Spending from Trump Trudeau on infrastructure could drive up costs documents

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trump administration’s fledgling promise to spend $1 trillion on repairing American roads and bridges may have some unintended ripple effects in Canada.Newly released documents show that top civil servants in Ottawa worried earlier this year that Donald Trump’s ambitious infrastructure program that he talked about on the campaign trail could end up driving up the construction costs in Canada.Trump has long talked about a massive infrastructure spending program to prod his country’s economy, but the yet-to-be-released program has taken a back seat in a legislative agenda focused on an ongoing fight over health care, the country’s debt levels and tax reform.The longer it takes to approve a plan, the longer it may put off what a group of deputy ministers worried in February would be an upward pressure on construction prices.“The U.S. infrastructure plan, coupled with the Investing in Canada Plan, may drive up costs for materials and services in the medium term, thereby increasing the total costs of infrastructure projects in Canada,” read the minutes from the meeting inside the building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the document under the Access to Information Act.The concern was listed as an issue that could affect relations with provinces and territories that were banking on federal financial help to replace and build new roads, bridges, water and transit systems.Higher costs would mean that planned federal investments in infrastructure wouldn’t be able to buy as much new infrastructure as the Liberals hope, and potentially dampen any economic spin offs.The Liberals have banked on their infrastructure program to drive economic growth and job creation. The plan calls for $81.2 billion in spending over the next decade, not including some $90 billion in existing legacy funds the Liberals also want to spend.Most of the spending on the Liberal infrastructure program doesn’t happen until after 2021.Infrastructure spending was one of Trump’s key talking points on the campaign trail, which he billed as a way to stimulate the American economy and create millions of good-paying jobs and long-term economic growth — language not all that dissimilar from what Justin Trudeau used in promoting his infrastructure plan to Canadians during the 2015 federal election.Trump has also envisioned having the private sector help pay for his promise, which in reality is envisioned as $200 billion in federal funds to leverage $800 billion in private sector money; again, an idea the Liberals have captured in their soon-to-be launched infrastructure bank.The White House is reportedly set to give congressional lawmakers the outline of the infrastructure proposal this fall, although it’s unclear if Trump can get a bill passed before the end of the calendar year with divisions within the Republican ranks and opposition from Democrats.Meanwhile, the Liberals are trying to finalize funding agreements with provinces on their long-term infrastructure program to start moving money for long-term, large scale projects and get their new financing agency up and running by the end of the year.Why the two programs could drive up costs is chalked up to supply and demand economics.Industry officials point out that companies can increase the cost of their services if the market is flooded with open contracts. Materials suppliers could also boost rates as demand for their products increases.A spokesman for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the roll-out of the infrastructure program over a 12-year timeline should mitigate any concerns about prices rising too fast.“This will provide jurisdictions and asset managers with greater flexibility to prioritize and phase-in projects to best consider various factors, including the relative availability of particular goods and services, as market conditions evolve over time,” Brook Simpson said.“In addition, as these investments will be made over a long period, we can expect that the increase in demand for economic sectors contributing to infrastructure will lead to increase in supply, which could mitigate pressures on costs.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Grand Ole Opry Concert Movie Teams Up With Country Cares For St

first_imgIndependent distributor DigiNext Films today announced that ‘Country Cares for St. Jude Kids’ has been named official charitable partner for the first-ever Grand Ole Opry feature film.DigiNext is donating a portion of every movie theatre ticket sold for American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry to benefit Country Cares for St. Jude Kids, one of the most successful radio fundraising programs of all time, which has raised $550 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.The film offers audiences a virtual front row seat and VIP all-access pass, including live Opry performances and backstage conversations with Opry members, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker as well as The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge.The movie’s official trailer was recently released at www.oprymovie.com.• Advance tickets are available via partners MovieTickets.com and Fandango. • A limited special engagement at select theatre locations begins December 4. Additional North American dates and theatres will be added in early 2016.“We are delighted to partner with the Grand Ole Opry to bring cinemagoers and country music fans their first immersive, big-screen taste of the rich, 90-year tradition of ‘the show that made country music famous,’” said Bud Mayo, Managing Member of DigiNext and President of Carmike’s Alternative Programming and Distribution Division. “We are also proud to lend additional support to Country Cares for St. Jude Kids as our official charitable beneficiary, which has long been a favored charity of the cinema industry. The artists and the Opry already have a longstanding relationship with Country Cares for St. Jude.”Since 1989 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised $550 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in partnership with approximately 200 radio stations and listeners that have generously pledged their support during radiothons. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.last_img read more

