IRCTC hotels case: Lalu Prasad granted interim bail by Delhi court

first_imgA Delhi court on Thursday granted interim bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad in a corruption case related to grant of maintenance contracts of two IRCTC hotels to a Patna-based firm allegedly for a consideration.The court granted him bail through video conferencing on furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh with one surety of a like amount.Prasad is at present serving sentences in the Ranchi jail in fodder scam cases.Former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, her son Tejashwi Yadav and others are already on bail in the case.Besides Prasad and his family members, former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta ; his wife Sarla Gupta; Additional Member of the Railway Board B.K. Agarwal; the then managing director of the IRCTC, P.K. Goyal; and the then IRCTC director, Rakesh Saxena, were also named in the charge sheet.last_img read more

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China willing to enhance cooperation with Maharashtra

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Sep 17 (PTI) China is ready to further enhance cooperation with Maharashtra to achieve mutually beneficial and win-win results, State Councilor Yang Jiechi has said.Yang made the remarks yesterday when he met with Maharashtra Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao in Mumbai.China and India are working to build a closer development partnership, Yang said, noting that exchanges and cooperation in various fields between the two countries are expanding.”At the same time, the cooperation between China and Maharashtra is in an active momentum, with cooperation carried out in various fields with high quality,” said Yang.He said China is willing to boost cooperation with the state in such fields as technology, information industry and climate change, among others, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.Yang expressed hope that the state of Maharashtra would continue to give play to its unique advantages, offer more convenient administrative services and good legal safeguards to Chinese enterprises, create favourable business environment, and set an example for expanding China-India cooperation.For his part, Rao said Maharashtra is ready to further enhance economic and trade contacts and promote people-to-people exchanges with China, and make greater contribution to the development of China-India relations.Yang also held talks with representatives from Indias business and culture circles. PTI KJV KUNlast_img read more

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James Rodríguez Gets 2nd Chance After Return To Real Madrid

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Having gone from star to cast-off at Real Madrid, Colombia midfielder James Rodríguez now has a second chance to regain a prominent role with the 13-time European Cup winners.James arrived at Madrid after an outstanding 2014 World Cup, when he was the tournament’s top scorer with six goals. He earned support from fans and coach Carlo Ancelotti with his ability to score and create chances for others, and appeared set to triumph with the Spanish powerhouse.But an injury and competition from his teammates led to falling minutes. He eventually lost his starting spot and became unhappy when Zinedine Zidane used him sparingly. He left in 2017 on a two-year loan for Bayern Munich.James’ future was up in the air again this past summer when Bayern opted not to exercise the option of buying his contract outright, sending him back to Madrid. Rumors abounded in the Spanish media that he would be shipped out to Atlético Madrid or Napoli to be reunited with Ancelotti.Neither of those moves materialized, though, and he started the season back with Madrid and its squad full of talented midfielders. James was facing an uncertain.But injuries to Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Francisco “Isco” Alarcón and Luka Modric, and the exit of Dani Ceballos, left Zidane in need of a healthy player to link up with his forwards.James seemed clearly thrilled to get the opportunity on Saturday when he made his first start since returning to the club. He hustled when pressuring the ball, and showed his excellent playing skills, combining vision and passing precision to set up Karim Benzema for his second goal in a 3-2 win over Levante.Now he may have another chance to lead Madrid’s attack when it visits Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.“You can see he is very good. He is a player who has lots of talent,” Zidane said Saturday. “He still needs to reach his peak fitness, but he left it all on the field with his aggressive attitude. I am happy for him.”IS HE READY?Barcelona could start its European campaign at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday without Lionel Messi, who hasn’t played since injuring his leg in the preseason.In his place, 16-year-old Ansu Fati has become a fan favorite after scoring twice to set records for the youngest Barcelona player to score in the Spanish league and the youngest player to score at Camp Nou.That leaves coach Ernesto Valverde with the intriguing question of whether Fati should take the next step and make his first appearance in the continent’s elite competition.If Messi does not recover in time, then Valverde will likely need to find somebody to accompany Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann in attack. That could either be the versatile Sergi Roberto or reserve team player Carles Pérez.Or he could give his teen sensation another go at Dortmund.“With Ansu there is going to be a lot of hype and huge expectations, but we have to take the pressure off him. Our job is to protect the player,” Valverde said after Fati scored once and set up another goal in a 5-2 win over Valencia on Saturday.“I see that he is a boy who is focused. But it is not easy to play for Barca, and for someone as young as Ansu Fati it is even more difficult.”BAD TIMINGValencia is in chaos before it plays at Chelsea on Tuesday.Owner Peter Lim fired successful coach Marcelino García Toral, who led the team to a Copa del Rey title last season, over García’s complaints that the club had not reinforced the squad to his liking.Several players voiced their disagreement with the decision on social media, and the team was beaten by Barcelona in its first match under new coach Albert Celades.Not the best situation before a high-profile trip to Stamford Bridge, where Valencia has not won in three visits.ATLETICO WOMENIn Spain’s women’s league, Atlético Madrid has started its bid for a fourth consecutive title in perfect fashion ahead of its showdown with Barcelona.Atlético won its second straight game to begin the campaign when it rolled past Sevilla 3-0.Barcelona needed a late penalty by Spain forward Jennifer Hermoso to salvage a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona trails Atlético by two points in third place.Barcelona, a Champions League finalist last season, hosts Atlético next weekend.By: Joseph Wilson, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has no place for others but himself in his Dream XI

