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first_imgDestination  Dubai’s new campaignIndian actress and TV presenter Koel Purie features in the latest edition of the promotional campaign ‘In Dubai Everyday is an Opportunity’ launched end of March. The advertisement showcases the Dubai International Film Festival. Koel Purie plays herself as a presenter on the red carpet and manages to interview the latest Indian movie star who returns from filming in the desert just in time for the festival. The advertisement will be online until the end of June.New services at Tourist Info ViennaLast-minute tickets for 11 venues in the city are now available from the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the first district. The Last Minute Ticket Corner, open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. offers 25-50 percent discounts on tickets for performances later that day. A new tactile map of the first district and map of the city is also available at the Tourist Info Vienna. Printed materials are now available in a choice of 13 languages.Hot deal: Get 60 percent off on 3 nights/4 day holiday in thailand (1 night at four points by sheraton bangkok & 2 nights in siam bayview pattaya). Pay Rs. 16,070 per couple instead of Rs. 40,176). www.vamoose.inIndia’s first in-cab entertainment serviceThe EasyCabs in-cab entertainment service in Mumbai has four categories: Entertainment, Around the World, Fashion and Lifestyle, and Sports and Tech. Content partners include Fox History and Entertainment, NewsX, Times Internet, India Today, TechCrunch TV, Who What Wear and Bollywood Masala. The service, currently available in 40 cars, will soon be expanded to all 500 in Mumbai before being taken to New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.New bike-sharing scheme for Miami Beach The DecoBike scheme allows you to insert your credit card and choose a bike, returning it to one of the 100 solar-powered stations dotted around the city. You don’t need to pay another dollar above the membership fee if you return the bike within 30 minutes. A monthly pass costs US$ 15, a one-day access costs US$ 14 and three days will set you back by US$ 30. More details on www.decobike.comWatergate exhibition at Nixon MuseumThe Watergate Gallery, the new permanent exhibition at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, California, chronicles the events of one of the country’s biggest scandals. Admission free. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.nixonlibrary.govKorea’s first visa application centre in IndiaVFS Global will manage Korea’s visa application centre at the International Trade Tower in Nehru Place, New Delhi. Timings: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tel: (011) 4109 2834; e-mail:’s second literary festival in BhutanThe second edition of Mountain Echoes, a literary festival organised by Siyahi, will be held in Thimphu from May 20-23. The various workshops and talks will cover a range of topics such as oral traditions, fiction, poetry and popular fiction. The list of speakers at this year’s festival includes Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, David Davidar, Namita Gokhale, Chandrahas Choudhary, Aman Nath, Valmik Thapar, Namita Bhandare and Pushpesh Pant. For special offers on travel, visit www.mountainechoes.orgGoa witnesses spurt in tourist arrivals from Eastern EuropeFor the last several years Goa has seen the highest number of tourist arrivals from UK. This year tells a different story. Goa has recorded a marked rise in tourist from Eastern Europe including countries like Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Official charter statistics recorded by the tourism department shows a total of 781 charter flights carrying 1,56,541 travellers from 11 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October. Of these, 392 flights came from Russia itself as compared to 216 from the UK.Hot deal:’s 7 nights/8 days discover ladakh package starts at Rs. 24,999 per person (twin share). Includes airport transfers, daily breakfast & dinner, and sightseeing. www.yatra.comTV show on France’s wine regionsBBC Entertainment’s new show–Oz & James Big Wine Adventure–features wine expert Oz Clarke Top Gear’s James May. The series captures their travel together for over six weeks, in James’s specially chosen Jaguar XJS, through Bordeaux before heading south through the Languedoc-Roussillon and on to Provence. Premieres May 8; Fridays 8 p.m.Stolen King Tut statue returns to Cairo MuseumA gilded statue of Tutankhamun that was stolen from the Egyptian Museum in January has been returned, along with three other objects. A government news release said that the figure had been slightly damaged, with a part of its crown and pieces of the legs missing, and also that the whole statue would be restored. It was among several dozen objects looted from the museum on January 28, in the midst of the protests in Tahrir Square.New Roman museumLovers of Baroque art and architecture can add one more stop to their Rome travel itinerary: the recently inaugurated Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide. The new museum has opened in part of the 17th-century Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Visitors to the museum will have access to halls and chapels in the Palazzo.Titanic memorial cruiseDriven by high demand, organisers of the Titanic Memorial Cruise confirmed that a second historic cruise will set sail to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The 8-night charter voyage–now open for booking–will depart on April 10, 2012. Prices start at 2,911 per person. Visit www.titanicmemorial for details.  Aviation  Lufthansa to fly A380 to MiamiThe German carrier will operate its daily Frankfurt-Miami route with an A380 aircraft from June 10, replacing the B747 currently serving the US city. Miami will be the sixth Lufthansa destination to be served by the superjumbo, and the third US city after New York and San Francisco. From April 10, Lufthansa will also increase the number of A380 flights between Frankfurt and Beijing from three-times weekly to daily.Hot deal: Kenilworth beach resort & spa goa offers 3 nights/ 4 days from Rs. 24,000. with meals, beverages & sightseeing. valid till may 31. Tel: (0832) 669 8888Air France’s premium economy service now in DelhiThe Premium Voyageur, located between business and economy cabins, is now available on all Air France flights departing from Delhi. The cabin offers 40 percent additional space compared with Economy Class, with an average of 21 Premium Voyageur seats available over a surface area which used to occupy 40 Economy seats. The cabin has reclining shell seats. The baggage allowance is more than in Economy and there are priority check-in desks and baggage delivery at the airport for Premium Voyageur flyers.Delhi-Manila flights from Philippines AirlinesPhilippine Airlines is now operating six flights a week from New Delhi to Manila. Flight PR759 departs Delhi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. and reaches Manila at 12 noon (local time), while one-stop flight PR753 via Bangkok leaves New Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45 a.m and reaches Bangkok at 8.25 a.m. and Manila at 1.50 p.m. the same day.Singapore Airlines flies to Brazil The Southeast Asian carrier’s new service connects Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. The Brazilian city is Singapore Airlines’ first destination in South America, which has become the sixth continent in its route network. It will operate three flights a week on this route.Qantas starts paid seat selectionInternational economy passengers flying with Qantas can now choose their seats in advance online, for a fee of A$ 20 (Rs. 920 approx) per flight. The Australian carrier is not levying the fee for business or premium economy passengers. It will not charge the fee for domestic flights, nor for higher tier members of its own loyalty scheme.Mobile check-in on United’s int’l routesThose flying outside the US with United can now check-in online through web-enabled mobile device 24-hours prior to departure. Mobile boarding passes will initially be available for flights departing from London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka, with plans to extend the service in the coming months to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  Trade  Europe’s first Hyatt Place hotel to open in 2013 The first Hyatt Place property in Europe will be a 330-room hotel located close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The brand is currently only available in the US, where there over 160 properties, although there are 30 Hyatt Place hotels currently under development in the US, India, Panama and Costa Rica. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be located close to the A4/A5 motorway, which connects The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and around 12 km from Amsterdam’s RAI exhibition and congress starts cash-on-delivery serviceYatra’s new Cash on Delivery (COD) service enables you to pay cash against travel bookings. The COD payment option is available for international air, domestic and international holiday bookings. A representative will visit you to collect the cash, following which e-tickets/package vouchers will be sent. This service is currently available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai.Hot deal: Get 6 nights/ 7 days in turkey for Rs. 93,899 onwards (twin share). includes return airfare, accommodation, visa, breakfast & some meals, sightseeing & airport taxes. valid till october 31. www.makemytrip.comiPad version of Vienna Hotels magazineYou can now read the magazine of the Vienna International Hotels & Resorts, a group with 34 hotels across Europe, as a free app for the iPad. The current spring issue can be downloaded for free from the iPad App Store. The version has slideshows and videos. An innovative language option allows you to switch between the German and English editions: if you hold the iPad in portrait orientation, the text is in German; turning it to landscape position switches to English. Downloads are available at the iPad App Store and at chairman felicitated The second edition of The Maharashtra Economic Summit conferred Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, with the Y.B. Chavan Memorial Awards for Excellence in Hospitality, in Mumbai last month. The award is in recognition of Capt. Nair’s business practices, leadership qualities and for raising the bar of the hospitality industry with his achievements.Eurostar unveils new logoThe European rail operator has unveiled a brand new logo as it gears up for the launch of new trains this year. Eurostar will also refurbish its current fleet next year, and has introduced new menus for Business Premier class. It will also launch mobile apps for iPhone and Android users, and you will soon be able to book taxis while on board a Eurostar service.W Hotels to debut in IndiaStarwood’s first W hotel in India will be at the forthcoming Namaste Tower in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. W Mumbai is scheduled to open in 2015. Other Starwood hotels set to open this year in India include Le Mzridien Coimbatore, and the Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, next to the World Trade Centre.  Business  New Lufthansa First ClassThe German carrier will revamp its existing fleet of B747-400s by November. Although there will be no significant changes to business and economy classes, the revamped first class window seats will be converted into full-length, lie-flat beds over two metres in length. The cabin will also have sound-absorbing curtains and sound-deadening insulation beneath the carpet. The revamp means the number of seats on the B747-400’s upper deck will be reduced from 16 to eight. Seating will be configured 1-1 with the bed positioned alongside the window.Rolls-Royce Phantom at Mandarin Oriental Dhara DheviThe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, is now offering the use of a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The THB 48 million (roughly US$ 1.6 million) Rolls-Royce Phantom is available for airport pick up at THB 4,500 (Rs. 7,000 approx) one way and THB 8,000 (Rs. 12,000 approx) round trip. It can also be rented chauffeur-driven on an hourly basis for THB 12,000 (Rs. 18,000 approx) per hour or for the whole day (10 hours) for THB 80,000 (Rs. 1.2 lakh); www.mandarinoriental.comHot deal: Get 3 nights/ 4 days in kenya for Rs. 64,500 onwards. includes return airfare, accommodation, meals, park entrance fees, game drives, and services of a guide. valid till june 30. http://india.arzoo.comAccor launches smartphone applicationAccor’s new application for BlackBerry and Samsung Bada smartphones provides access to 3,000-plus hotels through its website ( You can search according to predefined criteria, such as location and date and refine your search. Member of the AClub loyalty programme can enter card number and earn points with every booking made from a smartphone.Airside bedrooms at HeathrowUK’s independent air lounge operator No.1 Traveller is to open its latest airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 this August, complete with bedrooms with ensuite showers. The lounge will be the first paid-for facility to offer airside accommodation at Heathrow. You pay a minimum of 25 for stays of up to three hours lounge access. Stays cannot exceed six hours and Priority Pass, Airport Angel, Diners Club, TTT MoneyCorp and WEXAS loyalty members can enter for free.iPad app from Priority PassThe worldwide airport lounge programme has launched an iPad application and enhanced its iPhone application. Both apps contain a ‘Find Nearest Lounge’ tool with GPS, and those who like to plan ahead can use a fast off-line search for lounges at any airport.Cathay reopens The Wing lounge at HKThe airline’s renovated premium signature lounge has 26 workstations with printers. It also offers a more extensive buffet. The Wing is open to First and Business class passengers as well as to its loyalty programme members.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic plans to compete at Rio Games despite Zika threat

