first_imgNew York: Novak Djokovic didn’t want to talk about his improved left shoulder injury or the heckler whose comments helped the defending champion reach the US Open’s last 16. So it’s unclear exactly what medical treatments for his injury or emotional inspiration from a critic helped the world number one defeat 111th-ranked American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. Djokovic was treated throughout his second-round match for left shoulder pain but dispatched Kudla with no outward sign of trouble. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It’s almost pain-free. Has a little bit of pain, but I’m really pleased with the way it went,” Djokovic said. “Today the situation was much, much better than the last match, so we’ll see tomorrow.” Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam events and 16 overall, advanced to a fourth-round meeting with three-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka. They haven’t played since the Swiss 23rd seed beat Djokovic in the 2016 US Open final. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Djokovic said he skipped practice on Thursday in favor of treatment on his shoulder but wouldn’t talk about how the setback took place or what he did to ease the pain. “Forgive me, I’m not going to talk about it,” Djokovic said. “I would appreciate if you respect me not talking about it in details. “Please understand me. I’m very glad with the way it went. I am able to play. That for me is a huge blessing today because it was probably the complete opposite two days ago. “I did a lot of things in the last few days to be able to play.” Djokovic was captured on video having a talk with a heckler during his pre-match practice session Friday afternoon, saying, “I’ll come find you. I’ll find you after. Trust me, I’ll find you.” Asked about the confrontation he called a “little chat”, Djokovic said he would locate the heckler, “To have a drink. I liked the guy. I’m going to buy him a drink.” As to exactly what was said, Djokovic kept that between drinking buddies, but did say it was beneficial to his overwhelming effort in ousting Kudla. “We’ll keep it between us. But he definitely helped me. He doesn’t even know, but he did help me,” Djokovic said. “I’m not going to talk about it. I think he did me a favor. Even maybe he didn’t want to do me a favor, he did me a favor, big favor.” Djokovic even had a couple of over-the-top fans against him in the match, but those he accepted as part of the Arthur Ashe Stadium atmosphere for night matches. “Night sessions, New York, crowd gets into it,” he said. “A couple guys that had a couple of drinks more than I guess they were supposed to. But it was all good after.”last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index climbed closer to an all-time high Tuesday, boosted by a broad-based advance across most sectors.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 49.38 points to 15,905.14, about 17.00 points shy of a new record finish.“I think you’re seeing a broad participation in global equity markets. We’re seeing fund outflows from bond markets and fixed income and related asset classes,” said Sid Mokhtari, executive director at CIBC Capital Markets.“I think that’s been the driver of equities, particularly in the U.S. and global equities in general. Money continues to roll out of bonds and move into stocks.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 167.80 points to 23,441.76, a new record high, with rallying shares of construction equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. and Post-it note maker 3M Co. responsible for almost all of the movement due to raised profit forecasts.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index inched up 4.15 points to 2,569.13 and the Nasdaq composite index added 11.60 points to 6,598.43.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.95 cents US, down 0.14 of a cent.On the corporate front, shares of Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) climbed 23 cents, or 1.96 per cent, to $11.98 following news that the Toronto-based retailer is selling its Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue building in New York to a joint venture between WeWork Property Advisors and Rhone Capital in a deal valued at $1.075 billion.Rhone Capital will also make a $632 million investment in HBC, with WeWork expected to assume part of the investment.In commodities news, the December crude contract was up 57 cents to US$52.47 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $2.60 to US$1,278.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was up a penny to US$3.20 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing crackdown on terror financers, security agencies have identified 13 people, including Hizbul Mujahideen founder Syed Salahuddin, Hurriyat leaders and businessmen, who are allegedly providing funds to terrorists and stone pelters at the behest of Pakistan spy agency ISI, officials said on Sunday.The Centre has started seizing properties belonging to terror financiers in a big way. Thirteen individuals and their properties have been identified by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and action has been initiated, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Individuals identified during these investigations have been found providing money to all major terrorist groups like LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen as also Hurriyat leaders, separatists and stone-pelters in Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior government official said. Funds were provided to the leadership of Kashmir-based terrorist groups for misguiding, motivating and recruiting local youths to militant ranks. Operational activities of terror groups, including attacks on security forces, camps and convoys, are also being financed, the official said, adding money obtained through these channels are being used by major secessionist formations, especially the Hurriyat Conference. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThese funds are used for maintaining Hurriyat’s top leadership and a massive propaganda machinery to arouse disaffection among the people of Jammu and Kashmir against the Centre. It is also being utilised to spread false information through media contacts, newspapers and social media, the official claimed. The official said these are in turn used to instigate and lure misguided youths to resort to anti-India activities, violent street protests and stone pelting on security forces at encounter sites. Extensive use of such funds is being made to finance institutions such as select mosques, madrasas and organisations like recently banned Jamat-e-Islami(JeI)(J-K), for focusing on subverting locals, another official said. In the first strike, action was initiated to attach a plush bungalow of Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali in Gurgaon, the official said. He is, at present, lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail. Watali is allegedly a major conduit for funnelling terror finances into India, the official said. Documents seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) indicate that he was receiving money from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed, Salahuddin, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Pakistan High Commission here, the official claimed. Watali is known to have important sources of Hawala financing operating out of Dubai. Besides him, another 10 leaders were brought into the multi-agency action on terror funding. The ED has zeroed in on proceeds of such crime and begun action to freeze and seize such assets. The ongoing investigation in the first phase has determined and quantified assets valued at over Rs7 crore as proceeds of terror funding crimes, the official said. The 13 identified individuals include Mohd Yusuf Shah alias Syed Salahuddin, who through Hizbul, has been actively involved in creating unrest in Kashmir and other parts of India, according to a document prepared by security agencies. Being a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, Salahuddin has a wide network of local sympathisers, who act on his instructions and collect funds sent by him to fuel secessionist activities, it said. Hafiz Saeed, self-styled chief of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ul- Dawaa, and other separatist leaders of the state, including members and Hurriyat cadre, have been raising, receiving and collecting funds domestically and from abroad through various illegal channels like Hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in J-K. The document said Aftab Ahmad Shah alias Fantoosh, a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) founder member, was spokesperson and legal advisor to the Hurriyat (Mirwaiz faction). During a search at his residence in Srinagar, NIA seized various incriminating documents and during interrogation, Shah confessed that his charter of duties included monitoring incidents, issuing statements, arranging meetings and conferences.last_img read more


