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US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared this summer, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press.The excerpts also show the administration plans to challenge California’s long-standing authority to enact its own, tougher pollution and fuel standards.Revisions to the mileage requirements for 2021 through 2026 are still being worked on, the administration says, and changes could be made before the proposal is released as soon as this week.The Trump administration gave notice earlier this year that it would roll back tough new fuel standards put into place in the waning days of the Obama administration. Anticipating the new regulation, California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration in May.Overall, “improvements over time have better longer-term effects simply by not alienating consumers, as compared to great leaps forward” in fuel efficiency and other technology, the administration argues. It contends that freezing the mileage requirements at 2020 levels would save up to 1,000 lives per year.New vehicles would be cheaper — and heavier — if they don’t have to meet more stringent fuel requirements and more people would buy them, the draft says, and that would put more drivers in safer, newer vehicles that pollute less.At the same time, the draft says that people will drive less if their vehicles get fewer miles per gallon, lowering the risk of crashes.David Zuby, chief research officer at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said he’s doubtful about the administration’s estimate of lives saved because other factors could affect traffic deaths, such as automakers agreeing to make automatic emergency braking standard on all models before 2022. “They’re making assumptions about stuff that may or may not be the same,” he said.Experts say the logic that heavier vehicles are safer doesn’t hold up because lighter, newer vehicles perform as well or better than older, heavier versions in crash tests, and because the weight difference between the Obama and Trump requirements would be minimal.“Allow me to be skeptical,” said Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University. “To say that safety is a direct result of somehow freezing the fuel economy mandate for a few years, I think that’s a stretch.”Experts say that a heavier, bigger vehicle would incur less damage in a crash with a smaller, lighter one and that fatality rates also are higher for smaller vehicles. But they also say that lighter vehicles with metals such as aluminum, magnesium, titanium and lighter, high-strength steel alloys perform as well or better than their predecessors in crash tests.Alan Taub, professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, said he would choose a 2017 Malibu over a heavier one from 20 years earlier. It’s engineered better, has more features to avoid crashes and additional air bags, among other things. “You want to be in the newer vehicle,” he said.An April draft from the Trump administration said freezing the requirements at 2020 levels would save people $1,900 per new vehicle. But the later draft raises that to $2,100 and even as high as $2,700 by 2025.Environmental groups questioned the justification for freezing the standards. Luke Tonachel, director of the clean-vehicle program at the Natural Resources Defence Council, said the risk from people driving more due to higher mileage is “tiny and maybe even negligible.”Under the Trump administration proposal, the fleet of new vehicles would have to average roughly 30 mpg in real-world driving, and that wouldn’t change through 2026.California has had the authority under the half-century-old Clean Air Act to set its own mileage under a special rule allowing the state to curb its chronic smog problem. More than a dozen states follow California’s standards, amounting to about 40 per cent of the country’s new-vehicle market.Asked if he thinks a freeze in U.S. mileage standards is warranted, EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler told a small group of reporters at EPA headquarters last week, “I think we need to go where the technology takes us” on fuel standards.Wheeler did not elaborate. Agency spokespeople did not respond when asked specifically if the EPA acting chief was making the case that modern cars could be both fuel efficient and safe.Wheeler also spoke out for what he called “a 50-state solution” that would keep the U.S car and truck market from splitting between two different mileage standards.The Department of Transportation said in a statement that the final fuel economy standards would be based on sound science. The department cautioned that a draft doesn’t capture the whole picture of the proposed regulation.The draft said a 2012 analysis of fuel economy standards under the Obama administration deliberately limited the amount of mass reduction necessary under the standards. This was done “in order to avoid the appearance of adverse safety effects,” the draft stated.___Krisher reported from Detroit.last_img read more

Further UN support crucial as TimorLeste tackles manifold challenges – Ban

Despite an improvement in the overall security situation throughout Timor-Leste, the country the United Nations helped shepherd to freedom in 2002 continues to face enormous challenges that will require long-term support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report issued today.Mr. Ban notes that Timor-Leste is building on the gains of last year’s peaceful election and working to restore normalcy following the crisis that engulfed the fledgling nation in 2006, when fighting, attributed to differences between the eastern and western regions, led to the deaths of at least 37 people and the displacement of about 155,000 others – or 15 per cent of the population.“However, the first year of the new Government and Parliament remains a delicate time for the country,” the Secretary-General writes in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), covering the period from 21 August 2007 to 7 January 2008. “The population has high expectations for tangible improvements in the quality of their daily lives, still marked by widespread poverty and unemployment,” he adds.The Security Council mission that visited the country last year highlighted several challenges that remain, including rebuilding the population’s confidence in State institutions, addressing the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs), security sector reform, economic development, restoring stability, strengthening democratic structures and improving governance and the rule of law.Mr. Ban says that the national police service is one of the most critical institutions warranting sustained assistance, “given the continuing fragile environment in Timor-Leste and the level of confidence among the Timorese population in their security institutions.” He adds that daily public disturbances highlight the need for a continued UN police presence to carry out law enforcement duties until the national police is fully reconstituted, and that progress in the phased handover of policing responsibility will be one of the key elements in making any future adjustments to UNMIT’s police strength.Along with strengthening national police, Mr. Ban cites the “vital need” for sustained support to bolster the justice sector. While the UN and other key partners have contributed to strengthening judicial institutions and addressing gender and juvenile justice issues, the capacities of the national judicial and corrections institutions “are still insufficient to meet the country’s needs,” he points out.The Secretary-General recommends a 12-month extension of UNMIT’s mandate, stressing that its continuation “is crucial not only to ensure that the gains of the past year are not jeopardized, but also to support Timorese-owned solutions and self-reliance in addressing the many challenges ahead.”Bolstered following the 2006 crisis, UNMIT currently has a strength of 341 international staff, 806 national staff, 1,480 police officers and 33 military liaison and staff officers. 23 January 2008Despite an improvement in the overall security situation throughout Timor-Leste, the country the United Nations helped shepherd to freedom in 2002 continues to face enormous challenges that will require long-term support, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report issued today. read more

