A Letter to the Editor

first_imgWe know the importance of the lobster industry in Nova Scotia. It is the mainstay of many of our coastal communities. Each year, 300- to 400-million-dollars worth of lobsters are landed by about 3,400 lobster license holders in our province. We are very fortunate to have a diversified fishery in our province, but lobster is by far the most valuable sector. While Nova Scotia lobsters are sold worldwide, the United States is our most important customer. Access to this market must be protected. The economies of a vast area of Nova Scotia depend on a healthy lobster fishery and a healthy market. In December, U.S. border agents stepped up inspection of Canadian lobsters being transported to market. This was not a trade action. They were acting on complaints that illegal lobsters were coming into their country to be sold. Primarily, they were looking for undersize lobsters, egg-bearing female lobsters, and v-notched lobsters. What they found was that over half of the trucks they checked from Nova Scotia had varying amounts of illegal lobsters. As a result, there will be more checks at the border and the penalties may be increased above the current fines. Access to our best market could be severely affected. As an industry, Canadian fishermen and fish buyers must address this problem. The size limit in southwest Nova Scotia is the same as the U.S. measure; it is illegal to possess egg bearing lobsters, and v-notching is part of our management plan. In short, all these rules are the same in southwest Nova Scotia as they are in the U.S. Government cannot prevent every illegal lobster from coming ashore without co-operation from thefishing industry. A culture of conservation must prevail in our industry to ensure its sustainability. As Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, I urge everyone in the Nova Scotia industry to be more diligent and to make sure illegal lobsters do not come ashore. The consequence of not doing so will be severe. Longer waits at the border can be expected as U.S. agents take the time to measure lobsters that should have been checked at sea or at pounds. This additional delay will hurt all sectors of the industry. I realize that the lobster industry is facing some challenges related to the strong Canadian dollar and quality issues, however practices that put illegal lobsters into the system will make many problems worse. The lobster fishery is crucial for our coastal communities and we must all do our part to ensure it is protected. I fully intend to take my responsibilitiesin this matter seriously. I will be instructing my officials to be vigilant with dealers who trade in illegal lobsters. Those caught violating the regulations will face charges that may result in fines and licence cancellations. I stress again, the lobster industry is far too important for us to allow it to be jeopardized by those who are careless with their actions or think they can make more money by selling illegal lobsters. We must all work together to protect the number one fishery in Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

New Regulations for Natural Gas Contracts

first_imgGovernment has approved new regulations under the Public Utilities Act that give the Utility and Review Board the ability to approve long-term natural gas pipeline contracts. This change creates consistency by giving Nova Scotia Power the same opportunities available under the Gas Distribution Act. Long-term agreements have the potential to provide Nova Scotians with reliable access to natural gas while keeping electricity prices stable for ratepayers. The Utility and Review Board will independently consider if proposed agreements are in the best interests of ratepayers. -30-last_img

Saltroti midday meal UP govt to examine FIR against journalist

first_imgLucknow/Mirzapur (UP): The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said it would examine the FIR against the journalist who recorded a video of schoolchildren being served salt and roti as midday meal last month, amid growing resentment over the case against him.”Action has been initiated against all those found prima facie guilty in the entire matter,” state government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said. “As far as the FIR is concerned, we are getting it examined.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The energy minister was responding to questions in Lucknow after a briefing of the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The video of students of being served salt and roti in their midday meal at a government-run primary school in Mirzapur district had gone viral on social media on August 22, triggering widespread outrage and leading to the suspension of two teachers. The police had lodged a case on Monday against journalist Pawan Kumar Jaiswal and a representative of a village head, Rajkumar Pal, for allegedly conspiring and deliberately recording the Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kvideo in a well-planned manner to malign the state government. Jaiswal and Pal have been booked under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharging duty), 193 (false evidence) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, the police had said. In Mirzapur, media persons held a protest at the district collectorate on Tuesday over lodging of the first information report (FIR). A delegation of around 25 reporters also met Vindhyachal Divisional Commissioner Anand Kumar Singh and demanded that the case against the journalist be withdrawn. “We want that the entire episode be investigated. The divisional commissioner said he will seek a report in this regard from the district magistrate and act accordingly,” Mirzapur Press Club secretary Ajay Shankar Gupta said. Meanwhile, when confronted by reporters, District Magistrate Anurag Patel said it was not the way to report the salt-roti incident, adding that the reporter, who works in the print media, could have taken a photograph instead of recording the video.last_img read more