first_imgTop-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic says canceling the Olympics “is unthinkable” and, “for the moment,” he is still planning to compete at the Rio de Janiero Games, despite worries about the Zika virus.Speaking at the French Open on Saturday, Djokovic added that people should not only be concerned about those who are going to Rio for the Olympics, but also the Brazilians themselves – “not talking about them too much.”Earlier Saturday, the World Health Organization rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Aug. 5-21 Olympics.Says Djokovic: “Honestly, I don’t know what to think anymore.”The No. 1 women’s tennis player, Serena Williams, says Zika has “been on my mind” and she will have to head to Rio “super-protected, maybe.”last_img read more

Muller backs Lahm for Bayern role

first_imgBayern München Muller endorses Lahm for a Bayern role as Heynckes’ departure looms Iain Strachan 20:53 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philipp Lahm (L) and Thomas Muller (R) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund A club legend is unlikely to take the managerial reins this summer, but a fellow World Cup winner knows his former team-mate has plenty to offer Thomas Muller would welcome a return to Bayern Munich for Philipp Lahm, as attention turns to the identity of the club’s next coach.Jupp Heynckes came out of retirement in October to take over from the sacked Carlo Ancelotti, but the 72-year-old is not expected to remain in charge beyond the end of the campaign.Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp are among the potential candidates to take over at Allianz Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And while the vacancy is likely to come too soon for Lahm, who only retired at the end of last season, to find himself in consideration, Muller has no problem with the 34-year-old being tipped to accept a role behind the scenes.”Philipp is always someone who will be in the debate with FC Bayern, if somewhere a position is [available],” he told Sky.”He has lived the FC Bayern [way] and is someone who thinks outside the box.”He has the necessary experience, knows the club inside out and of course already [offers] a lot. Otherwise he would not have been a candidate for the sports director post last summer.”Bayern appear likely to retain the Bundesliga title after Heynckes orchestrated an assured revival following an inconsistent start to the season, and Muller is taking a relaxed approach to the identity of the next coach.”Personally, the whole thing does not burden me at all,” he said.”In my employment contract, it doesn’t say that I’m responsible for the trainer search.”And the forward, who will be seeking to help Die Mannschaft retain the World Cup in Russia, does not necessarily have a preference for a German-speaking candidate.”Whether one converses with hands and feet or in whatever languages, the communication with the team has to work,” he said.”And that is certainly possible in many ways.”last_img read more

