CreekKooler Pup is a Great Jumpstart to Your Summer River Plans

October 24, 2019

first_imgThe prototype design is fairly simple. A buoyant, kayak-like hull forms the shell for an uninsulated core that holds your favorite beverages. It has two cup holders and two handles on either side to attach to your preferred floating vessel (tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, etc.). A lid attaches to the hull and securely locks in place during transport, because nothing would be worse than losing your prized beverages on the way downstream.It’s an interesting Kickstarter project from CreekKooler that would make for a fun canoeing or kayaking accessory. The company says that typical tow lengths run three to eight feet with a nylon rope or similar shock cord. A solid carabineer is a must.It’s a tidy, compact version of the company’s bigger model, which comes in at 14 pounds (unloaded) and has a capacity weight of 50 pounds (enough for a 30-pack and 12 lbs of ice). The original model also has sturdier handles and more cup holders on account of the larger capacity and weight. So far, the flagship cooler has received great reviews online and seems worthy of the mid-range investment.The CreekKooler Pup still has a few weeks to go on its Kickstarter, which you can support by clicking here. Delivery is expected in May 2018. 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Oru’s Origami-Inspired Inlet Kayak Will Be the World’s Most Portable Watercraft The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski center_img Editors’ Recommendations Even though we’re heading into winter, allow us to take a moment to bask in one of summer’s best activities: floating the river. Lazy, sunny days call for friends, your favorite rubber floater, and cold beverages (of course).Instead of trying to pile in beers into your limited tube space, why not float a small trailer with you to keep things separate, but still within arms reach?Enter the CreekKooler Pup. The model, which is a smaller version of their flagship design, is built with a 25-pound capacity in mind. This is enough room for 15 12-ounce cans and up to 10 lbs of ice to keep everything chilled. It’s perfect for a three to four hour outing on the river. The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ridelast_img read more

France to lead search for European candidate to head IMF sources

October 20, 2019

first_imgChantilly: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is to lead talks on finding a single European candidate to succeed Christine Lagarde as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), sources said on Thursday. The post of IMF managing director, which by convention goes to a European, became vacant after Lagarde was tapped by EU leaders to head the European Central Bank. Finance ministers of the four European members of the G7 — Germany, France, Britain and Italy — met informally on the sidelines of the meeting of the most developed nations in Chantilly outside Paris to discuss the issue. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Sources said after the meeting that the names of several candidates had been floated but no kind of selection had been made. “We agreed that it was important one European name was put forward. A number of names were informally discussed but no short list was established,” a European official, who asked not to be named, said. At the same time, the British, Italian and German ministers agreed that Le Maire, whose country currently leads the G7, should head informal discussions with all European countries to “foster a consensus” around a single name, the official added. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: Trump “The objective remains to agree on one European name by the end of the month.” Le Maire has insisted that he is not interested in the job himself and wants to play a completely impartial role in the search. “Bruno Le Maire does not have a preferred candidate and France will play its coordination role impartially,” said a French official, who asked not to be named. Several high-profile names have already been floated as possible successors to Lagarde who has steered the IMF since 2011. They include the Canadian-born Bank of England governor Mark Carney, who holds Canadian, British and Irish nationality, and former British finance minister George Osborne, who is now editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper. Also in the frame are EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici of France and former finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of the Netherlands as well as Spanish Economy Minister Nadia Calvino. The IMF board tapped Lagarde’s number two, American David Lipton, to serve as interim managing director, but by tradition a European always leads the fund while an American runs its sister institution, the World Bank.last_img read more

