Traffic Advisory Flooded and Closed Roads

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Flooded and ClosedRoads Crews from the Department of Transportation and Public Worksadvise that some sections of roads are closed and others arepassable with caution until further notice due to high winds andflooding today, March 9. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, use alternateroutes, and to avoid crossing blockades. Damaged or flooded roads that are not marked can be reported tolocal bases by calling the toll-free line at 1-888-432-3238. The following is a partial list of roads and bridges affected inthe last 24 hours. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY A number of roads are flooded or washed out in Annapolis West,including sections of the following: Trunk 1 towards UpperClements Park, various sections of Route 201 between Annapolisand Bridgetown, sections of Morse Road, Guinea Road and HarrisLane off Route 201. A number of roads are flooded or washed out in Annapolis East,including sections of the following: Gates Mountain Road (underthe 101 overpass), Trunk 1 in Wilmot near Frenchy’s, Trunk 1 inBrickton, Ruggles Mountain and Spa Spring Road, Forest Glade,Dalhousie Road, Arlington Road, Route 201 (sections between Trunk10 and Bridgetown), Baker Lane, Torbrook Mountain, East Torbrook,Dodge Road, Inglesville, Bloomington, Balcom Road, VarnerMountain, Trunk 10, Elliott Road and Craig Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY Route 311 at Park Street to Trunk 2 in Onslow is open butpassable with extreme caution. In Truro and Bible Hill, the following roads are closed: ParkStreet, Farnham Road and Salmon River Road (from Vernon Bridge toCheese Plant). In Tatamagouche, the following roads are closed: New River Road,Lake Road, Cooper Road, Trout Brook Road and Cross Road. DIGBY COUNTY A number of roads are flooded or washed out in the area,including: sections of Lighthouse Road, Colloden Road, SouthRange Cross, North Range Cross, Weymouth Falls, Bloomfield Road,the Journey Town Bridge area, and Mink Cove. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY Trunk 3 at Boutilier’s Point is closed due to downed power lines.Traffic is being diverted through Island View Drive. The following roads have some water damage but are passable withcaution: Trunk 3 in Queensland, Conrads Road in Queensland,Indian Point Road in Glen Haven, Paddy’s Head Road in IndianHarbour and Route 333 (Peggy’s Cove at Peggy’s Point Road). HANTS COUNTY In Hants West, Highway 101, between Exit 6 at Windsor and Exit 7at Falmouth, is closed until further notice due to downed powerlines. Motorists travelling west must detour at Exit 6. Motoriststravelling east must detour at Exit 7. No other roads are closed in Hants West, although there is someflooding throughout the area on secondary roads. In Hants East, all primary roads are open in Milford, althoughthere is some flooding on secondary roads and some washoutsthroughout the area. All primary roads are open in Noel, although there are washoutsthroughout the area and flooding on some secondary roads. Minor washouts are reported near Chezzetcook and Spry Bay. TheWest Side East River Road is closed until further notice due to ablocked culvert. KINGS COUNTY Washouts are reported in all sections of the county, includingsections of Trunk 1 in Kings South. Avonport Station Road isclosed until further notice due to washouts. A section of BlackRiver Road is closed until further notice while crews removedebris. Meadowvale Road in Kings West is closed due to downedpower lines. In Kings East, various sections of roadways are closed due todowned power lines. -30-last_img read more

Troublesome wild turkeys ruffle feathers in southeastern BC community

first_imgEDGEWATER, B.C. – Celebrations and turkey often go hand in hand but growing flocks of wild turkeys in southeastern British Columbia are leaving area residents feeling anything but celebratory as the birds spend winters in the region damaging trees and properties.Edgewater residents Val and Mark Holmes are the latest to complain about a flock of as many as 80 of the large and ungainly birds.“The flock has almost doubled in size,” Val Holmes said of the birds that have roosted on her property for the last several years. “There are a lot more young ones this year, judging by the size and the look of them.”“These ones are now very habituated to town so who knows what will happen next year,” she said Wednesday.Holmes said the birds, which she described as about the size of a swan “but fluffier and not quite as long in the neck,” arrive every evening during winter and settle on the lower branches of fir trees on her property.“They get a bit more vocal in the morning, so kind of like a Don Chorus, but it’s a bit louder than your usual Don Chorus, so a bit more cackling and just chatting to each other,” she said.Month after month, lower branches of her trees are stripped bare of bark while twigs, smaller branches and all the tree needles are torn off. Even larger branches splinter under the weight of dozens of birds.“And then there is crap too, of course,” Holmes said of the excrement that must be shovelled out from under the trees every spring, along with the downed branches and other debris left by the flock.Regional District of East Kootenay director Gerry Wilkie blamed the problem on a few people who feed the birds, habituating them to human contact and encouraging them to remain near the community.Local and provincial regulations don’t cover the feeding of non-dangerous wildlife, Wilkie said, adding he is working on a regional district bylaw that he hopes will deter anyone providing food to the turkeys, though the process won’t be quick.Kimberley, Cranbrook and Radium Hot Springs are also on record as trying to manage the problem of wild turkeys, which are not native to the province, although the Atlas of Breeding Birds of British Columbia says populations in the Kootenays have climbed steadily since they were introduced in 1910.There is a hunting season for wild turkeys but it does not correspond to the period when the birds are roosting near communities, and hunting near homes is illegal.Some area residents are mulling other ways of getting rid of the turkeys, Wilkie said.“You could get a large horse trailer, bait the horse trailer, trap them in the trailer and drive them away but the birds are habituated to the town and I don’t know what you would do with them,” he said, adding any such action would have to be co-ordinated with the Conservation Service.“I think most people are hoping that public education will work and that people will stop feeding them, in which case they won’t show up anymore.”last_img read more

