School buses destroyed by fire

Four school buses have been destroyed by fire this morning in Burlington.Police and firefighters responded to the First Student Bus Lines yard at 5421 Dundas Street around 4 a.m. They found four buses fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.In order to fight the blaze Halton Police closed part of Highway 5 as they had to lay over 600 metres of water line.The fires were under control within a half hour.The fire is not considered suspicious.

Ontario to give 190 million for ice storm cleanup challenges Ottawa to

TORONTO – Ontario plans to provide up to $190 million to help hard-hit municipalities pay for the cleanup and recovery costs from the December ice storm, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Linda Jeffrey said Wednesday.The money will be divided up among the 32 towns and cities across southern Ontario that requested financial help from the province, including Toronto.But the dollar figure could change, given that some municipalities are still cleaning up from the storm, she said.The costs the province will cover include warming centres, additional police expenses and cleaning the debris left by the storm, she said. But it won’t pay to replace downed trees.However, the municipalities had said the recovery efforts could cost more than $250 million, including $106 just for Toronto.Those were rough estimates that may have included items like regular working hours of municipal staff, rather than just overtime, Jeffrey said.Toronto originally asked the province to cover spring flooding costs and hydro costs, which weren’t eligible for compensation, she said. The new, one-time program the province has created will only cover the costs of the ice storm.Toronto council has revised its figure to $86.5 million.The provincial government is still working with municipalities to assess the damage and the full cost, Jeffrey said.“I think we’ll actually get them more than they’ve actually asked for,” she said.The money will likely flow within the next few months, Jeffrey said, but it’s difficult to know since some municipalities are still cleaning up.The pre-Christmas storm downed trees and hydro lines, left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power for days and stalled road and air travel.Councils in many municipalities, including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon, had voted to ask the province that they be declared disaster areas after the ice storm.Mayors had asked the federal and Ontario governments to each cover a third of the cleanup costs from the storm, which left people shivering in the cold and dark for days until power was restored.The municipal leaders said property taxes alone could not fund the recovery and gave the province until March 1 to respond.Jeffrey said the province is seeking financial help from Ottawa, since the costs associated with the ice storm qualify under a federal program that provides assistance when the province’s eligible costs exceed $1 per capita.In their recent penny-pinching budget, the federal Conservatives also earmarked $200 million over five years to establish a national disaster mitigation program.But that’s not enough, Jeffrey said.“Based on what’s been happening in the last year — whether it’s flooding or an ice storm — certainly there appears to be more climate-change events that are happening across Ontario and probably Canada,” she said.“So we’re putting them on notice that in Ontario, we’re prepared to pay 100 per cent of those eligible costs.”At least two big city leaders hailed the province’s move.“They listened and they responded,” Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion said Wednesday in Ottawa. “What more can you ask for?”Toronto is getting all the assistance it sought from the province, said deputy Toronto mayor Norm Kelly.“This is not just good news, this is great news,” he said. “I’m delighted to hear it.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario to give $190 million for ice storm cleanup, challenges Ottawa to step up by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2014 1:43 pm MDT read more

South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung scion in graft scandal

