CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)At the end of the 2018 season, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker departed the Bulldogs to become head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. After a lengthy search, Georgia has found its replacement.According to The Athletic, the Bulldogs have chosen Dan Lanning as their new defensive coordinator. Lanning is being promoted from the team’s outside linebackers position coach.Per the report, he will see a substantial salary boost in his new position with the team. Last year he made $325,000, but this year he is expected to make $750,000 – the largest salary bump on the team.NEWS: Dan Lanning is Georgia’s new defensive coordinator, The Athletic has learned.https://t.co/SRsfNSpdGc— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) February 15, 2019As noted by FootballScoop, Lanning is set to receiver a massive pay bump. He’ll go from $325,000 last season as position coach, up to $725,000.Without Tucker and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, though, Georgia’s overall staff compensation will actually go down.Lanning, Georgia’s outside linebackers coach, was reportedly under consideration with inside linebackers coach Glenn Schumann, but it appears Kirby Smart has decided to give the nod to Lanning. (Though Schumann will add a co-coordinator title, according to Emerson.)[…]Both Lanning and Schumann netted significant raises, along with the six other returning Georgia assistants. However, the overall assistant salary pool will go down from 2018 to ’19 after losing Tucker (who made $1.5 million in 2018) and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ($950,000).Head coach Kirby Smart selected Lanning to serve as interim defensive coordinator for the Sugar Bowl after Tucker took the Colorado job before it was played.Lanning’s debut at the position proved to be a frustrating one as the Bulldogs were upset by the Texas Longhorns, 28-21. The 28 points allowed were the fourth-most allowed by the team all year.In replacing Mel Tucker, Lanning has a lot to live up to. This past year the defense finished 15th in points allowed, and finished sixth in the same category the year before.Fortunately, he’ll have the benefit of working with two of the top defensive prospects in the country coming to the school as freshmen this season. Newly-enrolled defensive end Nolan Smith and linebacker Nakobe Dean both have the potential to give him some quick impact at their positions.[The Athletic]
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zoom Order intake at Finnish engineering company Wärtsilä’s Marine Solutions sector reached EUR 407 million (USD 460.4m) for the quarter ended September 30, down 12% compared to EUR 463 million reported for the same period a year earlier.On the other hand, order intake for the recently acquired L-3 Marine Systems International (MSI) developed well, the company says.Within environmental solutions, orders included exhaust gas cleaning systems for three passenger vessels, as well as ballast water management systems for eleven container vessels.In the gas carrier segment, orders included two contracts to supply regasification modules to be installed on FSRU vessels owned by Höegh LNG from Norway.Gas carriers represented 37% of the third quarter order intake, while the conventional merchant segment accounted for 21%.The cruise and ferry segment’s share was 16%, special vessels represented 9% of the order intake, navy 6% and offshore 5%. Other orders accounted for 7% of the total.The overall outlook for the shipping and shipbuilding markets remains challenging, Wärtsilä says, as overcapacity continues to affect demand.Gas carrier contracting is expected to remain on a normalised level, and the outlook for the cruise segment remains positive thanks to an anticipated increase in Asian passenger traffic.The outlook for ferries is supported by signs of economic recovery in the USA and Europe. The importance of fuel efficiency and environmental regulations are clearly visible, the company says, as the regulatory environment is driving interest in gas as a marine fuel in the wider marine markets.Wärtsilä’s third quarter order intake totalled EUR 1.086 billion, a decrease of 17% compared to EUR 1.309 billion from the corresponding period a year earlier.The company recorded EUR 132 million profit before taxes, compared to EUR 129 million reported in 3Q2014.Looking ahead, Wärtsilä expects its net sales for 2015 to grow by 5-10% and its operational profitability (EBIT% before non-recurring items) to be 12-12.5%.This guidance includes the impact of the MSI acquisition. MSI is expected to contribute approximately EUR 250 million to net sales and EUR 9 million to the operating result during 2015. Excluding purchase price allocation amortisation, MSI’s operating result is estimated to reach EUR 16 million.