Top Notch Oilfield Contracting Presents George Canyon in Fort St John

October 13, 2019

first_imgTORONTO, ON – Canadian country legend and multiple JUNO Award winner George Canyon announced today he will be embarking on a national Canadian tour with hit-makers Doc Walker and Charlie Major. The ‘Hit After Hit’ tour will begin April 18th in Camrose, AB, and wrap in Barrie, ON on May 25th, making stops in more than 30 towns and cities along the way.Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. MST. Tickets are priced at $55.00, and $60.00 plus applicable fees.  There will be a special listener pre-sale on Thursday, March 7.  Sign up for the newsletter at to receive the pre-sale access code. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phoning the Lido at (250) 785-3011, and in person at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet on 100 ST.Hot off the heels of his 2018 release ‘Southside of Heaven’, George’s new single ‘Out Of This Town’ from his forthcoming EP produced by Scott Cooke, was released to all digital platforms on February 22nd and hits radio airwaves March 8th. Canyon rose to become one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars in the early 2000’s and has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few. He has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, and was recently presented a certified Platinum Award for his debut album ‘One Good Friend’. With country hits like Just Like You, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more, he is also a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.With over 20 Top 10 singles, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans’ Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.Charlie Major is a true Canadian legend. He has sold nearly half a million records in Canada alone and has been the recipient of 3 Juno Awards and 7 CCMA Awards. Rising to the forefront of the Canadian Music scene in the early to mid-nineties, Major holds the distinction of having six consecutive #1 hits (every single released) off his debut album prior to the inception of BDS.Canada’s Manny Blu made his debut with the release of his first single “X on my Heart” earlier this year. Currently preparing to release his premiere EP Leave It Like It Is in summer 2019, Manny is eagerly awaiting the chance to share his new music with the world.last_img read more

Huawei Canada officials say 5G ban wouldnt end its commitment to Canada

October 12, 2019

MARKHAM, Ont. — The chief security officer for Huawei Canada says the company’s record in Canada shows the China-based company can be trusted to supply the country’s fifth-generation wireless networks.Olivera Zatezalo says there’s never been a security breach from Huawei equipment since the company arrived in Canada more than a decade ago.She made the comments at Huawei Canada headquarters in Markham, Ont., after several officials assured reporters that the company has a long-term commitment to Canada.The United States has been pressing its allies to shut Huawei out of their advanced 5G networks to prevent China’s government from getting access to highly sensitive information.However, Zatezalo says that Canadians should trust their own government’s expertise in network security and its experience working with Huawei.Zatezalo says she’s in regular contact with the government body investigating the national security aspects of 5G technology but doesn’t know whether its conclusion will be in Huawei’s favour.The Canadian Press read more

Samantha Power salutes Sri Lankas defeat of antidemocratic forces

October 8, 2019

Ambassador Power saluted many aspects of the political career of Samaraweera, and highlited his steadfast support of democracy. She said that all over the world, democracy seems to be under attack, highlighting in particular the episode of Sri Lanka’s 50 day constitutional crisis. Unlike in 2015, when Power was a member of Obama’s Cabinet, this time as a private citizen she was more able to speak her mind outside of U.S. government policy. In her remarks she was sharply critical of President Trump, the social media giant Facebook, and authoritarianism throughout the globe. With one of the key architects of Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis, Former President cum Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa sitting front and centre during her remarks (President Maithripala Sirisena made a quick exit before her speech began), Ambassador Power went on to salute those institutions that protected and restored Sri Lanka’s democracy from a state of peril.Power recognised the key contributions made by civil society, the judiciary, journalists, and brave political leaders in overcoming a severe challenge to Sri Lanka’s democracy. She said that although Sri Lanka’s institutions were under severe stress, they were not breaking. Samantha Power may surface again in global politics as a potential Secretary of State in a Democratic U.S. Presidential administration. With regard to her relationship with Mangala Samaraweera, she hailed him as one of the most memorable people she met in her 8 years of the Obama Administration. Closing her remarks she stated that with regard to the political career of Samaraweera she is sure the best is yet to come. (Courtesy Lanka Business Online) Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barak Obama, arrived in Sri Lanka to be the keynote speaker at an event felicitating Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera completing 30 years in politics.The event held at the BMICH was attended broadly by the Cabinet, Diplomatic Corps, and other influential sections of the Sri Lankan Polity. The most important local guests were the President, Prime Minister, Speaker and Former Presidents of Sri Lanka. read more

St Catharines man 26 critically injured in singlevehicle crash

October 7, 2019

A St. Catharines man suffered critical injuries after his vehicle crashed into a tree early Sunday morning. Police say the 26-year-old driver lost control of his 2008 Cadillac while driving southbound on Glenridge Ave. around 3 a.m. The vehicle left the roadway, and struck a large tree in the front yard of a home. People in the area came to the man’s aide and called 911.He was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries before being flown to an out-of-region hospital in critical condition. The collision is still under investigation by Detectives of the Niagara Regional Police Services Collision Reconstruction Unit.Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact investigators at 905-688-4111, ext. 5500. read more

