Several areas inundated in Rajasthan dam breach

first_imgA dam built as part of the Kumbha Ram Arya lift canal project near Malsisar town in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district breached on Saturday, inundating several areas in the region.The water swept away a large number of cattles and vehicles, but no loss of life was reported. Jhunjhunu Collector Dinesh Kumar Yadav said Kakdeu village and some government offices on the outskirts of Malsisar were submerged and several houses damaged. The dam – constructed barely three months ago – had 80 million litres per day (MLD) of water in terms of supply, stored at a height of 9 metres. A portion of the dam first developed cracks and later breached. The cause of the breach was yet to be ascertained. However, the flow of the water had been diverted towards open fields away from Malsisar, Mr. Yadav said.The State government rushed the State Disaster Relief Force teams from Jaipur to Malsisar, situated 210 km away. Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Hemant Gera was monitoring the situation. The rescue teams evacuated project officials and labourers trapped inside the dam’s filter plant, control tower and administrative building.last_img read more

Now, an institute for aspiring politicians

first_imgGood news for aspiring politicians. They will soon have an institute in Ghaziabad to learn the nuances of the profession, the Uttar Pradesh government said on Wednesday.The decision to establish a sprawling political training institute at a cost of ₹198 crore was taken on Wednesday at the State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.“The Cabinet has approved establishment of a political training institute in Ghaziabad at a cost of ₹198 crore. It has also made a provision of ₹50 crore for the first phase of the institute to be set up on 60 bighas of land,” Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna told reporters.”This will be a first-of-its-kind institute in the country,” he added.A to Z training The courses are being designed for the institute and will impart A to Z training to those planning entry into politics and also to the elected representatives, the Minister said.The institute will also offer lectures by prominent political personalities, including ambassadors, heads of states and other experts.The location of the institute has been selected in the National Capital Region so that those coming to Delhi can easily plan a visit there, the Minister said.The institute will be run by the Urban Development Department of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Khanna said, adding that discussions are on with various national universities for its recognition so that its degrees have value and weight.The institute will become operational in the next two years, he said, adding that a committee has already been formed to decide its curriculum.last_img read more

DM inspects library at Darul Uloom campus

first_imgReacting to orders from the Chief Minister’s office, the District Magistrate of Saharanpur inspected the under-construction library in the sprawling Darul Uloom campus in Deoband on Saturday.Vikas Tyagi, zonal coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, had made a complaint to the CM’s office that a helipad was being built on top of the huge structure.District Magistrate Alok Kumar had asked the administration to submit a report. Unsatisfied, he made a detailed inspection of the site with SSP Dinesh Kumar and PWD engineers. After the inspection, Mr Kumar told the media that there was no trace of a helipad on the rooftop but the university administration did not ask for permission for addition to the existing structures and building of new structures from the authorities concerned. “Action will be taken in this regard as per law,” he said. Responding to the action, Maulana Arshad Madani, national president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “This is for the first time that the local administration has undertaken an inspection after a complaint, which seemed to be motivated, was lodged. We will abide by the rules and take necessary permissions in future.”last_img read more

Ohio State Screwed Up A Rivalry Tweet, And Michigan Fans Are Loving It

first_imgOhio State forgets an M on its tweet.Whoever runs Ohio State’s Twitter account made a pretty embarrassing mistake on Monday morning, and Michigan fans are having a field day with it.Every year, Ohio State and its fans do their best to block out any “Ms” on campus (and on social media) during the week leading up to their big rivalry game against Michigan. But Monday morning, whoever runs Ohio State’s Twitter account made a pretty big error.While X-ing out the “M” in “Monday”, “Morning” and “campus”, the Buckeyes forgot to take the “M” out of “from.” Michigan fans (and everyone else) are loving the mistake:Happy ❌onday ❌orning from The Ohio State University ca❌pus.— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 21, 2016Xissed one.— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) November 21, 2016You tried. @OhioStateFB— LG (@LGhail) November 21, 2016@OhioStateFB When you cross out all the m’s but forget the ‘m’ in from— Ben Lewandowski (@AwkwardBenny) November 21, 2016@OhioStateFB stick to flipping burgers, you obviously can’t social media very well in addition to playing school.— † Wolverine Devotee (@UMichWD) November 21, 2016@OhioStateFB FYI FROM has an M. #Fail #GoBlue— Kelly E (@AngelMom037) November 21, 2016Ohio State poked fun at itself on Twitter later on.Scout tea❌ hel❌ets are ready.(Did we get all the ❌’s this ti❌e? ¯_(ツ)_/¯)#BeatTTUN— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 21, 2016The Game hasn’t mean this much in years. Saturday should be fun.last_img read more