Mongohouse sues Canadas largest real estate board claims it has lost 50K

TORONTO — Property listings website Mongohouse is striking back at the Toronto Real Estate Board, claiming that it has suffered losses in excess of $50,000 after it was forced to abruptly shut down its website earlier this month.In a counterclaim and statement of defence filed Tuesday, lawyers representing and its creator, Maxim Mai, allege that the lawsuit brought against them by Canada’s largest real estate board was done under the “belief, knowledge or wilful blindness” that the claims were “without merit.”As a result of the court action, it alleges that both the website and Mai, of Richmond Hill, Ont., have lost revenue, employment income and future employment income due to reputation damage, according to the 75-page document filed in Federal Court.In September, the real estate board sued Mongohouse for $2 million, alleging that the website was illegally accessing, copying and distributing its proprietary data.The popular website, which provided publicly-accessible property listings and sold data, has been offline since Oct. 1.In its statement of claim, TREB alleged that Mongohouse infringed its copyrights by “employing various techniques to illegally data scrape” TREB’s proprietary information that it provides to its fee-paying members through its internal multiple-listings service (MLS). This data includes new property listings, descriptions, sold prices and photography.It goes on to claim that Mongohouse is profiting by its daily “unauthorized access” of this information, which it then displays on its website for free.But in its statement of defence, Mongohouse refutes the claim that it has ever “data scraped,” copied or distributed any information from TREB’s MLS system.It says the information used on its website is taken from public resources.“Mongohouse has never populated the website… with information from the TREB MLS system,” according to court documents. “The information on the website… has always been collected from publicly available and accessible sources rather from the TREB MLS system.Calling them “bald claims and conclusions,” the website says TREB has not provided any proof that its information is copyrighted, that it is still within the two-year statute of limitations to sue, and that it has suffered damages as a result, “let alone $2,000,000 in damages.”It also denied that there was evidence that the source of Mongohouse’s content came from TREB. In its lawsuit, the board had claimed that it placed “unique information” in its system and saw it appear on Mongohouse within 24 to 48 hours.“A simple search using Google reveals that the ‘unique information’ purportedly placed in the TREB MLS system to allegedly catch Mongohouse in the act of taking information from the TREB MLS system is widely available on publicly accessible websites, without even requiring a password,” said the defence claim. “Unlike TREB, Mongohouse has in fact verified that its source for the ‘unique information’ was widely a available and publicly accessible website and not the TREB MLS system.”Mongohouse did not name the sites it used to get its content, or detail the “unique information” it claims to have acquired.As such, the website says TREB can’t claim that it will “suffer injury, let alone ‘irreparable harm”‘ if Mongohouse is allowed to go back online, the documents argue.The lawsuit comes on the heels of a Supreme Court of Canada decision in August to not to hear a case where TREB was fighting to prevent home sales data from being posted on realtors’ password-protected websites.TREB, which represents more than 52,000 realtors across the Greater Toronto Area, had argued for seven years at three judicial bodies that allowing the data to be released would create privacy and copyright concerns.Earlier, the Competition Bureau had ruled that keeping the sold prices private was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.Realty brokerages are now permitted to post sales data in real-time on their password-protected websites.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Business Highlights

