Feds get ready for winter by looking into heated trailers for asylum

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberal government is thinking about buying trailers to keep asylum seekers currently living in tents at the U.S. border safe from the cold winter.“These tents do have heaters, but we also have a very, very cold winter in this country and so we are, as a precautionary measure, looking at the possibility of trailers,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Friday after meeting the federal-provincial task force charged with managing an unprecedented flow of asylum seekers.“We’re just doing our homework so that we are, if necessary, prepared for things that could develop over the coming months.”More than 6,000 people have crossed illegally into Quebec from New York since July, the vast majority of them Haitians.Many are staying in tents at the border in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., as they await processing, but the federal government has issued a tender notice seeking suppliers who would be able to provide winterized trailers — on six weeks’ notice — to accommodate 200 people.Garneau, who is chair of the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on irregular migration, said the federal government is also increasing resources aimed at speeding up the processing, including opening an additional facility in Montreal and looking into ways to help claimants get temporary work permits faster“We know, from our experience, people want to work, are able to work,” said Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil.Many of the asylum seekers are believed to be coming to Canada because the U.S. government announced it is thinking about lifting the temporary protected status given to Haitian nationals after the deadly 2010 earthquake, meaning thousands of people could be deported.The Haitians are not the only group dealing with that change in policy, as there is no guarantee the U.S. will renew temporary protected status for citizens from nine other countries that is also set to expire in the coming months.So, the Liberal government is also expanding its outreach efforts in the U.S. beyond the Haitian community to drive home the message that asylum in Canada is not a sure bet.“You have to be able to demonstrate that you are in fear of returning to your country of origin, that you are fleeing persecution, war or terror,” said Garneau.Liberal MP Emmanuel Dubourg recently went to Miami to spread this message through the Haitian diaspora there and Garneau said that will be extended into other communities in the U.S.A senior government source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said details of that expanded effort are in the works, but people originally from El Salvador and Honduras are expected to be among those targeted.Many of the Haitians who decided to cross the border were also motivated by false information circulating on social media and elsewhere since the spring, which claimed that Canada would give them special status because of their temporary protected position in the U.S.Dubourg said he worked to counter those false claims during his trip to Miami.“(I) told people not to sell their assets, not to leave their jobs and try to cross the border in an irregular manner,” Dubourg said Friday.“I told them it’s not the right thing to do, because Canada has an immigration system, a robust system, and there are consequences for those people. They can be deported or sent back to their country of origin.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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TORONTO MODEL FIJI WATER GIRL PHOTOBOMBS THE STARS ON THE GOLDEN GLOBES

first_img“Not the worst way to spend a Sunday,” Cuthbert wrote in an Instagram post at the beginning of night.Pictures of Cuthbert lurking behind such actors as Jamie Lee Curtis, Jim Carrey and Dakota Fanning quickly went viral.“We’re so glad everyone is talking about our water!” the company behind the publicity stunt wrote on Twitter. “She’s right behind us, isn’t she? #FIJIwatergirl.”By Monday morning, Cuthbert had created a Twitter account, which she used to post modelling shots and address her burgeoning internet fame.“I really am so Thankful to everybody,” she wrote. “This really is Crazy. So from the bottom of my heart. Thank you xxx.”By Daniel Otis – CTV News Facebook Advertisement A model from Toronto has become a viral sensation after photobombing a procession of stars including Nicole Kidman and Idris Elba on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday.Dubbed the “Fiji Water Girl,” in numerous images from the night, Kelleth Cuthbert could be seen stalking the red carpet in a tiered cobalt blue evening gown and carrying a tray of Fiji Water.Fiji Water, which was founded by Canadian businessman David Gilmour, was one of the sponsors of the awards gala. Cuthbert, who is now based in Los Angeles, had been hired to represent the company at the Beverly Hills event and serve bottles of water to thirsty celebrity guests. LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 06: Irena Medavoy (L) and Carly Steel attend FIJI Water at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water) Advertisement LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 06: Lucy Boynton attends FIJI Water at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water)center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Late bidding war drives Stampede sponsorship auction to 329M bid total

CALGARY — An unexpected late bidding war for the right to sponsor veteran driver Troy Dorchester helped push the annual Calgary Stampede chuckwagon canvas auction to a $50,000 higher total return than last year.Sponsorship bids for the 36 rigs competing at the annual summer showdown totalled $3.29 million at the end of the event, up from $3.24 million raised at the 2018 event but well short of the record of just over $4 million pledged in 2012.The success of the annual event is considered a bellwether for the Calgary-based oil and gas industry, as many of the sponsors who pay to have their company names on the horse-drawn wagons racing in the 10-day July tribute to cowboy culture are energy industry players.Bidder Orlene King, director of communications for Graham Construction of Calgary, says the employee-owned company wanted to sponsor Dorchester because of his reputation as a safe driver who exemplifies the sport.She adds that although the Calgary economy has been through recent ups and downs, Graham is doing well and considers its bid of $150,000 to be an investment in the community.The bid is higher than the top bid of $130,000 paid out to Kurt Bensmiller last year. Bensmiller, who went on to win the chuckwagon derby last year for his fourth championship in five years, tied with driver Jason Glass at Thursday night’s event with a winning bid of $120,000.About 80 per cent of the canvas auction proceeds goes to the drivers; the rest is used for prize money, safety and other chuckwagon initiatives.The Canadian Press read more