Seanergy Maritime to Raise Funds for Vessel Acquisitions

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping firm Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has announced the pricing for its USD 15 million public offering, saying that it will used the net proceeds vessel acquisitions, debt repayment and general corporate purposes.The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment, vessel acquisitions in accordance with the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.The public offering consists of 10 million common shares and class A warrants at a combined price to the public of USD 1.50 per common share and class A warrant.Seanergy Maritime Holdings, The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment, vessel acquisitions in accordance with the Company’s growth strategy and general corporate purposes.The offering is expected to close on or about December 13, 2016. The company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering, after deducting the underwriting discount and offering expenses, will be around USD 13.38 million.Maxim Group LLC is acting as sole manager for the offering. The company has granted Maxim Group LLC a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.5 million common shares and/or 1.5 million class A warrants to cover over-allotments, if any.last_img read more

Nova Scotia election Tories Liberals make infrastructure pitches

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberals and Progressive Conservatives both promised millions for highways and rural roads on the first full day of the provincial election campaign Monday, while the NDP promised millions more to improve access to health care.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil announced an extra $240 million over four years in infrastructure spending, while Tory Leader Jamie Baillie promised a $2-billion Rebuild Nova Scotia Fund, which relies on half the money coming from Ottawa.Baillie said a Tory government would not go into deficit to come up with its $1-billion share of the fund.He said the fund would be used to twin “Nova Scotia’s most dangerous highways,” build a new Victoria General hospital and bring high-speed Internet to rural areas.“It is my expectation that it will create 10,000 jobs over the 10-year period that we renew our infrastructure,” he said, flanked by workers at an insulation manufacturing plant in Dartmouth.Baillie said his plan would twin more highway kilometres than the Liberal proposal, and includes other safety measures on untwinned sections of the highways.The money would also go toward creating an environmental reclamation and community enhancement fund.Baillie also suggested the newly amalgamated Nova Scotia Health Authority may come under scrutiny to make it operate more efficiently and save money, saying he would provide more details when the party releases its platform.“There’s no Nova Scotian out there that is telling that this new Nova Scotia Health Authority is delivering services either more efficiently or better,” he said. “We’ve actually created more layers of administration, not less.”McNeil said the Liberals would spend $50 million a year on new schools and improvements to main streets, and an extra $10 million a year to improve the province’s gravel roads. The gravel road commitment would add to the $10 million a year already pledged earlier this spring.The work for gravel roads is much needed and long overdue, he said.“There’s no question there has been a level of neglect,” said McNeil. “With the lack of ditching, water is unable to move away … and then we’ve had traffic than has run over top of them, which has rutted them up and worn them down. It will take a complete rebuild.”McNeil also re-announced a Liberal pledge last week to spend $390 million to twin three sections of 100 series highways and to build a new four-lane connector between Bedford and Burnside. The money would also be used for safety improvements to highways across the province.McNeil said the infrastructure spending would also create thousands of jobs, although a specific figure wasn’t provided.The new funding is over and above what was included in the province’s capital plan and the projections were part of last Thursday’s budget, although it wasn’t highlighted at the time by the government.“We see now that they are promising something that was not immediately apparent in the numbers they put forward,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “That’s the trouble you get when you present as they have a non-budget, budget.”Meanwhile, the NDP made a major pledge of its own, saying $120 million would be committed over four years to build new primary care clinics and to hire more doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners.Burrill said an NDP government would work collaboratively with family doctors to determine what resources are needed in various communities.Although he pointed to Statistics Canada figures that indicate about 100,000 people are without a family doctor, Burrill wouldn’t make promises about how much his party’s pledge would reduce current shortages.“On the basis of the numbers we have been able to access, it seems to us that $30 million a year would take us a serious way down the road to significantly grappling with this problem,” he said.Nova Scotians will go the polls May 30.last_img read more