Rabat- Spanish defender Sergio Ramos said that his team went through “some uncomfortable minutes” during the World Cup’s final Group B game against Morocco on Monday.Although Spain is now leading World Cup Group B, after pulling off a 2-2 equaliser with Morocco in the last minutes of the match, Ramos was not happy about his team being taken on by the Atlas Lions who had been leading the game with a pulsating 2-1 score. “We progress first in the group, which was the aim, although the game wasn’t good,” he told Spanish national news press, Marca. Morocco has made the giant football team consider self-criticism to improve their performance for their next games in the second round of the World Cup.“It’s a night to self-criticise from the first to the last, we have to change the current feeling, although we don’t have to see it so darkly,” Ramos said.Spain has emerged the Group B winner, having beat Iran 1-0 and tied Portugal 3-3.After the match against Morocco, Spain hopes to deliver a better performance against Russia, another challenging foe. The July 1 match will open the World Cup Round of 16: “Now it’s difficult, hopefully we can play brilliantly against Russia.”Social media users were amazed by Morocco’s surprise goal in the early minutes of the game. Some commentators said it was their best World Cup match. read more


by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 9:24 am MDT US factory output increases modestly in June to help boost industrial production 0.3 pct. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. factories cranked out more business equipment, home electronics and autos last month, boosting manufacturing output for the second straight month.The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that manufacturing production rose 0.3 per cent in June from May. That followed a 0.2 per cent gain the previous month. Still, the two consecutive gains barely offset production declines in March and April.Overall industrial production, which includes factories, mines and utilities, also rose 0.3 per cent in June. Mining output increased 0.8 per cent, while utility output slid 0.1 per cent.Manufacturing is the most critical component of industrial production. The recent gains are a hopeful sign that factories could rebound in the second half of the year.The “report confirms the picture of a moderate recovery in the manufacturing sector,” Annalisa Piazza, senior economist at Newedge Strategy, wrote in a research note.Manufacturers have struggled this year, providing little support to the economy. Their output is up just 1.8 per cent over the past 12 months. And factories have cut jobs in each of the past four months, shedding a total of 24,000 since February.A key reason for the weakness is slower global growth has cut demand for U.S. exports. Europe is still in a recession and China’s economy grew from April through June at the slowest pace in more than two decades.Manufacturing has shown improvement in Britain, France and Italy. Large Japanese manufacturers are also sounding optimistic for the first time in nearly two years.There have been other positive signs that suggest U.S. factory production could increase in the second half of the year.The Institute for Supply Management said that factory activity improved in June after hitting its lowest level in four years. But the closely watched manufacturing survey reported that employment fell to its lowest level since September 2009.Factory activity in the New York region grew for the second straight month in July, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State manufacturing survey.U.S. businesses reported a strong 1.1 per cent increase in sales in May, the Commerce Department reported. Those same firms only increased their stockpiles slightly, suggesting they will need to order more goods to keep up with demand.And Americans bought more cars and trucks, furniture and clothes in June, according to a separate Commerce report on retail spending. But consumers cut back almost everywhere else, and overall retail sales rose just 0.4 per cent last month from May. read more


