312 officials found to be allegedly corrupt or inefficient retired Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 312 government officials found to be allegedly corrupt or inefficient were given retirement in public interest, the Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday. During July 2014 and May 2019, the service records of 36,756 Group-A and 82,654 Group-B officers were reviewed under service rules, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply. “Out of which, FR 56(j)/ similar provisions have been invoked/recommended against 125 Group-A and 187 Group-B officers (total 312),” he said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day As per the applicable disciplinary rules, the government has the right to proceed against corrupt officials on the basis of available evidence, Singh said. The government also has the absolute right to retire government officials prematurely on the ground of lack of integrity and ineffectiveness, in public interest, as per provisions of FR 56(j)(i), Rule 48 of the Central Civil Services Pension Rules, 1972, and Rule 16(3) (Amended ) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958, the minister said. “These rules lay down the policy of periodic review and premature retirement of government servants, which is a continuous process,” Singh said.last_img read more

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US vice presidential jet lands in Whitehorse during routine mission

first_imgWHITEHORSE – Residents of Whitehorse can’t be blamed for thinking the president of the United States had arrived in Yukon for a surprise visit as what appeared to be the presidential plane touched down.But the Boeing C-32A U.S. Air Force jet bearing the official blue, white and gold trim of the presidential aircraft wasn’t carrying any high-profile passengers when it landed Tuesday.Air Force spokeswoman Lt.-Col. Tisha Wright says the plane, a modified 757, is not the presidential jet but is called Air Force Two when it’s tasked to carry the vice-president.With both President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence in Arizona for a partisan rally on Tuesday, Wright says the plane was sent to Whitehorse for a routine training mission.She says communications equipment was being tested and pilots were checking unfamiliar runways to ensure readiness for all possible missions when VIPs are aboard.The aircraft remained in Whitehorse overnight but was scheduled to depart Wednesday. (CKRW)last_img read more

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Attawapiskat thirdparty management like a slap in the face

first_imgAPTN National NewsAttawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says that being placed into third-party management while attempting to manage the housing crisis was “like a slap in the face”.Meanwhile, other community members are wondering what happened to the money from the impact benefit agreement that was supposed to come into Attawapiskat from the nearby De Beers diamond mine.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin is on the ground in Attawapiskat and has this report.last_img

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Arrow Electronics gets larger role with Schmidt IndyCar team

first_imgArrow Electronics has significantly increased its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and will enter the 2019 season as the title partner of the IndyCar team.Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports unveiled its two-car driver lineup Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, not far from Arrow’s Colorado headquarters. The team had three Dallara-Honda Indy cars on display, one for James Hinchcliffe, one for new driver Marcus Ericsson and one for injured driver Robert Wickens.Wickens suffered a spinal cord injury during a crash in August at Pocono Raceway and has been rehabilitating in a Denver facility. The Canadian won’t compete this season but the team displayed the No. 6 Arrow Electronics Honda to signify his ride will be waiting for him if he is cleared to return.Wickens was in his wheelchair on the stage to help remove the cover on the No. 6 car.“This is the first time I’ve seen a race car since I was on the grid for Pocono,” he said. “It makes me want to jump in one and see if I can push a pedal or not.”The 29-year-old Wickens crashed at Pocono on Aug. 19 and suffered a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both hands, fractured right forearm, fractured elbow, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion. He has been updating his rehabilitation progress on social media and posted a video last week of him using a walker on a “Friday stroll through the hallways.” His videos have shown he is working daily to move and walk again.“It’s not easy,” Wickens said. “There’s a long way to go but the support from the fans has been phenomenal. The days that I’m feeling down, those guys pick me up and get me back in the gym.”The cars are black and gold, previously seen only on Hinchcliffe’s car. The signature chrome on the cars has been changed to a sleek matte finish. Wickens thanked Arrow and SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt for keeping a seat open for him.“I’m even more grateful that I’ll have the opportunity to race for them some time in the future,” Wickens said.Arrow and Schmidt first partnered in 2014 on a semi-autonomous motorcar. Schmidt, a paraplegic, that same year drove the SAM car 152 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway using the Arrow technology embedded in the car.Arrow joined the race team the next season as primary sponsor for Hinchcliffe and used the No. 5 to signify the company’s “Five Years Out” motto that is part of the company vision of “guiding innovation forward to help you create a better tomorrow.”“This announcement is nothing short of a lifelong dream come true,” said Schmidt, who thanked Arrow Chairman Mike Long and the company for its vision “to create a system that enabled me to get behind the wheel after 16 years of paralysis,” changing his life and that of many others.“Now, by becoming our team title partner, they have given us the resources to fulfil another lifelong dream to win the Indy 500 and a championship in the IndyCar Series,” he said.Long noted that Arrow did roughly $300 million in sales with automotive companies before its initial partnership with Schmidt and that has since increased to almost $3 billion in sales.“This relationship has given us credibility with the automotive manufacturers. It keeps our engineers sharp because in IndyCar you’re dealing with milliseconds, you’re not dealing with seconds,” Long said. “Anything we can do to help this team win is what we want to do. All in all we’re as happy we can be. We have a great set of drivers, good attitude, good representatives for Arrow.”___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJenna Fryer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Air Algerie plane with 119 passengers missing over Mali

