Alberta advisory group sets out recommendations on oilsands emissions cap

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group is recommending a series of escalating measures including financial penalties and potentially halting projects to ensure greenhouse gas emissions from the oilsands remain within a mandated 100-megatonne limit.As a first step, the report recommends steps that will reduce future emissions including using better technology, setting out emissions plans, and improved regulations.The oilsands currently emit about 70 megatonnes of greenhouse gases. The group of 18 advisers suggests that when they hit 80 and 90 megatonnes there should be reviews of the system and how facilities might be affected as emissions approach the cap.It also recommends establishing annual and 10-year forecasts, with more reviews triggered when the cap is expected to be hit in five years.When the cap is expected to be hit within a year, the report says high-intensity emitters could be forced to reduce emissions or face penalties and the government could suspend projects that haven’t started construction.The Alberta government says it will now review the consensus advice from the group and begin stakeholder consultations.last_img read more

Do Canadians know enough about food safety Federal survey says No

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian are becoming less aware of how to safely handle and prepare food to avoid food-borne illness and food poisoning, according to government-backed research.The findings from the report, which cost the government $126,449, point to an overall deterioration over the past eight years in Canadians’ confidence that they can protect themselves and their families from food-borne illness and food poisoning.A majority of seniors and pregnant women in the survey didn’t consider themselves to be at any greater risk from food poisoning, even though they are.The pollsters recommend the government gently target public awareness campaigns at those groups, among others, about how to properly handle food “without undermining the public’s confidence in agriculture or the agri-food industry, or Canada’s food safety system, which is reasonably good.”The results of the survey are based on responses from 1,201 respondents through telephone interviews, and 1,613 people through an online panel. All work was done between Dec. 14, 2017 and Jan. 18, 2018.A spokesman for Health Canada said the department will update its safe food handling advertising campaign based on the research report, as well as information from other sources.The Liberals introduced new food safety rules last month, just a few weeks after the research report was delivered to Health Canada. The regulations will come into force early next year, and will require companies to keep detailed records about the path food takes from producer to consumer.Federal officials believe that being able to trace food to its source could speed up the pace of recalls.Consultations on the regulations are open until Sept. 7.The survey provided to Health Canada in early May will now become the benchmark by which the government can measure the effects of public awareness efforts in the coming years, but also provide insight into how attitudes have changed since 2010.Each year, about one in eight Canadians — or four million people — are affected by a food-borne illness like norovirus, salmonella or listeria, leading to about 11,500 hospitalizations and some 240 deaths.Many small things can be done to avoid problems, but the survey found a broad lack of knowledge about washing reusable shopping bags, rinsing poultry before cooking, as well as properly storing, defrosting and cooking meat and seafood.More pregnant women and parents of young children in 2018 than in 2010 defrost meat or poultry at room temperature rather than in the fridge.And seniors are more likely to view food as safe to consume past the best-before date, aren’t aware of the proper temperature to leave a fridge — between 2 C and 4 C — and tend to believe frozen, breaded chicken products just need to be reheated rather than cooked through.“The results of this survey also suggest an ‘out of sight … out-of-mind’ tendency among the public with regards to safe food handling in general, food-borne illness and listeria in particular,” the report says.“In the absence of sustained messaging related to food safety, it is likely that consumer vigilance may lapse, especially with respect to specific food safety practices that have not yet become normalized or habitualized.”If the federal government wanted to increase food safety awareness with seniors — defined in the survey as anyone 60 and over — it should focus on consequences, said Wanda Morris, vice-president of advocacy with CARP, formerly known as the Canadian Association of Retired Persons. She pointed to campaigns about falls that focus on the likelihood that not preventing them could lead seniors to live in long-term care homes.She suggested food safety authorities should try “tying in an awareness campaign of ‘do you want to save a few pennies and risk long-term care or death’. And the bigger fear is long-term care. In my experience people are more concerned with long-term care than they are about dying.”last_img read more

Benkirane: Morocco will “stick to” 1991 ceasefire agreement with Polisario

Rabat – Abdelilah Benkirane, the Moroccan head of government, reaffirmed Thursday his country’s stance supporting the 1991 ceasefire agreement with the Polisario Front, which was negotiated by the U.N. with the Polisario Front.In regards to the kingdom’s recent orders to evict parts of MINURSO – a U.N. affiliated peacekeeping mission based in the Western Sahara – Benkirane’s spokesperson and communications minister, Mustafa Al Khalfi said, “Morocco made necessary decisions in accordance with the dangerous and physical [verbal] slides that insulted the Moroccan people and the territorial integrity of the country.”The country’s recent decision to close MINURSO offices in Laayoune and Dakhla – in response to United National Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the term “occupation” to describe Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara – is “irreversible,” according to Benkirane’s statement. “Morocco is sticking to the ceasefire and will defend it,” Khalfi said, stressing that the kingdom “will continue its contacts with all friendly countries in the Security Council in this area.”“Morocco has no problem with the United Nations or the Security Council,” the spokesperson added.Ki-moon remarks, which led Moroccans in the country and the diaspora to launch protests against him, came earlier this month after his visit to Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria – the Front’s home city.The U.N. leader’s visit to the camps’ schools and facilities, which Ki-moon said had “saddened” him, came as part of his diplomatic tour of North African countries. The tour did not include Morocco as his scheduled dates in the country conflicted with King Mohammed VI’s visit to Russia read more

Maître Gims’ Photo Holding Moroccan Flag Goes Viral

Rabat – A photo of Gandhi Djuna, better known by his stage name Maître Gims, holding the Moroccan flag before his performance at the Mawazine Festival scheduled on Monday at OLM Souissi stage in Rabat has gone viral.The Congolese-born French rapper and singer shared with his 950,000 fans the photo of him holding the Moroccan flag, with a statement that reads “With very close family @aarab_youssef live RABAT.”Before performing for the Moroccan public, the singer will give a press conference at the Villa des Arts in Rabat at 11 a.m. local time. A singer and songwriter, Maitre branched out on his own and is now recognized by many as one of the most popular singers in France, selling over 1 million copies of his popular solo 18-track album Subliminal, released on May 20, 2013.The Maroc Culture Association, the organizer of the festival, said that the 14th annual Mawazine Festival in 2015 drew a record 2.65 million spectators and is expected to receive more people this year.As with the previous festivals, Mawazine will host more than 60 performances and of some of the most talented Moroccan and international artists.EN DIRECT sur #Periscope : En direct de RABAT https://t.co/bgqjy4OESl— Maître GIMS (@MaitreGims) May 23, 2016 read more

