A look at the deaths, destruction left in Isaias’ wake

first_imgABC NewsBy DANIEL MANZO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Isaias raced up the East Coast, delivering torrential rain and ferocious winds, and, according to reports, killed at least 6 people.Among the deaths was a man in New York City — a downed tree crushed his car, New York ABC station WABC reported.Isaias made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane late Monday before charging up the East Coast on Tuesday.At least 3 million customers lost power from North Carolina up to Maine.Wind gusts from Isaias reached 109 mph on Long Beach Island in New Jersey and 96 mph in New Castle County, Delaware.The storm also resulted in torrential rain and flash flooding.Sotterley, Maryland, was buried under 9 inches of rain, while Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, recorded almost 8.6 inches.At least 26 tornadoes were reported ranging from North Carolina to New Jersey. A Bertie County, North Carolina, tornado registered at EF-3, the National Weather Service said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Keystone Clearwater Solutions to be acquired by SC Water

first_img Image: SC Water to acquire Keystone Clearwater Solutions from American Water. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. SC Water, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based natural gas and oil industry investment group, has signed a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement to acquire Keystone Clearwater Solutions from American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK). The acquisition of Keystone Clearwater Solutions, a specialized water management firm serving the Appalachian Basin’s natural gas and oil industry, is expected close by the end of 2019.As part of the transaction, Keystone Clearwater Solutions will form a strategic partnership with Hydro Recovery LP, a water treatment, recycling and transportation company. The strategic partnership – with Hydro Recovery having common ownership with SC Water – will create an industry-leading portfolio of water-related and environmental solution services for natural gas and oil companies operating across the Appalachian Basin.“This transaction and strategic partnership between Keystone Clearwater Solutions and Hydro Recovery will return Keystone to a natural gas and oil industry focused ownership group while enhancing our combined companies’ abilities to provide the critical services demanded by the industry,” said Keystone President and CEO Dan Dalton. “We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with superior service and are excited about our ability to bring an expanded portfolio of tailored water solutions to meet and exceed their evolving needs.”“This partnership reflects Hydro Recovery’s commitment to providing our natural gas and oil industry customers with a deep portfolio of water solution services that meet their unique needs,” said Hydro Recovery CEO Thomas Stabley. “Hydro Recovery is ideally positioned to operate and continue to grow alongside Keystone Clearwater Solutions. I look forward to working with the Keystone team to continue to build our competitive advantage focused on first-rate customer service.” Source: Company Press Release As part of the transaction, Keystone Clearwater Solutions will form a strategic partnership with Hydro Recovery LP, a water treatment, recycling and transportation companylast_img read more

USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO View post tag: Naval Training & Education October 4, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Underwood USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO View post tag: USS Anzio View post tag: GTMO USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Anzio (CG 68) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from, Sept. 29-30 during their deployments in support of multinational maritime exercise Southern Seas 2012 and UNITAS Atlantic 53.Underwood received logistic support from the installation including fuel, water and supplies, while UNITAS flagship USS Anzio disembarked attached staff members from Destroyer Squadron 40 including U.S 4th Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris.UNITAS Atlantic 53 is a U.S. and South America-sponsored international naval exercise. This is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, which stands for “unity,” making it the longest ongoing maritime exercise in the region.Thirteen multinational ships from seven partner nations participated in the exercise that originated in Key West, Fla. and officially ended in the Western Caribbean Sept. 29. Warships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru participated in the exercise.UNITAS is designed to train each naval force in a variety of maritime scenarios, with each operating as a component of a multi-national force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. The exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of emerging and enduring partners’ maritime forces to achieve common desired effects. The annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies.Southern Seas 2012 is a six-month U.S. Navy engagement and training operation to the Caribbean and Central and South America. During the deployment, USS Underwood and embarked units participated in a variety of exercises and multi-national exchanges to improve operational readiness and enhance relationships in the region.During the operation, assigned units focused on operating in the multi-national environment, preparing to deal with unconventional threats such as illicit trafficking, and improved training levels in a variety of mission areas.Participating forces took part in major regional exercises including UNITAS Atlantic, UNITAS Pacific, and Silent Force Exercise.Forces also participated in a series of theater security cooperation events, including military-to-military cooperation, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, combined training, and maritime security.Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, serves as a logistical hub in the U.S. 4th Fleet Caribbean theatre. The installation’s Port Operations department provides operational support for more than 150 vessels a year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 04, 2012 View post tag: Visit Share this articlelast_img read more

