14 Oct
2019

Ottawa expected to announce new transition rules for assessing pipelines Wednesday

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – The Liberal government is poised to announce new rules today for assessing major resource projects such as oil pipelines. A technical briefing is being scheduled for news media before Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr announces the new process this afternoon. Liberals say the new rules will cover a transition period that will include existing pipeline applications already in the works. Those includes Kinder Morgan’s proposed twinning of the TransMountain pipeline in British Columbia and TransCanada’s massive $15.7-billion Energy East project that would take Alberta and Saskatchewan crude to New Brunswick refineries and seaports for export. The new environmental assessment process appears likely to require pipeline companies to report greenhouse gas emissions associated with their project, including what are known as “upstream” emissions produced during the production of the oil or gas carried by the pipeline. “If major energy projects have the confidence of Canadians, I think it will be good news for the Canadian economy,” Carr said on his way into a Liberal caucus meeting. Carr said he’s consulted industry leaders, Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, union and community leaders to set up the transition process. “People want to know that the process is up and running and fair.” Pipeline politics have dominated the return of Parliament this week amid deep regional acrimony. The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan expressed dismay after a group of Montreal-area municipal leaders publicly announced their opposition last week to the proposed Energy East route through their territory. Saskatchewan Premier Brad wall questioned whether Quebeckers should continue to expect billions in equalization payments if they won’t support the export of resources that help drive those government revenues. Environmental groups, meanwhile, say any new pipeline approval by the Trudeau government would undermine the Liberals’ commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A coalition of 74 North American groups issued a release today calling for Canada to put in place policy measures to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as agreed at the Paris climate summit in December. “There is simply no room for major new pipelines in a safe climate future,” Steven Guilbeault of Equiterre said in the release. “The science is demanding we keep the carbon in the ground and start the transition.” Provincial environment ministers begin two days of talks Thursday in Ottawa with their federal counterpart Catherine McKenna in advance of a full-blown first minister’s conference that is supposed to establish a national climate policy, including putting a price on carbon. The announcement of a new transition policy for environmental assessments comes a day after a federal audit was released that showed the National Energy Board has failed to follow up on almost half of all conditions set for past pipeline approvals.last_img read more

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8 Oct
2019

Galle Bishop warns of Buddhist Taliban

For this reason he has decided to re-launch the promotion of dialogue and religious harmony through the Commission “Justice, Peace and Human Development.” The Bishop of Galle has warned of threats posed to religious minorities by some groups including the Bodu Bala Sena which he has termed as a “Buddhist Taliban” operating in Sri Lanka.The Fides Agency reported that Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe, the Bishop of Galle, had raised the concerns in a message sent to the agency. According to information sent to Fides, in 2012 the Christian communities in Sri Lanka, of different denominations, registered about 50 cases of attacks by Buddhist monks.In December, one thousand people in the grip of a religious fervor, including many Buddhist monks, attacked and wounded a pastor in Weeraketiya.  (Colombo Gazette)UPDATE: Galle Bishop denies making the statement On March 17, a mob led by Buddhist monks broke into a church in Agalawatte, stopping the worship. Similar threats were reported at a meeting of the Pentecostal Church in Kottawa and in Galle. The agency claimed that recently, two churches were attacked and two others forced to close because of the pressure of the fanatics.Among the incidents reported to Fides, on March 9 in Batticaloa, members of the Bodu Bala Sena set fire to a church at night.Buddhist monks accused the pastor of the “Fellowship Church” in the town of Polonnaruwa of “proselytizing”, warning him to stop his ministry. Bishop Wickramasinghe fears that – a few years after the end of the civil war – a new violence can tear apart society. The Church has the task to “play a prophetic role,” he remarked, although this could be misunderstood, the agency reported.“It should be noted that large traditional Buddhist organizations, entirely peaceful, disapprove the radical and violent approach, that sow the virus of hatred and religious fundamentalism in the Sri Lankan society,” The Fides Agency reported. read more

