Fire Departments Emergency Responders Receive Equipment Funding

first_imgThe province is helping more than 50 fire departments and emergency response organizations keep Nova Scotians and their property safe with new equipment bought through the Emergency Services Provider Fund. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Maurice Smith, on behalf of John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, announced funding for nine projects in Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough counties and Halifax Regional Municipality today, Sept. 14. “Funds provided through this program help fire departments and first responders purchase equipment to help them carry out their duties safely and effectively,” said Mr. Smith. “We are committed to making our communities safe, healthy places to live for all Nova Scotians.” The Emergency Services Provider Fund is a $500,000, application-based program that provides up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $20,000 for approved projects. Projects include essential equipment such as jaws of life, self-contained breathing apparatuses, ice rescue equipment, communication equipment, thermal imaging cameras, and pumps, hoses, and nozzles. “The funding we are receiving will assist us in purchasing personal protective equipment, such as breathing apparatuses, for our members to use while carrying out their duties,” said Bill Chisholm, fire chief, Antigonish Town Volunteer Fire Department. A list of funded projects can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/espf/ .last_img read more

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Air Canada says mobile app breach may affect up to 20000 customers

first_imgMONTREAL – Some 20,000 Air Canada customers woke up Wednesday to learn their personal information may have been compromised after a breach in the airline’s mobile app that prompted a lockdown on all 1.7 million accounts until their passwords could be changed.Air Canada said it detected unusual login activity between Aug. 22 and Aug. 24 and tried to block the hacking attempt, locking the app accounts as an additional measure, according to a notice on its website.Mobile app users also received an email alerting them as to whether their account had been affected.The app stores basic information including a user’s name, email and phone number.Any credit card data is encrypted and would be protected from a breach, Air Canada said.But Aeroplan numbers, passport numbers, birth dates, nationalities and countries of residence could have been accessed if users saved them in their account profile, the company said.“Some data, such as names or emails, may have been visible if an unauthorized user was able to gain access to an account,” spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an email.The risk of a third party obtaining a passport in someone else’s name is low if the user still has their passport and supporting documents, according to the federal government.Users can reactivate their account along stricter password guidelines by following instructions emailed to them or prompts when logging in.Some users reported problems with the process on social media, likely due to the volume of customers trying to unlock their account.Air Canada advised anyone looking to access the app to keep trying.In March, the airline said some customers who booked hotels through its former travel partner Orbitz may have had their personal data stolen.Nearly 2,300 bookings through Air Canada hotel options could have been involved in a data breach of hundreds of thousands of records that Orbitz reported earlier this year, Air Canada said.The Expedia-owned travel website operator, whose platform Air Canada no longer uses, disclosed on March 20 that hackers may have accessed personal information from about 880,000 payment cards in 2016.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC)last_img read more

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UN seeks to restore Haitis weather services to prevent further disasters

“In order to prevent potential disasters related to the natural hazards, which the country is prone to, the capacity of Haiti to produce and disseminate weather information and warnings needs to be developed without delay,” the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, noting that the national weather office in Port-au-Prince, the capital, was severely cracked by the quake and is no longer safe.“Weather forecasts and early warnings from the Haiti National Meteorological Centre are essential for national authorities, humanitarian and development agencies and the people for emergency contingency planning and recovery,” it added.WMO is now working to ensure that the national meteorological service is equipped with basic capacities and expertise for translation and dissemination of information currently being provided by neighbouring regions for risk managers, humanitarian aid bodies, decision-makers and the general public during the upcoming rainy and hurricane seasons, which begin in early April and early June respectively.Restoration of basic operational meteorological services within the next six to 12 months is a key objective in the UN revised flash appeal, to be launched later this month, and various bilateral support programmes. At an estimated cost of $1 million the project includes basic capacities such as an operational office space, computers and printer, communication systems, restoration of automated weather stations, back up generators, and hands-on training of staff. Even before the 12 January quake, which killed up to 200,000 people, injured many others and left 2 million in need of aid, Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, faced pressing needs for disaster risk reduction and early warning capabilities, with WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud visiting in November to assess investment requirements.More than 90 per cent of disasters in the country are linked to frequently occurring climate-related hazards, such as tropical cyclones, storm surges, flash floods, drought, thunderstorms or lightning, landslides or mudslides, which have been further exacerbated by massive deforestation and environmental changes.Haiti annually experiences two rainy seasons, from April to June and from October to November, as well as a hurricane season from early June until the end of November. It suffered significant losses in 2008 from four hurricanes, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike, that occurred in quick succession. In 2004 tropical storm Jeanne’s heavy rains caused massive flooding and landslides. 9 February 2010With the rainy season and its flood risks due in April and hurricanes shortly after, Haiti urgently needs operational meteorological services to forestall further disasters after last month’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations weather agency reported today. read more

