Materials sector weighs on TSX US stock markets mixed loonie down

first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (^GSPTSE and CADUSD=X)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Losses in the materials sector weighed on Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 58.66 points at 14,953.99.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 26.43 points at 24,613.81. The S&P 500 index was up 3.75 points at 2,677.20, while the Nasdaq composite was up 20.86 points at 7,102.71.The Canadian dollar traded lower at 75.29 cents US compared with an average of 75.59 cents US on Monday.The January crude contract was up 45 cents at US$52.08 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down 8.5 cents at US$4.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$7.90 at US$1,214.50 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.10 cents at US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

Ottawa paid close to top dollar for Trans Mountain pipeline spending watchdog

OTTAWA — Canada’s parliamentary budget watchdog says the Liberal government paid the “sticker price” when it bought the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.4 billion.Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux estimates the Trans Mountain pipeline and planned expansion project are worth between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.This means government’s purchase price of $4.4 billion was at the high end of the project’s total calculated value. “If it was a car, we would say they paid sticker price, they didn’t negotiate very much, they didn’t get that many deals or manufacturers rebates — quite the opposite,” Giroux told reporters Thursday morning. Trans Mountain promises to mitigate marine wildlife risk in bid to secure approval: documents First Nations eye stake in Trans Mountain pipeline in bid for ‘economic sovereignty’ Wet’suwet’en conflict echoes bitter oilsands battles — only this time it’s natural gas Expanding the pipeline’s capacity will come at an estimated cost of $9.3 billion if the project is completed by Dec. 31, 2021, the PBO estimates.But should the project encounter any construction delays or cost increases, Giroux says, “then it’s quite clear to us that the government would have overpaid” for the pipeline.An existing pipeline connects Alberta’s oilpatch northeast of Edmonton to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C., and its owner Kinder Morgan tried to expand it for years to increase the amount of crude oil it could carry. The federal government bought the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August after political opposition to expanding the pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast gave the company and its investors cold feet. (It announced the purchase price as $4.5 billion but Giroux reported that after final adjustments, the net payment to Kinder Morgan was $4.4 billion.)The PBO analysis did note the project could have positive impacts on the country’s economy and on oil prices if the expansion is completed on time and on budget. But the fact the government was the only buyer is a warning sign.“It’s a very risky project to have bought something that nobody else in the private sector wanted to acquire. There are lots of retirement or pension plans that like to buy infrastructure of that nature that generate streams of revenues,” Giroux said.“From a financial perspective, the risks are significant for taxpayers, but should this get built, it will be a relief for the oil sector in Alberta because it will accelerate the opening of markets for Canadian oil.”If the pipeline expansion does not go ahead, the value of the project would drop significantly, and cause the government to lose upwards of $2.5 billion, Giroux added, calling this the worst-case scenario.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down Ottawa’s approval of the project in a ruling last August, saying Canada failed to meaningfully consult with First Nations and that the National Energy Board failed to examine how the project would affect marine life.Ottawa is now consulting with Indigenous groups and the board has been reviewing the marine effects.The board is to have its report ready by Feb. 22. read more

Libya submits report on its chemical arms scheme setting stage for probe

“Libya’s declaration includes approximately 23 tons of mustard gas, one inactivated chemical weapons production facility, and two chemical weapons storage facilities,” Fred Eckhard told the press. Tripoli acceded to the treaty at the beginning of this year as part of its overall renunciation of weapons of mass destruction.He noted that this development “paves the way for the inspection and verification of its declaration.”The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which monitors the pact, said experts would begin conducting inspections at all declared sites and facilities in Libya shortly.A delegation of senior Libyan officials also turned in a destruction plan for these weapons and related production facilities. That text will be reviewed later this month by the agency’s Executive Council. Hailing Tripoli’s full compliance with the treaty, OPCW Director-General Rogelio Pfirter said, “This is good for Libya, the region and the international community since it strengthens this multilateral disarmament regime and represents a tangible step towards the ultimate elimination of these weapons of mass destruction.”The destruction of Libya’s chemical weapons and the capacity to produce them is set to be completed by 29 April 2007.The UN Secretary-General is the depository of the Chemical Weapons Convention. read more

