LNG Carrier Solaris Joins GasLog’s Fleet

first_imgzoom GasLog Ltd. has taken  delivery of the fully owned LNG carrier Solaris, from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, the company said on June 30.On the same day she commenced a medium-term charter to Shell Tankers Singapore (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc.The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection.The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore, the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of greenhouse gasses and offer enhanced cargo and heel management.GasLog has one further LNG carrier newbuilding due for delivery in 2014, one in 2015, four in 2016 and four in 2017.Press Release, July 1, 2014last_img read more

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Mali Supports Moroccos Return to AU Malian FM

Addis Ababa – Malian Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and African Integration Abdoulaye Diop reiterated on Saturday in Addis Ababa his country’s support for Morocco’s return to the African Union (AU).“At the level of the African Union, the Republic of Mali welcomed the request of the Kingdom of Morocco”, a brotherly and friendly country, Diop told reporters on the sidelines of the 28th African Union Summit.The Malian official recalled that Morocco has ratified the AU Constitutive Act, noting that the Kingdom has always maintained good relations with African countries. The return of Morocco to the AU will contribute to the strengthening of relations between the AU member countries, he said, adding that the Kingdom’s return will also consolidate the continent’s “cohesion and maturity” in order to find African solutions to the challenges facing Africa.Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, will host the 28th African Union summit on January 30-31. read more

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Palestinian leader voices hope at UN that Arabled initiative will bring peace

26 September 2008Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the General Assembly’s annual high-level gathering today that an Arab-led peace proposal provides a “historic opportunity” to bring peace and security to the region. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the General Assembly’s annual high-level gathering today that an Arab-led peace proposal provides a “historic opportunity” to bring peace and security to the region.The Arab Peace Initiative, a plan based on the principle of land for peace adopted in Beirut in 2002, calls for Israel to withdraw from all Arab lands occupied since 1967, recognize an independent Palestinian State and provide a just solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees. In return Arab countries would recognize Israel, end their conflict and normalize relations.Mr. Abbas reiterated his call “to all concerned parties, including Israel, and all concerned regional and international powers to seize the opportunity provided by the Arab Peace Initiative, an opportunity that should not be missed or treated lightly.”In the context of that proposal, he expressed his support for the indirect talks between Israel and Syria under Turkey’s auspices. “We hope this process will succeed in the achievement of justice and the implementation of international resolutions and the affirmation of international legitimacy.”Also paramount is the peace proposal launched in the United States city of Annapolis late last year, the President noted.An agreement on all final status issues “would lead to the realization of peace within our region, allowing it to enter a new era of relations characterized by good neighbourliness, mutual recognition, security and open borders and not by walls and barriers,” he told delegates at United Nations Headquarters.The conference held in Annapolis in November 2007 witnessed the largest number of countries come together to discuss the issue, resulting in the consensus that obstacles – namely Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, especially East Jerusalem – be removed, Mr. Abbas said.Earlier this month, a senior UN official told the Security Council that the peace process is at a crossroads and needs to make decisive advances in the months ahead, as disturbing developments counter-balance recent positive steps.“It appears so far that no agreement has been reached on the core issues,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) Robert Serry told the 15-member body. “However, it also appears that there have been substantive discussions, the potential of which must be built on with a continuation of intensive negotiations.” read more

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Senior UN officials urge greater efforts to help least developed countries

18 January 2010Senior United Nations officials today called for greater efforts to help the world’s poorest countries meet their development targets, as a three-day meeting kicked off in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to examine a decade of assistance to this group of nations. Ministers and senior government officials from 15 States classed as least developed countries (LDCs) are meeting through Wednesday to assess and develop a regional position for Asia and the Pacific ahead of a global review next year in Turkey on progress made since the adoption of the Brussels Programme of Action to assist LDCs. Adopted in May 2001, the Programme provides a framework for action to help LDCs progress toward halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 and promote the sustainable development of these countries. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), noted that the recent global food, fuel and financial crises took a heavy toll on LDCs, threatening to roll back their hard-won development gains.She emphasized greater connectivity among countries in Asia and the Pacific to create new markets, and endorsed more cooperation among countries of the South to sustain growth and development in the region’s LDCs. In addition, Ms. Heyzer stressed the need for financial assistance from donors, and underscored the need for monitoring to ensure that the pledges reached their intended targets.Cheick Sidi Diarra, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said the triple crises showed just how fragile LDC economies remain. Next year’s review conference, he said, will provide an opportunity for LDCs, development partners and others “to forge a clear vision, based on universal values, moral and ethical imperatives, and the requirements of fairness and equity, to enable the 800 million people in LDCs get out of poverty and onto the path to sustainable development.”Among the issues this week’s meeting is addressing are concerns related to reducing poverty and hunger by promoting sustainable and inclusive development in the LDCs; promoting food security through sustainable agriculture; and enhancing the share of LDCs in global trade, aid and financial flows and promoting their productive capacity. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Yemen are participating in the meeting. read more