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Israeli practices in Palestinian territories impede rights defenders – UN envoy

“The environment is totally non-conducive for human rights defenders to conduct their work with facility or safety,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani, said in a statement in Jerusalem yesterday at the end of a week-long visit to the region.Ms. Jilani also noted reports of serious violations committed by the security apparatus under the Palestinian National Authority. Human rights defenders who have exposed abuses of power, conditions and treatment of persons under detention, and corruption in the security apparatus, have been threatened and intimidated or have suffered serious harm, she said. The Government of Israel is relatively open towards non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in the country. “I have noted that in gerneral there is respect for their rights and defenders have access to governmental authorities, members of the Knesset, and Knesset Sub Committees. Defender have acknowledged that they have opportunities to look and comment on legislative drafts,” she said. But human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories operate under conditions that are “absolutely incompatible with international norms and standards of human rights or the principles set forth in the Declaration,” she added, referring to a UN Declaration promoting Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms adopted in 1998. Lawyers are consistently denied access to clients, journalists are stopped from observing incidents and reporting on human rights violations, humanitarian assistance is impeded, and health professionals are hampered from providing medical assistance and care, she said.She noted that in response to her expressions of concern, the Israeli Government strongly stressed the security imperatives that make these measures absolutely necessary. “While I accept the security concerns which the Government supports with reference to acts of terrorism against the civilian population in Israel, I am fully conscious of the vulnerability of the Palestinian population and see the security of this population equally, if not more severely threatened and eroded by practices of the occupation as well as some non-state elements within the Israeli society,” she said.“‘Security imperatives’ have been allowed to deprive a vast population of their very basic rights and these measures need deeper scrutiny by all concerned if any respect for norms of international human rights and humanitarian law is to be preserved,” she added.“The absence of peace and security does not excuse non-compliance with international human rights norms and international humanitarian law,” she declared, urging immediate steps to relieve conditions obstructing the defence of human rights. read more

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Crude oil prices flat as Fed further reduces stimulus natural gas soars

Crude oil prices flat as Fed further reduces stimulus; natural gas soars An oil pump works in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, Aug. 22, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hasan Jamali AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2014 1:31 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil was flat Wednesday as a big drop in heating oil supplies was offset by a decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to further reduce its stimulus program.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery slipped five cents to close at US$97.36 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Supplies of distillate fuels, including heating oil, declined sharply last week as the U.S. Northeast shivered through a cold spell.The Energy Department said distillate supplies dropped by 4.6 million barrels, twice what analysts expected. And with cold weather expected to dominate forecasts for the next few weeks, refiners will be demanding more crude to produce heating oil.The supply report helped push oil slightly higher in the afternoon. But that gain disappeared when the Fed, as expected, said it will cut its monthly bond purchases by an additional $10 billion to $65 billion because of a strengthening U.S. economy.Oil prices have been underpinned by the Fed’s stimulus because it has kept the dollar from strengthening, making oil more affordable for traders using other currencies. The low interest rates created by the bond buying have also attracted investors to commodities like crude oil in search of higher profits.The rough winter weather in much of the country, including ice storms in the South, gave another boost to natural gas. Futures rose 52 cents, or 10 per cent, to US$5.56 per 1,000 cubic feet.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, rose 44 cents to US$107.85 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline gained three cents to US$2.66 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil advanced six cents to US$3.18 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Politicians celebs in spotlight over offshore accounts

