Workers To Dismantle Domtar Tank

first_imgWorkers will begin dismantling the Domtar Tank today, May 6. Contractor Clean Harbors Canada Inc. has completed the removal ofthe tank’s contents. Workers have also cleaned the tank and the interior of thebuilding that was constructed around it to contain fumes duringthe removal of the tarry liquids and solids inside. The first step in dismantling will be to remove sheet metalpanels from the containment building. Some of the materials willbe salvaged for re-use. The remainder will be cut up for scrap. The tank is a relic of the Dominion Tar and Chemical Companyplant that operated on the Sydney Coke Ovens site until the late1950s. Clean Harbors expects the dismantling to be completed by the endof May.last_img read more

Somalia UN agency trains healthcare workers in trauma obstetric surgery

13 April 2010The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is training trauma and emergency obstetric surgery workers in Mogadishu, the Somali capital where fighting between Government forces and their supporters and Islamic militant rebel groups killed or injured more than 900 people last month. The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is training trauma and emergency obstetric surgery workers in Mogadishu, the Somali capital where fighting between Government forces and their supporters and Islamic militant rebel groups killed or injured more than 900 people last month.“This training is essential as its boosts the skill levels of the very health staff who see on almost a daily basis victims of the conflict, as well as expectant mothers needing emergency obstetric care,” said Omar Saleh, Emergency Preparedness and Humanitarian Action focal point for Somalia, and the WHO surgeon who trained the latest round of 33 doctors, nurses and midwives.“We were able to conduct this training successfully, despite the obvious security threats and resource constraints,” he added, according to a press release issued today by WHO.At least 3.2 million Somalis are affected by the country’s almost two decade-long humanitarian crisis. The UN estimates that 100,000 people were displaced from or within Mogadishu since the beginning of the year. Conditions are especially dangerous for pregnant women and infants. Some 1,400 women die per every 100,000 live births, and at least 86 out of 1,000 infants die before reaching their first birthday. In addition, nearly daily shooting and shelling between the various groups killed 30 people in March and wounded 900 others. Children under five years of age accounted for 10 per cent of the reported injuries, which included shrapnel and gunshot wounds, fractures and crush injuries.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, today expressed dismay over the continuing injury and death of civilians in the conflict, and called on all parties involved to comply with international humanitarian law to protect civilians against the indiscriminate use of arms.“I am deeply disturbed by the plight facing civilians in Mogadishu, who are caught amidst the warring parties. This latest incident follows on the heels of one of the most injurious months for Mogadishu residents,” said Mr. Bowden in a statement, referring to the deaths of 19 people and wounds to 55 others in the latest round of fighting.The continued fighting and lack of resources has strained the health-care system, as health workers are among the casualties of the violence, while others have fled the city.To fill the gap, WHO has tried to improve the skills of the health-care workers who remained. In the past year, the agency has trained over 100 workers in emergency medical services.“It shows that despite enormous challenges, the international humanitarian community is still making a difference for Somalis,” Mr. Saleh said. WHO and its health partners are seeking $46 million in the 2010 ConsolidatedAppeals Process for Somalia, to support further training, provide essential medical supplies, undertake monitoring and assess the health situation on the ground. As of last month, the appeal was only 8 per cent funded. read more

Brock to raise Pride Transgender Pride flags Monday

To help mark Niagara Pride Week, Brock will be raising Pride and Transgender Pride flags at the front of the University on Monday, June 4.Organized by Brock graduate student Bryan Giordano and the University’s Office of Human Rights and Equity (HRE), the flag raising will take place Monday at 1:15 p.m. It will be held at the flag terrace in front of the Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock statue near Schmon Tower.Members of Pride Niagara, Positive Living Niagara and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group Brock will join members of the University’s senior administration and HRE office for the occasion.Monday’s flag raising will also serve as the launch of two HRE projects including one for inclusive washrooms and another focused on trans inclusion on campus. Two students have been hired through the Canada Summer Grant Program to lead the projects.While Pride Week is traditionally observed in June, Brock held its own LGBTQ+ Pride Week in March in hopes of reaching as many students as possible. A series of events and speaking engagements took place throughout the week, adding to Brock’s efforts to foster an inclusive environment on campus.The flags being raised Monday will remain in place throughout the month of June. read more

