HIVpositive Regina man gets nine year sentence for sexual assault

first_imgREGINA – An HIV-positive Regina man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for choking a woman until she was unconscious and then sexually assaulting her.Kenton Desjarlais, who is 26, had earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault. He will also get 334 days credit for time spent in jail before he was sentenced.But prosecutor Chris White had wanted a 12-year sentence “because it was a brutal offence.”“It was committed against an unsuspecting, innocent stranger minding her own business. That victim could have been anyone,” White said Monday after the sentence was delivered in court.“It’s the sort of offence that hits really close to home, no matter who you are frankly or where you live. Not to mention the fact that there were those aggravating factors vis-a-vis the HIV, the choking and the fact that he has a significant record. These are all things that I think pushed it towards 12.”Court was told the woman walking home from a pub in downtown Regina in May 2015 when Desjarlais approached her on a bicycle.Justice Brian Barrington-Foote said in his sentencing decision that the woman “nicely, and then bluntly” rejected Desjarlais’ verbal advances. She pushed Desjarlais away when he touched her bottom, but Desjarlais would not be deterred.Court heard the woman fought back when he dragged her to the ground, scratching at his face.He put his hands around her neck and choked her until she lost consciousness, then pulled down her pants.The assault was initially considered to have been aggravated because Desjarlais is HIV positive. But that was changed after an expert gave evidence at a preliminary hearing that levels of the virus were so low there was a minimal chance of transmission.The choking became the aggravating factor.The defence suggested a sentence of between five and 12 years.In making a sentencing decision, Barrington-Foote acknowledged that Desjarlais had a difficult childhood which included abuse and drug use.“It was his mother who introduced him to a criminal lifestyle,” said Barrington-Foote. “She stole to support her drug habit, and recruited him as a helper.”At the time of the attack, Desjarlais was under the influence of cocaine, morphine, crystal meth and alcohol.However, the judge also noted that Desjarlais has been convicted of 60 previous offences, including assault.Desjarlais was also assessed as having a high risk to reoffend generally and sexually.Barrington-Foote said in his sentencing decision that the woman “gave an eloquent and powerful victim impact statement.” She described the psychological and emotional impact of an attack that has changed her life to the point where she finds it hard to leave her home.“She painted a vivid picture of what was, for her, an incomprehensible event,” said Barrington-Foote.The woman had to take powerful drug cocktails and spent months not knowing whether she was infected with HIV. She tested negative.Despite her fears, Barrington-Foote said the woman wanted her story to be heard and is comforted by the fact that she may have saved another woman by speaking out.“We owe her a debt of gratitude for stepping forward, then and now, to report and help us better understand the impact of this despicable crime,” he said.“I am hopeful that the fact that justice will be done — difficult though the process must have been — will not only help others, but will help her find peace.”last_img read more

Twitter joins Facebook in creating registry for online political ads

first_imgOTTAWA — Twitter is creating a registry of all online political ads posted on its platform during this fall’s federal election campaign.But the social media giant will ban political advertisements during the two-month run-up to the official campaign, known as the pre-writ period, that starts June 30.Twitter Canada announced its ad-transparency policy this morning, several weeks after being called out by Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould for not committing to help ensure the integrity of the federal electoral process.A new law requires platforms to keep a publicly accessible registry of political ads during both the pre-writ and writ periods, where Canadians can easily find out who is posting online ads.Facebook rolled out its own ad-transparency policy two weeks ago and, starting this week, is systematically detecting and reviewing ads on social issues, elections and politics in Canada, and requiring that they include a “paid for by” disclosure.Google has decided to ban political ads on its platform altogether rather than try to set up a registry, which it argued would be technologically difficult to develop in the limited time available before the campaign.Twitter is taking a middle road between the two other tech titans, banning ads during the pre-writ period as it fine-tunes its transparency tool in time for the start of the official campaign period in September.Earlier this month, Gould scolded Twitter for failing say whether it would comply with the law on ad transparency and for not signing onto a “declaration of electoral integrity.” That commits Internet companies to work with the government to help prevent malicious foreign or domestic actors from using social media to peddle disinformation, exacerbate societal divisions and undermine trust in the electoral process. Facebook, Google and Microsoft have signed on.“We haven’t heard from Twitter on the declaration. We haven’t heard from Twitter in terms of what they’re planning on doing for the upcoming election,” Gould said.“I think it’s important for Canadians to be aware that Twitter has essentially decided not to take responsibility for these activities, that Twitter is not committing to what they’ll do here in Canada.”Michele Austin, head of government public policy at Twitter Canada, said the company has an “excellent working relationship” with Gould’s department, Elections Canada, the commissioner of elections and cybersecurity authorities.“Minister Gould is asking the right questions for Canadians, she’s expressing concerns which we’re happy to meet,” Austin said in an interview. “So I welcome those questions and welcome the criticism but also would like to continue to work together with them and make sure that she takes the time to experience the efforts that we’ve taken.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Middle East Annan announces members of factfinding team on Jenin refugee camp