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7 Oct
2019

New addition to provincial drug plan NIHB program treats HIV

A medication recently added to the list of drugs covered by the province may soon be the HIV treatment of choice, says one Regina doctor.“I think over the next few months as people start to gain some familiarity with it, I think it will become probably one of the top options available,” said Dr. Alexander Wong of Biktarvy, a once-daily single-tablet treatment.Effective Aug. 1, the medication is now covered under the Saskatchewan Drug Plan and the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program, making it more widely accessible to doctors across the province. “It’s a good medication,” said Wong, who is an assistant professor of infectious diseases with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine and also works at the Regina General Hospital.The medication is the second-smallest single-tablet treatment publicly available, at about 60 per cent the size of a typical multi-vitamin and is also only required once a day, increasing the chances of patient compliance, said Wong.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“For many of the patients that we work with in the province, there are a lot of other concurrent challenges — housing, food security, mental illness, addictions and so forth —which make adherence to medications not easy,” he said.According to Wong, there are very few downsides to Biktarvy, which has become an effective option for nearly all patients, except those on tuberculosis medications because of drug interactions. Additionally, he said doctors are also refraining from prescribing it to pregnant women because there isn’t enough research into the impacts on those individuals yet.Drug trials have deemed the medication safe in the short and medium term (with the above exceptions), said Wong, but clinicians will need to carefully track long-term impacts.“Our experience with some of the components of the drug is still a bit limited… so we need to be vigilant to ensure there are no long-term side effects and toxicity issues,” he said.The drug was previously only available in a limited fashion, through a compassionate access program where industry provides a limited number of prescriptions until the drug gets public funding.The program allows clinicians to get some degree of experience with the drug ahead of time, but not all doctors know about the program and some don’t use it perhaps because they don’t want to “jump through all the hoops,” said Wong.“It’s universally available now for all patients with no restrictions, no limitations whatsoever and there’s no paperwork process or other such things that may discourage clinicians from using it,” he said.Biktarvy is not the only, but is the newest single-tablet regimen option to be listed on the provincial drug plan. “The decision to list Biktarvy was made based on the Canadian Drug Expert Committee recommendation, advice from the Drug Advisory Committee of Saskatchewan (DACS) as well as successful negotiation between the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) and the manufacturer,” said a written statement from the Ministry of Health.But access to medication is only one piece of the puzzle.Wong says universal testing is essential in Saskatchewan’s battle against notoriously high rates of HIV compared to the rest of Canada.“At the end of the day the message is that there’s ongoing vigilance that’s required,” he said. “We’re trying to identify and sort out what some of the changing dynamics are and the reasons for why we’re continuing to see such high numbers.”A lack of resources in certain parts of the province is a challenge, as is trying to address other aspects of patient health like mental health and addictions and fight against stigma, explained Wong.But there are success stories, he added.In Regina, clinicians have worked closely with the city’s emergency and acute care departments to do more HIV testing.“As a result that’s allowed us I think to identify a lot more patients that are coming transiently through the hospital,” said Wong, who also pointed to Saskatoon’s commitment to safe consumption site as examples of good work that needs to be expanded on throughout the province.jackerman@postmedia.com read more

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30 Sep
2019

Auburn to Honor Charles Barkley with Statue Outside Arena

? | It’s official, former @AuburnMBB great Charles Barkley will be honored by #Auburn with his own statue.His reaction⬇️#WarEagle pic.twitter.com/GgkW8RIYqg— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) October 22, 2016Barkley played at Auburn from 1981-84 and went on to win All-American honors on his way to becoming an Olympic gold medal winner, AuburnTigers.com reports. He began his career in the NBA as a first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984. Barkley became a Hall of Fame hooper and was later named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players during the league’s 50th anniversary season.Auburn officials said the new statue will recognize the former athlete’s many accomplishments during his time at the university and beyond. The school retired Barkley’s jersey in 2001.“It’s more than about what Charles Barkley accomplished here at Auburn, which is certainly historic, but it has been about his life’s work and contribution,” said Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl. “We want to recognize one of the most respected, philanthropic NBA legends, Hall of Famer, for his lifetime achievements.“Our Auburn Family is so blessed to have an Auburn man like Charles Barkley in the public eye representing us,” Pearl continued. “A statue and a symbol like this serves to bring attention to that and will stand the test of time.”According to the Washington Post, Barkley averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds for Auburn as 1983-84 SEC player of the year, which earned him the nickname “The Round Mound of Rebound” for his unusual physique. Barkley has since gained notoriety as an entertaining, and oftentimes sharp-tongued sports commentator for TNT.“More than anything, Charles Barkley has become a global icon and this award honors the contributions he has given to Auburn both on and off the floor,” said Chuck Person, Auburn basketball’s associate head coach who played with Barkley at the university. “What an honor, and Auburn couldn’t have done this for a better man, my friend, Charles Barkley.” Charles Barkley. Photo by Brett Davis, USA TODAY Sports.Retired basketball star Charles Barkley is set to receive a statue outside Auburn Arena — making him the first former athlete who wasn’t a football player to be immortalized on the university’s campus.According to the Washington Post, the school announced plans to a erect a statue in Barkley’s name during Auburn’s 56-3 win over the University of Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. The retired basketballer will be the fourth former Auburn athlete to have a statue built in his honor, joining the Tigers’ Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley told AuburnTigers.com. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”Watch as Charles Barkley learns he’ll soon have a statue at Auburn Arena (from @BoJackson on video board), then Bo appears in Groves jersey. pic.twitter.com/ESRTl81b8J— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) October 22, 2016 read more