Kenny Chesney Teams With ENGEL To Benefit No Shoes Reefs

first_imgKenny Chesney’s commitment to the world’s waters is as deep as his commitment to the No Shoes Nation.Having kicked off the No Shoes Reefs project in the St. Johns River, right in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, Fla., the 8-time Entertainer of the Year wanted to find new ways to bring awareness, through the No Shoes Nation and tailgating together – and reached out to ENGEL, the original high performance cooler company, to create tools to make long days at the beach, a game or a stadium show even simpler.“The No Shoes Nation has a serious commitment to how they spend their time,” Chesney says. “When they tailgate, they are hardcore. So I wanted to find a company that understood durable, portable, lightweight and high performance. ENGEL’s all about functionality, whether it’s a backpack with a removable liner, an indestructible cooler or a tumbler that keeps drinks the right temperature for 36 hours – and won’t spill.”More importantly, ENGEL shares the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years’ commitment to ocean preservation. Working with the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program, Building Conservation Trust, they will donate a portion of the sales of No Shoes Nation-branded products to building artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, surrounding rivers and waterways.“It’s not just about doing business,” Chesney says. “It’s about creating something people will think is cool that also makes a difference in our world. When you can take something and make it mean more – especially for coastal preservation – that’s when I get intrigued.”The Building Conservation Trust (BCT) was founded in 2010 as the national marine habitat program of Coastal Conservation Association. BCT is a 501c3 non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to providing funding for local, state and national fisheries, habitat conservation and restoration projects. BCT has created a model for the successful collaboration of business, non-profit organizations and government agencies to revitalize critical habitat and establish a vibrant foundation for the marine ecosystem.ENGEL CEO Paul Kabalin concurs, “At ENGEL, we make high performance coolers and 12 volt refrigerators that allow ambulances to store life critical medications, but we also use that technology to keep a family’s drinks and food cold and dry for an entire day. We take it all seriously, because we understand life is where you live it. For many of us, that means on boats and on the water. Like Kenny, we believe in protecting the ocean so it’s here for future generations.”Beyond ENGEL’s 23-quart capacity lightweight backpack and two tumblers, ENGEL’s No Shoes Nation line will also include signature coolers. All made of highly durable materials and construction, easily transportable and capable of keeping things cold all day.“This was a great way to up the No Shoes Nation tailgating game – and do some good for the No Shoes Reefs. If there’s one thing I know about my fans: they work hard, they play hard, but they also care about the world they live in. This is a way for them to do it all together. To me, that makes tailgating even more awesome: make memories, make a difference.”In the midst of his Spread the Love Tour, which will hit 14 major stadiums this summer, Chesney’s nearly two-hour shows have been bringing the summer alive across the nation. The man The Dallas Morning News deemed, “Two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” headlines.Fans can order the No Shoes Nation Tailgate Packs, Coolers and Tumblers at www.ENGELcoolers.com/noshoesnation.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening solidly higher on Wall Street as the market claims back some of the ground it lost in steep drops over the previous two days.Technology and industrial stocks were among the biggest winners in early trading Tuesday.Oracle rose 4.2 per cent after the business software maker reported better earnings that analysts were expecting.Boeing, which has taken sharp losses in recent weeks, rose 3.6 per cent after announcing a stock buyback and a dividend increase.The S&P 500 rose 18 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,563.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 209 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 23,812. It had lost just over 1,000 in the previous two trading days.The Nasdaq rose 44 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 6,798.Bond price rose, sending yields lower.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Prospects of women and children in Laos still lag UNICEF reports