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 2:48 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEOUL, South Korea – In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country’s most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country’s president.Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman at Samsung Electronics, faces allegations of embezzlement, of lying under oath during a parliamentary hearing and of offering a bribe of 43 billion won ($36 million) to a long-time friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, according to Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for a special prosecutors’ team investigating the political scandal.It will surprise many that prosecutors requested the arrest of the man who symbolizes the future of South Korea’s most important chaebol, as family-controlled conglomerates are known. Such leaders tend to be treated as vital for the national economy.Samsung Electronics is South Korea’s most successful company and a source of pride for many who equate its huge global success with national prestige. The company has gone through a rough patch in the past half-year, however, after its latest premium smartphone was found to be prone to catching fire.Prosecutors understood worries that Lee’s arrest could hurt the economy, but “we believed that it was even more important to carry out justice,” Lee, the spokesman at the special prosecutors’ team, told reporters.A Seoul court said it will review the prosecutors’ request on Wednesday. The request takes two to three days to review, according to a Seoul court official in charge of arrest warrants who declined to give his name because of office rules.“The public demand that chaebol, especially Samsung, should not be an exception and that everyone should be equal before laws has become stronger,” said Kim Sang-jo, executive director of Solidarity for Economic Reforms, a private watchdog on big businesses. “Prosecutors and judicial institutions cannot ignore the huge pressure from the public.”Samsung allegedly donated funds to various entities controlled by Choi Soon-sil, the jailed secretive confidante of the president, including two non-profit foundations and a winter sports centre run by Choi’s niece. This allegedly happened while the company was seeking the government’s help with a leadership succession within the Samsung group to Lee Jae-yong from his father who has been hospitalized for more than two years.Part of the money given to Choi allegedly was embezzled by the Samsung vice chairman, the spokesman for the prosecutors said. He declined to disclose the exact amount.Samsung said it has never made donations to win favours.Prosecutors also indicted ex-health minister Moon Hyung-pyo on Monday on charges he abused his power to compel the national pension fund to support a contentious Samsung merger in 2015.“We cannot accept the special prosecutors’ argument that there were unlawful favours related to the merger or the leadership succession,” Samsung said in a statement.The investigation of the Samsung chief could also target Park. Her impeachment is under review by the constitutional Court, which will decide whether to restore her power or force her from office. The prosecutors’ spokesman said investigators had evidence proving that Park shared wealth with Choi and was an accomplice in the Samsung bribery case. They plan to summon Park and will then decide whether to name her as a suspect in the Samsung case, he said.The national pension fund is the biggest shareholder in Samsung C&T. Its vote in favour of the company’s merger with Cheil Industries helped facilitate Samsung’s leadership succession, allowing Lee Jae-yong to increase his control over Samsung Electronics without spending any of his own money. Smaller shareholders said the merger unfairly benefited Samsung founding family members and hurt minority shareholders.Samsung sought “unlawful favours” related to “leadership succession,” the prosecutors’ spokesman said.Samsung Electronics was founded by Lee Jae-yong’s grandfather. The younger Lee has been serving as its de facto head since his father suffered a heart attack in 2014.Other leaders at Samsung, Hyundai Motor and SK, including Lee’s father Lee Kun-hee, have been convicted in the past for embezzlement or tax evasion. But most avoided imprisonment and later won pardons from presidents who worried that the economy might suffer if they were jailed.In turn, the businesses often responded to such pardons by announcing big investments or jobs. A former South Korean president pardoned Lee Kun-hee, the ailing Samsung chairman, in 2009, in hopes he would help South Korea win a bid to host the Winter Olympic games.He was reinstated as a member of the International Olympic Committee after the pardon and South Korea won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics games in Pyeongchang.___Follow Youkyung Lee: www.twitter.com/YKLeeAP South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung scion in graft scandal read more