Algiers (AFP) – An Air Algerie plane with around 120 people on board including French and Spanish nationals went missing Thursday during a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, company sources and officials said.Aviation sources told AFP the aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 leased from Spanish company Swiftair carrying passengers of different nationalities.Its six-member crew were all Spanish, said Spain’s airline pilots’ union Sepla, while Swiftair confirmed the aircraft had gone missing less than an hour after takeoff from Ouagadougou. Many French nationals were thought to be on board the plane, France’s Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier said in Paris.He said after a government meeting that top civil aviation officials were holding an emergency meeting and a crisis cell had been set up.Earlier reports had said the plane was a DC-9.“The plane disappeared at Gao (in Mali), 500 kilometres (300 miles) from the Algerian border. Several nationalities are among the victims,” Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal was cited as saying by Algerian radio.The Air Algerie source earlier said contact was lost while the airliner was still in Malian airspace and approaching the border with Algeria.Despite international military intervention still under way, the situation remains unstable in northern Mali, which was seized by jihadist groups for several months in 2012.On July 17, the Bamako government and armed groups from northern Mali launched tough talks in Algiers aimed at securing an elusive peace deal, and with parts of the country still mired in conflict.– ‘Contact lost’ –“The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route,” the airline source said.“Contact was lost after the change of course.”The carrier, in a statement carried by national news agency APS, said it initiated an “emergency plan” in the search for flight AH5017, which flies the four-hour passenger route four times a week.One of Algeria’s worst air disasters occurred in February this year, when a C-130 military aircraft carrying 78 people crashed in poor weather in the mountainous northeast, killing more than 70 people.The plane was flying from the desert garrison town of Tamanrasset in Algeria’s deep south to Constantine, 320 kilometres (200 miles) east of Algiers.Tamanrasset was the site of the country’s worst ever civilian air disaster, in March 2003.In that accident, all but one of 103 people on board were killed when an Air Algerie passenger plane crashed on takeoff after one of its engines caught fire.The sole survivor, a young Algerian soldier, was critically injured.In December 2012, two Algerian military jets on a routine training mission collided in mid-air near Tlemcen in the northwest, killing both pilots.A month earlier, a twin-turboprop CASA C-295 military transport aircraft, which was carrying a cargo of paper for the printing of banknotes in Algeria, crashed in southern France.The five soldiers and one central bank representative on board were all killed. read more

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Nuclear power industry must market strengths more effectively – UN watchdog

With energy demand expected to double by mid-century and nuclear power adding, by lowest estimates, the equivalent of 127 more 1,000-megawatt plants than earlier thought by 2020, the United Nations atomic watchdog today called on the nuclear industry to provide the public with a clear balance of the risks and benefits involved.“The failure of the nuclear community – both scientists and technical experts, operators and regulators – to effectively ‘market’ the strength of nuclear power in comparison with other sources, has contributed to a lack of public understanding regarding risks and benefits of nuclear energy,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told a ministerial meeting in Paris.He noted that nuclear power was dealt a heavy blow by the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl reactor in Ukraine, a blow from which the reputation of the industry has never fully recovered. Yet an array of measures have been put in place since then to offset the possibility of another severe accident.“How a given nation balances the risk of a nuclear accident against other factors (from fossil fuels) – such as air pollution, dammed rivers, mining accidents or dependency on foreign fuel supplies – is already a matter of complexity and legitimate debate,” Mr. ElBaradei told ministers and senior officials from over 60 countries attending the conference on Nuclear Power for the 21st Century.“It is important for the nuclear community to make every effort to provide comprehensible, accurate information to support that debate, to ensure that the risks and benefits of nuclear technology are clearly and fairly understood,” he added.He said he felt confident that nuclear safety has significantly improved. “But we should not rest on our laurels,” he added. “As nuclear power technology continues to spread to new countries, as new reactor designs are developed and put to use, and as the licences of existing plants are extended, it is essential that existing safety standards, operational practices and regulatory oversight are adapted – and in some cases strengthened – to ensure acceptable levels of safety into the future.”On the threat of nuclear terrorism, he said security activities had greatly expanded in scope and volume. “Here, too, the international community is making good progress,” he declared. “While much remains to be done, nuclear installations around the world have strengthened security forces, added protective barriers and taken other measures commensurate with current security risks and vulnerabilities.”Among the advantages of nuclear power, he noted that while the degree to which fossil fuels are tapped to meet the growing demand for energy could have a major negative environmental impact, nuclear power emits virtually no greenhouse gases. read more

