Bahraini Delegation Pays Visit to Israel Upon Orders From King Hamad

By Sana ElouaziRabat – A delegation from Bahrain has reportedly travelled to Israel for a four-day visit, amid widespread demonstrations denouncing Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reported the Israeli channel Two on Saturday December 9.The delegation, which was sent upon orders from the Bahraini monarch Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, includes 24 religious figures of a group called “This is Bahrain,” to deliver a “message of peace and brotherhood to Israel.” “His Majesty King Hamad has sent us with a message of peace to all places around the world. The Shia in and outside Bahrain do not hold any animosity or hatred towards any faith or doctrine,” Sheikh Fadil al-Jamri told local media.“We are visiting Jerusalem today with our message of peace and to see this historic religious site,” he added.According to the Hebrew channel, the mixed Sunni-Shia delegation accompanied by an Israeli Foreign Ministry delegation, conducted a field tour in Jerusalem’s old city, without disclosing the places and sites visited.“Although the Bahrain Foreign Ministry condemned Trump’s recent decision, the delegation did not cancel the visit,” the Israeli channel said.Bahrain’s foreign ministry has warned that the move “threatens the peace process in the Middle East and impedes all initiatives and negotiations towards a lasting solution.”However, the Foreign Ministry’s statement does not reflect King Al Khalifa’s overall position regarding Israel and Jerusalem.Israeli media reported three months ago that King Al Khalifa condemned the hostility of Arabs against Israel, during his participation in a memorial on “Jewish genocide” organized by the Jewish center in Los Angeles in the the United States.The Bahraini monarch also asserted that Israeli citizens can visit his Gulf state and called for diplomatic ties to be established between the two countries..In addition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously said “developments in Israel’s ties with moderate Arab countries are in an unprecedented situation,” and that the relations are improving.“The scale of our cooperation with Arab countries has yet to be set, but it is better than ever. These big changes are ongoing despite Palestinians. Unfortunately, the Palestinians have not changed their minds to reach any solution,” Netanyahu said. read more

Home costs take slightly smaller bite of household budget but Vancouver still

TORONTO — A new report says the cost of home ownership in most major Canadian markets was down slightly in the last three months of 2012 but notes that pressure on household budgets remains somewhat above the historical average.“Home ownership costs came down for a second consecutive quarter as a share of household income thanks primarily to small declines in mortgage rates and home prices in several markets across the country,” the RBC report says.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s housing market world’s most overvalued, despite cooling” link=””%5DOvervaluation in Canada comes in at a whopping 78%, by the Economist‘s price-to-rents ratio, the newspaper said in its survey on the global housing market. At the other end of the scale is Japan with an undervaluation of 37%.Continue reading . . . [/np_storybar]But it notes that there were also back-to-back back cost increases in the first two quarters of 2012, extending a pattern of alternating decreasing and increasing affordability that has been going on since 2010.“The absence of clear direction in the trend in the past three years, in turn, means that affordability pressures continue to be somewhat greater than they have been on average historically.“RBC’s measures still modestly exceed their averages since the mid-1980s, with the imbalance being more pronounced in the two-storey home segment.”Vancouver showed the biggest improvement from the third quarter, but remained the least affordable home property market tracked by RBC Economics Research.In that city, the cost of mortgage payments, utilities and property taxes for a benchmark detached bungalow would eat up 82.2% of a typical household’s pre-tax income.That’s down 2.6 percentage points from the previous quarter but still indicates the cost of basic home expenses in Vancouver is beyond the reach of many people.The RBC Housing Trends and Affordability report, compiled four times a year by the group that owns RBC Royal Bank, estimates it would take $147,700 of annual income to qualify for a benchmark mortgage on a Vancouver detached bungalow.In Toronto, the second-most expensive market tracked, the qualifying income in the fourth quarter was $111,400, resulting in an affordability measure of 52.8% — down four-tenths of a point from the third quarter.As is often the case in national real estate statistics, Vancouver and Toronto tend to have a disproportionate impact on the overall numbers.On a national basis, the bank estimates the cost of owning a detached bungalow eased by two-tenths of a point to 42.1% of household pre-tax income. The qualifying annual income in this case is $77,200 — roughly half Vancouver’s rate.RBC estimates it took 28% of pre-tax income to cover a condo’s basic costs and 47.8% of a typical family paycheque to pay for a two-storey home — down two-tenths of a point and three-tenths of a point respectively. read more