‹ › Malians vote in the 2013 presidential elections. Photos: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino According to a UN spokesperson, “turnout is reported to have been high across the country,” although no official figures have been released yet. The 28 July elections were seen as an important step on the path to recovery for Mali, which, over the past year, witnessed a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists. MINUSMA, which provided security support to the Malian Defence and Security Forces throughout the day, reported excellent cooperation between its members and the Malian forces in the provision of electoral security, and said it would continue to help secure the counting centres. International and national observers were also present in all regions, including the cities of Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal, the Mission said. Today, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Bert Koenders, together with the heads of the international observer missions and some key ambassadors, met the presidential candidates today to discuss the process and the next steps. “All were reminded of the need to respect the results, and to address any complaints through established legal processes,” the UN spokesperson told reporters in New York. read more


“These allegations were extremely disturbing,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today in a statement released by his Office (OHCHR). “People in CAR were desperate for protection. The role of international forces in halting the worst of the fighting and sectarian slaughter in CAR has been invaluable, and their presence has unquestionably saved many, many lives. Yet, in some cases the longed-for protectors turned into predators,” he added. “In the wake of the revelations of alleged serious sexual abuse of children, currently under investigation by the French authorities, my Office has taken a deeper look into these issues and the extent of the follow-up into alleged serious violations by soldiers belonging to several other international contingents,” Mr. Zeid said. “Some of these incidents have been at least partly investigated, and some States have apparently sanctioned some of the soldiers involved, but the fact that a number of foreign contingents may have been implicated is in itself a matter of enormous concern.” Several incidents, including ones involving excessive use of force, enforced disappearances and sexual exploitation and violence, were investigated promptly by UN human rights officers on the ground, and subsequently by the International Commission of Inquiry on the CAR, which reported on a range of violations by international forces in December 2014. The forces involved in these incidents were not operating under the United Nations flag, according to the OHCHR. Nevertheless, foreign soldiers, including UN peacekeepers, have in the past been implicated in crimes, including sexual exploitation and abuse. “This is a recurring problem involving foreign soldiers operating on other territories and clearly more needs to be done to stop it,” Zeid said The High Commissioner said that in addition to requesting concerned States to provide more information about the steps they have taken to investigate the allegations, and prosecute anyone found to have committed crimes, he is sending a team from his Geneva headquarters to the Central African Republic to look into possible further measures to address violations.“The punishment must fit the crime, and some other incidents were reported that may not have been fully followed up on by the States concerned, and we need to get to the bottom of what precisely was done by whom and when. There must be accountability for serious crimes, no matter who commits them,” Mr. Zeid emphasised. read more