Liberals to face Senate as showdown looms over infrastructure bank plan

by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 12:49 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberals to face Senate as showdown looms over infrastructure bank plan OTTAWA – The government’s plan to create a new $35-billion infrastructure bank is facing a rocky road as senators stand poised to rewrite the Liberals’ budget bill and delay creation of the financing agency.An independent senator will ask the Senate next week to separate out the legislation creating the so-called infrastructure bank from the larger budget bill to give the upper chamber more time to debate the proposal.Whether Sen. Andre Pratte has enough support is unclear, but he said there is interest from Conservatives, Liberals and independents who want more time to review the legislation.The Liberal government’s plan is to use public funds through the bank to leverage billions more from investors to pay for large projects, such as rail lines, bridges and transit systems that may be too expensive for governments, or too risky for private companies to handle alone.Pratte said several senators remain unconvinced about the plan after a preliminary study of the proposal, citing concerns about the agency’s independence, transparency and the degree to which taxpayers will be exposed to financial risk.“In many senators minds, those hearings have actually pointed to more issues to be studied,” said the Quebec senator who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“There are issues and questions that have arisen that point to more concern, rather than less.”The Liberals say they see no reason to separate the bank from the rest of the bill that implements elements of the federal budget.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the government wants to get the bank up and running by the end of the year, including appointing a chief executive and board of directors and can’t do that without parliamentary approval for the bill.“The Canada infrastructure bank is such an integral part of our overall infrastructure plan and it really ties into the budget process and that’s why it’s there,” Sohi said before Wednesday’s caucus meeting.“Having it … as part of the broader budget legislation makes sense so we can get on with delivering on the commitments that we made to Canadians.”The Liberals continued to face flak over the plan in the House of Commons on Wednesday amid concerns the government is putting taxpayer dollars at risk in order to lure private investment, details of which have been outlined in internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press.The documents say taxpayers may bear significant risk in projects where the government takes an equity stake, provide a loss buffer to private investors in other instances, or invest on equal footing but at “concessionary terms” with ownership reverting to a city or province at the end of a term.The documents obtained under the Access to Information Act also show the bank could use innovative financing tools like derivatives and contributions that are repayable based on certain benchmarks.Finance Minister Bill Morneau defended the bank in an interview Tuesday, saying the agency would reduce the risk to taxpayers should there be cost overruns on projects. On Wednesday, Trudeau said Canadians were on side with the government’s overall infrastructure plan that included a “world-class infrastructure bank” to deliver more projects that communities need.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was unconvinced: “The leverage comes from using taxpayers money to guarantee profits for investors and that’s not right.”The Liberals plan to avoid overly risky projects. All proposals would require government approval before the agency could strike a financing deal and funding would flow on a project-by-project basis.That process left a Senate committee unconvinced that the government had struck the right balance between oversight of public funds and giving the agency the ability to make decisions on projects absent political interference. A report released Wednesday by the Senate banking committee also pointed to cabinet’s ability to hire and fire the CEO and chair of the board as issues that the government needs to address.“The whole idea of the infrastructure bank is to ensure good investments for Canadians and returns for Canadians, but as soon as you get cabinet involved in it, it becomes political,” said committee chairman Sen. David Tkachuk. read more

SecretaryGeneral hails successful elections in Pakistan first ever transfer of civilian Government

“This is the first ever transition from one civilian Government to another and a significant step forward for democracy in the country,” the Secretary-General said of the 11 May elections, in a statement issued by his Spokesman. “By exercising their constitutional right to vote, the people of Pakistan have reaffirmed their desire for and commitment to a democratic Pakistan and their respect for the constitution of the country,” Secretary-General Ban said. Pleased to note the significant turnout for the elections, especially the youth and first time voters, “who came out in millions to take part,” the UN chief also noted the increase in the participation of women, but regretted that in some parts of the country, they were deterred from voting.“The Secretary-General applauds the courage and determination of political parties and election workers to engage in the electoral process despite the challenging security situation ahead of the voting,” the statement said. Mr. Ban also commended the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for successfully organizing the polls, and reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support and assist the ECP.With more than 86 million people reportedly registered to vote, Pakistanis were set to select from among 5,000 candidates for the National Assembly and nearly 11,700 vying for the Provincial Assembly. A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s Spokesman on 9 May noted the Secretary-General’s “concern” about the series of attacks in the run-up to the polls targeting politicians, political rallies, and election offices.More than 100 people were reportedly been killed during that cycle of political violence, according to media reports. The UN chief conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families of all the victims. He also acknowledged the efforts being made by the Government of Pakistan “to ensure the safety and security of candidates, party workers, election officials, observers and voters on the day of the elections,” that statement noted. read more

UN chief condemns suicide attack in northern Cameroon urging support to counter

“The Secretary-General renews his call on international partners to provide support to the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin, with the backing of the African Union and the Multinational Joint Task Force, to counter the threat posed by Boko Haram in the sub-region,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said.The Secretary-General condemned the suicide attack on 29 June in a region that borders Chad to the east and Nigeria to the west. He has repeatedly said that “no cause can justify” terrorist attacks.In the statement, Mr. Ban also expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased as well as to the Government and people of Cameroon, and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack. read more

