Transit Passengers May Soon Be Able to Go Sight-Seeing in UAE

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to allow passengers transiting through the country to visit its tourist attractions. The UAE cabinet on April 16 gave its nod to a general policy, according to which one-day entry visa will be granted to transit passengers who wish to visit UAE’s tourist locales, Khaleej Times reported.The goal of the new policy is to improve transit visa procedures so that passengers who are stopping over can leave the airport and visit some of the top tourist destinations in a city during the day.These entry visas can be obtained by passengers transiting through any of the airports in the country. In 2017, more than 70 per cent of the total number of passengers who went via UAE’s airports were transit passengers, the report said.A proposal for transit passengers to experience the tourist destinations of Dubai was unveiled in March.“In Dubai transit time will become tourism as passengers are encouraged to leave the airport to experience the city,” Dubai Media Office had said in a tweet. About 14.9 million tourists visit Dubai annually, with a target of 20 million by 2020.#Dubai Airports proposes “Microcosm of Dubai” as part of @Dubai10X Initiative overseen by Dubai Future Foundation… In #Dubai transit time will become tourism as passengers are encouraged to leave the airport to experience the city.@Dubai10X #Dubai10X @DubaiAirports— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 6, 2018The new policy will decide upon the visa fees, ways to enhance the number of stopover visitors, and different means through which UAE’s tourism can be promoted. To prepare the new policy, the UAE cabinet has formed a working group led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.Many residents have welcomed the move, saying that the initiative will allow them to take their relatives and friends sightseeing, the report added.One of the most popular tourist attractions in UAE is the Burj Khalifa, the 160-story iconic tower located in Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah, which houses some of the most luxurious resorts like Atlantis The Palm, is another popular tourist destination in the  city. The manmade island looks like a stylized palm tree when viewed from above.Dubai was the most searched destination on Google India and searches for Desert Safari in Dubai rose in 2017, according to Google India’s top travel trends observed from September to November 2017. Dubai was followed by Bangkok in Thailand, and Disneyland in the United States. Related ItemsDubaiUAElast_img read more

A gathering to remember Dungarpur

first_imgOft-debated topics like corruption in cricket, chucking, umpires’ decision review system (UDRS), money in the game and volume of cricket were once again discussed by some of the best known national captains from across the globe at a RSD World Cricket Summit (WCS) here on Tuesday evening.Former captains Bishan Singh Bedi, Bob Simpson of Australia, South African Ali Bacher and Kapil Dev gave their opinions on an occasion where late Raj Singh Dungarpur (RSD), former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was remembered by the gathering.The most interesting debate was about chucking – a pet subject with Bedi, and he was in his elements while discussing the issue threadbare.”We are not doing anything about chucking; it’s grossly unfair [ to the game],” he lamented as he criticised ace Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar for their bowling actions.Bedi, an illustrious left-arm spinner who had one of the most graceful bowling actions, feels both bowled with questionable actions and most of the time got away with it as rules and ‘ procedure’ (in Akhtar’s case) supported them.However, Bacher didn’t agree with Bedi. “Murali doesn’t chuck,” he declared. “Doesn’t he have a hyper extension in his wrist?” he asked, turning to Bedi. “Mind you, I’m not getting a free ticket to Colombo,” quipped Bacher, drawing laughter from the elite gathering that included legendary Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Kapil Dev besides Ajay Jadeja, who also led India in One- Day Internationals.advertisementHowever, Simpson, who played against Bedi in 1970s, jumped to the India captain’s support.Kapil joined forces with Bacher on this issue when the 1983 World Cup- winning captain spoke later. “Paaji [ Bedi] says Muralitharan chucked. But I will never blame him. The authorities should have checked it,” he stressed.Corruption in the game was the other topic that drew the ire of the greats. Bedi was again forceful. “It’s getting out of control,” he declared.Simpson, a close friend of Raj Singh and whom the first- class cricketer once involved as a coach with Mumbai’s Cricket Club of India, said that skippers should be held responsible for what members of their teams do. “It is all in the hands of captains. A captain should answer what’s going on in his team. He should act like a mentor,” he opined.Bacher said that when he held a top post with the United Cricket Board of South Africa, he raised the issue with the International Cricket Council.”There’s a lot of loose talk going on now. I raised this issue at ICC meetings in 1996 and 1999 and told them that there was a lot of loose talk going on. The discussions lasted five or 10 minutes and it was not even minuted,” he disclosed.On the issue of excess money that has come into the game now, all participants agreed that it was distracting players but none of them were jealous of current players earning more than what they did.”My info is that certain players got lot of money. Today, there’s a lot of money in the game and I support it – the best players like Sachin and Lara earn so much and I support that,” said Bacher, who flew down from South Africa especially for the occasion.Simpson cited the example of a young coach in Australia who is earning handsome money.”He has never scored a half- century or taken more than four wickets in an innings. But New South Wales pays him Australian $ 50,000 a year for coaching,” he said.Bedi felt that if the UDRS could help minimise errors, it is welcome. But Simpson, on the basis of ” information” he has received from his ” friends in Australian Channel 9″, had ” some reservation about the Hawk Eye”, which tracks the line and the height of the ball.last_img read more

