We are declaring emergency now A transcript of final cockpit communications

first_imgHALIFAX – The following is a transcript of the final conversations Sept. 2, 1998, involving the crew of ill-fated Swissair Flight 111, air traffic control centres in Moncton, N.B., and Halifax, as well as the crews of two British Airways Speedbird flights and a Virgin Airlines plane in the area at the time of the emergency situation (times in parentheses are p.m. ADT):Swissair 111 (9:58:15.8): Moncton Centre, Swissair one-eleven heavy good, uh, evening level three-three-zero.Moncton controller (9:58:20.4): Swissair one-eleven heavy, Moncton Centre, good evening. Reports of occasional light turbulence at all levels.Swissair 111 (9:58:26.1): Moncton, Swissair.(Extensive communications between Moncton Centre and other aircraft. Unintelligible squelch covered by United Flight 920.)Moncton controller (10:14:12.0): United nine-two-zero heavy, Moncton Centre. Good evening, occasional light turbulence reported at all levels. Other aircraft calling, say again.Swissair 111 (10:14:18.0): Swissair one-eleven heavy is declaring Pan Pan Pan. We have, uh, smoke in the cockpit. Uh, request immediate return, uh, to a convenient place, I guess, uh, Boston.Moncton controller (10:14:33.2): Swissair one-eleven, roger . . . turn right proceed . . . uh . . .you say to Boston you want to go.Swissair 111 (10:14:33.2): I guess Boston . . . we need first the weather so, uh, we start a right turn here. Swissair one-one-one heavy.Moncton controller (10:14:45.2): Swissair one-eleven, roger, and a descent to flight level three-one-zero. Is that OK?Swissair 111 (10:14:50.3): Three-one-zero. (Unintelligible words obscured by a noise. Possibly the noise associated with donning oxygen masks.) Three-one-zero . . . one-one heavy.Moncton controller (10:15:03.1): Swissair one-eleven, Centre.Swissair 111 (10:15:06.6): Swissair one-eleven heavy, go ahead.Moncton controller (10:15:08.6): Uh, would you prefer to go into Halifax?Swissair 111 (10:15:11.6): Uh, standby.Virgin 12 (10:15:15.9): Moncton, Virgin twelve will be standing by.Moncton controller (10:15:17.3): Virgin twelve, roger, standby.Swissair 111 (10:15:38.4): Affirmative for Swissair one-eleven heavy. We prefer Halifax from our position.Moncton controller (10:15:43.8): Swissair one-eleven, roger. Proceed direct to Halifax. Descend now to flight level two-niner-zero.Swissair 111 (10:15:48.7): Level two-niner-zero to Halifax, Swissair one-eleven heavy.BAW Speedbird 214 (10:15:58.3): And, uh, Swissair one-eleven heavy, from Speedbird two-one-four, I can give you the Halifax weather if you like.Swissair 111 (10:16:04.1): Swissair one-eleven heavy, we have the, uh, the oxygen mask on. Go ahead with the weather.BAW Speedbird 214 (10:16:10.4): OK, it’s the three hundred zulu weather was one-zero-zero at niner knots, one-five miles, scattered at one-two-zero, broken at two-five-zero, plus seventeen, plus twelve, two-niner-eight-zero, over.Swissair 111 (10:16:29.8): Roger, Swissair one-eleven heavy. We copy the, ah, altimeter is two-niner-eight-zero.Moncton controller (10:16:38.6): Swissair one-eleven, you’re cleared to ten thousand feet and the Hal . . . altimeter is two-nine-eight-zero.Swissair 111 (10:16:41.7): Two-niner-eight zero, ten thousand feet, Swissair one-eleven heavy.Moncton controller (10:16:52.5): And Swissair one-eleven, uh, can you tell me what your fuel on board is and the number of passengers?Swissair 111 (10:16:58.3): Uh, roger, standby for this.BAW Speedbird 1506 (10:17:15.5): Speedbird one-five-zero six is at Tusky listening out.Moncton controller (10:17:19.3): Speedbird one-five-zero-six, roger.Moncton controller (10:18:19.3): Swissair one-eleven, you can contact Moncton Centre now one-one-niner-point-two.Swissair 111 (10:18:24.4): One-one-niner-point-two for the Swissair one-one-one heavy.Moncton controller (10:18:31.0):Roger.Swissair 111 (10:18:34.3): Moncton Centre, good evening. Swissair one-eleven heavy, flight level two-five-four descending flight level two-five-zero on course Halifax. We are flying at the time on track zero-five-zero.Halifax controller (10:18:46.8): Swissair one-eleven, good evening. Descend to three thousand the altimeter is two-nine-seven-nine.Swissair 111 (10:18:51.8): Ah, we would prefer at the time around, uh, eight thousand feet, two-nine-eight-zero, until the cabin is ready for the landing.Halifax controller (10:19:00:9): Swissair one-eleven, uh, you can descend to three, level off at an intermediate altitude if you wish. Just advise.Swissair 111 (10:19:07.2): Roger. At the time we descend to eight thousand feet. We are anytime clear to three thousand. I keep you advised.Halifax controller (10:19:14.5): OK, can I vector you, uh, to set up for runway zero-six at Halifax?Swissair 111 (10:19:19.4): Ah, say again latest wind, please.Halifax