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21 Sep
2019

New Eddie Rockets boss is planning a big expansion in Germany and

first_img Image: Mark Condren Share Tweet Email1 Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 6:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4597997 AS THE NEW managing director of Rocket Restaurants, industry veteran Adrian Crean has big plans for expanding the group’s fast-casual burger offering internationally. Last month, ex-McDonalds managing director Crean took over from Niall Fortune, founder of the Rocket Restaurants Group, which runs 51 outlets – a mix of franchise and company owned – mostly in Ireland. In October last year, the company opened its first restaurant outside of Ireland – in a Center Parcs in Germany – and it’s planning a significant expansion there in the next few years.   Image: Mark Condren New Eddie Rocket’s boss is planning a big expansion in Germany and beyond The food industry veteran has an appetite for expansion. By Fora Staff 23,645 Views “The initial results there are very encouraging, and bearing in mind that the park is not yet at full occupation – which it will be over the holidays,” he said. Working with its German franchise partner Areas – part of the Elior group – Rocket Restaurants is planning to open “at least 16 outlets” in Germany over the next five years.  “Our partnership with Areas will cover mainly transport locations in Germany, whether that’s train stations, airports, motorways or also some shopping centres and Center Parcs locations,” said Crean. Leipzig’s Hauptbahnhof is one of the country’s busiest train stations, and has about 45 million passengers going through it every year. The company – which owns Eddie Rocket’s, Rocket’s, Flash Harry’s and Counter Burger – is also exploring opportunities further afield such as the Gulf states in the Middle East, said Crean.It has recently taken on franchise industry executive James Walker – who has worked with Johnny Rockets and Subway – as an advisor. “We’re working with James now to help map out opportunities at a local level,” said Crean. “It could go beyond that as well. Obviously Asia is a significant market of scale but it’s that bit further afield,” he added.  Apr 14th 2019, 1:00 AM We will be opening up our second in Germany later on this year around October, which will be in Leipzig, in the Hauptbahnhof which is the main train station,” said Crean, speaking to Fora. 26 Comments Source: Mark CondrenDomestic expansionRight now, Rocket’s is the focus of the international expansion.“We see a lot of opportunity internationally to grow the brands, of which Germany is the start,” said Crean, adding that France, Belgium and the Netherlands are also on the company’s radar. As he sees it the Rocket’s offering sits somewhere between fast food and table service – a market segment which he said doesn’t have a lot of players in Germany at the moment. The company is also looking into expansion closer to home. “We’re very much based in Dublin and the Leinster province but none of our brands are in Cork, Galway or Limerick which are obvious opportunities to grow domestically as well.”It’s hard to put a number on the company’s expansion plans at this stage, said Crean.“If you were to say to me in five years time could we be double the size that we are now I would say yes, that is possible through both domestic and international growth,” he said.For now, there are no new restaurants planned for Ireland in the next year or so, but the company is still trying to identify what the key growth areas would be for each city. In the immediate term, Crean said the group will be pushing “quite a bit on the delivery side of things”, and has recently partnered with Just Eat, Deliveroo and UberEats.“We’re seeing double-digit growth in it across our brands. If I was to add up all our delivery sales and put it into one restaurant it would be our busiest restaurant in the country.”The company’s 2018 turnover was €54 million and it currently employs about 1,000 people. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses. Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Fora.ie Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

