Darlene Munroe v IMP Aerospace Components Inquiry Set

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry will continue Friday, Feb. 28, in the case of Darlene Munroe v. I.M.P. Aerospace Components. The claimant alleges she was discriminated against because her employer did not adequately accommodate her during her pregnancy. The respondent denies any discrimination and says the company fully met its duty to accommodate the complainant. The board of inquiry will reconvene at noon in the Aspen/Maple Room at the Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St., Truro. The board chair is Nelson Blackburn.last_img

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Northerners applaud funding for longawaited road through Arctic tundra

first_imgWork is expected to begin on the first road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich tundra after two funding announcements this week by federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.Garneau made more than $50 million available for preliminary studies on and planning for an all-weather road from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to the central Arctic coast of Nunavut.The long-awaited artery would be Nunavut’s first road link to southern Canada and it’s expected it would dramatically decrease the cost of living for communities in the region.It would also run past what has been estimated at $45 billion in mineral deposits and would reduce mine development costs.The entire route would be nearly 700 kilometres long and cost about $1 billion.The project would include a deep-water port about halfway along the Northwest Passage. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Agriculture Ministry Devotes MAD 80 Million to Protect Cacti from Bugs

Rabat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fishing, Sustainable Development and Water and Fishing announced June 19 its plan to “immediately” invest MAD 80 million into cacti to prevent them from being destroyed by cochineals.Under the Pillar II phase of the Green Morocco Plan, harsh measures will be put in place to protect the cacti and stop the spreading plague of cochineals, an insect that is commonly used to dye foods and clothes.A statement by the ministry said the program would be consolidated and accelerated to uproot and bury plantations that are currently heavily infested. Moreover, the program’s reinforcement will raise awareness of the topic and would establish a safe zone to avoid contamination. Instructions were also given to farmers by the National Office of Agricultural Advice (ONCA) to show them how to get rid of cochineals and stop them from spreading.The statement was published following a meeting chaired by agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch over the weekend, which examined the scale of cochineal-infected cacti.160,000 hectares in Morocco are currently devoted to the cultivation of cactus, with the most prominent areas being Casablanca-Settat, Marrakech-Safi and Guelmim Oued Noun. read more

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The Latest Diverse reaction to report on hotel tax

NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on a research group’s recommendation for possibly raising and re-directing revenue from hotel taxes in New Orleans to provide more money for infrastructure needs (all times local):3 p.m.A political group supporting New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is welcoming a research group’s recommendation that the city get more money from hotel room taxes.Wednesday’s Bureau of Governmental Research report says the city should get the equivalent of an added 1 per cent increase in hotel taxes to address infrastructure needs. It suggests that could be accomplished partly by raising the hotel tax, and partly by redirecting some existing hotel tax revenue.The head of a major city tourism organization has opposed redirecting hotel tax revenue. In a statement Wednesday, Steve Perry stressed the importance to city tourism of the Superdome and the Morial Convention Center — both of which get hotel tax revenue. Perry also said a full 1 per cent hotel tax could put the city at a competitive disadvantage.___10 a.m.An independent research group is recommending changes in the collection and distribution of hotel room tax revenue in tourism-dependent New Orleans.If implemented, the changes would bring an estimated $12.3 million annually to the city’s budget.Wednesday’s recommendation from the non-profit Bureau of Governmental Research feeds into an ongoing debate among, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration, tourism leaders and state lawmakers. Cantrell wants the city to get a bigger share of hotel tax revenue that now goes mostly to tourism-related programs and structures, such as the Superdome.BGR says city government should get what amounts to a 1 per cent increase in the hotel tax. It suggests that could be accomplished partly by slightly raising the hotel room tax, and partly by redirecting some existing hotel tax revenue.The Associated Press read more

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UN envoy calls for military review after air strikes kill Afghan children

3 March 2011The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today called for a thorough review of procedures after NATO air strikes killed nine children in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province on Tuesday. “Children killed in Afghanistan by air strikes is a cause of serious concern,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Radhika Coomaraswamy.According to media reports, the boys – aged 12 and under – were killed while gathering firewood. NATO commander General David Petraeus has reportedly apologized for the fatalities, which he said occurred due to a communication error about the location of militants.Ms. Coomaraswamy, in a statement issued by her office, welcomed Gen. Petraeus’ apology for the incident and his commitment to investigate.At the same time, she urged a thorough review of procedures “to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent children from becoming casualties in the complex and volatile situation in Afghanistan.”The Special Representative noted that early last year, the international forces introduced technical directives aimed at better protecting civilians during air strikes, which had resulted in a significant decrease in the number of children killed by pro-Government forces in 2010. read more