UN envoy encouraged by donor response to Afghanistans security needs

“I think there is a clear indication that there is a commitment to this project, and we are hopeful that… all this will be followed by concrete action and that the international community will indeed support the police and national army in Afghanistan,” said Lakhdar Brahimi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.”Peace in Afghanistan requires as a priority that security concerns be addressed,” he stressed during a press briefing held after the conference. “I think we have enough now to start on all these programmes: police, formation of national police, formation of national army, demobilization, narcotics programmes,” he added. “We have enough commitments to start – we are very optimistic that we can go ahead.”During the conference, Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah introduced the Interim Administration’s vision and operational plan for the creation of a new armed force, and its strategy for demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants. read more

A different Darfur has emerged since 2003 exit strategy for AUUN mission

“In view of the current circumstances in Darfur, a pragmatic reconfiguration of UNAMID [the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur] will become necessary and the AU and UN will have to focus on how best that could be done without compromising the gains thus far made,” the Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo, told the Security Council. He said that from 5 to 17 March, UNAMID received an AU-UN strategic review team, which met with the Government of Sudan in Khartoum and Darfur, and travelled throughout the Darfur region. UNAMID awaits the outcome of these deliberations. The three strategic priorities established by the Council in 2014 continue to provide a framework within which UNAMID implements its mandate to protect civilians, mitigate inter-communal conflicts and mediate between the Government and the non-signatory armed movements. “The Darfur of today is a very different place from what this region was in 2003, when the armed conflict began, and from that of a year ago,” Mr. Mamabolo said, noting that fighting between Sudanese Government forces and the main three non-signatory armed movements has considerably diminished. VIDEO: Briefing the Security Council, Joint Special Representative Jeremiah N. Mamabolo urges African Union and UN to focus on the best strategy for their joint mission without compromising the gains that have been made. The past three months have also witnessed a continued reduction in the number of inter-communal security incidents, in particular as a result of the more effective involvement of the native administrations and the impact of security measures by State Governments, leading to an increased number of peace agreements. Further, UNAMID has not seen any new displacement in 2017. Cooperation with the Government has noticeably improved in terms of humanitarian access. UNAMID and the UN country team have repeatedly been able to visit previously off-limits areas in Jebel Marra while UN humanitarian partners are commencing regular helicopter flights to Golo. However, efforts by the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to get warring parties to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement and start direct negotiations towards an inclusive peace agreement to end the conflict have remained inconclusive, Mr. Mamabolo said. Although Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid al-Nur (SLA/AW) is no longer capable of mounting and sustaining significant military operations, it continues to refuse to join the peace process and seems to want to continue to fight, he explained. “We would like to appeal to this Council and those with influence and leverage on him to persuade him to recognize the importance of a political settlement and desist from bringing more suffering to the very people that he professes to represent,” Mr. Mamabolo said. read more

