New Mercedes GLK spied; to be released in 2015

first_imgExpected 2015 Mercedes GLKGerman luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz’s second-generation GLK Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) has been spied on international roads. The SUV is expected to make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. It has been developed as part of a joint engineering programme with the fourth-generation C-class  and shares crucial elements of the car’s platform, drivelines and technical features.Codenamed as X253, the second generation Mercedes GLK aims to provide stiff competition to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the upcoming Land Rover Discovery Sport.The new GLK’s modular platform, first used on the international C-Class, provides scope for production of both left and right-hand-drive variants due to a newly engineered driveshaft arrangement for the front wheels that preserves right-hand footwell space.A senior Mercedes official was quoted as saying, “With the adoption of the new platform, we will be able to offer both formats. The second-generation model will be a central pillar in our plans to increase worldwide sales, particularly in right-hand-drive markets that have so far been denied to the GLK.”Stylistically, the latest GLK is radically different from its predecessor. Instead of square-edged military vehicle-inspired lines on the first generation, the SUV will now have a more expressive exterior design with more heavily raked screen angles, bringing it closer to the C-Class.Sleeker styling can be seen in the five-seat cabin as well. On the inside, you will be greeted by a swoopy dashboard with a free-standing multimedia monitor. Its steering wheel, instruments, switchgear, trim and seats are all as per the latest Mercedes design. With a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, Mercedes claims that the second-generation GLK offers greater interior accommodation than its predecessor, though there are no plans for a third row of seats. In addition, boot capacity is also said to have increased. advertisementMercedes GLK will be sold with a range of longitudinally mounted in-line, 4-cylinder and V6 petrol and diesel engines, brought over from the new C-class range. The turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will come with either a standard 7 or 9-speed automatic gearbox. Apart from this, buyers will also be offered a choice between rear and four-wheel drive, depending on the chosen engine. The GLK will reportedly be rebadged as GLC as part of a new nomenclature system, to reportedly position the GLK as the C-class of the Merc SUV line-up.last_img read more

Three full grown sandalwood trees axed& taken away

first_imgCoimbatore, Sept 22 (PTI): Three fully grown sandalwood trees were axed and taken out by some persons from a private farm at Podanur here, police said. Shanmugam, who was growing three 20 foot tall sandalwood trees, notice the axed trees when he went to his farm this morning. Based on his complaint, a case was registered, police said. Some days back, two sandalwood trees had been axed from the roadside at Race Course area in the heart of the city. An alert security guard of a star hotel there had prevented the miscreanst from taking it away. PTI NVM APR APRlast_img

USA outclass Netherlands 2-0 to clinch fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup title

first_imgThe United States won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.Rapinoe, the pink-haired U.S. captain who grabbed world-wide attention on and off the field, scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder in the penalty area.Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her 50th international goal, her sixth of the tournament to win the Golden Ball as scoring leader. The oldest player to score in a Women’s World Cup final, she struck a familiar victorious pose with arms outstretched.Lavelle, at 24 the team’s up-and-coming star, added a goal on an 18-foot left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run up the center of the field.Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted “Equal Pay!” at the final whistle, a reminder players sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination.Rapinoe drew the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump during the tournament by saying she and teammates would refuse to visit the White House, part of the team’s wider push for gender equity. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the final whistle to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon on Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.advertisementThe Americans never trailed in the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. U.S. coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women’s World Cup titles, and the U.S. joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.With confidence and brashness that some called even arrogant triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist – this American team established a standard of excellence that will be a goal for other U.S. teams and the rest of the world to match. Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the postgame celebration.last_img read more