Children and women in Laos continue to suffer social and economic disadvantage, especially in rural areas, according to a mid-term review of a four-year assistance project run by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the country’s Government.The review, released earlier this week in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, found that despite some gains, women and children still struggle to gain access to many basic services in the South-East Asian country.Infant and maternal mortality rates remain among the highest in the region, while there has been an actual decline in vaccination coverage since the mid-1990s, according to the review.Education is also serious problem. Some 135,000 primary school-aged children in Laos – mostly ethnic minorities – do not attend school. Children frequently have to repeat Grades 1 and 2 as well.But the review also highlighted areas where Laos has made advances, especially for women and children, since the joint project began in 2002.The country now has enough iodized salt for its entire population, thus reducing the prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders and mental retardation in children. Water quality targets have been met and the number of villages and primary schools with access to clean water and sanitary latrines has significantly improved.Olivia Yambi, UNICEF’s Representative in Laos, emphasized that society as a whole will gain through attention to women and children. “Where we have invested in the past two years, we have seen results,” she said. “However we must re-double our efforts during the second half of our cooperation programme to ensure the rights of all Lao children are fulfilled.” read more

Weapons yeast among items found in Timehri prison raid

A prison raid carried out on the Timehri Prison on Wednesday morning unearthed a number of number of illegal items including improvised stabbing weapons, razor blades and yeast, among other contraband.The search carried out with the aid of some 50 prison personnel occurred between 05:56 and 08:10h.In addition to the above items, one cellular phone, three smoking utensils, two phone chargers, two phone cables, one earpiece, 15 cigarettes, 14 cigarette lighters, three nails and one Samsung battery.The search was said to be without any incident. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedContraband unearthed at NA prison in latest raid on penitentiariesDecember 8, 2018In “Crime”Police, prison officials raid Lusignan PrisonJuly 15, 2018In “Crime”Raid at Mazaruni Prison unearths large quantity of contraband itemsApril 2, 2019In “Crime” read more

175 seasonal jobs up for grabs at Argos this Christmas

first_imgUpdated 22:59RETAILER ARGOS IS looking to hire 175 seasonal workers this year to help with the Christmas rush.Part-time contracts, lasting into the start of next year, will be available at each of the company’s 40 Irish outlets.The catalogue-based retailer is offering “competitive rates of pay” alongside a staff discount of 10 per cent.According to Operations Manager Andy McClelland: ”We are looking for people who are customer focused, passionate and enthusiastic to join our teams”.Recruitment is now under way, and details of the jobs on offer are available at www.argoscareers.com/christmas.First published 14:34Read: Train, bus and Luas fares to increase next week >last_img read more

Coronavirus un nouveau cas découvert en Arabie Saoudite

first_imgCoronavirus : un nouveau cas découvert en Arabie SaouditeL’OMS (Organisation Mondiale de la Santé) a été informé par le ministère de la santé d’Arabie Saoudite de la découverte d’un cas supplémentaire de nouveau Coronavirus (nCoV), également appelé syndrome respiratoire viral du Moyen-Orient (MERS-CoV). L’Arabie Saoudite a découvert qu’une nouvelle personne était atteinte du nCoV. La patiente de 81 ans concernée est actuellement dans un état critique quoi que stable. L’OMS a aussitôt été informée par le ministère de la santé saoudien de ce cas supplémentaire, ce qui porte à 40 le nombre de cas de nCoV confirmés depuis septembre 2012. Parmi eux, on compte 20 décès. Rien que depuis le début du mois, 21 cas ont été recensés en Arabie Saoudite, dont 9 décès. En France, deux cas ont été confirmés en laboratoire et, là encore, le ministère des affaires sociales et de la santé en avait informé l’OMS. Les deux patients sont hospitalisés en isolement dans un hôpital spécialisé dans les maladies infectieuses.L’Allemagne et le Royaume-Uni ayant été également touchés, l’OMS engage tous les États Membres à maintenir une étroite surveillance des infections respiratoires aigües et à examiner de près toute manifestation inhabituelle.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis peu, l’OMS affirme que la transmission interhumaine du nCoV est avérée. Ainsi, les établissements de santé doivent prendre toutes les précautions nécessaires s’ils prennent en charge des patients suspectés de présenter une infection à nCoV. Il s’agit de réduire les risques de transmission du virus entre patients ainsi qu’au personnel soignant lui-même.Pour plus de sûreté, il est  recommandé aux cliniciens de faire preuve de prudence en envisageant un MERS-CoV dès que des patients présentent un syndrome respiratoire atypique. Des échantillons prélevés dans les voies respiratoires permettront d’établir le diagnostic.Le 20 mai 2013 à 17:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Microsoft has created an Xbox Onesie to wear while you play