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UN welcomes Colombians resolve in electing candidate of their choice

“The United Nations has been supporting peace efforts in Colombia, and will examine with care and interest president-elect Alvaro Uribe’s proposals regarding a future role for the Organization in new peace efforts,” Fred Eckhard, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a statement.The spokesman said the UN applauded the Columbian people for acting decisively to elect the candidate of their choice.

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Highlights of the 20132014 Ontario budget

Highlights of the 2013-2014 Ontario budget by The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2013 4:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa has unveiled the 2013-2014 budget.Here are some of the highlights:— $35 billion over three years for infrastructure spending, including a new $100 million fund for small and rural municipalities to repair roads and bridges.— the government will legislate an average 15 per cent cut in auto insurance premiums, but won’t say over what period of time.— the threshold for paying the 1.95 per cent employer health tax will be raised, which the budget says will mean 60,000 businesses will pay less, while the exemption would be eliminated for companies with a payroll over $5 million.— new high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on sections of some 400 series highways in the Toronto area (401, 404, 410 and 427)— widening key sections of Highway 401 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Highway 417 in Ottawa, and Highway 11/17 between Thunder Bay and Nipigon.— income testing will start in August 2014 to force higher income seniors to pay a larger share of their prescription drug costs.— there is a one per cent increase for people on welfare and disability support, who will also be allowed to keep the first $200 of earnings each month before their benefits are reduced.— a one per cent annual increase in spending on home and community care on top of the four per cent increase announced in last year’s budget.— there is $195 million over two years to help create 25,000 job opportunities for youth; $45 million over two years for a youth entrepreneurship fund;— $42 million a year to help adults with development disabilities and their families._ the deficit for 2013-14 is projected to be $11.7 billion, up from the $9.8 billion estimate for last year.— total spending will be $127.6 billion this year, and is projected to grow by 1.8 per cent a year over the next three years.— economic growth is projected at 1.5 per cent this year, 2.3 per cent in 2014 and 2.4 per cent in both 2015 and 2016.— Ontario’s net debt was projected to be $252.8 billion as of March 31, 2013.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A earlier version incorrectly said new high-occupancy toll lanes would be installed on Highway 417 in Ottawa. read more

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UK engine manufacturing decreases in November

November sees -14.2% decline in UK engine production as manufacturers respond to market changes.Exports hold steady with a 0.7% increase, while domestic demand drops by -30.5%.Year-to-date volumes pass 2.5m, maintaining year-on-year levels with a 0.8% increase. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,November’s figures are the result of a range of factors, as manufacturers continue to respond to regulatory changes and adapt to model and technology changes as well as market demand.In the longer term, an ambitious Brexit deal with the European Union would make for a more positive outlook as the UK automotive sector depends on the stability provided by free and frictionless access to the European Union, our biggest market.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Brazilian diver falls out with team mate by bringing canoeist back to