Back in the Game Derrick Rose Drops 13 Points

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is officially back. After missing 17 months of basketball because of knee surgery, the superstar player returned to the court Saturday night. In the Bulls’ preseason opener, he scored 13 points in 20 minutes in an 82-76 win over the Indiana Pacers.Rose looked good in his return and appeared to be enjoying the moment. He exhibited his speed and quickness thoughout his 20 mins of play. He also had a breakaway jam in the third quarter.The former MVP, Rose did turn the ball over four times, but showed no hesitation while attacking the rim. He went to the basket as if he never was injured, even taking it to Pacers center Roy Hibbert at times.Back in April of 2012, Rose injured his left knee by tearing his ACL in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs. read more

DKB Bundesliga 20132014 start with Super Cup in Bremen 2015 THW Kiel

← Previous Story Albert Rocas to KIF Kolding Copenhagen Next Story → Jose Hombrados to Qatari Al Sadd for IHF Super Globe The oppening match of the another fantastic season in Germany will be the Super Cup Final between THW Kiel and SG Flensburg in Bremen, tonight 20.15 hrs. Two best German sides will fight for the first trophy at the beginning of the season, which could be the most interesting in the last few years. “Zebras” aren’t too dominant after four important players left the team (Omeyer, Ahlm, Ilic and Narcisse) and newcomers need time to get into the squad system. At the other side, Rhein Neckar Lowen is stronger than before, while HSV and Flensburg got some new players and roster format.OVB-Arena in Bremen with capacity over 9000 seats, tonight 20.15hrs. Gislason VS Vranjes, northern derby – first chapter. bremen handballDKB Bundesliga 2013/2014German DHB Super Cuphandball read more

Vadim Bogdanov to KS Azoty Pulawy

← Previous Story NEW VARDAR’S TARGET: Maqueda or Stepancic? Next Story → VIBORG HK SURVIVED! handball transfersks Azoty Pulawyvadim bogdanov Polish team KS Azoty Pulawy will continue fight for the third force behind Vive Targi Kelce and Wisla Plock, with Russian NT goalkeeper Vadim Bogdanov between the posts! The crucial person for the Russian success, placement among TOP 12 teams at Men’s EHF EURO 2014, hero in the decisive match against Serbia in Aarhus, survived bankruptcy of Dinamo Minsk and now is ready for new challenges.Interesting fact is that Bogdanov had same situation last summer in Chekhovskie Medvedi, while situation in his period in Sankt Petersburg was also not so good. Hopefully, financial problems won’t happen to Pulawy… read more

Adelaide prepares for annual Glendi

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide is getting ready to host its popular Glendi Greek Festival next weekend, the 36th festival since its inception in 1978.Returning to Bonython Park on 29 and 30 November 2014, the Glendi is already shaping up to be a huge celebration of all things Greek for the third largest Greek community in Australia. One of the highlights of the program will be cooking demonstrations by Helena and Vikki of My Kitchen Rules fame, who will be entertaining crowds on both nights. The international act will be Greek singer Nikos Tzoumas, who will be joined by Sydney special guest Tommy Tsonis on the bouzouki.The Glendi will host a number of local dance troops and musicians to entertain the crowds all day on two stages. For those looking to brush up on their cultural knowledge, a special Cultural Marquee will be set up to cover a number of Greek topics.John Ward will give a presentation on the ancient Antikythera Mechanism, which is believe to be the first computer uncovered. Dr George Couvalis will give a lecture on John Philoponus and the beginning of time, while Professor Andreas Evdokiou will hope to inform people on the therapies to stop the spread of breast cancer to the bone.Around 20 stalls will be set up showcasing everything from jewellery to community services and Greek language services and as the Glendi concludes, crowds will be treated to a fireworks show on Saturday night.The Glendi also uses its time to be a major fundraising vehicle for not-for-profit associations and sporting clubs, with many associations and clubs getting involved in the festival.“Last year, individual stallholders were successful in raising a combined amount exceeding $100,000 for their chosen charter; whether that be education, youth sport, performing arts to name a few. Furthermore, Glendi donated $10,000 to Cancer Council SA, its nominated 2013 Charity Partner,” Glendi Greek Festival director, Mike Diakomichalis says.For this year, the festival will choose to support the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation as its charity fundraiser.Last year around 20,000 people visited the Glendi for a taste of the motherland, the first Glendi to return back to the Bonython Park location. The change wasn’t welcomed by everyone, with many visitors telling Neos Kosmos the event lacked atmosphere and felt disjointed with two stages. There were also complaints of a lack of food stalls to cater to crowds, something chairman of Adelaide Glendi Festival Board, John Chefalachis, said will be rectified this year. The Glendi Greek Festival will be held over the November 29-30 weekend from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Saturday and 12 noon to 11.00 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children and $30 for families. Children under five are free. For more information and a festival program, visit www.glendigreekfestival.com.aulast_img read more

