Ecofriendly cottages to come up in tourist hotspots of N Bengal

first_imgDarjeeling: Tourism in North Bengal is all set to receive a further boost with new accommodations coming up in the form of eco-friendly cottages in tourist hotspots.The state Tourism department, in collaboration with the Parks & Gardens Wing (North) of the state Forest department will be constructing these cottages at Gajoldoba, Tiger Hill and Tonglu. “15 cottages will come up at Bhorer Alo of Gajoldoba, with 5 cottages at Tiger Hill and 5 cottages at Tonglu. We will try to finish the cottages by Durga Puja this year,” said Anjan Guha, the divisional forest officer of the P&G Wing (North). Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDetailed Project Reports of the projects have already been submitted to the Tourism department. The project is pegged at Rs 11 crore. Rs 6 crore will be spent for the cottages at Tonglu and Tiger Hill, while the 15 cottages at Bhorer Alo will be built at a cost of Rs 5 crore. Bhorer Alo, located at Gajoldoba in the Jalpaiguri district is located at a distance of 15 km from Siliguri town. Spread across a sprawling 210 acre area, Bhorer Alo is a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaUpon completion, the project will boast of a budget hotel, 2-star category hotels and a high-end hotel, along with a 9 hole golf course spread across 60 acres of land. Tourists will also be able to enjoy cycling, boating and camping facilities. It will also have a trekking route through Saraswati Tea Estate to the Bengal Safari. Work is on by the Forest department for developing the route. The project also includes a jungle safari, sunset point, orchid park, bird park and an amphitheatre. The cottages will not be constructed out of concrete. They will be made of wood and will have double occupancy, with all modern amenities on offer. Tiger Hill, a famous sunrise point, is located 11 km from Darjeeling town. An old British bungalow at the location that had been burnt down during the violent agitation of the 1980s is currently under renovation. The new cottages will come up surrounding the British cottage. At Tonglu, two separate dormitories for men and women will be there. Each dormitory will have a ten bed facility. Tonglu is located on the world famous trekking trail to Sandakphu- the highest point of the state at an altitude of 12,000 ft.last_img read more

Calling for end to provocations Ban says Israel and Palestinians must restore

“The status quo is unsustainable. All efforts must be made towards a positive change,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the 2012 session of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.“The parties should do their utmost to resolve all permanent status issues, end the conflict, and establish an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace with a secure Israel,” he added.The committee was set up in 1975 by the General Assembly to enable the Palestinians to exercise their rights to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty and to return to their homes and property from which they were displaced.“It is time to realize the legitimate rights and aspirations of the people of Palestine and the people of Israel,” said Mr. Ban, who recently returned from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, where he encouraged the parties to re-engage in earnest towards the resumption of permanent status negotiations.He cited the need for concrete steps on the ground to restore confidence and trust. The parties have a particular responsibility to cease provocations and create a conducive environment for direct talks, he said.“Israel’s continued settlement activity is a major obstacle and prejudices final status issues,” said the Secretary-General. “It must cease.” He added that unilateral actions on the ground will not be accepted by the international community.For its part, the Palestinian Authority should also find ways to de-escalate the situation, improve the divisive climate, including by combating incitement, and engage directly in the search for a negotiated solution, said Mr. Ban.He also renewed his call for immediate steps towards lifting the closure of the Gaza Strip and the full opening of legitimate crossings for the import of construction materials critical for the area’s economic recovery – changes that can be implemented “with due consideration for Israel’s legitimate security concerns, while making a significant difference in the lives of ordinary Gazans.” 13 February 2012Israel and the Palestinians must cease provocations and take concrete steps to restore trust and create a conducive environment for direct talks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, pledging to do everything in his power to help the parties advance the peace process. read more

QLT slashes workforce by twothirds CEO to depart

VANCOUVER — Canadian biotechnology company QLT Inc. is cutting its workforce by two-thirds, leaving it with 68 employees after a downsizing brought in by new leadership following a proxy battle waged by some of its shareholders.Among those leaving is Robert Bulchofsky, who has been QLT’s president and chief executive. He has agreed to stay until July 31 as part of the transition.The Vancouver-based company had been one of Canada’s most successful biotechnology firms based on its treatment for age-related blindness.But sales of Visudyne have fallen and QLT has struggled in recent years to find another commercially successful product.As a result, QLT’s new chairman says the company is cutting 146 of its 214 remaining jobs.He says the downsizing will reduce QLT’s annual operating expenses by $45-million to $50-million in 2013. The downsizing will cost about $14-million to $17-million, mostly for severance and change-of-control payments.QLT’s new board of directors has also authorized a payout of $100 million to its shareholders in a process known as a return of capital.“To understand why the Board is taking this new direction, it is critical to understand why it was elected and how QLT’s previous strategic plan could have put the company in a precarious financial position,” QLT chairman Jason Aryeh said in a letter to shareholders publishes Monday.“Our board was elected by concerned and frustrated shareholders, disquieted that the company’s spending and headcount seemed to be inappropriate given the nature of its assets, size and focus.”Aryeh said the new board has done a thorough analysis and determined that the shareholders concerns were justified.Among other things, QLT will become more focused — concentrating its development activities on a synthetic oral retinoid.It has also hired Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs to explore the spinout or sale of its punctal plug delivery system and to determine whether to keep or divest its Visudyne business. read more

