Video: Damen’s Shipment Reaches Rotterdam

first_imgAll Damen pontoons are fully ballastable and the majority is already fitted with a ballast system. The vessels are prepared for the plug & play installation of pumps and generator sets and can be commissioned within a very short time.In addition to its stock-building programme, Damen completes custom-designed one-off projects that can literally be built anywhere. Current examples include an 80-metre Crane Barge and a 140-metre module offloading facility transition pontoon. In close cooperation with the client Damen designs, constructs and delivers built-for-purpose projects.The built-for-stock pontoons and vessels will uphold Damen’s ultra-short delivery times as demand rises – 170 deliveries in 2013. This has also led to Damen introducing newly designed barges and completing a number of custom pontoon and barge projects. damen, April 7, 2014 zoom Last Friday, a shipment that left China seven weeks ago carrying 13 new Damen Stan Pontoons and 10 other Damen vessels arrived in Rotterdam.Damen has sold 37 pontoons and barges in the last two years. Production has increased with an even larger amount of vessels currently under construction at four different yards in the Middle East, Vietnam and China.Following strong demand for last year’s shipment of pontoons and barges delivered to Rotterdam, this new shipment of built-for-stock vessels ensures continuous availability in Western Europe and North America.On the journey from Shanghai, the semi-submersible vessel also had room to transport a further six Stan Tugs and four Stan Tenders. Before reaching Europe, the ship stopped in West Africa to deliver a number of pontoons and tugs, which had already been sold to repeat clients while the vessel was en route.The shipment carried eight different models from the range of high quality Stan Pontoons, including Damen’s largest built-for-stock pontoon measuring 120 x 32.2 x 8.1 metres and has a deadweight of 20150 tonnes.last_img read more

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Courtmonitored Drug Treatment Program Piloted in Kings County

first_imgNew sentencing options and treatment programs will soon be available in Kings County for people whose addictions lead to criminal behaviour. Government introduced the first court-monitored drug treatment program in Atlantic Canada today, April 23. The Kentville Law Courts will house the pilot project. “Keeping communities safe means trying to address whatever is causing people to get involved with criminal activity in the first place,” said Justice Minister Lena Diab. “People with drug addictions often turn to crime to maintain their habits. With treatment and support, many can turn their lives around, and that helps all of us in the long run.” The project is designed to ensure offenders take responsibility for their actions and commit to addiction treatment. People who have been charged with an offence can be referred to the program by their lawyer, the Crown attorney, police officers, probation officers and community treatment partners. They can also refer themselves. “A key role of the court is to impose sentences that contribute to a just, peaceful and safe society,” said Pamela Williams, Chief Judge of the Provincial and Family Courts of Nova Scotia. “During treatment, participants are held accountable to, and closely monitored by, the court. Sentences will try to deter the use of harmful substances that led to the crimes and to assist participants with rehabilitation.” To enter the program, participants must plead guilty to the offence and be in a treatment program before they return to court for sentencing. The court will monitor their progress. To graduate, participants must be drug-free for at least three months and be involved in their community. If they are charged with any new offences, they cannot complete the program. “We know that drug misuse, including abuse of prescription drugs, is a serious problem,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Today’s announcement is another positive step forward in our efforts to tackle this issue.” The pilot will be monitored to see if it helps prevent offenders from re-offending and reduces crime. The program began accepting referrals this month and court appearances should begin in May. The program is supported by the provincial and federal governments, the provincial court, Annapolis Valley Health, local police and community groups.last_img read more

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Quebec language office OKs use of some English words like hashtag grilledcheese