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is one of the most entertaining footballers in the world, both on and off the pitch. Ibrahimovic continues to amuse the world with his baffling goals, most impressive football skills and most importantly his admiration for self.From calling himself a King to a God, Zlatan has assumed almost every larger-than-life title for himself.On Monday, Zlatan went a level ahead to prove his love and admiration for self by picking himself XI times in his best XI. Not only the players but he also suggested that maybe he himself will be the manager.Zlatan took to Facebook to share his Favourite team of all time and ended up selecting 11 Ibrahimovic.Currently plying his trade in Major Soccer League, Ibrahimovic is scoring goals for fun at LA Galaxy. Former Manchester United striker has netted the ball 13 times in 15 games so far.LA Galaxy is currently ranked second in the Western Conference, behind a rampant LAFC led by Carlo Vela, the league’s leader in goals and assists.Ibrahimovic is currently the third-most decorated active footballer in the world, having won 31 trophies in his career. And the Swedish striker has scored over 520 senior career goals for club and country.After a brief stint with Manchester United, where Zlatan won UEFA Europa League and two domestic trophies, Ibrahimovi joined LA Galaxy in 2018.advertisementIbrahimovic is one of ten players to have made 100 or more appearances for the Swedish national team, over a 15-year international career. He is the country’s all-time leading goal scorer with 62 goals.Also Read | Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to clinch 1st title since 2007Also See:last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer: De Gea focus has returned after contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: De Gea focus has returned after contractby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskajer says David De Gea has his focus back after signing a new contract. The goalkeeper committed to the club for another four years on Monday.And Solskjaer was always confident the Spaniard would stay at Old Trafford.”Most of the time we get to keep the ones we want to keep,” said Solskjaer.”The more I got to listen and speak to David, I was pretty confident we were going to make it.”David is delighted. I think you could see by his performance [in the Premier League win] against Leicester that he had made up his mind. You could see the focus in his eyes again.”You do feel very secure with a focused David behind you.”He’s really worked hard this season. He’s still young. Edwin [van der Sar] signed for us when he was 35, so I’m sure David will be part of a successful United team.” last_img read more

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Sole Bicycles and Richer Poorer Socks Team Up for a Holiday Collaboration

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Solé Bicycles and Richer Poorer Socks partnered up for an unlikely holiday collaboration inspired by the California coast. The two designed a bike and a pair of socks that reminds us of the cool surf and skate designs of the ‘80s. The Manual quizzed Brian Ruben at Solé Bicycles about the collaboration.Bikes and socks… it doesn’t make a lot of sense to us. But, they are two products that are not very closely associated with each other. What was the inspiration behindthis collaboration and how did it come to fruition?For years bicycle messengers have been tearing up the streets with one paint leg rolled up to avoid getting caught in the chain.  With this functional fashion statement comes the territory of leaving your sock or ankle totally exposed to the raw elements.  With the spirit of the weary messenger in mind, we wanted to create a piece that was not only functional (athletic) but also aesthetically pleasing, and rooted within our costal lifestyles. That is where the idea to collaborate on a bike and sock was born from the desire to pay homage to the messenger / commuter with a fashion forward coastal holiday spin.Is this a limited offering or something that will be around for a while?All great things must come to an end at some point.  At Solé we’ve always believed that small batch limited production runs were what kept the ethos or soul (No pun indented) alive within each bike we created.  With that being said, the short answer is; Yes – this will be a limited offering. We currently have only 100 units available for the holiday season, so send it before they’re all spoken for.What kind of customer do you hope to attract with this offering? And how would you recommend someone styling the socks/bike?We’re aiming to attract those who are detail driven, that care about curating every aspect of their lives, with every detail representing their self-expression.  Two items where personality can often get lost in shuffle have always been socks and bicycles – people often settle for a plain white option, or a meaningless hunk of metal.  We’re looking for those who know that a bicycle can be an extension of your personality, and that a pair of socks can actually make or break an outfit.What is your favorite aspect of the collection?Personally my favorite part of the collection is the matching accent stripes.Solé signature branding has always included two non symmetrical stripes on the frame of every bicycle we make, so it was amazing to see those same stripes emulated on the matching shoreline frost sock as well!Will there be more collaborations between Solé and Richer Poorer in the future?One can only hope my friend, one can only hope… The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleeperslast_img read more