A Brexit deal is now touch and go says Boris Johnson

first_img Short URL Share17 Tweet Email By Stephen McDermott Image: PA Wire/PA Images 46,574 Views Aug 25th 2019, 8:24 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: A Brexit deal is now ‘touch and go’, says Boris Johnson The second day of the G7 summit takes place today. Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit yesterday Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated Aug 25th 2019, 12:56 PM BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has said the chances of a Brexit deal with the EU are now “touch and go”.Speaking to the BBC at the G7 summit in France, Johnson said the final outcome “all depends on our EU friends and partners”.“I think it’s going to be touch and go. But the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal”.Johnson, who has consistently said the UK will leave the EU on 31 October, is set to seek concessions from the EU on Brexit and meet EU Council President Donald Tusk as the G7 continues today.The meeting on the margins of the summit will follow a verbal clash between the pair yesterday, when Tusk warned Johnson not to go down in history as “Mr No-Deal”.Johnson today told the BBC: “I think in the last few days there has been a dawning realisation in Brussels and other European capitals what the shape of the problem is for the UK.”He added that he was an “optimist” and that he thought the EU understands there is an “opportunity to do a deal”.”I think it’s going to be touch and go. But the important thing is to get ready to come out without a deal”Boris Johnson says the UK must continue preparations for leaving the EU without a #Brexit deal— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) August 25, 2019 Separately, Johnson told Sky News the chances of a Brexit deal are “improving” for the UK after he said it will only pay €9 billion instead of the €41.8 billion liability agreed by his predecessor Theresa May under a no-deal Brexit scenario.“I think in the last few days we’ve had quite a lot of success in landing some messages about what the UK can do and can’t do,” Johnson said.“Let’s be clear, I think at the moment there’s a reasonable chance that we’ll get a deal.‘Considerable barriers’Johnson has attempted to distance himself from Trump in the lead up to G7 talks, after previously facing accusations of being too cosy with the American leader.He urged Trump to remove the “considerable barriers” for UK companies seeking to export to the American market, saying they risked impeding a free-trade deal after Brexit.Johnson pointed to a string of UK products – including shower trays and pork pies – that he said were not allowed on the American market.“We intend to seize those opportunities but they are going to require our American friends to compromise and to open up their approach, because currently there are too many restrictions,” he said.In another provocative comment, he said that US tech giants like Facebook and Google should be taxed “fairly and properly” on their revenues.However, the first face-to-face talks between the pair saw the US President back him Johnson as the “right man” to deliver Brexit for Britain.Asked what his advice was for Brexit, Trump replied: “He [Johnson] needs no advice, he is the right man for the job.”“I’ve been saying that for a long time,” added Trump, noting that such comments had not made his predecessor Theresa May happy while she was still in office up to July.Diplomatic battlefieldG7 summits, which are attended by the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, were once a meeting of like-minded allies, but have become a diplomatic battlefield under Trump.Host President Emmanuel Macron wants to make the three-day meeting of the group of seven nations, which started yesterday, an example for international forums.In an attempt to break the ice, he treated Trump to an unscheduled lunch as soon as he arrived on Air Force One.Speaking to reporters in English, Macron called Trump “a very special guest” and aides later said that the two men had found some common ground, notably on the Iran nuclear crisis.G7 chiefs are also hoping to soothe tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme and persuade Trump to ease his policy of “maximum pressure”, including lifting sanctions on Iranian oil sales to China and India.Macron is also pushing for action against fires in the Amazon rainforest, despite Brazilian right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s angry response to what he sees as outside interference.In a break from previous meetings of the group, there will be no final statement based on late night talks in the southern town of Biarritz.13,000 police are on duty in the town, where an anti-capitalism demonstration in nearby Bayonne yesterday saw several hundred people attempt to charge police barricades before being repelled with water cannons and tear gas. With reporting from – © AFP 2019 82 Comments Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 12:56 PM Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Biarritz, France, for the annual G7 summit yesterdaylast_img read more

Thief spooked during burglary flees scene without car

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook stealing from a Southwest Miami-Dade home left behind a big clue after getting spooked off.According to police, the thief was in the process of stealing items from a house near Southwest 48th Street and 65th Avenue when he was confronted by a neighbor, Wednesday.The neighbor scared the man off, and he fled the scene on foot. He happened to leave behind his car on the scene.Officials were able to figure out the owner of the vehicle before towing it away.Police are now searching for the subject.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Android tablets are still a thing and Samsungs Galaxy Tab S6 is