first_imgMONTREAL – English-language words such as hashtag, grilled-cheese, and parking are now acceptable in everyday French-language conversation in Quebec society, according to guidelines recently updated by the province’s language watchdog.The changes were implemented in January, but the revised dictionary by the Office quebecois de la langue francaise only became widely known recently.OQLF spokesman Jean-Pierre Le Blanc said Tuesday it’s the first time the watchdog’s guidelines have been changed since 2007.“We’re always reviewing words to see if they’re acceptable or not,” Le Blanc said in an interview. “I’m sure it’s several dozen (words) that have been anglicized.”Quebec’s language office is infamous across Canada for its strict application of the province’s language laws.Every few months a story makes headlines across the country of some language inspector fretting over English-language signage.The OQLF caused an international stir in 2013 when an inspector warned a popular restaurant in Montreal over its use of the Italian word, “pasta,” on menus, as opposed to the French word, “pates.”But the OQLF, through its website, also offers Quebecers linguistic tools and other resources on how best to use the French-language.The recent changes were made by a five-member linguistics committee composed of francophones who reviewed research done by the provincial agency.In some cases, using both the English or the French equivalent of words got the committee’s seal of approval.For example, the English word, “parking,” may now be used in French, as can its proper French-language equivalent, “stationnement.”Under the language bureau’s policy, words are reviewed based on a long list of detailed criteria, which include their general usage in Quebec.Le Blanc said words from other languages have also crept into daily French usage, such as cafe latte, gelato and trattoria.Benoit Melancon, professor of French literature at Universite de Montreal, said he understands why some Quebecers might be more worried about the use of English words — known as anglicisms — than people in France.“The French are more comfortable using anglicisms because their language isn’t threatened in any way,” he said in an interview. “But here, because of demographic reasons, we feel more threatened.“We’re surrounded by anglophones so it’s normal to think that we should protect French more than in other places from words coming from different places.”He noted that in France, they use the word “footing” instead of jogging.“Footing doesn’t exist in English, but it’s used as an English word,” Melancon said.Melancon gave the provincial language agency top marks for having a “realistic” policy which also encourages the use of French words.“It’s not worth going to war over “grilled-cheese” because it’s common usage,” he added.+++Some examples of English and French words that are both considered acceptable, according to the provincial language office:Cocktail or CoquetelParking or StationnementGrilled-cheese or Sandwich au fromage fondantHashtag or Mot-clicSource: Le grand dictionnaire terminologiquelast_img read more

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Pamela Anderson to Gordon Ramsay Drop the Foie Gras at Flagship Restaurant

first_imgIn the lead-up to World Vegan Month (November), PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson is calling on TV chef Gordon Ramsay to remove foie gras from the menu of his flagship establishment in London, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and replace it with faux gras for the month.“[F]oie gras is nothing more than a diseased liver produced in a real-life Hell’s Kitchen,” writes Anderson in her letter to Ramsay. “Given your exceptional talent, I have no doubt that you can create dishes to impress that don’t involve this cruelty.”To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. PETA U.K. — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” — has released exposés of foie gras farms that revealed that birds used for the cruelly obtained food were sick, dying, and dead and that some had holes in their necks from being impaled by the feeding pipes. Foie gras production is so inhumane that it’s illegal in the U.K. and more than a dozen other countries.last_img read more

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Atleo preaches jobs education in Regina

first_imgAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nation National Chief Shawn Atleo was in Regina this week speaking to youth about their education and career opportunities.The career fair brought in over 200 high school students.As APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo tells us, they’re all hoping for a bright future and looking for ways to reach their dreams.last_img

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Mikmaw chiefs optimistic proposed changes to onreserve welfare will be dropped

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsEskasoni Chief Leroy Denny says while the news is unofficial he is expecting an announcement from the Liberals at the Assembly of First Nations meetings this week in Ottawa that the federal government will drop proposed changes to welfare on-reserve.Denny said he can’t comment other than what he put on Facebook. On Friday he posted, “Tonight we got news from a government source that the social changes will be delayed indefinitely. We are waiting for more details and an official announcement.”Denny said he won’t celebrate until the news “comes from the minister.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett will meet with the Mi’kmaw chiefs on Thursday at the AFN meetings in Gatineau, QC. Though word may come sooner in the week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to address the AFN on Tuesday.The Mi’kmaq fought a four-year legal battle against the former Conservative government over its decision to mirror provincial welfare policies on reserve.The Liberals’ change of heart comes after news of a policy document that supported the Mi’kmaw position was found recently in the National Archives.Mi’kmag Lawyer Naiomi Metallic said the 1964 document outlines “that it’s not going to be possible to adopt all aspects of provincial policy and it goes on to say we need to adapt it to our circumstances. And that’s really key. It proves we were right. We were right along.”Though the chiefs won at the lower level court, they lost at the Federal Court of Appeal in January of 2015. It agreed Ottawa was only following policy. In October, the Supreme Court of Canada said it wouldn’t hear the case.The Mi’kmaq were out of legal options and hoped to lobby the new Liberal government.Millbrook Chief Bob Gloade also posted on Facebook, “Once the official announcement comes from the Minister things will look promising. Lots of hard work done by our legal team and lobbying government officials over the last several weeks is beginning to pay off as liberal government is showing a willingness to work together.”The Mi’kmaq have argued all along that the welfare changes on reserve would cause hardship because bands would get 30 per cent less funding for social assistance.But welfare works differently on-reserve, they argued. Block funding is used to pay for programs and actuals, like social housing, rent and utilities. Court documents showed that government was aware there would be negative impacts on housing and a risk that more kids would end up taken into care.Though the policy document has given the chiefs new hope, Denny was frustrated that Ottawa didn’t include it in the court documents submitted in the first place.“We can’t understand why it wasn’t produced,” said Denny when the chiefs first found out about the document. “It’s very discouraging because we put a lot of time and money into fighting this in court. We just want to be treated fairly. We were right all this time.”As word spreads on social media, there’s a sense of relief among the Mi’kmaq.Denny looks forward to meeting with Bennett. He’s optimistic and said, “The new government seems open minded.”No one from Indigenous Affairs could be reached for comment.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