The rivalry between the Ohio State and Michigan football teams received a breath of fresh air on Wednesday when Michigan officially introduced its new coach, Brady Hoke. Speaking for just more than 40 minutes, Hoke did not once refer to OSU by its official name, instead referring to his new rival as “that university in Ohio.” A native of Dayton, Ohio, Hoke said although he’s never been a fan of OSU, he still respects the university — even if he can’t bring himself to say its name. “I have great respect for Ohio,” Hoke said. “I had a lot of respect for Coach (Woody) Hayes. I was not a fan of ‘that university in Ohio’ because my buddies were, so I had to be different.” Hoke is no stranger to the rivalry, as he spent eight seasons in Ann Arbor, Mich., as the Wolverines’ defensive line coach from 1995-02. In those seasons, Michigan went 5-3 against the Buckeyes. “I think it’s a great hire for them,” OSU President E. Gordon Gee told The Lantern. “I think Michigan needed a Michigan man.” Things have changed since Hoke left Michigan for head coaching jobs at Ball State and San Diego State; since Hoke left Ann Arbor, the Buckeyes are 7-1 against Michigan. OSU has also won six straight Big Ten titles. Hoke said his No. 1 goal is to develop a similar streak for the Wolverines. “The expectation is to win the Big Ten championship,” Hoke said. “That’s where it starts. And if we don’t do that, we’ve got to retool it, re-fix it, do whatever we have to do, because we’re going to do that for Michigan.” Hoke made it clear how seriously he takes The Game, which he at one point described as “personal.” Pounding his fist on a podium in-synch with each word, Hoke said, “It is the most important game on the schedule.” read more


first_imgJustin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told how he first came to his faith – and was reunited with the friend that was with him during the “life-changing moment”.The Archbishop, who first became a Christian at the age of 18, has released a short film describing his decision while in a student room at Cambridge University.Having returned from a church service with a friend, Nick Hills, Archbishop Welby said he realised his life “was going to go one of two ways”.“I prayed a very simple prayer saying, ‘Lord Jesus come into my life’,” he said.“I don’t know anything about you but come into my life”.“He came in and something changed. And has stayed changed from then on.”The Archbishop’s film comes as a number of prominent church figures and the Prime Minister release their Easter Sunday messages.In her address, Theresa May recalled “dark moments” of the last year, including the Westminster Bridge and Manchester Arena terrorist attacks, and the Grenfell Tower fire.“In the bravery of those facing adversity, the dedication of our emergency services, and the generosity of local communities, we see the triumph of the human spirit,” she said.“The Easter story contains an inspiring promise of new life and the triumph of hope.”Several bishops draw on the recent events in Salisbury and their aftermath in written messages and sermons during Holy Week and the Easter weekend.Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley, said that the backdrop to Lent this year had felt like “the pages of a John le Carré novel” – a reference to the nerve agent attack on 4 March.He spoke of a “real fear that it might escalate out of control”, while Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, told clergy that the incident was a “violation of the city”.He also had a more uplifting message for Christians.“What we do here and in our churches in the next few days attests that truth, love and justice matter in the way in which we live with one another,” 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.last_img read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian killed in accident on Berbice roadMarch 16, 2018In “Crime”Linden pedestrian killed in accident by alleged drunk driverJune 14, 2017In “Crime”Ann’s Grove man killed in early morning accidentFebruary 18, 2018In “latest news” A 50-year-old pedestrian lost his life on Friday evening after being struck by a motorcar on the Plantation Hope, Bath Settlement Public Road, West Coast Berbice.Dead is Vishnu Deonarine, of Plantation Hope, Berbice.INews was told that the accident occurred at around 21:10hrs by motorcar PSS 917, which was driven by a 53-year-old male Canefield, Canje resident.The vehicle was proceeding east along the northern side roadway at a fast rate, when the driver was reportedly blinded by on-coming lights of another vehicle which was proceeding in the opposite direction.As such, the driver, of motorcar PSS 917, swerved, resulting in Deonarine- who was walking along the road- being struck.As a result of the impact, the pedestrian received injuries about this body.He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to Fort Wellington hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyzer test was administered on the driver and he was found to be negative for alcohol.Nevertheless, he is presently in police custody at the Fort Wellington Police Station, assisting with investigations. (Ramona Luthi) read more


Budućnost PodgoricaPodravkaVardar Skopjewomen’s regional handball league ← Previous Story The “Cranberries” helps Women’s EHF EURO 2012! Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012 mania: 15.000 tickets sold in just four days! European champion, Buducnost Podgorica is back on winning track in Skopje after home defeat against Podravka Koprivnica last week. Montenegrin champion has won over Vardar Skopje 26:21.Vardar – Budućnost 21:26 (12:14)Vardar: Saidova, Suslina (6 saves), Kustjukova, Sazdovski, Lubjanaja 2, Stojkovski, Šterjova 6, Svetlova, Manevska, Kiril, Dmitrović 3, Zulkina 2, Vinogradova 2, Klikovac 2, Lojpur 4.Budućnost: Woltering (7 saves), Vukčević (12 saves), Miljanić 4, Trifunović, Mendi 2, Živković 2, Bulatović, Nikolić, Gjorgijevska 5, Ježić 3, Mehmedović 4, Pavićević, Knežević 4, Lazović 2. read more