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Clarksons Bulk Carrier Deliveries to Keep Shrinking

first_imgzoom Deliveries in the bulk carrier sector, which in 2017 hit their lowest level in dwt terms since 2008, are set to continue on a downward trend in the next few years, Clarksons Research said.Against the backdrop of a shrinking orderbook, bulk carrier deliveries have declined significantly since peaking in 2011.During 2017, deliveries continued to fall, although improving market conditions led to the delivery of vessels that had previously been delayed, providing some support to bulker delivery volumes.In total, 456 vessels of a combined 38.4 million dwt were delivered into the bulk carrier fleet in 2017, a decline of 64% and 62% in numerical and dwt terms respectively compared to peak volumes in 2011.This decrease reflects a significant 74% decline in the size of the global bulkcarrier orderbook in dwt terms since the end of 2011, to 757 vessels of a combined 80.5 million dwt at the start of February 2018.In addition, ‘non-delivery’ in the bulker sector over this period was high, increasing from 27% in 2011 to 49% in 2016 in dwt terms, although it softened to 34% in full year 2017.Bulk carrier deliveries from South Korean yards have declined the most across the Big Three builder nations, falling by 94% from 2011 to reach only 1.2 million dwt in 2017.However, in absolute terms the decline was more significant at Chinese yards, which delivered 22.2 million dwt into the global bulker fleet in 2017, a 57% decline on 2011 levels in dwt terms.Meanwhile, bulker deliveries from Japanese yards remained steadier, declining 39% in dwt terms in the same period, to reach 13.7 million dwt in 2017.Against this background, the number of yards to make a bulkcarrier delivery has also declined. In 2017, 46 Chinese yards delivered a bulker, down from 127 yards in 2011, while only four South Korean yards made a bulkcarrier delivery in 2017, compared to 18 in 2011. The number of Japanese yards to make a bulkcarrier delivery remained steady, with 31 yards delivering a bulker in 2017, compared to 34 in 2011.last_img read more

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Inclusive Education Supports Hired

first_img 100 additional Educational Assistants and Child and Youth Care Practitioners 70 new autism and behavioral specialists 11 parent navigators six school psychologists and speech language pathologists three student health partnership nurses The province committed $15 million in funding for the 2018-19 school year toward increasing inclusive education supports. In addition to more human resources, eight alternative education programs were added throughout the province. They are designed to help students who learn best in a non-traditional setting. Funding also included two, new Achieve programs at NSCC. Achieve programs help students with complex needs better transition to life after high school. As well, more than $3.5 million is allocated for additional teacher training, professional learning, workforce development and assistive technology to promote student participation and access to curriculum. A key recommendation of the Commission for Inclusive Education was to develop an overall guiding policy on inclusive education, and a mechanism to track results. The province has partnered with Inclusive Education Canada and retained Gordon Porter, director of Inclusive Education Canada, to lead development of an inclusive education policy framework, including oversight and measurement. “Policy drives action, action that supports students and their teachers,” said Mr. Porter. “I’m pleased to be part of a process to help develop a policy embedded with clarity and accountability to support the implementation of a new inclusive education model for Nova Scotia.” The province has also opened 130 new pre-primary classrooms this year, bringing the total to more than 180 classrooms now open. This means about 2,800 four-year-olds and their families are taking part in free, early learning opportunities. By 2020, all communities will have access to pre-primary. All current, pre-primary locations can be found at: http://novascotia.ca/preprimary . A full list of inclusive education supports, and descriptions of those supports, can be found at: http://ednet.ns.ca/inclusiveeducation . All education assistants, parent navigators, autism and behavioral support specialists, school psychologists, and speech language pathologists have now been hired to better support students in the classroom. One remaining student health partnership nurse remains to be hired through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. “We know the model of inclusion needs to change so that all our kids have the supports they need to help them succeed. We’ve started with on-the-ground resources that parents and teachers have told us are needed most urgently,” said Zach Churchill, Minister, Education and Early Childhood Development. “The new supports hired are over and above what already exist and this is just the beginning. We expect to add even more classroom help as we continue to reshape the inclusive education model.” The classroom supports hired include: last_img read more

