zoom Carnival Cruise Line’s latest ship Carnival Panorama will be homeported in Long Beach, Southern California, from December 2019.The company said that this will be the first brand-new ship deployed on the West Coast of the USA in 20 years.The 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, the third Vista-class ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, will offer seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach at the end of 2019.Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri held a keel-laying ceremony for the 133,500-ton ship in early January 2018 in Marghera, Italy.The vessel will join its sister ships Carnival Vista, which was handed over in April 2016, and Carnival Horizon, set to debut April 2, 2018.Apart from the Vista-class ships, Carnival Cruise Line has two more 180,000-ton vessels in its orderbook, scheduled to enter service in 2020 and 2022.
From a hilltop workshop overlooking the beautiful LaHave River valley, George Rizsanyi crafts guitars destined for some of the world’s best known musicians, and reflects on life. “It’s stunning,” says Rizsanyi as he sweeps his hand out to proudly show off his river valley. “This is a place where you can find the Zen of this craft.” Seven years ago, Rizsanyi began an adventure and took to the Internet, searching for a Nova Scotia home to relocate his thriving guitar-making business. It didn’t take long before the former Ontarian and his family settled down near Bridgewater, on the province’s South Shore. Today, no one would ever know he wasn’t a Bluenoser. An unabashed promoter of his adopted province, Rizsanyi says it’s a proud moment when others describe him as their own. “It’s an open-arms kind of province,” the gifted craftsman enthuses. “The first time they said, ‘Nova Scotia’s own George Rizsanyi,’ it made me feel really good.” Recognized worldwide for the design and construction of his exquisite, handmade guitars, Rizsanyi’s clients have included the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, superstars Sting, James Taylor and Peter Gabriel. And being away from a major centre of commerce like Toronto hasn’t been mission critical for his business’s success. At this point, his accessibility comes by telephone and e-mail. Besides, Rizsanyi’s reputation means clients usually find him, whether it’s by word of mouth, or by his website www.rizsanyiguitars.com. Pretty well all of Rizsanyi’s sales are from outside Canada, and his goal is to capture a piece of the lucrative American market. That means eyeing places like California and New York City. His high-end guitars average $5,000 each and he makes about 25 a year. All of his guitars are crafted with hand-carved necks, bridges and inlays. He claims “a connoisseur’s dedication to playability, comfort and acoustic quality. Every guitar is strobe-tuned for note accuracy, tonal quality and precision harmonics.” And each offers a rich, full-bodied sound. Supporters point to the guitar’s note clarity, projection and sustainability as instantly recognizable when hearing a Rizsanyi guitar being played. There is no grand tradition of guitar making in the Rizsanyi family. It was fate and his own innate drive to live every adventure life has to offer, much like the attitude of folks in Nova Scotia, that launched the former labourer into the world of music. Rizsanyi started in the business by meeting a guitar maker (or luthier) at a party near Toronto. “The stars lined up,” he says. “He showed me some guitars, and needed a place to park his truck, so I offered my driveway.” That relationship led to other opportunities, and Rizsanyi apprenticed for several years before opening his own shop. “The whole thing has been one neat thing after another,” he says, with a fervour bordering on boyhood amazement at his own success. His initial introduction to celebrity clients began with an American superstar musician. “When I was starting out, I had this notion that I would build James Taylor a guitar.” After a year of trying to track down the legendary singer-songwriter, he turned on the television one day and heard he was in Toronto for a concert. Remarkably, the TV anchor announced his hotel. Rizsanyi picked up the phone expecting to leave a message; instead he was patched through to the singer himself. Rizsanyi says Taylor was very nice. However, he was afraid of offending Rizsanyi if he didn’t like the guitar being offered. Not a problem, Rizsanyi thought, so he made Taylor three guitars, to give the singer a choice. They were hand delivered the next time Taylor was in town. He loved them. Those types of experiences — mixing resourcefulness, creativity and innovation — are typical of Rizsanyi’s life. He has a knack for recognizing the right opportunity, making the right decision, and squeezing the most out of each moment. That’s good news for his community as Rizsanyi imagines the day he will reinvent his world again and open a guitar manufacturing plant in his neighbourhood. Ever the visionary, Rizsanyi foresees the day when his disciples and locals’ may