WASHINGTON – U.S. home sales slid 3.6 per cent in December, as rising prices and a declining number of available properties stifled purchases.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million units. Despite the monthly setback, sales totalled 5.51 million in 2017. That was the highest level since 2006, yet it marked a slight 1.1 per cent gain from 2016 as the months’ supply of properties on the market fell to the lowest level ever recorded by the Realtors.The strengthening U.S. economy helped to lift home sales last year, but homeowners are choosing not to list their properties despite the rising prices and relatively low mortgage rates. The lack of homes for sale speaks to the lingering aftershocks from the 2007 housing crisis. After a wave of mortgage defaults and foreclosures, investors bought many properties and turned them into rentals. Meanwhile, homeowners are choosing to build equity rather than upgrade to another house.David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance, said sales should increase modestly in 2018, but they’ll be “held back by a lack of inventory.”Just 1.48 million homes were listed for sale at the end of December, a 10.3 per cent drop over the past year. There were just 3.2 months’ supply of homes on the market, the lowest level since the Realtors began tracking the figure in 1999.Home values are climbing faster than wages because of the dearth of available properties. The median home sales price increased 5.8 per cent from a year ago to $246,800 in December, a pace more than double gains in average hourly earnings.Sales in December fell in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West.The shortage of homes for sale appears to be setting up a surge in remodeling.Homeowners are expected to spend nearly $340 billion this year on improvements and repairs, a 7.5 per cent increase from 2017, according to a recent analysis by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.This would be the steepest increase in renovation activity in more than a decade.Because buyers have limited choices, they’re increasingly willing to pay above the asking price.Roughly 24 per cent of homes last year sold for more than their advertised price, with buyers of those properties on average paying $7,000 above asking, according to the real estate firm Zillow. Those figures have crept upward since 2012.The problem is at its worst in the most expensive markets. Nearly half of homes around San Jose, California — the epicenter of U.S. software companies — sold for above asking with the average premium of $62,000.
24 April 2009Congolese civilians are continuing to flee their homes, fearful of reprisal attacks by Hutu rebels, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today, expressing concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Congolese civilians are continuing to flee their homes, fearful of reprisal attacks by Hutu rebels, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today, expressing concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Over 100,000 people have been uprooted by raids by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in the past two months, Andrej Mahecic, a UNHCR spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.In Luofo village, nearly 200 kilometres from North Kivu province’s capital, Goma, the group has threatened local communities, engaging in a house-to-house terror campaign in which they warn those who visit, “you will all die.”The rebels – who stepped up its retaliatory attacks after the Congolese and Rwandan military concluded their joint offensive against the group in mid-February – has already attacked Luofo and another village, Kasiki, on 17 and 18 April, killing several people and torching almost 400 homes.“Our humanitarian operations in eastern DRC are continually hampered by general lawlessness and insecurity,” Mr. Mahecic said, adding that the remoteness of the area hampers delivery of much-needed aid.The FDLR has been targeting relief convoys, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and commercial traffic, he said.The situation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), who have not received sufficient aid and require medical attention, is worsening rapidly, the spokesperson noted, with at least three people dying in the past few days due to hunger and disease.Further, tensions are on the upswing between the local population and uprooted people seeking refuge at the makeshift camp in Kiwanja near Rutshuru, north of Goma, which is home to at least 11,000 IDPs. In recent weeks, IDPs have been beaten, their belongings stolen and their homes destroyed.“Some local residents are accusing IDPs of collaborating with what they call criminal elements,” Mr. Mahecic said. “IDPs are strongly denying these allegations, saying they were merely a victim of ethnic hatred and intolerance.”For its part, he said, UNHCR is providing plastic sheeting to help families rebuild their destroyed shelters and is continuing its appeals to host communities to exercise tolerance and to respect the rights of the displaced to seek safety from continued clashes.At the height of the violence last November, the Tutsi rebel militia known as the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) burnt six UNHCR-run camps around Rutshuru, one of the areas worst-hit by conflict, to the ground.