Dutton offers visas to four refugee families from Syria

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following a visit to one of the largest refugee camps of Zaatari in Jordan earlier this week, Peter Dutton offered the first refugee visas to four families out of 12,000 people on Australia’s resettlement list.Two are Sunni Muslim families who migrated from Homs in Syria, while the other two are Assyrian Christian families who fled from the IS-occupied city of Mosul in Iraq.All are asylum seekers in Australia, wishing to join their relatives who are already living there.Dutton presented the refugee visas to the families, allowing them to stay and work in Australia permanently as well as the opportunity to apply for citizenship in the future.His decision came only a day after he was ranked “one of the best” immigration ministers of his time.“We are very excited about you coming to Australia,” Minister Peter Dutton said.“We are very pleased that we will be able to welcome your family and we look forward to you starting your new life in Australia.”Moreover, Dutton claimed that the increased influx of refugees has been successful and he would be proposing to raise the number of intakes.“If people can relate to those stories, if they can see success in the program that we are rolling out now – then I do think there is the opportunity,” the immigration minister concluded.Source: ibtimes.com.aulast_img read more

Tsipras announces 3200 illegal building demolitions post wildfires

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At least 3,200 illegal constructions will be demolished in the wider Attica region and more across Greece, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas said yesterday following a meeting with ministers and local officials.“Nothing and nobody will be forgotten,” Mr Tsipras said during his talk at the Technological and Cultural Park of Lavrio port.“The chaos of unchecked construction that threatens human lives is no longer acceptable.“Whatever harms forests and coasts, whatever threatens human lives, will be torn up. It is an obligation to those who died, but more than that, an obligation to the future generations,” he stressed, Greek national news agency AMNA reported.Furthermore, he promised an in-depth and comprehensive examination of the causes of the tragedy which resulted in over 90 casualties, dozens of injuries and the destruction of 70 percent of Mati coastal settlement, 30 kilometers east of Athens; he also vowed to take immediate action to correct mistakes and omissions of the past.No official date has been disclosed yet.last_img read more

International School Student wins Primary School Bee

first_img Final Day of National Primary School Spelling Bee National Spelling Bee attracts 11 high schools Related Items:international school, jenna hatmin, spelling bee Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – National Primary Spelling Bee champion is Jenna Hatmin; a student of International School of the Turks and Caicos. Hatmin, with 46 points at the end of the rounds won a MacBook Air 13” with Core i5 and a wireless printer to sweeten the feel of her new title. The students were so sharp this year that they exhausted the seen words list and when into unseen words before a winner was named. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Best Institute wins FortisTCI Primary Science Quiz; Science Fair today Recommended for youlast_img read more

Pikeminnow reward seminar scheduled Thursday

first_imgA free clinic on catching northern pikeminnow in the sport reward program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2108 Grand Blvd.Guest speakers will be Eric Winther, project leader, and Tim Histand, a perennial top 10 money earner, in the program. In 2013, Histand caught 3,571 pike minnow and earned almost $30,000.The reward season begins May 1. Anglers in the Columbia and lower Snake rives are paid between $4 and $8 per pikeminnow that is 9 inches or longer. Tagged fish are worth $500.For more information, go online to www.pikeminnow.org. The site also has a coupon worth $10 when attached to a pikeminnow voucher.last_img read more

Court orders new trial in mans burglary case

first_imgA homeless man who was found guilty of first-degree burglary in Clark County Superior Court will get a new trial because the judge in the case gave an incorrect directive to the jury during his trial, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.Arvell Kindell, 49, was visiting a former girlfriend on June 20, 2012, in violation of a no contact order when a law enforcement officer arrived, according to court records. Kindell fled her residence on a bicycle. He headed to the house of an acquaintance named Patricia Crowley and knocked on the door. When Crowley’s 10-year-old granddaughter answered the door, Kindell entered the house and asked Crowley if they could hide him.Crowley and her granddaughter exited the back door of the house to meet police officers who were approaching the house. Meanwhile, Kindell apparently found Crowley’s shotgun and ammunition, which were hidden in her bedroom, and took them into the living room during a six-hour standoff with police, according to court records.In September 2012, a jury found Kindell guilty of first-degree burglary and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. The jury also found that Kindell was armed with a firearm during the commission of the burglary. That finding allowed for a more severe sentence. He was sentenced to more than eight years in prison.In order to convict him of first-degree burglary, the state had to prove that Kindell entered or remained in the house “with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein,” Court of Appeals Judge Bradley Maxa wrote in a majority opinion.last_img read more