The Latest Drug distributor says statement out of context

WASHINGTON — The Latest on court filings and data on the opioid crisis (all times local):12:30 p.m.A drug distribution company executive who said in a legal proceeding that the company does not have an obligation to the public in shipping prescription opioids meant that only in a legal context, her company says.Cardinal Health spokeswoman Brandi Martin says that news reports about associate general counsel Jennifer Norris’s comments during a deposition taken earlier this year did not contain the proper context.Norris said under questioning that the company did not have an obligation to the public but did have “an obligation to perform its duties in accordance with the law, the statute, regulation and guidance.”Martin says the company wants to help solve the nation’s opioid crisis and will defend itself against lawsuits that allege wrongdoing in the way it distributed the drugs.___10:50 a.m.An executive at one of the nation’s largest drug distribution companies said in a legal proceeding that the business does not have an obligation to the public when it comes to shipping prescription opioid painkillers.That’s one of the exchanges contained in thousands of pages of court documents made public this week in lawsuits between two county governments in Ohio and a group of drugmakers and distributors over the toll exacted by opioids, which have been blamed for more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. Data shows shipments of the drugs increased even as overdoses mounted.In a deposition this year, Cardinal Health associate general counsel Jennifer Norris said the company has no obligation to the public but has “an obligation to perform its duties in accordance with the law, the statute, regulation and guidance.”The Associated Press read more

Chaos at Pembrokeshire County Show as loose horse injures eight

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. Mr Davies also paid tribute to members of the public attending the show who reacted to the accident in a calm and helpful manner and who rendered valuable assistance.He added that the show would continue as planned tomorrow (Thursday, 16th August).Hannah Marie Jones, who was at the scene said: “Six people have been injured, some seriously after a loose horse galloped down the main thoroughfare at the County Show.”The Air Ambulance is at the scene along with police, local ambulances and St Johns. The area has been cordoned off and the horse has been captured.”A statement from the Pembrokeshire Show said: “We can confirm that there has been an incident at the Pembrokeshire County Show today. We are currently working with all the emergency services who are dealing with the situation. Six casualties are being assessed by Welsh Ambulance Services.” Police attend the incident in WithybushCredit:Wales News Service He said there would be a full review into the circumstances surrounding the accident. An air ambulance arrived at the scene at the Pembrokeshire County ShowCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE “There are several people now being treated by medics, some were still scattered on the ground with what seemed to be head injuries.”An air ambulance landed here about 10 minutes ago and there are a few people being treated with oxygen masks.” A 12-year-old boy and 83-year-old man are among eight people injured by a runaway horse at the Pembrokeshire County Show.The Air Ambulance, police officers and local ambulance services are at the scene, in Withybush, west Wales, and five people have been taken to hospital.The casualties  were hurt when the show horse threw its rider and bolted out onto a busy walkway full of spectators.A spokesman for the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society said: “A horse taking part in a competition – on the second day of the Pembrokeshire Show – threw its rider and jumped a fence into the crowd.”As a result there were eight casualties. We can confirm that there has been an incident at the Pembrokeshire County Show today. We are currently working with all the emergency services who are dealing with the situation. Six casualties are being assessed by Welsh Ambulance Services.— Pembrokeshire Show (@pembscountyshow) August 15, 2018 “Five people were taken to hospital including a 12-year-old boy and an 83-year-male. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.”Medical crews on duty at the Withybush showground helped treat the injured along with other members of the emergency services. An Air Ambulance attended the scene but was not required.The Chairman of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society’s Trustees, Mr Mike Davies, said: “At the moment our thoughts are with those who were injured.”We also want to thank the emergency services who were on the scene very quickly and assisted the injured.” Jonathan Twigg, who was at the show, told the BBC the horse bolted through the crowds.”A horse, presumably a show jumping horse seemed to break free from the area it was being held and just went on a rampage,” he said.”It bolted up the avenue through the crowds here and took maybe a dozen people out on the way as it just ran straight into them. Air Ambulance at the scene Police at the scene read more

Hitachi gives details of EH5000AC3 truck and SkyAngle system

first_imgHitachi has now given details of its already mentioned new mining truck – the EH5000AC-3 – at MINExpo 2012. The truck is the first to feature the company’s brand new Advanced Hitachi AC Drive System, the only system available on the market that is designed and built by the same company as the truck. The EH5000AC-3 is Hitachi’s largest rigid frame truck and described as “one of the most technologically-advanced mining trucks on the market today.” It features a Cummins QSKTTA60-CE diesel engine that generates 2,125 kW) at 1,900 rpm and meets EPA Tier 2 emission requirements. The all-hydraulic actuated braking system provides precise braking control and quick system responses, and a new Hitachi system monitor provides display information and diagnostics of all onboard systems and controls.The most significant update, however, is the hauler’s new AC drive system. At the core of the new system is the advanced propulsion technology, which delivers a whole new level of efficiency, vastly enhancing machine operations for mining professionals everywhere. In addition, the new technology, which also powers Japan’s famous bullet trains, outperforms previous and competitive systems through its simplicity, improved efficiency, and enhanced dependability. It features slipcontrol for traction – similar to active traction control; slide control for grip – similar to an anti-lock brake system; pitch control for smoother ride control and control of bouncing when stopping; and skid control for stability in cornering when road conditions are slippery.While slip and slide control were already available on  the existing Hitachi trucks with Hitachi AC Drive Systems, the new Advanced Hitachi AC Drive System now features sensors on all four wheels. It also incorporates additional feedback from the drive system, front wheels, steering, suspension, and other systems on the truck to enhance the slip/slide control feature. Pitch and skid control are brand new features. Hitachi is the only company in the industry that designs and manufactures all components of its drive control system. It started producing its own drive system four years ago with the introduction of the EH3500ACII, and believes it has created vast enhancements to this technology in that time span. “By specialising only on shovels and haulers, we are able to concentrate on producing highly-efficient machinery,” said Ryan Blades, Division Manager, Hitachi Mining. “The new AC-drive technology advancements are a perfect example of the superior quality and performance of this approach.”Hitachi also introduced SkyAngle at the event, a brand new camera monitoring system, developed in conjunction with Clarion, which takes synthesised images from several wide-angle cameras mounted on the truck and displays them in the cab. This results in a comprehensive “bird’s-eye-view” of the surrounding machinery. In addition to the proximity of machinery, the operator can switch to a “zoom display” or “wide display” mode, enabling more comprehensive monitoring of a wide area. “The safety benefits of the SkyAngle system are tremendous. It allows operators to quickly grasp what is occurring around the machinery, such as position of other equipment, service vehicles or people,” said Blades. “This technology is yet another example of how Hitachi – by focusing only on shovels and haulers – is able to produce highly-efficient and productive machinery for mining operators across the world. In 2001, the company was the first in the competitive landscape to launch a monitoring system that featured a rear-view camera and display as optional equipment for hydraulic excavators. And in 2006, Hitachi Mining was the first company to introduce this type of monitoring system as a standard feature on all hydraulic excavators that are 6.5 t or larger.last_img read more