Three arrested in mobile tower scam

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a joint team from Cyber Cell and Dabri police station in Dwarka arrested three persons involved in cheating over 1,000 gullible consumers under the pretext of installing Reliance Jio Towers. The scam was run by mastermind Sanjay Kumar (28) through a website under the domain name of www.reliancejiotower.net.The complainant, on whose word the FIR was registered, said that he had spotted the website while searching for mobile tower installation services on the internet. When he called on the numbers provided after filling up the required forms on the website, he received an “Approval Letter for Tower Installation” from the following email id: info@reliancejiotower.net. Following this, police said that the accused demanded an amount of Rs 14,413 as security money from the complainant, which he duly transferred to the Andhra Bank account details provided. When the complainant made the transfer, he received a message on his phone saying the money had been deposited into the bank account of one Arjun Prasad, which raised suspicion in his mind and after which he lodged his complaint at the Dabri police station. The investigation was then taken up by the Cyber Cell given the nature of the case. After obtaining and analysing registrant details, IP Logs and mode of payment of the concerned website, the police analysed A/c statements of the alleged bank account which revealed frequent deposits and withdrawals. Further investigations revealed that the bank account was opened under a false address. Based on this information, the joint team conducted raids in Manesar and Faridabad, which resulted in the arrests of Arjun Prasad, 26, and Narayan Singh, 29. Their interrogation revealed information regarding their third associate and mastermind of the scam, Sanjay Prasad, who was then nabbed by Delhi Police from Nalanda, Bihar.last_img read more

Nepal UN condemns murder of businessman by Maoists

19 May 2008The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has condemned the recent killing of a local businessman, Ram Hari Shrestha, after Maoist army commanders acknowledged to the mission that the murder was committed by members of their group. UNMIN condemned the killing as a serious breach of the commitments made in an agreement on monitoring arms and armies reached between the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (Maoist) and the former Government, and also noted that it was a violation of fundamental human rights. UNMIN arms monitors have conducted a preliminary inquiry and will present the results to the next meeting of Nepal’s Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee. UNMIN has been informed that the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is following the investigation that is being carried out by the police.UNMIN calls on the CPN (Maoist) to cooperate fully with the police to ensure that all those responsible for ordering or carrying out the abduction or killing are apprehended and punished in accordance with the law.Last month, with the assistance of UNMIN, Nepal held country-wide elections for a new Constituent Assembly. read more

DR Congo killings constitute war crimes says UN official

Violent clashes between renegade-general Laurent Nkunda’s CNDP rebels and pro-government PARECO/Mayi Mayi militia that broke out on Tuesday in the town of Kiwanja, in North Kivu, were condemned by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, Alan Doss, as “serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”Mr. Doss, who is also head of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC), called for all armed groups to withdraw from the area around Rutshuru, the scene of this week’s violent outbreak, to allow MONUC to protect people in the area and enable the safe return of thousands who fled the fighting.The clashes earlier this week continue the escalation of hostilities in North Kivu province over the last two months between Government forces (FARDC) and the CNDP headed by Mr. Nkunda, which has displaced some 252,000 Congolese, on top of the 800,000 already forced from their homes from previous fighting.Mr. Doss applauded the statement from the UN-backed summit of African leaders in Nairobi yesterday, which urged for an immediate ceasefire in eastern DRC, and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to ensure that the hundreds of thousands displaced can get the assistance they need.“An immediate response can be made to the humanitarian crisis and the immediate implementation of the Joint Nairobi and Goma agreements,” Mr. Doss told reporters while stopping off in Goma on his return from the Nairobi meeting. The Nairobi communiqué is the November 2007 agreement under which the DRC and Rwanda have agreed to work together against threats to peace and stability in the region. The Goma agreement, signed by the Government and armed groups in January, included a commitment by rebels to withdraw their troops to either disarm or join the brassage process, whereby ex-combatants from armed groups are retrained to form part of FARDC.“The Summit also established a facilitation mechanism which will involve, in addition to the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes [Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria], all heads of State of the region,” Mr. Doss added. 8 November 2008The recent killing of civilians by armed militia in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “constitute war crimes”, the top United Nations official to the country said today, while welcoming the outcome of yesterday’s high-level meeting, aimed at ending the crisis. read more

