New Delhi: State-owned BHEL Sunday said it has secured an order worth Rs 486 crore from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to erect the reactor side equipment in unit 3 and 4 of Kudankulam project. “BHEL has secured an order for erection work of reactor side equipment of 2×1000 MWe (Units 3&4) Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, being set up under foreign cooperation (Russia),” the company said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFor the same project, BHEL had earlier secured an order for erection work of Turbine Generator (TG) island. BHEL has also successfully executed the erection work of TG island for Units 1 and 2 at Kudankulam. “This is the first time BHEL is lending its capabilities for erection of reactor side equipment manufactured by another supplier. With this, the company has expanded its footprint in the nuclear sector,” the filing said. BHEL is an established Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) leader for both thermal and nuclear power projects. Out of 18 operating Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) in the country, 12 are equipped with BHEL-supplied steam turbine generator sets, accounting for 74 per cent of the installed capacity, the filing said. BHEL is also currently executing turbine generator packages for 4 units of 700 MWe, 2 units each at Kakrapar and Rawatbhata, it added.
Washington: The US has warned Pakistan that another terror attack on India will prove to be “extremely problematic” as it asked Islamabad to take more “concrete and sustained” actions to rein in terror groups including the JeM and the LeT.Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February 14.India launched a counter-terror operation in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAddressing reporters at the White House on Wednesday, a senior administration official said: “We need to see Pakistan taking concrete and sustained action to rein in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to ensure that we don’t have re-escalation (of tensions) in the region”.”If there’s any additional terrorist attack without Pakistan having made a sustained, sincere effort against these groups, it would be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause re-escalation of tensions, which is dangerous for both countries,” he said on the condition of anonymity. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAsked about the steps being taken by Pakistan in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike by Indian fighter jets, the official said that the US and the international community needed to see “irreversible and sustained” actions against the terror groups.”It’s early to make a full assessment,” he said.In the recent days, the official said Pakistan has taken some “initial” actions. They have frozen the assets of some terrorist groups and made some arrests. They have taken administrative control of some of the JeM facilities, he said. “But we clearly need to see more. We need to see irreversible action because in the past, what we’ve seen is they made some arrests and then a few months later, they released these individuals. The terrorist leaders are sometimes still allowed to travel around the country, hold rallies,” the official said.Reiterating that the US is looking for “irreversible action”, he said America is working with its international partners to increase pressure on Pakistan.”Because it has been too long that these groups have been able to operate,” he said.Observing that Pakistan has economic concerns as well, the official said the Financial Action Tasks Force (FATF) is one area which demonstrates the need for them to take these actions against terror groups.”Otherwise, they’re at risk within the system and the FATF to be grey-listed,” the official said.Pakistan needs to decide if it wants to be viewed as a responsible international player and have access to all the financial mechanisms that are available or is it going to continue to fail to take the steps necessary against these terrorist groups and see itself further isolated. “The choice is Pakistan’s,” the senior administration official asserted.While the situation between the two south Asian neighbours have de-escalated, the two armies are still on high alert and that concerns the US, the official said.”So, we realize that if there, God forbid, would be another terrorist attack that you could quickly see the escalation in the situation once again. So that’s why, we’re making clear that any additional military action by either side runs an unacceptably high risk, for both countries and for the region,” the official said.The Trump administration, he said, has taken sort of a “zero tolerance policy” on the issue of safe havens to terrorists.”The terror terrorist attack on February 14th on India was a demonstration that Pakistan’s continuing provision of sanctuary for any terrorist group is not acceptable,” the official said.During the height of the crisis — February 26-28 — the US was in continuous contact with Indian and Pakistani officials, both on the ground in New Delhi and Islamabad.”They were working on the phones continuously and were deeply engaged in seeking to deescalate what was a very dangerous moment in India-Pakistan relations,” he said.The United States has also reached out to influential countries to have them help deescalate the situation, the senior administration official said.Some of these countries are China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan and Australia.