controller (10:19:22.1): OK, active runway Halifax zero-six. Should I start you on a vector for six?Swissair 111 (10:19:26.3): Yes, uh, vector for six will be fine. Swissair one-eleven heavy.Halifax controller (10:19:31.0): Swissair one-eleven, roger. Turn left heading of, ah, zero-three-zero.Swissair 111 (10:19:35.1): Left, ah, heading zero-three-zero for the Swissair one-eleven.Halifax controller (10:19:39.5): OK, it’s a back course approach for runway zero-six. The localizer frequency one-zero-niner-decimal-niner. You’ve got thirty miles to fly to the threshold.Swissair 111 (10:19:53.3): Uh, we need more than thirty miles. Please, ah, say me again the frequency of the back beam.Halifax controller (10:19:59.5): Swissair one-eleven, roger. You can turn left heading three-six-zero to lose some altitude, the frequency is one-zero-niner-decimal-niner for the localizer. It’s a back course approach.Swissair 111 (10:20:09.5): One-zero-niner-point-niner, roger. And we are turning left to heading, ah, north. Swissair one-eleven heavy.Halifax controller (10:21:23.1): Swissair one-eleven, when you have time could I have the number of souls on board and your fuel onboard please for emergency services.Swissair 111 (10:21:30.1): Roger. At the time, uh, fuel on board is, uh, two-three-zero tonnes. We must, uh, dump some fuel. May we do that in this area during descent? (Note: Two three zero tonnes represents the current gross weight of the aircraft, not the amount of fuel on board.)Halifax controller (10:21:40.9): Uh, OK, I am going to take you . . . Are you able to take a turn back to the south or do you want to stay closer to the airport?Swissair 111 (10:21:47.0): Uh, standby short, standby short.Swissair 111 (10:21:59.1): OK, we are able for a left or right turn towards the south to dump.Halifax controller (10:22:04.2): Swissair one-eleven, uh roger, uh turn to the ah, left, heading of, ah, two-zero-zero degrees and advise time when you are ready to dump. It will be about ten miles before you are off the coast. You are still within about twenty-five miles of the airport.Swissair 111 (10:22:20.3): Roger, we are turning left and, ah, in that case we’re descending at the time only to ten thousand feet to dump the fuel.Halifax controller (10:22:29.6): OK, maintain one-zero-thousand. I’ll advise you when you are over the water and it will be very shortly.Swissair 111 (10:22:34.4): Roger.Swissair 111 (10:22:36.2): (Du bisch i dr) emergency checklist (fur) air conditioning smoke? (Translation: You are in the emergency checklist for air conditioning smoke?)Halifax controller (10:22:42.9): Uh, Swissair one-eleven, say again please.Swissair 111 (10:22:45.3): Ah, sorry, it was not for you. Swissair one-eleven was asking internally. It was my fault, sorry about.Halifax controller (10:22:50.8): OK.Halifax controller (10:23:33.1): Swissair one-eleven continue left heading one-eight-zero. You’ll be off the coast in about, ah, fifteen miles.Swissair 111 (10:23:39.2): Roger, heading left one-eight-zero. Swissair one-eleven and maintaining at ten thousand feet.Halifax controller (10:23:46.3): Roger.Halifax controller (10:23:55.7): You will, ah, be staying within about, ah, thirty-five, forty miles of the airport if you have to get to the airport in a hurry.Swissair 111 (10:24.03.9): OK, that’s fine for us. Please tell me when we can start, ah, to dump the fuel.Halifax controller (10:24:08.8): OK.Swissair 111 (10:24:28.1): (Background phone). Ah, Swissair one-eleven. At the time we must fly, ah, manually. Are we cleared to fly between, ah, ten thou . . . eleven thousand and niner thousand feet? (Sound of autopilot disconnect warbler).Halifax controller (10:24:28.1): Swissair one-eleven, you can block between, ah, five thousand and twelve thousand if you wish.Swissair 111 (10:24:45.1): Swissair one-eleven heavy is declaring emergency; (10:24:46.4 second voice overlap) Roger, we are between, uh, twelve and five thousand feet. We are declaring emergency now at, ah time, ah, zero-one-two-four. (Possible intercom sound toward end of transmission).Halifax controller (10:24:56.0): Roger.Swissair 111 (10:24:56.5): Eleven heavy, we starting dump now, we have to land immediate.Halifax controller (10:25:00.7): Swissair one-eleven, just a couple of miles, I’ll be right with you.Swissair 111 (10:25:04.1): Roger. (Sound – probable autopilot disconnect warbler).Swissair 111 (10:25:05.4): And we are declaring emergency now, Swissair one-eleven.Halifax controller (10:25:08.6): Copy that.Halifax controller (10:25:19.2): Swissair one-eleven, you are cleared to, ah, commence your fuel dump on that track and advise me, ah, when the dump is complete.Halifax controller (10:25:43.0): Swissair one-eleven, check you’re cleared to start the fuel dump.Swissair 111 (10:25:49.3): (Unrecognizable noise, followed by silence)last_img read more

