Swimming the NAIG competition that almost didnt happen

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe swimming event at this years’ North American Indigenous Games almost didn’t happen.The host society initially dropped the event from the Games, leaving nearly 100 athletes in jeopardy.So teams from BC, NWT and Ontario pooled their resources to get their back athletes in the water.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf explains.last_img

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Bombardier sending officials to Nepal to help with plane crash investigation

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. is sending two officials to Nepal Tuesday to assist with the investigation of one of two deadly aircraft crashes over the past couple of days involving its Q400 turbo and Challenger business jet.An air safety senior investigator will act as an adviser and a field service representative will support the airline, said spokeswoman Nathalie Siphengphet.The Montreal-based company hasn’t been asked by Iranian officials for assistance in trying to determine the cause of a Sunday crash that claimed 11 lives.At least 49 people were killed Monday when a US Bangla Airlines passenger plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed and burst into flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, officials and witnesses said.The incident came a day after all 11 people on board a private Turkish Challenger 604 business jet crashed and burst into flames on an Iranian mountainside while bringing a wealthy businessman’s daughter and her friends home from a Dubai bachelorette party.Bombardier representatives for the commercial and business aircraft divisions said the company was saddened by the accidents, adding their thoughts were with those impacted and their families.Siphengphet and Mark Masluch said the planes are “safe and reliable” and other planes haven’t been grounded.“It (Q400) has been designed to be robust and reliable in consideration to high cycle demands of regional airlines,” she said in an interview.Masluch said more than 1,000 Challenger 600 series planes have been delivered and are “one of the most robust and reliable aircraft in business aviation.”He called the back-to-back crashes an “unfortunate coincidence.”“Certainly each accident is isolated to its own circumstances so it would be inappropriate to comment on any links between or just assume or speculate while both investigations are ongoing,” Masluch said in a separate interview.The causes of both crashes aren’t immediately available but a top airport official said the pilot did not follow landing instructions from the control tower, and had approached the airport’s one runway from the wrong direction.“The airplane was not properly aligned with the runway. The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was ‘yes,’” said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport’s general manager.The 17-year-old plane had circled Tribhuvan International Airport twice as it waited for clearance to land, a company official said.A recording of the conversations between the pilot and air traffic controllers indicated confusion over which direction the plane should land.Just before landing the pilot asks “Are we cleared to land?”The Q400 has sustained several landing gear incidents over the years but this is just the second crash of the aircraft resulting in death.All 49 people on board were killed on Feb. 12, 2009 when a Colgan Air flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, stalled and crashed into a house while preparing to land at the airport.The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that pilot error, including the response by the captain, was the main cause of the accident.Officials at Kathmandu Medical College, the closest hospital to Nepal’s only international airport, said they were treating 16 survivors of the Q400 crash, whose earlier versions were called Dash 8.An AP journalist who arrived at the scene soon after the crash saw the twin-propeller plane broken into several large pieces, with dozens of firefighters and rescue workers clustered around the wreckage in a grassy field near the runway. Hundreds of people stood on a nearby hill, staring down at what remained of the propeller plane.The plane swerved repeatedly as it prepared to land in Kathmandu, said Amanda Summers, an American working in Nepal. The crowded city sits in a valley in the Himalayan foothills.“It was flying so low I thought it was going to run into the mountains,” said Summers, who watched the crash from the terrace of her home office, not far from the airport. “All of a sudden there was a blast and then another blast.”Fire crews put out the flames quickly, perhaps within a minute, she said, though for a time clouds of thick, dark smoke rose into the sky above the city.Meanwhile, the out-of-production Challenger business jet that crashed in Iran was owned by the private holding company of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran.Those on board included Basaran’s daughter Mina, 28, and seven of her friends, all flying back from a party ahead of her planned wedding next month.Iranian investigators on Monday found the “black box” from the Turkish plane and all the dead from the crash site in the Zagros Mountains, some 370 kilometres south of Iran’s capital, Tehran, according to a report by the state-run IRNA news agency.It remains unclear what caused the crash, though a witness told state television the Bombardier CL604 was on fire before it hit the mountain.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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Report Machines to handle over half workplace tasks by 2025

