Cudicini hails unique Cesc Fabregas

first_imgCarlo Cudicini has described Cesc Fabregas as ‘one of a kind’ after his appearance in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Fabregas has been linked with a move to French club Monaco in the January transfer window and his appearance in Chelsea’s FA Cup victory appeared to be his last for the club.The midfielder came off to a standing ovation by the crowd and his team-mates in the second half and came back on the pitch after the game in tears as Chelsea fans sang his name.“I personally don’t know. If it was his last game it was very good that he played in front of his fans and that he was able to have a nice reception. But I don’t know, so I can’t comment,” Cudicini, standing in on press duties for Maurizio Sarri, told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“What can I say about Cesc? Five hundred games, he is a player who is unique, he has an unbelievable awareness and vision of where his team-mates are on the pitch.“I think he is one of the few that has the ability to give balls behind the defensive line that are so precise.“He is one of a kind player. He has been fantastic for the teams he played for before us and the contribution he has given this club and to this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top, top player.”last_img read more

California Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system

first_img June 18, 2019 Posted: June 18, 2019 California Assembly approves phone bill fee to improve 911 system SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are negotiating a pair of proposed tax increases as the deadline approaches for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a $214.8 billion operating budget.Lawmakers approved the budget bill last week, but lawmakers still must pass more than a dozen “trailer bills” that detail how the money must be spent.Monday, the state Senate approved a plan to raise taxes on some business income and give that money to people who earn less than $30,000 a year in their annual tax refunds. The Assembly, meanwhile, approved a fee of up to 80 cents per month on phone bills — including cell phones — to pay for an upgrade to California’s aging 911 system following the most devastating wildfire season in state history.The businesses taxes are a tough vote in the Assembly , where Democrats in power have concerns about voting to align the state’s tax code with a portion of the 2017 federal tax law signed by Republican President Donald Trump. The 911 fee is a tough vote in the Senate, where lawmakers are wary of voting again on a cell phone fee after a similar proposal fell one vote shy of passing last year.Lawmakers in both chambers breezed through a series of trailer bills on Monday that did things like temporarily suspend taxes on diapers and tampons and extend the state’s paid family leave program by two weeks. Lawmakers passed each one with little debate and with bipartisan agreement on several points.But the Legislature is poised for a pair of critical votes on Thursday on the 911 fee and business taxes, with leaders in both chambers trying to pressure the other one to vote.“It is really kind of part of our strategy to make sure one house takes a vote that may feel difficult by the other house, and vice versa,” said Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat and chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee. “I think those are appropriate dots to connect.”The business tax changes are part of a plan to selectively adopt some of the federal tax changes Trump signed into law in 2017. Some items would lower taxes and others would increase them. Overall, the state would get an additional $1.6 billion in revenue during the fiscal year that begins July 1.Newsom wants to use most of that money to triple the state’s earned income tax credit program, which boosts the size of annual tax refunds for low-income people. The plan would make about 1 million more people eligible for the credit. Plus, it would give $1,000 to people who make less than $30,000 a year and have at least one child under 6.But the plan would still not include immigrants who pay taxes but do not have Social Security numbers. Newsom would not include that in the budget because he said it was too expensive, but pledged to work toward it in future years.In an effort to win votes, lawmakers have stopped referring to the bill as “conforming” to the federal tax code, but instead call it “loophole closure.” Assemblyman Adam Gray, a moderate Democrat from Merced, supports the bill. He said he has never seen “so much consternation” about a tax bill, noting lawmakers often conform to federal tax changes without controversy.The 911 fee is an effort to upgrade the state’s system so it can handle text messages, photos and videos. But the fund that pays for the system is based on a fee for each phone call. The fund has been steadily declining as more people opt to send text messages.Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake, argued that the state should use some of its surplus to pay for the changes rather than raise fees on consumers. But Assemblywoman Christy Smith, D-Santa Clarita, argued that the state’s 911 system is essential and requires funding beyond a short-term surplus.“Yes, we have a surplus. But we don’t always have a surplus in California,” she said. “We will always have emergencies.” Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, AP last_img read more