Bacon shortage wont hit Canada but prices will rise industry warns

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Supporters join First Nation in fight against northwest coast LNG plant by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2015 1:44 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A battle against a liquefied natural gas plant proposed for an environmentally sensitive region near Prince Rupert, B.C., is gathering powerful support.Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chief Donnie Wesley’s letter opposing the Pacific Northwest LNG plant has been signed by more than 70 First Nations, scientists, unions, businesses, university and faith groups.Wesley’s letter urges Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his environment minister to reject the plant proposed for Lelu Island and Flora Bank, an area environmentalists say is vital to the Skeena River salmon run, the second largest run in Canada.There’s concern the plant will irreparably harm salmon returning to spawn, and also destroy the sea grasses on Flora Bank that shelter salmon smolts heading back to the ocean.A spokesman with the T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation says of all the thousands of miles of coastline, Pacific Northwest chose the one location most critical for Skeena salmon.The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency decision is expected within months and critics say it is the final regulatory hurdle the project must overcome before proceeding.Note to readers: Moves Business and Regional. Guard against duplication. read more

South Sudan must do more to protect civilians in Jonglei UN says

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Say Goodbye To The Old NBA Draft Lottery — But Probably Not

When the pingpong balls came to a rest after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, it was the end of an era for the league. Starting next season, the lottery’s distribution of odds based on team records will change — the first tweak to the system in 25 years. The jackpot-winning Phoenix Suns came out on top in this season’s historic tankfest, but from this moment on, the already-long odds of burning a franchise to the ground and building it back up will only get longer.At least, that’s the effect the league is hoping the new lottery rules will have. How much of a difference will the changes to the lottery system really make, though? And will it be enough to discourage teams from tanking?To work out some of the new math facing NBA teams, let’s turn to our draft-value chart, which measures the expected value over replacement player (VORP) that teams can expect out of a given draft pick in his first five pro seasons. (We’ll convert our chart from last summer to wins over replacement1Multiplying VORP by 2.7. to better position the differences in a real-world context.) The new lottery will definitely change teams’ incentives in the right direction. It makes having a bottom-five record less valuable and improves the fortunes of teams in the rest of the lottery (particularly the Nos. 8 and 9 picks, which gain the most value under the new system). But it’s worth wondering if a change of about two-thirds of a win per season will really be enough to make a big dent in teams’ willingness to tank.In fairness, the effect appears larger when you consider the outsize potential of top picks to become stars. Using WORP as a guide, there was about a 34 percent chance of landing an All Star-level player2Defined as a player who produced at least 30 WORP in his first five NBA seasons. if a team had the worst record going into the 2018 lottery; those odds will fall to 27 percent under next year’s system. Seven percentage points doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the NBA is so star-driven that any reduction in the probability of getting a franchise-altering player hurts. With the ability to get those kinds of players also increasing for teams who finish with, say, the league’s eighth-worst record, it should eventually help the anti-tanking effort by funneling more big stars to teams who don’t completely throw their seasons away.So congratulations, Phoenix: You’re the last team who’ll take advantage of the old odds to help grab a potential star. The league’s changes might not be extreme enough to fully discourage teams from engaging in Sixers-style tear downs, but they’re a start. And after the race to the bottom that played out down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, such changes are more than welcome.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As I wrote last year:Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there.This is part of why teams spend so much time and energy gunning for the worst record — and (until next year) the highest odds of picking No. 1. The chances of getting an impact player from the top pick are much better than at any other slot in the draft. But they’re not perfect; there’s a lot of luck involved in picking the player who’ll have the best career. Add in the extra randomness of getting the lottery balls to bounce your way, and the difference between the expected value of having the NBA’s worst record under the old system and next year’s new one is just 3.4 total wins over the first five years of a player’s career. read more