8 soulcrushing realisations about department stores

first_img5. You will see at least 6 children dying of boredomThis will bring back painful memories of your own childhood, sitting under a rack of skirts in Arnotts, or Switzers, or Guineys for what seemed like days.6. You’re going to be disappointed by your visit to the caféLocated on the 5th floor, department store cafés are where paninis and bakewell tarts go to die.You will be so parched by the 69 degree celsius heat in the store though, that you’ll be glad to choke back a €2.79 sparkling water. Source: WordPress7. There’s never a bunch of lost priests in the lingerie sectionNo matter how hard you look.8. You’re never going to get locked in overnightThis was your childhood dream, right? Ours too.You’d be able to eat all the pick n mix: Source: EEPaulJump on all the beds: Source: thinkretailAnd play with all the toys: Source: roboppyShare your department store experiences in the comment section. And if you ever got locked in overnight, you’re our hero…9 reasons shopping is a special brand of horror>20 things you’ll find in an Irish shopping centre>16 reasons to hate doing the ‘big shop’> CLERY’S IS BACK in business today after several months out of action.We welcome back the Dublin institution with open arms, but not all department store experiences are as joyous as a jaunt in under the famous clock.It’s time we came to terms with them…1. They’re lying to usLOOK AT THIS! Source: Imgur2. You’ll never be able to fold the shirts the way they doYou can watch all the videos you want, but you’ll never get there. Source: LOLbrary.com3. Don’t turn rightDepartment stores place all of their best swag to the right of the door, because they count on you to turn right. Source: GifbinWhy not stick it to the man and turn left. I’M SPARTACUS!4. You’ll find the ‘up’ escalator easily enough…… but it’s trickier to find the ‘down’ because THEY NEVER WANT YOU TO LEAVE.last_img read more

Apple Blocks Sony From App Store

first_imgI guess this means war. App war. Apple is reportedly amping up control of its already fairly closely vetted App Store, blocking a number of companies from its wall-garden–namely those selling content through their offerings. The most high-profile offender? Sony. Apple sent a rejection letter to the consumer electronics giant over an iPhone app that let users but books from the Sony Reader Store.The news, naturally, came out via Sony. Apple–at least for the moment–isn’t talking. “It’s the opposite of what we wanted to bring to the market,” Sony digital reading president Steve Haber told The New York Times. “We always wanted to bring the content to as many devices as possible, not one device to one store.”According to Haber, Apple’s rejection letter informed Sony that all in-app purchases need to be approved directly by Apple. No word yet on how this will affect companies like Amazon, which already offer such content through the App Store.last_img read more

Landslide in Zakynthos changes Navagio beach WATCH

first_imgFollowing the 6.4 Richter scale tremor that hit the Ionian island of Zakynthos, a landslide at one of its most famous beaches has resulted in a change in the colour of the waters.Zante’s most popular beach, Navagio (which means Shipwreck in English), went from clear turquoise to white as white rocks from the adjacent cliff have fallen into the waters.The earthquake has also affected the safety of the beach which normally attracts more than one million visitors per year.Greece’s Organization of Earthquake Planning and Protection (OASP) has inspected the site and its chair, professor of geology Efthymios Lekkas,has advised the establishment of traffic zones on the beach surrounding the shipwreck that will only allow vessels and visitors to access areas of the beach that have been cleared as safe.OASP also recommends cutting down the number of visitors allowed on the beach per session as it is not yet clear how safe it is near the cliffs or how the rocks have changed the bottom of the waters.Watch how the beach has change as Ionian Channel TV recorded it below: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WWE looks at recent Performance Center tryouts Top 10 Greatest Announcer Calls