first_imgA pair of Brazilian synchronised divers will not compete with each other again after one athlete is alleged to have  banished her team mate from their bedroom so she could enjoy a “marathon sex session”.Ingrid Oliveira, 20, is reported to have spent the night with canoeist Pedro Goncalves, also Brazilian, in the Olympic Village room she was supposed to be sharing with her 17-year-old diving partner Giovanna Pedroso.The pair are said to have engaged in what South American media reports have dubbed a “marathon night of sex”, fanning the flames of a row that led to the synchronised diving pair ending their partnership. According to local media, the incident was the “final straw” between the divers, who are said to have already had a “fraught” relationship.Miss Pedroso told O Globo: “After the Olympics I will focus on my individual [diving]. It’s good because I will not need to depend on anyone.” Answering claims that he spent the night with Oliveira, Goncalves told Brazilian website Globo Esporte: “My personal life, I do not speak about.”Beneath a picture on Instagram of herself and Miss Pedroso in mid-dive, Miss Oliveira spoke about the row as she replied to a fan’s comment.Miss Oliveira wrote: “Mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect apart from God.”Claiming that most of the reports about the row were “pure sensationalism”, she said she was banned from talking about what happened and thanked followers for their support during this “difficult moment”.  The following day, Miss Oliveira and Miss Pedroso finished last in the women’s 10-metre synchronised platform dive after a performance described as “pathetic” by local media.Two weeks ago, the pair posed for an Instagram picture along with 23-year-old Goncalves and other Olympic athletes during a break by the pool in Rio. Ingrid Oliveira, left, and Giovanna Pedroso compete in the Women's Diving Synchronised 10m Platform final last Tuesday Ingrid Oliveira, right, and Giovanna Pedroso warm up ahead of the women's synchronized 10-metre platform diving final - the day after their row Ingrid Oliveira, in a picture posted on Instagram Ingrid Oliveira, in a picture posted on Instagram, is said to have asked her team mate if she could share their bedroom with Pedro GoncalvesCredit:Instagramcenter_img Ingrid Oliveira, left, and Giovanna Pedroso compete in the Women’s Diving Synchronised 10m Platform final last TuesdayCredit:Clive Rose/Getty After the pair came last in the women’s 10m synchronised diving, Miss Oliveira told the newspaper: “After today, I don’t know what will happen, but I know I will no longer synchronise dive with her.” She added:  “We had a fight and were not talking.  We leave differences behind and we talked normally. From today I will not jump synchronised with her.” Ingrid Oliveira, right, and Giovanna Pedroso warm up ahead of the women’s synchronized 10-metre platform diving final – the day after their rowCredit:Marcos de Paula/Rex Features 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. Around 450,000 condoms have been distributed among athletes in the Olympic Village – three times more than for the London Games in 2012.The International Olympic Committee said part of the reason was because 100,000 female condoms will be available for the first time, along with 350,000 condoms for men. About 175,000 packets of lubricant are also being supplied.  The IOC said the condoms would encourage 10,500 athletes and staff to practice safe sex. However, the pair’s friendship was in tatters after Miss Pedroso is said to have reported Miss Oliveira’s alleged tryst to Brazilian team managers.According to Brazilian newspaper O Globo, the row began when Miss Oliveira brought Goncalves back to the flat she was sharing with Miss Pedroso in the Olympic Village.She is said to have asked Miss Pedroso if she and Goncalves could share their bedroom.After what was described as a “heated discussion”, Miss Pedroso is said to have given in and went to sleep in a different room.last_img read more

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Romanian man accused of Midsomer Murders killing remanded in custody

On the fifth anniversary of Ms Graves’s death last December, relatives told how no-one had given up hope on the investigation although there was a sense police had exhausted all lines of inquiry.Cristian Sabou is a Romanian national who was living in the UK at the time Ms Graves was killed.Earlier this month his father, Viorel Sabou, told The Telegraph that Cristian had become homeless when he first moved to the UK, before living in a caravan at the scrap metal yard where he worked.He told of his son’s love of animals, and his dream to set up a snake farm in Australia. Cristian Sabou will attend a plea and trial preparation hearing on 30 September in advance of his trial. A Romanian man has appeared in court charged with the murder of grandmother Valerie Graves, who was beaten to death with a claw hammer while house sitting for friends in 2013.Cristian Sabou, 27, appeared in court wearing a black t shirt and confirmed his name through a translator.He was extradited from Romania earlier this month after being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in Dej, Romania. The arrest was a joint operation by Romanian police and the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team detectives. Mr Sabou did not oppose his extradition, and now faces trial in the UK.At Lewes Crown Court today Judge Christine Laing set a preliminary trial date of January 6, 2020.Ms Graves, 55, was house sitting for holidaying friends in a £1.6m waterside mansion in Bosham, West Sussex, over Christmas 2013, when she was killed.Her body was discovered in her bedroom with fatal injuries to the face and head, inflicted with a claw hammer later discovered nearby. The murder confounded detectives from Sussex Police, who interviewed more than 9,000 people and took 3,000 DNA samples in an attempt to find her killer.The case became known as the Midsomer Murder after an episode of the popular ITV drama was filmed in the picturesque coastal village. 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. read more