Marine A What happens now The three options open to the court

first_imgThe court marital appeal court has been asked to quash Alexander Blackman’s murder conviction and then either order a retrial or downgrade his conviction to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.The appeal was heard from February 7 to 9 by Lord Thomas  (Lord Chief Justice),  Sir Brian Leveson (President of the Queen’s Bench Division), Lady Justice Hallett (Vice President of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division), Mr Justice Openshaw and Mr Justice Sweeney.There are three possible scenarios for this morning:1. The appeal is dismissedThe worst case scenario for Blackman’s supporters would see his bid fail and him remain serving his life sentence for murder.He was told he would serve a minimum of eight years and would not be eligible for release until 2021 at the earliest. 2. The court could quash his murder conviction and order a retrialThis would mean a long wait of months or perhaps as long as a year before Blackman was tried again. In this case his legal team may apply for bail while he awaits trail 3. ManslaughterIf his conviction is replaced with manslaughter, he will still not go home on Wednesday. A date will need to be set for another sentencing hearing in the next week or so.Only when Blackman knows his new sentence for manslaughter will he know if he is to be immediately released because of time already served.He has already spent three and a half years in prison. The case will be heard by five judges at the Court Martial Appeal CourtCredit:Eddie Mulhollandcenter_img The case will be heard by five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court 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.last_img read more

Venezuelan exofficials charged in Andorra over 23bn graft scheme

Those charged are accused of taking bribes in return for lucrative PDVSA contracts (AFP image)BBC- A judge in Andorra has charged 29 Venezuelans with corruption – among them two former deputy ministers.Prosecutors allege that they were part of a network of corrupt officials who received $2.3bn (£1.8bn) in bribes from companies in return for lucrative contracts with Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA.They allegedly hid the money in the Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA) bank.BPA is defunct after it was named as a “primary money-laundering concern”.Judge Canòlic Mingorance in Andorra, a tiny financial haven located between France and Spain, charged the Venezuelans with taking kickbacks of up to 15% to facilitate contracts with PDVSA, Spanish daily El País reports [in Spanish].The list of those charged includes Diego Salazar, who is the cousin of former oil minister Rafael Ramírez, as well as two men who served as deputy energy ministers in the government of Hugo Chávez. They are Nervis Villalobos and Javier Alvarado.There has been no comment so far from those charged.‘Web of corruption’The network they allegedly formed part of is thought to have taken $2.3bn in bribes between 2007 and 2012.The money was then laundered and hidden in Andorra’s BPA bank before some of it was transferred into tax havens, prosecutors say.BPA was accused in 2015 by the US treasury of helping organised crime groups launder money. The Andorran authorities ended up seizing its assets.Judge Mingorance has been investigating the case since 2012. She alleges that the accused “joined forces to take control of PDVSA’s public tendering as well as energy infrastructure projects run by PDVSA’s subsidiaries, Corpoelec and Electricity of Caracas”.Former BPA bank officials have also been charged.Critics of the current Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro and that of his predecessor, President Chávez, have long suspected that officials misappropriated government funds.On Monday, US treasury official Marshall Billingslea accused President Maduro of “rapacious corruption” and of operating “a kleptocracy”.A number of other high-ranking government officials have had sanctions placed on them and had their assets frozen. Among them is Industry Minister Tarek El Aissaimi, who has been blacklisted by the US for alleged drug trafficking.Venezuela’s government says it is being attacked by “imperialist foes”. It blames US sanctions for the dire state of Venezuela’s economy, and the poor performance of PDVSA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBanned at sea: Venezuela’s crude-stained oil tankersApril 18, 2017In “Regional”U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials to pressure Maduro -sourcesJuly 26, 2017In “latest news”Brazil ex-presidents Lula and Rousseff charged in corruption caseSeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” read more

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New 13inch MacBook Pro just as hard to repair as its big

first_imgBrace yourselves, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been cracked open and its inner workings laid bare. As you’ve probably guessed, Apple’s been up to its usual design shenanigans.Those lovely Apple pentalobe screws keep the 13-incher sealed shut, though they’re not nearly as abundant as the screws in the Surface Pro 2. Immediately after popping the cover off, iFixit noticed that accursed soldered-on RAM.If you’re going to buy the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, make sure you buy a model with the maximum RAM you think you might need. The 4GB model is going to be stuck at 4GB forever, so you’d do well to save up the extra $200 for 8GB and a 256GB SSD if you plan on keeping your MacBook Pro for several years.When Apple sent those ‘We’ve got a lot left to cover” invites, they must have been dropping a hint about the trackpads in their new MacBook Pros. They’re now sandwiched beneath the 71.8wHr battery pack, and those aren’t coming out without a fight. Should your trackpad ever quit working, it’s going to take a whole lot of jabbing, prying, and knuckle-scraping to swap it out.It wasn’t all bad news for iFixit, however. Apple does at least use a standard mini-PCIe SSD in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. And, interestingly enough, the 13-inch model doesn’t use a Samsung SSD. The 15-inch does, so Apple obviously doesn’t have issues going to Samsung for certain important parts in its highest-end machines.The less expensive 13 appears to be totally Samsung-free. About the only other good news is that the speakers were fairly easy to pop out. That wasn’t nearly enough to move the needle, of course, and iFixit awarded the 2013 MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display yet another 1/10.Apple is scoring points for consistency. It’s just too bad that it’s for making products that are consistently hard to repair.last_img read more