Record 25m for Katsalidis penthouse

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Acclaimed Greek architect Nonda Katsalidis’ newest development has just broken another record.The Australia 108 skyscraper – which is expected to be completed in 2019 – will become the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, and now holds the record as the most expensive piece of skyscraper real estate. The building’s penthouse has sold for a eye-watering $25 million, the most expensive single apartment ever sold in Australia. The only piece of real estate to come close was in Sydney, where two combined apartments in Sydney sold for $25 million. A businessman based in China, whose name has not been disclosed, bought the Australia 108 penthouse, which spreads across the whole of the 100th floor of the building. The real estate agency that sold the penthouse, CBRE, said there was dozens of inquires about the penthouse, including three local buyers. Architecture firm Fender Katsalidis put the 1,105 apartments of the Australia 108 building on sale in February, and has sold more than 1,000 of them.The firm is also famous for building the current tallest building in Australia, the Eureka Tower, which hasn’t had as much luck selling its premium apartments. Currently, the Grollo family – famous for their property development portfolio – have failed to offload the tower’s penthouse, which they hoped would fetch close to $18 million.The previous highest recorded apartment sale in Melbourne was a $18.2 million apartment in the deluxe 150 East complex.last_img read more

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21 Sep
2019

How much do tradies in Australia make

first_imgAustralian tradies may have increased their hourly rate by 1.4 per cent in the past year, but 94 per cent are often working weekends and 58 per cent work more than 40 hours a week to sustain their business. Despite commanding an impressive $61.65 hourly rate nationally across 10 industry sectors, 75 per cent of business owners surveyed by ServiceSeeking.com.au consider themselves to be middle class.Thirty-four per cent of business owners earn less than $50,000 a year, while a further 50 per cent earn between $50,000-$100,000. Just 16 per cent earn more than $100,000 a year as small business owners, according to a recent business confidence survey of more than 1,000 businesses registered through the site.“It should be pointed out that tradies have overheads to come out of their hourly rates with insurance, tools and travel among them, whereas an office worker does not,” says ServiceSeeking.com.au CEO Jeremy Levitt. “But smart and hard-working tradies can and are building strong businesses on the back of Australia’s resilient property market.”Those trades with more qualifications, such as electricians and plumbers, are sitting highest amongst tradies. Plumbers have increased rates by 4 per cent in the last 12 months with an average rate of $80.92; while electricians charge $75.56 which is a 5.4 per cent increase year-on-year.Carpentry services had the highest national increase with a 7.7 per cent increase to $56.45. Painting prices stayed mostly static at $42.56 hourly.The rise in renovation prices closely mirrors the national Consumer Price Index (CPI), which showed a year-on-year increase of 1.0 per cent for the March-June quarter.To view price changes across 10 popular renovation services around the country, see www.serviceseeking.com.au/renovationsThe prices were derived by comparing 52,000 quotes submitted through the online services marketplace during the FY16 Q4.For further information, including specific state-based statistics, please contact: Kyrsten Greenwood at kyrsten@serviceseeking.com.au or 0434 004 630 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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19 Sep
2019

Vancouver City Council discusses annexation RV parking code

first_imgLarry Dorr, who lives in unincorporated Clark County and is bracing for likely annexation by the city of Vancouver, had a straightforward question for city councilors on Monday night: What’s in it for us?Dorr pointed out that the city’s police force is understaffed and said his recycling services would be cut once the annexation took place. On top of likely longer emergency response times and possibly fewer services, he’s expecting his annual cost for taxes and utilities to increase.“My question is, what do we get for this?” Dorr asked.On Monday night, counselors moved forward with the controversial move to annex the area known as Van Mall North with its approximate 4,600 residents. During the same meeting, councilors also considered updating their code and standards around the number of domestic animals people can own and discussed the future of RV parking and trailers in driveways.The council only briefly touched on each topic, but will hold a public hearing on all three on April 17.• Annexation:The city is in the midst of annexing approximately 2 square miles, or 1,270 acres, into the city’s limits.The move to annex the area known as Van Mall North includes Green Meadows, an unincorporated Clark County area where some residents aren’t pleased about the prospect of being part of the city.Many members of the Green Meadows community mobilized when they first heard about the possible annexation.Some voiced concern the 18-hole, 6,400-yard golf course they live around would be developed into condominiums, which would hurt the property value of their homes. The golf course is zoned for development but there are no current plans.last_img read more