Greggs looks to Scottish growth with new bakery

first_imgBakery retailer Greggs is to relocate its main Scottish bakery to a new purpose-built site, as part of a strategy to grow its Scottish business. It has planning permission to move out of its Rutherglen bakery in Glasgow to a new multi-million pound bakery 2.5 miles away on the Clydesmill industrial estate in Cambuslang.Construction work on the new bakery is due to start before the end of the year and the move to Cambuslang is scheduled for late 2007. The 340 staff employed at the site are expected to transfer to the new facility.Greggs of Scotland MD Raymond Reynolds said South Lanarkshire Council has just granted Greggs planning permission for the new factory. He told British Baker: “The move will allow us to add capacity while improving our standards and efficiencies. The greater capacity offered by this new bakery will mean we can open more shops both locally and across central Scotland.” He added: “We always look for sites that are close to our current operations as the needs of our employees are a key priority.”Newcastle-based Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery retail chain with 1,331 stores. It has just opened its 149th Scottish store on Leith Walk in Edinburgh. It has over 2,250 staff in Scotland.last_img read more

The puzzles for pollsters

first_imgSince a little-known senator from Illinois named Barack Obama marched to the presidency in 2008 thanks in part to cutting-edge number crunching, the use of data to identify and target specific voters with specific information has become an essential campaign tool, as fundamental as traditional polling and focus groups.But even as the emerging analytics field becomes more mainstream, the bizarre twists and turns of the 2016 primary season, particularly on the Republican side with front-runner Donald Trump, has made predicting the next president more difficult than ever.Because the U.S. primary system embraces a fraction of the electorate, “anyone who can drive extreme messages that stimulate turnout can game the system,” said Mark Penn, a former pollster and strategist who has consulted for Bill and Hillary Clinton, during a conference on politics and data analytics Friday organized by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies.“If there are 130,000,000 people who we expect to vote and there are 50,000,000 in the primary process, the 70,000,000 who really decide the presidential election are not in the primary process, and that’s driving the media to observe a country that doesn’t exist,” he said. “Until we fix the system, Donald Trump will not be the exception, Donald Trump will be the rule.”In explaining the rise of Trump, statistician Nate Silver, the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, said the 2016 race has shown how small sample sizes often yield volatile predictions. Even so, it’s unlikely that Trump’s broad demographic and geographic appeal would have been accurately pinpointed earlier on because no one has built a model for predicting outcomes of the primary nomination process because of its complexity.“The groups that Trump appeals to are groups that we would have had trouble identifying certainly before the election,” Silver said, because they are “not the typical combination of the red-blue map we’re used to.”A packed lecture hall listens as moderator Anthony Salvanto (from left) leads panelists Silver,  Cohn, Rothschild, and Clare Malone. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhile professional sports has embraced data metrics for years to better evaluate player and team performance and predict wins and losses, conference organizers Ryan Enos, an associate professor in Harvard’s government department, and Kirk Goldsberry, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis, say political analytics doesn’t have anything like the well-known MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.So they brought together many of the top minds in data analytics, high-level political professionals from both parties, and political journalists such as Silver, opinion research consultant Kristen Soltis Anderson, retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, MSNBC reporter Steve Kornacki, and CBS News director of elections Anthony Salvanto, to evaluate the analytics field’s strengths and weaknesses, assess the nomination races on both sides, and, naturally, talk about how to use numbers to determine who wins and loses.“We can read anything online now, but it’s about getting people in the same room where they can have a conversation where we think that the field can be pushed forward,” said Enos. They plan to host the conference again next year.“One thing that amazes me is that you would think after all the lessons of Obama in ’08 and Obama in 2012, where Republicans supposedly learned the importance of having a turnout operation … these campaigns don’t really have turnout operations,” said Nate Cohn, who writes The New York Times column The Upshot. “[Ted] Cruz has one that’s maybe one-quarter as good as a Democratic turnout operation, whereas everyone else has nothing, [just] a few kids working in an office somewhere.”Perhaps surprisingly, betting markets are one area where predictions on political winners and losers remain solid, said David Rothschild, an economist for Microsoft Research who studies how users engage with online data and polling. Soon the field of polling will be entirely Internet-based and done on mobile devices, he said. “We’re not that far away from the point of the idea of a telephone poll is going to be ridiculous,” he said. That evolution will raise new methodological challenges for the industry, since the data will include more variables and so will demand more skillful analysis.Despite the abundance of data from which analysts today can draw, like voter files, polling results, voter lists, and consumer data, such information can be both expensive and hard to get at because companies like Google and Twitter keep proprietary data such as searches close to the vest, Cohn said.“I’m not sure that there’s a way for all this new data to end up integrated into a coherent framework for thinking about how elections might evolve from where they are now.”last_img read more