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Suncor Energy Inc profits dragged down by lower oil prices during third

CALGARY – Oil sands giant Suncor Energy Inc. posted lower profits for the third quarter, but the bottom line beat the expectations of analysts.The Calgary-based company said its net earnings were $919 million, or 63 cents per share, down from nearly $1.7 billion, or $1.13 per share, a year earlier.Operating earnings, which strip out the effects of unusual items, were $1.3 billion, or 89 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 77 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.During the same 2013 quarter operating earnings were $1.4 billion, or 95 cents per share.Revenue during the third quarter was $10.3 billion, compared to $10.4 billion a year earlier.Suncor delivered a solid financial quarter despite lower crude oil pricing“Suncor delivered a solid financial quarter despite lower crude oil pricing,” said Steve Williams, president and chief executive officer.“Our focused strategy, integrated model and strong balance sheet are competitive strengths that will continue to serve us well through the current lower crude price environment.”In addition to the lower crude prices and a drop in production from its exploration and production business, Suncor said foreign exchange fluctuations affected its net earnings.Crude price top of mind as oil patch reporting season beginsCalgary braces for gloom of falling oil pricesCompany-wide production dropped to 519,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day from 595,000 barrels due to asset sales, maintenance work at some of its operations and lower production from Libya.But output from its oil sands business rose to 411,700 barrels per day during the third quarter, up from 396,400.Work is underway on the Fort Hills oil sands mining project, which Suncor will operate. Other partners include a the Canadian arm of France’s Total and Vancouver miner Teck Resources Ltd.Some construction has begun in the field and detailed engineering work is about 55% complete on the $13.5-billion project. Fort Hills is expected to start up in late 2017 and reach 90% of its planned capacity a year after that. read more

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Mother of Westminster terrorist says she is shocked by his actions and

first_imgPolice are still trying together Ajao’s movements ahead of last week’s attackCredit:Healthcliff O’Malley Police are still trying together Ajao's movements ahead of last week's attack Masood drove a hire car into groups of people on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer  Adrian Ajao transformed from a bright and popular teenager into a violent terrorist Adrian Ajao transformed from a bright and popular teenager into a violent terroristCredit:Julian Simmonds But he added: “Whilst I have found no evidence of an association with IS or AQ (al Qaeda), there is clearly an interest in jihad.” Despite the attack, the gates at the front of  Westminster continued to be patrolled by unarmed officers when they were reopened for the first time on Monday. Despite calls for increased security around the main vehicle uniformed officers were stationed in front of the open gates throughout the day.Armed officers were patrolling the New Palace Yard area behind the gates and two officers with guns stood inside the boundary, but security experts warned that the area remained vulnerable. The mother of Westminster terrorist, Adrian Ajao, has said she is “deeply shocked, saddened and numbed” by her son’s actions and has “shed many tears” for the victims.Speaking for the first time since last Wednesday’s outrage, Janet Ajao said she did not condone the atrocity or share the beliefs that led her eldest son to kill and injure so many innocent people.In a statement released through the Metropolitan Police, Mrs Ajao, who lives in Wales, said: “I am so deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster.”Since discovering that it was my son that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident.”I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.” After looking into his background and movements however, it was decided he did not pose a security risk.He later moved to east London, before relocating to Birmingham last year, with his new partner Rohey Hydara and their two young children.The West Midlands remains the main focus of the investigation and is where Ajao hired the car used in the attack.Two men, aged 58 and 30, who were arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism remained in custody. However at other high profile points around the capital, security had been beefed up including outside Buckingham Palace, where huge bollards had been placed and yellow steel structures.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “It’s security measures put in place but not in response to any threat. Buckingham Palace is obviously a high profile area that is going to benefit from them. There is no intelligence to suggest a threat to these spots.”Scotland Yard said counter terror detectives were still trying to understand what had triggered the father of four to launch the deadly attack. Security has been beefed up around Buckingham Palace It comes as wellwisher laid flowers outside the Houses of Parliamentcenter_img Ajao killed four people and injured a further 50 when he drove across Westminster Bridge ploughing into pedestrians.Police now believe his powerful rented Hyundai SUV reached speeds of 76 miles per hour it careered along the pavement close to the House of Parliament.After crashing the car into railings, the 52-year-old jihadist ran into the Palace of Westminster grounds where he fatally stabbed Pc Keith Palmer before being shot dead himself.   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. While Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling Ajao “a soldier of the Islamic State”, detectives said they could find no direct links with the group.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for UK counter-terrorism policing, said although he had clearly been inspired by other terrorist incidents, early indications appeared to suggest he had acted alone.He said: “His attack method appears to be based on low sophistication, low tech, low cost techniques copied from other attacks, and echo the rhetoric of IS (Islamic State) leaders in terms of methodology and attacking police and civilians, but at this stage I have no evidence he discussed this with others.” Masood drove a hire car into groups of people on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer  Ajao, who was born into a middle class Christian family, went off the rails as a teenager and has got a string of criminal convictions for violence spanning 20-years.Former friends said he converted to Islam while in prison in 2003, but police said they can find no evidence he was radicalised while inside.He later spent time in Saudi Arabia where he taught English, leading to speculation that he may have fallen under the malign influence of extremists there. Security has been beefed up around Buckingham PalaceCredit:SWNS Unarmed officers continue to stand guard at WestminsterCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley But a former colleague in Luton, where he moved to after returning from the Middle East, insisted he was very moderate in his views and was more interested in turning his life round.Farasat Latif, a former director of an adult learning centre where Ajao worked said: “When he arrived from Saudi Arabia, he was a stranger here in Luton. He was a highly intelligent man, and he would often talk about his family and ask lots of questions about religion.”I knew about his violent past, but he honestly seemed like a genuinely reformed man. He seemed to have turned his life around, he was cleaning it up. Religion wasn’t his main interests, and when it was it was just a lot of basic questions.” Despite this, it is understood Ajao came to the attention of the security services in 2011, when MI5 was investigating a plot to blow up a Territorial Army base using a remote controlled car. Unarmed officers continue to stand guard at Westminster It comes as wellwisher laid flowers outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Labour caught on the back foot by FG on Meath East byelection