Parliament sittings adjourned following tense situation

Gunawardena said that the Geneva issue is a serious issue and the joint opposition must be given fair time to make statements on the issue. Parliament sittings were adjourned today following a tense situation.The situation arose when the joint opposition raised objections to the time allocated for them to speak. Joint opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena said that very little time had been allocated for the joint opposition to raise the Geneva issue in Parliament today. However the Government said there was an agreement to reduce the time allocated for Parliamentarians to speak today as Parliament was to conclude sittings at 3pm today owing to the funeral of the late Most Venerable Aggamaha Pandita Davuldena Gnanaissara Thero, the Mahanayake of Amarapura Maha Nikaya which takes place today.However the joint opposition continued to demand more time and as a result the Speaker adjourned sittings. (Colombo Gazette)

Intense downpour takes toll

Sunday morning’s intense rainfall in Simcoe would have qualified as a 15-year storm had it lasted longer.Dr. Harold Schroeter, a hydrologist based in Simcoe, said rain from the five-minute storm fell at a rate of 150 millimetres per hour.The thunderstorm passed over Simcoe around 4 a.m. As part of his ongoing process of data collection, Schroeter has precision rain gauges situated throughout the local area.The downburst caused its share of damage. According to a sign on the business, Carters Osh Kosh children’s wear outlet at the Walmart plaza will be closed at least till Wednesday morning.The Pet Valu store next door had significant mopping up to do but didn’t lose any hours. Meanwhile, play at the Greens at Renton has been temporarily suspended because the golf course is saturated in low-lying areas.Dwight Myers, the Greens’ tournament director, said the area of primary concern adjoins the stream that flows out of the course at Cockshutt Road and Townsend Road 14. Myers told a party of 20 from Buffalo Sunday morning to stay home because the course was unavailable.“The whole area was a lake,” Myers said Monday. “It stayed that way until the stream was able to flow out again. It’s so wet out there that it is unplayable. This is our second day without golf. All hell broke loose, that’s what happened here.”A property restoration specialist was on site at Carters Osh Kosh. Store management was unavailable for comment but evidence of water damage was visible from the front door.Base boards have been removed while fans and shop-vacs have been deployed inside. Employees of Pet Valu next door report a considerable amount of water passing into their side of the building.“It was phenomenal,” said Vivian Snyder. “If we don’t look after the environment, we’re in trouble. Some say this is nothing unusual but I think it is.”Pet Valu manager Ryan Gross has had ongoing discussions with his Smart Centres landlord about improving the grading and other steps to keep rain away from his business. There have been storms this summer, Gross said, where an awning would have come in handy.“We’re fighting to get an awning on the front of our business,” Gross said. “The rain comes down and comes right in our store. Until we get an awning I’m not happy. That’s my beef for the day.”Gross has been told it remains to be seen whether the floor in the Carters Osh Kosh half of the building can be saved.Schroeter is a member of Norfolk’s Environmental Advisory Committee.Isolated downbursts like this, Schroeter said, are increasingly common and have prompted institutions like the Long Point Region Conservation Authority and the City of Mississauga to invest in precision rain gauges. The idea is to capture more data from smaller storms to better understand their intensity.Schroeter says there is much debate in weather circles about the causes of downbursts. Insurance companies are working hard to understand the dynamics as well while encouraging clients to water-proof their properties.Schroeter suspects damaging downbursts are related to urban sprawl and the creation of large expanses of concrete and paved surfaces. These, he said, collect sunlight and radiate it back into the atmosphere as convective heat.Schroeter likened it to the bottom of a pot of boiling water as it radiates bubbles to the surface.The hot, hard surfaces baking in the sun have a similar energizing effect on humid air passing over it. This, Schroeter says, launches moisture-laden air high in the sky where it eventually loses lift and falls as heavy rain.As such, Schroeter saysthis is a man-made effect arising from poor urban design.“You’re getting more intense storms due to this convective heat action,” Schroeter said. “This is not a `climate change’ thing; this is a man-made thing caused by the changes we are making to the earth’s