first_img Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Facebook Google+ Pinterest 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event WhatsAppcenter_img WWE issued the following on Friday, looking at the recent tryouts this past week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.Collegiate wrestling champion Jacob Kasper, Tough Enough alumna Chelsea Green among prospects at WWE tryoutMore than 40 prospects — including a decorated collegiate heavyweight wrestler that has garnered comparisons to John Cena and a former Tough Enough competitor — are in Orlando, Fla., this week for a tryout at the WWE Performance Center.The camp, one the most stacked tryouts since the advent of the WWE PC five years ago, began Thursday and culminates Saturday, and is being presided over by Head Coach Matt Bloom and his coaching team. WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry, who referred several of the athletes in attendance, is also on hand to observe the tryout.Attendees’ athletic backgrounds run the gamut from amateur wrestling, independent wrestling, professional and college football and rugby, to strongman competitions, bodybuilding and fitness modeling, track and field, cheerleading and more.Participants at this week’s camp include:2018 ACC heavyweight wrestling champion Jacob Kasper, a two-time All-American from Duke University who placed in the 2016 Olympic Trials and holds 108 career wins. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 225 pounds, Kasper has attracted much attention from sports media and WWE experts. WWE Hall of Famer and recruiter Gerald Brisco even likened him to one of WWE’s all-time greats, telling ESPN.com that Kasper “reminds me in many ways of a young John Cena.” In addition to his accomplishments in wrestling, Kasper has also been a training partner for current UFC champion Daniel Cormier, as well as former champions Luke Rockhold and Cain Velasquez.Tough Enough alumna Chelsea Green, a four-year wrestling veteran and product of Lance Storm’s Storm Wrestling Academy in Canada. Prior to wrestling, Green was a standout in soccer, track, volleyball, basketball and dance. She competed in the 2015 edition of WWE’s competition reality series and has since wrestled in Japan, Mexico and India, among other countries. Green has also done stunt work in movies and commercials.“The British Amazon” Heidi Katrina Alavi, a 5-foot-9 independent wrestler from Essex, London, who is currently based in Japan. Alavi brings a background in acting and fashion and sports modeling, as well as extensive experience wrestling in Japan, including for the Sendai Girls’ Pro Wrestling organization, where she is a reigning tag team champion.Terrell & Terrence Hughes, the 23-year-old twin sons of WWE Hall of Famer D-Von Dudley. Both men played football in high school, and Terrell qualified for regional and state competition in wrestling. Their sports-entertainment training began in 2012 at the Dudleys’ Team 3D Academy, and the Hughes brothers have held tag team titles on the independent circuit under the name TNT.23-year-old Davin Addison, a 275-pounder from Laramie, Wyo., who formerly wrestled with the University of Wyoming’s Division I wrestling program.Terence “TJ” Barnes, a 6-foot-7, 360-pound former defensive tackle in the NFL. Barnes played college ball at Georgia Tech and spent four seasons in the NFL, playing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City Chiefs.Independent wrestler Gabriella Belpre, whose professional name is Gabby Ortiz. A product of the Ring of Honor Dojo and the World Famous Monster Factory in New Jersey (the same training facility that produced Bam Bam Bigelow), Belpre has appeared for ROH, Chikara and the Japanese promotion Stardom. Terence BarnesAt 6-foot-7 and 360 pounds, Terence Barnes was one of the biggest players in the NFL. He played four seasons, including stints with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.6-foot, 235-pound Philip Brandt, who was an all-state wrestler in high school and played Division I football at Washington State. Brandt also played quarterback at the College of the Sequoias, where he was a two-time team captain.5-foot-7 Britani Birchmeier of Florida, a former shooting guard/point guard with Lansing Community College who has participated in bikini competitions and is currently a personal trainer.Northeast independent wrestler Max Caster. The 225-pounder, who is a former high school football player and track athlete, trained under WWE Superstar Curt Hawkins at the Create A Pro Wrestling Academy.24-year-old professional rugby player Tom Dempsey. Originally from Australia, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Dempsey now resides in Toronto. He has also trained under former WWE Superstar Santino Marella at Marella’s Battle Arts Academy in Ontario.Former NFL tight end Dorin Dickerson. Dickerson was an All-American at the University of Pittsburgh and spent six years in the NFL. He recorded some of the top stats for his position at the 2010 NFL Combine, including a 4.40 time in the 40-yard dash and a 43.5-inch vertical leap. Texas-based independent wrestler Raul Humberto Escamilla, who has competed professionally under the names Max Castellanos and Max Humberto. Trained by Rudy Boy Gonzalez (who was one of the early coaches of Daniel Bryan and The Brian Kendrick), Escamilla also participates in physique and strongman competitions.26-year-old Mike Fierro of Oak Lawn, Ill., a former college football player and strongman who has wrestled professionally since March 2017. The 275-pounder previously attended a WWE Performance Center tryout in September 2014, and has studied the lucha libre style of wrestling.Omar Francis, aka Omar Amir, an independent wrestler from Nassau, Bahamas, who learned the ropes at the Team 3D Academy and has competed in Florida and Canada. Francis also played semi-pro rugby as a flanker for the Bahamian Potcakes rugby club.Chelsea GreenSince competing on the 2015 edition of WWE Tough Enough, Lance Storm trainee Chelsea Green has wrestled around the world, including in Japan, Mexico and India.Puerto Rican wrestling veteran Nilka Garcia. Going by the ring name La Rosa Negra (“The Black Rose”), Garcia has won the WWC Women’s Title three times, as well as wrestled in the U.S. and Japan.Jacob Schreiner, aka independent wrestler Jake Omen, a 14-year wrestling veteran from Indiana. A protégé of former WWE Superstar Jimmy Wang Yang, Schreiner has wrestled in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, as well as extensively for the Japanese-based WRESTLE-1 promotion. He has also trained in martial arts, including jiu-jitsu and kickboxing.6-foot-5, 240-pound Thomas Stintsman, an independent wrestler from Pennsylvania who has competed under the names Thomas Sharp and Blaster McMassive. Since making his ring debut in 2012, Stintsman has wrestled for EVOLVE, Chikara