Orca pod cruises through Victorias Inner Harbour during hourlong visit

first_imgVICTORIA – A pod of killer whales made a rare appearance in Victoria’s Inner Harbour Thursday, frolicking not far from the British Columbia legislature.The group of four or five orcas, including a large male and what appeared to be a calf, brought vessel traffic to a near standstill and delayed floatplane activity during the roughly hour-long visit.Jackie Cowan lives aboard a boat in the harbour and says she was listening to marine radio chatter about a pod of killer whales in Juan de Fuca Strait and then suddenly heard the Transport Canada patrol vessel ordering the harbour cleared.“I realized, oh my gosh, they are coming down the (seaplane) takeoff and runway lanes, which is straight down into the Inner Harbour,” she said.Cowan, a member of Victoria’s Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 35 and a captain for a local whale-watching company, identified the pod as T49A, a family group of transient orcas which mainly eat seals and sealions.The whales had upright dorsal fins, Cowan said, unlike the slightly floppy fins of their salmon-eating cousins, the endangered southern resident killer whales.“One of the whales that came up was a male and had a large, cone-shaped fin,” Cowan said, adding that she also uses a book that identifies orca pods off the south coast by their markings and the distinctive nicks on their dorsal fins.Cowan said a friend told her just hours earlier about an especially large group of seals and sealions at the mouth of Victoria harbour and she believes the pod was patrolling for a meal.“They are always hunting, that’s what they are always doing,” she said of the visit that including an excursion under the Johnston Street Bridge and into the Upper Harbour.“The fact that they would go that far in is unheard of, it’s amazing,” she said.Dozens of whale-watching vessels and curious boaters flocked to the already busy harbour, but Cowan described the operators as “respectful.”“Ultimately, the number 1 thing would have been to not even go in the harbour, but that is virtually impossible and also they were right in front of the seaplanes as well, so even the seaplanes had to stop,” she said, adding a tug towing a barge idled until the pod passed.“There was a barge coming out with a tow, the seaplanes coming and going, and then there were the pleasure craft that were here — and that was a busy time of day in the afternoon on a beautiful sunny day — and then the whale watching boats, so it was pretty crazy.The visit was astounding, Cowan said.“Everything stopped.”last_img read more

There is no Oka crisis 20 Kanesatake chief says as land dispute

first_imgMONTREAL — Kanesatake’s grand chief says his people are not heading towards a second Oka crisis despite tensions over a land dispute and a highly publicized war of words with the mayor of the nearby Quebec town.In an open letter published this morning, Serge Simon says that as far as he’s concerned, the current dispute over a developer’s intention to donate a parcel of land to the Mohawk community will not lead to a repeat of the 78-day confrontation that shook the region in 1990.But he says that still doesn’t excuse what he calls the neglect of the federal and provincial governments to settle the questions surrounding land rights, nor the inflammatory comments of Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon.Quevillon has previously raised concerns that the land donation would lead to his community being encircled by Kanesatake, and voiced fears of illegal dumping and an expansion of cannabis and cigarette merchants.Simon said the mayor’s words are an example of a widespread lack of knowledge that exists about Indigenous history, realities and rights.He called on Quevillon to stop using what he called colonialist language and to instead turn to the future and understand that the interest of his community is in social peace rather than confrontation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

With Cruise A Quiet Place Paramount ready for a comeback

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. – Paramount Pictures is ready for its comeback story.On Wednesday at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos announced a sequel to the breakthrough thriller “A Quiet Place,” two new Star Trek movies and trotted out its biggest star, Tom Cruise, to dazzle the audience of theatre owners and exhibitors with stories of his death defying stunts in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.”“It’s no secret we’ve had some difficult years at the box office,” said Gianopulos in his first presentation as the studio chair to the CinemaCon attendees. For the past few years, the studio has trailed behind the other major Hollywood studios in box office returns.He said the studio has made significant changes in leadership and production and is ready to get back to a narrative of success and that “A Quiet Place” is “the first of what we hope will be many future hits.”The John Krasinski-directed thriller has earned over $135 million from North American theatres in just three weeks. It cost only $17 million to produce.The studio teased a lineup heavy with familiar brands, including the Transformers spinoff “Bumblebee,” with Hailee Steinfeld, a new “Cloverfield” sequel, several “Star Trek” movies, their “Terminator” project, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, a Sonic the Hedgehog movie, a World War Z sequel, a Dungeons and Dragons movie and a new “Spongebob Squarepants.” Save for “Bumblebee: The Movie” which comes out in December, most of the projects are years from release.One film that is likely destined for box office success in the more immediate future is “Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” the sixth film in the Tom Cruise-anchored franchise, which have made over $2.7 billion worldwide.Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie (who he calls McQ) made an appearance to close out the presentation with a look inside one of the film’s most dangerous stunts — a free fall, at speeds ranging from 130 to 200 miles per hour, from an airplane at 25,000 feet. It’s a technique, McQuarrie said, that special forces use for infiltration.“How much we can do that is physically possible without killing Tom,” McQuarrie wondered while choreographing the 3-minute stunt that they said everyone told them was impossible.In the end, Cruise did 106 jumps to get three usable takes that will be cut together to make a single 3-minute action sequence in the film. CinemaCon audiences got a look at the early footage of Cruise pulling it off.“We shot this in the UAE,” Cruise said. “We never would have been able to do this anywhere else.”Later, Cruise’s co-star Simon Pegg joined them on stage and said of Cruise’s preference to do dangerous stunts himself that, “It is a daily stress going to work with him because you don’t know if you’re going to see him tomorrow.”Production on the film was put on hiatus last year after Cruise broke his ankle while filming a rooftop jump scene in London.“Mission: Impossible — Fallout,” and Cruise’s latest epic stunt, hit theatres July 27.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Airports customs trade Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