TSX Wall Street tumbles as Syria spooks markets

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market tumbled more than 1% Tuesday afternoon, joining other global markets in pulling back amid worries about the possible ramifications of western countries intervening in Syria’s civil war.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 148.26 points to 12,612.04 with all sectors in the red save for slight gains in the energy and utilities groups.“The law of unintended consequences and the history of previous military interventions in the region is not a recipe for political and economic stability,” observed Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital in New York.Selling pressure extended to most financials even as two big Canadian banks turned in strong earnings reports.“People’s attention is elsewhere right now,” said Norman Raschkowan, a North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial.“I think people have been expecting generally that the banks will have good numbers and… we’re off to a good start in terms of the banks reporting this week.”Bank of Montreal posted net income of $1.137 billion or $1.68 cents per share, up from $970 million or $1.42 per share in the same year-earlier period. Revenue rose to $4.05 billion from $3.88 billion. Adjusted net income was $1.136 billion, also $1.68 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.52 in adjusted earnings per share and revenue of $3.96 billion and BMO shares added eight cents to $65.86.Scotiabank has increased its quarterly dividend by two cents to 62 cents per share and posted quarterly net income of $1.768 billion or $1.37 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.051 billion or $1.69 per diluted share a year ago. Revenue rose to $5.52 billion from $5.51 billion. Last year’s results benefited from an after-tax gain of $614 million on the sale of Scotia Plaza in Toronto. Ex-items, profit rose 17% to $1.32 a share, beating estimates by two cents but its shares slipped $1.10 to $57.59.The Canadian dollar erased early losses and was unchanged at 95.23 cents US. The greenback was stronger against many currencies as traders sought the perceived safe haven of the U.S. currency but the loonie found support from higher gold and oil prices.U.S. indexes were lower, a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed it was “undeniable” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. The prospect of U.S.-led military action against the Assad regime was enough for investors to cut their exposure to risky assets such as stocks and the Dow Jones industrials fell 137.81 points to 14,808.65.The Nasdaq was down 69.84 points to 3,587.73 while the S&P 500 index lost 21.78 points to 1,635.“Obviously the concern is that if you get any sort of increase in military activity and the Americans get involved, you might see consumers batten down the hatches a bit just as a sort of reflex response,” added Raschkowan.“But there is also the concern about what it means for oil prices and global economic growth.”On the economic calendar, traders took in data showing rising American consumer confidence. The U.S. Conference Board’s August index came in at 81.5, up from 80.3 in July.The reading added to speculation about whether the Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to allow it to start to reduce its monetary stimulus next month.At present, the Fed is buying $85 billion of financial assets a month in order to lower long-term interest rates and shore up the U.S. economic recovery. Up until recently, a run of data, particularly related to the labour market, had ratcheted up expectations that the so-called tapering will begin in September.The base metals component was the biggest decliner, down 2.64% even as signs of improving economies in the U.S. and China pushed copper prices higher with the September contract in New York up one cent at US$3.33 a pound.Other data Tuesday showed that the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.1% in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high.And China’s National Bureau of Statistics said that profit growth for industrial companies ran ahead to 12% in July from 6.3% in June.First Quantum Minerals declined 82 cents to C$18.01 while Teck Resources fell 66 cents to $26.92.The financials sector was a major weight, down 0.8% with TD Bank down $1.53 to $87.67, ahead of the release of the bank’s earnings on ThursdayThe TSX gold sector was down 0.6% as geopolitical worries boosted bullion prices with the December contract on the Nymex running ahead $27.10 to US$1,420.20 an ounce. Goldcorp faded 37 cents to $32.50.The energy sector rose 0.1% while the price of oil moved well above US$108 a barrel Tuesday amid the latest round of worry centred on the Middle East. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ran ahead $3.10 to US$109.02 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources gained 28 cents toC$31.71 while Husky Energy declined 64 cents to $29.48.The price of oil has risen more than 15% in the past three months on concern that unrest in Egypt and civil war in Syria could disrupt production and exports, especially in Libya and Iraq. It has also raised the spectre of spreading violence that could block important supply routes. read more

