop the subject completely after a handful of scenes and barely half of a reveal. Then, it just feels like stalling for time.It’s more evidence that Star Trek: Discovery still hasn’t managed to shake its biggest problem. It hasn’t found a great way to serialize Star Trek. The old series had long-running story arcs, sure, but each episode also had a satisfying and self-contained story. That’s what feels missing here. The elements of good Star Trek are present in Discovery. They’re just spread thin over multiple episodes, so they’re harder to see. Instead of a full arc complete with moral philosophizing, we get part of an arc with the promise that the conclusion and debates will come later. That’s just not as satisfying. Tilly’s story especially suffered from this. Unlike the business with Spock, the Red Angel and the seven signals, there was no reason for Tilly’s story to be split between this week and next. It would have worked so much better as its own standalone episode.Mary Wiseman, Bahia Watson–Screenshot via CBS All AccessShe keeps seeing her dead childhood friend with increasing regularity. It starts to interfere with her officer training. When the ghost starts insisting that Pike isn’t the real captain, not letting Tilly concentrate on the task at hand, Tilly appears to snap and start yelling at Pike. There’s a glimpse of great Star Trek here when Tilly goes to Burnham for help. Burnham uses her knowledge of science and anthropology to figure out that whatever Tilly’s seeing, it can’t be a ghost of a human or a figment of Tilly’s imagination. If it were either of those two things, it would understand Tilly’s emotions, which it doesn’t. It’s a cool reveal, pulled off very well. It’s exciting, then, when Tilly goes to Stamets for help because we can piece together what’s happening along with the characters. This is the fun part of Star Trek.Stamets determines that when they crossed back over to this universe from the Mirror universe last season, Tilly a fungal spore from the mycelial network attached itself to Tilly. It reacted with the dark matter, and now it’s trying to force Tilly to help it fulfill some sort of desire. We don’t know what that is because once Stamets identifies the problem, he rips the fungus out of her and Saru traps it in a quarantine bubble. On an ideal episode of Star Trek, we’d learn more about this creature and what it wants. The end result could still be a battle, but we’d have some understanding of it first. And given the preview of next week’s episode, we’ll get that eventually. Next week will deal more directly with the nature of the fungus. I still don’t understand why it had to be spread out over multiple episodes like this. There’s plenty of potential for a good standalone Trek story with this creature, and serializing it like this makes it feel unnecessarily thin. I don’t expect Discovery to ever be The Next Generation. It’s a completely different show, and that’s fine. Star Trek can tell many different kinds of stories. It doesn’t need to completely abandon what worked before though. A more serialized Star Trek story is a great idea. But even in that, there’s still room for one-off encounter-of-the-week episodes. Especially when it comes to b-plots like this.Mary Chieffo as LÕRell; Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler–Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBSThere’s only one story this week that gets a satisfying arc with a beginning, middle and end, and ironically, it’s the one most connected to last season’s big arc. We catch up with the Klingons in the aftermath of the war. L’Rell isn’t having the easiest time as leader, particularly because her lover and high-ranking officer looks human. Kol-Sha, who preferred the old feudal system, wants to challenge L’Rell as leader of the Klingon empire. After the challenge, Ash makes a mistake that comes back to haunt him almost immediately. First, he contacts Burnham to warn her that L’Rell’s leadership is being challenged. He says that if L’Rell falls, the peace between the Klingons and Federation dies with her. L’Rell finds out about the call, and begins to question where his loyalties and affections truly lie. He’s able to reassure her that he’s committed to the Klingon Empire. Soon after that, he learns he has a son. Before the process that turned Voq into Tyler, he and L’Rell conceived a child. It gestated outside of the womb in order to be kept secret. Holding his son, Tyler finally feels a real connection to the Klingons.That doesn’t last long. It turns out Kol-Sha planted a listening device on Tyler. Now he knows of both his secret son and his communication with Michael Burnham. He has the dirt to gain support for his coup, and he kidnaps the kid so he can force L’Rell to sign the empire over to him. We get an exciting, brutal Klingon knife battle, because if there’s one area where Discovery excels, it’s in the action scenes. Kol-Sha ends up paralyzing both L’Rell and Tyler, though. He forces L’Rell to sign away the empire, and is about to kill them. Then, the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on this show happens. A mysterious figure appears out of nowhere, saves both L’Rell and Tyler, and easily dispatches Kol-Sha and his men. The figure takes off its mask to reveal Philippa Georgiou. We finally see a glimpse of her work with Section 31, and it comes with one hell of an entrance. It turns out Section 31 has been keeping an eye on Klingon politics, ready to preserve the peace by whatever means necessary.Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou–Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBSToday, those means include convincing L’Rell to give up the two things she loves most, aside from the Klingon Empire. Both her son and Tyler are vulnerabilities. If she’s going to be an effective ruler, she needs to get rid of them. L’Rell makes a grand speech, telling everyone that Tyler betrayed her and Kol-Sha saved her from a coup, thereby uniting the houses under her again. She presents what looks like the head of Ash Tyler, and also the head of her son, who she says died in the fight. She promises to be a Mother to all the Klingon people, solidifying her place at the top. Even though we know there’s some Section 31 trickery going on her, and that there’s no way those heads are real, it’s still a pretty brutal image to see L’Rell holding a severed baby head up to a crowd of cheering Klingons. Meanwhile, we get to see the inside of a Section 31 ship. Tyler sends his son to be raised in a Klingon monastery, never knowing his parents. As for himself, Georgiou is working on recruiting him into Section 31. This won’t be the last we see of the shadowy organization.I was a little nervous about a return to the Klingon story, but it was handled surprisingly well here. In giving us a beginning, middle and end, it was able to do what no other plot could manage this week. It was a fun, twisty bit of political drama in an episode that otherwise stumbled forward at a reluctant pace. And if there’s any part of the Star Trek universe perfect for Game of Thrones style murder politics, it’s the Klingon Empire. It just fits so well. I only wish the scenes on the Discovery would take a page from this part of the story, and give us some sort of conclusion before the episode ended.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS All AccessPreviously on Star Trek: Discovery:Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 2 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 1 Finale RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 13 Recap ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Pebble Is Launching a New Smartwatch Today on Kickstarter

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If you take a visit to crowdfunding site Kickstarter today you’ll see a familiar company there: Pebble. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company is back on Kickstarter to announce its new smartwatch called the Pebble Time. At first you’ll notice that Pebble Time has a different look than the original Pebble or Pebble Steel. It comes with a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass front cover and a stainless steel bezel around the frame. It also is about 20 percent slimmer than the original Pebble, co-founder Eric Migicovsky tells Entrepreneur.Pebble Time comes in black, white and red versions.Related: Pebble Gets Even Smarter, Rolls Out Interactive Notifications for Android UsersFeatures-wise, two things stand out on the Pebble Time. First is the color e-paper display. Until now, Pebble smartwatches featured black and white e-paper displays. Even with the addition of color, though, Pebble Time will still have a five- to seven-day battery life, Migicovsky says.Another big addition is the microphone, allowing Pebble Time owners to speak responses to messages directly over the smartwatch. A “voice note” tool also allows people to record short audio notes and reminders.”These features were designed for busy people who want to be able to respond to messages without taking out their smartphone,” Migicovsky says.Here’s a look at the Pebble Time video on Kickstarter:A departure from the previous models, Pebble Time comes as smartwatches from companies like LG and Samsung come with a bevvy of smartphone-like features, like touchscreens, cameras and speakers. While the devices sacrifice battery life for features like these, Pebble has the competition in mind, especially with the launch of the Apple Watch in the near future.Related: Pebble Lowers Prices, Expands Retail Presence and Adds New Activity-Tracking FeaturesAn all-new operating systemIn addition to the hardware, Pebble also is unveiling some significant software changes. A new operating system called Timeline is launching today. Instead of a person opening individual apps to get information — such as weather or traffic or sports scores — the new OS will extract relevant information from those apps and deliver it to Pebble users in the format of a personal timeline, Migicovsky says.”We think we’ve made a breakthrough that will help shift the way people interact with smartwatches,” he says. “It brings all the information you need to know to your screen with just one click.”In addition to Pebble Time, the new Timeline OS will become available to owners of the original Pebble as well as Pebble Steel. Shipping in May, the Pebble Time smartwatch will retail for $199. People who are interested can place an order now via Kickstarter for $159. In addition to getting the word out, Pebble is hoping the Kickstarter campaign will help raise at least $500,000.Pebble, of course, launched on Kickstarter in 2012. It kicked off the current smartwatch wave, blowing past its $100,000 goal and pulling in more than $10 million from nearly 69,000 backers. As of late last year, the company had sold more than 1 million smartwatches.Related: Why Wearable Tech Isn’t the Next Big Thing — Yetcenter_img February 24, 2015 3 min readlast_img read more