help him make guitars on a grander scale. He sees his location as the basis of a dramatically expanded business. The abundance of indigenous woods — like black ash, cherry, butternut, yellow poplar, tamarac, birds-eye maple, hawthorn, and wild apple — on his property and the neighbouring hillsides and ravines each give their own exciting and thrilling sound, adding a unique tone to each instrument. It also means a ready supply of raw material. Rizsanyi also runs the Canadian School of Lutherie, a guitar- building school at his home, featuring courses and workshops. Around the world, his dedication to the craft of guitar making is well known. Each student, including dentists, lawyers and high-school students, make their own guitar that is strung and fully playable by the end of a four-week course. The students also get a full understanding of the process. But no matter how big the business gets, it seems Rizsanyi will never tire of telling the stories about each guitar and its client. Like the one on how he sold a guitar to Keith Richards. “I had met Noel Redding, who played with Jimi Hendrix, and he asked for a guitar. I delivered it to him in Boston and the guitar player in his band, Charlie Kemp, loved it.” At that point, Kemp said Keith Richards would like one too. Rizsanyi thought Kemp was joking, but a couple of months later Kemp called to say Richards was waiting for his guitar. Rizsanyi hand-delivered that one too, and ended up hanging out at Richard’s Connecticut house for the night. The banks of the LaHave River are a long way from the streets of New York and Los Angeles, but the master guitar maker says he is content to make the occasional trip abroad, and live a lifein his version of paradise. “Here, it is about being family-oriented. This place has the cleanest air, and you can see all the stars at night too.” For more Nova Scotia success stories visit www.novascotialife.com . -30-
12 February 2008United Nations aid officials in Cameroon are preparing plans to deliver protection and assistance for some months to as many as 20,000 Chadian refugees who fled their homeland last week because of deadly fighting between Government forces and armed opposition groups. An estimated 30,000 refugees are currently in Kousséri, in north-eastern Cameroon, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) local representative Jacques Franquin said that after handling the group’s immediate life-saving needs, the agency expects about two thirds will not return to Chad in the coming weeks.“We expect such number to remain in Chad in the medium term,” Mr. Franquin said. “We are now working with our donors to ensure funding so that we can provide the protection and assistance required.”This weekend UNHCR and its aid partners will start officially registering the new refugees and offering some of them transport to a camp near the town of Maltam, about 32 kilometres from Kousséri.Silvia Luciani, the acting representative in Cameroon of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said vaccinations against measles and polio will start tomorrow for up to 44,000 children among the refugees and the local host communities.UNICEF has also been providing 48,000 litres of drinking water to the refugees each day since Saturday, when the World Food Programme (WFP) began systematic distributions of food. The Chadians will also receive blankets, soaps, buckets and jerry cans.Sophie de Caen, the UN Resident Coordinator for Cameroon, said that while the living and hygienic conditions for the refugees were harsh, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the area were getting the situation under control. A cargo plane chartered by UNHCR landed in Garoua, Cameroon, on Sunday, carrying another 45 tons of relief items.Although people are still crossing back and forth over the bridge between Kousséri and the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the refugee inflow has almost stopped.Meanwhile, UNHCR reported that some 6,000 to 7,000 Central Africans have fled their homeland for southern Chad since late January because of the increasing risk of bandit attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR).UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said the agency is sending a team today to assess the recent arrivals, who are largely located in several villages near Gore, the main town in southern Chad.Mostly women and children, the refugees are in poor condition, arriving with no possessions and relying on the generosity of locals. There are now an estimated 50,000 Central African refugees living in Chad.Both Chad and the CAR have been plagued by violence, instability and impoverishment and last year the Security Council authorized the establishment of a multi-dimensional UN presence – including a peacekeeping mission known as MINURCAT – to try to remedy the situation.Victor Angelo, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Chad and the CAR, said today that he would work to persuade armed groups in the region to lay down their weapons and join a political process.