UN Bretton Woods group to review progress since Monterrey financing summit

October 6, 2019

The meeting takes place under conditions of a continuing global economic slowdown, uncertainties about the war in Iraq and stalled international trade talks.By bringing together ECOSOC and the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organization (WTO) under a more formal mandate, the meeting aims to take stock and to maintain the political momentum for implementing what had come out of the International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico, a senior UN official said today.The key point is whether the sense of partnership and dialogue built up between the Bretton Woods institutions and the UN development agencies – not merely at the secretariat level, but especially at the intergovernmental level – could be maintained, Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.There is also a need for coherence between development, trade and finance policies, which must be pursued with a common set of goals and objectives, he added.Representatives of the non-governmental community and the private sector will also participate in the meeting, addressing specific questions on what actions were required at the domestic, international and systemic levels to implement the agreements reached at Monterrey, Mr. Desai said.The 54-member ECOSOC has taken a lead role in other international policy areas in recent years. Its 1999 “Manifesto on Poverty” anticipated the development goals that were approved at the UN Millennium Summit in New York the following year. The Council’s Ministerial Declaration in 2000 proposed specific actions to address the digital divide, leading directly to the formation in 2001 of the UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force. ECOSOC’s consideration of African development also resulted in the first formal international endorsement of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), also in 2001. read more

UN refugee agency concerned at disappearance in Kazakhstan deportations in Thailand

October 6, 2019

The Uighur asylum seeker disappeared in the Kazakh city of Almaty on 23 October after he was released conditionally when a court dismissed all criminal charges that led to his detention in June. “UNHCR immediately requested the government to investigate the circumstances of his disappearance and was assured by the Foreign Minister that the government would thoroughly look into the matter,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“UNHCR, however, fears that the asylum seeker might have been deported. We therefore call on the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to expedite the investigation related to the disappearance,” he added.After his detention, the asylum seeker’s wife had immediately filed an application with UNHCR seeking refugee status for her husband and protection against deportation.In the case of the Hmong, the agency said the forced return was tantamount to refoulement. The principle of “non-refoulement” stipulates that no refugees or asylum seekers whose cases have not yet been properly assessed can be forcibly returned to a country where their life or liberty could be in danger.“Every government has the right to deport irregular migrants, but UNHCR is seriously concerned that there may have been within this group genuine refugees who were in need of international protection and could face persecution in Laos,” the agency’s acting representative in Thailand, Giuseppe de Vincentis, said. “We have no access to these people once they are returned to Laos, and there have been no guarantees that they will be properly treated on their return to Laos,” he added.UNHCR has made several representations to the Thai Government not to deport Lao Hmong and has renewed its offer to help the Government find viable solutions for the roughly 6,000 Hmong living in makeshift camps.On a more positive note, UNHCR has welcomed Croatia’s first grant of asylum since the country’s independence 15 years ago. The recognition of the asylum claim by a 27-year-old woman from a country in eastern Africa was based on religious grounds and the fact that she could have been subjected to genital mutilation if returned home. Her identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy.“With the first-ever recognition of a refugee, Croatia has made an important step towards a fully functioning asylum system, in line with the 1951 Refugee Convention and European standards and practices,” UNHCR country representative Jean-Claude Concolato said.According to official statistics, there were 186 asylum applications in Croatia last year, the majority lodged by nationals of Bangladesh, Serbia and Montenegro, India, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Moldova. read more

