• Crew Evacuated from FireStricken Yantian Express

    first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hapag-Lloyd has evacuated the crew of the containership Yantian Express after the fire aboard the vessel increased in intensity.Namely, the shipping firm said that the ship’s crew of 8 officers and 15 seafarers “is unharmed and was safely transferred” to the salvage tug Smit Nicobar on January 5 and 6.“Due to bad weather conditions, the fire has not been successfully contained yet and has significantly increased in intensity at times,” Hapag-Lloyd said, adding that firefighting support at the site is ongoing.The fire broke out on January 3 in one container on Yantian Express’ deck and spread to additional containers.“At this time, it is not possible to make a precise estimate of any damage to Yantian Express or its cargo,” the company continued.The 7,510 TEU Yantian Express was on its way from Colombo to Halifax via the Suez Canal when the fire started. The ship is currently around 800 nautical miles off the coast of Canada, Nova Scotia.last_img read more

  • Idris Elba to replace Smith in Suicide Squad 2

    first_imgLos Angeles: Idris Elba is reportedly in negotiations to replace Will Smith in the Suicide Squad sequel. The follow-up of the film, which is being branded as a relaunch, will be directed by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn. Gunn has also written the script. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter, Elba met Gunn recently, and since things went well the talks began with Warner Bros studio. The ‘Luther’ star was the first and only choice for Gunn and the studio, the inside sources said. The move comes a week after Smith left the project due to scheduling issues, who, along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, led the ensemble of the 2016 movie and played assassin anti-hero Deadshot. The film would mark Gunn’s return to the director’s chair after Disney sacked him from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 3 in July last year, when his old offensive tweets resurfaced on social media. The sequel to Suicide Squad is slated to be released on August 6, 2021.last_img read more

  • Wynn Resorts removes security head after he admits to spying

    BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has removed its security chief after he acknowledged spying on employees following allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn came to light.CEO Matthew Maddox disclosed Saturday’s firing of executive vice-president of corporate security James Stern in a legal brief to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released Tuesday.Stern told the commission last week he’d surveilled company co-founder Elaine Wynn and four employees, including one named in The Wall Street Journal’s 2018 report about the misconduct allegations. Maddox maintains he had only “minimal” and “partial” knowledge of the spying.Steve Wynn has denied the sexual misconduct allegations but resigned as CEO last year.The commission is deliberating whether Wynn Resorts is still suitable to hold a casino license as it plans to open Encore Boston Harbor in June.The Associated Press read more

  • Early creation of AIDS fund backed at UN sessions roundtable

    Summing up the discussions during the roundtable on “International Funding and Cooperation,” the Chairman, Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, said the Fund – originally proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan earlier this year – could increase overall resources for HIV/AIDS by attracting more contributions from public and private donors alike.”It could also achieve important economies of scale through bulk purchasing and cross-country actions,” he said. “It could reduce the time donors spend searching for worthy activities, and affected countries spend looking for interested donors.”On financing in general, he said that roundtable participants had agreed on the need for developing countries to make sure that they were contributing as much as they could from their own sources. At the same time, traditional development partners should be forthcoming, not only with official direct assistance but also in the form of debt relief that would strengthen the hand of severely affected countries. “We also recognized that there was a need for expanding the alliances that encompasses new partners, particularly the companies, foundations and the philanthropies,” added President Mkapa. Participants also recognized that developing countries must lead their own efforts against HIV/AIDS, and partners must respect their lead. “I have to stress the second part, that the partners need to respect their lead, and that the wars in these nations must really must be country-led and internationally supported,” he said.Meanwhile, a separate roundtable held yesterday on the socio-economic impact of the pandemic emphasized the paramount need to reduce poverty and increase the availability of resources for prevention, care and treatment, according to the talking points released by Pakistan’s Health Minister, Abdul Malik Kasi, who chaired the event.It was stressed at the roundtable that there was a need for every country to chalk out its own preventive and impact mitigation strategy best suited to its circumstances. International involvement should be limited to advancement and making available, affordable and sustainable treatment and medicine. The participants emphasized that since this was a common challenge, it must be fought with a unified approach. In this regard, views were expressed that any common approach must show full respect for each other’s culture, faith and values, and that there should be no attempts to impose norms of one society over the other. read more