Drinking Vinegars: What They Are and Why You Should Drink Them

first_img Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley For centuries, people around the world have been drinking vinegar to ward off ailments such as indigestion and chronic fatigue. In the United States, drinking vinegars were (and are) commonly known as shrubs and date to the 1700s. In addition to curing ailments, drinking vinegars were (eventually) used in cocktails, which is how after decades of relative obscurity shrubs are back on menus across the country.On their own, drinking vinegars are a great alternative to sugary drinks like soda. In cocktails, shrubs are often used to replace citrus, as shrubs do not cloud when shaken in a drink.If you’re interested in trying drinking vinegars, there are a couple that you can pick up in stores or online.Pok Pok Som Chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pok fame created Pok Pok Som in 2005 for use in specialty cocktails. Customers loved it so much the restaurant began serving it with a splash of soda water on the rocks. Som comes in a variety of flavors, from ginger to apple to rhubarb and tamarind. Nothing is ever too sweet so even the sweeter-sounding flavors won’t make you feel as if you’re drinking syrup. New York City’s PDT recently used Pok Pok Som in a specialty cocktail. Ask for the Som Collins.Genki Su Drinking vinegar has long been a tradition in Japan, dating back to feudal times. Genki Su, created by Japanese-American Takako Shinjo, offers four varieties of handcrafted drinking vinegars flavored with fruit and herbs such as apple and shiso (a Japanese herb similar to mint) and sweetened with honey and Stevia, making them a low-calorie alternative to soft drinks.McClary Brothers Michigan-based McClary Brothers uses local herbs and fruit in its drinking vinegars, which are made in small batches. The apothecary-style bottles hold a selection of specialty flavors including pineapple and fennel, apple pie, and rhubarb. Seasonal flavors rotate throughout the year and most are tart with a bit of an earthy undertone. McClary suggests mixing the vinegars with bourbon, whiskey or rum for cocktails, or soda for a healthy tonic.Suja Organic and non-GMO, San Diego, California-based Suja’s drinking vinegars are cold-pressed juices, made from a mixture of apple cider vinegar and coconut vinegar, and come in eight different flavors, including flavors like Strawberry Balsamic, Lemon Cayenne, and Ginger Turmeric.Or, for the adventurous and creatives ones out there, you can make your own. Michael Dietsch’s book Shrubs is a perfect introduction into the beverage in addition to giving plenty of recipes for how to make them.(Updated on 1/17/17) 5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale Editors’ Recommendations The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 On lane on Highway 105 will be closed to traffic from 1.8 kilometres east of Whycocomagh Provincial Park easterly for five kilometres, due to construction. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. until June 17. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 between Exit 13A and Highway 104 will have intermittent lane closures on both north- and south-bound lanes due to cleanup, from Monday, June 13 to Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Traffic on two sections of the eastbound lanes of Highway 104 will be reduced to one lane between the Crowes Mills Road overpass and Exit 17 near Valley Cross Roads. The lane reduction is necessary for the repaving of these sections and is required until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 ANTIGONISH – Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge on Highway 104 will have occasional one-lane closures for repairs until Friday, June 17. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Lamont Road Overpass Lamont Road overpass on the Trans-Canada Highway 104, between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River, will have a one-lane closure 24 hours per day until Sunday, June 19, for installation of traffic signals. Traffic control consists of traffic signal lights. A detour for loads more than 4.7 metres wide will be established and signed for Trunk 4 between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and Exit 29 at Barneys River. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 The Highway 302/Trunk 2 intersection towards Springhill has a one-lane closure for paving until Wednesday, June 22. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-757-2929 Fax: 902-757-2270 Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 Fax: 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent one-lane closures on two sections of Highway 102 for re-paving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Section one is on the southbound lane between exits 13A and 12, and section two in the northbound lane between exit 11 and 12. Traffic control consists of signs. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Motorists are advised that Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223, from 200 metres east of Scotchlake Road, westerly 2.4 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 325 Route 325 in Lunenburg County will have alternating lane closures until Monday, June 13. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, barrels and traffic cones. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local area office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Vernon Bridge Vernon Bridge in Murray Siding is closed until Thursday, Sept. 1 while a replacement bridge is constructed. The 6.4-kilometre detour follows:Easterly from Old Courthouse Branch along Salmon River Road to Valley Road for 2.4 kilometres, then southerly along Valley Road to Valleydale Road for half a kilometre, then westerly along Valleydale Road to Greenfield Road for 2.7 kilometres and northerly along Greenfield Road to East Prince Street for about 0.8 kilometres. CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Temporary traffic signals are in place. HANTS COUNTY: BrooklynBrooklyn Dyke Bridge will be closed until Monday, June 13 for repairs. Detour available by turning left on Mantua Road, proceeding to the intersection of Lawrence Road and turning right. Proceed on Lawrence Road, turning right on Route 215 and then right on Trunk 14. Local Area Office: 902-756-2697 Fax: 902-756-3458 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 327 Route 327, from the turn off to Grand Mira Road South, northerly 4.1 kilometres will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Oldham Road and Old Post Road Intersection Oldham Road and Old Post Road intersection will have a one-lane closure for intersection improvements until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control consists of control persons. Motorists can expect delays. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Barneys Brook Bridge Trunk 2, at Barneys Brook Bridge, has a one-lane closure for removal of exiting structure. A temporary bridge is in place. Work continues until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Detour route available via Highway 102 from Exit 3 to Exit 9. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Meadowbrook Drive at Sydney Mines Town line, Easterly 4.1 kilometres will have a partial lane closure until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from 900 metres east of Exit 4 to 1 kilometre west of Exit 3, will have partial lane closures until Thursday, June 30, for repairs. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Old Guysborough Road Old Guysborough Road (Route 212) from Antrim Road, west of Dollar Lake Provincial Park, for 6.7 kilometres to Wyse Road will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. The closure is to allow asphalt and concrete repaving.Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Barra Strait Bridge The Barra Strait Bridge on Route 223 at Grand Narrows will have intermittent one-lane closures for repairs until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 208 Route 208, from Zwicker Mill Road in New Germany westerly to Upper Branch Road in Hemford, will have alternating lane closures for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic control consists of signs and a pilot vehicle. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ogilvie Brook Bridge Ogilvie Brook Bridge on Route 357 will be closed for maintenance and repairs until Friday, June 17. A detour route is available via Wyse Road and Cole Road. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project between Exit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until Monday, June 13. Efforts will be made to minimize delays at peak travelling times. Traffic control will consist of signs and traffic control persons. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane from 0.06 kilometres south of the Exit 10 overpass structure southbound to about 0.08 kilometres north of Exit 9 overpass structure including ramps at Exit 10 for asphalt concrete patching and repaving until Wednesday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-563-3780 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for major repairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists of signs. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, from Redmonds Road southerly to Paddy’s Head Road, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Sunday, July 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, from Exit 6 northerly to Hants County line, including off ramps at Exit 6 and Exit 7, will have a one-lane closure until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Road until Thursday, June 30. Traffic control persons are in place. A detour is available on Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 will be closed on Monday, June 13 for about 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., near the Coxheath Road for the removal of a temporary bridge. An alternate route is available via Route 305 (Keltic Drive). Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4 from Exit 18A,(near Mount Thom) eight kilometres easterly, will have a one-lane closure for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732last_img read more