BNP Paribas to discuss benefits alignment at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgIan Mackenzie (pictured), head of pension and benefits at BNP Paribas, will discuss aligning a benefit and compensation strategy to an organisation’s goals at Employee Benefits Live 2015 on 21 September.The session, entitled ‘Developing a benefit and compensation strategy to meet your organisation’s long-term goals’, will examine how to design a benefits package to drive employee performance, and using employee benefits to unify a group of businesses, which is something BNP Paribas has first-hand experience with.In November 2014, BNP Paribas implemented a new single benefits scheme to align previous programmes in place at seven different core businesses, each with varied workforce profiles and cultures.Mackenzie said: “We wanted to use benefits to create one vision with all our organisations, and show our staff the advantages of being part of a larger organisation.”Mackenzie’s session will also examine the reasons why BNP Paribas wanted to align its benefits packages.Mackenzie said: “Internal mobility between the seven businesses was a huge aim of ours. As the benefits will all be the same now, something that was once a barrier to mobility isn’t anymore.“Mobility keeps talent within an organisation and creates opportunities for staff to develop.”The organisation clocked up five wins at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015 in recognition of its efforts: best healthcare and wellbeing benefits – large employer; best flexible benefits plan – large employer; best alignment of benefits to business strategy; best benefits communications – large employer; and the Grand Prix.At Employee Benefits Live, BNP Paribas’ Mackenzie will speak alongside L’Oreal UK’s compensation and benefits director, Ben Marks.Employee Benefits Live 2015 will take place at Olympia National, London, on 21-22 September.View the full conference programme and register to attend.last_img read more

Tampa officer pays entire vet bill for homeless mans dog

first_imgTAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – A Florida police officer came across a homeless man with his dog, and instead of giving the man money, the officer took both of them to a veterinarian and paid the entire bill.According to a Facebook post by Vets4Pets Charitable Clinic, Tampa Police officer Bart Wester was driving in Downtown Tampa when he pulled up next to the homeless man, who was panhandling with his dog, Karma.“Instead of arresting the homeless man, Officer Wester put he and Karma in his police car and drove them to Vets4Pets,” the Vets4Pets Facebook post said.Wester paid for the entire vet bill.“We were just informed that Officer Wester has been with the Tampa Police Department for over 10 years and does special things like this all the time!” wrote Vets4Pets.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now

first_imgThe Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets are now available for preorder. Oculus At its F8 developer conference this morning, Facebook said starting today you can preorder its Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. The two VR headsets and controllers will ship May 21, the company said.The all-in-one Quest will start at $399 and is a solid step up from the company’s entry-level Oculus Go VR headset — which starts at $199. The focus of the Quest is on VR games, Facebook has said. The new Quest headset will not require a computer but will still be powerful enough to run many of the Rift’s popular games, and developers have already announced games for the standalone headset.Read more: Oculus Quest reviewThe other VR headset Facebook announced today,  Oculus Rift S, will require a PC and is the replacement for the Oculus Rift. The Rift S also starts at $399, can use the Quest and Go controllers, and will have the ability to play Quest games.That $399 price for the Oculus Quest and Rift S converts to £305 and AU$565, roughly. Here’s how you preorder the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S.CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Wearable Tech We took Oculus Quest on vacation 5:18 43 Photos Oculus Quest Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR Share your voice • $398 Now playing: Watch this: reading • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now Mentioned Above Oculus Quest News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 0 Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? Post a comment See All Game Developers Conference Game Developers Conference Mar 21 • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice To preorder the Oculus QuestYou can preorder the Quest from Amazon or straight from the Oculus website. The 64-GB model will cost $399, and the 128-GB version will go for $499. Both will ship by May 21. Setup will require an iPhone or Android phone and the Oculus app.See Quest at AmazonTo preorder the Oculus Rift SAfter putting on and then taking down the page to the Oculus Rift S this morning, you can now preorder the VR headset on the Microsoft Store for $399 at Microsoft’s online store, or at Amazon. The Rift S will come with a pair of Touch controllers, a headset cable and adapter. It will also ship by May 21.See Rift S at Amazon Tags Oculus Virtual Reality Facebooklast_img read more