Boost bioenergy to ease poverty in developing countries UN

With wood, charcoal and fuel-producing crops emerging as environmentally friendly and cost-effective sources of energy, especially for developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for the urgent inclusion of so-called bioenergy into agricultural and forestry programmes.”Countries need to move towards more sustainable energy systems based on energy sources such as biomass, solar and wind energies,” senior FAO energy coordinator Gustavo Best told four-day International Conference on Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany. “The production and use of bioenergy also contributes to poverty alleviation and food security. It can reduce land degradation and helps to mitigate climate change,” he added.Bioenergy includes fuelwood and charcoal, energy crops such as sugar cane, sweet sorghum and rapeseed as well as agricultural and forestry residues, to produce heat, ethanol, biodiesel, bioelectricity or biogas. It offers great opportunities for developing countries in creating income and labour opportunities.Sustainable bioenergy systems should be promoted to prevent deforestation, deterioration of watersheds, and loss of soil fertility and biodiversity, FAO said. Bioenergy can contribute to diversify agricultural and forestry production. Ethanol from sugar, sorghum and cassava or biodiesel from rapeseed and other energy crops can replace considerable amounts of fossil fuels.Bioenergy in general and wood energy in particular are the dominant sources for about half of the world’s population, often the poorest of the poor who use it mainly for cooking and lack access to other sources such as electricity or fuel, which would allow them to generate income and improve their living conditions.Currently, energy from biomass accounts for 15 per cent of energy consumed worldwide and for up to 90 percent in some developing countries. FAO is currently working with the Shenyang Agricultural University in China in developing new sweet sorghum varieties and technologies to produce ethanol to substitute for petrol. Sweet sorghum has the advantage of producing both animal feed and sugars for energy conversion. The agency also has energy projects in Nepal and Brazil. read more

All top players set for Australian Open in January

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian Open officials say the world’s top 102 women and top 101 men have confirmed they will compete at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2019.World No. 1 Simona Halep heads up the women’s field and Novak Djokovic, seeking his record seventh Australian Open title, is the No. 1-ranked male player.The tournament begins Jan. 14 at Melbourne Park with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki as singles defending champions.Serena Williams, ranked No. 16, plans to make her return to Melbourne Park for the first time since winning in 2017 while eight weeks’ pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia.Tournament officials said Wednesday that Andy Murray, who is returning after an injury layoff, has entered using a protected ranking.___More AP Tennis: and Associated Press read more

Singer Tom Cochrane to invest in Halifax CFL bid ownership group says

HALIFAX — The group trying to land a CFL franchise for Halifax says singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has confirmed his intention to invest in the newly named Atlantic Schooners.A short statement from the ownership group says the Manitoba-born Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award winner, has been a long-time friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s founding partners.The statement followed an earlier tweet by CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.A photo shows Ambrosie with his arms around Cochrane and Bowser with the caption: “With TWO members of the Atlantic Schooners ownership group.”The drive to land a team cleared a major hurdle in October after Halifax Regional Council directed city staff to do a business case analysis of the group’s stadium proposal.A fan contest that was part of a season ticket drive chose the name Atlantic Schooners, which was revealed during an event held at last month’s Grey Cup festivities in Edmonton.The Canadian Press read more