Mexicans launch friendly defensive to deflect US tariffs

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials have copied a page from Donald Trump’s playbook in recent days, taking to Twitter to communicate that they are working flat-out to de-escalate tensions over immigration and avoid punitive tariffs on all Mexican exports to the U.S.Announcements of meetings in Washington, selfies and carefully crafted messages of optimism for cool-headed discussions are some of the tactics on display in social media to respond to an economic and diplomatic emergency that few anticipated. Trump’s threat on Thursday to impose tariffs to pressure Mexico to do more to curb the flow of migrants came the same day that Mexico declared it would begin the process of ratifying the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade.Many are questioning the legality of mixing immigration policy goals with trade retaliation, and U.S. business groups are already considering legal action against the proposed tariff, arguing that the countries both produce for each other and together.“Almost everyone was caught flat-footed,” said Antonio Ortiz-Mena, an international trade consultant based in Washington with the Albright Stonebridge Group who represented Mexico as part of the team that negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement in the early 1990s.Ortiz-Mena said he spent much of the weekend on phone calls and crafting strategies to advise clients in the U.S.-Mexico supply chain on how to navigate the situation. His advice to Mexican officials would besure to stay calm and show good faith by ratifying the USMCA trade deal.“We’re neighbours. We’re not going anywhere,” Ortiz-Mena said.Mexico overtook Canada to become the top trade partner for the U.S. in April.And Mexico’s message has been consistently friendly. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Mexico won’t panic, signing off on a Thursday letter to Trump as “your friend” and repeating that his country doesn’t want this confrontation, much less a trade war.There has also been some expert trolling. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard posted a picture of himself at a Mexican airport Friday waiting to depart for Washington via Houston, with a Huawei-branded cellphone charging station behind him. The subtle implication: If the U.S. pushes Mexico away, China, a geopolitical and economic adversary, could move in to fill that space.Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said she will meet with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in Washington on Monday. Ebrard said a delegation he is leading will hold talks Wednesday with one headed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Ebrard said Mexican Agriculture Minister Victor Manuel Villalobos also is to meet with his U.S. counterpart, Sonny Perdue, as tariffs would “severely” affect the U.S. agricultural sector. The objective is for the U.S. to avoid “shooting itself in the foot,” Ebrard said.Mexico is the top export market for U.S. corn and pork, and Mexico supplies one out of three fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States. Tariffs on Mexican agricultural exports are seen raising the cost of avocados, tomatoes and berries for U.S. consumers.Over the weekend, Mexico’s economy minister joined what Mexican Twitter users have dubbed the “Ebrard Selfie Challenge,” posting pictures of herself smiling next to the U.S. commerce secretary at the inauguration of El Salvador President Nayib Bukele.The Mexican strategy of killing with kindness has been met with skepticism and increasingly harsh words from Trump.“Mexico is sending a big delegation to talk about the Border,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “Problem is, they’ve been ‘talking’ for 25 years. We want action, not talk.”That followed an earlier tweet in which Trump labelled Mexico an “abuser” that takes but never gives to the U.S. He threatened to lure U.S. companies and jobs back via tariffs unless Mexico stops what he called an “invasion” of drug dealers, cartels, human traffickers, people smugglers and immigrants.The addition of drugs to the complaint adds another layer of complication to negotiations.“It’s asking the impossible,” said Maureen Meyer, director for Mexico and migrant rights at the Washington Office on Latin America, a group that researches and advocates for human rights. “It certainly overlooks how much Mexico is trying to co-operate with the U.S.”Mexican authorities have raided migrant caravans travelling through the country’s southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca this year. They have deported thousands of migrants and frustrated thousands more who wait endlessly for permits that would allow them to travel legally through Mexico.Meyer expects U.S. officials will again push this week for Mexico to sign onto a “Safe Third Country” agreement, which would designate Mexico as an adequate waiting spot for migrants wishing to claim asylum in the U.S. She said Mexico should stand firm and resist because it lacks the financial and human resources to process thousands of refugee cases, even if it were willing to do so.A complete militarization of Mexican borders is also a very tall order. Just as the Mexican border with the U.S. has proven porous, Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala features dense jungle and a river that makes it difficult to patrol.Over the weekend, The Associated Press witnessed migrants arrive in small batches by raft at Tapachula, a border town in Chiapas. Federal helicopters, boats and police were not patrolling the Suchiate River as they have in the past to halt caravans.But the AP also has seen a migrant woman and two children pulled from a bus in recent days to be transported to a detention centre. Residents of Tapachula are routinely asked to show ID while riding public transportation as officials search for migrants without permission to be in Mexico. There were few migrants in the streets or camping in the public parks of Tapachula.Those passing through Mexico without transit visas have opted to maintain a low-profile over the past weeks as Mexico seeks to detain and deport more migrants — and to draw attention to those efforts.The National Migration Institute tweeted a picture Saturday of a plane transporting 64 Cubans back to their country from the Gulf state of Veracruz.Trump says he will impose a 5% tariff on Mexican goods beginning June 10 as a way to force the government of Mexico to keep mostly Central American migrants from crossing into the U.S. He says that until he is satisfied with Mexico’s results, the import tax will be increased five percentage points every month through October, topping out at a total tariff of 25%.Yet there are no concrete benchmarks for Mexico to prove that it is stemming immigration flows.Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump is “deadly serious” about imposing tariffs on imports, adding that “there’s no specific target, there’s no specific percentage” that Mexico needs to hit.“They have to get dramatically better and they have to get better quickly,” Mulvaney said.López Obrador said Mexican officials will try to better communicate their immigration efforts in Washington this week. He issued a memo to “the people” of the U.S. on Sunday saying he wishes to remain Trump’s friend and professing that Mexicans are their friends, too.He closed the letter by saying: “Let nothing and nobody separate our beautiful and sacred friendship.”___Associated Press photo journalist Marco Ugarte in Tapachula, Mexico, contributed to this report.Amy Guthrie, The Associated Press read more