IPL 2017 Live streaming, MI vs GL: When and where to watch

first_imgMumbai Indians will look to register their fourth consecutive win, while Gujarat Lions will look to boost their campaign with a second win when they face each other in an Indian Premier League contest in Mumbai on Sunday.Mumbai are on a roll, getting the better of Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore since their loss in the opening match to Rising Pune Supergiant.Their batsmen have been contributing, barring captain Rohit Sharma, who has only nine runs in four matches. Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Kieran Pandya have been consistent, along with all-rounders Kieran Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.But Rohit’s form has been a worry. The right-hander has not played in the last six months prior to the IPL due to a couple of injuries and coming straight into the T20 cricket tournament is not easy.In their last match, they plunged to 7/4 chasing 143 against RCB, who were boosted by leg-spinner Samuel Badree’s hat-trick. But MI have a long batting line-up and it was proved as Pollard and Krunal bailed them out from a hopeless situation.In the bowling department, there are doubts over their pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who skipped the RCB match in Bengaluru. His return to fitness will add more teeth to the bowling line-up that boasts the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardik, Harbhajan Singh and Pollard.It should be an interesting contest when these bowlers will be up against Gujarat’s destructive batsmen Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik.advertisementGujarat will be confident after registering their first win on Friday against Pune in Rajkot. It was the first instance when all the three departments delivered in four matches. Their bowling line-up has always got the stick.But on Friday, Australian paceman Andre Tye snared a hat-trick in his debut to bring them some sort of solace. Tye gave away only 17 runs and picked up five wickets in four overs and he will be skipper Raina’s go-to man.With all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja back in the team, Gujarat now look a better team in terms of balance and will look to give Mumbai a run for their money in their climb up the ladder.Where to watch online?The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.Which channel has the TV rights in India?The match will be broadcast live on TV by Sony Pictures Network (Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD.Where to follow match updates online?For best and timely updates follow match coverage begins at 15.30 IST.last_img read more

French Open: Juan Martin del Potro sails through on return after injury scare

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro made a successful return to Roland Garros after a five-year absence on Tuesday, setting aside injury concerns to sail through 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against fellow Argentine Guido Pella.The 29th seed, whose career has been plagued by injury, only confirmed his participation in this year’s French Open on Friday after suffering shoulder and back problems.Del Potro, who reached the French Open semi-finals in 2009, moved across court six with no apparent signs of discomfort, sending down 13 aces in outclassing qualifier Pella in just under two hours.Tuesday’s match was Del Potro’s first on the Paris clay since 2012, when he lost in the quarter-finals to Roger Federer.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi A1 gets a permanent Rs 1,000 price cut, now selling for Rs 13,999

first_imgXiaomi’s debut Android One smartphone, the Mi A1, has received a permanent price cut of Rs 1,000, which means it is now be available for Rs 13,999 on Flipkart and The Mi A1 was launched in India in September at Rs 14,999 and highlights a stock Android OS, metal unibody design and a dual rear camera setup, among other things. Manu Kumar Jain,  Xiaomi India Managing Director, announced the price cut via Twitter, posting, “Great news Mi Fans: announcing a permanent price drop of Rs 1000 on Mi A1! #MiA1: picture perfect flagship dual camera phone. Now available for a perfect price of Rs 13,999!”Interestingly, the price cut comes following the Flipkart Big Billion Days sale that saw a temporary price cut of Rs 2,000 on the Mi A1, making it available for Rs 12,999. The Android One smartphone from Xiaomi has been widely praised for offering a stock Android experience and perhaps the best dual camera performance in its class.Xiaomi is hoping that the new price tag of the Mi A1 will make the device even more appealing for consumers in the market looking for a stock Android experience. At this price, the Mi A1 is in a better position to take on the Moto G5S Plus and the Nokia 6. Notably, the latter two also offer stock Android and all three are expected to receive Android 8.0 Oreo update.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 to get Android Oreo soon, here’s how to register for beta testThe Mi A1 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. It bears dual 12-megapixel sensor, one with a wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and one with a telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. You also get a 5-megapixel sensor on the front with beautification mode. In our review, we found that the portrait mode offered crisp and detailed bokeh shots with little no blur around the edges. advertisementlast_img read more