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Good belt cleaning reduces Grasberg copper and gold losses

first_imgThe April issue of IM includes the penultimate article on PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) and looks at oreflow to the concentrator and overburden handling. Obviously an operation of this size employs hundreds of kilometres of conveyor belt. Cleaning those belts properly is vitally important and relies on Martin Engineering belt cleaners.The Upper Ore flow requires 13 separate conveyors, 11 2,134 mm belt width conveyors rated at 9,300 t/h and two 6,800 t/h, 1,829 mm conveyors. Four of the 18 Lower Ore Flow conveyors are 2,134 mm belt width conveyors rated at 9,300 t/h and the other 14 are 6,800 t/h, 1,829 mm conveyors. Overburden handling employs two 2,134 mm belt width conveyors rated at 10,000 t/h and four 2,134 mm grasshopper conveyors rated at 10,000 t/h.Martin Engineering through its Indonesia joint-venture partner and distributor PT Suprabakti Mandiri (Supra) provides belt cleaning systems and cleaner maintenance services for these. Five years ago, Martin Engineering was one of several cleaning systems suppliers to Freeport Indonesia.Martin belt cleaners were used in the North/South concentrators (IM May 2010) and Oreflow areas; equipment from other suppliers was used on the belts in the operation’s three SAG mills. But in a move to simplify its supplier arrangements and improve maintenance, PTFI solicited plans to consolidate cleaning systems while providing installation and service. An international team from Martin Engineering spent a week at the Grasberg site. The team, with personnel from company headquarters in Neponset, Illinois, and from the business unit in Brazil, worked with Supra personnel to prepare a detailed site survey. This report reviewed every conveyor and belt cleaning system in the Grasberg operation, and discussed the cost of carryback in similar, large-scale operations and the benefit of outsourcing the specialised cleaner maintenance work.Supra now services most of the conveyors at the operation with belt cleaning systems and other components. These conveyors are high output, severe-duty systems. The belts in the Oreflow and SAG mill areas are typically 1,800 to 2,100 mm in width, and operate at 4 m/s, with carrying capacities of 10,000 t/h. Together, Supra and Martin Engineering have made a number of improvements to the belt cleaning systems to upgrade efficiency, including:■ Installing water sprays on some wide belts to improve cleaning■ Installing pressure rollers above tertiary cleaners to reduce belt dynamics■ Unifying the cleaning systems to improve consistency and manage spare parts.In unifying the operations on Martin Engineering cleaners, Supra has now ‘systemised’ the operation’s conveyors with pre-cleaning, secondary cleaning and tertiary cleaning systems. Pre-cleaners are installed on the face of the head pulley, below the material trajectory; secondary cleaners are typically installed at the point where the belt is leaving the head (discharge) pulley.The belt cleaners installed were selected to minimise the differences in systems while matching the requirements of each conveyor’s specifications and material conditions. Typically, the equipment includes an SHD (Super Heavy Duty) precleaner for high speed/high tonnage conveyors, or an XHD (Extra Heavy Duty) precleaner on medium-speed belts. A Martin Orion Belt Cleaning Systems® ORION-2000 secondary cleaner, and a Martin SQC2T cleaner are used as the tertiary system.Supra has a team of service technicians permanently based at the mill site. Led by an engineer/planner, this crew is charged with servicing all the belt cleaners from Oreflow to the Mill. Other Supra personnel maintain the cleaners at the port site.The Supra belt maintenance and cleaner service crew now work as part of the PTFI maintenance team. All the belt cleaner service is left to the Martin Engineering/Supra crew, from planning, adjustment, and blade change-out. Grasberg has scheduled shutdowns, and incorporates belt cleaner installation and maintenance tasks into the total shutdown plan.With the systemisation of cleaners and the outsourcing of cleaner maintenance, the operations have noted significantly reduced levels of carryback. This provides the additional benefits of an improvement of component life and the reduction of cleanup labour.There are still challenges, but working together, Martin Engineering, Supra, and PT-FI anticipate continued improvement in the performance and life of belt cleaners and other conveyor components, resulting in reduced fugitive material and improved conveying for the Grasberg operations.last_img read more