  • Ukraine UNbacked survey finds crisis in standards of living

    The People’s Security Survey, conducted by the ILO and Ukraine’s State Committee of Statistics, involved over 9,000 adults and found that average income is less than the estimated amount needed to maintain a subsistence standard of living.The percentage of workers not receiving their contractual wages was higher in 2003 than the year before, with agricultural workers being hardest hit.Commenting on the findings, Guy Standing, Director of the ILO’s Socio-Economic Security Programme, said “the worst aspect shown in this year’s survey was the sense of apathy and pessimism among almost all groups in society.”According to the survey, some 85 per cent of adults felt that their household income was insufficient to cover for their healthcare needs, while four out of every five adults expected their financial situation in old age to be bad or very bad.Workers reported staying in their jobs largely because they saw no chance of obtaining another, and only one in five workers was confident about retaining their employment over the next year, the ILO said. Only a small minority can use, or have access to, a computer; “In spite of all these adverse developments, Ukrainians appear to have retained a sense of social solidarity,” Mr. Standing observed. Nearly nine out of ten workers supported equal wages for men and women, and over three-quarters expressed support for equal pay for citizens and legal immigrants. “In short, social and other values are persisting in economically insecure circumstances,” he noted. read more

  • Amid turbulent times upcoming UN highlevel session will be among busiest ever

    “This year’s general debate will be among our busiest ever,” Mr. Ban told a press conference at UN Headquarters, referring to the gathering of heads of State and government that kicks off the new session of the Assembly every year. “This reflects the tumultuous times in which we live – a time of turmoil and transition.” Over 120 world leaders are expected to take part in this year’s general debate, which takes place from 25 September to 1 October. In addition, Mr. Ban will host a number of meetings on the margins of the debate, including on the rule of law, polio eradication, disarmament, sustainable energy and nutrition. He will also launch a new initiative, entitled ‘Education First.’The ongoing crisis in Syria, where over 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising began in March 2011, will be high on the agenda. “The deteriorating situation in Syria will be foremost in our minds,” said Mr. Ban. In addition, a series of mini-summits and special meetings will focus on the emergency in Africa’s Sahel region, progress in Somalia, the encouraging transitions in Myanmar and Yemen, instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and relations between Sudan and South Sudan.Mr. Ban noted that the opening of the Assembly’s sixty-seventh session takes place against a backdrop of widespread violence linked to intolerance. “I once again condemn those who deliberately provoke others with hatred and bigotry. I also join with others in speaking out against those who, in response to such provocations, fan those flames further still,” he said. “It is time for calm, restraint and responsible political and community leadership.”Earlier this year, the Secretary-General set out an action agenda that identified five generational imperatives: sustainable development, prevention, a more secure world, helping countries in transition and empowering women and youth. “Next week I will outline where we are and where I believe we need to go,” he stated. That effort, he said, must include modernizing the UN through a series of reform initiatives. “But most of all, it will require greater ambition on the part of the world’s leaders. I intend to be frank with them about where we are falling short, why people around the world have a right to be impatient, and how we can do better,” said Mr. Ban. “At a time of rising inequality and unemployment, a time of rising temperatures and intolerance, the UN itself must rise to the moment,” he added. read more