Commentary Referees not perfect mistakes happen

Referees have never been perfect — they are not perfect now, and they never will be. The nature of the job lends itself to occasional mistakes.Especially at full speed, how is an individual expected to get every single call correct? At the end of the day, they simply cannot.The New England Patriots lost to the Carolina Panthers, 24-20, Monday after what is being referred to as a “questionable” call on the game’s final play.Considering the media reaction, I am slightly surprised the entire state of Massachusetts has not broken into a full-fledged riot. Not only did starting quarterback Tom Brady track down the officials after the play to complain, but his backup Ryan Mallett tried to get in on the action as well.When you see players, especially one as well respected around the league as Brady, complaining like that, one can only imagine the words coming out of the mouths of fans that watched the game.Patriots fans should be thankful they are not Green Bay Packers fans. During the infamous replacement ref period of the 2012 NFL season, the Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks Sept. 24, 2012, after fill-ins awarded Seattle a touchdown on the game’s final play. Not only should the ruling have been an interception in favor of the Packers, but the refs also missed an indisputable pass interference call.Every team, athlete and fan has found themselves on the “wrong” side of a “poor” call at some point. It is part of the game, not something that should be welcomed, but must be accepted.At the end of the 2002-03 football season, Ohio State won the National Championship after a late flag saved the Buckeyes’ lives and gave them another chance. The Miami Hurricanes were already celebrating when the yellow speck flew across the screen, signaling Glenn Sharpe for pass interference against Chris Gamble in the end zone.You can find Hurricanes fans complaining to this day, but the call happened, the game eventually ended, and OSU won. Still, almost 11 years later complaints can be heard, but that was a championship game, not a random regular season game moving their record to 7-3, which is now where the Patriots’ sit.New England fans have to take some perspective when looking at the call — it was questionable, not wrong. The call could have easily gone either way, and there is no way to prove the Patriots would have won the game had they received a favorable decision.Much worse things have happened in sports.In 1990 Colorado received a fifth down, allowing them to beat Missouri 33-31. At the 1972 Olympics, the Soviet basketball team was magically awarded extra time, leading to the United States’ first loss in the sport’s Olympic history.At the end of the day, the call in Monday’s Patriots-Panthers game might have been wrong, but it happened. The complaints need to end, especially since the game is mostly insignificant.Questionable calls are a part of sport, and they will be forever. While that is not a good thing, it has to be accepted. Repeated complaints do no good for anyone and simply act as an annoyance to the outside world. read more