Bamako – Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita reiterated his gratitude to King Mohammed VI for all solidarity actions undertaken by the sovereign for his country. In a speech to the nation on the occasion of the New Year, Malian President highlighted the historic visit by King Mohammed VI to Mali, hailing the quality of services offered by the military field hospital which just finished its humanitarian mission in this brotherly country after more than three months commendable services.He also underlined the several humanitarian gestures and unwavering political support for the Malian cause at the UN Security Council, under the Moroccan presidency. “During this visit, King Mohammed VI gave five hundred grants to train our imams (religious scholars) on an Islam of tolerance,” Keita added.
MONTREAL — Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in co-operation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge.
The team lost to India by eight wickets in the Champions Trophy semi-final. Pleading guilty to a section five public order offence at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, the unemployed dad of two told Judge Martin Brown that he ran on the pitch during the match carrying a banner “for the 40,000 people killed by the Sri Lankan government” and a Tamil Eelam flag of a proposed independent state that Tamils in Sri Lanka want to create in the north and east of the country. The largely peaceful protests in Cardiff followed a violent incident near the Oval Stadium in London the same week, where Tamil and Sinhala activists clashed during the Sri Lanka-Australia cricket match.Sadasaramoorthy was accused alongside six other protesters, who all pleaded not guilty to the offence and were bailed with the condition that they cannot attend any national or international cricket matches until their trial in September. Saying he was aware the ethnic Tamils had a “grievance” against the Sri Lankan government, Judge Brown asked him to instead explain why he ran onto the pitch on June 20. A Sri Lankan protester who invaded the pitch during a cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Cardiff, has been released on conditional bail by a UK court, Wales Online reported.Manimaran Sadasaramoorthy, 42, of Mitcham in Surrey, travelled to Wales on June 20 this year to take part in a legal protest at the city’s Swalec Stadium against the presence of the Sri Lankan cricket team on British soil. An eighth man admitted throwing a stone at a passing car outside the stadium, while a ninth man accused of common assault was unable to submit a plea because he could not understand the Tamil interpreter provided by the court – his case was adjourned until July 23.Prosecutor David Cooke told the court Sadasaramoorthy gave a false name and date of birth on his arrest and was later found to have “previous convictions for dishonesty”, Cooke said, the last of which was in 2006.Asked by Judge Brown why he ran onto the pitch, Sadasaramoorthy – who was representing himself – said: “My dad lived in Sri Lanka in the north east and in 2009 the Sri Lankan government declared a war – my father was arrested and they murdered him.” Sadasaramoorthy answered: “On the day I went a lot of Sri Lankans were shouting ‘you can never come back to Sri Lanka’, saying if you come there they would kill me, so I told them you are in a democratic country in Britain and that they couldn’t do anything here.“That’s why I took the flag and ran on to the pitch.”The judge gave him seven days to pay a £250 fine, £85 court costs and a £25 victim surcharge “in it’s entirety”. Six other defendants who denied public order offences were Regan Chares Kumar Balachandran, 23, of Newham, London, Sukitharshan Karthikesu, 25, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, Thilakshan Kulasingam, 19, of Mitcham, Surrey, Kaunshanth Maheswaran, 20, of Dartford, Kent, Sivendran Nadarajah, 24, of Mitcham, Surrey and Thayalan Ratnam, 31, of Croydon.