Ohio States defense might be hitting its stride as season ending

The conversation about Ohio State’s defense is changing inside and outside the huddle. The Buckeyes, which limited a hapless, anemic Illinois offense to 170 yards in a 52-22 shellacking on Saturday, moved to 10-0 and one step closer to the program’s first undefeated season since 2002. And while the Illini’s own incompetence and 118th national ranking in total offense might have helped OSU’s Silver Bullets, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said the talk in the huddle among members of the once much-maligned defense is different than what it was before. “It just got a lot easier to talk to each other, everybody’s gonna have each other accountable for everything,” said Shazier, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a 14-tackle outing Saturday. “Now when we go in the huddle, we don’t talk about ‘Don’t let the big play happen, don’t let this, don’t let that’ – we just go in there talking about ‘We need a turnover, three-and-out, get the offense the ball.’” This just might be reflective of a defense coming of age, particularly after surrendering 49 points on the road against a now 4-5 Indiana squad. Though the Buckeyes left Bloomington, Ind., with a shaky 52-49 win, first-year coach Urban Meyer approached the contest’s postgame press conference arguably as disgusted as he’d been all season. Meyer even hinted at taking a more active role in a defense that had given up 87 points in back-to-back weeks. But now? After allowing 22 and 23 points in wins against Purdue and at Penn State, respectively, Meyer said improvement on the defense’s part has been evident. “Ever since the Indiana debacle in the second half, I’ve seen pretty much four-to-six seconds,” Meyer said regarding the level of effort he’s come to expect out of the Buckeyes. “And I see a lot of hard coaching going on. And that’s what I expect out of our staff.” It’s a line Meyer’s used since he came to Columbus in Nov. 2011-4-6 seconds, he said, of relentless effort, relentless pursuit on every play of every game. By the former Florida coach’s calculations, it’s enough to win football games. OSU cornerback redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby said the defense is getting back to that pillar of Meyer’s coaching philosophy. “Since the Indiana game we had a lot of serious meetings and we had to get it done on defense, and that’s what we’ve been doing lately,” he said. Like Meyer, Roby said the game against the Hoosiers was a “wake up call.” “We were like, ‘Man, we’re way better than this.’ Ever since then we been practicing harder and playing harder and it’s been showing,” Roby said. Arguably, such progression had never been so apparent before Saturday in a game which saw OSU secure more first downs (32) than the Illini had points. In reality, OSU’s defense gave up just 14 points, considering eight of Illinois’ points came off a 77-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the game’s fourth quarter. Illini junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase mustered just 96 yards and an interception against an OSU front-seven that harassed him from start to finish. “From what I saw he was just running around all day,” Roby said. While Scheelhaase was sacked twice, the Buckeyes’ defensive line appeared to be getting enough of a push to allow its linebackers, Shazier included, to slam the door shut on runs to the outside and entrench themselves against short, dump-off passes over the middle. “It’s pretty fun when the coaches let the team loose and let us go after the ball,” Shazier said. “I’ve been playing like this mentality for all my life, see ball, get ball.” That aggressiveness, however, might only be made possible because of a more aware defense. OSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said players are comprehending, perhaps now more than ever, what’s happening on any given play. “The biggest deal is I think our kids in the back seven are starting to understand when we get this formation, these are the two or three things that will happen,” Withers said. “Everybody’s recognizing exactly what they need to see in that formation.” And if Illinois is any indication, it might be working. “We knew exactly what was coming before they even ran it sometimes,” Shazier said. With a bye this weekend, OSU travels to Wisconsin on Nov. 17 for its second-to-last game of the 2012 season. read more

Church warden and magician charged in connection with Maids Moreton murders

A church warden and a magician have been charged in connection with the Maids Moreton murders, police have said. Benjamin Field and magician Martyn Smith have been charged by officers probing the deaths of 69-year-old teacher Peter Farquhar and his Buckinghamshire neighbour Ann Moore-Martin, 83.Mr Farquar died on October 26, 2015, and Ms Moore-Martin passed away almost two years later on May 12, 2017. The two pensioners lived three houses apart in Manor Park in the village of Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire.Field, 28, of Wellingborough Road, Olney, was charged Tuesday night with two counts of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin and Peter Farquhar, one count of murder of Peter Farquhar, one count of attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, two counts of fraud and three counts of burglary.Smith, 32, of Penhalvean, Redruth, Cornwall, was charged on the same day with two counts of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore Martin and Peter Farquhar, one count of murder of Peter Farquhar, one count of attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, one count of fraud, and two counts of burglary. +A 22-year-old man from Olney was also arrested on suspicion of one count of conspiracy to defraud, one count conspiring to commit fraud by false representation and one count of suspicion of fraud by false representation. He has been released under investigation. 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. Aerial view of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire of the former homes of Peter Farquhar (left) and Ann Moore-Martin (right) They were originally arrested in connection with the investigation on January 16 last year, but were re-arrested yesterday morning. Both men will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Aerial view of Manor Park in Maids Moreton, near Buckingham, Buckinghamshire of the former homes of Peter Farquhar (left) and Ann Moore-Martin (right)Credit:Steve Parsons/PA read more