and Beyond Wrestling, among other organizations, and has crossed paths with the likes of Pete Dunne and Moustache Mountain.Six-foot-five, 240-pound Thomas Stintsman crossed paths with the likes of WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne, Drew Gulak and Moustache Mountain while competing on the independent circuit.Six-foot-five, 240-pound Thomas Stintsman crossed paths with the likes of WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne, Drew Gulak and Moustache Mountain while competing on the independent circuit.Wrestling veteran Rob Strauss, aka Robbie E. Since breaking in at the age of 16, Strauss has wrestled in 20 different countries and 46 states, and has captured independent titles throughout the U.S. He was also a finalist on the 25th season of CBS’ Amazing Race competition series.Jeffrey Parker, a 16-year wrestling veteran from Montreal who has competed in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan, and has made appearances on NXT and WWE TV. Wrestling primarily under the name Scott “Jagged” Parker, he has won many tag team titles as part of the duo known as 3.0. Parker’s 3.0 teammate Matt Lee, also from Montreal, who is better known by the aliases Shane Matthews and Big Magic. Like Parker, Lee is a 16-year veteran who has competed throughout North America and beyond, including for organizations like Chikara, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Combat Zone Wrestling.6-foot, 210-pound former amateur wrestler and U.S. Army veteran Greg Kasper. Kasper was a state qualifier in high school and competed in cross country and track. He is the older brother of Jacob Kasper.Rob StraussUnder the name Robbie E, Rob Strauss has captured numerous titles throughout the United States over the course of his 18-year career.6-foot-5, 235-pound Brendan Griffin of Massachusetts, a three-sport athlete in high school with a background in baseball, football and basketball. He also performs stand-up comedy.Rory Gulak, younger brother and former tag team partner of 205 Live Superstar Drew Gulak. Rory was team captain of his high school wrestling team and spent a season with the Temple University team. In addition to coaching amateur wrestling for nine years, he has competed in independent groups such as Beyond Wrestling, Chikara and CZW, and he holds a win over Zack Sabre Jr.Kelsey Hornack, an actor and former competitive gymnast and professional cheerleader. Hornack was a cheerleader in the NHL and the NFL and has trained in the circus arts of aerial silks, lyra (aerial hoops) and ropes.6-foot-4, 365-pound Adam Kerr, aka Adam Payne. A U.S. Army veteran, Kerr has wrestled since October 2015 and has faced the likes of WCW Legend Crowbar during his career.Gabriella BelpreGabriella Belpre has been wrestling only for a couple of years, but she has already made an impact on the independents under the alias Gabby Ortiz.Brisbane’s Jarryd Kinerson Smith, a 6-foot-2, 265-pounder who played rugby for 10 years, has four years of MMA training and has competed in bodybuilding.23-year-old Seth Manzanares, a former Division I linebacker who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 260 pounds. Manzanares played with the Central Connecticut Blue Devils and boasts impressive numbers in the weight room, including a 605-pound squat, a 375-pound clean and a 445-pound bench press.6-foot-3, 220-pound Ricardo Miller. The 26-year-old played professional football with the German Football League’s Saarland Hurricanes. In college, he played for the University of Michigan (including as a member of the 2011 Sugar Bowl Champion team) and the University of Massachusetts.Two-time ACC wrestling champion Spencer Myers. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder grappled and played football at the University of Maryland, and in high school, he was named Pennsylvania’s Wrestler of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year. He also played in the Arena Football League with the Los Angeles Kiss.24-year-old Brandon Moore. Moore was a member of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide under head coach Nick Saban and before that, wrestled and competed in track and field in high school.Danielle Morrison, who manages independent wrestler Façade under the nickname Dani Mo. Morrison pole-vaulted in high school and college (setting the California University of Pennsylvania’s indoor record of 3.10 meters in 2010). She has also been a competitive bodybuilder.6-foot-8, 325-pound football player Sunny Odogwu. Hailing from Ezeagu, Nigeria, the 25-year-old Odogwu was a lineman at the University of Miami and UCLA.24-year-old Omari Palmer, a 6-foot-3, 350-pounder who played football at Syracuse University for five seasons. Palmer was a multisport athlete in high school, with experience in basketball, wrestling and lacrosse.21-year-old Brandi Lauren Pawelek, better known by the ring aliases Ava Storie and Brandi Lauren, a model and wrestler. Pawelek began her ring training in January 2015 and recently faced Lacey Evans on WWE NXT.6-foot-2, 245-pound Bill Gray, a former collegiate wrestler and bodybuilder and current independent wrestler from Colorado. Competing as Hunter Grey, he makes up one-half of the tag team The Pillars of Destiny.Sunny OdogwuSunny Odogwu grew up in an impoverished part of Nigeria before moving to the U.S., where he eventually played football with the University of Miami. He now looks to use his 6-foot-8, 310-pound frame to conquer the ring.Polish-born, New York-based fitness model Wioletta Anna Paz. The 5-foot-7 Paz was a sprinter on her high school’s track team and is active in bodybuilding.6-foot-3, 307-pound Shaquille Powell, who played offensive line for Alabama State University.26-year-old footballer Roston Tatum, a former wide receiver with the Portland State Vikings who also played two seasons of arena football.6-foot-2, 250-pound Michael Wardlow, an independent wrestling champion from Ohio. Trained in boxing and jiu-jitsu, Wardlow is currently on his second reign as the International Wrestling Cartel heavyweight champion.WWE Performance Center tryout, June 2018: photosCheck out photos from the WWE Performance Center’s June 2018 tryout, featuring independent wrestling standouts, collegiate wrestling stars, NFL and college football players, and more. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOB CROSLIN.For more coverage of this week’s tryout, follow WWE NXT on Instagram and Twitter, as well as the official Instagram account of WWE Talent Development, @wwerecruit. To learn more about the tryout process, including how you can apply, visit the official WWE Performance Center website.Top 10 Greatest Announcer CallsWWE posted their latest Top 10 countdown on Saturday, looking at the Top 10 Greatest Announcer Calls. The countdown can be viewed below. Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Twitterlast_img read more