Facing fund crunch, South Africa players pay their way to World Cup

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryBhubaneswar, Nov 27 (PTI) Not amongst the favourites to lift the trophy, South Africa players have paid from their own pockets to just be a part of the men’s hockey World Cup beginning here on Wednesday.World number 15 South Africa coach Mark Hopkins said the biggest hurdle for the growth of the game in South Africa is “funding”.”The more hockey South Africa plays the better it is. But our challenge is to get the funding in place to allow us to compete in as many Test matches we possibly can,” Hopkins told PTI on the eve of his side’s opener against hosts India.”We are coming into the World Cup with players needing to pay from their own pocket. They paid to be part of the camps. Our challenge is to get the funding in place. We are lucky to have a few sponsors but the sponsorships we have don’t really cover the budget of the World Cup. “We currently have a shortfall at the moment and if we don’t get to cover that shortfall, then there is a possibility the players might also have to pay for the World Cup trip,” he added. With world ranked fifth India at the other end in their first match, South Africa have a tough task at hand but Hopkins is looking at the positives. “Every game at the World Cup is a big match. You try to start the tournament as well as you can. It’s exciting that we are playing our first match against the host nation. We will go into the game fairly confident. We feel we have the squad, skill set and tactics to play really good hockey and get results from the match,” he said.advertisement “I think the pressure is on both sides. Being the host nation there is more pressure on India than us. We will just go out there and play the brand of hockey that is successful for us.”Hopkins said his side’s goal coming into the tournament is to be become the most successful South African hockey playing nation in the history of the World Cup. “We are a proud sporting nation and as a group we are looking to create history. The goal for us is to finish the tournament as the most successful South African hockey team in the men’s World Cup,” he said.”We probably are a team that opposition has seen less videos off. People know less about our players because we don’t play much in the European leagues or Test matches than other nations. That is an advantage for us,” Hopkins added. PTI SSC BSBSlast_img read more

Face the Sun: 5 Essential Summer Accessories for Men

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 7 Best Sunburn Relief Lotions for Treating Your Skin How to Shave With a Straight Razor Bring on the warm weather as remnants of this year’s Nor’easter melt away and temps rise. But be careful — just because you don’t have to cover up with puffys and balaclavas doesn’t mean you should go without skin protection this spring and summer.Combat the heat, burn, and harmful rays of the sun with these essential men’s accessories that are both stylish and protective. Whether hiking outdoors or adventure traveling, don’t forget these products.Serengeti Eyewear Carlo Large Sunglasses – $270First and foremost, you need a quality pair of sunglasses. Harmful UVB rays can sunburn the cornea and potentially lead to a form of eye cancer (yes, even in the shade), so we like to trust companies with decades — or centuries — of experience in lens innovation, like the king of eye protection, Serengeti Eyewear, which has been innovating lens technology for 140 years. We dig both the shape of the modern Carlo Large sunglasses — a sporty yet handsome twist on a classical frame — and the polarized lenses, which pull from Serengeti Polarization tech to acts like a type of Venetian blind. When parallel light rays enter each lens, distracting perpendicular rays are reflected, eliminating disruptive glare. (Think bright headlights or blinding sun on a perfect day at the beach). The Carlo Large have a larger fit, jotted with handcrafted acetate, subtle tortoise arms, and metal embellishments. Seriously sexy shades that are engineered like a high-ticket sportscar? Yes, please.See ItSport-Brella Versa-Brella All-Position Beach Umbrella – $20This portable, UPF 50-plus “umbrella” costs less than two cocktails and will save your skin from burning all day, no matter the position of the sun. Strap the universal clamp to a chair, kayak, or golf bag, and the bizarre shape will provide 360-degree shade protection. Weighing less than 2 pounds, the sport-brella folds into a carrying bag and won’t slump over in the sand. Win-win.See ItCROP Hydrating Aloe Vera Mask – $30While it seems every man has been programmed to look up to the old cowboy with leathered skin, saggy jowls does not a badass make. More than ever, men are taking pride in their grooming and skincare, which is truly badass. Add to your summer skin routine CROP’s Aloe Vera mask, which delivers an intense hydration treatment to heal dry, dehydrated skin and reduce swelling after sun exposure. The blend makes use of (organic) aloe vera, chamomile, witch hazel, kakadu plum, honeysuckle, and cucumber, leaving sun-worn skin revitalized. Apply evenly over face with the Crop Spatula, relax 20 minutes, rinse, done. Easy.See ItPatagonia Bimini Stretch Fit Fly Fishing Cap – $35This cap may not be the most stylish, but you won’t be the one laughing after a 10k summer hike that leaves your neck red as a ribeye. You know those terrible neck tans, yeah? Let’s not do that this summer. Patagonia is here to help us grow up with a UPF-protectant outdoorsman hat with neck coverage.  The low-crown, large-billed lightweight cap is made with 100-percent polyester ripstop. The back flap covers your entire neck and the dark underside of the bill reduces glare. (Paired with your Carlo Large sunglasses, the sun doesn’t stand a chance.) All material on this Bimini Stretch Cap is Bluesign-approved, meaning it was produced with attention to reducing resource consumption in the supply chain.See ItSerengeti Eyewear Volare Sunglasses – $330Yes, another pair of sunglasses. Hear us out: Odds are you’ll misplace your other pair or want to alternate styles since you’re a man of many looks. Our second go-to pair of shades is Serengeti’s Volare, which emit a strong aesthetic with sleek titanium frame feature and a foldable nose bridge (a la Steve McQueen) and temples for compact and safe carrying. Like it’s cousin, the Carlo Large, the Volare lenses are similarly polarized for unparalleled clarity of vision.See ItClinique For Men Face Bronzer – $19.50Another option is to avoid direct sun exposure altogether! Using the above products with both UVA and UVB protection, you’ll keep your skin healthy and fresh, albeit pale. Add to your summer sun accessories a little sunshine in a bottle and apply a small amount of Clinique’s five star-rated men’s bronzer. This oil-free formula goes on easily and is formulated to be completely fragrance-free. Apply to clean, moisturized skin, and when you’re ready to ditch the glow, wash gently with a cleanser.See It Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Revenue Growth Accounts for More Capital Expenditure and Social Spending