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Business Highlights by The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2014 3:51 pm MDT ___Ford gets the aluminum F-150 ready for prime timeDEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Russell Barnett, a Ford dealer in Tennessee, is ready for aluminum.Ford is using the metal almost exclusively in the body of the 2015 version of its bestselling F-150 pickup, which will arrive at dealerships next month. Barnett is already answering customers’ questions about the truck, and he’s updated his repair shop not only for the F-150, but in anticipation that other Ford vehicles will eventually make the switch from steel.But just in case, he ordered some extra steel-bodied 2014 pickups.Ford is doubling down on aluminum, which is lighter and more expensive than steel but just as tough. The new truck is the company’s response to customers’ requests for a more fuel-efficient and nimbler pickup. Ford hopes the advantages outweigh customer doubts about the durability of aluminum or potential repair costs for the pricier metal.___Businesses cash in as women chase bigger buttsNEW YORK (AP) — Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out.The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing demand from women seeking the more curvaceous figures of their favourite stars, who flaunt their fuller rear ends.Nicki Minaj, for instance, raps about her “big fat” butt in “Anaconda.” Reality star Kim Kardashian posts photos of hers on Instagram. And in the music video for “Booty,” Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea, wearing leotards, spend four minutes rubbing their curvy bottoms together. At one point, they slap each other on the booty.___Obama steps into divisive debate on net neutralitySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Let’s say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago.Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate has intensified now that Obama has entered the fray.Obama’s stance is meant to protect “net neutrality,” the concept that everyone with an Internet connection should have equal access to all legal content online. The idea served as one of the Internet’s building blocks, but its fate has been in limbo since January, when a court ruling invalidated Federal Communications Commission guidelines designed to treat all online traffic equally.___At a Glance: Pros, cons of mobile-payment systemsNEW YORK (AP) — Wireless? Bar codes? What’s the best way to pay with your phone?Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant’s payment system. You’re then prompted to scan your fingerprint to authorize the transaction. Google Wallet isn’t quite as fast, as it requires a passcode.Some big merchants including Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid and 7-Eleven are developing their own systems based on bar codes. Some have even disabled their NFC equipment in the meantime. Their system, CurrentC, is expected to debut next year. For now, bar-code payments tend to be made through apps for specific stores, such as Starbucks.___Top Italian banks healthier after EU testMILAN (AP) — The recent Europewide health check on banks is producing results for Italy, whose top two lenders on Tuesday posted a strong rise in quarterly profits after cleaning up their finances in anticipation of the test.While nine smaller Italian banks failed the test, putting a negative spotlight on Italy’s failure to generate economic growth, UniCredit and Intesa SanPaolo, the country’s two biggest banks, passed with strong marks.Before the test, the two banks cleaned out their books by writing off bad loans, a painful process that seems to be paying dividends. On Tuesday, both reported profits in the three months ending Sept. 30 more than doubling, early signs of recovery in the banking sector.UniCredit CEO Federico Ghizzoni told an analyst conference call that the test had rewarded “the strong effort UniCredit has made in the last year to strengthen our balance sheet.”___New pot shops on the block not always so popularDENVER (AP) — The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public — but with other businesses.From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbours, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.The strife went public last week along a once-forlorn stretch of highway south of downtown Denver now sprinkled with marijuana shops.About two dozen pot shops along this stretch of Broadway, often dubbed “Broadsterdam,” had a marketing idea for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Why not join forces with neighbouring antique shops to market the whole area as “The Green Mile”?___In socialist Venezuela, Barbie for the massesCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Socialism has embraced Barbie, just in time for Christmas.Mothers, grandmothers and beaming little girls are grabbing armfuls of the dolls in toy stores across Caracas, taking advantage of the government’s order that large chains sell the plastic figurines at fire-sale prices during the holiday shopping season.No sooner had saleswoman Crystal Casanova begun mounting a display of gleaming pink boxes on a recent weekday than a horde of women descended. Soon, she and her co-workers were letting customers grab the Barbies straight out of the Mattel-stamped cardboard cartons.Within minutes, the entire stock was gone, with the dolls selling for as little as 250 bolivars — $2.50 at the widely used black market conversion rate.___Hellmann’s owner sues over rival’s use of ‘Mayo’You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann’s, the same goes for mayonnaise.The food company Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word “Mayo” in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs.The suit claims false advertising by the company Hampton Creek for labeling its plant-based product “Just Mayo.” Unilever says in a complaint filed in federal court that the word mayo implies that the product is mayonnaise, and Just Mayo is “stealing market share from Hellmann’s.”Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick said his company isn’t trying to mislead consumers. It is focused on using plants to help make everyday food products better.___Veterans Day means freebies for those who servedSAN DIEGO (AP) — Army reservist Dennis Rances had a general idea of how he would spend Veterans Day with his military friends, and none of it required money.The Afghanistan war veteran figured they would start with a free breakfast, hop on their motorcycles for ride and then stop for a no-cost dinner. Not just food is on the house Tuesday, there’s also free admission at select theatres to the World War II film “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt.“Let’s go, dude!” said Rances’ Army veteran friend, Cesar Garcia. He stood among motorcycles outside a packed Denny’s in San Diego as fellow veterans wearing hats with Purple Heart logos and military T-shirts passed.Veterans Day is not only a time to honour those who have served in the military: For American businesses, it’s also a time to back up that appreciation with a freebie.___By The Associated Press=The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 1.16 points, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 17,614.90. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1.42 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 2,039.68. The Nasdaq composite climbed 8.94, or 0.2 per cent, to 4,660.56.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 54 cents to close at $77.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 67 cents to close at $81.67 on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Wholesale gasoline rose 0.3 cent to close at $2.104 a gallon. Heating oil closed unchanged at $2.469 a gallon. Natural gas fell 0.8 cent to close at $4.247 per 1,000 cubic feet. read more

