New Delhi: In 2019, as many as 1,457 family members were called to police stations so far, after their relatives or children were found involved in eve teasing.The family members were told to control and counselled the eve-teasers. Police sources told Millennium Post that under Delhi Police scheme ‘Shishtachar’ in the current year, as many as 2,352 eve-teasers were nabbed from 15 districts in Delhi. “Rohini district nabbed 1,180 eve-teasers whereas West Delhi successfully caught 547 culprits involved in eve-teasing,” added police data. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIt was further revealed that Central-12, North West-54, Outer North-206, South West-103, East-98, Shahdara-10, North East-31, South East-3, Dwarka-18, Outer-90 eve-teasers were caught. The data further revealed that at various police stations in Rohini district, as many as 1,180 members were called. In Central Delhi-11, East-57, Shahdara-10, North East-18, Outer-87, West-94 family members were called to police stations. As many as 42 eve-teasers were counselled through religious preachers. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceFor the safety of young girls, women in the city, the Delhi Police had deployed 389 women personnel in 15 districts of city police. Nearly 832 times team reacted during eve-teasing bids. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said that after they caught eve teasers, their families were called to police stations. “We told parents to control their children and also counselled them,” said DCP (New Delhi) adding that in some incidents, they also register criminal cases. The youth is counselled to not repeat such acts in the future and respect women. Under ‘Shishtachar’, women police officers, dressed in plain clothes, have been deployed at busy places like markets, metro stations, cinema halls and buses to keep watch on eve teasers and anti-social elements. Under the scheme, culprits were apprehended and taken to the police station for further action. Last year, 18,717 persons have been detained under this scheme. According to Delhi Police data, last year as many as 569 cases of eve-teasing reported whereas in 2017, nearly 621 cases and in 2016-894 cases reported. Delhi Police said that they accorded maximum importance in providing safety to women. Preventive efforts of Delhi Police in this regard include measures like police night patrol, a mobile women police team, presence of women in PCR vans and deployment of policemen/policewomen around girls colleges and schools etc. There have been many drives against eve-teasers. read more
PARIS — The Latest on French yellow vest protests (all times local):3:40 p.m.Repeated scuffles broke out between French anti-government protesters and police near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris.Security forces used tear gas and a water cannon to push back some protesters who were throwing rocks and other objects at them.Paris police say at least 53 people were arrested before and during the protest in the French capital. They have also arrested some protesters during scuffles near the Arc de Triomphe.Police armoured vehicles have been set up near the monument to help prevent protesters from getting to the nearby Champs-Elysees. A car ban was established on the famous avenue.Saturday’s actions came on a ninth weekend of yellow vest demonstrations to denounce President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies that protesters consider as favouring the rich.___8 a.m.The central French city of Bourges is shuttering shops to brace for possible violence between police and yellow vest protesters, as the nationwide movement seeks a new stage for its weekly demonstrations.Paris, too, is hunkering down for a ninth weekend of anti-government protests Saturday. France’s government has deployed 80,000 security forces for the day, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner threatened tough retaliation against violence.Online groups mounted calls through the week for mass protests in Bourges, but Paris police said they wouldn’t let down their guard, notably around government buildings and the Champs-Elysees, scene of repeated rioting in past protests.The protest movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite concessions by President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters want deeper changes to France’s economy and politics.The Associated Press read more