first_img Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman, Keith Duncan, says robust tax revenue growth over the last two years is creating the welcome fiscal space that allows for notable increases in Government capital expenditure and social spending. Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Co-Chairman, Keith Duncan, says robust tax revenue growth over the last two years is creating the welcome fiscal space that allows for notable increases in Government capital expenditure and social spending.These increases, he said, are reflected in the first 2018/19 Supplementary Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives on September 25 by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, which show an additional $17.8-billion allocation for critical government operations.A total of $7.3 billion is earmarked for the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP); $7.14 billion for street-lighting arrears; and $2.5 billion for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).“These expenditures are to be covered by additional tax revenues of $8.5 billion and additional distributions and non-tax revenue from public bodies amounting to $10.1 billion,” Mr. Duncan indicated.He was addressing journalists during EPOC’s quarterly media briefing at Jamaica Money Market Brokers Limited’s (JMMB) corporate offices in Kingston on Wednesday (October 17).Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) data show that revenue inflows for April to August 2018 totalled $207.9 billion, some 3.6 per cent above the budgeted $200.6 billion.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Team’s fourth Precautionary Standby Arrangement (PSBA) review, conducted in September, showed that inflows for the period up to the end of June 2018 totalled $127.8 billion as against a target of $110 billion.Mr. Duncan said data also show that the inflows increased to $168.4 billion in July, $207.9 billion in August, and were poised to meet September’s $234-billion target.He indicated that capital expenditure for April to August was $24.4 billion, some $2.8 billion or 13.2 per cent above budget.This expenditure, the EPOC Co-Chairman added, is $10.7 billion greater than the $13.7 billion spent for the corresponding period in 2017.“This improved investment in capital expenditure demonstrates the Government of Jamaica’s commitment to the overall stimulation of growth in the economy,” he further noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Duncan said Government’s social programme expenditure totalled $11.5 billion as at June 2018, which was $5.1 billion more than the budgeted floor (minimum) of $6.4 billion.He pointed out that the tax revenue and expenditure out-turns contributed to a Primary Surplus of $42.1 billion at the end of August, which exceeded the Government’s target of $34.3 billion.Mr. Duncan said the robust tax revenue inflows resulted from continued improvement in compliance, with approximately 6,080 new persons brought into the tax net as at July 2018.“EPOC acknowledges the targeted effort of the Government of Jamaica [and] Tax Administration Jamaica in widening the tax base, which has contributed to the positive performance of tax revenues,” he added. Story Highlights A total of $7.3 billion is earmarked for the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP); $7.14 billion for street-lighting arrears; and $2.5 billion for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC). These increases, he said, are reflected in the first 2018/19 Supplementary Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives on September 25 by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, which show an additional $17.8-billion allocation for critical government operations.last_img read more