WASHINGTON – More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless benefits rose 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 274,000 last week. Yet the four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped 1,750 to 266,250, the lowest since April 15, 2000.The figures indicate that six years after the Great Recession forced 8.5 million layoffs, Americans are enjoying solid job security. Economists note that when adjusted for population growth, the current level of applications is likely at all-time lows.Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The low readings also suggest that employers are confident about the economy’s health and see little need to shed workers.The number of Americans receiving aid rose 15,000 to 2.27 million. That figure has fallen 10.7 per cent in the past 12 months. Some of those former recipients have likely gotten jobs, but many others used up all the benefits available to them.The decline in applications for unemployment aid echoes other data that point to a steadily improving job market.In July, employers added a net 215,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at a seven-year low of 5.3 per cent.The economy has generated 5.6 million jobs in the past two years, putting more paychecks into Americans’ hands. But the steady job gains and falling unemployment rate have yet to boost wages.Average hourly pay increased just 2.1 per cent in July from 12 months earlier, far below the 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent gains that have historically occurred in healthy economies.One trend holding back pay has been sluggish increases in worker productivity. Productivity measures output per hour worked and is a gauge of efficiency.It has expanded just 0.3 per cent in the past year, far below the 2.2 per cent average annual gain for the past six decades. Applications for US unemployment aid rise to 274,000, yet monthly average falls to 15-year low In this June 10, 2015, photo, job seeker Wedens Raymond, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., fills out a job application at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims for the week ending Aug. 8 on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2015 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The collective momentum among the private sector for climate action is growing daily,” said Mr. Ban alongside the United States Secretary of States, John Kerry, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, at a high-level meeting of the UN Global Compact’s Caring for Business Forum.Held over two days on the sidelines of COP21, the third annual meeting of the Forum aims to provide a platform for dialogue and action among business, investors, civil society, the UN and government officials.Since 30 November, the conference site in the north-east of the French capital has been at the heart of climate-related discussions, with thousands of people from all corners of the globe coming together to push for a new universal climate change agreement that will limit global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius. “Across the world, businesses and investors are standing up for a strong agreement in Paris that sends the right market signals,” Mr. Ban underlined. “They are asking for a clear message that the transition to cleaner, low emissions energy sources is necessary, inevitable, irreversible and beneficial.”With “business” as one of the central themes of COP21 on Tuesday, the UN chief stressed that it should be clear “there is no turning back,” and that all parts of society – CEOs, cities and citizens – must be part of the solution. “Just over a year ago at my Climate Summit in New York, I called on business to make their voices heard and to demonstrate that green business is good business. Companies from around the globe have responded. Leading companies are showing that they can address climate change and thrive financially,” he insisted. He noted that more companies and investors are leading on climate action than at any time in history, and that they are doing so “because they understand the risks of climate change, and the opportunities inherent in addressing it.” “We have seen the power of collaboration first-hand through our UN Caring for Climate initiative. This is now the largest coalition of businesses actively engaging on climate,” he explained, adding that one hundred companies are setting ambitious emissions reduction goals through the science-based targets initiative. On the issue of carbon pricing, he indicated that companies have been “instrumental” in ensuring that a price on carbon is recognized as a necessary and effective tool. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project, more than 1,000 companies now say that they have set an internal price or plan to in the future. This reportedly compares to just over 100 companies a year ago – nearly a ten-fold increase. “In the past year alone, over 2,000 companies and 500 investors have registered climate commitments through the UNFCCC NAZCA portal. But to limit global temperature rise to less than two degrees we must go much further and faster,” he warned. Finally, Mr. Ban addressed all the private sector leaders in the room, telling them that as they leave Paris, he hopes they will carry with them a clear message to their consumers, employees, peers – and Governments – “that how we do business today will determine if we can do business in the future.”
“I remind all parties to the conflict in Libya that torture, the execution of prisoners and direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian and human rights Law,” said said Martin Kobler, who is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In a statement issued by UNSMIL, Mr. Kobler expresses sympathy and condolences to the families of the bereaved and to those injured. According to reports, armed groups in Warshafana executed six men on 24 March, after abducting them from their homes. In addition, at least seven civilians, including three children, were killed during armed conflict in the area which includes al-Tewibya and al-Zawiya. Warshafana has been the site of considerable fighting and destruction in recent years. It is located south of the capital, Tripoli.