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Transport Canada eyes more safety tests for Volkswagen amid emissions scandal

OTTAWA — The federal government has plans to increase the number of Volkswagen vehicles it runs through safety tests in light of an ongoing scandal into their cars being designed to cheat on emissions tests.While there have been no major safety issues with Volkswagens in the last seven years, the fact the automaker modified its vehicles to skirt emissions requirements is prompting Transport Canada officials to review its vehicles for safety reasons too, internal Transport Canada documents show.“While Volkswagen’s recent non-compliance issues are not directly linked to safety, given the potential governance implications, (Transport Canada) plans to review additional elements of Volkswagen Canada’s safety certification information,” reads a briefing note sent to the department’s top bureaucrat in October.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the briefing note under the Access to Information Act.Volkswagen admitted that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars had software installed to cheat on emission tests after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly revealed the scheme in mid-September. The carmaker has said about 500,000 cars had cheated emissions tests, part of 11 million cars sold worldwide with the software.About 100,000 of those vehicles were sold in Canada, although there is no evidence of cheating on tests outside the United States.The company remains under investigation by Environment Canada, which is in charge of testing testing vehicles to ensure they meet Canadian emission standards.Volkswagen says it still believes only a small number of staff were behind emissions scandalVolkswagen offers some employees amnesty in exchange for whistleblowing on emissions scandalTransport Canada handles safety testing. The briefing note says some 200 tests and 70 inspections are done annually on nearly 70 different brands of vehicles.Since 2008, 10 different Volkswagen models passed Transport Canada safety tests. The only issue identified during that time had to do with labelling, the briefing note says.Just before the emission cheating scandal broke in mid-September, a Jetta had passed “crash avoidance” testing, which tests braking among other things, and was to go through more tests before the end of the year, officials wrote.Given ongoing testing, Transport Canada staff are more likely to have already discovered whether automakers were installing “defeat mechanisms” to get around safety standards, the note said.Plus, the public would find out very quickly if an automaker’s cars had safety concerns just by seeing collisions and crashes.“We and the public are more likely to learn of poor vehicle safety performance in the ‘real’ world much quicker than with emissions performance.”Still, the department planned to “include additional Volkswagen vehicles for compliance testing and inspections.”Transport Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier said the department was taking a closer look at Volkswagen as a precautionary measure and that the review of past safety history and future test plans was ongoing. read more

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NAFTA Early indications suggest autos will emerge as US priority No 1