  • 3 notes from Urban Meyer and Brian Kellys preFiesta Bowl press conference

    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly (left) and OSU coach Urban Meyer (right) address the media Thursday morning. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – In the last public media appearance before Notre Dame and Ohio State square off Friday in the Fiesta Bowl, coaches Brian Kelly and Urban Meyer held a brief joint press conference Thursday morning. Here are three notes from the morning session. Sunday talent For prestigious college football programs, there is the expectation that many who suit up for them will play at the next level. For both this year’s Notre Dame and OSU teams, that is absolutely true. Both rosters are littered with players who can continue playing football in the NFL. And for many of those same guys, Friday will likely be the last time they step on a collegiate gridiron. Kelly acknowledged that both programs boast next-level talent, but he said that doesn’t occur overnight. “I think the important thing is both players have developed these players,” he said. “They weren’t ready-made players. They’re players that developed through the program. We know a lot of them because we recruit against each other for a lot of these guys. “We’ve seen them develop.” For Notre Dame, at least two offensive linemen, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and center Nick Martin, have first-round potential written all over them. Junior wide receiver Will Fuller will likely declare for the draft and make plays on Sundays right away. Defensively, linebacker Jaylon Smith, who won the Butkus Award in 2015, is a guy scouts love because of his versatility. NFL teams will be racing to get their hands on him. Meyer was later asked about how he deals with keeping his players focused on the task at hand, not potential endeavors once the game concludes. The coach acknowledged three juniors — Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott — have already told him they will not be back in Columbus for another year. “We have agreed and we all have agreed to be pros,” Meyer said. “What do pros do? Pros attack the task at hand. The task at hand is to represent the Ohio State against Notre Dame in one of the best bowl games in the country.”Meyer continued, questioning the timing of the bowl games and when underclassmen have to declare for the draft, but even so, the coach said it is something he just has to deal with.“I’d rather be in that situation,” he said,”than have a bunch of not very good players.”Happy at homeDuring Wednesday’s media session, Meyer inadvertently created a lot of buzz when he responded to a question about rumors that the Cleveland Browns reached out to him about a coaching job by saying, “The Browns? I’m not going there.”While OSU’s coach meant to say he wasn’t interested in discussing the rumor, many people took the quote out of context to mean he had no desire to inherit one of the NFL’s worst teams.On Thursday, Kelly and Meyer offered further comments about the possibility of them jumping ship to the NFL at some point, which should please fans of the two programs.“I don’t think it’s tempting at all,” Kelly said. “We get these questions all the time. … It’s really not tempting at all. We’re so focused on what we do on a day-to-day basis that we don’t kind of sit around going, ‘Boy, I’d like to coach in the NFL.’”Meyer agreed with his fellow ex-University of Cincinnati coach, saying that there is simply too much going on in the life of the head coach of a major college program to think about future career prospects.“I spend very little time, especially this time of year, man, where there’s so much going on, bowl season, recruiting, staff adjustments, those type of things going on, that I’ve never really spent much time thinking about it,” Meyer said.Kelly also offered — as evidenced by the former Oregon and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who was let go by the Eagles on Tuesday — the less-than-stellar track record of college coaches making the leap to the professional ranks. One such example is OSU’s new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano, who was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years after leaving his position at Rutgers.With the adamant declaration of the two coaches, it became all the more clear on Thursday that they plan to be at their respective schools for the long haul.Status updatesIn the days and weeks leading up to the 1 p.m. New Year’s Day game, OSU has had a number of starters whose status became a question mark.Earlier in the month, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was cited for solicitation, ending his collegiate career with a suspension for the game.Then, just before the team left for Arizona, Elliott was also cited. In his case, it was for driving with a suspended license. However, Meyer opted not to discipline the junior with a suspension, causing some to wonder why he seemingly gave unequal treatment.“It was to me a traffic violation issue and one was something more serious,” Meyer said. “I’m not going to get into much more detail than that. Just completely a different set of circumstances.”Meyer also addressed the statuses of redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley, who were each absent at Wednesday’s media day.The coach said the two starters were each under the weather with colds, but are “fine.”Correction Dec. 31: An earlier version of this article improperly stated that Brian Kelly’s brother is Chip Kelly, formerly the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. It has since been updated. read more

  • FLSmidth and GE team up on Industrial Internet for mining

    first_imgFLSmidth, the global supplier of equipment and services to the global cement- and minerals industries and GE, a leader in the Industrial Internet, have joined forces to create digital solutions for increasing productivity in the cement and minerals industries. The new solutions developed on GE’s cloud-based Predix platform “will leverage FLSmidth’s expertise in cement and minerals processing and GE’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to maximise the potential of connected equipment units, helping the cement and mining industry to increase productivity.”FLSmidth will build their solutions on top of GE’s Predix platform with applications for managing process flows thereby allowing customers to leverage process data and analytics for monitoring, benchmarking their performance and predicting maintenance of their equipment. Operating costs account for around 80% of the total cost of ownership for a cement plant or running a mining operation, and energy is the single largest component. An ongoing monitoring of processes makes it possible to increase productivity significantly.“Cement and mining companies already collect significant volumes of data, but currently, only a fraction of it is used. This will be the first available solution for a full coherent process monitoring to leverage optimisation solutions offered by a full service provider like FLSmidth,” explains Head of Global R&D in FLSmidth Jens Almdal. “By connecting our control applications with GE’s platform, we can bring FLSmidth’s proven expertise in resource optimisation and productivity together with GE’s monitoring and data analytics solution to create an unrivaled combination that will dramatically improve the productivity in the cement and minerals industries.”“FLSmidth and GE are bringing together the best from two worlds, GE’s digital industrial expertise to help customers to be more productive and FLSmidth’s deep insight into processes and maintenance of cement and minerals plants. Our collaboration will form a strong foundation for the development of a greater digital ecosystem,” says John Manison, General Manager of GE’s Mining Solutions business. The FLSmidth control applications integrated on GE’s Predix platform will be launched in Q3 2016.last_img read more