BC mayor says chamber of commerce website takeover by porn site extortion

October 3, 2019

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. mayor says chamber of commerce website takeover by porn site ‘extortion’ by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2016 4:19 pm MDT BARRIERE, B.C. – The mayor of a British Columbia town says she’s appalled that a pornography website acquired the Internet domain name for the local chamber of commerce.Virginia Smith said the chamber in Barriere believed the domain name was automatically renewed, but it had expired.“Their website domain was expected to roll over and it didn’t and by the time they discovered it, it had been captured.”The new owners of the domain name are demanding the chamber pay $9,700 before the porn site is taken down, Smith said, calling that extortion.“It’s just one of those horrible tragedies.”Smith said she was stunned to learn about the new site after her staff logged in as usual, only to find the “horrible” content.“I can see both sides to the story, that yes, perhaps the chamber should have been far more diligent. That unfortunately didn’t happen and now we have a situation that has to be dealt with.“I think it’s a horrible situation and I don’t think it speaks too well of the chamber or general mankind as such, with that kind of a site.”The Barriere Chamber of Commerce has a new website. No one from the chamber was immediately available for comment.Smith said the chamber has hired a lawyer, but Hasan Cavusoglu, an associate professor of management information systems at the University of British Columbia, said that may not help.Cavusoglu, of UBC’s Sauder School of Business, said anyone can use a name the moment it expires, meaning there is often no legal recourse.“It can be used by porn websites and it could be used by malicious websites that are tricking people,” he said, adding software is available to track sites and determine when their domain name will expire.“One can actually create a replica of the original website.”He said the chamber could have protected itself by paying for an extended amount of time to own the domain name because registrars provide such options.“Since they did not show interest, someone else took the name.”Domain name registrars may email a renewal reminder to whoever registered the name but that’s not helpful if an employee has left a company, Cavusoglu said.“There should be an email that was attached to a department, and not an individual,” he said.“They should have been more careful.” read more

Holder wants Windies consistency for New Zealand series

September 25, 2019

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘We’ve come here to beat every single person’ – Jason HolderMarch 7, 2018In “latest news”Holder urges Windies to ‘lift game’ against EnglandJanuary 12, 2019In “Sports”Skipper Holder says Windies have improvedSeptember 11, 2017In “latest news” Jason HolderWindies skipper Jason Holder has called on the team to push for consistency ahead of what is expected to be a difficult upcoming tour of New Zealand.The regional team will beginning the two-Test tour as underdogs despite having played more regularly than the hosts in recent months.  In fact, the Black Caps have not played in a series since March when the team lost 2-1 to South Africa.  The Windies on the other hand will draw plenty of confidence from a competitive away showing to England and a win over Zimbabwe in their recent outings.“We’ve been on the road together for a while (and) we’re doing some good things but we need to be pushing the consistency button more to keep heading in that upward direction,” Holder said.“It’s a team we’ve had now for probably the last year-and-a-half – familiar faces. We’ve been trying to give guys the opportunity and an extended run,” he pointed out.“That’s worked out pretty well for us in the last year. We’ve been seeing some positive results and I think if we keep together for another year-and-a-half [to two years] … we will be in a good stead for the next few years.”The tourists open their tour with a three-day match against New Zealand A beginning Saturday in Lincoln. (Sportsmax) read more

DKB Bundesliga derby RNL walkover Fuchse Berlin

September 22, 2019

Fuchse BerlinRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen showed strentgh against the rival who show the most in current part of DKB Bundesliga – Fuchse Berlin 37:23 (18:9). It was a perfect night for boys of Nikola Jacobsen. They played extremely good in defense, to put their rivals more than 10 goals behind even at the beginning of the second half (23:10, 35). Everything until the end was just a question of routine…Rhein-Neckar Löwen – Füchse Berlin 37:23 (18:9)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Palicka; Schmid (7), Sigurdsson (10/3), Radivojevic, Baena, Tollbring, Mensah (5), Pekeler (6), Reinkind (2), Taleski (1), Guardiola (2), Petersson (2), Rnic, Groetzki (2)Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter, Stochl; Elisson (1), Lindberg (1/1), Zachrisson (5), Mandalinic (3), Gojun, Fäth, Drux (2), Wiede (7), Kopljar, Schmidt, Urios (2), Struck (2), VukovicTABELA:1. Rhein-Neckar 17 14 0 3 519:417 282. Fuchse Berlin 17 13 1 3 512:469 273. Flensburg-H. 16 12 1 3 474:407 254. Hannover-Burgdorf 16 11 2 3 451:420 245. Kiel 17 11 1 5 502:440 236. SC Magdeburg 17 11 0 6 523:472 227. MT Melsungen 16 10 2 4 434:413 228. Leipzig 16 10 1 5 452:425 219. Lemgo 17 7 3 7 448:465 1710. HSG Wetzlar 16 6 2 8 417:404 1411. Minden 17 4 6 7 451:474 1412. Goppingen 16 3 6 7 437:448 1213. Gummersbach 16 5 0 11 409:451 1014. Stuttgart 17 4 1 12 411:470 915. Erlangen 16 3 3 10 377:445 916. Huttenberg 16 2 3 11 407:462 717. Ludwigshafen 16 2 2 12 370:437 618. N-Lubbecke 17 1 4 12 382:457 6 ← Previous Story World Handball Referee 2017 – Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen Next Story → EHF RANKING: German and Hungarian teams at the TOP read more