Next WTO head must reestablish group as leader in trade liberalization Fast

OTTAWA – The federal government says the next head of the World Trade Organization must re-establish the body as prime player in global trade liberation, and not just as a cop to ensure member nations don’t break the rules.Trade Minister Ed Fast issued a statement saying Canada will lobby other nations in an effort to choose the right individual who can aggressively advance the trade agenda.The WTO has taken a back seat in recent years as a result of the failure of nations to come to an agreement on the Doha round of talks.Given the decade-old impasse, governments have moved on individually and in sub-groups. For Canada, that has mean launching trade talks with Europe, India, Japan and others, while also joining the TransPacific Partnership talks.Meanwhile, a group of nations have launched a new initiative to liberalize trade in services, also outside the WTO umbrella.Fast says new the WTO director-general must take a leadership role in persuading other member states to join the trade liberalization efforts.“Canada will support the selection of a candidate who can marshal common cause against the protectionism that remains a toxic threat to the global economic recovery,” Fast is quoted in the statement.“Accordingly, the successful candidate must be a champion in the fight against tariff and non-tariff barriers around the world.”Officials say the government has yet to decide who it will support. Fast has met with most of the nine candidates up for the job, including most recently Mari Pangestu of Indonesia and Anabel Gonzalez of Costa Rica.A new director-general is expected to be chosen by May 31 and assume duties as director-general on Sept. 1, replacing France’s Pascal Lamy. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:25 pm MDT Next WTO head must re-establish group as leader in trade liberalization: Fast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UK vehicle production – September 2007

% of total25.0%24.2%44.3%40.1%27.4%26.2% SMMT LtdSep-07YTD 2007Sep-07YTD 2007Sep-07YTD 2007 Total139,2831,133,51219,953156,920159,2361,290,432 Home34,841274,7408,83462,98643,675337,726 % of total75.0%75.8%55.7%59.9%72.6%73.8% 13.9%1.9%-6.9%3.5%10.8%2.1% Car production‘September’s rise of 17.9 per cent over 2006 figures is highly encouraging. This is the third consecutive month production has risen in 2007, and the first quarterly rise since quarter one 2004,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘As forecast last September, new vehicles from MINI, Honda, Land Rover and Nissan have all contributed to this increase and stabilised the market.’ Export104,442858,77211,11993,934115,561952,706 Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  13.2%2.0%-12.7%-4.1%10.0%1.3% 16.0%1.6%1.6%17.4%12.8%4.2% Commercial vehicle production‘After a good 12 months of new commercial vehicle production we expect the market to remain stable,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘September’s commercial vehicle production fell by 6.9 per cent after a strong August, but year-to-date figures remain healthy with each quarter in 2007 posting positive totals.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Excompany director lay dead at £2m home for two days after tractor