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16 Sep
2019

Melco Resorts Cyprus satellite averaging 600 customers each day

first_imgMelco Resorts’ first satellite casino, C2 Nicosia, has averaged around 600 customers per day during its first week of operation, according to City of Dreams Mediterranean Property President Craig Ballantyne.Speaking to media at a press conference and property tour this week, Ballantyne provided some insight into C2 Nicosia’s operations which he says have been surprisingly strong despite the modest offering of just five gaming tables and 50 slot machines. In particular, he noted that roulette had already produced a win of €500,000 on a single spin as well as a loss of €130,000 – both by foreign players betting big. Melco Resorts distances itself from Chairman’s father, Dr Stanley Ho, amid inquiry into Crown Resorts acquisition Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options RelatedPosts Melco Resorts completes acquisition of 75% stake in Cyprus casino firm from parent Load More C2 Nicosia, which covers 970 square meters, became the first of Melco’s four planned satellite casinos in Cyprus to open its doors last week, with C2 Larnaca scheduled to open later this month followed by the third satellite property in January and fourth in May.The €550 million City of Dreams Mediterranean, currently under construction, will be completed in 2021.Ballantyne also explained that C2 Nicosia’s limited opening hours – which sees it close its doors from 6am until 3pm each weekday, was designed to prevent any potential problem gambling impacts on students at the nearby University of Nicosia with Melco making sure there was no opportunity for students to gamble when they should be studying.He added that smoking was allowed in order to compete with unregulated casinos in the north of the country, but said the property’s ventilation system was second to none.last_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

BSO investigate Dunkin Donuts robbery in Deerfield Beach

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was caught on camera breaking into a doughnut shop looking for more than sweets.The man smashed through the front door of the Dunkin’ Donuts with a hammer and a pry bar, around 5 a.m., on May 22. The burglary happened at the store location along South Powerline Road and Southwest 11th Street.According to surveillance, the man pried open the registers and stole cash from a back office. He then ran out to a getaway car that was waiting for him.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying both people involved.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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15 Sep
2019

Trial set for alleged South MiamiDade shooter

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man is preparing to go on trial after, police said, he took aim at people outside a bar.According to officials, Leon Hillman faces three counts of attempted murder.However, there were new developments, Wednesday morning, of the crime that happened back in June of 2014.Officials said surveillance video footage shows Hillman approaching a group outside Grumpy’s Bar and Grill in South Miami-Dade.At one point, the gunman tries to shoot a man on the ground, but the gun jams.Hillman is expected to go on trial next month.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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11 Sep
2019

OBITUARY Barbara Ann Gadman Amidon 75

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Barbara Ann (Gadman) Amidon, of Salem, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 7, 2018.Barbara was born on April 6, 1943 in Boston, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Arlene V. (Grant) Belcher and loving sister of the late Arlene Golden. Barbara was raised in Jamaica Plain & Dorchester and graduated from the Trade High School for Girls in Boston. Barbara married “the love of her life” George R. Amidon, Sr. on October 21, 1962; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1964 where they raised their four children, George, Jr., Kevin, Ron and Leasa. Barbara and George, along with their family shared many wonderful years together; they enjoyed trips to Lake Winnipesaukee where they made countless memories with their children.As a young woman, Barbara enjoyed working at Filene’s Basement in Boston. After settling down in Wilmington she worked at Diamond Crystal, Bandwagon but she was the most passionate of her role as a stay at home mom following the birth of her children. She was an excellent seamstress who could whip up anything from an outfit for her children to a simple hem on a pair of pants or button on a shirt.In her spare time, Barbara enjoyed going to the lake house, reading, listening to Elvis, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. Barbara got the most enjoyment from being a loving wife, sister, mother, grammie, aunt and friend.Barbara was the beloved wife of the late George R. Amidon, Sr., devoted mother of George R. Amidon, Jr.& his wife Cynthia of Wilmington, Kevin Amidon & his wife Donna of Billerica, Ron Amidon & his wife Lauren of Revere and Leasa (Amidon) Fluet & her husband Marc of Salem, NH and loving “Grammie” of Zachary Amidon, Ashley Amidon, Codey Fluet and Kaitlyn Amidon.Barbara will be fondly remembered as a special woman who was kind, caring and loving; she will be greatly missed by all.At Barbara’s request all services will be private.In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, this was one of Barbara’s favorite charities: https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.html.Barbara Ann (Gadman) Amidon(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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2 Sep
2019