In addition to Mr. Ahtisaari, who served in various high-level UN posts over the course of his career, the team will comprise former UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata and Cornelio Sommaruga, former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). General Bill Nash of the United States will serve as Military Advisor while Thomas Peter Fitzgerald of Ireland will be the team’s Police Advisor. “The fact-finding team will start its work without delay,” Mr. Annan told a news conference in New York. “It will first assemble in Europe this week and then travel to the region as quickly as possible.”The Secretary-General said the parties should assist the team in gathering information. “I expect the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to cooperate fully with the team and provide full and complete access to all sites, sources of information and individuals that the team will consider necessary to meet in the exercise of their functions,” he emphasized.Mr. Ahtisaari, who was present at the Secretary-General’s news conference, declined to speculate on the team’s work, but stressed that members would “go after all the necessary information.”Asked about the criteria for the selection of the team members, the Secretary-General said he had tried to put together a team with considerable experience. “The members of the team are highly respected and independent,” he noted. “I hope that I have put together a team that everyone would accept as competent and the best that we could have put together.”Asked about Israel’s position, Mr. Annan said the country’s authorities had pledged to cooperate with anyone he dispatched to look into what happened in Jenin, and that they said they had “nothing to hide.” To a question on why military and police advisers were accompanying the team, the Secretary-General stressed that the team had nothing to do with his recent call for sending a multinational force to the region. Rather, he said, “it is important to have someone who understands how military campaigns are mounted to be able to guide and work with the team… for them to have an appropriate understanding of what might have happened.” The police advisor, he added, could consider issues of crowd control and related matters.On the timetable for the team’s activities, the Secretary-General said it was too soon to predict how long the work would take. “We first have to go to Jenin and then determine what needs to be done and make an assessment of how long it will take,” he said, adding, “We would want to get the facts as quickly as possible.” read more

SouthGobi Energy puts all its coal in one basket

first_imgSouthGobi Energy Resources has sold, subject to regulatory approval, its Metals Division to Ivanhoe Mines for $3 million. The Metals Division consists of certain base and precious metals properties in Mongolia and Indonesia. The transaction will enable SouthGobi Energy to focus solely on its principal business of coal production, development and exploration.In connection with the sale agreement, the company has established a credit facility with Ivanhoe Mines, which allows SouthGobi to obtain advances from Ivanhoe to an aggregate maximum of $30 million. The credit facility is for a one year term with a one year discretionary extension. The credit facility is unsecured and carries an interest rate equal to LIBOR plus 7.5 basis points.SouthGobi commissioned an independent valuation report from Stephen Semeniuk, CFA, and engaged Pierre Lebel, Lead Independent Director, to negotiate the sale of the Metals Division to Ivanhoe Mines. “We believe the sale of the Metals Division represents excellent value to SouthGobi shareholders and positions SouthGobi to continue its evolution as a stand-alone coal mining company,” said Peter Meredith, CEO.SouthGobi Energy Resources is focused on exploration and development of its Permian-age metallurgical and thermal coal deposits in Mongolia’s South Gobi Region and its Eocene-age metallurgical and thermal coal deposits in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The company’s flagship coal mine, Ovoot Tolgoi, is in production and selling coal to customers in China. The company plans to supply a wide range of coal products and electricity to markets in Asia. The company also is investigating the implementation of clean-coal technologies in the development of coal power generating capacity to benefit all of its stakeholderslast_img read more