CARICOM reiterates call for peaceful solution to Venezuela crisis

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM Foreign Ministers hold talks with Venezuela’s Opposition LeaderMarch 25, 2019In “latest news”CARICOM countries urged to treat fleeing Venezuelan nationals with compassionAugust 23, 2017In “latest news”CARICOM warns of elusive peace in VenezuelaMay 8, 2019In “latest news” (CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Monday reiterated the need for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela even as they said they continue to follow closely “the unsatisfactory and increasingly volatile situation” in the South American country, reiterating their position of a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Caracas.“It is with grave concern that we also follow the highly polarised and polarising circumstances surrounding Venezuela,” Barbados Ambassador to the United Nations, Liz Thompson, said as she addressed a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) In the Trusteeship Council on Tuesday.Speaking on behalf of the 15-member CARICOM grouping, the Barbados diplomat said the regional countries are also fully aware of “words of bitterness and blame coming from both sides.“The thoughts and sabre rattling by the internal and external contenders in this deteriorating situation. In all of this we are most concerned for and motivated by the plight of the people of Venezuela, who have been rendered powerless pawns…while others play a form of geo-political chess and brinksmanship,”she told the meeting.Last week, St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, led a CARICOM delegation to Uruguay for talks aimed at ending the political crisis in the South American country where Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó, backed by the United States and several other western countries, has declared himself the interim leader of Venezuela.But Russia, China and Cuba are among countries that are supporting President Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn into office last month for a second consecutive term as head of state.The governments of Mexico and Uruguay had called for the conference with representatives from the main countries and international organisations that hold a neutralposition towards Venezuela.Harris said the Montevideo Mechanism adopted at the conference presents “the only objective mechanism” to address the complex political situation in Venezuela.The Montevideo Mechanism is regarded as the initiative in response to the call by the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to find a pathway to a peaceful resolution through dialogue and from a position of respect for International Law and Human Rights.“We urge all parties inside and outside of Venezuela in the interest of the wellbeing of the people of that country to give the Montevideo Mechanism the time and space it needs to work. These United Nations know the painful experience of history both ancient and recent, the high and awful price of military intervention and the scourge of war,” Thompson said, adding that the CARICOM countries do not choose “one side or the other.“We choose principle, the principle which led to the founding of this United Nations and the inclusion in its charter of Article 24, which calls for member states to refrain from the threat or the use of force.“The principle which birthed Article 21 of the Charter of the Organisation of American States which recognises territorial inviolability. The principles of human rights, international law of the rule of law, the sanctity of national sovereignty, and the pivotal principle of the peaceful settlement of disputes, the pursuit of peace, of dialogue and compromise to ensure the preservation of the dignity and worth of the human person”.Thompson told the conference that these principles are at the root of multilateralism.“Indeed they are the very foundation on which this house in which we sit was built. Today we re-affirm our adherence to these principles. Critical for us too is the maintenance of the Caribbean and its wider region as a zone of peace.“We remain steadfast in our view that economic strangulation and military intervention are not only counter to these principles, but will only exacerbate the already great suffering of the people of Venezuela”.The Barbadian diplomat said that it is the contention of the Caribbean that ‘there must be a political solution that is crafted and owned by the Venezuelan people themselves and by their leaders.“We support and call for a pathway to peace, forged not by threats but by dialogue. Not by escalating the tensions but by cooling them down. Not by marksmanship but by mediation. Not by the suffocation of sanctions but by the tools of diplomacy”.She said those who wished for a peaceful solution and the prosperity of Venezuelans must actively encourage dialogue “where both sides seat, both sides talk and both sides listen, so that the common ground on which they can move forward may be found”.Thompson said that it is in pursuit of this broad objective that CARICOM has offered itself to facilitate dialogue among all parties with a view to creating a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the South American country.“We know too from the lesson of history …that peace and prosperity are indivisible. The people of Venezuela have already suffered enough. They deserve to live in peace. They deserve a future that offers prosperity. We urge all sides, difficult and complex though it may be, to enter into a constructive dialogue and to work together to build the pathway to peace for the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela,” Thompson added. read more

Google Glass moviegoer detained by US Homeland Security over piracy fears

first_imgA MAN WAS questioned by police after he was suspected of recording a cinema screening with his Google Glass device.Writing anonymously on the Gadgeteer, the Glass user said that he had the device turned off during the screening, but still wore them for its prescription lenses.He was wearing them during a screening of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in AMC, and halfway through the movie, he was hauled out by police and officers from homeland security who accused him of recording the movie.He was then brought to a room where he was interrogated for over an hour. After asking him questions about who he worked for, they then connected the device to their computer and checked all the files on it. [the officer] connected my Glass to the computer, downloaded all my personal photos and started going though them one by one (although they are dated and it was obvious there was nothing on my Glass that was from the time period they accused me of recording). Then they went through my phone, and five minutes later they concluded I had done nothing wrong. The man didn’t receive an apology, but was offered four free movie passes instead, which he said “infuriated” him.A spokesperson for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Khaalid Walls confirmed the incident saying the man voluntarily answered questions from officers with ICE Homeland Security Investigations.AMC said it contacted authorities after identifying someone wearing a recording device, and said it takes movie theft seriously.(Additional reporting by Associated Press)Read: Google Glass app allows you to see what your partner sees during sex >Read: Google developing smart contact lens that will aid diabetics >last_img read more