There are 39 substances on the Rotterdam Convention’s international trade watch list, under which an exporting nation must ensure no substance on the list leaves its territory without the consent of the recipient country. The watch list is formally known as the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.Over 120 member states will consider adding two pesticides – endosulfan and tributyl tin compounds – and the industrial chemical chrysotile asbestos to the PIC list at next week’s Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention in Rome, according to a press release issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Convention is designed to ensure that hazardous chemicals do not endanger human health and the environment but inclusion on the list is not a recommendation for an international ban or severe restriction of the use of the substance.“The Convention’s focus on trade reflects international concerns regarding the impact of hazardous chemicals and pesticides on human health and the environment,” said Executive Director Achim Steiner of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which along with FAO jointly manages the Convention secretariat.“[This is] a concern shared not only by scientists, technical specialists and environmentalists, but by the entire human family,” Mr. Steiner added. Chrysotile asbestos, which is widely used in building materials, accounts for some 94 per cent of global asbestos production. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has identified it as a human carcinogen, and reports that at least 90,000 people die each year of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.A number of countries, including some that continue to mine and export chrysotile asbestos, blocked its addition to the PIC list when the Parties to the Convention last met in 2006 and further opposition is expected at next week’s meeting, according to FAO. 22 October 2008Ministers and officials will decide whether to add three hazardous chemicals – including the world’s most widely used form of asbestos – to a trade “watch list” under a United Nations-backed treaty, aimed at helping developing countries more effectively manage potentially harmful imported substances.
Developmental psychologist Jan Frijters is one of a four-institution group of researchers that has just received a five-year, $10-million grant from the U.S. government’s Institute of Education Science to study underlying cognitive and motivational issues in adults who find reading a challenge.Jan Frijters’ research participants are usually about four feet tall and like to hang out in the playground.But now, the applied developmental psychologist in the Department of Child and Youth Studies, who specializes in children’s learning, is taking his research to the next level: adults who struggle to read basic words.Frijters is one of a four-institution group of researchers that has just received a five-year, $10-million grant from the U.S. government’s Institute of Education Science to study underlying cognitive and motivational issues in adults who find reading a challenge.“Kids are in high demand for studies on low literacy,” Frijters says. “This adult population is so needy and understudied. It was shocking, the receptivity this community has to collaborating in research.”During the study’s first year, 500 adults – half from Canada and half from the U.S. – will be examined for their pattern of thinking abilities, what motivates them to learn to read, and other issues. Participants need to be 18 years or older, enrolled in an adult literacy program and have a literacy level of between grades 3 to 8.The next four years will involve developing and piloting a program to improve literacy for these adults.Frijters points to a reading program for struggling readers, known in the research literature as PHAST or PHAST PACES, that teaches children strategies to read unfamiliar words and text. PHAST was developed by another researcher on the new grant, Maureen Lovett, a senior scientist at the SickKids Hospital in Toronto and a professor at the University of Toronto.“The idea is to take the seed from PHAST in collaboration with adult literacy agencies to be used in adult literacy interventions,” Frijters says. He says adults will be able to improve their literacy skills through interacting with web-based software agents outside of the classroom, “because adult lives are complex, with multiple responsibilities and time demands.”Most of the research participants will come from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas.Frijters joins the SickKids Hospital/University of Toronto, the University of Memphis and Georgia State University in the North American study.“I will be seeking talented graduate students in the area of adult learning, and the cognitive and motivational aspects of reading skill,” Frijters says.According to the Conference Board of Canada, “four out of 10 Canadians have literacy skills too low to be fully competent in most jobs in our modern economy.”About 43 percent of adults in the U.S. read at basic or below basic levels of literacy, with almost half of those earning incomes below the national poverty threshold, according to the most recent National Assessment of Adult Literacy.