By Alexander PanettaWASHINGTON — Early indications are pointing to a potential No. 1 issue for the U.S. in a renegotiated NAFTA: automobiles. What’s not clear yet is whether it will go from being important to being an irritant.The issue came close to prompting an immediate public debate between the countries on the first day of the talks, after remarks from the lead U.S. official were interpreted by some as floating the idea of a Made in America quota.Both Canada and Mexico pushed back against the idea of an American-made quota in auto manufacturing — the lead ministers for both countries warned of damaging unintended consequences to the industry.Auto production was the issue mentioned first, at greatest length, and in most detail by Donald Trump’s trade czar as talks got underway Wednesday.ManufacturingRobert Lighthizer pointed to the carnage in the manufacturing sector as the reason so many Americans view NAFTA as a failed agreement.“Thousands of American factory workers have lost their jobs because of these provisions,” Lighthizer said in his opening remarks.He cited priorities for the sector, designed to boost production of parts in North America, and in the United States. Industry members are warning Lighthizer to handle the matter with care as the details are complicated, and any wrong moves could either drive up vehicle prices.There’s also a risk that changes could make North American producers less competitive, or even force them to just ignore the new rules and simply pay a tariff that would be passed along to consumers.Lighthizer listed four priorities for the sector:— A “higher” North American content requirement to avoid a tariff. The current rule of origin calls for 62.5 per cent of a car’s parts to be made in North America.— “Substantial” U.S. content in cars. It was unclear whether he was advocating a new, specific requirement for U.S. content — a move that would surely be controversial — or whether he was simply stating that the desired changes should positively affect the region, with more cars being made in the U.S.— Stricter monitoring to make sure companies comply with the rules of origin. Lighthizer said country of origin “should be verified, not deemed.” Labour provisions should be included in the agreement and be as strong as possible.— Tougher labour standards. Some insiders in Canada and the U.S. suggest better worker conditions in Mexico, and more pay, would not only be good for Mexicans but also for making non-Mexican production more cost-effective and preserving vehicle production in Canada and the U.S.A Canadian auto-industry representative at the talks said he’s not worried by what he heard: “There’s no anxiety about it with us,” said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.For example, Volpe interpreted Lighthizer’s words to mean that he’s hoping for more production in the U.S. as a spinoff effect of a stronger North American industry, not as a demand that plants move there from other countries.But he urged negotiators to be very careful when touching the current rules. He warned of ample possibilities for unintended consequences.“It’s not simple,” Volpe said. “If you make it too onerous, does a company or supplier say, ‘Forget about compliance. I’ll just pay the tariff.”‘That means production would actually shift abroad: companies would simply pay the tariffs, ranging from 2.5 to 6.1 per cent, as a cheaper alternative to following complicated new rules.It’s also risky to try requiring companies to produce certain products at home, Volpe added: some industries that produce certain types of electronics for automobiles simply don’t exist in North America.Boomerang effectFinally, damaging Mexican competitiveness can boomerang on companies from the other countries.He said Canadian auto-parts companies have 43,000 employees in Mexico.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland pushed back when asked about the idea of a U.S. content requirement.“Canada is not in favour of specific national content in rules of origin,” she told a news conference later Wednesday.“We’re also very aware of the extreme complexity of rules of origin. It’s going to be very important… to take very great care in any changes that are made to ensure they don’t disrupt supply chains.”Mexico’s economy minister, Ildelfonso Guajardo, said: “It’s not good for American companies, it’s not good for Mexican companies. So I think we should find other policy tools… It would be highly complicated.” read more

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Annan voices deep concern as peace talks in Colombia near breakdown

A statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York reiterated the Secretary-General’s position that the only way to resolve the conflict was through a negotiated settlement.“The prize of peace is so great and the cost of war so terrible, that he urges the parties to make every possible effort to find a solution to the current crisis and return to good faith negotiations,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “At this time of increased tension, he is particularly concerned about the safety of civilians and calls for all possible measures to be taken to protect them.” The Secretary-General’s Acting Special Adviser on Colombia, James LeMoyne, is currently in the country at the request of the parties and is consulting with them to support efforts to maintain the peace talks, Mr. Eckhard added. read more

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Vacancy – Innovation and Technology Manager

Purpose of the Post: To lead SMMT’s activities in the automotive technology and innovation arena to deliver on SMMT’s business and policy objectives, working closely with members and colleagues across the organisationTo maximise opportunities for UK automotive from emerging trends in research, innovation and technology that will shape future mobility and automotive products and services, byexpanding SMMT’s role as expert partner and influencer of policy and funding opportunities with government, the Automotive Council Technology Group, TSB, catapults, universities and other bodies in support of the automotive sector’s industrial strategypromoting SMMT as the premier source of information, expertise and influence and the central facilitator and support organisation for current and prospective SMMT members to access funding, information and networking opportunities for RandD, innovation and e-mobilitydeveloping SMMT expertise and activities in emerging technology and mobility fields (e.g. connectivity) to define and secure the interests of UK automotive in these critical areas and attract innovative companies from automotive and related industries into SMMT membership To work with colleagues and stakeholders in developing a technology and innovation strategy for SMMT Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Degree educated, ideally with post-graduate qualification in a related field5 years+ professional experience in at least one of the following areas: automotive technology and engineering; e-mobility; connectivity/ITS; communication/networking; innovation policy, funding and institutions.Highly motivated team player with good commercial awareness, experienced in leading and working in teams and able to apply him-/herself to a diverse range of technical, commercial or policy issuesExcellent communications skills (oral/written), interpersonal skills, and diplomacy to be able to develop influential relationships with members, government and key stakeholdersProven project management skills, able to effectively deliver initiatives and managing complex issues to tight deadlinesProven experience in managing junior colleagues effectivelyKeen interest in emerging vehicle technologies, e-mobility and connectivity agendaGood computer skills – competent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and databases/CRM systemsMain duties include:To provide leadership and coordination on all aspects of SMMT’s technology and innovation agenda among colleagues, member companies and external stakeholderTo create opportunities for SMMT to influence UK and EU innovation policy and funding opportunities by collaborating with government, industry and stakeholders in key fora and initiativesTo effectively communicate automotive technology and innovation developments and funding opportunities (UK/EU) and promote related SMMT’s services to current and prospective members To represent SMMT on the Automotive Council Technology Group, coordinate SMMT input with members and colleagues, and support the implementation of the sector’s strategic Research and Development agenda To lead SMMT’s e-mobility activities, running the SMMT Electric Vehicle Group, providing management support for the ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign, and coordinating the e-mobility teamTo provide the secretariat of the SMMT Design Engineering Group and review its membership, objectives and agendaTo manage SMMT’s relationships with key innovation funding and delivery bodies (incl. TSB, APC, catapults, Surface Transport Knowledge Network) to secure alignment with industry prioritiesTo establish a closer relationship and influence on the European technology, innovation and e-mobility agenda (including Horizon 2020, EUCAR, CLEPA)To increase SMMT internal awareness on SMMT technology and innovation agenda through proactive communication with colleagues, effective briefing of senior management and collaboration across teamsTo develop with colleagues SMMT’s future strategy, products and services across the innovation and technology spectrum, incl. wider ultra low carbon technologies and fuels portfolio, connectivity, and future mobilitySalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after 6 months).Deadline for Applications:08 August 2014Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio StateMichigan rivalry moves to outdoor ice rink come January