Greek President calls for Parthenon marbles to be returned from their murky

first_imgGreek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos called for the return of the Parthenon marbles from their “murky prison” in a new round of rhetoric for the return of the sculptures that were removed from the Acropolis by Lord Elgin in the early nineteenth century.Speaking at the New Acropolis Museum, created to house the sculptures, Mr Pavlopoulos upped the rhetoric in Greece’s campaign. “Let the British Museum come here and make the comparison between this museum of light and the murky, if I may say, prison of the British Museum where the Parthenon Marbles are held as trophies,” he said. “This museum can host the Marbles. We are fighting a holy battle for a monument which is unique.”Lord Elgin removed the 2500-year-old sculptures from the Acropolis temple when Greece was under Ottoman rule. They are currently housed in a room lit by skylight at the British Museum in London, however Greece has repeatedly called for the marbles return since its independence.In 2009, it opened its new museum at the foot of the Acropolis, where it houses sculptures left behind alongside plaster casts of the missing pieces.READ MORE: Parthenon marbles were looted: experts say there was no Ottoman edict for Lord ElginThere was no immediate response to Mr Pavlopoulos’ comments from the British Museum that has resisted the repatriation of the marbles, citing legislation preventing it from breaking up collections. In the past, it has argued that it can preserve the items and present them to an international audience. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lupus un nouveau médicament autorisé sur le marché

first_imgLupus : un nouveau médicament autorisé sur le marchéDes experts de l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) ont publié mardi un rapport approuvant la mise sur le marché du Benlysta.C’est une avancée historique dans la lutte contre le lupus, une affection incurable du système immunitaire qui touche 5 millions de personnes à travers le monde. Le 16 novembre, un comité d’experts appartenant à l’Agence américaine des médicaments a déclaré approuver l’autorisation de mise sur le marché du médicament Benlysta, développé par GlaxoSmithKline et Human Genome Sciences. L’Agence doit désormais rendre son verdict dans les semaines à venir, mais elle suit généralement l’avis des experts. L’organisme Lupus Foundation of America a publié un communiqué pour signifier son contentement face à l’avancée pharmaceutique. En effet, si le Benlysta obtient l’approbation de la FDA, ce sera la première fois depuis 52 ans qu’un nouveau médicament est produit contre le lupus.La présidente de la fondation, Sandra Raymond, s’est félicitée de cette “lueur d’espoir” pour tous les malades.Le 19 novembre 2010 à 16:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cardiff boss Warnock blasts scandalous domestic loan rules

first_imgCardiff manager Neil Warnock has condemned what he believes are  Premier League loan rules which he described as “Scandalous.”Current English Premier league loan rules stipulate that clubs can only have a maximum of two players on loan from other Premier League teams, and only one from any given Premier League club.Cardiff have Bournemouth’s Harry Arter in their squad presently, meaning they can only make one more Premier League loan signing in January’s transfer window.“Heaven knows why we can only have two Premier League loans in,” Warnock told Itv, ahead of the Boxing Day clash against his former club Crystal Palace.“When you are talking about English players needing experience – our younger players for the English team – and we can’t loan more than one more player.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Cardiff manager Neil Warnock celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and Cardiff City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Warnock will coach Cardiff City for one more year Manuel R. Medina – May 15, 2019 The manager will guide the Bluebirds in the English Championship, but he will also help the team find his successor.“I’ve got Harry Arter, so I can’t take a young English striker or a young English midfield player, if I’ve got another one (on loan).“It’s scandalous, really. You can bring 10 from abroad, so who are we trying to help?“Who has invented these rules? It’s a disgrace, really, when I could be giving another good young English lad an opportunity of playing in the Premier League.” Warnock admits that the loan market will be his likely port of call as he looks at squad strengthening.“Hopefully, we can bring in one or two over the next couple of weeks to give us a little bit more choice with selection,” he added.“I would like to think I’ve got one (player) close, but you just never know.”last_img read more