Province to Study New Job Opportunities in Green Economy

first_imgNova Scotia’s aggressive renewable energy goals will create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth, and the province wants local contractors and suppliers to take full advantage. Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks announced today, May 6, a new study to assess the business and research opportunities in the renewable energy sector, including wind, tidal and bio energy. “Our goal of 40 per cent renewable electricity by 2020 will put Nova Scotia in a position of global leadership,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “This initiative will make Nova Scotia companies more aware of the opportunities for them as we strive to meet our goal.” Nova Scotia’s interim target of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 is expected to generate 5,000 to 7,500 person years of employment in construction, supply, manufacturing and maintenance. The $87,700 study, will help government and industry understand the capabilities, capacity and competitiveness of local companies working in the renewable energy sector. The study will evaluate Nova Scotia companies against regional, national and international standards and help identify any knowledge and capability gaps. Halifax-based SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. will conduct the study, one of 14 bidders for the project tendered Jan. 19. The company has worked in the renewable energy and supplier development fields, locally and internationally. The study is expected to be completed late this year. BROADCAST COPY: Nova Scotia’s aggressive renewable energy goals will create new opportunities for jobs and economic growth, and the province wants local contractors and suppliers to take full advantage. Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks announced a new study today (May 6th) to assess business and research opportunities in the renewable energy sector, including wind, tidal and bio energy. Mr. Estabrooks says the study will make Nova Scotia companies more aware of the opportunities for them. -30-last_img read more

Changes Prevent Creation of New Towns Villages

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey introduced amendments today, April 23, to prevent the creation of new towns or villages in the province. The change to the Municipal Government Act follows several policy reviews that recommend structural change and less government. “The amendments give us the foundation for governance structures that are strong and viable, and promote regional thinking,” said Mr. Furey. “We need to look beyond our backyards and recognize current trends and realities to ensure our municipalities are sustainable.” The change does not dissolve any existing towns or villages, it prevents towns from becoming villages and vice versa. “Over the past year, I have met with all municipal governments and the topic of structural change has been part of those discussions,” Mr. Furey said. “We will not force dissolution or amalgamation, but we do support governance structures that result in efficiencies and the long-term viability of municipalities.” Nova Scotia now has 28 towns and 22 villages. Many are facing financial challenges such as aging infrastructure, declining tax base, road and maintenance costs, increasing costs of services and a declining and aging population.last_img read more

Ontario teen Denis Shapovalov upsets Rafael Nadal at Rogers Cup

first_imgEven Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov was amazed he had beaten tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.The 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ontario shocked himself, the crowd that roared with every point he scored, and the tennis world with his 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over top-seeded Nadal in the third round of the Rogers Cup on Thursday night at a sold out Uniprix Stadium.Shapovalov dropped to the ground and covered his face in joy and surprise as the cheers reached deafening levels after the match point fell, completing his comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the third-set tiebreaker.“It’s what I dreamed of all my life growing up, playing guys like Rafa (Nadal), Roger (Federer), Andy (Murray),” said Shapovalov. “You know, my dream came true today.”The victory put him into a quarter-final Friday against France’s Adrian Mannarino, who beat Hyeon Chung 6-3,6-3.It was one of the biggest wins in Canadian tennis history and it came at the tournament that some still call the Canadian Open.Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the tournament’s quarter-finals since Bjorn Borg in 1974.He also became the youngest quarter-finalist at a Masters Series tournament ever and is the youngest to beat a player ranked in the top two in the world since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami.Shapovalov will reach his goal of moving into the top 100 in the world in a week that saw him save four match points in a first round win over Rogerio Dutra Silva, then beat 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round before toppling Nadal.“I’m very thankful that I’m in this position,” said Shapovalov, who had hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak cheering for him from the seats. “If I didn’t save those four match points in the first round, there wouldn’t even be a chance to play Juan Martin or Rafa.“It’s difficult to say how I was feeling during the match. It was extremely hard physically and mentally. Rafa is such a warrior. I’m just so happy to come out with the win.”Nadal, who could have claimed the No. 1 ranking if he had reached the semifinals this week, said it was the worst match he played all year, but he had kind words for Shapovalov.“He played well,” the 31-year-old said. “He has a great potential.“I wish him the best. He has everything to become a great player. He played with the right determination in the important moments.”Shapovalov looked unfazed in facing the biggest opponent of his young career. After Nadal cruised through the first set, Shapovalov kept battling, breaking service while taking a 3-0 lead in the second. When Nadal would start taking a control of a game, the younger of the two lefthanders would respond with big serves or impressive forehands down the lines.Nadal fought off two break points to hold serve at 4-2, then earned his own break to win back the momentum from the 2016 Wimbledon junior boys champion, only to see Shapovalov snatch it back and clinch the second set.The two held serve through the third. Nadal went up 3-0, but Shapovalov used two aces to fight back and complete the upset victory over the 10-time French Open champion.Second-seeded Roger Federer, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner over Spain’s David Ferrer, isn’t one to gloat over his stunning record against Spaniard, who was ranked third in the world in 2013.Without playing especially well, the 19-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland stretched his career record against the Ferrer to 17-0. It started with a win in Vienna in 2003.“Maybe in the beginning he was not as good as he is now,” Federer said of Ferrer. “Maybe I won five times because I’m better than he was.“I was No. 1 in the world. I played him on hard courts also. I didn’t play him often on clay. Also, there were many tight matches, so maybe it became a mental thing for him. I have a lot of respect for David. As a person, he’s very nice. He’s a great fighter on the court. So this type of head-to-head is a bit strange.”In Friday’s quarter-finals, second-seeded Federer will face 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, against whom he is 6-0. Bautista Agut outlasted Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) in a two hours 56 minutes battle.Unseeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman posted a strange win over American Jared Donaldson 0-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to a quarter-final meeting with Robin Haase, the 52nd-ranked Dutchman who upset seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1.Kevin Anderson of South Africa downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-1 and will next play fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who ousted 16th seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-3.Federer, who breezed past Canadian Peter Polansky in the second round on Wednesday, looked lost in the opening set, spraying balls long, wide or into the net, but gradually rediscovered at least some of the form that has seen the 36-year-old Swiss put back the clock with two grand slam wins this year.last_img read more