UN political chief voices concern about displaced after wrapping up visit to

B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a press conference in Colombo at the end of his visit to Sri Lanka that the UN had not observed the progress expected after the world body and the Government issued a joint statement following the conclusion of fighting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May.More than 280,000 IDPs now reside in often congested camps in the north of the country, and Mr. Pascoe – who visited some camps yesterday – said he was very concerned about the lack of freedom of movement for residents and what he called the “closed nature” of the camps.“People are not free to come or go and they are understandably upset,” he said. “We picked up great frustration on this point in the camps that we visited yesterday. I was told by many – and quite emphatically – that they just want to go home.“We understand there are security concerns to be addressed. At the same time, this kind of closed regime goes directly against the principles under which we work in assisting IDPs all around the world.”Mr. Pascoe urged the Government to allow those IDPs who have completed the screening process to leave the camps as they choose, and for those people remaining to be able to exit the camps during the day and to freely meet with family and friends in other sites.On the last day of his visit to Sri Lanka, Mr. Pascoe held talks today with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, senior Government ministers, military officials, opposition leaders, Tamil politicians and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society groups. During the meetings the Under-Secretary-General discussed the situation of the IDPs as well as human rights accountability and political reconciliation.He told the press conference that he was pleased that Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of IDPs, will visit the country next week.But Mr. Pascoe said he remains concerned about the pace of the process of allowing IDPs to return to their former communities.“If there is more screening to do, it should be speeded up. It appears there are areas where de-mining is not a big concern. For those areas, families who have passed the screening process could be resettled without much further delay. More people should be allowed to stay with relatives and host families.”Mr. Pascoe said he was informed by the Government today that it intends to both provide day passes to allow people to go to work or visit family and friends and to more aggressively publicize the option of accommodation with relatives and other host families.“Of course this is not the ultimate solution to the problem of getting people home quickly, but it is an interim measure that reduces congestion in the camps,” he said, calling for the Government to show more transparency and to consult more widely to allay the fears and concerns of the IDPs.He stressed that the IDP issue is particularly important because it provides Sri Lanka with “an opportunity to move beyond simply ending the fighting to solidifying the peace. As the situation currently stands in the camps, there is a real risk of breeding resentment that will undermine the prospects for political reconciliation in the future.” 18 September 2009Internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Government-run camps in Sri Lanka lack basic rights of freedom of movement, and the country is not making the expected progress towards a lasting peace in the wake of the end earlier this year to fighting between military forces and Tamil rebels, the United Nations political chief said today. read more

Media code threat to free speech

“The government’s proposed media code is part of a sustained campaign to control the media and curtail dissent,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Sri Lankan journalists are already under enormous pressure not to be critical of the government, and the vagueness of this code will likely lead to greater self-censorship to avoid government retaliation.” The minister of mass media and information, Keheliya Rambukwella, announced that the code is intended to create a “salutary media culture in the country” because the actions of unnamed media houses had “led to many problems.”The code contains 13 types of substantive speech that would be prohibited from publication, including content that vaguely “offends against expectations of the public, morality of the country, or tend to lower the standards of public taste and morality.” Also prohibited would be any content that “contains material against the integrity of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislative” – which could be interpreted as barring criticism of the government. The code also restricts content that “contains criticism affecting foreign relations,” which could lead to sanctions for reporting on international criticism of Sri Lankan government actions. A new media code proposed by the Sri Lankan government contains overbroad and vague language that could have a severe and chilling effect on free speech, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.The Ministry of Mass Media and Information officially proposed a Code of Media Ethics that would apply to print and electronic media, including the Internet. HRW says the proposed code comes at a time when the government has taken various measures to clamp down on Sri Lanka’s once vibrant media, including forcing some electronic media critical of the government to close down. “The new media code is unnecessary and little more than a heavy-handed assault on the remnants of Sri Lanka’s free press,” Adams said. “The code would hand the Sri Lankan authorities a new tool to harass and threaten journalists who are already working in a very difficult environment.” The government said it has distributed the code of conduct to various political parties for comment and would seek public feedback. It is not clear when the code will be presented to Parliament, what legal effect it will have if passed, or what sanctions would be imposed for non-compliance.Government-enforced codes of conduct on the media are unnecessary and invariably infringe upon the right to free expression as established under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Human Rights Watch said. The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka already has a narrowly drafted code of practice that has been endorsed by the International Federation of Journalists and its affiliates in Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankan media has faced various threats in recent years, Human Rights Watch said. On April 3, masked armed men set fire to the office of Uthayan, a leading Tamil opposition newspaper whose journalists have previously been assaulted. In June 2012, the police raided the offices of the Sri Lanka Mirror, a news website, and the opposition Sri Lanka X News website, confiscating computers and documents and arresting nine people. The government shut down at least five news websites critical of the government in 2012 and put in place onerous registration requirements and fees for all web-based media services. Independent or outspoken members of the media have reportedly been pushed out of their positions due to political pressure. Violence remains a real fear for journalists, which is only heightened by impunity for perpetrators. For instance, there have been no significant developments in the 2010 disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, a contributor to Lanka E-news, or in the murder of Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was gunned down in broad daylight near a police station in 2009. read more

2012 new car and van best sellers on show at SMMT

Following news that the 2012 UK new car market hit a four-year high of more than two million units, SMMT has welcomed two best selling Ford models into its Westminster showroom, celebrating the company’s latest annual sales success.Ford has now been the UK’s number one car brand for 36 successive years, with an even longer leadership in the commercial vehicle market of 47 years with the Transit range.The two models on show at SMMT represent the best selling car and van in the UK. The Ford Fiesta has now been the UK’s best selling car for the fourth successive year, recording 109,265 registrations in 2012. Ford commercial vehicles have been the UK market leader for 47 years, with Transit vans in 2012 recording 48,075 registrations.Full year car registrations in the UK in 2012 were up 5.3% on the 2011 total, to 2,044,609 units. Ford sold 281,917 cars in the UK last year, up from 265,894 in 2011.Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain managing director, said, “More people choose Ford over any other vehicle brand in the UK and as we face similar, difficult market conditions in 2013 we will look to satisfy the needs of our private and business customers by strengthening our vehicle range still further and providing the best sales and service offering in our dealerships.”Growth in 2012 stemmed from a 12.9%, or 106,346 units, rise in private registrations. Regular replacement cycles, offers and incentives and some buyers shifting from buying used to new cars could have contributed to the upturn.Demand was particularly strong for Mini (+54.2%), Supermini (+5.6%) and Dual Purpose (+21.1%) segment cars in 2012.Click through to read the full 2012 UK car registrations news release.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Heres What Adam Silver Thinks About Our Proposal To Fix The NBA