OBITUARY James F Collins 61

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — James F. Collins, “Jim”, age 61, of Wilmington, formerly of Allston, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2019.Jim was born on July 17, 1957, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of Helen and the late Cornelius Collins. Jim was raised and educated in Allston; he was a graduate of Boston Latin High School.Jim spent the duration of his career as a buyer/merchandiser for Star Market and Shaw’s Supermarket Chains.Family was most important to Jim; he was especially proud of his three daughters and loved to share all of their accomplishments with everyone around him. He looked forward to the times he spent with family and friends down the Cape on Mashnee Island where everyone had a great time and lots of special memories were made.In his spare time, Jim, enjoyed following the Boston sports teams, listening to music and he was very competitive with trivia.Jim will be fondly remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor and his unconditional love for his family and friends. He will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.Jim is survived by his loving family Denyse Collins, Brittany Davie & her husband Stephen, Allison Collins and Siobhan Collins all of Wilmington, his beloved mother Helen Collins formerly of Allston, his siblings Catherine Sutherland & husband Eugene of Burlington and Helen Anne Cowan of Abington, his brother-in-law Eric Rollfs of North Reading. Jim is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his father Cornelius Collins and his sister Patricia Rollfs.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 8th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Into Action Recovery Inc., 632 North St., Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.James F. Collins(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. Parker, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

How much more black can the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition be

first_img 71 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 3:33 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 review: An anachronistic SUV with modern luxury and tech Review • 2019 Honda Pilot Review Comment Enlarge ImageHonda should have gone all-in and painted it Vantablack. You can’t get a speeding ticket if light is incapable of reflecting back to a police officer’s laser, after all. Honda North America Murdered-out cars, as people often like to call them, are basically painted as dark as possible in as many areas as possible. While it’s always been a popular idea with people who like car customization, it’s a growing factory option as automakers try to align with everyone’s tastes. The latest entry in this field takes a darker approach to a traditional three-row family crossover.Honda on Monday unveiled the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition. Living at the top of the lineup and borrowing most of its kit from the formerly tip-top Pilot, the Black Edition focuses on improving the car’s aesthetics — there don’t appear to be any equipment upgrades that aren’t also present on the Pilot Elite.On the outside, the Pilot Black Edition is available in one paint color — Crystal Black Pearl. It wears 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black, and there are chrome-removing “blackout” parts in the grille, headlight trim, door handles, window trim, fog light accents and side trim. As you might expect, there are also a pair of Black Edition badges on the tailgate and grille, because a model is only good if it comes with a badge.2020-honda-pilot-black-edition-002Enlarge ImageThere’s a fair bit of darkness in here, but the red does a good job of balancing it out so it’s not a total cave. Honda The interior keeps things a little lighter — in terms of the number of changes; it’s still very black. The black interior gets red accents on the first- and second-row seats, in addition to a Black Edition logo embossed on both the seats and the floor mats. That stitching extends to the door panels and steering wheel, too. To cap it off, there’s red accent lighting on the dashboard, doors and center console.Otherwise, the trim is just about the same as the Pilot Elite, which carries as much kit as any Pilot. Standard equipment on this trim includes a panoramic moonroof, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated cupholders, three-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free tailgate and rain-sensing wipers. Lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are all included, as well, as is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Then again, for the price Honda’s charging, all that stuff had better be standard. With its 280-horsepower V6 and standard all-wheel drive, the 2020 Pilot Black Edition costs a mighty $50,715 including destination, a $1,500 premium over the Pilot Elite. The rest of the lineup is a bit more affordable, though, with a FWD Pilot LX starting at $32,645. Preview • 2019 Honda Pilot: Sugar, spice, nice 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech Share your voice Tagscenter_img Honda More about 2019 Honda Pilot SUVs 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A strong crossover gets stronger 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV More From Roadshow 1 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Hondalast_img read more