first_img Originally published July 31. Update, Aug. 7: Adds clarification on Samsung tablet shipments for Q1 2019. 69 Photos 2:53 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 could be the fanciest Android tablet The Tab S6 targets mobile workers who also game. Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung’s Android-based answer to the iPad Pro and Surface Pro (and the discontinued — but not discounted — Pixel Slate). As a premium tablet, the S6 has all the stuff you’d expect: A powerful new processor, a great 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and quad speakers as well as a new pen and keyboard cover. But it’s all the little extras Samsung packs in that make it more than just another Android tablet. The tablet market in general is in decline but Samsung’s tablet shipments — Android and Windows — remain strong, coming in just behind Apple’s iPad shipments for Q1 2019, according to analyst group IDC. At least part of the slide is attributed to a lack of innovative features within the category, which is something the Tab S6 attempts to attack. The included updated S Pen stylus, for example, can be used as a wireless shutter release for capturing photos and video with the tablet’s dual rear cameras — a first for a Samsung tablet. The pen magnetically snaps strongly to the rear of the tablet for storage and to wirelessly charge it. Samsung says a 10-minute charge will get you through a day of use. 71-samsung-galaxy-tab-s6The tablet cover also acts like a pen case. Sarah Tew/CNET A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor gives the Tab S6 more than an 80% CPU boost and more than a 60% graphics boost over the Tab S4. The increased performance is better for day-to-day stuff, but you’ll also see the benefits when using DeX, Samsung’s desktop interface for Android, which makes it feel more like a PC.DeX goes hand in hand with the Tab S6’s new Book Cover Keyboard. A huge improvement over the S4’s keyboard cover, the new version adds a touchpad (DeX has mouse support), a row of function keys and a quick-launch button for DeX. It also has a free-angle kickstand so it can be used in more than one position. Along with working more comfortably, you can work longer. Samsung claims up to 15 hours of battery life and it’ll quick-charge through its USB-C port. 77-samsung-galaxy-tab-s6The Book Cover’s kickstand lets you work at more than one angle. Sarah Tew/CNET Gaming on the Tab S6 with the Snapdragon 855 is also improved from the S4. A Game Booster with AI capabilities lets you optimize for smoother performance or better image quality on 16:10 2,560×1,600-pixel resolution display. Samsung also has an exclusive partnership with game chat platform Discord so you can live chat through the tablet’s Game Launcher app. There are a handful of other things, too, like the quad speakers tuned by AKG and Dolby Atmos and an on-screen fingerprint scanner for quick sign ins. Plus you can wake the table with two taps on the screen. About the only thing missing is a headphone jack. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 comes in gray, blue and blush. It’ll be available for preorder online at on Aug. 23 and available in stores and online on Sept. 6. The base Wi-Fi-only model has 128GB of storage (microSD expansion available) and 6GB of RAM for $650 or, for $730, you can get 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage. The S Pen is included with both, but not the keyboard cover, which costs $180. An LTE version is expected later this year. 0 Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Computers Tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Samsunglast_img read more