ACL Ultra Address Music Festival Security In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting

first_img Email ACL, Ultra Address Music Festival Security In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is known for being one of North America’s biggest and best dance music festivals. Part of the appeal of the festival is the downtown location of Bayfront Park, with its massive stages and impressive light shows set with the backdrop of the Miami skyline.Ultra’s organizers work hand-in-hand with local police to monitor the festival. CBS Miami spoke with acting Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina about the increased safety concerns arising from the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.”Like Las Vegas, we have a lot of outside venues with the weather and people want to be outside,” Colina said. “We train and go over scenarios, active shooter scenarios where the policemen are reminded to get wherever the shooter is.”And with Ultra returning to Bayfront Park in March 2018, additional conversations and arrangements are still in the works. Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez also urges citizens to report any suspicious activity.”We live at a time where you have to be on guard at all times,” Perez said. “If you see something, say something, and with this slogan we are asking people to come forward and we depend on people to call the cops and Homeland Security.”With music festivals playing such a prominent role in the music industry, future festivals provide an opportunity for artists and fans to come together as a community and stand in support of the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.GoFundMe Campaign Raises $3.8 Million (So Far) For Victims Of Las Vegas ShootingRead more Facebook ACL’s organizers work year-round to ensure safety is always top priority, and Miami Police reassess safety concerns for Ultra 2018 Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 4, 2017 – 12:34 pm Music festivals are the ultimate celebration of both artists and audiences. But for festival organizers, safety is always the number one concern. However, the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival has certainly raised new safety concerns and considerations.Upcoming festivals, including Austin City Limits Festival and Miami’s 2018 Ultra Music Festival, are addressing these concerns to assure festival goers that every necessary safety precaution is being taken.With ACL slated for to take place at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, over the next two weekends, the festival’s producers, C3, have issued a statement to reassure fans and artists alike that safety comes first.”Safety has always been our top priority,” C3 said in a statement. “Over the years, tighter security measures have been implemented at ACL Fest, including a layered security plan that includes elements that are seen and unseen, as well as pat downs, bag searches and size limits, and an enhanced security and law enforcement presence inside and outside the festival.”center_img News ACL, Ultra Address Music Festival Security acl-ultra-address-music-festival-security-wake-las-vegas-shooting Twitter last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:Moulton Statement on Chemical Attack in SyriaMoulton, Smith, Gallego, and O’Rourke Lead Letter to Sec. Mattis on Use of DOD Funds for Border FallSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:As Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Testifies to Congress, Senators Markey and Blumenthal Introduce Privacy Bill of RightsSenator Markey Calls on Pruitt to Repay Taxpayers for Outrageous Security Cost OverrunsSenator Markey: Retaliatory U.S. Military Strikes on Syria Unconstitutional, IncoherentSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Senator Warren Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Military RetireesWarren, Rubio Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Shut Down Access to the Financial System for Human TraffickersWarren, Rubio, Colleagues Unveil Bipartisan Bill to Allow for Safe Disposal of Unused Opioids by Home Hospice ProvidersLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

Canadian Air Force hunts for 2 fugitive teens suspected of

first_imgMontreal: The Royal Canadian Air Force has joined the hunt for two fugitive teens suspected of triple murder, officials said Saturday, backing up a vast search operation unfolding in Manitoba’s remote northeast. The suspects, identified as Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run for more than a week. Authorities say they believe the two are behind the killings of 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler and his 24-year-old American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, as well as of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old Canadian. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us Since Tuesday, the village of Gillam, near Hudson Bay, has been at the epicenter of an intense manhunt involving tracker dogs, a drone and armored vehicles. The area features dense, sometimes nearly impenetrable forest. Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale announced the air force involvement, which followed a request from Brenda Lucki, head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Also Read – Climate change: Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to ‘very poor’ Advertise With Us The C-130 Hercules arrived in the Gillam area Saturday to assist with aerial search operations, and will have onboard a federal police officer to direct the search, the military said. Police have said they could not rule out the possibility that the two suspects had altered their appearances and slipped out of the region, possibly with the unwitting help of an area resident. Advertise With Us However there were no new sightings “and no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area,” the RCMP said Saturday. Earlier in the day officers began an operation canvassing all homes and buildings in the Gillam area and nearby Fox Lake Cree Nation of indigenous peoples, the RCMP said. The fugitives are thought to have wound up in the village, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of Winnipeg, the Manitoba capital, after traveling 2,000 miles from British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. The surrounding region is particularly inhospitable, with wild animals including bears, and swampy areas infested with ferocious mosquitoes. Locals say conditions are brutal, and that the suspects, if on foot and unprepared, would have difficulty surviving for long. There have been two reported sightings of the wanted teens in Gillam, but none since Monday. The two young men have been formally accused in the murder of Dyck, a botany professor, and are suspects in the killings of Fowler and Deese, whose bodies were found along a highway in northern British Columbia. The teenagers were initially considered as missing after their car was found torched on July 19. But police then discovered Dyck’s body near another burned-out vehicle believed to have been used by the pair. The father of one of the teens, Alan Schmegelsky, said his son was “on a suicide mission,” deeply troubled since his parents’ divorce in 2005.last_img read more