first_imgIT HAS EMERGED that the Labour Party was not due to hold a convention to choose its candidate in the Meath East by-election until the end of March – and that the party may have not have expected the ballot to be called this week.The writ ordering the by-election – to fill the Dáil seat left vacant by the death of Shane McEntee – was moved in the Dáil on Tuesday of this week, with polling set for Wednesday March 27.TheJournal.ie has learned, however, that senior figures within the Labour ranks had not expected the election to be held for another month – and that Fine Gael may have stolen a march on its coalition rival by calling the vote without Labour having chosen a candidate.This website understands that a selection convention to choose the party candidate was, as recently as last week, pencilled in for March 21 – just days before the election is now due to be held.A Labour spokesman said this evening that while a date for a convention had not been confirmed, the process of selecting a candidate “got underway last week” and that a selection convention would have been held “in the next two or three weeks”.However, the early date for the election means that candidates must have nomination papers filed by next Friday, March 15 – well before the prospective dates Labour had considered to choose a candidate.Source: Labour ‘kept in the dark’While Fine Gael had also yet to formally identify its candidate when the date of the by-election was announced on Tuesday, the probability that Shane McEntee’s daughter Helen had agreed to run may have given the senior government partner enough impetus to immediately set the date.FG is to formally select its candidate at a behind-closed-doors event in Kells this evening, but as TheJournal.ie reported earlier this week, other prospective FG candidates have agreed to stand aside so that Helen McEntee might replicate her father’s by-election win of 2005.A Labour source said it was “pretty obvious” that Labour were “kept in the dark” about the possibility of the by-election being called.“Fine Gael acted unilaterally about this,” the source said.It’s a pattern of FG doing their own thing – there’s no payback. Labour people are starting to say that Fianna Fáil wouldn’t have done it to us.Prospective Labour candidates were asked to declare their interest with the party headquarters by 5pm today, with a formal convention to be held tomorrow night in Ashbourne.Labour has two county councillors within the Meath East area, Eoin Holmes and Niamh McGowan. McGowan yesterday confirmed she would not be running, meaning Holmes – who topped the poll in the Slane area in the council elections in 2009 – is the most obvious contender.Fianna Fáil will run Senator Thomas Byrne, who came fourth in the three-seater area in 2011, while Sinn Féín is running political advisor Darren O’Rourke.Other confirmed candidates include the Green Party’s Seán Ó Buachalla, Seamus McDonagh of the Workers’ Party, and Ben Gilroy of the Direct Democracy Ireland group.Read: McEntee’s daughter set to be confirmed as Fine Gael candidate in Meath Eastlast_img read more

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War on graffiti takes Sisyphean turn

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram One month after municipal authorities in Athens launched a campaign to remove the ubiquitous graffiti from the historic center, the initiative appears to have been sabotaged by vandals who have responded with a fresh spray-paint assault.A few days after municipal crews scrubbed graffiti from the entrance to the Varvakeio meat market on central Athinas Street, unknown individuals vandalized the building’s rolling metal shutter with slogans. An then the graffiti was removed for a second time.This urban battle has a political dimension. Critics say the cleanup campaign launched by Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis aims to deflect attention from more fundamental problems, such as growing poverty and unemployment. Others say his anti-graffiti drive smacks of right-wing authoritarianism.“Kaminis, no wall will be left untouched,” said a newly sprayed slogan near Monastiraki Square, which was scrubbed away by municipal workers.The mayor sought to fend off criticism with a message posted on his Facebook page Friday.“Public space belongs to everyone and no one has the right to pollute it, to appropriate it, or to destroy it,” Kaminis said.“I am sure that this view is shared by the majority of the city’s residents, which is why they have welcomed the campaign to prettify the facades on the center’s historic streets with enthusiasm,” he said.Kaminis pledged he will do what it takes to clean up the capital.“We will keep removing [such graffiti] until it becomes understood that this type of behavior is not tolerated by the majority.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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MWC 2012 Acer Liquid Glow un smartphone sous Android 4 accessible