first_imgGENEVA – More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Monday that highlights the speed with which the labour market will change in coming years.The World Economic Forum estimates that machines will be responsible for 52 per cent of the division of labour as share of hours within seven years, up from just 29 per cent today. By 2022, the report says, roughly 75 million jobs worldwide will be lost, but that could be more than offset by the creation of 133 million new jobs.A major challenge, however, will be training and re-training employees for that new world of work.“By 2025, the majority of workplace tasks in existence today will be performed by machines or algorithms. At the same time a greater number of new jobs will be created,” said Saadia Zahidi, a WEF board member. “Our research suggests that neither businesses nor governments have fully grasped the size of this key challenge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”The “Future of Jobs 2018” report, the second of its kind, is based on a survey of executives representing 15 million employees in 20 economies. Its authors say the outlook for job creation has become more positive since the last report in 2016 because businesses have a better sense of the opportunities made possible by technology.The WEF said challenges for employers include enabling remote work, building safety nets to protect workers, and providing reskilling for employees. However, the report found that only one in three respondents planned to reskill at-risk workers.Despite net positive job growth, the WEF anticipates a “significant shift in the quality, location, format and permanency of new roles. Businesses are to expand use of contractors for task-specialized work, engage workers in more flexible arrangements, utilize remote staffing, and change up locations to get access to the right talent.The report said nearly half of all companies expect their full-time workforces to shrink by 2022, while nearly two in five expect to extend their workforce generally, and over one-quarter expect automation to create new roles in their enterprises.Germany’s powerful DGB trade union association warned against too rapid change in the world of work.“People, whether they’re workers or consumers, will only accept and tolerate the consequences if technology serves them — and not they it,” Reiner Hoffmann told daily Welt in reaction to the WEF report.___AP writer Frank Jordans contributed from Berlin.last_img read more

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Srikanth heads to Malaysia after high of India Open

first_imgKuala Lumpur: A strong finish at the India Open will hold him in good stead when Kidambi Srikanth yet again strives to end his long title drought at the USD 700,000 Malaysia Open, beginning here Tuesday. Srikanth, who last won a title at the 2017 French Open, came close to ending the lean patch when he reached the finals of the India Open but Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen thwarted his challenge on Sunday. Despite the loss, it was a good week for the 26-year-old as he quelled the challenge of one opponent after another on way to his first summit clash of a BWF world tour event in 17 months. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh On Wednesday, Srikanth will begin his campaign against a qualifier, following the withdrawal of Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei, who was supposed to play his first event after recovering from nose cancer. “I’m just happy how it has been last week. I just want to take it the way it comes. I know I was trailing in most of the matches but somehow I wanted this kind of momentum. I wanted these kind of wins and want to continue this form now,” Srikanth had said after the final Sunday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu too was on course for a title win before she blew a four game points to lose the semifinal against He Bingjiao of China last Saturday. The fifth seeded Indian will cross swords with Japan’s Aya Ohori in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 750. She is likely to get a chance to avenge her first-round loss at the All England Championship against Sung Ji Hyun of Korea, who she is expected to face in the second round. Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, who had battled pain after developing pancreas infection en route the All England Champion quarterfinals, will look for a good outing after skipping the Swiss Open and India Open. The eighth seeded Indian will face Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the first round. Among others, H S Prannoy will look to continue his promising show after regaining some form at the India Open where he reached the quarterfinals. He will square off against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus. Sameer Verma will also look to snap his run of early exits this year but it will be easier said than done as he faces world no 2 Shi Yuqi of China. Men’s doubles pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, the only Indian pair to reach the semifinals at New Delhi last week, will face seventh seed Chinese pair of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong in the first round, while Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will take on Korean pair of Baek Ha Na and Kim Hye Rin. Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will meet Ireland’s Sam Magee and Chloe Magee in their opener.last_img read more

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Talks to avert teachers strike in Poland stalled

WARSAW, Poland — Polish teachers may be going on strike next week after last-ditch talks with the government over their demands for higher pay appear to have stalled.Just days before key school exams, teachers’ unions rejected Friday government proposals of drawn-out pay hikes and changes to the monthly salary system.Deputy Prime Minister Beata Szydlo appealed to teachers to consider the end-of-primary school exams Wednesday through Friday, and middle school exams the following week.The strike is due to start Monday.Poland’s teachers have previously refrained from cancelling classes despite consistent calls for higher pay.Their latest demand follows the ruling party’s promises of more spending on family benefits ahead of May elections to the European Parliament.Teacher’s average net monthly earnings range between 1,800 zlotys to 3,000 zlotys ($470 to $780).The Associated Press read more