Powered by Genius By Jody Avirgan Adam Silver Responds To FiveThirtyEight’s Letter About The NBA Lottery Adam Silver NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAdam SilverCommissionerMay 28, 2015Dear Jody, Chadwick, Neil and Kate:Thanks for your letter and for devoting FiveThirtyEight’s considerable resources (and those of your readers/listeners) to addressing the NBA Draft Lottery.I was impressed with the detail and sophistication on display in many of the proposals — though I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon. From the Tombstone Date to the Tweaked Wheel, I am grateful for the hard work of all 7,000 passionate basketball fans who took the time to examine our Draft Lottery from every conceivable angle.Of course, there can only be one winning proposal, and the work of the Futures Draft Planning Committee is a worthy champion. It is thorough, well researched and addresses many of the questions we are currently facing with the Draft Lottery; in fact, our internal Draft Lottery working team looked at models very similar to the one proposed by Samuel and Cody. While we continue to study this concept, we believe that “NBA Futures” runs into some of the same problems as other proposals we have considered — namely, by solving one potential problem, it creates a host of new ones.To elaborate, we believe the proposed system would represent a change in two major areas:First, it creates more variability; it is difficult to predict exactly where a team will finish in a particular year, so there is not a guaranteed reward for getting the first selection of a surrogate” team. However, we believe there would be a strong correlation between the selection order of surrogate teams and their actual performance (based on the high correlation of teams’ year-over-year performance). This suggests that there would indeed still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams in any given year.Second, “NBA Futures” delays the allocation of high draft picks to poor performing teams; for example, Team X finishes with the worst record in year 1 and gets the right to select its surrogate team first – Team . As described above, we would expect Team Y to perform poorly in year 2 more often than not, thus resulting in a high draft pick for Team X after year 2. Under our current system, Team X would get a high draft pick after year 1.It is debatable whether the goals of increased variability and delayed allocation of high draft picks to poor-performing teams are the right ones. If we were in fact seeking to accomplish these two goals, there are several approaches that might be more straightforward. For example:– To add variability, level out the odds for the worst performing teams– To delay pick allocation, tie lottery odds to performance from one year priorThe proposed system could also create strange incentives around surrogate team selection: Will teams be inclined to select a surrogate in their division or conference for competitive purposes? Will teams try to sign their surrogates top free agent simply to make them worse? There could also be situations in which a team would have incentive to contribute to its non-surrogates improvement.And even though it sounds like Samuel and Cody have thought of contingencies like no trade clauses between surrogate teams, the proposal would likely add a significant layer of complexity to the trading of draft picks.Finally, its worth noting that the timing of surrogate selection would be very important. Wherever set, it could become subject to gamesmanship by teams sequencing transactions or disclosing (or not disclosing) information, like injuries, on either side of the deadline.As you can see, while there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery, finding the right balance of competing interests, especially one that will gain the support of three-quarters of NBA teams (the vote required to make the change), is a work in-progress. Regardless of the outcome, all of us at the NBA thank you for your contributions to a lively debate. Please keep the ideas coming!Sincerely,(Adam Signature) Over the last month, our sports podcast “Hot Takedown” asked listeners to submit their ideas for how to fix the NBA Lottery and end tanking. We got almost 7,000 responses, some silly, most very thoughtful. We picked one — a proposal in which teams would place bets on how other teams will perform, divorcing one’s own record from one’s own lottery pick (read about it here) — and sent it off to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office.And then we waited. Most of us (all of us) figured that was it. Usually letters to powerful sports bureaucrats go into the ether.Well, on Friday an envelope arrived in the mail from Commissioner Silver’s office. Someone had clearly read our letter and taken the time to draft a three-page response. (But, for what it’s worth, that someone had not listened to the podcast, or seen my bio page — it was addressed to “Ms.” Jody Avirgan.)The letter lauded our project, offered a detailed response to our plan, and acknowledged a “growing consensus” that the lottery needs fixing. Ultimately, though, it said the equivalent of “thanks, but no thanks.” But over three pages!Watch the video above for instant reaction from “Hot Takedown” host Chadwick Matlin and me. We’ve also posted the full text of the letter at the bottom of this post, and invite you to annotate it on Genius.We’ll dig into the details of Silver’s response soon, but here are a few quick notes.“I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon,” Silver writes. Bummer. But the vision lives on.The word “tanking” does not appear in this letter.Nevertheless, in responding to the “futures” plan, Silver does say he thinks “there would still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams.” Not to get too Talmudic, but is his use of “still” a tacit acknowledgment that there is currently an incentive to perform poorly?It’s signed only “Adam.” Neat.It’s tough to say whether this letter, along with the other statements Silver has made about lottery reform, indicates that the NBA is truly considering or merely entertaining more creative ideas. And Silver points out that three-quarters of owners will have to approve any changes. Is mentioning that the lottery’s fate is in owners’ hands an excuse not to take bold action, or just realism?Toward the end of the letter, Silver writes that “there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery.” In the past, Silver has flat-out denied that players are trying to lose, but he’s also acknowledged that the Competition Committee is looking at lottery reform. Part of me appreciates his candor, and part of me is surprised that Silver is still using cautious language like “appears to be … growing.”We’ve already re-extended our invitation for Commissioner Silver to come on “Hot Takedown” to further discuss the proposals and NBA tanking. Again, you can annotate his response for yourself and listen to our original podcast discussing all the proposals below (tanking conversation starts at 17:30): Silver’s full letter, plus your annotations: Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Fines totalling almost €100k in court crackdown on M50 toll dodgers