first_img 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. House in Hernhill, Kent This is a tragic story about a man doing what many men do on the weekend – cutting the grassCoroner Christine Freeman The tragedy unfolded in the village of Hernhill, KentMr Gradus had two children, Natasha and Jack, and a granddaughter Amelia.He was the founder of Systems Technology. His ex-wife Zana Gradus is the current managing director and owner of the firm – which is owned by Tallgrand Ltd and has an annual turnover of around £9m – which Mr Gradus set up in 1989.Writing on Facebook on the day Mr Gradus was found dead, his son Jack wrote: “I don’t think words can ever describe our feelings right now. Every day was lived as if it was your last, we’ll all miss you dad, and we’ll love you always xx.”His daughter Natasha Hildyard wrote on Facebook on May 16: “No words could ever describe how awesome he was! Even though he’d hate being on any sort of social media. We will miss you always xxxxxx.” Spencer Gradus was expecting potential buyers to look round the large property in Hernhill, KentCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER His ex-wife, Zana Gradus, told the inquest: “I was with him from about 10am until 2.30pm on the Saturday (May 14) as we had somebody coming round the next morning to view the house. He was on really good form.”He loved cutting the grass. We had a full-time gardener, but he liked to spend a lot of time on the mower.”He didn’t like the gardener doing the lawnmowing. I didn’t realise he was going to cut the grass that day, but he was going to tidy the garden before the people came round to look at it.”I texted him later that day to say it was so nice to see him so happy and healthy. The potential buyers arrived at 10am on Sunday and could not get an answer.”Emergency services were called to the scene on the morning of May 16 and Mr Gradus’ body was found at the bottom of the bank, pinned underneath the tractor. Spencer Gradus is believed to have lost control of the tractor and mowing attachment after accidentally reversing over the side of a steep bank in the grounds of his homeCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER A retired  businessman lay dead in the grounds of his £2million Victorian house for two days after his tractor toppled over and crushed him as his mowed the lawn.Spencer Gradus, who stepped down as director of IT firm Systems Technology last year, had just returned from living in Spain as he and his ex-wife Zana prepared to sell their eight-bedroom home in the village of Hernhill, Kent.The 52-year-old had gone out on Saturday, May 14 this year to mow the lawn of the four-acre gardens – which includes an orchard, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool – when the tractor fell on top of him.An inquest into the father of two’s death heard how Mr Gradus and his ex-wife were expecting potential buyers to come on Sunday, May 15 to look round the large property. Detective Sergeant Andrew Lambert told the inquest that the tractor is likely to have “slipped off the bank” as Mr Gradus reversed, causing him to fall out of the vehicle – which then fell on top of him.Pathologist Salim Anjarwalla said Mr Gradus had suffered a heart attack and positional asphyxia.Coroner Christine Freeman said: “This is a tragic story about a man doing what many men do on the weekend – cutting the grass. We may never know the exact sequence of events.”The evidence identifies two significant potential causes of death and it is quite probable he had some sort of cardiac event, but at the same time, if one is in a position where one has a tractor on their chest, asphyxia is a very likely cause of death.”Given the circumstances and the contributory factors, I am going to conclude that this was a tragic accident.” But, as he mowed the lawn with the tractor and mowing attachment, he is believed to have lost control after accidentally reversing it over the side of a steep bank.The inquest at Folkestone Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Gradus is believed to have fallen out of the tractor, which then fell on top of him and killed him.The alarm was not raised until Monday, May 16, despite potential buyers turning up on May 15 and not getting an answer at the door.His body was not found until May 16, when colleague Robert Field spotted the tractor was missing from the garage and then saw the tip of the machine poking up from the steep bank.Mr Field told the inquest: “I called for him but there was no answer, but then I saw the garage door was open and the tractor was not in there.”That’s when I went to look around the grounds. I could see the tip of the tractor poking out and, as I got nearer, I could see the tractor was on its side and was down a bank.” Spencer Gradus homelast_img read more

Russian trolls attempted to manipulate view of Salisbury poisoning

first_imgPolice in protective suits and gas masks work to remove the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned Credit:London News Pictures  Ben Nimmo, a senior research fellow at the lab, concluded that the retweets of the poll appeared to be an “attempt by pro-Russian users to influence the online poll, and thus to create the appearance of greater hostility towards the UK government than UK users themselves showed”.One of the users who tweeted the poll,  @malinka1102 normally focuses on Russian politics and  Kremlin disinformation operations, such as the annexation of Crimea and the shooting down of the MH17, whilst another @znaetymka is a Russian language account said to interact at a bot-like rate of 285 times a day. Researchers also suspect that one of the most retweeted accounts mentioning the poisoning of Mr Skripal could be linked to the troll factory, which “shows the power which anonymous trolls with demonstrably falsified profiles continue to wield online”. Mr Nimmo added: “The large-scale amplification by Russian accounts of a UK Twitter poll demonstrated the ease with which connected accounts can amplify and, most probably, manipulate online debate, even from far away…”Together, they show the aggression, coordination and impact with which pro-Kremlin accounts, often anonymous and polemic, continue to operate.”Researchers have estimated that there are up to 150,000 accounts operated by Russians that meddle in British political and cultural life. https://twitter.com/Rachael_Swindon/status/975053363065835521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedium.com%2Fmedia%2Fea0bd160fc9e6b44e57b1b58fb41cc4f%3FpostId%3D5d0bb3dc30ae 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. Police in protective suits and gas masks work to remove the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned  Twitter, which did not respond to a request for comment, has faced increasing pressure to deal with trolls and bots and say that they suspend accounts which are found not to be genuine. Russian trolls have previously been accused of meddling in both the US Election and the Brexit campaign.It comes as Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, remain in a critical condition in hospital. Questions have been raised about whether he was still working alongside the British intelligence services as a member of the community told Channel 4 that in recent years he had visited Poole to give a lecture to the UK Special Forces, at Special Boat Service headquarters. Mr Skripal was know to regularly dine with a well dressed man believed to be his MI6 handler in the Côte Brasserie in Salisbury and gave lectures at military academies on the GRU, Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency. Sir Andrew Wood, former British Ambassador to Russia, told Russian Spy Assassins: The Salisbury Attack, which will air tonight (MONDAY) at 10pm on Channel 4, that it would be “unusual” for a handler and a spy to stay in touch. He said: “It’s essential to the person who has taken refuge with us that he is not seen to be acting against his former service on a continuing basis. I suppose its conceivable a deep friendship would have sprung up between them but you’re also exposing the handler and you don’t really want to do that.” Russian Twitter trolls have been attempting to show that the British public do not believe Vladimir Putin is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, it has been claimed. The potentially fake accounts, which experts say could be linked to the bot factory in St Petersburg, retweeted a poll by a British user which ended with more than 15,700 votes. Less that two weeks after the former double agent and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury city centre, Twitter user Rachael Swindon asked if people thought Theresa May “has supplied enough evidence for us to be able to confidently point the finger of blame towards Russia?”77 per cent voted no, leading the blogger, who is a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and has more than 57,000 followers, to conclude that “the mood of the British public is starting to shift”.However, an analysis by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, showed that some of the most influential retweets originated from pro-Kremlin accounts which seemed to be organised. It comes amid outrage over the Russian Government’s use of troll or bot factories, which are organised groups of anonymous political commentators which use trolling and disinformation campaigns to promote pro-Putin and pro-Russian propaganda.last_img read more