Marcelo: Ronaldo always delivers for Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid Marcelo: Ronaldo always delivers when Madrid need him to Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 10:41 10/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Getafe v Real Madrid Getafe Primera División Marcelo The Real Madrid defender said his team knew the Portuguese star would deliver when Los Blancos needed him most Real Madrid can always rely on Cristiano Ronaldo to step up when they need him to, according to defender Marcelo.Facing the prospect of more dropped La Liga points after Getafe had drawn level, with Jorge Molina cancelling out Karim Benzema’s opener, Madrid needed Ronaldo.Real 15/4 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And the Portugal star got on the end of an Isco pass and drilled home an 85th-minute winner for his first league goal of the campaign.”We know what Cristiano brings to Madrid. He deserves a lot of credit for all he’s done at Madrid and we know that when he has to show up, he does so,” the Brazilian said.”That happens in football, I couldn’t tell you why. “We’re trying to improve with every game, trying to cut the gap to first place and continue fighting for all the points available.”The man who netted our winner at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez!@Cristiano pic.twitter.com/OUw7HoRGMH— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 14, 2017Madrid moved into second in the table with their win, but they are five points adrift of leaders and rivals Barcelona.Marcelo was pleased with his team’s response after conceding, saying: “It’s a difficult place to come, everyone has that extra motivation when they’re playing against Madrid. “We conceded a goal, I don’t know if it was offside or not but that doesn’t bother me.”We did a great job, we were able to manage the game well after scoring and we ended up winning it.”last_img read more

How World Cup brought enemies Iran & USA together

first_imgWorld Cup How the World Cup brought enemies Iran and USA together 20 years ago Ives Galarcep 19:55 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Iran 1998 World Cup Ben Radford World Cup United States v Iran Iran v Spain Iran United States Spain When Iran faces Spain on Thursday, it will be come exactly 20 years after the most politically-charged World Cup match of all time Politics have stayed out of the spotlight for most of the first week of the 2018 World Cup, but when Iran faces Spain in Wednesday’s 2018 World Cup showdown in Kazan, Russia, it will arrive just a day before the 20-year-anniversary of the most politically-charged match in finals’ history.Iran and the United States have had a complicated and often hostile relationship for the better part of the past 40 years, so when the two countries were placed in the same group for the 1998 World Cup, political overtones immediately surrounded the match.”We’re not going to let politics play a part in this,” then-U.S. coach Steve Sampson said in the lead-up to the match. “We want to show that what we want coming out of this match besides a positive result was that the two countries are able to compete, meet each other on the field, compete effectively, and afterwards exchange jerseys as a sign that this is hopefully a start of what can be a new relationship between the countries of the United States and Iran.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The build-up to the match coincided with a thawing of relations between the two nations, which had been adversaries since the fall of the U.S-backed Shah of Iran following the Islamic Revolution in the country in 1979.That, coupled with a hostage crisis that saw 52 American diplomats kept captive in the Tehran-based U.S. embassy for 444 days, led to a complete ceasing of all diplomatic relations between the countries.The two nations find themselves in that same position today, but there was a brief period of improved relations that coincided with their World Cup meeting. That historical backdrop made the 1998 World Cup match in Lyon, France a politically-charged event, one that even drew threats of protests and required a larger-than-normal police presence.Despite the distractions, and the history between the countries, players from the two teams joined together to take a group photo before the match, a moment that made a big impression in both countries and around the world.”We talked about taking the picture together, and we asked everybody how they all felt and all the players were all for it,” then-U.S. midfielder Tab Ramos told Goal. “We all thought that this was sports, and whatever happens in politics that’s obviously off the field. We want to make people happy and make people cheer, so we took the picture together.”The United States wound up losing to Iran on the way to an awful showing at the 1998 World Cup. Three losses in three matches doomed the Americans to a last-place finish in Group F, with Germany and Yugoslavia proceeding to the last 16. This led to the departure of Sampson, who was eventually replaced by Bruce Arena — though, coincidentally, another candidate in the running for the job then was current Iran coach Carlos Quieroz.”We were a little bit afraid of their counter,” Ramos recalled of the match, which finished with the Iranians winning 2-1. “That was a good Iran team. We had the ball more, but I think on the counter they were really dangerous and eventually they got us. If anything, we were dominating the game but unfortunately they caught us and sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”USA Iran 1998 World CupThe result was a historic one for Iran, marking its first World Cup victory, a feat the Iranians didn’t match until they defeated Morocco, 1-0, in their 2018 World Cup opener. The 1998 victory led to celebrations in the streets of Iran, not only for the first World Cup win in the nation’s history, but because it came against a country long seen as an enemy of Iran.As bad as the 1998 World Cup was for the United States, one of the few bright spots was the sportsmanship shown in the match against Iran, a display that eventually helped lead to the two countries playing each other in a friendly in the United States in 2000.”Maybe we did have a little effect on the political climate getting better,” said Ramos, who is in Russia at the World Cup working as an analyst for Telemundo. “When you’re a player that’s not really what you do, but if you can help people understand each other and come together it feels good to do that.”Not only did the nations play each other in a friendly, two members of the 1998 Iran team that defeated the Americans wound up playing in the United States in Major League Soccer. Iranian forward Khodadad Azizi spent the 2000 season with the San Jose Earthquakes, while defender Mohammad Khakpour played with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1999, where he was teammates with Ramos.”(Khakpour) was the nicest guy, and one of the few foreign players who I visited his house for dinner, and he came to my home for dinner,” Ramos told Goal. “We develped a really close relationship and I think it started that day in 1998.”last_img read more