first_img Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 3:10 PM 73 Comments Short URL By Tom Tuite Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4594493 16,652 Views TEN MOTORISTS ACCUSED of dodging M50 tolls were hit with fines totaling almost €100,000 yesterday.The penalties ranging from €3,000 to €22,000 were handed down by Judge Anthony Halpin at Dublin District Court.One motorist who allegedly used Ireland’s busiest motorway 800 times without paying had a bench warrant issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up to for his trial. He is contesting his case and has instructed a solicitor to defend him.In all the prosecutions which resulted in the €97,000 in fines imposed, none of the motorists who had been summonsed came to court. Cases against them went ahead in their absence.Judge Halpin imposed smaller fines on some motorists who made efforts to pay their tolls but said, “The people who disregard it totally are fined heaviest, they have no regard whatsoever”.In one case he adjourned he granted legal aid and said this was due to the seriousness of the offence.The barrier-free toll motorway is operated by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).The judge said the authority was in charge of maintaining the roads and he warned: “If people want to use certain roads they have to pay; if they don’t, the penalties are quite high”.Each case finalised yesterday featured five sample counts and photo evidence of how many times the defendants’ vehicles had been detected using the motorway without paying the charge.The court heard the prosecution evidence showed the passage of the vehicles, mostly private cars, on the motorway on dates in May, August, October and November 2018, as well as proof of vehicle ownership at the time.Vehicle owners were given six months to pay the fines as well up to €350 in prosecution costs.Prosecuting counsel Thomas Rice BL (instructed by Pierse Fitzgibbon Solicitors) said a TII official had certificates of ownership as well as images of the vehicles passing the toll gantry on the M50.The court can impose fines of up to €5,000 per charge as well as a sentence of up to six months.1,300 lettersNicole Spellman, of 19 Kilcarrig Green, Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin was fined €22,000, the highest amount in the list of cases.The judge heard she was sent about 1,300 letters in relation to 446 unpaid M50 tolls and there were no payments.Adrian Frandes, trading as Roomheat, with an address at 12 Whitechurch Close, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 was fined €3,000. The court heard the TII would have sent him just over 600 letters about the unpaid charges. His vehicle had a history of 174 passages with no payment received.Oleg Gherman, of 63 Innisfree, Stepaside Lane, Sandyford, Dublin, had a car with history of 156 trips on the M50 with three payments, the last being on 31 July.Judge Halpin heard this defendant would have been contacted by post 450 times by TII. He received fines totalling €5,000.Ronan Rattigan of 2 Templeview Avenue, Clarehall, Dublin 13 was fined €10,000 for his five sample counts. The court was told his vehicle had a history of 141 passages and no payments.Elena Ershova, with an address at The Lodge House, Killucan, Co. Westmeath, was given €5,000 in fines. Her car had a history of 165 trips on the motorway with three payments and she was issued close to 500 letters.Marek Cornaga, of 75 Armagh Court, Waterville, Blanchardstown, Dublin, was also fined €5,000. The court heard his car had done 177 trips on the M50 and there were six payments. He would have received just under 500 letters about the tolls, the court heard.Mark Kealy of 13 Drumcairn Drive, Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin was fined €14,000. His car had a history of 198 journeys on the M50 and no payments. The judge was told the defendant would have been sent approximately 600 letters.James Gallagher, with an address at 145 Church Hill, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, was the owner of a goods vehicle with a history of 447 trips on the M50 but no payments were received despite being sent 1,300 letters, the court heard. Judge Halpin ordered him to pay €19,000 in fines.Lynn McLoughlin with an address at 3564 Lakeside Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, was fined €5,000 over five unpaid tolls in September and October. The court heard since she became the owner, her car had a history of 170 passages with six payments.Legal proceedingsFinally, Ted Purman, with an address at 31 Longdale Terrace, Ballymun, Dublin was fined €9,000. Judge Halpin was told this man’s car had done 258 trips on the motorway but no tolls were paid even though he was sent 750 letters.The court has heard it was TII’s policy to negotiate with defendants and some cases on the list were adjourned. The registered owner of a vehicle is responsible even if they were not driving the vehicle.The standard M50 toll for an unregistered private car is €3.10 must be paid before 8pm the following day or else there is a €3.00 penalty for having missed the deadline.Motorists have 14 days from the date of issue to pay for the journey and the initial penalty; otherwise a further penalty of €41 is applied.After a further 56 days there is an additional penalty charge of €103 and if it remains unpaid legal proceedings follow with the possibility of a court fine of up to €5,000 as well as a jail term of six-months, or both, per offence. Share7 Tweet Email1 Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Fines totalling almost €100k in court crackdown on M50 toll dodgers None of the motorists who were summonsed came to court. Apr 16th 2019, 3:10 PM last_img read more

Concerns over Australias first ice inhalation room

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As plans to set up Australia’s first ice inhalation room in Sydney’s south-west gain momentum, the community of Liverpool has expressed its concerns over the matter at a local forum.Run by advocates, Matt Noffs and former director of the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Alex Wodak, the pair explained their idea to set up centres around the country where users of various drugs, including ice, could smoke and inject in a safe and sanitary space. Despite evidence showing that drug rooms actually reduce crime, residents were not sold on the idea reported the ABC.Among the concerns were that a room of this nature would only draw users to the area and add to the issues brought about by the suburb’s methadone clinic; a sentiment shared amongst local business owners.“We’re trying to lease one shop at the moment to try to bring business in, but all I get from the real estate agents is ‘you’re too close to the methadone clinic, people don’t want to be associated with it’,” said local businessman George Khoury. “What’s being proposed is only likely to make that problem worse.”While another local insisted drug-related crime had increased in the area.“The crime rate has gone up in the suburbs – Austral’s service station out there got hit by an ice user six nights in a row,” she said.In support of Mr Noffs and Dr Wodak’s initiative, medical director of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney’s Kings Cross Dr Marianne Jauncey revealed that in her experience at her centre they had been highly successful in managing users.“The [idea ice users become] uncontrollable fighting machines is just not true – they talk a lot and sometimes they need people to listen, and sometimes we can do something and get them on a different track,” she said.While a specific site is yet to be selected for the room, Mr Noffs said the hospital precinct could be a preferred option for residents, but added that more discussion would be required to ease resident’s concerns and help “dispel a lot of anecdotal rumours” around safe rooms.last_img read more

