Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi revelled in his side’s “extraordinary, historic” Africa Cup of Nations final victory over Senegal.Algeria became champions of Africa on foreign soil for the first time – adding to their 1990 success as hosts – thanks to Baghdad Bounedjah’s decisive, deflected second-minute strike.The goal, which Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Bomis may have misjudged, was the fastest goal scored in the competition this year and the quickest in the tournament since 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The North African side received another bit of fortune in the second half after a penalty called against them for handball was overturned with the use of VAR. Belmadi believes his side deserved their triumph but deflected praise onto his players, citing the nation’s long, difficult road in between AFCON titles. “It’s extraordinary. It’s historic,” he told beIN Sports. “This is the first Cup of Nations we have won outside our borders.”Since 1990, it has been a long, empty passage. We are a football country. We deserve it, I think.”It was a very complicated match, very difficult. We knew that it was going to be decided on a small detail. And the boys held on.”With the tournament we had, with better attack and better defence, what more? But without the players, I am nothing.”We tend to forget that they are the main protagonists. They are the ones who play, who apply the instructions. They did it wonderfully – if not better.”Algeria scored in every match they played in this year’s AFCON, racking up 13 goals in total for the tournament.That number is the highest they’ve managed since their 1990 triumph. The victory in Cairo also continued Algeria’s recent run of dominance over Senegal, which has extended through the last six matches between the clubs, with the North Africans winning five and drawing once.In fact, Senegal’s last three defeats in AFCON have come at the hands of Algeria, as have the been the last six goals they have conceded at the tournament in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 29: The Louisville Cardinals take the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)After spending one season with the Louisville Cardinals, Jordan Travis will transfer to another ACC program. Despite having an uncharacteristically abysmal year, the Florida State Seminoles have just added an intriguing option at quarterback.Travis is a former three-star recruit from the 2018 class, and unfortunately he never saw his chance on the field with the Cardinals. Considering that Louisville will undergo an entirely different regime this upcoming season, the dual-threat quarterback is looking out for his best interest.Josh Newberg of 247Sports broke the news, as Travis revealed his future destination today.Louisville transfer QB Jordan Travis tells me he has committed to play at Florida State. More to come on https://t.co/0gpk3GSZ6U— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) December 26, 2018It should be noted that Travis’ brother, Devon Travis, played baseball for the Seminoles before making his journey to the MLB.Florida State will have three quarterbacks on the roster next season, if Deondre Francois decides to return for his senior campaign. Nonetheless, joining the Seminoles gives Travis an opportunity to play in Kendal Briles’ offense.His eligibility is reportedly still up in the air right now, as it’s unclear if he’ll be able to declare for a hardship waiver.This season was extremely disappointing for the Seminoles, but perhaps Willie Taggart’s latest addition will reignite the program.
zoom The Port of Houston Authority handled more than 16 million tons of cargo during the first five months of 2015, an increase of 9 percent compared to the same period last year. Additionally, activity at the Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals continues to grow at an accelerated pace, with loaded container units increasing 23 percent versus May 2014.Reporting at the regular monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, Executive Director Roger Guenther also highlighted USD 66 million in cash flow generated through May, a 47 percent increase from the same period last year.Guenther moved on to address several of Port Authority’s infrastructure projects. He noted that work to deepen and widen the Barbours Cut channel was expected to be complete at the end of July.Guenther also highlighted a design contract on the agenda for work at Barbours Cut Container Terminal Wharf No. 2, which also addressed issues deemed critical for safe navigation of the larger container ships that will load and unload where the terminal’s four new cranes are located.