Growth in UK CV production continues in March

Number of CVs built in the UK rises 24.5% in March as 9,098 vans, trucks and buses leave production lines.Domestic market up 58.6% to meet consumer response to strong market incentives.Q1 performance grows 41.2% on 2018, up 8,032 units, ahead of expected rebalancing in second quarter. British commercial vehicle (CV) production increased by 24.5% in March to 9,098 vehicles, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The growth, which follows a -8.8% decline in March 2018, was stimulated by strong market incentives combined with upcoming key model changes.The number of vans, trucks and buses built for the domestic market rose 58.6% to 4,010 units, while export demand also posted a rise, increasing 6.5% to 5,088. The news comes as SMMT publishes new research at CV Show 2019 in Birmingham, highlighting the importance of vans to the UK economy, with one in 10 British workers relying on them for their jobs.The first quarter of 2019 saw 27,513 trucks, buses and vans built in the UK, representing the strongest Q1 performance since 2012. The growth has been driven largely by growing export demand, and with 96% of the export models built so far this year being sent to the European Union, the importance of the trading bloc to UK commercial vehicle makers is clear.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s certainly positive to see growth in the commercial vehicle market, but with ongoing Brexit uncertainty and the natural variability of buying cycles, we’re likely to see some turbulence in the months ahead. With the majority of commercial vehicles we build in the UK going to EU customers, it’s crucial that we quickly agree a deal that retains free and frictionless trade with our most important trading partner. The sooner a favourable deal is in place, the quicker we can be confident about the future.Notes to editors29,068 CVs were produced in Q1 2012.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State womens basketball falls to Nittany Lions 16 in Big Ten

As redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes got ready to check into Sunday’s game against Penn State early in the first half, a smile broke out on her face. Many of the 6,802 attendees took to their feet and cheered as the Buckeye guard took the court after missing the last four games due to injury with a new black brace wrapped around her sprained left knee. “It’s always nice to have her on the floor,” said senior guard Tayler Hill. “She’s a threat on both sides of the floor.” Though Stokes’ return might have ignited her team with some much needed energy, No. 8 Penn State (17-2, 7-0 Big Ten) ruined her return by defeating the Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-9, 1-6 Big Ten) Sunday 71-56 at the Schottenstein Center The Nittany Lions were at the top of the Big Ten standings coming into the game and played an elite squad in the game’s opening minutes, starting off the game with a 7-0 run. The Buckeyes then fired back with an 11-0 run. In the last two minutes of the first half, the Buckeyes started to build themselves a cushion against the Nittany Lions. Freshman guard Ameryst Alston had a strong finish at the rim and an acrobatic three-point play. With time running down on the shot clock, Hill stared down her defender and launched a 3-pointer that swished in front of the Penn State bench with 25 seconds left. The Buckeyes went into halftime leading Penn State 37-28. When the Buckeyes returned for the second half, defensive breakdowns and a lack of ball movement slowly eroded the Buckeyes’ lead. OSU coach Jim Foster pointed out a specific point in the game where he knew the energy was shifting toward Penn State. “The foul-shooting situations gave them five points by not boxing out on foul shots,” Foster said. “That changed momentum right there. We spread them better in the first half. We got to our spots and moved the ball better. We stopped doing that in the second half.” Within the first three minutes of the second half, the Nittany Lions started to cut away at the Buckeyes’ lead. With the score tied at 41 around the 15-minute mark, Penn State went on a 7-0 run and never looked back. Despite Hill’s 28 points, the Buckeyes suffered what Hill described as a “mental breakdown.” “We had mental breakdowns and turnovers,” she said. “They scored five points because we didn’t box out. We didn’t pay attention to detail and the game slipped away from us. In the first half, we reversed the ball and played well. We have to find a way to play 40 minutes.” Hill said the Buckeyes, which are 1-6 in the Big Ten, are getting healthier. “I think having everyone back is being able to take a step in the right direction every day,” Foster said. “We need to be able to put Amber in for 40 minutes so we don’t have to have Tayler on the ball. Tayler is more effective away from the ball and so are we as a team. The floor becomes a lot bigger because of her success and it allows Ameryst and Stokes to get to the basket and create opportunities.” From injuries to inconsistency, the Buckeyes have hit a low-point that has been rare since Foster became coach. Not only are the Buckeyes tied for last in their Big Ten conference, but they are 11-9 overall and have dropped all four games against ranked opponents, including Penn State. Still, Foster and his players know that there is only room for improvement at this point. Alston said it has to start with their mentality. “Mentally, we have to be there,” Alston said. “We have to pick up where we started. We can only move forward and not dwell on the past. No one in that locker room wants to lose. We can do nothing but build from here.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to have another chance to get back on track against Nebraska this Thursday at the Schottenstein Center at 8:30 p.m. read more