AK Two runners an Alaskan and a Spaniard run for bone marrow

first_imgMarcos Yánez and Christy Youngblood celebrate after running more than 30 miles up and down a mountain to raise awareness for the bone marrow donation registry. (Marcos Cabrera, Photographer, Alaska #RunforLeucemia)Marcos Yánez is swiping through a series of high-quality photos on his phone.Listen nowIn one, he chugs a bottle of water. In another, it’s raining and he’s running up a steep incline on the side of a highway. The Alaska Range towers in the background. The white lettering on his orange rain jacket reads Alaska #RunforLeucemia. Names of sponsors run down the sleeve.Yánez just finished the last leg of a 300-kilometer run yesterday, and he still sounds tired.“Today I’m exhausted. I’m really exhausted because it was five stages,” Yánez said. “Every day I had to run over 50 kilometers.In total, Yánez ran around 187 miles, in just five days. And the terrain was anything but flat. Yánez started at Eklutna Lake outside of Palmer and ended his last leg outside of Healy, near Denali National Park. He ran up and down mountains in between.Yánez was running to raise awareness for the bone marrow donation registry. Bone marrow transplants have revolutionized the treatment of blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. For a little over 30 years, the National Marrow Donor Program through the Be the Match Registry, has been collecting cheek swabs from potential donors. But the registry still lacks diversity and numbers. Perfect matches are hard to make, and many of the patients who require a transplant, never receive it.Yánez is from the Canary Islands, which are owned by Spain, but for one of those legs he was joined by an Alaskan. Christy Youngblood is a 33-year-old lymphoma survivor.“It was hard, we were cold and it was raining, and I just wanted to keep pushing for all those who can’t run,” Youngblood said. “And just to show people that you can get back into doing something that you love after going through cancer.”Marcos Yánez and Christy Youngblood run along the side of a highway. The Alaska #RunforLeucemia aimed to raise awareness for the bone marrow donation registry. (Marcos Cabrera, Photographer, Alaska #RunforLeucemia)And Youngblood found the perfect person to do it with. Yánez’s father died from Leukemia in 2014. After that, he ran around 75 miles in Iceland to raise awareness for the bone marrow donation registry. And then in 2017, he came across Youngblood’s story online. They both loved running and cats. He’d lost his father and she’d recently lost her mother. He sent her a Facebook message telling her about his idea to run in Alaska and make a documentary.“We just kept messaging back and forth and quickly grew into a friendship,” Youngblood said. “And of course I wanted to help him and his crew get over to Alaska and to make this documentary happen and increase the awareness for the need of bone marrow donors.”Youngblood was first diagnosed with lymphoma in 2016.“I was a marathon runner, a vegan, super healthy,” Youngblood said. “The last thing I would think of was that I would be the one to get cancer.”Youngblood finished chemotherapy in early 2017, but after a few months, they thought the cancer was back and that she needed a bone marrow transplant.“I know that feeling when they told me that I would need a transplant,” Youngblood said. “They may have been able to use my own cells, but if they couldn’t, that feeling of just being so helpless. And I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.”Luckily, Youngblood didn’t end up needing it, and a few months after finding out she was in remission, she decided to start running again. Training was exhausting. But when she got the message from Yánez, it inspired her to keep going. She ended up running over 30 miles with him, including up and down Mount Healy.Youngblood said people they met along the way wanted to learn more about the bone marrow donation process. Some even wanted to run with Yánez.“I haven’t imagined it, this kind of emotion that I can communicate it. And I’m able to inspire people too,” Yánez said. “It’s so amazing when you are running with people like Christy that has a big heart, and she move with her heart, more than her legs, you know.”The Be the Match representative for Alaska, Tori Fairhurst, says people need the same tissue type to become marrow matches and because tissue types are inherited, that means they need similar ancestry. Certain groups, like Alaska Natives, are underrepresented on the registry.“There are 14,000 patients in the United States searching and a lot of them are never going to find a match and it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a match,” Fairhurst said. “It means the match didn’t sign up yet.”Eighty percent of the time it’s as simple as donating stem cells through a blood transfusion. The other 20 percent, they’re donating marrow to the patient.“The patient’s marrow would be destroyed and their perfectly matched donor’s cells would be given to them, and they would rebuild an immune system using the donor’s cells,” Fairhurst said.Bone marrow donor SandraLynn Hinton and transplant recipient Jonathon Leon meet for the first time at the end of Yánez’s run. “Thanks to her I’m alive and breathing,” Leon said. “So I had to come visit her in Alaska.” (Tori Fairhurst, Be The Match)That’s exactly what Wasilla-resident SandraLynn Hinton did. About eight years after Hinton registered by ordering a swab kit online, 24-year-old Jonathon Leon was diagnosed with Leukemia and in need of a transplant. Hinton was a perfect match. Leon’s now in remission, and they met for the first time at the end of Yánez’s run.“There are just no words to know, you know, that something small that I had in me that I could give to him is a gift of life for him,” Hinton said. “To see his parents, mom and dad and family just so happy that they have their son. It’s just overwhelming.”Leon and his family made the trip all the way from Miami to meet Hinton.“Thanks to her I’m alive breathing, so I had to come visit her in Alaska,” Leon said.Hinton said the donation process wasn’t as painful as many people think.“You’re under general anesthesia,” Hinton said. “I basically felt, for me, like I just had fallen down on the ice and hurt my rear end for a couple days.”Yánez said he’ll be back in Alaska to screen his documentary when it’s finished. His goal is to get 3,000 new donors on the registry, 10 for each kilometer he ran.last_img read more