No reported right whale deaths in Canadian waters so far in 2018

first_imgHALIFAX – There have been no reported deaths of North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters this year — with dozens of the endangered mammals spotted amid strict fishing and vessel speed restrictions, federal officials say.There were 12 whale deaths last year in Canadian waters, half of those in June.“Earlier in the year there was a report in the United States of one (death) … but in Canadian waters there have been none,” said Adam Burns, director general of fisheries resource management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).At least 18 right whales have been found dead overall in Canadian and U.S. waters since 2017, likely due to rope entanglements and ship collisions.DFO said Thursday that aerial surveillance had so far detected at least 75 whales in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.“This number likely underestimates the total number of right whales that may be present in the southern Gulf or in Canadian waters at this time,” said Jean Landry, the department’s director of marine mammal science.Landry said observers had logged 371 flying hours since early April, more than last year’s total by science aircraft.Meanwhile, DFO has temporarily closed 4,600 square kilometres of the Gulf and another 780 square kilometres in the Roseway Basin off Nova Scotia’s southern coast to non-tended fixed gear fisheries such as snow crab and lobster.The closures have drawn the ire of some lobster fishermen, who say the latest closures have squeezed them into tight proximity in zones that are already heavily fished.Nearly 500 brought empty lobster traps to Caraquet, N.B., on Thursday to protest against the continuing closures. They created a wall of traps outside a building where Acadie-Bathurst Liberal MP Serge Cormier has an office.But with the lobster and snow crab seasons set to wrap up at the end of this month, Burns said DFO isn’t about to relent on urgent measures, given the unprecedented number of right whale deaths last year.“These measures have a real impact on fish harvesters, processors, and communities in Atlantic Canada; however the long-term economic risks of not adequately protecting North Atlantic right whales is greater,” Burns said.He said there has already been a temporary suspension of Marine Stewardship Council certification for the snow crab fishery in the southern Gulf, and additional trade and eco-certification impacts could result in “long term serious economic impacts to coastal communities in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.”Still the industry continues to speak out with an eye to the future after reports of lobster landings that are down by as much as 25 per cent in some areas.Groups such as the Maritime Fishermen’s Union and the Pecheurs professionnels du Sud de la Gaspesie have said frustration is mounting after Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc decided not to exempt waters up to 10 fathoms deep from the closures.LeBlanc has said he isn’t insensitive to fishermen’s concerns and Ottawa is considering ways to alleviate the economic hardship. That includes measures to help processing plant workers qualify for Employment Insurance, and a possible fall opening of the lobster fishery to make up for lost days.The Lobster Council of Canada called for measures that balance protection with the impact on fishermen.“While we all agree we must do what we can to ensure the protection of the North Atlantic right whale, we believe we must continue to monitor the impact many of these mitigation measures are having on the people and communities that rely on the lobster fishery for their livelihood,” council executive director Geoff Irvine said in a news release Wednesday.“We need to continue to look for the right balance to allow the fishery to continue while ensuring the right whale’s protection.”Meanwhile, Transport Canada provided statistics on its mandatory slow-down area in the western Gulf, where vessels of 20 metres or larger are limited to a speed of 10 knots.Luc Brisebois, executive director of marine safety and security, said 1,085 vessels have been monitored to date. Of that number, 106 were recorded above the speed limit.“Out of those 106, there were 84 deemed non-violation,” Brisebois said, for issues related to time at speed, and the effects of weather or sea conditions.He said 21 cases are still under review, but since the slowdown was implemented April 28 only one vessel has been found in violation, resulting in a $6,000 fine.last_img read more

Nigerian Actor Hakeem Kae Kazeem Named As Charity Ambassador

first_imgNigerian born Hollywood actor Hakeem Kae Kazeem has been appointed Global Ambassador for Africa 2.0.Founded in 2010, Africa 2.0 is composed of 450+ young African leaders from more than 41 nationalities sharing a collective vision for Africa. Members are committed to the development of the continent through effective initiatives.Members of Advisory board include Chairman Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Joaquim Kissano – former President of Mozambique – and the Reverend Jesse Jackson amongst others.Africa 2.0 is a D-ink Tank (a Think Tank that Does Things) committed to thought leadership through concrete and exemplary actions.“I am truly honoured to be associated with Africa 2.0 – a pioneering platform for a new generation of African leaders to inspire and create a solid infrastructure – to shape a brighter future for our Continent,” said Hakeem.Hakeem’s new role will see him participate in AFRICA 2.0 global campaigns spanning across its 29 Chapter CountriesHakeem Kae Kazim has featured in blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Hotel Rwanda, and more.Find out more about Africa 2.0 here.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,156.40, down 118.04 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 16 cents, or 1.71 per cent, to $9.20 on 29.3 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 15 cents, or 5.66 per cent, to $2.50 on 22.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $1.57, or 9.5 per cent, to $14.96 on 6.2 million sharesEnbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $43.52 on 6.1 million sharesBaytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down 13 cents, or 4.94 per cent, to $2.50 on 5.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 16 cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $22.17 on 5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Inc. A Bombardier-Alstom consortium has received a $448-million order by Montreal’s transport agency for more Azur metro cars, but that won’t save at least 100 workers from layoffs. The fresh deal for 153 rail cars comprises 17 trains of nine cars each, with deliveries set to start in the spring of 2020, according to the consortium and the Societe de transportation de Montreal (STM). The Montreal-based Bombardier’s share adds up to $281 million, with French rail giant Alstom claiming $167 million.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Down 29 cents, or 3.37 per cent to $8.32. European sports chain Decathlon is replacing Saks Off Fifth in a spot over two floors at the Montreal Eaton Centre. Hudson’s Bay Company says it and mall developer Ivanhoe Cambridge have mutually agreed to no longer open a Saks Off Fifth location. The Toronto-based department store chain owner said plans for the location have been abandoned “due to a number of factors,” but refused to reveal what those factors are. France-based sporting goods store Decathlon will open in the Saks space next fall, the first for a downtown location in Canada.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). The cannabis producer saw “strong demand” for recreational pot during the initial few weeks of legalization in Canada and it expects consumer appetite to continue to outstrip supply for “some time.” The Edmonton-based pot producer said it was able to meet “just about all” of its supply obligations leading up to and after pot for adult use was legalized on Oct. 17, but it will take time to ramp up its cannabis production in the coming quarters. The company delivered revenues of $29.7 million, more than triple the $8.2 million during the same period last year. It also posted a profit of $104.2 million, up from nearly $3.6 million a year ago, boosted by an unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

General Motors WPP rise Stitch Fix CalAmp fall

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:WPP PLC, up $1.25 to $52.38The advertising and marketing giant announced a major restructuring that will include shedding 3,500 jobs.General Motors Co., up 27 cents to $34.69Bloomberg News reported that China is moving closer to lowering tariffs on imported cars made in the U.S.Stitch Fix Inc., down $5.43 to $20.54The online clothing styling service reported weaker-than-expected growth in active clients.Bank of New York Mellon Corp., up 11 cents to $47.67The bank announced an increase in its share buyback program.Ascena Retail Group Inc., up 19 cents to $2.92The owner of clothing store chains posted earnings and sales that were better than analysts were expecting.DSW Inc., up $1.88 to $25.01The footwear and accessories retailer reported results that easily beat analysts’ forecasts and issued a strong full-year outlook.Casey’s General Stores Inc., up $9.78 to $129.46The convenience store chain earned more in its latest quarter than analysts were expecting.CalAmp Corp., down $2.81 to $14.18The technology company sharply lowered its earnings and revenue forecasts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Targeted methane emission cut rules estimated to save billions says CERI study