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India sends back Lankan airmen

Vasan said on Friday that the ongoing training of Sri Lankan troops at the Tambaram air base is a matter of concern. “It is a matter of concern, considering the cruelties faced by Tamils in Lanka,” Vasan said while inaugurating a vessel traffic management system at Chennai port. Bowing to the pressure of politicians from Tamil Nadu, the defence ministry on Friday decided to send back Sri Lankan air force personnel who were undergoing training at the Tambaram airbase.“All Sri Lankan trainees are being sent off today from this station as per instruction of the ministry of defence,” a brief defence ministry statement said. Earlier, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s demand for putting an end to Indian Air Force base at Tambaram, Chennai training Sri Lankan air force personnel had triggered political reverberations, with Union shipping minister G K Vasan supporting the AIADMK leader’s line. He said he strongly disagreed with the decision to train Lankan personnel and that he has taken up the matter with Union ministers concerned. The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president B S Gnanadesikan will officially convey the state Congress unit’s protest against the training, Vasan said.Earlier, MDMK had expressed its protest against the training being imparted to Sri Lankan personnel. (Times of India) read more

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OPP rescue baby accidentally locked in vehicle

A 14-month-old child has been reunited with their mother after being accidentally locked inside a vehicle in Waterford.Ontario Provincial Police officers were contacted by the worried parent around 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday.Officers quickly arrived on scene and with the assistance of OnStar, were able to open the vehicle and free the child.The baby was not injured and the mother was swiftly reunited with the child.Police say there were no safety concerns as a result of the incident.“The OPP would like to thank everyone that assisted in bringing this incident to a successful conclusion. We were able to arrive and quickly deal with the situation and have the vehicle unlocked. The mother was extremely relieved and very thankful,” said Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP. read more

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Afghanistan marking anniversary of Bonn accord UN envoy sees progress challenges

Speaking to a conference in Petersberg, Germany, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Lakhdar Brahimi, said the Bonn Agreement had been “a hopeful yet uncertain beginning” marked by indeterminate prospects for success.”In many areas, the situation is now much clearer, justifying the optimism felt at the signing of the Bonn Agreement,” Mr. Brahimi said, citing advances in the political, humanitarian and cultural realm. Since last year, the country established a transitional administration, while 3 million children went back to school – including more than 1 million girls banned from education under the Taliban regime – and 1.7 million refugees returned to their homeland.Afghanistan’s renewal, he said, is driven by a popular desire for peace and the patient determination needed to rebuild the nation. But, he cautioned, insecurity remains the country’s “most dangerous enemy.” “Whether caused by the attacks of extremists, by factional rivalries, abuses of power or common banditry, insecurity and lawlessness undermine the people’s confidence in the peace process, hamper economic activities, limit reconstruction assistance [and] threaten the exercise of the most basic human rights and the main objectives of the Bonn process,” he said. Mr. Brahimi offered his full backing to President Hamid Karzai’s call for phasing in a national army. “Hardly any project could contribute more to rebuilding the Afghan State, to [repairing] divisions inherited from the civil war and restoring popular confidence in the Government than the creation of truly national security forces,” he said.Pointing out that the gains achieved so far have come thanks to a collective effort involving the Afghans themselves, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the UN, he urged those at the conference to “continue working in this spirit to achieve lasting peace and stability for the people of Afghanistan.”The Petersburg meeting was attended by representatives of 32 countries, including Afghanistan and the host, Germany. It adopted a communiqué noting that, “while security concerns remain in parts of Afghanistan, there has nevertheless been considerable improvement in security and stability in much of the country.” The communiqué strongly endorsed the Transitional Administration’s decision to create an Afghan National Army and disarm former fighters, reintegrating them into civilian life. read more

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UN envoy in Afghanistan condemns killing of seven registered voters by Taliban