first_imgMWC 2012 : Acer Liquid Glow, un smartphone sous Android 4 accessibleAcer a présenté un smartphone équipé d’Android 4 à un tarif vraiment attractif… Le fabricant Acer a présenté un smartphone Android 4 dont l’une des particularités est d’être annoncé à un tarif très compétitif. Le Liquid Glow dispose d’un processeur simple cœur Qualcomm MSM8255 cadencé à 1 GHz.Il intègre également un écran de 3,7 pouces affichant en 480 x 800 pixels, de 512 Mo de mémoire vive, d’un 1GB de capacité de stockage interne, extensible via un slot micro SD. Le Liquid Glow possède également un appareil photo numérique 5 Mégapixels. Selon Clubic qui a pu tester l’appareil, celui se montrerait particulièrement réactif, sans doute grâce à l’évolution de l’architecture Snapdragon. Car le processeur ne fait pas tout…Un constat intéressant puisque l’appareil sera sans doute vendu 240 euros hors abonnement ! Le 1 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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CamasWashougal Historical Society to host port history event

first_imgThe Camas-Washougal Historical Society will host a presentation on the history and future of the Port of Camas-Washougal at 2 p.m. Saturday at port headquarters, 24 S. A St., Washougal.Executive Director David Ripp will discuss the port’s 82-year history, including its impact on the economy and recreation in the two cities. He’ll also discuss the latest park, trail and development work at the port’s waterfront land.For more information about the historical society and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, visit www.2rhm.com.last_img read more

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33 say their employer has a negative approach to mental health

first_imgA third (33%) of respondents believe that their employer has a negative approach to mental health issues, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,000 employees also found that 57% of respondents have experienced mental health problems while in employment.The research also found:13% of respondents believe their employer is dismissive and does not take mental health problems seriously.Just 5% of respondents say their employer is helpful when dealing with mental health issues.8% say their employer is secretive about mental health, with no one ever talking about it.12% of respondents receive a negative response after speaking to their employer about mental health issues.Less than half (47%) of respondents experiencing mental health issues open up to their employer.Around a third (32%) of respondents believe their organisation provides no support for those experiencing a mental health problem, and a quarter (25%) are unaware of the type of support their employer offers.23% of respondents have access to occupational health and counselling services for mental health support.18% are aware that they have access to an employee assistance programme (EAP), and 16% would like an EAP to be offered.22% of respondents would like a trained, designated member of staff to discuss problems with.51% of respondents who have experienced a mental health issue while in work agree that employers need to do more to encourage good mental health among their staff.Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director oat Canada Life Group, said: “A worrying lack of understanding around mental health is emerging in the working world. It is crucial for employers to communicate with employees so they understand they won’t be penalised or treated differently if suffering from mental health problems.“The sheer lack of awareness of mental ill health in the workplace is a very worrying trend when you consider over 50% of people experience these types of problems.“Employees must feel able to confide in their employers when struggling with mental health conditions so they can receive whatever support they need. Failing to promote the importance of wellbeing or enhancing the stigma of mental ill health among employees will have a negative impact on collective morale and individual recovery in the long term.”last_img read more

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Watch Gorillaz Fun New Video For Humility Featuring Jack Black

first_imgNews New album The Now Now out June 29Pre-order now: https://t.co/tv3BHOF9kY#THENOWNOW pic.twitter.com/Ki7HPsjy8r— gorillaz (@gorillaz) May 31, 2018 Twitter Email The Now Now marks the group’s second full-length release in as many years, following Humanz, which was their first album since 2011. The album was produced by Gorillaz with James Ford and Remi Kabaka and recorded in February at London’s Studio 13, according to Rolling Stone. Fans can pre-order the album now.Gorillaz have also announced a brief North American tour launching on Oct. 8 in Toronto and wrapping up Oct. 20 in Los Angeles with the U.S. debut of Demon Dayz Festival. For a full list of dates and ticket information, visit their website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook center_img https://twitter.com/gorillaz/status/1002223383927549952 Watch: Gorillaz Fun New Video For “Humility” Featuring Jack Black Watch: Gorillaz With Jack Black In “Humility” watch-gorillaz-fun-new-video-humility-featuring-jack-black The animated group also reveals details behind their upcoming release, ‘The Now Now’Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 1, 2018 – 8:50 am Your favorite GRAMMY-winning animated band is back! Gorillaz announced their new album, The Now Now, will arrive June 29. Ahead of its release, the band hsa treated fans to two new songs, including “Humility,” complete with a playful music video featuring rocker/comedian Jack Black.In the video, directed by Gorillaz’ co-founder Jamie Hewlett, the cartoon characters wreak havoc on Los Angeles’ world-famous Venice Beach, with singer 2D roller-skating up and down the boardwalk and other members sabotaging street basketball games and dominating at beach chess. Black shows up as the band’s real-life guitarist, mimicking the song’s tasty licks (played on the record by GRAMMY-winning guitar great George Benson) while interacting with the animated troublemakers.All of the action and hijinks of the “Humility” video fit the song’s funky trip-pop perfectly. Gorillaz also released a second new song from The Now Now, the lively dance-ready instrumental “Lake Zurich.”last_img read more