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UN food agency anxious over possible violent reprisals in southern Sudan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed fears of a wave of deadly retaliatory attacks on the heels of the massacre of more than 100 people in southern Sudan earlier over the weekend. “WFP and its partners have called on the Government to put an end to inter-tribal fighting, which is endangering the delivery of humanitarian aid,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters. Yesterday, the Security Council condemned the “grave attacks” in Akobo in Jonglei state that killed at least 185 people, including over 100 women and children. At least 60 people from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) were also reported dead as a result of the attacks, which took place on Sunday. Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, said the attacks were especially concerning given that they seemed to target women and children and involved the use of sophisticated weaponry. In a statement issued earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern at the latest “heinous” surge in violence in southern Sudan, the scene of one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars. At least 2 million people were killed, 4 million others uprooted and 600,000 more fled across the borders until a peace agreement in 2005 ended the 20 years of fighting between southern separatists and the national Government in the north. A referendum on independence for the south is expected to be held in 2011, following national elections next year. More recently, violence has flared periodically from various quarters, with some 700 people have been killed since March in the region while another 19,000 have been uprooted, Ms. Okabe said today. The Secretary-General warned last month that escalating inter-tribal fighting was jeopardizing the stability of the entire country and putting at risk key milestones in implementing the 2005 pact, known as the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Attacks by the notorious Ugandan rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have also wrought havoc in border regions in the south. 7 August 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed fears of a wave of deadly retaliatory attacks on the heels of the massacre of more than 100 people in southern Sudan earlier over the weekend. read more

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AsiaPacific region at UN forum calls for better protection of migrants

Migrant workers are development actors and contribute to development by way of remittances, skills, culture and labour to States of origin, transit and destination, said a statement issued at the end of a three-day meeting in Bangkok of representatives from 31 governments in the region.The Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2010 was organized by the UN Asia-Pacific Regional Thematic Working Group on International Migration including Human Trafficking, which is co-chaired by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), with participation from other UN agencies and UN-affiliated organizations. About one in four of the world’s estimated 214 million migrants live in the Asia-Pacific region, which receives about 42 per cent of global remittances. ESCAP noted that international migration is increasingly being recognized as a powerful force for development as migrants contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of both countries of origin and destination.The meeting recommended that national laws be reviewed to ensure that all migrants, including domestic workers, women and children have access to legal protection, birth registration, and health and education services in both countries of origin and destination. “As we continue our work at the national, regional and international levels, let us not forget that migrants are human beings, not mere export commodities, sources of remittances or agents of development,” Working Group Co-Chairs Nanda Krairiksh and Andrew Bruce said in a joint closing statement.“Besides their important role in a country’s economy, it is imperative that migrants and their families receive the support and attention they require given their vulnerable status, in both countries of origin and destination.”Delivering a keynote statement, Ton-Nu-Thi Ninh, Former Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Viet Nam’s National Assembly, stressed that the most vulnerable groups are irregular and undocumented migrants, who account for one quarter of migrant workers in or from Asia and are often victims of human trafficking.The meeting’s Bangkok Statement will be presented as Asia-Pacific’s contribution to the Global Forum on Migration and Development to be held in November in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 24 September 2010A United Nations meeting of Asia-Pacific countries today called for better legal protection of migrants, especially the millions who are undocumented migrants and often victims of human trafficking. read more