Ohio State senior forward Marc Loving defends Nebraska guard Glynn Watson Jr during a game on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIn the era of Ohio State men’s basketball under coach Thad Matta, the last game of the regular season has almost always had significance. From Matt Sylvester’s game-winning 3 against No. 1 Illinois in Matta’s first season, to clinching Big Ten championships, Matta has done his job in sending seniors out in the correct fashion.On Sunday, when the Buckeyes (17-13, 7-10 Big Ten) battle the Indiana Hoosiers (16-14, 6-11 Big Ten), senior forward Marc Loving will be honored as the lone senior in the 2017 class.“(Senior Days are) a little bit emotional, but you’re happy for the individual and I think in Marc’s case, I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Just from the growth that he’s made — he’s had some ups and down throughout his career, but I see it every day.”Loving came to OSU as one of the most revered players to ever come from the competitive Toledo, Ohio, area. He was ranked as the 61st best player in the class of 2013, but many feel he never reached his full potential. Loving was asked to become a leader as a junior because of the lack of seniority on the team. His shooting percentage has gone down significantly since his sophomore season, yet remains one of OSU’s best scoring options at 12.5 points per game.Loving said he’s not one to be emotional, but can look back on his career and know how far he has grown in the program.“Coming into Ohio State, I really didn’t have any expectations,” he said. “I mean, I didn’t know how much playing time I was going to get. I wasn’t promised anything. You have to earn your spot.”Normally when OSU hosts the Hoosiers at the end of the season, the hype is palpable. Not too long ago, Indiana and the Buckeyes swung at each other for the conference crown, but injuries and other factors have led OSU and Indiana to the bottom of the Big Ten in 2016-17.However, that’s not to say the game isn’t significant. If OSU defeats the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes guarantee themselves a bye on Wednesday — the first day of the Big Ten tournament — and will be the 10 seed in the tournament.IndianaCoach Tom Crean’s squad is ranked No. 49 in Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistical ratings, where OSU checks in at No. 66. The Hoosiers average 115.6 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 31st in the country.For any team in college basketball, especially those in major conferences like the Big Ten, it’s difficult to play without leading scorers. OSU has played without junior forward Keita Bates-Diop since the first conference game on Jan. 1. But when a team loses two of those players, it’s near impossible to overcome.Crean has desperately tried to keep his team afloat with senior forward Collin Hartman and sophomore guard OG Anunoby — a former candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year — sidelined for the season with injuries, but Indiana has been sliding as of late.Losers of six of their last seven games, the Hoosiers are also fighting to avoid the first day of the Big Ten tournament next week in Washington D.C. To do that, their top three scorers will need to do damage to the Buckeye defense in the halfcourt. Junior guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson average 16.8 and 12.8 points per game, with sophomore center Thomas Bryant adding another 12.8.Johnson and Bryant were two players who were in foul trouble in the Hoosiers’ last game against Purdue, which ultimately crowned the Boilermakers as regular-season champs. OSU isn’t a great rebounding team, so staying out of foul trouble and owning the boards could be a vital piece to the puzzle for an Indiana victory.Another key for Indiana is if Johnson can end his shooting slump. Since Indiana started its skid on Feb. 5 at Wisconsin, Johnson is shooting 20 for 67 (29.9 percent) from the field. But like the Hoosiers have as a team — sporting victories over No. 1 Kansas and No. 5 North Carolina — Johnson has shown ability to catch fire quickly.“They’re a tough matchup in terms of what they do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “Our defense has got to be at an all-time high tomorrow or we’re in trouble.”Indiana’s defense is one of the worst in the Big Ten, allowing over 77 points per game in conference play. OSU sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is leading the conference in 3-point shooting at 51 percent in league games. Lyle is also coming off two of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points each in wins over Wisconsin and Penn State.Matta said that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Lyle and fellow sophomore point guard C.J. Jackson play 30 minutes apiece.Prediction: Ohio State – 74, Indiana – 69
“Due to the nature of mobile devices when navigating the real world, we will continue to encourage our customers to carry a paper version of the place they are exploring.”Chris Lloyd, who was among the Ogwen Rescue team which responded to the call, described the route the pair had taken as “not a straightforward path”.He said: “There are some tricky little rock steps, particularly at the top end.”Mr Lloyd added that Tryfan is responsible for “about 30 per cent” of the incidents the Ogwen Rescue team had to attend.”Anyone climbing the North Ridge for their first time might well be advised to go with someone who has experienced the North Ridge before,” he said.