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Thai sweetcorn older citizens and everything else happening in Leinster House today

first_imgWHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – The Taoiseach is sure to face more fire from the opposition benches at 3.15pm over their calls at the weekend for Health Minister James Reilly to resign.Dáil: Local Government Bill – TDs will exchange their views at around 5pm on Minister Hogan’s latest legislation, heralded as “the most radical reform of local government in 100 years”.Dáil: Private Memebers Business – At 7pm the Dáil will hear a call from Fianna Fáil to maintain public services for the elderly in order for them to “live independently and with dignity”, in their motion regarding Older Citizens.Everything else that’s happening in the Dáilcenter_img Arts, Heritage, and Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Denihan will be in the Dáil chamber at 2pm to answer questions, more than likely on how Budget 2014 will affect his portfolio, which includes a €5 million euro investment in heritage structures. Oh, by the way, he began tweeting last week.The Taoiseach answers questions on his portfolio at 3.36pm before the Order of Business at 4.36pm, followed by Topical Issues.The Dáil adjourns at 9PM.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadA less than jam-packed day (at the time of publication) begins in the Seanad at 2.30pm with Order of Business.At 3.45pm statements will be heard on the One Percent Difference campaign, for which Minister for Community Phil Hogan will be in attendance.After that will be Matters on the Adjournment before the Seanad adjourns.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Children and Youth Affairs sub-committee, with relevant Minister Frances Fitzgerald, will be in Committee Room 2 at 5.15pm to discuss the Child and Family Agency Bill 2013, which would see groups like the Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board merged into one agency.Does the discussion of anti-dumping duty on ironing boards from China pique your interest? How about for sweetcorn kernels from Thailand? Well then the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee is for you. However, before those topics are discussed, top of their agenda at 1.30pm in Room 2 is the harmonisation of laws relating to pressure equipment.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herelast_img read more

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More than 300 fines issued as gardaí crack down on broken lights

first_imgAlthough there were 317 prosecutions detected, many people took our advice and rectified their defect or the inappropriate use of fog lights or fog lamps beforehand. We would like to express our thanks to the public for their support of operation Light Up.  Initiatives such as these ultimately help make our vehicles and roads safer for all.RSA chief Noel Brett added that the number of drivers being prosecuted was “disappointing”.“It is important to realise that it is a very serious road safety issue. For example a car driving in the dark with a broken headlight could easily be mistaken for a motorcyclist. The consequences of this happening are unthinkable.“That’s why I would urge drivers, to set aside a couple of minutes before a journey to perform a quick check of their vehicle lights. A couple of minutes that will give you peace of mind knowing you are not facing a fine, prosecution or worse, being responsible for a crash further down the road.”During January, 184 people were caught for driving dangerously while 641 drivers were found to be driving while intoxicated.Read: Woman dies after being struck by a van in Mayo GARDAÍ ISSUED 317 fines to motorists driving in vehicles with defective lights over two days last month.Operation Light Up was held on 20 and 21 Feburary to tackle the growing problem of broken and missing front and back lights.The Garda Press Office said it appreciated some motorists are under financial constraints but emphasised the legal requirement that a vehicle’s lights and lamps are all in working order.More than 1,300 cars were stopped because of issues with lights. The majority (1,089) were just given advice by the garda but 317 were issued with fixed charge notices.The most common problem was having no working right front lamp with 114 offences recorded. Counties in the south of the country noted the highest incidence of problems with 508 cars stopped and 128 fines issued.Some offences were detected during daylight hours and it was deemed appropriate that it be dealt with by way of advice to motorists, according to gardaí.So far this year, 40 people have lost their lives on Irish roads. This is a fact that cannot be ignored, said Assistant Commissioner Gerard Phillips.“We appeal to the public to get the basics right. Slow down, wear your seatbelts always and make yourself as visible as possible when walking or cycling.”He said the operation last month was about raising awareness rather than doling out fines.last_img read more