Kaing Guek Eav, whose alias is Duch, was sentenced last July to 35 years in prison by the trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), with a five-year reduction to remedy his illegal detention at a Cambodian military court. The court found that Mr. Kaing not only implemented, but also actively contributed to the development of the policies of the Communist Party of Kampuchea at the S-21 camp, where numerous Cambodians were unlawfully detained, subjected to inhumane conditions and forced labour, tortured and executed in the late 1970s. During the three-day appeal hearing held by the ECCC’s Supreme Court Chamber, Mr. Kaing and his defence team reiterated that he was neither a senior leader nor one of those most responsible for heinous crimes being prosecuted at the court, and therefore should not have been tried at the court. He told the chamber – consisting of four Cambodian judges and three internationals selected by the UN Secretary-General – that he merely acted on orders from his superior and he would have died if he didn’t. “I survived the regime, only because I respectfully and strictly followed the orders,” he said. Meanwhile, the prosecution demanded a life imprisonment for Mr. Kaing’s role as a chairman of the security prison, where at least 12,000 people died during the period from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979. Co-Prosecutors Chea Leang and Andrew Cayley claimed that Mr. Kaing should have been cumulatively convicted for the crimes against humanity of persecution, enslavement, imprisonment, torture, rape, extermination and other inhumane acts as well as the enslavement of those detained in S-21. They demanded the Supreme Court Chamber impose a heavier sentence. “We call for the imposition of a life term, reduced to 45 years simply to take account of that period of illegal detention,” Mr. Cayley told the judges. “But for the purposes of history, a life term must be imposed in this case.” The Supreme Court Chamber is expected to hand down its appeals judgment in a few months. The appeal took place as the ECCC prepares for its second case concerning the four most senior members of the Democratic Kampuchea regime who are still alive. Estimates vary but as many as two million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country. 30 March 2011The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago today concluded the appeal hearing for the former head of a notorious detention camp who was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity last year.
Fugitive WikLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks via Skype at the South By SouthWest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, Saturday, March 8, 2014. Assange’s appearance underscores the increasing attention that the technology industry is paying to issues of online privacy, security and surveillance. (AP Photo/Barbara Ortutay) AUSTIN, Texas – Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his living situation is a bit like prison — with a more lenient visitor policy.He also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks, though he gave no specifics on what these might be.Assange, who has been confined to the embassy since June 2012, discussed government surveillance, journalism and the situation in Ukraine on Saturday in a streaming-video interview beamed to an audience of 3,500 attendees of the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas.Assange’s hourlong remote appearance was spiked with technical glitches. As the audio cut out, he sometimes asked audience members to raise their hands if they could hear him. Benjamin Palmer, the co-founder of marketing firm The Barbarian Group who interviewed Assange, at one point resorted to texting his questions.Looking well-groomed in a white shirt, scarf and a black blazer, Assange blasted President Barack Obama’s administration, saying it was not taking fellow secret leaker Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s surveillance activities seriously.“We know what happens when the government is serious,” he said. “Someone is fired, someone is forced to resign, someone is prosecuted, an investigation (is launched), a budget is cut. None of that has happened in the last eight months since the Edward Snowden revelations.”Assange’s appearance at this five-day conference — which will host Snowden in a similar remote interview Monday — signal the growing concern in the tech community around issues of online privacy, surveillance and security, even as Internet giants like Google and Facebook reap billions in advertising revenue from collecting information about their users.“Now that the Internet has merged with human society and human society has merged with the Internet, the laws of the Internet become the laws of society,” he said, adding that through the NSA’s “penetration of the Internet” has led to a “military occupation” of civilian space.Assange has taken asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault charge, which he has said would be merely a first step in efforts to move him to the U.S. to face charges over publishing hundreds of thousands of secret documents.Asked if he was afraid, Assange said he is, like any normal person.“Only a fool has no fear. Courage is seeing fear,” he said, and proceeding anyway.Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has reported extensively about Snowden and the NSA’s surveillance efforts, also will appear at the festival Monday. Unlike Assange and Snowden, though, he’ll be there in person. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2014 2:45 pm MDT Julian Assange talks NSA, hints at coming leaks in remote video appearance at tech festival
The number of private firms legally entitled to receive the sensitive information has risen five-fold in just six years as a result of a law change put in place to crack down on rogue operators. The DVLA is handing over the car registration details of millions of owners to private parking firms signed up to a trade body for just a few hundred pounds. According to the RAC Foundation, the motoring think tank, 119 car parking management businesses are now able to access vehicle keeper records held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The companies pay the DVLA just £2.50 for each record check but the data enables the firms to then pursue motorists for parking fines routinely set at £100….