HISD Postpones Vote On Layoff of Teachers Other Budget Cuts

first_img Share The Houston Independent School District Board of Education  postponed a vote on Thursday night related to the layoff of teachers and other campus-based employees.HISD officials said staffing for the next school year will be impacted by budget limits,  as the district’s facing a 208 million dollar budget shortfall which, they claim, is to some extent a result of hurricane Harvey’s impact.HISD said a reduction of staff is “partly” needed because of an anticipated decline in property values, from Hurricane Harvey damage.The district’s main source of funding is property taxes, so that would mean a decrease in revenue.They’re also budgeting for a recapture payment, the state law requiring “property-wealthy” HISD to send a portion of local property tax dollars to the state.But, for now, budget cuts have been put back on the table—and trustees will consider the measure when they meet, next month.last_img read more

Wooden pallets and rubble catch fire at business premises in LadysmithWooden pallets

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite 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 center_img Ladysmith firefighters responded to a fire at a business premises in Centenary Road yesterday (June 17).Wooden pallets (flat transport structures that support goods while being lifted by a forklift or pallet jack) were destroyed in the blaze. Rubble also caught fire.Fast-acting firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.It is believed that a grass fire got out of control and resulted in the blaze.No one was injured.last_img read more

Most Amazing Tours for 2012 revealed

first_imgThailand has been ranked as the top place to tour in TourRadar’s inaugural Most Amazing Tour 2012 competition, ranking 8,748 tours from over 100 companies across 12 categories.The tour search, compare and review website on organised group tours ranked the winners based on social actions of Facebook users, including online reviews, liked tours, wish lists and other social messages to find the unbiased result.TourRadar chief executive officer Travis Pittman said the competition puts the best tours on the radar of travellers all around the world that are looking for extraordinary travel experiences.The Thailand ‘Experience the Land of Smiles’ tour by Free & Easy Traveler allows people to chat about the tour beforehand, meet each other online and get excited about travelling together.Travellers return from the tour talking about how much they saw on the trip, how great the guides were and how jam-packed the tour was with amazing activities and experiences, according to TourRadar.The tours competing for the top spot were an average length of 14 days, an average price of AUD$1,800 and the average group size of 22.The full list of the Most Amazing Tour 2012 winners are :World’s Most Amazing Tour Thailand: Experience the Land of Smiles – Free & Easy Traveler – 40 daysMost Amazing Africa Tour Serengeti Trail – Intrepid Travel – 8 daysMost Amazing Asia Tour A True Nomadic Adventure, Mongolia – Real Expeditions – 15 daysMost Amazing Oceania Tour OzIntro – OzIntro – 7 daysMost Amazing Europe Tour The Amalfi Coast – Bus2Alps – 3 daysMost Amazing North America Tour Southern Sun – Trek America – 21 daysMost Amazing South America Tour South American Explorer – Tucan Travel – 112 daysMost Amazing Adventure Tour Grand Adventurer Nairobi to Cape Town – Oasis Overland – 75 daysMost Amazing Cruising Tour Explore South Georgia – Quark Expeditions – 16 daysMost Amazing Day Tour Canyoning Chli Schliere – Outdoor Interlaken – 1 dayMost Amazing Luxury Tour Maldives Magic – Encounters Travel – 10 daysMost Amazing Nature Tour Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar – World Expeditions – 18 daysMost Amazing Youth Tour European Getaway – Topdeck Travel – 20 days Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

The other guys — King and Sperry — not so much K

first_imgThe other guys — King and Sperry — not so much.King, who missed all of OTAs after undergoing offseason surgery, continues to sit for precautionary reasons on the sidelines at University of Phoenix Stadium with fluid on his knee.And Sperry, who played one game with Arizona last season, was one of camp’s early surprises before going down with an ankle injury Monday.“I was really ticked, because Kory was having a heck of a camp,” Arians said. “Finding that he can play fullback, move around and block — because I already knew he could catch — I was really pleased. So, I hated him having a setback because he was really coming on.”Arians noted that while he knows what King can do on the football field, he was encouraged by what Jefferson and Sperry bring from a blocking perspective. In his eyes, both ‘help the picture’ on offense.In the interim, though, there is a small bit of good news on the tight end front. The team claimed Mickey Shuler off waivers Sunday, and the former Penn State standout will take the field for the first time during the Cardinals’ afternoon practice Tuesday.“We’ve got Mickey Shuler going today,” said Arians. “It adds another body, and we’re anxious to see him join the fray a little bit. But this always happens at one position. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOK The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With returning starters Rob Housler and Jeff King back in the fold to go along with veteran Jim Dray, seventh-round pick D.C. Jefferson and Kory Sperry, Bruce Arians seemed to have plenty of depth at the tight end position going into training camp.Yet five days in, the once-versatile group has already been depleted by injury, making it hard for the Cardinals head coach to evaluate a staple position in his offense.“The injuries are really hurting us right now,” Arians said Tuesday. “Rob [Housler] is looking really good. D.C. Jefferson is making the best of the opportunities, and Jim Dray is as steady as they get. So, we’re finding out about those guys.” – / 22 “We’re still looking [for other options], but unfortunately there’s not much available this time of year. We were fortunate Mickey came across the wire. He was with a couple of our coaches down in Miami, and they think he has a chance.”last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Uniworld has confirmed