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Rui Hachimura arrived at Gonzaga as an intriguing prospect who spoke very limited English. He spent his first season in Spokane acclimating to the new language and culture while watching the Zags reach the national title game.Hachimura’s role increased as a sophomore, though he was still primarily a backup player on a loaded roster.Given a chance to lead the Zags this season, Hachimura has thrived.The multidimensional 6-foot-8 forward established himself as one of the nation’s best players early this year and took a star turn at the Maui Invitational, earning tournament MVP while leading Gonzaga past top-ranked Duke in the title game.“He was wanting the ball and when we got him the ball for the most part he was delivering against some high, high level athletes and some damn good defenders around the rim,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “So that’s a really, really good sign for us.”Hachimura’s aggressiveness is a recent trend.When he arrived on campus, Hachimura was too deferential and passive on the court. Few and his assistants worked with the Japanese big man to be more assertive, and he certainly has been this season.Hachimura leads No. 3 Gonzaga with 22.5 points per game while shooting 59 per cent and grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game. He had 23 points in the Zags’ Maui Invitational opener against Illinois and 24 in the semifinals against Arizona.Hachimura was the difference-maker against Duke in the title game, calling for the ball and scoring on post-ups and mid-range jumpers. He had 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots, including two of Gonzaga’s four in the final 46 seconds to preserve an 89-87 victory over the Blue Devils and Gonzaga’s second Maui title.“Hachimura gives them a guy that you can go to to get a bucket or get fouled,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Born to a Japanese mother and father from the West African nation of Benin, Hachimura grew up playing baseball around his hometown of Toyama, Japan. He later tried track before a friend persuaded him to play basketball.Hachimura caught the attention of coaches at Mesei High School and developed his game at the private boarding school. He continued to improve while he grew and popped up on the radar of U.S. coaches when he scored 25 points against the United States at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships in Dubai.Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, who has a knack for finding talented international players, showed video of Hachimura to Few, who saw the talent immediately and persuaded him to join the Zags.After a rough start in Spokane, largely because of the language barrier, Hachimura gradually adjusted to the culture and the more aggressive style of basketball in the United States.Now he could become the first Japanese-born NBA lottery pick.Long-armed and agile, Hachimura has strength and footwork to score down low, and he has a superb midrange jumper. He created problems for Duke with his midrange jumper and scored the go-ahead basket with 75 seconds left on a power move to the basket.“He’s made a big jump,” Few said. “He’s being really aggressive. I’ve been on him to own it a little bit more and I think he’s starting to own it.”Hachimura’s rise in American college basketball has drawn plenty of attention in Japan.When Gonzaga held a media day for Hachimura in May, crews from Japan’s largest networks followed him around for the day. Hachimura had nearly two dozen people follow and film him doing everything from eating to studying. He also gave more than two hours of interviews that were broadcast to millions back in Japan.“I’m getting kind of used to the attention,” he said at the time.He better. It’s only going to ratchet up from here.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Marshall, The Associated Press
OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle and senior forward Marc Loving bring the ball up the court against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen the Ohio State men’s basketball team arrived at practice on Thursday, the team was trying to focus on Saturday’s game against the University of Connecticut Huskies (4-4) following a terribly disappointing 79-77 overtime loss to Florida Atlantic (3-5) on Tuesday.OSU had two practice sessions on Reading Day, the first of which didn’t go well. After coach Thad Matta ended practice, senior forward Marc Loving, without Matta knowing, gathered the team and talked about what needed to change on the court. As the only senior on the team, Loving is one of the few four-year players under Matta that hasn’t won a conference championship or any meaningful game in the NCAA tournament.When the team came back for the second practice, Loving said he could see a lot more energy and camaraderie in the gym.