McLanahan makes design updates to Universal Jaw Crusher line

first_imgMcLanahan’s line of Universal Jaw Crushers has undergone a series of design updates. Based on customer feedback and years of applications expertise, these improvements have been engineered “to make everything from installation to maintenance a safer, simpler and smarter process.” Significant improvements have been made to the stationary jaw die. The new die design has a bevel that rests in a matched groove on the lower clamp plate and is secured by upper clamp plates with a groove to match die bevel. Dies are also reversible to utilise more wear metal, improving their life. Clamp plates match both upper and lower die bevels.For larger units, such as the 64”, stationary wear plates are made of two dies with peaks in the middle and valleys on the outside. These dies can be used on the movable side if the right side die moves to the left side to put the valley in the middle. They are lighter weight compared to full-size die and are smaller individually and easier to store. This means producers can minimise their inventory since one set is needed to change out either side, and the stationary side typically wears out more quickly than the movable side.This new Universal Jaw Crusher design features replaceable upper and lower stationary jaw die clamp plates, which are lighter, making it easier to install, replace and secure the die. Operators no longer have to rely on heavy key wedge or heel plate style side-liners to lock the dies in place. Additionally, all clamp plates are interchangeable if one side or top/bottom experiences more wear. Universal Jaw Crushers formerly featured long, one-piece sideliners, meaning the entire part needed replaced when a section was worn. Now, there are three cheek plates per side (top, middle and bottom). This allows liners in high wear areas to be replaced independently of other liners.“Maintenance is greatly simplified by the inclusion of several replaceable parts in the new Universal Jaw Crusher design. The barrel liner, which protects the barrel of the pitman from rock impact and scuffing, is replaceable, as is the smash plate, which absorbs impacts, and wears and deforms before the crusher frame/pitman, prolonging the life of the frame/pitman. In an effort to combat pitman toe wear that can lead to needing a new pitman or extensive pitman toe rework, the new Universal Jaw Crusher design features a bolt-in pitman toe for easy replacement. When performing maintenance, the new self-aligning locking wedges are adjusted from the rear of the crusher.” This area is usually allotted the most space for maintenance and operators don’t have to work around drive guards. Universal Jaw Crushers now come equipped with a safety pin that will lock the pitman in a closed position when maintenance is being performed.Finally, Universal Jaw Crushers are now designed with frames that are engineered to allow for infinite possibilities when it comes to mounting feet design and customisation. With custom feet, the crusher can be tipped forward, as well as located higher and lower or forward and backward from obstructions in an existing or new structure that would have normally made installation impossible.last_img read more