Philippines UN ramps up aid for 6 million child victims of Typhoon

“While I had followed the reports of progress closely from UNICEF’s New York Headquarters, no statistics can adequately capture the physical and human challenges that remain,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake said today in Manila at the end of four-day visit to the Philippines.He was deeply impressed, he added, by the spirit of the people and communities working with the Government, UN and other partners to rebuild their lives and futures in the wake of super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people, and affected 14 million others overall, leaving 3.5 million of them homeless, when it struck on 8 November.UNICEF has mobilized experts from all over the world to support the relief effort, increasing the staff on the ground to over 100 to coordinate a plan for recovery to strengthen services for children and “will continue to support the rebuilding effort for the long term,” Mr. Lake said.This will include working with the Government and partners in supporting back-to-learning efforts, strengthening the child protection system, re-establishing and rehabilitating water systems and the cold chain for delivery of safe vaccines, and providing services to children threatened by malnutrition.Filipino communities are working together to clean schools, 193 classroom-sized tents have been erected for close to 20,000 students, and over 50,000 children are benefitting from UNICEF school supplies. UNICEF is providing child-friendly tents for children and “mother-baby” tents staffed with trained volunteers to help children process the pain of their experiences. “None of this could have been done without the support UNICEF has received for the Philippines from around the world, especially from individuals and private sector partners through our national committees,” Mr. Lake said.Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has sent in the first wave of emergency seeds for farmers who lost essential crops and supplies, restoring hope for a productive planting season and much-needed food for the coming year.“Seed distributions have come at a critical moment, considering the typhoon struck at the start of the planting season,” FAO’s Acting Country Representative Rodrigue Vinet said. “Without FAO support, these farmers would have been unable to plant rice by January, and would have had no harvest in March/April. This means they would have been unable to harvest rice for almost a year – until October or November 2014.”The seed donations were made possible through swift support from the Governments of Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the general public, as well as with the mobilization of FAO’s own emergency funding mechanisms.FAO and its partners are already providing enough inputs for close to 55,000 hectares to be planted with rice seed in the December/January planting season.In addition to the seeds, 50-kilogramme bags of fertilizer as well as tools and small irrigation water pumps are being delivered. read more

Womens Lacrosse Ohio State beats Connecticut 1312 for first win over Huskies

Ohio State then-junior attack Molly Wood races up field against Penn State on April 12, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team held on to a close lead to defeat Connecticut Wednesday night 13-12 for the Buckeyes’ first win against the Huskies since 1999. Connecticut sophomore midfielder Olivia Miles scored with fewer than two minutes left in the game to bring Ohio State’s lead to one, but the Buckeyes held off the rally to secure the win. Ohio State (3-4) went on a 3-0 run early in the game and maintained the lead against Connecticut (4-4) for the remainder of the first half.The Buckeyes held the Huskies to a seven-minute scoring drought until a late free-position goal by Connecticut freshman midfielder Sydney Watson brought the score to 6-5 before halftime.Connecticut junior attacker Lexi Kennealy tied the game at 6-6 only 44 seconds into the second half. The Huskies inched ahead 7-6 following a goal by senior midfielder Kelsey Catalano. Buckeyes freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein brought Ohio State back ahead with under 25 minutes left in the game, but the Huskies responded with two goals of their own to regain their lead. Redshirt senior attack Molly Wood scored a goal before junior midfielder Baley Parrott added back-to-back goals with under nine minutes left to give the Buckeyes a lead they would maintain until the end. Parrott led Ohio State with three goals and six draw controls. Wood also finished with three goals and five draw controls. The Buckeyes tallied 18 draw controls total compared to the Huskies’ eight. Ohio State held a one-shot advantage over Connecticut 29-28. The Buckeyes begin Big Ten when they face Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at noon Saturday. read more

Australian innovator Bob Johnson inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of

first_imgBob Johnson has spent his professional life providing vital services to the global mining industry. As a pioneer in the use of computer software for modelling resources in the mid 1970s, he met a need to provide quick turn-around on drafting coal boreholes. He demonstrated true innovation by extending that service into a unique solution for the mining industry with his first company Earth Science Computer Services. He founded Maptek in 1981 to develop mining software that could be operated easily by the geologists and mining engineers themselves.In 1986, Maptek’s first office overseas opened in Denver, Colorado. Eight more followed and Maptek offices can now be found in the US, UK, South Africa, Chile, Brazil, Peru and in Australia in Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney.Today, Maptek provides highly regarded software and services across the mining execution value chain. These solutions provide a competitive advantage to operations by enabling them to make optimum use of their available data.His selection as the 2015 inductee was a closely fought contest with Sverker Hartwig, a driving force in advancing rapid underground development.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:1.Exploration2.Underground development3.Underground Production4.Surface mining5.Comminution6.Concentration7.Mining software8.Safety9.Bulk handling10.Metallurgy11.Environmental management and stewardship12.Outstanding innovator.last_img read more

Chambery with new goalkeeper – Radivoje Ristanović

← Previous Story Asian Championship 2015: Japan beat Korea – Saudis surprise for Iran Next Story → 77 GOALS IN KATOWICE: Belarus beat Iceland Chambery SavoieRadivoje Ristanovic French Chambery have a new goalkeeper – Radivoje Ristanović. The 34-years old Montenegrian NT goalie, who participating at Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland these days, signed six months contract with the French squad after period in German HBW Balingen.Ristanović has also played in Spain for Portland San Antonio, but also in Serbia (RK Partizan), Montenegro (RK Lovćen)…