“I love where Marc Loving’s mind is right now,” Matta said. “I think the light has flipped on in his mind in terms of how he’s playing and what he has to do to help this basketball team. I think he’s assumed a ‘take command’ type of attitude with this team.”Last season, it was games like Tuesday’s that kept OSU out of the NCAA tournament. Two early season losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech hurt the Buckeyes tremendously as can the loss to the Owls. Another loss to a UConn team, who has losses to low mid-majors Wagner University and Northeastern University, would be another hurdle for the Buckeyes to jump over if they want to make the tournament come March.“This game was already big enough seeing how we lost last year to UConn,” Loving said. “We just don’t want to have recurring events like we had last season, stringing multiple losses together.”Huskies’ coach Kevin Ollie got the best of the Buckeyes last season, winning 75-55 in Storrs, Connecticut. At the time, OSU fell to 4-5, and although Matta’s team is still sitting at 7-2, the themes of humdrum play and a lack of urgency have been rearing their heads in the two games since a two-point loss at Virginia.UConn is led by sophomore guard Jalen Adams who averages 17.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. The Huskies are the 190th-ranked team in the KenPom ratings and rank 317th nationally in points scored per game with 63.7. UConn is allowing 67 points per game on defense.The Huskies lost three of their top five scorers from a season ago, including Daniel Hamilton who was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round. Adams has taken over point guard duties since Sterling Gibbs left last year and Amida Brimah is his favorite target in the paint, as well as up near the rim where the 7-foot Ghanaian uses his wingspan to score over defenders.“It seems like they play with a great edge,” Matta said. “They’re a little like us in that when they get rolling, they’re really, really good. We have to do a great job of defending all of their actions.”Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop returned to the floor against Florida Atlantic for the first time in six games. He sprained his ankle in the second half against Providence on Nov. 17. Bates-Diop contributed 10 points, three rebounds and one assist on Tuesday.Matta said that the forward from Normal, Illinois, is expected to play, but he doesn’t know if he will start. UConn has shown in past games that it will play several players at multiple positions, which Matta said could force him to change the rotation of the players in the game. He couldn’t say if there will be any starting lineup changes, but the availability of Bates-Diop and the personnel on the court for UConn could dictate how Matta elects to use his players.A loss to Connecticut would be OSU’s third in four games, after a 6-0 start. To many outside of the program, the loss to Florida Atlantic was a devastating one. But Loving said that the team wasn’t shaken by the loss and that everyone still believes that they can compete with any team.“You want guys to refocus into how we have to play better,” Matta said. “You don’t want a game like that to define who you are.”Buckeyes and Huskies tip off at 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
One family’s experiences in World War I will be the subject of a military history talk at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Marshall House, 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver.Douglas Auburg will discuss his father, who was drafted into the Army and sent to Europe during WWI. As a bugler and working as a machinist, he served with the 33rd Engineer Regiment from May 1918 to May 1919. He was at the military railroad service facility midway between the Army Expeditionary Force’s port of embarkation in France and the American front lines.The talks are free. They are hosted by The Historic Trust and presented by the Vancouver Barracks Military Association.Two more presentations are scheduled. On May 17, Warren Aney will discuss Oregon’s military history; on June 21, Donna Sinclair will discuss African-American contributions to the Civilian Conservation Corps.
• La Center citywide garage sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20; map of sale sites at http://ci.lacenter.wa.us/• Edgewood Park Neighborhood Yard Sale Extravaganza, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3; maps will be at Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters, 703 Grand Blvd.Rose Village’s first neighborhood yard sale on June 8 gave people a chance to clear out unneeded items, raise money for good causes and share some neighborly pride.Rose Village joined local communities that have been holding sales for years, ranging from subdivision events to a citywide project in La Center.One of them inspired the Rose Village effort. Some of her relatives live in a north Vancouver neighborhood, said Lisa Watson, a member of the Rose Village Neighborhood Association board.“This is something they have done for many years; it’s a whole neighborhoodwide thing,” Watson said, adding that, “I’ve been collecting stuff for a garage sale for a while.”Some of the proceeds will benefit Washington Elementary. The school’s Parent Staff Partnership teamed with Memorial Lutheran Church for a one-stop-shopping site at the church. People who didn’t want to hold a sale at their house could pay $10 for a spot in the church parking lot.
Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August The sale of a majority stake in Australian-listed Aquis Entertainment Ltd to Blue Whale Entertainment Pty Ltd will allow the company’s primary asset, Casino Canberra, to better tap the VIP market according to its Chairman.Hong Kong businessman Tony Fung told investors during his Chairman’s address this week that the deal, which gained shareholder approval in March but is yet to be rubber stamped by the government, would provide “business synergies and future opportunities” due to Blue Whale’s associated ownership of neighboring Crowne Plaza Hotel. “The chance to partner with a hotel, which is conveniently attached to our building, would enable great improvements to our VIP customer packages and in addition the ability to improve wayfinding to the casino and increase awareness and therefore visitation for the casino,” he said.Aquis is also locked in long-standing negotiations with authorities over a proposed AU$330 million redevelopment of Canberra Casino which would potentially include the addition of around 200 slot machines for the first time.Fung said the company “remains committed to the redevelopment and are eager to commence and deliver to Canberra the kind if world class entertainment precinct an emerging international city deserves.” Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team
General Fund $10,606,500Utility Fund 2,179,393Airport Fund 203,267Equipment Replacement Fund 218,000Debt Service Fund 211,752Total: $13,418,912 According to budget documents, the following sums of money are hereby appropriated for the operations of the City of Soldotna for the fiscal year commencing on July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020, to be expended consistent with and subject to the restrictions, procedures, and purposes setforth in the City of Soldotna Municipal Code: The total projected expenditures by the City of Soldotna is $13,418,912, which is an increase of $746,203, or 6%, from the previous year. According to budget documents this is primarily due to an increase in General Fund Revenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council introduced an ordinance outlining the cities budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting on July 1 at their meeting on Wednesday. There will be a public hearing on June 26.
The state of Alaska is closing wolf hunting early in the Stampede area along the northeastern edge of Denali National Park.Download Audio:The emergency shutdown ends the season two weeks ahead of its scheduled closure. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game action follows the killing of two Denali wolves shot earlier this month on state land, near a bear baiting station. A state release says bear hunting regulation changes have resulted in more hunters in the area. Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton says the situation increases the chances of wolves commonly seen in the park, being taken.Individuals and environmental groups petitioned the state to take the action to better protect a Park wolf population that’s plummeted to 48 this spring, its lowest level on record.State Division of Wildlife Conservation Acting Director Bruce Dale says there’s no biological or conservation issue. Wolf viewing has declined in recent years, but trapping and hunting aren’t the only reason cited by biologists, who also point to low snow winters that have made it tougher for wolves to prey on caribou and moose. Wolf advocates want restoration of a protective buffer zone along the park’s north eastern boundary. The board of game eliminated the wolf buffer in 2010.
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Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Darko Stojanovic/PixnioHoustonians plan on spending $682 on holiday shopping this year, according to Accenture. Share 00:00 /00:44 With Christmas less than three months away, you may start thinking about your holiday shopping.Consulting firm Accenture already has some insights on this year’s trends.The firm’s annual holiday shopping survey shows as usual, Houston is above average when it comes to spending: At $682, Houstonians plan to spend $24 more than the national average this year.Jill Standish, global retail lead at Accenture, said Millennials are leading the pack.They are also more likely to shop at retailers that share their values. And they often know those thanks to social media.“So it’s really interesting that brands and retailers, what they do and what they say and what products they have and how they perform is really transparent,” Standish said.However, even more Millennials care about good deals.And when it comes to online versus in-store shopping, most people like to do both.View Accenture’s 2018 holiday shopping survey below:
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, four persons who were asleep, have been killed when a loaded dumper rammed into their house situated on the road side.The incident took place in Amrasota village of Asansol in West Burdwan district on early Wednesday morning. The victims were crushed to death after stone chips of the truck fell on them as the vehicle overturned immediately after hitting the house. According to the West Burdwan police, the victims have been identified as Rohit Kumar (19), Suraj Kumar (18), Satish Kumar (12) and Sishu Kumar (14). Rohit, Suresh and Satish were three brothers and Sishu was their cousin brother. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTheir house is situated close to National Highway 60. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a turn and the truck eventually hit the house and overturned.According to police, the dumper was coming from Birbhum’s Panchami. As soon as the dumper hit the outside wall of the house, the stone chips fell on the victims who were asleep. Locals rushed to the spot immediately after the accident but failed to rescue the victims. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey reported the matter to the local police, who brought a crane and removed the vehicle. The victims were later brought out from the debris of stone chips. All of them were declared brought dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.The driver of the dumper has been absconding since the incident took place. Following the incident, locals staged a demonstration on NH 60 resulting in huge traffic jam. They demanded that police must keep a vigil on vehicles that flout traffic norms. The demonstration was lifted following the intervention of the senior police officers.Another incident took place in Cooch Behar, where people died on Wednesday morning. They were killed when the car they were travelling in hit a road side tree. The incident took place in Pundibari area of Cooch Behar on Wednesday morning. The identity of the victims is yet to be confirmed.