Scientists ID dead killer whale found in Southeast

first_imgNOAA Fisheries marine mammal expert Sadie Wright examines the carcass of a killer whale discovered near Petersburg, Alaska. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/John Moran)Scientists have identified the dead killer whale found on a shoreline in Southeast Alaska last week. The dead whale was discovered by a moose hunter last week, about 25 miles from Petersburg.NOAA fisheries spokesperson Julie Speegle said a team of scientists made it to the Portage Bay on northern Kupreanof Island Monday.“They were able to conduct a full necropsy, which they collected a full suite of necropsy samples which will help determine the cause of death,” Speegle said. “The necropsy team did not find any indication of external injuries but they did discover that the killer whale had an infection in the jaws, so they’re doing some more research on that.”The eight-person team was a collaborative effort of NOAA Fisheries, the University of Washington, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Petersburg Marine Mammal Center.Speegle said photos of the carcass were taken by volunteers from Petersburg who made it to Portage Bay on Friday and those photos have been used to identify the whale.“The killer whale research community, including some folks from Canada were able to identify the animal as 0059, a female offshore killer whale that was first identified in the early 1990s and has been documented from California to the Bering Sea,” she said.Offshore killer whales eat sharks, and are different than the fish-eating resident whales or marine mammal-eating transient orcas typically seen along the Alaskan coast. This orca had teeth that were flattened to the gumline, like other shark-eating offshore whales. The orca may have been at least 40 years old when it died. Female orcas can live about 50 years, but some may live as long as 100 years.The next step for the scientists is testing the samples retrieved from the carcass to search for what killed this animal. The skeleton may be retrieved in the future for further research.The whale was freshly dead, so the team was able to get good samples from the carcass.Anyone spotting a dead or stranded whale or marine mammal is asked to call the NOAA Fisheries hotline at 877-925-7773.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Jan 16 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLegislative session kicks of with hope for productivity in HouseThe second session of the Alaska’s 30th Legislature began today, with the caucus leaders expressing hope that this year will be more productive than 2017.Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO-Alaska Public Media – JuneauThree finalists up for consideration to fill vacant Alaska Senate seatThere are now three finalists on the short-list to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by Mike Dunleavy.Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media – AnchorageEconomist sees big role for U.S. oil, LNG but finds hurdles in ArcticThe Trump administration says it wants to achieve “energy dominance,” and the director of the International Energy Agency says the U.S. is already well on its way when it comes to petroleum.Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media – Washington, D.C.AK Attorney General asks Congress to open banking for pot businessesAlaska’s Attorney General has joined a bipartisan group calling on lawmakers to change federal banking rules over handling legal marijuana sales.Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage jail secretly, accidentally recorded attorney-client conversationsThe Alaska Department of Corrections has revealed that it accidentally recorded conversations between lawyers and their jailed clients at Anchorage Correctional Complex.Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media – AnchorageKnowles quits National Parks panel, says new administration won’t listenFormer Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles led a mass resignation this week from the advisory board of the National Park System, on which he’s served since 2010.Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media – Washington, D.C.Petit takes 1st in Copper Basin 300Alaska’s mushing season has kicked off, and so far two highly competitive races have been won by the same sled-dog driver: Nic Petit.Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media – AnchorageShrimp decline causes concern, restrictionsA popular fishing spot north of Sitka has seen a sharp decline in its shrimp population. And though the Alaska Department of Fish and Game cut the commercial harvest limit last year, subsistence harvesting was not affected until this weekend, when the Alaska Board of Fisheries voted to place some restrictions on subsistence fishing in Hoonah Sound.Katherine Rose/KCAW – SitkaKnown for Denali winter ascent, Dupre now in for another chilly climbMinnesota adventurer Lonnie Dupre is back in the far north attempting another unprecedented climb: the first winter ascent of the Yukon Territory’s Mt. Lucania.Dan Bross/KUAC – FairbanksAsk A Climatologist: What’s up with that record January heat in Southeast?A funnel of warm air blasted Southeast Alaska Sunday, producing temperatures in several communities into the mid-60’s, the warmest day ever recorded in January in Alaska. Brian Brettschneider with our Ask a Climatologist segment says Sunday was remarkably warm across the state but exceptionally warm in Southeast.Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchoragelast_img read more

EU teams due 11 Feb to discuss Rohingya issues

first_imgRohingya refugee carries an elderly man at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar. Reuters file photoFive teams of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) comprising 14 MEPs are scheduled to visit Bangladesh from 11 February to discuss trade and rights issues with special focus on Rohingya crisis, reports UNB.They will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on 12 February, an official at the foreign ministry told UNB.The official, however, did not elaborate about the EU teams which will be visiting Bangladesh.European Union is likely to come up with more pressure on Myanmar this month so that it acts promptly and creates an environment for the sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.”I’m sure there’ll be new [EU] council conclusions on Myanmar in February. I hope there’ll be more pressure. The only thing is to put more pressure on Myanmar,” EU head of delegation ambassador Rensje Teerink told UNB recently.In October last year, the Council of the EU in its conclusions said it may consider additional measures if the situation does not improve but also stands ready to respond accordingly to positive developments.However, it is yet to know what the conclusions will contain — whether it will be arms embargo or targeted sanctions on Myanmar government and army.On 16 January, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.last_img

What Does Space Smell Like Astronaut Scott Kelly Reflects On His Year

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In March of 2016, astronaut Scott Kelly returned home to earth after spending nearly a full year aboard the International Space Station. He was participating in an experiment studying the long-term effects of living in space on the human body.Now, Kelly has written a book about his time in space called Endurance. He’ll talk about his book and his experiences at an event for Brazos Bookstore at The Ballroom at Bayou Place downtown on Saturday night (Oct. 21).Ahead of that appearance, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn caught up with Kelly and asked him what he missed the most about life on earth — and to explain how space smells. That’s right — space apparently has a smell.– / 5 00:00 /14:50 X Listencenter_img nasa.govJust before the 15th anniversary of continuous human presence on the International Space Station on Nov. 2, 2015, U.S. astronaut and commander of the Expedition 45 crew, Scott Kelly, poses next to a portal looking down on the earth. Sharelast_img read more