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Greeks abroad minister to visit Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek minister responsible for the issues and concerns of Greeks abroad will be visiting Australia this month. Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Kostas Tsiaras will commence his visit on the 28 February in Perth and is expected to be in Melbourne for the Antipodes Festival on the 16 March. Mr Tsiaras says he is aware of the concerns and objections to the changes in the Greek tax law. “I am making a major personal effort, in consultation with the Finance Ministry team, to see if we might be able to make some of these regulations more favourable. I think there is room for us to deal with some things, so that we can allay these major concerns,” he says. Regarding to the proposed changes to the World Council of Hellenes Abroad Mr Tsiaras says the “SAE has tired people, hasn’t inspired interest among Greeks abroad as a whole, and obviously serves virtually none of the purposes set out in its founding charter. Simply put, it neither represented Greeks abroad as we would like to have seen it do, nor did it exhibit dynamism, nor was it ever an institutional collocutor with the Greek state, as it was designed to be at its founding. So we had to create a new state of affairs that, on the one hand, will spark the interest of all Greeks abroad, and, on the other, will enable it to function as it should. This state of affairs is being remedied on three axes, as set out in the new draft law: self-organization, self-funding, and vertical representation of Greeks abroad. “In other words – and I am referring mainly to the third axis – whereas, to date, first- and second-degree organizations participated in the SAE, from now on all citizens of Greek decent, wherever they are in the world, will have the right to vote as individuals and members of the SAE. So the SAE will operate in another dimension, giving the right to every Greek abroad to feel represented, and I think this will create a completely different dynamic”.last_img read more

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Closing arguments in trial of man accused in condo fire that killed