first_imgWhat happens when you want to say “I’m a gamer, but I’ve also given up on life”?Xbox Australia has the answer for you! Along with the new Xbox One S console releasing today they have unveiled the limited edition Xbox Onesie, as you can see above. That’s seriously the name. It’s a real thing.“The Xbox Onesie comes with everything an entertainment enthusiast could need when streaming a favorite TV show or film, watching a sports match or playing the ultimate gaming session,” they say in a press statement, forgetting to add how rad it looks.The features include-Enlarged pockets to fit your Xbox Controller, so you’ll never have to look under discarded pizza boxes and takeout containers for it ever againAn arm pouch for “quick and easy access to your mobile phone,” to instantly verify that your social media friends are doing more worthy things with their time“Roll-able legs and arms” so you can really let looseForearm grips to prevent slipping on “edge of your seat” moments, or chafe you during othersExtra-large hood to accommodate headsets, shameYour very own embroidered Gamertag, because you’re clearly the type to forget your own name They will have more information on how you can buy your very own soon.Look, as the father of two I can totally understand the appeal of a onesie. They’re quick and easy when you really need to change a diaper or if you puke on your clothes. The idea that you would dress up to sit on your couch is noxious, though. We can only hope that the idea of an adult onesie goes the way of the snuggie.last_img read more