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SC to hear in May exCongressman Sajjan Kumars plea for suspension of

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear in May next year a plea by former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was awarded life term by the Delhi High Court in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case, seeking suspension of his sentence.A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and B R Gavai said that it is not an “ordinary case” and requires hearing before passing any order. Kumar, 73, who is lodged in jail, resigned from the Congress after he was convicted and awarded life term by the high court. The case in which he was convicted and sentenced to relates to the killing of five Sikhs in Delhi Cantonment’s Raj Nagar Part I area of Southwest Delhi on November 1-2 in 1984 and burning down of a Gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part II. Anti-Sikh riots had broken out after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 by her two Sikh bodyguards. The former Congressman has challenged in the apex court the Delhi High Court’s verdict of December 17 last year that awarded him life imprisonment for the “remainder of his natural life” in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case. The high court had convicted and sentenced Kumar for the offences of criminal conspiracy and abetment in commission of crimes of murder, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of communal harmony and defiling and destruction of a gurdwara. It had also upheld the conviction and varying sentences awarded by a trial court to five others — former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar, retired naval officer Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and ex-MLAs Mahender Yadav and Kishan Khokhar.last_img read more

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Blizzard of embers sparked fires that burned Fort McMurray homes last year

first_imgEDMONTON – A wildfire expert says a blizzard of blazing embers that were blown by the wind over fireguards and a river sparked the flames that destroyed homes in Fort McMurray last spring and then spread the destruction deeper into neighbourhoods.Alan Westhaver says the embers ignited combustible material such as dry grass, leaves, pine needles, fences, patio decks, wood piles, evergreens and ornamental shrubs that were too close to homes in the northern Alberta city.The smaller blazes set homes on fire and flames then crept to nearby houses in the closely built subdivisions.“Mass ember production and long-distance transport by strong winds subjected neighbourhoods to intense ember showers,” Westhaver wrote in a report for the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.“Wind-driven embers from the forest fire likely caused the majority of home ignitions near the urban perimeter which, in turn, likely triggered the massive urban conflagration and losses that followed.”The wildfire forced more than 80,000 people from the area and destroyed more than 2,400 buildings. Insured losses are estimated at about $4 billion.The report says few homes caught fire due to direct contact with the flames or heat from the burning forest.“No, this fire was not, at least initially, an insurmountable force that rolled into, and over, an entire community like a smashing tidal wave,” said Westhaver.“Primarily, it was millions of raisin-sized firebrands searching for places to carry on with combustion, and succeeding all too often.”Homes on the edges of neighbourhoods with yards that had less combustible material, including landscaping that kept trees and bushes further away, suffered less damage.The report suggests that plans to protect communities from wildfires should include preventative action by homeowners.Westhaver, a former Parks Canada wildfire manager, said building fireguards and clearing trees and bushes outside of communities isn’t enough.More attention must be paid to raising awareness among homeowners and governments about landscaping and building practices that will reduce the risk.“This progression can only be broken, and disaster avoided, by substantially increasing the proportion of homes that are resistant to ignition — especially by embers,” Westhaver said.“The ignitability of homes and properties is really the weak point.”Other researchers are using computer technology to study the disaster to better understand how wildfires — and embers — behave.Canadian Forest Service scientists are feeding data about the fire into a computer model known as FIRETEC.The program allows scientists to set virtual wildfires to study how flames grow and move. It factors in the effects of weather, topography and the types of trees and shrubs burned.Westhaver’s report is providing some data and context for the work, said wildfire scientist Dan Thompson.The results of the computer program are to be analyzed this fall.FIRETEC was developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to model fire behaviour in the dry pine forests of the U.S. southwest.Researchers began modifying the program for use in Canada’s boreal forest following the 2011 wildfire that destroyed parts of Slave Lake, Alta.last_img read more

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McKenna concerned global politics may keep Paris agreement rules at bay

first_imgOTTAWA — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada will be ready to up its emissions-cutting game when the Paris climate-change agreement kicks in.McKenna is heading to Poland next week for the annual United Nations climate-change meeting, where the nations of the world intend to decide on rules for how each country will be held accountable for meeting its promised cuts to carbon emissions.Environment groups around the world say no country is doing enough to slow climate change and the Paris targets aren’t good enough.McKenna says Canada is focused on meeting its existing Paris-agreement targets to reduce emissions to 70 per cent of what they were in 2005 by 2030 and isn’t immediately toughening that goal.But the Paris agreement requires signatory nations to increase their goals in 2020 and she says Canada will be ready to do it by then.The elections of governments less enthusiastic about multilateral deals such as the Paris accord is going to make setting the rules harder and McKenna says she isn’t certain the Paris agreement itself would be signed if it were being negotiated today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada looking for input from Yukon communities on massive environment clean up