Visa announce Ibrahimovic partnership for World Cup

first_imgVisa have announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be the new face of their global marketing campaign for the upcoming FIFA World Cup this summerThe LA Galaxy forward had retired from international football at the end of Sweden’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign. But recently Ibrahimovic has revealed his interest in coming out of retirement and playing for the national team in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Team ViZa @Visa #EverywhereZwantstobe pic.twitter.com/FQvwURUjWS— Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) 17 April 2018Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.Lately Ibrahimovic had dropped his strongest hint that he could be on the verge of making the World Cup squad for Sweden this summer, after describing his prospects as “Sky-High”.After completing his transfer from Manchester United earlier this season, the 36 year-old has enjoyed a strong start in the Major League Soccer (MLS) for Galaxy with Ibrahimovic having scored three goals in his first three appearances with two of those being match-winning strikes.last_img read more

Homicide detectives investigating fatal stabbing in unincorporated El Cajon

first_img Posted: March 7, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) — A suspect was detained by homicide detectives Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of a man inside his condominium south of Lake Jennings in unincorporated El Cajon.Few details of the killing were immediately available, but sheriff’s officials said there were no outstanding suspects in the Tuesday night stabbing that left a man dead and his wife injured.The victim’s wife called 911 just after 10:30 p.m. to report that her husband had been assaulted inside the couple’s condo at 13806 Pinkard Way and was not breathing, sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said.Reports from the scene indicated the wife suffered less serious stab wounds while trying break up a fight between her husband and another man. The couple’s child was in the home at the time but was not physically harmed.Lakeside Fire Department personnel from Station 3, located about 100 yards away from the complex on an Interstate 8 frontage road, treated the victim and then took him to a local hospital, where he later died, Williams said. His name was not immediately released.The man deputies detained at the scene was being questioned, but had not been booked as of mid-morning. His relationship, if any, to the victims was unclear.Sheriff’s homicide detectives took charge of the stabbing investigation and were seeking a search warrant in order to scour the apartment for evidence, Williams said.Anyone with information about the slaying was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide detail at (858) 974-2321, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. March 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Homicide detectives investigating fatal stabbing in unincorporated El Cajoncenter_img Updated: 10:04 AM Ed Lenderman, Ed Lenderman last_img read more

SSE hedges £12bn of longevity risk for two defined benefit pension schemes

first_imgEnergy organisation SSE has hedged pension longevity risks of £1.2 billion across two of its defined benefit (DB) pension schemes through the completion on one longevity insurance and two buy-in transactions.The two buy-in transactions, conducted with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), totalled £350 million. This included a buy-in for SSE’s Scottish Hydro-Electric pension scheme (SHEPS), which covers £250 million of scheme liabilities and approximately 800 pensioners, as well as a buy-in for its Scotia Gas Networks pension scheme (SGNPS). This SGNPS buy-in covers £100 million of pensioner liabilities and 600 pensioners of the scheme’s 2,000 members.The longevity insurance, provided by Legal and General, covers a further £800 million of pensioner longevity risk for SHEPS, and transfers the risk to the end reinsurer. This covers around 2,400 pensioners. SHEPS has approximately 5,800 members in total.Hymans Robertson advised the organisation on all areas of the project, CMS offered legal advice to trustees, Club Vita provided longevity analytics, and Eversheds Sutherland gave legal advice to Legal and General.Tony Fettiplace, chair of trustees for the Scotia Gas Networks pension scheme, said: “This deal is great news for the scheme. Reducing risk over time is an absolute priority for us and it is important to do this in the most cost effective way.”Graham Laughland, chair of trustees for the Scottish Hydro-Electric pension scheme, added: “I am delighted to have taken this positive step in reducing risk and improving the security of members’ benefits.”last_img read more

Man dies after found stabbed inside car in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the person or people responsible for the fatal stabbing of a man in Miami.According to City of Miami Police, the victim was found inside his car with multiple stab wounds near Northwest 10th Street and 54th Street, Saturday morning.Paramedics rushed him to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. He died shortly after.Police said they will release the victim’s name after they have notified next of kin.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