Rabat – Moroccan athlete Hassan Baraka is planning to start a new challenge by swimming across the five continents.The adventure, at the same time a sports, ecological and civic one, will be undertaken under the honorary presidency of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, chairwomen of the Mohammed VI Foundation for environment protection.The young swimmer, aged 26, had already swum across the Gibraltar strait. He will start this new challenge from Wutung, in Papua-New Guinea, heading to Mabo (Indonesia), crossing the 20 km-long distance separating Oceania and Asia. Baraka will then take on Africa and Asia, from Taba, in Egypt, to Haql (Saudi Arabia), before linking Asia and Europe through the 7 km-long bank between eastern and western Istanbul.The last stage will take him from Little Diomede Island in Alaska (USA) to Big Diomede Island (Russia), on 6 km in a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.Hassan Baraka was the youngest Arab participant in the Ironman European championships in 2011 in Nice (France) and in 2012 in Frankfurt (Germany).The Moroccan champ is coached by Serrana Fernandez, from Uruguay who still holds her country’s backstroke record on the 50 m, 100m and 200 m. read more
Tirana – Princess Lalla Meryem on Sunday attended in Tirana in a reception hosted by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on the occasion of the wedding of Prince Leka II of Albania and Elia Zaharia.Princess Lalla Meryem, who signed the Golden Book on this occasion, was accompanied by Morocco’s ambassador to Italy, Hassan Abouyoub, and the Kingdom’s Honorary Consul in Tirana, Bujar Lybesha.The ceremony was held in the presence of the royal couple and several members of royal families from European and Mediterranean countries. On Saturday, Princess Lalla Meryem took part in the wedding of Prince Leka II of Albania and Elia Zaharia, celebrated in the former Royal Palace of the Albanian capital.Following the ceremony, Princess Lalla Meryem took part in an official dinner hosted in honor of the guests.Prince Leka II is the grandson of King Zog I, who ruled the country for ten years from 1928 until 1939. King Zog 1 was forced into exile following the Italian invasion in 1939.The Albanian royal family returned to Tirana in 2002. read more
INNSBRUCK, Austria — The start of the World Cup season could not have gone better for Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger and the Austrian doubles team of Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller.Geisenberger won the women’s sprint and the Steu-Koller team took the doubles sprint Saturday, giving both sleds their second win in as many days at the season-opening stop on the World Cup tour.Johannes Ludwig of Germany won the men’s singles event by one-tenth of a second over Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller, and Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl rallied from 18th place after the first run of the two-run event to finish third. Jonny Gustafson was the top American, grabbing 15th place.Kindl then won the men’s sprint race, holding off Russia’s Aleksandr Gorbatcevich and Germany’s Felix Loch. Gustafson was seventh in that race.Germany swept the women’s medals for the second straight day, this time going 1-2-3 in the sprint; Geisenberger won, Julia Taubitz picked up her second silver medal of the weekend and Dajana Eitberger was third for her first medal of the season. Summer Britcher of the U.S. was fourth, missing a medal by about one-sixth of a second.Steu and Koller held off the Russian team of Vladislav Yuzhakov and Iurii Prokhorov for the doubles sprint win, with German veterans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finishing third. The U.S. sled of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman was ninth.The series shifts to North America next weekend, with racing on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics track in Whistler, British Columbia, on Friday and Saturday. U.S. Olympian Emily Sweeney, who did not accompany the Americans to Austria, is expected to make her season debut.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more
The last guy into the Masters left no doubt he deserved his spot.Corey Conners followed up a thrill at the first tee – a greeting from Jack Nicklaus – with a 2-under 70 that put the Canadian in solid position after the opening round Thursday.“I feel like I belong,” Conners said.Playing in the first group of the day, he got a chance to watch Nicklaus and Gary Player hit the ceremonial tee shots that traditionally kick off the first major of the year. On his way back to the clubhouse after his one and only swing, the 79-year-old Nicklaus congratulated Conners on last weekend’s victory at the Valero Texas Open – the performance that got him into the Masters as the final entrant in the field.