IndiGo launches New Year Sale offers flight tickets starting Rs 899

first_imgIndiGoMany domestic carriers offer discounts around the New Year holiday season to attract passengers during a period marked by high demand. The latest on that list is IndiGo Airlines.IndiGo has announced a New Year Sale on air tickets, with fares starting as low as Rs 899 on selected routes. Bookings for the New Year Sale opened on January 8, 2018. The offer is available for three days and is applicable on travel between February 1 and April 15.Under the new offer, IndiGo tickets on flights between Delhi and Chandigarh are available for a fare of Rs 899. Some other starting fares offered are Rs 999 on flights from Delhi to Jaipur; Rs 1,099 from Delhi to Amritsar; Rs 1,299 from Delhi to Dehradun, and Rs 1,399 from Delhi to Nagpur, according to the airline’s website — 10 percent cashback of up to Rs 600 and IndiGo Special Service Vouchers of up to Rs 600 on payments made with HDFC Bank Credit Cards will also be available, subject to conditions, said the IndiGo website.The offer will be available for bookings made via its website and its mobile app, besides other booking websites. Group bookings will not be eligible for the offer.The offer is available on a limited number of seats on selected sectors and flights. If these seats are filled, regular fares will apply.Fares in the New Year Sale offer are non-refundable upon cancellation by the customer. ”On cancellation, only statutory taxes will be refunded,” said the airline’s website.Rs 600 is the maximum amount of cashback or IndiGo vouchers that can be earned on a round-trip ticket, IndiGo added. This offer is subject to a maximum of Rs 300 upon booking of a one-way flight, and Rs 600 on a return flight.last_img read more

Pakistan top court to determine Nawaz Sharifs fate today

first_imgPakistan’s Supreme Court is set to determine the prime minister’s fate Thursday with a ruling on corruption allegations that could see him ousted from power after the Panama Papers linked his family to offshore businesses.The decision, highly anticipated by Pakistanis, threatens to plunge Nawaz Sharif’s governing party into turmoil ahead of general elections which must be held by next year, and as security and the economy improve in the militancy-plagued country.The controversy erupted with the publication of the so-called Panama Papers last year, 11.5 million secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca which documented the offshore dealings of many of the world’s rich and powerful.Among the global elite implicated were three of Sharif’s four children — his daughter and presumptive political heir Maryam, and his sons Hasan and Hussein.At the heart of the matter is the legitimacy of the funds used by the Sharif family to purchase several high-end London properties via offshore companies.The government insists the wealth was acquired legally through family businesses in Pakistan and the Gulf.But lawyers for Pakistani cricketer-turned-opposition-leader Imran Khan argue the paper trail for the funds is non-existent, and say the onus is on Sharif to prove his relatives did not engage in money laundering.The case has dominated headlines in Pakistan for the better part of a year, though many observers believe the court — which has emphasised it is not conducting a criminal trial — would be reluctant to directly oust Sharif.It has taken such action before, however. In 2012, the Supreme Court held Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for refusing to re-open corruption investigations into then President Asif Ali Zardari, resulting in his disqualification.- ‘Change the course of history’ -But the five-member bench could also potentially direct law enforcement agencies to carry out more detailed investigations into the allegations against Sharif, verbally censure him or his children, or clear him entirely.”The nation is expecting some sort of judgement which will change the course of history in Pakistan,” senior Supreme Court lawyer S.M. Zafar told AFP, though he said it was difficult to predict the verdict.Regardless of the outcome, he said, the case is important for Pakistan, which ranked a lowly 116th place out of 176 countries in a corruption index released by Transparency International in January.Political analyst Rasul Buksh Rais said: “It’s going to be (a) historic decision that will push Pakistan into electoral mood in either case,” adding that he did not expect a disqualification verdict.He added a new judicial commission could be in the offing, which would allow Khan’s party to claim a moral victory for exposing corruption.The controversy is the latest to hit Sharif, an industrialist who is serving his third term as Prime Minister after the first two were interrupted by interventions from the country’s powerful military.Late Wednesday he detailed his party’s achievements — particularly in infrastructure — in televised comments at the inauguration of a power plant, without mentioning the looming verdict.If Sharif is ousted, the PML-N can select a new prime minister from within the party, though there may be political pressure for fresh polls.Pakistan, which marks its 70th anniversary of independence later this year, has seen a surge in optimism in recent months.Security has dramatically improved in the last two years, overall confidence in its economy has been growing, and the military, which has ruled the country for more than half its history, appears to have reached an accommodation with Sharif’s civilian government.last_img read more