by Frank Jordans And Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 3:58 am MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Politicians, celebs in spotlight over offshore accounts People protest in front of the Parliament building during the third consecutive day of demonstrations calling for a new government in Reykjavik, Iceland, Wednesday April 6, 2016. Opposition lawmakers accused the Icelandic government of trying to cling to power Wednesday amid a political impasse after the prime minister stepped aside because of revelations of having offshore accounts. Banner reads “Bad can worsen”. (AP Photo/David Keyton) BERLIN – The fallout from a massive leak of records on offshore accounts dragged a growing number of leaders and celebrities into the spotlight Wednesday, with a Bollywood actor, a race car driver and Ukraine’s president among those denying they evaded taxes.The reports centre on millions of documents detailing how the rich and powerful use shell companies in low-tax states like Panama or the Cayman Islands, sometimes giving them fanciful names like “Goldfinger” or “SkyFall.”The suspicion that such accounts are used to skirt taxes prompted a rush of denials, statements and, in some cases, media blackouts.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was the latest high-profile politician to face scrutiny over the issue, denying he had meant to evade taxes by putting his candy company offshore.Poroshenko had promised voters he would sell his business when he ran for office in 2014. But according to the reports, he merely moved it secretively offshore.On Wednesday, he said he had done nothing illegal when he created the offshore holding company to put his business in a blind trust when he became president.“This is absolutely normal procedure,” Poroshenko said during a visit to Tokyo. “If we have anything to be investigated, I am happy to do that. But this is absolutely transparent from the very beginning. No hidden account, no associated management, no nothing.”Ukrainian opposition groups maintained the move could have cost the war-torn country millions of dollars in desperately needed tax revenues. But analysts said the Ukrainian leader does not appear to have broken the law — just suffered a blow to his image.“You can believe the explanations of Poroshenko or not believe them, but from a formal point of view, he did not violate the law,” said Volodymyr Fesenko of the Penta think-tank in Kyiv.The data leaked from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca was reported on this week by an international group of media companies with the co-ordination of the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.The leak has revived a global debate over the use of offshore accounts and companies.When used legally, they can reduce a person or company’s tax bill. A company, for example, might route its revenue from multiple countries to one low-tax base. Critics argue that while that’s not illegal, companies and people should not be allowed to do so, but instead pay taxes where they earn their money.Because offshore accounts can obscure the identity of the owner, they are often used illegally to hide money from the taxman or launder ill-gotten gains.In a case of life imitating art, the leaked data showed a fondness for naming shell companies after James Bond films. Mossack Fonseca reportedly incorporated companies named Goldfinger, SkyFall, GoldenEye and Moonraker and was asked to set up a firm called Octopussy.The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, one of the media companies with access to the leaks, said the law firm also incorporated companies named Blofeld and Spectre, after the classic Bond villain and his organization.For politicians, using offshore accounts even in a strictly legal sense can be problematic because they are expected to be transparent about their interests and contribute to the country’s economy.That’s what fueled outrage against Iceland’s prime minister, who became the first casualty of the so-called Panama Papers case on Tuesday.Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson had faced opposition calls to resign over revelations he used a shell company to shelter large sums while Iceland’s economy was in crisis. He denied wrongdoing but after days of street protests he stepped aside, recommending that his deputy take over as prime minister for an unspecified period of time. A third day of demonstrations was called Wednesday to demand a new government.Also dragged into the spotlight were:— Formula One driver Nico Rosberg, whose lawyer said an offshore firm linked to him was created solely for liability reasons and to enable him to operate internationally.German public broadcaster NDR reported that Mossack Fonseca set up a company called Ambitious Group Ltd that has a contract with Mercedes for Rosberg’s “driver services.”Rosberg’s lawyer, Christian Schertz, said Ambitious Group, which is registered in the British Virgin Islands, wasn’t used for tax avoidance. Rosberg, who won Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, is registered in Monaco for tax purposes and receives all payments there, he said.— Prominent Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan denied reports by The Indian Express newspaper that he was connected to four shipping companies registered in tax havens. “It is possible that my name has been misused,” Bachhan tweeted late Tuesday, adding that he has paid all the taxes he owed.— Spanish movie director Pedro Almodovar was reported to have cancelled publicity events for his new movie “Julieta” following intense interest in the offshore company he owned with his brother years ago.The Europa Press news agency said Almodovar cancelled an appearance at a photo shoot and interviews ahead of the movie’s premiere in Madrid on Wednesday night.— France’s far-right National Front party said it was filing law suits for defamation against media who imply that it or leader Marine Le Pen — who plans to run in the 2017 presidential race — may be implicated in the Panama Papers scandal.The Paris daily Le Monde reported Tuesday on the offshore dealings of a longtime Le Pen acquaintance whose company provides publicity for electoral campaigns. The paper also examined potential but unproven offshore interests of Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, via a former employee.— Uruguayan lawyer Juan Pedro Damiani resigned Wednesday as an ethics judge for the world soccer body FIFA after being named in international media reports for his law firm’s links to Mossack Fonseca. He is alleged to have helped create offshore accounts and companies for three clients who have been indicted in the sprawling FIFA bribery investigation led by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.___David Keyton in Reykjavik, Iceland, Elaine Ganley in Paris, and Yuras Karmanau in Kyiv, Ukraine, contributed to this report. read more