“That felt pretty special,” Conners said. “It’s cool that that Jack Nicklaus knows who I am.”The 27-year-old native of Listowel, Ont. – a town of 7,530 people located about 160 kilometres west of Toronto -, endured a sluggish start, playing the front nine at 1 over. He was solid off the tee, but a little too cautious on the treacherous greens. Then in the middle of the back side, Conners made his move.He rolled in back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th holes before making eagle at the par-5 15th.After a booming drive left only 212 yards to the green at the bottom of the hill, Conners launched his approach over the water, the ball coming to a stop just 6 feet past the cup for barely more than a tap-in.A three-putt bogey at the final hole put a bit of a damper on his day.But Conners wasn’t complaining.Not after his improbable journey just to claim a spot in the first major of the year.Since he’s currently ranked outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup, Conners had to go through Monday qualifying just to get into the Texas Open. He made a 20-foot birdie at No. 18 to sneak into a six-man playoff for the final berth in the actual tournament. Then, with a birdie at the first extra hole, he eliminated the other five contenders.With a 10-birdie round on Sunday, Conners captured the first PGA Tour victory of his career – and an invite to Augusta.Conners certainly understands the enormity of the odds of everything falling into place the way it has.“Look, I’m a math and stats guy,” he said, standing near the giant magnolia tree that shades the porch of the stately clubhouse. “I know I was very unlikely to be here. I can say with certainly that I didn’t think I would be here, but it worked out very well.”Conners is off to a much better start than his only other appearance in the Masters.After qualifying as an amateur in 2015, he opened with an 80 that left him no real chance of making the cut.Now, with another solid round, he’ll be heading on to the weekend for the first time.He has plenty of fans cheering him on.“There are way more Canadian people than I was expecting – or at least people pretending to be Canadians – out there,” Conners quipped. “It was awesome.”Residents of the small town of Listowel were glued to their televisions on Thursday, rooting for a local hero playing on one of golf’s biggest stages.“We’re really happy for him,” said Jim Stewart, who was watching the first major of the men’s golf season while playing simulated golf with friends at Listowel sports bar The Back 9.Several men in the group have known Conners since he was a kid, Stewart added. When asked if people in the community are excited about Conners’ growing fame, Stewart was emphatic.“Oh, good heaven’s, yes,” he said. “It’s all over town. Everybody’s talking about it.”Over at the Listowel Golf Club, the excitement around Conners’is “huge,” said assistant pro John Schmidt.“Everyone that comes in is talking about it, we’re all talking about it here, all the grounds crew are talking about it,” he said. “It’s absolutely incredible what he’s going through and what he’s achieved.”Schmidt said there are two things that put Listowel on the map – Conners and the TV comedy “Letterkenny”, which revolves around people living in a rural Canadian community.The show’s creator, Jared Keeso, hails from Listowel. The show, featuring two friends living in the fictional town of Letterkenny, Ont., is loosely based on Listowel.Over in the golf course’s lounge, a crowd was expected to come take in the action as the tournament continues through the weekend. Some from the club have even travelled to Georgia to watch Conners’ play and are posting updates to the golf course’s Twitter account.Many in town believe the golfer will experience his biggest success yet this weekend.“I think if he keeps his head together, he’s going to have a shot at the title,” Stewart said. “Corey’s got the talent to do it, let’s just put it that way.”No matter what happens, Listowel will be cheering for Conners through the tournament and well into the future, Schmidt said.“We’re all hoping for the best for him,” he said. “It’s hard to put on an expectation because golf is a funny game that way. But we’re all just hoping that he does the best that he can. That’s all anyone can ask of anyone, really.” Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion and the only other Canadian in the field, shot a 72. read more
Eurotire, an emerging global leader in the design and manufacture of OTR tyres for the mining industry, and Advantage PressurePro, leaders in TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) technology, have signed a definitive distribution agreement. With this, Eurotire becomes a distributor for PressurePro TPMS products for its Eurotire tyre customers and tyre services and support programs around the world. The application of TPMS technology to mining tyre applications provides a primary benefit of supporting improved overall mining vehicle safety. Furthermore, when properly integrated into a mine’s tyre maintenance program, the customer using the PressurePro TPMS can realise decreased tire maintenance costs, increased haul truck fuel efficiency, and fewer vehicle accidents and costly repairs, Eurotire reports. Vehicle operators can experience enhanced vehicle stability and braking and reduced fatigue as a direct result of improved tyre and vehicle maintenance practices.Distribution of the PressurePro TPMS is a natural extension of Eurotire’s focus on providing mining customers with the OTR tyre service and support tools they need to maximise tyre productivity. Reducing tyre costs through better tire monitoring with the PressurePro TPMS is an essential portion of a worldclass vehicle maintenance program. Eurotire’s EuroCare services and recently announced EuroTools tyre maintenance tools are also examples of Eurotire’s focus on providing the customer with essential service and support products.