Growing up, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki would play outdoor hockey regularly. He would gather with neighborhood kids at a local pond and play pick-up games, and even play outside with his high school team. “Eventually, you moved indoor and played in the rink,” Osiecki said. “But, even our high school team, we practiced outside once a week.” On Jan. 15, the OSU men’s hockey team will get to experience the type of hockey its head coach grew up playing, as the No. 9 Buckeyes will face No. 11 Michigan in Ohio’s first outdoor college hockey game. The game, billed as the “Frozen Diamond Faceoff,” will be played at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, in Cleveland, Ohio. Playing outdoors is something that most OSU players haven’t done, Osiecki said. “These kids, none of them played outdoor hockey, so they don’t really understand,” he said. “You want that feeling of kids that don’t want to leave the ice.” One of the few Buckeyes who have played outdoor hockey is sophomore forward Alex Lippincott, who said it’s the best way to play the game. “That’s the fun of the game, playing with your buddies outside,” he said. “There’s nothing better than outdoor hockey. It’s the most fun and the best way to enjoy the game.” OSU first played in an outdoor game on Feb. 11, 2006, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. The Buckeyes faced off against Wisconsin in the “Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic” in front of 40,890 fans. Osiecki was an assistant coach for the Badgers at the time, and OSU lost, 4-2. Michigan played Michigan State last December in “The Big Chill at the Big House,” when more than 100,000 fans watched the Wolverines defeat the Spartans, 5-0, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game set a world hockey record with an official attendance of 113,411. Even though the game is almost two months away, the Buckeyes are already excited. “There is a lot of buzz, and there should be,” Osiecki said. “It’s a unique situation, that our players, our fans, the state … will never forget.” Lippincott said his excitement for the game stems from watching the Winter Classic every year, an annual NHL outdoor game played on New Year’s Day, and also because the game is being played at the home of his favorite professional sports team. “When we first heard it was a possibility, I was real excited,” he said. “That’s my favorite sports team, the Indians. It’s a great feeling to be able to play (at Progressive Field).” The fact that the game will be played against rival Michigan adds to the hype of the game for some OSU players. The Buckeye-Wolverine hockey rivalry might not be on the same level as the football rivalry, but with recent OSU hockey uniform changes, the game will look similar to ones played on the gridiron. OSU has new uniforms this season that include a helmet barring similar resemblance to the silver-striped headgear worn by Buckeye football players. “It will probably look like a football game out there,” senior forward Danny Dries said. Osiecki said the uniform change was made, in part, after seeing Michigan’s winged-shaped hockey lids, which resemble the helmets worn by the Wolverine football team. “When they walk in an arena anywhere, people know who they are. It’s Michigan,” he said. “I thought it was a great idea from them whenever they started it.” The Jan. 15 game could also have great importance concerning the CCHA. The No. 9 Buckeyes, 10-3-1 on the year, moved into first place in the CCHA with a 7-2-1-1 conference record after beating Michigan in back-to-back games last weekend. The series sweep was the first for OSU in Ann Arbor since 1986. Michigan is currently tied for seventh in the CCHA with a 3-5-2-1-conference record. The No. 11 Wolverines are 7-5-2 overall this season. The Buckeyes will face Michigan in Columbus at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and then travel to Cleveland to play at Progressive Field at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in what will be a home CCHA game for OSU. read more