63 Earthquake Shakes Much of Alaska Tuesday Evening

first_imgA magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook much of Alaska Tuesday night. It was felt from the Alaska Peninsula to Fairbanks.According to the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake site, the quake occurred just after 6:35 p.m.Some of the most intense shaking was felt on the Kenai Peninsula…about a half hour into the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.It was still rocking almost a minute later.“Just guessing here- it was probably felt by a majority of Alaskans, so that makes it notable,” says Michael West, a state seismologist and director of the Alaska Earthquake Center. “It occurred fairly deep in the earth, about 75 miles below the surface and because of that, it was felt over a very wide area. On the flip side, because it was deep, that means that nobody was right next to the earthquake. That is, even if you were right on top of it, you were still 75 miles away.”As a result, the shaking wasn’t nearly as strong as it would have been had it been shallower.The epicenter was 44 miles south-southwest of Redoubt Volcano on the west side of Cook Inlet. It was almost due west of Anchor Point, near Pedro and Chinitna Bays.West says it’s not directly related to the recent magnitude 6.9 quake in the Aleutians. That one was shallow and has had vigorous aftershocks. This quake has had few aftershocks and none were very significant.He says this is a fairly normal type of quake for Alaska, though it was larger than usual, which makes it notable.“From a plate tectonics perspective, the Pacific plate, that is the area of earth that is the Pacific Ocean is converging on Alaska,” says West. “The two are moving together a couple of inches per year. In this competition between the mainland of Alaska and the Pacific plate, Alaska wins and the Pacific plate is being thrust down into the earth in a process that we refer to as subduction.”The stress caused by that thrusting manifests itself as an earthquake.One aspect of this particular quake that had social media abuzz was its length. It was felt for more than 45 seconds in some places, which puts it at the upper end for many common seismic events.West says the actual rupture in the earth was over and done with in just a few seconds. But the resulting seismic waves bounce around and reverberate.“An analogy we’ve used this evening is like a crowd in a stadium, echoes that bounce around and around and around. And the seismic waves do the same thing. Typically, the further away you are, the longer you may feel that shaking,” says West.West says his office received reports of dishes falling off of shelves and lots of shaking, but hadn’t heard any reports of injuries or serious damage.So, while it was an evening surprise for much of the state, its effects luckily weren’t severe.last_img read more

Spicy ocean levels could spell trouble for marine mammal hunting

first_imgThe Arctic Ocean is getting spicier. A new study published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography suggests that rising temperatures in the far north could result in what’s known as spicy water, or warmer water in which density is more affected by temperature than salinity.Download AudioThe borders of the Arctic Ocean, according to the CIA The World Factbook[5] (blue area), and as defined by the IHO (black outline – excluding marginal waterbodies). Image: Wikimedia Commons.Yes, you heard that right—the Arctic Ocean is about to get spicier. Mary-Louise Timmermans is a professor and oceanographer at Yale University. She studies how ocean circulation affects sea ice in the Arctic.“For it to get spicier means it’s going to get warmer and changes in temperature will affect density to the same measure that changes in salinity affect density,” Timmermans said.Everyone knows that the deeper you go in the ocean, the colder it gets, right? That’s because cold water is more dense than warm water, so naturally it sinks to the ocean floor. But Timmermans said the dynamics are different in the Arctic.“At low temperatures the water doesn’t really care whether it’s warm or cold,” Timmermans said.Seawater in the Arctic Ocean is so cold that temperature isn’t the deciding factor in its density. Instead, Timmermans said, salinity, or how salty the water is, makes more of a difference.But that’s about to change as the climate changes.“As you warm up the ocean, it turns out temperature changes can have a bigger impact on density than in a cooler ocean.” Timmermans said.Timmermans teamed up with Steven Jayne of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The two found that a spicier Arctic will likely be able to store more heat.“This means that the way that the Arctic Ocean works will be somewhat different,” Timmermans said.It’s tough to predict just how different the Arctic will be, but Timmermans says warmer seawater may speed up sea ice melt. That’s bad news for marine mammal hunters like Brandon Ahmasuk.“The sea ice, it offers a protective barrier,” Ahmasuk said. “It keeps the ripples and waves down. It keeps them from forming.”Ahmasuk is Kawerak’s Subsistence Director based in Nome. He grew up out on the water hunting with his dad. He now takes his own kids with him to hunt for bearded seal, or ugruk, and walrus.“When you have that larger open water, it’s more susceptible to large waves [and] bad weather,” Ahmasuk said.He says if warmer, saltier seawater makes for thinner, sparser sea ice, most hunters won’t fare too well in their standard 18-foot Lund boats.“Your side height on a Lund boat is only 28 inches, but if you have four or six foot rollers coming at you, you’re probably not going to want to be out there,” Ahmasuk said.But some villages, especially the ones without grocery stores to rely on, might not have any other choice. Despite the potentially more dangerous conditions, to hunters like Ahmasuk, a spicier ocean is still the best grocery store around. “When you have that larger open water, it’s more susceptible to large waves [and] bad weather.”last_img read more

With special session halfway over Alaska legislators at a stalemate over budget

first_imgGov. Bill Walker signs a proclamation for a special session focused on the budget and long-term spending plan, after lawmakers failed to compromise. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)With a special legislative session halfway over, little progress has been made by Alaska legislators toward passing a state budget and addressing a multi-billion dollar state deficit.Listen nowOn Thursday, notices were mailed to thousands of state employees warning of potential layoffs if a budget is not finalized by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.Legislative leaders have said they do not want a government shutdown, but they also remain entrenched in positions staked out months ago for how best to address the deficit.While there’s general agreement that earnings from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund should be used to help fund government, the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House majority coalitions disagree over what else is needed for a fiscal plan.Today, Governor Bill Walker weighed-in on the legislative special session that has yet failed to resolve next year’s budget, and address more than a three billion-dollar gap between state revenues and expenses.Governor Walker, in an emailed press release, said he talked to members of the House and Senate caucuses and determined their negotiations have reached a stalemate.Walker called a possible government shutdown “unacceptable” and pledged to work on a compromise package to present to both bodies next week.last_img read more