first_imgGrand tétras : un oiseau alpin fragilisé par les sports d’hiverDans la revue IBIS, un naturaliste suisse s’inquiète de l’impact des sports d’hiver sur la santé et le confort du grand tétras, un oiseau emblématique qui passe la mauvaise saison à proximité des stations de ski des Alpes.”Les écosystèmes alpins à travers l’Europe sont restés relativement préservés jusqu’au début du siècle dernier, mais aujourd’hui les secteurs d’activités humaines de plein air coïncident avec les habitats hivernaux de plusieurs espèces timides et menacées. Le grand tétras a subi un rapide déclin de ses populations ces dernières décennies”, explique Dominik Thiel, de l’Institut ornithologique suisse.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauSon équipe a suivi des populations de ces oiseaux, aux environs de stations de sports d’hiver suisses et allemandes durant deux saisons consécutives. Les 1.130 échantillons de fiente analysés révèlent une augmentation du taux d’hormones du stress chez les volatiles. L’hiver est la période où les oiseaux ont les plus grands besoins énergétiques, et où ils doivent pourtant se contenter d’une rare nourriture, telle que les aiguilles de pin. Prendre la fuite lorsqu’ils sont dérangés par des gens occasionne un grand surcroît de dépense énergétique.”L’hiver est toujours la saison le plus énergétiquement exigeante de l’année pour n’importe quelle espèce survivant dans les montagnes. Le fait que cela coïncide avec une perturbation humaine intense a des implications physiologiques et comportementales claires pour le grand tétras”, conclut Dominik Thiel.Le 16 janvier 2011 à 18:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone refused to confirm whether or not he’s interested in making a move for Alvaro MorataThe Spanish striker is being strongly linked with a return to La Liga in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros confirming their interest this week.Reports in Spain have suggested that Atletico have entered the race for Morata’s services, but Simeone refused to give anything away.“The only thing I’m thinking about is the upcoming match against Levante,” said Simeone, according to Fox Sports.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I don’t speak about players that aren’t with us, only those that are.“I can’t confirm or deny anything because coaches wait to see what the club can do.“Some players want more minutes, some could be sold by the club, some could arrive. We need to wait until January 31.”Atletico drew 1-1 against Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie after Alexander Lozano cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s early opener.last_img read more


first_imgThe Brazilian forward has been having great performances both with the national team and with English Premier League club Everton.Brazilian forward Richarlison has been with Everton since joining in the summer. And he was also called up to the Brazil national team after his impressive start with the Blues.His impressive form has been noted for the past six months with club and country, and he hopes he can continue delivering like that.“I think it’s really important we’re united both on and off the pitch,” he told the club’s official website.“We do everything together, we have breakfast together, lunch together, and we’re developing strongly together every day.”“Being knocked out of the Cup [at Millwall] really hurt us because we really wanted to progress in that competition,” he explained.“We aimed to put things right in training, working on the set plays, and I think we corrected a lot of those things against Huddersfield.”“There was the red card and we managed to absorb their pressure for the rest of the game,” the Brazilian added.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We really went out there and gave our all. We needed those three points to move up the table.”“Now we have Wolves on Saturday and they’re a good team,” he continued.“I think it’s going to be a great game and they are two points ahead of us so it’s important that we get the win. We’ll do everything to finish in the highest position possible and fight to the end.”💪 | The lying down headed pass, brought to you by @Richarlison97.LOVE that commitment! 💪 #EFC— Everton (@Everton) January 16, 2019last_img read more


first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SDPD and Sheriff’s stations to offer free drug disposal Saturday Posted: April 27, 2018 April 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diegans will have a chance to dispose of unused or unwanted medicine at dozens of sites around the county Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.The effort organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration aims to collect excess medicine such as opiates that could end up being abused.Over 50 percent of people who abused prescription painkillers said they obtained the drugs for free from family or friends, according to several recent National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.Residents can bring their unwanted drugs to various locations Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., including at San Diego Police Department division stations and Sheriff’s Department substations.A complete list of locations is available at www.takebackday.dea.gov. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more