ALBNP clash leaves 12 injured in Bogura

first_imgAt least 12 people were injured and 13 others were arrested during a sporadic clash between ruling Awami League (AL) and BNP over election campaign in Bogura’s Sonatola upazila following the upcoming national polls, reports UNB.Witnesses said 10 motor-cycles, six shops were vandalised, another four motorcycles were torched and local AL office was vandalised during the clash that lasted three hours.Police fired rubber bullets and tear shells to control the situation.An agitation has been prevailing for past few days between AL candidate Abdul Mannan and BNP candidate Kazi Rafikul Islam in Sonatola upazila of Bogura-1 constituency over electioneering.In the morning the two groups declared to conduct their election campaign in the same upazila and locked into clash with sticks and stones.The two groups chased each other and hurled cocktails at each other for hours before AL men fled from the spot at one stage.Later, BNP men vandalised several motor vehicles, shops and AL office at Charpara area.Additional police superintendent of Bogura Arifur Rahman Mandal said additional force has been deployed in the area to fend off any further unwanted situation.They also arrested 13 people from the spot, he added.last_img read more

HandsOn Oninaki Is an Emotional Action RPG Experience

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Tokyo RPG Factory has a reputation for creating modern-day role-playing games that capture the spirit of the genre’s classics. Its latest title continues this tradition. Last week, I got to check out a preview of Oninaki. Like I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear before it, Oninaki is a visually arresting game containing tried-and-true RPG mechanics. It’s also surprisingly emotional and resonant.Oninaki’s main theme focuses on the cycle of reincarnation. You play as a Watcher, whose job is to ensure the spirits of the deceased move on to the afterlife. Helping to fulfill this task are creatures called Daemons, who provide the game’s version of Jobs (think Final Fantasy). Throughout the journey, the Watcher must enter a spirit world called the Veil and destroy dangerous creatures. As the game progresses, the Watcher unravels the mysteries of the world and learns the meaning of life and death.The demo I played consisted of two parts. The first half was the opening of the game. You see the main character as a young boy who loses both of his parents. He cannot grieve for them as doing so will prevent them from resurrecting. When the boy grows, he decides to become a Watcher and help spirits move on. From the jump, Oninaki doesn’t pull any emotional punches. Don’t let the cute graphics fool you, this game will tear at your heart.AdChoices广告After the short intro, I launched into the game proper. My first task was helping the spirit of a lost spirit boy see his living parents one final time. Accomplishing this wasn’t easy since I had to contend with a field of monsters and solve a number of puzzles.Oninaki is an action RPG. Those used to hack-n-slash titles will feel at home with its basic controls. Sword attacks feel tight and responsive. There is no dodge button, but most enemies telegraph their attacks, giving you time to move out of the way. The game has no qualms with throwing multiple bad guys at you. The overhead isometric camera ensures you see everything happening around you.Daemons help to spice up combat. These spirits allow the character to unleash devastating special attacks. The first Daemon in my arsenal gave me a forward-thrusting sword attack that dealt massive damage. There is a cooldown period every time you use one of these attacks. This prevents players from spamming the same move. It also adds strategy to engagements since it’s best to save specials for the most dangerous opponents.Each Daemon provides players with new weapons which in turn change up combat. I found a Daemon that let me whack foes with a giant hammer. The hammer dealt greater damage than the long sword but it took longer to use the heavier weapon. This Daemon’s special attack caused meteors to fall from the sky. Though cool, I wasn’t a big fan of this Daemon since the hammer attacks were too slow and got me killed during a boss fight. But if you’re a fan of slow but hard-hitting weapons, you’ll no doubt dig it.One interesting gameplay aspect is the ability to enter a secondary world called the Veil. It is a dark, twisted version of the living world, only populated with more monsters. You’ll have to switch back and forth between the living world and the Veil to progress. There were a couple of instances where I had to solve puzzles in one world to open up paths in the another. This particular mechanic is something I haven’t seen since the days of Soul Reaver. Going into the Veil is pretty awesome because of how otherworldly the environment is.After wading through a sea of monsters, I finally made it to the home of the spirit boy. It turned out the reason he had not passed on was that his parents still grieved for him. I won’t spoil what happened, but the ending of this quest came as a complete shock. This simple(ish) mission showed Oninaki isn’t afraid to go to dark places. I’m curious to see how others will react to this specific scene since it is very unexpected.The second portion of the demo was Battle Mode. Players unlock this after completing the main story. As the name implies, it is a giant zone where you beat the hell out of endless waves of monsters. I had access to four Daemons in Battle Mode. This gave me a good feel for what players will have at their disposal later in the game. The two new Daemons allowed me to use a spear or a scythe and I was able to use four special attacks with each weapon. As before, using a special ability initiated a cooldown period. However, with so many specials at my disposal, I could use multiple attacks while others recharged. If you strategize it correctly, you can continuously unleash special attacks. This aspect alone has me curious to see how insane combat will get and what combinations one can pull off.Oninaki is graphically similar to I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear. Like its predecessors, the game has a decidedly anime visual quality. The characters and monsters all share traits you’d find in the medium. I’d say the main graphical difference between Oninaki and its predecessors lies with the muted color palette. Oninaki is a game about death and reincarnation so its fitting it has an almost “dead” color theme. With that said, the graphics pop out of the screen and are very eye-pleasing. If you’re playing it in handheld mode on Switch, I think you’ll appreciate it even more.I am a fan of both I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear so Oninaki easily won me over. It feels simultaneously familiar and unique. The combat is solid and I like the ability to swap fighting styles mid-battle. My session lasted an hour but I enjoyed the experience and want to play more. If you’re a fan of Tokyo RPG Factory and/or Japanese Role-Playing games, Oninaki is worth keeping an eye on when it lands on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on August 22.More on Geek.com:Review: ‘Etherborn’ Is 2019’s Trippiest Puzzle GameReview: ‘Blazing Chrome’ Is the Best ‘Contra’ Game in YearsReview: ‘Dragon Quest Builders 2’ Is Two Great Tastes in One Stay on targetlast_img read more