Young hero sets big example

Simcoe’s Dylan Roloson is proof that young heroes don’t only exist in comic books.The 7-year-old woke the morning of Jan. 25 to find his mother Jessica – a Type 1 diabetic – unconscious.The youngster quickly dialled some family members before notifying 911.In a calm manner, he explained the situation and the Norfolk County paramedic team of Jennifer Richards and Kari Maxin quickly arrived and transported Jessica to hospital where she was treated and eventually released.By all accounts, Dylan’s quick-thinking saved his mother’s life.On Thursday, members of Norfolk County OPP, EMS, fire services and county council came to Dylan’s school – Lynndale Heights – for a special presentation.The youngster was honoured in front of his classmates by all parties for his courage.“He’s a hero in your school,” Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk told the students.“All of us – ambulance, fire, and police – try to do our best every day to keep people safe in our community and we’re proud of the people that work with us and for us,” said Norfolk Staff Sgt. Jim Millson. “We’re also proud of the people who do wonderful things to make our community better and to know how to use the 911 system properly and make it effective and save a life at the same time is just marvellous, it’s fantastic. We’re just so happy it worked out in this case.”Dylan was given certificates from each public service, including a plaque of life-saving recognition on behalf of Gary Couture, the OPP interim commissioner.“It’s fabulous,” Jessica said of the presentations. “It’s not something I would’ve ever expected to have happen. It’s hard to believe my little 7-year-old saved my life.”While her youngster was showered with new police, fire and paramedic swag – which included goodies provided personally by Richards and Maxin – Jessica fought back tears when speaking about the courage Dylan showed in the face of adversity.“He’s always been like that, he’s always been a very positive, calm kid,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, he has some hyper moments like any other kid does, but to hear how calm and collected he was during this has just made me so proud. It had to have been terrifying for him but everything that’s come out of it has been amazing.”The ceremony comes on the heels of Norfolk OPP dealing with a rash of non-emergency calls to 911. Police have been forced to respond to homes where children were displeased about being asked to do housework while one woman dialled the number to see if it worked on her new cell phone.Dylan said he’ll be sharing the importance of 911 calls with his friends.“The rules about 911 – not a prank call or anything else – only if it’s a real emergency,” he said of his message.“I just took a deep breath and then (spoke).”Seeing a youngster act so bravely is a major boost for those currently in charge of public safety, Millson said.“It makes a big difference in all of our lives when we hear these types of stories and the difference that we can make,” he added. “Hopefully you all take something like that away with you today and remember that you can make a difference in life too, just think coolly, think calmly and do the right thing.” read more

Fiji elections credible but more work needed to restore democracy UN

In his report to the General Assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the Fiji vote reflected the will of the people of Fiji. According to the UN Electoral Observer Mission to Fiji, which monitored 96 per cent of polling stations, there was no evidence of systemic attempts to manipulate the electoral process for political gain. There were, however, several complaints and a number of technical problems, including serious issues related to the electoral rolls, the report says. On this and other issues, the Mission has made suggestions to the authorities of Fiji, which it hopes will prove useful for the future.According to the report, the preferential voting system prescribed by the Constitution of Fiji is considered by some to be unnecessarily complex and a cause of the high number of invalid votes. At the same time, it is recognized that the system was introduced to lessen the impact of the communal divide in Fiji. “The debate on whether the present system is indeed the best for Fiji will no doubt continue,” the Secretary-General writes.On the issue of returning to constitutionally democratic governance, the report says the post-election observation revealed several outstanding matters, including the establishment of a multiparty Cabinet, as required by section 99 of the Constitution. This, in turn, is related to the appointment of the Leader of the Opposition and the Senate membership, the report says.”Given the foregoing, there is still an opportunity to assist and support Fiji in its expressed determination to return to full constitutional democracy,” the report says. “Continued participation by the United Nations is made viable, and its potential to contribute well served, by the credibility established by the Mission during its time in Fiji.” read more