Debut date for TNT reality show featuring The Rock

first_img Clinic Treats First Case Of Netflix Addiction Facebook Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites Impact reportedly returning to New York City for TV tapings this November Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WrestleCade to be carried live on FITE TV in November featuring Panels and Supershow Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Fashion Meets Tech With Outfits That Create Fragrances and Elixirs China Created A Disturbing Replica Of Paris WhatsApp Google+ Now Playing Up Next Why Does The New iPhone Design Make Some People Feel Uncomfortable? Brett Olsen Impact Wrestling announces TV tapings for Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino in November Twitter The new TNT reality series “Wake Up Call” that features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will be debuting on the network on December 12. This will be the second TNT reality series The Rock is featured in, with the first one being “The Hero.” Synopsis for the series is as follows:“In “Wake Up Call,” The Rock will tackle the worst of the worst and make them into the best of the best with his own personal brand of high-octane motivation. From dysfunctional homes and dead-beat dads to sports teams that don’t gel and businesses struggling to survive, The Rock is going to descend into the chaos of everyday problems to pull good people up by the bootstraps, reminding them what hard work, passion and true discipline can accomplish.Each segment on “Wake Up Call” will be a journey for The Rock and his team, as well as for those who will struggle to live up to The Rock’s Herculean ideals. With 4 a.m. wake-up calls, emotional reunions and near-impossible goals, everyone who comes in contact with The Rock’s electric sense of personal motivation will grow from it, finding inner strength and heart.”Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipChina Created A Disturbing Replica Of ParisVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:16/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -1:12 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Official Lionel Messi named Barcelona captain

first_imgLionel Messi has been named as the new Barcelona captain following the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta last seasonIniesta ended his stay at his beloved boyhood club in May to join Vissel Kobe in Japan for the new season.And the 34-year-old symbolically handed over his armband to Messi back in May’s El Classico match against Real Madrid, in what was his final appearance of the infamous encounter.Now Barcelona have confirmed the long-expected news that Messi will be the main captain for the new season with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto being the other three options.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Barça 2018/19 will have four captains from the Barça youth system, La Masia. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto will be the ones to wear the famous armband whenever the team take the field,” read a statement.“Lionel Messi will be the first captain.”The appointment of the new quartet means that Barcelona will enter the new season with four captains from their famed La Masia academy for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.last_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands December 27

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2017GENERAL SITUATION:  THE REMNANTS OF A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL LIFT NORTHWARDS AS A WEAK WARM FRONT WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDS ACROSS THE AREA MOONRISE:    1:09PMMOONSET:     1:54AM THUR Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp HIGH TIDE:     2:10PM             2:57AM THURLOW TIDE:      8:33PM             9:17AM THUR FOR ALL AREAS FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON/rs SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN.center_img DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE            82°F       28°C      OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE           66°F       19°C       WEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THIS AFTERNOON. TURNING FAIR TONIGHT. WINDS:  NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS. SUNSET:          5:29PMSUNRISE:         6:54AM THUR WEATHER OUTLOOK: HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY AS A WEAK COLD FRONT PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BEFORE SHIFTING EAST OF THE AREA BY FRIDAY. Related Items:last_img read more

Federal judge rules against Wishbone Hill Mine

first_imgIt’s been a rough week for Alaska coal projects. Barely a week ago, the company behind the massive proposed Chuitna coal project near Cook Inlet announced it has halted permitting.Now, a federal judge has ruled against Usibelli Coal in a case involving the proposed Wishbone Hill Mine east of Palmer.Listen nowJudge Sharon Gleason ruled last summer that the mine’s permit might not be valid, and should be sent back to the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, or OSM. Gleason said that federal law sets a deadline for mining activity to begin for a permit to remain valid, and Usibelli had not begun mining within that timeframe. The OSM later determined that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources had been in error in renewing the permit.Usibelli Coal and the State of Alaska appealed that ruling. But Thursday, Judge Gleason denied a procedural request required for the case to be sent to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.Judge Gleason’s decision places the future of Wishbone Hill, for now, is back in the hands of the federal regulators.last_img read more