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UN experts reiterate that torture took place at US detention centre at

The five, who serve in an unpaid, personal capacity, were speaking at a news conference in Geneva after presenting the new, enhanced UN Human Rights Council with a previously published joint report in which they called for the closure of the centre at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.The interrogation methods of prisoners authorized by US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld constituted torture and the US administration was wrong to say there were no cases of torture committed at Guantánamo, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, told reporters.Asked about US allegations over the report’s credibility since it was based on second-hand information, Mr. Nowak said this was not the case and the information gathered was based on first-hand information. Though they did not visit the centre, the rapporteurs interviewed former detainees, lawyers acting on behalf of detainees and US Government officials as well as consulting public records.The Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt, said the prisoners’ mental health was worsening given the duration of their detention and lack of due process. Evidence collected indicated that there were over 350 acts of self-harm committed in 2003 alone.The US authorities disputed this by suggesting mental duress was common in all correctional facilities but Mr. Hunt said that according to testimony from health experts Guantanamo had witnessed far more cases of mental duress of prisoners.The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Asma Jahangir, said there was evidence of “religious humiliation” and that the international community had a long-term responsibility to remedy the harm caused by this.Concerning follow up action, Mr. Nowak said most governments had agreed with the report and it was now hoped that those States would persuade Washington to abide by its recommendations and close down Guantánamo, and for the rapporteurs to be able to visit other such facilities.US President George W. Bush’s admission that there had been secret prisons came as no surprise, Mr. Nowak said. There had been 100 per cent proof that they existed. The transfer of 14 people from these secret prisons to Guantánamo was a positive sign in that they could now be visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Asked whether they had information on other secret prisons, Mr. Nowak said there was no conclusive evidence although there were lists of persons who had definitely been ‘disappeared,’ but whose whereabouts were unknown. They were either dead or in one of these secret prisons, he added.The rapporteurs stressed that their primary concern was to have Guantánamo detention facility closed down, to meet with the 14 individuals recently transferred there from secret prisons, and to be able to investigate those secret prisons.The other two members of the team were: Chairman Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Leila Zerrougui, and Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy. read more

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Mediterranean Games W Serbia wins Gold

Serbian girls won the gold at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin. In the final they were better than the national team of Slovenia in a low-scoring game, winning 25:19 (13:12). The bronze medal went to Croatia, which beat Montenegro by one goal 25:24 (12:11).In the mens competition, Egypt and Croatia will be playing in the final in a match which is scheduled for tomorrow. ← Previous Story Mladen Rakcevic to continue career in AEK Athens? Next Story → Claudine Mendy pregnant – does not come to ZRK Vardar? read more

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Palliative care education sessions available

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Parliamentary secretary for volunteers and carers, MP Gabrielle Williams has launched free community education sessions to help inform the Greek community about the benefits of palliative care and how to access the services.“We want the Greek community to know that palliative care is not just for the very end of life but can benefit people at different stages of their illness,” said the chair of Palliative Care Victoria Michael Bramwell.“You and your families have choice and we encourage you to tell us what your wishes are so we can best meet your needs,” he said.Hosted by the Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) as part of the Culturally Responsive Palliative Care Project, the service is aimed at educating families and carers on how to provide the best care and improve the quality of life for their loved ones living with a life-limiting illness such as heart disease, motor neurone disease and advanced dementia.Furthermore, the project has highlighted the importance of providing more inclusive and culturally responsive services, so that people feel confident that their cultural needs are being respected. To assist the project team in tailoring their sessions to the Greek Australian community and develop their bilingual course materials, the AGWS has played an integral role in providing advice and an insight into the needs and cultural practices of the community. Jointly led with the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, chairperson Eddie Micallef said: “This project raises awareness that palliative care is available to Greek people; that most options are free of charge and that services can be accessed to support families taking care of loved ones.”Community groups who are interested in learning about palliative care can register for a session by contacting EECV on (03) 9349 4122.last_img read more