MCU News Thor Prepares forWar Gunn Shoots Down Reboot Rumors and More

first_img Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Not true. The Guardians, at least, will continue on. https://t.co/pbFpUKXM8i— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2017Kevin Feige has stated in the past that many of the MCU’s main characters won’t survive the next two Avengers movies. Or at the very least, they’re stories will end. So even if the Guardians of the Galaxy are still kicking around after Infinity War and its untitled sequel, the rest of the MCU will look very different. Still, it’s nice to know that the continuity will be kept up. The MCU may center on different characters, but it will be a continuation of the overarching story. Everything in Phases One through Three will still have happened, and will still affect the world.Plans aren’t set in stone for what the MCU will look like after Avengers 4 yet. With six movies still to come before Phase Three closes out, Marvel Studios is focusing on them for now. Mapping out what stories come next will happen once those six films are fully completed. Looking at Gunn’s tweet, it’s entirely possible the Guardians of the Galaxy could continue on indefinitely. The group has had a few roster changes over the years in the comics, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see characters swapped out for new ones when their stories are finished. We’ll just have to see what happens in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will probably be the first movie to come out after Avengers 4. Walton Goggins speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)Of course, with so many actors leaving the MCU in the future, it’s only natural that they’ll keep adding more. The latest actor to join Marvel’s massive series is Justified’s, Walton Goggins. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Goggins’s entry point to the MCU will be Ant-Man and The Wasp. He’ll join returning stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily in the sequel.Frustratingly, there’s no word on who Goggins will play. We don’t know if he’s a villain, a friend to Hank Pym, or someone who’s neither. All we do know is that anyone cast in a Marvel movie can affect the entire universe. It’s entirely possible (though unknown) that we’ll see Goggins in more than the Ant-Man sequel. Given the secrecy regarding his character, his role will probably be of some importance. In any case, Goggins is a great actor, and he’s definitely up to whatever task Marvel Studios has in mind for him.We’ll almost certainly find out exactly what Goggins’s role is in the lead up to Ant-Man and The Wasp’s release on July 6, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img We’re drawing ever closer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest event yet. Even so, there are still a few stops along the way before we get there. Thankfully, those stops include Black Panther and before that, Thor: Ragnarok. We’ve been excited about Thor’s third movie since its trailer came out. It showcased a tone and sense of fun, unlike anything that came before. Even better, it promised a gigantic battle between the God of Thunder and Hulk. (The know each other. From work.) Since the movie spends a significant amount of time getting the two characters together, you’d imagine it’s doing a lot to set up for Avengers: Infinity War. Kevin Feige confirmed exactly that, according to Movie Pilot. With Thor: Ragnarok sending both Thor and The Hulk further into space than ever before, the movie is definitely preparing the MCU for Infinity War. Says Feige, “Things change drastically in ‘Ragnarok’ and then build directly into Infinity War.”So what does that mean? A teaser trailer for Avengers: Infinity War screened at D23 might have some answers. Unfortunately, the trailer isn’t yet available to the public, but there are a few details from it floating around. Given that this movie takes place after Thor: Ragnarok, the details that follow may spoil part of the upcoming movie for you. There’s your warning.The trailer reportedly opens with the Guardians of the Galaxy finding Thor drifting through space after whatever transpires at the end of Ragnarok. That would imply that Thor doesn’t end up saving Asgard from Hela, and ends up lost in deep space. That makes sense considering “Ragnarok” is the Norse name for the end of the world. The trailer also shows Loki walking away from Thor and handing the tesseract to Thanos. Has he been working for Thanos this whole time?Of course, it’s also possible that Hela won’t destroy Asgard in Ragnarok, but the teaser reportedly makes it clear that something bad happens to it. Whether Hela or Thanos is responsible for its destruction is yet to be determined. We’ll just have to wait for Thor: Ragnarok‘s November 3 release to find out.(Via Marvel Studios)With all this end-of-the-world talk surrounding Infinity War (and the fact that many MCU actors’ contracts will expire), it’s easy to start thinking of the post-Avengers 4 era as a reboot for the MCU. Fans have been talking up that rumor enough that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn felt the need to respond to it. His answer: It’s not true. At least not for all MCU characters.last_img read more

Buffon admits PSG and Man United are on a par

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is bracing up for his team’s Champions League clash against a resurgent Manchester United team.The two teams will try to secure an advantage in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday night before the return leg in Paris on 6 March.United head into the clash having gone 11 games unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since becoming the interim manager in December.Here come the Men in White 👊🏾 #LAFORCE#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/eDIQP0rQEn— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) February 11, 2019And Buffon feels that the turnaround in fortunes for the Red Devils will make the match a lot difficult, with PSG losing their first league defeat of the season against Lyon.“Old Trafford is the temple of a great team with a very important history,” he told FourFourTwo via Sky Italia.“This tie must be confronted in a serious way and without any regrets. We’ll regret it if our way of playing isn’t expressed in the way that the match demands.“Football is strange: two months ago, at the time of the draw, everyone thought that PSG would go through.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Two months later, seeing what has happened with us and the developments at Manchester United, we are at the least on the same level now.“This makes you understand how strange it is and how certain balances can swap around in the Champions League.”🔜🔥🏟️We are ready! 👊#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/pJwJLqcEbD— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 10, 2019Buffon equally had some words for former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba who would be in action tomorrow.“Paul is a golden boy, I’m always pleased to see him because he’s an incredible champion,” Buffon said.“Of course, I hope he can bring me the respect he owes me and that he’s very calm!”last_img read more