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Prince Williams shocking feelings for Kate Middleton does the Duke feel like

first_imgKate MiddletonReutersThe 2007 breakup of Kate Middleton and Prince William was a turning point in their relationship. Kate Middleton had a decision to make, but more importantly, so did Prince William. A major reason for the break up has been attributed to the fact that Prince William did not want to be tied down.But it seems that there was another reason Prince William was hesitant to commit to Kate Middleton. He thought he could do better, well at least according to a Royal biographer. This is a pretty serious claim that could shed whole new light on the relationship of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Did he settle for her? Is he still not satisfied with his choice? Even after about a decade of marriage and three children, doubts are never far away. Especially when it comes to a relationship that began with the question, “Could I do better?”Biographer Andrew Morton, in his 2011 book “William and Catherine”, delves into the 2007 split. Mr. Morton writes: “In April, much to Kate’s distress, William ended their relationship…..It was a storm that had been brewing a long time, arising from his unwillingness to commit and the feeling his friends noted that ‘he could do better’.”  Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge applaud during the men’s singles final tennis match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in LondonReutersIt seems that Prince William realised the folly of his ways and decided to stick with Kate Middleton after all. But even so, it does raise questions about the foundation of their relationship. Especially with rumours recently resurfacing, about Prince William allegedly cheating on Kate Middleton. Though these rumours may have been baseless, one can’t completely ignore if the couple Cambridge truly is going strong or if it is just an act for the public and the cameras. Even Meghan Markle came out in support of Kate Middleton when the cheating rumours re-surfaced.Whatever the truth of their relationship, they do make an adorable couple.last_img read more

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Oops American Airlines Accidentally Let Too Many Pilots Take Off The Holidays

first_imgRobyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesAmerican Airlines is offering its pilots 150 percent of their hourly pay to work during the holidays, after a glitch allowed too many pilots to take vacation at the same time.A glitch in American Airlines’ pilot scheduling system means that thousands of flights during the holiday season currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them.The shortage was caused by an error in the system pilots use to bid for time off, the Allied Pilots Association told NPR. The union represents the airline’s 15,000 pilots.“The airline is a 24/7 op,” union spokesman Dennis Tajer told CNBC. “The system went from responsibly scheduling everybody to becoming Santa Claus to everyone.”“The computer said, ‘Hey ya’ll. You want the days off? You got it.’ “Tajer called it “a man-made snowstorm” and said the union estimated that more than 15,000 of the airline’s flights don’t have pilots. More pilots were granted time off between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 than should have been, resulting in the shortage.American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller told CNBC that the airline was working on the problem and expected to avoid cancellations during the holidays. He did not specify how many flights were affected.“We have reserve pilots to help cover flying in December, and we are paying pilots who pick up certain open trips 150 percent of their hourly rate — as much as we are allowed to pay them per the contract,” he told the network. “We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.”In a post to its website, the union warned its members that because “management unilaterally created their solution in violation of the contract, neither APA nor the contract can guarantee the promised payment of the premium being offered.” It said management had disclosed the bidding system failure on Friday.The union told NPR on Wednesday afternoon that management had not yet reached out to resolve the issue.The snafu is reminiscent of one that afflicted budget carrier Ryanair in September. The airline scheduled too many pilots for vacation, leading it to cancel hundreds of flights. Bloomberg reported that the airline was likely to take a $30 million hit for its mistake as it paid out refunds and compensation.American’s pilots have had a tense relationship with the company on previous occasions.“This is certainly not routine,” Tajer told Bloomberg News. “This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they’ve gone solo.”NPR’s David Schaper contributed to this story.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Storms dampen hopes for bountiful NKorea harvest