Several Green Meadows residents still shaken by shooting

first_imgFor nearly two years, a feud between neighbors John Kendall and Erich and Abigail Mounce simmered in the Green Meadows neighborhood in unincorporated Clark County. It came to a violent end on Halloween, when Kendall shot Abigail Mounce in the face and later killed himself after leading police officers on a manhunt. Several weeks after the shooting, on a recent Saturday evening, Kendall’s home, in the Meadowcharm subdivision, sat empty.One of the major points of contention between the neighbors was Kendall’s insistence on housing as many as five tenants and a home business, violating subdivision codes. Matt Parker, 32, who moved to the subdivision in May and lived directly next to Kendall, said the area is “even more quiet now.” Parker said he’s had a hard time reconciling the impression he had of 59-year-old Kendall, the man he considered to be his friendly neighbor, and the person who decided to resolve a dispute by shooting a woman in the face. “He was never a shouting-at-us ‘Get off my lawn!’ (type),” Parker said. Instead, Kendall was the neighbor who walked around and chatted with people. “The only person who ever introduced himself or talked to us is dead,” Parker said. A neighbor who lives behind Parker has two dogs that tend to bark incessantly. He’s thought about going over to speak to his neighbor but has been reticent.last_img read more

Murder accused dies in gunfight 5 hours after killing woman

first_imgGunfight IllustrationA murder accused was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Bakalia area of Chattogram early Sunday, just five hours after he allegedly killed a woman.The gunfight took place in Bolirhat area of Bakalia around 3:15am, said Shah Md Abdur Rouf, additional deputy commissioner (south) of Chattogram Metropolitan Police.Deceased Shah Alam, 32, was involved in the murder of Bubli Akhter, 27, in Bolirhat area, police claimed.The law enforcement said Bubli, mother of two daughters, came to her father’s home in Bolirhat area two days before the incident. Shah Alam and several other young men attacked them around 10:00pm Saturday due to previous enmity with Hasan, a local youth and friend of Bubli’s younger brother Rubel.They pointed firearms at Rubel and asked him Hasan’s whereabouts. When Rubel said he did not know anything about Hasan, they tried to shoot him. But Bubli intercepted them and a bullet hit her on the head, which killed her on the spot, police added.Abdur Rouf told Prothom Alo, “A case was filed in connection with the murder on that night. CCTV footages of a nearby house showed Shah Alam coming out of the house with two pistols in two hands. He fled the scene while shooting. All of the other youths were carrying arms.”“Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a drive in Bolirhat area to arrest Shah Alam. Sensing presence of the law enforcement, his cohorts opened fire on police, forcing them to retaliate. At one stage police recovered a body. Papers in his pocket confirmed his identity,” he added.Police recovered two pistols from the scene and sent the body to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue.Two more incidents of killing took place in Chattogram on Friday night.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfire or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killings was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews Suicide Squad