Final Chapter in Litigation over Texas Voter ID Law

first_imgAl Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows a Harris County election clerk works at a polling location in Spring, TX. The litigation over the Texas voter ID law has concluded.The final chapter in the litigation over the Texas voter ID law has concluded this week.As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, of Corpus Christi, formally dismissed the lawsuit challenging the Texas voter ID law on Monday.The decision will allow the state to enforce a weakened version of the 2011 law.In response to a request from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Gonzalez Ramos issued a two-sentence order that dismissed the case.Back in April, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the law. Because of that, lawyers for the minority voters, Democratic politicians and civil rights groups that initiated the litigation considered Paxton’s request for a dismissal was unnecessary.Paxton said in a statement the judge’s sentence is a “major legal victory” and added that safeguarding the integrity of elections in Texas is “a primary function of state government and is essential to preserving our democratic process.” Sharelast_img read more

Two distinct hotels Park MGM and NoMad liven up the Las Vegas

first_img Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, MGM Travelweek Group LAS VEGAS — The upscale Park MGM, the reincarnation of the famed Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, is open and in full swing while NoMad Las Vegas, also part of the reimagination of the storied Monte Carlo hotel, is scheduled to open at the end of this year.MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group teamed up to reimagine and rebrand Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.Cabanas at Park MGM – credit Patrick Michael ChinThe US$450 million transformation touches every element of the property and includes the two distinct hotel experiences: a Las Vegas version of Sydell’s widely acclaimed NoMad Hotel, and the launch of the new Park MGM.In addition to fully redesigned and renovated hotel guest rooms, each hotel will feature innovative food and beverage experiences including the award-winning Chef Daniel Humm and Eataly’s vibrant Italian marketplace. The spa, pool and gaming areas have also been transformed.Park MGM and The NoMad Las Vegas are the final pieces of MGM Resorts’ complete neighbourhood redesign of the central Las Vegas Strip neighborhood which began in 2009 with the introduction of CityCenter and saw the recent unveiling of The Park, a outdoor dining and entertainment district, and the new T-Mobile Arena, home of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThe design of Park MGM, an approximately 2,700-room luxury resort, built on the property’s history as the Monte Carlo, incorporating its European design influences while retaining a powerful connection to The Park just next door. The hotel concept brought the park inside, and gave it a light, homey and natural feel –a fresh look compared to the glitz and glam of Las Vegas. Park MGM’s expansive food & beverage program, features a full-scale Eataly marketplace, a new concept for Las Vegas.Park MGM’s Park Queen accommodationThe Park MGM’s Park Queen and Park King accommodation come complete with sitting areas and an expansive picture window, with about 400 square feet. Also available: the Skylark, Nightingale and Nighthawk suites. Some rooms will even feature Murphy beds, great for business travellers needing work and meeting space. The Stay Well program, offered on one floor of the hotel, includes added wellness features like Vitamin C shower water and jet lag lighting.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJWith its central location Park MGM offers guests direct access to what is quickly becoming the city’s premier entertainment district, featuring T-Mobile Arena and The Park, as well as the new Park Theater, a 5,300-seat entertainment venue, with Cher, Ricky Martin, Lady Gaga as the resident artists, with Bruno Mars doing occasional shows.ParkMGM’s pool daybeds – credit Patrick Michael ChinThe other hotel on site, the NoMad Las Vegas, draws inspiration from the success of the original New York flagship, The NoMad Hotel NYC, and includes 292 rooms on the top floors of the Park MGM. It is essentially a hotel within a hotel, complete with dedicated lobby, restaurant, pool and gaming.The NoMad hotel will benefit from a restaurant by Chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara, the forces behind The NoMad restaurant in New York and the Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park. Two distinct hotels, Park MGM and NoMad, liven up the Las Vegas Stripcenter_img Share Monday, May 7, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Over half of Indian travellers lean towards sustainable travelling reveals Bookingcom has released findings from its annual sustainable travel report revealing more than three quarters (81%) of Indian travellers believe that people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations. While results were relatively consistent across ages, almost three-quarters (74%) of 46 to 55-year-olds most strongly believe that this is needed, followed by millennials at 71%. While travellers are getting more conscious, the report goes on to highlight barriers faced by Indian travellers when making sustainable travel choices.Consistent with overall intentions to make more sustainable travel choices, 98% of Indian travellers are intending to stay at least once in an eco-friendly or green accommodation when looking at the year ahead. However, lack of knowledge and available or appealing options are common barriers recognised in practising sustainable travel.60% of Indian travellers acknowledge that they find it harder to make sustainable choices while on vacation than in everyday life. Almost half (46%) of Indian travellers admit their vacation is a special time during which they do not want to think about sustainability.Commenting on the release of the report, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and Maldives at said, “At we are always looking for ways to innovate across our platform to enable travellers to make sustainable travel choices. We provide support and investment to foster innovation in the sustainable tourism space through our Booking Booster, Cares Fund and Cares Lab start-up programs. It is essential for everyone in the travel ecosystem including the travellers to join hands for sustainable tourism to gain momentum and to drive meaningful change. In its fourth consecutive year, the report highlights the shift in the outlook of travellers who increasingly want to make environment-friendly choices while travelling, further outlining the barriers faced by today’s travellers to practice sustainability in their travel.”Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months/plan to take a trip in the next 12 months. In total 18,077 respondents were surveyed across 18 markets (1000+ from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UK, USA. In Israel 883 respondents were surveyed). Respondents completed an online survey in February and March 2019.last_img read more