Good news for Dundalk as PayPal announces 400 more new jobs

September 22, 2019

first_imgALREADY AN IMPORTANT presence in the Louth town, PayPal has some more good news for Dundalk this morning.The electronics payment company revealed plans to hire another 400 people over the next three years, bringing its total workforce in Ireland to 2,900.When PayPal opened its Dublin office in 2003, it employed just 25 people but over the 11 years has steadily increased its employee numbers.These new positions will be located at the eBay Inc. European Operations Centre in Dundalk – and are in addition to the 1,000 PayPal positions announced in 2012. By the end of 2018, there will be 1,850 eBay and PayPal employees working in the town.“This is great news for Dundalk and the north east region,” said Louise Phelan, vice president of global operations for Europe.“Dundalk is a very important site in our global operations for supporting our customers. We are already ahead of schedule in recruiting our first 1,000 teammates, thanks to our continued expansion, together with the high-calibre people we have already employed.“We have been delighted to be able to make a very positive impact on the lives of so many people in the area, both through our community activities and by virtue of the jobs we create, which have taken so many unemployed people off the local live register.”Phelan also claimed that “almost 1,000 indirect ‘spin-off’ jobs” could be created in other local businesses as a result of the substantial investment, which has been supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland. CEO of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary, noted that PayPal is “one of the largest projects the IDA has ever been involved in bringing to Ireland”.“The success of this company is an example that we as IDA executives bring around the world when we pitch for Ireland in boardrooms from Boston to Bombay. Behind all projects of this size, lies a strong leadership team that has bought into the idea of doing business in Ireland – I would like to pay tribute to all those in PayPal, especially Louise Phelan, for her continued ability to pitch Ireland’s strengths wherever she goes.”PayPal attributed its ability to hire more people to its growth in the first three months of this year, when they added six million customers. It now has 148 million active accounts.The roles on offer now are in the areas of customer solutions, risk operations, merchant services, telesales and operational excellence.They are primarily for English speaking candidates but the firm says it also has a number of other language opportunities.For more information, see the company’s jobs website.Originally published 10amRead: IDA promises to help Bausch & Lomb as workers vote for massive cutsMore: This is the new guy who has to woo big companies (and their jobs) to Ireland…Jobswatch: More jobs on the way… 100 positions confirmed as Yelp opens Dublin HQlast_img read more

PS3 has not outsold Xbox 360 developer Tose apologizes

September 21, 2019

first_imgJapanese developer Tose caused a bit of a storm in the gaming world the other day by stating that PlayStation 3 now had a larger installed user base than the Xbox 360. Specifically it was claimed PS3 had sold 42 million units while the 360 only 41 million.Now it seems that was a mistake and the slide used by Tose was incorrect:AdChoices广告There was an error in one of the slides used in the presentation. Truly sorry for any trouble the mistake caused. The actual sales figures put the 360 ahead on 44.6 million and the PS3 on 41.6 million.With both companies having motion controllers just launched it will be an interesting holiday period which could see Microsoft pull further ahead or Sony close the gap. My bet is on Sony continuing to make up ground.Thanks to commenter God for the heads up.Read more at Gadgetophilialast_img read more