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsCommunity consultations are ongoing this week in the Yukon as Canada gets input on how best to clean up one of the country’s largest environmental disasters.It’s been 20 years since the former owners abandoned the Faro zinc-lead mine site after filing for bankruptcy.The mine operated from 1969 to 1998.It was once the largest open pit mine of its kind in the world and is roughly the size of Victoria, B.C.Today the site is one of the most complex remediation projects in Canada.smclean@aptn.ca@shirlmcleanlast_img read more

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PRRD says it has a contractor to facilitate Old Fort residents to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says that a plan has been implemented to allow evacuated residents of the Old Fort subdivision to gather their belongings and vehicles, and to also prepare their empty homes for the coming winter.The PRRD’s Emergency Operations Centre says that the plan has been developed with a contractor who is experienced in working in emergency situations and has the equipment and resources to assist evacuees.“At this time, it is not safe for ANYONE to enter the evacuation order area – from land or by water. Volunteers MUST NOT enter this area and MUST not transport anyone to the EVACUATION ORDER area,” said the PRRD in an update on its website. The Regional District added that the plan will be put into action once word is received from a geotechnical engineer that the hillside above the community is stable enough that it will not suddenly fail.On Tuesday, the Regional District cancelled Temporary Entry Permits for Old Fort residents to retrieve belongings from their homes, after geotechnical engineers from Westrek Geotechnical Services said that stress cracks in the hillside above the community have continued to form and land slippage has also been observed, causing the Old Fort Road to crack, buckle and slip.last_img read more

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Morocco calls for providing support to Tunisia to achieve its democratic

Tunis- Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane called, here Monday, for providing political, economic and financial support to Tunisia to achieve its democratic process and promote its stability and security.“Tunisia has managed, through national consensus, to overcome perilous moments and maintain its stability,” Benkirane said at the opening ceremony of the International Conference “Investing in Tunisia, Start-up Democracy,” calling for providing support to this country to reinforce its security and promote its development.Tunisia, which is fighting valiantly to consolidate these assets, “needs the support of all its friends,” he said, adding that the “capital” should show courage to contribute to achieve theses ends. “The success of Tunisia is a failure to terrorism,” he underlined. Morocco’s participation in this meeting is a duty owed to the historical brotherhood and ties between the countries of the region, he noted.More than 30 states and 20 international financial and economic institutions are taking part in the conference, along with 27 multinational companies, investment funds and international banks (IMF, WB, EIB, JBIC), as well as six international organisations and senior officials from foreign countries. read more

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Canadian dollar erases early gains as inflationary pressures grow

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher late morning Friday while the latest inflation data showed rising price pressures, suggesting that a rate cut by the Bank of Canada is off the table.The loonie moved away from the lows of the morning and was up 0.18 of a cent at 91.98 cents US as Statistics Canada reported the consumer price index for April rose at an annualized rate of two per cent, in line with expectations and up from 1.5 per cent the previous month.“We believe this could prove a spark for the Bank (of Canada) to begin toning down its focus on ‘downside risks to inflation’, that has provided a dovish tinge to their official neutral bias, possibly as soon as the next rate meeting on June 4,” said Mark Chandler, head of Canadian FIC Strategy at RBC Dominion Securities.On a monthly basis, the CPI was up 0.3 per cent, lower than the 0.4 per cent reading that had been forecast.In the U.S., positive housing data helped send markets higher heading into the Memorial Day long weekend.The annual rate for new home sales in April rose to 433,000, up from a revised 407,000 in March and better than the 429,000 reading that economists expected. But that is still below levels of 446,000 a year ago.Figures released Thursday showed existing-home sales rose 1.3 per cent in April, the fastest pace since December.Elsewhere on the economic front, a closely watched survey shows that German business confidence has dipped, with companies less optimistic about both their current situation and the outlook for the next six months. The Ifo institute said Friday that its confidence index, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy, slipped to 110.4 points this month from 111.2 in April.Standard & Poor’s rating agency has upgraded Spain’s sovereign credit grade a notch to BBB, the third agency to do so in recent months and a further sign the country is turning the corner after five years of economic turmoil. The agency cited improved economic prospects and praising the conservative government’s structural and labour reforms since 2010.On the commodity markets, July crude in New York gained 37 cents to US$104.11 a barrel.June bullion faded $1.80 to US$1,293.20 an ounce, while July copper rose two cents to US$3.16 a pound. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2014 12:05 pm MDT Canadian dollar erases early gains as inflationary pressures grow A loonie is pictured in North Vancouver, Dec.31, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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What Will Carbon County Look Like in 2030

