Sea Lion drags little girl into water at Vancouver area wharf

first_imgVANCOUVER – The man who shot heart stopping video of a sea lion snatching a little girl off a Vancouver-area wharf says at first he froze.“I was just in shock. I didn’t know what to do at first,” Michael Fujiwara said a day after he shot the video on Saturday that shows the sea lion lunge up, grab the little girl’s white dress and pull her down into the water at the Steveston Wharf in Richmond, B.C.The terrifying video that Fujiwara posted online shows a man immediately leaping into the water, scooping up the child and hauling her to safety.Fujiwara, 23, said he believes the man is the girl’s grandfather, and he grabbed both of their hands to help pull them back up to the dock.“I was just panicking, actually. I’ve never seen anything like that before. I just didn’t know how to react,” said Fujiwara who was having coffee at the wharf when he decided to pull his phone out to take some video of the sea lion swimming by the wharf moments before it snatched the girl.“Everyone just thought it was super friendly and all, but seconds later the girl decided to sit on the side of the dock and that’s when the sea lion decided to jump out and drag her into the water,” Fujiwara said.The family was visibly shaken by the incident, Fujiwara added, and immediately left the area.Fujiwara posted the video online Saturday and by Sunday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 2.6 million times on YouTube, and shared more than 700 times on Twitter.Bob Baziuk, general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, said watching the video made his stomach turn.“It’s an unfortunate incident, first and foremost. I hope the little girl’s okay,” he said. “But we’ve been trying to get that message out for years and years — don’t feed the animals. You’re just asking for trouble when you do that.”California sea lions often visit the area on their migratory cycle, hoping for handouts from fisherman, but signs are posted warning people not to feed any of the animals, Baziuk said.“It’s kind of staggering and it’s a really unfortunate incident. But it happened and now that video is the poster child for why you don’t (feed the sea lions),” he said.Danielle Hyson, a senior marine mammal trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium, said there has been an uptick in people feeding wildlife around the Vancouver area, from bears to birds. That behaviour leads to an increased number of dangerous close encounters.“The more and more we feed wild animals, the more and more we’re putting our selves at risk for those situations,” she said.Hyson said Fujiwara’s video appears to show the sea lion getting increasingly frustrated as the feeding stops.“You saw him kind of initially lunge out of the water and give a little huff. That’s what we would call an aggressive precursor,” she explained. “So he’s letting the people know that he’s starting to get frustrated. And in that situation, the people should have backed off right away.”Frustration can lead to aggression, Hyson added, noting that male California sea lions are powerful animals that can weigh more than 200 kilograms.Despite their power, the marine mammals have big eyes and whiskers that can tug on human heart strings.“They look cute and I know people have a natural fascination with them. They look like they’re water dogs but they absolutely are not,” Hyson said.The trainer said she’s also concerned about the little girl’s health after watching the video. If the child suffered any sort of puncture or broken skin, she could be at risk of an infection that doctors could find difficult to treat.“Seals and sea lions can carry some pretty nasty bacteria in their mouth,” Hyson said.The Vancouver Aquarium is encouraging the family to get in touch for more information on how to handle a possible infection.last_img read more

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Africa the focus as UN chief holds talks with Tanzanian and Eritrean

21 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the leaders of Eritrea and Tanzania today to discuss some of the many political and humanitarian challenges confronting Africa. In a tête-à-tête with Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki, held on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Mr. Ban discussed peace and security issues in the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia, Sudan and the long-standing border demarcation issue between Eritrea and Ethiopia.Separately, the Secretary-General also met Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete and offered his personal condolences following the boat accident off the island of Zanzibar on 10 September that claimed the lives of nearly 200 people.Mr. Ban and Mr. Kikwete also discussed Tanzania’s constitutional review process, as well as regional peace, security and development, including the situation in Somalia. read more

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India raises concerns with Sri Lanka over delay to implement projects

The national unity Government led by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe — from the rival parties SLFP and UNP —is under pressure. It faces large-scale corruption allegations in addition to a challenge from the SLFP faction led by former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has vowed to topple the government. India has raised concerns with Sri Lanka over the delay to implement India backed projects in the island, The Hindu newspaper reported today.Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who met President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed bilateral matters, had also noted the perceived delay in implementing India backed projects in the island, a top source in Colombo told The Hindu. In addition to jointly developing a World War-era oil tank in the strategically located eastern port town of Trincomalee, India has more recently expressed interest to operate Sri Lanka’s second international airport in Mattala. The southern town is 40 km away from Hambantota, where China has majority stake in a port. However, New Delhi has been concerned over Colombo’s apparently slow-paced efforts in taking the projects forward.Ms. Swaraj was in Colombo to participate in the Indian Ocean Conference, 2017, which was organised by the India Foundation. (Colombo Gazette) The Government’s agreements with foreign actors including China and India have come under sharp criticism from sections in the country’s Sinhala-majority south.The specifics of a host of India-supported development projects in Sri Lanka have been under negotiation since April 2017, when the neighbours signed an overarching MoU. While Ms. Swaraj assured President Sirisena that New Delhi appreciated the domestic political challenges facing his government, she urged Colombo to expedite decision-making on Indian projects, the top source said, requesting anonymity. read more