Let the games begin at Ilani Casino opens to crowds

first_imgCowlitz Indian Reservation — Ilani Casino Resort, the $510 million casino that took over a decade to bring to reality, is here.The casino opened at 10 a.m. Monday with a ribbon-cutting and ceremony. After the event at the casino, at Exit 16 of Interstate 5 near La Center, the casino is open seemingly for good — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Traffic was backed up nearly a mile on Interstate 5 as of 10 a.m. from Exit 16.Behind the doors of Ilani — pronounced ay-lah-nay, the Cowlitz word for “sing” — lie 2,500 slot machines, 75 card tables and a handful of restaurants and shops. Slots range from penny slots to $5 denominations.The game floor encompasses 100,000 square feet. One-third of the floor is set aside for non-smokers, and casino officials boast of its high-tech ventilation system designed to keep the air clean. The casino’s gaming floor is restricted to guests ages 21 and older.There will be more than 3,000 parking spaces to handle the expected deluge of visitors. Some projections say the casino can expect 4.5 million visitors annually. There is no lodging on the reservation, but officials expect to build a 400-room hotel in the coming years.Free concerts will be held every night for the first week, today through Sunday. British glam rockers The Sweet, famous for the song, “Ballroom Blitz,” will kick off the concerts today. The concerts will be held at the casino’s in-house entertainment lounge, Muze.last_img read more

Sensex Soars Over 400 points for Second Straight Session On Positive Global

first_imgThe benchmark S&P BSE Sensex rose over 400 points on Wednesday, posting gains for the second consecutive day amid a rally in the global markets.The Sensex gained 401 points, or 1.59%, to close at 25,719 points, while the NSE Nifty was up 130 points, or 1.70%, ending the session at 7,818 points.The rally was mainly by a recovery in global markets after witnessing high volatility for many days due to rising concerns over the global economy.The US equity markets closed with a gain of over 2% on Tuesday amid receeding chances of an interest rate hike by the US central bank this month. A rate hike by the US Federal Reserve is a major negative for emerging markets such as India.But some contrarians believe that a rate hike by the US Fed can be a positive factor for India, as it shows that growth in the world’s largest economy is robust.”Counterintuitively, I think if the Fed hiked in September, which is now a receding probability and the markets are pricing in less, if they do hike, it will actually be good for India,” says Ridham Desai, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, in an interview with ET Now.The rally was also supported by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with industry heads on Tuesday. Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was also present at the meeting, boosted sentiments by saying that the key reform bill, the Goods and Service Tax (GST), will be “introduced sooner rather than later.””The long-awaited implementation of the GST in India could bring significant benefits to the economy. But a decade after it was first proposed, there are still a number of sticking points preventing its introduction. In truth, not only does the Finance Ministry’s hope of introducing the GST by April 2016 look unrealistic, implementation by April 2017 would be a stretch too,” said Capital Economics in a note.Asian markets also ended higher on Wednesday, lending support to the domestic equity markets. The Chinese stock market rose more than 2% for the second straight session on hopes that the country’s authorities will roll out support measures to boost the country’s sagging economy.Earlier on Monday, a data showed that China’s imports fell sharply by over 14% in August, intensifying concerns over growth in the world’s second largest economy.Besides, Chinese officials announced tax exemptions to stem the high volatility in the country’s stock market. The government has waived off a 5% dividend tax on stocks held for more than one year.Meanwhile, the Japanese stock market index Nikkei surged by 7.7%, recording its biggest one-day gains since October 2008.”With many markets having been sold off heavily over recent weeks, today’s rally, like the U.S. last night, represents a speculative bounce,” Angus Gluskie, managing director of White Funds Management in Sydney, told Reuters.Gold prices traded weak on the day, falling by Rs 25 to Rs 26,675 per 10 grams amid reduced demand from jewellers and retailers. Silver prices rebounded by Rs 130 to Rs 35,330 per kg, supported by an increase in buying from companies and coin manufacturers.The rupee appreciated by 0.2% to 66.41 against the US dollar, tracking the strengthening Asian currencies versus the greenback. The dollar remains weak as a result of fading expectations over the US Fed rate hike at its meeting next week.last_img read more