Flash Flood Warning For Harris County And Others Until Thursday Morning

first_img.@HoustonOEM is monitoring the potential for severe weather, including possible street flooding beginning late Tuesday and through Wednesday. Pay attention to changing conditions. https://t.co/sHEQVOGOj5 #houwx #txwx #hounews pic.twitter.com/d9Eu02ZpyE— AlertHouston (@AlertHouston) March 27, 2018 Wednesday will be stormy across the region. Heavy rainfall and severe threat.#bcswx #houwx #glswx pic.twitter.com/lDpBgNC5va— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 27, 2018 Approaching storm system will bring increasing risk of locally heavy rain and strong/severe storms across Southeast Texas mainly tonight through Thursday morning. Keep up with forecast for updates. #txwx #houwx #bcswx #glswx pic.twitter.com/RTIogfpW53— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) March 27, 2018 Monitor stream, bayou, and creek conditions: Rain may move repeatedly across the same area, causing a rise on creeks and bayous. Avoid traveling during periods of heavy rain: Rain can keep you from seeing the road ahead of you, and can result in dangerous accidents. National Weather ServiceSeveral rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected along and ahead of a cold front. Tonight through Thursday morning appears to be the main window for this activity with stronger storms capable of large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a portion of southeast Texas, including the following counties, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Liberty.The warning extends from Wednesday morning through Thursday morningA band of showers and thunderstorms will slowly expand southeastward into the watch area Wednesday morning. In addition the band may slow as it moves into the watch area with individual storms moving northeast through the band. Rainfall of 1 to 3 inches should be common with isolated bands of 4 to 5 inches. The most intense rainfall should occur Wednesday after noon through midnight.With the heavy rainfall expect area small creeks and bayous to rise and anyone living near these creeks and bayous is advised to monitor the weather closely Wednesday.The City of Houston Office of Emergency  Management (OEM) is monitoring the potential for severe weather and give Houstonians the following recommendations. Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Do not drive through flooded areas.  If you come upon a flooded roadway, do not enter it. turn around. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation where your vehicle is taking on water, get out, get to a higher place and call 911.Monitor official sources for current conditions, such as:Harris County Flood Warning System (harriscountyfws.org)Houston Transtar (houstontranstar.org)National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Forecast Office (weather.gov/houston) Share Due to the possibility of severe weather, we are cancelling tomorrow’s @UrbanHarvest farmers market. Please follow @AlertHouston and prepare for flash flooding. pic.twitter.com/3xc49qH5GU— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 27, 2018last_img read more