Google looks to generation C in growing YouTube into rival for conventional

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 10:00 am MDT TORONTO – Google is searching for Internet addicts roughly 18 to 34, who spend seemingly every waking hour connected to the Internet, who are comfortable on camera, don’t mind getting personal with millions of strangers around the world, and have a knack for trend spotting.The search giant is looking for members of that cohort that has come to be known as “generation C.”The digital natives of generation C are seen as the early adopters who will help legitimize YouTube as a real rival to conventional TV, since they’re already looking to the video platform for prime-time entertainment. They’d rather watch an hour’s worth of short five-minute clips than whatever sitcoms and dramas are on TV.And they’re also enthusiastic creators of engaging, shareable online content that attracts the young eyeballs advertisers covet.“This is the person who creates content, who curates content, they like to be connected with the world around them … and they just have a very different interaction with content than we’re used to seeing,” says YouTube’s manager of strategic partnerships Ipsa Desai.She says Google feels the “C” in generation C can stand for creation, curation, connection and community.“They’ve grown up with the Internet, they’ve grown up being connected to their friends, and not just their friends, but communities of people who share similar passions.”While mobile video viewing is still in its nascent stages, Google says 80 per cent of generation C users are already watching YouTube on their smartphones. And they’re hyper multitaskers — Google estimated they switch between devices or digital platforms like social networks 27 times an hour. That’s an average of a swap every other minute.As buzz about the gen-C label spreads, more big-time content creators and advertisers are looking to target that audience and shift some of their attention away from TV.A year ago, Brian Robbins was a top producer of teen-targeted TV shows, with credits for titles including “One Tree Hill,” “Smallville” and “So Random!” He then switched gears and started AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel for teens which has since signed up 600,000 subscribers and racked up more than 120 million views. In May, AwesomenessTV was acquired by Dreamworks Animation for a reported $33 million.Robbins says his shift to producing digital content was inspired by watching his teenaged son’s nightly routine change.“He doesn’t really watch TV anymore. Whereas our weekends used to be spent watching our kids glued to the TV with their friends now my wife and I laugh watching them on that same sofa, TV off, with their heads buried in their phones and tablets,” says Robbins, who adds that half of AwesomenessTV’s views are coming from mobile devices.“Seeing this reaffirmed for me the reason I decided to make content on YouTube in the first place because the best way to reach and engage teens is to go where they already are and that’s online.”Toronto-based Temple Street Productions, which has produced “Being Erica,” “Orphan Black,” “Recipe to Riches,” “Over the Rainbow” and “Canada’s Next Top Model,” is also betting on YouTube as a major new channel for content.The company recently spun off a new entity called Boat Rocker Studios, which will work with YouTube content creators to take their videos to another level. The content partners will have access to high-tech equipment at a studio the company is building in Toronto.“We focused on the term ‘Boat Rocker’ for a couple of reasons but one was to really capture that gen-C idea of wanting to rock the boat and wanting to contribute to content as much as consume it,” says Michel Pratte, Temple Street’s vice president of media ventures.“It’s taking people who may not have been the right fit for traditional media but it didn’t mean they didn’t have the right talent. We want this space to be the hub, the place for collaboration, where the best creators can come and focus Toronto’s digital creative community in one location.”He says the content will be designed specifically for online viewing although it’s possible it could be repurposed for TV.“Its initial place will be digital but that’s not to say that either the talent couldn’t migrate to another platform or that the content couldn’t be cut and put on another platform,” he says.“I think the word digital will probably go away and we’ll look at it as content.”Desai says viewers are starting to get really hooked on online content and no longer place a higher value on what they see on TV.“The world is changing, the world of content production and consumption is changing, and I don’t think anyone knows exactly what it’s going to look like in the future,” she says.“But I think the point is it’s not going to be just traditional broadcast or I don’t think it’s going to be just YouTube either. It’s going to be some sort of hybrid where it’s all about the content and the screen that you watch it on, and the type of connection you get it over is less relevant to the user.” Google looks to ‘generation C’ in growing YouTube into rival for conventional TV read more

Study of social media and television finds correlations between Tweets and tuneins

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:29 am MDT The biggest study conducted to date indicates social media is having an effect on what viewers watch on television.Nielsen Research looked at the TV ratings of live events and Twitter activity for 221 prime time broadcast episodes, and found correlations between Tweets and tune-in surges.In general, it’s thought that strong TV ratings would yield more Twitter activity, but the study also found that the volume of Tweets drove up live TV ratings in 29 per cent of the episodes included in the study.According to the Nielsen report, TV viewers would change the channel specifically to live sports events. However, it did not follow the trend in all high-profile events.For example, despite strong Twitter activity, there wasn’t a ratings spike for Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong, nor was there one for the first airing of “Sharknado,” which had underwhelming ratings despite an explosion of Twitter conversation.Ad Age magazine points out that the Nielsen Study was not all encompassing, as it didn’t take age demos into account for either factor. Nielsen ratings|social media|study|Television|twitter Study of social media and television finds correlations between Tweets and tune-ins read more