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   But this year’s extreme weather has dimmed hopes of a bountiful harvest.Rural areas endured a protracted dry spell in May and June, just as crops needed water to germinate, said Kang, the Wonsan professor. Because of this, North Korean farmers brought in less than half the wheat, barley and potatoes anticipated in the spring, officials said.Then, flash floods from summer storms killed scores of North Koreans, destroyed thousands of homes and drowned hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, according to state media.In recent weeks, a series of typhoons has lashed some parts of North Korea, leaving more people homeless.The damage and death tolls could not be independently confirmed, but Associated Press journalists who traveled through the countryside in August saw roadways ripped apart and entire hamlets swept away by water that gushed down denuded mountainsides. Last month, just weeks before the corn harvest, acres of stalks languished in the muddy fields of South Phyongan Province, a key agricultural area.United Nations officials said the extent of the damage to crops remains unclear and there are hopes it will be limited to areas hit hard by the flash floods. U.N. workers will fan out across the country starting next week for a far-reaching assessment that should provide a clearer picture on the current state of North Korea’s food situation. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up “I can’t predict this year’s harvest,” said Kang, head of the Department of Crop Science at the Wonsan University of Agriculture in eastern North Korea. “But it’s probable that this year’s output will be lower than expected.”Agriculture remains the nation’s lifeblood, contributing a quarter of the nation’s economy and engaging a third of the population, according to the World Food Program.But this craggy country of mountains and valleys has little arable land and for decades has not been able to grow enough food for its 24 million people. And in an era when most Northeast Asian nations leave most of the work to machines, northern farms still rely on backbreaking manual labor and have had to rely on foreign aid to make up for shortfalls in seeds and fertilizer.The leanest period was a famine in the mid-1990s, a time known here as the “Arduous March,” when foreign economists estimate that hundreds of thousands of North Koreans died of hunger.With fall approaching, the harvest is on everyone’s minds, from kindergarteners hunched over drawings of bright red tractors to art troupes and military bands rehearsing the rousing tunes they’ll use to raise the spirits of farmers out in the fields. Sponsored Stories center_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project This harvest is especially important to the government because it will be the first since Kim Jong Un assumed power following the December death of his father, Kim Jong Il. The young leader has declared the era of “belt-tightening” must end _ an extraordinary acknowledgment of economic hardship from a regime that rarely admits weakness. By doing so, he challenged bureaucrats to find a way to turn things around.With the summer corn crop picked and laid out to dry on roof tiles, the focus is now turning to the rice harvest, which begins later this month around the time of “chusok,” or thanksgiving, a period that marks the beginning of frenzied farming activity, when even city dwellers are expected to help gather crops.Rice is followed by soybeans later in the fall, then everyone hunkers down to turn cabbage into kimchi, the spicy fermented side dish that is considered nearly as much of a staple as white rice.North Koreans refer to this busy time of year as “going into battle,” a distinctive approach to the harvest in a country that operates under a “military first” policy and relies on the socialist collective spirit to make up for a lack of fuel and machinery. Even if the fall harvest isn’t as bountiful as hoped, Kang said, he doesn’t anticipate a return to the dark days of the Arduous March.“We won’t go back to those hard times again,” he said.______Follow AP’s Korea bureau chief for Seoul and Pyongyang at twitter.com/newsjean.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Associated PressWONSAN, North Korea (AP) – First came an extended dry spell in the spring, followed by a summer of flash floods and typhoons.Now, with North Korean farmers preparing to head out into autumn fields to cut and thresh the nation’s most important crop, rice, there are renewed concerns that continued harsh weather will mean another shortfall of food in this chronically hungry land.There had been high hopes for better crop yields this year following the implementation of more modern farming techniques, said Kang Su Ik, a professor at North Korea’s premier agricultural school. But those hopes have faded in what has proven to be another tough year for farmers in the disaster-prone North. Longer-term, said Kang, the Wonsan professor, North Korea needs to continue modernizing its farming techniques and equipment.“We need technology to step up to the world’s standards,” he told AP in an interview.Most tractors are 10 to 15 years old, and there aren’t enough trucks and fuel to carry crops to threshing yards and storage sheds before they spoil, U.N. officials said. North Korea has also struggled to secure high-quality seeds and the fertilizer needed to pump up yields.This year, the U.N. has provided combine harvesters imported from Brazil and China, and state media said engineers at Kim Il Sung University have developed a more efficient harvester. North Korea is also sending farming experts to study in Russia, China and elsewhere, Kang said.But while food is plentiful in the capital, Pyongyang, where many have the cash to supplement state-provided rice and cornmeal with meat, vegetables and fruit, 16 million other North Koreans struggle to eat a well-balanced diet, according to a U.N appeal to donors in June.“Beyond the immediate needs due to flooding, the WFP is very concerned about the long-term intellectual and physical development of young children who are malnourished,” said Claudia von Roehl, WFP’s representative in Pyongyang, “mainly due to a monotonous diet lacking in key proteins, fats and micronutrients.”last_img read more

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Ethiopian runner wins Jerusalem marathon

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix JERUSALEM (AP) – Abraham Kabeto Ketla of Ethiopia has won the third Jerusalem marathon, setting a record for the race. About 20,000 runners took part despite protests by Palestinians.Ketla finished in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds Friday, beating the record by three minutes.Luka Kipkemoi Chelimo of Kenya was second at 2:19:02. Vincent Kiplagat Kiptoo of Kenya finished third.Mihiret Anamo Anotonios of Ethiopia set a record in the women’s race with 2:47:26. Radiya Mohammed Roba of Ethiopia was second with 3:05:58. Palestinians called for a boycott of the marathon because it passed through east Jerusalem, which they claim for a future capital. Palestinians held a small protest without disrupting the race, police said.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 war. It claims the whole city as its capital.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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Whats in the 6year Senate transportation bill

first_img Sponsored Stories Business and transportation industry lobby groups are urging their members to ask their congressmen and senators to support the Senate bill. Industry officials said the $350 billion Senate bill isn’t ideal — not as much money as they would like and only three of the six years paid for — but they are desperate for at least a few years certainty rather an another short-term patch.Since 2009, Congress has passed 34 short-term transportation extensions. Five states — Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming — have delayed or canceled $1.5 billion in construction projects because they couldn’t count on federal aid, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said.Some highlights of the Senate bill:___HIGHWAYSThe bill shores up the federal Highway Trust Fund for three years by using about $45 billion in revenue increases and making spending cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. The largest source of funds is $16 billion that would be saved by reducing the dividend rate the government pays to large banks.The bill also attempts to speed up environmental reviews of construction projects and encourages states to impose user fees on electric vehicles because they use roadways but don’t contribute to federal gas tax revenues. It also sets aside money for major projects and directs highway aid to major freight transportation corridors, starting with $1.5 billion in fiscal 2016 and increasing to $2.5 billion in 2021. ___AUTO AND HIGHWAY SAFETYThe safety provisions are the most controversial transportation part of the bill both for what they include and what they don’t include. The bill requires that rental car agencies fix cars subject to safety recalls before renting them, but it doesn’t include language sought by safety advocates requiring car dealers to fix recalled used cars before selling them. It would double the amount the government can fine automakers who don’t disclose safety defects from $35 million to $70 million — significantly less than the $300 million sought by the White House. It would force the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conceal from the public its safety ratings of trucking companies; the trucking industry says the agency’s methodology is flawed.An effort by Democrats to add criminal penalties for auto company officials who knowingly conceal safety defects from the government was unsuccessful.___RAILROADSThe bill authorizes an average $1.65 billion a year for Amtrak over the next four years. Another $570 million in grants each year could be used to improve service and eliminate rail congestion in the railroad’s busy Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington. It streamlines environmental and historic preservation permitting requirements. There are two controversial safety provisions: One would require the government testing of more advanced train brakes before implementing a requirement that railroads install them on trains that haul volatile crude oil. The other indefinitely delays a deadline for railroads to get government certification and put into operation technology that can automatically stop or slow trains to prevent crashes. Accident investigators have said that if the technology had been in operation it could have prevented an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May that killed eight people and injured about 200 others.___TRANSITThe bill increases annual funding for transit aid by about 25 percent — or more than $2 billion — over six years. It includes a 12 percent increase, or $262 million, in fiscal year 2016 to allow public transit agencies with rail systems to address pressing repairs. It streamlines a grant program for innovative projects, and increases funding for rural areas by $105 million.The American Public Transit Association said the authorized increases are still too small, and expressed concern that the money attached to the bill might not be enough to cover even three years of the authorized spending. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How do cataracts affect your vision? WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving toward the likely passage this week of a sweeping, six-year transportation bill, but the House is putting off consideration of the measure until this fall.With a Friday deadline to prevent a cutoff of highway and transit aid to states, House and Senate Republican leaders say they will also pass an $8 billion short-term bill to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund through October. That will give the House about two months after it returns from its August recess to weigh in on a long-term transportation bill. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Comments   Share   last_img read more