Deenihan Limerick City of Culture should move forward in a calm and

first_imgHe added that he had met with representatives of the local authority management and the board of Limerick City of Culture 2014 last night and he had also met with representatives of the local arts community including the Professional Limerick Artists Network (PLAN) and Ormston House Visual Artists this morning.In these meetings, I stressed the importance of getting Limerick City of Culture 2014 back on track. It is abundantly clear that everyone I have spoken to is 100 per cent committed to this.“I welcome the measures being announced by the board today. The appointment of an interim head for Limerick City of Culture 2014, and the broadening of the board to include local arts community representatives, are important and welcome steps,” said Minister Deenihan.Local artsThe minister added that he progress on the project must continue, adding “great confidence in the local organisations, the arts community and the people of Limerick to work together to make this a success”.He said today’s announcements marks a new beginning for Limerick City of Culture 2014, and said it is an important step towards ensuring that the best of the city will be showcased on the national and international stage over the coming 12 months.Related: Limerick City of Culture CEO resigns>More: Pat Cox: ‘I never asked for Patricia Ryan to be appointed’> FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT today that Mike Fitzpatrick has been appointed interim head of Limerick City of Culture, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said he welcomed the measures taken by the board today.In a statement, the board said the departing CEO will facilitate “a smooth handover” and Fitzpatrick will take up a non-executive role on the board of Limerick National City of Culture 2014 when he resumes his pose as head of the art and design school.Moving forwardMinster Deenihan said:Last Sunday, I said it was my view that all parties involved in Limerick City of Culture should move forward in a calm and measured way. This is happening, and I believe that progress is being made. last_img read more

13 people arrested in Thor courts crackdown in west Dublin

first_img 31 Comments 13 people arrested in Thor courts crackdown in west Dublin The series of arrests were targeted at those in breach-of-court related offences Short URL Jan 14th 2017, 12:20 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: RollingNews.ieGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED 13 people as part of an Operation Thor-related targeting of those in breach-of-court related offences.The 13 people, 11 men aged between 19 and 53 years, and two women aged in their early 30s and early 50s, were arrested in connection with offences under the Thefts and Fraud and Road Traffic Offences Acts.All of those arrested were taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station before appearing before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday morning.It was the second high profile swoop under the operation, which is specifically targeting organised crime gangs and repeat offenders, in just 24 hours.Yesterday gardaí from Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow recovered stolen power tools, machinery, and ornaments worth €150,000 in a series of searches in the towns of Urlingford, Freshford, Castlecomer, Cuffs Grange, and Moyne.Last week, Thor was hailed a success after it emerged that burglaries in the Dublin region reduced by 2,320 in 2016 from the previous year.Read: Uninsured driver, five times over limit, arrested after driving on wrong side of road towards checkpointRead: Aer Lingus chief says it’s not his job to make disgruntled frequent flyers happy Share Tweet Email 24,123 Views By Cianan Brennan Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 12:20 PMlast_img read more

AntiGreek publication distributed to Australian politicians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram According to the Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association (AHEA), the Grigor Prlichev Literary Association Inc, based in Sydney, has recently distributed to all Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate in Canberra a book entitled The Little Book of Big Greek Lies.Written by activist Chris Stefov, based in Toronto, Canada, the book is a collection of 20 essays with headings such as ‘Big Greek Lie #6 – Greeks Are a Superior Race’ and content such as “unlike your modern Greek great-grandparents who spoke anything but Greek, our great-grandparents all spoke Macedonian”.“Historical debate is great,” said AHEA President Dr Panayiotis Diamadis, but “deliberately vilifying people is unacceptable. As educators we felt obliged to act and to protest such malicious material being circulated at the heart of Australian democracy.”The Australian Hellenic Educator’s Association has called for all copies of The Little Book of Big Greek Lies in Parliament House to be dispatched to the paper recycling facility.last_img read more

Couple posing as Adeles manager released from jail

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A couple posing as singer Adele’s manager has been released from jail, Monday, after attempting a scam at the Rolling Loud Festival.Justin Jackson, also known as Jayce Lii, and his wife, known as Angel Lii, were arrested, Saturday night, after reportedly sending a ticket request for hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar, but it was suspected to be a scam.Police were called, and a sting was set-up.After the couple arrived with another woman to the Rolling Loud Festival at Bayfront Park, officials made their move and apprehended all three involved.The third woman was eventually let go, but the couple was arrested on the spot and charged with third-degree grand theft, identity fraud, tampering with physical evidence and unlawful communications usage.The couple has since been released from jail.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Netflix Gives Second Season to Indian Crime Series Sacred Games