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Des air bag pour restaurer une pyramide égyptienne

first_imgDes air bag pour restaurer une pyramide égyptienneUne entreprise d’ingénierie britannique vient de terminer la première phase de la mission qui lui a été confiée : assurer la pérennité d’une pyramide égyptienne vieille de 4.700 ans, menacée d’effondrement.       Cintec, une société d’ingénierie de Newport (Pays de Galles), forte des solutions qu’elle a déjà apportées à des problèmes structurels sur des monuments tels que la Maison Blanche ou le château de Windsor, utilise résolument les technologies du XIXe siècle. Sa mission actuelle : préserver l’un des plus imposants monuments de l’Égypte antique, la pyramide de Djoser, sur le site de Saqqara, datant de 2.700 av J.-C., qui risque l’effondrement après un tremblement de terre survenu en 1992.La première phase des travaux a consisté à utiliser des sacs remplis d’air sous pression pour soutenir le toit de la pyramide de 60 mètres de haut, préalablement aux réparations plus durables qui devront être effectuées. La technologie mise en œuvre est pour le moins originale : il s’agit d’entourer un explosif avec un sac suffisamment solide pour résister à l’explosion, laquelle fait gonfler cette enveloppe avec un contrôle si précis de la pression que le sac ne fait ‘qu’effleurer’ la surface du bâtiment, sans ajouter de forces encore plus grandes sur les matériaux déjà instables et fragilisés.Le 13 juin 2011 à 11:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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State reports fewer trapped gypsy moths

first_imgAfter setting 34,000 traps around the state this summer to catch the much-loathed European and Asian gypsy moths, the Washington State Department of Agriculture has reportedly caught 25 of the voracious bugs, down from the 42 caught in 2015.One European gypsy moth of the 25 trapped this summer was found in Hockinson. None of the moths found were caught in areas that were sprayed for gypsy moths earlier this year. Statewide, no Asian gypsy moths were found, after last year’s record catch of 10.“It’s a big relief, no Asian moths were caught,” said Karla Salp, community outreach and environmental education specialist with WSDA.However, department officials said two to three years of trapping after a spray treatment are required before WSDA determines the success of a treatment.“While it is too early to declare the spring treatments a success, this year’s trapping results are very encouraging,” Jim Marra, WSDA’s Pest Program Manager and leader of the gypsy moth program, said in a news release.Vancouver had a high concentration of the traps this summer because one Asian gypsy moth — the more problematic of the two — was found at the Port of Vancouver in 2015.last_img read more

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Moussa Sissoko sidelined for two weeks

first_imgTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko sustained a groin injury in last weekend 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and has been ruled out for two weeks.Sissoko went down clutching his groin at Wembley last Sunday and was subbed in the 43rd minute for Erik Lamela.He was initially thought to be out for a month but is now set to return the first week of February and could feature in Spurs’ last 16 Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.Spurs could be without midfielders Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama who are currently recovering from appendicitis  and knee injury respectively and doubtful for their trip to Fulham on Sunday, but Mauricio Pochettino remains positive.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Like in life, in football, there is two options: to cry or to see a possibility for another player to play and step up and an opportunity to play in a different way,” he told Sky Sports.“I think it’s a massive challenge. Rather than sitting in my chair and crying, I’d rather find another way to challenge ourselves and to be consistent, keeping the same level as before.”last_img read more

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Industrial worker fatality injured in Spring Valley

first_img October 3, 2018 Posted: October 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter A worker was fatally injured Wednesday when an iron beam fell off a truck and struck him at an East County metal-fabrication yard.The industrial accident at West Coast Iron in the 9300 block of Jamacha Road in Spring Valley was reported shortly before 10:30 a.m., according to the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA.The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of his family.Cal/OSHA will investigate the fatality, a process that can take up to six months, to determine if any workplace violations contributed to the accident, agency spokeswoman Jeanne-Mairie Duval said. KUSI Newsroom Industrial worker fatality injured in Spring Valleylast_img read more