CHARLOTTETOWN – Prince Edward Island is scrapping a controversial business immigration program which prompted federal investigations alleging hundreds of applicants never settled on the Island.The provincial government said Wednesday it will no longer accept applications from immigrants looking to set up a business on the Island in the entrepreneur stream of the Provincial Nominee Program.The immigration program has faced criticism for granting permanent residency status — a coveted step towards full citizenship — before businesses were set up and people actually moved to P.E.I.Under the program, the applicants provide the Island government with a $200,000 refundable deposit, and commit to invest $150,000 and manage a firm.A spokesman for the Office of Immigration says in 2016-17 over half of all the 269 applicants who had “completed their agreements” forfeited their deposit and never opened a business, raising $18 million for the small province.In addition, last year The Canadian Press reported on how three international students were asked by owners of businesses created under the program to return a portion of their wages to the business immigrants. In one case, a student said he was fired when he refused, and in two other cases, the students said they agreed to give back a portion of their income in cash.Progressive Conservative Leader James Aylward said Wednesday the program bred public distrust and should have been cancelled years ago.“It never passed the sniff test,” he said in an interview.“Our retention rate was dismal … The government raked tens of millions of dollars from defaulted deposits.”The province had said it was conducting a review into the program, shortly after a series of investigations by the Canada Border Services Agency became public.The Canadian Press also recently reported on a search warrant application by the agency that alleged hundreds of people gained permanent residency in Canada by using local addresses where they didn’t live, using the PNP entrepreneur stream.An investigator alleged 462 applicants to the provincial nominee program used Charlottetown homes belonging to two Chinese immigrants over the past four years as “addresses of convenience.”The investigator also said she suspected the immigrants didn’t come to the Island and settle, contrary to the requirements of the provincial program.Those allegations, which have not been proven in court, came two months after two Charlottetown hoteliers were charged with aiding in immigration fraud, with the CBSA alleging 566 immigrants used the addresses of the siblings’ hotel and home.The siblings have pleaded not guilty to immigration fraud charges, and their lawyer, Lee Cohen, has said there will be discussion with prosecutors about the sworn statements provided by the two accused.Cohen says he’s suggested “the possibility that the statements were not voluntarily given” in the case.Chris Palmer, the province’s minister of Economic Development, said in an interview that he wasn’t forced by the federal government to shut down the program, despite the high-profile investigations.“The feds didn’t intervene and tell us to do this, no,” he said.Rather, he said it was due to his department’s disappointment with its results in retaining immigrants on the Island.“We weren’t satisfied with it as our rates of retention weren’t as high as we wanted them to be,” he said.However, Richard Kurland, an immigration lawyer based in Vancouver, said he sees a relationship between Ottawa’s probes and the shutdown of the program.“Trials involving the P.E.I. program start soon, so no surprise to see the P.E.I. government shutting down the program before all is revealed,” he wrote in an email.Kurland has long argued the Island’s system should mirror British Columbia’s program, which approves a business project first, makes the person spend two years on a work permit to ensure business success, and then requires the applicant to live near the business at least nine months a year.“Only after that is done and the business is successful will the province hand over a ‘nomination certificate’ that lets the person apply for a permanent resident visa,” he wrote.“P.E.I. had it backwards, handing over the ‘nomination certificate’ first. That’s not the way to go and the … design flaw gave rise to a lot of problems.”“Keep the candy until the person lives up to their promises.”The province is noting that the entrepreneur stream is only a small part of the total number of immigrants it nominates.It will continue to have a program where it nominates immigrants for work permits, where they will only be granted permanent residency if they fulfil their commitments to set up a business.It will also continue to nominate immigrants who fill the province’s labour needs.The number of nominations accepted under the nominee stream currently totals about 150 people, which is about 15 per cent of the roughly 1,070 provincially sponsored immigrants expected to be nominated this year.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.— By Michael Tutton in Halifax.
Paris – The Moroccan city of Marrakech is in the top 20 destinations chosen by French people to celebrate the new year, said world’s largest hotel search website “trivago.fr” on Thursday.The analysis based on hotel search made by French tourists shows that Marrakech ranks seventh in their choices.The city is also among the most French-coveted, non-European cities for new year celebrations, namely New York (5th), Dubai (6th) and Bangkok (20th). Marrakech is today one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic center and tourist destination.
The President of Djibouti expressed his satisfaction on the current status of relations between the two countries and indicated his desire to consolidate them further, extending to new areas of cooperation for the benefit of two nations. This is the first time that a Sri Lankan Ambassador presented Credentials in Djibouti since Sri Lanka established formal diplomatic relations with the East African nation in 2015. The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union Commission Sumith Dassanayake who is concurrently accredited as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Djibouti, presented his credentials to President Ismail Omar Guellehof Djibouti at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti.During the discussion with the President followed by the presentation of credentials, the Sri Lankan envoy conveyed the greetings from the President and the Government of Sri Lanka to the President of Djibouti. Ambassador Dassanayake also briefed the President on the opportunities available for bilateral trade, tourism and investments in Sri Lanka. During his visit to the Republic of Djibouti, Ambassador Dassanayake had fruitful meetings with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President of Djibouti Chambers of Commerce.The discussions centered on further strengthening trade, economic and bilateral relations between the two countries.