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First flyover in Sri Lanka with concrete surface on metal opens on

The total length of the flyover is 533 meters and the total width, 21.4 meters, and comprises of a total of four lanes, two lanes each way.In parallel to this project, several roads around the Rajagiriya area will be developed and an alternative road towards Narahenpita will be developed while a road towards Buthgamuwa will also be developed with a total of three lanes. (Colombo Gazette) Even though the construction work on the flyover was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, steps were taken under the guidance of the President to complete the construction works 11 months ahead of schedule for the convenience of the public. The construction work on the flyover commenced in the year 2016 jointly by a Spanish company and a local company at a cost of Rs 4,700 million. President Maithripala Sirisena will vest the Rajagiriya flyover with the public on Monday January 08, providing a long term solution to traffic congestion in the Rajagiriya area, the President’s media division said today.The flyover, built using high standard modern technology as well as in accordance with high quality engineering, will be the first flyover in Sri Lanka constructed filling concrete surfaces on metal. read more

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Feds settle with supermarket group over clean air violations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Federal authorities say they’ve reached an agreement with a supermarket company to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases from refrigeration equipment at more than 500 stores in seven southeastern states.A news release Friday says the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency reached the agreement with Southeastern Grocers Inc. and its subsidiaries to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.The company includes BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores.The release says the company will spend about $4.2 million over the next three years to reduce coolant leaks and to improve compliance. It will also pay a $300,000 civil penalty.The company’s website says its stores operate in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.The Associated Press read more

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Goodbye Three Mile Island Remaining reactor shuts down

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The money-losing Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst commercial nuclear power accident, has been shut down by its energy giant owner.Friday’s end to the 45-year electricity-producing career of Three Mile Island Unit 1 came after Chicago-based Exelon Corp. tried and failed to get financial aid from Pennsylvania last spring.Three Mile Island’s Unit 1 opened in 1974 and was licensed to operate through 2034. But Exelon complained the plant was losing money in competitive electricity markets.Three Mile Island also faced particularly difficult economics because the 1979 accident that destroyed Unit 2 left it with just one reactor. Decommissioning both units could take decades.No nuclear plant proposed after the 1979 accident has been successfully completed and put into operation in the United States.The Associated Press read more

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Football JK Dobbins sets sights on becoming Ohio State legend