Ruling in travel ban leaves myriad questions unanswered

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban has left the effort to keep some foreigners out of the United States in a murky middle ground, with unanswered questions and possibly more litigation ahead.The justices ruled Monday in an unsigned opinion they would hold a full hearing on the case in October. In the meantime, the administration can bar travelers from six majority-Muslim countries from the U.S. if they don’t have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship” with someone or some entity in the country.It’s unclear what will ultimately constitute a “bona fide relationship,” though the ruling suggested that an American job, school enrollment or a close relative could meet that threshold. Equally unclear is how many foreigners will be affected from the six countries: Syria, Sudan, Iran, Yemen, Libya and Somalia.The ruling was seen as at least a partial victory for Trump in the biggest court case of his presidency. Trump claims the temporary ban is needed to prevent terrorist attacks. Opponents reject that and argue it’s a backdoor way to bar Muslims from entering the United States, as Trump promised in his campaign.The early indications are that the administration will use the decision to take a tough line on travelers from those countries. A senior U.S. official familiar with the situation said the Trump administration has plans in place to relaunch the stalled ban and tourists will be among those kept out.last_img read more

Marysville school shooting memorial being removed

first_imgMARYSVILLE — The pictures, balloons and flowers that covered a fence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School after last month’s shooting are being removed.The chain-link fence became a temporary memorial to the four students who were shot to death and the wounded student who is recovering. There are also kind words for the shooter who took his own life.The Daily Herald reports students and staff are removing items from the fence Monday. Flowers will be composted. Paper items will be burned; the ashes saved.Families of the dead and injured students were notified of the removal plan so they could visit one last time over the weekend.In the months ahead the school district and community will plan a permanent memorial.last_img read more

Dozens gather in Marathon to celebrate release of sea turtle

first_imgMARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – Dozens of people gathered in Marathon to celebrate the release of a sea turtle.Video sent to 7News by the Florida Keys News Bureau showed St. Thomas, a 35-pound green sea turtle, happy to get back in the ocean.St. Thomas was rescued last year after it was found debilitated and covered in tumors in the waters off the Keys.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Land Clearing Today In Kenai For New Dog Park

first_imgAccording to the City of Kenai Kenai Fire Department, don’t be alarmed and do not call 9-1-1. Crews are clearing land at the new Kenai dog park by Daubenspeck Park. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享If you are traveling to Kenai on Wednesday, you may smell and our see smoke over by Walmart store. Crews are expected to have the burning completed on Wednesday.last_img