Racine White Host AntiViolence Town Hall

first_imgThe District of Columbia’s attorney general Karl Racine and the council member representing Ward 8, Trayon White, teamed up recently to talk about fighting violence in the ward.On July 19, Racine and White convened a town hall, “Violence Prevention and Interruption” at THE ARC in Southeast to talk to Ward 8 residents on the best ways to address public safety.Karl Racine is the attorney general of the District of Columbia is assembling a plan to further reduce crime in the city. (Courtesy photo)“We have some issues in our community,” White said to the crowd of 250. “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.”The panelists for the event included Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor for Public Safety and Justice; Andrae Brown, a violence interruption expert; Patrol Chief Robert Countee of the D.C. Police Department and Ivan Cloyd, an anti-violence activist in the District.Racine said he convened the meeting because he felt that violence was too prevalent in people’s lives.“Recently, a grandmother in Ward 8 told one of my staffers ‘I care for my 8-year-old grandson, and every time he hears gunshots outside our apartment he screams, ‘Grandma, hit the ground,” the attorney general said. “This story is heartbreaking and, sadly, not unique.”The latest police department statistics available for the Seventh Police District, which covers the overwhelmingly majority of Ward 8, show that there has been a 31 percent reduction in violent crime that is categorized as robbery, assaults, sexual assaults and homicides. Police statistics also show that there has been a 47 percent reduction in robberies specifically, a major offense that takes place in Ward 8.However, statistics reveal that there has been an 18 percent increase in property crimes. Nevertheless, Countee was upbeat about crime trends.“Crime is at an all-time 10-year low and it is headed in the right direction,” he said.Donahue said that a change in mindset has taken place among the District’s public safety sector, citing the passage of the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act of 2015 that was authored by D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The act focuses on a non-traditional mode of fighting crime.“The NEAR Act tries to solve violence with a public health approach,” Donahue said, noting that many criminals have mental and, in some cases, physical ailments that contribute to their lawlessness. He said that the Act has enabled the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to look at creative ways to engage offenders and victims.“We are working on ways where there will be social workers at emergency rooms to counsel patients if they are there as a result of a criminal act and a legal advocate at the hospital to advise people, whether they are criminals or victims, of their rights,” Donahue said.The general consensus among the panelists is that the community must play a more active role in fighting crime.Brown has done anti-violence work in Los Angeles and notes America’s second largest city has made significant headway in reducing crime.“The Los Angeles government had a full comprehensive strategy where all agencies of the government worked to reduce gang violence,” Brown said. “There was an effort to get more members of the community engaged in the work of the police. In addition, we worked to get the police to change the way it sees the community.”Countee agreed with White that anti-violence non-profits should get more city and private sector funds and he supported a contention of Brown’s.“People should call-in to the police when there is trouble,” he said.Cloyd said many young people want to do the right thing but face so many problems that they can’t deal with.“When I was young man in the early 1990s, I became disaffected with education,” he said.“For example, if you don’t have the reading skills that are required of your grade level you become frustrated and decide to tune out school. If you don’t have reading skills, you can’t reason and you become educationally disengaged.”Racine said he has a plan to confront violence that consists of identifying people who are at high risk of getting involved in violence and connect them with services that can help; mediate disputes and prevention retaliation; and help change norms around violence and organize community responses when violence does occur.However, the event lacked the woman’s perspective, according to Barbara Morgan, a former president of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, who questioned why there were no female panelists.“It was very informative,” Morgan told the AFRO. “I asked about the females because there are a lot of issues that females have to deal with. It takes two [male and female] to be a part of the solution.”last_img read more