first_imgSuicide Squad sucks.That needs to be said right upfront on top of everything else, because this is one of those peculiar bad movies where what’s gone wrong with it is actually pretty damn fascinating and parts of it are so profoundly wrongheaded that seeing them play out can be said to be unintentionally entertaining or compelling in its own right – which some folks will inevitably take as an “endorsement” of some kind. So let me be completely, unequivocally clear right here and right now:Suicide Squad is a fucking garbage fire. It is excrement. It is a flailing, obnoxious, pointless, ugly, dreary disaster that swings wildly back and forth between incoherent and boring and most of the time looks like it was shot through a solid wall of rot-clouded urine – which is actually fairly appropriate for a feature that manages the neat trick of feeling all at once like an irritating wallow in the paint-huffing waste of skin teenage version of anarchic excess and the infuriatingly fake, phony, corporate, mass-market co-opting of the paint-huffing waste of skin teenager version of anarchic excess. It’s the radio-edit version of a Kid Rock cover of an Iggy Pop track, the feature adaptation of a blonde mullet-sporting 10 year-old shouting “WORLDSTAR!!!” from the Chuck-E-Cheese ball pit on Snapchat.And in case you’re wondering: No, it’s not as bad as Batman v Superman; but mainly by virtue of not really trying as hard, so it can only fall so far. But make no mistake: It is now utterly undeniable what with the same things going hugely wrong with every successive terrible film that the DC Cinematic Universe is fundamentally broken.Now look, folks – I was looking forward to this one as much as anyone. Unlike Dawn of Justice (which was loudly announcing that it was going to be awful over a year in advance), Suicide Squad was looking like a good time. Director David Ayer knows his way around nasty, dirty, angry “dudes on a mission” movies, the cast was interesting, and the premise seemed like a perfect palate-cleanser for another superhero-saturated Summer: A gritty little action procedural about a bunch of C and D-list DC Comics bad guys being forced to operate as a covert government black ops team? It’s frankly bizarre somebody didn’t do this idea already; and I’m even still (hypothetically) onboard with the idea of letting a gonzo ragecase like Ayer put his own sleazeball spin on the DCU aesthetic – theoretically, these are all good ideas.Unfortunately, whatever virus already took down Man of Steel and Batman v Superman has clearly spread through the entirety of Warner Bros ill-conceived “Extended Universe” experiment; as once again we have a movie that not only lands onscreen stumbling around with its balls having been very clearly hacked-off in the editing room but also with just enough of what one presumes was the original vision remaining intact for you to tell it probably wasn’t going to be very good even before the suits took the scissors to it.Aesthetically, tonally, and quality-wise, the film Suicide Squad resembles more than anything else is Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (to the extent that it could conceivably inherit that infamous failure’s cult-item statue somewhere down the road), and not just because of the terrible 90s-style CGI used to create one of the main villains. The whole thing is a mess from top to bottom: There’s almost no logic to the way scenes are arranged and play out, some characters get introduced multiple times while others barely warrant having their names said out loud (which, hilariously, includes that aforementioned poorly rendered main bad guy), everyone seems to have two different personalities, five different motivations and at least three backstories.The only reason any of this nonsense feels like something that might’ve worked under different circumstances is that Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Viola Davis are compelling enough as onscreen personalities to make even this sort of scattershot bullshit almost seem cohesive… at least until that scene where Deadshot (Smith, looking glum with his array of guns like it’s only now dawning on him that he really did say “no” to Django Unchained) flips out because he found a “Top Secret” file and the big surprise inside that the whole film stops to absorb… turns out just be shit we already saw happen. Twice.The whole film plays out like that; and you don’t need to have been following the now-ubiquitous deluge of gossip to know immediately that Suicide Squad was drastically reworked from whatever it was originally going to be. It’s obvious from how no one’s story-arcs follow through in a coherent fashion, the way plot threads appear and vanish out of fucking nowhere, and how developments that were clearly meant to be major plot twists land with a resounding “Oh, okay.”Case in point: For what it’s worth, the actual plot is that first round Squad draftee “The Enchantress” (Cara Delevingne) goes rogue pretty much the moment they decide to “make” Task Force X (the Squad’s “real” moniker) and revives her evil brother Incubus so they can take over the world. So the Suicide Squad’s big mission is to stop something that only happened because of Suicide Squad… and no one seems to bring this up as something worth mentioning! It’s as though the film is almost on the cusp of being a clever riff on the actual problems of covert paramilitary dealings… but it never comes up, and by the end it’s just “good job, guys!” and you just get the sense a bunch of the movie went missing… or maybe the Incubus business was supposed to come in later – maybe both?To use just the most prominent example: There’s no reason whatsoever for Jared Leto’s Joker to even be in the damn movie. Seriously – after all that hype about what a “weirdo” he was during the production and how everyone on set was freaked out by his forced-quirkiness; The Joker is only in the movie for about 10 minutes and he doesn’t actually share the screen or interact with anyone in the main cast except for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn; and even then it’s only for one scene outside of Quinn’s tedious origin-story flashbacks.Incidentally: Yes, Jared Leto is the worst incarnation of The Joker ever by an exceptional margin. I’m not talking about the look – I actually like the idea of taking Joker away from being a serial-killer back to being more of a gangster but a “modern” skeevy, blinged-out, druggie gangster (he shakes a pimp-cane in his rivals’ faces, appears to operate a strip club where Harley performs, and tools around Gotham in a purple customized Infiniti G35) – but Leto plainly sucks at selling it. Granted, following Heath Ledger’s turn in the role was going to be a heavy lift for any actor; but this new Joker isn’t interesting, nor believably scary, charismatic or even all that bizarre… he’s just boring and shitty and (assuming Warner Bros still intends to make DC Comics movies come Monday morning) they need to recast this part right away.But yeah, he’s barely in the movie and his role could’ve been excised with almost no real effect. Oh, he’s talked about a lot, since the movie uses the idea that Joker is coming to “rescue” Harley as a ticking-clock for most of Act 2. But once he shows up and they have their one brief scene, he’s gone again having had zero tangible impact on anything else going on in the film. Not even Harley’s character arc, which doesn’t really “exist” (and wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t so clearly meant to be there at one time.)Maybe it has something to do with how Deadshot randomly turns all sensitive and nurturing to her in Act 3 when they’ve had NO real interaction before that because his whole storyline had previously been a weird buddy-cop bromance with Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman, whom you don’t remember from the Robocop remake)… Ugh! This isn’t just bad, it’s actively frustrating! And even more so because you just know a certain toxic variety of internet fanboy (the same ones currently harassing Squad-panning critics and lobbing Marvel/Disney conspiracy theories in the direction of Rotten Tomatoes) are gonna be pointing to all the random, scatterbrained bullshit that simply doesn’t make sense and calling it “edgy” and “different” and “visionary” when it’s really just bad filmmaking with a flashy chip on its shoulder.But that’s the problem with the whole fucking enterprise: It aspires to culty genre-trash but can’t cash the check. It rattles off visual references to alterna-geek bullet points like Takeshi Miike and Troma to the usual more direct lifts from John Carpenter and Joe Dante, but always in a soulless, calculated, “Coming Soon To Your Local Hot Topic!” kind of way. It reeks of a cynical attempt to manufacture a dirty, dangerous, “edgy” punk-rock vibe without any real commitment or depth; like those “street teams” contracted by marketing firm to plaster your local suburban strip mall with what looks like some an of touch executive’s idea of “gang tags” but turn out to just be a fucking Mountain Dew promotion.That’s Suicide Squad in a nutshell: The movie equivalent of stenciled graffiti. It’s a bag of Breaking Bad-branded rock candy. It’s a vaping pen shaped like a crack pipe hawked on QVC by Flavor Flav. It’s a gentrified neighborhood still trying to look “street” by commissioning a Boondocks mural next to Panera Bread… and it’s not even the good version of that.1 1/2 STARS (out of 4)last_img read more