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Sir Billy Connolly Im near the end but I dont fear death

“And they all came one at a time and they just slipped away, thank you. It is like somebody is in charge of you and they are saying ‘right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, now it is time to subtract’.” Glasgow-born Sir Billy, nicknamed The Big Yin, was a welder in his home city before becoming a globally-renowned comedian.He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s – a neurological condition that impacts movement and speech – while undergoing surgery for early-stage prostate cancer in 2013.Sir Billy has turned 76 since the BBC documentary was filmed and has had to cut back on performing due to his illness.He is known for his energetic performing style but said Parkinson’s prevented him from moving around the stage like he did at his peak. Sir Billy Connolly admitted he is “near the end” and life is “slipping away” as he spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease. The revered comedian was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition in 2013 and will appear in the second part of his BBC documentary series Made In Scotland on Friday.Sir Billy will reflect on his life and career in showbiz while insisting he is not scared of death.According to the Daily Mirror, he will say: “My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I’m 75, I’m near the end.”I’m a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning. But it doesn’t frighten me, it’s an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away.”As bits slip off and leave me, talents leave and attributes leave. I don’t have the balance I used to have, I don’t have the energy I used to have. I can’t hear the way I used to hear, I can’t see as good as I used to. I can’t remember the way I used to remember. Sir Billy pictured in Huisinish, Isle of Harris for his latest programme 'Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland' At one point during the programme, Sir Billy, who is married to psychologist Pamela Stephenson, reportedly asks for filming to stop as he appears to be struggling with the effects of the disease.Speaking about Parkinson’s, he said: “It takes a certain calm to deal with, and I sometimes don’t have it. I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn’t last long, I just collapse in laughter.”Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland will air on BBC2 at 9pm on Friday. Sir Billy pictured in Huisinish, Isle of Harris Credit:Jaimie Gramston Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Court records allege alcohol factor in 3-car crash on Hwy. 14

first_imgAn 18-year-old Battle Ground man who faces allegations of vehicular assault and hit-and-run injury made an initial appearance in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.David A. Fabyanchuk was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly caused a pileup on state Highway 14 at the Columbia Shores exit one mile east of downtown Vancouver.Washington State Patrol said Fabyanchuk was driving an older yellow BMW coupe too fast when he rear-ended another vehicle at the eastbound offramp. The force of the collision propelled the vehicle into a third vehicle.The crash was reported at 5:30 p.m. A responding officer found the BMW parked about a half-mile away from the crash. Fabyanchuk had ditched the BMW and hopped a nearby fence; he was found south of the fence, according to a probable cause affidavit.Fabyanchuk told the officer he’d been the only occupant of the sedan. The officer reported smelling alcohol on the teenager, finding a BMW key in Fabyanchuk’s pocket and observing seat belt marks on the left side of the young man’s chest and shoulder, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

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Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County Posted: July 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Miami Police officer hospitalized after collision with Uber driver

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – An accident with an Uber driver sent a Miami Police officer to the hospital, Saturday afternoon.According to officials, the collision took place near Northwest First Avenue and Sixth Street. Investigators said the officer was responding to a call when she collided with the Uber driver.She was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is expected to be OK.The Uber driver was not hurt.There is no word on who was responsible.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Studentonly Mini Oxford Edition now extended to current former US military