Are FirstTime Homebuyers Back

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Are First-Time Homebuyers Back? October 20, 2016 698 Views Existing-Home Sales First-Time Homebuyers 2016-10-20 ScottMorgan1center_img Existing-home sales bucked a two-month trend in September, propelled by sales from first-time buyers. The National Association of Realtors said that existing sales jumped 3.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.47 million in September.After last month’s gain, sales are at their highest pace since June (5.57 million) and are 0.6 percent above a year ago. However, according to Trulia, existing-home sales are still 16 percent below their pre-recession average.“The home search over the past several months for a lot of prospective buyers, and especially for first-time buyers, took longer than usual because of the competition for the minimal amount of homes for sale,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Most families and move-up buyers look to close before the new school year starts. Their diminishing presence from the market toward the end of summer created more opportunities for aspiring first-time homeowners to buy last month.”The median existing-home price for all housing types in September was $234,200, up 5.6 percent from last September. This marks the 55th consecutive month of year-over-year gains. Conversely, though total housing inventory at the end of September rose 1.5 percent to 2.04 million existing homes available for sale, that’s 6.8 percent lower than a year ago. This marks the 16th straight month of year-over-year decreases.“Inventory has been extremely tight all year and is unlikely to improve now that the seasonal decline in listings is about to kick in,” Yun said. “Unfortunately, there won’t be much relief from new home construction, which continues to be grossly inadequate in relation to demand.”A definite positive note is the presence of first-time buyers. NAR said that first-time buyers were responsible for 34 percent of sales in September, a number not seen in four years.“There’s hope the leap in sales to first-time buyers can stick through the rest of the year and into next spring,” Yun said. “The market fundamentals—primarily consistent job gains and affordable mortgage rates—are there for the steady rise in first-timers needed to finally reverse the decline in the homeownership rate.”“Existing sales are slow to come back because of persistent low inventory,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia. “The number of homes on the market fell yet again in September, dropping 6.8 percent year-over-year. However, inventory still looks bad when controlling for seasonality and the number of households in the U.S.”Taking seasonality and the number of U.S. households into account, McLaughlin said, existing inventory rebounded slightly from record lows in August, but it’s still the second lowest on record.Regionally, existing-home sales in September had their biggest leap in the Northeast, up 5.7 percent over August. The West, up 5 percent, was a close second. Even the weakest area, the South, was up in September (by nearly a percent).“Though the supply of homes for sale remains pretty limited, buyers now face less competition in the traditionally slower fall market, which means that more first-time buyers are finally landing homes,” Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “This is just the beginning of the return of the first-time buyer. We could see substantial growth in this segment of the market if the economy continues to grow and mortgage rates rise only gradually, potentially driving overall market growth.” Sharelast_img read more