Models of climate action to be showcased daily by UN agency ahead

The “30 ways in 30 days” initiative, launched one month before the start of the next conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled from 29 November to 10 December in Cancun, Mexico, will release case studies of successful climate schemes that can be copied and scaled up around the world. “Across the world, in myriad ways, from community-based programmes to entrepreneurial endeavours, solutions are available to help confront the challenges of climate change and to help countries, communities and businesses move towards low-emission climate-resilient growth,” UNEP said in a press release today. “More could be done if Governments, corporations and communities scaled up this work,” it added. One of the case studies featured is UNEP’s “Solar Loans for Solar Homes” in India where more than 60 per cent of Indian households have no access to reliable electricity supplies and depend on kerosene for light and on burning dung and wood for heat. The solar loan programme, a partnership involving the UN Foundation, Shell Foundation and two of India’s largest banking groups accelerated market penetration of solar lights in the Indian countryside and inspired several similar initiatives in India and elsewhere, the agency said. Other projects to be featured include “Green Passports” for sustainable tourism, the “greening” of East African tea plantations, the massive potential of carbon financing in Africa and successful reforestation in Panama, UNEP said. 1 November 2010A project to light up the Indian countryside with the power of the sun is one of 30 solutions to climate change to be showcased each day, starting today, in the month leading up to the next major meeting on the topic, according to the United Nations Evironmental Programme (UNEP). read more

Canadian Tire to boost sports banner by buying highend Pro Hockey Life

CALGARY — Canadian Tire subsidiary FGL Sports Ltd. announced Wednesday that it plans to buy privately owned Pro Hockey Life Sporting Goods Inc. for $85 million.Pro Hockey Life has 23 urban, high-end hockey stores operating in five provinces across Canada and boasts annual revenues of about $95 million.The transaction follows Canadian Tire’s successful acquisition of FGL Sports in 2011.Upon conclusion of the transaction, Pro Hockey Life will operate as a banner under FGL Sports, joining others such as Sport Chek and Sports Experts.“This acquisition is a natural extension of our core authority in sports and hockey and Pro Hockey Life will be an excellent addition to our family of great Canadian companies,” said FGL president Michael Medline.Pro Hockey Life president Scott Jackson said his company sees “a bright future as part of the Canadian Tire family and I have no doubt that the company will reach even greater heights within FGL Sports.” read more

Trails ready for Brocks Dirty Badger run

When the Dirty Badger returns to Brock University’s trails later this month, its focus will be on fun.Now in its fifth year, the trail run for people of all experience levels takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 and will include the popular entry-level five-kilometre route as well as a more challenging 10-kilometre route.Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at Isaac’s patio, followed by a 10:30 a.m. race start time. After the race, runners will be treated to live music, bar service and a free barbecue at Isaac’s.The top female and male in each route will be presented an award, with prizes from the North Face performance apparel store at the Niagara Outlet Collection. The team with the most spirit will receive $50 to use towards their Isaac’s tab after the race.“The Dirty Badger team spirit competition is based on enthusiasm,” said Eric Walter, race founder and Fitness Manager for Brock Sports. “Past winners have cheered the loudest or worn colourful costumes. It’s about having fun — not being the fastest runner out there.”The Dirty Badger was created to encourage people to get active in the slower summer months on campus and to generate interest in trail running.“The race offers a great opportunity to show off the beautiful trails we have around campus in a safe and organized way,” said Walter. “We’re lucky to be next to the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail.”Those interested in joining the fun but not up to tackling the trails can volunteer. Tasks include registration, timing runners and attending water stations by squirting runners with water guns to help keep them cool along the way.Registration is open on the Dirty Badger website until Friday, Aug. 24. Race entry, which includes lunch, a T-shirt and giveaways, is $29. The race is open to anyone 13 years of age and older.Fifty to 70 runners are expected at this year’s event. read more

Man arrested after making death threats while armed with knife and hammer

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. A man making threats to kill people while wielding a knife and a hammer outside a Home Office building has been arrested.Passing police officers were flagged down by members of the public and sent to St Thomas Street, near the Shard, where a man in his 30s was detained on Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and making threats to kill.A police spokesperson said the incident was not being treated as terror-related.Just last week, a civil servant in his 60s was stabbed on Marsham Street, outside the Home Office building.Photographs from the scene showed the alleged victim, who has not been named and works for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, shirtless with blood pouring from his face.Dominic Hornberger, 29, from Birmingham, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife in a public place.He was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 13. read more