“We are excited to bring Eurotire’s expertise and global market reach to the PressurePro distribution network,” stated Phillip Zaroor, President and CEO of PressurePro. “We are always excited to partner with companies that maintain the same commitment to quality and value as we value and with over 50 years of experience providing the highest quality OTR tyres and service across numerous continents, Eurotire is well established as a standard for quality and durability in the mining industry. We look forward to working alongside Eurotire to bring added efficiencies to OTR fleets worldwide.”Eurotire’s management team has emphasised the value of PressurePro’s commitment to quality, professionalism and technical expertise. Randy Toelle, Global Field Services Manager, explained, “We are extremely pleased to be a part of the PressurePro distribution network and to have the ability to take the PressurePro high quality TPMS products to our emerging markets customers. For years the tyre manufacturers and equipment operators have been looking for a real-time solution to monitor air pressure on their equipment, with PressurePro a solution for the industry has arrived.” read more
hammamet handballhandballPolandTunisia Tunisia beat Poland 31:30 in their friendly match in Hammamet, in preparation for the upcoming World Championship 2015 in Qatar.Tunisia – Poland 31:30 (17:12)Tunisia: Maggaiz, Helal – Touati 4, Toumi 2, Tej 7, Chouiref, Boughanmi 4, Boukadida, Hamed 3, Bannour 1, Soussi, Ben Salah 2, Alouini 2, Sanai 2, Hedoui 1, Jallouz 3.Poland: Szmal, Wyszomirski – Bielecki 1, B. Jurecki 5, M. Jurecki 2, Niewrzawa 1, Grabarczyk, Masłowski, K. Lijewski 5, Chrapkowski 4, Wiśniewski 3, Syprzak 1, Daszek, Orzechowski 2, Rojewski 2, Gumiński 3, Paczkowski 1. ← Previous Story Vedran Zrnic to Besiktas Mogaz HT Next Story → Road to EHF EURO 2016: Austria VS Germany, Icelanders in Montenegro’s hell read more
Greek authorities have made one of the biggest drug seizures ever in Greece after raiding a cargo ship in Piraeus and seizing 447 kilos of cocaine being smuggled from Latin America.The Finance Ministry’s Special Investigations Service said that five suspects had also been arrested. The five were a Greek national permanently residing in Belgium; a Bulgarian national, who had set up a company in Thessaloniki and was to take delivery of part of the cocaine shipment in a Bulgarian port on the Black Sea; a Greek customs broker who was responsible for clearing the container through customs; and two Greek women, one of which coordinated the customs clearance and cargo transport procedures.The raid was carried out last month after a tip-off from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Attica prefecture narcotics and guns squad raided the shop said to be preparing to sail from Greece to Bulgaria.They seized 400 packets of cocaine totalling 447 kilos of the drug hidden in a container stored within the hold of the ship in the port of Piraeus.They also found and seized: 75,800 euros in cash, 3,214 U.S. dollars, 37 SIM cards from undeclared card cell-phones, a luxury jeep, and import documents for the containers, in the possession of the five detainees.This is the biggest cocaine haul in Greece and one of the biggest in Europe, according to the Finance Ministry’s Special Investigations Service. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
A minor traffic case turned into a feud between a Victoria Country Court judge and a man called Vasilios Kyriazis, whose last name during trial was twice mispronounced as “Crazy”.It all started in November 2015, when Mr Kyriazis was found guilty for failing to produce his drivers license and comply with an authorised officer’s request to give his name and address.Challenging the decision which came with a $750 fine, he represented himself before the County Court on an appeal against his convictions in December 2016. The hearing ran anything but smoothly, with judge Geoffrey Chettle threatening to hold him in contempt of court.In particular, a judicial summary states: “Following a ruling by the judge that the proceeding could be sound-recorded but not videotaped, Mr Kyriazis refused to participate in the proceeding. He was convicted and discharged.”But Mr Kyriazis felt disrespected and that he was