How to Replace Your iPhone Battery

first_imgFebruary 23, 2018 Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag 10 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. When it was discovered that Apple had been throttling CPU cycles on certain iPhone models to compensate for aging batteries, the company offered users a $29 battery replacement for iPhone 6 models or later. The deal, which represents a $50 savings, is available until the end of December 2018 and requires that you either bring your phone in to an authorized Apple repair center or send it in to Apple.My iPhone 6 had become noticeably sluggish several months before this news broke. I couldn’t make it through a full day on a single charge. So when I heard about the deal, I called Apple to make arrangements to have the battery replaced. To send the phone in for repairs, it would mean being without it for five or more days, which was out of the question. The other option, to bring the phone to an authorized repair center like an Apple store or a Best Buy, required making an appointment and leaving the phone there for the better part of a day while the battery was replaced. Not as painful.I called the Apple store closest to where I live and was told there was a battery replacement backlog and to call back in two weeks. My local Best Buy was able to give me an appointment, but I had to wait one week and they couldn’t guarantee that the job would be finished in one day. No go. I decided to replace the battery myself.Third-party battery replacement kitsThere are several companies that offer DIY iPhone repair/replacement options, but I had heard about iFixit from a friend who used it for an iPhone screen replacement. iFixit not only sells replacement batteries, screens and other components, but the tools you’ll need to do the job right, and the company hosts a robust online community with teardown and repair guides, tips, tricks and videos submitted by users and staff.The folks at iFixit sent me a $24.99 iPhone 6 battery replacement kit, which includes a replacement battery and a tool kit. The lithium-ion polymer battery shares the same specs as the original cell (3.8 volt, 1,810mAh, 6.91Wh) and is pretested to ensure that there are no charging cycles and that charging capacity is 95 percent or higher.The toolkit contains a suction cup and a plastic opening tool that helps you to pry open the phone without damaging interior components or dinging the exterior casing. It also comes with a screwdriver base with three tiny bits, including a Pentalobe bit used to remove the two screws at the base of the phone; a spudger, which is a pointy tool used to help connect and disconnect the small ribbon cables; angled tweezers; adhesive strips; and a Liberation kit, which is nothing more than two Philips head screws that you can use to replace the Pentalobe screws. I also received a couple of optional tools to try out; the iOpener ($19.99) and the iSclack ($24.99).The iOpener is a 12-inch long, 2-inch wide black fabric-covered bag filled with liquid that you heat up in a microwave for 30 seconds and place on the back of the phone to loosen up the adhesive that holds the battery in place. You can also use a hair dryer for this. The iSclack can be used in place of the suction cup that comes with the toolkit: It’s a tool with two suction cups (front and back) that makes it easy to open the phone without having to use any other tools to pry the two pieces apart.First, a word of cautionA word of warning before getting started: The screws that you have to remove on the iPhone 6 (and other iPhone models) are very small, as are the ribbon cables that have to be disconnected and reconnected in order to do the repair. The job isn’t overly difficult, but it requires a steady hand, good eyesight and a lot of patience.It’s also important to keep track of the screws you’ve removed and not mix them up, otherwise you run the risk of damaging the circuit board when you go to replace them (I used labeled shot glasses to separate the screws and keep them safe). You’ll need something solid to prop up the top of the phone when you first open it to avoid damaging the display cables: I used an Amazon Echo, but a can of soda or something similarly heavy will do.The processTo start, I let the battery run down to around 25 percent and powered down the phone. I heated up the iOpener and let it sit on the back of the phone for five minutes or so. Next, I cleaned the front and back of the phone with a microfiber cloth and removed the two Pentalobe screws at the base (on either side of the power jack).I attached one of the iSclack suction cups to a point on the front of the phone just above the home button and attached the other cup on the back. I made sure that both cups had good suction, gave the handle a squeeze and the top of the phone popped open, exposing the interior. After removing the iSclack I lifted the top of the phone up like a clamshell using the top edge as a hinge. I rested the top against the Echo and used a rubber band to hold it in place.The first order of business is to disconnect the battery cable (highlighted above). I removed the two screws that hold the battery connector plate in place and used the spudger tool to loosen up the connector and the tweezer tool to disconnect it.At this point you can proceed to the next steps, which require that you remove the five screws that hold the front panel cable plate in place and disconnect the display cable, the digitizer cable, the home button cable and the camera/sensor cable (highlighted below). These actions allow you to completely remove the top part of the phone to give you more room to work on the battery, and although this is recommended by iFixit, it is not mandatory as you can remove the battery without completely removing the top. If you choose to leave the top attached, take care not to twist it or inadvertently damage one of the above-mentioned cables trying to remove the battery, which is held in place by very strong (and stubborn) adhesive strips. If you do remove the top, be extra careful when removing the cables and make sure to keep the screws separated as they are not interchangeable.There are two black tabs on the bottom edge of the battery. I used the tweezer to grab one and peeled it back. Using my thumb and forefinger, I slowly pulled the tab straight out toward me while keeping it parallel to the desktop surface. As I pulled, the adhesive (attached to the tab) began to pull out like taffy. The strip stretches to many times its original length, so it’s important to keep light but steady pressure while pulling and to continue to grab the adhesive closer to the battery as you pull. If the adhesive strip snaps, you can try to grab a piece of it with the tweezers and continue to pull, but if you can’t get hold of it you’ll have to use either a piece of dental floss (or strong thin string) or a credit card to separate the battery from the bottom of the casing.If you haven’t removed the top of the phone you’ll have to do so now to give yourself room to maneuver the string or card. It’s a good idea to reapply heat to the outside of the case using the iOpener or a hair dryer to loosen up the adhesive. Again, take care not to damage interior components such as the volume controls or the circuit board by applying too much pressure with the card. Also, be careful not to puncture the battery as it may release harmful chemicals or catch fire.Fortunately, I was able to remove both strips without snapping either of them and lifted the battery out with ease. If you have to pry out the old battery, check to make sure there’s no residual adhesive stuck to the bottom of the phone housing. I followed the instructions to attach two new adhesive strips to the bottom of the new battery, which is fairly easy. Just make sure they go on evenly without bunching up. If you experience a problem and have to discard the adhesive, call iFixit for a new set of strips.I angled the battery into place without pressing it down and used my fingernail to attach the cable connector to the socket on the circuit board. This part was tricky as I had to keep the battery at a certain angle in order to align the connector with the socket. It took several tries before I was able to press it in without inadvertently pulling it out by slightly moving the battery the wrong way.Once connected, I laid the battery down and firmly pressed it into place. If you had to remove the top, now’s the time to carefully reconnect the various cables, but it’s a good idea to disconnect the battery cable again before doing so. This way, if you happen to press the power button by accident (which I did), the phone won’t power up while you’re reconnecting the cables.Once all of the cables have been reconnected and the protective plate has been screwed into place, reconnect the battery cable and attach the battery connector plate. Carefully place the top portion of the phone onto the bottom portion, and slide it into the slots at the top until both pieces are flush along the top edge. Gently press the sides and bottom until they click into place, and replace the Pentalobe screws (or use the Liberation kit screws) by the power connector to complete the job. iFixit recommends calibrating the new battery by letting it drain below 10 percent before giving it a complete uninterrupted charge.A like-new iPhone (and a sense of accomplishment)I was able to complete the battery replacement in just under 30 minutes. The only part of the process that gave me any trouble was reconnecting the battery cable, but that was a minor hiccup. The best part? My iPhone 6 performs like brand new. Apps open immediately, videos load quickly and I still have more than half of my battery left at the end of a busy day.Of course, this process isn’t for everyone. If you have major reservations, leave it to the professionals, or invest in a battery case, a power bank, or, gasp, a new phone.last_img read more