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Fantastic impressions from thr 4th International Goalkeepers Camp in TucepiMakarska

← Previous Story 22nd EUROFEST begins in Slovenian city of Izola Next Story → STRONG TOURNAMENT IN SERBIA: Welcome to the 4th Kanjiza Cup 2014! International Handball Goalkeepers Camp in Tucepi – Makarska Another fantastic event for handball goalkeepers in beautiful summer resorts on Adriatic Sea, Tucepi and Makarska, is behind us. Over 80 young goalkeepers from over 15 countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Macedonia, Austria, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Senegal, etc) worked with famous goalkeepers as Marin Sego, Nikola Blazicko, Nebojsa Grahovac, legendary Yugoslav legend from 80’s Mirko Basic and coaches from the TOP teams Vladimir Vujovic (ZRK Vardar), Fikret Handan (Savehof IK) and Vlatko Djonovic (ZRK Buducnost) with supervision of Phd Nenad Rogulj from Faculty of Sport in Split at 4th International Handball Goalkeepers Camp. With them was also Vanja Radic, goalies’ coach from Finland.– We have some new things this year, training session in swimming pool with the famous waterpolo coaches and mental coaching presentation by Norwegian coach Karina Andersen Aas, who got only positive comments. The next year is small anniversary – 5th year of the Camp and we want to make some surprises.The Camp in Makarska and Tucepi was visited by many world stars as Thierry Omeyer, Kasper Hvidt, Dejan Peric, Mirko Alilovic, during past years. Young goalies at the Camp have favorite for the next summer.– About 90% of participants would like to see Niklas Landin in Camp! We will do everything to get him for our project next year, but also Tommy Svenson, and again, our old friends, Kasper and Titi. We have here 20 nations, many positive energy, unique project.Fantastic potential of the Camp has been recognized by Turkish Handball Federation who would like to have “the same one” on home soil…– We have some offer from Turkey to make something similiar in Alanya. Our vision is to have handball goalkeepers Camp Tour from Scandinavia to the Middle East – says the main organiser, Mario Caljkusic. read more

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Lionel Messi does not need to win World Cup to be

first_imgFormer striker Hernan Crespo says Argentina striker Lionel Messi does not need to win the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.The 30-year-old Messi who is under pressure to lift the World Cup for his nation had a penalty saved in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland in their opening game in Russia. He has won 32 titles and five Ballons d’Or in 14 seasons at Barcelona but has never lifted the World Cup.“A lot of players are great in our memories without winning the World Cup,” Crespo told BBC Sport.“Messi is a fantastic player. I love to watch him so much and he’s a very good guy. He deserves to win the World Cup.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“If he wins he’s a great player, but he is still a great player if he doesn’t.“How many great players didn’t win it? I don’t remember Johan Cruyff or [Michel] Platini doing it.”The 2018 World Cup in Russia is Messi’s fourth. Argentina reached the quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010 and were beaten by Germany in the final in 2014, when Messi won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.last_img read more

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ASA Provides Technical Assistance to Myanmar Tofu Companies

first_imgDr. Suresh Itapu (left) visits with QSP participant Lay Lay Laung (right) of Nike Tofu in Yangon.Dr. Suresh Itapu, a soyfood technical consultant, is spending the week in Myanmar providing technical assistance and follow-up support to the tofu companies on the benefits of using U.S. food grade soybeans.The tofu companies were participants of this year’s Quality Samples Program (QSP), where they received seven different varieties of U.S. food grade soybeans from three U.S. exporters.The QSP participants continue to conduct trials and are starting to realize the benefits of using U.S. food grade soybeans over locally grown soybeans, which are often high in foreign matter levels and have inconsistent bean size and color.In Myanmar, ASA/WISHH implements activities in the human food sector, while the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) works in the animal feed sector. Both organizations coordinate their programs to avoid duplication.Funding for Dr. Itapu’s trip was provided through the USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP).last_img read more