  • Google search data could predict which movies flop

    first_imgThe summer movie season is just getting up and running, so Google is taking the opportunity to remind everyone how much data it has on everything — including movies. In a newly released whitepaper, Google crunches the numbers on search volume and how it relates to how well a movie is received, and the results are impressive.There are a lot of numbers to crunch out in Mountain View — movie-related searches are up 56% year-over-year, according to the report. Instead of going to a specific site, users interested in a movie simply Google the title and see what comes up. If you’re heading out to a film, you might Google it to see where it’s showing, or to look up reviews. Repeat millions of times, and that’s a juicy data set. Google has charted these title searches against the box office outcomes on a given weekend. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the data is a close match. Things get interesting when Google starts predicting the future.In the seven days prior to a movie being released, Google’s research has found the number of search queries is highly predictive of how much money it will make. Forget all that Hollywood talk about buzz and timing — raw Google searches predict 70% of the variation in box office performance (the R2 value). That’s short of 100%, but this is a big data problem with a lot of moving parts, and this is just one metric.Perhaps the most accurate predictor of a movie’s performance comes in the form of trailer searches. Google’s whitepaper points out that trailer searches on YouTube and Google four weeks prior to opening gives us a cumulative R2 value of 94%. That means 94% of the variation between how much two films make can be described by trailer searches. Google’s paid clicks are also useful sources of data, showing that a film’s ongoing performance can be predicted with 90-92% accuracy by the click rate.The full whitepaper is available for download, but it won’t tell you what movie to see this weekend. You’ll have to Google around for that. I wonder what the search traffic on The Internship is looking like.last_img read more

  • NUGAS diplomatic response to AMAC

    first_imgThe National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) have released a statement in response to the VCAT decision against the Australian Macedonian Weekly relating to claims that they incited racial hatred in the article Who in the celestial world gave the Greeks the right to take away the Macedonian language? The response is a rather watered down interpretation of the case in hand, and a diplomatic and soft response by NUGAS. In the release NUGAS stated that responses by the Greek-Australian community are placed in the spotlight and caution must be exercised in addressing sentiments towards the decision. Poppy Christou, media officer, NUGAS says the cautious response was deliberate, and all members of NUGAS were in agreement about the tone and style of the media release. “We tried not to let our emotions take over, we’ve tried not to lash out at anyone,” explains Christou of the response. “In the article the author has lashed out on [Greeks] and we could’ve come out and lashed out too, but we didn’t.” “It’s a very diplomatic response and it was something that we all unanimously agreed on.” In the release, NUGAS also wrote: responses that are borne purely out of emotion run the risk of hindering the influential voice and high regard we have as a community. Likewise in relations to commentary on the validity of VCAT’s decision, as it is something that should be reserved for qualified legal professionals. However, Christou felt, “a lot of the comments … were very defamatory,” in the article even if VCAT’s ruling says otherwise. Christou told Neos Kosmos that it was important for NUGAS to respond to this issue as it concerns Greek identity and history and it shows that NUGAS are aware of current issues affecting Greek Australians. But she says that although NUGAS did not agree with the article, they wanted to put their reasons why in simple terms. The claims of racial hatred were initially brought to VCAT by the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council regarding the above mentioned article, which referred to Greeks, amongst other provocations, as “freaks of nature” and “deranged bastardly monsters.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • Dr Laoutides to tackle the Kurdish question in Turkey