ASA Expresses Concerns about EU Renewable Energy Directive to USDA and USTR

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), joined by other U.S. oilseed producer and industry organizations, has expressed serious concerns to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk about the requirements of the European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and with the impact the RED is having on access for U.S. agricultural products to EU markets.In a letter delivered to Secretary Vilsack and Ambassador Kirk today, the group is requesting a meeting with USDA and USTR to consider options for responding to trade barriers resulting from and influenced by the RED. The letter asks USDA and USTR to place an immediate priority on seeking to initiate bilateral negotiations between governments. Further, the group asks USDA and USTR to communicate with third country governments regarding the implications of and needed response to the RED.ASA believes a highly coordinated effort is needed to identify and respond to the immediate, as well as longer-term, market threats resulting from RED implementation. “Trade reports indicate that, since the RED was implemented by Germany on January 1, 2011, U.S. soybean exports to that country have declined significantly, and soybean oil processed in the EU from U.S. soybeans is being re-exported out of the EU,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb. “As other Member States transpose the RED into national law, ASA anticipates the economic viability of exporting U.S. soybeans to the EU will be further eroded, and that a $1 billion market could be lost.”In order for biofuels to qualify for EU tax credits and use mandates, the RED requires that biofuel feedstocks must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 35 percent by 2013, and by 50 percent by 2017, compared to petroleum diesel. Based on Brazilian production and transportation data, the EU set the greenhouse gas savings default value for soy biodiesel at 31 percent, short of the 35 percent reduction required. This disqualifies soy as a feedstock for biodiesel. EU-grown rapeseed however passed with a 38 percent value. Since virtually all of the soybean oil processed from U.S. soybeans in the EU is used in biodiesel production, disqualification jeopardizes $1 billion in annual sales of soybeans to EU markets.A study funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) used actual U.S. production and transportation data to show that U.S. soy biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emission by up to 52 percent. This study has been shared with USDA, USTR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has been submitted to the EU’s Joint Research Centre for their consideration and approval.”The RED also requires a ‘proof of sustainability’ certification that biofuel feedstocks were produced on farms that have not been converted from high carbon density lands, such as rain forests,” Wellman added. “This approach does not provide for acceptance of the existing U.S. approach to conservation and environmental sustainability that may well be of higher value than the RED requirements in attaining its objectives.””ASA is also concerned by the possibility that, unless a workable approach to the RED is found, it will establish a precedent for other countries imposing environmental and sustainability requirements on U.S. agriculture,” Wellman stated. “Germany’s current implementation of this Directive represents a process mandate for systems of production and marketing that act as undue and unjustified trade barriers to imports of U.S. products.”last_img read more

Monroe County heads mission to remove sunken boats from ocean

first_imgSome boats have been underwater for years. A few of the boats have also ended up in the sand and mangroves, damaging nesting areas for aquatic animals.Living in those habitats are rare protected birds and turtles. The islands provide a unique home for wildlife.Crews hope to finish the removal project before April 1, the beginning of bird nesting season. However, strong winds and high seas have slowed their efforts.“This time of year, it’s really breezy, so we’re really timing our operations in between the windy weather, and today was an awesome day to be able to get out there,” Clark said.Sixteen boats have been removed so far, with a goal set at 32.“I think it’s really a good testament to folks really working together all for a common cause: to remove that marine pollution out of the Marquesas, to protect it and keep it pristine for future generations,” said Clark.Crews plan to work throughout the weekend, so they can reach their April 1 goal. MARQUESAS KEYS (WSVN) — Monroe County is leading a project dedicated to removing sunken environment-harming ships from the seabed.Marine crews in the waters off the Keys are working to remove abandoned and deteriorating boats from the ocean. Many of the boats wound up there as Cuban migrants fled to South Florida. As the ships deteriorate, they damage the environment.“Essentially, what we’re trying to do is get them out as whole as possible, make sure there’s no petroleum or pollution and that kind of thing, and put those on to the barge so they can be shipped back here for disposal,” said Dan Clark of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.The $60,000 project is being spearheaded by the Monroe County Marine Resources Office.The process to remove the boats is complicated and requires a crane. “They’ll grab the vessel, basically like a hand,” Clark said. “They’re picking it up gently, taking it to the surface of the water, trying to get some lines around it. Then they’ll de-water it to remove a lot of that weight.”After the boats are drained, they are made as small as possible, so the barges can hold as many boats as possible.“There’s a number of them out there. They really kind of interrupt and disturb the habitats that are out there and the shore lines,” said Clark. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man given 6 months in prison after brutally beating 2monthold daughter