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Neighbors pay respects to hitandrun victim

first_imgSteven Lane/The ColumbianA photograph of Maria Delos-Carrasco Angulo, is shown at a memorial vigil Friday night outside Becerra’s Plaza in Vancouver. Angulo died Thursday after a car struck her as she walked in a crosswalk on Fourth Plain Boulevard. Seconds after Cory Jones lit the flame on a neighbor’s candle, a persistent, chilly breeze blew it out.Maria Delos-Carrasco Angulo probably would not have known any of the three dozen people struggling to light candles in her memory Friday night. Yet, that scarcely mattered to Jones, 29, as he stood near a makeshift shrine of a stuffed dog and giraffe, yellow and red roses and a single cherubic picture of the hit-and-run victim in front of Becerra’s Plaza.“It’s the point that we’re showing support for somebody who shouldn’t be gone,” said Jones, who had seen Angulo around but did not know her.Angulo, a 25-year-old hair salon employee, died around 7:20 p.m. Thursday shortly after a Honda hatchback car struck her as she walked in a crosswalk on Fourth Plain Boulevard between Neals and Rossiter lanes. Her body came to rest near Becerra’s Plaza, an estimated 125 feet from the point where the car made impact with her.Prosecutors charged James I. Collins, 37, of Vancouver, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular homicide. Clark County Superior Court Judge John Wulle set Collins’ bail at $75,000, noting he had little information about the case’s evidence. Collins waived “probable cause,” meaning that officers did not have to submit a report to the judge outlining the arrest’s basis.Familiar taleThat such an incident would happen on Fourth Plain Boulevard did not surprise 17-year-old Gabriela Valencia or others at the vigil. They recalled their own near misses and experiences witnessing others who were less fortunate. Angulo’s death provides vivid proof that the city needs to place a red light between Neals and Rossiter lanes, they said.last_img read more

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Craig Billings joins Wynn Macau board

first_img Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Dealer dilemma Wynn Resorts CFO and Treasurer Craig Billings has been appointed as a new non-executive director of Wynn Macau.Billings, who joined the company in April 2017, replaces Kim Sinatra on the board after the former Wynn Resorts Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary stepped down in July. The 45-year-old, whose previous gaming industry experience includes roles at Aristocrat and IGT, will serve for a period of three years and be paid an annual fee of HK$100,000. RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts The news formed part of Wynn Macau’s interim results announcement for the six months to 30 June 2018, released on Friday, which saw casino revenues jump 20.2% to HK$16.5 billion and total revenue climb 21.0% to HK$19.2 billion. Adjusted EBITDA increased 36.9% to HK$5.3 billion while profit almost doubled to HK$3.0 billion.Wynn Macau also declared a total dividend of HK$0.75 per share on Friday, to be paid to shareholders on 24 September 2018. The dividend includes an interim dividend of HK$0.32 per share for the six months ended 30 June 2018 and a special dividend of HK$0.43 per share. Load Morelast_img read more

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Police searching for driver of silver minivan involved in fatal Sunrise hitandrun

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said they are looking for the driver of a minivan after a fatal hit-and-run in Sunrise.Sunrise Police said the minivan struck and killed a man near Northwest 90th Terrace and North Pine Island Road, Thursday.The driver kept going and left the victim lying in the street, investigators said.Police said they are looking for a 2005 to 2007 silver Honda Odyssey.If you have any information on this fatal hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Murder accused killed in alleged gunfight with cops

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in an alleged gunfight with police in Daspara of Bera upazila in Pabna district on Saturday night.Deceased Nizam Mandal, 42, from Mirpur village of the upazila, was a member of an extremist group, Sarbahara, police claimed.The law enforcement said he was an accused in nine cases, including that of the murder of three police members in Dhalarchar union in 2010. Acting on information that a gang of robbers taking preparation for committing robbery in Daspara village, police conducted a raid in the area around 11:30pm, Aminpur police station officer-in-charge Abu Obayed told Prothom Alo.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the robbers opened gunfire on police, prompting them to shoot back, triggering the gunfight, he added.The robbers fled the scene after 12-15 minutes of gunfight, the OC said.Later, police recovered the bullet-injured person and sent him to Bera upazila health complex where physicians declared him dead around 1:00am, Abu Obayed said.A locally-made pistol, two rounds of bullet, and three machetes were seized from the scene, he said.Three policemen were also injured in the gunfight, OC Abu Obayed claimed.”The law enforcement’s version of these events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.”last_img read more