“These attacks continue to be serious obstacles in the good conduct of elections,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative to Afghanistan, Filippo Grandi said. “But let me stress they have not derailed the process – the process has continued.” His remarks were given as part of a joint press briefing today with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).Security concerns have plagued the Afghan nation in their attempt to get elections off the ground safely and democratically. Yet this year’s environment is an improvement over October 2004, when the country held presidential elections under continued threats from the Taliban and other extremist groups. Partiality and interference by government authorities have also occurred, though participation by women appears to be improving over last year, Mr. Grandi reported. “Some religious leaders have criticized female participation, [but] the religious establishment has by and large been supportive,” he added. Women’s rights were severely curtailed under the ousted Taliban regime.Despite security threats and intimidation, the candidates have shown a determination to campaign, said the AIHRC, and the type of self-censorship that was witnessed last year has decreased significantly. They have observed many political rallies big and small, being held, and candidates’ posters filling up the streets and bazaars throughout Afghanistan. As they did in the 2004 elections, this year the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the AIHRC are verifying the exercise of political rights in Afghanistan to ensure free and fair elections on 18 September. Already there are 10 million registered voters, and 5,800 registered candidates. More than 8,000 election observers, polling agents and international and media observers are slated to be on hand to monitor the elections. read more

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Lets build bridges not walls says UN chief urging all countries to

“Have hope […] I have faith in you,” Mr. Ban said in a special message to young people gathered last night for a back-to-school event hosted by the International Rescue Committee, the Annenberg Foundation and the UN Foundation, after his visit to resettlement centre where he met refugees, including from Guatemala and Syria, and other countries from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.He assured the gathering that he is working hard for other refugee families around the world, and noted that on 19 September, at UN Headquarters in New York, the General Assembly will convene a Summit on Refugees and Migrants where, among other proposed commitments, governments will agree that refugee children should go to school as soon as possible after arrival in the country that gives them asylum.“I encourage countries like the United States to continue to demonstrate leadership by providing safe haven to more refugees – including Syrian refugees,” said the Secretary-General, adding: “Let’s keep reaching out a helping hand to people in their time of need. Let’s never give in to the forces of fear and division. Let’s welcome people into their new communities as neighbours and friends. Let’s build bridges, not walls. We will all be stronger for it.”He went on to recall that he himself had been displaced as a young boy. “I did not flee my country, but my family and I were driven out of our village by war – the Korean war. I was only 6 years old. Everything was destroyed. The United Nations came to our rescue. They gave us food. They gave us shelter. They gave us school supplies,” he said.“Now I am here as the head of the United Nations to give school supplies to you. If I could do it, you can do it,” said Mr. Ban.Earlier yesterday, the Secretary-General also participated in a public discussion with United States Congressman Ed Royce, the chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He thanked the Congressman for his leadership on a wide-range of global issues. During a bilateral meeting, they had an opportunity to discuss the situations is South Sudan, Myanmar and the Korean peninsula.Mr. Ban also participated in two events with the creative community yesterday, in which he talked to attendees, including, among others, film producer and director Brett Ratner, about how he strongly believed in the ability of the industry to be a power for social good. read more

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Football Three offensive players needing breakout spring game