Mamata releases Braille edition of autobiography Jiban Sangram

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee released the Braille version of her autobiography titled Jiban Sangram.On Friday, Banerjee released the book at Nabanna. The Braille version will help millions of visually challenged people to go through the book, which is a narrative of her journey into the life of Chief Minister.Amway India undertook the initiative jointly with its NGO partner Turnstone Global and converted the book into its Braille version. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDr Kanchan Gaba, secretary of Turnstone Global, and Chandra Chakraborty, Regional Manager (East) of Amway India, handed over the Braille version of the book to the Chief Minister. It may be mentioned that five books penned by the Chief Minister including Amar Nabajanma, Sishubela and Rudraksha, were favourite ones in the International Kolkata Book Fair held in January. Amar Nabajanma is a collection of essays based on the current socio-political scenario, while Sishubela is a collection of rhymes for children.Upalabdhi is the first book of Banerjee, who was conferred with honorary DLitt for her contribution to Bengali literature, and it was sold more than 50,000 copies. Manusher Joy, Anashan Kano and Kanyar Chokhe Kanyashree are very popular among readers.last_img read more

Six children hurt in road mishap at Memari

first_imgKolkata: Six students were injured after a heavy goods vehicle hit them while trying to avoid police officers at Memari in East Burdwan.According to a local resident, police instructed the goods vehicle driver to stop at Radhakantapur in Memari. It is alleged the vehicle driver speeded up despite the personnel instructing him to stop. When the vehicle speeded away, the police started chasing it. While trying to give police the slip, the vehicle driver lost control and hit six children who were going to school. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey were immediately rushed to the Memari Rural Hospital. Later, two of them were shifted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital as their condition deterio- rated. Tension aggravated when the police tried control of the situation. Police personnel were also attacked. Local residents alleged that police was chasing the goods vehicle to collect extortion money while police denied the allegations. They also put up a blockade to protest against the police. According to a police source, the goods vehicle driver was ordered to stop for documents checking. Some local residents set the goods vehicle and the police van on fire. Later, a large police force was sent to the spot to disperse the mob and to bring the situation under control. A police picket was also set up to avoid any untoward incident in the area.last_img read more

ATEC wants PMC surplus returned to tourism industry

first_imgAU$2.84 billion in excess revenue collected by Passenger Movement Charge. The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) has called for a research and development fund to be established, utilising excess revenue collected as a result of an increase in the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC).The recent announcement by the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism to increase the PMC by AU$8 has sparked a debate surrounding surplus funds gathered from the tourism industry.While 20 percent of additional revenues were used to create the Asia Marketing Fund (AMF) and the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF), this represents less than 3 percent of the total funds that will be collected over the next four years.The PMC will collect AU$3.74 billion by 2017, as outlined in the recent Federal Budget.The 2013/14 budget projects that the cost of servicing passenger facilitation through to 2016/17 will be at a cost of AU$901.5 million, leaving a surplus of AU$2.84 billion in consolidated revenue.“While the industry is not foolish enough to think that this charge can be reduced, it would be fair to think that a greater proportion of the surplus could be committed back to the industry that has driven its success,” ATEC managing director Felicia Mariani said.“ATEC has long called for the need for an R&D Fund to be established to assist the industry in its long-term planning, similar to the funds that exist for other key sectors.”The increase to the PMC appears to have had little effect on visitor numbers, with arrivals growing by 5 percent over the previous period.“While numbers of arrival have indeed increased, again this is only part of the picture – length of stay and regional dispersal are also key factors in measuring our success,” Ms Mariani said.“It is vital that the importance of regional dispersal is recognised as a key factor in measuring our success and pure numbers are simply not reflective of the real picture being experienced by our operators on the ground across this vast country.”Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Cathay Dragon celebrates the launch of an exciting new era