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Israel facing different kind of conflict after 70 years

first_imgWounded demonstrator is evacuated during a protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City. ReutersIsrael has built a high-tech economy, forged the region’s strongest military and fended off enemies surrounding it in the 70 years since its creation, but many think it faces a new threat: itself.The 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel on 14 May comes with the country in a tug-of-war between those who want it modelled more on Jewish religious values and others who say that will put its future as a democracy at risk.“Israelis are bound by fate. When our very existence is challenged, we’re together,” said Yedidia Stern, a law professor at Bar Ilan University and vice president of the Israel Democracy Institute think tank.But once things are secure, “we become free to fight over our destination”.Legislation from prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government seeking to fortify Israel’s Jewish identity has raised alarm among prominent voices in society.The measures could be seen as part of attempts at self-definition by a young nation built in the biblical-era Jewish homeland in the wake of the Holocaust, some experts say.Those promoting them say part of their aim is to give a voice to those outside the traditional elite.But others see many recent moves as populist politics that will result in a less democratic society and, when it comes to the Palestinians, “apartheid”.Israel has fought repeated wars since its creation, but is not currently engaged in a major armed conflict.The conflict with the Palestinians is ever-present, but has simmered at mostly low heat since the end of the 2014 Gaza war.That has afforded Israelis the space of mind to delve into other issues, experts say.‘All its eulogisers’The soul-searching in Netanyahu’s government has manifested in a draft law defining Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, designating Hebrew as the language and anchoring “unified Jerusalem” as the capital.It recently passed a preliminary parliamentary reading.On Sunday, a ministerial committee advanced another bill limiting the ability of the Supreme Court to strike down laws it perceives as contravening democratic values.Ministers supporting the legislation say the court has accumulated too much power in the balance between the parliament and judiciary.Rulings that have angered them include those ordering rogue settlements in the occupied West Bank to be evacuated and the suspension of a plan to expel African migrants.Separately, the culture ministry has in recent years sought the authority to withhold funding from institutions perceived as disloyal to Israel.Members of the opposition, artists, academics and some former officials have criticised what they see as a trend of legislation harmful to Israel’s democracy-though ministers say their claims are overblown.“Israeli democracy is alive, breathing and kicking, and it is stronger than all its critics and all its eulogisers,” justice minister Ayelet Shaked, of the religious nationalist Jewish Home party, has said.‘Not yet a home’An early landmark in the debate over Israel’s Jewish nature occurred in 1947, before the state was even created.That was when the secular Zionist leadership and ultra-Orthodox Jewish representatives agreed to maintain a status quo on matters related to religion and state.It granted the ultra-Orthodox-strictly religious Jews-power over personal law such as marriage and instituted respect for the Sabbath, or weekly day of rest.The agreement remained when Israel published its declaration of independence on 14 May, 1948 reflecting the aspiration to embrace democratic values while stressing the newborn nation’s Jewish nature.Israel does not have a formal constitution, but does have a de facto one, called its “basic laws”.In 1992, parliament passed two basic laws enshrining Israel’s values as “Jewish and democratic” and necessitating any legislation to conform to those terms.“Increasing numbers of Israelis feel a need to choose between the ‘Jewish’ and the ‘democratic’, and feel that the manner in which these values are implemented in Israeli society is not sufficiently balanced,” said Stern, whose think tank’s surveys on the subject have demonstrated the trend.For around the first 40 years of Israel’s history, secular Jews of European origin with social democratic values dominated, he said.But since then, other groups such as Jews who originated from Arab countries, religious nationalists and the ultra-Orthodox have asserted themselves and emerged as potent political forces.Arab Israelis, who make up some 17.5 per cent of the population and largely sympathise with the Palestinians, have also become more politically active.Looming over the debate is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.An increasing number of Israeli right-wing politicians openly oppose a two-state solution and talk of wanting to annex most of the West Bank.There are warnings that will lead to “apartheid” since, under those scenarios, Palestinians would presumably not be granted equal rights.One of Israel’s leading authors, David Grossman, argued in a recent speech that an “apartheid reality” had already been created through the occupation.“Israel was established so that the Jewish people, who have nearly never felt at home in the world, would finally have a home,” Grossman said.“And now, 70 years later, strong Israel may be a fortress, but it is not yet a home.”last_img read more

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