Ohio State then-sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) flexes after scoring a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTony Alford likes to describe the relationship he has with his running backs as one a father has with his son: You have to love them, but you don’t have to like them. J.K. Dobbins knows this. When Alford called out to the junior running back, asking if he knew his coach didn’t like him, Dobbins’ response was quick. “I know,” Dobbins said. “You love me.” For Alford, that’s parenthood. That relationship with Dobbins has not changed. One thing has changed for the running back heading into his third season: he will be the No. 1 running back for the Buckeyes, not splitting carries with a 1A, 1B on the depth chart. He will be the guy. That is something Dobbins for which is prepared. “If you give me the ball 30 times, I’m a still be all right,” Dobbins said. “I’m going to make sure I find a way to be all right.” Dobbins plans to be the same running back with the same goals and running with the same confidence he has always had in the backfield.But his approach is different. It’s one he developed with the humility he had to learn this past season when he split carries with running back Mike Weber.Moving into his freshman season, Dobbins, according to Alford, was hungry, excelling in every single rep he took, working hard to be the best running back he could be.Then, Dobbins found success. In the words of his running back coach, he had arrived. In his sophomore season, sharing carries with Weber when he was healthy, Alford said Dobbins was always trying to take advantage of the number of touches he received, trying to make a huge play on every opportunity he was given. Alford said Dobbins was worried about what he could not control, leading to frustration on the football field. Heading into the offseason, Alford’s goal was to not let his No. 1 running back overthink. “Your plate is very full. Worry about what is on your plate, and let me and us worry about what we are doing over here,” Alford said. “You just do what you are supposed to do.” As he watched film, looking at what went wrong in his second season, Dobbins said he did not see the explosiveness that he showed his freshman season.Despite receiving more touches than in his first year, Dobbins’ running totals declined, averaging 4.6 yards per carry compared with the 7.2 yards per carry he averaged in 2017. Heading into the 2019 season, Dobbins’ main goal is to get back to the 7.2.“Last year, it was a down year for me,” Dobbins said. “Going back and looking at my freshman year, I want to be back that way.” So Dobbins began what Ohio State head coach Ryan Day coined as the white belt mentality: starting over and asking to be practiced as if he were a freshman running back in his first collegiate practices. Day said, with this mentality taken from martial arts, aspects of his game can be cleaned up and corrected. The head coach said that in practice Dobbins was running with a cornerback one-on-one and jumped up in the air to make a cut. Instead, the running back should have kept his foot in the ground, making the cut without jumping. And after that play, that’s what he worked on continuously.  “We really replicated the same play for him in practice and he made that change of direction, stuck his foot in the ground without getting in the air and then broke it for a big play,” Day said.Day said he has not seen that kind of mentality from a lot of guys with the ceiling Dobbins has: to seek critiques in his game as a former freshman All-American. “He’s listening, he’s working, he wants to get better, and he has that mentality,” Day said. It’s something Dobbins wants to do. Alford said Dobbins went to him, wanting to practice with that same humility, to be broken down to lead to success. “He’s practicing like he did when he was a true freshman,” Alford said. “This is exactly what I wanted.” That drive is not new for Dobbins. It’s just getting back to the mindset he had before his freshman year, when he had to play for a spot on the depth chart. Even though it’s a given what his role will be in the upcoming 2019 season, one of only a few questions for the Ohio State offense that has been answered, Dobbins is working for more than the No. 1 spot on the depth chart. He is working for a place in the Ohio State history books. “I just want to be legendary,” Dobbins said. “I want to be like Ezekiel Elliott and Archie Griffin, guys like that. Write my name in stone.” read more

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Cheetah spotted in Barnet prompts police call

first_imgOf all the calls received by the Metropolitan Police this year, few will have been as perplexing as one reporting a cheetah roaming the streets of London.Newly released records reveal that last January a worried member of the public dialed 999 after appearing to see one of the big cats prowling the borough of Barnet.It was one of 17 apparent sightings of big cats reported to the Metropolitan Police since 2005. Moor at home in Africa: Cheetahs can reach 70 mphCredit:Gallo Images / Alamy Stock Photo There have been occasional sightings of females with cubsJonathan Downes, Centre for Fortean Zoology Cheetah chasing prey 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. Others include reports of nine panthers, two tigers, two wild cats,  two big cats of an “unidentified” species and a further cheetah, spotted in Bexley in February 2013.Normally found in Africa, the mammal can run at speeds of 70 mph and is the fastest land animal on the planet.Across the UK more than one big cat sighting is reported to police every week amid fears the beasts are breeding in the countryside. Police in England, Wales Northern Ireland alone logged 455 sightings between 2010 and 2015.Notorious sightings include those of the Dartmoor Devil, a leopard believed to be behind attacks on cattle, the Beast of Bucks, a puma which was said to attack a dog in High Wycombe, and the Hull Hell Cat, a puma “spotted hiding in a field near Hull”.Experts believe the wildcats are loose in the countryside because people released them after keeping them as pets, or having escaped from zoos.Norfolk has had the most reported sightings, with 57 being logged.Jonathan Downes, head of the Centre forFortean Zoology, has said he believes big cats such as leopards and pumas must be breading.“There have been occasional sightings of females with cubs,” he said.Neighbouring county Suffolk has had 26 reports of big cats.A black panther has repeatedly been seen stalking the countryside in both counties.In Devon and Cornwall there have been 28 sightings – and five reports of farm animals being killed by big cats.In December 2012, two sheep were found dead with claw marks on their backs near Torrington, north Devon.A ram was killed in the same month at Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor.A month before two sheep had their throats ripped out near Axminster, also in Devon, according to police logs.last_img read more