first_imgKashyap will continue directing Gaitonde’s track, while Neeraj Ghaywan (“Masaan”) will take over Singh’s plot. Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles as showrunner and lead writer, respectively.“We’ve been thrilled by the response to ‘Sacred Games’ from fans worldwide, and especially in India,” said Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals at Netflix. Global streaming giant, Netflix has ordered a second season of crime series “Sacred Games.” The Hindi- and English-language show was Netflix’s first Original series made in India.The Mumbai-set show explores the city’s web of organized crime, corruption, politics and espionage that lie beneath India’s economic renaissance, and pits a jaded cop against India’s most wanted gangster and is based on Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel. Production is by Netflix and Phantom Films, a directors’ collective formed by Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena in 2011.“The second season picks up from Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai. The intriguing Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde’s third father, plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season,” Netflix said. Production in India and abroad is scheduled later this year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Measuring metabolism in dolphins to calculate their caloric needs

first_img © 2018 Virus cause of more than 170 dolphin deaths in Brazil Explore further Climate change is expected to have an impact on wildlife across the globe. As temperatures creep upward, researchers study various species to better understand how this might affect them. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the food intake needs of bottlenose dolphins living off the coast of Florida in Sarasota Bay.To understand how much food a wild dolphin requires to live, the team looked at ocean temperatures, various states of dolphin activity and most particularly at the dolphins themselves. They noted that dolphins, like other mammals, require energy to fuel brain activity and to keep up with busy muscles—and also to keep warm. Because of this, they require different amounts of food depending on how active they are and how cold the water is.To calculate the caloric needs of the dolphins, the researchers started with data from prior studies, which have shown that the daily metabolic rate for many species averages out to approximately three to six times that of their resting rate. For the dolphins, that meant capturing several specimens and measuring their metabolic rate while they were kept at rest and then multiplying by three to six to get their average rates.The team reports that they found that the dolphins under study (with an average weight of 200 kg) required approximately 16,500 to 33,000 calories each day, which they further note translated to approximately 10 to 25 kg of fish each day. As part of the study, the group also tested lung function in the dolphins, which has been found to be a marker of environmental health in marine species.The researchers suggest studies like theirs will help with conservation efforts as the planet changes—if dolphins begin to require less food, for example, due to warmer water, that could lead to an increase in fish populations. More information: A. Fahlman et al. Field energetics and lung function in wild bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus , in Sarasota Bay Florida, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171280AbstractWe measured respiratory flow rates, and expired O2 in 32 (2–34 years, body mass [Mb] range: 73–291 kg) common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) during voluntary breaths on land or in water (between 2014 and 2017). The data were used to measure the resting O2 consumption rate (V˙O2V˙O2, range: 0.76–9.45 ml O2 min−1 kg−1) and tidal volume (VT, range: 2.2–10.4 l) during rest. For adult dolphins, the resting VT, but not V˙O2V˙O2, correlated with body mass (Mb, range: 141–291 kg) with an allometric mass-exponent of 0.41. These data suggest that the mass-specific VT of larger dolphins decreases considerably more than that of terrestrial mammals (mass-exponent: 1.03). The average resting sV˙O2sV˙O2 was similar to previously published metabolic measurements from the same species. Our data indicate that the resting metabolic rate for a 150 kg dolphin would be 3.9 ml O2 min−1 kg−1, and the metabolic rate for active animals, assuming a multiplier of 3–6, would range from 11.7 to 23.4 ml O2 min−1 kg−1.absbreak Our measurements provide novel data for resting energy use and respiratory physiology in wild cetaceans, which may have significant value for conservation efforts and for understanding the bioenergetic requirements of this species. Citation: Measuring metabolism in dolphins to calculate their caloric needs (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Bottlenose Dolphin – Tursiops truncatus. A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River – near the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: Public Domain A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and one in Spain has measured the metabolism of wild bottlenose dolphins in an effort to better understand their caloric needs. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes measuring the dolphins, what they found, and explain how their findings can help with conservation efforts. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Yoga for a healthy respiratory system