CIA believes Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing

first_imgSaudi Arabia`s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting with UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York on 27 March. Photo: ReutersThe CIA believes Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating president Donald Trump’s efforts to preserve ties with a key US ally.The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the US government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that prince Mohammed was not involved.The CIA’s finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler directly to the killing.Both the White House and the State Department declined to comment.”The claims in this purported assessment is false,” a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington said in a statement. “We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.”Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government and a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October when he went there to pick up documents he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.Khashoggi had resisted pressure from Riyadh for him to return home. Saudi officials have said a team of 15 Saudi nationals were sent to confront Khashoggi at the consulate and that he was accidentally killed in a chokehold by men who were trying to force him to return to the kingdom.Turkish officials have said the killing was intentional and have been pressuring Saudi Arabia to extradite those responsible to stand trial. An adviser to Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of trying to cover up the murder.Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday that he was seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged in the killing. The prosecutor, Shalaan al-Shalaan, told reporters the crown prince knew nothing of the operation, in which Khashoggi’s body was dismembered and removed from the consulate.US officials have been sceptical that prince Mohammed would not have known about plans to kill Khashoggi, given his control over Saudi Arabia.The Post, citing people familiar with the matter, said the CIA’s assessment was based in part on a phone call the crown prince’s brother, prince Khaled bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi.Prince Khaled told Khashoggi he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so, the Post said.The newspaper, citing people familiar with the call, said it was not clear if the prince knew Khashoggi would be killed but that he made the call at his brother’s direction.The prince said in a Twitter post on Friday that the last contact he had with Khashoggi was via text on 26 October, 2017, nearly a year before the journalist’s death.”I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” prince Khaled said.The Post said the CIA also examined a call from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after Khashoggi’s killing.Maher Mutreb, a security official who has often been seen at the crown prince’s side, made the call to Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Prince Mohammed, to inform him the operation had been completed, the Post said, citing people familiar with the call.last_img

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn MIR Corporation’s exclusive tour Inside the Russian Space Programme, select guests will witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station, tour Russia’s premier cosmonaut training facility where they can participate in optional cosmonaut training, and experience the live Soyuz-International Space Station docking at Mission Control Center. The exclusive nine-day tour is slated for 17-25 September 2016 and starts at $14,495 per person.After arriving in Moscow, guests will visit the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in once-classified Star City, the premier training facility for Russian cosmonauts and foreign astronauts. Next, they’ll explore the MIR Space Station simulator, visit the Soyuz-TMA integrated simulator and the ISS mock-up, learn how crews acquire the skills to walk in space, and tour the Star City Museum, which contains space vehicles, simulators, space suits and a reproduction of Yuri Gagarin’s office.“We will observe the early morning roll-out of the Soyuz Rocket and follow it to the launch pad site together with the press, military personnel, cosmonauts and their relatives,” said MIR Corporation President Douglas Grimes. “The following day we will gather in a VIP seating gallery at Mission Control Center for the live satellite feed of the Soyuz docking.”Optional cosmonaut training includes experiencing up to 4Gs on the world’s largest centrifuge, the TsF-18; taking the ride of your life on a parabolic zero-G simulation flight; donning a Russian-engineered Orlan space suit, created especially for spacewalks; and learning to open and close hatches and complete a series of operations designed to simulate typical space tasks.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Tourism season expanding says President