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Worlds first testtube rhinos could be born from animals at Longleat safari

first_imgEgg retrieval at Longleat  The eggs have been sent to the Avantea clinic in Italy, which specialists in assisted reproduction in animals. The team has so far managed to create early embryos from the sperm and eggs of southern rhinos which have been cryogenically frozen but none have been implanted back into a rhino. It is not yet known whether a southern and northern cross would work although in the 1970s the two sub-species accidentally bred at a zoo and a calf was born.Later this year, the researchers will harvest eggs from the last two female northern white rhinos in Kenya.Although closely related, southern and northern white rhinos are actually two distinct sub-species which are thought to have begun diverging around a million years ago. As their name suggests southern white rhino populations are concentrated in the south of Africa where their wild numbers are estimated at around 20,000.“We are grateful that Longleat joined the programme to save the northern white rhino,” said Jan Stejskal, Coordinator of the efforts to save the northern white rhino from Dvůr Králové Zoo.“If the procedures in Europe are successful, we hope to attempt harvesting eggs from the last living females in Kenya before the end of this year. This would allow us to produce a pure northern white rhino embryo,” he added.If the treatment proves successful it is hoped it could be used, alongside conservation programmes, to help boost numbers of other highly endangered species. 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. If that plan fails, the team want to try mixing the sperm from the last male northern white rhino with Longleat’s females, to create a hybrid which could save 50 per cent of its DNA.”Effectively the female rhinos would act as IVF mothers, with embryos partly derived from northern white male sperm,” added Darren Beasley, head of animal operations at Longleat.”If the procedure works, the hope would be that southern white females would carry the developing embryos for up to 18 months before giving birth.” Najin a Northern White Rhino is one of two females left in the wild center_img IVF may be the final hope for rhinos which are being wiped out by illegal poachers for their horn. The remaining three northern white rhino are protected by armed guards at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, which owns the animals, has contacted zoos and safari parks around Europe asking for eggs to help them revive the animals, and Longleat is the first in Britain to take part. The world’s first test-tube rhinos could be born from animals at Longleat safari park after zoologists embarked on a project to revive the endangered creatures through IVF.Scientists have collected nine eggs from the park’s three southern white rhinos, who have failed to mate with their only male, and sent them to specialists in Italy.It is part of a project to save the northern white rhino. Only three animals still exist in the wild, one male and two females, but they are now too old to breed.However scientists believe that it may be possible to take the eggs and sperm from the remaining animals and create an embryo through IVF which could be implanted in a surrogate mother. Egg retrieval at Longleat  Najin a Northern White Rhino is one of two females left in the wild Credit: JanStejskallast_img read more

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Britain swelters in hottest August Bank Holiday ever with 333C highs

A 63-year-old man man died this weekend after swimming at Hell’s Mouth near Gwithian, Cornwall, a section of water known for powerful currents and treacherous rocks. Charlotte Earnshaw (9), from Huddersfield, enjoys cooling down in the hot weather at the City Park water pool in the centre of BradfordCredit:Lorne Campbell / Guzelian  The August bank holiday also moved from the first Monday of the month to the last and in subsequent years the first Monday in May was added.The late summer sunshine is a result of warm air moving northwards from the continent. And comes at the end of a wet and chilly month. On Saturday, Gogerddan, near Aberystwyth, recorded 81.3F (27.4C) – a new record for the highest late August holiday weekend temperature in Wales. Charlotte Earnshaw (9), from Huddersfield, enjoys cooling down in the hot weather at the City Park water pool in the centre of Bradford Millions attending events such as the Leeds and Reading Festivals and the Notting Hill Carnival in London were warned to drink plenty of water, stay covered and apply sunscreen to avoid dehydration and sunstroke. Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent said: “It is a bank holiday weekend. There is a lot of sunshine about to be had but people need to exercise some common sense.” The Rhyl Air Show was delayed due to the weather, according to North Wales Police.Denbighshire County Council said that “unexpected sea fog” had hit the event and the visibility levels needed for display flying.Motorists were urged to take extra care and expect delays as the hot weather made breakdowns more likely.RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “As the temperature rises so can the chances of a breakdown – so it’s important drivers check over their vehicle before setting out. Tyre pressure and tread, as well as oil and coolant levels, should all be looked at and doing so can really cut the chances of breaking down.”Hungry, thirsty or tired passengers can also be recipes for in-car irritability – and ‘carguments’ – so pack enough food and water to keep your passengers happy, and plan in enough breaks along the way.” Revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival were urged to drink water  Revellers at the Notting Hill Carnival were urged to drink water Credit:Mark Thomas Rex Record heat coupled with wet weather has created the “perfect” environment for fleas to thrive, according to exterminators Rentokil.Calls about the unwanted visitors to the pest controllers shot up in July compared to the previous month and with the same period last year. Flea inquiries jumped by 415 per cent from June to July.Temperatures are expected to rise even further by Monday, breaking the current August Bank Holiday record of 82.76F (28.2C). 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. Britain’s weather records continued to tumble as the country basked in the hottest August Bank Holiday weekend ever, with temperatures reaching 91.94F (33.3C) at Heathrow.It beats the previous high of 88.7F (31.5C) set at the same location in 2001.The record-breaking temperatures follows last month’s heatwave in which Cambridge University recorded 101.7F (38.7C) on July 25th, the hottest day since records began in 1841.The Met Office could not confirm whether it was the hottest bank holiday ever in Britain, because the dates of observance have changed since they were first brought in under UK’s Bank Holidays Act in 1871.The Act made Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August and 26 December all holidays, but in 1971 New Year’s Day was added and Whit Monday was fixed to the last Monday in May.  read more