Trump promises press conference on IS fight

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Monday promised to reveal details of his long-awaited plan for fighting the Islamic State group, saying a press conference will come within weeks.“We have had tremendous success against ISIS,” Trump said at a cabinet meeting at the White House.“We are going to be having a news conference in two weeks on that fight and you’ll see numbers that you would not have believed.”Tackling the group-which still controls swaths of Syria and Iraq-was among Trump’s most often repeated campaign promises.Then candidate Trump went as far as to promise to “bomb the hell” out of them and have a military plan on his desk within 30 days of moving into the White House.Six months after taking office, Trump has yet to sketch out his strategy.Meanwhile efforts to retake Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria-the capital of the self-styled caliphate-have continued apace.The Pentagon has already taken the decision to arm Kurdish fighters in the assault on Raqa, a move that upset US ally Turkey.Officials warn that the fight against the Islamic State, while simple on its face, is made more complex by competing interests in Syria.The United States would like to improve the humanitarian situation, keep Turkey onside, ease the possibilities of clashes with Russia, hasten the transition away from President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, limit Iranian influence and keep Syria and Iraq’s borders intact.last_img read more

Vibrant Educational Seating Outlines Galvestons Seawall

first_img 00:00 /01:12 X – / 16The sound of the wind and waves crashing into the sand may be familiar as you approach the Galveston Seawall, but the brightly covered ceramic benches may not be.The benches were damaged by Hurricane Ike, so the city asked Artist Boat, a nonprofit that combines art and marine life awareness, to restore the cement seats.Karla Klay, Executive Director of Artist Boat, led this task and gave me a tour of the colorful benches that share information about Galveston.She knew she wanted them to be just as educational as they are beautiful.“We really hope that people leave with a greater sense of attachment or stewardship for the ocean,” Klay said. “I don’t know if a bench can do that or not.”Various artists were selected and used vibrant paint on ceramic squares to explain topics like hurricane patterns, jellyfish, and freshwater habitats.The diversity lies not only in the content, but by the skill levels of the artists.“And then we had whole classrooms submitted a concept for a seaweed Sargassum migration, and the winning idea was a 7th grade or 5th grade class group,” Klay said.There are 70 benches in total down the sea wall starting from Sixth Street and ending at 61st Street. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Google Gets Ready For The Next Version of Android

first_img Google G1 Phone: Security Flaw Exposed Software developers will have the option to target different Android platform versions from within a single SDK installation. Developers will also find improvements to install Android SDK add-ons to access extended functionality that might be provided by OEMs, carriers, or other providers.In order to help developers prepare their applications for the release of Android 1.5 on phones, Google will be publishing a series of articles on their Android Developers Blog to highlight new APIs and other changes. In addition to the new APIs, other topics that will be covered include OpenGL, asynchronous tasks, system settings, and new Activity callbacks.From a user perspective, some improvement performances include faster camera start-up and image capture, faster acquisition of GPS location (powered by SUPL AGPS), smoother page scrolling in Browser, and speedier GMail conversation list scrolling. At present there are only two phones based on the open-source operating system. The HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) and Vodafone’s HTC Magic. Samsung will be launching three Android phones this year; however release dates from Android supporters LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson are not clear.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Google Gets Ready For The Next Version of Android (2009, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-google-ready-version-android.htmlcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — Android 1.5 is right around the corner and this version promises better camera and GPS performance, support for video recording and Bluetooth stereo. Also included in this new version is support for soft keyboards, live folders and speech recognition. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Interjet unveils inaugural ad campaign in Canada US