first_imgThe first exceeds the target, resulting in an emissions reduction of 35 million equivalent tonnes of carbon dioxide per year but at a cost of $3 billion to $5.5 billion to implement.The second achieves the 45 percent or 20-million-tonne-per-year goal and costs $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion, while the third cuts more than 22 million tonnes of emissions and costs just $500 million to $1.5 billion.CERI is partly funded by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers _ along with the federal and Alberta governments and others. Its findings support a recommendation by CAPP that industry be allowed the discretion to make methane reductions on a cost-effective basis.Fogwill says a problem with methane emission targets is that data is incomplete and therefore implementation should be delayed.Environmental groups have said data, often provided by industry, is flawed but want the regulations to be implemented sooner.Methane, the main component of natural gas, is considered a potent contributor to climate change. CALGARY, A.B. – A study from the Canadian Energy Research Institute suggests the oil and gas industry could save billions of dollars if governments implement optimized methane emission reduction regulations instead of requiring the same level of cuts at every emitting source.The federal government has proposed regulations for methane emission reductions from the upstream oil and gas sector that would start early next year with the target of cutting by 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025 _ Alberta has the same percentage target but compared with 2014 emissions.CEO Allan Fogwill says CERI’s study examined three scenarios, one in which all possible means were employed to reduce all emission sources, one which required every methane emitter to cut by the 45 percent amount, and one where emission cuts were implemented on a best-bang-for-the-buck basis.last_img read more

Unblocking naked Venus Facebook OKs museum nudes after all

GENEVA — It seems Facebook can be friends with a topless Venus after all.The social media giant said Tuesday it mistakenly blocked a museum in Switzerland from using images of two statues — a marble Venus and a bronze of a nude, kneeling man — to promote an upcoming exhibit.The Museum of Art and History in Geneva had protested Facebook’s citing of nudity concerns to keep the images off. The two statues are part of the exhibit.Facebook said in an email to The Associated Press: “The ad was inadvertently rejected and is now available again on Facebook. We apologize for the mistake.”The museum says it has been preparing another promotional piece for its “Caesar and the Rhone” exhibit, which focuses on Caesar’s conquests in the first century B.C.Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press read more

House Republicans set Thursday vote on 659 million bill for border crisis

by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2014 9:02 am MDT House Republicans set Thursday vote on $659 million bill for border crisis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would allow Republicans to say they tried to solve the humanitarian problem in South Texas, even though it stands no chance of becoming law.The bill would cost $659 million through the final two months of this fiscal year, far less than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama for this year and next, and a sharp reduction from the $1.5 billion initially proposed by the House spending committee. The cuts were designed to win over skeptical conservatives and give lawmakers something they could pass before leaving Washington at week’s end for their annual August recess.The measure also includes policy changes rejected by most Democrats that would allow unaccompanied youths who’ve been arriving by the tens of thousands from Central America to be turned around quickly at the border and sent back home.“I think there’s sufficient support in the House to move this bill,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters after meeting with rank-and-file lawmakers on the issue, though he said there was more work to do.A vote was set for Thursday.Even if it does pass the House, the bill is certain to be rejected by the Democratic-run Senate, which was set to take a procedural vote on its own $2.7 billion border package Wednesday.The Senate bill, which does not include the policy changes embraced by the House, lacks GOP support and seemed unlikely to move forward. The Senate bill also includes money for Western wildfires and Israeli defence that was left out of the House version. So there appeared to be no path to a compromise that could send a bill to Obama’s desk ahead of the five-week congressional recess.Complicating matters further, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid floated the idea of using the House measure as a vehicle for advancing a comprehensive immigration reform bill including a path to citizenship for millions now here illegally. That legislation passed the Senate a year ago but stalled in the House. “Maybe it’s an opening for us to have a conference on our comprehensive immigration reform,” Reid told reporters.House conservatives have warned repeatedly that anything they pass could become a vehicle for the Senate’s immigration bill, and Reid’s comments seemed to confirm their worst fears. Perhaps that was intentional, since the result could be to limit conservative support for the border spending bill in the House.Boehner responded angrily, accusing Reid of “making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution.”“So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion,” Boehner said in a statement.If Reid’s ploy was intended to upset Boehner’s efforts, it was unclear that it would succeed.Numerous House Republicans have said that they did not want to go back to their districts to face voters without acting to deal with the influx of kids and teens showing up at the South Texas border without their parents, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. More than 57,000 have arrived since October, many fleeing vicious gangs and trying to reunite with family members, but also drawn by rumours that once here, they would be allowed to stay.Ahead of Reid’s remarks, GOP lawmakers said that their measure appeared to enjoy widespread support, although some conservatives said they remained opposed.“Frankly, we need to show that we can act and act thoughtfully, responsibly and quickly,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., who supports the measure.But Democrats rejected the legislation, largely because of the legal change to a 2008 trafficking law that guarantees immigration hearings for unaccompanied kids who arrive here from anywhere other than Mexico or Canada. The House GOP bill would allow the Central American kids to be treated like Mexican kids, who can be turned around quickly at the border unless they can convince Border Patrol agents that they have a credible fear of return meriting additional screening.“If they try to change the law that covers and protects the rights of these refugee children, we are going to oppose it,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y. “We will vote against it and they will not have the votes to pass it.”The House GOP legislation includes $405 million for the Homeland Security Department, which administration officials have said is in danger of running out of money for customs and border activities in coming months. It includes $22 million to hire more temporary immigration judges and outfit immigration courtrooms with video teleconferencing equipment, and $35 million to double spending for the National Guard presence on the border. In addition, $197 million would go to the Health and Human Services Department for housing and humanitarian assistance for the minors, and $40 million for Central American governments to help with repatriation efforts.___Associated Press writers Donna Cassata and Alan Fram contributed to this report. read more

Jets place S Marcus Maye on seasonending injured reserve

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have placed safety Marcus Maye on injured reserve, ending an injury-plagued season for the 2017 second-round draft pick.Maye played in just six games because of various ailments, the most recent being thumb and shoulder injuries. After a solid rookie season, he missed the first three games this year with a foot injury. Maye broke his right thumb in Week 6 and sat out just one game despite having a pin inserted into his hand. He then missed New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday.Coach Todd Bowles said during the week that surgery could be an option for Maye, who had a franchise-record 104-yard interception return against Denver in Week 5. It also set the NFL mark for the longest INT return without scoring.(Cornerback Darryl Roberts is expected to start Sunday at Tennessee in Maye’s safety spot for the second straight week.The Jets also announced Saturday that they signed cornerback Jeremy Clark from the practice squad. He was a sixth-round pick out of Michigan last year.___More AP NFL: and Associated Press read more