first_img(WSVN) – A father found guilty of beating his 2-month-old daughter, causing bleeding in her brain, was sentenced to six months in prison.According to Fox 32, 21-year-old Richard A. Root of Wisconsin beat his daughter and broke her arm, leg and more than 20 bones along with bleeding in her brain. According to Root, he told police he beat his daughter due to lack of sleep and stress.The recent prison sentence is a part of the seven years probation previously issued after child neglect. Root pleaded no contest to the child neglect claims.A judge also ordered Root to avoid alcohol and drugs, to keep a steady job or become a full-time student and undergo counseling.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Troopers Respond To Theft At A Residence In Anchor Point

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a theft at an Anchor Point residence on January 2. Limited details are known at this time. According to the online trooper dispatch, someone stole approximately 200 gallons of fuel oil from a residence on North Fork Road.center_img According to Troopers, the investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Troopers.last_img

Ode to music

first_imgSpandan Communications is organising a two days music and dance festival Sharad Utsav  celebrating Indian classical music and dance on January 14 and 15, 6pm onwards at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, in the Capital.Vocal artiste Swarnima Gusain disciple of  Kishori Amonkar and Sitar player Lakshay Mohan Gupta and Sarod player Aayush Mohan Gupta grand disciples of pandit Ravi Shankar will be performing on the first day of the festival on January 14.Rashmi Khanna (Bharatanatyam) disciple of Kalyani Shekar and vocal artiste Sunanda Sharma Disciple of Girija Devi will be presenting their respective art forms on the closing day of January 15.The curator of the festival Anshuman Pandey said that ‘this festival will bring in the musical warmth for the Delhi Audience and will provide comfort from the nail biting cold of Delhi.’last_img read more

Teenager hangs herselfTeenager hangs herself

first_imgPolice were called to a local hospital on Monday evening to investigate the death of a 17-year-old girl.The teenager died on arrival at the hospital after being found hanging from a rope.No foul play is suspected and the deceased has not yet been officially identified.Police have opened an inquest into the death. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Europes leading hotel

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEurope’s leading hotel barge cruising company, European Waterways, is making the 2016 season a special occasion by offering up to €9,000 (AU$13,775) off selected whole boat charter prices and up to €1,500 (AU$2,295) off per cabin on select hotel barges and cruises.The charter offers apply to vessels that include Panache in Alsace-Lorraine throughout July and August, the Anjodi on the Canal du Midi in May, June and August, and L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, among others. They must be booked by 29 March 2016 to qualify.“More and more people are discovering the unique experience of a luxury hotel barge cruise through the scenic countryside of Europe,” said Derek Banks, Managing Director of European Waterways. “There are so many wonderful cruising regions to choose from in our program and our specials make these holidays even more attractive.”The stylish 12-passenger Panache hotel barge cruises through the storybook settings of the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, famous for its Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque architecture. It is offering €9,000 (AU$13,775) off the full-boat charter price for its 29 May departure, as well as for all departures in July and August. Panache is also offering €1,500 (AU$2,295) off per cabin for selected departures in April and May, and waiving single supplement fees for select departures in April.Further south, the 8-passenger Anjodi, which cruises the Canal du Midi, is offering €6,000 (AU$9,180) off the full-boat charter prices for selected departures in May, June and August. It is also offering €750 (AU$1,150) off per cabin for selected departures in June through August. Anjodi’s passengers will enjoy distant views of the Pyrenées during their cruise, as well as pass through the world’s oldest Malpas tunnel. The vessel is also waiving single supplement fees for selected departures in June.The light and airy 12-passenger L’Impressionniste is offering €9,000 (AU$13,775) off full-boat charters for selected departures in May, July and August. It is also offering €1,500 (AU$2,295) off per cabin for selected departures in April and May and waiving single supplement fees for selected departures in April and May. The vessel, which cruises the Burgundy Canal past medieval hilltop châteaux, is the perfect choice for fine wine and food lovers.The 8-passenger Rosa hotel barge is offering €6,000 (AU$9,180) off full-boat charter prices on selected departures from April through July. It is also offering €1,500 (AU$2,295) off per cabin for selected departures in April and June, as well as €750 (AU$1,150) off per cabin for selected departures in July. Highlights of the cruise on this traditional Dutch ‘clipper’ vessel on the Canal de Garonne include a crossing of the 304 metre long Pont du Cacor aqueduct and a visit to the abbey at Moissac, a UNESCO world heritage site.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Cyprus tops EU viewofcorruption index