first_imgPARIS — France is spending 50 million euros ($57 million) to beef up security at airports and the Eurotunnel, hiring hundreds of extra customs officers and issuing emergency decrees to gear up for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the European Union on March 29 without a plan.Germany is fast-tracking a debate on solving bureaucratic problems in case of a no-deal Brexit. And the Netherlands has made a special exception to let British citizens stay in the country temporarily once they no longer enjoy EU residency rights.A no-deal Brexit would shake up the rest of the continent in ways that many Europeans haven’t yet fathomed.Britain, which would face by far the biggest disruption, has devoted thousands of civil servants and several billion pounds (dollars) on measures to mitigate the worst effect — although officials can only speculate about what will actually happen on March 30 if Brexit happens without a deal.After the British parliament overwhelmingly rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brext divorce deal this week, other European governments are now bracing for chaos too.“We strongly believe” Britain will leave with no exit deal, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday, unveiling a raft of emergency measures to cope with that prospect. “Under these conditions, our responsibility … is to ensure that our country is ready, that the interests of our citizens are preserved and defended.”The French government will hire nearly 600 extra customs officers and veterinary inspectors and invest in new infrastructure at airports and ports. All are to be operational by March 30.Special security measures will be put in place for the tunnel beneath the English Channel. The company that operates the Eurotunnel says a quarter of all U.K.-EU trade passes through the tunnel, which could be a major chokepoint in a no-deal Brexit.The French prime minister insisted the measures are a “contingency plan” but says France can no longer wait for a potential deal or other developments.France’s emergency decrees will allow British workers and retirees living in France to continue staying there for a year after March 29 — but only if the British government agrees to do the same for French citizens living in the U.K.The decrees will temporarily let British companies transport goods in France, and allow certain British insurance and other financial activities to continue in France despite Britain’s loss of access to the EU financial market. The exceptional transfer of military equipment between the two countries will also be allowed.In Berlin, German lawmakers were debating a bill Thursday meant to solve some bureaucratic issues arising from Brexit. The bill is now being fast-tracked.“We want to keep the damage — and there will certainly be damage from Britain’s departure — as small as possible,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. “That’s why we will of course do everything to find an orderly solution, but we are also prepared if there is no orderly solution.”The Dutch government announced last week it will let British citizens living in the Netherlands remain in the country for 15 months in the event of a no-deal Brexit and offer them the opportunity to apply for residency permits.In Britain, the government has begun to recruit hundreds of extra customs officers and border staff and has passed laws to help cross-border trade continue to flow, such as permits for long-distance truckers. Britain says EU citizens will be able to stay temporarily in the event of a no-deal Brexit.___Jill Lawless in London, Frank Jordans in Berlin and Mike Corder in The Hague contributed.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitAngela Charlton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