“It is a superb scramble but can easily be hazardous to the unwary.”Today, Andy Simpson, a spokesman for Mountain Rescue England and Wales also urged walkers to use a map and compass in addition to electronic navigation aids.He said: “Mountain Rescue would always advocate using a map and compass to navigate, either instead of or in addition to any electronic navigation aids. Apart from potential difficulties caused by poor detail on an electronic map, batteries on mobile phones have a nasty habit of running out just when you need them most.”Speaking at the inquest, Detective Constable Tim Bird, the leader of the rescue team, said Mr Wilson had been using an Ordnance Survey app on his smartphone.He said: “The image would have been small and not as detailed as on a proper map. There is no easy way up Tryfan but there are easier routes.”Detective Bird said Mrs Wilson had fallen 20-30ft down a vertical cliff, then tumbled about 150 metres down into an area known as Notch arrete.He said that although the weather was dry, the light boots worn by Mrs Wilson were not suitable for such rough terrain and she could have slipped.After abseiling two days later down to the spot where her body was found, he said he was hit by falling rocks.DC Bird told the hearing: “The change in route was an attempt to traverse the west face to avoid the summit. It would have been better to have retreated the way they had come or gone to the North Ridge, but unfortunately they probably saw a footpath and joined up the dots.”The inquest was told Mrs Wilson was a fit and active woman and that she and her husband had been mountain walking and scrambling for six years.The coroner recorded a conclusion of accidental death. 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. OS app screen shots from Apple App Store Tryfan and the Glyders rise over Llyn OgwenCredit:Alamy Stock Photo “I asked ‘Is it OK? Is it safe?’ and we said we would only go if we both agreed,” he said.Mr Wilson, of Stockport, then described how he heard a kind of exclamation, then another, followed by the sound of rock fall.Jane Wilson, 53, who worked at Manchester University, had fallen 30ft down a vertical cliff, fracturing her skull and sustaining other severe injuries in the fall.Realising his wife had fallen, Mr Wilson climbed to a safer ledge and raised the alarm.He was led to safety by members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, who later found his wife’s body 500 ft lower down.The commercial director of Ordnance Survey advised walkers to always carry a paper map while using the OS smartphone app.Andrew Loveless told The Telegraph: “We are very sorry for Mr Wilson’s loss and we extend our sympathies to him and his family. A university librarian was killed while descending a 3,000ft mountain after her husband used a smartphone app to navigate instead of a map, an inquest heard.Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were looking for a safe route off Snowdonia’s Tryfan peak at dusk when the incident happened, on March 25.The couple, both experienced walkers, had decided not to go to climb the summit but instead, using Mr Wilson’s smartphone to guide them, headed across the mountain’s west face.In a statement to John Gittins, the coroner for north Wales east and central, Mr Wilson said his wife went a short distance ahead of him to look for a suitable route.
A SURFER WHO was attacked by a shark punched it in the face until it swam away, reports said yesterday.In the incident on Friday evening, a 28-year-old man was about 50 metres off shore at Porpoise Bay off New Zealand’s South Island when the shark seized his leg.It left three bite wounds from his thigh to his calf. So he punched it in the face.Fellow surfer Nick Smart told Fairfax Media: He was sitting on his surfboard and the shark came up from nowhere and hit him. He struggled for a bit and then punched the shark and it let him go. The man made his own way to shore, where he had to wait about 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.“He was totally coherent and talking. He was definitely in a bit of pain but he handled it really well,” Smart said.Last month a New Zealand doctor, who was attacked while spearfishing off the southern coast, fought off the shark with a knife before heading ashore to stitch his own wounds and then going to the nearest pub for a beer.- © AFP 2014.Man fights off shark attack, stitches himself up, goes for a beer>
Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger received the League Managers Association Service to Football Award at the LMA President’s Dinner 2018.England manager who doubles as LMA President, Gareth Southgate, handed Wenger with a hand-crafted silver salver which was commissioned by Thomas Lyte, appointed Goldsmiths and Silversmiths to Her Majesty The Queen.LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson while talking about Arsene Wenger’s achievement, said as quoted by League Managers:“Arsène’s contribution to English football has been hugely important to the advancement of the national game since he arrived at Arsenal Football Club in 1996. It is our privilege to bestow upon him the LMA Service to Football Award in recognition of his magnificent achievements.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“On behalf of his peers in the LMA, I thank him for his dedication to the profession and hope he will continue to have an impact on the game for many years to come.”On the other hand, LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added:“The LMA is proud to recognise Arsène’s remarkable career in football management. The role of the football manager has changed beyond recognition since Arsène’s first match at Highbury in 1996, but his profound influence on the game over the past 22 years means he truly deserves the admiration of his fellow practitioners in football.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, September 20, 2017 – Miamia, FL –CATASTROPHIC FLASH FLOODING OCCURRING OVER PORTIONS OF PUERTORICO……CONDITIONS NOW DETERIORATING OVER EASTERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC… SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATIONLOCATION…18.8N 67.3WABOUT 25 MI…45 KM NNW OF AGUADILLA PUERTO RICOABOUT 75 MI…120 KM E OF PUNTA CANA DOMINICAN REPUBLICMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…110 MPH…175 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…957 MB…28.26 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGSCHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The Hurricane Warning for the U.S. Virgin Islands has been discontinued. The government of Antigua and Barbuda has discontinued the Hurricane Warning for the British Virgin Islands.