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Kinahan cartels 24hr surveillance system to protect David Byrnes grave

first_img Feb 17th 2017, 12:00 AM Share Tweet Email 46,201 Views Kinahan cartel’s 24hr surveillance system to protect David Byrne’s grave A number of people have been put in charge of scouting the graveside for suspicious behaviour. Friday 17 Feb 2017, 12:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3242962 Image: RollingNews.ie 35 Comments By Garreth MacNamee Short URL A STATE OF the art surveillance system is in operation at an inner city cemetery to protect the headstone of murdered Kinahan cartel member David Byrne, TheJournal.ie can reveal.At least two HD cameras with night-vision are recording areas of Mount Jerome cemetery near Harold’s Cross.One camera is located near the small chapel in the cemetery while the other is placed on branches of a tree located near the exit. There are also CCTV cameras which are being used by cemetery security. These are legitimate cameras which have been operational for a number of years and have nothing to do with the cartel.There have been previous incidents between the Kinahans and other warring factions in relation to the defacing of gravestones. There are fears that Byrne’s headstone will be targeted, such was his notoriety within the cartel.While the cameras are a deterrent, the cartel has positioned them so they know exactly who has targeted the grave in the event of an act of vandalism, according to security sources.The two cameras are hooked up to a remote recording device which has the ability to record hours of footage. There are also a number of people keeping watch at the grave on a daily basis such is the fear that it will be targeted.There are also close associates of David Byrne who live nearby and act as makeshift security when suspicion is aroused about anyone at the site.David Byrne was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Santry last February, a murder which sparked the bloody feud which has claimed over 10 lives.At the time of the shooting, senior gardaí insisted there had been “no specific intelligence” about a potential incident at the boxing weigh-in. The Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan repeated this comment when he spoke recently to TheJournal.ie, adding that “nobody was really sure what would happen next”.Since the Regency Hotel attack in February, gardaí have:Made 44 arrests in relation to gangland killingsSeized 22 firearmsInvestigated over 8,000 lines of inquiryConducted over 11,500 checkpointsExamined thousands of hours of CCTV footage and mobile phone trafficLast year, gardaí were given an extra €55 million so that additional overtime could be given to officers investigating the criminal underworld.Read: Crack-cocaine and synthetic cannabinoids: Concern over new drug trends in Dublin >Read: Chaos in US shopping centres: Skirmishes   Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Governor Introduces the new National Security Council NSC

first_img More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:governor peter beckingham, james smith, larry covington, national security council DR wants consulate office in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Oct 2015 – Governor His Excellency Peter Beckingham, Commissioner of Police James Smith and Security Advisor to Overseas Territories, Larry Covington briefed the media on the first meeting of the National Security Council at a press conference today. Gov. Beckingham informed that the NSC, which he co-chairs with the Premier, will meet once a month. His Excellency also shared that falling under the NSC will be the, the National Security Advisory Board, a 20 member group to include a cross section of Community leaders. Commissioner James Smith explained that his role will be key; providing members with strategic assessments of the criminality issues in the TCI and setting the guidelines for the NSC. Commissioner Smith admitted that his officers need more training, that the force needs enhanced technical capabilities and recommended a more efficient road traffic department to register vehicles and drivers. As for visiting specialist, Larry Covington, he spoke about his experience, security within the region, sharing of resources, training for officers and increasing the productivity of the force. Covington is Law Enforcement Advisor with the FCO based in Miami, Florida. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootingslast_img read more

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California wildfire destroys 68 homes

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In the hours before fire crews were able to corral a wildfire in rural far Northern California, wind-driven flames fueled by dry grass and brush tore through communities at an estimated 500 acres an hour, giving residents just minutes to grab what they could and escape.Sixty-eight residences were destroyed, officials said Thursday, nearly doubling the initial estimate of home losses in Shasta County from the Clover Fire, which began three days earlier around the community of Igo about 150 miles north of Sacramento. Authorities warned that the number could rise further.On Wednesday, officials said they had found a burned body in the fire’s perimeter. Brian Stanley Henry, 56, was found inside a motor home that was destroyed by the fire, officials said. Sheriff’s deputies discovered his body while checking his home in Igo at his family’s request.“It was very destructive in a very short period of time,” state fire spokesman Mike Witesman said.Witesman said the homes were likely destroyed within eight hours of the fire’s start. The blaze damaged an additional five homes and destroyed 128 outbuildings, officials said.It had burned 12 1/2 square miles by Thursday morning and was 75 percent contained.About 300 homes were evacuated, although officials expected to begin lifting at least some evacuations on Thursday.Igo resident Ed Fox felt both fortunate and frustrated as he and his wife, Karen, spent their third full day at a local church that was turned into an evacuation center.last_img read more