Luke AFB Local Police Departments Renew Training Partnership

first_imgPolice departments from the cities of El Mirage, Peoria and Surprise will be able to continue practicing emergency vehicle driving skills at Luke AFB, Ariz., in conjunction with the 56th Security Forces Squadron, under a memorandum of understanding that representatives signed Wednesday. Before training began at Luke, the three police departments struggled to find an adequate location for proper training procedures, reports 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The local departments provide the vehicles and instructors, which benefits Luke.“This is a big agreement for West Valley agencies,” said Terry Young, Surprise Police Department police chief. “Every year in public safety, we see an increase for the needs of training, and it can be difficult to balance resources with requirements. Luke is a perfect example of the strength we have with our state and federal partners not just in the valley, but the state of Arizona.”Photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

OBITUARY William J Eldredge Sr 74

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — William J. Eldredge, Sr., also known as “Billy Ice Cream” to many family members and friends, passed away peacefully at his home April 10, 2019 following a lengthy illness. He was 74 years of age. Born in Boston he was the son of the late Carney and Bertha (Johnson) Koresian.Bill was raised and educated in Boston and was a graduate of Boston English High school. He worked for many years in the vending and restaurant businesses and was the owner of Little Steve’s House of Pizza which was located in Boston’s Back Bay on Boylston St. for more than thirty-seven years. When not working Bill enjoyed traveling and throughout his life he traveled all over the world spending much time in Africa. He cherished time with his family and also enjoyed dining out. He will be greatly missed.Bill is survived by his children; William Eldredge, Jr. and his fiancée Shirley Roderick of Salisbury, John Eldredge of Wilmington and his fiancée Rosanne DelVecchio of Dracut, Steven Eldredge and his wife Kim of Pelham, NH. Loving grandfather of William Eldredge III, Tara Rose Buczynski, Nicholas, Brianna and Kyle Eldredge, Jennifer Feranec, Brianna Roderick, Nicole Skelton, and Danielle Ranucci. Also survived by four loving great grandchildren. Brother of Freddy Eldredge and his wife Linda of North Carolina, and the late Phyllis Hustus. Further survived by several nieces and nephews.Family and friends are respectfully invited to gather for calling hours at the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 374 Main St., WILMINGTON, Wednesday, April 17th, from 4 to 7 p.m. concluding with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to the American Diabetes Assoc., Boston Office, 330 Congress St. 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Dello Russo Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William F. “Bill” Lawson, 72In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Steven W. Parker, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Elon Musk shows off massive Mars Starship prototype rocket

first_img 7 Stainless Steel Starship— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 24, 2018 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. Turo $6 at Tidal Share your voice $299 at Amazon $999 He also added that the skin “will get too hot for paint” and will instead feature a “stainless mirror finish” for “maximum reflectivity.”Musk has said SpaceX plans to begin testing its Starship design in 2019 with “hopper” flights that will essentially launch the rocket straight up and bring it back down for a landing. The test flights will use three of the company’s next generation “Raptor” engines, according to Musk. Sarah Tew/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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Sci-Tech 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. $210 at Best Buy 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). 15 Photos 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. Tags Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X A look at Elon Musk’s plan to move us to Mars (pictures) $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Comments 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. Chris Monroe/CNET Elon Musk’s 2018 highs and lows HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate $59 at eBay 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. Sprint 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. Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNETcenter_img Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 4:10 See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 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. SpaceX managed over 20 launches in 2018, but it’s also been working on arguably bigger and better plans for the future. In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve Monday, CEO Elon Musk shared a picture of the prototype version of his “Starship” under construction. Starship is the new name for the huge rocket previously known as “BFR” that SpaceX plans to use to send people around the moon, to Mars and on super-fast international flights via space. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Rylo Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 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. $999 See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express See at Turo 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. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the AirPods review Elon Musk Space SpaceX,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. $60 at Best Buy The photo provides some idea of the scale of the rocket, which SpaceX has said will be bigger and considerably more powerful than the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the moon. The nose cone alone appears to be multiple stories tall, dwarfing the work trucks parked around it. Musk tweeted that the massive rocket prototype being built at the SpaceX test facility in Texas has a stainless steel skin. In subsequent comments, he said steel will perform better than lighter weight carbon fiber material at high temperatures like those felt during reentry. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 22 See at Amazon $520 at HP Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple iPhone XS Amazonlast_img read more