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…* Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques* Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata* Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern BahamasA Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…* Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border ofthe Dominican Republic and Haiti* Dominican Republic west of Cabo Engano to Punta Palenque A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…* Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Cabo EnganoA Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola and the Bahamas should monitor the progress of Maria.For storm information specific to your area in the United States,including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside the United States, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOKAt 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 18.8 North, longitude 67.3 West. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Thursday night.A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will continue to move away from the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico this evening. The center will then pass offshore of the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday and then move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas Thursday night and Friday.Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two,and Maria could regain major hurricane status by Thursday.Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from thecenter, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150miles (240 km).The minimum central pressure based on data from the Air Forceaircraft is 957 mb (28.26 inches).HAZARDS AFFECTING LANDWIND: Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are still occurring over portions of Puerto Rico. Tropical storm conditions are spreading across the warning areas in the Dominican Republic, and hurricane conditions should start in the hurricane warning area tonight. Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday,with hurricane conditions starting Thursday night.STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water is expected to reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…Puerto Rico…3 to 5 ftThe deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore wind over western portions of Puerto Rico, where the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 4 to 6 feet above normal tide levels in the hurricane warning area in the Dominican Republic, and 1 to 3 ft elsewhere along the northern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.A dangerous storm surge accompanied by large and destructive waves will raise water levels by as much as 9 to 12 feet above normal tide levels within the hurricane warning area of the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.RAINFALL: Maria is expected to produce the following rainfall totals through Friday:Puerto Rico…20 to 25 inches, isolated 35 inches U.S. and British Virgin Islands…additional 3 to 5 inches Northern and eastern Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and southeast Bahamas…8 to 16 inches, isolated 20 inches Northern Haiti…2 to 4 inchesRainfall on these islands will cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslidesSURF: Swells generated by Maria are affecting the Leeward Islands,Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These swells will begin affecting the northern coast of Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Southeastern Bahamas during the next day or two.These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office. Related Items:
Republican leaders have reached a final agreement on the comprehensive tax reform package. Both the House and the Senate passed their bills this week, and the measure now awaits formal signature by President Trump. The final agreement sets the corporate tax rate at 21 percent and the top tax rate for individuals at 37 percent. Pass-through business entities that pay taxes through the individual side of the tax code would get a 20 percent deduction.The primary issues of interest and impact to soybean farmers and how they are addressed in the final agreement are summarized below.Pass-through rates/structure – the final agreement will reflect the Senate bill approach of pass-through entities paying at the appropriate individual rate with a 20 percent deduction. The vast majority of farms are structured as pass-through entities, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships and limited liability companies, whose owners pay taxes on profits through the individual code. These pass-through entities account for 85 percent of U.S. agricultural production, according to USDA data.Interest deductions – the ability to deduct business interest was maintained for entities with gross receipts under $25 million.Cash accounting – the ability for farm operations to use this accounting method was maintained.Stepped-up basis was maintained.Expensing/depreciation – businesses will be allowed full and immediate expensing of purchases with the benefit phasing out by 20 percent every year after 2022. The Section 179 expensing limits to $1 million (compared with $500,000 under current law) and the phase-out threshold is boosted to $2.5 million.Estate tax – the exemption level is doubled from $5.49 million to $11 million for individuals, and $22 million for couples. The final agreement does not fully repeal the estate tax as the House bill proposed to do after six years.Like-kind exchanges – are maintained but limited to property only (not equipment).State, Local, and Property Tax Deductions – the agreement limits deductions for state, local and property taxes paid to a combined total of $10,000, however it retains the current law allowing farmers to