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Amazon Studios Names Chris Castallo Head of Unscripted TV

first_img Popular on Variety Earlier in his career, Castallo worked in scripted programming at NBC and at Tollin/Robbins Productions. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Amazon Studios has tapped industry veteran Chris Castallo to serve as head of unscripted television.Castallo, formerly a programming exec at CBS and NBC, replaces Heather Schuster, who was forced out in August amid an investigation into allegations that she was verbally abusive in the workplace.Castallo will spearhead unscripted development for Amazon. He will be tasked with shepherding two big projects in the works for Amazon: the revival of Mark Burnett’s “Eco-Challenge” with Bear Grylls as host, and the fashion-centric series to be toplined by “Project Runway” alums Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. He reports to Albert Cheng and Vernon Sanders, Amazon Studios’ co-heads of television.Castallo comes to Amazon Studios after working at Verizon’s now-shuttered go90 content platform, which he joined in August 2017. Before that he spent 10 years at CBS, rising to exec VP and head of unscripted programming where he steered “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Undercover Boss” and “Big Brother,” among other unscripted series.last_img read more

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Qantas partners with Snap Fitness

first_imgAustralians now have the opportunity to turn their fitness journey into the trip of a lifetime, with Snap Fitness coming on board as the first health brand to offer Qantas Points as part of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.All Snap Fitness members will earn 100 Qantas Points each month, plus new Snap Fitness members will also receive 3,500 bonus points when signing up for a 12 month membership or 1,000 bonus points for new month-to-month plans.Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant said the partnership with Snap Fitness was a ‘first’ for Qantas Frequent Flyer.“We offer over 15,000 opportunities to earn points for activities other than flying, but Snap Fitness joining the program is particularly exciting because never before have we had a gym as part of the program,” Ms Grant said.“If our members like to keep fit, they may as well work-out at a Snap Fitness gym because by doing so their points balance will also get a healthy kick along each month.”Snap Fitness CEO Andy Peat said: “We want our members to feel even more special about being a part of the Snap community and being able to reward their fitness with Qantas Points is a great step.”“Many Australians already have a gym membership but when their membership comes up for renewal, I’d certainly hope they would consider us so they can start earning points,” he said.“I think that being associated with Qantas Frequent Flyer absolutely gives us a competitive edge when you consider the high value that Australians place on collecting Qantas Points – and why wouldn’t they?“We are all about rewarding fitness and we can do that by giving our members something really valuable to them, and that’s Qantas Points,” Mr Peat said. Fly QantasSource = Qantaslast_img read more

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Oaks Hotels Resorts takes out top honours

first_imgMr Shankar Kotha, accepted the Ctrip awards on the hotelier’s behalfOaks Hotels & Resorts takes out top honoursLeading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels, has taken out two awards at Ctrip’s first Global Hotel Partners Summit in Shanghai overnight, reinforcing its dedication to growing the Chinese market in collaboration with Ctrip – China’s largest online travel agency, and the second largest in the world.Oaks Hotels & Resorts – currently with a 54-strong property portfolio spanning Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and soon to be India – was presented with the Close Cooperation Hotel Group Award, the only hotel group in Australia to receive this accolade from Ctrip.The hotelier’s premier Melbourne property, Oaks on William, was meanwhile the recipient of the Best Business Travel Hotel in Australia Award, based on unbiased guest reviews from Ctrip travellers.Opening its doors in July 2013, Oaks on William offers a contemporary accommodation base for travellers seeking a central Melbourne location, overlooking Flagstaff Gardens and in close walking distance to the city’s shopping, dining and entertainment hubs, and also features spacious, self-contained apartments, superior leisure facilities and myriad modes of transport at its doorstep.Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ General Manager of Revenue Management and Online Distribution, Mr Shankar Kotha (pictured), accepted the Ctrip awards on the hotelier’s behalf, commenting, “To be recognised across two major award categories at Ctrip’s first Global Hotel Partners Summit is extremely significant for Oaks Hotels & Resorts, as we continue to develop our relations with the Chinese travel market.“Since commencing our affiliation with Ctrip in 2014, Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ sales have increased by an incredible 370 per cent, demonstrating the immense growth potential of this influential travel segment.”Oaks Hotels & ResortsOaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest self-contained, accommodation providers, currently incorporating a portfolio of 54 properties spanning Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and Western Australia as well as New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.Source = Oaks Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires His entire five-year career has been spent in San Diego, with Cason tallying 308 combined tackles to go along with 12 interceptions. Most recently, in 2012, Cason was in on 73 tackles, forced two fumbles, picked off two passes and had 11 passes defensed. In college, as a senior, Carson was named a consensus First-Team All-American won the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in the country. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img The Arizona Cardinals continued the remaking of their secondary Friday with the signing of cornerback Antoine Cason to a one-year contract.Philadelphiaeagles.com writer Adam Caplan is reporting the deal is for $1.5 million that includes $500,000 in incentives, meaning Cason could earn up to $2 million in 2013. Cason joins Jerraud Powers, who agreed to terms Wednesday, as new cornerbacks on the roster.Cason, 26, starred at the University of Arizona before becoming a first round pick of the Chargers in 2008. Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Akel calls for copies of letters sent to UN secretarygeneral