More resorts to get Bahia Principes Emerald wedding package

first_img MIAMI — Just in time for engagement season, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts has expanded its wedding offerings at all of its properties throughout the D.R., Mexico and Jamaica.Previously exclusive to guests who tied the knot at Bahia Principe’s luxury properties, the Emerald wedding package will be available at all properties, beginning in January 2018.Couples who book an Emerald package can take advantage of special benefits including a VIP couples’ massage at Bahia Spa and special in-room décor. More importantly, Emerald package clients also get a free three-night stay after the big day “to get their marriage off to an unforgettable start”, says the company.Bahia Principe recently reclassified its 24-hotel portfolio into four categories and experiences: Luxury Bahia Principe, featuring the brand’s most luxurious hotels; Grand Bahia Principe, comprising five-star hotels; Sunlight Bahia Principe, for all Spain-based properties; and Fantasia Bahia Principe, a family-friendly concept that offers thematic hotels, inspired by the success of the brand’s newest property in Punta Cana.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“It’s no secret the holidays are the most popular time of year for couples to get engaged, and we wanted to expand our package offerings to the full portfolio to give them more options to celebrate their love at Bahia Principe in 2018,” said Helen Montijano, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada.“On the brink of a rebranding that simplifies the selection process for travelers to experience a vacation that aligns with their preferences coupled with the addition of an honorable distinction from the travel industry, couples can feel more confident in selecting our resorts as the ideal option to make their dream event a reality.”Five varying wedding packages allow guests to tailor their special day to their specific needs and offer different benefits for the bride and groom, she adds. The Romance Extravaganza package offers beauty and elegance: live music, floral arrangements, reception décor and complimentary champagne. The Free Wedding package includes a celebratory toast, room upgrade for the couple and a special wedding gift.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemMeanwhile the brand’s new honeymoon package includes gifts such as complimentary wine and chocolates, a discounted couple’s massage, romantic room décor and more.For more information, visit bahiaprincipe.com. More resorts to get Bahia Principe’s Emerald wedding package Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, Romance & Weddings Wednesday, December 27, 2017 last_img read more

THAI maintains highest safety standards

first_imgSource = THAI Airways Fly THAI Airways THAI maintains highest safety standardsThai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) today announces that it operates with the highest safety standards in all operational areas.Mr. Charamporn Jotikasthira, THAI President, said that in light of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) public posting a red flag today on Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (Thai DCA), as a result of the findings during the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) and the issuance of a Significant Safety Concern (SSC), Thai Airways International wants to reassure the travelling public that THAI operates with the highest safety standards in all operational areas.“A significant safety concern (SSC) does not necessarily indicate a particular safety deficiency in the air navigation service providers, airlines (air operators), aircraft or aerodrome; but, rather, indicates that the State is not providing sufficient safety oversight to ensure the effective implementation of applicable ICAO Standards,” ICAO.Despite the ICAO having “identified that Thailand has a significant safety concern with respect to the ability of the Thai DCA to properly oversee airlines under its jurisdiction,” Thai Airways International assures all parties that THAI strictly practices the safety standards of these international agencies.EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency)FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority)CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) JCAB (Japan Civil Aviation Bureau) IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit)Since 13 February 2015, when ICAO first issued the SSC on Thai DCA, Thai Airways International has had to rely on other states’ civil aviation authorities to provide oversight for where THAI operates. As such, THAI has undergone additional and more frequent safety audits and station inspections by these authorities; and as a result of these audits, THAI has been able to continue operating regular flights to these countries. In the very near future, THAI will be audited at the Company’s base by other states’ civil aviation authorities.For updates and more information, visit www.thaiairways.com.last_img read more

LISTEN Yeremiah Bell Arizona Cardinals safety

first_imgLISTEN: Yeremiah Bell, Arizona Cardinals safety Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yeremiah Bell has been around the NFL for a while. The veteran’s first season with the Arizona Cardinals will be his 10th, and this training camp is his third with a different team in the last three years.Prior to signing with the Cardinals, he had spent the previous season with the New York with the Jets and the eight before that with the Miami Dolphins.New coaches, new teammates, new defensive scheme. Well, sort of, because Bell spent time under Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles when the two were in Miami. “It’s a pressure defense, multiple looks,” Bell told Arizona Sports 620’s Bickley with Marotta about Bowles’ style. “Coach Bowles likes to get after people.“It’s a good scheme. I think guys will have fun.”Bell believes the defense, which finished 12th in yards allowed, 17th in points surrendered and fourth in takeaways in 2012, will have more success in 2013 as long as everyone gets the mental aspect of the scheme down. Furthermore, he’s very confident that the Cardinals, who won just five games last season, will be much improved this time around.“I think we’re going to be a very good football team, I really do,” he said. “Just from watching us at practice, the way we work. “Coach Arians coming in and just getting his message across and guys buying in.”Bell says the team has bought in, which is one of the most important aspects of a franchise turning things around. “Guys buying into the message, going out there working hard every day trying to get it right,” he added. “If we do those things and continue to get better every day, we’ll be a good football team.”center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

FILE In this Aug 27 2017 file photo Katy Perr

first_img FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Katy Perry arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Perry drew criticism for kissing a contestant while a judge on ABC’s ‘American Idol.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Singer Katy Perry kissed a contestant on “American Idol” and he did not like it.But Benjamin Glaze is downplaying some backlash aimed at Perry, who is a judge on the show. The 19-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to say he did not think he was sexually harassed.The singer from Oklahoma says he was uncomfortable when Perry kissed him on the lips as he auditioned during the show’s two-night season opener on ABC. Glaze says he had never been kissed before.He needed some water before singing Nick Jonas’ “Levels,” which Perry called “a bit rushed.”Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan did not send Glaze to the next round. Glaze says he should have picked another song and calmed himself down regardless of the kiss. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2018 3:10 am PDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img ‘American Idol’ contestant: Perry kiss not harassmentlast_img read more

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