Indiana redshirt junior Simmie Cobbs Jr. (1) lines up prior to a play in the Ohio State- Indiana season opener. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLocation: Bloomington, Indiana2016 record: 6-7 (4-5)Head Coach: Tom Allen2017 record: 1-1 (0-1 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 12-73What has happened thus far in 2017After former Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson left Bloomington, Indiana, for Columbus to join the Buckeyes as their offensive coordinator, former Hoosier defensive coordinator Tom Allen took the reins at Indiana for the 2017 season. Through two games, the Hoosiers played an excellent first half against Ohio State in their home opener, but Indiana couldn’t hold on in the second half, falling to the Buckeyes 49-21. Allen and the Hoosiers recovered from the Week 1 loss and took down Virginia, 34-17, on the road.Impact PlayerThe key to success for Indiana in 2017 is its offense, and the largest threat on that side of the ball for Indiana is redshirt junior wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. After putting up over 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, the Oak Park, Illinois, native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the first game of the 2016 season and was given a medical redshirt. A year later, Cobbs exploded out of the gate, racking up 149 receiving yards on 11 catches with a touchdown against Ohio State and adding another score in Week 2 at Virginia. As one of the more experienced members of this Hoosiers receiving corps, Cobbs will be an offensive factor and defensive headache all season.StrengthsOne of the Hoosiers’ biggest strengths in 2017 is their aerial attack, propelled by their two-quarterback rotation. Through two games, Indiana ranks 24th in the NCAA for passing offense with nearly 309 yards per game and is averaging more than six yards per attempt. Allen’s squad boasts a solid group of receivers, including Cobbs, Donavan Hale and Luke Timian, who will be threats downfield all season. WeaknessesA huge point of concern for Indiana this season is the lack of experience on its offensive line. Only sophomore left tackle Coy Cronk and redshirt junior left guard Wes Martin entered the season with a full season of starting experience, and the youth on the right side is a concern. The Hoosiers have allowed nine sacks through two games in 2017, and if they hope to give the program its first winning season in 10 years, protection for quarterbacks Richard Lagow and Peyton Ramsey must improve.
It has a shaved part on its hind leg, which the eBay seller wrote may be from the feline’s final injection.She wrote: “It was clearly someone’s (elderly) pet, and it’s tragic gaze is hauntingly beautiful in a way. Not a way that I want in my house, but I imagine someone might.”There have been 12 bids on the dead animal, and it is currently going for £102. “Bid high. Marital counseling isn’t cheap.”She isn’t completely angry, however – Catherine noted she can now never give her husband a dud gift, as he gave her the worst wedding anniversary present ever.The tabby cat is elderly, and clearly someone’s old pet. 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. Catherine wrote on eBay: “So, if your home needs a tragic symbol of misguided love – the misguided love of an incompetent amateur taxidermist for a beloved, elderly, scruffy cat or the misguided love of a new husband who thought getting his cat-loving bride a dead one for their first anniversary was a good idea – then please consider bidding.”I am not heartless – I do feel some affection for the cat, which clearly was beloved of someone back when it was alive – so I am donating ten percent of the sale price to an animal rescue shelter.”Check out the pictures – two alive cats are included in the images for reference, but are not included in the listing. We want to keep those. Catherine noted the cat’s haunting stareCredit:eBay A thoughtful gift?Credit:eBay Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a stuffed version of your favourite animal. At least, that’s what one woman wrote on her eBay listing in a bid to get rid of a horrific wedding anniversary present.The eBay seller, Catherine, loves cats, so her husband decided to give her someone else’s dead elderly pet on their first wedding anniversary.Her husband was given the stuffed cat by his tattoo artist, and thought it was the perfect gift for his feline-fanatic wife.She, however, was not happy with the gift.