10 killed in suicide attack outside Sufi shrine in Pakistans Lahore

first_imgLahore: A teenage Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside one of Pakistan’s oldest and most revered Sufi shrines in Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, including five police commandos, and injuring 25 others as the country marks the Muslim holy month of Ramazan. The powerful blast took place around 8:45 am (local time) outside Gate number 2 of the 11th-century Data Darbar shrine, the largest Sufi shrine in South Asia, where the elite police personnel were deployed for security, police said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework A CCTV footage showed that a teenage boy wearing black shalwar kameez and a suicide vest came closer to the vehicle of elite force and blew himself up. “The suicide bomber is about 15 years old and made no suspected movement before blowing himself up,” Lahore police spokesperson Syed Mubashir told PTI. He said at least 10 people including five policemen were killed in the blast. Over 20 injured are being treated at the Mayo Hospital Lahore, of them the condition of six is said to be critical. He said two suspects have been taken into custody. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JeA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed the responsibility for the attack. “We also heard that Jamaatul Ahrar had claimed the responsibility of the Lahore blast on social media but we can’t confirm it before investigation,” Mubashir said. Punjab Inspector General Police Arif Nawaz told reporters that it was a suicide attack and the target was the vehicle of the elite force that was stationed outside the shrine of Sufi saint Ali Hajvari popularly known as Data Darbar. He said the suicide bomber came closer to the police personnel vehicle and blew himself up, killing five of them and injuring four others critically. One security guard and three civilians are among the dead, he said. The impact of the blast shattered the windows in nearby vehicles and buildings, local media reported. Television footage showed a number of damaged vehicles near the shrine. Lahore Deputy Commissioner Saleha Saeed told the media that one of the dead bodies brought in to Mayo Hospital was that of the suspected attacker. “It was a suicide attack. Ball bearings were also used in the attack,” she said. Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Yar Muhammad put the death toll to nine. “We have received nine people including policemen dead. The condition of six injured is critical and doctors are trying their best to save their lives,” he said. Wednesday was the second day of Muslim holy month of Ramazan. The Data Darbar area is thickly populated and the shrine attracts thousands of visitors every day. “I was performing my duty when I heard a powerful sound of the blast nearby. I rushed to the spot and found people in a pool of blood. I informed the police on emergency number and shifted two injured to Mayo Hospital,” traffic police warden Rizwan Ahmed said. Safia Bibi was to enter the shrine from the Gate 2 when the blast took place. She suffered injuries. At Mayo Hospital she told reporters that she came along with her daughter to take blessing of the Sufi saint. “My daughter had entered the shrine while I was behind her when I heard a sound of powerful blast. I fainted and recovered my consciousness at the hospital and found my daughter sitting besides me. I am thankful to God that my daughter is safe,” Safia said. Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack and directed the Punjab government to provide all assistance to the injured and families of victims. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also condemned the attack and ordered an inquiry into the incident, summoning reports from the Punjab Inspector General of Police and the additional chief secretary of interior, according to a handout issued by the Punjab government. Provincial Law Minister Basharat Raja said that the death toll may rise as some of the injured were in critical condition. “We condemn this cowardly act,” he said. A rescue operation was conducted in the area before it was cordoned off for investigation. The shrine was evacuated, with devotees moved out through exits away from the blast site. Entry to the Data Darbar has since been restricted. Educational institutions near the shrine have been closed for Thursday. Heavy contingent of police, Counter-Terrorism Department and forensic officials are collecting evidence from the site of the attack. The Inspector General of Police said police will share their findings once they conclude their probe. All regional police officers and city police officers have been directed to examine security in their respective areas and remain alert during the month of Ramazan. The Data Darbar shrine is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year. In 2010, the shrine was targeted in a suicide attack that killed more than 40 people. Since then, the area has been increasingly hemmed in by heavy security, with visitors forced to pass through several layers of screening before they can enter the complex.last_img read more

Namaste fires CEO starts strategic review of the cannabis tech company

TORONTO, United States — Cannabis tech company Namaste Technologies Inc. has fired its chief executive and plans to commence legal action against him as it launches a strategic review process to examine its options.The Toronto-based firm which operates an e-commerce platform and a portal that connects patients with doctors.It said Sean Dollinger’s termination from the CEO’s position came after an investigation by a special committee of its board of directors, who looked into allegations raised in October by prominent short seller Citron Research.Namaste concluded there were breaches of fiduciary duty by Dollinger. It terminated his employment as CEO and says he’ll be removed as a director. Meni Morim has been appointed interim CEO of Namaste.Dollinger couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.Namaste says its board has initiated a formal strategic review to consider all “value-maximizing alternatives” which could include a sale of the company or other transactions. read more

Yellow Pages CEO leaves company CFO named interim CEO

MONTREAL – Yellow Pages Ltd. (TSX:Y) says chief executive Julien Billot has left the company.The company says the board has named chief financial officer Ken Taylor as interim chief executive and has started a search for a permanent successor.The company also says it expects to hit its 2017 targets for total revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow.However, it expects to fall short of its target for digital revenue growth.Yellow Pages says digital revenue has improved but it now expects to fall short of a target of four per cent growth.The company is scheduled to report its second-quarter results on Aug. 10. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 26, 2017 5:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yellow Media Inc. logo is shown at the company’s quarterly results meeting in Montreal, Thursday, May 6, 2010. Yellow Pages Ltd. (TSX:Y) says chief executive Julien Billot has left the company. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Yellow Pages CEO leaves company, CFO named interim CEO read more

Senior official stresses link between demographic shifts and UN development climate priorities