Diego Maradona Hand of God delivered Argentine pope

first_imgARGENTINE FOOTBALL LEGEND Diego Maradona says the fabled “hand of God” was at work once more in delivering the papacy to his country.“What joy,” Maradona wrote to Italian daily Il Messaggero. “In my country the ‘hand of God’ has now brought about an Argentine pope.”Maradona, whose handball goal helped Argentina to beat England and pave the way to World Cup glory in 1986, described himself as a “fervent Catholic”.“Having a pope from our country is a great honour for all of Argentina,” he wrote in the letter published today.Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Latin American pontiff, defied expert predictions with his election last night, becoming Pope Francis.- © AFP, 2013Look who’s on the back of buses in Hollywood…Photoshop: Diego Maradona gives new Pope his blessing*last_img read more

I no longer have confidence in you Theresa May sacks UK Defence

first_img May with her former Defence Secretary. The United States is adamantly opposed to Huawei’s involvement because of the firm’s obligation under Chinese law to help its home government gather intelligence or provide other security services when required.British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill — the country’s most senior civil servant — gave those present an ultimatum to deny responsibility for the leak.Williamson was one of the first to do so, calling it “completely unacceptable”.© – AFP 2019 May 1st 2019, 6:50 PM 35,667 Views— Gavin Williamson MP (@GavinWilliamson) May 1, 2019 Source: Gavin Williamson MP/Twitter Share18 Tweet Email1 PM letter to Gavin Williamson— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) May 1, 2019 By AFP Source: Beth Rigby/Twittercenter_img May with her former Defence Secretary. Image: PA Wire/PA Images 23 Comments Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6:50 PM BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has sacked Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson following a probe into the leak of news that Britain had conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to develop the UK 5G network.“The Prime Minister has this evening asked Gavin Williamson to leave the government, having lost confidence in his ability to serve in the role of Defence Secretary and as a member of her Cabinet,” said a spokeswoman from her Downing Street office.May said in a letter to Williamson that the investigation “provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure” from the 23 April meeting of the National Security Council.“No other credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified,” she added.Williamson denies that he or his department was the source of the leak. ‘I no longer have confidence in you’: Theresa May sacks UK Defence Secretary over Huawei leak Gavin Williamson denies being the source of the leak. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Britain’s already splintered government was rocked by the scandal over who leaked news that May was to let Huawei develop Britain’s 5G network.The bitterly disputed decision was reportedly made at the 23 April meeting.National Security Council discussions are only attended by senior ministers and security officials who first sign the Official Secrets Act that commits them to keep conversations private or risk prosecution.But The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that May approved granting Huawei permission to build up “non-core” elements of Britain’s next-generation telecommunications network. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ibou rejoins exclub

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia’s EbrahimaSawaneh has signed a contract to rejoin former club Waasland-Beveren, Foroyaa Sport can report.The striker joins from second tier-bound OH Leuven, his club of two-years, on a three-year deal that runs until 2017.The move is engineered by the Gambian’s desire to remain in the top flight after OHL got demoted from the Pro League in Belgium.He had just one-season left of his initial three-year deal he signed with the club in 2012 from RAEC Mons, and , aware of the forward’s reluctance to drop level or sign an extension, OHL decided to cash in on the Gambian for fear of losing him on free transfer next summer when his contract will be up.Acquired reportedly in the region of€1.70million, Sawaneh is considered the right player to help Waasland-Beveren’s push for a spot in the Europa League play-offs following strings of unimpressive finishes in recent seasons, avoiding the drop by narrow point margins.The striker’s easy signing was facilitated by his willingness to try new waters –after less than a prepossessing loan spell in Qatar –and on account his erstwhile club Beveren are being coached by Ronny Van, a former coach of his.He was unveiled over the weekend to tumultuous fans cheers and had his straight go into the team making his debut in a pre-season defeat to an Israeli club.Nicknamed Ibou as abbreviation for Ebrahima,Sawaneh first joined the club from Polish giants Lech Poznan on a bosman transfer fee in 2006 and went on to establish himself a fan favourite almost solely masterminded Beveren’s promotion to the top flight in 2008 in which he was the second tier league highest goal-scorer on twenty-two goals.He courted interest from Utretch(Netherlands) , Dnipro (Ukraine), Reading (England), St Etienne (France) and Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) –all top European clubs –in the aftermath of the 2013 campaign in which he was second highest league goal-getter that term; and as a result got shortlisted for the best African player of the year award in Belgium.Elsewhere, uncapped Gambian winger Modou Barrow’s situation took a new twist with Celtic FC’scoach, initially reported to be ardent on signing him, down playing chances of swooping for the Gambian.But while Celtic gaffer’s comment could put to bed any hopes of a signature, there’s still high interest in the player with EPL club Everton reportedly the latest to join the hassle for a deal along with QPR, Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Bolton.Representatives of the aforesaid clubs were in attendance as Barrow steals the show in the 3-1 win over toppled league leaders Sundsvall. Negotiations are at advanced stage with an agreement expected to be reached at least before end of this week.]]>last_img read more