She was one of the groundbreaking scientists of the 1950s who played a pivotal role in uncovering the structure of DNA.But a row has broken out in the leafy grounds of Surrey University over whether chemist Rosalind Franklin should have had a road named in her honour rather than a close.The Rosalind Franklin Society have accused the local council of being sexist by giving women “second billing”, while residents branded it “unfair” that she was denied the same street status as her male counterparts.So intense was the debate that Guildford Borough Council agreed to hold informal talks about changing its name from Rosalind Franklin Close to Rosalind Franklin Road.Alan Turing Road, Alexander Fleming Road, Ronald Ross Road and Ernst Chain Road are among the streets surrounding Surrey Research Park which are named after some of the brightest minds in medicine and science.But only two streets are named after famous female scientists – Rosalind Franklin Close and Daphne Jackson Road. Professor Jackson was a nuclear physicist who taught at the University of Surrey and became the UK’s first female physics professor in 1971.The fact that Dr Franklin was the only person not given her own road, and was supposedly relegated to a close, was seen as a slight by the Rosalind Franklin Society, which celebrates the contribution of women to science.Karla Rubinger, director of the society, said: “This is yet another level in which women, at best, get only second billing. We must all be working to change this.”Dr Franklin died of ovarian cancer aged 37 in April 1958, six years after taking what is described as the most important picture ever captured in the world – Photo 51, which showed that DNA has a spiraling or ‘double-helical’ structure.While her fellow researchers Maurice Wilkins, James Watson and Francis Crick were awarded a Nobel Prize for their work in 1962, she never received official recognition for her pioneering role in the scientific breakthrough.Guildford Borough Council told The Telegraph: “We received a suggestion from a resident of the borough to rename the street. We entered into an informal consultation with the University of Surrey as they owned the only residential premises on the street and so are responsible for managing the implications in terms of residents.”Although the University themselves did not object to the suggestion of changing the name, we did receive an objection from a resident directly to ourselves. Given the problems caused for residents when addresses are changed, we decided not to continue on to a formal consultation on the suggestion to change the name.” Dr Franklin attended St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and went on to graduate from Cambridge University with a chemistry degree.She had spent four years gaining extensive experience in x-ray diffraction technology in Paris before she began her work on DNA at King’s College London in 1951.During the Second World War she served as a London air raid warden and investigated the physical chemistry of carbon and coal at the British Coal Utilisation Research Association.A spokesperson for the University of Surrey told The Telegraph: “Rosalind Franklin was one of the greatest scientists of our time and we were pleased that our suggestion to honour her, during the construction of our research park in 1984, was accepted by Guildford Borough Council.“We’re pleased that this discussion is once again highlighting Rosalind’s achievements, which are the reason we put her name forward when the Council originally named the roads.” Dr Franklin, who died of cancer aged 37 in 1958, has a street named after her in Surrey 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.
Apple opened up preorders for the iPhone 4S first thing this morning. At 12:00am Pacific time (3am Eastern) Apple.com was supposed to make the switchover from explaining when preorders would be available to actually making them available. That eventually happened, but not right on schedule — for at least a few minutes the site was returning an error to visitors.The initial error on store.apple.com was a standard one — Http/1.1 Service Unavailable — and it lasted for at least 15 minutes after 12:00 PT (much to my dismay).Cnet reports a rash of different errors on the site, including the generic “An error occurred”. Eventually a reservation system was put in place so that spots could be held without buyers going through the entire process.By 6AM this morning (when I placed my order) everything was working normally. My ordering process was fast and efficient with no errors. At the end of the process I paid and was told I would have my iPhone 4S on October 14th, the first possible day. After about 15 minutes a confirmation email arrived.Despite all indications of a considerable number of sales — including the problems with Apple’s site this morning — the iPhone 4S is still said to be arriving at customers’ homes and businesses on October 14th. This won’t necessarily be the case for long, at least if the past is any indicator. Apple fans will remember that the ship date for a preordered iPhone 4 was pushed back a number of times, eventually to 3 weeks after the official release date.This hasn’t happened yet with the iPhone 4S, possibly because Apple expected the demand and manufactured a greater number of handsets. Building the handsets surely would have been easier this time as the iPhone 4’s structural components are the ones Apple has had made tens of millions of times over the last 16+ months. Availability of the components, like the A5 chip, could potentially have been the bigger issue, but it hasn’t come up yet.And, of course, there is also the possibility that preorder demand for the iPhone 4S is lower than Apple expected so the limit on the initial batch of preorders has not yet been hit. Last year Apple took 600,000 orders for the iPhone 4 on its first day of availability. We’ll soon see if the iPhone 4S matches that number.