A collaboration between Carbon County Tourism and the Coraggio Group has resulted in a destination development plan for the county.Based out of Portland, Oregon, the Coraggio Group helps leaders and their teams get clear, focused and moving on their most important strategic and organizational challenges. Specifically for Carbon County, the plan was curated to foster growth in the county’s tourism industry to benefit not only visitors, but locals as well. The plan has an 11-year timeline to transform the county by 2030.“The Carbon of 2030 will feel much different than it does today,” Coraggio shared in the plan. “New visitors, updated infrastructure and downtowns, and local authentic culture will have breathed new life into a county eager to be discovered.”According to the plan, because of the work begun in 2019, tourism will have evolved into a key industry that leverages Carbon County’s historic and authentic past. “It will offer attractive downtown experiences, access to new-found outdoor wonders, unique prehistoric adventures and experiences, and updated camping and lodging options—all of which bring in new visitors, new sights and sounds, and evolve Carbon County from a pass-through destination to a basecamp,” the plan states.To bring this ideal to fruition, Carbon County Tourism will lead the efforts with the assistance of the Community Economic Council, which will serve as the backbone of participating groups by ensuring that all of the necessary representatives come together on a regular basis to share progress, course-correct and strategize next steps.Various forms of local, state and national government will also be a key to implementing the plan along with private industry, including tourism-based businesses. Key government participants will include Carbon County and its encompassing cities, Emery County, the Utah Office of Tourism, Bureau of Land Management and Utah State Parks. Other important participants will be USU Eastern and a public artworks committee.The plan is broken into three phases: Catalyze the Destination, Increase Momentum and Solidify the Destination, each of which aim to capitalize on the area’s attractive qualities. Such unique Carbon County attractions include opportunities to explore less-known, less-crowded, awe-inspiring outdoor adventures as well as unique prehistoric attractions. Coraggio also highlighted the area’s Western Americana main street experiences supported by a burgeoning art scene and unexpected dining options as well as best-in-state, non-downhill snow sports. Finally, the group emphasized basecamp accommodations and supplies for visitors.Each phase has specific action items along with potential partners for various aspects and possible monetary considerations. The first step in the plan will be to complete the rebranding process for the county, which began earlier this year with a collaboration between HUB LLC, Corragio Group, the Utah Office of Tourism and Carbon County.The destination development plan aims its efforts at specific potential travelers, which have been deemed Wasatach weekenders, culture seekers, pit stoppers and week-long explorers. Each type of traveler is outlined in the plan with the possible purpose for visiting, what they are seeking, the time they will spend on average in the county and the community within the county that will be most appealing to them.Wasatch weekenders will be looking for a casual yet physically-active weekend trip. Usually, they will have a few to-dos marked out, revolving around an activity such as biking or hiking. It is estimated that these travelers will spend one to three days in Carbon County and will actively seek lodging, dining, supplies and evening activities. With this information, it was determined that Price City will be the focus for the Wasatch weekenders.Next are the culture seekers. These travelers will be seeking cultural activities along with quality items to purchase. They will also pursue museums, lodging and dining in their casual trip with no hard plans or itinerary. It is estimated that the culture seekers will spend one to three days in the area with focuses on Helper and East Carbon.Pit stoppers, which were deemed to sit lowest on the totem pole, include those passing through the area on the way to or from Moab, the Swell, Lake Powell and Colorado. These travelers only spend an average of five minutes to two hours in the area as they seek restrooms, a snack or lunch, or a quick diversion. They often stop in Wellington, Helper or Price and do not stay long or spend much money in the area.Finally, the week-long explorers spend on average three to five days in the area as the establish a basecamp in the area. During their planned vacation, they are seeking lodging, dining, supplies, evening activities and a full itinerary of things to do and see. These travelers will establish themselves in Price.The plan aims to target these travelers and bring them to Carbon County with appealing aspects such as new and improved trails outdoor activities, a variety of dining and retail opportunities, a thriving art scene and updated infrastructure.According to Coraggio, shaping the Carbon County experience will increase visitor spending. This increased revenue will serve two purposes: increasing things to do and see in the area as well as an increase in tax base, which will in turn provide more funds for improving and creating infrastructure within the community. As a result, not only will visitors enjoy their time in Carbon County, but there will be an increased quality of life for locals as they enjoy a boosted economy, improved infrastructure and more things to enjoy in their own backyard. read more