Comments Share WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.The State Department said Kerry would meet Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. But in a sign of the considerable strains, the Kremlin said Putin’s attendance had yet to be confirmed and the Russian Foreign Ministry previewed the talks by blaming Washington for the breakdown in relations. White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged the “complicated” relationship between the former foes, but insisted they could cooperate on “interests that benefit the citizens of both our countries.”Much hinges on violence decreasing in Ukraine, however.The Western-backed government in Kiev continues to be embroiled in a sporadic conflict between government and separatist rebel forces in its eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk despite a cease-fire agreement sealed in mid-February. Russia was party to that deal.Western nations say Russia supports the separatists with arms and manpower, and even directs some battlefield operations — all claims Moscow denies. In return, the Russians bristle at Washington’s provisions to Ukraine of military assistance in the form of hardware and training.In late April, troops from the United States and Ukraine kicked off joint training exercises intended to help bolster Ukraine’s defenses. The exercises, dubbed “Fearless Guardian-2015,” sparked outrage from Russia, which described them as a potential cause of destabilization.During a visit to Moscow on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia to use its influence to persuade separatists in Ukraine to abide by the oft-violated cease-fire. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories Ukraine says more than 8,000 people have died in the conflict that began in April 2014.Russia has stuck firmly to the line that the Ukrainian government retains the bulk of responsibility for bringing about a settlement.“We will use all the influence we have on the leadership in Donetsk and Luhansk to ensure the process proceeds at the required pace and attains the necessary level,” Putin told Merkel on Sunday.Diplomats in Moscow and Washington are at odds over a range of other issues.Russia last month announced it would lift a five-year ban on delivery of the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, drawing a hasty rebuke from the United States.The White House said the missile system would give the Islamic republic’s military a strong deterrent against any air attack. The Kremlin argues that the S-300 is a purely defensive system that will not jeopardize the security of Israel or any other countries in the Middle East.On Syria, Russia has defied a chorus of international condemnation to remain fast to the embattled government of President Bashar Assad.Following his stop in Sochi, Kerry will travel on to Antalya, Turkey, where he will attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday. Kerry will return to Washington that same day to attend meetings between Obama and top officials of the Gulf Arab states, who are concerned by the possibility of a nuclear deal with Iran. Quick workouts for men The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ___Associated Press writer Bradley Klapper contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “The Obama administration chose the path of scaling back bilateral relations, proclaimed a course of isolating Russia on the international arena and demanded that those states that traditionally follow the lead of Washington support its confrontational steps,” it said in a statement.Ukraine’s crisis, it said, “was largely provoked by the United States itself.”The rhetoric hardly augured well for a breakthrough on any of the many issues dividing the U.S. and Russia. Nevertheless, both sides stressed the importance of trying to work through some of the rancor that buried President Barack Obama’s first-term effort to “reset” ties with Moscow.“This just was a time that made sense,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said of Kerry’s scheduled meeting with Putin. She said talks would cover the civil wars in Ukraine and Syria, and ongoing nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran.The short trip to Sochi will be only Kerry’s second to Russia since taking office. He visited Moscow in May 2013, meeting with Putin and Lavrov before the Ukraine crisis erupted and Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipes
MPs on Tuesday decided to begin drafting legislation ensuring that money currently allocated to the Welfare Lottery Fund continues to be disbursed to disabled persons in the event the fund is scrapped.The Welfare Lottery Fund was set up to provide additional support to disabled persons but since 1997 the lottery itself is not being issued.In 2014, the government tabled a bill abolishing the lottery.In the meantime, the state continued to channel some €136,000 a year into the all-but-defunct fund.Chairman of the House labour committee Andreas Fakondis said MPs are preparing a bill of their own whereby this amount would continue to be paid into the broader special needs fund even if the lottery were to be abolished.Beneficiaries of the Welfare Lottery Fund are persons with severe disabilities, war victims and organisations or agencies for exceptional financial needs and programmes aiming to improve the quality of life of the disabled.The House committee also discussed the quality of care provided to persons suffering from psychiatric disorders and autism.Following pressure from parents groups, the government has submitted a proposal to the cabinet to create a centre for multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment for autistic persons up to the age of four.The centre would be co-financed by the European Social Fund.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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controlJacobs professor and Walter F Mondale chair for political studies at the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance said that candidate-raised and outside money in the two US House districts will help Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor parties increase turnout in critical mostly rural parts of Minnesota If voters turn out for one race they generally vote up and down the ballot so the party that attracts the most in a US House race also benefits with more votes in other racesCampaigns got into full gear in the last few days as the Minnesota State Fair attracted the statewide candidatesFor Democrats Franken and Gov Mark Dayton fair campaign stops are routine Both said that instead of the need to campaign around the state for the 12-day fair the state comes to themFor newcomer McFadden and GOP governor candidate Jeff Johnson the fair gave them a chance to introduce themselves to thousands of people they otherwise may never meetAll of the big four candidates were there most days of the fair So were some Senate and governor third-party candidates none of whom has gained much tractionJacobs said the two races are referendums but for different things "The governor’s race is a referendum on Minnesota and the Senate race is more of a referendum on Washington"The professor said things look good for Dayton because Minnesota "has one of the faster-growing economies" In the Senate race however President Barack Obama’s low popularity means Republican strategy of linking Franken with the president is wise and could hurt the incumbentFor Dayton after 39 years in government and politics the State Fair was bittersweet: "This is the last time I’m here as a candidate for public office"For McFadden surrounded by family volunteers including his Texas mother-in-law it was fun He said he loved talking to the people "Maybe it is because I’m Irish"Johnson used the fair to put an edge on his campaign opening the event demanding more debates with Dayton The governor stuck with the six he already proposedOf the four big names Franken attracted the largest crowds Wherever he went he drew fair goers who talked about his work both in the Senate and in his previous life as comic satirist and writerRecent polls put Franken and Dayton up 8 to 9 points over their GOP challengers Both sides are using the early numbers to seek donations with leaders complaining that the race is close and they need money to stay ahead and those trailing arguing that more money would help them catch upBut for all the begging for money in the Senate and governor contests two US House races could wind up making the differenceIn northern Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District incumbent Democratic US Rep Rick Nolan is in a fight with Republican upstart Stewart Mills heir to Mills Fleet Farm money It has attracted national notice in a district that has grown to the south where Republicans are in control and threatening long-time Democratic district dominance (other than one term the GOP’s Chip Cravaack served)"Both parties are putting lots of money into the 8th" Jacobs saidIn the massive western Minnesota 7th Congressional District state Sen Torrey Westrom R-Elbow Lake is mounting the most serious challenge in years to Democratic US Rep Collin Peterson who has served in Congress two dozen yearsPeterson remains a solid favorite in many observers’ eyes but people in both parties say this could be Peterson’s last campaign and if Westrom does well he could be the front-runner two years from now in the normally Republican-leaning district That could attract money this year to give Westrom a 2016 head startNo one knows just how much money will be spent in the two House races but it is obvious that if either is close outside groups will throw millions of dollars at MinnesotaAt last report the Nolan-Mills race had attracted $14 million in outside spending and the real campaign usually does not start until after Labor Day The Peterson-Westrom race 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