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TORONTO – For all of the advancements over the dec

first_img TORONTO – For all of the advancements over the decades in kids’ toys, from remote-controlled gadgets to video games, nothing has enjoyed the longevity or versatility of the simple cardboard box.Many a parent has a tale of their kids being gifted a new toy, only to eschew to the expensive item for the packaging it came in. The cardboard box’s popularity is so widespread it was enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005.Nintendo’s new “Labo” toy system, the latest big release for its popular Switch system, is the answer to the question ‘what if the expensive toy WAS the cardboard box?’ By combining the box’s inexpensive material and creative potential with the unique control features of the Switch, Nintendo has created something kids can enjoy both as a video game and an introduction to engineering and coding.The “Labo” launched last week with the “variety pack” and the “robot pack.” The variety kit is the recommended entry point into the “Labo” system and includes plans and material for five projects or “toy-cons” — a remote-controlled car, a fishing rod, a set of motorcycle handlebars, a piano and a house — that utilize every facet of the Switch’s unique control system.The introductory project, the RC car, takes around 20 minutes or so to build. When it’s done it looks like a box with wavy appendages on the bottom with the joy-con controllers attached to the sides. The car can then be steered from the Switch’s touch screen by setting off vibrations in the joy-cons — setting both off at the same time move the car forward while just the left or right will steer in the desired direction.Other projects use other parts of the Switch’s functionality in equally imaginative ways. The fishing rod, for example, fits one joy-con into the reel of the finished project while another goes into the rod. The motion controls are then utilized in a simple fishing game. The piano has bits of reflective tape on the back of each key that is read by a joy-con’s infra-red sensor to determine which note to play.Projects outside the RC car can take anywhere from an hour to three hours to build, depending on whether there is adult supervision. While the instructions to build are easy to follow, cardboard is flimsy. The odd fold can take a bad turn, or a tab might get bent when putting two pieces together. Fortunately, the designs allow enough reinforcement to be forgiving of the occasional flub.If a piece gets squished or damaged beyond repair, you can try making a replacement one. Failing that, Nintendo does plan to sell replacement parts.The projects that come with the variety pack should be enough to keep prospective builders engaged for several hours. Once the interest in catching virtual fish or noodling around on a toy piano has waned, however, there are a couple of different directions to go to freshen up one’s Labo experience.The first option, a more expensive and ready-made one, is to buy the robot kit. It actually retails for about $10 more than the variety kit, but comes with a more advanced project that results in a wearable robot suit that you can use to stomp around a city, smashing everything in sight, with the accompanying software.The other, and one where the true potential of the product is revealed, is in the “toy-con garage” that is included with both kits. This is essentially a basic coding interface, with input and output nodes that can be connected. For example, an input node to press the “A” button on the right joy-con can be connected to an output node to light up the Switch’s screen, or make a noise. Timers and delays can also be added to these functions.String enough of these together, and you can expand your “Labo” products in myriad ways, from steering the RC car with motion sensors to creating a basic table tennis game. And of course, with the key material being cardboard, it is easy to customize “Labo” creations with markers, tape and decals.Games like “Minecraft” have inspired younger gamers to give voice to their creative instincts, and the “Labo” has the potential to do the same. There are already YouTube videos of people banging out their favourite tunes on the piano, or making a guitar using “Labo” components and a broom.Kids have always enjoyed toys that allowed creative expression, from building blocks to sandbox video games. The first two kits offered by the “Labo” are an evolution in that concept, and it’s interesting to see where the product will go from here.The “Labo” is rated “E” — suitable for all ages — and retails for about $90 for the variety kit and $100 for the robot kit. by Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 23, 2018 7:13 am PDT Last Updated Apr 23, 2018 at 8:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nintendo Labo variety kit is shown in this undated handout photo. For all of the advancements over the decades in kids’ toys, from remote-controlled gadgets to video games, nothing has enjoyed the longevity or versatility of the simple cardboard box. Many a parent has a tale of their kids being gifted a new toy, only to eschew to the expensive item for the packaging it came in. The cardboard box’s popularity is so widespread it was enshrined in the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. Nintendo’s new “Labo” toy system, the latest big release for its popular Switch system, is the answer to the question what if the expensive toy WAS the cardboard box? By combining the box’s inexpensive material and creative potential with the unique control features of the Switch, Nintendo has created something kids can enjoy both as a video game and an introduction to engineering and coding. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Nintendo of America center_img The evolution of the cardboard box: Nintendo’s “Labo” rewards curiositylast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2018 1:04 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers Bestselling Books Week Ending 9/9/18HARDCOVER FICTION1. “Leverage in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s Press)2. “In His Father’s Footsteps” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)3. “Texas Ranger” by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle (Little, Brown)4. “The President is Missing” by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown)5. “Dark Sentinel” by Christine Feehan (Berkely)6. “Depths of Winter” by Craig Johnson (Viking)7. “The Fall of Gondolin” by J.R.R. Tolkien (HMH)8. “The Outsider” by Stephen King (Scribner)9. “Tailspin” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing)10. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Della Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)11. “Timeless” by R. A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager)12. “Pieces of Her” by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow)13. “Field of Bones’ by J.A. Jance (William Morrow)14. “Circe” by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)15. “There There” by Tommy Orange (Knopf)HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson)2. “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari (Random/Spiegel & Grau)3. “The Russia Hoax” by Gregg Jarrett (Broadside)4. “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines and Marah Stets (William Morrow Cookbooks)5. “The Restless Wave” by McCain/Salter (Simon & Schuster)6. “Educated” by Tara Westover (Random House)7. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada)8. “Every Day is Extra” by John Kerry (Simon & Schuster)9. “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Grove)10. “The Coddling of the American Mind” by Lukianoff/Haidt (Penguin)11. “I’d Rather Be Reading” by Anne Bogel (Baker)12. “Liars, Leakers and Liberals” by Jeanine Pirro (Center Street)13. “Unhinged” by Omarosa Manigault Newman (Gallery)14. “The Good Neighbor” by Maxwell King (Abrams)15. “Fashion Climbing” by Bill Cunningham (Penguin)MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS1. “Haunted” by Patterson/Born (Grand Central Publishing)2. “Springtime in Salt River” by RaeAnne Thayne (Harlequin)3. “Vince Flynn: Enemy of the State” by Kyle Mills (Pocket)4. “Origin” by Dan Brown (Anchor)5. “The Crooked Staircase” by Sean Koontz (Bantam)6. “The Romanov Ransom” by Cussler/Burcell (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)7. “A Reason to Die” by William W. Johnstone (Pinnacle)8. “Dark Legacy” by Christine Feehan (Berkley)9. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham (Dell)10. “1022 Evergreen Place” by Debbie Macomber (Mira)11. “Only You” by Nora Roberts (Silhouette)12. “You Will Pay” by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)13. “Past Perfect” by Danielle Steel (Dell)14. “Tropical Blues” by Sherryl Woods (Mira)15. “Escapade” by Diana Palmer (HQN)TRADE PAPERBACKS1. “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)2. “The Tatooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris (Harper)3. “The Winner” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)4. “The Dark Between Stars” by Atticus (Atria)5. “Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (Penguin)6. “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer (Back Bay)7. “Letters to Church” by Francis Chan (David C. Cook)8. “A Simple Favor” (movie tie-in) by Darcey Bell (Harper)9. “Sapiens” by Yuval Noah Harari (Harper Perennial)10. “Grit” by Angela Duckworth (Scribner)11. “Instant Pot Miracle” (HMH)12. “The Dutch Wife” by Ellen Keith (Park Row)13. “Crazy Rich Asians” (movie tie-in) by Kevin Kwan (Anchor)14. “The First Love” by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House)15. “The Legend of Korra” by DiMartino/Koh (Dark Horse)Copyright 5/8 2018 Publishers Weekly, powered by NPD BookScan 5/8 2018 NPD Group.last_img read more