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Alcohol still the most popular drug in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Male smokers triple female ones in Costa Rica, study finds Costa Rica reports lower cancer mortality rates Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF Number of obese Ticos has almost quadrupled in four decades Almost one in three Ticos drink alcohol at least once a month, most of them men, according to results of the latest study on the use ofpsychoactive substances in the country released last week by the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute (IAFA), part of the Health Ministry.In the study, 63.3 percent of respondents said they had drunk alcohol at least once in their lives, while 41.6 percent said they drank alcohol in the past year and 27.9 percent did it in the last month.IAFA director Luis Eduardo Sandí said in a news release that five years ago, only one in ten Costa Ricans admitted to having drunk alcohol in the past month.According to the survey, the number of new drinkers increased by 4.9 percent in the past year, most of them people between the ages of 12 and 19.Results of a study released last year by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, however, found that Costa Rica’s percentage of drinkers is the second lowest in the Americas, just behind El Salvador.Other drugsIAFA’s survey also found an increase in Ticos’ consumption of marijuana, cocaine and crack. Occasional use of marijuana nearly tripled in the last five years: in 2010, 6.5 percent of people admitted to having smoked marijuana at least once in their lives, and the figure rose to 17.7 percent in 2015.The increase is even bigger if compared with results obtained in the first survey conducted in 1990.“Occasional consumption has increased almost eight times since then,” Sandí said.IAFA researchers attribute the increase to a change in people’s perception of marijuana and to its recent popularity.“People now see marijuana as something organic and even medicinal, and they don’t see any risks or consequences associated with its consumption,” Sandí said.Consumption of cocaine and crack also showed slight increases from 2010. Only 2 percent of respondents said they have tried cocaine once in their life; 1.1 percent did it in the past year, and 0.4 percent in the last month.Regarding crack, 2 percent of respondents said they had tried it at least once, 0.3 percent in the past year, and 0.2 percent in the past month.Decrease in smokingThe survey found that tobacco consumption is on the decline. Results showed that 37.6 percent of respondents said they had smoked at some point in their lives, but only 10.5 percent for people had smoked in the past month.Researchers attribute these figures to the approval of the 2012 Anti-Smoking Bill that banned smoking in public spaces, banned cigarette advertising, and set stricter regulations for packaging and selling.The agency conducts its “Drug Use in the General Population Survey” every five years since 1990. Results released last week correspond to the sixth survey conducted in 2015.IAFA reported that last year’s survey, for the first time, included people from all of Costa Rica’s 81 cantons. The sample included almost 16,000 people between ages of 12 and 70. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Virgin Australia and Travelport sign new long term agreement

first_imgVirgin Australia and Travelport sign new long term agreementTravelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $8 trillion global travel and tourism industry, today announces a new long term agreement signed with Virgin Australia for global distribution, enhanced with its Rich Content and Branding solution.Virgin Australia will be able to utilise this innovative feature that enables airlines to market and retail their products more effectively by determining how their products are visually presented and described to travel agents. It is designed to allow airlines to use more sophisticated retailing techniques in order to drive sales of core fares as well as ancillary products and optional services such as seats with extra legroom and lounge passes.Virgin Australia is preparing to launch new Business Class suites on its A330 aircraft which fly between Perth and the East Coast of Australia and its B777 aircraft which fly from Australia to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. The Premium Economy cabin on the airline’s B777 aircraft will also undergo a major redesign, providing more legroom than any other Australian airline and a new Premium Larder. Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding solution will enable Virgin Australia to communicate the features of these exciting new products and services to all Travelport-connected agencies globally using both text and graphics.Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “We are committed to delivering a superior experience for our guests at all times on their journey. Travelport’s Rich Content and Branding solution will enable us to share details of exciting products and services such as our new Business Class suite with travel agents around Australia and worldwide.”Damian Hickey, Vice President, Asia Pacific and Global Sales Strategy, Air Commerce, Travelport, added: “Travelport’s Rich Content & Branding is the perfect complement to Virgin Australia’s customer experience goals. Our solution is about empowering airlines to create great choices for their customers and to clearly communicate those choices. Virgin Australia’s goal is to create the preferred flying experience through great choices. What a match! I am just delighted that we are making our long-standing partnership even better.” Fly Virgin AustraliaSource = Virgin Australia & Travelportlast_img read more

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