Legislature Rejects Pay Raises For Top Officials

first_imgThe legislature has rejected proposed pay increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and main department heads.Download AudioThe House voted 38-0 Friday to reject the recommendations of the State Officers Compensation Commission. SB125 passed the Senate 19-0 last month.The commission proposed the increases as a way for those positions to catch up with pay increases for other executive-branch employees.But some legislators said, in light of budget constraints, the increases were not appropriate.Governor Sean Parnell had already said he would decline a pay increase for himself.last_img read more

Indian Money in Swiss banks sees a 20year low

first_imgMoney held by Indians in Swiss Banks fell to a record low of Rs 8,392 crore (1,217 million swiss franc) at the end of 2015, said latest data by Swiss National Bank (SNB). The fall was nearly by two-third of the Rs. 23,000 crore stashed in December of 2006.This was the lowest amounts held by Indians in Swiss Bank since the data was officially released in 1997 for the first time. Last year too (2014), the fall was a record number, with amount hovering around 1,776 million Swiss francs.Press Trust of India noted that SNB’s data on “amounts due to their clients” or “liabilities” do not mean or indicate anything to do with India’s hotly debated black money numbers. Neither does it factor in accounts kept by Indians under names or entities registered outside India in a foreign country.SNB data said the amount held by all foreign individuals and entities saw a near 4 percent fall to 1.41 trillion Swiss francs (about Rs. 98 lakh crore) from the previous year.”PM Modi gets Switzerland’s support to tackle tax evasion”Account Break UpGiving a break down in the accounts held by Indians, SNB said while the total amount held directly by Indians was 1,206.71 million Swiss francs, fiduciaries or wealth managers managed accounts of another 10.89 million. Fiduciaries accounts too saw a 71 percent fall from 37.92 million Swiss francs stashed at 2014-end; it used to be in billions till 2007, noted PTI.Savings and Deposit account liabilities saw a 61 percent fall to 425.8 million Swiss francs in a year period. However, the money held through other banks doubled to 270.4 million Swiss francs. Funds held in the form of securities by Indians grew from 297 million Swiss francs to 510.4 million.”Money held by Indians in Swiss Banks: Rs 8,392 crore”Regulatory Mechanisms The news agency added that regulatory crack down from countries across the globe, including India, had led to a fall in Swiss amount. It noted that the Swiss’ secrecy wall was crumbling for Indians who are under scrutiny by many measures back home.A supreme court monitored special investigative team (SIT), a new law to clampdown hoarding black money abroad, anti money laundering act and compliance window offer by government of India was tightening the noose, said the agency.India is one of the early adopters of the Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) standards approved by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Switzerland is set to adopt the standards by 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited the European nation past week stressed for an early start of negotiations on AEOI.last_img read more