deduct in full the property taxes on agricultural land in production.Net Operating Losses – while the ability to carryback losses is repealed for general businesses, an exemption was provided for agriculture that allows farmers to carryback losses for two years.The Domestic Production Activities Deduction (Section 199) that benefits cooperatives will be repealed but the agreement allows cooperative members to claim a new 20 percent deduction on payments from a farmer cooperative. Also, the cooperatives themselves could claim that deduction on gross income minus payments to members, with certain limitations. Leaders of the national farmer cooperative organizations have indicated this favorable treatment for gross income will help minimize the potential increase in the tax burden on farmer-owned cooperatives.Another tax priority for ASA is an extension of the biodiesel tax credit, which expired on December 31, 2016. While the biodiesel tax credit and other expired temporary credits were not addressed in the comprehensive tax reform bill, there is an effort to have a separate tax extenders package included on another legislative vehicle that is passed before the end of 2017 or early in 2018. ASA is actively working to secure reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit before the end of 2017. We will be providing updates as appropriate and urge state affiliates and members to continue advocacy efforts with your congressional delegation.Throughout this process ASA has been actively engaged along with other agricultural groups to communicate the tax policy priorities for farmers. ASA Washington staff participated in numerous meetings with the White House, congressional staff, and our industry partners. As the process moves to final passage and enactment, ASA will communicate the final outcomes.
With a $10 million deficit looming, about 103 city of Vancouver workers will lose their jobs at the end of this year, City Manager Pat McDonnell said Monday.The cuts, which make up about 10 percent of the city’s 1,000-person work force, will include public safety employees, city officials said. The exact numbers of how many jobs would be cut from every city department weren’t immediately available.However, it appears that Fire Station 6 at Burton will be closed and 15 filled firefighter positions will be cut.Also, indications are that at least 11 positions in the police department will be cut, more if a grant is not approved.“This is a realistic budget package based on the most sound financial data we have at this time,” McDonnell said in a statement. “The choices are difficult and will impact our employees and our community, but they are the best choices available to us today while retaining our options for the future.”McDonnell said that through streamlining some departments, consolidating into one building and other cost-saving strategies he’d trimmed the deficit from $10 million to $7.8 million.The layoffs come on the heel of the loss of 66 positions earlier this year, which included 44 filled positions. Because many of the city’s empty positions have been eliminated, many of the coming cuts will involve losing staff.
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Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ISLAMABAD (AP) — A top Pakistani model Ayaan Ali was freed from a high-security jail near the capital Thursday, four months after she was caught trying to fly to Dubai with half a million dollars in cash stashed in her luggage, a defense lawyer said.Ali, 21, has been in the government custody since March when authorities nabbed her at the VIP lounge of Islamabad’s airport.Under Pakistani laws, no one can carry over $10,000 on a flight, but authorities found $506,800 tucked into her luggage at the time. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis On Thursday, Ali’s lawyer, Latif Khosa, said his client was freed from the Adyala Jail in Rawalpindi, a city near Islamabad.“Yes, I can confirm that Ayaan Ali has been freed under an order from the Lahore High Court,” Khosa told The Associated Press.He said the court granted bail to Ali on Tuesday but the model was released on Thursday after her paperwork was completed.Ali has been the focus of intense Pakistani media attention since authorities caught her on March 14.Ali mostly remained tight-lipped during court hearings but her lawyer insisted that she didn’t want to take money outside Pakistan.Khosa said Ali will attend any future court hearings, if she is summoned by the judge.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments Share Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall
With an aim to increase footfalls to the island nation, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) recently conducted a roadshow for the travel trade and wedding planners in Mumbai. The roadshow witnessed 27 participants from Sri Lanka comprising of leading travel companies and hoteliers besides the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines. The roadshow was organised by Blue Square Consultants.Sri Lanka saw a growth of 12.8% in Indian tourist arrivals in 2016 and is expecting an even better double-digit increase in 2017.Speaking about the Indian market, Madubhani Perera, Director of Marketing, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, said, “India is a very important market for us. We have seen an annual rise in arrival numbers from India over the years. The roadshow was conducted to increase destination awareness and highlight the new attractions in Sri Lanka. We hope this event will add a positive impact and further increase Indian footfall in Sri Lanka. Further, we have planned several promotional activities for Indian markets.”Apart from the roadshow in Mumbai, SLTPB plans to conduct roadshows in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Pune later this year. The promotion plans for 2017 also include joint promotions with international partners and a digital marketing campaign targeting potential Indian travellers.