first_imgEnlarge ImageIt’s a nice move on Mini’s part, but above all, it’s an excellent marketing ploy to reel ’em back in later, after a few promotions. Mini Mini’s Oxford Edition is a clever play, offering a low starting price just for college students while cramming it full of standard equipment that would cost any other buyer thousands of dollars. But a deal that good can’t be limited to one specific subset of civilization, so Mini’s loosened the reins a bit.Less than a year after its debut, Mini has expanded the Oxford Edition’s availability, now offering it to former and active members of the US military. Prior to this, it was only accessible for part- and full-time students of two- or four-year accredited schools, in addition to recent graduates and postgrad students. Mini sells two versions of the Oxford Edition. The two-door variant starts at $19,750 and throwing two more doors into the mix brings the price up to $20,750, neither of which include $850 for destination. Despite the low price, there’s a load of standard equipment in here, including a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, parking sensors, a panoramic roof, heated seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, and the car comes in six different colors.Mini estimates that the standard equipment on the Oxford Edition would cost around $6,900 on other models, making it one hell of a screaming deal. Appealing to college grads and veterans is a solid way to establish a customer base that, in the future, may remember the experience and come back with more money to spend. There are some limitations, though. Active-duty citizens are included in the offer, as are recently retired and honorably discharged members, so long as the retirement or discharge took place within the last 12 months. For those with dishonorable discharges, well, them’s the breaks. 2020 Mini Cooper SE: Mini’s electrified Cooper shows promise Mini Mini Tags Hatchbacks 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img More From Roadshow More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Share your voice 1 Comment 38 Photos Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

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Canadian teen discovers lost Mayan city with a little help from Google

first_imgYou probably mostly use Google’s satellite imagery for exploring destinations before you travel there. Sometimes you might use it to find hilarious images or unsuspecting rooftop sunbathers. Apparently it’s also a handy way to discover lost cities hiding in the jungle.That’s exactly what one Canadian did with a little help from Google Earth — and not just some archaeologist with a doctorate, either. This particular discovery was made by a fifteen-year-old boy from Quebec. High school sophomore William Gadoury has located what appears to be a long-lost Mayan city.William became fascinated with the Mayan civilization back in 2012 thanks to all the excitement/panic surrounding supposed doomsday predictions. He knew that the Mayans were accomplished astronomers and that the influence of the stars is everywhere in their culture, and it’s particularly evident in their urban design.He began lining up known Mayan city sites with their corresponding constellations when he noticed something didn’t quite add up. There were 22 cities, which left a 23rd constellation without a companion site on the ground. Taking a closer look on Google Earth, William noticed that images of the jungle seemed like they might be hiding something.To confirm his suspicions, he put together a proposal and sent it off to the Canadian Space Agency. He figured their satellite imagery might be able to prove he was on to something, and William seems to have nailed it:While that rectangular patch could be an imaging anomaly, experts believe that Gadoury may very well be correct — and that it’s the outline of the remains of an undiscovered, 4,600-year-old Mayan site. All that’s left to do now is that full-on Indiana Jones business: send someone into the uncharted jungle to see what’s there.Images courtesy Wikipedia, CBClast_img read more

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New Tinder Feature Sparks Summer Music Fest Lovin

first_imgStay on target Tinder introduced a new feature to help summer festival-goers find love … or whatever.In “Festival Mode,” users can highlight planned concert destinations by adding badges to their profile, then match and chat with others attending the same event.“It’s no secret that Tinder is a must-have app for singles attending music festivals around the world,” Chief Marketing Officer Jenny Campbell said in a statement. “We consistently see a spike in Tinder use as tens of thousands of music fans come together.”AdChoices广告In 2018, Tinder registrations during Hangout Fest in Alabama increased 30-fold, while app activity surged up to 300 times the norm at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.“We wanted to create a new experience that makes it easier to connect with other concert-goers before even setting foot on festival grounds,” Campbell added.Festival Mode is rolling out this summer to some of the largest music festivals in the Live Nation and AEG global portfolios.Festival Mode is rolling out now for participating festivals (via Tinder)Users will have access to event-specific badges approximately three weeks prior to the start of each fete.“By partnering with Tinder this festival season, we’re thrilled to offer such a unique service to our dedicated community of fans,” according to Andrew Klein, managing director for the Global Partnerships division of AEG.But the app’s presence will be more than just digital this year: Tinder is also producing activations on the ground for users to meet up at select events—offering VIP upgrades, complimentary merchandise, shareable photo ops, and more.“In an increasingly digitized world, people around the globe are flocking to … concerts and festivals in droves to experience connection where the emotional intensity is unmatched and the moments are unforgettable,” Maureen Ford, president of Live Nation national and festival sales, said.“Music has a long history of bringing people together,” she continued, “and our partnership with Tinder allows us to bridge the digital and physical worlds to facilitate more meaningful connections between fans in real life.”More on Geek.com:Tinder Beats Netflix as Top-Grossing AppTinder Has a ‘Spring Break’ Mode for College HookupsCows Now Have Their Own Tinder-Style Dating AppGeek’s Guide to Online Dating New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile NationsTinder Beats Netflix As Top-Grossing App last_img read more