AIST group measures objects in 3D with camera projector w Video

first_imgvia Diginfo Sagawa foresees such a system as having use in research about using the body to control things like multimedia, virtual reality, and games. He also said that data obtained by this measurement method could be used to analyze how athletes move.” He can imagine the system being used to measure the movements of an athlete in the middle of a stadium, from a long way away, for example. If we can do that, we think this method would be great for making 3-D videos as well.”Actually, the possibilities may go beyond what they have already considered. “Currently, we’ve stopped at the stage of making measurements. But we’re also thinking about how to use the measured data. We’d like to work on applications to sports science and materials analysis.” Another possibility, as long as the patterns can be captured, is to apply the system to work with different devices, too. “We’d also like to keep increasing the range of things that can be measured.” Citation: AIST group measures objects in 3-D with camera, projector (w/ Video) (2012, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The team says the value of their method is that it can provide more measurement positions than conventional motion capture, and can be used in scenarios where shapes have been difficult to measure because they change too fast. They also say that their method is precise, with a tolerance of just 1-2 mm. Ryusuku Sagawa, service Robotics Research Group, Intelligent Systems Research Institute at AIST, presided over the camera and projector demo. “If you look carefully, you can see that each line is wavy. The wavy line patterns are carefully designed, so the pattern from the projector can be recognized from the camera image. This makes it possible to use the projector and the camera for triangulation, so we can know the shape at that instant.” 1ms pan-tilt camera system tracks the flying balls (w/ Video) Explore furthercenter_img ( — Got camera? Got projector? Then you can measure objects in 3-D. A group at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute (AIST) has had no problem doing that. The researchers have demonstrated their method for measuring objects in 3-D, using only a camera and projector. Patterned light is projected on to the object and pattern images captured by the camera are processed to measure its 3-D shape. More information: © 2012 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Colins NFL Week 3 Blazin 5

first_img Advertisement 4. Packers at Redskins (+3) –  Colin likes Washington as a 3 -point home dog against the Packers and a less than 100% healthy Aaron Rodgers. Washington has been known as an offensive team under Jay Gruden, but they rank 1st in the league in Total Defense (247.0 YPG) and Pass D (161.0 YPG). They also rank 2nd in PPG allowed (13.5), 3rd in Yards Per Play (4.6), and are holding opposing QB’s to a meager 67.0 Passer Rating (4th lowest in the NFL). Each of the Packers first two games have been decided by a point or less. Take Washington, the points, and outright. 30-28, Redskins. 3. Giants (+6) at Texans – The Giants have been awful through 2 weeks, but Colin likes them getting 6 heading into Houston to face Deshaun Watson and the Texans. The Giants offense has been sputtering, but their defense ranks 2nd in Pas YPG allowed (164.0), 6th in Total YPG (301.5), and 10th in PPG allowed (20.0). They’ll face Watson who, according to Pro Football Focus, has been under pressured on an NFL high 47.6% of his dropbacks. Houston has also been penalized a 17 times through 2 weeks (T-5th in the NFL). Big Blue’s D will help them cover the 6, and they win this one outright. 23-20, G-Men. 5. Cowboys at Seahawks (-1.5) – Russell Wilson and the Seahawks laying 1.5 at home against an offensively deficient Dallas is his play of the week. Wilson is 38-10 at home in his career, and only Tom Brady has more home wins than Wilson since 2012. Seattle should feast on a Cowboy offense that’s been awful so far this season. The Dallas O is tied for 29th in PPG (14.9), 30th in Total YPG (265.0), 30th in Pass YPG (149.0), and 31st in 3rd Down Conversion % (23.8). Additionally, Dak Prescott hasn’t thrown a TD in 6 of his last 10 starts, and has been under 200 yards in 8 of his last 10. Take the Hawks, lay the 1.5. Seattle comfortably here, 28-17.center_img 2. Bengals (+3) at Panthers – Colin is rolling with the Bengals getting a field goal heading to Charlotte to face Cam and the Panthers. Cincy is on a 4-game winning streak dating back to last season and averaging 31.3 PPG in those games. Through two games this season, Andy Dalton has looked like the Red Rifle with 6 TD’s, 1 INT, and a 108.5 passer rating. Colin likes Carolina’s defensive front seven, but they’ve surrendered touchdowns on all 5 of their opponents’ red zone drives so far this season. Take Cincy, the 3, and outright. 27-24, Bengals. Colin is coming off his second straight 3-2 week and is a respectable 6-4 to start the NFL season. He loves the slate of games in Week 3 and is ready to go on a heater to the benefit of the bank accounts of the loyal listening audience.Here are Colin’s Week 3 Blazin’ 5 plays:Colts (+6.5) at Eagles – Carson Wentz makes his first start of the season. at home, for the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles, but Colin likes the Colts and Andrew Luck getting 6.5 here. Luck and the Colts lead the NFL in converting 61% of their 3rd down attempts, and will face a Philly d that just got torched for 402 yards and 4 TD’s by Ryan Fitzmagic, including two 75-yard scores. Colin thinks Philly wins, but will go conservative in Wentz’s first game back, allowing Indy to cover. 26-24, Eagles.last_img read more