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Deakin University’s lecturer in International Relations, Dr Costas Laoutides will present a seminar on the Kurdish question in Turkey. The resumption of armed violence between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after the collapse of the ceasefire in 2015, has put the Kurdish question into a dark period of uncertainty.With the polarisation of the domestic political discourse increasing, political dissent on any contentious issues, including the Kurdish question, is therefore being dealt by Ankara in a heavy-handed fashion. These developments in combination with the recent failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian civil war, create an explosive mix of instability in Turkey and the region.Expected to be an insightful presentation, Dr Laoutides will analyse the domestic and regional challenges in relation to the Kurdish question in Turkey and its neighbouring region, while also considering some possible scenarios that might evolve from the current situation. Author of Self-Determination and Collective Responsibility in the Secessionist Struggle, Dr Laoutides holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales, and a Masters in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent.He was granted the EH Carr Scholarship for doctoral studies at Aberystwyth and an Economic and Social Research Council Scholarship for advanced postgraduate studies at Kent.The open seminar will take place on Thursday 28 July at the Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC at 7pm. Attendance is free.last_img read more

  • Fujitsu dévoile une tablette Android

    first_imgFujitsu dévoile une tablette AndroidAvec quelques jours de retard sur le CES de Las Vegas, Fujitsu vient de dévoiler une tablette tactile. Baptisé M532, le terminal, qui devrait embarquer Android 4.0 et un chipset Tegra 3, ne sera pas lancé sur le marché avant le mois de mai.Fujitsu tente à son tour de se faire une place sur le marché des tablettes taciles avec la M532, qui nous est présentée dans un vidéo publiée sur Youtube. Et la tablette 10 pouces de la firme japonaise ne manque pas d’arguments pour nous séduire. À lire aussiArchos 97 Titanium HD : une tablette tactile haute résolution dans la gamme ElementsEquipée d’un chipset Tegra 3 de Nvidia, la M532 tourne pour l’heure sous Honeycomb, mais sa version définitive devrait embarquer Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. La tablette offrira en outre un écran de 1280 x 800 pixels, 16 GB de mémoire interne, un capteur photo 3 mégapixels sur la façade avant, et un appareil 8 mégapixels sur la façade arrière. Elle disposera d’un emplacement pour carte mémoire microSD, et sera compatible avec la 3G.Son prix n’a pas encore été annoncé par le constructeur nippon, mais la rumeur parle de 499 euros. D’après le site TechFokus, le marché européen devra attendre jusqu’au mois de mai pour voir débarquer la tablette Fujitsu.Le 18 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Making History Has a Fun Premise a Great Cast and Maybe One

    first_imgI’m a huge sucker for time travel stories. It’s far and away my favorite of all science fiction tropes. Watching people mess around with the past and seeing how it affects the future will never get old for me, nor will traveling to the future and seeing how things work out for humanity. I. Love. Time travel. So you can imagine how disappointing it was to tune into another new time travel show to find it does absolutely nothing interesting or funny with the premise.There are a ton of great time travel shows on TV right now. NBC has Timeless. Syfy has 12 Monkeys. The CW has both Legends of Tomorrow and Frequency. If you’re putting out a new TV show involving time travel these days, you have to bring a unique twist to it. Leading up to last night’s premiere, it looked like Making History was going to do just that. There are a lot of time travel shows, but none of them are also raunchy stoner comedies. That could have been so much fun. On paper, it sounds great. It’s the classic mess-up-history-and-fix-your-mistakes story combined with poop and pop culture jokes. There’s just one problem. It’s not that funny.Yassir Lester as Chris (Credit: Quantrell Colbert/FOX)Most of the jokes are lazy references with no punchline beyond quoting a 1990s movie in 1775. The rest of them are scatological gags that are telegraphed so far in advance that all surprise and humor are lost. There is maybe one joke that manages to be intelligent, funny and well-crafted. It’s the moment when Deborah Revere (Leighton Meester) asks Dan (Adam Pally) and Chris (Yassir Lester) if black and white people are friends in the future. The two men have wildly different answers. That’s it. That’s the one clever joke in the entire half-hour pilot.Everything else is a wasted opportunity. While it’s kind of funny that Adam’s only proof that the American Revolution didn’t happen is that Starbucks serves tea and someone is eating fish and chips, wouldn’t there be so much more humor in exploring what America would be like under British rule? I get that the show only has half an hour (well, 20 minutes, really), but I can’t help thinking that would have been a better use of the show’s time than having Chris drink John Hancock’s pee.Adam Pally as Dan and Leighton Meester as Deborah Revere (Credit: Quantrell Colbert/FOX)It’s really a shame because the cast is fantastic. Pally and Lester have great comedic timing and bounce off of each other really well. The writing doesn’t match their talents, but they do everything they can to wring extra humor from the script they were given. Lester’s reactions to going back in time are genuine and hilarious. Pally is likable as Dan and Meester’s wide-eyed curiosity is fun, and could lead to some amusing situations now that she’s in 2016.Part of the problem is that because there are so many time travel shows out there right now, every aspect of Making History is being done better somewhere else. Want wacky hijinks? Watch Legends of Tomorrow. Want to see how mucking about in the past changes the present? Watch Timeless or  Frequency. Want science fiction combined with smart, occasionally scatological humor? Watch Rick and Morty. (It’s not time travel, but inter-dimensional travel is, even more, fun.) With so many sci-fi shows competing for your time, it’s hard to think of a reason to devote even half an hour to this one.Adam Pally as Dan and Leighton Meester as Deborah (Credit: Daniel McFadden/FOX)Making History isn’t completely without laughs, but aside from the great work on the part of its cast, most of the jokes are lazy pop culture references. Since it’s not doing anything especially interesting with its time travel premise, its jokes were all the show had to stand on. It’s a shame because it had so much potential. And hey, pilots are hard. It’s entirely possible that the show picks up next week and becomes a great sci-fi comedy. If more pop culture references are all it has to offer, though, that’s going to get real old quick.last_img read more