Ohio State sophomore running back Demario McCall practices running back drills during spring practice on March 21 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe annual Ohio State LiFE Sports Spring Game is really nothing more than a glorified scrimmage. But to some players, it can lead to playing time on the field and is an opportunity to make one final impression on the coaches before fall camp in August.Even for players who have seen substantial playing time, the spring game can be an invaluable commodity.Here are three players who could most benefit from a standout performance in the spring game.Demario McCallOnce thought of as the immediate replacement to former H-back Curtis Samuel, sophomore running back Demario McCall is stuck in the backfield working with the running backs with the possibility of earning reps at wide receiver in August.McCall came onto the field late in games last season when the score was out of reach, showing off his top-class speed. Now in his second year, McCall is looking for any way to get onto the field in meaningful situations.“To be honest, just be ready when your number is called,” McCall said. “(We) call it competitive excellence, so whenever they tell me to go out there in the slot, I’m going to go out in the slot and do what I do.”His speed gives OSU coach Urban Meyer a reason to keep him on the field, but running backs coach Tony Alford said McCall’s physical strength at 170 pounds didn’t allow for him to see more time. Now up to 190 pounds, expect McCall — who’s sitting at No. 3 on the running back depth chart — to be on the field for nearly the entire intrasquad scrimmage come Saturday.Isaiah PrinceJunior right tackle Isaiah Prince is one of four returning starters on the offensive line, but has as much work as anyone in the unit after last season’s shortcomings.The offensive line struggled to protect redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett last year against top-tier competition — most notably against Penn State, Michigan and Clemson where the opposition racked up 17 sacks and 35 tackles for loss. Much of that struggle was on the right side of the line as defenses keyed in on Prince.Moving to his second season as a starter, Prince’s development from 2016 could arguably be the most important contributor to the offense’s success in 2017.“(Prince is) having a great spring right now. He’s battling his tail off, we all are,” said senior left tackle Jamarco Jones. “We’re just trying to get better and improve so the mistakes that happened last year don’t happen again this year.”Heading into the spring game, Prince pretty much has the right tackle spot locked up. But confidence in his game can start with a dominant spring game.A.J. AlexanderWhile redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh watches from the sideline Saturday as he recovers from an offseason shoulder surgery, redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander will try to solidify his spot as the No. 1 at the position.Alexander played in all 13 games a season ago, catching only four passes for 27 yards, but word out of spring camp is the 6-foot-2, 250-pound tight end is pushing for the starting job with Baugh on the sidelines.“Tight end is the most improved position on the team right now. A.J. Alexander is really coming on,” Meyer said one week ago.The OSU offense has not utilized the tight end as anything other than another blocker, but if Alexander shows improvement in a game scenario, Baugh and Alexander could be two more weapons in Meyer’s arsenal. read more

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Report Rental rates rising out of reach

first_img As rents continue to rise in Clark County, so does the wage needed to afford one. A full-time worker needs to earn $18.19 hourly to afford a studio apartment, $20.25 for a one-bedroom or $23.88 for a two-bedroom, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Out of Reach Report.“Affordable” means rent is no more than 30 percent of a renter’s income, but more than half of Clark County renters devote a larger chunk of their paychecks toward rent.The report released Thursday analyzed 2017 fair market rents and wages, showing what people can and cannot afford. There is nowhere in the United States where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment, the report said. With an $11 hourly minimum wage in Washington, rent would have to be $572 to be affordable. Or, that worker would need to work 66 hours weekly to afford even a studio apartment.The wage needed to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Clark County — known as the housing wage — has increased 58 percent since 2012. This has created a gap between what renters actually earn and what they can afford.Andy Silver, executive director of the Vancouver-based Council for the Homeless, said the problem is that wages aren’t keeping pace with rents. The average hourly renter wage is $15.07. click to enlargelast_img read more

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61 sued over Sunamganj flood catastrophe

first_imgThis photo taken from Shanir haor area in Sunamganj after the flood. Photo: Prothom AloThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Sunday filed a case against 61 people, including 15 officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), for their alleged involvement in irregularities in implementing haor embankment projects in Sunamganj.ACC assistant director Md Faruk Ahmed filed the case against them with Sunamganj police station, ACC spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.The 15 BWDB officials sued by the ACC are former executive engineer (Sunamganj) Afsar Uddin, former superintending engineer (Sylhet) Nurul Islam Sarkar, former additional chief engineer (northwest zone) Md Abdul Hye, deputy divisional engineers (Sunamganj) Deepak Ranjan Das and Khalilur Rahman, and section officers (Sunamganj) Md Shahidullah, Ibrahim Khalilullah Khan, Khandaker Ali Reaz, Md Rafiqul Islam, Shah Alam, Barkat Ullah Bhuiyan, Mahmudul Karim, Md Mosaddek, Sajib Paul and Md Jahangir Hossain.The proprietors or representatives of 46 local construction firms involved in repairing or constructing embankments in haors are also accused in the case.According to the first information report (FIR), the BWBD officials in collusion with each other gave clearance to the contractors violating the basic contract rules to continue the unfinished works of 84 packages of fiscal 2015-16 without calling new tenders in fiscal 2016-17.The contractors did not start works on nine packages out of 160 and completed partial works of the remaining 151 packages, paving the way to plunder money from the future haor projects and thus caused huge losses to famers.The FIR said the BWDB took a 6.5-km embankment project in 2011 to prevent flashflood in Sunamganj. The project was supposed to be completed in 2015, but it is extended up to June 2019 due to delay in launching the project.The case was filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1947 and Penal Code 1960.Later in the day, an ACC team, led by its director Belal Hossain, arrested two accused of the case — former BWDB executive engineer Afsar Uddin and proprietor of Ibrahim Traders Md Bachhu Miah — from the city’s Motijheel area.last_img read more