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1 Sep
2019

Since you asked Can you have sex in Skyrim

first_imgAs the first gaming generation continues to mature (read: get older), the games that are being created to capture their hearts and minds continue to do so as well. With games like The Witcher, Mass Effect, and even Fable all containing sexual content of some nature, it’s apparent that developers have begun to realize that putting such content has appeal to gamers and probably doesn’t hurt sales numbers. So what about a hit title like Skyrim? Did Bethesda decide to include adult-oriented content in its hit RPG? If you’re looking to bring the sexy back in the super popular game, know this: you cannot have sex in Skyrim. That’s because the title, and the current list of mods, does not enable the full “experience” so to speak (God of War 3 comes to mind). However, there are some things you can install and do in the game to tide you over until the inevitable flood of mods that will satisfy your most base and primal of desires. While we won’t point the way to where you can download all the nude mods — they are easy to find anyway– we can show you how to find the love of your life in the game and live happily ever after.Take a gander at the video above, courtesy of YouTuber Pinrose331. It walks you through how to take marriage vows with your person of choice. Gamers will be happy to know that marriage is equal opportunity and quite progressive in the land of the Nords: you can marry NPCs of the same sex as your character. And you won’t even have to wait for a vote to legalize it in your village! Leave it to Bethesda to be forward-thinking in that regard. Again while you can tie the knot in the game, consummating the relationship is not something that Bethesda has included. Right now, the game leaves it all up to your imagination as you can actually sleep (meaning closing your eyes and resting) with your partner, but that’s about all. There are no juicy love scenes to be had unfortunately. Not to worry however, as there looks to be several mods in development that will add realism to your marital beds. In the meantime, you can download some extensions that will add some eye-candy to your experience.If being tied down with matrimonial bliss isn’t what you were looking for from your RPG experience, perhaps you would be interested in the obligatory chainmail bikini mod that is pictured above. A simple mod that replaces the underwear of female characters with chainmail, it’s probably one of the easier mods you can use.While there is no “hot-coffee” available yet for Skyrim, give it some time and I’m sure that someone will create a mod that will give you the ability to enable full on relations in the game. Of course, with the plethora of real women on the internet that are willing to bear it all, why would you need a video game mod?last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Indians believe in resolutions to enrich relationships

first_imgSpending time with partners has topped New Year’s resolutions list, reveals a survey. A survey was conducted by matchmaking portal shaadi.com to understand the mindset of unmarried Indians and their views involving relationships and marriage. The online poll received over 16,500 responses from unmarried men and women, aged between 25 and 34 years.When men and women were asked if they believe in making New Year’s resolutions, 42.5 per cent said “Yes, if it involves spending more time with your partner”, 33.9 per cent said “No, resolutions never work out”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While 23.6 per cent said “Maybe, if it’s about getting rid of bad habits”. When 7,547 women were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 59.4 per cent said “Yes”, 13.1 per cent said “No” and 27.5 per cent said “It depends”. When the participating women were asked about their own resolutions, 38.1 per cent said: “Would try to spend less time on social media and more time with their partner”, while 28.5 per cent said: “Would plan to travel more often with their partner”, followed by 33.4 per cent who said: “Would try to exercise regularly and follow a healthy lifestyle”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen 9,025 Indian men were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 64.1 percent said: “Yes”, 17.3 per cent said: “No” and 18.6 per cent said “It depends”.When these men were asked about their own resolutions, 42.7 per cent said: “Would try to maintain a balance between their partner and favourite sports”, followed by 36.4 per cent who said: “Would try not to binge sleep on holidays and actively make plans with their partner”. While 20.9 per cent said: “Would learn to cook new dishes”. “This is an interesting insight into how there is a shift in the way people are thinking. The latest trend shows that people are not taking decisions on their own, but as a couple,” said  Shaadi.com CEO Gourav Rakshit.last_img read more

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17 Aug
2019

Qantas fuel surcharges skyrocket

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Qantas international surcharges and domestic fares will once again increase due to high global fuel prices. From April 5 the average fare increase on Qantas and QantasLink flights will be 5 percent, depending on the route and fare class. Qantas Frequent Flyer’s will also be affected as surcharges on Classic Award redemption tickets will increase by $4 domestically and $10 for Trans-Tasman flights. This is the second increase in the space of two months by the Qantas Group, after announcing increases in fuel surcharges in February. Jetstar are also poised to increase surcharges within the Singapore and Australian markets due to the hike in fuel costs.The Qantas Group expects fuel costs to continue to rise by approximately $300 million to $2.3 billion during the second half of the 2011/2012 financial year.last_img read more