Des gravats radioactifs évacués par erreur de la centrale nucléaire du Bugey Mardi matin, des gravats ont quitté par erreur la centrale nucléaire de Bugey dans l’Ain alors que ceux-ci avaient été détectés comme radioactifs. Ils ont été déversés dans une carrière, avant d’être récupérés puis rapportés à la centrale mercredi. C’est un incident qui ne va pas redorer le blason du secteur du nucléaire. Mercredi, EDF a fait savoir que des gravats présentant des traces de radioactivité avaient quitté par erreur le site de la centrale nucléaire du Bugey situé dans l’Ain et avaient été déversés dans une carrière, avant d’être rapatriés à la centrale. Une information qui avait déjà été révélée par le journal Le Progrès mais qui n’avait pas encore été confirmée.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalité”Mardi en fin de matinée, un camion a chargé des gravats sur un chantier en zone non-nucléaire” et quitté le site “par erreur” bien que “le dispositif de contrôle automatique” à la sortie de la centrale ait “détecté des traces de radioactivité”, a expliqué à l’AFP une porte-parole d’EDF, précisant néanmoins qu’il s’agissait de “très faibles traces de radioactivité artificielle”. Une fois quittés la centrale, les gravats ont alors été déchargés dans une carrière à Pérouges, avant que le personnel de la centrale ne se rende compte de l’erreur et n’effectue la récupération du chargement. Mais, après l’enlèvement des gravats, il a fallu tout de même s’assurer qu’aucune contamination n’avait eu lieu. L’EDF précise ainsi : “aucune trace de radioactivité artificielle”, n’était à signaler dans la carrière suite à l’erreur. L’incident a été classé au niveau 0 (sur 7) sur l’Échelle internationale des événements nucléaires (INES) et “n’a eu aucune conséquence sanitaire [ni] environnementale”, a affirmé le groupe.Le 11 août 2011 à 14:07 • Maxime Lambert
iZen propose un clavier de type Apple tout en bambou Grâce à Kickstarter, iZen pourrait bien développer un projet de clavier sans fil fait à 92%de bambou. Une matière avec un touché bien plus agréable que l’habituel plastique.Les claviers, petites bêtes sur lesquels nous passons tous quelques heures par jour… Même si on aime la nature et le bois, difficile de se passer d’un clavier de nos jours. Mais pourquoi ces appareils seraient-ils nécessairement en plastique froid et artificiel ? Financé grâce à Kickstarter, iZen souhaite sortir un clavier bluetooth fabriqué à 92% en bambou. Il imiterait les claviers Apple à ceci près que seule la batterie Li-ion et les éléments électroniques (8% du produit donc) ne seraient pas en bambou. Il serait compatible PC, smartphone, et présenté en vedette avec un iPad, pour lequel il peut servir de dock.Le prix du clavier sera toutefois un peu plus élevé que le bas de gamme qui nous suffit habituellement, 85 dollars, soit 65 euros… ce qui est à peu près le prix du clavier équivalent Apple. Gros souci par contre : il n’est proposé qu’en Qwerty…Kickstarter est très pratique pour financer les projets innovants, comme cela a été vu avec la fascinante caméra Digital Bolex.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le principe est de souscrire à une offre de financement collectif, en sachant que la somme demandée ne sera débitée que lorsqu’un nombre suffisant de personne auront financé le projet. Pour ce clavier ce sera 18.000 dollars (13.600 euros) au total, et il leur reste 23 jours pour réunir la somme. Intéressé pour avoir un clavier classieux et écologique ?Le 26 mars 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 3, 2017 – Providenciales – In an ongoing effort to inform the general public of the revitalization of Heaving Down Rock historic site, the National Trust wish to provide update at this point on the progress of the project.A panel has been posted at the site which provides a general outline of the revitalization project, listing the sponsors, Windward Development Company Ltd., and contractor, McIntosh Construction. The overall goal of the project is to provide security through the construction of a security booth and gate, restrooms, paved parking, landscaping, lighting and sheltered waiting area for ferry passengers.To date, the construction of the security building has been completed with restrooms and office space. A gazebo which provides shelter from the elements for passengers awaiting the arrival or departure of the ferry has also been erected. Next phases to consist of preparation of paved parking, landscaping and sheet piling.The Trust realizes that Heaving Down Rock is a pivotal point connecting the family islands to Providenciales. It is an equally significant historic and cultural site which must be maintained and managed for wholesome use by the people of these islands. To this end the organization would like to appeal to the public to respect the significance of the site and partner with the Trust in keeping the maintenance and management costs at a minimum.For further information please contact 649-941-5710 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.orgPress Release: TCIG Related Items:
SEATTLE — A lone gunman armed with a shotgun and knife opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said.A student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman after he entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall, and several other students jumped on top of him and pinned him down until police officers arrived, police said.A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center. Three other people were hospitalized. A critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition. Gregg says one of those two men was not shot.None of the victims was immediately identified.At a news conference Thursday night, Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the suspect in custody was a white male “approximately 26 years of age” who was not a student at the school. McDonagh said his name would not be released until he’s booked into jail for investigation of murder.The afternoon shooting came a week before the end of the school year, and the situation was particularly tense when police initially reported that they were searching for a second suspect. They later said no one else was involved.
PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, robbed a bank in Plantation, Friday afternoon.According to the FBI, the subject entered the Citibank near Broward Boulevard and Pine Island, just before 4 p.m.Officials said the robber, who was wearing all black and a red cap, demanded money from an employee before fleeing with an undisclosed sum of cash.There were customers in the bank at the time of the robbery, but no one was hurt.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The government shut down since December 2018. Pool Federal workers have begun asking for help on GoFundMe as a government shutdown nears the three-week mark.Government employees have set up roughly 1,000 fundraising pages as they seek help in meeting their expenses, said a GoFundMe spokeswoman in an email statement. Campaigns on the crowdfunding platform seek anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for everyday expenses, such as utilities and groceries.”We deploy proprietary technical tools and have multiple processes in place to verify the identity of campaign organizers and the beneficiary of the campaign,” said the spokeswoman. “Before money is transferred, an individual’s information, including their banking information, must be verified by our payment processor.”A search on the site for the term “government shutdown” returned more than 1,650 results. The campaigns have raised approximately $150,000 in total, according to the platform’s spokeswoman.”It’s affecting over hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the US in different federal agencies,” Brandon Taijeron, a Department of Justice employee whose story was included in The Guardian article, wrote on his GoFundMe page. “I’m on my last leg as far as finances being taken care of, putting food on the table, making sure my wife and son have everything they need, getting to and from work even though we’re not getting paid right now.”The government shutdown started in December because the House and Senate couldn’t come to agreement on funding President Donald Trump’s $5 billion border wall, according to CBS News. Over 420,000 government staff are reportedly working without pay.First published on Jan. 10, 5:50 p.m. PT.Updates on Jan. 11, 7:20 a.m. PT: Adds GoFundMe spokeswoman statement. Politics Digital Media Internet Services 30 Comments Share your voice Tags
Kolkata: In a major move, the residents of the Sunderbans can now get their passports from the Canning post office itself.The passport office at Canning post office has become operational from Wednesday. Earlier, the residents of the Sunderbans had to come to Kolkata to get their passports from the Regional Passport Office. There are people who live in Geonkhali and Sajnekhali, two very remote areas of the Sunderbans, and coming to Kolkata to get their passports posed a serious problem for them. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe residents of these two areas had written to the state government to take up the matter with the Regional Passport authority. The setting of the passport office in canning met a long-standing demand of the people. Bibhuti Bhusan Kumar, Regional Passport officer said passports are being distributed among the applicants from 40 post offices in Bengal. The work will be carried out from the Regional Passport office. The applicants will have to submit all the papers online. He said that after police verification, the applicants will get the passports in two to three days. Getting the police verification done for the applicants staying in remote areas is a major problem. It takes even several months for them to get the police verification done. The reason for this is the shortage of staff in the police stations. Kumar said attempts will be made to set up an office where all the official work will be done.