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2 killed in Naogaon road crash

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloTwo people, including a schoolboy, were killed when a bus hit a motorbike on Naogaon-Rajshahi Highway in Manda upazila on Monday.The deceased are Kamal Hossain, 40, a teacher of Syedpur Primary Government School, and Sumon, 12, a student of the school and son of Kaiyum Uddin of the upazila, reports UNB.Mozaffar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Manda police station, said the accident took place around noon when a Naogaon-bound bus from Rajshahi hit the motorbike carrying them at Satihat Nilkuthi.Both were killed on the spot.The bodies were sent to a local hospital for autopsy.A case was filed with Manda police station over the deaths.last_img read more

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This Smart Luggage Was Designed for Space Travel

first_img Hydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 MilesAirbnb For Work Simplifies Business Travel As the space tourism dream edges toward reality, future travelers to the moon, Mars, and beyond would need smart luggage that will meet their needs in orbit.Travel brand Horizn Studios has prepared for this future by collaborating with the world’s youngest astronaut-in-training, 18-year-old Alyssa Carson. The result is a space-ready smart luggage, the M5 NASA Edition Cabin Luggage, designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon.AdChoices广告This sleek piece features an aerospace-grade German polycarbonate shell, water-resistant lining, and a front pocket with transparent PU shield.The NASA Edition M5 Cabin Luggage is finished in Apollo white with orange and blue trims, features a built-in smart charger, 360-degree spinner wheels, and a commemorative luggage tag.Available for purchase starting July 19, a day before the Apollo 11 anniversary, the M5 limited-edition cabin luggage has a $790 price tag, with all proceeds going towards the Space Camp Foundation to help underprivileged children with scholarships. Stay on targetcenter_img The NASA Edition M5 Cabin Luggage is part of Horizn Studio’s Horizn ONE campaign, the company’s design study into luggage specifically for commercial space travel.With Horizn ONE, the company aims to produce revolutionary luggage with a graphene-enhanced carbon fibre structure, making it flexible, more robust and lighter than any luggage developed so far; an electromagnetic base, allowing it to secure to the floor or walls of the spacecraft for easy access in zero gravity.Horizn ONE luggage will also include graphene supercapacitors and an inductive charging field that will allow for highly efficient energy storage and wireless charging of electronic devices; built-in smart screen to allow travelers to stay in touch and share experiences via video with loved ones back on Earth; and biometric security that lets the user unlock the case with fingerprint recognition.More on Geek.com:NASA to Open Space Station to Tourists From 2020This $800 Robot Suitcase Will Follow You Around AirportsUnder Armour Will Design Space Suits for Virgin Galacticlast_img read more

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Very Rare Recording of Confederate Veterans Performing the Famous Rebel Yell