Hurricane Maria churns toward Turks and Caicos and leaves 32 dead

Dave Graham, Robin Respaut Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHurricane Maria: Puerto Rico may be months without powerSeptember 21, 2017In “World”Hurricane Maria pummels Puerto RicoSeptember 20, 2017In “World”Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the CaribbeanSeptember 7, 2017In “World” SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) – Hurricane Maria churned toward the Turks and Caicos on Friday after lashing Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands with winds and rain that destroyed homes, flooded streets, crippled economies and left at least 32 people dead.Maria is the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month and the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years. It knocked out the island’s power and several rivers hit record flood levels.Damaged boats are seen after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Salinas, Puerto Rico, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsAt least 15 people were killed in Puerto Rico, El Nuevo Día‏ newspaper reported. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told cable TV news channel CNN he had reports of at least 13 people on the island being killed.“We have a lot of flooding,” he said in the interview, adding there “was a major disaster here in Puerto Rico.”Fourteen deaths were reported on the island nation of Dominica, which has a population of about 71,000. Two others were killed in the French territory of Guadeloupe and one on the U.S. Virgin Islands.The death toll in the Caribbean is likely to rise when searches resume at daybreak.Rossello imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew through Saturday for the island’s 3.4 million people. He said about 700 people have been rescued from floodwaters and communication was difficult with the southeastern part of the island.Among those killed in Puerto Rico were eight people who drowned in Toa Baja, about 20 miles (32 km) west of San Juan, Mayor Bernardo Márquez told the newspaper.Three elderly sisters were killed by a mudslide on Wednesday in the mountainous central municipality of Utuado, El Nuevo Día said, citing relatives and the mayor of Utuado.In the heart of the island’s capital San Juan, which has a fort and buildings from the Spanish colonial era, the storm left a trail of wreckage. Toppled trees cut power lines and streets were turned into rivers.U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters the island had been “totally obliterated” and he planned to visit.Puerto Rico was already facing the largest municipal debt crisis in U.S. history.A team of judges overseeing its bankruptcy has advised involved parties to put legal proceedings on hold indefinitely as the island recovers, said a source familiar with the proceedings.Residents working on their roof in badly damaged neighborhood are seen from a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey surveying the aftermath from Hurricane Maria in St. Croix, , U.S. Virgin Islands, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan DrakeSTORM SURGESMaria is a Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of up to 125 mph (205 kph). It was 35 miles (55 km) east-northeast of Grand Turk Island as of 5 a.m. EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.It was forecast to bring storm surges of up to 12 feet (3.7 m) to the southeastern Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos, it said, adding that a gradual weakening was forecast for the next 48 hours as it heads north in the Atlantic Ocean.Maria was expected to bring as much as 40 inches (102 cm) of rain to Puerto Rico and an island-wide flash flood watch was in effect. Between eight and 16 inches (20 to 40 cm) of rain was expected on Turks and Caicos, which could cause flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.Maria looked unlikely to hit the continental United States but its storm swells will reach the southeastern coast from Friday, the NHC said.“These swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and life-threatening rip currents along the coast for the next several days,” it said.Utility crews from the U.S. mainland headed to Puerto Rico to help restore the power grid and the U.S. military sent ground forces and aircraft to assist with search and rescue.More than 95 percent of wireless cell sites were not working on Thursday afternoon on the island, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, more than three-quarters of cell sites are out of service.LONG ROAD TO RECOVERYIn Dominica, Maria damaged about 95 percent of roofs, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said. It struck as a Category 5 storm on Monday, ripping foliage off plants and obliterating the island’s vital agricultural sector.The eye of the hurricane passed directly over Dominica (AFP)The storm caused flooding in the Dominican Republic when it passed nearby from Wednesday night.Maria passed close by the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix, home to about 55,000 people, early on Wednesday as a Category 5 storm, knocking out electricity and most mobile phone service.“The worst is behind us,” Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp told reporters on Thursday. The government has imposed a 24-hour curfew until further notice.About 600 people throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands are in emergency shelters and many parts are without power, Mapp said.“It’s going to be a long road to recovery,” Mapp said. Maria hit about two weeks after Hurricane Irma pounded two other U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Thomas and St. John.Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, killed at least 84 people in the Caribbean and the United States. It followed Harvey, which killed more than 80 people when it hit Texas in late August and caused flooding in Houston.More than two months remain in the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.Additional reporting by Jorge Pineda in Santo Domingo, Nick Brown in Houston, Devika Krishna Kumar and Daniel Wallis in New York and Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Jon Herskovitz and Lisa Shumaker; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg read more