“The year 2015 offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to achieve transformational global change,” said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, in opening remarks to the Commission’s current session, which runs at UN Headquarters through the end of the week. “In our world of stark and destabilizing inequality, where hundreds of millions of people struggle against assaults on their human dignity, we must honour our promise to leave no one behind,” he added.Mr. Wu looked forward to a session that would contribute further to realizing the rights and worth of every individual and protecting the environment for generations to come. “You meet as the international community strives this year to forge a set of sustainable [development] goals and a meaningful new universal climate agreement,” he said. “These twin priorities will be influenced by the profound demographic shifts taking place in our world, especially those related to youth, the elderly, urbanization and migration.”As the world’s population of young people reached its highest in history, one of those shifts being felt by many countries was the ‘youth bulge,’ which, if handled properly, could allow those States to reap a demographic dividend. “This requires enhancing education for both girls and boys, ensuring access to sexual and reproductive health care, and creating more decent jobs,” said Mr. Wu.While the youth population was indeed expanding, the Under-Secretary-General added that the fastest growing age group worldwide was comprised of people aged 60 and over. That meant that workforces were shrinking and populations greying, and it made it necessary to forge societies where older persons can contribute to the fullest and enjoy the social protections they deserve.He looked also to increasing urbanization, the benefits of which needed to be optimized, and he stressed the need to create conditions for safe, orderly and regular migration. “Far too many migrants suffer from exploitation, discrimination and xenophobia,” he said. “Addressing these violations of their rights will empower migrants to increase their contributions to development in both countries of origin and destination.” read more

Number waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS surgery set to double

first_imgSenior doctors said an NHS target to carry out 92 per cent of non-urgent operations within 18 weeks of referral had been “jettisoned in all but name” as the health service struggles to meet demand. Simon Stevens Simon Stevens acknowledged there was a “tradeoff”Credit:PA Last night David Hare, chief executive of the NHS Partners Network, urged patients to use their legal right to choose where to have treatment.Patients referred for most hospital care are supposed to be able to choose where they will be seen – or to switch provider if the waiting list where they are referred is more than 18 weeks.But NHS research shows just 47 per cent of people are aware of such rights, which were introduced by Labour and endorsed by successive Governments.Mr Hare said the piublic should be reminded of their rights, so patients could try to speed up their treatment at a time when NHS is “desperately short of elective capacity.”“With the NHS’ move to relax its commitment to treating NHS patients within 18 weeks, it is crucial patients are able to exercise their right to choose which provider they are treated by to ensure they can access the quickest available treatment,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Mr Hare said that on average, independent sector providers were able to treat NHS patients six days quicker than health service providers could manage, at the same costs to the taxpayer.“Unless action is taken, patients will face unacceptably long waits for treatment which not only leaves them in pain for longer than required, but could also lead to medical complications,” he said.  “We therefore urge the Government to take urgent action to ensure patients and the public are given sufficient information and are empowered to exercise their right to choose so they can access care as quickly as possible.” A total of 3.7million people in the UK are now on the waiting list for non-urgent operations, up from 2.4million in 2008.More than 360,000 of them have been on the waiting list for more than 18 weeks, equivalent to one in 10.Health officials say much of this is fuelled by an ageing population.Last Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, said a rise in waiting times for routine procedures, which include hip and knee operations and cataract removal, might be a “trade off” for improvement in other areas, such as hitting the four-hour A&E target, and better cancer care.The Government attracted heavy criticism this winter for the worst A&E performance on record.Mr Stevens said last month that he aimed to “get the patient experience of A&E back on track” as soon as possible.” However, officials denied that the 18 week target had been dropped.An NHS England spokesman said: “Since the early 2000s we’ve more than doubled the number of NHS hip and knee operations, and expect yet further growth in non urgent surgery over the next few years. Most NHS operations are now done in well under 12 weeks, and patients will continue to be able to choose where their operation takes place.” The number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for surgery is set to double in the next three years, the health service has been warned.The new analysis, based on official NHS figures suggests the total number waiting for operations will reach almost 5 million in 2020 – an increase of almost 2 million since 2015.On current trends, that will include more than 800,000 patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment – a rise from 360,000 today, the research shows.The analysis was carried out by the NHS Partners Network – which represents independent providers of NHS care, which urged patients to be more “sharp elbowed” about getting the treatment needed.The organisation said too few patients were aware of a legal right to choose where to have NHS treatment – including the option to choose locations with shorter waiting lists, including private hospitals.Last month the head of the NHS admitted that times for routine operations are likely to grow longer, as cash-strapped hospitals prioritise emergency and cancer care.last_img read more