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Over 50 women raped by men posing as taxi driver in

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related6 gang members killed in confrontation with police in JamaicaJanuary 16, 2017In “Crime”Caribbean News Round-upOctober 17, 2015In “Regional”Jamaica: 4 cops held for $17M jewellery heistFebruary 25, 2019In “latest news” The Jamaica Gleaner is reporting that over 50 women in Jamaica have reported being raped over the past two years by men posing as taxi drivers.Head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) of Jamaica, Charmine Shand has revealed that the victims have reported being blindfolded and raped before being taken to an ATM to withdraw money for their attackers after which they are dropped off at strange locations.According to Shand, it is believed that the act is being committed by a specific group of men that are working in cahoots with each other.There were 27 such cases reported in 2016 and another 16 in 2017. Since the start of this year, CISOCA has received at least nine reports fitting the same pattern. Five of these rapes took place in St Catherine South, which covers Portmore, two were in the Corporate Area and another two in St James.Shand noted that the abductions take place both at night and day and the victims’ phones are always confiscated. Most of the victims are between the ages of 14 and 24.Several rape suspects, including two serial rapists, have been arrested in recent times. read more

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Boue toxique en Hongrie Greenpeace et WWF inquiets pour lenvironnement

first_imgBoue toxique en Hongrie : Greenpeace et WWF inquiets pour l’environnementHongrie – Greenpeace et WWF, deux organisations de protection de l’environnement, font part de leur inquiétude pour la faune et la flore du Danube, après la rupture d’un réservoir ayant déversé un million de mètres cubes d’une boue toxique. Ce résidu de la production d’aluminium provoque brûlures et irritations des yeux. Lundi 4 octobre, la rupture d’un réservoir sur le site d’une usine de production d’aluminium entraînait le déversement d’un million de mètres cubes de boues rouges toxiques sur les villages proches d’Ajka, une ville située à 160 km à l’ouest de Budapest. Le secrétaire d’État hongrois à l’Environnement, Zoltan Illés, a rapidement évoqué une “catastrophe écologique” sans précédent, alors que le gouvernement déclarait hier l’état d’urgence dans trois départements de l’ouest du pays. Les dégâts seraient estimés entre 5 et 10 millions d’euros.  À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastique Dans un communiqué adressé à l’AFP, le directeur adjoint du WWF-Hongrie Gabor Figeczky s’inquiète de la situation : “C’est un accident sans précédent, qui affecte profondément l’écosystème, les eaux de la région et illustre la fragilité de nos réserves d’eau potable. Il est encore difficile de dire comment cela va affecter l’environnement, mais une chose est certaine: les métaux lourds sont connus pour leur longévité et ne disparaissent pas d’un jour à l’autre”.Après une visite du directeur de Greenpeace-Hongrie sur les lieux de l’accident, il apparaîtrait clairement que l’industriel gérant l’usine à l’origine de la catastrophe stockait de trop grandes quantités de boue dans ses réservoirs. Chose inquiétante : les usines et les réservoirs de ce type sont très répandus dans la région du Danube. Le bilan humain de cet accident chimique est actuellement de quatre morts et 120 blessés, tandis que six personnes sont toujours portées disparues.Le 6 octobre 2010 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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FortisTCI issues statement after Hurricane Irma