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Wonga data breach could affect nearly 250000 customers bank details

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Wonga breach is believed to be one of the biggest involving financial information to have hit a UK company. A spokesman said: “Wonga is urgently investigating illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of its customers in the UK and Poland.”We are working closely with authorities and we are in the process of informing affected customers.”We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused.”Wonga has set up a help page on its website for customers and has a phone line for further enquiries. Its website advises customers to change their password and to alert their bank andask them to look out for suspicious activity. It adds: “Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticated.”The police and Information Commissioner’s Office have been informed.A spokesman for the ICO said:  “All organisations have a responsibility to keep customers’ personal information secure.”Where we find this has not happened, we can investigate and may take enforcement action.”Critics say the “payday lending” industry preys on vulnerable borrowers with high interest rates and marketing tactics.In 2014, Wonga agreed to pay compensation of more than 2.6 million pounds to 45,000 customers after it sent threatening letters to customers from fake law firms.  Payday lender Wonga has warned nearly a quarter of a million customers that they may have been affected by a data breach.The stolen data includes names, addresses bank account numbers and sort codes. The lender, which provides short-term loans, said it is investigating “illegal and unauthorised access” to some of its customers’ personal information in both Britain and Poland.Around 245,000 customers may have been affected by the cyber attack in the UK, and 25,000 in Poland, a spokeswoman said. The information stolen could also include the last four digits of users’ bank cards, which are used by some banks to enable log-ins to online banking services. The firm, which said it knew something had happened by Tuesday but did not become aware of a data breach until Friday and began notifying customers on Saturday through email and text. Wonga said it believes users’ loan accounts are secure and no action needs to be taken. Customers have been warned to look out for any “unusual activity”, and to be cautious about cold calls or emails asking for personal information.Wonga is the latest in a line of British companies and institutions to suffer a major security breach. Tesco Bank, Lloyds, TalkTalk and the NHS have all been hacked. British customers were also among one billion people whose personal details and passwords could have been compromised when Yahoo was hacked in 2013 – believed to be the world’s largest ever cyber attack.However Yahoo users’ bank details were not affected, the company said last year when it divulged the attack after being handed information by law enforcement agencies in the USA.   Cyber attacks are, unfortunately, on the rise. While Wonga operates to the highest security standards, these illegal attacks are unfortunately increasingly sophisticatedWongalast_img read more

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Israeli league Champions lose again

Without this match, the most interesting match was between Bnei Herzliya and the champions and cup holders, Hapoel Rishon LeZion. The “Reds” started well with 0:3 after 2 minutes but Herzliya with a fabolous performance by the goalkeeper, Moti Angel, came back to 7:5 after 10 minutes. Finally, the disappointing Savo Mester took his first shot in the match just in the 59th minute, Angel stopped, Dimitrievic scored and made it 31:29. The gap was too big to come back again and Herzliya won 32:31. Scored for Hapoel Rishon LeZion: Novak Boskovic -13, Yuval Gerera and Guy Cohen -6, Nadav Nizri -3, Daniel Shkalim, Shay Natan and Oz Hamami -1. Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas  ← Previous Story “SPECIALISTS FOR HUNGARY”: Skjern win point in Szeged Next Story → BURIC WITH 100 HANDS: SG Flensburg smash RNL for 13th win The head coaches, Shlomo Hofman and Idan Maimon, took a timeout one after another in the 48th and 49th minute but the match stayed even with 25:25. In that moment, Vladica Stojanovic led his team-mates to 28:25 and Idan Maimon took his last time out in the 54th minute. Goals by Gerera, Boskovic and Guy Cohen took Hapoel back to 28:28 in the 57th minute. Round 7: Monday: SGS Ramat Hasharon – H.C Beer Sheba, Tuesday: H.C Holon – Ironi Rehovot, Hapoel Ramat Gan – Maccabi Rishon LeZion, Friday: Hapoel Ashdod – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, Hapoel Rishon LeZion – H.C Ness Ziona, Hapoel Kiryat Ono – Bnei Herzliya.PHOTO CREDIT: Gabby Alaluf Herzliya’s veteran middle back, Vladica Stojanovic, looked good and it was kind of head to head between him to Novak Boskovic that took Hapoel to 8:8 in the 17th minute. It was close until the end of the first half and 8 goals by Boskovic led Hapoel to 15:16 at the half time. H.C Ness Ziona that looks like the most improved team this season, beat Hapoel Ramat Gan 31:25 and will meet the champions next week. In Rehovot, Hapoel Ashdod got another win, 28:24 on Ironi Rehovot.  The history came this week from the upcomers, H.C Beer Sheba, that got the first Winner League win in history with 26:24 on H.C Holon. It was the first match in Beer Sheba for the new Serbian left back, Stefan Ciric. In a relegation fight, Hapoel Kiryat Ono lost to Maccabi Kiryat Motkin 32:29 in away match. Ono’s head coach, Amir Dan have to find a new solution soon because they are just 2 points from the last place. The match between Maccabi Rishon LeZion and SGS Ramat Hasharon postponed because of Maccabi’s match on Saturday with Saint Raphael in the EHF Cup 3rd round. Israeli handball Scored for Bnei Herzliya: Vladica Stojanovic – 10, Vladimir Dimitrijevic -6, Sahar Shahak -5, Tomer Toueg and Guy Cordova -4, Yossi Appo -3 The Israeli national goalkeeper, Moshiko Elimelech, continued with his great shape and led Hapoel to 18:16 at the 36th minute. Bad attacking performance by Hapoel led Herzliya to easy fast breaks and the right wing, Sahar Shahak, scored for 20:20 in the 42nd minute. The match continued to be even while Shahak and the national middle back Yuval Gerera scored and assisted the most goals of each team. read more