YEDAI Project Manager Highlights Importance of Youth Creativity

first_img Manager for the Government’s Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project, Margery Newland, says Jamaica’s economic growth and development are, to some extent, grounded in the creativity of the nation’s youth, particularly as it relates to job creation. Story Highlights Noting that the society has, in the past, been hamstrung by the belief that young people were obliged to pursue careers in traditional professions, such as education, law and medicine, Mrs. Newland said the view has changed in relation to the current generation which has “no such limitations”. “Your only limitations, I think, is where you restrict your imagination (and) creativity…Your responsibility is to use your imagination to the fullest possible extent that you can, to think and work creatively (in doing) things in new ways that show you are able to improvise,” she told the young participants at the fair. Manager for the Government’s Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project, Margery Newland, says Jamaica’s economic growth and development are, to some extent, grounded in the creativity of the nation’s youth, particularly as it relates to job creation.Noting that the society has, in the past, been hamstrung by the belief that young people were obliged to pursue careers in traditional professions, such as education, law and medicine, Mrs. Newland said the view has changed in relation to the current generation which has “no such limitations”.She was speaking at the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair awards ceremony, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 12).“Your only limitations, I think, is where you restrict your imagination (and) creativity…Your responsibility is to use your imagination to the fullest possible extent that you can, to think and work creatively (in doing) things in new ways that show you are able to improvise,” she told the young participants at the fair.Mrs. Newland also emphasised that the society’s adults and elders have a responsibility “to encourage your creativity and provide mentorship and access to the technology that will help you to succeed. These ingredients are the things that are going to turn your dreams into practical reality”.Meanwhile, she said the high level of creativity and enthusiasm exhibited by youngsters participating in the fair is “very heartening,” and is a testimonial to the hard work by the SRC in organising the initiative.Noting the emergence of the local animation industry, Mrs. Newland said ongoing developments are positioning the sector to the point where persons, especially young people, will be able to leverage its benefits to their advantage.“Everybody is interested in and wants to do animation… which captures people’s imagination,” she said.For his part, SRC Executive Director, Dr. Cliff Riley, said the agency prides itself in being engaging and relevant through activities such as the fair.“As we look on Jamaica’s future and the developmental plans to make (it) the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, there is no way we can achieve that without a well-educated population… that has scientists, problem-solvers and innovators. This is where our students (come in) because they are the solution persons (and) problem-solvers of our future,” he argued.In this regard, the Executive Director praised the teachers facilitating the students’ development, noting that many of them serve as mentors in providing the youngsters with the necessary guidance and inspiration designed to steer them towards making the correct choices regarding their future.“Teachers, we really thank you. You are the reasons why we are where we are (as a nation)… because you are the ones who have transformed our lives. When I see how our students are thinking, I am convinced that we don’t have a major problem in terms of the future of science. Once we are able to support our students… our innovators… we will come up with real solutions (for the challenges Jamaica faces),” he added.More than 350 students and teachers from 20 primary, secondary and tertiary institutions participated in the one-day fair, which featured 36 projects entered for cash and other prizes totalling over $1 million.The entries were developed in the areas of agriculture; food and agro-processing; energy; information and communications technology and electronics, with special focus on cybersecurity, health and safety, and sports/athletics.Seaview Primary School, Vere technical High School and Northern Caribbean University topped the respective categories.The National Science and Technology Fair, which was staged in collaboration with YEDAI and several other partner entities, aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development.last_img read more