first_img Travelweek Group Interjet unveils inaugural ad campaign in Canada & U.S. Posted by MEXICO CITY — Interjet has launched its first-ever advertising campaign for Canada and the U.S. in an effort to set itself apart from other Mexican and international airlines flying to and from Mexico.Called ‘Inspiration to Travel’, the campaign promotes the “true differentiators” between Interjet and other carriers, said the company, which not only include lower fares but also added features and benefits.“With Interjet, we’re giving the travelling public the inspiration to fly again,” said José Luis Garza, General Director. “We understand what travellers are looking for in an airline partner – not just lower fares but everything they used to get for the price of a ticket, such as free checked bags, sea selection, free beverages and snacks onboard, even the ability to pay by credit card.”Garza also highlighted Interjet’s added benefits like business class legroom with every seat, a guaranteed seat on the flight booked, free drinks in addition to snacks and beverages, senior discounts on every flight and even female-only lavatories.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsThe new campaign, created by consulting agency Landor, will roll out this fall in national and local print publications as well as select broadcast and digital media.“We are very excited about our new campaign,” said Julio Gamero, Interjet’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Creatively we’re doing something very different than you see in the category and instead of showing airplanes, using imagery that connects with the reader’s interpretation of everyday life in a fresh, intelligent way that resonates with the essence of the Interjet flying experience.” Sharecenter_img Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Tags: Advertising, Interjet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> NAKHON SI THAMMARAT — Thai authorities suspended ferry services and began evacuations Thursday ahead of a powerful tropical storm that is expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation’s famed southern beach resorts during a peak tourism season.Rain was already falling around the Gulf of Thailand and officials warned that torrential downpours, strong winds and rough seas were expected in 16 provinces when Tropical Storm Pabuk makes its expected landfall late on Friday.There are fears that the storm will be the worst to hit Thailand since 1989, when Typhoon Gay left more than 400 dead. A tropical storm in 1962 killed more than 900 people in the south.In an incident possibly related to the storm, a Russian tourist in Koh Samui died Wednesday as he tried to rescue his daughter, who was struggling in strong surf. Thai PBS television reported that the daughter survived but her father lost consciousness after being tossed against some rocks and couldn’t be revived by rescuers.Thailand’s Meteorological Department said the storm will lash southern Thailand’s east coast from Thursday to Saturday, with the two provinces of Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat expected to be hardest hit. Surat Thani is home to the popular tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.Army trucks were driving around remote seaside areas in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Thursday evening, searching for stragglers who had not yet been evacuated.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“We have prepared three shelters and currently have about 1,000 people in them,” said local official Kriangsak Raksrithong.Fishing is another major industry in the south, and small boat owners were heeding the warning. Many dragged their vessels ashore, attaching ropes to the boats and having friends help tug them on to beaches.The Meteorological Department said the storm was moving west into the Gulf of Thailand with maximum winds of 65 kilometres (40 miles) per hour, and that waves 3 to 5 metres (10 to 16 feet) high were possible in the Gulf of Thailand, and 2 to 3 metres (6 to 10 feet) high in the Andaman Sea on the west coast. It warned of strong winds and storm surges on the gulf side and said all ships should stay berthed on land through Saturday.“There will be heavy rainfall and we have to prepared for flooding or an impact on transportation,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. “We are ready ourselves, but if the rainfall is high we will need some time to resolve problems.”He later held a video conference with the governors of the 16 provinces to discuss preparations for the emergency, including digging drainage canals to run off floodwaters, mobilizing rescue vehicles, ordering all boats to be docked, and readying medical facilities.Southern Thailand’s tourist industry is a huge moneymaker, and authorities have become particularly sensitive to visitors’ safety since last July, when 47 Chinese tourists drowned when the boat they were on sank in rough seas near the popular resort of Phuket in the Andaman Sea.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsOn Samui island, beach guards hoisted red flags to warn people to stay out of the sea. Police patrolled beaches, although many were almost deserted.Anne Britt Sodefjed, a tourist from Norway, said she wasn’t worried.“We have bought lights, yes, and some more water. And we know the hotel will look after us,” she said.Two natural gas production platforms in the Gulf of Thailand directly in the path of the storm suspended operations and had their personnel evacuated to shore, said the exploration and production arm of the That state oil company PTT. It said drilling rigs and vessels had been moved to unaffected areas, and gas production at a third platform remained operating to help meet energy needs.The storm was passing about 300 kilometres (180 miles) south-southwest of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City at midday Thursday, and was expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Mekong Delta, the country’s major area for rice and aquaculture production.According to Vietnamese state television VTV, authorities ordered people to take precautions and sent radio alerts to thousands of fishing boats to take shelter or return to shore. They had forbidden new boat departures in five southern coastal provinces since Tuesday. Tags: Storm, Thailand Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns Thursday, January 3, 2019 Share By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Explore Greenland and Iceland on board Collettes New Nordic Voyage to