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Workplace Facilities Faltering due to Spending Caps Appropriators Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Ongoing constraints on defense spending, along with increased operational requirements, are hampering DOD’s ability to address its “aging and structurally deficient” workplace facilities, the Senate Appropriations Committee says in its report accompanying the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill.Recent facility condition assessment data reveals that about one in four defense facilities are rated as being in poor or failing condition, the lawmakers wrote.“Our limited milcon budget for fiscal year 2017 leaves limited room for projects that would improve aging workplaces and, therefore, could adversely impact routine operations and the quality of life for our personnel,” Pete Potochney, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, told the committee earlier this month.The committee cites a parking garage at the National Maritime Intelligence Center in Suitland, Md., as “a prime example of deteriorating infrastructure that is adversely impacting Defense Department personnel.”The garage, which serves 3,700 workers, has been deemed “unsafe and structurally deficient” and is no longer fully operational due to structural concerns, even though $12 million already has been spent on repairs. Those repairs are only a stopgap measure, however, because of the severity of the structural flaws. Due to competition for scarce military construction dollars, a replacement project has been repeatedly delayed, according to the committee report, and currently is not projected to be programmed for funding until FY 2019.In light of the fact that dilapidated workplace and support facility infrastructure is detrimental to personnel safety and operational readiness, the committee urges DOD and the services to prioritize needed workplace replacement projects in the FY 2018 and future budget submissions.The committee report, which includes a listing of milcon projects by installation, is available on congress.gov.last_img read more

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Queen Biopic Update Dexter Fletcher Takes Directors Chair

first_imgNews Fletcher steps in for dismissed director Singer as filming is almost complete on the much awaited Christmas 2018 featurePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 7, 2017 – 11:48 am Filming will resume next week on the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, portraying the band Queen with “Mr. Robot”‘s Rami Malek playing creative genius Freddie Mercury. It was reported Monday that just two weeks away from completion, the production had paused because of director Bryan Singer’s unexpected unavailability. Late on Dec. 6 Variety revealed that actor/director Dexter Fletcher has stepped in as the new director, with filming to resume next week.Fletcher was originally affiliated with the project and has previously directed Wild Bill (2011), Sunshine On Leith (2013) and Eddie The Eagle (2016). His acting credits include a lead in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) alongside then still-emerging Jason Statham. His experiences as a child actor working on many productions helped him see his way to a career in directing, which will now include having Bohemian Rhapsody all wrapped up for the theaters by Christmas 2018.”Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine,” said previous director Bryan Singer. “This was not my decision, and it was beyond my control.” While dealing with a parent’s illness, Singer experienced health problems of his own and the studio ultimately decided the show had to go on without him.HBO Documentary Traces ‘Rolling Stone’ Music CultureRead more Queen Biopic Update: Dexter Fletcher Takes Director’s Chair Facebook Twitter Email Queen Biopic’s New Director Is Dexter Fletcher queen-biopic-update-dexter-fletcher-takes-directors-chairlast_img read more

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No Fukushima Radiation Found in Alaska Seafood

first_imgAlaska health officials say Alaska seafood has no radiation contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011.Download AudioOfficials from the Alaska departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services announced results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests today.The FDA monitors radiation in both domestic and imported food. Alaska officials called for specific Alaska samples, including fish that migrate from western Pacific waters off Japan.The federal agency tested samples from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to southeast Alaska.last_img read more

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RPGCrate is a natural 20 for 30