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Woman arrested after man seriously assaulted outside pub

first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been arrested in connection with a serious assault outside a pub in Newcastle, Co Down in the early hours of the morning.A 23-year-old man was hospitalised with serious head injuries in the wake of the attack, which happened on Main Street in the town. He also suffered a broken collarbone.The woman was arrested at the scene and has been taken for questioning to Bangor PSNI Station.The man’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.Police in Newcastle are appealing for anyone who witnessed the assault to contact them on 0845 600 8000.Read: Investigation under way after man shot dead in TallaghtRead: Gilmore: Dublin may get involved if there’s no progress on Haasslast_img read more

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Antarctic Iceberg Mission Thwarted by … Ice

first_img When one of the largest-ever icebergs broke free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf last year, scientists welcomed the chance to study the newly exposed ocean and underlying seabed—covered for 120,000 years.Like a teenager slamming their bedroom door in defiance, the 2,300-square-mile A68 iceberg’s calving is normal, if not dramatic.Researchers are mostly interested in its impact on the stability of the remaining Antarctic ice shelf. Further north on the peninsula, the Larsen A and B ledges collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively.AdChoices广告“This resulted in the dramatic acceleration of the glaciers behind them, with larger volumes of ice entering the ocean and contributing to sea-level rise,” according to glaciologist David Vaughan, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). “If Larsen C now starts to retreat significantly and eventually collapses, then we will see another contribution to sea level rise.”A team of scientists set off last month on a mission to investigate the hidden ecosystem. But their three-week tour aboard BAS research ship RRS James Clark Ross was cut short—ironically, by sea ice.“We knew that getting through the sea ice to reach Larsen C would be difficult,” marine biologist and principal investigator Katrin Linse, of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement. “Naturally, we are disappointed not to get there but safety must come first.”Chunks up to 16 feet thick stonewalled the boat, which moved just five miles in 24 hours. On Feb. 28, the captain made the “difficult decision” to end the trip.“Mother Nature has not been kind to us on our mission,” Linse said.Luckily, they had a Plan B: Head north to untouched areas to sample the benthic biodiversity. (That is, the ecological region at the lowest level of a body of water.)The international team spent the final week of their cruise collecting seafloor animals, microbes, plankton, sediments, and water samples, as well as marine mammals and birds that might have moved into the area.Antarctic brittle star (via British Antarctic Survey)These findings will provide a better picture of life under the ice shelf and allow researchers to track changes to the ecosystem.Scientists have long debated the cause of Larsen Ice Shelf thinning—climate or ocean change?—but knew the splintering was imminent, based on satellite imagery.“Larsen C itself might be a result of climate change, but in other ice shelves we see cracks forming, which we don’t believe have any connection to climate change,” Vaughan said.Earth’s southernmost continent is in no immediate danger, though.“We see no obvious signal that climate warming is causing the whole of Antarctica to break up,” he continued. “However, around the Antarctic Peninsula, where we saw several decades of warming through the latter half of the 20th century, we have seen these ice shelves collapsing and ice loss increasing.” Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change DiscoveryCyborg Seals Help Explain Mysterious Antarctic Ice Holes Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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