first_imgSource = Collette Explore Greenland and Iceland on board Collette’s New Nordic Voyage tourExplore Greenland and Iceland on board Collette’s New Nordic Voyage tourCollette has launched an exciting new tour of Greenland and Iceland inviting travellers to experience the unique culture and spectacular world heritage-listed landscape, whilst cruising on board the MV Ocean Atlantic.The nine-day Greenland & Iceland: A Nordic-Inspired Voyage tour starts in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, where guests can take a dip in the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, and journey to the Golden Circle – three stunning locations in south west Iceland: Thingvellir National Park – including the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a UNESCO world-heritage site where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, the Geysir Geothermal area and Gullfoss Waterfall.The tour boards the MV Ocean Atlantic in Greenland, starting with a cruise through the frosted blue waters of the Kangerlussuaq fjord and explores the historic town of Sisimiut and Qeqertarsuaq, nestled in picturesque Disko Bay. The cruise includes a visit to the magnificent natural highlight – the Eqip Sermia Glacier, one of the most active glaciers in Greenland renowned for its jaw-dropping beauty, and Ilulissat, the “Iceberg Capital” where massive icebergs surround the natural marvel, the UNESCO world-heritage listed Ilulissat Icefjord.Throughout the tour, guests are encouraged to try local cuisine and immerse themselves in local cultural experiences, including the unique traditions of Greenland’s native Inuit during a visit to a remote fishing village, and partaking in a traditional Greenlandic kaffemik ceremony.  In Iceland, the tour also visits a family-run greenhouse to learn how geothermal energy is used to grow vegetables.Departure dates for the Greenland & Iceland: A Nordic-Inspired Voyage tour include 16, 21 and 26 August 2019 and start from $7,074 per person.The tour complements Collette’s suite of popular polar tours to Iceland, including the 7-day Northern Lights, 9-day Fire & Ice and 10-day Icelandic Adventure tours, Finland 7-day Northern Lights tour and 13-day or 16-day voyages to ‘the white continent’, Antarctica.Visit www.gocollette.com.au for further information and bookings.last_img read more

Low Interest Rates Create 12 Percent Home Price Appreciation

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Lower interest rates have a powerful impact on home price appreciation, according to a report released by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Home prices have increased 29 percent faster than incomes in the past 15 years largely due to falling mortgage rates.  Each 1 percent drop in interest rates in the last 15 years has allowed home sellers to raise prices 12 percent.  According to the report, a typical family earning $60,000 per year can afford a mortgage payment of $1,800 per month, and would have qualified for a $245,000 mortgage in the year 2000 when mortgage rates were 8 percent. This same family qualifies for a home priced at $377,000 when rates are 4.0 percent.“We learned last year that rates above 4.0 percent suppress some move up buyer activity, not because they can’t afford the new payment but because they have to give up their very low rate loan and get a more expensive loan.  It is too bad people can’t take their mortgage with them, like they do their credit card and other debt,” CEO of John Burns Consulting John Burns said. “ETrade tried this ‘portable mortgage’ product in 2003, with little success, because the interest rate is higher since the loan is less likely to payoff for a very long time.”Burns said sellers have to realize one of the reasons why their home is worth more money is because of mortgage rates have been falling for the past 30 years. Rates have fallen 0.7 percent since last March, which has stimulating home prices by 9 percent.  He said this, “means that historical price appreciation is probably higher than future price appreciation.” Interest rates John Burns Real Estate Consulting mortgage appreciation 2015-03-02 Samantha Guzman March 2, 2015 531 Views center_img Low Interest Rates Create 12 Percent Home Price Appreciation Sharelast_img read more

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