Alaska Made A new rule makes this easytobuild gadget a required kit

first_img“Rockfish Recompression” — it’s a song and a soon-to-be required Southeast Alaska fishing regulation. As part of CoastAlaska’s “Alaska Made” series, here’s an easy-to-build gadget that’s a simple solution and good fishing karma.Ketchikan-based band Ratfish Wranglers has a rap all about rockfish recompression.Rockfish live in deep water. When they’re caught and brought to the surface, they can’t swim back down on their own.“So they float on the surface, generally, until an eagle picks them up,” said band member and fisherman Brian Curtis.He doesn’t fish to feed eagles. So he built a simple gadget.This simple device can help save rockfish that have to be thrown back. Ketchikan musician and fisherman Brian Curtis makes them, and sells them at gigs. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)“This is a rockfish recompressing device,” he said, holding up a hook attached to a line and a weight.And what is a rockfish recompression device?“It will take a rockfish from the surface suffering from barotrauma back down to the depths (from) where it came, and recompress him in so doing,” Curtis said.Barotrauma is damage caused by a quick change in pressure. Rockfish have a swim bladder that’s filled with gas, and that helps them stay in deep water.“When a non-pelagic rockfish is brought to the surface, the gas in the swim bladder expands, resulting in pressure-related injury referred to as barotrauma,” explained Kelly Reppert, a biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “This includes bulging eyes, a protruding stomach and other unseen internal injuries.”Starting in 2020, fishers in Southeast will be required to return unwanted rockfish to deep water.“All anglers fishing from a vessel that are releasing rockfish will be required to have in possession — and (will be required to) use — a deep-water release device,” Reppert said.Charter fishing boats must have and use recompression devices already. The new rule expands the requirement.There are a number of deep-water release devices that meet that requirement. But Curtis thinks his is probably the simplest.“You can find all of these materials in the average tackle box,” he said.Those materials are: A barbless hook and 20-ounce weight attached to a fishing reel on a sawed-off rod. That’s it.Curtis keeps it on his boat, ready to use. If he reels in a rockfish he doesn’t want — or can’t keep because he’s reached the bag limit — he puts the barbless hook on its lower jaw and throws it back head-first.“You don’t backlash or anything at that point,” he said. “And it goes all the way to the bottom, dragging the rockfish headfirst by the barbless hook. By the time it gets to the bottom, all you really have to do is reel up, and now the hook is pulling out. You don’t have to jerk, just reel up.”Brian Curtis is a fisherman and a member of Ketchikan band the Ratfish Wranglers. They sing about rockfish recompression, and Curtis makes a simple device to accomplish that soon-to-be-required task. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Those instructions, and other options, are detailed in the Ratfish Wranglers’ rap.“I like to think that every time we sing that song and we talk about it a little bit, we actually save the lives of little fishies,” said band member Ray Troll.He said the song and accompanying music video were commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are two version of the YouTube video. The short version is just the song.“One is longer and walks people through the steps,” Troll said. “By the end, you will be a barotrauma specialist.”Curtis has sold his recompression kits at Ratfish Wranglers’ shows.“They were popular,” Curtis said. “I wanted people to see how simple they were: ‘Oh, I could make that.’ Yes, you can make that.”Recompression will earn fishermen some karma points, Curtis said. And pretty soon in Southeast, it also will be the law.last_img read more

Netgear to launch faster premium router with better features for WiFi access

first_imgNetgear, a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, on Tuesday introduced a Wifi router for your home that sets a new standard for speed, features and performance.The latest addition to the company’s premium Nighthawk product line of Wifi routers, Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi Router (R8500), delivers amazing internet performance with combined WiFi speeds up to a blistering 5.3Gbps-plus, a new record for a home router, the company said in a release here.This quad-stream, tri-band router provides more internet bandwidth for all the devices in your home, so everyone in the family can stream movies and music, download files, surf the web, share photos, and enjoy online gaming — simultaneously and without lag.Engineered initially with an elegant modern design, the Nighthawk X8 is powered by an extremely powerful 1.4GHz dual core processor for faster connections — the industry’s first, patent-pending Active Antennas to boost range.It supports more wired connections with six Gigabit Ethernet ports including two that can be aggregated for faster file transfers.Due to the recent popularity of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, the average household today has more than 12 Wifi devices connecting to its network, according to a new survey conducted by market research firm Market Lab. The production of these devices is expected to grow exponentially in the next few years as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) smart home becomes a reality, the company said.The next-generation Nighthawk X8 Wifi router from Netgear ensures the bandwidth required to support this ever-growing number of networked devices.Today’s homes combine many new and old Wifi devices that slow down overall performance. The Smart Connect feature of the tri-band Nighthawk X8 is engineered to intelligently segment slower and faster devices into the most appropriate Wifi band so that not only can the fast devices run faster, but even older devices will offer better performance.Netgear Nighthawk X8, Tri-Band, Quad-Stream AC5300 WiFi Router will be available in India from January at a price of Rs.27,000.last_img read more