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One killed two injured in crude bomb blast at Bhatpara

first_imgKolkata: Despite repeated attempts by the police and Central Forces to maintain law and order in Bhatpara, the situation remains volatile. On Tuesday night, a blast took place while manufacturing crude bombs in the area, leaving one dead and two injured.According to sources, late on Tuesday night local residents got panic stricken as the sound of a blast could be heard from a distance. Police personnel on patrolling duty also heard the noise and rushed to the spot. However, before police could reach the area, some unknown persons rushed three injured persons to Kamarhati Sagar Dutta Hospital and left. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, doctors declared one of them dead and admitted the other two with multiple injuries. Following the blast, police conducted a raid based on local intelligence. They nabbed five persons and seized a huge quantity of gunpowder and other materials used for manufacturing crude bombs. Both Trinamool and BJP have pointed fingers at each other for creating such a situation in the area. To maintain law and order, Central Forces and Barrackpore Police are trying their best to control the situation. Each and every road is being kept under strict vigilance and several police pickets have been set up across the Bhatpara constituency. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statePatrolling with anti-riot police vans are continuing, as the situation is suspected to get heated up again during and after the counting process on Thursday. According to police sources, the situation changed a bit on Wednesday morning as violence in some areas stopped after prolonged police intervention. Barrackpoe Police officials are conducting peace meetings in every area of Bhatpara, to stabilise the condition. Sleuths have urged the residents of the area not to give importance to hoax information being spread with the intention to instigate violence. Joining hands with police, Central Forces are also patrolling the area to maintain peace. On Tuesday morning, a blockade was put up at Kankinara railway station. According to eyewitnesses, when commuters were waiting for the blockade to be withdrawn, some miscreants reportedly hurled bombs and pelted stones, targeting the Naihati Local. Passengers of the train got afraid and while they were hurrying to move to a safe place, some of them reportedly fell down and suffered minor injuries. At first, Government Railway Police (GRP) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel reached the spot to remove the blockade and ensure security of the passengers. Later, a case was lodged against unknown miscreants by the GRP. None could be arrested in this connection till Wednesday night.last_img read more

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VIDEO The Fake Klay Thompson seated behind the Warriors bench against the

first_imgFake Klay Thompson right behind the Warriors bench HAHA pic.twitter.com/3R4o1Flva1— Rod Anderson (@DJ_Rod) October 18, 2017 Advertisement Fake Klay says he’s Klay Thompson’s spirit animal pic.twitter.com/TJDYilszlS— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) October 18, 2017 Fake Klay with his impression of *his* 1st half performance.pic.twitter.com/96gfYWIOBD— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 18, 2017 The Warriors dropped their opener to the Rockets last night, 122-121, but Klay Thompson was everywhere. He finished with 16 on the night, and a lookalike fan, fully decked out in his uniform, made news while stalking him from behind the Golden State bench.“Fake Klay” looks exactly like the real Klay, other than that he’s out of shape and probably a defensive liability. It’s hard to tell if this is admirable, or just flat out creepy. I’d hate to see the inside of this guy’s apartment, it could be Silence of the Lambs-sy.Here’s Fake Klay:My mom just sent me this picture of a Klay Thompson lookalike in line at Oracle Arena ? pic.twitter.com/qfuGMohcWp— Reggie Chatman Jr. (@ReggieChatman) October 18, 2017last_img read more

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Major medical tourism summit nears

first_imgFrom the print editionThe Costa Rican Tourism Board held a press conference Wednesday introducing this year’s Medical Travel International Business Summit, which will take place April 23-25 in the western San José suburb of Escazú. The annual medical tourism fair, one of the largest in Latin America, will include representatives from 13 countries and some 200 companies. Medical tourism brought in approximately $100 million to Costa Rica last year, according to the Council for International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine.Forums at the event will discuss insurance issues, attracting clients from the U.S. and medical safety. Doctors, medical tourism facilitators and travel agencies will be among the representatives at the summit. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica to host annual medical tourism summit Medical tourism up in Costa Rica; Expomed set for this weekend Costa Rica selected to host international medical tourism conference Tourism and health sectors seek to boost medical tourism in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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