first_imgWar cries have played an important role in combat throughout history. Intended to boost the morale of those performing it, as well as to taunt the enemy, these haunting screams are considered a decisive factor in the outcome of many battles ― from ancient times, all the way to modern history. However, many of the war cries used by warriors of old are today known only for their existence, but not for their exact sound. While many battle cries died out without being passed to another generation, the famous Confederate “Rebell Yell” was captured on a recording in 1935, during a veteran reunion hosted by the Library of Congress.Confederate soldiers charge at the Battle of ShilohFor those unfamiliar with the term, the Rebel Yell was a war cry used by Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-65). Often depicted in western movies as “yee-haw”, historians still argue that this is but an echo of how the Rebel Yell actually sounded. Have a listen here:Although various noises were made by charging soldiers on both sides since the very beginning of the conflict, it is considered that the Rebel Yell was first officially used ― and defined ― during the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861 by troops under the command of the Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.George Washington Custis Lee, on horseback, with staff reviewing Confederate Reunion Parade in Richmond, VA., June 3, 1907, in front of monument to Jefferson DavisIt is believed that the yell was most likely inspired by Native American war cries, which were a cross breed between a whooping sound and a wolf’s howl. There are others who claim that it is directly related to the Scottish battle cry tradition.Whatever its origin may be, it was demonstrated by the people who witnessed it ― and took part in it, for that matter ― first hand.Although the veterans were well into their 70s and 80s, they were still able to perform the Rebel Yell, as animatedly as they did during the war.The sound from the recording can be described as a whoop-like yelp, rather different from the interpretation made for Hollywood movies. When performed by a single man, or even a group of several men, it sounds strange, but far from terrifying.Read another story from us: Unknown Civil War Faces are Being Identified Through Facial Recognition AppHowever, once uttered by a wild crowd of tens of thousands of soldiers, it becomes a powerful weapon ― one that could easily turn the outcome of a battle, as it did during Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 when 28,000 Rebel troops surprised the right wing of the Union Army, causing them to scatter.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img   Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 16:39Lorry goes into hedge near BridgemereA51 London Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to lorry gone into the hedge from Dingle Lane to Yew Tree Lane.The lorry had a blow out which resulted it going into the hedge. 16:14Massage parlour robber still on run as police investigation continuesThe raincoat-wearing raider injured a receptionist during the incident at ‘New Tingles’. More here15:46Two lanes shut due to accident on M6Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J17 A534 Old Mill Road (Sandbach / Crewe).Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. There is also a separate accident on the M6 southbound between J19 and J18.15:22Accident reported on A500Reports of queueing traffic due to accident on A500 D Road Southbound from A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange, Trent Vale) to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent, Hanchurch). Congestion to Hanford Interchange.Reported around 15:15.15:09Accident on M6Queueing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and M6 (Stafford Services). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. The cameras show that a car is facing sideways on in front of the lorry. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14.11:13Lights out at CobridgeThe traffic lights are out at Cobridge lights. Massive tailbacks in all four directions and police have just arrived at the scene to direct traffic.11:09 Reports of traffic problem on A500 D Road Westbound at A50 (Sideway Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 10:32Heavy traffic on the D-RoadHeavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 09:34Slow in Uttoxeter Queuing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area.Due to a lane closure. 09:05Busy in PorthillHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 09:05Queues in Knutton Queuing traffic on B5044 Silverdale Road in both directions at Cemetery Road (Silverdale Traffic Lights). In the roadworks area.Due to a four ways temporary traffic lights. Also queuing on the B5368. 09:04Slow traffic in The HeathVery slow traffic on A518 Derby Road Northbound at A50 (Water Bridge roundabout). 08:07Busy on Vicky Road A50 Victoria Road busy but moving at A5007 City Road. 07:58All lanes re-open on M6All lanes open, recovery work completed and broken down van removed on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford).Lane one (of four) was closed until around 07:55. Recovery arrived around 07:45. 07:48Weather todayGood morning UK! After early fog patches have cleared, England, Scotland & Wales will see warm sunny spells, though cloud will spread from the far west. Rain in Northern Ireland will cross into the far west of Britain later. https://t.co/cQSfu1VDbo ^Kayleigh pic.twitter.com/YlfamxfXbx— Met Office (@metoffice) April 30, 201907:41Traffic issues across the city- Queuing traffic on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. Travel time is five minutes.- Usual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes.- Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).- Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank).- A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:30Queues at CellarheadQueuing traffic on A520 Leek Road in both directions at A52 Cellarhead Road (Cellarhead Cross Roads). In the roadworks area.Due to temporary traffic lights. also queuing on the A52. 07:17Temporary lights causing issues in CobridgeQueuing traffic on A53 Cobridge Road in both directions from A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge, Sneyd Green) to A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights, Cobridge). In the roadworks area.Due to temporary traffic lights. 07:16More water main work…Water main work and temporary traffic lights on Eardswick Lane from Brookhouse Lane (Minshull Vernon) to A530 Middlewich Road (Bradfield Green).Until May 1. 07:11The van that can’t be moved…Incident update. Lane 1 is closed. Van cannot be moved and is awaiting recovery. #trafficofficers on scene assisting. Thank you for your patience. Traffic coping well at present. https://t.co/aqo6dnRIlr— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) April 30, 201907:07Slow traffic on D-RoadUsual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 07:06Water main work in CobridgeTemporary traffic lights and water main work on A53 Leek New Road at Sandbach Road.Three way lights. Until May 1. 07:05Delays in Middleport due to demolition workQueuing traffic on A5271 Newcastle Street at Trubshawe Street (Wayne Walker roundabout). In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights in operation. 07:04Breakdown on the M6One lane closed due to broken down van on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed due the vehicle stopped on the grass verge. 07:04Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog! Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Tuesday, April 30. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. 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Graham Werner is JTGs top sales rep in QLD

first_imgGraham Werner APT’s Business Development Manager in Queensland, Graham Werner has won the Best Sales Representative (Diamond Supplier) award at Jetset Travelworld state conference.APT National Sales Manager, Susan Haberle said this was a fantastic achievement, considering the large number of sales managers servicing JTG throughout Queensland. Source = APTlast_img