Driver Slams into Power Pole in Leeward Highway

first_img West Rural St. Andrew Communities Receive Electricity Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Nov 2014 – Fatality last night in the Bight area. Accident scene photos and videos at PTV8 facebook page.Driver of blue Ford Ranger slams into power pole and some residents of Leeward Highway near Nell’s Gift Store are in the dark. The man is said to be in his fifties and is believed to be Jamaican. Electricity has been down off about a half hour.Magnetic Media is aware of the driver’s identity. We will withhold that info to be sure next of kin is properly notified.The identity is already being circulated and another TCI family today suffers a sudden loss. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:car accident, electricity, jamaican, leeward highway, nell’s gift store, no pwer, power pole FortisTCI reports 60% decrease in electricity bills 19 year old Beaches worker airlifted to Jamaica after serious accidentlast_img read more

Minister of Home Affairs welcomes Hurricane Preparedness Month

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 3, 2017 – Providenciales – The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season will begin on June 1. The month of May is marked as Hurricane Preparedness Month and the Minister of Home Affairs with responsibility for Disaster Risk Management, Honourable Vaden Delroy Williams has given a statement on how the island plans to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.In his statement, the Minister said “My Government and I are committed to building capacity within the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and by extension building resilience throughout the TCI. I have committed in the 2017/18 budget to address the need for a purpose built National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) with Warehouse facilities, two snorkel vehicles to traverse flooded roads during emergencies, emergency radio communication upgrade and retrofitting of shelters. I am also committed going forward to provide DDME with the requisite human resources that it need to effectively and timely carry out its duties.”He also urged members of the public and major entities to adhere to the DDME’s Hurricane Awareness Month theme ‘to prepare for the unexpected.’ “I would like to encourage you to participate in DDME activities as advertised, prepare an emergency plan and be vigilant throughout the Season.”#magneticmedianews#hurricanepreparednessmonth TCI: Ahead of Hurricane Preparedness Month, over 70 islanders volunteer for shelter management TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Related Items:#hurricanepreparednessmonth, #magneticmedianews Williams on Hurricane Month: Help us help you.last_img read more

Gopalganj road crash kills 3

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree people were killed in a head-on a collision between a bus and a microbus on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Gopalganj’s Sadar upazila on Thursday evening, reports UNB.Two of the deceased were identified as Jewel Ahmmed, 24, of Helencha village in Alfadanga upazila, Imran Mollah, 20, son of Kamal Mollah of Boalmari upazila in Faridpur district.Hazrat Ali, inspector of Gopinathpur police investigation camp, said the accident took place around 5:45pm when the ‘Imad Paribahan’ collided with the microbus carrying three passengers, leaving Jewel and Imran dead on the spot and another injured.The injured was admitted to Gopalganj General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.last_img

Another explosion in Sri Lanka

first_imgMap of Sri LankaA minor explosion occurred in the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday, although there were no reports of casualties or damages in the incident that came four days after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359 people, police said.The explosion occurred at around 9 a.m. in a garbage dump behind the Magistrate’s Court in Pugoda, some 36 km from Colombo, reports Xinhua news agency.Following the blast police have advise the general public not to panic as the security forces are conducting search operations in the area and also across the country, reports the Daily Mirror.In the Easter Sunday bombings, hundreds of others were also injured in what is being called as the bloodiest day in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war a decade ago.The Sri Lankan government has blamed a local Muslim outfit, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), for the deadly bombings.last_img

Youth Law Fair

first_imgThe District Court of the District of Columbia along with DC Bar will host the 16th annual Youth Law Fair on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the D.C. Superior Court, H. Carl Moultrie Court House, located at 500 Indiana Avenue N.W. The event is free and all high school students are invited. Activities at the fair will include holding cell tours, mock trials, speak-out sessions, among other activities.Register at For more information, call 202-626-3263 or email outreach@

One Punch Man and Hulk Go Head to Head In This New

first_imgStay on target ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Zimaut Animation is back with the second part of an awesome, action-packed fan animation video depicting what would happen if the manga and anime hero One Punch Man, otherwise known as Saitama, ended up taking on Hulk himself. It’s a match-up we weren’t expecting, but it’s an intriguing one nevertheless. If you’ve ever wanted to know who might win in a fight between both powerful fighters, this is your chance to find out.The fan animator shared the second part of the short they previously posted to YouTube with the most thrilling part of the fight as the two heroes take on each other. Hulk really shouldn’t be freaking out on Saitama like that, seeing as they’re on the same side. But it’s clear Saitama is totally here for the challenge as he lets Hulk hammer on him a bit before returning some huge, legendary punches and sending Bruce Banner flying through the air and careening into rocks and the side of cliffs.For a while, it seems like Saitama is going to be crowned victor, but we don’t get a conclusion this time, because the three dreaded words, “To Be Continued” flash at the end of the clip. It looks like Hulk is just a lot angrier than he was when the fight began, so we don’t get to name a clear victor this time around.Hopefully, Zimaut Animation will be coming back with part three for us to pore over in the near future. It didn’t take too long between the first video and this one, so it looks like this fan moves along at a pretty fast clip. In the meantime, we can always theorize about who might win a brawl between both characters. Would your money be on the Hulk or Saitama? It’s a tough one to call, for sure.last_img read more