first_imgAfter dignitaries cut the ribbon on a new 39th Street overpass on Wednesday, it will mark the first time in two years that motorists will be able to connect directly between west Vancouver’s Fruit Valley and Lincoln neighborhoods.The $11.6 million bridge will provide smooth passage to drivers who previously had to wait for as many as 100 trains a day — followed by a teeth-rattling drive across seven sets of railroad tracks.Yet, over the long term, the project’s biggest beneficiaries may be Amtrak passengers whizzing by underneath the new span.“The 39th Street Bridge in Vancouver is one piece of a larger strategy of investing in rail-mobility improvements in the Amtrak Cascades corridor,” state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said in a prepared statement.The overpass will span a new bypass track paralleling the east edge of BNSF Railway’s notoriously congested main line through Vancouver. The overpass, in fact, is part of an overall $150 million project designed to alleviate one of the most significant railroad chokepoints in Western Washington.Officials say the bypass tracks, along with a slew of other improvements planned by the city and the Port of Vancouver, ultimately will free up space to accommodate projected increases in freight traffic while improving the speed and on-time reliability of passenger trains. The state plans to add two Amtrak Cascades trains to the four daily round-trip journeys currently operating between Portland and Seattle.last_img read more


first_imgImperial Pacific International (IPI) has been granted an extension to the completion date for its Saipan IR until 28 February 2021.The company announced overnight that it had entered into a written amendment to the Casino License Agreement with Saipan’s Casino Control Commission allowing for a change to the implementation schedule after requesting an extension last week.It was revealed in July that IPI would miss its 31 August 2018 completion deadline, with the company stating the delay was due primarily to “the drastic reduction and non-availability of sufficient skilled and qualified construction laborers locally in Saipan and mainland USA.”Under the new agreement, IPI must complete all construction of Imperial Pacific Resort by 28 February 28, including the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy Permit by the CNMI Department of Public Works.The company will also be required to submit to the Lottery Commission within 15 days from the signing of the agreement last Friday a Construction Milestone Schedule including a list of pending tasks and projected completion dates, with detailed quarterly reports on progress and a biannual audit certified by its external auditor.Any further delays will result in fines of US$5,000 a day.IPI added that, in consideration of the extension of the implementation schedule, it will make a donation of US$500,000 to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for the purchase of medical equipment.Originally scheduled for completion in 2016, it was only 13 months ago that IPI was granted a previous extension to the Casino License Agreement to complete construction of its initial gaming facility by 31 August 2018.When complete, it will feature a 329-room luxury hotel; 14,140 square meters of gaming area; 3,870 square meters of food and beverage outlets; 186 square meters of retail space; 930 square meters of meeting space; 15 villas; and a 1,500 square meter spa and fitness area with associated infrastructure. Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Load More Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019center_img RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee paymentlast_img read more


first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of migrants were saved at sea off the coast of Key West, Friday.The crew of the Carnival Sensation came upon a small vessel with 19 people on board. In statement issued on Saturday, a Carnival spokesperson wrote that the boaters were “presumed to be Cuban migrants.”A video posted on YouTube captured the scene, as the cruise liner’s crew tethered the vessel to their ship and offered the group food and water.Eventually the U.S. Coast Guard responded with a cutter and took the migrants in for processing.“Once USCG was on scene, we were released to proceed back to Miami where the ship arrived [Saturday] morning slightly behind schedule,” said the Carnival spokesperson.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently announced that the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded nearly $3,700 from Attorney General Maura Healey’s Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program to help support the MSO’s 20th Annual Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA).“We are grateful to Attorney General Healey for providing this funding which allows us to hire an additional counselor and expand the number of cadets we are able to accept into this year’s YPSA,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Not only does this grant provide an opportunity for more cadets to participate in this program, but also for a young adult to work in an environment where they can mentor younger neighbors.”YPSA is a series of six, one-week long camps designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.“Our summer jobs program provides young people across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves and make a difference in their own community,” AG Healey said. “We are pleased to support Sheriff Koutoujian and his office’s Youth Public Safety Academy that allows young people in Middlesex County to learn important skills directly from their hometown public safety officials.”This year, the Attorney General awarded $322,000 in funding to 100 organizations across the state through the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Grant Program. The program allows teens to hold summer jobs in their own communities that are focused on promoting nutrition, physical fitness and healthy living.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer CampIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more