Style Coach Aiana Jain shares what she aims to do with her

first_imgAiana Jain is a popular style coach, travel blogger and a fantastic speaker. For her, blogging began a platform for style advice through which she wanted to reach out to many people and share her learnings and observations as a Style Coach.She has an extensive experience in Advertising, Branding and Media. Her love for fashion is unparalleled and it also became her profession.Because of her passion and great understanding of fashion, people around her would always ask for style advice. That’s how style coaching came naturally to Aiana.About her work, Aiana said, “I am a style coach who keeps it real. Fashion for me is not just limited to special occasions and specific people, and I feel that there is no easier way to express yourself than through the clothes you wear. The way you dress is an unspoken language about letting people know who you are.”As a Style Coach ,Aiana Jain aims of helping people in understanding tools to enhance their personalities further, help them look fabulous and confident about themselves. She wants to make sure they also stay true to themselves with the way they choose to style themselves.Jain has worked as a Senior Consultant for Fashion & Trends with a leading women’s wear brand.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Texas Attorney General Defiant As Fraud Case Back In Court

first_imgTexas’ attorney general has asked an appeals court to throw out criminal charges against him at a Dallas hearing just blocks from the state Republican convention.Attorney General Ken Paxton returned to court Thursday on felony charges of defrauding investors. The alleged fraud happened before Paxton was elected in 2014.His lawyers say the fact that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently had his criminal charges dismissed before trial is helping their efforts to also prevent Paxton’s case from going to a jury.Supporters surrounded Paxton inside the state Fifth Court of Appeals. They included Republican delegates in town for the party convention, where Paxton will speak Saturday after former presidential candidate Ted Cruz.Paxton has pleaded not guilty and released a defiant video Wednesday reiterating he’s “not going anywhere.” Sharelast_img read more

Heavy rainfall warning in five Bengal districts in 48 hours

first_imgKolkata: The Met officials on Sunday warned of spells of thundershowers accompanied by strong winds in five West Bengal districts even as moderate rain lashed parts of Kolkata and adjoining suburbs since morning. According to the regional Meteorological Department, depression over the Bay of Bengal near the state’s coastline will maintain its intensity for the next 12 hours, causing a downpour in the Gangetic West Bengal over the next two days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-19 cm) is likely over the districts of North and South 24 Parganas, Hoogly, West Midnapore, and Jhargram on Sunday. Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts are likely to receive heavy rains on Monday,” G.K. Das, Director of Area Cyclone Warning Centre of the Regional Meteorological Centre said in a release here. The sky above Kolkata and adjoining areas was overcast since morning, with mild rain witnessed at regular intervals. The department said that wind speeds up to 65 kmph will blow along and off the West Bengal and Odisha coastlines for the next 24 hours. “The sea condition will be rough to very rough along Odisha, Bengal and Bangladesh coastline for 48 hours. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea in these areas,” the officer added.last_img read more

This Big Tech Company Is the Most Trusted According to New Survey

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. In light of recent scandals, there’s little surprise in learning that fewer Americans have faith in Facebook’s willingness or ability to obey laws protecting personal information.According to data from Forbes and Statista, Facebook was the only company for which the majority of consumers said they lacked trust. Meanwhile, Yahoo’s new owner Verizon will need to improve consumers’ trust as memories of its massive data leak may still be lingering.Of the four large tech ecosystem vendors that actually sell products to consumers (Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft), Apple ranked last in terms of garnering consumers’ trust, despite the company’s insistence that it is committed to privacy.In contrast, Google ranked second, despite having a business based on targeted advertising.While Amazon has long been unafraid to advertise products to customers based on shared data, it garnered trust among most consumers. That may be related to the company’s outstanding customer satisfaction ratings, or that consumers trust Amazon with their financial information for billing. Amazon’s trust has proven an asset as it has moved forward with devices that listen for speech in the home, and the company will need to leverage a lot of consumer trust if initiatives such as Amazon Key are to be successful. April 23, 2018 Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more