denied a fair trial procedure, a claim he pursued at the Supreme Court, seeking a judicial review of the decision.As reported by the Herald Sun, Judge Chettle had twice mispronounced Mr Kyriazis’ name, calling him “Mr Crazy” during trial, commented “why… we give these people a platform” and said the the case was “ridiculous”.Referring to the complainant he also said: “If there was an offence of being annoying, vexatious, and a complete pain in the bottom, he could be charged and convicted of that, but there isn’t.”While in October last year, Justice Kevin Bell found merit in Mr Kyriazis’ complaint and judge Chettle guilty of “ostensible bias”, the win was not meant to last for long.About a week ago, the decision was reversed by the Court of Appeal, with the summary of judgment stating:“The hearing [before the County Court judge] was remarkable for the level of hostility, anger and aggression directed by Mr Kyriazis (and some of his supporters) towards the Court. The judge for the most part remained calm and patient, although – unsurprisingly – he did occasionally raise his voice in his requests that Mr Kyriazis keep quiet.”President Maxwell, Justice Beach and Justice Niall found that in Mr Kyriazis’ case all reasonably necessary steps were taken to ensure a fair hearing and that it was not judge Chettle’s obligation “to take extra measures to provide assistance to Mr Kyriazis.”“On the contrary, it was Mr Kyriazis who ― for no good reason ― decided to withdraw from his own appeal and who thereafter engaged in what can only be described as disgraceful conduct towards the judge.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
99% des jeunes sont connectés à InternetSelon la dernière enquête du Centre de recherche pour l’étude et l’observation des conditions de vie (Crédoc), réalisée en juin dernier, les jeunes qui ont entre 12 et 17 ans sont presque tous connectés à Internet aujourd’hui.Les réseaux sociaux, biens culturels en ligne et jeux, pousseraient-ils de plus en plus de jeunes à se connecter à Internet ? Ils sont 99% à l’être cette année, selon le Crédoc, lorsqu’ils ont entre 12 et 17 ans. Cette tranche d’âge est plus connectée au web que les 18-24 ans (95%), les 25-39 ans (93%), les 40-59 ans (77%), les 60-69 ans (52%), et les 70 ans et plus (20%), rapporte Le Journal du Net.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Concernant la durée de connexion, les 12-17 ans passent en moyenne 16 heures par semaine sur Internet. C’est plus de temps passé devant son PC que devant la télévision (14 heures par semaine). Par ailleurs, c’est cette tranche d’âge qui détient le taux d’équipement en ordinateurs le plus élevé, à 96%.Les plus équipés en ordinateurs portables sont en revanche les 18-24 ans, qui s’affranchissent du domicile de leurs parents (taux d’équipement de 63%).En comparaison avec l’année dernière, le taux de connexion à domicile a augmenté de 10% pour les 12-17 ans (94% de taux de connexion). La moyenne générale, elle, croît de 4 points. La deuxième tranche d’âge à se connecter le plus souvent à domicile est la tranche des 25-39 ans (84%).Le mobile est lui aussi pris en compte. Avec l’avènement des smartphones, il est désormais courant de surfer sur Internet avec son téléphone. Ce type de connexion a gagné 2 points depuis l’année dernière. Les 18-24 ans sont les premiers à surfer depuis leur portable (52%).Le 15 décembre 2010 à 10:20 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Free Mobile : des tarifs exceptionnellement bas à venir ?Selon plusieurs sources, le futur opérateur mobile pourrait annoncer ses offres plus tôt que prévu, et surtout des tarifs très compétitifs qui devraient en déboussoler plus d’un.Ce ne sont que des rumeurs pour le moment. Mais si androidworld.fr (lien non disponible) dit vrai, Free Mobile diviserait la facture mobile des Français beaucoup plus que par deux ! Le blog pense effectivement avoir mis la main sur les premières offres du futur opérateur. À lire aussiB and you : un nouveau forfait illimité dès 9,99 euros par moisSelon lui, le premier forfait pourrait démarrer à… 5,99 euros par mois. Un prix comprenant 2 heures d’appels, les SMS illimités, les appels illimités vers les fixes FreeBox et un accès Free WiFi ! Un forfait intermédiaire à 9,90 euros par mois serait également proposé par Free Mobile toujours selon la même source, comprenant 5 heures d’appels, les SMS illimités, les appels illimités vers les fixes tous opérateurs en France ainsi qu’un accès illimité à Internet dans la limite de 2 Go. Un troisième et dernier forfait serait enfin proposé à 29,90euros par mois avec un accès web sans quota, les SMS illimités, les appels vers les fixes et mobiles en France, et aussi vers les USA et le Canada. Les abonnés Freebox pourraient obtenir ce forfait pour 10 euros de moins. Free Mobile proposerait enfin la possibilité d’avoir plusieurs cartes SIM sur un même