If you have ever embarked upon building a brand new data center you can definitely appreciate the amount of time and expense required to get it up and operational. The same can be said when a need arises which requires you to move from one data center to another. What would be nice is a solution which offers a pre-built data center that is self-contained and could easily be moved as required. While that sounds like a pipe dream, Cisco is now actually offering such a solution.Cisco has created what it calls the CDC or Cisco Containerized Data Center. To put it simply, it is a data center in a box. The “box” consists of a 40 x 9.5 x 8 foot weatherized ISO container that supplies up to 25kW of power per rack and includes up to 16 racks which can easily slide out for maintenance. Each rack is water-cooled allowing for cooling to occur in the racks and not the entire container. Each rack’s temperature is controlled dynamically through adjustments in air temperature, fan speeds and water flow and temperature, creating a microclimate for each rack.Businesses can also choose from a number of options available for the CDC including security, fire suppression and detection, redundant feeds, humidification and a equipment hoist for loading IT equipment. Monitoring of the data center occurs through the Cisco CDC Management System (CDCMS) which stores data collected by power and container-level sensors that track critical events and operations occurring within the CDC. Cisco states the CDC solution can replace traditional “brick-and-mortar” data centers by being deployed in either indoor or outdoor environments while offering a potential 30% savings in operational expenses and a reduction in capital expenditures.Customers interested in the CDC can browse a 3D model of the data center at the Cisco website.Read more at the Cisco press releaseBrian’s OpinionWhile one might say this is an example of Cisco thinking outside the box, in reality they are thinking about what can be put in it. I have personally been associated with both a large data center move and the building of a new data center and I can tell you that both projects were time consuming and very expensive.While I admit the “data center in a box” solution offered by Cisco isn’t for everybody, it is a great solution for a CIO to keep in their back pocket to deploy as needed. The first thing I thought of when looking at the CDC was that it would be perfect for the military when the need arises to setup a data center as part of a deployment. It can quickly be shipped, setup and when the need no longer is there it can be shipped back for use elsewhere.As a result of this product, Cisco may also redefine how some companies, which host data centers, build their centers in the future. Instead of simply having a serious of cages clients can put their equipment in, they could also create a building which houses these portable Cisco data centers. The incredible advantage of that is businesses could have their data center hosted by a third-party as needed and should they wish to move to a new hosting facility, or decide to host their own data center, the CDC could simply be moved out all in one piece. Just think about how easy that would make it for companies to remain agile and move IT assets in an effort to realize savings or better address changing business needs.