BNP likely to announce fresh programmes today

first_imgBNP logoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is set to announce another round of demonstration programmes today, Thursday demanding the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, reports UNB.”However, the party will not hold any programme on Thursday to Saturday,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Wednesday night.”We’ll announce our fresh programmes tomorrow (Thursday) but we won’t have any programme on Friday and Saturday,” he said.Fakhrul said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi will come up with the announcement of new programmes at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.A special court convicted former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last. She was then sent to the old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.Hours after she was taken to jail, the party announced countrywide demonstrations for Friday and Saturday.Later, the party announced a three-day programme from Monday to Wednesday demanding her immediate release.As part of programmes, the party observed a token hunger strike on Wednesday while formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club on Monday and staged a sit-in programme in front of party’s Naya Paltan central office on Tuesday.last_img read more

Obama Administration Sending Election Monitors To 3 Texas Counties

first_imgThere are scattered reports of outdated signs and poll workers providing inaccurate information as Texas holds its first general election since federal courts found the state’s voter ID law violated the Voting Rights Act. A report shows Texas leads the nation in the number of polling places that have been closed since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down part of the Voting Rights Act.Here’s what you need to know about voting in Texas this year: Get election stats for your county.What Texans need to know about voter ID.What are the rules for Texas poll watchers? We explain. The voting-age population figure being used by the Texas secretary of state’s office to calculate registration and turnout percentages may be off the mark.A record 15.1 million Texans have registered to vote in the November election — a number that eclipses the preliminary estimate by more than 85,000.Texas ranked eighth-to-last in voter turnout for the presidential primaries.We’re tracking how many Texans are turning out to vote early this year compared to 2008 and 2012.#TexasVotes2016Did you have any trouble voting? Text us your experience by joining the ElectionLand project. We’ll check in to find out how long it took you to vote and whether you had or saw any problems. Sign up now by texting TEXAS VOTES to 69866.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2016/11/07/doj-place-election-monitors-harris-dallas-and-wall/. Sharecenter_img Laura Buckman for The Texas TribuneVoters line up outside the Oak Cliff Sub-Courthouse in Dallas, Texas, for the first day of early voting on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016.The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday it would be placing election monitors in Harris, Dallas and Waller counties for the general election. The department regularly monitors elections to protect the rights of voters, but its announcement comes about a week after Texas civil rights advocates expressed concern over reports of poll workers throughout the state sharing inaccurate or incomplete polling information about the state’s modified voter ID law. Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right not only on Election Day, but every day,” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.  “On Election Day itself, lawyers in the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section will staff a hotline starting in the early hours of the morning, and just as we have sent election monitors in prior elections, we will continue to have a robust election monitors program in place on election day.”The department’s Civil Rights Division plans to deploy more than 500 personnel to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to monitor the polls on Election Day. The Civil Rights Division is charged with enforcing the federal voting rights laws across the country, according to the department.The Department of Justice did not specify why it included three counties in Texas as part of its Election Day monitoring. But broadly, according to its website, it may focus on communities where “there are concerns about racial discrimination in the voting process; other times monitoring is done to ensure compliance with bilingual election procedures.”Harris and Dallas counties are, respectively, the largest and second-largest counties in Texas.In July, a federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ 2011 voter ID law was discriminatory. In August, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ordered that voters who possess one of the forms of photo ID accepted under the law must show it at the polls to vote but that those who don’t can still vote if they sign a declaration stating a “reasonable impediment” prevented them from obtaining one and present proof of residence.Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart said Monday that he thought the monitors were largely being sent to Harris County due to a lawsuit the Justice Department filed in August over voting access for the disabled. According to the lawsuit, voters with disabilities are “being denied the same opportunities as non-disabled voters to vote in person.”Besides the earlier lawsuit, Stanart said the federal monitors may also be coming over concerns with the state’s revised voter ID law. However, he said the monitors will likely not be allowed inside the polling places, but will have to stand at least 100 feet from entrances like everyone else.“[The monitors] might be in the way a little bit, but other than that I don’t think it’s a big issue,” Stanart said. “We go to an extreme degree to ensure that every voter with a disability has access to our polls. I don’t think there’s anyone that can’t get in to vote in our polls on election day.”In an emailed statement, Waller County Election Administrator Dan Teed said “it is good to have the Department of Justice back in town. They have been an indispensable asset in our quest to provide excellent service to our voters in Waller County.”Teed said he expected the monitors “will prove to be an important tool in ensuring that all voters are treated with the bipartisan kindness for which we are becoming well known.” Jim Malewitz contributed to this report.Read related Tribune coverage here:last_img read more

Full Show How Politicians Use Scripture And Houstons Best Hot Dogs July

first_img 00:00 /50:49 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration can no longer indefinitely detain certain people who’ve passed initial screening in the asylum-seeking process. We learn more about the ruling, who it applies to, and what it could mean going forward.Also this hour: We discuss how politicians are using scripture these days. The discussion comes on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 in relation to the practice of separating detained immigrant families. We discuss the history of politicians using the Bible and how that has changed over the years in a city as diverse as Greater Houston.Also this hour: Our local food writers from The Full Menu get into the Fourth of July spirit by discussing the best hot dogs and hamburgers in Greater Houston. And we preview the annual Star-Spangled Salute concerts from the Houston Symphony Concert.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more