Delhiites time to dig in

first_imgDelhi is one city where you will find cuisines of different regions and even countries. Whether you want French, Thai, Italian, Nepalese or Bihari, Bengali, Marathi, Goan — you can totally satisfy the foodie in you in this city. But while global is good, the Capital also scores high when it comes to its own cuisine. And now, you can sample all of Delhi’s delicacies at the Delhi Tourism organised Delhi Ke Pakwan festiva. The festival brings together the culinary delights from the various lanes of Old Delhi and  other parts of the city as well. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Glorifying the past, and keeping with the present, the food of Delhi is as diverse as the people it consists of. The amalgamation of different recipes from different cultures produced the dishes which are unique and deliciously different. The festival has a collection ranging from Mughlai foods comprising Nihari, kababs, Ulte tawa ki roti, chicken dishes and biryanis. You can also dig into street food like pav bhaaji, pani puri and chaats. Or sample desserts like Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixgulab jamun, moong and gajar ka halwa and kulfis and of course the very Indian refreshner- Banarasi meetha paan. Young and old alike flocked to these stalls and enjoyed the food with obvious relish.The first day also saw a cultural programme consisting of Rajasthan folk dance and songs. Jazzing up the decor are decorated rickshaws and autos for click-happy visitors, a Banyan wishing tree, a handicraft exhibition. A dhaba-like setting with cots scattered around adds a nostalgic touch. There are vendors from Purani Dilli who have set up stalls, the famous chicken dishes from Chandni Chowk are also on sale. The sheer number of visitors who turned up for the opening day of the festival clearly proves that no matter how many Western and modern food outlets have opened in the city, the Capital’s very own cuisine will always remain a hot favourite. Go check it out.last_img read more

Whats in Store

Enroll Now for Free October 20, 2006 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now When Joshua Marshal wanted to start a new business on eBay, it was like the proverbial light had gone on over his head. Hundreds of lights, in fact, and mostly from his family’s retail lighting store in New York City.Lighting has been the Marshal family business for four generations, but Joshua, 22, was the first to introduce the company to e-commerce. Marshal had already gotten his feet wet on eBay selling electronics and clothing. When he wanted to change product offerings, the family business seemed like a no-brainer.”I realized I could get my hands on unlimited lighting,” says Marshal (eBay User ID: wegotlites), who started in 2004 with excess stock from the family store. Now running his own business, WeGotLites.com, Marshal has broadened the supply chain for his eBay Store with overstock from other lighting stores, going-out-of-business sales and orders placed directly with manufacturers. “In the beginning, I had to beg suppliers to sell on my website,” he says. “Now I’m to the point where I have owners of companies I don’t even know calling me.”Marshal’s successful sales record on eBay–seven-figure sales in 2005–has raised him to an enviable negotiating position with suppliers. Because his merchandise moves so quickly online, he can sometimes get 20 percent off the wholesale list price from lighting manufacturers.Like Marshal, many retailers first come to eBay to turn overstock, returned items and outdated merchandise into successful online sales. Most of these newcomers stick to the familiar range of products already being sold in their brick-and-mortar stores. For other businesses, though, eBay is a low-risk, low-cost way to test the appeal of new products before they go on the shelf, or to connect with new suppliers who offer similar products at different price points and of different quality from in-store inventory. “In the past, if we heard of a deal, we would pass on it if the product wasn’t something we would normally put in our stores,” says Scott Touchette, director of auction sales at Bargain Sports (eBay User ID: bargain–sports). “Now, we buy large lots of liquidated inventory that we only sell on eBay.”Online selling means more than trimming inventory. The benefits can ripple through your business by bringing in new regular customers from across the country, and even from around the world, who would otherwise never make it to your store. That growing sales track record can then attract more potential supply partners, further expanding your business.Of course, some items work better than others for selling online. Touchette says his company avoids listing items that are too heavy and expensive to ship. Even when products don’t sell for much of a profit, he says, “It’s still a tool that gets traffic to our eBay Store.”And that traffic can arrive anytime, day or night–a fact that underscores one of the more powerful advantages of online sales. “With retail, if your key is not in the door,” Marshal says, “you’re not making any money.” read more