The Black Hat Security Conference and DEFCON bring together the world’s professional hackers, security researchers, goverment representatives, journalists, and just about anyone who thinks of themselves as a hacker. They listen to talks about security, show off the latest novel hacks, and generally share information about the state of computer security.Every year there’s a highlight to the conferences, and this year it looks like that highlight may be a flying drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This drone is called the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, or WASP. It’s an ex-U.S. Army spy drone measuirng over 6-feet in length and wingspan that has been modified to make it more useful for hackers in our built-up, communication-heavy urban environments.If you happen to see this yellow drone flying above your neighborhood you’d be right to be concerned. WASP is equipped with the tools to crack Wi-Fi network passwords made possible by an on-board VIA EPIA Pico-ITX PC running BackTrack Linux equipped with 32GB of storage to record information. BackTrack offers a full suite of digital forensics and penetration testing tools making it a good fit for this setup.WASP can also act as a GSM network antenna meaning it will be able to eavesdrop on calls/text messages made over that network by any phone deciding to connect through it.While such a drone may violate a few flying laws, it doesn’t break any FCC regulations as it uses the HAM radio frequency band or a 3G connection for communication. As to the reason for building it, creators Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins just wanted to prove there is a vulnerability that can easily be taken advantage of with a UAV such as this.WASP is an open source platform using Arduino that Tassey will discuss how to build at DEFCON-19 next week. It was originally unveiled last August with the following video giving you a close up view and interview with the creators:The main developments since last year seem to be the open-sourcing of the design rather than just relying on the ex-Army drone, and the GSM compatibility being added, which they were really eager to get working last August.Apart from a manual take off and landing, WASP can be preloaded with GPS co-ordinates and then fly a course using its on-board electric motor. You could put this drone in the air and have it return some time later with 32GB of fresh data to look through, or monitor it from a base station and switch to loiter mode if you find an interesting area. The on-board HD camera also means it’s easy to capture video footage of an area, or a test flight like this:The main take-away from the WASP project is that this is just two guys building a UAV in their spare time that can easily collect data from Wi-Fi and GSM networks with little input from the operator. There’s even instructions available to create your own. That makes it more than worthy of a talk at DEFCON, but also worth the time of network operators to see how they could counteract such a system from ever being used successfully.Read more at Forbes and The Rabbit-Hole
Drone aircraft are used heavily by the military in countries such as Afghanistan, but their usefulness for monitoring large areas from the air have also seen them considered for service closer to home. The dangers of drones regularly flying across our skies aren’t limited to privacy concerns, though. Evidence of that can be seen in New York, where an unidentified drone came dangerously close to a passenger aircraft as it was coming in to land.The Alitalia Flight 608 from Rome (A Boeing 777-200/200ER) was making its final approach to John F. Kennedy airport on Monday when the pilot saw the drone. It passed within 200 feet of the plane at an altitude of 1,750 feet, 3 miles out from the airport. That’s a little too close for comfort, but it’s just as worrying that no one seems to know who the drone belongs to.Air traffic controllers sent out warnings to other aircraft in the area, but the drone hasn’t been seen since. According to the pilot, the completely black drone had a wingspan of 3 feet and used four propellers. The small size would allow it to go unnoticed unless, as in this case, it got very close to another aircraft.Flying a drone or any unmanned aircraft within 3 miles of an airport is forbidden without prior consent. Such craft are also not allowed to fly higher than 400 feet and must remain in view of the person operating them. This drone clearly broke the rules and the FAA has started an investigation.Due to the size of the drone and its location I’d guess an amateur operator is to blame, although military drones can be tiny. But it isn’t in the interests of a government agency to take such a risk around a major airport with one of their drones. They’d have informed air traffic control and ensured they weren’t flying anywhere near a jet full of passengers. And if this operator is stupid enough to buzz a passenger aircraft, chances are a few people saw them do it and will eventually come forward.
Image: zolakoma via Flickr Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL File photo of Antalya 14,593 Views 7 Comments By AFP Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 9:54 AM File photo of Antalya Image: zolakoma via Flickr At least 10 injured in blast in Turkish resort city An official said it was “too early” to make assumptions as to the cause of the blast. http://jrnl.ie/3044778 Oct 25th 2016, 9:54 AM Share7 Tweet Email AT LEAST 10 people were hurt in a blast Tuesday at a car park in an office building in the southern Turkish city of Antalya, according to local media.City mayor Menderes Turel told the broadcaster NTV that “10 to 12 people were slightly injured by flying glass” in the explosion at the Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry building. The blast occurred at 8.50am (06.50 Irish time).Turel told the CNN Turk channel the blast was being investigated and it was “too early” to make assumptions as to the cause.“The blast may not be a terror attack… we must wait for official information,” Turel said.Over the past year, Turkey has suffered a series of attacks blamed on the Islamic State jihadist group and Kurdish militants.TV images showed a wrecked, burned-out car and smashed glass nearby. At least four cars nearby were also damaged, Dogan news agency said.The incident occurred 11 days after three rockets hit a roadside fishmonger in the popular tourist region, but without causing casualties.© AFP 2016Read: Turkey has arrested 32,000 people – and it’s just the startRead: Suicide bombers blow themselves up after being approached by Turkish police