Helicopter Lands in California Poppy Reserve During Super Bloom

first_img Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ Stay on target It seems super bloom mania has reached an insane (and illegal) peak as one park had to issue a warning when a helicopter carrying visitors landed in a poppy reserve.A couple apparently decided to skip the lines into Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, located in northern Los Angeles County, 15 miles west of Lancaster, and brazenly helicoptered into the park’s blooming fields.WE ALREADY KNEW THIS, BUT: Don’t land your helicopter in the middle of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. https://t.co/1AdiMaqTiE pic.twitter.com/r20j6YAGZB— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) March 26, 2019The helicopter landed around noon Monday, Jorge Moreno, a California State Parks information officer, told CNN. When a ranger arrived to talk to the couple, they took off in the helicopter.“We never thought it would be explicitly necessary to state that it is illegal to land a helicopter in the middle of the fields and begin hiking off the trail in the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, but recent events have shown that we were wrong,” the park said in a Facebook post, which also shared a photo taken by a visitor which showed a small black helicopter parked among blooming poppies and bushes of lacy phacelia.Helicopters are not allowed in California State Parks unless it’s an emergency helicopter or authorized agencies by the district, Moreno told CBS Los Angeles.Officers are watching for people illegally entering the park through barbed-wire fencing, trampling flowers. It only takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come. There are areas in the Reserve that haven’t recovered from trampling in 2017.#DontDoomTheBloom #CaStateParks pic.twitter.com/V3GcCE12ip— Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (@PoppyReserve) March 18, 2019According to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve website the poppies are currently in full bloom, and visitors can also currently see evening snow, wild parsley, blue dick, lacy phacelia, pygme-leaved lupine, western forget-me-not, fiddleneck, filaree, slender keel fruit, goldfield, and Joshua trees blooming.This super bloom, wildflower spectacles that exceed a typical season, is the second in two years, which is a highly unusual occurrence. In California, super blooms happen about once in a decade in a given area, and they have been occurring less frequently with the drought.Drone5 captured amazing video of the @PoppyReserve super bloom in the Antelope Valley on Tuesday https://t.co/TakuVIGnab pic.twitter.com/qHAJVDlm2J— KTLA (@KTLA) March 26, 2019“This year, I’m rating it a nine-and-a-half out of 10,” a park ranger said of the Antelope Valley bloom, CBS Los Angeles reported.Officials have been reminding visitors to stay on designated trails and to stop picking and stomping the flowers to get a photo. They’ve been promoting the rules on social media using the hashtag #DontDoomTheBloom.Authorities say people are even illegally entering the park through barbed wire fencing and crushing the flowers. “It only takes a few to wreck the habitat for years to come,” it said on Twitter.An aerial view of a ‘super bloom’ of wild poppies blanketing the hills of Walker Canyon on March 12, 2019 near Lake Elsinore, California. (Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)In Lake Elsinore, thousands have flocked to Walker Canyon to photograph an eye-popping display of California poppies, leading to heavy traffic and illegal parking along the 15 Freeway.The city had to pull in all available staff, outside traffic controllers, and shuttles to help manage the crowds.More on Geek.com:Rare ‘Super Bloom’ Erupts Across Southern CaliforniaWatch: Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes in One of Largest Eruptions in YearsWatch: Sinkhole Size of Football Field Shuts Down Zoolast_img read more

Driving in Oregon declines yet again

first_imgPORTLAND (AP) — You may not believe this if you’re a regular victim of rush-hour gridlock, but Oregonians are driving less.At its 2004 peak, the average distance traveled per person per year in Oregon was 9,936 miles, according to analysis of traffic data by The Oregonian newspaper.The number dropped to 8,836 miles during the 2008 recession and has continued to fall — to 8,548 in 2012 — despite the improving economy.The figures reflect a national trend researchers call “driving light.” Motorists often get behind the wheel only when they must, such as getting to and from jobs at the same time as everybody else — hence the bottlenecks.“They’re certainly not becoming anti-car,” said Jackie Douglas, executive director of the Boston-based alternative-transportation advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance and widely credited with coining the term “driving light.” “But with the cost of driving, along with tightening budgets and changing attitudes, more households are realizing they don’t need to drive everywhere and they don’t need a car for every family member who can drive.”Other numbers show the trend may continue. In 2003, 85 percent of 16-to-21-year-old Oregonians were licensed to drive. It’s now 71 percent. Also, passenger vehicle ownership has increased only 4 percent in the past decade, even as Oregon’s driving-age population jumped 14 percent, Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle and U.S. Census statistics show.In a few areas, vehicle registration has grown with the population. Since 2002, for example, the number of Washington County residents has increased 16 percent to 547,672 and the number of registered passenger vehicles is up 14 percent to 418,265, suggesting that development patterns, industrial expansion and TriMet cuts in the fast-growing Portland suburbs have left them as car-dependent as ever.last_img read more