first_imgDo you know what THAC0 is? If you do, then I call you brother (or sister). If you don’t, that’s no big; tabletop games are for more than just the super-old. And either way, you should check out RPGCrate if you like filling out character sheets and rolling dice.RPGCrate is a new monthly crate focused on tabletop RPGs. It’s an independent endeavor powered by Cratejoy (not affiliated with Loot Crate), and we got one of the first crates. And it’s an impressive treasure trove of AD&D-era RPG resources.AdChoices广告2 Relics from Old School Renaissance3 Tales From the Bloody Bucket Adventure CardsAD&D Adventure Module A1: A Forgotten Evil by Mischief Inc.Dragonborn Elementalist pewter miniatureEtch-Master photo-etched brass accessory sheet for miniatures2 Chessex 10-dice sets with felt drawstring bagsCall of the Herald by Brian Rathbone (download code)BattleBards adventure music (download code)The most impressive, and downright esoteric, part of the crate is the “OSR Relics” from Old School Renaissance. Basically, they found a hoard of old tabletop RPG magazines, and two are packed into each box. And these are old; The Dungeoneer and Judges Guild Journal from 1980. That’s older than me and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition!Speaking of AD&D, the crate includes Adventure Module A1: A Forgotten Evil by Alex Karaczun, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons module. It’s a full-on dungeon crawl, published by Mischief Inc. in 2016 but built around a 1989 game system. It goes nicely with the three Tales From the Bloody Bucket Adventure Cards also in the box, double-sided one-page adventures with maps, area descriptions, and encounter information.For feelies, the box also includes an old school pewter Dragonborn Elementalist miniature from Kobold Press and Effin Cool Miniatures, and a sheet of Etch-Master decorations (swords, shields, a banner) photo-etched from a brass sheet for enhancing your miniatures. Also, two full sets of Chessex dice (D4, 4D6, D8, 2D10 for D100, D12, and D20) in red and green, each with their own dice bag.If that isn’t enough, the RPGCrate comes with digital supplemental material. There’s an illustration booklet for A Forgotten Evil, plus an audio book, ebook, and maps for Call of the Herald by Brian Rathbone, and a coupon code for some DMing music from BattleBards.Yeah, for tabletop gaming RPGCrate definitely counts as a critical hit. You can subscribe to future RPGCrate shipments for $29.89 per month. If you have regular game nights where you clear off the dining room table and roll out the DM screen, RPGCrate is worth your attention. RPGCrate’s box.<><>last_img read more

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Water leaks in Ladysmith street for over 3 weeks

first_imgJansen / Schoon Street is faced with a water leak that doesn’t seem to get fixed.Residents from the area have contacted uThukela on numerous occasions, but with no success.Residents say the intersection between the two roads has been dug up, making it difficult for motorists.Residents add that the water is leaking onto the road and into the storm-water drainage system.They ask why the leak couldn’t be fixed properly the first time.Motorists who use the road say that a car could easily crash into the hole that was dug.Also read: Sewer leaks for 2 weeks non-stop, angering Ladysmith homeownersAlso read: Sewer water flows for months on end behind Ladysmith’s Police Flats Also read: Non-functioning sewer pump station causes havoc for Colenso residentsAlso read: Sewer flows into Ladysmith dam in residential area“We pay our taxes, so we want the water leak fixed and the road repaired,” fumed one resident.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Burst pipe leaves pool of water in Ladysmith street

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A burst pipe in King Street has left a pool of water that flows down the road like a river.The pipe burst last night (January 31), with uThukela workers being sent out to attend to the problem. Speaking to residents of the area, they say uThukela workers did come out and they breathed a sigh of relief, thinking the pipe would be fixed.Residents were left without water since last night and found out this morning that the situation still hasn’t been remedied. They ask why the workers came out and yet did not fix the pipe. Even the tar on the pavement has lifted due to the pressure of the water pouring out of the leak.Water was still seen flowing out of the burst pipe and filling the surrounding area like a swimming pool. Resident were angry to see the water going directly into the storm-water drains, and ask how this is allowed to happen at a time when water restrictions are in place due to drought conditions. Many people were seen filling up buckets and drums with water from the so-called swimming pool.uThukela was contacted again this morning and hopefully the leak should be fixed by the end of the day.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Four Seasons opens the books on its brand new Montreal hotel

first_img Posted by Tags: Four Seasons, Montreal, Openings & Renovations Share Travelweek Group MONTREAL — The new Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is now taking reservations for its spring 2019 debut.The 169-room property is located downtown in the upscale west end at the foot of Mount Royal. Connected to Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, and a 10-minute walk to the Bell Centre, five minutes by car from the train station and 20 minutes from the airport, the hotel is ideally located for international visitors, regional weekenders and business travellers, says the company.In addition to MARCUS restaurant and bar, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s first restaurant in Canada, the hotel will have a spa (billed as the only urban spa in Montreal to offer Kneipp Water Therapy), fitness centre, a skylit indoor pool and a fifth floor ballroom with outdoor terrace.Accommodations including 19 suites range from Deluxe Guest Rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and sparkling views of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, Premiere Carré Doré and Premiere Rooms with glass doors that open up beside each bed to a free-standing bathtub, and the two-bedroom Presidential Suite on the hotel’s highest floor, with a sleek living area featuring a dining table for eight.center_img Four Seasons opens the books on its brand new Montreal hotel Thursday, February 14, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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200 detonators explosives stolen from French military site