Becky Godden murder trial verdict Did double killer prey on other vulnerable

first_imgI caught a serial killer; preventing any further girls being murderedSteve Fulcher Police interview taxi driver Christopher Halliwell in February, 2015 He told police: “I don’t want to keep coming back every couple of years on different charges,” adding: “If I can clear this up in the next few hours, will everything else be forgotten?”Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, Elaine Pickford, and Detective Superintendent Sean Memory have both speculated for several years that there may have been other murders.Unsolved cases in neighbouring areas include Melanie Hall, a 25-year-old university graduate who disappeared in 1996 after leaving a nightclub in Bath, Somerset; Sally Ann John, a 24-year-old prostitute went missing from Swindon’s Manchester Road red light district in September 1995; and Thi Hai Nguyen a Vietnamese immigrant went missing in Swindon in 2005. John Godden , father of Becky Godden Killer taxi driver Christopher Halliwell may have murdered more vulnerable young women, police and relatives warned as it emerged he tried to cut a deal to avoid questions about other cases.Officers are set to renew pressure on Halliwell to detail whether he committed other sexually-motivated crimes in the eight years between the deaths of Becky Godden and Sian O’Callaghan.Prior to the trial, Halliwell hinted that he would admit to the murder of Godden if he was not pursued for other crimes. Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, Elaine Pickford, added: “Halliwell may have gone on to do others. We’ll never know will we? As far as I’m concerned I think there would be others. I don’t know when.”I don’t think a man started killing at the age he killed Becky, that’s my own personal take and I don’t think he’d have gone the length of time between Becky and Sian without needing his fix.”Meanwhile, Halliwell’s ex-wife, Lisa, told the Telegraph last night: “I do not know if there could be any more. He is not the person I knew. I hope the families can move on now.”And following Halliwell’s conviction for murdering Miss Godden, it can now be reported that he discussed strangulation and the definition of a serial killer with a fellow prisoner.The jury was not told of the account of Ernest Springer, an inmate at HMP Dartmoor with Halliwell in 1986, when the killer was serving a sentence for burglary.’I caught a serial killer’: says detective suspended over Becky Godden case as taxi driver is finally found guiltyThe detective who was suspended over his snap decision to take killer Christopher Halliwell to the shallow grave of Becky Godden today fiercely defended his actions as he insisted: “I caught a serial killer”.  Relatives of Miss Godden, who disappeared in Swindon in 2003, thanked Mr Fulcher for “bringing their little girl home” following a five-year wait for justice as he faced gross misconduct action. The prosecution against Halliwell was originally dropped after it emerged Mr Fulcher failed to caution him and questioned the taxi driver on a remote hilltop without a lawyer as he showed police where Miss Godden, 20, was buried in 2011.  Mr Fulcher told the court that at the time, Halliwell “had a weight lifted off his mind as a consequence of taking us to Sian, and that he considered the issue of unburdening regarding his previous offending”.The officer said Halliwell took him to the site of Miss Godden’s body and was only a few feet away from the exact spot after pacing it out.It was only then that Halliwell was read his rights by other officers and taken to a police station, where he was advised by a solicitor to give no comment in interviews.The charge of murdering Miss Godden was withdrawn until March this year, following an investigation by Wiltshire Police that uncovered overwhelming evidence against Halliwell.The father-of-three denied murder and represented himself during a two-week trial at Bristol Crown Court, where he told Mr Fulcher during cross-examination: “It was a pleasure ruining your career. You corrupt b—–d.”Mr Fulcher added that he expected the details of the case to lead to a “public crisis of confidence” and insisted he did not regret any decisions he made that day.”Ultimately, that decision ensured the return of two beautiful young women, which brought comfort to their families and ensured that Halliwell has been duly convicted of both murders,” he said.  “I want to ensure that any senior investigating officer, faced with crimes in action, is able to take the right decision without suffering the repercussions I experienced whilst performing my duty.”Mr Fulcher was also praised by the victims’ friends and family following the verdict at Bristol Crown Court.Speaking outside court, Karen Edwards, Miss Godden’s mother, thanked Mr Fulcher “for bringing my little girl home”. Christopher Halliwell appearing via video link in court at a previous hearing I accept that it was a really difficult investigation for himDetective Superintendent Sean Memory Other riddles include 39-year-old Tina Pryer, last seen getting in a taxi in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in April 2001; Sandra Brewin, 21, who disappeared form her parents’ home in Peatmoor, Swindon in 1994; and Linda Razzell, a 41-year-old college worker who disappeared from Swindon in 2002. Mrs Razzell’s estranged husband Glyn Speaking outside court following yesterday’s guilty verdicts, DS Memory, the senior investigating officer, said: “I am really open-minded there may be others – there is an eight-year gap between Becky and Sian.”I would appeal to Christopher Halliwell, actually, if he wants to speak I’m willing to speak with him…He has clearly demonstrated he is very forensically aware. I can’t link him directly to any offences however there is an eight-year gap between the two murders and I have no evidence to suggest Becky was actually the first one.”Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who was forced to resign over his handling of the case, also told Bristol Crown Court he believed there were other victims. John Godden , father of Becky GoddenCredit: Ben Birchall/PA Evidence that convinced jury to convict Christopher Halliwell of second murderWiltshire Police uncovered new evidence to help convict taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, 52, of the murder of 20-year-old prostitute Becky Godden more than a decade ago.Evidence of Miss XA former prostitute, who was only known in court as Miss X, told Halliwell’s trial that he was “besotted” with Miss Godden and was a “regular” customer. Miss X said Halliwell would give Miss Godden money to stop her working in Swindon’s red light district.Halliwell maintained he had never met Miss X, telling the jury: “I’ve never seen that woman before… it is a fairytale.”He also insisted that he never knew Miss Godden and said two drug dealers – who he refused to name – were responsible. Halliwell claimed he drove the two men in March 2003 to Oxo Bottom field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, after they told him something “went wrong”.Months later, one of the men informed him that they had buried a prostitute from Swindon.The last sighting of Miss GoddenRebecca Boast, a friend of Miss Godden, told the court she saw her getting into a taxi outside Destiny And Desire nightclub in Swindon in January 2003. Police believe it was the night of January 3.Halliwell denied it was his taxi saying he had broken down in the Farringdon area of Oxfordshire after running out of fuel during a chauffeur job. He claims he was waiting for a driver from a rival firm to bring him a gallon of diesel.Running out of dieselAt 5.25am on the morning of January 3 2003 Halliwell logged a call with the RAC reporting that his Volvo S80 had run out of fuel on the A361 at Inglesham, near Lechlade-on-Thames, which is only a few miles from Eastleach.Halliwell said that RAC mechanic Ronald Chadwick “remembered nothing” of the incident.Oxo Bottom fieldForensic experts were able to link the soil found on a shovel in Halliwell’s shed to the field in Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where Miss Godden’s remains were found. They were also able to link tape found in the grave to tape attached to the shovel.Halliwell insisted that the spades found in his shed would not be able to dig a grave in that field.”The forensics evidence so poorly presented to the forensic lab, so poorly examined it is not worth mentioning. It is rubbish,” he said.Confessing to the murderTrial judge Sir John Griffith Williams ruled that Halliwell’s confession to Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher to murdering Miss Godden could be put before the jury. They were also told of details of a conversation Halliwell had with police surgeon Dr Nasir Ali, in which he said he had killed two people.Halliwell told the jury that he gave an “account” to Mr Fulcher about Miss Godden’s death because he wanted to get the detective in trouble for refusing him a solicitor and threatening his daughter.”As twisted as it is, what I did to Sian, I was going to do everything I could to destroy his career, basically get revenge for what he said at Barbury Castle about my kids,” Halliwell said.The father-of-three also maintained that the exact words he used to Dr Ali were “apparently I’ve killed two people”. Police interview taxi driver Christopher Halliwell in February, 2015Credit:Wiltshire Police Christopher Halliwell appearing via video link in court at a previous hearingCredit: Elizabeth Cook/PA “We have waited over five years for this momentous day,” she said. “It has been an extremely painful journey but today we have received the justice that has felt like an eternity coming for our beautiful little girl Becky.”She added: “I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart Steve Fulcher for bringing my little girl home.“I will also respect him and will be indebted to him for making that moral decision as a police officer but he should have never have suffered the terrible consequences, loss of reputation and career for doing such a thing.”Elaine Pickford, Miss O’Callaghan’s mother, said she believes Halliwell could have gone on to kill others, had the lead detective not breached police procedural rules to obtain the crucial confession. She added that her family held no “negative feeling” towards the officer. The 54-year-old said: “From my point of view I feel he shouldn’t have lost his career over it, for sure, but I also understand that he made decisions that caused a legal argument.”Detective Superintendent Sean Memory, the senior investigating officer for the case, accepted that it was a “really difficult investigation” for Mr Fulcher. He told the Daily Telegraph that he could not comment on whether the Independent Police Complaints Commission were right to find Mr Fulcher accountable, but added: “There is a possibility that Becky may well have remained where she is now, in an undignified clandestine grave had he not acted. “That doesn’t necessarily make it right but at least we have brought closure.” Ian Harris, head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex, said the focus had been on “getting justice for Becky and her family” since Halliwell confessed in 2011.He said: “My team in the Complex Casework Unit in CPS Wessex has worked tirelessly with Wiltshire Police to build up a strong case against Christopher Halliwell and this meant that earlier this year we were able to re-start the prosecution for Becky’s murder.”Halliwell will be sentenced at the end of this week. Trial judge Sir John Griffith Williams said he was a “liar” and would receive either a whole life order or a “substantial” minimum term of imprisonment. It meant Halliwell, who confessed after being arrested over the disappearance of another woman, Sian O’Callaghan, could not be arrested or charged until further evidence was uncovered. Mr Fulcher, who resigned from Wiltshire Police in 2014 after being reinstated and given a written warning over the complaints, broke his silence and said he was “very pleased” that justice had been done.Speaking about his actions, Mr Fulcher said: “I did all I could to find an abducted girl, Sian O’Callaghan, in an effort to save her life; the first duty of a police officer.”I also recovered a second victim of Halliwell’s murder; Becky, returning her to her loved ones after eight years of their misery. I caught a serial killer; preventing any further girls being murdered.” Describing Halliwell as an “evil and depraved violator of women,” Mr Fulcher said that he adhered to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ kidnap principles and said Halliwell had to be arrested because he was about to commit suicide.Halliwell, 52, was later sentenced to life with a minimum of 25 years over the murder of Miss O’Callaghan, who he abducted in his taxi as she made her way home from a night out in Swindon in March 2011. It was while he was under arrest over Miss O’Callaghan’s abduction that he offered to take police to “another” body, leading them to a field near Eastleach, Gloucestershire, where he had buried Miss Godden’s body years earlier. Bristol Crown Court heard in 2012 that it was after Halliwell had been initially arrested that Mr Fulcher ordered him to be taken to Barbury Castle for questioning instead of a police station.During the nine-minute conversation with Halliwell, Mr Fulcher urged him to give up the location of Miss O’Callaghan. Halliwell later took the officers to a shallow grave near White Horse Hill in Uffington, Oxfordshire, where Miss O’Callaghan’s body had been left.The cab driver then asked the officer for another one-to-one chat in which Mr Fulcher claimed he used the words “another one”. 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.last_img read more