5 interesting stories you may have missed in the news recently

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 5)  Should DSTV be worried as Netflix viewer numbers climb dramatically on international launch? Oh yeah!Read full story HEREDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? If you did not know already, we have a very vibrant international news section on our site. Browsing through it, we picked up these few gems to entertain you.1) Did you know San Paulo taxi drivers have been banned from wearing shorts? Neither did we! Read all about it HERE2) Super secret MI5, the British equivalent to our National Intelligence Service, has been awarded the ‘Most Gay and Lesbian friendly employer in the UK’. Read all about it HERE3) Ever heard of ‘Nut-rage’? Well, the South Koreans have and they do not like it! Read full story HERE4) Not everyone on Facebook should be classed as your friend. No kidding! Read full story HERElast_img read more

ZONPTC in Clinical Use With RayStation 8B and Hyperscan

first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more March 19, 2019 — Zuid-Oost Nederland Protonen Therapie Centrum (ZON-PTC), Maastricht, Netherlands, recently treated its first patient using the combination of the treatment planning system (TPS) RayStation from RaySearch in combination with the Mevion S250i Proton Therapy System with Hyperscan Pencil Beam Scanning.RayStation was the selected treatment planning system in 2017, when the proton therapy center was established. ZON-PTC is a joint undertaking between MAASTRO clinic and the Maastricht University Medical Center (Maastricht UMC+). The center opened early this year, and the first patient treatment has successfully been conducted. The first patient was treated for head and neck cancer, and during the year the center will continue to treat patients with different tumor sites.The clinic is equipped with Mevion S250i Proton Therapy System with Hyperscan Pencil Beam Scanning. ZON-PTC was one of the first centers to use RayStation 8B clinically.Geert Bosmans, managing director and medical physicist, at ZON-PTC, said, “We have used RayStation clinically since 2017 and are very satisfied with our selection. RayStation is a very smooth and efficient system, presenting treatment plans with excellent quality. The use of RayStation 8B with Mevion’s S250i Proton Therapy System, allows us to reach the full potential of the hardware. We are delighted that the treatments have gone so well and are looking forward to a successful collaboration with RaySearch.”For more information: www.raysearchlabs.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Treatment Planning | March 19, 2019 ZON-PTC in Clinical Use With RayStation 8B and Hyperscan First patient treatment conducted for head and neck cancer patient News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more last_img read more

Accommodation industry concerned over ABS decision

first_imgThe Accommodation Association of Australia is urging the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to reconsider their decision to drop tourism accommodation statistics.The accommodation industry has expressed strong concerns about tourism investment in Australia over the ABS’ decision, with the Accommodation Association calling the outcome “extremely disappointing” and criticising the ABS over a lack of consultation.“The ABS statistics are a vital tool for operators, investors and potential investors in Australia’s accommodation industry and if we can’t measure industry performance on a regular basis, then our industry can’t manage it,” Accommodation Association of Australia chief executive officer Richard Munro said.Furthermore, Mr Munro added that the Accommodation Association wrote to the ABS last year about the future of tourism accommodation statistics and never received a reply.“It seems the ABS has difficulty understanding the value of tourism to the economy and that it has been identified by Deloitte as one of five super-growth industries for the Australian economy and to not have a comprehensive set of accurate performance data for such a large component of the tourism industry is akin to driving a car without a fuel gage.”The Accommodation Association is calling on the ABS to reverse the decision and restore the quarterly release of tourism accommodation statistics.In related news, Rodger Powell is leaving his role as managing director of Tourism Australia, effective 30 September.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

Albion College president joins Rep Bizon for governors State of the State

first_img Categories: Bizon News,Bizon Photos State Rep. John Bizon (second from right), R-Battle Creek, and his wife, Debbie (far right), stand with Albion College President Mauri Ditzler (second from left) and his wife, Judith (far left), on the House floor today prior to the State of the State address. Bizon invited the Ditzlers to Lansing for a special joint session of the Michigan Legislature, during which Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his key goals for the term.### 20Jan Albion College president joins Rep. Bizon for governor’s State of the State addresslast_img