abonnement (dans un maximum de quatre par foyer). Cerise sur le gâteau, ces offres ne nécessiteraient pas d’engagement ni de mobile associé, précise androidworld.fr.Des offres proposées dès la fin de l’année ? Alors que depuis quelques mois les opérateurs déjà existants multiplient les offensives pour séduire de nouveaux clients ou retenir leurs abonnés, Free voudrait aller plus vite pour lancer ses offres et entrer dans cette course. Free Mobile pourrait donc débarquer en novembre prochain, et non en 2012, soit quelques semaines avant les fêtes de fin d’année. Pour androidworld.fr, qui dit s’appuyer sur une source interne, ce lancement précoce est sûr à 99%. De leur côté, les analystes d’Oddo Securities, filiale de la banque d’investissement Oddo&Cie, estiment également que Free Mobile lancera son offre en avance sur le calendrier.Le 11 juillet 2011 à 12:33 • Maxime Lambert read more
Stay on target We humans have been hard at working mucking with nature since… well, since we’ve been humans. Whether it’s tweaking cows, so they aren’t quite as violent as their now-extinct progenitors, the aurochs, or making bananas that are delicious and fit easily into the hand, we’ve gotten pretty good at getting exactly what we want from life on Earth. At the same time, however, many are understandably concerned about taking things one step further and actively modifying the genes of life to suit our needs.A new paper from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is turning some heads specifically because it can yield the same kind of bizarre results you’d expect from mucking with genes — namely, glow in the dark cotton — without touching a single nucleotide.“I like this paper a lot,” MIT Chemical engineer Michael Strano told Science Magazine. The study shows that hydroponically grown plants be coaxed into doing all sorts of things by linking specific molecules to the saccharides that plants naturally use to make up their cell walls. “Assuming the methods claimed are correct, that’s a big advantage,” Strano added.Essentially, the team fertilizes new cotton plants, and then starves them by depriving them of light — a vital part of photosynthesis, the process plants use to feed themselves. Then, researchers gave the saplings water packed with sugars linked to the chemicals they wanted the plant to use. After just 20 days, the cotton grew out with the fluorescent molecules permanently fixed to the fibers. These fibers glowed under blacklight.The potential for this is huge, obviously. Especially if the process works with broad classes of other chemicals. So far, the team also grew plants with magnetic molecules bound to their fibers. Together with the possible energy-absorbing power of some compounds, it’s possible that future designers will be able to produce fibers that could be woven into circuits that could do anything from charge your phone to store data.The fashion industry’s been keen on making that leap for some time, after all, it’s just a natural extension of technology that we already use all over. But, of course, there’s been a few hitches.So far, designers haven’t had much trouble making the gear. Instead, the issue is making it cheap and durable enough for daily use. Genetic engineering could make magnetic cotton or glow-in-dark whatever, easy. But, for good reason, there’s a lot of regulations when it comes to genes. It’s possible, for example, to engineer an organism that, through one mechanism or another, reproduces with something wild and creates a hybrid — putting our specially designed gene into the general population, and out of our control.This method circumvents all of that and could be as easy as changing how we start the germination and growth of certain crops. Even if these things got into the wild, without special care, they’d just grow up to be regular ol’ plants. No gene pool pollution, no real lasting issues.For now, though, the research is in its nascent stages. And, given an editing flub on the paper, the publishing journal, Science, has issued an Expression of Concern. The research team is expected to have the paper all set soon, and after that we’ll need to wait for replicated results and subsequent studies, but this may well be the birth of a whole new engineer of specialized textiles made with all sorts of badass materials. No word on when we’ll get that invisibility cloak, though. And I suspect we may have to wait a while yet.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend read more
Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Related Items:brayton hall, breezy beach house christmas, Community fellowship center, customer appreciation day, digicel, sleeping beauty, taurus riley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Thousands without power in TCI TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Dec 2014 – The final weekend before Christmas and the shopping specials will amp up… so will the events to mark the festive feel. Here’s what’s on this weekend… TODAY, all day Digicel has its Christmas Customer Appreciation day at all stores Island wide. As for what you can expect: Save up to 30% on select handsets including Samsung S5, S5 mini, Blackberry Passport & More! It’s just today and there is food, drinks and giveaways.Tonight the Dance and Drama production of Community Fellowship Center begins at 7pm, the gospel show is free of charge. Also catch Sleeping Beauty at Brayton Hall with tickets available at Unicorn Bookstore. Later tonight, at Pillows Courtyard enjoy the smooth reggae sounds of 2014 Caribbean Hall of Fame Inductee, Taurrus Riley of Jamaica and joined by DJ Private Ryan out of Trinidad and Tobago. TCIs own Keno & Kaz, Elroy & Dez will also perform…check out Checkmate Inc on Facebook for ticket information; VIP is available.Tomorrow head to the Bight Park for the start of the annual Breezy Beach House Christmas culture show; that is where the float parade departs. It is the 14th year for the event which will feature Christmas characters and island culture in dance, music, food and more… the theme this year is ‘A Christmas to Believe in’… remember your TCI flags. The float ends in Blue Hills at Breezy Beach House where the show begins! Recommended for you read more
Federal money is still available for the proposed Columbia River Crossing, according to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who said Friday that the controversial bridge and highway project remains on track.Kitzhaber told reporters and editorial writers at The Oregonian that his office had been in contact recently with Anthony Foxx, U.S. secretary of transportation.The governor’s comments in response to a reporter’s question mean that a pot of money called the New Starts fund remains available, contrary to earlier statements by officials who said that Oregon would be too late to apply if it waited until next year. CRC proponents are counting on $850 million from the fund for the light-rail portion of the $2.6 billion project, which would replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver.A phone call for comment from the U.S. Department of Transportation was not immediately returned Friday.The Oregon Legislature needs to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the CRC now that Washington state has dropped out, Kitzhaber said. He said he was pushing for a joint legislative hearing to be held in January on the CRC. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might speak at the hearing, Kitzhaber said.“The resources are still there federally,” Kitzhaber said. “Gov. Inslee is still supportive.”Proponents must also address concerns raised by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler regarding financing by tolls, Kitzhaber said. “We believe we’ve met most of those,” he said.Critics contend that many Vancouver motorists would bypass tolls by taking Interstate 205 across the Columbia. “That’s a pretty long extra commute to avoid a toll,” Kitzhaber said. read more
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Air Asia X introduce Empty Seat Option Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P In partnership with Optiontown, Air Asia X has launched a new service called ‘Empty Seat Option’ (ESo) which offers passengers travelling in economy, an opportunity to secure all three seats in a row for price.The new ESo initiative is the airlines second offering introduced with partners Optiontown after the success of its Upgrade Travel Option (UTo service, launched last year.To take advantage of the Empty Seat Option (ESo) passengers need to log onto the Air Asia website and select Upgrade with Optiontown under the flight Information section. Then customers click on Optiontown and select Emply Seat Option, enter current flight booking number and selected flights, pay a small sign up fee and a nominal Empty Seats fee.Empty Seat(s) availability status will be emailed 72-4 hours to the customers prior to flight departure, if empty seats are not assigned due to unavailability, Empty Seat fee will be refunded automatically.AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani said AirAsia X has revolutionized air travel and is on the constant lookout for current innovative trends to keep their customers happy.“We offer them the option to purchase only what is required depending on individual needs rather than bundling the cost to our fare offerings,” Mr Azran said. “This way, guests are able to enjoy continuous low fares from the airline. Feedback from passengers have been resoundingly positive as this service provides a clear comfort value for our passengers, and we’re delighted to expand our product offering to include ESo now, and other flexibility options in the near future.” read more
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