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said an investigation has started on charges of “theft with break-in carried out by a criminal group” and “fraudulent entry into a military compound.”An official with the gendarmerie police force, which generally runs law enforcement in more rural areas of France, said the thief or thieves appeared to have cut through a fence to enter the high-security site. The official was not authorized to speak publicly because the operation is ongoing.Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he has ordered an investigation into how the break-in was organized and who might be responsible. He also instructed a new office in charge of protecting such sites to review the security for all French military weapons stocks and propose “corrective measures” within 15 days.Mayor Frederic Vigouroux of Miramas told The Associated Press it was the first theft at the site. The outer fences were broken into and nine storehouses were affected, he said.“It wasn’t cotton candy that was stolen,” he said. “These are dangerous munitions.”France has been on its highest level of alert for terrorism following deadly attacks in January and June. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating the theft of roughly 200 detonators plus grenades and plastic explosives from a military site in southeastern France, officials said Tuesday.The thefts at the Miramas site, which is operated by a combination of military services west of Marseille, appeared to have occurred overnight from Sunday to Monday. The break-in comes as France has strengthened its security measures after two deadly attacks by extremists this year. The 200-hectare (500-acre) base sits on the outskirts of the town of 30,000 and stocks munitions like those used in French military operations in Mali and Afghanistan.___Lori Hinnant and Philippe Sotto contributed from Paris.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistlast_img read more

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first_imgBy Tanya DukesMoncler Gamme Rouge Giambattista Valli’s work for Gamme Rouge, the elegant, evening-ready line for sporty outerwear brand Moncler, completely re-imagines the possibilities of the workaday puffer coat. The designer’s womanly, dressed up approach translates into expertly finished, shapely garments done in refined shades of champagne, black, cream and whimsical prints that mimic the look of chinchilla. Edwardian-style, jeweled zipper pulls, crystal studded ornaments and super chic satin bows on cropped capes, hourglass coats with stand-up collars and floor length ball skirts, are just the thing for sub-zero Cinderellas. And Moncler’s technical know-how ensures they’re as warm as they are beautiful.Hermès The glamorous, pioneering spirit of early aviation was the key inspiration for Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest collection from Hermès. Models donned leather flight caps, bomber jackets and relaxed jodhpurs à la Lindbergh. The sporty, luxurious edge carried through in jumpsuits and pencil skirts in supple leather, second skin pants, and jaunty blouson jackets in slate, mahogany, black and chestnut. And for evening, silk charmeuse halters like those seen on 1930s screen goddesses ruled the day. In another retro move of more recent vintage, 80s supermodel Tatiana Patitz reprised her catwalking duties to make the last exit of the show.Chanel Just when it seems impossible to plumb the Chanel signatures in a new way Karl Lagerfeld does it again. The centerpiece of many of the looks was a play on the white georgette blouse that is one of the brand’s hallmarks. It burst forth atop floor grazing dresses in frothy ruffs and stock-straight collars. Little black dresses were slashed with down-to-the-navel necklines and tweed jackets adopted exaggerated bows or pocket flaps in mismatched fabrics. The overall effect was a fresh, irreverent approach to some of fashion’s best-loved classics.Valentino With Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli at the helm, Valentino has regained the classically ladylike look it possessed when the original master designed the collection. There’s as much opulence as ever poured into pieces like capes fitted with underlying jackets and edged in fox trim or crystal trimmed satin columns reminiscent of Jackie O. Day dresses in ruched, pleated degrade silk verge on couture quality. It’s easy to see that the current design team once led the accessories arm of the brand; there’s been lavish attention placed on endless versions of hobo bags, scaled down totes, platform pumps, costume jewels and more.last_img read more

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The uphill battle to create a national health plan