first_img KUSI Newsroom, September 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 10, 2019 Closing arguments in trial of man accused in condo fire that killed his children KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The father of two children who died in a Rancho Bernardo condominium fire fell asleep while drunk with a lit cigarette in his hand and then abandoned his kids to try and save himself, a prosecutor said Tuesday, while a defense attorney told jurors that a defective cell phone was a far more likely ignition source.Jurors heard final summations, then began deliberating the charges against Henry Lopez, 39, who is charged in the Oct. 28, 2017, deaths of his 7- year-old daughter Isabella and 10-year-old son Cristos. He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and reckless fire starting.Deputy District Attorney Kyle Sutterley alleges that Lopez got drunk following an argument with his girlfriend, fell asleep and ignited a blaze in his bed. The prosecutor alleges that Lopez, upon waking to find the condo ablaze around 3:15 a.m., went past the children’s bedrooms on his way down the stairs and punched out a first-floor window to try and escape the flames.He then went back upstairs and started pounding on the walls, then passed out from the smoke at the top of the stairs, where firefighters later found him, Sutterley said.According to the prosecutor, Cristos walked into his father’s burning bedroom, laid down on the floor and died of burns to more than 80 percent of his body. Isabella went into her brother’s room, laid down on the bottom bunk bed and “fortunately never woke up” after passing out due to smoke inhalation, Sutterley said.“A parent has a responsibility to care for their children, a responsibility to protect their children, and if need be, to sacrifice themselves for their children. And Henry Lopez, on Oct. 28, 2017, he failed his children, and as a result, one of them burned to death, and one of them went to sleep and never woke up,” Sutterley said in his closing argument.Defense attorney Paul Neuharth Jr. alleges it was more likely that his client’s iPhone 6 caused the blaze while it was charging beneath Lopez’s pillow.Neither cigarette butts, nor the phone, were found in the remnants of the blaze.Sutterley said investigators located a drinking glass within the area where the fire started, which may have been used as a makeshift ashtray. Prosecutors say a similar glass full of around 75 discarded cigarette butts was located in a trash can in the home’s garage. However, no cigarette butts were found inside the glass in the bedroom.Neuharth told jurors there was no proof that a lit cigarette started the fire, with the only evidence of smoking inside the home coming from the defendant’s ex-wife, Nikia, who said she once witnessed him smoking marijuana in his bed.Lopez told investigators he only smoked on his outside patio and never inside the house, particularly due to his son’s asthma.Wayne Whitney, an investigator with the San Diego Fire Rescue Metro Arson Strike Team, testified last week that despite the lack of cigarette butts in the burned bedroom, he was able to make a “reasonable inference” that cigarettes sparked the fire, by way of Lopez’s alleged smoking habits.Whitney conceded that the cell phone was a possible cause of the fire, but said he didn’t believe it would have ignited the condo fire if it were under Lopez’s pillow, as a lack of oxygen would have smothered the blaze and kept it from spreading.Sutterley said the burns Lopez sustained on his back, arms and particularly his hand were more consistent with holding a lit cigarette, rather than a cell phone igniting beneath his pillow, which Sutterley argued should have caused burns to Lopez’s head.Neuharth emphasized that Whitney came to his conclusion despite no evidence that Lopez smoked in the home that day, while on the other hand, cell phone records proved the phone was in the condo, though it’s unknown whether it was in Lopez’s bedroom.Wall outlets and candles in Lopez’s bedroom were ruled out as potential causes of the blaze, as they were outside the area where investigators believe the fire began.Smoke detectors in Lopez’s bedroom and one of the children’s rooms were unplugged or removed, according to Sutterley, who said Lopez had a 0.229 blood-alcohol content when blood was drawn at a hospital less than two hours after the fire.Neuharth contested the idea that Lopez did not do whatever he could to try and save his children, telling the jury that the defendant went back upstairs and beat a hole in the wall in attempt to get to the youngsters’ rooms amid thick smoke filling the condo. The attorney argued that had it not been for the timely arrival of firefighters, Lopez, too, would have died from smoke inhalation.“What more can you ask of a parent than to give their life and if not for whatever matter of seconds it would have been or a minute before he was brought out and resuscitated, he would have been dead along with the children,” Neuharth said.Sutterley argued Lopez’s first instinct was selfishness and self- preservation, as “he was so deep into a bottle of whiskey and a cigarette that he forgot (the children) were there or abandoned them on purpose. But either way, as a parent, your first thought is to save your children. Your first thought is to your kids. It’s not to yourself. It’s not to the front door. It’s to save your children.” last_img read more

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Burglars steal 168K worth of checks money orders from condo drop box

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help identifying two burglars who stole rental checks and money orders from a condominium’s drop box, last month.Surveillance cameras captured the duo moments before, police said, they rummaged through a drop box at a condominium management office in Southwest Miami-Dade.They stole $168,000 worth of tenants’ rental checks and money orders.Police said the duo burglarized the same condominium on six consecutive days in early March.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Sanjay Bangars exit as Team India batting coach confirmed

first_imgBatting coach Sanjay Bangar, head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli at Lord’s.Stu Forster/Getty ImagesFormer Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar is reportedly going to be replaced as the batting coach whereas Ravi Shastri is almost confirmed to stay as the head coach of Team India. According to The Times of India, Shastri is once again the first choice of the team as also stated by Virat Kohli.”In 2017, he was the team’s first choice. In 2019, he’s once again the team’s first choice. Virat didn’t even mince words when asked about this the other day,” the source told TOI.Along with Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun is also likely to be retained as during his tenure the Indian bowling unit has been performing well and has become a formidable force in both Tests and ODIs.But India crashed out of the semi-finals in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to the failure of the batting order. Since then Sanjay Bangar has been blamed for the batting failure and is likely to get sacked. A source from the Board told TOI that the former Indian all-rounder was responsible for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s coming late to bat against New Zealand. If Dhoni had come out to bat earlier the result would have been different.Bangar, who has been associated with the Indian team since 2014, has done a lot of work to fix the Indian batting order but in recent times he has been held responsible for the middle-order collapse. A source told TOI that while Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been performing well already, Bangar failed to create solid options for the middle-order. The source further mentioned that BCCI is looking for a suitable profile for the batting coach and Bangar is not likely to continue. IANS.”Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been performing much before Bangar came into the fray. He has no role in their success. However, his job was to create a few solid options in the middle order & we have seen in the World Cup that he has failed miserably in that,” a source told TOI.”The board is likely to revisit the position of batting coach and look for a suitable profile. It’s a little early to say how that will work out but unlikely that Sanjay Bangar will continue. There’s a need to get someone with fresher ideas going forward,” the source further added.The coaching unit has been given an extension till the end of India’s West Indies tour. It will be interesting to see what changes are made in the coaching team of the Men in Blue.last_img read more