first_imgCathay Dragon celebrates the launch of an exciting new eraCathay Dragon celebrates the launch of an exciting new eraDragonair is today officially rebranded as Cathay Dragon, bringing the award-winning airline closer to Cathay Pacific in a launch that will provide customers with a more seamless travel experience across the airlines’ respective regional and international networks.At an unveiling ceremony at the newly-named Cathay Dragon House, the airline’s headquarters in Hong Kong, Cathay Dragon Chief Executive Officer Algernon Yau said: “This is a momentous day in the history of Cathay Dragon and I am excited about the future of the airline and the fresh opportunities that our rebranding brings. As we align more closely with Cathay Pacific, new prospects will open up on multiple fronts enabling us to become stronger and thrive in this intensely competitive industry.”The airline’s customers also joined in the launch celebration at a separate event at Hong Kong International Airport, which involved Cathay Dragon pilots, cabin crew and ground staff at a specially-arranged ceremony. Local celebrity Nicholas Tse was also on hand to welcome Cathay Dragon passengers at the departure gate with an assortment of treats from his Chef Nic’s Cookie Cha Chaan Teng range. In a newly formed partnership with the widely acclaimed singer-actor (and now culinary aficionado), Cathay Dragon will carry Chef Nic’s Cookies in all classes for selected periods and flights as part of the rebranding celebration.The Dragonair-to-Cathay Dragon brand conversion process started earlier this year following an initial rebranding announcement in January. The most visible change to date, which has received an overwhelmingly positive response from passengers, has been the progressive introduction of the new Cathay Dragon livery, which includes the iconic Cathay ‘brushwing’ logo, serving as a strong visual association to the integrated airline group that offers an expansive regional and international network.The rebranding, however, encompasses far more than simply a new name and look. It will introduce both airlines to a wider audience, from the growing inflow of overseas passengers who are more familiar with the Cathay Pacific brand, to the increasingly large numbers of Cathay Dragon passengers from Mainland China who seek the convenience and assurance of an internationally-recognised premium airline with global connectivity.Cathay Dragon, which last year won the title of the World’s Best Regional Airline in the Skytrax World Awards for an unprecedented fourth time, has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific since 2006. Over that time the two airlines have built up significant synergy, and have improved their customer products substantially, enhancing their cabins, seats and inflight entertainment with a view to greater brand alignment.The business of connecting its customers through each other’s networks has been an overwhelming success for Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific, with many millions of passengers a year choosing to fly on both airlines. By being more closely aligned, the airlines are better equipped to deliver on their brand promise of a “Life Well Travelled”, ensuring that all customers enjoy a consistently premium experience at every stage of their journey.From today, passengers will be greeted with the new Cathay Dragon identity at check-in desks, boarding gates and lounges across the airlines’ networks, from crew uniforms to boarding passes. The airline’s website will become fully integrated into a single shared website with Cathay Pacific in early 2017.Passengers will also enjoy a more unified brand experience, from aircraft interiors and inflight services, such as pillows and blankets, seating, entertainment and meals, to the Marco Polo Club loyalty programme. In addition, the G16 lounge in Hong Kong, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, will reopen as a group lounge in 2017.Cathay Dragon, which operates a fleet of 42 passenger aircraft serving 52 destinations, has earned a well-deserved reputation built on its distinctive Chinese culture and hospitality. And while the rebranding brings many new benefits to its customers, the airline will retain its contemporary Chinese character. This especially applies to the cuisine it serves.Partnerships with renowned Chinese restaurants and local delicacies, such as Chef Nic Cookies Cha Chaan Teng range, in addition to seasonal menus – offering poon choi, winter melon soup, crab roe dishes and hot pot rice at certain times of the year, will characterise Cathay Dragon’s inflight dining experience. Similarly, Cathay Dragon’s reputation for excellence in service standards will remain.“I am confident that Cathay Dragon will maintain the highest level of operational and service excellence built by our people over the past 30 years. I truly believe that we have great potential and an amazing future ahead of us by working together to make the most of the opportunities for both our airline and our people,” added Algernon Yau.Seamless connectivity, increased customer convenience, an enhanced travel experience at every stage of the journey – an exciting new era in the history of Cathay Dragon has officially been launched. 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Regional NSW springs into life with warmer weather and fun events