first_imgSmog, the choking threat which has landed the national capital in a pollution emergency, has been the cause of many respiratory problems in children and adults. When your daily commute feels like living on the edge, what are your other outdoor activities supposed to feel like? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is dangerous to breathe when there is too much smog. Smog contains ozone particles, and elevated ozone levels can have a variety of negative effects on your lungs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile it is advised to stay indoors when the air is toxic outside, a more practical solution would be to establish a habit of cleansing your respiratory organs through Yoga.If Yoga has been shown to improve the quality of life of lung cancer patients, it could definitely do wonders against other respiratory issues. Here are a few asanas – by Akshar, founder and course director of Bengaluru’s Akshar Yog – you could try to give you relief from chest congestion, respiratory flues and discomfort in breathing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePranayama: This has proved beneficial for those suffering with bronchitis or lung congestion.How to do it:1. While performing pranayama one should make sure that his or her back is straight and should concentrate on the breathing.2. Sahaj Pranayama, which is also called easy breathing, involves breathing a few times deeply.3. Inhale through the nostrils for five counts and hold the breath for 10 counts.4. Exhale through the mouth for 10 counts; this has to be repeated 10-12 times. Adho Mukha Svanasana: This posture strengthens the chest muscles and expands the lung region, increasing its capacity.How to do it:1. From table top position, tuck your toes, straighten your legs and lift your hips towards the ceiling.2. Adjust your hands forward a bit, if necessary, and spread your fingers.3. Keep your spine long, and your head and neck in line with your spine. Hold for one minute.Bhujangasana: This asana opens up the heart and lungs and gives them a good stretch.How to do it:1. Lie on your stomach; engage your back muscles in lifting your head and upper torso.2. Align your elbows underneath your shoulders for support.3. Open your chest and relax your shoulders away from your ears.4. Look straight ahead and hold for one minute.Sukhasana: This heavy breathing seated position relieves yourself from stress, anxiety and exhaustion.How to do it:1. Sit erect, with the feet stretched out towards the front.2. Now cross the legs in such a way that the knees are wide, shins are crossed, and each foot is placed under the knee. Knees must be bent, and legs should be tucked into the torso.3. Feet must be relaxed, and the outer edges must rest on the floor while the inner edges must arch on the shins. Look down on your legs, must see a triangle formed by shins that are crossed and both the thighs.4. Back must be balanced in such a way that the tailbone and the pubic bone are at equal distance from the floor.5. Place the palms stacked up in your lap. Or you can also lay them on the knees palms up or palms down.6. Elongate the tailbone, and firm up the shoulders. But make sure the lower back is not arched in such a way that it pokes the lower ribs forward.last_img read more

Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor

Crystal marks construction milestone for new Crystal Endeavor Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest purpose-built Polar Class ship featuring Crystal’s all-suite butler-serviced accommodations and celebrated service.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “A highlight is our investment of over 20 million euros in new equipment so that the Stralsund shipyard will be able to continue to build cruise ships efficiently in the future.”Crystal is on track for major expansion over the next five years, with the addition of Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel river ships in addition to Crystal Endeavor. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Crystal Cruises MIAMI — Crystal celebrated a major milestone in Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ expansion, with the steel cutting of Crystal Endeavor in Stralsund, Germany.At the official ceremony at MV WERFTEN Shipyard on Jan. 15, Crystal president and CEO tom Wolber was joined by Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman and CEO of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK); Colin Au, group president of GHK; Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV WERFTEN; and local dignitaries Harry Glawe, Economics Minister of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund.“Today is a special day in the development of Crystal Endeavor, which will introduce the next level of exploration for the Crystal brand,” Wolber said. “We are pleased to collaborate again with the experts at MV WERFTEN as we work toward a vision for Crystal Endeavor that truly embodies the spirit of discovery of Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.” read more