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Emirates to bring A380 to Perth

first_imgEmirates has just launched ten new A380 routes in 2014 ahead of a series of further launches planned for 2015, including the first A380 aircraft to fly to Perth announced in December.In 2015, Perth will join Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as Australian A380 destinations with West Australian residents having the opportunity to experience the aircraft for the first time.The upgrade from a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity of 131 seats per flight and 1,834 seats per week, thus reinforcing Emirates’ commitment to Perth passengers.Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori, said that 2014 was a record breaking year for Emirates A380 network.“Adding 10 new A380 destinations has given our customers more choice to travel to their favourite destinations and experience what this exceptional aircraft has to offer. Our onboard innovations across all three classes continue to wow our customers, and we hope even more travellers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading product as we expand our A380 fleet and network,” Mr Antinori said.In May, the Emirates A380 was the star attraction at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2014 drawing in thousands of visitors while on static display.In 2014, Emirates received 13 Airbus A380s, including its 50th A380, currently the world’s largest A380 operator with 57 aircraft in fleet, Emirates is expecting to take delivery of 15 more A380s in 2015.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Economist HELOC Reset Fears Overblown

first_imgEconomist: HELOC Reset Fears Overblown As the mortgage market prepares for bubble-vintage home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) to come out of their draw period, multiple firms have issued warnings about the imminent wave of new HELOC problems. In a new blog post, however, CoreLogic deputy chief economist Sam Khater says the impact from HELOC loan resets will be more like a ripple.Looking back to the inflation of the housing bubble in the mid-2000s, Khater notes that the surge in mortgage debt leading up the crash came partly from a surge in borrowers taking out HELOCs as home prices ran up.Many of those lines were originated as 10-year interest-only loans, meaning millions of borrowers are due to for a possible payment shock as their HELOCs switch to fully amortizing loans at a time when the economy is still staggering to normalcy. Including the period from 2004–2006 when the majority of HELOCs were originated, an estimated $190 billion in loans are scheduled to reset in the coming years.While many market watchers—including financial regulators—are concerned about the risk of default, Khater says the fears of a HELOC-related mortgage crash are largely unfounded.”While the spike in defaults at the 10-year mark certainly is an issue for those borrowers experiencing the reset, from a macro perspective the impact will not be a wave, but small ripples,” he writes.To support his claim, he points to four major factors he says will mitigate the impact of HELOC payment shocks:The size of the reset pool is relatively small. Looking at the entire $9.9 trillion mortgage market, $190 billion is a fairly minor segment.Nearly one-quarter of HELOCs are in the first-lien position, meaning there’s no other associated debt.One of the major default triggers—negative equity—is improving. By CoreLogic’s numbers, the negative equity share for first liens with a home equity loan is 22 percent, well below the 36 percent underwater rate four years ago, and that number continues to improve. Adjusting for first-lien position and negative equity, the HELOC exposure shrinks from $190 billion to $31 billion, Khater says.The other trigger—unemployment—is also looking better. At the same time, the unemployment rate was below 6 percent as of the government’s October estimate, marking a vast improvement as payroll numbers see ongoing strength.Despite his optimism, Khater does note that HELOCs haven’t seen the same kind of regulation the rest of the mortgage market has adjusted to in the last year. Of note is the fact that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ability-to-repay rule skipped over HELOCs in its restrictions on interest-only loans.”This begs the question, why didn’t policy makers include a provision for HELOCs given their role in driving up mortgage debt?” he writes. “A more sensible approach for HELOC products would be to provide incentives for fully amortizing loans that do not lead to payment shock down the road.” December 1, 2014 472 Views CoreLogic HELOCs Home Equity 2014-12-01 Tory Barringercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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