Sinodinos to the rescue

September 21, 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram John Howard’s former right-hand man, Arthur Sinodinos, has sent a clear message to Federal Liberal party leader Tony Abbott to stay firm, do the job he is doing and not to “look over his shoulder”. Sinodinos has recently been elected as standard-bearer to the NSW Liberal party in an overwhelming show of support by Liberal party delegates, and promises to make sense of a party that has been dogged by indecisive candidate decisions. Sinodinos hopes to bring honesty to the NSW Liberal party that is currently broken by factions. Known as a consertative, Sinodinos is not overtly aligned to any factions but remains steadfast in his want to end the constant infighting that has plagued the Liberal NSW party since the 1970’s. He is a politician who openly admits factions exist. “Groupings do exist and that’s not necessarily a bad thing if it cuts down some of the transaction costs of getting things done internally,” Sinodinos told the Sydney Morning Herald.last_img read more

Teachers call off strike

September 21, 2019

first_imgUniversity entrance examinations begin as normal today, with pupils sitting papers in Modern Greek, after the secondary school teachers’ union (OLME) called off a planned strike, yielding to a civil mobilisation order issued by the government that would have led to the arrest and dismissal of any employees joining the walkout.OLME called off the strike on Thursday after a vote by representatives of local teachers’ associations late on Wednesday failed to produce the necessary majority to proceed with the walkout. The vote was held after OLME failed to draw the unequivocal backing of the country’s two main labor unions, GSEE and ADEDY, as well as the public. The teachers’ also failed to attract broad political support for their cause with the main leftist opposition SYRIZA calling for the planned walkout to be suspended.The response also exposed the rifts within OLME itself, with factions affiliated with the various political parties turning against each other. The government did not satisfy OLME’s request – echoed by Fotis Kouvelis, chief of junior coalition partner Democratic Left – for the civil mobilization order against teachers to be withdrawn. Police were to be on standby today to ensure that possible protests by teachers outside exam centers do not get out of hand.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Driving mishap causes pickup to flip off ridge

September 16, 2019

first_imgThe owner of a vacant rental property accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake pedal Monday while working in the home’s yard and backed his pickup truck off a ridge. The truck flipped onto its roof and slammed into a neighboring home’s fence before coming to a stop.The 62-year-old man was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center for observation, said Dawn Johnson, a Clark County Fire District 6 spokeswoman. His injuries were believed to be minor.Minutes before the incident, a young child was playing near the area where the truck came to rest.“The child had gone back inside,” Johnson said. The man was working on his property at 2107 N.W. 95th St. when a failure of footwork sent his truck into the fence at 9413 N.W. 22nd Court. A damage estimate for the fence was not available.last_img read more

AP Sources Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets

September 16, 2019

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks.Two people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press on Friday that Harvin, a star in last season’s Super Bowl but injury prone through his career, was headed to the Jets. The people spoke anonymously because the deal wasn’t officially announced by either club.The 26-year-old Harvin has played in 60 games with only 47 career starts since being a first-round pick (22nd overall) by Minnesota in 2009. He was traded to the Seahawks in 2013, appearing in just one regular-season game because of hip surgery. But he had two rushes for 45 yards and ran back the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl.New York gave up a conditional draft pick. The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.Harvin has battled a thigh injury and was listed as questionable for the Seahawks’ game at St. Louis this weekend. The Seahawks have tried to find a variety of ways to use him in their offense as a runner, receiver and on special teams, but injury woes slowed their plans.This season, Harvin has 22 receptions for 133 yards, with 12 of those catches coming behind the line of scrimmage. He has only one catch on a ball thrown more than 10 yards, according to STATS. Harvin’s average of 6 yards per catch is last among all wide receivers in the NFL averaging at least two receptions per game.He also has 11 runs for 92 yards and a touchdown, and 12 kickoff returns for 283 yards.New York’s offense has struggled and the Jets have lost six straight since opening with a win over Oakland. Harvin figures to team with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley as the Jets’ main weapons in a so-far weak passing game with Geno Smith at quarterback.As a rookie, he made the Pro Bowl and the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Harvin’s best season was 2011 with 87 receptions for 967 yards and six TDs. He also rushed for 345 yards and two scores, and averaged 32.5 yards per kickoff return.last_img read more