Apple Fires Engineer Over Daughters Viral iPhone X Video

first_img Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Stay on target Apple reportedly fired an employee after his daughter’s iPhone X hands-on video went viral.Brooke Amelia Peterson uploaded a vlog documenting a recent trip to Apple’s Cupertino campus, where her father, radio frequency engineer Ken Bauer, uses the unreleased iPhone X at the Caffe Macs employee cafeteria.During the family’s meal, Bauer hands over the 5.8-inch handset to Brooke, who shows off the edge-to-edge screen, digital notifications, upgraded camera system, and new Animoji feature.At Apple’s request, the video has since been removed from YouTube (watch a cached version below; jump to 2:05 to skip the mother-daughter shopping spree).“On Tuesday, I woke up and my iPhone X video was going viral,” Peterson said in a Saturday vlog. “I was on the trending page. There’s me, there’s Ellen DeGeneres,” she pointed. “It was insane.”That’s what happens when you post a video with the phrase “iPhone X” in the title.But the excitement was short-lived: Peterson claims her father was let go for violating company policy, which restricts filming on Apple’s campus.“I made this little, innocent video that was just supposed to be a fun memory of me and my family,” Peterson said in a teary appeal. “It suddenly went viral and I have no idea how my video got so much attention, considering how many other iPhone X videos there are out there from other YouTubers.”Those other videos, however, were not shot on Apple property, nor did they feature employee-only QR codes and what appear to be codenames for unreleased products.“At the end of the day, when you work for Apple, it doesn’t matter how good of a person you are. If you break a rule, they just have no tolerance. They had to do what they had to do,” Peterson continued.The blogger doesn’t hold a grudge against Apple and won’t stop buying iProducts. But backhandedly encouraged the company to “do a much better job [of] making sure that everybody is aware of the rules.”She also pleaded for Internet trolls to “please don’t hate on my father.”According to his LinkedIn profile, Bauer, a former Broadcom engineer, worked as Apple’s “RF Guy” for more than four years.“Apple really did like my dad, and they let him go because he broke a rule,” Peterson said. “So my advice to people out there is to just not overlook the rules when you’re in the workplace, or when you’re at school, or when you’re at home.”Cupertino did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Music and some Barefaced lies

first_imgAll set for a killer show on the 4th of the month in a city cafe, Barefaced Liars shares some insights in a candid conversation. Read on! What does music mean to you?Its pretty subjective though. But music is something I do and plan to do more and more. Its much more than a profession for me. Its passion actually.Has forming a band been a lucrative option in terms of money?It does take time but in the recent years there has been an expansion in the music circle. We have performed and been a part of many corporate gigs and private shows, so money did come in. Also there are definitely many opportunities and sponsors for music promotion now. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How did your parents react towards your decision of forming a band?Like all other parents, they too were apprehensive. But the fact is parents won’t take you seriously till you take anything seriously. You are merely five year old in the music scene. What are your comments on the existing competition?We started playing in 2008 and since then it has been a serious business for us. Competition is healthy and we concentrate more on making independent music rather than feeling insecure. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat is the music genre you mostly play?We play multiple genres, from Blues to Hindustani Classical we have done it all.Where do you derive the inspiration for your original compositions from?Well the topics range from personal relationships to social issues happening around and wide in the countries. Random but meaningful material.Where does the name Barefaced Liar came about from?Honestly we did not give too much thought for this name, there is no specific meaning. It implies to anyone in different situations and how we often lie (small or big) to escape any situation. We leave it to the listeners for further comprehension.What are your future plans?The plan is to take our band on the International platform now. We have already been a part of a corporate gig at Thailand.What is the most memorable moment as a band? The first would be the launch of our debut album since it took almost two years to promote and is still yet to release. The second would be when our songs- Mirage and Glow received acclaim as semi finalists from the UK songwriters contest for 2009 and 2010.Are there any disagreements within your band members? How do you resolve them?When you are constantly surrounded by the same people there are bound to be conflicts and disagreements. But our conflicts are all constructive and a collaborative efforts which leads us to make good music.DETAILAt- Hard Rock Cafe, DLF place, Saket When- 4 AprilTimings- 9 pm onwardslast_img read more