Les grillons espagnols sont des insectes galantsSelon une étude d’entomologistes britanniques, les grillons champêtres d’Espagne ont l’habitude de laisser entrer leur partenaire dans leur terrier avant eux, prenant ainsi le risque de se faire dévorer par un prédateur.C’est grâce à plusieurs caméras à infrarouge qu’une étude a pu être menée, pendant 200.000 heures de film, sur les grillons champêtres d’Espagne (Gryllus campestri). Selon les travaux, publiés en ligne par la revue américaine Current Biology, les mâles de ces insectes se montrent en quelque sorte galants en laissant leur partenaire rentrer les premières dans leur terrier au risque de se faire croquer par un prédateur.À lire aussiPour survivre au froid, ces alligators ont trouvé une ingénieuse stratégieCe comportement est contraire à ce que suggéraient auparavant d’autres chercheurs mais les auteurs de l’étude l’ont ici confirmé en constatant que les grillons champêtres d’Espagne, femelles et mâles, célibataires, avaient un taux de mortalité équivalent. En revanche, une fois en couple, le taux de survie des femelles augmentait tandis que celui des mâles chutait grandement, rapporte romandie.com.”Il semble vraiment que les mâles attendent que les femelles soient à l’abri du danger avant de rentrer à leur tour dans le terrier. Protéger la femelle semble être leur première priorité”, souligne Tom Trequenza, un des co-auteurs de l’étude. Mais pour Rolando Rodriguez-Muñoz de l’université d’Exeter, autre auteur de l’étude, cette galanterie pourrait avoir d’autres motivations que la gentillesse ou le raffinement. Ainsi, les chercheurs estiment que cette politesse est motivée par le fait qu’en contrepartie, en protégeant les femelles, les mâles s’assurent de passer plus de temps avec elles, ce qui leur permet d’assurer leur descendance. Le 9 octobre 2011 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook WhatsApp Netflix and WWE Studios announce The Big Show is getting his own comedy series Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In the video seen above, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal spoke recently with Chris Van Vilet about the reasons why his match with the Big Show didn’t happen at WrestleMania 33 last year in Orlando and why he wants the match to happen at WrestleMania 35.Top 10 Sore LosersWWE posted their latest Top 10 countdown on Monday, looking at the biggest sore losers. Report: Ronda Rousey scheduled to undergo surgery for broken hand this Tuesday Twitter Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for the Superstar Shake-up, WrestleMania 35 fallout review Pinterest
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 6, 2017 – Nassau – The Nassau Airport Development Company announces that operations will continue as normal at Lynden Pindling International Airport through to end of day, Thursday, September 7th, 2017. All stakeholders are encouraged to complete the securing of their premises and vehicles in order to have the best possible outcome. The public is reminded to check with their individual airline regarding any changes in flight times, or cancellations.Airport operations will resume only when the “All Clear” is given by the Met Department/National Emergency Management Agency, after which all airport employees will be expected to safely report for duty to assess any damage, clean up and restore premises to normal condition, for the ordinary resumption of operations. A statement will be issued by NAD to advise the traveling public as to when the airport resumes full operations.The public is requested to listen carefully to the formal media for updates regarding both cessation and resumption of airport operations as there might be changes in the forward movement of Hurricane Irma requiring adjustments to the operations timelines.Press Release: NAD Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The austere Iditarod checkpoint, with just two major shelter structures, and tents or converted out buildings set up for the Iditarod race. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/ Alaska Public Media)This year’s Iditarod has hit what could prove the defining moment in who wins the race. Joar Ulsom pushed his 24-hour rest all the way to the Iditarod checkpoint, arriving Wednesday evening while his main competitors were posted up in towns further down the trail.But yesterday, the competition caught up.The weather around the Iditarod checkpoint the last few days has been gnarly: blowing snow and high winds. Snowmachiners and checkpoint officials say the trail was getting covered up with snowdrifts around the time Joar Ulsom was pushing toward his 24-hour rest at the spare camp – little more than two shelter cabins and some pop-up tents. Toward the end of the run, his speed slowed way down.Ulsom was asleep for much of the afternoon, so he missed when one of his main challengers came blazing into Iditarod under a clear sky.Nic Petit had just come off a long run, but his dogs had their tails up, leaping at their harnesses, looking like they could keep running all the way to the Yukon.The run from Ophir to Iditarod is 80 miles – one of the longest legs of the race. Mushing through bad weather without a major rest, Ulsom did the junket in 15-and-a-half hours. Petit did the same run in just over 12 hours. That was about an hour faster than Mitch Seavey, the third musher to reach Iditarod on Thursday afternoon.The weather had cleared up from the windy night before, and slightly lower temperatures had firmed up the trail a bit. The weather system that had impeded Ulsom’s progress didn’t stick around to hamper his two main rivals the same way. Seavey and Petit both rested about four-and-a-half hours before taking off for the Yukon. By the time Ulsom’s 24-hour hold was up, he was about two-and-a-half hours later in leaving Iditarod for the tight three-way race down the river and toward the coast.Petit ultimately reached Anvik first.