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Vivaldi Themes got a whole lot better

first_imgVivaldi Themes got a whole lot better by Martin Brinkmann on June 03, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: June 27, 2017 – 35 commentsVivaldi launched version 1.2 of the web browser just yesterday but it seems that the team did not waste any time celebrating the new version as the first Vivaldi 1.3 snapshot was just released.One would not necessarily expect a major feature to ship with the first snapshot released a day after a major release, but it happens occasionally and it definitely happened here.The themes feature of Vivaldi has been improved and made a whole lot better in this new release. Not only that, it is now very easy to create your own custom theme that changes the color scheme and other features of the full user interface.While I could talk about it all day long, why not make the following screenshots speak for the browser’s new feature instead?Vivaldi Themes Note that I’m a sucker for less colorful themes as it helps me better concentrate on work and is generally less distracting to my eyes.To make my point, here is another one:New users will be presented with a new theme right away while existing users need to explore the feature in the settings first.To do so press Alt-P on the keyboard or select Vivaldi Menu > Tools > Settings.From there, it is just a matter of switching to the Themes section.Vivaldi 1.3 ships with seven default themes designed for various tastes. The selection includes a light and dark theme, and three colorful themes.What may be more interesting is that you can create your own theme using the same customization options.Simply click on the plus icon at the top to create a new theme, or on the edit button after selecting one of the existing themes to get started.The options that you have right now are the following ones:Set the background, foreground, highlight and accent color of the theme.Customize the corner rounding.Toggle Accent Color from Active Page.Toggle Accent Color on Window.Transparent tabs.All changes that you make are immediately visible in the Settings window, and once you active the  underlying browser window there also.Please note that you can make things really hard to read if you pick the wrong background and foreground colors for instance, but it is easy enough to reset the theme or switch to another even if you cannot read a thing anymore on the screen.Additionally, you have the following color related options that are global:Enforce Minimum Contrast: no modifications, WCAG AA, WCAG AAA, Maximum ContrastOut-of-Focus Behavior: Fade Foreground Colors.Vivaldi is already working on making the color selection process more comfortable. You cannot enter color hex codes directly right now but that will likely change in the near future.Closing WordsThe new theme options are excellent as they finally give you full control over the browser UI from the Settings window. While it is not as complex as creating a theme from scratch using hundreds of colors and options, it should be sufficient for many users who just want the browser UI to look how they want it to look like.Feel free to share your Vivaldi theme creations below if you have played around with the new feature already.As always, you can download the latest snapshot from the official website.SummaryArticle NameVivaldi Themes got a whole lot betterDescriptionVivaldi 1.3 ships with a new feature that gives you full control over the theme colors of the browser UI making it easy to apply color schemes you like.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Virgin breaks ground on New Orleans hotel slated to open in 2021

first_img Friday, May 24, 2019 Share Tags: New Orleans, Virgin Group MIAMI — Virgin Hotels has broken ground on its seventh property, the highly anticipated Virgin Hotels New Orleans coming in 2021.At yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony, Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson confirmed that the 200-room property will have all the signature offerings that Virgin is known for as well as a distinctive New Orleans flair. Photo Credit: VIRGIN HOTELS“New Orleans is a truly special city and a melting pot of cultures and traditions,” he said. “We will certainly make sure to celebrate the local character of The Big Easy throughout our hotel. I’m very much looking forward to the rise of Virgin Hotels New Orleans in 2021.”Located in the Warehouse District, situated near a growing number of new restaurants, galleries and shops, the hotel will boast multiple dining and drinking outlets, including the brand’s signature Commons Club and the recently announced Funny Library Coffee Shop, a rooftop pool and lounge, a gym as well as dedicated meetings and event spaces. More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongVirgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal said that the company has had its eyes on New Orleans for a while. “We were extremely diligent in ensuring we tapped the right partners to develop, design and curate the best hotel product for this extraordinary market. Today’s groundbreaking means we are one step closer to seeing our vision come to life!”Photo Credit: VIRGIN HOTELSThe groundbreaking comes on the heels of the opening of the brand’s second property, Virgin Hotels San Francisco earlier this year. The brand’s first hotel, Virgin Hotels Chicago, opened in 2015. In the pipeline are the soon-to-open Virgin Hotels Dallas, and Virgin Hotels Nashville, Virgin Hotels New York, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, all under construction. For more information go to virginhotels.com. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Virgin breaks ground on New Orleans hotel, slated to open in 2021 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Costa Rica concludes negotiations with European Free Trade Association