  • Lawmakers consider bills to change election deadlines in state

    first_imgMOSES LAKE — The legislature is considering bipartisan bills to change the date of the presidential primary and reduce deadlines for voter registration.The bills, suggested by the Secretary of State Kim Wyman, were sponsored by Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, in the Senate and Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Moses Lake, in the House.SB 5333 would change the presidential primary to the second Tuesday of March and would allow voters to not declare party affiliation and the option for voters to write in candidates for presidential primary elections.HB 1468 would change the voter registration deadline to 11 days before an election or primary, change the deadline for updating registration information from 29 days to 28 days and transfer voter registration information through a new state database.Lori Augino, elections director for the Secretary of State, said SB 5333 is designed to address issues which surfaced during the 2016 presidential primary and make Washington more relevant in the nomination process.“Right now what we see is just candidates coming at the end of the cycle to raise money,” Augino said. “We want to change that dynamic and just set that date to earlier in the law.”last_img read more

  • Police shut down traffic after pedestrian fatally struck in Pinecrest

    first_imgUpdate: Crash in Miami-Dade on US-1 north at Datran Dr, all lanes blocked. Last updated at 10:39:19AM. https://t.co/wMrrDGvax8— FL511 Southeast (@fl511_southeast) March 21, 2017Please seek an alternative route if you are traveling northbound from this area. PINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – A pedestrian was fatally struck in Pinecrest, Tuesday morning, causing a major detour along U.S. 1.7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene, northbound, near Datran Drive and Southwest 72nd Avenue, where police were seen covering the body with a yellow tarp.According to police, this was not a hit-and-run. The vehicle remained on the scene.Officials have blocked all the northbound lanes of U.S. 1 at Datran Drive. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • POLICE LOG for January 2 Car Falls Off Tow Truck Tractor Trailer

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, January 2, 2019:A Recreation Department employee found a backpack containing a laptop. Police attempted to make notification at the owner’s residence and left a note in the mailbox. (8:44am)A car fell off a tow truck at the intersection of Federal Street and Concord Street. Truck driver was able to re-secure car. (9:05am)Walk-in party dropped off old ammunition for destruction. (11:25am)Police issued handicap parking spot violations at Planet Fitness (5:56pm) and Olympia Sports. (7:01pm)A resident reported a tractor trailer hit a rock wall on Chestnut Street and lost a tire. Trailer drove on. Police was able to locate the vehicle on Burlington Avenue. Truck belongs to Gentle Giant. Operator was unaware of any damage he caused. (7:13pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 6: Trailer Fire On Highway; Car vs. Rock Wall; Needle Found In YardIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 30: Teens Misbehaving At Silver Lake; Coyote Spotted In Town Hall Parking LotIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”last_img read more