September 14, 2019

Soldotna To Begin Rehabilitation Project Of Redoubt Avenue

first_imgThe project is being funded by the small capital projects funds. Utility repairs or improvements will be funded by the utility fund. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will begin work on a rehabilitation project of Redoubt Avenue, between Binkley and Fireweed Streets during the summer of 2019. City Engineer Kyle Kornelis: “We will emphasize with the construction contractor to conduct traffic control as best as they can to minimize the impact to folks traveling through there and living nearby.”  The project will consist of repaving the street, upgrading curb ramps, and repairs to sidewalks and utilities. Utility repairs and improvements will include replacement of damaged manhole frames and valve boxes, replacement of aging fire hydrants and installation of a new gate valve in the water main.center_img Kornelis: “There was a previous appropriation to conduct the street repair, and rehabilitation. The utility fund comes out of a different fund and has to be appropriated separately.” The Soldotna Public Works Department will submit a request for the appropriation of $75,000 from the utility fund to complete the project at the Soldotna City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 24.last_img read more

September 3, 2019

US economic plans for Palestinians recall past efforts

first_imgPalestinian women stand next to the counter of an Israeli official at the Israeli side of Erez crossing, on the border with Gaza on 23 June. Photo: ReutersSeveral major projects in US president Donald Trump’s $50 billion economic blueprint for Israeli-Palestinian peace mirror previous proposals stalled by conflict, analysts said on Sunday.The plan, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, calls for the creation of a global investment fund to boost the Palestinian and neighbouring Arab state economies with some 179 infrastructure and business projects.Shaul Arieli, a former Israeli peace negotiator, said many were not new.”Most of the plans have already been presented under the Obama administration,” said Arieli, now an analyst at the Economic Cooperation Foundation think-tank that advocates for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In an interview with Reuters, Kushner said the plan’s authors had studied why previous peace efforts had failed in formulating a fresh initiative.”We tried to take the good things they did and then come up with a new approach to try to bring this forward,” he said.The plan, presented in a slick 40-page document, aims to cut the Palestinian poverty rate in half and double the amount of drinkable water in the Palestinian territories but some of the ideas require Israeli agreement and have been knocking around for decades.”Even by the lowest threshold of anticipation – offering innovative economic prospects – this plan fails to impress,” said Tareq Baconi, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.The Trump administration’s decision to release the economic portion of its peace plan without any discussion of political solutions has prompted a mixture of derision and exasperation among Arab politicians and commentators.However, Mohammad Abu Jayyab, a Palestinian economist in Gaza, said the plan might still work.”Chances of it getting implemented are there: the Gulf money and the influential American policy and the regional satisfaction to achieve common interests,” he said.Proposed projects include:Gaza-West Bank Corridor, Via IsraelUnder the plan, a proposed $5 billion transportation corridor – a highway and possibly a rail link – would be built between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, crossing Israel.Gaza and the West Bank are around 35km apart at their closest point. However, they are divided not just by geography but by long-standing and bitter divisions between president Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority (PA), whose power base is in the West Bank, and the PA’s Islamist rival, Hamas, which controls GazaA 47km long “safe passage” through Israel between Gaza and the Hebron in the West Bank was envisaged by interim peace deals in the 1990s. Proposals included railroads, tunnels, elevated roads and a monorail.But the ideas went nowhere, stymied by political upheaval and bloodshed, three wars between Israel and Hamas and the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in 2014.”There are two areas with Palestinians in them. They have been saying for many years, ‘let us pass, we can’t pass through roadblocks every day, give us a different logistic infrastructure’,” Israeli cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Sunday.”It will be relevant, and I definitely think it should be relevant, when Gaza ceases to be a pro-Iranian realm of terror. That means, it is not relevant now nor in the foreseeable future,” he told Israel Radio.But Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas put the blame back at the doors of Israel and the United States.”If Israel had not obstructed the Oslo Accords, the corridor would have been established. America is reinventing the wheel. Those agreements are already there,” he said in Ramallah on Sunday.The plan also entails upgrading facilities at key crossing points along Gaza’s border, including with Egypt. Citing security concerns, Egypt has often kept its Rafah crossing closed, cutting off Gaza’s main gateway to the world.Power PlantsThe Kushner plan proposes a $590 million upgrade to Gaza’s sole power plant. The enclave has suffered for years from unreliable electrical supply, with daily, prolonged blackouts the norm. Within a year of the project’s implementation, Palestinians in Gaza would receive at least 16 hours of electricity per day.Before the proposal’s publication, Qatar was already in talks with Israeli officials about building a new power line from Israel to Gaza, which the Gulf nation would help to fund. The new line would provide 100 megawatts to Gaza, which currently gets a total of 120 megawatts from Israel, short of the 500 megawatts to 600 megawatts that Palestinians say the blockaded enclave needs.The Kushner plan also includes $1.2 billion in loans and private sector financing for gas-fired power plants in Hebron and Jenin in the West Bank.The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), which is the PA’s sovereign fund, is the lead investor in an ongoing initiative to build a power plant in Jenin. PIF says the power plant requires $600 million in capital, which matches the figure quoted in the Trump team’s proposal.A cornerstone was laid for the project in late 2016 and PIF and its partners have issued bids for the plant’s construction. According to documents reviewed by Reuters, project shareholders will finance $180 million, with “$420 million from international development and finance institutions”.Even if the project is fully financed and built, it cannot be operated without a gas supply, which requires Israeli approval, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.Gaza Desalination PlantThe US plan calls for channelling “significant investments” into infrastructure to increase water supply in Gaza, including desalination facilities aiming to double the amount of potable water available to Palestinians, per capita, within five years.The Palestinian Water Authority, in partnership with international institutions including the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Islamic Development Bank and World Bank, has already prepared a comprehensive and integrated investment program for the Gaza central desalination plant.In 2018, the EU said it had received €456 million in international financial support for the project.Work still has not been carried out, but the EC noted in April “substantial progress” in ongoing discussions between the PA and Israel on the entry of building materials to Gaza. Israel maintains tight controls on Gaza imports, saying some material might be used to build weapons.Gaza Marine Gas FieldThe Trump team’s proposals include $1 billion in grants, loans and private sector financing for the development of a natural gas field offshore of Gaza. The gas field is currently fully-owned by the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF).PIF estimates the field’s development would cost $1 billion, which matches the figure quoted in the Trump team’s proposal.Plans to develop the field have been put off several times over the past decade due to Palestinian political disputes and conflict with Israel, as well as economic factors, analysts say.In 2018, Shell relinquished the 55 percent stake in the field that it took over as part of its acquisition of BG Group in 2016, after struggling to find a buyer. PIF then became the field’s sole owner. It is searching for an operator and buyer for a 45 per cent stake.Gaza Marine, located about 30 km (20 miles) off the Gaza coast between the giant gas fields Leviathan and Zohr, respectively in Israeli and Egyptian waters, is estimated to hold over 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.Gaza Marine has long been seen as an opportunity for the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority to join the eastern Mediterranean gas bonanza.last_img read more