Issue of steep air fares raised in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: Members of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Thursday flagged the issue of steep air fares especially during natural calamities like cyclones and riots. Raising the issue during the Question Hour, BJD MP Pinaki Misra said during the Jat riots in Haryana in 2016, the Delhi-Chandigarh fare shot up to Rs 90,000. The same was the case when Cyclone Fani hit Odisha last month. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said airlines set their fares in different segments. Opposition members, including those from the Congress, TMC and DMK protested over the reply of the minister. “Are you trying to justifying predatory pricing?” members said continuing their protest. The minister, in response, said he be allowed to complete his answer, which could satisfy queries of members. The din, however, continued.last_img

Deere hit on both sides of trade war posts weak 1Q earns

MOLINE, Ill. — Deere & Co., a manufacturer that faces threats from both ends of a trade war, cited rising costs and anxious farmers as it reported a profit shortfall for the first quarter Friday.Shares bounced back from sharp premarket declines, however, on a relatively strong outlook, and hopes that tensions with China will recede.The U.S. and China will continue to try to hash out trade differences next week in Washington after two days of talks wrapped up Friday in Beijing. But ongoing trade tensions have damaged U.S. farmers to a degree that they are pulling back on investing in heavy equipment.President Donald Trump last year started slapping import taxes on Chinese goods and on foreign steel and aluminum. China, which buys almost 60 per cent of all soybeans the U.S. exports, retaliated by imposing tariffs on soybeans and other farm products.Farms already hurting because of slumping commodity prices have begun failing at an advanced rate.The number of farm bankruptcies in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan reached 84 in the 12 months leading up to June 2018, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis which monitors the region.That is more than double the total from four years earlier, when rising farm bankruptcies were first noted, according to the Fed.“Our results were hurt by higher costs for raw materials and logistics as well by customer concerns over tariffs and trade policies,” said Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen. “These latter issues have weighed on market sentiment and caused farmers to become more cautious about making major purchases.”U.S-China trade negotiations continue next week while a planned American tariff hike on $200 billion of Chinese imports looms on March 2. President Trump has said he might let the March 2 deadline slide if the talks go well.Deere did bounce back from losses last year to a first-quarter profit of $498.5 million. But its per-share earnings of $1.54 were 26 cents short of Wall Street expectations, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue was $7.98 billion, or $6.94 billion adjusted for one-time events, which edged out analyst expectations. And the company expects equipment sales to increase by about 7 per cent this year, compared with 2018.Shares in the Moline, Illinois, company fell 1 per cent._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DE at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DEThe Associated Press read more

Transcontinental fires back over sale of Atlantic Canada media assets

HALIFAX — Montreal-based Transcontinental Inc. is defending its handling of the sale of its East Coast media assets to SaltWire Network, and says it’s considering a counter-suit against Atlantic Canada’s largest media company.Transcontinental says the 2017 sale to SaltWire was “conducted based on fair, accurate and timely information.”SaltWire, which owns 35 newspapers in Atlantic Canada, has launched a lawsuit accusing Transcontinental of overstating its printing and distribution business and misrepresenting revenue streams of the acquired assets.The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court claims Transcontinental substantially overstated revenues, hid material facts about the condition of the assets and was not forthcoming about a number of questionable business practices.But Transcontinental said Thursday it’s a reputable organization with the highest ethical practices, and added it is considering a counter-suit because SaltWire has “failed to fulfil its payment obligations and is in breach of contract.”SaltWire chief operating officer Ian Scott said Thursday the company “has, in all instances, adhered to the purchase contract with Transcontinental.”He said the company had been unsuccessful in its attempts to reach a settlement with Transcontinental that avoids the courts.SaltWire is seeking compensation for general and special damages, as well as aggravated and punitive damages, interest and costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A)The Canadian Press read more

Part of bourbon warehouse collapses in western Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Part of a bourbon warehouse in western Kentucky collapsed during a thunderstorm.News outlets report the partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse was reported early Monday.Master Distiller Jacob Call says around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears that about 4,000 were affected. He says it appears most barrels remain intact.Call says engineers will be out later Monday to try to determine what caused the collapse. It’s unclear if weather played a role.Officials say no one was hurt. A nearby road is closed while the cleanup continues.Another Kentucky bourbon barrel warehouse collapsed last year. Half of a warehouse collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown on June 22, 2018, and the other half came down two weeks later.The Associated Press