Extraordinary demand for Virgin flights ahead of AFL finals

first_imgVirgin Australia, the official airline of the AFL, has responded to strong demand for interstate flights by adding thousands of seats to its flight schedule during the 2015 Toyota AFL Finals Series.Whilst the match schedule for the Finals has not yet been determined, fans are rushing to secure flights across all four weeks of the Series in a show of faith for their teams.The majority of additional flights have been added between Perth and the eastern states. Virgin Australia is also addressing increased demand between Melbourne and Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast and Hobart for the Toyota AFL Grand Final weekend.Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “As the official airline of the AFL we are monitoring demand and working closely with the AFL to ensure as many fans as possible can travel to see their team play during the 2015 Toyota AFL Finals Series.“With the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles currently topping the ladder, the greatest demand for flights is between the east and west coasts of Australia. Bookings on these routes have already far exceeded those in the corresponding period last year.“We’ve added many flights across the country to cater for demand and we will add further flights should they be required,” Ms Crompton said.AFL General Manager of Commercial Operations, Darren Birch, said; “There is huge interest in this year’s Toyota AFL Finals Series and we are very pleased to have the support of our official airline partner, Virgin Australia, to assist fans, players, and match officials in travelling to and from matches across the country.“In addition to flights, fans can also register now to book great value travel packages through AFL Travel to secure flights with Virgin Australia, airport lounge access, accommodation and Finals tickets,” Mr Birch said.Each year Virgin Australia carries the 18 AFL teams on more than 300 flights, travelling more than 450,000km, and provides thousands of extra seats to fans. Book your AFL travel packages hereSource = Virgin Australialast_img read more

Reexamining Flaws

first_img July 21, 2017 693 Views Reexamining Flaws community development block grants herrera beutler House of Representatives HUD 2017-07-21 Aly J. Yale New legislation was pushed through the U.S. Appropriations Committee recently that would, if passed into law, force the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to recalibrate how it determines eligibility for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).The bill, introduced by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington), would require that HUD report any area it uses “flawed income data”—or data with a margin of error that’s 20 percent or higher—to evaluate CDBG eligibility. These reports would need to be submitted to both the House and Senate appropriations committees within 90 days of the evaluation.Until now, HUD has calculated community income levels by averaging five-year data from the American Community Survey. HUD data from 2014 shows many towns in Beutler’s district—including Pe Ell, Vader, and Morton—have been deemed “too affluent” to benefit from CDBG grants.According to Beutler’s office, “This requirement would impact rural communities in Lewis County [Washington] that, based on inaccurate household income data, were determined to be ‘too affluent’ to qualify for Community Development Block Grants.”Beutler says HUD has often made mistakes when deeming a community “too affluent,” and that the agency has even used data with margins of error as high as 91.5 percent when determining eligibility.“This agency is supposed to return tax dollars to the communities that need it most, but it has made serious mistakes in disqualifying communities like Toledo, Pe Ell, and Vader for being ‘too affluent,’” Beutler said. “It can’t cover up these mistakes if this legislation becomes law.”This isn’t the first time Beutler has taken on HUD. She also created a provision that requires HUD to have alternative methods of measuring income levels.“After years of pressuring for transparency, my efforts will again require HUD to make the extent of inaccuracy of its data public—and it will be held accountable for its reporting errors,” she said. “While it shouldn’t take an act of Congress to get a public agency to provide basic transparency, I’m not going to let up on this issue or the needs of our rural communities until we have a long-term solution.”The bill was passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and will go before the full House floor soon.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines Sharelast_img read more

Military plane makes emergency landing

first_imgA French military aircraft made an emergency landing at Paphos airport on Thursday morning.The plane, which was travelling from Jordan with a crew of eight, reported an engine problem and asked to land at the airport.The aircraft landed shortly after 8am without a problem and the cause of the mechanical fault is under investigation.You May LikeFood Eat Safe9 Worst Common Foods With ArthritisFood Eat SafeUndoOnline Degree | Search AdsThis Is What An Online Degree Should CostOnline Degree | Search AdsUndoSync.comProtect your privacy in the cloudSync.comUndo Data is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoBritain preparing for a no-deal BrexitUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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