Colombian President Supports March against FARC

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos joined civil-society organizations in calling for a march on December 6 against “kidnapping,” “violence,” and “terrorist methods,” following the murder on Saturday of four members of the uniformed services kidnapped by the FARC. “The entire country rejects the FARC, rejects their terrorist methods and their persistence in violence, and for that reason, we’re all going to march on December 6, as one body, as one nation, in order to express that rejection,” Santos said at an event honoring police officers and military personnel in Bogotá. The call for a protest against this communist guerrilla group was issued by civil-society organizations on Sunday, using social networks, following the shooting deaths of four police officers and one member of the military who had been kidnapped and held for more than 12 years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Rosa Parra, the director of ‘Colombia Soy Yo’ [I Am Colombia] – one of the organizations calling for the march – said on Sunday that the protest’s objective is to carry out a mass mobilization in rejection of the FARC, similar to one held in February 2008. Administration representatives, members of Congress, political parties, and hundreds of citizens immediately added their backing to the initiative. Other organizations, meanwhile, have proposed an alternative march “against war,” and not only against the guerrillas, for December 10, International Human Rights Day. “We demand the release of all those who have been kidnapped. There is nothing that can justify this torture for those who are deprived of liberty,” Santos declared. Santos insisted that this guerrilla group was the only party responsible for the deaths of the four uniformed personnel, after the FARC blamed the president and the military high command for having thwarted a plan for the unilateral release of the hostages, stating that it was a “tragic outcome of an insane rescue attempt,” according to a statement published on the group’s website. The president affirmed that “the country is not stupid and does not let itself be deceived by despicable statements,” and he warned that if the guerrillas do not demobilize, “the only outcome left to them will be a cell or a tomb.” By Dialogo December 05, 2011last_img read more

Gold and Diamond-Encrusted Assault Rifle Found in Honduras Arsenal

first_img An AK-47 assault rifle coated in gold, and encrusted with emerald and diamond inlays, and two silver magazines surprised the authorities that found them on a farm located in the north of Honduras, Chief of Police Leonel Sauceda informed on January 6. “The weapons and eleven vehicles seized are worth $2 million, and just the AK-47 is worth 50,000 dollars,” he added. Sauceda indicated that the arsenal was hidden in fake compartments in five different cargo vehicles, and the operation to find it began on January 5. According to Sauceda, they were able to find them because inhabitants of the Jardín de Choloma City, located 300 km north of Tegucigalpa, had reported suspicious activities. “This is a very important blow against organized crime,” he stated. The arsenal includes 4,736 rounds of ammunition of different caliber, 32 caliber 5.7, 45, 3.80, 5.56 and 9 mm handguns, 15 rifles, four night vision goggles, four fragmentation grenades, 98 magazines, and five bulletproof military vests manufactured in the United States. Identity cards, automobile documentation, fake permits to carry guns, and blank Honduran passports were also found. The weapons were manufactured in the United States, Israel, Belgium, France, Rusia, Brazil and Czech Republic according to Sauceda. The police arrested two private security guards that were protecting the farm, both of whom have been charged with trafficking and weapons storage, prosecuting coordinator Marlen Banegas, told the press. “This case is moving forward, and it will come to an end once the prosecutor’s office identifies the individuals who brought the weapons in to Honduras, as well as the purpose,” he highlighted. Specialized organizations, such as the UN, consider Honduras the most violent country, without armed conflict, in the world, with 92 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants due to organized crime, especially drug trafficking, in 2012. By Dialogo January 08, 2013last_img read more