Loan from UN agricultural fund aims to help Pakistans farmers increase crop

13 November 2009At least 25,000 poor rural households in Pakistan are expected to benefit from $18.3 million in funding from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that will help them maximize crop yields. At least 25,000 poor rural households in Pakistan are expected to benefit from $18.3 million in funding from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that will help them maximize crop yields.The funds will go towards the Crop Maximization Support Project, an initiative begun in response to the surge in food prices last year. It aims to increase crop production in 10 districts in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). Almost two thirds of the population, and 80 per cent of Pakistan’s poor people, live in rural areas and agriculture is a mainstay of the economy, but the sector needs help to boost yields, according to the Rome-based IFAD, which signed the loan agreement with the Government on Wednesday. The Crop Project also promotes gender and poverty mainstreaming in Pakistan’s national crop productivity project, by supporting the formation of special interest groups of women and the landless, promote their involvement in community development, and enhance their access to financial resources. To date, IFAD has funded 23 projects and programmes in Pakistan for a total investment of about $460 million. read more

New agreements will deliver funds expertise to help UN combat hunger

15 November 2009United Nations efforts to strengthen agriculture and enhance food security received a boost today, ahead of a major summit set to begin on Monday, thanks to new initiatives with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and a leading Brazilian university. The $1 billion agreement signed in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and IDB will fund agricultural development in 26 least developed countries that are members of both the Bank and FAO. The agreement aims to help leverage additional resources and bring total investment in the IDB-FAO programme to $5 billion by 2012. “This agreement comes at a critical moment, when the international community recognizes it has neglected agriculture for many years,” FAO stated in a news release. “Today, sustained investment in agriculture – especially smallholder agriculture – is acknowledged as the key to food security.” The agency added that both FAO and IDB share the same vision and strategy, and will continue working together in improving rural infrastructure, promoting local economic development and enhancing food security while strengthening and revitalizing their cooperation. Meanwhile, scientists from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), one of Brazil’s leading academic institutions specialized in food and agriculture, are set to provide their expertise to FAO for its agricultural development programmes in Latin America and Africa under another agreement signed today. The university will also facilitate access by students from developing countries supported by FAO to its capacity-building and human resources development programmes.More than 60 heads of State and government are scheduled to meet at the World Summit on Food Security to focus on boosting agricultural production and eradicating hunger, a scourge affecting 1 billion people worldwide.Ahead of the gathering, the three Rome-based UN agencies dealing with the issue today launched strategy to enhance collaboration between them.According to a joint statement issued by the FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the decision culminates a two-year effort to advance joint action to help developing nations address food insecurity by investing in agriculture and safety nets, and to address hunger exacerbated by the food and financial crises and climate change. read more

UN official urges positive social legacy from Brazils Olympics and World Cup

21 July 2011The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and Summer Olympics in Brazil should be harnessed to deliver a “positive social legacy” for the South American country and beyond, the United Nations envoy for sports and peace has said. Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, paid a five-day visit earlier this week to Brazil, which will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.“The upcoming major sports events are a historic and unique opportunity for the people of Brazil and the UN family to harness the power of sport and the world’s attention to disseminate important messages and deliver a positive social legacy that makes a difference and lasts far beyond the events,” he said.Mr. Lemke visited sports facilities in various cities and held meetings with Orlando Silva, Sports Minister of Brazil; representatives of the Foreign Ministry; Andrew Parsons, President of the Paralympic Committee; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Rio Games.“The Special Adviser offered his full support to ensure that the sport events will be a success and, in particular, leave behind a sustainable social development legacy,” his said in a press release issued today. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 137.74 points to 15,053.86.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 244.73 points to 21,742.83.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 24.19 points to 2,452.36.The Nasdaq composite index was down 80.40 points to 6,354.94.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.77 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 80.71 cents US.