Law enforcement was well aware of drug dealing took no action

first_imgYaba pills. File PhotoThe law enforcement had all information about the borders which were used for drug trafficking, the routes, that patrons of the drug dealers, and yet they chose to turn a blind eye towards all of this. Many of them not only helped the peddlers, but were also actively involved in the business.A number of officials of the law enforcement agencies, including the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Bangladesh Police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Bangladesh Coast Guard and the Department of Narcotics Control, revealed this to Prothom Alo.Seeking anonymity, they said drug lords who have strong political backing are running the rules here, with the help of certain members of the law enforcement.When asked about the failure of those entrusted with the responsibility of containing the menace, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “There might have been lack of sincerity. I think all the parties involved lacked integrity. Who was not involved in this drug business? Can you name one profession?”For decades, the media have been publishing reports on the dreadful situation caused by the drug trade. The government has also pointed to narcotics as the country’s biggest problem on a number of occasions. But there has never been a large-scale move to contain drugs. Even the prime minister expressed her concern on the issue on several occasions, but the law enforcement hardly acted the way they should have.On 31 January, PM Sheikh Hasina ordered the national parliament to start an operation against drugs. However, things finally started moving when she repeated this call at the anniversary programme of RAB.Till date, over a hundred persons allegedly involved in the drug trade have been killed in crossfire, but the question remains, what has the law enforcement been doing till date?A government report revealed that the busiest route for trafficking yaba is from Jadirmura Point to Shahpari’s Island, a 14-kilometre stretch along the river Naf.Yaba also enters the country through Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban. After crossing the border, it is trafficked to different areas through two routes on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway. Yaba is also being transported to Chittagong, Narayanganj, Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola and Khulna through the sea route.The report categorically mentioned where the drugs are sold after they cross the border. It even said that drugs were transported over the Sunamganj border through a long pipe with the help of BSF and BGB members.According to the report, the railway is also a popular option for the peddlers. It said the Simanta Express, Rupsha Express and Khulna Mail are used to transport phensidyl between Khulna and Dhaka while north-west bound Uttara Express, running on Parbatipur-Akkelpul-Santahar-Rajshahi route, is used to transport cannabis and phensidyl.On the Dhaka-Ishwardi-Natore-Santahar route, trains like Ekota, Varendra, Titumir and Nilasagar Express transport yaba. Joydevpur, Tongi, Bhairab and Akhaura are the biggest drug markets, the report added. Despite all this information being available, what was BGB doing?Its director (operations) brigadier general Mujibur Rahman told Prothom Alo that they topped the list when it came to yaba seizure. “That is why traffickers now prefer the sea route than the land route,” he claimed.Commander Abdullah Al Maruf of the Bangladesh Coast Guards said they had seized over 8 million yaba tablets in the first five months of this year.Members of BGB and Coast Guards are recovering abandoned drugs.Asked about why they don’t arrest the drug peddlers, Brigadier General Mujibur Rahman, said the yaba traders simply abandon the big consignments in a place.He said they recover the abandoned yaba following intelligence information.He said, “There is a demand for narcotics. The network is big. There may have been slackness on our part too.”Coast Guard spokesperson Abdullah Al Maruf said the fishing boats and trawlers used to transport yaba and the Coast Guard patrol boats moved at almost the same speed. Most of the time the boats carrying drugs, manage to get away.Members of BGB and Coast Guards are accused of assisting the drug peddlers instead of arresting them.On 28 March, police detained Md Akayed, 25, a member of BGB Battalion-10 in Pirojpur’s Jhalakathi with 360 yaba tablets.Detective Branch of police also caught red handed Lat Mia Emon, 28, a member of the Coast Guards in Chittagong. He allegedly used to share drug money with drug traders in the area.The members of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) are also blamed.In November last year, DNC’s assistant director Anowar Hossain Khan detained an official of the department, Kamonashish Sarkar with 68 kg of hemp and 28 bottles of phensidyl.DNC’s director general Jamal Uddin Ahmed, however, blamed the loopholes in the narcotics control law and shortage of manpower.He said, “We recently took action against a few officials.”The members of police are mostly blamed in this regard.Several high-ups in the police said no one knows better than police about the drug peddling.There is an allegation that despite having enough information, police do not conduct drives to halt the drug peddling. They rather assist the traders.Addressing a crime observation meeting of police superintendents and police officials on 11 February this year, a deputy commissioner said the police high-ups demand huge amounts of money for recruitment, transfer and promotion of their colleagues. That is why they desperately collect money from the drug dealers.Soheli Ferdous, an assistant inspector general (AIG) at the Police Headquarters, said you cannot say that the police are totally blameless, but action has been taken against those found guilty. Exterminating narcotics, the AIG added, is not the sole responsibility of the police.Former inspector general of police Nurul Huda said, “The police are responsible to prevent the crime before it takes place.”“There is an annual assessment report for police, in which they can be made accountable. Even, the parliamentary committee could seek answers from the law enforcement as to why they have failed to take proper action. Besides, the court can also passed a suo moto motion on the matter,” he added.*This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

BNPs joining in next polls depends on Khaledas release

first_imgBNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan. File PhotoBNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Sunday said their party’s participation in the next general election largely depends on the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.“We’ve tried to have Khaleda Zia freed from jail through a legal process, but the government won’t let it happen… it mainly depends on her release whether we’ll join the polls,” he said.Nazrul, standing committee member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion arranged by Aparajeyo Bangladesh at the Jatiya Press Club demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release.He called upon BNP leaders and activists to get ready for waging a greater mass movement to free Khaleda from jail and bring a change in the country by ousting the current government.The BNP leader said though their party has long been carrying out a peaceful movement, the government continued arresting their party leaders and activists.He lamented that many BNP leaders and activists have been kept in jail for months after months and they are not getting bail from courts in the ‘false’ cases they were implicated.Nazrul said people are going through immense sufferings due to rise in the prices of utility services and daily essentials amid the growing unemployment rate. “It can’t be continued. A greater democratic mass movement is crucial to get rid of the current situation.”The BNP leader said their party will involve people and unite other political parties to wage the movement.last_img read more