About 46 local marijuana cases to be dismissed

first_imgIn response to a new law legalizing marijuana, Clark County prosecutors said Tuesday they will dismiss misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases against approximately 46 defendants.The cases are expected to be dismissed Dec. 6, the day Initiative 502, which legalizes recreational use of up to 1 ounce of marijuana in Washington, takes effect.Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve said there are about 46 defendants who are covered by the new law — who are at least age 21 and allegedly possessed 28 grams or less of marijuana.Fairgrieve added that the number is an estimate based on a query of the prosecutor’s office’s pending possession of marijuana cases. The misdemeanor charge encompasses possession of up to 40 grams of marijuana, meaning not all cases would be covered by the new law.Already, prosecutors in Pierce and King counties have announced they plan to dismiss charges against dozens, if not hundreds, of defendants.Gov. Chris Gregoire has sought guidance from the federal government on whether federal officials will attempt to block the state measure. On Tuesday, Gregoire received no input from the federal government.Prosecutors have said the measure will not affect other cases, such as delivery of marijuana or felony possession cases.last_img read more

Crestline fire suspect appears in court

first_imgA 17-year-old boy accused of setting a fire that destroyed Vancouver’s Crestline Elementary School 15 months ago made his first appearance Thursday in Clark County Juvenile Court.Dylan Mork has been charged with second-degree arson and is scheduled to be arraigned June 26.Neatly dressed in a dark suit, Mork appeared Thursday with his parents and his attorney, Jack Green, in front of Superior Court Commissioner Dayann Liebman.Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino told the court Thursday that Mork has been cooperating with prosecutors and police since the beginning of the investigation into the fire on Feb. 3, 2013. However, investigators didn’t announce that the fire was human-caused, or that they had a suspect, until last month.“Mr. Mork’s attorney has been in constant contact with us and police,” Gasperino said. “As such, we don’t have any release concerns.”Mork was summoned to the court, rather than arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center. Liebman said she would allow him to continue living with his parents while the case is prosecuted.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumored to ditch headphone jack

first_img Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Samsung Galaxy Note 10 info leaking Turo 2 Google HTC Samsung Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sprint Tags Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $210 at Best Buy Apple See it Read Google Home Hub review Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $60 at Best Buy Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See All 0 Comments Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) null Rylo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Mobile $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Angela Lang/CNET The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $59 at eBay $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read DJI Osmo Action preview reading • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 rumored to ditch headphone jack $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon • I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 4:35 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview Now playing: Watch this: See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The Galaxy Note 10 may be the first Samsung flagship to say bye-bye to the headphone jack.  Juan Garzon / CNET Samsung has prided itself in keeping the headphone jack on its flagship phones, but that may come to an end with its large-screen Galaxy Note 10. The Note 10 won’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack, according to an Android Police report Thursday citing a source “familiar with the company’s plans.” Also going are physical buttons for power and volume, which will be replaced with pressure sensitive areas similar to the Google Pixel 2 and HTC U11 squeeze function. Samsung said it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. Apple made the controversial move to remove the 3.5mm port when it released the iPhone 7 in 2016. Google, OnePlus, Huawei and others followed suit by removing the jack from their flagship phones, with Samsung being the most notable phone maker keeping it. Physical buttons appear to be slowly on the way out as more phone makers look to create sleeker designs. A reveal for the Note 10, sometime this summer, will answer other big questions, such as will there be multiple models, what will the battery capacity be and is there going to be a camera on the stylus.  Read the AirPods review Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate Best Buy Amazonlast_img read more

Crew Of Upcoming Mission To International Space Station Highlights Experiments About Cleaner

first_img Share Photo provided by NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold; NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel; and Roscosmos astronaut Oleg Artemyev plan to conduct more than 200 experiments in the International Space Station.The crew of an upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) highlighted Thursday in Houston that some of the experiments they will conduct can help humanity learn to use energy and fuels in a cleaner way.The three members of the crew, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel and Ricky Arnold; and crewmate Oleg Artemyev, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, spoke about their mission during an event held at the Johnson Space Center.Feustel and Arnold are scheduled to launch to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft commanded by Artemyev on March 9, 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.During the planned six-month mission, the crew members will take part in approximately 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations with the goal of advancing scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical and biological sciences.Arnold noted that the experiments they will conduct will help to “design cleaner burning engines and better ways to burn fuel here on Earth.”“Our job is make sure the equipment works properly and that the data gets recorded and we can send it back to Earth,” emphasized Feustel.On his part, Artemyev, who spoke in Russian and whose comments were translated to English during the event, said he hopes “the ISS is going to be a good starting point for the improvement of relationships between Russia and the U.S.”Feustel, Arnold and Artemyev are scheduled to return to Earth in August 2018.last_img read more