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica wrapped up trade negotiations with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in the early hours last Saturday in Guatemala City.The agreement would improve conditions for entry of Costa Rican products in EFTA countries (Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), “providing opportunities to increase and diversify our exports and to encourage foreign direct investment,”Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Anabel González said.“We’re establishing opportunities for Costa Rica to set a framework of clear rules for a market with a high net-average GDP [$40,000 average per capita] and willing to pay for the quality that distinguishes our products,” the minister added.Negotiations include benefits for Costa Rican agricultural products such as bananas and other tropical fruit, coffee, sugar and flowers. Costa Rica gave EFTA the same tariff treatment as that accorded the European Union.The parties expect to comply with the legal review process as soon as possible, “with the aim of signing the agreement by June 2013,”Trade Vice Minister Fernando Ocampo said.Panama, Guatemala and Honduras also are expected to continue discussions with EFTA in coming weeks. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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IMAGE Visit Canberra

first_imgIMAGE: Visit Canberra From 1 May 2018, Singapore Airlines will be implementing a range of changes to its Australian operations. The airline says the changes will provide customers in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra with increased travel options.The most significant change will be to operations in Canberra, with the service to be de-linked from Wellington, and increased to daily operations with a new Singapore-Sydney-Canberra-Singapore routing.The new daily flight, numbered SQ288, will also see a change to the aircraft type flying to the Australian capital with the current Boeing 777-200 replaced with a Boeing 777-300ER. Canberra operations increase to daily flights with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft deployed delivering First Class and Premium Economy to the nation’s capitalYear round fifth daily flight introduced to Sydney, delivers new late night departure and the option of four cabin classes on all flights ex-SydneyMelbourne operations to increase to 36 weekly flights with introduction of new four time weekly SIN-MEL-WLG serviceCanberra and Wellington to be de-linkedCanberra to be linked to Sydney and Wellington to be linked to MelbourneSubject to regulatory approval all of the changes will take effect from Tuesday 1 May 2018, with tickets made available for booking from today, Thursday 25 January 2018.Customers booked and ticketed prior to Wednesday 24 January to travel on SQ291/292 from 1 May onwards will be offered alternate travel arrangements. australiaSingapore Airlineslast_img read more

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first_imgAfricaagentsBench AfricafamilMagellan A lucky group of Magellan agents recently journeyed across South Africa as part of a famil trip with Bench Africa. Taking in the beauty of Cape Town, the agents indulged in the famed winelands of Franschhoek, and enjoyed the natural wonders of Knysna, before heading to the Kariega Game Reserve for a wild African safari. Spoiled with the sights, bursting with delicious food and drink, there was only one thing that managed to elude them (as it does many Africa visitors) – the stealthy leopard!IMAGE: L-R: Nicole Booker (Mary Rossi Travel); Emma Thomas (SAA Victoria); Rachel Horsting (Sorrento Key Travel); Hank (Bench Africa); Sinead Allison (Southlands Travel); Leanne Reilly (Travel Centre Bendigo); Lisa Poland (Travel Focus Group); Meaghan Wood (Lidstrom & Clyne Travel); Christian Hanvey (Maxim’s Travel); Sue Smith (Travel Sense)last_img read more

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A look at how the dodgeball portion of the NFLSki