Costa Rican officials are pushing for more involvement by the United Nations in the “designing and implementation of well-balanced strategies on the drug trade,” Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo told the UN General Assembly on Monday, the last day of the UN’s annual high-level meeting.He noted the Central American region especially has been affected by the increase of drug trafficking and international organized crime. Castillo also said that environmental, social and economic vulnerabilities are among the reasons why “middle income countries, like Costa Rica, still need the support of the international community to consolidate improvements in economic conditions and human development.”Castillo called for a UN reform, including expanding the 15-member Security Council and improving its working methods.The Costa Rican foreign minister is one of the world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the assembly’s general debate, which ended Monday. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Former Disy MP Andreas Themistocleous was found guilty on Wednesday by Nicosia district court for two counts of speeding and for violating a traffic signal.Final arguments will be heard on October 13 and the sentence passed later.Speaking to reporters after court, Themistocleous said he fully respected the decision that found him guilty of three charges but said he would be appealing the case.Last year, the supreme court lifted his parliamentary immunity so that he could be tried for speeding offences which took place on April 4, 2015 when he was caught driving his car at a speed of 172 km/h – 72km over the legal limit.On February 12, 2015 he was caught doing 170km/h, 141km/h on October 14, 2014, and 91km/h in a 50km/h zone on July 10, 2014 where he also faced charges for violating a traffic signal – the white continuous line in the middle of the road.He was found guilty for speeding on two occasions and for violating a traffic signal.It appeared Themistocleous had made matters worse for himself when stopped by officers as he had apparently displayed inappropriate behaviour.Police reports indicated that on numerous occasions, he had invoked his parliamentary immunity when told he would be charged.“We think that the behaviour, words and deeds, attributed to the defendant, leaves no room for different treatment,” other than to lift his immunity, the supreme court said at the time.Police also cited traffic offences between 1993 and 2011, and 21 between 2003 and 2015.Ironically, on February 1 last year, he was caught speeding on the way to court where the case against his speeding offences was being heard.He was driving at 139 km/h on the Limassol-Nicosia highway near Kofinou at around 11am but paid the fine of €78 on the spot and also got two penalty points on his driving licence.Attorney General Costas Clerides had requested detailed records of the former Limassol MP after various reports of Themistocleous being a serial offender were published in the press as well as a police report saying he had been driving 72km/h over the legal limit with a speed of 172km/h.“Reviewing and evaluating the evidence, a very large number of convictions and fines against the MP was revealed, mainly relating to speeding, among other instances, with 141, 170, and even up to 190 km/h,” Clerides said.“Further, police reports also indicated that, on numerous occasions, the deputy behaved inappropriately towards the police officers, invoking his parliamentary immunity when told he would be charged.”Themistocleous had defended himself saying his only crime was speeding, and that there were other people who had done much worse and were still walking around freely.“I have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. When she grows up and starts to learn, ask, and read about her father’s political course and action, I want to be certain, and I am, that the only thing she will find that her father did to harm the country were his traffic violations,” he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado 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 SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo 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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