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Police uncover online work permit scam

first_imgPolice have urged internet users to be vigilant after a new online fraud has emerged in which victims are tricked into paying money to be given work visas in a number of countries.This new fraud, police said, concerns a ring operating via the internet and whose members present themselves as working in a company that secures work permits in Cyprus. The email address the fraudsters use is: consular.workerpermit@diplomats.com, police said.It deals in advance fee frauds and appears to have also been used in cases concerning fake work visas.“Advance fee frauds are a widespread internet scam method mainly of Nigerian origin,” police said.So far the fraudsters have offered unsuspecting applicants the possibility of working in Cyprus, aiming to extract from them €450 for temporary work visas.“The public is urged to be vigilant and not respond to this type of emails,” police said.To report such cases, call the police electronic crime unit at 22 808200 or file an online report at https://cybercrime.police.gov.cy/police/CyberCrime.nsf/subscribe_gr/subscribe_gr?OpenFormYou May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Three arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession

first_imgPolice on Wednesday arrested three people in Limassol in connection with the alleged possession of illegal substancesWhen members of the drug squad tried to stop a 45-year-old riding a motorbike he attempted to escape and was allegedly spotted throwing a small bag on to the road. He was stopped and arrested as were two people aged 34 and 43 who were in a car behind him.The bag, police said, contained white powder weighing 102 grammes, believed to be cocaine. The sum of € 2,000 was found in the car.The three suspects were later remanded for eight days.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo 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 Taboolalast_img read more

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