Book takes readers to Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests

A Vittoria native has created an entirely new world to escape to in her debut picture book, The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests.Bailey Fort, who now lives in Toronto, returned to Norfolk County on Thursday to sign copies of the book at an event at Norfolk General Hospital.Fort, who went to Queen’s University and the George Brown College School of Design, came up with the idea for the book for a class assignment.“We didn’t have to do an entire children’s book, just some ideas for one,” Fort said about the assignment.“I just couldn’t quite leave it behind,” she said.“I decided to keep going with it.”Readers are taken “beyond the high seas, A-way to the east” to the Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests, where they are introduced to characters such as the snaggle-toofed bandersnoot, two-headed mugwump and  the millipus, which has a million arms.Fort said she added to a list of possible names for the book’s characters whenever she heard interesting words.“I was trying to think of what I loved as a kid,” said Fort. “I loved wordplay and silly poems. I thought that was a really engaging way to get kids reading.”Fort wrote and illustrated the book. She then created a campaign to fund its production and started her own publishing company to self-published the work.The author said her main goal is to get children to love reading.“I wanted to do something with rich, colourful illustrations that would also be appealing to children.”She has three other books in the works, including a follow up to her first book, one about mythical beasts and one with alliteration to teach young readers the different sounds made by the same letters.Copies of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests are available in Norfolk General’s gift shop.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Commercial vehicle production falls by a quarter in October

British commercial vehicle manufacturing declines -25.7% in October to 6,921.UK demand rises 31.7% as exports fall -44.0%.Year-to-date production declines -13.3% to 68,154 units, with overseas demand accounting for 61.6% of output.British CV manufacturing fell -25.7% in October, with 6,921 vehicles leaving production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Although production for the domestic market grew 31.7% in the month, bucking the recent downward trend, this wasn’t enough to offset a -44.0% decline in export demand. However, as fluctuating fleet buying cycles can affect production volumes, caution is advised when making month-by-month comparisons.Year-to-date production has also declined, with output for UK and overseas markets both falling.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While it is pleasing to see domestic production rise in October, naturally erratic buying cycles can have a big impact month-on-month. More significant is the overall downward trend we’ve seen this year, with the market showing the impact of declining business confidence. While exports have also fallen in recent months, they still account for almost two thirds of production, and clarity on post-Brexit trading arrangements is needed quickly to restore buyer confidence on both sides of the channel. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

How gangs are charging £3000 to smuggle migrants across the Channel before

As soon as £3,000 was put ‘on hold’ with the smugglers, Mahmood would be given a pickup point, from where he would be taken to a boat. Destination, Britain. Late on Boxing day evening, Mahmood, a 38-year-old Iranian migrant living in a tent in Calais, received a text. It was on. Forty minutes later, almost certainly to the west of Calais, the group was deposited on a beach and told to get into a small dinghy by a smuggling gang member who they… Accompanied by four friends, he found a man waiting in a car, and jumped in. His brother back in Iran moved the money, but he only pays if Mahmood arrives in the UK. Shortly afterwards Mahmood’s phone buzzed again. He studied a map and started walking. 

Clark County Council eyes code changes for cannabis

first_imgAs the Clark County Council continues to reconsider its ban on recreational cannabis businesses, it’s turned its attention to where such companies would be allowed to set up as well as other land-use questions.While the council took another step toward lifting the ban, Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring, an opponent of recreational cannabis, said it wasn’t a done deal and pushed for a more protracted process.“I don’t want to assume we are lifting the ban,” said Quiring.Recreational cannabis businesses have been banned in unincorporated Clark County since 2014, two years after Washington voters legalized the drug. Since then, cannabis businesses have proliferated in Vancouver. Earlier this year, the Clark County Council began taking a second look at the ban after last year’s elections changed the council’s composition.Last month, the council held a work session looking at the law enforcement and public health aspects of legal cannabis. On Wednesday, the council held another work session looking at what changes to the county code would be required to roll back the ban.A draft of code changes presented to the council would allow licensed cannabis producers and processors to operate in areas that have certain agricultural and forest zoning designations. Licensed retailers would be allowed to operate in commercial areas under the draft code.last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri hints readiness for transfer

first_imgSwitzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has suggested that one day he would be open to a transfer out of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to move to Serie A.Shaqiri who came to Anfield after having from Stoke City in the summer transfer window is still settling to the breath of Liverpool.The 27-year-old Shaqiri netted two goals with two assists so far in nine Premier League games this season, however, he only played four times in the top flight.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by The Sports Review, Shaqiri said:“I had some good times there, and I couldn’t criticise Inter Milan ever.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“A lot of players joined in that winter, such as Podolski, Kovacic, myself, and a lot of changes were ongoing.”Shaqiri has probably opened up door for a move as he claims that he never know what next for his future yet states he is happy at Liverpool FC.“Go back to Italy? I’m fine at Liverpool, but you never know,” he added.He could also feature in Liverpool against Everton on Sundaylast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer appoints San Diego FireRescue Veteran as new Fire Chief