Eclipse Travelfamil Eclipse Travel’s Mauricio recently hosted a famil to Ecuador that included beautiful colonial Cuenca, and a five-day cruise on Treasure of Galapagos. Pictured with Mauricio at the Laguna Quilotoa in Ecuador are L-R Chelsey Secker (Angas Travel, SA), Bruna Tye (FlightCentre, NSW), Deryk Neighbour (Flight Centre, NSW).
Sri Lanka’s leading coastal resort, Cape Weligama, has unveiled its new spa along with bespoke spa and fitness packages plus an exclusive partnership with neighbouring Barberyn Ayurveda Resort. These enhanced wellness offerings come as Cape Weligama, the second hotel from Resplendent Ceylon, celebrates its third anniversary.Opening this month, The Spa Sanctuary comprises four treatment rooms, one double and three singles plus extensive fitness facilities including a fully equipped gym with TRX suspension equipment. In addition to signature treatments including Hot Lava Shell massage, Quench Hydration facials, Life and Rejuvenation Ceremonies and Bamboo body scrubs, Cape Weligama’s experienced wellness team offer Hatha Yoga sessions, wellness clinics under the guidance of a personal trainer and mellow Surf and SUP sessions and lessons. Working in partnership with Thémaé, whose products and therapies are inspired by the art of tea, the spa will celebrate Cape Weligama’s location and its Dilmah Tea heritage. A powerful antioxidant with anti-aging and calming properties, Thémaé’s signature four teas elixir of white, green, black and red tea is incorporated into treatments helping stimulate circulation and detoxification. Organic home-grown Sri Lankan spice scrubs made from clove, nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood compliment oils to relieve stress and attend fatigued muscles. In-room and alfresco treatments at secluded spots are also an option for guests.For those looking to further their wellness journey, Cape Weligama’s extended wellness offering will include authentic Ayurvedic immersions and dedicated fitness, surf and yoga-based packages:Cape Escape Fitness Camp: dedicated three-, five- and seven-day fitness programmes will be launching under the guidance of Cape Weligama’s resident personal trainer and enable guests to continue their fitness programmes at their own level once back home. The three-day De-stress and Disconnect Programme will include dosha-balancing yoga, meditation, guided walks in the forest and cookery lessons whilst the five-day Re-boot Programme combines balancing rejuvenation and high intensity fitness training. The seven-day Fitness Focus programme is tailored to guests looking to achieve body-fat reduction and increased fitness levels with intensive HIIT, TRX and fitness training, strenuous hikes, cycling and water aerobics.Sun, surf and yoga: moments from Cape Weligama, Weligama beach is home to some of the best surfing in Sri Lanka. Cape Weligama’s three-, five- and seven-day ‘Surf, Stand-up Paddle Boarding & Yoga’ programmes vary according to the Swell but combine mellow sunrise yoga, surfing on the bay, tailored Thémaé treatments and sunset sea-facing meditation from Cape Weligama’s cliff-top coves.Ayurveda introduction programmes: these three-, five- and seven-half-day programmes will allow guests to benefit from expert consultation, diagnosis and treatments practiced by highly skilled Ayurvedic doctors and therapists at neighbouring Barberyn while enjoying the luxuries, comfort and world-class service Cape Weligama has become synonymous for. Just a short walk along the beach, guests will begin with a consultation by one of Barberyn’s expert physicians who will advise on diet, therapies, activities and exercise tailored to the guest’s respective Ayurvedic nature. This will determine their Ayurvedic journey and act as an induction to Ayurveda.Tailored Ayurvedic tastes: in order to fully benefit from their daily half-day sessions, Cape Weligama will be offering guests the chance to indulge in accompanying Ayurveda-inspired cuisine at their signature restaurant, Ocean Terrace. Menus will be compiled incorporating all ‘Ayurvedic tastes’ allowing guests to choose dishes suitable to their suggested diet and doshas.