first_img Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 8th, 2017 – Providenciales –  FortisTCI takes this opportunity to recognize and empathize with everyone who has been negatively impacted by the passage of Hurricane Irma.Hurricane Irma has left us with the challenge – and opportunity – to rebuild lives and our economy at this time. While the property damage is expected to be extensive and the impact to businesses quite significant, we are thankful that so far we have not received any official reports of injury or loss of life from this dangerous Category 5 storm.Our relative good fortune is in no doubt due to our islands’ preparation, and the efforts of agencies such as the DDME and other emergency services whose professionalism and care throughout the storm have been quite commendable. Indeed, disaster preparations and restoration management is a top priority for FortisTCI.In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, our focus was to ensure the safety and security of our employees and their families. To this end, our HR Department is carrying out the necessary checks to ensure that everyone is accounted for. Now that the ‘All Clear’ has been issued, FortisTCI’s priority is to restore power, in all service territories, as quickly and as safely as possible.FortisTCI has begun the rigorous and comprehensive task of assessing the impact of the hurricane on our Transmission and Distribution assets, generation facilities, and support infrastructure to determine the extent of system degradation, and the levels of resource needed. We will be joined in the restoration efforts by our colleagues from across the Fortis group of companies. The availability of safe and reliability electricity is crucial to the restoration and continued success of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ economy.Moreover, we have assurance from our parent company Fortis Inc. and its subsidiaries that they stand ready to support FortisTCI with personnel and resources throughout the rebuilding process. We are all ready to get to work.In the meantime, I urge all our customers to continue to exercise caution as they go about assessing their properties for damage. As always, safety is one of our main concerns.Eddinton PowellFortisTCI President and Chief Executive Officer#PressRelease Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, FORTIStci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEOlast_img read more

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Who was KM Mani The historymaker of Kerala Congress passes away at

first_img[Representational Image]KM Mani/FacebookThe sad demise of Kerala’s veteran Congress leader KM Mani, popularly known as ‘Mani Sir’, has marked the end of an era for the Kerala Congress (M). The 86-year-old leader passed away on Tuesday, April 9, due to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi. Mani was admitted at the hospital due to respiratory-related issues and his condition had worsened before he passed away.Mani was a prominent leader of the Kerala Congress, who represented Pala constituency of Kottayam district in Kerala since its inception in 1965 till his death. He also holds the record of retaining a constituency for such a long period of time.With his venerable record in the politics from the past six decades, Mani was well respected among the people of Pala, mostly the Christian community. As a student, Mani was also a part of the Indian freedom struggle.The political journeyAn advocate by profession KM Mani entered the Kerala political scenario during the early 50s as an active member of the Congress party. He came to the forefront after a few party leaders had quit Congress and formed Kerala Congress.Since 1965, when he was elected to the Kerala assembly, Mani’s name had represented Pala. He was the longest-serving legislator who was undefeated in the assembly.Mani was also alleged to have created several fractions in the party which has led to various internal disputes and splits. In 2015, Mani had to resign his position as the finance minister in November 2015 after he was allegedly involved as the main figure in the Kerala BAR licence scam and bribery case Of Rs 1 crore.Positions HeldSecretary of Kottayam District Congress Committee – 1960 to 1964Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Pala constituency – 1967-2016Minister of Home Affairs – (April 1977 to September 1978) and (October 1978 to July 1979)Minister of Finance and Law – (January 1980 – October 1981), (December 1981-March 1982), (May 1982-March 1982) and (March 1982-March 1986)Minister of Irrigation and law – 1987Minister of Revenue and Law – 1987Minister of Revenue and Law – June 1991 to March 1996Minister of Revenue and Law – 2001 to 2006Initiated Karunya Lottery Benevolent Scheme – 2011Minister of Finance – 2014 to 2015Chairman of Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax (GST) – 2015Achievements and ContributionsHe holds several records in the state including the longest-serving member of the Kerala Assembly and the longest-serving minister of the state. During his tenure as the finance minister, he had presented the state budget 13 times, which is the highest number presented and a rare distinction till date in the Kerala Legislative assembly.He has also written several books including The Theory of Toiling Classes, Political Economic Studies, Fiscal Problems of Kerala-Causes and Remedial Measures and The People’s Socialismlast_img read more

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Baby Bella Alexa turns highest followed toddler on Instagram

first_imgBaby Bella AlexaPR HandoutThe popular expression, “Use a picture. It’s worth 1,000 words,” has been around for over a century. When Arthur Brisbane’s famous words appeared in Syracuse’s Post-Standard in 1911, he had no idea that these words would spark an evolution in the way people interact with media; a trend that social media patrons everywhere now hold as the standard for driving engagement.For Bella Alexa, not only is a picture worth 1,000 words, it’s also worth tens of thousands of likes. This 18-month-old posh and popular tyke has social media users worldwide in frenzy, averaging just over 10,000 likes each post. From her fashion, to her toys, and even her charming smile, people from all corners of the world seem to take a natural liking to this toddler.Her social media “bellatheceo” on Instagram following has become so popular that a simple photo of her teething on a Bulgari baby purse generated nearly 5,000 comments; all of them evidence of her adoring connection to tens of thousands of followers. By the time she was 381 days old, she had already managed to generate more than 100k followers. Baby Bella AlexaPR HandoutBaby Bella doesn’t play the following game either. She has generated more followers during her first year of life than most users have generated since 2010, when Instagram began. She only follows 80+ people and she has 296,000 followers, a staggering ratio of 3700 followers to 1. At that rate, by the time Baby Bella reaches 1million followers on Instagram, she will only be following 270 users.What truly makes Bella unique from other baby celebs is that she has no parental endorsements. Neither of her parents actively promote her page, making her following and interactions truly organic.For many adults, Instagram has become a place of business. Patrons worldwide use the platform to create marketing campaigns, promote events, develop new relationships with customers, and even advertise their success stories. For Bella Alexa, Instagram has become an extension of her Play Pen, gaining new followers weekly as she continues to explore the basic words of world.last_img read more