Terrifying Footage Shows Florida Swimmer Racing Giant Stalking Shark to Shore

first_imgA real-life version of the scene unfolded recently in Panama City, Florida – captured by someone staying in a high rise beach front hotel – when a giant shark began circling and stalking a swimmer in open water. She was completely unaware she was was being scouted for lunch until beachgoers began screaming in a panic for her to get the hell out. What ensued was a nerve-wracking race to the shore with shark trailing feet behind, until Jaws eventually lost interest and gave up the pursuit. Don’t watch this if you ever want to swim in the ocean again. It’s a death trap. Of course, it happened in Florida. Advertisementcenter_img The iconic scene in Jaws where Roy Schneieder spots Jaws stalking swimmers in the Cape Cod water and screams at everyone to get out is anxiety inducing, but it’s nothing compared to the real thing.last_img read more

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first_img Power Medical Interventions Inc. launched its green staple reload cartridge for use in its i60 Intelligent Surgical Instruments, computer-assisted, power-actuated endomechanical instruments for cutting, stapling and tissue manipulation in open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.The i60 has indications in gastrointestinal, gynecological, general abdominal and thoracic surgical procedures for resection, transection, creation of anastomoses and for open occlusion of the heart’s left atrial appendage.The larger green staple reload complements the smaller blue staple reload that was launched previously. June 2008 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | June 12, 2008 Power Medical Interventions Launches Green Staple Cartridges last_img read more

70 evacuated as Colima volcano spews ash in western Mexico

first_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Civil protection officials described the volcano’s movements as “atypical,” a kind of activity not seen since it underwent a strong eruption in 1913.The Colima Volcano, which sits near the border of the western states of Colima and Jalisco, is also known as the Volcano of Fire.The officials said Saturday that residents of Yerbabuena, Colima, the first hamlet evacuated, were taken to a temporary shelter. The Jalisco state civil defense office said in its Twitter account that residents of five communities there would be evacuated.Earlier in the day, 19 evacuees were reported, but the number rose to 70 by the afternoon when explosions of incandescent material shot out as far as 9 kilometers (5 miles).The Governor of Colima, Mario Anguiano, wrote in his Twitter account that the airport just outside the state capital was closed because of falling ash.The Interior Department reported that 2 inches (5 centimeters) of ash had fallen on Yerbabuena.Authorities were standing by ready to evacuate more people if necessary and were planning to distribute surgical masks that people could use to cover their noses and mouths.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ash and cinders spewed Saturday from the Colima Volcano in western Mexico, prompting authorities to close the airport in the state capital of Colima and order the evacuation of a half dozen hamlets on the flanks of the peak.At least 70 people were staying at a shelter by the late afternoon.The volcano began erupting on Thursday and has become increasingly active, leading officials to issue orders to relocate people living nearby. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Clouds of ash fill the sky after an eruption by the Colima volcano, known as the Volcano of Fire, near the town of Comala, Mexico, Friday, July 10, 2015. The volcano spewed ash more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) into the air and released some quantity of lava. People were advised to recognize a 3-mile (5-kilometer) perimeter around the peak. (AP Photo/Sergio Tapiro Velasco) Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Obama and Kenya 1st trip to fathers homeland as president

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A vendor sells American flags at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father’s birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo) Check your body, save your life Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name.It was a striking experience for the future president.He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never seen and a Kenyan family that he barely knew had shaped his identity.This week, Obama will make his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president. It’s a trip that will bear little resemblance to the 1988 one, when he arrived aboard a commercial flight and his luggage got lost. Now, Air Force One will carry Obama to a country where children, roads and schools bear his name — and he’s seen as a local son.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

This years Cruise360 Australasia conference will

first_imgThis year’s Cruise360 Australasia conference will offer new features, with the event to include interactive discussions and workshops, as well as a range of keynote addresses from international cruise executives.Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia managing director Joel Katz said delegates would now have a choice of educational breakout sessions, designed to help boost their business.“The workshops will cover topics integral to the success of cruise travel agents, such as marketing to millennial travellers, using social media to grow a business and leveraging personal branding,” Katz said.Two new international speakers have been announced for the event, which will be held at the new Hyatt Regency Sydney on August 25 2017, followed by an inspection of the latest addition to P&O Cruises’ fleet, Pacific Explorer, the following day.Seabourn’s recently appointed senior vice president global sales and marketing Chris Austin will discuss the luxury travel category and his knowledge of trade issues during one of the workshops.Terry Thornton, senior vice president commercial port operations and international for Carnival Cruise Line, who oversees ship deployments in Australia and China, will also join the Cruise360 line-up.Azamara Club Cruises president and CEO Larry Pimentel will deliver the afternoon keynote address. Voted the number one cruise line executive on social media, Pimentel will share tips on how to leverage social media to tell a story and grow a business.Early bird tickets are still available at but spots are filling fast, with interest from travel agents already surpassing 2016 levels.Image: Pacific Explorer Pizzeria CLIA AustralasiaCruise360last_img read more