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Lightning struck a tree in Francis Road on Monday (October 23).People were standing outside at San Marco (Pick ‘n Pay) Centre watching the thunderstorm on Monday afternoon to see if there was going to be any hail.There were numerous lightning strikes in the area and over town, and then suddenly one hit a tree in Christopher Park on the other side of the road from the shopping centre.Those watching the storm saw the tree crashing to the ground.Business people in the area say the tree had suffered damage before in many other storms, and this was the proverbial last straw (or lightning bolt) that broke the camel’s back (or tree as the case may be).The tree completely destroyed a bench in the park as it slammed into the ground.Also read: Notice: Van Reenen’s Pass still open despite inclement weather conditionsAlso read: Weather warning: Cold and possibly wet conditions in store for Ladysmith today Also read: Icy weather expected for Ladysmith as cold front approaches, with snow predicted in some areasMunicipal workers were in the area on Tuesday to remove the tree.People need to be vigilant during thunderstorms, as lightning and wind can cause major damage.People who saw the tree fall were shocked that lightning could drop a tree in a matter of seconds.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!
Sunwing cancels St. Maarten flights through April 30, 2018; adds MoBay, Cancun capacity Share Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing is cancelling its St. Maarten flights out of Toronto and Montreal right through until April 30, 2018, putting its program to the popular Caribbean destination on hold for the fall/winter 2017-2018 season while the island rebuilds following the devastation from Hurricane Irma.Sunwing reconfirmed that it has added additional flying on the same day of travel, from Toronto to Montego Bay and Montreal to Cancun in order to offer customers more options.“Impacted customers have been provided the option of re-booking alternative vacation packages at a special rate, choosing from other available options or cancelling for a full refund. Customers who booked with their travel agent are encouraged to contact them directly to make arrangements,” says Sunwing.Meanwhile Air Canada Vacations has updated its post-Irma destination information from its Sept. 13 Sun Collection product launch. ACV has announced it will send 25 Product Specialists from its Montreal and Toronto offices to assess its sun destinations in order to ensure all hotels receiving guests continue to meet the company’s precise quality standards.The ACV Product Specialists will visit Turks and Caicos, Cuba and a number of other destinations in order to conduct local, on-site inspections. The review will encompass hotel amenities, beaches, as well as road and relevant utility infrastructure.“Our goal is to ensure that our travel agent partners can book these hotels with confidence and that our guests return home with a positive vacation experience,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations. “In order to ensure this, we wanted to compliment the information we have received from our hotel and tourist board partners with our own, in-person site inspections.”More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterA goodwill policy remains in effect for customers to delay or change vacations. Affected customers may rebook an alternate Air Canada Vacations package by Oct.15, 2017 for travel anytime.Travel agents will retain their original commission if a booking has not yet been rebooked and remains an in-house credit. Travel agents will receive the difference in commission if a travel package is rebooked for a higher value than the original booking.For any cancelled bookings, travel agents will no longer receive the commission.Air Canada is resuming flights back into Fort Myers today and to Sarasota tomorrow. The airline resumed its full schedule to Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa on Sept. 13.“Customers are advised that aircraft are very full on outgoing flights from Florida and, while Air Canada is adding additional capacity, space may be limited initially. However, Air Canada is committed to add extra capacity in order to transport customers who wish to travel.”Air Canada resumed service to Havana on Sept. 13. Other destinations in Cuba remain cancelled with plans to resume services to most destinations later this month, subject to the safety and security of airports and infrastructure. The airports serving Cayo Coco and Santa Clara are presently closed until Oct. 31.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAir Canada and Air Canada Rouge have also resumed scheduled service to other destinations in the Caribbean.Meliá Hotels International has issued an update on its operations in Cuba, where the northern coast saw the most damage from Irma. “[Our] hotels in Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and Cayo Largo are fully operational,” says Melia. “As for the situation in Varadero, our hotels have suffered minor damages and most of them are already operating normally, whilst the rest will reestablish their services in the next 24/48 hours.”Most of the recovery work can be completed in a short time, and in cases where major improvements are needed, they are expected to be finalized prior to the start of the peak season, noted Melia.Regarding the situation on Cuba’s north coast, “it is too soon to make evaluations until we have a proper inventory, but the company intends to begin operations in Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa María as soon as possible, with hotels less affected.”Melia adds that its resorts in Puerto Rico, the D.R., Bahamas, Orlando and Miami are 100% operational. Tags: Jamaica, Mexico, St. Maarten, Sunwing, Travel Alert Friday, September 15, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Qatar Airways B777 www.qatarairways.comQatar Airways adds Sydney to rapidly growing network Qatar Airwaysbook and fly here Source = Qatar Airways DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has announced its highly anticipated daily direct services from Doha to Sydney starting from 1st March 2016, the third Australian city in the Qatar Airways network. Currently, the Doha-based carrier operates daily non-stop flights to Melbourne and Perth with a total of 14 services each week.Australia, with its stunning landscape of idyllic beaches and famous interior, along with its rich history and culture, draws millions of visitors each year. The most populous city of Sydney, with its ocean-side location, sandy beaches, and iconic attractions like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s and the world’s top business and tourist destinations, and Sydney will undoubtedly be a popular addition to Qatar Airways’ rapidly growing network.Qatar Airways Group Chief ExecutiveHis Excellency Mr. Akbar Al BakerQatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to debut our daily Sydney flights next March. The expansion of our Australia services will undoubtedly boost and strengthen the trade and commercial links that exist between Qatar and Australia, setting the stage for even more robust partnership opportunities in the near future. We look forward to carrying more travellers to and from Australia across our extensive global network and providing them with another world-class experience both on board and on the ground at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport in Doha.”The evening departure timings in both directions provide convenient travel times for passengers, and enhance connectivity to attractive business and leisure destinations across Qatar Airways ever-expanding global network.“We’re looking forward to welcoming Qatar Airways to Sydney Airport. As Skytrax’s 2015 Airline of the Year, Qatar Airways will provide passengers with a quality product and greater connectivity to destinations around the world,” said Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kerrie Mather.“The new daily service will significantly boost inbound tourism to New South Wales (NSW), as well as create an estimated 3,000 jobs, including 2,500 in NSW, and contribute over $240 million to the Australian economy. Qatar Airways’ service will also provide greater air cargo access to the Middle East and the growing Qatar market, which is great for NSW exports.”The Doha-Sydney daily flights will be operated by the Boeing 777-300 aircraft which offers Qatar Airways’ award-winning in-flight hospitality and luxurious comfort across both cabins.The national airline of the State of Qatar was named the world’s best carrier at the 2015 Skytrax Awards earlier in June, marking the third time the airline has won this coveted accolade. Most recently, the airline was also awarded the ‘Best for Business’ award and named runner-up as the readers’ choice for ‘Leisure Long-haul Travel’ by one of the world’s leading travel publications, Condé Nast Traveller.www.qatarairways.comPassengers travelling with Qatar Airways to and from Sydney in Business Class on board the Boeing 777 can enjoy one of the most comfortable fully-flat beds in the sky with 78 inches of seat pitch. In addition, the on-demand à la carte menu service allows Business Class passengers to order anything from the menu at any time during the flight. The aircraft also features the state-of the-art Oryx One entertainment system, with more than 2,000 entertainment options on individual screens in all classes.When flying with Qatar Airways, passengers can look forward to a convenient and seamless one-stop transfer at the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA), home of Qatar Airways. The airport houses one of the world’s largest and most luxurious Business Class lounges – the Al Mourjan Business Lounge, and also has over 40,000 square metres of retail space and restaurants that includes a selection of more than 70 retail and 30 food and beverage outlets.HIA also has a fully accessible spa for all passengers with a minimal entrance fee that includes access to the following facilities: a swimming pool, squash courts, sauna and steam rooms.One of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Qatar Airways has experienced rapid growth in just 18 years of operation. Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 166 aircraft flying to 152 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.Daily flights between Doha and Sydney from 1 March 2016 (all times local)Depart Doha QR908 at 20:10, arrive Sydney at 18:05 (next day)Depart Sydney QR909 at 22:20, arrive Doha at 05:05 (next day)About Qatar Airways:Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 18th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 166 aircraft flying to 152 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Qatar Airways won Airline of the Year, Best Business Class Airline Seat and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2015 Skytrax Awards. This is the third time the airline won the accolade of Airline of the Year.Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.Qatar Airways recently launched Oryx One, an enhanced interface for its inflight entertainment system, increasing the number of movies and TV shows on board from 950 to up to 2,000. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the five-star airline’s on-board WiFi and GSM service.Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s fifth largest cargo carrier, serves more than 40 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally on 166 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet now includes six Airbus 330, eight Boeing 777 freighters and one Boeing 747 freighter.