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15 Aug
2019

Eye on the Industry Updates on Alogent Planet Home Lending and More

first_imgEye on the Industry: Updates on Alogent, Planet Home Lending, and More in Daily Dose, Featured, News Consolidated Analytics, a provider of mortgage services, announced the appointment of Josh Fuchs as SVP of product development and sales for its residential valuations division. In this role, Fuchs will drive the vision, innovation, execution and adoption of new real estate valuation products and will strengthen and modernize existing platforms.Fuchs joins the California-based Consolidated Analytics from Goldman Sachs, where he was Vice President, Head of Residential Valuation for its real estate management division. Fuchs has more than 15 years of leadership experience developing operational and technology infrastructure, policies, and capabilities that enhance valuation platform and service scalability, efficiency and quality. In earlier roles, Fuchs held leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase, ISGN and FNMA.”Josh’s talent and experience is known in the mortgage industry and he is particularly known for successfully using technology and analytics to innovate solutions within constraints,” said Consolidated Analytics CEO Arvin Wijay. “As Consolidated Analytics continues to augment our solutions with real estate analytics, leverage automation and embrace emerging technologies, Josh’s ‘in-compliance’ but ‘outside-the-box’ approach will be incredibly valuable.”______Alogent, a Georgia based global banking and financial software provider has expanded its product portfolio with the acquisition of the FinanceGenius suite of lending software from IntelliEngines, Inc.The cloud-based software suite, which will now be marketed under the new name Origins, part of the Alogent Lending family, automates consumer lending and streamlines the loan origination process for financial institutions and retail lending. With an end-to-end, fully scalable mobile, online and digital experience, consumers gain simplicity and speed, maximizing decisions and business opportunities for banks and credit unions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“The addition of Origins to Alogent’s product portfolio naturally marries our digital banking and enterprise information management solutions,” said Jason Schwabline, Chief Strategy Officer at Alogent. “Cloud-based and mobile-ready, Origins is a turnkey and automated decisioning platform that embodies Alogent’s ‘user-first’ and channel-agnostic approach. Consumers choose how they want to engage—online, mobile, in-branch, or by phone—while financial institutions benefit from a streamlined and uniform workflow regardless of the channel of interaction.”_______Meriden, Connecticut-based national mortgage lender Planet Home Lending (PHL), has passed several milestones since the beginning of 2019, the company announced recently. They include opening a dozen branches, launching several new loan products, posting a net promoter score of 95.6%, and receiving an increase in its servicer rating from Fitch Ratings.During the year, the company said that it:Expanded its non-QM product line by adding additional bank statement, asset depletion, single-family investor, mixed-use, and post-bankruptcy/foreclosure programsNow offers purchase and refinance VA home renovation loansReceived an upgraded rating from Fitch Ratings for its servicing efforts and a Stable Outlook forecastAchieved a Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 95.85. The score measures the willingness of a customer to recommend a product or service to others and ranges from -100 to 100 and the average NPS in banking is 441Opened a new Regional Operation Center for Planet Home Lending and a Western Regional Office for Planet Management Group, the company’s sub-servicer affiliate, in Texas “Expanding our footprint through our distributed retail offices demonstrates our commitment to ensure more consumers have access to quality home financing,” said Michael Dubeck, CEO and President of PHL’s parent Planet Financial Group. “We plan to continue our efforts to serve as many communities as we can.” June 6, 2019 327 Views acquistion Goldman Sachs 2019-06-06 Mike Albanese Sharelast_img read more

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10 Aug
2019

March 31 2008 Soleri Studios Scottsdale aka C

first_imgMarch 31, 2008 Soleri Studios Scottsdale, aka Cosanti, has been buzzing with spring activity. On Saturday, March 29, it was the site of “The Desert Environment and Urban Sprawl”, a panel discussion with Paolo Soleri, Arizona photographer The event was organized by alumnus Alex Barragan [right photo]. Opening and closing the event was music by Dennis Yee on cello, accompanied by Pinna Joseph [left photo]. Ms. Joseph is the owner of the event’s co-sponsor, Tempe’s “Changing Hands” bookstore. [Photos: tt & text: Amber Klatt] The gentlemen, moderated by local architect Vern Swaback, spoke about the necessary ecological considerations that must be part of current city planning. Instigated by a particularly engaged audience, the artists returned to the topic of a light rail system. And, at the reminding of Arcosanti Site Coordinator Mary Hoadley, there was mention of Soleri’s concept of the Lean Linear City, in which city limits would stream alongside a transportation route. Thank you to everyone who was part of this successful afternoon. We look forward to seeing you at Sundays with Soleri, an afternoon discussion with Paolo Soleri occurring Sundays at 3pm at Cosanti. [Photo: tt & text: Amber Klatt]last_img read more

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24 Feb
2019

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24 Jan
2019

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