In February, there was a double-digit increase in tourist arrivals and overnight stays

first_imgDomestic tourists realized 94 thousand arrivals and 193 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 14,7% and an increase of overnight stays by 10,0% compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized more than 170 thousand arrivals and 357 thousand overnight stays, which is 24,3% more arrivals and 15,1% more overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized the most overnight stays in the City of Zagreb, 83 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 11,7% overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists, except in the City of Zagreb, realized the most overnight stays in Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno, Podgora , Split and Opatija, which is 55,7% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. In February 2019, domestic tourists spent the most nights in the City of Zagreb, 33 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 20,1% overnight stays compared to February 2018. This is followed by overnight stays of domestic tourists in Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno and Rijeka, which is 39,3% of the total overnight stays of domestic tourists. Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 60 thousand arrivals, which is 22,6% of the total arrivals and 116 thousand overnight stays, which is 21,1% of the total tourist overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, there were 12,4% more tourist arrivals and 14,0% more tourist nights in the City of Zagreb. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (10,1%), Germany (8,0%), Italy (6,0%), the Republic of Korea (5,9%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (5,7%), USA (4,3%) and Serbia (4,2%). In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, more than 26 thousand rooms and suites were available to tourists (which is 50,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 51 thousand permanent beds (which is 43,2% of the total number of available permanent beds). The average occupancy of rooms was 33,4%, and permanent beds 28,6%. The City of Zagreb also has the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February In February 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 370 thousand overnight stays, which is 67,4% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 19,8% and the number of overnight stays by 12,9%. In February 2019, more than 264 thousand tourist arrivals and 550 thousand tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to February 2018, there were 20,7% more arrivals and 13,3% more overnight stays, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Most rooms and permanent beds available in the group Hotels and similar accommodation In February 2019, tourists from Slovenia realized the most arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists, 31 thousand arrivals and 72 thousand overnight stays (18,3% of the total number of foreign tourist arrivals and 20,2% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists). Compared to February 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their arrivals by 22,0% and the number of overnight stays by 18,1%. In February 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 106 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,2% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 25-34, 97 thousand nights spent, which is 17,7% of the total number of nights. Slovenian tourists with by far the most arrivals and overnight stays Most nights spent in hotels The city of Zagreb is a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists In February 2019, 52 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 118 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists.last_img read more

COVID-19: Man quarantined in N. Sulawesi after returning from Malaysia

first_imgA 46-year-old man has been put under observation for possible COVID-19 infection at the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi, after returning from Malaysia.The patient, a Bitung resident who works in Malaysia, arrived in Manado from Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 19 via Singapore.”He complained of cough and shivering. However, his temperature was normal at 36.1 degrees Celsius,” the hospital’s medical services head Handry Takasenseran told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “We have categorized him as a suspected COVID-19 patient because he has a travel history to countries affected by the outbreak.”  Handry said the patient had begun to feel ill ten days after arrived in Bitung and had decided to report his illness to the Bitung Health Agency when he saw that his condition was not improving.”We’ve confirmed the case with the Bitung Health Agency; we’ve also coordinated with the North Sulawesi Health Agency,” Handry said. “Last night at around 6 p.m. he was isolated and his samples were taken.”He said the samples had been sent to the Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) laboratory in Jakarta and the patient would remain in isolation until the test result came out.Indonesia has confirmed COVID-19 in two people, both of whom are currently being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in Jakarta. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

American fugitive captured in Bali allegedly made porn to survive while in hiding

first_imgA recently captured Interpol fugitive, 50-year-old American Marcus Beam, who is wanted for alleged investment fraud in the United States, allegedly produced and sold pornographic videos to make money while hiding out in Bali, police have said.Investigators of the Bali Police’s general crimes division and the Counter Transnational and Organized Crime (CTOC) task force arrested Beam and his female friend, a 48-year-old identified as WPC on Thursday.“He made pornographic movies to make money on the internet. That was one of his activities to survive in Bali. He made a lot of contacts with local people,” Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Petrus Reinhard Golose said at Bali Police’s headquarters in Denpasar on Friday as reported by tempo.co. He explained that Beam had been living in Bali since January. During his stay, until he was captured, he and his female friend allegedly uploaded their personal adult videos onto a website to make money to cover his living costs.Deputy director of the Bali Police’s general crimes division Adj. Sr. Comr. Suratno added that the authorities had only managed to find one adult video of the identified “dozens”. The police also named WPC as a witness.Beam and WPC, both American nationals, were arrested at a villa in Badung regency, Bali. Authorities also confiscated a passport, five mobile phones, one folding knife, 14 sex toys and 13 other electronic devices as evidence.Beam has been accused of embezzling around US$500,000 from investors in Chicago, US. He reportedly used the money for his personal expenses instead of placing it in investment funds. After previously being detained by US authorities in September, he allegedly escaped the US in January using a passport that listed a different name.Despite there being no extradition treaty between Indonesia and the US, Petrus said that Beam would be sent back to his home country under an agreement between the two countries’ police forces. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more