first_imgA look at how the dodgeball portion of the #NFLSkills Showdown looked from @P2‘s point of view. pic.twitter.com/sVrC63nMsC— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 27, 2017The NFL skills challenge was an odd but entertaining enough set of events.Between Dallas QB Dak Prescott showing off that he could use a little more arm-strength to finish last in the quarterback challenge to Philip Rivers gun-slinging his way to a victory, there was indeed football skill involved. But the best part was no doubt the AFC vs. NFC dodgeball game, where Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson strapped himself with a GoPro on his head to give fans a sense of the live action. Peterson’s NFC team came out victorious as the AFC put together a disappointing performance that was only salvaged by a fantastic one-man rally attempt by Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton.Here is Andy Dalton being bad at dodgeball. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling .@andydalton14 can’t escape!#ProBowlSkills pic.twitter.com/9zAH4sWych— NFL (@NFL) January 27, 2017And here is Alex Smith failing to covert a dodgeball throw more than five yards. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NFL quarterback Alex Smith pic.twitter.com/lrmAEDa44s— Jeffrey Kahn (@jkahn_5) January 27, 2017After Hilton caught a number of balls to cut into the NFC numbers advantage, the game was ended with Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott coming up in the clutch.NFC wins dodgeball competition and ZEKE goes shirtless (SIDE NOTE – @SteveAoki was not in attendance) #ProBowlSkills pic.twitter.com/duhWPGJvVt— Troy Hughes™ (@TommySledge) January 27, 2017As for Peterson, the Arizona Pro Bowler also appeared in the drone drop challenge, in which players needed to adjust to a drone hovering from 85 feet above the ground and, in the second round, 125 feet. Peterson completed the first and fell flat in the second. Also, we dig the sun glasses under the helmet look.Athlete’s Adjust…… @NFL #ProBowl #SkillsCompetition #TuneIn @espn @ESPNNFL pic.twitter.com/rLKG1BtmB3— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) January 26, 2017last_img read more

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Ben Platt moves away from Dear Evan Hansen with

first_imgBen Platt moves away from ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ with new album AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this March 28, 2019 photo, Ben Platt poses for a portrait in New York to promote his debut album “Sing to Me Instead.” (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP) NEW YORK — Much of Ben Platt’s debut album “Sing to Me Instead” is inspired by past loves, but he laughs at the notion that he could be pulling a Taylor Swift.Platt says the songs are more about emotions than specifics, so there’s no need to give any former boyfriends a heads-up.“I didn’t feel the need to give any warnings,” he said recently. “Thankfully there’s nothing too harmful said about anyone … I’m sure if these people ever did find out that I had written about them, I’m sure they would agree the emotional experience was what I put across.”He does say there was something cathartic about looking back through the lens of music.“I always sort of laughed when Taylor Swift talks about relationships, and she can only move on when she’s put it into a song, but there’s a real truth to that.”The album doesn’t just put his exes in the rearview mirror, it also puts distance between Platt and his Tony Award-winning role in “Dear Evan Hansen.” Little on the album is reminiscent of the songs from the hit Broadway musical; instead, the “Sing to Me Instead” is a more soulful project.It was important to Platt, that his first album as an artist take him on a different path from the music he performed in his acting roles (He played the nerdy Benji in “Pitch Perfect” and its sequel).“I definitely wanted to make sure it was stylistically and sort of musically what I liked the most and what I love to sing,” said Platt, citing James Taylor, Carole King and Donny Hathaway as examples.Anyone coming to see the star when his concert kicks off in May and expecting to get a dose of “Dear Evan Hansen” take note: Platt won’t be singing any of that show’s songs on his tour.But he hasn’t completely left that character behind.Universal Pictures — and Platt’s producer dad Marc Platt — have secured the film rights to “Dear Evan Hansen” and he hasn’t ruled out reprising the role on the big screen.“I know it’s in development and being written. Of course, that would be a wonderful thing I would love to be a part of,” he said.In the interim, his next acting role is a much darker character than those he’s been most identified with.Platt stars in the upcoming Netflix series “The Politician” from Ryan Murphy, playing a wealthy, morally challenged teen seeking to win an election to secure his spot at Harvard. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Zoey Deutch also star.Platt said Murphy sought him out for the role after seeing him in “Dear Evan Hansen.”“He said, ‘You were this open book, this sweet, empathetic, very easy to root for (character). And I would like you to now play someone who is conniving and sociopathic and has a lot of hubris and is kind of a brat. I want to challenge you to just turn completely on its head,’” Platt recalls. “I was like, ‘What more could you ask for as an actor?”Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2019 9:57 am PDTlast_img read more

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August 8 2000 A bell made by Dave Tollis with des

first_imgAugust 8, 2000A bell made by Dave Tollis with designs by Kristy, Gabe, Nick, Thomas and Dave.A collaboration representing the strong team rapport in the BronzeFoundry under Dave’s management. Dave will leave for six weeks with Nadiaand Tristan. Then, when he returns, he will work supervising construction. Photoand Text by Allen Huddlestonlast_img

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