Trooping the Colour Former Chief of Defence staff Lord Guthrie falls from

Police came swiftly to Lord Guthrie’s aidCredit:PA Wire Trooping the Colour Lord Guthrie fall Field Marshal Lord Guthrie, the former Chief of the General Staff, was injured after falling from his horse during Trooping the Colour on Saturday.Lord Guthrie, 79, was treated on The Mall by paramedics after appearing to collapse and slip from his steed.He was taken to hospital, where aides said he was “being well looked after”.Lord Guthrie, who was taking part as Colonel of the Life Guards, was Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1994 to 1997, and Chief of the Defence Staff from 1997 until his retirement in 2001.The incident took place close the Victoria Memorial, at the top of the Mall, in front of dozens of people waiting to watch the fly past and appearance of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. “He was behind the Queen, and just in front of the monument he fell off, and there were loads of paramedics and they put a screen up as well. Then we thought, something bad is really happening. “Will Berry, 22, added:  “There were a pair of policemen next to him, within that crowd, keeping their eye on him all the time.”John Nichol, the former Iraq prisoner of war turned author, said: “Really hope all is OK – a nicer General Officer you could not hope to meet. Wishing you well Sir.” “Once the Queen had gone past we then followed her up the Mall, and we got closer and heard from people near us that he was shaking, and people were propping him up, next to him. Police officers at the sceneCredit:PA Wire Police stand by as Lord Guthrie receives medical attentionCredit:PA Wire Pictures show Lord Guthrie on the ground, as officers rushed to his aid while another officer leads his horse away.Emily Dance, 22, said: “We were standing further up the mall and we saw the guy on his horse, and his posture was just sloped, he was lent back at a 45 degree angle. We spotted him way off. He looked like he was going to faint. During Lord Guthrie’s military career he saw service with the Welsh Guards and the SAS and was closely involved in military operations in Northern Ireland. Trooping the Colour - Lord Guthrie fall Trooping the Colour - Lord Guthrie fall Meanwhile, a 51-year-old woman was arrested for a public order offence after an item was thrown towards a procession at Trooping the Colour, Scotland Yard said. He advised the Government on the conduct of the Kosovo War and also cautioned against a British invasion of Zimbabwe to remove the then-dictator Robert Mugabe. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said that Lord Guthrie was receiving medical attention. 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. read more

Two Polish nationals arrested at Rosslare Port

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested after attempting to smuggle over €60,000 worth of drugs through Rosslare Port.Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service seized 2.7 kilos of cannabis and .32 of a kilo of a substance believed to be ecstasy with a total street value of €63,200 at Rosslare Europort.The drugs were discovered concealed under the back seat of a car, which had arrived on a ferry from Cherbourg this afternoon.Two Polish nationals, both men, were arrested and taken to Wexford Garda station for questioning.Investigations are on-going.Read: Three women due in court over €360,000 drug seizurelast_img read more