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouAMIDST controversy and attempts to crush the idea, discussion of the proposal to introduce a ‘mini-national health scheme’ (NHS) in mid-2017 with all stakeholders will commence this week, a spokesperson for embattled Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis has told the Sunday Mail.Pamboridis, a plain-spoken outsider who has diagnosed an “unholy alliance of various interests across the health sector, and the entire economy”, unveiled his draft plan to kick-start implementation of a universal-coverage health system, devised over 25 years ago, to staunch criticism by nearly every group with a stake in the sector.According to the proposal, the system will be introduced as planned in mid-2017, offering universal health coverage to every Cyprus resident, but only at public hospitals – as opposed to final implementation, which includes private-sector hospitals, too – and financed by a 1-per-cent contribution on total earnings by the entire population.Though the idea was born more out of necessity than choice, so that much-needed funding for healthcare reform can be obtained, Pamboridis places equal – if not more – weight on the chance of utilising the operation of the NHS on a smaller scale as a ‘test run’, prior to full implementation.“In order to prepare the introduction of the NHS, it will be good to run certain of its functions earlier – for instance, the Health Insurance Organisation,” he told state TV on Thursday.“This is an interim solution that will resolve a multitude of problems, while familiarising patients, who are at the heart of the whole reform effort, with the system. Everyone will be insured, and if and when public hospitals fail to cope, or fail to cope in a timely manner, patients will be referred to the private sector.”But although every stakeholder has agreed on the need for radical reform over the decades since the decision to introduce the NHS was made, many have balked when the time for action came, and this time is no different.“The single problem in the introduction of the NHS is major private-practice doctors,” former health minister and 2013 presidential hopeful Stavros Malas told the Sunday Mail.“In the private sector, it’s entirely possible to make €25,000 a month, while the public sector can only offer up to €3,000 or €4,000. These private-sector doctors have significant political clout, and I have first-hand knowledge of them using it against reforms such as the NHS.”According to Malas, doctors and nurses at public hospitals “have no problem” with the introduction of a universal health-coverage system, a view not shared by Pamboridis.“My proposal has weakened an unholy alliance that has been resisting reform – though, I must say, without coordination,” the health minister said.“I can only term an alliance that finds public-sector healthcare practitioners with insurance companies and major private-practice doctors united against reform. Of course, everyone is entitled to fight for their own interests. But I will not allow one group to hide behind another in explaining why reform should not be attempted.”The effort to persuade will commence this week, a spokesperson from the health ministry said. Pamboridis has scheduled meetings with each individual stakeholder group, so that discussion can start on how to best shape the proposal.For the health minister, autonomous operation of public hospitals – a prerequisite to the introduction of the NHS in any incarnation – is the ball game. Autonomous operation, essentially transforming each public hospital into a self-sufficient organisation, is scheduled to come into force on January 1, 2017.“By definition, in the effort to introduce the NHS, we must strengthen public hospitals, so that they can operate under private-market conditions, in turn allowing them to cope with the unrestrained competition that the NHS is expected to bring,” Pamboridis explained.“The biggest challenge in this effort is, on the one hand, improving the quality of services offered, and, on the other, transforming the culture of public healthcare practitioners into seeing the patient as a customer to be satisfied, instead of a problem to be dealt with.”For instance, he explained, public hospitals remain inactive after 2:30 pm every day. Extending the time in which resources can be used, the argument goes, could go a long way towards making public hospitals more competitive.Completion of the effort for full autonomy would take, the minister said, two to three years, at which point talk of introducing the final version of the NHS can begin.“But for me, autonomy of the hospitals is everything,” he noted.“And, of course, autonomy requires funds” – enter the universal 1-per-cent levy on all income.But Malas believes the problem with the plan is that, if adopted, the taxpayer will have simply funded a return to 2011.“When I was at the helm of the ministry [from August 2011 to October 2012], public hospitals served about 80 per cent of the population,” he said.“Today, public hospitals are struggling to cope with this number. This proposal aims to have everyone pay their 1 per cent contribution, and offer the healthcare services of the public sector only – basically, what was on offer in 2012. In other words, you are taking the contributions but not giving back what that contribution was designed for.”We have to start somewhere, Pamboridis counters.“The final plan has not been abandoned, or amended, or replaced,” the health minister said.“The endgame remains a unified health market, with patients able to choose from anywhere in the public and private sector. There can be no future in the health sector without a universal-coverage system.”You May LikeDr. 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 ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. 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