first_imgSakura Matsuri is enjoyed annually at Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural CentreRegional NSW springs into life with warmer weather and fun eventsSpring has sprung and with the warmer weather on its way, Reflections Holiday Parks is urging people to take advantage of the many opportunities to get out and about to experience the best that Regional NSW has to offer.Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edmonds said the group’s 37 parks were the perfect springboards to experience Regional NSW, with September and the coming months full of fun cultural and multicultural events and festivals for visitors.“Our parks are located in the most pristine settings throughout NSW and the warmer seasonal weather provides that extra motivation to go exploring,” Mr Edmonds said.“As well as the many regional NSW events on offer, our parks also hold popular community events like the Doggy Date Night which will be held out our Moonee Beach park with RSPCA NSW this Saturday, 15 September.“I love this time of year, coming up next week on 22 September near our Wyangala Waters park is the Sakura Matsuri, also known as the Cherry Blossom Festival, held annually at the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre.”Cowra Japanese Garden Manager Shane Budge said the Sakura Matsuri was a day to enjoy different facets of traditional Japanese culture, from martial arts and origami to bonsai and tea ceremonies.“Around 2,000 local, interstate and international visitors come each year to see the cherry blossoms, wander the gardens and take in the cultural experiences that make Japan so unique,” Mr Budge said.But the fun doesn’t stop in Japan. Nestled between Reflections Holiday Parks Moonee Beach and Corindi Beach is Woolgoolga, home to Indian celebration CurryFest on 29 September 2018.Or take a musical trip to Ireland between 14-16 September 2018, with the Irish and Celtic Music Festival in Yass, an easy drive from Reflections Holiday Parks Burrinjuck Waters. For guests at Reflections Holiday Parks Evans Head looking to explore the wider region, Eat Street Yamba is held on the last day of September for locally sourced produce and international food market enthusiasts.“What better way to celebrate the new season than a road trip, timed to coincide with one of these fantastic events?” Mr Edmonds said.“Stay in one of our 37 parks across regional NSW, get out and enjoy some unique cultural experiences, and scratch that international travel itch without damaging your hip pocket.”To discover what regional events are happening throughout NSW and to book an inspiring stay at a Reflections Holiday Park visit www.reflectionsholidayparks.com.au.Source = Reflections Holidaylast_img read more