Iron Ox opens its first fully autonomous farm

first_imgFor the last two and a half years, Iron Ox has been working on perfecting its agricultural robots to tend its indoor farms. After first testing its systems on a small scale, the company is opening its first fully autonomous production farm, with plans to start selling its produce soon.The farm is currently growing a number of leafy greens, including romaine, butterhead and kale, in addition to basil, cilantro and chives. The robots tending these plants are Angus, a 1,000-pound machine that can lift and move the large hydroponic boxes in which the produce is growing, and Iron Ox’s robotic arm for harvesting the produce.As Iron Ox co-founder and CEO Brandon Alexander told me, the current setup can produce about 26,000 plants per year and is equivalent to a one-acre outdoor farm — though this one is obviously indoors and far more densely packed.Alexander noted that he and his co-founder Jon Binney decided to get into indoor farming after working at a number of other robotics companies — for Alexander, that includes a stint at Google X — where the focus was often more on building cool technologies and not on how those robots could be used. “We’d seen lots of novelty robotics stuff and wanted to avoid that,” he told me. And while the founding team considered getting into warehouse logistics or drones, they eventually settled on farming because, as Alexander tells it, they didn’t just want to build a good business but also one that would create social good.Today, the majority of leafy greens (the kind of produce that Iron Ox focuses on) in the U.S. are grown in California and Arizona — especially during the winter months when it’s colder in the rest of the country. That means a romaine lettuce that’s sold on the East Coast in January has often traveled more than 2,000 miles to get there. “That’s why we switched to indoors,” Alexander said. “We can decentralize the farm.”It also helps that an indoor hydroponic farm can achieve 30 times the yield of an outdoor farm over the course of a year, yet uses far less space.To get to this point where Iron Ox can operate an autonomous farm, though, took plenty of work and engineering chops. The hardest challenge, Alexander told me, was to get the robotic arm to look at the plants through its stereo cameras and then plan the pickup operation to harvest the produce, which isn’t always uniform. And to run this operation autonomously, it obviously has to do so reliably.Angus, the larger robot that picks up the 800-pound pallets the produce is grown in and brings them to the robotic arm, also took some time to get right. You don’t want to move those pallets too quickly, after all, or you’ll have plenty of water to mop up.All of that, including the system that monitors the plants, their growth, the sensors that watch over them and the hydroponics system, is then controlled from a cloud-based service that tells the robots when it’s time to harvest and which operations to perform. The robots themselves, though, then perform those tasks autonomously.One thing that came as something of a surprise to the team, though, was that running an indoor farm solely with LED lighting still results in electricity bills that are simply too expensive to make the operation profitable. So going forward, Iron Ox is actually betting on more traditional greenhouses that are augmented by high-efficiency LED lighting.That means the team can’t build these autonomous farms right in the city, though, because you can’t exactly stack a number of greenhouses on top of each other. But as Alexander noted, even if you have to be 20 miles outside of the city, that’s still far better than shipping produce to a supermarket that is thousands of miles away.As Alexander stressed, the team spent a lot of time talking to both farmers and chefs to figure out what they needed. Farmers, it turned out, were mostly complaining about their inability to find labor. And that’s no surprise. The labor shortage in the agricultural industry is starting to become a major issue for farmers, especially in states like California. As for the chefs, what they were mostly looking for was quality, of course, but also predictability and consistent quality.The plan now is to start selling the produce from the first farm and then scale to more and larger locations over time. Iron Ox now has the money to do so, given that it has raised more than $5 million in total, including a $3 million round it announced earlier this year.last_img read more

PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival ndash 2018

first_imgPrevious story Dinner in the Sky takes off in Thailand SAWASDEE: by Moses · Published January 9, 2018 · Updated January 9, 2018 &PROUD #Yangon #LGBT #Film #Festival is back and we’re bigger than ever! TWO AMAZING WEEKENDS of films, performances, debates, parties and all you beautiful people.January 27 – 28 at Thakin Mya ParkFebruary 1 – 4 at French InstituteFB &PROUD Yangon LGBT Film Festival – 2018 – Sawatdee Networkcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Myanmar’s first LGBTI choir is giving people a voice for the first time”We are one family” – LGBTQ pride festival returns to Puerto VallartaWhy LGBT Travelers love Malta as the number one destination on Europe Rainbow Index?last_img read more

Nicaragua marks Sandinista anniversary with regional leaders

first_imgMANAGUA — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution late Saturday with a giant rally accompanied by regional leftist leaders.Thousands of supporters gathered at the Plaza La Fé, north of Managua, to celebrate the Sandinista rebel victory in 1979 over the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza, whose family had run Nicaragua like their own estate since 1936.The most prominent guest was Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose oil-rich nation provides millions of dollars in aid to impoverished Nicaragua.Maduro said the Sandinista revolution “scored a great triumph over the strategy of imperial domination in the continent” and paved the way for other revolutionary movements.Guests of honor at the event included the president of El Salvador, former leftist guerrilla Salvador Sánchez Cerén; Honduran President Juan Hernández; Cuban vice president Ramiro Valdés, and former presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and Panama.Ortega, now 68, was one of the rebel Sandinista leaders that toppled Somoza. He was Nicaragua’s leader 1979-1990, and returned to power in 2007.Maduro also expressed support for Nicaragua’s plans to build an interoceanic canal to rival the Panama Canal.In early July, Ortega endorsed a route chosen by a Chinese firm commissioned to dig a $40 billion canal linking the Caribbean and the Pacific.The canal is expected to create thousands of jobs, a vital boost for this country of six million — the second poorest in the Americas after Haiti — where half of the population lives in poverty. Facebook Comments Related posts:Southern Nicaragua communities protest Ortega’s canal plans Nicaraguan opposition has little chance of defeating Ortega Nicaragua can’t stop dreaming of a canal Nicaragua official goes to Washington to justify massive canal projectlast_img read more