  • Pets lower stress in older adults

    first_imgHaving a pet can help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a US poll which showed that owning an animal lowers stress and gives people a sense of purpose. While pets come with benefits, they can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals’ needs ahead of their own health, the poll found. In all, 55 per cent of adults ages 50 to 80 have a pet, according to the new findings – and more than half of those have multiple pets. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMore than three-quarters of pet owners say their animals reduce their stress, and nearly as many say pets give them a sense of purpose. However, 18 per cent also said having a pet or pets puts a strain on their budget. Two-thirds of all pet owners, and 78 per cent of dog owners, said their pet helps them be physically active, according to the findings from University of Michigan in the US. For those who reported that their health was fair or poor, pet ownership appeared to offer even more benefits. More than 70 per cent of these older adults said their pet helps them cope with physical or emotional symptoms, and 46 per cent said their pets help take their mind off of pain. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We have long known that pets are a common and naturally occurring source of support,” said Cathleen Connell, a professor at University of Michigan. “Although the benefits of pets are significant, social connections and activities with friends and family are also key to quality of life across the lifespan,” Connell said. “Helping older adults find low cost ways to support pet ownership while not sacrificing other important relationships and priorities is an investment in overall mental and physical health,” she said. The poll results indicates a need for physicians and other health care providers to ask older adults about the role of pets in their lives. More than half of those who owned pets said they did so specifically to have a companion – and a slightly higher percentage said their pets sleep in bed with them. Sixty-five per cent of pet owners said having a pet helps connect them to other people, too. “Relationships with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment,” said Mary Janevic, an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan. “They also provide older adults with a sense of being needed and loved,” Janevic said. One in six said that they put their pet’s needs ahead of their own health needs – a figure that was closer to one in four among those with health issues. “Later life is often a time when people have more freedom to travel, and a long list of things they want to do with their free time, and sometimes having a pet can get in the way,” said Janevic.last_img read more

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  • SBI and MakeMyTrip announces strategic alliance after signing MoU

    first_imgState Bank of India (SBI) and MakeMyTrip.com signed a Memorandum of Understanding, identifying areas of cooperation to expand the market for online travel services in India.  This strategic association will enable both partners to capitalise on the opportunity presented by India’s burgeoning internet economy that is driven by boost in adoption of e-commerce and m-commerce.  The two partners seek to unlock the array of business opportunities available in this segment across various spheres, by becoming integral to all the segments of the consumers’ lifecycle. SBI is aiming towards driving synergies between banking and various other aspects of a customer’s lifecycle including the travel segment and positioning SBI as the ‘go-to’ bank for all of customers’ needs. MakeMyTrip is focused on expanding the travel market opportunity by driving the offline-to-online adoption in the hotels & packages business, and meeting the travel aspirations of Indian customers.Speaking on the association, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, SBI highlighted, “Travel forms an integral part of a customer’s lifecycle and comprises almost 65% of the total e-Commerce market today. Our alliance with MakeMyTrip will work towards providing value to each of the stakeholder along the entire value chain of travel and tourism business, starting from hotels, travel agents, tour operators besides the end-consumers and our customer-base. SBI aims at becoming a ‘One Stop’ solution provider for the entire range of financial needs of e-Commerce players as well as our customers in the market. In the digital era, it is very important that the Bank stays ahead of the curve and such strategic alliances are the steps towards the right direction.”Deep Kalra, Chairman & Group CEO – MakeMyTrip, elaborated, “The overall macro sentiments are positive and we believe this is the right time to identify and execute opportunities to unlock the market potential. We already command nearly 50% of the online travel market-share in India. The key lever of future growth will be offline-to-online, or rather, offline-to-mobile shift. We believe our association with SBI, the trusted banker for millions of Indians, will help catalyse this shift and bring us closer to our target set of consumers. Our network of over 24,000 hotels, expanded service and product portfolio of Rail & Bus bookings and technology innovations of mobile bookings in local languages will further aid our adoption in Tier II markets.”The levers of this alliance include:1. Partnership with Personal Banking Unit for consumer facing propositions – including EMIs on purchase of holidays & international travel, customized travel products like Forex cards and travel products that inspire SBI customers to travel.2. Partnership with SME & Acquiring Business: MMT suppliers, such as 2-3 star hotels, franchisees, Trade & Travel partners will get access to SBI products, loans, bank guarantees, PoS payment instruments at preferential rates.3. Partnership with Cards for promoting card usage which will help in pushing the agenda of a ‘less cash economy’SBI expects the alliance to strengthen its existing business portfolio by leveraging the relationship between MakeMyTrip and its partners. MakeMyTrip customers will also be able to access special offers from SBI on debit/credit cards and personal financing.last_img read more

  • Central Illinois clock museum is a journey through

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