September 1, 2019

Dates and Times Released for the Scott Satterfield Radio Show

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first head coach Scott Satterfield Radio Show with a public audience will air live from Tumbleweed at Bashford Manor (3602 Bardstown Road) in Louisville on Tuesday, Aug. 27.Fans can call for reservations at (502) 618-8323 or email at at Tumbleweed. There will be drink and food specials during each show and the first 100 fans to attend the initial radio event will be given a Blackout T-shirt to wear for the opener versus Notre Dame on Sept. 2. Ticket giveaways will be a part of each show throughout the season.The show will air on Tuesdays throughout the season from Tumbleweed on Outer Loop (4255 Outer Loop) on 10 occasions, with an additional two events at private locations.  All shows will air from 7-8 pm on WHAS (840 AM) or WKRD (790 AM).  The complete schedule with locations is included below.2019 Coach Satterfield Radio Show ScheduleAll shows air live from 7-8 pm on WHAS or WKRDTuesday, August 27 (Tumbleweed)           Tuesday, September 3 (Tumbleweed) (Staff members and players will attend)*Tuesday, September 10 (Tumbleweed)Tuesday, September 17 (Private)Tuesday, October 1 (Tumbleweed)Tuesday, October 8 (Private)Tuesday, October 15 (Tumbleweed)Tuesday, October 22 (Tumbleweed)Monday, November 4  (Tumbleweed)Tuesday, November 12 (Tumbleweed)Tuesday, November 19 (Tumbleweed)Tuesday, November 26 (Tumbleweed*Coach Satterfield will not be able to attend due short preparation week. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more