first_imgAll Cypriot businesses surveyed for a new Eurobarometer report believe corruption is widespread, which makes the island the leading EU country in this category, closely followed by Greece and Romania with 96 per cent each.Just over one in ten businesses in Denmark share this view.The percentage has gone up to 100 per cent in Cyprus from 84 per cent in 2015, the biggest change in the EU during this time period.Overall, 38 per cent of EU companies see patronage and nepotism as a problem. There are also significant country-level differences on the issue of patronage and nepotism. As in 2015, the highest proportion of businesses giving this answer is recorded in Romania, where about eight in ten (82 per cent) give this response. In Cyprus, about seven in ten companies mention patronage and nepotism as a problem, and about six in ten companies in Greece do. In contrast, less than one in ten companies in Denmark, the UK and Ireland see this as a problem.Since 2015, Cyprus has seen the biggest change with an increase of 16 percentage points. While in 2013 only a minority (47 per cent) viewed nepotism as an issue, now nearly three quarters (72 per cent) do.This is related to other perceptions by the business sector. In Cyprus, 68 per cent say corruption is a problem when conducting business activities while the European average was 37 per cent.In five EU member states, at least half of businesses say that favouring friends and family members in public institutions is among the most widespread practices. Nearly six in ten of those polled in France and Portugal (59 per cent) believe so while, surprisingly, in Cyprus less than a quarter of respondents do, down 23 percentage points since 2013.But when it comes to kickbacks nearly eight in ten (79 per cent) regarded it as widespread, an increase of 27 percentage points over the previous survey.In almost all EU member states, at least half of all companies agree too-close links between business and politics lead to corruption. This view is held by almost all companies in Greece (97 per cent), and over nine in ten of those polled in Cyprus. In 19 EU member states, over three quarters (75 per cent) of companies agree with the statement.As in the previous survey, companies in Bulgaria and Cypus, with 87 per cent each, are the most likely to agree bribery and the use of connections is often the easiest way to obtain certain public services in their country.The Eurobarometer carried out 1,001 personal interviews in Cyprus.You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsResearch About Hepatitis C – The Early Signs Of Hepatitis CHepatitis C Treatments I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

October rainfall 112 per cent of normal amount

first_imgRainfall for October so far is 112 per cent of the usual amount for the whole month, the met office announced on Monday.The rainfall was extremely uneven, ranging from only 5 per cent of what is normal in Limassol to a whooping 543 per cent or 254.9 mm in Platania. Much of the rain poured down in Prodromos (350 per cent above normal), followed by Athienou with 273 per cent.On the other end of the scale, after Limassol, are Paphos (19 per cent) and Larnaca {33 per cent).Nicosia had exactly the average national percentage, 112 per cent, of which more than half was recorded in the past three days.Due to intense rain and hail in many areas of Nicosia, especially in the areas of Kokkinotrimithia, Paliometocho and Archangelos, there was flooding on Sunday, and some roads had to be closed temporarily in the afternoon. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more