Hibert Publishing Sells Off Magazine Assets

Hibert Publishing Sells Off Magazine Assets

first_img Six full-time employees will stay on from the Colorado Parent team, eventually joining 5280 Publishing staff at their office in downtown Denver. With Colorado Parent’s circulation of 45,000, the acquisition provides a significant bump to 5280 Publishing’s reach, increasing its print audience by 23 percent. Research from The Media Audit showed that 9.7 percent of Colorado Parent’s readership overlaps with 5280’s, which brings the total unduplicated print audience to an average of 518,845 readers per month. Despite selling off his properties, Hibert said he couldn’t be happier with the future of the publications. Hibert Publishing had a 94-percent female readership, a demographic that he said keeps publishing alive. This purchase doubles 5280 Publishing’s annual issues from 18 to 36, expanding its footprint as a dominant media player in the Denver-lifestyle space.  Colorado Parent was acquired by Denver, Colorado, based publisher 5280 Publishing in a deal which includes the monthly magazine, six annual publications, and the related digital properties. The Colorado assets join the namesake magazine 5280, and its ancillary publications 5280 Home, 5280 Health, and 5280 Traveler, as well as digital properties. For 5280 Publishing president Dan Brogan, this acquisition is part of a larger expansion plan, and he’s open to more. “Parenting was an obvious one, but the market already had a strong player in Colorado Parent, so we decided not to pick that fight…When [Hibert] decided it was time for a change, I was really flattered that he called me first. We were able to put the deal together very quickly.” “About five years ago, we started launching ancillary titles and were looking at a variety of subject areas,” Brogan said in an email.  Westchester Family, five ancillary publications, and its website were acquired by Community News Group (CNG), a publisher of New York-based magazines and newspapers. The monthly magazine has a circulation of 35,000 and will retain most of its staff. “Print being dead — it isn’t true. Magazines are still doing very well,” Hibert said. Hibert Publishing has sold Colorado Parent and Westchester Family in two separate deals that owner Gary Hibert said likely mean the end for the company he’s run since Nov. 2012. Parties close to the deals declined to share the terms of sale.last_img read more

All is not well between Parth Samthaan and his Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan

first_imgParth Samthaan and Charlie ChauhaninstagramParth Samthaan has turned out to be one of most popular celebrities in recent times. His portrayal of Anurag Basu in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is getting him appreciation from all corners and his chemistry with co-star Erica Fernandes aka Prerna has garnered a lot of eyeballs.Before playing Anurag, Parth had won hearts of fans in youth-centric show Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan where he essayed the role of Manik Malhotra opposite Niti Taylor. The show was quite a hit among youngsters and the cast also shared a great bond especially Parth and Charlie Chauhan.Charlie had even defended the actor in his much-publicised ugly fight with Vikas Gupta and had said in an interview that she would remain friends with Parth forever.However, looks like Parth and Charlie’s friendship has hit a roadblock. The actress had recently penned down a verse on heartbreak on her Youtube channel and when asked what Parth had to say about her writing, Charlie gave a rather strange reply, “Why will Parth comment on my poetry? And why will I ask for his feedback? I mean, I have asked my close friends’ opinions, that’s it. Why will I ask my co-actors?,” Charlie told IWMBuzz.When asked if the two weren’t close friends once upon a time, the actress explained that since she and Parth worked in the same set, they used to get along like everyone else. “No, that was because we used to work on the same set and everyone was as close as him. So ya normally like you get along with your co-actors, it was exactly the same,” she said.Well, this makes us believe that friendships in tinsel town are indeed temporary. Parth Samthaan and Charlie Chauhaninstagramlast_img read more

Honda to shut down UK plant over 3500 jobs on the line

first_imgHonda to shut down UK plantChristopher Jue/Getty ImagesJapanese carmaker Honda Motor Co. is set to shut down its plant in Swindon, England, in 2022, according to multiple media reports. The automaker is known to make its popular Civic model at this plant and the move will put over 3,500 jobs at risk.Sky News journalist Mark Kleinman broke the news on Twitter and said that the company would make the announcement on Tuesday, February 19. While the company is likely to shutter the plant, its European HQ will remain in the UK.Honda hasn’t specifically spoken of its decision saying that it would not make a comment “at this stage,” but lawmaker Justin Tomlinson confirmed the news through a series of tweets. “We take our responsibilities to our associates very seriously and will always communicate any significant news with them first,” Honda said in a statement.Tomlinson shed light on the reports and said that Honda had decided to shut down the Swindon plant due to global business trends. He said that he had spoken to the officials at the firm who explained that the decision “is based on global trends and not Brexit as all European market production will consolidate in Japan in 2021.”He added: “Honda will be consulting with all staff and there is not expected to be any job losses or changes in production until 2021.”The Swindon plant is known to be a busy one with about 100,000 Civic cars being produced for the global market. In fact, Ian Howells, Honda Europe’s senior vice-president, even earlier told the BBC that the carmaker planned to convert the particular plant into a global production hub for the civic.The UK forms part of our global network of manufacturing plants, so the only place we produce the vehicle we produce at Swindon is in Swindon itself, he had said. “The logistics of moving a factory the size of Swindon would be huge and as far as we’re concerned, we’re right behind supporting continued production at Swindon.”Even though Honda may have specified that the move was a business decision, many believe that companies have increasingly grown jittery around the looming Brexit on March 29. This had resulted in many brands moving out of the UK or deferring their investment plans in the region.Just a few days ago, Nissan said that it had cancelled its plans to build a new SUV at its plant in Sunderland, England. While the Japanese company said that it had made the decision “for business reasons,” it did explain that “the continued uncertainty around the U.K.’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future,” reported USA Today.Ford has also said that if the Brexit went through without a deal on future relations, it would be “catastrophic for the U.K. auto industry and Ford’s manufacturing operations in the country.” The company also spoke British prime minister Theresa May and said that that it may move some production out of the country due to Brexit, a source told the Irish Times.last_img read more