first_imgOpposition Akel on Wednesday called on President Nicos Anastasiades to hand over copies of the letters he sent recently to the UN chief, one on Varosha and the other appealing for help to restart the Cyprus talks.Akel leader Andros Kyprianou was speaking after a meeting with Famagusta mayor Alexis Galanos, who had organised a mass protest last Friday outside the presidential palace to push Anastasiades to take action on recent comments in the north regarding the fenced-off town.Kyprianou said Galanos had given him the memo he had presented to Anastasiades on Friday calling on the government to put a stop to any fait accompli by the Turkish side to open up Varosha to settlement under Turkish Cypriot administration, which is being touted by some political factions in the north.“All of this is part of a Turkish project on the one hand to create new fait accompli, further deepen partition and on the other hand, to impose a solution of its choice,” he said, adding that the voices in the north were growing for a two-state solution.Akel would never accept this, he said, and called on the president to take action to “end the Turkish provocations” and to resume Cyprus talks. The party was not satisfied with what has been said publicly about what the government is doing, he added.“We want to see this letter in order to know what the president of the Republic is really saying when he addresses the UN,” Kyprianou added.“For two years now, Mr Anastasiades has done everything other than what the UN secretary-general has requested,” “he said, referring to the president’s suggestions for a ‘decentralised’ federation rather than the long-agreed basis for talks on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.Galanos said after the meeting: “If we let the plans of the Turkish side go ahead, there will be such a gap created between the two communities that we cannot hope for a reunification solution.”Responding to Kyprianou later Wednesday, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said the Akel leader knows very well that the president will inform the political parties of any developments. A National Council meeting was proposed for next Monday but one of the party leaders was away so it was decided to brief them individually, something that began on Tuesday, he said. Schedules were being drawn up, Prodromou added.“Therefore, given that the leaders of the political parties know they will be fully informed as soon as possible, it’s strange to hear criticisms on this issue,” the spokesman said.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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DecaturHamilton fire chief joins Nesbitt for 911 ceremony

first_img13Sep Decatur-Hamilton fire chief joins Nesbitt for 9/11 ceremony Decatur-Hamilton Fire Chief Jack Conklin joined state Rep. Aric Nesbitt today for a special ceremony in the Michigan House of Representatives honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as Michigan first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty this year.Rep. Nesbitt joined by Decatur-Hamilton Fire Chief Jack Conklin at the Michigan House of Representatives ceremony honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as well as first responders in Michigan who have given their lives in the line of duty this year. Chief Conklin has been a volunteer firefighter since 1969.“I was honored to be joined by Chief Conklin today at the state Capitol to pay tribute the victims and selfless heroes who lost their lives during the attack on our nation on September 11, 2001,” said Nesbitt, R-Lawton.  “During this time, it is also important to remember local first responders and members of the military, like Mattawan firefighter Nate Fruin and Army Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven of Plainwell, who have given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of our families, friends, and neighbors.”The Michigan House holds an annual event to honor first responders and the victims of 9/11, as well as the first responders and service members from Michigan who were killed during the last year.### Categories: Newslast_img read more

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