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Over 60 Indonesians die from drinking homemade alcohol

first_imgMore than 60 Indonesians are dead and dozens have been hospitalised from drinking illegal homemade alcohol, authorities said Monday, with the toll steadily climbing.Police conducted raids in cities across the world’s biggest Muslim majority country to arrest vendors selling the cheap homebrew.Most Indonesians practice a moderate form of Islam and alcohol is available in big cities.But high taxes make it expensive so poorly paid workers sometimes turn to potentially dangerous homemade alcohol.In 2016, 36 people died in Central Java after drinking locally-bought homebrew.In the latest incidents, the numbers of deaths-including eight in Papua-has been rising over the past week, with the death toll standing at 62 on Monday, according to police and a hospital in West Java.Seven people have been arrested for allegedly selling the bootleg alcohol, including a man in West Java who mixed mosquito repellent into his homemade concoction.“He mixed (pure alcohol) with ginseng, cough medicine and mosquito repellent,” local police chief Agung Budi Maryoto told a press conference Monday.In another case, a vendor who has been arrested admitted he had mixed pure alcohol with Coca-Cola and an energy drink, police said.Police said they are chasing other sellers and distributors of homebrew.“We believe there is a big distributor behind this case,” East Jakarta police chief Tony Surya Putra said at the weekend, referring to the deaths of two dozen people in one part of the capital.last_img read more

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HCFCD Completes PostHarvey Debris Cleanup ORourke Raises 381 Million Pearland ISD Warns

first_imgFriday, October 12, 2018Top afternoon stories:Harris County Flood Control DistrictMore than 140,000 cubic yards have been removed since the clean-up effort began.HCFCD completes post-Harvey debris cleanupThe Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) said Friday it has completed a county-wide effort to remove downed trees and other storm debris that blocked the bayou drainage system since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas more than a year ago.More than 140,000 cubic yards (roughly 40,000 tons) have been removed since the clean-up effort began shortly after the storm at an estimated cost of $8.9 million so far.In recent months, crews have removed more than 25,000 cubic yards (7,042 tons or 642 truckloads) of debris from Buffalo Bayou, and 14,000 cubic yards (3,978 tons or 327 truckloads) from Cypress Creek.Removing debris from within the county’s 22 watersheds was a priority because downed trees and other storm debris can impede storm water flow and increase erosion, especially along natural forested channels.Richard W. Rodriguez/APCongressman and Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.O’Rourke raises $38.1 million, triples CruzDemocrat Beto O’Rourke says he raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in the past three months, more than tripling the haul of his Republican opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz.The Texas race for U.S. Senate has become one of the country’s hottest, and maybe its closest.O’Rourke announced Friday that the funding came from more than 800,000 donors.O’Rourke’s totals through Sept. 30 broke quarterly Senate fundraising records for non-self-funded campaigns.Cruz previously announced raising $12 million over the same period.Pearland ISD warns about potential tuberculosis caseThe Pearland Independent School District reported Friday it has received notification from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that a person who has previously been at Pearland High School has a preliminary diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB).The school district said in a news release it “is working closely with and under the guidance of the Brazoria County Health Department, who is currently investigating the case.”“The health department will directly contact parents whose children have been identified as having close, prolonged exposure to the individual,” added the news release, which didn’t elaborate on whether the person was a teacher or a staff member.Culberson photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP – Fletcher photo: Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaCulberson-Fletcher debate moved to October 21The debate between Republican Congressman John Culberson and Democratic challenger Lizzie Pannill Fletcher has been moved to October 21, the University of Houston (UH) announced Friday.The debate was originally scheduled to take place on October 15 at 6 p.m.ABC Channel 13 and Univision 45 are sponsoring the debate, which will take place at UH and is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., and will live stream it.Culberson represents the Texas 7th Congressional District. Sharelast_img read more