HTT Inks Deal to Bring HighSpeed Travel to Great Leaks Megaregion

first_img Hyperloop Transportation Technologies this week signed the first U.S. interstate agreement to create a network of high-speed routes in the Great Lakes Megalopolis.HTT teamed with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a feasibility study in the sector.Several corridors connecting Cleveland and Chicago have already been identified for consideration.AdChoices广告It’s no surprise HTT made the megaregion its first stop: Support for the Hyperloop has been widespread across the district.Last year, Ohio’s legislature passed a resolution for the initiative, citing increased connectivity between businesses and people, as well as “a significant positive impact on Ohio’s economy and infrastructure.”Travel between Cleveland and Chicago in just 28 minutes (via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)“We came here because places like Cleveland, Chicago, and Pittsburgh have the manufacturing, the raw materials, and the talented, hard-working people in order to make it happen,” according to Andrea La Mendola, chief global operations officer of HTT. “We can source everything from this area. This is a place where you make big things.”The research company recently worked with a bipartisan group of congressional representatives to craft a letter to the president, requesting infrastructure funding support (a measly $20 million) to develop the system.“Regulations are the ultimate barrier for Hyperloop implementation, and we are excited to build the first real public-private partnership to bring Hyperloop travel to the US,” HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn said in a statement. “With this agreement, we welcome innovative and industry-leading partners in both government and industry to our movement.”Interested parties can visit the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland on Feb. 26, where HTT will reveal additional details, as well as a growing list of regional consortium members.Hyperloop station of the future (via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies)Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in September got the green light to bring high-speed transport to India. A proposed route would turn the hour-long, 30-mile trip between Vijayawada and Amaravati into a six-minute ride.But HTT isn’t the only one with big plans for a speedy future.Late last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), E-470 Public Highway Authority, and Arrivo inked a deal to bring a high-speed travel network to Denver.Co-founded by SpaceX engineer Brogan BamBrogan, Los Angeles-based Arrivo plans to erect a full-system test track just off the E-470 Toll Highway, where the proposed first commercial leg will eventually be built.The dream of a super-charged future is alive in companies like Arrivo and Hyperloop One, which last year finished its 1,640-foot testing tube in North Las Vegas, and reached a new top speed for its transportation pod. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Denver Chosen For Hyperloop-Inspired Transportation SystemCast Your Vote for Most Beneficial Hyperloop Route last_img read more

KMC will not waive tax for any agency says Mayor

KMC will not waive tax for any agency says Mayor

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Sovan Chatterjee reiterated on Wednesday that the KMC has not waived tax and will not do so for any agency so that the revenue collection of the civic body is not jeopardized by any means.Responding to an allegation from Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay, who alleged that the KMC is hesitant in mopping up the exorbitant dues of Kolkata Port Trust, Chatterjee at the monthly meeting said: “We will not allow any agency to keep tax dues and will collect it in full amount. The KoPT has already paid us an ad hoc amount of Rs 50 crore. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPresently, we are trying to obtain the tax due records prior to 2012-13. Some documents in this regard are not tallying with the records of KoPT. We have asked the KoPT to share their records for this time period and will facilitatefurther course of action accordingly.”The Mayor further added that a tripartile meeting in this regard has been held recently with Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, KMC and KoPTregarding dues.Congress councillor Prakash Upadhyay had demanded an answer from the Mayor regarding what measures have been taken by the civic body to collect tax dues of Rs 422 crore Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedfrom the KoPT.Speaking on the matter, Vinit Kumar, KoPT chairman said: “In a recent meeting with the KMC and state Urban Development andMunicipal Affairs minister, it has been decided that that some settlement will be made concerning the old tax dues. After 2012-13, there were dues of around Rs 150 crore out of which KoPT has already paid Rs 50 crore, three to four months back to the civic body. For the rest of the amount, talks are on.”last_img read more

Heres what you need to know about frozen food

Heres what you need to know about frozen food

first_imgFrozen snacks come as a saviour when it comes to pleasing the palate, but quality and safety are some of the things one should keep in mind while purchasing them, says an expert.1. Frozen produce is picked at the peak of its nutrition and flash frozen to maintain the flavours and nutrients. Flash freezing locks in all the product’s goodness. 2. Frozen foods stay fresh for longer because the freezing process suspends enzyme activity that causes the food to rot. Depending on the type of food, you can store it for several months without losing quality, but always check for longevity of your purchase.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf3. Manufacturers have refined preparation, storage and reheating techniques to create flavourful, gourmet-quality meals and entrees. Frozen meals also expose people to foods they might not otherwise eat, such as ethnic foods with long preparation times, or specialty foods that may be too expensive to obtain fresh.4. Freezing suspends microbial and fungal activity in the food. As long as the food remains frozen, it is safe. Frozen ready-to-cook food can be prepared within the hygiene of the house. Add to it your own special touch.last_img read more