first_imgTourism in Cyprus has not only yielded higher revenues but has also been extended during off peak seasons as the industry remains one of the government’s top priorities, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday.Speaking during the annual general meeting of the Cyprus hotels association (Pasyxe), Anastasiades expressed his wish for a closer relationship with hoteliers and other bodies in a bid to achieve a modern and creative state not only for its citizens but for every visitor to the island.He outlined that a real feat had been achieved as the previous year had been the best for tourism since the founding of the Republic. All indications pointed towards this year being equally high.This success was accompanied with increased revenue coupled with a tourism period that has been extended, reducing problems associated seasonal tourism, Anastasiades said.Chairman of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) Angelos Loizou said off season tourism had increased 104 per cent since the period of 2013 and 2014 which had 300,000 visitors, to 613,000 in 2017 and 2018.Tourism from January to May in 2018 had exceeded 1m visitors compared to about 990,000 in the same period last year, marking a 14.5 per cent increase, Loizou said.“Marinas, casinos, golf resorts are only some of the projects we’re pushing which greatly improve our product,” Anastasiades told attendees.Highlighting the integrated casino resort set to open its doors in 2021, the President said this would attract 300,000 new visitors per year.Meanwhile, in cooperation with top experts from abroad, the government is also proceeding with preparations for a national strategy for tourism.“We can go far with better organisation and better planning,” which is why the government is pushing for a bill on creating an under-secretariat for tourism which would be answerable to the president, Anastasiades said.“I’m optimistic and publically express my thanks for cooperation with political parties which seem to adopt our proposal that will head to plenum in the next few days.”Head of Pasyxe Haris Loizides said that although the industry was faring positively to achieve success in the long term and to be able to compete with neighbouring markets, specialised tourism should be developed that does not just rely on the sun and sea such as sports, gastronomy and conferences.“We need less bureaucracy and more e-governance… we demand a more efficient public service and local authority.”You May LikeLuxury African SafariThe Cost Of A Luxury African Safari Might Surprise YouLuxury African SafariUndoNoteableyGenius Hotel Hacks That Change Everything We Knew About TravelNoteableyUndoBusinessBuzzoTop 15 College Degrees With Incredibly High SalariesBusinessBuzzoUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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tertiary schools and N44 billion for primary and junior secondary schools through the State’s Universal Basic Education Commission with the combine total for education standing at N272 billion He announced allocation of N226 billion for construction of major roads drainage and boosting transport through the State Ministry of Works and Transport; N177 billion for Healthcare infrastructures consumables and other related needs; N98 billion to complete reconstruction of destroyed communities rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of insurgency while N8 billion was set aside for Agriculture Other sectors got different range of allocations less than the above listed The Governor recalled that “during the 2017 fiscal year the State Government made deliberate efforts to reconstruct or rehabilitate all the major institutional structures and residential buildings in the various Local Government Areas which were wantonly destroyed by the insurgents” “I am happy to announce that most of the schools health centres and residential houses in some of the Local Governments destroyed during the insurgency have been reconstructed and services fully restored “These Local Governments include Konduga Damasak Dikwa Askira/Uba Kaga and Mafa Also IDPs from these Local Governments as well as those from Damboa Ngala and Monguno have been safely returned to their homes “To ensure that these IDPs are engaged in some economic ventures the State Government during the period under review has undertaken the training of the youths and women in skills acquisition and also provided them with entrepreneurship kits and farm inputs “Building materials have also been distributed to some of the IDPs to rebuild their homes” he noted Shettima listed numerous areas of achievements recorded by his administration in 2017 with specific mention of schools roads hospitals and houses constructed in addition to what was achieved in Agriculture humanitarian needs among other areas Humor is that slice of life that keeps us balanced whole and healthy Bob added "There needs to be laughter the same way there needs to be thought and prayer and breath" Most lads don’t grow up to become comedians so this is where Bob differs Comedy has been his life since 1975 when he and his wife Judy returned from mission work in Africa He decided to give comedy a try — for three years "It sounded like a good number If we could survive it might actually work" Bob said After theater school he and another fellow started knocking on doors"We were in Massachusetts and we looked at a demographic map of the United States" Bob said "There were so many people and schools all within a short drive We found out we could do a middle school and that led to another and then another We did 475 shows the first year in 180 school days It was two or three a day It was crazy but we realized it was possible"When calls started coming in for comedy gigs at church retreats and Christmas parties Bob realized comedy was his profession He and his first partner were together 10 years"As my career began to develop I found myself traveling more and more all across the country" Bob said He and Judy decided "This is crazy I’ve got to get to the center of the country It’s too many hours in the air"The Strombergs moved from New England to the Twin Cities in 1992 and since 1995 Bob has been a member of Triple Espresso a highly caffeinated comedy troupe which performs at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis It’s said to be the funniest show of the centuryTuesday Bob appears solo in Grand Forks at Riverside Christian School’s annual fundraising banquet The evening begins at 7 pm in the Alerus Center From the stage he’ll be closely watching those who are listening to him as he speaks of the comical aspects of life that everyone from first graders to grandparents can relate to"As a communicator laughter is really important" Bob said "If there are walls between people in an audience somebody who doesn’t want to listen to what you 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