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterUniworld has confirmed it has abandoned a dedicated 2019 French river cruise season on the Seine for U by Uniworld, with The B instead being repositioned to operate in Central Europe in 2020.U by Uniworld was initially conceived as a river cruise line for a millennial-focused audience. Operating two ships, The A and The B (formerly Uniworld’s River Ambassador and River Baroness), the program was later opened up to a “new generation of adult travellers”.Late last week, citing increasing demand for Central Europe where The A operates a series of sailings, Uniworld revealed that The B will cease operation on the Seine river and resume cruising in the 2020 season with brand-new itineraries in Central Europe.During 2019, The B will be relocated to Europe, where she and her crew will be prepared for new itineraries.The B Cocoon“Being the first means that we’re not only inventing an entirely new sector of the industry, but we’re quite literally in ‘unchartered waters’. As a brand, U will always stay true to its ethos as a sexy, fun, never-before-seen cruise experience, but we also want to remain open to consumer trends and feedback. That is how brands move from concepts to success stories,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of U.“As we look forward, the demand is, overwhelmingly, pointing towards Central Europe, where guests can experience a new city – and sometimes a different country – each day, which simply isn’t feasible on the Seine. And for a generation that may be new to the concept, that’s really the essence and beauty of river cruising. Our first year was met with unprecedented buzz, media accolades and consumer engagement and we’re looking forward to continuing the momentum as we welcome The B to Central Europe for her second season.”The strategy will see The B rested for the entire 2019 season, as U by Uniworld was unable to secure docking space in the “best cities” this year, a spokesperson for the company explained to LATTE.“In order to offer our U guests the best and most appealing itineraries, we need to wait until the right docking space is available to us, which isn’t until 2020,” the spokesperson said.Guests who have booked on The B for the 2019 season are being contacted and will be moved onto The A or be offered a full refund. Those guests who choose to cancel will receive a Future Cruise Credit of $325 per person to use on another U by Uniworld departure this year or next.Guests who change to one of the alternate programs will be given $100 per person shipboard credit, price protection on any 2019 U by Uniworld sailing on The A, and coverage for air-change fees of up to $400 per person for economy and $600 per person for business class (with proof of incurred costs).In 2020, The B will sail from Brussels to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Frankfurt, while The A will sail from Nuremberg to Vienna and Vienna to Belgrade. Additional details for the new 2020 itineraries will be announced in the coming weeks.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Leading role for shipping

first_imgBy Staff ReporterThe island’s shipping sector will have an important and leading role to play in the recovery of the economy, President Nicos Anastasiades said yesterday.Anastasiades was addressing the Cyprus Shipping Chamber’s 25th Annual General Meeting in Limassol where he described shipping as the “main pillar” of the new model of development of the economy.The Cyprus Shipping Chamber is ranked among the largest national shipping associations in the world, and the president expressed gratitude for a quarter of a century of active involvement in the sector.Anastasiades expressed the Government’s determination to create an Under-Secretary for Shipping and called on all political parties to support the necessary institutional change, which would provide a more purpose-focused and specialised development of government policy for shipping.The President of the Chamber, Captain Eugen Adami said that in the aftermath of the economic crisis, Cyprus shipping remained very competitive.He said Cyprus flag users remained loyal, supporting the efforts to reinforce the industry as a contributor to the economy.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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