Cyprus to claim EEZ in sea north of island – Update

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT plans to submit coordinates, regarding its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the sea north of the island, to the United Nations in the coming days. It would also try to engage in discussions with Turkey about the delineation of its EEZ, in that part of the sea, reported Philelefteros on Sunday.Asked about the report by the Cyprus News Agency,  government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides avoided being specific. He said the government was taking decisions for securing the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus.The daily, citing unnamed sources, said that Nicosia had already prepared the coordinates, which it would submit to the UN. The government would follow the same procedure it had followed in the past in agreeing the sea area of its EEZ with Egypt, Israel and Lebanon.“The government is taking decisions regarding all issues in an absolutely serious manner, with specific planning and without fanfare, to safeguard the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus,” Christodoulides told the Cyprus News Agency.Nicosia has signed an agreement to delineate the EEZ with Egypt and Israel and embarked on exploration and exploitation activities for any possible natural gas and oil reserves. A similar agreement to delineate the EEZ was signed with Lebanon, but has not been ratified yet.The reported government decision was in response to Turkey’s announcement that it would begin exploration drilling in the sea off Cyprus, the daily said.The same source told Phileleftheros that plans to delineate the Republic’s EEZ in the sea north of island were not new, but that the political decision to go ahead was taken only recently.Turkey, which is not a signatory of the Law of the Sea Convention, has claims on the sea north of Cyprus arguing that it is part of its continental shelf. It has been disputing Cyprus’ exploration rights for years.Turkey claims that part of Cyprus’ off-shore block 1, as well as the north part of blocks 4, 5, 6 and 7 fall within its continental shelf.Opposition parties however saw the government decision as another election ploy by President Nicos Anastasiades, accusing him of taking up the proposal by Diko leader and presidential candidate Nicolas Papadopoulos.Akel spokesman, Stefanos Stefanou, said that even though the government’s decision was not a negative one, Turkey would never enter into dialogue with the RoC as it does not recognise it.“Such an arrangement can only be achieved through a settlement of the Cyprus problem,” Stefanou said. He added that this “pre-election action” of the government is a justification of the “unrealistic position” of Papadopoulos.“This position of Nicolas Papadopoulos leads to the perpetuation of occupation, which hurt and does not secure the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus,” Stefanou said.Papadopoulos said that the selective adoption of some of his proposals by Anastasiades on the eve of the election was proof of the failed policy that he followed. He also said that it was a proof of Anastasiades’ lack of credibility.“He attempts with such moves to fool the people that he can continue his failed policy,” Papadopoulos said.Socialist Edek too criticised the government for copying Papadopoulos’ proposal. Anastasiades and his associates, Edek said, in their effort to justify re-claiming the vote of the people, attempt  to hide their responsibilities, to deceive and to misinform the people by copying proposals that have been already presented by parties that support Papadopoulos’ candidacy.“That is why we believe that the people ought to […] choose and support the original and not the copy,” Edek said.The Solidarity Movement said that the constant transformations of the president only reinforced his lack of credibility both within the country and abroad. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Turkish navy sub docks in Kyrenia

first_imgA Turkish submarine has docked in Kyrenia and will be open to the public for visits until July 8, it emerged on Friday.TCG GUR (S-357) docked in Kyrenia on Thursday and Turkish media linked it with Ankara’s ongoing natural gas drilling inside the island’s exclusive economic zone.However, Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris Postasi reported on Thursday that GUR was on a routine mission in the region and had docked in Cyprus for supplies.Between April 17 and 21, another Turkish submarine, the Sakarya (S-354) had also docked in Kyrenia, as did Inonu (S-360), a month later. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoNicosia will use ‘all diplomatic means at its disposal’ to counter Turkish actionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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