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1bn tourists make 2012 a not so lonely planet

first_imgIt is likely there will be a billion tourists who travelled internationally this year, surpassing last year’s figure of 982 million international tourists, according to recent figures. The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) released figures of a record 467 million international tourists for the period January to June this year, indicating the threshold of a billion tourists can be met in the higher season of July to August. UNWTO member John Kester said there doesn’t need to be an even spread across the year but generally the first half of the year will account for 45 percent of the total. Tourism across the board has increased around the world so far this year. The UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said tourism is one of the few economic sectors in the world growing strongly, driving economic progress in developing and developed countries alike while creating much needed jobs. Asia showed the strongest growth, up eight percent on previous year’s figures. Europe ranked as the world’s most visited region with visitors up four percent on last year’s same period. More people travelled to Africa, with the seven percent increase in part due to greater stability in countries such as Tunisia. France had 79.5 million tourists arrive last year, making it the most visited country in the world, followed by the United States with 62.3 million visits. The UNWTO report also measured spending by travellers, with figures revealing a total of $1,030 billion was spent on overseas tourism in 2011. Chinese travellers increased their spending abroad by 30 percent compared to the first half of last year, more than any other nationality. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

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Cole Taylor Mortgage Picks Blueberrys RELAY to Streamline Production

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-17 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology April 17, 2013 433 Views Cole Taylor Mortgage Picks Blueberry’s RELAY to Streamline Productioncenter_img “”Blueberry Systems, LLC””:http://www.blueberrysystems.com/, a Colorado-based technology solutions firm for the mortgage and financial services industries, announced that its RELAY loan origination system (LOS) is now the platform of choice at “”Cole Taylor Mortgage””:http://coletaylormortgage.com/.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Alan Holsztynski, SVP of mortgage information and technology at the Ann Arbor-based operation, said RELAY fits well with Cole Taylor Mortgage’s “”high-touch, relationship-based approach.””””What attracts us to Blueberry Systems is their mortgage DNA and their dedication to personal service,”” Holsztynski said. “”They know first-hand what problems we’re facing as a mid-tier lender. They are a great partner who will improve the quality of life around here and, ultimately, for our customers.””According to a recent independent study cited by Blueberry Systems, companies using RELAY see savings of $287 per loan within three years of implementation.””Cole Taylor Mortgage sets the standard for their approach to outstanding service and their utilization of mortgage technology,”” said Dominick Marchetti, EVP of Blueberry Systems. “”We are thrilled by their decision to leverage our platform, experience and expertise to grow their business and their reputation. We look forward to their continued success for years to come.”” Sharelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Dream Cruises recently

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterDream Cruises recently hosted a group from Australia and New Zealand on a five-night cruise from Singapore onboard Genting Dream. The itinerary included visits to Pulau Redang (Malaysia), Sihanoukville (Cambodia) and Laem Chabang (Bangkok).The group was accompanied by internationally-acclaimed Australian chef, Mark Best, who has restaurants on board all three Dream Cruises ships – Prime Steakhouse & Seafood Grill by Mark Best.Chef Best presents an amalgam of Western and Asian-inspired ingredients and flavours, with Prime Steakhouse & Seafood Grill’s menu focused on small producer-sourced Australian beef, lamb, river fish and the freshest seafood, along with a cultural mix of Asian flavours..Chef Best led the group on a bespoke culinary adventure in Bangkok, where they enjoyed lunch at Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, Paste Bangkok, followed by an excursion to Or Tor Kor Market where they sourced fresh local ingredients for use in a cooking demonstration by Chef Best the next day.Mark Best cooking demonstrationOther highlights of the week included a Penfolds Food & Wine Pairing Experience, a bridge and helipad tour plus a traditional wooden boat ride along the Prek Teuk Sap River in Cambodia.Participants were accompanied by Dream Cruises Australia & NZ Vice President, Brigita Devries, and Marketing Manager, Leonie Fraser.Lead image: Umi Uma Teppanyaki: Clockwise from left – Michael Ferrante (WA News); Brigita Devries (Dream Cruises); Chef Mark Best; Amelia Hungerford (Signature Luxury Travel & Style); Alana Russell (7travel); Harriet Morris (Travel Weekly); Kerry Heaney (Escape; Eat, Drink & Be Kerry); Pamela Wright (Vacations & Travel Magazine); Honida Beram (Cruising with Honey); Megan Singleton (Blogger at Large); Rod Eime (Travel Writer).Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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