To the MAX Sunwing Airlines takes delivery of the first of four

To the MAX Sunwing Airlines takes delivery of the first of four

first_img Share Tags: boeing, Seattle, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group center_img SEATTLE — Sunwing Airlines executives flew to Seattle and back to take delivery of the carrier’s newest plane, and Travelweek was along for the ride.Sunwing, which has become North America’s largest vertically integrated travel company, took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 on May 25. The aircraft is the latest model in Boeing’s 737 series.The new model features 12 more seats, 8% less fuel emissions and 8% lower operating costs per seat than its nearest competitor, the A320neo.The aircraft is the first of four new B737 MAX 8 aircraft and two B737-300 aircraft acquired by Sunwing Airlines in accordance with its most recent agreement with Boeing and Air Lease Corporation.The second 737 MAX 8 aircraft will be delivered this week with the balance to be delivered in 2019.Sunwing Airlines President Mark Williams said the 737 MAX “is an integral part of Sunwing’s overall expansion plans across an increasing number of both Canadian and U.S. gateways and illustrates the evolution of the company.”“Sunwing may have increased in scale, however what drove the company in the early 2000s is still central to our business today – in particular, the airline’s commitment to its passengers that when they travel with Sunwing, they travel with an award-winning airline and one of Canada’s most modern fleets,” he said.Brad McMullen, Boeing’s Vice-President, Sales for the Americas, added: “Sunwing already flies one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in Canada and now they take another leap forward with the Boeing 737 MAX, a new jet that can fly further, use less fuel, and provide greater passenger comfort.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTWilliams confirmed that the Boeing 737 MAX is 14% more fuel efficient than its existing fleet, noting that this added fuel efficiency is “transformational” for the company because it gives this aircraft an additional range of 500 nautical miles compared to its existing fleet.This allows Sunwing Airlines to comfortably operate full flights from Vancouver to the East Caribbean at full capacity rather than leaving empty seats so as to conserve fuel, effectively adding at least 14 seats to each flight.In fact the plan is to operate these aircraft out of Vancouver this fall after an initial break-in period over the summer operating out of Toronto.The new 737 MAX features the latest aircraft technology offered by Boeing and will allow Sunwing to offer reliable, cost effective and environment friendly service, say the companies. The aircraft not only uses less fuel but it also reduces CO2 emissions by 20% compared to the older aircraft it’s replacing.Part of Boeing’s newest family of single-aisle airplanes, the 737 MAX 8 – with more than 4,500 orders from nearly 100 customers worldwide – is already the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history.The aircraft has 189 seats, all featuring a new seat tip which creates the perception that the passenger has 2” more room.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJA first for Sunwing, each seat has a USB port which allows passengers to charge and use their personal devices during the entire flight. This follows the emerging trend to allow passengers to use their own content during the flight.Sunwing’s 737 MAX will feature 24 Elite Plus seats allowing 3” – 6” of extra room at a premium charge.The aircraft is also significantly quieter, by about 40%, than earlier 737 models which Boeing says may reduce passenger flight fatigue.The 737 MAX is also equipped with LED lighting throughout, including landing lights, adding to energy efficiency, reliability, reduced heat and passenger comfort.The inaugural flight back from Seattle was piloted by Ron Henry, one of Sunwing’s first pilots who has been flying for Sunwing since 2005, along with First Officer Jessalyn Teed, a recent recruit to the flight crew and a graduate of Sunwing’s cadet program, operated in partnership with the University of Waterloo.Sunwing offers direct service from over 33 gateways across Canada to more than 45 sun destinations. The company’s inflight service features a complimentary glass or sparkling wine, tea, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages with a buy-on-board menu inspired by Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. An added bonus is a complimentary 23 kg checked luggage allowance. For more information visit sunwing.ca. To the MAX: Sunwing Airlines takes delivery of the first of four new B737 MAX 8s Monday, May 28, 2018 last_img read more

Michael Jackson Gallery unveiled in Macau

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M Michael Jackson fans, media and exclusive guests poured into Macau’s Ponte 16 resort on Monday night for the launch of the Asia exclusive MJ Gallery. Featuring 40 plus Michael Jackson memorabilia, The Gallery is expected to help boost visitors to the casino-entertainment resort. The red-carpet launch also included performances by International pop diva Coco Lee and singing sensation, Shaheen Jafargholi. “The MJ Gallery at Ponte 16 adds to the many reasons for visitors to come and enjoy Ponte 16, the only resort destination in Macau’s historic inner Harbour District. It is a great example of Macau’s ability to offer visitors innovative attractions against the backdrop of a city of unique culture and history, of interaction of East and West,” Chairman of Ponte 16, Macau, Dr. Ambrose So said.First of its kind in Asia, The Gallery’s most popular items were MJ’s famed Swarovski studded glove and socks featured when he first performed his hit Billie Jean.last_img read more