first_img Posted: July 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After a three-month national search, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the appointment of Heartland Fire & Rescue Chief Colin Stowell as the next chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).Stowell began his firefighting career at SDFD in 1988 and served in every rank in the department, including Assistant Chief, before leaving in 2016 to lead Heartland Fire.Stowell, who was strongly recommended by both the community and professional interview panels, brings a wide-range of experience that will benefit the department and its more than 1,200 firefighters, lifeguards and support staff.“Chief Stowell was born and raised here in San Diego and spent the majority of his firefighting career protecting our neighborhoods and our residents,” Mayor Faulconer said. “He has the right experience at the right time to continue the major investments we’re making in public safety and lead this department into the future. It’s great to bring Chief Stowell back to SDFD where it all started.”Chief Stowell will take over the department following recent significant investments made by Mayor Faulconer and the City Council, including new firefighting helicopters and the construction or renovation of nine fire stations over the last three years.As San Diego’s Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Stowell oversaw the Emergency Operations division, which includes 48 fire stations, lifeguard services, the training division, emergency medical services, and special operations comprising hazardous materials, air operations, the bomb squad, and fire investigations. He led more than 845 sworn personnel and 240 full-time or seasonal lifeguards.“My career in the fire service began as a member of this great organization. There is no higher honor, personally or professionally, than to have the opportunity to build on this history by leading this esteemed department and its dedicated members in the coming years,” Stowell said. “As Fire Chief, I recognize the critical importance of continuing to provide compassionate and professional emergency services that distinguish this department, and ones that citizens and visitors to our city both deserve and expect. Fortunately, the city leaders and elected officials are tremendous advocates of the fire service in San Diego, and I feel extremely optimistic moving forward with such support and shared commitment to these priorities.”Chief Stowell previously held leadership roles in the SDFD’s operations and emergency medical services divisions. As a Captain, he served as the department’s Wellness Officer and developed the initial concept and procedures for SDFD’s regional Wellness Program. As a Deputy Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, he served on the San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management team as Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief.“Colin Stowell is lauded by his peers, and respected by other fire agencies,” said City Councilmember Chris Cate, Chair of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods committee. “I’m excited for what will come under Colin’s leadership.”Chief Stowell spent the past few years as chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue, which serves the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove. There he has been responsible for management and oversight of 127 sworn and civilian fire department staff, policy administration, development of four separate operating budgets as well as capital improvement projects, contract negotiations and oversight, and emergency management coordination with other city departments.“I am pleased to welcome Chief Colin Stowell back to the City of San Diego. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and capable manager for our Fire-Rescue Department,” said City Councilmember Lorie Zapf. “I look forward working with Chief Stowell to deliver the best public safety services to the residents of San Diego.”Feedback from community and professional panels were important factors in Mayor Faulconer’s ultimate decision to appoint Chief Stowell.Community and professional officials who participated in the interview process were:Dimitrios Alexiou, Hospital Association of San Diego CountyRonald Cho, Park and Recreation BoardGeorge Durado, San Diego City Firefighters Association Local 145Jim Geering, Chula Vista Fire ChiefStephen Groce, Human Relations CommissionSusan Jester, Citizens Equal Opportunity CommissionRick Robinson, Oceanside Fire ChiefWendy Robinson, San Diego Fire-Rescue FoundationChris Vanos, Teamsters 911Nick Wright, Municipal Employees Association.Chief Stowell will succeed Kevin Ester, who has served as Interim Chief since April when former Chief Brian Fennessy left the department for a similar position in Orange County. Ester will remain in a leadership role within SDFD.The City Council is expected to hold Stowell’s confirmation hearing later this month.Chief Stowell earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University, holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Miramar College and completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He is a native San Diegan who lives in San Diego with his wife and two teenage children. Mayor Faulconer appoints San Diego Fire-Rescue Veteran as new Fire Chief KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more