Become an InDemand Marketing Designer with This 29 Bootcamp

first_imgAugust 5, 2019 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Posters. Flyers. Logos. Brochures. Gift certificates. Instagram ads. These are just some of the designs you need to market a business. And if you want to stand out from competitors and catch the eye of your target audience, they’d better be impressive.Good design converts, and if you want to be armed with visual techniques that drive sales, the Ultimate Graphic Design Bootcamp Certification Bundle comes packed with over 18 hours of training to help you master the techniques of graphic design. You can pick it up on sale for 96% off.Across five comprehensive courses, this online course bundle will give you a clearer understanding of the foundations and principles of graphic design. You will get to grips with what makes a design stand out, which will then help you create at a higher level (and score the job or promotion you’ve been eyeing). You’ll also learn how to navigate and create projects using the big three design apps — Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign — as well as get familiarized with the tested and proven design techniques needed to create pixel-perfect projects for print and web.Usually $925, the Ultimate Graphic Design Bootcamp Certification Bundle is on sale now for $29 — a savings of 96 percent.last_img read more

Travel chaos for North Staffordshire rail passengers due to damaged overhead wires

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRailway passengers from North Staffordshire face continued travel chaos today due to damage to overhead wires between London and Watford Junction. Dozens of trains have been cancelled due to the disruption, including a large number which were due to travel between Stoke-on-Trent and destinations such as London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. The overhead wires were damaged yesterday and although repairs have continued overnight there is expected to be disruption throughout the day. Virgin Trains has cancelled 51 trains as of 9am this morning, including a number due to call into the Potteries. Northern Rail are currently accepting tickets for Virgin Customers travelling between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly. London Midland trains to London from towns in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire including Stafford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Stone and Alsager, are not reported to be affected by cancellations – although long delays are a possibility. We have also had several readers contact us to say they are experiencing considerable delays on trains travelling into London Euston. Despite a number of London Midland Services from Euston being cancelled completely or starting at Milton Keynes Central, it would appear a majority of the operator’s services from the capital to North Staffordshire are also still running. Read MoreTwo lanes closed on M6 due to accident involving a car and a lorry A Network Rail spokesman said: “The overhead wires between London Euston and Watford Junction were damaged yesterday afternoon. Network Rail have been working overnight and will continue throughout the day and overnight to repair the damage caused. “Trains are currently unable to run between London Euston and Watford Junction. Some lines are expected to reopen at 7am, however major disruption is expected to journeys until the end of the day. “Some lines have reopened and trains are now able to run to and from London Euston. Trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes, cancelled or revised. A reduced services will operate on some routes.” Read MoreVirgin Trains say they will ‘run most trains’ as union announces strike action “Buses have been requested to operate between London Euston and Watford Junction, but there is no estimate as to when they will be in place. “When lines reopen a reduced services will operate on some routes, especially between London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly / Birmingham New Street.”last_img read more

Two babies found alone during last 24 hours

first_imgCosta Rican authorities reported two separate cases of abandoned infants during the last 24 hours in León XIII, Tibás, and Pérez Zeledón, San José. No related posts. View Larger MapOn Monday afternoon, a baby girl was reportedly found in a trash can in the neighborhood of León XIII in northern San José, according to several news sources. Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) Director Francisco Segura told the daily La Nación that the child’s mother and a friend may have lied about finding the newborn in the trash as part of a scheme to hide its birth from the mother’s parents.Authorities took the child to the National Children’s Hospital where it was found to be in “perfect” health. Segura told the newspaper that while the circumstances were odd the child was never actually abandoned and that “there was no crime.” The OIJ also reported that a newborn baby was found Tuesday morning supposedly abandoned in an empty lot in Pérez Zeledón, San José. Neighbors in Hoyón said they heard the infant’s cries and followed them to the child. They called the Costa Rican Red Cross, who took the child to Escalante Pradilla Hospital, where they pronounced the newborn in stable condition, according to a statement from OIJ.OIJ said they soon found the mother, 18, in the neighborhood. Police said that the Public Security Ministry has yet to determine if the mother will be charged with any crime.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more