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz celebrates 175 years of thermal water

first_imgEurope’s leading well-being and medical health resort, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, is proud to celebrate this year the 175th Anniversary of piping the natural healing waters from Switzerland’s famous Tamina Gorge directly to the resort. To celebrate this milestone occasion, Bad Ragaz has created a bespoke Blue Gold package which includes a new, invigorating Thermal Water Massage based around the excellent healing powers of this warm water. The award-winning resort is also offering a fantastic discount to all guests in light of the 175 year Anniversary: 175 rooms priced at 175 Swiss Francs per room, which was available online from February 2, 2015.First discovered by Benedictine monks in 1242, people in the mountain town of Bad Ragaz and further afield have harnessed the naturally warm water of the Tamina Gorge for centuries. The first pipeline of clean fresh spring water, directly running from the Tamina Gorge to Grand Resort Bad Ragaz originated on the 31st May 1840, and 175 years later still provides guests and locals alike with unrivalled access to pure, fresh mountain spring water.Recognising how the healing waters of the Tamina Gorge play a crucial role in the everyday functioning of both the resort and the surrounding town of Bad Ragaz, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is delighted to launch a new pampering Blue Gold package. Designed to honour the resort’s unique relationship to the Tamina Gorge, guests can experience a radical new Thermal Water Massage treatment as part of this new package, which has been carefully created by the forward thinking spa therapists at Bad Ragaz.The Thermal Water Massage treatment begins with massaging and washing of guests’ feet, where they are encouraged to leave behind everyday worries and soothe themselves with the sounds of trickling water, before enjoying a full 50 minute body massage using replenishing, warm herbal oils. Guests are encouraged to use this time to reflect and let their bodies fully rejuvenate.The Tamina Gorge fresh water can be enjoyed in the resort’s luxurious 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa area, as well the much-loved publicly accessible thermal spa, the Tamina Therme. Guests staying in the exclusive Spa Suites can even benefit from having thermal water pumped directly through every tap in their bathroom, sauna and steam room.Grand Resort Bad Ragaz prides itself on its long-standing connection to the natural phenomena that is the Tamina Gorge and is delighted to mark this by launching both the new Blue Gold package and the 175 Years – 175 Rooms – 175 Swiss Francs special. Enjoyed by guests and locals alike, the high quality spring water can be used for drinking and bathing purposes, as well as for relaxation, therapeutic and health reasons, and as a result this award-winning resort continues to draw in guests from all over the world.last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   – / 20 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – It was not quarterback Carson Palmer’s best day, as he threw three interceptions. Deone Bucannon, Kenny Demens and Tony Jefferson all picked off the QB.– Larry Fitzgerald dropped a pass. It was weird.– Teddy Williams intercepted a pass for the second consecutive day, this time corralling a tipped ball that was thrown by Drew Stanton.– Chandler Catanzaro, battling to supplant Jay Feely as the team’s kicker, made six of nine attempts. He hit from 33, 26 and 29-yards before missing from 41, 47 (off the right upright) and 48. He then rebounded to connect from 46, 47 and 33-yards out.– Linebacker Larry Foote was one of the last players off the field, and he left to chants of, “Larry! Larry! Larry!” Of course, those were for Larry Fitzgerald, but that didn’t stop the veteran from joking with the media that the fans were calling his name before he even played a game for the team.– Jaron Brown was the recipient of a nice long TD pass from Drew Stanton. – After some issues snapping the ball Monday, it appeared Ted Larsen, playing center in place of Sendlein, was on the same page with his quarterbacks.– Logan Thomas appears to be more comfortable on the field, throwing fewer errant passes. No one will ever question his arm strength or ability to put zip on the ball. Top Stories center_img – John Brown was open a lot. Like, seriously, all the time.– Some of the loudest applause of the day came after practice when Kurt Warner, in town with the NFL Network, threw passes to Fitzgerald. Stat of the DayLarry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals last season with 351 yards after the catch.Quotes of the Day“A little bit, but everybody out there, they’re great players,” Bucannon said. “It’s going to take a little bit more than four days for anybody — you’ve got to get out there and get adjusted. But it definitely is slowing down for me, but at the same time, I’ve got to stay in my playbook and I’ve got to study and keep on getting better.” – Rookie safety Deone Bucannon on if things can ‘slow down’ after just four days of camp“No comment.” – Coach Bruce Arians on if John Abraham’s DUI is the reason for him not being in camp yet“I don’t know, I can’t say there is a ceiling. Mike’s a young guy — it doesn’t seem like it because of his maturity. This his third year I believe. Just, I don’t know, that’s a good question. He can do just about everything because he is quick enough. He’s a big, physical guy, but he plays quick, he plays small as far as releases and getting off the ball. I’m not going to put a ceiling on him.” – Quarterback Carson Palmer on how good Michael Floyd can be Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — The buzz of it being the first practice in pads had worn off, but Tuesday’s effort at Arizona Cardinals camp was not lacking for spirit and plays. Unfortunately for the offense, it seemed like the D got the better of this one.Of Note– Center Lyle Sendlein, running back Andre Ellington and cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn’t practice due to various injuries. Sendlein’s calf injury is expected to keep him out three to four weeks, but the others’ ailments are not looked at as serious. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more